"It is always special to come to the state of Tamil Nadu. The land is a special one. The people, culture, language are all so good. Tamil language is eternal and Tamil culture is global," PM Modi said when addressing a gathering at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai.
"The Centre is fully committed to further popularising Tamil and the Tamil culture. In January this year, the new campus of the Central Institute of Classical Tamil was inaugurated in Chennai. The new campus is fully funded by the Union government," said PM. He also quoted a popular verse of nationalist poet Subramania Bharathi in praise of Tamil and said, "in every field someone from Tamil Nadu was excelling."
His statements came after TN CM MK Stalin demanded Tamil should be considered equal to Hindi. Mr. Stalin also asked for Tamil to be made an official language in High Court and Union government offices in the state.
Stalin's party DMK, which came to power in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu last year, has long demanded "official and administrative" language status for Tamil.
Incidentally, PM Narendra Modi's statements on the Tamil language came on his first-ever visit to the state since Stalin led DMK to capture power in last year’s Assembly election.