Madras HC rejects plea against changes in original lines of Tamil anthem – The New Indian Express

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Through Express press service

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Friday dismissed a petition seeking restoration of the original lines of Thamizh Thai Vazhthu (Tamil anthem) written by poet Manonmaniyam Sundaranar.

The First Bench of Acting Chief Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari and Justice PD Audikesavalu rejected the 2007 motion filed by J Mohanraj, General Secretary of the Jebamani Janata Party demanding restoration of lines that were deleted from the original version.

Saying there had been an undue delay in filing the petition because the amendments were made in 1972, the bench rejected it. Government Litigant (GP) P Muthukumar informed the court that it was up to the state government to make changes to the anthem.

A counter affidavit filed by the Tamil Development and Information Department stated that some lines of Tamizh Thai Vazhthu were removed only with the intention of not deprecating the other languages. Against the claims of the petition, he explained that the third and fourth lines of the poem had been interchanged for better reading.

The song was reconstructed in 1972 to omit some lines which mentioned that the Sanskrit language had become obsolete and is no longer a living language. The omission was done only to tell the world that Tamil harbors no hatred towards other languages

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