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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Meet the Emperor. Samrat Vikramaditya, who began Vikrami Samvat 2072 years ago.

Emperor Vikramaditya statue in the Captain's chamber on 
INS Vikramaditya
Vikram Samvat (Vikram SamwatVikram SambtBikram SamvatBikram SamwatBikram Sambat or Vikram's Era) विक्रम सम्वत्)  is the calendar established by emperor Vikramaditya. It uses lunar months and solar sidereal year. It is the official calendar of Nepal, also termed Bikram Sambat, but is computed using the tropical year.
The Vikrama Samvat is said to have been founded by the emperor Vikramaditya of Ujjain  following his victory over the Sakas in 56 BC, Indian Navy's proud warship, with a 12 acre deck, is named after the great emperor
The statue of Emperor Vikramaditya in the Captains Chamber on INS Vikramaditya

The crest of INS Vikramaditya

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chief of Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan on the deck of INS Vikramaditya on June 14, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday June 14th, 2014, dedicated India's largest warship INS Vikramaditya to the nation.
He also sought to make the country self-reliant in manufacturing defence equipment, shedding dependence on imports.
In his first outing after taking charge as Prime Minister, he addressed the naval personnel onboard the ship off the Goa coast, calling the addition of the warship to the force as a "historic" step, reported PTI.
"It is an important day for our nation. It is a golden day in Indian Navy's history. For me, it is a matter of pride and happiness that INS Vikramaditya is joining the Navy. It is a historic step," he said.

Stressing on the need for self-reliance in defence equipment manufacturing, he said, "We need to give immense importance to latest technology. This will help the nation.
Why should we import defence equipment? We must be self sufficient. Why can't we send our defence equipment to other nations."
The Prime Minister also promised to set up a War Memorial for those who sacrificed their lives for the country.
He said this government has come with a determination and was committed to implement the "One Rank, One pension" scheme for defence personnel.

"Our government has the potential to match anyone in the world and the reason for this is the capability of our soldiers who give us the strength to do so," he said in his address, adding that the country intends to move forward in the same manner, without lowering its eyes.

The Majestic King Emperor of the seas- VIKRAMADITYA 

Tarun Vijay with the statue of Emperor Vikramaditya on INS Vikramaditya

The statue of Emperor Vikramaditya has this explanation on the brass plate which says The Name-Vikramaditya meaning "Sun of Prowess" was a title assumed by various ancient Indian Kings. King Chandragupta II , the third Gupta emperor is widely believed to have had the best credentials and is considered as the original King Vikramaditya.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

"Thiruvalluvar Thirupayanam"

Hon'ble MP Shri. Tarun Vijay's humble tribute to the great saint poet of India 'Thiruvalluvar'

He began his Thiruvalluvar Thirupayanam from Thiruvalluvar Statue at Kanyakumari on 11th Jan 2015 and completed his payanam in Chennai on 15th Jan 2015 via Madurai and Trichy.  He also celenbrated Pongal at a Dalit Village in TN.

Few glimpses of Thiruvalluvar Thirupayanam:

The Hindu – 13 Jan 2015

Tarun Vijay promises a place for Thiruvalluvar’s portrait in parliament


BJP MP Tarun Vijay at Setupathi Boys Higher Secondary School in Madurai on Monday.— Photo: S. James

“I will ensure that the Indian Parliament has a statue or a portrait of great Thiruvalluvar for his contribution to Tamil Literature through Thirukkural,” said Bharathiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament Tarun Vijay here on Monday.
As a part of his “Thiruvalluvar Thiruppayanam” or yatra to promote the classic ‘Thirukkural’ and its author Thiruvalluvar, Mr. Tarun Vijay visited Madurai City from Tirunelveli and addressed a meeting organised at Setupathi Higher Secondary School.
Raising questions about the general lack of awareness in the northern parts of the country about ‘Thirukkural’ even after years of independence, Mr. Tarun Vijay said that it was one of the greatest treasures of Tamil language and Indian culture which should be taken to every part of the country.
“Tamil scholars and enthusiasts must be united in the cause of spreading awareness about the greatness of Thiruvalluvar’s works and we will ensure that all schools and colleges have a picture of Subramaniya Bharathi and Thiruvalluvar as a first step towards creating awareness,” he said.
Mr. Tarun Vijay further encouraged that ‘Thirukkural’ couplets could be painted behind autorickshaws and buses to let more people know about its greatness.
While thanking people in Madurai for the warm welcome they had extended to him, a son of the Uttarakhand soil, he spoke in remembrance of Flight Lieutenant K. Praveen of Madurai, who had lost his life while helping people during the Uttarakhand floods.

Sankara Seetharaman, vice president of Kamban Kazhagam, K. Vaidyanathan, Editor of Dinamani Newspaper, Poet So. So. Mi. Sundaram and Professor R. Sreenivasan from Sastra University also spoke at the event.
Times of India – 12 Jan 2015


BJP MP sings praise for Tamil poets

MADURAI: BJP MP Tarun Vijay said that a statue for Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar should be erected in Indian Parliament and portraits of Thiruvalluvar and Tamil poet Mahakavi Bharathiyar should be kept in all the institutions across India. He insisted that students from all parts of the nation should be encouraged to study thirukural (Thiruvalluvar's couplets). He was speaking to an audience of Tamil enthusiasts here on his 'kural yatra' to propagate awareness about Tamil poets Thiruvalluvar and Mahakavi Bharathiyar on Monday.

Earlier, he paid tribute to Bharathiyar statue in Sethupathi Higher Secondary School, where Bharathiyar worked as a teacher for a short time in 1904. He started his yatra from Kanyakumari on Sunday after paying tribute to the 133-foot Thiruvalluvar statue in Kanyakumari. He arrived here after visiting Bharathiyar's birthplace at Ettayapuram in Tirunelveli district. Tarun, who started his speech with a few words in Tamil and a thirukural, said that he felt sad that many parts of the nation still did not know the epics in Tamil language. Thiruvallur and thirukural is not known to many people in the country, he said, and attributed it to the "superior attitude" of people in north India. India is not complete without thirukural and one would not be complete without knowing the literary work of Thiruvalluvar, he commented. Bharathiyar should be conferred with Bharat Ratna and his works should be celebrated. He is a poet who also involved himself in the fight for freedom and travelled from south to north for the cause, he said.

Indian should forget the differences over language and traditions, ideology and culture and should work together to promote thirukural. He called on the people to support him to do more for the Tamil language. He had already requested 
Pranab Mukherjee, the President of the nation, to allow practice of law in Tamil language in Madras High Court, he said.

He was immensely happy to call himself a Tamil lover, he said, adding that even though he was born in Uttarakhand, he wanted to be the son of Tamil Nadu. Before the nation celebrates the language, the Tamil people should celebrate it. Parents should ask their children to talk in the language. Tamils should take inspiration from Tamil literary giants and should spread the language, he said.

The Hindu – 11 Jan 2015


BJP MP vows to take Thirukkural across India

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BJP MP Tarun Vijay and Union Minister of State for Shipping and Highways Pon. Radhakrishnan at Thiruvalluvar statue in Kanyakumari on Sunday.— Photo: A. SHAIKMOHIDEEN

Bharatiya Janata Party Rajya Sabha MP from Uttarakhand Tarun Vijay has vowed to take the teachings of saint poet Thiruvalluvar to every nook and cranny of the country.
Beginning his “Thiruvalluvar Thiruppayanam” after offering prayer to Thiruvalluvar statue here, Mr Tarun Vijay said Thirukkural couplets were the best example for national integration.
Later speaking at a felicitation function at South Mada Street, he said the glory of Thirukkural and the biography of Thiruvalluvar would be taken to every college and school across the country.
He would strive to include the biography of Thiruvalluvar in school and college curriculams in north India as the work of the saint poet was advocated equality, he noted.
Thirukkural couplets should be written on the back of every vehicle. The cultural values and history of north and south should be exchanged elaborately, he stressed.
Holy water from the Ganga and soil from the house where poet Subramania Bharati stayed in Varanasi were brought and kept at the feet of Thiruvalluvar statue.
The holy water was poured into the sea at Kanyakumari and the soil would be handed over at the residence of Bharathi at Ettayapuram, he noted.
He said he felt like the son of Tamil Nadu though he was born in Uttarakhand. He would establish a “Tamil Learning Centre” in Dehradun, he added.

Union Minister of State for Shipping and Highways Pon. Radhakrishnan, BJP State president Tamizhisai Soundarrajan, State vice-president Vanathi Srinivasan, BJP national secretary H. Raja and others participated.

 The New Indian Express – 11 Jan 2015

'Kural Can Help Curb Extremism'

By Express News Service
Published: 12th January 2015 06:00 AM
Last Updated: 12th January 2015 06:00 AM
BJP MP Tarun Vijay and Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan paying floral tributes to the statue of Tiruvalluvar, in Kanyakumari on Sunday | express

NAGERCOIL: Following the path of the Thirukkural, a Tamil Sangam literature, is the solution to terrorism and extremism, said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajya Sabha MP Tarun Vijay from Uttarakhand, who kicked-off his Thirukkural Thirupayanam rally from Kanyakumari on Sunday.
Tarun Vijay, along with Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan, BJP State president Tamilisai Soundararajan, BJP national secretary H Raja and senior leaders of the party and Tamil scholars paid floral tributes at the 133-foot high Thiruvalluvar statue in the mid-sea in Kanyakumari. Later, he addressed a gathering at Sanadhi Street in Kanyakumari before starting his rally.
None would as much love their language and culture as Tamil people do, said Tarun Vijay during his address. He added, “Swami Vivekananda had asked the young to rise for a new India, and I want Tamil brothers to rise for a new Tamil Nadu.”
Thiruvalluvar is not just a poet of Tamil Nadu, but Thiruvalluvar and Thirukkural should reach all north Indian houses and schools, said Tarun Vijay. Thiruvalluvar’s biography and Thirukkural are going to be taught at schools all over India, he said, thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Cabinet Minister for Human Resource Development Smriti Irani.

While Tarun Vijay talked about Thirukkural, Silapathikaram and other Tamil literatures in the Parliament, all political party representatives from Tamil Nadu including the DMK and the AIADMK stood and applauded him, he said.