Nitin Gadkari has been chastised for not standing during the Tamil Nadu state anthem
Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, has been chastised for failing to stand for the Tamil Nadu state anthem while virtually participating in a government programme in Chennai. Mr Gadkari, according to Tamil Nadu’s IT Minister Mano Thangaraj, is arrogant and has “insulted Tamil people.”
The Tamil Nadu government declared the song “Tamil Thai Vazhthu” to be the state anthem last year, and ordered it to be sung at all public events, including educational institutions and government offices.
Except for the differently abled, everyone will be required to stand when the song is played or sung, according to the Tamil Nadu government.
Mr Thangaraj asked Mr Gadkari to explain his “arrogant and irresponsible act” in a tweet. The incident occurred during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Chennai yesterday. ‘Tamil Thaai Vazhthu,’ a song sung in praise of Mother Tamil, is an invocation. Last year, the issue made headlines when IIT-Madras refused to sing the song at its convocation. In this regard, Tamil Nadu’s higher education minister wrote to the institute’s director.
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