Varanasi: The Banaras Hindu University welcomed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of setting up a Chair in the name of great Tamil poet, writer and philosopher Subramania Bharathi in the Faculty of Arts in BHU on Saturday.
“BHU is elated and excited on this announcement in the name of a great luminary, also known as ‘Mahakavi Bharathiar”, said the acting vice chancellor Prof. VK Shukla, adding that for ages ‘Kashi’ has been the land of knowledge and spirituality and BHU being situated in this great ancient city and established by Mahamana Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya, has taken forward this tradition of knowledge with the core objective of nation building.
“The Subramania Bharathi Chair will further strengthen this tradition of passing great wisdom and knowledge to youth. They will also get an opportunity to be inspired with the thoughts, philosophy and writings of Subramania Bharathi,” said Prof. Shukla. The chair will organize academic and research programmes with an aim to promote Tamil language, literature and cultural studies, he added.
PM made this announcement while performing the Lokarpan of Sardardham Bhavan and Bhoomi Pujan of Sardardham Phase-II Kanya Chhatralaya via video conferencing on Saturday.
In his address, the PM said that today September 11th is a big occasion – the 100th death anniversary of India’s great scholar, philosopher and freedom fighter ‘Subramania Bharati’. The philosophy of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat envisioned by Sardar Saheb has been shining with full divinity in the Tamil writings of Mahakavi Bharati. He noted that Subramania Bharati drew inspiration from Swami Vivekananda and was influenced by Sri Aurobindo. Bharati gave a new direction to his thoughts and new energy while living in Kashi. The PM said that Subramania Bharti always laid special emphasis on the unity of mankind and the unity of India. His ideals are an integral part of India’s thought and philosophy, he added.