Statue diplomacy has heralded era of TN-KTK co-op: BSY
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 24, 2009, 22:30
Chennai: The reciprocal gestures by Tamil Nadu and Karnataka in unveiling statues of Tamil and Kannada saint-poets this year has heralded a new era in relations between the two states and its people, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said on Thursday.

"I am very happy to mention that the unveiling of the statues of the two saint-poets has heralded a new era of friendship and co-operation between the people and two states," he said at the inauguration of a Hindu spiritual fair held by the Global Foundation for Civilisational Harmony here.

The statues of saint-poets Tiruvalluvar (Tamil) and Sarvajna (Kannada) were unveiled in Bangalore and Chennai respectively a few months back following Yeddyurappa's meeting with Karunanidhi, marking a new beginning in the ties between the two states, locked in the vexed Cauvery water dispute.

Yeddyurappa said the gesture by the two states was part of upholding our "great culture and heritage."

Service and spiritualism were two sides of a coin, he said adding Hindu spiritual organisations, however, lacked a unified approach and stressed the need for uniting and networking these in the larger interest of people.

He recalled the service rendered by a chain of institutionalised Mutts in Karnataka, especially in the fields of education and healthcare.

The fair will highlight the social consciousness of Hindu organisations and their various initiatives, organisers GFCH said.


First Published: Thursday, December 24, 2009, 22:30

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