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