TN Budget: Panel to prepare an etymological dictionary

The objective is to establish the relationship between Tamil and the Indo-European language family; Periyar’s works will be published in 21 languages

The objective is to establish the relationship between Tamil and the Indo-European language family; Periyar’s works will be published in 21 languages

The written works of the founder and social reformer of Dravidar Kazhagam ‘Thanthai Periyar’ EV Ramasamy will be published in print and digital editions in 21 Indian and global languages ​​at a cost of ₹5 crore, the Tamil Nadu government told the Assembly on Friday. .

Presenting the 2022-23 budget, Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan noted that “Thanthai Periyar” worked tirelessly until his dying breath to achieve social justice, spread rationalism and eradicate the subjugation of women. “His thoughts and writings have stood the test of time. It is the duty of this government to spread its message and its writings throughout the world so that all of humanity can benefit from its progressive ideas,” he said.

With a view to establishing the relationship between the Tamil language and the Indo-European language family, a committee of Tamil etymologists will be formed to prepare an etymological dictionary, Mr. Rajan said. For this project, ₹2 crore has been allocated.

“In order to establish the antiquity and classical status of the Tamil language, it is necessary to conduct scientific and etymological studies on the relationship of Tamil with other languages ​​of the world,” he said.

From this year, to promote education in the Tamil language, the school kits, including textbooks and notebooks, given to students in public schools will be extended to students in classes 1 to 10 in non-subsidized private schools who teach only in Tamil. This measure is estimated at ₹15 crore, he said.

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