Vairamuthu's comments on 'Aandal' sparks row

By NT Bureau Published on Jan 09, 2018 02:49 PM IST

Chennai: In a new row of controversy, lyricist Vairamuthu was condemned by BJP and Hindu outfit leaders for his comment on Aandal, one of the 12 prime disciples (Always) of Vaishnavite tradition during a literary event held at Rajapalayam on Sunday.

The poet, who addressed in a programme titled 'Tamilai Aandal' has reportedly remarked that Aandal herself was a Devadasi. Earlier, Vairamuthu has penned an article too on the same subject in a Tamil daily.

As soon as the news started to spread, various Hindu parties in the State started to condemn the remarks made by the lyricist.

BJP national secretary H Raja hit out at Vairamuthu, stating that what the lyricist spoke on Aandal is totally blasphemous. He also expressed his condemnation towards the newspaper which organised the event.

'It has become a routine for people like Vairamuthu to strategise and attack the Hindu religion. What he has said in the function is poisonous. It is a disappointment that Dinamani has facilitated such a person's speech which has brought down its standard drastically. The newspaper should apologise for that,' he tweeted.

Hindu Makkal Katchi leader Arjun Sampath has asked Vairamuthu to apologise for humiliating a Hindu disciple.

Meanwhile, Vairamuthu in a effort to put an end to the controversy released two explanation statements in his official Twitter handle.

In the first one, he said, "People are spreading the words as per their wish and what runs in their minds. These are actually not my words. I believe, they know that there is a limit for making fun."

In the second statement, Vairamuthu said that the speech was not his own discovery. "The fact, that I shared was adapted from the history research paper submitted at Indiana University in the USA."

He also extended his apologies if he had hurt someone, which was not his intention.