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PM Modi quotes Tamil saint-poet extempore, draws applause

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvidanthai (TN) 

today hailed Tamil as a legend and quoted his couplet which said greater learning brings more wisdom.

Amidst applause, the during his address at the Defence Expo here, quoted Thiruvalluvar's couplet in Tamil extemporaneously, describing him as a celebrated poet-philosopher.

"Thottanaith thoorum manarkeni maandharku, kattranaithu thoorum arivu," he said and explained the essence of the couplet.

"In sand and soil the deep you delve you reach the spring below. The more you learn the freer streams of wisdom flow," he said.

Beginning his address with good morning in Tamil saying "Kaalai Vanakkam," said this was the first time he was participating at a defence expo.

He said, "I am both delighted and overwhelmed to see such a gathering here in the great state of "

He said the place where the Defence expo was being held (Thiruvidanthai in district) is historic.

He lauded as the land of our "glorious maritime legacy," in reference to the great Cholas and added "this is the land from where looked east and acted east 1000s of years ago.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 13:10 IST