The Malaysian Tamil Conference – 2012 was held in a grand manner on 14th & 15th of April, 2012 in the Ipoh Swan Residential Hostel of Malaysia. Dr.K.Veeramani, President Dravidar Kazhagam, who attended the conference as a special invitee was accorded a rousing welcome by the D.K. cadres in Malaysia. Thiru Dato M. Saravanan, Deputy Minister of Malaysian Town Planning Department welcomed Dr.K.Veeramani garlanding him. The statue of Thiruvalluvar was erected and decorated beautifully in a vehicle which was taken in a grand procession organised on the occasion. The dignitaries and special invitees viewed the procession from a vantage point.
Thiru Dato M. Saravanan, officially declared open “The Malaysian Tamil Conference–2012” organised by the Ipoh Sebastian School of Arts and delivered his address on 14th April 2012.
In presence of Dr.K.Veeramani, Thiru Dato M. Saravanan, Deputy Minister of Malaysian Town Planning Department unveiled the statue of Thiruvalluvar and delivered his special address.
Dato Veerasingam, Advisor for the Chief Minister of Perak State of Malaysia and Advisor of the Celebration Committee presided over the conference. Prominent dignitaries like Thiru Muthu of Gandhi Pallavan Educational Institutions of Kodaikanal , Dato G.Raju Congress leader of Ipoh Barat Division, Prof. Rajendran, Thiru Kulasekaran, Member of Parliament of Ipoh Barat constituency also participated in the conference.
Dato M.Saravanan in his speech said “we have to accept the changes happening every day in the world affairs without boasting about the greatness and glory of our past history. Otherwise we will get stagnated behind others and everyone will overtake us. We must set ourselves as example to be followed by our future generations. The Tamil people living in this country should get themselves united so that they can face the challenges arising in future.”
Dr.K.Veeramani in his speech said, “The immediate need of our Tamil people is the light of knowledge. They should be delivered from the darkness. Thiruvalluvar is the proper person to do this. There is one special feature in his Kural which any religion didn’t have. Valluvar says that knowledge denotes the power to analyze whatever was said by whomsoever and to find out the truth in it. But religious scriptures demand people to believe what they say without raising any question, and threaten the nonbelievers that they will be punished with hell. Periyar used to request the listeners at the beginning and at the end of his speech not to believe anything simply because he is telling them, but to analyse what he says with their rational thinking and accept only what they concur with and reject the rest. All the people speaking and writing Tamil cannot be considered as Tamils. Arignar Anna used to say that Tamils can be identified by the language they are speaking, the cultural style of life they are leading and the rationalist views they are possessing. In a country where it was said that birth is common to all creatures, how did the divisions by castes come?
During the times of Valluvar, palm leaves were used to write on. Then the paper and printing was invented. Now the computers came along laptops, i-pod, i-phone etc. This is the development of knowledge. You have to adapt it; you cannot neglect it. Periyar used to say that even the language should take the path of development.
The life itself is a method of trial and error. If you feel that what we are saying is not correct, please correct us; otherwise you correct yourself. This is what Periyar used to say all along.
The greatest drawback of Tamils is their ignorance. No other disease is more serious than this ignorance. Only the songs in Telugu, Kannada and Sanskrit rendered by Thyagaraja, Syama Sasthiri and Muthusamy Dikshadar were generally considered as classical music. But people used to forget that Muthu Thandavar, Marimutha pillai, and Arunachala Kavirayar have also rendered Tamil Classical songs.
Cultural slavery is worse than the political slavery. Cultural slavery is like putting cuffs on your brain. It can be broken only by Erode hammer.
So far as this country is concerned, we are minority people. Only when the minority people are also able to enjoy all the benefits and rights available to the majority people, only then it can be called a true democratic country. We, who have become citizens of this country, should be loyal to this country. If we have to get our rights, we must get ourselves united. Don’t concentrate on what divide us, but concentrate on what unite us. Ignore the former and appreciate the later.”