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The Center had last month written to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin seeking his support and participation in the ongoing Kashi Tamil Sangamam, but is yet to receive a response. Sources in the Union Ministry of Education gave this information on Monday. Tamil experts, along with the Stalin-led DMK, have alleged that the Tamil Nadu government has not been involved in the month-long Kashi Tamil Sangam (KTS) in Varanasi.
Organized by the Union Ministry of Education, the KTS aims to rediscover the historical links between Kashi (Varanasi) in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and has two institutional partners, IIT-Madras and Banaras Hindu University.
A source in the ministry said that the ministry had written to the state government with details of the program and also sought support from the Tamil Nadu government as a stakeholder. However, the ministry is yet to receive any response. DMK spokesperson V Kannadasan criticized the Center for neither consulting nor inviting the Tamil Nadu government and Tamil scholars.
The ministry was also criticized for involving IIT-Madras as program coordinator in the state, alleging that the technical institute has nothing to do with the promotion of Tamil and Tamil literature.