Modi releases Tamil classic ‘Thirukkural’ in Tok Pisin language
   Date :23-May-2023

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi along with his Papua New Guinea counterpart James Marape on Monday released the Tamil classic ‘Thirukkural’ in the Tok Pisin language to bring the Indian thought and culture closer to the people of this southwestern Pacific nation. Modi arrived here on Sunday on his maiden visit to Papua New Guinea, becoming the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the country. He co-hosted with Marape a key summit between India and 14 Pacific island countries to boost bilateral ties. Tok Pisin is the official language of Papua New Guinea.
“Indian diaspora keeping alive connect with the motherland! [email protected] & PM James Marape launched a translation of the Tamil classic ‘Thirukkural’ in the Tok Pisin language of Papua New Guinea,” the Ministry of External Affairs tweeted. Co-authored by Subha Sasindran and Governor Sasindran Muthuvel of West New Britain Province, the book brings Indian thought and culture closer to the people of Papua New Guinea, it said.
“In Papua New Guinea, PM James Marape and I had the honour of releasing the Thirukkural in Tok Pisin language. Thirukkural is an iconic work, which provides valuable insights across different subjects,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted. Thirukkural, a collection of couplets on ethics, political and economic matters, and love, is written by Poet Thiruvalluvar. “I would like to commend @pngsasi, Governor of the West New Britain Province and Mrs. Subha Sasindran for their effort to translate the Thirukkural in Tok Pisin. Governor Sasindran has done his schooling in Tamil while Mrs. Subha Sasindran is a respected linguist,” he said.