The Union Government recently announced a month-long programme to “strengthen” and “rekindle” the cultural and civilisational bond between Tamil Nadu and Varanasi.

 

What is it?

  • ‘Kashi-Tamil Sangamam’ programme would be held from November 16 to December 16.
  • This programme, which would be a part of the ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharatinitiative which is aimed at rekindling the civilisational link between the new Kashi and Tamil Nadu — both deep centres of knowledge.
  • Building a heritage bridge for the new generation was a key feature of the National Education Policy.
  • As part of the programme, 2,500 people divided into 12 groups would be travelling to Varanasi by train during the period.
  • The journey points in Tamil Nadu would be Chennai, Rameswaram and Coimbatore.
  • The groups would include students, teachers, artisans and people from various walks of life.
  • The tours would include seminars, lectures, group meetings and visits to the Kashi Vishwanath temple and centres of important Tamil cultural heritage in Varanasi.
  • The knowledge partners for the programme would be IIT-Madras and the Banaras Hindu University, while the Uttar Pradesh government would be the host State.