Bharathi Beyond India

Bharathi Beyond India

Sanaa Mohammed

WhatsApp Image 2021 10 02 at 07.47.21On the 26th of August 2021, MDT Hindu College, Thirunelveli, celebrated the 100th Birth Anniversary of legendary poet Mahakavi Subramania Bharati, who had studied in the same school.

Amid the other cultural events that dazzled the occasion, 'Kadal Kadanthum Bharati' (Bharati beyond India) gripped the audience the most, discussing Bharathiar's view on global relations.

The chief speaker of the virtual event was Mr Hameed Mohamed Rafeek, Director of Arabian Corrosions Company, Kuwait. Hameed's passion for Tamil literature and philanthropy reflected in his speech on Bharathiar's global vision. He elucidated why Bharathiar was a celebrated poet, writer and a stellar economist with a keen vision in geopolitics and covered the following in his speech.

Bharathiyar actively worked as an editor for the first Tamil language newspaper called 'Swadesamitran'.  This experience intrigued him into expressing and understanding international politics and relations. Not only was he a good writer, but he also spoke French and English fluently.

WhatsApp Image 2021 10 02 at 07.47.21 1Bharathiyar was one of the fewest to cover the slavery of Indian labourers in sugarcane fields in Fiji. He also appreciated the patriotism of Giuseppe Mazzini towards Italy and penned a poem showing sympathy to Belgium, which lost a war to Germany in the year 1940. 

These acts of support and sympathy to countries across the oceans proved Bharathiyar was a poet who was way ahead of his times.

Some of Bharathiyar's written works include the Dictatorship of Russian King George, the development of Chinese and Germany economy, improving the relations between India and Japan through cultural exchanges, Governance of Turkey, Independence of Ireland and the racist laws of 'Asiatic Law Amendment Ordinance' which put Indians in a humiliating position in South Africa.

Bharathiyar passion for writing was reflected even in his last breathing days. On his deathbed, Bharathiyar approached his friend Neelakandan Bhramachari asking him to publish and send his article about Afghanistan king 'Amanullah Khan' to the king himself.

Hameed concluded the event by expressing his grief on the unfair early death of the poet. Maha Kavi Bharathiyar was not only a poet. He was a voracious writer of global politics and economics. He was a cultural icon, a proud asset to the citizens of Tamil Nadu and will continue to be a legacy in the history of Tamil Mozhi for years to come.

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