1. Thirukkural, a BCE 31 masterpiece in Tamil is secular in nature and wholesome in its approach, encompassing all aspects of life of an individual - personal, raising a family, his interaction with society and Statecraft .
2. Thirukkural is India’s gift to humanity, and the message of Thirukkural worth to be spread throughout the world so as to benefit the entire humanity.
3. Thirukkural is perfectly in-tune with the objectives of UNESCO, “Building peace in the minds of men & women” and that UNESCO provides an ideal forum for wider dissemination of Thirukkural.
4. In the above background , International Thirukkural Foundation (ITF) Mauritius launched monthly lecture series in English , since January 2021, joining hands with Voice of Valluvar Family, ValaiTamil, Tamil Valarchi Mandram Australia . The lectures centred around the message of Thirukkural and the Goals of UN /UNESCO.
5. The teachings contained in Thirukkural act as a Universal code of conduct for persons of all ages, transcending national boundaries, race, religion & gender. Realizing the relevance of the ageless wisdom contained in Thirukkural, scholars have translated it to more than 45 languages, including Russian, Mandarin, French, Italian and English, with more than one translation available in several languages. Constantine Joseph Beschi, an Italian Christian missionary, undertook the earliest translation of Thirukkural in 1730 and GU Pope carried out the first comprehensive English translation, in 1861.
6. Thirukkural aims to create a society based on justice, righteousness, compassion and equity. Thiruvalluvar declares that by birth all are equal, (Kural 972) and only deeds determine greatness or otherwise, of a person, and not his lineage or birth.
He emphasizes the importance of education for all, inculcates scientific temper in the mind of the readers and recommends that one has to discern the truth in everything he hears or reads, and says “Whatever, whoever may say, wisdom is to comprehend the true meaning of it” .(Kural 423).
7. The teachings contained in Thirukkural have influenced great men like Leo Tolstoy, the Nobel Laureate Albert Schweitzer and Mahatma Gandhi. In our troubled world, the profound knowledge of Thirukkural will help the Governments world over, in providing good governance and would enable people to lead a prosperous and peaceful life.
8. Our great country .especially Tamilnadu has been a torchbearer in promoting the teachings of Thiruvalluvar right from young age. In this regard ,the landmark judgement of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court delivered on 26 April 2016 by The Honourable Mr Justice R. Mahadevan is noteworthy . The High Court of Madras directed the Government of Tamilnadu to include 108 chapters of Thirukkural (Arathupal and Porutpal) in the school curriculum, which was incorporated into the syllabus from 6th standard to 12th Standard since 2017. The purpose of education must be to build a nation with moral values and Thirukkural is an ideal secular tool to achieve this end.
9. Recognizing the role that value-based education plays in creating a strong learning environment, capable of enhancing academic aptitude and developing students' social and relationship skills, the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India has issued a Circular to all Vice-Chancellors in India on 29th June 2015 exhorting them to organize essay competitions, seminars and quiz based on Thirukkural.
10 .In the above background, we, the following signatories earnestly appeal to the Government of Tamilnadu to take Thirukkural to UNESCO, through Union of India. Government of India can make a formal request to UNESCO, to have Thirukkural recognized as an "invaluable inheritance of mankind" ,under the provisions of Article 1(2)c of the Constitution of UNESCO.
11. In addition,Government of Tamilnadu /India may also take steps to install a Statue of Thiruvalluvar at UNESCO Headquarters and institute an International Annual award through UNESCO in the name of Thiruvalluvar.
12. Such a step will enhance the image of our country and also encourage Member countries to adopt and disseminate the knowledge of Thirukkural through schools and universities. This would, ultimately result in achieving the Mission of UNESCO ie "building peace in the minds of men and women".