Veteran lyricist Vairamuthu has said a controversial term he used to describe Vaishnavite saint Andal, the only woman among Alvars, was only a quote from a book, and claimed he intended to praise the revered Krishna devotee.
In a statement, he said, “What was published was not my opinion. It was the view of an independent researcher. The objective of literature is to elevate the status of literary figures and not to demean them.”
He added: “All know that my entire article speaks of the greatness of Andal. My intention is not to hurt anyone. But if I had hurt, I feel sorry.”
Earlier, he came under attack from BJP, AIADMK and Hindu outfits members for his remarks on Andal. Several people felt that Vairamuthu had crossed a line. Vairamuthu gave the speech at the Srivilliputhur Andal Temple during a discussion on Andal.