Legendary musician Ilayaraja who has been predominantly working in Tamil films, has been facing the wrath of online users after drawing parallels between India’s Prime minister Narendra Modi and social reformer Dr. Ambedkar. Tweets, posts and hashtags are trending against the musician who has been impressing the fans of Tamil cinema over decades.
In the foreword of a book titled “Ambedkar & Modi : Reformer’s Ideas, Performer’s Implementation”, Ilayaraja compared Narendra Modi and Dr. BR Ambedkar. In the foreword of the book, Ilayaraja wrote “The book also brings out some striking parallels between the personalities of Dr BR Ambedkar and Prime minister Narendra Modi. Both these striking personalities succeeded against odds that people from socially disempowered sections of society face”
“Both saw poverty and stifling social structures from close quarters and worked to dismantle them. Both dreamt big for India, but both are also practical men who believe in action rather than mere thought exercises” he further wrote.
The musician went on to state that Dr. Ambedkar would have been proud of Modi for the schemes he implemented for women so far. “Ambedkar will be proud of PM Modi for the pro women legislation like the triple talaq law that the government has brought into place along with schemes like “Beti Bachao Beti Padhai” which is aimed at social reformation” Ilayaraja wrote at the foreword.
“Bluekraft digital foundation” launched the book on 14th of April with a caption in their Twitter handle saying “On the occasion of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s Jayanti, BlueKraft Digital Foundation would like to pay tributes to his ideals through an announcement. Here is the first glimpse of our book ‘Ambedkar & Modi – Reformer’s Ideas, Performer’s Implementation” in their post.
On the occasion of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s Jayanti, BlueKraft Digital Foundation would like to pay tributes to his ideals through an announcement.
Here is the first glimpse of our book ‘Ambedkar & Modi – Reformer’s Ideas, Performer’s Implementation’. pic.twitter.com/bVBuSU4UZn
— BlueKraft Digital Foundation (@BlueKraft) April 14, 2022
The foreword didn’t go well with majority number of netizens which is evident through the hashtag that ia trending since Friday evening. Many disowned the ace musician and started criticizing him for his comparison between Ambedkar and Modi.
Check out some of their tweets below :
அந்தாளுக்கு மோடி மேல பாசம்லாம் இல்ல!
— Er.NithanKrish B.E., (@iam_nithankrish) April 15, 2022
இந்தியாவுல இவ்ளோ அயோக்கியதனம் நடந்தும்..அம்பேத்கரோட இந்த மயிராண்டிய நீ ஒப்பிடுவனா..
இளையராஜாவாவது மயிராவது… pic.twitter.com/rxukZ2rFpE
— Schumy Vanna Kaviyangal (@Schumy_Official) April 14, 2022
Well, he didn’t manage to get an Oscar award. He would want to atleast get a Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Poor thing. Let him. 😊#இளையராஜாவாவது_மயிராவது
— K Malmarugan/கோ மால்மருகன் |I stand with 🇺🇦 (@Kodungolan737) April 15, 2022
We respect ur music but not ur opinion mairu
— Mass (@Lee49949183) April 15, 2022
I respect your talent, not your opinion #இளையராஜாவாவது_மயிராவது
— christopher (@ChrisMurugan) April 15, 2022
— Ravi LTB (@loansthrubanks) April 15, 2022
— Priyan (@Priyasudhan_) April 15, 2022
— Mr.Kane. (@4thingsalike) April 15, 2022
Can you compare Martin Luther Kind Jr with Donald Trump …
That’s how IR has compared Modi with Dr Ambedkar .
He may be good in music but in common sense he is a dimwit
— Dinosaur Raman (@Dinosaurraman) April 15, 2022
I was die hard fan for your tamil songs and never liked you as person. Now it’s time move on from listening your songs also after knowing you are also a terrible sanghi. @ilaiyaraaja
— தமிழன் (@Rajakesari7) April 15, 2022