Old Tamil Poetry

Translations of Tamil Poetic works that span 2000 years

Thirukkural – 733

Even when overburdened, bearing it and paying
taxes due to the ruler – that’s a country.

பொறை ஒருங்கு மேல்வருங்கால் தாங்கி, இறைவற்கு
இறை ஒருங்கு நேர்வது-நாடு.

Even when a country is over burdened (like influx of refugees from neighboring countries) it should have the resilience and resources to bear it and still pay taxes due to the ruler. That is the hall mark of a good country.

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