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New Delhi: Terming the world's oldest language Tamil as beautiful and popular, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that he regrets not being able to learn the language.

"In the run-up to Mann Ki Baat, I was asked if there was something I missed out on during these long years as chief minister and prime minister. I feel -- it is a regret of sorts that I could not make enough efforts to learn the world's oldest language Tamil. Tamil literature is beautiful," PM Modi said.

He stated this during his monthly 'Mann Ki Baat' radio address.

The prime minister said sometimes even a very small and simple question rankles the mind.

"A few days ago Aparna Reddy ji of Hyderabad asked me one such question. She said 'You have been PM for so many years and were CM for so many years. Do you ever feel that something is missing?'" Modi said.

Noting that the question seemed simple but was difficult, he said, "I pondered this over and told myself that one of my shortcomings was that I could not make much effort to learn Tamil, the oldest language in the world; I could not make myself learn Tamil!"

The prime minister praised the Tamil language and its rich literature.

"It is such a beautiful language, which is popular all over the world. Many people have told me a lot about the quality of Tamil literature and the depth of the poems written in it," he said.


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