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Thiruvalluvar (Tamil: திருவள்ளுவர்), commonly known as Valluvar, was a celebrated Tamil poet and philosopher. He is best known as the author of the Tirukkuṟaḷ, a collection of couplets on ethics, political and economical matters, and love. The text is considered an exceptional and widely cherished work of the Tamil literature.Almost no authentic information is available about Valluvar, states Kamil Zvelebil – a scholar of Tamil literature. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thiruvalluvar has received more than 1,247,101 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Thiruvalluvar is the 699th most popular philosopher (down from 528th in 2019), the 209th most popular biography from India (down from 140th in 2019) and the 27th most popular Indian Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Thiruvalluvar ranks 699 out of 1,089Before him are Jaakko Hintikka, Hermippus of Smyrna, Domingo de Soto, Vladimir Jankélévitch, Johann Heinrich Alsted, and James Mark Baldwin. After him are Thomas Arnold, Raymond Williams, William of Conches, Jakob Lorber, Gustavo Gutiérrez, and Jean Guitton.

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Among people born in 350, Thiruvalluvar ranks 10Before him are Thaïs, Plutarch of Athens, Dalmatius, Hermeric, Octar, and Gogugyang of Goguryeo. After him are Vithimiris, Bonifacius, Sosurim of Goguryeo, Flavius Dalmatius, and Pope Timothy I of Alexandria. Among people deceased in 351, Thiruvalluvar ranks 1

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Among people born in India, Thiruvalluvar ranks 209 out of 1,227Before him are Homi J. Bhabha (1909), Baji Rao I (1700), Idries Shah (1924), Jamsetji Tata (1839), Salim Ali (1896), and Motilal Nehru (1861). After him are Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed (1905), Narayana Guru (1855), Birsa Munda (1875), Liaquat Ali Khan (1895), Lala Lajpat Rai (1865), and Raja Ravi Varma (1848).


Among philosophers born in India, Thiruvalluvar ranks 27Before him are Chandrakirti (600), Jyotirao Phule (1827), Sivananda Saraswati (1887), Eknath (1533), Dignāga (480), and Madhvacharya (1199). After him are Narayana Guru (1855), Abhinavagupta (950), Inayat Khan (1882), Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897), Rishabhanatha (null), and Shah Waliullah Dehlawi (1703).