Tamils - a Trans State Nation..

"To us all towns are one, all men our kin.
Life's good comes not from others' gift, nor ill
Man's pains and pains' relief are from within.
Thus have we seen in visions of the wise !."
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Tamil Poem in Purananuru, circa 500 B.C 

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About Us  Mission Statement:
Mission: tamilnation.org is concerned to tell a story. ..It is a story of the growing togetherness of a trans state nation of people of  more than 80 million Tamils  living today in many lands and across distant seas... .. about their shared heritage...  their rich language & literature... ... their vibrant culture..... their valour and ideals ...It  is a story about those who contributed to the Tamil renaissance of the 19th & 20th centuries.... But it is not a story simply about the past. It is a story about the present and of  a trans state nation of people who seek  to rid themselves of the divisions amongst them - be it rooted in  caste or race or religion or  gender...It is also  a story about the future and the determined aspiration of a nation of people who seek to live in equality and in freedom with the other nations of the world ... It is a story of the heroic struggle of the  people of Tamil Eelam for freedom from alien Sinhala rule...It is  a story about the growing togetherness of a trans state nation of people in an unfolding digital age - a digital age which has rendered State boundaries  increasingly porous and  where deep rooted kinship ties are finding fresh avenues for expression...It is a story about a trans state nation of people who seek to  meaningfully contribute to an emerging one world, unfolding from matter to life to mind ...

On the 10th Anniversary of the Launching of tamilnation.org on 10 May 1998: The Relevance of Aurobindo: Early Political Life & Teachings Sri Aurobindo on Unity and British Rule "It is a common cry in this country that we should effect the unity of its people before we try to be free. There is no cry which is more plausible, none which is more hollow...  The first question we have to answer is - can this practical unity be accomplished by acquiescence in foreign rule? ... a state created by the encampment of a foreign race among a conquered population and supported in the last resort not by any section of the people but by external force, is an inorganic state... the tendency of the intruding body is to break down all the existing organs of national life and to engross all power in itself. ...  if the middle class could be either tamed, bribed or limited in its expansion, the disorganisation would be complete...The organs of middle class political life can only be dangerous so long as they are independent. By taking away their independence they become fresh sources of strength for the Government...The dissolution of the subject organisation into a disorganised crowd is the inevitable working of an alien despotism..."  more

10 May 2007 On the third anniversary of the re-launch of tamilnation.org on 10 May 2004 and the ninth anniversary of its first launch on 10 May 1998 -  Revisted: Reflections on the Gita - 26 years ago "..That which was said by Lord Krishna to Arujna in the battlefield was both simple and fundamental - simple to declare but fundamental in content. It was a call for action in the battlefield and where else is there a greater need for action. And Lord Krishna urging Arjuna to do battle against those whom Arjuna regarded as his friends, his teachers and his relations, tells Arujna, "To action you have a right, but not to the fruits thereof."

This oft repeated statement of the Gita is of very direct relevance to all of us who are engaged in activity or action of one kind or another. The detachment which the Gita speaks about is not the opposite of attachment. It is not a dead detachment. It is not a negative detachment. Understanding the Gita is not a mere intellectual exercise in the trap of opposites.

There is in each one of us an urge to live without conflict, without opposites, to understand the whole and become holy. There is in each one of us a path of harmony, our dharma, and it is this path of harmony which the Gita enjoins us to follow. For Arujna that path was to engage in battle.more

10 May 2006  "Today is the Second Anniversary of the re-launch of tamilnation.org on 10 May 2004 and the Eighth Anniversary of its first launch on 10 May 1998. Anniversaries afford opportunities to pause and reflect. And something that I had written eight years ago, in April 1998, came to mind. It was written in response to a friend who wondered whether Gandhiam would survive.  My response was titled Gandhi and Tamil Eelam. I wrote - "I have often agonised about whether I should write at all - I have asked to what end do I write? The Tamil short story writer, Sundara Ramasamy  who was in London about four years ago told me that he had asked the same question - and his answer was that as he gave expression in words to that which was buried in him, he himself evolved and changed. My involvement in the Tamil struggle during the past several years has helped to further my understanding both of myself and the people to whom I belong. Every inside has an outside - and every outside has an inside. And the two always go together. However, I can lay no claim to infallibility...

Words which are not related to our deeds are not of much value. Gandhi walked his talk. It is when our words match our deeds that we ourselves become integrated and whole - and acquire the capability to truly serve. Each of us have our dharma - our way of harmony. It was Arujna’s dharma to do battle and it was in battle that Arujna found peace - and eventual growth. Any other path would have left him in pain and in conflict. But, the search for harmony is elusive. It was Annie Besant  who remarked once (translating the Gita), that it is better to act in accordance with one's own dharma rather than try 'to act out some one else's dharma better'. ..

The struggle for Tamil Eelam is no afternoon tea party. I remember Sathasivam Krishnakumar (Kittu) speaking to me about action in battle - how single minded one needed to be once engaged in battle. There could be no wavering. No question of a Hamlet like 'to be or not to be'. He would pause reflectively and say: "It was almost as if one was transformed in the heat of battle into another being." At the same time an armed struggle is not a carte blanche to kill and maim and lines will have to be drawn however difficult or even seemingly impossible that task may sometimes appear to be.  I believe that means and ends are inseparable... 

Each one of us will determine that which appears right to him or her - and then match his words with his deeds. It seems to me that the way forward is not to turn a blind eye to the issues that confront the struggle - but at the same time refuse to undermine those who have given so much of themselves so that their brothers and sisters may live in equality and freedom. ... Yes, I do believe that 'Gandhiam' will survive as more and more people (and that includes myself) acquire more and more courage to openly stand up for that which they know to be the truth and be willing to suffer for that which they believe to be right..."

About Us - 10 May 2005  - Today is the first year anniversary of the re- launch of tamilnation.org on 10 May 2004. On looking back,  we are reminded of the quote from Victor Frankl which appeared in our Reflections page on our first launch on 10 May 1998 - a quote which, perhaps, bears repetition, seven years later - "Don't aim at success - the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run - in the long run, I say! - success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it..." Victor E. Frankl, who endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps, writing  in 'Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning'

"அன்பும் சிவமும் இரண்டென்பர் அறிவிலார்
அன்பேசிவமாவது யாரும் அறிகிலார்
அன்பே சிவமாவது யாரும் அறிந்தபின்
அன்பேசிவமாய் அமர்ந்திருந்தாரே"
Thirumular's Thirumanthiram

About Us - 10 May 2004 "The world occurs differently for each one of us. Additionally, for each one of us, the world occurs differently at different stages of our lives. We grow and we change - we enfold and unfold tamilnation.org was launched on 10 May 1998 and was closed three years later on 30 June 2001. The closure led to some bouquets and some brickbats - both were understandable though, perhaps, not equally welcome! The fact that the reasons for the closure were 'personal' led to some speculation as to the 'reasons' - and that too was understandable.  The reasons were personal, but perhaps I should have made clear, at that time, that the closure had nothing to do with any external pressure. There was no external pressure. There are passages in each of our lives when, more so than at other times, we feel a compelling need to stand back, reflect upon, and learn from our life experiences. The closure of   tamilnation.org on 30 June 2001, had something to do with that compulsion and that need." - Nadesan Satyendra, 10 May 2004

 
About Us & Visitor Comments
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From: V.Selvaratnam, Sri Lanka, 3 October 2009

Will you please let me know whether I can buy the book " Thirukkural in Thamil with English Translation by Kaviyoki Maharishi Suddhananda Bharathiyar " in Colombo. If so the the name and address of the Book Shop.

Response by tamilnation.org  Regretfully we do not have the information that you requested. However, you may download the book in pdf format from our Thirukural page at http://www.tamilnation.org/literature/kural/kaviyogi/tksindex.htm

From: Sundaravadivel, USA, 30 August 2009

Vanakkam!  I am from Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Our Tamil Sangam (known as Panainilam Tamil Sangam) has produced a musical CD containing all 1330 Thirukkurals in one MP3 CD. This is an attempt to spread Thirukkural in musical format. This has created a lot of interest among several Tamil enthusiasts in US and abroad. Recently at the FeTNA convention (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America; held in Atlanta), we were able to give this for a small charge to all the registrants. This CD is available for sale either through contacting us by email or by online. Please read about this project at:  http://panainilam.blogspot.com/2009/02/1330.html  We will greatly appreciate if you could add this link to the tamilnation website since tamilnation.org  is one of the prominent Tamil sites recording our history genuinely.

Response by tamilnation.org  We have included your project in our Kural CDs page. We wish you well with your efforts.

From: Joy Elliott, United Kingdom, 31 August 2009

Dear Tamil Nation,  I am a PhD student in International Relations,  conducting research regarding the significance of global politics to organizations seeking change within a national region. I am specifically interested in groups who support nationalism for people in conflicted areas. I would be grateful if anyone from your organization would be available to discuss with me the Tamil national cause and the activities you undertake to raise awareness of your issues as well as seek change, outside of Sri Lanka. I am contacting your organization as you specifically operate outside Sri Lanka and I hope you will be able to provide a greater understanding for me of the aims of your organization and the activities you undertake. Best Regards,

Response by tamilnation.org  We thank you for your email and for your interest. Regretfully our remit does not extend to arranging interviews/discussions. We wish you well with your research - and hopefully you may find the contents at this site of some small help.

From: Balaji, Tamil Nadu, 27 July 2009

அன்புள்ள தமிழ் இனைய நண்பர்களே, இந்த இணையம் தமிழர்களுக்காக உருவாக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது(TamilNation.org) என்பதில் பெரிதும் மகிழ்கிறேன் .தமிழனுக்காக ஒரு நாடு உருவாக வேண்டும் , அதற்கு உலகில் பறந்து விரிந்துள்ள தமிழ் சமுகத்தில் உள்ள ஒவ்வொரு தமிழனும் உழைக்க வேண்டும் என்று தமிழ் அன்னையின் சார்பில் கேட்டுகொள்கிறேன். தமிழன் இல்லாத நாடில்லை - தமிழனுக் கென்று ஒரு நாடில்லை.  ழ்க தமிழ் ! வளர்க தமிழ் ஈழம்!

From: Varman, United Kingdom, 24 June 2009

Dear Tamilnation: I was so very delighted to read the exquisite writing in Tamil by Shan Tavarasa. (O, how I wish I could type in Tamil!!)  Tavarasa also quotes Sitthar Yogasamy.  I wish to know, if at all possible, if there are any first-hand research done on Sitthar both in India and in Eelam.  The Poets of the Powers by Zvelebil is an excellent book on the subject.  But it would be helpful to read any research material available.  I have searched various university libraries and yet to find any thing of substance.  One of the key challenges one might encounter in such research project is that a true Sitthar will be hesitant or will hardly ever talk about matters spiritual. Tavarasa also writes about the demise of Eelam leadership.  I mourn the fact that we Tamils didn't have an ounce of decency to publicly pay homage to our fallen leaders.  On the contrary, with the aiding and abetting of some websites the diaspora has been spin-doctored to an eschatological numbness.  One US based Tamil affairs Website has posted some of the disgusting and derogatory things said about Prabaharan in its discussion slot.  Is this how we "manage" to honour the fallen? Nandri, Vannakam.

From: MakizhNan.P,  Madison, USA, 22 June 2009

தங்களுடைய தமிழர்களுக்கான இணையம் அருமையாக உள்ளது. தற்செயலாக சாதி பற்றி தேடிய பொழுது  இவ் இணையத்தை  படிக்க நேர்ந்தாலும், அருமையான விடயங்களை தவறவிட்டு விட்டோம் என்ற எண்ணம் மேலோங்கியது.  ஈழத்தின் திறவுகோல் தமிழகத்தின் கையில் உள்ளது, ஆனால் தமிழகமோ சாதிப் பிடியில் உள்ளது. முயன்றால் முடியும். அன்புடன்

From: Orruvan, United Kingdom, 20 June 2009

I am so glad tamilnation.org is back in orbit. It is sad that V Prabaharan's death has become a bone of contention. The Tamil Diaspora did not rise up to honour and mourn the death of the Tiger leadership. I'm beginning to wonder whether the Diaspora lacks independent thinking. As the good Book says, all have been led astray like sheep. What does this sheepish behaviour tell us? Have we forgotten the basic etiquette of our culture that we often boast of and have become just political pawns lacking in integrity and gratitude? I however find solace in the song sung by the great Santhirababu: http://www.tamilnation.org/asx/onnumaepuriyale.asx . Mikka Nandri.

From: Shan Sendhil Velan, USA, 18 June 2009

Added to the misery of having lost our Brother, not able to access tamilnation.org was heart wrenching to put it mildly. Really good  to see you back online. Thanks.

From: Sujananth Thiru, 18 May 2009

I am so glad that tamilnation.org is back online. While this website was down, my brother and friends were disappointed as they spend many hours devouring its valuable contents. I was devastated and worried that the materials were all lost as the construction notice was sudden. We shall not cry for a man who has wined and dined with death like many of our liberation fighters. The only payment and respect we can give him is the freedom of our people for his outstanding service to all of us.

From: Nadarajah Thirugnanasothy, United Kingdom, 18 May 2009

I am very very pleased to see tamilnation.org  back. I missed it very badly

From: V. Indran, United Kingdom, 18 May 2009

I am pleased that tamilnation.org  is back on line. Yes, me too -  I have never met or ever spoken to Velupillai Prabhakaran. Yet, when he died on 17 May 2009, I felt a deep sense of personal loss. He is only few years older to me and to see a young life perish in front of us is unbearable. In life all us make mistakes and reflect on them, but �Thalaivar� always reminds me of the words of Martin Luther King, Jr -  "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

From: J.Morley, Canada, 18 May 2009

Thank the Lord, you are back. I was sad that this wonderful site had disappeared. Keep the flame alive and keep the "Utaya Sooriyan" flying. I kept checking the book mark every day and today you are up and running. A great gift to us all.

About Us - 18 June 2009

tamilnation.org  was closed one month ago - on the day following the death of  Velupillai Prabhakaran on 17 May 2009 and  remained closed for 30 days. It was a period of mourning for a national hero  who will  live in the hearts and minds of generations of Tamils yet unborn as an undying and heroic symbol of  Tamil resistance to alien rule.  Periods of mourning are not only for grieving - they are also for reflection. Unsurprisingly, the past 30 days of mourning was also a period of reflection for tamilnation.org and for many millions of Tamils living in many lands - and that reflection will continue in the months ahead. [see also Confronting the Death of Velupillai Prabhakaran - Nadesan Satyendra]  It was Ernest Renan who said more than 125 years ago -  "Where national memories are concerned, griefs are of more value than triumphs, for they impose duties, and require a common effort. A nation is therefore a large-scale solidarity, constituted by the feeling of the sacrifices that one has made in the past and of those that one is prepared to make in the future. " On  the 31st day of the death of Velupillai Prabhakaran, on 18 June 2009, tamilnation.org  reopens its pages  - and at the same time reaffirms  its  mission statement...

From: Kumuthan Kulasothy, Australia,  16 June 2009

You are probably getting 1000's of emails asking you why your website is still down... so I assume I'll get your standard reply. I am worried that your website is still down. If it was your decision to close down / remove all content off your site then can you PLEASE put it back on. Your website was invaluable to all of us Tamils. PLEASE bring it back online. I have an idea of why it is offline but I don't want to say anything in email (which is not secure). I hope Mr Satyendra gets to read this. If someone is filtering these emails, I'd appreciate it if u could get him to read this. I am a big fan of your website. Yours is my favourite website, (on equal fav with TamilNet) :-) Nunri, Vanakkam.

From: Tim Piegat, Texas, USA, 11 June 2009

Dear Webmaster at tamilnation.org

The website has been down for some time. I find this distressing. I am not a wealthy man, but I would like to help if I can. If it is a matter of servers and server space, or if it is a matter of hosting that is causing the site to not be up, Perhaps I can help. If nothing else, I have a broadband connection and maybe could host it from a home PC -- in this case, a dynamic DNS could be used to point to a home PC. This would not have the reliability of a commercial host, but it would at least get the site back up and make it accessible again.

There is too much valuable information on tamilnation.org for it to be missing. I would like to help if I can. I understand that this is a sensitive issue for you, but I feel that I must do something and stand up for the right regarding what is going on. Thank you.

From: Arun Rayan, Hongkong,  5 June 2009

வணக்கம்.

தமிழ்நேசன் வலைத்தளத்தை அனுக முடியாமல் உள்ளது. தமிழரின் வரலாற்று ஆவனங்களை பேணிப்பாதுகாக்கும் ஒரு நூலகமாகவே  நாம் அதனை பார்த்துவருகின்றோம்.

தயவுசெய்து என்ன  காரணம் என்று அறியத்தாருங்கள்.

நன்றி, அன்புடன் அருண்

From: Ganesan Amirthalingam, United Kingdom, 25 May 2009

Dear Sir, I have been trying to access your website for sometime and I understand that it is under construction. Could you please let me know when it will be back on the web. Thank you

From: Ranew Mohydin, Sweden, 18 May 2009

Regards from Stockholm. As a Kurd, I feel the pain the Tamils feel. I wish the best of luck for Tamils and the LTTE. Biji Tamil Ealam, Biji Kurdistan.

From: S.Kothandaraman, Tamil Nadu, 12 May 2009

வணக்கம். தங்கள் இணைய தளத்தில் 6ஆம் திருமுறையில்- யுனிகோட்-முதல் தொகுதியின் தலைப்பில் 1 முதல் 508 பாடல்கள் இருப்பதாகக் குறிப்பிடப்பட்டுள்ளது. ஆனால் 409 பாடல்களே காணப்படுகின்றன.இரண்டாம் தொகுதியில் 509 முதல் காணப்படுகின்றது. அருள் கூர்ந்து விடுபட்டவற்றை நிரப்ப வேண்டுகிறேன்.

Response by tamilnation.org  Many thanks for pointing out the error. This has now been corrected. Mikka Nanri.

From: Shan Balasubramaniam, Toronto Canada, 4 May 2009

I accidentally came across this site while searching the history of the two nations which existed in Sri Lanka before British rule and what a fantastic rich Tamil site I found in  tamilnation.org. I admire the great and detailed tough work of yours to give the world an awareness of about Tamil's history in Ceylon, now so called Sri Lanka.

I wish you also focus on all the massacre, carnage, and genocidal photos and videos of Tamils in your special archive in chronological order as much as you could gather so when  "Thamil EELAM" is born we can show the world the true face of blood thirsty Sinhala regimes and we can educate our future Thamil generation by creating a world Thamil Holocust Museum of  the 21st century and show the world that even at this time period of the millenium such a brutal genocidal regimes exist(ed). Atleast by then the world would have come to understand the Thamil's struggle. Great work, very informative with history

From: Dinesh, Chennai, 4 April 2009

Hats off to the site. I am a Telugu , born and brought up from Hyderabad. My parents belong to Theni district of Tamilnadu. I am  really interested in Tamil language and want to know about Tamil people who are our neighbours and also a part of South Indian Dravidan culture. I am fond of Thiruvilayadal puranam, Pura naanuru, AAthichoodi(Yes I know to write Tamil and read also !).  I want to make a small correction about Dr Rajkumar's father. Dr Rajkumar's father was born in Singanallur near kollegal taluk , which belonged to Coimbatore district some 55 years back. It is not the Singanallur near Coimbatore City.

From: R.Vishnu, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, 22 March 2009

I am proud to be a Tamilan.  I am doing a masters in Civil Engineering in Coimbatore. I am very happy to see all of you via the web from my hometown. Hats off for your effort for the Tamil Eelam people and our culture. Best Wishes

From: Sivap. Satkurunathan, 20 March 2009

வணக்கம், இந்த இணைய தளம் உண்மையிலேயே மிகவும் பயனுள்ளதாக உள்ளது.இது போலவே  மேலும் பல் பயனுள்ள விடயங்களை இது வழங்க எல்லாம் வல்ல அந்த இறைவனின் ஆசி கிட்டுவதாக. மேலும், இதில் இடம்பெற்றுள்ள எழுத்து வடிவ திருமுறைகளில் ஒருசில எழுத்துப்பிழைகள் ஏற்ற்பட்டுள்ளன.அதை அன்புடன் சுட்டிக்காட்ட என்னை அனுமதிப்பீர்கள் என்று நினைக்கிறேன்.தயவுசெய்து அதைத்திருத்திவிடவும்.

Response by tamilnation.org  Many thanks for your comments and for having taken the trouble to point out the spelling/typos in our Thirumurai page. We have now made the corrections. We thank you for your blessings.

From: பெ.கண்ணன். P.Kannan,  Tamil Nadu, 13 March 2009

tamilnation.org is a great source of information about our language. It is a  website dedicated for our culture & language. I refer this site to my non Tamil friends. I tell them about what is going on in our Thamil Eelam. This website is of great help. I like to share my view and thank for your dedication.  It will definitely help our Tamil people to understand the greatness of our language. நன்றி!   Thanks! 

Response by tamilnation.org  We are grateful for your comments - and we are grateful for the opportunity that we have had to give expression to our own exploration of our Tamil identity.

".. It is the fight for national existence which sets culture moving and opens to it the doors of creation... It is at the heart of national consciousness that international consciousness lives and grows. And this two-fold emerging is ultimately the source of all culture..." Frantz Fanon at the Congress of Black African Writers, 1959

From: Mike Johnson [ [email protected] ], 10 March 2009

Hi, It is pity that you guys are still dreaming about a Tamil Nation. Please look at this article and tell me why you send these innocent kids to a war for the sake of your "F***ing" day dream? These kids do not deserve to die. Why not you idiots leave the countries you are living and go to the battle field? You people are living in luxury and day dreaming about a Tamil Nation and let these kids die. Damn you! Mike

Response by tamilnation.org  It appears that even with the genocidal blood letting in the Vanni, Sinhala chauvinism has a continuing need to resort to vulgar abuse. But for those Tamils who have lived through 1956, 1958, 1961, 1977  and 1983; for those Tamils who have witnessed Sinhala mobs with raised sarongs setting fire to Tamil dwellings and to Tamils in vans on the roads of Colombo; and  for those Tamils who  have survived to live as refugees, asylum seekers and wandering nomads in foreign lands, such Sinhala abuse will not come as a surprise.

Sinhala chauvinism's concern for innocent Tamil kids butchered by President Rajapaksa's genocidal regime, will ofcourse touch the hearts of more than 70 million Tamils living in Tamil Nadu and in many lands -  including the tens of  thousands who attended the funerals of  Muthukumar, Ravichandran, Thamil Venthan, Sivaprakasam and Murugathasan.

The jibe that expatriate Tamils, in comfortable middle class homes in US, UK, Canada, Australia and elsewhere, support and thereby encourage a war at the cost of sacrificing the lives of young Tamil children and causing untold suffering to the Tamils in Tamil Eelam is not a new one.  It was a jibe that was often  made long years ago by ex Oxford Union President and  Sri Lanka National Security Minister, Lalith Athulathmudali. And it appears that others too have not been able to resist its seductive appeal.

But, what then should the Tamil expatriate do? Stay silent and let the Sinhala army occupy and rule the Tamil homeland? Stay silent and condemn the same young 'Tamil kids' to a life under oppressive alien Sinhala rule? Plead with the Sinhala government, as the Tamils did for thirty years from 1948, to 'rule' the Tamils fairly and justly? Petition the Sinhala rulers to be benevolent and generous?  Encourage peaceful protest, so that Tamils in Eelam may be attacked again like they were in 1956, 1958 and 1961 (long before the birth of the armed resistance movement) ?

Or should the Tamil expatriate encourage young 'Tamil kids' in Eelam to become quislings and collaborators and beg for crumbs from their master's table? And in that way put 'development aid' to good use. Or perhaps the Tamil expatriate should encourage young 'Tamil kids' in Eelam to take an even more transcendental stand and decry national divisions and espouse the concept of the 'one world'  -  'one world' for the Tamils but 'our nation' (with  a Sinhala Lion flag, an unrepealed Sinhala Only Act, Buddhism as the state religion and a Sinhala Sri Lanka name) for the Sinhalas?  Should the Tamil expatriate  then transport himself to a rarefied 'stratosphere', close his eyes to the ground reality of a world of nation states and continue to live comfortably and safely in his middle class home?

It is true that hypocrisy in politics must be decried. But, is it hypocrisy to support a struggle for freedom from alien rule, because you yourself have not taken up arms or because your children have not taken up arms? Does that mean that the thousands, in many parts of the world, who supported Vietnam's struggle against foreign occupation, were hypocrites? Or does that mean that they should have stayed silent whilst the Vietnam war and the carpet bombing by the US killed thousands of young Vietnamese and devastated acres of agricultural land - because their support may have prolonged Vietnamese resistance?

Or to take a more recent example, does it mean that the millions who supported the struggle of Nelson Mandela against a racist regime in South Africa should have stayed silent unless they were willing to send their children to fight in South Africa together with the Umkhonto we Sizwe ?

Said all that, we do detect beneath Mike Johnson's vulgar bluster, an underlying fear. After all, it is those who are afraid who find the need to bluster and abuse. Sinhala chauvinism is rooted in fear. Sinhala chauvinism is rooted in the  'minority complex' that is etched in the Sinhala psyche - a minority complex which springs from the knowledge that though the Sinhala people are  a majority in the island of Sri Lanka they are a minority in the region. 

 "With their  books and culture and the will and strength characteristic of their race, the Tamils (if parity were granted) would  soon rise to exert their dominant power over us”    S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike, Sri Lanka Daily News 8 November 1955 quoted in  Ana Pararajasingham, Required: Paradigm Shifts, 11 December 2005

And, by its cumulative actions during the past several decades, Sinhala chauvinism is making its fears come true. The Sinhala ethno nation which dare not speak its name is right to be afraid that President Rajapaksa's genocidal onslaught  on Tamil Eelam will strengthen the determination of more than 70 million Tamils living in many lands and bring closer the emergence of an independent Tamil state. 

It was Sri Aurobindo from Bengal (the land from which the Sinhala Vijaya supposedly came), who declared  over a hundred years ago -

"The mistake which despots, benevolent or malevolent, have been making ever since organised states came into existence and which, it seems, they will go on making to the end of the chapter, is that they overestimate their coercive power, which is physical and material and therefore palpable, and underestimate the power and vitality of ideas and sentiments. A feeling or a thought, the aspiration towards liberty, cannot be estimated in the terms of concrete power, in so many fighting men, so many armed police, so many guns, so many prisons, such and such laws, ukases, and executive powers. But such feelings and thoughts are more powerful than fighting men and guns and prisons and laws and ukases. Their beginnings are feeble, their end is mighty. But of despotic repression the beginnings are mighty, the end is feeble... But the despot will not recognise this superiority, the teachings of history have no meaning for him. ..He is deceived also by the temporary triumph of his repressive measures.. and thinks,

“Oh, the circumstances in my case are quite different, I am a different thing from any yet recorded in history, stronger, more virtuous and moral, better organised. I am God’s favourite and can never come to harm.” 

And so the old drama is staged again and acted till it reaches the old catastrophe..."

And so the old drama is staged again and acted till it reaches the old catastrophe. Mike Johnson is right to fear 'day dreams' that are rooted in aspirations for liberty. We would end by repeating something that another visitor to tamilnation.org  said some 9 months ago in June 2008 -

Dear Sinhalese:

I understand that you are upset by us. Indeed, it appears that you are quite upset, even angry.

Today, it is the "barbarism of LTTE terrorism", yesterday it was the Federal party, before that it was the "favouritism of the British". It appears that Tamils, who could achieve equality and who, therefore, could live, upset you.

Indeed, every few years you seem to become upset by us. You were upset in 1956,  in 1958, in 1961 and in 1977 and went on acts of arson, rape, pillage, murder and plain barbarity and we were scornfully asked to go to the Federal party for help.

Of course, dear Sinhalese, long before there was a Tamil tiger, we the Tamil people - upset you. And we go back a long way in the history of Sinhala upset. We upset the "Great" Sinhala King Dutugemunu and you still use his "history" to teach your young ones to be more upset by us.

Reds are upset and monks are upset. The radical Sinhalese are upset and the gentle "Sinhalese moderates" are upset. We upset the Sinhala Hamudawa who massacred tens of thousands of us; we upset the Sinhala police who, collaborated with rioters and killed, burnt and slaughtered untold numbers of us.

And it is because we became so upset over upsetting you, dear Sinhalese, that we decided to leave you - in a manner of speaking - and establish a Tamil state. The reasoning was that living in close contact with you, as resident-strangers, we upset you, irritate you and disturb you. What better notion, then, than to leave you (and thus love you) - and have you love us and so, we decided to come home - home to the same land we were driven to in 1983.

Black July 1983 - the Exodus

Having left you and your pogroms and riots, having taken our leave from you to live alone in our own little state of Tamil Eelam, we continue to upset you.

Well, dear Sinhalese, consider the reaction of a normal Tamil from Tamil Eelam:

In 1956 and  1958 and 1961 and 1977,  there was no "Tamil terrorism" to impede peace between Tamils and Sinhalese. Indeed, there was no Kotias (Tigers) to upset anybody. Nevertheless, the same Sinhalese slaughtered thousands of Tamils in Hingurakgoda, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya and Colombo. Indeed, in 1958 so many Tamil men, women and children were mercilessly hunted down in Polonaruwa Sugar plantation.

Dear Sinhalese, why did you massacre hundreds of Tamils in one day in 1958? Why did you carry out the1977 pogrom and made 75,000 refugees. Could it have been your anger over Tiger terrorism in 2007? And why were thousands of Tamil men, women and children slaughtered in pogroms between 1956-83? Was it because Sinhalese were upset over Tiger terrorism in 1996?

The same twisted faces, the same hate, the same cry of "para demala" (foreign Tamils!) that we hear and see today, were seen and heard then. The same people, the same dream - Sinhala Buddhism only. What you failed to do yesterday, you dream of today.

Dear Sinhalese, you stood by and cheered on when the Sinhala police burnt down our beloved Jaffna library.

Jaffna Public Library - Burnt Shell


You stood by when Sinhala police massacred attendees at an International Tamil Cultural event in Jaffna.

You contributed and stood by in 1983 genocide, wildly cheered by wild mobs in every Sinhala town and city in your land.

You drove millions of Tamils to the North-East, thus suggesting Tamil Eelam is our only Homeland. When we come here to establish Tamil Eelam, alas that upsets you again. It appears that you are hard to please.

And since we know that the Sinhalese dream daily of our extinction, we will do everything possible to remain alive in our own homeland. If that bothers you, dear Sinhalese, well ? - think of how many times in the past you bothered us.

In any event, dear Sinhalese, if you are bothered by us, here is one Tamil who could not care less and, frankly doesn't give a damn !

From: Sasikumar, USA 4 March 2009

Obama said “Walk Taller” and I did

An engineer by profession, Sasikumar holds double masters degree in Engineering from Annamalai University (India) and Business Administration from the University of Phoenix (USA). He writes to transform the Indian politics into an issue based one.

Towards the end of the presidential election season in the USA, President Mr. Obama (then Democratic presidential candidate) requested all Americans to go to the polling booth early to avoid last minute mishap and fulfill their right to vote and walk taller. Although I have been a staunch supporter of Mr. Obama, being an immigrant, I was unable to fulfill his request since I was only a permanent resident and not a citizen yet. Even though Mr. Obama was addressing the entire nation, I felt as if he was talking to me directly. However, I wondered how I can walk taller.

I have been living in the USA – the land of opportunities, for ten years now and my roots stretch to India. I grew up in Chennai, a city in the southern state of Tamil Nadu which is in very close proximity to Sri Lanka – the South Asian island nation that has appeared in international headlines recently more than ever before due to the civil war and the civilian casualties. Right from my childhood I have been aware of the Sri Lankan crisis and the discrimination faced by the ethnic minority Tamils of that nation. However I have never had an opportunity to participate in any rallies or meetings that were organized on the Sri Lankan crisis either back in India or here in the USA.

But two weeks ago when I received an email from my friend to participate in the “Stop the Genocide in Sri Lanka” rally in front of the White House at Washington DC, I decided immediately that I should participate.

Soon, I was thinking about how to make sign hoardings and placards (This being the first rally in my entire life). I used to think that it is always difficult to make hoardings by putting right words and perfect pictures to get attention from the authorities and others. But when I browsed a few web sites, I found lot of pictures of corpses of children, women and elders - all civilian casualties (real disturbing images – depicting the cruelty of war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan army). I downloaded few of those pictures in to my flash drive and went to the nearest FedEx-Kinkos store.

A lady staff was helping me at the Kinkos store to organize the pictures and phrases in to the hoardings. Before showing the images, I gave her the due warning that some of the pictures are very disturbing. Seeing all those pictures, she chose two of the less disturbing ones to use in the hoarding and said “let us not use other pictures because I don’t want you and others who will be standing near by in the rally to get sick by seeing those pictures continuously”. I agreed and we completed the hoardings with those subtle pictures and the following phrases – “Sri Lanka - Stop Genocide, Stop the War, President Obama –
Please help Tamils defend their nation, Tamils need Freedom, Recognize Tamil Eelam” etc.

When I returned home from the Kinkos store, I was thinking about the lady staff’s statement “get sick by seeing those pictures continuously”, I was wondering about the psychological stress of the people living in the war zone who are seeing these images live.

On the chilly Friday morning my self and my 5 year old son got up early, refreshed quickly and collected our sign boards. My house is located at 3 hours driving distance from the venue where the rally was being organized. We left our house at 7.30 am so that we will be able to attend the rally in time. When we reached the front of the White House at 10.30 am, we saw lot of enthusiastic Sri Lankan Tamils walking towards the venue carrying banners, placards and the red flags of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Eelam is the name given to the North Eastern region of Sri Lanka, that the ethnic minority Tamils of Sri Lanka call their home and are seeking independence for).

I was delighted to see a large number of people (about 10,000) – men, women and children gathered during a work day to express their grief against the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Though the temperature in Washington DC was cold and the weather windy we did not really feel much of it since we all had lots of heat in our hearts.

I saw Tamil Americans, Tamil Canadians, Tamil Indians and Tamils of different countries, but their aim was same. They carried different national flags – USA, Canada, England, France, Germany and also that of Tamil Eelam, However their aim was same. There were kids, adults, girls, boys, men & women but their aim was same.

They all wanted to stop the killing of Tamils in Sri Lanka, save innocent civilians from the Sri Lankan forces, expose the oppressive Sri Lankan government’s ethnic cleansing tactics and free the Tamil Eelam nation.

All of us were chanting in front of the world’s highest office. I was doing my part chanting along (my 5 year old son too)

”What do we want – Justice”
“When do we want – Right now”
“Sri Lanka - Stop Genocide”
“President Obama - help Tamils defend their nation”

At the end of the rally, representatives of the organizing group “Tamils against genocide” spoke about the various forms of Sri Lankan genocide and the ways to expose and protect the innocent Tamils from the hands of the Sri Lankan army.

After the rally when I returned to my car, I had a feeling that today, I walked taller (As our President Mr. Obama requested). For the first time in my life I have spent my day for a cause that might stop the killing of innocent people in Sri Lanka. I also exercised my freedom of speech and expressions in front of the world’s greatest leader Mr. President Barack Obama.

With the belief that one day Hope will win over Fear and CHANGE will knock the doors of the Tamil Eelam people and a free nation will rise from the ashes, I went to bed peacefully.

From: Rajaratnam Chandrasegaran [ [email protected] ], 11 February 2009

You are being influenced by the Hawaii Adheenam in advocating monotheism. Its interpretation from Thirumanthiram right through the thevarams and puranas are biased towards monotheism (non-duality) of Realty. This is reflected in your interpretation of auvayar's Vinayaga Argaval, which though it is ok from the view-point of sadhana (worship) is false in the concept of the reality of the ontology (ie.being) as promoted by Saivism. Give right credit to Siva worship. 

It stops short of Meykandar's and its siddhiars dissertation, explaining Saivism as methatheism i.e. the eternal reality of God, souls and Darkness as separate entities. It misinterprets the path to the Supreme Reality in worship (sadhana) as oneness to mean the reality of the ontology (i.e Being) as only One. 

This is a subtle area to elucidate right Understanding. If God is One and only reality, then why this unnecessary play? Logical reasoning should give at least the benefit of the doubt to The Perfect One in line with His Absolute Perfection that  it is indeed to enlighten the reality of another entity called soul which is primordially embedded in yet another reality of an entity called darkness aka malam. 

In the sadhana of non-differentiation practice, the soul should persist as such if it has to attain and remain in moksha (eternal liberation). It does not necessarily mean that the soul is back to Godhead from which it emerged. If so, why did it emerge in the first place? 

Please enlighten the world tamilians on the right path by considering the tenets of the Sivagnana Botham and its siddihars which are part of the holy books of Saivism as well. 

Saivism is unique to all other monotheistic faiths and auvayar and even prior to auvayar since the Sumerian sulgi (as per Dr. Loganathan proto tamil beginnings), through Thirumular, Nayanmars and till today is metatheistic. Do not promote the slanted view of the monotheistic semitic originated so called guru of the Hawaii Adheenam. Semitic influence made mainstream Hinduism, monotheistic too.

Response by tamilnation.org

The interpretation of auvayar's Vinayaga Argaval, which you refer to is the presumably the commentary found in  "auvaiyAr aruLicceita vinAyakar akaval, kukasrI racapati uraiyuTan" which was published by Project Madurai. They do not necessarily represent our own views.

Said that, we believe that we have some understanding of  the point that you make that 'the path to the Supreme Reality in worship (sadhana) as oneness' does not mean the same as 'the reality of the ontology (i.e Being) as only One'. We agree that the relationship between methodology and ontology is dialectical.

We also believe that we have some understanding of what you seek to convey when you say 'this is a subtle area to elucidate right Understanding'. The words of  Joachim Israel in the Language of Dialectics and the Dialectics of Language come to mind -

"Knowledge of language is knowledge of reality. Language itself is part of reality. ... When trying to specify the basic categories of dialectical reasoning we face a dilemma. By talking about dialectics we may understand what dialectical reasoning is. But we not only want to talk about dialectics, we also want to use dialectical reasoning in our account in order to grasp it. Hence, in order to grasp dialectics, we must understand what we mean when we talk about it. But in order to understand what we mean, we must grasp it by using it. It is therefore obvious, that the concept of " praxis " has a central role to play... "

That is why we believe that intellectual discourse in the 'spiritual' area is limited by the instrument that we use - our intellect. We have sought to collate some of the matters that has helped us to further our own understanding in our webpage titled  From Matter to Life to Mind: An Unfolding Consciousness. We have found that  a couple of matters which Sri Aurobindo said many years ago related to our own experience -

"The capital period of my intellectual development was when I could see clearly that what the intellect said might be correct and not correct, that what the intellect justified was true and its opposite was also true....

..When reason applies itself to life and action it becomes partial and passionate and the servant of other forces than the pure truth. Why does man have faith in reason? Because reason has a legitimate function to fulfil, for which it is perfectly adapted; and this is to justify and illumine for man his various experiences and to give him faith and conviction in holding on to the enlarging of his consciousness. But reason cannot arrive at any final truth because it can neither get to the root of things nor embrace their totality. It deals with the finite, the separate and has no measure for the all and the infinite..."

It may be that Mao Tse Tung did not say anything very different -

"Without life, there would be no death; without death there would be no life. Without above, there would be no below; without below there would be no above. Without misfortune, there would be no good fortune; without good fortune, there would be no misfortune. Without facility there would be no difficulty; without difficulty, there would be no facility. Without landlords there would be no tenant — peasants; without tenant-peasants, there would be no landlords. Without the bourgeoisie, there would be no proletariat; without proletariat, there would be no bourgeoisie."  Mao Tse-tung

And it is all this which led us to say many years ago -

" It is said that in the area of religion that which is the truth defies description and that which is described is never the truth: or as the saying goes in Tamil - Kandavan Vindilan, Vindavan Kandilan.

There is a story that is related of Bodhirama that he had once gathered his disciples about him to test their perception. One of the pupils said, 'In my opinion truth is beyond affirmation or negation.'. Bodhirama replied 'You have my skin'. Another disciple said, 'In my view it is like Ananda's sight of the Buddha - seen once and forever', and Bodhirama said, 'You have my flesh'. And, then as the story goes, the third disciple came before Bodhirama and was silent, and Bodhirama said, 'You have my marrow.'

Discussion and dialogue in the area of religion are but parts of skin and flesh - not the marrow - a marrow which is never found in words." Reflections on the Gita - Nadesan Satyendra, 1981

Finally may we say that for us, the Tamil Nation is a broad church and consists not only of Saivaites but also those who may regard themselves as Vaishanavaites, Christians, Buddhists and indeed aetheists - and that is not to deny the contributions made by the Thirumurai and the 63 Nayanmars to Tamil togetherness. It was after all a Christian priest Rev.Father Thaninayagam (whose contributions to Tamil research and Tamil studies are monumental) who commenced his introductory speech at the First International Tamil Research Conference in Kuala Lumpur in 1996 with the words from Thirumular's Thirumanthiram -

'என்னை நன்றாக இறைவன் படைத்தனன்
தன்னை நன்றாகத் தமிழ்செய்யு மாறே'

From: Anirban Ganguly, India 7 February 2009

I am extremely overwhelmed by the comments in your website. I am a Bengali but I wholeheartedly support the movement for an independent Tamil state and I hope that all the other non-Hindian nations including mine in India will rise up one day following your way. But I disagree on a certain point raised by V.Shrinivas on  27th October 2008. From his comments it looks like India favoured Bengalis on the Bangladesh issue. It's quite tragic that people are remain unaware of Urdu and Hindi speakers' continuing effort to suppress Bengali unity since the time of independence.

Bengali Hindus and Bengali Muslims share a common language, Bengali. Bengali Muslims also boast of their mother tongue. Bangladesh's national poet is Rabindranath Tagore and the official language is Bengali.  But the fatal influence of Urdu speaking North Indians influenced Bengali Muslims and the same influence of Hindi-speaking North Indians influenced Bengali Hindus to form two separate states, one went to Pakistan , got renamed as East Pakistan another came to India in the name of West Bengal. Thus, the North Indian influence separated two brothers. 
 

But the people from East Pakistan (or East Bengal) were all Bengalis irrespective of their religion. So, when Urdu speakers of Pakistan tried to make Urdu as the national language of Pakistan ignoring the Bengalis who were the major percentage of the population,a ll the Bengalis, be they Hindus or Muslims fought against  that oppression against their mother-tongue, sacrificed their lives to get freedom that gave birth to a new nation "Bangladesh" that means "Land of Bengalis". Yes,  India's help expedited the birth of this new nation. But Indira Gandhi did it to achieve a special goal that is to weaken Pakistan. But yes, India wouldn't have helped if Bangladesh was a part of Sri Lanka because India wouldn't have to achieve any political goal.

Now, in West Bengal, for the last couple of years we have been trying to make Bengali as the official language of our state. But the Indian government never wants us to achieve it and political leaders, as you know, are slaves of this Hindian masters. There are many other things, political and economic, that prove the ixistence of  Hindian oppression In West Bengal. I can't cover all of then in a single mail.

India's reactions on the the recent incidents in Sri Lanka actually proves  that Hindians never care about the feelings of other nations in India. Since at the time of independence all the Hindians secured their homelands inside India , they expect that we , the other nations, shouldn't give a second thought about our own nationalities if oppressed outside India. They expect us to be speaking Hindi , forget our own culture and language and mingle into the Hindi-stream which they consider as mainstream of India.

How much percentage  of the money they spend for the propagation of Hindi , do they spend for the development of our language and culture? We need to rise up against this perpetual oppression. But one thing my friend, Hindians are very cunning. They won't do anything like what Pakistanis did in Bangladesh . They have a long-term plan. Not only through the official plans , but through media, through songs, through movies - they have been trying to brain-wash the other nations of India. Punjabis once tried to fight but not sure what they are doing now.

Anyways keep the good things up. I have been truly inspired by your website, I hope you get a great success in the form of liberation and enlighten the other nations of India which are sleeping now.

Response by tamilnation.org  Many thanks for your comments. It was a Bengali writer Pramatha Chauduri who said it with such great eloquence more than 80 years ago -

"..You have accused me of "Bengali patriotism". I feel bound to reply. If it is a crime for a Bengali to harbour and encourage Bengali patriotism in his mind, then I am guilty. But I ask you: what other patriotism do you expect from a Bengali writer?

...At the root of Bengali patriotism is the sense of distinctiveness of the Bengali people. According to the doctrine of self determination of nations, Bengali patriotism has a special significance. We are, first, a special nation and we are also a small nation so the enemy of our self determination is Indian imperialism -  It is not a bad thing to try and weld many into one but to jumble them all up is dangerous, because the only way we can do that is by force. If you say that this does not apply to India, the reply is that if self determination is not suited to us, then it is not suited at all to Europe. No people in Europe are as different, one from another, as our people. There is not that much difference between England and Holland as there is between Madras and Bengal. Even France and Germany are not that far apart..."

From: Varan Sureshan, Australia, 7 February 2009

Please see ABC (Australia)  Interviews of Prof.Jayasuria - 'a thinking person's interview' 

From: முனைவர்  நா. மால்முருகன், சிங்கப்பூர் 7 February 2009

பரம்பொருளுக்கு என்னுடைய வேண்டுதல் ...

நான் நாத்தழும்பு ஏறிய நாத்திக வாதியல்ல ...
உன்னையே நம்பும் ஆத்திகன் ....
எல்லாவற்றையும் பார்த்துக் கொண்டிருக்கும் என் கடவுளே
ஏன் ஏன் இனிய ஈழ மக்களுக்கு இந்த துயரம்?

இந்துக்கள் நம்பும் ஏகன் அநேகனான ஆதி பரம்பொருளே
கிறித்துவர்கள் நம்பும் கர்த்தரே
இசுலாமியர்கள் நம்பும் அல்லாவே
மற்ற அனைத்து மதங்களும் குறிக்கும் நம்பும் ஏன் தெய்வமே
ஏன் ஏன் இனிய ஈழ மக்களுக்கு இந்த துயரம்?

ஈழ மக்கள் மீது உனக்கு கோபம் இருந்தாலும்
ஈழ மக்கள் உன் குழந்தைகள் அல்லவா?
அவர்கள் சார்பாக நான் மன்றாடுகிறேன்
அவர்களை காப்பற்ற வேண்டும் பரம்பொருளே !

எத்தனையோ முறை அவர்கள் அழுதாகி விட்டது
எத்தனையோ முறை அவர்கள் சொந்தங்களை இழந்தாகி விட்டது
எத்தனையோ முறை அவர்கள் உன்னிடம் முறையிட்டாகி விட்டது
எத்தனையோ முறை அவர்கள் சாக முடியும்?
அவர்கள் சார்பாக நான் மன்றாடுகிறேன்
அவர்களை காப்பற்ற வேண்டும் பரம்பொருளே !

தமிழ் ஜீவ மொழியல்லவா ? தமிழர் உன் சொந்தமன்றோ ?
தமிழுக்காக சங்க புலவராய் வந்தது நீயலையோ ?
தமிழுக்காக தமிழருக்காக ஓடி வரவேண்டும் - ஈழ
தமிழருக்கு ஒரு தனி நாடு தர வேண்டும் !

நீ ஒன்றும் ஓட்டு பிச்சைஎடுக்கும்
எங்கள் ஊர் அரசியல்வாதி இல்லையே
இரத்தம் குடிக்கும் சிங்கள ஓநாய்களிடம் இருந்து
எங்கள் தமிழ் ஜாதியை காப்பாற்று

தமிழனாய்ப் பிறந்து தமிழையே பேசி தமிழாலே பிழைப்பும் நடத்தி
ஈழத் தமிழரின் துயரை இழிவாக பேசும் தமிழனாய் இல்லாமல்
உண்மை தமிழனாய் இருந்து மன்றாடுகிறேன்
அவர்களை காப்பற்ற வேண்டும் பரம்பொருளே !

அவர்கள் யாருக்கும் எதிரானவர்கள் இல்லை
அவர்கள் கோரிக்கை நியாயம் என்று உனக்கு தெறியும்
அவர்கள் நலமாய் வாழ; உலகெங்கும் சிதறியுள்ள
அவர்கள் ஒன்றிணைய ஈழம் மலர ஆசியுங்கள் கடவுளே!

நீங்கள் பொறுமையாய் இருந்து
தமிழ் சாதி அழியா வேண்டாம் இறைவனே
எனக்கென்ன என் குடும்பம் என் பிழைப்பு என் வேலை
என்றிருக்க என்னால் முடியாது இறைவனே
ஈழ தமிழர்கள் நலமாய் வாழ; உலகெங்கும் சிதறியுள்ள
ஈழ தமிழர்கள் ஒன்றிணைய; ஈழம் மலர ஆசியுங்கள் கடவுளே!

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புத்தனை மறந்து போன இடத்தில் அன்பை மீண்டும் விதையுங்கள் !
உயிர்பலியை நிறுத்துங்கள் ! ஈழம் மலர வழி செய்யுங்கள் !
பரம்பொருளே நீங்கள் தான் அவர்களை காக்க வேண்டும் !

அனைத்து மதங்களும் குறிக்கும் நம்பும் ஏன் தெய்வமே
ஏன் ஏன் இனிய ஈழ மக்களுக்கு இந்த துயரம்?
அவர்கள் சார்பாக நான் மன்றாடுகிறேன்
அவர்களை காப்பற்ற வேண்டும் பரம்பொருளே !

From:Re Malarvannan,  8 January 2009

This is a great site providing a great point of entry for Tamil language and Tamil language users. I think, having mixed language content has its own advantages, though I prefer a monolingual site. But, why limit it to English language only? Can all English language content be translated to other MAJOR languages used by Tamil language speakers?

I understand about the economic constraints, but, with today's web technology , it is possible to do this in an easy manner. Without any major redevelopment of your current website, contents could be provided in different languages(slowly). Ofcourse, the ease of user interaction should not be compromised. I am thinking like Tamil+French, Tamil+Malayalam, Tamil+Hindi, etc., just like your current Tamil+English site. (Could be achieved very easily with a translator and the webmaster.) I see wealth of resources here! Let this content reach all. It will help all. It will educate all. Nothing should be wasted, or under-utilized.  அறிவு அற்றங்காக்கும் கருவி செறுவார்க்கும் உள்ளழிக்கல் ஆகா அரண். Thirukkural

Response by tamilnation.org  Many thanks for your comments.  Whilst todays web technology does help the translation process, the result tends to be 'mechanical' and often needs editing by competent human sources. Unfortunately, at the present time, we ourselves do not have the resources to undertake the translations that you have in mind.

[see also Visitor Comments:2008]

 

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