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Tamils - a Nation without a State
தமிழ் அகம் - ஓர் உணர்வா, அல்லது இடமா?
Tamil Nadu - தமிழ் நாடு
- an estimated 60 million Tamils live in Tamil Nadu -
Beginnings of the Tamil Rebellion in Tamilnadu
26 January 2008
Since January 26 (Indian Independence Day) was a holiday, University of
Madras students went on a one-day strike on January 25 1965. (University of
Madras has now been split into a number of universities to reflect the growth in
colleges and student population. In 1965 there were only two universities in
Tamil Nadu, namely, University of Madras and Annamalai University.)
Protests held against the British rule pale in comparison to the protest
marches against Hindi imposition held on January 25, 1965. If you put all the
people who participated in demonstrations against British rule in Tamil Nadu
during all those years of British rule, they would be less than those who
demonstrated against Hindi imposition on that one day.
At least in one city (Coimbatore) "pall bearers" carried the "dead body" of
Hindi demon, accompanied by "wailing" students, to signify the "death" of Hindi
imposition in Tamil Nadu. The marches were colorful. The marches were noisy. The
marches were huge. It was all peaceful. The students wanted it that way. The
students did it that way.