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BBC Report on Inaugural Meeting of World Tamil Confederation, 21 July 2002
- "The inaugural meeting of the World Tamil Confederation (held on Saturday
20th and Sunday 21st July 2004) brought together Tamils from more than 60
countries across North America, Europe, South Africa, Asia and Australasia.
The police had earlier denied permission for the gathering, after the
government said it was likely to be used as a forum for speeches in favour
of Sri Lanka's
Tamil Tiger (LTTE) rebels. But on Friday, the Madras High Court
overturned the ban after being given assurances that no pro-rebel slogans or
literature would be permitted. Tamils constitute one of the
world's largest diaspora
communities, and number more than 80 million worldwide if those in India
and Sri Lanka are included. Hundreds of poets and musicians, classical
scholars, scientists and doctors crowded the conference hall in the Tamil
Nadu state capital for the two-day event..."