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"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 !."
Tamil Poem in Purananuru, circa 500 B.C 

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"...A writer writes to a great extent to be read - as for those who say they don�t, let us admire them but not believe them.." Albert Camus quoted in Selected Writings - Nadesan Satyendra

Google Analytics Report on Visitors to tamilnation.org for the month of August  2009

Top Twenty  Two Cities 1. Chennai 2. Bangalore 3. London 4. Coimbatore 5. Singapore 6. Colombo 7. Dubayy 8. Mumbai 9. Delhi 10. Sydney 11. Kuala Lumpur 12. Madurai 13. Thanjavur 14. Hyderabad 15. New York 16. Melbourne 17. Riyadh 18. Doha 19. Petaling Jaya 20. Abu Dhabi 21. Don Mills 22. Pondicherry

Asian Studies MonitorThe Australian National University Asian Studies WWW Monitor  -  top five star 5star rating to the tamilnation website. [A well organised, and extensively annotated guide to Tamil-related resources - ed.] Research usefulness [essential - v.useful - useful - interesting - marginal:] Essential

The Asian Studies WWW Monitor  (ISSN 1329-9778) established in 1994,  forms a key element of the global, cooperative project Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library and is published by the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, the Australian National University, Australia. It   regularly monitors new developments in the Asian Studies' cyberspace and acts as a current awareness bulletin for a broad range of readers: academics, students, librarians, journalists, business people, government administrators and the wider community. All sources of online information reported by the 'Monitor' are inspected and rated on a 5 point scale [essential - v.useful - useful - interesting - marginal] in terms of their scholarly/factual quality and usefulness to the social sciences studies of the Asian continent, its regions and countries.

Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs lists What is a nation? in Course Readings for Graduate Program,on Social Movements, Democracy and Justice  

"Course Objective:...The social movements of the last four decades have been challenging both the established structures of power and the dominant visions of society. They are also changing the very nature of civil society and its traditional relationship with the state and altering social and cultural relations in the everyday life of millions of people.  Those movements are emerging in a time of resurgence of cultural and ethnic assertion; some of it antagonistic to well established social values and arrangements..."

Listing Note
of the tamilnation website:

"A comprehensive site produced by Tamils which provides an account of the political situation in Sri Lanka. The site contains detailed commentary and articles on political events relating to the Tamil struggle for an independent state: Tamil Eelam. There is also information on Tamil history, culture, religion, and art. It should be noted that information is presented from the perspective of the Tamil people."

Intute: Social Sciences is the subject group of Intute that provides the very best Web resources for education and research for the social sciences, including law, business, hospitality, sport and tourism. Intute: Social Sciences has been created by bringing together two of the Hubs of the Resource Discovery Network (RDN): Altis and SOSIG. In combining the resources and services of these two services, Intute: Social Sciences offers an easy to use and powerful tool for discovering the best Internet resources in this important range of subjects.

Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity
  listing note on the tamilnation website:

"An extensive site in support of the Tamils, with an overwhelming number of pages and links to other sites. A good resource for background information."

INCORE, the Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity, is a joint initiative of the University of Ulster and the United Nations University. The INCORE Internet Service is a central resource on the internet for those in the area of conflict resolution and ethnic conflict. It is intended to serve not only academic researchers but also policy-makers and practitioners. 

Dr R Harindranath, Media & Communications, The University of Melbourne,  paper presented on "Virtual Nationalism: Diaspora and Identity in tamilnation.org", International Conference on Communication and Reality. Barcelona. 2000.

Library Collections: Southeast Asia Collection

Tamil Nation - " A wealth of information on Tamil Culture, Language, History and Geography."

Orientation  orientation.com
editor's choice: selective siteseeing

"Only serious searchers need enter this site, perhaps the most extensive Tamil page on the Internet with more than 1500 pages awaiting your mouseclicks. Largely academic, the content is mostly text with very few visuals. After reading the site's elegant mission statement, first-time visitors can take a short introductory tour of the history, culture, and language of the Tamil people. A large collection of essays is available in a range of categories. Similarly, there is a listing of numerous links to Tamil sites in many different countries. A recipient of numerous Web awards and good reviews, the site is an invaluable source of information for those involved in Tamil studies. Only one drawback keeps this site from a perfect rating: the overemphasis on text (with links throughout) prevents easy searches."

Innovative Strategies for Understanding Community and Peace - Suggested Reading for Fall 2005
Conflict Resolution in Empire and Beyond
Nadesan Satyendra

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selects tamilnation.org as the  POLITICAL SITE OF THE WEEK: September 26, 1999

Links related to efforts toward peace in Sri Lanka
Tamilnation -- http://www.tamilnation.org/

A peace positive voice of the Tamil people, this site "exists to nurture the growing togetherness of more than 70 million Tamil people."

Nations & Nationalism - What is a Nation? listed in Readings for Course on Intellectual and Cultural History of Europe Since 1500 C.E.at

listing in Human Rights Resources: Asia

Tamilnation -
A web portal for information concerning the Tamil people.


Oxford University Press: Online Resource Centre - Issues in Political Theory
- Citation

A site on Tamil nationalism, but with many links to resources useful in the study of nationalism more generally.


the Electronic Information System for International Law

Listing of 
Self Determination: International Law and Practice at tamilnation.org

"Description: This web site produced by the Tamil National Foundation provides access to a wide variety of information on the topic of self determination. Links are provided to law journal articles on the subject of self determination as are reports and information produced by a variety of governmental and quasi governmental groups. Links to many United Nations instruments can be found at this site. Links to country studies are also available ."

EISIL has been developed, with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, by the American Society of International Law (ASIL), a scholarly association that has been a leader in the analysis, dissemination and development of international law since 1906.

Thinakaran, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 16 September 2000 on www.tamilnation.org

 "உலகெங்கும் வாழும் தமிழ் மக்களை ஒன்று சேர்த்து அவர்களை வளமாகவும், நலமாகவும், சுதந்திரத்துடனும் வாழவதை லட்சியமாகக் கொண்டுள்ளது இந்த தளம். தமிழர்களின் பாரம்பாரிய கலாச்சாரம், பண்பாடு , வளமான இலக்கியம், கலை, வரலாறு மற்றும் வாழ்க்கை நெறிகளை பற்றிப்பேசுகிறது இந்த தளம். உலகத் தமிழர்களை ஒன்றிணைக்கவும், உலகோடு அவர்களை ஒட்டி உரவாட வைக்கவும் ஒரு இணைப்பு பாலமாக விளங்கும் இந்த தளம். தமிழர்களின் கலை என்ற வகையில் பிரமிப்பூட்டும் ஏராளமான விஷயங்கள் அடங்கி இருக்கின்றன. தமிழர்கள் அனைவரும் பார்க்கவேண்டிய முக்கிய தளம். "

Mani M. Manivannan, Editor, Thendral Magazine, USA. 28 May 2004

"தமிழ் இணையத்தில் தொடக்க நாட்களில் இருந்து பங்கேற்று வருபவர்களுக்கு நன்கு அறிமுகமான வலைத்தளம் tamilnation.org. ஜுன் 2000-ல் அந்தப் பக்கங்கள் இணையத்திலிருந்து திடீர் என்று மறைந்த போது வருந்தியவர்களில் நானும் ஒருவன். தமிழ் நேஷன் தளமே மறையக்கூடும் என்றால், இருக்கும் பல வலைத்தளங்கள் எல்லாம் ம்ழை நீர்க் குமிழிகள்தாம் என்று கவலைப்பட்டேன்.  தழத்தை உருவாக்கிய ஈழ்த் தமிழர் அறிஞர் சத்தியேந்திரா, பலர் பலமுறை வற்புறித்தியும் தமிழ் நேஷன்.ஆர்க்கை உயிர்பிக்க மறுத்து வந்தார். அண்மையில் வலைத்தளங்களின் நிலையாமையைப் பற்றிப் பேசிக் கொண்டிருந்தபோது தற்செயலாக தமிழ் நேஷன்.ஆர்க்கைக் கூகிளில் தட்டினேன். கூகிள் காட்டிய கட்டியை சொடிக்கியபோது தோன்றியது மீண்டும் உயிர்த்தெழுந்த, புதிக்கப்பட்ட தமிழ் நேஷன் வலைத்தளம். தமிழ் தெரிந்த அனைவரும் ஒரு முறையாவது படிக்கவேண்டிய தளங்களில் ஒன்று தமிழ் நேஷன்."

listing of Tamil Nation

HOMELANDS (Autonomy, Secession, Independence and Nationalist Movements) has included the article "What is a nation" from the tamilnation website, in its selected  list of Readings On Peoples and Government  

Listing of 'What is a nation?' as a resource in University of Texas Course on Rhetoric of Public Bodies - Defining Political Bodies: Bodies, Nations, and the Body Politic with comment by Course Leader, Jeannete Harman:

"A reflection on what it means to be a nation from the tamilnation.org site - an interesting counterpoint to many American and European conceptions of nationality. How does this idea of nation differ from some of the other definitions we see?"

Signposts to Asia & the Pacific
listing note on the tamilnation website:

"A well organised, and extensively annotated guide to Tamil-related news and resources"

Signposts to Asia & the Pacific is a project of  the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ).

Wageningen University, Netherlands lists What is a Nation? as a Resource for Study Course on Human Dimensions of Land Use - Societal Development Themes - Political Structures, Nations & New Unions and States - "The rise and fall of empires and nation-states through the twentieth century has given birth to many new unions and states."

India United

Listing Note & Abstract: for Article on Mahatma Gandhi:

" Rajiv Gandhi, who virtually inherited the post of India's Prime Minister when his mother, Indira Gandhi was assassinated in 1984 by her own bodyguard, made an "accord" with the President of Shri Lanka,  J.R. (Junius Richard) Jayawardene in 1987 about the Tamil minorities of Shri Lanka without hearing their side. Rajiv Gandhi agreed that he would not allow Tamil Nadu, an Indian territory, to give shelter to the Tamil minorities who escaped from Shri Lanka. Rajiv Gandhi went one step further to send the Indian Army to fight against the Tamil minorities of Shri Lanka. The Indian Army was ultimately pulled out from Shri Lanka in 1989-1990. But, the senseless action of Rajiv Gandhi turned a section of the Tamil people against India. We appeal to our Tamil brothers and sisters not to turn against India because of the unprincipled policies of incompetent leaders...

....The goal of "India United" is to revive the forces of unity with which Mahatma Gandhi fought for India's independence. We need these forces to transform India into a land of compassion, mutual respect, justice and prosperity for all. We appeal to our Tamil brothers and sisters to join in this momentous task --- Editor, "India United".



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