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

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February 2007

28 February 2007 Tamils: a Trans State Nation to include Karnataka bans Tamil TV Channels after Verdict on sharing Cauvery Waters,

28 February 2007 Tamil National Forum

1. Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan On Waiting: Simple Lessons from Bogart, Bergman and Mandela

2. Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia -அன்று மகிந்தவின் முன்னோடிகளின் காலம்! இன்று மகிந்தவின் காலம்!! "...மகிந்த தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் போராட்டத்திற்கு தருவதற்கு ஒன்றே ஒன்றுதான் பாக்கியுள்ளது. அதைத்தான் மகிந்த ராஜபக்ச சர்வதேசத்திடமிருந்து பெற்றுத்தரப் போகின்றார். அது தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் போராட்டத்திற்கான சர்வதேசத்தின் அங்கீகாரம்!.." more

27 February 2007 Selected Writings & Speeches - Nadesan Satyendra to include Tamils: A Nation Without a State, Speech at Eelam Tamil Association, Sydney - 17 years ago on 23 July 1989

27 February 2007 Nations and Nationalism: What is a Nation? to include

ASEN 2007 Annual Conference at London School of Economics: "The Dark Face of Nationalism: Violence, Extremism and the Nation" 17-19 April 2007 [Seminar Programme includes Mr. Narendran Kumarakulasingam - Remembering Violence, Producing the Nation: Discourses of Tamil Nationalism and Mr. Razaak Mohamed Ghani - Ethnic Nationalism and Emergence of Religious Fundamentalism in Sri Lanka]

26 February 2007 United States & the Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom

American Tamils call for Recognition of Tamil Sovereignty   "We call upon the US Government to recognize the Tamil struggle for what it is - a legitimate freedom struggle. We should resist the propaganda by interested parties to portray their violence against the Tamil people and their political rights as a war against terrorism. Tamils� quest for self-rule should be accepted just as much as we yielded to the ultimate wishes of the Kosova people without worrying about Serbian sovereignty....we call upon our fellow Americans to stand with the Tamil Americans in support of the inalienable right of self-determination for the kith and kin we have left behind in the Tamil homeland..."

24 February 2007 What is Terrorism? to include Who are the terrorists in Sri Lanka asks Independent Australian Weekly

24 February 2007 Reflections

"There is nothing more frightening than active ignorance " - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act" - George Orwell

24 February 2007 Tamils: a Trans State Nation -  Tamil Nadu to include

1.இந்திய நலனை புறக்கணித்து இலங்கைத் தமிழர் பிரச்சினையில் தமிழகம் தலையிடாது - தமிழ் நாடு முதலமைச்சர் மு.கருணாநிதி

 2. Chennai Based Hindu Concerned about 'Tamil Nadu & LTTE Menace'

 22 February 2007 Conflict Resolution: Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka to include

5th Anniversary of Ceasefire Agreement:
1. Statement by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam
2. Statement by Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission
3.Jathika Hela Urumaya tells JVP: Ceasefire Agreement Already Dead - no point in demanding the government to abrogate the CFA
4. Buddhist Monks Demand Abrogation of CFA

21 February 2007 Tamil National Forum

1. Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan on Nuts and Bolts of Narayanan and Indian National Security

2. Editorial, Oru Paper  on Wordsmiths and Reality "Politicians, like writers, preachers, and poets, are wordsmiths. They deal mainly in words, not in actions... The best strategy is to disregard words and watch what actions people take... Whether the solution to liberating Tamils in the East is scorching the earth with multi barrel rockets or making them starve so they leave their lands, depends entirely on which Southern politician is describing the action..." more

3. Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia - ஒசாமாவிலிருந்து ஒபாமா வரை���.!!

21 February 2007 International Tamil Conferences -Tamil Studies  to include

Tamil Studies Conference: Imagining Collectives: Continuities, Changes and Contestations - இனத்துவப் புனைவுகள்: மாற்றம், தொடர்ச்சி, முரண் hosted by The Centre for South Asian Studies of the University of Toronto and the University of Windsor  May 31-June 2, 2007. Over 40 scholars from universities including Columbia University, University of California (Berkeley), Massey University (New Zealand), French Institute of Pondicherry, McGill University, University of Toronto, University of Batticaloa and the University of Peradeniya will participate more

20 February 2007 The Strength of an Idea to include

Queimada - Gillo Pontecorvo's Burn! - as long as there are empires, there will be wars -"... The young boy who guards the captured Dolores stays with him and provides Pontecorvo with a means of allowing Jose Dolores to give his ideas expression through dialogue. Jose Dolores does not assail his captor; he tries to inspire and convert him. He tells the young man that he does not wish to be released because this would only indicate that it was convenient for his enemy. What serves his enemies is harmful to him. "Freedom is not something a man can give you," he tells the boy. Dolores is cheered by the soldier's questions because, ironically, in men like the soldier who helps to put him to death, but who is disturbed and perplexed by Dolores, he sees in germination the future revolutionaries of Quemada. To enter the path of consciousness is to follow it to rebellion....." more

19 February 2007 Tamil Diaspora: a Trans State Nation -  Malaysia

Malaysian Tamil Campaign: Sri Lanka's Crime Against Humanity - "The United Nations must realise that Sri Lanka is a 'Failed State" and recognise Tamil Eelam"

18 February 2007 Sathyam Commentary

On Nicholas Burns, Mangala Samaraweera & US Foreign Policy   " At a press conference in Washington on 21 November 2006, US Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns declared in strident terms 'We believe that the Tamil Tigers, the LTTE, is a terrorist group responsible for massive bloodshed in the country and we hold the Tamil Tigers responsible for much of what has gone wrong in the country. We are not neutral in this respect.' Sacked Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera appears to know why..." more

17 February 2007 Reflection

"சுதந்திரம் என்பது பேரம்பேசிப் பெற்றுக்கொள்ளும் ஒரு வியாபாரப்பண்டமல்ல. ...நான் பேச்சுக்குத் தருவது குறைந்தளவு முக்கியத்துவமே: செயலால் வளர்ந்த பின்புதான் நாம் பேசத் தொடங்கவேண்டும்..." தமிழீழத் தேசியத் தலைவரின் சிந்தனையிலிருந்து

17 February 2007 International Relations  in the Age of Empire

1. On Financing Terrorism - M.K.Narayanan, Indian National Security Adviser together with comment by tamilnation.org "Mr.Narayanan's failure to openly recognise that  'the promotion and protection of human rights should be at the centre of the strategy to counter terrorism'  and his failure to recognise the need for "a clear, coherent, globally acceptable definition of the concept of terrorism"  may lead many to regard his  rhetoric that 'terrorism'  is 'one of the gravest scourges facing mankind' as simply a statist response directed to secure existing state boundaries..." more

2.Vladimir Putin, President of Russian Federation -  On the Unipolar World  "The unipolar world that had been proposed after the Cold War did not take place either. The history of humanity certainly has gone through unipolar periods and seen aspirations to world supremacy. And what hasn�t happened in world history? However, what is a unipolar world? However one might embellish this term, at the end of the day it refers to one type of situation, namely one centre of authority, one centre of force, one centre of decision-making. It is world in which there is one master, one sovereign. And at the end of the day this is pernicious not only for all those within this system, but also for the sovereign itself because it destroys itself from within... Incidentally, Russia � we � are constantly being taught about democracy. But for some reason those who teach us do not want to learn themselves. I consider that the unipolar model is not only unacceptable but also impossible in today�s world. " more

17 February 2007 Conflict Resolution: Sri Lanka - Tamil Eelam

Norwegian peace initiative was fated to fail - Professor Johan Galtung "In Sri Lanka, both parties have soldiers in uniform pitted against each other in war. The Government of Sri Lanka has, in addition, state terrorism, bombing, killing civilians and the LTTE has terrorism. The LTTE also has a guerilla capacity. It looks to me as if both have the capacity to deny the other victory. But imagine it happens: Killinochchi is flattened, Mr P is dead, LTTE dissolved. Will the Tamil dream of a Tamil Eelam die? Of course not. It will be revived, and new cycles of violence will occur. And probably new CFAs. And possibly the same mistake, confusing ceasefire with peace, using it as a sleeping pillow to do nothing.." together with comment by tamilnation.org  "One matter to which Professor Galtung does not allude is the strategic interest of the 'facilitators' of the peace process. Was Norway simply a 'good samaritan' or was it intent on securing the interests of the so called international community (i.e. the trilaterals - US, EU and Japan)? Was Norway playing the 'good cop role' as against the US 'bad cop role'  and the EU  'not so bad cop' role? In truth are there not two conflicts being 'played out' in the island of Sri Lanka -one the conflict between the Tamil Eelam freedom struggle and Sinhala Sri Lanka - and the  other  the conflict resulting from the uneasy balance of power between the International Community, India and China in the Indian Ocean Region?.."  more

16 February 2007 Democracy Continues Sri Lanka Style to include

When Sinhala Politicians fall out, some truth may out? - Sacked Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera writes to President Mahinda Rajapakse

"சிலர் சிரிப்பார், சிலர் அழுவார்..."

16 February 2007 Comments to include

Angelika, Elisabeth, Peder & Zikhder, Sweden "We are four students at a masters programme in International Museums Studies in Gothenburg, Sweden. We are currently working on an object from a museum collection, gathering information about it and later on we will make an exhibition including this object.

The object is a kavadi with the God Murugan riding a peacock which was collected in South India, the Kunrakudi Temple during the 1920s..." more

15 February 2007 Reflections

Ten years ago... "(Sri Lanka) Deputy Defence Minister Col.Anuruddha Ratwatte, deputising for President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, on the invitation of Northern commander Rohan Daluwatte, hoisted the Lion flag in the re-taken Jaffna town .. at the auspicious time of 11.52 am Tuesday (5 December)..... Martial music preceded the hoisting of flags....Some historians have already looked upon the liberation of Jaffna, Yapa Patuna of ancient fame, as a historical parallel to its re-taking by Prince Sapumal in the 15th century by vanquishing the forces of rebel chief Arya Chakravarti. Prince Sapumal later ascended the throne as King Buvenekabahu IV. " Sri Lanka State Controlled Ceylon Daily News, 6 December 1996

14 February 2007  International Frame & the Tamil  Struggle 

Sanmuga Suntharam writes from the United States on Sri Lanka�s Ambassador to the US & US Foreign Service Institute "Negotiations with the Sinhala government of Sri Lanka is like the familiar caricature of the man riding a donkey holding a rod attached to which is a string at the end which hangs a carrot just inches from the donkey�s snout. As the donkey moves to reach for it the carrot also moves. "Structurally" therefore it is impossible for the donkey to get the carrot unless it throws the rider off his back and grabs the carrot... .... designating the LTTE as "terrorists" was a political FATWA and cannot be justified. According to the political manual of the Bush administration, it is not the actions of an organization that qualifies it to be called "terrorist" but the epithet is given first in order to condemn its actions later as terrorist behavior to suit the politics of US and its client states. Decisions to impose sanctions are made first and excuses are sought later to designate groups terrorists." more

13 February 2007 Tamil National Forum to include

1. Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia on புரிந்துணர்வு ஒப்பந்தத்தின் ஐந்து ஆண்டு நிறைவும், புனைந்து விடப்பட்ட அங்கீகாரப் புரளிகளும் "தமிழழ விடுதலைப் போராட்டத்திற்கு மௌனமாக இருந்து ஆதரவு கொடுக்கின்ற பெரும்பான்மையான எமது உறவுகள், தமது ஆதரவை வெளிப்படையாகவே காட்ட வேண்டிய காலம் வந்துவிட்டது. புலம் பெயர்ந்த அனைத்துத் தமிழ் மக்களும், தமிழக மக்களும் ஒருங்கிணைந்து ஒரே குரலில், தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் போராட்டதிற்கான எமது முழுமையான ஆதரவை வெளிப்படுத்தும் பட்சத்தில், அதற்குரிய அங்கீகாரம் நம்மைத் தேடியே வரும்!. அப்போது அரசியல் வாதிகளை நாம் தேடிப் போக வேண்டி வராது. அவர்களே நம்மைத் தேடி வருவார்கள்." more

2. Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan On S.P.Amarasingam and My 1977 Valentine to Eelam "Those who study love letters and those who had fallen in love to write love letters know something special about these epistles. The essential ingredients of love letters are dreams and hopes. Love letters are neither codified laws nor step-by-step protocols in the problem shooting page of gadget manuals. By tradition and practice, love letters are permitted to have gush and mush embellishments. So, I don�t feel ashamed in reminiscing about my 30 Year-Old Valentine to Eelam." more

3.V.Sivasubramaniam writes from Malaysia on The Ultimate in Spirituality - Moksha - the experience of some of our saints and sages  "The realized Saint�s prescription for curing  insanity is indeed profound: �what is central is neither rationality nor its opposite, but something else, call it wisdom, which includes but supersedes rationality. Mind is born from that which is beyond the mind...�  more

12 February 2007 Children and Armed Conflict in Sri Lanka: Politics, Human Rights & the Law to include

1.Report of  UN Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in Sri Lanka S/2006/1006, 20 Dec 2006 together with comments by tamilnation.org: " United Nations S/2006/1006 Report on children and armed conflict in Sri Lanka has signally failed to address the question whether the LTTE is an 'armed group' within the meaning of that expression in the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child 2002  The political and juridical reality is that the LTTE is not an 'armed group' but a politico military entity enjoying a monopoly of legitimate coercive power within lines of control recognised by a Ceasefire Agreement � which Agreement itself has received international recognition and acceptance. This is a characteristic which the LTTE shares with states..." more

2.International Federation of Tamils - Observations on the Report of Under  Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict in Sri Lanka�, 6 February 2007 and

3 Report by Allan Rock Special Adviser to the Special Representative  of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, 10 February 2007 together with comments by tamilnation.org:

11 February 2007 Tamil National Forum to include M.Thanapalasingham -  தமிழ்த் தேசியமும் தனிதாயகம் அடிகளாரும்

10 February 2007 Tamil Nation Library to include

Raja Viknarasah - Rising Through The Wheels - The Tirukkural Way: Ancient Tamil Wisdom for Success  "Success is a journey, not a destination... ..For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating. For Jonathan Livingstone Seagull though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight.We all have our own 'seagull spirit'  within ourselves seeking perfection through total action. It is up to us to bring them 'out to life' whilst being mindful of the pitfalls described by the Kural." more

10 February 2007 Tamil National Forum to include

Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia இந்தியாவிற்கு சிறிலங்கா அரசு சொல்லும் செய்திகளும், தமிழீழ விடுதலைப்புலிகள் சொல்லும் செய்திகளும் together with comment by tamilnation.org more

9 February 2007 Culture & the Tamil Contribution to World Civilisation to include

Two Decades of Tamil Studies - Xavier S. Thani Nayagam "..if Tamil Studies is to obtain the place it deserves in humanistic curricula in universities abroad and in comparative studies so that these studies can make their contribution to the theoretical development of the disciplines involved, Tamil Sociology contributing to world sociology, Tamil history contributing to world history, Tamil literature contributing to world literature, Tamil music enriching world music, and the study of Tamil humanism contributing to the study of Man so that from the particularistic and the unique we may also understand the universal elements in human experience, it is essential that the most important research in quality and volume, be done in those areas where Tamil speakers live and where native university Departments of Tamil exist..." more

7 February 2007  Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom to include

The Tamil struggle for National Liberation: A Marxist Perspective - Socialism and Liberation "..Many of the political groups in Sri Lanka�both Tamil and Sinhala�profess to be socialists. The issue of national oppression is a critical one for Marxists, and the failure of socialist parties in Sri Lanka to champion the right of the Tamil people is a major obstacle to working-class unity.... To deny an oppressed nation the same right to self-determination that is enjoyed by an oppressor nation would amount to siding with the bourgeoisie of the oppressor nation..." more  together with comment by tamilnation.org

 6 February 2007 Tamil National Forum to include Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia சிறிலங்காவின் சுதந்திர தினம்�., அதன் கொடி�.., அதன் ஜனநாயகம்�... அதன் இறைமை! - பிரிப்பது தமிழர்கள் அல்ல! பிரித்தது சிங்களமேயாகும்! more

3 February 2007 Tamil National Forum to include

1. Sachi Sri Kantha on President Mahinda: the Maestro Blue Dyer "...The January 28th announcement which released the list of 52 �Cabinet Ministers� was a beauty. The designed and designated names of the portfolios and not the personalities deserve a second look. Here is the complete list of 51 cabinet portfolios, assuming that the �Minister of Defence and Finance� portfolio is held by President Mahinda, released by the Ministry of Information..." more

2.Rajan Sriskandarajah - Eulogy to Sivaram at Memorial Meeting in 2005 "I first met Sivaram in July 1997, at a hotel-bar in Lucerne, Switzerland. It was after dinner, around 9.00 p.m. We were among the invitees to a conference on �Negotiating Peace in Sri Lanka�. It was sponsored by the International Alert and the Swiss government. When I first saw him that day, Sivaram was perched on a bar-stool, facing away from the bar, and at the tables nearby. I was seated way in the back, at one of those tables. I remember nudging someone seated next to me, to ask �who is he?� I was told �Taraki�. An impressive array of VIPs from India and Sri Lanka attended the conference � General Kalkut (Indian Army), Ambassador J.N. Dixit, M.K. Narayanan (ex NIB Chief & current National Security Advisor of India), Bradman Weerakoon (ex-Presidential advisor), Harry Goonetileke (ex-air Marshall of SLAF) , Kumar Rupesinghe, Stanley Kalpage (ex-Sri Lankan ambassador), N. Ram (editor Frontline)� Many of them were at that bar that night..."  more

2 February 2007 Tamil Digital Renaissance to include Tamilnet.com: Some Reflections on Popular Anthropology, Nationalism, and the Internet - Mark P Whitaker, 2004

2 February 2007 Tamil Nation Library: Politics to include - Mark P.Whitaker - Learning Politics From Sivaram: The Life and Death of a Revolutionary Tamil Journalist in Sri Lanka  

31 January 2007 Tamil National Forum

Revd.B J Alexander On Human Shields  " '...The guerrilla force is independent of the civilian population, in action as well as in military organisation; consequently it need not assume the direct defence of the peasant population...' The above quote inspite of its moral bankruptcy fails to answer the question of the human shield. ..Let's walk in the moccasins of Vaharai Tamils before we philosophise in our own safety nets...". together with response by tamilnation.org  "Several matters arise in the comments made by Rev.B.J.Alexander. And we propose to address each of them in turn..." more

30 January 2007 Reflections

"Truth has no path, and that is the beauty of truth, it is living. A dead thing has a path to it because it is static, but when you see that truth is something living, moving, which has no resting place, which is in no temple, mosque or church, which no religion, no teacher, no philosopher, nobody can lead you to -then you will also see that this living thing is what you actually are - your anger, your brutality, your violence, your despair, the agony and sorrow you live in. In the understanding of all this is the truth, and you can understand it only if you know how to look at those things in your life. And you cannot look through an ideology, through a screen of words, through hopes and fears." Jiddu Krishnamurthy in Freedom From The Known (1969)

30 January 2007 Tamil National Forum Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan on Art Buchwald: The Pen Slinger in Washington DC

29 January 2007 Conflict Resolution: Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka

1.India must stop assistance to Sri Lankan government: Thamilchelven "India is the regional power. Specifically it is a country where millions of our brethren live. Indian government must therefore understand the just aspirations of the Tamil people and give us moral support. India must stop giving all financial assistance to the GoSL and act to bring the GoSL in line.In addition, it must urge the international community to do the same."

2.International Community's flawed approach assists Colombo- Thamilchelvan "We would never, under any circumstance, engage militarily and simultaneously enter talks,...The process towards a negotiated settlement can only take place in an environment conducive to talks. The LTTE has explicitly stated the conditions necessary to create such environment...The most basic of these conditions were agreed upon and laid down in the Cease Fire Agreement of February 2002."

29 January 2007 Reflections

" ...The irony is that to do things faster, you often have to go slower. You have to be more reflective. You have to develop real trust. You have to develop the abilities of people to think together. Why? Because it requires you to go through basic redesigns. You need to build a shared understanding of how the present system works.... People must trust one another through difficult systemic changes... ...First off, we often don't take any responsibility for what we have created, which is obviously patently absurd at some level. Organizations work the way they work because human beings create them that way!... To me, the essence of what systems thinking is all about is people beginning to consciously discover and conceptually explain and account for how their own patterns of thought and interaction, often very habitual and unaware patterns, patterns that we haven't ever reflected on, manifest on a large scale, and create the very forces which the organization then 'is doing it to me.' ...Given the way we operate, no wonder we can't win! And what is always significant to me, in those moments, is the we. Not "you," not "them," but we...." Peter Senge author of the Fifth Discipline more

26 January 2007 International Relations in the Age of Empire to include

1. The unipolar moment of US supremacy has passed - Professor Timothy Garton Ash "..Power is no longer what it was, nor where it was. (Concentrated in the west, that is, and especially in the West Wing of the White House). It is more diffused both vertically and horizontally. Vertically, in the sense that relatively less power resides with the governments of states. Horizontally, in the sense that power is more widely distributed between a number of powerful states. Increasingly, the power map is both multilevel and multipolar... According to a report in the International Herald Tribune, a couple of years ago the National Intelligence Council of the United States played through a number of scenarios for the world in 2020. The only reasonably attractive option was one in which multiple powers addressed global challenges jointly with non-state actors... Here is the next great challenge..." more together with Comment by tamilnation.org  "It may have been helpful if Professor Garton had explored a few connected matters - firstly the extent to which 'non state' actors (such as, for instance, Human Rights Watch) are funded indirectly through Foundations supported by state actors as well as the relationship that members of the executive board of some non governmental organisations may have with state agencies. - secondly, the significance of the non state nations of the fourth world in the emergent 'muti polar, multi level' world..."  more

2. Ho Chi Minh to Lydon Johnson - Exchange of Letters , February 1967 "..The U.S. government has committed war crimes, crimes against peace and against mankind. In South Vietnam, half a million U.S. and satellite troops have resorted to the most inhuman weapons and most barbarous methods of warfare, such as napalm, toxic chemicals and gases, to massacre our compatriots, destroy crops, and raze villages to the ground. In North Vietnam, thousands of U.S. aircraft have dropped hundreds of thousands of tons of bombs, destroying towns, villages, factories, schools. In your message, you apparently deplore the sufferings and destruction in Vietnam. May I ask you: Who has perpetrated these monstrous crimes? It is the United States and satellite troops. .. In your message you suggested direct talks between the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the United States. If the U.S. government really wants these talks, it must first of all stop .definitely and unconditionally its bombing raids and all other acts of war against the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, withdraw from South Vietnam all U.S. and satellite troops, recognize the South Vietnam National Front for Liberation, and let the Vietnamese people settle themselves their own affairs...This is the only way to restoration of peace. ..The Vietnamese people will never submit to force, they will never accept talks under threat of bombs. Our cause is absolutely just. It is to be hoped that the U.S. government will act in accordance with reason. " more

25 January 2007 Reflections

 "...The guerrilla force is independent of the civilian population, in action as well as in military organisation; consequently it need not assume the direct defence of the peasant population. The protection of the population depends on the progressive destruction of the enemy's military potential. It is relative to the overall balance of forces: the populace will be completely safe when the opposing forces are completely defeated....... By restricting itself to the task of protecting civilians or passive self-defence, the guerrilla unit ceases to be the vanguard of the people as a whole and deprives itself of a national perspective... By choosing to operate at this level, it may be able to provide protection for the population for a limited time. But in the long run the opposite is true: self-defence undermines the security of the civilian population.... limiting oneself to passive defence is to place oneself in the position of being unable to protect the population and to expose one's own forces to attrition. On the other hand, to seek for ways to attack the enemy is to put him on the permanent defensive to exhaust him and prevent him from expanding his activities, to wrest the initiative from him, and to impede his search operations..." Regis Debray in Revolution in the Revolution?

25 January 2007 New Delhi & the Tamil Eelam Freedom Struggle to include

LTTE Avoids Battle of Attrition in the East - B.Raman together with a Response by Donald Jayantha Gnanakone and Comment by tamilnation.org

23 January 2007 The Armed Struggle for Tamil Eelam to include

1. Sanmugam Sabesan on மாவிலாறு- சம்பூர்- மூதூர்- வாகரை�

2.Dayan Jayatilleke in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry Website on Victory in Vakarai

22 January 2006 Reflections

"God gives us opportunities to be of service to humanity, to our country, to ourselves. You must be ready and equipped to make use of those opportunities ...More than 2500 years ago a great Tamil poet wrote "Every country is my country, every human being is my kinsman". The brotherhood of man and universal love are themes central to practically all religions of the world. From this followed human rights such as the right to life, right to freedom of thought and speech and right to equality between man and man........ According to the Upanishads life is work and work is worship. So in the evening of my life I have fought many a battle as a member of the Civil Rights Movement...  I have won a few and lost many. I console myself with the thought that what matters is the fight for the cause and not the results. What is important is the fight and struggle for justice and not the victory nor the defeat.The saying in Bhagavad Gita 'To action you have a right but not to the fruits thereof' has been a source of great comfort to me in my life as it has enabled me to cultivate a sense of detachment which is necessary for happiness and peace of mind." - from Somasunderam Nadesan at the Peter Pillai Award Presentation, 1984

21 January 2007 Tamil National Forum - Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan on the 15th Death Anniversary of Edmund Samarakoddy  -  Edmund Samarakkody (1912-1992); The Sanest Sinhalese Voice

21 January 2007 Tamil Diaspora - a Trans State Nation: Canada to include A.Sollun on Being At Home

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