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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- June 2007 -

28 June 2007 Tamil National Forum

Sachi Sri Kantha writes on Anointed Federalists and Anandasangaree "I write this commentary to rebuke the recent self-serving opportunistic pronouncements and bloated promotional gigs of Mr.Veerasingham Anandasangaree which had appeared in the Colombo and Chennai newsmedia projecting himself as the sane voice of Federalism. Should one care about the sophomoric antics of an over-the-hill politico, who never shed some sweat and blood for the cause of Federalism in Sri Lanka and Eelam during his active political career spanning from 1960 to 2004?. I, for one, do care since it is not fair to the real Tamil Federalists, who stood for election on the federal platform and got elected as peoples representatives among the Tamil-speaking people including Muslims of Eastern Province between 1952 and 1970 in six general elections. Quite a number of these Tamil federalists (elected MPs and foot-soldiers) suffered political harassment, hooligan attack, detention, house arrest and property loss for their political conviction on federalism. Thus it is insulting to the memories of these activists to allow an impostor like Anandasangaree, to blabber banalities as a die hard federalist.."  more

27 June 2007 Reflections

"...We will win because we will never lose! There can never be defeat if a man refuses to accept defeat. Wars are lost in the mind before they are lost on the ground. No nation was ever defeated until the people were willing to accept defeat." -  General George S Patton

"..What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it is the size of the fight in the dog." - Dwight D Eisenhower

"What was Mr.Chelvanayagam's achievement? About 450 years before the Christian era the Carthaginian armies invaded Italy and defeated the Romans in every battle; but Cincinnatus, the Roman Dictator would not give up. And the Roman Senate passed a resolution thanking him, because 'he had not despaired of the republic'. The logic was 'if he did not despair, why should we?'. The Tamils of Ceylon, in like manner, looked upon this gaunt and haggard man, stricken by disease, who could hardly walk and could hardly speak above a whisper, who through a life of continued failure and disappointment, yet had not despaired; and they asked themselves, the question, 'if he did not despair, why should we?' This then is Chelvanayagam's achievement: That he has taught the Tamils of this country to believe in themselves." - Late Rt.Rev.S.Kulendran, Bishop of Jaffna, Church of South India

27 June 2007 Tamil National Forum

1.Dr.S.Sampanthar writes from United Kingdom "I found the book  Half of a Yellow Sun Response by tamilnation.org  " We have some understanding as to why the book did touch you - as indeed it will many Tamils from Tamil Eelam... more


2. Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia வர்த்தமானியூடாகவும் வன்முறைகள் " " கடந்த 10-06-07 அன்று வெளியாகிய, சிறிலங்காவின் அரச வர்த்தமானியின் ஊடாக, மகிந்த ராஜபக்சவின் சிங்கள-பௌத்தப் பேரினவாதச் சிந்தனை, மீண்டும் ஒரு முறை வெளிப்பட்டிருக்கிறது. ...தமிழ் மக்களின் பாரம்பரிய மண்ணைப் பறிப்பதற்காகச் சிறிலங்கா அரசுகள் தொடர்ந்து மேற்கொண்டு வருகின்ற பேரினவாதச் செயற்பாடுகளின் நீட்சிதான், இந்த வர்த்தமானி அறிவித்தலாகும்... more

26 June 2007 Nations & Nationalism: What is a Nation to include

Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism, 18th Annual Conference, 2008 on "Nationalism, East and West: Civic and Ethnic Conceptions of Nationhood" - Call for Papers  "It has long been standard in the field of nationalism studies to classify nations according to which principle serves to unify the nation. The distinction between the Western, political type of nationalism, and Eastern, genealogical nationalism as systematised by Hans Kohn in 1945 has been used, extended and adjusted by scholars of nationalism to conceptualise a framework of �inclusive� nationalism based on citizenship and territory and �exclusive� nationalism based on common ethnic ties and descent. This conference seeks to assess the continuing relevance of this dichotomy in its various forms: its contribution to theoretical work on nationalism, its usefulness for historical interpretation and its value for contemporary policy-making." more

26 June 2007 Tamil National Forum

Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan - Dravidian Movement in Tamil Nadu -Part 1: The Views of Marguerite Ross Barnett

24 June 2007 International Frame & the Struggle for Tamil Eelam

1. Revisited: US - India - China - Sri Lanka - Pakistan: Matrix - Rahul Bedi, 25 October 2006 "US Marines will conduct exercises with the Sri Lanka Navy later this month, deploying more than 1,000 personnel and support ships for amphibious and counter-insurgency manoeuvres with the aim of 'containing' growing Chinese presence in the region and to test its latest theories on 'littoral battle' without putting American soldiers at risk.... The US and India.. have long eyed with trepidation China's 'string of pearls' strategy in the Indian Ocean Region .. 'With the US now India's most coveted ally, New Delhi is unlikely to object to Washington neatly tying up various strategic bonds to fully dominate the Asian region,' a senior Indian security officer said. In turn, India hopes to profit from its growing military relations with the US, he added..." more

2. Revisited: LTTE Attacks Galle Naval Base & US Cancels Joint Naval Exercise with Sri Lanka, 18 -20 October 2006

24 June 2007 Tamil Language & Literature

Project Madurai Release: Ponniyan Selvan of Kalki Krishnamurthy - English Translation of Parts 1 and 2 by Indra Neelameggham - ".. writer-nationalist �Kalki� Ra. Krsnamurti's three Tamil language novels depicting the medieval south Indian kingly dynasties of the Pallavas (500-800 CE) and Colas (800-1279 CE) � Partiban Kanavu (1941), Civakamiyin Capatam (1944) and Ponniyin Celvan (1950) have made him (and the historical and fictional characters he assembled) a household name among Tamil audiences." Dwelling in Futures Past: Place, Region and Tamil Nation in Ra. Krsnamurti�s Civakamiyin Capatam - Akhila Ramnarayan

22 June 2007 Tamil Nation Library - War & Armed Conflict to include

International Law and the Use of Force by National Liberation Movements - Heather A Wilson, Oxford University Press, 1990 (currently member of US Congress) "This book examines two branches of the international law of armed conflict as they apply to national liberation movements. First, it explores the idea that national liberation movements may legitimately resort to the use of force to secure the right of their peoples to self-determination. Second, it examines the application of the humanitarian law of armed conflict in wars of national liberation...`It is an absorbing, well-documented and extensively annotated work ... ..is to be recommended as a reference and historical guide to all those who are interested in the subject.'  " more

22 June 2007 Terrorism & The Rule of Law

Edre U. Olalia, Phillipino Human Rights Lawyer and Current President, International Association of People�s Lawyers on The Status in International Law of National Liberation Movements and their Use of Armed Force "...It is  submitted by way of legal opinion that national liberation movements, their alleged members and participants cannot be validly regarded as criminals or terrorists insofar as international law and international political and diplomatic perspectives are concerned... Apart from the mud-slinging, the tragedy is that states are in open violation of their jus cogens and erga omnes obligations to defend the principle of self-determination. And also, very sadly, not enough people know sufficiently both the law of self-determination and the law of armed conflict to properly redirect the dialogue...� more

2.Terrorising the rule of law: the policy and practice of proscription - Ben Hayes, Statewatch Analysis "... "Proscription" is a legal sanction that criminalises the named "terrorists". However, the criminal courts are all but excluded from what is a highly politicised process that obviously has very serious implications for those who may be included on the "terrorist lists"... Resistance is ... defined as "terrorism" by tyrannical and occupying states, while the international community shows solidarity not with the oppressed, but the oppressor, in a framework geared toward the global criminalisation of all "terrorists". ..The process of proscription takes place in a secret realm which has marginalised democratic institutions and sidelined the judiciary. Those outlawed as "terrorists" have little possibility of a fair hearing at which they can challenge the evidence against them and the laws being used." more

22 June 2007 Tamil Digital Renaissance to include

Tamil Internet Forum - கணனி உலகச் செய்திகள் கனடாவிலிருந்து பிரபல கணனி வல்லுநர் ஜிஃப்ரி

21 June 2007 Reflections

1. "Ethnic cleansing is about assimilating a people. It is about destroying the identity of a people, as a people. And it often occurs in stages. The preferred route of a conqueror is to achieve his objective without resort to violence - peacefully and stealthily. But when that fails, the would be conqueror turns to murderous violence and genocide to progress his assimilative agenda." Indictment against Sri Lanka

2. ".... suffering in common unifies more than joy does. 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..."  What is a nation? - Ernest Renan, 1882

21 June 2007 Tamil National Forum

Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia சிங்கள ஹிட்லர்களின் கருதுகோள்! "நீங்கள் யார் எங்களைக் கேட்பதற்கு- நாங்கள் இப்படித்தான் செய்வோம் - என்று முன்பு தமிழர்களுக்குச் சிங்களம் சொல்லியதை, இன்று சிங்களம் உலகிற்கும் சொல்கின்றது. சிங்களத்திற்குப் புத்தி புகட்டப்படும்போது, அது மேற்குலகின் அறிவுக்கண்ணையும் திறக்கக் கூடும். அதைத்தவிர வேறு வழியிருப்பதாகத் தெரியவில்லை." more

21 June 2007 Media & the Tamil Struggle to include

1. Sri Lanka blocks TamilNet  "...Even though the Sri Lankan state has a history behind it for silencing the voice of the Tamil public from the time it burnt down the Eezhanaadu newspaper office in 1981 in Jaffna, this is the first time, after the advent of Internet, that it has moved to block access to a transnational website such as TamilNet...." together with comment by tamilnation.org more

2. TamilNet banned? - How to continue to access TamilNet from Sri Lanka "There is a workaround ..." more

18 June 2007 Reflections

�..Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself? The master doesn�t seek fulfilment. Not seeking, not expecting, she is present and welcomes all things...�  - Lao Tzu

�Courage and patience are qualities�one needs very badly when�placed in difficult circumstances�.  But above all else, what is most needed in a community which considers itself to be ill-treated at the hands of others, is the virtue of love and charity.. There is hardly any virtue in the ability to do a good turn to those who have done similarly by us. That even criminals do. But it would be some credit if a good turn could be done to an opponent.� - Mahatma Gandhi

14 June 2007 Culture & the Tamil Contribution to World Civilisation to include Tamil Culture - its past, its present and its future with special reference to Ceylon - Xavier S. Thani Nayagam, with front note by Sachi Sri Kantha

13 June 2007  International Frame & the Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom

1. On the Conflict in the Island of Sri Lanka - Dr Kim Howells MP, Minister of State Foreign and Commonwealth Office together with Comment by tamilnation.org  more

2.Sri Lanka accuses 'bullying' West  "..Sri Lanka's defence secretary has said the international community, especially the UK and other European nations, are bullying his country over human rights. "We won't be isolated. We have all the Saarc [South Asia Association of Regional Co-operation] countries, the Asian countries. Britain, or Western countries, the EU countries, they can do whatever. We don't depend on them. They think that they we get aid. No, they are not giving anything... When the US does operations they say covert operations. When something is in Sri Lanka they call abductions. This is playing with the words." more

13 June 2007 The Indian Ocean Region - A  Story Told with Pictures to include

String of Pearls:Meeting the Challenge of China�s Rising Power Across the Asian Littoral - Lt.Col. Christopher J. Pehrson, USA " The geopolitical strategy dubbed the �String of Pearls� is arising as foreign oil becomes a center of gravity critical to China�s energy needs. China�s rising maritime power is encountering American maritime power along the sea lines of communication (SLOCs) that connect China to vital energy resources in the Middle East and Africa...

Each �pearl� in the �String of Pearls� is a nexus of Chinese geopolitical influence or military presence. Hainan Island, with recently upgraded military facilities, is a �pearl.� An upgraded airstrip on Woody Island, located in the Paracel archipelago 300 nautical miles east of Vietnam, is a �pearl.� A container shipping facility in Chittagong, Bangladesh, is a �pearl.� Construction of a deep water port in Sittwe, Myanmar, is a �pearl,� as is the construction of a navy base in Gwadar, Pakistan. ... The �pearls� extend from the coast of mainland China through the littorals of the South China Sea, the Strait of Malacca, across the Indian Ocean, and on to the littorals of the Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf. China is building strategic relationships and developing a capability to establish a forward presence along the sea lines of communication (SLOCs) that connect China to the Middle East." more

12 June 2007 Tamils - a Trans State Nation 10,000 Tamils March towards United Nations - 'Recognise Independent Tamil Eelam State' [including speeches in real audio]

"We have not come to this symbolic place to beg for the inalienable rights of our people," said Shan Thavarajah, co president of the Swiss Tamil Forum. "We have come to urge the U.N to exert pressure on its member state, the Sri Lankan government, to adhere to international standards of human rights enshrined in the international law. And we urge solidarity from the world community, as our brothers and sisters are taking the struggle for independence forward in our homeland."  more சுவிஸ் ஜெனீவாவில் நடைபெற்ற 'வெல்க தமிழ் - 2007" நிகழ்வில் வாசிக்கப்பட்ட பிரகடன அறிக்கையின் ஒரு பகுதி

11June 2007 Tamil National Forum to include

1.  Comments by a Visitor from USA on the 10 June 2007 Sunday Leader Editorial together with Response by tamilnation.org 

2. Sanmugam Sabesan - Responsibility of USA and the West for the Devastation of the People of Tamil Eelam "..The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam did not engage in peace talks trusting the integrity of the Sri Lankan government. They went to peace talks trusting the acumen and sagacity of the international community. Today our people are perishing because the international actors have failed to demonstrate justice and integrity..." more

9 June 2007 International Frame &  Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom - the UNP and the SLFP

Sir John Kotelawala1. Ceylon Prime Minister, Sir John Kotelawala (United National Party)  at Bandung, 1955 "...My own solution for Formosa was that she should be handed over to the Formosans themselves, and not allowed to pass under the dominion of either China. I had understood that, historically, Formosa had had an independence of her own, and that she no more belonged to China than Ceylon did to India... In the course of my observations (at Bandung) I said: '.. if we are united in our opposition to colonialism, should it not be our duty openly to declare our opposition to Soviet colonialism as much as to Western imperialism?' I finished amid silence. Then the silence broke. Chou En-lai got up in marked agitation and said that, as I had made references to Communist colonialism, he reserved the right to make a statement and that he would do so on the following morning...Nehru came up to me and asked me in some heat, 'Why did you do that, Sir John? Why did you not show me your speech before you made it?' .. the only obvious reply I could make was, 'Why should I? Do you show me yours before you make them?'.." more

Srimavo Bandaranaike2. Declaration of the Indian Ocean  as a Zone of Peace - UN General Assembly Resolution 2832 (XXVI),
16 December 1971 "The item "Declaration of the Indian Ocean as a Zone of Peace" was included in the agenda of the 26th General Assembly in 1971 at the initiative of Sri Lanka (SLFP led Srimavo Bandaranaike Government) ...  At the Ad Hoc Committee on Indian Ocean, 451st Meeting (PM) on 26 July 2005 the representative of China "called for common efforts for countries inside and outside the region ... to establish the Zone of Peace at an early date.  To that end, the major Powers outside the region should eliminate their military presence in the Indian Ocean region." more

3. 'China, a benign and sincere friend of Sri Lanka' - (SLFP led Peoples Alliance) Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, at the unveiling of the bust of the late Premier Chou En Lai at the BMICH on 9 April 2005

"...This great hall, a work of art and a thing of beauty, in which we welcome today the Prime Minister of the People's Republic of China, His Excellency Wen Jiabao, is the most visible and dramatic testimony to the age old friendship between the people of China and the people of Sri Lanka. The offer to build this hall, entirely at China's expense, was a spontaneous gesture of goodwill on the part of the former Chinese Prime Minister Chou En Lai...We believe that Taiwan is an inalienable part of the People's Republic of China.Sri Lanka has expressed its support for China's recent anti-secessionist law. It is in the light of these considerations that Sri Lanka observes with admiration China's steady, peaceful ascent to the summit of economic power. " more

8 June 2007 Tamil National Forum

A.Thangavelu writes from Canada On Ranil Wickremasinghe & the UNP"...There are a few Tamils who seem to have an insatiable love for Ranil Wickremesinghe and who accuse the LTTE/LTTE advisors for not allowing Thamil voters to caste their votes for Ranil Wickremesinghe. They conveniently forget what the Thamil people suffered under UNP governments The attacks of 1977, 1979, 1981 and 1983 took place under the UNP. The colonization of the Northeast is the brainchild of DS Senanayake, Dudley Senanayake and Gamini Dissanayake.  (In January 2002)... Prime Minister (Ranil Wikremasinghe) responded (to a Buddhist Bhikkhu delegation) saying "We have never accepted the (Tamil) homeland concept... the homeland concept will never be accepted...We have always clearly expressed our stand on this issue...."  I reiterate what I have been saying for many years. It is slow death or death in instalments for Thamils under the UNP. The SLFP is an open enemy. Mahinda Rajapakse as president is unwittingly helping the division of the country as today's expulsion of hundreds of Thamils from Colombo to North and East shows." more

8 June 2007 Indictment Against Sri Lanka to include

Sri Lanka deports Tamils from Colombo to Tamil Eelam  "...as they were forced out of Colombo, many of the Tamils may have asked if they were citizens of Sri Lanka or Tamil Eelam..." M.R. Narayan Swamy, Author of Inside an Elusive Mind - Prabhakaran

Tamils ordered to vacate lodges in Pettah, 31 May 2007
500 Tamils expelled in 8 buses from Colombo, 7 June 2007
கொழும்பில் தமிழர்கள் பலவந்தமாக வெளியேற்றப்பட்டது தொடர்பாக மேலக மக்கள் முன்னணியின் பொதுச்செயலாளர் வழங்கிய நேர்காணல், 7 June 2007
Expulsions �a disgrace to humanity� - NGOs, 8 June 2007
Evicted Tamils Arrive in North - BBC, 8 June 2007
U.S. calls on Sri Lanka to stop removal of Tamils but fails to call for return of evicted Tamils to Colombo, 8 June 2007
Sri Lanka  Supreme Court issues temporary order to suspend eviction, 8 June 2007
Facilitating voluntary departure of Tamils says Sri Lanka Government, 8 June 2007
Evicted - Professor Aaron Rajah, San Diego, California, 8 June 2007
மகிந்தவின் கொழும்பு நடவடிக்கைக்கு விடுதலைப் புலிகள் கண்டனம், 8 June 2007 more

8 June 2007 Tamil Diaspora - a Trans State Nation

Tamil Forum Switzerland Announces Press Conference on Humanitarian Disaster on Sri Lanka  for 11 June 2007 with Brian Senewiratne, Human Rights Activist and Sinhalese Physician from Australia, Karen Parker, Lawyer and Human Rights Activist, USA, Mr. Sivajilingam, Parliamentarian of Sri Lanka, and Mr. Sivanesan, Parliamentarian of Sri Lanka.

6 June 2007 International Frame &  Tamil Eelam Struggle for  Freedom

1. At 6th International Institute For Strategic Studies Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore - India and China: Building International Stability - Lt Gen Zhang Qinsheng, Deputy Chief of the General Staff, People's Republic of China " The Chinese defence policy is characterised by the following: first, it is for self-defence. China shall never fire the first shot. Such an approach is consistent with the ancient Chinese thought to use caution before getting into a war - use force only for a just cause, put people first, and cherish life.  Second, it aims for independent defence. We would secure the country with our own capabilities, without joining any form of military alliance with any countries..." more

2. At 6th International Institute For Strategic Studies Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore - Securing Regional Waters, How Much Progress? -  Rohitha Bogollagama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka  "I wish to appeal to those of you associated with the defence establishments in your respective countries who would possibly better appreciate the difficult struggle faced by my country as well as the security ramifications to the world and to the global community that I have outlined to ensure that your Governments remain seized of the complexities the Government of Sri Lanka faces in continuing to keep the LTTE under check... " together with Comments by tamilnation.org ... "Given that Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama was speaking in Singapore, perhaps,  he should have been more mindful of the assessment of  Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kwan Yew in 1998 - '... (In Ceylon) One-man one-vote led to the domination of the Sinhalese majority over the minority Tamils ... And the country will never be put together again.'... " more

5 June 2007 Tamils: a Trans State Nation: South Africa to include

M.K.Eelaventhan in South Africa: �Tamil plight like era of apartheid in SA'...


4 June 2007 Tamil National Forum to include

 1. M.Thanapalasingham writes from Sydney, Australia - தமிழீழத் தமிழர்களின் நடைமுறை அரசை அனைத்துலகமே அங்கீகரி - ஐ.நா வை நோக்கிய தமிழர் பேரணி "உலகம் என்பது உயர்ந்தோர் மாட்டே" என்பர் தொல்காப்பியனார். இந்த உலகம் ஆங்கிலத்தில் "எலீற்"  (elite) எனக்கூறப்படும் உயர்ந்தோர் குழாம். அதாவது வலியவர்களின் குழுமம். வரலாற்றில் போராட்டங்களின் மூலம் மாற்றங்களை ஏற்படுத்தியவர்களே இந்த குழுமத்தில் அங்கத்துவம் பெறுகின்றனர்." more

2. Remembering the 26th Anniversary of the Burning of the Jaffna Public Library Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Melbourne Australia - யாழ்ப்பாண நூல் நிலையமும் சிங்கள (Nazi) நாசிக்களும்

3 June 2007 International Relations in an Emerging Multi Lateral World - The Indian Ocean Region: A  Story Told with Pictures to include

Atul Dev on The Indian Ocean: Current Security Environment "Let this be clear: the two major powers of the region, China and India, are scrambling for advantage around the Indian Ocean's rim. China is building military and naval links with Bangladesh and Myanmar. The cooperation between China and African countries is now getting more and more visible, particularly after the China-Africa summit in Beijing in November 2006... Reports available indicate that both India and the United States are studying intensely this rise in Chinese activity.At the last meeting of the Indo-US Defence Joint Working Group held in New Delhi (on 10 April 2007), China's 'growing naval expansion in the Indian Ocean' was noted with concern. The meeting also noted: 'China is rapidly increasing military and maritime links with countries such as  Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius and Madagascar.'...Isn�t it time for the �owners� of the Indian Ocean to get together to protect their own interests?  "  more

2 June 2007 Reflections

" To create new knowledge.. to encourage everyone to choose accountability for the whole requires each person to make the business his own. This means throwing oneself into work with hands, head and heart. Such leaps of faith do not occur because they are demanded. They only occur when they are personal acts of choice... The heavy hand of demand will not create an organisation that�s distinguished by resourcefulness, inventiveness, or imagination.....If we want to give birth to a workplace that chooses, supports and sustains individual accountability, we must do at least three things. First, we must engage people in radically different ways. Second, we must forsake our utilitarian thinking about change in favour of inviting engagement as the means of creating change. And, finally, we must deliberately let loose the reins of power and commit to a broad and deep distribution of business literacy and accountability through out the workplace."  - Joel P. Henning

Reflection by tamilnation.orgThat which Joel Henning said of the workplace is also true, perhaps even more so, of liberation organisations, if they are to succeed in their goal of national liberation - and for 'broad and deep distribution of business literacy ' one may read ' broad and deep distribution of political literacy'. War after all is a continuation of politics with the admixture of other means.

2 June 2007 United States & the Tamil Freedom Struggle to include Professor Aaron Rajah on  Blake starring in BLAKE7 

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