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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- December 2007 -

Week Ending: Sunday 30 December 2007

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Nagata Shojiro, Kolam Art & Science Forum (KASF), Japan on the Beauty, Dynamics and Design of String Patterns in Folk Arts

Kolam - Japan Video


"..Every five years, it is the masses who determine who will form the government. And in between those five years the classes determine what that government will do... when you talk of a nine point two per cent growth rate, it becomes a statistical abstraction: 0.2 per cent of our people are growing at 9.92 per cent per annum...You have to be quarrelling with your mother-in-law or hitting your daughter-in-law to be able to hit the headlines. It is impossible to get particularly the pink papers to focus on issues that affect the bulk of the people. And it is so easy to get them to focus on issues that are of high relevance to only one or two per cent of the people..." Indian economic policy is hijacked by a small elite - Mani Shankar Iyer , Minister for Panchayati Raj at the Confederation of Indian Industry

Spirituality & the Tamil Nation - Christmas

Grace in Christianity & Hinduism - Bishop Sabapathy Kulendran "A proved method of studying a subject is by comparison and contrast....Even though in comparing the teachings of religions there can be nothing like a neutral criterion, there has to be some criterion. I am writing this book as a Christian minister.. Augustine defined grace, when he said Gratia non est gratia nullo modo, si non est gratuita omni modo (Grace is not grace at all, if it is not gratuitous in every respect). Grace cannot depend on merit. The word used in the New Testament is charis. This word had originally meant joy... The word used in Saiva Siddhanta is Arul (the original root being said to be associated with movement). Whatever be the etymology of these words they have come to denote the idea corresponding to grace in the West. Grace is different from pity, as pity involves a certain amount of contempt on the part of the person showing it towards the person receiving it..." more

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Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan on MGR's 20 Death Anniversary The Indo-LTTE War (1987-90) - An Anthology Part 4 � MGR�s Death and Aftermath

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Selvarajah Senthan writes from Sri Lanka "I am currently working as a Researcher on Media and Conflict Resolution in Colombo. I am a regular visitor of your website. I must first thank you for operating such an excellent website containing news, views and analysis. This is a good database for social science research. I am one of the beneficiaries of your service. Herewith, I am enclosing my thesis document �The Discourse of the Peace Process in the Sri Lankan Press�, submitted to the Orebro University, Sweden for the Degree of Masters of Global Journalism. Could you please include it in your database, so that many people can see it?" together with Response by tamilnation.org


�A race of people is like an individual man: until it uses its own talent, takes pride in its history, expresses its own culture and affirm its own selfhood, it cannot fulfil itself... We want freedom by any means necessary. We want justice by any means necessary. We want equality by any means necessary. We don't feel that in 1964, living in a country that is supposedly based upon freedom, and supposedly the leader of the free world, we don't think that we should have to sit around and wait for some segregationist congressmen and senators and a President from Texas in Washington, D. C., to make up their minds that our people are due now some degree of civil rights. No, we want it now or we don't think anybody should have it. � - Malcom X - Speech at Founding Rally of Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU), 1964

Eamon de Valera" For many the pursuit of the material life is a necessity...They rightly strive to secure it and it must be our aim and the aim of all who are just and wise to assist in that effort. But many have got more than is required and are free, if they choose, to devote themselves more completely to cultivating the things of the mind and, in particular, those that make us out as a distinct nation. The first of these latter is the national language. It is for us what no other language can be. It is our very own... It is more than a symbol, it is an essential part of our nationhood. It has been moulded by the thought of a hundred generations of our forebears. In it is stored the accumulated experience of a people... A vessel for three thousand years of our history, the language is for us precious beyond measure... To part with it would be to abandon a great part of ourselves, to loose the key to our past, to cut away the roots from the tree. With the language gone we could never again aspire to being more than half a nation..." On Language & the Irish Nation - Eamon de Valera - Speech to the Nation, broadcast on Radio �ireann, 17 March 1943

Tamil Diaspora: a Trans State Nation - Malaysia to include

1. Chemman Chaalai (The Gravel Road) - A Malaysian Indian Story - a film about Malaysian Indians told in a Malaysian way. Chalanggai portrays some of the social, cultural and economic conditions of Malaysian Indians who struggle to keep up with the rapid growth of developing Malaysia. more

2. Malaysian Tamils and Tamil Linguistic Culture - Harold F. Schiffman, 1998 "... increasing number of Tamils ... are not actually Tamil speakers.... The Tamil language will probably survive in Malaysia into the twenty-first century, but perhaps only in isolated rural pockets, or as the language of a marginalized urban underclass... Tamil has no economic value in Malaysia, and is therefore maintained by the socio-economically destitute as a last vestige of primordial ethnicity. Since even in the developed western countries (e.g. the US) a similarly destitute urban underclass persists... the prognosis for Tamil is unlikely to be any different in Malaysia.." more

Tamil Nation Library to include

1. Political Memoirs of an Unrepentant Communist N.Sanmugathasan, 1989 " It was my second year at the University, 1939 - 40, that changed the direction of my entire life. In that year I became a communist. I have not looked back ever since. I had finished my secondary school education at the Manipay Hindu college which was only half a mile from my home in Manipay, Jaffna..." more

2.Theorizing the National Crisis: Sanmugathasan, the Left and the Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka - Dr. Ravi Vaitheespara The book consisting of two research papers, 'Towards a Tamil Left Perspective on the Ethnic Crisis in Sri Lanka,' and 'The Wisdom of Hindsight: Sanmugathasan, the Left and the National Crisis in Sri Lanka,'published by the Social Scientists� Association, Colombo was released on 8 December 2007... more

Week Ending: Sunday, 23 December 2007


"...Some quarrellers do not realise that in this world
We must all at some time cease to live
But there are others who do realise,
And they will settle their quarrels..."
Dhammapada quoted by a Sinhala Teacher, A.S.de Silva from Balapitiya in a Tribute to S.Nadesan Q.C., December 1996

On the 21st Death Anniversary of S.Nadesan Q.C.

Somasunderam Nadesan Q.C. - painting in oils by Jayalakshmi SatyendraRemembering S.Nadesan Q.C. who passed away 21 years ago on 21 December 1986. Manel Fonseka of the Sri Lanka Civil Rights Movement in a Tribute declared in 1986 "...His life is a chronicle of the age, as much as the values for which he stood were such that he has been called the conscience of our time...". Senator Nadesan's speech On Genocide'58 delivered during the course of the debate on the State of Emergency on June 4th, 1958 remains 49 years later, a moving testament to that which Manel Fonseka said. "..The Tamils are the pawns in a political game. It does not matter to anybody how we suffer, how we feel, so long as in this game one Sinhala party is the victor and the other Sinhala party is the vanquished. .... if one party said, "We will kill the Tamils", the other party could go one better and say, "We will eat the Tamils." In other words, it was a competition as to who would hold down the Tamils most. And the party which was going to hold down the Tamils most was going to have the support of the Sinhalese masses... That is all. That is why I ask you not to make us pawns in your game... We are willing to go. Every Tamil man, woman and child is willing to go...We do not want language rights from you. We will look after our language..... Please have Sinhalese only. No Tamil worthy of his name is ever going to study the Sinhalese language. You have stamped it out... We only want the right to live in our areas. We want the right to be able to walk the streets without being molested. Those are the rights we want. The elementary duty of a Government is to afford protection to its subjects, and the duty of the citizens is to be loyal to that Government. The moment that Government fails to afford that protection, it forfeits its right to that loyalty and affection. This Government has forfeited that right... " more

Tamil National Forum to include

Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia

Dominick Chilcott சிங்களப் பேரினவாதச் சாத்தானுக்காக ஓதப்படும் புதிய வேதம்! தயாரிப்பு - சர்வதேசம் "தமிழ் மக்களின் போராட்டத்தை நியாயப் படுத்துவதுபோல், ஒரு சில சொல்லாடல்களைக் கொண்டிருந்த பிரித்தானித் தூதுவர் சில்கொட்டின் உரையைச் சற்று ஆழமாகக் கவனித்துச் சில கருத்துக்ளை முன் வைப்பதுதான் இந்தக் கட்டுரையின் நோக்கமாகும்." more

Tamil Digital Renaissance to include

International Forum for Information Technology in Tamil (INFITT) elects new General Council


A Brave and Startling Truth
"...When we come to it
We, this people, on this wayward, floating body
Created on this earth, of this earth
Have the power to fashion for this earth
A climate where every man and every woman
Can live freely without sanctimonious piety
Without crippling fear..."
Maya Angelou, poem written and delivered in honor of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations

Tamil National Forum

1. Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia மாவீரர் தின உரை - 2007 - ஒரு பார்வை "..அந்த நாடு உதவி செய்யுமா, இந்த நாடு உதவி செய்யுமா, அந்த நாடு சார்பாக இருக்குமா, இந்த நாடு சார்பாக இருக்குமா என்று ஏங்கி நிற்கின்ற நிலையை விட்டு, நாங்கள் இருக்கின்றோம், நாங்கள் செய்வோம், நாங்கள் எங்களுடைய பலத்தைக் காட்டுவோம் என்று உலகத் தமிழ் மக்கள் ஒன்றுபட்டு நின்றால் இந்தப் போராட்டத்தின் பரிமாணமே மாறும்..." more

Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan
The Infamous 1997 �Foreign Terrorist Organization� List Revisited

Unfolding Consciousness: From Matter to Life to Mind...

The Torture of Endless Desire - Ronald Rolheiser "In the torment of the insufficiency of everything attainable we come to understand that here, in this life, all symphonies remain unfinished..... The reason why we are tormented is not because we are too greedy to be satisfied with this life. No. The first, and deep reason, is that we are infinite spirits living in a finite situation, hearts made for union with everything and everybody, meeting only mortal persons and things. We are Grand Canyons without a bottom. Nothing, short of union with all that is, can ever fill in that void. To be tormented by restlessness is to be human. But in accepting truly, that humanity we become a bit more easeful in our restlessness. Why? .... in this life there is no finished symphony, everything comes with an undertow of restlessness and inadequacy. This is true of everyone.... Peace and restfulness can come to us only when we accept that fact.... " more

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Raj Rudran from USA "I had the pleasure of looking at the Tamil Nation website after a few years. It is heart warming to see its growth and achievements. Congratulations. It covers every aspect of our culture and it's a great reference site for anyone interested in what the Tamils stand for. Paticularly pleasing for me to see was how you finished the column on Tamil Music with reference to our struggle for freedom. Excellent contribution to Tamil."

Week Ending: Sunday, 16 December 2007

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Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan - The Indo-LTTE War (1987-90) - An Anthology. Part 3 "The Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka are facing extinction. Like the great beasts they named themselves after, they were fighting tooth and claw this week against the Indian soldiers sent to disarm them, but it was a losing fight. They were outnumbered, outgunned, running out of supplies and, with the Indians blocking every exit, had no place to retreat to." Twenty Years ago - Requiem for the Tigers by Sri Lanka Correspondent; Economist, Oct.17, 1987

Democracy Continues, Sri Lanka Style...

Sri Lanka para military abducts and holds Tamil Members of Parliament as hostages to prevent MPs voting against President Rajapakse's budget
"..Sri Lanka backed paramilitary Pillayan Group on Tuesday 11 December 2007 abducted the brother of Batticaloa district Tamil National Alliance MP P. Ariyanethran, P. Sriskandaseya, 54, secretary of TNA MP K. Thangeswari, Ira Nagalingam and the son-in-law of TNA MP S. Jeyanandamoorthy's sister, Arunasalam Sivapalan, 28. The paramilitary has warned the family members of the three abducted victims that the TNA MPs should refrain from voting against the Budget of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, on Friday , if they wished to see them live on Saturday..." more

Tamil Nation Library: From Matter to Life to Mind: An Unfolding Consciousness to include

Joachim Israel - The Language of Dialectics and the Dialectics of Language "...in order for our experiences to acquire meaning, we must be able to speak about them, to express them in words. Therefore, a central problem becomes: what does it mean to possess language?...the sharp dualistic distinction between knowledge of language, and knowledge of reality, has to be abandoned...Language is constitutive of social reality, as well as being a part of social reality...Social sciences do not reflect the social world, but contribute to its constitution.."


" கவிதை எழுதுபவன் கவியன்று. கவிதையே வாழ்க்கையாக உடையோன், வாழ்க்கையே கவிதையாகச் செய்தோன், அவனே கவி" - பாரதி

"He who writes poetry is not a poet. He whose poetry has become his life, and who has made his life his poetry - it is he who is a poet." - Bharathy

Tamil National Forum

M.Thanapalasingham writes from Australia on Bharathy's 125th Birth Anniversary, 11 December 2007...

Bharathy - Jayalakshmi Satyendra மகாகவி பாரதி - அன்றும், இன்றும், என்றும் "...இன்று சி.சுப்பிரமணிய பாரதியார் பிறந்து 125 ஆண்டுகள் உருண்டோடி விட்டன... இத்தனை ஆண்டுகளின் பின்னரும் பாரதியின் குரல் தமிழ்கூறும் நல்லுலகம் எங்கணும் ஒலித்தபடி இருப்பதன் மகிமைதான் என்ன. ... "கலைத் துறையில் துணிவோடிருப்பது மிகவும் அவசியம். இல்லாவிட்டால் அற்பமானவற்றைத் தவிர வேறு ஆர்வமாஃனவை எதையும் நீங்கள் படைத்துவிட முடியாது " என்று கூறினார் லியோ டால்ஸ்டாய். இதற்குத் துணிவுவேண்டும். பாரதியிடம் இருந்த துணிவாற்றலே தன் சாதியையும் சமுகத்தையும் எதிர்து நின்று கவிதைபாட முடிந்தது..." more

Bharatha Natyam - Classical Dance of the Ancient Tamils to include

இங்கிருந்து எங்கே? - இளைய பத்மநாதன் at a Bharatha Natya Arangetram in Sydney, Australia on 27 Ooctober 2007 - a Speech which inspired the 2007 Sydney Maveerar Naal dance presentation

"..அகக்கூத்து, புறக்கூத்து என்று சிலப்பதிகாரம் கூறும் இருவகைக் கூத்துள், இவ்வகையான அகக் கூத்துகளை ஆடியது இப்போதைக்குப் போதும். இன்றைய தேவை புறக்கூத்து. சங்ககாலப் புறநானூற்றையும் விஞ்சிய வீர வரலாறு இன்று நிகழ்த்தப்படுகிறது. அந்த அற்புதங்களை ஆடுவோம், பாடுவோம், கொண்டாடுவோம்..."

[Comment by tamilnation.org "Whilst Ilayan Pathmanathan's speech serves to right an imbalance in some present day Tamil approaches to Bharathanatyam, it may also be helpful to remind ourselves that the inside and the outside always go together. Without an outside, there is no inside - and without an inside there is no outside. And the relationship between the two is both intrinsic and dynamic. The reality to which great art gives expression - expression which moves and touches us deeply - lies in the dynamic interplay between the inside and the outside. The two are not two.

அகமில்லாமல் புறமில்லை. புறமில்லாமல் அகமில்லை. அகத்தினுள் புறமும், புறத்தினுள் அகம்தான் உண்மை. இரண்டும் இரண்டல்ல." more

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Boycott Sri Lanka Products and Save Tamil Lives

R.Cholan writes from United States - We Send Them the Money: So Don�t Complain - Part VI "Since I started this series [4 Nov 2007], I have found that there are hundreds of Tamils from around the world who have also found this state of affairs appalling. Many have contacted me, and I have heard about others through the grapevine. Some are now beginning to take action. A Tamil blog at www.yarl.com is a good example. Facebook.com has a page on the subject, with enthusiastic youngsters participating, pledging to each other and urging others to �influence their parents�. Many, I understand, are in the works. See below for two videos on youtube.com. Videos: �Will you give money to kill your brother or sister?� Part 1 - Part 2"

Week Ending: Sunday, 9 December 2007

Tamil National Forum

1.Shan Ranjit writes from United States On Tamils in Malaysia "Malaysia has been in the news of recently. The Tamils in Malaysia especially those of Indian origin have begun agitating for their civic rights. I had written an article - attached below - in the mid nineties during a visit to Malaysia. I was shocked at the way that non Malays - especially those of Indian and Eelam origin were treated..." more

2. Nakeeran writes from Canada எரித்தியாவின் வீரம் செறிந்த விடுதலைப் போர் (தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் போராட்டத்துக்கும் எரித்தியாவின் போராட்டத்துக்கும் இடையில் காணப்படும் ஒற்றுமையை இந்தக் கட்டுரை விளக்குகிறது) more

International Frame of Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom: Tamil Nadu to include

Savithri Narayan writes from Chennai on Mount Road Maha Vishnu, India & Tamil Eelam

'Mount Road Maha Vishnu'

"மக்களை தலைநிமிரச் செய்த தந்தை பெரியாரால் 'மவுண்ட் ரோடு மகாவிசுணு' என்று அடையாளம் காட்டப்பட்ட 'இந்து' நாளிதல், ஈழப்பிரச்சனை குறித்து மீண்டும் திருவாய் மலர்ந்திருக்கிறது. டிசம்பர் முதல் தேதி எழுதப்பட்டுள்ள தலையங்கம் 'பிரபாகரன் தலைமையேற்கும் வரை தமிழர் பிரச்சனை தீராது" என்று விதன்டாவாதம் செய்கிறது. " more

Tamil Nation Library: Conflict Resolution to include

Adam Kahane - Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities"..Tough problems usually don't get solved peacefully. They either don't get solved at all - they get stuck - or they get solved by force. ...Countries negotiate to a stalemate, or they go to war. Either the people involved in a problem can't agree on what the solution is, or the people with power - authority, money, guns�impose their solution on everyone else. There is another way to solve tough problems. The people involved can talk and listen to each other and thereby work through a solution peacefully. But this way is often too difficult and too slow to produce results, and force therefore becomes the easier, default option. I have written this book to help those of us who are trying to solve tough problems get better at talking and listening - so that we can do so more successfully, and choose the peaceful way more often. I want talking and listening to become a reliable default option..." more

Tamils - a Trans State Nation: Malaysia to include

1.Malaysian Tamils Protest Against Discrimination by Malaysian Government... & Malaysia charges 26 with attempted murder in connection with anti-discrimination rally...

2. Malaysian Indians: the Third Class Race - C.S.Kupuswamy

Muslims & Tamil Eelam to include

Dr. A.M.A.Azeez - Some Aspects of the Muslim Society of Ceylon with Special Reference to the Eighteen Eighties together with Comment by tamilnation.org "More than 40 years after it was written, Dr.Azeez's well researched paper on the 'Muslim Society of Ceylon' remains essential reading for Eelam Tamils. That Dr.Azeez was born in Jaffna, had his early education in Allapichai Quran Madrasa, Vaidyeshwara Vidyalayam and Jaffna Hindu College, graduated from the University of London in 1933, was the first Muslim civil servant in Ceylon, was Assistant Government Agent in Kalmunai in the Eastern Province, was a scholar in Tamil and served as the distinguished Principal of Zahira College from 1947 added to the interest with which we ourselves read (and learnt from) his analysis."

Tamil Nation Library: Culture to include

1. Metta Spencer - Two Aspirins and a Comedy: How Television Can Enhance Health and Society ""Imagination is more important than knowledge," declares Albert Einstein...Two Aspirins and a Comedy explores the movement of ideas and feelings back and forth - from subjective experience into objective, empirical reality, which in turn stimulates new subjective experiences, and so on, ad infinitum. The interaction between objectivity and subjectivity interests me... Culture contains only those ideas that have been manifested objectively, at least in a fleeting way. Culture originates in the imagination, but its existence must also be physical, objective, so as to move from one mind to another..Live culture consists of this ongoing motion of ideas from one mind to another.." more

2. R Cheran, Darshan Ambalavanar, Chelva Kanaganayakam -
History and Imagination: Tamil Culture in the Global Context "Tamils, originating in South India and Sri Lanka, constitute a large part of the diasporic South Asians in Canada, as well as the United States, Australia, and Europe. Many of them have fled the civil war in Sri Lanka. This rupture in the physical and imaginative landscape of the Tamils is undoubtedly reflected in their cultural production and has led to a renewal of their traditional aesthetics"...

Maaveerar Naal - மாவீரர் நாள் 2007 to include

Parasakthy Sundharalingam writes from Australia

மாவீரர் நாள் - நம்பிக்கை அளித்த சிட்னி இளையோர் "பார்வையாளர்கள் உறைந்துபோகிறார்கள். சிலர் வெம்புகிறார்கள். சிலர் பொங்கும் கண்ணீரை அடக்கப்பார்க்கிறார்கள். இது பாவனை - ஒரு நாடகம்! ஆனால் அதுதான் உண்மை! யதார்த்தம்! ... 'உண்மையின் அழகும் அழகின் உண்மையும் இரண்டறக் கலக்கும் இடத்தில் உன்னதத்தை தரிசிக்க முடியும்." என்ற பிளேட்டோவின் வாசகம் இவ்விடத்தில் நினைவுக்கு வருகிறது. " more

Tamil National Forum

M.Thanapalasingham writes from Australia -இங்கிருந்து எங்கே? "..மக்கள் மக்களுக்காக மக்களால் நடத்தப்படுவதே சனநாயகம் என்றால் ஒரு மக்கள் இன்னொரு மக்களை ஆள்வது சனநாயகமாகாது. அந்த நிலை மாற்றி அமைக்கப்படும்வரை வரலாற்றின் அசைவியக்கத்திற்கு முடிவில்லை. இந்த வகையில் தமிழீழ மக்களின் தேசிய விடுதலைப் போராட்டம் வரலாற்றின் அசைவியக்கத்தின்பாற்பட்டது எனலாம்." more

Spirituality & the Tamil Nation to include

Spirituality & the Tamil Nation - Vaiko at Ilayaraja's 'Thiruvasakam Vizha': Video and Full Text [Comment by tamilnation.org: Vaiko's Speech at Ilayarajah's 'Thiruvasagam' Vizha remains a moving and enduring tribute not only to Ilayarajah and Thiruvasagam but also to Tamil, Tamil Culture and Tamil Music]

"உலகத்தில் தோன்றிய முதல் இசை - தமிழிசை" - "...தமிழ் இசை, சாதி, மத எல்லைகளைக் கடந்து இருக்கின்றது.... எல்லை களைக் கடந்து �யாதும் ஊரே யாவரும் கேளிர்� என்று உலகத்துக்கு ஒரு காலத்தில் கொள்கையைத் தந்தோமே, நம்முடைய நாகரிகத்தை - நம்முடைய இசைக்கலையை உலகுக்குத் தருகின்ற இந்தப் பெருமை இன்னும் ஆயிரம் ஆயிரம் ஆண்டுகளுக்கு நிற்கும்.." more

Tamil Nadu & Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom to include

24 Years Ago - Complaint to United Nations of Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka submitted by M.Karunanidhi, 15 August 1983 "I, M.Karunanidhi, President of the D.M.K. Party and the Chairman of the Committee for the Protection of the Tamils of Sri Lanka, and millions of citizens of India, living in the State of Tamilnadu, which is physically separated from Sri Lanka only by a narrow stretch of sea of about 29 kilometers, put our signatures to this Memorandum (containing 105 Volumes), bringing to the attention of the International Community through you, Sir, about the consistent pattern of gross violations of Human Rights and acts of genocide committed by the Government of Sri Lanka against its own citizens, who belong to an ethnic group called the Tamils..." more

Tamil National Forum to include

1. Nagalingam Ethirveerasinghan writes from USA on Boycott - "I commend Cholan's effort to get Tamil individuals and families to boycott products from Sri Lanka... It gives a chance for Tamils and non-Tamils to show solidarity with the suffering of our people." more
2. N.Nandhivarman writes from Puducherry On Constructing the History of Tamils "...The necessity to launch a history website arose when I read the book "Kadaikazhaga Noolhalin Kaalamum Karuthum (Period and Message of Sangam Literature 500 B.C to 500 A.D) written by Dr.R.Mathivanan, former Director of Tamil Etymological Dictionary Project of Government of Tamilnadu. In the preface to the book the learned scholar says, "Japanese have preserved their past history spanning to 2440 years, whereas Egyptians and Sumerians recall with pride their 4000 years of history. The 3000-year-old history of Chinese gives them a unique place. But Tamils with 10000 years of history have not brought it to the world arena." more

3. Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan The Indo-LTTE War (1987-90) - An Anthology Part 2

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