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 2008 -

Week Ending: Saturday 1 March 2008

One Hundred Tamils of the 20th Century

SujathaDr.K.Kalyanasundaram writes from Switzerland on "Sujatha" Rangarajan "The polyvalent and gifted Tamil writer "Sujatha" Rangarajan passed away in Chennai on 27 February 2008. It is a great loss for the entire Tamil Disapora..." more

Tamil National Forum

Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan -
1. Dissecting Dayan Jayatilleka�s Past and Present

2.The Indo-LTTE War (1987-90) - An Anthology Part 6: Persisting Headaches for Rajiv and Jayewardene


"The struggle for Tamil Eelam is about the democratic right of the people of Tamil Eelam to govern themselves in their homeland - nothing less and nothing more. It is about freedom from alien Sinhala rule. It is not about securing benevolent Sinhala rule... An independent Tamil Eelam is not negotiable. But an independent Tamil Eelam will negotiate. It will negotiate with an independent Sri Lanka the terms on which two independent states may associate with one another in equality and in freedom. Sovereignty, after all, is not virginity..." Nadesan Satyendra in Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom - An Overview

"Freedom is not given. It is an unmediated right and a bare necessity. Freedom is not negotiable; it is the unhindered development of one�s possibilities... Bringing to life the right for self-determination is not a guarantee for success � but it creates the conditions for free development; and taking responsibility results in a strong motivation to succeed...Self-determination, because it is something natural; it makes sense that we can make decisions about our own future much more effectively than anyone and everyone else who wants to decide on our behalf. Self-determination! Unconditionally! Until the final separation. Until the complete liberation of our country." Manifesto of the L�vizja VET�VENDOSJE! - Kosovo Movement for Self-Determination

Sathyam Commentary: Who is Lobbying Whom? to include

Mr Nathan Kumar, President of the British Tamils Forum, receiving the Asia Voice award for best campaigning organisation of the year in the United Kingdom from Dr John Reid MP, former UK Cabinet Minister & Home Secretary, - at a ceremony in the British House of Commons. more see also: Britain will press Sri Lanka on Human Rights abuses - but will not support independence for Tamils, 26 February 2008

International Relations in an Asymmetric Multi Lateral World: Kosovo's Declaration of 'Supervised Independence' to include

Deconstruction of the Kosovo Declaration of Independence by L�vizja VET�VENDOSJE! (Kosovo Movement for Self-Determination!), 23 February 2008 "Kosova does not lack status, but our people lack freedom. This declaration will not give us freedom. In fact, it does not even represent a change in status, as we will continue to be ruled over by an anti-democratic and unaccountable international mission... The international presences based on Resolution 1244 are not democratic nor are they promoting democracy. Instead, they are authoritarian and executive. Asking NATO to stay until Kosova is �capable� of assuming military �responsibilities� is self-devaluating...." together with Comment by tamilnation.org "Those Tamil Eelam groups who rushed to congratulate the current Kosovo leadership on its 'supervised independence' may want to read carefully the Deconstruction of the Kosovo Declaration of Independence by L�vizja VET�VENDOSJE! (Kosovo Movement for Self-Determination!) as well as the Manifesto of the Kosovo Movement for Self Determination. If the people of Tamil Eelam do not wish to become hostages to fortune, it is of critical importance that they should take a principle centered approach and not an opportunistic approach to happenings in an asymmetric multi lateral world." more


"...Every adherent of the (Indian National) Congress, however noisy in declamations, however bitter in speech, is safe from burning bungalows and murdering Europeans and the like. His hopes are based upon the British nation and he will do nothing to invalidate these hopes and anger that nation...." A.O.Hume, a retired British civil servant who (in consultation with the British Viceroy of India) founded the Indian National Congress in 1885

"...Western governments� policies on Sri Lanka should consciously include attempts to open up political space within their Tamil communities for non-Tiger political voices. Those governments with significant Tamil populations should engage representative civil society groups directly, expressing sympathy for the legitimate grievances of minorities in Sri Lanka, while challenging them to reject the LTTE�s destructive politics...The international community...should take up the challenge of pressuring and persuading it (the LTTE) � perhaps using diaspora representatives � to renounce suicide bombings, attacks on civilians, political killings and child recruitment..." Report by International Crisis Group with UK Lord Patten of Barnes and US Ambassador Thomas R Pickering as Co-Chairs in 2008

International Frame of Struggle for Tamil Eelam

Dayan Jayatilleka, Sri Lanka Ambassador to the UN in Geneva on the Aftermath of Kosovo:Sri Lanka Needs Dual Strategy of �Deterrence� and �Balance of Power� "Sri Lanka must possess and display the political will to defend its territorial integrity and sovereignty �by any means necessary� (as Malcolm X famously said) against anyone who would threaten it. However, Sri Lanka cannot rely on deterrence alone...The Tigers are dug in on their home turf.. Their �home turf� advantages must be offset and their international strategies countered by us. This requires building the broadest possible domestic, regional and international united fronts: coalitions that include anti-Tiger Tamils internally, and India, China, and Russia, externally... Sri Lanka has therefore to engage in classic balancing off of those powers..." together with Comment by tamilnation.org " It has to be said that many lobby groups in the Tamil Diaspora will find Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka's analysis instructive - no less instructive than the recently expressed views of the westcentric International Crisis Group. The Tamil Diaspora may find that a careful study of Ambassador Jayatilleka's analysis together with the International Crisis Group Report rewarding...." more

Sathyam Commentary

Who is Lobbying Whom? - Nadesan Satyendra Revised 25 February 2008 "....We are a reasonable people and we will listen to reason. But let us say to those whom we lobby (and who may be lobbying us) that thousands upon thousands of Tamils, young and old, men and women, and children as well, have died and suffered so that we, their brothers and sisters, may stand up and declare openly and fearlessly that we will not be browbeaten by those who would deny us reason...." more

Conflict Resolution: Sri Lanka - Tamil Eelam

Sri Lanka�s Return to War: Limiting the Damage - International Crisis Group Report, 20 February 2008 "...The Tigers should also be required to take some real steps towards transformation before being accepted as a negotiation partner. Such moves, however, may well require new leaders. Peace supporters should consider setting a deadline for renunciation of a separate state, after which they would actively pursue prosecutions of current LTTE leaders for war crimes and crimes against humanity.... ....Countries should develop step-by-step benchmarks for progress towards revoking the terrorist designation � in part to encourage Prabhakaran�s removal..." more


"Ahtisaari" Plan for Sri Lanka? "...Western governments� policies on Sri Lanka should consciously include attempts to open up political space within their Tamil communities for non-Tiger political voices. Those governments with significant Tamil populations should engage representative civil society groups directly, expressing sympathy for the legitimate grievances of minorities in Sri Lanka, while challenging them to reject the LTTE�s destructive politics and actively guarding against any intimidation of anti-Tiger Tamil groups...Short of a complete military defeat, however, the LTTE will likely remain a major player in any talks, though it should not be the only Tamil negotiator. The international community thus should take up the challenge of pressuring and persuading it � perhaps using diaspora representatives � to renounce suicide bombings, attacks on civilians, political killings and child recruitment..." Report dated 20 February 2008 by The International Crisis Group whose Board includes Lord Patten of Barnes, Former UK Cabinet Minister; Ambassador Thomas R Pickering, Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN; and Gareth Evans Former Foreign Minister of Australia; and whose Executive Committee includes George Soros; Zbigniew Brzezinski, Former U.S. National Security Advisor to the President; and Fidel V. Ramos, Former President of Philippines with Martti Ahtisaari Former President, Finland (and author of the Kosovo Ahtisaari Plan) and George J. Mitchell, Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader (and Northern Ireland 'Peace Broker') as Chairmen Emeritus .

Week Ending: Saturday 23 February 2008

Tamil National Forum

1. Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan On the Traditional Tamil Homeland: The Facts

2.Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia ஒரு தேசம் கோரிய மன்னிப்பு "மன்னிப்பைக் கோருவதன் மூலம் தமது கடந்த காலத் தவறுகளைத் திருத்திக் கொள்ள முயல்கின்ற இந்த நாடுகள், தங்களுடைய நிகழ்காலத் தவறுகளையும் உடனடியாகத் திருத்திக் கொள்ள முன் வர வேண்டும். அப்போதுதான் இத்தகைய மன்னிப்புக் கோரல்கள்மீது உண்மையான நம்பிக்கையும் ஏற்படும்." more


"..Kosovo as a client US state may not be without its attractions for US policy makers provided broad based European support is secured - and here the role of the members of the European Union may become pivotal. It seems that Velupillai Pirabakaran was right when he declared in 1993 'The world is not rotating on the axis of justice. It is economic and trade interests that determine the order of the present world, not the moral law of justice nor the rights of people. International relations and diplomacy between countries are determined by such interests.'" Comment by tamilnation.org five months ago in U.S. and EU ready to recognize Kosovo Independence if Serbia does not agree on role of the province, Judy Dempsey, International HeraldTribune, 24 September 2007

International Relations in an Asymmetric Multi Lateral World to include

Kosovo's Declaration of 'Supervised Independence' - An Exchange of Serb Rule for European Union/NATO 'Supervision' & an European Union 'Governor' "This declaration reflects the will of our people and it is in full accordance with the recommendations of UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari and his Comprehensive Proposal for the Kosovo Status Settlement...We invite and welcome an international civilian presence to supervise our implementation of the Ahtisaari Plan, and a European Union-led rule of law mission... We also invite and welcome the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to retain the leadership role of the international military presence in Kosovo... We shall cooperate fully with these presences to ensure Kosovo's future peace, prosperity and stability..." more

International Frame & the Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom


Kosovo Countdown: Lessons for Sri Lanka - Dayan Jayatilleka "...Western interventionism is not tied to any particular ethnic or religious group. The name of the game seems the old one of divide and rule, and whichever group or struggle weakens the target state appears to be the one that is afforded patronage..." together with Revised (19 February 2008) Comment by tamilnation.org " Mr.Dayan Jayatilleka is right. Yes, there are lessons for Sri Lanka to learn from Kosovo. Mr.Jayatilleke is right to recognise that 'the patterns of world politics appear kaleidoscopic, with coalitions forming over one issue, only to break up over another'... Said that, Kosovo's 'independence' (with an European Union/NATO military force in occupation) has lessons for the people of Tamil Eelam as well..."

Manufacturing Consent

Propaganda and Organization - Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf: My Country "...the greatness of the theorist and founder of a system consists in being able to discover and lay down those laws that are right in the abstract, whereas the organizer must first of all be a man of psychological insight. He must take men as they are, and for that reason he must know them, not having too high or too low an estimate of human nature. He must take account of their weaknesses, their baseness and all the other various characteristics, so as to form something out of them which will be a living organism, endowed with strong powers of resistance, fitted to be the carrier of an idea and strong enough to ensure the triumph of that idea.. " more

Muslims & Tamil Eelam

Tamil Centre for Human Rights (TCHR) on Who prevents Muslims� resettlement in Jaffna? "Last September (2007), a TCHR representative raised the matter about the resettlement of Jaffna Muslims in a meeting held by the Sri Lankan Mission in Geneva. Four Sri Lankan Ministers - Mahinda Samarasinghe, Keheliya Rambukwella, Athauda Seneviratne and Douglas Devananda, who were on the panel, could not give a proper answer to the question of resettlement of Muslims in Jaffna. This was well witnessed by various diplomats and the representatives of international institutions... Even before the Jaffna Muslims moved to Puttalam, the Buddhist monks and Sri Lankan government were very careful with their political agenda that the Muslim population in Puttalam should not be allowed to spread to any other area within Puttalam. This is one of the reasons Jaffna Muslims are without any fundamental rights in Puttalam..." more

Week Ending: Saturday 16 February 2008


Bob Dylan, 1970 - The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind...
How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?

Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind. more

Tamil National Forum

Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan Reminiscing on the Two Old Letters from Raveendranath "On 22 February 2008, my friend Sivasubramaniam Raveendranath (born in 1951) would have marked 57 years, with his dear ones. Since his unfortunate and contemptible abduction in Colombo on December 15, 2006, evidence has piled up that he is not alive now. Whether he was alive on 22 February 2007 is also in doubt now. As such, I pen this eulogy to him with a heavy heart. " more

Tamil Nation Library: War & Armed Conflict

William R. Polk - Violent Politics: A History of Insurgency, Terrorism, and Guerrilla War, from the American Revolution to Iraq - Book Review: An End Foreseen - Uri Avnery "...an insurgency supported by the public is bound to win, irrespective of the tactics adopted by the occupation regime. The occupier can kill indiscriminately or adopt more humane methods, torture captured freedom fighters to death or treat them as prisoners of war � nothing makes a difference in the long run. The real war against the occupation takes place in the minds of the occupied population. Therefore, the main task of the freedom fighter is not to fight against the occupation, as it may seem, but to win the hearts of his people..." more

The Strength of an Idea to include

Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples - Mr.Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia "To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry... For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry... Decency, human decency, universal human decency, demands that the nation now steps forward to right a historical wrong. That is what we are doing in this place today...I say to non-Indigenous Australians listening today who may not fully understand why what we are doing is so important, I ask those non-Indigenous Australians to imagine for a moment if this had happened to you. I say to honourable members here present: imagine if this had happened to us..." together with Comment by tamilnation.org "Mr.Kevin Rudd's unreserved apology is a remarkable and passionate statement and is perhaps unique among those made by any serving Prime Minister of any country at any time. It demands (& deserves) careful reading - and it may then help us to re-affirm our faith in the inherent goodness that lies in each one of us - and that politics should be concerned with energising a people by bringing that goodness to the forefront. " more

Tamil National Forum

One Million Red Roses shipped from Tamil Nadu to Australia for Valentine's Day

Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia on Valentine's Day காதலர் தினமும், தமிழரின் காதல் வாழ்வும் "தமிழர் வாழ்வில் �காதலர் தினம்� என்ற ஒன்று தேவையா? அல்லது தமிழர் வாழ்வில் �காதல்� என்ற ஒன்று இல்லையா? என்று விதவிதமாகக் கேட்போரையும் சற்றுக் கவனிப்போம்." more

Tamil Nation Library: Eelam

Edge of the Lagoon Edge of the Lagoon: Some Perspectives of Jaffnamore

Tamils - a Trans State Nation: Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi calls on World Tamils to celebrate first day of Tamil month Thai as New Years Day �The change marks the rise and revolution of Tamils. People must consider it a happy occasion and celebrate it by lighting �deepams�, drawing �kolams� and wearing new dress. "

" நித்திரையில் இருக்கும் தமிழா!
சித்திரை அல்ல உனக்குத் தமிழ்ப் புத்தாண்டு...
தரணி ஆண்ட தமிழர்க்கு
தை முதல் நாளே தமிழ்ப் புத்தாண்டு" (புரட்சிக் கவிஞர் பாரதிதாசன்)

Tamil Language & Literature

Project Madurai 10th Anniversary CD - Free Distribution - tamilnation.org congratulates - and salutes Dr.K.Kalyanasundaram and the Project Madurai team of volunteers from many parts of the globe on their sustained, determined and successful 10 year effort to bring Tamil literature to the world wide web. The Project Madurai 10th Anniversary CD now enables these Tamil electronic texts to be accessed off line as well. tamilnation.org will be happy to send a copy of the CD free of charge to any Tamil group (sangams /manrams /associations /social groups) in the United Kingdom so that these e-texts of Tamil literary works may be made available to a larger audience. Requests from those outside the United Kingdom will be forwarded by us to the Project Leader Dr.K.Kalyanasunderam in Switzerland... more

Week Ending: Saturday, 9 February 2008

Tamil National Forum

Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan on Sixty Years to Flop and Disintegrate The Magnificent Eleven... - 'all pious born-Sinhalese Buddhists, baptized-Sinhalese Buddhists and converted-Sinhalese Buddhists' ... leading the disintegration... more

D.S.SenanayakeDudley SenanayakeSir John KotelawalaS.W.R.D.BandaranaikeW.DahanayakeSrimavo Bandaranaike
J.R.JayawardeneR.PremadasaD.B.WijetungaChandrika Kumaratunga Bandaranaike

International Frame & the Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom to include

Sri Lanka at UN Conference on Disarmament - Playing the Third World/China Card "Sri Lanka and the Group of 21 certainly did not believe in the moral superiority of certain countries that had invaded others on the basis of an outright lie. In the view of the Third World, what was needed was realism and new thinking � a new paradigm � one that frankly addressed the concerns of all, and that eschewed threats and moral grandstanding." more

Conflict Resolution: Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka to include

Centre for Just Peace & Democracy (CJPD) Centre for Just Peace and Democracy (CJPD) - 2007 Annual Report "The Centre for Just Peace and Democracy (CJPD) was founded in 2004 to formalise pre-existing networks of activists and academics in the Tamil diaspora and beyond who have worked to bring about a just peace in Sri Lanka. In 2007, with the support of the Berghof Foundation and the Norwegian Government, this network was given an institutional form and a hub in Switzerland..." more

Nations & Nationalism to include

Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism, 18th Annual Conference, April 2008 - Nationalism, East and West: Civic and Ethnic Conceptions of Nationhood "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 the Eastern, genealogical variety of nationalism as systematised by Hans Kohn in 1944 has been used, extended, and adjusted by scholars 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 [Comment by tamilnation.org see also Civic Nationalism & Ethno Nationalism and Sinhala Buddhist Ethno Nationalism - Masquerading as Sri Lankan 'Civic Nationalism']

Right to Self Determination: Tamil Eelam to include

The Origins of the Unitary State of Sri Lanka - A.Jeyaratnam Wilson in The Break Up of Sri Lanka,1988 "(Even as long ago as the 1930s) the Sinhalese leadership evinced no willingness to share power with the minority ethnic groups. The Donoughmore system, with its divisions into seven executive committees, was designed for the purpose of providing some opportunities for minority ethnic representatives to secure election to the Donoughmore executive, the Board of Ministers... a Pan-Sinhalese Board of Ministers was elected after the general election of 1936, thus securing an artificial unanimity of opinion on constitutional reform. Furthermore, the Pan-Sinhalese Board obtained as much as it could of the limited available resources and public service appointments for the ethnic majority..." more


Sir John Kotelawala"...In 1936 I was one of the seven members elected unopposed to the second State Council. I was also chosen to be one of the seven Ministers...The new Board of Ministers had no members who belonged to the minority communities. This result was deliberately brought about with the intention of having a homogeneous (Pan Sinhala) Ministry who would present a united front on the question of constitutional reform. The point of view of the majority community was that the minorities would play their proper part in the Government only by trusting and co-operating with the majority instead of suspecting its motives and standing aloof..." Sir John Kotelawala, Ceylon Prime Minister (1953-56) in An Asian Prime Minister's Story, 1956

On 60th Anniversary of Sinhala Sri Lanka's Independence - 4 February 2008

Ethnic Cleansing

A 60 year record of Ethnic Cleansing of Eelam Tamils "...Ethnic cleansing is about assimilating a people. It is about destroying the identity of a people, as a people...In the island of Sri Lanka, the record shows that during the past sixty years and more, the intent and goal of all Sinhala governments (without exception) has been to secure the island as a Sinhala Buddhist Deepa. Rule by a permanent ethnic majority within the confines of a single state is the dark side of democracy.

Sri Lanka Armoured Cars on Parade - "might is right"

The systematic and sustained effort of the Sinhala Buddhist nation (masquerading as a multi ethnic 'civic' 'Sri Lankan' nation) to assimilate and 'cleanse' the island of Tamils, as a people, is proven by the 60 year documented record ..." more

Tamil National Forum to include

Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia சிறிலங்காவின் அறுபதாவது சுதந்திர தினம் - நாகரிக உலகிற்கே ஒரு கரிநாள் "இன்று தமிழர்கள் தமிழீழத் தனியரசை அமைத்துப் பிரிந்து போகவேண்டும் என்று விரும்புவதற்கு முன்பாகவே, 60 ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன்பதாகவே, அல்லது 58 ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன்பதாகவே சிங்களதேசம் �கோடு� போட்டு பிரித்து விட்டது..." more

Tamil Diaspora - a Trans State Nation to include

1. Australia: Tamil Australians to wear black armbands to mourn Sri Lankan Independence Day Tamil Youth Organisation of Australia in conjuction with 'enough. Sri Lanka', is requesting all Tamil Australians to wear a black armband on Monday 4 February 2008 to mourn the Sri Lankan Independence Day.

2. United Kingdom British Tamils Forum (BTF) - Photo Exhibition on 4 February 2008

3. United Kingdom Tamils Youth Organisation UK - Vigil Outside No.10 Downing Street, London

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