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"To us all towns are one, all men our kin.
Life's good comes not from others' gift, nor ill
Man's pains and pains' relief are from within.
Thus have we seen in visions of the wise !."
Tamil Poem in Purananuru, circa 500 B.C

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- April 2008 -

Week Ending: Saturday 26 April 2008

Tamil Nation Library: Eelam

Female Warriors, Martyrs and Suicide Attackers: Women in The LTTE - Dagmar Hellmann-Rajanayagam, Universitat Passau in International Review of Modern Sociology, Vol. 34, No. 1 (Spring) 2008 "To put it briefly, Tamil women join the Tigers not to die, but to fight. Death is taken into account, but is not necessarily anticipated. This is a decisive difference to the situation of Muslim women.." more

Tamil National Forum

1. Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia - ANZAC Day and Eelam Tamils "Anzac Day mirrors the soul of our nation,
And shows the price it was willing to pay,
To secure our freedom, knowing if it was lost,
That soul would sicken, and would wither away"

Three Crows2. Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan on The Three Crows by Jose Antonio Campos "From childhood days, most of us have enjoyed listening to crow stories from the Aesop Fables. This crow story by Jose Antonio Campos, framed in army settings, seems to have anticipated the number crunching tales regularly paraded by the publicity-seeking authority figures of Sri Lankan military for the past 25 years..." more

3. Chandi Sinathurai writes from Tamil Eelam on Sri Lanka: The Peace Industry "...The quixotic approach of the peace industry towards practical peace is highly politically charged and hilarious... Don't get me wrong. I'm for peace but not a peacenik. None of the peace initiatives in Sri Lanka has ever addressed the core issues that divide the communities. Further more, it has failed to tackle the non-pluralistic constitution of Sri Lanka let alone honouring the self-determination struggle of the Tamil-speaking nation.." more

International Frame & the Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom

1. Iran to Train Sri Lankan Intelligence & Army Officers - B.Raman "...Iran will increase its investment in the expansion project of an oil refinery in Sri Lanka up to US$ one billion... Iran has also agreed to provide low-interest credit to Sri Lanka to enable it to purchase military equipment from Pakistan and China and to train a small group of Sri Lankan Army and intelligence officers in Iran." more

2. India rejects US advice on Iran "India and Iran are ancient civilisations whose relations span centuries. Both nations are perfectly capable of managing all aspects of their relationship with the appropriate degree of care and attention. Neither country needs any guidance on the future conduct of bilateral relations as both countries believe that engagement and dialogue alone lead to peace," Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna, a foreign ministry" more

Tamil Armed Resistance & the Law: Reports on Armed Conflict in Tamil Eelam

Tigers' feint kills 100 Sri Lanka troops "The rebels feigned they had withdrawn from their first line of defenses in well-dug-out trenches," one (SLA) official said. "After the troops backed by battle tanks reached the area, the rebels sprung a fierce attack." more

Tamil National Forum to include

Rev.Father Karunaratnam1. Father Chandi Sinnathurai writes from Tamil Eelam - Father, For they know what they are doing! "This piece is not an eulogy for Fr. Karunaratnam, the Chairman of North East Secretariat on Human Rights. It is reported that he was assassinated on Sunday 20 April 2008, by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces', Deep Penetrating Unit's Claymore Mine. Fr. Karunaratnam is silenced. This piece is not an eloquent exposition of the war crimes committed by the Sinhala state against the Tamil nation. Fr. Karunaratnam's mortal remains is a living testimony to the brutal truth of oppression... Fr. Karunaratnam has reminded us yet again that the struggle for human rights calls for the ultimate cost. And he has paid it in full with his blood. Father, for they know what they are doing. Amen." more

2. Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan Athulathmudali and his Murderous 'Scorched Earth Policy': Revisited "Fifteen years have lapsed since the assassination of once-powerful UNP Cabinet minister Lalith Athulathmudali on 23 April 1993.. It was a double jeopardy for the Sinhalese. Accusations and innuendos filled the Colombo air that Athulathmudali was felled by Premadasa's hand-picked assassins and, Premadasa in turn was felled by Athulathmudali's powerful sponsors, though it became convenient for the Sinhalese to place the blame on Tamil Tigers ['the usual suspects']..." more

Lalith Authulathmudalai

Sri Lanka's Genocidal War '08: after Abrogation of Ceasefire - The Record Speaks... 2008

Crocodile Tears

International Federation of Tamils condemns Targeted Killing of Rev. M.X.Karunaratnam as a War Crime "..the international community was quick to label the LTTE as a terrorist organisation although the LTTE is engaged in what many regard as a lawful and just armed struggle to free the people of Tamil Eelam from decades of oppressive alien Sri Lankan rule. But, we observe that the same international community has refrained from intervening to prevent the systematic slaughter of Tamil political, social, religious leaders, by the Sri Lanka Armed Forces although the international community had the power to do so by imposing punitive sanctions on the Sri Lankan state. It should not surprise the international community if the Tamil people regard its attitude as one that amounts to incitement to crime or, at best, criminal negligence, and must be judged as severely as the crimes actively committed by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces and its Commander in Chief. Neither should it surprise the international community if the Tamil people are compelled to conclude that Tamil lives are being sacrificed in the altar of the strategic interests of the international community in the Indian Ocean region..." more
Sri Lanka Army Assassinates Father M.X.Karunaratnam, Chairman of NorthEast Secretariat on Human Rights (NESoHR) "Father Karunaratnam was a senior resource person TRO and other local NGOs in the NorthEast and worked tirelessly to promote and defend the human rights of the Tamil people. Father Karunaratnam was loved and respected by all that met and worked with him. Over the years he has given a tremendous amount of support, advice and solace to TRO and other members of civil society and worked tirelessly for peace during the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) period, an agreement recently unilaterally abrogated by the GoSL. Fr. Karunaratnam was the Chairman of the NGO Consortium from 1998-2002 and prior to that was the Vanni/Northern co-ordinatior for the news service Radio Veritas. " more


"....So long as there is widespread support for separatism and militancy in the diaspora, peace in Sri Lanka will be hard to come by... Stronger political and legal pressure should be applied to the LTTE outside 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... 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... Countries should develop step-by-step benchmarks for progress towards revoking the terrorist designation - in part to encourage Prabhakaran's removal..." Sri Lanka's Return to War: Limiting the Damage - International Crisis Group Report, 20 February 2008 with Lord Patten of Barnes, Former UK Cabinet Minister and Ambassador Thomas R Pickering, Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN as Co Chairs together with comment by tamilnation.org...

"It is not altogether clear whether the advice of the International Crisis that 'governments with significant Tamil populations should engage representative civil society groups directly " includes engaging with Tamil run websites and journals. Be that as it may ... concerned as it is to further the strategic interests of the international community i.e. the trilaterals in the Indian Ocean region, there are a couple of matters that the 'independent' International Crisis Group, may have usefully borne in mind. One is that - '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 not about securing benevolent Sinhala rule... An independent Tamil Eelam is not negotiable. But an independent Tamil Eelam 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...' And the other is that it is Velupillai Pirabakaran who by his steadfast commitment to the creation of a secular independent Tamil Eelam has given a sense of dignity and thanmaanam to millions of Tamils living today in many lands and across distant seas." more

Week Ending: Saturday 19 April 2008

International Relations in an Asymmetric Multi Lateral World

China -Tibet As Justification For Iraq - Andre Vltchek in Zspace "..Forgive me, but I do not believe in our genuine intentions when it comes to Tibet! We need to discredit China, as our own crimes and the crimes of our allies are so appalling that they don't leave in peace at least some of our citizens. We have to demonize China. No matter how inhuman, how horrible the social system in India or Indonesia; we have to make sure that we portray the Chinese one as much worse...What would justify the slaughter of millions in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Korea, Algiers, East Timor, Papua, Nicaragua, Salvador, Chile, and Dominican Republic and in so many other places? Tibet is our new hope, our sneaky and indirect justification of Iraq!.." more

Tamil National Forum

1. Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia on

நாட்டுப்பற்றாளர் தினம் - அன்னை பூபதி ஒரு குறியீடு "அன்னை பூபதியின் நினைவு தினத்தை நாட்டுப் பற்றாளர் தினமாகத் தமிழீழத்து மக்களும் புலம் பெயர்ந்த தமிழ் மக்களும் உணர்வு பூர்வமாக நினைவு கூர்ந்து வருகின்றார்கள்." more

2. Velupillai Thangavelu writes from Canada Response to those few who oppose Thai first as Thamil New Year [together with Revised Comment by tamilnation.org of 19 April 2008]"Opposition has been voiced by a small bunch of individuals against the change in the birth of Thamil New Year. They claim the change is against tradition and borders on blasphemy. Such people are superficial and naïve in many ways. The opposition can be seen as an ad hominem argument - you cannot fault an argument, so you fault the person advancing it. In this instance Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi. He is reviled by pseudo Hindu bigots like Thuglak Cho, Ramagopalan, Ela Ganesan (BJP) Ms Jayalalithaa (ADMK MLAs voted for the bill) and few others as anti-Hindu. Strangely, the editor of the TamilNet website also joined the anti-nationalist forces to whip up frenzy against the change - thus making a mockery of the decision of the de facto state of Thamil Eelam that endorsed Thai first as Thamil New Year... Way back in 1921 Thamil scholars like Maraimalai Adikal, Naavalar Somasundera Bharathiar, Prof. Parithimaakalaignar (Prof. Surya Narayana Shastri) K.Subramaniapillai, Thiru V.Kalyanasundera Mudaliyar, Saivite scholar Sachchithanadapillai, Naavalar Na.Mu. Venkadasamy, K.R.P.Visvanatham and scores of others met at Pachchayappan College and resolved to make Thai first Thamil New year instead of Chiththirai...The shifting of Thamil New Year from Chiththirai first to Thai first is a milestone in the history of Thamils. " more

Tamil Culture - the Heart of Tamil National Consciousness to include

Sinhala Sri Lanka Promotes 13 April as Tamil New Year and Sri Lanka Armed Forces Kill and Maim Tamils in Tamil Eelam - a Twin Track Approach...

Tamil National Forum

1. Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan Arthur C. Clarke, Mrs. B and My Fan Letter

2.Velupillai Thangavel from Canada writes to Canadian Prime Minister Thamil New Year is Thai first (January 14th ) NOT April 13th "We appreciate your gesture on behalf of the Government of Canada in wishing Thamils 'a year filled with hope, peace and prosperity.'... (but) The Government of Canada (GoC)... continues to deny charity status to the Thamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO - Canada) the only indigenous outfit providing basic relief to our people on the ground. Therefore, the Prime Minister's wish for 'hope, peace and prosperity' sounds hypocritical. To add insult to injury the Conservative government had thought it fit to ban the Liberation Tigers of Thamil Eelam, the only bulwark Thamil people have against a blood thirsty racist and fascist state!.. Finally, April 14th is not New Year for the Thamil people... Recently, the Thamil Nadu legislative assembly unanimously passed a law to make Thai first as Thamil New Year Day... " more


"...In view of the consensus amongst almost all Tamil Scholars that the first day of the month of Thai, is the first day of the Tamil year, this Government has decided to declare 1st Thai as the Tamil New Year day. Therefore, the people of Tamil Nadu, who now celebrate Pongal as the festival of Tamils, can now celebrate it as Tamil New Year day also with redoubled joy..." Governor's Address in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly , 23rd January 2008 [The Bill declaring 1st Thai as the Tamil New Year day was passed unanimously by the Tamil Nadu State Assembly on 1 February 2008]

Tamil National Forum

1. Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia - சித்திரையில் தமிழ்ப் புத்தாண்டா? Is the Tamil New Year in April?

"(சித்திரை வருடப் பிறப்பை) வரவேற்று, (அதன் மூலம் ) தமிழினத்தின் பழமையையும், பண்பையும், சிறப்பையும், செல்வாக்கையும் (இன்றைய தமிழர்கள்) சிதைத்து வந்துள்ளமை பெரும் வெட்கத்திற்கு இடமானதாகவும் இருக்கின்றது..."more

2. Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan The Indo-LTTE War (1987-90) - An Anthology. Part 8: Stock taking after One Year of the 1987 Accord

3. Chandi Sinnathurai - The Dogs Bark, and the Caravan Moves On.. "The Tamil liberation struggle has gone through many stages, inching forward, despite many contrary winds, con-men, and cock-sure betrayals. But as they say, the dogs bark, and the caravan moves...towards its destiny..." more

Sri Lanka's Genocidal War '08 ...after Abrogation of Ceasefire

Tamil Children in the Bunkers

1.Children of War - Tasha Manoranjan in the World of Children, "...We are Tamils…but this story is about children of war…we crouched down in the bunker in silence. We would alternately sit on our flip-flops to avoid dirtying our clothing, and stand huddled in the bunker that was eerily reminiscent of a grave. It was just tall enough that we could bend over halfway without brushing against the tree trunks making up the roof of this make-to shelter. But as the (Sri Lankan) bomber planes flew overhead more and more frequently, forcing us to disrupt our classes to run into the bunkers, the bunker seemed more and more like a grave.... One of her hands found their usual place enveloped in mine, and I gently squeezed it to calm her. I wished I could talk to her, to tell her that our school was too small to be a target of the bomber jets, and that we would be safe. But talking was out of the question, since it was believed that the jets and the reconnaissance planes could detect talking underground and would then know the locations of our bunkers, thus making it easier for them to attack with as many casualties as possible..." more

2. Situation Report on the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Madhu Division, Mannar District & Situation in Manthai East Division, Mannar District

Week Ending: Saturday 12 April 2008

Tamil Nation Library to include

Ravi Vaitheespara1. Dr. Ravi Vaitheespara -'Beyond 'Benign' and 'Fascist' Nationalisms: Interrogating the Historiography of Sri Lankan Tamil Nationalism' "...If indeed we take seriously The Broken Palmyra's charge that the LTTE is a fascist or neo-fascist movement, it is all the more imperative that we come to grips with both the class/caste basis and the class forces behind the LTTE and how, as a movement, it was able to subvert rival movements who offered a more liberationist, if not more empowering, alternative..." more
2. Paul Sieghart Q.C. Sri Lanka - A Mounting Tragedy of Errors, International Commission of Jurists and Justice, London, 1984 (Full Text) "Communal riots in which Tamils are killed, maimed, robbed and rendered homeless are no longer isolated episodes; they are beginning to become a pernicious habit.In many respects, the Tamils' response to these events, and to the more chronic discrimination to which they feel subjected, has been remarkably restrained. One of the most striking features of the episodes of communal violence, for instance, has been the lack of retaliation by Tamils against the Sinhalese in their midst, with the result that virtually all the victims on each of these occasions have been Tamils..." more
3. Timothy J. Moore - Ethnic and Communal Violence : The Independence of the Judiciary: Protection of 'Fundamental Rights' and the Rule Of Law in Sri Lanka - Fragile Freedoms? - Report of a mission to Sri Lanka in June 1983 on behalf of the International Commission of Jurists "...the author accepts that it is the almost universal practice of the military authorities to physically assault and mistreat these persons who have been in their custody... the author finds that this treatment is ...carried out on a systematic basis." (Full Text)
4.Patricia Hyndman, LAWASIA Human Rights Standing Committee - Sri Lanka: Escalating Violence and Erosions of Democracy, March 1985 "The approach adopted by the Tamil community to achieve what it sees as its due measure of recognition in Sri Lankan society, was, for the first thirty years after Independence, which was granted by Britain in 1948, a peaceful one. The Tamils sought a federal arrangement within one united country, not a separate state, and did not resort to, or advocate, violence as a means of achieving this. Indeed, their response to the attacks of violence against them which erupted in 1958, 1977, 1981 and 1983 has been very restrained." more (Full Text)


"Whoever controls the Indian Ocean dominates Asia. This ocean is the key to the seven seas in the twenty-first century, the destiny of the world will be decided in these waters." US Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan quoted by Cdr. P K Ghosh in Maritime Security Challenges in South Asia and the Indian Ocean, 18 January 2004

Indian Ocean - Global View

International Frame & the Tamil Struggle: China

1.China Film Festival opens in Sri Lanka, 4 April 2008

China Sri Lanka Film Festival

2. China hands over Galle Red Cross complex to Sri Lanka, 6 April 2008 "Jiang Yiman, Executive Vice President of the Red Cross Society of China, said in the handing over ceremony that the complex was a new landmark for the friendship between the Red Cross of China and its Sri Lankan counterpart. SLRCS Director General Nevil Nanayakkara said the two countries have enjoyed good relations for more than 1,000 years and he thanked China for its generous help in the tsunami rebuilding process..." more
3. China moves into India's back yard -Sudha Ramachandran, 13 March 2007

Hambantota Port

4. String of Pearls: Meeting the Challenge of China's Rising Power Across the Asian Littoral - United States Lt.Col. Christopher J. Pehrson, July, 2006

5. China's Oil Quest Across India's Cauvery Basin - B. Raman 26 March 2007

6. 'China, a benign and sincere friend of Sri Lanka' - Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, 9 April 2005


"..It is vital that the Tamils seek a deeper understanding of the factors which drive (Sinhala) intransigence. A clue to this is to be found in a speech by S W R D Bandaranaike, the founder of the Sinhala Maha Saba and the architect of the Sinhala Only policy of 1956 which marked the beginning of the Tamil struggle for self-rule. According to the Daily News of 8 November 1955, Bandaranaike made the case for the Sinhala Only bill by arguing that "With their books and culture and the will and strength characteristic of their race, the Tamils (if parity were granted) would soon rise to exert their dominant power over us" It was not just the Mahavamsa inspired notions of 'primacy' that have been the impetus, but also something else - the fear of domination... A political solution to the conflict in Sri Lanka requires re examination of previously held views so that all parties involved in this conflict can realise their goals by agreeing on political structures to enable the two nations in the Island of Sri Lanka coexist as equals and free of the fear of domination of one by the other." Ana Pararajasingham in Required: Paradigm Shifts, 2005

Week Ending: Saturday 5 April 2008

Sri Lanka's Genocidal War against Tamil Eelam, 2008: The Record Speaks...

Child's View by NirmalaJaffna Peninsula: A land of terror, uncertainty, suspicion and death - A Letter from Fr. Terence Fernando "...There was a mother with two children who had little bread for dinner and didn't have anything for breakfast and lunch on the following day. The neighboring family knowing their pathetic situation gave them little rice on a plate. The mother asked children to eat it but they refused and asked mother to eat it. It is wonderful to see love and concern for each other not diminished, amidst such unbearable suffering and tragic situation of life. These are a few experiences and facts that I got during my short stay in Jaffna. ..We call ourselves Christians. We proclaim that we follow Jesus who lived and died for the oppressed. Isn't it a crime for us to call ourselves Christians and to live as deaf and blind people amidst our oppressed Tamil brothers and sisters who cry for freedom to live in peace in their own land and homes? You may not agree with me but I would say this is a wiping out or slow genocide of the Tamil people from their own land..."more

Tamil Nation Library: Eelam

Ethnic Conflict and Violence in Sri Lanka, Professor Virginia A. Leary - Report of an ICJ Mission to Sri Lanka in July-August 1981. Note by tamilnation.org Two years after Professor Leary's report, Niall MacDermot, International Commission of Jurists Secretary-General, wrote in August 1983 " In view of the events of July-August 1983 in Sri Lanka, the International Commission of Jurists has decided to reprint the report 'Ethnic Conflict and Violence in Sri Lanka" by Professor Virginia A. Leary, written after her mission to Sri Lanka in July-August 1981.The analysis she made of the ethnic conflict is still valid and provides the necessary background to understand the recent grave outbursts between the Sinhalese and Tamil communities.' Today, more than a quarter of a century after Professor Leary's report, her analysis continues to provide the necessary background to understand the ongoing conflict in the island." more

Maaveerar - அணையாத தீபங்கள் to include

Ilam Puli: Birth of a Black Tiger - An Inside Report by K.Mylvaganam "Kavi (Maveeran Ilam Puli's sister) told me last week that Ilam Puli once came with her photo where her picture was decorated with Red Roses. When she asked him for the reason he seems to have said "It is because you are a Rose to me." She couldn't control her emotions and was sobbing when she narrated this... During his visits Ilam Puli seems to have asked his parents for a few things. One was that in case of his death they should treat those who bring the message of his death, lovingly and give them tea. The other was to decorate his coffin with Red Roses, which I trust, symbolized his sister Kavi. Another day Kavi told me that Ilam Puli use to call her as Kavi and not Kaviarasi. When she asked him as why he calls her so, he seems to have said "because you are a poem to me" and of course she broke down after that too..." more

Tamil National Forum

M.Thanapalasingam - Remembering Mamanithar Thillainadarajah Jeyakumar: First DeathAnniversary
"..என் இனிய நண்பன் மாமனிதன் தில்லை ஜெயக்குமார் எம்மை விட்டு பிரிந்து ஓர் ஆண்டு உருண்டோடிவிட்டது. ஆனாலும் அவன் நினைவுகளை சுமந்துநிற்கும் எமது உள்ளங்களின் வலிகளும், அழுத்தங்களும், பசுமையான நினைவுகளும் சதா காலமும் எம்முடன் வாழ்கின்றன..." more

Conflict Resolution: Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka International Seminar on Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka - Global Peace Support Group, 22 March 2008

1.N. Vijayasingam on Global Reaction to Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka "The situation in Sri Lanka today is that there is "State Terrorism" carrying out an all out massacre of the Tamil Freedom Fighters who are supported by the vast majority of Tamils.The slogan that terrorism in Sri Lanka has to be eliminated in reality means Tamils who want to assert, their human rights safeguarded need to be eliminated."... more

2. R L Padayachie, Deputy Minister of Communications, South Africa - A South African Perspective on the Conflict in Sri Lanka "I was indeed quite moved by the things that the good pediatrician doctor from Australia mentioned and the good professor and Karen and indeed all the other speakers and it illustrated to me what a marvelous class of people these are who can reach out of their own situations and find common cause with the sufferings and devastation of the people so many miles away from home and to be able to bring that humanity to us in the course of this seminar. I think it is indeed a humanizing and indeed a very enriching experience to have been in your company for the last couple of days. Thank you very much." more

3. Professor Peter Schalk on Pax Americana, the EU, and the Tamil Resistance Movement at the - "I just want to remind the reader of what each fighter promises in his cattiyapiramanam or uritimoli, 'oath of allegiance', namely to die for tannatci tamilila vitutalaikkai, 'for the liberation of a selfruling/ independent Tamililam'. ...About 20,000 young men and women have died for this punita ilatciyam, 'holy aim'. None has died for federalism. When it comes to Veluppillai Pirapakaran, he has never taken the word federalism in his mouth as a valid alternative to independence." more

Tamil National Forum

Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan - Remembering S.J.V.Chelvanayakam on his 110th Birth Anniversary - "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


Martin Luther King"...Over the past two years, as I have moved to break the betrayal of my own silences and to speak from the burnings of my own heart, as I have called for radical departures from the destruction of Vietnam, many persons have questioned me about the wisdom of my path. At the heart of their concerns this query has often loomed large and loud: Why are you speaking about war, Dr. King? Why are you joining the voices of dissent? Peace and civil rights don't mix, they say. Aren't you hurting the cause of your people, they ask? And when I hear them, though I often understand the source of their concern, I am nevertheless greatly saddened, for such questions mean that the inquirers have not really known me, my commitment or my calling. Indeed, their questions suggest that they do not know the world in which they live. " A Time to Break Silence - Martin Lurther King Jr, 1967 whose 40th Death Anniversary falls on 4 April 2008

International Relations in an Asymmetric Multi Lateral World

United States: War Made Easy - the Movie

A Time to Break Silence - Martin Lurther King Jr, 1967 "A time comes when silence is betrayal.That time has comes for us... The truth of these words is beyond doubt but the mission to which they call us is a most difficult one. Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government's policy, especially in time of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one's own bosom and in the surrounding world....A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death...The war in Vietnam is but a symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit, and if we ignore this sobering reality we will find ourselves organizing clergy-and laymen-concerned committees for the next generation...." more

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