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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"...அரிய சாதனைகள் செய்யப்படுவது வலிமையினால் அல்ல - விடா முயற்சியினால்தான்..."

Week Ending: Saturday 2 August 2008


"..It seems to me that it is only when we are truly prepared to give of ourselves for that which we believe, that we contribute. Otherwise we make noise. We need to look no further than Velupillai Pirabakaran for proof of that. In a conversation with an Australian expatriate in the Vanni in 2004, Pirabakaran said -

"உயிரைக் கொடுக்கத் தயாராய் இருக்கிறவர்களைத் தான் அவர்கள் வேட்டையாடுகரார்கள்"

"It is those who are prepared to give their lives that they are engaged in hunting." It is this thyagam, it is this willingness to suffer to bring about change, which has made Velupillai Pirabakaran the undying symbol of the resistance of the people of Tamil Eelam to alien Sinhala rule.." Nadesan Satyendra in Some Reflections on 'Sri Lanka: Reign of Anomy'

Sinhala Buddhist Ethno Nationalism - Masquerading as Sri Lankan 'Civic Nationalism' : The Mask Slips

Pictures that speak a thousand words...

Mr.Niranjan de Silva Deva-Aditya, MEP frequently wonders about converting Tamils to Buddhism "...Frequently now I wonder whether Sri Lanka would have been a much more peaceful and much more homogeneous place if say 40% or so of the Tamil speaking population had been Buddhists and not exclusively Hindu or Christian. Is taking the Buddhist religion to Tamil people such a difficult task?.. " together with Comment by tamilnation.org: "..It is right that the Member of the European Parliament, Mr. Niranjan de Silva Deva-Aditya, who is a Sinhalese, should wonder. And that too, frequently. If he wonders frequently enough he may even ask himself why it is that for the past two thousand years and more that which he appears to consider a not 'difficult task' was not accomplished..." more

Sathyam Commentary

AnomySome Reflections on 'Sri Lanka: Reign of Anomy' - Nadesan Satyendra "Charles Ponnuthurai Sarvan's essay on 'Sri Lanka: Reign of Anomy' which is published in tamilnation.org at his request, affords an opportunity to reflect on some matters of general relevance to the Tamil Eelam struggle for freedom. Anomy or anomie, 'in contemporary English, means a condition or malaise in individuals, characterized by an absence or diminution of standards or values. The word comes from the Greek - the prefix a: 'without', and nomos: 'law'.' Charles Sarvan describes his Essay as a 'personal statement on the ethnic conflict' in Sri Lanka. Therein lies its strength - and perhaps, some of its weakness. Said that, though one may disagree with Sarvan, one will find it difficult to question the authenticity of that which he was moved by 'an inner compulsion' to write..." more

Comments to include

Harsh Raghuvir [ [email protected]] " Hello, I would like to enquire as to whether your organization advocates an independent Tamil Nadu? Thanks." together with Response by tamilnation.org "The short answer is No. For a longer answer please see Tamil Nation & the Unity of India, written seven years ago on 3 February 2001 wherein we said, inter alia "...The break up of India, if it comes will not come from the efforts of tamilnation.org. It will come despite our efforts. It will come from a failure of political leaders in India to openly recognise that India is a multi national state - and recognise the enduring wisdom of the words of Pramatha Chaudhuri in 1920..." more

Tamil Digital Renaissance

Revisited Video Images: the Strategic Dimension, D.Sivaram "...It is now generally accepted that the conduct of modern warfare is not only about troops, weapons, generals and battlefields - it is also about perceptions. The manner in which a war is perceived by states and their populations today can have a strategic impact on its conduct..." more

Alage Alage Thamil Alage

Week Ending: Saturday 26 July 2008

Tamil National Forum

M.Thanapalasingham writes from Australia on Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom and the New Cold War ..

"இலங்கைத் தீவில் இன்று இரண்டு போராட்டங்கள் இடம் பெறுகின்றது. ஒன்று சிங்கள மக்களுக்கும் தமிழ் மக்களுக்கும் இடையேயான போராட்டம். மற்றது இப் பிராந்தியத்தில் தமது நலன்களைப் பேண தமிழர்களின் போராட்டத்தை கருவியாக்கும் வல்லரசுகளுக்கிடையேயான போராட்டம்." more

On 25th Anniversary of Black July 1983

South African Tamils commemorate Black July, 25 July 2008

Remembering Black July '83 - South Africa

Rally in Sydney, 25 July 2008

Rally in Washington USA, 24 July 2008

Black July '83 Remembered - Washington Rally, 2008

Candlelight Vigil before UK Parliament, 23 July 2008

Remembrance in Amsterdam, 23 July 2008

Indictment Against Sri Lanka: The Charge is Genocide

"...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 more
Tamils in Switzerland commemorate 25th Anniversary of Black July, 13 July 2008

Sachi Sri Kantha on July 1983 Pogrom - Victims and Rascals "American humorist Russell Baker (born 1925) once wrote in his column, �History is constantly being revised these days. It�s because there is a glut of historians. Revising history is the only way to keep them busy� It is unfortunate that the anti-Tamil pogrom of July 1983 also has been a victim of distortions in the hands of licensed Sinhalese historians. .. That the virulent seeds for the anti-Tamil pogrom of 1983 were sown nearly nine months earlier in the first executive presidential election held in October 20, 1982 was noted by a few international journalists ... The Wall Street Journal of Oct.29, 1982, editorially commented on President Jayewardene�s victory with an irreverent caption, �Sri Lanka Keeps Its Rascals In�..." more

Lest We Forget - Charles Somasundrum "I give these few examples from personal knowledge, to show that Black July was not just a passing incident. Readers will themselves, be aware of many more such incidents where they were involved or where friends or kin were involved. These incidents must never be forgotten. They should be passed on to children and grandchildren. I see a time in a free Tamil Eelam when the 23rd of July will be observed by all Eelamites, who will remember the many acts of Tamil heroism in the face of a bloodthirsty Sinhala mob, which was aware that they had the state behind them." more

Democracy, Sri Lanka Style

Sri Lanka Army Commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka On Democracy and the Beginning of the End "... I don�t think the people in the North and East are subjected to any injustice... MonkIn any democratic country the majority should rule the country. This country will be ruled by the Sinhalese community which is the majority representing 74 percent of the population...We are almost at the beginning of the end. We have finished almost two thirds of the LTTE that�s about 9,000 of them which is a large number. The tail enders of a cricket team do not perform the same way, like the middle order batsmen and the opening batsmen do." together with Comment by tamilnation.org: "Almost at the beginning of whose end? The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind..." more

The Struggle for Tamil Eelam

Former CNN South Asian Bureau Chief, Anita Pratap: Interview with Puthinam, 15 July 2008 to include English Translation together with Comments by tamilnation.org Comment 1 - Comment 2 - Comment 3 - Comment 4 - Comment 5 - Comment 6 - Comment 7 - Comment 8 more

Revisited: Second World Tamil Eelam Convention, Nanuet, New York 1984

Letter dated 19 May 1984 from LTTE leader Velupillai Pirabakaran to the Convention Organiser, Dr.Winston Panchacharam ".. You have sent us an invitation to participate in this Convention. On this matter it is necessary that I make clear the position of our Organisation, the current situation of the Tamil people and the present needs of our struggle for freedom... It appears that one of the objectives of the Convention is to unite the Liberation Organisations and establish a single political-military leadership for the struggle for Tamil Eelam. I welcome efforts to bring about unity. However, it is my wish that such efforts should be undertaken in Tamil Eelam... It is in Tamil Eelam that the struggle is taking place and it is in Tamil Eelam that we are prepared to discuss unity. We are not prepared to discuss the strategies of our struggle seated in a foreign land - and that too in the capital of US imperialism and inside the spider web (சிலந்தி வலை) of the spy services of the C.I.A...." more


"...As their contest for the White House draws closer, watch how, regardless of the inevitable personal smears, Obama and McCain draw nearer to each other. They already concur on America's divine right to control all before it. "We lead the world in battling immediate evils and promoting the ultimate good," said Obama. "We must lead by building a 21st-century military . . . to advance the security of all people." McCain agrees. ..Despite claiming that his campaign wealth comes from small individual donors, Obama is backed by the biggest Wall Street firms: Goldman Sachs, UBS AG, Lehman Brothers, J P Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse, as well as the huge hedge fund Citadel Investment Group... What is Obama's attraction to big business? Precisely the same as Robert Kennedy's. By offering a "new", young and apparently progressive face of the Democratic Party - with the bonus of being a member of the black elite - he can blunt and divert real opposition." From Kennedy To Obama: Liberalism's Last Fling, John Pilger, 29 May 2008

Week Ending: Saturday 19 July 2008


"Exile, it is often said, is the nursery of nationalism. If so, then the yearning for a homeland has a long history.." Anthony D.Smith in*Chosen Peoples: Sacred Sources of National Identity, 2004

Tamil Refugees & Asylum Seekers to include

European Court of Human Rights stops UK from returning Tamil to Sri Lanka "...The Court found that the information before it pointed to the systematic torture and ill-treatment by the Sri Lankan authorities of Tamils who would be of interest to them in their efforts to combat the Tamil Tigers... the Court found that there were substantial grounds for finding that the applicant would be of interest to the Sri Lankan authorities in their efforts to combat the Tigers. In those circumstances, the Court found that at the present time there would be a violation of Article 3 (European Convention on Human Rights relating to prohibition of torture) if the applicant were to be returned..." more

Revisited - Kannadasan - பரமசிவன் கழுத்திலிருந்து பாம்பு கேட்டது

பரமசிவன் கழுத்திலிருந்து பாம்பு கேட்டது
கருடா சௌக்யமா யாரும்
இருக்குமிடத்தில் இருந்து கொண்டால்
எல்லாம் சௌக்யமே கருடன் சொன்னது
அதில் அர்த்தம் உள்ளது!...

International Relations in an Asymmetric Multilateral World

1. Shift Happens "Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too." - Marcus Aurelius A.D.169

2 The Military Industrial Complex - Farewell Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 17 January1961 "...In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. ... Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together... You and I - my fellow citizens - need to be strong in our faith that all nations, under God, will reach the goal of peace with justice." more

One Hundred Tamils of the 20th Century

KamarajarRemembering Karma Veerar Kumaraswamy Kamaraj - 105th Birth Anniversary - 15 July 2008 "Mr Kamaraj was not rich and has not grown rich.. He has been a whole-time politician and has laboured to acquire personal knowledge of men and things all over the Tamil country and he knows all the leaders of his party from every part of India. He has also acquired facility in English and very considerable knowledge of world affairs. He is immensely popular for all these reasons and especially because he has no vices and leads a simple life. Above all he is the 'representative' Tamil as most Tamils imagine that figure. His ways of speaking, walking, eating and dress commend themselves to the many millions to whom these are familiar ways with nothing outlandish about them..." more


1."...As you have just been told I originally come from Belfast. Like some of the people here today my family was forced at gunpoint to leave its home by a sectarian militia. Like many of you and your families I know what it is like to be spread-eagled against a wall at rifle point by the troops of a hostile occupying army. So when I say that I give my solidarity on behalf of Respect and Socialist Resistance to the Tamil people in their just struggle for self-determination it is more than rhetoric. It comes from the heart and, if I have anything different to say here today from what the other speakers will say to you, it will be to present some of that recent Irish experience, to point out some of the traps that enemies and false friends will lay for you in your struggle.... A lie has been told so often that it almost seems like the truth. Peace, justice and freedom have not been established in Ireland. The country remains partitioned. One part is still occupied by the imperialist army. ..The absence of violence is not peace. What you see when you look at Ireland today is the complete victory of imperialism ...And it is the same wherever imperialism dabbles...Who in their right mind could believe that the Americans and Israelis would ever give real peace, justice and freedom to the Palestinian people? Only a fool!... Don�t accept what you are told about imperialist attempts to broker peace deals. They do not bring peace with justice or self-determination..." more Liam MacUaid, editor of Socialist Resistance and a member of Respect at London Pongu Thamil Rally, 12 July 2008

2. "..Imperialism has been the most powerful force in world history over the last four or five centuries, carving up whole continents while oppressing indigenous peoples and obliterating entire civilizations. Yet, it is seldom accorded any serious attention by our academics, media commentators, and political leaders. When not ignored outright, the subject of imperialism has been sanitized, so that empires become �commonwealths,� and colonies become �territories� or �dominions� (or, as in the case of Puerto Rico, �commonwealths� too). Imperialist military interventions become matters of �national defense,� �national security,� and maintaining �stability� in one or another region. In this book I want to look at imperialism for what it really is. By "imperialism" I mean the process whereby the dominant politico-economic interests of one nation expropriate for their own enrichment the land, labor, raw materials, and markets of another people..." Michael Parenti in Against Empire

Tamil Diaspora: a Trans State Nation

உலகத்தாயே பொங்கு பொங்கு தமிழ்... உரிமைப்போரில் பொங்கு பொங்கு தமிழ்... தமிழர் தேசம் பொங்கு பொங்கு தமிழ்...
Pongu Thamil 2008 in many lands across the globe concludes with Massive Rally in London in support of Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom...

Pongu Tamil Rally - London 2008

Week Ending: Saturday 12 July 2008


"... Like all people, they (the African American people) have differing personalities, diverse financial interests, and varied aspirations. There are Negroes who will never fight for freedom. There are Negroes who will seek profit for themselves alone from the struggle. There even are some Negroes who will co-operate with the oppressors. These facts should distress no one. Every minority, and every people has its share of opportunists, profiteers, freeloaders and escapists .... No one can pretend that because a people may be oppressed, every individual member is virtuous and worthy. The real issue is whether in the great mass the dominant characteristics are decency, honour and courage". Martin Luther King

Tamil National Forum

1. Revisited: Subramaniam Sivanayagam on The Role of Tamil Expatriates "...A child of the new millennium asks: "Grandpa, where were you when the Tamil people were fighting for freedom in Sri Lanka?". "Well, I was minding my own business, darling, and making pots of money, here in England". "What was grandma doing then grandpa? "Why, she was doing the same thing, minding her own business, honey, and helping me to spend that money". That was an imagined futuristic dialogue. How about the present?.." more

2. Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan - The Sloths, The Snails and the Primates of the U.S. State Department...

...Mandela Removed at Long Last from US 'terrorism watch list'! "The news got splashed on July 2nd that the names of Nelson Mandela and his colleagues of African National Congress (ANC) have been removed from the notorious �terrorism watch list� maintained by the U.S. State Department. Mandela was released from the South African prison on February 11, 1990, after 27 years. Then, he was inaugurated as President of South Africa on May 10, 1994. Five years later on June 14, 1999, he retired from active politics. Now, 9 years later, the Primates of the U.S. State Department got into action, to felicitate Mandela�s forthcoming 90th birthday by removing his name from its �terrorism watch list�. " more

Tamil Diaspora - a Trans State Nation: United Kingdom to include

The Federation of Saiva (Hindu) Temples, U.K.
announces 11th London Saiva Conference
Theme: �Umapathy Sivam�s Enlightened Saiva Neri� on
23 - 24 August 2008 in London. more


அனுபவம்.. "... ஈழத்தில் எம் உறவுகள் மீது இலங்கை அரசாங்கம் நடத்திவரும் இன்னல்களை உலகிற்கு தெரிவிக்கும் விதமாகவும், கண்டிக்கும் விதமாகவும் உலகெங்கும் நடந்து கொண்டிருக்கும் "பொங்கு தமிழ்" சிட்னியிலும் உணர்ச்சிபூர்வமாக நடைபெற்றது... புகழ் பெற்ற சிட்னி ஒலிம்பிக விளையாட்டு கூடல் அருகே இருக்கும் பச்சை பசேலென்ற மேசன் மைதானத்தில் அனைவரும் காலை 11 மணிக்கு கூடுவதாக அறிவிக்கப்பட்டிருந்தது. கனடாவில் நடந்தது போலவே, சிட்னியிலும் முன்னர் அறிவிக்கப்பட்ட இடம் மாற்றப்பட்டு, பின்னர் அவசரமவசரமாக இந்த இடம் அறிவிக்கப்பட்டது. சுதந்திர ஒஸ்திரேலியாவிலேயே எமக்கு இந்த நிலை என்பது வருத்தப்பட வேண்டிய விடயம். எம்மில் ஒருவர் போராட எழுந்தால், இலங்கை அரசு தரப்பிலிருந்து இருவர் தடுக்க எழுகின்றனரே!.." இளைமையான சிட்னி பொங்கு தமிழ் நிகழ்வில் என் அனுபவம்: தூயா, 7 July 2008

Tamil National Forum

Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan - On Tennyson, Subash Chandra Bose, Peter Schalk and the 1997 LTTE 'Do or Die' Campaign

Tamil Diaspora: a Trans State Nation

Week Ending: Saturday 5 July 2008

Song of the Week

உலகத்தாயே பொங்கு பொங்கு தமிழ்...

பொங்கு பொங்கு தமிழ்
பொங்கு பொங்கு தமிழ்
தமிழர் தாகம்
பொங்கு பொங்கு தமிழ்
தீர்த்து விடு...

பொங்கு பொங்கு தமிழ்
தமிழர் தேசம்
பொங்கு பொங்கு தமிழ்
விடியும் நேரம்
பொங்கு பொங்கு தமிழ்
வாழ்த்தி விடு... more

Tamil National Forum

1. Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan - �Black July 1983� & Pieter Keuneman

2. Nagalingam Ethirveerasingham writes from USA - An Appeal for Cessation of Hostilities During the Beijing Olympic Games

Tamils - a Trans State Nation

Manufacturing Consent in the Age of Empire

Watching you, watching me... "'...Obviously, these (Al-Qaida) Web sites (are) a matter of ongoing interest to U.S. intelligence,' said an official with the federal government's National Counterterrorism Center, who spoke on condition of anonymity. 'They have proliferated...Al-Qaida sees the propaganda value in terms of developing these sites.' That leaves the U.S. government with two obvious choices: attempt to sabotage the Web sites that appear to have the closest ties to al-Qaida's leaders, or monitor them closely to unearth who might be behind their operation. Most analysts interviewed by CNET News.com believe the federal government has chosen the watch-and-learn approach. 'It is very useful to monitor the content of these sites,' Givner-Forbes said. "If you shut down these sites...The community would kind of find a way to continue and it would just make it harder for us to access and to eavesdrop on the sites...' Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, said .. "If the government chose to conduct an operation overseas to bring down Web sites bearing messages from al-Qaida I don't think the government would think anything stood in its way from doing it."... " Declan McCullagh in Al-Qaida proving elusive on the Net

Tamil Nation Library: Tamils & the Digital Revolution

The Future of the Internet - And How to Stop It"A superb and alarming discussion, from one of the most astute and forward-looking analysts of the Internet. Zittrain explains how the glorious promise of the Internet might not be realized - and points the way toward reducing the current risks. Absolutely essential reading." more

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