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 29 November 2008

Tamils: a Transtate Nation - Canada to include

Usha Sri-Skanda-Rajah writes from Canada No force on earth can stop Tamils from honouring their Fallen Freedom Fighters "Try as they might the Bandula Jayasekeras and the Mahindas of the world � whether Rajapakse or Gunesekara cannot stop Canadian Tamils from paying homage to their fallen heroes, the brave Tamil freedom fighters who died fighting to liberate the Tamil homeland in the island of Sri Lanka. The mass of people who attended the Maveerar Remembrance Day event in Canada on 27 November 2008 is once again a clear signal to all Tamil detractors that their shenanigans won�t work... As one hears of the mass of people attending similar events taking place all over the Tamil Diaspora, one is heartened but not surprised. Such a profound out pouring of emotion and passion by Tamils unprecedented in terms of any freedom struggles in recent times is reflective of the Tamil people�s genuine yearning to see their homeland Tamil Eelam free; a yearning that�s just and reasonable and should be felt, understood and supported by the rest of the world..." more


Maveerar Rap -தமிழ் மானம் காக்கவே
உயிர் கொடுத்த மாவீரரே...

Maveerar Naal 2008

Address by Velupillai Pirabakaran, Leader of Tamil Eelam...

"..The Sinhala nation refuses to acknowledge the historic homeland of the Tamils. In such a situation, how will it offer a just solution to our people? As the freedom movement of the people of Tamil Eelam we will never, ever allow Sinhala occupation or Sinhala domination of our homeland. Whatever challenges confront us, whatever contingencies we encounter, whatever forces stand on our path, we will still continue with our struggle for the freedom of the Tamil people. On the path shown by history, at the command of the circumstances of today, (வரலாறு விட்ட வழியில், காலம் இட்ட கட்டளைப்படி) we will continue with our struggle till alien Sinhala occupation of our land is removed.At this historic juncture, I would request Tamils, in whatever part of the globe that they may live, to raise their voices, firmly and with determination, in support of the freedom struggle of their brothers and sisters in Tamil Eelam. I urge them from my heart to strengthen the hands of our freedom movement and I ask (உரிமையோடு கேட்டுக்கொள்கிறேன்) that they continue to extend their contribution and help." more

International Frame & the Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom

Vaiko urges British Parliament to restore Eezham Tamil sovereignty "100,000 Tamils, including 22,000 young men and women, have sacrificed their lives for Tamil sovereignty. All those who were concerned on the resolution of the conflict should pay attention to the historical ground realities. An independent Tamil Eelam is the only viable solution. As in the case with Montenegro, East Timor and Kosovo, the Eezham Tamil people have long back overwhelmingly mandated their sovereignty and self-determination in the Vaddukkoaddai Resolution of 1976 and its endorsement in the 1977 elections. How could Tamils live together when the Sinhala leaders themselves reiterate their racial policy saying that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala state and there could be no question of Tamil homeland. A tremendous upsurge was sweeping through Tamil Nadu state with 65 million Tamils, who are agitated against the genocidal war that has been thrust upon the Tamils by the Colombo government. The upsurge has transcended the borders of Tamil Nadu as evidenced by the recent protest by students in New Delhi. ." more

Velupillai Pirabakaran - 54

Maveerar Naal 2008


Support Tamils - Tamil Nadu

தமிழர்களுக்கான இணையதளம். தமிழ்ச் சகோதரர்கள் எங்கெங்கு உரிமை மறுக்கப்படுகிறார்களோ, கொடுமைப் படுததப்படுகிறார்களோ, சனநாயக நெறிமுறைகள் மீறி அவதிக்குள்ளாக்கப் படுகிறார்களோ அவர்களின் நியாயமான கோரிக்கைகளுக்கு வலுச்சேர்க்க உலகெங்கும் வியாபித்திருக்கும் தமிழர்களை இணையத்தில் ஒருங்கிணைக்கும் ஒரு முயற்சி. தமிழர்கள் கொடுமைப்படுத்தப்படுவது எங்காக இருந்தாலும் சரி, இலங்கையாக அல்லது மலேசியாவாக அல்லது கர்நாடகாவாக அல்லது கேரளாவாக எங்கிருந்தாலும் அவர்களுக்காக www.supporttamils.com கருத்துக் குரல் வலு சேர்க்கும்.

Week Ending: Saturday 22 November 2008

Tamils: a Tran State Nation - Mauritius

Mauritius Protests against Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka


Sanjeeth Tharmarajah's Tamil Dawn - 'water will flow from a well in the sand in proportion to depth to which it is dug, and knowledge will flow from a man in proportion to his learning'.

Comments to include

U.V. Swaminatha IyerMeenakshi Panchapakesan on U.V.Swaminatha Iyer "It was interesting to go through your website. It is a proud moment to see a website dedicated to our rich Tamil literature and culture. However, it is odd to read about the contributions of almost every one in the planet, except that of the ONE man without whose efforts we may not have Tamil literature today - DR. U. V. SWAMINATHA IYER. together with Response by tamilnation.org We thank you for your interest. It appears that you may have missed reading our page on U.V.Swaminatha Iyer at One Hundred Tamils of the 20th Century - U.V.Swaminatha Iyer (U.Ve.Sa)... Please also see that which we have said on British conquest & Tamil renaissance in our page on The Tamil Heritage - Tamils are an Ancient People - more

Tamil National Forum

1. Velupillai Thangavelu writes from Canada On 'Peace a priority for Sri Lanka envoy Daya Perera'

2.Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan - The Indo-LTTE War (1987-90) - An Anthology. Part 11: The Maldives Coup-plot by the PLOTE Mercenaries

Reports of Armed Conflict in Sri Lanka

The Power that Flows through the Barrel of the Gun 18 kilotonnes of TNT on the Vanni in Tamil Eelam - equivalent to that dropped on Hiroshima says Sinhala Opposition Paper ".. (Sri Lanka) Defence Secretary is a man who has boasted, as Mangala Samaraweera revealed in parliament, that the government has unloaded 14.4 million kilogrammes of bombs in the Wanni. He seems proud of that achievement. 14.4 million kilogrammes of today's military grade explosive is equivalent to the explosive force of over 18 kilotonnes of TNT. The nuclear weapon dropped by the United States on distant Hiroshima had an estimated yield of between 13 to 18 kilotonnes of TNT." together with Comment by tamilnation.org "The bombing of the Vanni will become part of the historical memories of more than 70 million Tamil people living today in many lands and will serve to keep alive the lesson that Sri Lanka's President Rajapakse is intent on teaching the Tamil people - that political power flows through the barrel of the gun. The words of Ernest Renan in What is a Nation uttered more than a hundred years ago in 1882 come to mind - "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. " more


" Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children...This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron." US President Eisehhower 1954 quoted by Saul Landau in the Denial of Poverty and Empire

International Relations in the Age of Empire

The Denial of Poverty and Empire - Saul Landau " In September 2007, U.S. Federal Poverty Numbers showed 12.5 percent of Americans -- 37.3 million people -- living in poverty according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Food Research and Action Center in 2004 claimed its studies showed almost 40 million U.S. kids experienced routine hunger during the course of their week. To what class do the 50 million Americans lacking access to health care belong? .. Millions of adults and kids are homeless or a pay check or two away; thousands live in cars. But presidential aspirants agreed over almost two years of campaigning on the inherent virtues of that ephemeral "middle class." In real life the number of poor people increased, but became less visible -- not from our eyes, but for political speech parameters. Did the major Party candidates fear that by mentioning the tens of millions of wretched of the earth they would lose votes, beget the ridicule of the media and, most importantly, alienate the major donors.." more

Tamilnation website: Awards, Citations & Listings to include

Oxford University Press: Online Resource Centre - Issues in Political Theory - Citation

A site on Tamil nationalism, but with many links to resources useful in the study of nationalism more generally.

Tamil Nadu & the Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom

1. Federation of Tamils� Organizations in The Netherlands - தமிழக உறவுகளிற்கு எமது நன்றிகள்

New Delhi's Tears for Eelam Tamils

2.Tamil Separatism in Tamil Nadu is a Dead Issue - Or is it? - P.C.Vinoj Kumar, Tehelka "...The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) dropped its demand for a separate Dravida nation almost half a century ago, in 1963. However, growing protests in Tamil Nadu against Indian military assistance to Colombo in its war against the LTTE have resurrected separatist rhetoric in mainstream politics... what is little-known to most people is that several Tamil nationalist groups are quietly working at the grassroots level to ultimately realising an independent Tamil state... According to information available to TEHELKA, there are at least 10 such groups active in the state.... They have a presence in almost all parts of the state, though their total number is estimated to be not more than 10,000." more

Strength of an Idea

I am a Field Negro - Malcolm X "Back during slavery, when Black people like me talked to the slaves, they didn't kill 'em, they sent some old house Negro along behind him to undo what he said. You have to read the history of slavery to understand this. There were two kinds of Negroes. There was that old house Negro and the field Negro. And the house Negro always looked out for his master. When the field Negroes got too much out of line, he held them back in check. He put 'em back on the plantation. The house Negro could afford to do that because he lived better than the field Negro...He lived right up next to his master - in the attic or the basement... And he could talk just like his master - good diction... But then you had some field Negroes, who lived in huts, had nothing to lose. ... And today you still have house Negroes and field Negroes. I'm a field Negro." more

Tamil Nation Library - Eelam

Vanni Kaattu Vasam by Rev Father J. Adaikalaraja, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

"..தனிமனிதர்களின் அரசியல் இலாபத்திற்காக, மனித நேயமின்றி தமிழின அழிப்பை மேற்கொண்ட சிங்கள பேரினவாத ஆதிக்க சக்திகளுக்கெதிராக முப்பது ஆண்டுகளுக்கும் மேலாக அகிம்சை வழியில் பேச்சு வார்த்தைகள் மூலமாக தீர்வுகாண முற்பட்டு தோற்றுபோன நிலையில், வேறுவழியேயின்றி ஆயுதமேந்தும் நிலைக்கு தமிழ் மக்கள் தள்ளப்பட்டார்கள்... வாருங்கள் என்னோடு; விடுதலைக்கானம் இசைக்கும் வன்னிக்காட்டுக்குச் செல்வோம்.." more

Reports on Armed Conflict in Tamil Eelam

Secretary to Chief Minister of Eastern Tamil Province shot dead "Kumaraswami Nandagoban, Private Secretary cum advisor to the Chief Minister of the Tamil-speaking Eastern Province, was shot dead ...in the outskirts of Colombo.. Pillayan is opposed by the Karuna faction of the ruling Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (TMVP). Karuna, who is now a member of the Sri Lankan parliament thanks to nomination by the ruling United Peoples� Freedom Alliance (UPFA), has been a trenchant critic of Pillayan�s demand for more autonomy for the Eastern Province. The tacit support enjoyed by Pillayan from India, has also been an issue with Karuna." more

Week Ending: Saturday 15 November 2008

Tamils: a Trans State Nation - Australia

சேரனின் இராவணேசன்: நாட்டிய நாடகம் - பராசக்தி சுந்தரலிங்கம் சிட்னி இரசிகர்களுக்கு இராவணேசன் கண்ணுக்கும், காதுக்கும், கருத்துக்கும் நல்ல விருந்து. நடன நிகழ்வு சிறப்பாக அமைந்ததோடு, நல்லதொரு நோக்கக்கத்திற்காகவும் அமைந்ததென்பது திருப்தியைத் தருகிறது. சேரன் போன்ற இளையோர் சமூக நோக்குடன் பல படைப்புகளை வழங்கிவருவது நிறைவைத் தருகிறது. more

International Relations in the Age of Empire: United States

The Obama Hype -What 'Change' In America Really Means - John Pilger "Yes, Obama's election is historic, a symbol of great change to many. But it is equally true that the American elite has grown adept at using the black middle and management class. The courageous Martin Luther King recognised this when he linked the human rights of black Americans with the human rights of the Vietnamese, then being slaughtered by a liberal Democratic administration. And he was shot. In striking contrast, a young black major serving in Vietnam, Colin Powell, was used to "investigate" and whitewash the infamous My Lai massacre. As Bush's secretary of state, Powell was often described as a "liberal" and was considered ideal to lie to the United Nations about Iraq's non-existent weapons of mass destruction. Condaleezza Rice, lauded as a successful black woman, has worked assiduously to deny the Palestinians justice...Obama's first two crucial appointments represent a denial of the wishes of his supporters on the principal issues on which they voted. The vice-president-elect, Joe Biden, is a proud war maker and Zionist. Rahm Emanuel, who is to be the all-important White House chief of staff, is a fervent "neoliberal" devoted to the doctrine that led to the present economic collapse and impoverishment of millions. He is also an "Israel-first" Zionist who served in the Israeli army and opposes meaningful justice for the Palestinians - an injustice that is at the root of Muslim people's loathing of the United States and the spawning of jihadism. No serious scrutiny of this is permitted within the histrionics of Obamamania... As for historic moments, there is another that has gone unreported but is well under way - liberal democracy's shift towards a corporate dictatorship, managed by people regardless of ethnicity, with the media as its cliche.." more

Tamil Diaspora: a Trans State Nation - Singapore

Peace Vigil in Singapore 'Government of Sri Lanka must abandon the path of militarism'

One Hundred Tamils of 20th Century - Sivaji Ganesan to include

Sivaji Ganesan: Autobiography of An Actor - Book Review by Sachi Sri Kantha "In a profession rife with polygamy, paramours, dalliances and affairs, Sivaji practiced monogamy and attributed his mental health and vigor to his wife�s devotion and love. His sincere compliments to his wife Kamala were, �She is the captain of our home and my boss. I will act only in accordance with her wishes.� The book is dedicated to Kamala, who died on Nov. 3, 2007...To sum up, as an actor Sivaji Ganesan was a class act, as a politician he was a flop. As an autobiographer, Sivaji�s performance � like many of his movies � provides glimpses of some class in a flop, leaving much to be desired. .." more

International Relations in the Age of Empire: The Indian Ocean Region : Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project

Hindu Council, UK calls for Designation of Gulf of Mannar as World Heritage Site "We also hope to promote an unprecedented international campaign calling for cancellation of the Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project (SSCP). As you may know, this project threatens one of the world's most pristine marine regions, the many marine species living there that already face extinction and the culturally and spiritually significant Adam's Bridge, also known as Ram Sethu." Comment by tamilnation.org Religion ? Culture? Environment? World Heritage? - or simply the politics of the uneasy power balance in the Indian Ocean Region? more

Sinhala Buddhist Ethno Nationalism - Masquerading as Sri Lankan 'Civic Nationalism'

Sri Lanka: The State Changes Face - Jayadeva Uyangoda "..I believed for quite some time that ethnic majoritarianism is a political condition that the political leaders of the majority community impose by means of coercion on the ethnic minorities. It accords an unequal, at best second class, status to the minorities. Minorities do not accept majoritarianism and they resist it. That is why ethnic conflicts flare up. Observing how the Tamil and Muslim political parties in Sri Lanka have come to accept the second class and unequal status with great pleasure, I changed, realising that my understanding of majoritarianism was an incomplete one. I now know that ethnic majoritarianism is not necessarily coercive. It has a strong element of consent of the minorities, or at least their political leaders. Majoritarianism is completed when the political representatives of the minorities accept, with happiness and even in intense competition with each other, the condition of inequality. They do so in exchange of other benefits which are usually couched in the respectable language of �development assistance to our community�.

together with Comment by tamilnation.org There is much that we agree with in that which Dr. Uyangoda says. Said that there are some matters on which we disagree. Dr.Uyangoda is right to point out that 'majoritarianism is completed when the political representatives of the minorities accept, with happiness and even in intense competition with each other, the condition of inequality.' But we believe he is wrong when he says that 'ethnic majoritarianism is not necessarily coercive'. Rule by a permanent ethnic majority is coercive. It is rule directed to enforce the 'consent' of the ruled to alien rule. And resistance to such alien rule comes with a price tag. Freedom is never free. Unsurprisingly not everybody is willing to pay the price - in word and in deed. And the people of Tamil Eelam are no different to those of other nations. Every people has its share of opportunists, profiteers, freeloaders and escapists..." more


""They call you 'Little Man', 'Common Man'; they say a new era has begun, the 'Era of the Common Man'.... You let men in power assume power 'for the Little Man'. But you yourself remain silent. You give men in power or impotent people with evil intentions the power to represent you. Only too late do you realize that again and again you are being defrauded.... I have never heard you complain: 'You promote me to be the future master of myself and the world, but you don't tell me how one is to be the master of oneself, and you don't tell me the mistakes in my thinking and my actions'...Your liberators tell you that that your suppressors are Wilhelm, Nikolaus, Pope Gregory the Twenty Eighth, Morgan, Krupp or Ford. And your 'liberators' are called Mussolini, Napoleon, Hitler and Stalin. I tell you: Only you yourself can be your liberator!.. This sentence makes me hesitate. I contend to be a fighter for pureness and truth. I hesitate, because I am afraid of you and your attitude towards truth... My intellect tells me: 'Tell the truth at any cost.' The Little Man in me says: 'It is stupid to expose oneself to the little man, to put oneself at his mercy. The Little Man does not want to hear the truth about himself... He wants to become rich, or a party leader, or commander of a legion, or secretary of the society for the abolition of vice. But he does not want to assume responsibility for his work... He does not want the great responsibility which is his. He wants to remain a Little Man...." Listen, Little Man - Wilhelm Reich, 1948

International Relations in the Age of Empire - US Presidential Elections

1. Doubtful about Presidents; Optimistic about Us - Cynthia Peters

"..What is it that liberal elites are celebrating exactly?.. Many of the liberal elite are excited about Obama's victory today because of the more palatable manner in which he will forward the elite's agenda... I understand people feeling uplifted by Obama's historic election win... But I wonder: is there something wrong with me? Must I insist on seeing the massive structural injustices in Obama's agenda?.. Many people I talk to are impatient with this line of thinking. They think it is pessimistic. They think I'll die young if I keep thinking such negative thoughts. They think I should un-furrow my brow and revel in this great American moment. They think it's okay to believe in Obama. One person said something exactly like that: 'Oh let me feel happy about this. It feels so good to have someone to believe in'. But wait. It's not that I don't have someone to believe in. I do. I believe in the power of movements. I believe in all of us.".." more

2. Looking Under the Hood of an Obama Administration - Joshua Frank

"..While the election of Barack Obama is a blow to George W. Bush-Republicanism and a gain for racial equality in this country, it is in many ways only a symbolic victory... Celebrating the end of the ugly Bush era is one thing. Celebrating the continuation of their policies with a different administration in the White House is quite another... Obama's key White House position will go to Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois... Emanuel, who supports the War on Terror, and expanding our presence in Afghanistan, worked hard to ensure that a Democratic House majority would not alter the course of US military objectives in the Middle East...Obama seems to be moving backwards to Clintontime...For significant change to happen, the kind that is needed in order to mend the wounds of the Bush years, we have to put down our Obama signs and force Congress and the new administration to end the wars in the Middle East, and push for regulating the financial industry while providing true universal health-care and economic safety-nets for all Americans. .." more

Week Ending: Saturday 8 November 2008

Comments to include

Thiru from Singapore on Obama "...Yesterday when I was watching the victory speech by Obama live, together with two of my three children I was able to show them the tears in the eyes of Jessie Jackson, Oprah Winfery and others. My children always tease me when ever I get carried away by empathy and emotion. How far America has come and Martin Luther King's dream has come true at least symbolically for the time being and hopefully Obama will take it to higher planes now in real terms..." more


"I see Obama less as a black man than as a successful negotiator of identity margins. His ability to inhabit so many categories mirrors the African experience. For America to choose as its citizen in chief such a skillful straddler of global identities could not help but transform the nation's image, making it once again the screen upon which the hopes and ambitions of the world are projected." - Francis Nyamnjoh, Cameroonian novelist and social scientist, 5 November 2008

" (Obama's) election rivaled the day in 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation and the day 101 years later when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. There's never been a moment like this in our lifetime, ever... Obama is the postmodern race man. He can wear it, he can take it off, he can put it back on. It's just an aspect of his identity. .. People don't see him primarily as black. I think people see him primarily as an agent of change." Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard scholar of African-American history

International Relations in the Age of Empire

"Yes, We Can" - Barack Obama - President Elect of United States, 5 November 2008 "...And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world � our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. ... And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright � tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope." more

Comments to include

1. நீலாம்பரி, தமிழ்நாடு "ஈழத்தமிழா, கவலை கொள்ளாதே, இன்று இல்லை, நாளை இல்லை, என்றாவது ஒரு நாள் இந்திய அரசுக்கு உன் உதவி தேவைப்படும். ஆம் இந்திய துணைக் கண்டத்தில் இலங்கையை பாகிஸ்தானும் சீனாவும் கை கோர்க்கும் நாள் வெகு தொலைவில் இல்லை. ஈழத்தமிழனின் அருமை இந்திய அரசுக்கு அன்று தெரியும். "

2.Tamil Nadu Actor Ajith Fans Association on Tamil Eelam

Tamil National Forum to include

Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan on the Naivete and Rascality of Narasimhan Ram together with Comments by tamilnation.org "Given the propagandist nature of Narasimhan Ram's diatribe (which appears to have been a precursor to his celebrated interview with Sri Lanka President Rajapakse on 29 October 2008 in the 'tranquil surroundings' of Temple Trees) we ourselves feel impelled to comment on some of Ram's more outrageous assertions. We are reminded of respected journalist and writer, Subramaniam Sivanayagam's remarks in 2005 in the aftermath of the Tsunami "... The case of the editor of a leading Indian newspaper � The Hindu � Ram by name, is ...shameful. The dictionary defines the word ram, as an 'uncastrated male sheep' (The New Penguin English Dictionary). Although it happens to be his name, with a capital R, there is no question that he needs some form of assistance to make him a more professional editor and a better human being." more

Tamil Nadu & Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom - One Day Fast at Chennai against Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka - Rajanikanth Speech on 1 November 2008

Eelam Punditry

Revisited: Mamanithar D.Sivaram on The Folly of Eelam Punditry , May 2003

�Today it is clear beyond all reasonable doubt that India and the US-UK-Japan Bloc are trying to influence and manage Sri Lanka's peace process to promote and consolidate their respective strategic and economic interests...We already hear fools (and there are many of the educated variety among Tamils) declaring that we should swallow our pride and yield to the dictates of the world's sole super power, that the US would bomb the Vanni back to the stone age if the LTTE does not toe the line... Any foreign force can have its way in a country only if its people are divided, politically obfuscated and are irredeemably sunk in political stupor. The creeping intellectual/political barrenness... should be stopped without further delay. LTTE officials too should stop making pedestrian, boringly predictable utterances on public forums and, instead, make every endeavour to stir the people's reason, intellectual curiosity, their sense of community, their imagination and their intellectual fervour. This is the only way forward to decisively break the vicious circle of political obfuscation by which our people are deeply but blissfully afflicted today. .." more

Week Ending: Saturday 1 November 2008


not so strange bedfellows, after all...

Sri Lanka President Rajapakse respects Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi - "President Rajapaksa put on record his respect for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, "one of India's senior-most politicians," and his appreciation of Mr. Karunanidhi's thoughts and proposals for "a just political solution of the current conflict within the framework of an undivided Sri Lanka." He said he would like to convey through the Government of India his wish to invite Chief Minister Karunanidhi to visit Sri Lanka." President Rajapakse interviewed by N.Ram,Hindu,29 October 2008 together with Comment by tamilnation.org
Vijayakant"While India wants to retain its hold in South Asia by helping Sri Lanka with arms, Sri Lanka would use the same arms against innocent Tamils in the name of war against LTTE. And neither would India ask Sri Lanka to stop the attacks. And all this while, the Tamil Nadu government would be shedding crocodile tears." Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK ) leader Vijayakant On Karunanidhi's Farce, 30 October 2008

Powerpoint Slide Presentation

Talking Point

"India and the United States could use their strategic partnership to good effect in Sri Lanka." U.S. Ambassador Blake 25 October 2008

Simple Simon - Keeping it Simple... " 'Strategic Partnership' or 'Evolving Entente' or 'Will India always March to the beat of its Own Drummer'? '"...Last April (2007), at a two-day workshop at the Indian Defense Studies Analysis (IDSA), a New Delhi-based think tank, discussions took place on emerging U.S.-Indian strategic relations. One Indian analyst pointed out that although Indians are eager to obtain U.S. technology� Indians worry that at a crucial time they might not be supplied with replacement parts if the relationship goes bad again.... A senior Indian military official delivering a luncheon address to the conference cautioned that Indo-U.S. relations .. can be better described as an 'evolving entente,' and argued that given its size, location, and ambitions, India will always march to the beat of its own drummer..." Geostrategic Import of the Coming Bay of Bengal Naval Exercise - Ramtanu Maitra, Executive Intelligence Review, 27 July 2007

Tamil Nadu & the Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom

மத்திய அரசைக் காப்பதா? இலங்கைத் தமிழ் மக்களைக் காப்பதா? - Janasakthi, Indian Communist Party Official Daily, Editorial, 30 October 2008 - "DMK கட்சியின் கோரிக்கை அல்ல மக்களின் வேண்டுகோள்... கருணை உள்ளம் கொண்டு, கண்ணீர் வடிப்போருக்கு உதவிட முற்படுவதைக் குறைகூறுவதே ஒரு பெருங்குற்றமாகும். ஆனால், இதற்குள் அரசியல் கேள்விகள் அடங்கியுள்ளன... இப்போது நன்கொடை வசூல், தானம் உதவி என்று தமிழக முதல்வர் தொடங்கி யிருக்கிறார். இவை எப்படி அங்கு போய்ச் சேரும்? யார் இதை அவதிப்பட்ட மக்களுக்கு வழங்குவது? மத்திய அரசு, இலங்கைக்குத் தொடர்ந்து ராணுவ உதவி செய்வதால், இலங்கைத் தமிழ் மக்களைக் கொன்று குவிக்கத் துணை புரியும், டில்லியிடம் மன்றாட மக்கள் தயாராக இல்லை... மத்திய அரசைக் காப்பதா? இலங்கைத் தமிழ் மக்களைக் காப்பதா? என்பதை முதல்வரின் முடிவுக்கே விட்டுவிடலாம்.." more

Reports of Armed Conflict in Sri Lanka

Colombo skyline lights up with anti aircraft fire after Tigers attack power station - fireworks display?

[see also What a flying menace! - Sharmini Serasinghe, 8 May 2007 "These days I sleep under my bed; not necessarily because of flying tiger bombs, but because of our military�s unique and deadly air defence system. We are now in more danger from our own anti-aircraft fire than we are from flying tiger bombs - at least those fellows know how to whack their targets with more accuracy.] more


Nations without States"Increasingly, the Fourth World (of Nations without States) is emerging as a new force in international politics because in the common defense of their nations, many indigenous peoples do not accept being mere subjects of international law and state sovereignty and trusteeship bureaucracies. Instead, they are organizing and exerting their own participation and policies as sovereign peoples and nations....

...The Third World has declared a geographic war on the Fourth World. This global conflict is assisted by First and Second World states.." Bernard Q Nietschmann quoted in Fourth World - Nations without a State - Nadesan Satyendra

Fourth World: Nations without a State to include

Second Mediterranean Conference of Stateless Nations - Barcelona, 4 November 2008

Tamil Nation Library - Language: Learning English through Tamil to include

தமிழ் வழி ஆங்கிலம் - H.K.Arun, Hongkong "எமது இனம் வெறுமனே அறிவாளிகள் என்று கூறிக்கொள்வதை விட, அறிவாளிகள் மத்தியில் அறிவாளிகளாகத் திகழ வேண்டும்."

Tamils: a Trans State Nation

1. Canada - Tamils in British Columbia Protest Human Rights Abuses by Sri Lanka

2. Netherlands - Protest Fast in Netherlands Against Sri Lanka's Genocidal Attack on Tamil Eelam

3. Malaysia - Justice for Oppressed People of Tamil Eelam: Exhibition & Forum in Ipoh,


1.S.M.Pillai from Australia on Pranab Mukherjee & Karunanidhi
2. Suresh from Tamil Nadu - Kottum Mazhaiyil Makkalai Muttaal Akkiya Thalaivan....கொட்டும் மழையில் மக்களை முட்டாளாக்கிய தலைவன் more

3. V.Shrinivas from Tamil Nadu - I am just an ordinary person but with an indestructible love for my mother tongue Tamil. I don�t know if any website in the world can equal tamilnation.org for its EXCELLENCE. I am thankful to the Almighty that it happens to be a website dedicated to covering (with unfailingly prompt updating) all subjects and aspects relating to the God-given Tamil Language... I want to ask �what prevented the Indian Govt from going to the rescue of the tortured and persecuted Tamils of Sri Lanka?' What eventually happened is all the more unpardonable..." more


"..The posturing by Jayalalitha and Karunanidhi (whatever may be their motives) is, in the final analysis, an appeal to an underlying Tamil national consciousness, and therefore their actions will help to nurture Tamil togetherness - and for that reason will be welcomed by many Tamils and used by them to further strengthen that Tamil togetherness. Tamils committed to freedom may strike together with those who do not have the same commitment, but they will continue to organise separately so that they may preserve the integrity of their own purpose. The old advice: 'Strike together but march separately' still holds good. Time does not stand still... And the togetherness of the Tamil people living in many lands has grown from year to year and that particular river is not about to flow backwards. It is a growing togetherness reflected in the widespread support that the ordinary people of Tamil Nadu have extended to the Tamil Eelam struggle for freedom from alien Sinhala rule - a wide spread support across caste and religion and given eloquent expression by persons such Bharathiraja, Director Seeman, Director Cheran, Vaiko, Nedumaran, Suba Veerapandiyan, Pulamaipithan, Thol. Thirumavalavan, Arivumathi and many others Some of them have paid the price of being arrested and incarcerated for giving expression to their feelings - arrested and incarcerated by the police of a Tamil Nadu government headed by Chief Minister Karunanithi..." Comment by tamilnation.org on 24 October 2008, two days before the India Sri Lanka Joint Press Release of 26 October 2008

India & the Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom

Pranab Mukherjee and M.Karunanidhi & Family Enjoying the 'Human Chain' Joke on 26 October 2008 - நகைச்சுவை நாடகம்?

India-Sri Lanka Joint Press Release, 26 October 2008 and Karunanidhi shows his hand "Keeping in mind the close bilateral relations between India and Sri Lanka, President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa sent as his Special Envoy Honourable Basil Rajapaksa, Member of Parliament and Senior Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka to visit New Delhi, on 26th October 2008. During his visit, the Sri Lankan Special Envoy held discussions with External Affairs Minister, National Security Advisor and Foreign Secretary. The Indian side appreciated deeply the initiative of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to send his Special Envoy. The discussions were positive and constructive and centered around a range of issues..." together with Comment by tamilnation.org : So whats new? We said it two days ago in our comment on Pranab Mukherjee's statement of 23 October 2008 and we repeat it here ."... Many will see the current posturing (and ultimatums) by Jayalalitha and Karunanidhi in Tamil Nadu as no more than a drama on a platform provided by New Delhi so that New Delhi may coerce President Rajapakse (and his JVP allies) to move away from the China-Iran-Pakistan axis...If President Rajapakse does play ball and distances himself from China/Pakistan/Iran to the extent that New Delhi desires, then something like the 1988 comic opera Provincial Councils Act (and that too, with a divided North and Eastern Province) sweetened with 'humanitarian aid' for the suffering Eelam Tamils will be presented by New Delhi to the Tamil people, including the people of Tamil Nadu, and marketed as a great boon - and will be dutifully welcomed by the likes of Karunanithi and Jayalalitha as a victory for the 'tough stand' that they had taken to 'persuade' New Delhi..." more

United States & the Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom

Time for Colombo to defeat LTTE with political solution: U.S. Ambassador Blake "U.S. position was to militarily weaken the LTTE, then to defeat it politically. The greatest failure of the last 25 years has been the failure of the main Sinhalese parties to reach agreement" together with

Revised Comment by tamilnation.org " "Mr.Blake is ofcourse right to point out that the "greatest failure of the last 25 years has been the failure of the main Sinhalese parties to reach agreement " though it would have been better if he had got his history right - it is not simply during the last 25 years that Sinhala parties have failed to reach agreement.... Said that, Mr.Blake with his depth of understanding of the conflict in the island of Sri Lanka, does not say why it is that Sinhala political parties have failed to reach agreement during all these many years. Are the Sinhalese political parties stupid? Or are the Sinhala people who put these parties in power so stupid that they do not see that which Mr.Blake sees so clearly in his wisdom? Or is Mr.Blake stupid in failing to see something which Sathasivam Krishnakumar and the LTTE saw many years ago..." more

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