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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- January 2009 -

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

Month Ending January 2009

Sathyam Commentary

Sinhala Sri Lanka's Genocide of Eelam Tamils
- a Crime Against Humanity... - Nadesan Satyendra
And to those Tamils who ask in despair: what shall we do - the answer must be that what each one us can do is limited only by what each one of is prepared to put on line. And it will be presumptuous for any one Tamil to tell another Tamil what he should or should not do. But to those who believe that the answer lies in lobbying, may I repeat something which I wrote in "Who is lobbying whom" in February 2008 - "...It is not that each of one us should not tirelessly, fearlessly and openly lobby against the genocidal onslaught launched by Sri Lanka on the people of Tamil Eelam. We must. But at the same time, we must equally tirelessly, fearlessly and openly espouse the lawfulness and justice of the Tamil Eelam struggle for freedom from alien Sinhala rule. It is not either or - it is both. The charge is genocide - but the struggle is for freedom..." more

Tamil Armed Resistance & the Law

1. Sachi Sri Kantha on Mahinda Musings of a Mullaitivu Migrant Crane

"The other day, a migrant crane from Chundikulam bird sanctuary landed in my apartment balcony. Pleasantly surprised by this visitor, I fed him with some berries and grains to gather the latest gossip..." more

2. Tim Marshall on Sri Gaza and the Tamil Hamas "Sorry, got my tragic-something-must-be-done-we-are-outraged outrages mixed up. I was thinking of the crisis in which, according to the UN, 'many civilians are being killed', thousands made homeless, hundreds of thousands trapped, and to which, as food shortages grow, the government refuses to allow access to journalists. Yes indeed, the British student movement is stirring, galvanising itself into action to be joined by countless others of citizens who are shocked, shocked I tell you about the slaughter of the innocent. Already I can hear the chanting in the streets - 'From The River To the Sea, The Tamil Home Land Must be Free!' " more


1. Viktor Frankl in Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning "...We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way... Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake..."

2. Stephen Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People "...First Habit :..You can decide within yourself how circumstances will affect you. Between what happens to you, or the stimulus, and your response to it, is your freedom or power to choose that response... Borrowing strength builds weakness. It builds weakness in the borrower because it reinforces dependence on external factors to get things done. It builds weakness in the person forced to acquiesce, stunting the development of independent reasoning, growth and internal discipline. And finally it builds weakness in the relationship. Fear replaces cooperation, and both people involved become more arbitrary and defensive... Fifth Habit: If I were to summarise in one sentence the single most important principle I have learned in inter personal relations, it would be this: 'Seek first to understand, then to be understood.'..." Comment by tamilnation.org That which Stephen Covey has said about highly effective people may have equal applicability to a highly effective nation of people.


Spirituality & the Tamil Nation - Nadesan Satyendra "..Change will not come simply by moaning about what is. Neither will it come from a simple minded moralising about that which ought to be. It is when our words begin to coincide with our deeds, that principle will emerge with power to influence. We will also begin to learn something about our own �dharma� or own �way of harmony�." more

Spirituality & the Tamil Nation: The Twelve Thirumurai - பன்னிரண்டு திருமுறைகள to include


"Dear Sinhalese: I understand that you are upset by us. Indeed, it appears that you are quite upset, even angry..."

Tamil National Forum: One Tamil in Tamil Eelam "Dear Sinhalese: I understand that you are upset by us. Indeed, it appears that you are quite upset, even angry. Today, it is the "barbarism of LTTE terrorism", yesterday it was the Federal party, before that it was the "favouritism of the British". It appears that Tamils, who could achieve equality and who, therefore, could live, upset you. Indeed, every few years you seem to become upset by us. You were upset in 1956, in 1958, in 1961 and in 1977 and went on acts of arson, rape, pillage, murder and plain barbarity and we were scornfully asked to go to the Federal party for help... And it is because we became so upset over upsetting you, dear Sinhalese, that we decided to leave you - in a manner of speaking - and establish a Tamil state... And since we know that the Sinhalese dream daily of our extinction, we will do everything possible to remain alive in our own homeland. If that bothers you, dear Sinhalese, well ? - think of how many times in the past you bothered us. In any event, dear Sinhalese, if you are bothered by us, here is one Tamil in Eelam who could not care less and, frankly doesn't give a damn..." more


"...I have neither the moral standing nor the slightest desire to disparage the courage of those who engage in non-violence.... But, non-violence, so often recommended.. has never 'worked' in any politically relevant sense of the word, and there is no reason to suppose it ever will. It has never, largely on its own strength, achieved the political objectives of those who employed it... There are supposedly three major examples of successful nonviolence: Gandhi's independence movement, the US civil rights movement, and the South African campaign against apartheid. None of them performed as advertised. The notion that a people can free itself literally by allowing their captors to walk all over them is historical fantasy..." Nonviolence: Its Histories and Myths - Professor Michael Neumann, 2003

Strength of an Idea

Remembering Subhas Chandra Bose on his 112th Birth Anniversary , 23 January 2009 - 'Unity (Ittefaq), Faith (Etmad) and Sacrifice (Kurbani)' ஒற்றுமை, நம்பிக்கை, தியாகம்

Subhas Chandra Bose'�.. Freedom is not given, it is taken.. One individual may die for an idea; but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives. That is how the wheel of evolution moves on and the ideas and dreams of one nation are bequeathed to the next...' Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose'

"...Subhash Chandra Bose's life was a beacon to me, lighting up the path I should follow. His disciplined life and his total commitment and dedication to the cause of his country's freedom deeply impressed me and served as my guiding light..." Velupillai Pirabakaran, 'How I Became a Freedom Fighter', April 1994

Tamil National Forum

1. Kalaivani Subramaniam on 'The New Face of Revolution: The Tamil Revolution'

"My name is Kalaivani and I am an avid reader of articles in your website. With the current humanitarian crisis unfolding in Sri Lanka, I wrote an article, 'The New Face of Revolution: The Tamil Revolution' to express my concern. As your website has a wide reach to the international Tamil community, I feel that it is most suited to achieve my objective of sharing my concerns with the International Tamil community...Though the �Modern World� boasting to be at Mankind�s most humane stage, has set up institutions like the United Nations, Security Council and International Courts of Justice, day by day, Tamils are slain and bombed by the Sri Lankan government for possessing the same thirst for freedom that many others had previously possessed... The �Eelam Tamil� revolution differs greatly from the revolutions of the past. It is not a revolution confined to space or time. It is a worldwide phenomenon. It encompasses the international Tamil community rallying behind a common cause, the attainment of freedom for the Tamils from years of mistreatment and abuse by the Sri Lankan Government. The failure of the �most humane� countries to understand this complexity, will only lead to a single consequence. The escalation of Tamil Nationalism, watered by the blood of every Tamil slain and bombed by the Sri Lankan Government. " more
2. Appapillai Rajendra - On Wall Street Journal Opinion Column titled �Defeating Terrorists� "Other than the territorial gains, the information in the lead paragraph of the Wall Street Journal Opinion (WSJ) is dubious, grossly inaccurate and is based on the misinformation fed by Sri Lankan Government propaganda....What is going on in Sri Lanka is best described as State terrorism. It is genocide.

If you call this a war, then it is asymmetric, disgustingly unjust, and directed on the innocent Tamils in their own soil where they have been living from the dawn of history even before the advent of the Sinhalese in the Island..." more

Tamil Armed Resistance & the Law

P C Vinoj Kumar writes in Tehelka on Fall of Killincochi & Crouching Tigers...

"...The dream of an independent homeland for Tamils in Sri Lanka, or Eelam, still burns bright in Tamil Nadu, despite the fall of Kilinochchi, the de-facto capital of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) controlled territory in north Sri Lanka... In the recent battle, the LTTE has kept its losses to a minimum... Kilinochchi is cited as a classic example of the LTTE strategy. After putting up days of stiff resistance at Paranthan, a small town located a few miles from Kilinochchi, the army virtually walked into a deserted Kilinochchi town. Mysteriously, there was barely any one around of the one lakh population.... An estimated 30,000 Lankan soldiers are protecting Kilinochchi, which the media has labelled a 'ghost town.'.." more

Tamil National Forum

Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan - Remembering American Humorist Art Buchwald "Two years have passed since humorist Art Buchwald bid permanent adieu to his fans on January 17, 2007. For me, January 17th was a special day. It was the birthday of two of my childhood idols, Tamil cine star M.G. Ramachandran (MGR) and boxing champion Muhammad Ali. In 1987, January 17th happened to be a Saturday, and in one of the Tokyo ward offices, I took all the courage provided by my two childhood idols to dip into matrimony by registering my marriage to Saki Endo, against parental opposition. Twenty years later, for me January 17th also turned out to be a sad day, as it marked the death of Art Buchwald, whom I consider as one of my teachers in American English, humor studies and journalism..." more

International Relations in the Age of Empire: Global Economy

Capitalism's Self-inflicted Apocalypse -Michael Parenti "After the overthrow of communist governments in Eastern Europe, capitalism was paraded as the indomitable system that brings prosperity and democracy, the system that would prevail unto the end of history.The present economic crisis, however, has convinced even some prominent free-marketeers that something is gravely amiss....The classic laissez-faire theory is even more preposterous ... In fact, the theory claims that everyone should pursue their own selfish interests without restraint. This unbridled competition supposedly will produce maximum benefits for all because the free market is governed by a miraculously benign "invisible hand" that optimizes collective outputs. ("Greed is good.")" more


" The blunt reality is that those who proclaim that the 13th Amendment is intended to share power between the Tamil people and the Sinhala people, are, to use a colloquialism, 'trying to pull a fast one' on the Tamil people. Under the 13th Amendment power will continue to reside in a Sinhala dominated Central government, within the frame of an unitary constitution. The 13th Amendment is intended to secure a constitutional frame which will enable a Sinhala majority to manage the Tamil people more effectively than before. It has created Provincial Ministers who will not exercise executive power but who will have executive power exercised 'through' them!. At the same time it has created a Provincial Governor appointed by the Sinhala President who will exercise executive power in respect of provincial matters - a Provincial Governor who is also the administrative head of the provincial public service and who has control of the Provincial Finance Fund. And the 13th Amendment has created a Provincial Council without control of planning, without control of the provincial budget, without control of police and public order within the province, without control of disposition of state land within the province, without control of higher education and whose remaining meagre legislative powers are subject to the over riding will of the Central Parliament. Finally, the provisions of the Provincial Councils Act itself may be amended from time to time by a simple majority of members present and voting in Parliament" 13th Amendment to Sri Lanka Constitution - Devolution or Comic Opera? - Nadesan Satyendra

India & the Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom

Sathyam Commentary 'Indo-Lanka Relations Reaching Zenith' reports Sinhala Sri Lanka State Controlled Daily News
"On 15 January Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon shamelessly declared in Colombo that relations with Sri Lanka have reached �an unprecedented level of depth and quality today�. It was shameless because New Delhi armed and trained Tamil militants in the 1980s and used Eelam Tamils as expendable pawns in order that New Delhi may destablise Colombo and in that way secure the 'unprecedented depth and quality' of its current relations with Sinhala Sri Lanka.... The truth is that the 'unprecedented level of the depth and quality' of New Delhi's current relationship with Sinhala Sri Lanka was purchased by New Delhi at the price of a no less unprecedented loss of Tamil lives and Tamil suffering... today, Sinhala Sri Lanka's state controlled Daily News may conclude that Indo-Lanka relations are reaching zenith. It may be that both Colombo and New Delhi may want to bear in mind that the Arabic word for Zenith is Zaw�l, meaning "decline", that is, when the sun ceases to rise and starts to decline.." more

The Tamil Eelam Freedom Struggle Remembering Sathasivam Krishnakumar (Kittu): 16th Death Anniversary - 16 January 2009

"கிட்டு ஒரு தனிமனித சரித்திரம், நீண்ட ஓய்வில்லாத புயலாக வீசும் எமது விடுதலை வரலாற்றின் ஒரு காலத்தின் பதிவு"

left:Tamil Eelam Leader, Velupillai Pirabakaran with Kittu's Mother at Kittu's Funeral in Tamil Eelam, 1993 - and right: Sathasivam Krishnakumar (Kittu) in London, 1992
Revisited: The Struggle was his Life - Nadesan Satyendra "...The Tamil national liberation struggle is no afternoon tea party. Freedom will not be served on a silver platter. Aurobindo wrote many years ago '..It is a vain dream to suppose that what other nations have won by struggle and battle, by suffering and tears of blood, we shall be allowed to accomplish easily, without terrible sacrifices, merely by spending the ink of the journalist and petition framer and the breath of the orator...' 'We are building a road,' Kittu would often say. 'I do not know whether I myself will be alive to see the road being completed. But that does not matter. Others will arise to take the road further.' The struggle was Sathasivam Krishnakumar's life and in the end he gave his life so that the struggle may continue to live. And as we salute Sathasivam Krishnakumar let us also re dedicate ourselves to the cause for which he gave his life." more

Tamil Culture - the Heart of Tamil National Consciousness

Kolam Design - the Mathematics

1. V.Thangavelu - Significance of Thamil New Year and Pongal Festival

2. தமிழர் பேரவை சுவிஸ் On Thai Pongal 2009
"...ஒரு இனம் தன்னை அடையாளப் படுத்திக்கொள்ள வேண்டும் என்றால் அந்த இனம் தனது மொழி , தனது பண்பாடு . தனது நாகரீகம் போன்றவற்றை பேணிக்கொள்ளுதல் அவசியமாகின்றது. இந்த காப்பாற்றும் தன்மையே அந்த இனத்தின் தொடக்கத்தையும் வாழ்வாதாரத்தின் முதன்மையையும் அறிமுகம் செய்து வைக்கும் காரணியாகின்றது..." more

Reports on Armed Conflict in Tamil Eelam

�Conquering Kilinochchi�: Military delusions that ruin Sri Lanka - Vasantha Raja "If the LTTE succeeds in developing a political strategy to unite the Tamils under a united front and approach the southern mass movement in a productive way, the situation can change in totally unexpected ways. The Sinhala mass movement also should realize that an alliance with the Tamil side would be crucial for their own emancipation in the oncoming economic demise of the island. In other words, Sinhala and Tamil liberation are inseparably linked, and they merely reflect two sides of the same coin... Since Independence anti-Tamil racism has been an effective weapon in the hands of the rulers to split Sri Lankan masses along communalist lines and protect the status-quo. This has happened before. Predictably, it will happen again - next time on a far wider scale. Right now this may seem unrealistic. But soon it won't; global credit crunch will make sure of that..." more


Iqbal"I lead no party; I follow no leader.. I propose, not to guide you in your decision, but to attempt the humbler task of bringing clearly to your consciousness the main principle which, in my opinion, should determine the general character of these decisions. There are communalism and communities. A community which is inspired by a feeling of ill-will towards other communities is low and ignoble. I entertain the highest respect for the customs, laws, religious and social institutions of other communities....The unity of an Indian nation, therefore, must be sought, not in the negation, but in the mutual harmony and cooperation of the many...In view of India�s infinite variety in climates, races, languages, creeds and social systems, the creation of autonomous states based on the unity of language, race, history, religion and identity of economic interests, is the only possible way to secure a stable constitutional structure in India... ... If these demands are not agreed to, then a question of a very great and far-reaching importance will arise for the community. Then will arrive the moment for independent and concerted political action by the Muslims of India. If you are at all serious about your ideals and aspirations, you must be ready for such action... In the near future our community may be called upon to adopt an independent line of action to cope with the present crisis. And an independent line of political action, in such a crisis, is possible only to a determined people, possessing a will focalized by a single purpose. ... Rise above sectional interests and private ambitions....Pass from matter to spirit. Matter is diversity; spirit is light, life and unity....one lesson I have learnt from the history of Muslims. " Allama Muhammad Iqbal, 1930 Presidential Address, 25th Session of All India Muslim League, December 29-30, 1930 at Allahabad - 17 Years before the Birth of Pakistan


Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation Leader Maveerar Nadarajah Thangathurai's Dock Statement at his trial , 25 years ago in 1983 " We are not lovers of violence nor victims of mental disorders. We are honest fighters belonging to an organization that is struggling to liberate a people. To those noble souls who keep on prating "terrorism, terrorism" we have something to say. Did you not get frightened of terrorism when hundreds of Tamils were massacred in cold blood, when racist hate spread like fire in this country of yours? Did terrorism mean nothing to you when Tamil women were raped? When cultural treasures were set on fire? When hundreds and hundreds of Tamil homes were looted? Why in 1977 alone 400 Tamils lost their lives reddening the sky above with their splattered blood - did you not see any terrorism then? Did your thoughts and feelings become deadened when it concerned Tamil lives and Tamil property or are your minds unable to conceive the very idea of Tamil suffering?.... There is nothing that prevents two neighbouring nations living in co-operation. Even nations with differing policies get together for common economic good and for the purpose of common security. Does that mean that those nations give up their distinctive characteristics or sovereignty? .. I want to ask this question from my Sinhala friends. Do you accept as correct and justified the various acts of oppression that the Tamil people have suffered until now not only in our land but in various parts of your land as a result of various acts of thuggery and terrorism? Do you also consider wrong our attempt to free ourselves from the inhumane oppression of your government? Or does it mean that you do not care what happens because the victims are Tamils? If that is so, our sympathies are with you. Believe me our freedom is an assured fact and will come. Once that happens your law books and terrorist laws cannot touch us. Thereafter you will be the sole 'beneficiaries' of the very laws that oppress us now. Will you urge your government to stop the injustice against us and acknowledge our sovereignty? .Will you as a first step towards this and towards the eradication of terrorism, urge your government to recall the Sri Lanka Police Force and the Armed Forces - wholesale merchants of terrorism -from our soil? I leave it to you to decide whether you will show the world how committed you are to justice... " more

Tamil National Forum

Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan on Sinhalese Thought Police and the Tamil Scapegoatism Syndrome "Adolf Hitler, during 1933-1945, made the Jews as the scapegoats for his Aryan-domination claims. Taking a leaf from Hitler, in the blessed island of Ceylon, since mid-1930s Tamil political leaders when they raised their voices on behalf of Tamil rights, have been the victims of scapegoatism by the Sinhalese politicians, press and public who prided themselves as the Sinhala-Buddist Aryan thoughts." more

Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom

A liberation struggle draws its strength from the determination of its people - Nilavaram....

Tamil Art - Savitri- Jayalakshmi Satyendra "ஒரு இனத்தின் விடுதலைப் போரை அழிப்பதென்பது அந்த இலட்சியத்தை சுமப்பவர்களின் உயிருள்ளவரை முடியாதென்பதை உலகிற்கு ஒரு பாடமாக வன்னி மக்கள் சொல்லி வைத்தார்கள். இனியும் சொல்வார்கள். சொல்வதற்கு நாளும் குறித்து விட்டார்கள். வன்னிக் களம் வரலாற்றில் ஒரு எரிமலை. அது வெடிக்கும் போது சுற்றியிருக்கும் சூறாவளிகளெல்லாம் சிதறுண்டு போகும். அந்த நாளுக்காய் நம்பிக்கையுடன் செயல்படுவோம்." more

Tamil Armed Resistance & the Law

Reflections: New Years Day, 2009

Tamil Art - Awakening - Jayalakshmi Satyendra
Awakening - Painting in Oils by Jayalakshmi Satyendra

"....we have learnt (and continue to learn) on the hard anvil of experience that whilst power without principle is unprincipled, equally principle without power is powerless. We are not a people of servile pleaders for fair play and abject supplicants for justice...The success of our struggle will depend on our own efforts, on our own strength, and, above all else, on our own determination to live in freedom and with dignity - and every Tamil wherever he or she may live, has a lawful contribution to make, however small or large and in whatever form or shape that may be... " Nadesan Satyendra in Power & Principle, 1994
I'm doing my thing yo, Can't stereotype my thing yo - "bongo with my lingo - And beat it like a wing yo - To Congo To Colombo - Can't stereotype my thing yo - I salt and pepper my mango - Shoot spit Out the window Bingo I got em in the thing yo - Now what? - I'm doing my thing yo - Quit bending all my fingo - Quit beating me like you're Ringo You wanna go? You wanna win a war? - Like P.L.O don't surrendo..." M.I.A.- Maya Arulpragasam in Sunshowers...

Tamil National Forum

Brian Senewiratne writes from Australia A protest to the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Colombo "..I lie awake worrying about what is happening to my Tamil people in the North and East, at the hands of one of the most brutal regimes imaginable. How do you sleep? They are my people, whose only crime was to be born Tamil. Those on the other side are my Sinhalese people whose only crime was to be born poor, and hence have to be the cannon fodder for this useless war. The other is a hypothetical question. Rt. Rev. Dr Oswald Gomis, Archbishop of Colombo, let me ask you the same hypothetical question that I asked Rt Rev Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury. If your Lord and Master Jesus Christ, were to suddenly appear, and heard what the two of you said, do you think it would find His approval? I doubt it. That is why I remain a Christian, despite the best efforts of the two of you, and others of your ilk, to make me a non-believer. Amen." more

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