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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- March 2009 -

Month Ending March 2009

International Frame & Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom

1. Arundhati Roy writes in the Times of India on The silent horror of the war in Sri Lanka "While the killing continues, while tens of thousands of people are being barricaded into concentration camps, while more than 200,000 face starvation, and a genocide waits to happen, there is dead silence from this great country [India]. It�s a colossal humanitarian tragedy. The world must step in. Now. Before it�s too late."

together with Comment by tamilnation.org "Arundhati Roy's comments will be welcomed by not only Tamils but all those concerned to secure freedom and justice for the people of Tamil Eelam. Said that, the 'dead silence' of India and the tardiness of the response by the 'world' is not because they are all deaf. more

2. World Tamils Forum: London Conference Calls for Immediate Ceasefire & Recognises Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as the authentic representatives of the Tamil people

l to r: Rev. Fr. S. J. Emmanuel, Jan Jananayagam and Ana Pararajasingham at the Press Conference. Speakers who addressed the delegates to the Conference included..

l to r: Rev Jesse Jackson, Siobhan McDonaugh MP, Lord Falconer (former UK Lord Chancellor), Des Browne, UK Special Envoy

3. Peter Symonds writes in the Word Socialist Website on US, China ,War in Sri Lanka & Diplomatic Posturing "Last week UN Security Council members Austria, Mexico and Costa Rica, backed by the US and Britain, called for an informal briefing on the humanitarian crisis facing tens of thousands of people trapped by the war in northern Sri Lanka. China, supported by Russia, blocked the move declaring that it was "an internal matter" for Sri Lanka and was not a threat to international security. None of this diplomatic posturing should be taken at face value. All of a sudden Washington has begun to express concern about the plight of tens of thousands of civilians caught in fighting as the Sri Lankan army closes ... The US media is now peddling a similar line.. Until recently, however, the US has quietly backed President Rajapakse, the war and the military's gross abuse of democratic rights. But as the army made rapid advances into the LTTE's remaining territory from early January and the defeat of the LTTE appeared likely, the US made a tactical shift. It began to call for a "political solution" to the conflict - a deal, not with the LTTE, but with sections of the Tamil elite ... The "humanitarian" issue has been raised as a means of pressuring the Rajapakse regime to make concessions... India and the US share another common concern - the growing influence of China in Sri Lanka.. Like the US, China's manoeuvring in the UN is guided by self-interest " more

Nations & Nationalism

"... nationalism has both shaped, and been shaped by globalization. This conference seeks to explore the relationship between nationalism and globalisation in its various forms, primarily focusing on the impact of globalisation on national identity, national sovereignty, state-formation, and the ways in which nationalism has shaped globalising processes..." more

Professor Stephen Castles Professor John Hall Professor Michael Keating Professor Stephanie Lawson Professor Juergen Osterhammel Professor John Sidel
Castles John Hall Keating Lawson Osterhammel John Sidel

Tamil National Forum

1. Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan - An Allegorical Reading of Gogol�s story �The Nose� (1836) - in Sri Lankan Context "Will you care to think that the North-East regions of Sri Lankan island constitute the nose (figuratively) of a face? Imagine then for a while that the nose got separated from the face, and what would be the plight of the nose-less guy in this world and his predicament? If you haven�t read (even in translation!) the hilarious story of Russian satirist Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852), its time to have a look at it now." more
2. Wakeley PaulRevisited: Wakeley Paul Chit Chat - A Conversation Heard in Colombo 7 - 18 years ago... ""Most of my relatives in Colombo cast embarassed glances of disapproval about my stand", said a Colombo Seven expatriate. He was a vociferous advocate of Eelam a separate state for the North East of Sri Lanka. "He" they exclaim, "is out of touch." "These expatriates live in luxury while we suffer." "Why are they supporting these rebels?" "Don't they realize what they are doing?" These are the brilliantly critical comments of the so called Tamil intellectual set of Colombo 7... "They have got Provincial Councils - What more do they want..." " more

International Relations in the Age of Empire

Indian Ocean - Global View

India's New Found Irrelevance - Harsh V. Pant "Clearly, the new Administration in Washington has little time for New Delhi. India, however, needs to put its own house in order before crying hoarse over the changing winds in Washington... The tragedy, however, is that the current Indian political class seems utterly incapable of providing the kind of leadership that this moment in India�s history demands." more


"...we have about 50% of the world's wealth but only 6.3% of its population. This disparity is particularly great as between ourselves and the peoples of Asia. In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security. To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives. We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction... We should dispense with the aspiration to �be liked� or to be regarded as the repository of a high-minded international altruism...We should cease to talk about vague and - for the Far East - unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better..." George Kennan, Director of Policy Planning of the U.S. Dept. of State, State Department Briefing, 1948

Tamil Children in the Bunkers
political power that flows from the barrel of the gun...

"..The question is being asked by some: why is the international community which was willing to arm Sri Lanka and to ban the LTTE, unwilling and/or unable to prevent the genocide of Eelam Tamils? Suffering is a great teacher and the Tamil people are being taught that for the governments of the so called IC, human rights and humanitarian law are but useful instruments to advance their political and strategic interests. The Tamil people are being taught that political power flows through the barrel of the gun. Whilst the goal of securing peace through justice is loudly proclaimed by the international actors, real politick leads them to deny the justice of the Tamil Eelam struggle for freedom from alien Sinhala rule .... The Tamil people are being taught the truth of something which Subhas Chandra Bose said many years ago - Freedom is not given, it is taken. Stephen Covey was right when he declared: '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... ' 'Thongura' power is no power. It builds weakness, stunts independent growth and replaces cooperation with fear..." Comment by Nadesan Satyendra on the power that flows from the barrel of the gun, 2009

Tamil National Forum

T.Ratnakumar writes from Singapore தானம் வாங்கிடக் கூசிடுவான் "சிறப்பு மிகுந்த, ஒவ்வொரு தமிழனும் கேட்டு உணரவேண்டிய, திருக்குறளை அடிப்படையாகக் கொண்ட, 1950 களில் வெளிவந்த ஒரு தமிழ்ப் பாட்டு. 'தமிழன் என்றொரு இனமுண்டு' .... ஊதானம், கன்னிகா தானம், சொர்ண தானம், அன்ன தானம், கோ தானம் மற்றும் எல்லாத் தானங்களிலும் சிறந்த தானம் நிதானம் தான் " more

Indictment Against Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Censorship, Disinformation & Murder of Journalists The Gospel According to Gotabhaya Amos Roberts in the Australian, 23 March 2009 - "The sign on the army spokesman's wall rang the first alarm bells... For the foreign correspondent, everything in Sri Lanka begins and ends with the armed forces: where one can travel; what one can film; even to whom one can speak. And dealing with the military is like travelling through the looking glass, although a blunter analogy would be with George Orwell's 1984...
... They (the Sri Lanka military) lie brazenly and the lies aren't even credible. The UN may tell you that at least 2000 civilians have been killed in fighting since January, but Sri Lanka's Secretary of Defence, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, says there are none....."

... the Gospel according to Gotabhaya...


Comment by tamilnation.org Buddham Saranam Gacchami - I go for refuge in the Buddha...

Tamil National Forum

1. M.Thanapalasingham writes from Australia நடுகற்களும் அவற்றிணூடான விடுதலைக்கான யாத்திரையும்...

Maveerar Naal

2. Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan Karuna in Politics: From Brutus to Lepidus "Karuna�s current plight is that of Marcus Aemilius Lepidus (? � d.13 BC), the third member of the Second Triumvirate formed after the assassination of Julius Caesar (100-44 BC)... Marc Antony calls Lepidus (behind his back) as, �This is a slight, unmeritable man ... He shall but bear them as the ass bears gold � To groan and sweat under the business, Either led or driven, as we point the way " more

Tamil Military Virtues and Ideals

"....Tamil nationalism in South India and Sri Lanka can be described in terms of two sets of ideas and beliefs. The one, the purity and uniqueness of Tamil language and culture; the other, Tamil traditions which exalt military virtues and ideals. These ideals and beliefs have dominated the vocabulary of anti-Hindi and secessionist agitations and propaganda of the Dravidian movement in South India in the [19]50�s and [19]60�s.The nationalism of the movement for Tamil language rights and regional autonomy in Sri Lanka was articulated in the same vocabulary after 1956..." more

வீரர்கள் வாழும் திராவிட நாட்டை வென்றவர் கிடையாது, வேலும் வாளும் தாங்கிய மறவர் வீழ்ந்ததும் கிடையாது...

Tamil Heritage - the Tamils are an ancient people: the Pandya Dynasty

Tamil Nadu & Tamil Eelam Freedom Struggle


"..The public habit of judging the relations between states from what appears in the papers adds to the confusion. It must be remembered that in international affairs things are not often what they seem to be. ..A communique which speaks of complete agreement may only mean an agreement to differ. Behind a smokescreen of hostile propaganda diplomatic moves may be taking place indicating a better understanding of each other's position...." Sardar K.M.Pannikar, Indian Ambassador to China from 1948 to 1952, and later Vice Chancellor, Mysore University in Principles and Practice of Diplomacy, 1956


Indian Expansion:An Outline - Dev Nathan "In analysing Indian expansionism we must turn to three levels at which the denial of the rights of nationalities and nations operates. The first is the centralisation of powers in Delhi and the economic, political and linguistic - cultural suppression of non-Hindi nationalities, manifested in the blocking of the paths of development of the existing or aspiring national (regional) formations. The second is the denial of the right of secession of the border nationalities that either wish to secede (Nagas and Mizos) or do not accept their integration in India (Kashmiris). The third is the whittling down of the sovereignty of the neighbouring small powers of South Asia. ....The Indian state has formally ended the independent existence of one neighbour (Sikkim) and restricted the independence of many of the others (Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka) ... In its attempt to establish a regional hegemony, the Indian State has enunciated a modified Monroe Doctrine. While demanding that India must have the predominant role in South Asian matters, it has also insisted that none of the neighbours should have relations with external powers. India alone in the region will maintain the external links." more

Tamil National Forum

1. Dr.Subramaniam Thambirajah writes from United Kingdom "..Indian expansionism? The Sinhala government asked for it. In trying to fight their internal enemy, Sri Lanka has invited a third party who is now ready to dictate terms to them..." more
2. M.Thanapalasingham writes from Australia

அழிவும் ஆக்கமும் - தோல்வி நிலையென நினைத்தால் வாழ்வின் கனவை மறக்கலாமா "...அன்னிய சிங்கள அடக்கு முறையில் இருந்து விடுபடுவதற்கான தமிழ் மக்களின் உரிமைப்போர் இன்று அழிவுகளின் மத்தியில் குரூரமான கொடிய காடசிகளை எம்கண்முன் காட்டி நிற்கின்றது. சொந்தச் சகோதரர்கள் அங்கு கொத்துக் கொத்தாக மடிவதைத் தினமும் பார்த்து செய்வதறியாது துடிக்கும் புலத்தமிழர்கள் மனம் சோர்ந்து துன்பத்தில் சுழல்வதை காண்கின்றோம். இதே கொடுமைகள் ஆபிரிக்க மக்களுக்கோ, பாலஸ்தீனியர்களுக்கோ நிகழும்போதும் நாம் உருகியிருப்போம். செஞசிலுவைச் சங்கம் போன்ற அமைப்புக்களுக்கு துயர் துடைக்கும் பணத்தை அனுப்பி ஒருவகை மனச்சாந்தியும் பெற்றிருப்போம். ஆனால் எங்கள் உடன்பிறப்புக்கள் கொத்துக் கொத்தாக கொல்லப்படுவதானால் எம்மால் உறங்க முடியவில்லை, சிரிக்கமுடியவில்லை, சாதாரண வாழ்வின் இன்பதுன்பங்களை அனுபவிக்க முடியவில்லை. இது இயற்கை. தானாடாவிட்டாலும் சதையாடும் இரத்த பாசம்."... more


"...Pirabakaran is a patient man. I have never seen him waste his time. His brain is at all times actively and ceaselessly engaged with the issues that concern the struggle..." Anita Pratap Interview with Puthinam, 15 July 2008

"... The nation is not only the condition of culture, its fruitfulness, its continuous renewal, and its deepening. It is also a necessity. It is the fight for national existence which sets culture moving and opens to it the doors of creation. .. If man is known by his acts, then we will say that the most urgent thing today for the intellectual is to build up his nation. If this building up is true, that is to say if it interprets the manifest will of the people ... then the building of a nation is of necessity accompanied by the discovery and encouragement of universalising values. Far from keeping aloof from other nations, therefore, it is national liberation which leads the nation to play its part on the stage of history. It is at the heart of national consciousness that international consciousness lives and grows. And this two-fold emerging is ultimately the source of all culture..." Frantz Fanon at the Congress of Black African Writers, 1959

Comments to include

From Mike Johnson [ [email protected] ] Hi, It is pity that you guys are still dreaming about a Tamil Nation. Please look at this article and tell me why you send these innocent kids to a war for the sake of your "F***ing" day dream? These kids do not deserve to die. Why not you idiots leave the countries you are living and go to the battle field? You people are living in luxury and day dreaming about a Tamil Nation and let these kids die. Damn you!

Response by tamilnation.org It appears that even with the genocidal blood letting in the Vanni, Sinhala chauvinism has a continuing need to resort to vulgar abuse. But for those Tamils who have lived through 1956, 1958, 1961, 1977 and 1983; for those Tamils who have witnessed Sinhala mobs with raised sarongs setting fire to Tamil dwellings and to Tamils in vans on the roads of Colombo; and for those Tamils who have survived to live as refugees, asylum seekers and wandering nomads in foreign lands, such Sinhala abuse will not come as a surprise. more

Tamil National Forum

Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan - Lahore Shooting, Covert Operations & RAW Spinners



"...the international community will wait till Tamil resistance is sufficiently weakened or annihilated before it attempts to intervene 'on humanitarian grounds' and in seeming response to 'world wide Tamil appeals'. Meanwhile the IC will even welcome such world wide appeals by Tamils as that will pave the way (and establish useful contact points amongst the Tamil diaspora) for IC's eventual intervention with 'development aid' with the mantra of not conflict resolution but 'conflict transformation'." Nadesan Satyendra in Sinhala Sri Lanka's Genocide of Eelam Tamils - a Crime Against Humanity, 5 weeks ago on 29 January 2009

The Politics of Humanitarian Intervention

US taps Delhi on US-led invasion of Sri Lanka on 'evacuation mission', Telegraph, Calcutta, 8 March 2009 "..The Obama administration will sound out foreign secretary Shiv Shankar Menon on Monday, 9 March 2009 on India�s support for a US-led invasion of Sri Lanka to evacuate nearly 200,000 Tamil civilians trapped inside territory controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam with precariously declining stocks of food or medicine.. spinmasters of the Obama administration have quietly begun work here to describe any such military mission as a �coalition humanitarian task force�. However, if the humanitarian task force lands in Sri Lanka before the LTTE lays down arms as demanded by Colombo or without agreement from the Tamil Tigers, who may fire on the task force, its mission will be tantamount to an invasion leading to possible US casualties." See also The Politics of Humanitarian Intervention - Nadesan Satyendra, two weeks ago on 24 February 2009 "... Now that Tamil resistance has been weakened, international actors who have armed and trained Sinhala Sri Lanka's genocidal armed forces believe that the time has come to respond to the 'humanitarian disaster' which they helped to create. If the LTTE is totally annihilated, they fear that they may lose an important lever to ensure that Sri Lanka 'plays ball' in the Indian Ocean region. Again, they are concerned that more genocide will create thousands more martyrs. And they are right.... Genocide is not the path to secure stability in the Indian Ocean region - as the self immolation of Muthukumar, Ravichandran, Thamil Venthan, Sivaprakasam and Murukuthasan show. But it is not simply stability that the international actors are concerned with...Each of the international actors are... concerned to use the humanitarian disaster facing the people of Tamil Eelam to embed their own influence more securely in the island of Sri Lanka (both in the Sinhala south and in the Tamil north) - and so they jockey amongst themselves as to how best to intervene. Each is also concerned that if one does not, the other may. And it is not everybody who will welcome an intervention spearheaded by the United States Pacific Command (US PACOM). Hence the efforts to assemble a 'coalition of the willing'. The US message to New Delhi was loud and clear: 'We lead, you follow'..." more

Tamils - a Trans State Nation: United Kingdom

Thousands of British Tamils pay tribute to Murugathasan Varnakulasingham who gave his life so that Tamil Eelam may live...


"..எரிகின்ற நெருப்பை
அணைத்திடும் நோக்கில்
எவரேனும் வருவரோ வருவரோவென்று
எதிர் பார்த்துப் பார்த்துக்
களைத்தது போதும்..
உலகத் தமிழினமே எழுக..
உண்மைகள் ஒருபோதும்
உறங்கவும் கூடா.." Raj Swarnan

Tamils: a Trans State Nation - living in many lands

Tamils in Mauritius (including Mauritius Justice Minister Rama Velautham and the Vice-Prime Minister of Mauritius) Protest Against Genocide of Eelam Tamils: Indian High Commissioner rebuffs memorandum of Mauritian demonstrators... more

Sinhala Sri Lanka's Genocidal War

Camp for Displaced Tamils - But Sri Lanka Bombs

Thousands of Tamil Civilians Killed and Wounded - United Nations Aid agencies fear a humanitarian disaster in the north-east..... " Revisited: The Politics of Humanitarian Intervention - Nadesan Satyendra, 24 February 2009 "The Tamil people are being taught on the hard anvil of death and suffering appropriately enough in Buddhist Sri Lanka that human rights and humanitarian laws are more often than not, political instruments - instruments which States use selectively so that they may intervene to advance their own perceived strategic interests. After all the simplest thing that the international actors could have done to protect the Tamil people would have been to remove the ban on the LTTE so that the capacity of the people of Tamil Eelam to resist the genocidal onslaught launched on them by Sinhala Sri Lanka may have been strengthened. The simple and humane thing that the international actors could have done was not to taunt the struggles against terrorism with the label terrorism but to adopt a principle centered approach which liberated political language and also helped to liberate a people who have taken up arms as a last resort in their struggle for freedom from oppressive alien Sinhala rule. .."

Tamil Language & Literature

Revisited புலவர் புலமைப்பித்தன் "சாதி மல்லிப் பூச்சரமே சங்கத் தமிழ்ப் பாச்சரமே
ஆசையுள்ள ஆசையடி அவ்வளவு ஆசையடி
எங்கெங்கே முன்னே வந்து கண்ணே நீ கொஞ்சம் கேட்டுக்கோ...
எனது வீடு எனது வாழ்வு என்று வாழ்வது வாழ்க்கையா
இருக்கும் நாலு சுவருக்குள்ளே வாழ நீ ஒரு கைதியா
தேசம் வேறல்ல தாயும் வேறல்லா ஒன்றுதான்
தாயைக் காப்பதும் நாட்டைக் காப்பதும் ஒன்றுதான்.." more


"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

�Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.� - Napoleon Bonaparte

(Quotations from Dr.Sam Pari's Email)

Tamil National Forum

Dr. Sam Pari writes from Australia I wish to inform you of an exclusive interview conducted by SBS Radio, Australia with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The entire interview can be heard here. I outline below some key points outlined in the interview:

- Shelling and aerial bombing by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) is taking place 24 hours a day, every day, including in safety zones.

- More than 350,000 people are living in LTTE controlled areas.

- The LTTE are still willing to negotiate a ceasefire with the GoSL, but will not lay down their arms until the freedom or self-determination of their people is guaranteed.

- The LTTE say they will not surrender. They say they will keep fighting for the freedom of the Tamils and for their self determination and are confident they will achieve this.

- The LTTE will NOT allow a mass evacuation that has been requested by the ICRC because Tamil people should be able to live in their land, and not be forced out. more

Terrorism: Australian Law & Practise : The Trial of Australian Tamil Community Workers

Australia withdraws Terrorism Charges against Aruran Vinayagamoorthy, Sivarajah Yathavan, and Arumugam Rajeevan

"A difficulty for the prosecution has been the status of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, more commonly known as the Tamil Tigers... In a bail hearing for the men in July 2007, Supreme Court judge Bernard Bongiorno cast doubt on the prosecution being able to convince a jury that the LTTE was a terrorist organisation ...There is debate over whether the organisation is a terrorist body or a separatist group engaged in civil war. " more


"..Tamil nationalism in South India and Sri Lanka can be described in terms of two sets of ideas and beliefs. The one, the purity and uniqueness of Tamil language and culture; the other, Tamil traditions which exalt military virtues and ideals. These ideals and beliefs have dominated the vocabulary of anti-Hindi and secessionist agitations and propaganda of the Dravidian movement in South India in the [19]50�s and [19]60�s. The nationalism of the movement for Tamil language rights and regional autonomy in Sri Lanka was articulated in the same vocabulary after 1956..." Dharmaretnam Sivaram on Tamil Militarism

Tamil Militarism

Revisited Tamil Heroic Poetry: A Comparative Study - K.Kailasapathy "...what is of interest to us here is that the bulk of the heroic poetry which has come down to us, portrays the emergence of the three principal kingdoms from among innumerable tribal organisations and village communities. This epoch in a nation�s history is violent but brilliant, short-lived but glorious, convulsive but opulent. As elsewhere, the politics of the Tamil Heroic Age were marked by the ascendancy of an �energetic military caste, which torn by internecine conflicts of succession and inheritance breaks loose from its tribal bonds into a career of violent, self-assertive individualism... (the) composite nature of the Tamil heroic poems, and their cherished recital by schools of bards - of which we have some evidence - in due course lead to what we may call a �national consciousness �, an idea of pan-Tamilian culture, which in fact became a political concept in historical times. In this sense, one is naturally reminded of the gradual evolution of a Greek national consciousness arising out of the recitation of the Iliad and the Odyssey at the Panathenaea..." more

Tamil National Forum

Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan Eelam Tamil Scientists: An Inventory of Their Productivity

"..This essay is dedicated to the memories of two Tamil scientists and institution builders, Lieut. Col. Appaiah Annai [I. Rasiah from Manipay] and Prof. S. Raveendranath, who were abducted by para-militaries affiliated to the Sri Lankan army and were put to death. For the record, Appaiah Annai, abducted on Dec. 24, 1997, was a home-grown weapon systems-tinkerer and improviser, whose professional qualification is tagged as garage mechanic. Prof. Raveendranath, abducted on Dec.15, 2005, was an agricultural pest entomologist..." more

Tamil Cuisine - the Food Tradition of an Ancient People

அறிமுகம் -Yarlcuisine

Sri Lanka's Genocidal War against Tamil Eelam

Proposed evacuation a calculated ploy by Sri Lanka to uproot Tamils from their traditional habitat - B.Nadesan, LTTE Political Head "I ask if the UN, or India, or any other country would ever promote uprooting and relocating the people of Gaza as a solution? And the Tamil people are expected to willingly rush to these barbed wired internment camps in these surrounding situations? Is this what UN, India and other nations are envisioning for Tamils? The human shield term is a propaganda used towards uprooting the Tamil people from their traditional habitat. The Tamil people have lived here for generations and want to continue living here and make a livelihood in these lands. The Sri Lankan Government, UN and other international community's statements that claim to seek the well being of Tamil people - in uprooting them to forcibly and put them in barbed wired military run camps is unprecedented... As India also continues express calls for safe passage of civilians and lukewarm calls for truce, these are seen as temporary measures and a blessing to continue the military onslaught on the Tamil Homeland by Colombo.." more


"I have a high regard for the LTTE for its discipline, dedication, determination, motivation and technical expertise... I was left with the impression that the LTTE was the expression of popular Tamil sentiment and could not be destroyed, so long as that sentiment remained... Our unit and formation commanders too came under the mental hypnosis of the LTTE. They would graphically explain how well entrenched the LTTE was in the minds of the people, how ungrateful people were to us, how elusive the LTTE was, how perfect it was in the midst of the people and in its actions, how effective was its grip over the public and so on - virtually admitting that it was an impossible task and all our endeavours were pointless. " - Lieutenant General S.C. Sardesh Pande, UYSM, AVSM, Divisional Commander of IPKF 54 Infantry Division in Sri Lanka, later Deputy GOC, Headquarters IPKF, Madras in "Assignment Jaffna", published in 1992

India & the Struggle for Tamil Eelam

1. The Situation in Sri Lanka - Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Indian Minister for External Affairs, Suo Motu Statement in Parliament "Hon�ble Members may rest assured that our strong concerns for the safety, security and welfare of civilians caught in the conflict have led us to stay actively engaged to prevent a further deterioration of humanitarian conditions." together with Comment by tamilnation.org

2. V.Thangavelu writes from Canada வேதாளம் மீண்டும் முருக்கை மரத்தில் " இந்தியாவின் உண்மை முகம் அம்பலமாகியுள்ளது. சந்திமுனையில் அல்ல. இந்திய நாடாளுமன்றத்தில். வாய்மொழியாக அல்ல எழுத்தில்... வரதராசப்பெருமாள் ஏறி விழுந்த குதிரையில்தான் இப்போது பிரணாப் முகர்ஜி தமிழ்மக்களை ஏறிவிழச் சொல்கிறார். தமிழீழ மக்களது அரசியல் தலைவிதியை எழுத வேண்டியவர்கள் எமது மக்களே. அதில் தலையிட யாருக்கும் உரிமை இல்லை..." more

3. Sathyam Commentary

US - India - China: Changing Dynamics & an Emerging Bi Polar World - Tamil Version by M.Thanapalasingham

அமெரிக்கா - இந்தியா - சீனா : மாற்றமுறும் விசை இயக்கமும் எழுச்சிபெறும் இரு முனை உலகமும் - தமிழாக்கம் - ம.தனபாலசிங்கம், சிட்னி அவுஸ்திரேலியா " இக்கட்டுரை தமிழ்நேசன் இணையத்தளத்தின் திரு நடேசன் சத்தியேந்திரா அவர்களால் US - India - China: Changing Dynamics & an Emerging Bi Polar World ? என்னும் தலைப்பில் எழுதப்பட்ட கட்டுரையின் தமிழாக்கம். இந்தியா (தமிழ்நாடு) உட்பட பல நாடுகளில் இருந்து பலரின் வேண்டுகோளை ஏற்று மொழிபெயர்ப்புச் செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளது. " more

Month Ending February 2009

Tamils - a Trans State Nation

Tamil National Forum

1. Sachi SriKantha writes from Japan - Anna�s Birth Centennial Anthology � Part 2: Panruti Ramachandran�s Essay
2. Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia -

ஊடகங்கள் மீதான சிறிலங்காவின் அரச பயங்கரவாதம் "...வெளிச்சம் சஞ்சிகை, புலிகளின் குரல் வானொலி, ஈழநாதம் பத்திரிகை, மற்றும் தொலைக்காட்சிகள், இணைய ஊடகங்கள் வழியாக அரசியல், படைத்துறை ஆய்வுகளை வெளியிட்டு, தாயக விடுதலைப் போராட்டத்தின் கருத்துக்களைக் கட்டியெழுப்பி வந்த சத்தியமூர்த்தி அவர்களின் உடலம், சவப்பெட்டி கூட இல்லாத நிலையில், வெறும் துணி மட்டும் போர்த்தப்பட்டு இறுதி நிகழ்வுகள் நடைபெற்றமையானது ஒரு வரலாற்றுச் சோகத்தைப் பதிவு செய்துள்ளது..." more


"..New Delhi may want to recognise that given the emerging bi polar world, and given the strategic significance of the Indian Ocean region to both the US and China, New Delhi may be powerless to prevent 'countries like Pakistan and China gaining a strategic foothold in the island nation'. .. Again, even if India's Sonia Gandhi-Manmohan Singh administration is content to play the US client role, this may not have the support of large segments of the Indian polity - more so in an election year. Given an emerging bi polar world, India may go back to its old 'non aligned' foreign policy approach and at the same time strengthen its links with its old friend, Russia. It is an approach that for instance will have the support of the Communist Party of India... And in relation to the conflict in the island of Sri Lanka...New Delhi may want to recognise .. that India's strategic interests in an emerging bi polar world may be best served by the creation of an independent Tamil Eelam rather than by preventing its formation.'' - Nadesan Satyendra in US - India - China: Changing Dynamics & an Emerging Bi Polar World

India & the Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom

Demonstration in New Delhi in Support of Tamil Eelam Freedom Struggle - ஈழத் தமிழர்களை ஆதரித்து இந்திய நாடாளுமன்றம் முன் பேரணி

"சோனியா காந்தியே!
எங்களையும் கொலை செய்!
நாங்களும் தமிழர்களே!''

"காந்தி தேசம் கொடுக்குது!
புத்த தேசம் கொல்லுது!''

தடையை நீக்கு! தடையை நீக்கு!
விடுதலைப் புலிகள் மீதான தடையை நீக்கு!'

"பதுங்குகுழியில் தமிழனாம்!
குண்டுபோட இந்தியனாம்!'' more

Sathyam Commentary

1. Nadesan Satyendra on The Politics of Humanitarian Intervention "The Sinhala owned Sri Lanka Sunday Times reported on 22 February that the donor Co-Chairs are working out a coalition humanitarian task force spearheaded by the United States, to evacuate civilians trapped in the fighting in the Vanni. It said - "The purpose will be purely to facilitate the movement of civilians from the northeastern coast to a ship in the deep seas. This is for transfer to Internally Displaced Person (IDP) centres or hospitals outside the battle zones." The proposed transfer to IDP centres may need to be understood in the context of the London Daily Telegraph report of 13 February 2009 "The Sri Lankan government has been denounced over plans to forcibly detain thousands of Tamil civilians fleeing the country's civil war in "concentration camps". Officials have confirmed they will establish several "welfare villages" to house the estimated 200,000 Tamils displaced from their homes by the Sri Lankan army's "final offensive" against the LTTE's stronghold on the north of the Island. Senior officials have however confirmed that those housed in the villages will have no choice on whether to stay in the camps." It appears that what I wrote three weeks ago in 'Sinhala Sri Lanka's Genocide of Eelam Tamils - a Crime Against Humanity', is now coming to pass -

"...the international community will wait till Tamil resistance is sufficiently weakened or annihilated before it attempts to intervene 'on humanitarian grounds' and in seeming response to 'world wide Tamil appeals'. Meanwhile the IC will even welcome such world wide appeals by Tamils as that will pave the way (and establish useful contact points amongst the Tamil diaspora) for IC's eventual intervention with 'development aid' with the mantra of not conflict resolution but 'conflict transformation'." more

2. Nadesan Satyendra on US - India - China: Changing Dynamics & an Emerging Bi Polar World - a 10 minute read
"In 1983, I stumbled into a lecture on International Relations at Cambridge University. The lecture was by a visting German Professor. I forget her name. But something that she said has remained with me over the past several years. She said: 'History shows that a bi polar world will eventually become a uni polar world. Then the uni polar world will give way to a multi polar world. Out of the multipolar world will come a new bi polar world. And then that bipolar world will give way to another unipolar world and so on'. " more

International Frame of Tamil Eelam Freedom Struggle

South Africa

KwaZulu-Natal condemns genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka - �There will be no surrender� - �Free Free Tamil Eelam".

Tamil Nadu

1. 'வீரத் தமிழ்மகன்' தமிழ்வேந்தன் இறுதி நிகழ்வில் 20 ஆயிரம் பேர் பங்கேற்பு

2. இலங்கை இனப்படுகொலையைக் கண்டித்து விஜயகாந்த் தலைமையில் மாபெரும் பேரணி - விஜயகாந்த் - "...இங்குள்ள கட்சிகள் இலங்கை பிரச்சினையில் நாடகமாடி வருகின்றனர். சிறிலங்கா அரச தலைவர் மகிந்த ராஜபக்சவோ, 'விடுதலைப் புலிகள் ஆயுதங்களை கீழே போட்டால்தான் போர் நிறுத்தம்' என்று கூறுகின்றார். அதே கருத்தைத்தான் மத்திய அமைச்சர்களான பிரணாப் முகர்ஜியும், சிதம்பரமும் தெரிவிக்கின்றனர். பேச்சுவார்த்தை மூலம் அரசியல் தீர்வு வந்தால்தானே விடுதலைப் புலிகள் ஆயுதங்களை கீழே போட முடியும். ஆகையால் பேச்சுவார்த்தை மூலம் பிரச்சினைக்கு தீர்வு கண்டுவிட்டு அதன் பிறகே விடுதலைப் புலிகளை ஆயுதங்களை கீழே போட சொல்ல வேண்டும். அடுத்த நாட்டு பிரச்சினையில் ஓரளவுக்குத்தான் தலையிட முடியும் என்று மத்திய அரசு கூறுகின்றது. அப்படியானால் இலங்கையுடன் இந்தியா எப்படி ஒப்பந்தம் போட்டது? " more

Sathyam Commentary

1. Ten Minute Read - Nadesan Satyendra A Visitor from Australia wrote on 20 February 2009 - Vanakkam Mr. Satyendra. I read your articles almost as soon as they appear. They reflect many of the thoughts which come to me (but perhaps not in such a clear substantiated fashion). Your open letter to Senator Kerry is another excellent piece. I am in deep pain and I am saddened to see in our demonstrations many are still talking and shouting about 'feed and save' - its the call of 'pichhai vendam nayaipidi' - as if demanding our right to self determination was pichhai. Some have woken up to what you have been saying. But some who are interested have sadly said that your articles are too long for them and too complicated. What to do? We are all in the age of 3 minute news clips and we do not want to engage our intellectual faculties. May be sometimes a short piece (10 minute read) directed to our English educated youth in the diaspora might help to focus their minds. Sorry for asking this. Thanks. more
2. Recent Developments in Sri Lanka':US Senate Hearing - An Open Letter to Senator Kerry, Chairman, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee - Nadesan Satyendra

Senator Kerry

"... the Senate Foreign Relations Committee may want to examine whether US strategic interests in an emerging multi lateral world and in particular in the Indian Ocean region will be advanced by preventing the emergence of new states or whether, on the contrary, US strategic interests will be furthered by recognising that self determination is not a destabilising concept. Central governments of existing states may have the power that flows from the barrel of the gun, but a feeling or thought such as democracy, the aspiration towards liberty, is not without material force. . If democracy means the rule of the people, by the people, for the people, then the principle of self determination secures that no one people may rule another - and herein lies its enduring appeal. Steadfastly defending the inviolability of territorial boundaries of existing states, regardless of how and when they were determined may not be the path to a stable world order. There is a need to defend the very real values that a people stand for and speak from the heart to the hearts of those people. These are the values which the Obama administration has pledged to uphold. And it was for these values that more than two hundred years ago, the signatories of the US Declaration of Independence suffered - and some paid the ultimate price... It is for those same values that tens of thousands of Tamils both young and old have fought and given their lives. They have given their lives so that their brothers and sisters may live in freedom - freedom from rule by a permanent alien Sinhala majority within the confines of a single state.. Said that, the struggle for Tamil Eelam is not about a search for historical first causes - a search that will end in the stone age and in a discussion about original sin. Neither is the struggle for Tamil Eelam an invitation to engage in the politics of the last atrocity. Nor is the struggle for an independent Tamil Eelam about what the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam may have done or may not have done - though I together with millions of Tamils not only in Tamil Eelam but also in many lands and across distant seas will bow our heads in all humility and continue to recognise Velupillai Pirabakaran and the LTTE (warts and all) as the undying symbols of Tamil resistance to alien Sinhala rule... " more

Tamil National Forum

Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan - Human Rights Barkers and Me - A Personal Note

Sathyam Commentary

Jeff & Mutt Act - Tamil Translation by M.Thanapalasingham from Australia

ஜெவ் (Jeff) மற் (Mutt) (நல்ல பொலிசும் கெட்ட பொலிசும்) இவர்களின் செயல்பாடுகளும் - தமிழீழ தேசிய விடுதலைப் போராட்டமும் சர்வதேச சமூகம் வகிக்கும் பாத்திரங்களும் - தமிழாக்கம் - .தனபாலசிங்கம், அவுஸ்திரேலியா -

"இக்கட்டுரை தமிழ்நேசன் இணையத்தளத்தில் திரு நடேசன் சத்தியேந்தரா அவர்களால் எழுதப்பட்ட The Jeff and Mutt Act என்னும் ஆங்கிலக் கட்டுரையின் தமிழாக்கம். இன்றைய நிலையில் சோர்வடைந்து விடாமல் தெளிவுடன் இயங்க இவை போன்ற வாசிப்பு அவசியமாகும். தமிழீழத் தேசிய விடுதலைப் போராட்டத்தில் பங்காளிகளாகச் செயல்படுவோருக்கு இது ஒரு வழிகாட்டியாக இருக்கும் என்னும் ஆதர்சத்தால் தமிழாக்கம் செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளது." more

India & the Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom

1. Abbey Naidoo, Durban-based attorney in South Africa Post, 'Disunited in Diversity' "India has revealed a duplicitous and murderous collaboration with the genocidal regime in power in Colombo. Not only deaf to the pleas and cries of its own Tamil population to intervene in this murderous onslaught, it actively assists the regime in the supply of military hardware, the training of strike-aircraft pilots, the supply of military expertise, and the provision of military advisors on the ground." more
2. Hartal in Chennai Against Genocide by Sri Lanka

ஈழத்தில் இனப் படுகொலையை கண்டித்து
சென்னையில் தொடருந்து முற்றுகை போராட்டம்...


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