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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- April 2009 -
1. International Frame & the Tamil Eelam Freedom Struggle Both India and Pakistan Trained us to Fight LTTE says Brigadier Udaya Nanayakara, Sri Lanka Army Spokesman "..We have been procuring equipment from China as well. We wanted equipment and would pay later, China agreed. It was mostly ammunition and we have already paid for it.... ...the Americans too helped with the training. But they have trained very few, and only officers. Majority of our men are trained by India and Pakistan." more
2.No-one in the international community has been calling for a ceasefire or to stop firing to save Prabhakaran - UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband "Now is the time for the fighting to stop. Sri Lanka's military advances have been spectacular, but winning the peace is as vital as winning the war.." together with Comment by tamilnation.org "... Many Tamils will note with sadness bordering on anger that Mr. Miliband has described Sri Lanka's military advances as 'spectacular' rather than genocidal. Given Mr.Milliband's claim that the IC has been moved to act on 'humanitarian grounds', Tamils may have expected Mr.Milliband to show greater sensitivity than to describe Sri Lanka's genocidal onslaught on the people of Tamil Eelam as a 'spectacular advance'. But then again, given the geo strategic interests of the trilaterals (US, EU and Japan) in the uneasy power balance in Indian Ocean region, Tamils should not be surprised at Mr.Miliband's lack of sensitivity - and his efforts to please his genocidal host.." more


Nelson MandelaThe Strength of an Idea "I am Prepared to Die" - Nelson Mandela Dock Statement, 20 April 1964 "...At the beginning of June 1961, after a long and anxious assessment of the South African situation, I, and some colleagues, came to the conclusion that as violence in this country was inevitable, it would be unrealistic and wrong for African leaders to continue preaching peace and non-violence at a time when the Government met our peaceful demands with force... The time comes in the life of any nation when there remain only two choices - submit or fight. That time has now come to South Africa. We shall not submit and we have no choice but to hit back by all means in our power in defence of our people, our future, and our freedom. ...During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people... It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die..." more

Reports on Armed Conflict in Tamil Eelam

Crouching Tiger

Crouching Tiger: Prabhakaran still has enough grit to continue the fight - Anita Pratap "LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is many things to many people-national leader, freedom fighter, revolutionary, guerrilla, killer, saviour, tyrant, visionary and terrorist. Lionised or demonised, depending on their standpoint.I cannot know what is going on in Prabhakaran's head, but I am certain he is neither frightened nor desperate. He is not afraid of death. He has been courting it since he was 17. He is an indefatigable warrior, one who is philosophically detached from all things tactical. Yet, paradoxically, in achieving his strategic goal of Tamil Eelam, he displays an unwavering attachment..." more

Conflict Resolution: Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka

1. White House Statement on the Situation in Sri Lanka , 24 April 2009 "International aid workers should have access to all sites where internally displaced persons are being registered and sheltered. The United States is working with international partners to attempt to care for those civilians who can be reached." together with Comment by tamilnation.org "It appears that what we wrote three months ago on 29 January 2009 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'." The White House call that 'international aid workers should have access to all sites where internally displaced persons are being registered and sheltered' is directed to embed the physical presence of the international community in Sri Lanka and exclude the influence of China and manage the influence of New Delhi in the Indian Ocean region - it has little to do with securing freedom for the people of Tamil Eelam from permanent alien Sinhala rule. The White House statement fails to recognise that in Tamil Eelam today, though the charge is genocide, the struggle is for freedom.It is not one or the other - it is both. It is not either or - it is and.... more

2. LTTE Spokesman Yogi, Pulikalinkuralukku Valangkiya Nerkanal from Tamil Eelam , 24 April 2009 - We will not Surrender "Our struggle during the past two years was not simply against the Sri Lanka armed forces alone. The war carried out by Sri Lanka was with the cooperation of the United States, Great Britain, Norway and Japan amongst others and in particular with India's support, blessings and military training. It was a war carried out by Sri Lanka jointly with these big powers... (But) We will not surrender. Surrender is not a word in our lexicon. Until our people secure freedom, our struggle will continue..." தமிழர்கள் நடத்தப்போகும் போரை வரலாறு வீரவரலாறாகவே பதிவு செய்யும்... சரண் அடைதல் என்பது புலிகளின் மரபில் இல்லை.." more
3. Tamil Tigers must surrender: UN Security Council, 22 April 2009 "We demand that the LTTE immediately lay down arms, renounce terrorism, allow a UN-assisted evacuation of the remaining civilians in the conflict area, and join the political process," Claude Heller, of Mexico, told journalists after an informal Security Council meeting." more

Tamil National Forum

Sara Ananthan writes from Australia Rama, O Rama! Feedback on "LTTE is deservedly dying, but long live the Tamil cause" - B.Raman "Mr.Raman's ilk are a blot on humanity�s natural instinct for compassion.The natural instinct of humanity is kindness and a sense of benevolence towards the oppressed and the dispossessed - the poorest of the poor and the voiceless suffering masses. History�s well known revolutionaries the Buddha and the Jesus strived in their life times against inhuman odds to instil these godly qualities in humanity for its own salvation. But the vitriol spewing out of the Indian establishment friendly Kautilyan creed is bereft of any human values. The origin of this breed goes back to 293 BC. Kautilya - a Brahmin priest who usurped state power for his scheming and left a despicable legacy of statecraft which is practised even today in every occasion for the advancement of strategic goals of present day empires and lesser states to herd and hoodwink the masses they rule." more

One Hundred Tamils of 20th Century

Maraimalai AdikalMaraimalai Adigal to include Maraimalai Atigal and the Genealogy of the Tamilian Creed - Ravi Vaitheespara "Contrary to later day perceptions, the Tamil-Saivite movement of the early 1900s played a major role in preparing the groundwork for the mobilisation by the radical self-respect movement of the Tamil vernacular public. Led by Maraimalai Atigal who recast, secularised and rationalised earlier forms of Saivism and Saiva-Siddhanta, the movement helped frame a new language of Tamil modernity and nationalism... Beginning to emerge as we are from under the powerful shadow cast by the Dravidian movement on the scholarship of the period, it is imperative that we move beyond viewing the Tamil-Saivite movement as a distinct if not inconsequential early phase that was later completely eclipsed or transformed by the entry of Periyar and the SRM as contemporary scholars have often portrayed � but rather as laying an important groundwork for what followed..." together with Comment by tamilnation.org "Dr. Ravi Vaitheespara's study is essential reading for all those concerned to further their understanding of Tamil nationalism and its future direction. It was Mao Tse Tung who said somewhere that theory is a practical thing. Mao was right." more

India & the Tamil Eelam Freedom Struggle

"LTTE is deservedly dying, but long live the Tamil cause" - B.Raman "...If the angry Tamils once again look up to India, there is no reason why we should not reciprocate provided a new leadership emerges in the Tamil community.." together with Comment by tamilnation.org "Mr. Raman's remarks will not come as a surprise to many Tamils. We said it some three years ago -

"...US and India may find common cause in weakening the LTTE - but they seek to weaken it in such a way that thereafter ("post conflict") each of them may successfully secure their own strategic interests. And herein lies the conflict - and the difficulty. New Delhi will not support a resolution of the conflict which secures US hegemony in the island. And so it will seek to create Tamil dissidents and build support among them as a way of keeping its foothold in the island. It sought to do so with TELO, it sought to do so with EPRLF and Varadarajah Perumal, it sought to do so with EROS, it sought to do so with Amirthalingam, and now it seeks to so so with Karuna and Anandasangaree." more


1.International Relations in the Age of Empire: A Lesson in Foreign Policy - When China taught Vietnam a Lesson with US Support Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Adviser in Power and Principle - "..The Chinese did not give us a precise date for the forthcoming "educational experience" that they were planning for Vietnam.... I developed a proposal that the United States should criticize the Chinese for their military action but should couple that criticism with a parallel condemnation of the Vietnamese for their occupation of Cambodia, and demand that both China and Vietnam pull out their forces. I knew that such a proposal would be totally unacceptable to the Vietnamese and to the Soviets, and hence would provide a partial diplomatic umbrella for the Chinese action without associating the United States with it... The Chinese learned in the course of the three critical weeks that they now had a reliable friend: they could confide in us, we could keep a secret, and our public reaction - formally critical but substantively helpful- was firm and consistent..." more
2. Sathyam Commentary Sri Lanka - Tamil Eelam: Getting to Yes - Nadesan Satyendra, 26 October 2006 "... Stated broadly, US foreign policy is directed to build on its current position as the sole surviving super power and secure a unipolar world (with a 'multi polar perspective' - a la Condoleezza Rice) for the foreseeable future. And this means, amongst other matters, preventing the rise of independent regional hegemons....Given the difference in the end goals that US and India have, it should not be surprising if the policies of the United States and New Delhi in relation to Sri Lanka and the LTTE are not always congruent. But that is not to say that the United States will not cooperate with India. It will. It will seek to cooperate 'as a super power'.... The US and India may find common cause in weakening the LTTE - but they seek to weaken it in such a way that thereafter ("post conflict") each of them may successfully secure their own strategic interests. And herein lies the conflict - and the difficulty. New Delhi will not support a resolution of the conflict which secures US hegemony in the island. And so it will seek to create Tamil dissidents and build support among them as a way of keeping its foothold in the island. It sought to do so with TELO, it sought to do so with EPRLF and Varadarajah Perumal, it sought to do so with EROS, it sought to do so with Amirthalingam, and now it seeks to so so with Karuna and Anandasangaree. It is within the interstices of this international frame that the struggle of the people of Tamil Eelam to be free from alien Sinhala rule continues under conditions of excruciating agony and suffering . And it is this same international frame which Sinhala Sri Lanka seeks to use to continue its genocidal onslaught on the Tamil people." more


1.".. The PR technique is simple enough: minimise the human rights abuses, talk about it as a 'complex' two sided story, play up efforts at reform... If possible, it is best to put these words in the mouth of some apparently 'neutral' group of 'concerned citizens', or a lofty institute with academic credentials...The key �project� is not to reform reality, but to manage our perceptions of it... " Richard Swift, New Internationalist, in Mind Games, July 1999

2. "The notion of a �liberal� national news media is one of the most enduring and influential political myths... Some concessions are made to the broader professional standards of journalism, such as the principles of objectivity and fairness. But media owners historically have enforced their political views and other preferences by installing senior editors whose careers depend on delivering a news product that fits with the owner�s prejudices. Mid-level editors and reporters who stray too far from the prescribed path can expect to be demoted or fired. Editorial employees intuitively understand the career risks of going beyond the boundaries..." Robert Parry in Price of the 'Liberal Media' Myth, 2003

Manufacturing Consent in the Age of Empire

Good and Bad Genocide - Edward S.Herman

"...Suharto's overthrow of the Sukarno government in 1965-66 turned Indonesia from Cold War "neutralism" to fervent anti-Communism, and wiped out the Indonesian Communist Party--exterminating a sizable part of its mass base in the process, in widespread massacres that claimed at least 500,000 and perhaps more than a million victims. The U.S. establishment's enthusiasm for the coup-cum-mass murder was ecstatic .. The U.S. support and investment did not slacken when Suharto's army invaded and occupied East Timor in 1975, which resulted in an estimated 200,000 deaths in a population of only 700,000. Combined with the 500,000-1,000,000+ slaughtered within Indonesia in 1965-66, the double genocide would seem to put Suharto in at least the same class of mass murderer as Pol Pot... But Suharto's killings of 1965-66 were.. called "constructive terror," with results viewed as favorable to Western interests. His mass killings in East Timor were "benign terror," carried out by a valued client and therefore tolerable. Pol Pot's were "nefarious terror," done by an enemy, therefore appalling and to be severely condemned. Pol Pot's victims were "worthy," Suharto's "unworthy." " more

International Relations in the Age of Empire

Barack Obama, Torture, and Habeas Corpus: Unsurprised but Shocked Nonetheless - Paul Street

"..Last Thursday (I am writing on Tuesday, April 21, 2009), the Obama Justice Department expressed its determination to protect CIA torturers from prosecution after it released memorandums on the Bush administration's extreme torture practices. Those memorandums only saw the light of day because of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union. By announcing in advance that it will not go after the direct torturers, the Obama administration has destroyed its ability to use the threat of prosecution as a way of getting CIA personnel to testify against the top officials who formulated the Bush torture policy... Revealingly enough, when he went to Langley last week to reassure CIA staffers of his safety to their interests, Obama said that his decision to release the torture memos was the "most agonizing" call of his presidency so far. I heard that line on the evening news and turned off my television. Wow. That was his "most agonizing" decision so far - reluctantly agreeing under legal compulsion to release documents showing a previous administration's human right crimes?... Do I sound surprised? I'm not. With the possible exception of Glen Ford and Bruce Dixon over at Black Agenda Report, no human being on Earth has done more than I have to warn U.S. and world citizens about the deceptive, fake-progressive, and deeply conservative nature of Brand Obama, who I have dubbed "Empire's New Clothes."" more


"Tactical paradox is the ability to project to the opponent a contradictory view of one's position or plan... Thus when able, they appear unable.
When employed they appear useless.
When close, they appear distant.
When distant, they appear close.
They lure through advantages,
And take control through confusion.
When angry, they appear to submit.
When proud, they appear to be humble.
When comfortable, they appear to toil.
When attached they appear separated.
They attack when the opponent is unprepared.
And appear where least expected.
This is the Strategist's way of triumph.
It must not be discussed beforehand...
Skilful strategists put themselves beyond attack by becoming invisible, seamless, without error. At the sametime they gather intelligence and analyse it in light of their objectives. They move in the same direction as the larger trends in their world, so that they can harness the timeliness of that momentum. Then they wait for their opponent to move, for well positioned Strategists are led to triumph through the actions of their opponents..."
- Sun Tzu on the Art of War

Tamil National Forum

Pathmarajah Nagalingam writes from Malaysia - "Exuding confidence that LTTE supremo Vellupillai Prabhakaran will soon be captured "alive" or his end will be witnessed "very soon" - Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa" - What these simpletons do not realise is that many of the key LTTE leaders including Prabakaran have exfiltrated the war zone weeks ago. Besides, the second generation of leaders have arisen through the years and ranks that makes up for the losses. This war has really been a blessing in disguise as it has been a training ground for new LTTE military leaders and fighters, all of whom and the people are now battle hardened...Territories won cannot be held indefinitely. Army checkpoints will be easy pickings for the regrouped LTTE. The police and government services already are not working..." more

International Frame of Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom

1. United Kingdom - British Foreign Secretary's Press Statement on Sri Lanka David Miliband will 'keep listening'. "Protests and demonstrations around the world have highlighted the tragic loss of life of innocent civilians in Sri Lanka. Further loss of life will only compound that tragedy. The Tamil community are a community we value and they make an important contribution to British society. They have seen friends and relatives perish, and their loved ones are still at grave risk from the fighting. We have heard their voice and will keep listening. We are committed to do all we can to bring this terrible conflict to an end..." together with Comment by tamilnation.org We said it three months ago on 20 January 2009 - "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? ... Today, the harsh reality is that the international actors are concerned to use the opportunity of the conflict in the island to advance each of their own strategic interests.(in the Indian Ocean region)... And so 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'. Give them cake when they ask for freedom from alien Sinhala rule. A conquered people should be grateful for whatever they can get - though there may not be enough cake to go round..." more
2. Tamil Nadu - Divisional Bench of Chennai High Court sets aside Detention of Director Seeman"Considering the facts and circumstances of the case we are of the view that mere delivery of a speech in a meeting would not tantamount to form unlawful activities and attract sec 13(1)(b) and 13(2) of the Unlawful Assembly Prevention Act and thereby affect the sovereignty of the country" more

3. Australia - Bruce Haigh, former Deputy Australian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka writes to Australian Financial Review - Chance for Kevin Rudd to change Sri Lanka policy "The minority Tamils sought an equal footing with the Sinhalese, including the use of their language in official and daily transactions. This was not granted and the Tamils rightly saw this as the beginning of a move to marginalise them in the social, cultural, political and economic life of their country... As a former diplomat and Australian deputy high commissioner to Sri Lanka, I believe Rudd must show policy independence from Howard, as well as compassion and courage with respect to the civil war in Sri Lanka, and the resultant genocide being committed against the Tamils." more


"If Mahatma Gandhi or for that matter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had been asked in the early 1930s as to when India would be free, they may well have replied: "We cannot say. The British Empire is the strongest the world has seen. But, if every Indian without exception stood up and declared openly, steadfastly and fearlessly that the demand for an independent and free India was not negotiable, the British will be unable to rule. When there are no quislings and collaborators amongst us, we will be free. The answer to the question, when we will be free, therefore lies in our own hands." " Nadesan Satyendra in Tomorrow is Maaveerar Naal, 2006


Three Years Ago... Tomorrow is Maaveerar Naal, Nadesan Satyendra, 27 November 2006 - "They (the International Community) would deny reason, not because they do not recognise reason. They deny reason so that they may advance their own perceived self interests in the Indian Ocean region by supporting their 'good friends' - even if that be at the price of the pain, and suffering of the people of Tamil Eelam. And where they cannot any longer ignore, with any credibility, the terrorism of the Sri Lanka government, they adopt the PR technique of minimising the abuses, and talk about the conflict as a 'complex' two sided story, and play up efforts at reform. Some even have the temerity (in Tamil we say திமிர்) to assert that -

"We... hold the Tamil Tigers responsible for much of what has gone wrong in the country. We are not neutral in this respect. " US Under Secretary of State, Nicholas Burns at Press Conference on Tokyo Donors Conference, 21 November 2006

They believe that by their support for Sri Lanka's strategy of terror, the Tamil people will be 'encouraged' to submit to alien Sinhala rule within the existing state boundaries of Sri Lanka, that Tamil national consciousness will be 'tamed' and Velupillai Pirabaharan will disappear as a �bad dream�... ..their support for Sri Lanka's strategy of terror is coupled with a concerted effort to undermine the ideological strength of a struggle for freedom by labelling it 'terrorism' and then demonising its leaders.They deliberately obfuscate by conflating the words 'terrorism' and 'violence' and they avoid addressing the question whether there are any circumstances under which a people ruled by an alien people can, in law, resort to arms to secure freedom. And, if there are such circumstances what are such circumstances? Recognising the ideological strength of a struggle for freedom they call upon the people of Tamil Eelam to forget any aspiration that they may have to be free from alien Sinhala rule - and seek to lead them down the slippery slope of devolution to village panchayats. One British Conservative Party M.P. frankly remarked on a visit to Sri Lanka that �somebody should sit alongside Pirabaharan and tell him that a separate state is just not on.� .." more


1."..At no time did we underestimate the might of the Prime Minister�s (Srimavo Bandaranaike's) government. We are quite aware that she has powers enough to turn her armed forces against us. �The Prime Minister has made a radio speech touching on satyagraha. That speech is more benefiting an imperial dictator speaking to her subjects than a speech made by a democratic leader to her people. In fact the manner and the contents of her speech correctly depict the true status of the Tamil-speaking people in Ceylon. The rule over them is indeed colonial imperialism. � In her radio speech just before her departure to Great Britain, she made an appeal to those whom she called reasonable Tamils , �To disown the actions of the mischief makers, namely the Federalists�. � The factual position is that there is no section of the Tamil-speaking people, certainly in the northern and eastern provinces, which does not fervently support the satyagraha movement....� S.J.V. Chelvanayakam, Leader of the Federal Party, in the Ceylon House of Representatives, on the 1961 Satygraha Campaign, 4 March 1961

2. " Decolonization is always a violent phenomenon... Decolonization, which sets out to change the order of the world, is, obviously, a programme of complete disorder... In the colonies it is the policeman and the soldier who are the official, instituted go-betweens...Non Violence is an attempt to settle the colonial problem around a green baize table.. Compromise is very important in the phenomenon of decolonization, for it is very far from being a simple one... In the capitalist countries a multitude of moral teachers, counselors and 'bewilderers' separate the exploited and those in power. In the colonial countries, on the contrary, the policeman and the soldier, by their immediate presence and their frequent and direct action, maintain contact with the native and advise him by means of rifle butts and napalm not to budge..." Frantz Fanon in Wrtetched of theEarth: Concerning Violence

Tamil National Forum

1. P.Maran writes from United Kingdom on the Tiger Hunt

Camp for Displaced Tamils - But Sri Lanka Bombs

The hunting started along time ago

Just because they were different

Their language different

Their way of life different

They were strong in their will

They were born free.

They liked their heritage...

No one wants to know how it started but

they wanted to kill them

Hunt them down, wanted to wipe them out

DS, Banda, Dudley, Srima, Chanthirga

JR, Premadasa and now Mahintha

They have brought their friends too to the party

Blake, Eric, Agasy, Bandari, Rajiv, Sonia,

India, Pakistan, China, USA, Israel, EU...

The hunted are now puzzled and

they now know what these hunts men set to do,

but they will not be deterred; kids and kin - 80 million of them.

They will still be fighting for their survival, territory,

Their way of life, and integrity � more

2. Velupillai Thangavel writes from Canada சொந்தச் சகோதரர்கள் துன்பத்திற் சாதல் கண்டும் சிந்தை இரங்காரடி � கிளியே! செம்மை மறந்தாரடி?

"அரசியல்வாதிகளுக்குச் சிம்ம சொன்பனமாக மாறியுள்ள ஒரு ஆயுதம் இப்போது உலகளாவிய அளவில் புகழ்பெற்று வருகிறது. அது என்ன ஆயுதம் என்றுதானே கேட்கிறீர்கள்? சப்பாத்துத்தான் அந்த ஆயுதம்." more

3. Sachi SriKantha writes from Japan Protecting Sonia by Press Notice - an Indian Rope Trick "Pardon me for using the baseball catcher Yogi Berra (b. 1925) clich� �This is like D�j� vu all over again�. Those who read the Hindu daily (Chennai) of April 9, 2009, had to yawn at the recycled story concocted by Praveen Swami, with an alluring caption �Worries mount on LTTE threat to Sonia�, an alarming notice from India�s certified skunks." more

Struggle for Tamil Eelam

PC Vinoj Kumar in Tehelka Magazine - Prabakaran may already have an able successor in his son, Charles Anthony "One day in July 1987, in a plush room of a New Delhi hotel, an Indian diplomat was beginning to lose his temper at an intransigent young man. JN Dixit, then Indian High Commissioner in Colombo, wanted Velupillai Prabakaran, the dapper chief of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), to accept a proposed accord between the governments of India and Sri Lanka that aimed to bring an elusive peace to the strife-torn island nation. �If you defy us,� said Dixit puffing angrily at his pipe, �We can finish you before I put out this smoke.� Four months later, the Indian army was locked in a disastrous conflict with the LTTE that was expected to finish in under a week but went on to last nearly three years, claiming the lives of 1,155 Indian soldiers. Twenty-two years later, the Sri Lankan army claims that it is on the verge of wiping out the LTTE and capturing Prabakaran, dead or alive...This is not the first time in the last two decades that the Sri Lankan army has claimed it has cornered Prabakaran...The army now claims it is keeping a close watch on Antony, who is believed to have led from the front in recent battles. The Sri Lankan army claims Antony had �produced two powerful bombs�, but gives no more details on its website. The Sri Lankans also link Antony to a number of LTTE air attacks since 2007. The technosavvy Antony is widely tipped to succeed Prabakaran�s mantle..." more

The Strength of an Idea

Revisited: The Wretched of the Earth: Concerning Violence - Frantz Fanon "...The European �lite undertook to manufacture a native �lite. They picked out promising adolescents; they branded them, as with a red-hot iron, with the principles of western culture, they stuffed their mouths full with high-sounding phrases, grand glutinous words that stuck to the teeth. After a short stay in the mother country they were sent home, whitewashed. These walking lies had nothing left to say to their brothers; they only echoed. From Paris, from London, from Amsterdam we would utter the words �Parthenon! Brotherhood!� and somewhere in Africa or Asia lips would open ... thenon! ... therhood!� It was the golden age. It came to an end; the mouths opened by themselves; the yellow and black voices still spoke of our humanism but only to reproach us with our inhumanity. .." more


"சின்னப்பயலே சின்னப்பயலே
சேதி கேளடா
நான் சொல்லப்போற வார்த்தையை நல்லா
எண்ணிப் பாரடா-நீ
எண்ணிப் பாரடா

ஆளும் வளரணும் அறிவும் வளரணும்
அதுதாண்டா வளர்ச்சி
ஆசையோடு ஈன்றவளுக்கு அதுவே-நீ
தரும் மகிழ்ச்சி

நாளும் ஒவ்வொரு பாடம் கூறும்
காலம் தரும் பயிற்சி-உன்
நரம்போடுதான் பின்னி வளரணும்
தன்மான உணர்ச்சி-உன் (நரம்) சின்னப்

மனிதனாக வாழ்ந்திட வேணும்
மனதில் வையடா-தம்பி
மனதில் வையடா .."

Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram - மக்கள் கவிஞர் பட்டுக்கோட்டை கல்யாணசுந்தரம்


Nadesan Satyendra - Charge is Genocide: the Struggle is for FreedomTamil Nation Library - Eelam Section The Charge is Genocide - the Struggle is for Freedom - International Federation of Tamils Publication, 2007 " The Charge is Genocide - the Struggle is for Freedom traces the facts relating to the genocidal onslaught on the people of Tamil Eelam by successive Sinhala Sri Lanka governments during the past fifty years, and raises the question: Why did these genocidal attacks happen and why do they continue to happen? The author argues that ethnic cleansing is about assimilating a people and that the preferred route of a conqueror is to achieve his objective without resort to violence - peacefully and stealthily. But when that is resisted, albeit peacefully, the would be conqueror turns to murderous violence and genocide to progress his assimilative agenda. He concludes that in the island of Sri Lanka, the record shows that during the past fifty years and more, the intent and goal of all Sinhala governments (without exception) has been to secure the island as a Sinhala Buddhist Deepa. Sinhala Buddhist 'ethno nationalism' masquerading as a 'civic' Sri Lankan nation is the genocidal side of democracy." more


"...Tamils who today live in many lands and across distant seas know only too well that sovereignty after all, is not virginity. If Germany and France were able to put in place 'associate' structures despite the suspicions and confrontations of two world wars, it should not be beyond the capacity of an independent Tamil Eelam and an independent Sri Lanka to work out structures, within which each independent state may remain free and prosper, but at the same time pool sovereignty in certain agreed areas. And to say that is not to live in the fantasy world of the fanatic but to reject the fanaticism of those who insist on preserving the artificial territorial boundaries imposed (and later bequeathed) by the erstwhile British ruler. It is to reject the colonial legacy and to reject the continuing attempt to replace British colonial rule with Sinhala colonial rule. The words of Velupillai Pirabaharan, uttered some sixteen years ago, bear repetition, yet again:

"...It is the Sri Lanka government which has failed to learn the lessons from the emergence of the struggles for self determination in several parts of the globe and the innovative structural changes that have taken place... We are not chauvinists. Neither are we lovers of violence enchanted with war. We recognise the Sinhala nation. We accord a place of dignity for the culture and heritage of the Sinhala people. We have no desire to interfere in any way with the national life of the Sinhala people or with their freedom and independence. We, the Tamil people, desire to live in our own historic homeland as an independent nation, in peace, in freedom and with dignity.."

And so today millions of Tamils living in many lands will remember and honour the memory of their brothers and sisters who were killed, raped and tortured in their thousands, for no crime other than that they were Tamils and because, as a people, they had refused to submit to alien Sinhala rule. The charge is genocide, the struggle is for freedom..." - Ten Years Ago - Nadesan Satyendra in The Charge is Genocide - the Struggle is for Freedom, Sathyam Commentary, 18 July 1998, Revised 2 September 2006, Revised 14 August 2007

Tamils: a Trans State Nation - United Kingdom

1. 200,000 British Tamils March in London: The Charge is Genocide - the Struggle is for Freedom

2. Tamil Hunger Strikers in London Refuse Food & Water "Beginning at 10 PM (22.00 h) British Summer Time (BST) on Day One of the Protest, Monday 6 April 2009, two Tamil youth, Sivatharsan Sivakumaravel, 21 (on right in photo) and Parameswarn Subramaniyan, 28 (on left) ate their last meal and embarked on a �Hunger Strike �til our Last Breath�. The two protesters have refused to consume any food or water until there is a ceasefire in Sri Lanka and humanitarian aid is allowed to the civilians in the so-called �safe zone�." In an interview with the Times (UK) Parameswarn Subramaniyan stated that, "Two days ago the Sri Lankan government was bombing with poison gas, chemical gas. In that bomb, nearly my whole family - five members of my family - is dead.�.. Suddenly the Sri Lankan government is killing all Tamil people in what they call the 'safe zone'. They started using banned bombs and chemical weapons.� "There is a genocide happening there, Britain knows it well. This is not against terrorism; it is a war against Tamil people. They are killing all Tamil people."

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

" Let me make one thing very clear here: There will not be a post-LTTE scenario" - LTTE Political Head, B.Nadesan in interview with Tehelka Magazine "...We insist on a ceasefire because Sri Lanka keeps accelerating its genocidal war [against the Tamils]. A ceasefire is needed to address the humanitarian crisis and for people to get essential relief supplies right where they live... Let me make one thing very clear here: There will not be a post-LTTE scenario... in a war, setbacks and advancements are unavoidable. What matters most is what we achieve in the end... If Prabakaran didn�t believe he can achieve Tamil Eelam, he would have given up long ago..." more

Tamil Nadu & Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom

Vaiko warns of bloodbath in Tamil Nadu . "...Prabakaran had a place in the hearts of Tamils the world over and they would not tolerate the slightest harm to him... the sea between India and Sri Lanka could not permanently prevent the Tamil youth from visiting that country with arms.. The next generation of youth will not be like me...The LTTE and its leader Prabakaran could not be defeated in the war." more

International Frame & the Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom - China

Chinese Communist Party vows to advance ties with Sri Lanka's ruling party "The two parties should enhance cooperation and learn from each other's governing experience " - Wang Gang, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC)

Comment by tamilnation.org Learning 'from each other's governing experience' from Tiananmen Square to the Vanni ....

Sri Lanka's Genocidal War on Tamil Eelam

Tamil National Forum

1.Brian Senewiratne writes from Australia - My Canadian Experience in Intimidation

"This is not an appeal or a request for help. It is to draw the attention of Canadians to what is going on in their country and how some of their citizens and invited guests are treated. Canada is a great country, probably one of the finest. This fine country does not need to get into bed (or into the gutter) with a brutal fascist politico-military 3rd world dictatorship that has the temerity to call itself the �Government� of Sri Lanka, or inappropriately, the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic, being neither �Democratic� nor �Socialist�. I am setting out what I was recently subjected to at the Toronto airport. The damage done to the good name of Canada was far greater than that done to me. What followed in Malaysia, and, God help us, in Australia (where I have been a citizen for 32 years), will be dealt with in a separate article since this is of no concern to Canada." more

2. Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan Kasi Ananthan at 70 - Poetry and Power "

",,, Have you heard the recent song sung by T.L. Maharajan, �Prabhakaran vazhi Nillu � Pahai piLLakkum puli veeran vazhi ninru vellu� [ (Will you) stand by Prabhakaran�s path � An enemy splitting Tiger�s path to win.]? It was penned by Kasi Ananthan, the prime poet laureate of Tamil Eelam. The hard consonants (ka-sa-da-tha-pa-ra) of the lyrics swiftly roll in the tongue of singer Maharajan, eldest son of the great Tiruchi Loganathan (1924-1989), an acclaimed Tamil singer of 1940s and 1950s of cine world...Kasi Ananthan�s 70th birthday passed on April 4th. He was born in 1939 to Kathamuthu and Alagamma, at Amirthakazhi, Batticaloa..." more


"...President Clinton expressed regret today for the U.S. role in Guatemala's 36-year civil war, saying that Washington "was wrong" to have supported Guatemalan security forces in a brutal counterinsurgency campaign that slaughtered thousands of civilians. Clinton's statements marked the first substantive comment from the administration since an independent commission concluded last month that U.S.-backed security forces committed the vast majority of human rights abuses during the war, including torture, kidnapping and the murder of thousands of rural Mayans. "It is important that I state clearly that support for military forces or intelligence units which engaged in violent and widespread repression... was wrong. And the United States must not repeat that mistake.." Washington Post, 11 March 1999 quoted in An Open Letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - Nadesan Satyendra

Sathyam Commentary

Envisioning the 'post-conflict' period in Sri Lanka: An Open Letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - Nadesan Satyendra "Genocides do not just happen....Mao Tse-tung's famous dictum that the guerrilla moves amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea has brought with it the counter guerrilla strategy of draining the sea.... You will recall that it was a strategy which was spelt out with candour by US supported Guatemala Gen. Efrain Rios Montt in the 1980s - "The guerrilla is the fish. The people are the sea. If you cannot catch the fish, you have to drain the sea." .... It is unfortunate that the US policy that you have adumbrated in your letter labels the 'sea' in which the guerrilla swims as a 'human shield' and appears directed to help draining the sea by evacuating the Tamil civilian population from their homeland in the Vanni to camps - albeit supervised/overseen by the international community so that the US and the 'international community' (presumably not including China and/or Iran and/or even India) may secure their own physical presence in the island, through international NGOs and/or the United States Pacific Command... I have tried to understand the reasons for your denial of the justice of the struggle of the people of Tamil Eelam for an independent state - an independent state which may associate on equal terms and in freedom with an independent Sinhala Sri Lankan state. I am driven to the conclusion that it is the dynamics of the balance of power in the Indian Ocean region that leads you to give your support to the continued existence of an undivided Sri Lanka. It appears that you are concerned that support for an independent Tamil Eelam may lead to an increased Chinese/Iranian presence in Sinhala Sri Lanka and in the Indian Ocean region... Said that, you will recognise that a 'post genocide' Sri Lanka will prove to be no different to Saddam Hussien's Iraq which the US supported in Iraq's war against Iran..." more

Tamil Nadu & Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom

T.Rajendram - ஈழமும் என் இதயமும்...

Conflict Resolution: Tamil Eelam - Sri L anka

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton writes to US Congresswoman on plans for Post Conflict period "..We continue to urge the Sri Lankan government to devise a post-conflict political solution that will demonstrate to Sri Lanka's Tamil population and the Tamil Diaspora that the government is serious about political inclusion.... The international community has started planning for the post-conflict period and remains committed to returning displaced persons to their homes as quickly as possible. The international donor community in Sri Lanka has also agreed on certain guiding principles for post-conflict donor assistance..." together with Comment by tamilnation.org "US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton's letter to US Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy does not come as a surprise to us. The US is simply following the policy which we said it would follow and we said it 18 months ago in September 2006..." more

International Frame & the Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom

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

Exit the Tiger, Enter the Dragon - Dushy Ranetunge in Transcurrents "..The West wants a �humanitarian pause.� Whenever anyone uses the word �humanitarian�, its like politicians kissing babies, its time to get worried. The word �humanitarian� is another word for �weapons of mass destruction�. .. The present �humanitarian� pause smacks of a Western agenda, rather than the World coming running to help the Tamils. It is an attempt by the West and India to counter Chinese strategy in Sri Lanka and to safeguard their strategic interests...." more

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

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