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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July 2009

One Hundred Tamils of 20th Century - Kalaivanar N.S.Krishnan to include

Feedback from Mathuram Nallathambi,Tamil Nadu - Let me start by introducing myself. I'm Mathuram. Grand daughter of Kalaivanar N S Krishnan. I keep coming back to tamilnation.org site to read up about whats happening in Sri Lanka. Today I landed on this article about Kalaivanar It was quite nice. Specially the difference between Kalaivanar and Charlie Chaplin. I liked the way the article ended "But nothing prevents a comedy genius to take charge of a situation surrounding him to generate rib-tickling, thought-provoking comedy" how true and insightful these words are." more

Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom Boycott Sri Lanka Cricket - This is not Entertainment

"The Sri Lankan Government has long tried to portray the Sri Lankan civil war as a Government campaign against terrorism but the truth is that the Sri Lankan Government has carefully engineered the Genocide of Tamils on the island. Beneath the veneer of a picture postcard image of Sri Lanka that the government provides, lies a country that has increasingly become a brutal society in which the fundamental rights of Tamil people are denied. These human rights abuses against Tamils are committed by the Government of Sri Lanka. Currently, nearly 300, 000 Internally Displaced Peoples are trapped in barbed-wired internment camps without access to food, medicine and water. Reports of sexual harassment including raping of young women by the military personnel and torture and killings continue to emerge rapidly from these IDP camps. There are continued reports of extra-judicial executions and forced "disappearances," and the fate of thousands of disappeared Tamils remains unknown..." more

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam

Concerning Challenges to KP's Leadership of LTTE - D.B.S.Jeyaraj "While the LTTE has been practically demolished in Sri Lanka it's overseas structures remain lethal.There is a tendency to describe the tiger elements abroad as "remnants" or as a "rump" by sections of the media. This description is inaccurate.The overseas structures of the LTTE remain intact and are as strong as ever. The LTTE continues to enjoy support and influence among substantial sections of the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora... Despite this vast potential the tiger and pro-tiger elements have been unable to mobilise or channel these resources in a realistic or productive manner so far. The main reason for this is the disunity which surfaced in overseas LTTE ranks after the demise of Prabhakaran.." more


1."India is a geographic expression. India is no more a country than the Equator' - Winston Churchill

2. "You have accused me of "Bengali patriotism". I feel bound to reply. If it is a crime for a Bengali to harbour and encourage Bengali patriotism in his mind, then I am guilty. But I ask you: what other patriotism do you expect from a Bengali writer? The fact that I do not write in English should indicate that non Bengali patriotism does not sway my mind. If I had to make patriotic speeches in a language of no part of India, then I would have to justify that patriotism by saying that it does not relate to any special part of India but that it means love for India as a whole. To love a country means to love its people because human beings love other human beings. If there is someone who loves, not humans but the soil, then we can conclude that he is no human but a slab of inanimate matter...In a language learnt by rote you can only express ideas learnt by heart. The proof of that is constantly visible in our conferences and congresses. In those meetings, our 'by heart' people are the leaders as well as the performers..." For Province, Read Nation - Pramatha Chauduri, 1920

Revisited: India - An Empire in Denial

1. Why Indians Succeed in countries Ruled by Whites - Arzan"Today with a GNP per head of $ 370, India occupies a lowly 177th position among 209 countries of the world. But poverty is by no means the only or main problem. India ranks near the bottom in the UNDP's Human Development Index, but high up in Transparency International's Corruption Index... At independence we were justly proud of our politicians. Today we regard them as scoundrels and criminals. They have created a jungle of laws in the holy name of socialism, and used these to line their pockets and create patronage networks. No influential crook suffers. The mafia flourish unhindered because they have political links...The lack of transparent rules, properly enforced, is a major reason why talented Indians cannot rise in India . A second reason is the neta-babu raj, which remains intact despite supposed liberalisation. But once talented Indians go to rule-based societies in the west, they take off..." more

2. Arundhati Roy in conversation with Shoma Chaudhury "You don't have to be a genius to read the signs. We have a growing middle class, reared on a diet of radical consumerism and aggressive greed. Unlike industrialising Western countries, which had colonies from which to plunder resources and generate slave labour to feed this process, we have to colonise ourselves, our own nether parts. We've begun to eat our own limbs. The greed that is being generated (and marketed as a value interchangeable with nationalism) can only be sated by grabbing land, water and resources from the vulnerable. What we're witnessing is the most successful secessionist struggle ever waged in independent India - the secession of the middle and upper classes from the rest of the country. It's a vertical secession, not a lateral one. They're fighting for the right to merge with the world's elite somewhere up there in the stratosphere..." more

Tamil National Forum

Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan On-site Field Reporting during Black July 1983 by Anthony Mascarenhas


"..The story of Indian independence is well known. Even its heroes are firmly established - Mohandas Gandhi, the saintly demagogue, and Jawaharlal Nehru, his rationalist, Fabian acolyte. A national-liberation movement that relied not on guns and bullets but on non-violent love and inner strength; a method used to such effect that even as the conqueror struggled against it he came to admire it. Lately, too, another hero has emerged to make the legend complete: Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, Admiral of the Fleet, Earl of Burma. He arrives in India as Viceroy in March 1947; he produces a plan for partition of India that politicians who have spent their lives opposing the very idea instantly accept. By August 1947 India is free; and when, two weeks after Independence Day, Nehru and Patel urgently summon him with the confession that they don't know enough about administration, he goes on to save the newly independent country. In the face of such compelling myths, history must come a poor, unwanted second. Yet the history of India's struggle for freedom was not quite that simple. A frail old vegetarian, a Fabian socialist and a dashing young royal did not between themselves produce the India that emerged on 15 August 1947. The story is altogether more complicated, and even more romantic..." Mihir Bose in his enthralling "The lost hero : a biography of Subhas Bose "

Tamil National Forum

M. Thanapalasingham writes from Australia 'Concerning Kittu, the Intellectual'...

Kittu - Sathasivam Krishnakumar

தமிழீழத் தேசிய விடுதலைப் போராட்டம் உருவாக்கிய புத்திஜீவிகளில் ஒருவரான கிட்டு என்னும் சதாசிவம் கிருஸ்ணுகுமார் - ஒரு பார்வை. "ஆங்கிலக் கல்வியின் விளைவுகளால் புத்தகப் படிப்பை புலமையாக ஏற்றுக்கொண்ட தமிழ்ச் சமுதாயம் ஒன்றில், யார் புத்திஜீவி என்பது பற்றிய மயக்கம் இன்னமும் பலரிடையே உள்ளது. அவர்கள் தம் மனச் சிறையில் இருந்து வெளியேறும்வரை உண்மையான புத்திஜீவிகளை இனம் காணமாட்டார்கள். மனித வரலாற்றில் பெரும் மாற்றங்கள், பாய்ச்சல்கள் ஏற்பட்டபோதெல்லாம் அவற்றின் பின்னால் உள்ள ஆளுமைமிக்க , ஆற்றல்மிக்க மனிதர்களைச் சந்திக்கின்றோம். தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் போராட்டம், சோர்வும், பயமும், துன்பநினைவுகளும் , ஆற்றாமையும், விதிவசம் என்னும் மனப்பான்மையும் கொண்டிருந்த மக்களை அவர்களின் மனச்சிறையில் இருந்து விடுவித்து எம்மால் முடியும் என்ற போர்க்குணத்தை ஏற்படுத்தியது. அண்மைய நிகழ்ச்சிகளால் மனம் ஒடிந்து வாழும் தமிழ்ச் சமுதாயம் இவை பற்றி சிந்தித்து, பேசி, செயல்படும் காலமிது..." more

Indictment against Sri Lanka - Ethnic Cleansing

On Sri Lanka's 'Welfare Villages' - P.C.Vinoj Kumar, Tehelka

"Do I know what it means
To stand in the queue as a mere 13 year old,
Collecting charity for my younger brother
and widowed and aching mother,
a wound in my stomach which hurts and oozes.
With no one to care for the pain
To live on, not knowing why
or the reason or meaning of hope..."

These are the opening lines of a poem by Sumathy R, who worked as a volunteer for a few days in a Tamil refugee camp in Sri Lanka. She describes the travails of the destitute and the orphans living in army-controlled camps According to reports, about three lakh Tamils displaced from erstwhile LTTE-controlled areas by war are treated like prisoners in these camps in North Sri Lanka. more

Struggle for Tamil Eelam to include

Launch of Global Tamil Forum "Global Tamil Forum exists to harness the skills and the knowledge of the members of the forum, well-wishers and significant others including mainstream decision makers in the international governments, institutions and organisations with the aim of alleviating the sufferings of the Tamil community in the Island of Sri Lanka and to further their right to self determination within a democratic frame work under pinned by international law, its covenants and conventions. " more


1. "வரலாறு எனது வழிகாட்டி. History is my guide." Velupillai Prabhakaran

Subhas Chandra Bose

2. "(In early 1942) Japan proposed a tripartite (Germany, Japan, Italy) declaration on India. Encouraged by this, Bose met Mussolini in Rome on 5 May 1942, and persuaded him to obtain such a declaration in favor of Indian independence. Mussolini telegraphed the Germans, proposing proceeding at once with the declaration. To back his new proposal Mussolini told the Germans that he had urged Bose to set up a "counter-government" and to appear more conspicuously. The German reaction, which still remained guarded, is recorded by Dr. Goebbels in his diary on 11 May 1942:

'We don't like this idea very much, since we do not think the time has yet come for such a political manoeuvre. It does appear though that the Japanese are very eager for some such step. However, emigre governments must not live too long in a vacuum. Unless they have some actuality to support them, they only exist in the realm of theory.'

... During an interview at the F�hrer's field headquarters on 29 May, he (Hitler) told Netaii that a well-equipped army of a few thousand could control millions of unarmed revolutionaries, and there could be no political change in India until an external power knocked at her door. Germany could not yet do this... The world would consider (a declaration) premature, even coming from him, at this stage. Hitler was perhaps being realistic, but nevertheless it must have come as some sort of disappointment for Netaji..." Subhas Chandra Bose, the Indian National Army, and the War of India's Liberation - Ranjan Borra, Journal of Historical Review, no. 3, 4 (Winter 1982)

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam

1. LTTE names Selvarasa Pathmanathan as new leader "Against the backdrop of Sri Lanka's boastful propaganda that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have been annihilated and destroyed, it is our historic duty to rise up and fight for our legitimate rights - a duty that has been left in our hands by our peerless leader and those martyred heroes and civilians who have given their lives in defending our soil." more

2. Selvarasa Pathmanathan (KP) Blog, 22 July 2009 on Why do we need a political and diplomatic path? "About 300,000 people have been torn away from their traditional dwellings in Vanni and are being isolated in Sinhala military internments away from international observation. Yet another 300,000 continue to live as displaced people in other parts of our Tamil homeland. In total, over 600,000 people are languishing as displaced under extreme circumstances. In addition, more than 10,000 freedom fighters are being held in isolation and are subjected to torture by the Sri Lankan Government against international conventions." more


"Our appeal, the appeal of every high souled and self respecting nation, ought not to be to the British (comment by tamilnation.org - read international community) sense of justice, but to our own reviving sense of manhood, to our own sincere fellow feeling - so far as it can be called sincere - with the silent suffering people of India (comment by tamilnation.org - read Tamil Eelam). I am sure that eventually the nobler part of us will prevail, - that when we no longer obey the dictates of a veiled self interest, but return to the profession of a large and genuine patriotism, when we cease to hanker after the soiled crumbs which England (comment by tamilnation.org - read international community) may cast to us from her table, then it will be to that sense of manhood, to that sincere fellow feeling that we shall finally and forcibly appeal." Sri Aurobindo

Foreign Aid & Sri Lanka - Tamil Eelam Conflict

IMF, Sri Lanka reach $2.5 billion loan accord "... some analysts feel that the US may be influenced by a Sino-Indian factor too. Sunday Island noted that the Indian member on the IMF board, who represents a group of countries including Sri Lanka, had been strongly advocating Sri Lanka's case.Then there is China's increasing economic clout and a growing strategic interest in Sri Lanka, which has made Washington sit up. Like India, the US may be veering round to the view that the only way to prevent Sri Lanka from going wholly under Chinese influence is to meet Sri Lanka's demands." more

Introducing a New Website -

Tamil Culture - the Heart of Tamil National Consciousness - Kolam - Chantal Jumal's Kolam in English "With the ground as the means of expression, the hand for sole instrument and coloured powders, the Tamil k�lam rests on a dual language, that of silence and humility and of symbolic writing, the gate which opens to the realm of imagination. In Tamil-Nadu, it is the women of all communities and all faiths together who draw on the ground."


...and that was
30 years ago

Time is Running Out - Nadesan Satyendra in the Sri Lanka Tribune on 13 October 1979 - and that was 30 years ago - "It is said, sometimes with the appearance of uttering a profundity, that we live in an age of transition. This is a truism. All ages are transitory and in a changing world, man moulds and shapes institutional frames in order that such frames may, hopefully, provide a suitable base for his further advancement and development... Constitutional frames cannot, however be created in vacuo. There is a need to, understand and accept some of the basic facts which relate to the ethnic question as it exists today. It is sometimes the case that when confronted with the need to ascertain facts in this area, many are driven by an almost irresistible impulse to engage in an historical study and depending upon the inclination of the particular individual, such a study may extend backwards to the colonial era of the British or to the time of the Portuguese invasion, or to the period covered by the Mahavamsa or for that matter to Prince Vijaya. Perhaps a keen student of history may even extend such a study into the stone age and if he was philosophically or religiously inclined, he may go on to examine the question of first causes or original sin.

One may be left with the impression that the whole ethnic question in this country can be resolved simply by a determination of the question as to which of the two communities was the first to arrive in Sri Lanka. What does it matter who arrived first? Or is it the position that those who arrived later should be dumped into the sea? Or for that matter are the late arrivals to be discriminated against on the ground that they are late arrivals? Does it matter that some are regarded as invaders, and some others as settlers? Are we to visit the sins of the so called invaders on their descendants born centuries later and on generations yet unborn? Or is it that the descendants of these invaders have inherited a certain propensity towards invasive habits and should therefore be kept in a state of semi-subservience? Is that the path to a united Sri Lanka?

There are others who speak of geopolitical realities and assert knowledgeably that the ethnic question in Sri Lanka must be considered in the context of the existence of the State of Tamil Nadu in Southern India. Admittedly, politics is often a function of geography and if Sri Lanka had been situated, say, in the South Pole, it's ethnic question may have been viewed in another dimension. But does this mean that we are to await changes in the contours of continents, before learning to live together in this land of ours?

Again there are those who when called upon to look at the facts start from the most recent demand for political reform. They point out to the unreasonableness of the demand for a separate State and hearing them one may well be lead to the belief that if the demand was dropped, everything would be alright and there would be no ethnic question in this country..." more

Indictment Against Sri Lanka - Ethnic Cleansing of Tamils

An Open Letter to...

on 'N.Ram's Uplifting Experience' - R,M.Karthik "I've been associated with the media long enough to know how the Hindu functions, what are its holy cows, and its perception of "ethics." I understand 'Manufacturing Consent' well enough to know how your dependence on being in the good books of the government and the corporates influences your paper's stance. But what I don't understand is your paper's belief that your readers will accept your stories as gospel truth - this reflects in the quality of quite some your articles which are ideal cases of pamphleteering. And the 4th July article by Mr N. Ram takes the Oscar... I know that my letter will not be published by the Hindu. Truth hurts, and a paper like yours that lives in a world of constructed falsehoods wouldn't want to face it. This exercise is to let you know that your readers are not fooled by your stories. That there are quite some who know the Hindu for what it is - a pro-establishment, bordering on the reactionary, newspaper. There are others who are willing to wage an ideological war against such forces of reaction - through written letters, e-mails and blogs. Of course, we do not have a media mafia to back us, only the truth. And our conscience which we haven't sold for some Ratna." more

Tamil National Forum

1. Charles Sarvan writes from Germany On that Sivanandan Speech

2. Thevanambiya Theesan writes from Sri Lanka on Sinhala-Buddhist Pseudo-History

LTTE - International Relations Department

1. Selvarasa Pathmanathan (KP) Blog Options left during the last phase of war "Last week I had indicated that I will come back to you this week with matters including those pertaining to the ground situation when I started working in my current role, how I approached dealing with the International Community and the choices that our leader faced during last days of the battle... This period was a complex one..." more

2. LTTE overseas hardliners see KP as a failure alleges Sinhala 'Academic/Intelligence Expert' Rohana Gunaratne in Sinhala Sri Lanka State Controlled Daily News together with Comment by tamilnation.org "Unsavoury regimes these days hire the best talent available to spruce up their international image... 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, speak of all the positive 'modernization' that is going on and - most of all - the crucial economic stake 'we' all have...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." Richard Swift, New Internationalist, in Mind Games, July 1999


A Story - ஒரு சிறிய கதை. எங்கோ படித்தது - One day I decided to quit. I went to the woods to have one last talk with God. "God", I asked, "Can you give me one good reason not to quit?" His answer surprised me... "Look around", He said. "Do you see the fern and the bamboo?" "Yes", I replied. He said "When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. In the second year the fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. In year four, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant. But, in fact, it grew two and a half feet a day until in six weeks it was ninety feet tall! It had spent the five years growing miles and miles of roots beneath the ground. Though no growth was visible, the foundation was being established and strengthened." "Your time will come", God said "Give me glory by rising as high as you can." I left the forest and brought back this story.

On the Relevance of Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo, 1907Sri Aurobindo on Work and Ideal - One Hundred Years Ago in February 1908 - "We are being advised by many nowadays not to quarrel over ideals but to attend to the work lying nearest to our hands. We must not talk of faith and hope, or revel in Utopian visions but run to the nearest scene of work.. and set ourselves to the task of mitigating human sufferings.... The buoyant Nationalism of the day is sought to be repressed by such timid truisms and guarded amenities with which our advisers justify their placid course of life. They want us to take note of our limitations, environment and not to tempt the country to the skies with wings so heavily weighed down. Common sense, it is said, should be our guide and not imagination.... All this is well, and we would be the last to deny the necessity of the work so much insisted upon. But the work is nothing without the ideal, and will be fruitless if divorced from its inspiring force. Which is common sense? To tread the right path or to avoid it because it promises to be thorny? Which is common sense ? To mislead ourselves or to speak the truth and do the right ? The uplifting of a nation cannot be accomplished by a few diplomatic politicians. The spirit to serve, the spirit to work, the spirit to suffer must be roused. Men in their ordinary utilitarian course of life do not feel called upon to serve any one except themselves...Let the truly inspiring word be uttered and it will breathe life into dry bones. Let the inspiring life be lived and it will produce workers by thousands...Work without ideals is a false gospel." more

Caste & the Tamil Nation - Dalits, Brahmins & Non Brahmins

1. How votes are 'caste' in Tamil Nadu - Joe A Scaria, Economic Times "Decades after B R Ambedkar criticized its use as a political plank, caste continues to be among the key determinants of electioneering, and Tamil Nadu could be one of the more striking examples of caste leanings playing a part in the choice of representatives. The state may have witnessed the anti-caste, self-respect movement led by E V Ramaswamy Naicker, respectfully known as Periyar, but at the ground level, caste feelings have always been palpable.. Roughly 20% of the state's population is considered to be dalits..." more

2. Caste in Tamil Culture: The Religious Foundations of Sudra Domination in Tamil Sri Lanka, Bryan Pfaffenberger "...The caste system of South India, epitomized (as are most things South Indian) by the social formation of the Tamil-speaking lands is if anything even more rigid and redolent of the hierarchical ethos than that of North India. And yet - here, of course, is the uniquitous paradox with which South Indian presents us - the Tamil caste system comprises features which are not only unknown in North India but are also without any clear foundation in the Sastric lore. So divergent is the southern system that one is tempted to say, with Raghavan , that the Sastras have "little application" to the Tamil caste system, which should be analyzed in purely Dravidian terms...(But) to argue that the Sastric ranking ideology has "little application" to the Tamil caste system is to ignore the challenge that South India presents to ethnology. Yet it is also true that, in the middle ranges of the Tamil caste hierarchy, the ranking categories and overall form of the Gangetic caste tradition are very poorly reproduced. The most striking aspect of this anomaly - the one with which this monograph is chiefly concerned - is the enigmatic status of certain non-Brahman cultivating castes, which are traditionally of the Sudra (or Servant) rank in Sastric terms and which are epitomized by the cultivating Vellalars of the Tamil hinterland. Throughout South India, in those areas in which Brahmans are not the chief landowners, Sudra cultivating castes often possess what Srinivas has termed "decisive dominance"" more

Tamil National Forum

Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan Amirthalingam Anthology - to mark the 20th year of his demise "I had met Appapillai Amirthalingam (1927-1989) only once in Colombo, and that too as an autograph hunter. On that occasion, obligingly he acceded to my request. But I had one opportunity, which many might not have had. Amirthalingam's youngest son Bahirathan was my student at the University of Peradeniya in 1979, for little less than an year. At that time, Amirthalingam was holding the exalted position as the Leader of Opposition. As such, occasionally I could discuss with Bahirathan the troubles and travails faced by his father..." more

Conflict Resolution

Peace Process? What Peace Process? First shot which set in motion the disintegration of the LTTE was fired by Ranil Wickremesinghe says UNP Central Province Minister S. B. Dissanayake "... the Cease Fire Agreement entered into by former Prime Minister Wickremesinghe with the LTTE in February 2002 ... marked the beginning of the end of the LTTE. The extensive and exclusive security network excellently co- ordinated internationally baulked LTTE's smuggling activities and clandestine operations whereby its international chain was effectively disrupted. The strategic planning and diplomacy of the UNP led to the division within the LTTE resulting in two opposing factions - the Wanni faction and the Batticaloa faction which eventually led the LTTE to the present state of despair... at the Presidential election since Prabhakaran visualized that Ranil's manoeuvers would cost disaster for him. He therefore enforced a ban on voting at the elections in the North.." more


Velupillai Prabhakaran, Interview with Sunday, September 1985 - 24 years ago " A liberation fighter has to transcend the confines of his ego and his self to immerse himself whole-heartedly in the struggle. We are only symbols of the aspirations of the Tamil people.... Fight we must, till our goal is achieved. India's sympathy is a morale-booster, but should India withdraw support it would not mean the end of our liberation struggle. After all we did not start our liberation movement with India's support or with the help of some other external forces. We are fighting in the hope that we will see Eelam in our lifetime. We don't want to pass the burden of a liberation struggle to the next generation: they must enjoy the fruits of our toil. But in case we do not succeed in our lifetime, we have a vision to see that the struggle is passed on to the next generation.We will fight till we die. When I die someone else will take over. As Subhas Chandra Bose said, 'No liberation fighter can delude himself that he alone can deliver freedom.' If my generation dies without attaining freedom the next generation will carry on the struggle..."

Tamil National Forum

M.Thanapalasingham writes from Australia

காலமென்றே ஒரு நினைவும் காட்சி என்றே பல நினைவும்.....

"...சமாதான காலத்தில் எனது முதலாவது வன்னிப் பயணம் அதன் நினைவுகள் என்னோடு வாழும். வாழ்க்கையின் பயணம் அது தொடங்கிய இடத்தில் வந்து சேர்வதும் அப்போது அந்த இடத்தை முதன் முதலாக அறிவது போன்ற உணர்வும் ஏற்படின் நாம் பயணித்தோம் என்பதைக் காட்டும் என்றார் ரீ.ஸ் .எலியட் (T.S.Eliot) வன்னிமண்ணில் கால் வைத்தபோது ஏற்பட்ட உணர்வு இதுவே... முல்லையும் மருதமும் மயங்கிய இந்தப் பெருநிலப்பரப்பில் புலிகள் ஆட்சியில்

உடலுறுதி, மனவுறுதி, சித்த விலாசம், ஆத்ம சுதந்திரம், விரிவான கலைப்பயிற்சி, பயனுள்ள தொழில் முயற்சி, தாராளமான நட்பு, ஈகை, ஒருவரையொருவர் கொள்ளையடிக்காத அன்யோன்யம், சாதிமதப் பிடிவாதங்களற்ற சுதந்திரமான நிமிர்ந்த நடை, செல்வச் செருக்கற்ற சரளமான உறவு

என ஜனநாயகத்தின் பண்புகளைப் பட்டியலிட்ட விட்மனின் எழுத்துக்களை அங்கு காண முடிந்தது." more

Comment by tamilnation.org M.Thanapalasingham's Essay காலமென்றே ஒரு நினைவும் காட்சி என்றே பல நினைவும் is an outstanding contribution which clearly comes from both heart and mind - and unsurprisingly reaches to our own hearts and minds as well. The title says it all - and appropriately enough it is in Tamil. We are privileged to publish it at tamilnation.org.


" For many the pursuit of the material life is a necessity...They rightly strive to secure it and it must be our aim and the aim of all who are just and wise to assist in that effort. But many have got more than is required and are free, if they choose, to devote themselves more completely to cultivating the things of the mind and, in particular, those that make us out as a distinct nation. The first of these latter is the national language. It is for us what no other language can be. It is our very own... It is more than a symbol, it is an essential part of our nationhood. It has been moulded by the thought of a hundred generations of our forebears. In it is stored the accumulated experience of a people... A vessel for three thousand years of our history, the language is for us precious beyond measure... To part with it would be to abandon a great part of ourselves, to loose the key to our past, to cut away the roots from the tree. With the language gone we could never again aspire to being more than half a nation..." On Language & the Irish Nation - Eamon de Valera, 1943


Nadesan Satyendra - Tamil New Year Day: First of Thai, 12 April 2008 "... It should not surprise that those who would destroy the Tamils as a nation of people are intent on keeping the Tamils divided by caste, race and 'religion' - and sometimes by an appeal to a pseudo 'modernism'. One World for the Tamils - and 'our nation' for all the member states of the United Nations....to paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi, yes, by all means let us open our windows to the world but let us not be blown off our feet. The unity of the Tamil people will not be built by a shallow modernism which ignores our language, our heritage and our cultural roots... And though I write this in English, the unity of the Tamil people will not be built by English speaking Tamils speaking to each other in English. It will be built by Tamil speaking Tamils speaking to each other in Tamil. And it is that unity that will continue to grow in the years to come... The Tamil national identity is a secular identity - and the Tamil New Year on the First of Thai reflects that secular identity. The Tamil nation includes not only Hindus (both Saivaites and Vaishnavites) but also Tamils belonging to many different faiths. Christian Tamils are also Tamils. Brahmin Tamils are also Tamils. Dalit Tamils some of who may be Buddhists are also part of the Tamil nation. The Tamil nation also includes those who regard themselves as atheists and agnostics... A nation is a deep and horizontal togetherness which cuts across vertical divisions -

"A nation is ... imagined as a community, because regardless of the actual inequality and exploitation that may prevail in each, the nation is always conceived as a deep horizontal comradeship. Ultimately, it is this fraternity that makes it possible, over the past two centuries, for so many millions of people, not so much to kill, as willingly to die for such limited imaginings." *Benedict Anderson: Imagined Communities - Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, 1991

And the Tamil nation is a growing horizontal togetherness -

... of more than 80 million Tamil people, living in many lands and across distant seas - a growing togetherness rooted in a shared heritage, a rich language and literature, and a vibrant culture - a growing togetherness consolidated by the heroic struggle of the people of Tamil Eelam for freedom from alien Sinhala rule and given fresh impetus by the digital revolution - a growing togetherness given purpose and direction by a determined will to live in equality, in freedom and in peace with their fellow beings and meaningfully contribute to an emerging one world, unfolding from matter to life to mind ..." more

Tamil National Forum

Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan On that Narasimhan Ram interview with Mahinda Rajapaksa


LTTE Logo The Tiger emblem of the Cholas inspired both the name of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as well as the LTTE flag

Indictment Against Sri Lanka - The Charge is Ethnic Cleansing

Tamil death toll is 1,400 a week at Manik Farm camp in Sri Lanka Rhys Blakely, Times on Line "..About 1,400 people are dying every week at the giant Manik Farm internment camp set up in Sri Lanka to detain Tamil refugees from the nation's bloody civil war, senior international aid sources have told The Times. Mangala Samaraweera, the former Foreign Minister and now an opposition MP, said: "There are allegations that the Government is attempting to change the ethnic balance of the area. Influential people close to the Government have argued for such a solution." more

Introducing a New Blog - அறிமுகம்

Selvarasa Pathmanathan's Blog - KP "Greetings. It is my opinion that it will be very useful to exchange some of my opinions with you through these pages. Through this exchange of views over the immediate future, I wish to share my views, feelings and thoughts and take in your opinions, advices, reviews and questions. The reasons for this are many. In the struggle for right to self determination of Eelam Tamil nation, we are at a crucial but important period. It is time to reflect on the path of struggle that we had adopted, learn the lessons through that experience and move forward on next steps based on these lessons. Having understood the need to think collectively, I had earlier made known an email address to receive your opinions and advice." more

Tamil Nation Library: Eelam

Prabhakaran: Oru Vaazhkai (Tamil Edition) by Chellamuthu Kuppusamy, 2008 Also English Edition "Prabhakaran:The Story of His Struggle for Eelam"
"பிரபாகரனின் வாழ்க்கை என்பது, ஒரு தனி மனித சரித்திரமல்ல, ஓர் இனத்தின் பெருங்கதை."

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

Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa's Theory of Reconciliation: Intermarriage ".. my theory is: there are no minorities in Sri Lanka, there are only those who love the country and those who don't... No way for federalism in this country. For reconciliation to happen, there must be a mix [of ethnicities]. Here, the Sinhalese, the Tamils, and Muslims inter-marry. In my own family, there have been mixed marriages: Sinhalese with Tamils, Sinhalese with Muslims. This is Sri Lankan society..." together with Comment by tamilnation.org Given President Rajapaksa's genocidal record, his theory of reconciliation may be simply stated: kill off as many Tamils as you can and then marry those that remain alive. It is this Sinhala society which President Rajapaksa seeks to pass off as a Sri Lankan society - albeit with a Sinhala Lion flag , with an unrepealed Sinhala Only Act, with Buddhism as the state religion, and with the Sinhala name 'Sri Lanka' which the Sinhala majority gave the island unilaterally in 1972 ... more

Introducing New Website - அறிமுகம்

Boycott Sri Lanka Cricket - This is not entertainment Picture Above: Sri Lanka Spin bowler Balapuwaduge Ajantha Mendis (2nd Lt. in Sri Lanka Army) with Sri Lanka Army Commander Sarath Fonseka. Ajantha Mendis serves in Sri Lanka's Artillery division which has killed thousands of innocent Tamil civilians by indiscriminately shelling civilian targets and public buildings including hospitals. More than 50,000 Tamil civilans were killed and 80,000 injured by the Sri Lanka Government forces in 2009 alone. More than 300,000 Tamils are illegally detained in concentration camps with no adequate food or medical supplies. Tamil Civilians are killed, abducted and disappear everyday at the hands of Government forces..

This is not cricket


Mystery of Subhas Chandra Bose Death "Bose, known in India as Netaji or respected leader, was presumed to have died of burns in a plane crash in Taiwan shortly after the Japanese surrender in August 1945. However a commission led by supreme court judge M.K. Mukherjee said (on 17 May 2006) Bose did not die in the crash and his supposed ashes, kept at Renkoji Temple near Tokyo, were those of a Japanese soldier not those of the Indian hero...The Mukherjee report instead contends the ashes, which are visited by modern-day Indian leaders on visits to Tokyo, are those of Ichiro Okura, a Japanese officer in the Taiwanese puppet army who died of "heart failure"... All this, the report concludes, was a "smokescreen" by the Japanese authorities to ensure "Netaji's safe passage". The Indian government issued a terse rebuttal saying that it had "examined the report ... and has not agreed with the findings"...The then Viceroy of India, Field Marshal Archibald Wavell, is reported to have noted in his diary that "I wonder if the Japanese announcement of Subhash Chandra Bose's death in an air-crash is true. I suspect it very much, it is just what should be given out if he meant to go underground... "There have been recurrent accounts of his being seen in the Soviet Union a year after the end of the war"" more


Einstein on Nationalism"...The Jews are a community bound together by ties of blood and tradition, and not of religion only: the attitude of the rest of the world toward them is sufficient proof of this. When I , came to Germany fifteen years ago I discovered for the first time that I was a Jew, and I owe this discovery more to Gentiles than Jews... ..a communal purpose without which we can neither live nor die in this hostile world can always be called by that ugly word (nationalism). In any case it is a nationalism whose aim is not power but dignity and health. If we did not have to live among intolerant, narrow-minded, and violent people, I should be the first to throw over all nationalism in favor of universal humanity. The objection that we Jews cannot be proper citizens of the German state, for example, if we want to be a 'nation' is based on a misunderstanding of the nature of the state which springs from the intolerance of national majorities. Against that intolerance we shall never be safe, whether we call ourselves a people (or nation) or not..." Albert Einstein - A Letter to Dr.Hellpach, German Minister of State, 1929

Tamil Nation Library - Nations & Nationalism to include

A Jewish State: An Attempt at a Modern Solution of the Jewish Question - Theodor Herzl, 1895 "The idea that I develop in this pamphlet is an age-old one: the establishment of a Jewish State. ... What matters is the driving force. What is that force? The distress of the Jews.Who dares deny that this force exists?... I am profoundly convinced that I am right; I do not know whether I shall be proved right in my lifetime. The men who inaugurate this movement will hardly live to see its glorious conclusion. But the very inauguration will bring a lofty pride and the happiness of inner freedom into their lives...Here it is, fellow Jews! Neither fable nor deception! Every man may test its reality for himself, for every man will carry over with him a portion of the Promised Land - one in his head, another in his arms, another in his acquired possessions.... The intellects which we produce so superabundantly in our middle classes will find an outlet in our first organizations, as our first technicians, officers, professors, officials, lawyers, and doctors; and thus the movement will continue in swift but smooth progression.. But we must first bring enlightenment to men's minds. The idea must make its way into the most distant, miserable holes where our people dwell. They will awaken from gloomy brooding, for into their lives will come a new significance. Every man need think only of himself, and the movement will assume vast proportions. And what glory awaits those who fight unselfishly for the cause! ... Let me repeat my opening words again: The Jews who wish, will have their state. We shall live at last as free men on our own soil, and die peacefully in our own homeland. The world will be freed by our liberty, enriched by our wealth, magnified by our greatness. And whatever we attempt to accomplish there for our own welfare will have a powerful and beneficial effect for all people. " more

Indictment against Sri Lanka - Ethnic Cleansing Continues after Tamil Armed Resistance Ends

Aid Workers fear that Tamil refugees will end up in permanent 'prison' camps reports Hannah Roberts in UK Times on Line, and No welfare for Sri Lanka's Tamils says Tony Birtley, Asia correspondent , Al Jazeera, but 'Visiting the Vavuniya IDP camps was an uplifting experience!' says N.Ram, Hindu Editor in Chief together with Comment by tamilnation.org "We are reminded of the visits of foreign dignitaries to Hitler's Germany during the early 1930s - they too saw a 'resilient' people everywhere and they too were persuaded that the Jews were safe in Hitler's hands. Many of them were taken on conducted tours of ghettoes which were set up 'for the benefit of the Jews' where the Jews lived in peace and joy - and where, surprisingly, as it were, 'children were playing.'. They too found the experience uplifting. Some were even granted interviews with Hitler and were impressed by his charm and his intelligence. Others were secretly thrilled at the attention that they had received - it was not altogether unpleasant to walk in the corridors of power." more

Tamil Refuges in Sri Lanka Concentration Camp


1. "No word ever dies. Our words remain embedded among the people... One who doesn't dream and can't make others dream, can never become a revolutionary." Charu Mazumdar, Naxalite Leader, quoted by Sumanta Bannerjee in India's Simmering Revolution: The Naxalite Uprising

2. "..In 1987, a Jewish academic on Sabbatical at Cambridge University met with me in my home at Cambridge. It was soon after the signing of the Indo Sri Lanka Accord. He asked me whether I felt that the 13th Amendment will resolve the conflict. I said no. He laughed and said: "Well, if the Indo Sri Lanka Accord works, it means that the Tamil people did not in fact have a problem before!". His response tempted me to ask him: "Tell me. How did you all succeed? How were you able to create the Jewish state?" He replied: "Do you want a short answer or a long answer?". It was my turn to laugh. I said, give me a short answer. He responded: "The short answer is that we never gave up the idea."" - Nadesan Satyendra in Ten Minute Read, 20 February 2009

Tamil National Forum

Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan On Black Tiger's Day, 5 July 2009 - LTTE's Military Debacle - A Postmortem

"Currently, opinion is divided on the issue of whether the LTTE succeeded in its objectives. Those influenced by the IBMs (India's Brahmin Mafia) tend to favor the hypothesis that LTTE miserably failed in its objectives. Forget about what Sinhalese or Indian Brahmins or Americans think about the LTTE, or about globalization. Think about what Eelam Tamils view is about LTTE.. I cite below a passage from Bertrand Russell's thoughts in his work in his work Power: A New Social Analysis (1938). Though more than 70 years have passed since it appeared first, the British polymath's clarity is what we need at the moment. -

"A creed never has force at its command to begin with, and the first steps in the production of a wide-spread opinion must be taken by means of persuasion alone. We have thus a kind of see-saw: first, pure persuasion leading to the conversion of a minority; then force exerted to secure that the rest of the community shall be exposed to the right propaganda; and finally a genuine belief on the part of the great majority, which makes the use of force again unnecessary. Some bodies of opinion never get beyond the first stage, some reach the second and then fail, others are successful in all three."

... after 25 year of struggle, LTTE had brought the Tamil consciousness for a separate state to the second stage, and even to the entry range of the third stage. How the third stage will play out depends on now unpredictable factors such as (1) how the dumb Sinhalese political leadership accommodates Tamil aspirations, (2) how the young Tamils growing in the diaspora would integrate the notion of Tamil statehood into their hearts and minds, (3) whether a 'Prabhakaran' born in the 21st century may arrive, unannounced? The last one may appear like wishful thinking. But nobody predicted or foresaw in 1950s and 1960s, the arrival of the military-savvy Prabhakaran, among the book-wormish Jaffna cowards who cringed at the hollering of racial epithet 'panam-kottai' (literally, palmyra-seed)! more

Tamils - a Trans State Nation: Tamil Eelam Freedom Struggle & Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi on the Art of the Possible - and Living in Hope " 'Tamil Eelam' was no more a realistic possibility says Tamil Nadu Chief Minister... Karunanidhi recalled that DMK founder C N Annadurai had shelved the party's core demand - creating a separate Dravidian state (Dravida Nadu) - in 1962 to avoid proscription. " together with Comment by tamilnation.org "It should not come too much as a surprise that Chief Minister Karunanidhi who was vociferous in his support for an independent Tamil Eelam during the Indira Gandhi regime now tells his 'udan pirapukal' that they should follow in the foosteps of the DMK which had shelved the demand for Dravida Nadu in 1962 to avoid proscription. We are reminded of the old story about the fox.. வால் வெட்டின நரிக் கதை..." more

Tamil Digital Renaissance

"கணிவழி காண்போம் தமிழ்"

8th International Tamil Internet Conference 23 - 25 October 2009, Koeln, Germany

பனை ஓலையில் இருந்து, கணிப்பொறித் திரை வரை... நான்காவது தமிழ் உதயமாகிறது...

"..The print revolution brought Tamil from the ola leaves to paper, from the select few literati to the many. The digital revolution is bringing Tamil from paper to the computer and the internet. Swaminathatha Iyer and Thamotherampillai heralded the Tamil renaissance in the 19th century. Today, a Tamil digital renaissance is taking place - and is helping to bring Tamil people together not simply culturally but also in political and economic terms..."

Tamils: a Trans State Nation - Singapore

Revisited: Tongue-Tied in Singapore: A Language Policy for Tamil? - Harold F. Schiffman "Egalitarianism and Equality - "Much is made in Singapore of how policies are egalitarian, especially the ethnicity policy. But an example from the literature on North America, French in Canada, may be apt. In French Canada (and in adjacent parts of New England) the French language is spoken by a minority of about 5 million, surrounded by a sea of 270 million English speakers. In that situation, the Qu�b�cois express the feeling (LaPonce, 1987) that legal egalitarianism is simply not enough, and have attempted to legally restrict and diminish the domains of English within the French-speaking territory. Though this enrages many English Canadians, who feel that egalitarianism is what the law requires, and is inherently fair, the francophones, however, contend that egalitarianism is not equal, because it does not lead to equal outcomes, but in the case of Canada, to English dominance. In this situation, the only way to guarantee equal outcomes, that is, that French speakers will be French-dominant bilinguals, is to create a "safe haven," a reserved space for French, so that the overwhelming dominance of English can be kept at bay. Similarly in Singapore, the egalitarianism seems to exist only on paper; the outcome of the policy has not led to the strengthening of Tamil, and the housing policy has guaranteed that no territory for Tamil will exist. In the final analysis, egalitarianism is not equality if one group is ten times the size of the other, whether in North America or in Singapore. " more

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