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Thus have we seen in visions of the wise !."

- Tamil Poem in Purananuru, circa 500 B.C 

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Journey Down Memory Lane To Reach 'tamiz Izam'
R.Shanmugalingam

Chapter 30

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19, 1996.

I am convinced that we cannot live in the past, except in memories. I have learnt very early in life that what has to be done today has to be done today. It is but prudent to look what doing today can do to the tomorrow. A harmonious blend of tradition with modernity is one way of adjusting our style of actions. There are controllable problems that can be solved if we want to, and uncontrollable conditions that have to be endured.

Hitherto it is almost a tragedy that we have been enduring controllable factors and trying to solve uncontrollable problems. The fact that we are a smaller percentage of the population in Sri Lanka is an uncontrollable factor under a unitary form of government. Nature may take eons to reverse this barring some calamity. Controllable problems such as security of our people, fostering our language and culture, are at the whim and fancy of others and we have to endure it. The barbaric act of the Sinhala army to demolish a Library is a clear example of our endurance stance in a controllable situation.

There are very valid reasons for accepting the devolution proposal alms, if we are so helpless and our position is so hopeless. The thousands of lives sacrificed was for lowering our position from some rung in the ladder to the bottom of the pit.? Think, fellow ‘tamizA’ think. A word or two in realism, until and unless the freedom fighters are removed from the face of the earth to the last man by Chandrika government and her international supporters, or with the full participation of the freedom fighters in the devolution process, there is not going to be any peace in that region.

Now a word of caution, I reiterate my position on the devolution of power by the Sinhalas to ‘tamizar’ is a malignant illusion. If we are the dogs who will not give up our canine characteristic of licking the water even in an ocean of water, then go ahead and accept it. If we are the dogs in our other canine characteristic of gratefulness, then there is nothing to be grateful to the Sinhalas. Go ahead and win international support for their support in the fight with words and not bullets.

I received a copy of the ‘tamiz’ monthly from ‘tamiz NAdu’ ‘tamiz panhi.’ Dr. M. V. Sethuraman has composed a few verses in ‘tamiz’ and I have tried to convey its contents in English, in the hope that all is not lost for ‘tamiz Izam’ as many want us to believe.

Tears We will Dry by Poet Laureate Va. Mu. Sethuraman

I believe that such moral upliftment makes a lot of difference to an otherwise indifferent outlook towards the whole ‘tamiz’ problem. Again Thiruvalluvar has something to offer here.

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