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"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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Tamil Nadu & Tamil Eelam
United States & Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu Political Parties & Leaders
Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project
Tamil Nadu related Off Site Links
தமிழ்நாட்டில் ஈழத் தமிழர் ஆதரவைக் குலைத்திடும் சதிப் பின்னணியில் நிற்கும் மர்ம மனிதர் எம்.கே.நாராயணன்
- 'விடுதலை' க.இராசேந்திரன்
திராவிடக் கட்சிகளின் தமிழ்த் தேசியம் - Sanmugam Sabesan  திராவிடன் என்ற மரபு இனத்தை தி.மு.க முன் வைத்தது, தமிழ்த் தேசியக் கோட்பாட்டிற்குப் புறம்பான நிலைப்பாடு. தமிழன் என்ற தேசிய இனத்தை மட்டும் முன் வைத்திருக்க வேண்டும். அது மட்டுமல்ல பிற்காலத்தில் இக்கழகம் நாட்டால் இந்தியன்,  இனத்தால் திராவிடன், மொழியால் தமிழன் என்று கூறிக் கொள்ளத் தொடங்கியது. இது தேசிய இனவரையறைக்குப் புறம்பான உளறல் மட்டுமல்ல, தமிழ்த் தேசியத்தை ஊனப்படுத்தும் போக்கும் ஆகும்.” more
`De-ideologisation of politics is the tragedy of Tamil Nadu'
Professor K.Sivathamby, November 2002
Human Development in Tamil Nadu - Lalitha Sridhar, 2003 ""...Says Professor M. S. Swaminathan, the country’s legendary agricultural scientist named by TIME magazine as one of the twenty most influential Asians of the 20th century, “25-26% of our population are chronically undernourished, what we call endemic hunger, the lack of adequate sustenance. This is not because there isn’t enough food. You have a large variety of food available in the market, provided you have the money to buy it. So the key question, why don’t we have the money? Because there are no jobs. This is the job famine. The livelihood famine...”
Veerapandiya Kattabomman in the National Movement in Tamil Nadu, 1905-1914 - Agitational Politics and State Coercion, N.Rajendran
The Demand for Dravida Nadu (1938 to 1944) in Tamil Renaissance and Dravidian Nationalism - Professor K.Nambi Arooran, Madurai Kamraj University "...the Justice Party Confederation in which E.V.R. put forward his demand for a separate Tamilnad was held at Madras in December 1938.... (Later) The Justice Party was renamed the Dravidar Kazhagam at a conference held in Salem in September 1944, when the demand for Dravidanad was given substance and a definite scheme for establishing the new state was put forward...The creation of Dravidanad as a separate sovereign state continued to be the main object of the Dravidar Kazhagam and its offshoot the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (founded in 1949) till 1963 when the Indian Constitution was amended specially to make a demand for secession a criminal act, and since then the demand was given up"
Caste, nationalism, and ethnicity : an interpretation of Tamil cultural history and social order - Jacob Pandian "...Among the Tamils, Tamil language is the emblem of Tamil ethnic identity. ...although language constitutes the single most characteristic feature of a separate ethnic identity...ethnicity is frequently related more to the symbol of a separate language than to its actual use by all members of a group...  Tamil language functions as the emblem of Tamil identity because of the existence of the various symbols of boundaries in Tamil culture...... it is the use of the symbols of chenthamil, karppu, and tamilakam which enables the denotation of Tamil language as the emblem of Tamil collective identity..."

Guna, a Tamil writer from Karnataka on What Caused Veerappan? "...The States’ Reorganisation in 1956 led to the marginalisation of Tamils in the areas, which were acceded to from the erstwhile Madras Presidency to the new-found Greater Mysore.  The city of Bangalore, which itself was founded by a Tamil of Vanniyar caste, Kempe Gownden, from Ālūr near Kānchipuram in 1537, was predominantly Tamil in its demographic composition.   Kollegal, which was largely Tamil, was acceded to Greater Mysore, as Chittoor district was annexed to Andhra Pradesh and the huge Idikki district to Kerala...."

 
 
 

Tamils - a Trans State Nation
தமிழ் அகம் - ஓர் உணர்வா, அல்லது இடமா?

Tamil Nadu - தமிழ் நாடு
- an estimated 60 million Tamils live in Tamil Nadu - 


செந்தமிழ்  நாடெனும் போதினில  - இன்பத்
தேன் வந்து பாயுது காதினிலே - எங்கள்
தந்தையர் நாடென்ற பேச்சினிலே - ஒரு
சக்தி பிறக்குது மூச்சினிலே..

தமிழ் நாட்டு விடுதலை, தமிழ் புலவர் விடுதலை, நமக்கென்ன என்று இருப்பாரோ.. பாடகர் - தேனிசை செல்லப்பா, பாட்டு - பாரதிதாசன்


  

Velupillai Pirapaharan's Message to Tamil Nadu, December 1995 

On behalf of our people, I wish to express my affection and gratitude to the people and leaders of Tamil Nadu for voicing passionately their support for the Tamils of Eelam who are struggling for their liberation against the genocidal oppression of the Sinhala regime.

The waves of sympathy that sweeps across Tamil Nadu whenever  Eelam Tamils are repressed has always been a deterrent to our ruthless enemy and a great source of hope and relief to our aggrieved people. It also impresses upon the world that the Eelam Tamils are not alone and not without support.

Even though several forces have been making deliberate efforts to pollute the minds of the Tamils of Tamil Nadu with ill-conceived notions about our national struggle and about the Liberation Tigers who lead that struggle, we are encouraged and emboldened to note that there is growing upsurgence in Tamil Nadu demanding justice for our people on the basis of ethnic affinity and humanism.

For a long time, even before the birth of the LTTE, the Tamil Nation has been bleeding. For a long time, our nation has been facing genocide. In this lengthy history, extending over four decades, our language, our culture, our education, our economic existence - all the essential elements that form the very basis of our national life - have been subjected to systematic destruction. The monster of Sinhala racism has been usurping our motherland. The Sinhala armed forces have occupied our historical cities and towns. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to vacate their own lands and reduced to destitution. In this tragic history tainted with blood, forty thousand Tamils have been exterminated. The current war is a continuation and monstrous expansion of this cruel genocidal history.

Historically the Eelam Tamils are faced with genocide. This well planned racial extermination is aimed at the genocidal destruction of the Tamil Nation. For more than quarter of a century our past generation fought non-violent struggles based on the principles of Ahimsa enunciated by Mahatma Gandhi. But the Sinhala racist state did not understand or appreciate the spiritual or moral values of non-violent struggles.

Ahimsa agitations were brutally crushed by armed violence. With the repression of democratic non-violent struggles racial extermination assumed a dangerous proportion. It was when the Tamil people had no choice other than to take arms to defend themselves, the Tamil Tiger movement and the armed struggle gave birth.

The Sinhala state has been making desperate efforts to characterise the mode of armed resistance based on the struggle of self-determination as a form of 'Terrorism and Separatism'. These  ill conceived notions are being propagated among the Indian people and among the international community. This malicious propaganda is aimed at distorting the truth and discrediting the mode of our struggle.

We are neither 'Terrorists' nor 'Separatists', nor propagators of 'Armed Culture'. We are fighting for a noble cause We are fighting to protect our people from racial annihilation. We are compelled to take up arms against the armed violence which has taken a genocidal form. We are faced with a complex conflictual historical situation in which we have to struggle with our lives for the right to live. We fervently hope that the people of Tamil Nadu and India will understand our critical situation.

The successive Sinhala-Buddhist racist governments, since independence, have attempted to subjugate and dominate our people instead of integrating them. This has compelled our people to decide to determine their own political destiny. As a people constituting themselves with the cultural elements of a national formation, they are entitled to the right to self-determination. It is only when state repression assumed the dangerous dimension of genocide our people chose to invoke their inherent right to self-determination. The mandate to fight for self determination was given by our people to the old leadership, before the growth of the armed resistance movement.

The political objective and the struggle of our movement is based on this political will of our people. It is those who lack a dear vision of the history and legitimacy of the struggle for self-determination in Tamil Eelam, who attempt to characterise us as 'separatists'. This attempt to portray the legitimate struggle of our people, who aspire to live as free beings with dignity and security, liberated from the peril of national destruction as 'separatism' and to compare and confuse it with the internal problems of the Indian states is misleading and wrong.

The hope and expectation of our people that the Sinhala nation might offer an alternative to the demand of an Independent state are now shattered. The Sinhala nation is not prepared to recognise the historically constituted traditional lands in which the Tamils lived for centuries as the homeland of the Tamils. It is for the resolution of this crucial issue that the Tamils have been cheated for a long time. Tamil political history is full of incidents of abrogation of pacts and agreements on this basic issue.

The Chandrika government has scored historical achievements in the task of destroying the geographical unity and integrity of the Tamil homeland and disrupting the national life of the Tamils. Having cheated the world with slogans of 'War for Peace' and 'Liberating the Tamils' her regime has occupied our historical homeland. The central theme of her proposed package is aimed at redefining the geographical structure of the Tamil homeland.

From the time of Bandaranaike to Chandrika's period, successive Sinhala racist states have adopted repressive military policies instead of peaceful approach to resolve the conflict. Chandrika's approach is unique. Misguiding the world under the slogan of peace she has ingeniously planned and executing a genocidal strategy against the Tamils.

Our talks with Chandrika have ended in a fiasco. Chandrika regime refused to create conditions of peace and normalcy by relaxing military and economic pressure on the Tamils. Her government was reluctant to enter into a permanent cease-fire with international supervision. Instead under the guise of a fragile cessation of hostilities the government has been strengthening its military machine. It refused to open up a land route to the people by relaxing the siege of Jaffna. It gave primacy to the hegemonic interests of the military rather than to create an environment of peace.

The government did not give any importance to the peace talks with the LTTE. It delegated ordinary bureaucrats to the peace negotiations. High ranking political leaders did not participate. The government did not reveal its package of proposals during the peace talks with the LTTE.

Chandrika government failed to take seriously our proposition that we were prepared to consider a political framework that recognises the Tamil homeland with full form of autonomy to the Tamils. We expressed our goodwill by releasing prisoners of war. Yet, Chandrika government was not prepared to even settle the minor day to day problems of our people.

We felt that the government was not sincerely interested in resolving the ethnic conflict by negotiating with the LTTE. We were also convinced that Chandrika regime was not prepared to offer any substantial political framework that would satisfy the political aspirations of the Tamils. Under these circumstances, when the talks prolonged meaninglessly we issued deadlines. But the government did not take our warnings seriously. The talks collapsed.

Having created conditions for the breakdown of talks the government blamed the LTTE. It carried out a false propaganda campaign internationally that the LTTE was against the peace approach. In truth, it was Chandrika's government which was opposed to peace.

Claiming that the Tamil people are the citizens of the country, Chandrika's regime has embarked on a massive military onslaught on the Tamils. Having assembled a formidable force in a single battle front, it has occupied the historic city of Jaffna and has the Sinhala national flag over our soil.

The Sinhala nation is celebrating this tragic event soaked by the tears of five hundred thousand displaced Tamils. Celebrations are taking place in Colombo as if the Tamil nation was defeated at war. We do not believe that the Sinhalese chauvinists who have deeply hurt the national sentiments of the Tamils in such a manner would offer justice to the Tamils.

The Tamil nation, which has been conducting a heroic freedom struggle for such a long time, will not be frustrated by a setback in a single battle. Our people are fiercely determined though they have faced the enormous suffering arising from death, destruction, displacement and destitution. We are united and determined by the passion for freedom. We are confidant that the setbacks of today will turn out to be the victories of tomorrow. We are firmly convinced that our land which bleeds today will become a free land one day.

Though our enemy has been adopting devious methods to alienate us from the outside world, from the world Tamil community and from Tamil Nadu where our deep roots are embedded, the support and sympathy generating from Tamil Nadu have given us moral inspiration and determination.

We are deeply saddened to note a recent incident in Trichi where a youth has taken his life by self-immolation as an extreme form of expression of solidarity. While we pay our respects to his passion for freedom and his sentiments of ethnic love we feel that such acts of self sacrifice are unnecessary and therefore have to be avoided.

The Sinhala state is firmly determined to continue to carry out the genocidal war in Tamil Eelam. In these circumstances, Tamil Nadu should continue to give voice for our plight and express support for our legitimate cause. This is what the people of Tamil Eelam fervently expect from the people of Tamil Nadu.

இலட்சியததால் ஒன்றுபட்ட, எழுச்சிகொண்ட மக்களை எந்த ஒரு சக்தியாலும் ஒடுக்கிவிட முடியாது

 

Tamil Nadu & Tamil Eelam
தமிழ்நாட்டில் ஈழத் தமிழர் ஆதரவைக் குலைத்திடும் சதிப் பின்னணியில் நிற்கும் மர்ம மனிதர் எம்.கே.நாராயணன் - 'விடுதலை' க.இராசேந்திரன், 2 May 2007
 இந்திய நலனை புறக்கணித்து இலங்கைத் தமிழர் பிரச்சினையில் தமிழகம் தலையிடாது - தமிழ் நாடு முதலமைச்சர் மு.கருணாநிதி, 24 February 2007
Chennai Based Hindu is Concerned:Tamil Nadu & LTTE, 22 February 2007
Vaiko: "Sri Lankan Tamils want a Separate Nation", 27 November 2006
Vaiko on Tamil Eelam Struggle at Periyar Thidal, Chennai, 29 December 2005
Vaiko Nadaipayanam Intro Song
Tamil Nation & the Unity of India - Nadesan Satyendra, 3 February 2001 "...The growing togetherness of the Tamil people, is but a step in the growth of a larger unity. We know that in the end, national freedom can only be secured by a voluntary pooling of sovereignties, in a regional, and ultimately in a world context. ... we recognize that our future lies with the peoples of the Indian region and the path of a greater and a larger Indian union is the direction of that future..."
Bharathiraja moved by LTTE's sacrifices  "..the people of Tamil Nadu had made great achievements" but they were dwarfed by those of the LTTE..."
Dalit Panthers of India Leader T Tirumavalavan visits Jaffna to salute Tamil Eelam, December 2004
Freedom for Tamil Nadu - Thanjai Nalankilli at the Tamil Tribune
"Greater Tamil Nation is the Aim" claims Jayalalitha, July 2004
Jain Commission Report - Growth of Sri Lankan Tamil Militancy in Tamil Nadu: Background | 1981 to 1988 | 1989 to 1991 | 1989 to 1991

Madras Meeting
K.Veeramani, P.Nedumaran and M.Karunanithi at 27 August 1983 Rally in Chennai  to protest against Genocide'83 in Sri Lanka

MDMK Rally - Kittu
Marumazharchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) Rally - Erode, Tamil Nadu, 1 July 2000

Tamil Eelam has to be the final solution - V.Gopalasamy, MDMK - 14 May 2000

MDMK Leader V..Gopalasamy Appeals to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights - 19 October 1998
International Federation of Tamils  to Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu - June 1998
AIADMK Front MPs  to Indian Prime Minister on Genocide in Tamil Eelam  - June 1998

Madurai Conference
A.P.Venkateshwaran, former Indian Foreign Secretary  at Eelam Tamils Solidarity Conference  Madurai , 7 March 1999

LTTE still a threat to India's sovereignty says Indian Home Ministry Notification, 20 May 2004 "...The turbulence in Sri Lanka is being exploited by pro-LTTE forces to draw support for the LTTE and its cause by taking out processions, demonstrations etc, in spite of the ban, causing disquiet and threat to the security of Tamilnadu. Most of the criminal cases involving the LTTE and pro-LTTE groups like Tamil National Retrieval Troops (TNRT), Tamilnadu Liberation Army (TNLA) and Tamilar Pasarai, have ended in conviction but the Tamil Eelam concept still remains as a goal among the pro-LTTE groups in Tamilnadu.."

Of music, saints and temple towns....C.Kumarabharathy "The overcrowded Cholan Transport Corporation bus disgorged me at the Thiruvaiyaru bazaar and sped on its way raising a thick cloud of dust in its wake. The cyclists stopped in their mid tracks, momentarily blinded by the dust. Passers-by covered their faces with shawls and sari fronts - munthanai - to escape the blast of this hot dust. Life paused a moment. Eventually visibility returned..."

Tamil Nadu related Off Site Links

Towns of Tamil Nadu

5star
Tamil Nadu Home Page - Ramachandramurthi

Yahoo!:Tamil Nadu
Tamilnaducircle.com
Maps of Tamil Nadu
Maps of India
Tamil Nadu Colleges Alumni
Tamil Nadu Related Links

Institutions & Authorities

Government of Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu Universities
Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women
Electronic Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT)
Tamil Nadu Industrial Guidance & Export Promotion Bureau
TIDEL Park
Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation
Tamil Nadu Corporation for Industrial and Infra Structure Development
Manufacturing Association of Information Technology
National Informatics Centre (NIC)
Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women
MGR Memorial Trust
Tamil Nadu Foundation Inc
கனடிய தமிழ்ச்சோலை வானொலிக்கு  தமிழீழ விடுதலை ஆதரவாளர் பழ. நெடுமாறன் வழங்கிய நேர்காணல், 17 June 2006
India's Policy on Sri Lanka will be Tamil Nadu's Policy says Karunanidhi, 6 June 2006
Kannagi statue reinstated in Chennai Marina, 3 June 2006
An Open Letter to Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi - Dr.K.Indrakumar & Others, May 2006

Political Parties & Leaders

Dravida Munetra Kalagam
AIADMK
Dravida Peravai
Periyar  Samathuvapuram
Vaiko, Jayalalitha Alliance, March 2006
Marumalarchi Dravida Munetra Kalagam  "அரசியலில் நேர்மை, பொது வாழ்வில் தூய்மை, இலட்சியத்தில் உறுதி"
How was Commander Tamilarasan Killed?
Tamil Nadu Liberation Front
Periyar E V Ramaswamy
Annadurai, C.N.
Kamaraj, K
Karunanidhi, M
Ramachandran, M.G
Va.Ve.Su. Aiyar
United States & Tamil Nadu
London based "The Guardian" November 27, 2000, quoted by the Tamil Tribune  "the latest, and most insidious, threat to India's territorial integrity comes not from the north but from the south. To be precise, Tamil Nadu, a region of some 60 million Tamils, who ostensibly have little in common with their Hindi-speaking northern neighbours."
PTI Report in  India-West, 7 August 1998  "The leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sharad Pawar on 2 August expressed the fear that the country might go the erstwhile Soviet Union way unless concerted efforts are taken to strengthen its economy in the wake of international reaction to its carrying out nuclear tests... Pawar said though the erstwhile USSR was a nuclear power it collapsed.."
U.S. Congressman Edolphus Towns in the United States Congress on October 2, 1998 "..It looks like Mr. Pawar is on to something. India’s breakup is inevitable. I think I speak for most of us here when I say that I hope it happens in the peaceful way that the Soviet breakup did. Otherwise, there is the risk of another Yugoslavia in South Asia. ..It has been American policy to preserve the current artificial stability in South Asia, but let us remember that we pursued a similar policy with regard to the Soviet empire and it collapsed anyway.."
US views Tamil Nadu as 'gateway state' connected both to the east and the west 11 March 2007
 
 

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