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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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February 2005 -

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28 February 2005 Spirituality & the Tamil Nation -  Mannikkavasagar's Thiruvasagam - 8th Thirumurai to include

Release of  IIlayaraja's Thiruvasagam -a symphony based on Manickavasagar's Tamil verses on CD "...My aim was not to provide a new dimension to the Tamil epic or to try and display my talents as a musician. I  wanted to take such treasures like Thiruvasagam to the younger generation, and make them aware of the rich traditions and culture in Tamil Nadu.." more

27 February 2005 One Hundred Tamils of 20th Century - Professor C.J.Eliezer  to include

Audio of a Tribute by Nadesan Satyendra at the Remembrance Meeting in London in March 2001

27 February 2005 Conflict Resolution: Tamil Eelam-Sri Lanka - Tracking the Norwegian Conflict Resolution Initiative to include

The Sangha & its Relationship to the Peace Process in Sri Lanka - A Report for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs by Iselin Frydenlund

"In the opinion of many monks, a decentralized political structure – for example, along federal lines – would contradict two basic tenets of Buddhist teaching: Sri Lanka as a sacred land and the Sinhala people as the protectors of Buddhism. This Sinhala Buddhist ideology is powerfully promoted by Buddhist pressure groups, which represent a numerically small yet influential part of the Sinhala electorate. The present study shows that previous peace processes in Sri Lanka have been spoiled by various Buddhist pressure groups that have opposed all attempts to devolve power and to make concessions to the ethnic minorities. Such groups are of considerable importance owing to their easy access to the privately controlled Sinhala media, and furthermore because they are organized across internal divisions within the Buddhist monastic order, the Sangha. In addition, several of the pressure groups draw their members from both monks and laypeople, and they are often associated with particular political parties..." more

26 February 2005 Tamil Language & Literature to include

தமிழ்தான் தமிழருக்கு முகவரி! - அக்னிப்புத்திரன், Contributed by A.Thangavelu from Canada "...தமிழுக்கு வெளிப் பகையை விட உட் பகைதான் எப்போதும் அதிகம். ..தமிழ்ச் சமூகம் தன் அடையாளத்தை இழந்து விடக் கூடிய ஆபத்தான நிலையைக் கருத்தில் கொண்டுதான் தமிழ்ப் பாதுகாப்பு இயக்கம் அதை மீட்ப்பிக்கும் பணியில்தான் ஈடுபட்டு வருகின்றது. ஆங்கிலத்தைப் பயன்படுத்தக் கூடாது என்று யாரும் கூறவில்லை ...(ஆனால்) ஒருவருக்குப் பெற்ற தாய் எவ்வளவு முக்கியமோ அதுபோல ஒருவனுக்கு அவன் தாய் மொழி மிகவும் அவசியம்.." more

26 February 2005 Tamil Heritage - Tamils are an Ancient People to include Dr.S.Jayabarathi from Malaysia on Valari - An Unique Weapon of the Tamils -

25 February 2005 Spirituality & the Tamil Nation to include

இராமலிங்க அடிகள் - வள்ளலார் -  rAmalinga atikaL -  VaLLalAr "...It appears that ThirumUlar (திருமுலர்) planted the seeds for the personification of the indivisible Sivan (Supreme Being) as love (அன்பும் சிவனும் இரண்டென்பர் அறிவிலார்); ThAyumAnavar (தாயுமானவர்) nurtured these ideas to evolve the concept of equanimity of all religions with his theory of SitthAn^tha Samarasam (சித்தாந்தசமரசம்)  ; rAmalingar (இராமலிங்கர்)  made them bear fruits with his philosophy of VEdhAn^tha SitthAn^tha Samarasa SanmArkkam (வேதாந்த சித்தாந்த சமரச சன்மார்க்கம்)..." more

25 February 2005 Tamil National Forum to include

1.Dr. Sangarapillai Sampanthar, United Kingdom about Benny Hinn - " I had not heard of Pastor Hinn, as he is called, until I came to Bangalore. There was a lot of coverage and advertisements about his forthcoming Festival of Blessings... One thing about prayer has always bothered me. Heaven must surely be a better place than this world and Hell a worse place, though no one to my knowledge has come back to tell us that. If that is so, why should one pray to be cured of illnesses to prolong one’s stay in this world? Should not the prayer be “Oh Lord, take me unto you as quickly as possible”? Could it be that those who pray for good health and longevity are not truly convinced that there is a better place for them to go to? Hence their desire not to want to leave the place they know for an unknown and unknowable Heaven but to want their situation here and now to be improved..." more

2. Sanmugam Sabesan from Australia on the Third Anniversary of the Ceasefire in the Island of Sri Lanka - புரிந்துணர்வு ஒப்பந்தம் தந்த “புரிந்துணர்வு” என்ன?

23 February 2005  Tamil Heritage - Tamils are an Ancient People to include Pallava Grantha Inscriptions of South East Asia - (c.7th century onwards) contributed by Dr.S.Jayabarathi from Malaysia

21 February 2005

1. Struggle for Tamil Eelam to include தமிழீழம் மலரும் என்று, தனி நாடு கிடைக்கும் என்று.. இசை - தயாரிப்பு: சி.ஆர்.பாஸ்கரன்.

2. Tsunami Disaster & the People of Tamil Nadu to include Tsunami and the Ugly Relic of the Varna System - V.B.Rawat "..Unfortunately, this Tsunami, on whose destruction we all are crying, have not been able to demolish the most powerful and destructive system of caste in India. Perhaps, we need a stronger Tsunami to destroy the ugly relic of caste system and racial discrimination from our society. " more

3. Tsunami Disaster & the People of Tamil Eelam to include Report from the NorthEast - Arjunan Ethirveerasingam and Qualitative Assessment of Psycho-Social Issues Following the Tsunami  - Report prepared on behalf of the Mental Health Task Force in Disaster - Dr Kate Danvers, Prof. Daya Somasundaram, Dr S. Sivayokan, Dr Sivashankar

20 February 2005 Tamil Nation Library - Eelam Section to include

 Book Review by M.Thanapalasingham from Australia - விழுதாகி வேருமாகி .....போரியல் பதிவுகள

"..தமிழ் ஈழமக்களின் சுயநிர்ணயப் போராட்டத்தின் புறநிலைக்காரணிகளால் வடிவெடுத்த ஆயுதப்போராட்டத்தின் போரியல் பதிவுகளாக  2ம் லெப்.மாலதி படையணியின் விழுதாகி வேருமாகி என்னும் போர்க் காவியம், போரியல் பதிவுகள், தமிழ் மொழிக்கு புதியவை. போரின் நாயகர்களான போராளிகளினால் எழுதப்பட்டது என்ற புதுமை ஒருபுறம், அதுவும் பெண்கள் படை அணியின் போரியலை, போர் நிகழ்வுகளை பெண் போராளிகளே எழுதியுள்ள அற்புதம், விழுதாகி வேருமாகி என்னும் நூலாகும்...கேணல் விதுஷாவின் மொழியில் கூறுவதாயின் "வரலாற்றை ஆக்கியோரின் வரலாறு "  ஆகவும் இந்நூல் அமைகின்றது..." more

19 February 2005 From Matter to Life to Mind... An Unfolding Consciousness to include

J.B.Chandra Babu "பிறக்கும்போதும் அழுகின்றாய், இறக்கும்போதும் அழுகின்றாய்.... தன்னை அறிந்தாள் உண்மை இன்பம், தன்னலம் மறந்தாள் பெரும் பேரின்பம்..."

19 February 2005 Tamil Diaspora - A Trans State Nation  - பொங்கு தமிழ் to include

 S.P.Balasubramaniam - பொங்கி எழுகின்ற கடல் அலையே...

18 February 2005 Tamil National Forum - Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia

பிணம் தின்னும் கழுகுகள் வழங்கும் மூன்றாவது சுனாமி "..சிங்கள பௌத்தப் பேரினவாத அரசும்,  அதன் தமிழ்விரோத அரசியல் கூட்டணியும், இவர்களுக்கு துணைபோகின்ற புலம் பெயர்ந்த பிணம் தின்னிக்கழுகுகளும் தமிழ் மக்களுக்கு எதிரான மூன்றாவது சுனாமியொன்றை உருவாக்கும் செயல்பாட்டில் சிலர் இறங்கியுள்ளதை இப்போது நாம் பார்க்கக்கூடியதாக உள்ளது..."  more

18 February 2005 Tamil Language & Literature to include T.Jeyakantan and his Short Story Collections in Unicode

"...JK is probably one of the greatest post-independence Indian intellectuals and creative writers in any Indian language, and ranks among the best in the world. He has affirmed through his life and writings a broad and noble humanism, deep spirituality, nobility and courage, true patriotism and a fearless pursuit of intellectual values and truth wherever these may lead him..."

16 February 2005 Tamil National Forum to include -

1. M.Thanapalasingham from Australia on  கௌசல்யனின் படுகொலையும், தமிழ் தேசியத்தின் முதிர்ச்சியும்

"அன்று புலேந்திரன், குமரப்பா, பின்பு கிட்டு என்னும் சகாப்தம். இன்று கௌசல்யன்... அவன் மரணம் தமிழர் தேசம், தேசியம், சுயநிர்ணயம் என்னும் தாரகமந்திரங்களின் மூச்சாகி விட்டன. இதுவரை வன்னி வந்த சர்வதேசம் இன்று கொக்கடிச்சோலைவரை வந்துவிட்டது. தமிழ் முஸ்லீம் சகோதரங்கள் விடுதலைப்புலிகளின் தியாகங்களை உள்வாங்கி நேசக்கரம் நீட்டியுள்ளனர். புலம் பெயர்ந்த அவன் உறவுகள் மேலும் உறுதிகொண்டு நிற்கின்றனர். சேக்ஸ்பியர் கூறியதுபோல்..... "....He lives, he wakes, 'tis death is dead, not he.." கௌசல்யன் வாழ்கிறான். அவன் விழிப்பான். மரணித்தது மரணமே. கௌசல்யன் அல்ல..." more

2. Arugan from Italy  - விழிகளை மூடி, விழித்துக் கொண்டிருக்கின்றது வாழ்க்கை... - audio

16 February 2005 Tamil Eelam & Muslims to include

Restored ancestral Tamil-Muslim affinity and solidarity is the need of the time  - Abdul Jawath

“Tamils and Muslims, principally by virtue of their mother tongue and historical habitation of the East with togetherness, have a commonality when it comes to sharing power and enjoying freedom with equality in this island and therefore we must make use of this opportunity of restored ancestral Tamil-Muslim affinity and solidarity that has been achieved now to strengthen the ties between the two communities” said Mr.Abdul Jawath, Vice President, Federation of Mosques and Muslim Institutions, Kattankudy in a meeting on 14 Feb 2005 with the Head of the LTTE Political Division and other senior commanders at Kokkaticholai in Batticaloa..." more

15 February 2005 Tamil Language & Literature to include பட்டுக்கோட்டை கல்யாணசுந்தரம் - Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram: 1930 - 1959 - Biographical Sketch, Complete Works and Online Audio Links

"ஆளும் வளரணும், அறிவும் வளரணும்
அது தாண்டா வளர்ச்சி..." more

14 February 2005 Tamils - a Trans State Nation - Tsunami Disaster Appeal to include Tsunami Destruction in Tamil Eelam - Power Point Presentation

12 February 2005 Tamil Nation Library - Eelam Section to include

Sri Lanka: Witness to History - A Journalist's Memoirs, 1930-2004 by S.Sivanayagam - Book Launch in London   - you may buy this book online at: http://www.orupaper.com/witness/

"...2004 was to me a year that was full of anxieties. I was 74 and had fallen victim to Myeloma as well; cancer of the bone marrow, the doctors said. Cancer is a word that has an unpleasant connotation to many ears, so I took comfort in the fact that it was a musical sounding affliction anyway. Besides, I seemed to have developed, among other ailments, what is known as Writer's Cramp. Having to live with constant deadlines could be agonising, but living without them, rust could settle on the mind. Life was getting torn between conflicts. There was the need to see this book in print but there were also immigration laws and visa problems to worry about. Above all, there was a compelling yearning to escape from the synthetic life of the West and its unfriendly winters. Get back to the land of your birth, said my inner self, however sordid the state of the land is. A man's life, after all, should end where it began..." more

11 February 2005 Reflections to include

"....I look up at the pictures on my desk, next to the computer - pictures of my grandchildren. I see the future looking back at me from those photographs and I say, "Father, forgive us, for we know not what we do." And then I am stopped short by the thought: "That's not right. We do know what we are doing..." Bill Moyers in No Tomorrow  more

10 February 2005  International Tamil Conferences: First International Conference Seminar of Tamil Studies, 1966 to include

Elite Formation in 19th Century South India - An Interpretative Analysis - Robert Eric Frykenberg "Colloquial English 'for polite discourse and social mixing' became a mark of social standing among emerging elite groups..  Madras Presidency, oldest of the Company presidencies in India, gained a reputation for corruptness and for being 'different'. This was a stigma which was never quite erased. ...As she expanded from a coastal enclave into a vast territory of 132,000 square miles, twenty huge districts stretching across the peninsula...she evolved her own Anglo-Indian social order. The extent of indigenous participation in the conquest and dominion of the (East India) Company is often forgotten..."more

9 February 2005 One Hundred Tamils of 20th Century - Naa Govindasamy to include

Tribute at 7th Tamil Internet Conference, Singapore, December 2004  - நா.கோவிந்தசாமி என்ற முன்னோடி" உலகில் ஆங்கிலத்துக்கு அடுத்தபடியாக தமிழ்மொழியில் தான் அதிக அளவில் இணையத் தளங்கள். மனம் குதூகலிக்கிறது. இணையத்தில் முதலில் தமிழை வலம் வரச் செய்த பெருமை யாருக்குரியது தெரியுமா? தமிழை இணையத்தில் உதிக்க வைத்த பெருமை, சிங்கப்பூருக்குரியது. தமிழர்கள் வாழும் பல நாடுகளுக்குக் கிடைக்காத பெருமை சிங்கப்பூருக்குக் கிடைக்கக் காரணமாயிருந்தவரை இணைய உலகில் வலம் வரும் எவரும் மறந்துவிட முடியாது.  அவர் - அமரர். நா.கோவிந்தசாமி!..more

6 February 2005 Reflections to include

"Until you do what you believe in, you don't know whether you believe it or not." - Tolstoy

4 February 2005 Commemorating Sri Lanka's 'Independence Day'

1. Sachi Sri Kantha from Japan revisits Kathiravelupillai's Eelam Statement, 1973

"...The Sinhalese and Tamils as two peoples or nations have never mutually consented to become one people or one nation nor amalgamate the two territories into one state on any mutually agreed basis. The Sinhalese mind has not basically changed even today. Rather it has progressed from fear and exclusion to discrimination, aggression, genocide and the creation of a neo colonial empire over the Tamils and the Tamil country....  the Sinhala ideal of one country, one nation, one language etc. can only be realized in a restored and reconstituted Sinhala state. So also, by the restoration and reconstitution of the Tamil State alone will the Tamil nation survive and preserve its identity and the Tamils secure their ‘right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness’ and be masters of their own destiny. Pancha Sila or Co-existence is thus the only solution to the problem of the two nations in Ceylon.... It unshackles the two nations and sets them both free..." more

2. Professor Neil Devotta, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY in the Journal of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism " From ethnic outbidding to ethnic conflict: the institutional bases for Sri Lanka's separatist war"

 ".. Beginning in the mid-1950s Sri Lanka's politicians from the majority Sinhalese community resorted to ethnic outbidding as a means to attain power and in doing so systematically marginalised the country's minority Tamils... parties in power seek to promote dubious conflict resolution only to be checkmated by the respective opposition which typically claims that the proposed solutions are bound to eventually dismember the island. This has especially been evident in the past decade as the Bandaranaikes' daughter, President Chandrika Kumaratunga. has tried to accommodate some Tamil demands when the coalition she leads has had a majority in parliament but then sings a different tune when her opponents control parliament. .." more

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