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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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May 2005 -

30 May 2005 One Hundred Tamils of the 20th Century: Swami Vipulananda - Extensively Revised

28 May 2005 Beyond Tamil Nation: One World  to include

Dr.Vandana Shiva on The Polarised World of Globalisation (A response to Friedman's Flat earth hypothesis)

"In his book "The world is Flat" Friedman tries desperately to argue that Globalisation is a leveller of inequalities in societies. But when you only look at the worldwide Web of information technology, and refuse to look at the web of life, the food web, the web of community, the web of local economies and local cultures which Globalisation is destroying, it is easy to make false and fallacious arguments that the world is flat. .." more

27 May 2005 Tamil National Forum - Sachi Sri Kantha from Japan on Sinhalese-Muslim Riots of 1915 -  A Synopsis

27 May 2005 Conflict Resolution: Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka to include J. S. Tissainayagam on  Chandrika’s Joint Mechanism & Tamil Aspirations

23 May 2005 Human Rights, Humanitarian Law, & the Tamil Nation to include

Asian Human Rights Commission on the Asian Tribune Campaign & H.L.D.Mahindapala  " ..The AHRC expects further smear campaigns of the Asian Human Rights commission by the Asian Tribune. The author of such writings will be H.L.D. Mahindapala, an Observer editor at the time of the bloody regime of President Premadasa..." more

23 May 2005 Democracy Continues, Sri Lanka Style to include

Asian Human Rights Commission on Death Threats & Escalation of Violence in Sri Lanka "The increase in death threats and intimidation to activists and journalists in Sri Lanka are alarming. In particular, there is concern that the situation may degenerate into that similar to the terror of the late 1980s.The law enforcement authorities have lost all semblance of control, with extrajudicial killings and death threats being made openly..."more

 22 May 2005 Reflections - On Language & the Irish Nation - Eamon de Valera, 1943

" (Gaelic) 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 fore bearers. In it is stored the accumulated experience of a people.. ..As the bearer to us of a philosophy, ..rich in practical wisdom, the language today is worth far too much to dream of letting it go. With the language gone we could never again aspire to being more than half a nation..." more

22 May 2005 Tamil National Forum

1. Sanmugam Sabesan from Australia மூன்றாவது மொழிப் போரும் - எதிர்ப்பும்  to include  English Version - Third Language War & the Opposition  "..Let us have a look at the significant differences in the Third Language war. The first two Language wars were against the imposition of Hindi language, whilst the Third Language war is against the hegemony of the English language.The first two wars were against the state, whilst the current Language war is fought in the civil community. However, the most significant difference is the fact that the current Language war is lead by political movements representing the oppressed communities..." more

2. Brian Senewiratne from Australia - Good wishes for Adrian Wijemanne’s 80th birthday  "...Adrian is one of very few Sinhalese (others being the late Bishop Lakshman Wickremesinghe and my uncle the late Edmund Samarakkody) to have freed themselves from the shackles of Sinhala chauvinism to campaign for the right of Thamil people to live with equality, dignity and safety in the country of their birth. This is not a fight between the Sinhalese and the Thamils. It is a fight between injustice and justice..." more

20 May 2005  Struggle for Tamil Eelam to include Shankar Rajee (Nesadurai Thirunesan) - Founder-member of ENLF (Eelam National Liberation Front) - collated and contributed by Thirumal Thirunesan

19 May 2005 Tamil Nation Libray - War, A Continuation of Politics by Other Means to include

Fredric Boyce -  SOE's Ultimate Deception: Operation Periwig  "In the closing months of the Second  World War in Europe, General Dwight D. Eisenhower exhorted the Western Allied forces to redouble their efforts to break the German will to resist. In considering this appeal, General Gubbins, whose Special Operations Executive (SOE) had accomplished much in the liberation of occupied territory, was faced with a fundamental difficulty in the case of Germany. Although some opposition to Nazism existed, it was neither organised nor pro-Allied. He could not see how he could foment administrative breakdown within the Reich to assist the Allied forces in overrunning Germany. Then someone had the idea of creating an entirely fictional German resistance movement and `selling' it to the Nazi security authorities..."

19 May 2005 Revisited ...

Concerning Violence - Frantz Fannon  "National liberation, national renaissance, the restoration of nationhood to the people, commonwealth: whatever may be the headings used or the new formulas introduced, decolonization is always a violent phenomenon. ..Compromise is  attractive to the nationalist bourgeoisie.. He loudly proclaims that he has nothing to do with these ... terrorists, these throatslitters. At best, he shuts himself off in a no-man's-land between the terrorists and the settlers and willingly offers his services as go-between..Thus it is that the rear-guard of the national struggle, that very party of people who have never ceased to be on the other side in the fight, find themselves somersaulted into the vanguard of negotiations and compromise - precisely because that party has taken very good care never to break contact with colonialism..." more

17 May 2005 Relections to include

Clausewitz on War - "Most men merely act on instinct and the amount of success they achieve depends on the amount of talent they are born with…. Yet, when it is not a question of acting oneself but of persuading others in discussion the need is for clear ideas and the ability to show their connection with each other. So few people have yet acquired the necessary skill at this that most discussions are futile bandying of words, [which] either leave each man sticking to his own ideas or they end with everyone agreeing, [just] for the sake of agreement, on a compromise with nothing to be said for it. Clear ideas do therefore have some practical value..."  more

17 May 2005 International Relations  in the Age of Empire to include War - A Continuation of Politics by Other Means 

15 May 2005 Tamil National Forum -  to include

1. Sanmugam Sabesan from Australia மூன்றாவது மொழிப் போரும் - எதிர்ப்பும் "..இப்போது மூன்றாவது மொழிப் போர்.இதில் உள்ள அடிப்படை வித்தியாசங்களை முதலில் கவனிப்போம். முதல் இரண்டு மொழிப் போராட்டங்களும், இந்தித் திணிப்புக்கு எதிராக எழுந்தன. மூன்றாவது மொழிப் போர் ஆங்கில மேலாதிக்கத்திற்கு எதிராக எழுந்துள்ளது. .." more

2. Sachi Sri Kantha from Japan  -  Lessons from the Vietnam War for Tamils: An Overview and a Few Personal Thoughts  "If a few among the younger generation of Tamils living in affluent nations become interested in military science and pursue their research on the 20th century wars, it will be a good tribute to the memory of D.P.Sivaram who was a pioneer in this field for the past 15 years or so." more

14 May 2005 Tamil Nation Library to include

 On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt  "One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. .. Bullshitting is not exactly lying, and bullshit remains bullshit whether it's true or false. .. the bullshitter does not reject the authority of the truth, as the liar does, and oppose himself to it. He pays no attention to it at all. By virtue of this, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are..." more

12 May 2005 US & the Tamil Struggle to include

'Material Support' for 'Terrorist' OrganisationsTestimony by Ahilan T. Arulanantham, American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security of the US House Judiciary Committee

"...Unlike our material support laws, the tsunami did not differentiate between areas under the LTTE’s control and those controlled by the Sri Lankan government. Thousands of people living in LTTE-held territory died, and hundreds of thousands more were displaced into camps, many having lost some or all of their family members and in urgent need of food, shelter, and medical care...Sadly, though, our material support laws contain no exception for support even if it is necessary to save the lives of people who happen to live in LTTE-held territory..."

12 May 2005 Reflections to include

"...meaning in life is not an abstraction, but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment... ..we can only know the big meaning of our life in retrospect - at it's end, and this will be dependent on all the little moments of actualized meaning along the way. .. self-actualization is possible only as a side effect of self-transcendence..."  Viktor Frankl

12 May 2005 Tamil Contribution to World Civilisation - South Indian Bronzes - Chola, Pallava, & Nayak Periods - Extensively Revised

11 May 2005 Media & the Tamil Struggle to include

Reporters Sans Frontiers urges Norwegian monitoring mission to carry out its own investigation into the murder of Dharmeratnam Sivaram "Experience leads us to fear that the Colombo authorities will not do everything necessary to identify the killers and the instigators of Sivaram's murder. In fact, the absence of any rigorous investigations and trials in previous murders and attacks on journalists has considerably discredited the state's work in support of press freedom."

10 May 2005  About Us  - Today is the first year anniversary of the relaunch of  tamilnation.org, an year ago on 10 May 2004. On looking back,  we are reminded of the quote from Victor Frankl which appeared in our Reflections page on our first launch on 10 May 1998 - a quote which, perhaps, bears repetition, seven years later  -

"Don't aim at success - the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run - in the long run, I say! - success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it..." Victor E. Frankl, who endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps, writing  in 'Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning'

8 May 2005 Tamil National Forum to include

1.Sanmugam Sabesan on உருவாகுமா உறவு? - India & the Sruggle for Tamil Eelam, and

2. Dharmeratnam Sivaram on The psyche of the Sinhala Nation

"..By allowing my friends and me to stay in their house in Colombo, Chandrika and her husband helped us to do our work in Southern Sri Lanka. During that time Chandrika used to tell me, "Do not speak to anyone who does not accept the rights of the Tamils for self-determination." ( Her husband, Vijaya Kumaratunge, was kind and supportive of our people and our liberation struggle, but he was assassinated by the JVP).What happened to this kind of Chandrika, the President? Why did she unleash the horror of the "War for Peace" on Tamils? If we have to find explanations for all these, then we have to do an in-depth analysis of the psyche of the Sinhala Nation. Based on that alone can we firm up our approach on how to deal with the Sinhala nation..."more

6 May 2005 Tamil National Forum Selected Writings by Dharmeratnam Sivaram to include all eleven parts of  'On Tamil Militarism' which appeared in the Lanka Guardian in 1992 - now prepared by Sachi Sri Kantha for electronic record together with a Post Script

1. Tamil Militarism – Origins and Dispersion in South India and Sri Lanka
2.
Tamil Military Castes 
3.
Tamil Militarism – The Code of Suicide
4. Militarism and caste in Jaffna
5. The suppression of Tamil military castes
6. Bishop Caldwell and the Tamil Dravidians
7. The Tamil Soldier and the Dravidian Diaspora ,
8.
The Twin Narratives of Tamil Nationalism,  
9.
[Subramanya] Bharathy and the Legitimation of Militarism,
10. Warrior Sons and Mothers,  and
11.
The Legend of Cheran Senguttuvan

5 May 2005 One Hundred Tamils of 20th Century - Dharmeratnam Sivaram (Taraki) to include

1. விடுதலைப் புலிகளின் முக்கிய உறுப்பினர் க.வே.பாலகுமாரன் ஆற்றிய உரை

2 Prof. Tom Plate, Director of Asia Pacific Media NetworkMan Who Knew Too Much Dead

"The brave Sivaram, at the age of 46, is with us no more. The mean and mediocre remain; the outstanding are dealt death by evil. The internationally acclaimed journalist was murdered" more

3 Tribute by Harinda Ranura Vidanage - Sivaram’s Murder Never Took Place!

"..What the killers have only silenced are the physical movements of a being who lived in two worlds. Physical home, family, secret meetings, political gatherings, restaurants and pubs was his first world. Siva lived in a broader world rather a universe where he surfed the waves of the information galaxy transforming it into a powerful symbolic existence of a virtual life.."more

4. சிவராமுக்கு தமிழ் ஈழத் தேசியத் தலைவர் 'மாமனிதர்" பட்டம் வழங்கி கௌரவிப்பு...

5. A Worthy Life - Dharmeratnam Sivaram (Taraki) (1959-2005) - Sachi Sri Kantha

3 May 2005 Tamil National Forum - Selected Writings by M.Thanapalasingham to include

சிவராமுடன் (தராக்கி) ஒரு நாள்  "..மதுவையும், மாமிசத்தையும் சுவைத்து அவற்றை வாழ்வின் இயல்பாக்கியவள் ஒளவை. அதனை பாட்டுக்குப் பொருளாக்கிய வெட்கப்படாத நேர்மை, உண்மையில் பற்றுறிதி, அறிவுத்திறன் நிர்பந்தங்களுக்கு வளையாது வீரத்தைப் போற்றும் திண்ணம் தமிழ்பற்று மண்பற்று என்பன எல்லாம் சேர்ந்த ஒளவை சிவராமிற்கு ஆதர்சமாக இருந்ததைக் கண்டேன்..." more

2 May 2005 Reflections to include

"...Tell me one operation of war which is moral.... Sticking a bayonet into a man's belly, is that moral? Then they say, well, of course strategic bombing involved civilians. Civilians are always involved in major wars. After all, previous wars ended up in the besieging of major cities, and in besieging a city what was the idea? To cut off all supplies, and the city held out if it could until they'd eaten the last dog, cat, and sewer rat and were all starving, and meanwhile the besieging forces lobbed every missile they could lay their hands on into the city, more or less regardless of where those missiles landed, as an added incentive to surrender...."  Sir Arthur Harris, head of  RAF Bomber Command. 1942-45 quoted in War by Gwynne Dyer,1986

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