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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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April 2005 -

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

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

"அச்சம் என்பது மடமையடா
அஞ்சாமை திராவிடர் உரிமையடா
ஆறிலும் சாவு நூறிலும் சாவு
தாயகம் காப்பது கடமையடா

Sivaram had proved in life and in his courageous death that he had lived up to emulate the words penned by poet Kannadasan. This is no mean achievement."

2. " He (Sivaram) was targeted because of uncompromising coverage of the political and military situation, particularly since the emergence of the pro-government Tamil militia headed by Colonel Karuna. Reporters Without Borders said Sri Lanka's authorities were guilty of failing to combat impunity in past cases of murders of journalists. In several reports, it had shown that the government, headed by Chandrika Kumaratunga, has protected killers of journalists, particularly Tamil militia of the EPDP, elements in the presidential guard and members of Col. Karuna's Tamil militia..."Reporters Without Borders

28 April 2005 Tsunami & an Outpouring of Poems - சுனாமி கவிதைகள் to include Poem by Karthikeya Rajan -  "கடல் தன் நிலை உரைத்தல் - நடந்தவை முடிந்து, நாட்கள் நகர்ந்த பின்னும், என்னை நெருங்க அஞ்சுகிறீர்! "

27 April 2005 Dravidian Temple Architecture extensively revised to include

UNESCO World Heritage Monuments Brihadisvara temple of Gangaikondacholapuram and Airavatesvara temple of Darasuram "an exceptional and most outstanding testimony to the development of the architecture of the Chola empire and Tamil civilisation in southern India."

27 April 2005 Tamil Digital Renaissance to include

1. Red Hat launches Tamil Linux operating system "..Red Hat India, a provider of open source solutions has launched a Tamil version of its Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system .. In addition to the operating system, the Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 4-Tamil includes office suite with a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool as well as a web browser (Firefox) and e-mail client. ..Red Hat is targeting the government and educational institutions for marketing its software... The cost for the entire Linux version-4 Tamil suite subscription cost is Rs 1,950, which includes telephonic and web-based technical support for the first year and upgrades for seven years..."

2.Microsoft India launches Tamil interface "Microsoft India has launched Office Tamil 2003, a Tamil language interface that provides users a complete range of applications. The product was officially launched by M Karunanidhi, former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, and Dayanidhi Maran, Union minister of communication and information technology..."

 26 April 2005 Reflections to include

 "...We must never forget, that under modern conditions of life, science and technology, all war has become greatly brutalized and that no one who joins in it, even in self-defence, can escape becoming also in a measure brutalized. Modern war cannot be limited in its destructive method and the inevitable debasement of all participants... we as well as our enemies have contributed to the proof that the central moral problem is war and not its methods..." - Harry L. Stimson, US Secretary of State  quoted, appropriately enough by Hitler's Arms Minister, Albert Speer in Inside the Third Reich

24 April 2005 Reflections to include

 1."A prince...cannot practice all those things which gain men a reputation for being good, as it is often necessary, in order to keep hold of the state, to act contrary to trust, contrary to charity, contrary to humanity, and contrary to religion..."- Machiavelli in the Prince

2. "..Much of the revolutionaries' money came from rich progressives... But ... factional backbiting began to discourage these devotees... It was at this time, then, that Lenin resorted to 'expropriations'... the most effective of these were organised by the hitherto obscure Georgian Bolshevik Stalin and his half crazed agent Kamo..." Robert Conquest in  Lenin

22 April 2005 Tamil National Forum - Selected Writings by Sanmugam Sabesan to include

தமிழ்ப்புத்தாண்டா. . .?

"..சித்திரை மாதத்தில் ‘பிறப்பதாகச்’ சொல்லப்படும் இந்த ஆண்டுப் பிறப்புத்தான் தமிழர்களின் புத்தாண்டா?... பண்டைத் தமிழரின் ‘காலக் கணக்கு முறை’ குறித்துப் புரிந்து கொள்ளுதல் இவ்வேளையில் பொருத்தமானதாக இருக்கக் கூடும்..." more

21 April 2005 International Relations in the Age of Empire -  to include

1.Power & Interests  News Report - Courting New Delhi: Washington and Beijing Compete for Influence - Adam Wolfe

"Last month, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice paid a visit to India where she discussed Washington's desire to help India become a "major world power." Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao followed suit with Beijing's most recent wooing of New Delhi by announcing a "strategic partnership" between the world's two most populous countries. India has clearly become an object of desire for the major powers in Asian politics; how this courtship plays out will have global ramifications.."  more

2 Gorbachev hits out at US over nuclear weapon arsenals

"I think the United States is sick. It suffers from sickness, disease of being the victor and it needs to cure itself.. They say other people don't need nuclear weapons, but what kind of law is this that they are advocating? It's the law of the jungle..."

17 April 2005 Struggle for Tamil Eelam to include

1.Tamil Eelam - a de facto reality  - Ithaya from Norway  

"...For the first time in their fierce armed uprising for an autonomous homeland, the Tamil Tigers see themselves as being within striking distance of their goal. This is so because Sri Lanka needs international aid for post-tsunami reconstruction and rehabilitation and governments across the world want Sri Lanka to share the aid with LTTE. Colombo is caught in a Catch-22 situation; if it shirks away from sharing the aid, all the promised money will slink away and if it does, it will give legitimacy to an enemy with which it is in a reluctant ceasefire. Ironically, it is by doing neither that the government has endorsed the fact that LTTE does govern an area of the country that falls out of the realm of Sri Lanka’s sovereignty..."

2. The Death of Tamil Eelam - Sinhala Commentator, Dayan Jayatilleka in Asian Tribune

"..Sure the Tigers can get an audience in Europe and South Africa, and a sympathetic hearing from some UN agencies, but how many divisions do these players have? Sri Lanka finds itself under an unstructured, overlapping ‘umbrella’ of the United States, India and China.. This being the reality, the Chandrika administration must not sell-out on the joint mechanism. A joint mechanism incorporating the Tigers is a good thing, even unavoidable, but this proposed one, with a Tiger monopoly of Tamil representation, is not. "

16 April 2005 Comments & About Us to include

Christian Noll, International Peace and Conflict Resolution, American University, School of International Affairs

 "...I am conducting a case study of the conflict in Sri Lanka to examine the interactions between Tamil youth agency and LTTE norms of childhood. The following five questions comprise my study’s Delphi technique, measuring my study’s findings against the opinions of experts. I hope you will take the time to respond to this brief survey..." and Response by tamilnation.org:

16 April 2005 Tamil Cuisine to include

Lakshmi Holmström on  "What’s cooking? Preparing and sharing food in Ambai’s Tamil short stories

 "Food can be a means of defining a group identity.."...Food can be a means of defining a group identity: other people stereotype the ‘Madrassi’ by what and how she eats... while someone from Tirunelveli defines himself as much by regional landscape as by local foods... On the other hand, where a protagonist perceives her ‘self’ as fluid and changing, tastes and smells of food still feature prominently among the ragbag of memories, sense impressions including music, and emotions that make up her particular history.." more

14 April 2005 Tsunami Disaster Appeal - Tamil Eelam to include

Shiranee Pararajasingham from Australia reports on a Visit to Tamil Eelam - 

"It is with much sadness that I have begun saying goodbye to the wonderful people I have met during my stay here in Vanni...This is my final update before I return home in a week.People have been very warm and gracious in sharing their stories with me. Every person I met had a story – they had lost at least one (usually more) family member either in the war or as a result of the Tsunami. Displacement has thrust them into poverty...." more

14 April 2005 Tamil National Forum to include

Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia on சர்வதேச ஊடகவியலாளர் மகாநாடு - மூன்றாண்டுகள் தருகின்ற தெளிவுகள்

"...சரியாக மூன்று ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன்னால் நடைபெற்ற இந்த மிகமுக்கியமான நிகழ்ச்சியை மீண்டும் விபரிப்பது அல்ல, இந்தக் கட்டுரையின் நோக்கம். மாறாக அன்றைய தினம் கொடுக்கப்பட்ட கொள்கை விளக்கங்கள், கருத்துக்கள் ஆகியவை இன்று மூன்று ஆண்டுகள் ஆகின்ற இந்த வேளையில் எவ்வளவு தீர்க்கமாகவும், தெளிவாகவும் இருக்கின்றன என்பதையும் தர்க்கிப்பதுவேயாகும்..." more

13 April 2005 Tamil Digital Renaissance to include Tamil Language Computing Initiatives Launch, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 2005

12 April 2005 Dravidian Temple Architecture to include University of California, Berkeley Tamil Conference - Koyil - Invention, Imagination, Transmission and the Temples of Tamil Nadu, 30 April, 2005

11 April 2005 Learning Tamil to include

1.J. P. Fabricius's Tamil and English Dictionary. - On Line
2.N. Kathiraiver Pillai's Tamil Moli Akarathi: Tamil-Tamil dictionary - On Line
3.A core vocabulary for Tamil. - David W McAlpin - On Line
4.Tamil lexicon -  University of Madras - On Line
5. A comprehensive Tamil and English dictionary - Miron Winslow - On Line

10 April 2005 Reflections to include

"..If you place a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will immediately try to scramble out. But if you place the frog in room temperature water, and don't scare him, he'll stay put. Now, if the pot sits on a heat source, and if you gradually turn up the temperature, something very interesting happens..." more

8 April 2004 Tamil National Forum to include

Manitham issues Urgent Appeal for an International Independent Investigation on Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project

"...the Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project (SSCP), will undoubtedly change the face of the earth in two countries and might exacerbate the possibility of sudden natural disasters such as Tsunamis, Tidal waves or Cyclones..."

7 April 2005 New Delhi & the Tamil Struggle: An Amoral Role - the Record Speaks... 

யாழ்ப்பாணத்தில் 'றோ'வின் கண்கள்- New Delhi's RAW in Jaffna "தமிழகத்தில் இருந்து மூட்டைகட்டி வீடு வீடாக துணிகள் விற்பவர்கள் இங்கு களமிறங்கி யுள்ளனர். இவர்கள் தமிழகத்திலிருந்து விமானம் வழியாக கொழும்புக்கும் அங்கிருந்து விமானம் வழியாக யாழ் பாணத்துக்கும் வருகின்றனர்... இந்தியாவிலிருந்து வந்து யாழ் வீதிகளில்.. " more

5 April 2005 Tamil National Forum to include

1. Sachi Sri Kantha from Japan on the Scarecrow Song of Karuna  "My desk dictionary provides two meanings for the noun, scarecrow; (1) any crude figure of a person set up to scare crows and other birds away from growing crops, (2) a person of ragged or disreputable appearance. The Tamil word for scarecrow is ‘Veruli’... more ;and

2. Sanmugam Sabesan from Australia on வரலாற்றின் தீர்ப்பு  "...எந்தச் சிங்களக்கட்சிகள் மாறி, மாறி ஆட்சிக்கு வந்தாலும், தமிழ் மக்களின் தேசியப் பிரச்சனைகளுக்கு ஒரு நியாயமான-நிரந்தரமான-நீதியான-கௌரவமான தீர்வு கிடைக்கப் போவதில்லை என்ற கசப்பான உண்மையை, கடந்த ஐம்பது ஆண்டுகால வரலாறும் சேர்ந்து உணர்த்தி நிற்கின்றது..."more

2 April 2005 Human Rights, Humanitarian Law & the Tamil Nation to include

S.Sivanayagam, Editorial in Oru Paper on Tamil children orphaned by Sri Lanka’s war and tsunami - and maligned by UNICEF! "...UNICEF, an organisation that has been long playing anti-LTTE politics in Sri Lanka had according to a report counted 3516 cases of child soldiers since the war stopped in February 2002. One does not know how they did the counting. Obviously by using a telescope and a calculator. A drunken man soaked in liquor can sometimes see a pink elephant. But other mortals, however hard they try can never see a pink elephant. To the UNICEF man in Colombo, to Kadirgamar, to the columnists of the Island newspaper, neither of whom had ever set eyes on the suffering orphan Tamil children in the Vanni taken care by the LTTE and TRO, every child there must look like a child soldier..."

1 April 2005 Learning & Teaching Tamil to include


Let us Learn Tamil - CD
"Learning to read and write Tamil is easy. You can do it in just 45 days,
if you spend at least 60 minutes a day"...
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