I am Standing Up in My Heart!

A Mini-Story about Tamil Nationalists in Tamil Nadu, South India

Thanjai Nalankilli

TAMIL TRIBUNE, February 2012 (ID. 2012-02-02)
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Here is a mini-story (slightly modified version of a story I heard a few years ago). A busy mother walks into the room and sees her young son and stepson fighting. As punishment, she asks the stepson to sit on a chair in a corner of the room for 10 minutes. The boy obediently sits on the chair. Then mutters to her, "You know, I may be sitting on the outside but I am standing on the inside (in his heart)".

Such is the situation of many Tamil nationalists in Tamil Nadu. They are prevented from speaking about Tamilnadu independence by denying permission for their public meetings under one guise or other (although the Indian constitution guarantees free speech). So they do not speak about independence overtly but ask for something just short of it; autonomy, self-rule, etc. They may not be demanding independence outwardly but they are doing so on the inside (in their hearts).

Will the Indian government allow freedom of speech when it comes to independence? Will it allow Tamil nationalists to contest elections and prove their strength? Will the Indian government allow a plebiscite on Tamil Nadu independence (in the same way Canada allowed one in Quebec Province in 1980 and Indonesia in East Timor in 1999)? [Reference 1]


1. Hold a Plebiscite (Referendum) in Tamilnadu on Independence (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, August 2008 (27 KB) (f)


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