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Each article was written at different points of time and thus reflects the situation at that time. However the basic underlying facts, discussions and the “bigger picture” would be valid even if read 10, 20 or 50 years after they were published. (Tamil Nadu or Tamilnadu means Tamil Country. It is also known as Tamilagam or Thamizhagam.)


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Killings of Tamil Nadu Fishermen in the Sea

Cauvery River Water Dispute

Historical Perspectives


Whither Devolution of Power to States?

Discriminatory Indian Political Structure

Tamil Movie World


Miscellaneous - On the Lighter Side

Miscellaneous - On the Serious Side


Tamil Nadu and the Sri Lankan Ethnic Conflict (will open in a new page)

Tamil Nadu Politics (including political satire) (will open in a new page)

Tamil Nadu independence movements (will open in a new page)

Status of Tamil Language in tamil Nadu (will open in a new page)



Killings of Tamil Nadu Fishermen in the Sea

20090601 How Many Indian Tamilnadu Fishermen did Sri Lankan Navy Kill? (by Usha Ramanathan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, June 2009 (6 KB) (tn)

Although the Sri Lankan Navy had shot and killed large number of Tamil Nadu fishermen, Indian government is looking the other way. Author attempts to establish the number of fishermen killed. The number runs well into the hundreds.

20081202 Indian Government "Justifies" Sri Lankan Navy Killing Tamil Nadu Fishermen (by Usha Ramanathan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, December 2008 (11 KB) (tn)

Statements by Indian Navy Commodore and India’s External Affairs Minister (Foreign Minister) about Killings of Tamil Nadu Fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy.

20160902 Indian Government Favours Sinhala Fishermen over Tamil Nadu Fishermen (The 300 million Rupees Question) (by Usha Ramanathan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, September 2016 (8 KB) (tn)

India refuses aid to Tamilnadu fishermen who lost their livelihood due to Sri Lankan Navy but gives Rs. 300 million to improve livelihood of Sinhala fishermen.

20111001 Indian Parliament Debates Sri Lankan Navy Killing Tamilnadu Fishermen (Half Truths and Cover Ups) (by Usha Ramanathan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, October 2011 (22 KB) (tn)

Title is self-explanatory.

20111201 India, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and Sri Lankan Navy Killing Tamilnadu Fishermen (by Usha Ramanathan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, December 2011 (9 KB) (tn)

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's harsh criticism of Indian government over the Sri Lankan navy killing Tamilnadu fishermen.

20070403 India, Sri Lankan Navy and Tamil Nadu Fishermen: Is Tamil Blood Cheap in the Eyes of Indian Government? (by Usha Ramanathan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, April 2007 (6 KB) (tn)

India's step motherly treatment of Tamil Nadu fishermen. Compare how India reacted swiftly and sternly to Pakistan shooting and killing one north Indian fisherman and how it reacted to Sri Lanka killing Tamil Nadu fishermen even after scores of them have been killed.

20040901 Killings of Tamil Nadu Fishermen Continue with Impunity (by Usha Ramanathan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, September 2004 (23 KB) (tn)

Sri Lankan Navy continues to shoot and kill Tamil Nadu fishermen. What India could have done and still could do, and why Indian Government refuses to do it. India's continued economic and military assistance to Sri Lanka even as its navy is killing the fishermen is also discussed.

20110601 Naam Tamilar Founder Seeman on Indian/Tamil Nationalism and Tamil Nadu Fishermen's Death (by Usha Ramanathan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, June 2011 (6 KB) (tn)

Title is self-explanatory.

20081001 Why No Compensation for Tamil Nadu Fishermen Killed by Sri Lankan Navy? (by Usha Ramanathan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, October 2008 (6 KB) (tn)

Author asks why the Indian government that is giving substantial financial aid to the families of those killed by terrorists, militants, insurgents and Naxalites, has not given a single Rupee to Tamilnadu fishermen killed by Sri Lankan Navy.

20091202 No Money to Protect Tamil Nadu Fishermen from Sri Lankan Navy (by Usha Ramanathan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, December 2009 (8 KB) (tn)

How much is the life of a Tamil Nadu fisherman worth to India?

20120501 Who is Killing Tamil Nadu Fishermen and Where? (Sri Lanka and India) (by Usha Ramanathan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, May 2012 (16 KB) (tn)

Who is killing Tamil Nadu fishermen and where? Sri Lankan navy? Indian navy or coast guard? LTTE? Some unidentified group? Sri Lankan fishermen?

20090902 How will Identity Cards Stop Sri Lankan Navy Shooting Tamil Nadu Fishermen? (by Usha Ramanathan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, September 2009 (6 KB) (tn)

Title is self-explanatory.

20120902 Indian Government Defends Sri Lankan Navy in Court (Attacks on Tamil Nadu Fishermen) (by Usha Ramanathan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, September 2012 (8 KB) (tn)

Title is self-explanatory.

19971201 Gujral and the Fishermen (by Usha Ramanathan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, December 1997 (15 KB) (tn)

Scores of Rameshwaram fishermen from Tamilnadu were killed and many more wounded by Srilankan Navy but the Indian Navy does nothing to stop it. Why? Are Tamil citizens expendable and is Tamil blood cheap in the context of India's military and geopolitical calculations and regional power ambitions in South Asia and the Indian Ocean? If Hindi fishermen were killed, will Indian Government reaction be the same?

20070501 India, Sri Lankan Navy, LTTE and Tamil Nadu Fishermen: The Maria Episode and Investigation (by Usha Ramanathan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, May 2007 (16 KB) (te, tn)

Did India frame LTTE for Tamil Nadu fishermen killings? Why?

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Cauvery River Water Dispute

19980201 Cauvery River Water Dispute and Karnataka Massacres: Part 1 (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, February 1998 (22 KB) (f, tn)

Title is self-explanatory.

19980301 Cauvery River Water Dispute and Karnataka Massacres: Part 2 (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, March 1998 (19 KB) (f, tn)

Title is self-explanatory.

20001202 Where was the Indian Army in 1991? (by Muthuswamy Karuppannan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, December 2000 (15 KB) (i, tn)

Kannadiga hooligans attacked, raped and murdered Tamils in Karnataka even as Karnataka police stood aside. India refused to send the army to protect them. (Vast majority of Karnataka population has nothing to do with the attacks and many Kannadigas in the violent areas sheltered Tamils from murderous hooligans.)

20021202 Nationalization of Cauvery River is not Good for Tamil Nadu (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, December 2002 (21 KB) (tn)

Karnataka's refusal to release TamilNadu's share of Cauvery water has resulted in starvation in the Cauvery delta region. Some people are asking the Indian government to take over (nationalize) the Cauvery River. The author argues against it. He goes through the chronology of events from 1971 - 2002, and shows that the Indian government had always sided with Karnataka on Cauvery water dispute. So, can Tamil Nadu expect a fair deal if the Indian government takes over the river?

A very well researched article. Author's summary of the chronology of events from 1971-2002 is excellent.

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Historical Perspectives

20090401 Tamil Nadu: Glorious Past and Pathetic Present (History and Current Events) (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, April 2009 (27 KB) (f, tn)

Title is self-explanatory.

20010403 Why is King Raja Raja Cholan Standing outside the Thanjai Big Temple? (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, April 2001 (16 KB) (tn) (Updated: June 2016)

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20120601 Indian Government to Demolish Ancient Hindu Saivaite Sivan Temple in Tamil Nadu (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, June 2012 (17 KB) (f, i, tn)

Why Hindi politicians show a blind eye to the demolition of a 1300-years old, historical temple in Tamil Nadu? Reasons discussed.

20130401 Indian Government Ignores Tamil Poet Thiruvalluvar (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, April 2013 (9 KB) (tn)

Indian Government Tourism Ministry ignores Tamil Poet Thiruvalluvar Statue in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu in its sound and light show. There is a pattern of Indian Government ignoring or "hiding" Tamil history and culture in its projects while highlighting the culture and history of Hindi region.

20150401 The Ancient Tamil Sport of Jallikattu Banned in India (by Arumugam Kumaraswamy), TAMIL TRIBUNE, April 2015 (12 KB) (tn)

Indian Government interferes in Tamil Traditions and Cultural Events.

20040501 Hidden History of Tamil Nadu (South Indian History Ignored in Indian History Books) (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, May 2004 (17 KB) (i, tn)

Title is self-explanatory.

20120901 Indian School Textbook from NCERT Distorts and Disparages 1965 Tamil Nadu Students Anti-Hindi Imposition Agitation (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, September 2012 (8 KB) (h, tn)

Title is self-explanatory.

20121201 Indian School Textbook from NCERT Distorts History of Tamil Nadu (by Thanjai Nalankilli ), TAMIL TRIBUNE, December 2012 (11 KB) (tn)

Indian school textbook from NCERT used in CBSE schools distorts history of Tamil Nadu and Dravidian movement/parties.

Rise and Fall of the Dravidian Parties in Tamil Nadu (South India)

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Whither Devolution of Power to States?

20120701 Indian Central Government: Federalism, Finances and Devolution of Power to States (Quotes from Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram) (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, July 2012 (9 KB) (i, tn)

Title is self-explanatory.

20160301 Why Some State Governments Demand Devolution of Power in the Industrial Sector (Examples from Tamil Nadu (India) in 2015) (by Compiled by Thanjai Nalankilli/SPAN>), TAMIL TRIBUNE, March 2016 (12 KB) (e, tn)

        Title is self-explanatory.

20090901 India and Tamil Nadu: Dr. Ambedkar Law University Affair (by P. V. Velu), TAMIL TRIBUNE, September 2009 (5 KB) (tn)

Why do we need approval from India for moving Dr. Ambedkar Law University to a new location?

20021203 Indian Government Takeover of Tamil Nadu Temples and Historical Sites (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, December 2002 (8 KB) (tn)

Indian Government's attempt to take-over of the centuries-old Tiruvannamalai temple is opposed by the Tamil Nadu State Government, most major political parties and the local people. Author provides his own reasons for opposing Indian Government takeover of historical and religious sites in Tamilnadu.

20160201 Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV and the Indian Government (TATCV) (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, February 2016 (12 KB) (tn)

How Indian Government's interference in cable TV distribution in Tamil Nadu adversely affects Tamil Nadu cable TV subscribers.

 

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Discriminatory Indian Political Structure

20050401 Is India Really a Democracy? (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, April 2005 (14 KB) (i, tn)

Is India really a democracy? Federalism, multi-national states and democracy. Un-federal features of Indian constitution. Something is fundamentally wrong with how "democracy" is implemented and exercised in the multi-ethnic, multi-linguistic, multi-national Indian Union. Minority nationalities like Assamese, Manipuris, Mizos, Nagas, Sikhs, Tamils, etc. are discriminated economically and culturally.

20110401 Indian Government's Broken Promises to Tamil Nadu (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, April 2011 (11 KB) (i, tn)

Indian government's broken promises to Tamilnadu chief ministers on Indian Airlines, official languages commission and fishermen killings.

20071202 Political Expediencies within India-Tamil Nadu Power Structure: Karunanidhi and Rajiv Gandhi: Posthumous Reconciliation (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, December 2007 (13 KB) (i, p, tn)

Author argues through the Karunanidhi-Rajiv Gandhi example, "Interests of Tamil Nadu and Tamil people cannot be protected under the Indian political structure and constitution. Hindi politicians would never allow a change to the current political structure because it benefits Hindi people enormously."

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Tamil Movie World

20020302 Shadow Wars on the Silver Screen (by Inia Pandian), TAMIL TRIBUNE, March 2002 (10 KB) (p, tn)

How M. Karunanidhi and MGR (M.G. Ramachandran) used Tamil movies to insult each other and propagate Tamil nationalism.

20030302 Tamil Movies: Flesh Trade by any Name (by A. Rajagopal), TAMIL TRIBUNE, March 2003 (6 KB) (m, tn)

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Miscellaneous - On the Lighter Side

19971102 Chennai and Madras: What is in a Name? (by Inia Pandian), TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 1997 (7 KB) (tn)

Origin of the names Chennai and Madras (capital of Tamil Nadu State) is discussed.

19970903 A Strange Disease In Tamil Nadu (by Inia Pandian), TAMIL TRIBUNE, September 1997 (12 KB) (p, tn)

Political satire. Discussion of a strange disease that afflicted some powerful politicians and their friends in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

20020602 A Strange Disease Spreads from Tamil Nadu to Sri Lanka (by Inia Pandian), TAMIL TRIBUNE, June 2002 (9 KB) (tn)

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20050402 Sadu Kudu, Kabadi, Thina Thanthi and PMK (by K. Pitchai), TAMIL TRIBUNE, April 2005 (10 KB) (tn)

Attempts to revive the 2000-year old sadu-kudu game in Tamilnadu. How to play the game?

20020403 Funeral Customs among Lower and Upper Caste Families in Tamil Nadu (by T. Ponnaiah), TAMIL TRIBUNE, April 2002 (5 KB) (tn)

Title is self-explanatory.

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Miscellaneous - On the Serious Side

20051002 Military Aspect of Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project (SSCP) (by Usha Ramanathan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, October 2005 (15 KB) (i, tn)

Military aspects of the Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project (SSCP) and the conventional and nuclear war risks to Tamil Nadu, South India.

19981001 Indian Soldiers on a Rape Spree in Tamil Nadu (by Usha Ramanathan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, October 1998 (8 KB) (i, tn)

Title is self-explanatory.

19981201 Are Indian Soldiers above the Law in Tamil Nadu? (by Usha Ramanathan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, December 1998 (10 KB) (i, tn)

It seems so.

20130802 Non-Tamil IAS and IPS Officers in Tamil Nadu (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, August 2013 (6 KB) (tn)

Of the 355 IAS officers in Tamil Nadu State only 170 are from Tamil Nadu. Of the 259 IPS officers in Tamil Nadu State only 108 are from Tamil Nadu (as of May 2012)...We want all IAS and IPS officers be from the state and proficient in the state language.

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History of Dravidian Parties in Tamil Nadu (A series of articles)

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