A Telugu Perspective on Independence from India (Questions and Answers)
TAMIL TRIBUNE, September 2015 (ID. 2015-09-01)
1. A Telugu Point of View on Independence from India
I came across your articles on the Internet and they are very inspiring and thought provoking indeed. My mother tongue is Telugu. When I consulted it with my Tamil friends, they laughed at the concept of independent Tamilnadu and said it would be a troublesome idea for the Unity of India and the harmony of its territories. But I seriously doubted about the phrase "territorial harmony". As you have said, Indian parliament is composed of a large number of North Indian politicians who are inculcated with the idea of Aryan supremacy and look down on Dravidians.
I doubt that Telugu language is adulterated Tamil version with Sanskrit. But I always want to boast myself as a Dravidian no matter how the language might be manipulated by some north Indians. Hence I had a heated argument (though healthy) with my Tamil friends about independent Tamil Nadu. Together we have some doubts mentioned below which can be cleared by you so that we would get some valuable and hidden information that ought to be spread to the betrayed Dravidian communities especially Tamils. How can one who does not know his/her past, set forth his/her future?
There are no strong leaders with selfless thoughts after the Indian independence, not only in Tamil Nadu but in the whole Indian subcontinent. So who will take us to the path of getting free Tamil Nadu by tackling all real time problems and pressures of the Indian government that is against territorial separation?
Do you believe we will still be able to get freedom through Dravidian political parties (DMK, AIADMK, etc.) who are rotten to the core by corruption and selfishness? (DMK - Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, AIADMK - All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam)
What we youngsters have to do to realize our pride and ancient culture and preserve them through future generations?
I have heard about the unity of Jews and their determination over winning a separate nation after so many unimaginable hardships? Is something s missing in our genes? Or, are we always back-stabbed by our own race?
Do you think that most Tamils are aware of their historical glory? Will they accept it if they are properly educated about it?
Thank you such for your patience and considerations. Looking for your reply.
2. Response from Thanjai Nalankilli
[We asked Thanjai Nalankilli to respond to the e-mail. He has published several articles on Tamil Nadu independence in the Tamil magazines Thenmoli and Tamil Nilam in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and dozens of articles in Tamil Tribune in recent years. - Editor]
Here is Thanjai Nalankilli's response.
Thank you for the e-mail. We appreciate your thoughtful comments. I am providing a quick, short response and refer to a number related articles. All these articles are published in www.tamiltribune.com.
No country or people has been enslaved for ever. When a people is oppressed and their legitimate rights denied, sooner or later a leader will arise and will courageously and selflessly fight for the people. This is a historical certainty. When will that leader arise is not known, but one or more will. The first may fail, the second may fail but one will eventually succeed.
When Americans wanted to liberate themselves from the British colonial rule, there came a warrior named George Washington. In his early years Washington was a senior British officer. He retired and lead a very wealthy civilian life. As the American independence war started, he answered his people's call for duty in 1775 and agreed to be the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army (American freedom fighters) and lead the nation to victory.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was a lawyer. He rose to lead the Indian subcontinent to freedom from British rule.
Poland used to be under the domination of the Soviet Union. Lech Wałęsa was an electrician. Starting with trade union activities, he eventually transformed Poland from a Soviet "puppet dictatorship" to a truly independent democratic Poland in the early 1990s.
A senior Hungarian military officer Nagy lead a military rebellion against Soviet domination in the 1950s and was crushed by the much more powerful Soviet army. But the desire for freedom did not disappear from Hungarian hearts. Eventually they seized the opportunity of the turmoil in Soviet Union and Eastern Europe and became totally independent.
Alexander Dubcek was the leader of Czechoslovakia (under the domination of Soviet Union) in 1968. He attempted to reform the
You see from these examples that true leaders arise in oppressed nations in due course and lead the independence move. They may come from politics or military or trade union or any other stream of te society. But they do rise in times of need. If they do not succeed at first they may succeed later. If they do not succeed at all, someone else will rise at a later date and be successful.
I have no concern that Tamil Nadu would lack a leader when the time comes. However it is important that the flames of freedom be kept burning in the hearts of Tamil people through articles, songs, speeches and other means. Only then will a leader arise from nowhere; only then he/she would have enough people to fight for freedom and achieve victory.
What DMK, AIADMK and other Tamil Nadu political parties say openly and do secretly are not necessarily the same. DMK abandoned its independence from India for Dravida Nadu or Tamil Nadu in 1963 after the Indian parliament amended the Indian constitution prohibiting political parties and persons advocating separation from contesting elections [Reference 1]. AIADMK separated from DMK well after 1963 and so never advocated freedom for Tamil Nadu. Laws and constitutional amendments can prevent people from saying something openly/publicly but cannot change what is in their heart. Although DMK leaders stopped talking about independence publicly, aspirations for an independent Tamil Nadu did not change. There was some turmoil in India in the late 1960s and early 1970s following Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declaring emergency and ruling the country almost like a dictator. One or more DMK leaders took that opportunity to seek independence for Tamil Nadu. It was a secret for a long time. But a secret cable from the American Consulate in Chennai to the American government in Washington detailed how a Tamil Nadu State government minister, Rajaram, a close associate of the then chief minister and DMK leader Karunanidhi, approached the American consulate and enquired if America would support Tamil Nadu if it declared independence. The consular officer told Rajaram that America would not. This conversation was secret for a long time but the cable became public in the 2000s [Reference 2]. DMK, AIADMK and other Tamil leaders may publicly talk of their unceasing love for India, but what are they doing secretly? I hope that they and other Tamil leaders would do the right thing when an opportunity comes. That is why it is important that the flames of freedom be kept burning in the hearts of Tamil people through articles, songs, speeches and other means. Only then will a leader arise from nowhere; only then he/she would have enough people to fight for freedom and achieve victory.
Read books and articles that present the history, literature and culture of our people. Discuss them with your friends, family, co-workers and people who sit next to you on the bus or train. Please do not become a nuisance by talking incessantly about these matters. Bring the subject in your discussions and if they show no interest, move on to something else. If they show an interest engage them in conversation as long as they are also interested in the topic. If they get bored and try to change the subject, move on to whatever they like to talk. Don't argue with people but exchange views. Based on what you wrote us, you seem to be doing the right thing with your friends.
Participate in social media like twitter, facebook and also smaller discussion forums. Create your own blog if you can somehow get visibility in search engines so people would know about your blog and read it. Blog can be as simple as recommendations and reviews of books, articles, music and movies or your own full-length article as time permits.
Jewish history is one of persistence, perseverance and courage in the face of insurmountable obstacles. They were chased out of their country for almost two millennia and were living in so many other countries in small numbers--always a minority. Finally after their dark days of the second World War, they found a historical opportunity, seized the opportunity, fought courageously and established a country for themselves called Israel. (I am not taking sides on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by this statement. I hope peace will soon dawn on this ancient land.)
Unlike the Jews, Tamils are living in Tamil Nadu continuously in all known history. Tamil Nadu Tamils were never chased out of their country but they lost their sovereignty over Tamil Nadu about a 1000 years ago after the fall of the second Chola and Pandya dynasties [Reference 3]. People thought that they would be their own masters when the British left in 1947. What happened, unfortunately, was that the British masters left and Hindi masters took reign over Tamilnadu. Tamils of Tamilnadu did not seize the opportunity to establish their own independent Tamil Nadu as the British left, and we are seeing the consequences today. Tamil language is slowly made useless in Tamil Nadu itself [Reference 4] and large amounts of taxes collected in Tamil Nadu are allocated to the welfare of Hindi states [Reference 5].
There is nothing wrong with Tamil genes. Tamils had one of the largest empires in South Asia 2000 years ago during the first Chera, Chola and Pandya dynasties, and then again about a 1000 years ago during the second Chola, dynasty (Imperial Chola dynasty). You will find very little about this history in Indian history books but page after page discuss the glory days of northern kingdoms. Tamils have fought bravely against British rule but much of it is swept under the rug in Indian history. Today Tamil soldiers fight bravely in India's wars with Pakistan. I think that you are saying why are they not fighting for Tamil Nadu independence. One reason is that Tamil people are indoctrinated in false Indian nationalism. School books and television and radio shows talk of Indian nationalism; the fact is that there was never a country under the name India or Bharat or any name with approximately the same current Indian boundaries. These boundaries are the result of British conquests. The very concept of India as a single country was created for British administrative purposes. These boundaries and the artificial country of India should have ended along with the British rule and independent nations of Bengal, Andhra, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, etc. should have born. It did not happen because of the trusting nature of our people.
A golden opportunity for Tamil Nadu independence was lost in 1947. There is nothing gained in crying over the lost opportunity of 1947. We have to create an opportunity at an opportune time. Bengalis of East Bengal corrected their mistake, and fought and won independence and formed Bangladesh about quarter century later with a bloody war, with help from the Indian army. India would never have helped if Bengalis did not rise up. East Timor won its independence from Indonesia after the international community exerted pressure on Indonesia; international l community would not have exerted such pressure but for the demand from the people from East Timor. That is why it is important that the flames of freedom be kept burning in the hearts of Tamil people through articles, songs, speeches and other means.
Many nations under the Soviet Union, such as Ukraine, Armenia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania gained freedom because these people seized the opportunity of the turmoil in the Soviet Union to break from it and form their own countries. Had they not acted at that time, they might still be without a country of their own. Ukrainians, Armenians, Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanian did not fall for the false Soviet national identity and stick with it but seized the opportunity and gained independence. Tamils should not fall for the false, artificial Indian national identity and should work for independent Tamil Nadu. That is why it is important that the flames of freedom be kept burning in the hearts of Tamil people through articles, songs, speeches and other means.
Finally we refer our readers to the article "AN EXCHANGE OF VIEWS: Can Tamil Nadu be freed from Indian Rule?". Repead it when you have some time.
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