Tamil TRIBUNE Monthly magazine (tamiltribune): articles on Tamil Nadu, India, Sri Lanka and Tamil Eelam with emphasis on current event articles, politics, political analysis, Tamil language, history and culture. Special articles on Sri Lankan Sinhala-Tamil conflict, LTTE and war, and Dravidian parties (AIADMK, etc.) and anti-Hindi agitations in Tamil Nadu.
Editor: Inia Pandian
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Who we are?
TAMIL TRIBUNE was established in 1994 as an independent voice of the Tamil people. With the Internet becoming popular and more widely available, Tamiltribune went on the Internet in September 1997. We now have readers from almost every country where Tamils live. Our readership is not limited to Tamils. It is read by Tamils as well as non-Tamils from India, Sri Lanka, Europe, the Americas and other parts of the world.
In the very first issue of TAMIL TRIBUNE, we stated our mission as follows:
"TAMIL TRIBUNE will try to publish all points of view. We will not shrink from publishing controversial or off-the-main-line views."
We have truly adhered to our mission statement. Tamil Tribune never shrunk from publishing controversial articles, and drew criticism, anger, insult as well as praise from many. Even Hindustan Times (one of the oldest English language newspapers in India), Midweek Mirror (one of the oldest English magazines in Sri Lanka) and the discussion forum of SAJA (South Asian Journalists Association) talked about our articles in the early years of Tamil Tribune (in 1999, 1998 and 1999, respectively). The first one was negative while the other two were complimentary/neutral about our new magazine.
Editorial policy of Tamil Tribune is to publish articles irrespective of whether the editor agrees or disagrees with the views expressed therein. For example, within a few months of writing an editorial praising Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, we published an article highly critical of him. Tamil Tribune has no political affiliation. After criticizing India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in one issue, just before the 1999 elections, Tamil Tribune published an article from a non-Tamil writer asking the people of Tamil Nadu to vote for BJP. After publishing an article critical of Sri Lankan President Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga, we extended an open invitation to her or her staff to rebut the article, and promised to publish the rebuttal in its entirety (as long as it was not more than 3 times the length of the original article).
Our editorial policy is not to push just one point of view onto our readers but to present all points of view. We believe that when presented with all points of view, the majority will choose the best view in most situations. Some readers wrote us that majority of the articles published in Tamil Tribune are based on Tamil nationalism. True, this is because we receive more articles based on Tamil nationalism than otherwise. If we receive more articles opposed to Tamil nationalism, we will publish them, letting our readers to decide which is in the best interest of the Tamil people. We think that one reason why the majority of articles submitted to us are of the former nature is that most mass circulation publications catering to the Tamil people would not publish such articles fearing the anger of the Indian government, powerful politicians and groups. In contrast, Tamil Tribune publishes them and that is the reason why some Tamil nationalist writers choose to send their articles to us.
Reliability of the information in our articles: An article may have objective and subjective content. Objective contents are historical events or other facts that cannot be disputed. "Madras State students carried out protest marches against Hindi imposition on January 25, 1965 (Madras State is now called Tamil Nadu State)" is objective content. Subjective contents are opinions of authors. "We believe that Hindi imposition cannot be stopped" is subjective opinion. We make every effort that objective contents in our articles are correct. We will correct any factual error if you report it to us; this is our promise to readers. We are human; an error or two may slip by. If it does happen please write us. We will correct it and publish an errata. As of now we have not received any e-mail pointing to factual errors in Tamil Tribune.
During the first fifteen years on the Internet (September 1997 to August 2012), about 300 original articles were published in TAMIL TRIBUNE. Always something interesting and informativeã
"All great struggles of history have been won by superior will power wrestling victory in the teeth of odds." - Winston Churchill
LINKS TO A FEW ARTICLES FROM THE PAST YEARS: