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Tamil Nadu is unique among the states of India. It is the southern-most state of India. There was an independence movement in Tamil Nadu before the British rulers left, and in fact, its independence demand precedes that of Pakistan. Although this movement had softened in the past few decades, there is still a hardcore underground independence movement still active and alive (click here for more information). Although there is opposition to Hindi imposition in most southern and northeastern states, opposition in Tamil Nadu is very intense and sometimes violent (click here for more information). India's support for the Sri Lankan government during the war between Sri Lankan military and minority Tamils of Sri Lanka created much discontent with the Indian government and demonstrations in Tamil Nadu in the first decade of the 21st century. There was even a threat of all members of parliament from Tamilnadu resigning. An emergency meeting of a senior Indian government minister with the Tamilnadu chief minister prevented the resignations. (click here for more information). Another issue of discontent and irritation is the Sri Lankan navy attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen in the seas. (click here for more information). Tamil Nadu also feels that the Indian government's economic policies are discriminatory against them (click here for more information).

In this page we list articles that do not fall under the above categories (click on the sub-category of interest).

Anchor Article

Democracy in India

Federalism and Devolution of Power to States

Discriminatory Political Structure

Hindi-North Centered Perspective

Defense and Military Policies

Anti-Hindi Feelings

The Great North-South Divide

Miscellaneous

Independence Movements


Anchor Article

20001101 Who Rules India? (Part I) (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 2000 (44 KB) (h, i)

Author argues that it is the Hindi politicians who control Indian government decisions and actions. Detailed discussion.

20110801 A Comprehensive Programme to Protect Indian Languages (A Bill of Rights for Indian Languages) (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, August 2011 (34 KB) (h, i)

Title is self-explanatory.

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Democracy in India

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.

20090702 Which is a Real Democracy: India or America? (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, July 2009 (14 KB) (i)

True democracy cannot flourish without freedom of speech. Author explores whether there is freedom of speech in India and America.

20110201 Indian Government and its Broken Promises (Federalism and Linguistic States) (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, February 2011 (12 KB) (i)

Title is self-explanatory.

20141001 India: Illegal Hindi Imposition Beyond the Constitution (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, October 2014 (9 KB) (h, i)

Examples of the Indian government imposing Hindi illegally beyond constitutional provisions and laws.

20161201 Stop the Lies about Hindi and Sanskrit (India) (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, December 2016 (12 KB) (h, i, s)

Can the President, Prime Minister or ministers of India abuse their freedom of speech and spread lies and false information on matters of national significance? Can a citizen file a lawsuit in courts to stop them from spreading such lies?

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Federalism and 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.

20110201 Indian Government and its Broken Promises (Federalism and Linguistic States) (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, February 2011 (12 KB) (i)

Title is self-explanatory.

20140501 Privatize or Shut down Akashvani and Doordharsan or ... (Indian Radio and Television) (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, May 2014 (10 KB) (i, s)

Examples of Hindi and Sanskrit propagation through broadcasting. Either allow both the Indian central government and the state governments to operate radio and television stations or allow neither to do so. That is the right thing to do in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual country.

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 Political Structure

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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Hindi-North Centered Perspective

20001101 Who Rules India? (Part I) (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 2000 (44 KB) (h, i)

Author argues that it is the Hindi politicians who control Indian government decisions and actions. Detailed discussion.

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.

20000302 Hindians Take Over More Power in India (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, March 2000 13 KB (i)

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20080901 The Pseudo-Elite Indians (by Atluri), TAMIL TRIBUNE, September 2008 (10 KB) (i)

A concept of Indian-ness has emerged which has place only for one kind of Indian-ness: North Indian-ness; anything North Indian or Hindi-speaking is the truly representative culture of Indians.

20091101 "Ethnic Cleansing" in Democratic India (by Thirumalai), TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 2009 (12 KB) (i)

Non-Hindi speaking Indians do not have the basic right of protecting their own language and culture against Hindi domination.

20070701 No Sari, No Idli : South Indians Go to Hell! (by Sharada T.P.K.), TAMIL TRIBUNE, July 2007 (8 KB) (h, hi, i)

Indian government attempts to eliminate South Indian cultural traditions from government-owned institutions.

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.

20020702 How the Indian Government Stabbed Myanmar (Burma) Tamils in the Back (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, July 2002 (9 KB) (h, i, t)

Title is self-explanatory.

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.

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Defense and Military Policies

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.

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

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.)

20090503 Where were the Indian Coast Guard and Navy when Terrorists Came to Mumbai? (November 26, 2008) (by V. Ramakrishnan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, May 2009 (7 KB) (i, te)

Author questions India's security priorities. Why is India chasing shadows in the south while real enemies enter northern 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.

Indian government spends billions of Rupees in military spending. Yet the Indian navy, which could pulverize the Sri Lankan navy in a few hours, stays around as a mere spectator as the Sri Lankan navy had killed a few hundred Tamilnadu fishermen and injured many more. Is Indian blood cheap in the eyes of the Indian government? Is India sacrificing south Indian lives for the good of the safety of Hindi north? ((click here for more information)

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Anti-Hindi Feelings

There was and is strong opposition to Hindi imposition in Tamil Nadu; although not as vehement, there are feelings against Hindi imposition in southern and northeastern states as well. Even people of Maharashtra, who had accepted Hindi as India's official language, have come out against the imperial attitude of Hindi speakers in recent years (2009, 2010). Here are some articles that relate to this topic.

20080601 Backlash Against North Indians in Mumbai (by Madhavan Nair), TAMIL TRIBUNE, June 2008 (9 KB) (h, i)

Reasons for Mumbai/Bombay (Maharashtra State) violence against North Indians (especially Hindi speakers).

20100302 Hindi Enforcement and Attacks on North Indians in Mumbai (by Thirumalai), TAMIL TRIBUNE, March 2010 (8 KB) (h, i)

Author argues that, “Hindians should learn to accept the diversity of India. They are not embracing the language and culture of the states where they settle down.”

Articles on India, Tamil Nadu and Hindi Imposition (over 30 articles are listed)

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The Great North-South Divide

20011102 India: South is South and North is North (by Lalitha Krishnan Nair), TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 2001 (6 KB) (i)

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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) (i, tn)

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

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.

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Miscellaneous

20131201 Is it Time to Divide India? Are Basic Rights Denied to Some Minorities? (by B. K.), TAMIL TRIBUNE, December 2013 (7 KB) (f, i)

Title is self-explanatory.

Independence Movements

Independence Movements in the Indian States of Nagaland, Punjab (Khalistan), Tripura, Tamil Nadu


Page description: This page contains articles presenting a critical assessment of India: The pseudo democracy, who rules India, Hindi-north centered discriminatory political structure, the great north-south divide, etc.


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