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Anti-Tamil Activities

Preserve the Purity of Tamil (Mixing foreign Words with Tamil)

Is Tamil on the Way to Extinction in Tamil Nadu?


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Tamil Development in the 20-th and 21-st Centuries

Tamil, Computers, Electronics and Internet

Tamil in Tamil Nadu Schools, Colleges and Universities

Tamil Use in Tamil Nadu in Social Interaction, Business and Government


3)

Tamil in Foreign Lands and Views from Abroad

Tamil History (Just couple of short articles)

Tamil Literature (Just a couple of short articles)


4)

Love for Tamil

Classical Language

Miscellaneous


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Anti-Tamil Activities

19990903 Indian Government Blocks Tamil Development into the Twenty First Century (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, September 1999 (17 KB) (t)

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20010601 Indian Government Denigrates the Tamil Language (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, June 2001 (24 KB) ( t)

India's Human Resource Development Minister, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, denigrates the Tamil Language.

20060302 Indian Prime Minister Praises Tamil and Makes Empty Promises (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, March 2006 (9 KB) (t)

Is Indian government helping the development of Tamil or is it putting roadblocks? Here are two examples from engineering education and law practice.

20060801 No More Tamil Telegrams in Tamilnadu (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, August 2006 (9 KB) (h, t)

In 2005, Indian government closed down Tamil telegraph facilities in all or most of the telegraph centers in Tamil Nadu (while Hindi and English telegrams could be sent from any telegraph center in Tamilnadu). How many people send Hindi telegrams in Tamilnadu?

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Preserve the Purity of Tamil (Mixing foreign Words with Tamil)

19990601 Sanskritization of Internet Tamil (by Inia Pandian), TAMIL TRIBUNE, June 1999 (11 KB) (t)

A case against mixing Sanskrit words in Tamil writings and speech.

19990703 Anglicization of Internet Tamil (by Inia Pandian), TAMIL TRIBUNE, July 1999 (9 KB) (t)

Author advocates that Tamil words (instead of English words) be used in Tamil software, word processing and operating system commands.

20100601 Tamil TV, Movies and Magazines: Mixing English with Tamil (by K. Pitchai), TAMIL TRIBUNE, June 2010 (11 KB) (t)

Author cites examples of foreign countries where they do not mix English with their mother tongue in day-to-day conversations, TV shows, movies or magazines.

20100901 Engineering Education in Tamil (by K. Pitchai), TAMIL TRIBUNE, September 2010 (16 KB) (t)

Commentary on textbooks for Tamil medium engineering education in Tamilnadu universities and colleges.

20120502 Tamil at a Myanmar Hindu Saivaite Temple for Lord Sivan (Burma) (by K. Pitchai), TAMIL TRIBUNE, May 2012 (6 KB) (t)

YouTube video of interview in Tamil given by a temple committee member of a Myanmar Hindu Sivan temple. There is not a single English word in that 13 minutes interview.

 

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Is Tamil on the Way to Extinction in Tamil Nadu?

20051102 "My Son does not Speak Tamil" (by T. Krishnamurthy), TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 2005 (10 KB) (t)

A "proud father" goes around telling everyone that his son cannot speak in Tamil. A young man asks this father a "caustic" question that puts him in his place.

20060703 Tamil: Three Anecdotes from the 1960s (by Ananthi Subramanian), TAMIL TRIBUNE, July 2006 (8 KB) (t)

Title is self-explanatory.

20101101 Karunanidhi - Protector of Tamil Language (Mozhi Kaavalar Mu. Karunanidhi) (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 2010 (11 KB) (p, t)

The Karunanidhi ordinance of 2010 provides at least a partial measure of protection against Tamil becoming a useless language within Tamilnadu itself.

20130801 Tamil or English Medium Education in Tamil Nadu Schools? (by K. Pitchai), TAMIL TRIBUNE, August 2013 (11 KB) (t)

This writer, whose love for Tamil is second to none, has a different opinion and mode of action to protect Tamil from the English medium craze.

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Tamil Development in the 20-th and 21-st Centuries

19990903 Indian Government Blocks Tamil Development into the Twenty First Century (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, September 1999 (17 KB) (t)

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20100901 Engineering Education in Tamil (by K. Pitchai), TAMIL TRIBUNE, September 2010 (16 KB) (t)

Commentary on textbooks for Tamil medium engineering education in Tamilnadu universities and colleges.

20101101 Karunanidhi - Protector of Tamil Language (Mozhi Kaavalar Mu. Karunanidhi) (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 2010 (11 KB) (p, t)

The Karunanidhi ordinance of 2010 provides at least a partial measure of protection against Tamil becoming a useless language within Tamilnadu itself.
SEE ALSO Tamil, Computers, Electronics and Internet

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Tamil, Computers, Electronics and Internet

20161101 Hindi-centric Automated Computer Translation of Indian Languages (Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu ...) (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 2016 (16 KB) (h, t)

What is the proposed Hindi-centric approach and why all non-Hindi states should oppose it?

20170101 Indian Government, Tamil Unicode and Devanagari Script (How the Indian Government "Down-Graded" Tamil Unicode?) (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, January 2017 (16 KB) (h, s, t)

Discussion on how Indian government "down-graded" Tamil Unicode by incorrectly treating Tamil script as a subset Devanagari, and how to avoid such incidents in the future.

199904e EDITORIAL: Internet Tamil and Government Patronage (by Inia Pandian), TAMIL TRIBUNE, April 1999 (7 KB) (t)

Title is self-explanatory.

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Tamil in Tamil Nadu Schools, Colleges and Universities

20150501 Tamil in CBSE Schools (by Inia Pandian), TAMIL TRIBUNE, May 2015 (16 KB) (t)

Some CBSE schools are not implementing the 2014 Tami Nadu State Government order that Tamil must be taught in CBSE schools (as of April 2015). If Hindi is compulsory in CBSE schools in Hindi states, then how dare you oppose requiring Tamil at CBSE schools in Tamil Nadu? A discussion.

20151201 Tamil at "Minority Schools" in Tamilnadu (by Inia Pandian), TAMIL TRIBUNE, December 2015 (16 KB) (t)

Even after 10 years some schools in are not following the Tamil Language Act of 2006 that requires all schools to teach Tamil as a subject. Who is responsible and how to correct it?

20130801 Tamil or English Medium Education in Tamil Nadu Schools? (by K. Pitchai), TAMIL TRIBUNE, August 2013 (11 KB) (t)

This writer, whose love for Tamil is second to none, has a different opinion and mode of action to protect Tamil from the English medium craze.

19990303 AN EXCHANGE OF VIEWS: Tamil Medium Education in Schools ( Ilango Veerasingam: "It is a futile exercise", Inia Pandian: "It is a wise decision"), TAMIL TRIBUNE, March 1999 (14 KB) (t)

Title is self-explanatory.

20000102 Support the Chief Minister on Tamil Medium Education in Schools (by Inia Pandian), TAMIL TRIBUNE, January 2000 (14 KB) (t)

Supreme Court Judge S. Mohan Committee Report, court case against education in Tamil, Affiliation with CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) and the Quebec experience are some of the topics discussed.

20100901 Engineering Education in Tamil (by K. Pitchai), TAMIL TRIBUNE, September 2010 (16 KB) (t)

Commentary on textbooks for Tamil medium engineering education in Tamilnadu universities and colleges.

Employment Opportunities for Tamil Medium Engineers in Tamil Nadu (Jobs for Engineers) (by K. Pitchai), TAMIL TRIBUNE, March 2014 (14 KB) (t)

Tamil medium civil and mechanical engineers enter the job market. The highest salary offer goes to a Tamil medium student. Discrimination from some companies is also reported.

200610f1 FEEDBACK: Reservation for Tamil Medium Students (by Ramanathan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, October 2006 (10 KB) (t)

The way to get students to study in Tamil medium is to improve their chances of getting into professional colleges and jobs.

20101101 Karunanidhi - Protector of Tamil Language (Mozhi Kaavalar Mu. Karunanidhi) (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 2010 (11 KB) (p, t)

The Karunanidhi ordinance of 2010 provides at least a partial measure of protection against Tamil becoming a useless language within Tamilnadu itself.

199812e EDITORIAL: Bouquets to Chief Minister Karunanidhi! (Tamil in Nursery and Primary Schools) (by Inia Pandian), TAMIL TRIBUNE, December 1998 (6 KB) (t)

Title is self-explanatory.

19990702 Tamil in our Schools (by Manjula), TAMIL TRIBUNE, July 1999 (7 KB) (t)

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Tamil Use in Tamil Nadu in Social Interaction, Business and Government

20090603 Thanks to Airtel with a Request (Tamil Nadu) (by Inia Pandian), TAMIL TRIBUNE, June 2009 (5 KB) (t)

Author thanks the telecommunication service provider Airtel for introducing Tamil in some of its services.

20101101 Karunanidhi - Protector of Tamil Language (Mozhi Kaavalar Mu. Karunanidhi) (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 2010 (11 KB) (p, t)

The Karunanidhi ordinance of 2010 provides at least a partial measure of protection against Tamil becoming a useless language within Tamilnadu itself.

20120101 Complaint about Tamil Signs at Voting Booths in Tamil Nadu (by T. Murali ), TAMIL TRIBUNE, January 2012 (9 KB) (h, t)

Anyone who settles in a region must learn the local language. Those who do not want to do that have no right to vote there. Let them vote by mail in their hometowns or villages.

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Tamil in Foreign Lands and Views from Abroad

20000801 A Special Report from Mauritius: Mauritian Tamils Rise up to Protect Tamil (Names of the authors and photographer withheld), TAMIL TRIBUNE, August 2000 (8 KB) (h, t)

Hindi supremacist moves thwarted.

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.

20151101 Hindi-Tamil Discrimination by Indian High Commission (Embassy) in South Africa (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 2015 (16 KB) (h, t)

How the Indian High Commission discriminates against Tamils of Indian origin (the largest language group of Indian origin) and favours Hindi speakers . More examples of favoritism for Hindi around the world.

20020601 An American's Point of View (about Tamil) (by Gerald), TAMIL TRIBUNE, June 2002 (4 KB) (t)

Title is self-explanatory.

20040401 Health of the Tamil language: American and French Perspectives (Mixing English Words into Tamil) (by Gerard A. Pelletier and Nathalie Dedella), TAMIL TRIBUNE, April 2004 (12 KB) (t)

An American temporary resident in Tamil Nadu and a French lady of Tamil ancestry concerned about mixing English words into Tamil.

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History of Tamil Language

20000803 First on the Press and First on the Web (by Inia Pandian), TAMIL TRIBUNE, August 2000 (4 KB) (t)

Tamil was the first South Asian language to go to press and on the Internet.

20030301 Significance of Fish Symbols in Indus Valley (Harappan) Inscriptions (by Inia Pandian), TAMIL TRIBUNE, March 2003 (7 KB) (s, t)

Are the fish symbols of Harappa related to the Tamil race now living in sourthern India and northern Sri Lanka?

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Tamil Literature

20010701 Tiruvalluvar (by Varadaraja V. Raman), TAMIL TRIBUNE, July 2001 (4 KB) (t)

Acrostic verse.

20011202 A Taste of Tamil Literature: Waterfall, as Bharathidasan Saw It (by Inia Pandian), TAMIL TRIBUNE, December 2001 (5 KB) (t)

Title is self-explanatory.

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Love for Tamil

20100101 Love and Passion for Tamil (Contributed by V. Radhakrishnan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, January 2010 (4 KB) (t)

A quote from the Indian magazine The Current in 1967.

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Classical Language

200406f2 Recognition of Tamil as a Classical Language by Government of India - Questions and Answers (by Aiswarya), TAMIL TRIBUNE, June 2004 (20 KB) (t)

You might have read many articles and news items about the recognition of Tamil as a classical language by the Indian Government. This article looks at it from an entirely different angle.

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Miscellaneous

19991001 Political Biography of Tamil Poet Pavalareru Perunjchiththiranar (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, October 1999 (45 KB) (f, t)

Biography of Tamil nationalist poet Perunjchiththiranar (1933 - 1995) who untiringly worked for Tamil Nadu independence almost all his adult life. He edited the monthly magazine Thenmozhi (Thenmoli) that inspired two generations of nationalist Tamil youths.

19991102 Boycott the TamilNet-2000 Conference in Sri Lanka (by Inia Pandian), TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 1999 (18 KB) (t, te)

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20160801 Language Alienation of the Children of Non-Hindi Soldiers in the Indian Army (Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil,Telugu, ...) (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, August 2016 (12 KB) (h, t)

Children of non-Hindi soldiers do not have the facilities to learn their mother tongue while Hindi is taught everywhere. Author offers a solution.

20000401 Tamil New Year (by Manjula), TAMIL TRIBUNE, April 2000 4 KB (t)

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20030702 Hindi, Tamil, State Languages in Airline Flights (India) (by Vimala Kannappan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, July 2003 (6 KB) (h, t)

Why are Indian government controlled Air India flights have announcement in Hindi and English only? Some other airlines do provide announcements in Tamil, Karnataka, Malayalam, etc.

200005e EDITORIAL: Kudos to Murasu Anjal! (by Inia Pandian), TAMIL TRIBUNE, May 2000 (4 KB) (t)

Free software and easy Tamil instructions to set up the software.

20141202 Karnataka Storeowner Pays Customers to Speak in Kannada: Love for the Language (by K. Chezhian), TAMIL TRIBUNE, December 2014 (5 KB) (t)

Details.

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