Tamil Nadu: From Century 0 to Century 21

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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.)


Sri Lanka, India and the Killings of Tamil Nadu Fishermen (Shooting) (will open in a new page)

History of Dravidian Parties in Tamil Nadu (will open in a new page)

Tamil Language: From Century 0 to Century 21 (will open in a new page)

Tamil Nadu Politics (will open in a new page)


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


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.

20180301 India and Tamil Nadu Clash over Jallikattu, Tamil Identity, Tamil Pride and Tamil Nationalism (Part I) (by Arumugam Kumaraswamy and Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, March 2018 (28 KB) (tn)

The Ancient Tamil Sport of Jallikattu Banned in India: Massive protests in Tamil Nadu, and Indian government acts to reverse the ban.

20180302 India and Tamil Nadu Clash over Jallikattu, Tamil Identity, Tamil Pride and Tamil Nationalism (Part II) (by Arumugam Kumaraswamy and Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, March 2018 (20 KB) (tn)

Protests against jallikattu ban erupt into Tamil pride, Tamil nationalism, Tamil grievances, sense of discrimination and devolution of power.

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), 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.

20060202 Annadurai on Central Government Ministers from Tamil Nadu (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, February 2006 (9 KB)

From C. N. Annadurai's maiden speech at the Upper House of Indian Parliament (Rajya Sabha) in 1962.

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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?

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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.

20180601 NEET-2018 and the Need for Tamil Nadu Independence (Part I: What is NEET and What Happened in 2018?) (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, June 2018 (20 KB) (f, tn)

Part 1 of 3. Title is self-explanatory.

20180602 NEET-2018 and the Need for Tamil Nadu Independence (Part II: Mother India or Evil Stepmother India?) (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, June 2018 (20 KB) (f, tn)

Part 2 of 3. How India acted differently when Hindi and Tamil students complained problems with examinations.

20180603 NEET-2018 and the Need for Tamil Nadu Independence (Part III: Is Independent Tamil Nadu the Solution to End India’s Step-motherly Tyranny?) (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, June 2018 (16 KB) (f, tn)

Part 3 of 3. Is Independent Tamil Nadu the solution to end India’s step-motherly Tyranny in NEET, IIT, IAS, Cauvery, fishermen, economy and other matters?

20070801 Hinduism and Tamil Nationalism (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, August 2007 (8 KB) (f, tn)

A discussion that Hinduism and Tamil nationalism are not opposing philosophies.

20190901 Large Scale Hindi Migrant Flow into Non-Hindi States: Socio-Economic Consequences (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, September 2019 (32 KB) (e, f, h, i, tn)

Consequences of uncontrolled migration of Hindi migrants into non-Hindi states and recommended state government actions.

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