சனி, 6 ஏப்ரல், 2013

Promote Linguistic Equality: Hindi is Not National Language of India

 Promote Linguistic Equality:
Hindi is Not National Language of India
Dear Friends, Check the protests by our North-East students for the linguistic rights in Delhi University. Recently launched a protest asking Delhi University to stop indirectly imposing Hindi. Students released memorandum to Ministry of HRD, you could see the excerpt of it below and full copy in the link.

Its Good to see youth from North-East actively voicing against Hindi imposition, and we already have many North-East Friends in this ca. 1000 membered group. Hopefully youth from various linguistic groups could start networking with each other, towards our common goal of bringing constitutional amendment that no single language is sole official language of union, all 8th Schedule Languages are official language of union and the lethargy of updating 8th schedule list must be condemned and be updated regularly.

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Excerpt From NEFIS Memorandum:

Respected Sir,

We are submitting this memorandum to register our deeply felt sense of resentment against the new course structure that is to be introduced by Delhi University next academic year onward. It has come to our notice that as per the requirements of the new course structure it would become compulsory for every student to learn either Hindi or one of the Modern Indian Languages (MIL) as part of the foundational course. [please see Annexure I attached herewith has acopy of the new proposed syllabus displayed on Delhi University website.] Sir,we are certain that your good office is aware of the fact that MILs consist only of the languages recognized by the 8th schedule of the Constitution of India which consists of Assamese/Axomiya, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri,Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri (also Meitei or Meithei), Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi,Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. Even from this narrow list, the university has the infrastructure/faculty to offer only a very small number of languages. This means that the languages of a number of communities from all parts of India and particularly the North-East would not be offered to the students by the university. We consider this dismal situation a result, not of the inadequacy of our respective languages but a by-product of the long standing bias and neglect on part of the government of India and the respective state governments in ensuring that the distinct cultural identity and dignity of the marginal/minoritygroups and communities is preserved. The fact that the languages of so many communities/marginal groups is not given due recognition is not accidental but the unfortunate result of the insolent attitude of an arrogant state that chooses to impose its culture and language upon marginal groups/communities inthe manner of a haughty conqueror.

Students from the North-East, if they are forced to opt for the compulsory language course,they would either fail the examination or would pass put with lower grades. If this is allowed to happen then the disadvantage of the youth from the North-East in seeking jobs in the labour market would become worse.

Sir, it is high time that the government recognizes our right to equality of opportunity with the students from the rest of thecountry. The government and the institutions run by it cannot shirk from their responsibility to pay particular attention to the special needs of the vulnerable sections of the society, but so far the attitude of the University administration has been most disappointing. Despite three protests and the submission of a memorandum by us, the University administration did not deem it necessary to even reply to us and instead treated us like criminals. Gates to the dean’s office, which usually remain open for thorough fare, were shut in our faces, tight security was clamped down, heavily armed police was called in and we were video recorded every time we tried to meet the Dean or theVice-Chancellor to convey our message. The security guards hurled dirty abuses upon us and some of us were even manhandled. Apart from this the University administration has even been resorting to making individual telephone calls and intimidation of our organizers. This is hardly a record becoming of the premier institution of learning of a country that claims itself to be the world’s largest democracy. Sir it is not the sheer size that makes a country great, the spirit of inclusiveness and sensitivity toward the vulnerable sections are by far the much more important criteria. The repressive tactics used by the University administration has lead us to lose faith that the institutions run by the government of India are capable of living up to the highest standards ofdemocratic spirit and inclusiveness that the oppressed minorities of thiscountry expect of it.

We appeal to the good office of your officeto kindly intervene into this matter and ensure the following:
1. Make the compulsory Hindi/MIL course optional.
2. Take immediate steps to develop the infrastructure, adequate faculty and syllabus for the MILs presently offered by the University.
3. Immediately look into the matter of students who were illegally forced to take the compulsory Hindi exam in the older format resulting in their failure in the University examination and ensure that they are provided the best possible remedy
4. Provide other kinds of remedies/reliefs that this ministry may deem fit, apt and just to ensure the welfare of the affected students.

               To,                                                                                                                                 Date: 5.4.2013 Hon'bleMinister The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi,  110001.                                ...

Casteism, genocide, work hand in hand in Sinhala mind-set

Casteism, genocide, work hand in hand in Sinhala mind-set

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 April 2013, 23:49 GMT]
Casteist terms used in derogatory ways by Sinhalese in their references towards Tamils reveal the sociological nature of the genocidal mind-set of Sinhalese in the island of Sri Lanka. "How many people outside of Sri Lanka know that 'Sakkiliya' is a Sinhala term used to refer to a Tamil person [...],” asks Christopher Tuckwood, who has introduced a new Internet-based tool, named Hatebase, to study hate language in predicting and preventing genocide. Tuckwood is the Executive Director and Co-founder of The Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention, a Canada-based non-profit organisation dedicated to detecting and averting genocide throughout the globe.

Derogatory references to Tamils in a casteist language predate the modern national conflict among nations in the island, commented an Eezham Tamil activist in the island citing the term Para-Demala used by Anagarika Dharmapala. Sinhala language has two meanings for the word Para: one meaning foreigner (from Sanskrit Paradesi) and the other meaning an untouchable (from Dravidian Pa'raiyar).

While casteism is at the core of the Sinhala mind-set in manifesting into the genocide of Eezham Tamils, a campaign is currently being made among Eezham Tamils that conversion to Buddhism is the way to help them overcome casteism. Even in the mainstream Sinhala-Buddhist chapters such as Malwatta and Asgiriya, no one other than the Goyigama Sinhalese could become monks, the Eezham Tamil activist cited.

The references to the caste terms in derogatory ways are unfortunate as the practice, apart from the genocidal connotations in the island, directly affects the dignity and upward mobility of the concerned aboriginal communities of South Asia, the activist commented.

In this context, the Eezham Tamil activist drew the attention of the Tamils in London on the use of the term ‘Pariah’ by the former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

Ironically, the Labour politician used the British colonial English word originating from derogatory references of the colonialists towards a community of Tamils, to support the Tamil campaign now, without realising that the usage offends an ancient section of Tamils.

Last month, while discouraging the British Queen from attending the CHOGM meet in Sri Lanka, Miliband said that the hosting regime is fast “moving towards pariah status.”
Pa'raiyar and Chakkiliyar are two ancient communities among Tamils whose identities were pushed down to derogatory status. The Anglo-Indian word Pariah that got into English dictionaries has come from the Pa'raiyar community of Tamils.

Tamils, especially in London, have to boldly tell the English dictionary makers to delist the word. Rather than blindly looking upon the West, the diaspora Tamils have to understand the significance of waging such protests in bringing in an awareness of the nature and continuity of the kind of oppression faced by Tamils under colonialism and then under the succeeding Sinhala colonialism, the Eezham Tamil activist in the island said.

Casteism and genocide today are significantly connected to the continuity of the colonial mind-set and to the continuity in constant transfer of power and protection on to the oppressors. If the right kind of struggle is not waged with right kind of awareness we would only get into one prison from the other, the activist further said.

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Christopher Tuckwood
Christopher Tuckwood
Meanwhile, explaining the new Internet tool, Hatebase, Mr Christopher Tuckwood on Friday told Wired.co.uk: “Hatebase helps us to know what to look for and to make sense of what we see".

Wired.co.uk website is an acclaimed monthly magazine that reports primarily on the effects of science and technology.

In a separate introductory article, Timothy Quinn, the ICT advisor of The Sentinel Project, said: “In the information-rich twenty-first century, good data remains the Achilles’ heel of genocide studies.”

Although the core of Hatebase is its community-edited vocabulary of multilingual hate speech, a critical concept in Hatebase is “regionality”, writes Timothy Quinn in his article.

“The users can associate hate speech with geography, thus building a parallel dataset of ‘sightings’, which can be monitored for frequency, localization, migration, and transformation,” Mr Quinn says.
Hatebase is available to end users through a Wikipedia-like web interface, and to developers through an Application Programming Interface (API).

Launched on 25 March 2013, the latest project termed as the world’s largest online database of hate speech has received wider attention with coverage appearing on Foreign Policy Magazine and in the Wired Magazine in the UK.

However, according to The Sentinel Project, the database is still in its early stages. The developers say that further functionality will be added in the coming months.

Crowdsourcing is the way of acquiring the content and editing services from a large group of people in an online community.

The mission of The Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention, founded by Christopher Tuckwood and Taneem Talukdar while they were students at the University of Waterloo in 2008, is to prevent the crime of genocide worldwide through effective early warning and cooperation with victimized peoples to carry out non-violent prevention initiatives.

In 2009, The Sentinel Project's approach was selected as a finalist in Google's 10 to the 100th competition for innovative social application of technology.

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External Links:
Wired.co.uk: Crowdsourced hate speech database could spot early signs of genocide
Hatebase: Hatebase
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Letter of Maraimalai Ilakkuvanar to Arvind kejriwal

Maraimalai Ilakkuvanar
20 minutes ago near Chennai ·

Yahoo! Mail
Re: Appeal from Arvind Kejriwal.
Saturday, April 6, 2013 4:50 AM
"Arvind kejriwal"
"maraimalai Face book" , "ilakkuvanar maraimalai"
Dear Arvind Kejriwal,
Thank you for your mail inviting me to join your movement and appeal for a donation.
I agree with your observation that"Most of today's problems are due to corrupt politics. Unless it is cleansed, nothing would improve. "
At the same time due to the wrong and rotten approach of the politicians people are suffering a lot.For example,take the "Koodankulam Atomic powerplant project" which is a threat to the lives of Fishermen living in the surrounding area.It is also an impending hazard
detrimental to the ecological system.Due to the mixing of the waste the ocean itself may turn as a poison to the flora and fauna.
Thousands and thousands of village peoiple are conducting Dharnas and holding fasts for more than a period of Four months there.I wonder how can your party be termed as Aamaadmi Party,while you are not at all uttering even a word about the plight of the people there at Koodankulam?
The Genocide conducted by Rajapakshe at SriLanka is condemned by the people throughout the world and almost the entire humankind is pressing the U.N. to conduct an impartial enquiry about the sufferings of the Eezham Tamils.
You never spoke a word expressing your condmnation of the atrocoties committed by Rajapakshe government.Is it not the duty of a humanist to sympathise the people who are tortured and tormented by a racist military junta under the mask of Anti-terorism?
It is quite clear that your whole attention is concentrated at Delhi.
"Corruption has reached such levels that it is becoming impossible for the common man to survive. In Delhi, It is becoming impossible for them to even pay water and electricity bills which are highly inflated on account of corruption. The story of Delhi could well be the story of India."
You want to threaten the Govt.of India as well as multimillionares engaged in the expansion of their corporate development.
I am sorry you have to learn more things and acquire a broad vision before you float a party.
You are under the assumption that Delhi is India or India is Delhi.
Please see the plights and perils of the people at Assam,Nagaland,Andhra and Tamilnadu and assess a possible action programme to redress the grievances of people from Himalayas to Capecomorin.
After you derive a pragmatic plan of action let us know it and we will surely with you.
Thank you,
Maraimalai Ilakkuvanar
Please have a glance:

--- On Fri, 4/5/13, Arvind kejriwal wrote:

From: Arvind kejriwal
Subject: Appeal from Arvind Kejriwal.
To: maraimalai@yahoo.com
Date: Friday, April 5, 2013, 2:28 PM

Aam Admi Party

My Fellow Indian,

Under Anna's leadership, India came on streets against corruption. The people demanded a strong anti-corruption law. The government did not agree. None of the parties agreed. Obviously, they couldn't have agreed because if they passed a strong Jan Lokpal Bill, most of the politicians would be in jail and their properties would be confiscated.

My friend, our entire political system has become rotten. Most of today's problems are due to corrupt politics. Unless it is cleansed, nothing would improve. That's why we entered politics - we realized that staying away will not work. We have now formed the AAM AADMI PARTY. This party does not seek to capture power; it seeks to restore power back to the people.

Corruption has reached such levels that it is becoming impossible for the common man to survive. In Delhi, It is becoming impossible for them to even pay water and electricity bills which are highly inflated on account of corruption. The story of Delhi could well be the story of India. The time has come for people to rise up together and say that they will not allow this corruption.

To give people strength to protest, to remove fear from their minds and join the civil disobedience movement I have been sitting on an indefinite fast at a jhuggi colony in Sundar-nagri , New Delhi since 23rd March. More than 9 lakh people of Delhi and several eminent and patriotic citizens of the country such as Shri Annaji Hazare , Justice Krishna Iyer, Admiral Ramdas and Shri J.M. Lyngdoh have already pledged support towards this campaign.

Gandhiji said that politics devoid of honesty and spirituality is disastrous for the country. We have to change the politics of this country. I am confident that together, we can.

I seek your time and money in this mission as we are all working towards a common cause. Most parties are funded by big corporates for something in return but this will not happen in Aam Aadmi Party. This party would be funded by Aam Aadmi and Aam Aurat of this country. That would be the beginning of an honest and transparent politics, unfortunately which runs on black money today

Whatever amount you contribute – small or big – is not important. Every paisa matters because it is honest, and will go a long way in redefining the politics. In the interest of financial transparency, we publish the names of all the donors every week on our website.
Donate now

You can donate online through national or international debit or credit cards or internet banking OR send a DD or cheque in favour of "Aam Aadmi Party" at the following address:
A-119, Kaushambi, Ghaziabad – 201010, UP.

OR If you wish to just stay connected, kindly fill out the form here to give us your contact details, this will help us work together, Kindly click here to stay in touch.

Do not hesitate to write to us at contact@aamaadmiparty.org, if you have any questions or suggestions. You may also like to call Akash at 09717460029 for further queries. Click here to check my video to confirm the authenticity of this mail.

Kindly forward this mail as widely as possible. Every effort helps, in the fight against corruption.

Jai Hind.

Warm regards,
Arvind Kejriwal
Aam Aadmi Party
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5,000 Tamils marching in London reject LLRC, demand Tamil Eelam

5,000 Tamils marching in London reject LLRC, demand Tamil Eelam

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 April 2013, 19:45 GMT]
More than 5,000 Eezham Tamils, from all walks of life, took to the streets in London on Friday, demanding UN referendum to determine the creation of Tamil Eelam. “We want action, not words,” the protesters said rejecting any solution based on Sri Lanka's LLRC. Demanding the United Nations not to support the genocidal Sri Lanka, the Tamils in UK said they are with the students of Tamil Nadu and thanked the Tamil Nadu State Assembly for passing a historic resolution demanding UN referendum on separate Eezham. In a historic referendum initiated by an independent group of British Tamils, held two years ago, 99.33% of 64,692 Eezham Tamils had voted in favour of the formation of sovereign and independent Tamil Eelam in the contiguous north and east of the island of Sri Lanka.

Tamils protest in UK

On Friday, the protesters, braving unusually chilly winds, took the march from Trafalgar Square and concluded it at 10 Downing Street.

Raising slogans demanding the creation of a sovereign Tamil Eelam, the protesters also burnt an effigy of the genocide-accused Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Second generation Eezham Tamil youth and women took part in large numbers in the march organised by the Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC-UK).

While the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), gagged from representing the political mandate of the Eezham Tamils at home, polled 233,000 votes in the last parliamentary elections, the referenda held in 10 countries alone in the diaspora in 2009 and 2010, polled around 210,000 votes re-mandating the creation of sovereign and independent Tamil Eelam.

Under the 6th Amendment to the unitary Sri Lankan constitution, Tamil political parties are restricted from representing the political aspiration of the Eezham Tamil nation as mandated in the last democratic elections held in 1977.

Tamils protest in UK
Tamils protest in UK
Tamils protest in UK
Tamils protest in UK
Tamils protest in UK
Tamils protest in UK
Tamils protest in UK
Tamils protest in UK


சத்தில்லாத சருக்கரை!

சத்தில்லாத சருக்கரை!

சர்க்கரையின் தயாரிப்பு முறைகளால் ஏற்படும் பாதிப்புகளை கூறும், மருத்துவர் பி.சவுந்தரபாண்டியன்: இனிப்பு சுவையுடைய சர்க்கரை, கரும்பு, பனை, தென்னை என, பல தாவரங்களில் இருந்து கிடைத்தாலும், உலக சர்க்கரை வர்த்தகத்தில் பெரும்பகுதி, கரும்பிலிருந்தே கிடைக்கிறது. சத்து மிக்க பொருளாக விளையும் கரும்பு, சர்க்கரையாக புது வடிவம் பெறும் போது, ஏன் நச்சுப் பொருளாக மாறுகிறது? இதற்கு காரணம், கரும்பிலிருந்து சர்க்கரையை சுத்திகரிக்கும் முறை தான்.வயல்களில் விளையும் கரும்பு, சர்க்கரை ஆலைக்குள் சென்று, வெள்ளை நிறச் சர்க்கரையாக மாறுவதற்கு, பல்வேறு வேதியியல் பொருட்கள் கலப்பதே காரணம். கரும்பை துண்டுகளாக்கி, அதன் சாற்றைப் பிழிந்து, சுண்ணாம்புடன் கொதிக்க வைத்த பின், சர்க்கரை பாளங்கள் கிடைக்கின்றன.பாளங்கள், திடமான கரும்பு சாற்றில் கலக்கப்படுகின்றன. இப்படிச் செய்யும்போது, சாற்றின் பழுப்பு நிறம், சற்று மாறுகிறது. அடுத்த கட்டமாக, "கார்பனேஷன் அல்லது பாஸ்படேஷன்' முறையில், கரும்புச் சாற்றை சுத்தப்படுத்தும் போது, சாற்றில் உள்ள சத்துக்கள் நீக்கப்படுகின்றன. "ஆக்டிவேட்டட் கார்பன்' என்ற எலும்புச் சாம்பல் படுகையில், கரும்புச் சாறு செலுத்தப்படுவதால், சர்க்கரைக்கு வெள்ளை நிறம் கிடைக்கிறது.

சாறு பிழிந்தது போக, மீதம் இருக்கும் சக்கை கலவையான, "மொலாசசில்' மட்டுமே, 30 சதவீதம் சுக்ரோஸ், 25 சதவீதம் குளுக்கோஸ் மற்றும் பிரக்டோஸ், இரும்புத்தாதுக்கள் இருக்கின்றன. சுத்திகரிப்பு என்ற பெயரில், இத்தகைய வேதியியல் நடைமுறைகளால் சுண்ணாம்பு, இரும்பு, மக்னீஷியம், பாஸ்பரஸ், பொட்டாஷியம், சோடியம், வைட்டமின் போன்ற, சத்துக்களை நீக்குகின்றனர்.மாடு அல்லது பன்றியின் எலும்புச் சாம்பலால் தான், சர்க்கரைக்கு வெண்மை நிறம் கிடைக்கிறது. கரும்புச் சாற்றில் இயற்கையாக உள்ள அத்தனை சத்துக்களையும் உறிஞ்சிவிட்டு, சத்து இல்லாத வெறும் இனிப்பு மிட்டாயாகவே பயன்படுத்துவதால், சர்க்கரை நோய் வருவதற்கு வாய்ப்புகள் அதிகம் உள்ளன. தொடர்புக்கு:9865582142.

வெள்ளி, 5 ஏப்ரல், 2013

தமிழ்நாட்டுத் தெருக்களுக்கும் இடங்களுக்கும் பிற மொழிப் பெயர்கள்!

நம் நாடு தமிழ்நாடு என எண்ணக்கூடாது என்பதற்கான சான்றுதான் இப்பெயர்ப்பட்டியல். பதிவிற்கு நன்றி. இந்நேரத்தில் நான் என் கட்டுரை ஒன்றின் பகுதியைப் பதிவது பொருத்தமாக இருக்கும் எனக் கருதுகிறேன். புதுவை மொழியியல் பண்பாட்டு ஆராய்ச்சி நிறுவனம் 1996 நவம்பரில் நடத்திய ‘தமிழ் ஆட்சிமொழி : சிக்கல்களும் தீர்வுகளும்’ என்னும் தலைப்பில் நடத்திய கருத்தரங்கத்தில் ‘’தமிழ் ஆட்சிமொழிச் செயலாக்கம் - ஓர் இனிய கனவு’’ என்னும் தலைப்பில் நான் அளித்த கட்டுரையின் ஒரு பகுதி. (இதன் முழுமையையும் முன்பே முனைவர் அருள் நடராசன் கேட்டிருந்தார்.)
பெயர் சூட்டல்
தெருக்கள், குடியிருப்புப் பகுதிகள், நகர்கள் முதலியவற்றிற்குப் பெயர் சூட்டும் பொழுது ஊராட்சி, பேரூராட்சி, நகராட்சி, மாநாகராட்சி அமைப்புகள் தமிழ் வளர்ச்சித் துறையினரின் ஒப்புதலைப் பெறுவதில்லை. அவற்றைத் தமிழ் வளர்ச்சி இயக்குநருக்குத் தெரிவிக்க வேண்டும் என்ற ஆணையை மாற்றித் தமிழ் வளர்ச்சி இயக்குநரின் ஒப்புதல் பெற வேண்டும் என ஆணை பிறப்பிக்கப்பட்டும் பின்பற்றுவதில்லை. எனவே, எலலாம் அயல்மொழியாய் மாறி வருகிறது. ஊர்தோறும் பதவிப் பெயர்களைக் கொண்டு நகர்களுக்குப் பெயர் சூட்டுகின்றனர். எனவே, என்.சீ.ஓ.காலனி, டி.ஆர்.ஓ.காலனி, தாசில்தார் காலனி, சர்வேயர் காலனி, எஞ்சினீயர் காலனி, போன்று அயல்மொழிப் பெயர்கள் இடம் பெற்று விடுகின்றன. இருக்கின்ற தமிழ்ப்பெயர்களையும் திருத்தமாக எழுதுவதில்லை. பிற மாநிலங்கள், நாடுகளில் பெயர்களை அவரவர் மொழிக்கேற்ப திருத்தமாக எழுத வேண்டும் என்ற எண்ணம் அமைந்து தொடர்பான ஆணைகள் உடனடியாக நிறைவேற்றப்படுகின்றன. தமிழ்நாட்டில்தான் ஆணைகள் பெயரளவு ஆணைகளாக இருக்கின்றன. எதிர்ப்புக் குரல்கள் பெரிதுபடுத்தப்படுகின்றன. பிற மாநிலங்களில் இவ்வாறு எதிராகக் கூறுவோர் விரட்டப்படுவார்கள் என்ற அச்சத்தாலும் மண்ணிற்கேற்ப ஒத்துப்போவோம் என்ற உணர்வினாலும் அமைதியாக இருக்கின்றனர். இங்கே பெயர் மாற்றத்தால் தமிழ் வளர்ந்துவிடுமா என்ற குரல்தான் ஒலிக்கிறதே தவிர, தமிழ் வளர்ச்சியில் பெயர்மாற்றமும் தமிழ்ப்பெயர் சூட்டலும் சிறப்பான இடத்தை வகிக்கின்றன என்பது உணர்த்தப்படுவதில்லை. பெயர் மாற்றம் தொடர்பான முழு உரிமையும் நம் அரசிற்கு வேண்டும். தகவல் மட்டும் நடுவணரசிற்குத் தொடர் நடவடிக்கைக்காகத் தெரிவிக்க வேண்டும்.

தமிழ்ப் பெயர் சூட்டப்படும் பொது நோக்கத்தைப் புரிந்து கொள்ளாமல் உள்ளவர்களே மிகுதியாக உள்ளனர். பாரதிதாசன் பல்கலைக்கழகம் என்பது ‘பீடி யுனிவர்சிட்டி’ எனச் சுருக்கப்படுவதுபோல் சுருக்கப்படக்கூடாது என்னும் நிலை வர வேண்டும். பேரறிஞர் அண்ணா தலைமைச் செயலகம் எனக் குறிப்பிட்டது செகரட்டேரியட்டை மட்டும்தான் என்று கூறி இன்றுவரை செயிண்ட்சார்சு கோட்டை எனக் குறிப்பவர்களே மிகுதியாக உள்ளனர். செயலக முகவரிகள், அமைச்சர்களின் மடலேடுகள், விளம்பரங்கள் ஆகியவற்றிலும் இவ்வாறு குறிக்கப்படுவதை நாம் காணலாம். தலைமைச் செயலகம் தவிர, நடுவணரசின் அலுவலகங்கள், பல துறை அலுவலகங்கள் உள்ளன என்பது உண்மைதான். ஏன் அவர்கள் தலைமைச் செயலக வளாகம் எனக் குறித்திருக்கக்கூடாதா? இத்தகைய போக்குகளைப் போக்க, தமிழருக்கே உரிய ஐந்நிலப் பாகுபாட்டின் சிறப்பை உணர்த்த, ஐந்திணைக் கோட்டை என்று பெயர் சூட்டக்கூ்டாதா? அல்லது தமிழ்க்கோட்டை என்று அழைக்கக்கூடாதா?
பெரும்பாலான அமைச்சர்கள் குடியிருக்கும் தெருவின் பெயர் ‘கிரீன்வேய்சு சாலை’ என்றுதான் இருக்க வேண்டுமா? பைந்தமிழ்ச்சாலை என்று பெயர் மாற்றக்கூடாதா? வெள்ளையர் தெரு, கறுப்பர் தெரு என்ற இனப்பாகுபாடு தேவைதானா? வெள்ளிவீதியார் தெரு அல்லது வெள்ளை நாகனார் தெரு, கார் நாற்பது தெரு, எனப் புலவர்கள், நூல்கள் பெயர்களைச் சூட்டலாமே! இன்னும் பொருத்தம் இல்லாத பெயர்கள் பல உள்ளன. காவல் ஆணையர் அலுவலகத் தெருவில் அவ்வலுவலகமே இப்பொழுது இல்லை. சங்கப்புலவர் காவற்பெண்டு பெயரைச்சூட்டலாமே! மேலும் அவ்வாறான பெயர்கள் தமிழில் அமையாமையால் அவற்றின் அடிப்படையிலான பேருந்து நிறுத்தங்கள், கடைகள், அலுவலகங்கள் முதலியனவும் அயல்மொழிப் பெயரில் அமைந்து விடுகின்றன. எடுத்துக் காட்டாக முனிசிபல் காலனி மதுரையில் உள்ளது. அப்பெயரில் அஞ்சலகம் உள்ளது. (மதுரை, மாநாகராட்சி ஆன பின்பும் இப்பெயர் நீடிப்பதே தவறு.) திருச்சிராப்பள்ளியில் மெயின்கார்டுகேட் உள்ளது. (மேல வாயில், கீழ வாசல் போல) தலை வாயில் அல்லது தலைவாசல் எனலாமே! இருக்கின்ற பெயர்களை மொழி பெயர்த்துக் கொண்டிராமல் ஒத்து வரக்கூடிய அல்லது முற்றிலும் புதிய தமிழ்ப்பெயர்களை, ஆங்கிலப் பெயர் உள்ள இடஙகளுக்குச் சூட்ட வேண்டும். உணர்வே இல்லாத மக்கள் நிறைந்துள்ள தமிழ்நாட்டில் வெறும் அரசாணைகளால் என்ன பயன்?
அன்புடன் இலக்குவனார் திருவள்ளுவன் /தமிழே விழி! தமிழா விழி! எழுத்தைக் காப்போம்! மொழியைக் காப்போம்! இனத்தைக் காப்போம்!/

62 Englishman names in chennai-
Adams Street (Washermanpet)
Anderson Road (Ayanavaram)
Austin Nagar (Alwarpet)
Ballard Street (Perambur):
Bamford Road (Ayanavaram)
Binny Colony (Madhavaram)
Bishops Garden (RA Puram)
Branson Garden Street (Kilpauk):
Clemens Road (Vepery)
Cox Street (Park Town)
DeCaster Main Road (Ayanavaram):
Demellows Road (Ayanavaram):
Doomingkuppam (San Thome)
Dooming Street (San Thome):
Duncan Road (Ayanavaram)
Edward Park Road (Choolai)
Fisher Road (Perambur):
Flowells Street (Guindy)
Flower Street (Saidapet)
Foxen Street (Perambur)
Francis Joseph Street (George Town)
George Avenue (Poes Gardens)
Gills Lane (George Town)
Gills Street (George Town)
Goomes Street (George Town)
Grays Nagar (Choolai)
Gregory Street (George Town)
Heaton Road (Perambur):
Hopman Street (St Thomas Mount)
Isac Street (Park Town):
Jeremiah Road (Vepery)
Jesson Street (Park Town)
Jones Road (Saidapet)
Kellys Road (Kilpauk)
Kennett Lane (Egmore)
Lafford Street/Lane (Chindadripet)
Lambeth Avenue (RA Puram)
Lamech Avenue (Nungambakkam)
Lettangs Road (Vepery/Purasawalkam)
Lloyds Colony (Royapettah):
Lock Street (Ayanavaram)
Maddox Street (Park Town)
Menads Street (Puraswalkam):
Millers Road (Puraswalkam/Vepery):
Morse Road (Ayanavaram)
Nancy Street (Purasawalkam)
Noble Street (St Thomas Mount):
Philips Street (George Town):
Queen Victoria Road (Poonamallee):
Rex Street (Egmore)
Ritherdon Road (Vepery)
Robertson Road (Vepery):
Rutland Gate (Nungambakkam)
Samson Road (Ayanavaram)
Sargent Road (Ayanavaram)
Slaterpuram (Mylapore)
Solomon Street (St Thomas Mount):
Teeds Gardens (Perambur)
Thomas Street (Teynampet)
Wallace Garden (Nungambakkam):
Williams Street (Perambur)
Wheners Road (Egmore):

Indian housing aid programmed for exploitation

Indian housing aid programmed for exploitation by Colombo agents in East

[TamilNet, Thursday, 04 April 2013, 23:53 GMT]
Disregarding the repeated requests by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) politicians in the Batticaloa district to include local community leaders such as the heads of the Rural Development Societies (RDS), representatives from women groups and trustees of temples in the committees to select the beneficiaries of the Indian housing scheme, the SL government has handed over the selection process in the Batticaloa district to its paramilitary and the political outfits of SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s ruling party, civil sources in the district say. Despite their rapport with New Delhi, the TNA has failed in making India to deliver the aid directly to the affected people without the exploitation of genocidal Colombo, the civil sources in the district further said.

Under the Indian housing scheme a total of 4,000 housing units are to be constructed in the Eastern Province, out of which 2,000 units are allocated for the Batticaloa district and 1,000 units each for the Ampaa'rai and Trincomalee districts.

75% of the houses allocated for Batticaloa district are to be allocated for the uprooted people from Paduvaankarai region and the Indian High Commission in Colombo wants to complete 300 houses by 20 April in the first phase, the sources further said.

Villages that come under Vellaave'li, Vavu'na-theevu and Koa'ra'laip-pattu South Divisional Secretariat divisions are earmarked for this project.

The selection of recipients will have to be done by the divisional secretaries.

Preliminary meetings in this connection were held in the three DS divisions headed by Mahinda Rajapaksa’s SLFP and paramilitary representatives.

Civil sources in the three divisions say that the agents of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s ruling party and the paramilitary operatives operated by Colombo are instructing the divisional secretaries to select the recipients proposed by them, in an attempt to misuse the scheme to woo supporters to their outfits and groups.

Initially, the beneficiaries were to be selected for 100 housing units in each DS division and the selections were to be made according to a points-based scheme.

If the chief occupant of a household is alive 10 points are allotted. If the chief occupant is a widowed person, 20 points are to be allotted. In a parentless family, if the oldest is an unmarried female 30 points are allotted. If there are children under 12 years of age, 20 points are added, and if the children residing with the parents are above the age of eighteen, 10 points are added.

However, a discriminatory practice of not allocating any point to those, who have been members of the LTTE in the past, is being adopted to justify the selections made by the paramilitary and SLFP outfits, the sources said.

Most of the families in Paduvaankarai had members in the LTTE in the past.

Further, those who received houses donated by NGOs will not be entitled for the houses under the Indian scheme, divisional secretaries have said. This has led to discriminatory practices as those who had earlier received ad-hoc housing units donated by NGOs in the past are also discriminated despite the fact that several of these huts now stand roofless.

New Buddhist shrine built at Trinco Saiva sacred site

New Buddhist shrine built at Trinco Saiva sacred site

[TamilNet, Thursday, 04 April 2013, 22:47 GMT]
A Buddhist shrine has been built at the precincts of Kanniya Hot Wells a Saiva sacred site in a traditional Tamil village in Trincomalee district. A fifteen-acre land has been appropriated by the SL Government Agent Major General (retd.) Ranjith de Silva on the instruction of Colombo. The Buddhist shrine has a signboard giving the name of the place of worship as ‘Unuthiya Lin Rajamaha Viharaya’, meaning the ‘Royal Great Temple of the Hotwater Wells’. The term ‘Viharaya’ used in the board implies that a Buddhist Sangha (monastery) has been established there. The local Saiva myths associate the place with pre-Buddhist times of the King Ravana of the Ramayana epic. For centuries, the Hindu population of the region used to come to this site to perform rituals to the deceased and ancestors like the Hindus in India go to Gaya and Varanasi.

Kanniyaa Hot Wells
The newly constructed Buddha shrine and the name board at the site of Kanniyaa Hot Wells

Considering locations of natural wonders as sacred sites and building myths around them was part of every religion. Culture, identity and belongingness of a people with their landscape and country are emotionally connected to such phenomena.

However, non-Sinhala Buddhists could have no sacred places of theirs in the island and they could have no belongingness to any part of the land in the island, is the mind-set of the Sinhala-Buddhist State.

The State was following this policy for decades and the talk of ‘multicultural’ sacred sites was always a deception.

Anyone who doubt the structural genocide practised in the island and ask for the affected to come out with evidence to prove, should see the current religious monopoly practised at common sacred places such as the Adams Peak and Kathirkaamam to realise it with irrefutable evidence, Saiva religious circles in Trincomalee told TamilNet.

Seven springs, each with varying temperature, are situated close to each other at the site. The local people also believe that the hot wells have healing powers.

Kanniyaa Hot Wells
The statue of Pi’l’laiyaar is seen kept under a shed at the site where the Saiva temple was situated

A Saiva temple for Pi’l’laiyaar situated at the site and the associated mutt (resting place for pilgrims) were destroyed during anti-Tamil pogroms.

The occupying Sri Lanka Army now guards the Kanniya Hot Wells area.

Sinhala traders have put up stalls to sell goods to the visitors. Not a single Tamil trader is allowed to run business at the site.

Earlier the administration of the hot wells and its environment including the Pi’l’laiyaar temple and the mutt was in the hands of Trincomalee Madaththadi Muthtumaraiyamman Koayil, a Saiva temple in the Trincomalee city.

Kanniyaa Hot Wells
The site where the mutt was situated

Later, the civic body of Trincomalee Town and Gravets took over the maintenance of them.

In 2002, on the orders of the then Trincomalee Government Agent N. H. K. Nelumdeniya, a Sinhalese, the renovation work of the centuries old Hindu temple had been suspended on representations made by some Buddhist priests, who claimed that the bricks found at the site belonged to Anuradhapura period.

At that time R. Sampanthan, Trincomalee district parliamentarian had lodged a strong protest with the then Government Agent and with the Prime Minister’s Secretary and the Peace Secretariat in Colombo that the Hindu community will not tolerate any interference in their legitimate rights which they have had for generations and centuries.

Later, the newly appointed SL Government Agent, who was a former SL military commander, Major General (retired) Ranjith de Silva, stopped the Trincomalee Town and Gravets Piratheasa Chapai (PS) from maintaining the hot wells stating that the site now belonged to the Sri Lankan Department of Archaeology.

The Sinhala military SLGA also directed his men to remove the name board that had been put up by the civic body.

The name board at the site was later removed in the presence of the GA, who is a former Sri Lankan military commander.

The SLGA had told at that time that the name board put by the PS had given 'wrong historical information' to the public.

The former commander GA has also directed the Trincomalee Town and Gravets PS to stop collecting money from the public for maintaining the hot wells and the surrounding area as the PS has no legal status except the Department of Archaeology.

Kanniyaa Hot Wells
TNA Parliamentary Group Leader and Trincomalee district parliamentarian Mr R. Sampanthan last Tuesday visited the Kanniya hot wells area after the construction of the Buddhist shrine and found the destroyed Pi’l’laiyaar temple that also had a mutt where Saiva pilgrims for centuries conducted Anthiraddi rites

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