State power said necessary for uplifting Tamil
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 23 October 2002, 17:20 GMT]
"Tamil language and culture can never prosper as long
as Tamils do not have state power. The Tamil language
is demeaned by Tamils themselves in Tamilnadu. One
cannot even engage in peaceful protest for Tamil
rights in Tamilnadu. Tamilians and the Tamil language
cannot survive until the Hindutva ideology is
extirpated from Tamil society," said Mr. R.
Thirumavalavan, member of the Tamilnadu legislative
assembly, addressing a meeting in the University of
|Mr. Thirumavalavan addressing the meeting at the Jaffna University's kailasapathy Hall Wednesday.|
Mr. Thirumavalavan is the leader of the Liberation
Cheetahs party in Tamilnadu.
"Tamils do not name their children in Tamil today.
Tamil movies are given English names. Our ancient
language has many Sanskrit words, which we take for
granted as Tamil. Tamils build temples; they work hard
to construct every part of the temple with their money
and labour. Once the temple is complete, the Tamil is
asked to stand away from god. When the temple is
consecrated, he/she can worship only the building’s
pinnacle. The Brahmins in Tamilnadu are bold enough to
stop temple poojas being performed in Tamil. They say
that Tamil is a despicable language (Neesa Basha). And
the tamils in Tamilnadu listen to them because they
have lost all sense of self respect", Mr.
The Tamil poet Inqulab, the vice chancellor of the
University of Jaffna, the film director from
Tamilnadu, Puhalenthi Thangaraj, the writer P.
Jeyaprakasam etc., addressed the meeting in the
Kailasapthy Hall in the Jaffna University.