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Recent books on regions of Tamil Eelam

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 November 2014, 10:40 GMT]
Four voluminous books have recently been published on the Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Vanni and Jaffna regions of the country of Eezham Tamils. The publications, resulting from the efforts and contributions of Eezham Tamils in the island and in the diaspora, show the rise of a new generation as well as the conviction of the old generation in documenting the history and culture of the regions and people of Tamil Eelam with a geographical sense of attachment. The political geographic nuance of the publications subtly responds to the New Delhi–Washington–Colombo genocide partners’ denial of territorial and historical sovereignty claim of the nation of Eezham Tamils in the island. On the other hand, the publications implicitly impel the Eezham Tamils of the various regions in the island to understand the milieu and needs of one another in strengthening the nation with new equations.


The 640-page publication, “Aayvuk Kadduraik Koavai,” brought out by Noolaham Foundation in 2014 is a compilation of academic papers read at the Tamil Documentation Conference 2013 in Colombo.

Edited by a young generation of academics under the guidance of veterans, the articles in the publication generally cover all sections of Tamil-speaking people in the island, but there is a refreshing focus on the cultural heritage of the East, particularly Batticaloa. The articles also show the rise of a new academic generation that is capable and rigorous in research.


The 1002-page publication “Thirukoneswaram,” that has come in February 2014 is a compilation of valuable literature on the temple at Trincomalee.

Edited by K. Arulsubramaniam and published by the Trincomalee temple management board (Thirukonamalai Alaya Paripalana Sabai), the publication includes the reprint of four old Tamil historiographical literatures on the Trincomalee region: Thadchana Kailaasa Puraa’nam, Thiruk-karaisaip Puraa’nam, Thirikoa’naasala Puraa’nam and Koa’neasar Kalveddu. It also contains the reproductions of the three earlier consecration (Kudamuzhukku) numbers of the temple: 1953, 1981 and 1993.


“Vanni Varalaa’rum Pa’npaadum” (Vanni: History and Culture), is a 655-page compilation of academic articles published by K. Suntharalingam, a diaspora Eezham Tamil based in Norway.

The publication, having articles on archaeology, history, environment, demography, industries, language, literature, religion and culture of Vanni, written by well-known academics, is more extensive and authentic than any publication that has hitherto come on Vanni, says Professor S. Pathmanathan in his foreword to the compilation. Many aspects of information on Vanni that cannot be found elsewhere could be seen in this book, he adds.

Tourism book

Professor P. Pushparatnam of the University of Jaffna has authored and published a 280-page book in English on Tourism and Monuments of Archaeological Heritage in Northern Sri Lanka.

Released in Jaffna this month, the book elegantly printed in art paper with lively colour photographs and location maps aims at promoting cultural tourism in the northern part of the island. But it also consciously documents the antiquity and continuity of the region’s history and heritage, keeping their unique context in the island in mind.


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