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DMK chief, M. Karunanidhi, recalled that his party executive had adopted a resolution in this regard on March 25.
The Hindu DMK chief, M. Karunanidhi, recalled that his party executive had adopted a resolution in this regard on March 25.

DMK chief M. Karunanidhi today said that its MPs and members of pro-Tamil TESO backed by it will meet the envoys of Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group of countries, scheduled to meet in London on April 26, to demand that the CHOGM should not be held in Sri Lanka.

DMK, which has been opposing Sri Lanka as the venue for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) slated for November, said in a statement that its representatives will call on the CMAG members to press their demand.

“I insist that the demand not to hold (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka should be discussed in detail and a decision is taken. DMK MPs and TESO members will meet the envoys of member countries of CMAG and explain in detail that the meeting should not be held in Sri Lanka,” Karunanidhi said.

The 88-year-old leader recalled that his party executive had adopted a resolution in this regard on March 25.

The DMK, which walked out of the UPA coalition over the Lankan Tamils issue last month, had in the executive also demanded that India boycott the meeting in case it was held in the island republic.

Members of Tamil Eelam Supporters’ Organisation (TESO), a once defunct organisation revived last year by Karunanidhi, include his son M.K. Stalin and Viduthalai Chiruthaaigal Katchi founder-leader and Lok Sabha MP, Thol. Thirumavalavan.

(This article was published on April 6, 2013)
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8. as Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and People Liberation
Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE). It is now clear that Eelam means
Sri Lanka and Tamil Eelam means the separate Tamil state within Sri
Lanka dreamt of by Tamil separatists. If the TESO used “Tamil Eelam”
in its back-banner, their conference would have banned for promoting
separatism in Sri Lanka. That is why they were reluctantly compelled
to use ‘Eelam Tamils’ in the banner because there is no legal
restriction to hold a conference about Tamils in Sri Lanka. The above
analysis gives an important message. “If you love Eelam, you should
oppose Tamil Eelam”. Therefore TESO must clarify its current and f
ultimate goals and means to achieve the beyond ridicule. People of
Tamil naadu are aware that whatvere Kalaingar does with or without
TESO, he simply seesk to make news to keep the people of Tamil Naadu
who would be voting next year in parliment elctions

from:  P.Padmnaabhan
Posted on: Apr 6, 2013 at 23:42 IST

7. There had been a kingdom ruled by Tamils in the Jaffna peninsula
for a brief period and later conquered by the Portuguese. As a result,
there was no historical Tamil name for their so-called historical
homeland. Since the original Tamil word for Sri Lanka is Eelam, they
named the so-called Tamil homeland within Sri Lanka as “Tamil Eelam”.
Tamil Eelam means Tamil areas of Sri Lanka. Difference between Eelam
and Tamil Eelam In the light of the above, the Tamil scholars knew the
difference between Eelam and Tamil Eelam. Apparently, several leading
Tamil Separatists were not aware of this fact. That is why they named
their separatist movements as the Eelam People’s Revolutionary
Liberation Front (EPRLF), Eelam National Democratic Liberation Front
(ENDLF) and Eelam Revolutionary Organization of Students (EROS). The
separatists, who were aware of the difference, were always careful
enough to refer to their so-called homeland as “Tamil Eelam” by naming
their movements

from:  P.Padmnaabhan
Posted on: Apr 6, 2013 at 23:43 IST

6. Considering linguistic and historical evidence, we can assume that
Sinhale means clan of lion blood. It is noteworthy there are several
alternative views about the origin of Sinhale as well. Although there
are alternative opinions about the origin of the world Eelam, there is
consensus about its meaning. Everybody accepts Eelam is the Tamil name
for Sri Lanka. After independence from colonial rule, the government
decided to abandon its historical name Sinhale and used “Sri Lanka”
for the reasons explained beforehand. Tamils also gave up the
traditional Tamil word for Sinhale and Tamilized Lanka as Ilangai.
Tamils first officially claimed the North and East of Sri Lanka as
their traditional homeland at the first convention of the Federal
Party (ITAK) held in 1951. There was no historical basis for the
Tamils’ homeland theory. There never has been a Tamil kingdom in the
North and East of Sri Lanka.

from:  P.Padmnaabhan
Posted on: Apr 6, 2013 at 23:44 IST

5. Tamil Nadu is closer in proximity than Andhra Pradesh. Hence, it
is natural to find early references to Sri Lanka in Tamil Nadu.
Tamils, because of limitations in their language, always Tamilize
foreign words. They have Tamilized Sihala to Eelam. Nevertheless,
people in Andhra Pradesh have used the word in its original form. If
Eelam is an original Tamil word, there should be a Tamil meaning for
it. No linguist or historian has expressed an opinion explaining the
origin of Eelam linguistically or historically. Nevertheless, there is
both linguistic and historical meaning for Sihala.The Pali word Sihala
derives from Sinhale. Sinha means lion in the Sinhala language. “le”
means blood. According to legend as depicted in the historical
chronicles, the Mahawamsa, Sinhabahu was the son of a Vanga princess
and a lion. He killed his father and became king of Vanga. His son
Vijaya migrated from North India to Sri Lanka and became the
progenitor of the Sinhala people.

from:  P.Padmnaabhan
Posted on: Apr 6, 2013 at 23:46 IST

4. Dravidian languages. However, the Eelamists challenge this
analysis. They rely on Prof. Peter Schalk to prove their point.
Although Prof Schalk has come forward to save Eelamists, he is not a
linguist. He is a Professor in Theology at the University of Uppsala
in Sweden. He has presented a very interesting opinion about
Eelam.Prof Schalk says there are literature and stone-scripts which
belong to the 1st Century BC in Tamil Nadu referring to Sri Lanka as
Eelam. However, the first reference to Sri Lanka as Sihala was found
in a stone-script in Andhra Pradesh which belonged to the 3rd Century
CE. Hence, he argues ‘Eelam’ was in use very much before ‘Sihala’ and
in fact Sihala was derived from Eelam. He further argues Eelam was
used to identify toddy made of coconut, which is commonly available in
Sri Lanka. Later, Eelam was used to describe the country which
produces toddy known in that name.Prof. Schalk has committed several
blunders in his opinion.

from:  P.Padmnaabhan
Posted on: Apr 6, 2013 at 23:47 IST

3.. According to the Tamil Lexicon published in 1926 by the University
of Madras, Eelam means Sri Lanka. It is the Tamil term for Sri Lanka.
According to the Lexicon, Eelam is the Tamilization of the Pali word
‘Sihala’. Sri Lanka has been known as Sihaladeepa, Heladeepa and
Sinhale for more than two millennia.When Western colonizers arrived in
Sri Lanka, it was known as Sinhale. It was Portuguenized as Ceylan and
Dutchnized as Seylan. Finally, it was Anglicized as Ceylon during
British colonial rule. When Ceylon became a republic, the government
decided to use ‘Sri Lanka’ as its official name to indicate to the
world that ours is the country which was referred to as Lankapura in
the Ramayanaya. Eelam derived from Pali The late 19th century
linguists, Robert Caldwell and Hermann Gundert were of the view the
name Eelam was derived from the Pali form Sihala for Sri Lanka. They
cite the word as an example of the omission of initial sibilants in
the adoption of Indo-Aryan words into

from:  P.Padmnaabhan
Posted on: Apr 6, 2013 at 23:48 IST

2.This precaution was able to draw media attention. However, the media
failed to capture a very important precaution taken by the organizers.
The back-banner of the stage read as ‘Eelam’s Tamil Rights Protection
Conference’ although the organization’s name contained ‘Tamil Eelam’.
They had deliberately replaced ‘Tamil Eelam’ with ‘Eelam’ to avoid
another legal mishap, because there is a huge difference in the
meanings of these two terms.In 2003, a journalist posed an interesting
question to me in an interview. He asked me “On what basis do you
oppose Eelam?” In response, I said “I am not against Eelam at all. In
fact, I love Eelam as much as my life”. He was shocked to hear that.
He never expected that kind of answer from the Propaganda Secretary of
the Sihala Urumaya. Thereafter, I had to explain the difference
between Eelam and Tamil Eelam. I had then learnt the difference thanks
to Prof Oliver Abeynayake.

from:  P.Padmnaabhan
Posted on: Apr 6, 2013 at 23:49 IST

1.Well, if the goal of TESO is to realise ultimately Thamizh Eezham
for the Eezhamite Tamils, it is necessary that how the Singalese
avail the tactic and lack of consistency by DMK and the TESO to jeer
and ridicule it must be brought to the knowledge of Kalaignar and
others connected with TESO. Mr.Udaya Gammanpila, the Propaganda
Secretary of the Sihala Urumaya wrote in March 2012 in Ceylon Today as
follows in utter ridicule, under the heading, "If you Love Eelam You
Should Oppose Tamil Eelam"-" The Tamil Eelam Supporters Organization
(TESO) held a pro-Tamil Eelam Conference on 12 August in Tamil Nadu,
under the patronage of its former Chief Minister, M.
Karunanidhi.Organizers of the conference had to overcome several legal
barriers since the LTTE is a banned organization in Sri Lanka. They
took all possible steps to avoid any activity, which risks the banning
of the conference.Hence, they banned the use of LTTE emblems and
photos of Prabhakaran inside the conference hall.

from:  P.Padmnaabhan
Posted on: Apr 6, 2013 at 23:51 IST
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