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Sri Lankan Tamil Nationalism: Past, present and future

Jan 14, 2011 1:44:04 PM- transcurrents.com

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

"Thai Piranthaal Vazhi Pirakkum" is a popular saying in Tamil about the month of January or "Thai" in Tamil. It’s meaning in English would be something like this – "When January is born, a way will dawn".

The birth of January in the Hindu Almanack is in mid-January according to the Western calendar. It generally co-incides with the Tamil harvest festival called "Pongal" or "Thaippongal".It is usually a season of Thanksgiving and celebration.

Amidst the atmosphere of festive joy, it is also a time of individual and group reflection where the past is re-examined critically, present re-assessed pragmatically and future plans renewed optimistically. [click to read in full ]