The reason Tamil Nadu was given- the freedom fighters displayed (V.O. Chidambaram Pillai, Veeramangai Velu Nachiyar and Bharathiyar) were not “well known”. The sheer audacity and ignorance of the statement is nauseating.
As a civilisation, Tamizhar go back at least 3,200 years, with Tamizh, one of the oldest languages spoken in the world, at its centre. The culture and language now are fairly well preserved, though much has been either lost, appropriated or assimilated.
Though the widely prevalent passion for Tamizh is admirable, unfair power structures have and still continue to exist. Homophobia, transphobia, sexism and casteism still run rampant in the Tamizh community. For people who claim to be very accepting and inclusive, it’s high time that this acceptance and inclusivity reflects internally as well.
It’s true that this isn’t a very good time, considering everything that’s going on, but the fact still remains- there’s still a lot of work left to do. It’s long overdue and needs to start NOW.
Proper research and education on Tamizh culture and history (both the good AND the bad), about how being Tamizh is an ethnicity beyond religion and that Tamizhar are not inherently “Hindus”, is essential. Blind fanaticism, disregard for facts and adamance over folk etymology are a huge disservice.
Unlearn, relearn, research, reconnect, and contribute.
PS- Those responsible for the genocide of Eela Tamizhar and the oppression of Indian Tamizh fisherfolk at the SL-India border are yet to be held accountable.
வாழ்க தமிழ். வளர்க தமிழ் (Long live Tamil)
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