Thursday, 11 February 2016
Home Tamil Affairs International Affairs Editorial Opinion Feature Culture & Community Interviews
Latest Entries:
In Memoriam – Songs from Purananuru - Song 191
Tamil Guardian 19 May 2011 Print ArticleE-mail ArticleFeedback On Article
   

Tinai: potuviyal (general heroism)
Thurai: porunmolikkanci

“How can it be you that don’t have any grey hair though you have lived
for many years?” You have asked the question and I will give you an answer!
My children have gone far in learning. My wife is rich in her virtue!
My servants do what I wish and my King, who shuns corruption protects us!
And in my city there are many noble men who through their deep Knowledge;
have acquired calm, have become self-controlled,
and the choices they make in their lives are built on the quality of restraint!

- When Kopperuncolan was sitting facing north and starving himself to death in the rite of vatakkiruttal, Picirantaiyar went to join him (in his fast).The good men there asked "We have heard of you for many years yet you have no grey hair." This is what he said to them.

Extracted from ‘An Anthology of Poems from classical Tamil: The Purananuru’ translated and edited by George L Hart and Hank Heifetz.

This is part of our selection from the Purananuru, chosen to represent some of the feelings of the Tamil people as, two years on, they remember the events of 2009.

 
 Related Articles
 
Culture & Community: In Memoriam - Songs from the Purananuru - Song 255
Culture & Community: In Memoriam – Songs from Purananuru - Song 245
Culture & Community: In Memoriam – Songs from Purananuru - Song 226
Culture & Community: In Memoriam – Songs from Purananuru - Song 74
Culture & Community: In Memoriam – Songs from Purananuru - Song 216
Culture & Community: In Memoriam – Songs from Purananuru - Song 74
 
Share on Facebook Print ArticlePrint Article E-mail ArticleE-mail Article Feedback On ArticleFeedback On Article
 
 
HIGHLIGHTS
  Tamil Affairs
Tamil Guardian 10 February 2016
UN Rights Chief must insist fulfilment of UNHRC resolution in Sri Lanka says Monitoring Accountability Panel
The Sri Lanka Monitoring Accountability Panel, expressing concern at recent rejections by Sri Lanka’s president on the need for an international component to the accountability process, [more]

Tamil Guardian 10 February 2016
US pledges $31 million assistance in governance, reconciliation and economic reform
The US government will look to provide $31 million of assistance in strengthening governance, democratic reform, civil society and reconciliation efforts said the US Secretary of State John Kerry. [more]

Tamil Guardian 10 February 2016
Suspected war criminal Sarath Fonseka takes oath as MP

Former army commander Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka, who is suspected of being responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity, has been sworn in as an MP, after his appointment by the ruling coalition. [more]

Tamil Guardian 09 February 2016
UN Rights Chief stresses importance of international participation in accountability and de-militarisation

International participation in Sri Lanka’s accountability process is an important aspect in ensuring genuine accountability amidst war crimes allegations and widespread sexual violence, [more]

Tamil Guardian 09 February 2016
Zeid meets with Sri Lanka’s leaders to reaffirm human rights commitments

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein met with Sri Lanka’s prime minister and president earlier today, [more]

Tamil Guardian 09 February 2016
UN Human Rights chief discusses resettlement of Tamils with TNA

.@UNHumanRights Chief #Zeid met with #SriLanka Opposition Leader this morning. pic.twitter.com/9z0fjrfbxP

— UN in Sri Lanka (@UNSriLanka) February 9, [more]

Tamil Guardian 09 February 2016
UN Human Rights chief visits Trincomalee

Photograph: Athavan News

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein visited Trincomalee as part of his trip to the Tamil North-East, [more]

Tamil Guardian 09 February 2016
Tamils call for re-merger of North and East and fully devolved powers in Killinochchi constitution consultation sitting
Tamil civil society submitted proposals to the government consultation Committee for Constitutional reforms in Killinochchi on Wednesday. The common themes from different proposal submitted by organisations in the Killinochchi district included calls for the Northern and Eastern provinces to be remerged and the handing over of land and police powers to state, [more]


Print Editions

 
 

Contact Tamil Guardian
www.tamilguardian.com