In Memoriam – Songs from the Purananuru - Song 192

Following the Tamil tradition of remembering with poetry and song, on Maaveerar Naal 2012, we bring you one of the most famous songs in Tamil literature – the ‘Karma poem’ from the Purananuru, the four hundred songs of war and wisdom. Song 192 of the Purananuru, The song of Kanniyan Poonkunran Tinai - Poruviyal (General Heroism), Turai – Porunmolikkanci "Every city is your city. Everyone is your kin failure and prosperity do not come to you because others have sent them! Nor do suffering and the end of suffering. There is nothing new in death. Thinking that living is sweet, we do not rejoice...

Italian Tamil youth honour the Maaveerar

Photographs courtesy of Giovanni Tamil In memory of the sacrifice of Tamil Eelam's Maaveerar, Italy's Tamil youth group, Giovanni Tamil, held a tree planting event on November 27th in colloboration with Reggio Emilia's City Council. Giovanni Tamil said of the event: "Our youth have faith that as these small plants grow and blossom, soon will our motherland Tamil Eelam bloom. We youth have vowed to strive tirelessly until our Maveerar's dreams become reality - until our nation breathes the air of freedom."

London Tamil students mark Maaveerar Naal

Tamil students from universities across London commemorated “Youth Maaveerar Naal” on Friday evening, honouring those that gave their lives for the freedom of Tamil Eelam. Organised and held in Guy’s Campus in King’s College London, more than 70 students gathered to pay their respects to their fallen heroes. The event began with the lighting of the traditional lamp by representatives from different universities and the raising of the British and Tamil Eelam National Flags. This was followed by the lighting of the candles by the audience and observance of a moment of silence and to honour...

Imperial College London continues 'Breaking the Silence' campaign

Students at Imperial College London continued the "Breaking the Silence" campaign at British universities earlier this week, following on from their fellow students at King's College London. Displaying an exhibition of posters made by the students themselves, a large crowd gathered at the student Union and Junior Common Room, within the Sherffield Building to learn more about the ongoing genocide of the Tamil nation. Organisers from Imperial's Tamil Society, one of London's oldest Tamil societies, said they were taken aback by the interest expressed by students and staff at the university,...

Thousands pay their respects to Col. Parithi

Thousands of Tamils across France, Europe and the world gathered in Paris on Saturday to pay their respects to the murdered French diaspora leader - Mathinthiran Nadarajah, or Col. Parithi. Updated 16:39 GMT 25 Nov 2012 with new photographs

KCL Tamil students break the silence on genocide

Students at King's College London's Tamil society kick started this year's 'Breaking the Silence' campaign on Tuesday. With posters, photographs and message board, the students were determined to spread the word on the genocide of Tamils. Held by The Spit, the buzzing end of the student union at Guy's campus by London bridge, the campaign attracted many passer-bys and supporters from amongst the staff and students. As a mark of solidarity with Tamil students, other students left messages of support written over a hand print, expressing the horror and shock they felt at learning of the...

Col Parithi memorial event held in London

A vigil was held for Nadarajah Mathinthiran, alias Colonel Parithi, who was assassinated last Thursday in Paris. Hundreds of people filled Copland Community School in Wembley to remember Col Parithi on Sunday evening. The sombre event was marked by speeches by several community leaders and there were queues as people lined up to light candles and lay flowers in his memory.

UKTSU teams up with Lebara co-owner for “The Entrepreneurial Way”

UKTSU (UK Tamil Students’ Union), a charity organisation, run by students for students, has teamed up the co-owner and chairman of Lebara Group, Ratheesan Yoganathan, to present an innovative business scheme, aimed at developing and nurturing Tamil entrepreneurs who are aspiring to build their own businesses - “The Entrepreneurial Way”. Aimed at university students, graduates, and anyone who dreams of creating a business of their own, the scheme intends on equipping these budding business people with the expert knowledge, experience, and contacts, to succeed. Supported by two successful...

Saraswathy poosai celebrations in Darford

Photographs courtesy of Dartford Tamil Knowledge Centre (DTKC) As the Hindu festival of Navarathiri gets underway, children at the Dartford Tamil Knowledge Centre marked the event with a traditional Saraswathy poosai (prayer service) and offerings of pongal, vadai, fruit, flowers, etc. Held in dedication to Saraswathy, considered by devotees to be the goddess of learning and education, devotees traditionally place books, instruments or any object of learning at the poosai, to receive her blessings.

TYO Canada and Tamil Student Associations mark Transition 2012

The Tamil Youth Organization – Canada hosted its third annual Transition Ceremony on September 21. The event is held every year to mark the importance Tamil Students’ Associations (TSAs) across Canada play in the Tamil community and mark the transition of the executive teams at the beginning of the academic year. TSAs are instrumental in promoting the Eelam Tamil identity of Canadian Tamil students and this year’s event, held at the Princess Banquet Hall in Scarborough, Ontario, saw the handing over of the Tamil Eelam national flag from the outgoing to the incoming executive teams. Members of...