THE INTERNAL ENEMIES OF TAMIL ARE ALWAYS AWAKE

Rewriting History: The Enemies Within

N.Nandhivarman General Secretary Dravida Peravai

‘ Koreans are often infuriated by erroneous historical perceptions of Japanese attempts to emphasize their superiority in past bilateral relations.” wrote the Korea Herald daily. The Korean National Assembly’s Judiciary Committee debated four bills brought to rewrite distorted chapters of Korean national history from the tragic periods of the 19 th to 20 th centuries. A campaign to compile a Who’s Who of Pro-Japan collaborators got enthusiastic support from the Korean people and in 11 days 500 million yen could be raised in Korea. The focus was to bring out the truth about pro-Japanese activities by Koreans and the victims of forced labour and military recruitment under the colonial government between 1910-1945. The massacre of civilians during and after the Korean War of 1950-1953. During the Donghak peasant revolution in 1894 the rebels who fought Japanese invaders were shown as bandits in history and the move was to restore them their due honor.

That is Korea. In Tamilnadu do we have majority of English or Tamil dailies that will debate such an emotional issue. Are Tamil people conscious of past history and are they willing to donate like Koreans to correct distortions in Tamil history? Let us ponder these dispassionately. Will our 40 Tamil Parliamentarians ever raise or debate distortions of Tamil history? The Pro-Aryan parties in Indian Parliament are raising hue and cry over non-existent Bridge called Ram’s bridge. Australian scholar Dr.Annamalai Magizhnan in a fantastic interview in Tamil investigative bi weekly Nakkheran   raises an important question. A logical arrival doubt arises by reading the interview. If an army had to reach an island the King had to employ warships, and that is how Tamil Chozha Emperors conquered many countries including Srilanka with their navy. Even today the Sea Tigers are engaged in mid sea wars. If a bridge had to be constructed by Rama to reach Srilanka that denotes he does not have a navy or does not know to conquer the seas.

Human Race is not from Brahma’s face

Sanskrit epics are scientifically proven evidences but Tamil literary sources are figment of imagination, opine all enemies within Tamil language speakers. They are non-Tamils and belong to the invaders of bygone era, yet within their brains a superiority complex remains, which shows their true colors. Adolph Hitler, the champion of Aryan supremacy had to face defeat in 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Contrary to Hitler’s wish, Jesse Owens, a black US athlete won four gold medals and broke number of world records simultaneously, and angry Hitler left the stage refusing to shake hands. This event is a blow to one dictator who erroneously believed that his race is superior. We can trace our 160 million year old origins to that one mitochondria DNA from Africa, since then our ancestors spread over the rest of the world in successive widening waves of migration. Yet somebody within our land live in an illusion that they are gods children born in his face and they are superiors to all others. This group is the enemy within, correctly identified by Periyar EVR. Not that they exposed their true colors during his lifetime. Now seeing what Koreans are attempting it is high time to identify the enemies within.

The enemies within were bent upon denying the truth that Indus Valley civilization is Dravidian. They wanted to rename it as Saraswathi civilization to paint it as Aryan. After previous Governmen’ts attempts to trace the river failed, when even after 9 excavations no such river could be found, it is a fact that in Indian Parliament, the United Progressive Alliance had laid to rest the speculation about the river by saying Saraswathi does not exist. This is a declaration by a Government. Will the enemies within admit that this evidence opened our eyes and we accept truth? They wont. They only want what they believe and that cannot be truth and never can be accepted as gospel.

Suppressing Chozha History in Textbooks.

The Times of India dated 1 st Feb.2002 carried the following news. “ Terming the new history syllabus of NCERT, as assault on history, noted historians Irafan Habib, Suraj Bhan and Arjun Dev pointed out glaring omissions which have nothing to do with a serious academic approach. Attacking Human Resources Development Minister Murli Manohar Joshi for inflicting traditional history as reconstructed by RSS, they said it is an insult to professional historians. According to Dev in class VI syllabus Vedic culture has been made a part of Bronze Age along with Harappan, Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Chinese civilizations. Iron age’s relevance has been limited to the megalithic culture of the Deccan and South India. And there are no references to the early South Indian kingdoms like Chozhas, Cheras, Pandyas and Sathavahanas.” Title itself stated Chola History is blacked out, that is the journalism prevailing in North India, in Delhi Times of India. The Hindu in Chennai after a month wrote a central page on Tampering with history. Not a single line about the Tamil Emperors History being suppressed and hitting headlines in North. They wrote from leftist viewpoint upholding the secular pop up for soothing Islamic sentiments hurt by distortion, but never they told truth about Tamil history being suppressed. That is the enemy within us at work, what else. While I met MDMK General Secretary Vaiko in Vellore in August, I narrated my protest letters, statements, and articles over Tampering with Tamil history, and a shrewd politician he is, he wrote from jail lauding my struggle against tampering of history.

Sanskrit Epics versus Tamil classics

 Dr.D.N.Jha, an eminent historian states, “ In fact there are 300 versions of Ramayana. In Sanskrit alone there are 25 versions including Valmiki’s ”. Our enemies within want Kambaramayam alone   must be accepted forgetting the fact that Valmiki’s Ramayanam is the source of inspiration to Kambar. Well all these people have never thought of finding out which of the 300 Ramayana versions is correct and conveniently forgot that a final word on the authenticity of the story had not yet been said The Cultural History of India Vol IV states “ The first and last books of Valmiki’s Ramayana are later day additions. Book II to VI represent Rama as an ideal hero while in the first and seventh, he is made an avatar of Vishnu”

Professor Hugh Craig Director of the Center for Literary and Linguistics Computing at the University of New Castle in Australia, few years ago employed computational stylistics to determine whether Shakespeare wrote Edward III. Academics have been arguing for years whether Shakespeare wrote Timon of Athens in its entirety or whether it was partly the work of Thomas Middleton. A more fruitful and widely accepted partnership was between Shakespeare and John Fletcher. It is generally agreed that two writers collaborated on All is True [Henry VIII] and the Two noble kinsmen, probably the last play Shakespeare was involved with. All these are researches that are aimed at unraveling some fresh truths. But our enemies within will question if Dr.R.Mathivanan writes that date of Tholkappiyam is 865 B.C. The literary sources used will be questioned. Why not question the 300 versions of Ramayana, why not unravel the truth, if at all, hidden in Sanskrit epics. These enemies who want a post mortem of any source about Tamil from any literary evidence, are not willing to subject Sanskrit epics to such vigorous tests.

Tamil scholars have written many books, equally English knowing Tamil scholars from foreigners to Tamils have written many books. But all these books are confined to libraries. Tamilnadu Government, which nationalizes the books of Tamil scholars, must bring out cheap editions of all their works and distribute to schools and colleges, so that future generation knows how to defend the arguments advanced by the enemies within.

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CHINA’s UNWANTED CLAIM OVER ARUNACHAL

CHINA’S NEW THREAT TO INDIAN UNION

N.Nandhivarman General Secretary Dravida Peravai

 Speaking in Indian Parliament on 20 th November 1950, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru states “ Maps of China for last thirty years have shown a certain portion of that North Eastern Frontier which is now part of India…. Our maps show that McMahon Line is our boundary and that is our boundary map or no map… and we will not allow anybody to come across the boundary “ The problem between India and China, which now stakes claim to Indian State of Arunachal Pradesh, started actually not by the tongue slip of Jawaharlal Nehru, but by the fact about the weakness of both side over the maps. 

Emergence of Chinese Nation

 Let me further quote Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru “ The administration of the Mongol Empire must have been a very difficult task. It is not surprising therefore that it began to split. Kublai Khan died in 1292. After him there was no great Khan. The Empire divided up into big areas. 1.      The Empire of China including Mongolia, Manchuria and Tibet. This empire was the principal one under Kublai Khan’s descendent of the Yuan dynasty.2.      To the far West Russia, Poland and Hungary was the Empire of the Golden Horde as the Mongols were then called.3.      In Persia and Mesopotamia and part of Central Asia there was the Ilkhan Empire, which was founded by Hulugu and to which the Seljuk Turks paid tribute.4.      North of Tibet in Central Asia there was a great Turkey as it was called, the Empire of Zagatai 5.      Between Mongolia and Golden Horde there was a Siberian Empire of the Mongols. Mongol Empire was split up, each one of these five divisions it was a mighty empire wrote Nehru in page 224 of his book Glimpses of World History. That was the divided nature; fragmented nature of a country that in later days became China.

 Emergence of Indian Nation

During British rule about 60% of the Indian sub-continent’s territories were Provinces and 40% were Princely States The Indian sub-continent was always a bunch of different entities ruling different parts in India. While the arrival of the British in India, the most dominant empire in the Indian sub-continent was the Moghul Empire. The Moghul Empire acted as patrons to many smaller kingdoms all over India. With the collapse of the Moghul Empire, which began in the 18th century, the different rulers became semi-independent. The Indian sub-continent at the time of independence in 1947 had 562 Princely States. Some of them like Kashmir, Mysore and Hyderabad were as large as England. There were also smaller Princely states like Junagad, Udaipur, Janjira, Aundh and Cochin. Along with the Princely States there were also 11 Provinces in British India. These Provinces were under direct British control. These Provinces were formerly Indian entities, which the British annexed from the Indian rulers, attached them together and turned them into British Provinces. Among these Provinces were Bombay, Madras, Bengal, Assam and United Provinces. This introduction will indicate how our borders have become widening and changing with integration of princely states within Indian Union.India and China two countries have fought bitter war and even today normalcy never returns in fostering better relationship. The legacy of the colonialism has left a border dispute, which had triggered wars in the past and now claims over settled issue like Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. To enable people of both countries to ponder over the root cause of the enmity between two great neighbours, we wish to place for public debate the border question.

THE MAPS AND THE CONFUSION CREATED BY CONTRADICTORY MAPS

The maps of 1930 show Indian border in North East sector, which is McMahon line between India’s Assam and Tibet region as Boundary Undemarcated. In Northwest, North sectors [from Kashmir Ladakh to Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh it was inscribed as boundary undefined. Miss Dorothy Woodman in her book Himalayan Frontiers in 1969 wrote, “ The innumerable discrepancies on maps might lead to the most naïve student of cartography to the view that the devil can quote maps to serve its own purpose.” The discrepancies in maps are a disease infecting both sides. Both countries based their claims on erroneous maps. In Indian side as per eminent parliamentarian and scholar Kuldip Nayyar “ The Government itself with drew several official maps and books which did not indicate meticulously a curve here or a bend there or which left the boundary undefined. Many maps of the Survey of India and the books of Publications Division were withdrawn, and there was a circular sent to return all such materials “ [Between the Lines p 137-138]. Similarly Chinese Premier Chou–en-lai made it clear in April 1955 during Bandung Conference, that China’s borders with neighbouring countries had not yet been fixed.

COLONIAL MENTALITY REFLECTED IN MAPS

While we talk about the faulty maps of both countries based on which the people of both countries have undergone the agony of war, we must also take note of the colonial mind and colonial mentality behind the maps. To divert the subject here from India and China, so that none can say we are blind by nationalism but to stress the need to apply rationalism in evaluating our past and present claims and counter claims over territory let me draw your attention to other maps.“ Open a geography book or take an Atlas or a traditional map adorning a wall. Greenland and Scandinavia appear to be ten and three times larger than India respectively. However in reality Greenland is only eighty percent of India’s size. Scandinavia is three times smaller than India. The discrepancy does not end here. Russia appears bigger than entire continent of Africa; Alaska bigger than Mexico and tiny Europe seems to occupy more area than entire South America. This mismatch runs against basic common sense. Locate the equator and see how the northern hemisphere occupies two thirds of the space, and southern hemisphere the remaining one third.” Wrote Columnist Vishal V Sharma in Times of India. He cites the reasons for this. “ The world map being shown in our books and Atlases is the Mercator map, made during the age when Europe dominated and exploited the world. The white dominated countries are thus portrayed to be extraordinarily large while non white countries extraordinarily small.” United Nations in 1974 acknowledging this discrepancy accepted a new map made by Arno Peters, a German scholar. Peter’s map shows countries in their relative sizes, and is based on his decimal grid, which divides the surface of the Earth into hundred longitudinal fields with equal width and a hundred latitudinal fields of equal heights.Dravida Peravai wishes to draw the attention of people of India and China, that our countries have not understood the colonialism and its legacy, the maps, McMahon lines over which we were engulfed in enmity for decades, and spent the energies of our economies to fuel wars instead of eradicating poverty in our most populous countries.

BANGLADESH BORDERS:

The legacy of past not only haunts India and China, it also hurts India and Bangladesh. There are 111 Indian enclaves in Bangladesh and 51 Bangladesh enclave in India.” The legacy of high stake card games between two kings, rulers of Cooch Bihar and Rangpur within old Bengal State centuries ago where they used estates as stakes when they ran out of cash, resulted in our nation having Bangladesh enclaves and Bangladesh having our enclaves. This is an issue, which had not been sorted out yet; it applies to the Indo China border dispute.The sudden raking up of a claim over Arunachal Pradesh by China had created heartburns amidst Indian people. Indian people did not expect that Chinese would go on digging a past, a creation of colonialism, to put roadblocks to normalcy between two great civilizations and countries.Statesmanship should prevail. Territory gained at the cost of making people live better within our countries, does not warrant it. Let us bury the colonial legacy and the problems it left behind. Both the nations and even Bangladesh must have open mind, give and take approach, acceptance of status quo without igniting tensions with fresh claims as one reiterated unnecessarily by China.Let minds of both countries meet and resolve our border issue scientifically and amicably.  

DRAVIDIAN MOVEMENTS UNENDING CRUSADE

The Aryan Dravidian Divide

The struggle between Sanskrit and Tamil which started during the times of Tamil grammarian Tholkappiyar [865 B.C] triggered a grammatical rule to eschew Sanskrit letters. This rule enunciated by Tholkappiyar is the starting point of Dravidian movement says Dr. S.Rajendiran in his Doctorate thesis “ Tamizh Kavithaiyil Dravida Iyakathin Takkam”. Even during the Sangam age we can find the Aryan influence and infiltration into literary texts corrupting the original version. It is known as Idaiserugal. But only in the Pallava period Aryan influence got entrenched deeply. Separate housing colonies for Aryans thereby legitimizing the caste system led to the upward mobility in social ladder of the Aryan peoples. Dr.K.K.Pillai who wrote a book “ The Caste System In Tamil Nadu” holds the above said view.

The Pallavas imposed taxes on agriculturalists and traders but exempted the Aryans. Sekkukaranam [Tax for oil extraction] Thattarakaranam [Tax on Goldsmiths] Paraikaranam [Tax on Musicians] were professional taxes, which Brahmins need not pay. This is revealed by the reports of the Archaeological Survey of India E.I. Vol XXXVI.No.20. pp 144-163.

Kumarila Bhattar called Tamizh as mileccha bashai but the Tamil Thesauruses Nigandugal hit back by calling Aryans milechar. The opposition to Aryanism led to the birth of Saiva Sithantha, a philosophical school. Saivite mutts under Non Brahmin heads came into existence. The brahminical lobby vehemently opposed the Saivite mutts. The hymns of Appar, Sambandar, Sundarar, and Manicavasagar were eulogized as 4 Vedas. Nayanmars and Azhvars who initiated the worship of gods and goddesses through Tamil were the forerunners to the war against Sanskritisation. Thiruvaimozhi in later days is known as Dravida Vedham. So Dravidian Movement did not start in 20 th century as it is being said. The day when Aryans, their language Sanskrit was opposed in Tamil soil is the beginning of Dravidian Movement.

Thiruneelakanda Yazhpaanar could not gain entry into Sirkazhi temple and Thirugnanasambandar had to fight to get him entry, which also proves the growing influence of Aryans in temples. Nandanar after exhuming his body into flames to purify and after only he became a Brahmin then only his soul could enter Chidambaram Temple. Till date Tamil hymns are forbidden in Chidambaram temple for which Sivanadiyargal have to wage protests without securing the legitimate right. Puranas were written only to uphold Aryanism. Even Manicavasagar had to portray him as pulayan and god as Brahmin. All this shows the well-entrenched Aryan influence.

The Sitthars wrote strongly against Aryan influences. Thirumoolar’s famous quotable quote One god One creed is to denounce multiciplity of deities and caste differences. Sivavaikiyar, Bhathragiriyar, Bambatti sithar and all Sithars and their movement is a continuation of the Dravidian struggle against Aryans. Adiveerama Pandians verse that whomsoever it may be only the educated will be welcomed, indicates his resolve to deny the tenets of varnashradarma i.e. injustice based and perpetuated on caste basis.

After Sangam age the decline of Tamil started. Kalapirar and Pallavas gave importance to Prakritham. Vedic ideas had polluted Tamil minds by that time. The Bhakthi Movement that rose to challenge these tendencies gave impetus to Tamil language and Tamil religion. While Nayanmars and Azhvars revolted against Brahmins in Tamilnadu the people of North India too under the dynamic leadership of Lord Buddha and Mahaveer used peoples languages like Pali, Arthamagathi and Apiramisam which are offshoots of Prakiratham to register their protest against Sanskrit and Aryans.

The Saiva Sithantha and Saivite Mutts were direct challenge to the Brahmanism. Hence Brahmins were against these. These mutts educated the Tamils which could not be assimilated by the Aryans, who claimed that they only have the right to get education. In order to show their anger they instigated attack on the caves. Saivite mutts were operating from caves. The epigraphists of Tamilnadu have found references about the revolt to demolish caves. “ It is stated that in the 22 nd year of Periyathevar there was a general crusade against monasteries of this type when all the property of the monastery under reference was confiscated. Thiruchitrambala Mudaliar survived for 2 years after this event and died and Hridaya thevar i.e. Kulothunga Chozha III must have been instigated by the Brahmins against the Non-Brahminical Saiva Mutts”

Looking back at history we can give many such proofs of the Aryan- Dravidian struggle which till date continues. The Bhakthi Movement failed, Dravidian Movement felt that way in 20 th century and hence turned towards atheism. “ The Saiva Sithantha says Dr.Pope is the most elaborate, influential and undoubtedly the most valuable of all the religion of India. It is peculiarly the Southern Indian and Tamil religion and must be studied by everyone who hopes to understand and influence the great South Indian peoples.” Whatever is said harsh truth is all attempts by Sithar Movement and Bhakthi movement have failed to completely weed out Brahmanism and Aryan influences. Are we popularizing Sithar padalgal ? Have we won the right for Tamil only usage in temples?

Even Tamil mythology is different. “ Tamils have their own mythology… And Tamil puranas unlike the Sanskrit puranas are usually the concern of the authors whose historical existence seems likely, although the imagination has been allowed to run wild in this regard “ says Pierre Meile Larrousse in World Mythology.

There is distinct demarcation. There are different religions. There has been unending fight against Sanskrit and Brahmanism, but all the efforts of Sithars and Azhvars and Nayanmars have lost the purpose for which it came but legitimized Brahmanism. The word Sind got corrupted and became Hindu. If Indus civilization is Dravidian then the word that derived from the Indus River must point out only Dravidians. But the word had been hijacked by Aryans and brahmanical religion is portrayed as Hindu religion, why even religions that came out to protest Brahmanism like Sikhism , Buddhism and Jainism have been brought under Hindu fold creating the illusion of acceptance of the racial supremacy of the Aryans. Aryans had hijacked even Dravidian movement where a Brahmin lady and others diluting their ideology accommodating the Aryan supremacy head one outfit, thereby running successful business enterprises in politics. The Anti Hindi agitation is not an overnight revolution. It marks the continuing struggle for desanskritization. Languages elsewhere have assimilated with each other but in no other language the venom that one human is superior by birth to other is being translated into reflexes subjugating and denigrating human beings, hence Tamils are fighting for centuries. Other languages of the Dravidian family have developed a false notion as if they descended directly from heaven instead of branching out of Tamil. This mental framework also is the handiwork of Aryan influences and corruptive infiltration of Sanskrit into their tongues. In Nepal the Maoists fought for closure of Sanskrit schools which shows Dravidian movement not only exists in spirit here in Tamil soil but wherever human dignity is eroded by language, religious, ethnic supremacy the challenge to it will be automatic and unending. Dravida Peravai feels it is time to evaluate our past and chalk out our future plans in the light of our failures.

N.Nandhivarman General Secretary Dravida Peravai

TAMIL DANCE BEFORE BHARATHA NATYAM

Dr.Padma Subramaniam has been stressing that dance known as Bharatha Natyam had its inception in Kashmir and Bharathar, a saint is its founder. She had also successfully impressed upon the then Tamilnadu Chief Minister to allocate 5 acres of land to construct a temple for Bharathamunivar. This claim needs to be countered and some scholars have done it. Pulavar K.Subramanian, President of Bangalore Tamil Sangam wrote in a Tamil literary monthly Thelitamizh [18.10.2003] that in the Arangetru Kathai of Tamil epic Silapathigaram it is stated that Madhavi learnt “Naatiya Nannool”, which proves Tamils had their own original books on Dance.

Dr.R.Madhivanan raised a pertinent question in the literary monthly Thelitamizh in which he asked ” Who is the father of Dancing Art ? Bharathar ? or Avinayar ?. [15.3.2006] .According to  Madhivanan , Sivaperuman had performed the 108 thandavas of dancing art. As per the request of Brahma, Lord Siva taught dance to a Saint called “Thandu”. Thandu taught to Bharathamunivar, who in turn wrote “Natyasastra” in Sanskrit, says puranas. Madhivanan argues that if Thandu had taught dance to Bharathamunivar, temple should be constructed to Thandu and not Bharathar.

Tamilnadu then  Chief Minister J.J had admitted in the floor of Tamilnadu assembly that dancing art originated from Tamilnadu. But the Brahminical Chief Minister was not aware that there existed a Tamil book for dance which is known as Avinayam written by Avinayar. Koothar, viraliyar,kodiyar,vayiriyar,paanar were the group of  people who were practicing and propagating dance much before the Sangam age. The Natya sastra of Bharathamunivar is just the translation of the Natya nannoolmentioned by Ilangoadigal, author of Tamil epic Silapathigaram. Bharathar’s book is not original one. Though the Avinayam of Tholkappiyar’s days is not available today, during Sangam period Sathanar’sKoothanool , Arivanar’s Panjamarabu , Mathivanar’s Nadakatamizh were following the tradition of Avinayar’s Naatiya Nannool.

It is acknow ledged in literary sources that along with Tholkappiyar, Avinayar was also one among the 12 disciples of Agathiar. Bharathamunivar belongs to 4 th or 5 th century, the days of Pallava rule. Hence by time he lags behind Avinayar. Hence it will be appropriate to build temple only for Avinayar and not Bharathamunivar, Dr.R.Madhivanan wrote.

Dravida Peravai appeals to Tamil scholars particularly to Eelam Tamil women who are spreading the Tamil dance tradition across the continents to clearly correct the distortion in history and state that Tamil dance must be renamed as Avinayam, and Bharatha natyam originated from Kashmir is not the first to originate but a borrowed version of Tamil dance.

N.Nandhivarman General Secretary Dravida Peravai

BEFORE HUMAN RACE EVOLVED RAMA’s BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION

SEARCH RAM FIRST BEFORE REACHING RAM’s BRIDGE 

[Dravida Kazhagam General Secretary K.Veeramani is convening an All Party Meeting on 8 th May 2007 to counter the false propaganda unleashed by BJP and VHP on the so called Rama’s Bridge, which they claim as Heritage site and needs protection. We all know once upon a time
India was an island nation surrounded by seas hence it had the name
நாவலந் தீவு . Continental Drifts had altered the world map many times. Once all continents were in one super-continent called Pangaea which in Latin meant all earth. The drifts continue. Certain oceans are expanding and certain are shrinking. In such a scenario to claim that a Land Bridge built 1,750.000 years ago when no human being had inhabited the Earth, is intact and it must be protected lacks logic and mere faith cannot be scientific foundation for a claim like this. Dravida Peravai challenges the contention and puts forward our views, which is open to debate, as we are rationalists, we will not run away from debate. Nandhi Varman General Secretary Dravida Peravai] 

The BJP and its policies based on a mythical hero with no relevance to people’s issues is a mirage chase. A mirage which BJP cannot reach to quench its thirst for power. Hue and cry over non existent Ram’s bridge had been catapulted into a matter of national debate. Dravida Kazhagam, the parent body of all major and minor Dravidian political parties including Dravida Peravai had done the logically correct thing to counter the propaganda of falsehoods unleashed by the forces of fascism.

Paula Richman wrote a book titled “Many Ramayanas” Yes the question before us is to accept which Ramayana as true story?. Vishwa Hindu Parishad is not ready to accept truth or explore hidden truth or accept the multiplicity of Ramayana versions. That is fascism and nothing else. Paula Richman refers an incident in her book. “In 1993 the VHP destroyed an exhibition because it depicted the Jain Dasaratha Jathaga version of Rama and Seetha as siblings.” Who could be the arbiter? Should anyone take the matter to International Court of Justice because it involves Ramayanas originating from different cultures and countries? Individuals cannot go to International Court of Justice. Some nation must take the matter to court, to prove its version of Ramayana as true history. Till the matter is decided, no question of resolving Ram’s birth place and Ram’s Bridge could be resolved or settled. First and foremost to be decided is which of the Ramayanas is true history? 

Laos Ramayana: Buddha recited the story of Rama to his disciples, in
Laos; they believe that the jataka tale to be tale of Buddha’s previous birth. There are two popular versions of Ramayana namely Phra Lak Phra Lam and Gvay Dvorahbi. According to these Ramayanas, Ravana is the nephew of King Dasarath. Rama while roaming in desert in search of Sita eats a fruit and becomes a monkey. [The biblical Adam and Eve’s story and its resemblance could also be taken note of] After becoming monkey Rama meets Nengsi, a woman turned into monkey and marries her. Hanuman is their son. After killing Ravana, Ram marries his widow.

Thai Ramayana: The earliest version of Ramakien dates back to 13 th century and Thais believe their version to be the original story. In Ramakien many places in Thailand have been identified with Ramayana episodes. The city of Ayutthaya i.e. Ayodhya has been mentioned as capital of the kingdom. Ramakien vividly describes the marriage of Hanuman. According to Thais, Hanuman had many affairs and children. 

Jain Ramayana: According to historian D.N.Jha in Jain Ramayana it is Luxman who kills Ravana. Neither Ram, Luxman nor Hanuman is monogamous. Luxman has 16,000 wives while half that number Ram has, says D.N.Jha. “In Buddhist Ramayana Rama and Sita are siblings who later got married while in Jain Ramayana Rama has 8000 wives. Historian D.N.Jha links the monogamous Rama to the patriarchal society, a symptom of which is also Sita’s agnipariksha.” 

Cambodian Ramayana: Cambodian version “The Reamkher” states Ram as incarnation of Vishnu.  Akaingameso which means God’s doorkeeper was reborn as Ravana. Sita, in her earlier birth was the wife of Indra, who was insulted by Ravana. To avenge the wrong she was born as Ravana’s daughter. Ravana was cautioned by his astrologer and brother Bibhek about his daughter’s evil birth. Ravana put her in a chest and buried her. King Janaka later discovered her. The Reamkher follows Valmiki episodes on Ram’s friendship with monkey chiefs and construction of the bridge. There is one important deviation. Sita gave birth to a son named Ramalaksha parented by Valmiki.One day she went to the river for a bath with her son when the sage was in deep meditation. After meditation Vamiki could not see his son, hence created another son by his yogic power and named him Jupalaksha. 

These are some of the versions. BJP and VHP must first of all find out whether Sita is the wife of Valmiki ? They must find out whether Rama had 8000 wives, Lakshman had 16000 wives or Dasarathan had 60000 wives. The Ravana and Sita being father and daughter and the Rama and Sita being brother and sister, are existing stories in various cultures. We did not write these Ramayanas, and all Ramayanas are written by pious people and not atheists like me.

The Dravidian Movement took up cudgels against the Kamban’s version of Ramayana and the journal Kudi Arasu edited by Thanthai E.V.Ramasamy Periyar published series of articles by Chandrasekara Paavalar. Aringnar Anna challenged Tamil scholars to come for open one to one debate on the purpose of Kambaramayanam and its imposition on Tamils to subjugate them under Aryan Illusion [ஆரிய மாயை ] .

Navalar Somasundara Bharathiar and சொல்லின் செல்வர் R.P.Sethu Pillai debated with Anna and openly admitted they have lost the debate. This debate in Tamil Book “Let Fire Spread” தீ பரவட்டும்  wants to illuminate Tamil hearts by symbolically burning Kamba ramayanam. Pulavar Kuzhanthai wrote  இராவண காவியம் .  Ravana Kavyam  can be considered as Dravidian version of Ramayanam.  

The question before us which of these versions is based on true historical facts. These are not days where everyone will accept anything with blind faith. If you place new facts to reopen a settled issue in history, you should place facts and prove it. Blind faith of BJP and VHP will not stand the scrutiny of the Age of Science.

Chinese had some truth to add to world’s history, yes they wanted to tell the world that their sons only discovered America and not Columbus. Gavin Menzies wrote a book: 1421 : The Year China Discovered America. The book states about the 7 expeditions by Admiral Zheng He between 1405 and 1423 with a fleet of 317 ships and 28,000 men. Chinese Government organized exhibitions, and the postal authorities of Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand issued postage stamps commemorating Zhen He’s discovery. At a cost of 50 million dollars a Museum is being set up. If BJP and VHP had truth in their arsenal let them use it first. Lungpower alone will not establish truth. When they ruled India, BJP combine tried its best to use all money at its command to prove many falsehoods; ultimately they failed in all such adventures.

HOW FAST DO MONKEYS FLY? 

In October 2004, a lecture by Berkeley Professor R.P.Goldman titled “How fast do monkeys fly? How long do demons sleep” which took place in New Delhi is reported in the Times of India [Mumbai edition] dated Saturday October 30 2004. According to Dr.R.P.Goldman “ancient Sanskrit scholars who made intense study of Hindu mythological texts like Ramayana tried to rationalize several of the seemingly improbable tales like Ravana’s ten heads, or how fast Hanuman the monkey god could have flown to get the sanjivini or elixir, for Laksman or even how long Kumbakarna, Ravana’s brother, might have slept.”

In order to apply the rationalist paint to the absurd story of Ravana having 10 heads, since none of the findings about extinct  species have found a single 10 headed human fossil, they said that Ravana actually had one head and the other 9 were reflection on the large 9 polished gems that he wore around his neck. The success of rationalist movement compels scholars to spin new tales to justify foolish tales.

Another important question that these scholars raised was how long could Hanuman have taken to fly to the Himalayas to the Mahodaya Mountain to fetch the life giving herb for Laksmanan from Lanka, where the battle was raging? Goldman says that some of the scholars calculated that roughly at a speed of 660 kilometers per hour Hanuman flew, plucked the mountain, and flew back to Lanka. Then “Hanuman was quite ecologically conscious” the Professor R.P.Goldman states in order to save ecology Hanuman flew again back to Himalayas and pasted the plucked mountain with an adhesive still not found by scientists.

This is the scholarly research which BJP and VHP want us to accept. Can anyone with brain assimilate this research as proven scientifically and established beyond an iota of doubt? No one will swallow this foolish finding. Dravida Peravai wants BJP and VHP to prove all these impossible feats first before staking claim to Rama’s Bridge in Gulf of Mannar. 

RAMA’s BRIDGE 

So far historians have found evidences that first human on Earth dates back to 60,000 years. Journey of Man by Spencer Wells which was also telecasted in National Geographic Channel claims that first human beings were from Africa. The book also claims that all humans are one; there exists a common gene named Sangene in all human beings. While writing about this book in my article titled Black Race and Brahma’s Face, I had written that these findings which prove human race is one is a severe indictment of a race that claims superiority among others and one which never accepts all humans as equals, thus people who claim to have born from Brahma’s face who built castles of lies in the name of varunasharadharma, have been proven to be totally unscientific and idiots claiming superiority on earth at the cost of fellow human beings,

The reason to state this is because in www.virtuallibrary.com of Srilanka claims:

NASA Images Find 1,750,000 Year Old Man Made Bridge between India and Srilanka” 

Under this title the Aryan lobby writes “In the 18 th incarnation of Lord Krishna, the Lord appeared as King Rama. In order to perform some pleasing work for the demigods, he exhibited superhuman powers by controlling the Indian Ocean and the killing of the atheist King Ravana, who was on the other side of the Sea”…. Srimad Bhagawatham, the site claims.

Let us examine the falsehoods one by one. We from the Dravidian Movement are atheists but not Ravana; all know that Ravana as per epics is a devotee of Lord Siva. The doubt which arises to me is why should a reincarnation of God perform superhuman deeds to impress demigods? Does it mean that Demigods are more powerful than the Original God on reincarnation?

How does God control Indian Ocean? 

UNESCO had constituted an Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission to undertake research of the Indian Ocean. This commission had not found yet anything that Gods did in Indian Ocean as per Srimad Bhagawatham. Well Dravida Peravai urges the Indian Government to refer the matter of Rama’s Bridge to this Intergovernmental Commission and if this commission says that there is no Rama’s bridge, will all BJP and VHP followers give up their religion and become atheists. Graham Hancock had written a book titles Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilization. In 1981 Daniel Behrman had written a book Assault on the Unknown. There are many books on Indian Ocean. All these books give us evidences on the continental drift, the submerged lands of the Lemuria, which Tamils prefer to call as the Kumari Kandam. The challenge posed by BJP and VHP must be accepted and we must use the National Institute of Oceanography to indulge in the study of under water archaeology to bring to light the great past of the Tamils. Tamil literature says 49 countries were lost to the seas, including River Kumari and River Pahruli. If Ramayana, an epic says Rama constructed a bridge and if that has to be probed, we Tamils demand that what all Tamil literature says about First and Second Tamil Sangams and the land loss to Tamil homeland namely Kumarikandam also should be studied.

In 2004 Dinamani Tamil Daily reported that in Bangalore a scientist Graham Cook displayed finds from the under water exploration he made near off the coast of Poompuhar, the Chozha Port and displayed video scenes of submerged Poompuhar and bdisplayed out 2000 artifacts from the Sea. Using carbon dating and other scientifically proven methodology in archaeology he said that the Poompuhar Civilization dates back to 7500 B.C. Tamils must be proud to have scientific evidence that pushes its civilization to an earlier period compared to Indus Valley Civilization. Instead of repeating like parrots that we have 2000 years of history, Tamil scholars must claim that we have a civilization which is 10,000 years old.

The probe BJP wants to undertake will only prove the Tamils past. It is well known fact that due to rise and fall of sea level both India and Srilanka got linked up in land 65,000 years ago, Before 27000 years due to rise in sea level India and Srilanka got separated. Around 17,000 years ago when sea level dropped both land masses joined and later parted. The study made by Trichirapalli Bharathidasan University Earth Sciences department states that before 1.4 million years sea was close to Madurai. Before 90,000 years Chennai, Puducherry and Vedaranyam were surrounded by seas. We all know that global warming will result in rise in sea level and Tamilnadu coast will undergo changes. These are all natural phenomenon. When lands get linked and then gets separated sand domes will naturally be formed. Such domes could not be claimed as bridge. Contrary buildings exist beneath the seas near Poompuhar, where we can prove Tamil civilization,

Right from the beginning Srilanka had been conspiring to stall Sethusamudram project, and we all know the proposal by Srilanks to construct a bridge linking Srilanka and India, for which it gave an eye catching name  Hanuman Bridge, perhaps to hoodwink the BJP. For argument sake if Hanuman
Bridge had been constructed instead of Sethusamudram project will it not affect the Rama’s so called Mirage Bridge? Dravida Peravai opposed it by calling it a Berlin Wall across the Seas.

Now again with no economic programme in its arsenal BJP wants to use an emotional appeal, hence resorts to Ram’s bridge. But BJP conveniently forgets that Atal Bihari Vajpayee speaking in Indian Parliament in 1974 called Kachateevu as Valideep, where Rama fought Vali. Why BJP is silence on Valideep? Why they don’t want to reclaim Valideep? Loss of Kacchateevu results in out fishermen getting killed. Reclaiming Kachateevu is not in BJP’s agenda, but a Bridge is, what a mentality these fascist forces have ?

Nandhi Varman General Secretary Dravida Peravai

ECONOMIC INJUSTICE TO KARAIKAL

KARAIKAL PORT AND AIRPORT ARE WASTE OF PUBLIC MONEY

MAY DAY SPEECHES OF KARAIKAL UNION TERRITORY STRUGGLE GROUP

The May Day was observed by Karaikal Union Territory Struggle Group by organizing two meetings in Karailal. Mr.Jyothilingam, Trade Union wing Leader presided over these meetings. Speaking in that meeting the Hon.President of Karaikal Union Territory Struggle Group said ” Instead of setting up massive industries that can generate employment avenues for local youth, Puducherry administration seems to be chasing the mirage by Port and Air Port projects. Only the Major 12 Ports under the Union Government are yielding profits, but all the 139 Minor and Intermediary Ports  under the control of various state governments are not revenue generating profitable ventures, with due exception to Gujrat Minor Ports under the control of Gujarat Maritime Board. There is no industry that needs raw materials to be brought by ship and no industry in and around Karaikal to export finished products through ships, and such being the case setting up of a Port here will be a futile exercise with no revenue generation. Even in Andaman, at the fag end of our country’s border at Indira Point, they are investing 3000 crores for setting up a transhipment harbour. Everyone knows Singapore where ships come from all directions is a best transhipment harbour, whereas Indian states builds transhipment harbours in dead ends.No state government on its own can run a profitable Port, hence Union Government must nationalize all minor ports under various state governments and hand it over to National Seaways, like our National Highways to regulate passenger/cargo shipping along our coast in west and East of Indian peninsula.

In Nagapattinam, Tamilnadu Government is setting up a Port to bring coal to its proposed thermal power plant near Thirukuvalai, the Chief Minister’s place of birth. While this harbour will attract whatever ships, within less than 20 kms another Port in Karaikal will be an idle asset without revenue, first swallowing public money for a wasteful purpose. The proposed Air Port in Karaikal is unwarranted, since the Air Port brought in Puducherry while M.O.H.Farook Maricar was Union Minister itself has no traffic and remains idle monument for wasteful expenditure. Puducherry Port too was entrusted to two private parties, who does not bring in physical money as investment, but were entrusted with 76 percent share while the money investing PIPDIC kept 24 percent shares. So the trend to waste public money on projects that do not yield revenue seems to be catching the fancy of the rulers, who are trying to hood wink the public as if these schemes will benefit Karaikal. The Airport in Karaikal will carry crafts with bureaucrats and politicians only, and further public money will be wasted., N.Nandhivarman, Hon.President spoke,

President K.Subramanian, Vice President V.S.Nallusamy, General Secretary A.T.S.Ansari Babu, Deputy Secretary R.Sundarraj, Propaganda Secretary Thanga.Devadas, Treasurer S.Radhakrishnan spoke in these meetings.

THE PUDUCHERRY POWER CORPORATION: The workers there had been promised pay scales at par with the Electricity Department employees and were appointed, but the tall promises made till date were not kept, speakers alleged.

While there exists a Central University in Puducherry, the proposed plan of Puducherry Government to set up the state controlled University near Bahour in Puducherry enclave, neglecting Karaikal where it should come by way of natural justice, is condemnable, the speakers lashed at the Government.

The Karaikal legislators raised the demand to set up a Government Medical College in Karaikal, but in the floor of the assembly Health Minister was evasive in his reply. KUTSG urges the Government to set up the Government Medical College in Karaikal.

In the matter of nominated M.L.A’s, Government had distributed it to persons within the main enclave Puducherry but had once again done injustice to Karaikal by not giving even single nominated MLA to this region.The pathetic condition of hospital with no medicines and with no proper care was also targeting for criticising the Government in the May Day speeches.

N.Nandhivarman Hon President Karaikal Union Territory Struggle Group