N.Nandhivarman, General Secretary Dravida Peravai
In the twenty ninth year of its publication, New Times Observer dated 1.5.1995 carried one of my articles wherein I wrote “Revolutionary leaders have not traversed in the road of roses. Crown of thorns, cross, cudgels, cups of poison, cyanide capsules, deportation, deprivation, death sentences and heaps of humiliation have accosted them in their chosen path. But by their crucifixion, the conscience of mankind gets awakened. At the dawn of next century we are in search of a New Marx. We are in the look out of a new ideology, which will cater to the new times we live in. All the signs of evolving revolution are visible. It is time for us to learn the lessons of the past to march on towards a peaceful future where human species enjoy happiness”
Fifteen years had gone, my quest continues. As old age creeps in I am in a hurry. I felt I must activate those who can attain, instead of me waiting for myself attempting to attain the impossible. Today i.e. 22nd January 2011, The Hindu carried an article by Professor K.S.Jacob in the faculty of Christian Medical College, Vellore titled: Capitalism: regulate, re-work and transform. May be he wants transplant of capitalism’s heart with socialism. Or may be he wanted to create Capitasocialism. Whatever may be his motive, it made me issue an open appeal to Dr.D.Sambandam of Puducherry University.
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In my mail to Dr.Sambandam’s daughter I wrote: A Genius gets tired in teaching dull headed students, and psychological principle known as Peter’s Principle gets into operation making him believe he had scaled the height he is meant for. It is not so and seeing Professor K.S.Jacob’s article Capitalism: regulate, rework and transform in The Hindu today, I felt the throb to wake him from his intellectual slumber. World is at cross roads. American President Obama says there is no people’s democracy but corporate democracy that prevails in USA. Authors write that only 200 corporates rule the world. The Globalization tilt towards corporate’s brought this state of affair. A crude economist and street corner politician put forth logical economics into forefront and challenged capitalists that if they want one global market, they should accept one global currency, and end economy of speculation. Now Amartya Sen and men of his ilk have won awards, they won’t have the courage of conviction to write new ideas. Aringnar Anna moulded Professor Sambandam. He had to write innovative economics, and we are ready to carry forward his theories. Hope in The Hindu, Dr.Sambandam will be seen. His daughters must release their father from the bonds of family addiction. He should become the Economist of New Age.
A great Tamil Scholar from Eelam based in London had been doing immense good work for establishing the greatness of Tamil language on scientific basis. Tamil scholars never unite for common purpose as their giant sizes ego would not allow it to happen. Hence I thought Avarangal Sinnathurai Srivas needs few hands and brains to collaborate with him. Mr.Srivas had launched an e-group not to swell in number, but to unite brains in slumber.
SiSrivas email@example.com has invited you to join the Scientific Tamil & Linguistics: (STL) group with this message: Welcome to Scientific Tamil Linguistics.
Here is the group’s description: Tamil Grammar, Tamil Alphabet & Linguistics are scientific subjects. This group is working to address linguistic from a scientific perspective. I wish this group to succeed to usher in a New Age for Tamil Language by establishing it as the Primary Classical Language of the World as proudly proclaimed by Deveneya Paavanar. The Tamil Etymological Dictionary mooted by Deveneya Paavanar and carried forward by Dr.Ira.Mathivanan is complete with 31 volumes and readily available at Classical Tamil Etymological Dictionary Project of Government of Tamilnadu, c-48 First Floor, TNHB Complex, Anna Nagar, Chennai 600040 [ cell: 9962949787]. I would urge Tamils all over the world to buy these dictionaries and familiarize to our future generations. To continue this kind of research very rarely we get scholars. I found in internet, a young lawyer D.Ravi Rao, staunch Paavanar follower who had uploaded all Paavanars works. He too specializes in etymology. His services should be utilized by Tamil world. The link to his books: http://www.scribd.com/dravivararo [Ravis cell: 9566177566 9080018565]
Also scholars must interact with: Puducherry Institute of Linguistics and Culture (PILC) Director Bhaktavatsala Bharathy: 9894383912
Puducherry Institute of Linguistics and Culture (PILC) is an autonomous research centre established with a view to promote advanced research in the fields of Linguistic and Culture in the Union Territory of Puducherry. PILC is the only research centre which has been established and is being financially supported by the Government of Puducherry. The institute is being managed by the Governing Body with the Education Minister as its Chairman, and the Education Secretary as the Vice-Chairman. PILC has been recognised as a research centre by the Tamil University, Thanjavur. Linguistics and Culture, combined together as thrust areas of research in PILC, are a rare combination of subjects which have not been taken care of by any of the institutions in and around Pondicherry. Perhaps, in the whole of India, Pondicherry was the only region until 1981 where linguistics was completely unknown as a discipline.
In 1981, the International School of Dravidian Linguistics (ISDL) came forward to start centre at Pondicherry with the grant-in-aid of the Pondicherry government. Later, in 1986, the Pondicherry government decided to take over the regional centre under its direct fold and rechristened it as the Pondicherry Institute of Linguistics and Culture
PILC has been developing as a centre of excellence as far as linguistics and Culture are concerned through its research publications and journal. PILC has brought out the following research titles which were well received by the professional scholars both from India and abroad:
•A Grammar of Modern Tamil by Dr. Thomas Lehmann,
1993, ISBN: 81-85452-03-2, Rs. 300/ US$ 40
•Tamil Syntax: New Perspectives by Dr. R. Kothandaraman,
1993 ISBN: 81-85452-00-8, Rs. 250 /US$ 35
•Dravidian Linguistics: An Introduction by Prof.Kamil V. Zvelebil,
1997 ISBN: 81-85452-01-6 Rs. 190 /US$ 28
•Roots of Tamil Religious Thought by Dr. Ganapathy Subbiah
1991, ISBN: 81-85452-01-4 Rs. 200 / US$ 30
•Intonation pattern in Tamil by Dr. G. Ravishankar
1994, ISBN: 81-85452-04-0, Rs. 500 /US$ 70
•Bharathidasan: Selected Poems (a comprehensive volume of English
renderings of Bharathidasan’s poems (ca. 200) translated by experts)
1996, ISBN: 81-85452-05-9, Rs. 300 /US$ 40
•Tamil as Administrative Language. (Proceedings of Seminars organized by PILC
L. Ramamoorthy, M. Soudarssane & T. Parasuraman (editors)
1997, ISBN: 81-85452-07-5 Rs 170 /US$ 28
•Literary Theories in Tamil by Indra Manuel
1998, ISBN: 81-85452-06-7, Rs 540 /US$ 71
•Irupataam nuRRaantu Tamil marapuk kavitai: yaappiyal marapum nekizhvum:
Modern Tamil Poems: Metre a survey of the studies on the subject already carried out by specialist, history of Tamil prosody a descriptive study of the metres of eight selected poets viz., Bharathi, Bharathidasan, Desiga Vinayagam Pillai, Ramalingam Pillai, Vanidasan, Kannadasan, Mudiyarasan and Surada.
1998, ISBN: 81-85452-08-3, Rs. 250 /US$ 35
•The Private Diary of SRI ANANDHA RANGAPPILLAI (1736 Ð 1761), vol. 1-8
An important contemporary source to any scholar interested in reconstructing the history of eighteenth century India. The diary which was written in Tamil has been an exceptional master piece of prose style of that period. The original diary contains 12 volumes out of which 8 volumes have been reprinted and published. Anandha Rangapillai as Dubash of the French Governor and agent for Indian merchants during French rule in Pondicherry recorded the daily events he had seen and heard. Publication Date: 1999
Research Journal: PILC Journal of Dravidic Studies
PILC has been internationally well known research journal entitled ‘PILC Journal of Dravidic Studies’. It is a biannual research journal, published in English, which carries original research findings, both theoretical and empirical, on themes and problems which are of interest to professional scholars in linguistics and culture. Scholars of international repute contribute their research findings to the Journal in the form of articles.
So let Tamil Scholars headed join together in these initiatives, to see New Age for Tamil Renaissance, and let us hope the dawn is near…