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Thread: All Tamilians and others of Tamil Nadu should celebrate Tamil Nadu declaration day

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    Author: Virarajendra

    "All Tamilians and the others of Tamil Nadu should jointly celebrate the day of declaration of "Tamil Nadu" State - 'within the framework of Mother India' on the 1st of November - as"Thamilar Peru Vilaa" "very grandly" and "annually"

    Historically the Tamilians lived in the five regions of Ancient Tamil Nadu which were the Chola Nadu, Paandiya Nadu, Thondai Nadu, Kongu Nadu, Chera Nadu and Aye Nadu (also known as Venadu) - all encompassed within a landmass having as its boundaries the Venkadam Hills in the North Kanyakumari region in the South, and the great Sea as it's Western and Eastern boundaries (which included present Kerala state - the former Tamil - Chera Nadu and Ayenadu, and the Chitoor district of the present Andhra Pradesh), speaking Tamil Language and following the Tamil Culture which developed over "three millenium" in Tamil Nadu.
    Around 650 B.C. the great Tamil Grammetical work "Tholkaappiam" states that the northern and southern boundries of then Tamil Nadu were "vada Venkadam then Kumari aayidai Thamil koorum nalulakam (the great region where Tamil was spoken in between northern Venkadam [hills] and southern Kanyakumari [sea])". Further in the epilogue (nootkatturai) of "Silappathikaaram" it is stated the boundaries of then Thamilakam was "Kumari, Venkadam, Kuna (east) Kuda (west) kadalal (sea) mandini marungit than Thamil varaippu". The "Sangam period Poetess "Kaakkai Paadiniyaar" has referred to same as "Vadakkum, Thetkkum Kudakkum Kunakkum - Venkatam, Kumari theempunal Pauvam entru an naan kellai".

    The term "Dravidians" was "never" the traditional name used by the other Races of India to refer to the "Tamilians" of Tamil Nadu from 'ancient times'. In the vast array of Ancient and Medieval Tamil Literary Works of Tamil Nadu, in the numerous Tamil Temple Inscriptions in Tamil Nadu and in the neighbouring States, and in the numerous Tamil Copper Plates on Grants made to Saivite & Vainavite Temples (Thirukkoyilkal) of Tamil Nadu - no where have the Tamilians ever been referred to as "Dravidians".

    The first reference to the term "Dravidian" is found in the original Sanskrit Epic Mahaabharatha of Sage/Poet Viyasa (B.C.450), that too as a reference to one single race of South India by the North Indians, "other than" the Tamils Race - under the dynasties the Chera (Kerala), Cholas and Paandiyas.

    ".......When that host was being thus struck and slain by heroic warriors, the Parthas headed by Vrikodara advance against us. They consisted of Dhrishtayumna and Sikhandin and the five sons of Draupadi and the Prabhadrakes, and Satyaki, and 'Chekitana with the Dravida forces', and the Pandyas, the Cholas, and the Keralas, surrounded by a mighty array.......of the infantry files led by 'Satyaki belonging to Andhra tribe', retinue with fierce forms and great energy. ........"
    Mahaabharatha - by Viyaasa, Karna Paarva, Section 12

    From the above it is very clear that Dravidans were a different Race from the Tamilians engrouping the Cholas, Pandiyas, and Keralas (the Cheras).

    Further the renowned Kannada Historian "Shamba Joshi" traces the Kannada Race to the earliest Vedic Race called "Kanna". He further states the "Kalavar Race" (Kalabhras of South Karnataka) as the "Moola Dravida" and "Kanna" as "Arya Dravida". Hence from the foregoing it is very clear that the "Dravidas" mentioned in the Mahaabharatha were no other than the "Kalavar Race", and the "Karnatakas" mentioned in the same Mahaabharatha were the "actual Karnatakas" or "Kannas" who lived in a region south of then Malava (country) present South Maharashtra, though both the north and south regions presently falls into the present Karnataka State. Hence it is clearly evident "Dravidian" was "never" a name used to designate the "then Tamilians of the Chera, Chola, Paandiya, Kongu & Thondai(mandala) hi countries" - the regions which covered the present Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Hence it is clear the term Dravidians was an early name for the Kannadians.

    During the period of British Rule of India there had been some States ruled by their own Princes under the authority of the Viceroy of India of the British Government paying revenues to them, and the other States which had been under the direct rule of the Regional Governors appointed by the same Viceroy of India paying revenues to the British Government.

    During the period of British Rule, in the south of India there existed a demarkated State named as "Madras Presidency" which comprised parts of the present Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tulu, and entire Tamil Nadu.

    With the Independence of India from British Rule in the year A.D.1947, the earlier demarkated "Madras Presidency" continued to exist and the Heads of the Princely States and Governers of other States appointed by the Central Government of India continued to rule their respective regions. However the powers of the Princes in the Princely States were reduced, and in the other States their own Chief Ministers were elected to form their respective Governments under the authority of the Central Government.

    In in the year A.D.1956 the Central Government of India partitioned whole of India in to New States based on the Linguistic concentration of people in each region. Thus came in the New Union Territories of India each with a new name of it's own. Accordingly the region which was with predominantly Tamil Speaking people was named as "Madras State". However with the great efforts of the Tamil Leaders 'especially' "Thiagi Sankaralinganaar" of this period of Vilupuram - Madras State who fasted to death for the cause of renaming Madras State as "Thamilakam''.

    However it was during the rule of C.N.Annadurai as Chief Minister the name of 'Madras State' very correctly and rightfully changed into "Tamil Nadu" fulfilling the great cause of "Thiagi Sankaralinganar" by a legislation in the State Government Assembly and approval of the Central Govenment of India in the year A.D.1968. "Tamil Nadu" has been the traditional homeland of the "Native Tamilians" speaking Tamil - over 3000 years.

    Many States of India are celebrating the First day of November as the day of declaration of their "New States" with "New Names" on the basis of Language presently 'predominantly spoken' in the respective regions. In this process Tamil Nadu, has lost parts of their historically traditional lands to the other States.

    The Tamil Nadu Government too should annually celebrate this day in a very grand way as "Thamilar Peru Villa" in the Government and Private Offices and Workplaces, Schools, Colleges and Universiies, Public Cultural & Social Institutions, commencing with the flag hoisting and "Tamil Thaai Vaalthu" sung in chorus followed by enlightening speeches by great Tamil Scholars on the greatness of Tamil Language - History, Fine Arts, Culture, Social & Religious Traditions, Handcrafts, Traditional Tamil Foods & Dress Forms, on Social Functions and how they are celebrated followed by Music, Dance & Drama Recitals, Historical and Cultural Exhibitions etc etc throughout every nook and corner of Tamil Nadu, enlightening all Tamilians on their glorious past and on Tamil Language, History and Culture and Fine Arts and Sciences.

    Important Note:
    In the above song it is very correct to change the existing phrase as "....Thekkanamum Athi sirantha Dravida nal thiru Naadum....." to ".....Thekkanamum, Dravidamum, "Athi sirantha Thamil nal thiru Naadum

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    Date: 20-8-2018

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    (Courtesy: Karthick Iyer)

    Last edited by virarajendra; 1st November 2018 at 01:25 AM.

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