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This is why I do not think much of #SubhasChandraBose

Read this thread about the brutal treatment of #Malaya #Tamils by the Japanese in building the #DeathRailway

Bose wanted to take help from the Japanese in "liberating" #India.

Why would the Japanese ever care about "liberating" India from #British rule?

The #Japanese were imperialists. They wanted to conquer all of Asia and the Pacific.

They had already annexed #Manchuria in 1931, and everyone knew about their brutal treatment of the #Chinese.

The Japanese followed this up with the #RapeOfNanjing in 1937. This was followed by the establishment of #Unit731 in the city of #Harbin in Northeast #China, scene of one of the most egregious #CrimesAgainstHumanity in history, carried out by the #ImperialJapaneseArmy

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India is a veritable #TowerofBabel, with more than two dozen official languages and hundreds of dialects.

This has caused lots of tension because everyone wants to preserve their culture. There's also the feeling that there should be some link language to connect the whole.
For a long time, #English was the link language, but self-styled nationalists, especially from the ruling #BJP, felt this was a betrayal of "Indian" values.

So they kept pushing for the use of #Hindi as the #NationalLanguage.

But Hindi is not even spoken by a majority (>50%) of Indians. It is merely spoken by the most Indians.

So people of other ethnicities worry that under Hindi domination, their languages would disappear.

A three-language formula was suggested as far back as the 1960s.

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very very disappointing UN Geneva session on #srilanka in terms of accountability for war crimes &crimes against humanity - esp. systems crimes against inter alia #tamils .@UNHumanRights @UN_HRC

Experts sent private messages saying many of the speeches were like a bad joke.
@UNHumanRights @UN_HRC Worth .@UNHumanRights recalling what @raad_zeid said in 2016 as OHCHR chief re the inability of the #srilanka judicial system to deal with international crimes & how the State’s security sector &justice system have been distorted &corrupted by decades of impunity.
@UNHumanRights @UN_HRC @raad_zeid UN OHCHR recommended 'the establishment of an ad hoc hybrid special court, integrating international judges, prosecutors, lawyers &investigators, mandated to try notably war crimes & crimes against humanity' - now there's SILENCE on the hybrid court.
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For every #SriLankan who saw protestors at #GGG being assaulted by the #military & said "if they are doing this in #Colombo, can you imagine what happened to #Tamils in the #North & #East?" ENOUGH! There is no need to imagine, we know! 1/8
There are enough videos, films, still photographs, eye witness testimony, survivor testimony #UN reports, & other expert reports to clearly lay out what happened in #Mullivaikkal & before, was #CrimesAgainstHumanity, #WarCrimes & #Genocide. You chose not to believe! 2/8
There are 100's of people who died getting that information of #WarCrimes out of the #WarZone. Too many #journalists & #activists were killed, attacked, jailed, #tortured & exiled trying to disseminate that information, because you chose not to believe. 3/8
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JOIN US as we mark 31 days of continuous People’s Protest, at Kohuwela junction on Thurs March 31st!💪🏾

It’s heartening to see so many people’s protests not affiliated to political parties over the weekend! It’s time the people realised their power!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImage
Some captures from the Kandy People’s Protest yesterday (Wed)!

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
Kollupitiya Peoples Protest continues - some captures from yesterday💪🏾

#takebackourpower✊🏾 #lka ImageImageImageImage
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Our report on #torture & sexual violence by #srilankan police (including TID) & army - some of it in known police stations - in the last 2 years under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. #lka

@UNHumanRights Press releases in English #tamil & #sinhala at above link.
@UNHumanRights In this report we draw the linkages to the past, examining how the security forces used similar tactics (& white vans) in 1987-90 against mainly #Sinhalese. Those who survived were called "returned prisoners" Drawing on old .@amnesty reports & the commissions .@iqbals37 sat on.
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Landmark UK immigration case slams lead agency in Reparation process in #srilanka @IOMSriLanka 4 lack of impartiality. IOM reportedly said allegations of discrimination against #tamils were just 'put forward to serve their own ends' Even Home Office called this "quite stark"! https://www.doughtystreet.c...https://www.doughtystreet.c...
@IOMSriLanka This is what the excellent ICJ 2010 Beyond Constraints report on 'rehabilitation' had to say regarding the risks of .@IOMSriLanka being involved in profiling inmates - noting thousands were arbitrarily detained in these military run camps. Image
@IOMSriLanka A/HRC/39/45/Add.2
Rehabilitation - The UN working group on arbitrary detention in 2018 called for apology and compensation. It never happened. Image
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I didn't want to talk. But I decided to. #FamilyMan a wonderful web-series & I loved it totally. But from the moment I saw #FamilyMan2 Trailer I'm really disturbed. The threat of this fictional story of LTTE - ISI tie-up taking on the Indian State will unfortunately result in (1)
branding Tamils as Anti-Nationals in the subliminal minds of the viewers. Therefore any reference of Tamil being spoken by alleged Terrorists in the fictional web-series is of grave concern. Initially I thought let it release & I will form an opinion, but repeated watch of (2)
#Familyman2Trailer gives clue about the plot beyond doubt & there's no necessity to wait for the full web-series to be out. I wish in the larger interest of our nation, references of #Tamils becoming Terrorists & taking on the Indian State is taken out, it not true as well. (3)
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On February 3rd, #Tamils and #Muslims in the North-East led a historic protest marching from #Pottuvil, Amparai to #Polikaddy, Jaffna — the geographic tips of the traditional Tamil homeland. They marched over 5 days in defiance of Sri Lankan court orders.⁣ #P2P
Organized by Tamil and Muslim civil society organization their demands are based on: ⁣
1. A traditional Tamil homeland;⁣
2. The right to self-determination for a Tamil nation; and ⁣
3. Recognition of the Tamil nation; and⁣
4. International justice for Tamil genocide.
Their demands as outlined by the North East Civil Society Forum:

#P2P #PottuvilToPolikandy
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In #BangaloreViolence spearheaded by SDPI & other Islamic fundamental organisations, #Tamils living in Bangalore are one of the worst affected. Yet, none of the political parties from Tamil Nadu condemned this act nor spoke about it. Dont they claim to be the voice of Tamils? (1)
Don't they(DK, DMK, Communists & other DMK funded Parties/Orgs etc.,) claim to be first ones to come & stand when #Tamils are affected? Where are they now when in Bangalore Tamils' homes are looted, Tamils are brutally attacked & Tamils' vehicles were burnt to ashes completely?
Tamil woman Malarmathi of Devara Jeevanahalli area that was under #BangaloreViolence shares her ordeal. While rioters were on a rampage she pleaded them not to torch the bike standing in front of her house. She pleaded "We're very poor, we purchased this after years' of hardwork.
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THREAD: The international response to the anti-Tamil pogroms of 1983, specifically the Tamil diaspora mobilization during this time, is often left out of our narratives. This resistance should be remembered and commemorated. #Tamil #lka #BlackJuly
The 1983 genocide of the Tamil community was a wake-up call to the rest of the world. The Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinism demonstrated by the Sri Lankan state was finally starting to be seen and condemned by the rest of the world. #BlackJuly
Tamil Nadu demonstrated the most consistent and continuous protests since July 25. MPs, Madras students, school children and women, and even police officers, joined the marches wearing black bands in solidarity and mourning with Tamils in SL. #BlackJuly
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A Thread on "Trade Relations between Tamil Nadu and South East Asia as Gleaned from Inscriptions...!"

The Commercial and Cultural contacts between Tamil Nadu and South East Asian Countries seem to have existed even from the beginning of the Christian era!
#Sangam Literatures say that the import & export of articles between these countries had happened in great vigour through the ports located on the Coromandal coast, viz #Kollam, #Eyilpattinam, #Kaviripumpattinam, #Tondi, #Marungurpattinam (#Alagankulam), #Korkai and #Kanyakumari!
The author of the Periplus of the Erythrean Sea describes the ports of the Coromandal coast as follows. “Among the market-towns of these countries and harbour where the ships put in from Damirica and from the north, the most important are, in order as they lie, first Camara...1/2
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