An actual Tamil circle, from Tamil Nadu, which is really quite cool
TamilNet sort of lost it when the war ended. TamilNet, if you’re unaware, was the LTTE mouthpiece then an anti-KP mouthpiece and now a chewed off rump LTTE mouthpiece. Occasionally (coincidentally moreso) they do mete out some news, but lately I read them more for entertainment value. I especially enjoy their ‘Features’ which are meandering exhortations to separatism and denunciations of the usual suspects. My favorite feature of the features is that major opinions are cited to ‘Tamil circles’ or sometimes just Tamils. For example – “Do they think it is easier to drive the people into corporate slavery by retaining the present conditions, Tamils wonder.” Most Tamils I know are not possessed of such a Borg mind but what do I know.
Another bit I enjoyed was that ‘Tamil circles’ is actually a sentient enough entity that it can speak in direct quotes:
“They are absolutely right since the development they mean is not even economic liberation of people,” responded Tamil circles.
I personally wish I had Tamil Circles phone number so I could get some quotes from him (her?). In seriousness, I think this features are just opinion columns, but the arrogance of presuming to speak for an entire race has gotten worse. There are a lot of Tamil circles that agree with TamilNet, but there are a lot that don’t, and it just reads as dumb if you’re not already drinking the Odiyal Kool Aid. Not persuasive, and TamilNet needs to persuade without bombs at its back.
In other news, KP’s old blog is now a health page. I suppose Ministry of Defence is keeping him in a spa.