What does Eelam mean?

What does Eelam mean?

Tamil Eelam is a proposed independent state that Tamils in Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora aspire to create in the north and east of Sri Lanka. The name is derived from the ancient Tamil name for Sri Lanka, Eelam.

Why were Tamils killed in Sri Lanka?

Attacks were often carried out in revenge for attacks committed by the Sri Lankan Army, such as the Anuradhapura massacre which immediately followed the Valvettithurai massacre. The Anuradhapura massacre itself was answered by government forces with the Kumudini boat massacre in which over 23 Tamil civilians died.

Is LTTE still active?

India is believed to have presented the UK with documentary as well as electronic evidence of LTTE still active and carrying out its activities in several parts of the world including in Sri Lanka. The UK had listed the LTTE as a terror outfit in 2000 and it continues to be banned in 32 countries including India.

How many Sinhalese are there in the world?

They constitute about 75% of the Sri Lankan population and number greater than 16.2 million. The Sinhalese identity is based on language, cultural heritage and nationality….Sinhalese people.

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Total population
India ~4,200
Hela language (historical) Sinhala

What was the history of the Tamils in Ealam?

Tamils who were inhabitants of Ealam from the ancient times and the Tamil invaders from Tamil Nadu in South India were despised, and were always portrayed in the most unfavourable light possible.

What does Eelam stand for in Sri Lanka?

Since the 1980s the words Eelam and Eelavar have been taken up by the Sri Lankan Tamil resistance movement. In this usage, Eelam refers to Tamil Eelam, an area covering what has been reconstructed by historians as the former Jaffna Kingdom. Eelavar now refers to the future citizens of Tamil Eelam.

What is the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam?

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is formed by unification of the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora which aims to create Tamil Eelam, a state which TGTE aspire to create in the north and east provinces of Sri Lanka.

Who was the first person to live in Eelam?

The Tirupparankunram inscription found near Madurai in Tamil Nadu and dated on palaeographical grounds to the 1st century BCE, refers to a person as a householder from Eelam ( Eela-kudumpikan ). The inscription reads, : erukatur eelakutumpikan polalaiyan “Polalaiyan, (resident of) Erukatur, the husbandman (householder) from Eelam.” .

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