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Thillaiyadi Valliammai, the embodiment of Indian freedom struggle. The concept of Indian `TRI COLOUR` solely belongs to her. So many Tamils spilled their blood for India`s freedom but India and Hindians helped the Sinhalese spill Tamil blood.

Saturday, 14 August 2010 - 8:34 AM SL Time


Her short span of life did not deter this courageous Tamil girl from leaving an impressive imprint in India`s history of freedom struggle. The concept of Indian `TRI COLOUR` solely belongs to her. No wonder Mahathma Gandhi, the Father of Nation, had held her in high esteem.

A South African Tamil lady named Thillaiyadi Valliammai. She worked with Gandhi in his early years when he toned his nonviolent methods in South Africa, fighting the apartheid there. It is these techniques that he would later use in India against British colonial rule. Valliammai joined Gandhi*s movement at the age of 16 and died during the anti-apartheid agitation. Gandhi said that her sacrifice increased his resolve to fight.

After passing his matriculation in 1887, Mahathama Gandhi went to England to get higher studies in Law. In 1893, he went to South Africa. There he was appalled by pathetic conditions of coloured people and discrimination against the Indians and South Africans. He adopted a new method of light against the British rulers. He practiced peaceful resistance to racial discrimination. His weapons were Satyagrah(truth) and Ahimsa(non-violence). Many youngsters followed him. Thillaiyadi valliammai, a young Tamil girl was an example. She sacrificed her life for this fight against British rulers.

She was born to R.Munuswamy and Janakiammal, a young immigrant couple from a small village called Thillaiyadi in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. They went to Johannesburg the gold mining city of South Africa in search of wealth. Her father was a trader and owner of a confectionery shop. Since her mother Janaki hailed from Thillaiyaadi village and her daughter Valliammai came to be popularly called Thillaiyadi Valliammai.

The young Indian lawyer Mohandas Gandhi began his protest march against the discrimination of Indians and other South Africans. Young Vallimmai and her mother joined this march of women from Transvaal to Natal, which was prohibited by the government of South Africa.

Valliammai, 16 years of age was arrested by the South African police while she was in the protest march and spent three months in Jail. She suffered a fatal fever in jail, when she was released, she was very weak and could barely walk. She heard some South African prison officers yelling at her, `why don`t you people register and become South Africans instead of Indians. Your India doesn`t even have a flag and it is not even a country. What are you really fighting for.`

If having a flag is what would give form to India, then here it is, she said, tearing off her saffron-white-green sari and she waved it triumphantly, MY FLAG! MY MOTHERLAND!

Mahathma Gandhi met her and asked: Do you not regret having been to jail? Look at you! If going back to jail again would add to the cause, I would do it again she replied.

She gave us our National flag (Gandhi designed the flag with the same three colours as her sari), a greater resolve (in his own words) to Gandhi`s freedom fight, undying fiery guts to women and a soul full of strength for her, our country.

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In 1998 Tamil leaders of Tamil Nadu requested the Government of India to issue a postage stamp in her honour on the hundredth anniversary. The Indian Government refused it but finally after 10 years a Stamp was issued by India to commemorate Thillaiyadi Valliammai on 31 Dec 2008.

Thillaiaadi Valliammai Memorial Hall including a public library is in the village of Thillaiaadi now in Tharangambadi Taulk, Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu. The Library is functioning regularly in this memorial. Other places in her name include Thillaiaadi Valliammai Nagar and the Thillaiaadi Valliammai High School in Vennanthur, Tamil Nadu.



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Thivya:

If your story is correct, Tamils

Are self centered, selfish, and they have a big inferiority complex ?

Do you understand it when you read this story and when you read how tamils behaved during the last century in INdia ?
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If your story is correct, Tamils

Are self centered, selfish, and they have a big inferiority complex ?
Do you understand it when you read this story and when you read how tamils behaved during the last century in INdia ?

You just don't make any sense. I think you just always want to say something against Tamils, that's all. There is no point in talking to you. It is just like another blabbering of yours, remember you were totally against the journalists when Fonseka was with the Rajapaksa brothers, but now you are crying for journalists and for journalistic freedom. :))))


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THIVYA:

Mahathma Gandhi is the CO-Founder of India. He was humble enough to respect a Tamil woman.

what does Tamils have done to HIndia, HIndi or HIndi ?

All exploitation.

that is my point.

If Tamils are doing to Hindia like that, they will definitely do that to Sri Lanka.
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what does Tamils have done to HIndia, HIndi or HIndi ?

What do you think the Tamils have to do for Hindi? But they have contributed tremendously to the freedom fight of India. Actually the Tamils were the one who initiated the Indian freedom fight and supported Mahathma Gandhi from the beginning to the end.

If Tamils are doing to Hindia like that, they will definitely do that to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka gained freedom from the British because of Tamil leaders like Sir Ramanathan. The Sinhala leaders were in jail and Sir Ramanathan risked his life during the world war time and went to London to present the case of the Sinhala Buddhists and won their freedom. The Sinhala Buddhists are ungrateful sloths they backstabbed him and betrayed the Tamils.

Mahathma Gandhi is the CO-Founder of India. He was humble enough to respect a Tamil woman.

What do you mean by that?


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Actually the Tamils were the one who initiated the Indian freedom fight and supported


I don't agree to that.

Many people involved in it. But, As it was out of control, english wanted some indian to moderate it. That is how they planted Mahathma Gandhi.

British did not mention the names of many others.

British because of Tamil leaders like Sir Ramanathan. The Sinhala leaders were in jail and Sir Ramanathan risked his life


Those Tamils and Muslims are not the same as English, Malaysian Immigrant, Cathloic Racist SJVC. HE came with racism in head.

Gandhi was one founding member of modern HIndia.


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Tamil this tamil that...bla bla bla.....
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You were complaining that india didnt even want to issue a stamp for valliamma. But, I can name dozen places named after Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan. I guess tamils have to address their beef with India. Instead, they targetted Srilanka to get the foothold of their dreamland.
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Tamil this tamil that...bla bla bla.....


Have you heard of tamil dinosaurs? If not, Thivya might be able to give you a full lecture of pre-historic tamil culture starting from tamil dinosaurs.
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I guess tamils have to address their beef with India. Instead, they targetted Srilanka to get the foothold of their dreamland.


Dewey,

Sri Lanka is the land of Eelam Tamils. We had this discussion before and I showed you even your own Mahavamsa agrees that the Tamils were in Sri Lanka from the beginning of history. Then why do you keep on blabbering about the same thing. Most of the upcountry Sinhalese are Tamil blooded and you a low country Sinhalaya, the remnant of Karava Durava or the Salagama migrant, has no right to question the Tamil's rightful claim in Sri Lanka.

After that initial incursion by Vijaya and his men, waves of immigrants came mostly from South India and became assimilated as Sinhalese. The low-country castes of the Karava, Salagama, and Durawe, came from South India mostly after 1505.

According to Kumari Jayawardena the Portuguese rulers encouraged their men to marry local females, so that many who today bear PORTUGUESE NAMES are partly of Portuguese descent. What those facts mean is that most of the TAMILS ARE MORE INDEGIGENOUS to the Sri Lankan soil, have a MORE AUTHENTIC ORGANIC CONNECTION with it, than a substantial proportion of the Sinhalese.



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