I have written enough on the non-sustainability of that claim in many articles in this blogspot. Above all that I want to say only one thing here. The Tamil New Year is essentially a religious festival of the Tamils which is Hindu in essence. Hinduism has been the religion of the Tamils from times of yore. The Sangam assemblage that any Tamilian takes pride of, was initiated and headed by Lord Shiva. Any composition of Sangam text was dedicated to Lords Shiva, Goddess Saraswathy etc. Such being the background culture of the Tamils, I dare to say that only those who continue to stick to Hinduism can be considered as Tamils,
A Tamil is not a Tamil by virtue of having the ability to speak Tamil or for being born to parents who speak Tamil. But a Tamil is one who considers this land as his, the rivers as his and the Deities who are associated with this land and rivers as his. He may move to any other land, but only as long as he considers the deities of this land as his and follows the worship of these deities and the festivals of these deities, can he be considered as a Tamil. None others who worship other deities can claim themselves as Tamils because just by speaking Tamil, one can not to be considered as Tamils, By this Christians and Muslims who speak Tamil can not be considered as Tamils, just because they speak Tamil. Even we speak English but that does not make us English people, for the simple reason that we do not follow English culture. Similarly let not all those Christians, Muslims and Atheists who do not follow the core principle of deity- culture of the ancient Tamils be not considered as Tamils.
They know this pretty well, that is why they are trying to subvert the Hindu basis of Tamil Culture in all possible ways of which the attempt to change the New Year to Thai was one. For all those who may find this view of mine as unacceptable, I want to draw attention to what Shahi Imam told yesterday on Anna Hazare movement. He called upon the muslims of this country not to support Anna's movement. Because they can not accept this land as their God. They can not call this land as their Mother or Goddess. Similarly the Christian organizations have opposed Anna's movement. For these 2 communities, their Gods lie outside India. They can not accept the Gods of this land. The same logic holds good in the case of who a Tamil is.
A Tamil is one who swears allegiance to the numerous Hindu Gods of this land.Any one taking glory on Tamil's literary past and culture can not accept alien Gods imported from outside. Let all those who have allegiance to outside Gods, call themselves as Christians and Muslims who can speak Tamil but not as Tamils who are Christians and Muslims.
In the context I also wish to sound a warning to all those who have defied the Hindu culture of Tamils and taken refuge in alien religions, that defiance of Gods of Tamil land would only land them in trouble as those deities which were once worshiped by their Hindu ancestors are now neglected by them after they have embraced alien religions. That would afflict their off-springs from the 3rd generation onwards.
They want to claim yourselves as Tamils and not want to give up the language. Giving up a language would not do any harm. But giving up the deity of the land would do. More important than the language is the deity that guarded this land. By giving up these deities / by ignoring them, they have no right to claim any connection to Tamil lands and its basic culture which is Hindu.
To cite just one text, Silapapdhikaram, the favourite book of the atheistic Karunanidhi is full of Hindu Gods, description of worship of those Gods, Hindu customs of which one full chapter was dedicated to the marriage of Kanangi and Kovalan which was done as a Brahma Vivaha and numerous narrations on Karma theory and many characters coming to know of the past birth happenings etc. This Karma theory is the very core of the Hindu Concept. Even the decision of the Cheran King to found a temple for Kanangi was made after a discussion with his wife on concept of Godhood of Hinduism.
The entire story of Kannagi was narrated to the author by Kannagi Herself according to this text. Before concluding Kannagi in Deity form (after consecration) delivers an advice to the author which is full of Hindu Thought. She begins by calling people to know what is God and search for God in order to get a better understanding. The last advice is to do good karma in order to get a better rebirth! These two certainly can have no resonance with the Christians and Muslims. Any one shifting to these 2 religions, automatically forfeit their connection to Tamil culture and therefore to Tamil language. But these people and atheists do not accept this. That is why they are causing trouble to True Tamils by meddling with their customs and culture.
(Given below is the full text of Kannagi's advice to Ilango in the last chapter of Silappadhikaram)
”தெய்வம் தெளிமின் தெளிந்தோர்ப் பேணுமின்
பொய்யுரை அஞ்சுமின் புறஞ்சொல் போற்றுமின்
ஊனூண் துறமின் உயிர்க்கொலை நீங்குமின்
தானம் செய்ம்மின் தவம்பல தாங்குமின்.
செய்ந்நன்றி கொல்லன்மின் தீநட் பிகழ்மின்
பொய்க்கரி போகன்மின் பொருண்மொழி நீங்கன்மின்
அறவோர் அவைக்களம் அகலாது அணுகுமின்
பிறவோர் அவைக்களம் பிழைத்துப் பெயர்மின்
பிறர்மனை அஞ்சுமின் பிழையுயிர் ஓம்புமின்
அறமனை காமின் அல்லவை கடிமின்
கள்ளும் களவும் காமமும் பொய்யும்
வெள்ளைக் கோட்டியும் விரகினில் ஒழிமின்
இளமையும் செல்வமும் யாக்கையும் நிலையா
உளநாள் வரையாது ஒல்லுவ தொழியாது.
செல்லும் தேஎத்துக் குறுதுணை தேடுமின்
மல்லல்மா ஞாலத்து வாழ்வீர் ஈங்கென்”
NT Bureau | Tue, 23 Aug, 2011,01:50 PM
In a significant move, the Tamilnadu Assembly today passed a Bill shifting back the Tamil New Year to the original month of Chithirai (mid-April), laying to rest the previous DMK government's out of the blue declaration of changing the age-old practice to mid-January.
The Bill tabled in the House by Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Minister S P Shanmuganathan said that members of the public, archealogical experts, pundits, astronomy exponents and others have expressed the opinion that the DMK goverment's 2008 decision to shift the Tamil New Year was against the practice of centuries.
'They requested the government to revert the Tamil New Year to the month of Chithirai,' the Bill said and added that there are a lot of practical difficulties among the people to celebrate Pongal as the Tamil New year Day.
'Hence it has been decided to declare once again the first day of Chithirai as the Tamil New Year day,' the Bill said.
When the Bill was tabled, CPI(M) MLA A Soundararajan and CPI legislator Guasekaran said that they opposed the Bill and requested the Speaker to send it to the Standing Committee.
Later, the Bill was taken up for discussion through a resolution brought by Finance Minister and Leader of the House O Panneerselvam and was passed as Law.
The Tamilnadu government in 2008 decided to declare the first day of the Tamil month Thai as the Tamil New Year Day.
According to the previous regime, the decision was taken in view of the 'consensus' amongst Tamil scholars that the first of Thai is the first day of the Tamil year.
'Till now, the people celebrated 14 April (the first of Chithirai, an auspicious month for conducting marriages) as Tamil New Year Day.
Now those who celebrate Pongal as the festival of Tamils can celebrate it as Tamil New Year Day also with redoubled joy', the erstwhile government said.
Former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, while inaugurating the Chennai Sangamam, a 'controversial' cultural extravaganza, had announced that Thai 1 would henceforth be celebrated as Tamil New Year Day along with Pongal, the festival of harvest.