Eelam Tamil Sovereignty
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This section has a collection of materials related to Eelam Tamil Sovereignty and self-determination.
Tamil Eelam (தமிழீழம்) is a proposed independent state that many Tamils in Eelam and the Tamil diaspora aspire to create in the north and east of Eelam. The name is derived from the ancient Tamil name for Ceylon, Eelam. Tamil Eelam, although encompassing the traditional homelands of Eelam Tamils, had defacto official status between 1990 and 2009. Large sections of the North-East were under de facto control of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for most of the 1990s–2009s.
In known ancient history, the Jaffna Peninsula was referred to in the Manimekalai (2nd century AD) as Naga Nadu, inhabited by the Naga people. They were early descendants of the Tamils who adapted Tamil culture and language
In 1922, Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam raised the ideology of Tamil Eelam during the British colonial period. It states that Southern India and the Tamil Colonies, promote the union and solidarity of Tamilakam, the Tamil Land. He propagated the ideals throughout Ceylon and promote “the union and solidarity of what we have been proud to call Tamil Eelam. We desire to preserve our individuality as a people, make ourselves worthy of our inheritance.”