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Aradhana

She has an opinion on every Malaysian Indian goings on. She can be called Karuthu Kannama. She writes on issues that matter in our Indian community and forwards fresh and sometimes revolutionary ideals.

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    Vanakkam. I am not sure of the silent revolution bit; I would think the schools have never stopped evolving. What has changed, however, is that the proponents of Tamil-medium schools seem to have made a sufficiently convincing case for Tamil education that does not rely on ethnic or linguistic pride or preservation. So, once the intellectual battle was won, the opinion shifted from why and should to what and how. And, I suppose, what we see today are the fruits. In your concluding remarks, you have mentioned that we should recognise that Indian-Malaysian community is not homogeneous; that it is not right to lump all as Tamils and Hindus; that there are major linguistic and religious differences. Fair point. But, it is the recognition of these differences by the Najib administration that has shaped its current approach — which you don’t find palatable. “BN is taking full advantage”, you say. Last point: Tamil nationalists (about whom you seem to have many fond memories) are not homogeneous, either. A lot of them are not even strictly Tamils (assuming one adopts gene-based approach to classify people). Well…

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