Start Your Free Trial Today In the s, growing tensions between the Ceylon Tamil and the Sinhalese Buddhist majority in Sri Lanka prompted Tamil militants to undertake a guerrilla war against the central government in hopes of creating a separate Tamil state for themselves in the north and northeast. Numbering about 64 million in the early 21st century including about 3 million speakers in northern and eastern Sri Lanka , Tamil speakers make up the majority of the population of Tamil Nadu state and also inhabit parts of Kerala , Karnataka , and Andhra Pradesh states, all situated in the southernmost third of India. According to him, the Valayar community had also fought against its inclusion in SC during the British period and was granted exemption. Sign in Sign up for a day free trial.
Their demand — spearheaded, among others, by Puthiya Tamilagam founder K. They are relatively well educated, and many of them hold clerical and professional positions. Historically, the Pallars had themselves registered their caste names as Pallan, Kudumbar and Devendra Kulam in the documents of lands, associations and pleas to authorities. The status of Pallars has remained a serious subject of study , and scholars had different views on their status in society. Dashboard A one-stop-shop for seeing the latest updates, and managing your preferences.