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Painlessly Resourcing Tamil/Indian Renaissances -- Tamildom Example
Bill Gates & Tamil Society
By Bala Pillai, Sydney, Australia
"Bill Gates, on his path to billions, has done more for English society than
any Tamil has for Tamil society, this century"
Ever wondered what impact Bill Gates has on Tamil society? Very little?
Why are most emails between Tamils today in English?
How many Tamils who know the Tamil language, email each other in English?
How many Tamils would not have come to the US if not for the PC revolution
and its flow on industries?
How many Tamils study English, instead of Tamil, furiously in India, so that
they can come to the US?
Why has there been an astronomical rise in English matriculation schools in
What do most of the mushrooming commercial IT colleges in Tamilnadu teach?
What qualifications do they prepare students for?
Of the new jobs created in the last decade in Tamilnadu, how many of them
are in the software, body-shopping and telecommunications industries?
What role would the rise of above job scenario played in reinforcing the
"Thamil Soaru Poadaathu" mindset? And fueled even more to go into the
What would these have done to the amount of English words in Tamil in
Tamilnadu? What would we expect someone who studied in English, mostly works
in English, spends most of his day dabbling in English to do when she speaks
What would this have done to Tamils comprehension of difficult Tamil words?
How would this scenario placed Tamils in, when choosing between an English
word or a not commonly used new Tamil word for a new notion?
Television stations compete with each other for ratings. These ratings
determine their survival. Since survival is the highest priority for most
endeavours including ourselves, how would this impact the amount of English
in television? What pressures would the ubiquity of English in day-to-day
life put on the content of television and other media? What real
alternatives do these media have? Are they to give up and wane away? Or do
they have to yield to the forces of words in the air and minds and
accommodate them, to remain alive?
Can we safely say that the one person most responsible for all of above,
whether he intended to or not is Bill Gates?
Has any Tamil in the last century, done anything strategic with anywhere as
much flow-on effects, for the Tamil language, as Bill Gates has for the
Can we also say that we made Bill Gates job easier by not creating enough
Why did we not create enough new jobs? How did we create jobs when there was
no English for hundreds of years between the invention of the thosai,
valaiyal, naadagam and hundreds of other Tamil icons and the entry of
English into India?
OK, so what do we do now? Can a language survive for long, if it moves out
of day-to-day sphere into "we must relish our heritage" sphere? What would
have happened if this had happened 200 years ago? Would our parents speak
Tamil? Or would we be more like Tamils in British Guyana/Trinidad?
Can we reverse it? Archimedes says, "Give me long enough of a lever and I
will single-handedly lift the Earth"
Yes we can, if we are not blind to leap-frogging levers that show up. No, we
can't if we are steeped in denial or if we give up the race before the
starting line. The choice of how resolute we want to be, is ours.
Yes, we can if 5 Tamils joined together and did 5% of a what a Tamil Bill
Gates would do given today's wired world possibilities.
If we had one million Tamils wired together in full-on connectednessful mode
interacting, building trust and trading our services with each other in
Tamil and English, what cannot we do, is the more appropriate question.
Just as ants do in an ant colony, what if we had wired Erumbugal Tamil minds
in a globally interconnected minds colony?
Let us say we together organised a Tamildom cooperative. And Tamildom put
for free, US$2000 worth of Tamil dollars (or points, like frequent flyer
points), into the account of each of these million Tamils on two conditions:
(a) each must use the dollars to buy services or products from any of the
other million Tamils within a year and
(b) each must provide 2000 Tamil dollars worth of his services or products,
at his list price, to the the other Tamils.
Let's say the cooperative is funded by a 10% trading fee from each
transaction, similar to how credit card operations are run.
Let's say we extend it to those who are not wired by providing jobs to human
bridges who bridge the wired with the not-so-wired.
And let us say we issue Tamildom cards to enable purchases to be made via
phones and face-to-face as well as through the Internet.
How much capital do we raise in the process to spur Tamil economy. What is 1
million X 2,000. That is $2 billion. Add to this the education value of
getting all these Tamils to be self incentived to by themselves trade and
pay over the Internet, which would be another $2 billion. That is $4 billion
of capital mobilised, without a cent out of the pocket.
Remember one man's income is another's expense. By catalysing Tamil
spending, we increase Tamil income.
And what if we seeded a list of Tamildom development projects eg Tamil
cooperative bank, a Tamildom Everyware "Tamil/English Pcware for dummies",
Tamil voice recognition, Tamil mindset unlearning, Tamil interactive voice
response, Tamil legal insurance, a Siddha medicine brand for Americans,
Tamil accounting and financial analysis with part of this capital? What if
we brought together a portion of the vast majority of Tamils who cannot
themselves well in English to add to Tamildom's vibrance quickly?
[Bala Pillai, Founder of Sydney-based, The Asia Pacific Internet Company
http://www.apic.net and Thamil Innaiyam http://www.tamil.net was honoured as
"Innaiya Himayam" in the popular Tamil TV talk show, "Naiyaandi Durbar" for
his pioneering leadership of Tamil mind mobility and the Tamil Internet. He
looks forward to finding 2 more dedicated folks to complete the team of 5,
to co-promote the speedy viral launch of Tamildom Erumbugal
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/erumbugal and other Asian replicas, that he
has toiled on since 1995. Besides Linux, if you have passion for social
entrepreneurship or Tamil,
please contact Bala at bala@xxxxxxxx or bala@xxxxxxxxx , or on Yahoo Instant
Messenger at 'bala2pillai' ]