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Tamil

(tăm`ĭl), Dravidian language of India. See Dravidian languagesDravidian languages
, family of about 23 languages that appears to be unrelated to any other known language family. The Dravidian languages are spoken by more than 200 million people, living chiefly in S and central India and N Sri Lanka.
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Tamil

1. a member of a mixed Dravidian and Caucasoid people of S India and Sri Lanka
2. the language of this people: the state language of Tamil Nadu, also spoken in Sri Lanka and elsewhere, belonging to the Dravidian family of languages
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Segregated on the basis of their lingual and ethnic backgrounds, Sri Lankan Tamils were either painted as born separatists in the mainstream media or were forced by the state forces to relinquish their centuries old heritage and seek refuge in neighbouring South India, mostly in Tamil Nadu, with a new identity that reduced the Sri Lankan Tamils to 'Jaffna Tamils' and 'Ceylon Tamils.' Hence, a mass artistic Diaspora was seen in India from the 1980s to the 2000s when many Tamil actors, actresses, classical dancers and cultural performers moved to Tamil Nadu to work in the hub of the Tamil film industry that is known locally as Kollywood.
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The TNA has demanded the military pull out of the region, saying there is no need for soldiers on the streets since Rajapakse's military crushed Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009 and declared an end to 37 years of war.
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