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New book traces Tamil community s presence in Southeast Asia 2000 years back

A new book featuring the research of scholars from US, Europe, India, among others, have traced the presence of Tamil community in Singapore and other regions of Southeast Asia back to 2,000 years.Co-published by Indian Heritage Centre and Singaporean-baed think tank Institute of Policy Studies, the book, titled Sojourners To Settlers - Tamils In South-east Asia And Singapore explores the lesser-known aspects of the community s history and heritage, as well as examines the evidence of Tamil connections with the region, The Straits Times points out in a report.These include the inscriptions on the Singapore Stone, which some experts date back to the 10th century. It was located at the mouth of the Singapore River before the British destroyed it in 1843. Our early Tamil pioneers helped to shape the Singapore identity and laid the foundations of contemporary Tamil culture and practice, Singapore s Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran said at the launch of the book on .

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