The 'Qatar Tamizhar Sangam' (Qatar Tamil Association), an
association of the residents of Qatar, hailing from the Indian state of
Tamil Nadu, was formed on 14 December, 2000 at a meeting at the
Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) premises in Qatar. It was the first 'formal' association of the Indian Tamils in Qatar.
The association is affiliated to the Indian Cultural Centre, under the aegis of
the Indian Embassy.
The get-together was addressed by the members of the Provisional
Committee of the Association.
Mr. Kuppan welcomed the audience and stressed the resolve of the Tamil
community in Qatar to work and strive together to accomplish ambitious
goals and reach ever greater heights.
Mr. Jayaraman (Gulf Housing) spoke on the occasion and explained to the
attendees, who had turned in sizable numbers, the rationale behind and the
need for the formation of the Association. He detailed for the benefit of
the audience the important activities being envisaged by the Association.
He listed among the main aims and activities for the benefit of the members
1. Social Welfare of the members.
2. Expert advice and counseling in
the fields of Medicine, Law, Investments and Tax laws.
3. To assist
Tamils in distress.
4. To felicitate V.I.P's and Celebrities visiting
5. Teaching of
Tamil language and "Tirukkural" literature.
elocution and sports competitions for children.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ganesan (Gulf Incon) stressed the need for the
Tamils from India in Qatar to have a formal organization, to address their
interests and concerns. He stressed the fact that this would be more than
just a cultural organization and would have a very important role in
enhancing the social welfare of the members of this organization. He
pointed out that though the members met informally at cultural events, they
did not have an organization to help them in times of need and emergencies.
He said that he was happy that this organization would fulfill that role and
look after the overall welfare and well being of the Indian Tamil residents
of Qatar. He was happy to report that in the brief period since its
provisional inception, the committee had been able to help some Tamils in
distress, financially and socially.
An adhoc committee comprising of the following members is looking after the
activities of this organization. Mr. Kuppan, Mr. Jayaraman, Mr. Shanmugam,
Mr. Srinivasan, Mr. Charles, Mr. Abdulla, Mr. Ganesan, Mr. Eganathan, Mr.
Loganathan (Dukahn Area), Mr. V. R. Subramaniam, Mr. Arulanandam (Messaied
Area), Mr. Ismail Nagore, and Mr. Diwakar (Al-Khor area).