Jaffna universities, the Emeritus Professor of Tamil and Linguistics said thathe accepted the organisation of the conference after verifying that therewould be no political connections and no participation of any politicians.The invitation for papers was sent to various universities in India, SriLanka, Malaysia, Canada and elsewhere, he said, adding that the aim wasto collect valid papers on Tamilology.8 such international conferences were held in the past and the last one washeld in Chennai in 2009. The current conference is to keep the continuity,he said.As the centenary of the grand Tamil scholar Rev. Fr. Thaninayagam Adika’lwas falling on this year, it was decided to convene the conference as afelicitation of him, Sanmugadas said, briefing on the contributions of Thaninayagam in internationalising Tamilology.The International Institute of Tamil Studies in Chennai is now printing the124 papers, accepted for presentation at the conference, Prof Sanmugadassaid.None of them are political or “extreme sort” of papers; he was personallyinvolved in ensuring it, such papers were not allowed, he further said.Around 45 to 50 delegates have personally come. The majority of them arefrom India and Sri Lanka. As I am from ‘Sri Lanka’ I had contacted mycolleagues in the universities of Peradeniya, Jaffna, Sabragamuwa, UvaWellasa etc. Many couldn’t come, as they didn’t get the visa in time,Sanmugadas said.He was reiterating that the papers were on Tamil literature, linguistics andculture, and the conference was convened only for the purpose of Tamilology.* * *Meanwhile Professor K Vichayarakavan, the director of the InternationalInstitute of Tamil Studies, a Tamil Nadu government institution and Dr KChidambaram, an associate professor of the institution have also came outwith statements to media in London.