சனி, 28 மே, 2016

Professor Kanagaratnam succumbs to accident and heart attack in Jaffna

Professor Kanagaratnam succumbs to accident and heart attack in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Saturday, 28 May 2016, 00:11 GMT]
Veteran Eezham Tamil academic, Professor Ramanathar Vaithilingam Kanagaratnam passed away in Jaffna on Tuesday, after meeting with an accident and succumbing to heart attack. He was 70. Professor Kanagaratnam was one of the rare personalities produced by the Eezham Tamil nation, who were silently but rigorously contributing to studies in Saivism, Tamil and folklore. He devoted an entire life and has made a significant mark especially in the study of the genre of the cultural heritage of Eezham Tamils that was responding to European colonialism. Coming from the grassroots, his academic mission was on the memory and awakening of the grassroots culture of Eezham Tamils, and he did that contributing practically to the people in the land when they needed it the most. His funeral is scheduled to take place on Sunday in Jaffna.
Professor R.V. Kanagaratnam
Professor R.V. Kanagaratnam (23 August 1946 - 24 May 2016) [Photo Courtesy: Facebook Page of Sithamparanathan Ramesh]
Professor Kanagaratnam, already suffering from kidney ailment, was riding motorbike alone from Jaffna to Vanni when he met with an accident. Not seriously injured, he was admitted at the Jaffna hospital where he succumbed to heart attack on Tuesday.

Born on 23 August 1946 at Neduntheevu (Delft), the farthest islet off Jaffna, he had his early education in his own islet before coming to Jaffna to study at Muthuthamby School in Thirunelveali (an institution run by Hindu Board Rajaratnam), and at Senkuntha Hindu College in Nalloor, to enter the Colombo University in 1964.

Joining the Kelaniya University in Colombo in 1975, as lecturer teaching Hindu Civilization and Tamil, and later teaching at the Peradeniya University in Kandy, he became professor in 1999.

He was a key person in preparing Saivism textbooks for schools in the island.

Writing and publishing since 1976, Professor Kanagaratnam with a conviction in his mind, has delved into an amazing realm of topics that would not have been recorded and studied otherwise. He had close familiarity with material and personalities of traditional culture.

A list of publications in Tamil reproduced herewith would show the dimensions and cultural-historical importance of the contributions of Prof Kanagaratnam.

He was a person committed to his discipline at his heart and he represented the continuity of a generation that was contributing to the society from indigenous foundations and outlook. A compiled publication of all his papers would be a useful document for future.

Tamil genocide, controversies haunt UNSG aspiring and outgoing

Tamil genocide, controversies haunt UNSG aspiring and outgoing

[TamilNet, Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:09 GMT]
As Mr Ban Ki-moon is looking forward to get elected as South Korea’s president after exhausting the United Nations by the end of this year, the post of UN Secretary General is aspired by New Zealand’s Helen Clark, who is accused of penalising a UN official for exposing the role played by the UN in the Tamil genocide in 2009. In recent times, while the UN has ostensibly detracted crucial global questions by downgrading and sending them to UNHRC for deliberations, even at the UNHRC level ‘Sri Lanka’ is selectively the most soft-pedalled one. This only means the highest importance silently given to the ‘genocidal Sri Lanka paradigm’ by the ultimate culprits of world humanity, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island, citing ‘Sri Lanka’ constantly haunting people in the UN.
Helen Clark
Helen Clark was Prime Minister of New Zealand between 1999 and 2008, and for the last seven years she was steering the UN Development Programme (UNDP) agency of the UN.

“In the most controversial move, Clark’s top managers allegedly drove one UNDP official out of her job in retaliation for participating in a investigation that sharply criticised the agency’s response to mass atrocities in Sri Lanka,” said Foreign Policy (FP) website on Tuesday, citing internal UN emails and several current and former UN-based officials and diplomats.

Ms Lena Sinha, a Swedish-American dual citizen, was forced out of the UNDP after a 15-year career, for helping craft a landmark report on the UN’s shortcomings in the final months of the Sri Lankan civil war, the FP feature said.

Ms Sinha was chief of staff of the UN panel that produced the Petrie Report, which talked about the “systemic failure” of the UN in the protection of Tamils. The report criticized the then UNDP leadership team in Colombo and said that the department heads at the UN Head Quarters were not instructing them otherwise.

FP cited a former UN advisor saying that “It seems that UNDP, and Helen Clark in particular, took the Petrie report personally”.

Two days after the release of the report, Sinha’s role in the report was discussed and her career was threatened, FP cited emails.

According to FP, while Sinha commented, “I was, of course, shocked by the developments following the completion of the Sri Lanka review,” Petrie’s response was that Sinha’s penalisation was “an extraordinary demonstration of vindictiveness and abuse of authority.”

“Those who were criticised in the report suffered no disciplinary action while Sinha saw her career destroyed,” FP cited Human Rights advocates.

The FP feature was also citing HR advocates inside and outside of the UN, accusing the UNDP under Helen Clark for weakening Human Rights initiatives and repeating ‘Sri Lanka’ mistakes in Myanmar too.

The FP feature was sympathetic to Ban Ki-moon and to the competitor of Clark, Ms Susana Malcora, former chief of staff of Ban. Like the so-called ‘national’ media in India, the US-based FP also didn't alert the world about the genocide when it took place.
Ban Ki-moon
Meanwhile, Mr. Ban Ki-moon’s intention to contest the South Korean presidential election in 2017 violates a UN General Assembly resolution, said The Korea Times on Thursday.

“The resolution stipulates that a secretary-general should refrain from accepting government positions "immediately" after retirement because confidential information learned in the course of their duties might be a source of embarrassment to other members,” The Korea Times commented.

But whether the UN General Assembly or the masters behind the UN have the final say is the question, commented Tamil political observers.

Last month, Mr. Erik Solheim, star-crossed in peace facilitation and appetite lacking in calling genocide as genocide, was nominated for a post in the UN in the rank of Asst. Secretary General. Citing masters behind the UN, the deceptive handling of the Eezham Tamil case by the current UNHRC chief, is well known.

As all are in their own games, the Eezham Tamil diaspora has a prime duty to the people in the island, in creating a righteous space for them to internationally fight their case. If the diaspora becomes meek, subordinate and gullible, and pretends that it doesn’t know the ultimate culprits, then it ruins that space, said the activists in the island.

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Sinhala students assault Tamil student for posting Genocide Remembrance photo on Facebook

Sinhala students assault Tamil student for posting Genocide Remembrance photo on Facebook

[TamilNet, Thursday, 26 May 2016, 23:08 GMT]
A group of Sinhala students at the Faculty of Commerce & Management at the Eastern University, situated at Vanthaa'ru-moolai in Batticaloa, assaulted a 22-year-old Tamil student on Tuesday for posting a photo of Tamil Genocide Remembrance in his Facebook account. The Tamil student, severely assaulted by the group of senior Sinhala students was admitted to Chengkaladi hospital after the incident. The SL military intelligence and SL police have been alleged of inciting violence using a section of Sinhalese students.

Sinhala students who initially expressed solidarity with the marking of Mu'l'livaaykkaal Remembrance Day by the Tamil students at the University said the SL military intelligence operatives had approached Sinhalese students to harass the Tamil students who took part in the Remembrance event held at the Eastern University on 18 May.

The group of Sinhala students who attacked the Tamil student demanded immediate removal of the photo from his Facebook account. If he didn't remove the photo, the student would not be able to attend the examination, the group has told.

As the student was not having the facility to remove the photo on the spot, he was brutally assaulted.

The University administration has not taken any action against the attackers, the student leaders at the Eastern University told TamilNet on Thursday.

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வெள்ளி, 27 மே, 2016

‘Sinhala Ravaya’ colony in Jaffna, outcome of US-Indian policy


‘Sinhala Ravaya’ colony in Jaffna, outcome of US-Indian policy

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 23:42 GMT]
SL President Maithiripala Sirisena, genocidal Sri Lanka’s occupying Sinhala military, the Special Task Force (STF) and Colombo’s ‘National’ Housing Development Authority (NHDA) have all joined hands with a Sinhala-Buddhist extremist group, ‘Sinhala Ravaya’, in extending the Sinhala military colony at Naavatkuzhi, which is situated at the entry point to the Jaffna City. In recent days, the Sinhala colony has received a new name board, naming the village as “Sinhala Ravaya Gama” (Sinhala Ravaya Village). What is practically evolving after 7 years of Mu’l’livaaykkaal tells the actual agenda of USA and India, commented political observers in Jaffna, urging the affected nation of Eezham Tamils to identify and act against the ultimate culprits and their ‘vision’ of genocidal handling through Agent States.

Why can’t Sinhalese live in the North like Tamils live in the South, is an absurd question, often asked by people defending the genocidal ‘unity’ of the island. Tamils could never have a ‘Eezham Tamil Voice’ colony in the South and that makes the difference in the parity of the nations in a genocidal context, the political observers in Jaffna commented.

Adding to China-built military camps of Rajapaksa, the US-India sponsored ‘regime change’ is bringing in Israel-model colonization to the country of Eezham Tamils. The headache will be later faced by India at its doorstep, the observers further commented.

According to a journalist coming from the South, the ‘Sinhala Ravaya’ group had met the US embassy officials in 2014 requesting US assistance under the pretext of fighting (Islamic) terrorism. For outsiders, it may appear that they are now defunct. But, the Sinhala Ravaya and other groups are deeply involved in accelerating the colonization schemes instead of organizing publicity seeking protests in Colombo these days.

In the meantime, sources in Jaffna said that a ‘top-level’ Sinhala Buddhist delegation, consisting of 8 members, is currently visiting the military village.

More lands have also been seized for the expansion of the colony in total silence and the absence of protests during the last year.

The notorious STF has been given 5 acres of lands for a permanent base through the involvement of SL President Maithiripala Sirisena, informed sources in Jaffna told TamilNet.
The recently put up name board “Sinhala Ravaya Village” at Naavat-kuzhi in Jaffna. “Sinhala Ravaya” is an organisation led by Buddhist monks working in parallel with the “Buddhist Power Force” (BBS). Note that the name of the extremist group is not given in English in the name board. The English text only states ‘Since 2011’ as a smokescreen to protect the current regime. The full name is rendered in Sinhala and Tamil as ‘Sinhala Ravaya Village’. “Ravaya” literally means “Sound” or “Voice”. The term is also used to imply news.

Sinhala military colony at Naavatkuzhi
A Buddha statue has also been erected inside the colony in recent weeks.

There are two military camps giving ‘protection’ to the Sinhala colony at Naavat-kuzhi.

The colonists, who were supposed to be living at the colony are mostly residing in the South as their children have to attend Sinhala schools. Some of them use to visit Naavat-kuzhi and stay in the houses during the weekends. Some of the houses are also used by the families of the SL military personnel, the informed sources further said.

Plans are now afoot to expand the colony into a full-fledged Sinhala village, also encompassing Naavat-kuzhi Railway Station.

Colombo has already given instructions to build a hospital, school and a Buddhist temple at the locality. Tamils are not allowed to enter the ‘Sinhala zone’, which is guarded by the SL military and the STF.

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC), having its headquarters a few kilometers away at Kaithadi, has been silent on the issue, uprooted Tamil villagers from Naavat-kuzhi complained.

More lands have been seized within the last year at the rear side of the locality, where houses were initially constructed during the regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Naavat-kuzhi is situated at a strategic location that bridges Valikaamam and Thenmaraadchi sectors of the peninsula.

After the end of war in Vanni, 193 Sinhala families were brought by the SL military in civil buses and lorries to Jaffna on 08 October 2010 and they were staying at the abandoned Jaffna Railway Station at that time.
SLN Vesak at Maathakal
While the occupying Sri Lanka Army was staging Vesak festivities near the Public Library in Jaffna, the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) celebrated Vesak at the north-western tip of the Jaffna peninsula at the Sinahal military colony and the ‘Sacred Zone’ Sinhala Buddhist establishment of Thiruvadi-nilai.
The Sinhala settlers, who were not genuine residents of the peninsula, were claiming that their families had lived in Jaffna before 1983.

SL Minister of National Housing during the Rajapaksa regime, Mr Wimal Weerwansa, was the person behind this colonization of Sinhala families in the North in lands claimed to be the property of the NHDA.

A month later, on 09 November 2010, the ‘Sri Lanka’ Army (SLA) took 32 families of those who were staying at Jaffna Railway Station to Naavat-kuzhi.

The SLA and Sinhala policemen chased away hundreds of Eezham Tamil men and women, who were uprooted from their housing scheme at Naavatkuzhi when they tried to erect sheds in their lands on 11 November 2010.

The Sinhala colonists were allowed to erect houses with the roof and timber of the ruined houses of Eezham Tamils. The SL military was also blocking journalists from inspecting the illegal settlement.

In the meantime, the occupying SL Navy was marking Vesak at Thiruvadi-nilai in Maathakal, which is one of the two closest spots of communication between the country of Eezham Tamils and Tamil Nadu.

Coastal military establishments in North
Sri Lanka's large military establishments that choke Jaffna peninsula and threaten Indian security. Sinhala colonisation is carried out in places no 11, 13, 14, and 16. The locations: 1. High Security Zone, Valikaamam North, 2. Kaarainakar naval base, 3. Vallan, Pungkudutheevu, 4. Periyathu'rai and Saamiththoadda-munai, Delft (Key location for Kachchatheevu and Rameswaram), 5. Kunthavadi, Delft, 6. Thalai-mannaar, 7. Mannaar Fort, 8. Tha'l'laadi, 9. Poonakari Fort, 10. Elephant Pass, 11. Vettilaikkea'ni, 12. Naakarkoayil, 13. Ariyaalai East and the opposite sandbar Ma'n'niththalai, 14. Naavatkuzhi, 15. Ma'ndaitheevu and 16. Jaffna city. The innumerable small military posts and the newly planned cantonments in Vanni are not shown in the map. [Satellite Image courtesy: NASA, Visible Earth. Legend by TamilNet]

While Thalai Mannaar in Mannaar district is the closest to Rameasvaram, Maathakal in Jaffna Peninsula is the closest to Koadikkarai (Point Calimere) in Tamil Nadu. Colombo’s archaeologists claim Thiruvadinilai as the landing place of Sinhala-Buddhism to the island in 3rd century BC, and are building modern Buddhist establishments there, while the very name of the place Ko'la-patuna (Kozhu-paddinam, the harbour at the tip) mentioned in the Pali chronicles themselves is of Tamil etymology. [Satellite Image Courtesy - NASA, Visible Earth. Details & Legend by TamilNet]

More photos from Vesak celebrations staged by SL Navy at Maathakal follow:
SLN Vesak at Maathakal

SLN Vesak at Maathakal
SLN Vesak at Maathakal
SLN Vesak at Maathakal
SLN Vesak at Maathakal

SLN Vesak at Maathakal

வியாழன், 26 மே, 2016

முள்ளி வாய்க்காலும் நமது முன்னேற்றமும்! – சோம இளங்கோவன்

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முள்ளி வாய்க்காலும் நமது முன்னேற்றமும்!

அருமைத் தமிழ் நெஞ்சங்களே !

ஆறாத வடு ! மாறாத அவமானம் ! சொல்லொன்னாத் துயரம் ! அதன் பெயர் முள்ளிவாய்க்கால்.
இன்று தமிழர்கள் வெறி பிடித்தத் தீவிரவாதிகள் அல்லர்; இனப் போராட்டதின் அடையாளங்கள் என்பதை உலகைப் புரிந்து கொள்ள வைத்துள்ளோம். அடைந்த  இன்னல்களைக் கேலம் மெக்ரேவின் உதவியுடன் உலகுக்குக் காட்டியுள்ளோம்.
இன்றைய தேவை, இனி என்ன செய்யப் போகின்றோம் என்பது தான்!
துன்பத்தில் வாழும் உடன் பிறப்புகளைத் தத்தெடுத்துக் கொள்வோம். ஈழத்தில் தமிழர் முன்னேற வகை செய்வோம்.
அந்தந்த நாடுகளில் நமது நிலைப்பாட்டைச், சிங்கள இனவாதத்தை எடுத்துரைப்போம். அனைவரும் சேர்ந்து உலக அளவில் தமிழர் விடுதலையின் முதன்மையை எடுத்துக் காட்டுவோம்.
குறைகளைக் களைவோம்.நிறைகளைப் போற்றுவோம்.
பாதைகள் வேறாக பல அமைப்புகளாக இருக்கலாம், குறிக்கோள் ஒன்றாக இருக்கட்டும்.

தமிழரின் தாகம் தனி ஈழத் தாயகம்.



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