இவற்றிற்கான களஞ்சியம் July, 2007

Jul 27 2007

[Daily News] To prove the Tamil homeland theory

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COLOMBO: Colombo University History Lecturer Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri has taken up the JHU challenge to prove the Tamil homeland theory and a Tamils’ right to self determination.

Dr. Devasiri said he is willing to prove the Tamil homeland theory and the rights of Tamils for self determination if the JHU is willing to come for a debate with him on this issue.

Dr. Devasiri said this at a seminar on the JHU’s APC proposals held at the Colombo National Library Auditorium recently, referring to the JHU proposal that it would accept these two theories if they were proved with historical and legal facts.

Dr. Devasiri said the Sinhala Society has been built on four mythologies viz. Buddha’s visit to Sri Lanka, Advent of Prince Vijaya, advent of Arahat Mahinda Thera and King Dutugemunu’s war to vanquish king Elara.

He said “we accept these four myths because we like them”. Similarly Tamils in the North and East accepted the homeland theory because they liked it.”

Dr. Devasiri said “I have stood by the Tamils’ right for determination for the last 22 years. Tamils do not want to argue this now because they have gone far beyond it. The JHU proposals have said that the Tamil homeland theory is a myth. But it is a fact and I am prepared to prove it.”

Peradeniya University Philosophy lecturer Charitha Herath said that eventhough he followed JHU policies he would use the forum to contest some JHU thinking as the seminar was attended by JHU members and sympathisers.

In the first instance the JHU had not understood the present crisis in a proper and pragmatic way. Herath said he saw this crisis as a crisis aimed to create a post Colonial Sri Lanka.

The JHU adduced this crisis to the inability of Tamils to seek exalted posts held by the Tamil elite during the Colonial period. We should ask as to how the Tamil elite could establish a homeland theory in the minds of Tamils and why we could not defeat that notion.

Tamils were today sacrificing their lives acting as human bombs and contributing to their earnings to the homeland theory which the JHU calls a farce. Why can’t we act as true Sinhala Buddhists and go in for a more positive and fraternal agreement to solve this problem altogether, he asked.

Attorney Shiral Laktilleke said the JHU document tabled at the APC looked like a battle cry. The State cannot have a colour or religion. If anyone tried to give a Buddhist or Catholic tinge to a State it would exclude a section of the people.

At the outset of the seminar JHU Legal Advisor Udaya Gammanpila gave a brief resume of the JHU proposals. He said he would place Dr. Devasiri’s challenge for a debate to the JHU hierarchy for a decision.

Prof. Buddhadasa Hewavitharana acted as moderator.

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Colombo University History Lecturer takes up JHU challenge

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Jul 25 2007

[The Independent] Government forces preparing to destroy Memorial Cemetery in Kudumbi Malai

Following wresting control of the Kudumbimalai forest, the government forces are getting ready to vandalise the huge memorial cemetery based in Tharavai. It is believed official sanction have been given to flatten the cemetery to release the anger of the security forces.

Tharavai cemetery is a place of resting for over 15,000 dead young Tamil fighters. It is not clear what the government is planning to do with the site after reducing it into rubbles.

When Eastern Vaharai area was captured by the security forces recently, the army went on the pandemonium to destroy the cemetery there. The flattened cemetery was turned into a coconut estate by the government.

The government forces have a history of desecrating Tamil cemeteries. In 1992 when Jaffna peninsula was captured following Jayasekuru operations the madness of the armed forces bulldozed the memorial cemeteries in Kopay and Kodikamam.

Even the Tamils who do not subscribe to the LTTE are angered by the actions of the security forces and consider government actions as insults and reflection of hatred embedded in the state machinery against the Tamil people. The Tamil people see the burial ground is the resting place for their children no matter the reasons behind their joining the fighting ranks.

Sources in eastern Sri Lanka say people are angered by the actions of the security forces and are patiently waiting to see how government’s hate campaign is to be executed to destroy the memorial grounds in Kudumbimalai.

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Government forces preparing to desecrate Memorial Cemetery in Kudumbi Malai (Thoppigala)

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Jul 23 2007

[Nitharsanam] Japan aids Sri Lankan military

 Japan has donated a stock of medical equipment to the Sri Lankan Military hospital in Colombo according to the military sources here. The donation of pairs of spectacles and cash of 2000,000 Yen in Japanese currency was handed over to the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka in a brief ceremony at the Army Hospital last week. Sri Lanka-Japan Friendship Association donation is viewed as �in recognition of the dedication of Sri Lankan soldiers shown in executing their duties against terrorism and as a gesture of goodwill� said the official Sri Lankan Army.

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Japan Assists Sri Lankan Military 

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Jul 18 2007

[National Post] It is not a crime yet in Canada to say you’re in favour of a group that may be terrorist

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World Tamil movement; Considers Sri Lankan guerrillas to be ‘freedom fighters’

 

Graeme Hamilton, National Post

Published: Friday, May 18, 2007

MONTREAL – The head of an organization that is suspected of funding the Tamil Tigers terrorist group has testified that he considers the Tigers “freedom fighters” and he supports their “activities that would benefit the people.” But he denied that his organization, the World Tamil Movement, has sent money to the Sri Lankan guerillas.

In Quebec Court testimony that concluded yesterday, Kathiravelupillai Sithamparanathan, the 84-year-old president of the World Tamil Movement’s Montreal office, acknowledged attending a 2004 workshop in Sri Lanka organized by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or Tamil Tigers.Mr. Sithamparanathan said he could not refuse the Tigers’ invitation to attend a Seminar for Foreign Activists during a trip to his native Sri Lanka in July 2004. “They wanted to meet me because they were impressed that a person my age was doing many things … to help my community here,” he said through an interpreter.

He acknowledged that on one day of the seminar he was given the honour of hoisting the red Tamil Tiger flag, which features a snarling tiger over two crossed rifles. “Many people forced me to do that, and I couldn’t refuse,” he said.

Steven Slimovtich, the lawyer for the World Tamil Movement, said his clients are not accused of any crime, and the prolonged investigation is causing them prejudice because their regular activities have been interrupted.

“It is not a crime yet in Canada to say you’re in favour of a group that may be terrorist. What is a crime is to finance a terrorist group,” he told the court.

“The government has ostensibly closed down this community, cultural, social, sports organization. They cannot function.”

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Tamil leader denies funding terrorist group

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