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Rajini: 20th Death Anniversary of a True Tamil Heroine

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Twenty years ago on this day (September 21st) Rajani Thiranagama nee Rajini
Rajasingham was brutally gunned down at Thirunelvely, as she was cycling back home from the Jaffna University. She was Professor of Anatomy at the Jaffna Varsity medical faculty.

The 35 year old mother of two daughters was also a human rights activist, feminist, critic of narrow nationalism and opponent of irresponsible militarism.

Rajani Thiranagama nee Rajini Rajasingham

Her husband,Dayapala Thiranagama in a recent article on Rajini has referred to the manner in which she was killed. Here is the relevant excerpt:

“The armed confrontation between the Tamil Tigers and the IPKF was at its peak at the time and no dissent was tolerated. She had had links with the LTTE and had treated injured Tamil militants before at the inception of Tamil tiger militancy. Then they were only a small band of armed men. Times had changed. Her assassins had been waiting for her on her way home after work at the Medical Faculty and she was gunned down near her home in Kokuvil, Jaffna on 21st September 1989 about 4.00pm.”

“They came behind and called her by name. Then she was still sitting on the bike, turned back and looked at them. Eyewitnesses say that she tried to cover her forehead with her bare hands seeing the gunmen pointing the pistol at her head. They demonstrated extraordinary cruelty against a woman who had only her bare hands to cover her head against the bullets. Even after she fell on the ground they shot the back of her head with two bullets to make sure that she would not be alive to criticise them again. They showed no mercy towards the woman who had showed them such compassion and had treated them when they were injured. Her young daughters hearing the gun shots wondered who the victim would be this time.”

When Rajini was killed there was some confusion initially about who her killers were. Some university students staged a protest demonstration blaming Tamil armed groups functioning as lackeys of the Indian army. This was so because Rajini had very often clashed with the Indian officials on issues of human rights violations.

Subsequently it became clear that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was responsible.but Rajini herself had a premonition of her death and in a letter to someone she was close to, had said that her killers would be sons nurtured in the womb of Jaffna.

No one has officially claimed responsibility for her killing and several attempts have been made by those close to the perpetrators to deflect blame elsewhere. Despite these moves the people at large knew who the killers were though not many dared to say it publicly at the time.

It is now clear that two of Rajini’s students at the Jaffna medical faculty played a dirty role in the killing. They did not pull the trigger personally but as members of the LTTE’s “intelligence” wing had supplied the info on the basis of which she was killed by a tiger hit squad. One of them functioned later as a doctor in the LTTE medical unit. Both are abroad in a European country now. The identity of the actual assassins is unknown.

Many years later the Eelam Peoples Demovratic Party (EPDP) Parliamentarian and “Thinamurasu” weekly Editor Nadarajah Atputharajah alias Ramesh attempted a whitewash of the LTTE by claiming that the “Mandaiyan Kuzhu” (Mandaiyan group) of the pro-Indian Eelam Peoples Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) had killed Rajini.

Ramesh at that time had begum associating clandestinely with the LTTE. Though the EPRLF “mandaiyan group” had killed several people regarded as being pro-LTTE that outfit had not killed Rajini. But Ramesh wilfully distorted the truth. He was in turn killed at Wellawatte on the orders of EPDP chief Douglas Devananda.

Two decades have passed since Rajini was killed.The passage of time however fails to erase the indelible memories of Rajini among those who knew her. Her brutal murder will not be forgotten.

Whenever the human rights violations of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are referred to in detail her name will always crop up. Whenever the tragic plight of women caught up in Sri Lankas long drawn out “Machismo” war is highlighted her murder will be focussed upon. Whenever the story of how the Tamil liberation struggle went terribly wrong is discussed the murder of Rajini Thiranagama will always be an issue cited.

She was truly a heroine of our times and an unforegettable symbol of its enveloping tragedy. As former UN special rapporteur on violence against women and current special representative of UN Secretary-General on Children and Armed conflict Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy observed.

“Rajini had a vision for her people, the Sri Lankan Tamils. She envisioned a time when they would live in peace and dignity enjoying democratic rights and freedoms. Standing against oppression and brutality in all its forms, she is a beacon of light for a community living in fear and struggling for self-respect. She will never be forgotten; an icon for everyone in Sri Lanka fighting for freedom”.

It was only last month that I paid tribute in these columns to a close friend and classmate Shanthakumari Vignaraja nee Rajadurai who passed away due to being afflicted with cancer. It is well-known that Shanthi was an alumni of Jaffna College Vaddukkoddai.

What is less-known is the fact that Rajini who passed away 20 years ago was also an old student of Jaffna college. Both Rajini and Shanthi were born in February 1954 and studied at JC from grade one till they entered varsity (Rajini had for a short period been at Chundikkuli Girls College in Jaffna).

They both entered University in 1973 (Rajini-medicine and Shanthi-Humanities) and later joined the teaching staff of Jaffna university.

Though I was a batchmate of Rajini at the GCE (AL) classes at Jaffna College we were not classmates. Although I was friendly and maintained cordial relations with Rajini I was not a close friend of hers.

She was known as Rajini then but later on her name was spelled as Rajani but we the alumni of JC refer to her as Rajini and I have done so in this article.

Rajini’s sister Nirmala Rajasingham was a class higher than us. At JC I was much closer to Nirmala than Rajini.

I did not interact with Rajini on a regular basis after Jaffna College days and met her only on a few occasions , more by accident than design. The last time I saw her was in mid-1988 at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) in Colombo.

We had a lengthy conversation on the contemporary political situation and Rajini was critical of some of the articles I had been writing in “The Island” at that time because she felt I was being supportive of the LTTE.

The first major military operation undertaken against the LTTE by the Indian Army was codenamed “Operation Pawan”. Pawan meant strong or gusty wind. In an earlier article I had used the sturdy Palmyrah tree as a metaphor for Jaffna and queried “Can the Pawan break the Palmyrah”?. Mansoor the sub-editor at the “Sunday Island” then had put that query as the heading for my article.

I had in the article mentioned that the Palmyrah tree would sway dangerously against strong wind and at times be even uprooted but would never bend. We were seated in the ICES “Thatched Patio” and I remember Rajini repeating the line “The Palmyrah is broken, the Palmyrah is broken”.

She had with her parts of a manuscript that was ultimately published as a book called “The Broken Palmyrah”. Rajini very kindly allowed me to take photo copies of some sections that I found interesting.

Another thing I remember about our last meeting was her disapproval of my minor role in an attempt at that time to bring about rapprochement between New Delhi and the LTTE. My involvement was only because I felt that such a move was in the best interests of the Tamil people. It was a quiet effort but the Indian newsmagazine “India Today” had revealed some details and mentioned my name.

I was not in Sri Lanka when Rajini was killed. I had left in September 1988. She was dead in September 1989.

Twenty years have passed by and much water has flown down the rivers since then. The LTTE has been vanquished militarily but the aftermath is yet to bring a dawn of hope to the Tamil people.The Rajapakse regime seems to be motivated by a security perspective alone and is not extending the hands of justice and reconciliation towards the Tamil people.

Even as I write about the tragic assassination of Rajini by the LTTE I cannot but wonder about what lies in store for the Tamil people at the hands of this dispensation in a post-tiger scenario.

If Rajini Thiranagama was alive today what would she have done?

The best persons to answer this are her colleagues from the University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) . The UTHR (J) issued a special statement on September 18th titled “Rajani’s vision for Lanka”-A tribute and Reflections by the UTHR (J) upon the 20th anniversary of the passing of Dr. Rajani Thiranagama.

I am reproducing here the third part of that statement headlined “Rajani’s Unfinished Task”. The times are uncertain and difficult but there is no other way than to take up the torch lit by Rajini and proceed along the narrow road enveloped in darkness.

Rajani’s Unfinished Task

It was under similar conditions after the LTTE provoked the Indian Army into war in 1987, although with deaths on a much smaller scale, when Rajani and some of her colleagues set about writing the Broken Palmyra with a view to placing in public how the civilians were victimised by all the armed parties. Rajani busied herself talking to hospital staff to write about how the LTTE firing at the advancing Indian Army column and running away resulted in scores of civilians and staff being killed by the latter. She talked to families where women had been raped. We recorded how an LTTE provocation of firing at a tank from Kokkuvil Hindu and escaping resulted in a tank firing a shell at a classroom killing 30 refugees.

Rajani had no illusions about the LTTE and was in greater danger as an ex-LTTEer challenging the outfit. One cannot fully explain the rationality or otherwise of decisions taken long ago. It was as an act of meaningful defiance that we decided that the book should be published with the names of all the authors. The preprint edition was well received by our Sinhalese colleagues in the South and was widely photocopied.

If Rajani were alive today she would have done the same for the victims of the war now ended and challenged the ideologues on both sides who boast of their military genius at the expense of the people. She would not have stopped there. She believed that the people should be mobilised and structures built to consolidate their gains. In 1987, the first act in which she played a leading role was to talk to the Indian Army and reopen the University of Jaffna, as an available structure that could become a base for others. She was sometimes almost alone in the Medical Faculty with a few loyal labourers getting the Anatomy Department back into shape.

We may record here that when the Indian Army found out about the preprint edition of the Broken Palmyra they quickly acquired copies and we were told that three different intelligence teams were assessing them. They were annoyed, harassed us a little, sometimes on spurious intelligence, but generally took it up as well as one might expect. While fighting the LTTE and setting up the conscript Tamil National Army was dirty business, there was also at some level in the Indian Army sensitivity to democratic freedoms.

The recent killing and intimidation of journalists and the political prosecution against Tissainayagam and the detention of National Christian Council Secretary Shantha Fernando without any charge, besides shutting up the IDPs and silencing of the war zone doctors, have all the suggestion of preemptive steps against any criticism or investigative reporting of the recent war. A terrorised media has largely fallen into line. It is sad to see a number of journalists, barred from questioning the State, exercising their semantic talents in ungenerous, trivial ex-parte attacks on those like the war zone doctors, whom the Government loves to hate; but with no acknowledgment of the yeoman service they performed under inhuman conditions, losing some of their staff to shell fire. One accusation, revealing for its refusal to understand the harsh ground reality, is against a war zone doctor, for pronouncing death due to starvation of 13 people without performing autopsies!

This is how a nervous government, unable to acknowledge the war has ended and keeping up synthetically a mood of grave military threat from the decimated LTTE, wants the Sinhalese to view the problem. The oldest dissidents on record, the Prophets of Israel, made it uncompromisingly clear that warring against truth and denying justice makes a people small, and the state brittle. That is today the main challenge facing the Sinhalese, against a government that wants to make them a small people.

Patriotism has been narrowed to represent the interest of a section of a ruling clique. All criticism of how the war was waged is equated with treachery. Arrogance of Power is so open and naked, that the state is losing all inhibitions against undermining the rule of law. The Sinhalese would need to take courage and face up to what the war cost not only the Tamils, but also the Sinhalese. The Government has made a gross understatement with regard to the number of soldiers killed, claiming it was a small fraction of LTTE cadres killed. The casualty rate of soldiers: LTTE was about 1:1 in 2002. When the truth is patriotically suppressed, it also means the suffering and loss resulting from subaltern Sinhalese youth killed and maimed charging through mined ditches, is being hidden by elites gloating over a great victory. The tears of the bereaved become an embarrassment.

The problems of all communities who have suffered bereavement are similar. They are the most neglected sections of all ethnic groups. UTHR(J) does not believe that we could advance by simply forgetting the past. The past and the political sins of the fathers are too much and too long with us. There has been no accounting for the communal violence unleashed several times in one form or another since 1956. Denial of justice has been subconsciously assimilated into malefic assumptions by which the State functions-that the minorities are undesirables to be kicked around as scapegoats for the failures of the rulers. Little wonder that the State must somehow resurrect its deceased offspring, the LTTE.

The need of the hour is to resist attempts to pervert our democratic legacy and to break with the past and to lay out a clear demarcation to reorganise our social and political institutions to manage the conflict and to focus on issues, which are important for poverty alleviation and economic development. All the development plans in the North and East are based on the illusionary belief that when a people is weak it is easy to consolidate political control by showing some tokens of economic development, without any concept of accountability or participation of the community.

If the rulers do not trust the people, especially the Tamils, and try to impose their control, not only will they fail, but will also keep divisionary politics alive. If the Government could initiate a broader process in which all communities could reevaluate their past and work out a political arrangement which would allow the different communities political and cultural space to participate as equals in decision making, then there would be hope. If the country is to become great, it must be ruled by a broad democratic consensus. A country represented by a royal president and his hangers on would remain conflict-prone, weak and a tragic laughing stock among nations.

At this point the Tamils who have been browbeaten by decades of war need political space to manage affairs of their reconstruction and to overcome or expiate the legacies of state violence and fascist control. It would only be then that they could work with other communities without fear. We end with quotations from the Post Script to the Broken Palmyra written by Rajani in 1989 (Vol.II, Ch.9) and ‘Laying Aside Illusions’ (Appendix IV), a statement by 50 teachers of the University of Jaffna in 1988, where Rajani’s contribution comes through clearly. These give insights into Rajani’s thinking and, sadly, reveal the country’s propensity to forget the past and arrive back where we began twenty years ago, with everything in place for reenactment:

“If our earlier account had appeared to be ‘plugging a line’, as some would want to put it, it was because it was important for us to arrive at a synthesis in analysis, seek an understanding, find spaces to organise, and revitalise a community that was sinking into a state of resignation. Objectivity was not solely an academic exercise for us. Objectivity, the pursuit of truth and the propagation of critical and honest positions, was crucial for the community. But they could also cost many of us our lives. Any involvement with them was undertaken only as a survival task.

“Within this tragic history there is still an attempt by concerned people to think coherently of the future. There are debates going on as to the correct path for survival, organisation and possible breakthroughs. There is, especially in the North, a limited attempt at organising at the grass-roots level, so as to handle the repressive situation and violence from all sides. These are very small beginnings indeed. For the people, any solution to the brutal and intense violence has to come from within the communities and cannot be imposed from outside. The development of these internal structures is a long and arduous task, a process which is only just beginning to be comprehended.”

Finally we quote from “Laying aside Illusions”, which emphasises democratic organisation and a collective response:

Our obeisance to terror within the community, and our opportunism and lack of principles in the face of many internal killings, have made it easy for external forces to use the same weapons to control us. Thus if the people are to regain their lost self-will and dignity, they will have to move towards a principled collective response. We have to assert universal values to which we are both emotionally and intellectually committed.

It is the lack of such commitment that enabled us to come to terms with murder, when it concerned others’ sons, and then, watch helplessly in panic when the cancer, allowed to grow, threatened our own sons. We are now paying the price for our past indifference.

“As individuals or small groups in our neighbourhoods, places of work, unions or associations, we must question our past, understand where we went wrong, and rediscover our principles. We must be conscious of the message of past experience, that in standing up for others we also stand up for ourselves. This course requires courage; and, no other is open to us. We have tried to play safe in the past. The result was mass murder from several sources. Non-combatant civilians too became unarmed front-line troops facing the wrath of advancing armies. The future looks even more bleak, with the rapid growth and consolidation in southern Sri Lanka of forces of narrow political vision. This opens the door for further involvement by external forces. Let us not remain forever unprepared and continue trapped in the logic of passivity-hoping against hope that someone else will bring us deliverance.”

DBS Jeyaraj can be reached at dbsjeyaraj@yahoo.com

151 Comments

  1. Rajan Kadirgamar says:

    Dear Jeyaraj,

    The Memorial meeting for the 20th death anniversary of Rajani will take place on the 25th September, 2009 at the BMICH in Colombo. Several outstanding human and feminist rights scholars and leaders from around the world will attend the meeting.This naturally brings to mind the childhood and entire school life of Shanthi and Rajani at Vaddukoddai,its Cathedral Church and Jaffna College.

    I find that both Shanthi and Rajani were born in February the same year-1954.They had their entire education at Jaffna College from the kindergarten to the University entrance (in between Rajani was at Chundikuli Girls’ College briefly) and entered the university the same year from Jaffna College, Shanthi for humanities and Rajani for medicine.

    Several years later some providence brought them together to serve as lecturers at the Jaffna University in the 1980s.

    It was on the 21st of September,1989 that the cruel hand of fate took away the precious and accomplished life of Rajani.Her late mother requested me to speak at the funeral saying that I was the only one on the panel of speakers who knew Rajani from birth and I was also a close kinsman of the family.Rajani was 35 years old at the time of death.Shanthi served the university for 20 more years.

    You Jeyaraj was a contemorary of both of them at the university entrance classes with a few more such illustrious students of that time-the 1970s.

    What hidden powerful potential you all had which blossomed out later in the affairs of men and matters in your future careers.You have influenced your local,national and international communities in unusually remarkable ways.

    It is remembered by a teacher and principal with gratitude to God for the rare privilege of knowing you all at Jaffna College and the years that followed.You now have the opportunity, sad as it is, to write the noble tributes to them in your own skilfull way as you only can.

    God Bless.

    Rajan Kadirgamar

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you very much Sir for your kind words.

    It’s really sad to write tributes to departed schoolmates of the same vintage.

    In the case of Shanthi at least she had the blessing of passing away peacefully with her loved ones around her. She also lived decades longer than Rajini.

    It is very tragic that Rajini should suffer such a horrible death at such a young age.She didn’t deserve that at all. Her two girls were very young at that time and were home awaiting the return of their mother.

    As I was thinking of Rajini my thoughts naturally went back to Vaddukkoddai and Jaffna College. I was thinking of our vice-principal, Rajini’s father and her mother who was in charge of Church choir practice and of course Nirmala. Sumathy was much younger and Vasuki a very little girl then.

    I hope the memorial meeting will be well attended

  2. Gloria Abraham says:

    I knew this wonderful lady when I was living in Jaffna.Apart from her politics and human rights work Rajani was also a terrific human being. Her husband was geography lecturer I believe.He was a Sinhala gentlemen. They had two lovely daughters. What a pity her young life was destroyed so cruelly

  3. Thillaiambalam says:

    DBS

    You are very correct in saying that Rajani killing was a pointer of how the Tamil armed struggle had taken a wrong turn and was doomed to fail. We see the results now

    If this courageous woman was living she would have spoken out against the govt abuses and injustice. The EPDP or Karuna’s boys will be used by Gothabayya to kill her

  4. Bandarage says:

    I have heard a lot about her. A brave , genuine lady. Her husband was from the Southern province I think.

    God bless her family

  5. anon says:

    from all that i have read about her, i feel that she was a very brave soul. people who speak the truth are disliked by almost all the parties in any conflict. its a shame we had to loose so many good people because our own wrong doings.

    may she RIP.

  6. Ruwan. says:

    Dear DBS,
    It is sad indeed. I am a Sinhalese who cried for the deaths of Neelam, Rajini, Kadiragamar (I still want to know who killed Raviraj) and innumerable others of the same ilk . They were not only an immeasurable loss to Tamils but to larger humanity. We need such individuals more than any other country.

    As time went on I could not understand the statistical aberration of such a large percentage of a community accommodating such inhuman murder of one’s own as necessities in the path towards liberation. I tried to argue with my Tamil friends that Kadiragamar was no traitor but this great intellectual saw clearly that LTTE was destroying Tamils and feared a point of no return and supported the war effort in the same vein as the great scientist and humanitarian Einstein supported the development of atomic bomb – but to no avail.

    When the innocent civilians were trapped in last show down how I wished if only those great Tamils were alive!

  7. Tamil-Sydney says:

    I was in my teens when her muder was known; Like quite a lot of people, I was confused who did that; However, it did not last longer; The moment LTTE (local ) connected people started to mud-sling her character, it was becomiong clear; Even I had an argumant who tried to defame her character (Is it called character assasination?); My point to him was clear; ‘Even if what you say is correct, who gave the authority to murder her”. I did not believe what he said; However, I did not want to argue in that direction.

    Later, I became wise and stopped arguing like that; It was quite a wise move .. I am alive today; One of my well-known (I do not say how he is known/linked to me as this may identify me;) was not that lucky. He was an open mouth arguing kind of guy; Shot to death during IPKF days. It was 15 years later that I came to know that. on that fateful day, who ‘spied’ his movement was, somehow well known to me. I was nauseating. To this day, after knowing it was him, I did not atempt to contact him and I do not want to see him in future;

    He is in North America now;

  8. Paul says:

    Well written article sir. What greatness could have been achieved by our country had we only been prepared to put our racial prejudices behind us.

  9. Pulitics says:

    I agree blunders have been made one too many times and now we pay the price. Its time for entire Eelam Tamils to unite regardless of their past differences as one nation and liberate our people from political,social and cultural oppression .On a light note ,does Kadirgamar Sir still wear glamourous shoes everyday?

  10. Kavi says:

    Dear DBS,

    I just can’t simply understand how we, a decent, tolerant and educated community, allowed this to happen. How on earth most of our community knowingly or unknowingly supported this monstreous LTTE or for that matter any other armed war loads or so called tamil liberators? How did we swap angel Ranjini for a monster Praba? LTTE, EPDP, EPRLF, PLOTE, TELO, etc, etc they are all killers of their own people but the irony of the situation is these killers are also our people! How did we allow this to happen?

    I have also read Dyan’s interview today. He is correctly highlighting what is going on the Sinhala community after the end of the war. From this what I can see is all the symptoms and signs of our experiences with our tamil groups in the past. I have a feeling of de ja vu. We must let our fellow human beings, Sinhalas, learn from out costly experiences and REJECT all the arrogant, autocratic and evil dictators before they have done enough damage to the nation. Finally I sincerely hope we will never ever allow the same fate of Rajini to anyone be Sinhalese or Tamil or any other human being.

    PS: I thank god for allowing DBS to escape from these morans.

    Kavi

  11. Nasikethan says:

    As long as we don’t look into the very basic of the problem there can be any solution.
    Tamils were very hard working with high EQ. And mathematical ablity which they are having in Dravida genes.
    The instuitons and departments, where they are incharge were in very order with success.- in the past era in Sri Lanaka. Ofcourse they had their own deficiencies due to world of competition they were living.
    These were not seen as an asset to the country by Sri Lankan government (Singalese). They saw this as a threat, because they did not see Tamils belongs to this country. Neighter left nor right political party of the south in the past or at present.
    So the official laws and unofficial laws to coner the tamils.
    So the trouble started. Not going to be finished soon.
    Now the part of tamils are as disapora, with more ablity than in the past in terms of echonomy and etc..
    So laws against tamils going to be more tuffer and tuffer. So the visious cycle.

  12. rana says:

    Dear DBSJ

    Another excellent tribute from you. The first time I read THE BROKEN PALMYRAS in UTHR website I was moved. I don understand how people who can kill such a nice human being, a brave soul, can be liberator of their own people. As I wrote earlier also in your blog LTTE not only failed in their own exercise of liberating the innocent tamil people they have also killed all furure prospects of tamil people. One after another they killed real fighters of the Tamil cause, Rajini was one of them, people like Rajini had the courage to stand up against all oppression, fight for their cause. I have also viwed a movie made by her daughters NO MORE TEARS DEAR SISTER in you tube, it was so touching I really cried after viewing it. May GOD bless her daughters, I rpay to god like their mom they also grow up as a great human being. I end this writing with my heartfelt tribute to the deceased soul of Rajini.

  13. Ramya says:

    Dear DBSJ

    Thanks for another memories of a beloved lecturer after so many years!
    Speaking the truth was her fault!
    Yes still remember the days of our Uni life and Rajini miss.
    Thishow the medics call her and others also followed the same.
    What a sad end!
    With Prayers for her family.

  14. Jano Satha says:

    When I read the tribute to Shanthi a Christian who had passed away recently, I saw lots of condolences from Christian friends. That time, as a well wisher of this blog and its readers, my heart was pressing me very hard to throw some light on the reality of Christianity. I held myself as the current world order does not give importance to religions.

    But when I saw the article on Rajani, I felt I should not wait any more. I love all human beings and I want to bring the truth to them.

    EDITED

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Dear Jano Satha

    Much as I respect your intention to enlighten our readers on “real” Christianity I have to delete those paragraphs as I feel they are inappropriate as a comment for this blog. This is not the correct forum for you to articulate views of this type. Very sorry.

    DBS

  15. Frank says:

    “She had had links with the LTTE and had treated injured Tamil militants before at the inception of Tamil tiger militancy.”

    How can she be a herione, if she treated wounded terrorist. By doing that she was supporting terrorism. No Bravery or courage in that. Did she give a thought to the victims of the terrorist/militants she treated ?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Please try to read about her before commenting like this. Also there is something called the Hippocrates oath. By the way what do you think about the one – time “butcher of Batticaloa” becoming a respectable minister in charge of nation building?

  16. Channa says:

    Very few letters/tributes are written these days about people who were gunned down by the LTTE.

    But there are dozens of HR/Media groups to write about liberties of people close to the LTTE, going even to the extent of criticizing judgments of proven LTTE sympathists.

    In this light & rarity, I salute DBS for reminding us of Rajini Thiranagama.

  17. SATHY says:

    Prof. Rajani Thiranagama
    Dr. Neelan Thiruchchelvam
    …………………………………………….
    ………………………………………………
    ……………………………………………….
    ……………………………………………..
    really it is sad that still a group of young tamils didn’t realize the fact and the truths …………………..

  18. S. K. Samuel says:

    Dear DBS, Great tribute to your classmate Rajani.
    I was able to understand her vision and hope from
    your touching tribute.

    May God bless you richly

  19. dr. TRN says:

    Its a previllage to read once more about this great duaghter of Sri Lanaka. I’ve been reading about her death and her courageous life since I was a teenager. Even now when I read this as in the past my eyes get wet. Why Lord they not live long for the good of common people ?

    She had made the mark and shown the way and made prophecies we can still hang on to. Lets thank her postheoumosly and salute the brave woman of a true spirit and a true witness of Jesus.

    So let all the hearts gather in prayer and hope for justice in this land both in the north & south and all coners of this nation.
    Let there be no more broken palmirahs!

    May the Lord bless the two daughters of Rajini and the rest of her family whom she left behind.

  20. Rahul says:

    Very sad and should not happend.

  21. MM Kumar says:

    I respect Dr.Rajini very much. What a crime to have killed her

  22. Andy Lingam says:

    Hi Rajani Thiranagama
    please can not send any one like you from hevan to Srilanka to release IDP .

  23. Ben J says:

    Hi Jay,
    Thanks for this great tribute to our former Lecturer. she was not only an excellent teacher but also a great human being. It was heart breaking when you read her husband’s article. who ever killed her won’t get mercy from the God.

  24. afool says:

    I have not read the above article since all we Tamils who are interested in politics knew about her.

    Then why are you posting a comment here?………..DBSJ

  25. Gautham says:

    Looks like none of the LTTE supporters are posting comments on this article. Maybe they are too stunned that truth is out and have nothing significant to contribute

  26. Nallur Raj says:

    I still remember those dark days in my student life. 1989 was the hell, whether life was in North or South.

    Tigers were gunning down their opponents and ENDLF and other groups abducting ( Kidnapping) boys on the road for forceful recruitment ( notorious Volunteer Force or Thonder paadi set up by IPKF). We were un able to get out of our houses to go to school or Tuition classes or even temple. In Southern areas of the country the situation was extremely bad ,and I heard many pathetic stories when I moved to Mount lavaniya and live up to 9 years . Sinhala boys told me that they had to sleep in their backyard throughout night to escape from illegal abduction and killing

    My house was very close to Prof. Rajini’s house on Navalar road and second cross road intersection. We initially thought she was gunned down by EPRLF , since she refuse to hand over the dead body of late tamil tiger Thileepan ( ?????). later we understood what actually happened.

    My Prayers with Rajini’s family

  27. selvan says:

    I was only 15 year old student living in jaffna then. Heard about the killing. and the lies afterwards. had i had freedom of information would have protested.

    I am ashmed that I lived in jaffna then and did not utter a word of protest about Dr Thiranagama’s killing.

    Those who played a part in her killing ( however small should come clean with the truth. They owe it to the family and tamil people at large.

    Selvan

  28. Satheesh says:

    I agree that she (Rajani) was the true heart Human rights activist. There is no questions about it

    .

  29. Mavady says:

    I was a student of Rajani’s father Mr.Rajasingaham who was very good in double maths. I heard lot about of Rajani. She was very courageous person. She was one of few people honestly love our society. Her death was a great loss of our society as whole. LTTE made mistakes many times by wiping out intellectuals. I read many times her book call “Broken Palmyrah”. As she said on this book as below she correctly predicted “Tigers” fate 21 years ago and wrote as, “The Tigers’ history, their theoretical vacuum, lack of political creativity, intolerance and fanatical dedication will be the ultimate cause of their own break up. The legendary Tigers will go to their demise with their legends smeared with the blood and tears of victims of their own misdoings. A new Tiger will not emerge from their ashes. 0nly by breaking with this whole history and its dominant ideology, can a new liberating outlook be born.” (Please see UTHR (J) Special Report No. 32)
    I really appreciate that UIHR (J) keep continue Rajani’s Unfinished Task. There are so many elements in our society and keep trying to mislead our society again. People should think wisely and act smartly.

  30. Keliyan says:

    I just have a question for DBS. Where did you find the UTHR report. It is not in their web. The last special report is titled “Third Anniversary of the ACF Massacre”.

    Keliyan

    It was e-mailed to me………..DBSJ

    Please also find the tributes at : http://www.uthr.org/new.htm

  31. Nostradamus says:

    Lapse of twenty years does not lessen the gravity of the crime.

  32. Sahadevan says:

    What a tragedy for Thiranagama family,though Rajini acca physically illuminated in this world ,she lives in every body’s memory until now.She could have easily settled in UK and had a comfortable life but she wanted to serve the people and ultimately sacrificed her life.We lost a lot of people to LTTE’s gun and list is too long.I know Rajini acca personally when she was at Jaffna college,her sister Sumathy was my batch,always pass us with smile.
    Thank you DBS for all the vital information,one day it will help for LTTE hunters.
    May god bless Mr.Thiranagama and children abundantly
    Sahadevan

  33. Tamil-Sydney says:

    > Eyewitnesses say that she tried to cover her forehead with her bare hands seeing the gunmen pointing the pistol at her head.

    Heart-ripping . In the name of freedom-fighting, the LTTE turned into monsters.

    We had lost a mother, and for the community, a very clever young professor who would have done much more to the society if she were still there;

  34. Dominic says:

    Rajani’s loss was irreplaceable or humanity.
    This is one of the huge mistake made by LTTE.
    I saw a documentary No more tears sister and heart broken. Since then She become one of the people I have very heigh regard for. It was a great loss for not only Tamils but for humanity as whole.

  35. Navin says:

    DBSJ:

    Do you see any reason as to why LTTE tolerated Shanthi while it assassinated Rajini?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Nobody knows the actual reasons behind LTTE assassination of Rajini.

    The difference between Shaqnthi and Rajini was that the former was never involved in active politics. Her criticism of the LTTE was at a personal level restricted to specific events. She would state so openly in conversations regardless of whether LTTE or pro -LTTE elements were listening. As I wrote earlier I think the LTTE regarded Shanthi as a critic but did not suspect her of ulterior motives.

    Shanthi had never supported the LTTE at any time whereas Rajini had at one time been actively supportive of the LTTE. Later she was openly critical. Unlike Shanthi who was just an ordinary person speaking out openly Rajini was institutionally involved with organizations like the UTHR (J). Her Sister Nirmala had also been involved with the LTTE earlier but was now an open critic based in London

    Maybe the LTTE feared Rajini as she was capable of directly confronting them and in the process damage them. Maybe they wanted to convey a warning to Nirmala. Maybe they wanted to silence the UTHR (J).Maybe the tiger intelligence guys monitoring Rajini provided dangerous information.

    We dont know for sure.

    But please dont compare Shanthi and Rajini. They were different in their relationship to the LTTE and also in their outlook towards life. I dont think the tigers ever placed both in the same category

    God bless them both and grant eternal rest

  36. V.KUMAR says:

    Rajini will be remembered as a true liberator of our society not like those “fake sole representatives…” and she is not alone there are lot of them in our society but they have been silenced by the “fake sole representatives…”
    She was brave enough to encounter them and paid the price. This is not finished with Rajini. The fake liberators and sole representatives will disappear in coming years but Rajini’s courage and leadership will/should live on.
    I hope the memorial conference in BMICH will deliver clear vision and direction to our future leadership and a hope to our community.

    ஆநீதி எங்கு நடந்தாலும் ஆநீதிதான் அதை தட்டி கேபவன் மனிதருள் மாணிக்கம்

  37. N.ILANKON says:

    I WILL TELL YOU LATER HOW THIS PLAN WAS
    HATCHED IN SYDNEY WHEN ANTON BALASINGHAM ACCIDENTLY SAW THE MANUSCRIPT OF THE BROKEN PALMYRAH AT ONE OF HIS SHISHA’S HOUSE IN 1989 AND GOT SO IRRITATED AND ASKED THIS MAN TO PHOTOCOPY THE WHOLE THING AT A NEARBY LIBRARY AND TOOK IT WITH HIM TO COLOMBO BEFORE HE STARTED THE PREMADASA – RANJAN WJIARATNATE TALKS.

  38. aj says:

    Hi! DBS,
    I was reading Mr. Dayapala Tiranagama’s articel on his late beloved wife , Rajini. Whch was passionate but devoid of emotional outbursts.
    Clinically observant and critical yet poignant.
    I wanted to jot down my thoughts without getting caught up with the highlight, so please bare with me.
    If one reads in between the lines you can read the trials and tribulations of two human beings who come from diverse cultural heritages being vicitms of natural human attraction and married then struggle to maintain their individual ethos and convictions.
    It is a case study for the current generation of the ehtnic divide to scrutinize what are the issues at hand if we want to build a trusting nation of diverse cultures.
    At the heart of both these key figures are two different representations of opposites being attracted,
    Rural Sinhalese poor represents Mr. Thiranagama while Professor Rajini from upper middle calss conservative tamil society.
    So what made them to struggle with their married life is not the heritage but the convictions of fight against class, injustice, democratic rights and so forth.
    The underlying veine of reality is the society seems move on with all these and those who fight will be left alone.
    The rural youth unrest in the south is a case in point.

    Since Rajini had a platform from where she could raise her voice we talk about her could that be possible for an average northern Tamil girl?.

    So the point is Society take note of eminent personel and venerate them for the service etc( is it Yoemen?) but conveniently forgets the rest.

    The herculian effort of Professor Rajini is in essence to change the way the things are, her choice of supporting LTTE with the spur of the moment decision despite Mr. Dayapala’s disaproval seems a fatal mistake.

    while the youthful energy of these charactors are with anybody at somepoint of time in their life span it is the decisions one make seals their fate.

    It is so sad to read the loving father , husband’s point of view and how the poor little daughters were waiting for their mothers return while she was trying save her head with bare hands while her murderors ready to shoot.!!!!!

    As a father of two little daughters I am so deeply disturbed with the picture in my mind and so saddened by the loss of otherwise picture perfect family life these two great individuals could have had with the two daughters unless they tried to change the world!.

    The messgae for those who are alive and thinking of how to build a nation of peace loving people is the ultimate sacrifice these folks made thanks to so called liberations , movements and so forth.

    So eventually was it worh to fight for a seperate land and loss all you have as a community or try to see the world with open eyes and move beyond mere race and fight all forms of injustice, corruption, negligence and achieve a better society devoid of class, creed, etc.

    Isn’t it what these folks really scrificed their lives for?
    The ‘Broken Palmyrah’ will ‘blossom’ still if people realize this and work towards that in all communities.

    Ajith Boralugoda

  39. N S Wettasinghe says:

    Pls give some details of her family viz Children/husband

  40. Mavady says:

    To Keliyan # 30

    I saw your question to DBS regarding UTHR report. I am not sure that which report you after; if you are looking for special report 32 as I mention on comment #29 , please go to google and type UTHR(J) and select “Special Reports”.

    Thanks

    No. 32 A Marred Victory and a Defeat Pregnant with Foreboding 10th June 2009

  41. Wije says:

    I was a friend of Dayapala then. Would love to catch up with Daya, a humble, simple man, but quite shrewd.

  42. anpan says:

    6. Ruwan. | September 22nd, 2009 at 3:16 am

    You have avoided the names J Pararajasingham MP, Chandra Nehru ex MP and K Sivanesan MP.

    It is widely believed that the Mahinda regimes state terror that took away the lives of these parliamentorians. Killers of JP & CN are holding high positions in the GOSL. Though the President was informed of this he did nothing.

    You comment on the LTTE terrorism but turning a blind eye to the terror by the state. Ordinary Tamils say the state terror is much more brutal than the LTTE terror.

    I am Tamil and it hurts when people like you turn a blind eye to the state terror in Sri Lanka.

  43. Nissanka says:

    Thank you again for writing a great tribute to a great person.

    I hope her children and the husband are doing OK.
    I reckon this lady was too good for a society like SL.
    There were so many atrocities committed by both the LTTE and GOSL against their own people. Remember 1989
    “Beehsana Samaya” when partly chopped off female bodies were strewn all over Southern villages. Those girls were too fighting for a cause they believed in.

    Regarding the mixed marriage of Rajini, I would like to
    mention, that there were many in the history of SL.
    Sinhala kings brought Queens from South India, and that is why every buddhist temple has got a Hindu Kovil
    for the Queen to worship. This practice shows that
    although our two communities were/are at each others
    throats we have had good times too. I hope there will be
    more good times in the future than killing each other.

    Rajini made the ultimate sacrifice for speaking out.
    According to Buddhism, we believe in rebirth, and if she
    is reborn, she must be a twenty year old person. I hope
    she is happy wherever she is.

    God bless all.

  44. Sasee says:

    Thanks DBS for this excellent article and the other articles you have written and may you continue to do so for a long time.

    I have both close Sinhala and Tamil relatives and friends and I feel fortunate to be in this situation. I consider my views to be moderate- though I am sure others may disagree.

    Your articles vindicate my gut feeling that unless the Tamil Diaspora analyse and accept the LTTE failings they are going to be more marginalised and become even more irrelevant to a solution in Sri Lanka with time.
    By not willing to criticize the failings of the LTTE openly and by attacking individuals such as you who do, they are only making the situation worse for the very brethren in Sri Lanka they pretend to fight for.

    The Diaspora and the remaining LTTE have to be willing to come clean about their activities- it is not enough criticizing only the failings of the government in Sri Lanka to protect its Tamil children. The LTTE has by killing great people like Rajini and hiding cowardly behind a veil of silence shown their callous disregard for the very people they represent.

    It is by not having their actions criticized that they found themselves almost completely wiped-out in Sri Lanka.
    An earlier article of yours touched on the aspect of a truth and reconciliation commission- though a version that is appropriate for Sri Lanka. I wholeheartedly support this. I doubt whether this would materialise as the Tamil Diaspora (perhaps not the Tamils living in Sri Lanka) want the illusion of a heroic LTTE to remain alive.
    I have purposely refrained from attacking the conduct of the Sri Lankan government too much as I feel the current problem for the Tamils is actually the ghost of the LTTE rather than the actions of the government. That does not mean I support or condone the government actions.

    In a war, especially a third world war, where both parties are extremely brutal extrajudicial killings are far too common. Why are the Diaspora pretending to be shocked by the way the LTTE was defeated? Is the killing of the LTTE by the Sri Lankan government, perhaps in cold blood and certainly ruthlessly, any different to the hundreds of policeman and Tamil people who have fallen foul of the LTTE and been tortured and butchered? I dont see any difference. If truth be told I find the conduct of the government infinitely better than what the LTTE has done in the past. Ruthless yes- but better than the LTTE. Is that good enough for a government as opposed to a terrorist (supposedly) organisation? That is a debate that one needs to conduct in the context of a third world conflict.
    Finally I sincerely hope that the efforts of people like you can change the mindset of the activist Diaspora to forget the blind and idiotic path of slavishly following the LTTE and have a real and progressive debate.

    Unfortunately I doubt whether this will happen.
    Thank you kindly for allowing my views to be posted and, please once again, keep on writing. May Rajini and the other brave and great intellectuals taken away in their prime continue to live in our minds and to continue to guide us towards a just solution.

    Respectfully yours
    Sasee

  45. Sinhala Lad says:

    According to the information in this article this lady was brutally murdered by the LTTE. The main suspects are living in Europe The Europeans who are crying out loud to bring war crime charges should have a look at their own back yards to find these killers and send them to Srilanka to face due justice.This will bring at least some consolation to this brave woman’s family.

  46. afool says:

    # Comment 25 Gautham

    Dear Mr Gautham!
    How sure you are that there were no opposition’s (NOT NECESSARILY OPPOSING) views posted to the above.

  47. Don says:

    11. Nasikethan
    Tamils were very hard working with high EQ. And mathematical ablity which they are having in Dravida genes.

    My comment:- When I was at Srilanka University, following a degree in sciences, the proportion of Tamils to Sinhalese was around 65% to 35%. This was just before standardisation. However it was the Sinhala students who used to top the batches very often. This shows that there is no difference between the intellectual ability between the races. However the Tamils were harder working due to their circumstances. However because I lived some time in Jaffna, I found that opportunities for higher education was much more streamlined and facilities available to Tamil children in Jaffna when compared to Sinhala students who lived outside the Colombo district. This may be due to many good educational institutions setup in Jaffna by Christian missionaries years back. This imbalance may be one of the factors that prompted the Sinhala government of the day to introduce standardisation which I never supported and it created one of the triggers for Tamil unrest.

  48. RS Wickramasinghe says:

    DBSJ,

    Did you see “No More Tears Sister”, the Canadian biopic on Rajini’s life? Any thoughts on its portrayal of life and times of this noble soul?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Yes I did and wrote a short piece 5 years ago. Here are relevant excerpts -

    “One agency that has remembered Rajani is the National Film Board of Canada.
    The land of the Maple leaf has made a name for itself in the realm of
    documentary films. “No More Tears Sister” – the anatomy of hope and betrayal is
    the title of an 80 minute film on the life and times of Rajani Thiranagama
    produced by the Canadian Film Board.. It is written and directed by Montreal
    based Canadian film maker Helene Klodawsky. The narrator Michael Ondatatje
    the Sri Lanka born reputed author now domiciled in Canada. A novel feature in
    recreating the life of Rajani is the portrayal of her mother by Sharika the younger
    daughter now in her early twenties.

    The Canadian feature documentary will have its world premiere at the Hot Docs
    International Documentary Film Festival being currently held in Toronto. “No
    more tears Sister” will screen at 9. 45 pm on April 26th at the Isabel Bader
    theatre and at 7. 30 pm on April 28th at the Innis Town Hall.

    Unlike most recreations of a contemporary personality the story of Rajani
    provided a stiff challenge for the filmmakers. There was very little documentation
    or authentic correspondence. Many of those who knew her or were associated
    with her were too scared to be filmed. Moreover filming in Jaffna where Rajani
    grew up, lived and died was out of the question because of the political climate.
    One also supposes that an element of screcy had to be maintained at all times
    due to the sensitive content and theme of the film.

    Despite these problems that would have defeated most film makers of Cinema
    verite Helen Klodawsky has accomplished her task well. She was fortunate that
    family members and a few fellow human rights activists and feminists were
    courageous enough to come out openly. Rajanis parents the Rajasinghams,
    sisters Nirmala, Sumathy and Vasuki, Daughters Narmada and Sharika, husband
    Dayapala Thiranagama and some unnamed activists have all been interviewed
    and the life of Rajani unfolds on screen through their accounts mainly.

    The vivid and perceptive comments made by Nirmala and Dayapala are the chief
    strengths of the film. The story of Rajani is inextricably inter- twined with that of
    her elder sister Nirmala a political activist cum feminist in her own right. Rajanis
    story cannot be told without without relating the story of Nirmala also. In that
    sense this film is as much about Nirmala as it is about Rajani. Nirmala has broken
    her long “public” silence on Rajanis death in this film. While not dwelt on
    forcefully the film leaves no doubt in the viewers mind about the forces behind
    Rajanis assassination.

    Dayapala Thiranagama comes off very well. Both Rajani and he came from
    contrastingly different backgrounds. He provides many fresh insights into
    Rajanis life. The scenes showing Nirmala and Dayapala in conversation are
    illuminating. A revealing moment of truth for anyone familiar with the rise and fall
    of the Tamil liberation struggle would be the one where the comment is made
    that political activism is no longer the armed struggle but that of upholding
    human rights.

    The story of Rajani is interwoven with the violence of the ethnic conflict in Sri
    Lanka. What made Helen Klodawsky the daughter of a concentration camp
    survivor herself take up this tale? This is what she says – “I wanted to understand
    how ethnic conflict and national struggles impact women – be they victims of war,
    militant fighters or peace builders. I wondered whether there was a feminist
    critique of both state and guerilla violence It was well known that the Sri Lankan
    military and the opposition Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were both guilty of
    torture, illegal detention, disappearances and extra – judicial executions. I wanted
    to explore whether women were, on the one hand, torn between loyalties to their
    ethnic communities and on the other hand the community of women. Did
    oppressed minority women imagine fighting injustice in different ways than their
    male counterparts?

    The story of Rajani Thiranagama – her courageous life, unique vision and tragic
    assassination – offered a compelling narrative to pose many of my questions.
    Rajanis evolution into a spirited champion of the Tamil peoples rights in the
    seventies and eighties paralleled the escalation of ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka.
    Moved by her peoples complex struggle against ruthless state violence, she
    believed Tamil militancy was the answer and joined the Liberation movement. But
    when she witnessed the corruption and cruelty within, she felt compelled to
    document what she saw and urged her people to resist blind adherence to any
    leader or movement. Embracing feminism and a belief in human rights, she felt
    that women in particular were the primary casualties of war.

    I believed that by following Rajanis life story and the circumstances surrounding
    her untimely death, several themes could be explored. Nationalisms anti –
    nationalism; the lives of women as both participants and innocent victims of war
    and the belief in armed struggle vs a critique of militarism.

    Though “No More Tears ” is set in Sri Lanka, a similiar story might have been
    explored in Africa, other parts of Asia, the middle – east, Eastern Europe or Latin
    America. In the sixties and seventies, Rajani was part of a generation of young
    political activists in post – colonial societies around the world – activists who
    dreamed of radically transforming their societies to achieve equality and justice
    for all. But this idealism continues to be ruthlessly thwarted by narrow nationalist
    agendas in countless Countries.

    Cinematically, I wanted NO MORE TEARS SISTER to reflect the passion and
    beauty of Rajani’s ideals. Together with my talented team including Francois
    Dagenais (director of photography)Patricia Tassinary (Editor) and Bertrand
    Chenier (Composer) I aimed at making a film that is political, feminist and
    aesthetic

  49. shankar says:

    rajani i believe left a comfortable life in London and came back to jaffna to serve her people, and be of some use to her community. at that time i wondered why is she going back to that madhouse,when all are running out of the place. some people are not worried much about their own lives, but are extremely concerned about others and human rights violations. she seemed to be one of those.

    i saw her sister nirmala in an international tv episode where she was interviewed. i was very impressed by her very lucid articulation on issues in a postwar scenario and extremely pleasant personality. she will make a good politician, and she seemed to be very interested in politics, but was worried about what the government will do if she returned the government should give a amnesty to all deserving cases, so that tamils abroad can come back and get involved with the ballot now that the bullet days are over.

  50. Ananthan says:

    To Comment #25,

    What and Who is an LTTE supporter?

    Many who commented on this article are LTTE supporters.

    Some wants to work on the bigger picture while some wants to work on the smaller finer details and when both clash that is when tragedy occurs even though both sides wants the best for the Tamil people. LTTE along with many others wanted to work on the bigger picture of finding a permanent solution to the Tamil problem by achieving Tamil Eelam at any cost. Rajani Thiranagama nee Rajini Rajasingham wanted to work on the finer details like individual rights of the Tamil people even if it costs the Tamil people?s aspiration of Tamil Eelam. I admire her work, her strength and many of her attributes but she was knowingly or unknowingly was about to plunge the Tamil people into unquestioned genocide by the Sinhalese people by making groups such as LTTE powerless.

    She and like minded people could have used their abilities to influence LTTE into forming some democratic space (I know it is considered an impossible task but it was possible). But when her work clashed with that of LTTE and like minded groups the tragedy occurred. LTTE has openly admitted to killing fellow Tamils and LTTE is only an accused in her death until it is proven.

    Mahakavi Bharthiar was for independence from the British but what was more important for him was dealing with the social oppression. Even though he supported the independence he tirelessly worked toward changing the social environment and empowering the poor section of the population.

    Periyar E. V. Ramasamy wanted independence but not before tackling social oppression. He simply knew that replacing the British Raj with the Hindu Raj or Brahmin Raj to be specific in Tamil Nadu was not independence. Jinnah had the same thought but it was more religion based.

    Like Mahakavi Bharthiar and Periyar E. V. Ramasam, Rajini valued individual rights more then independence and for that she should be acknowledged and cherished in the history of the Tamil people.

  51. Raman says:

    Well said Ananthan!.

  52. confused confucius says:

    History class once again!! but there are some interesting facts to note.

    This is the natural history of good people!

  53. Mohanasundaram says:

    Hai DBS,

    it is very sad that the Tamil community tend to forget or ignore those who cared for them Rajini was one of them. Her contribution towards the betterment our Tamil community is immeasurable.
    Thank you for reminding the Tamils about Rajini.

    As for her assasians, it was Bosco the former LTTE ‘intelegience’ deputy who fired the shots. It was Dr, Sooriyakumar and Dr, Darmendra who provided all the details about Rajini’s movement. I know that you are aware of these names but I think for courtesy reasons you refrained from publishing their names. But I feel both these doctors should be punished.

  54. k. Easwaran says:

    47. Don | September 23rd, 2009 at 9:33 am
    One’s university time is very short and it is not a sample of a reliable trend. I would say that during my time, 1969 to 1974, at the Engineering faculty of Peradeniya, a Tamil, Sreetharan, topped the batch for four years. Tamils got more first classes than the Sinhalese in that batch. The present President of Alberta university is also one of them. Another Tamil from my batch too topped for four years and he was a real genius and would do fourth year math in the first year. I do not conclude anything from these. Nature permutates in its own way and it will not come handy to explain our political issues. Furthermore success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration, as one famous scientist put it.
    About the educational facilities in Jaffna. During my time, in 1969, 18 from Hartley, 11 from Jaffna Hindu, 7 from Jaffna Central, 2 from St. John, 3 from Jaffna college, 2 from Mahajana, my memory fails to record numbers from other schools, came to the Engineering faculty. All together 75 Tamils and 75 Sinhalese. Next batch 125 Tamils and 25 Sinhalese qualified for the same faculty. This prompted the Standardization. Now the figures are different. In a way there is a no pattern even among Jaffna schools. The placement capacity of Christian and Catholics schools in Colombo much greater than that in the Jaffna Christian and Catholic schools. Success of Jaffna Tamils in education is partly due to their arid land and their limited other avenues to make a living. It is a make or break situation and it is now completely broken.
    Easwaran

  55. Stephen Jones says:

    I just have a question for DBS. Where did you find the UTHR report. It is not in their web. The last special report is titled “Third Anniversary of the ACF Massacre”.

    I believe the Island is printing it in installments. Should have been part IV today.

    Asked and answered in comment no #30 Keliyan.Please check it out……….DBSJ

  56. Keliyan says:

    Ananthan wrote “LTTE along with many others wanted to work on the bigger picture of finding a permanent solution to the Tamil problem ”
    Look where we are now? with LTTE’s and other fellow travellers big picture campaign. 300000 people are in IDP camps. Traditional tamil homelands are either classified as HSZ, like Sampoor or turn into a Sinhala village, like Thennamavaddy.
    LTTE did not have a big picture all they wanted is being the sole representative of Tamils. Rajani knew that LTTE’s direction will lead to fascism and eventually the whole socity will end up with nothing as we have witnessed recently. You are calling her vision as “just working on the finer details”. What good Thamil Eelam is without democay and human rights.
    Her work during IPKF days was aimed at creating a vibrant civil socity which can challenge internal and external oppression.

  57. V.Kumar says:

    # 56 Keliyan.
    Well said sir.

    Ananthan should understand… what is bigger picture?

    Creating a seperate state just for 20,000 “maveerar family” is not bigger picture. It is not a vision for tamils in Sri Lanka.
    A real leader should reach out to majority of the community regardless of their political diferences (movements), cast,religeon ect…

    Comiting brutual act like this…LTTE and it’s leadersihp was not reached out to any reasonable/responsible member of our community except the blind supporters of LTTE (they just approve anythig what LTTE does).

    American President Obama was elected by not only African Americans but also white Americans…that is quality of leadership…because he has the bigger picture/vision for whole America not just for African American.

  58. Daya says:

    Re. comment #50

    Mr.Ananthan ,

    You don’t know what you are justifying!

    You know the Nazis had the biggest picture ever. They wanted to create a pure human race by eliminating impurities that have accumulated throughout millions of years. They believed it is their duty towards God. They believed you and me half human.

    Thanks anyway for the interesting theory. So I learn that there are “macro management” and “micro management” of liberation struggles. VP, the greatest “macro manager” in history eliminated all the “micro managers” and MR eliminated VP. And KP took over the macro management of the Elam project indicating at the outset that he will ‘micro manage’ the ‘micro mangers’ but again MR check mated the move. Right?

  59. Parakrama says:

    Though Tamils are minority and have complains, I thought bashing Sinhala community in general is bit unfair. I lived with Tamils all my life and saved my Tamils friends when they are in trouble. Life goes on; some turbulent times test our friendship with Tamils. I think Northern Tamils misunderstand us and take all Sinhala people as in all are same attitude (correct me if I am wrong here). What is needed now is courageous leader to fix the mess created by politicians themselves. Just like Tamils want to live in peace and dignity, it must be recognised that majority of us has done nothing wrong for the Tamils and certainly not waiting to do anything bad for them either, contrary to popular notion.

    Excuse me DBS for writing outside Rajani Thiranagam issue

  60. Dilshan F says:

    My condolences to the family of Rajini, specially her children and husband who somehow would have found a way forward. For many of us she is a heroine. but what is the use of a dead heroine to her children who would have cried a million times for her warmth. many a time when I reflect on the death of all caught up in the conflict whether LTTE or its sympathisers or the innocent or the GOSL soldiers at the end of the day they all left behind loved ones. I say once again War is an ugly wastful excercise.

    I sincerely hope that her family is recovered from this loss and somehow time would heal all wounds. May her memory live fresh in the hearts of those who loved her till the end of time.

  61. Dr. Arun Vincent says:

    On one hand it is good to see these type of articles reminisicing old memories and at the same time doing some port mortem on the killers identity. I am very much interested in the post mortem part.

    The main article states that,
    It is now clear that two of Rajinis students at the Jaffna medical faculty played a dirty role in the killing. They . . . supplied the info on the basis of which she was killed by a tiger hit squad. One of them functioned later as a doctor in the LTTE medical unit. Both are abroad in a European country now. The identity of the actual assassins is unknown. ????

    Then, Mohanasundaram | September 23rd, 2009 at 2:42 pm states that ,
    it was Bosco the former LTTE intelegience deputy who fired the shots. It was Dr, Sooriyakumar and Dr, Darmendra who provided all the details about Rajinis movement. . . . But I feel both these doctors should be punished.

    I agree with Mohanasunderam. I would appreciate if any one can provide info as to where are these two gentlemen are now who belongs to this noble profession? If they are practicing medicine in a foreign country their respective medical council shall know this.
    pls provide this info to vince77arun@hotmail.com
    please please

    We all should realise that when we do something wrong it will come and haunt us one day. Without that fear in mind, the two legged animals will never become civilised.

    I am appealing to Sydney Tamil also. Please spill the beans. Unless you share the info justice never met. As one Jurist said, the wheels of justice grinds slowly but when it catches there is no escape from the teeth of that wheels.

  62. Das says:

    WHAT HAPPEND TO SELVI???

    Selvi was born into a peasant family in Semamadu, a village about 80 miles south of Jaffna.
    Selvi was a Tamil language poet from Jaffna in Sri Lanka. A third-year student in Theater and Drama Arts in the University of Jaffna.

    She was the founder of a feminist journal called Tholi and was a gifted young poet who in her work deplored the carnage brought about by the Sri Lankan civil war. Selvi also produced two plays, one about dowry payments and the other about rapes.

    Selvi was arrested by the LTTE on August 30, 1991. The day before her abduction she was about to star in a play about the role of women in the Palestinian intifada.

    She was a prominent member of Poorani Illam, a women’s center in Jaffna, which gives support to women traumatized by government bombing raids and bereavement.

  63. BJ Mariar says:

    SELVI WAS EXECUTED

    Thiagarajah Selvanithy or (Selvi) from Sri Lanka a International PEN award winner in 1992, who abducted and executed by the LTTE.

    In 1997, LTTE sources acknowledged that she was executed along with another dissident one Manoharan also a final year University student. Although their opposition to the LTTE was non-violent, they were both executed in the LTTE’s prison camps.

  64. Vidura says:

    Not only neelan & rajini but LTTE killed thousands of innocent ordinary people also. They are also human beings

  65. sydney-Tamil says:

    >58. Daya | September 23rd, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    So you are justifying other murderers !

  66. sydney-Tamil says:

    >62. Das | September 24th, 2009 at 3:31 am

    WHAT HAPPEND TO SELVI???

    DBS, do you know what happened to this talented poet? I read some of her poems and was impressed; Her poems were once highly acclaimed by the late Tamil writer Sujatha

    Please read comment#63 (BJ Mariar) for answer…………DBSJ

  67. Ananthan says:

    Comment # 56,

    ?Look where we are now??

    We are where we are now because of you and me not the LTTE. What did we do? Did we tell the world about our plight, did we lobby the different governments around the world, and did we gather support around the world for the democratic mandate given in the 1977 election? When LTTE was military crushing the Sri Lankan state and was forced into a ceasefire what did we do? I will tell you what we did; everyone packed their bags and went for vacation on Sri Lankan Airlines, to the finest hotels in Colombo and then throwing money all around to rejuvenate the Sri Lankan economy. Stayed home and said LTTE will take care of everything while there legitimacy was effectively being taken away. The list can go on?..People like you just praise when there is a good thing and shun where there is something bad but never would get your ass off your chair to do your part?..the saying ? Kulikira Nai Kadikathu (dog that bark won?t bite)? is a fitting example to you. Now that the LTTE is out of the picture lets see how much result you will be able to deliver .

    ?What good Thamil Eelam is without democay and human rights.?

    Yes, I am sure your loveable Sinhalese will let you practice Democracy and Human rights. Why didn?t they let you practice that long before the existence of LTTE? Are they letting you practice it now or will they let you? What good is democracy and human rights when you don?t have the shield to practice it?

    The same type of question was asked in regards to environment. ?What good is Tamil Eelam when we are going to get a desert at the end if we do not take care of the environment?? After lobbying and showing the negative impact LTTE formed a division to look after it and got Local Tamils and Tamil scientists in the Diaspora to initiate moves and projects to take care of the environment. LTTE cadres planted many trees to replace the destroyed tress in conflict with the Sri Lankan armed forces. I just think if she and like minded people have pushed it harder they could have got a favorable result and could have got LTTE to respect human rights. LTTE made mistakes. She and like minded people did mistakes as well. I respect both their works as both had good intentions toward the Tamil people.

    ?300000 people are in IDP camps?

    I guess it really surprised you when your government put them in camps.

    ?Traditional tamil homelands are either classified as HSZ, like Sampoor or turn into a Sinhala village, like Thennamavaddy.?

    Colonization has been happening long before LTTE, so what is your point?

    ?LTTE did not have a big picture all they wanted is being the sole representative of Tamils.?

    You need to read more about Thanthi Selva on why he wanted to negotiate alone with Banda and Dudley.

    ?Rajani knew that LTTE?s direction will lead to fascism and eventually the whole socity will end up with nothing as we have witnessed recently.?

    She or anyone else would not even have practiced anything if the Sinhlaese had it their way. And also there wouldn?t be any Tamil people to talk about Tamil Human rights as well. And like I said before, she should have showed the negative result it may generate to the LTTE and tried to change them instead of wasting her energy in demonizing them.

    ?Her work during IPKF days was aimed at creating a vibrant civil socity which can challenge internal and external oppression.?

    Can you please elaborate on this and how it was possible especially with the racist people on the south of the island?

    Sorry But I am getting sick and tired of a person who gets excited when LTTE is successful and starts mouthing when they are not while they done nothing at all. The Tamil Diaspora has been productive, but also they have been counterproductive as well.

  68. Ananthan says:

    Comment #57,

    “Creating a seperate state just for 20,000 “maveerar family” is not bigger picture. It is not a vision for tamils in Sri Lanka.”

    I think you have a limited understanding of the vision of the LTTE. Maybe others can clarify if that was their vision. I can certainly tell you that that was not their Vision (I think even a Sinhalese will tell you that was not their vision).

  69. Ananthan says:

    Comment #58

    “You don’t know what you are justifying!”

    I am not justifying it and I am sorry if you see it that way. Anyways VP is out of the picture. Let’s see how you are going to protect the Tamil people when MR and his army with the backing of the Sinhalese are and will plunder, heard them into camps, rape, torture, murder…………until extinction. Maybe you can become the next Rajini and try to do something and you don’t have to worry about LTTE as well. I just hope MR dosn’t put a bullet through your head soon as you land at the Airport.

  70. KVS says:

    Ananthan, where were you when the LTTE made the mistakes. Did you ever raise your voice. Did you try to change them instead of blaming others that they wasted their energy in demonizing them.

    The fact is neither you nor me could not do anything becos from day one this megalamaniac was killing whoever raised the voice against the LTTE. There was no vision for VP. He was a mad dog and never barked from the bunkers. Had he barked at least we could have tried to learn what he was thinking.

    It was people like you who elevated this mad dog to the level of Sun God and was an under an illusion that he would deliver the goods from the sky.

    Not only Rajini, Selvi, Mrs Yogeswaran etc. The list is much longer. What about those three female school principlas who were shot and killed on 30 Oct 1995 when they defied the order of the LTTE expelling 500,000 Tamils from Jaffna to Vanni. What did Ralangi of SLBC and her husband did to get killed in 2003 in Colombo.

    VP is out and now we have a vision. The vision is fusion with all other Sri Lankans and live together raising our tolerance level to the maximum.

  71. afool says:

    # Comment 50, – Ananthan.
    Well said Ananthan. Leave these so-called Tamils who think they are the doing a service to the Tamil nation by demonizing the LTTE. You should not take them as serious Tamils. After-all they all put together are a tiny minority comparing the majority Tamils who think the LTTE are their HEROES regardless of LTTE’s few important blunders.

  72. DAS says:

    KVS

    WELL SAID

    VERY ACCURATE ACCOUNT ABOUT LTTE AND THEIR ATROCITIES.

    I COULD NOT PUT IT ANY BETTER MY SELF .

  73. Ananthan says:

    Comment #70,

    where were you when the LTTE made the mistakes. Did you ever raise your voice. Did you try to change them instead of blaming others that they wasted their energy in demonizing them.

    I am not as old or have seen many things as many people here. I am near my mid 20s. When I decided to get involved I saw a window of opportunity that the LTTE provided for younger generation (the older people did not have even 5% of opportunity that the younger people had because they are considered politically biased and could not look toward the good intention for the Tamils, which is true because our older generations are still holding on to caste systems and so on) to step up with their vision provided that no one pulls down the mandate given by the Tamil people in 1977 (the reason I decided to get involved and support is because they are the only one that seems to respect the expressed sentiment of the Tamil people and are able to hold the Sinhalese back). I have at times raised my voice and brought changes out side of Tamil Eelam and it certainly not an easy task (be prepared for a wild goose chase), many of my friends have went and worked in Tamil Eelam and proposed changes which were approved (also implemented) and those that were not approved were given reasons. Few had reasons of maintaining military capabilities and to respond with out interference.

    The fact is neither you nor me could not do anything becos from day one this megalamaniac was killing whoever raised the voice against the LTTE.

    Please, do not include me and others. We can speak for ourselves. I hope you didnt go in shouting I am here and we need change. You have to work with them, get the trust that you have at least have genuine intention, show them the negative part of it, propose change, debate it and then implement it. It has to be done little by little. The same thing that we are doing with the Canadian government in regards to its policy on Sri Lanka, takes time but the change will be solid. LTTE was not an organization that any fools or intellectual can just walk into. GOSL on the other hand is an organization that anyone can come up depending on the amount of racism and cleverness against the Tamils and the LTTE. Certainly an EPDP (or anyone allied to the government or external forces) member cannot just throw away his/her cloths and walk into the realm of the LTTE.

    He was a mad dog and never barked from the bunkers.

    Yes, he was ruthless and it is required attribute to be a leader of the Eelam Tamils when the Eelam Tamils are facing a massive assault. And I am extremely sorry that you did not know his better side I guess he was really horrible at marketing his good side.

    Had he barked at least we could have tried to learn what he was thinking.

    If you had turned off the Sinhalese media and the national anthem of Sri Lanka and listened maybe you could have heard what he was barking. Many of us heard it and understood it as well. It also requires some intelligence and understanding of the Tamil people and their needs to actually know what he is barking about.

    It was people like you who elevated this mad dog to the level of Sun God and was an under an illusion that he would deliver the goods from the sky.

    It was you and the Sinhalese who elevated him to the level of Sun God by repeatedly humiliating and hurting the Tamils in evey way possible. He could have delivered it if the Tamils outside of Tamil Eelam all have done their parts as well or at least stayed away from beefing up the Sri Lankan economy.

    Not only Rajini, Selvi, Mrs Yogeswaran etc. The list is much longer.

    I could give you a much longer list of prominent Tamils, who were insulted, raped, tortured, murdered, forced out and so on by the Sinhalese, Sri Lankan governments, IPKF, anti-Eelam Tamils.I bet my list would be 200 times longer.

    What about those three female school principlas who were shot and killed on 30 Oct 1995 when they defied the order of the LTTE expelling 500,000 Tamils from Jaffna to Vanni. What did Ralangi of SLBC and her husband did to get killed in 2003 in Colombo.

    I can throw in incidents without any evidence as well. SLBC? Why would you work for a government propaganda machine that is killing the Tamil people and expect to be safe from the Tamils? They should have founded the TEBC (Tamil Eelam Broadcasting Corporation) and tried to make a living.oh wait the government would have killed them if they got a hold of someone working for an institution of the enemy which is exactly what is happening right now and exactly what happened before as well.

    VP is out and now we have a vision. The vision is fusion with all other Sri Lankans and live together raising our tolerance level to the maximum.

    Again dont include the others as they can speak for themselves. Just talk for your self. And good luck with your vision. You want to know what my vision is. Liberate the Tamil people and solidify Tamil Eelam. Then throw all the Sinhalese into camps and teach them the actual teaching of Buddha and let them go after they obtained their Degree on the Teaching of Buddha.

    After reading your thoughts I am forced to clarify something. Are you Tamil or Sinhalese? Be honest.

    Comment #72,

    I guess you too were and still into the combination of Sinhalese media and the national anthem of Sri Lanka. It dosn’t surprise me that you have the same thought as him.

    Sorry that I am off topic, but I had to respond.

  74. kc says:

    DBS

    I enjoy reading your articles since 1980. However, I must say I was too disturbed by your IPKF-sceptic cum LTTE-sympathetic articles that appeared in the Island for a few years in late 80s.

    Maybe, the anti-Indian Island sexed up your articles such as “Can the Pawan break the Palmyrah”?.

    Rajani’s loss is an irreparable damage to us.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I only mentioned here that Rajini disapproved of some of the things I wrote then. This does not mean I accepted what she said.

    It is also incorrect to say that “The Island” newspaper “sexed” it up. They didn’t do that at all.As I said the heading “Can the Pawan break the palmyrah” heading was taken from the query I posed in the article.

    Yes Rajini’s death and a host of other murders of dedicated Tamil people by the LTTE has irredeemably undermined the Tamil people. That’s why the community runs around in circles like headless chickens.

    This is perhaps our darkest hour but I take solace thinking the darkest hour is before dawn

  75. Kandeepan says:

    She was one of the dedicted and well qualified Anatomist in Sri Lanka. She dissected Thileepan?s body marvellously spending months without distorting his face. It was one the finest dissected body we ever come across even in the rest of the world. She respected him for his commitment. She wanted to keep him eternal in the formalin box. They took that even with them when they evacuated in 1995.

    These all cannot be recognised by them as they never had that type of mind set. We not only lost social conscious human rights, women rights activist, we have lost a good scientist from our society.

  76. mohanasundaram says:

    This is in response to Dr. Vincent’s request about the 2 brutal doctors who were involved in Rajini’s murder. Dr. Sooriya kumar is in UK. He was the head of the LTTE’s so called medical wing and was mainly instrumental in bringing Pirapakaran’s daughter to Ireland. He is the brother of Newton who was a high profile LTTE intelligence cardre and was abducted and killed by Karuna in 2005. it was rumorued in 1999 that Dr. Soori administered a wrong injection to Anton Balasingham, as a punishment he was removed from the post and sent to UK

    Dr, Darmendra worked in Mulankavil and Vavuniya hospital but I don’t know where he is now. As for bosco he died in 2000 due to illness, but some suspect that he was poisioned by ‘insiders’

  77. mohanasundaram says:

    Dear DBSJ,

    I think if Rajani was alive she will ask “Is Sri Lanka the next Sudan ?”.

    Please watch “The War on Democracy”. It shows how the United States installed its puppet dictators in South America and infact the 2 day coup agains Chavez was orchestrated by the Bush Administration that went miserably wrong.

    At the end of the day the West will not allow Sri Lanka to go too close to India or China at their expense. MR is a very good negotiator and he is using the Tamils as his bargaining chip to get what he wants from the West. These 300,000 people are his ransom in a globalised world where it does not matter whether its democracy or capitalism. It does not matter whether its human rights or violations. What matters is “what is it in for me”.

    The Tamils who are down and out should ask the question “what is it in for India or china or US to help the tamils ?”. Arent these super powers better off supporting an incumbant government and forget about the Tamils ? They only have to come to help the Tamils if the incumbant government is giving too much away to one of these super powers either in Military, economic or in resources.

    A hungry china is taking over assets all around the world. MR is selling the soul of the country just like the way the South American dictators did to stay in power. The only thing he has to do is to sell it equitably to all the powers otherwise the UN will become a vehicle to attack MR.

    So its no longer a Tamil or Singhala issue. Both races have lost and they are going to become slaves for these global super powers just like Africa and South America have done.

    The War on Democracy is a great movie and you can see today Sri Lanka is in a similar situation like a South American country serving the dictates of China & India.

    If MR doesnt play it well then he would be in the same boat as Sudan. China will own Sri lanka but they will be poor and at the mercy of China. UN can pass a thousand resolutions but nothing will be enforced just like it has been on Israel.

    Regards

    Ajith

  78. KVS says:

    73. Ananthan asked KVS that:
    After reading your thoughts I am forced to clarify something. Are you Tamil or Sinhalese? Be honest.

    Why did you suspect that I was not a Tamil. This is where you all go wrong. Majority of the Tamils are not fanatics, Ananthan.

    Now, who am I? VP and I were born in the same village, the same year and went to same school for UKG which is Arasady Methodist Mission School then and now Mahajana College which is at Arasady Junction, Batticaloa. [do not tell me that VP was born in VVT].

    I do not appreciate your tolerance towards the LTTE. If the LTTE was for the benefit of Tamils why the Tamils have to adjust little by little? Why the , LTTE was not an organization that any Tamil fools or intellectual can just walk into?

    you say that VP was was ruthless and it is required attribute to be a leader of the Eelam Tamils when the Eelam Tamils are facing a massive assault. So you are justifying his Tamil killings.

    Tell us at least now about his better side which you claim to know a lot. He spared you and is that a demonstration of his better side.

    You justified the killing the Relangi for working for SLBC. If that is so, according to VP and you, all the Tamils who worked for SL govt deserve capital punishment. Not only SLBC, every organ of the SL state machinery was antagonsing Tamils. Is’ nt it?

    Again in justifying the killings of the Tamils by LTTE, the standard reply of yours is that killing of Tamils by the SLA. SL army killed Tamils so we also killed. We are in the process of clearing up our own back yard. Let the charity begins at home. SL army might have killed a million Tamils. That does not mean LTTE can kill a single Tamil who is also a Tamil nationalist. An anti LTTE Tamil is not against Tamil nationalism. You all failed to accept and understand that and that was why you all failed in toto.

    You and LTTE do not have the monopoly in Tamil nationalism. Tamil nationalism runs in the blood of every decent Tamil. that does not mean that they have to extremists. You are all out to tolerate the LTTE brutalism but have zero tolerance to SL Sinhala state. That is not acceptable by any decent Tamil nationalist but only LTTE terrorists.

  79. Surane says:

    The LTTE killed the Jaffna Mayor His Worship Lord Duraiappa. It was no secret that the LTTE were killing human beings in whatever form they were in, to achieve their goals. It amazes me why in this context she joined the LTTE at one point in her life. She may have not pulled the trigger or may have not been trained militarily, but morally you do not support in any way or form any group that takes the lives of human beings. Whether it be the government or otherwise. We are not animals. We have been desensitized as a people and have by action or inaction begun to accept killings of human beings as normal. As a people we have begun to turn a blind eye to the suffering of other human beings. We have branded ourselves as Tamils, Sinhalese etc. We have created our own languages and cultures. This is well and good as long as these do not divide and harm a community. Especially because these are all man made. When we are born, we do not come to this world with all this branding and name tags. Unfortunately, these are the reasons over which we kill each other. We are human before anything else. Creating dissension among a group of people is as easy as it comes. You create or emphasise a difference. Then you exploit that and give leadership to it so that you have a following. This is called the divide and rule method. This is how the British and few other empires won their wars. It was one of their best employed military strategies which was put to good use with successful results. They used this with good effect in Sri Lanka. We as humans have so many weaknesses. This why it is so easy to exploit these weaknesses. In Sri Lanka one of the main weaknesses have been the greed for power. In todays context, it is immaterial and irrelevant what your ethnicity is. So, if you are a Tamil who cares, you have limited rights. If you are a Sinhalese, who cares, you have limited rights. This is so if you cross the path of the powers that be. It is true, that almost all rights and freedoms enshrined in the Declartion of Human Rights are also enshrined in the Sri Lankan Constitution. But the reality is there are some who are above the law . The ones above the law can limit our rights to that piece of paper called the Constitution. How can you expect any better when some of the law makers are guilty of killing humans in cold blood and sometimes violating their most fundamental of rights? Some of them hold cabinet positions. They break the laws of the country but it is encouraged by silent inaction. Who cares whether you are Tamil, Sinhalese or Muslim. You have less rights than some of the people in power. No one has made ample noise about Karuna being a Minister. No one has made adequate noise about Mervyn Silva being a Minister. No one has made adequate noise about powers to rule being concentrated on a selected few. But we do make a lot of noise about individual cases without attacking the root cause of it. The greed for power. Corruption. Devaluing of human life. The Tigers received $ 160 million at the last Presidential election. I am curious to know who paid for the kiling of late Minister Gamini Dissanayake. Is it the same party that paid the $ 160 million? Questions remain unanswered in the same manner as we as a people remain passive when human life is devalued in all its contexts. .

  80. Rajan says:

    Comment #54. k. Easwaran

    You mentioned that the standardization was introduced right after Tamils became majority in your department. Do you think that this new system was inacted to marginalize Jaffna Tamils or something that the government had to do in order to spread out the opportunities across the districts? After all, these are public universities and if I remember correctly it was designed to give ‘quatos’ for less fortunate districts. Somehow, the race card came into play and created so much resentment among Jaffna Tamils which was very unfortunate.

    I, myself went to SJC and I can tell that we had far better resources than someone who is from a smaller school or out of district such as Wanni (but that didn’t mean we had to work less hard, we had to work our butts off). Also most of us had the ‘connections’ to go abroad for studies while these poor people didn’t. Do you think it would have caused less resentment had this standardization was based on income level rather than districts?

    It’s kind of sad to see young kids growing up thinking that they are somehow special or better than others just because they were going to a school like SJC.

    Oh well, me babbling..

  81. V.KUMAR says:

    # 68 Anandan,

    I think you have a limited understanding of the vision of the LTTE. Maybe others can clarify if that was their vision…

    Do not just think… if you want to see the real picture start investigating/reading/listening…go to next level.

    I do not need any clarification from any one as I have my own knowledge to read, listen, investigate and understand the real world.

    I can certainly tell you that that was not their Vision…

    How certain you are? You may be reading from their propaganda materials but practically LTTEs actions never reflected your words. If they had reflected your words the world would have supported/saved them.

    Having a vision is not an issue. The issue here how to achieve the vision.The LTTE was off track in achieving this vision. Rajini predicted this along with lot of others the only differece is she encountered with LTTE and tried to change their way of operation inorder to save our community, vision and also LTTE from disaster but she paid the price for this.

    If she had done so tamils in Sri Lanka would have been saved from disaster like this would have achieved something when compared to nothing now.

    தமிழீழம் கிடைத்ததோ இல்லையோ, மக்களை எப்போதும் உணர்ச்சி மேலோங்கிய ஒரு நிலையில் வைத்துக்கொண்டு, உண்மை பொய்களை பிரித்தறியும் பக்குவத்தை அவர்களிடமிருந்து பறித்தெடுப்பதற்கு உன்னால்(VP,Pottu…ect) வளர்த்தெடுக்கப்பட்ட பரப்புரை மருத்துவர்கள் தம் காரியத்தை செவ்வெனே செய்து முடித்து, அதே பொய்ப் பரப்புரைகளால் உன்னையும் மக்களிடமிருந்து மறக்கடிக்கச் செய்து விட்டார்கள்.

    I feel sorry for you because you are a victim of LTTE’s propaganda specialist.

    காலஞ் செல்லச் செல்ல உன் மருத்துவர்களிடம் சிகிச்சை பெற்ற பலர் தம் அன்றாட வாழ்க்கையில் இந்தக் கருத்துக்களை வைத்து எடை போட ஆரம்பிப்பர், பின்னொரு காலத்தில் உன் கதை அழிந்தே போய் விடும், இப்போது முதல் முன்னெடுக்கப்படப் போகும் ஈழத் தமிழரின் புது அத்தியாயம் இனி வரும் காலத்தில் முக்கியம் பெறும்.

    இதை வாசிக்கும் ஒவ்வொரு புலி ஆதரவாளனுக்கும் including you ஆத்திரமும், அழுகையும் வரும், ஆனால் சிந்தனை மட்டும் வராது, ஏனெனில் அவன் உன்னால்சிந்திக்கப்பழகவில்லை. ஆத்திரத்தைக் கொட்டப் பழகியிருக்கிறான், தேவையான அளவு கெட்ட வார்த்தைகளில் திட்டப் பழகியிருக்கிறான், கண்ணீர் வழியும் படங்களைப் போட்டு மாவீரர்களுக்கு அஞ்சலி செலுத்தப் பழகியிருக்கிறான், ஆனால் சிந்திக்கப் பழகவில்லை. எனவே, அவன் மீது திணிக்கப்பட்ட சிகிக்சை பலமிழந்து, அவனாக வெளி வந்தால் தான் அவனுக்கும், அவன் சமூகத்துக்கும் அவனால் நன்மை.

    அதன் பின்னரும், இன்னும் சிலர் அமைதியாக வீட்டில் இருந்தாவது அழிந்து போன ஒரு உரிமைப்போராட்டத்தைப் பற்றி மனம் வருந்திக்கொண்டிருப்பார்கள், அவர்கள் உண்மையான உள்ளம் கொண்டவர்களாக இருப்பார்கள், அவர்களை இறுதி வரை தேடிக் கண்டுபிடிக்க முடியாது.

    ஏனெனில், அவர்கள் அப்போது உனக்கும் பயந்தும், இப்போது இனி வரப்போகும் நிலை மாற்றங்களுக்குப் பணிந்தும் தம் குமுறல்களை அடக்கிக்கொள்வர், நேரம் கிடைத்தால் மாற்றுக் கருத்து இணையங்களில் தம் கருத்துக்களைச் சொல்வர்… and I am one of them.

    Sorry folks who cant read, Tamil it should be in Tamil otherwise it will loose its flavour.

  82. aj says:

    Hi! KVS

    I have a hypothesys which would be worth testing.
    Suppose we swop two infants( just born) of Tamil and Singhalese orgin with the parents.
    Raise them up until say 18yrs.
    Then tell them who are their real parents with proof( birth certificates, place etc).
    I assume this test to be happened with a down south Singhala family and Northern Tamil Family.
    ( I am not sure whether we can find any Volunteers).
    But this could really be a true test of mankind to establish what racial harmony( or disharmony for that matter).
    Where does it originate.
    Is is by birth or by heritage or by environment.
    Or would such kids will be able to truely identify with their authentic parents.
    A kind of a modern ‘Chalk Circle’
    aj

  83. Ajith says:

    Madam Rajini was noble soul. My sincere wishes to Dayapala and children

  84. Daniel says:

    On the 20th death anniversary of Rajani, the only thing I can say is that all of us miss her. Life is a gift of God and no one has the right to snatch away someone”s life. How many scholars and intellectuals we have lost….?!! Our community would have been enriched if only people like Rajani were allowed to live! What a tragedy!!

    Thank you for this Sir and I wish you will comment more on this site………DBSJ

  85. k. Easwaran says:

    80. Rajan | September 25th, 2009 at 12:33 am
    “You mentioned that the standardization was introduced right after Tamils became majority in your department.”
    I was in the 2nd year at the Faculty of Engineering when Standardization was introduced. I believe that it was introduced to damage Tamils as a whole. You need not to go that far to Vanni. Go to Nainativu, Analitivu and Nedunththivu. You will see the schools in these places much more backward than the Vanni schools. You have to take studies out of manupulations. There are a lot of science and arts graduates roaming the streets unemployed. You can appoint them to the underprivillaged schools. There are no practical tests now as we had in our days. St. John College is now a very well oiled school. It was not so during the sixties. St. Johns College and Chundukuli Girls College were finding it hard to pay the salaries at that time. Then JR Jeyawardane started giving money to private schools in seventies. The condition was that schools should not get money from students and the principals and management should vouch this when they claim money from the Education Department. Then the private schools started minting money. Government pays all the salaries and school collects money from the admissions huge sum of monies. They employ extra two or three English teachers and everyone goes there raising the admission fee(donations). Lieing start from the schools. All know this. This is common to all the private schools in the country. Jaffna Hindu also collects huge sum of money and they are as well oiled as St. Johns. There, the School Development Society collect the money. Among the leading schools, I would say only Hartley is the one coming cleaner than the other schools in Jaffna. Rajan, we never had any say in the way country is run and we will never have. When the News was out that 125Tamils were to be admitted to the faculty of Engineering in 1970, there was a poster in Main university block that Mahaweli would a river of blood if they were allowed. It was in the University, not in any street corner.Government solved it by upgrading the Kattubedde Tech as a new University and divided the 125 between the two. The facilities Royal College enjoys is much more than what Jaffna University has. I am from a very poor background and I must thank Late Mr. C.W.W. Kanankara for my education. Kanankara and Dasanayaka are sort of a different politicians and we dot have any now. I would say, my lecturer Wickramabhahu Karunaratna come closer to them but he has no mass appeal. He was a very handsome young man in those days and of course very intelligent. May be he is too honest to himself.
    Easwaran

  86. Mahen says:

    Good article, at least some one remember and write about Rajini Thiranagama. I also wonder why LTTE killed university students like Malathy ( If I remember right) who won an international award for writing poems on Human Rights? Any comments? Can you shed some light about that?

  87. Ananathan says:

    Comment # KVS,

    I do not appreciate your tolerance towards the LTTE.

    If your child made a mistake, would you throw the child away for making the mistake or would you tell him that it was wrong and never do it again? And wouldnt you have to use certain language and ways where the child would understand it?

    If you cant appreciate my tolerance toward the LTTE, that is your problem.

    Why did you suspect that I was not a Tamil. This is where you all go wrong. Majority of the Tamils are not fanatics, Ananthan.

    I dont think Tamils are fanatics, but if you insist, they are fanatic in the sense that they want to have nothing to do with the Sinhalese or live with them in the same house (my personal opinion). I know how the war is and I lived through it. And those who lived through it knows that fusion with the Sinhalese is not possible even if we tried the best (and if you know the history well it was repeatedly attempted at the expense of the Tamil people) and personally I felt it when I lived in Colombo (it was so pathetic to see grown ups in my family to live in such fear). I think you are a Sinhalese because I had many discussions with Sinhalese extremists and I could not tell the difference between you and them.

    Why the , LTTE was not an organization that any Tamil fools or intellectual can just walk into?

    So you expect them to be so open that anyone can come in and do what ever they want. Why dont you open up your house so that anyone can walk in and out doing what ever they want with your house and your family members and then come and tell us if that was a good idea?

    Not only SLBC, every organ of the SL state machinery was antagonsing Tamils. Is nt it?

    Do I even have to answer this. Can you tell me a state machinery that has not committed crimes against the Tamils?

    Again in justifying the killings of the Tamils by LTTE, the standard reply of yours is that killing of Tamils by the SLA.

    Again, I am not justifying anything.

    You are all out to tolerate the LTTE brutalism but have zero tolerance to SL Sinhala state.

    This is how I see it. LTTE is a member of the Tamil Family. As you have correctly pointed out SL Sinhala state is not a member of the Tamil family. If someone does something wrong in the Tamil family the LTTE have more rights and priority to make sure it doesnt happen again. SL Sinhala state can do the same if any Sinhalese member does something wrong. It is a family issue. If LTTE is wrong then it is our duty as family members to correct it (we have to tell them with love and affection as we do with a child and not go mouthing off which is only going to frustrate them more and they would not understand anything). If SL Sinhala state does something wrong it is the duty of the Sinhalese people to make them understand. SL Sinhala state should back off from touching any Tamil family members and properties and if they done that we would had peace long time ago.

    Rajini as member of the Tamil family had more understanding, skills, close relationship with the LTTE then most of us and she should have used that to correct the LTTE.

    And please stop talking about Tamil Nationalism with me as I dont think you have any clue about it.

    Also did VP bully you when you were both kids?

  88. Ananathan says:

    Comment #81,

    “if you want to see the real picture start investigating/reading/listening…go to next level.”

    I did. Let me explain. I realized that this engineered building had so much potential and was already standing tall near to its completion. And it had few deficiencies and those who were standing out side on the street were saying lets demolish it. While the people who helped built and standing near the building saw those deficiencies and said it can be fixed even thought it is going to be hard work but it can be certainly fixed. While the people inside the building didn’t see it and continued building it.

    “Having a vision is not an issue. The issue here how to achieve the vision.The LTTE was off track in achieving this vision.”

    What did you do to get them back on track? I am assuming you did nothing expect bad mouth them. Fist you said they only had vision for the Maveera family and now you are saying they were off track. Which is it?

    “How certain you are? You may be reading from their propaganda materials but practically LTTE?s actions never reflected your words. If they had reflected your words the world would have supported/saved them.”

    They have reflected my words. I didn’t expect the world to save the LTTE I expected the LTTE to save the Tamil people. I don’t expect the world to support the LTTE I expect the world to support the Tamil people. I expect the Tamil people to show love and an appreciation to the LTTE and which is the reality on the ground weather you like it or not. And the LTTE have done their best of their abilities to save the Tamil people.

    In response to your first paragraph in Tamil: You are still blaming the LTTE for our failures and accusing me of jumping into propaganda. I ask you, what have you done for the Tamil people? What are you doing about the Tamils who are in total mercy of the Sinhalese?

    In response to your second paragraph: I certainly hope that the new steps that are being taken will achieve the freedom of the Tamil people. I am reading it and I am not getting angry. I support any struggle/works that will achieve the freedom the Tamil people want. I respect the Maveears because of their dedication not because I am emotional about it not because I am narrow minded about it.

    Listen, VP is out of the picture, stop being emotional and trying to find a new scapegoat for your inactions. Do something!

  89. R Jayadevan says:

    Rajani is rightly remembered and her death must not go in vain.

    We must publicly morn every innocent who had died like Rajani to reflect our feelings for them.

    Truth and Justice will not emerge, but let us at least mourn and be with those wonderful people who have faced the meaningless deaths.

  90. PJohn says:

    For all those mistakes and sins, LTTE now paid the price. Hopefully all you tamil diaspora realize this fact and further harm we tamils living in Sri Lanka.

  91. R Maran says:

    81 V Kumar,

    you are pretty good in your Tamil. Keep up the good work.

    Regards

    R Maran

  92. Standardization Is Good says:

    Sorry DBSJ! I have to talk about Standardization though it is off topic. Please be kind enough to post it.

    Standardization was good in general. PERIOD. It was too bad Tamils from Jaffna were affected significantly. So did Colombo, Kandy, and Galle Sinhalese. I am a Tamil and I got into a university out of merit system I have had a best friend from Jaffna got almost same average as me and we had a very healthy argument on the pros and cons of the Standardization. Obviously I was for pros and he was for cons. Yes it was a two hour passionate argument and we concluded with no clear winner.

    Then my friend had several chances to travel across the island and saw the Sinhala kids going to school by bus they wake up early morning between 4:30 to 5:00 then have their mothers prepare the meals and they should be at the bus stop by 6:00 or so to catch the bus to be at school on time as they have may have to catch one more bus etc. Same difficulties when they get home from school as well. It would be around 5:00 pm before they get home. Now, imagine how terribly tired they would be after the horrible bus journey back and forth. Please keep in mind that they have to do this all over again for the next four days. My friend, after seeing all these dramas, came and told me you are absolutely right, They do not have the same privileges that we have and we all this time never realized it

    This is the case not only in most of the Sinhala areas but in most of the Tamil areas of rest of the North East as well with the exception of Jaffna where most of the people were blessed with good schools all over the peninsula JH, SJC, St Patric, Mahajana, Hartley, Chavakatcheri Hindu, JC, Kokkuvil Hindu, . you name it. Same argument goes with the tuitions and other resources such as good teachers materials etc. Keep in mind this is true for Colombo, Kandy, Galle, and Kurunagalle as well.

    Now, can any fair minded people tell me standardization brought only the misery and only to Tamils? The answer is NO. Should anyone say YES he/she would be the ultimate selfish person.

    Yes it brought some miseries to the Tamils from Jaffna without any doubt, and of course to the Sinhalese from Colombo, Gampaha, Kandy, Galle as well. Think about the then backward districts, including Trinco, Batti, Vavuniya, Mannar., and how much of benefits they received from it. Because of that now they are no longer backward districts anymore and they are almost head to head with all other districts in terms of O/L and A/L results.

  93. Standardization Is Good says:

    Sorry DBSJ! I have to talk about Standardization though it is off topic. Please be kind enough to post it and please give your opinion as well on this as I always value your writtings and opinions. Please delete my previous post .

    Standardization was good in general. PERIOD. It was too bad Tamils from Jaffna were affected significantly. So did Colombo, Kandy, and Galle Sinhalese. I am a Tamil and I got into a university out of merit system. I have had a best friend from Jaffna got almost same average as me and we had a very healthy argument on the pros and cons of the Standardization. Obviously I was for pros and he was for cons. Yes it was a two hour passionate argument and we concluded with no clear winner.

    Then my friend had several chances to travel across the island and saw the Sinhala kids going to school by bus. They wake up early morning between 4:30 to 5:00 then have their mothers prepare the meals and they should be at the bus stop by 6:00 or so to catch the bus to be at school on time as they have may have to catch one more bus etc. Same difficulties when they get home from school as well. It would be around 5:00 pm before they get home. Now, imagine how terribly tired they would be after the horrible bus journey back and forth. Please keep in mind that they have to do this all over again for the next four days. My friend, after seeing all these dramas, came and told me that I was absolutely right. He also mentioned that these poor kids do not have the same privileges that we have had and we all this time never realized it.

    This is the case not only in most of the Sinhala areas but in most of the Tamil areas of rest of the North East as well with the exception of Jaffna where most of the people were blessed with good schools all over the peninsula ? JH, SJC, St Patric, Mahajana, Hartley, Chavakatcheri Hindu, JC, Kokkuvil Hindu, and the list goes on. Same argument goes with the tuitions and other resources such as good teachers materials etc. Keep in mind this is true for Colombo, Kandy, Galle, and Kurunagalle as well.

    Now, can any fair minded people tell me standardization brought only the misery and only to Tamils? The answer is NO. Should anyone say YES he/she would be the ultimate selfish person.

    Yes it brought some miseries to the Tamils from Jaffna without any doubt, and of course to the Sinhalese from Colombo, Gampaha, Kandy, Galle as well. Think about the then backward districts, including Trinco, Batti, Vavuniya, Mannar?., and how much of benefits they received from it. Because of that now they are no longer backward districts anymore and they are almost head to head with all other districts in terms of O/L and A/L results.

  94. Anton says:

    புலிகளின் தலைமை தம்மைப் புகழ்ந்து துதி பாடிய புத்திஐPவிகளையும் அறிவில் குறைந்தவர்களையும் அணைத்து விமர்சித்த புத்தி ஐPவிகளைக் கொன்றனர். அந்த வகையிலேயே மனித நேயம் மிக்க ராஐpனி கொல்லப்பட்டார். வெளிநாடொன்றிலேயே தங்கி வாழாது தனது மண்ணிறிற்கு திரும்பி தமிழரை அறிவ+ட்ட விரும்பியதனால் அவர் வாழ்வு பறிக்கப்பட்டது. விமர்சித்தவர்களின் கருத்தினை கேட்டிருந்தால் ஏன் இன்று இந்த நிலை?
    ஆனந்தனின் 73 வது கருத்திற்கு சில வரிகள்
    போரின் போது கொல்லப்பட்டவர்கள் தவிர தமிழ் இயக்கங்களினால் அதுவும் புலிகளினால் கொல்லப்பட்ட தமிழர்களே அதிகமாகும். தமிழீழ ஒலிபரப்புக் கூட்டுத்தாபனமோ? அநேகமான வெளிநாடுகளில் இயங்கும் தமிழ் வானொலிகளின் தற்போதைய நிலையைப் பார்த்தால் தெரியும் தமிழரின் ஒலிபரப்பின் சிறப்பு. அது குரங்கின் கையில் ப+மாலை போலல்லவா உள்ளது. முன்னர் வன்னியில் அரசு பணியாளர்களிற்கு கொடுத்த சம்பளத்தினை பெற்றவர்கள் ஏன் சுடப்படவில்லை? இவர்கள் ஒரு பகுதியை பறித்ததாலோ?

    Sorry I couldn’t write in English

  95. Kandeepan says:

    Surane
    u stand differently above all, i relly appreciate your views,
    answer I amm seaching always was how are we going counteract against this. do you have any thought sharing?

  96. Kandeepan says:

    Mahan Ananthan
    you have admitted that you are in mid 20s
    you do not know what people did and hoe people voiced and how the voices are crushed, if you want to comment please read about last 30years of militant involment in tamil politics and talk. you do not know what people did. if some would have kiled pottu and VP our struggle would have changed completely diffrent. tell me why Mahatthaya (Mahendrarajah) was give capital punishment. is that indian involment? then why did they pegged the indians like cowards in the last moments. they fail to appreciate the reality. they fail to adjust themselves to the changing geopolitical situation aroung them. who ever attempted to advice them were killed or made disspeared. they refused to have alternative plan or any back up

  97. Muhunthan (100% Jaffna Tamil) says:

    LTTE always exploited peoples emotions and they did the same thing until May 19th 2009.

    Now those gave money to LTTE paying interest and capital by instalments to their lender. Diaspora Tamils did not know to whom they gave money, and what did they do with the money?

    No one control individual life like LTTE controlled every single Tamils life.

    Thanks god, now they gone and should not allow them to rebirth again.

    The funny thing is, in May 18, even after Sun of God (VP) was captured by army and made him to kneel down in the corner wearing a south Asian Ancient Under wear (Kovanam Parana kovana), still VP and LTTE lobbies thought USA would rescue them.

    This shows LTTEs political vacuum.

    God Bless Tamils and Srilanka

  98. V.Kumar says:

    #91 R.Maran
    Thank you for the encouragement and I will keep up.
    This article was fowarded to me by one of my friend
    and I decided to share with you guys.
    If you are interested in reading the full article please go to comment #297 under DBS’s “Pottu amman and the intelligent division of LTTE”.

    #94 Anton and #96 Kandeepan…very good points.
    I also have lot of questions to ask to #81Ananthan …then this blog will be full of our questions.
    I believe purpose this blog is to share our view rather than educate people like Ananthan…we are not here for that purpose because…
    You not only cannot straighten dogs tail but also tiger’s tail.

    நாய் வாலை மட்டுமல்ல புலி வாலையும் நிமிர்த்த முடியாது.

    My understanding Ananthan is in his mid 20s…I am now in my 40s.
    When I was in mid 20s…I had exactly same view (tunnel vision) as Ananthan and was a supporter of LTTE.
    However when I removed the tunnel I saw the real world.
    The expirence I gained, time and the lessons I learnt including education helped me to over come this epidemic.
    I hope the same will help Ananthan to recover when he reaches his 40s or more or may not…then only God can help you.

    True liberators are ones who themselves are liberated from all malice, hatred and vengeance and not some fascists, sadists or megalomaniacs claiming to be liberators.

    If you study the survival of sinhala leaderships (my sinhala friends please fogive me for this comparision..somethig I have to do).
    Atleast they adopted some sort of democracy and rotated the leadership…even now MR may go but someone else will take over and complete the task for them.
    Rajini realised this… 20 years ago
    and tried to educate LTTE and its suppoters but as I said earlier…
    You not only cannot straighten dogs tail but also tiger’s tail.

    நாய் வாலை மட்டுமல்ல புலி வாலையும் நிமிர்த்த முடியாது.

  99. Fran says:

    Voices of people like Ranjini never be silenced, It will be heard in moths and years to come, the ideals she planted will grow to liberate the oppressed in Sri lanka.
    300,000 people are physically imprisoned, but rest of the population( all communities) in SL are invisibly imprisoned, their mind , thinking etc for several decades.
    Silenced voices are louder than the living.
    Long live the voices who speak for the voiceless.

  100. Ranjan from Toronto says:

    There has been lot said about university standardization scheme and how it affected to Tamil students in this blog. Well let me write about my experience. I was in the second batch that entered the university under that scheme. I had an A, two Bs, and a C for my A-levels and entered Katubedde. I was from a Colombo school. A number of my friends who had marks a bit lower than what I had did not even get the science faculty admission. That year’s (1975) new batch to enter Katubedde had probably 30 Tamil students out of about 120 total (most Tamils went to Peradeniya). Among them were Tamil students from Mannar district and from up-country schools who had entered with significantly lower marks than any of my Colombo friends who did not get university admission.

    So to say that only Tamil students got affected is not true. Colombo and Kandy students were also affected to the same extent as the Jaffna students. But unlike in Jaffna we did not go out and demonstrate against the standardization. I don’t know why, may be because it was sold in the Singhala areas as something that addresses the imbalances between cities and villages. There are many areas in the south that does not even have 10% of the facilities that Jaffna and Colombo has, in terms of education.

    All this does not mean that it was the correct thing to do. The hypocrisy of all this is while we were being restricted on what we could get in terms of access to education, the politician’s kids were being sent out to places like Oxford and Cambridge and Sorborne. This was not a Singhala-vs-Tamil issue but a class and wealth issue. Claver Tamil politicians turned it into a race issue as most of them being wealthy and high-cast Tamils, it would have been impossible for them to address it any other way.

    In the end, it must be remembered that Sri Lanka must be the only country in the world that has provided a university which is 100% Tamil, fully funded and staffed by the government money. I know that at the initial years there were a token presence of Singhalese and Muslims there, but they were all driven out by the LTTE. Now can anyone tell me if there is such place even in the Tamil spiritual home of Tamil Nadu?

  101. Stephen Jones says:

    Sorry, Standardizationisgood, but it was a major disaster, and grossly unfair. Tamils had already seen their positions in the civil service greatly diminished by the 1962 application of the Sinhala only act, and were now to find that their access to the liberal professions such as medicine, engineering or law were curtailed as a result of Sinhala chauvinist demagogy. To make things worse the financial crisis meant they couldn’t even go to Tamil Nadu to study because the Central Government refused funds.

    The result was that educated Tamils saw their last route into mainstream Lankan society cut off. The result was a large number of disaffected youth, and support for separatism.

    Basically the message was being given that Tamils had no place in Lanka, as they were cut out from much of the business sector by permits being given to Sinhala political supporters by Sirimavo’s government. When the open market reforms of 1977 allowed Tamils to enter business, the Sinhala chauvinists responded in 1983 with burning their businesses down out of envy.

  102. Stephen Jones says:

    Oh, and one other thing, standardizationisgood, when you talk about the progress made in more backward areas that is the effect of the z score system that has been in place for nearly thirty years I believe, and not the disastrous standardization policy imposed by Sirimavo.

  103. k. Easwaran says:

    93. Standardization Is Good | September 25th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    I would like to see the Olympics where Sri Lanka is allowed to run about 20metres ahead of America, U.K. etc. as Sri Lanka has lesser facilities than in USA. Great.
    Easwaran

  104. Indian Tamil says:

    Mr DBS Jeyaraj and others,

    Whatever happened has happened. There were a lot of good people killed by all sides. LTTE failed miserably in attaining the minimum rights required for Tamil people because they were very inflexible and Prabhakaran thought that he can come out of every situation magically. Now it is important that people like you who really have influence in international circles work to at least get back the minimum rights of Tamils.

    To the Sinhalese who visit this site,
    Think realistically. Do you think a people who are oppressed for a long time will want to be with you? All trouble started because you never gave Tamils the equal rights. What are you going to lose if Srilanka is made into a federation like India? We have 18 languages in India and several religions and the structure of our govt and our constitution ensure that everybody is given equal rights. We do have arguments and riots but not to the level that would destroy the country as a whole. If you fail to respect your own people then the day will surely come when they will get complete independence. It is up to you to decide in which direction you want your country to go. There is no use in blaming the LTTE for everything, the LTTE is no more now.

  105. Navin says:

    104. Indian Tamil:

    To the Sinhalese who visit this site,
    Think realistically. Do you think a people who are oppressed for a long time will want to be with you? All trouble started because you never gave Tamils the equal rights. What are you going to lose if Srilanka is made into a federation like India? We have 18 languages in India and several religions and the structure of our govt and our constitution ensure that everybody is given equal rights. We do have arguments and riots but not to the level that would destroy the country as a whole. If you fail to respect your own people then the day will surely come when they will get complete independence. It is up to you to decide in which direction you want your country to go. There is no use in blaming the LTTE for everything, the LTTE is no more now.

    The Sri Lankan ethnic problem is not a simple matter of a majority discriminating against a minority. It s not only the Sri Lankan Tamils that have been wronged, but so have the Sinhalese. Before you comment about the problem, you would do well to understand all the different nuances properly.

    If its equal rights that is the issue, there is no need for a federal constitution since equal rights could be ensured under a unitary constitution as has been done at present. In fact, equal rights is no longer an issue for that had been enshrined in the constitution even before the bloody war started.

    If Tamils dislike living with the Sinhalse for whatever injustice that was inflicted upon them by the Sinhalese, going by the same logic, Sinhalese must also hate living with the Tamils for all the brutality inflicted upon them by the LTTE for the past 3 decades and all the lies that are been spread over the world even today by Tamil Diaspora and Indian Tamils.

    Hence its not only the Tamils who would like a mono ethnic state for themselves that would see the exit of other community, but so would the Sinhalese. However, the issue here is not in creating a federal, con-federal or separate state but where you draw the damn borders!

    Though you say Tamils are living happily in India, it would be interesting to see how long this harmony would last if we were to bring in another mono-ethnic powerful Tamil state closer to Tamil Nadu with a population of couple of hundred million Tamils:-)

  106. Ranjan from Toronto says:

    #104 Indian Tamil
    You speak of 18 National languages and not having riots. The last racial riot happened in Sri Lanka 30 years ago and despite an extremely brutal campaign by the LTTE, no one rioted after that. And how many Hindu Muslim riots have happened in India during that time? You also conveniently forget that in the mid 1980s, the Punjabi separatism was put down in a very brutal manner in India. There was no talk of peace talks and discussions with the militants then. Same story in Kashmir, Nagaland and all these trouble spots in India. Talk is cheap and easy while action is difficult. Given time and space I am confident Singhalese and Tamils of Sri Lanka will muddle their way through and finally sort out this mess themselves. That is only if India keeps your dirty hands off the that country and stop manipulating the various factions like you did in the last three decades.

  107. TCK says:

    A concise version of this article is published in Sinhala in Today’s Lankadeepa Newspaper.

  108. V.Kumar says:

    # 106 Well said Ranjan.

    #104 Indian Tamil.

    If you realy want to create a tamil country please do that in India first (seperate tamil nadu first).
    We Sri Lankan Tamil are not keen to take another ride with your so called policy makers.

    I believe in future Tamils, Sinhalees and other minority group should stay together against this type of foreign invasion, we learnt the lesson.
    Panjabis believed in Pakistan…nothing happened…they had to pay a big price to learn this lesson…we also believed in Tamil Nadu/India and learnt the lesson.

    I also understand inorder to achieve this GOSL has to act responsibly (long way to go) but we can achieve if majority of the Sri Lankans believe in it and act responsibly when electing their leaders.

  109. V.Kumar says:

    # 89 R.Jayadevan

    Good to read your thoughts here.
    If I am not mistaken you are one of very few lucky people alive today to tell the world about LTTE’S brutual oppression.
    They do not normally leave any witness.
    Anyone who follow your story will definitly judge LTTE as a mafia organisation not as a liberation organisation.

  110. Don says:

    DBS I need to thank you for great exchange of ideas expressed in these discussions and you have allowed that. In response to my contribution 47 on standardisation, contributor 92 said exactly what was in my mind. That is there were many Sinhala areas where the children did not have educational facilities comparable to Jaffna. Contribution of Ranjan 100 gave another point of view. My opinions are based on true life observations as I lived in Tamil areas as well as very poor Sinhala areas. I was privileged but they were not and my heart bled. I have also seen the extreme poverty and hardships in tea estate Tamils and often asked the question why the fight for Tamil rights started among more effluent Jaffna Tamils. To Ananthan 50 I say that no one under what ever circumstances has the right to take away life. It cannot be justified. If you see life in the true dimension, you will understand. V. Kumar 98 has told you the same thing. Finally Buddha said happiness is a state of mind. It took me long years to understand this was correct. Similarly thinking our rights are deprived and we are being treated poorly is a state of mind because among humans we can always be treated poorly. Even our own siblings may do that. Then do we take the gun or change our attitude?

  111. Nostradamus says:

    104 # Indian Tamil

    The first fact that you must understand is that preaching is a sin. They are the smartest guys on the face of the entire planet. And the greatest civilization too.

    Yes, India should keep its dirty hands off Sri Lanka. The clean hands of China is there to take care of the business.

    Hence, if Sri Lanka approaches India for any business, the matter should be redirected to China immediately.

    Pakistan and Iran are always there to handle the business in case China is not interested.

    Birds of a feather flock together.

  112. afool says:

    # 96- Kadeepan, # 97- Muhunthan
    Dear both!
    Do you know the history of the LTTE? If not ask the people who know it, before you talk about the end of the LTTE. In the early seventies when the situation was not like the present war situation between the Sinhalees and Tamils, when the Tamil feelings are not emotional like the present situation and when it looked impossible to 99.999% Tamils , only 10 -15 boys from Tamil youth movement of the then TULF strongly believed that they could fight the Sinhala government through arm means and they funded them-selves through their families and started the armed struggle. Now the situation is totally different. If any-one wants to blow up some-thing the fund is planty if that person knows only how to do it. The emotions are high now, if any one wants to recruit new fighters. Then how are you people convincing yourselves that LTTE is dead and gone? About VP? You seems to know much about the last moments of the LTTE? If you agree, i can sell your investigative story to the western media and get you a lot of Dollers. Do you know the characters of any of the important players of the LTTE? Had you listened to Soosai’ s statement/request a day before he was killed, amides the thickest of the war? My bro-in-law told me in April, that he heard Theepan was arrested. I told him, Theepan would NEVER be arrested nor would he escape, he would only die fighting. Do know Mathaiya? When VP sent for him, he surrenderd, thinking to avoid his followers dead, and not because he was a coward. Have you at least found-out from some-one who was closer to VP about his characteristics, before you OOOPEN your mouth to talk. Just do not talk because you people have a BIG MOUTHS. Do you remember, for some time during the cease-fire period we Tamils were walking free and fear-less of the Sinhalees, in the streets and the beaches of Srilanka. Do you think it was possible with-out an armed struggle in Srilanka. Do not start telling me about the situation before the armed struggle because , yes even before the armed struggle, Tamils lived among Sinhalees but it was like an un-written BOSS-SLAVE relationahip. Don’t become a fool now and say Tamils were rich and my camparison was wrong. IT IS BETTER TO DIE THAN LOOSING YOUR DIGNITY TO LIVE. Even now, who do you think the GOSL feared and came to a political solutoun? Do you think, even an agreement of 1987 was possible by you peoples mouths and pens & papers. Why do you think MGR & INDIRA GHANDI supported the armed struggle in Srilanka? Do you think they had smaller brains than most you people here. Now these NONE DOERS and the NONE STRUGGLERS wants to HIJACK THE FRUITS of an armed stuggle and paint it as their’s. Do you know what is the problem with you people? I don’t think i can say it here.

  113. Nostradamus says:

    103# K. Eswaran

    Please be informed that Sri Lanka can beat USA , UK etc., from 20 metres behind. Anytime. Now and for ever.

    Handicap is not a limitation for the extraordinary stock.

  114. afool says:

    # Comment 105 – Navin

    YEH, you got it right Navin, spot on. That’s where i also did not understand Prabaharan! In 1987 i wanted and expected of him to accept the Indian peace agreement and take the police in Tamil hand and later should have pushed it for Tamil- Eelam. It was very much possible when Tamil -nadu is close by to Srilankan Tamils. Further a very stupid Pramadasa, an Indian enmy that time, was on your side leading you. With him as a Srilankan leader that time,Tamil Eelam might have been possible sooner than later, even possibly at that time. I still did not understand how Pramadasa was opposing India like nothing and LTTE also opposing India equally strrong. These two suppose be the enimies.

  115. V.KUMAR says:

    Hallo folks,
    I found another interesting article (in English).

    “The Man Who Destroyed Eelam

    Prabakaran had everything: territory, international support and committed fighters. Senior journalist SHYAM TEKWANI, who has covered the LTTE and Sri Lanka for almost three decades tracks the alarming rise and astonishing fall of a man who sought to live to fight another day, but found only death at the hands of his nemesis”.

    “MORE VIVIDLY THAN anything that came afterwards in the Sri Lanka war, I remember his first handshake. The hand was soft, the grip delicate and limp. On that occasion in Madras, as he contentedly claimed credit for assassinating the Tamil Mayor of Jaffna and later, the slaughter of 13 Sri Lankan soldiers that ignited the conflict following the anti-Tamil riots of 1983, Velupillai Prabakaran’s dainty handshake seemed in harmony with his soft voice.

    A few more meetings and a couple of years later in 1987 — after successfully evading a media ban to reach the frontlines in Jaffna — I found myself reporting in the company of Prabakaran’s ragtag troops in their war against the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF). In the bougainvillea-lined mud tracks, while attempting to photograph his boys gunning down the Indian soldiers in an ambush, I was transfixed by the memory of that handshake as I watched the blood seep from an ill-fated jawan’s head and mingle with the Jaffna dirt.

    The other memory is his startled expression when I congratulated him on his newborn towards the end of a long discourse on Eelam. Soon after his fleeting pause, it became clear that he had lost interest in going on and on with his vision of Eelam. He was less voluble, withdrawn and then abruptly left the room. It was left to the master’s voice, Anton Balasingham, to cautiously quiz me on how and what I knew of the addition to his leader’s family.

    These two memories define, at any rate for me through all my experiences over the last 25 years in Sri Lanka, the man who has finally destroyed the dream he almost made true. Both the memories give a certain insight into the mind of the man. First, deceive all into believing the contrary about your capabilities — deception is the core of all his strategy. Second, never trust your own shadow — paranoia dictates his behaviour. These traits contributed to the amazing rise — and eventually the astonishing fall — of the leader of the most ruthless terrorist organisation in the world…”

    If you are interested in reading the ful article please click the following link:
    http://www.tehelka.com/story_main41.asp?filename=Ne230509coverstory.asp

    From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 6, Issue 20, Dated May 23, 2009.

    The author is a former photo-journalist, currently teaching media and international relations at NTU, Singapore

  116. k. Easwaran says:

    113. Nostradamus | September 27th, 2009 at 12:19 pm
    103# K. Eswaran

    “Please be informed that Sri Lanka can beat USA , UK etc., from 20 metres behind. Anytime. Now and for ever.”

    Not yesterday and before that.
    Easwaran

  117. Muhunthan says:

    IT IS BETTER TO DIE THAN LOOSING YOUR DIGNITY TO LIVE – Comment 112 Afool

    if you thought so, why are you still here?????????

    I thing , i saw you some where with LTTE’s
    Undiyal (money box)

    Noone can have decent conversation with hard core LTTE’s or expect them to change their views or thing sensible.

  118. afool says:

    # Comment 106 – Ranjan, Toronto

    Hi Ranjan! You are naive and have utterly NO KNOWLEDGE ABOUT INDIA AND ITS PEOPLE.

    Comment 108 – V.Kumar

    Mr Kumar!
    A) Any-one should keep his/her eyes and ears open to observe first and then, think using his/her brain, to give a sensible answer. The Indian Tamil was not saying there that the GOSL should give a separate state to Tamils. He was only mentioning the likelihood in the future if GOSL refuse to address the issues of Tamils.

    B) If given an option, your believe of living together, is not not shared by the majority of the Tamils of Srilanka, according to my observation/ opinion. But, still you are free to choose and become a Buddist Sinhalees if you so decide and we Tamils have no objection with your what-ever personal decision.

    C) You do not have deeper knowledge of Panjab problem. Further now a Panjabi Siekh is the prime-minister of India.

    D) Only a mother will give you something completely free apart from God if She/He exists. For others, you only have to do a trade with both parties benefit. So, do not blame India.

    E) I wish, Mahinda’s mind is removed and this sophisticated mind of yours is taken and fixed in that place. Then all hell will brake loose, i mean the problems of Srilanka is no more.

  119. Ananthan says:

    Comment #98,

    Its funny how age just assumes greater knowledge. All the experience and knowledge that you have; and you are unable to do anything except complain. Pathetic! I once talked to a former PLOTE member (keep in mind that PLOTE was lot larger then LTTE at that time) and he said all the movements read up on revolutions around the world and expanded their revolutionary ideas. LTTE stood out because they not only read about it; they went on to implement it (also because they knew how to use their resources effectively). Apparently when VP told them that LTTE is going to take on the IPKF and asked if you guys want to join in the operation, their jaws just dropped and thought they were insane even thought they wanted to do that as well. So I suggest you stop the blame game and do something and stand out since you think you have the vision for the future of the struggle.

    You didnt answer any of the questions on my last post I hope you can answer the last one I asked which I will reproduce on this post:

    Did VP bully you when you were both kids?

  120. Ananthan says:

    Comment #97,

    I have read a lot and I have many friends who have participated in various area of the struggle who has shared their life experience. I think you didn’t do it in a way that they would understand. Stop blaming others when you were incapable of delivering your message effectively to your audience.

    Comment #97,

    You proudly identity your self as Jaffna Tamil. Why don’t you identity your caste as well and show your full racism and narrow mind? There is no 100% this Tamil that Tamil. There is just Tamil and even that has mixture and influence of other cultures, ethnicities and languages.

    Comment #106

    To correct you, the last riot happened not 30 years ago but 26 years ago. And of course nothing after that happened that fitted the definition of riot because the Sinhalese fully used their armed forces to slaughter the civilians and call it dealing with separatists/terrorism. There was no need for ordinary Sinhalese to go out and show their racism when they can join the Army and do it somewhat legally.

    Comment #108,

    Stop saying “we” and just talk for your self.

    Comment #110,

    True that no one has the right to take away life. Did you tell that to the Sinhalese especially to the ones that preached Buddhism?

    I believe VP said that if JRJ was a true Buddhist, I would not be carrying a gun.

  121. Praba says:

    Comments – Afool

    You are not Afool

    But

    You are FOOL

  122. afool says:

    # Comment – 107 Muhunthan.

    Dear Muhunthan! I do not usually answer a question unless, i believe the question is worth answering. But here, since your views are apparently innocent, i decided to answer.
    A) I am still alive because i was not involved in the fighting. Also you can live any where in the world with-out loosing your dignity, as long as you have a conviction to stand up for your right, that includes even the former Tiger territory, as long as you are not a traitor to their course.
    B) You and many like you cannot approach to talk or discuss with a senior Tiger since they do not have time for you. They are not idlers like you and me(Democracy). They were action heroes. But if you was talented and stood out, you could have had a chance.

    NB- Never insult some-one, who you do not know of. Remember, the Sinhala king Gemunu saluted the Tamil king Elalan and gave him respect, even after he killed him in an unjustifiable way.

  123. Ananthan says:

    Comment #117,

    You can have a decent conversation with LTTE supporters and LTTE itself. As for changing them, well if you want them to change don’t go in their and start a conversation saying that here is a copy of the Sri Lankan National Anthem and I want you to listen to it or give them a copy of the Sri Lankan consitution saying what is wrong with this consitution. And don’t expect them to even notice you when you hold the Sri Lankan flag or any materials/idenity representing the Sri Lankan state. The minimum requirement would be for them to see your existence or to have a conversation with you is to respect the Vadukodai Resolution and the fact that it was endorsed by the Tamils democratically.

  124. Sam says:

    #100. Ranjan from Toronto

    Problem with Jaffna people is that they see themselves as a separate entity than other Sri Lankan Tamils. Those who were from Colombo and Kandy saw the standardization as an avenue to help underprivileged, while Jaffna people thought that they are being treated unfairly. This is due to couple of reasons: they couldn’t think outside of their ‘peninsula mindset’ and they want to maintain their ‘brains of the country ‘ status.

    I’d like to add another point. Most of the students who enter the universities from under developed areas chose to go back to their place and try to make a difference. The reason being is that these guys know where they came from and were passionate about helping their places. The same could not be said about Jaffna graduates since most of them go abroad for better opportunities.

    Also Jaffna people don’t take it easily of any competition from someone who is not from Jaffna. From my personal experience, I came from Kilinochchi and went to one of the top private schools in Jaffna. I got 7D/C for the O/Levels, but this was very hard for my colleagues to cope with. Needless to say, my life in school became so miserable for the next couple years. I still ended up getting 3A/B in math stream, but I decided not to go to a Sri Lankan university since I didn’t want the misery to continue. I went to US for higher studies, and I still don’t have any contacts with my school friends. I’m peaceful this way.

  125. j.muthu says:

    SAM 124
    Good luck, good for you.

  126. Standardization Is Good says:

    To Easwaran,

    Then why are there 100m men and 100m women? Per your sugestion wouldn’t there be 100m human? This is also a form of standardization, sir, because women have biological disadvantage as opposed to men have.

    We have this debate mainly because we have a British system – One and only final exam called A/L and that is the decision maker for university admision. What if we a US educational system such that you build your GPA along with your every day activities and regional common exam. At the end you will have a GPA (Grade Point Average). This way one in Alaska would not have to compete with one in New Jersey.

    BTW, what is the meaning of University (Pal Kazhai Kazhakam)? You have mutiple tallents and gain multiple tallents. If a person1 get 230/400 from unfavarable (hrash) environment has a little more or equal talent than a person2 who get 255/400 from a comparatively resourceful place. Also, Person1 spends 5hours a day for education purpose and person2 spends 10 hours due to the unfavarable situation (that I explained in my previous post). As a fair person wouldn’t you have some second thought on person1 rahter than just look at the 230 vs 255?

    Don’t you know that western universities have so many considerations before they grant admission to an individual. They look at sport, and other activities including voluntary work – Not just their book worm percentage.

    I could elaborate more but no time. sorry!

    I agree with you sir in certain extent, but not totally. Yes standardization brought some unfair misseries but it also brought some justices to some unfortunate people from unfortunate areas – be it Sinhala or Tamil.

    I rest my case here as it may grow more and more.

  127. Standardization Is Good says:

    One more thing – When you apply for a job say person 1 and 2 have identical GPAs. What the employer see is who can get the job done with less help and within short time. Just look into this further which will give some pros of the stadardization ………..

  128. V.KUMAR says:

    # 124 Sam
    Unfortunately I have to agree with you Sam and hope this will change in the future.

  129. jeyapaalan says:

    1989 ம் ஆண்டு செப்டெம்பர் 21ம் திகதி, எங்கள் அன்புக்குரிய மெடம் யாழ். பல்கலைக்கழக மருத்துவபீடத்தில் தன் கடமையை முடித்து விட்டு வீட்டிற்கு போகும்போது வீதியில் வைத்து கோழைத்தனமாகசுட்டுக் கொல்லப்பட்டார். அவரையும் அவரது நேர்மையையும் நேருக்கு நேராக முகம் கொடுக்க முடியாத ‘தமிழீழ விடுதலைக் கோழைகள் முதுகுப் புறமாக வந்து அவரைச் சுட்டுக் கொன்றனர். இந்தக்கோழைத்தனமான கொலையைக் கண்டித்து மருத்துவபீட மாணவர்களும் ஏனைய பல மாணவர்களும் எமது கைகளால் சுவரொட்டிகளை எழுதி யாழ்ப்பணம் எங்கும் ஒட்டினோம்.அப்போது எமது விடுதலைப்போராட்டத்தைப் பற்றி எனக்குள் எழுந்த உணர்வை நான் பின்வருமாறு ஆங்கிலத்தல் எழுதினேன். இதுவும் ஒரு சுவரொட்டியாக அப்போது ஒட்டப்பட்டதுFree Doom& Free Dumpist our Freedom…?இன்றோடு எங்கள் மெடம் கொல்லப்பட்டு 16 வருடங்கள் ஓடிவிட்டன. அவர் கொல்லப்பட்டு 15 வருடங்களின் பின்னராவது அவரைப்பற்றி ஒரு திரைப்படம் எடுக்கப் பட்டிருப்பது மிகவும் நன்றிக்குரிய விடயம்தான். ஆனால் இன்னும் அவரைக் கொன்றவர்களைப் பற்றிய பல உண்மைகள் சரியாக வெளிவரவில்லை என்பதுதான் மிகக் கவலையான விடயமாகும். இதற்கு முக்கிய காரணம் எம்மிடமிருந்த தத்தமது உயிர் பற்றிய பயம் பிரதானமானதாகும். அதேவேளை நாம் உண்மைகளைச் சொன்னால் அவற்றை ஏற்றுக் கொள்ளும் மனோநிலையில் எமது சமூகம் இருக்கிறதா என்ற சந்தேகமும் எனக்கு உண்டு. இன்றல்ல 1989இல் மெடம் கொல்லப்பட்ட போதும்கூட அவரை யார் கொன்றார்கள் என்ற உண்மையை எமது சமூகம் வெளிப்படையாக ஏற்றுக் கொள்ளத் தயாராக இருக்கவில்லை என்பதை நான் கண்டேன்.அப்போதும்கூட பலருக்கு அந்த உண்மை தெரிந்திருந்தும் அதை வெளிப்படையாக ஏற்றுக் கொள்ளுவதற்கு துணிச்சல் இருக்கவில்லை. ஆனால் அந்த உண்மையை தமக்குள் மனதளவில் ஏற்றுக் கொண்டவர்களும் பலர் இருந்தார்கள் என்பதும் மறுபக்க உண்மைதான். அவ்வாறு உண்மை தெரிந்து உள்ளுக்குள் வேதனைப்பட்டுக் கொண்டிருந்தவர்களில் நானும் ஒருவன். அன்று ஏனைய பலரைப் போன்று எனது உயிர், எனது எதிர்காலம் என்று நானும் இந்த உண்மைகளை எனக்குள் போட்டு அமுக்கிக் கொண்டேன். தற்போது நான் என் நாட்டை விட்டு வெளியேறி வெளி நாடொன்றில் ஒரு வைத்தியராக பணியாற்றிக் கொண்டிருக்கிறேன். ஆனால் இன்னும் நாட்டில் பல ஒடுக்கு முறைகளுக்கு மத்தியில் வாழும் இலட்சக்கணக்கான தமிழ் மக்களோடு ஒப்பிடுகையில் எனது எதிர்காலத்திற்கும் உயிருக்கும் இவ்வெளிநாட்டில் அதிக உத்தரவாதம் இருக்கிறது. அந்த வகையில் மெடத்தின் கொலை தொடர்பாக எனக்கு தெரிந்த சில உண்மைகளை இன்றாவது வெளியிடடுவது எனது கடமை என்று நினைக்கிறேன்.எமது அன்புக்குரிய மெடம் கலாநிதி ராஜினி திரணகம அவர்கள் சுட்டுக்கொல்லப்பட்ட போது நான் அங்கு மருத்துவபீட மாணவனாக இருந்தேன். அவர் எங்களுக்கு வெறும் உடற்கூற்றியல் விரிவுரையாளராக மட்டும் இருக்கவில்லை. அவரின் வகுப்புகள் எப்போதும் மிக உற்சாகம் நிறைந்ததாகவே இருக்கும். தனது அன்றாட விரிவுரைகளுக்கு அப்பால் எமது சமூகப் பிரைச்சினைகளைப் பற்றி சிந்திக்கும் திசையிலும் எம்மை மிகத்திறமையாக அவர் எடுத்து செல்வார். அப்போது அவரின் பரந்த அறிவையும் ஆழமான சமூக உணர்வையும் நாம் கண்டோம். எமக்கு அவற்றை புரிய வைப்பதற்காக சிறந்த திரைப்படங்கள், நாவல்கள் அவர் படித்து ரசித்த கவிதைகள் பலரின் உலக அனுபவங்கள் என சகலவற்றையும் எந்தவித தடங்கலும் இன்றி மள மளவென எம்முன் எடுத்துச் சொல்வார். அன்றைய கால கட்டத்தில் யாழ் பல்கலைக்கழகத்திற்குள் நடந்தவைகள் இப்போதும் ஓர் திரைப்படத்தைப்போல் என் மனதிற்குள் ஓடுகின்றன.இந்திய இராணுவத்தினரதும் அவர்களோடு சேர்ந்து இயங்கிய ஏனைய தமிழ் ஆயுத இயக்கங்களினதும் கெடுபிடிகள் மிக அதிகமாக இருந்ததால் விடுதலைப் புலிகள் இயக்கம் யாழ்ப்பாண பல்கலைகழகத்தையும் தமது மறைவிடங்களில் ஒன்றாக பாவித்தார்கள். புலிகள் இயக்கத்தின் நபர்கள் மட்டுமன்றி அவர்களின் ஆயுதங்கள் கூட பல்கலைக்கழகத்திற்குள் சில ஊழியர்களினதும் மாணவர்களினதும் உதவியோடு மறைத்து வைக்கப்பட்டிருந்தன. இந்த உண்மை பல்கலைக்கழகத்தில் உயர் மட்டத்தில் இருந்து கீழ் மட்டம் வரை பலருக்கும் தெரிந்திருந்தது. இதற்கு எமது மருத்துவ பீடமும் விதிவிலக்காக இருக்கவில்லை. இதனால் யாழ். பல்கலைக்கழகத்திற்குள் மாணவர்களிடையேயும் விரிவுரையாளர்களிடையேயும் புலிகளைப்பற்றி பேசுவது மிக மிக அச்சம் நிறைந்ததாக காணப்பட்டது. இந்த அச்சத்தின் காரணமாக அன்று புலிகள் இயக்கம்தான் சில மருத்துவபீட மாணவர்களின் உதவியுடன் மெடம் ராஜினி அவர்களை சுட்டுக் கொன்றது என்ற உண்மையைப்பற்றி எவரும் வெளிப்படையாக பேசத் துணியவில்லை. அதுமட்டுமன்றி அக்கொலையைச் செய்தது இந்திய இராணுவம் அல்லது அவர்களோடு நிற்கும் ஏனைய ஆயுதக் குழுக்களில் ஒன்று என்ற பொய்யான கருத்தையே பலரும் பரப்ப முயற்சித்தனர்.மெடம் அவர்கள் கொலை செய்யப்படுவதற்கு சில மாதங்களுக்கு முன்னர் இருந்தே புலிகள் இயக்கத்தின் உளவுப் பிரிவைச் சேர்ந்தவர்கள் மருத்துவ பீட மாணவர்களின் உதவியுடன் எமது வளாகத்திற்குள் நுழைந்து அவரை வேவு பார்த்தார்கள். மெடத்தோடு நெருங்கிப் பழகிய மாணவர்கள் பலருக்கு இவ்விடயம் தெரிந்திருந்தும் அதை எவ்வாறு வெளியிடுவது என்ற அச்சம் அவர்களிடம் காணப்பட்டது. அதே நேரம் இக்கொலையாளிகளை உள்ளே கூட்டிவந்த சில மாணவர்களும் கூட மெடத்தோடு மிக நெருக்கமாக பழகிக் கொண்டிருந்தார்கள். அவர்களின் முக்கியமான இருவரை நான் இங்கு பெயர் குறிப்பிட விரும்புகிறேன்.அவர்களில் ஒருவர் வடமராட்சியை சேர்ந்த சூரி எனப்படும் சூரியகுமாரன் மற்றவர் முல்லைத்தீவைச் சேர்ந்த தர்மேந்திரா என்பவர்களாவர். புலிகள் இயக்கத்தின் உளவாளிகளும் கொலைகாரர்களும் சூரியோடும் தர்மேந்திராவோடும் மருத்துவபீட வளாகத்திற்குள் நின்று கதைத்து பேசுவதும் வளாக சிற்றுண்டிச் சாலையில் தேனீர் அருந்துவதும் அப்போது மிக வெளிப்படையான நிகழ்ச்சிகளாக இருந்தன. புலிகளின் சாவகச்சேரி பொறுப்பாளர் கேடில்சின் சகோதரரான காண்டீபன் என்னும் பிரபல கொலையாளியும்கூட தர்மேந்திராவோடு தேனீர் அருந்துவதை நான் பலமுறை நேரடியாகப் பார்த்திருக்கிறேன்.1989 செப்டெம்பர் 21ம் திகதியன்று, 2வது எம்.பீ.பீ.எஸ் பரீட்சையின் இறுதி அங்கம் முடிவடைந்து மெடம் வெளியே வரும்வரை காத்திருந்த புலிகளின் உளவாளிகளில் ஒருவன் வீதியிலே தயாராக நின்றிருந்த கொலையாளிக்கு இரகசியமாக சிக்னல் கொடுத்தான். அதைச் செய்தவன் வேறு யாருமல்ல. அங்கு பணியாற்றிய பாதுகாப்பு உத்தியோகத்தர் செல்வக்குமார் என்பவனே. மெடம் தனது சைக்கிளில் வளாக பிரதான வாசலால் வீதிக்கு இறங்கியதும் அவரை சைக்கிளில் பின் தொடர்ந்த கொலையாளி அவரது தலையின் வலப்பக்கத்தில் முதல் வேட்டைத் தீர்த்தான். பின்னர் அவர் கீழே விழுந்ததும் இன்னும் இரண்டு தடைவைகள் அவர் தலையில் சுட்டுவிட்டுச் சென்றான்.இந்த கொலையாளி யார் என்பதையும் நான் இங்கு சொல்லவேண்டும். புலிகளின் உளவுப்பிரிவில் பணியாற்றியவரும் கொலையாளியுமான பொஸ்கோ என்பவனே அவன். பொஸ்கோவை சாதாரண மக்களில் பலருக்கு தெரியாது. ஆனால் மெடம் கொல்லப்படுவதற்கு இரண்டு மூன்று மாதங்களுக்கு முன்பிருந்தே பொஸ்கோவினதும் இன்னும் பல சந்தேகமான நபர்களினதும் நடமாட்டம் மருத்துவ பீடத்திற்குள் அதிகரித்திருந்தது. பொஸ்கோவிற்கு வயது 30 – 35 இடையில் இருக்கும். எப்போதும் மற்றவர்களை சந்தேகத்தோடு குரோதத்தோடும் பார்க்கும் அவனது விறைப்பான முகமே அவனைக் காட்டிக் கொடுத்து விடும். இந்த பொஸ்கோ சூரியோடும், தர்மேந்திராவோடும் அமர்ந்து வளாக சிற்றுண்டி சாலையில் தேனீர் அருந்துவதை நானும் பல மாணவர்களும் கண்டிருந்தோம். முதலில் எனக்கும் இவன் யார் என்று தெரியாது. எம்மோடு படித்த ஒரு மாணவனே எங்களுக்கு பொஸ்கோ யார் என்ற உண்மையைச் சொன்னான்.மருத்துவ பீடத்திற்குள் இவனின் நடமாட்டம் பல தடவைகள் இருந்ததை நானும் சக மாணவர்களும் கண்டிருந்தோம். இவை எல்லாவற்றிற்கும் மேலாக இக்கொலை நடக்கும்போது அச்சம்பவத்தை நேரில் பாக்த்த ஓர் மாணவன் இன்னும் உயிருடன் இருக்கிறான். அந்த மாணவனும் நானும் ஒன்றாக திரியும்போதும்கூட பல தடவை பொஸ்கோவை நாம் கண்டிருக்கிறோம். அன்று அந்த மாணவனும் நாங்களும் இணைந்து, ‘புலிகள் இயக்கமும், அதன் கொலையாளி பொஸ்கோவும், அவனுக்காக உளவு வேலை செய்த சூரிய குமாரனும் தர்மேந்திராவும்தான் மெடத்தின் கொலைக்கு பொறுப்பு’ என்று கூறியிருந்தால் நாங்கள் ஒருவரும் இன்று உயிருடன் இருக்கமாட்டோம். எனவே என் சக மாணவன் கண்ணால் கண்ட அந்தக் கொலையை யாரிடமும் வெளியே சொல்லாதே என எச்சரித்தவர்களில் நானும் ஒருவன். மெடம் கொல்லப்பட்ட மறுதினம் அவரின் உடல் மருத்துவ பீடத்திற்கு கொண்டு வரப்பட்டபொழுது யாழ். பல்கலைக்கழகத்தின் பல மூத்த விரிவுரையாளர்கள் அங்கு சமூகமளிக்கவில்லை. ஏன்..? காரணம் அவர்களுக்கும் இக்கொலையை செய்தவர்கள் யார் என்று நன்றாக தெரியும்.சூரி, தர்மேந்திரா ஆகிய இருவரோடும் நெருங்கி பழகியவர்களும், புலிகளின் கொலைகார அரசியலுக்கு ஆதரவாக இருந்த பல மருத்துவபீட மாணவர்களுக்கும் இந்த உண்மை நன்கு தெரியும். மெடம் கொல்லப்பட்டு விட்டார் என்ற செய்தி மருத்துவ பீடத்திற்குள் பரவியதுமே சூரி, தர்மேந்திரா உட்பட அவர்களின் நண்பர்களின் முகங்களை நான் பார்த்தேன். அவர்களின் முகங்களே உண்மையை தெளிவாக வெளிப்படுத்தின. அவர்களைக் காட்டிக் கொடுத்தன. எனது கண்களைக்கூட அவர்களால் நேரடியாக பார்க்க முடியவில்லை. தங்களுக்கு கல்வியை போதித்து வழிகாட்டி, எதிர்கால மாணவ சமூகத்திற்கு கலங்கரை விளக்காக நின்ற அந்த ஒப்பற்ற மேதையை சுட்டுக் கொன்றுவிட்டு அவர்கள் இன்று வெளிநாடுகளில் சுகம் அனுபவிக்கிறார்கள். சூரியகுமாரன் இன்று இங்கிலாந்தில் வைத்தியசாலை ஒன்றில் வேலை செய்கிறான். அன்று அந்த தாயின் இரு குழந்தைகளை அநாதையாக்கிய இக்கொலைத்திட்டத்தின் பிரதான சூத்திரதாரிகளில் ஒருவனாகிய இவன், இன்று தான் உயிர்களைக் காப்பாற்றும் வைத்தியனாக வேஷம் போடுகிறான். இவர்கள் நாளைய சமூகத்தில் பெரிய மனிதர்களாக உலவ நாம் அனுமதிக்கலாமா? இந்த நாகரீக உலகத்தின் முன்னால் இவர்களை நிறுத்தி அம்பலப்படுத்த வேண்டாமா. நிட்சயம் அதை நாம் செய்ய வேண்டும்.எனது அன்புக்குரிய சக மாணவர்களே நாம் நீண்டகாலம் மௌனமாக இருந்துவிட்டோம் எமது கண் முன்னால் நடத்தி முடிக்கப்பட்ட இந்த அநியாயத்தை மூடி மறைக்க புலிகளும் அவர்களுக்கு ஒத்து ஊதுபவர்களும் இன்னமும் முயற்சி செய்கிறார்கள். ஆனால் நடந்த உண்மை வரலாற்றில் புதைக்கப்பட்டு விடக்கூடாது என்பதற்காகவே நான் இங்கு இதைப் பதிவு செய்கிறேன் இது தொடர்பாக நீங்களும் உங்களின் மனட்சாட்சியின் அடிப்படையில் உண்மையை சமூகத்தின் முன் வைக்க கோரிக்கை விடுக்கிறேன்.

    1989ம் ஆண்டில் யாழ். மருத்துவபீட மாணவன்

  130. Surane says:

    Repy to Kandeepan:

    Thank you for your comments. Yes I do have an answer to your question. It is an uphill task. Not as easy as killing someone. It takes very strong men and women. Not weaklings who give in to emotion and anger. But it can be done. It is too lengthy to put into words here. I strongly believe if the resources and the support that the tigers had were channelled into a different direction with humanism as the operative word, Sri Lanka as a country and as one nation would have been better off.

  131. Ranjan from Toronto says:

    #124 Sam,
    I understand what you are saying. When one wonders why the “Indian Tamils” from the up-country never joined the Jaffna Tamils in their struggle you understand the divisions. After all when you think of the conditions in the up-country estates, they were the people who should have been in the forefront of any struggle.

  132. V.KUMAR says:

    # 129. jeyapaalan

    It is sad and sorry to read this information/facts.
    By doing this what exactly சூரியகுமாரன், தர்மேந்திரா, காண்டீபன், பொஸ்கோ and LTTE have achieved to Tamil community in Sri Lanka???

  133. Sam says:

    131. Ranjan from Toronto

    I agree with you, the way estate tamils have been treated is a disgrace for humanity, even tamils don’t treat each other right . These people are virtual slaves.

  134. V.KUMAR says:

    # 133 Sam
    This is the main cause for the down fall of our freedom strugle.

  135. V.KUMAR says:

    This is an extract from a slightly old article (during the last stage of the war) and aimed at people who has been living in the dark with tunnel vision. Also aimed at recociliation among tamils with different views.

    என்னுடன் ஒரு பக்டரியில் 150 இலங்கையர் வேலை செய்கின்றோம். அங்கே வேலை செய்யும் பலர் புலி ஆதரவாளர்கள். வேலை செய்யும் 10மணிநேரத்தில் இரண்டுமணிநேரம் ஊருக்கு போன் செய்வதும், எத்தனை ஆமி செத்தான் என அடுத்தவனுக்கு வீறாப்புடன் கதை சொல்வதிலுமே காலத்தை கழிப்பர். சில நேரம் நேரடியாகவே பிரபாகரனுடனும், பொட்டம்மானுடனும் ரொம்ப சத்தமாக எம் கண்ணெதிரே கதைப்பார்கள். தலைவர் இப்பதான் கதைத்தார். சரியாம், எல்லாம் சரியாம். ரெண்டு ஆயுத கப்பல் இறங்கிட்டுதாம், உது மன்னார், தள்ளாடி எல்லாம் முக்கிய மில்லையாம் கிளிநொச்சிதான் முக்கியமாம். பொட்டண்ணரும் இப்பதான் பேசினார். அப்புறம் கிளிநொச்சி விழுந்த நாள் தொடக்கம் ஆறு நாட்கள் இவர்கள் வேலைக்கு வரவே இல்லை.

    கடந்த சில நாட்களாக வேலைக்கு வருகின்றார்கள். யாருடனும் பேசுவதில்லை. டெலிபோனும் கொண்டுவருவதில்லை. தாமுண்டு தமது வேலையுண்டு என வருகின்றார்கள். போகின்றார்கள். இவர்களை நான் குற்றம் சொல்ல வரவில்லை. இவர்கள் வளர்ந்த பாசறை அப்படிப்பட்டது. பாhக்;கவே பாவமாக உள்ளது. நல்ல இளைஞர்கள்.அ வசரத்துக்கு ஏதும் கடன்கேட்டால் கூட அள்ளித்தருவார்கள்.அண்ணன் உங்களுக்கு காசு கிடைக்கும் போது தாங்கண்ண என்பார்கள்.
    இவர்களை அள்ளி அணைக்க, ஆறுதல் சொல்ல, உண்மைகளைப் புரிய வைக்க ஏதாவது சிறு முயற்சி எடுக்கப்பட்டுள்ளதா? பனையால விழுந்தவன மாடு மிதித்த கதையாகத்தான் இருக்கின்றது.உசுப்பேத்தாதேயும், விசரேத்தாதேயும், டென்சனேத்தாதேயும் என திட்டித் தீர்க்கின்றோமே தவிர தவித்த முயலுக்கு தண்ணிகாட்டுபவர்கள் யாரையுமே காணோம்.

    சிறிலங்காவில் இந்திய ராணுவம் வட கிழக்கை ஆக்கிரமித்திருந்த காலமது. 40 பேரடங்கிய இராணுவ பட்டாலியன் ஒன்று மூதுர் என்கின்ற முஸ்லீம் கிராமத்தில் கொண்டு இறக்கப்பட்டி ருக்கின்றார்கள். இரவு எட்டு மணிபோல் இந்த பட்டாலியன் நகர்வலம் வந்துள்ளார்கள். அப்போது பள்ளிவாசலுக்கு தொழுகைக்கு சென்றிருந்த இரண்டுமுஸ்லீம் இளைஞர்கள் வீதியில் தொப்பியுடன் வந்து கொண்டிருந்திருக்கின்றார்கள். இவர்கள் அவ்விரு இளைஞர்களையும் சுற்றி வளைத்து பெயர் என்ன எனக் கேட்டுள்ளனர். ஒருவர் முஜிபுர் ரகுமான், மற்றவர் முகம்மது நிசாம் என பதில் அளித்துள்ளனர். பாகிஸ்தானி, பாகிஸ்தானி என குய்யோ முறையோ எனக்கத்தி அவர்களை அடித்து, நொறுக்கி அவர்களை கொல்ல முயற்சி செய்துள்ளார்கள். எதற்கும் இருக்கட்டுமே என கேணல் நஞ்சப்பாவுக்கு வோக்கி டோக்கியில் தகவல் தெரிவித்துள்ளார்கள். அப்பையன்களின் நல்ல நேரம் அப்போது கேணல் நஞ்சப்பா அடுத்த கிராமத்தில்தான் இருந்துள்ளார்.அந்த மனுஷன் தலைதெறிக்க ஓடி வந்து டேய் மக்காள் இது பாகிஸ்தான் போடரல்லடா. நாம் இப்போது சிறிலங்காவில் நிற்கின்றோம் என்ற விடயத்தை சொல்லியுள்ளார்.

    இதில் விடயம் என்ன வென்றால் காஸ்மீர் போடரில் எல்லைக்காவல் படையில் இருந்த வீரர்களை இரவோடிரவாக கூட்டி வந்து சிறிலங்காவில் இறக்கி விட்டுள்ளனர். தாங்கள் எங்கு நிற்கின்றோம் என்பதே அந்த இராணுவ சிப்பாய்களுக்கு தெரியவில்லை. உலகின் தலைசிறந்த ராணுவம் என்கின்ற இந்தியாவே இப்படியென்றால் எதுவுமே தெரியாமல் புரியாமல் வளர்க்கப்பட்ட அந்த புலி இளைஞர்களின் நிலை எப்படி இருக்கும். இவர்களைக்கொன்று ரத்தத்தை குடித்து, நார் நாராக உரித்து, சனியனே உனது சகவாசமே வேண்டாம் என்பதால் நாம் எல்லோரும் சாப விமோசனம் அடைந்து விடுவோமா !

    எவ்வளவுதான் நாம் புலி எதிர்ப்பு பேசினாலும், புலியை எதிர்த்தாலும் அவர்களுடனேயேதான் வாழ்கின்றோம். திருமண வீடு, பூப்புனித வீடு, பிறந்த நாள் வீடு, நியூ இயர், விசா கிடைத்தால் பாட்டி, புது மனைவி விசா கிடைத்து வந்தால் பாட்டி, குறும் திரைப்பட விழா மற்றும் பல பாடசாலை விழாக்களில் ஒன்றாகத்தான் கூடுகின்றோம், குலவுகின்றோம். அச்சமயங்களில் அரசியலே கதைப்பதில்லை. பார்ட்டி முடிந்து வந்தவுடன் தனது குறுப் நண்பர்களுக்கு போன் பண்ணி குலத்தாரும் பார்ட்டிக்கு வந்திருந்தார். முகம் பேயறைஞ்ச மாதிரி போய்க்கிடக்கு. மனுஷன் மூச்சு விடவில்லை என்பதும். கரன் வந்திருந்தார் அதே பழைய புளட் கதைதான் கதைக்கின்றார் என்பதுமாகத்தான் இருக்கின்றோமே தவிர முப்பது வருடமாகத் தொலைத்து விட்டு தேடிக் கொண்டிருக்கின்ற அந்த..என்னசெய்தோம். செய்கின்றோம் என்று கேட்டால். மொத்தமாக பூஜ்ஜியமே மிஞ்சிக் கிடக்கின்றது. ஏன் இந்தப் பாட்டிகளிலும்,விழாக்களிலும் உங்கள் கருத்துக்களை மெல்ல மெல்ல அவர்களிடம் சேர்ந்தோ தனித்தோ சொல்லக் கூடாது. இப்போது அவர்கள் அரவணைக்க ஆளில்லாமல் இருக்கின்றனர்.

    நமது கருத்துக்களையும்,தலைவர் எங்கு பிழை விட்டார், விட்டிருப்பார் என்பதை நம்மிடம் பகிர்ந்து கொள்ள தயாராயிருப்பர். ஆனால் நாம்தான் ஐயோ இவர்களா என ஒதுக்கி வைத்துக் கொண்டிருக்கின்றோம். எனக்குத் தெரிந்து பலர், பல குடும்பத்தினர் இப்போதுதான் தேனீ, இலங்கை நெற், சூத்திரம், தேசம், நெருப்பு, மீன்மகள் என்றெல்லாம் இணையத்தளம் இருக்கின்றதா எனக் கேட்டு மலைக்கின்றனர். பார்த்து விட்டு இப்படி ஒரு உலகம் இருக்கின்றதா எனக் கேட்கின்றனர்.ஏன் இந்த இணையத்தள நிறுவனர்கள், அதை வாசிப்பவர்கள் புலியை வசை பாடுபவர்கள் இந்த இணையத்தளங்களின் விபரங்களை துண்டுக் காகிதங்களில் குறித்து வைத்து இந்தப்பார்ட்டிகளிலும்,விழாக்களிலும் ஆங்காங்கே வீசி விடலாம்தானே ! கிறினேட் துரோ பண்ணிய நமக்கு துண்டுக்காகிதம் வீசுவது ஒரு பொருட்டல்லவே. வீடு திருந்தினால் தானே வீடு திருந்தும், அப்புறம் வீதி, அப்புறம் கிராமம், நகரம் என ஏதாவது செய்யலாம். இல்லை எங்கப்பன் குதிருக்குள் இல்லை. நாங்கள் வேறு. அவர்கள் வேறு என்றால்..!? ஊர் கூடி வடம் இழுக்கும் ஐடியாவே இல்லையா ?

    புலித் தலைமையை திட்டுவோம், புலி ஆய்வாளர்களைத்திட்டுவோம், புலியின் கொள்கை வகுப்பாளர் களைத் திட்டுவோம்,புலிப் பினாமிகளைத்திட்டுவோம், புலியின் நிதி சேகரிப்பாளர்களைத் திட்டுவோம் ஏதுமே தெரியாத புரியாத புலி ஆதரவாளனை ஏன் திட்ட வேண்டும். 1984களில் மதுரை டவுண் ஹோல் றோட்டில் ஒரு வேளை கஞ்சிக்கு அலைந்த புலியினால் 15வருடம் மொத்த மக்களையும் ஆட்டிப்படைக்கக் கூடிய சக்தியைப் பெற முடியுமானால் ! சகல சௌபாக்கியங்களுடனும் இருக்கும் நம்மால் ஏன் ஒரு துரும்பையும் அசைக்க முடியாமல் இருக்கின்றது. நான் இங்கு சௌபாக்கியம் என்று சொன்னது பிரஜா உரிமை, மூன்று நேரம் உணவு, வேலை முடிந்ததும் இன்டர்நெட், மற்றும் எக்ஸட்ரா..எக்ஸட்ரா.

    இது புலி ஆதரவாளனுக்கு ஆறுதல்சொல்ல வேண்டிய தருணமே தவிர அவர்களை உசுப்பேத்த வேண்டிய தருணமல்ல.அவர்கள் நம்மை போட்டு மிதித்து பந்தாடிய சரித்திரமெல்லாம் நிறைய இருக்கின்றது. அதைக் குத்திக்காட்டும் தருணமல்ல இது.

    ஒரு கதை சொல்லுவார்கள்.யாரோ ஒரு துறவி ஆற்றோரம் போனாராம்.அங்கு ஒரு குளவி தண்ணீரில் தத்தளித்ததாம்.துறவி அதைக்காப்பாற்றி விட்டாராம். குளவி துறவியை கொட்டிவிட்டு மீண்டும் தண்ணீரில் விழுந்ததாம்.துறவி மீண்டும் அதை காப்பாற்றி விட்டாராம். குளவி மீண்டும் கொட்டி விட்டு நீரில் விழுந்ததாம்.துறவி மீண்டும்மீண்டும்இதைப் பார்த்துக் கொண்டிருந்த ஒருவர் அதுதான் உங்களுக்குத் தீங்கு இழைக்கின்றதே ஏன் அதை காப்பாற்றுகிறீர்கள் எனக் கேட்டாராம். அதற்கு துறவி. அது அதனது குணத்தைக் காட்டுகிறது. நான் எனது குணத்தைக் காட்டிக் கொண்டிருக்கின்றேன் என்றாராம்.

    நாம் எல்லாம் முடியும் வரை, நல்லதுகள் நடக்கும் வரை துறவியாக இருந்தாலென்ன. பல வருடமாக நாம் துறவியாக வாழ்ந்ததனால் தானே இன்று மூச்சு விடுகின்றோம். இன்னும் கொஞ்ச காலம் கெட்டவைகளை பார்க்காமல், கெட்டவைகளைப் பேசாமல், நல்லவைகளை மட்டுமே சுட்டிக் காட்டிக் கொண்டிருந்தால் என்ன ?

    தொலைக் காட்சியில் செய்தி வாசிப்பவர்களை மாறி மாறி அவர்களும், நாமும் திட்டிக் கொண்டிருக்கின்றோம். பாவம் செய்தி வாசிப்பவர்கள் என்ன செய்வார்கள். அவர்கள் தொழிலை,அவர்களது முதலாளி இட்ட வேலையை அவர்கள் செய்து கொண்டிருக்கின்றார்கள். இந்த துறவிகள் எல்லோரும் சேர்ந்து ஒரு ஜனநாயக தொலைக்காட்சி நிறுவனத்தை நிறுவி இந்த செய்தி வாசிப்பவர்களுக்கு சம்பளம் கொடுக்கத் தயாரானால் அடுத்த நிமிடமே உண்மையின் பக்கம் இவர்கள் நிற்பார்கள். ஏனெனில் சகல விடயமும் தெரிந்த அவர்கள் சம்பளத்துக்காக என்ற ஒன்றைத்தவிர வேறு எந்த நோக்கத்துக்காகவும் அங்கு செய்தி வாசிக்கவில்லை. முழுக்க முழுக்க உண்மைக்கு மாறான செய்திகளை வாசித்துக் கொண்டிருக்கும் ஓரு சகோதரி ஒரு முன்னாள்,இந்நாள் புலி எதிர்ப்பு முழு நேரப் போராளியின் மகள். இன்னும் பல ஆயிரம் உதாரணம் சொல்லலாம். எது நடக்க இருந்ததோ அது நன்றாகவே நடந்தது. எது நடக்க இருக்கிறதோ அது நன்றாகவே நிச்சயம் நடக்கும் என நினைப்போம்.

    புலி புலி எதிர்ப்பாளர்களை குத்தி குதறியது மட்டுமல்ல!இயக்கங்களைச் சேர்ந்தவர்களும், இயக்கங்களில் சம்பந்தமே இல்லாதவர்களுமென பல லட்சம் பேரை யுரோப்பிய சிற்றிஷன்களாக்கிய முழுப் பெருமையும் புலியை அல்லவா சாரும். சரி. சிறிலங்காவில் எல்லாப்பிரச்சனையும் முடிந்து விட்டது ,புலி அழிந்து விட்டது. ஊருக்குப் போய் இயக்கம் கட்டப் போகின்றேன் என்று உங்கள் மனைவிமாரிடமும், பிள்ளைகளிடமும் சொல்லும் தைரியம் எமக்குண்டா! போகத்தான் விடுவார்களா!? முற்றும் துறந்த புலிப்பினாமிகளையே பாதை திறந்திருந்த காலத்தில் ஊருக்குப் போக மனைவிமார்அனுமதிக்கவில்லை. உங்களுக்கென்ன பைத்தியமா? சிங்களவனிடம் ஏதாவது சொல்லி தப்பிடலாம். எங்கடவர் புடிச்சி வைச்சிருவாங்க அப்பு என்று சொல்லித்தடுத்த மனைவியர்தான் அதிகம். சிலர் கொழும்புக்கு பழைய நெஷனல் ஐ.டி.யைத் தருவித்து. யுரோப் பாஸ்போட்டை கொழும்பில் ஒழித்து வைத்து விட்டுப் போன சரித்திரங்களுமுண்டு.

    இப்போது அங்கு இப்போது மிஞ்சி. வக்கற்றவர்களாக இருக்கும் வன்னி,யாழ் மாவட்ட மக்கள்தான் சிங்களத்துக்கும், புலிக்கும், ஏனைய அமைப்புக்களுக்கும் திரும்பவும், திரும்பவும் முகம் கொடுக்கவேண்டியவர்களாக மாறப்போகின்றனர். மாறவேண்டும்.இவர்களுக்கு நாம் என்ன செய்துள்ளோம், செய்யப்போகின்றோம். அரசு தரப்பு, புலித்தரப்பு என்ற இரண்டைத்தவிர இடையில் இடைத்தரப்பு என்ற ஒன்றுமே இல்லாமல் சுத்த சூனியமாக இருக்கின்றதே!? இவ்வளவு காலமும் வாழாவிருந்து விட்டு இப்போதுதான் கனைக்கத்தொடங்கியுள்ளோமா!? இல்லை வன்னியில் நடப்பது எல்லாம் எங்களுக்கும் தெரியும் என்றால், அங்கு என்ன நடக்கின்றது? 3லட்சம் பேரா? 75ஆயிரம் உயிர்களா? உங்களது ஆட்கள் ஏதாவது போட்டோ புகைப்படம் அனுப்பினார்களா? உங்களது ஆட்கள் ஏதாவது டெலிபோன் செய்தி அனுப்பினார்களா? அவை எங்கே! எதுவுமே இல்லை.எந்த தகவலுமே நம்மிடம் இல்லை.

    சரி. நம்மிடம் எவ்வித தகவலும் இல்லை. இப்போது வன்னியில் உள்ள மக்களை பாதுகாப்பாக வெளியேற்ற என்ன வழி? வன்னியிலுள்ள மன்னிக்கவும் புதுக்குடியிருப்பில் உள்ள மக்களுக்கு பிடிபட்ட பங்கர்கள், பிடிபட்ட ஆயுதங்கள், லக்ஸறி பங்களாக்கள், நீச்சல் தடாகங்கள், விலையுயர்ந்த மதுபான போத்தல்கள் பற்றியெல்லாம் தெரியுமா? அதை அரசு தெரியப்படுத்தியதா ? இவைகளையெல்லாம் அழகிய புகைப்படங்களாக எடுத்து அழகிய தமிழில் எழுதி குண்டு வீசும் விமானங்களில் (குண்டுக்குப் பதிலாக) இத்தகவல்களையாவது வீசச் சொல்லலாமே! செய்தோமா ? இனியாவது செய்வோமா? போன வாரம் நண்பர் ஒருவரின் மனைவி புதுக்குடியிருப்பில் இருந்து அதிகாலை 4மணிக்கு போன் செய்தார்.(நண்பரின் மகள் ஒரு புலிப் பொறுப்பாளர்). 22 நாட்களாக பங்கருக்குள் இருக்கின்றார்கள். சிறு நீர்,மலம், வாந்திபேதி, அம்மை என அனைத்துமே பங்கரில்தானாம். ஆறு வயது மகள் உணவில்லாமல் 4நாட்களாக தேங்காயைத் தின்று கொண்டிருக்கின்றார்களாம். அவர்களுக்கு எதுவுமே தெரியாதாம். கிளிநொச்சி பிடிபட்ட செய்தி தெரியவே தெரியாதாம். அடி விசறி ஆமிக்காறர் எல்லாவற்றையும் பிடிச்சிற்றாங்கடிஎன்று இவர் சொன்ன பின்னர்தான் புலி பொறுப்பாளரான அவரது மகளுக்கே உண்மை தெரியும். இங்கு புலிக்கெதிராக பாரத யுத்தம் நடாத்திக் கொண்டிருக்கும் நம்மில் எத்தனை பேர் இந்த மக்களைப்பற்றி யோசிக்கிறோம்.

    மக்கள் தொடர்ந்தும் மந்தைகளாக இருக்கமாட்டினம். தலைக்கு மேலே வெள்ளம் போனால். என்று புறப்பட்டுவிடுவார்கள். மன்னர் ஷாவுக்கு சலாம் போட்டுக் கொண்டிருந்த மொத்த ஈரானிய மக்களும் உண்மைகள் அனைத்தும் ( தங்கத்தில் மலசல கூடம் முதல் முத்துக்கள் பதிக்கப்பட்ட கால் செருப்பு வரை) தெரிந்தவுடன் மன்னர் ஷாவின் மாளிகையை வளைத்து மாதக் கணக்கில் உட்கார்ந்திருந்து மன்னர் ஷாவை நாட்டைவிட்டு துரத்தினர். ஆயுதமின்றிய போராட்டம். மக்களிடம் இருந்ததெல்லாம் துணிவும், ஆயதுல்லாஹ் கோமய்னி மீதிருந்த பக்தியும்தான். நாம் துரத்த வேண்டிய எவ்வித அவசியமுமில்லை. உண்மைகளை புரிய வைத்தால் போதும். புரிந்து கொள்வார்களா ?

  136. Ananthan says:

    Comment #135.

    People in Jaffna dont even know about what happened in Vanni, many of the Sinhalese have no clue about Tamils. What is your point? How you going to reach out to them, specially the Sinhalese who have no clue?

    About all the things you started with did you know, where did you hear from it. This is why I am telling you to turn of the Sri Lankan Media then listen.

    I am going to the come to the conclusion that VP did bully you when you were a kid and has left a scar in your life that you will never recover from.

    எது நடக்க இருந்ததோ அது நன்றாகவே நடந்தது. எது நடக்க இருக்கிறதோ அது நன்றாகவே நிச்சயம் நடக்கும் என நினைப்போம்.

    Whats going to happen in the future will happen and I am sure that what the Tamil people decided in 1977 will come true.

    I suggest if you want to make a difference, you get up and do something instead of blaming. If you cant do that you are not relevant to the Tamil people specially the Tamil cause. That will be made very clear to you like it was done before.

    Rajini had her difference but she did something about it rather then sitting there and mouth. Her method of dealing with the LTTE is not something I agree but she made her relevance to the Tamil people by doing something with genuine intention. The rest of the Tamil people like it or not, she is remembered for her genuine intention.

    I am not going to waste my time with you anymore. I fully support the call that the Youths should take control of the struggle again. Not because I think the elders are incapable but, it would slash out incompetence like you and throw away the politics and look toward the Tamil people.

  137. Siva says:

    # 136

    “I suggest if you want to make a difference, you get up and do something instead of blaming…”

    Start collecting money…” the real tamils ” already started…probably you missed the bus.

    “I am sure that what the Tamil people decided in 1977 will come true”.

    Not many sand bags…I am sorry tamil civilians left in the region to take cover.

    ” Her method of dealing with the LTTE is not something I agree…”

    Do not tell me MR brothers got the right method to deal with LTTE.

  138. V.Kumar says:

    ஆயுதத்தை நம்பிய தம்பி,
    தம்பியை நம்பிய புலத்துப் புலிகள்,
    தமிழக அரசியல்வாதிகளின் பேச்சில் மயங்கும் தமிழர்

    இவர்களால் கம்பிவேலிக்குள் தவிக்கும் ஈழத்தமிழர்.
    எல்லோரையும் ஏமாற்றிப் பிழைக்கும் தமிழீழ கொள்ளையர் கூட்டமும் ஊடகங்களும்.

    சினிமாவை அரசியலாக்கிய தமிழகம்.
    அரசியலை சினிமாவாக்கியவர்கள் புலத்துத் தமிழர்கள்.

    இது பய்ங்கரவாதத்திற்கு வைக்கப்பட்ட முற்றுப்புள்ளியே. தமிழரின் உருமைகளிற்கான் போராட்டத்திற்கல்ல். இந்த இழப்புகள் தமிழரிற்கு என்ன சொல்லி நிற்கின்றன என்பதை முதலில் யாவரும் புரிந்து கொள்ள வேண்டும்.

  139. shankar says:

    to comment 137-siva

    your quote” Do not tell me MR brothers got the right method to deal with LTTE” unquote.

    can you tell me what other methods they could have used?

  140. Siva says:

    # 139 Hi Shankar,
    Could you please direct the question to Ananthan?
    Only he himself got to tell us.

    # 136
    ” I fully support the call that the Youths should take control of the struggle again…”

    From where do we get the youths and support?…because…

    ரெலோ எதிரி. ஈபி எதிரி. மகிந்த எதிரி. இந்தியா எதிரி. அமெரிக்கா எதிரி. ஜரோப்பா எதிரி. முஸ்லிம்கள் எதிரி. கருணா, பிள்ளையான் எதிரி. புளட் எதிரி.
    புளியம் பொக்கணை பொன்னம்மாக்கா மகளை அனுப்ப மறுத்ததாலை அவவும் எதிரி…
    அசையும் அசைய சொத்து எழுதிதர் மறுத்த அனைவரும் எதிரி…

    ரஜனி மாதிரி உள்ளதை சொன்ன அனைவரும் எதிரி…

  141. shankar says:

    to comment 131-ranjan

    you state that the indian tamils should have joined in the struggle, because of the conditions they live in.

    what you have forgotten to look at is their geographical situation. why don’t you take a map of srilanka and see where they are living, surrounded by sinhalese. why do you think that thondaman did a bunk out of the TULF when they decided on seperation in the vaddukodai resolution.

    indian tamils only need better living conditions, not seperation.

  142. wesley says:

    To comment 141 – Shankar:

    Shankar, the SL Indian Tamil youth could have left the hill country and joined the LTTE in the north if they wanted to. After all, if LTTE could have created the independent state, the SL Indian Tamils could have migrated en masse from the hill country ( surrounded by Sinhalese, as you say ) to the new independent Tamil nation, devoid Sinhalese, and leaving behind their poor living conditions forever.

    Perhaps the right question to ask is, inspite of their poor living conditions in the tea estates ( far worse than the living conditions in Jaffna in the 1970s ), why were they as a community, not attracted to the concept of an independent Tamil Eelam?

    I am sure the SL Indian Tamils want not only better living conditions, but also better job and education opportunities as well.

  143. shankar says:

    to comment 142-wesley

    you have to look at it from their history. compared to jaffna tamils they have come to srilanka fairly recently. they were the poorest of the poor in india and regardless of their living conditions, none of them would regret coming to srilanka. everything is relative, you know. the up country is the most beautiful part of srilanka and they are doing a valuable service to the country by contributing to the tea industry. work is difficult and backbreaking, but at least there is employment. though they are poorly paid , compare it with joining the ltte and having to sacrifice their lives for no pay at all, except maybe a good brainwash from prabha and pottu. and in addition to that these two might start suspecting that they are RAW agents and torture and shoot them one day.

    they are indeed poor , but not stupid.

  144. shankar says:

    rajini was killed a few weeks after the book “broken palmyra” was published. tamils may have thought she was killed because of this, due to the timeframe. but i find that there are 4 co-authors for this book and i don’t think the other 3 have been harmed. so i think we can discount this factor, unless it was a combination of factors that irritated the ltte and the catalyst was the book.

    the 4 coauthors should be commended for documenting events during that period and have done an invaluable service to the tamils.

    as for the book itself a review by sachi srikantha states as follows

    “Overall, I do applaud the authors for providing an excellent chronological synopsis of events which happened in the Jaffna peninsula from 1983 to 1989. This is the most notable contribution of this book to the history of Eelam Tamils”.

    he also has made some points that made a lasting impression on me. i give it below

    “There is a story, probably apocryphal, about the successful mission of Swami Vivekananda to Chicago in 1893. One American industrialist invited Swami to visit his newly built meat-processing plant. The massive plant had been designed with a huge inlet with a diameter of 15 ft on one extreme and four smaller outlets with a diameter of 2 ft on the other extreme.

    The industrialist boasted to Swami: “We push live cattle into the inlet at this end and in 10 minutes, we get clean meat, bones, hide and waste material separately in the four outlets from that end. What do you think of this production line?”

    Without missing a beat, the great Swami delivered the kicker: “That’s fine. But, if you send back the clean meat, bones, hide and the waste material from that end, can you retrieve the live cattle at this end?”

    The overall theme of the book, Broken Palmyra, reflects the concern Swami Vivekananda had for the live cattle in this story. In essence, “What went wrong? Had we been led by a casual acceptance of violence as a tool to disregard the value of all life?” (p.184).

    One can also equate the symbolism of the meat-processing plant of the Chicago industrialist to the lives of youth who happened to be in the Jaffna peninsula in the 1980s decade. All had been pushed into the meat-processing plant (equated to the Eelam struggle) and the products which were delivered in the outlets seem to be of diverse categories; some meat, some bones, some hide and some waste material.”

  145. wesley says:

    In comment #144 Shankar says :One can also equate the symbolism of the meat-processing plant of the Chicago industrialist to the lives of youth who happened to be in the Jaffna peninsula in the 1980s decade. All had been pushed into the meat-processing plant (equated to the Eelam struggle) and the products which were delivered in the outlets seem to be of diverse categories; some meat, some bones, some hide and some waste material.”

    Shankar, that is a trifle harsh comment. The civil war also indirectly enabled many to gain refugee status and settle in Western countries, thereby gaining better education and job opportunities and a higher standard of living, than if they had stayed back and entered the meat processing plant. Ironically, with their new found wealth in the West, many actually sponsored keeping the meat processing plant going at full speed back home.

  146. sarweswaran says:

    Here one of the writer mentioned some names like Soori and Tharmendra. Why they didn’t mention the full names of those coward killers. If they write the full names and their current whereabouts the people can recognize the killers easily and they also will try to hide. Just put the first names won’t work. Isn’t it?.Write FULL DETAILS AND THE CURRENT WHEREABOUTS OF THOSE KILLERS TO THE SOCIETY.

  147. Siva says:

    #146 Sarweswaran
    You are right not only this incident, there a lot of incidents relevant persons should come out and talk to the socierty.
    Silent approval of these incidents is not going to help the socitey.

  148. shankar says:

    the following is an extract from an article which shows how popular rajani was. if the killers thought that after killing her nobody was going to bother about it, they were mistaken.

    “Students went about putting up defiant posters all over Jaffna. Three well attended commemorations mee­tings were held ‑ University of Jaffna (2nd October), Jaffna College (4th October), Chundikuli Girls’ College (6th October). The last was very encou­raging in view of the feeling and help forthcoming from staff members and senior girls. On the morning of 2nd October, the Vice Chancellor and the Dean of Arts led the largest demonstration in the history of the univer­sity. Up to almost the time the demonstration set off, the general opinion was that it would be lucky to have two hundred participants. The eventual figure ran into thousands. All this took place against a backdrop of terror and fear of the unknown.”

  149. shankar says:

    the following is a sentence i extracted from an article. i think in just one sentence it shows who she was, and why she became a doctor.

    “She valued life and felt sorry when anyone was killed ‑ be it a militant from any one of the groups or an Indian soldier”.

  150. shankar says:

    Will the tamils have the courage and decency to erect a memorial in the heart of jaffna listing all the names of the tamils killed by the LTTE, and the circumstances in which they died. This can be called the Tamil War Memorial.

  151. நான் புலி அல்ல says:

    எப்படா நாம் எல்லா ஈழ தமிழரும் ஒற்றுமையாய் இருப்பம் ? அந்த நாள் வரவே வரதா ?

    புலி போட்டுது. அது தான் உண்மை. இனியாவது ஆக வேண்டியதை பாப்பம்