by D.B.S. Jeyaraj
An elaborate structure called”Mullivaaikkaal Martyrs Memorial”is to be constructed in the Thanjaavoor district of Tamil Nadu state in India.
It will be a monument dedicated to the memory of all Tamils -both civilian &militant-killed in Mullivaaikkal area of the final phase of war.
The monument will be modelled on the lines of the famous “Periya Kovil” (great temple)built by the Chola emperor Raja Rajan in Thanjaavoor.
Over a 100 sculptors have begun work.Giant granite stones weighing over 50 tons& measuring 40X10X 3 have been brought to the memorial site.
It is said that these types of stones are similiar to the ones used by Raja Raja cholan in constructing the Thanjaavoor Periya Kovil.
Pride of place would be given to displaying sculpted granite statues in the memorial known as “Mullivaaikkaal Ninaivu Mutram” in Tamil.
The sculptures will denote scenes like the massacre of innocents at Mullivaaikkaal & confining of civilians behind barbed wire detention camps.
Statues will be constructed of 21 Tamil “martyrs” who self -immolated themselves in Tamil Nadu, Switzerland & Malaysia urging the war to end.
It is said that the sculpture gallery will be the largest of its kind in India.The overall structure will reflect Dravidian architechture.
There will also be an art gallery where paintings in”Tanjore art”depicting scenes of the Sri Lankan Tamil armed struggle will be displayed.
The World Tamil Confederation headed by P.Nedumaran is behind the project. Sri Lankan Tamil poet Kasi Aanandan is actively engaged in this.
The WTF states that such a monument needs to be constructed because the SL army has demolished all cemeteries of fallen tigers in Sri Lanka.
The memorial will strengthen ties between Tamil Nad &Sri Lankan Tamils&is expected to attract large numbers of Tamils in India & abroad.
The WTF has set up a Trust to oversee the memorial project & requested donations from Tamils worldwide to finance the project.
This is a bundle of tweets posted on twitter by D.B.S. Jeyaraj