Ten years ago on this day (July 29th 1999)that Dr. Neelakandan Tiruchelvam known generally as Neelan was brutally assassinated by a suicide killer of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) near his office on Kynsey terrace.
I was perhaps one of the last persons to speak to him on that fateful day. I spoke with him on the telephone from Toronto for 50 minutes from 7.50 am until 8.40 am (Sri Lankan time). I used to call him almost every week then.
Usually he winds up the conversation after a while saying you are going to run up a massive phone bill. But on that day he was in a mood to talk and was quite reflective of maters.
By D.B.S. Jeyaraj
It was with the dawn of year 2009 that I launched this blog with lots of hope and enthusiasm.
This was how I described my aims in my inaugural blog titled “Beginning to blog after 32 years of journalism”
I want to begin my first post on this weblog with greetings for the new year in my mother tongue-Thamizh.
“Vanakkam! Puthaandu Vaalthukkal!!
Let’s hope the advent of 2009 will see a bright future emerge for us all.
As for me the dawning of the new year heralds an exciting new venture.
After considerable thought I have launched my own blog under my own name.
My by-line will be the name of the blog with of course the mandatory “dot.com”
So friends , you have to click on www.dbsjeyaraj.com
Hopefully the new year will see me blogging away as much as possible.
A friend somewhat unfamiliar with the word asked me “What is a blog”?