Genocidal policies exposed, Colombo stands weakened - Nadesan
[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 March 2008, 22:49 GMT]
"Signs of desperation are evident in Sri Lanka’s defense hierarchy as the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) divisions stay bogged down within a few square kilometers in Mannaar, unable to advance for nearly a year. While SLA commanders are on foreign jaunts to build hurried military alliances, Colombo has also suffered politically with its racist policies in governance exposed internationally, and has earned opprobrium from international community for the escalating human rights violations," said B. Nadesan, head of political section of the Liberation Tigers addressing the event held in Ki'linochchi to pay last respects to the slain parliamentarian, K. Sivanesan, Saturday.
SLA is facing similar predicament in Vavuniyaa, Ma'nalaa'ru, and the Northern Front theaters of battle, Mr. Nadesan added.
Remembering Sivanesan's longstanding contribution to eradicating poverty in the war stricken sections of the Tamil people through co-operative efforts, Nadesan said Sivanesan MP lived with people.
"When people displaced, he also displaced; when civilians were getting bombed by the Sri Lankan military, he was there to help them. Sivanesan MP believed in empowering people through the cooperative structures at the grassroots. He believed wholeheartedly in the liberation of the Tamil homeland. Sivanesan MP never trusted that the parliamentary politics in the South would lead to the liberation of the Tamils, but worked to expose the inability of the system itself. When Tamils were deprived of political voice, he visited foreign countries to convey the plight of his people and served as the people's voice," Nadesan said.
The slain MP Sivanesan's wife lightning the lamp of sacrifice at the tribute event.
The tribute event was held at the cultural Hall located along A9 in Kilinochchi town at 5:30 p.m. Sivanesan's body was carried in a procession led by a marching band from the Tamileelam Police station to the Cultural Hall, where more than thousand people paid respects to the TNA MP.
Sivanesan MPs sons and daughter garlanding the remains of their father.
LTTE Kilinochchi district head of political wing, Kalaivaanan lit the Common flame while Mrs. Sivanesan lit the flame of sacrifice and paid floral tribute to her husband's casket. Sivanesan's children followed their mother in garlanding their father's body.
Head of LTTE Intelligence Wing, Poddu Ammaan and Senior LTTE member, K.V. Baalakumaran were also present at the event.
Jaffna District Head of the Consortium of Co-operative Societies, Solomon S Siril, Head of LTTE Women's welfare and planning section, S. Thamilini and several TNA MPs addressed the gathering and eulogized the slain MP for his committed and unselfish dedication to community service.
Most of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians including Mavai Senathirajah (Jaffna), Selvam Adaikkalanathan (Vanni), Suresh Premachandran (Jaffna), Pathmini Sithamparanathan (Jaffna), S. Jeyanandamoorthy (Batticaloa), K. Gajendran (Jaffna), Razeen Mohamed Imam (Jaffna), P. Ariyanethran (Batticaloa), Sivanathan Kishore (Vanni), Sivasakthi Anandan (Vanni), C. Chandranehru (Ampaa'rai) and K. Pathmanathan (Ampaa'rai) were present in Vanni to pay their last respects to the slain Jaffna district parliamentarian.
Fellow TNA parliamentarians carrying the coffin towards the cultural hall
Mavai Senathirajah MP garlanding the remains of Sivanesan MP
Suresh Premachandran MP garlanding the slain MP
Head of LTTE Intelligence Division, Poddu Ammaan, garlanding the remains of Sivanesan MP
Selvam Adaikkalanathan MP garlanding the casket
LTTE Political Head B. Nadesan addressing the mourners at Ki'linochchi cultural hall
TNA parliamentarians, LTTE officials, Tamil activists and religious leaders were present to pay their last respects to the Jaffna District TNA MP
Mavai Senathirajah MP addressing the mourners