Legendary Vietnamese General passes away at 102

[TamilNet, Saturday, 05 October 2013, 15:58 GMT]
General Vo Nguyen Giap, whose legendary military victories against the occupying armies of France and the USA facilitated the independence and integrity of Vietnam, passed away on Friday evening at the age of 102. Born on 25 August 1911, the former history teacher, who taught a lesson to world imperialism in the second half of 20th century, was a self-taught soldier. General Giapís book was translated into Tamil by the LTTE in the early 1980s.

General Giap
Giap in 1949. At the age of 37, he was ranked as General by Ho Chi Minh.
General Giap
General Giap photographed in 2008
After the conclusive victory of Vietnam in 1975, against the USA and its puppet government in Saigon, General Giap was politically side lined, especially after the war with China in 1980, political analysts say.

He however continued to occasionally voice on major political trends. He was critical about corruption in Vietnam.

Eezham Tamils, especially the Left among them, were in the forefront in supporting the struggle of the Vietnamese during its crucial years in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The ideology, strategies and tactics behind the struggle of the Vietnamese were inspirations to the militant independence struggle of Eezham Tamils.

However, Eezham Tamils were thoroughly disappointed to see todayís Vietnam supporting the Rajapaksa regime during and aftermath of the genocidal war in the island.

A 60-member team led by the President of Vietnam was one of the first foreign delegations that came to do business with Rajapaksa immediately after the war, and Colombo media patted the back of the genocidal State in Colombo by highlighting the news of Vietnamese presidentís wife going for shopping in Colombo with the wife of Rajapaksa.

General Giap
Ho Chi Minh and General Giap in 1950

 

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