Occupying SL military dreams about assimilating Tamils: civil society activist in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Monday, 07 May 2018, 21:09 GMT]
Major General Darshana Hettiarachchi, the Jaffna commander of the occupying Sinhala military, recently went on record stating that the Tamil people in Jaffna attended the Vesak exhibition organised by his troops in multiple times higher numbers than what the Tamil national parties and movements in Jaffna were able to draw towards their meetings. Tamil activists in Jaffna have rebuked the SL Jaffna commander blaming him for politicising the curiosity of Tamil visitors to a circus-like event with that of their cultural and political belongingness. The SL military commander in Jaffna could only assimilate Tamils from their national struggle in his dreams, commented 39-year old grassroots activist Parthipan Varatharajan on Monday.

Civil society activist V. Parthipan
Civil society activist V. Parthipan
The curiosity of Tamils on Vesak exhibition and festivities is getting interpreted as a parameter of their assimilation by the occupying Sinhala military, Mr Parthipan observed.

The SL commander should take note of the correct parameter, which is the emotional involvement of Eezham Tamils in marking Mu'l'livaaykkaal Day on 18 May and the Maaveerar Naa'l (Tamil Eelam Heroes Day) on 27 November, he said.

Parthipan is the son of the late veteran grassroots activist and educationalist Sinnathurai Varatharajan.

The occupying Sinhala Army had set up a special ‘Yapa Patuna Dham Amawai’ Vesak zone with an eatery at Muttave'li stadium in the city of Jaffna on 29 April.

The latest controversy also comes in the aftermath of SL State postponing May Day from May 01st to May 07th on the advice coming from the Buddhist Mahanayakes (Buddhist prelates) in South.

The Mahanayaka theras had urged the mass movements and the political parties in the South not to hold May Day rallies on 01st May due to Vesak celebrations falling on 29th and 30th April this year. However, Eezham Tamils in the North-East went ahead with May Day as usual on 01 May.

SL Army commander in Jaffna serving food at the Vesak eatery in Jaffna on 29 April, 2018
SL Army commander in Jaffna serving food at the Vesak eatery in Jaffna on 29 April, 2018
A section of the public at Muttave'li in Jaffna
A section of the public at Muttave'li in Jaffna
Vesak decoration by SL Military in Jaffna

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