Vedanta sections in North-East divided over backing Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinism

[TamilNet, Thursday, 18 July 2019, 12:36 GMT]
Apart from the secular Eezham Tamil activists, including the Saivites and the Catholics, some sections of Vedanta Hindus have braved their North Indian inclination and condemned the escalating heritage genocide against the Tamils in the North-East. The North Indian Vedanta line wants to sustain the anti-Tamil nexus between the Hindutva and Theravada Buddhism. It is also orientated against Tamil-Muslim unity. However, Swami Chidakashananda of Chinmaya Mission Jaffna, who took part in the mobilisation heeding to the call made by the Saivaist Then-Kayilai Aatheenam at Kanniyaa was addressing media at the Jaffna Press Club on Wednesday. He said the accelerating Sinhala-Buddhicisation of Tamil heritage sites in the North-East must be stopped through exerting international pressure on the SL State.

Chidakashananda said he felt humiliated as the SL authorities and the police were blocking the Tamils from accessing the land of their Vinaayakar temple and by the violent act of Sinhala extremists splashing hot tea water at the priest and the landlord lady at the presence of the SL Police.

Vedanta religious groups, adapting to the modern secular values upheld by the nation of Eezham Tamils, was a seldom positive move issue to witness, journalists in Jaffna commented. However, they were seeking increased vigilance on attempts to cause divisions among the Tamils along the religious lines, both from Colombo and New Delhi.

In the meantime,, a Tamil news website in an article published on Thursday brought out the hidden controversy of a Tamil group, Raava'na cheanai (இராவணசேனை) , which seems to have been either groomed by the intelligence/extremist establishments or hijacked away from its previous line at Kanniyaa.

Verifying the allegations with the secretary of the group, K. Senthooran, the Tamil news site said the secretary was advocating for collaboration with the Sinhala Buddhist monks to secure the interests of the Tamils.

However, Koormai didn't elaborate on how Mr Senthooran's group was justifying the case for such a partnership.

Senthooran also denied allegations of links with Hindutva groups.

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The Tamil ‘Raava'na Chenai’ could well be a political counter-insurgency hijack which was originating from Colombo, Tamil grassroots activists in Trincomalee told TamilNet. There is already a Sinhala extremist group that has propped up after 2009 with the name “Ravana Balaya”.

In the meantime, grassroots activists who went to take part in the protest from Jaffna to Kanniyaa also addressed the journalists at Jaffna Press Club. Murugiah Komahan, a former Tamil political prisoner and a grassroots activist and Murukavel Sathasivam, a civil rights activist condemned the behaviour of the SL State apparatus and demanded immediate action from the Tamil political actors to safeguard the heritage sites of Eezham Tamils.

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