Foreign-funded ‘Sevalanka’ schemes Sinhala tourism in Tamil hinterland of Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Thursday, 12 September 2019, 23:10 GMT]
The ‘Sevalanka Foundation’ which operates with the hidden agenda of imposing Sinhala socio-cultural development on Eezham Tamils with the backing of countries like Norway is aiming at transforming Kudumpi-malai area in the hinterland of Batticaloa district into a Sinhala tourism hotspot, District Secretariat sources said. The outfit has proposed to convert the agriculture-dependent Tamil villagers to serve the Sinhala tourists in the name of ‘development’. Informed civil officials in the District Secretariat urged Tamil journalists and the civil society activists to expose the wrong intentions behind the scheme to the larger society. The Tamil diaspora should gain the ability to objectively confront the host countries that continue and promote genocidal ‘engagement’ despite repeated concerns expressed by the Tamils.

Sevalanka is now proposing to create tourist hotspots at Tharavai, Kudumpi-malai and Alli-oadai in Koa'ra'laip-pattu South (Kiraan) administrative division of the district of Batticaloa.

The occupying Sinhala army, which chased away the residents of four villages in Kudumpi-malai GS division during the times of war in 2007, has heavily militarised the area already.

Location of Kudumpimalai
The location of Kudumpimalai (Barren's Cap) from Batticaloa and Vaazhaich-cheanai


The Sinhala military has been operating resorts in the occupied civil offices in the area.

Kudumpi-malai, known as Thoppik-kal and Baron’s Cap in the interior of Batticaloa district, is located 54 km north of Batticaloa city and 15 km east of Vaazhaich-cheanai.

The Tamil villages, bordering with the Polonnaruwa district, which belongs to the North Central Province, are also facing imminent danger of Sinhalicisation and colonisation.

The Tamil farmers, who were self-sustained during the times of the de-facto Tamil Eelam administration, are systematically deprived of essential infrastructure which is necessary to sustain their livelihood after 2009.

The Tamil people in the coastal and fishing areas of Kalkudaa and Paala-meen-madu have already lost their livelihood due to the ‘tourism’ industry carried out under the so-called banner of ‘development’ in Batticaloa.

Kudumpimalai
Kudumpimalai in the Koa'ralaippattu division of Batticaloa district [Image courtesy: Asitha Gamalath, Flickr.com]


Chronology:

 

Latest 15 Reports
02.07.20 22:26  
Colombo imposes restrictions on Tamil valour related symbolism in schools of North
01.07.20 13:22  
New secret unit among four SL military and police squads competing to arrest Tamil youth in North
30.06.20 22:10  
Tamils blocked from accessing properties near SL Navy training base in Champoor, Trincomalee
29.06.20 23:29   Photo
Moragoda advising Gotabaya prompts Sinhala parties to scrap Provincial Councils
28.06.20 22:06  
India privileging BRIC/RIC over Quad ‘discordant’, says former US top diplomat
27.06.20 22:11  
Indo-Pacific expert wants US to seek opportunities in ‘Sri Lanka’
26.06.20 21:24  
Russia steps up influence on New Delhi to uphold “multilateralism” against US “rules-based order”
25.06.20 23:53  
Pompeo talks about US reposturing troops, mentions India, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia
24.06.20 23:36   Photo
Devananda circumvents court order, manipulates Jaffna fishers to allow poachers from South
23.06.20 22:03  
Sinhala encroachment of pastureland continues unabated in Batticaloa
22.06.20 18:17  
SLMC Chairman: Time for joint Tamil-Muslim efforts
21.06.20 23:11   Photo
Ex-councillor: Poverty-stricken Tamils at receiving end of SL military brutality in North
20.06.20 23:53   Photo
Tamil man killed, Sinhala Army opens fire at motorbike rider at Mukamaalai in North
19.06.20 23:30  
Dr Amir Ali: SL Archaeology aims to obliterate Tamil traces, shrink territory of Muslims in East
18.06.20 21:02  
Colombo steps up surveillance harassment on organisations operating in East
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=39573