• 29 Nov 2008 13:41:08 GMT


    Likewise it may seem amusing to hear Prabhakaran declaring his intent to continue fighting at a time when the Sri Lankan military juggernaut is relentlessly rolling forward. But it would be a monumental error to misjudge or underestimate the man as many have done in the past.

    There are two sayings in Tamil about the tiger. One is puli pathunguvathu paaivathatku (the Tiger crouches only to pounce). The other is puli pasithaalum Pullai Thinnaathu (Even if hungry Tigers don t eat grass).

    These sayings about four legged felines are applicable in politico military terms to the two legged Tigers also.

    Currently two DVD/Video cassettes are being circulated among the Sri Lankan Diaspora in the west. One is a 32 minute cassette portraying the hardship and suffering undergone by internally displaced civilians in the Wanni. It is emotionally moving to see their tragic plight. There is an open appeal to Tamil Nadu Tamils.

    While these cassettes are openly distributed the other 21 minute cassette is clandestinely shown to selected activists and die- hard supporters. Several LTTE leaders and commanders appear in this film emphasising that they are ready and strong to prolong the fight. There are scenes of cadres being trained.

    The LTTE bigwigs keep on appealing to pulam peyarntha uravugal (our relatives gone abroad) not to be deceived by Government propaganda that the LTTE is weak. They reiterate that they are waiting for the right time to strike.

    They also keep requesting that Diaspora Tamils should continue to support them without faltering until their goal is achieved.

    Both these cassettes illustrate the dual approach adopted by the LTTE. On the one hand the humanitarian predicament is focused on to make an emotional appeal while on the other military strength is projected to retain support of hawkish elements.

    This duality can be discerned in Prabhakaran s GHD speech also where he states that the LTTE is prepared for peace but goes on to assert that the tigers will not give up the fight. There is a deliberately instilled sense of ambiguity here.

    A noteworthy aspect of this year s GHD observances was the military situation and weather.

    With the armed forces on the ascendant and Tiger-controlled territory shrinking rapidly, the climate was not conducive for widespread functions. Torrential rains aggravated the situation further.

    In such an environment there was a nagging doubt as to whether GHD ceremonies could be conducted anywhere let alone being done in grand fashion.

    Yet the LTTE did manage to demonstrate through those ceremonies that they were down but not out .

    None of the ceremonies were conducted openly or on a lavish scale. Prabhakaran himself participated at the main function held in an undisclosed location.

    He commenced his 25 minute address at 5. 40pm. A minute of silence was observed at 6.06 pm. The sacrificial flame was lit by him at 6.07 pm.

    Similar ceremonies were organized simultaneously at different venues.

    Pride of place was given to functions in the Eastern Province from which the LTTE was ousted last year. GHD ceremonies indicated that the tigers had re-established a viable presence in jungle areas of the Batticaloa Amparai districts.

    In Amparai district eastern special commander Col Ram lit the flame at a ceremony in Lahugala jungles in Pottuvil electoral district. Amparai district military commander Nahulan lit the flame in another function held in the Kanjikudichchaaru jungles.

    In Batticaloa district the district military commander Umaram lit the flame in Tharavaikulam in the Thoppigala/Kudumbimalai region Maavadimummaari military chief Kalaimaruthan lit the flame at Thaandiaddy. The political commissar for Maavadimummaari zone lit the flame there. In the Vaaharai region, Aandaankulam military chief Pushpan lit the flame at Aandaankulam. Likewise the Karadiyanaaru military leader lit the flame there.

    In the LTTE controlled regions of Wanni the following Tiger leaders lit the sacrificial flames in different locations. Despite Kilinochchi town being besieged by the armed forces LTTE s northern front commander Col Theeban lit the flame in Kanagapuram Great Heroes cemetery

    Col Sornam (some reports said he was injured or dead) lit the flame at Mulliyavalai GH cemetery while Keerthi did so at Viswamadhu. Col Jeyam did so at Oddusuddan while sea Tiger special commander Soosai paid homage at sea to all sea Tigers who perished at sea. The woman sea Tiger special commander Poorani and deputy sea-Tiger commander Vinayagam lit the flames in Alambil and Uduthurai respectively.

    LTTE finance chief Thamilkumaran, Sencholai orphanage co-ordinator Sudarmahal, Charles Anthony division special commander Vimal, and Military college chief instructor Aathavan, lit the flames in Puthukkudiyiruppu,Vattakkachchi,Kandawalai and Udayarkaddu GH cemeteries respectively.

    There are also special memorial monuments for cadres from Batticaloa Amparai districts, Imran Pandian infantry brigade and Kutty Sri mortar units. The flames in these places were lit by Jeyanthan brigade chief Bhavaan,Kilinochchi district military chief Velavan and Kuttysri unit chief Kalaichelvan respectively.

    By staging these ceremonies in spite of a very hostile environment the LTTE has proved a point. The Tigers have shown that despite the strong challenge posed by the armed forces it is a case of business as usual for them in key spheres.

    The Great Heroes day events are given top priority in the LTTE scheme of things.

    There exists in the martial tradition of the Tamils a concept known as Nadugal Valipaadu, which literally means worshipping the planted stone.

    Until the influence of Aryan-Brahminism pervaded the Dravidian people, the custom in South India had been that of burying their dead. Tombstones were erected at the graves of great heroes fallen in battle. These were honoured regularly through special panegyrical rituals.

    The classical Tamil literature of the Sangham era is replete with references to this Nadugal Valipaadu concept.

    Poetic works like pattinappaalai , Malaipaduhadaam , aingurunooru , ahanaanooru , puranaanooru and Tholgappiyam refer to this phenomenon.

    The aftermath of the Hindu renaissance period saw Brahminism becoming dominant and altering a way of life drastically.

    The decline of Tamil dynasties along with the advent of Moghul, Nayakkar and European colonialism saw the martial tradition among Tamils becoming debilitated.

    The custom of paying homage to heroes fallen in battle became non-existent in an environment where war was virtually unknown for generations.

    In modern times the LTTE has revived and developed to a great extent the Tamil tradition of paying homage to its fallen heroes just as it re-introduced a martial Tamil culture through war.

    When the first Great Heroes Day was observed in 1989, there were only 1,343 martyrs. The tally in 2000 was 16,591. In 2005 the figure was 17,903 this year up to October 30, 1974 tigers comprising 1398 males and 576 females were killed. This excludes about 3,000 conscripts who had not been made full members and therefore denied great hero status.

    The grand total from November 27 1982 to October 30 2008 is 22, 114 Tiger great heroes killed. This comprises 17,305 males and 4,809 females.

    As the ethnic conflict continues, the casualty rates also increase. What this means is that more and more Tamil families are suffering the losses of their loved ones and becoming grief stricken.

    A qualitative change in recent times has been increased conscription by the LTTE. The emotional reaction of family members towards their kith and kin forcibly taken by the LTTE and sacrificed on the altar of war would be different to those who joined voluntarily.

    Denying great hero status to some of those raw conscripts who get killed can only add insult to injury.

    Given the current flow of events and the manner, mode and message of Prabhakaran s GHD address there can be little doubt that we are going to see more and more war.

    The Rajapaksa regime though unpopular on many fronts is sustained in power mainly through its pro war policy. In such a situation one can expect an escalation and intensification of war in the future.

    Not only will the LTTE resist fiercely but also may launch its long awaited counter strike.

    Which way the goddess of war would bestow her blessings or curses is uncertain. But the only certainty is that the Tamil populated regions will see an increase in death, displacement and destruction in the days to come. Tamil suffering will continue.

    D.B.S. Jeyaraj can be reached

    at djeyaraj2005@yahoo.com

  • 29 Nov 2008 13:41:48 GMT

    And the war goes on and on and on............

  • 29 Nov 2008 14:10:29 GMT

    Many sinhala war mongers will get loose motion after reading this. we dont invest money for 30 yrs to lose.

    never ever underestimate vp`s military strength and strategy.

    2009 will give heavy blow to sinhala war mongers politically, economically and militarily.

  • 29 Nov 2008 14:28:02 GMT

    [And the war goes on and on and on............]

    and Sinhala leaders get richer and richer, Sinhala people get poorer and poorer, Tamils get killed and injured...sad state of the Island...all because Sinhala leaders can`t learn to share, live and let live...

    BTW I posted this earlier and was able to fit the whole thing into the main post, how come yours didn`t?

  • 29 Nov 2008 14:54:30 GMT

    DBSJ playing a dual role, same like Raman. The crux of his writing ,if you read his writing over the time, to show that he is agains LTTE, but at the same time he wants Sinhalese to respect prabha.

    So he will write any garbage to amplyfy the persoanlity of praba. if you Believe him you fall into trap.

    He wants sinhalese to belive Velu is infact a SUN GOD. He wants others specially sinhalese to respect velu. irrespective of velus weak personality. If you follow what prabha did for 30 years You will realise amaziningly, he is nothing but a studid selfish mouse who feels he has no escape route other than fighting and velu is fighting for his own survival and glory.

    It was JVP and Premadasa who expelled IPKF, not LTTE.

    and what you can say about a man hiding behind civilians, a man who wants civilians to shield him????? except saying he is the cowardest of cowards.

    But DBSJ wants sinhalese to belive Prabha in the brevest, genious of all Sinhalese and tamils.

    ha ha what a joke??

  • 29 Nov 2008 15:10:11 GMT

    Dumindak you miss the boat again, DBSJ doesn`t like Velu and his methods, BUT he also understands what Sinhala thieves are up to and he does like what velu is fighting for, so its a love hate relationship. Anyway he has been more acurate than any of your state slave media.

  • 29 Nov 2008 15:11:25 GMT


    [It was JVP & Premadasa who got IPKF out..........]

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

    Sinhalayas are good at writing stories and myths like Mahawamse...........

    Ha Ha Ha Ha

  • 29 Nov 2008 15:22:00 GMT

    I cant believe how Jeyaraj can roam freely while cheerleading a terrorist leader in the country. Only in SL. He is talking about the plight of tamil people while forgetting the improvements in the lives of eastern tamil people. He could have written this article from neutral standpoint, but it reflects a different stance.

  • 29 Nov 2008 16:32:35 GMT


    I purposely put the article in pieces

  • 29 Nov 2008 16:33:27 GMT


    The thing about Jeyaraj is he picks the weak points in both sides. He doesn`t glorify any particular sides!