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Former Principal St. John s College, Jaffna, Mr. C.E. Anandarajah.

Wednesday, 4 June 2008 - 7:38 PM SL Time



C.E. Anandarajah was the first intellectual to be killed by the LTTE.


He was killed for organizing a game between the students and the Sri Lankan forces. According to this theory of the LTTE, all the big shots in the LTTE including Paramu Tamilselvan must be punished for traveling in the Sri Lankan Air force helicopter.

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LK Information  4 Jun 2008 12:40:58 GMT  Report for Abuse  
One of the Editorial in Daily news sometime ago
Not many, even among the older generation of Lankans, are likely to easily recall, C. E. Anandarajah, the Principal of St. John's College, Jaffna, who was brutally gunned-down by the LTTE on June 26, 1985.

This cold-blooded murder of an educationist of repute who only meant well by organising a cricket match between members of the Sri Lanka Army in Jaffna and Northern youngsters, marked the first occasion the LTTE cruelly snuffed out the life of a Northern intellectual.

Another Northern intellectual of great repute who met with a similar fate was Dr. Rajini Thiranagama, who worked courageously and enthusiastically for the rights of the Tamil people.

It is encouraging to learn that 20 years after his untimely death, some of C. E. Anandarajah's former pupils and one-time close associates have initiated moves to perpetuate his edifying memory. One such commemorative event has already taken place in Toronto, Canada, and on the opposite page we carry a detailed report of this event.

As some observers have rightly pointed out, these horrific killings, besides stunning the more conscience-endowed and articulate sections of the Tamil community into silence, have led to a steady exodus of educated Tamils from the North-East to the West, thereby leading to a relentless impoverishment of the Tamil community in intellectual and cultural terms.

Besides, such mindless terror has led to the crippling of some of the most well-known educational institutions of the North-East. Those colleges of the North of venerable antiquity, such as St. John's College, St. Patrick's College and Hartley College, for example, are capable of contributing much more to the educational and cultural life of this country but are stymied by the bloody hand of the LTTE.

These developments prove quite adequately the LTTE's zest for power and power only. It would even compromise the well-being of the Tamil people in this hungry quest for power.

This is a great pity because the North-East has possessed and still possesses educational institutions which are second to none in this country. In times past, students from even Southern Sri Lanka flocked to these centres of learning on account of their rare repute. Some of these students went on to occupy high public office in the land and the name of the former Speaker of Parliament K. B. Ratnayake and that of former Minister, Maithripala Senanayake, come easily to mind.

The North-East suffered even more grievously when the 1983 race riots broke out and just prior to this catastrophe, the hallowed Jaffna Public Library was put to the torch by vandals let loose by the then UNP administration. Thus even at that time the UNP seemed to be making common cause with the LTTE.

The educational setbacks thus suffered by the Tamil people are enormous and it is up to the Lankan State to set things right in this sphere. We call on the authorities to lay the basis for an educational rejuvenation in the North-East. May the people's peace hopes come true.



Edited By - Berty - 4 Jun 2008 12:41:20 GMT
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LK Information  4 Jun 2008 12:57:10 GMT  Report for Abuse  
LTTE made several mistakes like this, lack of tolerance and poor knowledge in judging events was always a weakness with LTTE.

If LTTE sleep/travel with the army in the Heli that is diplomacy, if people like Anandaraja played cricket they were traitors. People would have sidelined or ignored LTTE ages ago but the GOSL/Southern Taliban evils are much worse than LTTE that is why people still tolerate LTTE and with LTTE.
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LK Information  4 Jun 2008 14:12:48 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Berty,
wow! now I can stop! :D

BTW define intellectual! *wink*
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LK Information  4 Jun 2008 15:23:28 GMT  Report for Abuse  
It was not even two years after the Black July.Why did not this so-called intellectual-understand the feelings of several thousands of Tamil's relatives,who lost their lifes and the Tamil race, when he organised that game-and that too with the Sinhala Nazi forces.
It is difficult to comprehend!


Edited By - nale - 4 Jun 2008 15:26:40 GMT
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LK Information  4 Jun 2008 17:23:37 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Nale Anna if he was targeted for organizing the game that s was a grave mistake. They have committed few blunders in the past.
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LK Information  4 Jun 2008 17:56:20 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Pattu,
Of course!they have made mistakes!
But he was insensitive and indifferent to the feelings of the people who have been suffering under the jackboot of the Sinhala Nazis.
If he had organised a game with another college from south,you can understand to some extent,even though I would not have done that,at that juncture.
Feelings were running very high at that time.Lots of very intelligent Tamil youths,who would have become intellectuals like him, were prepared to sacrifice their lifes for the sake of the oppressed Tamil people.
There was violent freedom struggle going on in that part of the island.
Being an itellectual,he should have assessed the situation correctly.


Edited By - nale - 4 Jun 2008 19:48:25 GMT
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LK Information  4 Jun 2008 23:45:21 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Thinking
BTW define intellectual! *wink*


U..other names i will withhold..**winkie wink***
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Anandarajah was no saint. Having studied under him when he was a teacher and later as the Principal, I can personally say he was not a saint and neither was he a good teacher. He was a brutal angry man who was often cruel to the people around him. He deserved a good thrashing at times for sure. But he was a Tamil, a Christian and a family man and he was our own at St. Johns College. We Jonnians accept our own the good and the bad. Thats what makes us Jonnians who we are today.

For some one or a group such as the LTTE to be judge jury and executioner and to kill him like a dog on the road is wrong. Any group that sanctions such an execution should be compared to the Nazis. In that the LTTE was indeed acting like thugs and butchers who killed our own unarmed Tamils such as Duriyappah and Amirthalingam and even Umamahaswaran etc etc...What gives any one of us Tamils the right to kill our own people without putting them on trial first? This is what made the LTTE a terrorist organization in the eyes of the world. Killing ones foe in battle is accepted by the world. But killing an unarmed fellow brother from your own community on the road and tie their bodies to lamp-posts is the act of cowards & thugs and uncivilized mobsters. Which is what LTTE sadly had become when they started killing fellow Tamils. The LTTE was never led by intellectuals. So I suppose its wrong of us to expect anything better to have come from the LTTE leadership.

In Christianity there is a saying.... 'Those who live by the swords shall perish by the swords' and I am sad to see thats exactly what had become of the hierarchy of the LTTE. How wonderful the LTTE would have been if they had followed the examples of the Haggana and Eruguin which helped the birth of Israel with armed struggle and the Viet-Cong of Ho Chi Minh who also were fighting for the same thing we Tamils are fighting for, a separate state and self government. They fought with arms and they did it with dignity and by killing their enemy and not fellow brothers, and they won their homeland. In the eyes of the LTTE the common Tamil man was NOT worthy of making the decisions for himself and the LTTE was capable of making it for us and we were stupid and they were not. That was their philosophy and that was WRONG.

As a Tamil, I do hope the next liberation organization which would lead us Tamils is led by educated intellectuals who can use common sense in their judgment. We deserve an independent state but it has to come with struggle and dignity not on the blood of our own Tamils we killed for not agreeing with us. Its common day to day practice to kill one's government opponents in countries like Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Cuba and North Korea. As human beings I would like to think we Tamils have evolved to be better than that. Lets NOT surrender our dignity to common thugs the next time some one wants to lead us Tamils into the promised land.
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