Sri Lanka’s Tamils oppose ‘Vesak Day’ celebrations

Vesak, which marks the birth, the attainment of the Buddhahood and his death is celebrated with national holidays on two consecutive days

By: PTI | Colombo | Published: May 10, 2017 5:27 pm
Sri Lanka Vesak Day, Vesak Day, PM Modi, Narendra Modi, Sri Lanka, Modi Sri Lanka visit, India Sri Lanka, PM Modi to visit Sri Lanka, Indian Express, India news A Tamil leader said the ‘Vesak’ is celebrated by the military on a grand scale to trample the feelings of the Tamil people and to demonstrate the Sinhala country in the North and East. (Representational Image)

Sri Lankan Tamils have voiced displeasure over the military’s ‘Vesak Day’ celebration in the former conflict zone, saying all should observe it as a ‘Black Day’ as no justice has been delivered to the victims of the brutal civil war.

Vesak, which marks the birth, the attainment of the Buddhahood and his death is celebrated with national holidays today and tomorrow.

“No justice had been delivered even after 8 years have passed after the Mulliwaikkal genocide, the military is celebrating on an ever-increasing scale, the Vesak in North to cover it and to Sinhalisation of the North,” Selvarajah Kajendran, the Secretary of the Tamil National People Front and a former parliamentarian told reporters.

The month of May, he alleged, is the month of “genocide”.

“All Tamil people are observing it as a ‘Black Month’. May 12th to May 18th are to be observed as Mulliwaikkal Commemoration week. All should come forward to observe it as a ‘Black Day’,” he said.

The LTTE’s 30-year separatist campaign ended on May 18, 2009 at Mulliwaikkal in the northeastern Mullaithivu district where Velupillai Prabhakaran, the leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), was killed by Lankan troops.

He said the ‘Vesak’ is celebrated by the military on a grand scale to trample the feelings of the Tamil people and to demonstrate the Sinhala country in the North and East.

Kajendran urged President Maithripala Sirisena to cancel his visit to Mulliwaikkal on the May 18.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive here tomorrow to be the chief guest at the UN Day of ‘Vesak’ conference to be held from May 12 to 14.

Sri Lanka in 1999 had moved at UN for international recognition of Vesak.

According to the UN figures, up to 40,000 civilians were killed by the security forces during former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime that brought an end to the conflict with the defeat of LTTE in 2009.

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    prof premraj pushpakaran
    May 11, 2017 at 5:06 pm
    prof prem raj pushpakaran writes -- let us celebrate International vesak day (May 10) !!!
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      g
      May 10, 2017 at 10:39 pm
      In the name of Buddhist compassion, Sri Lankan troops committed atrocities in the north.
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        chamal
        May 10, 2017 at 7:21 pm
        Really? One or two those stupid people have those thoughts? That doesn't mean it's the opinions of all Tamilians. In here in Sri Lanka, we give away free foods in street and every people are treated like same. We live in peace here in Sri Lanka. Those LTTE supporters still try to do the thing that they couldn't accomplish by a war. And you tell Sinhalese are gonna to spread their nationalism in the island including North and Eastern? So, tell me who has written the lands to them? So, How many Tamilians live in Colombo and other southern parts of the country? And if some people still have doubts, please check history clean. You will find who Sinhalese are and whether they actually have real rights of the island...
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          Prem
          May 10, 2017 at 7:35 pm
          How much sri lankan troops trained by british military?
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            Siva Sankaran Sarma
            May 11, 2017 at 3:30 pm
            Stop lying most of the Tamils living down south are not indigenous Eelam Tamils but Indian origin estate Tamils. No one is opposed to the Sinhalese only armed forces or police in a hundred percent Tamil areas whey you get only Saivite and small amount of Christian and Muslim Tamils from celebrating in their barracks or decorating there. However we strongly object them coming and forcibly foisting this alien Sinhalese religion on us in public places and forcibly trying to Sinhalise the Saivite Tamil north and east. Tamils down south legally arrive purchase their lands and do not force or foist their culture on to the Sinhalese. This is like the victor trying tell the Tamils who is the master even in their lands.
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          2. Sankara Subramanian
            May 10, 2017 at 6:33 pm
            Tamizhans are asking for another genocide, i guess. Srilanka should root out the evangelical christians and deport all of the elements who fan this religious & racial separatism.
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              Prem
              May 10, 2017 at 7:34 pm
              You are another brainwashed person by some hindu nationalist please read true history on PEOPLES' TRIBUNAL ON SRI LANKA
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              1. qwe123kids Avinash
                May 11, 2017 at 1:10 am
                No, he is right..do you know about aryan dravidan therory? This one major root cause of Tamil and Shinallies conflict? and do you know who progateded and defend till Now?
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                Siva
                May 11, 2017 at 9:31 am
                Excuse me I am a Jaffna Brahmin and I find your comment very offensive who the are you to comment about us in this offensive manner. This celebration by Sinhalese troops and police is an act of triumphalism in the Tamil lands in the north and east. They would not have dared to do this 9 years ago. What about evangelical Christians? They do not destroy Hindu places of worship like the Sri Lankan troops do. With this sort of at ude from people like you, supporting Sinhalese racists against your own Tamils. more people will convert.
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                  Siva
                  May 11, 2017 at 9:37 am
                  Sinhalese are not Aryans but largely descended from Tamils. In fact around 50 of the present day so called Sinhalese are purely descended from largely low caste Indian Tamil slave/indentured labour that was imported into the southern parts of the island by the Portuguese and Dutch colonials. Their Sinhalised descendants now make up half of the present day Sinhalese. The original Sinhalese are mixture of the original Tamil or semi Tamil speaking Naga and Yakka tribes and Indian immigrants who migrated to the island , again largely from the them Tamil country , present day Tamil Nadu and Kerala. For your information the Sinhalese share a 25 DNA with people from Bengal ,whilst the indigenous Sri Lankan Tamils share 28 DNA with the Bengali. Sinhalese share a 70 DNA with Indian Tamils and indigenous Sri Lankan Tamils only 17 . Get your facts correct.
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                  Jey
                  May 11, 2017 at 10:13 am
                  Most of the Eelam Tamils are Saivite Hindus and only a small minority are Christians. Do you even know what you are talking about? Also most Hindus in Eelam follow Saiva Siddhantam and not Brahminical Hinduism like in India.
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                    Siva Sankaran Sarma
                    May 11, 2017 at 3:22 pm
                    These Indians do not know the correct facts or history and blindly comment. They think Sinhalese are truly indigenous and Aryans and we Eelam Tamils are outsiders and Dravidians and as such Sinhalese deserve their support and Eelam Tamils do not. They do not realise that the Sinhalese are neither Aryans nor indigenous and have are largely descended from ancient Tamils both Indigenous and Indian from what is now modern Kerala and Tamil Nadu and parts of modern Andhra with a little bit migration from North East India. They also do not realise that the Tamil presence in the island is very ancient and Saivaism in the island pre dates Buddhism . Ancient Tamil names like Eelam(Ceylon), Chingkalam ( the land of red or copper) hence Sinhala and Cheran Theevu( the island of the ancient Tamil Cheras corrupted to Serendib) Taprobane from the river Thamaraparani still flowing in Southern Tamil Nadu., are all still in use. No Sinhalese name. Lanka is Austronesian
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