Posters have been put up within the Jaffna University premises requesting everyone to remember ‘Tamil’s to remember the dead’ called ‘Hero’s Day’ or in Tamil ‘Mahaveerar Day’ on November 27 world wide, University students claimed.
The previous government under Mahinda Rajapaksha since 2009 celebrated the day as ‘Hero’s Day’ of the Sinhala Forces for killing more than 170,000 Tamils and notably more than 40,000 Tamil civilians in month of May 2009 alone. Millions of dollars were spent by the Mahinda government to celebrate the killing of thousands of Tamil’s on this day and in Colombo while the Tamil community was banned from remembering their next of skins killed by the Army at their homes. The Hindu temples are banned from having services on this day.
Due to continues cheating of Tamil’s by the successive Sinhala governments Posters with the message, ‘Tamil People’s desire is Tamil Eelam,’ ‘Our aim is Tamil Eelam, let’s Celebrate Mahaveerar Day,’ were seen in several places within the university premises.
Students said that they were unaware as to who had put up these posters. Few days ago, posters displaying the same message, were seen in Vavuniya requesting the people to celebrate ‘Mahaveerar Day’ and pray for the dead and may their parents heart and soul find peace and comfort.
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today (May 18, 2015) called on the people to remember the sacrifice made by the soldiers during the war.
Rajapaksa, who attended an event at the Viharamaha devi park in Colombo this evening to commemorate the war heroes, said in a statement that while the month of May has always been remembered for Vesak, since 2009 it has been remembered in Sri Lanka for the end of the war.
“May 18 is remembered as the National freedom day,” the former President said.
Rajapakasa, who was President when the LTTE was defeated and the war ended, said that the sacrifices of the soldiers during the war can never be forgotten.
Meanwhile commemorative events were held in several parts of the North today to remember the thousands of civilians killed during the final stages of the war. (Colombo Gazette)
On 26 July 1957 an agreement known as the “Banda-Chelva” pact was signed between Bandaranayake (President Chandrika’s father) and the Tamil leader, S. J. V. Chevanayagam. This agreement was based on a quasi-federal system devolving certain powers to the Tamils in the North East provinces.
On 24 March 1965, an agreement known as “Dudley-Chelva” Pact was signed between Dudley Senanayake and the Tamil leader S. J. V. Chelvanayagam.
On the 29th July 1987, a peace accord known as “Indo-Lanka” was signed between Sri Lanka and India. Even though this accord purported to bring an end to the island’s ethnic crisis, it was signed without any consultation with the Tamils of the North and East. This paved the way for the 13th amendment, which has never yet been implemented.
On 5 January 1995 the Government of Sri Lanka (President Chandrika) signed an agreement for cessation of hostilities with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – LTTE. The Government announced lifting of the economic embargo but the embargo continued. Later Chandrika government argued that there was no such thing as an economic embargo in the Tamil region.
Several rounds of negotiations took place in Thailand, Japan, Norway, Germany and Switzerland. The government of Sri Lanka failed to implement the agreed outcomes of peace talks.
On 24 June 2005, the Post Tsunami Operational Management Structure – PTOMS was signed between the government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE. This agreement was made null and void because of a political judgement on 15 July 2005, from the Supreme Court. The PTOMS involved distribution of Tsunami aid in the North and East.
Out of all of the above, not a single agreement was respected by the political leaders or governments of the day in Sri Lanka. Therefore, ignoring or breaching the latest resolution of the UN HRC is not a difficult affair for the present government.
Of course there are a few individuals on both sides who want a peaceful political solution and demand justice for what has happened in the past.