One Hundred Tamils
of the 20th Century
"Kanagaratnam Jeyaseelan was a young and dedicated
journalist who strove untiringly for the cause of liberation
even in the face of threats to his life. His death comes as
another blow to us in a time when Tamil journalists are
being targeted and killed by paramilitary groups guided and
assisted by the Sri Lanka government," said Vellinatham
Editor Sri Indrakumar paying homage to Jeyaseelan,
Sub-Editor Vellinatham, the weekly edition of Eelanatham
daily published in Vanni, at an event held Saturday around
11.30 a.m in the Eelanatham office in Kilinochchi presided
by Sudarmany of Eelanatham, said sources from Vanni.
Kanagaratnam Jeyaseelan, who died in a motorbike accident
Friday in Kilinochchi, was honoured with the title National
Patriot (Nattup Patralar) on his demise by The Liberation
Tigers of Tamil Eelam. "Jeyaseelan had worked
unceasingly for more than ten years, even when Eelanatham
had to face countless difficulties and crisis. He is a role
model for all aspiring young journalists," said Eelantham
Chief editor Mr. Jeyaraj.
The remains of Jeayseelan kept at his residence for paying
last respects at Anandapuram in Kilinochchi was brought to
the Eelanatham office where many journalists, editors,
writers and others paid tribute to Jeyaseelan.
Mr. Naresh, Media coordinator lit the Common flame and
Jeyseelan's mother Veerangani lit the Sacrificial flame and
garlanded her son's remains. S. Thangan, deputy political
head of the LTTE began the event offering flowers followed
by Eelanatham Head Parthipan, Chief editor Jeyaraj and Jegan
from the Media wing.
"Every one of us, in our various fields, is engaged in the
struggle for liberation and Jeyaseelan who was known for his
selfless dedication to the cause, though no more with us
physically, will in spirit, be a force urging us to take our
struggle forward," said Thangan in his speech.
Puthuvai Irathinathurai, Head of the organisation for Arts
and Culture, Writer Pon. Poolagasingam, journalist Ansalin
also spoke. Homage paid to journalist Jeyaseelan in
Kilinochchi (Homage paid to journalist Jeyaseelan in
Kilinochchi - TamilNet, May 08, 2006)