"..Death never destroys great men who have lived for lofty
ideals. They have an everlasting place in the history of our
Nation..." Tamil Eelam Leader,
Mamanithar G.G. (Kumar) Ponnambalam Jr
Kumar Ponnambalam, was born on 12
August 1938. He entered Sri Lankan politics in the early 60's. In 1966 he became the
president of the Tamil Congress' Youth Wing. He later became General Secretary of the All
Ceylon Tamil Congress. A lawyer by profession (he was called to the Bar from Lincoln's
Inn, London in 1974), he contested in the Sri Lanka general elections in 1977 and in the
presidential elections in 1982. He was shot dead in Colombo on 5 January 2000.
Many Tamils will regard
the open letter that he wrote to Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga a few
days before he was murdered, as an enduring epitaph to his steadfast commitment
to the struggle of his people for equality and freedom.
Mamanithar C.Jeyaratnam Eliezer
being a long time resident of Australia, you have always been conscious
of the fact that you are a son of Tamil Eelam and have displayed a rare
degree of patriotism and a sense of belonging to the Tamil nation, which
have motivated you to render invaluable service to the cause of national
liberation and freedom for our people. Having recognized the
reasonableness of our cause, you have given expression to the
aspirations of our people and justified our struggle for self
determination. You have been a relentless campaigner for justice to the
Tamil nation and have been making innumerable representations to the
highest levels of Australian Government."
his sojourn in Tamil Nadu, Aditanar, a Tamil leader of the “We Tamils
Movement” who was also Speaker of the Tamil Nadu Assembly and chief
editor of Thinathanthi, bestowed on him the title of Unarchik Kaviñar,
the poet of emotional commitment, very much in the same category as the
Tamil poet of Pondicherry, Bharathidasan who has been hailed as the
poet-spokesman of the Dravida Kazhakam movement. Kasi Ananthan is
reputed to have proclaimed: Pirapakaran ninaittatu natakkum, that is, «
What Prabhakaran thinks/wishes/wants will happen! » "
Maamanithar Joseph Pararajasingham
Mr.Joseph Pararajasingham is a person blessed with rare and incredible
qualities. Melodious interaction, simple manners and magnanimity in approach are
the hallmarks of his personality. Steadfast and honest, he is an excellent
political leader. The Tamil people affectionately hailed him as a formidable
fighter for human rights. His extra-ordinary attachment to the Tamil cause
gravitated all towards him. The demise of Mr.Joseph Pararajasingham is an
irreparable loss to the Tamil Nation.
Mamanithar Dharmeratnam Sivaram (Taraki)
"Dharmeratnam Sivaram, was a regular columnist for the Sri Lanka Daily Mirror
and was a Member of the Editorial board of
TamilNet. He has also written for the Sri Lanka Sunday
Times under the penname "Taraki."
was regarded by many as the finest
analysis of LTTE strategy and the Sri Lankan government's strategic
response. He closely followed Sri Lanka's long war and its complex array of
militant organizations. Sivaram originally joined the People's Liberation
Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), which was formed following a split from the
LTTE. He remained with PLOTE until 1990, when he took to journalism and became
well known as Taraki. His later writings were supportive of the LTTE.
He was subjected to intimidation by the Sri Lanka
authorities for several years - and with increasing intensity during the past
year. He was murdered on 28 April 2005. ..
writings will remain a continuing reminder of his lasting and courageous contribution to the
struggle for Tamil Eelam."
Mamanithar Vanniasingham Vigneswaran
"Tamil Nation has lost today a highly principled man who
worked relentlessly towards the freedom of Tamil Nation.
A flame of freedom that burnt brightly in our Nation's
capitol has been extinguished. A strident voice that
fought for the unity and solidarity of the Tamil Nation
has gone silent. A Tamil activist who served as a
backbone to the rise of Tamil Nationalism has been
killed by the cowardice attack by the enemy.
Vigneswaran's loss has plunged our Nation into
Mamanithar Thillainadarajah Jeyakumar
"..A struggle for freedom is
no evening tea party. But, a struggle for freedom also
produces its heroes and heroines – men and women who
have displayed strength, ability and courage far beyond
the call of duty. Thillainadarajah Jeyakumar
will always remain in our memories as one of the heroes
of the struggle of his people for freedom. I
respectfully salute Jeyakumar's
sustained contribution to the cause of his people during
these many years - sustained through many trials and