"Every one of us, in our various fields, is engaged in the
struggle for liberation"
தேசிய எழுச்சியின் வெகுசன வடிவமாக அறப்போர் புரிந்த அன்னை பூபதி
அவர்களின் நினைவு தினத்தை நாட்டுப் பற்றாளர் தினமாகக் கடந்த ஆண்டு
தமிழீழத் தேசியத் தலைமை பிரகடனப் படுத்தியிருந்தது.
நினைவு தினத்தை நாட்டுப் பற்றாளர் தினமாகத் தமிழீழத்து மக்களும் புலம்
பெயர்ந்த தமிழ் மக்களும் உணர்வு பூர்வமாக நினைவு கூர்ந்தார்கள்."
நாட்டுப்பற்றாளர் தினம் - அன்னை பூபதி ஒரு குறியீடு! -
Annai Poopathy - 1988
"Today, we cherish the memory of a great martyr and salute her supreme sacrifice. Mother Poopathi has earned our highest esteem as one of
the noble martyrs who have become legends in the history of our liberation struggle.
As a woman, as a mother, as the maternal head of the family, Poopathi amma transcended her
ordinary life and the bonds of existential attachment in sacrificing her life for the
emancipation of her nation. .."
on Second Anniversary of Annai Poopathy's death, April 1990
"He was a prophet scorned by his generation. He was scorned after 20 years
of association by S.J.V.Chelvanayakam, whom he considered as his political
mentor. He was scorned by his fellow parliamentary colleagues (of the then
Federal Party of late 1960s), who had settled cozily for the chairs in the
legislative assembly. He was even scorned by the Tamil voters of his Kayts
constituency in the 1970 and 1977 general elections. But, Vaithianathan
Navaratnam who became a proctor in 1936 and entered the public life was made
of stern stuff, even in his will to outlast his political contemporaries..."
நாட்டுப்பற்றாளர் Kanagaratnam Jeyaseelan - 2006
"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"
நாட்டுப்பற்றாளர் Yogarasa Yogeswary & Thurairasa Vathany -
Liberation Tigers conferred "Tamil National Patriot"
titles to the two sisters, Ms. Yogarasa Yogeswary, 26, and Thurairasa
Vathany, 17, who were victims of a revenge killing, Wednesday night, by
suspected paramilitaries, at Palacholai in Batticaloa. Their bodies were
kept for viewing at Illupadicheni Tamil School and were cremated with
full military honors at the LTTE Cemetary for Patriots Saturday, daily
Batticaloa Eelanaatham reported. Batticaloa Senior LTTE military
Commander Banu, LTTE commanders, LTTE fighters and Palacholai residents
paid their last respect to the sisters. Head of Batticaloa Heroes
welfare, Selvanmama, presided the memorial event where the titles were
conferred on the sisters. Amparai district Head of LTTE political wing,
Dayamohan, spoke at the event. Palacholai, a village in
Vantharumoolai, is located 18 km north of Batticaloa town.
(TamilNet, December 10, 2005 22:14 GMT)
A.S.Gunaratnam - 2005
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Sunday conferred "Nattupattalar"
(National Patriot) title on the departed veteran sportsman
Mr.A.S.Gunaratnam. Attorney-at-Law Mr.K.Sivapalan read out the statement
issued by the LTTE Trincomalee district political secretariat conferring
the title at an event held Sunday morning at Trincomalee Hindu Cultural
Hall where the body of late Mr.Gunaratnam was kept for paying last
respects by the people of the east port city.
"We confer " Nattupattalar" title on late Mr.Gunaratnam for his services
rendered to Tamil cause and against oppression of Tamils in the capital
of Tamil nation, Trincomalee," said the statement of the LTTE. A
condolence meeting was held Sunday evening before the body was taken to
Vavuniya. The body of late Mr.Gunaratnam was brought to Trincomalee from
Colombo Sunday early morning. The body will be kept in Vavuniya for
public viewing on Monday. From there it would be taken to Killinochchi
for public viewing. The body will be taken to Jaffna Tuesday evening
from Killinochchi and the cremation will take place Wednesday morning at
Kombayanmanal cemetery in Jaffna, family sources said.
Mr.A.S.Gunaratnam, retired Assistant Director of
Sports in the North East Provincial Education, Cultural, Sports and
Youth Affairs Ministry and currently Assistant Director of the North
East Youth Affairs Ministry passed away Friday in Colombo after a brief
illness. He had been a colorful personality in the field of sports not
only in the North East but also at the national level. He had been
fluent in all three languages, Tamil, Sinhala and English. He was 68 at
the time of his death, family sources said.
Mr Gunaratnam accompanied the Sri Lankan athletic team as the Manager to
the 10th World Athletic Meet-2005, held in Finland early this year. He
was also the manager of the Sri Lankan team that participated in the
10th Asian Athletic Meet held in Bangkok in the year 2002.
At that time of death he was holding important positions in the Sri
Lanka Athletic Association (Assistant Secretary), Sri Lanka Football
Association (committee member) and World Football Referees Association
(member) at national level, sources said.
He joined as a Sports Officer in the Sri Lanka government service and
served in the districts of Anuradhapura, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Mannar,
Jaffna, Killinochchi, Batticaloa, Amparai and Trincomalee. He later rose
to the position of the North-East Provincial Assistant Director of
He was born on 1.11.1938 in Nainativu in Jaffna district and had his
primary and higher education in Jaffna Vaitheeswara Vidiyalayam and
Jaffna Central College. At sixteen he became the marathan champion at
He has been the advisor of Trincomalee District Tamil Peoples Consortium
during his latter part of life. He had been playing a vital role in
Tamil cultural and political activities in the Trincomalee district. He
played an active role in the recent Tamil Resurgence Convention held in
Mr.R.Sampanthan, parliamentary group leader of the Tamil National
Alliance Friday evening paid his last respects to the sports veteran in
Colombo where his body was kept for viewing. Mr.Sampanthan said the
death of Mr.Gunaratnam has created a void in the development of sports
activities in the northeast province. Mr.Sampanthan said Mr.Gunaratnam
in his latter part of his life had been instrumental in promoting Tamil
activities especially in the Trincomalee district.
On Sunday morning his body will be kept for viewing in Trincomalee,
first at NE Provincial Ministry of Education office and later at the
Trincomalee Hindu Cultural Hall. Thereafter his body will be taken to
Jaffna for cremation, family sources said.
(TamilNet, December 18, 2005)
Nadaraja Sivakadadcham - 2005
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) conferred the
title "Tamil national patriot" on Mr. Nadaraja Sivakadadcham, Principal
of Kopay Christian College, who was shot dead Tuesday night at his
residence in Jaffna by unknown gunmen. This was revealed in a statement
issued by the LTTE Jaffna district political secretariat located in LTTE
held Pallai division in Jaffna district Wednesday. Excerpts from the
message delivered in Tamil follow:
"We strongly condemn the murder of Mr Nadaraja Sivakadadcham, principal
of Kopay Christian College and president of Kopay Region Resurgence
Consortium by Intelligence operatives of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and
traitors from Eelam People Democratic Party (EPDP).
"Mr Sivakadadcham rendered invaluable service towards education of Tamil
youths and for the social welfare of his community in Kopay. Above all,
he worked until his death for the liberation of his people.
"We wish to convey our sympathies to his grieving wife, children and
relatives who are devastated by his death.
"By murdering Mr Sivakadadcham, enemies are seeking to dampen our
peoples thirst for freedom. The historical truth, however, dictates that
the incident will further ignite the fire of national liberation in our
people." (TamilNet, October 13, 2005
Vidwan Sokkan - 2004
Political wing of the LTTE in its condolence message
Saturday said that it honourd Vidwan Sokkan by declaring him
Patriot (Natup Patralar). He worked hard in his old age too
to mould a new generation that should dedicate for the
development of Tamil language and literature, the condolence
message added. Art and Cultural Association of the LTTE in
its condolence message said the demise of veteran Tamil
scholar Mr.K.Sokkalingam (Sokkan) as an irreparable loss to
the Tamil nation in the development of the language and
"Mr.Sokkan passed away at a crucial juncture when his
services are needed in building the war-ravaged Tamil
nation," said the message.
Meanwhile the funeral of late Mr.Sokkan is to be held on
Monday noon in Jaffna, family sources said.
Mr.Sokkan has authored several literary and research works
on Tamil language and its literature, which could be useful
for the development of the language in future, the message
added. He has left his permanent imprint in the literary
field that could be remembered forever by Tamils, the
message said. (TamilNet, December
11, 2004 22:57 GMT)
Selliah Ratnam - 2004
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) conferred the
title "Tamil national patriot" on Mr. Selliah Ratnam, retired Assistant
Government Agent and the Jaffna district co-ordinator of SIHRN who
passed away Sunday in Colombo Apollo Hospital after a brief illness. The
remains draped by the Tiger flag were kept first at SIHRN office in
Killinochchi district secretariat and later at Thooyavan Political
Science College of the LTTE Tuesday for the public to pay homage. The
LTTE in its condolence message paid a glowing tribute to late Mr. Ratnam
for having rendered immense services to the Tamil national cause. "His
talent and experience played a crucial role in building the Tamil
nation", LTTE said.
"Mr. Ratnam, a retired Sri Lanka Administrative office later worked with
the SIHRN and Peace Secretariat in Killinochchi with devotion and
dedication to the Tamil cause," said the message.
"Mr. Ratnam, who mastered all three languages had been a good
administrator and considered a beacon light to guide the younger
generation. His demise is an "irreparable loss in the sphere of building
Tamil nation", LTTE message added.
The remains of Mr. Ratnam were later taken to his native village Velanai
in Jaffna district Tuesday and kept at Puliyankoodal Children's Welfare
Centre hall. A large number of people from the area paid their last
respects to late Mr. Ratnam.
"The services of Mr. Ratnam were valuable to the Tamil national cause at
a time when the liberation struggle took an international dimension. His
demise is an irreparable loss to the Tamil liberation struggle," said
Mr.C.Ilamparithi, Jaffna district LTTE political head addressing the
condolence meeting Tuesday at Puliyankoodal, Velanai.
Mr.Ilampairithi recalled the services Mr. Ratnam rendered to the people
of Velanai in 1990 during the time of crisis. "Our national leader has
conferred the title 'Tamil national patriot' on him taking into
consideration the vital role he played in the Tamil liberation struggle
and later in the SIHRN and Peace Secretariat," said Mr.Ilampairithi.
Later the remains were taken to Velanai Divisional Secretariat office
for paying homage.
The remains of Mr. Ratnam were kept in his Jaffna residence Wednesday,
which is located in Anaipanthy, Navalar Road and later in the evening at
Jaffna Veerasingham Hall.
The remains of the late Mr. Ratnam draped with Tiger flag were taken to
the Kombayanmanal cemetery with band music in attendance.
Cremation of Mr. Ratnam was held Wednesday evening at the Kombayanmanal
Hindu cemetery. A condolence meeting was held at the site presided by
Mr.P.Paheerathan, President of the International Tamil Students
Federation. Mr.C.Ilamparithi, Jaffna district LTTE political head,
Mr.S.Ilampirai, and Lecturer of the Jaffna University, Mr.S. Antony, and
President of the Jaffna University Arts Faculty Students Union made
funeral orations. TamilNet, August 19, 2004