Tamil Heroes Day (for Sri Lankan Freedom Fighters)

Apparently I share my birthday with Bruce Lee & Jimi Hendrix! What people don’t know is that it’s also the birthday of Prabaharan.. Rebel Leader/ Tamil Freedom Fighter ..who led the `Tamil Tigers’ in guerrilla wars against oppressive Sri Lankan governments & military for many decades…until few years ago..when he was supposedly killed by a massive army attack .. So today happens to be the `Ma Veeran Day’ meaning.. `heroes Day’ that Tamils all over the world mark ..with personal celebrations, prayers and cultural events, vigils and walks.. To share the day with him, who actually comes from the same little town where my maternal grandparents lived.. is perhaps one of my proudest things.. Long live the Revolution.. where ever it rises..!! May it always serve the people..!

-Mani Navasothy.


Art work (c) Mani Navasothy
(first published in a Tamil newspaper worldwide on 27 June 1996)

Some 40-50 years ago, the Tamil people in Sri Lanka started to rebel against injustices, unfair treatments and ever growing prejudicial treatment against the Tamil minority. These began to escalate, as the Government with its control on army began to escalate its own campaigns! There is plenty of time for history lessons another time, but today – 27th November – has been a day marked by the surviving Tamil speaking people of Sri Lanka as the `Mahaveerar Thinam’ – meaning `Great Heroes (Warriors) Day’.

Few years ago, the Sri Lankan army made a concerted effort – resulting in the destruction of so many towns and villages, and the unjustified deaths of thousands of Tamil people in the northern part of Sri Lanka. Countries around the world, and indeed the United Nations itself has made many…

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