"..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, V.Pirabakaran
Mamanithar G.G. (Kumar) Ponnambalam Jr
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."
Mamanithar Kasi Ananthan
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
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)
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
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. ..
will remain a continuing reminder of his lasting and
courageous contribution to the struggle for Tamil
Mamanithar Vanniasingham Vigneswaran
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
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 tribulations..."
Kiddinan Sivanesan is a unique individual who functioned
selflessly, honestly, and with courage. He is simple,
courteous and loving. He is a sincere politician who
possessed high ideals. He labored tirelessly for the
advancement and welfare of the workers."