Pirapaharan confers Maamanithar title to Vigneswaran
[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 April 2006, 12:31 GMT]
Leader of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Velupillai Pirapaharan, bestowed the title Maamanithar (Great Human being) on Mr.Vanniasingham Vigneswaran, President of the Trincomalee District Tamil Peoples' Forum (TDTPF) who was shot dead Friday. "Steadfast and honest, he opposed the genocidal war by the successive Sinhala governments which destroyed thousands of tamil lives and their property, plundered Tamils possessions and resources, and was intent on destroying Tamil National symbols. Vigeswaran fought to free Tamils from this menace," Pirapaharan said in the statement conferring the award.
Translation of the statement issued from Liberation Tigers Political Office in Kilinochchi Saturday follows:
"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 unspeakable grief.
Vigneswaran is a shining light possessed with high ideals. His exemplary qualities attracted everyone towards him. Tamil people held him in high esteem and loved him. His loss is irreplaceable.
Vigneswaran firmly believed that separate Tamil eelam is the final solution to the Tamil National struggle. Steadfast and honest, he opposed the genocidal war by the successive Sinhala governments which destroyed thousands of tamil lives and their property, plundered Tamils possessions and resources, and was intent destroying Tamil National symbols. Vigeswaran fought to free Tamils from this menace. He embraced fully the ideals and struggle advanced by our movement towards freedom.
His life was closely entwined with Trincomalee soil and lives of Tamil people. He deeply loved his people. While living amidst Sri Lanka Army (SLA) occupation, he raised his voice to the world that the Trincomalee soil belonged to Tamil people. Even while aware of danger to his life, he courageously fought against injustice. As the President of the Trincomalee District Tamil Peoples' Forum, he was instrumental in strengthening Tamil National Alliance (TNA) support in his district.
I am deeply honored to confer the Maamanithar (Great Human being) award on Mr V Vigneswaran recognizing his love for his people and their freedom, and his unprecedented contributions to the Tamil struggle. Death never destroys great men who lived to uphold truthful goals. They will forever live in the psyche of the Tamil Nation."