Colombo's pompous ‘Vesak’ in North endorsed by India, while celebrations cancelled in South

[TamilNet, Saturday, 21 May 2016, 23:20 GMT]
Colombo's occupying Sinhala military has launched 7-day-long Buddhist Vesak celebrations from Saturday in the country of Eezham Tamils while Vesak festivities have been called off in the South where at least 73 people have been killed in landslides caused by torrential rains and more than 200,000 have fled their homes in recent days. The genocidal military and the State have transformed Vesak celebrations as ‘Sinhala Buddhist victory’ over Tamils after the 2009 onslaught. The added feature this time is the open and official endorsement given by New Delhi to the genocide gesture. In its over-enthusiasm to counter Tamils marking Mu'l'livaaykkaal Genocide Day on 18 May, the SL military advertised ‘very pompous celebrations’ of Vesak in Tamil newspapers, inviting the Tamils in Jaffna to take part in their celebrations.

SL Military Vesak, 2016
The festive night on the first day of SL military-organised 7-day-long Vesak celebrations in Jaffna

SL military advert about Vesak in Jaffna
An advert published by the SL Military ‘Security Forces Jaffna’ inviting the public to take part in ‘very pompous’ taking place for 7 days in Jaffna starting from 21 May at Veampadi lane and at the grounds close to the Public Library in Jaffna. The letters in bold convey that food would be served on Saturday and Sunday
Grand scale Vesak celebrations are being staged in all the military camps, in the city of Jaffna and in all other towns in the Northern province.

Sources close to the SL military in Jaffna said that the Sinhala soldiers were given ‘ministerial’ instructions from Colombo to grandly celebrate Vesak at more than 900 Buddhist temples that are newly built in the vicinity of the military cantonments and camps in the five districts of the province.

The Sinhalese students at the university of Jaffna were also promoting Vesak celebrations within the university premises as was seen never before. The University administration was also instructed to issue greetings on its website, informed academic sources said.

Similar instructions were also given to the Eastern University in Batticaloa and to the Trincomalee campus, the sources further said.

SL Military Vesak, 2016
The venue of SL military Vesak festivities close to Jaffna Public Library. The legend in the arch, erected by the genocidal military, ironically says: “Buddha protects even in Jaffna peninsula”.

The SL Colonial Governor of North, Mr Reginald Cooray, a Sinhalese Catholic, who has been openly advocating the controversial Buddhist vihara projects at Nayinaa-theevu and at Kokku'laay, was recently talking about the possibility of Buddhist monks considering the chanting of Buddhist spiritual ‘Pirith’ in Tamil in the future. Cooray was describing such a ‘gesture’ as a ‘reconciliation’ effort.

SL Military Vesak, 2016
Indian Consulate General, SL Colonial Governor and SL Government Agent of Jaffna District were the special guests in the SL military Vesak celebrations in Jaffna on Saturday staged near the public library

Akila Ilangkai Hindu Buddhist Conference
The invitation issued in Tamil in Colombo for the ‘National Hindu Buddhist Conference’ held on 14 May 2016 by Indian-linked outfits operating from Colombo
On Saturday night, Indian Consulate General in Jaffna Mr A. Natarajan and the SL Government Agent of Jaffna District Mr N. Vethanayahan accompanied the SL colonial governor to North as special guests at the SL military organised celebrations held at Muththave'li near the Public Library of Jaffna.

Last week, ‘Hindu’ organisations of North Indian connections, operating in Colombo, convened a so-called ‘National’ Hindu-Buddhist Conference in association with Sri Lanka Buddhist Congress.

While Colombo's Buddhist institutions are making an open and naked genocidal approach in land-grab and construction of stupas in the country of Eezham Tamils, the conference was seen as a deception. It was chaired by an Indian-connected businessman and participated by Vishva Hindu Parishad and Ramakrishna Mission in Colombo.

The conference and the official endorsement given by New Delhi's diplomat in Jaffna to Vesak celebrations in the North show open endorsement to the genocidal approach taken by Colombo towards the nation of Eezham Tamils in the island, commented Tamil academic circles in Jaffna.

SL Military Vesak, 2016
SL Military Vesak, 2016
SL Military Vesak, 2016
SL military-organised Vesak celebrations in Jaffna
Jaffna University, Vesak, 2016
Jaffna University, Vesak, 2016
Vesak decorations at the University of Jaffna
Eastern University, Vesak, 2016
Eastern University, Vesak, 2016
Vesak celebrations at Eastern University

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