Foreign-funded ‘Sevalanka’ schemes Sinhala tourism in Tamil hinterland of Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Thursday, 12 September 2019, 23:10 GMT]
The ‘Sevalanka Foundation’ which operates with the hidden agenda of imposing Sinhala socio-cultural development on Eezham Tamils with the backing of countries like Norway is aiming at transforming Kudumpi-malai area in the hinterland of Batticaloa district into a Sinhala tourism hotspot, District Secretariat sources said. The outfit has proposed to convert the agriculture-dependent Tamil villagers to serve the Sinhala tourists in the name of ‘development’. Informed civil officials in the District Secretariat urged Tamil journalists and the civil society activists to expose the wrong intentions behind the scheme to the larger society. The Tamil diaspora should gain the ability to objectively confront the host countries that continue and promote genocidal ‘engagement’ despite repeated concerns expressed by the Tamils.

Sevalanka is now proposing to create tourist hotspots at Tharavai, Kudumpi-malai and Alli-oadai in Koa'ra'laip-pattu South (Kiraan) administrative division of the district of Batticaloa.

The occupying Sinhala army, which chased away the residents of four villages in Kudumpi-malai GS division during the times of war in 2007, has heavily militarised the area already.

Location of Kudumpimalai
The location of Kudumpimalai (Barren's Cap) from Batticaloa and Vaazhaich-cheanai

The Sinhala military has been operating resorts in the occupied civil offices in the area.

Kudumpi-malai, known as Thoppik-kal and Baron’s Cap in the interior of Batticaloa district, is located 54 km north of Batticaloa city and 15 km east of Vaazhaich-cheanai.

The Tamil villages, bordering with the Polonnaruwa district, which belongs to the North Central Province, are also facing imminent danger of Sinhalicisation and colonisation.

The Tamil farmers, who were self-sustained during the times of the de-facto Tamil Eelam administration, are systematically deprived of essential infrastructure which is necessary to sustain their livelihood after 2009.

The Tamil people in the coastal and fishing areas of Kalkudaa and Paala-meen-madu have already lost their livelihood due to the ‘tourism’ industry carried out under the so-called banner of ‘development’ in Batticaloa.

Kudumpimalai in the Koa'ralaippattu division of Batticaloa district [Image courtesy: Asitha Gamalath,]



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