20 September, 2021

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I Plead With Every Tamil Not To Betray The Great Leader Chelva

By V. Anandasangaree

V. Anandasangaree

The birth anniversary of Thanthai Chelva falls on the 26th of this month. Everyone has a duty to commemorate it. The most unfortunate thing is that, even important Tamil personalities refer to him as the founder of the Federal Party. No one disputes it. But above everything he was the founder of the Tamil United Front, which name was changed as Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF). On the 14th of May 1972 the two great Tamil Political parties, the All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) led by Hon. G.G. Ponnambalam Q.C and the Federal Party (FP) led by Hon. S.J.V. Chelvanayakam, Q.C got merged, 23 years after their split in 1949. The merger of these two parties was considered as the greatest democratic feat in Tamil politics. We can’t forget how the Tamils living, spread all over the world, celebrated this incident, with great happiness and enthusiasm. The union of various Tamil sections in this connection, was considered not merely as union but as fusion of all Tamil groups into one.

Thanthai Chelva died  without seeing how the TULF contested the General elections on the common symbol of the TULF, the ‘Rising Sun’. But the Tamil people showed  very well, their gratitude to their great Tamil leaders. Except one, all the other 18 members were successful at the election. We lost the Kalkudah electorate by a small margin  but the number of our Central Committee meetings took place at the residence of Hon. K.W. Devanayagam, a Member of Parliament from the UNP. How many people are aware that the Rising Sun flag designed by the TULF was first hoisted at the residence of Hon. K.W. Devanayagam by himself, in the presence of all the TULF members. Except the division of the country, in all other matters he cooperated with us, with the consent of his party the UNP. Therefore our defeat at Kalkudah  was not taken seriously.

S.J.V. Chelvanayakam

It is good for everyone to know the brief history of the TULF. Hon.G.G. Ponnambalam and Hon. S.J.V. Chelvanayakam took the initiative to form the most popular political party the ACTC. In 1947 after the General Election, some misunderstanding on the citizenship issue, brought a split in the party. Hom. G.G. Ponnambalam continued as the leader of the ACTC while Hon. S.J.V. Chelvanayakam led, the Federal Party.

Following this, many years passed with many incidents. The Srimao Bandaranaike Government  that came to power in 1970 had a mandate to draft and adopt a new Republican Constitution. Realizing the risk and difficulties the Tamil minorities may have to face, with the adoption of the new constitution, Hon. S.J.V.Chelvanayakam put a aside his prestige and in his old age forgetting the 23 years of political enmity he had, visited Hon. G.G. Ponnambalam. Hon. Ponnambalam with the same respect greeted Chelvanayakam saying, “Come Chelva what can I do for you” for which Thanthai Chelva replied, “G.G. we can’t continue like this anymore. The time has come now for us to get together for the sake of our people”. With these few words, the 23 years old enmity got buried. The ACTC and the Federal Party  got merged on the 14th of May 1972 to form the Tamil United Front which later became Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF). That very moment both these leaders, decided not to revive their respective parties. As a forerunner to this Thanthai Chelva shared the Presidentship  of the TULF with Hon. G.G. Ponnambalam and with the same intension with Hon. S.Thondaman also. This is the brief history of the TULF and the end of the Federal Party.

Citing the rebirth of the ACTC as example, some people have unreasonably revived the Federal Party also. This argument is not acceptable. If Hon. G.G. Ponnambalam had lived at that time he would not have permitted the revival of his party. What cannot be pardon and the grave mistake was committed by the President at that time HE. J.R. Jeyawardene. Mrs. Amirthalingam in her statement very clearly states that her husband had the registration of the Federal Party in force to prevent a recurrence of what happened to the Federal Party. Being a lengthy statement only the major extract of the statement is given, which is as follows:

“History was created in Tamil Politics in 1972 when the two main Tamil Political parties formed the TULF, whereby the entire Tamil Community had been united and the famous Vaddukoddai Declaration was proclaimed in 1976. The Tamil Community endorsed it by returning 18 M.P’s in the following Parliamentary Elections held in 1977.

The Tamil Militants Organizations as well as the Tamil Political Parties are working to achieve the essence of the said proclamation.

My husband preserved the registration of the Federal Party, for the sole purpose that no undesirable elements could misuse its symbol and the name. He never wanted to revive the Federal Party.

It is a pity that some of those who have been groomed by him have attempted to misuse the name of the Federal Party and are trying to revive it. They have only breached the Trust he had placed on them.

Thus I categorically make it clear to all that I have neither approved nor blessed  the revival of the Federal Party but instead condemn it as this act is a ploy to destroy the TULF which was formed by our great leaders”.

I wish to refer to a news item which is more important than the earlier one for the information of the people and for them to form their own  judgments. A TULF member of Parliamentarian  was involved in the revival of the Federal Party on the orders of a Political group. Such news item is available with me and can be produced at any time. In this situation if we want Thanthai Chelva’s  soul to rest in peace and his ambition fulfilled, we must act accordingly. This is real history and anyone can challenge me if I am wrong. No one has the right to distort history to please some individuals.

Unlike the ACTC the Federal Party was revived after it remained defunct for 28 years.

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    Tamil politicians are good at exploiting Tamils. This talk should have made in Wanni and not here. Why it is here, is it for Christian Tamils ?

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      Christian Tamils ? you monks have some animosity against other races and religion. Is it because monks’ sexuality or Dalit status. Don’t get frustrated with other races and religion. Enjoy the posterior office of young monks as usual and relax. If it’s painful to enjoy, try Sunnath.

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        AJ,

        Please don’t give him ideas to develop SL as long as he thinks it is his.

        Remember, SL is much below in GDP compared to Bangladesh let alone better nations, not only now, even in 1980 (before war).

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    Sangaree
    As far as I could remember, NOT the BIRTH Anniversary. Thanthai Chelva was born 30 March 1898. Our leader DEPARTED us on 26 April 1977. It is the 40th Death Anniversary today.

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      @Karikalan
      Make no mistake. Our one and only leader is Tamil national leader Velupillai Pirabhaharan. it seems you have amnesia, i am sorry for that. but dont let your mental deficiency to make you look like a traitor.

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        Patriotic Eelam Tamil

        Come again.

        Where is the psychopath now?

        Is he still your thalaivar?

        You seem to be suffering from amnesia.

  • 4
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    SJV sow the seed of ” empty dream ” and thirty years of destruction of Tamil society continued. The so called leaders of Tamils may be intelligent but definitely lacked the intellect.

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      Jey,
      Your brain is empty.

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      Jey, Mano and people like you.

      “Since 1948 when Sri Lanka became independent, successive governments have adopted policies that had the effect of net preference to the majority Sinhalese at the expense of the minority Sri Lankan Tamils.[14] “

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    Why is this senile man who is rejected by the Tamil voters ranting away like a psychotic. Does he think single handedly he is going to solve the problems of the Tamil minority. What is his message? If the current leadership is not good ,then what does he propose?.

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    Please tell us one good thing that Thanthai Chelva, the TULF, and you as the relic and life time Secretary of the TULF begotten to the People who have mutely voted like a herd of sheep for more than 30 years and still dream of an unknown and unspecified destination.

    What have we achieved other than absolute misery, desolation and loss of our well established Dignity?

    You all Tamil Politicians have brought the Tamils the worst deplorable life for Generations to face and suffer. What a shame to have Memorial speeches when the essence and spirit of TULF policies and Vaddukoddai declarations has been dumped into the Drains for personal gains posh luxury cars ?

    Its time for you to take lessons from Sanpanthan and Sumanthiran on how to earn name and fame.

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      Read a good history book.

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      “You all Tamil Politicians have brought the Tamils the worst deplorable life for Generations to face and suffer.”
      With more than a little help from their Sinhalese counterparts.

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    “On the 14th of May 1972 the two great Tamil Political parties, the All Ceylon Tamil Congress(ACTC)…and the Federal Party (FP)…got merged…”

    If there was a merger the parties cease to exist.The TULF was only an alliance.
    A dissent group in the ACTC lay low for a while and became vociferous when the TULF was seen to go back on its words. Kumar Ponnambalam contested the Presidential Election as an ACTC candidate using Tamil Eelam as his campaign slogan, mainly to embarrass the TULF and his erstwhile ACTC colleagues.
    The re-emergence of the name of the FP was entirely owing to Anandasangaree’s usurping, by ‘legal’ means, the name TULF. The real TULF renamed itself TNA and included some of the (former) armed groups. It needed an election symbol; and the FP symbol “house” came in handy. But the TNA had to contest in the name of the FP (aka ITAK to the Tamils). That was the beginning of the reassertion of FP authority in the TNA.

    So there was no merger.
    FP’s TNA partners want a merger. But the old brand name FP (like the Austin A40) is close to the hearts of many a Tamil voter in the Jaffna Peninsula and the company directors will not let it go.

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    The Tamils have betrayed Thanthai Chelva, the Tamil politicians have betrayed him long time ago. They all together have betrayed the Tamil people. Why should there be a split between Thanthai Chelva and G.G. Ponnambalam. Some people followed Tanthai Chelva and some followed G.G.ponnambalam. There was always a split among the Tamil leaders and the Tamil people which still continues.
    It is advisable for Mr.Anadasangaree to study the origins of the Tamil race and he will know why there is always a split among the disadvantaged Tamil people.

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    MR.ARUNTHA SANGARI-PLEASE STOP YOUR SOUR GRAPES.WHY NOT SPEND YOUR EVENING OF YOUR LIFE PEACEFULLY WITH OUT FINDING FAULT IN THE CURRENT ELECTED TAMIL LEADER SHIP.REMEMBER YOUR A WHOLE SALE REJECTED MAN IN TAMIL POLITICS.DO NOT IGNORE THAT YOU LOST YOUR DEPOSIT IN THE LAST ELECTION.

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    The Austin A40 and Mao Tse-Tung go hand in glove eh? Strange bedfellows!

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    Anandasangaree is using the name of SJV.Chelvanayagam to stay afloat in the Twilight of his political journey.
    When C.Rajadurai TULF.MP crossed over to the Govt:of JRJ.IN LATE 1979 he used the name of SJV.to justify his cross-over: Political Prostitution!

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    “The Great Leader Chelva”

    what did this great leader and the other great leader SWRD achieve?Did they achieve more than the great leader kim jong Jing jong ping pong?

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    This guy is nuts

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    Anandasangaree

    You are talking nonsense now!

    Initially you rejected Thanthai Chelva’s political views and his Federal party. That you were with LSSP.

    When you became an opportunist you started to support the Tamil Congress, then TULF. There was a time you became a supporter of the LTTE.

    Please stop your bluf. Be a gentleman.

    You have another opportunist in Canada. Politics is a good business.

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