11 December, 2018

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Remembering Former Principal St. John’s College Jaffna: Reflections Of A Son

By Rev. Dev Anandarajan

Rev. Dev Anandarajan

Rev. Dev Anandarajan

It is 30 years since the death of my beloved father who was killed by the LTTE on June 26th 1985. Many things have happened since then and I hope we can contemplate on the violent path taken by the LTTE and the unconditional support given by most of the Tamils to address their grievances against the Sri Lankan state.

I wonder if we have a collective maturity as citizens of Sri Lanka (Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims, Burghers and other minorities) and Sri Lankan Diaspora to learn the lessons from the violent path from both sides and what that has led us to.

I am not going to dwell on the politics of the conflict but rather reflect on the legacy of my late father whom the LTTE portrayed as a ‘Traitor’ when they gunned him down. What they did not know and failed to realise was that many such people whom they killed loved the land and the people they served. They were not stooges of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) or against the legitimate rights of the Tamil people but were doing their part in a very explosive political situation. Many of those who were killed both by the militants and the GOSL had opportunities to leave the country as many of us have done and seek greener pasture and safety. But they stayed put because of their conviction and dedication.

Mr. C. E. Anandarajan

Mr. C. E. Anandarajan

The last time I saw my father was in December 1984 when he with my mother and brother came on a holiday to Bangalore. Two of my sisters Vasanthy & Jeyanthy and I were already in India. We booked a cottage at Vishranthi Nilayam in Bangalore and had an enjoyable family time. Sorna was the one missing as she was married and was living in British Guyana. Knowing the political situation I was making inquiries to get my father to relocate to a Mission school in Ootty When I mentioned this to him his response was firm. ‘I will live and die in Jaffna.’ 
When a Student Organisation organised a meeting to condemn the Standardisation Policy of the GOSL they approached Principals and Educationist to speak at the meeting. Many refused fearing they may be targeted by the GOSL. My father willingly agreed to speak in a public forum condemning the policy which he did.

There is another incident that many may not know. When the youth resistance started in the late 70a and early 80s there were many groups that sprung up. A famous BBC reported visited Jaffna undercover to report on the ground situation and the political situation. He was keen to interview leaders of the resistance groups. But organising a meeting with the security tightened was impossible. When my father came to know of this he took the risk of organising the meeting at the Principal’s bungalow. Leaders of different groups came and met the reporter at the bungalow. That evening the reporter relayed the news to the BBC headquarters through the phone at the Principal’s bungalow.

My father did not agree with the violent path taken by the youth. He knew where it would end. He wanted to safeguard especially the students of St. John’s College (SJC), Jaffna under his educational care from falling prey to the propaganda of the militants. He would never allow St John’s College to be a platform to promote the path of violence. It would be good to reflect on that wisdom.

Once a militant group wanted to distribute pamphlets inside the school. He not only stopped it but engaged with the militants and told them in no uncertain terms that he was in charge at SJC and the day they came in against his orders he would get out of SJC. The militants respectfully left the place.

My mother, my sisters and brother have had a time to reflect on how we have travelled the last 30 years. In the sharing there has been pain, tears and joy. Our pain is joined with the pain of all those who have lost their loved ones in this meaningless war no matter on which side of the politics they were. We have played politics with our pain for so long and that needs to stop. We need to humanise the pain so that we may reach across our divisiveness and hold hands to resolve that what we went through no human should go through again. Atleast resolve to do our part and not fall prey to the politics of divisiveness.

The death of my father has also strengthened us in our resolve for justice and human rights and the non violent path of resistance. The brutal end of the war has signalled we need to break decisively with those failed policies of the LTTE as well as those of the Sri Lankan ruling elite and self-interested politicians who would not hesitate to plunder the country and divide its people for political and economic gain. Instead we must build a new and a bold movement that could unite all those who have been exploited, disadvantaged and marginalized.

While much needs to be done with regard to race relations in Sri Lanka it is heartening that grass root movements are initiating programmes where communication is happening
There is also a call to the Diaspora communities. The challenge to us is whether we can model a harmonious community of various ethnic and religious backgrounds of people of Sri Lankan origin and background in our adopted countries. This community can be a catalyst, a reference point offering an alternative to failed and missed opportunities for harmony in Sri Lanka.

This community needs to be an open community where members will listen to each other, respect the opinions and views shared even though we may not fully agree with them but continue to dialogue and stand together affirming the goodness in each community. There also needs to be a strong commitment to Human Rights and Justice and Equality for all and not just for an interested ethnic group.

We must also acknowledge that there is still so much of bitterness, hatred, suspicion and name calling between and within communities. We need leadership both at political, civic and religious levels from all communities that calls for a spirit of tolerance, acceptance and most importantly forgiveness so that the hatred and bitterness could be put to rest and genuine dialogue can begin in the spirit of understanding with a strong will to work towards justice, peace and harmony.
The path will not be easy. But pursue it we must for the sake of our own humanity and our future generations so that the death of those who like my father and others who dreamed of a peaceful Sri Lanka will not be in vain.

*Rev Dev Anandarajan is a Minister of Religion in the Uniting Church in Australia. He migrated to Australia in 1996 and works as Research and Development Officer in the Intercultural Unit of the Commission For Mission in the Uniting Church in Australia in the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania

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    Dev,
    My thoughts go out to thousands like you on both sides of the conflict. All must grieve and make sure that the next generation doesn’t experience what we did.

    ” We need to humanise the pain so that we may reach across our divisiveness and hold hands to resolve that what we went through no human should go through again. Atleast resolve to do our part and not fall prey to the politics of divisiveness.”

    same sentements from a fellow Johnian like you.

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      The Principal should have also taken into account of the pain and suffering of the people of Jaffna that they endured in the 83 genocide. When the wounds were still fresh and the memories of the ugliest 83 were still haunting the people, the Principal should not have hosted the match with the army. In 83, over 75 Tamil inmates were massacred in the country’s top security prison on two occasions, but not a single person has been charged for these crimes. In Trinco town, naval soldiers went on the rampage burning down EVERY Tamil shop – not a single person has been charged. There are many, many horror stories. The state turned a blind eye to all these horrendous crimes and has been evasive about bringing the criminals to justice. If this is not genocide tell me what it is?

      Merely 2 years after all these atrocities, the principal organised this distatasteful, idiotic and insensitive match with the army. Whether the LTTE did or not is not the question – the Principal’s irresponsible act would have incited any Tamil youth to harm him.

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        Real Peace

        “the Principal’s irresponsible act would have incited any Tamil youth to harm him.”

        Oh please!!!!!!!!!!

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    It is coomonly said, ” Violence begets violence”. However, we have seen that being sensible amidst mass hysteria also begets violence. A bridge building cricket match organised between soldiers and students, precipitated the murder of a sensible, farsighted man, in an environment of mindless, vision less and absolutely unwise violence. The Tamils are paying the price today for this. We have a serious paucity of good, educated and wise persons!

    The rabble, dredges and hot heads are yet dictating terms and further damaging a battered community.

    Thank you for reminding of a tragedy that was one among many that our community could not afford. What is sad is that there yet Tamils who yet think and espouse the same course even today, and are nostalgic for what they portray as golden era. An era that set us back centuries and denuded as a people!

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    Heart touching reflections by Rev. Dev Amandarajan.
    Will Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka and Aussie H L D Mahindapala totally agree with the above reflections ?
    I very much doubt they will, because since Jan 8th, they together with gang of 4 are campaigning for Mahinda’s come back using Sinhala Buddhist supremacy card.

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    Why did Mr Anandaraja and his cousin Brig Devanayagam work out a cricket match with the SJC BOYS and the Armed services

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      Talk sense why cant he organise a cricket match?

      when just one year later Kittu of the LTTE used to send mangoes and firewood to the Army at Jaffna Fort because Captain Kotalawala and Kittu were friends? isnt that double standards?

      The cricket match was organised to build relationship with the Army and the school boys so that each will look at other with less hatred so nothing wrong in that

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        Peace Lover

        “isnt that double standards?”

        Nopes, it was not double standard. It was VP/LTTE standard, part of VP’s diplomacy.

        More evidence, Arms and money supplied by Army during Premadasa presidency and the large fees VP levied from MR.

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          Dear Vellala Native,

          Are you still on about that rubbish of MR paying your Mahaveeran..

          If it was true your new idol Ponil would have got MR by his balls through the F……CID….. Wouldn’t he ?…

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            K.A Sumanasekera

            “If it was true your new idol Ponil would have got MR by his balls through the F……CID….. Wouldn’t he ?…”

            Nopes.

            There could have been an agreement between Ranil and MR. MR may be sitting on his “piles” relating to Ranil’s past.

            In a nutshell, MR’s b***s are in Ranil’s hand and Ranil’s b***s in MR’s hand.

            Whoever pulls, pain is mutual and guaranteed.

            Please try this tactic with your friend HLD M and share your experience with us. A word of caution, ensure you wash your hands with antiseptic soap after your encounter.

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            K.A Sumanasekera

            “Dear Vellala Native,”

            For a change read the following story:

            16 June 2015

            Solar flares affect low Earth orbit satellites

            Using a computer model, researchers have gained new insights into how solar activity affects the orbits of low Earth orbit satellites1. They found that energetic photons and radiation from solar activity heat the upper atmosphere, increasing its density and creating atmospheric drag.

            This drag slows low Earth orbit satellites, causing them to lose altitude. These insights could be useful for developing strategies to counter the effects of solar activity on the orbits of such satellites.

            The Sun flares up every 11 years, intensifying phenomena such as solar wind streams and coronal mass ejections. To probe how heightened solar activity affects the orbits of low-orbit satellites, the researchers modeled two hypothetical satellites launched into low orbits at an altitude of 450 kilometres. They then computed how solar activity during the periods 2000–2002, 2004–2006 and 2012–2014 would impact their orbits.

            The scientists found that solar flares and storms heated and expanded the atmosphere and that these effects could extend to the satellites’ orbits. The density of atmospheric gases increases, slowing the satellites and causing them to lose altitude by a few kilometres per day. “This means that satellites launched during periods of heightened solar activities will stay in orbit for a shorter time,” says Sandip Chakrabarti, one of the researchers.

            The authors of this work are from: S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, and Indian Centre for Space Physics, Kolkata, India and George Mason University, Fairfax, USA.

            natureasia.com/en/nindia

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        Peace Lover, in 1988 the LTTE was sleeping with the enemy in Colombo 5 star hotels on the invitation of their enemy Premadasa.

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        “The cricket match was organised to build relationship with the Army and the school boys so that each will look at other with less hatred so nothing wrong in that” Yes! what sort of relationship? It was like feeding a serpent, you don’t know when it will bite you. Army at that time were the serpent. Has anything changed after the war ended! Even after the 8th Jan 2015 What sort of reconciliation is there? MR and his goons BBS wants to smash the Tamils and destroy all temples from Wellawatte to Jaffna. Can we expect any reconciliation from any of the Srilankan governments in the future? Do you or any Srilankan understand what this word ‘Peace stands for? Why call your self as a peace lover?

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          Waran

          “Yes! what sort of relationship? It was like feeding a serpent, you don’t know when it will bite you.”

          It is equally similar to the serpent which was fed for many years by the people whether they like it or not though it killed your own people, finally got most of the innocent people killed in Mullivaikkal,

          I am talking about the psychopath VP.

          Psychopath needs no reason to kill. He killed anyway.

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        Mangoes?
        Didnt Yogaratnam Yogi offer Cadbury’s choclates to the army personnel greeting him , when he got off the Sri Lankan Airforce helicopter in Colombo when he arived for peace talks.?

        Not Kandos but Cadbury’s

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      Mr. Anandarajan was NOT a traitor but a brave human who challenged the thugs from the LTTE. They wanted to control St. John’s College the way they controlled other schools. He did not want any part in this rubbish, he chased them away. When they could not keep him quiet, they eliminated him and kept quiet for 3 days without claiming the assassination. We all knew it was the LTTE as it was their style. They fabricated all kinds of charges, but without conviction they killed him. An unarmed man was gunned down by 2 fellows (Richard & Peter), ordered by Kittu, assisted by 4 St. John’s teachers (one is Padmini Sithamparanathan’s husband, an absolute clown teaching at Jaffna University) and few SJC students and one is working for the Canadian Government as an accountant. This same Peter fellow also assassinated this poor Japanese monk who was walking the streets of Jaffna chanting peace and called him a spy for the SLA. Many Jaffna folks believed what they said, many did not believe but were scared to question and many did not care. An amazing man, he was fearless. The only two weapons he had was his knowledge and God in him. He stood for what was right and questioned everything else. LTTE hooligans went to his house looking for him and he chased them away. What does this fellow Kittu know about decency? He was practically a hoodlum. Through his death and many other deaths, the Tamils stood broken. But he will never be forgotten.

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        @Johnian,thanks for the fitting reply to all fools and hypocrites

        Yes I remember very well how Jaffna grieved when Anantharaja was killed as he stood for what is right

        I hope the parents whose sons he go released from Army custody or the students themselves will come forward at least now and defend our beloved late Principal

        I also remember in 1988 when School was just about to start the LTTE set off a car bomb in Old Park road trying to hit an IPKF jeep but only ended up killing St Johns students and injuring many (including Thevathason masters son and Gowripahan who later captain the 1st 11 Cricket team) so much so for the so called saviours who were real bastards

        BTW,I was told that this Richard and Peter were in Soccer team and later committed suicide as they could not handle the guilt,I’m not sure if its correct or not,please clarify.

        Also remember in 1984-86 period Kittu the thugga built an aura around him and controlled the people

        I’m not sure if you heard of Jaffna Central Principal Rajathurai who was also killed by the LTTE in 2005 in similar fashion

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          @Peace Lover, Peter committed suicide over some love affair as LTTE told him to stop carrying on his affair and locked him up. Peter fellow is a catholic pastor in France (he is still alive). four teachers from SJC were involved;
          •Sithamparanathan – still alive and teaching at Jaffna Uni.
          •Alphonse – last I heard was dying of cancer.
          •Kamalainathan – LTTE killed him
          •Sivarajah – died in a bomb blast (shell fell on him fired by SLA)

          One student is working for the Canadian Revenue agency as an auditor.

          I left the country in the early 80s. I hope what I wrote here helps.

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            Thanks Johnian for the info

            I didnt know Alphonse was part of it too,Sithamparanathan,Kamalainathan I cant remember as I was in lower school,Sivaraja Im not sure if he was a Tamil master there?

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              Sorry I meant Peter is dead and Richard is the one who is in France working as a pastor

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            [Edited out]

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      bgabebdra, are you asking a question or you are making a statement? Brig. Devanayagam had nothing to do with this?

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    As a very small lad I remember the grief it caused in Jaffna when Anandaraja was killed by the LTTE morons,I also saw his legacy at St Johns later on

    some facts that people should know

    i)Anandaraja was fearless to the boot and brooked no nonsense from the militants or the Army at that time

    ii)1983-1985 was a very bd period in Jaffna when there were many killings from all sides and also mass round-ups and detention of young boys by the army and taken to Jaffna Fort or Gurunagar army camp for interogation and Principal Ananadaraja as a memebr of the citizens committee and a civic minded person personally went and met the Army officers concerned and released all the innocent fellows,this was the time when many card board sandos in Jaffna talked big but shivered to go and speak to the Army regarding even their own relatives and get them released

    iii) St Johns Boys ram amok literaly when he was killed in Racca Road,Jaffna and if they had caught the killers they would have skinned them alive (please note a similar thing happened in 2005 when Rasathurai the Central Principal was killed by the LTTE morons)

    iv) There were many Johnians in the SL army and Police at that time and some are even serving now in the SL Army

    v)Brigadiers Late George Thevanayagam and Brigadier Balalratnarajah (later Jaffna commander and Chief of Staff in 1992 were Johnians) and Brigadier Thanjarathnam I believe is still serving was also a Johnian

    vi) Brigadier Thevanayagam as great personal risk went to St Johns for Anandarajas funeral and thankfully didnt get killed

    vi) it was rumoured that a Johnian was brainwashed into pulling the trigger to kill Anandaraja and he was became depressed and committed Suicide like Judas Iscariot

    vii)Charge against Anandaraja was organizing a match with the SL army in Jaffna fort and called a traitor (but he did it during the ceasefire period and that too to build relationship between the people and the Army

    viii)just 1 year after he was killed for Organizing the Match with the Army and called a traitor,Kittu the then Jaffna lokka of the LTTE was very friendlt with Capt Jayantha Kotalalawala of Jaffna Fort camp and even sent them Mangoes and Firewood whenever the Army asked for them!now isnt that ironic and having double standards?

    Over to nastyl people like Ushan Sri Skandaraja ,HLDM and comics like Athal Sumane for their views

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    Rev. Dev Anandarajan:

    My heart goes out to you and your family at the tragic loss of your late father. I knew him personally as a teenager and have travelled with him in his car and please dont ask me as to how I knew him.
    But let me give you some clues. He taught Zoology and he had a Colleague called Mr.Amarasingham who used to teach Botany at St Johns and also part time at St Johns Academy just opposite St Johns. It is now Biology but those days split into Zoology & Botany.
    He had a balck colour Car and I think used to commute from Manipay and Used to wear glases much respected and loved by his students. He was a Disciplinarion.

    I was already in London when I heard the news that he was gunned down and that saddned me as to how such a terrible thing could happen to a nice man like him.
    As usual I mmade my enquiries and I was told ( I might be wrong) that he brought it upon himself as he used to arragne Cricket Matches between the Army ( Considered as an Occuppying force) and St Johns College Students and he was considered a Traitor by the LTTE.
    This is similar to why the Muslims paid a price when they spied on the Freedom Fighters for the Army.
    Tragic though it might sound the actions of the LTTE ( some of which I dont agree with) were forced on them for greater good by the Sinhalese Tyranny and Brutality and there was a price to pay for Freedom.

    Just a word of comfort. A wise and intelligent man like your late father should have seen it coming and refrained from associating with the Barbaric Army.
    May his soul rest in peace.

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      @ Kali,you seem to be an LTTE sympathizer though a Johnian please can you comment on the below

      just 1 year after he was killed for Organizing the Match with the Army and called a traitor,Kittu the then Jaffna lokka of the LTTE was very friendly with Capt Jayantha Kotalalawala of Jaffna Fort camp and even sent them Karathakolumbo Mangoes and Firewood whenever the Army asked for them!now isnt that ironic and having double standards?

      or how about LTTE morons hobnobbing with the STF in the East in 2003 and organising Avurudu Festivities when there was a Ceasefire?

      Dont talk through your hat and please stay abroad as we in Sri Lanka dont need chaps like you here

      btw,Amarasinham Master is still there and changed his car to a VW Beetle in the late 1980’s and early 90’s

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        Peace lover

        Let me answer your Childish Question. Kittu was the head of Intelligence and anything he did was to gather intelligince and lure them into a Trap. The moto was trap and kill.
        You sound like a Hat Flipper.
        I m not prepared to take lectures from Pretenders and idiots.

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          Kali,

          You have got your facts completely wrong Kittu was the LTTE Military head of Jaffna from 1985 to ealry 1987 when he got his leg blown off

          Also dont talk bull about luring Captain Kothalawala and his men out to trap and kill him,many times Capt Kothalawala came out of the Jaffna Fort and went back

          Also apparently when Kittu wanted a passport Captain Kotalawala had signed as a witness somewhere in 1989 when both of them were no longer in Jaffna but maintained their friendship so that my friend is double standards

          you of course wont know that as you would have been living comfortably in London and encouraging others to blow themselves to bits!

          I’m not a hat flipper as I never ever liked the moronic LTTE right from the start so nothing to flip mate

          Please stay in London and enjoy life there and dont come back not to Manipay or to Colombo

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            Peace lover
            I know kittu was a military leader at that time.He was an omnipresent figure of LTTE. He could not have been directly involved in intelligence.

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      Dear kali,

      ”Tragic though it might sound the actions of the LTTE ( some of which I dont agree with) were forced on them for greater good by the Sinhalese Tyranny and Brutality and there was a price to pay for Freedom. ”

      I am happy to note that you now remember at least one Tamil civilian who was apparently killed by the LTTE. When I asked you about this earlier you did not reply.

      I believe that he was killed because he was an alternative leader threatening the consensus of fear imposed by the LTTE. It had less to do with cricket.

      Am I correct to assume that you are in Diaspora and a male?

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        Sudar oil:

        Wake up man I have always said that any one who betrayed the Tamil cause deserved to pay the price.
        The Tamil cause was much bigger than an Individual however big he or she may be.
        Silly questions dont deserve to be answered.
        I remember many civilians.
        “Kathirgamar” for instance was bumped off by the Sinkala Army inside High Security Zone and the blame put on LTTE.

        You can bark but you cant bite any more because your teeth has been pulled out and come September you lot wil be castrated.

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          Hi Kali man,

          ” Any man who betrayed the Tamil Cause ” you conveniently forget VP
          took money from MR. Doesn’t it sound like a traitor. The same yardstick you apply to others.
          The Tamil cause was much bigger, but you idiots literally worshiped one man, the ‘Sun God’ – and seriously thought he had a crystal ball to look into the future.
          Who gave you the right to speak on behalf of all the Tamils.
          Are they the bunch of ignorant egoistic foolish men without foresight that you highly thought of.
          Look at your clan outside who are trying to outsmart each other by cheating. How about the so called trustworthy LTTE men overseas who collected funds and kept it for themselves. You should go after them and castrate the ones who own luxury homes after having played out.

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          kalistani

          “Wake up man I have always said that any one who betrayed the Tamil cause deserved to pay the price.”

          What is/was the Tamil cause?

          Whatever the cause may be Tamils had lost it the moment VP agreed to work for RAW in the early 1980’s.

          Traitors according to one of your own revolutionary(?) poet do not deserve natural death. He was prophetic. He must have had VP in his mind when he said that.

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            Grandad:

            In your old age you have lost the Plot. VP was only a messenger and not the MESSAGE. So stop talking rubbish.
            There are only 22 million RACISTS against 100 million Freedom seeking Humans. RACIST are never going to win and I am sure even you the Stateless can seen they are under orders.

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      @Kali, I understand your concern. The LTTE decided to do things without people’s permission just like that there were others who also had good intentions. His view of playing the game was due to the arrest of many youth in Jaffna. He was trying to build a bridge so that the thug army could show some kindness towards the youth of Jaffna. He was not trained in weaponry, he was an intellect. That was his weapon, he used it to help others. I also want to tell you that the Muslims of Jaffna did not spy for the army. They were chased away – it was ethnic cleaning the LTTE way. There were more Tamils who have collaborated with the Government than the Muslims. We Jaffna folks are very good at picking fault with others, but we all think we are perfect. The assassination of the Principal only brought hatred towards the LTTE. It is funny, that Peace Lover mentioned that Kittu was friends with the Army Captain of the Jaffna Fort. That statement is 100% correct. This midget of a scoundrel called Kittu was so delighted to take pictures with Capt. K, who was about 6’3″ height. When it suited them, it was ok. The whole saga of the LTTE turned into a comic show. Lot of LTTE supporters will never accept the brave VP surrendered at the end. The poor child soldiers who fought valiantly died in vain. Before the LTTE vanished they decimated the intellectual community of Jaffna. Today who will speak for the remaining folks of Jaffna???

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        Johnian:

        I have already explained what will happen if you stick yoiur neck out in a Combat Zone and that in Legal Zargon called Contributory Negligence.
        You are entitled to your view that the killing was not justified but that dosent alter the fact.
        I tak it you are a Sinkalam and according to Mahinthas expert Desmond the Killing of 140,000 Civians was justified as a Colateral Damage to defeat Freedom Fighters.
        Again as a Sinkalam your view as to why the Muslim were chased out is aginst the weight of evidence.

        So stop talking rubbish

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          Kali Kali Kali, you simply got your sarong in a knot. This article is about a fine gentleman, who was a shinning light of Jaffna, so stick to the article.

          You called me a Sinhalese? I am not a Sinhalese. But a human being who happens to share the sorrow and pain the Anandarajan family and many others went through. I am a Jaffna Tamil, went to SJC and now live abroad because of brainwashed fellows like you on both sides of the divide. Freedom fighters? Yes many boys and girls gave their lives just like many soldiers of the SLA and other forces. But the tiger top command cut and either ran or used a white flag to surrender. Tamilchelvam also accepted money from Tiran Alles/Basil Rajapaksa (180 million rupees) in the Vanni jungles. If you think this Tamil Ealam nonsense is so holy, why didn’t you stay back and fight the SLA. You sound quite a brave man in front of your computer, it would have been very nice if you could have really fought the war in person??? I will bet you any money, you are abroad, well educated, living in a decent home and have a wife and children, am I correct? So for you, the Tamil struggle will be fought with other people’s children? The principal did not stick his neck in a war zone, but gunned down in a very peaceful quiet lane called Racca Lane near Nallur. The LTTE called him to a home pretending to be a Johnian to discuss college matters and shot him cold blood, cowards had to fake an invitation to kill an unarmed man? Is this what you call bravery? Is this what you call freedom? On the topic of Muslims, what weight are you talking about? You appear to be using the language quite sporadically, mangling up the language and making up things from your wild imaginations. The principal did not want any part of the LTTE folly inside the premises of SJC. Who appointed the LTTE as the sole representatives of the Tamils? or is this another figment of your imagination? I am writing rubbish? If that is true then why are you getting so many thumbs down? Maybe it is time you pondered how well you entertain fellow folks in this string.

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            As a fellow Johnian m proud of you anna on what you wrote,ingore Kali as he is a real Kali Manda case,and yes he is one of the many Tamils who live abroad and want others to fight the war in SL

            Btw,if you dont agree with Kali he will call you a Sinkalam hahahahaha

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              @Peace Lover, thanks Thamby. My heart goes all out to everyone who has fallen victim to this nasty war. It does not matter whether they were part of the LTTE, SLA, civilians or whatever the case may be, the entire country stands broken today after the deaths of so many. I left the country in the early eighties. I enjoy so much peace abroad in Canada, I love Canada and it is simply an amazing country. I want the same peace in SL, so that everyone can live. Fellows like Kali should be shut down. These are the fellows who sit in front of a computer and become keyboard warriors. These rascals will never send their children to fight, but sit there and promote other people’s children to fight their war. Our Principal was gunned down in cold blood. Kali appears to be evading the main topic and seems to be wandering all over the place. If he thinks I am Sinhalese, so be it. There is nothing wrong with that as they are humans just like we Tamils. See every time one is critical of the LTTE, he attacks. This is the typical behaviour, which brought the Tamils to this point.

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    Rev. Dev Anandarajan:

    Just one correction. I think he used to commute from Uduvil and not Manipay as he used to turn right at Maruthanmadam junction by Ramanathan College.
    It was so long ago and I cant remember.

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    I never knew this brave and upright man. Sri Lanka needs all the C.E.Anadarajans she can find.

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      Paul:

      What the hell are you talking about. You have got 5.8 million brave Men & Women ready to kill . Isnt that enough.
      We only had one Brave Man “Prabakaran” and One Brave Woman “Karuna”. We lost them both.
      One was killed in the Tsunami. The other one died of Exhaustion following mass rape by Sinkala Soldiers.

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    I remember having a heated argument with a medical officer friend of mine about the time when Mr.Anandarajan was killed by the LTTE.My friend had known Mr.Anandarajah and was understandably upset.

    But I was only aware the Mr.Anandarajah was responsible for arranging the cricket match between the students and the army and not about his ideal intentions ,motives.or the background facts.

    My position was that as a responsible Principal of a leading college,that he should have been aware,sensitive and circumspect about organising such an event especially when the law and order situation in the North was bad and the Tamil public anxious and in a state of despite following the 1983 events of a government sponsored holocaust, with our elected Tamil leaders having let themselves to relax control and locating themselves in Chennai with Mafia gangs calling themselves liberationists taking control and fighting internecine wars among themselves.

    But that does not mean I condoned or supported the dastardly act of the LTTE in killing Mr.Anandarajan and I take this opportunity to empathise with the Rev.Dev Anandarajan and his family.

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    St Jos try to get privileges among the underprivileged or ignored. what type of culture is it? diplomacy of esteemed educators? and pushing behind the other schools. coming in front of the Que in an indirect manner.

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      @ Pacs you sound like a sour apple who could not get into St Johns or lost an important sports match to St Johns to write like that,as I can see that your Jealous to the boot my friend

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      @Pacs, what the heck are you talking about?

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    I left St John’s College in 1966 and left for England in 1966. I was taught by Mr. Anandarajah for just one year but I have herd name mentioned by students with respect for his no-nonsense approach to education and discipline. He embodied everything that was good about St John’s College which was then and I fervently hope now also a supreme educational establishment because of Teachers like the late Mr. Anandarajah. I subsequently saw him in the new Windsor Theater when I went back to Sri Lanka on a Holiday. I approached him and said a very brief hello and he was, of course, courteous and inquired about my well-being and with a handshake we said our good-bye.

    When I heard of his demise, I was shocked and asked twice the reason for his assassination. I could not believe at first.

    Such a servant for his community. Such a waste. May he rest in peace.

    Thank you, sir for reminding me of your father. I have some fond memories of him.

    Noel Ninrmalan-Nathan.

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    Dear rev.you touched my heart.Mr.Anantharaja loved the people and and the country.He always called a spade a spade.He was portrayed as a traitor and killed.He never betrayed the people.
    It was the Sammanthans who branded their political enemies as traitors and announced publicly that traitors wont have natural death(IYATKAI MARANAM ILLAI).The once who introduced violence culture in the Tamil politics are Sammanthns. WHAT YOU SOW IS WHAT YOU REAP.

    While asking for reconciliation,what they are say now is “we will give pain to those who gave us pain”.

    We need leaders who act in the interest of the people and the country,not the ones who gyrate to the tune of their masters.

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    “Our pain is joined with the pain of all those who have lost their loved ones in this meaningless war no matter on which side of the politics they were. We have played politics with our pain for so long and that needs to stop.” Thank you, Dev, for this profound and courageous article.

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    A hear rending tribute to a great teacher. Though I studied in Colombo, the Principal of St Johns was known to and respected by all Tamils. His killing was an unwanted one, one of the many that the LTTE unnecessarily committed. Though its objective of self-determination was laudable, the means of acquiring it was not. the killing of civilians on either side could never be justified. Unfortunately, non-violence had failed and all Tamils were under the grip of the view that violence was the way. Yet, they must have known that there were limits to violence. The LTTE became fascist at the point it exceeded those limits and killed civilians, both Tamils and Sinhalese.

    Violence must not be given another chance. Rev. Anandarajah is right is calling on all people to join hands in defeating the chauvinist politicians. They had Sinhala Only for everyone but their own children whom they packed off to the UK for education. Why did the successive generations of Sinhalese not realise this? They were sucked into a vortex of hatred on the basis of myths, led into intolerance by ensuring insularity born of being confined to a single language and betrayed by a reading of Buddhism that preached hatred. Tamils were no different. At least some against them had the courage to stand up and say no to mindless violence, like the Principal of St John’s. But, they paid the price. At least, Tamils were redeemed by men such as Reverend Anandarajah. May I tell his son and his family that many Tamils feel grateful for the life such a good man led.

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      Ponkoh Sivakumaran

      “His killing was an unwanted one, one of the many that the LTTE unnecessarily committed.”

      Please give us examples of LTTE’s killing that were necessary.

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    As I am aware that this great gentleman Mr.Anandarajan saved several youngsters taken away by the Army by speaking to the them and releasing the boys from the army custody . He did a great service in that aspect. The war was created by the successive Sinhala regimes in that several pacts signed by the Sinhala leaders with the Tamil leaders were abrogated by the influence of the Sinhala hard liners. This will continue for ever. The Sinhala government will not share power with the Tamils. That is signed and sealed. The war was taken to a different direction by the sole authority of Prabaharan. He assassinated many Tamil political leaders and academics who were moderates and the Indian Prime Minster for the worse. That was a grave mistake he made. We had to prey for those Tamil leaders and academics who lost their lives and those civilians who were murdered by the army.

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    Peace Lover
    Sudar Oil
    Mani the hidden Sinkalam

    I will deal with your distorted views expressed as a Result of your Twisted minds caused by the Tamil Tsunami on the 8th January as a Bulk Issue as I dont have the time to deal with it seperately.

    I will deal with them in the Order of Priority.

    1) Whether I am an LTTE Sympathiser.

    *** Man I was and still am an LTTE lover unlike you lot who are all THUG ( MR ) lovers.
    I was a lover of an Idea which gave us hope although it went through a period of Turmoil but you lot love a Monster who is a THUG, CRIMINAL and a THIEF.

    2) The question of Kittu exhanging Mangos. Kittu was acting under the Orders of ” Pottu” who was the head of Tamil Intelligence. As I said before the motto was ” Trap to Kill”. Potttu was using Kittu to trap. That is not the same as what you lot did. Shell safe heavens with 130 mm Guns causing carnage.

    Fighting for Freedom is not an easy thing. It is done clandestinely. You cant raise money in an open Market like the THUG who raised Trillions from the Loan Shark “China”

    3) Taking money from MR. There is a saying ” Nellukiraitha Neer Vaikal Valiodi Pulukum anke posiumam”. [Edited out

    4) Mani the Moron

    a)Look at your clan outside who are trying to outsmart each other by cheating. How about the so called trustworthy LTTE men overseas who collected funds and kept it for themselves. You should go after them and castrate the ones who own luxury homes after having played out.

    b)Who gave you the right to speak on behalf of all the Tamils. Are they the bunch of ignorant egoistic foolish men without foresight that you highly thought of.

    *** The above came from Kovil Mani. Mani you are not stupid as I though you were. You are correct man as I am sure you are referring to your Minister ” KARUNA” .

    Mani you idiot. When were you elected as the spokes person for us.
    Sinkalam let me tell you something.
    If I were you I will spend the rest of my life trying to get back the Freedom lost on the 8th January to Tamils and to your new Colonial Master India
    Let me remind you of what you have lost

    Your Virginity ( If you had any )
    Your Sovereignty which has been washed down Palk Straight.
    With that the following have gone under water.

    – Colombo Port City
    – Permission to allow Chinese Submarines to Dock
    – Chinese Pandas to roam
    – Sampur,
    – Chinese Companies replaced by Indian Companies .

    You dont even have Freedom to Speak but I am preapred to hear what you have to. [Edited out]

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      @ KALI,hhahahahaha thanks for the stupid response to our very important queries

      you act just like the Sinhala hardliners who call anyone who does not toe MR’s line as a Traitor (if he is Sinhalaese ) or a Koti (if he is a Tamil) same way your calling us MR lovers just because we dont Like the LTTE and that asshole VP

      also dont forget in 1988 LTTE was enjoying 5 star hospitality in Hilton Colombo

      Please stay in London and do your accounting business mate and leave the Sri Lankan Tamils alone to get on with their lives

      BTW:if you so loved the LTTE and its dirty war would you have given your daughters or son to be a human bomb? that you lot wont do but want others to fight your dirty war !

      I think we have a tamil counterpart in KALI who can be equal to that comic K A Sumanasekera on CT

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        Peace Lover:

        The medicine has worked.

        What are your important queries. There is nothing more important for you than stopping the ROT and trying to claim your Sovereignty back which is now buried at the bottom of Palk Straight. But then again how would an Ostrich see it when its head is burried in the Sand.

        1) you act just like the Sinhala hardliners who call anyone who does not toe MR’s line as a Traitor (if he is Sinhalaese ) or a Koti (if he is a Tamil) same way your calling us MR lovers just because we dont Like the LTTE and that asshole VP also dont forget in 1988 LTTE was enjoying 5 star hospitality in Hilton Colombo Please stay in London and do your accounting business mate and leave the Sri Lankan Tamils alone to get on with their lives BTW:if you so loved the LTTE and its dirty war would you have given your daughters or son to be a human bomb? that you lot wont do but want others to fight your dirty war ! I think we have a tamil counterpart in KALI who can be equal to that comic K A Sumanasekera on CT

        *** Keep Sumanasekara for yourself. We are not interested in what he says or thinks, I never read or respond to his comments.
        As for your quote about Sinhala Hardliners are you trying to fool me that you are a Softie.
        Man even MS & RW are if not RACISTs are prejudiced. They are more dangerous. At least with the THUG you know what to expect.

        For your information if you havent treated us the way you did we wouldnt have given our sons and daughters. I gave three of my famiy members to your Butchers during Race Riots. So dont try to teach me Right and Wrong. All I have for you lot is Utter Contempt.

        2) also dont forget in 1988 LTTE was enjoying 5 star hospitality in Hilton Colombo

        *** What is the problem with the above and you managed to Recruit ” KARUNA” after the hospitality. It paid off didnt it.

        3) Please stay in London and do your accounting business mate and leave the Sri Lankan Tamils alone to get on with their lives BTW:

        *** It is not for you to tell me where I stay. You are no longer in control of our destiny.

        4) if you so loved the LTTE and its dirty war would you have given your daughters or son to be a human bomb? that you lot wont do but want others to fight your dirty war.

        *** Yes we gave our Daughters as recently as a Month ago. Dont forget ” Vithaya ” would have been spared if your barabric brothers were not in Control. But dodnt worry it will be for only another few months. We woud have parted company. This marriage will never work.

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          Kali Kali see your rambling on like a real loony boy here and your statements need correction too

          you say ” I gave three of my family members to your Butchers during Race Riots”

          i)
          your referring to the thugs of the 58 to 83 riots as ‘your butchers’ which is wrong mate as you can see that Im not a Sinhalese man but a normal Jaffna man who wants to live in peace,please uncross the wires in your head.

          ii)When I mentioned the LTTE RASCALS enjoying Hilton hospitality in 1988 you go puffing and huffing and say
          “*** What is the problem with the above and you managed to Recruit ” KARUNA” after the hospitality. It paid off didnt it. “

          See for a person who claims to know a lot you for it all wrong as in 1988 Karuna was not in the pic you joker,its was Yogaratnam Yogi,Anton and Adele Balasingham,Mahataya and few others at Hilton !

          iii) you say “*** Yes we gave our Daughters as recently as a Month ago. Dont forget ” Vithaya ” would have been spared if your barabric brothers were not in Control. But dodnt worry it will be for only another few months. We woud have parted company. This marriage will never work”

          Damm rascal don’t talk that innocent girl Vithyas name here for your Eelam wet dreams! for your information it was Tamils who did that dirty thing to Vithya and her neighbors at that and one of them was a diaspora dude like you

          My suggestion for you is play a game of cricket in Southgate or Harrow with your mates and chill out with a pint or two of finest British Lagers and your hatred will cease somewhat!

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            Peace Lover

            You are yesterdays drop outs.

            We are not going to take lectures from Mad Dogs.
            Keep on barking.
            MR the THUG has built many Lamp Posts for you to relieve youself.
            Enjoy the rest of your days.

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              Ah as expected you give a vague reply without talking to point

              anyway go play cricket with your weekend teams in southgate mate!

              Sri Lanka is blessed to have jokers like you away from the country we dont need you here

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              kalistani

              “We are not going to take lectures from Mad Dogs.”

              We do take lectures from Mad Dogs.

              Please do continue.

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        Peace Lover

        “I think we have a tamil counterpart in KALI who can be equal to that comic K A Sumanasekera on CT”

        Kalistani is still awaiting for the arrival of AMMA’s Tamil National Army since 16 August 2014, almost a year now.

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    Brighter Readers,

    “Let me remind you of what you have lost Your Virginity ( If you had any ) Your Sovereignty which has been washed down Palk Straight. With that the following have gone under water. – Colombo Port City – Permission to allow Chinese Submarines to Dock – Chinese Pandas to roam – Sampur, – Chinese Companies replaced by Indian Companies . “

    As our beloved Diaspora brother continues repeating this I assume that it is important and relevant to all issues.

    I fail to understand what he wants to say.

    Can somebody brighter explain this in a way that even I manage to understand.

    After apparently having gone to a good school in Jaffna and living in an English speaking country for a long time his English should be much better.

    I still expect him to explain why only Tamil women are gang raped in SL.

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      Sudar oil:

      Frankly nothing as you are DEAF , DUMP and BLIND.

      Sad case

      I still expect him to explain why only Tamil women are gang raped in SL.

      That is because you Animals are roaming the Tamil streets.

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    KarungKali…..Yes ….Yes ….Kittu and Pottu were great strategists fighting to liberate Tamils. That is why Kittu was climbing a tree and getting off via its branch in Sinna Kade quite regularly. Then Pottu the enforcer of VP ‘morality’ caught him in the act and shot him in the leg and crippled him.

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      Off the Wall

      See where the THUG is. He thought he was going to continue to live in a “Peacock” palace. Look where he is, he is living in the Hambanthotta Slumps where the PEA has been seperated from the COCK.
      Sounds like HEADLESS TORSO doesnt it.

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    Dear Dev Anandarajan

    Share the pain of you and your family. The fair minded Tamils never believed the reasons given by LTTE for their killings. Yet, they couldn’t challenge them mainly for two reasons. First being, the fear for their life knowing what LTTE was up to. The other is that they believed LTTE is lesser devil compared to SL state and would as some one said would protect every thing.

    How many well educated who can have a comfortable life in any part of the globe steadfastly stay put in the land and with their people, as a result had pay a high price at the hand of LTTE thugs. Just a few -Ms Thiranagama, Dr Thiruchchelvam, Ketheeswaran… Then the stupid went on to kill Rajiv, the writing was on the wall since. Although not many realised where this VP led struggle takes us all to, you father foresaw then. He was proven to be right in 25 years.

    Those who ran away to various part s of the globe are keep praising VP as a hero but he didn’t swallow the capsule following what he preached to the younger ones. Directly or indirectly, he was their hero, because if not for him they would have still been in their family home. We those who live here lost every thing and loath LTTE for what they did for the people- promised an Eelam. But what they brought were miseries. That is the reality. Would the fate of those who languishing due to the war change if UN started a war crime investigation? Will only make those escapees feel happy because they have nothing to loose. The real traitors are LTTE, as turned out they betrayed the trust of all tamils,

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    Interesting story,

    Sad part is our Yahapalana heavies are all buddies with the LTTE supporters now., .

    And our Foreign Minister has the balls to tell the inhabitants that these former LTTE Operatives are going to bring their money to give our poor inhabitants Honey..

    I won’t be eating any of that Honey for sure..

    It is pathetic that some commentators still try to muddy the waters in order to cover up and protect Pirahaparan and his assassins who killed this peaceful man.

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    To all Bright Readers (as per Sudar Oil)

    I want to give my summing up as I always do at the end of a Hearing.

    This is a tragedy for the Tamils and Tamils alone as it was a pain inflicted by a Tamil on a Tamil.

    The so called sinkalams like
    Peace Lover
    Mani
    Sudar Oil
    Weighing in to shed Crocodile tears is simply opportunism to attack the LTTE.
    Where were these people when Krishanthi was killed by Sinhalese Soldidiers and ” Vithaya ” was brutally murdered by the Agents of the Sinkalams.

    1) As a very small lad I remember the grief it caused in Jaffna when Anandaraja was killed by the LTTE morons,I also saw his legacy at St Johns later on.

    *** The above by the Sinkala ” Peace lover” is laughable. He doesnt even know what St Johns is or where it is. I am sure he thinks it is an Ambulance.
    By his own admission he has confirmed that he is Small in SIZE as well as STATURE.

    2) Mani:

    As for Mani I cant even hear his bell ringing ( I am not sure if he has one) because it is inaudible.

    3) Sudar Oil:

    He is so slippery you hardly see him stand still.

    4) Grandand: Comparing me with Sumanasekara

    This senile Stateless individual sometimes out of boredom waiting to bite the dust comes up with wonderful theories.

    It is like comparing Mahintha ( Sumanasekara) with Prabakaran.
    One was a born RACIST, THUG, CRIMINAL and a THIEF.
    The other one despite his weakness of not tolerating any dissent fought for a Commendable Cause untill Tsunami drowned him.

    And for those who are still grieving ( the family) I hope you have it in your heart to Forgive and Forget as it happened during a Freedom Struggle and for reasons however painful it may be for Greater Good and that was the restoration of Tamil Rights and Dignity.

    Especiallly when Desmond tries to justify the killing of 140,000 Innocent Civilians as Colateral Damage I view this as due Contributory Neglignece. But this in no way is an attempt to absolve the LTTE but dare I say that your late father may have been under tremendous pressure by the Army to put his neck out for which he paid a heavy price as all occupying armies do.

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      @ Kali

      You say
      “The so called sinkalams like Peace Lover Mani Sudar Oil Weighing in to shed Crocodile tears is simply opportunism to attack the LTTE. Where were these people when Krishanthi was killed by Sinhalese Soldidiers and ” Vithaya ” was brutally murdered by the Agents of the Sinkalams. 1) As a very small lad I remember the grief it caused in Jaffna when Anandaraja was killed by the LTTE morons,I also saw his legacy at St Johns later on. *** The above by the Sinkala ” Peace lover” is laughable. He doesnt even know what St Johns is or where it is. I am sure he thinks it is an Ambulance. By his own admission he has confirmed that he is Small in SIZE as well as STATURE. “

      It just shows the dumb genes that you have inherited and and continue to harvest mate

      Just for your information I lived right along in Jaffna right to mid 90’s that when you lot were hibernating in London and talking big like cardboard heroes

      If you think I dont know St Johns or that im a Sinhala chap that itself shows your pathetic mindset as any readers of CT will know your wrong.

      Of course as all right thinking people we were totally aghast at what happened to our sister school student Krishanthi and condemned it,same way we condem LTTE

      Also for your sick mind dont go on and on about Sinhala agents killing Vithya,dude it was done by Tamils and you need to accept that,one reason Tamil Society in Jaffna is like this is because of you Diaspora people encouraging them to lead a violent and materialistic lifestyle

      at Kali you sound like a real ‘Kali man’ [clay sand] case man so get lost and concentrate on your business in accounts in London

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        Peace Lover

        Losers like you need to be reminded every morning noon and evening what you have lost.

        You have lost your

        Sovereignty
        Dignity
        Mind. That is why you have lost your cohesion. Sory I cant help. Just keep barking SMALL man or shall I say SMALL Boy.

        There is no way back for you. Lost in the milky way. Got it

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          @ Kali,true we lost a lot including dignity and freedom but for that you damm rascal hero Prabakaran contributed a lot and its due to his selfishness that Tamils are suffering

          I’m only sorry that Prabakaran didnt die earlier than 2009 as if he died earlier a lot of bloodshed could have been avoided,the rascal didnt even want to settle for peace in 2002 when he had a golden opportunity

          Get lost kali as you and your kind a pathetic losers who live in a fantasy world

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    Pease lover. What happened after the cricket match. Both who organized the cricket match were killed. Brig Thevanayagam, wife and the buttler killed by whom. Retribution. Don’t you think so

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      @bganendra,your talking absolute crap here Principal Anantharajah was killed by the LTTE over the match in 85 and Brig Thevanayagam,Wife and Butler in 91 by his son who was into drugs at school which was a terrible tragedy,there is nothing to gloat about you silly man.

      If you talk of retribution then what about your hero that damm rascal Prabakaran who was killed and also Kittu the rowdy who also committed suicide ? does your retribution theory fit them as well please explain ?

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        Peace Lover now turned War Monger

        Moron what about the Rascal Mahintha the Hambanthotta THUG who lost the elections. He shuould have lost it earlier.

        The Retribution theory fits the 5.8 Million. It looks like you have failed the Endurance Test.
        Man this is now Tamil vs Sinkalam.

        Ellalan vs Gemunu whose wings were clipped on the 8th January.

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          @Kali you seem to be the new comedian in CT now and you have beaten that joker K A Sumanasekera by a mile ;-)

          Anyways keep rambling man about Ellalan and Dutugemunu and sit in your comfy UK we dont give shit about you and your fellow war mongers

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            Peace Lover

            Please avoid winding up Kali. He is expecting the arrival of Amma’s Tamil National Army, actually since 16 August 2014.

            You may have to run for your life.

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            Peace Lover

            So small boy. No body can beat you in comedy.

            A sinklam like you saying

            As a very small lad I remember the grief it caused in Jaffna when Anandaraja was killed by the LTTE morons,I also saw his legacy at St Johns later on.

            The above was the biggest joke the World has ever heard.

            I didnt know that you can actually see Leagcy. What is Leagcy? Do you have a Photograph. Is it a moving visible object.
            You are joking yes.
            Can you explain. I didnt know you can actually see Legacy. Is it kept in a Library. Is that why you burnt Jaffna Library. Now I know why you burnt It. Dont get agitated. The more I rattle you the more you reveal of your Criminal Past .

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              @ Kali,the more you write the more silly you look infact you might even beat Vadivel for comedy (now dont tell me you dont know Vadivel of Tamil Cinema)

              Btw,its legacy not leagcy,please correct your spelling when you write to CT

              Kali the dumb chap,does Johnston House or Peto House or Jeevananthan masters jokes or Tony Ganeshan PT classes or teachers like Sigmalingam ever make a note to you……..and you think I dont know St Johns huh…..what a joker you are

              I bet the only st johns you know might be St Johns Wood station in London

              Get lost before you make a real idiot of yourself mr kali mandai!

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          kalistani

          “He shuould have lost it earlier.”

          If not for VP’s support he would have lost both elections anyway. He is eternally grateful to VP, I believe.

          Most probably MR misses him.

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        Peace Lover

        “Kittu the rowdy who also committed suicide ?”

        Do you seriously believe that Kittu committed suicide?

        He must be living like a Maharaja under Hindian protection somewhere in Hindia.

        Varadharajaperumal enjoys high level of Hindian protection and probably receives monthly allowance too for his upkeep, similar to KP’s luxury life style in this island.

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          @NV, Kittu never committed suicide. VP had a hand grenade thrown at him in Jaffna where this short thug lost one leg and ended up on crutches. Then when he was on a boat, VP radioed the Navy and gave his location in the sea. Navy took care of the rest.

          Now NV, please watch our resident genius Kali will swing back with his amazing comments.

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    Peace Lover you Sinkalam

    As soon as I read that you actually saw Legacy I told my friends and they know me as as a Comedian and first they didnt believe me. But I told them that I heard from a small boy so they said he cant be lying and wanted to know more. So can you let me know

    1) Did you see it in a St Johns Ambulance.
    3) Was it a UFO flying over Chundikuli. But if you are a Sinkalam you wont know where Chundikuli is.
    3)If the Leagcy was flying did it hover over any Army Camp and take a sharp turn.
    4) Finally did you manage to see any aliens looking like THUGS.

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      the more you write the more you make yourself look a class one idiot like Dr Mervin Silva,please go and write more as it makes our day to see you all red in face typing furiously mr kali mandai

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        Peace Lover:

        Small boy. You haven’t answered the question. Where did you see the Legacy. Was it moving or standing still.

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          Kali Mandai Im happy that at last you have corrected the spelling of Legacy but sad you dont know what Legacy means as you seem to be assuming that its a tangible physical thing how sad that someone who lives in England does not know this silly fellow

          BTW its 30 years since our beloved Principal was killed by the LTTE and people are still fondly remembering him all over the world but how many people will remember your so called hero Prabakaran the mad man with fondness even though its not even 10 years since he died hahahaahah

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          Dei Kali Mandai,
          Stop it naye!

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      @Kali, what appears to be your problem? I need to reiterate one thing to you. This article is about a great man we all knew. Have some decency and respect in this string. Your comments are just the same as the racists amongst the Sinhalese. Sinhalese are not bad people. But some of them behave the same way you are behaving in here. Now I can tell how you behave in your personal life. Peace Lover has far more intelligence and decency. If you had 1% of his character, you will be better off. HAVE SOME RESPECT FOR Late MR. CE ANANDARAJAN, our former principal. Prabaharan surrendered, taken to Anuradhapura, brought back on Gota’s orders and got chopped with an axe. His story is over and the fellow did not leave any legacy behind. But Late MR. CEA left a great legacy. So now it is time for you to wrap up your straw mat and climb up a tree for your night sleep and stop pestering people with Tamil Eelam pipe dream. If you are so gung ho about TE, then by all means go back and fight the army. We are all behind you. If you cannot do that, then shut up. Enough is enough!!!!!

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    An objective and non-partisan history of the war has yet to be written. No doubt the UTHR (J) reports and Rajan Hoole’s several other publications give us valuable insights. But one would like to see a cohesive history written where an important component will have to come from those who belonged to the knowledeable dissenters (who at one time belonged to the inner circle of the LTTE and other Tamil armed organizations) as much as from within the SL security forces and political decision makers. Until then we will only get bits and pieces as in the present discussion.

    As some have commented here Anandarajan was drawn into playing that cricket match because of the efforts made by him to get innocent Tamil youth released having been detained without due process of the law under draconian powers given to the security forces under the PTA enacted by the JR government.
    Anandarajan was a member of the Jaffna Citizens’ Committee (he must have become a member post 1983) founded in 1981 in the aftermath of the burning of the Jaffna Public Library by Bishop Deogupillai and others. The main aim of the JCC was to maintain an ongoing dialogue with the police and the army to defuse situations leading to extensive violence. In 1981 the LTTE had hardly 50 members and mere handful carrying crude arms and not a force to be reckoned with. In fact in 1981 members of the JCC joined army patrols (the police and allied thugs – the main perpetrators of violence confined to barracks) for five consecutive nights covering the five main roads in the Peninsula. The JCC members were composed of eminent professional and well known business men. Though some of them may have had their own political views most were apolitical and obliged not to take a collective stand on the National Question. Generally Jaffna was relatively calm from July 1981 until November 1982 when the LTTE launched their first major attack – on the Chavakachcheri police station and from then on the LTTE called the shots as discipline within the army and police deteriorated, leading to the holocaust of July 1983. Post-1983 the LTTE gained strength in numbers and funding.

    This is to make a long story short. There are people – remnants and dissidents of the armed struggle (primarily living abroad ) who know the inside story – it is time they placed them on record – on how what was expected to be liberation struggle degenerated into a neo-fascist movement. The Leader into a feared dictator who finally died shamefully– a most humiliating and cowardly death -while on the run failing to swallow the pill that he forced hundreds if not thousands to take.

    By the time Anandarajan was assassinated the space for the activities the JCC had considerably diminished. Anandarajan was firm in not allowing any propagandist of armed struggle to enter the College. Hence he became the first prominent member of Jaffna Civil Society to be killed and his death was deeply mourned. Jaffna was flooded with anti-LTTE pamphlets. But this dissent was not sustained. The LTTE had succeeded in sending a frightening message to members of civil society. Silence soon became approval by hard line LTTErs and subtle apologists among whom were shamefully some prominent old boys of St. Johns within the Tamil diaspora.

    To cite just one example when the St.John’s old boys celebrated an important anniversary in Toronto in the late 1990s not one word was mentioned about this outstanding long time teacher and principal. They were in a state of denial. Some of them are still around. In the same year a similar function was held in Colombo when the leadership of the Old Boys paid glowing tributes to his memory.

    History has come full circle, the question is as Dev in his pastoral style has raised – with hatred to none. Where do we go from here?

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      @ KSR,your 100% true in what you wrote,infact when Anantharajah was kiiled in Racca Road,a lot of Johnians past and present rushed there in a highly emotional state and wanted to catch the killers and finish them off this included prefects of the college too

      Also his funeral was well attended by all the civil society in Jaffna and I also remember other schools like Jaffna Central and Vembadi declared a 3 day period of mourning and closed their schools.

      There are many who know the facts and its best if they come out and openly write and let others know what really happened

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      @KSR, simply brilliant. Keep writing more, love to read them.

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    His untimely demise left an irreplaceable vacuum. I fondly remember my only encounter with this gentleman who happened to pass by while I was going towards the Pedro hall.He called and spoke to me. I was surprised by his kindness and touched by his attitude.
    I could not reconcile that LTTE could have done such dastardly act while I was in Jaffna.However, I can understand his vision now having lived with sinhalese in colombo.
    I thank Mr Anandarajan’a son for his rememberence.
    I did not think he did not die in vain, his vision and insight shined into the the darkened psyche of tamils

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    It is because LTTE groupies like Kali justify in the name of Eelam the cold blooded murder of upstanding individuals like Mr. Anandarajan by the deranged Prabakaran, the killing of the latter is accepted without dissent by all law-abiding citizens of Sri Lanka – irrespective of their ethnic, religious, class or political affiliations – as entirely justifiable, and as the single most salutary contribution of Mahinda Rajapakse, or of any Sri Lankan president for that matter.

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    Mr.C.E.Anandarajan
    ,
    Dr.Dev Anandarajan ‘s emotional but certainly a meaning full article ,as I read brought tears into my ears.

    I together with my two elder brothers joined St.John’s in the year 1942. There were many others who were compelled to leave Colombo for fear of the impending Japanese attack. Many students joined other schools.

    I remember Anandarajan ( ANA) , joined in mid 40’s having finished his preliminary education at Kopay Christian College. At the end of 1951, having failed to secure admission to the University ,I left College and joined the Irrigation Department as a Technical Assistant Trainee.

    Ever since I met ANA, although he was senior to me at the college we , both were in Thompson house,we associated in many activities. Among our contemporaries were Jeyam Samuel,a cousin of ANA,late Thevanayagam, Mahenthiran Sebaratnam, and host of others.

    ANA had a charming figure full ovigour, humour ,and ready witted. When he is in your company he kept you laughing with his jokes . He a was talented musician ,but never went out of his way to exhibit same. At.the end of the year we have the Boarders Concert. I remember in 1960, he was the Senior Prefect,having succeeded his cousin
    Jeyamy Samuel, he sang three Tamil Songs all hits from the Tamil Film , ” MANTHIRI KUMARI “. There was an unanimous requests to him to to repeat,which he oblidged to the thunderous applause.He was a talented flutist, played it with ease.

    He mixed his humour with duties. One day Mr . Subramaniam’s our respected tamil teacher who used the main gate
    Along the Old Park to enter the college, met ANA and told him that every morning some one was squatting at the sides of the gate and defacing.ANA was the S.P. Next morning he asked me to join him to trap the Culprit. Next morning together with Sellathurai the college maintenance Supt., it was 5.A.M. We went and sat behind the parapet wall inside our compound ,occasionally getting up and peeping to seen one coming. About half hour later I saw a cyclist coming wit h two bags hanging on the bars. We waited, and after some time felt he had stopped. We gave a few seconds more and both of us jumped over the wall, The man got up ,was shivering,and had no answer. Sellaturai identified him as the milkman who supplied milk to our kitchen in the evenings for some junior boarders at the request of their parents. I then told ANA that I will deflate his tires as punishment. Immediately ANA said ” No , don’t do that , he will stop supplying his milk,and our juniors will be without their milk. That was ANA solving problems with humour.

    After working as a tech asst in the I. D., in 1960 went to U.K For higher studies and returned in 1965 as a chartered Engineer,re joined the I.D . After working in Mihintale, Mahaillupalama Mahawelii,then as Executve Engineer at Welimada, Bandarawela, I was transferred. As E.E. Jaffna to succeed S.M.V.Tissanayagam an old Johnian. I was also advised that, the EE s quarters is be the off ice for the Deputy Director for area,and I should rent a house for me.
    ANA was then a Co Vice Pricipal with The late J.T. Chelliah. I wrote to ANA for help, and he readily obliged,rented a house down Somasunderam lane ,met me and my family on arrival and ensured we were comfortably settled.

    In the meantime ,ANA had got married to Padma, a cousin of mine.Padmas grandfather ,( mothers father) late E.R.Hitchcock elder sister was my paternal grandmother.

    After assuming duties at Jaffna,together with late A.C.Canagaraja,we completed the structural desiigns for the Peto memorial hall,and at the request of Principal Pooranampillai,ANA, and Dr.Vethanayagam took over the supervision of the construction till the completion. I retired from service in 1976, and left the country on overseas appointments.
    I worked in Saudi for a short while, then Uganda( Idi Amins time), Guyana, Nigeria,then another 2 yrs in Guyana,and
    Lastly in Kenya for 5 yrs.

    It was during my second spell in Guyana,I received the shocking news of the ruthless assassination of my good and cherished friend ANA.His eldest daughter SORNA and Husband KULAM were then in Georgetown . The news was conveyed to me by PUVI whose wife AMALA too is my cousin

    During my overeseas stay almost every year I went to visit our 3 daughters all studying in Madras India, and ofcourse Jaffna,and never failed to visit my Alma Mater,and my most cherished friend ANA. Once as Principal he invited me to address the college Assembly,which I did. The Subject , ” Prospectcs of Over seas employment”,

    In 1984 we had our eldest daughters Registration of marriage.,and ANA and PADMA were to be invited..As the situation was explosive,we were advised to limit the,number,We also decided to have the wedding InCHENNAI. We decided leave. ANA heard about this and on the night before we left he visited me with Padma,in Manipay,We were overjoyed,but request them to leave early, as few minutes earlier some youths had come to Hijack my car which Iwas using and returned it back that morning to the rightful owner. That was the last I saw of ANA, a true and faithful friend.
    O
    C.Arunakirinathan?

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    Well as the comments by all Johnians as well as fellow human beings we can clearly see our beloved Principal was a man of honor who brought great honour to St Johns and to Sri Lanka as whole and man of justice and honor who brooked no nonsense from any quarter and may his sou rest in peace

    “lux in tenebris lucet”

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    From a Review of Hooles recent book

    The LTTE was a criminal organization guilty of widespread atrocities and that it is responsible for countless Tamil deaths and has much to answer for regarding the final slaughter. In his view, the LTTE was a fascist organization and Prabhakaran was despotic and vicious. He killed off rivals, suppressed dissent, recruited child soldiers, trained suicide bombers and used tens of thousands of civilians as human shields in 2009 as the Sri Lankan military encircled his depleted forces. Their massacre, Hoole says, was an avoidable tragedy instigated by Prabhakaran’s irresponsible actions.

    Jeff Kingston is the director of Asian Studies, Temple Universit

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    C.E.Anandarajan

    1. In my appreciation and tribute to ANA,I observe ,that Ihere are few errors,for which I sincerely regret,

    2. I also , having mentioned about about THEVANAYAGAM,l failed to give him a tribute. Theva and I were classmates from 1945, until he was selected as an Officer Cadet in together with another Johnian A.W.Yogarajah,and went over to Sandhurst U.K.for officer training. At college he was an outstanding all round Sportsman,winning all 3 colours,Athletics,Football , and Cricket. In cricket he was considered as one of the best OFF SPINNERS among the Schools. While in. Sandhurst he often corressponded w ith me. When he returned back,he was living at Boswell Place,and I too lived down same lane. Very often he gave me lifts to my, office at Bullers road.All his brothers elder to him we’re at S.John’s. , and THEVASAHAYAM was teaching Zoology ,our House Master,Sports Master and Fleming House master.Their late Father was t he Headmaster of the. Junior School adjoining the college, and in remembrance of their late Father they built some class rooms in the school which he was H.M. My Colleague THEVANAYAGAM was married to SAROJINI SANDERS, a cousin of ANA, an athlete and a strikingly pretty lady. When ever I was in Colombo ,particularly when I came down from my overeseas stations, I always paid a visit to meet him and. SARO
    While working in Nairobi KENYA, the then High Commisioner for Sri Lanka there called me and coveyed me of the sad news about THEVA and SARO.I could not believe that both will have such a brutal end.

    Both ANA and THEVA would have organized the Cricket Match for which they are being slandered , with the best of intentions . Perhaps like all human beings they were INDISCREET in choosing the time,but to slander them is NOT CRICKET.
    CAruna

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