(Lanka-e-News -08.April.2013, 11.55PM) The present Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse the prime suspect in the Matale mass genocide , had ordered today that all police registers and records which are older than 5 years at the police stations in the Central province including Matale be destroyed. Lanka e news reported yesterday that he had also instructed the IGP that all reports linked to the court action regarding the Matale mass graves be forwarded to him.
The objective in all these measures taken is to completely wipe out every information that links him to the mass murder though the orders are absolutely and brazenly unlawful. According to the police dept. rules and the supreme court (SC) new law reports these actions are totally illegal. Based on police department regulations , the records which are older than 5 years in connection with day to day information , crime information , traffic offences , civil cases and other information books can only be destroyed if court proceedings is not going to take place . Besides , they can only be destroyed in front of the relevant SSP .during his half yearly inspection.
In any case , if information has to be secured from these books or records or registers subsequently regarding crimes or against an officer, those records cannot be destroyed under any circumstances , and no police officer has the power to destroy. This is clearly stipulated in the police regulations. In the NLR reports it is mentioned that the SC had given verdicts many times to that effect.
Accordingly , while there is a case already in the courts regarding the Matale mass graves murders , and Gotabaya has been incriminated as being involved in the murders when he was Colonel Gotabaya at that time and the commanding officer in Matale ,and when these criminal details against him have come to light , destroying the records books and registers is absolutely illegal.
Based on reports reaching Lanka e news , the police registers / records regarding the murders and missing persons in the period 1988 -89 , and the police books are still intact , because a commission was appointed previously to investigate them , and a large number of witnesses gave evidence. Some of them even filed cases in the SC. As a result those police books / registers are still intact .
Gotabaya Rajapakse is already tainted with war crime charges and has therefore become notorious even internationally as a ruthless criminal. Hence, if the records and registers linked to his latest crime exposure – Matale mass murder are destroyed adhering to Gotabaya’s order today , it will be the Matale SSP R D S Medawatte and Central province Senior DIG M R B Ambanwala, will have to fully answer for those illegal activities later .
The discovery of the skeletons of 154 dead persons does not relate to a simple crime by any stretch of imagination.. It must be noted that the whole world is watching this investigation not only for its hugeness in number but also for the brutality and callousness of the perpetrators.
May it be warned that if any officer commits any wrongful or unlawful acts on Gota’s orders or of his own accord during the investigations, some day he would have to face the punishment via courts Locally or internationally.
SELECTIVE AMNESIA OF NAVIN CHAWLA
Former Chief Election Commissioner of India, who started his career as Delhi Metropolitan Council official had served in Pondicherry as Secretary of Culture and Ports, and also had been Secretary in of Town and Country Planning. After climbing to reach great heights to become Chief Election Commissioner of this great democracy, suddenly his views appeared in The Hindu dated 16th August of 2012 Open-Editorial page while we thought he has forgotten Pondicherry in his retirement.
A heritage, all at Sea is his article. Let me remind him of our heritage. I wrote in New Indian Express on June 4th of 2005 under the title Saving the Coast, hence I was happy about Navin Chawla’s concern for the Pondicherry Coast. “As per the study by the School of Earth Sciences of Bharathidasan University before 1.5 million years ago sea extended up to Madurai. Around 90,000 years ago Chennai, Pondicherry and Vedaranyam were encircled by seas. Since sea level subsided 65,000 years ago India and Ceylon got connected. When sea level rose by 27,000 years ago both parted and when sea level fell by 17,000 years ago joined again to part again”. I have quoted from the report in my article. So we are thinking of our heritage not limiting our vision to the colonial period but to those past which is emerging from darkness.
Over 2 lakh years old fossilized skull found
PTI Mar 31, 2003, 12.29am IST
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A well-fossilized human skull, dating back to over two lakh years, has been found from within ferricrete at a site near Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu, in a geo-archaeological exploration conducted at the site.
Besides being one of the oldest hominid fossils to be found in India, the study of the find could challenge the widely held theory that a fossil would not remain intact for long in ferricrete without sediment intrusion, Dr P Rajendran, UGC professor-scientist and archaeologist at the Department of History, Kerala University, who conducted the exploration said.
It is known fact the human race emanated from East Africa 1.60 million years ago, and if so when there is a discovery of a fossilized baby dating back to almost same age, is it not our heritage, and should we Pondicherrians not proclaim that ancient homo-sapiens had their home in our soil.
In and around Pondicherry 535 stone inscriptions have been found, out of which 4 are in Sanskrit, 2 in Kannada, 1 in Latin ,2 in French and 1 in Armenian. Should we not preserve these heritages and should we only preserve few colonial style buildings.
The rest in 535 stone inscriptions 16 Chola Emperors, 8 Pandyan Emperors, 2 Later Pallava Emperors, and 13 Vijayanagara Emperors have inscribed their legacy in Tamil. Is it wrong to call these history as our past, and should we only think of 1800 colonial style houses declared by Indian National Trust for Arts and Heritage Pondicherry chapter in 1995 as our heritage relics. Navin Chawla laments that half of these houses have undergone changes invoking the fundamental right of the legally rightful owners of these houses to construct or alter or re-construct their houses or dwellings in whichever architectural style of their choice. Nowadays with increasing thefts, burglary, house breaking and anti-socials on the prowl, is it prudent to keep houses with thinnai , and without compound or fencing inviting anyone to sleep in the frontal areas of these houses with French architectural style.
We are not having pyramids in Pondicherry that calls for preservation. We have not built Kallanai dam like Karikal Cholan or Tanjavor Temple like Raja Raja Cholan. Nor is it that we have unearthed within the four boulevards, a site like in Indus Valley, hence to call the area within four boulevards of Pondicherry as if it is Jerusalem is not logical that needs preservation. The book written by Jean Deloche titled Origins of Urban Development of Pondicherry according to 17 th Century Dutch plans about which I wrote in New Indian Express on 13 th November 2004, reveals that “the Dutch plans of Pondicherry preserved at the National Archives in the Hague show that the orthogonal street pattern of the town is a creation of the Dutch. The plans of 1693 show that in Francoise Martin’s times the streets or lanes followed an irregular pattern without any shape or symmetry whereas the plans drafted in 1694 during the Dutch occupation one finds the design of a large new town with a regular geometric lay out rectangular blocks of houses separated by straight streets, intersecting at right angles.”
My humble query is should not the Dutch legacy be hailed, and why Town and Country Planning Department of Pondicherry over which Navin Chawla’s rule too existed for some years, failed to follow the Dutch design when the sub urban areas beyond 4 boulevards of Pondicherry developed rapidly, and with real estate boom everywhere in agricultural lands lay outs propped up and concrete jungles mushroomed, and are we to demolish those townships to bring back the symmetrical pattern of the areas within four boulevard to cover entire town that has grown beyond control and without foresight Town and Country Planning of Pondicherry went into slumber for decades, almost half a century.
Multi storey buildings and flat system were absent in French rule. But when Pondicherry integrated with Indian Union, the architectural style of rest of India made its head way here, and with increase in population even within the so called white town, where in 1995 INTACH identified 300 buildings as heritage buildings, multi storey flats have come up. Our women used to wear saree and blouses, now chudidars and pyjamas have caught up and even jeans t-shirts have replaced pavadai and thavani ? Are we going to say to preserve our heritage our girls and women should wear only those old fashioned dresses and not wear modern dress? A Temple or a Fort or a Pyramid or An Archeologically declared site like Arikamedu can be rightfully called our heritage. Colonial architecture which is out of fashion in modern India looses its relevance. We are part of India and are bound to be influenced by construction designs that prevail in rest of India.
In the first scientific excavations conducted in 1945 and published in the book Rome beyond the Imperial Frontiers  Mortimer Wheeler left “ an impression of a sleepy village suddenly awakened by enterprising Romans who built stone buildings and a Port, then fell back to sleep when Roman’s left” opines Francis Peter Junior.
From the arretine pottery table wares used by the Romans found there Mortimer Wheeler came to the conclusion that Roman trade flourished between 14 th B.C to 25 B.C. Jean Mari Casal conducted his excavations between 1947 and 1950 opined that much before Romans advent Arikamedu was a prosperous Port dating back to 250 B.C. People of that place were civilized from Iron Age claims Jean Mari Casal who found gold jewels in the burial sites of Suthukeni and was stunned by the prosperity of the people. Whatever may be the dating, the Port of Arikamedu is centuries ahead of colonial entry into Pondicherry soil. Are we to uphold our Indian legacy and heritage or are we going to attach importance to preserve an old prison building in main market area of Nehru Street, instead of allowing its demolition to build a parking area for the crowded market zone?
The proposed plans of how beach road would look like after INTACH mooted modifications are carried out as shown in the website of Pondicherry chapter of INTACH shows the Mahatma Gandhi statue missing? Are these men inside an Indian National Trust contemplating to throw Mahatma Gandhi into Bay of Bengal to reclaim the beach in their way of colonial legacy preservation? May be even Jawaharlal Nehru statue installed on the pedestal of Dupleix statue would be an eyesore to these saviors of colonial heritage. They may even bring down Jawaharlal Nehru statue and install Dupleix once again in his original place occupied during colonial era.
You would have seen protests in Indian cities, which is an every day affair. Have you heard that the weavers of London protested in the streets of London in 1700 demanding ban on import of Indian textiles. Indian textiles were far superior to British products and weavers of British Isles forced their government to ban Indian textiles. The excavations in Red Sea ports and Dutch maritime records reveal that once upon a time India was the couturier of the world. Ms.Rosemary Crill of the V& A Museum of London along with co-authors Ruth Barnes and Steven Cohen published a book Trade, Temple and Court Indian Textiles from Tapi Collections, wherein she states “The East India Company was founded in 1600 to sell British woolen cloth to India, their ships arrived in India in Surat [of Gujarat] in 1608 with vast quantities of broadcloth but the trade soon faltered and died out. What changed their fortune was the discovery of cotton, which was completely unknown in Europe.” Till 18th century from 10 th century, Indian weavers were unbeatable in world markets. In fact most of them were Tamil weavers.
Recently speaking at the Historical Society of Puducherry, Professor Orse M.Gobalakichenane who published the Veera Naicker’s diary 1778-1792 admitted that even in France, French weavers protested against import of textiles from French India namely Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe, Yenam and Chandranagore. Quoting Veera Naicker’s diary Professor Orse.M.Gobalakichenane narrated on how the kaikolars, the Tamil community of weavers were taken on three year contract to French colonies to teach local weavers, weaving techniques. I intervened and asked, why France took weavers from Puducherry, whereas they could have brought from their France. Economics apart, it became evident by the Professor’s reply that French weavers protested Puducherry textiles leading to the logical conclusion that our weavers were far superior in their skills which made them wanted species every where.
Is it not the duty of Indian National Trust for Heritage to preserve this heritage by reviving the weaving techniques that were the envy of even western countries.
Pondicherry is an intermediary port, and when Thiru. P. Shanmugam was Chief Minister; I suggested that this Port be handed over to Singapore Government owned Singapore Port Trust so that it can be used as transshipment harbor. Since there is nothing much to export from or import to industries around Pondicherry, if this had been made a transshipment harbor it would have eased congestion in Singapore Port and brought revenue to Puducherry Government. Unfortunately my plea went unheeded. Successive Chief Ministers developed it as fishing harbor. If it should be fishing harbor, fish cold storage facilities should exist there. Fish or prawn packing preserving and export processing industry must have been set up within the harbor. Nothing happened. The rulers forgot that during French regime had built a tunnel beneath the backwaters 100 meters away from coast near Port’s mouth which starts from Vambakeerapalayam and reaches Veerampattinam. This underwater tunnel was used by fishermen in that colonial era. This tunnel, a heritage tunnel obstructs flow of water from sea or sand from river into the seas. There is a dredger, often given on contracts to powerful media or politicians and never to Dredging Corporation of India, a Government of India enterprise.
So vessels entering harbor is next to impossible dream. Fishing vessels get struck as dredging is not done by professionals and adding to the complexity of the problem is the hidden under water tunnel, which Government is neither ready to break nor ready to study on how to keep the mouth of the river hindrance free for shipping boats to reach the fishing harbor.
So Navin Chawla’s single point agenda in supporting INTACH, Pondicherry chapter which wants to get rid off the Gandhiji’s statue in Beach, as pictures by their proposed modernization of beach picture shown in their website has no justification even in the name of upholding colonial legacy, when many buildings which are newly built or remodeled within white town or even in Beach does not resemble the buildings that existed in French India. The proposed picture of Nehru Street, the main market area of Pondicherry, which perhaps INTACH wants to rename as Dupliex Street, shows trees in the pavements and street appears to be converted into a park. Are our business people aware of the INTACH plan to make Nehru Street only usable by pedestrians and cars and two-wheelers to be barred from entering?
Indians won freedom from colonialism but some vested interests are for clinging to colonial past, and that too in architecture only. Let Navin Chawla get rid of his selective amnesia.
One such colonial building Post Office of Pondicherry, faced roof collapse creating fears in the minds of post men who agitated for rebuilding the Post office as suggested by PWD than window dressing by INTACH. Similar fate awaits and let buildings fall and kill people but we who allowed rebuilding of Ariankuppam bridge of colonial legacy wont allow buildings in white town, INTACH may proclaim . Long live sadists of INTACH.
TURN BLIND EYE TO SRILANKA BUT PUNISH ITALY
Dravida Peravai General Secretary N.Nandhivarman had written to the President of the Council of Ministers Mr.Mario Monti, Palazzo Chigi, Piazza Colonna 370, 00,187 Roma-Italy over the double standards adopted by India versus Italy in comparison with India versus Srilanka
We express our solidarity with the Italian Government on the issue of an accident caused by Italian marines in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Kerala, an Indian State.
Let me take to you to the other side of Bay of Bengal, where numerous Tamil fishermen get killed almost regularly spanning over decades, and the stand of Indian Government which condones such crime by closing its eyes, killing its conscience and guilty of turning blind eye to the brutal murder of its own citizens in mid seas off the coast of Tamilnadu another Indian State.
We endorse Italy’s deputy foreign minister Steffan de Mistura, on India making “absurd accusation of premeditated murder” against the two Italian Marines.
We are enclosing our complaint to the International Tribunal for Law of Seas sent in 2009. We did not have locus standi, only a country can complain. We urge the Government of Italy to lodge this same complaint, demanding compensation for more than 1000 Tamil fishermen killed by Srilankan navy in Indian waters or close to our waters. We would enclose Times of India Report dated February 1 of 2011 wherein the figure of fishermen killed by Srilankan navy without any provocation against peacefully fishing fishermen of Tamilnadu who were fishing for centuries, why for millennium without any harm stood at 378 till 2005. Under Right to Information Act figures obtained by various people show more deaths adding to 378. If Italy had to pay compensation for two Kerala fishermen killed accidentally, Srilanka should pay compensation for killing Indian Tamil fishermen intentionally in Bay of Bengal. Two different approaches by Indian Government against two nations baffle us.
The appeal made by Karaikal Union Territory Struggle Group to newly elect US President Barrack H.Obama on 19th February 2009 is also enclosed, where we demanded that Srilanka be declared as terrorist state for indulging in cross border killings to eliminate Indian Tamil fishermen in perpetuation of its genocidal agenda.
Italy must take up the issue of 2 Italian mariners before International Criminal Court of Justice, where our complaint against killing of Indian Tamil fishermen is in dustbin.
The issue is simple. Bay of Bengal has oil/gas finds, and in Palk Straits 30,000 kilometers is supposed to have natural gas and oil. Hence Srilanka goes on killing Indian fishermen on the pretext of violating its waters, and India closes its eyes because it wants Srilanka to execute the dirty job of driving Tamil fishermen out of seas. To frighten them nearly 1000 fishermen had been killed in Bay of Bengal and we have been demanding that India demand Rs 1 crore as compensation for every fishermen killed by Srilanka.
Italy offered 2 crores which India finds insufficient. Why India punishes Italy but not even arrests Srilankan navy for killing nearly 1000 Indian Tamil fishermen, is our question.
Human Rights violations can be taken up by any human being. On behalf of humanity we want Italy to take up the issue of Tamil fishermen killings before either International Criminal Court of Justice or International Tribunal for Law of Seas, to get justice for 1000 Indian Tamil fishermen intentionally killed by Srilanka with blessings of India.
General Secretary Dravida Peravai 21.05.2012
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam founded by Aringnar Anna had always supported the cause of Tamil Eelam, though there may be many slip between the lip and the cup, but such slip never happened when Aringnar Anna was alive. In the editorial of Dravida Naadu weekly on 29th June 1958, Aringnar Anna states that onlookers reported him about “ Tamils being immersed in petrol and burnt in streets of Srilanka while people watched it as if it was fun. In last three weeks in the arson and looting and vandalism at least 800 people were killed in the capital and other Sinhala areas, and 20000 Tamils uprooted from their homes were rushing towards Tamil dominant Northern parts of Srilanka for safety”. After narrating this Anna breaks the suspense. This is not a report from DMK but by Daily Telegraph of London. The reporter who could not file the report from Colombo flew to Chennai to break this news in London. Indian High Commissioner never bothered to visit riot affected areas, neither the Delhi nor its puppets in Chennai expressed concern over massive massacre of Tamils, Anna wrote in 1958. The same response by Union Government towards Tamil massacres continues even today. Anna wrote had such thing happened to Marwari’s or Gujarathis Nehru would have rushed to raise his condemnation. If Nehru, the last democrat in Congress party as Anna used to describe him , had maintained stony silence in 1958 over lively burnt 800 Tamils, it wont surprise historians over the overt and covert support Delhi extends to the Neo-Hitler Rajpakshe the curse on human race who gets warm support of ruling as well as opposition in New Delhi.
I wrote in the official organ of DMK, Namnaadu weekly on 5.2.1978 on Eelam Tamils and Tamil Cowards, which was to pinpoint our Tamils mental paralysis towards atrocities on our kinsmen. The link from our party website given here will record my state of mind in 1978, post emergency India.
On 4 th May 1986, DMK organized the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organization Conference in Madurai. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, N.T.Rama Rao and to our surprise Dr.Subramanian Swamy participated in that conference. Let me quote few lines spoken by Dr.Subramanian Swamy “I would assure our brothers and sisters who are is desperate situation. India always will stand by you. Tamils are not alone or orphans. There are 80 crore Indians behind your back. Time will come for those who cause grave hardships to Tamil to reap what they sow.”
I must humbly remind Shanmuganathan, the mobile archives of Kalaignar to trace back my letter on SELO formation in Puducherry [Supporters of Eelam Liberation Organization] which I believed triggered the idea of TESO, since it was much before TESO was formed. I don’t expect credit for I am an ordinary DMK sympathizer, who does not deserve credit. Anyhow now when again TESO is revived as per reports in media, it is my duty to place my views on record.
Backing a separate Eelam (homeland) for Sri Lankan Tamils, DMK president M Karunanidhi has reiterated his demand for India’s role in this regard as he sought reviving Tamil Eelam Supporters Organization (TESO).Addressing a public meeting at Kolathur, the constituency of his son and party treasurer MK Stalin last night, he called for a peaceful and democratic struggle to achieve this purpose.
“The Sri Lankan President may reject the idea, but it will be my endeavour,” he said. The DMK patriarch, associated in the 1980s with TESO which went into oblivion later, sought its revival with the help of leaders, including Dravidar Kazhagam president K Veeramani.He reiterated his demand for a referendum for this purpose by the United Nations and India, an issue he has raised repeatedly in the last few days. He had said he was not asking for a military intervention by India like it did in the Iiberation of Bangladesh.”
The tiny splinter of DMK, which is similar to RSS of DMK, our Dravida Peravai mooted the Separate Eelam as inevitable solution in various forums and books which will be available in net proving our consistency towards our support for Tamil Eelam. All my appeals to world leaders to recognize Tamil Eelam Government in Exile, chosen by democratic means, is in books I had donated to Perasiriyar Library and Research Center within the Anna Arivalayam campus, and in Periyar Tidal Archives.
Indo Eelam Friendship Forum, a net based group exists all these years to say we are consistent in our goal, achievement of Tamil Eelam. I am happy that DMK is back to Anna’s days and Kalaignar regaining his youthful ideological commitment to support Tamil Eelam.
General Secretary Dravida Peravai.
DMK President Kalaignar M.Karunanithi had forgotten Murasoli Maran so soon. The one man think tank of DMK, Murasoli Maran wrote in Murasoli souvenir on how to escape from the clutches of a draconian bill brought by Union Government to prevent DMK from entering the electoral fray. As is a foreign journalist seeking views of a DMK ideologue Mr.Murasoli, the one man think tank Maran laid down the road map of DMK’s defensive war. That was first time DMK men realized that here exists one brain that thinks ways to salvage the DMK from dangers ahead. He did not miss that recognition throughout his life.
I first met him in Murasoli office in Anna Salai, Thousand Lights, Chennai in a small room amidst bundles of books. Whole room was full of books and Maran was encircled by books. When he was in power frequently I used to be in Krishna Menon Marg residence of George Fernandes, who gave Dravida Peravai, national recognition as associate party and Special invitee to National Councils and Executive of Samata party. In same Krishna Menon Marg, Murasoli Maran lived just opposite but I never went to him seeking any favour. But when Murasoli Maran was hospitalized I wrote to him expressing solidarity in his troubled times and for all my mails he had replied.
But now whenever televisions write Maran, Maran and Maran it pains my heart. No one should use their parent’s name to catch nation’s attention. Kanimozhi Aravindan must only use her husband’s name and not her father’s name. Anbumani should not use his father’s name. Dayanithi should only be known as Dayanithi. Take cue from Jayalalithaa, she is not carrying her father Jayaram tagged to her name. There is a lesson for all of us in India. Mahathma Gandhi is father of the Nation but Ferzoze Gandhi’s name is used for Rajiv Feroze, Sanjay Feroze and Sonia Rajiv and Rahul Rajiv using Gandhi tag is creating an illusion and myth as if they are in the lineage of Mahathma Gandhi. My friend Rajmohan Gandhi can use Gandhi tag but not the above mentioned leaders. Every leader has a contribution of his own to the nation and society he lives in. By dragging and tagging his or her name the next generation in our corporate democracy sullies the image of their ancestors. The lesson of the day: Be known by your sacrifices don’t sacrifice your parents good image by tagging with you and inviting all mudslinging on the leaders who exist no more.
N.Nandhivarman General Secretary Dravida Peravai 8.07.2011