Peace for the World ! Your War Our Lives
First democratic leader of Justice the Godfather of the Sri Lankan Tamil Struggle: Honourable Samuel James Veluppillai Chelvanayakam
Samuel James Veluppillai Chelvanayakam
Godfather- Full Story
The film began with a brief outline of the history of the Tamil struggle
for independence, before going on to document the surge of protests
that engulfed the Indian state. The protests, which started students wth
students from Loyola College going on hunger strike, was sparked after
newly uncovered evidence of atrocities by the Sri Lankan Army was
brought to light.
In particular, the students talked of how
photos of Balachandran Prabhakaran, moments before and after his
execution, resonated across Tamil Nadu, and brought masses on to the
streets, shutting down dozens of colleges.
A discussion followed
the screening, with the panel consisting of Thirumurugan Gandhi of the
May 17th movement, director Senthamizhan, renowned Eelam poet Kasi
Anandan, Tamil Desiya Pothuvudumai Katchi General Secretary Venkatraman
and critically acclaimed South Indian film director Ameer.
left to right: Director Senthamizhan, Kollywood Director Ameer, Eelam
poet Kasi Anandan, TDPK Gen Sec Vekatraman and Thirumuruga Gandhi from
Speaking at the event Senthamizhan said,
"We were told we were a 'fringe group'. But these protests have shown the true sentiments of the Tamil Nadu people."
Kasi Anandan told the crowd,
"The Sinhalese say we are a 'ethnic group'. We are not an ethnic group. We are a nation!"
"They say the North an East are merely provinces. They are not provinces. It is our homeland!"
"They call us a 'minority'. We are not a minority. In our homeland, we are the majority!"
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