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New Delhi imperialism’s show of ‘culture’ in Jaffna
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[TamilNet, Monday, 31 March 2014 15:03 No Comment]

The full moon day that falls in the traditional solar month of March–April is a major festival day for Saivaite Eezham Tamils as well as Tamils in Tamil Nadu. Known as Pangkuni Uththaram, it marks the grand finale of the annual festival, including the car festival, of all the Siva temples. The folk of Tamil Nadu and the Up-Country Tamils of Tamil Nadu origin in the island celebrate it as Kaaman festival, marking Siva reducing Kaaman (cupid) into ashes. It is a major festival for the Up-Country Tamils. But this year, the New Delhi Establishment’s Consulate General in Jaffna, brought in a ‘cultural’ concept altogether new to Tamils in the island, by introducing Holi and smearing colours on that day.

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What was the ‘New Delhi imperialism’ or ‘Hindi/ Hindutva imperialism’ part, conspicuous in the show of India in Jaffna, was its press release explaining the festival, which was totally ignorant of the pluralism of its own cultural heritage.

New Delhi’s Consulate General in Jaffna seems to be having no idea at all on the pluralistic ways in which the day is celebrated.

PDF: Press statement by CGI in English

The press release said that as “the liveliest of all Hindu festivals” it is observed all over North India, and added, “celebrations in Mathura and the small towns of Braj Bhoomi, the land of Sri Krishna, are spectacular.”

PDF: Press statement by CGI in Tamil

Smearing colour on all those who were present and all those who were passing by, the Consulate General said, “Sri Lankan students who had joined the “India Corner” at the Consulate also participated in this event and witnessed this colourful festival.”

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Boxes of Heineken cans were seen at the celebration venue.

The ‘liveliest Hindu’ festival celebrated by the New Delhi Establishment’s Consulate General in Jaffna with the serving of Heineken.

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Mar 312014
 
OHCHR investigation sabotaged by several quarters
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[TamilNet, Monday, 31 March 2014 14:58 No Comment]

“An intrusive investigation has so far not yielded genuine reconciliation, and a life of dignity and self-respect for people anywhere. Sri Lanka can’t be any different,” said The Hindu in an editorial on Saturday, shedding crocodile tears for the dignity and self respect of Eezham Tamils and joining the forces that are determined to sabotage even a weak international investigation at the outset. The freedom of the investigation on the ground has already been ditched by the US withdrawing the demilitarisation part of the resolution, and the international weight as well as the result yielding capacity of the investigation has considerably been wrecked by New Delhi abstaining from the voting and openly declaring against the investigation, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island.

Unlike Vijay Nambiar and Kamalesh Sharma in the international organisations, who were taking the line of serving New Delhi’s agenda on Eezham Tamils and have brought in questions on the credibility of the organisations they serve, Ms Navi Pillai, despite her limitations, is on a refreshing path in rejuvenating hopes on international forums.

Against the backdrop of the stand taken by the existing New Delhi regime, and media in India such as The Hindu, peoples of India, especially the people of Tamil Nadu have to think of ways how the UNHRC mission could be strengthened to bring in positive results in the delivery of justice.

As The Hindu implies, internal investigation and internal measures are an ideal course, if they could work. Perhaps that is what peoples of India and their civil institutions have to embark upon about the Establishment in India and media empires that have contributed and are contributing to genocide.

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