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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
 
Tamil Nadu prisoner under Colombo’s PTA custody begins hunger strike
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[TamilNet, Monday, 31 March 2014 14:59 No Comment]

An Indian citizen from Tamil Nadu, who has been jailed in Colombo for five years, has launched hunger-strike unto death demanding his fate known to the world, after he has been subjected to severe harassment by the Sri Lankan ‘Terrorist Investigation Division’ and the prison authorities, reliable sources told TamilNet on Sunday. The victim, John Peter Vijayendran, is a political prisoner, who has been jailed in Colombo’s Magazine prison and recently transferred to a prison in Negombo, the sources further said.

Mr John Peter Vijayendran has been in the Sri Lankan prison for 5 years under the notorious ‘Prevention of Terrorism’ act charges. He has started the fast-unto death protest demanding his fate known to the world, especially to the government of Tamil Nadu, the sources further said.

John Peter was being harassed by the Sri Lankan ‘Terrorist Investigation Division’ operatives and the SL prison authorities who blamed that he had been in touch the outside world from the Magazine prison.

On Friday, Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, in a ‘gesture of goodwill’ towards the New Delhi Establishment for abstaining to vote on UNHRC resolution, instructed the release of Tamil Nadu fishermen detained in Colombo’s prisons.

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