The day the Eelam Tamils demand justice from the world which has been waiting for forty long years:
The Jaffna Public Library was established in 1934 by the esteemed Cellappa with the lofty aim of inculcating democracy in the people, the ‘enlightenment of the people, to exercise the right to vote when the colonial British government gave Sri Lanka responsibility under the Dunmore Constitution in 1931.
Thus, the burning of the Jaffna Library was carried out by Sri Lanka on 01.06.1981 as the culmination of 50 years of Sinhala leaders’ genocidal political agenda to change the democratic role of Eelam Tamils.
The Jaffna Public Library has a long history of world service as the Knowledge Bank of Eelam Tamil Civilization in South Asia for 47 years under the auspices of the Jaffna Municipal Council since 1959. Eelam Tamils have been shedding tears for the past 40 years over the burning of the Jaffna Library by Sri Lanka, just as the Egyptians have shed tears over the burning of the Alexandria Library, the bank of knowledge of Egyptian civilization.
That too since 22.05.1972 in the early hours of May 31, 1981, Sinhala soldiers led by government ministers, who had been disenfranchised and gaining their political legitimacy broke down doors, smashed furniture, tore texts, and set fire to the library at midnight. on June 1, the library became ashes. Eelam will never forget the heartache caused by Arson the library.
It is very clearly stated in Article 27 of 1948 of Human Rights explicitly states that “everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; to enjoy the cultural life of his community, to enjoy the arts, to share science, and to enjoy its benefits.” The burning of the Jaffna Public Library in Sri Lanka on 01.06.1981 is the only human rights violence perpetrated by Sri Lankan ministers on Eelam Tamil against Section 27 of the Human Rights Charter and has gone down in world history as the world’s cultural genocide.
To ensure that this cultural genocide was perpetrated by Sri Lanka, In 1991 the Former Sri Lankan President Premadasa confirmed that Athulathmudali and Gamini Dissanayake planned and carried out arson of the Jaffna public library.
“During the 1981 district council election, some members of our party mobilized people from other parts of the country to go north and plan to disrupt elections in the north. They themselves are still making a mess today. If you want to know who opposed the precious Jaffna library, you will see the faces of those who oppose us. ” this was the public endorsement of the then President of Sri Lanka Ranatunga Premadasa on the burning of the Jaffna Library.
Meanwhile, Gamini Dissanayake, who has been a minister in Sri Lanka since then, stayed in Jaffna with Cyril Mathews, the voice of Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinism and a staunch supporter of Sinhala racism. As a result of their conspiracy, Sinhala forces in civilian clothes, who had landed at the Jaffna Durayappa Stadium, set fire to the Jaffna Public Library.
three facts were revealed that,
- Preventing the educational development of Tamils and exacerbating unemployment and ignorance among Tamils and making them stay in Sri Lanka.
- Burning of Tamil shops in Jaffna and suppressing the people’s sense of struggle by warning that the protection of Tamil property is in their hands
- by setting fire to Jaffna MP Vetrivel Yogeswaran set fire to their house and trying to assassinate him was to provoke the Tamil parliamentarians to become dependent on the Sinhala parties for their inability to function freely.
In short, the history of Jaffna as the state terrorist act of exposing the Sri Lankan state project as the state terrorist act of defending its native, national and autonomous rights against the oppressive repression of Sinhala Buddhists and living with its military might for fear of identifying the Eelam Tamils naturally to suppress the opposition that the Eelam Tamils could express.
That is why the Sinhala leadership in Sri Lanka carried out this as one of the Sinhala Buddhist chauvinist forces infiltrating Jaffna. The Sinhala soldiers who landed at the Jaffna Durayappa Stadium carried out the genocide under the orders and guidance of the ministers who disciplined and guided them. Not only that, the uniformed police attacked the Tamils who saw the fire and ran to put it out. This was propagated by the Sinhala Buddhist people as a victory for Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism. In this way, they incited inter-ethnic hatred and animosity. The Sinhala leadership put the Eelam Tamils before the Sinhalese people as the people of a hostile country to be expelled by the Sinhalese.
In June 1981 by W.J. M. Lokubandara, a Sri Lankan Member of Parliament, confirmed his speech in Parliament. “If they are treated partially in this country where they do not have a homeland, why should they come here?. They can go to India, where they have their temple and their gods. Your culture, education, universities have it all. They are your peers who will decide your fate. The sleeping Sinhalese will not be silent if they wake up and see Tamil Eelam being formed. The advice I give to Tamils is not to confuse your Sinhala brethren. Everyone knows that if you confuse a lion, it will not be quiet. ”
Two years after the development of the Parliamentary way racist plan, the 1983 July genocide was successfully carried out by Sinhala racists under the protection of state forces with the same plans prepared by the same Cyril Mathieu, who pointed out the native borders of the Eelam Tamils and drove out the destructive properties of the Eelam Tamils outside the North East.
Through the history of the Eelam Tamils coming to their homelands as refugees, the historical homeland of the Eelam people, naturally became a separate political entity, and the real political theory that the Eelam people can achieve security within their autonomy was inevitably formed by the life experience of the Eelam Tamil people.
burning of the Jaffna library is one of the reasons for the emergence of the Tamil Eelam National Liberation Struggle. Today, however, the forty years of delays in the world’s recognition of the Eelam – Tamil people’s right to external autonomy are giving Sri Lanka more and more excitement.
The Jaffna library burning is being presented to the world by Eelam Tamils as proof that they are trapped under the ethnic dictatorship of Sri Lanka, worse than Hitler’s tyrannical dictatorship, in view of Hitler’s order not to bomb Oxford London libraries during World War II. Eelam Tamils saddened because the world that opposes Gitlerism has shown – and continues to show – indifference in delivering justice to the genocide of the Jaffna library burns, that the day of the massacre of Eelam Tamils, Mullivaikkal World Massacre Day, will go down in history on 18.05.2009, and from then until today The dictatorial regime also allows the genocide of Eelam Tamils.
Today, the World Cultural Genocide Day of the arson of Jaffna Library, Tamils around the world must address this indifference of the world to the people and political leaders of the country in which they live. It is necessary to make sure that the global recognition of the right of autonomy of the Eelam Tamils is the only way to prevent the annihilation of the Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka and to try to do justice to the Jaffna Library burning by taking all possible means.