Senior Commanders of the Liberation Tigers (LTTE) and Senior members of LTTE’s Political Wing, sent congratulatory messages to the Leader of LTTE Velupillai Pirapaharan on reaching 50 years, France-based Tamil Television Network (TTN) reported.
Head of LTTEs military intelligence, S. Pottu Amman, in his message to the Tamil people noted the failure of the past political leaderships of the Tamils. He said that the LTTE leader has changed the history of Eelam Tamils. “Our struggle has gained international focus. Tamils no longer fear subordination and freedom to the Tamil Nation is within reach.”
Col. Soosai, Special Commander of the Sea Tigers in his message said that the Tamils were forunate to have a gifted leader with a vision. “Tamils traditional Tamil homeland is is surrounded by sea on three sides. Our leader brilliantly forsaw the criticality of sea power, created a naval wing of the LTTE and nurtured it into a formidable force.”
Col. Vithusha, Commander of the Malathy female regiment in her message recalled how their leader guided and shaped the lives of LTTE fighters when they were a guerilla force 16 years ago. “Although the movement has evolved into a conventional force with the capability to challenge State’s forces, he continues to provide guidence and direction with the same level of intensity and care,” she said.
V. Manivannan (Castro), Head of the International Secretariat of the LTTE in his message conveyed the greetings on behalf of the international offices and the Tamil diaspora.
K.V. Balakumaran, a senior LTTE member and former EROS leader said that LTTE leader is a man beyond the scope of simple characterisation and definitions and described him as the nature’s gift to the Tamil people. “Our leader’s politico-military strategies and tactics need to be seen with a philosophical and deep understanding. His unique qualities evolve with the time. He has remarkable ability to calculate and predict political development – be it in the movement level, islan -level or at International level,” Balakumaran said.
Mr. Kousalyan, Political Head of the LTTE in Batticaloa-Amparai his greeting said that the strategies and forsight in the form of unique leadership of the LTTE leader would bring success to the Tamil nation under one flag. The history of Tamil struggle evidences that the Tamil national leader, relying solely upon the shoulders of the Tamil people, has no difficulty facing any challenge.
Col. Jeyam, commander of the LTTE’s Northern Front Forces, Col. Athavan, Ms. Thamilni, Head of the women’s political wing of the LTTE and many other officials and commanders conveyed their messages to the Tamil people on the 50th birth day of LTTE leader Mr. V. Pirapaharan.
Tamils celebrate Pirapaharan’s 50th birthday [TamilNet, Friday, 26 November 2004, ]
Tamil people in the NorthEast and countries across the world are celebrating the 50th birthday of the Leader of Liberation Tigers, Velupillai Pirapaharan, Friday, 26 November. There were special prayers in churches and temples. Pirapaharan has led the Tamil struggle through three Eelam wars since he founded Tamil New Tigers in 1972, at the age of 18, and later renamed the organisation as Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 1976.
Widely regarded as an accomplished political strategist and military tactician even by his opponents, Pirapaharan emerged as the Tamil National Leader through 32 years of liberation struggle.
Annually he outlines the policy of his movement in his annual speech that falls on Martyrs Day Saturday.
Sources close to the LTTE said that their head office was receiving greetings wishing the LTTE leader’s 50th birthday from across the North East, South and from the Tamil diaspora.
Sinhala travellers enjoying birthday sweets at Pallai
International Federation of Tamils, a consortium of expatriate Tamil organizations based in Geneva, issued a press release on this occasion. Fulltext of the press release follows:
“The International Federation of Tamils, IFT, proudly joins hands with the Tamils, spread the world over, in felicitating Hon. Velupillai Pirapakaran, the national leader of Tamil Eelam, on the occasion of his fiftieth birth day, expressing solidarity with him.
From time immemorial, according to a belief that prevails among the Eastern nations, a true leader will emerge to redeem his people, during a period of ecliptical calamity. It becomes incumbent on the people of that nation to distinguish the true, impeccable leader from the selfish, opportunistic fakes. Any nation that expunges fakes and follows the true leader in his struggle for emancipation, will be triumphant in the end. The Bible and Indian epics bear testimony to this belief. Whether we quote from the ancient history of the Jewish nation that had its long march led by Moses, or from the modern history of Lenin’s Russia, Mao’s China, Gandhi’s India, Ho Chi minh’s Vietnam or Mandela’s South Africa, it is clear that the people in each of these countries had identified its leader and stood firm, supporting him through thick and thin.
The people of Tamil Eelam, both at home and in exile, have identified their genuine leader. They have entrusted into his care their future and their destiny. The IFT, while saluting the national leader on this occasion, commends the Tamil nation on its ingenuity in trusting their leader.
Velupillai Pirapakaran who inculcated the spirit of Tamil Eelam into the minds of his people, has gradually emerged as the indisputed national leader of Tamil Eelam. Instilling the spirit of nationalism in the hearts of Tamils across the world, he has come to be honoured as the Tamil national leader.
It is natural for a dynamic leader to attract followers who inevitably become his generals and soldiers in carrying out military or peace missions. Tamil Eelam is blessed with these committed followers, ready to serve its leader with his vision of building up a nation, sharing harmony and peaceful co-existence in the region.
The IFT wishes the national leader and his followers well.”
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