The festive night on the first day of SL military-organised 7-day-long Vesak celebrations in Jaffna
An advert published by the SL Military ‘Security Forces Jaffna’ inviting the public to take part in ‘very pompous’ taking place for 7 days in Jaffna starting from 21 May at Veampadi lane and at the grounds close to the Public Library in Jaffna. The letters in bold convey that food would be served on Saturday and Sunday
Sources close to the SL military in Jaffna said that the Sinhala soldiers were given ‘ministerial’ instructions from Colombo to grandly celebrate Vesak at more than 900 Buddhist temples that are newly built in the vicinity of the military cantonments and camps in the five districts of the province.
The Sinhalese students at the university of Jaffna were also promoting Vesak celebrations within the university premises as was seen never before. The University administration was also instructed to issue greetings on its website, informed academic sources said.
Similar instructions were also given to the Eastern University in Batticaloa and to the Trincomalee campus, the sources further said.
The venue of SL military Vesak festivities close to Jaffna Public Library. The legend in the arch, erected by the genocidal military, ironically says: “Buddha protects even in Jaffna peninsula”.
The SL Colonial Governor of North, Mr Reginald Cooray, a Sinhalese Catholic, who has been openly advocating the controversial Buddhist vihara projects at Nayinaa-theevu and at Kokku'laay, was recently talking about the possibility of Buddhist monks considering the chanting of Buddhist spiritual ‘Pirith’ in Tamil in the future. Cooray was describing such a ‘gesture’ as a ‘reconciliation’ effort.
Indian Consulate General, SL Colonial Governor and SL Government Agent of Jaffna District were the special guests in the SL military Vesak celebrations in Jaffna on Saturday staged near the public library
The invitation issued in Tamil in Colombo for the ‘National Hindu Buddhist Conference’ held on 14 May 2016 by Indian-linked outfits operating from Colombo
Last week, ‘Hindu’ organisations of North Indian connections, operating in Colombo, convened a so-called ‘National’ Hindu-Buddhist Conference in association with Sri Lanka Buddhist Congress.
While Colombo's Buddhist institutions are making an open and naked genocidal approach in land-grab and construction of stupas in the country of Eezham Tamils, the conference was seen as a deception. It was chaired by an Indian-connected businessman and participated by Vishva Hindu Parishad and Ramakrishna Mission in Colombo.
The conference and the official endorsement given by New Delhi's diplomat in Jaffna to Vesak celebrations in the North show open endorsement to the genocidal approach taken by Colombo towards the nation of Eezham Tamils in the island, commented Tamil academic circles in Jaffna.
SL military-organised Vesak celebrations in Jaffna
Vesak decorations at the University of Jaffna
Vesak celebrations at Eastern University