CHENNAI: Hailing the late LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran as a wonderful symbol of the freedom struggle of Eelam Tamils, Sri Lankan Tamil MP Sridharan on Sunday said as long as Tamils live, the Tamil Tiger leader will inspire Tamils in their fight for justice.
“We have heard of the achievements of great Tamil kings of the Chera, Chola and Pandya lineage. But, it is Prabhakaran who has shown us that an independent State can be run with an army, navy, air force and police. We have seen him and his achievements with our own eyes. After Selva, who fought in non- violent ways, Prabhakaran is our leader given by nature and history. His name itself is a slogan and there are no protests by Tamils without his portrait”, he said.
Sridharan said “For some, Prabhakaran is a terrorist. For us, he is a leader who gave the Tamil race an identity”.
Speaking at the Sangam 4 Tamil festival on ‘Velupillai Prabhakaran’s place in the history of Tamils’, he hailed former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for declaring in the Indian Parliament that the Lankan government was committing genocide.
He also lauded the Tamil Nadu Assembly resolution passed by the AIADMK government on the Lankan issue demanding an international probe into the genocide of Tamils carried out by the island government.