This commemoration report appeared
in the CDN of 13.7.2005 written from Toronto (Asiantribune.com).
It related to the late principal of St. John's college Jaffna
Mr. C. E. Anandarajah who was brutally gunned down by an LTTE
terrorists on 26th June 1985. He was killed while riding his
motorbike in broad daylight. This commemoration is probably the
first held for the late principal with a time gap of twenty
years, a long time indeed for an educationist who endeared
himself to the people and students but was an eyesore to the
Tamil Tiger terrorists. Held at Scarborough, Toronto it was
initiated by a few old boys of the school.
It appears that
there has been trepidation to commemorate the late principalís
death fearing a repeat performance by the Tigers on the
organisers. One has reason to believe that Scarborough, Toronto
in Canada is a hive of LTTE activity and the fear expressed by
the organisers is understandable.
However one would have thought it more appropriate to
commemorate the late principal in his old school rather than in
faraway Scarborough. Presumably the organisers had reasons of
their own, one factor being the wife of the late principal
living in Canada. However this commemoration was long overdue
and considered better late than never.
To the uninitiated the late Mr. C. E. Anandarajah was the
Principal of St. John's college Jaffna at the time of his death
in June 1985.
He stretched out his hand for peace and built bridges of
friendship with the security forces in the Northern theatre of
war. He was one who believed in winning the hearts and minds.
The immediate cause for his gunning down by the LTTE was that
he had organised a cricket match with the security forces. This
was anathema to this morbid organisation which had no respect
for decency in their agenda. They had also killed three military
officers who were also engaged in building bridges with the
Tamil civilians in the north.
Having said this it is more than possible that there are old
boys of St. John's College, Jaffna, learned and not so learned,
professional and not so professional living in Canada, USA and
the UK who were and are in cahoots with the LTTE and are at
their beck and call for one reason or other propagating the evil
of the LTTE.
To them this commemoration ceremony may have been an occasion
to hang their heads in downright shame at the dastardly act and
crimes the LTTE have committed on the late principal and the
many security forces personnel who attempted to win the hearts
and minds of the people in the North.