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Pirapaharan confers Maamanithar (Great Humanbeing) award to Raviraj

Slain TNA parliamentarian Nadaraja Raviraj has joined the ranks of Maamanithar (Great Human being). Raviraj is the third politician given the title by LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. Assassinated All Ceylon Tamil Congress leader Kumar Ponnambalam and veteran TULF politician Joseph PararaJasingham were previously bestowed the title by the LTTE leader. Both Ponnambalam and Pararajasingham were killed in Colombo and Batticaloa respectively during Chandrika Kumaratunga’s tenure as the President.

"As a parliamentarian he worked tirelessly for the Tamil nation... He shattered the false propaganda of the Sinhala state infusing his arguments with his legal expertise. He stood firm and fought injustice in the face of threats from paramilitary violence," Prabhakaran said in the statement conferring the award.

Pro-LTTE Tamilnet quoted Prabhakaran as saying, " Nadaraja Raviraj is a great man. He possessed rare characteristics. He is not the one to be pushed and pulled around for personal gains. He had a deep affection for the Tamil homeland and its people. He is an exceptional politician. He understood law and justice in its true sense. He possessed a progressive spirit and a desire to follow novel approaches. He was brave and he possessed a purity of heart. His youthful energy with all of the above stole the hearts of all who came in contact with him."

"As a parliamentarian he worked tirelessly for the Tamil nation. He spoke loudly to the world about the Sinhala Buddhist chauvinistic state terror. He shattered the false propaganda of the Sinhala state infusing his arguments with his legal expertise. He stood firm and fought injustice in the face of threats from paramilitary violence."

 

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