To pay tribute to S.J.V.Chelvanayakam, who is known as the father of Sri Lankan Tamils, March 31st every year in Sri Lanka, is celebrated with zeal and fervor among Tamils. The commemoration is made to recognize his contribution with the voice for the rights of Tamils in a unified nation. Till his death on April 26th in 1997, Thanthai Chelva was the acknowledged leader of the Tamils in Sri Lanka. He was the only statesman to be returned in five general elections in a row and to remain a hero and a father figure to his people.
The 119th birth anniversary of Thanthai Chelva was celebrated as Annual Day at Thanthai Chelva Primary School in Tellippalai, Jaffna on the 31st of March 2017. Mr.S.C.Chandrahasan, the son of Mr.S.J.V.Chelvanayakam and the Chief Functionary of OfERR, participated as the chief guest. Mr.Vaamadevan – Principal of the school, Mrs.Premavathi Selvin Inrenis – Director of Vali North Education Zone, Mr.N.Sarveswarakurukkal and Mr.S.C.C.Elankovan, grandson of Mr.S.J.V.Chelvanayakam were the other guests who decorated the occasion.
In his Presidential note, Mr.S.C.Chandrahasan, son of Thanthai Chelva, emphasized the need for rebuilding the nation in the post ethnic conflict. He compared Sri Lanka with the former Germany that has been disintegrated into parts in the post second world war scenario. He noted that Germany’s resilience with the nation building has been a model to war-hit nations like Sri Lanka and thus, he urged people in Sri Lanka to put their shoulders to the wheel, to build the nation towards peace and reconciliation.
He also reminded that Puloly Airport constructed by the British in the pre-independence era, has the largest flight run way in Sri Lanka, and therefore should be upgraded into an International Airport. According to him, this effort would strengthen the economic developmental activities, not only in Jaffna, but also in the entire Northern Province and thus create many direct and indirect employments.
The occasion has also marked prize distribution for the children who performed outstandingly well in education, cultural and sports activities.