Rani Velu Nachiyar was the first ever female warrior to challenge the British Empire in the Indian War of Independence. As such, she redefined the role of women within the Indian freedom fighting revolution. With the majority of men at the time behind bars, she mobilized a women’s artillery. This army was named Udayaal in honour of the Rani’s adopted daughter, who died after detonating a British arsenal. Veluni Nachiyar is also credited to have created the first human suicide attack: Kuyili, a female soldier, doused herself in oil, entered a British-owned ammunitions storage, and destroyed the facility by self-immolation.
News Release: CTYA Stands in Solidarity with the Jaffna Students protesting the decision to defer the release of the UNHRC reportBy Editor - February 24th, 2015
The Canadian Tamil Youth Alliance (CTYA) strongly disagrees with the latest UN decision to defer the release of the investigation into the mass crimes committed by the Sri Lankan state against the Tamil people. The UN has continued to fail the Tamil community in search for accountability through international measures, as this deferral is a direct denial of human rights and justice.
Today’s #TalentTuesday features Ramya Jegatheesan who is a freelance writer, editor, photographer and documentary filmmaker to name a few talents. Amongst her accomplishments are working on the award-winning film, The Creator’s Game: The Quest for Gold and the Fight for Nationhood, which premiered at the ImagiNative Film Festival in the fall of 2011, and won the Viewer’s Choice and Naish McHugh Emerging Filmmaker’s Award at the Toronto Urban Film Festival for Footprints in 2012. Her most recent documentary, The Playful City, screened at the 2013 COMMFFEST Community Film Festival (where it won an Honourable Mention) and at the 2013 Regent Park Film Festival.
Being an Arts and Science Major, Tanya was enrolled in a wide variety of courses—Writing and Informal Logic, Calculus, Climate Change & Global Warming, and Biological Processes were a few on her course list this term. Breathing heavily, Tanya ran down the corridor of GBS (George Benjamin Science Building), and found room 145. She looked down at her phone, and saw that it was now 8:37 am. “Great, I’m late to my first class on my first day of University. There’s only like five billion people in there. What a way to be remembered,” Tanya sighed.
Tanya slowly opened the lecture hall door, and prayed that her professor wouldn’t make a scene. She tip-toed up the staircase in the center of the hall, and scanned the room for an empty seat. She didn’t make it very far, before she began attracting everyone’s attention.
“Welcome to your first lecture in Writing and Informal Logic, otherwise known as ENGLISH 1Q03. Today we will be cov—”, the professor paused mid-way as he began his lecture. Tanya slowly turned around, and was met by his fuming expression.
An enforced disappearance is defined as: “the arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of the State”iii. Sri Lanka has the second highest number of enforced disappearances in the world – the first being Iraq.
The Sri Lankan state uses a policy of enforced disappearances against those who are critical of its genocide on the Eelam Tamil population. Sri Lankan state agents, such as the police and army, use a broad network of white vans and secret detention centres to abduct Tamils from their homes, on the street, in hospitals or checkpoints. Tamil journalists, activists and students are often targeted. Enforced disappearances are used as a way to send a message to the wider Tamil community, a warning to anyone who may have been considering speaking out against the state’s oppression.