1975 – Statement by Leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front

Posted on 06/01/2012



Statement by S.J.V.Chelvanayakam Q.C. M.P.
leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front

7 February 1975
[see also 
Vaddukodai Resolution – May 1976 and
Tamil United Liberation Front General Election Manifesto – July 1977 ]

after winning the by-election for the Kankesanturai Parliamentary seat, held belatedly on 7 February 1975, two years after he had resigned the seat to seek a mandate for Tamil Eelam

S.J.V.Chelvanayagaam“Throughout the ages the Sinhalese and Tamils in the country lived as distinct sovereign people till they were brought under foreign domination. It should be remembered that the Tamils were in the vanguard of the struggle for independence in the full confidence that they also will regain their freedom. We have for the last 25 years made every effort to secure our political rights on the basis of equality with the Sinhalese in a united Ceylon.

“It is a regrettable fact that successive Sinhalese governments have used the power that flows from independence to deny us our fundamental rights and reduce us to the position of a subject people. These governments have been able to do so only by using against the Tamils the sovereignty common to the Sinhalese and the Tamils.”

“I wish to announce to my people and to the country that I consider the verdict at this election as a mandate that the Tamil Eelam nation should exercise the sovereignty already vested in the Tamil people and become free.”

Source: TamilNation.org

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