Mr. P. Santhirasekari (பொ. சந்திரசேகரி, Ponnampalam Santhirasekari) led a life of ‘KARMAYOGA’. He became a teacher at Periyakulam and made his mark by his efficiency. He bought up 10 children empowered them and stood them worthy in the society. He was not just an executive of the teacher’s Union but a person who continuously laboured to raise it to higher level. He gave strength to the agricultural cooperative society of Nedunkulam. He was a political force who could compel the elected leaders. He was an ever available social counselor. In rendering help he was unselfish. The Tamil culture ‘VIRUNTHOMPAL’ embedded in the Holy Thirukkural was a norm at his home such that for all people known to him his house was a transit lounge. He lived for Tamil community in his own right. He was a friend philosopher and guide to me and many. Perhaps the most recognized senior citizen of my time, he was called and referred to as சந்திரசேகரி ஐயா or simply ஐயா by one and all. He life is an example for others to live their life usefully. தமிழுக்காய் வெண்கலக் குரல் ஒலித்திட தன்னலம் கருதாது வாழ்ந்த தலைவன்.
My salutation in his கல்வெட்டு
பெரியகுளத்தின் நீள்நிழல் – சந்திரசேகரி
புதிதாக வாங்கிய பளிச்சிடும் அங்கி
மிகத் தரமான நூலினால் இழைக்கப்பட்டது
பயனாளர் தரமும் தகுதியும் அறிந்து
சரிகையும் சேர்த்து அவருக்கென்றே
சாமனியது போல் புதுவருடம் பொங்கல்
பிறந்தநாள் என்று மட்டுமில்லாமல்
ஆண்டுகள் தலைமுறையும் தாண்டி
பண்டிகைகள் கொண்டாட்டம் யாவற்றிற்கும்
ஈற்றுவரை பயன்பட்டு இன்னும் ஏதும்
உண்டோ எனத் தேடியும் நினைக்க
ஏதும் தோன்றாத நிலையிலேயே இனி
இது வேண்டாம் என்றே களையப்பட்டது.
இதுதான் சந்திரசேகரி அய்யா !
அவர் ஆர்த்த பிறவி எடுத்த நாள்முதல்
ஆற்றாத கருமம் நாமறிந்ததில்லை
கமம் கல்வி என்று நிறைந்து வாலிபத்தில்
பெற்ற தகைமை தம் தனிக் குடும்பத்திற்காகவன்றி
வைகயத்திற்கே அர்ப்பணித்த பெருந்தகை
கைப்பிடித்த கன்னிகைக்கு நிறைவாழ்வு
சுற்றத்திற்கு உற்றவேளையில் உறுதுணை
யாவர்க்கும் இவற்றை விஞ்சும்
சிகரம் வைத்தாற்போல் சேவை
தமது பூவுடல் தாங்குமளவும் தந்து
இனியேதும் இல்லை என்ற நிலையில்
அதற்கு மேலும் பயனில்லை என்றே
துறந்தார் தம் உடலை நாம் துன்புறவே !!
அவர் சொல் எமக்கு சிறந்த கல்வி
அவர் செயல் என்றும் எமது சீர்
அவர் சிறப்பு எமக்கு என்றும் மதிப்பு
அவருடனான காலம் அழியாத கோலம்
அவர் வாழ்வோ யாவர்க்கும் வழிகாட்டி !!!
வவுனியா இந்துக் கல்லூரி முன்னாள் ஆசிரியர்
Niroshan Srideva is a dignified person whom I came to know about. I consider him dignified because of his outlook in life and the way he lived.
Son of a long time friend Dr.Srideva Chanmugam he stands as an example of old time elites, who strove incessantly with their books to prominence in the society and a typical youngster affected by the civil prolonged militancy of his period.
He was a final year medical student at Sri Jeyawardenapura Medical faculty when he was killed and the assailants were never apprehended by the Police or the C.I.D. (Crime Investigation department).
As a student he was Par – excellent from kinder garden to the Advance Level and obtained admission to Medical faculty on his merits.
He exhibited pious qualities and was chosen by Temple priests in various places including Kathiragama, famous Murugan Temple South of Sri Lanka for special Tharshans.
In his period there was much following for Sathiya Sai Baba. There were Bajan centres spread throughout Sri Lanka and people regarded it holy to go on Pilgrimage to Putaparthi and have Tharshan of Sai baba. When he went there Niroshan was chosen by Bagavan Shri Sathiya Sai Baba for special nearness.
He remained a Sai devotee to the end composing prayers and hymns in praise of him. With Sai Baba’s inducement he was involved in selfless service to the society with love and affection.
His killers target had actually been his father Dr. Srideva who was wounded in the encounter but the son got killed when he intervened to protect the father. He had premonition of the event and seems to have commented about it which the father recognized only after his death.
His life is typical of a Tamil youth of the period and special enough to be unique.
Mr. Duraisingam Shadadcharan is a person who was in a fatherly position to me. Tharmakaththaa of Sivachchandra Mouleesar Saanthanayaki Amman temple Madduvil kaluvam (madduvil Sivan Temple) and former Labour officer. A straight forward who upheld his traditions, customs and practices without fear or panic of the consequences.
His house is the Naarchar type found at the edge of Navali that sustain the culture as he himself.
My contribution to the souvenir distributed at his 30th day rites:
Never it occurred to me you’d be around no more
On any position or situation it was a great boon to me with you around
Over the horizon you stood a mountain of resource
Name any problem that concerns your family, land or livelihood resource
Ever dependable Shadadcharan Aiya was a counselor, Lawyer and Protector in one.
To him I may have been one in many
Over a third of my life he has been many in one to me.
Equally unmatched was his generousness as were his words and actions
Quick to the rescue for any s.o.s.
Unique were his relief measures
Anything only flows down from him to us
Lively were his ways we felt never the mere pawns we were with him
Old outmoded and even obsolete things
Remain afresh in his memory as recent ones
Entrances to quarrels he always avoided
Xiphoid were his counter actions that cropped up still
Control of any situation under him was par-excellence
Effective but affecting none were his decisions and actions
Limitless are the people who benefitted by just his association
Young in Nature even at his ripe old age
Old in wisdom right from his young vibrant age
Unsurpassed stands Mr. Shadadcharan in our times
Vavuniya Hindu college
These are people who come next to my father
அமரர் திருமதி கனகம்மா பேரம்பலம் அவர்கள்
My mother in law Mrs. Kanagamma Perampalam. passed away on 11.09.2010. She is a fine example of old time ladies of social status who upheld it without fear or fare come whatever the situation. Having had acres of inherited lands from Sarasalai, Kodikamam and up to kandavalai Paranthan in the Jaffna peninsula, she was humble and virtuous as anyone could be. Having got married to no less a landed proprietor Mr. Perampalam of indisputable status, she led pious life sustaining the traditions and culture typical of the Jaffna Tamil. Though she had people, generation wise loyal to her who have done cultivation in her lands, her life has been a lamp inside pot and devoted completely for her children.
तत् त्वम् असि
“நீ எதை நாடி வந்தாயோ அது நீயாகவே உள்ளாய்’
Thou art that/ That art thou; Said my Father