For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Efforts by the people of Valveddiththu’rai in Jaffna to re-install a statue for Mr. M G Ramachandran (MGR), the Tamil film icon since 1950s and former chief minister of Tamil Nadu was stopped by the Sri Lanka Army occupying the Tamil country. A statue of MGR that existed earlier at Valveddiththu’rai was desecrated and the arms were broken by the occupying military a few months back. Eezham Tamils, especially the coastal community people, are strong admirers of the films of MGR for well over six decades. MGR was born in Kandy in the island.
The earlier statue destroyed by the SL military was located at Valveddiththu’rai- Tho’ndaimaanaa’ru road. The MGR associations in Jaffna took the effort to re-install the statue, but the occupying forces prevent construction workers reaching the site.