Mr Dharmaratnam Sivaram's murder is tragic; but it was not unexpected - certainly not by him.
He joins the list of heroic Tamil activists who stood up against the moribund Sinhala State in Sri Lanka always ready to pay the highest price. Tamil politician Mr Kumar Ponnambalam was killed in Colombo in 2000; and Tamil journalists Mr Mylvaganam Nimalrajan and Mr G Nadesan were executed in Jaffna (2000) and in Batticaloa (2004).
Mr Sivaram is the most recent victim of the pathological death-squad politics of Sinhala chauvinists.
What antagonised Sinhala chauvinism most is that Mr Sivaram employed Lenin's dictum to devastating effect. He confined himself to describing what is actually happening; he did not engage in impotent speculations about possibilities.
As before, almost all Tamil observers and analysts are accusing the Sinhala security forces and their vassals, the Tamil paramilitary mercenaries. By extension, they are holding Sinhala President Chandrika Kumaratunga directly responsible for the murder.
Mr Sivaram's body was dumped in the high security zone surrounding the national Parliament. The reason is obvious. If his body were found elsewhere in a location that could not be clearly linked to the security forces then there would be doubts about who perpetrated the crime.
The State was not so brazen when it had Ponnambalam, Nimalrajan and Nadesan executed. The modus operandi did not directly point to the Sinhala security forces.
Mr Sivaram's case is different. Here the Sinhala State has delivered a brutal warning to Tamils activists. It is a pure act of State terrorism - to terrorise the Tamil people, to silence critical Tamil opinion.
Posted May 2, 2005