President of the All Ceylon Hindu Congress Kandiah Neela Kandan has observed that All Ceylon Hindu Congress has been the clarion voice of the Hindus of Sri Lanka for decades. It will continue its service with vigor and commitment braving all odds in the future too.
He was addressing the inaugural session of the Diamond Jubilee of the ACHC on Friday. During his address, he said:
Revered priests, Ladies and Gentlemen and Children!
Today is a day that must be recorded in golden letters. It was in this very sacred temple after performing prayers to Wigneswara Peruman, that our forefathers inaugurated this great organization as the apex body of Federation of Hindu organizations in the island.
I recall the votaries of giants, my predecessors, that had occupied the post of President of this Organization with gratitude namely veteran civil servant cum envoy C. Coomaraswmay, veteran civil servant, ex minister Sir Kandiah Vaidyanathan, who dedicated himself for the service of Thiruketheeswaram, Justice P.Sriskandarajah, who had been my father’s schoolmate, reputed President of Bar Association S.Somasundaram, Justice V.Sivasubramaniam, before whom I had the privilege to take oaths as a Lawyer, A.Sinnathamby, who strived hard to secure a land for the building of ACHC, V.Balasubramniam, who undertook a Himalayan task to complete the building of ACHC that had been at a standstill for a long period and Manithaneya Mamany, Iraisirorathnam V.Kailayapillai, who guided me when I had served as General Secretary for two decades and handed over the reins to me.
I must acknowledge that it is the spiritual training imparted to me by my parents since my childhood and the guidance of my teachers particularly late Kankesu Neelakandan Master that have embolden me to rise before you today. I would like to give an outline of our services and assure you all that we would continue our services.
It was a little while ago that I assumed duties as a member of President’s Task for Reconciliation. It is not an honour accorded to me personally. I must say that it is recognition for the All Ceylon Hindu Congress.
We have been the voice of the Hindus in the island of Sri Lanka and we will continue to be so. It must be recorded that we have never faltered at any time to raise our voice in the interest of the Hindu community either to the government or to brief the foreign envoys as and when the need arise.
Let us rally together, Ladies and Gentlemen!