When memories fade, memorials and anniversaries resurrect the pain of loss. And when the personal loss becomes a public spectacle, it feels unjust.
Five years later, the tsunami anniversary observance gives a disconcerting feel of making a public spectacle of a personal loss. This was evident, when little children from an orphanage had lined up at the district collectorate to pay a moment’s silence to the memories of their families.
With passage of time, there is an iota of ritualism among others gathered merely witnesses to a pain so distant for their understanding; but the pain of loss was evident in the solemn expression of the children, orphaned by the natural disaster.
The district was dotted by hoardings of elegies and portraits of the dead. While most spoke of the pain that refused to heal, there were few that felt the need to move on, with a moment’s pause for the dead.
On Saturday, at about 9.20 a.m., Kanimozhi, MP, placed a wreath and paid floral tributes at the Tsunami memorial at the district Collectorate in remembrance of over 6065 lives that the waves washed away. Earlier, Ms. Kanimozhi took out a rally from Maraimalai Adigal statue here to the Port complex. Later, she took out a rally at Keechankuppam and Akkaraipettai, the two fishing habitations that were announced lost under water for almost a week immediately after Tsunami. At Keechankuppan, she observed her respects at the Tsunami Stupa.
She visited Akkarapettai Panchayat Union Primary School and observed an all-faith prayer for the children killed in the Tsunami.