Rajavarothiam Sampanthan, a veteran figure of Tamil politics has passed away aged 91. He died whilst still in office, holding the post as the Member of Parliament for Trincomalee and a record as the oldest lawmaker on the island. Though his passing has drawn tributes from the West and politicians from across the Sinhala political spectrum, the reaction from Eelam Tamils in the North-East and in the diaspora has been much more muted. It reflects his tumultuous political life and legacy that he leaves behind.