20 October, 2017

At Last Diaspora Eelam Tamils Recognised To Vote On ‘Separate Eelam’

 By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah –

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

The Tamil Nadu resolution is a cause for celebrations. It’s a reason to thank the students, the people, the State Assembly and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for taking the Eelam freedom struggle to the next level – Kusal Perera would have to one day eat his own words.

At last the Diaspora Eelam Tamils have been recognized as a people deserving to be counted. That Eelam is our land and that we have a stake in restoring our land, the land of our birth, our homeland, the land we love and cherish, the land we had to flee and can’t go back to; the land that needs to be resurrected, that land that holds the ashes and remains of tens of thousands of our slaughtered dear ones, whose souls have to be appeased so that they may rest in peace.

We the Diaspora Eelam Tamils (not just Eelam Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka) have been recognized as a people deserving the right to vote in an UN Security Council sponsored referendum for a “separate Eelam”! The Diaspora Eelam Tamils have been looked at by our detractors, as people distant from Eelam who whilst residing in and enjoying the comforts of their adopted land, pontificate on the necessity for Eelam. The TGTE has always maintained that Diaspora Eelam Tamils are part of the Tamil nation constituting a nation of people, as Prime Minister Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran would say: they are “two sides of the same coin”.

Today Tamil Nadu has re-affirmed that truth in a history making resolution. Even the Vaddukoddai resolution passed in 1976 that received an overwhelming mandate in the general election of 1977 included Tamils residing abroad.

Yes Tamil Nadu has spoken, ladies and gentleman. What couldn’t be achieved in a muzzled Sri Lankan parliament has been achieved in the Tamil Nadu State Assembly that represents more than 75 Million people. The Sri Lankan parliament’s 6th amendment prevents Tamil MPs from ever talking about a separate Eelam. In the land of the pioneers of parliamentary democracy in Great Britain,Scotland is able to discuss separation but not inSri Lanka where democracy is merely a high sounding concept of little value.

I have said it and say it again, let the world be put on notice that Eelam is not a fallacy or a pipe dream but real.

Kusal Perera is a hypocrite when he says the “the call for Thamil Eezham outside Sri Lanka is a total disconnect with its irrelevance to Tamil Politics,” citing TNA leader Sambanthan’s statement about “building on the 13th amendment,” with Kusal attempting to create the impression that democracy is flourishing in Sri Lanka: “Genocide” can only be bandied about in the Diaspora and in TN, but will not be proved under a State, how ever undemocratic and racist the State is, when Tamil people participate in open electoral campaigns and elect their own representation for different tiers of governance. When they can invest and indulge in trade and business and have representations in business chambers as well. That is reason why democratic political parties of Tamil people in SL do not take up the call for a “referendum” and do not talk about “genocide” like those in the Diaspora and in Tamil Nadu,” he concludes in his patronizing style.

For all those people like Kusal who think parliamentary democracy works in Sri Lanka and Tamil representatives enjoy parliamentary privilege and have the freedom to express their deepest aspirations and concerns, I say to him and the rest to go back and examine their conscience without blurting out misleading notions and making hollow claims on Sri Lankan democracy. I ask him what happened to the proposals made by the Tamil representatives at the talks after the talks held at the APRC that the TNA wasn’t called to attend and the UNP refused to attend. How many more talks does Kusal want before he can be convinced that these talks are not going to go anywhere?

Again for all those people who stupidly raise the fact that a huge chunk of the Tamil population lives in Colombo like Kusal does, I say why not, that’s the capital ever since for heavens sake and yes many of them have been living there for generations like my own family, when the country was called Ceylon and not Sri Lanka, others who may belong to the recently displaced people who have moved to safer ground; all of them are still Eelam Tamils, they may remain in Colombo or decide to live in Eelam, that should be their choice. This is not unusual in countries that have separated.

The Tamil Nadu Assembly’s resolution moved by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa calling for a “referendum on a separate Eelam among Tamils in Sri Lanka and those who have migrated abroad,” have made Diaspora Eelam Tamils ecstatic.

It’s a cause to celebrate and to thank the Tamil Nadu students, people, the State Assembly and CM Jayalalithaa. Nobody not even the likes of Kusal can deny the tide in Tamil Nadu is going to destroy his own notions about the students and reiterate the importance of the Tamil Nadu factor.

Tamilnet reported the passage of the resolution as a “historic move:

“In a historic move, the Tamil Nadu State Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution for bringing in arrangements at the level of the UN Security Council to conduct a referendum among Eezham Tamils in the island as well as in the diaspora on the question of Separate Eelam. In addition, the resolution passed at the Tamil Nadu Assembly demanded the Government of India to stop calling Sri Lanka a friendly country. The resolution also included the earlier demands ie., Independent International Investigations on Genocide and War Crimes as well as imposition of economic sanctions on Sri Lanka. The resolution, unanimously passed, was moved by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ms Jayalalithaa. Passing the resolution, Chief Minister Ms Jayalalithaa also urged the students of Tamil Nadu to end their current agitation and to return to studies, with the hope of winning their aspirations in the near future.”

All those detractors and non-believers of the Eelam Freedom cause are not going to be pleased including Kusal who represents the educated Sinhalese, some of whom have been my friends but have left me because for what I believe. They are going to call this a meaningless exercise that would not impact Sri Lanka. I disagree. I think that it’s going to have a huge impact among the people that matter in the corridors of power not to mention in the Indian centre of power.

The student protest is not merely a “solidarity campaign” as Kusal squabbles; it’s creating uproar in Tamil Nadu political circles and has the propensity to shake the Indian government from under its feet, like never before.Indiathe arbiter of theTamil National question cannot ignore the ground swell of support for a referendum call from Tamil Nadu.

Prime Minister Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran’s words ring true when he says in his article ‘Geneva Resolution: Not A Victory  For Tamils, But A Defeat For Sri Lanka’, that “the Tamil Nadu students’ uprising, launched with the support of the people, has the power to change the stance of the political leaders of Tamil Nadu and India.” Achieving Tamil Eelam he says rests on “Tamil Nadu (successfully) engaging the Indian government”: “The political reality is, whether we like it or not, the victory of the Tamil Eelam liberation struggle depends largely on the success of Tamil Nadu in engaging the Indian government. International diplomatic calculations are made on the premise that India is the dominant regional power in the Indian Ocean and South Asia. It is also a growing global power. International relations are determined on these bases of power. Thus,India’s role is important in the creation of a new state of Tamil Eelam in South Asia.”

Cynics like Kusal deny everything, except that they have a bad regime in power in Sri Lanka and want to “use” us to effect a regime change in Sri Lanka; that’s all they want, their love for us ends there; they deny that the tens of thousands of Eelam Tamils who were mercilessly wiped out was genocide and genocidal acts have been systematically and structurally perpetrated against Tamils in Sri Lanka ever since independence; I have in my opinion  piece, ‘Sri Lanka’s Genocide: Major Cover-up must be Exposed’, made the case for genocide, citing authorities including providing proof of intention that would have to be decided in international courts; in addition I have backed my arguments from quotes from Prof Boyle “who represented two associations of citizens within Bosnia and was involved in developing the indictment against Slobodan Milosevic for committing genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

Kusal also denies our right to a referendum on Eelam, and raises examples like South Sudan without any arguments to support his conjecture, where there is no denying that the case of South Sudan has many similarities to Tamil Eelam (including an Al Basher in Sudan and a Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka). In fact in my article INDEPENDENT TAMIL EELAM – THE FINAL DESTINATION I speak of the arrangements for the South Sudanese Diaspora to vote: “Special arrangements were made for centres to be opened in the Diaspora countries including Canada for Southern Sudanese people living abroad to cast their vote.” I said, hoping one day it would be our turn.

Kusal goes even further and denies Tamils the right to self determination and calls it a “Marxist formulation”, and shamelessly promotes and gives a link to a pdf document that was published by two members of the APRC who decided that the APRC deliberations must come out in the open; whereas the final report that the Chairman of the APRC presented to President Rajapaksa recommending a new constitution that still preached a “unitary” system including the “preservation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka,” has become a worthless document, gathering dust somewhere waiting to be shredded.

Kusal has to be reminded that as recently as a few weeks back Great Britain held a referendum among the people of Falklands to decide if they wished to remain with Great Britain. Everyone from David Cameron was calling on Argentina to respect the wishes of the people of Falkland to stay with Britain on the basis of their right to “self determination.” May I also remind Kusal that Argentina refers to Falklands as Malvinas, so his refusal to accept the 1987 merged NorthEast provinces as Eelam would not deter Eelam Tamils from pursuing Eelam and invoking the right to self determination that is “recognized in international law and is mentioned as a key component in many United Nations Treaties and Declarations.” I suggest Kusal reads my article, ‘Why Tamils of Tamil Eelam Deserve Self Determination:

Pakiasothy Saravanamuthu of ‘The Centre for Policy Alternatives’ has also commented on concepts such as ‘self determination’, as not relevant, which I strongly contest. He was also the man who came and preached in Canada that “the Tamil Diaspora’s contribution to the Tamils in the NorthEast should solely be directed to “development”.

The cynics of “Eelam” are of different hues and persuasions both local and foreign. Some show sheer ignorance and some are constantly in denial mode.

I am talking of people who all want to push some sort of a political solution down our throats.

And these ideas that they fancy are thrust upon us Eelam Tamils whilst our aspirations, most specifically our inalienable right to our homeland are ignored, denigrated and even sneered at.

There are the Sinhala apologists who have this patronizing attitude that they can dictate to Tamils what they should accept as a form of political solution. Then there are some governments, should I say neighbouring or neighbourly governments, who have special and vested interests: geo-political, strategic and or commercial; and even some well intentioned rights groups pursuing their own causes; all of whom want to give their mostly unsolicited views on what is our due.

The same old archaic 13th Amendment (plus, minus or plus plus, heaven knows what they mean), the APRC that never saw the light of day (as I explained earlier), that most insincere, “devolution to the provinces” mantra and yet other forms of delaying tactics are repeated by these folks that’s nauseating to hear and pathetic to say the least.

Worst still there are some extremist forces, I would say a significant lot and mind you from the government who think Tamils deserve absolutely nothing that the whole island belongs to them and Tamils have to pay obeisance to Sinhala Buddhist Supremacy and accept Sinhala Buddhist hegemony and resign themselves to second class status.

Words such as “peace” “reconciliation” and “accountability” are bandied about by some although fully recognizing in their own minds that it is has no meaning in the Sri Lankan context. These words are especially down right disingenuous coming from a Sinhala government that keeps claiming that it has to be given the time and space to come up with “homegrown solutions”, yes time and space to come up with nothing, I would say.

The US sponsored resolution itself still harps on these very words. But soon “governments of this world” as Prime Minister Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran envisages in the same article mentioned above, “will have  to accept  the establishment of an independent state of Tamil Eelam on the basis of remedial justice,” for genocide. Surmising that “while knowing the truth, these governments want to confine the problem within the boundaries of their own preference,” he sets out the strategy that Tamils must center on:

“….today our strategy should center on how we are going to widen the distance between powerful global players and our enemy the Sinhala government, and how we are going to develop our relationship with these global powers. However, we should not sacrifice our own self-interests to these global powers. At the same time, we cannot expect the global powers to give up their interests fully and support us on the basis of justice. Thus, in order to deal with powerful governments, I believe we must employ twin tactics that will produce results. First, we have to determine how to align our interests and the interests of the powerful global powers and design necessary plans. This should happen at the diplomatic level. Second, we as people should engage ourselves with global powers through democratic and diplomatic means.”

The Tamils and the TGTE would continue to engage the governments of the world together with their brethren in Tamil Nadu towards achieving their aspirations of an independent Eelam.

To those who say the Sinhalese have endured more than 30 years of terrorism, I say Tamils have endured Sri Lankan state terrorism, anti-Tamil state policies and systematic and structural genocide ever since independence. I have always maintained we need a rare breed of Sinhala statesmen who don’t play the racist card to emerge with a new narrative. It is for the Sinhala government to think what their next positive forward looking step should be as a response not only to the US resolution that expects certain obligations to be discharged by Sri Lanka but also the Tamil Nadu resolution that calls for a referendum on a separate Eelam.

*Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah- Chair, TGTE Senate

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    The Indian Tamil is anathema to the upper-class Jaffna Tamil, so what is this lady ranting about?

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      Rockwood

      I agree entirely, and thank you for giving me an apt point of departure for a blazing take off in attacking the obscenely opportunistic politics of the LTTE rump as represented by its senatorially (new word?) deluded USHA.

      Jaffna Tamils looked down on plantation Tamils of Indian origin as of “lower” caste and refrained from having any social relations with them. Instead they were part of the structure of exploitation as tea-makers, chief clerks, apothecaries, teachers and shopkeepers in the tea estates. That is why the uncrowned king of Jaffna Tamils of the day G.G.Ponnambalam had no qualms about supporting the UNP government in 1949 in stripping the estate Tamils of their citizenship and voting rights. There were instances during the 77 and 83 riots of Jaffna Tamils not allowing Indian Tamils to stay with them in schools and temples set up as refugee camps in Up-Country areas. Even as violence was engulfing the whole area the Jaffna man, being his usual petty self, was concerned about being polluted by Indian Tamils. Even today I can recall the look of utter dejection and total disbelief on the face of an estate Tamil friend of mine when he told me how his people were asked by Jaffna Tamils not to come too close to them in one such camp: “Even the physical attacks by the Sinhalese are not as hurtful as the Jaffna man’s caste arrogance and inhumanity to his own fellow Tamils.”

      The Jaffna man shamelessly exploited the same people again when his LTTE drew most of its cadre in the Wanni from the estate Tamils who had settled there after the nationalization of estates in early 70s. And the same people comprised most of those sacrificed as human shield at Mullivaikkal by the LTTE. The Jaffna people started the war for a separate state for their own narrow interests but paradoxically most of them had fled to the West or to Colombo leaving the people who never cared for Tamil Eelam to fight and die. The diaspora Tamils made it worse by financing the LTTE fascists to recruit the children of the Wanni while their own children were living the “good life” in the West. This is the solidarity of Sri Lankan Tamils and Diaspora Tamils USHA is babbling about without shame.

      The ethnocentric and chauvinist Jaffna Tamils also looked down upon Eastern Province Tamils as well as Mannar, Chilaw and Negombo Tamils. The Jaffna Saiva-Vellala racists have always considered themselves as the natural born (killers?)rulers of all Tamils in Sri Lanka by proclaiming Jaffna as the cultural capital/heartland of Sri Lankan Tamils. This self-declaration is based on what I would like to characterize as “CHUTTIVAMSAM” – the counter mindset of Jaffna Tamils to Mahavamsa. Thus the Federal Party in the 50s coined the phrase “Tamil speaking people” to dominate and use these “inferior” Tamils to advance their own narrow political goals. The Tamil people’s struggle for their rights was manipulated and used by the dominant Jaffna upper caste/class to continue its exploitation of these people and to advance its own narrow class interests in education and employment as the “Thirst of Thamil people for Thamil Eelam.”

      In this diabolical venture they even tried to co-opt the then not-yet-awakened Muslim people by designating them as Tamils who happened to follow Islam. This is what the people claiming to fight for the right to self-determination did: they were determining the ethnicity and identity of other people. They tried to co-opt the Muslim people by stealthily changing the discourse vis a vis the Muslims from “Tamil speaking people,” to “Muslim Tamils,” to “Tamil Muslims.” But they failed as it was bound to happen and we all know the history. Suffice to just mention as soon as the LTTE felt the Muslims were dispensable, even a liability, to their project of an ethnically cleansed exclusively Tamil separate state the Muslims who had lived for several centuries in the North and numbering nearly 100,000 were expelled at gunpoint in 1990.

      The Jaffna Saiva-Vellala upper classes also looked down upon the Tamils in India with their smugness. They always considered themselves superior to Tamil Nadu Tamils in following what they regarded as the orthodox Tamil culture and in their mastery of the Tamil language. Their oft repeated ridiculous claim is that Tamil is spoken in its purest form only in Jaffna. They regarded the bulk of the Tamils in Tamil Nadu as predominantly of low caste origin and uncouth compared to themselves. They even considered their political leaders – who were almost all unscrupulous lawyers – as superior to the DMK “jokers.”

      What Usha is celebrating and gloating over is that the Jaffna-centric, Saiva-Vellala, Tamil ethno-fascists have managed to manipulate the suckers in Tamil Nadu and are poised to make even a bigger invasion of the hunting ground of Tamil Nadu in the pursuit of their selfish political goals at great peril to the peace and security of the people of Tamil Nadu.

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        Rambler,

        Some people in these forums say that you are an avatar of Dayan Jayatilleka, but your venom against Jaffna Tamils, your gross exaggeration of caste issues in Jaffna, your obsession with G.G. Ponnambalam and your attack on Prof. Hoole and some Jaffna Christian families in another thread, make me think that you are H.L.D Mahindapala.

        Both DJ and HLDM were known for their puerile, even thuggish, polemics in the era of Premadasa, but given HLDM’s Tamil wife, he knows a lot more about Jaffna and more words in Tamil than DJ. Also, given DJ’s Marxist immersion and his more recent academic and diplomatic positions, he would have chosen his words a bit more carefully than you, even if he were to share many of your views in private.

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          Agnos

          Rambler is a confused kid a cross breed between Nalin de Silva and Anagarica Dharmapala (the homeless one).

          He has great potential for a seat in the BBS Sangha.

          Since he takes extreme anti Tamil view has he got something to hide, perhaps his Tamil ancestry?

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            must be a wife hater to the point.

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          AGNOS

          You or anybody else will never find out who I am as I have lived most of my life as an underground man. Because of my hobo like existence without any material interests and the concomitant constraints on one’s outlook, I have gained – I like to think – in perception and insight into the ways of the established mainstream society.

          So your attempt to identify me will be futile. Search as you may, you will never locate me even if I’m right in front of you because I’m a nobody. Meanwhile I feel belittled and hurt when you compare/mistake me for the individuals you have mentioned. For though I have nothing against them or their views in one way or another, I don’t lead such conventional lives. That is the only thing left in my life and you can’t take it away from me. I’m just happy to be rambling through whatever life brings on …………Rambler

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        Rambler,

        You are right on most issues alluded. I was a refugee in the St. Sylvestors College , Kandy, in 1977. There were thousands of Palntation Tamil refugees against a few hundred Jafnna Tamil refugees. However, the Jaffna Tamils demanded that they be allocated the entire upper floor. As there was no administration in this camp, I and few other refugees ( ex- Perdeniya students ) were managing the camp in an official basis. We had to put our foot down and insist that the Jaffna Tamils occupy a few classrooms, in accordance with their numbers. After I raised the issue of overcrowding with Brig. Tissa Weeratunge, he made arrangements for the excess refugees to be sent to the Trinity College hostel and I was requested to help. the Jaffna Tamils insisted only they be sent. I adamantly refused. When the buses arrived, I made the Plantation Tamils and the Jaffna Tamils stand in two lines and made sure that every alternate person getting into the bus was a plantation Tamil. I remember telling the most vociferous among the Jaffna Tamils that this would be taste of the Tamil Eelam they were hankering after!

        On the words ‘ Tamil- speaking’ I do not blame the Tamil leadership. The Muslims were insisting on a religious identity, instead of a linguistic identity and this was accommodated with these words. They other permutations and combinations were resorted to some or other draw the Muslims into a combined minority identity. This was resisted by the Muslims. The Tamil motives were also suspected to be not altruistic.

        Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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          Correction: —managing the camp on an unofficial basis.

          Dr.RN

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          Dear Narendiran, time change man. Vellala bastards created this difference. Not any more, U will know whats happening in jaffna now. Vellalas living in fools paradise. If they behave old days they will end up, your choice.

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      Thats not correct.

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    Finally cat out of the bag,Betrayers are among the Sinhalese community,they are on robes,politicians,etc.they are executing the order of Vatican.first and only Christian country of South Asia is under process.I feel sorry for the innocent Buddhists(peaceful community),they are well riden by western paid/supported Monks and the rulers of past and present.(BBS busy with western paid money,on preparation of the atmosphere for the referendom).

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      Dr. A. Baheerathan, son of the late TULF leader, Appapillai Amirthalingam, was in Sri Lanka last week and in an exclusive interview with Ceylon Today traveled extensively ‘down memory lane’ in the North. He was happy to note there were no more cruel deaths on a daily basis and the people were living without the sounds of guns. While regretting the process to find a political solution to the Tamil question is not on the right track yet, he emphasized the government should ensure an early solution is found to stabilize the hard-earned peace.

      Excerpts:

      Q: You are a son of a leading Tamil politician and you grew up in Jaffna. During your student days you would have seen the best part of Jaffna and later the emergence of the ‘darker period’, which lasted for nearly three decades. What is your impression about present day Jaffna?

      A: Well, I am an old student of Jaffna College,Vaddukkoddai and St. John’s College, Jaffna. Later, I entered the Medical Faculty of Peradeniya, where I couldn’t continue with my studies due to the unrest in the country. However, I completed my higher studies in Medicine at the Madurai Medical College in Tamil Nadu.

      Soon after the end of the war, I came to Sri Lanka. This is my second visit since the war ended. Infrastructure developments are taking place extensively. People are moving around freely. But, there are plenty of things that have to be done to improve the living conditions of the Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs). When I was in Jaffna, I found a large number of IDPs have not yet been resettled in their original places and their lands have been acquired by the Security Forces. This should be stopped and the IDPs should be allowed to return to their original places. However, I am happy to note there are no more cruel deaths in the North and East and in the island at large. Nowadays, the people are confident they could return home safely without facing any dangerous situations.

      Q: The North and East and the country at large suffered immensely for three decades. People in the North and East feel the Tamil militant struggle had not done anything constructive, but everything was destructive. Do you think the Tamil militancy was a wrong approach?

      A: The Tamil militancy was an evolution of a political struggle. The Tamils had faced various disappointments in the Tamil political arena and there were communal unrests where the Tamils suffered immensely. Anyhow, the Tamil militants have gone on the wrong track without proper political thinking or the right leadership. The good solutions put forward by India, and later by the International Community to find an amicable solution to the Tamil question were discarded by the militants. The genuine objective of the struggle was ignored. So they had to pay for the mistakes they committed and the innocent civilians became the ‘scapegoat’ in the entire scenario.

      India offered a good solution with the Indo-Lanka accord. I still remember the role played by the Tamil moderate leaders, including my late father Amirthalingam to make a success of the Indo-Lanka accord. If that accord had succeeded, and the 13th Amendment had been implemented satisfactorily, our problems would have been settled long ago.

      In a special flight from Tiruchirappalli to New Delhi with Rajiv Gandhi, my father and the late M. Sivasithamparam had an extensive discussion with the late Indian Premier to convince him of the merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces and on devolving adequate powers to the merged Province.

      When the North and East was merged and the Northern and Eastern Provincial council was mooted, the TULF became a dominant political party. My late father even came forward to offer more seats to the LTTE in the Council. The Indian Peace Keeping Forces (IPKF) was also present in the North and East to ensure the successful implementation of the accord.

      Then again the efforts made by President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and the initiatives by Ranil Wickremesinghe with the signing of a memorandum with the LTTE leader, Prabhakaran, had fizzled out as a result of arrogance and no proper political thinking on the part of the Tamil militants. As a result of it all good efforts backfired and now we are back to square one.

      Q: How do you see the current state of the Tamil political scene and what sort of a solution will be ideal for the North and East crisis?

      A: First of all, the Tamil political parties should shed their differences and stabilize themselves to emphasize on a political solution. Soon after the end of the war there was much expectation from the Tamils of a durable political solution. Even the Tamil expatriates and the International Community expected the political process would be expedited. But nothing happened in the manner the right thinking people expected.

      The families of the disappeared persons and the Tamil political prisoners are still agitating to find their loved ones. There are several humanitarian issues to be settled in the North and East. Therefore, instead of blowing the trumpet over winning the war, the government should take action to address the grievances of Tamils.

      My kind of political solution is that based on the 13th Amendment, a solution should be enhanced further. The Tamil moderate politicians and the Indian ‘think tanks’ such as G. Parthasarathy had put in substantial efforts in bringing about the Indo-Lanka accord. It had everything to devolve adequate powers to the merged North and East.

      Even my late father was confident by implementing the Indo-Lanka accord with Indian support, the North and East crisis could be solved amicably. Therefore, the future effort could also be based on the 13th Amendment and further. What we see now is several things included in the 13th Amendment have been stripped off including the North and East merger. So, the need of the hour is to expedite the peace process and to arrive at an early solution for the betterment of Tamils and the country at large.

      Q: You are a medical practitioner in the UK. With your political background what do you think about the hue and cry made by the Tamil expatriates abroad over the Lankan Tamil issues?

      A: The majority of Tamil expatriates nowadays have experienced the brunt of the war. So, they have their reasons to agitate as most of them have lost their kith and kin, and their assets in their original places in the island. Therefore, we cannot simply turn a blind eye towards them. What I want from the expatriates is, while they insist on improving the humanitarian issues, they should also speak out for a meaningful solution instead of being disoriented. First of all we should understand the ground realities. The people who suffered during the three decades of war must live peacefully. They cannot afford another ruthless era. The expatriates should speak out for a dignified political solution for the Tamils and they should come forward to assist the people, especially the orphans and the war widows to lead a peaceful life.

      Q: What do you think about the Tamil Nadu factor and the sentiments expressed towards the Tamil issues from the State?

      A: We cannot forget the role played by Tamil Nadu and India when the Tamils in the island are affected by ethnic clashes. Tamil Nadu gave shelter to hundreds of thousands of Lankan Tamils and still there are Tamil refugees in the State. However, Tamil Nadu is more emotional towards what is happening in the island with regard to Tamil issues. Since the war has come to an end, the Tamil Nadu politicians could also play their part in a manner by bringing about a durable solution to the Lankan crisis without fanning extremism.

      Q: You were in Jaffna a week ago. How did the people respond to you when they realized that you were the son of the late Amirthalingam?

      A: It was moving. Some of them had even come from faraway places to see me. They remembered my father as a politician who had sacrificed his life to fulfil the political aspirations of Tamils.

      I went to my ancestral home in Vaddukoddai. I was very sad to note a vast collection of my father’s books in his study have been destroyed. The collection of pictures with important political figures and the letters written to him by prominent people were lost. Only the picture he had taken with former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had remained in a corner. We talk about the burning of the Jaffna Public Library. But our house and the collection of books and other important documents have been destroyed by the LTTE. The house was used by LTTE theoretician, Anton Balasingham and the outfit’s political stalwart Yogaratnam Yogi.

      Q: Have you any idea of entering politics?

      A: Better not. I have already engaged in humanitarian activities to help the children affected by war. I am currently managing a charitable institution registered in the UK to assist children affected by war. During my stay in the North, I went around and saw the plight of the people affected by war. It is pathetic. We must do our best to give the best opportunities to the affected children. They should have a bright future. Therefore, the people in the island as well as the expatriates should help generously for the betterment of the people disillusioned by war.

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        Did you ask Baheerathan ,Tamil Problem has been going on from 1950s.It never got solved,but more and more rights of Tamils were taken away.More and More lands of Tamils were taken away by force and by some pretext or other.So how is he going to settle it.Has he got a plan and can he satisfy the sinhalese to do it this year,because Tamils believe that sinhalese wil never ever give any rights or anything to the Tamils.Sinhalese were also carrying on the Genocide of Tamils from 1950s.This is not the first time.So can Baheerathan guarantee that Genocide will not continue.If so how will he guarantee that.Sinhalese will continue their genoide,that is the belief of tamils and the only solution to prevent genocide and reconciliation is the TWO NATION solution.So Mr Thangadurai tell Mr.Baheerathan to start immediately to take action to stop taking away the lands of tamils,to investigate every rape of tamil women,to prevent the army from taking away students and torturing them.And let him tell us no killings will take place in future and how is going to guarantee that.

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        Oh My God, Who the hell cares about Dr.A.A.Baheerathan’s opinion here. I rather hear his professional medical opinion, his father lost his mind when become a Opposition Leader , his father even Told during a interview with Professor Peter Schalk , that Yhanthai Selva was in bringing Vatukotai resolution, Amirthalingam Iya failed to see his Politicking Ellam thunder speech to District council. He was a Flamboyant politician would have should have step a side knowing Arm Struggle was pushing forward, He even lost an election.

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    I am a Sri Lankan Tamil. I dislike Mahinda Rajapakse, his two brothers and the hardline position they represent. But it does not mean that I want those Sri Lankan Tamils overseas to define my future and my destiny. I believe in a federal Sri Lanka. I realize that Sinhalese hardliners will oppose that. But that is an internal debate that needs to be first had within Sri Lanka. With support of the United States, the Hindu right in India, Tamil Nadu and Europe, an amicable settlement within a redefined Sri Lankan state will be worked out. The Sinhalese do not hold all the cards. We have our own leverage as well.

    But to argue for a Eelam just yet is premature. It should be the option of last resort – if it is ever conceded by the international community in the first place.

    Karunanidhi and to a lesser extent Jayalalithaa are grand standing and trying their level best to out do each other. Karunanidhi in particular is a hypocrite who stood by in 2009 part and parcel of the ruling UPA in New Delhi. Had he left the coalition then, it would have had its first jitters before it had even consolidated its position in the Indian Lok Sabha. That Government after all had just been elected to power.

    The biggest criticism I have of Mahinda Rajapakse and his family is that they have legitimized the diaspora Tamil chauvanist by their own short-sighted Sinhala racist policies. But that aside, I think this particular opinion piece of Usha Sri-Skanda Raja is misplaced to say the least!

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      for Sinhalese talking about Tamil Eelam is a dream with the ongoing speed of genocide. For Tamils only way for survival is not living with the criminal and murderers committing the genocide.leave it to the victims to seek the ways for survival. referendum is the democratic way- referendum in Scotland next year!. if many people think they can live with Sinhalese practising Mahavansa teachings, good luck for them for their mere survival.

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    USHA S;
    Kalanjear and Jayalalitha now got a tail to squeeze as election of Nadu is around the corner.
    You forgot that they are Actors to Millions.

    So this is a good chance for them to shout and establish EELAM IN TAMIL NAADU.
    Because most of the tamizars are living there, that is the tamizar’s Homeland ,mother land.

    if posible, they can ask help from KERALA MALABARIs also.

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      The Tamils in India is already having Tamil Nadu. The Tamils in Sri Lanka lost their Tamil Eelam to the Sinhalese via the Europian colonials and have to get it back. Tamil Nadu is for the Tamils of India, Tamil Eelam is for the Tamils of Sri Lanka.

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        Well said.Not only that Tamil Ealam will balance the power struggle of India and China and East and West.

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        V P gave Ellaam to Sri Lankan TamiZars and Swam Trough Nannthikadaal with White Flag to the Banks of SL Army.

        That is a grate Betrayal done by your So called Thalaivaar to your Tamizars.
        Even he betrayed his own family,
        his own innocent young son was killed in cold blood.
        So are many Innocents kids died in vain,

        His clan like K P, Karuna, Pillayan Douglas, Sitharthan,and other vultures are sucking the tamils to bones.

        I THINK YOU People ALSO Belongs to that Name sake tamizars.
        Tamizars of sri lanka no need of a so called PeeLaam. Only to Dollar Crows who live in Abroad.
        now, Only You people are running Behind Colonials and Liking Their backs.
        Sri Lankan Tahmizars ,They already know that PEELAAM is smelling SxxT like you people, jackals.

        Just come to North of Kilinochchi, they will teach you good lessons

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    Dear Sister,Usha! We all know few Tamils who are in colombo speak here in support of Srilanka because they are spineless and selfish. If you look at large picture,the momentum for eelam is gaining at a pace that will make to reach the goal. Dont spend time on people like Kusal who pretends to sleep and live in false dreams, let them do till realities bite hard. Even Jayalalitha who was not supportive of eelam, changed her mind post the structured genocide by Srilankan army. Mamta banarjee, Yashwant singha all spoke about atrocities, and China and India moving closer together with new regime change in china will sure see this lankans where they belongs to. Did you notice earler congress objected the use of word Eelam for its own ally in UPA, DMK. But when TN passed resoultion, it did not say a word about and kept silent which is acknowledgement. In 60 years it reached here, and few more years I see a bright future for you, and my prayer, wishes are with you.
    And similarly in those minds of Tamils in Srilanka, please understand one IPKF msitakes cannot make entire coutry countable, time to move on for a common cause. Stay united, strenth of bullocks even can fight mighty lions, Lions, i dont refer lankans, they are just cats having covered skin as lions.

    Now it is time to consolifate stratergies and work out in peace

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      Thank you,Sir.Independent Tamil Ealam will certainly help the region to attain peace and hence the World.Because it will balance the power struggle of India and China and east and West.So Hon.CM is doing Good to India.

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      Your Mother India,Gave Arms, Ammunitions, training,basses to start a WAR IN sri lanka,
      SO THE fOOLISH, CHEATING Tamil politicos gulp the line with the sinker and
      send foolish but bloody youth gangs to the lap of india.
      YOUR SUN GOD,
      V P gave Ellaam to Sri Lankan TamiZars and Swam Trough Nannthikadaal with White Flag to the Banks of SL Army to Surrender.
      WHAT A CRAB.0???????????????????.
      KADAL NANDUA?, OR AATHU NANDUA.
      That is a great Betrayal done by your So called Thalaivaar to your Tamizars.
      Even he betrayed his own family,
      his own innocent young son was killed in cold blood.
      So are many Innocents kids died in vain,

      His clan like K P, Karuna, Pillayan Douglas, Sitharthan,and other vultures are sucking the tamils to bones AND LIVING LIKE KINGS WITH ANOTHER BUNCH OF VULTURES CALLED RAAJAPAASA JACKALS..

      I THINK YOU People ALSO Belongs to that Name sake tamizars.
      Tamizars of sri lanka no need of a so called PeeLaam. Only to Dollar Crows who live in Abroad.
      now, Only You people are running Behind Colonials and Liking Their backs.
      Sri Lankan Tahmizars ,They already know that PEELAAM is smelling SxxT like you people, jackals.

      Just come to North of Kilinochchi, they will teach you good lessons

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    For all those people who ask why cannot the Tamils demand for a separate Tamil country in Tamil Nadu instead of Sri Lanka (Eelam).

    From the very ancient time, Lanka (as first mentioned in the Ramayana) was a part of South India. The ancient Tamil was born on the sacred earth a part of which is now called Sri Lanka. What is Sri Lanka now is part of the lost landmass of Kumari kandam (Lemuria) that went under a massive quake of the sea in times long past. The first Tamil Sangam was held in this land. It is believed that God Siva attended the first Tamil Sangam. The Island of Sri Lanka was not a Buddhist island but a Siva Bhoomi – the Land of Siva right from the beginning. There also existed 5 ancient Eashwarams of Siva. Right from ancient history, Tamils are from both India and Sri Lanka. Tamil nation existed and still exists in both Tamil Nadu in India and Tamil Eelam (N&E) in Sri Lanka. All the ancient rulers of Sri Lanka were Saivaites irrespective of whether they were Nagar or Damilar (Chola) or Pandu (Pandya). Even after Sri Lanka broke away from South India, there was a natural bridge known as Rama Setu that existed during the early period from Tamil Nadu to Tamil Eelam.

    It was only recently the Sinhalese started calling Sri Lanka a Dhamma Deepa of Buddha after the Buddhist missionary monk Mahinda introduced Buddhism where as the Tamils still call Sri Lanka as Eelam, the sacred Tamil land of Siva. Even the footstep at Adams Peak is originally known as Siva’s footstep and NOT Buddha’s. The original Siva boomi (sacred land of the Tamils) that broke away from South India due to the massive earth quake (Kumari Kandam) is the right full place for the Tamils. This is the reason why the world Tamils (including the Tamils in Tamil Nadu) is trying to establish a Tamil country known as Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka and NOT in India.

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      I expect God SIVA will come and Do some thing for all these killings,Raping, abductions tortures,And all other crimes.
      As you believed that God Siva attended the first Tamil Sangam.
      I AM astonished WHY this God SIVA did NOT ACT,
      WHEN THE THE INDIANS AND PALESTINIANS WERE TRAINING all THE MILITANTS.
      GOD SIVA SUPPOSED TO BE THE PEACE KEEPER HERE,

      NOT THE REFEREE.

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        I went to my ancestral home in Vaddukoddai. I was very sad to note a vast collection of my father’s books in his study have been destroyed. The collection of pictures with important political figures and the letters written to him by prominent people were lost. Only the picture he had taken with former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had remained in a corner. We talk about the burning of the Jaffna Public Library. But our house and the collection of books and other important documents have been destroyed by the LTTE. The house was used by LTTE theoretician, Anton Balasingham and the outfit’s political stalwart Yogaratnam Yogi.

        Dr. A. Baheerathan, son of the late TULF leader, Appapillai Amirthalingam

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          Our family library collected over three generations and kept in our house in Jaffna was looted by the LTTE. They also looted other contents. Treasured and framed family photographs were dismantled, the frames taken away, while the photographs were discarded.. We lost records of our family history, once again spanning three generations. When I heard that some of the books were falling on the road while being crudely transported, I cried. This memory yet hurts. The loss of this library, which included collection of newspaper clippings and my father’s prolific writings, is a loss I mourn yet.

          The LTTE phenomenon represented the worst in Jaffna Tamils and I yet tremble when I think that the LTTE in some other guise will come back to rule the roost. It was a lumpen phenomenon, representing lumpen values and lumpen actions. This lumpeness can be yet seen in the words and deeds of the many who yet pursue the LTTE cause.

          Dr.Rajasingham Narendran.

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            Dr RN,
            It is very sad to loose family collection in this way. I do not know how you can get over that. Rajapakse family is now looting the whole country including north and east.

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            @Naren.. Why are you silent about the Indians and the IPKF rapes, and cold blooded murders and more. This is the first time I am hearing about the LTTE looting your home, destroying your family photographs and books.

            Which months/year were this incidents or incidents.

            LTTE died 4 years ago. Rajapakses and Rajasingams are still showing hatred to the LTTE and love to the Indians.

            If the LTTE was so terrible in Jaffna why are the Rajapskese so terrified in allowing the Tamils to revere, mourn, or display anything of the LTTE? The answer is they and you are in deniable. The local people (ie Tamils) love and respect the LTTE. I mean most of the people. Now they all miss the LTTE because 80-90,000 war widows won’t be regularly raped and molested and land confiscation, and acquisition won’t be taking place. Sinhalese would not be blatantly occupying the Tamil beaches and denying the Tamil fisherman their livelihood. Please listen to Sumanthiran’s speeches in parliament and outside.

            As for coalition and cooperation with GOSL and their proxies will never take place until there is accountability, Truth and Justice. In any society their will will be quislings and Tamils are no different. Sadly.

            Donald Gnanakone
            Tamils For Justice.

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          How can you compare a house to a big National Library Baheerathan.How do you know LTTE or Army bombings burned your house.Jaffna Public Library had a vast collection of Tamil books of ancient history.I am sorry to see you not giving any respect to that treasure.

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          Thangadurai Sivakumaran

          you are sinhalese and hiding behind a tamil name,

          WHAT A SHAME???????????.

          OR;
          YOU ARE ON THE PAY ROLL OF OLD PARLIAMENT building at Gallface with S XXT EATING PIGS.
          DONT YOU????????.

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      Haha Mr Cholan, hope you wake up from your day dream soon!

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      So the demand for ‘Tamil Eelam’ is based on fairy tales and bed time stories. Good to know.

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        Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon

        “So the demand for ‘Tamil Eelam’ is based on fairy tales and bed time stories. Good to know.”

        You should also know that One Nation Sinhala/Buddhist state is also based on fantasies of perverted Mahanama, lurid tale of bestiality, parricide and incest relation.

        It is a Sinhala/Buddhist alternative to pulp fiction.

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          Menon,

          Even the “Gods own Country” is also borne out of fairy tales and bed time stories

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        If we Sinhalese are made to believe the Mahavamsa mythology by our parents, history teachers, and religious leaders that Lord Buddha made three magical visits to Sri Lanka and about the bandit prince Vijay’s visit on the day Buddha passed away and about the princess eloping with a Lion and having children and that the Buddha chose the Sinhalese and Sri Lanka to sustain his Dhamma and so on I do not think there is anything wrong in the Tamils believing in a similar mythology that God Siva attended the first Tamil Sangam held in Kumari kandam (lost landmass) and Sri Lanka is the leftover piece of Kumari kandam and therefore Sri Lanka is a Siva boomi.

        For those who call one a fairy tale I suggest that look into a mirror at yourself, both are fairy tales. The pots should think before calling the kettle black.

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        Mr.Sarma ,first thought so you are correct.Then word and then actio n.This is Hindu philosophy.You will see perpetual peace in the region after the birth of Tamil Ealam.It will protect the Aryans fro m Chinese attack.During Hon.Jawaharlal Nehru’s time,You all were protected from Chinese by TamilNadu joining the Union.Remember that and be grateful to tamils.

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      Kumari Kandam

      Sri Lanka (known as Eelam in Tamil) is a left over piece of land from the sunken landmass of ancient South India known as Kumari Kandam (Lemuria) that broke away and submerged in the sea due to a massive earth quake. Today the scientists have evidence for it.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZKiCpFisoY

      Five Iswarams of Siva in Ancient Lanka

      Contemporary historians such as S. Pathmanathan and Paul E. Peiris suggest Koneswaram temple has a recorded history from 300, when it finds mention in the Vayu Purana. Peiris notes that Koneswaram was one of the five recognized Iswarams of the Hindu deity Siva in Lanka before the 6th century BCE; a widely famous centre of deity worship long before the arrival of the mythical exile Vijaya to the island, attributed to the period 543 — 505 BCE.

      Ram setu

      The NASA satellite image shows an ancient bridge in the Palk Strait between South India and Sri Lanka. These images clearly proves that both South India and Sri Lanka were linked by the Adam’s bridge (Ram Setu) during the ancient period.

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        Kumar

        Please note Tamils and Sinhalese are the descendants of land grabbing Kallathonies from South/North India.

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    Another excellent article Usha.

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    USHA S;
    I Forgot to ask you,
    If the UN Resolution, Rather U S resolution
    comes to effect,
    Will you people, I mean Rudra, Usha, Brian, and your so called cabinet of ministers together with Mahinda JaRAAAJAPASSA And clan are going to the Hague????????,

    To Get Punishments, What you all have done to Innocent Sri lankans, Sinhela, Thamil, Muslims,and even to Foreigners.
    because ALL of you are Responsible for the Crimes related to the Separatist war, Did and Happened in Sri lanka.

    You should not forget that their CURSES are HOUNDING YOU ;

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    This woman is in a Dream world as same as her previous boss who was the most evil terrorist ever to live in world call prirhaparan alias prabhakaran, who ran for his life to escape from brave Sri Lankan Army lead by our great General Fonseka. then he died like a stray dog near the nandikathal lagoon. Usha is exactly the same who will give a cynaide capsule to her followers but never ready to take herself when the time comes.

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      VP did not run away. Srilankan army?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. it took 30 years for them to fight with VP. Why call Srilankan army, what about Chinese, Indian, British pakistan, Japan and of course US, they all were poring weapons including chemicals to support SLA.It would be ridiculed if SLA claimed that they won the war withVP. Above all managed get few traitors who are now witt MR gang.
      even frightened to catch him alive?
      now paniking so that to keep one army for every 3 civilian in Tamils homeland.
      Tamils are left with one option for their survival. take up that option or face the accelerating genocide.

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        He did not just ran away, he ran away leaving his family too, ultimately he did not even take the cyanide capsule, when knew end is near. he did not at least have one on his neck. this is including all other leaders like pottu, soosai, bhanu etc. now see they have taken innocent tamil youth for a ride. now those youth who surrendered to the Army knows who is the real evil. at the same time I remember the psychopath called brian seneviratna (who hates Sinhalese more than prabhakaran used to hate) once said Fonseka’s ragtag Army will never defeat LTTE.

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        sinhala friend ;

        Your VELUPILLAI PIRAPAHARAN IS THE NUMBER ONE TRAITOR betrayer IN THAMILAN’S HISTORY.

        He Ge gave his family to the vultures and ran away lifting a white flag.
        Betraying his family , flock and all the sri Lankan Thaimls Came behind him.

        He did not tell but, gave ONE OPTION for all of you,

        Live and let live.

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    I remember the Massachsets State Assembly passed a resolution in the early 1980s in favour of Tamil Eelam. I remember also the euphoria it generated among many Tamils then. Much water has flowed under the bridge since and the Tamils in the north and east are where we are now.

    The ever mercurial Jayalaltha who yet probably wears a bullet proof vest -which she first wore as a precaution against LTTE attempts on her life- and the old opportunist Karunanithy are competing with each other to win votes in Tamil Nadu, using the Tamils here as pawns. Jayalitha evicted the DMK members, who were also supportive of the motion from the assembly, before passing the motion. The ADMK and DMK which cannot find mutual accommodation, even in the name of the so-called Sri Lankan Tamil cause, cannot be expected to achieve anything positive for the Tamils here.We have seen enough of the melodramatics, antics and summersaults in the past decades. What is happening is a new production of an old film.

    Any straw that comes the way of the Eelamists is being clung onto in desperation. No good would come from the motion- diarrhoea- passed in the Tamil Nadu State Assembly. However, the resulting mess will be the responsibility of the Indian government to clean. The Tamil Nadu political antics, will also contribute the government in Sri Lanka and the Sinhala people to fear devolution more. The anti- devolution forces here are bring handed a bigger stick now.

    Is this an act of foolishness or a satanic strategy to elicit stupid responses from the GOSL? Who is the director behind this ageing former actress and the aged former film script writer. Both are of course quite well known fo their monumental corruption.

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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      Two points;

      (1) it is not 1980 now, people have moved towards more human rights comparing to 30 years before, even in 1980 USSR stood as united, now in to pieces, so your arguements it did not happen in 1980 hence it will not happen in 2018 is very naive and hypothetical,

      (2) If DMK – ADMK fights in assemnly it does not mean the passed resolution will not go into teh books, also they have united in the loksabha and rajyasabha, this shows clearly they fight internally and support together in outside. They together even made speaker to postpone parliamnet for 1 month. so you always select facts that suits to your narrow writings and projectios

      (3)Fear of your GOSL to anti-devolution will in fact strengthen the eelam request, i leave it your brain to assimilate.

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        MSK,

        I cannot stop you dreaming. However, what you are dreaming will be nightmare for the Tamils here. The likes of you have already stoked dying embers here. Congratulation! I am sure you want another conflagration to engulf the Tamils here, to justify your stupid cause. We may have the conflagration, but never your Eelam

        Dr.RN

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          @ RN, I am here or in my further life working on this cause in whatever capacity that I could , is only for one reason. A peace! Thats it. But seeing BBS and its hate speeches, and the way the govt has not done anything for war impacted people, shows your statement completely contradictory. Because you and little Tamil section enjoys in colombo, you cannot speak on behalf of enitre tamil community, It is people as a whole to decide.Neither I can, only from situations, we can only suggest the referundum.
          If SL is so much at peace and everyone lives happy life why dont allow IC to see and make referundum. EVen if SL is at peace, if people wants to go alone, it is their collective choice. That is called real democarcy and liberty. I bet in TN if you take such referendum, atleast 75 % will say with India. How confident are you about this? Just because some one spreads, the people will not alingn unless they are really hurt to that extent. And moreover you express your fear, that people may end in dying that shows what kind of country you are living in. I tell you in such country one never say that i can live safely. I bet you dont differ.

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            MSK,
            I spend as much time in Jaffna, as I do in Colombo. I quite alert to the situation in the north and have travelled extensively through post-war Vanni. I also make the effort to talk and listen to the ordinary people.

            I do not expect miraculous cures from any government. We have recover first . That is my priority. While recovering we have to build bridges to the Sinhala people and work towards a non-adversarial working relationship with the government. Let us find solutions to problems within the existing system, wherever possible. What we are doing is counterproductive . This can only make matters more complicated. This is already happening. The government has erred in its post-war approach . The Tamils have erred more, because the have placed over emphasis on political solutions as opposed to solutions to mundane, but extremely important human problems.

            Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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              Let me say this Naren, You can build bridges that Thanthai Selva tried with Dudley and Banda, Nor you can Build a bridge that Rajeeves failed 13th amendment , nor you can build a bridge that ISGA’s brain child Norway tried. Mark my word again you will never, until there is a Revolutionary leader like Hon.Kumaratunga born in Srilanka. One thing though Naren you are indeed serving you Master Right.

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          If you can have conflagration Rajasinham,do it now before talking about other things.Past experiences show Sinhalese will never give anything to tamils,only talking and using some tamils to help in their Genocide.80 million tamils had already given approval for tamil Ealam from the time of Vaddukkoddai Resolution.So Don’t worry about them in Sri Lanka or anywhere.

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      @Dr Naren. I have no alternative but to agree with your viewpoint. The Massachusetts resolution of 1981 did more damage to the Tamil struggle and only helped the 3 Thilliampalam brothers in every way. Now the two brothers are are working closely with the Rajapakse regime and brother is retired hurt losing his credibility with the Tamils. He has been sidelined for many years. Here is a guy who boasted publicly and privately that he is going to be the President of Eealam. He also worked closely with President Premadasa and his secretary when the LTTE was fighting with Premadasa.

      As for TGTE and it’s Prime Minister, Senators are all in cyber space wanting to draw attention, name and fame. They all issue very impressive statements trying to behave as if they are some government in exile. More hallucinations and claims. I will leave it at that.

      Tamils need to be concerned about the DMK and AIADMK politics and the other minor politicians who are active on the Eelam front. Some even still argue that Prabhakaran is still alive and well and he will reappear in person at the right time.

      Jayalalitha has demonstrated that she is still a good actress. We have to take cognizance that both (JJ and MK) hated the LTTE and it’s leaders with a passion. I worked closely with the MGR regime and DMK’s MK from 1983. I would not discuss details and private conversation I have had with them in this forum. But MGR truly loved Prabhakaran until his death. Jayalalitha is currently playing politics both to the Tamil Nadu Tamils and voters as well as Delhi. She also dreams as a serious opposition candidate for the Prime Minister position next year. Tamils should not get emotional about her speeches and get carried away.

      As Chief Minister JJ could have done much to help the Tamils of the North and East, as well as the 150,000 Tamil refugees in South India. Nothing much has been done and they are treated badly unlike the Bangla Desh refugees in 1971. They struggle with human dignity and education rights etc. Although they still tolerate it since the options in Sri Lanka is worse and rape is a certainity for young females.

      The $10 Billion dollar KKNP nuclear project is very dangerous to the Tamils of South India and NE Tamils of Sri Lanka in many ways including fishing, agriculture and health. She does not care and has done a flip flop on that issue as well as the Sethusamuderam Canal project. The CM demands the takeover of the kachaitheevu which has serious repercussions for centuries to come to the Tamils in the island. Oil, mineral sands, fishing rights will be lost costing us billions of dollars. TGTE has no opinion because they do not comprehend this issue.

      If the CM is serious she would take action and then allow trade union action in Tamil Nadu ports and airports which will bring the Rajapakse regime to their knees. Now she does not want to upset the 1 million Tamil college students and their families which will run into millions of voters as well as public opinion of other voters. The third parties would benefit if AIADMK and DMK are discredited. So her speeches and action to counter DMK’s actions in Delhi and withdrawal of support to the Congress party. She also has not thrown her support with the the BJP but trying to decide whether to ally with the congress or the third party option.

      All are playing on the Eelam Tamil issue including the minor politicians who are not even elected to any local assembly.

      Tamils are far away from the creation of Eelam which can only be negotiated if at all by elected representatives of the Tamil people like the TNA which itself is a coalition of several Tamil parties. They too lack any administrative experience or even privately showing any thirst or hunger for operating a separate state. Forget about their public views or demands because they will be murdered in broad day light as the Rajapakse regime did for the 5 Tamil MP’s from 2005.

      UNP if and when it comes to power would also not entertain the Eelam demand and let us not forget that the military has become a very strong component together with the Police are all Bandaranayake, Fonseka and Rajapakse loyalist with the same mindset. Soon it will be only Rajapakse followers and even if there is a regime change in a few years there won’t be any changes in the massive military and police forces.

      TGTE and the Tamil diaspora need to get their fundamentals right and stop buying the Rajapakse groceries, travel on Sri Lankan airlines and remit the $3 billion dollars annually which feeds the government coffers. Without any sacrifices the Tamils won’t to have the cake and eat it but issue statements and write hypothetical articles. It is a sad situation. TGTE and the likes are just an irritant to the GOSL and it also gives them the excuse to spend heavily on the military and keep the PTA going to use it on all the opposition and not only on the Tamils. Sinhalization and Buddhizization of the North and East continues and there is serious demographic changes taking place daily, weekly and monthly.

      Tamils should realize that India or the IC are not creating a Bangla Desh or Sudan like country in a hurry unless the Rajapakses do some other crazy act as they did in 2009. GOSL stands exposed but Tamil diaspora are not helping themselves burning copies of US resolution or waving the Tiger flag around the world… The so called “covert lobbying” is very little despite the overt claims being made. Economic boycott and trade union action is the first step for the diaspora to take without speeches, charters, parliament, senate, and statements. What is needed is action and not talk or articles like this.

      Donald Gnanakone
      Tamils For Justice.

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        Donald,

        Thanks for the balanced and wise response. I however would advocate a less adversarial and more co-operative approach, in view of coalition politics that is becoming the norm. However, this co-operation should be principled and on the basis of what is for the Tamils and others in Sri Lanka. This co-operation should not be on sale in return for filthy lucre, tolerance of corruption and individual agrandizement. This would require a very mature and principled Tamil leadership to execute.

        Narendran

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          @Naren. Coalition and cooperation with whom?
          Please be more specific.
          I am looking @ the content and the author and being subject specific.
          Here is GOI’s answer to Jayalaltha’s rhetoric proposal which is absolutely misleading….As I said before action is what is required and not just speeches, statements and drama.
          Then our own emotional drama queens will get all excited and leading the “Cheer Leaders” showing all what they can and have. lol.
          http://ibnlive.in.com/news/centre-talks-tough-khurshid-rejects-tn-resolution-against-sri-lanka/381878-37-64.html

          @Amaraya, anyone can go and file anything with the ICC. However I might advise the Modayas and con artist to check the legalities and jurisdictions first. But in the Tamil diaspora some are looking for name, fame and attention so they want to be sensational spending OPM. Other People’s Money.. Some are Bandaranayke’s as well and I do not trust anyone with that damn DNA. They boast there is no greatness without a little madness. The problem is what do we do when there is a lot of madness which are suppressed with powerful drugs and medications @ the eighty club. lol. Happy Easter to everyone who celebrate and want peace.

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            Donald,

            My reference to coalition politics implies co-operation with which ever government is at the helm. The influence the regional political formations wield at the centre in India is an example, though the recent DMK antics educate us on what happens when the influence transforms itself into blackmail,

            No single party can get the required numbers to rule by itself . Coalition politics will be a reality until the proportional voting system is changed. This is reality that should be intelligently used to forge a different approach to solve our problems. It is at least a way that should be given a try.

            Naren

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              Dr RN,
              GG, SJV – did not they cooperate with the govts in the past?

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        Donald;
        TGTE is just a troika to dream land .
        Now they Can go to Hague and ask what Crimes IPKF Did to Tamilan in North and east in 1980s when they were in sri lanka.
        why don’t they ask that from Jeyalalita and Kalenjaar?????????
        They all are loving $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
        Like KP, KARUNA, PILLAYAN,And there are some shots with GO SL.
        most of the tamils who lost their families HATE THE LTTE AND GOSL.
        They must go to Hague and answer for the crimes they have done.
        BOTH are same and and gave and giving false promises and cheating tamils and We,Sinhalese as well.

        now most of the learned, intelectuales are no more there.
        Some terminated by Ltte, GOSL, EPDP,TELO and Other MUEOONJURES.
        Like Shipping Magnate JEYABALASINGAHAM Who Arrange Dialogue with JR and VP Now living in Exile.
        His brother POOBALASINGAM was killed by militants.
        I do not know where about Mr Dhanbaala.
        All have left the North and east.
        and few like SumathiTharan have a voice, but We know that EPDP do not like that.
        Because MOD of GOSL back them.

        Now all those SO CALLED POLITICIANS want to fish in Sri Lanka trouble waters.

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          @Amaraya…
          FYI Newco was Jeyabalasingam’s uncle’s company where Jeya started working as a trainee in 1964.
          Newco was the sub agent for my father’s company Gnanakone & Sonss at that time and I first met him as I was @ St. John’s Jaffna.

          Jeya took all the business of Newco and formed his own Company Jeyaco in the seventies and I used him as my sub agent for KKS, Jaffna and Trinco until 1983.. So that is the Jaffna shipping “magnate”. He is a good man and quite efficient in KKS and Trinco. As KKS Town Council’s chairman he welcomed Srimavo and garlanded her in the seventies and was SLFP KKS head. lol.
          Later he fell in line when the youth of the next town (VVT) visited him and warned him on several matters which I would not discuss here. BTW where is Jeya now?

          As for Poopalasingam I cannot resist the comment, that he was an ambulance chaser “arresting ships” on flimsy grounds in the admiralty courts. The income was very good. lol…

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        I would ask this guy if he has seen the refugee camps in TN, they are much better than any local slum, the government gives them unfettered access to education which is completely free from basic level to graduation, I would ask Donald what his contribution has been to the Tamil refugees living in TN. Now they even have the right to protest against MR! Please check the sops the JJ govt. has accorded to these refugees. They would not have dreamt of being alive and educated if they had remained in SL. Even after 22 years as refugees they do not want to go back the hell called SL, sitting in a western country in a comfort zone without knowing the ground realities and commenting is easy, how many times have you visited the refugee camps? Now these people have have been given newly built houses which even the Indian citizens cannot dream of possessing. I can only pity such arm chair critiques who have never done any good to these hapless people.

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        You are right Donald,what is needed is action,but sir I heard that Tamils did not talk so much as now during the War.As a result the World did not know why they were fighting.In the meantime GOSL used its Embassies to spread all sorts of lies to the countries.So this is also necessary.TGTE has a plan to carry out the boycotts.Trade Union action not possible in Sri lanka.Tamils are under siege there.

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          TGTE has NO DAMN plans on boycott.
          NATO.. No Action Talk Only.
          Bare words butters no parsnips.

          As for trade union action you did not understand what I said like TGTE, GTF and AIADMK.

          Trade Union action in the ports and airports will bring the Rajapakse GOSL to their knees. That is what the action I am talking about and have been lobbying our own Tamils for 5 years… The TGTE and others won’t support boycott of the Groceries from Rajapakse GOSL.

          Playing Tamil Nadu or Indian national politics is really not going to bring good results although it creates huge awareness to the issue of war crimes, crimes against humanity and lack of or NO independent international investigations. The perpetrators should not be permitted to investigate themselves. That would be preposterous.

          Watch this video of NDTV:

          http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/we-the-people/we-the-people-playing-politics-with-sports/270110?vod-mostpopular

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        Donald: Thank you for your analysis of the situation.First of all from the past experiences we have seen Sinhalese will never ever give anything.They will go on talking to show it to the World,and wait for a chance to catch some foolish Tamil and upset the whole thing,In the mean time they will kill the tamils under some pretext or other.Genocide.
        You are blaming Hon.CM Jeyalalitha.She is only Chief Minister,she cannot do things what the Central Govt. has to do.She can only write and pass resolutions and send it to the Centre.She has done the maximum possible for the Tamils.I don’t think she is doing all for political advantage.She has to worry about TamilNadu Votes,Who cares about Sri lanka Tamils votes.She is Goddess Durga who has come down to save and protect the 80 million Tamils.
        There is no question of solving the problem within Sri Lanka.Some Tamil pandits like Dr.Saravanamuththu,Dr.Ratnasingham may like it since they love their qualification more than the love for Tamils.They will use the tamils to glorify themselves.G.G. Ponnambalam was another person who was proud of his Law profession.There was no one equal to him at that time.So he lost his senses.He could have solved the problem at that time but he lost his senses through pride.Again another Pandit was Dr.N.M.Perera ,economics expert.He messed up the Budget and the economy of the country.Take Hon.D.S.Senanyake,he has no education like these Dr.Ratnacingham and Dr. Saravanamuththu and G,G. and Dr.NM.Perera.He did very well as a Prime Minister.
        So my dear Donald we need dedicated people like Gandhiji not these Pandits.Pandits will only think of their qualifications,positions,and their masters,they are useless for their community.They will do more harm to the community than dedicated people without high qualifications.
        Now Kachchaitivu,It is close to India.How can it give problems to the Tamils.If it is not taken only it is going threaten the safety of India and hence TamiNadu.Because very soon China will put up a powerful Nuclear base in that island.
        Pandit Dr.Ratnasinham is advocating co-cperation.It looks like he is new to this problem.Tamils have been cooperating with sinhalese for years.They have been cooperating even after the clause in the constitution to protect the tamils given by British Empire was taken away by the Sinhalese.They were cooperating even after the killings every riots and by the police.They were carrying out a slow Genocide.What is he talking about cooperation again.
        He must Tell his Sinhalese friends to hand over the Tamil Kingdom taken over by then in 1940s.Then he is a true tamil who likes the tamils to live with respect and dignity.Again Tamil Ealam will come very soon,sooner than expected.We welcome all who wants to help.An independent Tamil Ealam will balance the power struggle of China and India and East and West and bring peace in the region and in the World.

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    plz ltte supporters what is the meaning of word eelam ,how has the word formed ? can anyone tell me searched internet but various saying various things

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      Probably from the word ‘ Elu’. This is the same root that has given rise to the words , Sinhela,Demela and Hela.
      President Premadasa played on the word Eelam and said that he will give ‘ Elaam ( everything ) instead ! Most Tamils are yet waiting for the Elaam, while some Tamils are yet working to get the Eelam.

      Dr. Rajasingham. Narendran.

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        Why don’t we have Referendum among Tamils in North & East.

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          Not only Tamils in SriLanka, diaspora Tamils should also participate in the referendum.

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    Phew,what a marathon,garbage all the way.A referandum if indeed is held it,should be in Sri Lanka and open to all Sri Lankans,which ofcourse would be utterly useless for the Eelamists.

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      Referundum will exclude the people from other parts thats why your GOSL is moving as many people as possible there from Singala community

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      We are following International traditions.NAK.

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    Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

    Is your Tamil Eelam going to be established in Ramanathapuram or Kachchative?

    Would take your Sinhala brethren with you when you move to Kachtive once Tamil Eelam is recognised by International Community?

    You can fly Lion/Tiger flags at your presidential secretariat.

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      Neogomba tamils were origal people of island of north and north east and its their homeland whereas veddhas descendat of Vijaya in 5th BC. So you and sinhala asking the Tamil to leave their original homeland is sick and looting

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    Usha you people are living in a dream world. Prabaharan with his Army, Navy and Air Force and with the financial backing of the Tamil Diaspora could not achieve his Tamil Eelam. Do you think these emotional Tamil Nadu students and Jayalalitha will be able to give you Tamil Eelam on a platter? Soon the Indian Central Government will have to intervene and dismiss Jayalitha’s state government. Jayalitha has encroached on a subject reserved for the Central Government. She is digging her own grave. Have you forgotten how anti-LTTE she was when Prabaharan was alive? The same Jayalitha who has now passed a resolution against Sri Lanka passed a similar type of resolution against LTTE. The memory of people like you are short. Are you so naive to believe that Jayalalitha is doing all these because she loves the Sri Lankan Tamils? Jayalitha and Karunanidhi have once again hijacked the Sri Lankan Tamil issue for their own political gains. You will safe in Canada or whereever you are now, but it will be the unfortunate Tamils still forced to live among the Sri Lankan Army and Sinhalese who have to face the repercussions of these antics of Tamil Nadu students, Jayalitha,Karunanadi, Seeman, Vaiko etc.

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      How pity in your understandin of world politics, Eelaamw as not acknowledged due to VP non-violence methods by India, even by large proportion in TN and to global, now since he is gone these are more powerful democratic way. Even Gandhi with just stick to stand achieved in 30 years against mighty british. She passed resoultion against LTTE because of its non-violence method which even i never heartfully endorsed, but this time it is peaceful protest, hence even JJ chnaged her stance for two reason (1) VP gone and no one can say that govt supports an org of non-vilence (2) Your own govt terrorist like genocide.

      I am confident this will one day be gained.

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        Msk,
        Non-violence! Did you mean violent methods?

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          Sorry for the error, I refer to “violence”

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      Hon.Jeyalalitha did not interfere in the rights of the Indian Central Govt.She has right to advise the Centre when tamils are affected.India went all the way to Italy just for two Indians.Here ten thousands of the Tamil Race are being killed and the sinhalese are not prepared to give anything to tamils but want to continue their Genocide.Do you want her to keep quite,NAGA.In a situation like this how can the Indian Govt. intervene.If India wants TamilNadu to be a part of India ,they must fulfill their wishes.

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    msk

    “So you and sinhala asking the Tamil to leave their original homeland is sick and looting”

    No, I am demanding both stupid people to leave.

    “whereas veddhas descendat of Vijaya in 5th BC.”

    If you believe Mahawamsa stories you will believe anything.

    Please do your own research before you type you stupid comment.

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      You missed the point, you are also descendant like Sinhalese, to this part and had no connection to tarditional homeland of Tamils, and hence you had no right asking them, If you want sinahlese go away who migrated last, in that sequence you were the second one, need to go, not the original native,neogomba tamils. got it?
      If wikipedia and other hsitorical sources which i went through not reliable, then provide the published reaserach that on your claim, you know i have many surprising evidence for you in my pocket as i was one who took history as my subject in my IAS preparation.

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    Usha!!what do you know about us? I mean about Tamils in Sri Lanka!!You too have to understand the difference between the two cultures with detached point of view. The culture of Sinhalese is that they tend to give it up whilst the culture of Tamils tends to grab more and more. The Sri Lankan Tamils are now used to tolerate the truth since they were influenced by the Sinhalese and gradually denouncing everything. People like Usha will never satisfied even if they could capture the entire world… the greediness. Uhsa tend to become fanatic with her silly views and seems still dragging the innocents from bad to worse. What Usha and her other colleagues can do is to let people in another land to deal with their business in a peaceful manner and she in return has to motivate her people in Tamil Nadu to fight for a separate country with the support of Jayalalitha and Karunanidhi!!

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      ManiwasagamL:You want Tamils to follow the culture of Sinhalese.Tamils want to follow the Indian culture,truth,righteousness,peace.love and non-violence.You are talking of grabing.Who is grabing the age old lands of Tamils.Who is grabing the fishing areas in the North and East.Who is grabing the houses of Tamils .Who is raping the Tamil women.So you want to help them by silencing Usha’s mouth.You say you know about sinhalese culture.Are they following the primary culture Dharma.In Christianity,it is like” Do unto others as you Do unto yourself”.Are they following that.If they do all these problems wont be there.You are talking pf peaceful manner.Then why did they kill all these people,they could have spoken and settled it.

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    msk

    Please read your comment, read up on prehistory of this island and engage in discussions.

    My people have been living in this island for 30,000 years or more.

    You must be another stupid Tamil trying to deny our existence and our right to ownership of this island.

    Please go back to your mother country India, when you go take your Sinhala brethren with you. Both people are pain in our neck and cause for mother of all grief.

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      What I asked references and Archealogical evidences, but you fool mouthed in simply calling Tamil as stupid. Come with your reference to quote and let me take you on there. I know you were one of the misguided to qoute such antiquity.

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        msk

        What evidence do you need and prove what?

        Reference for what?

        “but you fool mouthed in simply calling Tamil as stupid.”

        That is not true, as far as I am concerned , Tamils of Tamilnadu, Tamils of Sri Lanka and their Sinhala brethren are irredeemably stupid.

        You say:

        “i was one who took history as my subject in my IAS preparation.”

        It does not make you an authority on our history.

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          Still you ahve not produced any evidence of trust worthy to your claim, I can understand with your false misguided history, you have no work other than blaming sinhalese and Tamils. I am not here for to argue with further, unless you should submit the veracious evidences for your claim. I said having read a subject of history I can give you the facts, not to claim authority over your history. Only you tend to comment everwhere without providing facts.

          ( last reply)

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            msk

            “unless you should submit the veracious evidences for your claim.”

            What was my claim that upset you?

            Please note there is a difference between claim and statements.

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      Native Veda: This Sri lanka is part of the Tamil Kumari Kandam that went down in the ocean 80,000 years back.It was ruled by King Pandyan and the first Tamil Sangam was held here.So Sri lanka belongs to Tamils.You all came from Bengal very lately.It you all must go back to Bengal.

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        S.Thiagarajah

        I am sorry this is another yarn concocted by Dravidians just like their Sinhaalese brethren.

        Since your people share their DNA with Sinhalese I can see you too have your version of Mahawamsa.

        Let me have some hard evidence.

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          Ok I willget the evidence to you soon.

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    I don’t know how many tamils of the diaspora and the eelamists, the tamil refugees who are languishing in the Tamil nadu camps for so many years will lose their minds and sanity if they can at all understand what this senile woman is talking about. Utter crap.
    Maybe the TGTE and the likes of her should build an Ark like the bibilcal one ( due respects to the prophet of God)and await the great day where the poojas of DMK/ADMK is blessed so that the great floods can submerge this pearl island and the ark can come and rest on the mountainous peak of PIDURUTALAGALA, and an eelam can be born.
    Oh, what fun would it be to have jaya,kalaignar,rudra,usha,vaiko and the rest of the tgte on a voyage forn forty days and forty nights!
    reminds me of ….GUMTHA LAKADHI, GUMTHA LAKADHI,GUMTHA LAKADHI GUMMA!
    IF THIS SOUNDS SILLY PLS FORGIVE ME.

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      Mohamed
      Not silly, I like it..

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        You nicely got told off by Dr Sara on Valentines Day in Toronto. As long as TGTE types push an agenda which is at variance with TNA’s, the regime wins. Keep it up. After all being divided, is what Tamils are good at.

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          The main cause for the SL Tamils failure in their struggle for freedom whether it is by peace or by war was due to their dis-unity. The SL Tamils were always divided either by caste, party politics (GG Vs SJV), regional differences (Northern/Jaffna, Eastern/Batticaloa, Estate/upcountry, Colombo, etc.) that caused the Karuna defect , many Tamil Eelam militant groups (LTTE, PLOTE, TELO, EPRLF, etc) killing each other, and now the Tamil diaspora divided into many groups.

          The GOSL knows how to take advantage of the SL Tamil dis-unity to divide them and rule. The SL Tamils will NEVER EVER achieve anything unless they unite as one Tamil voice and that is next to impossible.

          In 2009 we saw how the Sinhalese were united in getting rid of the LTTE. When will the Tamils learn to unite or will they ever?

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          Bedrock Barney:When differences are there ,you cannot call that divided.There are upcountry sinhalese and Low country sinhalese ,are they divided.Similarly here but a little more,because Tamils don’t have a Government and so no leader.So everyone wants to become the leader.No TamilGovernment is the problem,that’s we are trying.There is no difference between TNA and TGTE.Since TNA is in Sri lanka ,they have to be careful about their lives.The difference comes out of that but basically it is same.

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    Rockwood…. this lady is attempting to hijack the ltte vessel..A late entry engaged in a passtime.

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      Kill him, not let him go would certainly rid this society of the riff raff.

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    This is wrong. We have to fight for equal rights within a unified Sri Lanka. No separation. If separated the Eelam would be the worst place to live in, as it will be squeezed both by India on one side and Sri Lanka on the other. Further its too small to be partitioned. There will be no infrastructure support at all. This is a foolish move.

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      Eelam will not be a mini-state. Almost 40 nations and territories currently recognized by the international agencies have areas smaller than Eelam

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      How big is Singapore?

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      Mr.Park,
      Tamils have been fighting from 1950s.They got nothing.On the other hand they lost all their rights,now they are losing their lives through Genocide.So you are talking of unified Sri lanka in order to kill the remaining tamils also.Genocide.Very clever you are.Soni worry,There will be no sqeezing as Tamil Ealam will balance the power struggle of China and India and East and West.So it is going to bring peace in the region.

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    A great article which needs consideration by the international community!

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      Thank you Sir.May God bless You and Your family.

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    “….today our strategy should center on how we are going to widen the distance between powerful global players and our enemy the Sinhala government, and how we are going to develop our relationship with these global powers. However, we should not sacrifice our own self-interests to these global powers. At the same time, we cannot expect the global powers to give up their interests fully and support us on the basis of justice. Thus, in order to deal with powerful governments, I believe we must employ twin tactics that will produce results. First, we have to determine how to align our interests and the interests of the powerful global powers and design necessary plans. This should happen at the diplomatic level. Second, we as people should engage ourselves with global powers through democratic and diplomatic means.”

    Thank God !!

    Eelam Tamils are fortunate have the leaders of the caliber of PM Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran who has got intellect, humanity, vision, clarity of thought and understanding of the historical issues of international/regional politics to guide us on the path of liberation. Will any of the Rajapakshas (Mahinda, Gota or Basil) could enunciate such a vision in their wildest dreams ? This is why socialists of all varieties (whether they are Maoist, Castroist, Chavezist, Trotskyt,Stalinist,etc ) progressives, liberals, social democrats. conservatives, republicans, Greens, Trade Unionists, legal academics, human rights activists are happy to deal with the Tamil Diaspora leadership as opposed to the tribal,racist, backward,stupid Sinhalese leadership.

    Eelam Tamils should not be ashamed to work with the global powers despite the sermons by “purists” that the global powers are also equally be held responsible for war crimes elsewhere.If we are able to convince the global powers,of course in line with their wider perspectives and interests in the region and internationally, to facilitate the birth of Tamil Eelam, diplomatically or otherwise (by forcing Rajapakshas to accept global powers solution, which they will choose regardless of the past demagog against global powers in order to survive),then the million dollar question would be who is going to sustain the violent upheaval of the racist, nationalistic, Buddhist fascist fringe against own Sinhala government.

    This is where Eelam Tamil leadership must engage strategist minds at some stage. That suppression in the South of Sri Lanka will inevitably be bloody and ugly. Rajapakshas or another regime(if there was a regime change soon) will have to go down the path of what Premdasa had to do in 1987 against Sinhala extremists against Indo-Lanka Agreement (not that Indo-Lanka Agreement was what Tamils needed !!). Whatever the regime in power at that time, in that type of a situation, will again need the assistance from global powers badly.

    This is where Eelam Tamils have to be mindful of the international diplomatic calculations of the global powers and be prepared to lend help at the critical times strategically.

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    Usha,

    “Pakiasothy Saravanamuthu of ‘The Centre for Policy Alternatives’ has also commented on concepts such as ‘self determination’, as not relevant, which I strongly contest. He was also the man who came and preached in Canada that “the Tamil Diaspora’s contribution to the Tamils in the NorthEast should solely be directed to “development”.”

    Please give us the exact timing on the video of the discussion at Osgoode where he states that the Diaspora’s role should solely be directed to development.

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      Mr.Mister
      1:13:49
      Thank you for that question. You can find it here : 1:13:49. Also listen and figure out the thrust/message over all as well…
      After this particular meeting (I made the 2nd intervention if you want to know)I was thoroughly disgusted at Mr. Saravanamuthu’s remarks who seemed to imply that the Diaspora had no role in a political solution and its political aspirations “were caught in a time warp”,and that it was “more wedded to political and constitutional concepts of six decades ago” – the same message the SL government conveys. What I took home was his irritating comment which echoes the SL government’s thinking: no to role in political settlement, yes to “development” (development? – He should know that all the development that’s happening is military centred??? ). I was waiting for a chance to prove him wrong and an opportunity arose through the TN resolution (moved by Jayalalithaa)where the Diaspora was recognised as having a right to vote on Eelam . It reflected my yearnings exactly. My comments about him are not personal. I would appreciate him reading my full article, which has a message for cynics….damn I’ve made another enemy in my journey….it’s tough.

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        This man Pakiasothy Saravanamuththu has no knowledge about the aspirations of the Tamil people.There are 80 million tamils in the World and they don’t have a Government,he wants to live like a slave and want others also to live like him.How foolish he is.He says he went to Jaffna and spoken to some tamils.Let him produce the list,we will find out what he asked.He may be doing these talks to please the sinhalese .They may be funding his visits and company.May be.

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    Yes better to have an Ealam in Tamil nadu. Why they can’t have a referendum there? With 60 million people very easy.

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      TN did not do genocide or sponsors state aided terrorism like in 1983, 1958 got it? Even when there are issues in other parts of India , TN is absoultely peaceful state.

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      Billa:THey will also vote for Tamil Ealam,Sri lanka.It has nothing to do with TamilNadu,because Tamils are asking for their Tamil Kindom taken over by the Sinhalese in 1940s.

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    Thank you Mr. Mister for your question to Ms S, Sri -Skanda -Rajah.

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    The writer cannot be serious about setting up a separate country for Tamils in Sri Lanka. That country is too small to accommodate all those Tamils in India, Malaysia,Singapore, Canada and Australia.

    Let alone foreign Tamils, even local Tamils from Wellawatte will be reluctant to relocate to the northern parts of that island, not to mention those of Indian origin in the central hills.

    South India would be a better natural location for such an enterprise separate from the north. If Andra and Kerala are annexed, TN can in fact be the focal centre of Tamil Eelam for Tamils spread far and wide.

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      Lasantha: Tamils are not asking for separation.They are asking for their Tamil Kingdom taken over by the sinhalese in 1940s.Sont worry about the space,we will manage and it is not necessary that all tamils should come back.Muslims asked for Pakistan so that all muslims can go and live there but later millions stayed back.We want a country to live im peace and harmony.

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        S.Thiagarajah

        “Muslims asked for Pakistan so that all muslims can go and live there but later millions stayed back.”

        Now Muslims are either killing each other or leaving in draws when they get the first opportunity, some join the Jihadi.

        You talk about the Kingdom, its been out of fashion for a considerable period of time. Prior to establishing Tamil Kingdom in the North by the Tamils whom did the land belong to?

        These much beloved kingdoms of yours were founded by Kallathonies just like your Sinhala siblings founding their Vijaya kingdom.

        The only solution is just like the Pakistani Muslims please go back to your motherland India with your Sinhala brethren.

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    Dear Mrs. Sri-Skanda-Rajah,

    You have said that there are no longer any differences between the TNA and the Diaspora groups, but then you go around articulating a position that will only give a lot of headache to Tamils living within SL, including the TNA. Sampanthan and Sumanthiran are slowly rebuilding Tamil polity’s credibility with other communities within Sri Lanka as well as internationally, and we have a chance to regain the moral high ground with principled positions; the antics of the TGTE and the TN politicians only throw a spanner in the works.

    When Anton Balasingham assured the Co-Chairs in Norway that the LTTE was now for internal self-determination, meaning a Federal solution, there was a lot of hope for a solution. Given the implacable nature of the Sinhalese polity, for all their faults, or even their cunning, CBK and Ranil were the most liberal leaders who could be elected to power in the South. Had he lived, Vijaya might have had a chance, but that was not to be.

    So why did LTTE’s advisors, including Rudra, fail to grasp that reality and advise VP to accept the CBK package first? And having failed in that, why did the LTTE fail at another chance to stick to the assurances of Balasingham in Norway, with the possibility of a Federal solution with guarantees by major powers?

    Egged on by idiotic Diaspora advisors, VP read the riot act to Balasingham and the latter was forced to renege on a clear promise to the international community. That marked the LTTE as untrustworthy, utterly lacking in any credibility, setting the stage for the IC to give the green light to the Rajapaksa regime to go ahead with a brutal war. Don’t tell me that the ISGA was a realistic proposal—it was a maximalist demand that no Sinhalese leader who wanted to be elected to power could have agreed on. The ISGA was crafted by people who abjectly failed to grasp the nature of the precarious power balance between the LTTE and the GoSL, and the forces arraigned against the LTTE. Rudra as legal advisor has to accept his share of the blame.

    Now that the war has reduced the people to abject surrender, with the SLA dominating every aspect of life in the North-East, when there is no leverage to make the GoSL implement even the toothless 13th amendment, the TGTE again deludes itself based on some utterly useless statements from political leaders in TN.

    Despite the currently diminished status of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, an despite some Sinhalese paranoia about even Federalism, the TNA and all Diaspora groups should say in one voice that a Federal solution is their maximum demand; that they have absolutely no intention of going beyond that. In a way, that keeps the promise Balasingham made to the international community (as well as the GoSL delegates) in Norway, and restores credibility.

    Any demand beyond Federalism articulated by even fringe groups like yours, will only feed into extreme Sinhalese paranoia. If you want to keep your dreams of a Tamil Eelam alive, by all means dream on, but you should do it in the privacy of your home, or in the homes of like minded people. Public demands for Eelam after the surrender in Mullivaikal, and a Hiroshima-like outcome, are simply delusional, and will in no way help the Tamil people within Sri Lanka.

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    Hi Usha,

    Yes, Yes, A UN conducted referendum (a peaceful permanent political solution )will resolve the Tamil Eelam issue. Tamil problems belongs to all Tamils. We decide, we dictate.

    The comments, advice and suggestions by some above, reminds me of our village wounded pariah dogs, barking at all those passing-by.

    We need these dogs for fertilisers when we develop Tamil Eelam.Yes I was a sleeping dog until May 2009,( no ifs, no buts, only Tamil Eelam ) and yes I will be going home to Tamil Eelam.

    It’s good that you gave them a bone.

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      Today the SL Tamil struggle for freedom is in the hands of the Tamil diaspora.

      From 1948 to 1977 the Tamils lead by SJV Chelvanayagham struggled peacefully for the freedom of SL Tamils. It was all that hardships, riots, and violence against the peaceful struggle by the Tamils and its outcome/achievement was the Vaddukoddai Resolution calling for a separate state and the people of North & East (Tamil Eelam) gave the mandate for it in the 1977 election. That was the foundation for the next phase.

      From 1977 to 2009 V. Pirabakaran continued it with an armed struggle for the freedom of SL Tamils. It was all those killings that took place during the 30 year war especially the human rights violation and genocide in 2009 gave rise to the International interference in SL. The outcome/achievement of the armed struggle was Internationalizing the domestic problem and involving the IC (the west, India and UN) in the Tamil freedom struggle.

      From 2009 onwards, the Tamil diaspora has taken it over to fight for the freedom of SL Tamils internationally. How they influence/lobby the IC (including the UN) to act in our favor and pressurize the SL government is wonderful as we see today. Right now it is progressing very well in the right direction. How GOSL is being pressured in Geneva, how the US, EU, UN and India are acting today and how Tamil Nadu is boiling after watching the channel 4 video, all these credit should go to the Tamil Diaspora.

      What started in 1948 domestically is progressing well today internationally. It is step by step in different forms but definitely in the right direction for SL Tamil freedom. Weather it is by War or by Peace, the Tamils will never give up.

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        Kumar, The Tamil giants (legal) in 1972 such as S J V, GG, and Thiruchelvam did not take this matter to the Privy Council… There is no point giving lame excuses to their failure.

        Even they did not aggressively fight in the Supreme Court, Parliament nor outside. Amirthalingam was not even in Parliament.

        SJV did not resign his seat until 1975 and by elections did not take place for a long time.

        TULF did not take this matter with Chennai and Delhi either. Their relationship was poor and only Prabhakaran very quickly as a very young man cultivated excellent relationship with Tamil Nadu, and it’s CM -MGR and won the respect of Delhi. Only in 1986 he and the LTTE started losing that respect and friendship when he refused to become a “tool of the RAW and Delhi”

        TULF and all the other quisling groups and Chandrahassan became tools of the RAW. Delhi is the one who were involved in the kidnappings of the Tamils in 1986 and 1987 for their own reasons. Chidambaram was the junior minister of Home Affairs then and Unnikrishnan was in charge of the RAW in Chennai. Anita Pratap’s ex father in law was the Chief of Police at that time and I met him several times during the kidnappings episode. FYI I was in Chennai several times in 1986 and 1987, and my cousin was the last Tamil who was kidnapped in Chennai.

        Amirthalingam was supportive of the quisling groups and so was RAW. TELO was founded by RAW itself and was trained and financed by them… Guess who was the Founder of the new TELO then?

        I have written more on the Privyy Council and SC on CT on a different article of Senator USHA the Chairperson of the TGTE senate.

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    May I remind reader who goes as Minister, Dr. P. Saravanamuttu’s
    suggestion is sensible. I know many well established Lankans in the diaspora who are keen to invest in the Tamil-majority parts of Sri Lanka once actual peace and stability forms part of the landscape.

    Senguttuvan

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      I disagree Senguttavan.
      The diaspora has an important role to play and who the hell is Saravanamuttu to tell the diaspora what it’s role is?

      You and Saravanamuttu are both wrong on that point.

      Furthermore, your contacts with the diaspora are very, very limited. Given all your background and whatever contribution if any towards the Tamil struggle of 30 years or more. You are even scared to write under your real name.

      Pakiasothy S is a money making machine with his NGO..
      He definitely speaks eloquently on issues.
      But do not also forget he is an aspiring politician with the UNP, as a so called “technocrat in foreign affairs” with his claimed good connections abroad which I do not doubt. But his attempt was shot down FYI by Tamils and not the Sinhalese of the UNP or diaspora.
      I won’t go into further details and Pakiasothy can investigate with his friends within the UNP….

      Tamils would be involved in developmental projects in the North and East when there is a regime change and not before. Of course there are some Tamil quislings who want to make some quick money now and may be involved in business,.

      But both Pakiasothy and you have to realize the role of development is the governments using first of all the budgetary revenues and bi lateral and multi lateral loans, as well as from World Bank, ADB and others. Those who helped to destroy tamil property and Tamil lives have a serious responsibility to contribute to the rebuilding and development.

      Those 32 countries who banned the LTTE needs to put their money in their mouth and contribute, including China, and Japan. Not play into the hands of the Rajapakses and contribute to his family wealth and Sinhala political plans…

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    What a lot of comments? I think at the end of the day, whole India will suffer because of this as the politicians in Tamil Nadu have continued not to cooperate with the rest of the provinces. Therefore Jayalalitha is literally cornered and this will lead for her and other Tamil Nadu extremists to ask the Indian government to leave them to create Ealam in India itself. Tamil Nadu = Ealam. So Indians should be aware of this. In fact half of the path is already created and that is why the only part of India Hindi is not taught in schools. At least now the Indian government should take a strong position rather than having a shaky outlook of the ongoing scenario. India is now cornered in S. Asia as many countries including Pakistan, Maldives, Bangladesh, China, Japan, Russia support Sri Lankan gov.
    Soon Indian government will see what they have harvested and their harvest would be deadly.

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      G S C Silva

      Your comments are welcome change in this forum.

      “to create Ealam in India itself. Tamil Nadu = Ealam.”

      Creating a separate independent state in Tamilnadu is an issue for India and its people to deal with. What have you got to do with Tamilnadu Tamil Eelam becoming a separate country? Separate Tamilnadu country may help rest of India develop and progress faster than at present rate. In the fullness of time India might consider this as an option within the Union of Greater Bharat.

      You say:

      ” the only part of India Hindi is not taught in schools.”

      Why should the Tamilnadu Tamils learn Hindi as you know they are not Hindians? However they consider themselves first as Indians and then as Tamils.

      You say:

      “India is now cornered in S. Asia as many countries including Pakistan, Maldives, Bangladesh, China, Japan, Russia support Sri Lankan gov.”

      Yet India divided Bangladesh from greater Pakistan.

      India does not give a damn about anything, including their own people. My elders tell me India is only 20 miles away from Sri Lanka and remind me of 28 or more previous invasions from our closest neighbour.

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