15 August, 2020

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Empty Promises & Deceptive Politics Of Tamil Leaders

By Eelaventhan Manickavasakar

Eelaventhan Manickavasakar

The third general election after the end of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam’s rule in the North and East is due to be held on August 5th 2020. At the outset, it has to be stated that the current Sri Lankan Government is ruled by Rajapaksa brothers a President and a Prime Minister both are accused of committing war crimes and labelled as war criminals who could one day can stand as accused at the International Criminal Court at the Hague after United Nations or other International investigations.

The victimised Tamils are continued to undergo inhuman treatments at the hands of alleged war criminal military. Seeking remedies from the perpetrators of war crimes etc. is like a rat pleading for mercy from a snake.

11 Years have passed after the alleged genocide and the desperate Tamil victims and families are still searching for crusaders who can deliver accountability, justice and a life with dignity, self-respect with equal rights. Tamil National Alliance blessed and endorsed by the leader of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 2002 has been carrying the mantle of Tamil leadership, but they have miserably and disgustingly failed to deliver anything – No Justice to victims and failed on Tamils’ aspirations. But on the contrary, they have been playing the role of accomplices to the alleged war criminal Sinhalese racist Government’s machinations and turning blind eye to the Government’s hidden agenda of genocide aimed to convert Sri Lanka as a pure Buddhist Sinhalese State which is now openly declared and touted by the rulers as well as the Buddhists and clergies. The deadly silence of Tamil National Alliance and other Tamil leaders is nothing but implicit consent to the Government’s racist and hate criminal agenda. The writing is on the wall as Rajapaksa family is predicted to rule for another 10 years or more which would see a Sri Lanka becoming a Rajapaka family dictatorship rule that recognizes alleged war criminals, most from the military with hardly any opposition which could be either muted or silenced by the state authorities including the security forces.

The looming Sinhala Buddhist Military dictatorship coupled with the pathetic failure and dismal empty record of Tamil National Alliance has created a vacuum in the political scene of Tamils which has opened the gates for opportunist politicians some unheard and untested to mushroom and spring into action by forming political parties which is now about 20 in the North. The prominent political parties appear to be Tamil National People’s Front and the Tamil People’s National Front, the former led by Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam and the latter by a retired Justice C.V. Wigneswaran

The permanent pledge of all the Tamil leaders is that they will take steps to achieve the national aspirations of the Tamils. One would notice that almost all the parties carry the word “Tamil or National or both”. The objectives of all the leaders are to occupy the chairs of Parliament. In this respect retired Justice C.V. Wigneswaran openly stated his desire to have his voice heard in Parliament. The naked truth is the mercurial voices of past great Tamil leaders coming from Sir Pon Ramanathan, Sir Pon Arunachalam, S.J.V. Chelvanayakam, G.G Ponnambalam, Amirthalingam and C Suntharalingam were heard loudly in Parliament and elsewhere but their voices were buried in the sands of Sinhalese chauvinism and majoritarism and surely C.V. Wigneswaran’s voice would be no exception to this treatment.

The tragedy of all Tamil leaders is the failure to realize the supremacy of Sinhalese Buddhists and clergy trying to enforce the existence of religious, linguistic and cultural supremacy in the manner discrediting the Great Lord Buddha who never practised politics and are controlling whoever Government is in power, like Myanmar Military controls the radical Buddhist racist Government in Myanmar. There is little doubt the Tamil leaders know this stark reality but are now exploiting and thriving on the miseries of the Tamils promising to achieve and win the aspirations of Tamils which have become a permanent pledge since 2009. The need of the hour is a strong ground action by not parliamentary speeches and participation. In this respect, Tamil National Alliance has drawn a complete blank record while all the other parties except TNPF of Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam who at certain occasions has staged some protests and demonstrations despite the Covid-19. All the other leaders are making occasional appearances for photo sessions seeking to register their names in the political record of Tamils without any political contributions, but only aiming to boost their image and popularity exploiting the 70 years old Tamil grievances and miseries of Tamils without any declared agenda and program of action outside the Parliament.

The past history shows that Parliamentary participation and making eloquent speeches are like lightning which dissipates in no time. Furthermore, the speeches of Tamil Parliamentarians are mostly echoed in an empty parliament before empty chairs which is nothing but a humiliation and insult thrown at our veteran members of parliament.

It is sickening and disappointing to note that the Tamil leaders are recently blowing hot and cold over the issues of Tamils due to their fixation and  obsession to win the Tamil electorates while TNA leader Sampanthan is praising an alleged war criminal Mahinda Rajapaksa as the man of the people and leader of all people, Retired Justice Wigneswaran is dishing out conflicting and contradicting statements sometime praising LTTE leader and very recently calling the Tamil voters not to vote for parties who are backed by the former LTTE freedom fighters.

There is no doubt that Tamils are at their lowest political strength having leaders who are self-centered, unpredictable, undependable and vacillating but only focused to win elections and live a privileged and enjoyable life as a member of Parliament.

The biggest joke is the calls for unity by the Tamil political leaders while indulging in hurling accusations, passing the blames and washing the dirty linen in public. A hypocritical unity was forged on October 14, 2019 when all Tamil leaders signed a joint memorandum containing 12 demands. The so called united proved to be deceptive and ended as soon as the party leaders exited the premises.

The present campaign of Tamil political leaders is switched to exploit the LTTE sacrifices and its youth fighters as a trump card to sway the Tamil voters. However, the Tamil voters will surely realize the duplicity of Tamil leaders.

A solemn duty and responsibility therefore lies on the Tamil voters to choose sincere, determined and committed youthful leaders with a clear cut political program and agenda of ground action outside the Parliament while weeding out political leaders whose ambitions are only parliament seats paying lip service to the causes of Tamils and thriving on the miseries which commenced in 1948.

As Edmund Burke stated “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

*M. K. Eelaventhan – former member of Parliament, Sri Lanka

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    Dear Sir
    Can I ask you a question please…….what do you think the solution should be leaving all the self appointed the Tamil Leaders wo ensured they will never have opponents in the first place?? Do you think FP/TULF/TNA has killed politically and physically all others who may have helped the situation we found ourself in today??
    From what I am reading is you have participated in this path to find solutions now disappointed by the same?? what do you expect them to do?? what can they do?? We have been through this journey as the world watched by/you and your colleagues have made the case and received no responses, fought battles we lost……..we have carnage I agree totally and what do you think that should happen in your mind that will be a game changer and how you see solutions should be and what forces this should take??
    Kindly elaborate based on the following bench mark I put infant of you that is year 1970 on wards…….FP/TULF have devised policies from Federal (ever since Independence) then Separation and now Federalism…….in this process of blatent aggressive policy holding to solve problems (nobody ever disputed the problems here only the approach/methodology) FP/TULF have adopted not well received by others

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    Dear Sir

    We Tamils want solution to the problems you have all landed us in and kindly give us the country back the she was in 1970……..do whatever that you have asked the innocent children to do…..that is to fight for cause that never needed their sacrifices in the first place…….now we are having to put up with your drama so openly is the message??

    We have no solutions to the problems/deaths and miseries you have created for us all the Sri Lankans who did no crime to each other.

    Please ask the Singaporean/Malaysian/Indian Tamils and the international SL Tamils to find (whoever supported this misery) solutions and come and be in the frontline??? replaced the jailed??give up something they have to give homes and life to the displaced/needy….come and help us empower our children?? I am sure you will know what the answer would be??

    Meanwhile dissolve the Tamil parties and form National parities to empower all the war affected children of Sri Lanka may well give you the answers you are looking for?? you will be shocked once the word Tamil this and that disasters from FP/TULF the answers will come flying at a rate you will find your life much more luxurious than the peace time and prosperity enjoyed by any others in then planet??

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    because we are all awaiting justice every citizen ion SL who did not hold a gun on the fellow man?? kindly publish from 1970 FP/TULF elected MP’s attendance of those Tamils/Police Officers/Teachers/Politicians opposed to FP/TULF killed by the Indians trained Jaffna children under your watch/the slaughter that ensued amongst all the groups who killed each other (just as you are all doing right now), the mannerism in which they went about picking on and savagely killing average Jaffna citizens and tell the world what did really happen?? People in South do not know that, the next generations born do not know that because their parents mostly who did the killings themselves now reside in foreign countries have not told them yet, on the contrary they are teaching their children to carry one more fake news to all other children who live them and study with what a terrible people Sinhalese are etc.. this is sick beyond believe……but the Tamils from Singapore/Malaysia/India even our brother in the hill country have something better to say their children……….

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    Dear Sir

    Try to admit to yourself you have made blunders of a proportion that humanity has not recoded it for what it is has resulted in the current predicament, there is no such answers as separate state/federalisms and 13th whatever…….Tamil is an official language now after having been a language for official use where we are the Majority (not many countries have this scenario), there is no such things as we all have to become doctors/engineers/accountants according to our merit because we have the opportunity to so…….but there is a Natural law of physics/faorplay says we should give and empower other also such we can all enjoy independence………we need to go back and ask forgiveness to all those caste people for their miserable/degraded life in 21st century we practised needed to NO 1 attention for anyone who though of the Tamil well-being…no one did not even think let alone deliver justice in oit=r own back yerd we all went about teaching the Sinhalese a lesson for the 1958 beating of Amir and SJV?? then again what would we know about the JVP uprising and the reasons, then again what would we know about the causes of the Monks anger gonna free and independent country??

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    Dear Sir

    Publish articles what did each one of you FP/TULF say to those families who were killed by the children whom you ask to go and murder your opponents?? what did you publish as your concerns for the killings?? did you all stand by and watch thinking you have bypassed the rights of the Tamils to decide what they want at the ballots?? Did Sinhalese ever do such an evil on the Tamils I have no such recollection until you took them on a separatism audacity(1977) and killed the armed forces (1983) ended up in parliament through thuggery and called it a Democratic Mandate?? told the world pokies about the Sinhalese (fun enough many Tamils got refugee status telling the respective governments they come from areas various Tamils groups were operating even though they are from Colombo and India) such is the misery?? Every victory celebration of boos and killings did any of you lay flowers for all the dead or just the children you made carry the guns??

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    did you all allow any freedom for the Tamils to this roller coaster of a ride FP/TULF and the Suthenrthiran paper did so freely in a country they say they were so oppressed?? what a mockery of truth.

    I will tell you one think please go and read a sentence written in my Fathers school Karainagar Hindu College……………..it is here too date…………………You Be Honest to Yourself Always” the answer lies here not with the President and PM of the country. Right in the heart of the Vaddukottai electorate….where you all started the Separatism Journey and where hon Alfred Thurriappa and Mr Thiagarajah were killed.

    So plese let me share I am a very proud Tamil man and is my Mother Tongue, I have heritage & culture they are not yours….never was this challenged by the Sinhalese but by a fellow Tamil man is what you need to tell the world. Please also tell the world how you have syatamatically from 1948 played this game to aggravate other Sinhalese/Tamils/Muslims to create what we have today and then blamed the victims for responding unfairly is the fact.

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    Dear Sir

    think what we could have achieved if we put all our energy and resouces since 1970 to care and share……..we would have been the leading Nation in the World. Sri Lankans governments policies if you ever bothered to pay attention was only asking for something we did not voluntarily do……we did not even do that in our own backyard to those Cate affected than what else are we capable of??? there lied the answer for its glory…….now you want the world to change the soldiers with this and that will somehow make all this correct?? this is how you understood the world/Nation building/empowering people in spitual sense and political sense to be politicians in the first place?? A bunch of lawyers turned the SriLankan paliment into a court room drama? the n you blamed the LTTE whom you produced…..now you blame the Chief Justice and the TULF/TNA MP’s……..in Jaffna write papers undermining each other because you have no one else to kill/undermine……..you are going to free the innocents in the jail/find the missing/home the displaced/……there were no missing people/no army in Jaffna/no one in the jails waiting for a hearing/no displaced Tamils in North……does this not tell you anything??

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      meant to say in 1970 there were no missing people…….

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    Dear Sir

    I meant to say in 1970 there were no displaced etc…down south all hell broke with the JVP and what did you all do to help the GOSL?? Did you all know what did JVP fight for?? what brought them about??? what did you all know about the regional/International state of affairs then?? enjoyed all the peace and harmony provided by the GOSL but could not be there when they needed your?? what you get oil return after all the death and misery in the Nation you all allowed into the parliament that is made possible by the armed forces….what happed to TELO/PLOTE/FP/TULF when the LTTE guns turned on you?? the GOSL/Armed forced saved your life??

    the reality is you have nothing to offer to the problems you have helped to create?? you just can not live as a normal citizen getting by with normal life’s struggle?? you are the problem?? no one in the world can help this anymore……the current reality you have to find a solution for us to get back to normal living with all fellow Sri Lankans….

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    respecting the elected Hon PM and Hon President as behind them lies your fellow citizens who made choices based on what did really happen in their Nation. Give them all a bit of credit please.

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    “The third general election after the end of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam’s rule in the North and East ”

    say no more read no more

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    This article very clearly exposes the weakness and lack of truthfulness of TNA who are greedy for power and position than truthfully voicing for the oppressed helpless Tamils who are under an army of occupation in the North and East. They spend ltheir time in Colombo ignoring their electorate. They appear in from the people only during the election time.
    This time people are smart and will teach a good lession for this selfish Tamil leaders.
    It is time for the older generation to retire and give way for energetic young dedicated and determined leaders who has good vision and prepared to take part in the mass protests and legal action against the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

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      “They spend ltheir time in Colombo ignoring their electorate. ” – can you prove?
      You spend your time abroad.
      Could you please tell us your solution, how you are going to achieve it and how long it is going to take?

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    I disagree with the analysis of the author, but I fully endorse:
    “The objectives of all the leaders are to occupy the chairs of Parliament”
    A truer word is hard to find in the context.
    That was exactly why the Vattukkottai Resolution came about.
    *
    If the “Tamil voters will surely realize the duplicity of Tamil leaders”, I wonder why they failed to do so when the FP exposed its political bankruptcy after its ‘Satyagraha’ failed. Or after every Tamil nationalist leadership including the LTTE failed them.
    There may be Corona ray of hope this time.
    The TNA having done little to reassure the people during the pandemic is now struggling to face the voters. CVW and partners are not any better placed.
    Overseas funding, however, appears to have given the novel Tamil Congress a helping hand during the lockdown days. But handouts have problems of scale.
    Let us see what happens on the day.

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    Mr Elaventhan concludes his article with a call voters thus:

    “A solemn duty and responsibility therefore lies on the Tamil voters to choose sincere, determined and committed youthful leaders with a clear cut political program and agenda of ground action outside the Parliament while weeding out political leaders whose ambitions are only parliament seats paying lip service to the causes of Tamils and thriving on the miseries which commenced in 1948”.

    What is this clear-cut political program and agenda of ground action outside Parliament.

    So you want the Tamils to follow the barren, destructive polices of the past.

    Is the ground action outside parliament means LTTE days?

    Has LTTE broken the deafening silence declared in 2009?

    Or is it Chelvanayagam days or Amirthalingam days?

    Glorious days of Tamil nationalism !

    Of course,definitely not Sampanthn/Sumanthiran days that is what you criticize eloquently in this article !

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    MR.KEELAVENTHAN- you are writing this shit piece after enjoying all comforts and facilities available for seniors in scaborough canada.if you are truth full about your goals you should have waited in eelam land continued to fight for tamils rights without running to canada.it has become a habit and easy way for people like to attack the leaders who are living in srilanaka and under going lot hardship due to current political situation there.please leave to the leaders there to do the need full and they do not need your two cents worth of advise.

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