17 May, 2022


“Ensure Justice For Tamils In Sri Lanka’’

By The Hindu –

The Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO), a forum started by DMK leader M. Karunanidhi, on Monday urged the Indian government to join hands with like-minded nations to bring political and economic pressure directly and indirectly on the Sri Lankan government to ensure justice and rehabilitation of Tamils in the country.

The theme-paper for the TESO conference to be held on August 12 also wanted India to take the lead in creating a “group of nations” to empower Tamils and ensure the settlement of land claims and foster traditional livelihoods.

M. Karunanidhi

Mr. Karunanidhi, who released the theme paper, denied media reports that the conference was unlikely to take place.

He said copies of the document had been sent to leaders of political parties and others who wished to participate in the conference.

The document said without dealing with issues such as “Sinhalisation of Tamil areas, occupation of Tamil areas and houses by the Army and denial of permission to organise social events in North eastern provinces and violation of basic rights, the rehabilitation of Sri Lankan Tamils would only be an eyewash and a distant dream.

While calling upon the Union government to provide citizenship to all Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in India to ensure that they lived peacefully, the theme paper urged the Sri Lankan government to release Tamils who were languishing in prisons without any legal proceedings against them.

One of the important suggestions of the theme paper was for setting up an Indian Navy unit either at Dhanushkodi or at the Mandapam camp to prevent “atrocities unleashed by the Sri Lankan Navy against innocent and unarmed Tamil fishermen.”

“If the solutions and suggestions made by this conclave do not change the attitude of the Sri Lankan government and Tamils are subjected to same hardship and inhuman treatment, the conclave will meet again to decide the future course of action,” the TESO theme paper said.

Asked why the paper was silent on a referendum for a separate Eelam, Mr. Karunanidhi said that in democracy it was unfair to force an idea before listening to the views of the conference delegates. “Now, there will be no protests or agitation in favour of a separate Eelam. The immediate requirement is to heal the wound of the Tamils and enrich their livelihood,” he said while responding to a question whether he had an open mind on a separate Eelam.

Mr Karunanidhi said all political parties, including the Congress, would be invited for the conference.

Union Minister Sharad Pawar, Janata Dal (U) leader Sharad Yadav, former minister Ram Vilas Paswan, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah, Sri Lankan MPs, including R. Sampathan and representatives from various countries will take part in the conference.

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    Now crying over spilt milk. Earlier agreed with Conspirators to end the War and help MR consolidate his position as the undisputed leader here, to obtain devolution to the NE. Hence kept quiet while the MR govt. advertised to the whole world that the LTTE were being eliminated. When MR without the knowledge of these idiots really massacred the LTTE at the end of the staged drama, it was a bit too late for them to intervene as the job was already done. Now due to prevailing situation with RW still remaining in the Political arena, MR is unable to fulfill his earlier promise to them. It is certainly interesting to see the unfolding events now.

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      Surprise !!!Surprise!!!!.

      You wanted CM Karuna to protect Terra Leader Fat Praba when it was at peak. Heh.

      Let me pass a tissue to wipe out your eyes my friend.

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    The Rajapakse regime should take the Aug 12 TESO meeting in Chennai with the seriousness it deserves. Eelam Project is out so far as India, the USA, Britain, E/U etc are concerned. But that is not to say they have written the Lankan Tamils off. The big-wigs of the TNA might give the Confab a miss but a few radical elements within the TNA will be there. Or else TESO might become Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark. If GoSL is to use pressure to stop them this will work against the Rajapakse Govt and will be a propaganda victory for TESO.
    The Sinhala supremacist cabal should not read too much into the mid-level TNA participation although they have already begun to beat the
    war drums as one reads media Editorials in the past few days.

    TESO also shoud take into consideration the limited investment and development work in the NEP – notably in the North – that has engaged the interest of the Tamil people. But much more needs to be done to make the Tamils feel they are part of the Lankan family. The Lankan Tamil nation is not ready for another War – and yearn for serious peace. PC Elections to the North cannot be seriously delayed any further. Even if the Govt hitches its wagon on S.C. Chandrahasan it is almost certain TNA will out-perform him.

    Sharad Pawar, Sharad Yadav, Farook Abdulla et al carry a lot of punch within policy and decision making sources both in the Congress and BJP coalitions. The DHC in Chennai is entitled to ask for a small delegation from his side to be present at TESO – an opportunity that can be utilised to propagate the view and performances of the Rajapakse Govt in the Tamil areas. Regularly berating Tamilnadu and her leaders is not going to help us. We must engage them in the best traditions of professional diplomacy -some of which, hopefully, is still left in the country though not within the army of non-career


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