2 December, 2020

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India’s ‘LTTE’-Worries

By Malinda Seneviratne –

Malinda Seneviratne

There are certain things that just won’t stay under. Like rubber balls. In water. They pop up. It has to do with the properties of matter. Laws of physics. Like nationalist sentiments, i.e. sentiments associated with identity, let’s say.
No, it’s not about the LTTE. Certain things die and are not reborn. Like the JVP. The name can survive and can be used as flag, but the politics can never be the same, except as farce (as Karl Marx famously put it in ‘The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte’). The JVP of 1971 was not recognizable in 88-89 and that JVP is not what we have now. It’s the same with the LTTE. ‘That’ LTTE ended its adventure in the Nandikadaal Lagoon three years ago. If any LTTE lover entertains illusions about a resurrection, then he/she could envisage the second death of that second coming; Nandikadaal is the name to remember.

Delhi has raised concerns about an ‘LTTE-Regrouping’ in Tamil Nadu. That’s mis-naming. Tamil Nadu is the logical and most visible residence or, let’s say, headquarters of Tamil Nationalism. Delhi deftly off-shored a problem that had the potential to hasten what many feel is the inevitable, i.e. the eventual breakup of the Indian union. To that end, Delhi funded, trained and armed what developed into one of the most ruthless terrorist outfits the world has known in recent times. Then Delhi feigned to sort out the problem (that’s the Indo-Lanka Accord) and sent a peacekeeping force to Sri Lanka. Someone’s behind got bitten really badly and it was not that of a Tiger or a Lion.

Now Delhi finds, we are told, a re-grouping of old friends. Delhi, by raising concerns, is not sending a warning to a friendly neighbor about a possible threat somewhere down the line. Delhi is inadvertently articulating an old fear, that of losing Tamil Nadu and then, following the Domino Principle the rest of the country. It happens. Just look at what happened to the Soviet Union. Fictional aggregates are not sustainable and Delhi probably knows this and wants to postpone D-Day.
Well, Delhi got a breather, if one can call it that, of close to three decades. Sri Lanka in 2012 is not the Sri Lanka of the early 1980s. Off-shoring would not be easy, because 30 years of that kind of operation leaves communities exhausted. Tamils have problems (as do Sinhalese and Muslims, Buddhists and Christians, working class people and unemployed graduates) but gun and bullet is not the way to go. That every Sri Lanka knows. Delhi cannot convince otherwise.
What this ‘re-grouping’ is about then is mis-residenced Tamil Nationalism (should be called ‘chauvinism’, but let’s be generous) re-discovering traditional homeland. The likes of Vaiko, Jayalalithaa, Karunanidhi and others who rant and rave about Tamil brethren across the Palk Straits while ignoring the real, tangible and terrible grievances of Tamils at home (abject poverty, ill-education, lack of proper healthcare and so on), will need a new ‘Other’ to divert away ‘regime-fatigue’.

Tamil Nadu is a fertile soil for Tamil Nationalism for reasons of geography, demography, chronic ill-treatment and history (compared to which the ‘suffering’ of Tamils in Sri Lanka are not worth mentioning).
One could say something about birds coming home to roost, but it’s probably deeper than that. Delhi’s backyard is dry. That’s tinder. Ready to crackle.

*Malinda Seneviratne is the Chief Editor of ‘The Nation‘ and his articles can be found at www.malindawords.blogspot.com

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    And by the way if what you said happens in Tamil Nadu, we will definitely knock your door. Seems like you are little ignorant about our inquisitions.

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    These Tamil politicians are not fighting for the Sri Lankan Tamils. They are fighting for a hide out for them selves. Some day Tamil Nadu will break away from India. If they succeed in getting Elam, when the fight begins for separation, Elam will be the best hiding place and operational ground.
    This is some thing that came to my mind, when Tamil Nadu politicians became so worried about Sri Lankan Tamils. I think Tamils in Sri Lanka enjoy a better life than the Tamil Nadu people.

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    Malinda:
    Is it a condition of your employment by We-Know-Who that you pollute Colombo Telegraph with your vacuous nonsense?

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    LTTE will no doubt will attempt to win their independent home land in India and stand as a nation par with the North Indians. India may not tolerate this and fight them though they created and armed the terrorist organization LTTE with a view to destabilize and sabotage the progress of their neighbor the island of Sri Lanka who were progressing rapidly economically in the 70s leaving India far far behind. Tamils are considered ‘low cast’ and treated as to people of lower casts by the rest of India. Even among the Tamils there are lower casts ‘low of the low casts’. Sadly the cast conscious ‘low cast’ Tamils them selves kill their own Tamils of ‘low of low casts’ if they enter a temple to warship their gods or get admission to a university.

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      However, in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Tamils of North & East (especially Jaffna Vellaala) consider themselves as the highest of all in caste and in all other aspects. They even consider the Sinhalese as lower to them.

      G. G. Ponnambalam in his 1939 Nawalapitiya address said that the Sinhalese are a ‘hybrid mongrel race (thuppahi) split from the aboriginal Tamils and mixed with Aryan invaders’.

      It is believed that the Jaffna Tamil Vellaala converted the Govi Sinhalese who remained in Jaffna into their servant caste and called them Kovia. How sad!

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      “Tamils are considered ‘low cast’ and treated as to people of lower casts by the rest of India.”

      The above statement is not only hilarious but also misleading. Totally ignorant people like David who has no idea what so ever about India and the Tamils should not write things through his own imagination.

      Let me take one simple example to educate this ignorant moron. India has thousands of languages but their main languages are divided into 2 groups, Indo-Aryan and Dravidian.

      For example the North Indian Hindi is Indo-Aryan where as the South Indian Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, etc are Dravidian. Sanskrit, Pali, etc are not spoken in India anymore (not living languages).

      Out of all the languages spoken in India today (living languages), ONLY the South Indian (Dravidian) languages Tamil, Kannada, and Telugu are declared to be Classical by the Indian government and the rest of India. Unfortunately, not a single North Indian (Indo-Aryan) language spoken in India today (including Hindi) is considered Classical.

      Now, if the government of India and the rest of India (North Indians) had considered the Tamils and South Indian Dravidians as low caste and whatever will they ever the Tamil to be declared as a Classical Language where as Hindi is NOT.

      Ignorant people who do not know anything about India should not expose their stupidity in a public forum because there are even more stupid people who will believe all these nonsense as gospel truth.

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    Tamilnadu politicians don’t have brain capacity to develop the living condition of Tamils in Tamilnadu but screaming on other countries to hide their inability.

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    Well said Malinda keep it up.

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    As a suport to the ususual Malindas flowery language and excellent lines of argument, David of Col6, has contributed intelligently. Why does India fear more than Sri Lanka, a re emerging incorrigible LTTE, whose legtimate Mother is herself.They reliaised during haflf of the war, that if LTTE succeded getting Elam,in Srilanka, which they will use as the stepping stone to obtain their National legitimate Traditional HOME of the pan Tamils,which is in India dominated Tamil Nadu, which has to be liberated from India and a State of ceded Tamil Nadu, be created. Its a shame to the sefl respect of Tamil Speaking people occuypying the largest terrotiry in the North and harving 65 milion Tamils, not having a tamil speakng state.Comparatively smaller Bangladesh won its own independent state, then why not Tamil Nadu. With the help of the resurrcted stronger LTTE,Tamil Nadu will, definitely launch “Action Cessesion”.The pure Hindu Ariyan in North hates the Southern low cast Karnatac Tamils. They will not toleare as Buddhist Sinhalese in Sri Lanka. A perpetual mutuasl hate will prevail until another Ambeddcar re appears in India.

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      Best thing is Tamils in Tamilnadu should try to get the support of Sri Lankan government insted those idiots confront GOSL means Tamils will not get anything from anyone; and will become a dead race very soon, because they cannot change to the situation.

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      “Pure Hindu Ariyan in North and Southern low cast Karnatac Tamils”
      A new invention that even the Indians are not aware of, I wonder from where these Jokers get such new ideas???

      There is a difference between North Indians and South Indians but not caste wise because high and low castes exists in both North and South. A Brahmin is a Brahmin whether he/she is from North or South and a Dalit is a Dalit whether in North or South.

      The difference is: North India is huge with several states where as South India is small with very few states, so obviously the majority rules. More than 75% of the South Indians are educated where as nearly 50% of the North Indians are illiterate.

      The North Indian thinks he is Great because of their Hindi majority (not caste) where are the South Indian thinks he is Great because of the education (not caste).

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        thanks for putting these fools straight

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    So called Pundit who knows all Malinda wrote,
    Then Delhi feigned to sort out the problem (that’s the Indo-Lanka Accord) and sent a peacekeeping force to Sri Lanka. Someone’s behind got bitten really badly and it was not that of a Tiger or a Lion.

    Malinda, The Lions all put their Tail between the legs and ran when they saw the IPKF soldiers.. Lion’s Ass was pretty safe, hiding in the South..
    If you recall it was the Tamil Tigers who fought the Indian IPKF and a historical thrashing, which India always wanted revenge. They got it in Nandikadaal, and the LTTE was beaten, using chemical weapons, cluster bombs, and phosphorous bombs, as well as heavy artillery that killed 100,000 Tamil civilians. That is what is called “WAR CRIMES”, and those crimes will be investigated, immaterial how long it is delayed.

    There is NO reemergence of the LTTE. These are lame excuses both the Indian and Sri Lankan government keep talking to cover up their inaction which the world demands. Tamil Nadu is not separating from India and Chinese are not attacking India either.

    That does not mean the Tamils in this world or in Sri Lanka are going to kieep quiet about their rights, goals and objectives. GOSL can keep wasting their resources being scared of the Tiger ghosts. Justice will eventually prevail… No nation can survive believing their madness.

    Why does CT keep publishing this kind of rubbish from Malinda? OMG…

    There is a huge crisis in the Judiciary, Universities and elsewhere…

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    The solution for all the troubles in Sri Lanka is for Eelam to federate with India. That will put an end to Singhalese terrorism against Eelam Tamils.

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    I wonder where Malinda got this idea of Tamil Nationalism emerging in Tamil Nadu. For years the DMK in Tamil Nadu carried on a campaign against Hindi and for Dravidastan, a concept which includes not just Tamil Nadu but other Dravidian language speaking states of Karnataka,Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. It must be noed that not a single soul from those Southern Indian states joined DMK and DMK never had a following in those states. It was DMK’s ploy to hoodwink the mostly ignorant people of Tamil Nadu and come to power. DMK did in fact succeeded and Annathurai become the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Thereafter Dravidian parties be it DMK or AIADMK continued to capture power in Tamil Nadu.

    Malinda should also know that most of the leaders of leading Tamil Nadu political parties are not Tamils. Karunanidhi is a Telungite, Vaiko is a Telungite (he speaks Telungu at home), Jayalalitha is a Kannadiga, former Chief Minister M.G.Ramachandran was a Keralite, and Vijayakanth is a Telungite.

    Malinda does not understand that this Tamil Nationalism is just another slogan by parties in the fringe like Pattali Makal Katch, Naam Tamilar Katchi, Vaiko’s party, actor Vijakant’s party and Tol Thirumavalavan’s party to capture the votes of the foolish Tamil Nadu voters. Some of these party leaders like Vaiko, Nedumaran, Seeman, Thirumavalavan make these noises against the Sri Lankan government to line their pockets with dollars provided by the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora. Cinema actors,cinema directors, producers, playback singers and others of this kind too have joined this pro Sri Lankan Tamil bandwagon knowing well that this is the best way to earn dollars from selling their productions in the lucrative Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora market.

    Indian intelligence is correct in their assessment that LTTE may infiltrate into Tamil Nadu to make a comeback. Many LTTE cadres are known to have escaped to Tamil Nadu after May 2009. Most of them have left to other countries. The fact that the Australian authorities have identified about 50 LTTE cadres who arrived their refugees as a threat to Australian security and holding them in detention illustrates that most of these former LTTE fighters who first went to India have escaped to other countries. LTTE threat is alive.Pongu Thamilar and other such events held in Canada, Europe and Australia show that the Eelam separatist movement is still alive and did not die with Prabaharan.

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    tamils wil come bak with more and defeat sinhalase people

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    rocky

    “tamils wil come bak with more and defeat sinhalase people”

    When and how??????

    You must be watching too many Rocky (I, II, III, VI, V……..) films.

    You are not Arnold Swarchenegger either.

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    Gota made a valid comment when he said that if Jayalalitha is really concerned about the tamils in the north of srilanka she should stop them being robbed of their fish by malayalee businessmen using using trawlers manned by tamils to export the fish to japan and other developed countries at a hefty price.Obviously a cut is going to the tamilnadu chiefs to allow it even though their so called tamil brethren for whom they are shedding so musch tears are being deprived of their present and future livelihoods.Finally due to businessmen from Kerala using bottom trawling methods the northern fishermen will be in the same boat as the tamilnadu fishermen,without any fish one day.At any given moment a thousand indian trawlers are there finishing off our fish.

    In this world you can’t trust any outsiders and should not fall for crocodile tears. Srilankans should unite once and for all otherwise all sinhalese,tamils and muslims are going to lose one day everything.

    It is impossible to unite without the thread of devolution,as in India.High time the government implemented the 13th amendment in full,otherwise everyone will shed crocodile tears for tamils and china will give loans we can’t pay back and they will all get together one day and gobble up this strategically vital tiny island and as native vedda said the stupid tamils and sinhalese will look even more stupid.

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    When I read the last paragraph I nearly threw up in disgust:

    “Tamil Nadu is a fertile soil for Tamil Nationalism for reasons of geography, demography, chronic ill-treatment and history (compared to which the ‘suffering’ of Tamils in Sri Lanka are not worth mentioning).”

    The treatment that Tamils endured in Sri Lanka was far worse then that of Tamils residing in India. The fact is (and the whole world knows this)- Tamils were deliberately massacred by a deliberate order of the SL Govt. Many women and their daughters were raped and filmed on camera phones by the SL Army- as a kind of gothic trophy. Hospitals were deliberately shelved. The genocide still continues with innocent Tamils being wrongfully imprisoned behind barbed wire camps and given very little food or water to survive. I don’t know how you sleep at night writing stuff like this.

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