17 June, 2019

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NPC Elections: What Is To Be Done

By Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran –

PM - TGTE - Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran

There were many different views, for and against, in terms of the NPC elections and whether Tamils should participate in it or not. We have passed that stage, and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) entered the fray having transcended all the debates about how the Tamil nation should handle the Northern Provincial elections in the event of these being held. As a political formation elected through due democratic processes to represent the diaspora Tamils, and as body committed to struggle for the creation of a free and sovereign State of Tamil Eelam through political and diplomatic means, we feel it is the responsibility of the TGTE to clarify its own position with regards to the Northern Provincial Council elections.

The TGTE is of the firm conviction that the 13th Amendment as well as the idea of Provincial Councils have expired long ago. The TNA leader, Mr R Sambanthan himself, once said in a BBC interview after May 2009 that the 13th Amendment was a “dead corpse for many years now”. Rather than recognize this fact and offer a decent burial or cremation to this corpse, some international actors with their vested interests have embarked on resurrecting the 13th Amendment. Meanwhile, the Sinhala regime, well aware that such resurrection efforts have no meaning whatsoever, is still going through the motions of pretending that it is threatened by the 13th Amendment, just in order to destabilize the freedom struggle of the Tamil people.

We believe that the TNA has launched into the NPC elections with the clear knowledge that the Provincial Councils are a meaningless void, yet they are in it only to win over the support of the International Community. It is only appropriate at this juncture that we place on record our own position with regard to engaging the international community. The term International Community invariably refers to governments in power. It is often said that States do not wear clothes and as such they are never embarrassed to behave in any manner they want in order to ensure their own interests are served. Therefore, it is our comradely appeal to the TNA that they should always work in order to align our political interests with that of the international players, rather than compromise our interests just for the sake of winning their support.

The Sri Lankan State is terribly afflicted with the malignancy of Sinhala Buddhist racism. The Tamils should not expect any justice to be delivered by the Sri Lankan Parliament, the State Executive machinery, or for that matter even the judiciary. There is no willingness to accept the Tamils as a Nation or as a People who deserve equality and dignity. We cannot sustain hopes of winning over our rights from the existing State agencies through the mechanism of the PC or through other forms of struggle, even with the support of the International Community. The SL State has transformed itself into an irreparably racist State, and it can never think of redeeming itself out this predicament. The Eelam Tamil Nation could win over its rights only by liberating itself from the bondage of the Sri Lankan State. We believe that the TNA leadership is taking cognizance of this reality.

We do wish whole heartedly that the TNA reaches an unprecedented victory at the NPC elections. We, therefore, call upon our people to cast their ballots accordingly in very large numbers. None of our calls should be construed, however, as acknowledgment of the PC or that we are in agreement with the political approach of the TNA. Our decision to appeal to the people to vote for the TNA arises out of our concern that the Tamil votes should not go to any party working with the Government or any other Sinhala party.

The Sinhala polity and its constituent parties are all bent on denying the Tamils their own Tamil national identity, and on submerging that identity into a greater Sri Lankan identity. Upholding the distinct nationhood of Eelam Tamils and expressing our desire to establish a State of our own are absolutely essential to protect our will to struggle for that freedom. We appeal to our voting public to solidly back the TNA also because it is of paramount importance at this juncture that the outcome of the PC elections becomes the clearest expression to the world of the Tamil people’s aspirations for their distinct nationhood, despite the very limited political space these people have in the island of Sri Lanka to exercise that right. Our position with regards to the PC elections expressed here is the outcome of a debate in the parliament of the TGTE.

It is our conjecture that many of the candidates and a majority of the voters in this election are of the same mind set as ours. The mere fact that the people in the North will be casting their votes at this election should not be interpreted as an acceptance by them of the PC system or that they were in agreement with the demerger of the East and the North. The plight of our people at present is one of very limited choice. At the same time, they look upon the TNA as a continuation of the liberation struggle at the domestic front and therefore offer support to them. Hence, it is incumbent upon the TNA to uphold the will of the people and be true and faithful to their desires, while being mindful of the enormous sacrifices that have been made already by the thousands of martyrs in the name of freedom for the Tamil people.

We predict that following TNA’s victory at the elections, the Sri Lankan government will do all it can to cripple the functioning of the PC using the Governor and the State Executive machinery. We should not harbor dreams of achieving much through legal means, because after all it is the Sinhala parliament that enacts the law. There will be no relief coming from a Sinhalized judiciary. It was the Supreme Court that demerged the North and East. Let us not fool ourselves believing that the Sinhala parliament will allow for the re-merger of the North and East. Furthermore, the International Community will run out of means to pressure the Sinhala State because its various instruments are able to parade themselves as democratic bodies. We also need to take cognizance of the political reality that the Tamils would be simply abandoned, if and when the present government transformed itself to meet the desires of international States or if there was a regime change in a manner that suits the interests of those states.

Given this backdrop, the TNA should make the decision now itself that a likely failure of the Provincial Council system could be used to propel our freedom struggle to the next level. They should take up the lessons of being part of the PC, to make it known to the world that a solution to the Tamil National Question could not be reached within the State structure of Sri Lanka. We should harness the mass support in our homeland, the Diaspora, the Tamil Nadu and in the many countries where Tamils live throughout the world, and re-launch political and diplomatic struggles, joining hands with friendly forces throughout the world who believe in justice. History has this expectation from us. We believe the TNA will give weight to this call on behalf of history.

‘The Thirst of Tamils is the Freedom of Tamil Eelam’

*Visvanathan Rudrakumaran – Prime Minister of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)

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    Currently a ‘pro-ealam’ overseas formation(TGTE) is fully endorsing the TNA which fully committed to an united Sri Lanka.

    An honest self-assessment is required by the TGTE. A big TNA win will render the already irrelevant TGTE as even more irrelevant.

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      It all depends on how the Government of Sri Lanka is going to handle the Northern Provincial council administration and to the Manifesto or statement of TNA. If Sri Lanka continue to play games as they are doing over the time whether TGTE or GTF or Tamil nadu factor are relevant or not. In 2002, Sri Lanka and LTTE had an agreement to find a soloution based on the concept of “Federalism” recognizing that Tamil speaking people are traditional inhabitants of North East of Sri Lanka. TNA that represents Tamils and LTTE that represented Tamils clearly agreed if Sinhala lead Sri Lanka find a mechanism to implement those agreements then united Sri Lanka is acceptable to all. The real problem and change of politics is now in the hands of Sinhala people and Sinhala leadership.

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    Dear Mr Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran

    Your derogatory remarks about Sinhala Buddhist racism are counterproductive just like your organization called TGTE for long term peace in Sri Lanka.

    I assure you that the government and all people in Sri Lanka are trying to deliver justice to all minorities in Sri Lanka despite your misgivings. It is a tough task and will take several models to be adopted and discarded before we can strike a good balance. You can’t expect centuries of suspicion, fear and bloodletting to be resolved within a few years. We are still recovering from the devastation brought about by the 30 year sectarian violence that ended in 2009. There is a lot of raw wounds from that war that are still to heal and a difficult healing process at that with organizations such as TGTE still advocating the return to confrontation and conflict.

    I hope your appeal for TNA to join you in achieving a separate state falls on deaf ears. And in the contrary I hope TNA will work towards unifying the country rather than divide it. Sri Lanka is too small to be fragmented on the lines of one’s ethnicity. TGTE and the TNA must give up any idea of dividing the country if they are serious about long term peace. It is quite naive for you to believe that peace will descend if the country is divided. I say, that the communal problems that at times decimated this country will become apocalyptic if divided. There will be new skirmishes, all out border wars, ethnic cleansings, new passports and visas, new restrictions on travel, new taxes and you name it, it will all happen. It is better for the country to be ruled as a single entity and for the ethnic minorities to work out how best to coexist with us. There are far too many advantages to be united than to be divided.

    There is no point to keep on crying foul over things past. We need to look forward to better times and work towards that. I do have sympathy for you for the way you feel. I do agree and feel enormous sadness about the ethnic violence against the Tamils in 1983 as well as the loss of life of non combatant Tamils during 2008 and 2009. However the war is over. No good can come of harboring hate and vengeance. Just take a moment to reflect. If Karuna and Gotabhaya can embrace each other and forget the past and move together to forge a new future I am sure the rest of the Tamil populace can also do the same. War is not a pleasant business. Almost always when the leaders lead the country to war it is the innocent civilians and bystanders who bear the brunt of devastation that particular war will unleash. So Mr Rudrakumaran, if you are serious about doing something good for your people please stop advocating a violent struggle as your first option. Please stop engaging in divisive politics and find another path to bring peace, harmony and prosperity to the Tamil people that you claim to represent.

    Besides all the negative publicity that you have heard about BBS, all that we are asking for is pride of place based on majority Sinhala Buddhist aspirations. If in a democracy we can accept majority rule why not accept the culture and religious sentiments of the majority as well. If Tamils, Muslims, Christians and others can respect this and not start rocking the boat by wanting a separate state or imposition of “halal everything” or out build Buddhist temples and Buddha statues with confronting mosques and churches or start converting Buddhists by stealth and underhand inducements, I am sure we can coexist – not easy to visualise but in time we can.

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      Peace = Reconciliation – Rudra(TGTE) – BBS.

      These extremists are like high blood pressure and cholesterol to peace and reconciliation. The more we are exposed to them, slowly slowly they kill you.

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      Bloody BBD crap! Go wipe the blood on your hands!! Whatever the case, now that you have begun to write eloquent articles can you please justify how you attack a string of places of worship? I am talking about the Christian and Muslim places you thugs have ransacked! Now don’t give me the cow dung you give the press because I have photos identifying your thugs I will publish.

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        Dear Aruna,

        I agree there have been some excesses committed by some of our members. I do apologise for all that.

        However as you may or may not be aware the catalyst for such action was the ‘Halal’ issue. But concern and apprehension with regards to the Muslim intentions were building up long before that. The Muslim men were increasingly dressing like Arabs. The Muslim women jettisoned the saris and salvar-kameezes and were donning this highly confronting ‘gonibilla'(to use in the absence of a better word – no insult intended) dress. Some entry points to villages in Kathankudi have crests of crossed swords with Arabic lettering underneath. What does all this mean? Were they bad Muslims before because the women wore saris and the men sarongs? Conversely are they true Muslims now because they adopted the dress code of Byzantine Christians.

        Aruna, once again you may agree or disagree. There are elements within Sri Lankan society, like it has always had, who commit crimes in the name of others. BBS too have been victim of such criminal activities. And these elements may be led by monks who claim kinship with BBS. Definitely BBS was not involved in the attack in Mahiyangana, Grandpass or for that matter on ‘Fashion Bug’. Sri Lanka has a perennial habit of jumping to conclusions on rumours, innuendos and hearsay and were quick to nail BBS for these unpleasant activities.

        The axe that we have to grind agaisnt some Christians is that they use surreptitious ways to convert Buddhists into Christians. There is no transparency to their activities. There practices can be considered very corrupt.

        Well I have said my piece Aruna, it is up to you to believe me or not.

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      You make me laugh – Gota & Karuna embracing each other as an example of
      ethnic success! That is simply a criminal-embrace and you quote it as
      exemplary for emulation?

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        Punchinilame,

        Gotabhaya and Karuna were arch enimies. When it was apparent to Karuna that continued fighting was futile he did a complete about turn. Despite all the past animosity Gotabhaya and Karuna embraced each other and started looking for a better way out.

        In South Africa the blacks made peace with the whites notwithstanding suffering a long history of utter injustice.

        There is no point in anger, hate and vengeance. We must look for a better way for all people to live in peace.

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      BBS dog barks Tamil aspiration moves on

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      Hey BBS rep

      you have omitted breeding by Muslims like rabbits with the aim to become majority next year!!!

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      @ BBS rep

      Karuna, Gotabaya, Devananda, Mahinda, Basil, KP, Pillayan etc. can embrace each other because they are crooks and murderers.
      Birds of a feather flock, embrace and do dirty business together. The RajaPoxsas’ want to rule the whole country and rob it blind while the former terrorists sycophants will embrace or lick the RajaPoxsas’ backsides to ensure their survival. To the former terrorists and the RajaPox state terrorists, the Tamils and Sinhalese are just pawns while the Muslims and Christians are used when needed and discarded when not needed.
      The minorities need to stick together during elections and vote overwhelmingly for the UNP and TNA. The SLMC and the CWC cannot be trusted with it’s present set of leaders and may cosy up to the RajaPoxsas’ and UPFA after an election for the sake of perks.
      To make a long story short, if the minorities want to live in dignity with no worries of their places of worship being attacked…then vote for the TNA and UNP. But if your happy with a few handouts during elections and dont mind living as second class citizens while all the time believing in the one country one people joke although the world looks at it as a pariah state….then vote for the RajaPoxsas’ and the UPFA.

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    That enormously popular lady – both nationally and internationally –
    Madame Aung San Sui Kyi of Burma/Myanmar and her supporters suffered much greater injustice from 1988 against a powerfully placed army of nearly a million. Eventually, she decided to come out of the cold and made peace with her “enemy” – the illegal Burmese junta – to avoid further bloodshed. The country is quietly finding its way out of its quagmire.

    There is much in what Rudra says. The Sinhalese are far too entrapped in their own prejudice to easily come out of it. The racialist Sinhala Buddhist clergy does not have the intellect to see beyond their prejudiced noses. The Mahanayakes and the Buddhist hierarchy is incapable of offering either advise or assistance to the country at its greatest need except empty rhetoric.

    The position of the Lankan Tamil Nation is no different to Burma. As it is often said even a bad peace is better than a just war. It is the poor people whose present and future that must be viewed as priority. Prabakaran paid pandu with the lives of these people for nearly a quarter of a century and perished due to his own obstinacy. Who knows – like the Burmese junta the Sinhala army and the Rajapakses may change towards a more Buddhistic disposition – more under international pressure. They will do anything to protect their own interests rather than be destroyed like Gaddaffi.

    Thamilthambi

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      Thank you younger Tamil brother. At least as a starting point, lets see how this Provincial Council arrangement will play out. I am sure the regime will go out of its way to make things difficult. Yet, let us start here. In the event that the regime adopts a more Buddistic or realistic approach no one will be more happy than the people on the ground and not the people playing make believe in New York.

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    Still day dreaming!

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    Wow !!!

    What a stirring speech to the members of the TGTE Chapter in Srilanka, the TNA on the eve of the NPC Election?.

    Does this go hand in hand with the hand bills Mr Wigneswaren put together and dristributed by the LTTE activists praising the Maha Veera to rally his ex troopers?.

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      CT is providing it’s space for election campaign for separatists.

      The hidden alliances are coming out.

      Get ready for the next phase of the war.

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        All that these fools are doing is strengthening MRs and GRs positions. MR can freely say “I told you so. We need the military in the North. We need to keep control of everything”. Meanwhile RW sleeps.

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    The difference here is that Aung San Sui Kyi and her supporters are ‘in’ Myanmar. The TGTE which so wholeheartedly seems to support the TNA is ‘outside’ Sri Lanka; and should really have no say re the Tamils who live in Sri Lanka, who have to work out their own solution.

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    The 13th Amendment has to be resurrected as it is the starting point for the formation of a Federal State and this is the wish of all international communities. If the Sinhala polity is bent on denying the legitimate rights of the Tamils, then Sri Lanka becomes a failed State. Moreover, if the Sinhala polity is to pay more attention to spend more in suppressing the Tamils, I am afraid that Sri Lanka would be an ant-hill, like how Metternich described Austria.

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    CT campaigning for TNA……………

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    We believe the TNA will give weight to this call on behalf of history.
    ‘The Thirst of Tamils is the Freedom of Tamil Eelam’

    Believe what you like. The majority of the world’s Tamils are in Tamilnadu. Go and join them in Tamil Eelam there.

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