By Kusal Perera –
“You are sitting on an illegal Constitution – You have no standing to lecture us !” I am told by Ms. Usha S. Sri Skanda Rajah. Thank you Madam ! May I now ask, “What standing has a person sitting under the Canadian Constitution, to lecture us living here in Sri Lanka ?” Is it your standing now as a citizen of the First World ? Sorry madam, that counts absolutely nothing for me. I would instead listen to anything a Tamil person in the Vanni has to say. Or to anything a Tamil person still called a SL “refugee” in the Chengalpattu camp would have to say on the issue of separation and their fate.
That clearly said, let me say, I ventured into this discussion with a fervent hope, there would be Sri Lankan citizens (Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim) who’d want to discuss the issue of a separate State as against any other alternative as a permanent solution to the political conflict. Unfortunately, no SL Tamil or Muslim, nor a Sinhalese living here in SL joined in the discussion. I was compelled therefore to waste my time with those who have very remote and ancient links to Sri Lanka now living in Toronto, New York, or London in first world comfort and those emotive souls from Chennai and Bangalore. With those who think, it is their decision that SL Tamils have to follow. Far worse is their belief, the Sinhala citizens don’t have to be party to any decision on the SL Tamil conflict.
Sadly, they don’t even know what’s happening here. At least the Chair of the TGTE Senate (who ever who appointed it) proves she is that. She does not know that the LSSP is a constituent party of the Rajapaksa regime from day one, when she says SL would need a thousand venerable monks like Samitha Thero to ignite a thousand lights of wisdom ! She sees in Samitha Thero, much wisdom that could ignite a debate on making SL a secular State. Unfortunately for her, at the next elections too, Samitha Thero and his LSSP that will never leave this Rajapaksa regime, will be asking the people to vote MR and his government to power. Ms. Sri Skanda Rajah does not know, President Rajapaksa often have better quotes on unity, secularism, justice and even peace than Samitha Thero, she could have quoted. That’s how much these “run away souls” know of present day SL and its politics.
Does it serve any sane purpose therefore to continue this debate, with those who have no right to tell us Sri Lankans, what we should do here in Sri Lanka ? I would leave them to themselves to steam off their vengeance and satisfy their egos, from those far away comfort zones. We have a bleeding conflict to find answers for. People here need permanent answers to their devastated lives, not romantic, elusive dreams to sit on for another 20 years, as designed by Tamil “Consultants” from afar.