November 19, 2008

The editor
Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa. 

Dear editor, 

Peace a priority for Sri Lanka envoy (Ottawa Citizen - November 19, 2008)

Daya Perera, Sri Lankan High Commissioner for Canada , is doing what he is expected to do. He is simply lying for his country. It is a supreme irony and a huge joke that he  speaks  about peace while waging full scale war against Thamils. Thamils are supposed to be citizens of Sri Lanka. Daya Perer's is indulging in political manipulation of language, by obfuscation. His remark  reminds one of George Orwell's audacious compacting of  clichés  "War is Peace" Freedom is Slavery” and “Ignorance is Strength.”  

Sri Lanka's defence budget has hit the roof costing US $1.77 billion dollars for 2009! More than 4,000 Thamil civilians have been killed just under  3 years. They were victims of aerial bombardment, artillery shelling, abductions for ransom, involuntary disappearances, torture etc.

The present government headed by president Mahinda Rajapakse is bent on seeking a military solution to what is basically a political problem. Rajapakse has said no to 3 basic demands put forward by Thamil people during the failed Thimpu talks held under the auspices of India in 1984.  He has said NO to federalism, NO to Northeast is being the traditional homeland of the Thamil people and NO to the right of self-determination of Thamils. The armed struggle by the LTTE is solely due to the failure of the  Sinhalese ruling class to accommodate the aspirations of minority Thamils. Since independence a series of discriminatory legislative acts have reduced Thamils to  third class citizenship.

 The language of administration even in Thamil majority provinces is Sinhalese. The armed forces are 99% Sinhalese. The administrative service consists of 95% Sinhalese. The President is a Sinhalese. The Prime Minister is a Sinhalese. Out of 108 Ministers hardly any Thamil  is a cabinet Minister. A few are Non-cabinet Ministers. Admission to Law College is 99% Sinhalese. More than 2,000 Thamils have been arrested under emergency regulations on suspicion that they are Tigers and locked up in prisons without charges or trial. The Police and the army have ordered all Thamils to register themselves at the nearest police stations and hang the family photograph in a prominent place in their homes. Every day Thamil civilians are abducted, killed and their bodies thrown in ditches. So far 80,000 Thamil civilians have been killed by the armed forces. Over 9 Thamil journalists have been killed during the last 3 years. Five Thamil  parliament members have been killed by the army or Quislings operating with the armed forces. Over 500,000 have been internally displaced. Fishing and farming in the North east, especially in Jaffna peninsula have been severely restricted. Over 40,000 troops are occupying Jaffna peninsula. There is daily curfew from 6.00 pm to 6.00 am. Daily bombing in Vanni in which scores are dying or getting injured.

 

The Presidential Commission on Disappearances  in a damning report has said that more than 1,100 persons missing or abducted in the past two years are still unaccounted for. The Commission’s Chairman, Retired High Court judge Mahanama Tilakaratne has reportedly said that these include 771 persons who had disappeared and 334 others who had been abducted.According to Tilakaratne, the Commission has received complaints regarding 543 unsolved murders and 308 unidentified bodies. He had added that 15,222 disappearances of persons had been reported in the two-year period up to August 31, 2008, and 14,451 of them have been found, and of the 1,138 incidents of abduction, 804 abductees have returned. Tilakaratne had also said he is still receiving complaints about persons being arrested on terrorism charges and organised abductions in white vans.

 

Gotabhaya Rajapakse, Defence Secretary and sibling of president Mahinda Rajapakse is   that the government has unloaded 14.4 million kilogrammes of bombs in the Vanni. He seems immensely proud of that achievement. 14.4 million kilogrammes of today's military grade explosive is equivalent to the explosive force of over 18 kilotonnes of TNT. The nuclear weapon dropped by the United States on distant Hiroshima had an estimated yield of between 13 to 18 kilotonnes of TNT.

 

Sri Lanka is a  fascist and a racist state like that of Hitler's Nazi Germany. Like Hitler an absurd claim is made that the country is owned by the majority Sinhalese who are Aryans  and Thamils (Muslims as well) are just intruders who can live but cannot made "unreasonable demands!"

 

 Army General Sarath Fonseka said it all. That Sri Lanka is a democracy and therefore the Sinhalese have the right to rule the country. This is what he said "The Sinhala nation has to sacrifice if you want to protect the country and survive….. In any democratic country the majority should rule the country. This country will be ruled by the Sinhalese community which is the majority representing 74 percent of the population" (The Daily News – 19.7.2008).

 

In an interview to National Post (Canada) he reiterated his claim that Sri Lanka belongs to the majority Sinhalese. He said I strongly believe that this country belongs to the Sinhalese but there are minority communities and we treat them like our people...We being the majority of the country, 75%, we will never give in and we have the right to protect this country...We are also a strong nation ... They can live in this country with us. But they must not try to, under the pretext of being a minority, demand undue things." People with common sense should know the racist character of  the Sinhalese state. Daya Perera is a racist  and he is part of the problem!  Sri Lanka today is a not a paradise – a pearl in the Indian Ocean - but a hell-hole on earth and the killing field for the Thamils.  

 

Although Daya Perera has dismissed the concerns of Governor General of Canada, Michaëlle Jean on the occasion of the presentation of credentials this is what she told him " “We strongly support the presence of the Office of the UN Commissioner for Human rights in Sri Lanka with a full mandate to report on the human rights situation”, said The  new High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Canada, on Wednesday. “It is important to ensure that civilians in conflict zones are protected, that they have access to humanitarian organizations, and that their human rights are respected”, she said while conveying deep concern of her government “over the future of the Sri Lankan people”. (Canada News Centre - October 24, 2008) 

 

A country that has showed its back to the presence of the Office of the UN Commissioner for Human Rights has no right to speak about peace. It is the Sri Lankan government that teared the Ceasefire Agreement in January this year and declared war on Thamils.  

 

No amount of  subterfuge and  double talk by Daya Perera will cut ice with the 300,000 strong Thamil Canadians in Canada. He and his president Mahinda Rajapakse will be kept where they rightly belonged to - dog's house!

 

Yours truly

 

 

 

Veluppillai Thangavelu

 இலங்கையில் காயமடைந்த 2 இந்திய பொறியாளர்கள்-விவரம் வெளியிட்டார் வைகோ
வெள்ளிக்கிழமை, செப்டம்பர் 12, 2008  


 

இந்தியா என்றால் அது தமிழர்களுக்கு ஆதரவான அரசு என்ற மாயை தமிழீழத்தமிழரிடம் இருக்கிறது. இது முற்றிலும் தவறு. நேரு முதல் இந்திரா காந்தி, இராசீவ் காந்திவரை, இடையில் லால் பகதூர் சாஸ்திரி, மொராஜி தேசாய், நரசிம்ம ராவ், வி.பி. சிங், சந்திரசேகர் என எல்லோருமே தமிழக - தமிழீழத் தமிழர்களை மட்டும் அல்ல மலையகத் தமிழர்களையும் கிள்ளுக்கீரையாகவே பார்த்து வந்திருக்கிறார்கள். அவர்களுக்கு இரண்டகம் செய்து வந்திருக்கிறார்கள்.

நேரு காலத்தில் பத்து  இலட்சம் தமிழர்களது குடியுரிமை, வாக்குரிமை பறிக்கப்பட்ட போது அவர்  வாளா இருந்தார். லால் பகதூர் சாத்திரி காலத்தில் அவரும் சிறில்ங்கா பிரதமர் சிறிமா பண்டாரநாயக்காவும் செய்த உடன்பாட்டின்படி 600,000 மலையகத் தமிழர்கள் இலங்கையில் இருந்து ஆடு மாடுகள் போல் கப்பலில் ஏற்றி இந்தியாவுக்கு அனுப்பப்ட்டார்கள்.

 இந்திரா காந்தி  தமிழர்கள் சிக்கலில் அக்கறை காட்டினார் என்பது உண்மைதான். ஆனால் அது இந்தியாவின் பூகோளநலன்கள் சார்ந்த அக்கறை ஆகும்.  அன்றைய சிறிலங்கா அதிபராக இருந்த ஜே.ஆர். ஜெயவர்த்தனா அமெரிக்க சார்பு நிலைப்பாட்டைக் கொண்டிருந்தார்.  இந்திரா காந்தி - சஞ்சீவ் காந்தி இருவரையும் முறையே பசுவுக்கும் - கன்றுக்கும் ஒப்பிட்டு மேடையில் பேசினார்.  அவற்றால் சீற்றம் அடைந்த இந்திரா காந்தி அவருக்கு ஒரு பாடம் படிப்பிக்க எண்ணித் தமிழ் இளைஞர்களுக்கு இந்தியாவில் இராணுவ பயிற்சி கொடுத்தார்.  அவரது சுயநலத்தில்  தமிழீழ மக்கள் சார்பான ஒரு பொதுநலம் இருந்தது என்பது என்னமோ உண்மைதான். ஆனால் அவருக்குப் பின்னர் பிரதமராக வந்த இராசீவ் காந்தி எல்லாவற்றையும் பொரிமா முட்டிக்காரன் மாதிரி போட்டு உடைத்தார்.  

அன்றைய வெளியுறவுச் செயலாளராக இருந்த ஏ.பி. வெங்கடேஸ்வரன் பதவி விலக நிர்ப்பந்திக்கப்பட்டார். அதன் பின் இராசீவ் காந்தி தனக்கு வேண்டிய எடுபிடிகளை தன் பக்கத்தில் வைத்துக் கொண்டார். அதில் ஒருவர் றோமேஷ் பண்டாரி. அதன் பின் நடந்தது தெரிந்ததே.   

இந்தியா - இலஙகை உடன்பாடு கைச்சாத்தாகியது. இந்த உடன்பாட்டின் மூலம் வடகிழக்கு மாகாணம் தற்காலிகமாக இணைக்கப்பட்டது.  இந்த உடன்பாட்டை தென்னிலங்கை பேரினிவாத கட்சிகள் வீதிகளில் இறங்கி முழுமூச்சாக எதிர்த்துப் போராடின. அதில் இன்றைய மகிந்தா இராசபக்சேயின் சிறிலங்கா சுதந்திரக் கட்சி, ஜனதா விமுக்தி பெரமுன உள்ளடக்கம். ஜனதா விமுக்தி பெரமுன அமைப்பு இந்தியப் பருப்பைச் சாப்பிடுகிறவர்கள் தலை துண்டிக்கப்படும் என எச்சரிக்கை செய்தது. இந்தியா சார்பானவர்கள், ஆளும்கட்சி ஆதரவாளர்கள் அவர்களால் கொல்லப்பட்டார்கள். இந்த உடன்பாட்டை ஆளும் கட்சியில் உள்ள பலரும் எதிர்த்தார்கள். அதில் முக்கியமானவர் அன்றைய பிரதமர் இரணசிங்க பிரேமதாசா ஆவார்.  

இலங்கை-இந்திய ஒப்பதந்தத்தின் கீழ்  வி.புலிகளைப் பெரும்பான்மையாகக் கொண்ட ஒரு இடைக்கால நிர்வாக சபையை உருவாக்க வழி வகுத்தது. .  வடகிழக்க நிர்வாகசபையில் புலிகளுக்குப் பெரும்பான்மை இடம் தருவதாகவும் வி. புலிகளின் செலவினங்களுக்காக மாதாந்தம் அய்ந்து மில்லியன் இந்திய ரூபாய் தருவதாகவும் இராசீவ் காந்தியால் பிரபாகரனுக்கு  வாக்குறுதிகள் அளிக்கப்பட்டன.  அன்ரன் பாலசிங்கம் எழுதிய போரும் சமாதானமும் என்ற நூலில் இந்தத் தரவுகள் கொடுக்கப்பட்டுள்ளன. .

ஆனால்  ஜே.ஆர். வி.புலிகளின் விருப்பத்திற்கு மாறாக தனது கையாளை அந்த இடைககால நிர்வாகசபையின் தலைவராக  நியமிக்க முயற்சி செய்தார். 

இந்திய அமைதிப்படை தமிழீழம் சென்றது. உடன்பாட்டை மீறி ஜே.ஆர். ஜெயவர்த்தனா மணலாற்றில் பாரிய சிங்களக் குடியேற்றத்தை உருவாக்கினார். அதனைத் தடுத்து நிறுத்த வக்கில்லாமல் இந்திய இராணுவம் இருந்தது.  அய்ந்து அம்ச கோரிக்கைகளை முன்வைத்து அன்றைய அரசியல் பொறுப்பாளராக இருந்த திலீபன் சாகும்வரை நோன்பு இருந்தார். . அந்த அய்ந்து அம்சக் கோரிக்கைகள் பின்வருமாறு.  

1.பயங்கரவாத தடைசட்டத்தின் கீழ் இன்னும் தடுப்புக் காவலில் அல்லது சிறைகளில் உள்ளோர் விடுவிக்கப்பட வேண்டும்.
 2.புனர்வாழ்வு என்ற பெயரில் தமிழர் தாயகத்தில் நடாத்தப்படும் சிங்களக் குடியேற்றங்கள் உடனடியா நிறுத்தப்படல் வேண்டும்.

 3.இடைக்கால அரசு நிறுவப்படும்வரை புனர்வாழ்வு என அழைக்கப்படும் சகல வேலைகளும் நிறுத்தபட வேண்டும்.
 4.வடகிழக்கு மாகாணங்களில் காவல்  நிலையங்கள் திறக்கப்படுவது உடனடியாக நிறுத்தப்பட வேண்டும்.
 5.இந்திய அமைதிபடையின் மேற்பார்வையில் ஊர்காவல்படை என அழைக்கப் படுவோருக்கு வழங்கப் பெற்ற ஆயுதஙகள் திரும்பப் பெறப் பெற்றுத் தமிழ் ஊர்கள்  பள்ளிக்கூடங்கள் ஆகியவற்றில் குடிகொண்டுள்ள இரானுவ, பொலிஸ் நிலையங்கள் மூடப்பட வேண்டும்.


இiவைகள் தான் வி. புலிகளால் இந்திய அரசிடம்  (15.09.1987) வைக்கப்பட்ட கோரிகைகளாகும். 

பன்னிரண்டு நாட்கள் தண்ணீர் கூடக் குடிக்காமல் நோன்பிருந்த திலீபன் 26.09.1987  அன்று  வீரச் சாவைத்  தழுவிக் கொண்டார்  அவனது உயிரைக் கரப்பாற்றுமாறு இந்தியாவிடம் விடுத்த வேண்டுகோள்கள் இந்தியத் தரப்பால் உதாசீனம செய்யப்பட்டன. குறிப்பாக அன்றைய இந்திய தூதுவர் டி.என். டிக்சிற் உதாசீனம் செய்து விட்டார். 

இதக்கிடையில் தமிழ்நாட்டில் விட்டு வந்த  தங்கள் ஆயுதங்களை எடுத்து வரச்  சென்ற வி.புலிகளின் முக்கிய தளபதிகள் - குமரப்பா, புலேந்திரன், நளன் உட்பட 17 பேர் சிறிலங்காவின் கடற்படையினரால் கைது செய்யப்பட்டனர். குமரப்பா,புலேந்திரன் குழுவினர் கடற்படையால் இலங்கை இராணுவத்திடம் ஒப்படைக்கபட்டு பலாலி இராணுமுகாமில் கொண்டு போய் வைக்கப்ட்டிருந்தார்கள். அப்பொழுது பலாலி இராணுவ முகாம்  இந்திய இராணுவத்தினரின் கட்டுபாட்டில் இருந்தது.  

கைது செய்த நேரம்   போர் நடைபெற்ற நேரம் அல்ல.  இந்திய - இலங்கை ஒப்பந்தத்தின் அடிப்படையில்  அவர்களை   உடனடியாக விடுதலை செய்திருக்க வேண்டும். ஆனால் அமைதியை நிலைநாட்டச் சென்ற  இந்திய இராணுவம் அதைக் கடுகளவும் உணரவில்லை.  டிக்சிற் உணரவில்லை. இராசீவ்காந்தி உணரவில்லை.

குமரப்பா,  புலேந்திரன் கைதான செய்தி தெரிந்ததும் சிறிலங்கா அரசு உடன்பாட்டை மறந்துவிட்டது.  அவர்களைத் தந்திரமான முறையில் கொழும்புக்கு கொண்டு செல்ல முயற்சித்தது. அவர்களைத் தங்களிடம் ஒப்படைக்கும் படி இந்திய இராணுவத்தைச் சிறிலஙகா அரசு வற்புறுத்தியது. ஏன்  கட்டாயப் படுத்தியது  

17 வி.புலிகளையும்  கொழும்புக்கு கொண்டு வர அன்றைய தேசியப் பாதுகாப்பு அமைச்சர் லலித் அத்துலத்முதலி ஒற்றைக்காலில் நின்றார். தவறின் தனது பதவியை விட்டு விலகி விடுவதாக ஜெயவர்த்தனாவை மிரட்டினார்.  

சிறிலங்கா அரசின் இதய சுத்தியை க்  கண்டு கொள்ள  இந்த ஒரு நிகழ்வே போதுமானது.  எனினும் இந்திய அரசு அதனைப் புரிந்து  கொள்ளவில்லை. குமரப்பா - புலேந்திரனைப் பகடக்காய்களாக வைத்துத் தான் தீட்டிய உடன்பாட்டினை வி.புலிகள் மீது திணிக்க இந்தியா  பேரம் பேசியது. நாடகம் நடத்த எத்தனித்தது.   

வி. புலிகள்  கைது செய்து வைக்கபட்ட 17 பேரையும் உடனடியாக விடுதலை செய்யும்படி இந்திய அரசிடம்  வேணடுகோள் விடுத்தனர். இலங்கை பாதுகாப்பு அமைசர் லலித் அதுலத் முதலி கைதான விடுதலைப் புலிகளைக் கொழும்புக்கு அனுப்பி வைக்க வேண்டும் என்பதில்  பிடிவாதமாக இருந்தார். . 

இராணுவத்தில் இரண்டு வகை உண்டு. ஒன்று போருக்கு செல்லும் இராணுவம் மற்றையது அமைதிப் பணிக்கு செல்லும் இராணுவம். இன்றைய உலகின் இராணுவங்களை அவதானிப்போர் இதை எளிதாக உணரலாம். இந்தியா அனுப்பி வைத்த இராணுவம்  போருக்குச்  சென்ற இராணுவமா? அல்லது அமைதிக்கு சென்ற இராணுவமா? என்பதை அதை அனுப்ப முன் ஆய்வு செய்திருந்தால் பின் எழுந்த பல சிக்கல்களை தவிர்த்திருக்கலாம்.

இந்திய இராஐதந்திரிகள் மூலம் இலங்கை அரசுக்கு கைதுசெய்த வி.புலிகளை விடுதலை செய்யும் படி கொடுக்கப்பட்ட அழுத்தங்கள, வேண்டுகோள்கள்  நிராகரிக்கப்பட்டன. அவர்களைச் சந்தித்த தளபதி கிட்டு, மாத்தையா அவர்கள் தாம் கொண்டு சென்றிருந்த சயனைற் குப்பிகளை குமரப்பா, புலேந்திரன் உட்பட அனைத்துப் போராளிகளுக்கும் வழங்கினார்கள்.

இந்திய அரசுக்கு  குமரப்பா,  புலேந்திரன் உட்பட கைதாகி இருக்கும் வேங்கைகளின் பெறுமதி புரியவில்லை.  திருமணத்தின் போது குமரப்பா போட்ட  மணமாலை கூட வாடியிருக்கவில்லை. இது  அவருடைய திருமணத்திற்கு வருகை தந்து வாழ்திச் சென்ற   இந்திய இராணுவ அதிகாரிகளுக்கும் தெரியும்.

குபரப்பா, புலேந்திரன் உட்பட்ட 12 போராளிகள் (05.10.1987)  சயனைற் அருந்தி வீரச்சாவை இணைத்துக் கொண்டார்கள். சயனயிட் அருந்திய எஞ்சிய 5 பேர் உயிர் தப்பினார்கள். 

தீருவில் தீயில் பன்னிரு வேங்கைகளது   பூதவுடல்கள் வெந்து சாம்பலானது.

இரு அரசுகளுக்கும் குமரப்பா,  புலேந்திரன் உட்பட கைதாகி இருந்த  வேங்கைகளின் பெறுமதி புரியுவில்லை. . குமரப்பாவின் திருமணத்துக்குச் சென்று  வந்த இந்திய இராணுவ அதிகாரிகளுக்கும் தெரியவில்லை. 

இந்தச் சூழ்நிலையில் இதுவரை குருதி சிந்தி வளர்த்தெடுத்த போராட்டத்தை அதே உறுதியுடன் கொண்டு செல்வதா? அல்லது அரை - குறைத் தீர்வுத் திட்டங்களால் சீரழிந்து சின்னாபின்னமான மற்றைய நாடுகளின் போராட்டங்கள் போல தமது போராட்டத்தையும் தடம் மாற்றி இறக்குவதா?  இந்த இரண்டில் ஒன்றை முடிவெடுக்க வேண்டிய நிலைக்கு  வி.புலிகள் தள்ளப்பட்டார்கள். 

 இதன்பின்புதான் வி.புலிகள் தங்கள் ஆயுதங்களை இநதிய இராணுவத்திடம் ஒப்படைக்க மறுத்தார்கள். இந்திய இராணுவம் - வி.புலிகள் இடையில் போர் மூண்டது. 3,000 தமிழர்களை  இந்திய இராணுவம் சுட்டுத்தள்ளியது. பெண்கள் கற்பழிக்கப்பட்டார்கள். ஒரே நாளில் வல்வெட்டித்துறையில் 65 ஆண், பெண், குழந்தைகள் இந்திய இராணுவத்தினால் கொலை செய்யப்பட்டார்கள். அதனை இந்தியாவின் மைலா என முன்னாள் பாதுகாப்பு அமைச்சர் யோர்ஜ் பெர்னான்டஸ் காட்டமாகக் குறிப்பிட்டார்.

அன்றிருந்து இன்றுவரை ஈழத்தமிழர்களுக்கு எதிரான  இந்தியாவின துரோகம் தொடர்கிறது. ஒரு காலத்தில் ஈழத்தமிழர் பாதுகாப்பு மாநாடுகளை நடத்திப் போராடிய முதல்வர் கருணாநிதி தனது ஆட்சியைக் காப்பாற்றுவதிலேயே இன்று கண்ணும் கருத்துமாக இருக்கிறார். கோபாலபுர ஆதீனத்தின் தம்பிரான் நினைத்தால் ஈழத்தமிழர்களுக்கு உதவலாம். ஆனால் அவர் எதனையும் ்செய்ய மாட்டார். அவருக்கு இன்றிருக்கும் ஒரே ஆசை தனது மகன் ஸ்டாலினுக்கு மகிடம் சூட்ட வேண்டும்.  அழகிரியை பாண்டிய நாட்டுக்கு  குறுநில மன்னராக்க வேண்டும்.  கனிமொழிக்கு அமைச்சர் பதவி வாங்கிக் கொடுக்க வேண்டும்.  சுருக்கமாகச் சொன்னால்  நெப்போலியன் பாணியில் தமிழகத்தை தனது குடும்ப உறுப்பினர்களுக்குப் பிரித்துக் கொடுக்க வேண்டும்.

தமிழக தேசிய சக்திகள் ஒன்றுபட்டுப் போராடினால்தான் தமிழர்களுக்கு விடிவு ஏற்படும். மருத்துவர் இராமதாஸ், வைகோ, தொல். திருமாவளவன்,  கி. வீரமணி, பழ. நெடுமாறன், பேராசிரியர் சுப. வீரபாண்டியன், கொளத்தூர் மணி, மணியரசன், தியாகு போன்றோர் தங்களுக்குள் இருக்கும் அரசியல் வேறுபாடுகளை புறந்தள்ளிவிட்டு ஒரே தேசியக் குடையின் கீழ் அணிதிரள வேண்டும். இதுதான் தமிழக - ஈழத்தமிழர்களது விடுதலைக்கு சரியான வழியாகும். (தட்ஸ்தமிழில் வெளிவந்தது)


 

13 September 2008

 

Toronto


 

The Right Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.

Prime Minister of Canada

Ottawa, ON

K1A 0A3


GoSL  Orders INGOs  out of War-Torn Vanni

Dear Prime Minister,

 

We like to draw your urgent attention to the escalating humanitarian tragedy occurring in northern Sri Lanka. In an attempt to capture territory held by  the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)  the armed forces are carrying out intensive bombing and shelling of heavily populated residential areas. Of course, the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) makes the spurious claim they are bombing/ shelling LTTE camps and ammunition depots. It is always the case of killing civilians and then claiming those killed  are Tiger "terrorists."

 

On August 14, 2006 Sri Lankan fighter bombers dropped 16 bombs on a school complex where female students from surrounding schools were undergoing training in first-aid, leadership skills etc. A total of 53 students   and 9 staff members died on the spot and more than 150 got injured.  GoSL still claims that those killed were LTTE recruits undergoing weapon training. It has refused to apology for the wanton killings despite confirmation by UNICEF staff from a nearby office who immediately visited the compound to assess the situation  confirmed  that those killed  were students and not combatants.  

 

Last week (September 08, 2008) Defence Ministry ordered all aid workers and  international non-governmental agencies (INGO) to vacate Vanni and  relocate to government controlled territory. UNHCR and  the next day WFP  announced  "they are  withdrawing all its aid agency personnel from Sri  Lanka's embattled north, following a government order to quit ahead of  a major military offensive" [AFP, 10/09/08].

 

As the initiator and the guardian of international humanitarian law,  ICRC   has refused to comply with the order. Under the  Geneva Conventions and the 2 Additional Protocols of 1977  mandate the ICRC to limit the use of violence and protect the civilian population  in conflict areas. 

 

There are over 225, 000 Tamil IDPs  now blocking aid to Vanni  means these people have to starve without access to food, shelter, medicine  and other basic necessities. As INGOs pull out, only local NGOs remain to assist the growing number of refugees. However, they are ill-equipped  in terms of resources to carry out this Herculean task.

 

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern over “the safety and freedom of movement of civilians and allowing humanitarian organizations to reach persons affected by the fighting who need humanitarian assistance.”

 

We urge the Canadian Government to pressure the GoSL to stop relocating the INGOs from conflict areas when their services are in great need in Vanni.  GoSL should allow aid agencies back into Vanni to take care of  the  IDPs languishing under squalid conditions struggling for existence.  The onslaught of Northeast monsoon rains has made life extremely difficult for these hapless people.

 

 

Yours truly,

 

 

 

 

Veluppillai Thangavelu
President


Cc: Hon. Stéphane Dion, Leader of Liberal Party;   Hon. Gilles Duceppe, Leader of Bloc Québécois Party; Hon. Jack Layton, Leader of NDP; Cabinet Ministers; Members of Parliament and Human Rights Organizations. 

 


 

 

  

September 10, 2008

 

Toronto

 

Mr. Leonard J. Edwards

Deputy Minister

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0G2. Telephone: (613) 944-4911; Fax: (613) 944-0856

 

Tamil Rehabilitation Organization – Canada

 

Dear Mr. Len,

 

We understand that Mr. Palitha Kohona, Foreign Secretary, Sri Lanka met you recently in Ottawa. It appears he has urged the Canadian government to ban the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization – Canada (TRO-Canada) in the same fashion as the LTTE and the WTM. He might have cited the ban imposed on TRO (USA) by US government. as a precedent.

 

The banning of LTTE in 2006 and WTM in June this year has criminalized the entire 300,000 strong Tamil Canadian community. Tamils are facing discrimination at work places, labelled terrorists in schools and potential “terrorists” in the eyes of the RCMP/CSIS. Individual Tamils are spied upon and meetings and rallies clandestinely photographed /videographed.  It has become difficult to hire a hall to stage even cultural shows. Sometimes, the Police refuse security because of perceived connection of the organizer of the event to the LTTE/WTM. It looks though the life of Tamils is no different from Russians under the KGB of the Soviet era!

In the name of fighting anti-terrorism, Canada has embraced a series of policies that abandon perhaps the most elemental and crucial tenet of our democratic society: fair treatment of all citizens under the Canadian Charter.  In lieu of this most fundamental of democratic protections, Canada  adopted a panicked, racist, and unfair legislation that had eroded human rights protection. The Anti-Terrorism law is reminiscent of the McCarthy era which politicians condemn in hindsight while supporting similar tactics today.

There is a long history of oppression of Tamils in Sri Lanka since independence. We ourselves were victims of Sri Lanka’s state terrorism.  Tamils in their thousands fled Sri Lanka to escape persecution and political oppression based on ethnicity and religion.

 

The current war in Sri Lanka between the majority Sinhalese (64% Buddhists) and minority Tamils who are largely Hindus is not a civil war like in Nepal. It is an ethnic war between the Sinhalese Nation and Tamil Nation.   

 

Right now a human tragedy of starvation, disease and death is unfolding in Vanni where more than 220,000 men, women and children have been internally displaced because of the intensive bombing and shelling by the armed forces. This human tragedy has been compounded by the government order to INGOs to relocate to government controlled territory in Vavuniya leaving the IDPs to fend for themselves. GoSL has also prohibited media access to the Vanni and other war-affected areas so as to limit international coverage of the conflict and violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. The government has also banned and/or restricted transport of food, medicine, cloths, tents etc into Vanni. Only TRO (Sri Lanka) is on the ground to provide what ever little humanitarian assistance possible.

 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern over “the safety and freedom of movement of civilians and  allowing humanitarian organizations to reach persons affected by the fighting who need humanitarian assistance.”

 

At a recent  interview given by Gen. Sarath Fonseka, the influential Army Commander, who voiced his conception of Sri Lanka: "The Sinhala nation has to sacrifice if you want to protect the country and survive….. In any democratic country the majority should rule the country. This country will be ruled by the Sinhalese community which is the majority representing 74 percent of the population" (The Daily News – 19.7.2008).  If this ultra-Fascist theory is applied to Canada, the break-up of the country would have been a fait-accompli long ago. 

 

Palitha Kohona  represents a country that was booted out from the UN Human Rights Council recently. Sri Lanka is guilty of human rights abuses, enforced disappearances, torture, detention without trial, corruption, inefficiency and profligacy.

 

We hope the Canada  will not succumb to the pressure tactics of an internationally discredited government. It  will be a monumental blunder and a tragedy of the first magnitude to those Tamils languishing in varying degrees of deprivation and degradation sans shelter, medicine and other basic needs.  

Yours truly,

 

 

Veluppillai Thangavelu
President

 

Cc: Hon. Stephen Harper, Leader of Conservative Party and Prime Minister of Canada; Hon. Stéphane Dion, Leader of Liberal Party;   Hon. Gilles Duceppe, Leader of Bloc Québécois Party; Hon. Jack Layton, Leader of NDP; Cabinet Ministers; Members of Parliament and Human Rights Organizations. 

 

 


 

September 02, 2008

 

Toronto

 

The editor

Tor Star

Toronto.

 

Sri Lankan envoy praises Canadian ban – A Response

 

Dear Sir,

 

This refers to the news story filed by Gagandeep Ghuman titled “Sri Lankan envoy praises Canadian ban” in today’s Tor Star.

 

We are not amused that Tor Star has given wide publicity to a visiting Sri Lankan envoy who has thanked the Canadian government for banning the World Thamil Movement (WTM) - “one of many expatriate organizations supplying the Liberation Tigers of Thamil Eelam behind a veneer of humanitarian goals.” The WTM was a community based organization and was not involved in the business of supplying arms to LTTE or any other group. WTM was banned for allegedly raising funds for the LTTE – a charge that will be legally challenged in the federal courts soon.

 

Banning organizations to eliminate terrorism will not succeed if the root cause why Thamil youths  took to arms is not addressed.  Terrorists are not born; they are made by their oppressors.  The enemy also determines the mode of war and the type of weapons they  carry.   

 

In a recent interview, Gen. Sarath Fonseka, the influential Army Commander, voiced his conception of Sri Lanka: "The Sinhala nation has to sacrifice if you want to protect the country and survive….. In any democratic country the majority should rule the country. This country will be ruled by the Sinhalese community which is the majority representing 74 percent of the population" (The Daily News – 19.7.2008).

 

Shorn of pompous sophistry and verbiage the Army Commander thinks Sri Lanka is the patrimony of the Sinhalese. His logic -  since  Sri Lanka is a Sinhala country the minorities are second class citizens. This in political parlance is called the Mahavamsa mind-set.”   It  is based on the fanatical belief that the Sinhala  race, Buddhist religion, Sinhala language, morals, and political and military power are superior to anyone else’s.

 

The Army Commander goes on to elaborate the nature of the Sinhala supremacist state.  According to him if peace comes it will be a Sinhala peace in a Sinhala country: "Though we give political solutions, those politicians in the North and East cannot solve all the problems faced by the people living in the North and East. In any country the majority community is running the administration. We cannot prevent that situation. If a minority is ruling the majority that is a dangerous situation and it is a problem. That is an unrealistic situation…" (ibid).

 

The Army Commander’s anti-minority phobia runs right down the Sinhala state structure.  Sinhalese are the chosen people and they have the birthright to rule Sri Lanka. In this respect, he  is merely mouthing the oft repeated assertion of President Rajapakse about the non-existence of an ethnic problem in Sri Lanka. This belief axiomatically obviates the need for any power sharing between the minorities and the majority.  The Sinhalese must tighten their belts, put up with corruption  and sacrifice willingly to protect their dominant status from minority challenges. This in short is the root cause of the ethnic conflict.

 

Though  Sinhalese constitute only 74% (in 1948 68%)  95% of the armed forces is Sinhalese, 90% of the public service is Sinhalese, 95 % the Diplomatic Service is Sinhalese. Admissions to Law College are 99% Sinhalese and  to Universities 95% Sinhalese.  The President is a Sinhala – Buddhist,  the Prime Minister is a Sinhala – Buddhist,  the leader of the Opposition is a Sinhala – Buddhist  and the Chief Justice is a Sinhala – Buddhist.  Only political prisoners in Sri Lanka's prisons are  100% Thamils!

 

There is  suspension or arbitrary application of the rule of law and widespread violation of human rights. Twelve journalists, out of which 9 are Thamils,  have been killed and many more physically attacked in the past two years. A fear psychosis has been created where journalists are labeled traitors to the nation for presenting alternative views to all out war. Abductions, arbitrary arrests, torture and indiscriminate killings continue unabated in a culture of impunity as the rule of law gets buried  beneath pounding bombs.

 

On August 4, 2006, 17 members of Action Against Hunger, known by its French acronym ACF, were killed. ACF alleged that the three judicial investigations have been fatally flawed due to "obstructionism, the intrusion of politics into the judicial process, a lack of transparency, and even errors.  Almost two years after 17 of its members were murdered; the ACF has pulled out of Sri Lanka to begin  a new international campaign in the hope of securing  justice.

 

In May this year,  Sri Lanka failed to win  election  for the UN Human Rights Council.  A coalition of NGOs from all regions of the world charged Sri Lanka with widespread disappearances, extrajudicial killings, torture, and a failure to cooperate with UN human rights experts. Three Nobel Peace Prize winners – Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel of Argentina, and former President Jimmy Carter of the United States – also called on UN Members to oppose Sri Lanka’s re-election bid.

“We applaud UN members for rejecting an abusive state which has used its position on the Human Rights Council not to promote human rights, but to protect itself and other violator states from scrutiny,” said Steve Crawshaw, UN Advocacy Director at Human Rights Watch.

Rajapakse is not only at war with the LTTE, he is at war with the media, international human rights organisations, NGOs, humanitarian agencies and its Western allies. Sri Lankan government, under pressure over human rights violations, has  abandoned  support from traditional but rights-sensitive countries like the United States.  Sri Lanka and Iran  signed  eight memoranda of understanding (MoUs) on expansion of mutual cooperation between the two countries in 2007.  Sri Lanka has also  borrowed $1.5 billion from Iran reportedly to fund infrastructure projects. Iran is now bank rolling Sri Lanka with aid and loans worth over 2 billion beating Japan to second place.  

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court have accused Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir of committing war crimes in Darfur. By the same criteria  Mahinda Rajapaksa and his armed forces have committed  numerous war crimes against the minority Thamils, worse than that of  Omar al-Bashir, should also be indicted for war crimes. There shouldn’t be any double standards,

There isn’t a good war criminal and a bad war criminal, all the same, they have to be brought to face the justice and sentenced accordingly.

There is unnecessary prevention of the delivery of humanitarian aid, undue restrictions on the freedom of movement of internally displaced persons, and widespread impunity for serious human rights violations.

 

Fund for Peace (FfP) and Foreign Policy magazine. placed Sri Lanka the 20th in the Failed States Index (FSI) (2006 and 2007 – 25th) Sri Lanka was ranked 2nd worst, next to Sudan in one of the indicators, 'Group Grievances'.

 

Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a report accused security forces and pro-government militias of abducting and "disappearing" hundreds of people - mostly Thamils - since 2006. The HRW said Sri Lanka's government is labeled as one of the "world's worst perpetrators of enforced disappearances."

 

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) that  launched the first ever online database of the world’s minorities and indigenous peoples ranked  Pakistan and Sri Lanka as the two Asian states where the situation has significantly deteriorated in 2008. In the 2008 rankings Afghanistan was  in 4th place and Burma in 5th place  closely followed by Sri Lanka, which has jumped 3 places since 2007 and is listed in 11th place.

 

Transparency International has ranked Sri Lanka 96 th  among 180 countries of the world on the worldwide Corruption Perception Index (CPI).

 

UNDP Human development index for 2007/2008 placed Sri Lanka 99th out of 177 countries surveyed. Canada was placed 4th!

 

Law and Society Trust, a Colombo based-rights group, said 396 persons disappeared in the first half of 2007, the vast majority from the minority Thamil community throughout the country. Other rights organisations have said  2,100 abductions and disappearances were reported between January 2006 and June 2008.  Among the high-profile abduction case reported is Professor S. Raveedranath, vice-chancellor of the Eastern University of Sri Lanka in Batticaloa District. He went missing on December 15, 2006.  

 

Asian Center for Human Rights (ACHR), a New Delhi-based human rights watchdog, in a rights report covering the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), released on August 09, 2008 said "Sri Lanka ranks South Asia’s No.1 human rights violator."  On press freedom, it (Sri Lanka)  ranked No.2 violator only after Bhutan – which has no independent press – because of the systematic attacks on the freedom of expression and journalists, the report said.

"Discrimination lies at the heart of the problem and the introduction of restrictions on Thamils travelling to Colombo are a powerful symbol of government intent. The political ramifications of the exclusion - not least in terms of prospects for a peaceful settlement of the conflict - of an entire ethnic group from the nation’s capital are of deep concern," the report added.

Documenting that "540 persons disappeared across Sri Lanka from January to August 2007," the report pointed out that, "Thamils again suffered disproportionately from disappearances."

 

Worldwide Press Freedom Index, published by Reporters Without Borders, places Sri Lanka in 109 th place, tied with Cambodia and right after U.S.-occupied Iraq.

 

Global Peace Index produced by Vision of Humanity, based on peacefulness determined by 24 qualitative and quantitative indicators ranging from a nation's level of military expenditure to its relations with neighbouring countries and the level of respect for human rights: Sri Lanka ranked 125. Zimbabwe and  Myanmar  - 124 and 126 respectively.

The Pan-Sinhala armed forces is determined to occupy Thamil areas by force. War president Mahinda Rjapakse wants to preserve the unitary status, continue state terrorism and deny self-rule for Thamils.

 

In any pluralist democracy the majority rules, but it is an electoral rather than an ethnic or religious majority. If Sarath Fonseka’s majoritarian concept is applied to Canada, then poor Stephen Harper will be Prime Minister of English Canada only! French Quebec would have overwhelmingly voted for separation and gone its way!

Chauvinistic demagogue like Palitha Kohona who is a US citizen is  paid for political bottom-licking for Sri Lanka.

 

Yours truly,

 

 

 

 

Veluppillai Thangavelu

 


"உலகெங்கும் வாழும் பலகோடி மக்களால் போற்றி வணங்கப்படும் ராமபிரான்" என்று ஜெயலலிதா சொல்வது நல்ல நகைச்சுவை. வட இந்தியாவுக்கு அப்பால் இராமன் பெரிதாகப் பேசப்படுவதில்லை. தமிழ்நாட்டிலேயே இராமனுக்குக் கோயில் இல்லை. இராமனுக்காக உயிரைவிடும் ஜெயலலிதா அண்ணாவின் பெயரை கட்சிக்கு வைத்திருப்பதும் அவரது படத்தை கொடியில் வைத்திருப்பதும் கண்டிக்கத்தக்கது. அண்ணா நீதிதேவன் மயக்கத்தில் இராமனை மரத்தின் பின்னால்் ஒளிந்து நின்று வாலியைக் கொன்ற கோழை என்று சித்திரிக்கிறார். நல்ல நகைச்சுவை. இராமர் பற்றிய அவரது கருத்து அவரது குலத்துக்கு எற்ற மதவுணர்வையே வெளிப்படுகிறது. இராமனை கடவுள் அவதாரம் என்று கொள்பவர்களுக்கு தமிழகத்தில் இடம் இல்லை. இல்லை என்பவர்கள் தமிழகத்தை விட்டு ஓடிவிட வேண்டும். இராமாயணம் ஆரியர் - திராவிடர் இடையிலான போரைச் சித்திரிக்கும் ஒரு கற்பனைக் காவியம். இராமாயணத்தில் இராமன் நீரில் மூழ்கி தற்கொலை செய்து கொள்கிறான். அப்படிப் பட்டவன் எப்படி அவதாரமாக இருக்க முடியும்? சீதையைக் காணவில்லை என்றவுடன் தலையில் கைவைத்து அழும் கோழை எப்படி கடவுள் அவதாரமாக இருக்க முடியும்? தனது மனைவியின் நடத்தையில் அய்யம் கொண்டு காட்டுக்கு அனுப்புகிறவன் எப்படி அவதாரமாக இருக்க முடியும்? அனுமான் குரங்கு என்றால் அவன் எப்படிப் பேசி இருக்க முடியும்? தமிழகத்தின் மேம்பாட்டுக்கு குறுக்குச்சாள் ஓட்டும் ஜெயலலிதா தனது சொந்த மாநிலமான கர்நாடகத்துக்கு ஓடிவிட வேண்டும். (Thatstamil - Juky 25 , 2008)
 


தமிழர்களுடைய வரலாற்றை புரட்டிப் பார்்தால் தமிழர்கள் மத்தியில் ஒற்றுமை இல்லாத காரணத்தால் நாடும் அரசும் இழந்து  தாழ்ந்து போனார்கள்.  ஏன் அழிந்து போனார்கள் என்றே சொல்லலாம். பல்லவர், சேர, சோழ, பாண்டியர்கள் எதிரியிடம்  மோதியதைவிட தங்களுக்குள் மோதிய வரலாறே அதிகம். பிற்கால சோழர்கள் பாண்டியர்களையும் சேரர்களையும் புறங்கண்டு சோழப் பேரரசை நிறுவினார்கள். பின்னர் 13 ஆம நூற்றாண்டில் பாண்டியர்கள் சோழப் பேரரசை வீழ்த்தி பழி தீர்த்துக் கொண்டார்கள்.  ஆறு பேர் ஒரே சமயத்தில் பாண்டிய நாட்டை ஆண்ட பரிதாப  நிலையும் இருந்தது. ஆட்சியின் காரணமாக அண்ணன் தம்பி,தந்தை மகன் ஆகியவர்களுக்கு இடையே சண்டைகள் நடந்தன மேலும் ஆட்சிக்காக தந்தையை மகன் கொன்ற சம்பவங்களும் இடம் பெற்றன. வீரபாண்டியன் தன்னுடைய உடன்பிறப்பு சுந்தரபாண்டியனைத் தோற்கடித்து தந்தையையும் கொன்றான். அஞ்சி ஓடிய சுந்தரபாண்டியன் தில்லி சென்று அலாவுதீன் கில்ஜியின் உதவியை நாடினான். மாலிக்காபூர் படையோடு வந்து வீரபாண்டியனைத் தோற்கடித்து சுந்தரபாண்டியனை அரியணையில் இருத்தினான். பின்னர் பராக்கிராமபாண்டியன் ஆட்சிக்கு வந்தான். கியாசுதீனின்  மகனான உலூக்கானைனப் படைத்தலைவன் பாண்டிநாட்டு மீது படையெடுத்து வந்து பராக்கிரம பாண்டியனைத் தோற்கடித்துச் சிறையில் அடைத்தான். இவ்வாறு பாண்டிய நாடு தில்லி சுல்தானின் ஆட்சிக்கு உள்ளானது.

தமிழகத்தில் ஊடுருவிய சைவம்,  வைணவம், பவுத்தம், சமணம் தங்களுக்குள் முட்டிமோதி தமிழ் இனத்தை சமய அடிப்படையில் பிரித்து   வலுவிழக்கச் செய்தன.  தமிழர்களை சாதிகளாகப் பிரித்த சைவமும் வைணமும் தமிழ் இனத்தை மேலும் பலவீனப்படுத்தியது. 

இப்போது கலைஞர் கருணாநிதி சோழனுக்கும் மருத்துவர் இராமதாஸ்  பாண்டியன் இருவருக்கும்  நடைபெறும் நிழல் யுததம் தமிழினத்தைக் கூறுபோட்டு வலுவிழக்கச் செய்யும்.  ஊர் இரண்டு பட்டால் கூத்தாடிக்குத்தான் இலாபம் என்பதுபோல ஜெயலலிதா, துக்ளக்  சோ, இந்து ராம்  போன்ற தமிழ்ப் பகைவர்கள்தான்  திமுக -பாமக மோதலால் பலன் அடைவார்கள்.  இந்தப் பின்புலத்தில் சிறுத்தைகள் அமைப்பின் பொதுச்செயலர் தொல். திருமாவளவன் முனெடுக்கும் தூது வரவேற்கத்தக்கது.   ஆறு மாதங்களுக்கு முன் நடந்த ஒரு சம்பவத்தை திமுக இப்போது தோண்டி எடுத்திருக்க வேண்டியதில்லை.

 


 

இராஜீவ் காந்தியின் உயிர் வெல்லம இந்திய அமைதிப் படையால் கொல்லப்பட்ட. கற்பழிக்கப்பட்ட, சித்திரவதை செய்யப்பட்ட தமிழீழத் தமிழர்களது உயிர்கள் மண்ணாங்கட்டி என்று நினைப்பது தவறு.
 

இராஜீவ் காந்தி கொல்லப்பட்டதற்கு அரவது முட்டாள்த்தனமான வெளியுறவுக் கொள்கையே காரணம் ஆகும்.

 

1989 ஆம் ஆண்டு ஆகஸ்ட் மாதம் 2-4 வரையுள்ள ன்று நாள்களிலும் வல்வெட்டித்துறையில் இந்திய இராணுவம் நடத்திய படுகொலைகள் வரலாறு காணாத துன்பியல் ஆகும்.
 

1989 ஆம் ஆண்டு ஆகஸ்டு மாதம் 2 ஆம் நாள் வல்வெட்டித்துறை சந்தைச் சதுக்கத்தில் காலை 11 மணிக்கு யாரும் எதிர்பாராத விதமாக விடுதலைப் புலிகளுக்கும் இந்திய இராணுவத்திற்கும் இடையே மோதல் ஏற்பட்டது. அதில் 6 இந்தியப் படை வீரர்கள் இறந்ததுடன் 11 பேர் காயம் அடைந்தனர்.

இதனை அடுத்து இந்தியப் படை பிரபாகரனின் சொந்த ஊரான வல்வெடித்துறைக் கிராமத்தைச் சேர்ந்த 63   க்கும் அதிகமான ஆண்கள், பெண்கள், குழந்தைகள் ஆகியோரைக் கொன்றதோடு அந்த ஊருக்குத் தீ வைத்து வீடு வாசல்களை எரித்தது. மொத்தம் 123 வீடுகள் அடியோடு நாசமாக்கப்பட்டன. 45 கடைகள் முழுமையாக எரிக்கப்பட்டுச் சாம்பலாயின. 12 மீன்பிடிப் படகுகள் நாசம் செய்யப்பட்டன. 176 மீன்பிடி வலைகள் எரிக்கப்பட்டன. பல வீடுகளில் தங்க நகைகள் பணம் மின்னணுப் பொருள்கள் இந்திய இராணுவத்தினரால் கொள்ளையடிக்கப்பட்டன. ஏராளமான பெண்கள் மிக மோசமான முறையில் கற்பழிக்கப்பட்டார்கள்.

இந்தக் கொலைகளை  முன்னாள் பாதுகாப்பு அமைச்சர் யோர்ஜ் பெர்னான்டஸ் "வியட்நாமின் மைலா" என வருணித்துள்ளார்.

 

யாழ்ப்பாணம் மருத்துவமனையில் பணியில் இருந்து 3 மருத்துவர்கள், 4 செவிலியர்கள் உட்பட 21 பணியாளர்கள் இந்திய இராணுவத்தினால் கண்மூடித்தனமாகச் சுட்டுக் கொல்லப்பட்டார்கள்.  (ஆனந்தவிகடனில் வந்த செய்திக்குப் பதில் - யூன் 10,2008)

 


 


இந்தியப் படை உள்ளே சுட்டுக்கொண்டே வந்தபோது மாடி அறை ஒன்றில் இருந்த டாக்டர்கள் இந்த ஒலி கேட்டுக் கீழே இறங்கி வந்து கொண்டிருந்தார்கள். 'இது மருத்துவமனைஇ நாங்கள் டாக்டர்கள்" என அவர்கள் அலறியதற்கு இந்தியப் படை செவிசாய்க்கவில்லை. மாடிப்படிகளிலேயே அவர்களைச் சுட்டுத் தள்ளினார்கள். மருத்துவமனையின் பல பகுதிகளில் கண்மூடித்தனமாகத் துப்பாக்கியால் சுட்டார்கள். 

நோயாளிகள் மற்றும் பொதுமக்கள் 109 பேர் சுட்டுக் கொல்லப்பட்டார்கள். அந்த மருத்துவமனையில் 89 ஆகிய இரண்டு பிரிவுகள் முழுமையாகச் சேதம் அடைந்துவிட்டன. .

1975 ஆம் ஆண்டு நிடத்தப்பட்ட அவசரகாலக் கொடுமைகளுக்கு 1980ஆம் ஆண்டு பிரதமர் இந்திரா மன்னிப்புக் கேட்டார்.
 

1984 ஆம் ஆண்டு நிடைபெற்ற சீக்கியர்கள் படுகொலை நிகழ்ச்சிக்கு 2005 ஆம் ஆண்டு பிரதமர் மன்மோகன்சிங் மன்னிப்புக் கேட்டார்.
 

1989ஆம் ஆண்டு இலங்கை சென்ற இந்திய அமைதிப்படை செய்த கொலைகளுக்கு கற்பழிப்புக்கு  ஏன் யாரும் மன்னிப்புக் கேட்கவில்லை? தமிழர்களது உயிர்கள் அவ்வளவு மலிவானவையா? 

 

இந்திய இராணுவக் காட்டுமிராண்டிகளால் கற்பழிக்கப்பட்ட தானு என்ற பெண்ணே இராஜிவ் காந்தியைக் கொலை செய்து பழி தீர்த்துக் கொண்டார். இதுதான் உண்மை.


 


 

Dear Mr Thangavelu,
 
You are free to consider me as a RAW agent though let me reiterate for one more time that it is not at all true. And to brand every independent analyst as an agent of one person or another is again a part of a mindset -- that "if you are not with me, you are against me!"
 
Please credit yourself with greater intelligence to be able to distinguish between paid agents of one side or another to any conflict, and one whose views may be independent and still could be "tilted" in the eyes of one or the other party to an issue such as this. It does not help anyone to brand anyone else, again in a situation such as this.
 
As I have repeatedly mentioned in our on-again-off-again mails, I am all for fellow-Tamils in Sri Lanka getting their legitimate due that has been snatched away from them. I have also nothing against the LTTE and Prabhakaran. If anything, I have had equal admiration for them both, but viewing the emerging scenario from the outside, I have a perception that is entirely different from what you may have as someone deeply involved and committed to the cause.
 
I do agree to many of the points you have mentioned, including the Kattanayake I attack, and the arms-acquisition during the CFA. TheLTTE's capture of Elephant Pass, was, yes, historic, and highly commendable in the annals of war anywhere. I have not contested them, either. As for the 'smoke screen' part, it's limited only to the Rajiv Gandhi assassination and Amirthalingam killing.
 
As for the LTTE's appeal to the Tamils of Tamil Nadu, I was only writing about how it would and could be construed -- other than to the fact that it has had lukewarm response in the State. Let me tell you as someone living in India, and an Indian at heart -- it is not just the 'Rajiv Gandhi assassination' that made the change. It was the beginning of a change that the assassination may have initiated.
 
Coupled with the assassination, you have had the economic reforms in India, which has changed the face of developed States like Tamil Nadu and the attitude of average Tamils in the State. They have no time even for MK and JJ, and even cadre-based parties like the Communist parties do not draw even a hundred persons for their street-corner meetings, if they are not provided with chairs. In a State where DMK/AIADMK campaign meetings used to draw a million or at least a half of it for State conferences, etc, they are not able to get even a hundred thousand or so (withoutspending money).
 
People are busy mending their businesses (which for the younger gneeration over the past two decades or so is fetching  a seat in the engineering college, then winning a job in a campus interview, with their eyes set on a job in the West, ultimately). Families spend time, money and energy putting children through the mill from their Grade One, if not earlier, with the result the youth today have no knowledge or hope of being able to know anything on anything other than their studies -- that too, to the limited extent of scoring marks.Compared to their counteparts in Sri Lanka, for instance, the youth of Tamil Nadu today are unaware of anything about literature, English or Tamil, history, ancient or contemporary. They do not read the newspapers, and if they do, it is only to find out what is on in cinema halls/discos over the weekend.
 
It is this point that I was highlighting, and I have brought this to the notice of your brethren at arms who keep meeting me occasionally at Chennai, SL Diaspora representatives visiting the city occasionally.
 
I would appreciate your continued communication, which can still be educative for me on matters and perceptions that I may not know, still. I may still not agree to what you say, but I still have respect for your views and information.
 
With regards,
sathiya moorthy

 


From: athangav@sympatico.ca
To: sathiyam54@hotmail.com
Subject: Talking to Tamil Nadu:Talking to Colombo
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2008 18:37:01 -0400
 

Dear Sathiya Moorthy,

As usual you did not get your facts correct. You write in a tangent. What is the connection between “good behaviour’ by the LTTE and Rajiv Gandhi and Amirthalingam?

Your statement “the LTTE has used the smoke-screen of peace-intention, tempting the other party to lower the guard, before striking hard” is outrageous. If you read recent history carefully, every cease-fire initiated by the LTTE was at a time when they were militarily strong. Not the other way round.  The devastating attack by LTTE on Katunayake airport caused losses of military and civilian assets running into millions. The capture of Elephant Pass after 34 days siege made military history.

The CFA followed because the government had no alternative but to agree to a ceasefire and peace talks. The CFA for your information did not prohibit acquisition of weapons or recruitment of cadres/soldiers by either side.  

You also confirm my long held suspicion that you are a RAW agent on its payroll. This is because of your unsolicited concern about Mahattayya’s fate.  Mahattayya was dealt with the way all military organizations deal with traitors. He allowed himself to be used by RAW to depose Prabhakaran. The plot was hatched by RAW and poor Mahattayya had to pay the price with his life! You don’t expect a guerilla organization like the LTTE to use kid gloves to deal with traitors.  

As for the following statement you have allowed your imagination to run riot. 

Read together, it has dangerous implications – for India, in particular. In plain terms, it was a call by the LTTE, for the Tamils of Tamil Nadu to revolt against the Indian State and the elected governments in Tamil Nadu and at the Centre. That the call has had lukewarm response in Tamil Nadu, as more recent appeals of the kind from the LTTE sympathisers in the State has had over the past years does not mean that peripheral groups and individuals would not take the LTTE seriously. However, in most cases, it has remained a commercial transaction, where big money is involved.  

Do you call an appeal to the people of Thamil Nadu as a call to revolt against TN State and Indian government? This is noting but sheer propaganda to scare people. It is a different matter that you will not succeed in your endeavours! 

Prabhakaran has emerged as a historical figure who has re-written the martial history of Thamils as never before in the annals of 2,000 years old Thamil history. He has unified the 80 million Thamils and has given new blood and flesh to Thamil nationalism.  Future historians will allocate many chapters to his military prowess while the likes of MK and JJ will receive only footnotes! 

 

 

Thangavelu 

 


 

More powerful wrote off the LTTE in the past. Anuruddha Ratwatte gave Prabhakaran two choices. To surrender or jump into the Indian ocean. A former National Security Minister Ranjan Wijeratne boasted that seeing the Sinhala  army  the LTTE cadres will wet their shorts! Poor man. His body parts strewn all over have to be collected painstakingly in polythene bags! What has this editor to say about the carpet bombing of Vanni and killing scores of  Thamil civilans.)

 


 

Prabhath

Tamil traitors are always hailed as heroes by Sinhalese racists like the editor of The Island. Fortunately they don't last long and go down in the dustbin of history. What a song and dance is being made to paint V.Anandasangaree leader of a one man party as a giant among politicians! Same goes to Pillaiyan. A sinner in the eyes of Sinhalese establishment all of a sudden elevated as a saint!

 

Thanga


Dear Sathiya Moorthy

 

While I appreciate your interest in reviving  or commencing  fresh talks between the LTTE and the GoSLthere is not the slightest indication from the GoSl that it is interested in talking to the LTTE. All what we hereis about destroying the LTTE and restoring democracy (of the Sinhala variety).

I  am at a loss to know from where you are getting the signals that the GoSL is willing  for talks.

There are no such signals or indications. On  the contrary Turn-coat Hisbullah told the Sunday Times  on May 18, 2008  “All that the President told us was that he wanted to finish the war soon and therefore wanted Pillaiyan to be the CM [chief minister].”

Rajapakse’s decision to appoint Pillaiyan as the Chief Minister  is an ominous signal  that the government intends to continue to use the armed thugs of the TMVP, not only to suppress opposition in the East, but to support the military’s ongoing operations in the North.  

If you had read the history of LTTE,  the LTTE leader will never agree for talks under pressure or threat.He will rather honourably lose a war than  compromise his principles.  It is this sterling leadership that distinguish Prabhakaran from all  others.  

My grouse is you are talking about talks when there is no such even in the distant horizon. There is no such  

move even slightly on the part of the GoSL. The title and the thrust of your article is extremely misleading and unrealistic.  

Mahinda Rajapakse, like his predecessor J.R.Jeyawardena,   wants to defeat the LTTE by joining even with the devil and then  a impose dictated peace as in the east.

  

 

Thangavelu

  


from: n.sathiya moorthy, chennai, 19 May 08

Dear Mr Thangavelu,
 
Thanks for the attachment, on the Sri Lankan Government saying no to Norwegian facilitation. I received this mail after replying to your earlier one.
 
Personally, I would say that the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE could negotiate between themselves, without outside facilitation, India included.
 
Maybe, the initial ground could be laid by the TNA, which after all is a legal body under the Sri Lankan law, with freedom to walk and talk in Colombo. Yes, the LTTE would have to be involved at the appropirate time -- and in ways that lead to a final settlement. 
 
It is my personal view that with the international community very much in place, no Government in Colombo would be able to renege on the kind of B-C and D-C commitments when made. Of course, the 'international safety-net' should then be made available to guarantee the Tamils' case vis a vis the Sri Lankan State, whichever party or leader is in power. To reduce the Tamil reservations to mere names like Rajapakse or Kumaratunga does not serve the larger and long-term interests of the Tamil community. Or, so I feel.
 
With regards,
sathiya moorthy
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The editor

Sunday Observer

Colombo.

 

The Sunday Observer which is the mouth piece of the Sinhala government has to do propaganda

for on behalf of  its masters. Those who put Rs.100 bread inside their mouths. Propaganda includes vilification and innuendoes.

Those who write even mildly critical of the government is savaged by its correspondents using their  vitriolic pens.  

Any fool will tell you that devolution under the 13th Amendment is "limited" because the  devolution is effected within the parameters of a UNITARY constitution. The Sinhalese racists don't understand or pretend ignorance. None other than former President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said that the ethnic problem cannot be solved under the present constitution.

Is she  also pro LTTE?  

Is the cost of the war as same as the destruction caused by the LTTE? Is LTTE having a war budget that of 1.5 billion US dollars just for one year like the government? Each rocket fired by the army costs Rs.250, 000 as  owned up by a Cabinet Minister. Hundreds of bombs have been dropped in Vanni. How much each cost? What about the destruction caused by the Sinhalar in Northeast?  

13,000 families homes and farms in Jaffna peninsula is occupied by the occupation army since 1995. That how they "liberated" Jaffna "from the clutches of the Tigers". In the east the Sinhala army liberated Mutur east at the cost of throwing more than 3,700 families

consisting of 17,000 people from 23 villages? It is now declared a High Security Zone! For whose security these HSZs are created? 

Thamils are commemorating the destruction of the Jaffna library by thugs wearing  Police uniform on the night of 31st  1981.

97,000 books were set on fire along with the building? How much is the destruction in terms of culture? 

The Sinhalese must see themselves as others see them. Not indulge in propaganda  and call names. BBC has more credibility than the government  propaganda sheet the Sunday Observer!

 

Yours truly

 

 

V.Thangavelu


செந்தில்

 

சொற்களை ஒலிக்கும் போது வல்லினம் மிகுகிறதா இல்லையா?

தொல்காப்பியர் காலத்தில் பன்மையைக் குறிக்க கள் விகுதி உயர்திணையில் இருக்கவில்லை.

இப்போது இருக்கிறது. எப்படி? 

திரு  என்ற அடை பக்திகாலத்தில் பெயருடன்தான் வந்தது. திருக்கோயில், திருமாறன். 

இப்போது தனித்து வருகிறது - திரு கண்ணன், திரு செந்தில். எப்படி? 

ஆங்கிலத்தில் Mr Mister Missis  ஆகிய சொற்களே இன்று  தமிழில் திரு திருவாளர் திருமதி

என எழுதப்படுகிறது. எப்படி? 

எல்லோரும் என்பது பிழை எல்லாரும் என்பதே சரி என்கிறார்கள் இலக்கணவாதிகள்.

எல்லோரும் என்று சொன்னால் என்ன குறை? 

கோயில் சரியா? கோவில் சரியா? அல்லது இரண்டும் சரியா? கோயில் தான் சரி. கோவில் போலி. 

செய்நன்றி சரியா? செய்ந்நன்றி சரியா?  

கைமாறு சரியா?  கைம்மாறு சரியா?

கருப்பு சரியா? கறுப்பு சரியா? கறுப்புத்தான் சரி. 

 

முடிவாக இலக்கணம் மொழிக்காகவா? மக்களுக்காகவா?

 

நக்கீரன்

 

 

 

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Friday, May 16, 2008 4:16 PM

Subject: பிழை


 

ஒரு திருத்தம்.

திருநிறைச் செல்வன், திருநிறைச் செல்வி

இந்தத் தொடரில் இடம்பெறும் "நிறை" என்னும் சொல் வினைத்தொகையாக வருகிறது.  நிறைந்த, நிறைகிற, நிறையும்.

ஆக, வல்லெழுத்து மிகாது.

ஊறுகாய் சுடுகாடு / இடுகாடு  போன்று, திருநிறைசெல்வன்/திருநிறைசெல்வி என்றே எழுதவேண்டும்.

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அறத்திற்கே அன்புசார் பென்ப அறியார்
மறத்திற்கும் அஃதே துணை (குறள் 76)

 

 


 

திரு.கருணாகரமூர்த்தி

 

வணக்கம். மடல் எழுதி உங்கள் கருத்தைத் தெரிவித்தற்கு நன்றி.

நோயைச் சொன்ன நீங்கள் மருந்தையும் சொல்லியிருக்கலாம்.

 ஒரு சொல்லுக்குப் பல பொருள் தமிழில் உண்டு. எடுத்துக்காட்டாக

அறம் என்ற சொல்லுக்கு 47 வெவ்வேறு பொருள் உண்டு. அது போலவே

திரு என்ற சொல்லுக்கும் பல பொருள் உண்டு. செல்வம், அழகு, மேன்மை......................

சங்க காலத்துக்குப் பின்னர் தமிழ்மொழி வளர்ச்சி வடமொழி மேலாண்மையால்

தடைபட்டது. இதனால் கலைசொல் ஆக்கம் தடைபட்டது. 

சங்க காலத்துத் தமிழர்கள் பூ என்ற சொல்லுக்கு அதன் பருவத்தையும் உருவத்தையும்

வெளிக்காட்ட பல சொற்களை ஆக்கி இருக்கிறார்கள்.

 

அரும்பு -  அரும்பும் நிலை
    மொட்டு -  மொக்குவிடும் நிலை
    முகை  -  முகிழ்க்கும் நிலை
    போது  -  மலரும் நிலை
    மலர்   -  மலர்ந்த நிலை
    அலர்   -  நன்றாக மலர்ந்த நிலை
    வீ     -  வாடும் நிலை
    செம்மல் -  வதங்கும் நிலை

அரும்பு. மொட்டு, மலர், அலர், வீ

 

தொல்காப்பியர் காலத்தில் நிறுவன மதம் இருக்கவில்லை. சைவம், வைணவம், சமணம்,

புத்தம் தமிழர்களுக்கு அந்நியமானவை. சமயம் தொடர்பான சொற்கள் பலவற்றுக்கு ஏற்ற

தமிழ் சொற்கள் இருக்கவில்லை. எனவே அவற்றை உருவாக்க வேண்டியிருந்தது. மணிமேகலை

ஆசிரியர் சாத்தனார், திருமந்திரம் பாடிய திருமூலர் முடிந்த மட்டும் தமிழ்ப்படுத்தினார்கள். 

ஆசீர்வாதம் அப்படியான ஒரு சொல்.  அதனை அருள்வாழ்த்து என்று கூறலாம்.

 

nfhOe;J         Foe;ijg; gUtk;

 

jspH            ,sikg; gUtk;

 

,iy           fhjw; gUtk;

 

gOg;G           KJikg; gUtk;

 

rUF            ,Wjpg; gUtk;

 

 

கலைச் சொல் ஆக்கம் நடந்தவண்ணமே உள்ளது. புரட்டல் என்ற

வேர்ச் சொல்லில் இருந்து புரட்சி பிறந்தது. இப்படி அச் சொல்லை உருவாக்கியவர்

பாரதியார். பண்பாடு ஆளுமை இரண்டும் ஆங்கிலச் சொற்களின் கருத்தாக்கம்.

 

செர்மனி என்று எழுதுவதுதான் தொல்காப்பியத்தின் படி சரி. கம்பர் லஷ்மணனை

இலக்குவன் என ஒலிமாற்றம் செய்தது தொல்காப்பிய இலக்கணத்தை ஒட்டியே.

 

தனிப்பட்ட முறையில் எனக்கு கிரந்த எழுத்துக்களை வேறு வழியில்லாவிட்டால்

பயன்படுத்துவது சம்மதமே!

 

நக்கீரன் 

 

 

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2008 7:05 AM

Subject: Re: Pure Thamil words


 


அன்புடன் தங்காவுக்கு;

 

சிறு தமிழகராதியை அனுப்பிவைத்ததுக்கு நன்றி.

ஆனாலும் பலசொற்களின் தமிழ்ப்பதப்பெயர்ப்பு அவசரத்தில் பண்ணியதுபோன்று உள்ளது.
சில சிரிப்பையும் வரவழைத்தன.
எ+காட்டாக:-
ஆசீர்வாதம் என்றால் Blessing இதற்கு வாழ்த்து என்று தரப்பட்டுள்ளது. வாழ்த்துதல் என்பது Greeting.
இரண்டுக்கும் வேறுபாடுண்டு.
அகங்காரம் என்பதும் தன்முனைப்பு என்பதுவும் ஒன்றல்ல...... வெவ்வேறானவை.
அவ்வாறே அற்புதம் என்பது Amazing. புதுமை என்பது Novelty. இதை சிறுபிள்ளைகளே அறிவர்.

இதுபோலவே வக்கிரம்- கோணல் , சொற்பம்- சொஞ்சம் என்ற பதப்பெயர்ப்புகளும் சிரிப்பை வரவழைத்தன.

இன்னும் நீங்கள் ஜீவனோபாயம், விச்ராந்தி, த்வனி , Busy, appointment, Bar (உணவகங்களில் குடிப்பதற்க்கெனத் தனியாக உள்ள தடுப்பு) போன்ற சொற்களையும் சேர்த்துச் சிந்திக்கலாம்.

தவிரவும்..........
ஜெர்மனியை செர்மனி என்று எழுதுவதுபற்றி நீங்கள் என்ன நினைக்கிறீர்கள்?

நன்றி

பொ.கருணாகரமூர்த்தி, பெர்லின்.

thangav <athangav@sympatico.ca> wrote:


சக்தி பரமலிங்கம்
கனடிய தமிழ் வானொலி

 

அன்புடையீர்

 

வணக்கம். தமிழ்க்கலை, தொழில்நுட்பக் கல்லூரி மே 25-31 வரை தமிழ்மொழிக் கிழமையைக் கொண்டாட இருக்கிறது. இந்தக் கொண்டாட்டத்தின் போது பிறமொழிச் சொற்களைத் தவிர்த்து தூய தமிழை ஊடகங்கள் பயன்படுத்த வேண்டும் என்பது வலியுறுத்தப்படும்.  தமிழ்ச் சொற்களோடு பிறமொழி கலப்பது சோற்றோடு கற்களைக் கலப்பது போன்றது.  

பிறமொழிச் சொற்களுக்குப் பதில் தூய தமிழ்ச்சொற்கள் பயன்படுத்தப்படுவது தொடக்கத்தில் வில்லங்கமாக இருக்கும். அதற்காக ஆங்கிலச் சொற்களுக்கு ஈடான தமிழ்ச் சொற்களைக் கண்டு பிடிக்கு முன்னர் வாழ்நாள் போய்பிடும் என நினைப்பது தவறு. 

எடுத்துக்காட்டாக இருபது முப்பது ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன்னர் அச்சடித்த திருமண அழைப்பிதழையும் இன்று அச்சடிக்கப்படும் திருமண அழைப்பிதழையும் ஒப்பிட்டுப் பார்த்தால் தனித் தமிழப்; பயன்பாடு மேம்பாடு அடைந்திருப்பது கண்கூடு. அது மட்டுமல்ல தமிழின் சுவை அதிகரிப்பதையும் காணலாம். 

சில ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன்புவரை தமிழர்களது திருமண அழைப்பிதழ்களில் விவாகம், சுப முகூர்த்தம், பத்திரிகை, ஸ்ரீ, வருஷம், மாஸம், தேதி, சிரஞ்சீவி, சௌபாக்கியவதி, கனிஷ்ட, சிரேஷ்ட, நிச்சயம், இஷ்டமித்திர, பந்து, ஜன சமேதராக விஜயம் செய்து தம்பதிகளை ஆசீர்வதித்து ஏகுமாறு பிரார்த்திக்கின்றோம் என்றுதான் எழுதப்பட்டது. 

தனித்தமிழ் இயக்கம் காரணமாக இன்று திருமணம், நல்வேளை, அழைப்பிதழ், ஆண்டு, திங்கள், நாள், திருநிறைச் செல்வன், திருநிறைச் செல்வி, தலைமகன், தலைமகள், உறுதி, உற்றார் உறவினர், வந்திருந்து, வருகை தந்து மணமக்களை வாழ்த்தியருளும்படி வேண்டுகிறோம் என மாற்றப்பட்டு விட்டது. 

பேட்டி என்ற உருதுச் சொல்லுக்கு மாற்றான தமிழ்சொல் நேர்காணல் அல்லது செவ்வி. 

விசேட என்ற சொல்லுக்கு மாற்றான தமிழ்ச்சொல் சிறப்பு 

நிமிடத்துக்கு மாற்றான சொல் மணித்துளி 

ஆரம்பம் என்ற சொல்லுக்கு ஈடான தமிழ்ச் சொல் தொடக்கம் 

மேலதிக தரவுகளுக்கு கீழ்க்கண்ட இணையதள பக்கத்தைப் பார்க்கவும்.

 

சிபிசி வானொலி வள்ளுவர் ஆண்டை கிறகேறியன் ஆண்டோடு சொல்கிறது. கனடிய தமிழ் வானொலியும் அதனைப் பின்பற்றலாம். மேலும் நாள் ஒரு குறள் சொல்லி அதற்கு விளக்கம் கொடுக்கலாம்.

 

http://mei-pungkaadan.blogspot.com/2008/05/blog-post_14.html 

தமிழ்ச்சோலை வானொலிக்கு 7 – 8 வரை நேரம் ஒதுக்கினாலும் இரண்டு மணித்துளி பிந்தித் தொடங்கி 2 மணித்துளி முந்தி முடிப்பதே வழக்கமாக உள்ளது. இது மாற்றப்பட வேண்டும். 

காலப்போக்கில் கதவானொலி நிகழ்ச்சிகள் சிறப்பாகவும் சீராகவும் அமையும் என எதிர்பார்க்கிறேன்.

 

அன்புடன்

 

 

நக்கீரன்

 


Vanakkam Selvan:
 

            Thank you for forwarding the interesting and informative article. When there is even a minor inaccuracy in the article the whole article becomes suspect.

           What Gunanathan said is only partially right. The way palmyrah toddy is consumed is not the same as coconut toddy. Palmyrah toddy is mostly consumed fresh, especially the one tapped from a female tree, (PeN Panai). Coconut toddy is consumed mostly after fermentation. There was a belief that coconut toddy consumed fresh triggers arthritis.

There are two type of consumers. The regulars take old toddy (Pazhaya Kallu)  that contains higher percentage of alcohol the occasional drinkers prefer fresh toddy, mostly palmyrah toddy. Left over toddy is mixed with new toddy.

 

It is thought fresh female palmyrah toddy possess medicinal value. When I was young I was lean (stll) and my father arranged with the tapper to leave one bottle of female toddy daily under the tree. This particular tree used to have more than 12 pots and each gets filled soon. It is collected morning and evening twice a day. One day I took the whole stuff in one go and got half-drunk!

 

Before the war there were a million palmyrah trees standing in Jaffna peninsula alone. Palmyrah products was a thriving industry and there was a government appointed board to manage it. Today more than half the trees have been cut by the army to make bunkers! The same is true of coconut trees.

 

Kavignar Arivumathy has  written a beautiful poem on the usefulness of a palmyrah tree. He told me he spent several hours to learn about the tree from a person from Jaffna and living in Swiss.

 

As young students we were taught about the usefulness of palmyrah trees. It was  described as "Katpagatharu".

 

When I went to Thamil Eelam I saw sporadic tapping here and there. Instead of the clay pots used to collect the juice I saw  plastic bottles hanging in the air. Naagan would have  horrified to see that sight!  By the way toddy is consumed in a utensil made out of palmyrah leaf. This adds flavour to the toddy.           

 Drinking  palmyrah toddy occasionally is not considered taboo. There is an island just a few miles from my village where tapping is done on a regular basis by not the customary tappers but by others as well. When I once went to Mandaiatheevu - a small island off Jaffna peninsula -  to see the Village-Headman (Vidanai) he was on a tall palmyrah  tree busy tapping. Visitors going to see the Vidanai are served with fresh toddy instead of the usual tea! 

There was a famous murder case involving a Hindu Brahmin priest. The priest used to drink a  lot of toddy given to him by a good-hearted  tapper daily. He used to get drunk  and then dosed off.  

The priest had a young wife who took an amorous affection for the well built and muscular tapper. Extra-marital relationship  developed between the two and both thought the old priest was a villain and an obstacle. . So both conspired to kill the priest.  One day they killed him and buried him beneath a heap of cow dung in the backyard. . The Police charged the priest's  wife and the tapper for first decree murder of the priest.   

Late A.Amirthalingam appeared for the accused, but after a lengthy trial and cross examination of several witnesses he lost the case. The two accused persons were found guilty of murder and sentence to death! There after his political adversaries used to  call him "Kokilaambaaal Pugazh Amirthalingam!" Amirthaligam told me one day that he appeared for the case as other lawyers refused  to accept the brief. He also told me he spent hours and hours pouring through a mountain of  documents for  preparing the defence.  He was an able lawyer, but due to  his preoccupation with politics did not practice his profession (except during 1970-77 when he lost the election) full time. 

Losing the  case was not a reflection of his professional competence. It is that the murder was cold blooded and not fool-prove! 


I wish to thank Mr.Bob Rae and the Globe and Mail for brining in the open the problems afflicting the failed state of  Sri Lanka. To the credit of Bob Rae he has displayed continued interest in the affairs of Sri Lanka.  My Sinhalese friends instead of refuting what Bob Rae wrote are trying to demonize the Liberation Tigers by calling names. They should explain why a predominantly Buddhist country have to fight “blood thirsty” terrorists and terrorism. Having said that I have a problem with the caption of the write-up "Sri Lanka is a model democracy." Sri Lanka might have the trappings of democracy – periodical elections to parliament – but it is not a model democracy. To say so will be an insult to countries like Canada that upholds hallowed principles of democracy -- liberty, freedom and human rights in letter and spirit.

Right from day one of independence in 1948 a million Thamil estate workers were disfranchised in the same year itself. In 1949 a simple amendment to the Parliamentary Elections Ordinance deprived them their franchise.  These Thamils who elected 7 parliamentarians in 1947 could not even elect one in 1952. Language parity was destroyed in 1956 by making Sinhala Only the only official language. Standardization introduced in 1971 drastically curtailed Thamil students entry to Universities. The elevation of Buddhism as the foremost religion in the 1972 unitary constitution turned Sri Lanka into a Sinhala –Buddhist theocratic state. The racially motivated state sponsored attacks on Thamils in 1956, 1958, 1977, 1979, 1981 and 1983 created a great divide between Thamils and Sinhalese. Thousands fled the country. The Sinhalese make the ludicrous claim that they are the chosen people of Sri Lanka and others are illegal immigrants!  Leading Buddhist Bhikkus are urging the Muslims to go back to Arabia and Thamils to India! A glaring exhibition of naked racism by political Buddhist monks.

 

Thangavelu


 

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May 17, 2008

 

Toronto

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Cape Town
South Africa. 

Dear Bishop Desmond Tutu,

When the international community is either turning a Nelsonian eye or just issuing pious statements regarding the horrendous human rights violations committed by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) against the Thamils, it is heartening a Nobel Peace Laureate and a human rights activist opposes Sri Lanka’s re-election to UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC).  Voting Sri Lanka to the UNHRC will tantamount to appointing a wolf in charge of a chicken hoop.

As  a frontline  fighter  best known for overturning  the evil of  Apartheid in South Africa, we admire your courage to stand  on the side of the disenfranchised and  the  voiceless  who are fighting  against injustice, oppression and evil by shedding tears and blood.  

Bruce Fine, a former US Deputy Attorney General, in a statement released to the media on March 26, 2008 asserted that the rights violations and violent incidents Colombo either allegedly was complicit in, or had direct involvement, and concludes that “GOSL is a terrorist state under any sensible definition of the term.... Under international law and practice, the victims of state sponsored terrorism are regularly entitled to separate statehood. Kosovar Albanians had their Slobodan Milosevic. East Timorese had their Suharto. Eritreans had their Mengistu Haile Mariam. The southern Sudanese had their Hassan al-Turabi. And Tamils have their Rajapakse brothers and General Fonseka.”  

Haroon Siddiqui, the Toronto Star's editorial page editor emeritus, who was in Colombo recently quoted a Western diplomat who said "Nowhere in Sri Lanka are the Tamils safe. What's happening here is de facto ethnic cleansing," as Tamils flee for India or the Middle East and beyond. "The government doesn't seem to care if they all leave." 

The GoSL is not only guilty of committing human rights abuses and war crimes; it has the temerity to justify them in the open.   

Commenting about abductions for ransom and involuntary disappearances,   Defence Secretary Rajapakse dismissively said “I’m talking about terrorists. Anything is fair. When the US does operations, they say covert operations. When something is (done) in Sri Lanka, they call it abductions…This is playing with  words” (Khaleej Times – 12.6.2007

 Regrettably   instead of condemning human rights violations committed by US, the Defence Secretary is invoking those very violations to justify GoSL violations. To cite US abductions to justify Sri Lanka’s abductions is simply dim-witted and unfair. Both are abductions; both are illegal and both deserve to be condemned. What is worrying is Rajapakse’s implicit admission of GoSL’s complicity in the abductions by calling them American style covert operations. His comments serve to confirm the charge that the regime is either directly or indirectly responsible for the abductions.

 When Ms Louise Arbour, UN High commissioner for Human Rights, warned the GoSL’s that “Lanka ‘individual criminal responsibility’ as being untimely, inappropriate and unacceptable” she was vilified as a LTTE supporter.

 Addressing on the Occasion of the 2nd regular Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 18 September 2006 by Ms. Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said “Also in Sri Lanka conflict has flared up again. In the past six months, the country has descended further into violence with the death toll climbing to include an increasing number of civilians. As the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary killings will report to this session, scores of extrajudicial and political killings, allegedly committed by Government security forces.”  

Allen Rock, Special Advisor to the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict was subjected to verbal abuse  by Minister Keheliya  Rambukwella who un-ashamedly questioned his personal character.  (Transcurrents -November 18th, 2006)

Despite several reports by high ranking UN diplomats critical of the human rights record of GoSL little or nothing has been done to arrest the worsening situation. Instead an  all out war against Liberation Tigers of Thamil Eelam (LTTE) under the cloak of fighting “terrorists” and “terrorism”   has been unleashed.

We hope your  principled  opposition will  send a powerful message to the member states of the UNHRC that serious violators of human rights have no place in an august body like UNHRC.  For your information abductions, extra-judicial killings, involuntary disappearances by the armed forces in Northeast and South continue unabated. Humiliations of Thamils at checkpoints and roadblocks, cordon and search operations during unholy hours, arrest and detention under Anti-Terrorism law and Emergency Regulations continue unabated!

You should continue to raise your voice on behalf of the weak and the oppressed people. The GoSL should be kept where it belongs – the dog’s house – till it proves itself civilized enough to join august bodies like UNHRC.

 

Yours truly.

 

 

Veluppillai Thangavelu
President

Cc. Hon. Cabinet Ministers


 

Sri Lanka's model democracy is being ravaged by war

Former adviser to the Sri Lanka peace talks, 2002-2004

BOB RAE

From Monday's Globe and Mail

May 12, 2008 at 8:48 AM EDT

A United Nations agency recently declared Sri Lanka one of the world's most dangerous places for aid workers and journalists. It is also a terrifying place to be a soldier. Both the government and its opponents, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), count scores of fighters killed and hundreds wounded during recent fighting. Sri Lanka's already horrific war is entering a quantitatively new phase.

The country's once admired democratic institutions are buckling under the strain. It is worth recalling that the LTTE emerged in the late 1970s against a backdrop of mounting grievances in the north and east of the island country over declining access to language, employment and political rights. A radical leftist group, the People's Liberation Front (JVP) - composed primarily of disgruntled Southerners - raised similar concerns, albeit from a different perspective.

The response of the Sri Lankan government to these grievances was as swift as it was severe. It has waged a virtually uninterrupted military campaign against the LTTE since the early 1980s. For its part, the LTTE, a merciless armed group, has engaged in brutal attacks against civilians as well as assassinations of their opponents, raising support and money in the Tamil diaspora, including the large community in Canada. A conservative estimate puts the number of deaths in the fighting at 75,000. The government also launched aggressive operations against the JVP and about 60,000 civilians died over a two-year period in the late 1980s before the JVP made its transition to politics.

Such wars are inevitably accompanied by authoritarianism and fear. Along with the growing role afforded the military and the introduction of emergency regulations, the government has cracked down on independent oversight bodies and press freedoms.

War-related militarization has far-reaching implications for democracy. Symptoms include skyrocketing military spending and related racketeering. Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the President's brother, says he's determined to win the conflict militarily and matches his words with an impressive will to spend. Defence expenditures in 2007 were more than 50 per cent higher than in the previous year. They are expected to grow by another 20 per cent in 2008, to $1.48-billion. Defence now accounts for a fifth of all public spending.

While Western governments have been unanimous in labelling the LTTE as a terrorist organization - the Tigers commit suicide bombings and recruit child soldiers - they have also been critical of the Sri Lankan government. Consequently, Colombo turned to China and Pakistan for support. Even the President of Iran was in the country recently. These governments are far less likely to criticize Sri Lanka for a democratic deficit. They are offering billions of dollars of aid with no strings attached.

There is much that the warring parties can do to reverse this situation. A complete ceasefire and a return of the government and the LTTE to the negotiating table could reverse the escalation in casualties on both sides. Thousands of civilians have been killed or displaced since the resumption of war. Re-engaging independent monitors and getting them on the ground is critical to rebuilding confidence.

Sri Lanka's standing as a model South Asian democracy is suffering under the weight of war. The warning signs are clear. The Worldwide Press Freedom Index, published by Reporters Without Borders, places Sri Lanka in 109th place, tied with Cambodia and right after U.S.-occupied Iraq. Likewise, Transparency International consistently reports corruption at the highest levels of executive and legislative government. The relentless conflict continues. Democracy itself hangs in the balance.

Above all, Sri Lankans need to be able to imagine a country where mutual respect, an abandonment of extremist ideologies and new forms of autonomy and shared governance are possible. It will require extraordinary courage and determination to get there. The alternative - more death, more repression, more corruption, deeper economic stagnation - must not be allowed.

Canada can hardly be indifferent to this conflict. Our own experience with federalism and conflict prevention, our deep attachment to pluralism and our ties to this troubled country should push us to far more active engagement. We need to get the diasporas to talk to each other and put an end to the funding pipeline.

Bob Rae is the MP for Toronto Centre.


 

 

May 11, 2008

 

The editor
Windsor Sun
Windsor

 

Dear Sir,

 

This refers to your news story filed by Dan Janisse captioned ‘Sri Lankan envoy visits Windsor’ that appeared in your journal on May 04, 2008.

We are not amused at the antics of Bandula Jayasekera, the newly posted Sri Lanka’s Consul General to Toronto to pose as a lily white angel of peace in Canada.  He makes the ridiculous claim “We have a terrorism problem right now.  Some families who came from Sri Lanka are living in fear of the terrorist group.  Even families who are no longer in Sri Lanka and are here in Canada live in fear."   His statement some (Sri Lankan) families are living in fear is a supreme insult to the law enforcement agencies of Canada. What he is trying to do is to fool the Canadians by resorting to Goebbelsian style propaganda!  

Jayasekera’s interest about “some families” is akin to that of the wolf shedding crocodile tears on seeing the sheep getting wet in the rain!

 

Jayasekera and his government  have been free with the words 'terror' and 'terrorism' to vilify and malign  Thamil’s fight for equal rights.  He is taking refuge under subterfuge to hide the ugly face of his own state terrorism. His ploy is to cash in on the global fight against “terrorism” of Al-Qaeda variety. 

 

In this connection, it is useful to quote  Democratic Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton’s comments  when she was asked by  Michael Tomasky of Britain’s ‘The Guardian’ (October 23, 2008) newspaper which covered Iraq, the legacy of the Cold War and ceding executive powers.

When asked “Do you think that the terrorists hate us for our freedoms, or do you think they have specific geopolitical objectives?” Hillary Clinton replied:

“The bottom line is you can't lump all terrorists together. … what the Tamil Tigers are fighting for in
Sri Lanka, or the Basque separatists in Spain, or the insurgents in Al-Anbar province may only be connected by tactics. Well, I believe that terrorism is a tool that has been utilized throughout history to achieve certain objectives. Some have been ideological, others territorial. There are personality-driven terroristic objectives.

I mean, what the Tamil Tigers are fighting for in Sri Lanka, or the Basque separatists in Spain, or the insurgents in al-Anbar province may only be connected by tactics. They may not share all that much in terms of what is the philosophical or ideological underpinning. And I think one of our mistakes has been painting with such a broad brush, which has not been particularly helpful in understanding what it is we were up against when it comes to those who pursue terrorism for whichever ends they are seeking.”  (Emphasis ours)
 

It is time someone told Jayasekera to clean his own house before pointing fingers at others. His pompous claim could prove, in time, to be utterly fallible. Nepal is a good example. US Ambassador Ms Nancy Powel has opened talks with the leader of the Nepal Communist Party (Maoist) despite the fact NCP (M) remains in US list of banned foreign terrorist organizations.

 

Thamils fled their country of birth because of racially motivated persecution by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and its Sinhala armed forces. Ironically, Jayasekera is the worst extremist among Sinhalese racists who has spent a life time in terrorising Thamils with his pen. His writings bear ample testimony to this fact.

 

Sri Lanka is not only a racist state but also has all the paraphernalia of a police state. Thamils continue to be oppressed by the Sinhala armed forces.  Aerial bombing, artillery shelling, abductions, assassinations, involuntary disappearances, arrests, cordon and search operations are a daily feature. All this under the facade of fighting “terrorism.” Scores of Thamils are rounded up daily by the Sinhala armed forces under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and Emergency Regulations. GOSL uses or rather misuses a myriad of draconian laws in its judicial armory to harass, arrest and incarcerate Thamils merely on grounds of ethnicity.

 

Civil society has accused the GoSL of arrest and detention of about 61 Tamil civilians in Colombo in several cordon and search operations during the past few weeks. According to civil society sources 25 are being detained in police stations at Dehiwala, Wellawatte and Kohuwela, 15 at Weliveriya, and 21 are held in Kotahena. All detainees had valid national identity cards, but were taken into custody because of their Tamil nationality,

 

Last year the Sri Lanka police and the army forcibly expelled around 350 Tamils from lodges in Colombo to towns like Vavunia and Trincomalee. Justifying the expulsion  Gotabhaya Rajapakse, Defence Secretary and Presidential sibling told  BBC (Sinhala Service)  that non-Asian world that Sri Lanka can do without it and did his best to sound belligerent and unaccommodating, not only towards the LTTE but also towards Lankan Thamils and the international community. The outpouring devoid of commonsense and circumspection of a senior and responsible official is simply beyond belief.  

 

More than 7,000 people have died during the last 2 years alone in addition to hundreds disappearing into thin air. A total of 4 Thamil parliamentarians and 7 Thamil journalists have been killed by the Sri Lankan army’s intelligence unit during the same period.

Despite several reports by high ranking UN diplomats critical of the human rights record of GoSL little or nothing has been done to arrest the worsening situation. Instead UN diplomats like Allen Rock, Special Advisor to the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, were subject to innuendos by Minister Keheliya  Rambukwella who questioned un-ashamedly his personal character.  (Transcurrents -November 18th, 2006)

The same fate fell on John Holmes — the U.N. Undersecretary-General for humanitarian affairs.  Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, the government's chief whip in Parliament and a Cabinet minister branded Holmes a "terrorist" who is in the pocket of the Liberation Tigers of Thamil Eelam rebel group. "I think the LTTE has bribed Holmes. Otherwise he would not have done such a wrong thing," Fernandopulle said.  (The Associated Press Wednesday, August 15, 2007)

The United States State Department’s 2007 Human Rights Report (March 11, 2007) on Sri Lanka depicts a chilling level of state sponsored terrorism orchestrated by the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) far more gruesome and far worse than  the five countries officially listed by the United States as state sponsors of terrorism: Cuba, Sudan, North Korea, Syria, and Iran.

 

US report further said “the overwhelming majority of victims of human rights violations, such as killings and disappearances, were young male Tamils. Credible reports cited unlawful killings by government agents, assassinations by unknown perpetrators, politically motivated killings and child soldier recruitment by paramilitary forces associated with the government, disappearances, arbitrary arrests and detention, poor prison conditions, denial of fair public trial, government corruption, a lack of transparency, infringement of religious freedom, infringement of freedom of movement, and discrimination against minorities.

 

When Ms Louise Arbour, UN High commissioner for Human Rights, warned the GoSL’s that “Lanka ‘individual criminal responsibility’ as being untimely, inappropriate and unacceptable” she was vilified as a LTTE supporter.

 

Addressing on the Occasion of the 2nd regular Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 18 September 2006 by Ms. Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said “Also in Sri Lanka conflict has flared up again. In the past six months, the country has descended further into violence with the death toll climbing to include an increasing number of civilians. As the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary killings will report to this session, scores of extrajudicial and political killings, allegedly committed by Government security forces.”

 

Despite several reports by high ranking UN diplomats critical of the human rights record of GoSL little or nothing has been done to arrest the worsening situation. Instead UN diplomats like Allen Rock, Special Advisor to the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, were subject to innuendos by Minister Keheliya  Rambukwella who questioned un-ashamedly his personal character (Transcurrents -November 18th, 2006)

 

The second submission by the Law and Society Trust (LST) to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Serious Human Rights Violations, states that five persons are either killed or disappear each day in Sri Lanka. “14 humanitarian and religious leaders have been killed and nine humanitarian workers have disappeared between January 1 and August 31, 2007. Three media personnel have been killed and five media personnel have disappeared.  662 persons have been killed and 540 persons have disappeared between January 1 and August 31, 2007. Twenty-five children have been killed and 43 have disappeared during this period,” says the report. 

 

On August 04, 2008  Sinhala  soldiers and Home Guards shot and killed  15   aid workers (14 Thamils and one Muslim) employed by French based INGO  Action Against Hunger(ACF) at Muthur. These killings of aid workers sent shock waves through out the global humanitarian community.  ACF in disgust has quit Sri Lanka after the GoSL failed to apprehend the culprits responsible for the dastardly murder

 

Army Chief General Fonseka has made bellicose statements promising to kill 10 LTTE cadres a day and 3000 by the end of August.  Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse had vowed to kill the LTTE leader and his deputies before the year is out.   He arrogantly declared that the army knew their hideouts and they will be taken one by one.  He has also proclaimed publicly that civilians suspected of LTTE supporters will be killed or abducted and executed.  In justification, he quoted the example of US itself.  This is what he told the Khaleej Times    on the spate of abductions for ransom and involuntary disappearances “I’m talking about terrorists.  Anything is fair.  When the US does operations, they say covert operations.  When something is (done) in Sri Lanka, they call it abductions…This is playing with words” (Khaleej Times – 12.6.2007).

 

Unlike the racist state of Sri Lanka, Canada is model state committed to democratic pluralism and rule of law.  Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms  guarantees  political and civil rights of people in Canada from the policies and actions of all levels of government. It is designed to unify Canadians around a set of principles that embody those rights.

 

Canada is a multi-ethnic, multi-linguistic, multi-religious and multi-cultural polity in which all citizens of whatever ethnic origin live in freedom and dignity. There are about 300,000 Thamil Canadians (they are not Sri Lankans) living in Canada enjoying equal rights. It is the Thamils back in Sri Lanka who are living in fear of state sponsored abductions for ransom, extra-judicial killings, involuntary disappearances, ethnic cleansing, arrest, incarceration etc. Offenders are not prosecuted and President Mahinda Rajapakse's regime's imperviousness to human rights violations and the culture of impunity have now become legend.

 

Finally, Jayasekera’s speeches and activities are a clear interference in the internal affairs of Canada. He should be told that he is not the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka but only it’s Consul. He should confine himself to issuing passports, visas and paying pensions.

 

Yours truly

 

 

 

 

 

Veluppillai Thangavelu
President

Cc: Canadian Cabinet  Ministers and Members of Parliament

 

 


 

----- Original Message -----

From: thangav

Sent: Monday, May 12, 2008 1:22 PM

Subject: Explain Tamil Tiger ties"


 

 

 

 

May 11, 2008

 

The editor,
Toronto Star
Toronto.

 

Dear Sir,

 

This refers to your editorial captioned Explain Tamil Tiger ties” (Toronto Star – May 07, 2008). I can see the arrogance of the editor questioning the credibility of Canadian Thamil community leadership and asking for explanation. I am sure the Canadian Thamil community leadership is capable enough to answer the concerns of the editor. But, how credible is the editor when he passes judgment on the basis of a story written by the RCMP the veracity of which is to be tested before a court of justice? What makes the editor to think that the RCMP are saints and what they say is gospel truth? Especially, when RCMP has the dubious distinction of mounting unsuccessful witch hunting of visible minorities like the Arabs, Muslims and Thamils?

 

Stories on terrorists and terrorism are meat for tabloid newspapers, but how come the Toronto Star too fell for cheap sensationalism?

The editorial says “The Tigers have bombed civilians and recruited child soldiers during a decades-long civil war in Sri Lanka that has taken 60,000 lives. In 2006, the group was banned in Canada as a "terrorist" entity.”  It is true Canada has banned the LTTE as a “terrorist” (thanks for the inverted commas) entity, but that does not mean the LTTE is in fact a “terrorist” organization. We don’t buy the government definition of the word “terrorism.”

The Nepal Communist Party (Maoist) is an organization included in the terrorist list of US. However, caught unawares US Ambassador Ms Nancy Powel is now talking to the leader of the NCP (M) Prachanda the soon to be elected Prime Minister of Nepal.  So labeling   organizations as “terrorist” is ephemeral.

History is replete with numerous examples where today’s terrorists have become tomorrow’s Head of States. Menachem Begin, leader of Irun who bombed King David Hotel - the site of the British military command - in which 91 people were killed and 45 injured was a wanted terrorist by the British. He later became the Prime Minister of Israel and his death was mourned by President George Bush! Although Canada has banned the LTTE as a terrorist organization we don’t agree with the ban.  The real terrorists are those who permit the use of radioactive uranium projectiles in carpet bombing of Afghanistand and Iraq.   NATO warplanes have released thousands of tons of easily inhaled or ingested microscopic particles in the atmosphere. Medical doctors were already reporting “multiple unrelated cancers” in families with no previous history of cancer, which lived in highly contaminated areas. In Iraq the US army has used DU in guided weapons (smart bombs and cruise missiles).

 

In this connection, it is useful to quote Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s comments when she was asked by Michael Tomasky of Britain’s ‘The Guardian’ (October 23, 2008) newspaper which covered Iraq.

 

When asked “Do you think that the terrorists hate us for our freedoms, or do you think they have specific geopolitical objectives?” Hillary Clinton replied:

“The bottom line is you can't lump all terrorists together. … what the Tamil Tigers are fighting for in Sri Lanka, or the Basque separatists in Spain, or the insurgents in Al-Anbar province may only be connected by tactics. Well, I believe that terrorism is a tool that has been utilized throughout history to achieve certain objectives. Some have been ideological, others territorial. There are personality-driven terroristic objectives.

I mean, what the Tamil Tigers are fighting for in Sri Lanka, or the Basque separatists in Spain, or the insurgents in Al-Anbar province may only be connected by tactics. They may not share all that much in terms of what is the philosophical or ideological underpinning. And I think one of our mistakes has been painting with such a broad brush, which has not been particularly helpful in understanding what it is we were up against when it comes to those who pursue terrorism for whichever ends they are seeking.”  (Emphasis ours)

 

The impugned section of the 2001 Anti-Terrorism Act was intended to place a new standard of proof on police and prosecutors to prove terrorist offences are committed out of religious, ideological or political motivations. The provision would have lead to political and ethnic witch-hunts and turn terrorism trials into political and religious trials.

Thankfully, Canadian courts have declared significant sections of anti-terrorism law unconstitutional and thus effectively stopping overzealous lawmakers to turn Canada into a Stalinist style police state!

Western countries and most 'world powers' have been free with the words 'terror' and 'terrorism' to vilify and malign others. It is time someone told them that their pompous observations and their ‘infallible’ opinions could prove, in time, to be utterly fallible.

 

We must be excused, if  we do not understand why Western governments  in what are called the  ‘Democracies’ insist on calling asylum seeking Thamils 'terrorists' but not the  Sinhala government and their soldiers who drove them out!  Sri Lankan armed forces have bombed the Tamils from their homes, tortured them, denied them food and clothing and raped their women folk, yet are not called  'terrorists' by the Western media. Worse the Western countries are providing military hardware, training and intelligence to the Sinhala armed forces in spite of the horrendous war crimes committed by them. If the Canadian government is not aware of the 'war crimes' committed by the Sri Lankan army then Canadian Foreign Affairs ministry is amazingly inefficient and cavalier! It is unable to overcome its ideological paralysis and formulate clear foreign policy objectives. It seems hypocrisy and double standards are part and parcel of the Western democratic politics.

 

We definitely oppose attempt by governments to lump those national minorities fighting for their liberation with terrorist organizations like the Al – Gaeda. Al-Gaeda  is a faceless fanatical religious outfit indulging in blind violence against both real and imaginary enemies, including Muslims! 

 

The difference between terrorists and freedom fighters is mass support.  US which suffers from terrorism phobia has held talks with the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) despite it listing as a terrorist organization by the US!

 

Canada’s anti-terrorism laws would have been fine for a soviet-style police state, but not for a country that upholds hallowed principles of democracy -- liberty, freedom and human rights.

 

Its reputation as a multi-ethnic, multi-linguistic, multi-religious and multi-cultural polity in which all citizens of whatever ethnic origin live in freedom and dignity is eroded when such draconian laws found a place in its statute.

 

Haroon Siddiqui, the Star's editorial page editor emeritus, who is in Colombo quoted a Western diplomat who said "Nowhere in Sri Lanka are the Tamils safe. What's happening here is de facto ethnic cleansing," as Tamils flee for India or the Middle East and beyond. "The government doesn't seem to care if they all leave." (Toronto Star May 07, 2008)

 

He then gives a graphic account in his own inimitable style drawing a parallel between President George Bush and President Mahinda Rajapakse.  

 

“But the latest round of the 25-year-old conflict between the majority Sinhalese and the minority Tamils – it has already claimed 70,000 lives and sent hundreds of thousands of Tamils into exile, including Canada – is being billed as part of the worldwide war on terror. It is not successful here either.

 

There are other parallels between President Mahinda Rajapaksa's war on terror and that of George W. Bush.

 

"You are with us or against us" has become the operating principle in Colombo as well. The patriotism of critics is constantly questioned. Caskets coming from the front are not allowed to be filmed. Journalists and other observers are barred from the front lines. Human rights violations are brushed aside, perpetrators never prosecuted.

 

The United Nations says the number of "the disappeared" last year, running into hundreds, was higher than in any other country.

 

Human Rights Watch and other groups accuse the government and allied militias of extrajudicial killings, and of using abductions as a tool of intimidation and ransom.

 

Others blame security forces of raiding Tamil neighbourhoods, detaining people and subjecting them to frightening interrogations.

 

Yet the world doesn't quite care. "

 

In a situation in which a government that is heaping misery on the Thamils with thoughtless abandon by subjecting to a genocidal war should we Canadian Thamils help them with food and medicine on humanitarian grounds? Does the editor of Toronto Star wants us to abandon them in their hour of need?

 

The Canadian government is doing sweet nothing to prevent the human tragedy that is taking place in our homeland. Nothing is done to bring an end to the costly war. The Foreign Minister only issues pious statements which has become a ritual now.

You also accuse the LTTE guilty of recruiting child soldiers.  Currently, LTTE holds no child soldiers. Here again the issue of child soldiers is just the symptom and not the cause. War has created thousands of widows and orphans and orphaned children join the LTTE to have at least two meals a day. A permanent cure for the problem is to bring an end to the war. It is not the LTTE, but the GoSl that  declared an all out war against the LTTE under the guise of fighting “terrorism.”  It is not the LTTE that abrogated the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA). It is the GoSL that tore the CFA. Here again the human rights groups overlook the fact that there is a higher bar imposed on Non-state actors vis-à-vis state actors. Britain and US are deploying soldiers below the age of 18 in Iraq.  Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Labour government ratified the optional protocol against the deployment of those aged 18 and under to war on June 24, 2003. At almost the same time it was sending child soldiers to the battle front in Iraq.

The learned editor is questioning the credibility of Thamil leadership, but how credible is the RCMP? Since the editor is feigning ignorance or seems to suffer from memory loss, let me cite just two glaring cases in which the credibility of RCMP was shredded in public.

On August 14, 2003 a pre-dawn raid on Ottawa Business College under the glare of video cameras by RCMP resulted in the arrest of 19 persons with suspicion of being part of a 'sleeper cell' of Muslim terrorist group, Al-Qaeda and that the men were planning attacks in Canada.”

 

RCMP removed 25 boxes of files and 30 computers.  Following the raid, the Toronto Star ran sensational stories that created hysteria and national security scare. However, it turned out those “Al- Qaeda terrorists” were none other than students from Pakistan who have overstayed their visa in Canada! The students concerned accused the RCMP of improper arrest, improper disclosure of information to the media and improperly   motivated by racism and racial profiling. 

The Maher Arar grand fiasco is another example of RCMP/CSIS/Foreign Affairs witch- hunting of innocent persons solely on grounds of race and religion!  RCMP/CSIS leaked information to FBI identifying, albeit falsely, Arar as a terrorist suspect. The witch-hunt cost the job of RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli after his credibility got shredded before a House of Commons committee hearing.   Justice Dennis O'Connor, who led the public inquiry into the case, concluded that Canadian officials did leak information to damage Arar's reputation. He further concluded that Arar was an innocent victim and was not involved in Al-Qaeda activities in any way  as alleged. Ottawa awarded Arar $10.5 million in compensation after the inquiry concluded faulty information passed by the RCMP to American officials likely led to his deportation and subsequent torture in Syrian jail.  RCMP has not recovered from that fiasco, and the image of a “witch-hunting”  Police force which could also be economical with truth continued to haunt it!

So all these stories about terrorists and terrorism by the RCMP should be taken, especially by Toronto Star, with a pinch of salt!

 

WTM is a community based organization catering to the interests of the Thamil Canadians. It organizes Sports for youths, Cultural events like Thai Pongal (Thanks Giving Day) provides translation services, holds Thamil language and karate classes for students and publishes a weekly newspaper.

 

Finally, the LTTE for your information did not fall from the clouds. They are our sons and daughters who are part and parcel of 80 million Thamils worldwide.  Again a reminder that  history is replete with many examples of today’s terrorists blossoming into tomorrow’s Heads of States!

 

Yours truly

 

 

 

V.Thangavelu
President
TCWA

56 Littles Road
Scarborough
Toronto, M1B 5C5
416 281 1165

 

Cc: Canadian Cabinet  Ministers and Members of Parliament

 


Dear Mr.Siddiqui

I am glad you are in Colombo now. The column you wrote (Sri Lanka links conflict to war on terror - Tor Star May 08, 2008) is very informative and well balanced. You have brought out all the salient points in the open. The diplomat you quoted said it all.  "What's happening here is de facto ethnic cleansing," as Tamils flee for India or the Middle East and beyond. "The government doesn't seem to care if they all leave." The Sinhala racist government will be only too glad if all Thamils fled the country so that Sri Lanka could be turned into a fully fledged Sinhala-Buddhist theocratic state. Already Buddhist Bhikkus and hard-line Sinhalese racists  are asking the Muslims to go back to Arabia from where they came and Thamils to neighbouring Thamil Nadu! But using the same logic Sinhalese have to go back to Orissa or Bengal where they are supposed to have leaving Sri Lanka to the Veddhas who are the indigenous people of Ceylon!

As the title of the article suggests the 9/11 attack on Trade Centre and subsequent declaration of war on terror came like manna from heaven to the racist government of Sri Lanka. It is exploiting US war on terror to the maximum to demonize the LTTE, but short of banning it altogether as US, Canada, EU and few others did.  The current regime in Sri Lanka is one of the worst ever to come to power. It is open season for Sinhala racism to ridicule, vilify and deny Thamil people’s demand for equality and justice. Like Bush the war is not against Thamils but against “terrorism”! And the terrorists are LTTE.

As you put it “the world doesn't quite care”  as we Thamils have nothing  to offer. No oil, only sesame oil!

  

With regards

 

Thangavelu


 

May 08, 2008 04:30 AM


Returning to Colombo after several years, one is struck by the military checkpoints at key crossings where visitors are waved on but young Tamil males are not.

The fortified capital is pasted with war posters – a map of Sri Lanka, with an eye in the middle and a caption: "Are you alert? If you are, your village and your country are safe."

The media are uniformly bellicose: "Military makes advances." "There's no unwinnable war: Only a mission to crush terrorism." "The LTTE must be defeated at all costs."

The army is on the march, again, against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which has been seeking independence for the northern part of the island nation.

But the latest round of the 25-year-old conflict between the majority Sinhalese and the minority Tamils – it has already claimed 70,000 lives and sent hundreds of thousands of Tamils into exile, including Canada – is being billed as part of the worldwide war on terror.

It is not successful here either.

There are other parallels between President Mahindra Rajapaksa's war on terror and that of George W. Bush.

"You are with us or against us" has become the operating principle in Colombo as well. The patriotism of critics is constantly questioned. Caskets coming from the front are not allowed to be filmed. Journalists and other observers are barred from the front lines. Human rights violations are brushed aside, perpetrators never prosecuted.

The United Nations says the number of "the disappeared" last year, running into hundreds, was higher than in any other country.

Human Rights Watch and other groups accuse the government and allied militias of extrajudicial killings, and of using abductions as a tool of intimidation and ransom.

Others blame security forces of raiding Tamil neighbourhoods, detaining people and subjecting them to frightening interrogations.

Yet the world doesn't quite care.

Strategically, Sri Lanka isn't all that important. It is not, say, Iran or Syria, routinely demonized by the U.S. and the media obedient to it. But the horror unfolding in the Sri Lankan civil war, and its broader implications for the world, including Canada, are infinitely worse.

Part of the reason for the international indifference is the LTTE.

Declared a terrorist outfit by the U.S., Canada and Europe, it was the leader in suicide bombings until the tactic was used in Israel and post-invasion Iraq and Afghanistan. In recent weeks, Tamil suicide bombers have killed scores of civilians. The Tigers also stand accused of running extortion rackets among Tamil diasporas in Toronto and elsewhere to raise funds.

It is the ordinary Tamils who are paying the price, especially those in areas not controlled by the Tigers.

"Nowhere in Sri Lanka are the Tamils safe," a Western diplomat told me in Colombo. "What's happening here is de facto ethnic cleansing," as Tamils flee for India or the Middle East and beyond. "The government doesn't seem to care if they all leave."

Mano Ganesan, a Tamil MP who heads a civil monitoring group on disappearances, recently told Canadian High Commissioner Angela Bogdan: "The government arrests Tamils for being Tamil and they ask questions later. I hate terrorism. I don't want bombs to go off. But that doesn't mean the government should conduct mass arrests without even giving proof or updates to the families."

Meanwhile, there's no prospect of a revival of the 2002 ceasefire and the subsequent peace process led by Norway and backed by Canada.

The government wants to crush the Tigers. This has been tried before with no success. But this government is determined and deploying more resources.

The army did win back territory in the east, where local elections were held last month and provincial elections are planned for Saturday. But the troops have not made much headway in the north, which is where the Tigers have been entrenched for years.

For all the official bravado, the front line hasn't moved for months.

In this war without an end in sight, says the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, "the humanitarian crisis is deepening, abuses of human rights by both sides are increasing and those calling for peace are being silenced."

Haroon Siddiqui, the Star's editorial page editor emeritus, appears Thursday and Sunday. hsiddiq@thestar.ca


 


 

 

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May 07, 2008
 

The Editor,
Globe and Mail
Toronto.

Thamil Tigers using electoral list, RCMP say - May 06, 2008

Dear Sir,

It is disappointing  to see the Globe and Mail (Thamil Tigers using electoral list, RCMP say - May 06, 2008) vying with the rightwing conservative mouth-piece The National Post and indulging in  sensationalism and negative reporting about the activities of the World Thamil Movement (WTM). The news story is not balanced and your enterprising correspondent did not bother to get the other side of the story from officials of the WTM.

What the RCMP says is only allegations and the veracity of such allegations is still to be tested before the courts. It should be borne in mind that this is the very same RCMP that went to Ottawa Business College with much fanfare to arrest 23 persons with "suspicion of links to terrorists" under the glare of television cameras. The RCMP removed 25 boxes of files and 30 computers.  Following the raid, the Globe and Mail ran sensational stories that created hysteria and national security scare.   It turned out those "terrorists" are none other than Pakistani students who have overstayed their visa in Canada! The students concerned accused the RCMP of improper arrest, improper disclosure of information to the media and improperly motivated by racism and racial profiling.

The same goes to the 17 high-profile terrorists arrested in Toronto who were alleged to have planned to commit a series of terrorist attacks against Canadian targets. But now they are being released one by one!

The Maher Arar fiasco is another example of RCMP/CSIS/Foreign Affairs witch- hunting of innocent persons solely on grounds of race and religion!  RCMP/CSIS leaked information to FBI identifying, albeit falsely, Arar as a terrorist suspect. The witch-hunt cost the job of RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli after his credibility got shredded before a House of Commons committee hearing.   Justice Dennis O'Connor, who led the public inquiry into the case, concluded that Canadian officials did leak information to damage Arar's reputation. He further concluded that Arar was an innocent victim and was not involved in Al-Qaeda activities in any way  as alleged. Ottawa awarded Arar $10.5 million in compensation after the inquiry concluded faulty information passed by the RCMP to American officials likely led to his deportation and subsequent torture in Syrian jail.

So all these stories about terrorists and terrorism by the RCMP should be taken, especially by Globe and Mail, with a pinch of salt!

Allegation that "The Federal Court filings show the Mounties attended gatherings where the Canadian flag was frequently raised alongside the Tamil Tigers' logo, which consists of a screaming tiger jumping through crossed Kalashnikov rifles and a hoop of bullets. The RCMP alleges World Thamil Movement officials told outsiders they organized ethno-cultural gatherings, whereas the real purpose of the get-togethers was often to raise funds and celebrate terrorism" is a figment of the imagination of the RCMP. Not a cent is collected during such events, including Martyrs Commemoration Day held on November 27, each year.

As for flags hoisted on such occasions they are not LTTE flag. It is the National Flag of the de facto state of Thamil Eelam. The RCMP has said that raising of such flags is not illegal. To deem otherwise would be an infringement of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Let us make it clear we don't buy the definition of "terrorism" as contained in Anti-Terrorism Act of Canada, though we comply with the law while reserving our tight to protest.  Fear and anxiety following 9/11 dwarfed warnings about the threat to civil liberties and the erosion of due process contained in the Act. Un-mistakenly, the prime targets of the Act are visible minorities like Arabs, Muslims and Thamils. Thankfully Canadian courts have declared significant sections of anti-terrorism law unconstitutional and thus effectively stopping overzealous lawmakers to turn Canada into a Stalinist style police state!

The impugned section of the 2001 Anti-Terrorism Act was intended to place a new standard of proof on police and prosecutors to prove terrorist offences are committed out of religious, ideological or political motivations. The provision would have lead to political and ethnic witch-hunts and turn terrorism trials into political and religious trials.

The much  used or abused national security process under the Immigration Act  to arrest non-citizens and  convict them after trial before Kangaroo courts had  been held by the Supreme Court of Canada as ultra-vires of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms!

Western countries and most 'world powers' have been free with the words 'terror' and 'terrorism' to vilify and malign others. It is time someone told them that their pompous observations and their 'infallible' opinions could prove, in time, to be utterly fallible. Nepal is a good example. Thamils fled their country of birth because of the racially motivated physical attacks against them by the armed forces. They understand quite well, the word 'terrorist' and what it signifies in the English language.  

They must be excused, if they do not understand why Western governments  in what are called the  'Democracies' insist on calling asylum seeking Thamils 'terrorists' but not the  Sinhala government and their soldiers who drove them out!  Sri Lankan armed forces have bombed the Tamils from their homes, tortured them, denied them food and clothing and raped their women folk, yet are not called  'terrorists' by the Western media. Worse the Western countries are providing military hardware, training and intelligence to the Sinhala armed forces in spite of the horrendous war crimes committed by them. If the Canadian government is not aware of the 'war crimes' committed by the Sri Lankan army then Canadian Foreign Affairs ministry is amazingly inefficient and cavalier! We definitely oppose attempt by governments to lump those national minorities fighting for their liberation with terrorist organizations like the Al-Gaeda. Al-Gaeda  is a faceless fanatical religious outfit indulging in blind violence against both real and imaginary enemies, including Muslims! 

The difference between terrorists and freedom fighters is mass support. The US which suffers from terrorism phobia has held talks with the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) despite it listing as a terrorist organization by the US!

WTM is a community based organization catering to the interests of the Thamil Canadians. It organizes Sports for youths, Cultural events like Thai Pongal (Thanks-Giving Day) provides translation services, holds Thamil language classes for students and publishes a weekly newspaper.

Finally, the LTTE for your information did not fall from the clouds. They are our sons and daughters and  part and parcel of 80 million Thamils worldwide. 

Please remember history is replete with many examples of today's terrorists blossoming into tomorrow's Heads of States!

Yours truly,

 Veluppillai Thangavelu
56 Littles Road
Scarborough, Ontario
M1B 5C5  

(Tel.  416-281-1165) 


(Commentators on Sri Lanka's  affairs go an exta mile to balance their criticism. Not willing to be branded as anti-Sri Lanka for telling the truth, they place some of the blame on LTTE's head as well. Col. R Hariharan is no exception. Adverting to the losses suffered by the Sri Lankan army and LTTE he says "at Muhamalai the hottest point of combat at Muhamalai causing heavy casualties on both sides." Everyone  knows the Sinhala army's loss outnumbered LTTE loss by at least in the ratio of 10 to 1. As for Karunanidhi's lament that there was no unity among the militants  - it shows he does not know the truth or he suffers from memory loss. It was RAW that engineered division and promoted friction between militant groups.  RAW was keen to ensure that  not one group dominated over others. It was RAW which gave weapons to TELO to finish off the LTTE. When LTTE came to know about it, it mounted retaliatory and pre-emptive against the TELO. It was in such an attack Karunanidhi's favorite Sabaratnam got killed. To test the TELO's subservience to Raw, the latter ordered the TELO to kill Dharmalingam, exMP and TULF stalwart Alalasunderam. This they did, but as usual put the blame on the LTTE.  Karunanidhi nurses a grudge against the LTTE for having supported MGR. LTTE could not  accept Rs.50,000 offered by Karunanidhi when LTTE has already got 4 crores from MGR!  

Chief Minister Karunanidhi has set his back against Eelam struggle long time ago.  Whatever he utters these days does not come from his heart or come spontaneously. It comes from his lips. The truth is unpalatable to digest, but that is the stark reality.  Now and then under pressure from Patali Makka Katchi (PMK) leader Dr Ramadoss, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (MDMK) leader Vaiko, Thol. Thirumavalavan of DPI, K.Veeramany of DK, Pazha Nedumaran of the Thamil Nationalist Movement and Subavee of Dravidar – Thamizhar PEravai  he makes noises and waves.  But, he himself has never (except in the eighties) taken initiative on his own volition to support the struggle.  

He displayed some interest last year, but citing the shooting of 4 fishermen allegedly by the LTTE, he quietly withdrew his support.  He even made the atrocious statement that he has withdrawn support to LTTE long time ago and Jayalalithaa and he are on the same wave length in their approach to LTTE.  Karunanidhi  is preoccupied with family business. He ditched Kalanidhi Maran due to family dispute and not because of politics. When it came to son or grandson he threw his weight with his son! It is simple as that and he went on to appoint his daughter – who did not even hold primary membership in the DMK-    to the Upper House. He is now waiting for an auspices time to crown prince in waiting Stalin to the family fiefdom!  

Chief Minister  Karunanidhi's preoccupation now is to save his regime. He claims he lost office twice because of his support to the cause of Eelam (this is not strictly true) and he is not prepared to lose it for the third time! He has told this to his close friends. Hence, his declaration that “TN state government foreign policy is the same as that of the Indian government.” It is utterly shameful for some one who claims to be the leader of the Thamil race to say that!  Anna never said it.  MGR did not say it! Even LTTE’s sworn enemy Jayalalithaa did not say it! 

Hariharan offers some gratuitous advice to LTTE. He says “LTTE to cease their quest for a military solution, and take measures for initiating a holistic and structured approach to find a peaceful resolution of the Tamil quest for autonomy without threatening Sri Lanka's sovereignty” as though the LTTE did not try  a peaceful solution to the conflict.  Time and time again it was the LTTE that declared unilateral ceasefire and sought peace talks. The current war has been thrusted upon the LTTE. It has no choice but to fight the enemy forces from occupying Thamil homeland.  Mahinda Rajapakse’s  sibling  Gothabhaya Rajapakse  has vowed to kill Prabhakaran before his next birthday. He   has  promised to kill his deputies one by one. Thamils does not want war. Thamil people desperately need peace, but peace with honour!

 


 

 

April 25, 2008

 

Toronto

 

The editor

National Post

Toronto.

 

Dear editor,

In his rejoinder (Let's be clear -- Tamil Tigers are the terrorists in Sri Lanka) to Manjula Selvarajah, Bandula Jayasekera, Consul General, Toronto has made the outlandish claim that “I totally and categorically deny Ms. Selvarajah's allegation that the government of Sri Lanka is responsible for widespread abductions and disappearances in the country.” Unfortunately for him  Defence Secretary, Gothabhaya Rajapakse justified “abductions for ransom and involuntary disappearances as fair” since US too is adopting the same tactics to counter terrorism.

Commenting about abductions for ransom and involuntary disappearances  Defence Secretary Rajapakse dismissively said “I’m talking about terrorists. Anything is fair. When the US does operations, they say covert operations. When something is (done) in Sri Lanka, they call it abductions…This is playing with  words” (Khaleej Times – 12.6.2007).  It is indeed true the CIA abducts and incarcerates people illegally in the name of war against terrorism.  Guantanamo prison camp and other secret CIA installations hold hundreds of   illegally abducted terror suspects.  CIA arranges secret flights transferring such suspects from one location to another.  Such actions are morally wrong and politically counterproductive to win the war against terror.  International human rights groups such as the Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have criticized US human rights violations.”

 

Sri Lanka is a police state.  Thamils continue to be oppressed by the Sinhala armed forces.  Aerial bombing, artillery shelling, abductions, assassinations, involuntary disappearances, arrests, cordon and search operations are back with a vengeance. Scores  of Thamils are rounded up daily by the Sinhala armed forces under the PTA and emergency regulations and locked up in prisons. GOSL uses or rather misuses a myriad of draconian laws in its armory to incarcerate Thamils merely on grounds of ethnicity.

 

This week alone according to news report 42 Tamils including 4 women were arrested in Dahiwela, and five Tamils including 2 women were arrested at Chilaw in two separate cordon and search operations conducted by the police and Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and are being detained in police stations in Colombo and Chilaw.  (TamilNet - April 25,2008)

 

So Bandula Jayasekera using his journalistic skills is indulging in Goebelsian style propaganda in trying to defend the indefensible!

 

 

 

Veluppillai Thangavelu

President

TCWA


 

‘All Tamils are not LTTE’ - Consul General in Toronto – A Response

V.Thangavelu, President TCWA

There is an old adage that says a diplomat is one who goes abroad to lie for  his country! Bandula Jayasekera, the new Consul General has started lying through his teeth no sooner than he landed in Toronto!  

BJ has been interviewed by correspondent Ajit Jain in Toronto for the Sunday Observer, the mouth-piece of Sinhala racist state of Sri Lanka.  In this interview, BJ has unashamedly displayed his virulent racist views in full public glare.  Let us critically examine some of the tall claims he has made. 

BJ claims “all Tamils are not LTTE” and “They are wonderful and moderates, and unfortunately we know only a few people create problems. We are fighting Prabhakaran and not Tamil people.” This of course is the familiar sing-song and  time-worn propaganda ploy peddled by Sinhala racists. Such argument holds no water. He also claims “LTTE chief “Prabhakaran and the LTTE don’t have more than 5 percent following in the country: that too because people are scared of him.”  This shows how weak he is in simple arithmetic. He cannot count more than five even using his fingers. He only knows to count up to five.  He also makes the outlandish claim “We are not fighting Tamils, we are fighting terrorism. There may always be some fringe groups. But the two countries get along very well. We work very closely.” the consul general emphasized.” His remarks have to be seen as a gratuitous insult to the Tamil people.  It is another oft repeated lie by Sinhala state propagandists. But no one will be fooled by this type of Goebbelsian propaganda! 

BJ is mounting the same old clay horse like others before him who fell flat on their face.  May be all Tamils are not LTTE, but 90 % are LTTE supporters.  Only deaf and blind imbeciles like BJ will deny this unvarnished and simple truth.  

BJ’s tongue in cheek statement that “wherever in the world they go, they will always say ‘I am from India.’ Similarly, we have to go as Sri Lankans” is a good joke.  There is no comparison between a secular and pluralistic democracy like India and a jingoistic Sinhala-Buddhist theocracy like Sri Lanka.  No Tamil with an iota of self-respect will call himself a Sri Lankan now or ever!  

“Because we are all Sri Lankans - Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims, Burghers. I am here to bring people together, irrespective of where they come from, as they are Sri Lankans first” tells BJ to Sunday Observer correspondent. This boast by a racist to bring the warring Sinhalese and Tamils  stands the same chance as a cat in hell. 

I ask him “The carpet bombing of Vanni and killing of scores of Tamil civilians is the way to “bring people together?”  

Just today   Rev. Father M X Karunaratnam, the chairman of the Northeast Secretariat on Human Rights (NESoHR), was killed in a Claymore attack carried out by the Long-range reconnaissance Petrol (LRRP) of the Sinhala army intelligence wing.  The attack took place near Kuzhanthai Jesus Church at Vannivilaangkulam while his vehicle, which had broken down on his way back to his residence from Maangkulam Church, was being towed and he was seated in the driver seat steering it. A shrapnel hit his head, causing brain injuries and he died on the spot.  

The US State department country report states  “The Sinhala armed forces are using heavy multi-barrel artilleries and Kfir fighter bombers to bomb and kill civilians and destroy homes in Vanni. Tamil civilians are also subject to unlawful killings by government agents, assassinations by unknown perpetrators, politically motivated killings, involuntary disappearances, economic blockade, abductions for ransom by Para military forces associated with the government, arbitrary arrests and indefinite detentions, denial of fair public trial, infringement of freedom of movement etc.”  US state department has further accused Sinhala army of using  ”excessive, indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force."   

 

The Sunday Observer correspondent quotes BJ as saying “Jayasekara lamented the assassination of Sri Lanka’s Minister of Highways and road Development Jeyaraj Fernadopulle on April 6 “when he went to flag off a race in connection with the Sinhala Tamil new year.” Though it is uncharitable to speak in un-enduring language of a dead person, Jejaraj Fernandopulle was a warmonger who despite his supposed Tamil ethnicity acted as the hatchet man of President Mahinda Rajapakse. He tried to prove he is a better Sinhalese than Wimal Weerawanse, S.L.Gunasekera, Nalin de Silva, H.L.de Silva, Champika Ranawake, Keheliya Rambukwelle, Bandula Jayasekera and a host of other Sinhala racists.  JF  tried to prove that he ws a better Sinhalaese than Wimal Weerawanse! BJ  is shedding bucket full of tears for Fernandopulle but failed to drop any tear foe  the Tamil MPs assassinated by the Sinhala army’s intelligence wing and those armed  goons operating along with it. The four MPs dastardly assassinated by the Sinhala state -

 

    (1)  On December 25, 2005 Joseph Pararajasingham, Batticaloa District Thamil National Alliance parliamentarian was shot and killed inside St. Mary's cathedral church in Batticaloa town while attending X’mas mass.  

 

    (2) On November 10, 2006 Ravi Raj, Jaffna district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian  was shot  and killed at  Manning Town, Colombo.  A lawyer turned politician Raviraj was an outspoken parliamentarian who voiced against the extra-judicial killings and forced disappearances in Northeast and Colombo. The parliamentarian took part in a demonstration the previous day against the Sri Lanka Army shelling in Vaharai where 47 Thamil civilians, Internally Displaced from Trincomalee, were killed.  

 

    (3) On January 01, 2008 T.Maheswaran a United National Party parliamentarian Parliament was shot and killed while he was worshiping with his family at the Sivan Temple at Kotahena, Colombo.

 

    (4) On March 06, 2008 K.Sivanesan Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian was killed in a roadside claymore mine explosion which took place inside LTTE held Vanni region. The Long Range Recognizance Patrol (LRRP) of the Army intelligence carried out the attack. Sivanesan returning to his home in Mallavi after attending the Parliament session in Colombo.  

 

These killings don't matter to BJ because according to his Mahavamsa mind-set the Tamils are not considered any better than beasts and only half human beings. It is claimed that Buddha himself has bequeathed the Island to the Sinhalese Buddhists to preserve his religion.  Mahavamsa, a Buddhist chronicle written by a Buddhist priest during the 6th century AD, made a virtue of killing in defence of Buddhism.  Tamils are “unbelievers and men of evil were they, not more to be esteemed than beasts!"   According to this chronicle Buddha, before his death, summoned Saka (Indra) , the king of gods and the divine protector of the Sasana (the Dhamma doctrine as taught by Buddha) and instructed him as follows:

 

“Vijaya, son of Sinhabahu, to come to Lanka.....together with 700 followers.  In Lanka, O Lord of Gods, will my religion be established, therefore, carefully protect him with his followers and Lanka."

 

By such injunction of the Master, the chronicle represents Vijaya and his supposed descendants - the Sinhalese Buddhists - as a CHOSEN PEOPLE with the special mission of preserving the Buddhist religion in Sri Lanka.

 

BJ who belongs to this class of “chosen people” is driven totally by this Mahavamsa myth spun by a Buddhist priest “for the serene joy and emotion of the pious Buddhists and to the sublime glory of Buddhism.” And nothing in this world can cure BJ’s anti-Tamil phobia.  

 

BJ is lying when he claims in the interview that “Sri Lanka “is no more a Tamil and Sinhalese problem  and did not hesitate to concede that there are “the extremists on both sides” and  “We have to work together.”

 

Ironically he is the worst extremist among Sinhalese racists who has spent a better part of his life in spewing hatred and venom against the Tamils. His past writings bear ample testimony to this fact.

 

Finally, BJ narrates another big lie when he says  “He recently attended an event where, despite opposition from LTTE supporters, many Tamils attended, “where World cup winning cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga was to be the chief guest; but he couldn’t make it.”  He failed to mention the fact the world famous cricketer Arjuna Ranatunga is   a Sinhala supremacist par excellence, a founding leader of the Manel Mal Viyaparaya and the Deshapremi Janatha Viyaparaya (DJV) - Patriotic National Movement.

In various interviews with the newspapers and the BBC Arjuna Ranatunga said that hereafter he would keep on working for progress of the Deshapremi Janatha Viyaparaya (DJV) the mass organization that collected mass support of writers, poets, working class representatives, farmers, teachers and students for the anti-UNP protests that were launched with the help of the SLFP, JVP and the MEP under the guidance of Venerable Elle Gunawansa Thero....” (www.lankaweb.com Feb 29, 2008 at 05:28 AM). DJV is a front organization of another racist outfit masquerading as Marxist – the JVP!

Arjuna Ranatunga chickened away from the Gala event (March 28, 2008) because of the black flag demonstration organized by hundreds of Tamils against his presence in front of the Double Tree International Hotel. BJ  dare not face the demonstrating Tamils and entered the hotel through the back door! This demonstration by Tamil Canadians was intended to send a strong message to the Mahinda Rajapakse’s racist government that any attempt to divide the Tamils and foist synthetic leadership on them will end in dismal failure.  BJ must give the names of some Tamils out of the “many Tamils” who attended the event. The fact of the matter is many Sinhalese boycotted the event. Out of five -hundred guests expected only 60 turned up!

BJ is a wrong choice to be appointed as the Consul General for Toronto - home to 300,000 Tamils - after he was unceremoniously bundled out as Daily News editor. His diplomatic posting was ordered by an equally racist President Mahinda Rajapakse after BJ went to temple trees on bended knees.

Euripides, the Greek philosopher said: Those whom the gods wish to destroy are first made mad. It now appears that Sri Lanka which the gods wish to destroy dispatch Sinhala racist supremacists  like BJ as envoys. (April 25, 2008)

 


 

 

 

April 7, 2008

 

Toronto

 

To All Cabinet Ministers and Hon. Members of Parliament

 

The writer of this piece has not learnt anything from his long sojourn in Canada. Canada is a civilized country and an example for countries that have to wrestle with ethnic and cultural diversity.

 

It is unfortunate that Canada has failed to instill some civility or knock some sense into Asoka Weerasinghe’s head. In his evening of life he uses his vitriolic pen to spew venom and hatred against the Thamil community.

 

We don't know yet who killed Sri Lanka's Minister and Chief Government Whip  Jeyaraj Fernandapulle who  was a de-nationalized Thamil doing the hatchet work for the Sinhala racist government.  Thamils  mourn his loss whatever might be his political persuasion. 

 

But the bucket full of tears our friend Asoka Weerasinghe shedding over his demise is selective and hypocritical.

 

Asoka Weerasinghe should blame the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) which shred the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) and launching a bloody war. This has opened  the flood gates of  violence against the Thamil people. The spilling of innocent blood is entirely due to the GoSL opting for a costly military solution.

 

President Mahinda Rajapakse has categorically rejected appeals by the international community, including Canada, to seek a negotiated political settlement to the ethnic conflict. 

 

It is the duty of a state to uphold human rights, rule of law and due process of justice at all times.  Human Rights Organizations (HRW) like the Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, ICRC, Doctors Without Borders have slammed  the human rights violations committed by the GoSL and the culture of impunity that prevails.

 

Not a single person guilty of murder, abduction, extortion, involuntary disappearances etc.  have been arrested, prosecuted and brought before a court of law!  

 

During the last 2 years more than 5,000 have been killed, hundreds have disappeared after being abducted by the Sinhala army and/or by the Para-military groups.

 

The United States State Department’s 2007 Human Rights Report (March 11, 2006) on Sri Lanka depicts a chilling level of state sponsored terrorism orchestrated by the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) far more gruesome and far worse than  the five countries officially listed by the United States as state sponsors of terrorism: Cuba, Sudan, North Korea, Syria, and Iran.

 

US report further said   the overwhelming majority of victims of human rights violations, such as killings and disappearances, were young male Tamils. Credible reports cited unlawful killings by government agents, assassinations by unknown perpetrators, politically motivated killings and child soldier recruitment by paramilitary forces associated with the government, disappearances, arbitrary arrests and detention, poor prison conditions, denial of fair public trial, government corruption, a lack of transparency, infringement of religious freedom, infringement of freedom of movement, and discrimination against minorities.

 

Bruce Fine, a former US Deputy Attorney General,  in a statement released to the media on March 26, 2008 asserted that the rights violations and violent incidents Colombo either allegedly was complicit in, or had direct involvement, and concludes that GOSL is a terrorist state under any sensible definition of the term.... Under international law and practice, the victims of state sponsored terrorism are regularly entitled to separate statehood. Kosovar Albanians had their Slobodan Milosevic. East Timorese had their Suharto. Eritreans had their Mengistu Haile Mariam. The southern Sudanese had their Hassan al-Turabi. And Tamils have their Rajapakse brothers and General Fonseka.”


Since Asoka Weerasinghe knows only to count the Sinhalese who are killed, he sweeps under the carpet the thousands of Thamils killed by the Sri Lankan armed forces. Apparently, he thinks it is alright to kill Thamils, abduct them for ransom, arrest, torture and lock up in prisons for no other reason than their ethnicity. 

 

The following are some of the most gruesome murders committed by the Sinhala armed forces recently.

 

On January, 2006 5 students at Trincomalee were shot and killed by Special Task Force.

 

On August 04, 2008  Sinhala  soldiers and Home Guards shot and killed  15   aid workers (14 Thamils and one Muslim) employed by French based INGO  Action Against Hunger(ACF) at Mutur. These killings of aid workers sent shock waves through the global humanitarian community.

 

On August 14,  61  female students at Vallivanam in Puthukudieruppu were killed by Sri Lankan bombers that dropped a total of 16 bombs. Indiscriminate bombing of Vanni results in scores of Thamil civilians, including children as old as 4 months, getting killed daily.

 

A total of 4 Thamil Members of Parliament have been killed since Mahinda Rajapakse came to power in November, 2005.

 

On December 25, 2005 Joseph Pararajasingham, Batticaloa District Thamil National Alliance parliamentarian was shot and killed  onside St. Mary's  cathedral church in Batticaloa town while attending X’mas  to receive Holy Communion from Batticaloa Catholic Bishop Kingsley Swampillai and were returning to their pews.
 

On November 10, 2006 Ravi Raj, Jaffna district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian  was shot  and killed at  Manning Town, Colombo.  A lawyer turned politician Raviraj was  an outspoken parliamentarian who voiced against the  extra-judicial killings and forced disappearances in Northeast and Colombo. The parliamentarian took part in a demonstration the previous day against the Sri Lanka Army shelling in Vaharai where 47 Thamil civilians, Internally Displaced from Trincomalee, were killed.  

 

On January 01, 2008 T.Maheswaran a United National Party  parliamentarian  Parliament was shot and killed while he was worshiping with his family at the Sivan Temple at Kotahena, Colombo.

 

On March 06, 2008 K.Sivanesan Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian was killed in a roadside claymore mine explosion which took place inside LTTE held Vanni region. The Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) of the Army intelligence carried out the attack. He was returning to his home in Mallavi after attending the Parliament session in Colombo. 

These killings don't matter because according to the Mahavamsa mind-set the Thamils are not considered as human beings. It is claimed that Buddha himself has bequeathed the Island to the Sinhalese Buddhists to preserve his religion.  Mahavamsa, a Buddhist chronicle written by a Buddhist priest during the 6th century AD, made a virtue of killing in defence of Buddhism.  Thamils are “unbelievers and men of evil were they, not more to be esteemed than beasts!"   According to this chronicle Buddha, before his death, summoned Saka, the king of gods and the divine protector of the Sasana (the Dhamma doctrine as taught by Buddha) and instructed him as follows:

 

“Vijaya, son of Sinhabahu, to come to Lanka.....together with 700 followers.  In Lanka, O Lord of Gods, will my religion be established, therefore, carefully protect him with his followers and Lanka."

 

By such injunction of the Master, the chronicle represents Vijaya and his supposed descendants - the Sinhalese Buddhists - as a CHOSEN PEOPLE with the special mission of preserving the Buddhist religion in Sri Lanka.

 

Asoka Weerasinghe, who belongs to the chosen people, is driven wholesale by this Mahavamsa myth spun by a Buddhist priest for the glory of Buddhism. And nothing in this world could cure Asoka Weerasinghe’s  Sinhala - Buddhist phobia! He will continue to live in the historical past and count only the Sinhalese who get killed, but not the Thamils who are not human beings!

 

 

 

Thangavelu

 

Your Tamil Tiger 'Doves of Peace' turned A Killing Monster-Bird One More Time Today

Asoka Weerasinghe A Conservative Voter Ottawa-Vanier Riding


To Jim Karygiannis, Liberal MP for Scarborough-Agincourt Maria Minna, Liberal MP for Beachges-East York Derek Lee, MP for Scarborough-Rouge River Borys Wrzesnewsky, Liberal MP for Ethobicoke Centre John Cannis, Liberal MP for Scarborough Center John McKay, Liberal MP for Scarborough-Guildwood Mark Holland, Liberal MP for Ajax-Pickering Yasmin Ratansi, Liberal MP for Don Valley East Lui Temelkovsk. Liberal; MP for Oak Ridges-Markham.

Dear Jim, Maria, Derek, Borys, John, John, Mark, Yasmin & Lui:

Remember how you lot stood outdoors on that rain-spitting, cold shivering day last November at the Markham Fair Ground with 10,000 of your Tamil constituentsmin vigil for S.P. Thamilchelvam's death. The day you christened the Tamil Tigers the 'Doves of Peace', shedding crocodile-tears that froze onto your cheeks for the Tamils to see, and locked-in those 10,000 votes to get re-elected at the next Federal Election!

Remember, that was the day when you all, Borys in particular, lambasted the Sri Lankan Government for getting rid of this terrorist.

Well, they did it again this morning. Your 'Doves of Peace' turned the 'Killer-Monster Birds' and one of their suicide bombers killed Sri Lanka's Minister and Chief Government Whip (your Karen Redman), at a sporting event at Weliweriya, 25 km North of the capital Colombo. With him they killed the National Athletics' Coach and the Sri Lanka Olympic Marathon Runner and record holder.

With that act they have one more time pinned onto your lapels the badges /-'You are a Fool'; 'You are our Idiot-Mascot'./

This morning when you get to church, temple or mosque, I hope you will take a moment to cleanse your conscience and souls, by kneeing and saying a prayer to all who were killed in this suicide attack by your 'Doves of Peace'.

And I will say Amen! to that.

Asoka Weerasinghe
A Conservative Voter
Ottawa-Vanier Riding

cc. Stephane Dion, Michael Ignatieff, Judy Sgro, Dan McTeague, Albina Guaneiri, Alan Tonks, John McCallum, Bob Rae

Stephen Harper, Stockwell Day, Maxime Bernier, Jason Kenney, Art Hanger, Pierre Poilievre.
 

 


 

 

March 06, 2008

 

Toronto

 

Hon. Shri Pranab Mukherjee
Minister of External Affairs of India
New Delhi
India.

13th Amendment - India  Repeating The Same Historical Mistake 

 

Dear Hon. Minister,

 

Recently the Hon.Minister  told parliament, inter  alia,  “The  interests of ethnic Thamils in Sri Lanka as well as in Malaysia mattered to Delhi. The way forward lies in a peacefully negotiated settlement within the framework of a united Sri Lanka acceptable to all communities, including the Thamils. India was concerned about the recent violence in that nation and was "closely monitoring" the developments. India has welcomed the "declared intention" of Sri Lanka to fully implement the 13th Amendment, a move that could give a degree of autonomy to Thamil-dominated regions in that country.” 

 

While we appreciate your sentiments, the fact remains the 13th Amendment is a ploy by President Mahinda Rajapakse to hoodwink the international community that pressed for political proposals to solve the conflict. Faced with a deadline (January 23rd, 2008) Mahinda Rajapakse forced the Chairman of the APRC to  immediately submit   the 13th Amendment as demanded by him. A humiliated Chairman then said “I as  chairman, together with the rest of the APRC, had little option but to accede to his request."

 

The Chairman, APRC further confessed “I could have acted differently. But under the circumstances I hope the people of Sri Lanka as well as those abroad who are interested in the future of our country will understand the circumstances which have led me to follow the course that the APRC has now taken."

 

So, APRC proposals were an “imposition”   by the President Mahinda Rajapakse and the Chairman, APRC simply  caved in.  Understandably,  he could not  stand up to a powerful executive President.

 

Twenty years ago the TULF stated in writing to the then Indian Prime Minister that “These proposals do not meet the aspirations of the Thamil people  are in anyway, commensurate with the loss of life, sufferings and privations suffered by the Thamil people. Since 1983, the TULF has always negotiated with the GoSL directly, utilising the good offices of the Government of India, and through the GoI in the hope of evolving a comprehensive scheme of devolution which the TULF could commend to the Thamil people. The TULF regrets it cannot recommend the contents of these Bills to the Thamil people as being satisfactory, just and durable.”  Because   the 13th  Amendment is not workable and will never be a success, the TULF did not contest the provincial council elections  .

 

Twenty years later the TNA leader R.Sampanthan, MP speaking in parliament declared    “they will not touch the 13th Amendment even with the wrong end of a barge pole.”

 

He asked the government to “stop this game of playing dirty tricks, come clean, be candid, be honest, be genuine, be straightforward - come up with a solution that would really be a solution to this conflict which has caused much human suffering to all people in this country.”

 

Therefore, the decision of your government  welcoming the 13th Amendment as a first step “that could give a degree of autonomy to Thamil-dominated regions in that country” is unwise and misplaced.  India is repeating  the same historical mistake.   This  has only helped President Mahinda Rajapakse to gain plenty of breathing space to prosecute total  war against the Thamil people under the cloak of eliminating terrorism. With  India on Rajapaksa’s side, there will not be much International pressure, even on   human rights violations, beyond  pious statements. In effect India has thrown a life-line to Mahinda Rajapakse who  is under attack for gross human rights abuses, corruption, subversion of the rule of law and democratic norms.  No wonder India kept aloof  even at the time when abductions, disappearances and extortions in Colombo were at a peak with Thamil businessmen of Indian origin falling victim.

 

The GoSL  has  reversed the Northeast merger, a key element in the Indo – Ceylon pact,   taking cover under the Supreme Court verdict that the executive fiat is null and void. When Opposition UNP made an offer to support an amendment to the constitution to re-merge the two provinces the government spurned it.  

 

The 13th Amendment enacted  in 1987 has been truncated subsequently by withdrawal of police powers and powers over land alienation from the Provincial Councils.

 

The Thamil people since 1956 have historically given mandates at every election where they have stood for genuine autonomy, genuine self rule in the areas of their historical habitation. 

 

Mr. Richard Boucher, the Under-Secretary of the United States for South Asia has called for radical changes in the structure of Government, genuine autonomy, which would give the Thamils and the Muslims the right of self rule. Self rule is not possible under the present highly centralized unitary constitution. 

 

Therefore, the 13th Amendment is no where close to what the international community has contemplated. Mr. Rajmohan Gandhi, a very distinguished. journalist and author when asked in the course of a recent interview   "What lessons do you think Sri Lanka can learn from the asymmetrical devolution model now in place in India?" he replied "If autonomy is genuine it will work. But if an offer of autonomy is mainly a facade it will not work, but if the majority groups and now I'm speaking globally of all countries, if governments are willing to give genuine autonomy to distinct groups that can go a long way, but it has to be a genuine offer, and it has to be an offer supported by the people of the majority group as well, not just the political parties." (The Sunday Leader – February 03, 2008)

Your colleague Hon.  P. Chidambaram, Minister of Finance for India has expressed similar views.  He told BBC "India  has emphasised that the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, arising out of a sense of discrimination and a sense of negation of cultural, linguistic and human rights should be resolved through a negotiated political settlement that includes a credible devolution of powers".(BBC Sinhala Service – Nov 17, 2007)

India should understand the nature of the Sri Lankan state which  is theocratic, despotic, un –democratic and unitary while India is secular and quasi-federal with 28 linguistic - based States and 7 Union Territories. 

 

Unfortunately,  India has remained a silent spectator to the horrendous human rights violations committed in the Northeast of Ceylon.

 

Aerial bombardment of heavily built residential areas, enforced disappearances, abductions for ransom and execution style killings by the military have become everyday routine.   The rule of law continues to be undermined and the culture of impunity persists at all levels of government.  GoSL has consistently failed to conduct credible investigations to bring violators to justice. On the contrary, the GoSL  had deliberately obstructed course of justice and   shown not so much the lack of capacity but the requisite will to safeguard the rights of all its citizens. It   is justifying  extra-judicial killings and disappearances as part of a brutal and counterproductive counter-insurgency campaign.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has dubbed  the  Sri Lanka's government as one of the world's worst perpetrators of enforced disappearances.  In its report HRW  has accused the security forces and pro-government militias of abducting and "disappearing" hundreds of people - mostly Thamils - since 2006. HRW said  the majority of cases "indicate the involvement of government security forces - army, navy or police". (BBC - March 06, 2008)

According to  Red Cross (ICRC)  the number of civilians killed and injured in Sri Lanka has reached "appalling levels". A total  of 180 civilians died in the first six weeks of 2008 and nearly 270 more were injured. More than 1,000 people have been killed since the government withdrew from the ceasefire according to the military. (BBC - March 06, 2008)

 

The International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP)  invited by Mahinda Rajapakse

to monitor a government commission investigating human rights abuses  has resigned on Thursday (March 06, 2008)  in frustration over the government's lack of support.  Among the 16  cases under investigation were the execution-style slaying of 17 aid workers in 2006 in Mutur, an air strike that  killed 61 school girls between the ages of 16 and 18 .and the shooting  of 5 students by Sri Lanka Special Forces in Trincomalee on January 02, 2006. Incidentally the IIGEP was chaired by Mr. Justice P N Bhagwati, Retired Chief Justice of India. (AP - March 06, 2008)

 

Opposition leader Wickremasinghe told  a media briefing on Wednesday (March 05) " that armed Thamil groups  Pilliayan group, EPDP, and a Muslim group mobilised by the government are in operation in the East". Last month alone 48 Thamils have been killed, 29 abducted and 253 arrested by the armed forces.

 

As we write news reports say  that Jaffna District TNA  parliamentarian, K. Sivanesan  was killed today in a claymore attack carried out by the Sri Lanka Army Deep Penetration Unit on A-9 road, 30 minutes after he crossed into Vanni through Omanthai / Puliyangkulam entry point. 


Sri Lanka is being perennially ruled under Emergency Regulations that  vests sweeping powers to the armed forces to detain without charge anyone suspected of terror activity. These Regulations have been used almost exclusively against Thamils.  

 

GoSL is refusing to investigate, prosecute and punish human rights violators. The many ad hoc commissions of inquiry of the past two years have accomplished nothing, while disappearances and political killings continue, especially in the Jaffna peninsula.  The military offensives launched by the government first in the East and now in the North have caused heavy loss of lives, social oppression, political subjugation and economic deprivation.  (AP - March 06, 2008)

 

Despite the damning evidence and  charges of human rights abuses against the Sri Lankan government, India unashamedly continues to defend Sri Lanka at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights sessions held in Geneva.

 

President Mahinda Rajapakse has buried the CFA and made the APRC dysfunctional. The mindless withdrawal from the CFA, at the behest of the JVP, has opened the floodgates of civilian killings both in the North and the South.

 

All this is proof that predators are masquerading as liberators. Mahinda Rajapakse has no stomach “for a peacefully negotiated settlement.” He opposed the 13th Amendment tooth and nail while in the opposition.

 

We appeal to the government of India to re-think, re-view, re-orientate  and re-shape its foreign policy options vis-à-vis Sri Lanka at the earliest opportunity.   

 

 

Yours truly,

 

 

 

 

 

Veluppillai Thangavelu
President

cc Hon. Prime Minister of India, Chief Minister of Thamil Nadu and Leaders of Political Parties

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 26, 2008

 

Toronto

 

The editor,
Toronto Star
Toronto.

 

A country spins out of control

 

Dear editor,

 

I write to thank you for publishing the news report titled  A country spins out of control by Robert Muggah (Tor Star – February 24, 2008) which is fairly objective.

The last time Tor Star published article on Sri Lanka was on July 04, 2006 captioned Tensions run high as rumblings of war return by Andrew Mills.

 

Though the war between the Sri Lankan army and LTTE has escalated very few newspapers have reported the heavy human and economic cost involved. When some Buddhist Bhikkus in Myanmar staged demonstrations against the ruling army junta it received wide publicity, but a real war in which thousands of civilians have perished goes unreported. 

 

There are striking ethnic, language and religious parallels between Kosovo – Serbia and Thamil Eelam – Sri Lanka. In the case of Kosovo, President Slobodan Milosevic stripped Kosovo of its autonomy and used the military to drive 800,000 Albanian Muslims out. President Mahinda Rajapakse has buried the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) and expelled Norwegian appointed Sri Lanka monitoring Mission (SLMM) out of the country.  His sibling Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse who is a citizen of US has publicly vowed to kill Prabhakaran before his next birthday falling on November 26, 2008.  He has rejected power sharing and instead wants to implement the 13th Amendment to the current unitary constitution which was rejected by Thamils 20 years ago. This is plain juvenile stupidity on his part.

 

President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government is plagued with rising cost of living, mounting corruption, colossal waste of public funds and serious lapses in governance. The rule of law continues to be undermined and the culture of impunity persists.

 

The current military campaign to capture territory controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Thamil Eelam (LTTE) has resulted in heavy civilian casualties, displacement of thousands of Thamil families and disrupted   schooling of children.  In opting for a military solution to the ethnic conflict Mahinda Rajapakse has spurned frantic appeals by India, US, EU and Japan to seek a political solution to the ethnic conflict. In both Kosovo and Thamil Eelam, majoritarian regimes resorted to brute military force against national minorities to impose dictated peace.

 

Justice was done to Kosovo by the US and EU first by expelling Serbian forces out of Kosovo and then by recognising Kosovo’s UDI.  These countries should now apply the same principle in regard to Thamils by expelling the Sinhalese army from Northeast and then recognizing Thamil Eelam’s UDI. The 3 million Thamils of Ceylon have much more credible claim   to statehood than Kosovo.  Both past and recent history has shown that Thamils cannot co-exist with the majority Sinhalese- Buddhists who claim a mythical sole ownership of the Island. . 

 

Yours truly,

 

 

 

 

VeluppillaiThangavelu
President

 

Cc. To Heads of States and Canadian MPs

 


 

 

February 12, 2008
 
Toronto
 
 
The General Secretary
Communist Party of India (Marxist)
A.K. Gopalan Bhawan
27-29, Bhai Vir Singh Marg, New Delhi 110 001
Tel. (91-11) 23344918, 23363692, 23747435/36
fax: (91-11) 23747483 (E-mail cpim@vsnl.com ) 

 

Thanks for keeping JVP  out of CPM Party Congress

 

Dear Comrade,

We wish to convey our appreciation and thanks on your decision not to invite Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP- People's Liberation Front) to the forthcoming party Congress in Coimbatore.

The JVP is an extreme Sinhala – Buddhist supremacist outfit masquerading as a Marxist party. It enjoys the dubious distinction of being the only “Marxist Party” in the world to propound the racial and religious superiority of the majority Sinhalese, oppose political solution to resolve the ethnic conflict and insist on militarily defeating the Liberation Tigers of Thamil Eelam(LTTE).   

The JVP has consistently mounted racially motivated campaigns in support of the war launched by President Mahinda Rajapakse and his government.  It is opposed to any form of devolution, including devolution under the 13th Amendment, and insists in preserving the present unitary constitution intact. Paradoxically, its stand on the national question is more rightist and reactionary than that of traditional rightist parties like the United National Party (UNP) or the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).

It would have been a national disgrace and an insult to progressive forces if the JVP would have been invited to the Congress like last year.

We also  hope the CPI will follow CPM’s example and withdraw  invitation to JVP for its Congress to be held in Hyderabad.

 

Yours truly,

 

 

Veluppillai Thangavelu
President

E-mail: cantcwa@yahoo.ca

 

 


 

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This editorial is full  of contradictions and is outright Sinhala propaganda.

 

CLAIM

The most widespread among these speculations is that the Tigers’ objective is to provoke Sinhala and Muslim communities for a communal backlash on Tamils that will enable them to prove to the world community that Tamils are persecuted in this country.

 

RESPONSE

Why include the Muslim community? Provoking Sinhalese yes – but provoking Muslims is arrant nonsense.

 

C:AIM

Second, their intention is to get the people in the south to revolt against the government compelling it to abandon the campaign against terrorism.

 

RESPONSE 
Identifying or labelling the armed struggle of the Thamil people as “terrorism” is  again nonsense. This type of propaganda is advanced to cash on the global war against terrorism  by fanatical religious outfits like Al Qaeda!

 

CLAIM

Third, is to badger the government leaders into returning to the negotiating table and resuming the process from the point where the previous UNF Government stopped.    

RESPONSE

This is a contradiction. LTTE is accused of walking away from peace talks. If that is the case they cannot be accused of “badger the government leaders into returning to the negotiating table and resuming the process from the point where the previous UNF Government stopped.”

CLAIM

“The first speculated objective will not be achievable in view of the persistent resistance on the part of the vast majority of people to mounting senseless attacks on Tamils.

RESPONSE
There is no backlash since 1983 because of the presence of LTTE. That is the truth. The Sinhalese people know it will not be one way street. “The vast majority of people” referred to are Sinhalese. Not Sinhalese and Muslims.

CLAIM
There is obviously a high percentage of people from all communities in this country who back the present campaign to eliminate terrorism.

RESPONSE
it is a lie, a damn lie to claim “people of all communities in this country who back the present campaign to eliminate terrorism.” Only Sinhalese (87%) are backing the “campaign to eliminate terrorism.” The Sinhalese people cannot back the war in the North and remain in the South untouched.

CLAIM
On the contrary these brutal acts have further fuelled the wrath against the Tigers.

RESPONSE
This claim contradicts the statement towards the end of the editorial which declares “It is the responsibility of the government, in any event, to bring the present spree of killings of innocent people to a quick end and spare the people of the AGONY of seeing the lives of their loved ones mercilessly snuffed out in the streets. There is a public demand today as articulated by opposition parties that the government should immediately curtail all activities that run counter to the mood of the people WHO ARE GRIPPED with fear and tormented by tragic events occurring on a daily basis.

 

 

 

LTTE’s misconceptions and miscalculations

  

The LTTE’s immediate motives and aims for the brutal killings of innocent civilians in this country are not fully known. As such it is on speculation and political analysis that we have to depend to get a view of what they are aiming at. There are several motives imputed by parties and groups to the LTTE’s senseless attacks.

 

The most widespread among these speculations is that the Tigers’ objective is to provoke Sinhala and Muslim communities for a communal backlash on Tamils that will enable them to prove to the world community that Tamils are persecuted in this country. Second, their intention is to get the people in the south to revolt against the government compelling it to abandon the campaign against terrorism. Third, is to badger the government leaders into returning to the negotiating table and resuming the process from the point where the previous UNF Government stopped.    

It is obvious, however, that the first speculated objective will not be achievable in view of the persistent resistance on the part of the vast majority of people to mounting senseless  attacks on Tamils. The second objective too is destined to fail. There is obviously a high percentage of people from all communities in this country who back the present campaign to eliminate terrorism. They are, no doubt, extremely concerned and angered over the continuous bloodletting in the country. But their reaction does not conform to the LTTE expectations. On the contrary these brutal acts have further fuelled the wrath against the Tigers. They extend further support to carry on the campaign against terrorism with greater vigour. The continued Tiger brutality makes the government move further away from the negotiating process although their declared policy is to find a lasting solution to the problem through negotiations.

It is the responsibility of the government, in any event, to bring the present spree of killings of innocent people to a quick end and spare the people of the agony of seeing the lives of their loved ones mercilessly snuffed out in the streets. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, of course, has assured that the present situation is a temporary phenomenon.    His intention is to finish the campaign against terrorism thus serving humanity too by ridding the world of one of its fiercest terrorist movements. He cannot do this alone. He needs the cooperation and support of all concerned. To get this cooperation the government has invariably to reduce the weaknesses it is accused of and to enhance the good aspects that it is praised for. 

The criticisms and allegations obviously are numerous since the steps the government has taken from the time it was established have been controversial. The criticisms arise from here as well as from abroad. Some of them are constructive while others are destructive. Both have to be received with maximum tolerance. And it requires a high degree of patience and wisdom to distinguish between these two forms of criticism. It would indeed be a big mistake if constructive criticism is misconstrued as those arising from malice. The media are often treated as their enemies by successive governments when they attempt to play their role effectively as the watchdog of the nation. True, there are sections of the media whose criticisms arise from narrow political motives. Just as much as state media maximizes the government’s  achievements turning a blind eye to its weaknesses, there are some media institutions that see only the dark side of the administration. But, by and large, it would be seen that there is a common thread of national interest running through all media presentations. A glance through newspaper editorials and commentaries would prove the correctness of this assertion.

So the correct reaction to criticism would be to adopt a tolerant rather than an antagonistic attitude towards them. There is a public demand today as articulated by opposition parties that the government should immediately curtail all activities that run counter to the mood of the people who are gripped with fear and tormented by tragic events occurring on a daily basis. All tamashas, celebrations and self-elevating propaganda events have to be suspended, in their view, and all energy and effort should be diverted to accomplishing the task of eliminating terrorism and resolving the conflict with the support and cooperation of all  sections of people.  (Feb 7, 2007 D/M editorial)

 


 

 

 

February 04, 2008

 

His Excellency John Blake

American Ambassodor

Colombo

Sri Lanka.

 

Dear Ambassador,

True to form the United States Embassy in Colombo has condemned the bomb attacks at Fort Railway Station and Dehiwala zoo in Colombo and in Dambulla on Saturday. Stating that the attacks bear "all the hallmarks of the LTTE," the U.S. press release said the attacks targeted innocent civilians to foster an atmosphere of fear prior to Sri Lanka's Independence Day celebrations.

It appears the US Embassy  like Lord Nelson has only one eye! That may be the reason why it failed to condemn the claymore mine attack  which bore  all the hall marks of the Sinahala army and carried out its  DPU (Deep Penetration Unit) at Pallamadu that killed 17 school children and injured more than 20.

The US should hold the scales even otherwise it will be ridiculed for adopting double standards.

Of course the US which admits killing innocent Iraqis in their thousands has no moral authority to condemn the LTTE.

We are praying there will be  winds of change sweeping US within the next 12 months. The signs are there and hopefully the good people of America will dethrone  the ultra conservatives, oil barons and warmongers from the White House.

 

Thangavelu


 

 


February 04, 2008

The editor,
Island.

Dear Prabhath

When Sinhala armed forces bomb Vanni and kill men, women and chidren it is heroism. But when LTTE retaliates and bomb targets in the South then it is called terrorism. Incidentally Weli Oya is the name of the game. A purely Thamil territory was emptied overnight to settle Sinhalese, some from Welikada prisons, by the Sinhala army. Manal Aru was renamed as Weli Oya. This was in 1984 and the brain behind the Sinhala colonization was Mahaveli Development Minister Gamini Dissanyake. It was ethnic cleansing 100%. Mankindi Malai was renamed Janakapura to "honour" Maj.Gen. Janaka Perera. Even the spot where the blast occured has been named Kobbekaduwa again in "Honour" of another Maj.General Densil Kobbakaduwa.


 

Toronto

February 04, 2008

 

The editor,

Toronto Sun,

Toronto.

 

Dear editor,

 

For the first time your news story “Sri Lanka needs our leadership” accurately captures the sorry state of affairs of the failed state of Sri Lanka that celebrated 60th year of independence. The enactment of a   myriad of  discriminatory  and racially motivated  legislative acts by the Sinhala dominated government have made  Thamils  third class citizens. In the very first year of independence,  a million strong Thamils of Indian origin were deprived of their citizenship and franchise rights.

 

The GoSL under President Mahinda Rajapakse is relentlessly pursuing the military option despite pleas by the international community that there is no military solution to a political problem.  The abrogation of CFA (Ceasefire Agreement) has plunged the country into a full scale war. Sinhala racism – the claim the Sinhalese – Buddhist – are chosen people of Buddha - is the underlying  cause of the ethnic conflict.

 

Unfortunately, the labelling of the Liberation Tigers of Thamil Eelam (LTTE) as a terrorist organization by Canada, US, EU and  others  have made the situation worse for the Thamil people.  Lumping the LTTE with Al – Queda and other extremist outfits have embolden the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL)  to declare war on Thamil people under the guise of fighting “Terrorism.” 

In this connection, it is useful to quote  Democratic Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton’s comments  when she was asked by  Michael Tomasky of Britain’s ‘The Guardian’ (October 23, 2008) newspaper which covered Iraq, the legacy of the Cold War and ceding executive powers.

When asked “Do you think that the terrorists hate us for our freedoms, or do you think they have specific geopolitical objectives?” she replied:

“The bottom line is, you can't lump all terrorists together. … what the Tamil Tigers are fighting for in Sri Lanka, or the Basque separatists in Spain, or the insurgents in al-Anbar province may only be connected by tactics.

Well, I believe that terrorism is a tool that has been utilized throughout history to achieve certain objectives. Some have been ideological, others territorial. There are personality-driven terroristic objectives.

I mean, what the Tamil Tigers are fighting for in Sri Lanka, or the Basque separatists in Spain, or the insurgents in al-Anbar province may only be connected by tactics. They may not share all that much in terms of what is the philosophical or ideological underpinning. And I think one of our mistakes has been painting with such a broad brush, which has not been particularly helpful in understanding what it is we were up against when it comes to those who pursue terrorism for whichever ends they're seeking.”

 

In adcdition to  imposing economic sanctions and cutting aid to GoSL, the delisting of LTTE  will send a powerful message to  the GoSL that it cannot take refuge under the subterfuge of fighting  “terrorism” to deprive the Thamils of their basic rights to live in freedom and security.

 

 

Yours truly,

 

 

 

 

 

Veluppillai Thangavelu

416 -281 – 1165

 


Dear Col. Hariharan

You started well but ended like the man who digged the mountain to catch a rat!

Actually there is another version of the proverb. The mountain laboured and gave birth
to a mouse. 

Pl. read the news below. If the 13th amendment is not to the liking to a Sinahala dominated LSSP,
how can it be accepted by the Thamil people? 

The problem with the commentators is they are biased. They underestimate the resilience of the Thamil race, its history of bravery, courage  and valour .  

You experienced it first hand during 1987-90. You have not  forgotten it and  still nursing  the wounds. 

The LTTE is still politically strong. The Thamil Diaspora is fully backing the LTTE. There is a reason for it. This   struggle is ours.  The LTTE is only  the vanguard force. You don't and you will not understand the  nexus between the Thamil people and the LTTE. Prabhakaran is the embodiment of Thamils dreams and aspirations. 

We Thamils are under no illusion that this war has to be fought and won by Thamils themselves. India ruled by the Hindi speaking North Indians are not going to help the Thamils to attain their goal. That is why the fiction  that an independent Thamil Eelam will trigger separation of Thamil Nadu  ultimately ending in a Pan Thamil State.

 

Thangavelu  

 

LSSP divided over proposals, slams APRC chief

A senior LSSPer Lal Wijenayake yesterday claimed that proposals presented to President Mahinda Rajapaksa as proposals of the All Parties Representative Committee (APRC) were in fact proposals that the President handed over to the APRC.

He claimed that leaders of parties supporting the SLFP-led coalition government were requested to present the proposals as of their own.

He said that the proposals that have emerged after nearly 18 months of deliberations and reports of the 63 meetings running into some 11,000 pages were not the proposals handed over to the President and those proposals may never see the light of day.

Speaking to The Island, Wijenayake, a member of the political bureau, said that LSSP representative in the government Minister Tissa Vitarana last Friday assured the political bureau that the set of original proposals, too, would be presented. Unfortunately he broke his promise and the party has no option but to reveal the exact position, he said.

He said, "The whole exercise is a deceit enacted to mislead the masses and the international community. This deceit will only aggravate the crisis and will not in anyway help to overcome the crisis. This will further alienate the moniorities from the Government. The international community will lose whatever faith it has on the ability of the Government to find a political solution."

"It is absurd for one to think that the implementation of the contents of the 13th Amendment within a unitary state will satisfy the aspirations of the minorities.

The provincial councils’ system has failed mainly due to the Constitution being a unitary constitution with a powerful Executive President. Therefore it cannot be honestly contended that the system will work without structural changes through constitutional amendments."

"Misleading the masses by false propaganda knowing very well the futility of the proposals has to be condemned. As a member of the Political Bureau of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party, I state that the LSSP is not a party to this deceit."

"What was expected from the APRC was a set of proposals that is acceptable to the parties that are committed to a political solution to the ethnic problem. Lot of water has flowed after the 13th Amendment in 1987. The draft constitution of 2000 and the formulation set out in the Oslo communique to explore the possibility of finding a solution within a United Sri Lanka through a federal form of government with internal self determination for the Tamils in their areas, were steps towards finding a solution. It was expected that the APRC will consider these proposals and would move forward."

"The 2000 Draft Constitution and the Oslo statement are attempts to find a solution through structure changes in the Sri Lanka State to accommodate the aspirations of the Tamils. One cannot expect a political solution short of this."

 


 

Sri Lanka needs our leadership

By HARINI SIVALINGAM

 

This year started off with a bang in Sri Lanka. Literally. Not the firecrackers we are accustomed to in Canada, but the sounds of guns and bombs. On Jan. 1, Tamil parliamentarian Thiyagarajah Maheswaran, was shot dead while attending a New Year's service at a Hindu temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

 

Shortly after this assassination the government of Sri Lanka announced its intentions to withdraw from the 2002 Cease Fire Agreement, igniting a chain of events that will ultimately lead to the full resumption of war and bloodshed. On Jan. 16, the six-year-old ceasefire came to an abrupt end.

 

This year not only marks the 60th anniversary of Sri Lanka's independence from colonial rule, but also the 25th anniversary of the 1983 anti-Tamil riots. Of these 60 years of independence, 25 years were marred by a bloody civil war that has left more than 70,000 dead.

Over the past several years, the human rights situation in Sri Lanka has deteriorated. With the collapse of the cease fire, the situation will only get worse. The United Nations, international human rights NGOs and several Western democracies have condemned the gross violations of civil liberties and human rights by the Sri Lankan government.

 

In the last 18 months we have seen the erosion of all the pillars of democracy in Sri Lanka, from the suppression of the media and free speech to assassinations to erosion of the rule of law.

 

OBLIGATION TO ENGAGE

 

Canada is home to the largest Tamil Diaspora outside of Sri Lanka. It has an obligation to engage with Canadian Tamils. Most of the 200,000 Canadian Tamils have come to Canada as refugees fleeing the ethnic war in their homeland. They have strong emotional and family ties to their homeland.

 

While Canadian Tamils are grateful to Canada for offering many refugees from Sri Lanka a safe haven, they cannot be expected to simply "leave their baggage behind."

Canadian Tamils should expect their government would take an interest in a global human rights situation that impacts Canadians.

 

Canada certainly has a role to play in the Sri Lankan conflict. Sri Lanka is among the top 10 donor recipients of Canadian development aid. Sri Lanka relies heavily on Canada economically and therefore can be influenced by Canadian condemnation of their human rights record.

By using soft diplomacy, Canada can support the call for a United Nations Special Envoy to Sri Lanka to monitor the human rights situation and encourage the negotiation of a peaceful resolution to this crisis.

 

By taking a more proactive approach to the conflict, Canada can condemn the human rights violations of the Sri Lankan government and impose trade and aid restrictions on Sri Lanka if it continues to fail to abide by its international human rights obligations.

Canada not only has a responsibility, but also a moral and ethical duty to undertake a greater leadership role in bringing about a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Sri Lanka.



January 10, 2008

 

Email:  Veluppilai Thangavelu 

Dear Mr. Thangavelu: 

I would like to acknowledge receipt of your emails to me and the copies of the emails you have sent to Minister Bernier on the subject of the continuing conflict in Sri Lanka.  I thank you for keeping me updated on the events and your views and concerns on the subject.  I would like to also thank you for attending and participating in the Forum.   

It appears to be the hope of everyone that Canada take a more active and even-handed role in fostering a peaceful resolution to the continuing conflict.  The Forum provided some useful information which my colleagues and I took very seriously and will share with our parliamentary colleagues when the House resumes. 

My parliamentary colleagues and I are committed to continuing our efforts to define a more active role that the Canadian government might take to promote a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Sri Lanka, and would welcome your continued participation in future initiatives or events that we organize to foster constructive discussion on the subject.

 

Yours truly,

 

Derek Lee, M.P.
Scarborough - Rouge River


 

This piece consists of some sense, but plenty of non-sense usually exhibited by Sinhala racists. 

To isolate the Thamil people from the LTTE by doling out concessions is like trying to catch a stork by placing gee into its eyes. (The moral is when it cannot see you can catch it without difficulty.) The shedding of bucket full of tears over the suffering of the Thamils is akin to the wolf crying on seeing the lambs getting wet!

The statement " sharing all the benefits of life enjoyed by those not in the conflict areas" is huge joke.   

One has only to look at Jaffna to gauge what life will be under the fascist rule of the Sinhalese racists. Jaffna is an open prison and the people deprived of all their freedoms - freedom of movement, the right to life, the right to practice their profession etc. etc. Jaffna is the only place in the world where residents who sought the protection of courts voluntarily opted to stay in prison for safety. 

There are night curfews and every household is asked to exhibit the names and photographs of the inmates for inspection by the army. This is in addition to carrying special identity cards issued by the army. Same goes for the eastern province despite the tall claim the people have been liberated from the clutches of the Tigers.  

The writer claims “ the vast majority of Diaspora Tamils after 25 years of war, especially the younger generation, have little or no desire to return to SL even though their parents still give monetary and moral support to the LTTE.” It bery naive on his part to think so.   The younger generation of expatriate Thamils is taking the baton from the older generation. If this writer wants to deceive himself  then it is his privilege.

To cut the story short 95 % of Thamils fully support the liberation struggle. It is their struggle. The LTTE is only the vanguard force. 

If the Sinhalese think that Douglas Anandasangaree, Sri Tharan, and Rajan Hool etc. are good horses to gallop pl. try.  But just a reminder. Anandasangaree and his acolytes polled only 6,000 votes and lost deposits.  Devananda managed to poll 18,000  votes - less than the 22,000 spoilt votes.    

If the Thamils in Vanni  will desert the LTTE if there is a way, why then keep the A9 closed 

It is a huge joke to claim that Sri Lanka is a democratic state.  Democracy is not just about voting.  It is how the state treats citizens.  It is about protection of minorities and about human rights.  The trappings of periodical elections, parliament does not make a state democratic.  Sri Lanka is a state of the Sinhalese Buddhists by the Sinhalese Buddhists and for the Sinhalese Buddhists.  It is not comparable with Canada, which is a shining example of a country that has forged unity in diversity by commitment to fundamental rights and freedoms and constitutional governance. Scores of Thamils are killed by the Sri Lankan armed forces under the guise of terrorism. Bombs are dropped claiming LTTE targets were hit when in fact Tsunami resettlements were hit.  Uncivilized country brutes are ruling Sri Lanka and nothing more could be expected.  (The D/M – 29 December, 2007)

 

 


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Dear Col. Hariharan

 

You started well but ended like the man who digged the mountain to catch a rat!

 

Actually there is another version of the proverb. The mountain laboured and gave birth

to a mouse.

 

Pl. read the news below. If the 13th amendment is not to the liking to a Sinahala dominated LSSP, how can it be accepted by the Thamil people?

 

The problem with the commentators is they are biased. They underestimate the resilience of the Thamil race, its history of bravery, courage  and valour .

 

You experienced it first hand during 1987-90. You have not  forgotten it and  still nursing  the wounds.

 

The LTTE is still politically strong. The Thamil Diaspora is fully backing the LTTE. There is a reason for it. This   struggle is ours.  The LTTE is only  the vanguard force. You don't and you will not understand the  nexus between the Thamil people and the LTTE. Prabhakaran is the embodiment of Thamils dreams and aspirations.

 

We Thamils are under no illusion that this war has to be fought and won by Thamils themselves. India ruled by the Hindi speaking North Indians are not going to help the Thamils to attain their goal. That is why the fiction  that an independent Thamil

Eelam will trigger separation of Thamil Nadu  ultimately ending in a Pan Thamil State.

 

Thangavelu  (Response to Harihara’s article appearing in D/M – Jan 28, 2008)

 

 

 


Dear Sir,

This editor apart from being a racist is a pathological liar.  He would have proved a good student of Dr.Gobbelles, the Nazi Propaganda Minister.  Like Dr.Gobbelles, the editor thinks repeating a lie in course of time will be accepted as truth.  CFA did not prohibit acquisition of arms by both the parties.  The GoSL also purchased arms, ships, and UMV spy planes during this period.  As for the number of violations by the LTTE (3,800) exceeding many times that of the armed forces (350) is just propaganda.  A smart government lodged a complaint with the SLMM every time Thamil National flag was raised in government controlled areas as a violation of the CFA.  That is how the bloated figure 3,800 was arrived at.

He claims " But, the question is whether there had been any peace process after the LTTE walked away from peace talks by making its ISGA demand in 2003.”  The LTTE did not walk away from the peace talks after submitting its ISGA.  An excited G.L.Peiris, the super pole-vaulter said the government would study the ISGA.  This was on October 31, 2003.  The LTTE agreed to flexibility on ISGA during subsequent negotiations.  However, On November 3, 2003 president Chandrika Kumaratunga took over three key ministries - defence, interior, and media -   citing deterioration of the security situation in the country.  None other than Mangala Samaraweera who is now waxing eloquence about human rights was behind Chandrika's decision to grab the Ministries.  She went on to sack dissolve the parliament on February 14, 2004 and fixed election for April 2.

Chandrika Kumaratunga calculated that a new political alliance she forged in January - previous month - with the ethno-centric pseudo Marxist People's Liberation Front (JVP) would tilt the electoral advantage in favor of her party.  This was proved right, but an alliance between the PA and the JVP a year later drove president Chandrika Kumaratunga into political wilderness.  Two weeks ago, she lost her official presidential house as well!  It was poetic justice for a megalomaniac who waged a bloody war for peace!

To be charitable  the assertion  "President Mahinda Rajapaksa cannot accede to its demand for pruning the jumbo Cabinet, as he fears a string of defections from the government ranks in such an eventuality. So, the government may have sought to appease the JVP by dumping the CFA" is the only truth found in this editorial.

 

Thangavelu

 (A symbolic statement - The Island editorial - Jan 04, 2008)


Dear sir,

What really is happening in the land of Dharma? A political thug whose bodyguard is a criminal out on bail in a double murder case  shielded by the head of state!  Buddhist monks sleeping with prostitutes! A chief justice caught red-handed with a woman inside a car! The sibling of the president and MP openly called 10% in parliament! A jumbo cabinet of 107 Ministers of all sorts!  Steady flow of body bags taken from North to South! Generals who lost the war and ran away to greener pastures overseas returning  home to wield unlimited political and military power!

Though  thrice blessed by  Buddha ( it is a lie alright) everything seems to be rotten in the Paradise Island?  Are you not ashamed of yourself?  If I am in your shoes I will jump into the Beira Lake and commit suicide!

Thangavelu

Asgiriya Chapter expels two members of Supreme Council
By Shamindra Ferdinando

Amidst an ongoing CID investigation into an alleged attempt to influence the election of a future Mahanayaka of the Asgiriya Chapter of the Siyam Nikaya, Asgiriya Mahanayake, Ven Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha, in consultation with the Supreme Council of the chapter, has expelled two ``conspirators’’ from the Supreme Council.

The Sunday Island learns that the Supreme Council decided to take disciplinary action against Ven. Alawattegama Sobhitha, Chief incumbent of Kotakedeniya Raja Maha Vihare in Gelioya and Arattana Raja Maha Vihare of Hanguranketha and Ven. Upadyaya Hunupolagama Vijirasiri, Chief Sanghanayake of Wannihatpattu and Chief Incumbent of Migalewa Resvehera Raja Maha Vihare, Girikarawa Raja Maha Vihare and Hantana Raja Maha Vihare on the basis of code-of-conduct for the sasana.

Although the suspects have vehemently denied the allegations, well informed sources said that the CID investigation has revealed a web of conspiracy. The CID moved in after the case was brought to the notice of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the sources said.

The Asgiriya Mahanayake last Wednesday said that the two members of the Supreme Council of the Asgiriya chapter (Karaka Maha Sangha Sabha of the Asgiriya Chapter) were expelled from the Supreme Council with effect from October 2, 2007. All privileges granted to them as members of the Sangha of the chapter were withdrawn, he said.

The two suspects who were produced before the Kandy Magistrate last October and remanded for two weeks initially are now on bail.

The mastermind of the conspiracy is alleged to have planned to expose the entire Supreme Council who will participate in the election of a successor when the vacancy arises to the temptation of violating their vow of celibacy and thereafter blackmailing them to vote the way the alleged mastermind desire.

Well informed sources said that one of the Supreme Council members had been already videoed having sex with a woman at the official residence of the mastermind. Had the woman, described by the police as an intimate associate of the mastermind, kept her silence this wouldn’t have come to light, the sources said.

After refusing go sleep with rest of the Supreme Council, she had brought the conspiracy to the notice of Police Headquarters.

The woman is believed to have been bribed in a bid to secure her silence. But she is alleged to have revealed all after taking the money.

The Sunday Island learns that the original copy of the sex video is now with the police.

The sources said that the Sangha has never faced a problem like this. Police said that they haven’t investigated a similar case before.

"This seems like a good plot for a novel," an official. ``In this case it was fact and not fiction.’’

 


 

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The government last week evicted Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga from her official Independence Avenue residence and transferred her staff to the public service pool. The office equipment and furniture were also removed with Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga renting a separate house to store the items. Picture shows the Former President watching the furniture being taken away  ---  Photo by Lalith Perera (Nov 2008)

 


 

 

This is a response to an article written by spin doctor DBSJ in The Nation titled "

 

This news is completely false. It is the creation of a psychopath who suffers from LTTE phobia. Those TN Thamils who are shedding bucket full of tears for the murder of Rajiv Gandhi I ask where is the tears for more than 7,000 killed by IPKF? Who gave the divine power to Rajiv Gandhi to kill Thamils living in another country?  

 

In a startling revelation Maj Gen Harkirat Singh claimed in his book INTERVENTION IN SRI LANKA that he was twice ordered by India ’s High Commissioner in Colombo J N Dixit to exterminate the LTTE leader Prabhakaran when he was to come for a meeting to his Headquarters in Palali.

           

Maj Gen Harkirat Singh was the Commander of the Indian Peace keeping Force in Sri Lanka .         President Jayewardene the “wily old fox” of Sri Lanka outwitted and got Rajiv Gandhi the “young fox” of India to sign the Indo- Sri Lanka peace accord. Prior to signing the accord he was airlifted to New Delhi for one to one discussions with Rajiv Gandhi. He was bullied by Rajiv Gandhi and his advisors (D.N.Dixit) to give his consent to the Indo-Ceylon agreement. Prabhakaran refused. He was then kept incommunicado at Asho hotel        The IPKF was ill prepared for the task. In the words of Gen Harkirat Singh "We had walked in with threadbare information, the kind that is available to tourists. There were no maps available. Finally we obtained some with help from the Sri Lankan Northern Army Command.” It was not kept in the loop regarding the financial matters agreed upon before the accord. “I constantly reminded the OFC to find out the gist of these assurances as I was responsible for implementing the Accord on the ground. And I wanted the immediate nomination of an agency to monitor the issues specified in the assurances so that responsibilities were clear-cut.”

 

The final denouement was on16th Sept 1987. The General states in his book “The date set for the meeting to be held at my headquarters at Palaly and chaired by J. N. Dixit, the Indian High Commissioner, was 16-17 September 1987. On the night of 14/15 September 1987, I received a telephone call from Dixit, directing me to arrest or shoot Prabhakaran when he came for the meeting. Telling Dixit that I would get back to him I placed a call to the OFC. Lt. Gen. Depinder Singh directed me to tell Dixit that we, as an orthodox Army, did not shoot people in the back when they were coming for a meeting under the white flag. I then spoke to Dixit in Colombo and conveyed the message emphasizing that I would not obey his directive. I pointed out that the LTTE Supremo had been invited by the IPKF in order to find a solution to the problem of the implementation of the Accord. Dixit replied 'He (Rajiv Gandhi) has given these instructions to me and the Army should not drag its feet, and you the GOC, IPKF will be responsible for it". This order should have come from the Military Chain of Command and if had been implemented history may have been different.”

 

Finally Gen Harkirat explains when the Indian Army went to war with the LTTE, “On 8 October1987, Gen. Sundarji visited IPKF Headquarters at Palaly and ordered me to adopt the hard option against the LTTE. The IPKF from being a peacekeeper had to suddenly adopt an offensive stance. At this point the area in which 54 Infantry Division was operating was vast; it was deployed over some 540 km, from north to south and east to west in Sri Lanka ”. Maj Gen Harkirat's book also explains why the Indian Army was humiliated. If Rajiv Gandhi ordered the killing of Prabhakaran then why blame the latter if he got hold of his adversary first? Make Sense?

 


 

திரு.மதிமாறன்

அரிசியைப் பார்த்தால் சிலருக்கு அதில் உள்ள   உமிதான் தெரியும்.

பாரதியைப் பார்த்தால் உமக்கு அவர் பாடிய புரட்சிக் கவிதைகளில் ஆங்காங்கே
காணும் உமிதான் தெரிகிறது. 

பெண் அடிமைக்கு எதிராகவும் பார்ப்பானாய் பிறந்தும் பார்ப்பனீயத்துக்கு எதிராகவும்
குரல் கொடுத்த கவிஞன் பாரதி. 

நுனிப்புல் மேயாமல் அவனது முழுக் கவிதைகளையும் அவன் காலத்துக் கண்ணாடியை
மாட்டிக் கொண்டு படியும்.

பாரதி வாழ்ந்த காலம் நூறு ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன்பு. எனவே அவனது கால
நடைமுறைகள், சூழல்கள், பழமொழிகள்  அவனைப் பாதித்திருக்கிறது. நீர் எடுத்துக் காட்டும் அவனது பாடல் வரிகள் அந்த வகையைச் சேர்ந்தது.  

பாரதியை விமர்ச்சிப்பவர்கள் அவன் தமிழுக்கும் தமிழினத்துக்கும் செய்த
தொண்டைப் பார்க்கவேண்டும்.

புலவர்கள் மத்தியில் முடங்கிக் கிடந்த தமிழை அவன்தான் அதன் கையைப் பிடித்துப் பொதுமக்களிடம் கூட்டி வந்து காட்டினான். 

தமிழ் இனிமையான மொழி என்பதை அவனது பாடல்களில் இருந்துதான் தெரிந்தது.
 

கம்பன், இளங்கோ, வள்ளுவன் போல் வேறு புலவர்கள் பிறந்ததில்லை என்கிறார் பாரதி. 

நான் பாரதியின் பெயரை இவர்களோடு சேர்த்துக் கொள்ள விரும்புகிறேன். 

எத்தனை மணிமாறன்கள் தோன்றினாலும் பாரதியின் புகழையோ அவனது கவித
சக்தியையோ யாரும் குகறைக்கவோ மறைக்கவோ  முடியாது. 

கற்பு நிலையென்று சொல்ல வந்தார், இரு கட்சிக்கும் அஃது கொதுவில் வைப்போம் என்று
முழங்கியவன் பாரதி பெண்ணை இழிவு படுத்துகிறானா?

எழுதுவதற்கு எததனையோ செய்திகள் இருக்கின்றன. அதில் உமது கவனத்தைத் திருப்பினால் தமிழ் குமுகாயம் பயன் அடையும். எடுத்துக்காட்டாக அடியுதைபடும் மலேசிய தமிழர்களுக்குக் குரல் கொடுக்கலாமே?

பாரதி வெளிநாடுகளில் அடியுதைபட்ட தமிழச் சாதிக்கு நூறு ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன்னர் குரல் கொடுத்தவன்.  

சாத்திரங்கள் பல தேடினேன் - அங்கு
        சங்கையில்லாதன சங்கையாம் - பழங்
கோத்திரங்கள் சொல்லு மூடர்தம் பொய்மைக்
        கூடையில் உண்மை கிடைக்குமோ? 

என்று பாடிய பாரதியா பழமைவாதியா? பெண்ணியத்துக்கு எதிரானவனா?

 புவியனைத்தும் போற்றிடவான் புகழ்படைத்துத்
         தமிழ்மொழியைப் புகழி லேற்றும்
கவியரசர
் தமிழ்நாட்டுக் கில்லையெனும்
        வசையென்னாற் கழிந்த தன்றே!
 

என்ற வரிகள் வெறும் புகழ்ச்சி இல்லை. உண்மை. பாரதியின் கவிதை வீச்சை
வெல்லத்தக்கதாக வேறு எந்தக் கவிஞனும் கவிதை இயற்றவில்லை.

பாரதிதாசனே பாரதியை உச்சி மீது வைத்து மெச்சுவதொன்றே போதும் அவன் புகழுக்கு. 

உணர்ச்சிக் கவிஞர் காசி ஆனந்தன் சொன்னதை உமக்கு நினைவு படுத்த விரும்புகிறேன். 

பெரியாரைக் கன்னடன் என்பவனையும்
பாரதியைப் பார்ப்பான் என்பவனையும்
கண்டால் அவர்கள் பல்லை உடைப்பேன்!

 

அன்புடன்

 

நக்கீரன்

15-12-2007

 


 

"A response to article titled "Terrorists or Freedom Fighters" written by Terrence Perera that appeared in the Morning Leader dated December 12, 2007) 

 

This piece by Terrence Perera who claims many Thamils as his friends commits the same misjudgment/misreading of the LTTE vis-à-vis the Thamils. Many Sinhalese writers and journalists repeat ad nauseam that LTTE does not enjoy popular support. It is holding the Thamils at gun point. The Thamils have to be saved from the clutches from the LTTE. But, nothing can be further from the truth. LTTE enjoys mass support from the very inception. It is the most principled, disciplined and committed liberation movement.  Its leader has been deified as an exemplary and fearless leader. He lives by example.  Let us take a closer look at some of the outlandish assertions by the writer of this article.

 

Assertion

 

As the years went by and memories of the 1983 riots receded and more and more acts of terrorism were perpetrated, the LTTE lost favour with the Tamil Diaspora.

 

Answer

 

At no time the LTTE lost favour with the Thamil people. In fact after 1983 LTTE emerged as the vanguard force of the liberation struggle. Other armed groups which mushroomed fell on the wayside because of inept and dishonest leadership. Sinhalese chauvinists to hide their own racism and state terrorism falsely label the LTTE as a “terrorist” organization. It is a ruse to cash in the global terrorism identified with religious fanatical organizations like the Al Qaeda. Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Rodham Clinton drew a distinction between the LTTE and the Al Qaeda.

 

Assertion

 

The LTTE found it more politic, at least temporarily, to have peace and give up its claim for a separate state. But this boomeranged on the LTTE. The people of the north and east were able to lead far better lives without the threat of war and there was almost normal communication between the north and the south. The LTTE was gradually and imperceptibly becoming redundant.

 

Answer

 

All these claims have no basis at all. It is a total misreading of the Thamil psyche by a Sinhalese writer.  The ceasefire agreement came into force following a unilateral declaration of ceasefire by the LTTE. Many Thamils, especially the Thamil Diaspora, felt the LTTE’s decision was a mistake.  At worse it was felt that the LTTE should have captured Jaffna before opting for peace talks. Anyway, the LTTE during ceasefire established very close relationship with the Thamil Diaspora as never before. Thounsands of Thamils made a pilgrimage to Vanni to see for themselves the nascent state of Thamil Eelam. They felt proud of the LTTE for having established a de facto state despite an ongoing war. It was a source of inspiration as well as hope.

 

Assertion

The LTTE was gradually and imperceptibly becoming redundant.  The LTTE's hold on the Tamils, both within and outside the country, was slipping away. They were being looked upon more and more as terrorists rather than freedom fighters.

 

Answer

 

The LTTE’s hold on the Thamils, both within and outside the country never slipped away. Certainly not by Thamil people. It is sheer madness to make such a claim. Perhaps a word of explanation may help. The Thamil Diaspora always think the war of liberation is waged by the entire Thamil Nation. The LTTE merely the vanguard force.

Assertion

 

This continuous improvement in the lives of the Tamil people was the safety net in which the LTTE was becoming enmeshed and from which they had to seek a way out; they had to seek a way out even if it meant immediate intense suffering for the Tamil people. The LTTE was more concerned with the long-term picture of an independent Tamil state, rather than the short-term suffering of the Tamil people!  

 

Answer

 

The LTTE was aware of the safety net spun by Ranil Wickremesinghe to isolate the LTTE internationally. But the LTTE was not unduly perturbed. It was convinced that Sinhalese politicians buried knee deep in racism will never come up with a just and reasonable solution that will meet the political aspirations of the Thamil people. The South simply lacked the political will and statesmanship to offer a solution to solve the ethnic conflict. UNP government led by Ranil Wickremesinghe never placed any constitutional proposals to solve the political deadlock. If anything, Ranil wickremesinghe enjoys the dubious distinction of derailing the 2005 constitutional proposals. Thamils remember Ranil Wickremesinghe burning the copy of the draft proposals inside the parliament! The two proposals put forward by Ranil Wickreemesinghe during the ceasefire only nibbled at the problem. When LTTE agreed to explore a constitutional model based on right of internal self-determination – a paradigm shift to borrow G.L.Peiris words  - why did Ranil Wickremesinghe failed  to grab the opportunity?

 

Assertion

 

This they did by preventing the people of the north and east from exercising their vote at the last presidential election.

 

Answer

 

Ranil Wickremesinghe’s political summersault has proved that the LTTE was right in boycotting the presidential elections. Ranil’s UNP has torpedoed the federal model. It has vowed to fight terrorism by supporting Rajapakse’s war against terrorism. UNP ex-Ministers  claim credit for engineering Karuna’s split from the LTTE. It is no surprise that cabinet Ministers who are now pushing the war agenda relentlessly are all UNP pole-vaulters!  The perception by Thamils that there is little to choose between the UNP and the SLFP has been proved right. 

 

This piece by Terrence Perera who claims many Thamils as his friends commits the same misjudgment/misreading of the LTTE vis-à-vis the Thamils. Many Sinhalese writers and journalists repeat ad nauseam that LTTE does not enjoy popular support. It is holding the Thamils at gun point. The Thamils have to be saved from the clutches from the LTTE. But, nothing can be further from the truth. LTTE enjoys mass support from the very inception. It is the most principled, disciplined and committed liberation movement.  Its leader has been deified as an exemplary and fearless leader. He lives by example.  Let us take a closer look at some of the outlandish assertions by the writer of this article.

 

Assertion

 

As the years went by and memories of the 1983 riots receded and more and more acts of terrorism were perpetrated, the LTTE lost favour with the Tamil Diaspora.

 

Answer

 

At no time the LTTE lost favour with the Thamil people. In fact after 1983 LTTE emerged as the vanguard force of the liberation struggle. Other armed groups which mushroomed fell on the wayside because of inept and dishonest leadership. Sinhalese chauvinists to hide their own racism and state terrorism falsely label the LTTE as a “terrorist” organization. It is a ruse to cash in the global terrorism identified with religious fanatical organizations like the Al Qaeda. Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Rodham Clinton drew a distinction between the LTTE and the Al Qaeda.

 

Assertion

 

The LTTE found it more politic, at least temporarily, to have peace and give up its claim for a separate state. But this boomeranged on the LTTE. The people of the north and east were able to lead far better lives without the threat of war and there was almost normal communication between the north and the south. The LTTE was gradually and imperceptibly becoming redundant.

 

Answer

 

All these claims have no basis at all. It is a total misreading of the Thamil psyche by a Sinhalese writer.  The ceasefire agreement came into force following a unilateral declaration of ceasefire by the LTTE. Many Thamils, especially the Thamil Diaspora, felt the LTTE’s decision was a mistake.  At best,   it was felt that the LTTE should have captured Jaffna before opting for peace talks. Anyway, the LTTE during ceasefire developed very close relationship with the Thamil Diaspora as never before. Thounsands of Thamils made a pilgrimage to Vanni to see for themselves the nascent state of Thamil Eelam. They felt proud of the LTTE for having established a de facto state despite an ongoing war. It was a source of inspiration as well as hope.

 

Assertion

 

The LTTE was gradually and imperceptibly becoming redundant.  The LTTE's hold on the Tamils, both within and outside the country, was slipping away. They were being looked upon more and more as terrorists rather than freedom fighters.

 

Answer

 

The LTTE’s hold on the Thamils, both within and outside the country never slipped away. Certainly Thamil people never felt that way. It is sheer madness to make such a claim. Perhaps a word of explanation may help. The Thamil Diaspora always think the war of liberation is waged by the entire Thamil Nation. The LTTE merely the vanguard force.

 

Assertion

 

This continuous improvement in the lives of the Tamil people was the safety net in which the LTTE was becoming enmeshed and from which they had to seek a way out; they had to seek a way out even if it meant immediate intense suffering for the Tamil people. The LTTE was more concerned with the long-term picture of an independent Tamil state, rather than the short-term suffering of the Tamil people!  

 

Answer

 

The LTTE was aware of the safety net spun by Ranil Wickremesinghe to isolate the LTTE internationally. But the LTTE was not unduly perturbed. It was convinced that Sinhalese politicians buried knee - deep in racism will never come up with a just and reasonable solution that will meet the political aspirations of the Thamil people. The South simply lacked the political will and statesmanship to offer a solution to solve the ethnic conflict. UNP government led by Ranil Wickremesinghe never placed any constitutional proposals to solve the political deadlock. If anything, Ranil wickremesinghe enjoys the dubious distinction of derailing the 2005 constitutional proposals. Thamils remember Ranil Wickremesinghe burning the copy of the draft proposals inside the parliament! The two proposals put forward by Ranil Wickreemesinghe during the ceasefire only nibbled at the problem. When LTTE agreed to explore a constitutional model based on right of internal self-determination – a paradigm shift to borrow G.L.Peiris words  - why did Ranil Wickremesinghe failed  to grab the opportunity? He dilly dallied for full 2 years.

 

Assertion

 

This they did by preventing the people of the north and east from exercising their vote at the last presidential election.

 

Answer

 

Ranil Wickremesinghe’s political summersault has proved that the LTTE was right in boycotting the presidential elections. Ranil’s UNP has torpedoed the federal model. It has vowed to fight terrorism by supporting Rajapakse’s war against terrorism. UNP ex-Ministers  claim credit for engineering Karuna’s split from the LTTE. It is no surprise that cabinet Ministers who are now pushing the war agenda relentlessly are all UNP pole-vaulters!  The perception by Thamils that there is little to choose between the UNP and the SLFP has been proved right. 


 


 

 

 

December 27, 2007

 

thangav@sympatico.ca

 

Hon. Derek Lee, MP

Scarborough-Rouge River

Scarborough.

 

What Canada can do to foster peace in   Sri Lanka

 

Dear Mr. Lee,

 

Once again, I wish to thank you for organizing the forum to forge a consensus on what Canada can do to foster peace in   Sri Lanka on December 22, 2007.

 

I think this is the first time a Canadian MP has organized a forum exclusively to discuss this burning issue.  In the context of global politics, Canada is a low profile country, but still it can play a role if all the political parties join hands and form an All Party Parliamentary group just like in Britain.

 

I want to restate what I said at the forum and what I wished to say for lack of time.

 

Democracy is not just about voting.  It is how the state treats citizens.  It is about protection of minorities and about human rights.  The trappings of periodical elections, parliament does not make a state democratic.  Sri Lanka is a state of the Sinhalese Buddhists by the Sinhalese Buddhists and for the Sinhalese Buddhists.  It is not comparable with Canada, which is a shining example of a country that has forged unity in diversity by commitment to fundamental rights and freedoms and constitutional governance. 

 

As I said at the forum, there is a long list of countries that used (revolutionary) violence to gain independence from colonial masters or oppressive majoritarian states.  They are too numerous to mention although Eritrea (182 nd UN Member) and East Timor (192nd UN Member) could be cited as good examples. 

 

In 1991, EPLF rebels captured the Eritrean capital of Asmara and the ports, which essentially gave them full control of Eritrea.  Soon after in a UN scheduled referendum Eritrean independence was approved by an overwhelming margin.  The main leader of the EPLF, Isaias Afwerki, became the new country's first president.

 

Almost all the African countries fought against their colonial masters using violence to gain independence.  South Africa, Algeria, Zimbabwe etc. are examples.  Countries like Bangladesh and Vietnam also fought for their independence by using violence.  Most of the former constituent republic of Yugoslavia fought bloody wars to gain independence.  Kosovo, a province of Serbia where Albanians constitute the majority, has postponed its declaration of UDI.  Across the border US War of Independence, lead by George Washington, American people fought with arms to free itself from British.

 

The armed struggle of the Thamil people is not for a separate state.  It is for the restoration of the Thamil Kingdom status quo ante, which existed for at least 5 centuries before it was conquered by colonial powers.  To be more precise the present-armed conflict is a legacy of British imperialism, which erased the borders between the Thamil Kingdom and the Sinhalese Kingdom(s) for administrative convenience.

 

When UNO was founded, there were only 51 states.  Now it has 192 states, a four-fold increase.  I assure the skies will not fall and the earth will not shake if one more is added to the number!

 

The listing of LTTE as a banned organization by the Conservative Party delivered a blow to the peace talks between the LTTE and the GoSL.  It upset the status quo between the protagonists.  Embolden by the ban the GoSL abandoned peace talks and opted for a military solution under the guise of fighting terrorism.  It has repeatedly declared its intention of an all out war against the LTTE not mindful of the cost.  Two days ago, President Mahinda Rajapakse vowed to finish off the LTTE soon.  His sibling Gotabhaya Rajapakse, Defence Secretary,  added a macabre new twist to the fighting when he publicly declared  that all  the  LTTE leaders will also be killed one by one just like S.P. Thamilchelvan. 

 

Mr. Bob Rae, shadow foreign minister,   observed that both parties to the conflict remain miles apart.  This is a fact, but the onus of resolving the conflict remains with the government.

 

As for the  obsession to  label  the LTTE “terrorists”,  Mr. Jim Karygiannis rightly pointed out  that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter or patriot or both.  What distinguishes a terrorist organization and a national liberation movement is mass support and LTTE enjoys mass support.  To deny this is to deny the truth.

 

There are numerous examples of erstwhile terrorists meticulously transformed into today’s Heads of States and received with red carpets and military guard of honour!  The Western world, including Canada,   posturing on terrorism is sanctimonious humbugging and one of double standards.  It is conveniently forgotten that Israel Prime Ministers Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir were both wanted terrorists by the British!  Menachem Begin  as leader of the illegal Irgun Zvai Leumi underground movement was  responsible for blowing up the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, resulting in 91 deaths and countless wounded.  Yitzhak Shamir as part of the ruling triumvirate of the Stern Gang authorized the 1944 assassination of Britain’s Lord Moyne and the 1948 murder of the United nations mediator Count Bernadotte. South of border George Washington was proclaimed a wanted terrorist by British during American War of independence!

 

Some people think that moral arguments against the war might eventually win the day. That is an illusion.  The sole reason behind the Sri Lankan government’s genocidal war against the Thamil people is racism.   Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse wants to impose and perpetuate hegemonic rule on Thamil people. 

 

Mr. Bob Rae’s obsession with child recruitment is understandable, but what is not comprehensible is his silence when schoolchildren in Vanni are killed by Sri Lankan supersonic bombers.  It is a clear case of self-serving hypocrisy in politics.  Thamils being numerically the   weaker nation   are fighting a war against a numerically stronger nation, which uses military force.  The problem is the weaker and oppressed people are labeled as terrorists while the stronger people often get away with mass murder.

 

Sri Lanka is already flowing with rivers of blood, mostly that of the Thamils, because Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinists want to keep the WHOLE country to themselves. It is called the Mahavamsa mind-set. The only sensible way to stop the hemorrhage and stop the rivers of blood flowing is to revert to the boundaries that existed before 1833. The LTTE is engaged in a national liberation struggle, which is recognized as a legitimate mode of struggle under international law. Equally the Thamil people of Thamil Eelam are entitled to the right of self-determination under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the two major international human rights treaties (Sri Lanka has ratified these Covenants and Treaties).  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states,

 

Whereas it is essential, if mankind is not to be compelled

to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny

and oppression, that human rights should be protected

by the rule of law ...’ (UDHR 3rd preambular paragraph).

 

I conclude with the hope that the initiative you have taken will bear fruit in the near future.

 

 

Yours truly,

 

 

 

Veluppillai Thangavelu

President

 

cc. Hon. Members of Parliament, Cabinet Ministers, and Prime Minister for information.

 

 


Like a drowning man clinking to a straw this racist editor (The Island) is citing ad nauseam the case of 2 UN workers supposedly abducted by the LTTE. All this cock and bull stories like  "All the INGOs have been keeping their local staff indoors in the Wanni for fear of LTTE abductions"  is the product of his fertile imagination. Again his lament that "Not even the brave UNICEF personnel who recently joined a protest in Colombo demanding better protection for relief workers dare confront the LTTE" is uncalled for. If the UNICEF or any other INGO fears lack of protection, I am sure they will say so to the LTTE without fear what so ever.  The truth is this racist editor is painting a dark picture about Vanni to serve his petty self interests. He should go to Vanni to see for himself the efficient functioning of LTTE’ s de facto state.  Vanni is the only place in Sri Lanka free of drug trafficking, prostitution and other serious crimes. The administration is entirely free of corruption. Even foreign correspondents admitted to the fact that the Thamil Eelam police cannot be bribed. What is more any woman can walk the streets and lanes of Vanni wearing jewelery in the middle of the night without being robbed or molested! All this propaganda by Sinhala racists like this editor that LTTE is holding the people of Vanni under gun is hogwash! The LTTE is able to fight an enemy far superior in numbers and firepower because of the mass support of the people.  The Sinhala racists must digest this simple but cardinal truth for their own good.  The arrest of  over three thousand Thamils solely  because they are Thamils is reminiscent arrest of Jews  by  Nazi Germany under Hitler!  (December 07, 2007)


December 07, 2007

Toronto

Mr. Koïchiro Matsuura
Director General
UNESCO
Communication and Information Sector
1, rue Miollis
75732 Paris Cedex 15
France
Telephone + 33.1.4568 4243
Fax + 33.1.4568 5581

Bombing of Voice of Tigers Radio Station that killed  5 staff

Dear  Mr.Matsuura 

We wish to congratulate you for condemning without mincing words  the bombing of Voice of Tigers radio station that killed five  of the station staff .  For far too long the GoSL has been let off the hook by the international community for violating with impunity basic human rights and freedoms.  Undoubtedly,  the GoSL under Mahinda Rajapakse is steadily sliding into anarchy and the rule of law is breaking down fast.   Being a rogue state that cares little  for public opinion,  it has launched a vilification campaign against you and the UNESCO. This is not surprising since senior Ministers of the GoSL have vilified high ranking UN diplomats critical of the human rights record of GoSL in recent times. UN diplomats like Allen Rock, Special Advisor to the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, were subject to innuendos by Minister Keheliya Rambukwella who questioned un-ashamedly his personal character.  (Transcurrents -November 18th, 2006)

 

The same fate fell on John Holmes, U.N. Undersecretary-General for humanitarian affairs.  Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, the government's chief whip in Parliament and a senior Cabinet minister branded Holmes a "terrorist" who is in the pocket of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebel group. "I think the LTTE has bribed Holmes. Otherwise he would not have done such a wrong thing," Fernandopulle said.  (The Associated Press - Wednesday, August 15, 2007)

 

A few weeks back Gotabhaya Rajapakse, Defence Secretary and Presidential sibling in an interview to BBC (Sinhala Service) justified the expulsion of over three-hundred North-East Thamils from Colombo. He told the non-Asian world that Sri Lanka can do without it and did his best to sound belligerent and unaccommodating, not only towards the LTTE but also towards Lankan Thamils and the international community. The  outpouring  devoid of commonsense and circumspection of a  senior and responsible official  is simply beyond  belief.  

 

Commenting about abductions for ransom and involuntary disappearances  Defence Secretary Rajapakse dismissively said “I’m talking about terrorists. Anything is fair. When the US does operations, they say covert operations. When something is (done) in Sri Lanka, they call it abductions…This is playing with  words” (Khaleej Times – 12.6.2007).  It is indeed true the CIA abducts and incarcerates people illegally in the name of war against terrorism.  Guantanamo prison camp and other secret CIA installations hold hundreds of   illegally abducted terror suspects.  CIA arranges secret flights transferring such suspects from one location to another.  Such actions are morally wrong and politically counterproductive to win the war against terror.  International human rights groups such as the Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have criticized US human rights violations.

 

Regrettably   instead of  condemning  violations committed by US,  the Defence Secretary is invoking  those very violations to justify GoSL violations. To cite US abductions to justify Sri Lanka’s abductions is simply dim-witted and unfair. Both are abductions; both are illegal and both deserve to be condemned. What is worrying is Rajapakse’s implicit admission of GoSL’s complicity in the abductions by calling  them American style covert operations. His comments serve to confirm  the charge that the regime is either directly or indirectly responsible for the abductions.

 

UNESCO should continue to take Sri Lanka to task for gross violations of human rights and freedoms and not whittled down under pressure or threat by the GoSL. As the upholder of universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for  human rights and fundamental freedoms without distinction of race, sex, language or religion under  the Charter of the United Nations,  the UNESCO is the last hope of victims of STATE TERRORISM. With regards.

 

Yours truly,

 

 

Veluppillai Thangavelu

President

cc To All Members of Parliament, Senators and Cabinet Ministers.

 


 

November 30, 2007

 

His Excellency Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General
UN Headquarters
First Avenue at 46th Street
New York, NY 10017
Fax: (212) 963-4879
Phone: (212) 963-4475
E-mail: sg@un.org

 

 UN should take Mahinda Rajapakse’s government to task

 

Your Excellency,

 

 

We write in continuation of our letter dated November 22, 2007  on the above subject. 

 

We have since come to know that the actual number of aid workers killed were 61 - NOT 24 – 21 in  2006 and 3 in 2007 -  during the years 2006 and 2007. To substantiate this figure we attach herewith a list showing “Abductions and killings of humanitarian workers during 2005-2007 (September)” compiled by the Law & Society Trust (Sri Lanka) and the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO).

 

This list is an indication of the grave and dangerous situation faced by aid workers operating in the Northeast of the country. The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL)  has failed to take any meaningful steps to halt the spree of killings and abductions of aid workers.  And the government continues to drag its feet in investigating   and prosecuting those involved in the murder of 17 aid workers attached to the French charity Action Contre le Faim.

 

The government of Mahinda Rajapakse is callously disregarding the appeal by human rights organizations like Amnesty International (AI) Human Rights Watch (HRW) etc. to bring an end to extra-judicial killings and abductions for ransom. The number of people killed by bombing and shelling by the armed forces are on the increase. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) in  a statement while expressing grave concern said  that 49 civilians  have been killed  and 60 injured  in 4 days from  25 to 28 November (The Hindu -  Nov 30).   Alarmed at the escalation of civilian casualties SLMM on Thursday (November 29) said the violence witnessed now was similar to what was seen prior to the signing of the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) in 2002.

 

To add fuel to fire and in a naked display of political arrogance the hard lined Sinhala – Buddhist Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake told parliament  the aerial strikes  of Vanni will continue unabated!  He was responding to  minority Tamil parties appeal to  the government to stop air raids in rebel-held areas as civilians were getting  killed by the strikes. (Reuters - Nov 27, 2007)


Such bellicose statement by a Prime Minister steeped in Sinhala – Buddhist chauvinism is proof that his government wants to  stoke the flames of war irrespective of the serious  consequences. A human tragedy of giant proportions will result if a full blown war is to break out  any time soon. 

 

UN ought to take concrete measures as opposed to pious appeals to halt the horrendous human rights and humanitarian law  violations taking place in Sri Lanka in a climate of total impunity.

 

 

 

Yours truly,

 

 

 

 

Veluppillai Thangavelu

President

 

cc To All Canadian MPs, Senators and Cabinet Ministers

 

 


 

It is not Prabhakran it is this editor who is day dreaming in technical colour. "A coward's sillera  terror?' What about the cowardice bombing and killing of 22 people including children the previous day in Kilinochchi? Prabhakaran only gave a  taste of your own medicine viz STATE TERRORISM! He is advising  Prabhakaran to " stop being a daydreamer, eschew violence and come for talks" but where is the table to sit and discuss peace? Has not the government of Rajapakse said no to peace and yes to war? Gothabaya has vowed to kill Prabhakaran affirming he will not be alive to deliver his next Maveerar Day speech. So where is the space for talks? By the way if Prabhakaran gets better of Gothabaya please don't blame him. You asked for it. If  “he (Prabhakaran) is too small a hero in too tiny an island to aspire to solve the problems of 80 million stateless people scattered all over the globe" why is this rabid racist wasting his time in writing editorials almost daily about Prabhakaran? Why doesn’t he ignore him and get on with his life?  (November 29, 2007)

 

 


 

 

 

November 22, 2007

 

His Excellency Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General
UN Headquarters
First Avenue at 46th Street
New York, NY 10017
Fax: (212) 963-4879
Phone: (212) 963-4475
E-mail: sg@un.org

 

 UN should take Mahinda Rajapakse’s government to task

 

Your Excellency,

 

We write in continuation of our letter dated November 16, 2007 appealing to the UN to “impose economic sanctions even on a limited scale on GoSL.”

 

We are pleased Your Excellency has issued another report that states "In the past 14 months, 24 aid workers were killed in Sri Lanka - 21 in 2006 and 3 in 2007."

To this list we must add the young male worker attached to the demining agency Halo Trust in Jaffna who was shot and killed on November 18, 2007.  As Your Excellency highlighted in your earlier statement there is no   progress in the investigation into the murders of the 17 local aid workers attached to the French charity Action Contre le Faim.

 

The human rights abuses and security far from showing any progress is deteriorating daily. A climate of impunity from prosecution prevails all round. What is worse the perpetrators of human rights violations are none other than the armed forces or those Para military groups operating with them.

 

On November 19, Pillaiyan Paramilitary group in the east abducted S.Sajitharan, son-in-law of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP T. Kanagasabai and threatened to kill him if the MP voted against the budget.   The abduction took place despite police security posted to the MP’s house. Family members of  2 more Thamil parliamentarians in Batticaloa were also threatened by the same armed group after their police protection was withdrawn. Government Whip and senior Cabinet Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle brazenly told parliament that government will not provide security to families of TNA MPs. (Daily Mirror – Nov 20, 2007)

 

According to ICRC the military incursion into LTTE front lines in Muhamalai south of Jaffna and along the Vavuniya-Mannar line of control has displaced 22,000 Thamils since September, 2007.  Over 100 resettled Thamils in Eachilampathai, Trincomalee district are once again leaving their villages to Batticaloa after the arrest of 30 villagers by the Sinhala army. Apparently they do not feel safe in their villages.

 

Yesterday about 15 armed men carrying T 56 rifles forced themselves into the Sunday Leader printing press situated in Ratmalana and set fire to it after threatening the employees to kneel down.  Ironically, the press was located in a high security zone outside Colombo.   Obviously, the government and the armed forces are complicit in this heinous crime and assault on press freedom.

 

Reporters without Borders has condemned the arson attack on the printing press of the Sunday Leader media group. RWB said the attack must have had support within the security forces. This press was set on fire in 2005 in the run-up to the last Presidential Election but the perpetrators of the crime were never apprehended or brought to justice.

 

Such despicable acts and conduct are an absolute insult to the sublime philosophy of Buddhism which has universal relevance based on the four noble truths and the eightfold path. Buddhism has been afforded foremost place and state patronage by the GoSL.

 

There should be no doubt on anyone’s mind that Sri Lanka under Mahinda Rajapakse is sliding into anarchy and the rule of law is breaking down fast.    

 

We appeal again to the UN to take decisive steps to impose economic sanctions on the rogue state of Sri Lanka which is running riot. Unless the UN takes  GoSL to task the security, law and order situation is bound to turn from  bad to worse,

 

 

Yours truly,

 

 

Veluppillai  Thangavelu
President 

cc To All Canadian MPs and Senators

 


 

November 16, 2007

Hon. Ban Ki - Moon
Secretary General
United Nations
New York.

UN should impose economic sanctions even on a limited scale on GoSL

Dear Hon. Ban Ki-Moon,

We welcome your report to the UN General assembly saying that very little progress has been made  by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) to stem the tide of large scale  human rights violations taking place. You have called  for “greater protection of civilians affected by conflict in Sri Lanka.”  While you have identified the problems plaguing  Sri Lanka,  you have not spelled out any concrete measures to remedy or reverse the deteriorating human rights situation.   

It is more than one year since the appointment of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) and the Government established commission investigating human rights abuses, including the killing of 17 staff members of Action Contre La Faim in August 2006,  have made little or no progress.  The same goes to other high profile killings that include three prominent parliamentarians of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA)  by the Sri Lankan military intelligence. 

In fact the IIGEP has said it has no confidence on the work of the COI. In the meantime human rights violations that include killings, abductions, forced disappearances etc  have increased by leaps and bounds. A letter written by  Human Right Watch  to members of the U.S. Congress that "there has been a significant jump in abuses by government forces such as indiscriminate shelling, extrajudicial executions and forced disappearances,"

The GoSL while paying lip service to peace talks is engaged in waging total war against the Liberation Tigers of Thamil Eelam (LTTE).  President Mahinda Rajapakse has turned his back on Northeast being the traditional habitat of the Thamil people, merger of Northeast as a single unit, sharing of power under a federal constitution and the right of self-determination of the Thamil people. In short he has put the clock back by 60 years and the ethnic conflict is back to square one.

That the GoSL is hell-bent on a military solution is confirmed by the planned increase in defence expenditure by 20% to 166.4bn rupees ($1.48bn) from 139.6bn ($1.3bn) in 2007.

Despite several reports by high ranking UN diplomats officials critical of the human rights record of GoSL little or nothing has been done to arrest the worsening situation. Instead UN diplomats like Allen Rock, Special Advisor to the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, were subject to innuendos by Minister Keheliya  Rambukwella who questioned un-ashamedly his personal character.  (Transcurrents -November 18th, 2006)

The same fate fell on John Holmes — the U.N. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs.  Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, the government's chief whip in Parliament and a Cabinet minister branded Holmes a "terrorist" who is in the pocket of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebel group. "I think the LTTE has bribed Holmes. Otherwise he would not have done such a wrong thing," Fernandopulle said.  (The Associated Press Wednesday, August 15, 2007)

Strangely, but not surprisingly this is the same regime  that  protests  loudly about child conscription by the LTTE and urging the international community  to penalise the LTTE.

Even peace envoy and the Norwegian International Development Minister, Erik Solheim, was the focus of Colombo's ire. Dissatisfied with Solheim's approach to peace process, Sinhala nationalists accused him of bias, labelled him a "White Tiger" and called for his ouster.  State-run media accused Solheim of joining LTTE rallies in Norway, of accepting money from Tigers and in turn providing material assistance to Tigers.  

Thamil people continue to face aerial bombardments, artillery shellings, economic sanctions and other   horrors and indignities of the war.

The second submission by the Law and Society Trust (LST) to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Serious Human Rights Violations, states that five persons are either killed or disappear each day in Sri Lanka. “14 humanitarian and religious leaders have been killed and nine humanitarian workers have disappeared between January 1 and August 31, 2007. Three media personnel have been killed and five media personnel have disappeared.  662 persons have been killed and 540 persons have disappeared between January 1 and August 31, 2007. Twenty-five children have been killed and 43 have disappeared during this period,” says the report.

Sri Lanka’s Army Commander Sarath Fonseka has admitted to killings and abductions of Thamils in an interview  to British investigative reporters. Asked about human rights abuses in the newly captured Eastern he confessed  to the fact that the abductions and disappearances will go on implying the army (intelligence wing) is responsible for the current spate of abductions and forced disappearances. Defence Secretary (brother of President Mahinda Rajapakse)  Gothabaya Rajapakse  told reporters that abductions and  killings are “fair means” to fight “terrorism” and attacked the international community of practicing double standards.

We, therefore, urge  you to take concrete steps that will compel the GoSL to opt for a negotiated settlement of the conflict instead of a bloody and costly war.  Simply barking at the GoSL will not suffice. The UNO should do some biting as well. Economic sanctions even on a limited scale is the way to knock some sanity into head of President Mahinda Rajapakse to make him see reason.

 

Yours truly,

 

Veluppillai Thangavelu
President

 

Cc Canadian MPs and Senators


Original Message -----

From: Thanga

Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 9:20 AM

Subject: I can understand Whu Oh why?

 

Dear editor

Who is the idiot who told you that the "LTTE  prevent people from leaving the areas under its control?" What are your sources?

If what you say is the truth why not open Highway 9 so that Vanni people will troop into government controlled areas?

You can take it from me that  Jaffna Thamils have nothing but  hatred  for the Sinhalese army of 60,000  occupying Jaffna. If the Sinhala soldiers are disarmed for just a day, they will be chased away  by the people. It is the guns that are preventing the Thamil people rising against the Sinhala army.

If the Sinhalese politicians have even an iota of brain they would have turned Jaffna into a show case, providing all basic food,

employment, security, freedom of movement  and other amenities. If that was done the government probably would have won the hearts

and minds of the  people. Instead the Sinhala army is  doing everything possible to alienate the people.

It is shooting and killing  my people like dogs!  Fishermen cannot go out to seas and farmers cannot till their fields. Their right to

freedom of movement has been denied or severely restricted.

Here is a challenge for you. Are you prepared to hold a referendum to decide on whose side the Jaffna people, or for that matter the Thamils of the entire north and east, are standing?

As I have told you earlier Mahinda Rajapakse and Co. is a national disgrace. If I am in your shoes I will jump into Baira Lake! Thamils would not have tolerated this gang of 5  even for a minute.

A jumbo cabinet of 105, over 150 Rajapakse's holding lucrative and powerful position in the government, pray what is wrong with the Sinhalese people?

You always accuse the LTTE without a shred of evidence to prove that it indulges in human smuggling, passport and visa fraud, drug trafficking etc.

Now your own Ministry of Foreign Affairs have smuggled your darling  Karuna to UK on a false passport. And poor Karuna Amman  did not realise he is being  tossed to the garbage can after his using him to grab eastern province.

I hope this will be a lesson to other Thamil traitors.

 I can understand the JVP's ignorance. They are a bunch of rabid racists disguised as Marxists  who cannot think beyond their nose. Marx and Lenin will be turning in their graves if they see the antics of the JVP imbeciles.

My plea is at least English educated persons like you should think dispassionately and act rationally instead of vomiting racism day in and day out.

You can certainly help to usher in a better Sri Lanka that will be an envy of others. Otherwise the Sinhalese are doomed! With regards.

Thangavelu   

 

----- Original Message -----

From: prabath

To: Thanga

Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 12:28 AM

Subject: Whu Oh why?

"Thamils living in the islands moved to Vanni to escape from the clutches of the Sinhalese barbarians. On the other hand no Thamil left Vanni to Sinhala controlled areas." 

If so, why should the LTTE prevent the people from leaving the areas under its control? The problem with lying is that one lies oftentimes contradicts another.

 


 

----- Original Message -----

From: Thanga

Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 8:54 AM

Subject: Rhetoric versus reality


 

This racist editor is a pathological liar beyond redemption. According to the second submission by the Law and Society Trust (LST) to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Serious Human Rights Violations, states that five (5) persons are either killed or disappear each day in Sri Lanka.“14 humanitarian and religious leaders have been killed and nine humanitarian workers have disappeared between January 1 and August 31, 2007. Three media personnel have been killed and five media personnel have disappeared.  662 persons have been killed and 540 persons have disappeared between January 1 and August 31, 2007. 25 children have been killed and 43 have disappeared during this period,” says the report. This is State terrorism par excellence!

On an average 5 people are getting killed by the Sinhala army. From January 01 to August 31,  655 Thamils have been killed and 551 have disappeared. Jaffna is an open prison. More than 150 Thamils have voluntary to be locked up in prison to save their lives. Still this liar says the Thamils are happily living under the jackboot of the military.

More than 300 Thamils got killed by artillery fire during the military operations in Mutur and Vaakarai this year. 

Thamils living in the islands moved to Vanni to escape from the clutches of the Sinhalese barbarians. On the other hand no Thamil left Vanni to Sinhala controlled areas. 

14,000 Thamils who lived in Sampur and adjoining villages in Mutur east have been displaced by the Sinhala army following the creation of HSZs.  

Sinhalese racists like JRJ gave orders to Bull Weratunga to eliminate all forms of terrorism and report back in 6 months. JRJ is gone but Prabhakaran is still there. 

If the Sinhala racists will not allow Thamil people to live in peace, safety and freedom so shall be the Sinhalese.


November 10, 2007

Dear Sir,

Racists like you drove the Thamils out of Sri Lanka.  We came to the west not by choice but by necessity to escape racial oppression and persecution.  

The Thamils struggle for freedom from an oppressive and racist state is not terrorism.  The slogan "terrorism" has become a convenient cloak to hide the genocidal war against the Thamils.  The real terrorists are those who bomb densely built-up residential areas and then claim the targets were LTTE training camps and bases. 

What about the abductions for ransom, execution style killings, involuntary disappearances, arrests and torture taking place daily in the North and East?  Are you not ashamed? 

You might be a non-violent 'racist' but you are a WARMONGER.  Have you ever posed to reflect how and why "terrorism" emerged in the first place?  Prabhakaran has repeatedly said that he want be carrying a gun if JR Jayewardene   was a good Buddhist! 

The claim by racists like you that you are waging war to liberate the Thamil people from the clutches of the LTTE is arrant nonsense.  It is a thousand pity that English educated racist like you think so.  The word liberation has several meanings. It also means sending people to the other world to live in peace. This is exactly what is happening in the North and East.

 The people of Jaffna are reeling under the jackboot of the Sinhalese army.  People are shot and killed like dogs by the Sinhala army and paramilitaries operating along with it.  It is sheer hell on earth.

The fishermen cannot fish and the farmers cannot farm their lands. There are over 60,000 Sinhala army occupying Jaffna, but where is the law and order? Are you not holding Jaffna with the help of guns?

 Over 150 people have surrendered to the Red Cross/Human Rights Commission and sought safety in prisons in fear of the racist Sinhala armed forces and the paramilitaries operating along with it.  The racist state has virtually abandoned its duty to investigate and prosecute serious crimes and human rights violations against Thamils by the armed forces. Impunity is the order of the day.  

A total of 15,000 families are displaced in Jaffna peninsula because of the HSZ created by the army. In Mutur east 4,000 families consisting of 14,000 people have been ethnically cleansed from their ancestral homes and farmyards!  This is because the Sinhala state has declared a total of 12 villages out of bounds for Thamils. Yet you dare to claim you have liberated the Thamil people? Did you mean liberation from earthly life? 

As a racist editor for a racist newspaper, are you not ashamed of the Sri Lankan government which is corrupt to the hilt? Are you not ashamed of the jumbo cabinet?

Are you not ashamed of a mediocre president and his chinthanaya? 

Sri Lanka is a failed state ranking 25 out of   177 states (begins with 1 (worst) just below Liberia and the Republic of the Congo.

Sri Lanka scored particularly poorly on rankings titled: ‘Criminalisation or de-legitimisation of the state’ and ‘Security apparatus operating as a state within a state’ and ‘rise of factionalised elites. 

 Sri Lanka is also a corrupt state worse than some of the African countries. 

Berlin  based TI placed China and Sri Lanka at 78th position ranking it least corrupt than India with a score of 3.2 while Afghanistan and Nepal have been jointly placed at 117th with a score of 2.5, Pakistan 144th with a score of 2.1 and Myanmar 155th (1.8).  

The Sinhalese politicians, especially those belonging to the JVP and JHU are a national disgrace. The rabid racist, fascist and downright opportunist JVP thugs  openly advocate  and  instigate  the genocide of Thamil people  by supporting a deadly war, supporting indiscriminate bombing and bombardment by the Sinhala state terrorist security forces and  imposing economic blockade,   

Buddhist monks wearing saffron robes are speaking and behaving like thugs! They are following a new brand of Sinhalese Buddhism not Buddhism taught by the enlightened Buddha.  

I repeat my statement that you are dreaming not in black and white but in technicolour. You are entitled to do so. Very soon, the Thamils will drive the Sinhala army out of

Northeast and towards south where they rightly belonged.  

Don't be plain stupid. If we are economic refugees why we did not migrate before 1983? Is not the pogroms unleashed by the Sinhala state, Sinhala thugs and Sinhala armed forces the real reason for the exodus of Thamils out of Sri Lanka? 

In conclusion, the Sri Lankan government is NOT a democratic government. It is a racist and religio-centric government of the Sinhalese by the Sinhalese and for the Sinhalese. 

 

Yours truly

 

 

 

Thangavelu

 

 

- Original Message -----

From: prabath

To: Thanga

Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2007 12:36 AM

Subject: From Islander


Dear Sir,

Better to be a non-violent 'racist' than an impotent worshipper of a terrorist outfit which is killing the people it pledges to liberate, abducts children (while terror kingpin's children are receiving education overseas!), makes cannon fodder of them, deals in narcotics (read the US State Department reports on LTTE), engages in gun running, extortion and massacre innocent men, women and children.

At least at this late stage when your heroes are on their way out, please learn to be ashamed and mend your ways. Your advocacy of terrorism only begets hatred of the reasonable men and women who alone can make Sri Lanka a better country. Try to regain your soul that you have sold to the devil whatever the cost may be. True, the perpetuation of the conflict, which you are making a contribution to in no small measure, augurs well for the shameless economic refugees like you who will stoop to any low level to have foreign currency jingling their pockets, but not for this country or any particular community.

Thanks,

Islander

 

 

----- Original Message -----

From: Thanga

Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2007 5:58 AM

Subject: This racist is entitled to dream in technical colour


 

FORTHCOMING CONSTITUTIONAL PROPOSALS
The background of Regional Developments

By Neville Ladduwahetty

 


 

November 09, 2007

 

Dear Hon. John McKay

 

Thanks for writing to the National Post. The editorial as you rightly pointed out is an Extreme manifestation of the antipathy towards the Liberals. It is Liberal bashing by the National Post at the expense of Thamil Canadian community.  

The National Post  has vilified  the LTTE before and therefore there is nothing surprising about the current

stanse. The editorial is  grossly inaccurate, if not false and misleading. It  lacks objectivity and even-handedness in dealing with a complex problem that has defied solution for the last fifty years or more.  One should pose to find out the reasons why a docile and peaceful  Thamil community took arms.

As a rightwing neo-conservative mouthpiece one cannot expect anything better. The members of the editorial board of the National Post think they are the exclusive saviours, guardians and godfathers of Canada.    

For your information the civil war today is the direct result of the British handing over power to an
 entrenched majority Sinhalese under a unitary constitution.

When the Portuguese arrived in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1505 there were three Kingdoms, the Sithawaka Kingdom based in Colombo, the Kandyan kingdom based in Kandy and a Thamil kingdom based in Jaffna. They unified the three territories of the island for easy administration in 1833.

In 1948, Britain should have given independence to the three territories, but it gave independence to the unified country in which the Sinhalese enjoy a permanent and perpetual majority.

All attempts, including Canadian efforts, to model the constitution based on a plural society that recognizes
the multi-racial, multi-faith and  multi-cultural   polity has failed.

The current president of Sri Lanka (Mahinda Rajapakse) has said no to Thamil homeland, no to federalism,

no to the right of self-determination of the Thamil people. He wants to impose at gun point an ex-parta  
solution down the throats   of the Thamils.   His  talk about peace is a veneer to disguise the current military campaign against the LTTE.

In this connection I wish to bring to your notice what Hon. Mrs. Rodham Hillary Clinton
Senator (New York) and Democratic Presidential Candidate told the Guardian newspaper (October 23, 2007) in an interview.

She said "the bottom line is you can't lump all terrorists together.  I mean, what the Tamil Tigers are fighting for in Sri Lanka, or the Basque separatists in Spain, or the insurgents in al-Anbar province may only be connected by tactics. They may not share all that much in terms of what is the philosophical or ideological underpinning.”

Unfortunately the current war against terrorism has lumped liberation movements which fight for basic human rights and rule of law and have clear defined political aspirations.  Philosophically and ideologically the LTTE stands  poles apart from the Al Qaeda. The latter is a fanatical religio- centric out fit and no one knows for certain what they fighting for. All we know is  Al Qaeda wants to fight secular and democratic forces opposed to Islamic fundamentalism.

Thanks again for taking the time to respond to the National Post's editorial board's insidious campaign to discredit the Liberals as well as tarnish the image of the LTTE.

 

Yours truly

 

 

Veluppillai Thangavelu


Nov 07, 2007

Dear editor,

The majority of Buddhist Bhikkus in Sri Lanka are frogs in the well. They can best  be described as political/ religious thugs in saffron robes.  Their brand of  Sinhala Buddhism is  not an all inclusive and compassionate religion. They want to create a Buddhist Nation State.

 The JVP monks and the bhikkus who joined the army after the 1995 breakdown of peace talks defiled Buddhism as a philosophy of peace and non-violence. To the  Sinhala Buddhist Bhikkus and ideologues violence can be justified in the name of defending the unity of land, race and religion in Sri Lanka. Lord Buddha's teaching of Vassetta Suthra, which rejects all divisions between human beings is observed in the breach. Bhikkus as individuals cannot sanction or support or participate in violence.

 

Their master spoke against violence  not only  to human beings but also against any living being. But these Bhikkus openly trumpet in favour of war.  

 

An anecdote in Mahavamsa is very relevant and gives the psyche of the political Buddhist Bhikkus.

 

After his victorious conquest of Anurhadapura and defeat of Ellara the king was reflecting with dismay on the recollection of numerable lives sacrificed in the attainment of his end, eight holy saints (termed Arahats) came to him miraculously and administered spiritual comfort.

And the king said, "Lords what peace of mind can there be left to me, when I have been the means of destroying great armies?" And the saints answered "Supreme of men, from the commission of that act there will be no impediment in the road to salvation. Herein no more than two human beings have been sacrificed; the rest are heretics and sinners, who are on a par with wild beasts. And as thou wilt cause the religion of Buddha to shine forth in great splendour, on that account, O ruler of men, subdue thy mental affliction!" (Mahavamsa, chap, 25). Thus was the king consoled.

 

This Mahavamsa mind-set continues to this day. Let us not make a mistake about it.

 (Enough is enough - Daily Mirror August 28, 2007)

 

 


 

 Dear Mr.Hussain


After remaining silent when Thamil businessmen were abducted Hussain now writes about abductions and neo-Nazism.

The Muslims are the beneficiaries of the racial conflict between the Thamils and the Sinhalese.
Those Muslims who got elected with Federal Party support jumped boat no sooner the din of hustling died!

Hussain claims that Muslims are not guilty of terrorism. Is it?

What about the killing of hundreds of Thamils in the east and chasing them from their homes? It is the large scale massacre of the Thamils in the east that compelled the LTTE to ask  Muslims from the North to leave.

Muslims don't care about losing their land to the Sinhalese. They lost lands in Amparai to the Sinhalese settlers but there was not even a whimper of protest from Muslims. Their preoccupation as elsewhere is their religion.

One day they will pay the price for supporting the Sinhalese racists at the expense of the Thamils.

Thangavelu


Abductions and neo-Nazism
By Izeth Hussain

For many years I have been convinced that our so-called ethnic problem can best be understood in terms of a paradigm of racism. I will not here spell out all the arguments in favour of that view. I will here set out just one argument, as the point I am making about racism is only a preliminary in an article intended to point to the terrible dangers posed by the possible growth of neo-Nazism in Sri Lanka.

The discourse of ethnicity has a most curious lacuna, which as far as I am aware has not been commented on by any Sri Lankan up to now. Ethnic problems usually arise because of perceptions among minorities that they are subjected to discriminatory treatment by majoritarian governments. According to that view there are people who do the actual discriminating, as ethnic problems are not the consequence of impersonal processes that are beyond the control of anyone. In the discourse of racism such people are called “racists”. But in ethnic discourse there is no such term as “ethnicist”, or any other term to designate the people who do the discriminating. There is a sound case for introducing the term “ethnicist” as a necessary neologism into ethnic discourse. Otherwise ethnic discourse will continue to ignore the root cause of ethnic problems.

Before proceeding further I will indicate what I have in mind when I use the term “racism”. It is accepted that most ethnic groups have a propensity – not an invariant law but a propensity – to view the Other in negative terms. Very probably this is the root-cause of racism, which leads ethnic groups to treat members of other ethnic groups as inferior or dangerous and to discriminate against them, even to the extent of subjecting them to genocide.

A further preliminary point I want to make is that racism should be regarded as one of the defining characteristics of fascism. Certainly the Western democracies are awash with racism, but they are also awash with very vigorous counter-racist movements. In Sri Lanka, on the other hand, racist attitudes flourish, in my view among all the ethnic groups, and there has been blatant discrimination against the minorities. But there are no counter-racist movements here. The problem of racism is not generally acknowledged; in fact it is not even recognized. That is why Sri Lanka can slide into fascism without our understanding what is happening, a fascism so nasty and brutal that it could come to merit the term neo-Nazism.

I come now to the problem of abductions which has been much in the news recently because of the alleged spate of abductions of Muslim businessmen. We have been long accustomed to the abductions for money of Tamil businessmen. Obviously those abductions were not perpetrated by ordinary criminals, who would not be interested in the ethnic background of their victims. Those abductions have certainly had therefore a political and ethnic character In terms of the paradigm of racism those abductions have had racists behind them.

However, it could be argued – though not convincingly – that those abductions need not have racism behind them. The point is that those Tamil businessmen could be aiding the LTTE financially, whether willingly or unwillingly, and abducting them could be a way of weakening the LTTE. But if such indeed is the intention, it makes no sense to release the businessmen after payment of ransom, as they could thereafter continue to aid the LTTE. If that intention is to be fulfilled, all Tamil businessmen will have to be exterminated. I am afraid that we have to conclude that behind the selective abductions of Tamil businessmen there has been a rabid racism.

I come now to the question of the alleged abductions of Muslim businessmen. I will deal with the question of the veracity or otherwise of those allegations later in this article. Here I want to make the point that large-scale abductions of Muslim businessmen is exactly what we have to expect in terms of my paradigm of racism. The racists have with impunity been abducting Tamil businessmen over a long period, but nary has a word been uttered about racism being the underlying problem. So the racists have felt emboldened to extend the field of their operations to cover that other substantial minority, the Muslims, as well. Otherwise our racists – who doubtless regard themselves as super-patriots – may stand accused of discrimination!

The abductions of Muslim businessmen – if they come to be established as true – will point clearly and without any ambiguity whatever to the existence of Sinhalese racists of a neo-Nazi order. At least in the case of the Tamil abductions it might be arguable that understandable hatreds have been provoked by the separatist war and LTTE terrorism, from which the abductions have followed. No such excuse can be made over the Muslim abductions.

From the time of Independence the Muslims have been consistently and unfailingly supporting the Sinhalese in their conflicts of interest against the Tamils, to the extent of seriously alienating the latter. The Muslims were against the fifty-fifty demand of Ponnambalam, the federal demand of Chelvanayagam, and the demand for a separate state in the Vaddukoddai resolution of 1975. They supported the iniquitous Sinhala only policy, and the subsequent University admission policies that were clearly detrimental to Tamil interests. During the State terrorism of 1983 a Muslim Minister disgraced Islam by unleashing his thugs in central Colombo against the Tamils. The Muslims of the Eastern Province were alleged to have got together with the STF in terrorist exploits against the Tamils there. Subsequently the Jaffna Muslims were ethnically cleansed, and the EP Muslims were massacred in their mosques. Furthermore, there is every possibility that the EP Muslims will be ethnically cleansed from there some time in the future. The facts clearly show that it was not humanly possible for the Muslims to have gone further in their support for the Sinhalese against the Tamils.

It is important to note here also the external dimension of the Muslim factor. The South Asian region to which we belong has two of the most important Muslim countries in the world, namely Pakistan and Bangladesh, in addition to the Maldives. The adjacent South East Asian region has another two of the most important Muslim countries, namely Indonesia and Malaysia. To the North and North-West there are Afghanistan, Iran, and the Middle East. The last-mentioned region has a crucial economic importance for Sri Lanka as it provides employment for our housemaids, whose remittances keep our economy afloat. Finally I must emphasize the military importance of Pakistan, symbolized by the fact that its help saved Sri Lanka`s unity after the Elephant Pass debacle in 2000.

The above facts suggest that – if at all – there should be anti-Muslim feelings among the Tamils, not among the Sinhalese. But there are facts suggesting that the contrary is the case. Since 1975 there have been anti-Muslim ructions practically every year for over a quarter century, ranging from the trivial to serious anti-Muslim riots such as the Puttalam mosque massacre of 1975, the Galle riots of 1982, and the Hulftsdorp riots of 1993. Those ructions rose to a crescendo with the Mawanella riots and the Udathalawinna election massacre, after which they practically ceased for mysterious reasons. Perhaps the hog-lazy government of that time at last decided to take action to stop such ructions, or – as I suspect – the Norwegians came to play the scapegoat role hitherto assumed by the Muslims.

There is strong evidence to show that in addition to anti-Muslim violence there has also been anti-Muslim discrimination. The Sinhalese who constitute 74% of our population hold 92% of the State sector jobs, having made gains at the expense of both the Tamils and the Muslims. Most Muslims charge that since the time of D.S.Senanayake successive governments have done everything possible to get hold of Muslim business and put it into Sinhalese hands.

What is the explanation for anti-Muslim violence and discrimination? It certainly cannot be terrorism – which is supposed to explain the Tamil ethnic problem – because the Muslims have been the victims of terrorism, not its perpetrators. This seems to be a case of classic racism in which a dominant ethnic group – or some members of that ethnic group – wants to push down a minority ethnic group. This racism seems more than a little mad, considering all the factors that I have listed above that should make for Sinhalese-Muslim solidarity. It seems appropriate to talk of neo-Nazi racism

The charges of large-scale abductions of Muslim businessmen for money should be seen in relation to a detail that I have mentioned above. Many Muslims believe that since the time of D.S.Senanayake successive governments have followed a policy of transferring Muslim business into Sinhalese hands, a charge that is leveled even against the late Trotskyite Minister, Dr N.M.Perera, in connection with the gem business. The Muslim abductions are seen as a continuation of that policy.

However, the Government claims that there have been only two known cases of Muslim abductions, while there have been stories about other abductions spread by the UNP as part of its propaganda drive. It could be that many victims of the abductions have been too afraid to go to the police with their complaints. But former Mayor Azath Sally has brought out details about some of the victims, and so has Lakbima news of 17 June. It is up to the Government to conduct credible investigations. For the time being we have to suspend judgment, but it seems to me for reasons given in this article that large-scale Muslim abductions are just the sort of thing that we have to expect.

Anyway, it is not disputed that there have been large-scale abductions of Tamil businessmen, apparently with no successful detections taking place. That means that those who are behind the abductions can go about their business enjoying a virtual immunity from the law. What are the implications of these facts?

A state gets its primary legitimation from its ability to maintain law and order, and to secure the lives and property of its citizens. This may not be possible under conditions of civil war in areas outside the control of the state. Here we are talking of abductions taking place in areas that are clearly under the control of the state. Consequently, we cannot evade the conclusion that the Sri Lankan state is to some extent – and in a very fundamental sense – a failed state.

The virtual immunity from the law of the people behind the abductions suggests that they have very powerful backing. Can they try to take over the Government? Serious military setbacks in the civil war and impending economic ruin could point to a systemic collapse, a situation in which neo-Nazi types could get ideas. The notion that some sort of systemic change might be in the offing seems to be in the air these days. What that points to is a need for a radical rethinking about our politics, a rethinking in which an application of the racist paradigm to our so-called ethnic problem could help greatly.  D/M - Nov 07, 2007)

 


 

This letter appeared on today's globe by John McKay MP for Scarborough

Guildwood. He needs a pat from us for this. His email

Mckay.J@parl.gc.ca

What was the globe thinking?

Your editorial What Were those MPs Thinking? (Nov 7) over looks the central point of the Markham Vigil for S.P. Tamilselvan: His death was the result of an assassination attempt by the Sri Lanka's government.

The Oslo peace accord negotiations are instructive here. As repugnant as Yasser Arafat was to the Israelis, they knew the only possibility of the ending the conflict was through negotiation, and that Mr. Arafat, for better or worse was the recognised leader of Palestinians.

Regrettably, the Sri Lankan government hasn't taken this approach.

Despite its opinion of Mr. Tamilselvan, he was the chief negotiator for one side in this conflict at the Norwegian mediated peace process.

His assassination sends the signal that the Sri Lankan government has chosen a military solution when none exists. The most likely outcome of this assassination will be the further escalation of violence and the end to the peace process in Sri Lanka.

My attendance at the vigil was intended to urge Canadians on both sides of this conflict to press for a resumption of peace talks. To do this, one cannot take sides. 

I conclude by turning the question around: Why didn't you condemn the Mr. Tamilselvan's assassination and its inevitable disastrous consequences?

Where is your thundering editorial condemning state Sanctioned assassinations of peace negotiators? What were you thinking?

John McKay

MP for Scarborough – Guildwood


 

October 25, 2007

Toronto

Hon. Mrs. Rodham Hillary Clinton
Senator (New York) and Democratic Presidential Candidate
United States of America
New York.

“One cannot lump all terrorists together”

Dear Madam Clinton,

We warmly welcome your response to Michael Tomasky of British Guardian newspaper (October 23, 2007) for a more nuanced approach to armed non-state actors fighting for liberation.  You have rightly observed that “the bottom line is you can't lump all terrorists together. I mean, what the Tamil Tigers are fighting for in Sri Lanka, or the Basque separatists in Spain, or the insurgents in al-Anbar province may only be connected by tactics. They may not share all that much in terms of what is the philosophical or ideological underpinning.”

When asked “do you think that the terrorists hate us for our freedoms, or do you think they have specific geopolitical objectives?” you replied:

“Well, I believe that terrorism is a tool that has been utilized throughout history to achieve certain objectives. Some have been ideological, others territorial. There are personality-driven terroristic objectives.”

We hope with your installation as the next President of United States of America there will be winds of change in the way America fights “terrorism” unleashing equally reprehensible and obnoxious state terrorism.

In Sri Lanka an entrenched majority Sinhalese nation  has deprived the numerically smaller Thamil nation its  basic rights and fundamental freedoms. This they do  by taking refuge under the subterfuge of fighting “terrorism.” The Sinhalese government has dubbed the armed struggle of the Thamils as “terrorism” cashing in President Bush’s skewed logic that there are no good or bad terrorists only terrorists. President Bush’s single point agenda of fighting good and bad terrorists have given a free hand to oppressive governments like the government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) to paint the Liberation Tigers of Thamil Eelam (LTTE) with “the broad brush of “terrorism” and force Sinhala hegemony down Thamils throats.

Unable to free itself from a racially based majoritarian mindset GoSL has adopted Sinhala - Buddhist chauvinistic goals as its dominant national philosophy. The domination of this Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism is preventing the Sinhala nation from undertaking a genuine attempt at resolving the Tamil national question in a civilized and objective manner. Hence, the continued  political subjugation, social oppression and economic deprivation of the Thamil people. Sinhala racism  has resulted in the bloody civil war that is bleeding the country. And US is fuelling the war by selling military hardware, war ships, super-sonic fighter planes  and training to the Sinhala armed forces.

There is no comparison between the secular LTTE which is fighting for the restoration of status quo ante of a state they lost to the Western colonists and the fanatically  religious armed groups like the Al - Qaeda! Philosophically and ideologically they stand poles apart.

When the Portuguese arrived in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1505 there were three Kingdoms, the Sithawaka Kingdom based in Colombo, the Kandyan kingdom based in Kandy and a Thamil kingdom based in Jaffna. They unified the three territories of the island for easy administration in 1833.

The civil war today is the direct result of this British blunder.  In 1948, Britain should have given independence to the three territories, but it gave independence to the unified country in which the Sinhalese enjoy a permanent and perpetual majority.

We sincerely hope you will right the wrongs President Bush has committed by lumping the LTTE with a religiously fanatical Al - Qaeda.

Yours truly,

 

 

Veluppillai Thanagvelu
President
Thamil Creative Writers Association


October18, 2007                                                                    

The editor

Tornto Star

Toronto.

M.K.Eelaventhan – Tamil National Alliance, MP., Sri Lanka

Dear editor, 

Mr. M.K.Eelaventhan, Tamil National Alliance M.P. (Sri Lanka) is currently on a private visit to Toronto to meet his sister.

He is making use of the opportunity to meet and share his views on the Tamil struggle for justice with Canadians 

who are concerned about the deteriorating security and  human rights situation in Sri Lanka. Especially he will like to interact with media personnel like you. More than 4,000 Tamils have been killed by the Sri Lankan armed forces and paramilitaries operating

along with it since January, 2006. Over 1,000 people have been abducted for ransom and many missing since. Press freedom is also under increased attack from members of the ruling party. Sri Lanka has been ranked a poor 156 out of 169 countries in the World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).  

So far he has met  a few Members of Parliament belonging to all the parties. In fact he also had the opportunity to meet Hon. Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and shared his thoughts with him.

A few months back he  met the Prime Minister of Australia when he visited that country.

I will be pleased if an opportunity is afforded to him to meet you in person.  

Mr.Eelaventhan has nothing but great admiration for Canada - a country that believes passionately in federalism and multi-culturalism 

which had, beside Switzerland, made Canada a unique country and an example to other multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural countries. 

He is also of the view that our Prime Minister's declaration that he will introduce a motion recognizing that Quebecers form

a nation "within a united Canada” is welcome and highly commendable. Canada has nothing to lose but everything to gain as a

civilized country to recognize the nationhood of the Quebec people. This is the same recognition the Tamils in Sri Lanka are fighting for without success so far.  

I shall be pleased to hear from you at the earliest opportunity. A short profile on him is attached for your information. Thank you. 

Yours truly,

 

 

Veluppillai Thangavelu

President

416 281 1165/ 416 281 5846

 


 

October 19, 2007

56 Littles Road
Scarborough
On. M1B 5C5

The editor
Toronto Star
Toronto.

Canadian  troops in Afghanistan

Dear sir,

Ideologically both Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President George Bush stand on the extreme right. Both are Conservative politicians who imagine  themselves as shining silvery knights in armour  charging around the globe with bombs in their hands fighting what we term “terrorism.” This explains why Harper wants to extend the stay of Canadian forces -which is fighting an un-winnable war in distant Afghanistan - till 2011

Canadians thought the US-led forces would do a quick job in Afghanistan and everything was going to be hunky-dory thereafter. Hence the initial  euphoria  to support the dirty war in the name of fighting terrorism. But, those who read history  should know  that the US, UK and Canadian forces  are  getting deeper into a politico-military quack mire in Afghanistan, where hostile terrain,  cruel climate and unbearable heat makes life hell  for them.  No occupation army can be a formidable challenge to the battle-hardened guerrillas for whom fighting meant rightly or wrongly defending their land of birth.  When Iraq was bombed into the Stone Age and Saddam Hussein was captured and ‘judicially assassinated’ after a Kangaroo court trial, it was thought that the democratization of Iraq was on the horizon. But, now it is patently clear that those two countries are hurtling down a spiral of uncontrollable violence. The US led occupation army has only succeeded in destroying Iraq, killing millions of innocent people and forcing a quarter of the population into refugee camps!

The war against “terrorism” has only helped to spawn more terrorism as witnessed yesterday’s  bomb blast targeting Benazir Bhutto who struck an unprincipled alliance  with the military dictator who exiled her in the first place to annul corruption cases against her.  

It is time politicians of all shape and hue realise the folly of fighting terror with terror.

 

Yours truly,

 

Veluppillai Thangavelu

416 281 1165

t is for nothing Vaiko, the leader of MDMK described Rajiv Gandhi as the greatest fool on earth. The Indian press and the Brahmin lobby make a song and dance about Rajiv' Ghandi's murder as though only his life is precious and the thousands of Tamils killed by the IPKF are simply expendable. If Rajiv Gandhi ordered his High Commissioner in Colombo to kill Prabhakaran, then there is every justification for the latter to kill the former. Rajiv Gandhi, a civilian pilot propelled to the high post of Prime Minister solely based on his dynastic credentials proved himself too small for a big country like India. He has no business to enter into a pact with J.R.Jayawardena, the butcher of Tamils, to disarm the LTTE. It is none of his business to enter into a pact about people who are not citizens of India. The illiterate IPKF did not know why they are fighting, whom they are fighting and where they were fighting. A majority of them thought that they were in Pakistan. Many of them could not read or write. That was the caliber of the Indian forces. Even today the Congress government supports the Sinhalese government because of the supposed affinity between the North Indians and the Bengali immigrants the Sinhalese. And the spineless leader Karunanidhi simply looks the other way when India supplies both lethal and non-lethal weapons to kill Tamils.

As for the claim that the IPKF let off Prabhakaran off the hook is grandmother's story to hide the beating the IPKF received at the hands of the LTTE. Venkad should tell this story to his grandmother. (Response to Anandavikatan article - October 15, 2007)


 

June 18, 2007

56 Littles Road
Scarborough
On.  M1B 5C5 (Tel. 416 281 1165)

Hon. Derek Lee, MP
Scarborough – Rough River
Scarborough.

Tamil community rallies at civic centre

Dear Mr. Lee,

I write in my capacity  as a constituent of your riding and as a member of the Thamil Canadian community.  I am somewhat disappointed with the interview you gave to the Scarborough Mirror.

For your information I append below the letter I wrote to the editor, Scarborough Mirror clarifying the difference between the national flag of Thamil Eelam and the flag of the LTTE. Though both carry the Tiger symbol (Sri Lanka national flag depicts a lion with a sword in its paw) they are not the same. The tiger symbol is historically significant to the Thamil people since it was the flag of the imperial Cholas who ruled Thamil Nadu. They were the first to build and command an imperial Navy which controlled the Indian ocean between 8th and 13 th century.

I also take this opportunity to draw your attention to the ruling given by the Supreme Court on the national certificate process declaring section 40.1 as ultra vires of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It was under this section which you ardently supported that Manickavasagam Suresh was arrested and incarcerated for two years in prison. The then Liberal Immigration Minister Sergio Marchi signed the security certificate after opposing the very section 40.1 while sitting in the opposition benches. It was such naked display of ministerial arrogance, insensitiveness, down right opportunism,  misuse of state power that drove the Liberal Party to the opposition benches once again!

For your information we displayed Canadian flags and sung the Canadian national anthem as we always do at the commencement of the rally. I hope to hear from you as soon as possible. Thanks. 

Yours truly,

 

V.Thangavelu

 

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June 17, 2007                                                                            56 Littles Road

                                                                                                  Scarborough

                                                                                                  On. M1B 5C5

The editor,

Scarborough Mirror,

Scarborough.

Tamil community rallies at civic centre

Dear Editor,

I refer to the news story Tamil community rallies at civic centre carried in your issue of June 12, 2007. To begin with I wish to thank you for the wide coverage given to the rally in marked contrast to the so called national newspapers which tucked it in a corner.  The reporting overall was fair, although your reporter could not resist the temptation to add some spice to the story by contacting politicians who attended the rally as well as those who did not and ask some embarrassing questions.  The questions were meant to scare the politicians away from such rallies in future. However, most politicians stood their ground, although a few developed cold feet and tried to wriggle out.

Scarborough Mirror is a community newspaper. As such it should not indulge in such scare tactics which is the stable diet of tabloid newspapers. In fact a sizeable readership of the Scarborough Mirror are Thamils.  Thamils  who contested the last City Council elections came close second in three ridings in Scarborough.

 

Your  reporter instead of giving prominence to the fact that the “rally was meant to inform Canadians about the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka, particularly recent human rights violations such as disappearances and mass deportations”,  began the news story  with the sensational claim “hundreds in the crowd waved symbols of the banned Tamil Tigers”. I think the number of flags displayed amounted to not more than 25 for a capacity crowd of 5,000!  

 

It is unfortunate he was misinformed about the significance of the symbols displayed at the rally by some enthusiastic youths on their own volition.  The symbols, especially the flags bore the tiger symbol alright, but they were not the flags of the banned LTTE. This smatter could have been clarified with the organizers.  Since the event was a peace rally,   organizers did not want to display or carry any symbols, not because they were illegal but they did not want to mix peace with politics. 

 

Yours truly

 

V.Thangavelu

 

 

 


 

This racist editor's argument is that Thamil traitors can carry arms in government controlled areas to kill Thamils. This is exactly what is happening in Jaffna. Despite 12 years of Sinhala army occupation, abductions and killings both by the army and EPDP are galore! This racist editor cares less as long as  those killed whether in  Jaffna or east are Thamils. Thamils in Jaffna and the east are reeling under the jackboot of Sinhala army and Thamil armed groups operating with the army. (August 10, 2007) 

 

 


 

August 8, 2007

 

 

Mr. Norman Kelly,

City Councillor

Scarborough – Agincourt

Scarborough.

 

PEACE RALLY AND CULTURAL SHOW AT ALBERT CAMPBELL SQUARE

 

Dear Mr. Kelly,

 

Let me introduce myself first. I am the President of Thamil Creative Writers Association. I reside in Mr.Raymond Cho’s Scarborough-Rough River ward 42.

 

Please see the gist of the letter I wrote to him on June 19, which is self-explanatory.  I also saw him at his office at Scarborough Civic Centre on August 03, 2007.

 

Mr.Cho has advised me to write to you in your capacity as the Chair, Parks, and Environment Committee with copy to him.

 

I may add a similar banner that read “Stop Genocide” was put up at a meeting to commemorate “Black July 83” held on July 25, 2007 at Markham Civic Centre.  The Mayor of Markham addressed the meeting.

 

I will be pleased if you will look into this matter and favour me a reply.  With regards.

 

 

Yours truly,

 

 

 

Veluppillai Thangavelu

President

Tel. 416 281 1165

cc. Mr. Raymond Chow, City Councillor, Vice Chair City Parks, and Environment Committee.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

June 19, 2007

 

Dr.Raymond Cho

Toronto City Hall

100 Queen Street West #B23

Toronto. (Attention Grace Fernandes)

 

PEACE RALLY AND CULTURAL SHOW AT ALBERT CAMPBELL SQUARE

 

Dear Dr. Cho,

 

Let me thank you for sponsoring the Peace Rally and Cultural event held on June 11, 2007 at Albert Campbell Square, Scarborough. Your presence despite short notice is much appreciated.  The crowd that attended the rally surprised us and went beyond our most optimistic expectations.

 

An innocuous banner that read “Stop Genocide” was asked to be removed by the Events Coordinator,   Parks and Recreation. We complied with her request but we see no rationale behind the request. How can one speak about peace without asking  a state that  targets a specific ethnic Thamil minority to bomb, kill, maim and  expel people?

 

I have had an opportunity to read the Staff Report (Interim) dated March 18, 2004 (see below) and I cannot see any prohibition on articulating human rights,  leave alone politics.

 

You will agree we live in a 5 star democratic country. The public should be encouraged to participate fully in political and civic affairs. Freedom of speech is a sine –quo- non for a healthy and vibrant democracy.

 

In the circumstances we like to meet you and discuss a few concerns of our community vis-à-vis the City. . As a City Councillor who is very close to the Thamil community we count on your help and co-operation. Please inform us when and where we can meet you. We prefer to meet at your constituency office. With regards.

 

 

Yours truly,

 

 

 

Veluppillai Thangavelu

President

Tel. 416 281 1165

 

 

 


 

The majority of Buddhist Bhikkus in Sri Lanka are frogs in the well. They can best  be described as political/ religious thugs in saffron robes.  Their brand of  Sinhala Buddhism is  not an all inclusive and compassionate religion. They want to create a Buddhist Nation State.

 The JVP monks and the bhikkus who joined the army after the 1995 breakdown of peace talks defiled Buddhism as a philosophy of peace and non-violence. To the  Sinhala Buddhist Bhikkus and ideologues violence can be justified in the name of defending the unity of land, race and religion in Sri Lanka. Lord Buddha's teaching of Vassetta Suthra, which rejects all divisions between human beings is observed in the breach. Bhikkus as individuals cannot sanction or support or participate in violence.

Their master spoke against violence  not only  to human beings but also against any living being. But these Bhikkus openly trumpet in favour of war.  

An anecdote in Mahavamsa is very relevant and gives the psyche of the political Buddhist Bhikkus.

After his victorious conquest of Anurhadapura and defeat of Ellara the king was reflecting with dismay on the recollection of numerable lives sacrificed in the attainment of his end, eight holy saints (termed Arahats) came to him miraculously and administered spiritual comfort.

And the king said, "Lords what peace of mind can there be left to me, when I have been the means of destroying great armies?" And the saints answered "Supreme of men, from the commission of that act there will be no impediment in the road to salvation. Herein no more than two human beings have been sacrificed; the rest are heretics and sinners, who are on a par with wild beasts. And as thou wilt cause the religion of Buddha to shine forth in great splendour, on that account, O ruler of men, subdue thy mental affliction!" (Mahavamsa, chap, 25). Thus was the king consoled.

This Mahavamsa mind-set continues to this day. Let us not make a mistake about it.

 (Enough is enough - Daily Mirror August 28, 2007)

 


 

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gq;Fdpj; jpq;fspy; el;rj;jpuk; tPopd; ,uhr gPil vd;gH.  

ey;yehs; nfl;lehs; ghHf;Fk; tof;fk; gz;ilj; jkpoHfsplk; ,Ue;jJ. thdj;J tpz; kPd;fisAk;> Nfhs;fisAk; nfhz;Nl ey;y ehs; nfl;l ehs;fisf; fz;lwpe;jdH. ey;y ehspy; jpUkzk; nra;Ak; tof;fKk; ,Ue;jJ.   

“Xupy; vd;gjw;F rJu;j;jpaiw vd;Wk; ehd;fhk; ehs; gs;spaiw vd;Wk; ePq;fs; $wpapUg;gJ ngUe;jtW vd;Nw Jzpfpd;Nwd;. ghu;g;gdPaf; fUj;Jf;F  ,zq;fpg;Nghd er;rpdhu;f;fpdpau; "Kjy; %d;W ehSk;(rhd;Nwhu;) ghu;g;ghDf;F gs;spg; gzp nra;J ehd;fhk; ehs; fztidf; $Lfpwvd;W njhdpg;gl vOjpa fUj;ijay;yth rJu;j;jpaiw fhl;LfpwJ. Xupy; vd;gJ jdpapy;iyNa Fwpf;Fk;. fztd; kidtpiaj; jpUkzj;jpypUe;J jq;fsJ ,y;ywj;ijj; jhq;fNs tiuapl;Lf;nfhs;s ,irtJ. ,ijNa Ngupy; fpoj;jp vd;W $Wkplj;J> me;j Xupy; Ngupy;yhf khWfpwJ. kzkfs; Xupy;” vdf; $WfpwPHfs;.  

Xupy; vd;gjw;F rJHj;jpaiw vd;gJ ghHg;gd tof;Ff;F mike;j nrhy;yhl;rp vd;gJ cz;ikjhd;. Mdhy; “Xupy; $ba cld;GzH fq;Fypy; vd; fpoj;jp KJif tisj;Jg; Gj;jhilapy; xJq;fp Kfk; Gijj;Jf;  fple;jhs;” vd;gJ Xupy; GzHr;rp miw vd;w nghUisNa jUfpwJ.  

,e;jpu tpoh ,e;jpud; vd;w NjtHfsJ jiytDf;F vLj;j tpohjhd;. gpw;fhyj;jpy; ,e;j ,e;jpu tpoh tof;nfhope;J NghdJ. fhuzk; njupatpy;iy.  

jpUts;StH “ma;e;jtpj;jhd; Mw;wy; mfy;tpRkGNfhkhd; ,e;jpuNd rhYk; fup” vd;W Fwpg;gpLtJ mfypifiaf; nfLj;J Nkdp KOJk; Mapuk; Nahdpngw;w NjtH jiytidj;jhd;. ,jpy; ma;ak; ,y;iy.  

me;jf; fhyj;J ek;gpf;iffs; ,d;iwa fhyj;Jf;Fg; nghUe;jp tuhj fhuzj;jhy; mtw;Wf;F NtW nghUs; fhz  Kaw;rpg;gJ Njitaw;wJ.  

md;iwa fUj;J mg;gb - mJ ,d;W nghUe;jp tuhJ vdr; nrhy;tJjhd; rup vd;gJ vd; kjk;. 

ts;Stupd; “nja;tk; njhohs; nfhOed; njhOnjOths;....” vd;w FwSf;F ,g;NghJ Gjpa nghUs; nfhs;sg;gLfpwJ. vd;idg; nghWj;jstpy; ts;StH cs;sk; vJ vd;gJjhd; Nfs;tp. mtH gupNkyofH nrhy;ypa nghUspy;jhd; $wpAs;shH. ,e;j tof;fk; my;yJ ek;gpf;if ,d;Wtiu ePbf;fpwJ. “cd;idg; Nghy; rpyH ,Ug;gjhy;j;jhd; ehl;bNy kioNa nga;fpwJ” vd;W Cupy; nrhy;tJ ngUtof;fhf ,d;Wk; ,Uf;fpwJ.  

ts;StUf;Fg; gpw;gl;lgtHfshd rhj;jdhUk; ,sq;Nfh mbfSk; ,e;jf; Fwis ts;StH nrhd;d fUj;jpNyNa Mz;Ls;shHfs;.

nja;tk; njhohms; nfhOed;njhOJ vOths;
nga;nadg; nga;Ak; ngUkio vd;w
mg;ngha;apy; Gytd; nghUs; ciu Njwha; 

vd;fpwhH rhj;jdhH.

nja;tk; njhoms; nfhOed; njhOthisj;
nja;tk; njhOk; jifik jpz;zpjhy;

vd;fpwhH ,sq;Nfhtbfs;.  

rq;f fhyj;Jf;Fg; gpd;dH Mapuk; Mz;Lfs; tho;e;j eHr;rpdhHf;fpdpaH> gupNkyofH Nghd;NwhH itjPff; fz;Nzhl;lj;jpy; ciu vOjp itj;Jtpl;lhHfs; vd;gJ cz;ikNa. mNj rkak; rq;ffhyj; jkpoHfspilNa itjPf newp fhy;nfhs;sj; njhlq;fp gpd;dH tpupT milaj; njhlq;fpajw;F rhd;Wfs; gy rq;f ,yf;fpaq;fspYk; ma;k;ngUk; fhg;gpaq;fspYk; fhzg;gLfpwJ.  

rq;f ,yf;fpaq;fspy; Fwpg;gplg;glhj gy nja;tq;fSf;F G+k;Gfhupy; Nfhl;lq;fs; (Nfhapy;fs;) ,Ue;jij rpyg;gjpfhuk; gl;bay; ,l;Ls;sJ. fhkd;> gyuhkd;> mUfd;> Gj;jd;>  Nghd;NwhUf;Ff; Nfhl;lq;fs; ,Ue;jd. Mdhy; gpupe;j fztNdhL NrUtjw;F NrhkFz;lk;> #upaFz;lk; vd;w jlhfq;fspy; %o;fpg; gpd;dH mq;Fs;s kd;kjd; Nfhapypy; njhOjy; Ntz;Lk; vd Njte;jp $w “mt;thW nra;tJ vdf;Fg; ngUik jhuJ”  vdf; $wp fz;zfp kWj;J tpLfpwhs;. (fdhj; jpwk; ciuj;j fhij)

%l kd;dHfs; kl;lj;jpYk; efuq;fspYk; rq;fg; ghly;fspy; ghHg;gdH me;jzH vd;W Fwpf;fg;gl;L mtHfsJ tho;f;ifKiw> jP tsHj;jy;> NtjNts;tpfs; nra;jy;> Ntk; XJjy; gw;wpa Fwpg;Gfs; kpFe;J fhzg;gLfpwJ.  

fgpyH jd;id me;jzd; vd;W ngUikahfr; nrhy;yp nfhs;fpwhH.  

gy;ahidr; nry;nfOFl;Ltd; ghiyf; fTjkdhiuf; nfhz;L gj;J ngUNts;tp nra;jhd;.  

ghz;bad; jiyahdq;fhdj;Jr; nrUntd;w neLQ;nropad; itjPf xOf;fj;jpy; rpwe;jpUe;jhd;.  

Nrhod; ,uhr#ak; Ntl;l ngUew;fps;sp vd;w ngaH ,td; gy Nts;tpfs; nra;jhd; vd;gijf; fhl;LfpwJ. (Gwk; 16)   

ghz;bad; gy;ahfrhiy KJFLkpg; ngUtOjp g/Wsp MWk; Fkupf;NfhLk; fly;nfhs;SKd; Ml;rpnra;jtd;. Nts;tpfs; gy nra;jjhy; gy;ahfrhiy vd;Dk; gl;lg;ngaH ngw;wpUe;jhd;. nel;bikahH vd;w GytH mtd; Mdpd; ,ay;Gila ghHg;ghiuf; fhj;jtd; vd;Wk; Nts;tpfs; gy nra;J Kbj;J mt; Nts;tpr; rhiyfspy; el;l A+gq;fSk; (Jhz;fSk;) gy tiraw;wtH njhifNah? A+gq;fspd; njhifNah> ,tw;Ws; kpf njhifahJ” vd;W Nfl;fpd;whH.  

ew;gDtdhy; Ntjj;J
mUQ;rPHj;jp ngUq; fz;Ziw
nea;k;kyp MTjp nghq;fg; gd;khz;
tPahr; rpwg;gpd; Nts;tp Kw;wp
A+gk; el;l tpad;fsk; gy;nfhy;
ahgy nfhy;Nyh  ngUk ..................  (Gwk; 15)

 

fhupfpohH vd;w GytH “Kf;fl;nry;tk; efHtyk; nra;jhw;fz; epd; Fil gzpf> ehd;kiw KdptH ifftpj;J tho;j;Jq;fhy; cd; nrd;dp jho;f..” vdg; ghbapUf;fpwhH.  

“Kf;fl; nry;tH efHtyQ; nraw;Nf
,iwQ;Rf ngUkjpd; nrd;dp rpwe;j
ehd;kiw KdptH Ve;Jif vjpNu”   ( Gwk; 6)  

,it ahTk; itjPf newp jkpoupilNa ed;F Nt&d;wp tpl;ljw;F tYthd rhd;Wfs;. (jkpoH ehfupfKk; gz;ghLk; gf;fk; 266) NkNy $wpathW fupfhyd;> gy;ahfrhiy KJFLkp ngUtOjp Nghd;w kd;dHfs; ngUk; nghUl;nrytpy; Nts;tpfs; nra;J ghHg;gdHfSf;F nghd;Dk; kzpAk; nfhLj;J Nkd;ikg; gLj;jpapUf;fpwhHfs;. 

mtpnrhupe;J Mapuk; Ntl;lypd; xd;wd;
capH nrFj;J cz;zhik ed;W.
            (mwj;Jg;ghy; mjp. 26- Fws; 259)

vd;w Fwspy; Nts;tp Ntl;liyj; jpUts;StH fz;bf;ftpy;iy. Nts;tp nra;tijtpl nfhy;yhik ed;W vd;Wjhd; $WfpwhH.

fpwpj;J gpwg;gjw;Fr; rpy E}W Mz;LfSf;F Kd;gpUe;Nj Mupag; ghu;g;gdu;fs; njhlu;r;rpahf rpw;wiyfisg; Nghyf; FLk;gk; FLk;gkhf tlf;fpypUe;J te;J jkpof ka;ag; gFjpfspy; FbNawj; njhlq;fpdhu;fs;. Gfhu;> kJiu> fhQ;rp> tQ;rp Kjypa efuq;fspYk; Mw;Nwhuq;fspYk; ney; tpisr;ry; kpFe;j tay; R+o;e;j Cu;fspYk;> ,tu;fs; jq;fSila jdpj;j milahsq;fNshLk;> gz;ghl;L mk;rq;fNshLk; tho;e;jhu;fs;. Vida jkpofkf;fspl k; ,Ue;J jq;fSila eil> cil> ghtid> gof;f tof;fq;fs;> Rghtq;fs;> njhopy;> epj;jpa fu;kq;fs; Kjypatw;wpy; ghu;j;jTlNd milahsk; fz;Lnfhs;Sk; tpjj;jpy; NtWgLj;jpf; fhl;b tho;e;jhu;fs;. ,tw;why; jhd; jq;fSf;Fg; ngUk; kupahij ,Uf;fpwjhf ek;g itj;jhu;fs;.

jiyapy; FLkp itj;jhu;fs; (ma;q;FWE}W. 202). (Vida jkpou;fs; $e;jy; tsu;j;jhu;fs;)

njhy;fhg;gpak; nka;g;ghl;baypy; $wg;gLk; vl;Lr; Ritfspy; xd;whd  eifr;Ritf;F ghHg;gduJ  Ngr;R nkhop rhd;whfr; nrhy;yg;gl;Ls;sJ.   

fhtpf;fy;yhy; Njha;j;Jf; fhtp A+l;lg;gl;l Milia mzpe;J (Ky;iyg; ghl;L)> ifapy; Fil gpbj;J> gplupapy; cwpAk;> fufKk;> Kf;NfhYk; mire;jhlg; ghu;g;gdg; GNuhfpju;fs; gazk; nra;jhu;fs; (fypj; njhif 9).

cyfpYs;s kf;fistplj; jhq;fNs 'Gyd; mOf;F' ,y;yhjtu;fs; vd;w fl;Lf;fijiag; gug;gpdhu;fs; (GwehD}W 126). ,e;jr; Rj;jf; nfhs;ifiaj; jq;fsJ caupa nfhs;ifahf epiy ehl;bdhu;fs;.

gpwu; ePuhba Mw;wpy; Fspg;gijAk;> rlq;F nra;tijAk; jtpu;j;jhu;fs;. GJnts;sj;jpy; jkpo;kf;fs; GJg;Gdyhl;lk; vd;w tpohitf; nfhz;lhbaNghJ> me;j nts;sj;jpy; mtu;fs; fye;j eWkzg; nghUs;fshYk;> fs;shYk; fyq;fshf Mdjhy; mjpy; ePuhlTk; ,y;iy; thiaf;$lf; nfhg;gspf;ftpy;iy (gupghly; 6> gupghly; jpul;L 2).

kUj epyq;fspYk;> Ky;iy epyq;fspYk; jq;fSf;nfd;W jdpf; FbNaw;wq;fis cz;lhf;fpdhu;fs; (ew;wpiz 321).

tay; tskpf;f M%u; vd;w Cu; ghu;g;gdu;fspd; Cuhff; Fwpg;gplg;gl;lJ (rpWghzhw;Wg; gil). ,tu;fSila tPl;il 'tskid' (FwpQ;rpg; ghl;L) vd;W Gytu; Nghw;wpdu;.

fd;W fl;ba ge;jYk;> rhzj;jhy; ('igQ;NrW') nkOfpa Mrhukpf;f ey;y tPLk; ghu;g;gdupd; tPL.

,q;Nf> eha;> Nfhop Mfpa tw;iwf; fhz KbahJ. ,tw;Wf;Fg; gjpyhff; fpspfis tsu;j;jhu;fs;. ,it$l ,tu;fSila Ntjj;ij Xjpdthk; (ngUk;gh zhw;Wg; gil)....

(gpuhzpfs; tsu;g;gjpNy$l tU;zNgjk; ,Ue;jJ. eha;> Nfhop> gd;wp tsu;f;f 'fPo;rhjp'; gR> fpsp tsu;f;f Nky;[hjp).

Ntjj;ijg; ghu;g;gdu; XJtJ ehl;Lf;F ey;yJ vd;whapw;W. itjPf ka;aq;fspy; rpwg;gplk; ngw;wpUe;j kJiu efuj;jpy; jkpo; kf;fs;> tpbaw;fhiyapy; Nrty; $tpf; fz; tpopg;gjpy;iyahk;. ghu;g;gdu; Xjpa Ntjj;ijf; Nfl;Lj;jhd; fz; tpopg;ghu;fshk;! (gupghly; jpul;L).

'ehd;kiw Kjy;tu;'> 'mwpTil me;jzu;'> 'kiw fhg;ghsu;'> 'Nfs;tp me;jzu;'> 'Md;w Nfs;tp mlq;fpa nfhs;ifagsH'> 'gy; Nts;tpj;Jiw Nghfpa njhy;yhiz ey;yhrpupau;' (gl;bdg;ghiy> kJiuf; fhQ;rp) vd;nwy;yhk;> ghu;g;g du;fisg; Gytu;fs; mwpT Kjy;tu;fshfg; Nghw;wpdhu;fs;.

gpw jkpou;fs; ,tu;fisj; njhOjhu;fs; (ma;q;FWE}W 387)

,ue;J mwpTiu Nfl;lhu;fs; (ma;q;FWE}W 384).

'cau;e;Njhu;' vd;w xNu nrhy;yhy;> thdj;Jj; Njtu;fSk;> ,e;jg; ghu;g;gdu;fSk; Fwpf;fg;gl;lhu;fs; (FWe; njhif 233).

,uz;Nl gpwg;Gk;> ,U ngaUk;> <ukhd neQ;rKk; nfhz;l ghu;g;gdupd; itjPf jUkj;jpy; Guhzf; flTs;fs; jq;fpapUg;gjhff; $wpdhu;fs; (gupghly; 14)> (GwehD}W 367)

jkpo; muru;fs;> ghu;g;gdiuj; jtpu kw;w vtUf;Fk; jiygzpa khl;lhu;fs; vd;W ghuhl;lg; gLtJ xU kughf Mapw;W. ghu;g;gdiug; gzpe;J> mtu;fs; nrhw;gb elg;gJ murupd; cau;e;j gz;ghff; $wg;gl;lJ (gjpw;Wg;gj;J 63).

ghu;g;gdu;fs; J}u jpU\;b ('khrW fhl;rp') cs;stu;fshf kjpf;fg;gl;lhu;fs;. 'nel;bikahu;' vd;W ,J jkpopy; $wg;gl;lJ.

mW njhopy; GupAk; ghu;g;gdupd; topnkhope;J murhz;lhy;> me;j murid ,e;j cyfNk topnkhopAk; vd;whu;fs; (gjpw;Wg; gj;J 24).

ghu;g;gdu;fs; gRg;Nghd;w rhJf;fs; (GwehD}W 9) vd;W Nehf;fg;gl;lhu;fs;.

muru;fSf;F ,ilapy; Nghu; ele;jNghJ gRf;fs;> ngz;fNshL Nru;e;J ghu;g;g du;fSk; ghJfhg;ghd ,lq;fSf;F mDg;gg;gl;lhu;fshk; (GwehD}W 9).

gRtpd; fhk;ig mWj;jtu;> ngz;zpd; fUitf; fiyj;jtu;> ghu;g;gdu;fSf;Ff; nfLjy; nra;jtu; Mfpatu;fSf;Fg; gupfhuk; fpilahnjd;whd; xU Gytd; ('GwehD}W 34). gR> fU (rpR) Kjyhd nky;ypa> Nghw;wj;jf;f> ghJfhf;fj;jf;f> mutizg;Gf;Fupatw;NwhL ghu;g;gdUk; ,izf;fg; gl;ldu;.

ghu;g;gdg; Gytu;fSk;> ghu;g;gdf; fUj;jpaiy cau;e;jjhf Vw;Wf; nfhz;l jkpo;g; Gytu;fSk; ,g;gbg;gl;l ghu;g;gdj; Jjpfis muritfspy; Koq;fpdhu;fs;. tpy;> Nty;> ths;> ahidg;gil> Fjpiug; gil> Nfhl;il> nfhj;jsk; ahtw;iwAk; rhJ Ntlkpl;l rpWghd;ikg; ghu;g;gdu;fs; jq;fSila ghir Gupahj Ntj ke;jpuj;ijf; nfhz;Lk;> mf;fpdp fhupaj;ijf; nfhz;Lk;> Rj;j gupfhur; rlq;Ffisf; nfhz;Lk; mlq;fpg; Nghfr; nra;jhu;fs;. jq;fisj; jpUg;jp nra;jhy;jhd; murDk; jpUg;jpahf ,Uf;f KbAk; vd;gijj; jpUk;gj; jpUk;g Xjpdhu;fs;. 

nkhj;jj;jpy; jkpopdk; Mupa nkhop gz;ghl;bd; jhf;fj;Jf;F ,uz;lhapuk; Mz;Lfshf ,yf;fhfp te;Js;sJ. ,d;Wk; tUfpwJ.  

 

ef;fPud;

 

Gwehw;whpy;  

 

ef;fPud; Iah! tzf;fk;.

ew;wkpo;> jkpopay; tho;f;if kuG> ghu;g;gdPar; rpe;jidAs; Mo;e;Js;s jkpopdj;ij kPl;nlLj;jy; Kjypa ngUk;gazj;jpy; neLQ;rhiyapy; nry;fpwtu; ePq;fs;. ehNdh rpw;nwhOq;ifapy; gazpf;fpwtd;. ,Ue;Jk;> cq;fSila rpy fUj;Jf;fspy; vdf;F khWghL Njhd;WfpwJ mij ntspg;gLj;JtJ jtwy;y vd;Nw Jzpfpd;Nwd;.

-jkpou; jpUkzk;- fl;Liuapy;

-Nfhs;fhy; ePq;fpa nfhLntz; jpq;fs;- vd;wtplj;Jk;>

tpRk;G tpsq;fj; jpq;fs; rflk; kz;ba- vd;wtplj;Jk;

mRg fpufq;fs; ePq;fpa cNuhfpdpAld; $ba vd;W nghUSiuj;js;sPu;fs;.,J  ghu;g;gdPag; ngha;Aiuia Vw;gJ Nghy; mikfpwJ. ve;jf; NfhSk; (mRg)jPa Nfhs;fs; vd;wpy;iy. 

rflk; vd;gJ cNuhfpdpNaay;y. rflk; vd;gJ tl;lk;. mjhtJ rflk; kz;ba jpq;fs;- tl;lk; #o;e;j jpq;fs;- guptl;lk; nfhz;l jpq;fs;.

,J gpuk;kdpd; el;rj;jpukhFk;. ,e;j el;rj;jpuj;jpy;jhd; fw;gfhyk; njhlq;fpaJ.

432 Nfhb Mz;L nfhz;l gpuk;kdJ xUehs; xU fw;gk; vd;g;gLk;.Nuhfpzp

vd;why; rflk; MFk;.rflk; vd;why; tz;br; rf;fuk;. thdj;jpy; ,e;j el;rj;jpuk;

xU tz;br; rf;fuk; Nghy; Njhw;wkspf;fpwJ. ,e;el;rj;jpuj;jpy; nkhj;jk; 5

el;rj;jpuq;fs; fhzg;gLk;.vdNt ,J Ik;kPd; vd;W miof;fg;gLfpwJ.

el;rj;jpu kz;lyj;jpd; fyrk; Nghy; ,J fhz;g;gLtjhy; ,J Nju;.

tpkhdk; vd;Wk; mikf;fg;gLfpwJ. 

jkpou; fjputDf;Fj; ijg;nghq;fy; tpoh nfhz;lhLtJ Nghy;> ,e;jpuDf;F (kjpf;F) tpohntLj;jdu;. me;j tpoh ciog;nghope;j ,sNtdpw; rpj;jpiuapy; 28 ehl;fs; ele;jJ. rpj;jpiuapd; eLehspy;guptl;lk; nfhz;l  epiwkjpapd; khRkWtw;w Ngnuhspapy; fhjyu;fs; fsT epiyapdpd;W fw;G topg;gLj;jg;gl;ldu;. ijg;nghq;fy;nghUs; tho;tpw;>F ,e;jputpoh ,y;tho;tpw;F vd;W mikj;jpUe;jhu;fs;. Mdhy>; gpw;fhyf; fyg;Gfs; ,e;jputpohvd;W vijNa fhl;btpl;lhu;fs;.  

Xupy; vd;gjw;F rJu;j;jpaiw vd;Wk; ehd;fhk; ehs; gs;spaiw vd;Wk; ePq;fs; $wpapUg;gJ ngUe;jtW vd;Nw Jzpfpd;Nwd;. ghu;g;gdPaf; fUj;Jf;F  ,zq;fpg;Nghd er;rpdhu;f;fpdpau; "Kjy; %d;W ehSk;(rhd;Nehu;) ghu;g;ghDf;F gs;spg; gzp nra;J ehd;fhk; ehs; fztidf; $Lfpwvd;W njhdpg;gl vOjpa fUj;ijay;yth rJu;j;jpaiw fhl;LfpwJ. 

Xupy; vd;gJ jdpapy;iyNa Fwpf;Fk;. fztd; kidtpiaj; jpUkzj;jpypUe;J jq;fsJ ,y;ywj;ijj; jhq;fNs tiuapl;Lf;nfhs;s ,irtJ. ,ijNa Ngupy; fpoj;jp vd;W $Wkplj;J> me;j Xupy; Ngupy;yhf khWfpwJ. kzkfs; Xupy; nrd;wjpypUe;J> ,y;ywj;jhUf;Fupa %d;Wk; Ie;Jkhfpa mwq;fisr; nra;J Rw;we;jOtp thog;Nghtjhy;> mJ Ngupy;yhfpwJ. ,e;jf; fld;fisr; nra;Ak; cupikAilatshf mts; khWtjhy; fpoj;jp vd;W tpspf;fg;gl;lhy;. Ngupy; vd;gjpy; ,d;ndhU rpwg;gj; Njhd;WfpwJ. mts; jpUkzj;Jpw;F Kd;Gtiu NjhopaUld; rpw;wpy; fl;b tpisahbats;.,g;NghJ mwq;fSf;Fupa ,y;ypy; Eiotjhy; mJ Ngupy; vdyhk;. vd;gNjvd; jzpG. ed;wp. cq;fs; njhlu;gpy; vd;id tsu;f;fpw Kaw;rp

gzpTld; eh.rp.fkyehjd;

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From: thanga

To: Torstar

Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 2:40 PM

Subject: Cancellation of subscriptions

I am in receipt of your undated letter expressing hope of winning my patronage again.

I can understand inaccurate but inadvertent reporting by some of your correspondents when filing stories under pressure.  But, I cannot understand how an editor could make costly blunder in reckless abundance. 

On April 09, the Toronto Star in its news story "Canada to slap terrorist label on Tamil Tigers" (Toronto Star April 09, 2006) made the audacious claim “The United Nations has already designated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, also known as Tamil Tigers or the LTTE, a terrorist organization."  This  false accusation was repeated in your editorial (April 11, 2006 - “Banning Tamil Tigers”) thus  “The ban follows repeated calls from the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service for government action, and is consistent with the position of the United Nations, which had already designated the LTTE a terrorist organization.”

There is no excuse for the ignorance exhibited by the editor of a prestigious newspaper like the Toronto Star.   He committed the blunder because he was more interested in denigrating the LTTE than informing his readers the truth. He relied on here say evidence to slam the LTTE.

Editorial - Tamil Tigers have coerced money from community members who thought that when they came to Canada they had finally escaped Sri Lanka's brutal civil war.

Truth – In the first place there is no LTTE in Canada. Only LTTE’s sympathizers. There was no coercion. The RCMP said there was not a single case of any complaint to that effect by any one.  Therefore, the editorial was an insult to the intelligence of the RCMP officers.  The editor took it for granted what HRW based in USA said as gospel truth. He did not know that Joe Becker of the HRW was on a fishing expedition in Toronto.

It is true that Thamil Canadians escaped Sri Lanka’s brutal war, but they have a moral duty to help their starving kith and kin reeling under the jackboot of Sinhala army occupation. During the past 6 months alone more than 700 Thamil civilians have died/disappeared. A total of 4856 Thamils have fled to neighboring Thamil Nadu seeking refuge. They are mostly fishermen and women who are the poorest of the poor. The Sinhala army has imposed inhumane conditions to practice their profession.  

Editorial - Like any other community, they should be free to get on with their lives, leaving old conflicts behind.

Truth – Who told the editor the Thamil Canadians are not “free to get on with their lives?” Where did you get this silly idea? He sits in his ivory tower and writes fairy tales! 

Merely because you own a powerful media you have no right to pen editorials in this reckless fashion without any regard to truth. Such editorials have inflicted untold damage and tarnished our image in the eyes of the public.  Thamil students and employees are asked whether they are “terrorists?”  Public schools are denied to Thamils even for such innocuous cultural events like Dance performance. This is because the RCMP suspects the organizers or some of them might be “criminals” under the Anti-Terrorism law!  You have to stand in our shoes to feel the pinch.    

You claim that you have a community editorial board. Is there anyone representing the “200,000/300,000 strong” (your figures) Thamil community? If not why not? 

If you look around you will observe the Toronto Star establishment does not reflect the multi-cultural mosaic of GTA. Only a single editor is there to reflect the views of Muslims, but none for Hindus or Thamils.  

It is  comical  for a  pro- Liberal Toronto Star to pat  the back of such  arch Conservative Minister like  Stockwell Day for listing the LTTE “as a terrorist organization”  thereby implying the Liberal government committed  a mistake  in resisting  CSIS request to ban the LTTE.  It is a well known fact “terrorism” is now the bread and butter of law enforcement officers and bogey of politicians on the right.

Lastly thanks for the belated corrections published, but the damage has been already done.

 

Yours truly,

 

 

V. Thangavelu  

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Mikey: what about Canada's reputation for neutrality and peacekeeping? Allowing the LTTE or any terrorist group to recruit or raise funds here violates neutrality. As a neutral, Canada is obliged under international law to forbid their efforts.

I guess the example set by Trudeau doesn't mean much to you.

LizJ exhibits her private ignorance in public. Those who killed millions of natives and displayed their skulls as souvenirs should not speak about democracy, civilization etc. The real terrorists are those are bombing and killing innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Those who like Gerry Atric who wants Thamils should "leave their stupid problem back home and not bring them into Canada" should say that to the Jews, Italians, Portuguese etc. Are these people not waiving their country's flags in Canada? 15,000 Canadian Jews undertake a pilgrimage to Israel every year. Why?  Mikey claims about Canada’s reputation for neutrality and peacekeeping? Is he/she serious? Is bombing and killing Afghan civilians is called peacekeeping? Why only White armies are  fighting in Afghanistan? Why no black or brown armies?

As for Judeo - Christian civilization - how many millions have been killed in the name of the same Judeo Christianity all over the world? In Cong 4 million Christians were killed by Christians!

As for terrorists did not Nelson Mandela and his African National Congress dubbed as terrorist by Margaret Thatcher and Donald Regan? Did not George Washington proclaimed a wanted terrorist by imperial British? Nelson Mandela was made an honorary citizen of Canada a few years ago. Closer home all the top leaders of Israel were wanted terrorist. David Ben Gurion, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, Ehud Yatom are all terrorists who later became Prime Ministers of Israel!  On Sept. 17, 1948, Jewish terrorists assassinated Count Folke Bernadotte of Sweden in West Jerusalem. He sought to bring peace to the Middle East. His three-car convoy had been stopped at a small improvised roadblock in Jewish-controlled West Jerusalem being fired up on.  LTTE is not a terrorist organization. They are freedom fighters who are fighting to expel the Sinhala army from their homeland. 

Mikey claims about Canada’s reputation for neutrality and peacekeeping? Is he/she serious? Is bombing and killing Afghan civilians is called peacekeeping? Why only White armies are are fighting in Afghanistan? Why no black or brown armies?

As for terrorists did not Nelson Mandela and his African National Congress dubbed as terrorist by Margaret Thatcher and Donald Regan? Did not George Washington proclaimed a wanted terrorist by imperial British? Nelson Mandela was made an honorary citizen of Canada a few years ago. Closer home all the top leaders of Israel were wanted terrorist. David Ben Gurion, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, Ehud Yatom are all terrorists who later became Prime Ministers of Israel!  On Sept. 17, 1948, Jewish terrorists assassinated Count Folke Bernadotte of Sweden in West Jerusalem. He sought to bring peace to the Middle East. His three-car convoy had been stopped at a small improvised roadblock in Jewish-controlled West Jerusalem being fired up on.  LTTE is not a terrorist organization. They are freedom fighters with definite political goals who are fighting to expel the Sinhala army from their homeland.

The King David Hotel in Jerusalem was bombed (July 22, 1946) by members of Irgun — a militant Zionist organization. The attack, initially ordered by Menachem Begin the head of the Irgun and later Prime Minister of Israel, had members of the Irgun, dressed as Arabs, set off a bomb in the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, which had been the base for the British Secretariat, the military command and a branch of the Criminal Investigation Division (police). Ninety-one people were killed, most of them staff of the secretariat.

(Western Standard.ca  


July 02, 2007

 

Toronto

 

Hon. .Pierre Poilievre,  MP
Nepean- Carleton

250-B Greenbank Road
Nepean

ON K2H 8X4  (poilip@parl.gc.ca)

 

Canadian MP recommends “Decentralized Federal Model” for Sri Lanka

 

Dear Pierre,

 

We welcome your statement asking the Government of Canada to assist Sri Lanka to move into  a decentralized Federal similar to Canada. Unfortunately the present government headed by President Mahinda Rajapakse has turned its back on federal model. Mahinda Rajapakse’s   Sri Lanka Freedom Party has submitted a set of constitutional proposals to the All Party Representative Committee (APRC) advocating a unitary constitution with district as the unit of decentralization. Mahinda Rajapakse has further claimed that his party’s proposals are not negotiable!  This has not only put the clock back  by  few decades, but also  reflects the chauvinistic megalomania of the government.  Even S.W.R.D. the founders of the SLFP as way back in 1957 agreed for decentralization with province as the unit of devolution.

 

The ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka has been festering for well over half-century. The present armed struggle by the Thamils arose after 30 years of peaceful agitation failed to produce results.  The Thamils have lost faith in Sinhalese politicians ever agreeing to decentralization of power to the periphery. Hence, the demand for separation and establishment of a sovereign state of Thamil Eelam.

 

The biggest obstacle to the resolution of the conflict is the Mahavamsa ( a Buddhist Chronicle written in the 6th century AD by a Buddhist Monk for the serene joy and emotion of the pious Buddhists) mind-set of the majority  Sinhalese – Buddhists. This Mahavamsa  mind-set drives the Sinhalese – Buddhists to  believe that the Island belongs to Sinhalese –Buddhists only and they are the chosen people of Lord Buddha. The Thamils are simply invaders across the Palk  Strait!  You will agree  mixing politics with religion is a lethal cocktail  and as long as this extreme manifestation of fascist mentality persists a reasonable political solution to the ethnic conflict will be elusive, if not impossible.

 

The Conservative government ‘s decision to  ban  the LTTE while the now collapsed peace talks were in progress has  embolden the Sri Lankan government to seek a military solution to the conflict. The designation of LTTE as foreign terrorist organization has also helped to demonize  the entire Thamil Canadian community.

 

If the Conservative government is serious, it should give a deadline to the Sri Lankan government to come up with a federal model constitution that will satisfy the political aspirations of the Thamil people. If the GoSL does not respond positively then the Conservative government should recognise the de  facto state of Thamil Eelam. Since time is running out the Conservative government should act fast. Any failure will result in Thamils who already feel they have been unfairly demonized rejecting the Conservative Party in toto at the next general elections.

 

 

Yours truly,

 

 

 

 

 

Veluppillai Thangavelu

Cc. Members of Parliament

 

 

2ND LEAD (CORRECTION)
Canadian MP recommends "Decentralized Federal Model" for Sri Lanka

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 12 June 2007, 02:37 GMT]
Mr.Pierre Polievre, Conservative MP for Nepean- Carleton, and the Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board, in a report released Sunday, requested the Government of Canada to assist Sri Lanka to move into a decentralized Federal model similar to Canada with autonomy and rights to minorities. The report called for action from the Government of Canada to use its influence to put an end to the tragic fighting, rampant human rights abuses and discrimination in aid distribution throughout Sri Lanka.

The report was released at a press conference held at the Hotel Intercontinental downtown Toronto from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Other Conservative Party members also participated in the press conference.

Mr Poilievre urges immediate aid distribution to the displaced fleeing battle areas, and full audit of Canadian funds contributed to Sri Lanka to ensure that the funds were spent effectively and equitably in reconstruction projects.

"Canada should advocate for, and participate in, an international human rights monitoring mission under the auspices of the UNHCHR. This mission should be completely separate and independent from the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE, and should issue public findings," the MP recommends in his report.

Mr Poilievre visited Sri Lanka in the spring of 2005 to view the conditions on the ground, and had met Government officials and members of the civil society.

 

 


 

July 19, 2007

 

Editor,
Toronto Star
Dear editor,

It is very disappointing to observe that a newspaper like the Toronto Star promotes
a pseudo-science like Astrology.

There is no scientific basis for any type of influence of stars and planets.

There is no proof that there is a causal connection between heavenly bodies and human events
based on their date and time of birth. Thousands of  children are born every hour around the globe
but they don't have similar personality,  traits and life-style.

Do you know that no horoscope can be cast for people living in Norway and other Scandinavian
countries because the sun and other stars don't rise?

The earth population is now  6 billion, that is 500 million per  zodiac sign. Could  the predictions for
Taurus in respect of  500 million be similar?   

The sky's the limit for Taurus

Jul 19, 2007 04:30 AM

Phil Booth

Thought for the Day: Mercury has just emerged as a morning star at dawn. It will speedily head for the far side of the sun and reach it on Aug. 15. The fleet-footed messenger doesn't waste any time.

 

 


 

June 22, 2007

Toronto

Hon. Albina Guarnieri
(Mississauga East-Cooksville, Lib.)
Mississauga.

Dear Albina

Thanks for raising Tamil concerns in the House of Commons.

As correctly pointed out by you,  the Canadian government remains deaf and
dumb to the blatant human rights violations against Thamils in Sri Lanka by the
Sinhala government.

There has been a spate of abductions for ransom by the security forces
assisted by the para-military forces operating with the armed forces. Out of more than 90
Thamil and Muslim businessmen
abducted 19 have been killed, 9 released and the fate of others not known.

The Secretary of Defence Gothabaya Rajapakse who is also the brother of
president Mahinda Rajapakse confessed in his interview to BBC and Reuters that the abductions are part of counter-insurgency operations just like  American CIA's "covert operations." It is a matter of playing with words Gothabaya claimed.

That is  he justifies the  abductions for ransom and subsequent killings.
Many Thamil businessmen who feared for their life have escaped to other countries like India and
Malaysia. Here is the interview he gave to BBC -

(LeN-2007 June 16, 11.00am) The recent interview by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is
very revealing in that he has made a tacit admission that abductions were
taking place but found fault with how it is termed.

He claimed in his interview with the BBC recently that the West practices
what he called "double standards". "All the militaries do covert
operations," he said. "When the US does operations they say covert
operations. When something is in Sri Lanka they call abductions. This is
playing with the words"

So essentially the Defense Secretary, who worked as a petrol pump attendant
in the US at one time, admits that abductions are done but they are
justified on the basis that they are covert military operations. He takes
exception to the term "abductions" and wants it to be called a covert
military operation.

How similar these activities, taking place in Sri Lanka today, are to those
carried out by the American forces are probably best known to American
Citizens like Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. But the accepted definition of abductions
given in the Oxford Dictionary; "take (someone) away by force or deception"
is what we go by. Furthermore, whatever way we term it, the act of taking
someone away by force is morally, legally and ethically wrong - then again
the Defense Secretary must be having his own way of defining these words as
well. (Source Lanka News - A Sinhalese web site)

An Opposition MP Lakshman Seneviratne accused Gothabaya Rajapakse  in
parliament charging "  that a DIG in the police is involved with the
murders, abductions and ransom takings that take place in Colombo.    He
also named those directly involved for the abductions. Among those  accused
for direct involvement of abductions, demands for ransom and murders are
government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella, Mervyn Silva, Colombo DIG Rohan
Abeywardane, former Air Force squadron leader Nishantha Gajanayake, and
defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

He said that DIG 'Rohan Abeywardena' and a Squadron Leader of Air force
Nishantha Gajanayake are closely working with the Karuna Fraction to carry
out the murders and abductions. The MP said that 'Nishantha Gajanayake' is
currently residing in the 'Holiday Inn hotel' and that his bills are being
paid by a businessmen called 'Gajadeera' who is a brother of a Minister. The
UNP MP went on to say that Nishantha Gajanayake is lodging in room number
706 in the hotel.

The abduction and brutal murder of two Sri Lankan Red Cross Society (SLRCS)
employees, both Tamils, on June 1 has further exposed the Colombo government's
lie that its security forces have nothing to do with the hundreds of
disappearances and killings over the past 18 months.Seneviratne pointed out
that the murdered two Sri Lanka Red Cross Society Volunteers were also
lodging at the Holiday Inn hotel while they were in Colombo.

Yours truly


Veluppillai Thangavelu

 




House of Commons Debates

Sri Lanka  

    [Table of Contents]

Hon. Albina Guarnieri (Mississauga East—Cooksville, Lib.):  

    Mr. Speaker, after a year during which the Sri Lankan army killed humanitarian workers and bombed civilians, we learned last week that Tamil civilians had been driven out of the capital at gunpoint.

[English]

    When international groups protested these mass expulsions, the Sri Lankan defence secretary accused the international community, especially the U.K. and European nations, of bullying his country over human rights.

[Translation]

    Meanwhile, the Government of Canada has remained relatively silent, and has not followed the lead of Great Britain, Germany and the United states by cutting off aid to Sri Lanka.

[English]

    It is time for Canada to finally suspend aid and trade until the Sri Lankan government starts respecting the human rights of Tamil civilians.

*   *   *


 

June 17, 2007                                                                            56 Littles Road

                                                                                                  Scarborough

                                                                                                  On. M1B 5C5

The editor,

Scarborough Mirror, Scarborough.

Tamil community rallies at civic centre

Dear Editor,

I refer to the news story Tamil community rallies at civic centre carried in your issue of June 12, 2007. To begin with I wish to thank you for the wide coverage given to the rally in marked contrast to the so called national newspapers which tucked it in a corner.  The reporting overall was fair, although your reporter could not resist the temptation to add some spice to the story by contacting politicians who attended the rally as well as those who did not and ask some embarrassing questions.  The questions were meant to scare the politicians away from such rallies in future. However, most politicians stood their ground, although a few developed cold feet and tried to wriggle out.

Scarborough Mirror is a community newspaper. As such it should not indulge in such scare tactics which is the stable diet of tabloid newspapers. In fact a sizeable readership of the Scarborough Mirror are Thamils.  Thamils  who contested the last City Council elections came close second in three ridings in Scarborough.  

Your  reporter instead of giving prominence to the fact that the “rally was meant to inform Canadians about the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka, particularly recent human rights violations such as disappearances and mass deportations”,  began the news story  with the sensational claim “hundreds in the crowd waved symbols of the banned Tamil Tigers”. I think the number of flags displayed amounted to not more than 25 for a capacity crowd of 5,000!  

It is unfortunate he was misinformed about the significance of the symbols displayed at the rally by some enthusiastic youths on their own volition.  The symbols, especially the flags bore the tiger symbol alright, but they were not the flags of the banned LTTE. This smatter could have been clarified with the organizers.  Since the event was a peace rally,   organizers did not want to display or carry any symbols, not because they were illegal but they did not want to mix peace with politics.  

For your elucidation it is an offence if one provides “material support” to the LTTE. Material support means providing funds or holding membership.  Whether waving even the real tiger flags will constitute an offence is debatable or an issue that has to be tested in a court of law.  The flags your reporter saw at the rally are the national flags of Thamil Eelam. .

 

 

Yours truly,

 

 

V.Thangavelu

 


 

No doubt Durand Appuhamy is an old fashioned Sinhalese racist as his name suggests. Pretending to be an expert on political and military affairs he has made some astounding claims. One such claim is "Nevertheless the Tamils in the east recently demonstrated the conditions necessary to make them abandon the LTTE. When the security forces militarily defeated the LTTE and chased them away from their bunkers, the Tamil people abandoned the LTTE walked miles to get to government areas. “This is preposterous claim.  THAMIL PEOPLE WERE FORCED TO FLEE TO ARMY CONTROLLED AREAS NOT BECUASE THEY LOVE THE ARMY AND HATED THE LTTE IT IS SIMPLY SAVE THEIR LIVES. IT IS THE INCESSANT BOMBING AND ARTILLERY FIRE THAT LEFT THE THAMIL PEOPLE WITH NO CHOICE BUT TO FLEE.

Now comes the news that the government by a gazette notification has created a new HSZ. According to the Gazette notification, the new HSZ will bind from East: Eastern Coastal belt, joining the villages of Foul Point, Illankanthai, Kalladichanei and Uppural. South : Uppural, Selvanagar, Thoppur and Pachchanoor: West : Along the Western Bank of the Kalladichanei Aru, joining the villages of Pachchanoor, Kalladichanei South, Mutur and the Kalladichanei Aru Estuary; North : Along the Southern Beach of Koddiyar Bay, joining Kalladichanei Aru Estuary with the villages of Sampur, Shell Bay and Foul Point. 

THIS IS NOTHING SHORT OF ETHNIC CLEANSING OF MORE THAN 100,000 THAMILS FROM THEIR LANDS AND HOMES.  (Island – June 15,2007)


 

This racist editor who accuses the LTTE of ethnic cleansing of Muslims from the North forgets the large scale ethnic cleansing of Tamils by successive Sinhalese governments in the North and East. He conveniently forgets the fact that Thamil people suffered most under UNP governments than SLFP governments.

The state sponsored Sinhala colonization of Allai, Kantalai, Morawewa, Padaviya in Trincomalee district and Gal Oya and Maduru Oya by   UNP/SLFP regimes have drastically altered the demography of Northeast.  In the Eastern province the Thamils have been reduced to a hopeless minority. Only Batticaloa district. has been spared somewhat. Let me elaborate for the education of this racist editor who sermonizes others about the wholesale ethnic cleansing carried out in Manal Aru by state sponsored Sinhala colonization in the mid eighties. 

It was Gamini Dissanayake who named  Manal Aru  as Weli Oya  by an extra ordinary gazette notification dated 16th April, 1988, Manal Aru area in the Mullaitivu and Vavuniya Districts was proclaimed the 26 th District of Sri Lanka and for administrative purpose brought under the jurisdiction of the Government Agent, Anuradhapura. For election purpose it was included in the Vavuniya Electoral District.

A total of 13,288 Tamil families living in 42 villages for generations including Kokkulai Grama Sevakar Division (1516 Tamil families), Kokku –Thoduvai Grama Sevakar Division (3306 Tamil families), Vavuniya North Grama Sevakar Division (1342 Tamil families), Other Divisions of Mullaitivu District including Naiyaru and Kumulamunai (2011 Tamil families) were asked to vacate their homes and farmlands within 48 hours on pain of eviction by force in case of default. This threat was issued by the army over the public address system.

Simultaneously land given to 14 Tamil entrepreneurs, including Kent Farm and Dollar Farm, on 99 years lease was also cancelled and taken over by the government. Settlements in the Weli Oya began in 1984 as a dry zone farmer colony under the land Commission, but it was later acquired by the Mahaweli Economic Agency in 1988 and declared as the Mahaweli ‘L’ zone.

The Mahaweli ‘L’ zone was established specially for coconut cultivation and each Sinhalese family was given 5 acres of land consisting of ½ acre for residence, one-acre of irrigated land and 3 ½ acres for coconut.

The Mahaweli Economic Agency (MEA) financed all development projects while Mahaweli Engineering and Construction Agency (MECA) handled all the construction works such as roads, electricity, houses etc. In 1998 alone Rs. 72 million was allocated for construction of roads.

The Sinhalese army did translate its threat and used force as promised. Thousands of Tamil villagers, some of them Hill country Tamil refugees victims of earlier Sinhalese violence in 1983, were driven out or they on their own fled in terror. Some were murdered by the army. One night alone 29 Tamil villagers were killed at Othiyamalai, a hamlet situated north of the Weli Oya colony.

The evil-minds and the driving force behind the Weli Oya Sinhalese colonization were Messrs. Gamini Dissanayake, Minister for Mahaweli Development, Lalith Athulathmudali, Minister of National Security, Cyril Mathew, Minister of Industries and Scientific Affairs and N.G.P. Panditaratne, Chairman Mahaweli Development Board.

The ‘gang of four’ openly advocated the colonization of the North and East in general and Weli Oya in particular by Sinhalese settlers after driving the Tamils out by using the Sinhalese army.

Industries Minister Cyril Mathew diverted millions of rupees allocated to various Corporations under his Ministry to finance Weli Oya colonization scheme. In addition institutions like All Ceylon Buddhist Congress, Bhikku Peramuna etc. helped in providing financial and other material aid to the Sinhalese settlers.

From 1988-89 Sinhala colonization of Weli Oya was put on a war-footing. A total of 3364 families, most of them ex-convicts brought straight from prisons, were settled in Weli Oya. A further 35,000 persons comprising 5, 925 families were also settled under the same scheme. It is in recognition of the ‘yeoman services’ rendered by the top elite of the Sinhala army, especially that of Major General Janaka Perera, the Tamil village of Thannimurippu was re-named Janakapura in his honour! This is the same Janaka Perera Ranil Wickremesinghe wants to be appointed the Defence Secretary!

Today, as mentioned earlier, the Thamils have been reduced to a hopeless minority in the East. Batticaloa is the only district that still has Thamil majority.

And what about the ethnic cleansing of Sampur last August? It is nearing a year and still the Thamils forced out of Sampur are languishing in refugee camps.

 

Thangavelu  

Island editorial = June 11, 2007

 


 

As usual this racist editor despite the fact she was given death threat by Gothabaya Rajapakse insist that Sri Lanka is a democracy. Sri Lanka is not a democracy - what you have in its place is Sinhalacracy where abductions, execution style killings, ransom, arrest and detention for political reasons are galore! Rule of law - a pillar of democracy - is a joke in Sri Lanka.

Oppressive generosity?  

Dear Col. Harharan,

As usual in your anxiety to demonize the LTTE to please your paymasters, you have deliberately put a spin on the Jordanian ship Farah 111 that drifted off the coast of Mullaithivu.  The ship  was not “hijacked” by the LTTE but  due to engine failure it drifted off  Mullaithivu coast. The LTTE saved the ship crew and promptly handed them over to ICRC (Red Cross). Thereafter, it  was up to the Jordanian authorities or Sri Lankan authorities to salvage the ship with the cargo. This they failed to do. Did the captain of the ship claim his ship and crew was “hijacked” the LTTE as you try to paint? You say the ship was carrying 14,000 tons of rice from India so what?

You are shedding crocodile tears for the 11 fishermen who claim that they were abducted by the LTTE and released by them almost 2 months later. But then where are your tears for the 77 Thamil Nadu fishermen who the Indian Defence Minister told parliament were KILLED  by the Sri Lankan Navy?  When the Sri Lankan navy shoots and kill TN fishermen the Brahmin gang  (N.Ram, B.Raman, Col.R.Hariharan and CO) look the other way. Will not write a word about them. But when there are allegations – mind you for the first time- that LTTE abducted TN fishermen  they all jump from their seats like jackals!

I will also like to know from you  where you got the evidence to claim that  the boat sunk by the Maldivian coast guard was in fact Krishna – the boat allegedly hijacked by the LTTE on March 06, 2007

If you are an analyst you should hold the scales even - presenting both sides of the story. Otherwise the tag that you are a mercenary propagandist for the terrorist state of Sri Lanka will get confirmed twice over!

 

Thangavelu

May 27, 2007


 

Mourning for a mummy and other matters

Not surprisingly the article written by Col. R. Hariharan is not pleasing to the racist editor of The Island. Nothing shall please Sinhala racists who have lost all sense of shame or commitment to truth. Although the editor sermonises others on the virtue of truth, uprightness, honesty etc. he himself is guilty of writing blatant lies. Let us look at the most audacious lies.

Editorial

"It had a Humpty Dumpty kind of fall, the day the LTTE unilaterally suspended peace talks, demanding an ISGA"

Truth

The LTTE put the peace process in abeyance in April 2003 citing GOSL’s action in regard to resettlement of refugees and dismantling of High Security Zones created by the SLA On October 31, 2003 the LTTE submitted its Interim Self-Governing Authority (ISGA) proposals. The LTTE focused its attention for nearly six months on the production of its interim administration proposals, holding a wide range of consultations with local and international experts in its capital of Kilinochchi and also in numerous foreign countries, including France, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Norway and Switzerland. The document they have produced was a concise exposition of Tamil thinking subject to negotiation. 

On the following on November 1, the LTTE proposals were released to the media at its headquarters in Kilinochchi, and thereby made known to the general public.

Prof G.L. Peiris though not in with the ISGA in Toto he said that it could form the basis for further talks. Chandrika uses ISGA proposal as evidence of UNF government weakness, and takes over the Defence, Media and Interior Ministries in November, with the intent to dissolve Parliament and call a general election.

On November 27, 2003 Prabhakaran declares on Heroes’ Day that “If the Sinhala chauvinistic ruling elites continue to deny the rights of our people and oppose reconciliation and if the conditions of oppression continue, we have no alternative other than to secede and form an independent state invoking the right to self-determination of our people.”

Editorial

"Little does Col. Hariharan seem to realise that the LTTE has never made a commitment to federalism, which underpins the Oslo Accord! That much hyped accord has, therefore, had no backbone at all and that’s why not even the all powerful international community, including India, can make it stand erect."

Truth 

Little does the racist editor realise that this is an unvarnished lie. He is trying to hide a whole pumpkin inside a plate of rice. At the talks held in Oslo, the Norwegian capital, from December 2 to December 5 2002 the LTTE and the UNF arrived at an agreement to explore the feasibility of a federal structure to resolve the ongoing ethnic crisis. The formal declaration by the LTTE in Oslo to explore a federal solution was only a logical follow-up to Prabhakaran's earlier declaration in the Vanni. On November 27 at the "maaveerar naal" (great heroes day) public rally in Puthukudiyiruppu Prabhakaran said his willingness to seek a federal solution. He said the LTTE was prepared to accept a federal solution that enshrined the principle of internal self-determination. If the Sinhala polity was not prepared to grant that, then the LTTE would have no choice but to exercise the right of external self-determination and pursue the goal of secession, he warned.

The LTTE leader sought to rationalise his changed political approach in the following manner: "As a distinct people the Tamils are entitled to the right to self-determination. The right to self-determination has two aspects — internal and external. Internal self-determination entitles a people to self-rule. The Tamil people want to live in freedom and dignity in their own lands, in their historically constituted traditional lands, without the domination of external forces. They want to protect their national identity, pursuing the development of their language, culture and economy. They want to live in their homeland under a system of self-rule. This is the political aspiration of our people. This constitutes the essential meaning of internal self-determination. We are prepared to consider favourably a political framework that offers substantial regional autonomy and self-government in our homeland on the basis of our right to internal self-determination. But if our people's right to self-determination is denied and our demand for regional self-rule is rejected, we have no alternative other than to secede and form an independent state."

An elated Prof. G.L.Peiris told the delegates as follows:

 "Balasingham is entirely correct when he says a paradigm shift which not more or less that has occurred in Oslo in the last three days of healthy discussions. In Mr. Prabhakaran's hero’s day speech he said that the LTTE is no longer insisting on a separate state. And the LTTE is looking at a separate concept, which is internal self-determination. It was power sharing. Extensive power sharing within the framework of one country. No question of secession, no question of separation. But power sharing within the framework of one country. That is the point of departure. Immediately that provided us with a coherent framework to evolve a negotiated political solution. The position of the government of Sri Lanka is also that it stands for substantial power sharing within one country. The breakthrough yesterday was that the explicit identification of a federal structures the basis on which a political solution will be evolved. Now we have a clear of the nature of the political solution the parties are working towards. It is not separatism, it is not confederation”.

Editorial

The LTTE is demanding an ISGA, as from there Eelam is only a hop, skip and jump away!

Truth

No it is the other way round. If ISGA is rejected then the birth of Thamil Eelam is a fait accompali. The choice is with the Sinhalese racists like this editor.

Editorial

The popular belief is that the made-in-India Thirteenth Amendment is, more or less, based on those lines. But, that failed to be a solution because of the LTTE’s intransigence. Does India want anything more than that given to the LTTE?

Truth

It is the GoSL which failed to honour the Indo-Ceylon agreement. It failed to hold elections for the Northeast since 1989. Varatharaja Perumal, chief minister of Northeast said he did not have even a chair to sit. No wonder he declared unilateral independence!

Editorial

If the Sri Lanka Navy intercepts an Indian fishing craft straying into the Sri Lanka’s territorial waters, India swings into action, as if her sovereignty were threatened. But, when the LTTE blasts Indian dredgers engaged in the Sethusamudram Project, captures India trawlers and takes Indian fishermen hostage, India looks the other way.

Truth

India also keeps mum when TN fishermen are shot and killed by the trigger happy Sinhla Navy. The Defence Minister of India told parliament last Wednesday  (May 12) that 77 Indian fishermen had been killed between 1991 and mid April 2007 by the Sri Lankan Navy. 11 out of 12 TN fishermen supposed to have been abducted by the LTTE have mysteriously appeared at Rameshwaram today.

Thanks to this racist editor Sri Lanka, a failed and corrupt state, is losing the few  friends left at light speed!

 


Mourning for a mummy and other matters

In Sri Lankan folklore, there is a bovine king called Kekille, who is well known for his absurd judgments. Here is one: He once found a newly built wall around his palace warped. Furious, he sent for the mason concerned. The poor man pleaded for mercy and made a clean breast of what had really gone wrong. While building the royal wall, he said, he had been distracted by a buxom woman who used to go past him several times a day. He blamed her for the warped wall. The king, true to form, set him free and ordered that woman to be brought forthwith. Hauled up before him, she told the king that she had to make several trips past the palace to meet a goldsmith, who had failed to deliver her jewellery on time. She, too, was allowed to go. Finally, the goldsmith was put to death with no questions asked.

Kekille seems to have been cloned and sent, like Sri Lankan elephants, to those countries that have evinced a keen interest in the conflict here and are proffering solutions.

Today, we reproduce on this page an article, from the Asian Tribune, by Col. R. Hariharan, an intelligence specialist on South Asia and retired military officer who was the head of intelligence of the IPKF in Sri Lanka from 1987 to 1990. The singular achievement of the SLFP’s devolution proposals, he says, will be to ‘bury the peace process along with the concept of federalism that forms the backbone of the Oslo Accord."

The SLFP proposals, he says, ‘cut at the very roots of the present peace process in which both sides [the UNF government and the LTTE] had agreed to find a solution within a federal format’. The SLFP may be faulted for its proposals and its critics are entitled to their views, but the fact remains that the proposals in question are ‘cutting at the roots’ of something that is long dead. For, at present there is no peace process, to begin with. If there is any such process, how could there be war? The peace process is as dead as a dodo in all but name, whether one likes it or not.

It had a Humpty Dumpty kind of fall, the day the LTTE unilaterally suspended peace talks, demanding an ISGA. Not even the docile UNF government and its international allies including the United States could put it together. Little does Col. Hariharan seem to realise that the LTTE has never made a commitment to federalism, which underpins the Oslo Accord! That much hyped accord has, therefore, had no backbone at all and that’s why not even the all powerful international community, including India, can make it stand erect.

Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who led the SLFP, says Col. Hariharan, was clearly in favour of a federal solution. He hits the nail on the head! In 2000, she presented a package of constitutional reforms coterminous with a federal solution in the form of Regional Councils, which went beyond the existing Provincial Councils. Her package was shot down by the UNP and the JVP in Parliament. Before that, the LTTE had contemptuously spurned it.

Thus, it could be seen that the separatists have rejected devolution at the district level (District Development Councils 1981); at the provincial level (Provincial Councils 1987); at the regional level (Regional Councils 2000) and at the national level (Oslo Accord). The LTTE is demanding an ISGA, as from there Eelam is only a hop, skip and jump away!

Col. Hariharan is of the view that the SLFP proposals bypass ‘three key basic engines of the ethnic conflict: autonomy for Tamil majority areas, northeast merger and parity of status for Tamil language with Sinhala. The popular belief is that the made-in-India Thirteenth Amendment is, more or less, based on those lines. But, that failed to be a solution because of the LTTE’s intransigence. Does India want anything more than that given to the LTTE?

Col. Hariharan says the reaction of the government to the friendly foreign governments’ call for Sri Lanka ‘to show more positive action to put the peace process back on the rails’ has been paranoid. (Emphasis added). It is good to hear Sri Lanka has friends. But, in practice what do those ‘friends’ do? Never mind others. How is India helping Sri Lanka? When her troops were trapped in Jaffna and help was sought desperately, it was not big guns that India offered but ships to ferry the army back to Colombo! If the Sri Lanka Navy intercepts an Indian fishing craft straying into the Sri Lanka’s territorial waters, India swings into action, as if her sovereignty were threatened. But, when the LTTE blasts Indian dredgers engaged in the Sethusamudram Project, captures India trawlers and takes Indian fishermen hostage, India looks the other way. Worse, the Indian Prime Minister receives LTTE proxies despite the Indian ban on the LTTE! India prevents Sri Lanka from acquiring sophisticated radar systems from China to counter LTTE air threats. (Isn’t big India also being paranoid?) Ironically, there are reports that India is going for Israeli radar systems in view of LTTE air threats. Most of all, it is India which created the LTTE as part of her foreign policy to frighten Sri Lanka into submission under the JRJgovernment.

Isn’t it natural that Sri Lanka has become paranoid?

If those countries, which Col. Hariharan refers to, are Sri Lanka’s friends, then she doesn’t need enemies! He says there has been ‘a progressive hardening in the attitude of international players towards Sri Lanka despite their acceptances of the need to control the LTTE violence and safeguard national security.’ The discerning may wonder whether their attitude was ever ‘soft’, as far as Sri Lanka is concerned.

"The peace process and the political issues connected with it," says Col. Hariharan, "have no place in the President’s scheme of things at present." That may be so. But, what about Prabhakaran? Do the peace process and the political issues connected with it have any place on his agenda?

Col. Hariharan ventures some predictions. The LTTE, he says, is likely to step up its commando operations in the Jaffna peninsula. Who doesn’t know that? That is what the LTTE has been preparing for since the day the CFA was signed. It abused the truce to smuggle lethal material into the peninsula. The Colombo port and the airport are likely to continue to figure in the priority list of the targets for sneak air and commando raids, he says. That, too, is no prediction. The LTTE is already trying to attack them. And it will continue to do so.

What we are not told is that Prabhakaran is left with no more rabbits to pull out of his hat. His wheel of terror has turned a full circle. If the LTTE’s conventional war capability is weakened, as Col. Hariharan says, then it will have to begin from the very beginning after twenty years of fighting while the state remains resilient.

A peaceful solution is, no doubt, the best way out as this country has suffered enough. But, peace making is not something that can be achieved by a government alone. The LTTE must also be amenable to a political solution. Else, no amount of pressure on the state is going to help resolve the conflict. Instead, that will lead to the perpetuation of the war.

It is the duty of the ‘friendly’ nations, including India, to stop doing a Kekille and make the LTTE fall in line. Trying to resurrect a mummified peace process is an exercise in futility. Let there be a brand new peace process, free from a bias for either party to the conflict, with a better monitoring mechanism.

There is much more blood letting on the horizon.

 


 

May 18, 2007

Dear Mr. Jesudasan

When Kodeeswara's  case came for trial in order to avoid an awkward hearing on the validity of the Sinhala Only Act, the Attorney General raised a preliminary objection, viz., that a public servant was not entitled to sue the Crown (i.e. the State) for arrears of salary.

O.L. de Kretzer who was then district judge, over-ruled the preliminary objection. de Kretzer also ruled in favour of Kodeswaran on the incompatibility of the Sinhala Only Act and Section 29, deeming the Act bad in law. The arguments will become evident in what follows.

Shortly after the judgment was delivered in 1964, the Attorney General appealed against it at the Supreme Court. The case was argued before a bench comprising Chief Justice H.N.G. Fernando and Justice G.P.A. Silva. The team for the Crown (Defendent - Appellant) was led by Walter Jayawardena QC, Acting Attorney General, who was assisted by H. Deheragoda and H.L. de Silva. The team for Kodeswaran (Plaintiff-Respondent) was led by C. Ranganathan QC.

The verdict was delivered in 1967 by H.N.G. Fernando CJ, setting aside the verdict and decree of the District Court (70 NLR 121). The arguments used are instructive and involved which law (Roman Dutch Law or English Law) is applicable. 

As the first stage of the judgement, it was concluded by Fernando CJ that the Proclamation of 1799 under the Governor, Lord North, did not intend to cover relations between the Crown and persons employed by the Crown. It was thus determined that these relations are covered by English common law, rather than Roman-Dutch Law.

The Supreme Court in its judgement in Kodeswaran's case played down previous  conclusion of the Privy Council (in 1884), and used mainly its inability to find conclusive antecedents in Roman-Dutch Law.  Fernando CJ thus concluded that Kodeswaran's right to sue the crown must be determined under English common law.

The Supreme Court thus set aside the District Court's judgement on this preliminary issue. H.N.G. Fernando CJ stated in his judgment that he had not called upon the Acting Attorney General to submit his arguments on the Sinhala Only Act, since the action had been decided on a point of a general law.

Kodeswaran appealed to the Privy Council in 1968 (72 NLR 337) and the case was heard before Lord Hodson, Viscount Dilhorne, Lord Pearson and Lord Diplock. Among those representing Kodeswaran were Sir Dingle Foot QC, Ranganathan QC and S.C. Crossette-Thambiah. Among those representing the Attorney General were E.F.N. Gratiaen QC and H.L. de Silva.

The judgment of the Privy Council was delivered by Lord Dip on 11th December 1969, on the eve of the 1970 general elections, setting aside the Supreme Court judgment on the preliminary issue.

Below is the main thrust of the judgment:

1) It was the intention of the Proclamation of 1799 that the Roman-Dutch Law shall apply to public servants recruited on local terms. The reasons are three-fold:

(i) The Proclamation marked the re-introduction of the system of administration by local officials

     that had prevailed under the Dutch, the abolition of which, after the capture of Colombo and

     Trincomalee by the British East India Company had led to rebellion in 1797.

(ii) The British occupation was then (in 1799) deemed temporary. This was so until Holland ceded Ceylon to Britain under the Treaty of Amiens in 1802.

(iii) The legal character of a contract, which the Roman-Dutch Law ascribed to the relationship  between the Crown and public servants in Ceylon, and recognised long in practice, had no  incompatibility with the rights and dignities of the sovereign.

2.) The current of authority in English public law since early in the 19th century is that the arrears   of salary of a civil servant of the Crown constituted a debt recoverable by Petition of Right. Lall's case on which the Supreme Court relied is not a good example because most of the argument in that case centered around the question of dismissal. Moreover, none of the pertinent earlier authorities on the question of recoverability of arrears was drawn to the attention of the Privy Council in Lall's case. Mulvenna's case of 1926 on which the judgment in Lall's case relied for the question of arrears, has not since been treated as correctly laying down the Law, and Lord Blackburn's judgment in that case did not have the concurrence of the other two judges.

        3.) While 1) and 2) above are interesting in themselves, the crucial question is what does the common law in Ceylon have to say on the subject? The right to sue the Crown upon a contract had long been "sanctioned by the Courts and acquiesced in by the Government". When its propriety was questioned in Jaywardena's case, it was Chief Justice Cayley's contention that it was too late in the day for him to declare the practice bad in law. He added that if the precedents and decisions upon which this Court acts are wrong, it must be left to the Court of Appeal to set them right.

However, when the Privy Council considered the question shortly afterwards in Simon Appu's case in 1884, they declared the practice incorporated into the law of the land.

It is this that is relevant to Kodeswaran's case and not the uncertainty about the derivation of the practice from the Roman-Dutch Law, which the Supreme Court relied upon as a point of departure. Indeed, had the attention of the Privy Council in 1884 been drawn to the passage from the work of the eminent early 17th century Dutch jurist Hugo Grotius, which contains the words that follow, their Lordships may well have ascribed the practice in Ceylon of suing upon a contract, to the Roman-Dutch Law:

"...we say that a true and proper obligation arises from a promise and contract of a king, which he  has entered into with his subjects, and that this obligation confers a right upon his subjects....."

                      -De Jure Belli ac Pacis, Book Three.

However, it may be difficult to trace the evolution of the practice of suing the Crown in Ceylon to the Roman-Dutch Law for a number of reasons. Combined with the paucity of records it had acquired the character of a "taken-for-granted" law. But the Roman-Dutch Law, which was the starting point of the common law in Ceylon, has been used over the years to find solutions to legal problems in Ceylon, resulting in the evolution of an indigenous common law. Thus if precedents for a proposition of law can be found in the decisions of the Ceylon courts themselves that are not inconsistent with the British constitutional concept of sovereign authority of the Crown, there is no need to look for precedents in English common law or to Dutch jurists of the 18th century.

The Privy Council declined to comment on the other issues (e.g. the Sinhala Only Act) since neither they nor the Supreme Court had heard any arguments on these matters, and thought it inappropriate to comment without the considered opinion of the Supreme Court of Ceylon.

It is worth noting the gravity of the Privy Council decision in favour of Kodeswaran. It had rejected the Supreme Court's contention on every key point. Ironically, it took the Privy Council in London to tell our judges, "Look, you have your own indigenous common law. The solution to your problem lies there and is quite unambiguous, having the authority of more than a hundred years!"

Thus by means of a tortuous argument the hearing on the validity of the Sinhala Only Act was circumvented. This was achieved, by the Supreme Court granting to Queen Elizabeth II, a feudal right that had become void in England for more than a century. The ruling, apart from being contrary to natural justice, rendered the Law nebulous rather than transparent.

With the case having been remitted by the Privy Council to the Supreme Court for a hearing on the validity of the Sinhala Only Act and the treasury circular, it should have got listed. We understand that it was not pursued by either side. One reason for it is that the treasury circular stopping the salary increments of those who did not pass the tests in Sinhalese had been amended in the mid-60s and all Tamil public servants received their arrears of salary. That was the time the Federal Party's support was being canvassed by both the SLFP and the UNP.

An important point is that the District Court's ruling the Sinhala Only Act void, had not been challenged by the State whether at the Supreme Court or at the Privy Council. In this sense the Act remained void in law, although the State decided to ignore de Kretzer's ruling at the District Court, giving a moral victory to those who were against the Act. It was left to the State to prove in a higher court that the Act was valid or to put its house in order. It chose to live with anarchy. Such an attitude worked towards debasing all aspects of the legal process.

When we filed the case we were not under any illusion that a court verdict in our favour will result in a political victory of sorts. We filed the case just to expose the Sinhala government's betrayal of solemn promises given to the Thamil people at the eve of independence by Sinhalese leaders like DS Senanayake. Had the case been not heard by de Kretzer, but by a Sinhala judge we would have lost the case at the district court level itself.

You may be aware of the fact that the AES got divided right down the middle between militants who believed that the litigation is only a means to expose the government others who thought the case  be all and end all! I contested for the post of General Secretary (Kodeswaran was elected president unopposed) on behalf of the militant wing and won by 4 votes. The election was keenly and acrimoniously contested and the campaign assumed the proportions of a parliamentary election! . This was in 1965.  

As of now this and other cases are only of historical and academic interest!

 

Thangavelu

 

----- Original Message -----

From: Anthonypillai Jesuthasan

To: Mr. V. Thangavelu

Sent: Friday, May 18, 2007 7:11 PM

Subject: Sinhala Only Act


 

Dear Mr. Thangavelu,

 

Please see an extract from  Mr. Wakely Paul's write up.

" The Kodesweram Case challenging the constitutionality of the Sinhala Only Act was dismissed by the Ceylon Supreme Court on the basis that a government servant had no right to automatic increments, which Kodesweram claimed were denied him by  virtue of his inability to pass the Sinhalese exams as required by the Sinhala Only Act. "

If I remember correct, the case was dismissed on a technical point that " An employee of the Crown
cannot sue the Crown".

Since you will know better, could you kindly clarify please.

Thanks and regards.

Jesu


"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.-Martin Luther King, Jr."

 


From: Vinoj Kumar

To: Thanga

Sent: Saturday, May 19, 2007 11:01 AM

Subject: RE: FISHERMEN KILLINGS

Dear Mr. Thangavelu,

Thanks so much for your kind words and the information you have provided.

With warm regards,

 

Vinoj


 


From: Thanga [mailto:athangav@sympatico.ca]
Sent: Mon 5/14/2007 2:39 PM
To: Vinoj Kumar
Subject: FISHERMEN KILLINGS

 

Dear Mr. Vinoj Kumar,

Thanks for the dispassionate write up on the killings and abductions of TN fishermen.

It is unusual for the LTTE to open fire on TN fishermen at sea. It has never happened before. There has been a few abductions of TN fishermen by TE (Tamil Eelam) fishermen. In such cases the LTTE intervened and persuaded the captors to release them.

The only problem is the denial by the LTTE coming slowly. And their failure to deny categorically that those arrested do not belong to the Sea Tiger wing and they don't know them. This might be because they don't normally deny responsibility or claim responsibility. There are exceptions.

Hamsa is an intelligent operative. The GoSL uses Muslims for intelligence gatherring and counter-insurgency operations because they too speak the same language. Though their accent is different, a few could speak the way Tamils speak.

The problem with the TN police is it is utterly corrupt like their pay- masters (politicians). Their credibility is a big question mark.

Based on what DIG Mukherjee said Karunanidhi confirmed the arrest and kidnappings. He also said he does not support the LTTE. For that matter he did not support the Indian freedom struggle either. Or the Dravidian separation he took part only on one occasion to lay his head on the railway line after making sure the trains don't run during that time! It was a protest against naming Kalalkudy into Dalmiyapuram  in honour the North Indian industrial magnet Dalmiya. Not surprisingly  the name has not been changed though Karunanidhi has sat on the thrown for the fifth time! He is a timid leader who survives because of the gift of his gab.

 

Thangavelu


Dear Gnanakone

You would have read the reminiscences of Jeffrey Lunstead,the former US Ambassador to Sri Lanka. He has said "Direct communication to LTTE would have had concrete benefits." US in its misplaced zeal to fight terrorism good or bad is committing a mistake in regard to Thamil liberation struggle. This we have to tell the US to the face. We should not go along with the US merely because the Sinhalese racists are also attacking it.  With all its faults US is a democracy despite persons like George Bush attempt to subvert it.

People might think I am undiplomatic, but I want to tell the truth, and nothing but the truth!

Thangavelu



[TamilNet, Tuesday, 15 May 2007, 11:25 GMT]
Jeffrey Lunstead, former US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, in a report detailing the involvement of his country in Sri Lanka's peace process says "that direct communication with the LTTE would have had concrete benefits including the ability to deliver a clear U.S. message about possible delisting of the LTTE as an FTO [Foreign Terrorist Organization]," but that the Deputy Secretary Armitage believed "such a contact would have been worth trying--but emphasized the difficulty of doing so at that time." The report was published by The Asia Foundation, Sri Lanka.

Commenting on one of the conditions for proscription of an organization as an FTO that "the organization's terrorist activity must threaten the security of U.S nationals or the national security," the Ambassador says "presumably, the LTTE designation was based on a determination that peace and security in South Asia were important to U.S. national security, and that they were threatened by the LTTE."

 

US role in Sri Lanka

The Ambassador adds: "It should be noted that there is no legal proscription against meeting with LTTE officials. A decision not to meet with LTTE officials is a policy decision, not a legal one."

The Ambassador admits that "it is fair criticism" that "U.S. seemed ready to criticize the LTTE for terrorist acts and human rights abuses, but was not quite as quick to do the same for the government," but says, "U.S. would not want to create an impression that it takes violations connected to the government less seriously than those connected to the LTTE."

Lunstead sums up US approach to Sri Lanka peace: "The U.S. faces a delicate balancing act as it attempts to act positively in support of Sri Lanka and the peace process. On the one hand, it recognizes that the Tamils of Sri Lanka have legitimate grievances which the government must address. The U.S. sees the LTTE as a terrorist organization, but one which must be engaged if there is to be movement toward peace. The government, by contrast, is seen as a democratically elected government which deserves support."

 

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2007 2:28 AM

Subject: Reader’s Repudiation Of The Boucher Editorial - By Thangavelu:


 

Dear Thangavelu,

I fully concur with your thought process, and rebuttal of the editorial.

Re Brittains reduction of aid, let the Tamils encourage more cuts and this is only a significant symbolic act. Let the Singhalese and racist GOSL attack the UK government, which is being systematically conveyed to the local members of parliament.

 

Gnanakone. 

 

Reader’s Repudiation Of The Boucher Editorial

[We publish a letter, from Mr Velupillai Thangavelu of Canada quite critical of our most recent editorial captioned: “Boucher Is Not An Ugly American After All”, affording interesting reading. In our editorial we referred to Mr Boucher's comments as being good as an icebreaker. We are grateful to Mr Thangavelu for his comments-- Editor]

-Eelam Nation-

Dear editor,

The Eelam Nation editorial (Boucher Is Not An Ugly American After All) is a vain attempt to paint Boucher as lily white when in fact he is An Ugly American! Those who support Boucher are in effect accepting his (American) definition of “terrorism.”

The American concept of democracy is selective. When the US trained Bin Laden fought the Russian he was a “freedom fighter” in the eyes of America. US President Ronald Reagan rolled the red carpet for him at the White House. Today the same Bin Laden is a terrorist because he chose to fight US imperialism.

USA is a country that has broken all the rules in the book. It has attacked weaker countries to effect regime change and plunder their economic resources. It has supported the most repressive military dictatorships around the globe over the last 2 centuries. Mr. Boucher is part of this undemocratic and autocratic state machinery.

The trappings of periodical elections, parliament and courts do not make a country democratic. It is the way how that state behaves in the international arena. The illegal invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan on false premises is a rape of democracy and subversion of all international laws and norms.

Mr. Boucher continues to view the armed struggle of the Thamil people as “terrorism.” He has fully endorsed the GoSL war on “terrorism.” He also makes a distinction between the LTTE and the Thamil people.

Consequently he accepts meekly what Mahinda Rajapakse told to his face. The war against “terrorism” will continue till the LTTE is defeated or it lays down arms! He had also told the donor countries to dis-connect economic development from war against “terrorism.” He wants to pursue both war and economic development on parallel tracks!

Boucher in effect wants the Thamil people to live under a unitary state where power is devolved not shared!

The hypocrisy of US double faced and double speak foreign policy could be seen from the fact that it had increased sale of military hardware 40 fold. The Center for Defense Information (CDI), an independent think-tank based in Washington D.C which provides expert analysis on various components of U.S. national security, international security and defense policy has said in a report that Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Sri Lanka from US increased 40 fold, from $1.4m in 2006 to $60.8m in 2007. It is such military sale that is driving Mahinda Rajapakse to seek a military solution. The same goes to Britain which has approved licenses for arms export worth 7 million to Sri Lanka. That makes nonsense of the withdrawal of the paltry 3 million dollars aid to Sri Lanka for debt relief.

Mr. Boucher’s concern about abductions, killing of civilians and media freedom sounds hypocritical. He visited Jaffna and “sized up the situation” alright but to what effect? The Sri Lankan Kfir bombers (powered by General Electric J-79 engines made under license in Israel) dropped 20 bombs in Puthukkudieruppu. Yesterday the staff and students of Jaffna University have received death threats giving “Final Warning" to those who are involved in "terrorist activities" abetting and aiding the Liberation Tigers. 

If Boucher is really concerned about the escalating civil war and the deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka, he should follow an even-handed approach towards the parties to the conflict.  He should treat the LTTE as non-state actor engaged in armed conflict and not a “terrorist” organization like Al Qaeda! The latter has no clear political goals and kills innocent civilians at will.

I am glad Eelam Nation itself accepts the fact “While however Boucher was in Jaffna, cold blooded killings were going on in both in land and from air in the north east and the east of Sri Lanka to make up for the deficit in the north.”

Let us shift the grain from the chaff and not carried away by empty rhetoric, pious platitudes, symbolic concerns and verbal diarrhea! 

V. Thangavelu


 

 


 


 

May 14, 2007

 

 

To His Grace

The Most Reverend

Rt Hon Dr. Rowan Williams

Archbishop of Canterbury

Church House

Great Smith St

London SW1P 3NZ

 

                        Surgical military action against terrorism "is inevitable" in Sri Lanka

Your Grace,

 

We write in continuation of our letter dated May 07, 2007 urging your Grace to visit North and East to witness first-hand the suffering of thousands of Thamil people languishing in camps and in open prisons. Apparently our appeal has fallen on deaf years. The only charitable explanation is that GoSL prevented you from visiting the North and East for “security reasons.”  The GoSL tried to resort to the same subterfuge with the visiting Assistant Secretary of US State Department Mr. Richard Boucher without success.

 

Be that as it may be, we are startled by your Grace statement as reported in the BBC (Sinhala Service)  that surgical military action against terrorism "is inevitable" in Sri Lanka.  Your Grace told journalists in Colombo after the conclusion of a 3 day visit that It is undoubtedly inevitable that what you might call surgical military action against terrorism should take place."

 

Even US, the world’s only super power, could not bomb Iraq or Afghanistan with any surgical precision with its arsenal of laser-guided smart bombs, Daisy cutters, Depleted uranium bombs, E-bombs, Moab bomb etc.  In Iraq and Afghanistan they have bombed and killed innocent civilians in their hundreds cynically describing the deaths as ‘collateral damage’ - a word coined to de-humanise life itself. Your reckless statement tantamount to endorsing surgical gas chambers used by the Nazis to kill Jews during WW11. Gas chambers did prove quite surgical at the hands of the Nazis!

 

As a spiritual leader your Grace should know the distinction between terrorism of the Al Qaeda variety and armed liberation struggle of the oppressed Thamils. This war is a defensive war forced on the Thamils by a racist and oppressive state. It is not terrorism but a battle for equality and basic democratic rights.

 

We are more amused than angry that a spiritual leader of the Anglican Church has used language that is the monopoly of   uniformed military commanders who are trained to kill others and not get killed themselves. To say the least your pronouncement is very unchristian from a respected Christian prelate who is expected to provide exemplary moral and spiritual leadership.  Your reckless and irresponsible statement has given a carte blanche license to the racist GoSL to escalate the war against the already battered and brutalised Thamil population. No wonder after your green light to Mahinda Rajapakse  he has promised more war!

 

We refuse to belief you have not been properly briefed by your advisors before your visit.  Suffice to state that since the beginning of December 2005, nearly 5000 Thamil civilians have been killed and 250,000 Thamil civilians made homeless by indiscriminate shelling and bombing of Thamil villages.  Last month alone 78 Thamil civilians were killed and 57 Thamils abducted in Jaffna by the armed forces and the paramilitary groups operating with them.  Two days ago Sri Lankan Kfir bombers (powered by General Electric J-79 engines made under license in Israel) dropped 20 bombs in Puthukkudieruppu. Yesterday the staff and students of Jaffna University received death threats in the form of “Final Warning" to those who are involved in "terrorist activities" - abetting and aiding the Liberation Tigers. 

 

 

It looks though we have to appeal now direct to God by-passing his representative on earth! 

 

Yours truly,

 

 

 

V.Thangavelu

President

 

 

 


 

Surgical military action "inevitable"

Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams meeting President Mahinda Rajapakse

Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams meeting President Mahinda Rajapakse

The head of the Anglican communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, said surgical military action against terrorism "is inevitable" in Sri Lanka.

After a three day visit to the island he told journalists in Colombo that the military solution to the problems of the country "increasingly appears to be no solution".

"It is undoubtedly inevitable that what you might call surgical military action against terrorism should take place", the Archbishop said

Dr. Rowan Williams, said that he hoped and prayed that that would lead to a opening of communication between the government and the Tamil Tigers.

US Asst Secretary of State, richard Boucher meeting President Mahinda rajapaske

US Asst Secretary of State, Richard Boucher meeting President Mahinda Rajapaske

"But we all hope and pray that that will lead not to ...victory for one, defeat for another, but to an opening of communication, a re-establishment of the possibilities for civil society to develop", he said.

People insecure

Meanwhile, the American Assistant Secretary of State, Richard Boucher, says the United States is concerned about the deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka.

Speaking at the end of a three day visit to the island, Mr Boucher said there was a lack of press freedom and people were worried about their security and were afraid of the abductions and the killings.

He pledged support for the government of Sri Lanka, but urged the government and opposition parties to share power with ethnic minority Tamils.

BBC Sinhala Service - 10th May, 2007


FISHERMEN KILLINGS

NEW TURN IN BLAME GAME

The Tamil Nadu Police hold the LTTE responsible for the killing of five fishermen off the Kanyakumari coast, but there are holes in the investigation

PC Vinoj Kumar
Chennai

The killing of five Indian fishermen off the Kanyakumari coast by unidentified assailants on March 29 has taken a new turn with the Tamil Nadu Police blaming the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The charge has raised many eyebrows as a string of killings before the incident were widely seen as the handiwork of the Lankan Navy. The Q Branch, a special wing of the state police dealing with militancy, claims to have cracked the case based on the confessions of six Lankan Tamils who were on a boat that had allegedly drifted into Indian waters on April 11. Video footage of confessions of two of them was aired on Sun TV on May 3. In the video, the accused claimed they belonged to the Sea Tigers (the naval wing of the LTTE) and confessed that their associates had killed the Kanyakumari fishermen. They also said that the 12 fishermen from Kerala and Kanyakumari who have been missing since March 12 had been abducted by the LTTE and were in the outfit’s custody. The LTTE has denied it has anything to do with the killings and the abduction.

There seem to be several holes in the police version. According to Director General of Police D. Mukherjee, the boat seized on April 11 was the same as the one involved in the March 29 shooting, which had the name ‘Maria’. “But those involved were from another group belonging to the Sea Tigers,” he said. The police claim the alleged LTTE boat was ferrying arms from an LTTE ship to a camp in Sri Lanka when the Tigers shot at the Kanyakumari fishermen suspecting them of spying on the boat’s movement.

Survivors of the attack, however, denied it was the same boat when they were taken to Tuticorin to identify the seized boat. Tuticorin Superintendent of Police John Nicholson confirmed this to Tehelka. He said the three survivors had pointed out three differences between the seized boat and the one from which they were fired at.

Moreover, ‘Maria’ is believed to be a high-speed boat, unlike the one that has been captured. Fishermen say the boat had been in the area since a week before the attack, and had been warning fishermen to stay away by firing in the air. The parish priest of Kurumbanai, A. Churchil, told Tehelka that he had informed the Kanyakumari district collector about the boat and its activities on March 28. Before any action could be taken on the complaint, the assailants shot dead the five fishermen.

Soon after the incident, the Indian Navy and Coast Guard launched search operations to apprehend the boat and this was widely reported in the media. In such a situation it seems unlikely that the LTTE would have been so careless as to let its boat roam in the area. “They are not so foolish,” says a pro-LTTE Sri Lankan mp. Kanyakumari-based A. Frederick, vice president of the National Union of Fishermen, suspects foul play and points to the contradictions in the statements of Tuticorin sp John Nicholson and dgp Mukherjee.

Pro-LTTE leaders in Tamil Nadu view the developments as a conspiracy to undermine the popularity of the Tigers, which is believed to have shot up with the air strikes the group recently carried out in Sri Lanka. mdmk leader Vaiko charged the Q Branch with having forcibly extracted the confession. Thamizhar Desiya Iyakkam leader Pazha Nedumaram said that the charges against the LTTE were intended to malign the group’s reputation in the state. pmk leader GK Mani said in the Assembly that the government should ascertain if any rebel group of the LTTE was involved in the incident.

In the wake of these developments, PM Amza, the Sri Lankan deputy high commissioner in Chennai, has become the focus of criticism. Pro-LTTE groups in the state see Amza as an intelligence officer whose mandate is to foster anti-LTTE sentiments in Tamil Nadu. He took charge at Chennai in July last year and has been courting controversies ever since. There have been reports that Amza was meeting Muslim clerics in Tamil Nadu and asking them to instigate Muslims in the state against the LTTE.

 


 

“India, Sri Lanka need to destroy LTTE's air, navy” – A response
 

V, Thangavelu

B. Raman is another lackey and unrepentant apologist for the racist Sri Lankan government. He is in the business of offering  free “advice” to the rulers of Sri Lanka how to defeat the LTTE militarily and politically.  As his name suggests he belongs to the Brahmin gang of N.Ram, Thuklag Cho, and Dr.Subramanian Swamy who are sworn enemies of Thamil nationalism.

The thrust of Raman’s main argument is that attacks by the LTTE on Sri Lankan military targets are "acts of terrorism"  while attacks by  the  racist Sinhala army on Thamil civilians and senior LTTE cadres are “patriotism.” This is the type of twisted logic of all LTTE baiters and Raman is no exception.

Raman has the audacity to suggest “It is in the common interest of India and Sri Lanka to weaken and ultimately destroy the LTTE's maritime and air capabilities. The maritime capability includes its navy and its commercial shipping fleet” but I hope India will not bite this bait! LTTE having a naval force and shipping fleet is none of the business of India. Our kings who ruled over the Jaffna kingdom had naval fleets in the past! I Before them during the 10-11th centuries  the mighty Cholas naval fleet with Tiger flags flying high  dominated the Bay of Bengal and the Indian ocean.  I  hope saner and mature counsel will prevail among Indian political leadership and they will not act rashly as advised by an imbecile.   

After the EU listed the LTTE as a terrorist organization those SLMM members from the Nordic countries Denmark, Finland and Sweden  cannot discharge their duties impartially. There will be conflict of interest. That is the reason why the LTTE has asked they be replaced. No self-respecting Thamil will kiss the leg that tramples him. A spineless Raman may stomach such insults but not Thamils.

Raman has nothing to comment about Mahinda Rajapakse’s unilateral rejection of the Oslo declaration that a solution based on the right of internal self –determination of the Thamil people be explored to find a solution to the ethnic conflict. Even the Co-chairs have taken Mahinda Rajapakse to task over his repudiation of the Oslo declaration. But to Raman who licks the boots of Rajapakse it does not matter a wee bit.

For Raman the killings of Thamil civilians are alright except  as long as they are not "disproportionate." . He does not want to admit that it is part of the genocidal policy of the Sinhala government to kill and maim as many Thamils as possible. Emptying Thamil villages through military cohesion is the covert and not so covert policy of the GOSL.  Trincomalee is a good example. The majority of Thamil refugees who sought refuge in Thamil Nadu came from Trincomalee. To facilitate the expulsion of Thamils from Trincomalee, the GOSL has appointed a Sinhalese retired army major as the government agent.

The present blood letting on both sides is entirely due to the GOSL reneging on the agreement reached at Geneva in February to disarm armed groups, after agreeing to do so.  Mahinda Rajapakse took the illogical and stupid stand that there are no armed groups operating along with the army in the Northeast. But he let the cat out of the bag when he proposed to the LTTE recently that he will rein in the Karuna group if the LTTE agreed to direct talks by-passing Norway. 

Self-appointed and self-styled analysts like Raman may bark at LTTE, but  he cannot  stop the LTTE's  march  to liberate the Thamil people from the yoke of Sinhala imperialist rule. The LTTE will be ever present as long as the Sinhala government bends over backwards to impose hegemonic rule over the Thamils. Let us wait and see who will have the last laugh. 

Finally a 65 million question  to Raman. What is the Sinhala army despised by the Thamil people doing in Tamil heartland? I need an honest reply from him! 

 

India, Sri Lanka need to destroy LTTE's air, navy

June 27, 2006

Many successful acts of suicide terrorism by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, including the assassination of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in May 1991 and Sri Lankan President R Premadasa in May 1993 were made possible by weak physical security and poor access control by the security agencies of the State responsible for their protection.

The assassination by the LTTE of Major General Parami Kulatunge, deputy chief of the army and commander of the security forces headquarters - Wanni at Pannipitiya, 15 kms south-east of Colombo on Monday can also be attributed to poor access control.

Sri Lankan army general assassinated

He was reportedly proceeding to his office in a security convoy when a lone suicide bomber on a motorcycle, apparently coming from behind, caught up with the convoy, drove parallel to it, reached up to his car and dashed against it while detonating the improvised explosive device simultaneously.

B.Raman is another lackey and repentant apologist for the racist Sri Lankan government who offers free “advice”. As his name suggests he belongs to the Brahmin gang of N.Ram, Thuklag Cho, and Dr.Subramanian Swamy who are sworn enemies of Thamil nationalism.

The thrust of Raman’s main argument is that attacks by the LTTE on Sri Lankan military targets are acts of terrorism, while attacks by a racist army on Thamil civilians and senior cadres is “patriotism.” This is the type of twisted logic of all LTTE baiters and Raman is no exception.

Raman has the audacity to suggest “It is in the common interest of India and Sri Lanka to weaken and ultimately destroy the LTTE's maritime and air capabilities. The maritime capability includes its navy and its commercial shipping fleet” but I hope India will not bite this bait! LTTE having a naval force and shipping fleet is none of the business of India. Our kings had naval fleets in the past! I hope saner counsel will prevail among Indian political leadership.

After the EU listed the LTTE as a terrorist organization those SLMM members from those countries cannot discharge their duties impartially. There will be conflict of interest. That is the reason why the LTTE has asked they be replaced. No self-respecting Thamil will kiss the leg that tramples him. A spineless Raman may stomach such insults but not Thamils.

Raman has nothing to comment about Mahinda Rajapakse’s unilateral rejection of the Oslo declaration that a solution based on the right of internal self –determination of the Thamil people be explored to find a solution to the ethnic conflict. Even the Co-chairs have taken Mahinda Rajapakse to task over his repudiation of the Oslo declaration. But to Raman who licks the boots of Rajapakse it does not matter a wee bit.

Even the LTTE's attempt to kill Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka, the commander of the Sri Lankan army in April was attributable to poor access control. A woman suicide bomber penetrated the premises of the complex housing the army headquarters and blew herself up as the general was leaving the office in his car. He was seriously injured, but survived.

While the LTTE, in keeping with its usual practice, has not claimed responsibility for its unsuccessful April attempt and its successful act of June 26, there need not be any doubt that it was responsible for both acts of terrorism. It demonstrates its ability to collect precise intelligence about the movements of its targeted victims and operate undetected even in and around Colombo.

A perusal of the detailed biodata of the killed general as disseminated by a web site considered the mouthpiece of the LTTE indicates the probable reasons why the LTTE targeted him. Among the indicators available in the web site report, one could mention the following:

·         He was an expert in intelligence and special operations.

·         In the past, he had advocated 'extra-judicial measures' against the civilian population and supporters of the Tamil Eelam cause.

·         He was a key figure in promoting cooperation between the army and Tamil groups opposed to the LTTE.

·         He was a hardliner and a close associate of General Fonseka.

Shattered peace in Sri Lanka

The assassination is widely perceived as the LTTE's retaliation for the recent assassination of two top ranking LTTE military commanders, Ramanan of Batticaloa and Mahindi of Mannar, for which the LTTE blamed the Sri Lanka army.

Before his posting to Batticaloa, Ramanan was in the intelligence setup of the LTTE. He had reportedly been entrusted by Vellupillai Prabhakaran, the LTTE leader, with the responsibility for neutralising Karuna, who had deserted the LTTE along with some of his followers in March 2004 in protest against Prabhakaran's discriminatory policies towards Tamils in the eastern province.

'Divide in LTTE will weaken it'

The murderous attack on General Kulatunge came shortly after a conciliatory interview given by President Mahinda Rajapakse to the editor of a Tamil daily Uthayan. In the interview Rajapakse expressed his readiness to hold direct talks with the LTTE to find a political solution instead of the Norwegian intermediary, and to stop the activities of the group led by Karuna against the LTTE if the LTTE proved its good faith by refraining from all acts of violence for 15 days, which could strengthen his hand.

Rajapakse was reported to have remarked that he found himself caught between his army and the LTTE, hinting thereby that some of the recent operations of the military, which resulted in civilian casualties, did not have his approval.

Taming the Tamil Tigers

The LTTE apparently did not believe his statement and rejected his offer.

Rajapakse's conciliatory offer came shortly after Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera's visit to New Delhi for talks with Indian leaders. However, there is no evidence to suggest that the conciliatory offer was the outcome of the discussions of his foreign minister in New Delhi.

India's Vietnam: The IPKF in Sri Lanka, 10 Years On

The LTTE action in rejecting the conciliatory offer and assassinating the major general need to be strongly condemned by India and other members of the international community. A careful examination of the LTTE's recent actions and statements indicates certain tactical and strategic objectives of the Tigers.

Among the tactical objectives are the neutralisation of the Karuna group, which is coming in the way of the LTTE re-establishing its political primacy in the eastern province; the continuation of Norway as the facilitator of the peace process; and the re-organisation of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission in order to exclude the three European Uion members in the mission.

The LTTE regards the role of the EU members as having become untenable because of their going along with the EU's recent decision to include the LTTE in the Union's list of terrorist organisations.

The LTTE's evident strategic objectives are to seek an ultimate solution to the Tamil problem, which would concede something more than a conventional federal solution by letting the LTTE retain its armed forces and intelligence set-up in any political solution without merging them with those of the federal government.

In the interregnum, before a political solution is reached, to seek the legitimisation of what it asserts as its control over the territorial waters off the northern and eastern provinces and to have the Sri Lanka navy excluded from there.

The LTTE looks upon itself not just as a conventional non-State actor, but as a non-State actor which already has established many attributes of a State such as an army, a police, a judiciary and a tax-collection machinery to enforce its control over the land occupied by it. There is a navy to enforce its control over its territorial waters and an air force to enforce its control over its air space. Whether the LTTE has really an air force or not is still a matter of speculation, but its army and navy are ground realities.

The war in Lanka

Till the time of writing of this article (8 am on June 27), Rajpakse had not ordered any retaliatory attacks against the LTTE similar to the air strikes on LTTE-controlled territory, which he had ordered after the April attempt to kill the army commander.

Retaliatory attacks by the government would be justified under the doctrine of active defence but could be counter-productive unless the government is able to strengthen its physical security in such a manner as to be able to deny spectacular successes to the LTTE if it retaliates again.

For the present, the LTTE seems content to cont