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Tamils should project universality in Mu'l'livaaykkaal remembrance

[TamilNet, Sunday, 18 May 2014, 07:08 GMT]
The Jaffna University Science Teachers’ Association (JUSTA) on Saturday condemned the Colombo government for oppressing Mu'l'livaaykkaal remembrance. One of the obverse impacts recognised by the JUSTA is that “it might lead to latent nostalgia for the LTTE, despite the anger against its holding the civilians hostage in the last stages of the war.” The JUSTA statement reeks of a deceptive twist deployed by the agencies of the West in covertly passing the blame. New Delhi was overt in oppressing any remembrance when its FM chose to visit Jaffna on the 2009 Heroes Day. Tamils should not slip in recognising and projecting the global struggle dimensions of remembering Mu'l'livaaykkaal, commented a Jaffna University academic.

Further comments from the Jaffna University academic:

If the oppression against Eezham Tamils as a nation continues in the island; if the militarisation and colonisation of their land continues in a hitherto unseen accelerated way, and if no hopes are seen on a political solution to the national question but what is seen is sheer structural genocide, then to what extent the continued agenda of the USA and India is fundamentally responsible for the situation in the last five years, has to be carefully perused by everyone.

According to the JUSTA statement, Maj. Gen. Udaya Perera told the Jaffna University VC, Deans and student leaders that “No [Mu'l'livaaykkaal] observance in the University would be permitted on the 18th, as any observance would amount to extolling the late LTTE leader Prabhakaran and would thus count as an inducement to terrorism.”

This military commander of genocidal Sri Lanka occupying Jaffna was ‘trained’ in the USA after the Mu'l'livaaykkaal War.

The diaspora in London was also instructed by some quarters to disassociate Tiger flag in Mu'l'livaaykkaal remembrance, informed circles say.

While Tamils are expected to erase every memory of their militant struggle or to desecrate it, the genocidal military of Sri Lanka becoming needed, getting pampered and being continuously licensed in the oppression of Eezham Tamils by all the concerned powers has to be understood without any pretensions.

With the given orientation of the concerned powers, this genocidal military and the militarisation of the country of Eezham Tamils will continue in escalated proportions and the oppression cum completion of structural genocide of Eezham Tamils is only a part of the vicious agenda.

Without any justice forthcoming, if Mu'l'livaaykkaal remembrance has to go beyond the militant legacy, then perhaps the remembrance should get the highlight of its deserving larger dimension.

Mu'l'livaaykkaal is a global symbol of the global injustice of the Establishments and their trade union parading in the name of United Nations.

Eezham Tamils should not be awakened to this larger reality and Mu'l'livaaykkaal should not get its deserving global significance is the major reason for the ‘LTTE talk’ and the oppression enacted through the agent military.

A careful observation would show a similar trend encouraged in the post-genocide literary output of Eezham Tamils too, so that there will be only accusations and disputes within them and the larger forces that are actively at work go untouched.

Why should Tamils speaking of the war, “in which neither side owned a monopoly of terrorism,” be such an explosive issue, asks the JUSTA statement, followed with an answer that it is because the ideological polarisation on the national question still remains.

Of course this is a local reason. But, while Tamils should be careful in gulping the IC paradigm of equating the war crimes of both sides, they should also grasp the reality that Tamils remembering the war in its proper perspective is a ‘sin’ because the side that directed the war to end it in genocide owns the ‘monopoly of counter terrorism’.

When Sinhalese remember the JVP they are not subjected to such a repression, points out the JUSTA statement. Ethnicity is certainly a reason. But remembering JVP is not as international as remembering Mu'l'livaaykkaal for forces operating in the island to get paranoid of their own injustices.

While some earlier academics of the Jaffna University Science Faculty, who were awarded by the West for their reporting, have found the fulfilment of their ‘human rights mission’ with the end of the Mu'l'livaaykkaal War, JUSTA coming out with the current state of oppression from the perspective of solutions to the national question, is highly appreciable. But the current realities demand larger, universalised understanding and projection of the struggle in facing the ultimate culprits responsible for the plight and in extracting justice.

Tamils will not do justice to their long history and heritage, and will not do justice to their posterity as well as to humanity, if they do not grasp the reality or pretend not seeing it and miss a great historic opportunity, by failing to project the symbol of Mu'l'livaaykkaal in its proper perspective and design their struggle appropriately.


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