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Counter-national conspiracy against Tamils comes to light

[TamilNet, Monday, 23 November 2009, 07:56 GMT]
LTTE members either in custody or operating units in the island have become the most vulnerable to counter-Tamilnational conspiracies of Colombo government, well informed sources in Colombo indicate. The Colombo government’s focus now is to get the section of the LTTE in its trap to denounce Tamil Eelam and efforts are intensified to make use of the Heroes’ Day to test the conspiracy. Colombo is as usual abetted by certain powers in this exercise, the sources further said. Meanwhile, Tamil diaspora circles responded to the news saying that under current circumstances any ‘statement’ addressed to the public has to be viewed not from the point “what is said or who has said but from where it has been said.” The free LTTE has a great responsibility in promoting the emergence of new democratic political leadership that truly represents the national aspirations of Tamils, they further said.

According to the sources, a crucial strategy in the current war against Tamil nationalism centres around making the LTTE to announce that its leader Velupillai Pirapaharan is no more, even if irrefutable evidences for or against are not citable by it.

When there are no means of explaining the circumstances, whether the haste shown and pressure exerted by certain sections on such an announcement involve renouncement of the goal of Tamil nationalism and yielding into the designs of outside power interests, is the question, commented Tamil media circles in Colombo.

In this context the Tamil circles cited the absence of any international investigation or pronouncement even from any party of vested interest such as the Indian Establishment. They also cited Government of India after the Second World War refusing to accept the version of US occupied Japan on the demise of Subhas Chandra Bose.

According to them, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi who is now worried about disunity could have helped in not encouraging sections of LTTE deviating from the goal of nationalism and thus causing disunity, had he refrained from denouncing Tamil Eelam.

In the meantime, a marked intensification of orchestration, originating from several quarters, has been noticed in recent days actively engaged in not only discouraging Eezham Tamils in their national aspirations but also in luring them to buttress the very forces and the Sri Lankan state that are viewed by them as committing genocide.

Many Tamils who earlier understandingly viewed some of these quarters only as anti-LTTE sections now wonder at their anti-national stances.

Campaigns addressed to Eezham Tamils discouraging their nationalism harp on the current plight of Tamils in the island and on the priority of rehabilitation before any political demands. But interestingly most of such campaign exercises originate from the very same sections that caused the said plight to Tamils by collaborating with Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Conspicuously, a former militant group that is still retaining Tamil Eelam in its nametag advised Tamils a couple of days ago ‘not to demand what is not possible.’

Observers point out that Colombo government is not prepared to handover rehabilitation neither to collaborating Tamils nor to international agencies, but wants to keep it under its armpit. Some diaspora Tamils secretly and openly meet Rajapaksa coterie are only taken around for tours to whet their nostalgic appetite, the observers said.

While Mr. Douglas Devananda made a statement in Zurich that he was discussing rehabilitation and more powers to Provincial Councils, the Buddhist prelate in Kandy wants to do away with PCs and the immediate concern of the prelate in Kelaniya is ‘development’. Rehabilitation of Tamils is not in their diction.

An academic in Jaffna known for his Tamil nationalist sentiments sounded with pessimism as he finds those who pose as Tamil leaders wanting in potency to pursue the nationalist goal.

Diaspora circles watching the situation told TamilNet of the urgent need for the emergence of firm political leadership that doesn’t play stooges.

In their opinion all those who collaborated with Mahinda Rajapaksa or any of them thinking of serving outside power-interests as means of achieving Tamil polity are not fit enough for leadership.

A vicious campaign is being made that expressing national aspiration amounts to revival of violent politics.

Rehabilitation, development and liberation of a people can never come through defeatism or by renouncing the spirit of nationalism or by meekly accepting another nationalism that one despises for ages. Rather they come by asserting to the goal and struggling for it, they said.

Whatever sections of the LTTE that remains free and intact now have the historic responsibility in encouraging the national political leadership in democratic ways, in the diaspora as well as in the island, by incorporating all those who have Tamil national aspirations and by handing over the task to the people, diaspora circles said.

People have equal responsibility in taking up the challenge. They have to come out with apt leadership through democratic exercises of organising their polity. The country councils and transnational government set the platform in the diaspora for the emergence of new leadership. These are sure to inspire independent Tamil leadership eventually emerging in the island.

Collaborationist circles are welcome to achieve whatever possible for them. But their course of politics and their anger with LTTE resulting in discrediting Tamil nationalist efforts don’t serve any purpose other than abetting oppressors inside and outside. Rather they should participate in the democratic process, the diaspora circles further said.

On marking the Heroes’ Day, comments heard in the diaspora was that it has to be marked in a creative way this year, setting positive directions for the struggle ahead.


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