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First land, now food: Sri Lanka’s powers-abetted genocide progresses unabated

[TamilNet, Friday, 07 January 2011, 01:17 GMT]
In its innovative model of inspiring the entire world on genocide, the Sri Lankan state has decided to deploy its occupying military to cultivate 40, 000 acres of abandoned land in the country of Eezham Tamils, after uprooting them in the war and not allowing them to resettle. The program is being implemented under the directions of SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, according to SL military media. The SL colonial governor in the north, Maj. Gen. G A Chandrasiri said this week that the government would cultivate black gram on 19,786 acres, groundnuts on 7,231 acres, red onions on 4,709 acres, green chillies on 4,329 acres and cowpea on 4,729 acres. The SL Army will also buy produce of farmers cultivating near its sprawling estates, and it will sell vegetables in Colombo at ‘concessionary’ rate to control market prices.

Hundreds of villages depopulated in the country of Eezham Tamils during military offensives and vast tracts of farmland remain enclosed within the military’s High Security Zones (HSZs). The military is refusing to vacate these territories.

Meeting a section of Tamil politicians recently, Mahinda Rajapaksa categorically said that he would not stop the military coming with families and colonising the ‘conquered’ land. He said that he had been in fact thinking of giving more incentives to the occupying military to have more progeny. He was harping on military rather than civil institutions in handling the situation.

While military’s refusal to vacate occupied Tamil land goes against even the Norway-brokered ‘peace’ of 2002, the US ambassador last month ‘donated’ food to the people lost their land and praised Sri Lanka’s achievement in ‘resettlement’.

While China actively aids building permanent cantonments to occupying military, the Indian housing scheme and Swaminathan scheme of agriculture turn into mere eyewash.

Meanwhile, the full details of the recent defence pact between New Delhi and Colombo are kept as secrets.

The strong rapport between Colombo and New Delhi at every stage of the military offensive is something that has been revealed sometimes back by no other than SL Defence Secretary Gotabhaya himself and his revelations are to the extent of even indicting some personalities in the New Delhi establishment to the war crimes.

After grooming a criminal military in the island, all the concerned parties seem to be having no option other than pleasing the military further. The Sri Lankan experiment will soon be exported to Burma and elsewhere, and some vested interest parties are already organising it, is what observers feel.

The Sri Lankan state is spoiled at every stage by corrupt powers that are pledging for the ‘unity and integrity’ of this state, knowing very well how this state would interpret it.

If at any stage had the powers told Sri Lanka that ‘past is past’ in experimenting with one nation state in the last more than six decades, and now think of reconciliation through two nation states, the behaviour of Colombo would have been different.

Those who belatedly recognise the Palestinian State now, not because of its own merit but because of their bloc politics, also fail to see that another Palestine and another international terrorist state are in the making in the island. Some of those who uphold the Palestine state sat along with India, China and Russia in the UN Human Rights Council in bailing out Sri Lanka and thus encouraging it in its genocidal programme.

Most of the international organisations and international media are yet to highlight what is happening in the island and to approach the crisis in pragmatic ways appropriate to national questions.

Some elements among them, rather than concentrating on nipping in the bud a deviating state that is endangering international system, choose to train their guns on Eezham Tamils who try in whatever ways presently possible for them to mobilise against the extermination of their nation.

What the International Crisis Group and certain international media watchdogs tell Eezham Tamils about showing contemplation of the past in mobilising for future would be meaningful and would help the affected to steer through better ways, only when such organisations openly come forward to commit to the righteousness in the national cause of Eezham Tamils.


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