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CPI moots Tamil Nadu State Assembly participation in Geneva HRC

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 01 February 2012, 17:56 GMT]
Tamil Nadu State Assembly should press New Delhi to make arrangements for its participation in the UN Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva in March to present the case of war crimes against Eezham Tamils, said, Communist Party of India’s MLA for Sivagangai, Mr. S. Gunasekaran, during debate on Governor’s Address in the Tamil Nadu Assembly. He reminded the Assembly on its earlier resolution on this issue and said that a case should be filed in the International Court of Justice against SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the genocide committed on Eezham Tamils. Deprivation of political, homeland and language rights of Eezham Tamils continues in the island and they are treated like slaves without security. SL has not even spent the Indian monetary assistance meant for Eezham Tamils sufficiently, the MLA said.

S. Gunasegaran
S. Gunasegaran, Communist Party of India MLA and Deputy Leader for the party in the Tamil Nadu State Assembly
Mr Gunasekaran, who is also the deputy leader of CPI in the Assembly, started his speech highlighting the attack on Tamil Nadu fishermen by Sri Lanka military in the Palk Bay.

Whenever an attack takes place on the fishermen, every Tamil feels humiliated. This has to be stopped once and for all, and the TN Assembly should insist on its participation in the talks between New Delhi and Colombo, Mr. Gunasekaran said.

Commenting on the issue, an Eezham Tamil politician in the island told TamilNet that the fishermen issue is one that has been deliberately created by New Delhi and Colombo, to deviate the concentration of people’s uprising in Tamil Nadu for the liberation of Eezham Tamils.

Similar intentions are behind in fuelling Tamil Nadu–Kerala issues too, the Eezham Tamil politician said.

Further comments from the new generation Eezham Tamil politician in the island follows:

All the three powers, India, China and the US that are engaged in a geopolitical game in the southern part of South Asia, harp on keeping the local peoples engrossed in rivalries so that the agenda of imperialist and corporate grab could be achieved smoothly and imperceptibly.

A game is also now being played by all the three of them in fuelling political rage among the people of Maldives, in the name of fundamentalism and anti-fundamentalism, while their land, sea, resources and economy are grabbed in partnership by the powers.

Peoples of the region should realise, that if they keep quiet when powers-orchestrated genocide and structural genocide befall on one of the peoples in the region, it will befall on all of them one after the other.

When there was an open genocide on the nation of Eezham Tamils, the politicians sitting in power in Tamil Nadu kept quiet. The people of Kerala kept quiet at their elite in New Delhi setting its course. The Maldivians kept quiet at their government bracketing itself with the genocidal regime of Rajapaksa. And progressive voice among the Sinhalese was almost inaudible.

Many countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America, tagging them with one or the other power, bail out genocidal state and regime of Sri Lanka in the Human Rights Council and in other international forums by projecting the issue as a ‘sovereignty’ issue. But the immoral stand only helps the designs of imperialism that deprives sovereignty of small nations one after the other. The stand could never help the peoples of those countries or their sovereignty.

Liberation of the nation of Eezham Tamils is not a mere Tamil sentiment. At the core, it is not even a Tamil–Sinhala issue. But the liberation and independence of Eezham Tamils is a test case for all the peoples in the region and elsewhere in course-correcting the powers to set a civilized paradigm for world polity.

The responsibility and leadership of Tamil Nadu in this regard is of prime significance that has to be understood and projected to the masses in the right perspective. The role the Tamil Nadu CPI could play, ranges from elucidating on the wider perspective of the need for Eezham Tamil independence to enlightening the imperialists in the garb of Marxism in India on their course-correction, commented the new genre Eezham Tamil politician.


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