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Externally designed silencing of victims to uphold ‘internal political power’

[TamilNet, Saturday, 07 March 2015, 22:38 GMT]
One of the convicts of the 2012 New Delhi gang rape now makes the world to stand aghast at what he said on the crime. Blaming the victim for the rape and gruesome torture causing her death, the assailant said, a decent girl would not have been out at 9 pm. “When being raped, she shouldn’t fight back […] She should just be silent and allow the rape. Then we would have dropped her off.” An article in similar lines appeared in Colombo Telegraph on Friday, written by Rajan Hoole, N. Sivapalan, Ahilan Kadirgamar and K. Sritharan. Blaming 35-years of ‘assassination politics’ by Tamil leadership as responsible for the 2009 culmination, which according to the writers was not genocide, they condemned the NPC Chief Minister Justice Wigneswaran’s call for international investigations on the protracted genocide faced by Eezham Tamils.

“Internal Political Power Bashing in the Name of Justice for War Crimes,” the article headlines described Tamils seeking international justice.

The Hoole & Co article looking at the larger issue of genocide and national question through the prism of individual assassinations of the past; the article defending Sumanthiran for his ‘engagement’ with Colombo for internal investigation mechanism and the article accusing the Tamil polity’s call for international genocide investigation as typical ‘change of direction’, have not come without reasons that are inherent as well as of currently engineered interests, political observers in the island said.

Last month, India’s Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) carried an article by Rohini Hensman and Faizun Zackaria that eulogised the current regime formation in Colombo as a ‘democratic revolution’; argued in favour of an internal investigation mechanism, describing it as broader than the UN terms of reference, and said that such an investigation could “take off from the excellent work done by human rights groups like the Civil Rights Movement and University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna), as well as earlier commissions of inquiry and the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.”

“Tens of thousands of Tamils arrested by the LTTE” were never seen again, the EPW article further said.

The so-called University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) was the outfit of Rajan Hoole and Sritharan. This was awarded by the West and has found fulfillment of its ‘human rights mission’ with the end of the Mu'l'livaaykkaal War. Ahilan Kadirgamar was one of the favourites of media backing Rajapaksa, especially the Indian media.

Sumanthiran polity receives its worst from the Hoole & Co article, as it bares the best the directions that would be taken by the proposed internal investigation mechanism and the elements that back it, commented Tamil political observers in the island.

External Links:
EPW: Sri Lanka: A Democratic Revolution in the Making?
Washington Post: India blocks film about 2012 New Delhi rape case
Colombo Telegraph: Internal Political Power Bashing In The Name Of Justice For War Victims


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