Friday, August 14, 2009

SL Tamils right for self-determination, territorial integrity and its security is more important for producing positive political results. The future course of the liberation struggle should concentrate on ingenuously posing democratic challenges, locally and internationally, convincing the inevitability of conceding liberation to Sri Lanka Tamils.
The national conflict in the Sri Lanka island is historical and the militant phase is only a part of it. But certain irreversible realities have emerged through the historical process of the last few decades, underlining the need to recognize and accommodate the divide of nations in any future political processes of the island.
The validity of the national cause of Eezham Tamils doesn’t get nullified either by projecting it only as an agenda of militancy or by Sri Lankan state and the IC creating military situations of subjugation.
The Sri Lankan state for chauvinistic reasons, India and the other powers for geopolitical reasons and multinational corporations for economic reasons, have demonstrated in recent times militarily and diplomatically, their intention to keep the geographic entity of the island as a single political entity.
But chauvinism, geopolitics and outside economic interests cannot make the criteria for forging a common national identity to the island. This game on the island is continuing from colonial times and the world is yet to spell out solutions.
If common national identity has not evolved spontaneously in more than a century, the wise decision for the benefit of all concerned is to recognize the divide and to come out with appropriate alternative statecraft.
All the terms as well as concepts such as nation state, independence, sovereignty, right to self-determination etc., are said to be meaningless or are redefined in some parts of the contemporary world, but they have become more meaningful than ever to Eezham Tamils to rehabilitate themselves, to reconcile with the Sinhala nation and to fit themselves into the global process.
Any political formula that doesn’t address the fundamental aspirations of Eezham Tamil nation and is enforced after militarily weakening it, will not resolve the conflict. Any such formula of any powers, even when routed through Tamil proxies, will be seen only as a continuum of the proxy war waged by them.
Open recognition of the nation of Eezham Tamils, its territorial integrity, security, international interaction and its absolute right to self-determination, including the right to secession, can only be the basis at this juncture to consider agreeing upon the unity of the island, if that is what people want.
As world progresses and as regional or global entities take shape, even the Sri Lankan state may not exist tomorrow in the way it exists today. In any such future developments the Eezham Tamils must be able to fit in without losing their identity.
The powers of the international community, especially India, recognition the nation of Eezham Tamils, spelling out its right to self-determination and immediately stepping in guaranteeing its security and territorial integrity are more important for producing positive political results than mooting proxy draft solutions.
A neither secession nor unitary model will take a long time to evolve details and to put them into genuine practice. Some of them are going to be trial and error.
Considering the given attitude of the Sri Lankan state, the magnitude of its militarization and the internationally enacted military subjugation of Tamils, it is futile to expect smooth political experiments to take place in the island unless political fundamentals long aspired by Tamils are conceded in no uncertain terms and there is international presence and guarantee in implementation.
If the international community could forge a singular companionship in abetting Sri Lankan state against Tamils, it should also be able to conceive and implement a unique political solution to the conflict, if it is not expecting another war in the island.
As far as Tamil political groups are concerned there is no guarantee at all in the given set up that just by sacrificing righteous demands they would get anything. The ball is in the court of the aggressors and their abettors to take bold decisions in offering acceptable and long-lasting solutions if they want peace for ‘development’.
Tamil groups should not engage in demoralizing the future course of the liberation struggle by playing in the hands of those who are all out to erase the nationalism of Eezham Tamils. Instead, they should concentrate on ingenuously posing democratic challenges, locally and internationally, convincing the inevitability of conceding liberation to Tamils.


  1. Well written, Mawatha Silva. I fully agreed with you.

    The Tamils deserve the right for self-determination and territorial integrity.

    You see what is happening now in Sri Lanka. Their traditional Tamil homelands are colonized and the Hindu Tamils turned into the second class citizens and subservient slaves.

  2. A crucial report on Sri Lanka’s alleged war crimes is scheduled to be released soon by the US Department. It prepared by Stephen Rapp, who served as Senior Trial Attorney and Chief of Prosecutions at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

    The report, which could determine United State’s future financial assistance to the island, will be handed over to the US Congress for evaluation.

    US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, Stephen Rapp in an interview with Time magazine on disclosed that his office was now primarily focusing on Sri Lanka and a report from the Department of State on the war in Sri Lanka is due in US Congress.

    The Office of War Crimes Issues, together with the Secretary for Global Affairs and the Secretary of State, has the responsibility to collect information on ongoing atrocities, and it is then the responsibility of the President (Barak Obama) to determine what steps might be taken towards justice.

    In the Amendment 1169 to H.R. 2346, an Act making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, US Senators had earlier proposed to “prohibit certain forms of financial support to Sri Lanka,” unless certification is made by the Secretary of State that “Sri Lanka has taken certain steps to address the humanitarian situation in areas affected by the conflict in Sri Lanka.”

    Thus, the forthcoming war crimes report by the Department of State is mandated by the above Act.

    Meanwhile, a source in the US told that State Department officials have already contacted and obtained eye witness accounts from a number of persons who have given details on alleged war crimes committed in Sri Lanka.

    The Office of War Crimes Issues helps formulate US policy responding to atrocities in areas of conflict around the globe.

    Mid this year, President Obama appointed Rapp, as his Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues. As head of the Office of War Crimes Issues, Rapp directly reports to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding a wide range of war crimes issues — from Darfur to Burma to Sri Lanka.

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  5. Hullo!My name is Joseph Kumar Sinnathamby. I'm a supporter of Karuna Amman. He is the hope for tomorrow. I live in Norway. I love to go to Sri Lanka, my home town Batticaloa to have a good time.

  6. Some joker you are!!! The thug Karuna Amman did everything to kill every decent Tamil in Batticaloa. The Sinhalese did not fare better.. He personally butchered 500 Sinhalese Policemen, who surrendeed to him.

  7. The horrific image of the war crimes committed by Sri Lankan Army…

    A pregnant woman whose abdomen was torn open after the Sri Lanka Army shelling. Unborn child fights pitifully for life…… his tiny hand is begging for mercy to no avail..

    When Shi Lankan war criminals will pay for this inhuman Act ??

  8. Shameless canard is paid government stooge or not but his vile propaganda and twaddle stinks just the same
    For those who do:
    Readers will gauge from the acidity of the remarks, is a canard of Sri Lanka failed state.

    The sheer chutzpah of these creatures is nothing novel. It’s in fact an arm of what transpires in that so called ‘socialist republic’ today. Morally bankrupt and regrettably, nothing social!

    Such persons are paid to paint the GOSL in all its squeaky clean purity. So have some pity, it’s a taxing job!

    When I read through any shameless canards comments I realized they‘ve lost the plot and not responded to at all apart from some gibberish.
    For the sadly deluded minions of the Mahavamsa (and pitiable stooges of Bloodthirsty Sri Lankan Regime). Shameless Canards play the same record over and over again:
    Mahinda’s pandangkarayas have been given a biscuit to endorse their master verbatim. The barking will cease when the bowl is empty (IMF anyone?)
    Truth does not need a patron!
    May the Triple Gem save poor Sri Lanka! Some words of enlightenment for the not-so literate, you’d be wise to heed it:
    “A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.”