Is the Tamil Diaspora Against Unity in Sri Lanka?

“The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”

- Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Tamil Diaspora is a diverse ethnic group. Amongst it, the majority are strongly connected to their kith and kin in the island of Sri Lanka.

Arguably, the Tamil Diaspora is also a very powerful body. It reflects the aspirations and the grievances of the Tamil people in the island of Sri Lanka who continue to live under severe suppression, in an open prison. Considering the Sri Lankan state’s oppression of the Tamil people on the ground, the interaction between them and the Tamil Diaspora, though invisible, is very efficient and effective.

Since May 2009’s Tamil genocide, the role of the Tamil Diaspora has reshaped to rebuild the lives, and social, economic, cultural and political structures of their beloved ones.

This is no easy task, given a powerful section of the Tamil Diaspora chooses not to send any financial contributions to their loved ones through the Sri Lankan government, the very agent which carried out the genocidal war against the Tamil nation and one which is accelerating the Sinhalisation process under the banner of ’development‘ and ’reconstruction‘.

Furthermore, while no genuine attempts are being made by the Sri Lankan state for a political solution to the Tamil national question, the Tamil Diaspora views engagement with the Sri Lankan state as legitimising Sri Lanka’s genocide against the Tamil nation and permitting its time-buying strategy to continue the structural genocide of the Tamil people.

Yet, the Tamil Diaspora continues through other means to empower their brethren. Keeping in mind the safety, security, survival and well-being of the Tamil people, these approaches and methods used to rebuild the Tamil people’s lives in their nation cannot be further elaborated on.

Despite the many positive interventions by them, on many occasions, these are neglected and the Tamil Diaspora purposely labelled as spoilers by the Sri Lankan state and a section of the International Community.

I have co-authored a paper[1] and written an article[2] about the Tamil Diaspora in the past two years. Two very recent developments have made me once again see the need to record the observations from the Tamil Diaspora’s point of view.

I wish to note firstly that I am completely opposed to all forms of racist and hateful actions being carried out against the Muslim people by Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists such as the Bodu Bala Sena. This is similar to the position I have taken when the Sinhala state executed atrocities against the Tamil nation. I support all anti-racist campaigns. My Sinhala, Muslim and Tamil friends are also aware of this.

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Photo credit: Colombo Telegraph

Having clarified this, a photograph from the recently held “Rally for Unity” event where former Sri Lankan diplomat Dr. Dayan Jayatillake was present, provoked my thoughts. Dr. Jayatillake was Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the UN in Geneva during and after the war in 2009. When a special session, requested by Germany on behalf of 17 member states, at the UN Human Rights Council in late May that year attempted through a resolution to bring accountability to grave human rights violations committed during the final stages of the war, it was defeated under the leadership of Dr. Jayatillake. In essence, Dr. Jayatillake misled and deceived a section of the international community, justifying the Sri Lanka state’s violation of International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law. Now, he no longer holds a diplomatic post. Yet, to date he has neither apologised for his past wrong-doings nor acknowledged the mass atrocities carried out by the Sri Lankan state he once represented. While his participation at “Hate Has No Place in Sri Lanka – Rally For Unity”  may have been appreciated or welcomed if his attendance had followed an acceptance of past wrong doings, in light of his unwillingness to do so, it not only allows his actions to be criticised but also makes the intention of the rally questionable.

My second disturbing observation is that of Sri Lanka’s former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka’s attendance at the World Press Freedom Day celebrations in Colombo on 3 May 2013. Sarath Fonseka is an alleged war criminal. There are also reports which implicate his involvement in the assassinations of several journalists, in particular the murder of prominent journalist Lasantha Wickramatunga.

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Photo credit : Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai 

The idea of a man involved in the very activities which suppress and obstruct freedom of expression, being allowed to participate in an event that celebrates media freedom, is more than simply ironic. Far more ominous though is the fact that he was invited to light candles while Sandya Eknalygoda, wife of cartoonist Prageeth Eknalygoda who disappeared in January 2010, was not invited to do so despite her presence at the event.

These types of disturbing trends not only demotivate like-minded people but question the aim of legitimate causes. Personally, I hope my Sri Lankan brothers and sisters take this into consideration.

Yet, when these genuine concerns were also raised by members of the Tamil Diaspora, they were seen as acts of stirring disharmony.

The Tamil Diaspora also originated from the island. The large majority have at least one family member or relative residing in the island. The members of the Tamil Diaspora are also against hate; they too love peace. They are not against unity and as long there are genuine efforts to create a just and peaceful environment in the island they will support, if not at least appreciate it, along with their struggle for justice for their brethren.

This is a lesson I have learnt from the Tamil Diaspora throughout the last four years.

Of course there are shortcomings in the Tamil Diaspora, as in all other communities, that need to be overcome swiftly. Yet, that does not justify referring to them as spoilers.

A section of the International Community once saw the LTTE as the problem to resolving the conflict, believing the Sri Lanka state that elimination of the LTTE would create a space for a political solution and national reconciliation. However, evolving developments are clear evidence that past assumptions were incorrect. The same section of the International Community and the Sri Lankan state now see the Tamil Diaspora as trouble-makers.

The false lesson once taught by the Sri Lankan state has today forced all stakeholders of the ethno-political conflict of Sri Lanka to endure the consequences. Now exists a new opportunity to either fall into another trap laid out by the Sri Lankan state or to utilise the opportunity for course correction.

The world has already learnt a bitter lesson from Sri Lanka. The question now is: Will the concerned actors grab the opportunity and walk in the right direction? If yes, the Tamil Diaspora will march alongside with them.

  • Vihan

    This article is very biased,It nearly decriminalizes the LTTE and the Tamil Diaspora.The Diaspora is not as diverse as it is said in the article.It haven’t rendered that kind of a service towards relieving the grievances of Tamils in Sri Lanka.What they need is another [edited out] Tamil Eelam so they could elect their own puppets to rule it according to their rules.They’re using the ongoing rapid surge of Communalism in Sri Lanka as an advantage for their own personal gains.

  • CINCINATTUS

    The Tamil diasp[ora may or not be for national unity and may or may not be diverse but indulging in outright exageration and wilful distotion is certainly not beyond their capoacity. And such a want of a capacity for disciplned and factual argument will make it all the more difficult for Tamil people to win their just rights.

  • Anpu

    Excellent Nirmanusan.

    • Off the Cuff

      Anpu,

      Yes his article is so good that he has gone in to hiding without answering the questions that resulted from it.

      You have a knack of counting chickens before they hatch
      Ha ha haa.

  • http://grounview Mathi

    No! Sinhala government encourage against unity of Ceylon because the Sinhala government not implement any international or agreement.

  • Tamil Sri Lankan

    So whats the purpose of the author using this quote?

    ‘The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.’ – Oliver Wendell Holmes

    And what direction he sees the Tamil ‘Diaspora’, Ex-Diplomat DJ & Now politician Sarath Fonseka moving since 2009?

    If the author believes sections of the Tamil ‘Diaspora’ is sincere in not condemning the violations of LTTE on Tamils, it must be OK for DJ and SF too make some ‘alteration’ in their standing as well., see “what direction they are moving ‘ as well.

  • Off the Cuff

    Dear Nirmanusan Balasundaram,

    You say “I have co-authored a paper[1] and written an article[2] about the Tamil Diaspora in the past two years. Two very recent developments have made me once again see the need to record the observations from the Tamil Diaspora’s point of view. I wish to note firstly that I am completely opposed to all forms of racist and hateful actions being carried out against the Muslim people by Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists such as the Bodu Bala Sena. This is similar to the position I have taken when the Sinhala state executed atrocities against the Tamil nation. I support all anti-racist campaigns”

    In order to be fair to you, could you please provide a link to any article written by you condemning the Ethnic Cleansing of Muslims and Sinhalese from the North of Sri Lanka? The word MUSLIM is invisible in the paper you co-authored and the article you wrote to GroundViews.

    You say “The Tamil Diaspora is a diverse ethnic group. Amongst it, the majority are strongly connected to their kith and kin in the island of Sri Lanka”

    Diverse in what way? Cast perhaps.
    Are they not Strongly connected to the Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in India?

    You say “This is no easy task, given a powerful section of the Tamil Diaspora chooses not to send any financial contributions to their loved ones through the Sri Lankan government,”

    The Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in India are living in squalor while those living in the Affluent West and Australia are living in Luxury. What has the Tamil Diaspora done to uplift the Sri Lankan Tamils living in India? Could you please enlighten us?

    You say “Yet, the Tamil Diaspora continues through other means to empower their brethren. Keeping in mind the safety, security, survival and well-being of the Tamil people, these approaches and methods used to rebuild the Tamil people’s lives in their nation cannot be further elaborated on.”

    Isn’t that a lame excuse to cover the inaction and self centredness of the Tamil Diaspora? Or is it connected to People Smuggling that goes on unabated, perhaps to increase the numbers of the Tamil Diaspora.

    It is no secret that you funded the LTTE through Credit Card Scams, Extortion, Coercion and voluntary and involuntary contributions. The Crisis Group says that the diaspora contributed an estimated $200 million a year to the Tigers (http://www.crisisgroup.org/~/media/Files/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka/186%20The%20Sri%20Lankan%20Tamil%20Diaspora%20after%20the%20LTTE.ashx)

    The LTTE governed the North for three decades. The most pressing need of the North is Fresh Water. The Sri Lankan Govt tried to solve this PERMANANTLY by implementing a Brilliant Plan by an exceptionally brilliant Tamil Irrigation Engineer, Mr Aumugam. This was known as the Arumugam Plan / A river for Jaffna project. The work was almost complete except for a Canal that was to divert spill water from Iranamadu Tank to the Elephant Pass Lagoon. The work was disrupted by the LTTE.

    Although you sent 200 Million USD to fund the war, YOU did not lift a finger to complete the River for Jaffna project that would not have cost even 0.5% of what you spent on the war. Thus you deprived the common Tamil people of their right to Fresh Water. Just like the Elites who controlled property in Jaffna did before you by depriving them drinking water from Elite owned Wells even in the 1970s.

    Where was this concern for the Tamil people then?
    Why this tongue in cheek talk?
    Just like GG Ponnambalam in the 1930s who let Racism loose by making hate speaches hat led to the FIRST Ethnic Riots of the 20th Century (oh yes there were three other riots before that but ALL THREE were Low cast Tamils rioting against High Cast Tamils for basic Human Rights that were deprived to them), you are only interested in Political Power, your actions does not support your claim of looking after the interests of the Common Tamil People.
    Who are you trying to deceive?
    The gullible westerners?

    What have you done to uplift the surviving tens of thousands of Tamil Children of the Vanni that were sacrificed and forced to fight a Man’s War because the Men and women deserted that fight like cowards?

    Is that another secret empowerment?

    Watch these two Videos from BBC HardTalk if your memory does not go that far. Listen to the UN rep who underlines the immensity of the problem. Are you and the Diaspora not responsible and complicit along with the LTTE of destroying a generation of Tamils by killing off the Children?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuW9c0ufiHY

    Listen to the Tamil Children, former child soldiers, to find out what they aspire to.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txpRqAKgyd0

    Perhaps you can answer the questions I posed to Ms Usha S Sri Skanda-Rajah, Senator, Transnational Govt of Tamil Eelam (sic) in response to a sarcastic query from her. She has become invisible since 16 April.

    http://groundviews.org/2013/04/11/the-empty-findings-of-sri-lankas-military-court-of-inquiry/#comment-52242

    http://groundviews.org/2013/04/11/the-empty-findings-of-sri-lankas-military-court-of-inquiry/#comment-52287

    http://groundviews.org/2013/04/11/the-empty-findings-of-sri-lankas-military-court-of-inquiry/#comment-52322

    http://groundviews.org/2013/04/11/the-empty-findings-of-sri-lankas-military-court-of-inquiry/#comment-52361

    http://groundviews.org/2013/04/11/the-empty-findings-of-sri-lankas-military-court-of-inquiry/#comment-52381

    You should be ashamed and make amends for what you did, instead of trying to hoodwink the Tamil people of Sri Lanka again by playing the Pied Piper.

    If there was any Genocide of Tamil People in Sri Lanka, it was done by PROXY, by the Power Hungry Separatists in the Tamil Diaspora.

    • Jayalath

      To
      Off the cuff

      You are very true , we should think with broad mind what happened in the past , Unfortunatly , still majority of us are playing a game hiding the truth , it seems to be confused me this bunch of crooks how they still response to the issue .
      I pointed out before how should we can reach an eternal peace and unity in this tiny island , but what I can see in terms of peace among us further distancing . We need to heed about the common enemy among us where we segregate and impoverish . Untill we understand the common enemy and doing thing to eradicate it with every bodies participation that we face now and live with conflict such as ratial ,religious blood bath would not be lack .

      So, off the cuff , let’s these all type of rogues to go ahead and perish . I do not care though ,but it piss me off when I go home all i hear is these bunch of idiot’s beating as ever which doing my heading .
      I have come for a conclusion myself , it is , let’s it go .,let it go .as it needs some way to reduce the population to a sustainable level to a better tomorrow . BYE , BYE

  • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

    Nirmanusan’s pointed queries need answering.

    My article on the 25th anniversary of July ’83, carried in The Island while I was serving as Ambassador in Geneva, is evidence that my stance against racism has not changed from my undergraduate days as a founder member of the Movement of Inter-Racial Justice and Equality in 1979.

    As for Nirmanusan’s question as to whether my stance on the LTTE, the war including its final stages, and the slogan of an international inquiry, has changed fundamentally since May 2009 and whether I have apologized for my stance and role at the Special Session of the UNHRC, I can only answer with John Wayne’s words in the movie ‘Big Jake': “Not hardly”! (Pronounced ” Naat hardly”).

    That can also be translated as ‘No way, Jose’, ‘Nyet’ ‘Nein’ ‘Non’ etc. You be getting that, Nirmanusan?

    More seriously, independent academic reviwer Kalana enaratne sums it up:

    “…Jayatilleka, to be sure, was a staunch defender of the crushing of the LTTE. He had advocated the need to defeat the LTTE for a long time (even in his 1995 book, ‘Sri Lanka: The Travails of Democracy). And he argues in his latest book, rather unsurprisingly, that “at no time were civilians wittingly targeted as a matter of policy” and that issues pertaining to “accountability will be dealt with by each society at its own pace” (p. 348). But Jayatilleka begins to adopt a different and useful stance when he advocates the need to carry out investigations into specific incidents or allegations of crimes (as he once informed Radio France Internationale). The war, as the LLRC Report showed, was not squeaky clean; and Jayatilleka has had no problem in endorsing it. This is unlike the regime’s approach; a regime which is determined to undermine the relevance of the LLRC…

    Jayatilleka also rejects cultural relativism. He writes: “Human rights are not a Western invention or booby-trap, to be decried and shunned like the devil. Though there is a constant attempt to use human rights as an instrument to undermine national sovereignty, the answer is not to shun human rights or to pretend that these are intrinsically inscribed in our culture and therefore automatically observed, but to protect them ourselves and to maintain verifiably high standards of human rights observance nationally” (p. 351). Therefore, there is support for “a strong, independent Commission on Human Rights, Equality and Elimination of Discrimination headed by a person with international credentials and of acknowledged international stature” (p. 349). Furthermore, Jayatilleka seeks to uphold international law while continuing to regard state-sovereignty and sovereign states as the cornerstones of the world order (an approach similar to the late Lakshman Kadirgamar’s).”

    Sunday Times ( Colombo) columnist Lasanda Kurukulasuriya also sums it up in her review of my book:

    “In the latter part of the book that deals with the international dimension, Jayatilleka refers to the ongoing discourse on war crimes and says “the assertion that the endgame that actually took place needs to be investigated as a war crime” is baseless.The reasons he gives, briefly are, firstly, the Tigers were a fascist force that had to be decimated. Secondly the Sri Lankan forces had to operate according to a tightening timetable not of their own choosing. Thirdly at no time were civilians wittingly targeted as a matter of policy, nor were they boxed in and deprived of an exit by the state.

    In no way does this argument amount to a dismissal of human rights as “a Western invention or booby trap.” Though there are constant attempts to use human rights to undermine national sovereignty, Jayatilleka pleads that the answer is not to shun human rights but to protect them ourselves. It is imperative to realize that the international pressures “are a symptom and byproduct of something that has gone wrong in our external relations and our ability to communicate with the world.” The only real antidote against these pressures he argues is to have “strong, credible, NATIONAL institutions and mechanisms.”The author offers pointers as to how, in his opinion, the crisis of reconciliation can be resolved. Central to that project is his belief in the 13th Amendment and the urgent need for devolution of power.”

    • Burning_Issue

      Dear Dr DJ,

      I am a Tamil and have no problems with your stand in terms of “The LTTE need to be defeated”. I completely understand the logic of defeating the LTTE and conditioning the SL polity to endeavour a political solution for the ethnic issue. It is in fact a very rational view to hold for a moderate Sinhala intellectual. The Tamil intellectuals on the other hand viewed that a state of complete annihilation of the LTTE would leave the Tamils at the mercy of the Sinhala chauvinists. I will leave aside the Tamil position and focus on Dr DJ For now.

      As the article states that you lead the way in Geneva to successfully avoid SL being targeted and paved the way for a complete annihilation of the LTTE. You then argued and wrote a lot about justifying the final stages of the war including vehemently defending the elaborate post-war triumphalism! Ok fare enough your heart was on the right place that a political solution was on the horizon….

      Then you were sacked from your post in geneva as a direct result of your support for implementing the 13th Ammendment. This you never failed to highlight at every opportunity! However, to my surprise you went very quiet on 13th Ammendment and then subsequently you accepted the Ambassadarial role in Paris under the regime that would not heed your advise to implement the 13th A. Why that was so? Why would you accept that position then and now you join the Rally for Unity? When did you realise that the MR Regime is hindering Unity?

      • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

        Dear Burning-Issue, you should visit YouTube as well as use Google search engine more often. It was in April-May 2012, when I was very much in Paris as Ambassador that I gave interviews to the Daily Mirror, YA TV, Vikalpa etc supporting and advocating implementation of the 13th amendment.

        • Burning_Issue

          Dear Dr DJ,

          My apologies your support for the 13th A never relented. I still have issues with your approach; how accepting the Ambassadorial role in Paris helped you in promoting the 13th A?

          What is your position now with the MR Regime? Do you believe that it can deliver Reconciliation? What is your view on willful adulteration of demography within the N&E?

          Your support for the 13th A is well documented but the rational for it you argue is to safeguard the territorial integrity of SL. What other democratic rational that you can put forward in the context of Sri Lanka? This is very important for the minorities that your support for the 13th A is not just to keep the IC happy but also is to congruously pivotal to maintain and improve the democratic institution in Sri Lanka. This is lacking in your reasoning that you put forward.

  • Jayalath

    Jawaharlal Nehru once said,

    At the dawn of history India started on her unending quest, and trackess centuries are filled with her striving and the grandeur of her successes and her failures. Though good and ill fortune alike she has never lost sight of that quest or forgotten the ideals which gave her strength . We end today a period of ill fortunate and India discovers herself again.

    Freedom and power bring responsibility .the responsibility rests upon this assembly, a sovereign body representing the sovereign people of India . Before the birth of freedom we have endured all the pains of labour and our hearts are heavy with the memory of this sorrow. Some of those pains continue even now. Nevertheless , the past is over and it is the future that beckons to us now .

    Therefore I reckon we should not be opportunistic predators .

  • Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

    Nirmanusan couldn’t have put it better! Is the Rally for Unity prepared to “walk in the right direction,” as Nirmanusan asks.

    • Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

      Yes Nirmanusan needs to clarify and explain what he means by unity and the extent to which Tamils would be willing to go to “march with the Sinhalese” towards the so called “unity’ that is being promoted; would Tamils surrender their identity, give-up on restoring Tamil sovereignty and compromise on autonomy under a unitary constitution. No I don’t think so. Nirmanusan wants a “course correction” and wants the ‘Rally for Unity’ to walk in the “right direction” – but yes – what is that direction? Not Dayan Jayatilleke’s disingenuous ’13th amendment’ solution meant only to get the international community off Sri Lanka’s back.

      • Burning_Issue

        What is wrong with promoting unity? Why do you think that the Tamil identity will be lost by forging a union with a Sinhala?

        Why don’t you clarify as to exactly why you are against the 13A?

        • Anpu

          “Why do you think that the Tamil identity will be lost by forging a union with a Sinhala?” – Sinhalisation/Assimilation as happened in other parts of the island??? – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negombo_Tamils

          Assimilation : Sinhalisation The main feature of the Negombo Tamils is the continuing process of assimilation into the majority Sinhalese ethnic group known as Sinhalisation. This process is enabled via number of caste myths and legends.

          In the Gampaha district ethnic Tamils have historically inhabited the coastal belt where as in the neighboring Puttalam district, until the first two decades of the twentieth century it had a substantial ethnic Tamil population of whom majority were Catholics and a minority were Hindus.[5][6][7]

          According to L.J.B.Turner, although the distinction between Sinhalese and Tamils of the present day Sri Lanka is so marked but in the past there was considerable fusion between these ethnic groups.

          According to him the results of this fusion are most obvious on the western coast between Negombo and Puttalam, where a large proportion of the villagers, though they call themselves Sinhalese, speak Tamil, and are, undoubtedly, of Tamil descent. According to local legends their ancestors being captives from India or imported weavers and other artisans.[8][9]

          This historic process was embraced by the educational policies of a local Bishop Edmund Peiris who was instrumental in changing the medium of education from Tamil to Sinhalese.[9][10][11]

        • Anpu

          Burning Issue,

          “Why don’t you clarify as to exactlywhy you are against the 13A?”

          You may find the article and the comments useful
          http://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/much-ado-about-nothing-2/

          • Burning_Issue

            Dear Anpu,

            Can you tell me why the Colombo Tamils have not heeded to assimilation? Assimilation took place on both sides; however, I do agree that the current predicament of the Tamils and the calculated Sinhala Chauvinists present a conducive environment for such a thing to happen. If a proper political accommodation is envisioned, things will improve. There is no way you can isolate the Tamils out of fear of assimilation; it is impractical and will not work. The Tamils need to be smart and make the best out of what is practically available to them. The danger of failing to resolve the Tamil issue within the one country, will result in further erosion of Tamilness!

          • Anpu

            Dear Burning_Issue, I thought you and other readers would be interested in this article and it is relevant to the discussion – http://sundaytimes.lk/010708/plus6.html

        • Off the Cuff

          Burning Issue,

          For the second time in recent months I find myself in agreement with you.

      • Off the Cuff

        Dear Ms Usha, Senator, of TGT Eelam,

        You have expressed what you and the TGTE stands for, very clearly, when you say “Yes Nirmanusan needs to clarify and explain what he means by unity and the extent to which Tamils would be willing to go to “march with the Sinhalese” towards the so called “unity’ that is being promoted; would Tamils surrender their identity, give-up on restoring Tamil sovereignty and compromise on autonomy under a unitary constitution. No I don’t think so ……. Not Dayan Jayatilleke’s disingenuous ’13th amendment’ solution”

        In Summary, the TGTE and You stands for

        1. No unity with the Sinhalese who are 75% of the population

        2.Rejects a Unitary Constitution

        3. Rejects the 13 Amendment though it was forced on Sri Lanka at gunpoint by India and favours the Tamils.

        4. Wants to “RESTORE” Tamil sovereignty, though where it existed before is not made clear (Tamil sovereignty was lost to the Portuguese when the Jaffna Peninsular was conquered by them).

        5. Do not want ANY political solution other than a separate country.

        Dear Usha and the TGTE, you sacrificed and sent to their deaths tens of thousands of Tamil civilians in your quest for power. You and the hundreds of thousands of Terrorist Flag waving Tamil Diaspora, MURDERED by PROXY, a generation of Tamils between the ages of 9 and 18 by forcing them to fight a professional armed force while you and your children sat in comfort, away from the horrors of war.

        Who are the Tamils that you represent? The Terror flag wavers living in comfort outside Sri Lanka or the Tamils who are living in Sri Lanka?

        More than half the Tamils that are living in Sri Lanka live amongst the Sinhalese and you want them to be disunited and fighting each other, so that YOU could continue your DREAM, of climbing over their dead bodies to power?

        What a set of Vultures the TGTE apparently are.

        I find myself asking you the same questions that Burning Issue, a Diaspora Tamil living in the UK, has asked you.

        1. What is wrong with promoting unity?
        2. Why do you think that the Tamil identity will be lost by forging a union with th Sinhalese?
        3. Why don’t you clarify as to exactly why you are against the 13A?

        BTW Please don’t ask Burning Issue to disclose his identity the way you asked me to disclose mine on 04/14/2013 • 11:33 am (http://groundviews.org/2013/04/11/the-empty-findings-of-sri-lankas-military-court-of-inquiry/#comment-52181)

        Do you find Pseudonyms objectionable only when Sinhalese use them? I responded to your Arrogant and Haughty post, linked to above, with a 5 part post which I will link to at the end of this post. You have gone in to hiding since then.

        I also uncovered your Dishonest attempt at using the name of HRW to provide respectability to a canard started by Rayappu Joseph and propagated by like minded separatists like your self.

        Hence madam, Since you represent the Transnational Govt. of Tamil Eelam (sic), please state your position (official and personal), on the matters that have been raised in this post. I do hope you will stop running away, like you did many times previously.

        What have you done for the Civilians of the North?
        Have you even invested in providing them Fresh Water, the most basic need for life that the Northern Tamils have been craving for, since your sovereign days in the Jaffna Peninsular? Remember that you have spent USD 200 million a year destroying their lives for the past 30 years. A mind boggling sum of 6000 million USD!

        You could also try to respond to my post of 05/05/2013 • 4:27 am addressed to Nirmanusan Balasundaram, which he has not been able to do yet.

        Here are the links to the posts that you have avoided recently.

        Part 1. http://groundviews.org/2013/04/11/the-empty-findings-of-sri-lankas-military-court-of-inquiry/#comment-52242

        Part 2. http://groundviews.org/2013/04/11/the-empty-findings-of-sri-lankas-military-court-of-inquiry/#comment-52287

        Part 3. http://groundviews.org/2013/04/11/the-empty-findings-of-sri-lankas-military-court-of-inquiry/#comment-52322

        Part 4. http://groundviews.org/2013/04/11/the-empty-findings-of-sri-lankas-military-court-of-inquiry/#comment-52361

        Part 5. http://groundviews.org/2013/04/11/the-empty-findings-of-sri-lankas-military-court-of-inquiry/#comment-52381

        No response was recieved for the following about your dishonest use of the HRW name and that of Kenneth Roth as stated above.
        http://groundviews.org/2013/04/11/the-empty-findings-of-sri-lankas-military-court-of-inquiry/#comment-52286

  • Raja

    Any article that tries to claim there is or there was genocide of Tamils is not worth the paper it is written on, as it is a total lie to mislead the international community. The real grnocide was in fact carried oyt by the LTTE terrorists when they chased or hunted down sinhalese natives from the regions they wanted for a separate state.

  • Athacolla

    We won the war with the LTTE, now the Tamil Diaspora is causing issues. Extend our front lines to the door steps of the simple minded Diaspora in their new foreign aboard. Problem solved.

  • Jon

    “…the Tamil Diaspora continues through other means to empower their brethren. Keeping in mind the safety, security, survival and well-being of the Tamil people, these approaches and methods used to rebuild the Tamil people’s lives in their nation cannot be further elaborated on”

    We know what this is code for. It means to continue supplying arms and logistics to the Tigers for yet another attempt at taking on the Colombo Govt. and taking the nation into another deadly war. Little wonder that we in Australia bitterly resent our country being used as a base for Tamils to enter illegally, singing the mantra of ‘political asylum’, to work and send money back to continue the belligerence.
    I speak for many Australians who hope that the Colombo Govt. is sincere in its efforts to stop the illegal people smuggling trade out of Sri Lanka.