The Tamil National Alliance is misleading the Tamil people of Sri Lanka making them believe that it is the TNA that could solve their problems. The danger in TNA is that it is creating a problem between the Sinhala and the Tamil Communities that never existed. The Independence from the British colonial rulers was demanded by Sinhala, Tamil, Malay and they had no intention of breaking up Sri Lanka between the Sinhala and the Tamils after Independence. The idea of separation was a later development which is now called the ethnic problem.
The ethnic problem was created by the Tamil politicians, Ponnambalam, Chelvanayagam, Suntharalingam and the rest, to create for themselves a Tamil enclave of which they would have been the rulers, keeping the ordinary Tamils within their caste frame, denied of other priviledges preserved for the higher caste Tamils.
The TNA politicians are the worst of the Tamil politicians, having had their birth in the womb of terrorism, and brought up in its cradle. In reality they should not have existed after the elimination of terrorism. However they found “respectability” in the aftermath of the settlement of IDPs and the general election that followed in which they were able to garner the votes of a “ terror shocked” Tamil population that was settled immediately after terrorism.
They are now trying their best running after every “demon” haunting Sri Lanka after the demise of terrorism, such as Ban Ki Moon, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the Western “democracies” hanging on to the pro-terrorist Tamil Diaspora, to clear the blood stains of terrorism left on them by Prabhakaran and his terrorist cohorts the TNA politician’s proper milieu, their “godparents”.
Unfortunately the Tamil people who seek a political leadership have still not found a credible source. Anandasangaree who could have stepped in to fill the void, has still not understood that the best prospect for the Tamil people is to unite with the Sinhala in a larger Sri Lankan Nation.
Even Douglas Devananda has failed to accept that reality, which was understood only by Karuna Amman as he came to politics in the most dangerous way possible. That is by first being a terrorist fighting for a Tamil Eelam and giving up that virulent past to become a full fledged Sri Lanka patriot, becoming a member of a dominantly a Sinhala political party..
The TNA sowing the seeds of Tamil racism distances the Tamils from the Sinhala, thereby becoming a barrier for the understanding and the unity of the two Communities. The TNA is creating an artificial situation of an ethnic difference in order to fool the Tamil people to win them over to its side projecting itself as the only solution for a separate Tamil identity breaking away from the Sinhala majority.
The TNA politicians are an out dated group of men who have no new political outlook. They have no viable political philosophy for a Sri Lanka awakening into development after a deadened period of under development in the grip of a devastating terrorism.
The TNA Political policies follow the dream of a dead terrorist who had no deep understanding of life and the development of a country and its people. What we now want is a political philosophy which brings every one of the Sri Lankans be he or she a Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim or Malay in to the main stream politics to build Sri Lanka together without giving into divisive politics of the JVP, TNA or the UNP.
We want a political philosophy that would make the whole of the people of Sri Lanka a force to stand as one, against all local and foreign forces who are all out to divide the country by putting one community against the other.
The TNA politicians who now even try to contact China and Russia to dissuade their support to the Government of Sri Lanka on the ethnic issue , seem to be going a bit too far and they have to be stopped, perhaps legally prohibiting their moves under the Terrorism act. That is up to the government. Unfortunately at the moment Sri Lanka is handicapped by a Western attempt to deny its rightful existence as a Sovereign State, leaving it to enjoy the freedom of being delivered from the suffering under a 30 year terrorism.
Even though the International Community complains that Sri Lanka Government is
discriminating against the Tamils, or Tamilnadu Tamils want a separate territory for the Tamils, the Local trouble shooters like Pakiasothy Saravanamuttu, Jehan Perera and others call for devolution of power for the minority ethnic community , and Ban Ki Moon appoints a panel to investigate whether the Sri Lanka armed Forces have violated human rights of the Tamil people at any time during the war against terrorism, and besides the Websites TamilNet, Sri Lanka Guardian, Transcurrent, Groundview, LankaeNews complain of discrimination against the Tamil minority, all the Tamil people of Sri Lanka are not blaming the Government or the Sinhala majority for any discrimination against them, or do not demand separation from the Sinhala Community in Sri Lanka.
My friend Thurai, is a Tamil from Kokuvil now living in Europe. He studied at the Jaffna Central College. His parents were middleclass Tamils. His father was doing a small business. Though Thurai has not been to south and lived with the Sinhala people, one of his uncles married from a Sinhala Family living in Jaffna. Through them Thurai too came to know the Sinhala people.
He says that the Tamils in Jaffna believed in S.J.Chelvanayagam and hoped he would bring prosperity to the Tamil people. He says that they were brain washed to believe in them for the future prosperity of the Tamil people as against the Sinhala Governments in the South.
Thurai left Sri Lanka in 1983 not because he did not like Sri Lanka, but to have better prospects in Europe where he lives now. When he visited Sri Lanka in 1998, he met Sinhala soldiers who were in very friendly terms with his family. These Soldiers who visited his home some times shared meals with them, or they were given a lunch packet to be taken with them.
Thurai says that in Kokuvil though some residents supported the LTTE, they secretly hoped that the Army would one day end terrorism. He says it was the common hope of many Jaffna Tamils.
He says it took him 30 years to realize that the Tamil people had been fooled by the Tamil politicians. He supports the elected Government of Sri Lanka and says that he has no ill-will towards the Sinhala people. He likes to read my articles he says because I write about the unity of the Sinhala and Tamil people.
He tells me that even in Tamilnadu there are Tamils who disagree with the DMK policies and speak well of the Sri Lanka Government. Thurai says that his friends in TamilNadu read the Lanka web, it was in fact his friends in Taminadu who wrote to him about my articles in the Lankaweb and recommended him to read them.
Thurai assures me though the Tamils do not write articles in favour of the Sri Lanka Government or the Sinhala people, many Tamils believe that the present government of Sri Lanka is doing a lot of service which is helpful to all people in Sri Lanka without any distinction of an ethnic difference.
He says that the Tamils of the diaspora are responsible for the disaster of our country-Sri Lanka. He says that most of those who demand a Tamil Eelam live in luxury in Europe with the money they collect from the Tamils, and are cheating the Tamil people. He says he has realized that it is now the time for both the Tamils and the Sinhala people to unite and work together for the benefit of Sri Lanka, he says the Tamils and the Sinhalese should not be enemies any longer.
Thurai says he cannot understand why Ramdas of PMK is interfering into the affairs of Sri Lanka.
Thurai says that, Ramdas is asking UN and the Indian Government to create an Eelam State in Sri Lanka, but he has forgotten the Estate Tamils and the Tamils in the South. Do not they belong to the Tamil Community, or would Ramdas ask for separate States for the Tamils in the Estates and the Tamils in the South ? But Ramdas, Thurai says, should first attend to the caste problem in TamilNadu.
My Friend Thurai asks me to add, that some of the members of the Tamil Diapora are engaged in criminal activities, and they do not understand that they are by sponsoring the International Community against the Government of Sri Lanka are playing with the lives of the Sri Lanka Tamils. He says the Tamil diaspora and the Tamilnadu politicians who supported these criminal groups and sponsor the International Community should be brought before a tribunal to answer for their crimes
When I wrote to Thurai that I am writing to the Lankaweb an article about this encounter with him and sent a draft for him to see, he asked me to add the following, which I reproduce in his own words:
“At present we all Sri Lankan communities from all over the world should form a Global unit to save Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Tamils who live around the world must find out who is their real enemy, is it the Sri Lankan Government or the persons who incite them against the Singhalese and Sri Lankan Government. After supporting them for the last 30 years what have you reached?
Do anyone of you know the Tamils behind LTTE and the war? What are their position Now? How many Tamil millionaires are there without their own capital, but on the capital earned forcibly from other Tamils, and with Bank Credits living around the world? Do anyone of you know, of any one of them visit and invest in India or in Sri Lanka? Do you accept being cheated by your own people at the cost of lives in Sri Lanka? “