If Navi Pillai is on a fact finding mission to Sri Lanka, she should set aside her prejudices and come with an open mind. Then and then only will she see for herself how Sri Lanka exists as a country with three Communities making up her population.
But if she is coming to see to what extent she could justify her prejudices against the Government of Sri Lanka and the Sinhala people of the majority Community, then it is better she stays back and learns about Sri Lanka from its enemies-the Tamil Diaspora, American Sate Department, the NGOs, Amnesty International, and other anti Sri Lankan human rights activists. Because with her mind full of such prejudices the facts of reality of Sri Lanka will not sink into her mind.
The Government of Sri Lanka has invited her to see for herself to what extent the Government of Sri Lanka has provided facilities to improve the condition of living of the Tamil people in the North and East after the elimination of terrorism. She will be able to see that the facilities provided to North and East are far more than those that have been provided to the South.
She will also be able to evaluate for herself whether in the infrastructure development, and the provision of facilities of health, education, water and other public services, there is discrimination against the Tamils of the North and East in relation to the people in the South.
But all this will be possible if Navi Pillai is wise and intelligent to see through those many anti-government forces who will infiltrate into her presence to murmur into her ears calumnious misinformation that will distort her vision of reality.
For instance the Tamil National Alliance in the mere fact of they being members of a political party of high Caste Tamils are depending on the low caste Tamil majority in Jaffna who with their mental acceptance of the Tamils of high caste as their superiors by divine right of Hindu Caste System, may vote for them to represent them in the Provincial Council.
In that mental assurance, though up to now the TNA MPs have not contributed in anyway or planned any future projects for the development of the North, they have been travelling to different countries of the world where there are pro-terrorist Tamil diaspora organisations, seeking their help to form in Sri Lanka a Tamil Eelam State.
The TNA other than its ambition to set up a separate Eelam State has no practical plan to contribute to the development of Sri Lanka as a United Nation of Sri Lankans, leaving aside the ethnic differences of the Communities in Sri Lanka.
The TNA speaks of LLRC only to show that the Government of Sri Lanka is not for reconciliation, not withstanding that all proposals the TNA is coming forward with are separatist to keep the Tamil Community away from the Sinhala Community, which is opposed to reconciliation TNA complains the Government is not complying with.
If Navi Pillai would listen to the TNA delegation which is scheduled to meet her, intelligently with an open mind, without being swayed one way or the other as it is expected of her, she will perceive their separatist Agenda for the Tamils of the North of Sri Lanka.
The TNA ‘s primary demand is the demilitarisation of the North, and the release of the members of the Tamil Terrorist group now under detention.
What is the motive behind this demand ?
The North without the presence of the military, and the release of the former members of the Tamil Terrorist group would create an ideal situation to organisation a militant Tamil group who will awaken the terrorist “sleepers”, who are awaiting the proper time to awaken to recommence terrorism if necessary to separate the North for a Tamil Eelam State.
They will demand the Military to be confined to the barracks during the NPC polls, and reduce the number of forces present in the North.
What is behind this demand ?
With the Armed Forces Confined to Barracks and the numbers reduced, the TNA could create a situation where the Tamil people of the North could be made to vote for the candidates of TNA under duress.
The people could be moved in groups under the control of militant Tamils perhaps recruited from amoung those sympathetic to terrorism, to create a fear psychosis amoung the Tamil people which will deny them voting for the Candidates of their choice, but to the Candidates suggested by the Militants of the TNA.
The people in such an eventuality may not have any one to turn, with the military confined to the barracks, not able to rush to different place where trouble are being reported due to the lack of enough soldiers as the number of Armed Forces are reduced.
It was in the North that terrorism became possible, because there were Tamils with the mentality of those in the TNA. There is only a military solution to terrorism.
If there is ever a possibility for terrorism to arise, it will again be in the North, as the Tamil political leaders such as those in the TNA would only encourage such an evolution rather than curb it. It is therefore for that reason a strong all time Military presence is essential in the North and East than any where else in Sri Lanka.
The other issues the TNA delegation will demand Navi Pillai to take up would be the plight of the Tamil political prisoners, war crimes, and disappearances. These are matters that are controversial and without proof, which every one against the Sri Lanka Armed Forces for the elimination of terrorism continues to question in different forums.
But Navaneetham Pillai should not waste her time in Sri Lanka going through what she had already familiarised herself in the Geneva Human Rights Council Sessions.
Navi Pillay if she is smart would see in this demonstration of the TNA Delegation to portray the Government of Sri Lanka as discriminating against the Tamils in the North, is that TNA is meeting her not to discuss its proposals for the development of the North for the benefit of the Tamil people and how they propose to effect the reconciliation of the Communities. But the TNA Delegation is meeting her to indirectly demand her support as a “Tamil” for her to propose the presence of a Foreign Mission to facilitate their plan to separate North from the rest of the country, and turn it into a separate Tamil Eelam State.
It is important that Navi Pillai should not restrict her visit to Jaffna. She should visit the Southern parts of Sri Lanka and meet the Tamil people living there, and see the Tamil business establishments. She should also meet the Tamil public servants and the Tamil employees in the private Sector working in the South. She should see how families of different communities live side by side in Colombo and other Towns. She should visit a few Sinhala families as well those among the rich and the poor.
This is important as Navi Pillai is aware how the black people including Indians in South Africa were separated from the whites and put into ghettos. In America and in European countries people are still housed in separate areas mostly away from the whites.
In Sri Lanka there are no such ghettos where the Tamils are housed separated from the Sinhala and Sinhala have special residential areas. In Sri Lanka all communities live together in the towns except that in the country side there are Muslim villages, Tamil villages and Sinhala villages close to each other without any sense of segregation.
These are the matters that should concern Navi Pillai to understand how things are different in the south , where members of different Communities exist as friendly neighbours along side each other.
Because as she is intelligent she may question why the same mixture of Communities should not be there in the North. Such mixture of Communities will enhance the understanding , friendly inter-communication, and reconciliation to form a union of communities instead of the absurdity of separation.
That is the only way to reconcile the Communities and seal the formation of a nation of people with the common purpose of developing Sri Lanka the motherland of every one of them without differentiating one community from the other for reasons of ethnicity, religion or language.
Navi Pillai should be made to understand that necessity and for that greater purpose to leave aside those allegations the TNA is highlighting, such as the plight of the Tamil political prisoners, war crimes, and disappearances, in order to keep the Communities separated and help the formation of a separate Eelam State for the Tamils.
What is of greater necessity for the welfare of the Tamil people ? Is it Separation from the other Communities or uniting with the other Communities to form one with them all ?
If Navi Pilla who is herself a Tamil is for the welfare of the Tamil people of Sri Lanka she should not give in to TNA, but agree to the second option of the Tamil Community uniting with the other communities of Sri Lanka to form one Nation of Sri Lankans.