NY TImes: Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority grows impatient with just promises

tamil-uphillSri Lanka’s Tamil Minority Grows Impatient With Just Promises

Visvanathan Global News Centre

(CHENNAI)  The New York Times article is one of the finest I have ever read from the Western media, and definitely from the Indian media which keeps the Indian public ignorant of all the inhuman crimes committed against the Tamils by the Sinhalese during the last 67 years. It is a good eye opener for most of the Westerner.

The SL army grabs Tamil lands and sets up security camps in which they run farms and bring in Sinhalese from the South to settle. The military sets up,hotels, golf courses, swimming pools for their own pleasure. The food in the hotels are supplied by the Military canteens and the soldiers sell their vegetables in the market. How do you expect the Tamil public to compete with these soldiers, whose overheads are zero?

While the Sinhalese good life goes on in the Tamil Homeland, the Tamils suffer from the pain of missing kith and kin and their lost lands. Every Tamil family has lost a member during the war, but they still insist they want their lands back. Manguladevi Rasamanikam, 60, who now lives in a more squalid area than the refugee camp she left earlier said simply: “This is our land.”

The government can’t release all the Tamils, whom they are keeping in secret camps, as that would create a serious problem. “Once you start releasing people, things could quickly spin out of the government’s control,” said Bhavani Fonseka, a lawyer for detainee families.

A question may be asked what our Tamil leaders were doing during the last six years while the Tamil suffering continued unabated. Here is the answer. “All of the top Tamil leaders are fools,” Eswarapatham Saravanapavan, a Tamil member of Parliament said. To this I would to add that they are not only fools, but also self-serving clowns. Otherwise, how do you explain their conspicuous silence when two girls, aged 9 and 11, were gang raped by naval ratings in Kytes. They should have gone to the parliament and exploded the whole matter and, since they were legal luminaries, taken up the case against the government. The whole matter died a natural death. They were either scared for their lives or were trying to appease the Sinhalese government for their own ends.

They are still continuing with the same stance. They are far more keen to save the Sirisena government in the parliamentary election in June 2015 than to serve their people. If Rajapaksa comes back to power again as prime minister, so what? What are the International Community and India, who brought us to our present plight, doing? They will have to deal with that situation.

The Sinhalese are a smart and cunning race. They know how to threaten the Tamils and keep them on a rope. If Rajapaksa comes back to power, what happens to the Tamils, they ask. Therefore, the Tamils have to make sure the gang of three win the parliamentary elections. They should not talk about genocide, removal of the army camps or for that matter make demands on the missing people and international investigation; they must behave themselves. Mr.Sumanthiran made a futile effort to ask the British Tamils not to demonstrate against the visiting Sinhalese president. The Tamils told him to go to hell and made Sirisena escape by the back door of the airport in London. The sneaky policies of these Tamil leaders were exploded by our new National Leader with his Genocide Resolution in the NPC.

Eswarapatham repeatedly referred to the new prime minister as a “snake”. It is more appropriate to call the Gang of Three double-headed and double-tongued snakes. While advising the Tamils to go slow on their demands, Ranil was trying to save Gotabhaya from the jail.

The Galle Magistrate had impounded the passport of the former Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa over CID investigations into the controversial floating armoury case, where Gotabhya was using the military budget to supply arms to all the Al-Qaeda terrorists. Ranil Wickremesinghe recommended to the Attorney Genaral that Gotabaya should not be taken into custody as the arrest would lead to problems for his government but directed that all other legal steps should be taken.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/16/world/asia/sri-lankas-tamil-minority-grows-impatient-with-just-promises.html?_r=0The action was taken after the Attorney General’s Department consulted Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe with a recommendation that Gotabaya be taken into custody together with three others for alleged violation of the Firearms Ordinance and other laws. It is over the floating armoury owned jointly by Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited, a fully government owned company and Avant Garde Maritime Services Limited, a privately owned company.

Thousands of Tamils are incarcerated in in military camps, some of them for more than 20 years. Has Ranil bothered about what problems that would cause their Tamil friends. Why all that interest on Gotabhaya? Whichever party the Sinhalese belong to, they had been very supportive of each of other.. Their ultimate aim is to make Sri Lanka a Sinhala-Buddhist state. Please read the above link.

Regards

Visvanathan

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