Are we not giving legitimacy to the EELAM and strengthening the hands of anti Sri Lankan international lobby by using the word Diaspora indiscriminately to designate Sri Lankan Tamils living abroad?
Posted on February 20th, 2012

Dr Sudath Gunasekara. President Senior Citizens movement Mahanuwara 20.2.2012.

The word Diaspora is usually used to describe Jews who are supposed to have been exiled in mass scale from Egyptin the 6th and 7th centuries BC. The term Diaspora in Greek means “dispersion or scattering”. This Biblical legend refers to the dispersion of Jews among the Gentiles who are not Jews. It is generally referred to as exodus in Biblical literature. This involved a forced eviction of a people by force against their wishes followed by mass exile of people from their traditional Homeland and they lived in exile in different countries until the creation ofIsrael in 1948.

The State of Israel declared independence on May 14, 1948, after almost two millennia of Jewish dispersal and persecution around the Mediterranean. From the late 19th century the Zionist movement worked towards the goal of creating a homeland for the Jewish people. Israeli independence has been marked by massive immigration of Jews, by conflict with the Palestinians and by wars with neighbouring Arab states. Since about 1970 theUnited States has been the principal ally ofIsrael. In 1979, an uneasy peace was established withEgypt and in 1994, withJordan. About 42% of the world’s Jews live inIsrael today.

Modern Israelis roughly located on the site of the ancient Jewish kingdoms of Israeland Judah, that were the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity and contains sites sacred to all of the world’s principal monotheistic religions. The Jews were mostly driven out of the country by the Romans over the course of centuries of conflict, although some Jews remained. In the Middle Ages, the area formed the focal point of conflict between Christianity and Islam. In modern times, persecution inEurope led to the creation of the Zionist movement, which was able to win international support and establish the world’s only Jewish-majority state.

 None of the Sri Lankan Tamils on the other hand who have leftSri Lankaand settled down in other countries were chased out of this country under such circumstances. Therefore they cannot be called Diaspora in any conceivable meaning. They were simply emigrants. Some of them have left for better employment and majority who has left theIslandonly during the LTTE time to save their lives and their children being abducted by the LTTE for conscription. As such none of them could be described as Diaspora in its true sense. Therefore it is worthwhile for someone to elaborate on this issue so that the inappropriateness and the danger of using this term to designate the Sri Lankan Tamils living the world over. They only have left voluntarily in search of greener pastures.

Tamils and anti Sri Lankan elements use this term to gain legitimacy as the Jews did over the past two millennium. Tamils the world over in fact wanted to create Dravidasthan long time ago inSouth India. This is exactly what the Dravida Munetrakasagam wanted to achieve.  But since they realized that that dream cannot be achieved in India they decided to first do it in North and East Sri Lanka with the greater dream of making this Island the center of the traditional EELAM which they planned to extend it next to Tamilnadu and use it as a spring board for the establishment of their dream World Federation of EELAM including whole of India, Madagasca, Andaman Islands and Fiji etc. This was the final objective of theoreticians like Appadorei, Chelvanayagam and their bandwagon in Tamilnadu and finally they found a “ƒ”¹…”Messiah’ in Pirapaharan to reach their sinister goal. This is exactly what the remnants of the EELAMIST the world over are dreaming even today.

The word Diaspora is used to designate Tamils living all over the world by the Tamils inSri Lankaand Tamilnadu to equate their cause with the plight of the Jews in the Biblical context.  They have given the impression that all the Tamils dispersed all over the world are people who have been chased out ofSri Lanka. This approach has enabled them to win over the sympathy of the western Christian world including the Jews to support their cause against the Sinhala Buddhist majority in this country. EELAMists all over the world have been successful in lobbying the political leaders, International bodies like the UN, NGOO like the Amnesty International and even the local politicians and the electorates in these countries through their votes and the enormous wealth at their command amazed through human trafficking, drug trafficking, arms smuggling, money laundering, extortion, credit card skimming, bank loan absconding etc.

 They have been able to convince these people that there is mass scale persecution, discrimination and even genocide committed against the Tamils here by the Sri Lankan governments.

So, as a first step we should forthwith stop the use of this word Diaspora to call all Sri Lankan Tamils living abroad and second carry out an aggressive global propaganda programme to tell the real position to the whole world.  Meanwhile it is also important to educateIndiaas a main stake holder on this issue as the EELAMISt agenda is a greater threat to her than even to this country. During the Ghandian regimesIndiadirectly supported the LTTE to tame the Sri Lankan government as it felt this country was adopting a proUSApolicy that was considered a threat toIndia’s security. Present dayIndiaindirectly does the same mistake by supporting LTTE elements indirectly to appease the Tamilnadu to maintain political balance at home.  It is a tragedy thatIndiadoes not realize the danger of supporting Tamil eelamists. By doing so they will dig their own grave one day. Rajeev Gandhi paid with his life for his folly. Present dayIndiatoo will have to pay heavily at a future day if they continue to commit the same mistake for short term political gain at home. I vouch that those countries like theUSA,Canada,UK,France,Norway,GermanyandAustraliawill also have to reap the harvest of LTTE terrorism in the near future if they continue with their present pro-LTTE policies to destabilize our motherland -Sri Lanka. The final goal of Eelamists is the realization of their dream Ehesam or Ehelam they claim to have ruledIndialog before the Aryan invasion.

It is high time that both Indian and Tamilnadu politicians realize that Communal Tamil politics of Tamilnadu will never bring dividends either toIndiaas a whole or the people of Tamilnadu. They both should understand thatIndiaandSri Lankaare two different sovereign states enjoying the same territorial rights.

9 Responses to “Are we not giving legitimacy to the EELAM and strengthening the hands of anti Sri Lankan international lobby by using the word Diaspora indiscriminately to designate Sri Lankan Tamils living abroad?”

  1. gdesilva Says:

    Spot on. There is no doubt that the term Diaspora is used by the LTTE to convince the world that they are in a similar situation like the Jews. The difference is Tamils always had their homeland which is Tamil Nadu and if they want to be like the Jews they should do an exodus from all other occupied territories such as Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Fiji, South Africa and Toronto, Sydney, London to the great landmass in Tamil Nadu.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    Well said G de Silva.

    Tamil Madu is Tamils’ Israel. If all the Tamils around the world go back to Tamil Madu, then it will be a very rich country.

    Live like SLs in SL or live like Tamils in Tamil Nadu.

  3. lingamAndy Says:

    Dr Sudath Gunasekara
    Ref:EELAMISt agenda
    Sorry to say you worried too much !
    once Mr Anandasangari (formar Kilinochchi MP) said, man in Kilinochchi paddiy field know the solution for our ethenical problm (or Lorenzo’s word , this no problm problm) !

  4. LankaLover Says:

    Great article.. I was making this point in many forums, many times, but the parrots were parroting the same LTTE words over and over again giving them the edge.

    We should call them “LTTE Lobby” or “LTTE Movement” nothing more nothing less. If you want to be more, you can use the words: “World LTTE Lobby”.

    The words we should be using is: “Eelam Agenda of the World LTTE Lobby” or the “Eelam Agenda of the World LTTE Movement”.

    Mind that not all the Tamils are with this Eelam Agenda of the LTTE Lobby.

  5. Marco Says:

    ..and then we have the “Diashoras” as one SL Western Consulate called them

  6. Lorenzo Says:

    Call them the South Indian Diaspora.

    Migrants from South India don’t integrate with North Indians. They integrate with “Elam” Tamils.

    The burden will be on South India verses North India. So call them the South Indian Diaspora. Culturally, religiously, politically and socially they are South Indian anyway.

  7. nandimitra Says:

    Since time immemorial the tamils have been trying to subjugate the Sinhalese. This is a fact. They have used every thing in the book,through colonial powers, through India, through violence, now through the west and the christian churches. The Sinhalese have not responded . They should unite and let their opinion be forcibly expressed to the west, India etc. They are so docile the Indians are riding rough shod all over us and our surveile politicians do their bidding but keep all their activity hidden from the people. The Sinhalese have to stand up and fight it they cannot depend on the politicians.

  8. Fran Diaz Says:

    Maybe we should re-name the Tamil “Diaspora” as Tamil Economic Migrants ?

    At the end of the day, the winner is Tamil Nadu. Just look at their achievements for the past 10 yrs.

    * They have got tons of free fish from poaching in Lanka waters. Payment overdue for poached fish, and no talk of payment either. Ms Jayalalitha now says give Lanka Palk Sts. seas rich in fish on lease to them – lease moneys will not be paid either judging by past records !
    * They have off loaded thousands of Tamil people from TN as illegal migrants into Lanka during ltte rule.
    * Lots of Tamil people have had free education & health care from Lanka and gone abroad only to slander Lanka – another plus for TN which offers neither education or health care to all there.
    * They have given Lanka a ‘bad name’ by exporting their Caste Wars into Lanka via Prabhakaran, while they get off scott free with Caste issues still unresolved there !
    * Also, somehow TN is never called upon to explain why their Tamils flee TN ! Of course, for such purposes TN becomes part of India for protection.

  9. Fran Diaz Says:

    One more :

    * They are also the friendly advisors to the TNA who is still on the separatist course set by the ltte.

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