Indian PM Dr. Singh should look at his own backyard before telling us to let Tamils a life with dignity & equal status.
Posted on June 27th, 2012

Malin Abeyatunge 

President Rajapaksa and Dr. Man Mohan Sign have had a one-to- one discussion of the Sri Lankan affairs at Rio De Janeiro and the excerpts of the meeting released by Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said that Singh had “once again underlined the great importance we attach in India to the ability of the Tamil people to lead a life of dignity and as equal citizens of that country”.( Island “”…”Sunday 24)

As we remember, the LTTE and the Tamil politicians started with a powerful slogan “Indiscrimination” and being unable to convince the International Community, then turned on to “Aspirations”. Now they found that even “Aspirations” cannot be marketed  as aspirations of every individual, every ethnic group or nation is infinitive which one cannot draw a line. Therefore the Tamil politicians along with its Tamil Diaspora started this new slogan ” Tamil people to lead a life of dignity and as equal citizens of that country and Dr. Singh parrots the same slogan over and over. So are Hillary Clinton and David Cameron.

This hackneyed theme  by the Tamil net,  Tamil politicians ,Tamil Diaspora and some gullible countries of the international community, carries no meaning when it refers to one ethnic group. Whether one is a Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim or any other ethnic group, who will not like to live in dignity. We all want to live in dignity and not only the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

WikipediA defines Dignity as ” Dignity is a term used in moral, ethical, and political discussions to signify that a being has an innate right to respect and ethical treatment”. Collins dictionary says ” Dignity is the quality or state of being worthy of esteem or respect”. So “living in dignity” applies not only to Tamils but to all living human beings.

It’s not the ordinary Tamils living in Sri Lanka who talk of life with dignity and equal status but it’s the Tamil politicians and the Tamil Diaspora living in the South and affluent western world respectively.

Does the poorest of the poor among the Sinhalese live in dignity? Do the Sinhala people Living in remote villages in thatched  mud huts, slums , no pipe born water to drink, no hospitals within reach, no schools and no means of a regular income, lack of transport  live in dignity? The measure of living in dignity is subjective matter and should not bring ethnicity in to this as if only Tamils wants to live in dignity. This applies to Sinhalese, Muslims, burghers also. Dignity can be easily understood with this common man’s sinhale saying “Kaatawath atha panne nathuwa jeevath wenta puluwannam, eh athi ( if one can live without stretching his/her arms to others for their existence, that’s enough).

When the Indian PM Dr.Singh talks about “Tamils should be able to live in dignity as equal citizens, he has completely or conveniently forgotten his own back yard.  Do the total 1.22 billion Indians (2012 Stats) live in Dignity at least with basic living conditions?. Do the Dailits live in dignity? Aren’t they  still refer as “Untouchables” by a certain class of the Indian society?. Do the slum dwellers, street kids and families who have made way side bridges, pavements as their dwelling live in dignity? Do the low caste Indians, poor Indians have equal status in the society with the high caste and the filthy rich? How many people die in starvation in India everyday? No where in the world other than in India that the men, women and children sell their organs like kidneys, liver for a pittance to  keep few rich Indians alive. Is this a life of dignity in India? Does each and every citizen in India lives in dignity and equal status? I doubt it much. I love the film “Slum Dog Millionaire”  which reflects a glimpse of the Indian life.

In fact, does  the TNA with Vellala elite treat their low caste Tamils equally?  Will a low caste Tamil get a chance to contest under TNA banner? Where do you find equal status in the Tamil community when certain castes cannot drink water from the wells belong to the high caste or attend certain Kovils to worship gods where the high caste Tamils go.

Irrespective of ethnicity, every person would like to live in dignity. They don’t care politics or politicians. The aspirations of a human being is infinitive. But if one has economic means with basic needs like employment or self employment in agriculture, industries etc, means of living, school’s, health, reasonable roof over the head, access to clean water and a few luxuries like electricity, such being will be happy and thinks that he/she lives with dignity. Dr.Singh should not apply this to the Tamils in Sri Lanka only as there are non-Tamils living without any dignity because of their poverty. May I again remind the Indian PM to look at his own back yard without attempting to bully the Sri Lankan Government on these issues.

When he speaks of Tamils should be living in dignity with equal status,  how does it differ from the others. The Tamils enjoy the universal franchise, Tamil language as an official language (only country in the world where minute minority language has been officially recognized “”…” even in Singh’s  his own back yard, Hindi is the official language and Tamil is not albeit there is a 74 million Tamil population (2012 stats)  in Tamil Nadu alone. Every right that the majority Sinhalese enjoy is enjoyed by every Tamil , Muslim and other ethnicity. Then what is this Indian PM talking about equal status for Tamils? Tamils can live, own land and businesses in any part of the country (Sinhalese are not ), follow their religion or faith without any fear or favor etc. Suffice to remind the Tamil politicians and even Indian PM (if he is aware) that Tamils in Jaffna have  extra right under a special law called “The Thesawalamai Law” where non- Tamils are deprived of owning land in the areas come under this law. So, they have more rights than the Sinhalese. So why Dr. Singh parroting same slogans calling for life of dignity and equal status as demanded by the Tamil politicians and the Tamil Diaspora? When the Tamils started migrating from the North and East to the South seeking greener pastures, Sinhalese welcomed them and as a result there are more Tamils are living in the South with dignity owning land, businesses etc. than the Sinhalese. In fact, Colombo and suburbs are being colonized by the Tamils without no obstructions from the Sinhalese but yet, when a Sinhala indisplaced family is settled down in the North or East,  MP Sumanthiran and the TNA rest are up in arms blaming the Government for sinhale colonization in the North & East. What hypocrisy is that?

If one is poor without the basic living conditions whether a Tamil. Sinhalese, Muslim or any other ethnic group, there is no equal status or dignity in the society for them. So, let the Indian politicians, local Tamil politicians and some LTTE curry favoured western politicians think twice before using this divisive term ”  dignity  and equal status for the  Tamil people”. It is all there for the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

6 Responses to “Indian PM Dr. Singh should look at his own backyard before telling us to let Tamils a life with dignity & equal status.”

  1. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    Malin !! The para with the highlighted ..DOES THE POOREST OF THE POOR AMONG THE SINHALESE LIVE IN DIGNITY ? says it all about poor people in remote villages living in dire straits, with no dignity at all. THE TAMIL REFUGEES GOT ONE MILLION (1,000.000) RUPEES EACH. NOT ONE SINHALESE REFUGEE GOT THAT KIND OF MONEY. THE 20,000 SINHALESE WHO WERE ETHNICALLY CLEANSED FROM JAFFNA, HAVE NOT YET GOT THEIR DIGNITY BACK BY BEING RE-SETTLED. THEY SHOULD ALL BE RE-SETTLED WITH ONE MILLION RUPEES EACH AND THEIR DIGNITY RESTORED. I repeat, restore the DIGNITY of these victimised SINHALESE, and all other Sinhalese, that has no DAMNING MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, OR MINISTER, TO SPEAK ON THEIR BEHALF. This is the truth, and nothing but the truth.

    IT IS TIME THAT THE GOVERNMENT STOPPED MOLY-CODDLING THE BLOODY TAMIL TERRORISTS MUD SUCKERS.

    All the countries are sending money to develop North and East only. The Government is also spending TONS of money, developing the North and the East. This is the result of the APATHY of the Sinhalese MINISTERS AND MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, shown towards Sinhalese, and just trying to appease a few TAMIL CLOWNS, Singhs Barams, PANDUNGS et-al.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    ALL Sinhalese and Muslims displaced from Jaffna, Batticaloa, Vanni, COLOMBO should get 1,000,000 rupees each from the Jaffna district education budget.

  3. Sarath W Says:

    Why is the government throwing so much money at the Tamils and the North and East when there are so many Sinhalese in the south living in poverty? The Tamils created their own mess and should use their vast financial resources hidden in foreign banks to rebuild the north and the east.They were never a part of the Sri Lankan government.The majority of the rural Sinhalese elected this government and they should be the government’s priority.If things are so bad for these ungrateful Tamils, why are they still come to Sri Lanka illegally?

  4. Dilrook Says:

    On this matter we cannot blame India alone. Government of Sri Lanka is worse.

    India pushing its problems to Sri Lanka.

    For instance Tamil is an official language in Sri Lanka and not even in India.

    Sri Lanka gets more Tamil illegal immigrants than Australia but who is complaining?
    India does not even accept its own citizens deported from Sri Lanka.

    Sinhalese don’t have a powerful ‘god father’ figure to defend their interests. Tamils (India), Muslims (Saudi Arabia) have. Believe it or not even the small Jewish community in the island has a powerful god father (USA). Last month’s US human rights report on Sri Lanka includes a section about Jews and anti-sematism in the island. The report praises the current situation in this regard.

  5. AnuD Says:

    I agree, Govt must stop playing the present game that they are playing. It is never going to work.

    If any one is asking Tamil specific things it is not going to work. Listen to the radio, Sri Lanka is already look like visited to Saudi Arabia, Vatican or to Tamilnadu.

    When I was small, We used to say Sinhala Jaathiya. Now it is different. Besides, Majority does not have their own culture or civilization. It is the culture of others who have very well established cultures and civilizations else where.

    It is southern politicians who are dishonest and play into the hands of Tamil politicians nd foreign powers. They should stop the game.

    So many people have talked in plain Sinhala how once the LTTE was defeated how the present govt has played into the hands of foreigners who wants to land in Sri Lanka. Govt does not have any vision, little by little they play into these interests groups hands, now there is nothing left in Sri Lanka.

  6. Fran Diaz Says:

    About 5 to 10 Million low caste/Dalit origin Tamils do NOT feel EQUAL in Tamil Nadu, the homeland of the Tamil people. It is the same with the Tamil people of Lanka. The low caste Tamils will never feel EQUAL to those of higher castes. All the Caste system problems are among the Tamils themselves, here in Lanka and elsewhere. Why blame the Others of Lanka for Tamil Caste problems ? They had nothing to do with such a problem.

    Question: Why do Tamil people flee Tamil Nadu ?

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