It’s just not Cricket
Posted on June 20th, 2013

Michelle Alexander

“At approx. 21:00hrs on Monday 17 June, officers on-duty outside the Oval Cricket Ground became aware of a number of items being thrown by members of the crowd. The crowd had dispersed by 21:35hrs. No arrests were made in connection with the incident.” London Metropolitan Police.

Sri Lankan cricket fans in London became the focal point (perhaps a target) of protests of British Tamils Forum supporters, members of the Diaspora who still support the LTTE. The LTTE has been proscribed by the United Kingdom, yet it continues to receive patronage, as evident in the picture given below. 

 LTTEdemo

  • One of the main objectives of this group is to put pressure on the international cricket establishment to boycott the Sri Lankan team, similar to boycotting South Africa due to the Apartheid. Perhaps the protestors should familiarize themselves of the abuses perpetrated in South Africa due to Apartheid, and the difference of what took place in South Africa and what took place in Sri Lanka. If it is about 1983, they should be reminded that while mobs shielded by the government rampaged, many ordinary Sinhalese folk risked their own lives and the lives of their families to shelter and protect Tamils. Further, citizens from all communities suffered due to the war.
  • “Sri Lankan ethnic Sinhala fan mobs gathered an assaulted Tamils, as they do in Sri Lanka.”

Do they know something that we, the folks living in Sri Lanka don’t? The protestors are welcome to forward irrefutable proof of such on-going abuses on Tamils in Sri Lanka, if any, for all to see.  And no, not just Channel 4.

  • Politics, especially of this nature should not be mixed with sports. Sports should be used to strengthen ties between people and communities. Leave cricket out of this mess.  
  • Does the diaspora truly care about the welfare of their brethren in Sri Lanka? This question itself requires in-depth research”¦ and a separate article altogether. 

This is in no way a generalized view of all Tamils living in the United Kingdom. But the fact that the LTTE supporting sections of the diaspora could operate freely, while flouting laws is beyond belief.

3 Responses to “It’s just not Cricket”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    They don’t know SL’s cricket captain is a Tamil!!

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    My Comment on the Article below:

    As a Patriotic Sri Lankan, I second garawi’s comment.

    The average Sri Lankan enjoys a much higher standard of living and social equity than the average Indian citizen, despite a 30 year war against Tamil separatists, initiated, funded, and orchestrated by India. With similar cultures & economies at independence, one would have expected no difference today between the two countries; so why is there such a vast difference?

    The answer is SIMPLE: The Buddhist mindset of the Majority Community of Sri Lanka has supported and enabled progress in every area leading to the higher economic and social equity. Caste and sex discrimination has vanished, people have attained 95% literacy comparable to advanced Western nations, and enjoy good universal healthcare. Despite what the Eelamist Tamil separatists egged on by Tamil Nadu racists would have you believe, ethnic and religious discrimination has also largely vanished.

    An UNDYING DEDICATION to PRESERVING our Sovereignty remains undiminished!

    ……….
    Garawi’s Comment:

    While the India’s poor is starving the govenrment is meddling in Sri Lankan politics and trying to impose their power on her. It will be better to spent time and money to improve the condition at home before preaching to the others.

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    Poorest of poor survive on Rs 17 a day in villages: NSSO

    By PTI – NEW DELHI

    20th June 2013 05:05 PM

    Poorest of poor in the country survive on barely Rs 17 per day in villages and Rs 23 a day in cities, as per the latest data released by the National Sample Survey Office today.

    According to the data, which relates to 2011-12 (July-June), five per cent population on the bottom rung had an average monthly per capita expenditure (MCPE) of Rs 521.44 in rural areas and Rs 700.50 in urban areas.

    On the other end of the spectrum, top five per cent of the population had an MPCE of Rs 4,481 in rural areas and Rs 10,282 in urban areas.

    The National Sample Survey Office’s (NSSO) 68th round of survey is based on samples consisting of 7,496 villages in rural India and 5,263 urban blocks except some remote areas, during July 2011June 2012, the release said.

    On an average on the all-India basis, MPCE was around Rs 1,430 for rural India and about Rs 2,630 for urban India.

    “Thus average urban MPCE was about 84 per cent higher than average rural MPCE for the country as a whole, though there were wide variations in this differential across states,” it said.

    For the average rural Indian, food accounted for 52.9 per cent of the value of consumption during 2011-12. This included 10.8 per cent for cereals and cereal substitutes, 8 per cent for milk and milk products, 7.9 per cent on beverages, refreshments and processed food, and 6.6 per cent on vegetables, the release said.

    Among non-food item categories, fuel and light for household purposes (excluding transportation) accounted for 8 per cent, clothing and footwear 7 per cent, medical expenses 6.7 per cent, education 3.5 per cent, conveyance 4.2 per cent, other consumer services (excluding conveyance) 4 per cent, and consumer durables 4.5 per cent.

  3. NAK Says:

    Is UK a lawless land or is it lawless when it comes to LTTE diaspora Tamils?

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