Police powers for PCs; the powerful truth
Posted on July 21st, 2013

Lakshman I. Keerthisinghe – LLB, LLM.MPhil, Attorney-at-Law Courtesy The Daily News

Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa

We, the people of Tamil Eelam, have an inherent right to self-determination. Subject to Genocide at the hands of successive Sinhala national governments and as an essential measure of protection we wish to establish our own independent and sovereign State of Tamil Eelam.

Preamble to the Tamil Eelam Freedom Charter

-Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran – Prime Minister TGTE

It was recently reported in the media that in an interview to India’s daily, The Hindu, Economic Development Minister, Basil Rajapaksa has said that Sri Lanka cannot afford another war and there is no guarantee that a future Northern provincial government would not do the same as what LTTE did. The Minister said that Sri Lanka cannot risk a provincial government forming its own army through police powers devolved to provinces under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Basil Rajapaksa, who visited Delhi earlier this month to explain Sri Lankan government’s stance on the 13th Amendment to the Indian leaders, has rejected the arguments that an armed struggle by the Tamils was now a thing of the past.

Pointing out that Sri Lanka’s other provinces, which have functioning governments, do not have their own police forces although the constitutional provision is there under the 13th Amendment, the Minister has raised the question why the major Tamil party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) insists on having its own police for the Northern Province which is yet to have an elected government. He has also noted that the devolving police powers would actually amount to going against the 13th Amendment which was created by the Indo-Lanka Accord in 1987.

The Minister has emphasized that it is very clear in the Accord that only one mechanism should be there for law enforcement for the entire country and there cannot be separate mechanisms. Responding to a question whether India-Sri Lanka relations had been affected as a result, Basil Rajapaksa has said both countries understand each other’s point of view. He has emphasized that it is Sri Lanka’s problem, and Sri Lanka must find a solution from Sri Lanka itself. Minister Basil Rajapaksa has underscored that as two sovereign countries that have been friends for a long time, the two nations have to understand each other. “Our people have been very understanding of India and India must understand that,” the Minister has stressed.

In the above context of what the Minister has expressed we may examine the contents of the TGTE Charter which states thus:

1. “ƒ”¹…”The creation of an independent and sovereign State of Tamil Eelam remains the only viable option to lead a life with security, dignity and equality, both individually and collectively.

2. For over six decades we have struggled, through both non-violent means and armed resistance, to protect ourselves from state sponsored Genocide. We demand the international community organize a referendum to enable us to exercise our right to self-determination and also take all measures to bring to justice the perpetrators of Genocide against the Tamil people.

3. The North-East of Sri Lanka is our traditional homeland and will be the territory of the State of Tamil Eelam. The maritime and aerial limits of Tamil Eelam will be established according to international laws.’

International powers

Rudrakumaran, the Prime Minister of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) speaking at the annual TGTE event in Canada held at the Scarborough Convention Centre on Saturday April 20, 2013 said: “Presently, the international powers view the Tamil national issue as having three vantage points involving Sino-Indian-Sri Lankan geo-strategic interests.

We hope by mobilizing Tamils across the globe, we can add our fourth unified vantage point, moving from a triangular to a quadrangular framed issue, enabling us to influence the course of events in the Indian Ocean and in the South Asian geo-political stage in a meaningful manner,” Rudrakumaran stressing the importance of the enormous impact the Tamil Eelam Freedom Charter will have, “serving as a catalyst,” towards unifying all Tamils beyond party and group affiliations,” as well as changing events in our favour in the region said that such a move would be of mutual benefit to the parties concerned:

“Asia has become the most important political geography in the 21st century. President Obama’s policy of “Pivot to Asia” highlights this. As observed by diplomats and geo-political experts the island of Sri Lanka is strategically situated in the Indian Ocean. As we stated in our Advisory Committee Report published in 2010 March that the TGTE is conscious of the strategic location of the island of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean and the geo-political situation in South Asia and elsewhere in formulating its political strategies. We believe that the Tamil political interest and the geo-political interests of the democratic powers can intersect and thrive.”

Rudrakumaran referring to Mark J Grabrielson and Joan Johnson Freese’s article entitled the “ƒ”¹…”Tamil Nadu Factor in China’s Naval Basing Ambitions in Sri Lanka’, explained “when the Eelam struggle is undertaken by the Tamils across the globe, especially the Tamils in Tamil Nadu in conjunction with Eelam Tamils, the effect of it will multiply,” forcing India to review its foreign policy to strengthen its position in the region by placing less reliance on its relationship with Sri Lanka.

In the light of China’s naval basing ambitions that include access to a new seaport which it funded and built in Hambantota, Southern Sri Lanka, a development, “”¦impacting the balance of naval forces in the Indian Ocean,” as analysed by Gabrielson and Johnson Freese, Rudrakumaran believed “India has to address the Tamil Nadu factor as an opportunity to actually strengthen its position formidably against China’s ambitions by aligning itself with Tamil Nadu towards finding a political solution for Eelam Tamils that’s in accordance with Tamil aspirations, thereby protecting her interests in the region.(Source: Internet)

Devolving police powers

Rudrakumaran, a lawyer based in the United States was the former International Legal Advisor to the LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. Thus it is seen that Minister Basil Rajapaksa’s contention that devolving police powers to these Provincial Councils would pave the way for the re-establishment of an army in the North is quite true and the risking of such an action may result in another failed attempt at the formation of a separate state in the North and East through the resurgence of an armed struggle as in the past resulting in misery to our Nation.

This fact necessitates a strong military presence in the North and the East and continued vigilance as even our brethren living in the North and East do not desire such an eventuality judging by the demonstrations held in these areas.

It is the diaspora led by the TGTE thriving comfortably in foreign lands on the millions of dollars flowing into their coffers in the guise of protecting an Eelam cause that are hell-bent to destablise Sri Lanka in the eyes of the international community. The government has already commenced a dialogue with all stakeholders to achieve a consensus through consultation and compromise.

It is advisable that all Sri Lankans should resort to the ballot and not to the bullet to resolve any conflicts among the ethnic groups. With the forthcoming Northern Provincial Council election the will of the people in the North would very soon be made known not only to Sri Lankans but to the international community as well.

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7 Responses to “Police powers for PCs; the powerful truth”

  1. S.Gonsalkorale Says:

    Is the photo shown belong to rudrakumaran ?

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    “It is advisable that all Sri Lankans should resort to the ballot and not to the bullet to resolve any conflicts among the ethnic groups.”

    I DISAGREE.

    TNA and Tamil Elam will WIN in the ballot in the north. So it CANNOT be resolved through the ballot!!

    That leaves many other options not just the bullets. BUT RULING OUT the bullet option is damn FOOLISH.

    After all it was the BULLET not just ballots that gave us PEACE in 1971, 1989 and 2009. Lets base our logic on FACTS and not what we like to see happening.

  3. Lorenzo Says:

    SG,

    ROFL!!

    The difference is getting blurred FAST.

  4. S.Gonsalkorale Says:

    I am convinced Rudrakumaran is running our country now. Bloody betrayers are selling flesh and blood of our heroes for Endian rupees and converting to US dollars and Aussie dollars.
    Run-Nil Ponnaiah did not scarified so many Sinhala youths lives within two years. Rudra family did that and now they are reaping profit.

  5. Fran Diaz Says:

    The only way left to some Tamil leaders to bring together CASTE bound Tamils appear to be Eelam formation. Ironically, Eelam if formed, will be CASTE bound. Caste is the ‘crowd control’ way of Tamil Nadu, homeland of Tamil people. Any Eelam will be under Tamil Nadu control.

    The 13-A says that Police powers have to be under the Central govt. Even though the 13-A allows Central control of the Police,
    13-A should be got rid of because the Indo/Lanka Accord (discord !) is null & void as India did not keep its side of the pact.

    Sri Lanka’s problem is a LABOR problem. Cheap Labor from Tamil Nadu has to stop, or else be ready to give away the country ! Deport all Tamil illegal migrants back to Tamil Nadu. Britain allowed Pakistanis, Indians etc. to enter Britain as cheap labor, and now is threatened by Sharia Law imposition there fir Muslim communities. The British have now formed what is called the British League to stop Muslim ‘aggression’. Remember the time of the British skinheads bashing “Pakis” in the 1950/60 era ?
    Similarly, the US allowed Mexicans to pour in as cheap labor and now due to ‘take over’ of areas have identified some 7 Million Mexicans as illegal migrants and they are to be deported.

    In Sri Lanka, LOCAL existing LABOR has to be trained and dignity of Labor emphasized. Modernisation & mechanisation of the labor force has to happen, particularly for the upcountry tea trade with tea plucking machines introduced, so that anyone can pick tea. The alternative is to give away Sri Lanka to ambitious Tamil leaders !

  6. Sooriarachi Says:

    The Sri Lankan Government need to act outside the box they are caged in by these pro-separatist factions led by those like Rudrakumaran and Emanual with blood in their hands for supporting LTTE terrorists to carry out their genocidel acts against the Sinhalese, Muslims and others in Tamil majority districts and neighbouring Tamil minority regions.
    The SL Govt., whilst defending robustly against these skilful fabricators of the SL history, they must take the initiative to get out of this box they are caged in and take direct action against the crimes committed in the past through the Tigers and still being promoted by these violent individuals and put them on the defensive, without getting restricted only to issues these separatists raise. These people could even be war criminals deserving to rot in jail, rather than rub shoulders with influential Western politicians at cocktail parties and public events defaming Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka must properly regain the lost territory under Colonial powers that ruled with imported minorities, now talking big.
    Simultaneously Sri Lanka must re-publish the Sansoni Commission report for distribution to friend and foe alike and also expose recent events with the appointment of a similar Commission to investigate the activities of Tiger Separatists, SriLankan security forces, IPKF, foreign diplomats, NGOs, INGOs and politicians, the Tamil and Sinhal diaspora etc etc and put the record straight.

    Note: As demanded by Amirthalingam and the Federal Party and also, chosen by them as the right person, Ex-Chief Justice Sansoni was appointed by the then Govt. to head a Commission to investigate reasons for Tamil- Sinhala riots. However, this report accurately recorded the events, which showed the world the true nature of the separatists and therefore, most of the copies of this report was collected and burned by the Tamil politicians who were disappointed that their good friend Chief Justice Sansoni was also, honourable and honest and therefore, failed to fabricate events in favour of the Tamil racists.

  7. Fran Diaz Says:

    Mr Sooriarachi,

    Agree with you hat the GoSL has to think ‘out of the box’.

    The 1983 Riots must be brought out of the closet and re-aired. The Sansoni Report should be re-published in all three languages. An Addendum too is required giving facts then unknown to Justice Sansoni. Then and then alone will justice
    have been served to the Sri Lankan population still suffering for the 1983 Riots for no real fault of theirs.

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