The great culture of Tamils oppressing and killing Tamils
Posted on February 21st, 2016

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Chelvanayakam and Prabhakaran are two sides of the same Tamil coin : Chelvanayakam laid the ideological and the political foundations for  the Vadukoddai war and Prabhakaran executed it. Chelvanayakam was acclaimed as the “father of the Tamils” (“Thanthai”) and the separatist movement and Prabhakaran became the first born son of the Vadukoddai Resolution that took to violence with fiendish glee.  Chelvanayakam promised to give more  security to the Tamils by passing the Vadukoddai Resolution which was committed to a military solution. Prabhakaran too was committed to give security to the Tamils by killing more Tamils than anyone else. Chelvanayakam was garlanded by Tamil assassins  and even proudly accepted a pottu drawn from  the blood of an assassin who placed it on his forehead. Prabhakaran did  one better : he became  the assassin of Tamil people, particularly Chelvanayakam’s lieutenants, including his  deputy Appapillai Amirthalingam. Chelvanayakam participated  in satyagraha sit-ins which distributed wooden pistols. Prabhakaran had no qualms about using live  ones that killed fellow-Tamils. Chelvanayakam imitated Jinnah of Pakistan and Mujibir Rahman  of Bangladesh. Prabhakaran imitated Ciint Eastwood, the celluloid fixer of  Hollywood.

Both corralled the Tamil people and dragged them  to Nandikadal, promising the elusive Eelam all the way. Both failed to achieve their common objective of establishing Eelam. Both promised to liberate their people from the Sinhala oppression but both ended up, helping  each other in their separate ways, to establish the most oppressive fascist regime that imprisoned the Tamils under the jackboot of Prabhakaran. Both had the opportunities to sort out  their problems non-violently if they negotiated / bargained with the vulnerable “Sinhala” governments like the Muslim and the Indian minority communities. But both opted for the military solution which ended in a futile war. The Tamils had no one to blame except  their foolish leaders who did not  know  what  they were doing. If they knew what they were doing  would  they have led their people to Nandikadal?

The failed Vadukoddai War remains as the last stand of the violent theories and brutal leaders, at least for the foreseeable future. It has disproved, once and for  all, the claim that only violence can achieve what democratic means fail to win. Besides, the future of organised  violence seems  dim in this post-9/11 era where international  opinion militates against terrorist attacks on democratically elected states. Even before 9/11, history has  taken the  side of non-violent politics. Whether it was the LTTE in the north or the JVP in the south, violence was doomed from the start. The  politics of violence, whether motivated by the lumpen Marxist  theories of the JVP, or the anti-democratic racist theories of the north, failed to achieve their goals. The state, with all its tardiness and infirmities, succeeded in defeating violence aimed at deposing the democratically elected governments.

The record of the post-independent period establishes that more political goals have been achieved through the non-violent democratic processes than through chaotic and fascist violence. In particular, the failure of the organised violence unleashed by the Tamil leadership in the north confirms, beyond doubt, that the Tamil people deserve a leadership far better than those who competed with each other to be “the sole representatives” of the largest mass graves in the North. In the end, Chelvanayakam and Prabhakaran are bound to go down in history as the most successful undertakers in Sri Lankan politics. They were so successful as killers of  their own people that they even managed to be a peg or two above the evil fascist of south, Rohana Wijeweera, the brutal killer of the Sinhala  people. Tamil politics failed because they relied solely on intransigent violence in a country where violence was destined to fail.

The Vadukoddai violence endorsed by the Tamil leadership, without any consideration for the  consequences that would inevitably follow when the Tamils were thrown into the  fires  of hate politics, reveals the racist machinations of the cynical and manipulative leadership of Jaffna. They were as concerned about the morals of the violence they were unleashing as the prostitutes were about their virginity. The horror of the violence unleashed by the Chelva-Prabha duo – officially from May 14, 1976 in Vadukoddai to May 18, 2009 in Nandikadal – leads to the incontrovertible conclusion that both were two misguided missiles. The futility of their brutal violence seen  in the post-Nandikadal period make them look like a couple of political idiots who continued in their bloody path knowing  that it was not taking  them anywhere. Their mindless violence that led to the deaths of tens of  thousands does not elevate them to the status of being saviours of the Tamil people. Their failure to deliver the promised political political goal condemn them as evil and immoral political speculators gambling with the precious lives of the Tamils. They fought the longest running war in Asia to achieve nothing. The Tamils gave everything they had to Prabhakaran and his legacy to the Tamil people in the end were (1) his swimming pool and (2) acres of graveyards.

Drunk with the arrogance of imagined power they conceptualised the Eelamist goal and threw everything they had into it without realising that it was a risky gamble that could go either way. In the end it proved to be goal beyond their reach. Their intransigent arrogance was always far greater than their capacity to achieve their goal. Blinded by their inflated arrogance and hate politics they were determined  to fight to the last Tamil child, hoping  that either India or the West would come to their rescue. What is unforgiveable is that they were throwing  the innocent Tamils into frontlines knowing that their days were numbered. A leadership that had no respect for the lives of their people dying in a shrinking and indefensible frontline deserves only utter contempt. There is no heroism or glory in throwing away the lives of other people in the face of impending defeat. It is the dry bones of the trapped Tamils who were forced to stand as the human shield to protect the Thalaivar and his swimming pool that remain today as the legacy of the great Tamil culture of Jaffna.  When the Tamil Thalivar forcibly detains his helpless people at gun point to stand as a human shield to protect his back it reveals that he was not only a coward but a heartless exploiter of his people for his own self-centred gains. Tamil people were useful to him only in two main ways : 1. as a human shield to protect him and 2. as cat’s paw to be thrown to the frontline to pull his chestnuts out.

That was not all. In the dying days of the pseudo-state of Eelam, when  their politics of hate ran out of new recruits to man the shrinking frontline, the great Tamil leadership came up with the brilliant strategy that not even Napoleon / Clint Eastwood could have imagined : pluck Tamil children forcibly from their weeping mothers’ protective arms and throw them into the frontline where they would face certain death. This was the peak point of the great Tamil culture. A culture that engaged in the forcible recruitment of its helpless children and remained silent  while they were dying in a futile war must be either insane or barbaric. What is the quantum of morality left in a society that sends its children to fight the wars of their ageing and pot-bellied leaders? This subhuman  culture of Jaffna was even blessed by the Church which gave a helping hand to forcibly abduct the Tamil children who were kept in their care by the panic-stricken parents. The high-profile moral agents of Jaffna, in the Churches, in politics, in the media, and academia,  went along with the most obscene and oppressive regime that took the children away forcibly to fight a losing war. Today the pro-Prabhakaranistas are parading as high priests of morality in the corridors of the UNHRC and  pointing an accusing finger  at the government of Sri Lanka that put  an end to senseless killing.

In hindsight, it is apparent that the Tamil culture was based primarily on hate politics. It was the fuel that kept the Tamil politics burning. First, the Tamil leadership hated each other, sometimes more than their bete noir the Sinhalese. Like all Tamil leaders they were obsessed with the idea of being “the sole representative of the Tamils.” G. G. Ponnambalam and Chelvanayakam hated each other and fought bitterly in public, hurling abusive names at each other (“liar’, “thief”” etc.,) and accusations of political betrayal. All Tamil leaders have tried to beat  each other in the Tamil electorates by raising the bogey of “the Sinhala man”. After Ponnambalam went for “50 –50” it was politically logical for his rival, Chelvanayakam, to go for separatism, which was one step ahead of “50-50”. If Ponnambalam went for 50% why not go the whole hog and ask for 100% to beat his  rival? It  is primarily this competition for electoral votes that  drove the peninsular politics from  one racist extreme to the other.

Second, the upper caste hated the dalits and vice versa. Saivite Jaffna Vellahlas wielded all the power they had to keep the marginalised dalit victims of  Saivite Hinduism suppressed. Third, when, in the post-Vadukoddai period, power slipped from  the traditional Vellahlas into the hands of the new leadership headed by Prabhakaran he first turned his guns on his political fathers. He slaughtered the entire Tamil leadership because the ambition of being “the sole representative of the Tamils” has been the main driving  force  of peninsular  politics. The hate politics of Tamil rivals  is as great as  their hatred of the  Sinhalese or any other outsider who is seen as a threat to be the “sole representative of  the Tamils”.

Hate politics of  the Tamils is encapsulated in the violence  of Prabhakaran. He began his career by assassinating Alfred Duraiappah, one of the finest, mild-mannered, reasonable, and peace-loving Tamil gentleman I’ve met. He also ended his career by killing the Tamils fleeing from his gulag into the arms of the Security Forces who gave them food, shelter, medicine and other existential essentials. The oppression and killing of  Tamils by the Tamil leadership has been the standard political culture of Jaffna. Jaffna was a glorious haven for the English-educated Saivite, Jaffna Vellahlas. It was hell for the non-Vellahla dalits who were not allowed even to step into the seventh outer court of their sacred temples to worship their  common God/s.

By the 70s Tamil ideology  had crystalized into pure hate politics. Those who were not with Chelvanayakam – Prabhakaran line of politics had to be eliminated. When Appapillai Amirthalingam, leader of the TULF, who was close to Prabhakaran, was questioned about  the killing of Duraiappah his response was to say : “What else can you do with him?” (p. 44 —The Arrogance of Power, Myths, Decadence and Murder, University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna), Wasala Publication, July 2001). Commenting on this facet of Tamil politics Prof. Rajan Hoole wrote : “However, the hate campaign against those who disagreed with the nationalist claims (of the Tamils) and the very act of usurping the right to Duraippah’s life, set the direction of the Tamil politics on the course of tragedy. Grief over Duraippah’s death brought forth an outpouring of tears. Today there are no tears left.”  (p.19 – Ibid).

Jaffna was dragged into a futile war by their own leaders that brought untold suffering particularly to the Tamil people. The decision to go to war until they achieve Eelam was taken solely by the Tamil leadership that met in Vadukoddai on May 14, 1976.  It was the Tamil leadership that declared war, financed the war, directed the war, recruited forcibly even children to the war, internationalised the war that was eventually waged by the cruel and fascist leader who was the first born child of the Vadukoddai Resolution : Velupillai Prabhakaran. The decision to go for a military solution, without knowing  which way it would go, was irresponsible, immoral and suicidal. In declaring war when negotiable  options were available, however tardy it may have been, was a crime against peace.  In passing the Vadukoddai Resolution  the arrogant and intransigent Tamil leadership was hoping  to hold a gun to the head of the democratically elected government. But it backfired. The militarised Tamil youth  recruited to fight the Vadukoddai War, turned their guns on the fathers of Vadukoddai Resolution first. The hypocritical and immoral Tamil leadership reaped the violence they sowed so arrogantly. The primary blame for the 33-year-old war that followed should go to the Tamil leadership that took  to doomed politics of  hate and violence.

If there is any trace of moral values left in Tamil politics in the post-Nandikadal phase then it is bounden duty of the Tamil leadership to abandon hate politics and lead the Tamil people down a  non-confrontational path. The Vadukoddai violence came out of cynical, expedient and immoral values inherent in hate politics. A culture that respects humane values cannot subscribe to immoral politics that drag their people violently to another Nandikadal. The abject failure of Vadukoddai violence and militarism condemns the Tamil leadership as deranged lemmings going over the cliff to commit mass suicide.

Looking back of what is left of Vadukoddai violence it is clear that the Tamil leaders were a  bunch of incurable mytho-maniacs defeated by the backlash of their own vicious fictions and hate politics.  The way forward is not to go back to failed politics.  The hero-worshipping of Velupillai Prabhakaran, the personality cult gathered around him, the rallying of Tamils behind his Tiger flag which has no civilised or redeeming symbols, and the expectations  of some of the Tamils for his second coming are indicators of the iconic status he enjoys among some, if not most, of the Tamils, both abroad and at home, either covertly or overtly. There is no other figure that towers above him in the Tamil political landscape. Not even S. J. V. Chelvanayakam, the father of the separatist ideology, can hold a candle to him. Chelvanayakam is in fact irrelevant as a model that can inspire the generation led by C.V. Wigneswaran, the Chief Minister of NPC, and  his hard-line extremists.

It is indeed  tragic to see that in the brief  history of Jaffna  there is nothing left  in the Tamil culture and in the collective psyche of the Tamils to hero-worship other than Prabhakaran — the wild beast that came out of the womb of Jaffna. This questions the fundamental values of the Jaffna Tamil political and moral culture.  If at the end of eight centuries of recorded history, starting from Jaffna’s first settlements in the 13th century, according to Prof. Sinappah Arasaratnam, the  history of the Sri Lankan Tamils has peaked in producing only Velupillai Prabhakaran – the biggest known persecutor and killer of Tamils, including its leaders, children and oldies – what does it say about the culture of Jaffna? When identical fascist leaders like Prabhakaran are rejected in other civilised cultures (examples : Germany (Hitler)  and Cambodia (Pol Pot))   why are the Jaffnaites hanging on to his brutal image and obscene flag? And why have the Jaffnaites  failed to find a more humane alternative to the sub-human  politics of Prabhakaran? Are Jaffnaites bereft of all human values to fall at the feet of the power-drunk, fascist Tamil leader who trampled them and kept them as slaves under his political jackboot? Or are they abject fools who are born to be sado-masochists ever willing to be kicked around by their leaders who treated their fellow-Tamils as dehumanised objects, fit only to fill empty graves?

Perhaps, a better way of comparing the Tamil fascist movement is with that of the JVP – the fascist movement of the so-called liberators of the south. They were not only wiped out also by “the Sinhala government” but their failed politics, wrapped in brutal violence, have been erased from the political stage without leaving cult heroes. More than that, their leaders have apologised to the people for the crimes they committed against their own people. Nor is there a hero-worshipping cult thrown round Rohana Wijeweera to perpetuate or glorify his violence. And the left-overs have taken to democratic  politics.

It would have been conducive for the intractable politics of reconciliation for leaders of the north and the south to offer their apologies to the Tamil and Sinhala people. As far as I know the Sinhala leaders have apologised to the Tamil people. But I am yet to hear the apologies of the Tamil leaders to the Sinhala people. It has only a symbolic value, something like two opponents shaking hands over the net after a tennis match. But Tamil arrogance would dare not go that far thinking that it would be an admission of guilt on their part. So let’s leave it out. What would be admirable and meaningful would be apologies from the Tamil leaders to their own people for misleading them and dragging them all the way to Nandikadal and committing crimes against their own people en route. If the Sinhala leaders could apologise to the Tamil people, quite rightly in the spirit of reconciliation, why is it difficult for the Tamil leaders to apologise to their own people?

No they will not. They will continue to blame everyone else –the British, the Indians, and, of course, the Sinhalese — without ever accepting that the Tamil leaders have been the  perennial  oppressors and assassins of Tamils. The killing of Tamils by Tamils  began with Sankilli going down to Mannar  on the Christmas eve of 1544 and massacring  600 Tamil Catholics for owing allegiance  to the King of Portugal and ended (hopefully?) with Prabhakaran bombing and shooting the Tamils abandoning him and rushing into the safe arms of the Security Forces of the vilified “Sinhala Government”. With all their faults and failures, the Sinhala  people  have consistently risen to give a  helping hand to the Tamils in times  of  crises, whether  it is the tsunami or providing security to the Tamils  hunted by Prabhakaran. There is always so much to be gained by helping each other. But how is it possible to get together  when the Tamils are led by a Chief Minister, Wigneswaran,  who begins by chanting  prayers in Sanskrit and ends by worshipping in English “Swamy” Premanada, a murderer and a rapist of young girls? (Explanation: His lachrymose appeals to Prime Minister Modi to save “Swamy” Premananda are in English).

What is the future of Tamils when the Tamils are led by worshippers of murderers, rapists and oppressors of Tamils, including  Prabhakaran —  Wigneswaran’s other “Surya Devan”?

 

To be continued

4 Responses to “The great culture of Tamils oppressing and killing Tamils”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Jaffna peninsular has only produced trouble for SL (with only a handful of exceptions).

  2. Christie Says:

    Indian terrorist arm got nothing to do with Indian colonial parasites in the island. The so called “Tamils” are no different to Tamils in South of the Indian subcontinent more than 70 million of them. Then there are millions of them who are Indian colonial parasites who are in the former British-Indian colonies now Indian colonies.

    Individual events in the island are part of the activities of the Indian Empire.

  3. Fran Diaz Says:

    Thank you, HLD.

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    One wonders where so much hatred began ?
    It began in the Tamil Nadu Caste based hatreds. Even today the Tamil Dalits of Tamil Nadu suffer atrocities due to the 3,000 yr old Caste System there.
    During the recent floods in Tamil Nadu (ec 2015), the poor Tamil Dalits were badly treated by the rest of the folk in TN. Tamls of Dalit origin did not even have clean water to drink – such was their plight. There are plenty of articles in the internet on this.

    In Lanka, the anger coming from Caste base was turned on the ‘Sinhala govt’ and the Vadukoddai Resolution of 1976 gave high caste approval for violence against others, headed by P’karan.
    The rest is history.

    It is pertinent to state that in Lanka birth certificates are issued to one and all exluding Caste. In Tamil Nadu, Caste is stated in every birth certificate. Therein lies the desire to lay claim to the N&E as Tamil land sans Caste for those of Dalit origin. That there are over 15 Million Tamil folk of Dalit origin in Tamil Nadu is known only to a few in Lanka. Imagine what would happen if Ranil’s crazy Chunnel is built to connect Lanka North to Tamil Nadu …. !!

    Caste is the problem for Tamil folk, in Lanka and Tamil Nadu.

  4. Lorenzo Says:

    Dalits were treated badly in Tamil Nad. They had boiling anger inside them against high caste people in TN. They came to SL and became Valla-alla-la. Their hatred went against Singhalese that look like high caste people in Endia. This is what happened.

    If you are not a native of Jaffna you cannot drink Jaffna well water. So salty. But for Dalits (Vellalar) from TN, it was water from heavan.

    Vellalars were once Dalits.

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