Lankan Tamil leader spells out what Tamils need to do to secure their rights
Posted on April 24th, 2018

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Launching a Tamil language book Or Inapprachanaiyum Ou Oppandhamum” (An Ethnic Question and An Accord) on the India-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987 written by T.Ramakrishnan Associate Editor of The Hindu, Sampanthan appealed to the Tamils to eschew skepticism and see past and current efforts to find a political solution in a positive light and as being part of a continuum.

Lankan Tamil leader spells out what Tamils need to do to secure their rights

He urged the Tamils to work cohesively for the attainment of the goal of securing maximum devolution of power and to repose faith in the helping hand extended by India and the international community.

Sampanthan appealed to the audience at the Tamil Sangam to realize that the present juncture is ideal for securing the Tamils’ rights, given the hold that the Tamils have on the government and the sympathy and support their struggle is getting from the international community.

Three Requirements

The Tamils, Sampanthan said, need to do three things: First, they should shed petty differences and rivalries and present a united front to the government, the opposition and the international community.

He stress on unity stemmed from a disconcerting fact – chronic divisiveness in Tamil politics. Any move made by a group towards finding a political solution in cooperation with the Sri Lankan government is viewed by its rivals as a treacherous act to be discarded lock, stock and barrel.

The second requirement for a successful struggle is a positive approach to the efforts made in the past and are being made now towards finding a solution to the Tamil question through constitutional means.

All efforts, from the India-Sri Lanka Accord to the Tissa Vitarana committee report submitted to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, have been milestones in the onward march of the constitutional struggle, Sampanthan said.

The third requirement is to repose continued faith in India. Sampanthan stressed the need for having India on board as it is not possible for the Tamils to do without India. The cooperation of the international community is also needed.  It makes sense for the Tamils to utilize the services of India and the international community.

Sampanthan’s strong advocacy of an Indian role in the Tamils’ struggle came in the context of a feeling among the Tamils that India had led them up the garden path promising an independent Eelam or a federal solution and let them down once its geo-political objectives visa-a-vis Sri Lanka had been attained.

A.Varadarajaperumal

India had been insincere throughout, from the time it got involved in the 1980s under the leadership of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to the present day. The TNA’s leadership is continuously lambasted from political platforms and in the media for its misplaced” faith in India, or worse, for being India’s  hand maiden.

Having interacted with both Indira and Rajiv Gandhi, Sampanthan emphatically denied that they were insincere, and that their sole aim was to prevent Sri Lanka from joining the American bloc.

Sampanthan said that both Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi had told the Tamil United Front (TULF) leaders that they were keen on finding a solution to the Tamil question. After Rajiv assumed power, he explicitly told a TULF delegation, that he would follow the policies of his mother, and that he would never let the Tamils down.”

Sampanthan ended his oration by pledging that the TNA would not rest until it had obtained the Tamils’ rights within a united Sri Lanka. The principal goal as spelt out by him is:  Internal self-determination” which means maximum devolution within a single united Sri Lanka.

The Tamil leader believed that this can be attained if the Tamils persist with the current constitution-making efforts, speak with one voice and take the help of India and the international community.

Speaking earlier, A. Varadarajaperumal, who was Chief Minister of the united Tamil-speaking North Eastern Province from December 1988 to March 1990, said that India has virtually abandoned the Tamil cause because it is now interested in economic expansion and not political hegemony.

India is at an economic war” against China in South Asia, Varadarajaperumal said. That being the case, India would rather cultivate the majority community, the Sinhalese, than the minority Tamils. At any rate, the Tamils have nothing economic to offer.

It would therefore not be very prudent to expect India to intercede on behalf of the Tamils on political questions such as devolution of power, Varadarajaperumal said.

5 Responses to “Lankan Tamil leader spells out what Tamils need to do to secure their rights”

  1. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    What rights this racist Tamil Nadu Alliance guy talking about? Sinhalese aren’t supposed to live in the north and the east. The racist tribes? Oh we can live anywhere we like. Sinhalese students aren’t supposed to go to unis in the north and the
    east. The racist tribes? Oh, we can go to any uni of our choice. What’s more we write in tamil and marked up by tamils (university through back door). We get FREE education to be doctors etc. and even give money to kill Sinhalese to get
    our drealam. Still we can’t be happy until we get us only drealam. This is the political question! You racists want Sinhalese to worship you? These are the people we never brought here. We didn’t even invite these racists tribes!

    These ungrateful, never happy, never enough, never
    Sri Lankan traitors want their separate drealam while living in all parts of the country without any trouble. Once you get
    your drealam you all going to disappear from other parts? No chance of that, is there? These traitors keep moaning and
    moaning to get more and more and finally want to dismember Mother Lanka. That’s all. Thanks to anti Sinhalese, anti
    Buddhist, anti Sri lanka UNPatriotic_rats party which divides the Sinhalese and make minorities king makers tamils
    and muslims won’t settle down anything less than their drealam and mussiesthan.

    Problem is Sinhalese have
    been too tolerant and good for these racist traitors. If they have been nasty to these foreigner tribes, the traitors
    would’ve behaved and got on with their lives. And the country would’ve prospered. Until we get rid of this anti Sinhalese,
    anti Buddhist, anti Sri Lanka traitor UNPatriotic_rats this tribal racists won’t hang up their boots. What’s more Sri Lanka
    is today run by the biggest traitor ever in the history of the country traitor chief die hard catholic token Buddhist Mega
    Thief mega thakkadiya Bay gal karaya walking crime bomb with the timer set for 10-20 years Batalande Wadakaya
    Pol Pot [email protected] wickrama Sinhala killer while puppet the rubber stamp varia pala nari sena looking on helplessly.
    Wadakaya gives its full blessing to anything which is going to destroy Sinhalese race, Sri Lanka and Buddhism so these tribal racists at it like
    there is no tomorrow.

    There is another factor for these traitors’ behaviour. Tamils and mussies are followers of religions
    of conveniences which don’t regard killing, lying, stealing, sexual misconduct, drug abuse (Buddhism’s five precepts)
    while all the law courts under the sun do, so these tribal racists don’t have any conscience. So the racists tribes carry on
    living a lie while they get more than the native Sinhalese.

  2. SA Kumar Says:

    Lankan Tamil leader spells out what Tamils need to do to secure their rights- We-Tamil want thani TE . no less no more !!!
    any thing else We-Tamil say is lie Our Sinhala sakodaraya knows very well for last 2,000 years or more (Elra to VP time).

  3. Christie Says:

    Tamils are Indians.

    These Indian Colonial Parasites are privileged group of people who went to colonize the far away and near by lands under the cover of the fire power of British guns.

    What we need is these parasites to integrate with the locals or decolonize the Indian Colonies.

  4. Dilrook Says:

    An interesting observation.

    [Quote] All efforts, from the India-Sri Lanka Accord to the Tissa Vitarana committee report submitted to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, have been milestones in the onward march of the constitutional struggle, Sampanthan said. [Unquote]

    In short, all executive presidents of Sri Lanka have created milestones in the march towards Tamil Eelam.

  5. Dilrook Says:

    This is another interesting observation that implicates India in interfering in Lanka’s domestic affairs and trying to divide the nation.

    [Quote] Sampanthan’s strong advocacy of an Indian role in the Tamils’ struggle came in the context of a feeling among the Tamils that India had led them up the garden path promising an independent Eelam or a federal solution and let them down once its geo-political objectives visa-a-vis Sri Lanka had been attained. [Unquote]

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