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A DREAM MIGHT TURN INTO A NIGHTMARE!

By Prof. Hudson Mclean

Black South African Dream, led by Nelson Mandela fought Apartheid. He won.

Gandhi's Dream, led the Indians to achieve independence from the colonial Britain.

Both were suffering from colonial domination and inhuman suppression by repressive regimes. These were legitimate claims, supported by the majority opinion.

Palestinians are fighting the Israelis for a genuine reason to recover their land appropriated illegally in violation of United Nations norms.

African Americans dream of equality led by Dr Martin Luther King has a long way to reality. This is a human right.

But the problem facing Tamil citizens cannot be compared with any of the South African, Indian or Palestinian dreams, but more closer to the African American problem.

Where as the African Americans were forcibly brought into America as slaves to work in the plantations, Tamils from India were invaders, albeit the tea plantation Tamil workers brought in by the British.

However, the Sri Lankan governments has recognized the rights of the Tamil citizens and have granted more than equal status.

Generally Tamils are much better off than the Sinhala in their own land. Tamils control the economic infrastructure and by default exercise a great deal of influence on the policies of government, starting from the days of British Raj. This cannot be said of the African Americans.

Most of the educated Tamils are content yet a minority have a Dream. And Sigmund Freud expressed his Interpretation of Dreams-:

"Dreams," Freud said, "are invariably the product of a conflict ... [they help sleep] releasing tensions that come from unattainable wishes."

One of Freud's more important discoveries is that emotions buried in the unconscious surface in disguised form during dreaming, and that the remembered fragments of dreams can help uncover the buried feelings.

One of Freud's more important discoveries is that emotions buried in the unconscious surface in disguised form during dreaming, and that the remembered fragments of dreams can help uncover the buried feelings.

Freud argues that dreams are wish-fulfillments, and will ultimately argue that those wishes are the result of repressed or frustrated sexual desires. The anxiety surrounding these desires turns some dreams into nightmares.

A word of advise to the LTTE leadership. Negotiate with the present government in a fair and a civilised manner. Like the LTTE leadership themselves said, "Do not try to push too fast!"


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