Reasons Given by India Banning the LTTE Sufficient to Ban the TNA in Lanka
Posted on May 26th, 2010

Dilrook Kannangara

On May 14, 2010 India extended the ban on LTTE for another two years. Among a number of reasons given for the ban are the following. These have been extracted from the Notification S.O. 1090 (E) of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

1. [T]he LTTE’s objective for a separate homeland (Tamil Eelam) for all Tamils threatens the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India, and amounts to cession and secession of a part of the territory of India from the Union and thus falls within the ambit of an unlawful activity;

2. [T]he turbulence in Sri Lanka was exploited by the pro-LTTE forces to draw up support for the LTTE and its cause by taking out processions, demonstrations, etc., in spite of the ban, causing disquiet and threat to the security of the State of Tamil Nadu;

3. [T]hrough articles in the internet portals, the diaspora continue to spread anti-India feeling amongst the Sri Lankan Tamils by holding the top Indian political leaders and bureaucrats responsible for the defeat of the LTTE. Such propaganda through internet which remains continue, are likely to impact VVIP security adversely in India;

Not only India but Sri Lanka is also affected by these actions carried out by groups sympathetic to the LTTE. In the absence of the LTTE, other groups openly engage in these activities. In fact, the danger is more to Sri Lanka than India. TNA’s continued demand for a separate Tamil homeland in parts of the island severely threatens the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka.

Add to these are the demonstrations regularly carried out by separatists elements and civil disobedience campaigns TNA has vowed to carry out.  More disquiet and threat is faced by Sri Lanka than by India by these harsh campaigns done under the guise of peaceful protest. Ultra racism associated with these is another grave concern for Lankans.

Tamil Diaspora is spreading more anti-Sri Lankan feelings than anti-Indian feelings. TNA is the only link it has to the island. Sections of the Diaspora make threats to top political leaders and bureaucrats over the defeat of the LTTE. These malicious acts pose a real threat to VIP security. TNA is their local channel and therefore TNA must be banned or otherwise restrained from carrying out it’s anti-Sri Lankan agenda.

Indian concerns further give rise to yet another important issue that affects Sri Lanka more than India. India illegalized all separatist activity in 1962 whereas it took Sri Lanka another 21 years to follow suit. During this time Tamil separatists passed the Vaddukoddai Resolution in 1976. Had Sri Lanka followed India in 1962 in illegalizing all forms of separatism, this would not have happened.

At least from now, Sri Lankan authorities should study Indian moves in detail, assess their implications on Sri Lanka and take corrective action. If proactive action to face the communalist cum separatist threat cannot be taken, at the very least Indian moves towards Tamil separatism should be copied.

2 Responses to “Reasons Given by India Banning the LTTE Sufficient to Ban the TNA in Lanka”

  1. M.S.MUdali Says:

    Before ban TNA, UNP too must be banned for supporting LTTE terrorists. The same reasons will be applied!

  2. helaya Says:

    First of all Government pass a law prohibiting the promotion of separatism in Sri Lanka. Political parties or other NGOs should not be operated in Sri Lanka

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