Rudrakumaran had made clear his Eelam intentions in black and white
Posted on March 20th, 2011

Herold Leelawardena

In a recent interview with Sunday Leader, VisuvanathanƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ RudrakumaranƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ had indicated that his aim is to achieve nothing but Tamil Eelam in the North and East of Sri Lanka. He also said; ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Tamils expressed this wish clearly in the 1977 general elections.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ I say, Tamils kicked off that wish for Eelam not in 1977 but long before that. In fact, Tamils had articulated that wish not only in Sri Lanka but in India as well. But Neither in Sri Lanka nor in India was ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”racismƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ the reason for that Tamil wish RudrakumaranƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ alleged.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Let me explain; there couldnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t have been racism against Tamils during the rule of the British Raj. That is because, during their rule in Sri Lanka, Tamils were the favorites of the British. They had a sway in government jobs. In fact, 90% of all government jobs were assigned to Tamils under British. If that is so, it was Sinhala Buddhists and not Tamils that were discriminated under the British.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ So, if Tamils had that wish for Eelam during British rule, then, it must be for some other reason and not for racism.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Now, Tamil writer DBS Jayaraj wrote, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-A little known man called Visvalingam from Jaffna is said to have demanded separation in the 1920sƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚. And about the same time in India, EVR Periyar had demanded Dravida Nadu for Dravidaians. Now that is a good enough proof to prove Tamils had wanted separation under British Raj. And that was long before Sinhalese ruled Sri Lanka and Hindians ruled India. So racism that RudrakumaranƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ put forward as the cause for their wish for Eelam is nothing but a hoax.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Now there is another thing: PeriyerƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s disciples in the DMK contested the Madras State assembly elections in 1962 on a separatist platform. After increasing their representation from 15 to 50 seats in the Madras State assembly, DMK had organized over two hundred thousand people to march to a rally trough Chennai to demand self-rule. And that is a good enough proof to show Tamils of India continued their wish for self-government after independence.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Not long after that rally, Pundit Nehru had passed an amendment to the Indian constitution to ban words related to ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”separatismƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ from the vocabulary of all politicians in India. DMK had to choose either to get it banned or remain as the governing party. On November 3, 1963, The Central Committee of DMK met in Royapuram to drop its demand for independent Dravida Nadu.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Here in Sri Lanka, SJV Chelvanayakam had formed his ITAK or ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Arasu KachchiƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ meaning separatist party in Tamil which he disguised to Sinhalese as FP or ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Federal PartyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ in 1949. ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ As the name suggests, ATAKƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s aim was nothing but separation. When DMKƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s popularity was at peak, Chelva even had discussions with its hierarchy. ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ No doubt, Chelva may have planned his so-called non violent ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”satyagrahaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ under their auspicious. You can see images of them in discussion in under ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”satyagrahaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ In the resolution that was passed by ITAK at Wadukkodai in 1976 clearly urged Tamil youth to take up arms and not to lay it down until Eelam is won. If that is the case, we can only guess what must have gone in ChelvaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s head at ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”satyagrahasƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ that Mr. Jayraj so passionately describe as a Ghandian.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Whatever it is, if our leaders had taken a leaf from Pundit NehruƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s amendment and banned separatism in Sri Lanka, terrorism that followed the Wadukkodai resolution may have been avoided. Alas our leaders at the time were not as smart as Pundit Nehru.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Nevertheless, right now, we have a leader who loves Sri Lanka beyond self. He is the President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapakse who had vanquished terrorism from our soil on May18, 2009. Being a reasonable man he immediately invited Tamils to come for discussion to reach consensus within the ambit of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Mahinda ChintanaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢. However, from all types of works, deeds and actions Tamils that follow Wadukkodai resolutions made it clear that they want nothing but its declaration or what Pirapaharan wanted.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Now that the Prime minister of TGTE, a pie in the sky had made clear his Eelam intentions in black and white, I am sure; the President of Sri Lanka would also do all he could to keep the LTTE rumps afloat in the western skies forever. And for our part, we the citizens of Sri Lanka shall keep electing him to power with ever increasing majority to do that job effectively.

Herold Leelawardena

One Response to “Rudrakumaran had made clear his Eelam intentions in black and white”

  1. thurai Says:

    Are TGTE and Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran representing the Tamil all over the world?
    How many diaspora Tamils voted for them? who knows the charecters of members?
    do TGTE consider about Tamil live in other parts of Sri Lanka? are they accepting Estate Tamils are belongs to
    Tamil community? What happend during the last 30 years in Sri Lanka and in abroad?

    The person behind TGTE worked for condemning Sri Lanka Government by showing the dead bodys of poor
    Tamil youths to the world. TGTE(LTTE) was only one unauthorised Government among Tamils diaspora. They collected Tax for A9 in Sri Lanka and abroad. Now they can`t . They have no land to show the diaspora.
    Anyhow they try to keep control the innocent Tamil community . It is dangerous to the Sri Lankans Tamils
    and not to the other communities.

    Tamils and Sinhalese who live in Sri Lanka must show the world by living in peace. TGTE Government,
    Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran , and supportres of TGTE are not Patriotic to any land even they live in or Sri Lanka.

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