The Meaning of Victory: the cockeyed view through the eyes of HT’s Meenakshi
Posted on June 18th, 2012

Asada M Erpini

Hindustan Times on 17 June carried a write up by a correspondent named Meenakshi Ganguly. The penultimate paragraph says the whole story and lucidly presents the intention of the writer, when she writes of the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”need to ensure that Tamils, after decades of war, can enjoy peace that provides “equality, dignity, justice and self-respect”. However, the government has persisted in its suspicion and has been demonising the Tamil communityƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢.

All that the correspondent has done with her numerous dubious allegations in the write up is to make an exhibition of her preconceived misconceptions about Sri Lanka: she has done a better job than that by the writers to the Tamilnet. If women have been sexually abused by the soldiers, or by any other individuals, there is a legal mechanism in Sri Lanka to deal with such crimes. Why does Meenakshi not be more specific than throw wild allegations? Or, is she suggesting that the legal set up in the country has collapsed wholesale and that there is no law and order in the country?

The report continues on, to blame the government of Sri Lanka for lack of commitment in investigating war crimes, stating ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Sri Lankan forces committed indiscriminate shelling into populated areas, summary executions of prisoners, and other war crimesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚. The world saw how 300,000 Tamil civilians who had been corralled by the LTTE to be used as a human shield were being rescued by the armed forces when the whole operation was beamed live, whereas the canard of the civilians being shelled was the LTTE propagandistsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ fiction that was gobbled up with glee by their backers abroad and widely disseminated by the fake human rights guardians who had been singing for their supper at the behest of the LTTE rump.

There was no case of the Sri Lankan armed forces shelling populated areas. The government forces had declared no fire zones for the civilians, into which the LTTE had moved in with their weapons. Sri Lanka, in the meantime, had stopped using heavy weaponry against their enemy LTTE, because of their concern for the civilians, and consequently lost over 6,000 of its soldiers in the process.

The HT correspondent should not give credit to India for moves ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-for reconciliation among ethnic communities, the rebuilding of shattered lives, and a government investigation into allegations of war crimesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ is pure hypocrisy. The entire world knows now that it was India that provided military training as well as moral backing and strategic knowhow to a rag tag bunch of street ruffians, turning the latter into a powerful fighting machine with the capacity to take on the armed forces of the sovereign nation of Sri Lanka. If Sri Lanka were left alone to run its affairs, there would not have been any need for ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-rebuilding of shattered livesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” the island nation would have carried on at its own, probably slow pace, but many lives would have been saved and the money now being spent on rebuilding would have been there for initiating new projects to benefit Tamils as well as all other ethnic groups.

Meenakshi ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ would do well to take off her blinkers and open her (fish-like pretty) eyes to see what really is happening in the real world of Sri Lanka ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” in Colombo, Kandy and other places – where the average Tamil clearly is much better off in every aspect than his counterpart from the majority Sinhalese community. She certainly does not have to lament that Tamils do not ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”enjoy peace that provides “equality, dignity, justice and self-respect”ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢: During the past thirty years, Tamils did not have a fraction of the peace that they now enjoy, thanks to the valiant efforts of the members of the armed forces of Sri Lanka.

It is essential that the HT correspondent also opens her eyes to some of the positive developments, especially for the Tamils, since their ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Sun God saviourƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ met his maker at Nandikadal on 19 May 2009. Tamil parents in the Northern Province now send their children to school in the morning with their school bags without having to worry about them not returning home in the afternoon after being kidnapped by the Tamil (Yes, Tamil) Tigers to be sent to the warfront carrying KalashnikovƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s. The affluent Tamils based in the West ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” the UK, Canada, US, etc. – can come for a sojourn to their luxury condominiums and apartment complexes in ColomboƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Wellawatte, Bambalapitiya or Kollupitiya, and enjoy the vegetarian meal at Greenlands, with no fear of having to fork out millions to get released after getting abducted by the LTTE agents.

6 Responses to “The Meaning of Victory: the cockeyed view through the eyes of HT’s Meenakshi”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    There seems to be some confusion in HT.

    NEVER forget the war was fought over alleged TAMIL HOMELANDS in SL.


    SL WON.

    Accept it. It means NO Tamil Homelands in SL.

    War is politics by violent means. Outcome of war is NOT JUST MILITARY. It is POLITICAL too.

    The problem of not accepting HISTORY (2009) as it is, is that it will REPEAT!

    Don;t try to ISOLATE LTTE DEFEAT from the Tamil homeland claim. They are ONE AND THE SAME.

    It was NOT the LTTE that lost but the struggle for Tamil homelands in SL. (LTTE is still active in India and the Tamil Diarheaspora). Some LTTE seniors have even joined the govt.!

  2. AnuD Says:

    The practical reality and the reality portrayed by many – Human right businesses, Church related news media, Indian Journalists, western journalists are very different.

    Because of that, I feel, simply talking the truth is irrelevant. See,how those “democratic” web sites talk things.

    For me, we have faught and we are talking a losing battle.

    According to them even the govt Leaders are Liberal (or Neo-Liberal) in their thinking, if not the screaming of Sinhala buddhists, they would give every thing that Tamils ask irrespective of whether Sinhala- Buddhist civilization would exist in Sri Lanka or not.

    It is amazing their thinking. It looks that the Tamils who lived under LTTE’s dictatorship and the Tamils now living in Sri Lanka are completely two different groups. Simply these Tamils had not existed those days.

  3. LankaLover Says:

    මේක නම් හැම සිංහලයෙක්ම සහ ලංකා රජය කරවන කෙනෙක්ම කියවන්න ඕන පොතක්! අනාගතය ඒ ලෙසින්ම වර්ෂ 2000 දී කියපු පොතක්… ඉතාම දිගු දැක්මක්!

  4. LankaLover Says:

    Meenakshi Ganguli is the South Asia Director of HRW who is alleged to be on the LTTE payroll by many who knows about her..

  5. sena Says:

    “there is a legal mechanism in Sri Lanka to deal with crimes” – Yes but it is debunk and selective. If the sacrifices of the war heroes for a peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka is to be preserved and advanced, it is absolutely necessary that prevalence of law, integrity and good governance is established for hard working and entrepreneurial people to take the country to the next level. The corrupt and self serving system in place now is extremely vulnerable to external influence. There is already signs of subjugation due to crisis in balance of payments arising from corruption and mismanagement. The patriots in this forum should try to convince the government of this fact for the sake of the country and its leaders.

  6. Lorenzo Says:

    ““there is a legal mechanism in Sri Lanka to deal with crimes” – Yes but it is debunk and selective.”

    Doesn’t matter. Who cares it is debunk and selective when it comes to war crimes! We are talking about NON EXISTANT war crimes. What’s the use of a law where it is irrelevant.

    Agree other laws should be applied to the letter.

    ONLY war crimes laws are IRRELEVANT because NO WAR CRIMES by the living. Making a mockery of war crimes laws is part of the solution because there is no circumstance for their application.

    Should we apply the Sharia law with integrity and good governance? No because it is IRRELEVANT. Same goes for war crimes laws.

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