| by Dr. Telli C Rajaratnam
(November 01, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) We have just liberated the North from the terrorists. How can we devolve power when other Tamil militants are stalking the land.? Have we eradicated Terrorism or the LTTE ? Why do we still live in fear ? Is it not because we have been made to fear the terror tactics of all Tamil militants ? Is one Tamil militant better than the other ? History has proved that they never changed. There is a lucid interval in every criminal Tamil Terrorist ? History has proved that Terrorists enjoy imputing fear into the minds of the people. To whom is power to be devolved ? To another set of Tamil criminals with Eelam identities ?
All over the world the pride of the Tamils in general has been hurt by the eradication of the LTTE whom they considered as their voice quite to their detriment. It is now time to make them understand that this was for their own good and that the LTTE was making use of the innocent Tamils as human shields, as sources of income to establish their empire. We have to make them understand that they too would have been treated the same way if ever there was an eelam. The LTTE was the private limited liability company of Velupillai Pirabaharan and his companions some of whom have branched out and started their own private companies in different names and have been lucky to register them as political parties in Sri Lanka.
It is contrary to reconciliation process to have the elections at a time like this when the recovery process takes time. Trust has to be built. Even if there is an election who would be eligible to contest? Who are the Tamils contemplating on contesting the elections in the North? All of them at some point or the other have supported the LTTE or had secret pacts with the LTTE. Most of them have been guilty of heinous crimes of terror, abductions, extortion, assassinations, murders, rape and every conceivable offence in the Penal Code, Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Emergency Regulations. How many of them escaped from Prison and are enjoying their old deeds with ease and comfort? How did the Elections Commissioner recognize these political parties whose party constitutions and their track record, past and present performance has been a flagrant violation of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka ? How were they are able to register and create Political Parties like wayside mushrooms? How many Tamil Political Parties exist today? What are their track records? The Tamils do not trust them. They rely on the Government to guide them, to lead them and to govern them not Tamil militant parasites.
If there is Tamil administration in the North headed by Militant Political parties the Tamil Diaspora would turn against Sri Lanka ion the one hand whilst the militant Tamil parties will create a mini eelam and a phantom LTTE to continue the violent activities to develop their respective limited liability companies namely their political parties and strength.
Whilst an innocent Sinhala man is being convicted for stealing a loaf of bread to eat how the Tamil murderous terrorist can get instant amnesty? What is happening? Are we not heading towards disaster?
We have repossessed the North but are we going to risk it by giving it to these Tamils who have a dark past and a suspicious present? Only time can tell.
Fear psychosis has infiltrated the Tamils. They are afraid to speak against all the Tamil Political Parties.
I have been listening to various Political Leaders in Colombo requesting the Sri Lankan living abroad to return to the country. I have received several responses from many professionals from all communities living overseas- their fear is whether it is safe to come when the mini model LTTE parties (Tamil Militant Political Parties)are roaming freely with absolute freedom more than the freedom of a common Sinhala, Muslim, Burgher or Tamil man. The Tamils living overseas will not come to Colombo, if North will be under the Tamil Politicians with track records obviously they fear of being abducted and asked for ransom.
None of these Tamil Militant Political Parties are Patriotic! They are all trying to conquer the North. I know them well. I have lost my father Late Justice T.W.Rajaratnam(SLFP National List (1989-1994) Member of Parliament who was poisoned by a militant Tamil group , my cousin Dr.Neelan Tiruchelvam P.C.,M.P., who was assassinated and a relative Lakshman Kadirgamar P.C., M.P., who was assassinated. My former Boss and friend Jeyaraj Fernandopulle was assassinated by the LTTE. The Tamil Militant Groups in Colombo were uncomfortable by their presence that is why they aided and abetted with the LTTE. All these deaths were with the collusion, connivance and conspiracy of one or more Tamil Militant Groups. They will never let an educated Tamil intellectual to be involved in Politics. I live in fear of these militants because they strike anytime, anywhere but all the time. I have escaped many a time.
It is the duty of the State to protect the Nation and either requests the Army to administer the North under the supervision of the Special Task Force.
The Tamils are still in fear of the Tamil militant groups and their political parties. We cannot afford to lose the North again. The Tamil militants are parasites to development, democracy, decency and dignity. They are an abomination to society. The Tamil people fear the Tamil militants and Tamil Political Parties.
The North is the homeland of all Sri Lankans like the EAST, WEST and the SOUTH .It does not belong only to the Tamils. It belongs to all Sri Lankans. How come Tamils can live in Colombo-7, Wellawatte, Dehiwela, Bambalapitiya, Kandy, Matale, Hatton, Nuwara Eliya Tamils are engaged in business activities from 1st cross street to 5th Cross street, kotahena, Sea Street, would it not be worse by devolving power to the North solely to the Tamils?
It is the Sinhalese who have been overlooked preventing them from living in Colombo by the Tamils overcrowding and preventing Sinhala businessmen to do business from 1st cross street to 5th cross street in Pettah, sea street, Kotahena, etc., etc. Etc.,
Has the Sinhala common man enjoyed equality, he has been overlooked during our talks about peace. For thirty or more years and now people are talking of the rights of Tamils, then who speaks of the rights gradually taken away from the Sinhala common man? Why has he got to suffer? Take the Universities as well : to common knowledge there are several Universities. But do Sinhala students enter the Jaffna and Batticaloa Universities? But the Tamil students are eligible to enter all the Universities.
The Sinhalese are wonderful, hospitable people by nature. The Tamil Militants have exploited them too.
Sinhalese, Tamils, Burghers, Muslims, Malays and Chinese have every right to settle in the North. There should be mixed administration. We should not segregate communities to territorial jurisdiction. Every citizen has a right to live anywhere. I salute the President for his courageous leadership. I have no doubt he will eradicate the remnants of the LTTE and all those Eelam militant Groups who have mischievously registered their militant Groups as Political Parties. They wear masks of democracy but they are all the same with militant ideologies.
Very soon these Tamil militant Groups and Political Party would create a phantom LTTE to fulfill their purposes and continue to roam and violence may stalk the land again. What do we do ? It is not wise to devolve power to the Tamils in the North.
The President has to protect us from these Tamil Terrorists who are well based in Colombo. The Nation has to be saved. We must now, as citizens of this great country eradicate the menace of terrorism.
The President is not only duty bound to protect the citizens from the Terrorists in the North but also those who have their Tamil Political Parties with the name “Eelam”-most of whom have still arms and they have the track record act of abductions, kidnapping, murders and extortion. These groups should be disarmed and should be stripped of their eelam identities. The militant eelam groups in Colombo committed many crimes. All Tamil Political Parties with the name “eelam” should be banned forthwith. All Tamil Militant Groups should be disarmed and tried for their crimes against humanity
Every citizen owes his or her allegiance to the Constitution and to the Head of State- the duly elected President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
Due to our internal conflicts which we could have long resolved, external forces with vested interests have all sought to intervene some in the pretext of resolving the conflict but our experience has proved that the gap of resolution of conflict does not seem to be narrower now.
Laws will have to be changed not to deny the basic liberties but to prevent their abuse and protect the most basic liberty of all; freedom from terror. The people are terrorized by certain vested interests in their vile pursuits for power committing crimes and targeting a reflex scenario as if the Government was responsible..
We are a community of people, whose self interest and mutual interest at crucial points merge and that it is through a sense of justice that community is born and nurtured. This is the moment to bring the faiths closer together in understanding of our common values and heritage a source of unity and strength. By the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more together than we can alone. We must reach beyond our fears and our divisions to a new time of great and common purpose. Let us trace the roots of affirmative action. Let us determine what it is and what it isn’t. Let us see where it has worked and where it hasn’t and ask ourselves what we need to do now.
The intellectual Tamils will relax and be happy only if all Tamil Militant Groups have the same fate as Pirabaharan. They should be prosecuted for all crimes against humanity. I have been under duress. If devolution of power is given now, Tom Dick and Harry of the Tamil Militant Groups will commence their hooliganism and terrorism and eelam aspirations will be revisited. Firstly all Tamil militant Political Parties with the name Eelam should be banned; secondly all arms should be taken away from these Tamil bandits, thirdly, the Tamil militant politicians must declare their assets. Fourthly, army should continue to be in occupation in the North; It is better to have Army administration than Tamil militant bandits there. All bearded longhaired bandits who belong to eelam parties should be carefully watched or be sent to some remote Island to be reformed.
There are individuals and groups who may be critical of the President for political gain, but the President has always taken affirmative action within the norms required of the President. We cannot restore peace unless we can find some way to bring the nation close together. We must be Patriotic. We must uphold and defend the Constitution and the Head of State-the President. We owe allegiance to the President and the Constitution as Citizens of Sri Lanka. We must uphold the norms of the Constitution apprehend and prosecute those who terrorize us by their actions and threats, then economic prosperity will follow suit. Our destiny lies in our hands.