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Yes, we will!

October 11, 2009

From a reader of the blog –
We Tamils are not a nation who will give up in any time!

If we gave up in 1956 when the ‘Sinhala Only Act’ was introduced, ‘Tamil’ would not have spoken in Sri Lanka right now!

If we gave up in 1973 in when the quota system, we would not have Tamil graduates now! Yes, we jumped the hurdle to get higher marks and we entered Sri Lankan universities in large numbers!

If gave up in 1977, there would not have been a Tamil Eelam resolution!

If we gave up in 1983, we would never have had a strong Tamil Diaspora!

If we gave up in 1990 when Indian army left, there would not have been a liberation force!

Yes, we never gave up! We will fight back!

In 2009, we are united as Tamils and we will continue to fight for our rights!


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  1. vinod malvani permalink
    October 12, 2009 4:52 pm

    Need of new strategies and new friends

    “Yes, we will is a very interesting post. I am encouraged by it. I, however, would like to put this idea into perspective. My words will be complimentary to those of his. From 1948 up to 2009, events unfolded with regard to Tamils of island Lanka were dramatic and violent. So were politics. The exclusive Sinhala state which was conceived in the womb of the British colonialism turned blind eye when bigotry of its child first unleashed on Tamils of Indian origin in 1947. The Sinhala state of Lanka from then went ahead with a perpetual stream of ever escalating racial violence against Tamil people of the island, which gave birth to Tamil nationalism. Tamil nationalism in responding to the Sinhala state which later became exclusive Sinhala Buddhist state grew robust to become its most militant form – the armed struggle. The writer of the post has already listed several events in chronological order where Tamil people manifested their resilience. Late stages, on the other hand, saw the prowess of Tamil armed resistance in fighting some of the most ruthless regimes on earth – successive Sinhala states, evidently, helping the poor in the Sinhala south also. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam which chose the most unpopular path in the eyes of imperialist powers by being independent of them, in many cases, became the front lineee humashielddd against military barrage of the Sri Lankan armed forces in protecting Tamil people – how Liberation Tigers behaved in defending the Tamil people entrapped when Sri Lankan military captured Jaffna in 1996 was one classic example for this. At least hundreds if not thousands of Tiger cadres got killed in these battles. There are many of them including battle against the Indian army. 30 years out of 60 years of suppression, Tamil people had their vanguard, Liberation Tigers to defend themselves.

    Today with the military defeat of Tigers, power balance has completely changed into a mono polarised situation. I am truly alarmed about it. 300,000 Tamil children, women and men are incarcerated behind barbed wires against their will in the most appalling conditions. They, day in day out, live in fear of torture, rape and death. Main stream Tamil politics appear to be rootless whilst some playing into the hands of the Sinhala state. Sections of diaspora Tamils put relentless effort in pressurising the Sinhala state through various means to release the people detained. While I am thoroughly worried about the plight of the detained people, scepticism of the possible scenarios of future politics of the Sinhala state towards the Tamil people and their struggle lingers in my mind. Aftermath of military defeat of Liberation Tigers, new chapter opened in Tamil people’s struggle for national independence. Closest to this, in my opinion, is the defeat of PKK (Kurdish Workersss’ Party) with the capturing of its leader Abdullah Öcalan in 1999, that fought and fights for independent Kurdistan. There are several examples. They almost all , unfortunately, are negative. Main reason for this negativity was that the organisations that were defeated attempted to move forward and reorganise using the very same strategies and tactics which the enemy had studied extensively.

    The oppressor, encouraged by the military victories, always attempts to consolidate its powers to further colonise the oppressed nation and forcibly assimilate it into that of the oppressor. Lanka’s future scenario will not be all that different. There are several examples in the world how ideological, cultural and military hegemony wiped out identities of nations. 50 million Tamil people living in Tamil Nadu will not give Lanka’s Tamils an assurance of peace and justice as a natural cause. Next stage of repression will begin with so called resettlement. The Sinhala state, in every action, is making in roads into the Tamil civilisation and homeland once protected by the Liberation Tigers. Already the Sinhala state has shown the signs of what they were intending to do. The oppressor will find it easy to achieve as they know the imperialist camps operating in the region : USA / India camp on one side and Chinese camp on the other side will never want a re-emergence of Tamil Liberation struggle let alone independent Tamil homeland. Having gained unprecedented military victory over Liberation Tigers, the Sinhala state has now begun to wipe out the demands of the Tamil people for democratic rights in the main stream politics. President Rajapaksa’s victory speech outlined the plan by saying “there are no minorities in this country”. In other words it was an announcement of further colonisation and forcible assimilation. This is alarming. Emancipation of the Tamil nation will come within. The Rajapaksa regime plans for massive infrastructure projects in the Tamil homeland along with setting up further military establishments. Sinhala landless poor will again be used to occupy the land as pawns. The Sinhala state’s plan is pristine clear. All is set to implement something similar to so called Mahaveli Development project in 80s in a much larger scale to colonise and forcible assimilation. Uturu Vasanthaya (Northern Spring) is just that. The Sinhala state has the experience of recent cease fire. They know well how to use a no war situation to their advantage. Today as there is no armed resistance in the horizon, the Sinhala state only has to contain Tamil people’s demands for the democratic rights in the main stream politics at least for a few years. In this light, challenges lie ahead for the Tamil people’s national liberation struggle are enormous. New strategies will be needed. More importantly new friends will be needed both inside the island and outside the island – friends who are different to so called liberal governments and organisations. While admitting the necessity of tactical friends along the way, friends that are essentially needed today, I believe, are not the tactical ones but strategic ones – natural friends whose aspirations and foes are the same as the national liberation struggle of the Tamil people – may it be a government, organisation or a political party. New alliances with natural friends both internally and externally will be able to play a significant role in defending Tamil people’s struggle for national liberation.

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