The Deputy Chief Minister of Penang State, Malaysia, P.Ramasamy has urged the Tamils not to expect the UN, super powers, regional powers or self-seeking Tamil politicians to help them realise their political aspirations.
In an article written for the Oslo-based Tamil website Tamilnet, Ramasamy said: ‘It is only Tamils under a good and dedicated leadership can move forward.’
Produced below is the full text of the article:
Six years have gone by, peace, and justice remain elusive for Eelam Tamils in the island of Lanka. International organizations, big and regional powers are bent on sacrificing the interests of Tamils in the island for geopolitical interests. What a shame!
The nation of Eelam Tamils located in the north and east of the island was wracked and plundered by the civil war that was thrust by the blood thirsty Sinhala regime with the support of some super- and regional powers.
No nation should suffer the fate of the Eelam Tamils. However, after the horrendous civil war ostensibly meant to crush the “terrorist” outfit ended up killing innocent Tamils, children and women.
Thousands of Tamil were killed within a span of a week or two in Mullivaykaal despite the lip service provided by the international community to the dastardly Sinhala war regime to stop the war.
India, the land of Mahatma Gandhi, the world’s renowned peace advocate, had a role in the murder and massacre of Eelam Tamils simply by assisting the Sri Lankan regime in providing intelligence and logistical support. During the war, Indian troops were already on the soil of the island, particularly in the district of Vavuniya.
While the actual war saw the murder of Tamil civilians and the most despicable sexual violence of rape unleashed among Tamil women, both former combatants and non-combatants, it was after the war that the Eelam Tamil nation was plundered of its wealth.
The Sinhala racist and murderous army moved into Tamil areas and deliberately occupied fertile Tamil lands in the north and east.
It was not mere occupation, but a systematic and deliberate attempt to deny the Tamils their linkage to their traditional homeland.
Hundreds of acres of land was taken away and given to the army all in the name of security. It was just a matter of time that armed forces came to take over the traditional businesses of Tamils thereby reducing Tamils to a position of poverty and ultimately rendering them beggars on their own land!
The UNHRC report on the atrocities committed by the Sinhala regime on Tamils is detailed and worthy of consideration. However, the US backed resolution supporting the present regime merely to undertake domestic inquiry has poured cold water on the report. Just as nations were debating in the UN as to the best course of action to be adopted to punish war criminals, the Sinhala regime emboldened by the wishy washy stand of the US, India and others, went on without any sense of impunity to grab more lands from Tamils in the east.
The UNCHR report or not, the Sinhala regime under President Srisena is not the least bothered by it. In fact, the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has gone on record in saying that they will protect and advance the interests of the armed forces at all costs. He even had the audacity to remark that the regime has saved the former President Mahinda Rajapakse from going to the gallows for war crimes!
For more than 30 years until the end of the civil war in 2009, the LTTE was the hope and beacon of Tamils not only in the island of Lanka but the world over. The LTTE might not be around; however, the hopes, aspirations and the future agenda of Tamils for ultimate solution were set up by none other than its leader Vellupillai Prabakaran.
Even after the civil war and even after systematic attempts to remove the remaining traces of the LTTE, Tamils in the north and east have utmost reverence and respect for Prabakaran. In fact, as a former commander of the LTTE had recently reminded, the recent elections in Tamil areas were only won after the contestants expressing their allegiance and respect to the LTTE leader.
Prabakaran might have lost the battle for Tamil homeland, but his vision and future goals for Tamils remain deeply entrenched in the minds of global Tamils. He sacrificed his family for the betterment of Tamils. However, some Tamil leaders, particularly in Tamil Nadu, have sacrificed the race for the betterment of their family and relatives. So who is the leader of Tamils? The answer is obvious.
Super powers, regional powers, the Sinhala regime and Tamil opportunists and traitors might spew venom against the LTTE and its leader Prabakaran, but the fact remains his memory and what he stood for and what he sacrificed will remain forever etched in the minds of Tamils and their future generations.
United Nations, super powers, regional powers or self-seeking Tamil politicians cannot address the real grievances of Tamils. It is only Tamils under a good and dedicated leadership can move forward. Let us not forget the contribution, sacrifice and good deeds of the past!