Ever since Srilanka (Ceylon) became independent in 1948, the ethnic divide is growing. Nearly one third of the population comprise Tamils, who are an enlilghtened society by cultlure, education, trade, and money power. But the majority Sinhalese argue that Tamils have no right to equal rights. Their divide expanded during 1971 (3rd World Tamil Conference), when the Govt. went all out to jeapardise the conference. In 1983, Jayawardene arranged for the ethnic cleansing by killing as many Tamils as possible. When the Tamils saw their near and dear die before their eyes, they took up arms and are fighting till date. In several countries, other countries come to the aid of suffering people. But no one cares for Lankan Tamils. If this indifference goes on, the whole Tamil population in Lanka will be wiped out.. one day or other.
Tamils all over the world are watching the happenings in Srilanka helplessly as the world watched the genocide of Jews in Germany. The whole Tamil population is being persecuted and that Govt. has made it clear that they wont stop till they are routed. A section of political parties in India are guided by wrong perceptions, injected by selfish people, some sitting at the top of official hierarchy, and others looking after the welfare of a particular class of people, who can never come out successfully with their policies during elections. Only time will have to reply.
It seems that they are not aware of the discontent simmering in Tamilnadu. The advisers in the Prime Minister's office seems not aware of the actual happenings in Sri Lanka. In a book entitled "Language crisis in Srilanka", the actual happenings on 23rd July, 1983 are brought before our eyes. Any human-rights activist can say that the cruelties perpetrated against Tamils amount to war-crimes and crime against humanity. Everyday, Srilankan Tamils wake up before the barrels of the guns and not before their breakfast. India has the moral responsibility to relieve their sufferings as it did in Bangla Desh. Raising the Rajiv Gandhi killing has lost credibility, as the criminals have already been sentenced to death, as in the case if Indira Gandhi and Mahatma Gandhi killings. Continued indifference by Indian authorities will raise the question of national integrity. They should be concerned more about India's integrity and not Srilankan integrity, at the cost of ours.
Thank you Mr.Venu, for bringing this up here Let's hope for the best solution, it's actually a very long time issue!
The actual fighting between Sinhalese and Tamils started after their independence in 1948. Tamils are all Hindus and Srilankans are Budhists. Sinhalese could not allow Tamils to perform religious festivals. It was a continuous process of trouble making by Sinhalese on Tamils till one day in 1983, all their hatred were let loose. They killed Tamils by hundreds. Even prisoners were killed by fellow Sinhalese prisoners inside the prison. Families were routed and killed before the eyes of their relatives. Women killed before their husbands and fathers by Sinhala terrorists. The world is blinded by Indian indifference on the self imposed fear that a free Tamil state is not in the interests of India. But they (Indian policymakers) do not think that a suffering Tamil population will become more aggressive as did Jews in 1940s, Is it in the interests of India? If Indira Gandhi was alive, another Bangladesh would have born on our southern borders. The same reason which existed in Bangladesh prior to 1971 exists in Srilanka now. Rajiv Gandhi in 1983 was on his way to create another Bangladesh; but fate intervened in a negative way. History will judge India's perceptions dictated by selfish people in the Govt.
Indian govt. is simply keeping silent whereas Tamilnadu state govt and tamil people are trying hard to get the attention of central ruling, the troubles should come to an end.
"Webismine" and "Weblog" deserve many thanks. People from their field do not find time to pay attention to social issues like these, because of political overtones attributed to them. Weblog and webismine are brave enough to express their anxiety in this issue. When all other racial, religious, regional and linguistic affinity play a role in defining policies, our society is preoccupied with "discipline, obedience and loyalty to party leadership"... even if there is no recioprocation, from the opposite side.
"Our tradition is not to stand with tyrants, but with the oppressed". These were the words of Smt. Indira Gandhi in the Lok Sabha on 4-12-1971.
"The events on our doorsteps and the resulting flood of refugees into our territory could not but have far reaching repercussions on our country. It was natural that our sympathy should be with these people in their just struggle." These were Smt. Indira Gandhi's declarations in the Lok Sabha on 7-12-1971 during the Bangla Desh war.
The same situation prevails in Srilanka now. But Indian perceptions and traditions have changed against the oppressed.... only to the convenience of the selfish elements in our political arena. Ruling partymen feel they have "proved their obedience" to the leadership by speaking against the oppressed Tamils, linking them with terrorism. They should think what terrorism they have done.. How long can a whole Tamil community bear the state sponsored terrorism in Srilanka? Even if you dont help them, please dont hurt them.
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