WHY WE NEED EELAM?
Topic started by Col. Balraj (@ hse-ottawa-ppp239052.sympatico.ca) on Wed Jun 13 22:44:30 .
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The constitutions adopted in 1972 by Sirimavo's SLFP government and the unprovoked brutal killing of innocent Tamils in Jaffna in 1974 while they were participating in a cultural function organized by the Sri Lankan unit of the International Tamil Conference convinced them
that the Sinhalese were becoming not only more and more unreasonable but also aggressive in their domineering stance. The Tamils were forced to come to the inevitable conclusion that they will not be permitted to live with honor and dignity or to have equal rights so long as they remain united with the Sinhala majority. So they decided
to form Tamil Eelam, an independent state of their obtained a mandate from the people for liberation in 1977 general election, the militant youth, embittered by the tragic experiences in the past, took up arms to make their home-land free.
- From: NEUTRAL VIEW (@ )
on: Mon Oct 15 01:48:58
Dear Sir if u dont mind let me add this to your credit.The Tamil people of the island of Ceylon (now called Sri Lanka) constitute a distinct nation. They form a social entity, with their own history, traditions, culture, language and traditional homeland. The Tamil people call their nation 'Tamil Eelam'.
As a nation, Tamils have the inalienable right to self-determination, a universal principle enshrined in the U.N. Charter that guarantees the right of a people to political independence.
Apart from the right to self determination, the Tamil Eelam may also be justified in terms of international law under the concept of reversion of sovereignty and the concept of effectiveness.
Before a succession of western nations (including the Portuguese, Dutch and the British) ruled the island, there were two distinct kingdoms on the island, the Tamil Kingdom in the north and the Sinhala kingdom in the South.
For ease of administration, the British amalgamated the two distinct nations into a single entity with its capital in Colombo. The British gave Ceylon independence in 1948, handing over control of the entire island to a Sinhalese government, based in Colombo, which renamed the island Sri Lanka.
The Sinhala state's oppression of the Tamil people began in various forms almost immediately, attacking everything that defined the Tamils as a nation.
A series of laws that discriminated against Tamils were implemented. These included making Sinhala, instead of English, the only official language of the country, i.e. Tamils could not be employed unless they learnt Sinhala. The educational structures were altered to restrict Tamil admissions to higher education. Investment in Tamil areas was minimised.
Recruitment of Tamils into the security forces was restricted. The Sri Lankan security forces are almost exclusively Sinhalese. The security forces have been responsible for and continue to carry out human rights abuses and atrocities against Tamil civilians on a genocidal scale.
Sinhala colonisation of traditional Tamil areas was started in the fifties, and was intensified in the eighties with the security forces wiping out Tamil villages and replacing them with Sinhala settlements. Colonisation continues unabated.
Anti-Tamil rioting, with the active participation of the Sri Lankan security forces, has claimed thousands of Tamil lives. Thousands more suffered torture and rape.
As the Tamil people sense of helplessness deepened, Tamil politicians advocated a separate Tamil state. In 1977, the Tamil United Liberation Front resolved in its Vaddukoddai Resolution to campaign for political independence on the basis of the Tamil nation's right to self- determination.
At the general elections of 1977, the TULF demanded a clear mandate from the Tamil people to launch a national campaign to establish the sovereignty of the Tamil homeland. These elections were effectively a referendum the Tamil speaking people voted overwhelmingly in favour of secession.
The Tamil call for independence was met by island wide anti-Tamil rioting. The Sri Lankan government forced all elected MPs to take an oath that they would not seek a separate state.
With all democratic ways to achieve equality having failed repeatedly, an armed struggle for independence began, led by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). International Law recognises that the armed resistance of the Tamil people to Sri Lankan rule is lawful and just.
Today, the LTTE has evolved into a military and political organisation representing the aspirations and hopes of the Tamil people.
- From: Expat (@ 22.214.171.124)
on: Tue Oct 16 21:34:48
I beg to differ with you. The LTTE no longer cares about hyped up human-rights abuses of the Sri Lankan army. The LTTE is only after Tamil Eelam. I refer to the "Broken Palmyrah" on this point. The LTTE is willing to sacrifice any number of small children and civilians for its ruthless cause.
The LTTE spreads lies about the Sinhalese people to create nationalist fervor among vulnerable Tamils. While more than 100,000 Tamils live among more several million Sinhalese in Colombo, the LTTE claims the Sinhelse-dominated government is conducting a so-called war of genocide against the Tamils. The fact is, genocide does not take 20 years to complete.
The LTTE is willing to cheat the world to get its way. It is willing to cheat its own people to get its way. This is the way of the LTTE. People are pawns. Their value is momentary. Is this democratic? Is it at all better than what the Sri Lankan government has to offer? Let the Tamil people decide.
- From: NEUTRAL VIEW (@ dialpool-210-214-5-71.maa.sify.net)
on: Fri Oct 19 09:42:21
please answert me who are the people fighting in LTTE , 20 years LTTE has grown into a well organised army . It is because the support of the Tamil people. Ok sir.
And not like the Arabs, Afghans, Pakistanis joining with local terrorists of Kashmir ,fighting in our land Kashmir.
In kashmir there is full rights given by Indian govt.
But in tamil areas srilanka govt. supresses and denies fundamental rights to the Tamil people ,this is the cause for their struggle.
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