Interesting topic on Srilanka.
Topic started by Nambi (@ cache-cro-hsi.cableinet.co.uk) on Sat Apr 27 17:34:45 .
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- From: karibaldi (@ socrates.ti.telenor.net)
on: Fri Aug 9 03:38:34
Use and scorn
The LTTE has constantly switched between expressions of solidarity with India and open contempt.
BYGONES SHOULD be bygones, insisted the LTTE political adviser, Anton Balasingham, when asked about the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi at the now famous Velupillai Prabakaran press conference on April 10. That was when the LTTE was seeking to reopen shop in Tamil Nadu, with Mr. Balasingham wanting to camp in Chennai, citing his own crucial role in the ongoing peace process in Sri Lanka, his delicate health, the availability of medical facilities in the city and its proximity to the LTTE headquarters in Sri Lanka.
At that time, India was the "fatherland" of all Sri Lankan Tamils. The LTTE wanted Indians to forget what happened more than 10 years ago and "look to the future". Barely 10 days later, Tamils in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka were being reminded by the LTTE of the so-called atrocities committed by soldiers of the Indian Peace-Keeping Force during its tenure on the island. The occasion was the death anniversary commemoration of Annai Poopathy, a woman who died during a hunger strike against the IPKF in 1988. The function was held on a grand scale and addressed by several area leaders of the LTTE.
The contrasting portrayals of India at the two events are instructive. Depending on what it stands to gain from each situation, the LTTE has constantly switched between expressions of solidarity with India and open contempt. "We love India. We love the people of India. There is no question of our deploying our arms against Indian soldiers," said Mr. Prabakaran in August 1987. Two months later that love seemed to have evaporated as the LTTE gunned down Indian soldiers who were sent in to disarm the Tigers.
Since then, the LTTE has constantly dinned into the minds of Sri Lankan Tamils the message that India cannot be trusted. "Which politician in India has the credentials to call the LTTE an opportunistic organisation? You should have some qualification to criticise or find fault with the LTTE... We have never depended on Tamil Nadu. There is no need to do so," said Kittu, a trusted aide of Mr. Prabakaran, in an interview to Frontline soon after Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.
Just after the Sri Lankan parliamentary elections last year, as Ranil Wickremesinghe, the newly anointed Prime Minister prepared to leave for India, the Tamil Guardian, a London-based pro-LTTE publication described it as an ill-advised move. The weekly, seen as an accurate reflector of LTTE views, warned that any "unilateral" decisions by the new Government to involve New Delhi in the peace process would heighten suspicion about its intentions. Norway, facilitator of the peace process, could be considered a neutral party because it had no direct interest in the conflict, but the same did not apply to India and other countries, "particularly given their own proscriptions of the LTTE, which naturally entail a moral and partisan condemnation of the Tamil people’s representatives and, by extension, their political aspirations."
Yet, when it seemed like India might present a utilitarian opportunity, three weeks later, the same publication did a volte-face and argued that India must allow Mr. Balasingham to camp in Chennai for its own "geopolitical" advantage. In an editorial titled "India is best placed to provide a venue for talks", India’s ban on the LTTE was not seen as an obstacle as it was based on "as yet unresolved matters not related to the Sri Lankan conflict".
"From India’s perspective, the hosting of such talks should be a relatively uncomplicated matter. As the regional power, India justifiably has vested interests in both securing a speedy negotiated outcome to Sri Lanka’s conflict and in the nature of the settlement itself," the weekly reasoned.- (The Hindu) N.S.
- From: kotiya paiyan (@ 22.214.171.124)
on: Sun Aug 11 08:39:13
Dear Nambi Thambi,
"The title of the human rights group must be
Sinhala chauvanist human rights group."
Nambi Thambi continues to excel in the promotion of idiocy. The UTHR-Jaffna was a group entirely comprised of members of the Jaffna University. They were originally very critical of the Army and the SL Govt., but unlike you and your fellow Eelamist thugs they did not turn a blind eye to the atrocities committed by LTTE against fellow Tamils. The LTTE killed their most outspoken member, Dr. Rajini Thiranagama, and the rest fled from Jaffna.
You goons should be ashamed of yourself. You kill the best of your society and promote the violent thugs. You are truly pitiable.
- From: dilan (@ socrates.ti.telenor.net)
on: Sun Aug 11 09:17:07
i agrre with kottiya paiyan
- From: Nisala (@ 126.96.36.199)
on: Mon Aug 12 15:02:34
It is good to hear from you again. But now that you mention it, I used too harsh language. Nambi never even met a Sinhala person and only blindly trusts what he read on the internet.
You, sir, have met Sinhala people, and thus if you had a negative opinion of Sinhalas then I would understand. Although I make jokes of Uncle Raveen, believe me I take his criticism of Sinhala society seriously though I try not to show it. I would agree that a reform of the govt. and Sinhala society is needed, but this reform is impossible when the separatist terrorists and their mouthpieces are killing people and attempting to promote hatred.
I retract my statements where I called Nambi 'idiot.' They were unfair. But I still believe that Nambi is biased and I cannot take his views seriously.
- From: Nambi (@ cache-bas-hsi.cableinet.co.uk)
on: Mon Aug 12 16:54:41
Now there is no war and what SLA is doing in Tamil areas and Tamil schools. If Nisala is unbiased and really worrying about Tamil children becoming LTTE, then where is his voice on SLA's
occupation of schools. If Nisala really wants
peace, there is really one solution. ie Army
withdrawal from Tamil areas. If Sinhala thugs
think that they can rule Tamils, there is another thug thinks that he can rule Sinhalese.
- From: dilan (@ socrates.ti.telenor.net)
on: Mon Aug 12 17:20:38
first u want army to leave school and next from camp and then from north and last from east, so what next its any bodys guess
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