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New Delhi must step up pressure on Mahinda Rajapaksa to evolve a new political system

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by Prof. V. Suryanarayan

Human Rights organizations and Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora have valid reasons to be jubilant about the outcome of the 19th Session of Human Rights Council held in Geneva on March 22, 2012.

There was intense lobbying by the Sri Lankan Government to defeat the US sponsored resolution to promote reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka.

On the other hand, activists in the Tamil diaspora ceaselessly campaigned, supported by human rights groups, to hold the Sri Lankan Government accountable for the gross human rights violations and the killing of nearly 40,000 innocent civilians during the last stages of the Fourth Eelam War.

There was one common bond uniting those who were for and against Sri Lanka. Both sides were keen to get India’s support to their point of view. And in the end, it was the human rights groups which had reasons to be satisfied with the outcome. They were quite happy that New Delhi voted for the resolution, which marked a welcome change in India’s Sri Lanka policy.

The highly respected, soft spoken Christian priest, Fr. SJ Emmanuel, President of the Global Tamil Forum, hailed the UN resolution as the “first step in seeking justice” for thousands of innocent Tamil civilians who “died in vain” during the war. He added that the Tamils were particularly “thankful” to the Government and people of India for supporting the cause of justice.

The change in India’s Sri Lanka policy is a reflection of fresh thinking in the South Block. Needless to say, New Delhi was not happy with the Sri Lankan Government because it had failed to fulfill its promises relating to the implementation of the 13th Amendment.

What is more, Colombo had not come forward with any constructive proposals to solve the ethnic problem. The Tissa Vitharana and the expert committee reports are gathering dust. The talks with the leaders of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) have reached an impasse.

India’s stance in Geneva and the UN Resolution are clear signals that the international community will not be misguided by Colombo’s empty gestures. The change was also facilitated by sustained pressure exerted by political parties in Tamil Nadu, including the Indian National Congress, that New Delhi should vote for the US sponsored resolution.

The reaction of Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G L Peiris that the voting was determined not by “merits” of the issue, but by “strategic alliances and domestic issues” is clear misreading of Indian realities. Though Prof. Peiris did not mention any specific country, it was apparent that his reference was to India.

In a large country like India bilateral relations with neighbouring countries will have their benign/adverse fall out on contiguous Indian states. During the era of one party dominance, the Government of India could afford to ignore the wishes of the states and pursue a foreign policy, which it considered to be good in national interest.

Two illustrations can be cited to prove this point with reference to Tamil Nadu-New Delhi equation. The conclusion of the Sirimvao-Shastri Pact, 1964 and the maritime boundary agreements of 1974 and 1976 did not take into consideration the views of important political streams in Tamil Nadu. However, with coalition governments coming to power in the Centre and the regional parties playing a national role, a two way process started.

The regional parties could influence India’s neighbouhood policy, equally relevant New Delhi could influence the thinking of regional parties on foreign policy issues. What is more important, the Indian Foreign Office has become more sensitive to the aspirations of regional players.

Ranjan Mathai, the Foreign Secretary, articulated this point of view when he said, few months ago, that in a federal state like India the centre’s policy should also reflect the views of the federal units; there is no contradiction between the two.

In what ways did India’s current stance differ from earlier policies? It must be pointed out that in 2009 when the issue of human rights violations was brought before the Human Rights Council, India solidly backed, along with Russia and China, the government of Sri Lanka and defeated the resolution.

Not only that, a resolution, with India’s support, was passed by majority congratulating Sri Lanka for defeating LTTE, a ruthless terrorist organization. Equally relevant India was opposed to any country -specific resolution. After weighing various pros and cons, including the intransigent attitude of Colombo, New Delhi this time decided to support a country-specific resolution. In that process, New Delhi parted company with other Asian countries, like Maldives, Bangladesh, Pakistan, China and Indonesia. Some of these countries have skeletons in their cupboard and they know that in future the tables can be turned against them.

To illustrate, take the case of Indonesia. After the downfall of Sukarno in 1965, the Sri Lankan armed forces massacred thousands of innocent people. In East Timor the Indonesian army committed several atrocities. Naturally one cannot expect Indonesia to vote for a resolution which points an accusing finger at the Sri Lankan government. After all, the birds of the same feather flock together.

Few additional points deserve mention. The resolution does not make any mention about the Darusman Committee, which was appointed by the UN Secretary General, to enquire into human rights violations in Sri Lanka. It would have been appropriate if a mention was specifically made to efforts made by the UN to find out the truth.

The Darusman Report has made reference to several human rights violations, like the killing of civilians in no-war zones, savage attacks on hospitals, orphanages, temples and churches, the sufferings of the IDPs and suspected Tiger guerrillas and the attempts made by the Government to stop the working of international relief organizations. What is more, the Darusman Report had emphatically maintained that what happened during the final stages of the war was in sharp contrast to Colombo’s assertions. Colombo’s defence had been that it was carrying out a “humanitarian rescue operation” with “zero civilian casualties”.

An important component of the UN Resolution is that it has welcomed the constructive recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). The LLRC was appointed by the Sri Lankan Government to make recommendations as to how to bring about ethnic reconciliation, in the light of the protracted ethnic conflict. Its terms of reference did not include an enquiry into human rights violations. Even then the report has highlighted significant ills that plague Sri Lanka today.

In particular, the Report has pointed out that there are widespread allegations of “extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances”; the necessity to “demilitarize” the Northern Province; evolve mechanisms to resolve land disputes; reach an immediate solution on the question of devolving power to the provinces; and the necessity to enforce rule of law and freedom of expression. Even though six months have elapsed since the submission of the LLRC report, the Government of Sri Lanka has not shown any interest to implement its recommendations.

What is more, if one goes by the past record, the Government had appointed several committees to enquire into human rights violations, some of these commissions did not submit any report; in the case of few others the reports were shelved without publication, but in all cases the Government had turned a “Nelson’s eye” on the recommendations. The UN Resolution has rightly acknowledged the “positive contributions” of the LLRC and has called upon the Sri Lankan Government to implement them expeditiously.

India’s Sri Lanka policy, as Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh has pointed out, stems from two inter-related principles; first, the unity and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and second, the Tamils should be provided with an opportunity to enjoy justice and human dignity. Therefore, the Indian diplomats bent backwards and exercised considerable pressure to ensure that the resolution did not infringe upon Sri Lankan sovereignty.

The UN should also not be seen as playing an intrusive role. As a result the original resolution was amended. The revised resolution requested Sri Lanka to chalk out a “comprehensive action plan” dealing with steps the Government had taken and proposes to take to implement the LLRC report. What is more, the role of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has been whittled down.

The UN High Commissioner has to function “in consultation with and with the concurrence” of the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations and also to address alleged violations of international law. What will be the consequence, if the Government of Sri Lanka refuses to accept the recommendations of the UN High Commissioner? A political stalemate will follow. How will this stalemate be resolved? The resolution is silent on the subject.

It must be pointed out that on the question of protection and promotion of human rights New Delhi has taken a hesitant, but welcome, step. But if we go by the past record of the Government of India, it becomes clear that New Delhi had always championed the cause of human rights. Whether against the practice of apartheid by the white South African Government or whether against the atrocities perpetrated by the Pakistani army against the civilians in East Pakistan, India had mobilized international support in defence of the affected people.

In the case of Fiji, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi mobilized international opinion which paved the way for the expulsion of Rambuka Government from the Commonwealth. Even in the case of Sri Lanka, in the post-1983 period, India was in the vanguard in highlighting the human rights violations. The Indian Embassies were in touch with international human rights organizations and apprised them of ground realities.

The Government of India permitted the Tamil Information Centre to open branches in Chennai and Madurai and it launched a vigorous campaign in favour of Sri Lankan Tamils. Unfortunately after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi by the suicide squad of the LTTE, the pendulum swung to the other extreme.

New Delhi withdrew into a shell and adopted a hands off policy towards Sri Lanka. During the Fourth Eelam War, not only New Delhi assisted the Sri Lankan war machine in several ways, it did not also recognize the reality that the war against the Tigers had degenerated into a war against Tamil civilians. The welcome step taken in Geneva should be the precursor of a more vibrant and dynamic foreign policy on the question of human rights.

India cannot afford to follow a foreign policy of cynicism and opportunism as China does. In its eagerness to strengthen state-to-state relations China has extended blind support to dictatorial governments, whether in Myanmar, Cambodia, Pakistan or Sri Lanka.

From an Indian perspective, Sri Lanka, as Prime Minister Indira Gandhi pointed out in the aftermath of the 1983 communal holocaust, is “not just another country”, what happens there will have its immediate fallout in India. Equally relevant, India cannot afford to have an alienated Tamil minority in its close neighbourhood. Taking these factors into consideration New Delhi should step up pressure on Mahinda Rajapaksa to evolve a new political system, where multiple identities can co-exist harmoniously, where a Tamil can be a Tamil, while being a Sri Lankan.

Dr. V. Suryanarayan is Senior Professor and Director (Retd), Centre for South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Madras. He is currently associated with two think tanks in Chennai, the Center for Asia Studies and the Chennai Centre for China Studies. He was a member of the National Security Advisory Board of the Government of India for one term

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  1. I am 100% sure on one thing. withing next 5 years Sri lanka will be a blood bath gain. West,India and Tamil diaspora must responsible for that. West hate Mahinda because he prefer China and Rassia. West does not care about Human right. Beacase US is the worst HR violator ever exist in human history. what they care is only government change in Sri Lanka and have a president who care about West. If next election ,if that happen Tamil diaspora only just shit for the west. Tamil diaspora is consist Tamils who has no idea about current sri lanka. They never set their foot in SL last 30 years. Their thinking is 30 years old. what they doing now will create new problems in SL and generate hatred toward tamils who live in SL. Untimely SL will be blood bath. But Sri lankans only can curse to west, India and Tamil diaspora

  2. its a shame The highly respected, soft spoken Christian priest, Fr. SJ Emmanuel did not have these viewes when the LTTE were spilling rivers of Blood of all civilians.. Its a shame that the The highly respected, soft spoken Christian priest, Fr. SJ Emmanuel did not put pressure when the LTTE many times broke Peace talks while building their Weapons Arsenal to prolong the war and thus killing more civilians of all races in Lanka.. How these people try to rewrite history.. the soft spoken Christian priest, Fr. SJ Emmanuel dod not condem Tamil nadu or India for introducing terror and training and funding terrorist to Kill civilians.. highly respected, soft spoken Christian priest, Fr. SJ Emmanuel has not and All other soft spoken LTTE diaspora Leaders have not Expressed sorrow which the LTTE more than met and went beyond the descrimination which the tamils have suffered on Sinhala, Muslim, Bugher and other citizens of Lanka. within 30 years.. So where is this TAMIL COLLECTIVE GUILT… WHAT HAS HAPPEND TO TAMIL COLLECTIVE GUILT.. that ravaged ALL LANKANS….. how can you have a TRUE PEACE as they say WITHOUT THESE SOFT SPOKEN PEOPLE Diaspora NOT acknowledging TAMIL COLLECTIVE GUILT…. in the world of one EX LTTE Fighter..WE MARCHED INTO THE SINHALA, MUSLIM VILLAGES AND tOWNS.. WE KILLED THE CIVILIANS.. STARNGLED THE WOMEN, BURNT THE CHILDREN… EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT WE BRING… ONE DAY THEY WILL COME LOOKING FOR US FOR WHAT WE HAVE DONE… TAMIL COLLECTIVE GUILT????

  3. its a shame The highly respected, soft spoken Christian priest, Fr. SJ Emmanuel did not have these viewes when the LTTE were spilling rivers of Blood of all civilians.. Its a shame that the The highly respected, soft spoken Christian priest, Fr. SJ Emmanuel did not put pressure when the LTTE many times broke Peace talks while building their Weapons Arsenal to prolong the war and thus killing more civilians of all races in Lanka.. How these people try to rewrite history.. the soft spoken Christian priest, Fr. SJ Emmanuel dod not condem Tamil nadu or India for introducing terror and training and funding terrorist to Kill civilians.. highly respected, soft spoken Christian priest, Fr. SJ Emmanuel has not and All other soft spoken LTTE diaspora Leaders have not Expressed sorrow which the LTTE more than met and went beyond the descrimination which the tamils have suffered on Sinhala, Muslim, Bugher and other citizens of Lanka. within 30 years.. So where is this TAMIL COLLECTIVE GUILT… WHAT HAS HAPPEND TO TAMIL COLLECTIVE GUILT.. that ravaged ALL LANKANS….. how can you have a TRUE PEACE as they say WITHOUT THESE SOFT SPOKEN PEOPLE Diaspora NOT acknowledging TAMIL COLLECTIVE GUILT…. in the words of one EX LTTE Fighter..WE MARCHED INTO THE SINHALA, MUSLIM VILLAGES AND tOWNS.. WE KILLED THE CIVILIANS.. STARNGLED THE WOMEN, BURNT THE CHILDREN… EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT WE BRING… ONE DAY THEY WILL COME LOOKING FOR US FOR WHAT WE HAVE DONE… TAMIL COLLECTIVE GUILT????

  4. It was stated somewhere that 600 UN Resolutions relating to Cuba have not
    see the light of the day, and what happen if this is the case with GOSL –
    to score Votes against the main Opposition at the next Elections?

  5. Thank you very much Sir for publishing a nice piece of writing.
    Hope the good thoughts in the writing will be realized.

  6. “New Delhi had always championed the cause of human rights. Whether against the practice of apartheid by the white South African Government or whether against the atrocities perpetrated by the Pakistani army against the civilians in East Pakistan, India had mobilized international support in defence of the affected people.

    During the Fourth Eelam War, not only New Delhi assisted the Sri Lankan war machine in several ways, it did not also recognize the reality that the war against the Tigers had degenerated into a war against Tamil civilians.

    India cannot afford to follow a foreign policy of cynicism and opportunism as China does. In its eagerness to strengthen state-to-state relations China has extended blind support to dictatorial governments, whether in Myanmar, Cambodia, Pakistan or Sri Lanka.

    From an Indian perspective, Sri Lanka, as Prime Minister Indira Gandhi pointed out in the aftermath of the 1983 communal holocaust, is “not just another country”, what happens there will have its immediate fallout in India. Equally relevant, India cannot afford to have an alienated Tamil minority in its close neighborhood.”
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    Through the above paragraphs, Prof. Suryanarayan, put it very bluntly, what India’s obligations now are and what the Sinhalese should and should not do. But, wait a minute Professor. Are you joking with a tribe which takes pleasure in fighting against even the super-power. Nothing will move the Sinhalese, unless a real strong pressure is applied by the foreign powers or another militancy is created.

  7. Fr. SJ Emmanuel highly respected? Didn’t he say that Prabakaran was like Jesus? Cannot change stripes so easily where you say the killer of the prime minister of india was like Jesus and now become human rights champion.

  8. India is now a lost case as far as SL concerned. Indian pressures dont work on Sri Lanka in the future.

    UNHRC is now a useless organization and become a tool to intimidate others.

    If UNHRC cannot impose anything against Isreal, they cant do anything against Sri lanka as well.

  9. /////But if we go by the past record of the Government of India, it becomes clear that New Delhi had always championed the cause of human rights////////////

    This will remain joke of the modern India forever. Champion of Human rights meaning raping and abducting women in Kashmir, Manipur and many north eastern parts of India. Best one was recently Ministers in Karnataka state assembly watched pornographic materials in the house. Lol author of this article must be modern GOEBBELS…..

  10. The Sinhalese will vehemently oppose any implementation of LLRC recommendations which may result in harsher UN resolutions to come in a year or two.Sinhalese do not see the need to give in anything to Tamils as they have always assumed that out of the kindness of their hearts they have let Tamils live in this island.

  11. India has made vast strides within the last two decades, – if the term super power has any meaning any more India is interested in it!

    India has a policy towards Sri Lanka, no doubt. But, that policy is as steady as the fortunes of the super powers. USSR has fallen; China is emerging. USA is fading; India is aspiring.

    The US is aware of this dynamism. What should it do? …. … .

    The US has thought about it. The US is acting rigorously on a game plan.

    Is India conscious of this dynamism? What should it be doing? Is what India is doing today adequate enough? The answers to these vital questions have long term implications to India. The steps it takes will reverberate in the corridors of Sri Lanka.

    The US has a record of dismantling USSR of old. It would not give up its reputation as ‘the only super power’ in a hurry or without a struggle.

    The reaction of India to the US sponsored resolution at UNHCR should be looked at in this light.

    The US has no love for India. The sole aim of the US is to destabilize China! India has no qualms being amenable to the US.

    Sri Lanka has never been true to India. India knows it as well as you do. It never had to demonstrate it publicly.

    The new-found love for China that Sri Lanka so openly displays was enough for India to act. Knowing the US anxiety over China, India did not want to miss the opportunity!

  12. Prof.Suriyanarayanan, please stop saying things justifying the U.S. sponsored UN resolution which a weak congress government supported mainly due to pressure from its regional allies, and in fear of losing power at the centre. Nowadays, many people who have known the real ground situation in Sri Lanka keep informing the outsiders(through many a websites like this one (as most of the publishing media have lost the journalistic ethics) as to what is taking place in Sri Lanka and how the diaspora Tamils (a good many of them were able to find greener pasture because of the war) and the pro-LTTE elements with the assistance of western powers (who have vested interests for themselves) twisting the truth to suit their purpose, people like you who may have never been to Sri Lanka, but have been preached by people like your “highly respected” Fr. SJ Emmanuel, don’t have to educate the common mass about Sri Lankan affairs. I have met many soft talking people with very bad motives and hard talking people with good qualities. We, Sri Lankans, have many relatives who have experienced and witnessed the real brunt of war and learned through them the real story there. We do not take the media reports and bulletins published by NGO’s and so called Human Rights Champions as gospel truth as we know that almost all of them run business and a business is run for profits only.

  13. Reproducing my comment from: February 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    India has lost its rightful clout over SL by its own action; nay, by its inaction. The question now is, can India recover from its follies?

    Yes, it can. It has to. It will.

    The next question is, how nimble would India have to be?

    India has very little time left for it to begin its course correction. The UNHRC resolution against SL is so pivotal an occasion India will not want to waste.

    It is up to SL to get the hint.

  14. “The highly respected, soft spoken Christian priest, Fr. SJ Emmanuel, President of the Global Tamil Forum”

    Fr. SJ Emmanuel may be very “respected” among certain elements within the diaspora. But he has no respect among masses in Sri Lanka.

    India need to work together in a positive way with Govt of Sri Lanka. Putting undue pressure and cornering Mahinda Rajapaksa is not going to help anyone, especially the Tamils in former war zones.

  15. LLRC is a Presidential Commission. It has nothing to do with the mandate of UNHRC. Further the Sri Lankan Parliament must accept the LLRC report. There is no need to accept the LLRC report by the SL Parliament. UNHRC is not above the Sri lankan Parliament.

    America and India now created an atmosphere to abandon the LLRC report. America now relaxed the rules of GUN sales to Sri Lanka. Why? Any American backed LTTE terror again?

  16. We have to wait and watch, what will be Sri Lanka’s next course of action. Sri Lanka is one country always with a begging bowl, and lives of the donations of other countries. If no action is taken the European nations will take it to the ICC, and Santions will follow. Teh US will make sure that the Tamils of the North East arenot affected by delivering supplies, and Sri Lanka will not have the guts to attack the US. The next 5 years will be intresting development. It is intresting to note that US and European nations brought about this resolution. Wheras the Asians shamefully voted for this draconian government. Good decision by India, by breaking away from the NAM culture, which does not serve any purpose. We have to allign ourself with the US and Europe, as Indians are getting more educated and globalised, and stupid to stick up for our poor asian neighbours. Being friendly with Sri Lanka does not serve any strategic purpose. Sri Lanka is getting cosier with China and Pakistan. The hatred the buddhist clergy have for the hindus is clear in the streets of Sri Lanka (having visitied that country many times). Indira Gandhi foolishly gave away Kachatheevu, and Indian Island to Sri Lanka, and the fishing rights which the Indian fishermen had for thousands of years have been lost. Now, the Chinese are building infrastructure on this Island, with the intension of spying and de-stablising the island. India shoudl forcibly invade and occupy Kachatheeva, and chase the Chinese out. It was in India’s interest to support the formation of Ealem, which though is Hindu populated would have been more secular, and with many of its people settled in Europe, would have a modern outlook, and considered India as a friendly nation. Ealem was moving towards same time zone as India, and there were also talks of a common currency as India. The tamils have pictures of Hindu gods, and also Indian leaders like Gandhi, Nehru, Bose and Indira Gandhi in their homes. However Sonia Gandhi and the Congress in their blind hatred, wanted vengence and had the Tamils defeated. However, throughout the histroy of Sri Lanks, the conflict between teh Tamils and Buddhists have been going on for several thousand years. Sometimes the Tamils won and sometimes the Singhalese. This time the Singhalese have won. But a day will come when the Tamils win, may come in 50 years or 100 years but it will happen. And the Elaem will allign with India, to safeguard itself against the Singalese fanatics.

  17. LTTE is gone still Sinhalese raise the bogey of LTTE to justify and continue their genocide and extermination of all Tamils from SriLanka. The single minded goal of Sinhalese from 1950 was to drive out all Tamils from SriLanka and for that they indulged in systematic discrimination against the Tamils. LTTE was a reaction to such genocide and extermination of Tamils by the Sinhalese and if such genocide and extermination of Tamils continues, it will only end in the creation of a separate Tamil Country in SriLanka by World Powers. The brutal Sinhalese regime cannot hide behind China’s skirt for long and also cannot stop the creation of a separate Tamil country for SriLankan Tamils in SriLanka.

  18. Well done India……do what is right and justice.
    Sure, LTTE killed Rajive. Tamils did not.
    You wanted justice so you helped SL killet he LTTE along with many many innocent Tamils.
    Now, since the LTTE is gone, you have done the right thing.
    Please help the Tamils, now that the LTTE is gone. Let us get a fare share. 13++ is the only way!!

  19. San!!
    …….Putting undue pressure and cornering Mahinda Rajapaksa is not going to help anyone, especially the Tamils in former war zones”……..
    If that is the case, I think, ICC will get involved. The resolution looks pretty watered down, make no mistake there is a big sting if you read between the lines.

  20. Kalana,
    how many times Ceylon / SL has changed her constituions since 1948 by the ruling parties led by UNP or SLFP ?
    How many pacts signed between Ruling parties and Tamil Parties and not hnoured the pacts between 1948 and 1983 ? Only pact I remember that was implemented is Srima- Shastri pact.

    Between 1948 and 1983 for all the riots and insurgencies or the uprising in the South that happened who were responsible the successive governments or parties in opposition or the Diaspora ?

    Is LTTE is the only one instrumental in making JR- Rajiv pact not implemented ? Was Gall Face Green incident involving a naval officer, a drama or real ? Who were instrumental or supported from behind for LTTE to fight IPKF ?

    I think even now the West and India are more supportive of the GOSL than the Tamils of NE who had been crying for political equality and rights since SWRD Banda’s days. So the successive GOSL of SL supported by the majority has failed to resolve the issues on their own. They used the regional powers and IC and super powers to deny a lasting political solution to the Tamils. It looks like even the LLRC they want to dilute or make it fail. It looks like US ,India and China have their power politics at play and the GOSL is taking advantage of that to deny permanent solution through devolution of powers to Tamils.

  21. Not New Delhi, We Sri Lankans should decide what we want and get the government to do that. External interference = violence again. We do not want it any more. No to terrorism for ever.

  22. Should the Tamils not have a right to cry about huge civilian deaths

    When Sinhalas were killing their poor youth 89-90, there was case of civilian shield

    Sinhalese have killed more of their own than what the Tamils managed in 30 years

    They are primarily responsible for stating this, tigers the result

    We must have a new culture of respect and brotherhood and go about it with the same zeal as the Elam war 4.

  23. ” If you bend your back you will give chance to the others to climb on it” it was the answer given by Iswarya Rai in the Miss world pageant of 1994. I think it is a commonly used phrase in India. Look at America- before they brought the resolution they sent massage directly to Sri Lanka informing about bringing the resolution. Learn it from America if you don’t want to learn it from Iswarya Rai. When they started using China card India must have started using LTTE card if they were having strong back like America. For so many years they are still on the run. To please Sri Lanka, Foreign minister is sending letter and then the Prime minister himself sending letter. If you are so much afraid think of forming an alliance with a strong country instead of running behind a tiny Nation.

  24. this suryanarayan have guts to label sinhalease as racists and term Fr.emmanuael as soft spoken and highly respected but
    its a pity that he cant makeup his mind to ask tamil nadu to stop poaching and bottom trawling.

  25. India has been cunningly planning day and night to stop the economic progress of Sri Lanka, in numerous methods. They did it through the Tamiul terrorists, they did it through Rajiv and they did it through UN this time.

    They fear that educated, hardworking and adventurous Sri Lankans, if given the opportunity, would quickly outsmart the Indians.

    But, hey, we are in no hurry. We’ll go our journey, in our own terms at our own speed. Because our pride and peace we have created is non-negotiable, and priceless.

  26. India,has done nothing but just vote for the resolution.the reason was to keep the govt of manmohan sings party intact,as if it didnt the govt would collapse due to tamilnadu parties who is in the coalition.
    SL govt especially due to Mahinda will not adhere to UNHCR,but to the LLRC,with also only the specifics implemented.
    Since the Iraq situation the world has disintegrated, which most of the time,the powerful countries like Russia,China are
    against USA led western countries.
    by the time the next UN session comes the tamil parties would be bought by the govt os SL,parts of the LLRC will be implemented and the Ltte diaspora will be back to square one,China and Russia will be firmly placed in SL and India would be side lined.
    Remember:Not only Sri Lanka suffered because of LTTE,indai too,the big question-WHO CREATED LTTE,it was INDIA.which paid the price with RAJIV GANDHI’S LIFE.

  27. On the day of the vote on the resolution was taken it was 24 for 15 against and 8 absent. Another resolution was tabled and voted for the vote was 46 for and 1 against. This resolution was against Israel. Interestingly Hillary Clinton on the same day warned Sri Lanka that time is running out and LLRC should be implemented immediately. But she never spoke about the Israel resolution where it was resolved that a fact finding mission be undertaken to GAZA and report be submitted to the council. What hypocrisy by Clinton she is using her club to punish a small country, but in respect of Israel she was strangely silent. This is the price of money and vote for coming congressional elections.It is the same with the hypocrite soft spoken Christian priest, Fr. SJ Emmanuel who spoke nothing when 90,000 MUslims were frog marched with only the clothes they were wearing on, and requested never to return on the pain of death. Once a thriving community are now living in penury in the South in refugee camps. The diaspora are not refugees but economic refugees who needs to keep the tamil problem burning in Sri Lanka, so that they can continue to thrive and live a life of luxury.The poor Tamils of Sri Lanka are not interested about the LLRC on any other C but only want to carry on with their lives. The recent vote for councils would be a good reminder the TNA got votes not even 10% of the population voted for them. They say they are speaking for the Tamils what rubbish.60% of the Tamils are living in the south and carrying out their lives peacefully with the majority community and they are thriving my only request to all don’t spoil the peace and help the government. The 30 years problem cannot be solved overnight.Get the Diaspora people to send their monies to people in Sri Lanka who are trying to live with the galloping inflation and not to give the hypocrite Fr. SJ Emmanuel who is going round the world staying in 5 star hotel and holding boru shows.

  28. Very interesting what the Indian media is saying pre-UNHRC resolution and post-UNHRC resolution. I’m sure India is putting the South Asian region in to a hot spot.

    i’m not sure why this writer is so in love with the ‘The highly respected, soft spoken Christian priest, Fr. SJ Emmanuel, ‘ Who has been a LTTE supporter and now turned a HR activist to achieve. But his goal has not changed. I would call him a cunning wolf in sheep cloths.

  29. Correction to the above comment.

    Who has been a LTTE supporter and now turned a HR activist to achieve Tamil Ealam.

  30. This prof.lost all his credibility the moment he hung himself with the 40,000 lie which was created by Gordon Wiess to promote his book and he himself have now admitted that he is not certain about that figure.
    When will the Tamils who crave for an Eelam, realise that not India,US,Uk or any one else is going to help them get it.They are only interested in their own agendas and only using the Eelam project,the diaspora and thier money. The TNA politicians are in the same boat and may be worse because they will not allow any kind of a settlement just to maintain their importance and sustenance.

    If the Tamil diaspora are after revange,they are not going to have that either because you can have revange only if you have the capacity to avenge in the first place and your claims are just based on the truth,which is not 100%the case.
    If the tamils are after justice they only can not have it.The Sihalese and the Muslims also deserve justice.
    And if the Tamils are after reconciliation and peaceful coexistace,you can not have it by holding a gun or a knife demanding it.Especially not after having your revenge.
    It will have to be on a forgive and forget basis from all sides. I see the Sinhalese and the muslims are already there waitng for the Tamils to join in even though the people on the ground are for it, the Diaspora and the TNA are holding back encouraged by certain countries and people with selfinterests.
    If some thing is not done sooner,it will be the innocent suffering Tamils who sufferred through out for decades will continue to suffer, until the people concerned make a decision. Or may be these people will make the decision for you one day.

  31. I am very proud of my little country Srilanka. One day who knows we may tell India to do what and when. It is always nice to have a good and obedient neighbour like India.

  32. Please have a close look at this statement by the learned Prof. Is this statement a mistake or deliberate lie to vilify Sri Lanka ?
    He says ,”To illustrate, take the case of Indonesia. After the downfall of Sukarno in 1965, the Sri Lankan armed forces massacred thousands of innocent people.”

  33. Please look at the following statement by Prof. S. Is it a mistake or a deliberate lie ? Sri Lankan forces were never anywhere in Indonesia. Prof. kindly clarify.
    “To illustrate, take the case of Indonesia. After the downfall of Sukarno in 1965, the Sri Lankan armed forces massacred thousands of innocent people”.

  34. Dear Mr Jeyaraj,

    Thanks For publishing this article. Yes its time the Tamils in Sri Lanka given space to live with dignity and self respect

  35. Dear Mr Jeyaraj,

    Thanks for publishing this article. Yes its time the Tamils in Sri Lanka given space to live with dignity and self respect

  36. western countries and UN which is now moving resolutions on sri lanka should bear the responsibility for failure to criticize LTTE when they refused to let civilians escape.when sl gov declared NFZ LTTE didnot accepted that but moved to those zones and continued their fight at that occassion US and others should have brought pressure upon them.

  37. LTTE have been whipped out in 2009, still the sinhalase are taking about LTTE crimes.This shows that they are not ready to given any political solution for the tamils.From the comments in the blog it is very clear that MR and sinhala people are in mahavamsa mind set, do not have any mercy on tamils.So the LTTE and prabhakaran did not cooperated with the sinhala successive government.tamil eelam is the final solution for tamils.

  38. LOOK GUYS. Have you noticed something common with the Sinhala nationalist voices in the media & elsewhere? In one voice, all of them are saying:
    1. Sri Lanka is a sovereign nation (Swaireebhavaya) = Meaning: we can kill anyone, rape anyone, loot anyone, its none of your business.

    2. All those who speak against Sinhala (Govt.) action has to be traitor = Meaning: We love being liers, murderers, looters & rapists- No dissent!

    3. Apey rata, jaathiya, aagama (our country, nation & religion) = Meaning: “Buddhist Only” country, Sinhala nation, Buddhism (Terrorvada or Theravada ).

    4. Gammanpila (Moron)writing to TNA…. “…We always won against you the Tamils -The secret of our success is Buddhism” = Meaning: Unleashing terror within a micro-second and being ruhtless. Still you don’t find anyone (a single Buddhist monk) talking about the human misery due to their Institutional Racism (Backed by Buddhism).

    5. Daily News headline on 23rd March 2012 ” MIGHT OVERRULES RIGHT” = Meaning: You can’t say we are at fault – We did the killings due to the evolution. We are the “Master Race /Aryans” We ought to destroy the weaker party to keep the MIGHTY RACE evolving…Darwins gift to the world of Mass Murders. We may kill children caught in the wrong time, wrong moment – But, we are good people. Don’t blame us – Blame Blavatsky & Olcott for introducing us to the Occult Religion of Theosophy that teaches us that we are the Master Race…..

    Oh, I hate to repeat these morons’ animality wasting my time….

  39. Take a Hike
    what nonsense you are talking my beloved Ravana
    Thamilian issue is not an internal matter any more
    It is now an international issue
    Even all Ravanas from Lanka object international intervention it does not work this time
    Criminals in Lanka will see their friends from Rwanda, Somalia, Congo, Liberia . Serbia in HAGUE SOON
    Your country is a small country compare to India which is a very rich country so just stop talking nonsense ya
    You beggers need us more than we need you

  40. @Ganapathy Moorthy

    “Nowadays, many people who have known the real ground situation in Sri Lanka keep informing the outsiders(through many a websites like this one (as most of the publishing media have lost the journalistic ethics) as to what is taking place in Sri Lanka and how the diaspora Tamils (a good many of them were able to find greener pasture because of the war) and the pro-LTTE elements with the assistance of western powers (who have vested interests for themselves) twisting the truth to suit their purpose”

    So are you saying that the TNA, the democratically elected representatives of and by the tamil people have no idea what the real ground situation is in Sri-Lanka? Because they were the ones who staunchly supported the UN resolution. Logic my boy, basic logic beats all information from all websites. This “no one knows about the real ground situation in Sri-Lanka” has been beaten to death – it does not fool anybody anymore.

  41. Dr.Bharath: YOU ARE SO RIGHT!!
    Sri Lanka, is a small country with a huge mole called an EGO, stuck to their brains.
    Sri lanka has nothing to offer to the world in terms of anything. Only one thing it has is Cricket, this is also heavily bankrupt and practically it has become a political organization.
    Only one thing it had produced is Tea! that’s it.
    Our imports far exceed the exports. Lately, we have started to import rice and onions. So a big HiFi to our politicians who are clowns and retards.
    So, SL-govt , as you say …….please go ahead and disregard the UNHCR – resolution! Don’t do anything.
    ICC will take it from there, most likely they will fry you!!!

  42. Raja,

    TNA is the political face of LTTE. Can you deny that. TNA itself was the creation of LTTE and what the TNA MPs do is to fan the emotions and sentiments of the Tamils rather than their rational thinking power. They always try to blunt the thinking power of the Tamil people by kindling their emotions. When you become emotional and sentimental, you cannot think properly. This is what the TNA do to gain votes from the people. The LTTE kept the people under their control by threat, force and now the TNA is emotionally threatening the people. All the while most of the TNA have their families abroad or in India. And I know that TNA collected fund for election campaign from diaspora people so they have to please the pro-LTTE diaspora Tamils. MONEY makes many things!

  43. No person worth his salt will see this Forum as an avenue to promote himself. There are better ways. The single thread that binds us together is our desire to see that the two major communities that are at odds now, shed their differences for the common good of all of us.

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