Observations on the LTTE from a Kurdish Nationalist Comrade

As readers would have noticed the piece “last days of Thiruvengadam Velupillai Prabhakaran” has attracted many readers and comments. Among these comments was one by A kurdish nationalist , Shexmus Amed. It was a detailed in depth comment and obviously heartfelt but well thought-out.

I feel that these observations deserve to be read widely. So I’ve posted it on my blog this time and hope many will read and digest what is said.

Regardless of whether one agrees or disagrees with some of the points it would be good for all of us to know how another observer from a “transnational Nation” struggling for a homeland of its own perceives the LTTE led armed struggle.

As for me it was quite refreshing to see a totally different perspective from that of myriad western and Indian journalist views of recent developments.

To strike a personal note I could not but help noticing the many similarities between this opinion and that of mine about how the LTTE had conducted itself in the past.

[Kurdish women fighters on the Iraq Turkish border]

I hope this piece will generate healthy interest and constructive discussion – DBSJ

I would like to offer my deep condolences to the people of Tamil Eelam for their immense losses in recent months.

As a Kurd, I have followed the liberation struggle of Tamils in Sri Lanka-along with my own people’s fight for an independent state-since mid-1980s, when I first saw the pictures of uniformed female cadres of the LTTE in Jaffna and fell in love with them. The LTTE, in my view, is the gold-standard for all national liberation struggles despite its defeat. And what a glorious defeat it was! My people suffered many defeats too; in 1925, 1938, 1946, 1975, 1988, 1991 and 1999. None could match the glory of LTTE’s fight to the death. This was a struggle against overwhelming odds that ended in martyrdom for your leaders, but their memories and their struggle will live in songs and stories of all Tamil people for a thousand years to come.

That the LTTE managed to keep its leader and senior cadres alive right down to the last day and the last fire-fight before they too succumbed to the vastly superior man and fire power of the SLA is a testament to the intelligence, strength, discipline and dedication of the organisation. V. Prabhakaran and his senior commanders could have ordered the rank and file LTTE personnel to lay down their arms, before fleeing the island for a third country. The fact that they -as well as their families-did not flee the conflict zone nor surrendered, but chose to fight to the death like tens of thousands of other LTTE cadres that preceded them is a lesson to all leaders who ask others to sacrifice their lives for a cause. I doubt many insurgent leaders, Kurds included, would show as much courage and offer as much personal sacrifice in similar circumstances.

Compared to armed Kurdish movements, the LTTE had many strengths and weaknesses. Its strengths were too numerous to count. Its weaknesses and mistakes were few but deadly in the long run. In my view, there are two generalised, structural weaknesses of the LTTE, followed by a few specific mistakes they made.

Firstly, the LTTE was extremely inflexible in its political expectations. In the absence of international support for an independent homeland, an autonomy agreement for a federal Tamil state in Sri Lanka was the most realistic outcome for the LTTE. It was the responsibility of a new generation of Tamils to take the struggle to its next stage, if Sri Lankan state continued to be ill-disposed towards Tamil people. By then, of course, the federal Tamil state would have gained some international recognition for the status quo and thus would have been far less isolated as a ‘terrorist’ outfit. That V. Prabakharan instructed his bodyguards to shoot him if he deviated from the demand for independence is a clear sign of the inflexibility of the LTTE leadership.

Secondly, the LTTE put unnecessary emphasis on revenge and retaliation. As Clausewitz famously said, “war is politics by other means”. In politics,-as in war-revenge and retaliation is always secondary to the main objective. Every political act must be judged by its consequences; that is, whether it helps bring the main objective closer to reality, not whether it satisfies primitive urges for some injustice done in the past. The assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and many attacks on Sinhala leadership, some of whom were useful and could have been of further use to Tamil struggle in time, are cases in point.

In more specific mistakes, the LTTE should have pushed on to re-capture Jaffna at all costs after liberating the Elephant Pass in 1999, even if this meant losing ground elsewhere. The cost could have been very high with tens of thousands of SLA soldiers still occupying the peninsula but the SL political and military forces were in complete disarray. Unfortunately, the window of opportunity was lost and the LTTE eventually found itself fighting on more than one front.

The ceasefire agreement of 2002, following the 9/11 events, was correct; perhaps inevitable. However, the Indian Ocean Tsunami of late 2004 and its devastating effect on Tamil territory should have humbled Prabakharan and the LTTE into seeking a genuine half-way compromise with the SL government. It should be noted that the Tsunami and its effects ended the Aceh independence movement and it should have played a role in LTTE’s political calculation as well.

Another grave error was the boycotting of elections in 2005 that brought hardliners to government in Sri Lanka. As a general rule, people should never ever be asked to refrain from voting in an election under any circumstances. The benefits of election boycotts, such as refreshing community spirit and as gestures of dissatisfaction, are small and ephemeral. They are far outweighed by the dangers as well as the real and lasting costs of handing the power to a less amenable adversary.

Karuna’s rebellion should also have been foreseen and dealt with quite early and sincerely. As a faraway, non-Tamil observer, nothing disappointed me in LTTE as much as the Tiger vs Tiger violence. I can imagine its demoralising effect on all Tamils. As a Kurd, I am not unfamiliar with infighting among our people and between many of our political parties, but never has a single, Kurdish military outfit turned its guns on to itself. Perhaps, Karuna was also motivated by Prabhakaran’s inflexibility, the effects of the Tsunami and the result of election boycott of 2005.

If, as was charged, Prabhakaran committed the grave error of ‘narrow regionalism’ in LTTE, then Karuna could have only compounded the error with his rebellion. (’Narrow regionalism’, that is, giving preferential treatment to people of certain regions, is considered a great sin among Kurdish movements. Still, it’s inevitable and widespread) But more likely, being the supremo of the Eastern Tamils must have gotten to Karuna’s head, and he must have considered himself a better leader for the entire LTTE than Prabhakaran.

History will never forgive Karuna for betraying his commitment and turning his guns on his leader and comrades no matter what the real reasons for his defection might be. The best and most honourable action for Karuna, as well as for his movement and for his people, was to either resign altogether from all his functions and duties within the LTTE -after voicing his grievances in private, even if it meant death for him-or seek a less active role in the movement.

He did neither, preferring to be an active turncoat. Beloved, respected and trusted neither by Tamils nor Sinhalese, Karuna will surely meet a violent end, with each side crediting the other for it, and with very few people shedding tears for his demise.

People of Tamil Eelam are smart, talented and resourceful. You shall rise again from your ashes. By ballots or bullets, Tamil Eelam shall become a reality so long as you keep up your hopes and dreams alive. - Shexmus Amed

246 Comments

  1. Yes. We Tamils and Kurds have one thing in common. We are both transnational nations without a state of our own. we think, feel, struggle and hurt alike

  2. Good artical.nice to read what a kurd comrade sees our struggle. credit to dbs for posting it here

  3. Hi Jay,

    Thanks for bringing another perception on board,

    Yes A few Similarities Indeed.

    Though the writer tries to compare and see similarities in his own way, some of the content leaves a bad taste in the reader, espacialy in me.( But thats My Personal opinian)

    Thats where you outshine them by miles my freind.

    Warm regards from Colombo.

  4. It is really a very excellent note. In Tamil “Anaikkum Adi Sarukkum”. If the god want to delay the birth of Tamil Eelam, what can we normal people do. But the birth of Tamil Eelam is unavoidable. But only god know the next move. “Ellam Avan Seyal”.

  5. DBSJ

    Thanks for producing an excellent article by the Kurdish Nationalist .
    On another note I would like to know why is the site :
    http://tamilnation.org/ of Nadesan Satyendra closed at this crucial juncture .Where is Nadesan Satyendra now? Has he expressed his opinion on the defeat of LTTE ? Your thoughts on the same .

    I dont know. It is not a site I visit frequently. I have no idea about Satyendra…………..DBSJ

  6. Excellent analysis, especially the part on Karuna. At the outset, it was all jubilation on the part of he Govt. when Karuna joined them. However, as time goes on, people seem to have second thoughts about Karuna, particularly in the light of the purported lynching of 600 odd policemen surrendees in the East. I have a hunch that the writer’s prediction about Karuna’s violent end will come right one day.

  7. Excellent piece of writing by an outsider.

    However,…

    The internal self satisfaction of a separate state or aptly the AROMA OF CECESSION is common for anyone. It may be same for Eelamists or Kurds.

    In my opinion this is the most dangerous virus plagued in the world. At the drop of a hat minorities think ‘cessation’ is the answer. I pray for peace. May the gods above clear human beings from this insatiable quest to claim land.

  8. Living dead writes of dead and gone!

    Have you seen the movie”dead man walking”?………..DBSJ

  9. Couldn’t agree more with most of what Shexmus has to say and it goes to reinforce my personal view when someone who is a total outsider to the region has very similar views about what brought about today’s fate on all Tamils.

    Although I agree that Karuna should meet a violent end, one shouldn’t forget that Karuna, like Prabakaran and the others, was all out to liberate his people and fought as part of LTTE for over 20 years. Apart from his weaknesses that were capitalised on by the government, I believe that Karuna’s defection had a lot to do with Easterners within LTTE getting a raw deal compared to northerners. When he knew his boys and girls were being used, he wanted to find some way of finding justice and the GoSL approached him at the right time.

    Aiya DBSJ, you will be able to shed more light as to whether my guess about unfair treatment (if not directly done by Prabhakaran, at least the tacit approval of it being carried out by other leaders of Northern origin) has any truth in it. I am willing to stand corrected on this issue.

    Whatever said and done, now Karuna is an “Aappu Izuththa Kurangu” (Monkey that pulled the wedge while its testicles were right in the middle).

    Panangkottai Thamizan

    I do not want Karuna or anyone to meet with a violent end. Enough of this violence and wishing it upon others.Get out of this mindset please…………….DBSJ

  10. I totally agree with Shexmus Amed; he has analysed the strengths and weaknesses of LTTE very correctly. I guess the flawed course of action adopted by the LTTE is a good lesson for all freedom fighters!

    Nevertheless, the basis for the struggle remains unresolved and requires urgent attention by all concerned. It is high time we unitedly persist on the freedom struggle and accomplish the curtailed tasks of the warriors who have sacrificed their lives with optimism.

  11. Thank you very much Mr. Shexmus Amed. We really appreciate your genuine feedback. It was indeed thoughtful even though certain weaknesses you indicated are debatable. Thank you once again. We will come up even stronger in years to come with the highest level of support from IC to create Eelam if we were forced by injustice.

  12. Tamils have right to fight for a saparate land and you too. At the same time don’t forget other party has the right to crush you and eliminate you froem the earth for the sake of peace loving people. As long as other poeple have balls to do it, the world will be nice place to live, not for you guys, but for people who want to live their lives.

  13. People, this cancer is over, lets talk about someting that is good for the future of sri lanka and the tamils, NO MORE LTTE,

    DBS, same goes to you brother, why dont you focus more on how to move forward, rather than looking back and opening wounds again. (EDITED)

    Nothing is ever settled until it is settled right. Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to relive it in the future……………DBSJ

  14. Good analysis my friend. Though I’m not a SL Tamil I’ve been a keen observer of the ongoing civil war. The SL forces started to win the war the day Karuna left the LTTE and shook hands with the same army he had fought. I do not know how the SInhalese who were his victims accept this truth. I do not know how the govt. trusts this traitor who was with the LTTE for alomost 30 years and left them!

    One factor DBS misses out in his previous article on the death of VP is the role of Karuna in the present war. You being a Kurd have been able to analyse this. kudos to you and let your dream of Kurdistan come true.

  15. a thought provoking, intelligently written piece. if only more of the comments posted on this site were in the same vein.

  16. HI DBJ,

    What a wonderful article. I salute to u for publishing this.
    It is good to have a evaluation by outsider who is in similar situation.

    Then we know where we went wrong and what our strengths and weaknesses.

    Wel done!

  17. A Human can understand the Pain of Being treated a s a slave.You are a real Human.I really want to hug u.

  18. Dear Shexmus,

    You write well for an outsider – but it was mainly a poor attempt to romanticise a ruthless killer who did more damage than good, to the Tamil cause.

    In Sri Lanka Sinhala, Tamil & Muslim people live peacefully in many parts of the country. Everyone is free to practise own religion/cultural traditions, own property, trade, and travel all over the country. Intermarriages are also common now. I suggest you visit Sri Lanka one day and see for yourself

    That is not to say everything if fine – there are issues. Issues that arise from poverty, corruption, inequality, marginalisation etc.. just like any other country. However, I can’t see how a separate Tamil-only state can resolve all these issues and will let us live happily every after!!

    I’m glad the sole representative has been eliminated. Now we can have a civilised discussion with reasonable people and come to a reasonable agreement about how Tamil people can make decisions about Tamil areas in Sri Lanka.

    And for you Shexmus, I wish you Peace & Wisdom!

  19. A few things I do not agree with.
    And what a glorious defeat it was!
    Alas, shooting your own people when you are supposed to be their Protector qualifies as glorious?
    Struggle against overwhelming odds?
    Surely LTTE did not think it was overwhelming odds when it was begging Mahinda for a fight. They asked for it, and after a lot of restraint Mahinda gave it, and LTTE were beaten mercilessly.
    Yes, most senior LTTE leaders perished in the battle field without running away. Something most sinhalease would respect.
    Will Karuna die a violent death? Will he become the first Tamil PM, or both? Only time will tell

  20. keep your hopes up. you will never rise in sri lankan soil. TIGGERS HAVE BEEN SKINNED TO THEIR BONES. we will track them down and kill them one by one. european tiggers, cannadian tiggers, australian tiggers be aware of what you do.

  21. Dear Shexmus Amed (and DBSJ),
    Thank you very much for your comments and observations. Your sprit and solidarity with the Tamil struggle is very touching. I think it is a must read for all Tamils, irrespective of their camps or believes. Thanks DBSJ for giving this article the prominence it deserves.

  22. What sort of vision did Prabhakaran have in mind as Eelam? Not one where Prime Ministers, or President rule. Certainly not Chief Minister, or even Generalissimo. No in Eelam, angels fear to tread. It was a maharajah’s court. Eeelam was never a modern political entity, as an exercise of power it was vision of backward absolutist monarchy drawn from a brutish fantasy of power in the ancient subcontinent. As Jeyaraj has made so abundantly clear in his writings, and most poignantly in his last; only in such a crude maladjusted cocoon could leadership blunders follow strategic disaster until the whole accumulated morass of failures stank to the heavens as catastrophe. Under the carcasses of the dead.

    Before they glorify Prabhakaran and his many crimes, Tamils deserve to repent this failure with soul searching about what unconscious stirrings Eelam really represented: a future, or a past?

    Was Eelam ever a noble dream of tomorrow’s freedom, or the basest reversion to a brutish nightmare from long ago?

  23. comment # 25

    The GoSl is tracking Tiggers eh? Maybe the Diaspora should send an SOS to Winne the Pooh.

  24. This is my opinion – it may be wrong and I stand to be corrected.
    It is true that Tamils worlwide dont have a nation. Lets face it Tamilnadu is part of India and the Central Govt rules India. There are Tamils in Malaysia, Figi, South Africa, Mauritious, The european countries , USA and Canada except perhaps, Japan, Russia and Middle Eastern countries.
    It was perhaps an achievement for the Tamils to have their own Army, navy and Airforce – LTTE and be a community fighting for its rights and a State to call your own. For the tamils even in South India this kind of struggle would be disastrous..
    It is unfortunate now the dream is dead that some will keep waiting for the second coming of Eelam.
    The gestation of Eelam brought misery to ordinary people in Sri Lanka. Some would like to call the LTTE liberators. We call them brutal murderers. i have seen the murderous path of the liberators. Ethnic cleansing was carried out by the LTTE by driving the muslims and the sinhalese out of Jaffna. If the LTTE is to be liberators then it was through Murder and Mayhem that was the method.
    I do not know much about the Kurdish struggle. If Methods are the same as the LTTE I wish them the same fate as the LTTE.
    I agree fully that a tamil nation is a requirement – NOT in Sri Lanka but in your original land of birth and culture – Tamilnadu.

  25. Maybe Karuna is the real “hero” in this story. I don’t know who he is as many of you probably do but I feel that he is being painted as the villain and cause of the downfall of the Tamil struggle. Could it be that he saw the “inflexibility” that the Kurdish brother writes about and was driven to bail out from a legitimate struggle gone horribly wrong? Couldn’t we see his actions as being one of principled opposition to a path that was leading to the death and destruction of his people with no end in sight? Isn’t it more “brave” to contest widely held beliefs that have no evidence to back them even with the knowledge that this may cost him his life? Blind and unquestioning faith in VP, who had but only one position, is the main reason the struggle imploded.

    History will absolve Karuna.

    Now it is time to look at the multiplicity of options open to the Tamil people to achieve its highest aspirations. To those with the same old broken tune, sing it on another stage, cause the theatre of war is closed for good.

  26. The Kurds plight is similar to the Tamils. Jews too were in our position until the birth of Israel. Israelis should be friends of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Sinhalese would have been living in a country that is economically prosperous,if only they had treated the Tamils as equal partners. They encourage the differences to get wider and wider. Sinhala language being made the official language,Buddhism as the preferred religion, selection to universities based not on merit, Discrimination in getting jobs and then promotions, Not allowing or promoting , the Sri Lankans to learn English Sinhala ,and Tamil Languages,organising thugs to attack the Tamils time to time———–all these has come to the point that we have to sell the country to Chinese!!!

  27. # 25 & # 28:

    Is this what “weeding out” means? There may not be any youth left after the blood thirsty barbarians are done with “land moving”. Surely that will be end of the LTTE as we knew it.

  28. I afraid I didn’t see any new angle in his comments. They were the same that many analysts had made up to now. The only thing new from the point of view of a serious analyst was the glorification of the tigers and their methods which was unpalatable to me and is unbecoming of Mr. Jeyaraj’s site which I have followed with a lot of interest and appreciation

  29. Good summary and it resonates with lot of my views. VP lost the sense of reality and did not adapt himself to post 9/11 world views. This was his greatest blunder. He missed too many chances and lost all the friend on the way. I am sure he had advisors around, but he was a stubborn man and nothing would have convinced him. In your previous article, you also mention about how angry he was with KP and asking him if he too did not believe the Eelam struggle will succeed or not. Psychologially, there must have been a sense of desperation in him with death closing in on all corners. The one and only goal of Eelam must have clouded all his judgemental abilities. I am sure his trusted close circle sensed sure death – but still chose to be around him till the end. This I find amazing.

    I agree Karuna will most likely meet a violent death. I see two scenarious emerging. Karuna’s leveraging power was due to LTTE. He will end up become a puppet in the hands of GOSL as his “leverage” is no more and he has been spent already! Or even the GOSL may want to neutralize him either by coup in his own group or via left over LTTE. I don’t know how much trust will exist between GOSL and Karuna, post LTTE.

    In the end, I feel VP is responsible for the absolute destruction of life that had happened so far. He could have

  30. birds of a feather, flock together…lets see

    PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) = Recognised as a terrorist group by USA, UN, Europe etc.

    LTTE = As above

    PKK = Has performed attacks on innocent civillians

    LTTE = as above

    PKK = Has performed suicide bombings including using females

    LTTE = As above

    PKK = Has fought against other Kurdish groups

    LTTE = As above

    for more info on the Kurdish terrorists

    [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurdistan_Workers_Party]

    ever heard of that saying a man is judged by the company he keeps DBSJ?

    Hopefully the PKK will suffer a similar well deserved ‘Glorious Defeat’ too.

  31. Thanks for the articles and comments. But, we all should remember that Karuna is a con artist. He said even in the recent BBC interview that he decided to leave LTTE, because he realised that Prabaharan was wrong. Absolute lie, this! He said, after announcing his decision to part ways, that he revered Prabaharan (he is like God) and was comfortbale returning to him, as long as Pottum Amman, Thamilenthi and Nadesan were dumped! He thinks we all are fools to listen to his words of wisdom.

    He went to look at Prabaharan’s dead body – he certianly knew that there was a chop with an axe over his former leader’s forehead. He had nothing to say about it.

  32. Hi Nama Yoga, I think you are out of touch with reality all you say about language, jobs and religion is old rubbish that conveniently is propogated. let me take one by one.
    Languaue – Sinhalese, tamil and English are all recognised as State languages. taught in schools and exams conducted. There is improvement sinhala being taight to tamil children and tamil being taught to singhalese. In your country of residence do your children learn in Tamil? Religion – Hindusim, Budhism and islam are all freely practised. where are you my friend? Selection to Uni not on merit. – selection is based on the standard of education available. its very difficult for my son to get in from colombo i am not complaining.
    there is no issue with jobs. Two of my very senior employees are tamil speaking. Organise thugs. – I presume you mean the LTTE. they were the thugs that eliminated the entire tamil political leadership, intellectuals and anyone not supporting them.

  33. It is better to see our struggle from another person’s view who is not involved in our struggle. The writer has full knowledge of the Sri Lankan issue. If the Sri Lankan govt. continues the way they treat the Tamil people now in Sri Lanka, I am sure, as the writer says the independent state for Tamils is unavoidable. The Sri Lankan govt may have got rid of the Tigers at this point, but it can not stop the bigger wave like Tsunami that could occur even after a long depression. As the writer says, all resources for struggle are still available to Tamils to restart the struggle in a bigger wave. It also should be noted that the Tamils struggle is now understood by many Western countries compare to the earlier periods in the struggle. We wait and see how Mahinda and his colleagues going to handle the current situation. The way Gotabaya is going now is not welcomed by any of the person who support the human rights.

  34. An excellent analysis of the tamil struggle. I was suprized by the knowledge of Mr. Ahmed. There are two things I disagree with the writer:

    1. The LTTE leadership did not fight to the death as they were killed trying to escape. They made a grave miscalcutation by staying in Wanni as they thought the diasphora or the politicians in Tamilnadu will try to stop the war.

    2. LTTE held it’s own people as hostages to protect their leaders. This is unforgiveable.

    3. LTTE’s strong focus on fundraising in the Western countries as they used mafia methods (or even worse) to take over organizations, temples, schools etc.

    4. Annoucement as the “sole representatives” of tamils. I’m not quite sure how people, especially the second generation tamils in the Western countries could agree with this as they live in democracy and try to impose a dictatorship in Tamil Eelam.

  35. 100 % I agree with article, sad thing is all the former Tamil rebel groups and some So called ” Modarate ” Tamils only spending their past blaming/fighting against LTTE rather than stay quiet or help, without knowing the consequence, Now what they are going to do??? where is their initial goal, did they abandon that ?? Do they think Sinhala government is going to give any meaning full solution to Tamils without any force like LTTE??Tamils don’t think so !!!!!

  36. “even if it meant death for him-or seek a less active role in the movement.”

    why should he die ? after all we are all in this world to live to the fullest, right ?

    “less active role” – as if LTTE would let him.

  37. A very narrow narrative which will give comfort to those still wishing to cling on to the vision of a future ” Tamil Eelam”.

    Both the Kurds and Tamils have to accept the ” real politik” that exists in the their respective theatres and come to an accomodation that is based on compromise.

    For the Tamils, this has to be on the basis of a unitary Sri Lanka. Anything else will only cause more pain and anguish for future generations.

    Surely enough blood have been spilt on all sides for everyone to accept the futilty of a never ending bloodbath ?

    Ultimately VP will be seen not as a “great liberator” of the Tamil people but as the opposite . As one who deluded himself to such an extent that he led his followers to a terrible and nightmarish demise.

    There is no such thing as ” glorious death” however much writers living in sanitised environments might like like to portray . Death in war is brutal, cruel and sometimes without mercy.

    That is why war has to be avoided at all costs !

  38. DBSJ:

    Same fact we are aware of told by another national.Will Tamils have meeting of minds such as Siva Pasupahty, Rudrakumaran, and such people for sake of ealam tamils.

  39. I respectfully disagree with the content and the purpose of this heartfelt but well thought-out observations of this honourable Kurdish Nationalist Comrade.
    Is this a constructive discussion? no, it is a story of death & destruction.
    Was this a freedom struggle? no, but a power struggle with the end for all who take the sword will perish by the sword
    Is this a Gold standard for freedom struggle? No it is like a dog returning to its vomit.
    Look forward not backward, rebuild the broken hearts and the country, together as we stand
    Set up model villages with all different races, cultures and religion all over the country. If Tamils can live in harmony with Kurds/Turks/Spanish/Americans elsewhere in the world with foreign nationality without any struggle for freedom, why not in SL?

  40. A touching writeup by the Kurdish author. A word of Thanks to him, from all Tamils who dream of freedom and statehood. Just like Tamils, the Kurds have long endured Suffering. Because of International Power-Politcs and Games like ‘Resource-Grabbing’ by outsiders mainly for Oil and Natural Gas, Kurds and Tamils are still ‘waiting in the wings’ for freedom. They should not give up hope for freedom for it is in their Destiny to have freedom some day.

    Prabakaran was a product born out of the Sinhalese Racism. The undisciplined Sri Lankan Forces by itself could not have eliminated the Brave Tigers. It was China, ‘India’, Pakistan that helped Sinhalas tip the balance. I more i read, Praba reminds me of Omar Mukhtar of Libya. First the Italian Fascists under Mussolini cut off supplies to Mukhtar and then eventually got him, Then they put the Libyans in Concentration Camps. Eventually the Libyans got their freedom. And fascist Mussolini was hung in public by his own people along with his Mistress Claretta Pettacci. Here, meaning Sri Lanka, the ‘Indian’ Navy cut off supplies for the Tigers. They ‘told’ SLN where to go and ‘pick-off’ the Tiger Ships. Now with Praba gone, Tamils are being put in Concentration Camps and Ethnic Cleansing is going on. In 2009, Tamils look like Jews of Nazi Germany, wearing separate identity. It looks like Collective Punishment being meted out to Tamils at the Insistence of an Italian Fascist family in Delhi, as Revenge for Rajiv ‘Gandhi’. Do mark my words. Wait and see what the ‘Indian’ people will themselves do in a few years time!

    Coming to the power play going on in South Asia: China is busy leasing lands in Africa, to grow food for its people. They want a Southern base to protect their shipping lanes and keep ‘India’ out. ‘India’ wants to grab Trinco and get at the Pulmoddai Sands for its Atomic Program. ‘India’ is also greedy to get at Natural Gas in Mannar Basin, for its rapidly growing hordes. The Pakis want a base in Sri Lanka to keep ‘India’ out and spread their stuff in Kerala via ISI. There are lots of Uninvited Shameless Guests now sitting on the Tamil lands in Sri Lanka!

    As an ‘Indian’ Tamil, i too aspire for freedom for Tamils, both in ‘India’ and Sri Lanka. If 0.5 million East Timorese can have Freedom and Recognition, why not the 80 Million Tamils? Mr. DBS, why is it wrong for Tamils in ‘India’ to have their own state, under UN auspices? What is so sacred about this Corrupt messed up country? 61 Years after freedom from the British, the 70+ Million Tamils in TN( a population similar to France) are steadily losing their Language, Cultural and Historical Identity to the Outsider Hindians and their dirty corrupt ways of life. While it may ‘appear’ that TN is doing well in the so-called Corrupt ‘Indian Union’, the fact is otherwise. There is so much tension and underlying currents going on. There are over 65 lakhs youth unemployed and they just have no future it seems. It is scary for most youngsters. Where is the so-called Development? There is no ‘India’ Shining. It is all poppycock or hogwash. ‘India’ is steadily going down the shithole. The corruption and dirty system will finish the country. It will Implode worse than the Soviet Union. It is not if, but when!

  41. Interesting article.

    A must read for all the pro LTTE Diaspora supporters who thinks DBSJ is the only one who criticize (CONSTRUCTIVE) the LTTE .

    Thanks for your view Mr.Amed.

    You have outlined the main points behind LTTE’s fall. Sad but timely. An objective must have a time line. There is no one to blame, in my view except the cult leader himself, Mr.Prabakaran .The mother of all mistake he made was undermining the people whom have supported him till the end. It was the people again were out infront protecting him (or were being forced to)

    He was a strong leader who must be respected for his perseverance.

    I don’t wish upon violent death on Karuna either although it seems inevitable. I can sympathise with him, after all he wanted to live, not getting killed by Pirabakaran for his unknown sins. Remember Karuna also fought the same war for 20 years but he is still a traitor.

    Karuna still has a chance to repent to his people whom he betrayed. He should come forward and tell the truth, perhaps witnessing against the Sri Lankan government for the alleged war crimes (in the future) can correct the wrong doings. Stand by.

    I always liked a Kurdish friend.

    I wish we didn’t turn our guns against our OWN.

    After all “FREEDOM FIGHTERS” is not a bad word at all.

    Can you also call them Sweet Terrorist? I def would consider.

    Peace.

  42. This Kurdish Nationalist may not know about some characteristics of Prabakaran
    * He killed all his second commanders when they talk about democracy
    * He killed all well educated tamils in Sri Lanka
    * He killed and tried to kill all democratic tamil leaders
    * He use thousands of tamils as human shield to get the protection for him self and his top commanders
    * He robbed food from innocent people to feed his fighters
    * See his body, he had a very comfortable life
    * He gave nice toys to his kids and cynide capsule to innocent chide soldiers

    But finally he reap what he sowed.

  43. Nice try DBS! You R behind this artical… Please dont try to fool us! No kurdish knows that much about Sri Lanka…

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Please dont display your stupidity so publicly. Its embarassing.

    Go and google to learn who this writer is. Only an idiot will say I am impersonating a flesh and blood Kurdish nationalist.

    Yes I was impressed by his knowledge and insight of our matters. That’s why I carried this on my blog. Hopefully he may write more on SL.

    It may surprise people like you but there are persons in this world who know a lot about things going on elsewhere

  44. Goes to show that the “international community” is keener to defend states without peoples (eg Kuwait) than peoples without states (Kurds, Tamils, Palestinians and so on).. In any case, the Sinhalese leadership has sold its hearts, minds and lands and ports to the Chinese et al.

  45. Keep your hopes up. There is no shortage for fantacy in this world for the Barbaric Sinhalas. If you think you suppressed the Tamils and can walk away without providing an acceptable political solution, you will never live in peace in this country.

  46. Wow, what a scintillating comment.

    Hats off to both the peoples of Eelam and Kurdistan. Unfortunately I do not support LTTE’s struggle for independence, but your valor and sacrifice has touched everyone’s heart.

    I wish the Eelam Tamils and the Kurds all the very best in whatever paths you choose from here, whether I agree or otherwise.

  47. While I agree with most of the points of this writer, I seriously think the one and only major reason for LTTE’s military defeat was that LTTE failed to carry over the struggle to young generation in the homeland as they did among tamil desapora in overseas. LTTE converted into conventional force, to be sucessfull for a conventinal force they should have focussed in following two
    1) Getting enough new recruits
    2) Getting enough money (for arms and food)
    I think, LTTE was sucessful in 2, but adopted wrong policy in 1, by getting new recruits by force in the area under their control. Eventhough LTTE controlled largest area of the homeland, the people under their control was only between 300000 – 500000, out of those many of the families already supplied their kids to LTTE.
    LTTE should have focussed getting recruits from all over homeland, by means of 1) brain washing or 2) by carrying out Guerrilla attacks through out the homeland so that Army relatiate on civilans.

  48. I consider thid article as giving life to dead again…. DBSJ too is a human and may need to see another arms struglle who would not break his leg but the future of Sri Lanka….

    True colors of DBSJ emerging under the disguise of Professional Journalism…..

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    How wonderful if we can all breathe new life into the dead through writing as you suggest. About seeing my true colours emerging and all that……….All I can say is that for a colourless guy like you, you’ve made a pretty colourful comment.

  49. Guess what?
    We better sell our country to chinese.. yes.
    We will at least know what the deal was.
    But with these tamils???
    their equality does not mean real equality.
    WHO ELSE CAN CONSUME ALL THE BASIC NEEDS
    FRRELY FROM COLOMBO AND FIGHT AGAINST THE SAME GOVERNMENT AT THE SAME TIME AND CLAIM
    DISCRIMINATION??????

  50. Well, when Ochalan was arrested by Turkish authorities lots of protest took place in European capitals. One young women also self-immolated herself in London if I am right.

    In lots of ways the Kurds and Tamils not only share a common aspiration to be free of the yolks of oppression but also are not recognised as a nation by the international community due to wisdon not understood by a common mortal like me. We share a common physical and emotional pain joined probably by the Elamite language that we might have once beolonged too! ( just a hypotheses)

    LTTE has shown that it could muster enough strength to defend the Tamil people and try to free Tamil Eelam and it has also shown that the world could come crushing on a movement like the LTTE if it does not satisfy the dikat of Democracy as perceived by the IC.

    Sri Lankan Gen. Fonseka has said he is going to increase the armed forces strength to 300.000 in one year and to 500,000 in five years time.

    What is the purpose of this mammoth number, is Sri Lanka going to invade India? Mr Singh look out, one more border is under threat.

    (EDITED)

  51. Dear Shexmus the dark rain has stopped after a long time.So y r u r still under an umbrella, remove it and see the sun rise over the Sri Lanka without tamil tigers.Now We all wake up with that happyness and joy everyday.Here after there will be one Nation and One Country forever.Terrorists r terrorists never can be freedom fighters by killing their own people.U wil never feel that in lifetime if carry these poor ideas with u.

    No Tamil tiger can spoil this beautiful little Island again.if some one want to cry for tamil tigers, i sugges best thing is cry and die, dont remain to welcome a bullet of Sri lankan army
    .If tamils stil need to hav a seperate land, dont try to look at Sri lanka again

  52. At Least a Kurd knew about LTTE better than all Tamil’s living out side SL. This is the problem with Tamils, They are manipulated by India and West nicely for a political cause and finally abandoned when LTTE became pain in the …..
    All hard earn money from Tamil Diaspora nicely routed to West to buy Arms.
    I am asking all Tamils Just go to you temple, Kovil or Church and listen to your heart and see whether the path you have taken is Right or Wrong. At least help your children to live peacefully in this earth where ever they live.
    Whether you fight or not, God has allocated 3 by 6 land for everyone and nothing much.
    Be a good human being before be a good Tamil.

  53. I would like the Tamil Diaspora continue to send money to North and east of Lanka in order to develop the areas which has been devastated by GoSL and the so called liberation forces. These two forces brought death and destruction to the Tamils. One of these has come to the end but not the other. The other force is still wants to inflict further damage–in the form of poor sanitation, inadequate food, torturing and /or killing the Tamil youth.
    External forces should at least now should take action to put a end to the Tamil SUFFERINGS. Can the Tamils expect the sensible Sinhalese to put an end to the Sinhala nationalists activities?

  54. I agree with Shexmus Amed except on the Karuna part. The logic of the LTTE was such that any LTTE leader disagreeing would not simply be sidelined – let alone be listened to , but killed – wherever he may hide or ‘retire’. LTTE would allocate lot of manpower resources – complete with cyanide pills just to assasinate dissidents. So, even to save his own skin Karuna had to do what he did.
    Well written piece.

  55. Shexmus Amed

    I am so impressed. Thanks a lot.

    Kurds just like Tamils one of the largest ethnic group in the world without a nation for themselves. Our history has seen many ups and downs. Hopefully, this is temporary.

  56. Hi Shexmus,
    Good luck with your struggle. It’s a sad plight for the Kurds. being the filling of a sandwich between Turkey and Iraq.
    I am not sure how much will your struggle be a success unless the Russians or the Americans are interested in you for some special reason; I don’t think they are interested.
    It also appears that in your article that you have some morals and principles in your struggle.
    Now coming back to the LTTE.
    1. Utterly autocratic dictatorship – No say whatsoever for the educated university students, rap singer, doctors, lawyers from the diaspora who spent most of the days sleeping on the pavements in Scarborough, London or in Australia. No way the tiger cadres in the movement had any say

    2. No morals for the struggle – We will achieve EELAM (illama poitruthu) at whatever cost and destroy whatever in it’s way.
    a) Killing 600 or so civilian policemen who SURRENDERED
    b) Killing 100s of Muslims while they were praying in the mosque
    c) Suicide bombing at the Sacred Temple of Tooth (a UN heritage site) – the most sacred place for Sri Lankan Buddhists and other Buddhists
    d) Central Bank bombing – Killed 1500 CIVILIANS
    e) Numerous bombings (100s) that killed 1000’s of CIVILIANS
    f) Execution of unarmed, educated, charismatic, Tamil leaders
    g) Execution of Mr Rajiv Gandhi – even the all powerful Americans, Russians or the Chinese would have thought twice before eliminating this man
    h) Killing of Sinhalese in the bordering villages of the EELAM homeland – These people had nothing to do with the politics of the Sinhalese or the Tamils. There only curse was being born in poverty in these areas
    i) Numerous other killing and destroying, I can’t keep count of
    j) Finally the THE TAMIL HUMAN SHIELD – The plight of 350 000 TAMIL PEOPLE in displaced camps, the death and maiming of large number of Tamil civilians are another example of how badly they wanted to achieve EELAM and to become the Sun God

    3. Lie’s deceptions, false promises and betrayal of their own TAMIL PEOPLE

    I think it would be a shame to compare any other resistant movement with LTTE as it has surpassed any other movement in committing atrocities to civilians from their side as well as the other

    It’s a shame that the Tamil Diaspora is allowing, some elements of LTTE to pursue their same ruthless objectives

    Shexmus I think you are different from Vellupillai Pirabaharan BUT

    I don’t condone either of you because – “I BELIEVE THAT MAN SHOULD BE CIVILIZED ENOUGH TO LIVE WITH ONE ANOTHER IN THIS PERIOD OF TIME” and a fine example is that the TAMIL DIASPORA AREN’T FIGHTING FOR RIGHTS AND A SEPARATE LAND IN ASYLUM

  57. Mr. Shexmus Amed generously showered consolatory words on Eelam supporters and LTTE sympathizers.

    In my opinion, the views presented are not different in perspective from contemporary views but surely with a nice linguistic skill.

    I disagree with many of his views and agree with few.

    quote:
    // ** The LTTE, in my view, is the gold-standard for all national liberation struggles despite its defeat. And what a glorious defeat it was! **//

    The violence unleashed by LTTE has not acted as catalyst for a positive change. Its leader has not left behind any values to follow for the next generation .

    Forced conscription of children, extortion , forced civilian displacements, annihilation of similar fighting militant organizations, forceful detention of helpless civilians etc can not be gold standards for a liberation struggle.

    In fact the struggle for nondiscrimination and injustice was conveniently converted as liberation struggle and a whole generation was carried away.

    The inevitable defeat with destruction was ignored and caused agony to its own people it forcefully represent. Severe emotional shock and pain caused by this “glorious defeat ” had extremely upsetting experience to the people it represents to “liberate” and placed them nowhere.

    // **That the LTTE managed to keep its leader and senior cadres alive right down to the last day and the last fire-fight before they too succumbed to the vastly superior man and fire power of the SLA is a testament to the intelligence, strength, discipline and dedication of the organisation.** //

    This could be cited as a stupidity also, for a organization which survived in the past with its guerrilla warfare.

    // V. Prabhakaran and his senior commanders could have ordered the rank and file LTTE personnel to lay down their arms, before fleeing the island for a third country. ….//

    The leader of the LTTE made it virtually impossible with his past actions.

    //**The fact that they -as well as their families-did not flee the conflict zone nor surrendered, but chose to fight to the death like tens of thousands of other LTTE cadres that preceded them is a lesson to all leaders who ask others to sacrifice their lives for a cause.**//

    The writer may kindly be aware that the children were forcibly conscripted and sent to the front line by these LTTE leaders to keep the rank and file (&families) intact. Civilians were shot brutally from behind who wanted to live. This was not a noble sacrifice.

    quote..
    //** Its strengths were too numerous to count. Its weaknesses and mistakes were few but deadly in the long run.** //

    It is contrary . mistakes were numerous and strengths were deadly.

    quote..
    //**Firstly, the LTTE was extremely inflexible in its political expectations. In the absence of international support for an independent homeland, an autonomy agreement for a federal Tamil state in Sri Lanka was the most realistic outcome for the LTTE. It was the responsibility of a new generation of Tamils to take the struggle to its next stage, if Sri Lankan state continued to be ill-disposed towards Tamil people. By then, of course, the federal Tamil state would have gained some international recognition for the status quo and thus would have been far less isolated as a ‘terrorist’ outfit. That V. Prabakharan instructed his bodyguards to shoot him if he deviated from the demand for independence is a clear sign of the inflexibility of the LTTE leadership.**//

    I fully endorse and agree the above view.
    Would like to add that right from beginning the leader of LTTE was incapable to deal with politicians rather than with a gun or a human bomb. His consistent mistrust was byproduct of this deficiency in politics.

    quote..
    //**Secondly, the LTTE put unnecessary emphasis on revenge and retaliation. As Clausewitz famously said, “war is politics by other means”. In politics,-as in war-revenge and retaliation is always secondary to the main objective. Every political act must be judged by its consequences; that is, whether it helps bring the main objective closer to reality, not whether it satisfies primitive urges for some injustice done in the past. The assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and many attacks on Sinhala leadership, some of whom were useful and could have been of further use to Tamil struggle in time, are cases in point.**//

    Agree and wish LTTE had a true ideology if at all.

    quote..
    //**In more specific mistakes, the LTTE should have pushed on to re-capture Jaffna at all costs after liberating the Elephant Pass in 1999, even if this meant losing ground elsewhere. The cost could have been very high with tens of thousands of SLA soldiers still occupying the peninsula but the SL political and military forces were in complete disarray. Unfortunately, the window of opportunity was lost and the LTTE eventually found itself fighting on more than one front.**//

    Butt the credit goes to GOSL for their well coordinated offensive preventing anything such this.

    As remaining para regarding Karuna ,
    he is already adaptive to politics and may not face a violent end as envisaged. As long as wisdom prevails with him he will survive.
    His defection can not be seen as treachery to predict a bad end for Karuna.

    quote..
    //**People of Tamil Eelam are smart, talented and resourceful. You shall rise again from your ashes. By ballots or bullets, Tamil Eelam shall become a reality so long as you keep up your hopes and dreams alive.**//

    First two and half sentences are true but forgetting a secession or separation will be fruitful in utilizing these qualities right way.
    And I hope Tamils may realize that keeping alive a Tamil Eealm project will extend misery to all and adversely affect the possibility of true democracy, human rights and pluralism in Srilanka.

  58. Mr. Shexmus Amed generously showered consolatory words on Eelam supporters and LTTE sympathizers.

    In my opinion, the views presented are not different in perspective from contemporary views glorifying LTTE but surely with a nice linguistic skill.

    I disagree with many of his views and agree with few.

    quote:
    // ** The LTTE, in my view, is the gold-standard for all national liberation struggles despite its defeat. And what a glorious defeat it was! **//

    The violence unleashed by LTTE has not acted as catalyst for a positive change. Its leader has not left behind any values to follow for the next generation .

    Forced conscription of children, extortion , forced civilian displacements, annihilation of similar fighting militant organizations, forceful detention of helpless civilians etc can not be gold standards for a liberation struggle.

    In fact the struggle for nondiscrimination and injustice was conveniently converted as liberation struggle and a whole generation was carried away.

    The inevitable defeat with destruction was ignored and caused agony to its own people it forcefully represent. Severe emotional shock and pain caused by this “glorious defeat ” had extremely upsetting experience to the people it represents to “liberate” and placed them nowhere.

    // **That the LTTE managed to keep its leader and senior cadres alive right down to the last day and the last fire-fight before they too succumbed to the vastly superior man and fire power of the SLA is a testament to the intelligence, strength, discipline and dedication of the organisation.** //

    This could be cited as a stupidity also, for a organization which survived in the past with its guerrilla warfare.

    // V. Prabhakaran and his senior commanders could have ordered the rank and file LTTE personnel to lay down their arms, before fleeing the island for a third country. ….//

    The leader of the LTTE made it virtually impossible with his past actions.

    //**The fact that they -as well as their families-did not flee the conflict zone nor surrendered, but chose to fight to the death like tens of thousands of other LTTE cadres that preceded them is a lesson to all leaders who ask others to sacrifice their lives for a cause.**//

    The writer may kindly be aware that the children were forcibly conscripted and sent to the front line by these LTTE leaders to keep the rank and file (&families) intact. Civilians were shot brutally from behind who wanted to live. This was not a noble sacrifice.

    quote..
    //** Its strengths were too numerous to count. Its weaknesses and mistakes were few but deadly in the long run.** //

    It is contrary . mistakes were numerous and strengths were deadly.

    quote..
    //**Firstly, the LTTE was extremely inflexible in its political expectations. In the absence of international support for an independent homeland, an autonomy agreement for a federal Tamil state in Sri Lanka was the most realistic outcome for the LTTE. It was the responsibility of a new generation of Tamils to take the struggle to its next stage, if Sri Lankan state continued to be ill-disposed towards Tamil people. By then, of course, the federal Tamil state would have gained some international recognition for the status quo and thus would have been far less isolated as a ‘terrorist’ outfit. That V. Prabakharan instructed his bodyguards to shoot him if he deviated from the demand for independence is a clear sign of the inflexibility of the LTTE leadership.**//

    I fully endorse and agree the above view.
    Would like to add that right from beginning the leader of LTTE was incapable to deal with politicians rather than with a gun or a human bomb. His consistent mistrust was byproduct of this deficiency in politics.

    quote..
    //**Secondly, the LTTE put unnecessary emphasis on revenge and retaliation. As Clausewitz famously said, “war is politics by other means”. In politics,-as in war-revenge and retaliation is always secondary to the main objective. Every political act must be judged by its consequences; that is, whether it helps bring the main objective closer to reality, not whether it satisfies primitive urges for some injustice done in the past. The assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and many attacks on Sinhala leadership, some of whom were useful and could have been of further use to Tamil struggle in time, are cases in point.**//

    Agree and wish LTTE had a true ideology if at all.

    quote..
    //**In more specific mistakes, the LTTE should have pushed on to re-capture Jaffna at all costs after liberating the Elephant Pass in 1999, even if this meant losing ground elsewhere. The cost could have been very high with tens of thousands of SLA soldiers still occupying the peninsula but the SL political and military forces were in complete disarray. Unfortunately, the window of opportunity was lost and the LTTE eventually found itself fighting on more than one front.**//

    Butt the credit goes to GOSL for their well coordinated offensive preventing anything such this.

    As remaining para regarding Karuna ,
    he is already adaptive to politics and may not face a violent end as envisaged. As long as wisdom prevails with him he will survive.
    His defection can not be seen as treachery to predict a bad end for Karuna.

    quote..
    //**People of Tamil Eelam are smart, talented and resourceful. You shall rise again from your ashes. By ballots or bullets, Tamil Eelam shall become a reality so long as you keep up your hopes and dreams alive.**//

    First two and half sentences are true but forgetting a secession or separation will be fruitful in utilizing these qualities right way.
    And I hope Tamils may realize that keeping alive a Tamil Eealm project will extend misery to all and adversely affect the possibility of true democracy, human rights and pluralism in Srilanka.

  59. Many of you beleive karuna is brave to cross SL side. By doing this he became a traitor and put tamils nation down.
    Every one will agree the position he holds now because of prabaharan who made him as hero in his ealam war.
    Any body can become traitor if they don’t have principles and values.

  60. dbsj always the best.but Shexmus,Karuna will surely meet a violent end, with each side crediting the other for it, and with very few people shedding tears for his demise.this would be the same faith you will have. No Not Karuna.because you need to learn a lot what sri lanka and its people really are,for that shexmus come and stay for few days over here ill guarantee that you will really change your mind set.just like the western barbarians. don’t give comments from your hide out pussy cat!

  61. Readers;

    What I Fear.
    1.State sponsored colonization and land grap.
    2.Few Sinhala Mudalalis ruling all the north & east with the help of police armed forces.Yes Tamils are living in the south, but by choice not colonized by the government.
    3. Well to do Tamils will “know sombody” to survive.
    4. Poor Tamils will have no law,order,security or normal life.
    5.Annihilation of tamils as a race from srilanka.

  62. Mr.Shexmus Amed might be excited to have a likeness for LTTE due to the coincidence of identical nature between the kurdish Peshmerga and LTTE’s Black tigers -both are prepared to face death.

    Let us glorify life and not death.

  63. Very good observation from an independent outsider.

    Hope this would drive some sense into the heads of those people who are driven by sensational news and propaganda items and keen only in revenge and retaliaion(Courtesy -Shexmus Amed). The LTTE and its supporters think that they can win everything by driving fear and making direct or suptle threats. Instead of pleading to India they are trying to threaten them even now as I write this. They thought they can simply change the ruling party/parties by getting hold of some jokers(courtesy-Sarath Fonseka) and then threaten the new Government too into their dictat.. They did the same ploy in some Western countries too. They tried to show the voting strength of the diaspora Tamils to their advantage and thought they can balckmail these political parties,but failed miserably. Then they threatened to create nuisance by demonstrating in the streets and in front of diplomatic missions.

    The Mahinda leadership attacked the LTTE in many fronts at the same time. Military, international diplomacy, intelligence, gathering, spying and counter spying, propaganda, updating hardwares, the list is endless. The LTTE, on the other hand was relying on a centralized control system and could not delegate or even trust these tasks to others, even in their very own organization. A point to note is leaving the post of Anton Balasingam blank at the crucial juncture, perhaps due to the drought of capable and willing specialists in their Organization..

    It is true Karuna’s revolt played a major factor in their downfall but its impavc could have been minimised. Rather than separating Karuna from his supporters, many were encouraged or forced to join Karuna’s ranks. What happened to Pathuman who tried to negotiate?
    Why were so many who tried to leave the Organization and go abroad were killed in places like Kolannawa and Kurunagala.
    It is very true and shameful to note these comments by an outsider:
    ” I am not unfamiliar with infighting among our people and between many of our political parties, but never has a single, Kurdish military outfit turned its guns on to itself”

    “Every political act must be judged by its consequences; that is, whether it helps bring the main objective close”r to reality, not whether it satisfies primitive urges for some injustice done in the past. The assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and many attacks on Sinhala leadership, some of whom were useful and could have been of further use to Tamil struggle in time, are cases in point”.

    “The benefits of election boycotts, such as refreshing community spirit and as gestures of dissatisfaction, are small and ephemeral.”(the Tamils did their first boycott of elections during the Thamilar Maha Sabai days of Sir Pon Arunasalam and many still beleive that was the main cause we did not have sufficient representation in the Parliament to safeguard our rights in the Independent Ceylon.- history repeated itself in a different way).

    There was some mention in the comments about Nadesan Satyendra. I remember first reading an article by Satyendra in the English weekly published from Jaffna about the Kurdish revolution and their similarities to Sri Lankan Tamils and how the International Community supported their anihilation.

    We need more than a course change

  64. An excellent analysis. Probably the three monumental mistakes of the LTTE was the Rajiv Gandhi assassination, allowing Pakistani weapons to reach essentially doomed SL troops in Jaffna, and finally, most likely the fatal mistake was the Karuna rebellion. Looking back, the LTTE should have accepted the India-Lanka accord. If the central continued with oppression, then India would have had an obligation to intervene.

    Although the LTTE committed many atrocities, no Tamil military has reached such heights of power since the times of ancient Tamil kingdoms. The term “terrorist” has lost all meaning when utilized by Sri Lankan authorities who are no different in terms of the qualifications.

    Dilshan F,

    What makes you think that Tamils in India want separation? If a referendum was held in Tamil Nadu today, the majority would vote for unity. I suspect this loyalty stems from the lack of human rights abuses, alteration of demographic patterns, and militarization by undisciplined North Indian troops.

    If Tamil Nadu were to succeed, it will probably lead to a bloodbath and eventual separation. When one state initiates systematic rebellion, other states will tend to follow the trend. Fortunately, Tamil Indians are being oppressed so such a hypothetical situation is highly unlikely.

    The LTTE were liberators and murderers and that is simply the duality of life. The SL Armed Forces are perceived as unprofessional soldiers and murders by many Tamils but many Sinhalese and perhaps some Tamils may view them as heroes. Once again Duilty is reality. The only reason Tamils fought for Tamil Eelam is due to oppression. If initiatives to rectify this situation is launched, you will see a drop in demand for Tamil Eelam.

    Your comedic statement that there should be a separate state in Tamil Nadu because that is where Tamils originate only demonstrates your lack of understanding.Even if you consider Sri Lankan Buddhist texts, you can clearly see that Tamils have been on the island as long as the Sinhalese at the very least because when Vijay landed on Sri Lanka, he invited Tamils from the Pandya country. This proves that the Tamil Identity is older than the Sinhalese identity, because Vijay’s people conversed in Pali not Sinhalese, but Pandyans conversed in Tamil. Sinhalese was later developed. Furthermore, the original inhabitants of the island resemble peoples from South India and share characteristics with the ancient burial culture of Tamil Nadu. Another interesting point is the geographical proximity between Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. It is a proven fact that the original inhabitants of the Maldives were ancient Tamils, the islands were later colonized with Sinhalese with Tamil permission. So, if ancient Tamils can reach the Maldives, what makes you think that they were unable to reach Sri Lanka? If we were able to develop the first navy on the Indian subcontinent, I’m sure Tamils were able to reach an island that was essentially a backyard. Of course all this historical speculation is useless. There is simply no point. Regardless of who came first, there are Tamils, along with other minorities, and Sinhalese in Sri Lanka today. I believe it was the Buddha who stressed the importance of focus on the present.

  65. Maybe this guy would like to offer part of the elusive “Kurdistan” to the Tamil people. No? Really? Maybe you guys can join forces and fight together!

    Listen, when the world at large is looking at ways of shedding regional and petty differences and finding common ground to unite (take EU as an example – as 20 odd countries they were weak – now they are getting as strong as the US), its sad to see other people still fight for homelands along racial or religious lines. Its sooo last century!

    I want to see an Asian union – where we shed racial and religious bullshit and work together to fight poverty, pollution and cultural and colonial holdovers. This as a first step towards the discontinuation of the concept of independent countries as we know them altogether – this isn’t going to happen in my lifetime – but it will.

    Its sad to see the Kurds, Tamils, Jews, Basque, Catalans, etc resort to separatism.

    What’s really, really odd about the Tamil goals is that 80 million Tamils worldwide were seeking a homeland in Sri Lanka that was already home to just a few million. (No? Come on now, can you not remember the text of Prabakaran’s heros day speech?) How is it logical for Tamils not to seek the home of 60 million Tamils as the natural home of Tamils ???? TAMIL NADU !!!! – remember Dravidastan ??

    They obviously figured it would be easier to bully and gang up on the Sinhalese than mess with India.

    Down with separatism!

    Raj

  66. I find that all are evil minded people. No one thinks of mankind or humans but as Kurds , Tamils, Muslims and so on. Everybody fabricates stories. Tamils and Kurds are different. Sri lanka is different from Iraq.
    Kurds did not kill their own people like the LTTE. The LTTE is not an organisation to speak good of. It is an evil outafit headed by an evil person. It is good for the people of Sri Lanka that the outfit is anihilated. The name itself is an evil.
    (EDITED)

  67. DBJS –

    Do you know if there is any comment posted here by an Al Qaeda terrorist? If so, please re-post it.

    It looks like your true colors (or Spots) are appering now.

    Your recent comments and posts reflect a different DBJS from what I have seen earler. Hope you have spine not to delete this.

    Wake up man!! Violence, terrorism or supporting those will not get you or anyone anywhere, but the missery to the innocents – regardless of race or religion. That goes the Kurdish as well.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    It does not require a “spine” to release comments made by people like you.Actually people like you who make offensive statements under false names are the ones needing a “spine”.

    Equating the Kurdish struggle for a nation of their own or the Tamil struggle for equality with Al – Quaeda reveals an appalling paucity of knowledge and understanding.

    About seeing “spots” in me , I think you require specs and if you already wear spectacles get a new pair.

  68. Salutations to the Kurdish Comrade.

    We Tamils too support your (PTK) struggle to be free from Turkish oppression. As you rightly pointed out, the struggle never ends. Prabhakaran lost simply because he was not a man of the times. The whole political scene has changed since the 80’s and 90’s. Similarly, the technology has also improved drastically by leaps and bounds. I look forward to the day when the best technology is freely available on the Black Market. Manpower will then be of no consequence. When that time comes, we will relaunch our struggle with a vengeance.

  69. What a load of bollocks! DBSJ’s alter ego! They do not even have internet there!

    Sporting the pseudonym “genghis” does not make you an alter ego of the great “Khan” . Wake up from the mongoloid age. Do you know anything at all about Kurds?……………….DBSJ

  70. Great sympathy for transnationals such as Kurds and Tamils. We feel your grievences. But shame on you to chose a tiny nation like Sri Lanka to air your grievences. You tamils are trying to make us also transnationals. How wrong is that? We never did that for you. It was your great British masters who spread you all over the world and gave you the false feeling of transnationlism. Call Tamilnadu your homeland but dont try to separate it ’cause consequence will be much worst. (May be Tamils will not prevail even as a transnation) Leave we Sri Lankans alone. It is the homeland for everybody living here.

  71. An outsider analysed all the events very correctly. We tamils should evalute the past and change the course accordingly.

    I like to thank Mr. Amed and DBSJ to publish this comment as well.

  72. DBSJ,

    You will do well for your community and for Sri Lanka by convincing Tamils why they should drop this dream of separate Tamil Home Land and integrate with the majority as they have done for over 2000 years in the past rather than bring in evidence of various sorts that point in the direction of separation.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Navin it is also important for people like you to take an open, bold stand against the racist policies of the Rajapakse regime, JVP , JHU and patriotic Nationalist movement etc. For starters you can organize and sign a mass petition against the Sinhala supremacist statements of Sarath Fonseka and Champka Ranawaka. Please dont forget Tamil separatism and Sinhala hegemonism feed each other.

  73. what a creative piece of journalism! You have invented Shexmus Amed and commenting on your own piece!! Very clever… Don’t be shy, be open. After all, we are all poor tamils..

    Do not insult Sexmus Amed you pathetic creature. Go google and discover. It was only Anton Balasingham who wrote the speech for VP and then commented on what he himself had written you hare -brained flea (now dont rush off to the flea market)………..DBSJ

  74. Ba’ath Party( saddam’s) of Sri lanka is going to be SLFP. You do not need any other party. Certainly Tamils and Muslims can join the party and help future civilian rescue operation in south. Sound like a plan.
    The light you see at the end of the tunnel is actually an oncoming train.

  75. The comments give an insite that the people from both communities have not realised that the war phase has stoped and the non voilent stage has started the non voilent struggle did not succeed because there were no sizable Tamile population in the west Now they are more organized and sopisticated and non voilent which will earn the support of the westerners for a selfdtermination for the Tamils

    Nathen

  76. Dear DBS Jayaraj,

    The Kurdish author has overlooked an important fundamental issue. Any freedom fighter is looked upon as a terrorist by the home country. But for the major power (US) brokered breakup of countries, there is not one instance where an unsuccesful rebellion became a succesful revolution.

    V.Venkatesh

  77. Your answer to Comment 16 Torontian,
    Do you still beleive sinhala leader ship settle for tamils just reasonable demands? If you beleive in yes i feel really sorry for you Mr.DBSJ. Do you know whats going on in tamil areas inn trinco and batii, leave it you ?

    “Muthaana Muthallavo, Muthirnthu vandha Muthallavo”……………..DBSJ

  78. Considering that the PKK is one of the nastiest terrorist organizations in the world, with its own retinue of suicide bombers, crazed messianic leaders, and a general contempt for human life it’s not surprising the guy finds Prabakharian admirable.

  79. Thank you for revealing yourself through someone else’s thoughts.

    It provides greater insight to the thinking of the enemies of Sri Lanka as a one nation.

    The better we know the enemy, it is better for our survival.

    Thanks again.

    Do not insult Sexmus Amed you pathetic creature. Go google and discover you nitwit………..DBSJ

  80. Couldn’t we see his actions as being one of principled opposition to a path that was leading to the death and destruction of his people with no end in sight?

    Well you could do, but you’d have to be even dumber than the LTTE apologists that plaster this site.

    Karuna was and is a corrupt, nasty selfish little bastard who jumped ship when his financial improprieties were found out in order to save his putrid little skin. Vile, a coward, and so incompetent he can’t even hold on to his own goons in the TMVP and has to rely on those Mahinda gives him in return for acting as the GOSL’s circus trick.

  81. Why doesn’t the world understand that tamils have a homeland in Tamil Nadu. where their culture and language originated and still thrives. Are the tamil diaspora ashmed to call it their home. It has such glorius history and a civilisation, if I were a tamil Iwill be proud of.

    In the case of Jews they claimed their original land not a piece from a sovereign country, after bieng scattered.

    In the past and still to some extent Iraq, Kurdishtan,Afganistan most of Pakistan etc are places where bunch of war lords reign out doing each other by terrorism. Not a good examlpe for the present globally dispersed people, with every one living everywhere for all kinds of purposes, Mainly for selfish gains.

    Tamil Diaspora will be wise to claim it in India, with India going to be or already is the third poweful nation in the world. After thay they can attack our little island as
    revenge.

    Vendetta is their biggest priority for not getting all the top jobs in Sri Lanka. Look in to your hearts if you have any. One can fool the world but can not fool oneself. In the end it is with the contents of your hearts that you have to live with and die with. That is what going to enrich your lives or drag you in to a living hell, not a piece of land from a sovereign country to call your own.

    Leave Sri Lanka alone you goons, who have fled for green pastures and live happily where ever you are. Get down all your relatives after they get a good education in Sri Lanka. Use your brains if you have any. How did you get entry to these green pastures. Solely by the free education given to all by Sri Lanka.There are legal means of getting down your kith and kin, don’t have to resort to terrorism in the country that gave you a home and an education for that purpose. Very ignoble of you.

    Remember there are 21,000,0000 others who want to live in Sri Lanka and call it their home. They deserve a good life as much as you do. So live and let live. People in Sri Lanka will sort their problems under the prevailing peaceful conditions after the terrorism is over.

    Don’t ever entertain the idea of a tamil eelam in SRI LANKA. It eill never ever happen. Numbers count.

  82. And I thought what happened in SL was going to be a lesson to all who dedicate them selfs to an arm struggle.. “Those who live by the sward will die by the sword” .. Jews did not get Israel because they fought for it, it was given to them by the British, they only had to fight to keep Israel.. and of course to expand it.

  83. There is a major flaw in comparing Kurdish movement with LTTE. Tamil’s native place is Tamilnadu, not Sri Lanka. If LTTE wanted a separate homeland in India for Tamils then the analogy between LTTE and Kurdish movment holds. Also, if Kurds wanted a separate homeland in some other country like Mayasia, then it will be similar to what LTTE was trying to achieve.

    You have neither understood the Tamil nor Kurdish struggles………….DBSJ

  84. Though Karuna factor has some effect on the fighting, it’s not a major one. Earlier govermnets had no clear aim to defeat LTTE and also Indian influence effected lot. Though Karuna were with VP, this would be the end this time.

    You guys talking about create a country for tamils claiming that they have no country in the world!!!.

    You have selected SL because it was the weakest place then. But now Sri Lankan are very stronger than ever. You can’t have it there. You have to find it somewhere else, not in Sri Lanka. The Ideal place is Tamil Nadu. But i don’t think you can do anything there. The other options are Canada, UK, US or Norway. You will get a good deal quite easily because leaders in those countries are very generous. That’s why they advice SL to give a part for Tamils. If you start terrorism with those countries, they would not kill you by shelling or any other means. They will come to negotiate with you to share power with tamils. Why don’t you give a try??

    We don’t have space for so-called elam tamils. But we have plenty of space in Sri Lanka and in our hearts for Sri Lankan Tamils( Tamils who think their mother county is Sri Lanka, who don’t try to divide it). Sri Lankan tamils can live with other community now since there is no space for terrorism. We sinhalese don’t care about if our leaders are Sinalese, Tamils or Muslims unless they love mother Sri Lanka and lead the country to the prosperity. Unfortunately this seems not happening since most tamils leaders and tamils live in abroad talk about separation. Sri Lankans should not give any power to this kind leaders because it is dangerous for the country.

    Sri Lankans should not listen to tamil diaspora and their supporters since their objective is not for the welfair of tamils but for creating a mono-ethnic state.

    The procedure the SL government took to eradicate LTTE could be an good example to fight with terrorist who tries to divide a unitary nation. Several guidelines are,
    1. Don’t allow international NGO who comes with various hidden agendas.
    2. Don’t allow so-called free medias. There is no free media.
    3. identify talented military officers and provide them what they want.
    4. Give a political leadership but let the military people to lead the military plan.

    Previous SL governments failed to do these things hence did not succeed to destroy the LTTE. But the present SL government did it very well and achieved the results very quickly.

  85. Reply to #33

    I’m amused as the comments by some Sinhalese who claim that the Tamils cannot claim the N&E as their homeland because they live in Tamil Nadu too.

    This lays bare the lack of historical and anthropological knowledge (and common sense!) that brought the country to the dire situation it is in right now.

    Kalu FYI, the Sinhalese are 70% (yes, you read that right,) Tamil, genetically.(if you do not want to take my word for it, i would suggest that you read “the genetic affinities of the srilankan population” report found in the “Human Biology’ journal. The Sinhalese are as alien to this island as the Tamils are. The only real “natives” are the Veddas who share only 4% of their genes with the Sinhalese and Tamils.

    Therefore the claim “This country belongs to the Sinhalese because we only live in this island while the Tamils live in Southern India too” is a lame and , if i may say..”silly” excuse. people who make such claims should educate themselves before displaying their intelligence (or rather the lack of ) in their posts.

  86. Thanks DBSJ for letting us read the excellent article.Being another group in arms the sympathy for LTTE is to be expected.My criticism is that Mr Ahamd dealt with personalities only and not what LTTE stood for.or how they went about it.Glorifying VP would have been ok if only his methods were also analysed.
    I have always agreed with the wish of Tamils speaking people to have a land of their own.Seeing that your blog attracts serious contributors I wish to ask a question.WHAT IS THE REASON FOR CHOOSING A PART OF SRI LANKA FOR CREATING TAMIL SPEAKING EELAM AND NOT IN TAMIL SPEAKING TAMILNADU?
    I hope you will- with your in depth knowledge of the subject -make the first contribution.I ask this question not to belittle Sri Lankan Tamil aspirations but because
    I cannot come up with the answer.

  87. The references such as “SLA” to the Sri Lankan army, tell me that this is nothing but an Excellent masquerading by a defeated eelamist posing as a Kurd.

    Maru!Your deductive powers are truly amazing Ruwani…………….DBSJ

  88. Nama Yoga says: “Jews too were in our position until the birth of Israel”. You are kidding your self if you think the birth of ISRAEL has solved any problems. incase you haven’t noticed, creating Israel has created unpresidented problems for the whole wide world. So please note that there are two sides to any story. as much as there is a kurd side there is also the turkish. Why don’t u read up on their perspective. & for your info tamil is now a official language in SL. tamil is not even an official language in india. it is a official language in TN…..that is just because its a state. stop living in the past. so much has changed over the years. get with the times.

  89. Internet blogs.

    In this age of internet blogs we all must learn to dissociate the comments from the purported commentator. Getting excited is extremely foolhardy. If you hate Muslims you can pretend to be a Muslim and write all kinds of things against the west, Christians or pope. You rant and rave. You are are a celebrity beauty. Be aware of the modern techniques of computer animations and what those pervert guys can do with your picture.

    No greater sophisticated machinery of propaganda has ever been in motion than during the past 30 years of Elam wars. It was a constant struggle to separate truth from falsehood.

    This one is just another nice piece from a creative member of Tamil “intelligentsia” .

    Did you see the one where Mahinda embraces Praba?……………DBSJ

  90. Honest opinion about LTTE Shexmus Amed. Inflexibility of Prabhakaran was the main reason for LTTE’s fall.

  91. Never were wiser words spoken;

    Another grave error was the boycotting of elections in 2005 that brought hardliners to government in Sri Lanka. As a general rule, people should never ever be asked to refrain from voting in an election under any circumstances. The benefits of election boycotts, such as refreshing community spirit and as gestures of dissatisfaction, are small and ephemeral. They are far outweighed by the dangers as well as the real and lasting costs of handing the power to a less amenable adversary

    I’m beginning to think that the boycotting of the 2005 elections was the worst mistake the LTTE made (more so than Rajiv Ghandi) Do Tamils agree? You could have had President Ranil and moderate Sinhalese running the country who believed in negotiation and compromise. Instead you got the Rajpaksa brothers.

  92. A COMRADE CAN UNDERSTAND ANOTHER COMRADE.
    A COWARD CAN UNDERSTAND ANOTHER COWARD.
    OUR ASSESSMENT IS ONLY FROM OUR POINT OF VIEW WHICH IS BASED ON OUR BACKGROUND,EDUCATION , OUR MEMORIES AND THE GENE IMPLANTED BY BIRTH.
    IF SOMEONE IS OUT OF ORDINARY THEN IT IS VERY HARD TO KNOW WHO HE IS.
    .
    THIS IS LIKE A TEN YEAR OLD GIRL WONT UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED AT THE FIRST NIGHT OF HER SISTER AFTER MARRIAGE EVEN YOU EXPLAIN TO HER 1000 TIMES.BEACUSE SHE NEVER REACHED THE LEVEL TO UNDERSTAND THE FEELINGS AT THAT TENDER AGE.
    SAMEWAY AN ENLIGHTENED MAN MAY NEVER BE UNDERSTOOD BY ANY ORDINARY HUMAN BEINGS IN THEIR LIFETIME . I.E JESUS,ARISTOTLE,KRISHNA ETC.

    RE. V.PRABHAKAARAN CAN NEVER BE UNDERSTOOD BY US WHEN WE DONT KNOW WHAT IS SACRIFICE,LIBERATION,ACHIEVING THE OBJECTIVE UP TO THE LAST BREATH WHEN WE DONT HAVE THAT IN OUR SYSTEM.

    WHEN KP BRINGS PARALLEL TO HIS SACRIFICE TO KARNAN OF MAHABARATHAM I DONT KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE UNDERSTAND IT.
    KARNAN WAS AN ANTI HERO IN THAT EPIC BORN AS A SON OF SUN AND KUNTI.

    HIS ENDING WAS ALSO MORE OR LESS LIKE HIM DYING IN THE BATTLEFIELD WITH HIS SON .

    WHO IS THIS MAN CAME INTO OUR LIFE AS A TAMIL WARRIOR AND PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 54.
    THE MAN WHO HATE THE NUMBER 8 DIED ON 17TH OF MAY.
    WHAT IS THE REASON FOR HIM TO VISIT THIS PLANET AND LEFT WITH THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AND OTHER FELLOW COMRADES.
    AS ANITA PRATAB SAYS IS HE A PHILOSOPHER WHO DOES HIS WORK AND BE UN ATTACHED TO THE OUTCOMES.
    WHERE IS HE DRAWING HIS INTUITVE POWERS FOR HIS DECISIONS AND DIRECTIONS?
    HOW DID HE SURVIVED LAST 37 YEARS WITH FLESH AND BONES?
    PLEASE PONDER ON THESE QUESTIONS?PLEASE
    DONT FIND AN ANSWER TO THESE BECAUSE WE CAN ONLY GIVE OUT OF OUR GARBAGE MIND WHICH CANT FATHOM OUT SOMETHING UNFATHOMABLE.

  93. #29 for you to read

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    Sinhala and Tamil Ancestors were on this Island for 14,000 Years

    By R. Wijewardene

    The volume of information on the internet is genu-inely astounding. Of course not all, or even a small fraction of it, is true but a great deal of it is certainly interesting.

    The entry in Wikipedia under ‘Sinhala people’ – makes particularly interesting reading. It says, in reasonably technical jargon, that DNA studies conducted by Stanford University in 2003 indicate that the Sinhala people are not descended from north Indian settlers but rather that they can trace their origins to the indigenous people who populated this island circa 12000 BC.

    What this fairly obscure DNA study does therefore is cast doubt on the creation myth central to the identity of the nation’s principle ethnic group; the legend that the Sinhalese people are the descendents of a group of marauding North Indians who arrived on the island on precisely the date of the Buddha’s death.

    Myth

    While the Vijaya story is understood in terms of a myth nevertheless the assumption that the ancestors of the Sinhalese arrived on this island relatively recently – 543 BC and that the Sinhalese were nevertheless the ‘first’ of the major ethnic groups to arrive on the island underlies claims of ‘ownership’ the are central to the broader ethnic conflict.

    However what these genetic studies indicate is that where DNA is concerned the people of Sri Lanka, never really arrived from anywhere. This applies to both Tamils as well as Sinhalese as the study found that in genetic terms the difference between the communities was either marginal or non existent.

    The majority of DNA – in Tamils and Sinhalese alike appears tobe indigenous which is to say that the bulk of the island’s people are descended from natives of this island rather than settlers. What this means is that the Sinhalese do not trace their ancestry to Orissa or North West India as often claimed but instead to Balangoda man – the ancient Paleolithic people who populated this island thousands of years ago – the yakshas and nagas of legend.

    While the study is not definitive – the suggestion that the people of this island while identified as Sinhala, Indo Aryans and Tamil Dravidians for linguistic reasons, where ancestry is concerned descended from predominately indigenous stock, is not a new one.

    Evidence

    Local historians such as K.M. de Silva, as well as British and European archaeologists and anthropologists working half a century ago began to suggest that evidence of migration from India in and after 500BC was limited and began to find evidence to support the theory that the bulk of the population was of essentially indigenous origin.

    The Indo-Aryan language – ‘Sinhala’ which is often cited as evidence for the north Indian origins of the Sinhalese, is according the genetic study a result of ‘cultural diffusion’ not settlement.

    The Indo Aryan languages Sanskrit and Pali were introduced by monks and possibly a small number of invaders and adopted by the indigenous people as they had no written language of their own.

    Rather than being settled by people from India the reality is that a small number of North Indians brought the people a written language and sacred texts the influence of which caused the indigenous population to modulate their speech – and begin speaking an Indo Aryan language.

    Suspect

    The old legend that Vijaya displaced the island’s indigenous people chasing them into the jungles to become veddahs therefore is rather suspect. It seems rather that the descendents of the island’s indigenous pre Vijayan people include most of us on the island today. And the veddahs possibly represent a small group of indigenous people who did not become as thoroughly assimilated into the civilisations brought to the island from India.

    Anthropologists have long suggested that veddahs are not a distinct aboriginal race but rather represent an earlier stratum of Sinhala culture, as their language and rituals are closely related to those of the Sinhalese. The DNA of the islands original yaksha inhabitants lives on – not just in the veddahs but in all of us.

    Again what is crucial is that the entire population was found to be of largely indigenous descent and the study included DNA samples from 90 Sri Lankan Tamils.

    Which means that Tamil the community is either extensively intermixed with the indigenous community or that many indigenous people simply adopted a Tamil identity at times when the island was ruled by Tamil kings.

    The Tamil and Sinhala identities are both therefore the result of cultural diffusions rather than distinct racial origins.

    Origins

    Ultimately this genetic evidence casts doubts on established ideas regarding the origins of the nation’s major ethnic groups. However by concluding that the Sinhalese and Tamil people are effectively identical, and indigenous the study also provides a basis for unity. What distinguishes the people of this island is not genetics but only languages and religions introduced relatively recently from abroad.

    While this is fascinating theory it is despite the genetic component of the research being definitive and does not by any means settle the historical issue regarding the origins of this island’s presentinhabitants. What the study does do however is make it clear that there is a need to reopen the debate regarding the origins of civilisation on this island.

    While in other parts of the world history has been subject to revision, re-examination and debate, in Sri Lanka history or the study of history has since the mid 20th century been largely stagnant with established versions – the Vijayan legends etc. etched in stone.

    The debate, discussion and exploration of this country’s history has largely vanished from the public eye and today history is confined to outdated text books and dusty unvisited museums. This is ultimately a great shame as history is vital not simply as the study of a static past but in terms of establishing identity in the present.

    The ethnic conflict however has politicized and restricted its study with various established biases serving both warring parties and the ultimate loser has been as ever the people of this country who have been deprived of a fuller understanding of this country’s fascinating past.

    Debate

    While theories regarding the origins of the Sinhala and Tamil people on the island invariably lead to heated debate the ultimate objective of historical investigation should not be to propose any one view as definitively right but rather through the analysis of many considered points of view to come to a clearer version of our history. And of course to discover if we really are genetically at least still the nagas and yakshas of 14000 years ago

  94. For all the people who cheered and funded Tigers from their safe western abodes, it must be a very sad and depressing time. I feel like that too after cheering for my favorite cricket team for years and they lose the World Cup Final! There is no difference between us, except I am not sending my money to kill other innocent people with suicide bombs etc. Also, I recover very fast and get back to my life. I suggest that all you Tiger sympathizers too take the hatred out of your hearts and get out of your ethnic ghettos and live a good life. It is mind boggling how many fools there are among the Tamil diaspora. Perhaps they were all fully consumed by this war and never even read a book. I do not think Tamil Nadu will take them in, perhaps Kurdistan will.

  95. Lot of crap by the kurdish writer … He does not know or does not want to believe the way LTTE leadership (first/second/third …. level) beg for mercy in the last days of its existance .. LTTE spokesman even admitted that the leadership carrying white flags and the story of massacre … So that is the brave leadership LTTE provided for low level cadres … Finding Prabhakaran’s body by the army in itself shows the shameful way the LTTE leadership behaved while sending child soldiers to the front with cynide capsules to get massacred. So much for the bravery of LTTE leadership.
    This kurdish writer also states ” … an autonomy agreement for a federal Tamil state in Sri Lanka was the most realistic outcome for the LTTE. It was the responsibility of a new generation of Tamils to take the struggle to its next stage …” This whole concept of “take little more and ask some more after” is now clearly understood by the people of Sri Lanka. So, it’s only a dream to resurrect eallam project for a forseeable future.

  96. When are these people going to learn!! All those people who have taken arms to justify a cause for a struggle (legitimate or not), only need to look at the evolution of the world to know that a commitment destroy, will only end in destruction, as it has happened in SL. The world has come to existence not because it was on a course of destruction, but because it was on a course of creation, hence why the creation is attributed to God, or all that is good in this world. It is this same goodness the like of Dr Martin Luther King based the struggle of the African Americans on, and look how far they have come, from a position of total exclusion, which the Tamils have never been subjected to. To try the same thing that has failed once is not brave, but just plain idiotic, and a total waste of time and energy, & most importantly human lives.

  97. DBSJ,

    You would have seen my comments on previous blog posts but after sometime I stopped commenting because gradually things were getting skewed in your blog.

    There are many stories circulating in SL about the final days of the war. My interest about the war is really focused on the time period between May 16th to May 19th.

    Apart from that I am very interested in living with Tamils – you folks are not bad but your grievances should be considered by the GOSL. As a Sri Lankan, living in SL, I also have grievances and I expect GOSL to demonstrate good governance to settle them. War is now over and we all have to move on to make life better for me, you and them :)

    Striking difference in your blog in the aftermath of the war is your response to comments. Keep it up: good English coupled with pithy comments adds color to “black and white”.

  98. I REALLY FEEL FOR TAMILS. NO COUNTRY OF THEIR OWN. I AM SURE THATS A TERRIBLE THING. HAVING SAID THAT DON’T YOU THINK SOME OF THE ACCUSATIONS OF SINHALESE BEING GENOCIDAL AND DISCRIMINATORY IS AN IDENTITY PROBLEM OF TAMILS NOT HAVING A COUNTRY AND THEIR MENTALITY. DID SINHALESE REALLY MISTREAT TAMILS MORE THAN FOR INSTANCE, INDIA, MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE OR FOR THAT MATTER SOME WESTERN COUNTRIES. I HAVE BEEN TO SINGAPORE, AND CAN TELL YOU TAMILS ARE TREATED LIKE DIRTY AND SECOND CLASS CITIZENS OVER THERE. AND I WAS SAD TO SEE WHY TAMILS ACCUSE US SINHALESE OF EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE NOT DONE TO THEM. I FEEL LIKE IF ANY TWO COMMUNITIES THAT ARE SIMMILAR IT IS TAMILS AND SINHALESE. WE LOOK VERY SIMMILAR, OUR RELIGIONS ARE VERY SIMMILAR AND OUR VALUES ARE VERY SIMMILAR. SO DON’T YOU THINK ITS TIME WE GET ALONE AND NOT DISRESPECT ONE ANOTHER IN THE WESTERN COUNTRIES. DO YOU HONESTLY THINK THAT ENGLAND, FRANCE AND CANADA GIVE A DAMN ABOUT US TAMILS AND SINHALESE. WAKE UP GUYS. LETS BE A COMMUNITY THATS PROGRESSIVE.

  99. It is wonderful. Each and every points got its value Tamil struggle in SL in a view of kurd. Whether I’m wondering whether professionals in and out of SL were politically blind
    or there was ears to listen. I feel bit a shame about us after read his comment from a Kurdish Nationalist.

  100. I have been avid follower of this blog more due to my being an active follower of the Sri Lankan scene but also due to the respect i developed for the credibility of DBSJ as an excellent and unbiased reporter. This piece by the kurdish gentlemen is in the DBSJ mould; mature, sane and one of calm analysis. But i find interesting that Amed missed two things from LTTE’s list of weakneses;

    Its failure to groom a second rung of leadership owing to its total and ultimately irredeemable capitulation to Prabhakaran’s reckless and brutal diktats

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Please keep in mind that the writer was not presenting an analytical article dealing with all aspects of the issue. He simply posted a comment. It was I who felt it required greater exposure and incoroporated it as my blog post. I do hope he will write at length if he finds time later

    His complete failure to mention the racist and inhuman massacre and exile of the Muslim community.

  101. Well he does have a lot of time on his hand to follow the Lankan happenings over the years. However, he is wrong about the Eelam coming true part. It should not or will not ever come true. It is a “pipe dream” like someone said. I have a ton of thoughts on this “discrimination” BS the Tamils in SL talk about. How about the Muslims and other minorities? They seem to be doing just fine. As a matter of fact they are doing very well… thanks you.

    Granted the 83 riots should never have happened, the discrimination is mild in comparison to other “real” discriminations other cultures and people have suffered/suffering. It is an insult to even compare the Tamil discrimination to Jews, Palestinians, etc. … I hope your blood is boiling at this point  Enough said.. you get the drift.

    -Siripala

  102. Nitharshan

    Don’t forget that Prabhakaran was a product of india. if you don’t belive me belive the indian diplomat M K Bhadrakumar

    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/KE20Df03.html

    no one is denying that there is a lot of tamil influence in SL from historic times. Its foolish to belive that isn’t so. But if its a question of seperation for a tamil home land (with or without blood shed) do u think its more viable to have it in a place where there is 2 million tamils or 60 million tamils? u are a fool if u can’t understand that logic. India doesn’t want seperation as much as SL. As long as this is consistently applied to both nations, we will be able to get along. Budha also said that those who take arms will die with arms.

  103. @ Yassus,

    you will find answers if you look at the history of Lanka, Did Tamils ask for a seperate nation till late 70s/early 80s? a FULL 30 years AFTER they have tried every single democratic method possible, in order to live a normal life, without being discriminated against. Democratic methods which were put down violently by the government?

    and as for your insinuation that somehow that the Tamils are NOT native to this island whereas the Sinhalese are; I suggest that you look at my post that precedes yours…its kinda ironic that the answer for your question was in the post that was right above yours.

    maybe one should read whats posted before spewing what’s in one’s mind :)…would save everyone a lot of time and effort.

    remember….those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat their mistakes, as Lanka is doing as we speak, in fact they compound it.

  104. A flash back from one nationalist to the demise of another.

    I wonder what Hitler would have written about this struggle had he been alive. After all he is a German nationalist, a so called Aryan( take it from a real indo-aryan).

    There were many nationalists waged armed struggles in this world. The ones we read about and the ones we hear about.
    Have they all delivered what they promised?
    Have they atleast achieved close to what they promised?

    They sure have brought down the very people they claim to represent and protect to the brink of the collapse.

    Take Nazi Germany. It did not have its own army, Allied countries have total control over the german land today after defeating the nazi leader and sending his henchmen to the gallows at the Nuremberg trial.

    Where is Yasser Arafat after receiving the Noble pice for peace. Wher are the Palestenians.

    Now this Kurdish nationalist leader.
    I for a moment am not against his nationalist views.
    He has many good points in the comment.

    He talks about Prabakaran lacking flexibility and not having a foresight to accept what is real.
    Then turns around and comment on Karuna defection, fails to see the flexibility of Karuna to seek what is real.

    Perhaps this Kurdish nationalist leader needs some soul-searching to do.

    DBSJ had correctly written, “Those who do not learn from their mistakes are condemned to repeat the past”.

  105. In mid-80s, I returned home to Tamil Eelam after spending a few years in Europe. And I witnessed so many liberation organizations. One organization in particular, LTTE, encouraged its new recruits and supporters to watch three movies:

    1. Operation Day Break
    2. Omar Muktha
    3. Battle of Algeria.

    In our Struggle to Tamil Eelam, we have already seen Operation Day Break scenarios many times; Sadly, just now we are witnessing Omar Muktha in Tamil Eelam. The third, Battle of Algeria is pending.

    Hope we do not need to wait long.

    Vali

  106. DBSJ

    All those who glorify death and violence and all those who concur with such glorifications are in the same cesspit.

    When they extend those evil thoughts to dismember Sri Lankan one nation, they become enemies of the nation.

    What about the violence of the armed forces responsible for kiiling and injuring so many innocent civilians? Why are you glorifying them helaseelan ?………….DBSJ

  107. G,

    I have no doubt that the LTTE and its leader were nourished by India for the purpose of furthering its own interests. Yet the LTTE leader was created by Sri Lanka through oppression. Sri Lanka created him and India supported him.

    You have missed my point. It is not a question of numerical convenience. There is no popular demand for succession in Tamil Nadu because Indian troops from Northern India are not deployed on the streets of Tamil Nadu to oppress Indian Tamils through murder, rape, abduction, and etc. Sri Lanka is a different story where all of the above is a reality. No country wants to be divided but sovereignty carries the responsibility to protect all citizens. Sri Lanka has been failing in its responsibility towards Tamil citizens since independence. That is the cause for popular sentiment among SL Tamils for succession. If Buddha said that those who take arms will die with arms, then how is the Sri Lankan state going to survive through military means alone?

  108. To all the Tamil People abroad!!!

    Forgive me for saying this, but if you are currently living in Sri Lanka ..you will hear the HORRIFIC ..HORRENDOUS stories coming from Tamils who were captives of Prabakaran, how they were tortured, killed and children snatched away …these are stories from the very pits of HELL itself …our hearts here in SL go out to all these peoples who have lost everything for NOTHING!

    Their tears will never END ..their memories will never heal ..for what Prabhakaran did to them and their progeny ..

    ..and I tell you if you T. Diaspora out there still glorify this man Prabakaran ..let it be said and made known that the BLOOD of your brothers …the Tamils are also on your hands!

  109. I am sorry, I am writting strong words … but if you live in Sri Lanka …you too will be embittered by what our Tamil brothers are saying ..how they ran away …how they were forced into the war ..how their brothers, sisters, mothers fathers were brutally murdered when they resisted and in all this its the Tamils who were the real victims of Prabakaran …it is the Sri Lankan Tamil’s in the North who suffered HELL in the hands of this man ..V. Prabhakaran …even in HELL his SOUL will not rest in Peace for the Tortures he did to his own kind!!!

  110. A guilty diaspora is doing much harm to the cause of the Tamil People in Sri Lanka. You will NEVER have a seperate country in our Island and if you continue in this vein you will turn even the few “rational” Sinhalese who are left in this country.

    If you want an Eelam set it up in another country. Meanwhile the diaspora is better off keeping silent or finding another way to assuage their collective guilty conciences, guilty for sitting comfortably in the west and enjoying all the benefits, benefits gained by claiming asylum !

    The Sinhala people have WON, don’t forget that we are in a position to do what we think is best for our country, even the UNHCR says that now.

    So don’t push us too far !

  111. Hi Ravana,

    This is not a time to add pepper to the wounded ..remember what our President requested from us …All Sri Lankans …”When you celebrate the victory ..please do not hurt the feelings of the others whilst doing so ..”

  112. Very Good honest article. Sinhalese thugs who write on here do not know what is really happening in Srilanka or they only know to tell lies all the time like their Polticians and their monks. We tamils can’ t live peacefully with these inhuman Sinhalease thugs ever. These thugs are now startintg to condemn the western countries where they live because the truth are coming out now. Better go back to your country. If anyone says the truth telling about the soldiers or ploliticians action can’t live alive there and the real stories won’t come out until the International media goes inside the area and and the the whole community is protected from the present Govt. rule worser than Hitler’s rule. Even Hitler did not attack the hospitals, schools, churches etc.

  113. It is a good opinion submitted by a kurdish freedom fighter. All what is said are true and time will solve.

    What Karuna had done is quite serious to which he will regret one day.

    VP is no better having missed several opoortunities to reach a solution and misjudged the entire struggle. The 2000 invasion to Jaffna is another serious error. Killing Rajiv Ghandi is another serious political and military tragedy. Fighting with the Indian army having obtained weapons from Premadasa was another grave error.

    Can go on writing so many tactical errors by VP.

    On the whole VP was a total tragedy.

    Thanks

  114. I totally agree with ‘Anonymous’ …Shexmus Amed ..reda what he has written!

    65. Anonymous | May 27th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Mr. Shexmus Amed generously showered consolatory words on Eelam supporters and LTTE sympathizers.

    In my opinion, the views presented are not different in perspective from contemporary views but surely with a nice linguistic skill.

    I disagree with many of his views and agree with few.

    quote:
    // ** The LTTE, in my view, is the gold-standard for all national liberation struggles despite its defeat. And what a glorious defeat it was! **//

    The violence unleashed by LTTE has not acted as catalyst for a positive change. Its leader has not left behind any values to follow for the next generation .

    Forced conscription of children, extortion , forced civilian displacements, annihilation of similar fighting militant organizations, forceful detention of helpless civilians etc can not be gold standards for a liberation struggle.

    In fact the struggle for nondiscrimination and injustice was conveniently converted as liberation struggle and a whole generation was carried away.

    The inevitable defeat with destruction was ignored and caused agony to its own people it forcefully represent. Severe emotional shock and pain caused by this “glorious defeat ” had extremely upsetting experience to the people it represents to “liberate” and placed them nowhere.

    // **That the LTTE managed to keep its leader and senior cadres alive right down to the last day and the last fire-fight before they too succumbed to the vastly superior man and fire power of the SLA is a testament to the intelligence, strength, discipline and dedication of the organisation.** //

    This could be cited as a stupidity also, for a organization which survived in the past with its guerrilla warfare.

    // V. Prabhakaran and his senior commanders could have ordered the rank and file LTTE personnel to lay down their arms, before fleeing the island for a third country. ….//

    The leader of the LTTE made it virtually impossible with his past actions.

    //**The fact that they -as well as their families-did not flee the conflict zone nor surrendered, but chose to fight to the death like tens of thousands of other LTTE cadres that preceded them is a lesson to all leaders who ask others to sacrifice their lives for a cause.**//

    The writer may kindly be aware that the children were forcibly conscripted and sent to the front line by these LTTE leaders to keep the rank and file (&families) intact. Civilians were shot brutally from behind who wanted to live. This was not a noble sacrifice.

    quote..
    //** Its strengths were too numerous to count. Its weaknesses and mistakes were few but deadly in the long run.** //

    It is contrary . mistakes were numerous and strengths were deadly.

    quote..
    //**Firstly, the LTTE was extremely inflexible in its political expectations. In the absence of international support for an independent homeland, an autonomy agreement for a federal Tamil state in Sri Lanka was the most realistic outcome for the LTTE. It was the responsibility of a new generation of Tamils to take the struggle to its next stage, if Sri Lankan state continued to be ill-disposed towards Tamil people. By then, of course, the federal Tamil state would have gained some international recognition for the status quo and thus would have been far less isolated as a ‘terrorist’ outfit. That V. Prabakharan instructed his bodyguards to shoot him if he deviated from the demand for independence is a clear sign of the inflexibility of the LTTE leadership.**//

    I fully endorse and agree the above view.
    Would like to add that right from beginning the leader of LTTE was incapable to deal with politicians rather than with a gun or a human bomb. His consistent mistrust was byproduct of this deficiency in politics.

    quote..
    //**Secondly, the LTTE put unnecessary emphasis on revenge and retaliation. As Clausewitz famously said, “war is politics by other means”. In politics,-as in war-revenge and retaliation is always secondary to the main objective. Every political act must be judged by its consequences; that is, whether it helps bring the main objective closer to reality, not whether it satisfies primitive urges for some injustice done in the past. The assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and many attacks on Sinhala leadership, some of whom were useful and could have been of further use to Tamil struggle in time, are cases in point.**//

    Agree and wish LTTE had a true ideology if at all.

    quote..
    //**In more specific mistakes, the LTTE should have pushed on to re-capture Jaffna at all costs after liberating the Elephant Pass in 1999, even if this meant losing ground elsewhere. The cost could have been very high with tens of thousands of SLA soldiers still occupying the peninsula but the SL political and military forces were in complete disarray. Unfortunately, the window of opportunity was lost and the LTTE eventually found itself fighting on more than one front.**//

    Butt the credit goes to GOSL for their well coordinated offensive preventing anything such this.

    As remaining para regarding Karuna ,
    he is already adaptive to politics and may not face a violent end as envisaged. As long as wisdom prevails with him he will survive.
    His defection can not be seen as treachery to predict a bad end for Karuna.

    quote..
    //**People of Tamil Eelam are smart, talented and resourceful. You shall rise again from your ashes. By ballots or bullets, Tamil Eelam shall become a reality so long as you keep up your hopes and dreams alive.**//

    First two and half sentences are true but forgetting a secession or separation will be fruitful in utilizing these qualities right way.
    And I hope Tamils may realize that keeping alive a Tamil Eealm project will extend misery to all and adversely affect the possibility of true democracy, human rights and pluralism in Srilanka.

  115. This comment is definitely written by either Mr. Jayaraj yourself or a fellow member of the Tamil Diaspora. This is not a Kurd writing because it bears all the halmarks of being written by a Sri Lankan person or who has a thorough understing of Sri Lanka and by a person who had lived in Sri Lanka. I do not think such a comment can be written by a foreign observer living hundreds of miles away and by someone who’s understanding of Sri Lanka is based on newspaper articles, websites and news from other media. The last paragraph gives the cake away. It shows that the peson who writes is an avowed Eelamist who is just taking cover behind the assumed name of a Kurd for the simple reason that he/she does not want to be identified. Good one… Jeyaraj

    None are so pathetic as idiots who think they are smart. Go google and see you moron …DBSJ

  116. I am a person living in the eastern part of Sri Lanka.

    I can agree only on 20% of this article. The writer has been heavily & naturally influenced by the media controlled by Pro LTTE elements or people from northern part of Sri Lanka.

    Karuna is a terrorist/wrong doer because he is a first hand product of LTTE this was my opinion about him even at the time he was with LTTE.

    However, his rebellion and turning the gun towards Prabhakaran is the best thing a Tamil could have done as repentance. He will live up in the history books just for this.

    Prabhakaran has committed moral and strategic errors from day one.

    His brutality, inhuman nature and Northern peoples cruel mind for dominance over others raised him up.

    I used to compare the LTTE cadres with Gog and Magogs people. The mischief they were committing was countless. If some one starts to write, it will run into hundreds of books

    I kindly request the writer not to undermine the Kurds case by comparing it with that of the LTTE.

  117. Sorry, I really can’t understand the T Diaspora and the Tamil people abroad …help me!

    I watched the protests of the T Diaspora, holding up LTTE Flags and slogans saying Prabakaran is their leader ..etc etc!

    Yet, it was only to save this ONE man and his team that the Diaspora became so active …

    ..how about the Innocent Tamil civilians held hostage as Human shields by Prabakaran …the T Diaspora seemed so blind to their plight …I didn’t see any Tamils abroad requesting Prabakaran to release the hostages, who were shot at directly by the LTTE when trying to escape …the Diaspora was NOT concerned …I can’t understand …are you really for the ‘Rights of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka’ ..or was your protests just to save ONE man Prabakaran ..that he may achieve his own agenda?

    If the Tamils abroad are truly concerned for the Tamils in Sri Lanka ..then how come you held your silence and gave a blind eye when Prabakaran brutally MURDERED, SLAUGHTERED and killed so many of the Tamil people in the North, reducing their numbers …the Tamils abroad watched Prabakaran conduct a GENOCIDE amongst his own people …and you all never took to the streets in protest against this …?

    I can’t understand …you (T.Diaspora) seem to be united in evil towards your own and divided and silenced in sharing and seeing the pain amongst your own …

    I cannot understand …all I know is that the CURSE of our Tamil people in the North ..mothers whose children were snatched from their bosoms before they even became of age …and trained to be human bombs, child soldiers before their very eyes …it is the curse of these very mothers that fell on the LTTE and Prabakaran …it is the curse of the Tamil people in the North that brought COMPLETE ANNIHILATION TO THE LTTE, PRABAKARAN and ELAM…this is why they are NO MORE!

  118. Kurdish fighter was right that LTTE chief ‘s enforced boycott was a blunder. In the Tamil separation struggle, two important factors were not taken into account by VP.
    1. Separation won’t succeed in democratic countries because there is no evidence so far to support this. Sri Lanka is a democratic country and the IC do not want to disturb that position. Therefore, VP should have utilised the opprtunity he had with RW to pursue a federal solution.
    2. No separation struggle will succeed without a dominant power supporting the struggle. Unfortunately, VP did not have any country to support this cause. He never had India in favour of his struggle.

    Diaspora did not do constructively.

  119. Hi DBSJ,

    Interesting piece.

    The author is very critical of Karuna. But actually one cannot blame him. I think he is quite astute and savvy in that he saw change happening in a post-9/11 era as opportunity and quickly grabbed it. VP, on the other hand, didn’t suscribe to the Darwinian school of thought – and suffered the same fate of the Dinosaur.

    DBSJ…you may beg to differ?

    :))

  120. Prabakaran ..you did this to your own people …in fighting for their rights ..you yourself took away their rights to live …you deprived them of the basic human living conditions and reduced them to live lives worse than animals …

    ..there was a woman on Radio recently speaking in Tamil ..she was cursing Prabakaran ..she had a husband and three children, the LTTE came and dragged away the husband and when he retaliated he was shot dead ..next they came for her 3 sons ..still children and dragged them all away for the war ..she has no news of them …she was crying ..we were treated worse than animals by Prabakaran! We had no right of life ..!

    This is just ONE of the many horrible stories coming out of the Tamils in the North ..

    ..I cannot understand, if my heart goes out for these Tamils in the North, and we hurt so much to hear their stories …I can’t understand, why YOU the Tamils abroad, the T.Diaspora is deaf and dumb to all this …and you continue to advocate for a man who took away the RIGHTS OF THE TAMIL PEOPLES and made them live like less than Animals!

  121. The article by Ahmed is brilliant coming from an outsider.
    Whatever mistakes VP made he was sincere to his cause. I do agree that he was inflexible but it is hard to be otherwise in his position. He was revered by his fellow fighters and countrymen and tried his best to salvage the rights of Tamil people. He did commit acts of terror doing this as he chose the militant path.
    Instead of scrutinising his faults we should realise that if not for the discrimination by the state he would never had got the mandate of the people.
    At a particular juncture in our history military struggle became inevitable. We all should realise now that it has caused huge loss of life in SL and caused untold misery and poverty.
    We should all change our attitude and work together to find a political solution to the ethnic crisis by peaceful means with immediate effect and if we do that we can avoid repetition of this tragedy ever again in SL history.
    The government should evacuate all soldiers from NE SL/ resettle people in their own homes and treat all citizens equally to bring this about.

  122. What Amed observations reveal is the propaganda run by Elamist is effective. Amed is very kindhearted person but unfortunately he does not know the ground situation like DBS. I too came across many sympathetic comments to LTTE cause. Many kind hearted foreign national believes that LTTE is the soul representatives of Tamil people. It is very difficult for them to understand the real situation. Anyway long live for Tamil Nationalism.

  123. There is another impossible scenario in Mr.Amed’s letter. He says Prabhakaran and top LTTE leaders could have gone to a third country. That was a non-starter. The only possible option was India and LTTE has burnt it’s bridges with india in 1988. LTTE had absolutely no strategic or tactical depth. Indian and Srilankan gunboats were wiating in the waters to attack any LTTE escapees by sea. Compared to Kurdistan which straddles many land locked countries and spread over thousansd of square miles, Prabhakaran’s domain of action was just few hundred square miles at most.

    So, LTTE leaders had no other way but to make a last stand. There are reports that some LTTE leaders came out with white flags. If that is true, it is very shameful of them since they sent thousands of their cadres to suicide missions with cyanide pills.

    Vijayaraghavan

  124. It is very sad to read the very brutal comments on LTTE.

    The Tamils had tried all peaceful means for devolution of power, in the 1950s to 1970s. During this period they were brutally attacked. Finally the honest ‘Gandhian’ type Thanthai Chelva gave up and allowed the ‘Boys’ to start. It was a freedom fight and not ‘terrorism’.

    Can any one reply if the African, Irish, PLO, Timorese movements were in any way less in their actions than those by the LTTE? When they ‘won’ their freedom struggle the IC awarded gracious statements in very glorious words. How bad is LTTE in comparison to these?

    Any freedom fighting movement will be ‘dictatorial’, else they can not manage a movement.

    Why did the LTTE start? Had the SL governments kept up any one of the three agreements they reached with the federal Party, would there be an LTTE? A mere devolution of power could not be granted by the state?

    Compared to the burning of the Jaffna library and the very irreplaceable ancient manuscripts, the 1983 massive massacre of the Tamils and their properties – has the LTTE done anything in comparison to state terrorism? Name one village in the Sinhala area damaged in comparison by the LTTE.

    If the state has been true to their words and treated the Tamils in equal basis, there would not have been an LTTE . It started after all peaceful efforts for nearly thirty years failed, but were only brutally treated!

    What a shame for state terrorism – the worst.

    Time only will answer all these.

  125. Shexmus Amed says LTTE is extremely inflexible in their political expectations.To assume LTTE was interested in any talks, is putting on a finer point on the matter.He is guilding the lily in saying that.Secondly,LTTE is bent on revenge and retaliation he says,Sir,you can say that again and again.This R & R policy was not confined to the SL govt but all those who held a slightly diffrent viewpoint.Even, I ,until 2005,mistakenly thought,LTTE was interested in a negotiated settlement with the SL govt, so i can not be critical of the writer on this point.Finally as Amir used to say,and reminded by a writer on the response to The last days of Thiruvenkadam Veluppilay Pirabhakaran,Thambimarukku veeram irrukku aanaal viveham illai! That sums up the armed struggle.

  126. Like the comment “Please dont forget Tamil separatism and Sinhala hegemonism feed each other”

    I like it that the LTTE leader and his other leaders are no more.

    I will raise the National flag once the IDP camps are closed.
    I just want everyone to move forward. Its not going to be easy.

  127. I’m a sinhala doctor living in the middle east. 1st of all i must congratulate you for making a platform for everyone to express their views. but i’m shocked with the comments made by some.(from both sides)
    i was born after commencement of the war, so i don’t know the situation of sri lanka before the war. but all of us should agree that things have changed drastically over the years.
    my best friend is a tamil and i was fortunate enough to go to Jaffna twice during the ceasefire in 2002 and 2003 with my friend. i was lucky enough to visit mannar, batticaloa and trinco during the same period. most of the sinhalese mindsets will change for good if they had the experience i had.
    even after so many years of war and suffering, tamil people are very friendly towards sinhalese. the hatred is there towards armed forces and politicians of both sides. but civilian to civilian there is no such hatred. i have never met tamils living in canada or uk. but i can assure you that normal tamil people living in sri lanka are a very friendly, peace-loving nation.
    during my visit to jaffna i couldn’t believe the kind of destructuion the war has caused to the north of our own country. during our visit to the jaffna railway station, it brought me tears when my friend told me that she has gone to colombo by train from the same railway station before the war. war has totally destroyed those areas. the poverty, hardship of the innocent tamils were depressing. i wonder how many of you tamils and sinhalese who express racist views in this blog have recently(or ever) visited those areas and seen the truth.
    media, whether tamil or sinhala doesn’t give the true picture.
    when i was studying in the peradeniya university i have met so many students from north who liked to settle in kandy. but those days LTTE ruled their areas and they couldn’t permanently leave their homes. but all those students, once passed out and became doctors, started practising in colombo or kandy. they never went to their home towns. they proved that sinhalese and tamils can live together. i get shocked when i see tamil diaspora telling that they can never live together with sinhalese.
    there are extremists and racists in both sides. but majority are peace-loving, friendly people. most of us have blindly fallen pray in to the hidden agendas of our politicians. at a time information technology is very advanced, we should be more informed.
    my dear tamil friends, when u see people celebrating in colombo over the death of vp, don’t think that it is the view of all sinhalese. sinhalese were never a nation who celebrated over a death of an enemy. sinhalese are not a cruel nation as some of u say. there is a huge communication gap among tamils and sinhalese. they r suspicious of each other. but as long as we are apart our common enemy wins.
    the war hasn’t done any good to our country. don’t think of a war again. let us strive for a political solution. let’s join hands for that.

  128. DBSJ,regards comment # 88 and your response,that song you mentioned ,was as i understand written in a hurry by Kannadaasan and put to tune by MSV and all this was done in an hour or so.I remember Kannadaasan himself relating this story on vivith Bharathy ( A.I.R) long time ago.As you mentioned in a blog recently, you should start writing on these things soon.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Yes Karan. It was in “Nenjil Oor Aalayam” one of the masterpiece films of CV Sridhar who produced,directed and wrote screenplay,dialogue for it. The film was shot in 28 days just on one set. Something sensational those days.

    I simply used the opening lines “Muthana Muthallavo” as humorous response because comment #88 was made by someone calling himself Muthu.

    The song was sung by Susheela and picturised on Baby Padmini dancing and Devika ” singing” on screen. As you said it was hastily written by Kannadasan and music composed by the duo “Mellisai Mannargal” MS Visvanathan and TK Ramamurthy (they had not split then).

    Sridhar passed away last year and how I wanted to write at length about him but never found the time. He was my favourite Tamil movie director in those days. His Chitralaya films had a small boat as emblem.

    “Alai kadalile Siriya Thoni
    Kalai Ulahile Puthiya Paani” was the motto

    I had a long chat with Sridhar when he was in Sri Lanka during the late seventies to shoot “Mohanappunnagai” starring Sivaji, Padmapriya and Lankan beauty Geetha Kumarasinghe. The song ‘ Thennilangai Mangai, Vennilavin Thangai” was picturised on her.

    I cherish that long conversation with Sridhar to this day. It was not a newspaper interview but a heart to heart off the record chat as he recognized that I was an ardent fan of his.

    Oh Karan! How I want to put this miserable politics and war behind me and write on the topics I am really interested in particularly films. I started this blog for that but find myself trapped in this still because of hectic contemporary events.

    Besides the hatred, venom and utter stupidity of many comments make me often feel why am I writing for these blokes? But then there are other positive responses that make up for it and renew my faith in humanity in general and Sri Lankans in particular.

    But very soon and really very soon I do hope to focus more on non – political, non – military themes. Thank You Karan! You made my day. God bless you

  129. DBS,

    I posted a response/comment to this article yesterday and they never appeared. Now when I try to post them again, I get a message saying that the comments have been already received. Something wrong with your site?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I suspect so. Some others have also complained like this. Hope its OK now……DBSJ

  130. Hi Jay,
    this is is a good article. I don’t think that MR VP is dead. he is still alive. but he is like a dead man now. one day he and Pottu amma will come to the surface.Sri Lankan & Indian Governments know this. they are still looking for them. Mr SP’s statment was just an eye wash. but we will wait and see.

  131. DBSJ,
    The author has high regards for VP and his commitment for Eelam. Fair enough. But he understood the veracity of VPs method for achieving it through immense sacrifice of his own people, even after it became very clear that defeat is imminent and a colossal amount of Tamil civilians are going to be killed in the cross fire and continued to keep them as human shield.
    Obama said A leader is remembered for what he has constructed not for what he has destroyed. Sadly, VP has caused more destruction to all three communities, Sinhala, Tamil & Muslim than what he has achieved.
    However, as you mentioned the opinion is authentic without any prejudice and a silver lining in the dark cloud of the current predicament of Tamil community.

  132. It is sad some races in the world have no country to claim. It is too late to change the world history and probably the human evolution. It is ridiculous to invent new wars over what occurred in history. In the new era borders matter little and globalization is yet to take the full effect.

    people had enough of separatism. Its time to break the barriers among races and find a better future. It is not only tamils that have been hurt after the war but all other communities have gone through the same pain. we all lived with constant fear regardless of which part of the country we lived.

    GOSL should direct all its resources to avert another war and meet the legitimate concerns of tamil community.
    Tamils should stop reciting “sinhala-tamil riots” history as it does not anymore legitimize the ruthless terror acts adopted by LTTE.
    Tamil Diaspora should help Sri Lankan tamil politicians to voice their concerns in a non-violent manner. A strong tamil political party is needed to balance the political power.

    I strongly believe that by making the sustainable development the center piece of a political solution all communities would be able to ripe the benefits of a just solution. what needs Sri Lanka at the moment is a meticulously planned road map for next decade that will enable the communities to rightly participate in economic activities.

  133. I found this to be a well-written but disheartening article by the author. Disheartening not only in the sense that the motives and actions of the LTTE were glorified by the author, but also in the response it drew from many posters. It appears as if an ethnic Tamil state is still the desired choice of many readers.

    I agree that the Kurds should have a state, being that they are ethnically and linguistically different from their Arab and Turkish neighbours, and have suffered marginalization. The same could be said for Tamils, although I believed (hoped) that our differences were insiginicant by comparison. But, in my world, the Tamils already have a homeland in Sri Lanka (all of it), which they would share with their fellow Sri Lankans.

    The continued response by many to the idea of Eelam discourages me. It looks as if we’ve learned nothing from the last 30 years.

    In my opinion, Eelam will never happen for a vareity of reasons. And the push for it will only tear us apart. Tamil separatism and Sinhalese extremism are two sides of the same coin. I was hoping that the recession of one will lead to the abation of the other and reconciliation.

    In the pathetic “yin/yan” of present Sri Lankan politics, the encouraging of one side of this bloody coin will inevitably give life to the other side. If that’s the case, a separate state is definitely preferable. But, like I already stated, I don’t think it can ever happen. More likely will will be further “tit for tat” violence suffered by Sri Lankans on the island, while all of us in the diaspora point fingers at each other while perpetuating this cycle from afar.

  134. Re comment 116.
    Sinhala and Tamil Ancestors were on this Island for 14,000 Years

    This is a separate matter that should be discussed on a separate thread. Indrapala has written a book about it Evolution of An Ethnic Identity

    I think he underestimates the amount of North Indian immigration necessary to cause language change, and the Stanford Study does have the problem that the ethnic identities are self-chosen, so that a certain number of the ‘Sinhalese’ might have had Tamil ancestry (and presumably vice-versa in the North), but it is to be born in mind that even the Mahavamsa accepts that the majority of Sinhalese genes come from South India. When Vijaya sent for wives for his six hundred followers they all came from South India, so that you have 50% South Indian genes to start with, before you talk about 2,500 years of immigration and emigration.

  135. DBS, we lost our loved ones and faught a bloody war that took as nowhere. By alalyzing ltte where is that going to take us? True, we should not forget history, but do you really see a point in disecting our past? VP and the tamil cause for freedom will always be placed high in every Tamil’s heart and mind, even if some of us did not agree with him 100%. However, I think it’s time we look forward. We know that guns and bombs are not the answer. We can win ‘equal rights’ for Tamils through dialogue, or at least we must try!! We need people like you to be involved in opening up new chaptor in tamil history. Please leave aside past and look to the future so the next generation of Tamils have a place to call thier ‘uur’.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:
    Analysing the past is essential to understand the present and anticipate the future.

    By the way I am disgusted and revolted by these LTTE supporters in the diaspora and Tamil nadu. When VP was alive they called him “sun God ” and “thesiya thalaiver” . Now that he is no more they remain mum claiming that he is yet living.

    I opposed him strongly over his policies and methods when he was alive when all these diasporic sycophants treated him like GOD. But now not even one word in his memory. What a shame!

    And what about all those other tiger leaders like Theepan, Soosai, Bhanu, Jeyam etc. Are you all not going to commemorate them?

    What a shame!

    Ungalukku Vetkamillaiyaa?

    Oru vaarthai ANJALI kooda Illaiyaa?

  136. I reproduce here a part of a report which narrates one of the many touching incidents happened in Vanni during the war in April. This story is not a creation of any propaganda sites of Ealamists or GOSL. This is taken from the UTHR site. University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) is not an organization with hidden agenda or do not post unverified reports at their site. People who suspect the veracity of this report or believe it is another one from defence .lk may visit UTHR website to realize that they are more critical of GOSL than LTTE for human right violations. UTHR tries their best to find out truth from many sources and post it without mixing colors to it.

    The author of this report is Mr. Rajan Hoole who is also a co author of The Broken Palmyra.

    This particular story touched me the most. The plight of a ten year old boy is still vivid within me still not getting erased by the time.

    courtesy : University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna)

    http://www.uthr.org/bulletins/Bul47.htm#_Toc227718216

    6.3.1 Father perished with a son, Saving another son: During the second week of April, a father managed to save his 17 year old son from conscription in this way. However he was he was shot on the forehead and killed on the spot by a group of pursuing militants as he was making good his escape with his family. He had been leading a group of families along an escape route about 11.00 AM dodging militant sentries who had been placed at the edge of the NFZ. Just as they were part way across the lagoon, a group of militants spotted them and came after them firing. This father was carrying his 10 year son on his shoulders and fell just as he was climbing ashore at the other end. The younger son on his shoulders got injured just below his chest. He had initially started running with the crowd crying to his God for help, and then returned to his father and lay over his body sobbing in silence. In the meantime the wife, the 17 year son and his younger sister had, after getting to the shore run towards the army with their fellow escapees, thinking that the father was also coming behind them. The gun fire from the pursuing militants gave them no chance to stop and look behind. The escapees were encouraging each other to push ahead without a moment’s delay. It was only as they stopped at the other end that they were told by one who had come behind them that the father was fallen at the water’s edge and the son was injured and was clinging to the father. The elder son took out his purse with the NIC and other documents threw it on the ground and ran back. He picked up his younger brother, tugged at his father for some time only to spot the wound, and ran back. The army received them with real sympathy, fed them and gave priority to send this family to Omanthai. Word got to the brother of the deceased living in the government-controlled area. They went to Vavuniya. The mother and the injured son had been brought to Vavuniya hospital by this time. The boy succumbed to his injuries. The police OIC showed a lot of sympathy in responding to the request of the family to get the other two children down from Omanthai in order to take them to the funeral. He used his cell phone to get in touch with the officer in Omanthai, got them down and completed the paper work to release them.

    courtesy : University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna)

    http://www.uthr.org/bulletins/Bul47.htm#_Toc227718216

  137. RE: Comment: 141. senadhi
    Senadhi, I thank you for writing those words from your heart. I am a Tamil who spent my early teenage years in Sri Lanka and then migrated to Canada.

    To answer your question on why the diaspora portrays the Singhalese as blood thirsty animals, we need to understand a few things first: most, if not all, Tamil diasporas you see in Canada or UK or any other country for that matter come from North and East. The area where you saw the devastations of the War. Most of these people never had an opportunity in their lifetime to really live with Singhalese or had close Singhalese friends. The only direct contact they’ve had is with the Army or Navy, where most of the time they were pushed and shoved. I my self, growing up in Jaffna, have seen enough atrocities committed by the govt, there is no denial in that! There was the daily aerial bombing, shelling, etc where countless number of innocent people died. Most of this you or many Singhalese will not know because it is never published.

    During the ceasefire times, I went back to Sri lanka and had an opportunity to travel through the south. The reception we got from the common Sinhala was no different from that of what we got from Tamils. They were very friendly and welcoming, and all of them agreed the war needs to stop.

    Now that the war has stopped, I hope and pray that the govt of Sri Lanka will make a real sincere effort to bring peace to the Tamils as well as to the country. Besides the obvious changes, perhaps it can invest in building the island’s best University with state of the art facilities in the North or East. This will also encourage students from the sinhala areas to go to Tamil areas. Education has always been #1 for Tamils, so a bold move like this will change the thinking within the diasporas as well as within the Tamil community in SL.

    Traveling and talking to the common man/woman really does changes one’s perception of the world. I hope a lot of the Singhalese (as well as the diasporah community)get a chance to do what you and I had.

  138. ” This father was carrying his 10 year son on his shoulders and fell just as he was climbing ashore at the other end. The younger son on his shoulders got injured just below his chest. He had initially started running with the crowd crying to his God for help, and then returned to his father and lay over his body sobbing in silence.”

    I will never be able to remove this scene from within even though I have not seen it or I have never been there.

    I don’t know which is the greater evil LTTE or GOSL . But sure to know, both caused misery to own people in the island.

  139. # 135 Rani says:
    Instead of scrutinising his faults we should realise that if not for the discrimination by the state he would never had got the mandate of the people.

    Go back some 22 years. When IPKF arrived and Prabhakaran made his speach to the people of Jaffna he announced silencing of guns or surrendering of arms . The public welcomed it with a great applause and cheering. Prabhakaran expected otherwise .

    The people of north had been fed up with arms and wanted peace by then itself.

    But the self appointed sole representative of Tamils conveniently ignored human suffering for a distant dream which he was deadly obsessed with.

    Sop please say he had mandate from his people.
    He had mandate and money from diaspora who comfortably lives in western countries to indirectly or directly kill his own people in various methods.

    Another way of cannibalism.

  140. a small correction..

    So please stop saying he had mandate from his people.
    ,
    He had mandate and money from diaspora who comfortably lives in western countries, to indirectly or directly kill his own people in various methods.

    Another way of cannibalism.

  141. @karan

    ” Thambimarukku veeram irrukku aanaal viveham illai! ”

    I think this was quoted by ” Amrithalingam” decades back about LTTE and other militants.

  142. This will also encourage students from the sinhala areas to go to Tamil areas

    Moslem and SInhalese students are refusing to go the Eastern University alleging harrassing and bullying by Tamil students.

  143. “You shall rise again from your ashes”

    and we shall gurentee that you become ash again as soon as you do that unless you rise as a democratic power

  144. Dear friends

    As far as the life is comfortable, we tend to keep our egos, sentiments satisfied, along with other extra activities in our life. Most of the battle field soldiers and forced rebellion combatants dont have such egos, simply because life is miserable, their wish is to get out of that hell.

    Guys, I guess u all have a very comfortable lives, whoes sentiments have been amply expressed following this article. I can undersnatd.

    However a different thought;

    Adolf Hitler, while having his his comfortable life, wanted to eliminate blood sucking leaches from German soil and to create a pure arian state. Similar state of mind was never ever existed in poor german soldiers or in most of the Germans who ran an ordinary life (the majority of the population).

    Prabhakaran, as far as I know, never ever had an unconfortable life since his birth, except until recently that he again tried his best to find his comfortable life back, by various means-taking time, letting thousands of innocent people to suffer around him. So, he continued to obsessed with his ideology. But when the life was deadly misarable, he tried to escape even.

    Rohana Wijeweera, had a comfortable life and managed to study in Russian University but left with a political ideaology twisted with a murderous mind. He very successfully addressed a set of people who were radical and genuine; the school children, university students, jobless youths etc. He dreamed of a Lenin-Mao styled revolution in a country disarrayed but recovering post colonially.

    All three of them to me are cunning but intelligent mass murderous minded personalities right from the begining of their movements. They all had attractive ideologies, which satisfied most of our egos, sentiments and perhaps continue to be so. However, we all need to have a comfortable life to entertain these.

    My questions.,

    1. What were the end results of these movemts which made us elated at different time points ?

    2. Who innocently/misguidedly sacrified lives (I mean people with comfortable lives (you and me) or those with hopelessness) ?

    3. Howmany of those ideologies faded away or still existed after the ‘end results’ ?

    4. Finally, if we to continue these ideology i.e. satisfy sentiments, Do we really go to battle field once again or cunningly find or force another set of poor people to get the task done? Because, generally to create a state, needs a war.

    Why are we so ruthlessly selfish????????
    Why are satisfying our egos in the expense of someones life?????

    To combat discrimination in Sri Lanka, we will all rally like Ghandi, Martin Luther King. I will also join you gys, frankly.

    A Sri Lankan

  145. Shexmus Amed article is a well-written and thought-provoking one about the LTTE led armed struggle. It is indeed refreshing to read about the struggle through the eyes of a nationalist who is a non-Sri Lankan. DBSJ has once again proved that he wont shy away from providing a platform for everyone to express their views whether he agrees or not. I wish that all the Tamil journalists/media could provide people with balanced news rather than one-sided opinions.

    Although I dont share the writier’s love and respect for LTTE, I couldnt agree more with him about his analysis of Prabakarans strengths, weaknesses, and his mistakes. While I admire LTTE leaders commitment, and dedication to his task, I feel that his relentless pursuit of silencing anyone (even violently) who criticized his faults or didnt share his views is nothing to be admired about. One of serious mistakes made my Prabakaran that I dont think the writer has mentioned in his article is the expulsion of the Muslims from the North. That action can never be justified. For those who are so passionate about Prabakaran’s strength and power can learn a great deal from his weaknesses, such as his inflexibility, his miscalculations, his “grave error”, and his “unnecessary emphasis on revenge and retaliation”. In my opinion, a great leader is someone who is compassionate, inspires others to think and do positive things (NOT hateful ones), respects others point of view, and acknowledges his/her own faults in addition to being disciplined and dedicated to his/her cause.

    While it is disheartening to see the way that SOME Tamil expatriates are conducting themselves in the name of voicing their concerns for Tamils back home, SL government has neither shown any leadership nor given me any hope and optimism for the future of the suffering. It has not acted in such a way Tamils can trust that they will be treated equally and with dignity in the post-war period. The treatment of IDPs is an example of the mistrust that Tamils still have in the SL govt. Treating them like criminals in the name of ‘weeding out LTTE is no way to win the hearts and minds of the Tamils who have suffered enormously. These people have not only lost loved ones, but now they have lost their dignity by being locked up in open jail where armed guards follow them everywhere.

    If we truly want to honour all the precious lives lost in the 3-decade old senseless war, then we must stop: burdening our hearts and minds with HATRED and REVENGE, we must stop glorifying violence, we must shake off idea that Sri Lanka belongs to one ethnic group, above all we must put compassion ahead of our religious, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic affiliation and pride. No constitutional changes can bring a lasting peace to the war-torn island because We have to change within to change the world outside (as Deepak Chopra once said) .

    Some verses from Thirukkural that most Tamils still cherish and are still relevant in this 21st century.

    இகலென்ப எல்லா உயிர்க்கும் பகலென்னும்
    பண்பின்மை பார஧க்கும் நோய்.
    Hatred is a disease that destroys all and arouses ill feelings in all.

    இகலானாம் இன்னாத எல்லாம் நகலானாம்
    நன்னயம் என்னும் செருக்கு.
    “All evils come from enmity
    All goodness flow from amity.”

    இகலின் மிகலினிது என்பவன் வாழ்க்கை
    தவலும் கெடலும் நணித்து.
    He who holds enmity sweet and dear will fall easily

    இகலிற்கு எதிர்சாய்தல் ஆக்கம் அதனை
    மிகலூக்கின் ஊக்குமாம் கேடு.
    Shrinking back from enmity will create strength, but formenting it will bring destruction.

    குணனிலனாய்க் குற்றம் பலவாயின் மாற்றார்க்கு
    இனனிலனாம் ஏமாப் புடைத்து.
    He who has no virtue loses friends but delights foes

    சமன்செய்து சீர்தூக்குங் கோல்போல் அமைந்தொருபால்
    கோடாமை சான்றோர்க் கணி.
    Being impartial as the even-fixed scale is the ornament of the wise.

    According to Buddha
    1. Right View. The right way to think about life is to see the world through the eyes of the Buddha–with wisdom and compassion.
    2. Right Thought. We are what we think. Clear and kind thoughts build good, strong characters.
    3. Right Speech. By speaking kind and helpful words, we are respected and trusted by everyone.
    4. Right Conduct. No matter what we say, others know us from the way we behave. Before we criticize others, we should first see what we do ourselves.
    5. Right Livelihood. This means choosing a job that does not hurt others. The Buddha said, “Do not earn your living by harming others. Do not seek happiness by making others unhappy.”
    6. Right Effort. A worthwhile life means doing our best at all times and having good will toward others. This also means not wasting effort on things that harm ourselves and others.
    7. Right Mindfulness. This means being aware of our thoughts, words, and deeds.
    8. Right Concentration. Focus on one thought or object at a time. By doing this, we can be quiet and attain true peace of mind.

  146. Hi DBS,
    If not for this postings we wouldn’t have seen this nice piece of article. We always see from the boring indian and some forign pudits who does not have much knowledge about our issues but writes some thing they know every thing. DBS you are an excellent journalist from Batti which produces lot of good jornalists than Jaffna. I am not undermining Jaffna journalists my self is from Jaffna. Please give us more info like this. DBS you have more greater role to play in futire. Now hope fully you will move from your Ottawa base to Colombo. All the best God bless you and protect you from all harm and danger.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank You Ranga but just for the record I am not from Batti though I’ve worked as a journalist there. My parents are of Jaffna origin and I was born in Colombo and lived the greater part of my life there.

  147. “Moslem and SInhalese students are refusing to go the Eastern University alleging harrassing and bullying by Tamil students”

    Stephen Jones, it’s people like you that makes me sick to my stomach. You can ask any number of Tamil students who had studied in Sinhala dominated areas, and they will tell you stories of how many sleepless nights they spent, worried if they will be beaten or killed by their fellow sinhala students. This happend for weeks, each time some ‘attack’ happend in Jaffna that involved death of army personals.

    The point I am making here is WE ALL NEED TO WORK TOGETHER in brining peace to this island. Having venmous snakes in the grass like you still going on about how much the sinhala people sufferd only adds fuel to the fire. True the sinhalese did suffer, but it’s no comparison to what the Tamils suffered (and still suffering even AFTER the war is over). SO, get your head out and try to see things in perspective for once you racist scum!

    Let’s think smart for one second and acknoledge what’s done is done and build a new future for those that have sufford enough.

  148. Again i’m telling you. Your are behind this articale. I already did my research. I know your style DBS. I know you very well.

    Machang Norman kiyala vadak naa!Why dont you run naked shouting “Eureka!”……… DBSJ

  149. To all sinhala chavunist who claims that the tamils should claim he tamil nadu as home land,

    First of all remember we have been here for the last 3000-4000 years. We have been inhabiting in this land and its ours. Even when prince wijaya came here The Nagas( the dravidian tamils who worship cobra) were here. Even vijaya and his friends married pandya(tamil) princess and her friends. So there have been no so called sinhalese at that time. Even when the portgese came we had our own kingdoms.
    The person who gve the voice against the british for th independence is a tamil. We wanted to be together, but with the equal rights and dignity. But after the independence the successive sinhala chavunistic governments systematically suppressed tamils and klled them and damaged their properties using the forces and sponsored thugs. What else we can do except to fight.
    the tamil people started ther struggle in peaceful way like ghandi. But what the sinhala state did. They beat, and put our moderate leadres behind the bars.
    Even now does the govt prepared to give tamils the rights they deserve and set up a federal state.??

  150. By observing history of SriLanka, Unfortunate truth seems that another arm struggle is unavaiodable for tamils. If we correctly address the weaknesses of LTTE only we will suceed and win that upcoming war, do you agree DBSJ?

    I dont know what you are talking about but tell me are you bandara or mayu?…………DBSJ

  151. By observing history of SriLanka, Unfortunate truth seems that another arm struggle is unavaiodable for tamils. If we correctly address the weaknesses of LTTE only we will suceed and win that upcoming war, do you agree DBSJ?

    I dont know what you are talking about but tell me are you mayu or bandara?…………DBSJ

  152. Analysis is somewhat along the lines of DBSJ writings. I firmly believe in the devolotion of power to provinces in some way to provide freedom and inclusion of tamils as equals. History demonstartes there has been some inequities that must be resolved but within a unitary state. One should not allow the rise of another LTTE. To this extent what is the prescription offered by DBSJ, please within the confines of unitary SL

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Unitary does not mean Unity. Federal is not division.It was within a “Unitary” state that the LTTE evolved and grew. Arguably the setting up of a federal state earlier may have prevented the birth and growth of the tigers.

  153. Ref:152. timhortons
    quote,”To answer your question on why the diaspora portrays the Singhalese as blood thirsty animals,…
    I my self, growing up in Jaffna, have seen enough atrocities committed by the govt, there is no denial in that! ….
    During the ceasefire times, I went back to Sri lanka and had an opportunity to travel through the south. The reception we got from the common Sinhala was no different from that of what we got from Tamils. They were very friendly and welcoming, and all of them agreed the war needs to stop. …”” unquote

    So according to you, singhalese have become blood thirsty animals, once they put on military fatigues.

    You have hit a crucial point in this issue.
    You are lucky to have travelled to the SriLankan south.
    As a sinhalese I still haven’t toured the North. I was not comfortable to find out how I will be treated by the dominant populattion over there.

    This is exactly what we were talking about. As citizens of the country, everyone must have the freedom to choose where he/she like to travel and settle down.

    Tamils have that freedom in the south, why it is denied for the sinGhalese and muslims?

    Now that the war has stopped, I hope and pray that the govt of Sri Lanka will make a real sincere effort to bring peace to the country.

  154. Hello DBS,

    Could you please provide the original publication of this article? I mean the true source this article was on…either newspaper or magazine or weblink.

    Thanks,
    Rajan

    Read my introductory paragraph. If you dont understand re-read it again………DBSJ

  155. Dear DBSJ,

    Being an Indian, its so confusing for me to read the condition of Tamils in camps.

    In spite of the shelling in civilian areas, I believe the government would love to have peace. I think they wanted to eliminate LTTE at any cost.

    With so much pain, SL has won the war. Why would SL miss this opportunity to win peace by mistreating Tamils? Will SL be able to do what Russians did to Chechen’s (i.e, keep the enemy subjugated by brute force for ever)?

  156. #150
    DBS:And what about all those other tiger leaders like Theepan, Soosai, Bhanu, Jeyam etc. Are you all not going to commemorate them?

    DBSJ, I strongly feel Srilankan Tamils worldover set aside May 18th as “Thiyagigal Dinam”, wherein all the Tamils killed so far are remembered. This will include not only LTTE, but also numerous other militants, Moderates like Neelan / Amirthalingam , independent people like Rajani and also thousands of innocent Tamils killed in war and ethnic violence.
    I believe May 18th was a turning point for Elam Tamils . By commomorating all Tamils dead till then, a new chapter can be turned.

    Perhaps there can be a Memorial wherein all the names of the dead people can be inscribed in no partucular order of party affliations. – or in alphabetical order only.

    Vijayaraghavan

  157. 171. yours truly | May 28th

    “So according to you, singhalese have become blood thirsty animals, once they put on military fatigues.”

    No, that’s not what I said. If you didn’t understand, read what I wrote again. I was explaining why the diasporah mistrusts the Sinhalese govt- Because MOST of them had lived in either North or East and had experienced hardship such as daily bombing raids, shell fire, etc. I found it very interesting that most Tamils who lived in ‘non-combat’ zones like Colombo have a totally different view.

    Regarding you not being able to go to the north because you are afraid of the Tamils, this might be your perfect oportunity for you, since a big number of them have been put in camps by your very govt.

  158. I have a kind request to LTTE supporters living in overseas. Please send one of your sons or daughters to Srilanka to continue the arms struggle or even you can go as the Tamils in Srlanka are tired of war. They have already suffered and sacrificed enough. If it is difficult to go to Srilanka, You may even consider sending your sons and daughters to Tamilnadu where Vaiko or Nedumaran will arrange arms training.

  159. DBS – Thanks for bringing this to us.

    Hunchback !

    PKK = Has performed attacks on innocent civillians

    SL Gov = as above

    PKK = Has performed bombings

    SL Gov = As above

    PKK = Has fought against other Kurdish groups

    SL Gov = As above (e.g. JVP)


    Hope SL will also fall as above one day…

  160. I think this whole concept of a ‘homeland’ is very outmoded in the 21st century. It is not practical or possible to live in total isolation as an ethnically ‘pure’ nation in the current scenario of a global village. Why don’t we all place less emphasis on the differences and more emphasis on the similarities between people, be they sinhala, tamil, kurdish or whatever? I work in the health sector, and believe me, every body feels pain the same way!

  161. David, you have been always publishing some good articles for your readers. We are grateful and very much appreciate your brilliant journalistic demure, of course you had to work hard to produce these articles to the readers. Thank you Sir.
    I have special request to make to all the Tamil Diasporas living all over the world especially in America, England, European Countries, Germany, Scandinavian Countries, Africa, Australia, Ireland, and in Far Eastern Countries to unite with the Tamils living in India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Malaya and Singapore to form an organization called itself as Tamil National Congress like the African National Congress formed by Nelson Mandela to fight against the apartheid white government in Africa and we too have to build a strong organization to take our Elam Tamil struggle to the next level. Only by forming a strong and united world wide Tamil organization we could fight back the Racist government of Sri Lanka under the leadership of Mahinda and his brothers.

    We should continually protest all over the world in a peaceful manner and bring the plight of our people to the attention of the governments of the world. At the beginning we had our struggle in a non violent Gandhian way, the Sri Lankan government at that time unleashed violence on the protesters, they were insulted and humiliated. Then they did not stop with that they turned their attacks on innocent people who were living in Colombo and all major cities in Sri Lanka. The only place the Tamils were safe was North and East. When the violence was unleashed by the government the Tamils had to seek refugee in the homeland in North and East of the country. These two provinces were predominantly inhabited by the Tamils. During many such programs setup against the Tamils with the blessing of the government in power many Tamils were killed, some were burned alive, the women were raped and Tamil businesses and properties looted and then destroyed by the Sinhala thugs. The Sri Lankan, police and armed forces were only spectators enjoying the whole episode. Our political leaders have many years raised the Tamil issue in and out of parliament but the government in power was not listening. Now we have come to a state that we no longer can co-exists with Sinhala people with peace and dignity. Only way we can find peace, freedom and dignity is to have our own government. This we should be able to achieve with out firing a shot but by raising the struggle through a united effort. We will achieve Elam one day with out guns or bombs then the Sinhalese will realize and isolate the leader or leaders who were behind all these miseries.

  162. Very enlighting, thank you DBJ for posting it in your page. How very true, our infighting, superiority of North over East, inflexibility and not accomodating are the main causes of the struggle’s failure.
    Putting all our eggs in the LTTE basket without developing a political wing to complement the LTTE military wing was a colosal mistake.
    We thought with our hearts, not our heads. We hope with every calamity, something good comes out.

  163. DBS,
    Interesting article, but out of touch with the reality. Shexmus has a very romantic view of the LTTE, which is far from the truth. If LTTE is(was) the gold standard for national liberation struggles, god help national liberation struggle everywhere. If there is a gold standard for national liberation movements, that would be Cuba and Castro who succeeded totally with minimum of civilian casualties (what happened after wards is a different story). What Shexmus calls a glorious fight to death was something straight out of hell that only somebody with a warped sense of thinking could romanticize and glorify. Has he seen the face of innocent children with horrendous scars and limbs missing before he waxes eloquent about how glorious was the last stand of LTTE? Does he realizes that due to LTTE’s action a once vibrant community is shattered, shell shocked and destroyed and utterly at the mercy of the victorious party?

    Now let’s examine what he has written. That the LTTE managed to keep its leader and senior cadres alive right down to the last day and the last fire-fight before they too succumbed to the superior man and fire power of the SLA is NOT a testament to the intelligence, strength, discipline and dedication of LTTE. It shows a leader and an organization that is completely out of the reality and an organization which believed in infallibility and the arrogance of thinking that it is superior. A rational thinking leadership with good intelligence would have not (1) withdrawn all the forces in to one small area and let them me decimated by the opponents. (2) A logical military strategy would have been to leave small bands of elite forces behind to attack the rapidly expanding GOSL supply lines. The jungle terrain and relatively small population in the area would have been ideal for that. (3) A logically thinking organization, up on seeing the coming calamity, would have made sure that even after a military defeat, here was enough leadership spread around so that they could re-emerge. None of this happed. So it points out to a leadership who so believing in their superiority, could not accept that they are facing total defeat.

    The fact that the LTTE nor their families did not surrender only means that till the last day, they expected an external force to come and rescue them. The writer correctly says that the failure to recapture Jaffna in 1999 was a big mistake, but I feel that it was not for lack of trying. LTTE in 1999 simply did not have enough forces or resources to recapture Jaffna that was defended by 40000 GOSL solders.

    Writer is clear about his disappointment about Karuna’s defection and Tiger on Tiger violence. Again, he displays a total lack of understanding of the dynamics of the Tamil community with its deep divisions along regional and cast lines. I wonder if the writer has ever heard of the “Indian Tamils” who live in the central mountains of Sri Lanka and wonder why over the last 30 years of LTTE existence that this community agreed to and join with the aims and objectives of the northern Tamils. The “narrow regionalism” that the write speaks of is a hall mark of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka. Karuna may be a traitor to most Tamils who does not live in the East, but he is one person with foresight to see where this could lead to and to get out of the whole mess in time. In fact one could argue that because of his actions and by not just resigning as the writer wished, the people of the east escaped the fate of their northern cousins.

    One gets the feeling that Shexmus somehow yarns for a movement similar to the LTTE for his Kurdish people, My only advice to him is that be careful of what one wishes for, as the reality will not be the Camelot of King Arthur and his merry band of Knights, noble and vitreous, but a real Dante’s inferno where everyone involved and not involved will be consumed and burned and a hell on earth where maniacal thugs will rule.

  164. Re:175. timhortons
    I understood really well what you are telling.
    Common sinhalese are very different than the ones wearing the army fatigue.
    It is nothing new. People hate authority.
    Soldiers hate provocation.

    As for the “Regarding you not being able to go to the north because you are afraid of the Tamils, this might be your perfect oportunity for you, since a big number of them have been put in camps by your very govt.”

    I wanted to offer an oilve branch, instead got bitten.
    However,

    There will be more Kadirgamars in GoSL in the future.
    We will tirelessly work to make our government also your government.
    If you refuse, you have no one to blame but yourself and in the process you will be helping the sinhala chauvanists to declare SriLanka is a sinhala country.

  165. Nitharshan

    I hope all indians are not hypocrites like u. u say that north Indian army was not deployed in the south. if u didn’t know indian peace keeping force (consisting of north indians) was deployed in north SL in 1986. why do u think the LTTE was pissed off with IPKF? because they were keeping the “peace” & doing their job?? they were ruthless and worse than the SL army at the time. so they got chased out by the LTTE. Rajeev Gandhi didn’t get the message when a SL navel officer bashed him at a guard of honour. Then he paid the price with his life when the LTTE got to him. what a embracement to india!!

    u can’t compare the federal state of tamil nadu to the north of SL. SL did not have a federal system at the time and it is too small to be governed that way. Understand the reality of that. TN has its own government set up for tamils already. so if u don’t like statistics that is another reason for TN to split up from India just like Pakistan or Bangladesh. you are under the a delusion that all tamils in the north wanted a separate state because of oppression since 1948. That was not the case. last 26 years happened not because of a “general consensus” of tamils. It happened because ONE MAN took matters to its own hands. VP killed the mayor of Jaffna at almost point blank range at broad day light. HE WAS TAMIL. I guess for VP he wasn’t tamil enough! Also all the moderate tamil leaders he killed all these years. do you think your central government will keep quiet if and when one man ONE MAN took matters to its own hands? WE SRI LANKANS WILL NOT DIVIDE OUR COUNTRY. we have made mistakes and we will learn from them but we are still a democracy and the majority will not want this nation divided as much as tamil nadu. Our army has not only crushed a Sinhala uprising that decided to take up arms but now we have defeated the biggest terrorist outfit that took up arms. That’s not discrimination. Be it sinhala or tamil or muslim, if you take up arms u will pay. any country that is standing up today has a strong army to protect its sovereignty. That is the role of your army, which is strong today than ever. I feel sorry for anyone that decides to take up arms because they feel discriminated. There is only one discrimination in SL. it is the discrimination of the rich against the poor. This is no different to any nation. Why don’t u have a close look at our cricket team if u feel that we are “discriminating”

  166. Dear Diaspora,

    First get back to Srilankan land and visit the IDP camps to share the grief of those who lost everything .

    Ask them what they want .

    They will certainly ask you for some good clothes to wear, some good food, medicine, books for their children etc. which human beings require in a similar condition.

    But tell them, ” NO No , we don’t have anything of these but we will offer you moon. we will get you eelam ” .

    And see their response.

    Now shoot yours back to your overseas habitat and silently serve that nation which gave you asylum instead of destroying their property and peace of mind.

    How shameless and stupid you people are , I wonder.

  167. Mr.G of comment # 185 ,

    Don’t boast too much.

    It shows how you treat a guest at your home when the attempt on Rajiv Gandhi happened on your soil .

    If there exists one villain in the whole tragedy of Srilankan war Drama, it is none other than your former president
    JAYAWARDHANE only
    and not Prabhakaran .

    Jayawardhane was the most shrewd, crooked etc etc person world have ever seen in the highest post of any country. But went unnoticed by many.

    I thank god that the Jayawardhane was not in US to become it’s president.

  168. How could one describe last stand by LTTE leadership as brave? Didn’t you (DBSJ) in your blog said that VP was first rejecting any sort of last minute compromise and then when pushed backed on to the wall, agreed to negotiations to have 50 top carders and their families a safe passage?

    Where is the bravery then? Bottom line is that at any war situation, people are divided. You can always find thousand reasons to agree (or disagree) according to your believes.

    Unless we all believe in humanity and non violence, non of these conflicts can ever be completely erradicated.

  169. G,

    It seems you have misinterpreted my response or perhaps you are babbling a response devoid of logic because you have no logical response. Im not Indian. How exactly did my response of entail any hypocritical statements? The IPKF was deployed in Northern Sri Lanka and Indian forces did engage in atrocities against Tamil civilians but as I stated earlier North Indian troops were not deployed on the streets of Tamil Nadu to suppress the Indian Tamil population. If such a hypothetical situation ever becomes a reality, you will see popular demand for succession in Tamil Nadu. Although the Indian political establishment is well known in the region for incompetence, I suppose Delhi foresaw that sending non-Tamil speaking troops to suppress a 60 million figure population for any reason is unwise. What does the animosity between the LTTE and IPKF have to do with Tamil Nadu not demanding succession? Indian Tamils were angry regarding the circumstances but did not call for independence because they were not directly affected, other than a refugee influx. The IPKF was more ruthless than the SL Armed Forces? Thank you for acknowledging the SL Armed Forces as a ruthless and oppressive force. Regardless of such differences, the IPKF did not change SL Tamil opinion regarding the SL Armed Forces.
    Why can I not compare Tamil Nadu and NE Sri Lanka? India was organized into a federal state and Sri Lanka was constricted to a unitary structure. Now, can you tell me the difference between these two areas today? How is not possible to govern Sri Lanka in a federal arrangement but Switzerland and Belgium are thriving under such an arrangement? Can you understand the undisputable reality that Switzerland and Belgium are geographically smaller than Sri Lanka? There is no current democratic mandate from SL Tamils for Tamil Eelam, but a democratic mandate was essentially given in 1997 and 2004. I never stated that war was mandated to the LTTE by SL Tamils. The LTTE leader did kill the late mayor of Jaffna. Supposedly the major caused the death of several Tamils during a cultural function. I cannot validate his motives, killing the major did not solve any problems. The assassination only served as an excuse for further oppression from Colombo. Regarding the assassination of several Tamil moderates; it was plain wrong and also served to delegitimize the LTTE. I do not expect the central government to keep quiet in the face of rebellion but I expect the central government to desist from behavior that feeds rebellion. You can thank the incompetent fools in Colombo for giving birth to Tamil militancy. The Sri Lankan state has not only made mistakes but institutionalized human rights abuses and calculatedly carried out war crimes against its own citizens. The LTTE is not an excuse. Utilizing the LTTE as an excuse amounts to equating the Sri Lankan state to the LTTE. The SL military did crush a JVP rebellion lead by disenchanted Sinhalese youth, but the military did not commit atrocities against the Sinhalese population prior to the rebellion. In the NorthEast, the military struck fear into the hearts and minds of Sri Lankas Tamil citizens through intimidation, adductions, rapes, and etc. Tamil militant rebellion fermented after this systematic discrimination was conducted. Militaries are tasked with protecting and enforcing sovereignty but the Sri Lankan state damaged its sovereignty by targeting its own citizens on a mass scale. There is no justification for the mass slaughter of innocents. I realize the Tamil presence in Sri Lankas cricket team, why is that diversification not reflected in the armed forces? Individuals challenge the state with arms for a reason. Address the root cause and militants will gradually become powerless. Ignoring grievances serves to empower future militants. Although I pray that war is avoided at all costs.

    I dont know if you misinterpreted my response or deliberately stated nonsense to deviate from the core issue. Answer with a logical response, not disconnected and idiotic jabber.

  170. I was surprised by the comments of “timhortons” and think that’s the answer for one of the questions that I’ve had; “why Tamils always (most of the time in the blogs) see Sinhalese as murderers?”
    I would also like to add something to that. During the ceasefire time I met a postgraduate student from Jaffna who came to do the same course at the Kelaniya university. He became a good friend of mine. He was as same as my age (34 years then) and had never ever visited Colombo before. Can you believe that? I initially thought that he was a LTTE agent, but later realized he was a genuine academic. What you are telling is true, they absolutely think that Sinhalese are racists and murderers. That’s the impression he had and when we talked with him, he was totally surprised as he never expected Sinhalese to behave so.
    Another comment that I saw here ( I do not bother going back to read it) said that that person had met many Tamil university students who were afraid of Sinhalese students. This is a stupid comment. I have many Tamil university friends but they were never discriminated or lived in fear of Sinhalese students. I do not know about the LTTE agents who transported bombs (one jumped from a building and died recently), but the innocent students never had that problem. Please do not write deliberate lies.

  171. Shexmus Amed’s posting seem confused & self contradictary.

    He says the LTTE is the gold standard & goes onto say LTTE killed its own people & made deadly mistakes. Some Gold standard. He then goes onto describe the LTTE brutality & mistakes in detail. I wonder whether the kurds will ever match the LTTE in deception & brutality. They better not.

    All these years I imagined that Castro was the gold standard in liberation because he’s still surviving even after 50 years. As far as I know he has not shot up any cuban trying to escape to miami. But the bottom line is that no liberator can ever match the process of elected representatives. Castro or thalaivar. Both would have been definitely kicked out long ago if there were free elections in their respective regions.

    If the LTTE is the gold standard in liberation then all others are doomed. Shexmus better give up the kurdish struggle right now.

    The fact that the Military Intelligence got hold of the cell phones of thalaivar & his entire company is a complete give away of the fact that they surrendered to the army. Seems that all the cell phones seem in fine condition & in army custody. To top things off poddu has gone completely missing. Body, cell phone, family et al. It’s also mighty odd that none of the recovered cell phones were waterlogged or damaged. The situation smells odd. Well actually it stinks. There seems no other explanation. Anybody who can provide an alternative explanation is welcome & should do it as a duty.

    Already the names & details of thalaivar & company’s last phone calls are emerging. Foreign as well as local. If the LTTE leaders truly cared for their struggle they should have got rid of all the incriminating evidence, safeguarded their contacts & bitten cyanide like they made their cadres do.

    Instead they seem to have chosen life while sacrificing everybody else. looks like they cared for nobody else but themselves only. A disaster of a liberation.

  172. I wonder if its too late to to leave a comment, where there is much commented on, some taking it as an opportunity to vent their vengeance as well. As for DBSJ, well he has so much patience to live through all this unwarranted comments that do not in any way help a healthy dialogue that he said in his intro he would wish to have. It seems, some only want to jab and jibe others and not necessarily add intelligent inputs.

    Anyway, let me take a different turn to talk a bit about the past, so that WE IN SL could at least start a dialogue as to how we could go ahead from here.

    The LTTE as an organisation is now over, militarily crushed with savage precision. I do agree in general on what the Kurdish comrade had said about the LTTE after leaving aside the “romantics” in it. In short, the LTTE finally fell to the trap of emerging as a rigidly regimented armed organisation, run by a single undisputed leader, who calculated on his military strengths without much concern for the politics of the whole Tamil issue. All of it led him to alienate his whole organisation politically from the very people on this soil he wanted to represent, making him dependent on the Diaspora for all his resources.

    Now, it is a fact that the LTTE will not be a factor any more in finding a solution to the Tamil political aspirations within the SL political society. In fact, the military strategy of the LTTE not only spelt its final end, it also left the Tamil people in SL without a political leadership to voice their concerns and aspirations. They are now totally uprooted whole villages of traumatised people who would not know where they should stand politically.

    Emotionally, the Tamil Diaspoa would continue to kick the international community to action against the GOSL, but that would have very little impact or influence on the present Rajapaksa regime. The just concluded UNHRC sessions in Geneva proved once again the international community too wanted an end to the military conflict with the death of LTTE, whether it would provide an answer to the decades old SL problem or not. All that is troubling them is their conscience on the casualty issue of civilians. But history shows that they have not been much bothered about it too and is willing to forget all their sins with some dollars for “relief”. Akashi would unload “Yen” and so would Obama with dollars.

    All that said, agreed or disagreed, here in SL, the people need an answer to the political conflict that would keep demanding a permanent democratic solution. What would that be ?

    Let’s accept the fact that this “State” has to be restructured to find an answer to the long overdue issue of accommodating all sections of the society, majority and minority on any reason or fact, as equals in enjoying and sharing political power. When a society leaves a fair section of its citizenry outside the decision making process, it is inevitable that they claim their right to be part and when denied over and over again, they decide to have one of their own. This has been the case all through our “independent” life as a country and the State has not only failed the Tamil polity, it has failed the Sinhala majority too. Unfortunately for the Sinhala society, they did not see this problem of alienation from the State, as they were continuously electing their own Sinhala leaders to parliament.

    The first 30 years under a Westminster type of “democracy” with a bi-cameral assembly till 1972 and then with a Republican Constitution with a mono-cameral assembly till 1978, did not have any solutions to our ever growing problems. Thereafter, with JRJ taking that as an excuse, changed the Constitution and installed a Presidential system under which we are now for over 30 years. Our problems have only aggravated in a bloody and a shameful manner.

    Under all these systems during the past 60 years, we have therefore not only had a Tamil armed conflict, we have had two Sinhala youth insurgencies too.

    Where have we gone wrong ? How do we set about correcting the course ? How do we establish a pluralistic State that would bring all together? This is a serious discussion that needs intellectual inputs and not rhetoric and sarcasm.

    Kusal Perera

    Thanks Kusal for the insightful comment. I wish more people would do so…………..DBSJ

  173. From a Sri Lankan Tamil living in Sri Lanka to my Kurdish Friend; I am not willing to kill, but certainly would gladly give my life for my struggle for justice and equality. My effort so far have indicates much promise and reason to be optimistic. Carving a separate state is not the answer and certainly not the way. As long as there are Tamils like myself around, this selfish dream of an EELAM will never become a reality. I understand this to me a bitter pill to swallow for far too many Tamils and I respect that. My friend, what you have done is heap unwarranted praise on cardboard heros that have bought nothing but incomprehensible suffering upon its own people and the country. I hope your people will one day be able to live free of fear and enjoy their god given rights, as for my people, with the end of the LTTE, my struggle towards this same objective has only become less painful and achievable.

  174. Jeyaraj

    You have spent a lot of time – Thanks for your efforts.

    What a disgust, a beautiful country has to end up in such brutal manner – thinking of the 200,000 tamil civilians in a camp with little food , water or amenities is very shameful.

    How do you expect any unity between the two races to happen?

    A humble, honest and friendly Sinhala people in the country side, have been made so inhumane due to the political corruption. When will they understand the political needs of the Tamils?

    The creation of the unwanted LTTE is entirely due to the political power sought by the corrupt politicians.

    The country can prosper only when such corruption ends.

  175. 167. vithiya = Thivia the historian in lankanewspapers

    So it is your typical claim of the homeland grabbed by Sinhalese right?

    Anyway, I respect your belief as far as it is harmless to the society, because it is 3000-4000 yrs old claim.
    Thivia, our friend, we dont need to time travel 1000s of years back. Just a 100-200 years ago, whole world’s geopolitics were completely different. Reality is that it actually changes. So I believe, in another 100 years time, Sri Lankan geo-political picture will be completely different. May be then you will be so happy but the sinhalese chavunists. However, non of u ever see this picture. Or even another hastly attempt to paint and finish this picture before you die is a possibility. But I doubt.
    Cheers.
    An observer.

  176. DBS, a slightly off topic question for you and others:

    Is anyone aware of any DIRECT aid collection/distribution efforts taking place in Toronto that would send goods to the IDPs? Please list the contact names and address here.

  177. They say “if you want to eat you should make Kabaragoya (monitor) an iguana (thalagoya)”.

  178. DBSJ,
    The Grapevine around here says and confirms that VP actually surrendered and was Tortured together with all the leaders, wife and children …

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  180. Nitharshan (#189).
    You say that Switzerland and Belgium are thriving under federal arrangements. When did you last read the news? Belgium has become so dysfunctional that the country is just about to split in to the French and Dutch speaking regions. The only thing there is neither of the two communities care if they separate so that the likelihood of a Sri Lanka type situation is nil. But the chances are very good that in the next 5 years the country will split into two.

    Switzerland on the other hand is not likely to go that route but the country is still almost 100 percent speaks German. There are Italian and French speakers in Switzerland but obviously they have no need to separate, because they can just dive across the border and be in Italy or in France in a matter of minutes. So again the federal system in Switzerland has absolutely no relevance to Sri Lanka.

    One that might have a bit of relevance is the English-French federal arrangement in Canada. However, the important factor here in the Canadian politics is that the two major federal political parties have very good representation of both English and French in them. So what ever part that is likely to be in power, you still have representation in the government from both communities.

    May be that is the way we should go in Sri Lanka also. Both of the major parties, i.e. UNP and the SLFP should have strong Tamil representation. That way, the Tamil interests can be protected from within the governing party. One hopes that communal politics and racially based political parties will lose favor in the future and Tamils and Singhalese will stop indulging in communal politics.

  181. Belgium was initially a unitary state like Sri Lanka is today. Realizing the political structure heightened animosity between the different linguistic groups, subsequently the unitary state was transformed into a federal state through numerous “reforms.” Through all the instability, the state has survived. Even today, there is debate regarding another “reform,” but it is highly unlikely that the state will disintegrate. The Belgian central government has not indulged in systematic violence, instead it has continuously reformed itself to suite realities on the ground. Belgium’s major problem is probably the lack of national parties espousing the Belgian identity.

    Mr. G perceived Sri Lanka’s geography as a limitation to a federal system, but countries smaller than Sri Lanka operate under federal systems and still manage to outperform Sri Lanka on every front. That is why I utilized Switzerland and Belgium as federal examples. Switzerland is not almost %100 German. There is also a significant French minority and a smaller Italian minority. Similar to Sri Lanka’s diversity in terms of numerical ethnic proportions. Furthermore, you have also misinterpreted my comment. The demand for a separate state does not stem from the need for Tamils to have a separate state solely for the sake of having an independent state. Even if Tamil Nadu ever became independent, SL Tamils would want to live in their homes in Sri Lanka because they are I suppose “Sri Lankan.”

    I agree that Canada is probably the best federal example for Sri Lanka. I did not refer to Canada simply because I was addressing G’s claim that geographical limitations significantly affect the functioning of federalism. The Quebec provincial government conducted a referendum on Quebec independence twice. On both occasions, although on a slim majority, the French-speaking Canadian province opted for unity.

    India is also an exemplary federal state. Although there was initially demand for independence in Tamil Nadu, the central government pacified the situation through devolution. There is no popular demand in Tamil Nadu for succession because of the foresight of early Indian leaders.

    The lack of national parties that market the inclusive Sri Lankan identity strengthens the continued polarization of Sri Lankan society. I agree with you but both the UNP and SLFP have incompetently allowed this war to continue for their own interests. Tamil political entities, including the LTTE, have also contributed to polarization and animosity. A new party built upon compromise and respect for all Sri Lankans would be very attractive to minorities but the reality is that the SLFP is enjoying record-setting popularity among the Sinhalese majority. Unfortunately, the SLFP has not demonstrated its sincerity to minorities yet.

  182. Ranjan ,

    Belgium was initially a unitary state like Sri Lanka is today. Realizing the political structure heightened animosity between the different linguistic groups, subsequently the unitary state was transformed into a federal state through numerous “reforms.” Through all the instability, the state has survived. Even today, there is debate regarding another “reform,” but it is highly unlikely that the state will disintegrate. The Belgian central government has not indulged in systematic violence, instead it has continuously reformed itself to suite realities on the ground. Belgium’s major problem is probably the lack of national parties espousing the Belgian identity.

    Mr. G perceived Sri Lanka’s geography as a limitation to a federal system, but countries smaller than Sri Lanka operate under federal systems and still manage to outperform Sri Lanka on every front. That is why I utilized Switzerland and Belgium as federal examples. Switzerland is not almost %100 German. There is also a significant French minority and a smaller Italian minority. Similar to Sri Lanka’s diversity in terms of numerical ethnic proportions. Furthermore, you have also misinterpreted my comment. The demand for a separate state does not stem from the need for Tamils to have a separate state solely for the sake of having an independent state. Even if Tamil Nadu ever became independent, SL Tamils would want to live in their homes in Sri Lanka because they are I suppose “Sri Lankan.”

    I agree that Canada is probably the best federal example for Sri Lanka. I did not refer to Canada simply because I was addressing G’s claim that geographical limitations significantly affect the functioning of federalism. The Quebec provincial government conducted a referendum on Quebec independence twice. On both occasions, although on a slim majority, the French-speaking Canadian province opted for unity.

    India is also an exemplary federal state. Although there was initially demand for independence in Tamil Nadu, the central government pacified the situation through devolution. There is no popular demand in Tamil Nadu for succession because of the foresight of early Indian leaders.

    The lack of national parties that market the inclusive Sri Lankan identity strengthens the continued polarization of Sri Lankan society. I agree with you but both the UNP and SLFP have incompetently allowed this war to continue for their own interests. Tamil political entities, including the LTTE, have also contributed to polarization and animosity. A new party built upon compromise and respect for all Sri Lankans would be very attractive to minorities but the reality is that the SLFP is enjoying record-setting popularity among the Sinhalese majority. Unfortunately, the SLFP has not demonstrated its sincerity to minorities yet.

  183. # 200 Subash

    I also strongly believe Prabhakaran & family, leaders were killed during captivity. The circumstantial evidence point to that possibility.

    All received accurate shots in the head.

    The mass murders were committed to avoid opening of any witness accounts later.

    The possibility is that SLA was received shooting orders and to display the bodies immediately after the claim of KP that VP is alive.

    Poorly orchestrated climax scene of displaying the body and discovery of family members bodies and later the denial all point to one logic. VP was shot while in custody. Either captured or surrendered whatever it is.

    (These are my assumptions only. )

  184. Very honest narration of his thoughts from the kurdish nationalist Shexmus Amed. Thanks DBSJ for highlighting it on your blog.

    It does not really matter whether Prabha was carrying a white flag or fighting till death on the last day, he stayed steadfast till last moment for his cause.

    Even if he is alive today, I am sure it’s not that he is a coward, as a Leader he should stay in order to keep the movement.

    At any angle, the need for ‘Equal treatment’ to Tamil is not going away at all, that matters above anything.

  185. dbs

    thanks for giving readers a perspective from another liberation struggle.it was a fantastic article and i was surprised how much he knew about us. i even did not know that prabaharan had given such instructions to his bodyguards.

  186. dear kurd freind,

    VP died because of the dead rope given to him by TN politicians in india. wiko/nadumaran assured them of ending the military operations until the last minute, but when vp relised how bad the situation he was too late. and further if i try to take a side about yr issue.that will be like describing an elephant to a blind man. because there are so many things leads up to a situation like yours. like wise you do not know the full story behind lanka n conflict. you do not know the geographical differences in sri lanka. so you can only see the comments of tamils who left sl about 30 years ago. someof the protestors in foriegn countrys never come to this island. so you my dear freind help yr people by taking a more practical metod than war to end yr issues.

  187. Dear Pradeep,
    Tamils in colombo and north and east now feel very unsafe. When the LTTE was there they felt safety. LTTE was a gurantee to Tamil people that there will not be another black July in Srilanka. Now Tamils know that there is no body to protect them, and feel very unsafe in Srilanka. This is what exactly srilanka wants. They want another 1 million tamils to migrate some where in coming years, so that tamils will have no more influence in srilankan politics. Diaspora Tamils should work together to get atleast one country to openly support the tamil cause.

  188. dear comrade we accept your comments regarding LTTe and we the eelam tamils wish you for your freedom strugle

  189. I am a bit perplexed to see DBSJ giving such prominence to Shexmus Amed’s comments.

    It is nothing more than a passionate rambling from Amed on Prabhakaran and LTTE, that Amed obviously felt a strong connection with.

    His underlying suggestion that Prabhakaran was the absolute rightful leader of Tamils and that his cause was just and fair, and the glossing over the brutality that he unleashed over all Sri Lankans as mere tactical blips is quite repulsive.
    ———————————–
    #23 Kosala wrote:

    In Sri Lanka Sinhala, Tamil & Muslim people live peacefully in many parts of the country. Everyone is free to practise own religion/cultural traditions, own property, trade, and travel all over the country. Intermarriages are also common.
    ———————————–
    That is spot on, I can vouch for that. I am a Muslim from SL, my 1st language is Tamil (Muslimised) and I did study in Tamil medium with many Tamils from Colombo,

    Jaffna and Batticaloa etc etc. I’ve never had a problem in my whole life due to language. We have Tamil medium classess in almost all government schools. Our tests
    are given in Tamil.

    And like Dilshan F #38 said selection to universities is based on merit – subject to standard of education available. I didn’t score enough to gain acceptance to the faculty I wanted to go (I never did have to passion I must admit)

    But with the same score, had I studied in a place like Nuwara Eliya or Matale, or Anuradhapura, I might have. But I didn’t go starting a Jihad because of that.

    And Tamils do own properties and and businesses. I used to run a car sale in Kandy, the yard was rented from a Tamil gentleman, we still greet each other warmly when we meet. And we’ve sold cars through a Tamil businessman in Wellawatte. And our extended family combined, we are customers of countless number of Tamil owned business in Kandy and Matale.

    And lets not forget Tamils do even become foreign ministers as do Muslims in Sri Lanka. (Lakshman Kadhirkamar, ACS Hameed)

    So Mr. Amed, spare a thought for the rest of the Sri Lankans who are just wanting a fair go like the Tamils, and just want to live in our own homes (Jaffna / Trinco Muslims & Sinhalese), and don’t want to get blown up, shot, or hacked to death or killed in any other form or shape when we are going about our daily business by any maniac or his henchmen for what ever their mad reasons might be.

    As for the Kurdish cause, I really don’t know the background of it. If it is just and your methods are noble, I pray that you succeed. But if its anything like the call for an Eelam in SL or your methods are anything like that of LTTE, I am afraid I don’t wish you well.

    Finally, you’ve prophecised with certainity that Karuna will meet a violent end, and that Tamil Eelam shall become a reality. I thought such decrees are with God alone.

    Peace.

  190. Thanks Shexmus Amed for your insight to the Tamil problem and thanks DBS for giving us the opportunity to read his article. I wish Amed had given his advice when VP was alive ,we may not be in this situ.

  191. Shexmus has articulated my thoughts on the issue almost to the word. But I hope his prediction on Karuna turns out to not be a prophesy. No more killings, even though I dispise the man. If Karuna had cited VP’s inflexibility as the reason for his parting ways in 2005 as he now seems to be doing, I might have had some respect for him. He brought “narrow regionalism” into the middle of a struggle at a time when the people of the North-East could least afford it. However, I wouldn’t attribute the ltte’s defeat to Karuna’s split. They defeated themselves, by their own military inflexibility, (not to mention their political inflexibility.) They would have done well had they buried their heavy weapons and aircraft and abandoned positional warfare, at least when Nachikuda fell to the SLA. Also they did the SLA’s work for them by taking the civilians with them when withdrawing.
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    re:#213 Thanks Shexmus Amed for your insight to the Tamil problem and thanks DBS …. I wish Amed had given his advice when VP was alive ,we may not be in this situ.
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    Either vp wouldn’t have listened to Shexmus or the sycophants that surrounded vp wouldn’t have allowed such advice to reach his ears.

  192. A very well written, intelligent article. I too am an outsider on this all, except that I have spent enough time in SL to know her people and their potential. I would never wish for one’s country to be torn apart to make space for those who somehow can not get along peacefully with others, especially if the claims for injustice have vastly changed over the many years since the cause started. Still it is important for everybody to realize there are two sides to any story and see the other side as a fellow human being. The LTTE deserved the end they got because of the means by which they turned to justify an impossible end. The world is full of injustices, that should not happen, but there are many ways to go about changing them. Violence can never be that way. The African Americans, to give one example, found a leader and many other brave followers to continue a peaceful struggle for equality, something that anybody can agree upon- it just takes time sometimes. They lost their leader (who had many white followers and supporters) to an opposition who preferred violence. But look where African Americans stand today. They have a president in the White House. The Tamils too could have had a president in SL, were it not for the LTTE who killed him. SL is the only country in the world now, that has Tamil as one of its national languages. SL has a come along way towards giving what the Tamils wanted, and many Tamils in SL enjoy that. The LTTE can be glorified till the sun goes down, but in the final analysis, I think it can be argued that they did more harm to their fellow Tamils than good. The changes in SL, happened in spite of their efforts. The world is far too small not to get a long with each other, and we all have not choice but to get along. I left my own country 30 years ago, out of choice and have spent y life in developing and developed nations a like, because I had to be the minority to see the world through other’s language and culture, to walk in their shoes, and see their point of point of view. We all need tolerance of each other’s views. We can, no we must get along.

    I wish you peace and happiness Shexmus.

  193. Great articlde. I am familiar with Kurdish struggle and observed the similarities as well. But, I did not know that Kurds paid attention to Eelam strugle while the world has been very successful in creating a oerception that Tamils are terrorists and their fight is not justified. It is indeed a relief to realize that there are people like Shexmus in this world. I agree that Tamils will attain Eelam and my confidence in attaining Eelam is merely based on unshaken confidence that Sri lanka would continue its ethnic cleansing that began long before LTTE and it would act as the single most catalyst to creat a more powerful Tamil army than ever before.

  194. 215. westerner with an eastern heart

    YOU SAID IT !

    Excellent views and you beautifully presented it.

    I wish to read more and more by you.

    Wish you all the best .

  195. Nitharshan

    I can counter your arguements anywhich way you want. i say cricket team, you say army and so forth. (hiring tamils in to the army….what a joke!! you can’t give credit for all the tamils in our parliment but want to see tamils in the army) but the reality is that the rights of that majority is as important as any other minority. SL will never be divided. if anyone wants to take up arms to do so there will be blood. The reality is that there is a huge majority that will put the country before it self. Call us patriotic or blood thirsty but that is what it is. We are not the red indians or the aboriginals or auzi that gave away their land. Getting rid of discrimination is a continues process. it is not something achieved over night. this war has cost SL many years of that imporovement. during this time tamil has become a official language and tamils now have equal entry in to university. & by the way centralised goverments do work too! good example is new zealnd.

    please don’t ignore the reality of the cross roads SL is in today. Brining history in to this is irrelevent. every one knows tamils had it bad but those problems would have been fixed over time just like problems were fixed any where in the world over time. this includes seeing a black president in the US where the KKK is still active. i just dont’ understand how some tamils think they are so speicial and they should be treated better than any other race in the world because they are under this misconcepton that they were treated worse than any other discriminated race in the world therefor VP taking up arms is justified. even india has lots of racial problems as we speak. have you heard about the recent racial voilence in india? so please dont talk like india is some country that has sorted out all their racial problems and that is why there is no army going to tamil nadu. you will have to eat your words when the day comes that some idiot like VP decides to take up arms in india. and also i should point out that today in australia indian students are being targeted. They are being singled out, attacked and robbed. We don’t live in a perfect world & SL is not a perfect country. the difference between you and me is that i have accepted that reality & i want to see a united SL with in that reality just as much as india or australia.

  196. G,

    It is more important to have Tamils in the national armed forces than to participate in games. If Tamil-speaking soldiers were initially used to counter militants, the war would not have grown to such heights. Using Sinhalese soldiers only served to alienate the SL Tamil population. As for parliamentary participation, I presume that is what democracy entails.

    You are a blind nationalist and ignorant. There is no point arguing with a wall. You refuse to answer any of the points I raised, rather you rant about Tamils expecting more than their entitlement and that reality will have to be accepted without opposition. I refuse to accept oppression. You seem to have a negative view of idealism but remember that Sri Lanka would be still be serving its former British master if not for idealistic individuals who dared to challenge reality. It is humanity’s purpose and nature to adapt and change for betterment not sit idly through injustice.

  197. Excellent Article…..Explain of Strength and weekness is very nice……Also i would like say thanks to Mr. Shexmux Amet….Thanks to your support …..

  198. Nitharshan

    if you call me a blind nationalist u might by all means be a brain washed suicide bomber. there no need for name calling.

    SL would be still serving its former British master if it wasn’t for WWII. Don’t forget that SL wasn’t the only country that got independence during that same time period. So if you think it got independence due to idealistic individuals, u are sadly dreaming of a bollywood movie and not reality. Britain lost its grip on most of its colonies after WWII. When they left us they gave our country to a bunch of elite sinhalies and tamils who thought they were as “white” as their former master. Instead, they should have thought of them selves as “sri lankans”. now we are in a unique position to correct that mistake. And by the way it is important to have tamils in the parliament more than it is to have them in cricket or armed forces. Why don’t you focus on that and be part of the solution and not be raving about the problem! maybe u might not feel as “oppressed” then.

  199. I have not read all the response posts on this ariticle. However, from the some I had read, I just have the same vire, as that of Mr. Senthil, Post no.46.

    I also thank our Kurdish friends for their analysis, even though, it might not be 100% correct.

    Now we shall see, here on, the hypocracy of the world. The world is going to see that the Tamil lands being swallowed by the sinhalese.

    The world should check its conscience.

  200. Brilliant post by Shexmus Amed.thank you DBS for sharing it with Tamils around the world.we respct and support the Kurdish nation.
    very soon kurdishtan will free, we Tamils are pray for it.

    please ignore the Singalish’s rassis comments.

    peace

  201. hi dears
    i’m a tamil
    also
    i am a x member of l t t e
    your letter is write
    but you maked some mistiked in your letter
    karuna raped tamils in east
    and our leader is alive
    he will come very soon
    wait and see

  202. Dear westerner with an eastern heart,

    The reality is laid out very nicely. like the style,
    hoping to see more.

  203. Nitharshan,

    There are several Brigadier level officers in the Army even at present. There have always been Tamils in the officer levels of the Army. The current second in command of the Navy and the chief of the Trincomalee HQ is one Travis Sinnaiah – A Tamil. The Chief of the Army in newly independent Sri Lanka under the much reviled Bandaranaike was Anton Muthukumaru – a Tamil. So was the chief of the navy Rear Admiral Kadirgamar, also a Tamil. There have been two Tamil Inspector Generals of Police in recent years plus many deputy Inspector Generals.

    With peace, there should be no obstacles to more Tamils joining the forces. Personally I believe they should start by recruiting the 9000 LTTE fighters being held in custody. They have already had the training. All that remains is to reassure them that the intent of the government is not to destroy Tamils but to absorb them into a new state free of all communal or religious divisions.

  204. G,

    SL received independence because other colonies also received independence, but was it not idealistic individuals such as Gandhi who dreamed of independence? Gandhi challenged the reality that was the British Empire. When he began India’s non-violent freedom struggle, the British Empire was in no mood to let its prized colony gain independence. It was not WW2 alone that set the stage for independence. If it wasn’t for individuals like Gandhi then there would be no independent Sri Lanka. The British lost their “grip” on most of its colonies because of overwhelming cries for independence by idelaistic individuals, not because they woke up one morning and decided to free all the colonies. Independence did fail to free the people because of Sri Lanka’s elitist and selfish leaders. I agree, there is an opportunity for a new start but I fear the current path is toward self-destruction. Tamils have always participated in parliament, except in 1977 when the government decided to silence the democratic vocie of Tamils. The lack of Tamils in the Armed Forces only serves to alienate Sri Lanka’s Tamil population. Quite frankly, how would you feel is Tamil soldiers operating under a culture of impunity were on southern streets? How can you develop a solution without considering the problem? It is impossible to work towards a solution without acknowledging or realizing the problem that requires a solution.

    I apologize if you feel offended but I utilized those terms because your words.The reason I called you a blind nationalist and ignorant is simply because you refuse to consider other viewpoints. I considered the majority viewpoint. The majority do not want the country to be divided, which is understandable. The Tamils do not want to be oppressed or completely ruled by the Southern majority, which is also understandable. Thus, a federal arrangement would allow a united country that allows its diverse regions to share power while promoting unity. Compromise is the key. Why does that make me a suicide bomber?

  205. dingiri ,

    I’m aware of the numerous senior security posts held by Tamils, but I meant on the ground there should be both Sinhalese and Tamil soldiers in the North.

    I agree with you, Sri Lanka should transform itself and abandon “ethnic politics.”

  206. Amed , brother thank you for the soothing words.The Kurds have been at the receiving end of Turks,Iranians and the Iraqis for many hundreds of years.

    As for Dingiri the so called Tamil officers are in ceremonial posts with no real power.If there are Tamil officers then then they must have a serious psychological twist such as Karuna. As long as Tamils go for crumbs the Sinhala people will tolerate them.

    Thanks DBSJ for publishing Amed’s letter that was refreshing.

  207. I keep telling you guys..There is a perfect place for a Tamil Nation in this world. It is called “TAMIL NADU”, for a reason.
    No Tamil Nation in Sri Lanka.
    May be Norway, Canada, UK or Europe. Give it a try in these places.
    Never, ever in Sri Lanka.

  208. Dear vinothan,

    I can gurantee you this is not what the tamils in sl feels today. tamils are happy that since there is no LTTE, there will not be any black july`s in the future. because they know the conflict began after LTTE`s provoctions.before that sinhalese and tamils lived in sri lanka as blood relatives. so you and i can go on arguing about this for ever, but will that help the people who suffered immensly. we have no minority in sri lanka now. we will never ask you to help our tamil relatives. but with any cost we will look after them.

  209. Nitharshan,

    last time i checked Ghandhi was not a SL idealistic individual. But i agree with u. He played a pivotal role in INDIA. we are all for the Ghandhis, the nelson Mandala’s & the martin luther king’s. Today people don’t talk about them with a split in opinion…..they were good people who genuinly understood the requirement to “get along”. Unlike the the Malcolm X’s or the VP’s who took up arms.

    some tamils say they were very patient for 30 odd years after independence & took up arms because it was the last option. It is a FACT that tamils in SL had it 100 times better than black amaricans who had every right to take up arms in the 1960’s. Now that Obama is in power we all know the difference! and it is that point i want to drive home. SL is a corrupted country as much as india, Thailand or even amarica. Politicians will make false promises because that is what politics is about, be it inflation, jobs or discrimination. I will be the first person to admit this was and is the case in SL. But i don’t agree with the notion that SL is a bad country because they have caused unimaginable discriminations to tamils. Tamils and Sinhalies are a very proud and emotional races with rich culture and history. So this is a very sensitive topic and if either side is provoked a handful of people will take matters to their own hands. (again this is not something debatable as I am telling you FACTS). These are the thugs that created the riots and this includes certain SL governments who stood quietly not taking action against them. But the whole nation should not be judged by actions taken by a handful of thugs. why isn’t anyone talking about the majority sinhalies who protected tamil brothers and sisters when rioting took place?

    the truth is that one uneducated man who didn’t have the patience took up arms and held 20,000,000 others to ransom for 30 years. we can only hope that both sides have learned from their mistakes.

    as for the arm struggle in Turkey, i hope they learn from SL too. the leader of the Kurds is now in Jail. At least he doesn’t use innocent children to fight his war. Personally i believe that creating a separate state for the Kurds will not solve anything. if this happens it will only be a problem very similar to what Isreal is facing today. The problems will not stop there, the conflict will go on. what they should do is learn to get along. taking up arms is not the solution!

  210. This is from an American about our leader Prabhakaran – I love them both.

    “For all Tamils sorry to hear and confirm the death of a fighter of a free and equal society. As a firm believer of freedom n equality I followed his story for long, escaping several attempts to his live from rumours of his death in the tsunami to rumours of His death by Indian troops. Sad we lost a fighter. Though followers might have deviated from his ambition of a free society to sometimes committing malicious acts(Which wasn’t his goal) he was no different from the likes of Nelson Mandela, MLK, Soyinka, and many other great men. He has his critics and down sides just like any other man but his goal set him apart and dignified him. He might be dead but his legacy stands and hopefully that’s enough to lift his tribe n ambition up. A hero he was and will remain. A sad conclusion from a fighter for a free society. A day that pushes me harder to fight for what I believe and stand for in the continent of Africa and beyond. May his soul RIP.” By C.Warderh

    Message From a Dutch:
    No greater love has a man than to lay down his life for his family, his friends, his countryman, his beliefs. He strived tirelessly to bring relief to the oppressed, the down trodden. May those that remain have the same courage and determination, to strive for freedom, to carry on and rebuild the Tamil nation. To work together with a united cause. To make his sacrifice worth it. – R. Huysmans

  211. Thank you very much for publishing the Kurdish Journalist comment.

    Many many thanks for expressing our true heartfelt emotions which have been shut with guns.

    Our salutations to all Great Leaders of LTTE who fought till their last breath for the cause they started this organisation for.

    Mistakes are part of humans and time is against us on this occassion.

    Hoping for a peaceful solution where Tamils in Srilanka atleast can go to bed without fear of whether will he be alive to see tomorrows sunrise.

  212. Shexmus Amed, No brother, I don’t agree with you. I knew lot of Kurds as a student and later. Your Kurdish problem is that you don’t have a country, and your people are everywhere in other countries bordering Kurdistan, if there was one.

    Tamil people have a country, called the land of Tamils, Tamil Nadu. But that doesn’t mean that we are ready to give OUR Sri Lankan Tamils to Tamil Nadu.

    This what Prabakaran missed. He was used by the Rich Vellala Tamil politicians living in quiet comfort in Colombo’s best suburbs. then he was used by the Indian politicians.

    Prabakaran missed that fact that we in Sri Lanka CAN’T live without OUR Tamils. He wanted to prove that he is the sole agent of Tamils (not the LTTE), but only him. So, he killed everyone, who opposed to him.

    If you were living in Turkey, or Iraq,did you have a Kurdish Foreign Minister? We had a very honored Tamil gentleman named Lakshman Kadirgamar as our Foreign Minister, and he was murdered by Prabakaran.

    We have world famous cricketer named Muttaih Muralidaran, who is a Tamil, and if anyone in th e world ever say or do anything to him, the whole country would cary “blue murder”!

    We have Tamil schoolmasters, who we venerate.

    No, brother Shexmus Amed, you are wrong. You may have fallen in love with Tamil girl soldiers, for Tamil girls are very pretty, but did it ever occur to you that, these beautiful Tamil girls should have been in school, like the Tamil schoolgirls in Colombo, or in any other city, away from Prabakaran?

    Shexmus Amed, I believe, if a man wants to fight , then he should fight like a man, without involving women and children.

    What the use of having a war, if women and children have to die?

    No, Shexmus Amed, that war was a useless venture. It only destroyed the economy of the country and destroyed the lives of staggering amount of Tamil people, and it destroyed the dignity of the Tamil people.

    Prabakaran should not have been born in Sri Lanka, he should’ve chosen to be born in USA or anywhere in the West.

    He didn’t allow the Tamil youth, he had under him to have the harmony and camaraderie we had in our younger lives with all ethnicities in Sri Lanka (or Ceylon)!

    Prabakaran didn’t allow the tamil youth under him to mix with the youth of other ethnicities, for if he did allow that, he wouldn’t have any LTTE.

    You, brother Shexmus Amed, either in Iraq, or in Turkey, would never have had the feeling of togetherness we had, before this Prabakaran was created, so you won’t know what we lost.

    But we’ll re-build this again!

  213. It was dictatorship of Prabaharan which leads to demise of the freedom fight. This time he has underestimated the SL power.
    All Tamils lived outside SL who funded and pushed LTTE to create the momentum for the struggle should be blamed as they did not have any control over LTTE. Any organisation when it is funded by people should have a say which never existed in LTTE as Prabaharan was taking his own decision.
    He was not willing to compromise nothing less than a separate home land which I presume because of the promise he had given to all suicide (Black Tigers) carders just before they went for the mission
    I should rather say his dedication instead of the arrogance may have cause demise of his dream for separation.

  214. To Ariya,
    Yes Tamil girls are pretty that’s why SL army was s rapping them during the war and even after the war in the in the concentration camps.
    Go to SL villages and see what happens there in fact the SL Army too did the conscription and also the most of the Families of SL Army still believe that their sons are fighting in the war which is not true. If you say SL Army lost around 10,000 of its men then those families must be dreaming that their sons will be retuning home

  215. Dear Mr. Jeyaraj, I have read all your articles on the Sri Lankan problem, and have appreciated some of your views. I would like to state here that as a child(I am now 69 years old) I got my education in a missionery school where we Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim as well as a lot of Burghers obtained our education in the same class-room, and the brotherhood at that time was beautiful. I was heart broken when SWRD tried to create a Sinhala nation within 24 hours, and I personally and strongly believe that was the cancer seed planted amongst us. On the part of the Tamils their aspirations have been unreasonable and beyond all proportions, resulting in the death of thousands of our youth. Let us take the case of the Tamils who live in all parts of the Nation, and ask them whether they would opt to live in an ethnically divided country. In fact a very close friend many many years ago, when the war was going on brutally, told me that he would never go to Jaffna for permanent residnece, yet wanted to have extraordinary previliges for Tamils in Colombo. When you consider all these things, an armed struggle would never have succeeded, since the Tamils are greedy and wish for privileges that the majority community does not enjoy. Let us all advocate one nation and one community identity and live with equal rights and privileges for all, and promote brotherhood amoung all communities. I truly wish I could turn the clock back and bring the brotherhood of the good old days. Sumanadasa

  216. Dear DBSJ, Why Prabhakaran and the LTTE lost was because they turned against their own people. Much like how Rohana Wijeweera’s downfall came after he turned against the Sinhalese. This is a simple truth of the Universe. They both deserved what they got.

    The Tamil diaspora in the comforts of their safe heavens abroad can talk spitefully, but the fact is that it is the people on the ground who bore the brunt of Prabakaran’s megalomania and their refusal to support the brutal Dictator that caused the LTTE’s demise.

    I just cannot understand why the LTTE spurned the possibility of a Federal Political structure in the Ranil Wickremasinghe era. Obviously it wanted more and got what it deserved. The Tamil nation’s natural homeland is in Tamil Nadu and that is where the diaspora need to start its next campaign for seperation.

  217. No common man in India wud ever pardon Prabhakaran for killing Rajiv Gandhi. That single incident has done irreparable damage to LTTE image. it wud be follish to expect Indian support to LTTE, and those who speak up for it. this is certain

  218. I am so proud that LTTE has inspired the Kurds, however I am not for violence but I guess we need to find a way to live with the Sinhalese people without fighting.

    By violence we cannot build anything. Lets find ways to unite.

    Bye …………

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