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  • The Charge is Genocide - the Struggle is for Freedom
    Nadesan Satyendra, 2007

ISBN: 978-0-9775092-1-8, Published by the International Federation of Tamils, 18 Rue des Paquis, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland. [email protected]

From the Back Cover:

Nadesan Satyendra - Charge is Genocide: the Struggle is for FreedomThe Charge is Genocide - the Struggle is for Freedom traces the facts relating to the genocidal onslaught on the people of Tamil Eelam by successive Sinhala Sri Lanka governments during the past fifty years, and raises the question: Why did these genocidal attacks happen and why do they continue to happen?

The author argues that ethnic cleansing is about assimilating a people and that the preferred route of a conqueror is to achieve his objective without resort to violence - peacefully and stealthily. But when that is resisted, albeit peacefully, the would be conqueror turns to murderous violence and genocide to progress his assimilative agenda. He concludes that in the island of Sri Lanka, the record shows that during the past fifty years and more, the intent and goal of all Sinhala governments (without exception) has been to secure the island as a Sinhala Buddhist Deepa. Sinhala Buddhist 'ethno nationalism' masquerading as a 'civic' Sri Lankan nation is the genocidal side of democracy.

The central theme of the book is that the conflict in the island of Sri Lanka is not simply about the systematic violations of human rights of the Tamil people, or about violations of the humanitarian law of armed conflict or the violations of the ceasefire agreement - or for that matter genocide. The conflict in the island is about the refusal of the people of Tamil Eelam to submit to alien Sinhala rule.

The author contends that in the ultimate analysis, the struggle of the people of Tamil Eelam for freedom is about democracy and that if democracy means the rule of the people, by the people, for the people then it must follow, as night follows day, that no one people may rule another.

The author emphasises the need for the international community (the trilaterals - USA, European Union and Japan - together with India and China) to engage with the people of Tamil Eelam, in an honest and open dialogue as to the strategic interests that each of the IC members themselves seek to secure in the island of Sri Lanka - and, indeed, whether each seek to prevent a resolution of the conflict except on terms which secure each of their own (conflicting) strategic interests in the uneasy balance of power which prevails in the Indian Ocean region today. He calls upon the international community to seek liberation from the political rhetoric of terrorism and to support the liberation of peoples.



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