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TAMIL NATION LIBRARY: Eelam
from the conclusion:
"Demands for 'national self determination' are, in one sense, therefore also a struggle for a higher form of democracy. It must then be recognised that 'post-colonial liberation movements' far from being inherently 'undemocratic', 'subversive', 'terrorist' ad infinitum, are often the most effective medium for democratic assertion by social groups who have been deprived of equal citizenship rights, who have been subjected to state oppression. This is something that is true from Palestine to Kashmir, from Kurdistan to Tamil Ceylon...
The political and philosophical vision that is required today has been eloquently articulated, ironically enough, by radical Tamil nationalists ('chauvinists' and 'separatist terrorists', according to the official wisdom), in 1985:
In the specific Sri Lankan context, the challenge is to devise and implement innovative and imaginative associated structures whereby the Sinhalese and Tamil peoples can peacfully coexist, and freely associate and cooperate in certain vital spheres of common concern (and there are many) so that the welfare of both peoples may be safeguarded and enhanced. In my view the most efficacious solution would transform Sri Lanka into a voluntary confederation of two essentially sovereign peoples."