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Tamilnation > Struggle for Tamil Eelam > Conflict Resolution - Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka > Norwegian Peace Initiative > Ceasefire Agreement & Lifting of Ban on LTTE > Quantity Deficit and Quality Surplus
Quantity Deficit and Quality Surplus
A Ceasefire Agreement brokered by the Norwegian Government is in force in Sri Lanka. This ceasefire means the cessation of armed struggle between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan armed forces. Therefore now we have to focus our attention and energy on the peaceful methods of political struggle. Our aim should be to Educate and enhance the understanding of our people. That is to continue our liberation struggle in an unabated way by “other means”.
According to the Ceasefire Agreement even the LTTE members can visit the
army-controlled areas and engage in political activities there. So now at the
height of our liberation struggle, there is a period of time when the LTTE
members can visit the entire areas of Northern and Eastern provinces. Now they
have the chance of visiting all people and interacting With them. Therefore all
people concerned must make the full use of this invaluable opportunity. Through
more discussions and interactions with our people, We must try to reevaluate,
what we have done in the past? What lessons we have learnt from those past
experiences? What are our current problems and how To overcome them and bring
about a bright future for our people?
When you go for a flight training school, there they teach you about “situational awareness”. To know Where you are. If you are flying in an area where the Mountaintops are 10,000 feet high and you find yourself at 8,000 feet without knowing where you are, then you are in danger. As a pilot you should always be vigilant and aware of the place over which you are flying. That constant and continued ‘Situational awareness’ is a must for a pilot. In the same way if our aim is to arrive safely at our destination then all members of our Tamil community must be aware of our precarious situation and act accordingly. Such a continuous ‘situational awareness’ should permeate all aspects of our activities in life. Whenever we forget or abandon our situational awareness then we must know that we are getting into trouble.
Why this talk of ‘situational awareness’? As Tamils, even in India or in any
other country we are a minority community. That means we are less in number and
Therefore our political and other influences of having a say in matters is very
much limited. So we have to find ways and means to compensate our decrease in
quantity by increasing our quality, to offset our quantity deficit by quality
surplus. And that is our basic ‘situational awareness’.
Before the current ceasefire agreement, Sri Lanka was like an open-air prison for the Tamils living there. Hundreds of Tamils have been arrested on suspicion and tortured and held in prison without trial for long periods of time. The day-to-day living and movement of other Tamils are restricted through various passes systems and humiliating security checks by Sinhala armed forces. Even essential medicines are denied to them and an economic embargo is strictly enforced. Those who were able to escape this prison system there, are now living as refugees and immigrants in Western countries. So it is safe to say that Lankan Tamils are either living in prison or in exile. Our situation is just like that. Writing about his life in the Robben Island prison, Nelson Mandela says:
What Nelson Mandela wrote about his prison life? especially the intention of his
oppressors, how they faced the situation and emerged from the prison
'Undiminished’ should give us some clues to endure and end our sufferings.
Therefore let us not become 'a curse' or 'a part of the tragedy'. Since we are forced to live in conditions over which we have little or no control, it become imperative that we gather 'assets' that can be taken with us anywhere. In other words we must try to gather more of the inner riches or weightless wealth. Most important of such weightless wealth is education.
Traditionally the Tamil community gives a pride of place to education. Every
parent makes his or her maximum effort to give their children the best education
possible. In a knowledge-based economy it will always pay to know more. Having a
higher educational qualification is a passport that allows you to cross borders
and boundaries easily. Besides only a high level of proper education and passion
can give us an enduring sense of political awareness and Tamil national
consciousness. Education must serve us not only as a means to obtain employment
and earning but also as a motivating force for our awareness and emancipation.