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TAMIL NATIONAL FORUM
Selected Writings - Fr. Chandiravarman Sinnathurai
Looking for Loopholes
Much is being said about the peace overtures in Geneva between the Sri Lanka Government (SLG) and the Tamil Tigers (LTTE). Balasingham called it a “diplomatic victory”. An over estimation, one would think. The SLG have raised their tails and retorted with a spin that the Tigers agreed to an "Amendment to the original Cease Fire Agreement". Balasingham rejected that as a “bizarre interpretation”.
While this media warfare is being conducted multiple statements have been put out in the public domain by various Tamil organisations. Few are singing praises to the current move. There are others, many of whom under the prestigious banner of “Tamil Intellectuals and Academics”, calling the process quite rightly, a farce. In my humble view, it is a sophisticated way of duplicating the duplicity. Put in another way, it is a bit of a ducking and diving - for sure.
Think of the suffering for a moment of all those abducted TRO workers. Are they still alive? Will the quisling forces be disarmed? Now, let’s talk until the cows come home…Bonkers. I have a lurking doubt. These Tamil intelligentsia so-called, are they truly a community of public intellectuals and academics? Are they genuinely the Voice of the people? Certainly yes, we shall say; let’s give them the benefit of the doubt.
Now I have a question. Are these mortals simply using this platform to project them as an intellectual aristocracy? That’s possible too, umm. Dangerous! I know that I might have got their backs up now. Stepped on a few pompous toes! You see, this question was buzzing in my ears. I had to cough it up.
These Talks in any shape or form are becoming in the intelligent
a Pierre d’achoppement. That’s a mouthful. Anyway, it means a stumbling
block. One would think, the LTTE would take, on behalf of the Tamils, a
proactive position. As time drags on, Tamils are being
harassed, maimed, killed…everyday. There are nearly 30,000 internally
displaced Tamils who are homeless!