It was good of both Sri
and Veeracingham to
take the time to comment on
Satya-Lobby. The express purpose of the work of such lobby is essential,
especially at a pivotal time such as now when the Eelam Tamils are
terrorized by the State. I’ve just finished being a delegate to an
international conference in Scotland for a week. At the conference a report
was tabled on being Peacemakers in the context of global terror. I took the
podium to propose a counter-point as a Ceylon Tamil, the state of terror and
state terror in Sri Lanka.
During conversation a Labor MP said that he had played a pivotal role in
banning the Tigers in Britain. I asked why. The reply came because the
Tigers were collecting funds forcibly in London and according to British
intelligence that there are more than one group and hence there were “Gun
fights and disorder”. Has the banning stopped such activities? The answer
“Yes”. How do you know that these are not just Tamil gangs? The answer: We
have records to prove.
Comment by tamilnation.org It
may well be that the Labour MP believed that which he said. But one
would imagine that strategic decisions such as the banning of the LTTE
are taken at the highest level in the United Kingdom and not simply as a
result of the 'pivotal' role played by an individual MP. The UK
Government did not ban Sien Fein perhaps because it was concerned to
negotiate a settlement of the conflict in Northern Ireland. For the same
reason the US did not list the IRA as a terrorist organisation.
Again if the reason for the ban on the LTTE was that
'the Tigers were collecting funds forcibly in London' the
question may be reasonably asked: why was it that action was not taken
under the ordinary criminal law of the land to prosecute the offenders.
Why was not the criminal law enforced in respect of 'gun fights and
disorder' - particularly since they had 'records to prove'.
The reality ofcourse was that the ban was directed to
prevent not forced contributions but voluntary
contributions to the LTTE. And the political imperative for the
ban was to 'manage' the LTTE and in this way advance the strategic
political interests of the UK government in relation to the conflict in
the island. We need to recognise that the 'international
community' (consisting of the
- US, European Union and Japan but not
China) are not disinterested good Samaritans helping to secure
justice and peace in the island of Sri Lanka. They are concerned to
advance their own strategic interests - and in particular
the 'containment' strategy that the US has adopted in relation to
China, and less directly in relation to India. This explains what may
otherwise appear to many as an irrational action - the continued
ban of the LTTE in the UK on the ground of 'terrorism'
in Sri Lanka, whilst Sri Lanka itself has removed the ban on the
LTTE. All 'irrational' actions become rational once the frame of
reference is clearly understood.
I went on to elaborate to the conference about the
slow genocide and
bombings on civilians. Thanks to the Israeli Kfir bombers. There was
dead silence. Since the Geneva talks, the “Diplomatic victory” resulted in
the murder in the Tamil country of over 400 civilians who mostly include
women and children and the youngest victim being a 3 year old!
The blood-letting is continuing. We have to of course, deplore all
killings. However, the Faith communities in Sri Lanka- Tamil Eelam ought to
resist the temptation of offering pious clichés and strive to be a prophetic
voice – offering instead the Kairos word - in condemning all forms of
terror; state terror in particular. I wish to dedicate the following poem,
if I may, to all who would be willing and able to be part of the movement of
Satya-Lobby who would stand for nothing but the truth as a truth-witness.
The lie will be exposed and be vanquished. I shall now return to
Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown of thorns
Yet the dance of life continues…
In the midst of tortured faces and bleeding hearts
Bursting forth a song of liberty
Sung from the lungs gasping for breath
Voices that have become hoarse…
By the strangling neck-chains of slavery
That curtails song and dance.
There hangs a Man who was lynched by the mob
For the sin of being misunderstood as a trouble-maker!
He is still un-understood…
His voice is squashed by the weight of bureaucracy.
“Don’t let Him come off the Cross
Let us make Him a Symbol.
A martyr; a philanthropist, a poet-carpenter
A Fisherman’s friend: hook, line and sinker.
That’s fine! As long as He remains nailed to the mast”
There is no “next time” this time
While we lock Him up and bleed Him
The Coroner’s Verdict read: ‘died of natural causes of battle’
Keep Him fastened to the torture chair
Electrodes and Electric blues
Make Him to refuse food and drink
Make it appear that it’s all a suicide
Gather a crowd and mock Him to death.
“Revolutionary! Rebel! Terrorist!!!”
Make Him a figure of hate.
Worse still – A figure Head
Yet the dance of life continues…
take their twists and turns
They whirl in an asymmetry of the world
There in the cemetery
Where the ashes are sprinkled on Rose bushes
While sons grieve for their mothers; and children long for their
Sisters weep for the brothers they never had
Dreamers dream for the forgotten songs to return to memory.
A wise old-owl watching perched on a Sycamore tree.
Silently looks and offers no word of sympathy
In the dark night when the moon appeared, the Owl whispered to
the balding Eagle:
“SatYen ought to bear the two-edgéd-sword
And the truth shall make you free.”
The Dove unfastens her fetters and flies off
Joining the cosmic dance of the eternal Natarasan
She cries: Freedom; free at last!
Liberté! Egalité!! Fraternité!!!
quote from SatYendra’s writing:
“Krishnaji looked at me and said: "Sir, if you were asked to
address the United Nations, what would you say?". I was taken
aback at the directness and suddenness of the query. I
hesitated. I did not want to make a fool of myself - and appear
presumptuous in his presence. I decided to take what appeared to
me the cautious option. I replied: "Krishnaji, I do not think
that I would have anything to say".
“Krishnamurthy's response was quick: "Does that mean that you
have nothing to say?" And as I was trying to recover from the
force of the body blow, Krishnamurthy delivered the knockout. He
said: "Does that mean that you do not care?”