M.Thanapalasingham, married and the father of two children, an
erudite Tamil scholar, a citizen of Australia, an accountant by profession, and
a brother of a Maha Veeran who gave his life in the
struggle for Eelam, writes from Sydney, Australia:
"Vannakam. Couple of
weeks ago I received a telephone call from a Federal Agent of the Australian
Federal Police (Security Intelligence and Diplomatic Liaison section).
He informed me that two police officers
from India wished to see me in connection with a document (copy of few pages
from an address book) in the possession of the Indian Police, which
contained my name and address. The motives and what context etc were not
explained to me.
I replied that while I am prepared to see
the Australian Agent, I was not willing to see the Indian Police officers.
They agreed that I was within my rights to refuse to see the Indians.
On the following day, two agents from the
Australian Federal police called on me at my residence.
I will state this publicly and for the
Before we started the discussion, I spelt
out my reasons for not wishing to see the Indians. I told them that how one
of my brothers was shot dead by the Indian army when
they occupied our homeland under the guise of peace keepers. I told them
how my brother's killing hastened my mother's untimely death. I also told
them about the atrocities committed
by the Indian army against my people, the Tamil people - and about how
New Delhi's hands are stained with the blood of thousands of young Tamils
who died for Tamil Eelam. I explained that I did not want to re-kindle my
anger and bitterness towards the Indian army. Hence my reluctance to see
The Australian officials were very
understanding. They said they had all the questions from the Indian Police
(the reasons for asking these questions were not stated). They explained
that the questions included a few which the Indians failed to file through
the due judicial/diplomatic process. These questions they would not put to
Among the questions they did ask me were:
Q. Are you a member of LTTE?
|'I have but a feeble
and weak body and lack the courage and commitment required for
membership of the LTTE. To be eligible for membership of the LTTE
requires a level of determination and fearlessness that cries out "I
will not lose my freedom except with my life". This I do
not have. No, I am not a member of LTTE.'
Q. Have you met Pirabaharan?
To this I said:
|'Like millions of
Tamils living in many lands and across
distant seas, I do dream of meeting him one day. To meet him so
that I could bow my head in front of him and with all humility say
to him: "Thank you, thank you for restoring our dignity.
Because of you, we Tamils are walking with our heads held
high". This is my dream. No, I have not met Pirabaharan.'
The other questions were related to some
photos and names which appeared in many news papers and known to the whole
I thought I need to place this on record
for the benefit of my children."