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Home > Struggle for Tamil Eelam > International Frame & the Tamil Eelam Struggle for Freedom > Cancelled Expatriates Consultation with Col. R. Hariharan VSM (Retd), January 2008 > India stands outside the internationally networked stand on Sri Lanka - Col R Hariharan (retd.), South Asia Analysis Group, 26 February 2008
INTERNATIONAL FRAME & THE TAMIL STRUGGLE
12 January 2008
Invitation to tamilnation.org, 27 December 2007
You are cordially invited by both the ASATiC and the Tamil Information Centre (TIC) to participate and contribute during the consultation meeting with our esteemed guest Col. Hariharan.
We believe you are an invaluable member of the Tamil Expatriate community. And regardless of your political differences with anyone else your constructive contributions are equally important. We hope you will accept our invitation with the same favour and will make your present felt in the meeting.
As we will start promptly and we value your contributions immensely we kindly request your arrival on time.
Note - English
The Academy of Science and Arts for the Tamils in Ceylon (ASATiC) is of the belief it is only through greater understanding and patience we, as Tamil Speaking People will find a way through our predicaments. On one side we have our historical conflict with our Sinhala brothers for the rights to ownership of our lands and our destiny as a people. On the other side we face the regional and international conditions that predetermine our means of ownership and therefore, our destiny. It is our peoples’ struggle caught in between these two conditions that have become the sticking point at the present. The question is how to unlock and free ourselves. We believe in talking to the ‘enemy’, not necessarily only to our friends if we want resolution, as Moshe Dayan once said.
For greater understanding and participation of the Expatriates in mind we are organising a series of Consultation Meetings with people of influence and abilities. In this context we have invited Col. R. Hariharn VSM (Retd) from India to come and talk and discuss with us about the “India’s Security concerns and Sri Lanka policies”, which we believe is an important aspect that affect our struggle.
Our esteem guest, Col. Hariharan
We need not introduce such a prominent personality as Col. Hariharan to you. For those who are unfamiliar, Col. Hariharan is a scholar and was a serving officer with the IPKF. He has great military knowledge about the region and most of his predictions seem to be correct in many analysts’ views, and these are often quoted in many reputable strategist reviews and articles.
If we were to summarise his views, we note it is our own views gathered only from the published materials, we could put them in point form as the following. (Please check saag.org in which he publishes his numerous articles or google search for more details.)
Towards Expatriate cooperation
As we believe in greater cooperation and, collective actions and responsibilities we are aiming to bring a series of consultation meetings jointly with other Expatriate organisations. The first series is being organised jointly with the Tamil Information Centre (TIC) on the 12th of January 2008 (Saturday), at 15.00 at the Institute of Education, Russell’s Square. There will also be another on the 13th (Sunday) jointly organised with the ‘Thesam’ magazine.
We also believe in proper representation of the Expatriate communities irrespective of our political views regarding any group or organisation, which meant accepting that vast numbers support the LTTE, without conditions. It is therefore expected that reality should be reflected in the gathering of the great and the good on the 12th of January and, those who attend will make use of the opportunity to create a constructive atmosphere of good discussion.
We believe our maturity as Expatriate community would suffice to generate and conduct an all inclusive discussion avoiding the pit falls of ridicules and speeches, which are of course, counter productive. From our part to avoid such environment we have organised the meeting in boardroom style, where the participants have ample time to air their sound intellectually constructed arguments without interruptions.
We hope we have provided an adequate account of our intentions as well as introduction to our guest Col. Hariharan. For further information contact the Academic Secretary (ASATiC) at [email protected] or the TIC at [email protected], please.
Accompanying Introductory Note - Tamil
புலம்பெயர்ந்தோர் கருத்துப் பரிமாறல்
வழமைபோலல்லாது வட்டமேசை அமைப்பில் வருபவர்கள் யாவரும் மரியாதை தரப்பட்டு தமது
கருத்துகளை இடையயூறுகளின்றி முன்வைக்கவும் வசதி செய்துள்ளோம்.
Academic Secretary, ASATiC
Cancellation of Consultation, 10 January 2008
Dear Friends and colleagues,