Bullet or ballot?:
A different meeting
Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation
Vinyagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna, Prabhakaranís
onetime leader in the East (picture on left) and Daya Master
(Right) arrive in Vellamullivaikkal to identify the
terrorist leaderís body.
Fate made them meet again. The man, whom they once treated like god,
the LTTE's so called supremo Vellupillai Prabhakaran met his former
Eastern military leader Karuna Amman and his former media spokesman Daya
Master at the lagoon front of the Vellamullivaikkal.
The two, who were flown from Colombo and brought to the scene under
tight security, scanned their former leader's body at the identification
parade before the government announced that the LTTE Leader was dead.
Both identified the body as the leader of the LTTE. The Minister of
National Integration and Reconciliation Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan and
Daya Master said that the death of Prabhakaran marked the end of the
bloody battle in the country.
Following are excerpts of the interview with Daya Master, who sought
refuge with the mass exodus of civilians escaping the LTTE during the
Army's rescue operation on April 20.
Q: One time you were the LTTE's media spokesman. How do you see the
fall of your former leader?
A: Prabhakaran had hated peace talks. I know that. There was a chance
to come for an settlement in a peaceful way.
His main aim was to find a solution by war. Now everything is over
and the battle is over. Now people - Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims can
live together peacefully. They can celebrate the end of the war.
Q: Did you realise that grievances of Tamils could not be won
militarily at that time?
A: That is a good question. When we broke the ceasefire in mid 2006 I
realised that we could not win the struggle any more in militarily.
Q: So why did not you come out of the outfit?
A: Those who thought in this line could not come out of the LTTE.
That was the main reason for us to keep mum.
Q: Why ?
A: We had to live under lots of restrictions. Those who went against
were killed. Lots of civilians, who were under the LTTE as hostages,
faced the same fate. They were harassed and killed.
Q: Being the former media spokesman who propagated the LTTE's
ideology for a separate State, did you have the same dream like
Prabhakaran for an Eelam ?
A: No. I did not have such a dream. But as soon as the present
government came into power I smelled that the government would intensify
its military offensives. I believed that they would definitely defeat
To tell the truth, I earlier had the wish for Eelam. I dropped that
in 2006 and realised that one day Prabhakaran would face death.
Muralitharan: I came to identify his body. Now the
30-year-old war is over. People of this country are freed by
President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Lots of soldiers sacrificed
much to achieve freedom. The soldiers have freed the Tamils
from the LTTE.
Now everybody is happy and
feel the full sense of freedom. But now all citizens of this
country face a huge task. That is to develop a new Sri Lanka
under the leadership of President Rajapaksa.Last month, the
whole world tried to stop our military push towards
Puthumathalan so that they could save Prabhakaran. Without
knowing much about the battle going on to rescue people
battered under the LTTE, they tried to blame the President.
But the military and the government has made these critics
understand the real situation.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa
will go into history as the country's best President and it
is time for us to strengthen his hands to develop this
country. Then only we can build our country. We need lots of
international support to develop our country.
For over 30 years the LTTE
has destroyed the Tamil community and also pushed the
country into a dark era. Now Tamil people need development
and peaceful lives. They do not want separate States.
We know how Tamils suffered
under the LTTE and it is sad to say that there are some
people who want to deny that Prabhakaran is dead. They are
worried about ending the battle destroying Prabhakaran. I
have a special request for the Tamil diaspora. Rally around
the government to develop the lives of Tamils in Vanni. They
can not neglect a population of over 250,000 whom the LTTE
kept as hostages. Now it is time for us to look after them.