Five years post-LTTE defeat:
Time to address grievances of Sinhalese and Muslim victims
Mass burial of LTTE terror
Most seem to be of the opinion that the three-decade conflict in Sri
Lanka affected only the Tamils and that only the Tamils are victims and
to only Tamils post-conflict dividends should be granted. It will become
a grave travesty of justice if the record is not set straight and the
other victims - the Sinhalese and Muslims are also given equal attention
and their grievances are looked into as well.
It is time we all accept that the common enemy of the 3 main
communities of Sri Lanka (whether the Tamil National Alliance or its
supporters agree or not) was, is and remains the LTTE.
When LTTE sent suicide missions, placed bombs inside buses, cars and
exploded them through remote control, sent suicide cadres dressed like
pregnant women or children the outcome of the explosion killed
Sinhalese, Muslims and Tamils.
This happened over three decades and constitute close to 400 suicide
attacks excluding the other terror attempts made by LTTE since the
1980s. Assassinations by LTTE targeted politicians of all communities
and ethnicities and ensured that all moderate thinking Tamil politicians
were wiped out leaving the likes of Sampanthan and coterie ready to
worship LTTE to remain as stooges.
For their part they were simply buying time to take over leadership
when the foreign allies were prepared to deliver an “Eelam” conducive to
bridge and break up India handing them the role of puppet leaders of the
new carved out Kosovo from both India and Sri Lanka.
That game-plan is still in the running and the resolutions, UN
inquiry and future Tribunals will be forerunners to this end initiative.
What has been forgotten so far is that there were thousands of
Sinhalese and Muslims living in the North, their children born in
hospitals in the North, having purchased lands in the North and running
businesses in the North and living happily in the North among the Tamils
until the LTTE and other armed groups came along and evicted them
carrying only their clothes.
These people have been living and languishing in refugee camps and
living beggarly lives since the 1980s-1990s when they were evicted by
What role has the International Community, India and even the
Government of Sri Lanka played in voicing the injustice to these
Sinhalese and Muslims?
Victims of LTTE terror
When Governments and donors have come forward to build homes for only
Tamils and the Sri Lankan Government itself has been going overboard in
providing lands, homes, facilities to the Tamils why have they forgotten
that in the same measure the Sinhalese and Muslims that had been living
in the North need to be resettled with the same passion?
Why has the Government not raised objection at international level
giving in statistical numbers the Sinhalese and Muslims that had been
living in the North since the 1940s and had been engaged in business in
these areas and have even purchased land in these areas too?
Five years on the chants cannot be that victims were only Tamils.
Let us remind all parties that the LTTE dished out its terror on
areas outside of the North though it was from the Vanni, areas where
Tamils were low caste and low class that the LTTE ground force was built
The LTTE upper strata were high castes/class but the ground troops
were all low caste and these cadres were all picked up from poor
families of the Vanni.
What should shame Tamils living in Colombo and overseas is that they
did not mind these poor low caste Tamils becoming prey because the LTTE
terror and the propaganda built up through the ‘Sinhala discrimination’,
‘genocide’ campaigns helped a lot of Tamils to apply as refugees and
asylum seekers to western countries.
Today one million Tamils are better off because of this global
campaign and they are all looking after their families back home so
naturally they feel a sense of gratitude to the LTTE. Though there are
Tamils who have realized the wrongs taking place and have now come out
to speak against the LTTE against much odds realizing the true dynamics
These Tamils are now being targeted by their own for speaking the
Unable to work
Nevertheless, the wrong version accepted globally which is why most
are reluctant to accept the ‘terrorist’ notion of the conflict is
because the Government and its representatives have failed to highlight
the plight of the Sinhalese and Muslim victims and the emotional,
physical and economic
hardships they are suffering from to this day.
Families have lost the sole income provider, Sinhalese and Muslims
have had entire families wiped out, Sinhalese and Muslims suffer
life-long injuries and unable to work and therefore become a burden for
their families especially families with low-incomes.
The emotional sufferings of Sinhalese and Muslims watching only
Tamils becoming recipients of state and international sympathy and
empathy is something crusaders of peace and justice have conveniently
omitted from looking into!
It is time these statistics came out into the open starting with the
Kent and Dollar farm attacks where Sinhalese villagers were murdered,
Palligodella is an example of how an entire Muslim village was wiped out
by the LTTE, similarly scores of temples, mosques were attacked by LTTE
and people in prayer were killed in cold blood, children were cut to
pieces and student monks killed one after the other, army informants who
were Tamil and Muslim were not only killed but their families were
eliminated as well.
Nevertheless, if the State and foreign players are going overboard in
providing for Tamils to return to their homes/lands and facilitating
their livelihoods it is now time for the Sinhalese and Muslims who lived
their to be provided that same gesture of assistance.
Moreover, as per constitution of Sri Lanka with people having the
right to decide their residence and with the right to freedom of
movement any Sinhalese and Muslim wishing to newly settle in the North
should also be facilitated by the Government of Sri Lanka and the Tamil
National Alliance has no right whatsoever to cry ‘colonization’.
In fact legal action needs to be taken for stopping people from
desiring to live where they like by scaring tactics that are being
adopted via the Chief Minister and his political party.
To understand the true nature of who was victim from the LTTE among
Tamils, it is good to explore this comment taken from the web!
Lorenzo says: November 4th, 2014 at 9:26 pm. The net impact of the
LTTE to SL Tamils is positive. In other words Tamils are better off
thanks to the LTTE. Sounds like a terrorist but let me explain.
LTTE abducted Tamils and killed them. But that affected only less
than 0.5% of SL Tamils. That too low caste Tamils who are a minority
among Tamils. If you assume a family of a Tamil who suffered from LTTE
has 6 people, only 3% of Tamils were badly affected. 97% of Tamils were
unaffected by these.
About 35% of SL Tamils around the world live in rich countries
enjoying luxuries they never dreamt of! Thanks to the LTTE. All Tamils
in SL have relatives abroad. They get ASSISTANCE from them. Obviously
they too thank the LTTE for the asylum opportunity of their relatives.
The LTTE killed Amirthalingam, but most Tamils don’t give a fart
about them now because they 'betrayed' the 'Tamil cause'.
Frame of mind
Good Tamils like Kadirgamar, Fernandopulle had noTamil support
anyway. This is what non-Tamils don’t understand. For you to understand
how most SL Tamils feel about the LTTE, you have to be a SL Tamil.
If you understand the Tamil frame of mind from the above, now look at
how a local Tamil would feel when travel restrictions or inconveniences
are placed on their rich relatives. This is what TNA howls about and it
makes sense for them to howl.
This does not mean we should not have these restrictions. We must
because it is essential for national security. It is just that Tamils
don’t give a damn about national security.
For them (excluding a few) SL is like a cow for a parasite. Suck
blood while the cow is alive, feast on the carcass if dead and then fly
away to another. (Colombians are the same).
The point is not to hate anyone. The point is safeguard what is ours.
SL is Sinhalese people’s baby. Sinhalese should take care of it.
Expecting Tamils to respect or understand SL national security is
We must recall a letter sent by the Swarnahansa Foundation to the US
ambassador complaining against the behaviour of one of its diplomat who
had visited Navatkuli to question the Sinhalese who had returned to
their original abodes in 2013.
This is the same diplomat now exposed by the Sunday Leader newspaper
for his links with Sun Master of the TNA to whom the rehabilitated LTTE
cadre had supplied scores of blank UNHRC submission forms with only
signatures and no date – that has put the UNHRC and OHCHR and the OISL
investigators in a embarrassing situation wherein they cannot answer
publicly and admit how many false accounts they had accepted as
‘genuine’ ‘bonafide witness accounts’ because the likelihood of the same
signature appearing on numerous forms has now also been raised..
The arrest and discovery has thrown the entire investigation outcome
into the dustbin and made a mockery out of the whole inquiry.
Nevertheless, on the part of the GOSL what it cannot escape from is to
now facilitate Sinhalese and Muslims wanting to return to their original
homes and villages from which they were chased out from by the LTTE as
well as to facilitate Sinhalese and Muslims wanting to newly settle down
and indulge in business in the North.
Two key areas for which the GOSL needs to now put up an action plan
and implement without reservation or giving into wails from obvious