Thursday, February 26, 2009

No peace talks - By Dr. Nalin de Silva

(February 25, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Why should India all of a sudden get interested in so called peace talks between the government and the LTTE? Is it to appease Tamil Nadu where lawyers, actors, politicians and other middle class elements get together to agitate on behalf of the trapped personnel in Mulativu? If Tamil Nadu intellectuals are genuine and if they believe what they have said, then next time some terrorists hijack an Indian plane, let these humanitarians get together in Chennai to organise a demonstration demanding that the Indian government talks with the terrorists.

Instead of demanding that the Sri Lankan government commences peace talks with the LTTE, any humanitarian should help the government to liberate the innocent Tamil people forcefully held in Mulativu by the LTTE. If one argues that the people are there on their own having decided to stay back then they have to be considered at least as supporters of the LTTE, and there is nothing that the government can do for them. Even if the armed forces take all the precautions and liberate them they may not come with the forces. The trapped people appear to be more loyal to the LTTE, if we go by the words of the latter and the various statements by the pundits in the NGO industry and by other pundits.

There should be no talks with the LTTE for the simple reason that it is the terrorist organisation that keep the trapped people in misery, assuming of course that they are not LTTE supporters who have decided to stay on their own. India is clearly backing so called peace talks in order to pacify the Tamil Nadu supporters of the LTTE.

The fact that it is only in Tamil Nadu that this type of demonstrations goes onto strengthen the argument that the Tamils in Jaffna and other parts of Sri Lanka are of recent origin. The Tamils in Tamil Nadu still get agitated when they think the Tamils in Sri Lanka are grieved by the so called Sinhala government. When Sinhala people are affected nobody, not even those from Orissa (Kalinga) or West Bengal (Vanga) are concerned though it is said by some people that the Sinhalas came to Sri Lanka from these parts of Dambadiva.

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