published on June 4, 2009 By K. M. MURALIDHARAN
The nearly three-decade-long fight by the LTTE for a separate homeland for Tamils in Sri Lanka has come to end after the death of Tamil Tigers chief Velupillai Prabhakaran. Yet the world in general, and the Tamil community in particular has not understood the true nature of the so-called â€˜Tamil struggleâ€™ that Prabhakaran had initiated and was leading for nearly thirty years.
There are many clinching clues which all go to indicate that Prabhakaranâ€™s ways were not in line with any struggle for honour of Sri Lankan Tamils or attempts at securing viable autonomy or independence for them.
First and foremost, Prabhakaran was demanding an independent Tamil state in Sri Lanka right from the beginning of his taking leadership of LTTE. In genuine political struggles, such downright claim for a separate and independent state is indicative of either abysmal lack of wisdom, or ulterior design, unless the reigning government has come to power after an invasion or crooked political moves of foreigners, as was the case with the British in pre-Independence India. The government in Sri Lanka belonged to neither category. It consisted of democratically elected representatives of the people who are native to that country.Â The Sri Lankan government was no usurper to political power. Demands for, say, (a) adequate representation for Tamils in government, (b) establishment of a separate Ministry for looking after their welfare, or (c) reasonable autonomy for Sri Lankan Tamils were some demands that any sensible and responsible leader of a group would have made before resorting to violent means against a government established by law. Prabhakaran has no history of advocating and trying such peaceful and sensible means seriously at any point of time. This casts suspicion on Prabhakaranâ€™s avowed position as the acclaimed leader of the Tamils in Sri Lanka.
Secondly, the ruthless violence and dozens of well-planned murders resorted to by Prabhakaran against the other Tamil politico-social organizations in Sri Lanka sufficiently proved that he had no hesitation in shedding Tamil blood.
Thirdly, the support base of Prabhakaran was sufficient to raise any thoughtful manâ€™s eyebrows. The forces that buttressed and gave aid to him were head-quarted in London and Paris. Has the British or the French government or any of their wealthy four â€˜estatesâ€™ ever supported any genuine freedom-struggle in Asia or Africa?Â History tells about quite the opposite sort of disposition.Â We know what ignoble treatment the heroic Swatantrya-veera Vinayak Damodar Savarkar gotÂ at the hands of the French authorities when he swam the sea, escaping from a British ship and landed on French soil, thinking that he would be safe there since the British had no domain over French territory, and especially so since the British and the French were at loggerheads. Alas, the French officials on the shores remanded Savarkar to the British. But Prabhakaran was counting on, and getting support from London and Paris till the last phase of his life! Were from was he getting money for his operations is an open secret.Â Â Doesnâ€™t something smell fishy?Â Need I tell you that Prabhakaran was a pawn used cleverly by imperialists in Europe? Even a child with a modicum of intelligence knows that.
Fourthly, LTTEâ€™s discrimination against Tamil Muslims in Sri Lanka gives a clear clue to the fallacy of Prabhakaranâ€™s claim that his movement was aimed at securing freedom for Tamils in Sri Lanka. It has been reported that 33 per cent of the population in Eastern Province of Sri Lanka is Muslim. Given the prolific number of terrorists prompted by jihad, and the enormous presence of Muslims in jails wherever there is a sizable Muslim population in the world, and especially south Asia, there need not be any dearth for Muslims among the LTTE cadres, were the LTTE fighting for the cause of Tamils, as it had been claiming. And Prabhakaran had nothing, and is not supposed to have anything against Islam or Muslims. He was a perfectly secular Tamil leader, wasnâ€™t he?Â Not mere segregation or neglect, far beyond that there had been violent clashes between Tamil Muslims and other Tamils in Sri Lanka, and lo! Never did any of us hear this great Tamil champion tell anyone anything like â€œNo fighting, pals, Tamil Muslims too are Tamils.â€ Why? And Why? It was not because the language of peace was alien to him. The root was somewhere else.
Fifthly, it is worthy of notice that a genuine freedom-fighting outfit, even when it is troubled by a hundred problems, never miss a chance to express concern about another similar body of persons struggling against tyranny, and to extent at least moral support to such other bodies. The LTTE leadership has never opened its mouth against the Government-sponsored violations of human rights in Malaysia against Tamilian immigrants there.
For those who are wise and willing enough to pierce the Tamil veil and see the truth, it is amply clear that Prabhakaranâ€™s scheme of things, his political design, and style of functioning were all far removed from the noble Tamil culture, inborn Tamil humanism and the avowed goal of setting up a Tamil Eezham (mispronounced and resultantly mis-spelt as â€˜Eelamâ€™).
Prabhakaran, in reality, was a conspirator in, and the chief executor of a large international Christian design for creating an anti-Indian territory to the south of India in Sri Lanka, and for expanding in future such hostile territory to the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. What else could fuel such a subversion-scheme than fanning Tamil chauvinism? Hence LTTEâ€™s Tamil face as a mask for Christian guns and grenades. Every sincere fighter of the LTTE was being used as a catâ€™s paw by this crooked leader of Church-sponsored terrorism. Most of the other top leaders of the outfit were also Christians by faith, mainly Protestant, some of them hiding Christian identity with Hindu names, as Prabhakaran himself was doing.Â And who were the outfitâ€™s fighters? Almost all of them Hindus, many of young age, good health, and like almost all Hindus, faithful to the core. In short, Prabhakaran was playing a tricky, lethal and long game with Hindu lives. And the LTTE leaders? Prabhakaran himself was a practising Christian. He was trying to escape with his son Charles Anthony when the Sri Lankan soldiers finished the nasty game forever. See, the one who had told young LTTE suicide bombers that valour consisted in sacrificing oneâ€™s life for the cause of Tamil pride, was trying to protect his son and himself! What a wide gap between precept and practice! But the rules of righteousness are great. Sheer accident saved the noble life of Thomas Paine and his prison-cell mates from the guillotine. No such thing came to save the artful dodger called Prabhakaran.
One cannot withhold admiration for the Sri Lankan government for taking a firm resolution and its army for executing the same with all vigour. Blessed art thou the land of Vibhishana, not ruled by Gandhian hypocrites, nor populated by native fools with misplaced sympathies and misguided notions of ahimsa, nor controlled by foreign hands. While a dastardly jihadi biped, condemned by successive courts of law to be hanged to death, still breathes free in the land of Shri Rama, the arch-perpetrator of terror despite all his foreign support, has been incapacitated for ever in the land of Vibhishana. They say a people get the government it deserves. How true!
With the killing of Prabhakaran, the nefarious gameplan of Christian schemers and colonialist-subverters, has come to its deserved end. But though the ultimate plan did not succeed, the nearly thirty-year terror record of LTTE has done considerable harm to Hindu community in general and Tamil Hindus in particular, and also causing some substantial damage to Singhalese Buddhists. Chief among the havocs caused are:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Loss of tens of thousands of Hindu lives, especially lives of young boys and girls, and heavy loss of Hindu property;
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Creation of bad blood between citizens of Sri Lanka and India, effectively between Buddhists and Hindus;
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Incurring bad name for Singhalese Buddhists, especially the Buddhist clergy, picturing them as bigots, human-right violators, and advocates of exclusivism;
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Incurring bad name for Sri Lankan Tamils as â€˜terroristsâ€™, thereby destroying their chances to decent employment and social life in civilized societies. This served another purpose of the Christian schemers namely to â€˜proveâ€™ that terrorism is not the sole property of jihadis or Christian goons (as in the north-east of India, which has been amply exposed by upright writers like the noble Stephen Knapp);
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Cementing of an insular and thoughtless Tamil jingoism in a vast number of Tamils in India, the basic (baseless) proposition of which is that Tamil people are a separate â€˜nationâ€™. The design to divide Sri Lanka, and to further divide India on the basis of race, is clearly visible for all those who want to see.
The latest claim of LTTE’s â€˜International Relations headâ€™ S. Pathmanathan that Prabhakaran is â€œstill alive and safeâ€ might be part of a ploy of the playback schemers to project, in future, some look-alike of the dead man and to carry on terrorist acts and depredation and subversion in the name of Tamilian rights in Sri Lanka. But Sri Lankans are not so weak or foolish to allow senseless violence and bloodbath on their soil any more. The unity of the Sri Lankan people in combating the LTTE menace, is enviable and worthy of emulation. Further, Sri Lankan Prime Minister has not the misfortune to take orders from any foreigner or to appease some overseas powers by singing alien tunes or by telling things that he himself does not believe.Â He has no misfortune to tell anyone shamelessly that a particular group of the people of his country has â€˜first preferenceâ€™ over national assets.Â Â And in fortunate countries, if a democratically elected ruler shows the audacity to tell such nonsense and violation of the principle of equality of rights for all, the people of the country shall give a befitting reply to such unbridled show of servility. But in a nation of parabrahmas, such guys sometimes get more support, and the people write off such phenomena as the vikritis of Age Kali.
If Tamil enthusiasts sympathetic to LTTE will learn any rational and sensible lesson from Prabhakaranâ€™s tale, it is well and good for them. The Indian people cannot be too careful against internationally organized faith-borne conspiracies, subversive designs and acts of depredation. Such destructive plans do not cease altogether with the death of Prabhakaran. Given the innate bent of some people to create trouble for peaceful communities, such nefarious designs will appear again in different shapes and at different places. To borrow a phrase from Winston Churchillâ€™s famous short piece on the stealthy ways of Communists, The Anatomy of Revolution, â€œto be forewarned is to be forearmed.â€
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