Prof. Hoole and the silencing of the
The fate of VC - designate of the Jaffna
University, Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole, epitomises the harrowing
condition of the more spirited sections of the Tamil people who possess
the strength of character to stand-up to LTTE terror and tyranny.
Those who wish to get along with the LTTE should first prove pliable
tools in the hands of the LTTE. Those who resent such a deplorable
status would be visited with LTTE terror and this is what befell
Professor Hoole. So great was this terror that the Professor was
compelled to flee the country along with his family members who also
faced the terrible wrath of the Tigers.
Here is clear proof that one cannot have a mind of one's own when
dealing with the LTTE. Independence of mind and boldness of spirit are
anathema to the LTTE. This is the reason why Professor Hoole was
resented by the Tigers. From the viewpoint of the LTTE, only its will
It and it alone would decide for the Tamil people. Those who defy the
LTTE diktat just would not be put up with. This is added proof that the
Tamil people should be prepared to be the serfs, slaves and "yes" men
and women of the Tigers. In other words, they need to be prepared for a
living-death in the paws of the Tiger.
Needless to say, this is not the fate any right-thinking person would
wish for the Tamil people. It would be in their interests to rise
against Tiger terror and defeat the LTTE's separatist agenda.
As the country is probably aware, Prof. Hoole was a
progressive-minded individual who was acutely conscious of the rights of
the people. He is reputed to have fought injustices at many a level. He
also had grand, progressive plans for the Jaffna University and the
Northern peninsula. It is such an individual who the Tigers have forced
to flee his country.
The fate which has befallen Prof. Hoole should prompt the
international community into working concertedly towards blunting Tiger
terror and completely neutralizing it. The world community should also
take cognizance of the joint statement issued by the All Party
Conference at the end of talks with President Rajapaksa. It proves
adequately that while the South is for a negotiated solution, it is the
LTTE which is sabotaging any efforts towards bringing peace and
reconciliation to this land.
We clearly do not want the "peace of the graveyard." We are certain
this would not be desired by the world community too. It has seen the
grave tragedies which have befallen those countries which came under the
tyranny of terror groups which understood only the language of armed
confrontation and mass bloodshed. Asia is not short of such "peaceful
However, what the Government desires is an honourable, just peace. It
cannot submit to armed oppression in the process.
However, it is for fairplay and justice. If it is the latter which
the LTTE is seeking, it should enter through the door of negotiations.