How TNA’s rantings give credence to Darusman Report
Characteristically, Sambandan, the leader of the TNA, has grandly
endorsed unequivocally, the Report of Moon’s ‘selected’ panel of
‘Experts’, going to the length of saying “all this is what we have been
saying all the time”! One really wonders whether Sambandan comprehends
fully, the grave implications of what he so foolhardily mouths. Has he
paused for a moment to reflect on the impact this kind of impulsive
statement could have on the future of the Tamil minority and on the Sri
Lankan polity as a whole? Is he so naive and bigoted as not to realise
the irreparable damage he is doing to the reconciliation efforts of the
government by needlessly and foolishly opening up old wounds, which
would only harden the differences and the cleavage between the minority
Tamils and the majority Sinhala people?
The LTTE sympathizers in the West including the Tamil diaspora, must
expectedly be exhilarated by what Sambandan has said. He should surely
have realized by now, the immense relief and the new sense of freedom
felt by the majority of Sri Lankans, at the eradication of the harrowing
plague of LTTE terrorism from the face of this land. In fact, the Tamil
community itself seems to be enjoying the newly won liberty to move
around the island without fear of being blown up by the landmine or the
lone suicide bomber.
Jaffna town. File photo
If one goes to Galle Face Green or to the Dehiwala - Mt. Lavinia
beach of an evening, one sees hordes of the Tamil community, most of
whom have come down to Colombo from the North, enjoying themselves
thoroughly with their families and kith and kin.
This is so even in the North and the East where the government is
actively rebuilding the devastated physical infrastructure while
simultaneously demining these areas making them safe for the
re-settlement of the displaced Tamil people.
Peace and security has been restored in these war torn areas, with
the people being able to move about freely and engage in their
day-to-day activities without let or hindrance. This is a totally new
scenario one never witnessed before the Northern conflict was brought to
The Tamil diaspora, happily ensconced in their safe havens abroad,
still keep chasing their fond chimera of a Tamil Eelam which has long
since dipped and vanished over the horizon, totally unmindful of the
misery and the isolation they are once again dragging down the hapless
Sri Lankan Tamils to. Certain influential quarters in the US
administration, with a uniquely skewed sense of justice and human
rights, are trying to force Sri Lanka’s hand by hollering their new
‘mantram’ about ‘accountability preceding reconciliation’, forgetting
quickly their own accountability for the horrendous war crimes
perpetrated in Iraq and the atrocities they continue to commit in
Afghanistan. What despicable humbug!
The majority of the people in the island are indeed beholden to
President Mahinda Rajapaksa for destroying the marauding Prabhakaran and
his terrorist cadres who had ravaged the island and kept it under a
perpetual pall of gloom for over 30 years.
When it comes to a deeply prejudiced report against Sri Lanka, like
the one just released by the ‘unholy’ trio selected by Ban ki Moon,
which is no more than a vicious and unwarranted intrusion into the
sovereignty of an independent state, it behoves all Sri Lankans to rally
round the government and oppose the report which is a deliberately
prepared, heavily biased document, seething with pure malevolence, with
all the vehemence one could command. If certain groups and parties
within the national polity, disingenuously, for short-term political
expediency, attempt to split hairs by even remotely giving any credence
to this vile report, their current low stock with the people is bound to
plummet further. They should, for that reason, be acutely conscious of
the inevitable political fall out they will eventually have to contend
The Tamil community, who suffered most when the LTTE’s writ ran over
a good part of the North and the East, should be shrewd and discerning
enough to assess the current situation and not fall prey to self centred
Strangely, the TNA, seems to be resorting to some bizarre ploys,
encouraged obviously by the release of the Report of the Moon Panel.
They have launched an unexpected tirade against all and sundry including
their staunch supporters like the ‘International Community’ and Tamil
Nadu. The former is being berated for not intervening to stop the war in
time and the latter for not bringing enough pressure to bear on the
Centre to force Sri Lanka to stop hostilities. The TNA further says that
the Tamil Nadu leaders too should bear responsibility for their
complicity in war crimes.
The TNA of course, is well known for its compulsive political habit
of deflecting blame onto their adversaries wherever possible and even
onto their friends, where necessary!
This totally befuddling development is bound to be viewed by both the
govt. of India and Tamil Nadu with consternation and incredulity!
Knowing the deviousness of the TNA, one is wont to be wary of looking
upon these rather amusing contretemps as the impetuous rantings and
ravings of a confused and frustrated TNA. One could discern in all this,
a well-calculated ploy, to burden the three parties concerned, with a
heavy sense of guilt which the TNA desperately hopes, will be redeemed
and expiated by the former, by straining every nerve to ensure that the
Moon Panel Report would be pursued to what the TNA imagines, would be
its logical conclusion. India, in all its wisdom and wider
self-interest, is unlikely to fall for this kind of inane ploy.