28 November 2020
WHO IS A TERRORIST?
Yesterday was celebrated as Great
Heroes Day by some Tamils. In return
what do they get? Mr Wigneswaran, a Tamil Political leader, states in his
Colombo Telegraph article ‘Why Are Tamils Trying To Remember
The Terrorists & Separatists?’ explains his interpretation as follows:
[A man kills a person.
Similarly another man kills a third person. One is brought before Courts under
the normal criminal law. Another is brought under the Prevention of Terrorism
Act in Sri Lanka. Who decides this?The Sinhala State
of course! When the State wants, it would call a person Terrorist or a simple
criminal according to its whims and fancies. The fact is both killed someone.]
That leads one to seek the
definitions of ‘FACT’ & ‘Terrorism’. Wikipedia provides the following:
“A fact is an occurrence in the real world. The
usual test for a statement of fact is verifiability—that is whether it can be
demonstrated to correspond to experience…. Experience is the process through which conscious organisms perceive the world around
“Terrorism is, in the broadest sense, the use of
intentional violence for political or religious purposes”
The Sinhalese armed forces had to
accept the government’s description of the LTTE actions as ‘Terrorism’. They
would have become traitors if they had assessed rights and wrongs as
individuals. In fact such extremes are needed to survive in a battle field.
Hence the saying ‘All is fair in Love
Love is exponential and divine. In
war, death is highly probable. If we die, what we did until then will become
virtues or sins as per the truth in every experience. They then become exponential
values. To make them virtues , we conduct ceremonies, largely religious
ceremonies. These are then made exponentially positive to the extent of our belief. The way we relate to them then is that they
are gods/Thevar. Heroes’ day memorials also
would make them gods/ancestors who would
bless their heirs.
LTTE killed its enemies, the enemy needs to kill the LTTE in war. That
is the way of Dharma. Such a soldier would be great hero to the LTTE’s enemies.
If that soldier dies in battle – truly believing in the word of her/his
government – s/he becomes god to the people who were protected by the
government. If s/he pauses to think about rights and wrongs at that time, s/he
is likely to lose the courage to kill the other as an Equal. This is why they
say that one must think that the Guru is always right. The guru of that soldier
is her/his government.
The question therefore arises as to
whether the Tamil combatants who died in the war were also gods of Tamils? If
they are, then Democracy is the enemy of
Tamils. The reason is that the LTTE unjustly opposed and killed Politicians who
were elected by the Tamil People. It was unjust because those politicians were
unarmed and were not fighters. In the Great War of Gurushetram the minority
side did kill their Gurus and family elders. But that was between those of the
same culture bound by common laws as
implemented by the Gurus and Family Elders. All those who fought in that
war as per the laws and/or their truth – were heroes. They came from both
sides. Likewise in the Sri Lankan war.
When the LTTE killed Tamil
Politicians, they killed also the Vaddukoddai Resolution which gave policy
level form to the work and sacrifices
made by Tamil politicians until 1976. Tamils became Equal Opposition in
National Parliament in 1977. To my mind, that confirmed the blessings of gods.
When they were killed by the LTTE,
the LTTE became demons to all those who believed in those Tamil Politicians and
/ or the system of democracy.
I do not consider the LTTE to be
terrorists. Nor do I consider them to be the saviours of Tamils. As per my
experience with them – they themselves did not claim to be so. One group within them said that they were
wondering whether I was Gandhi or Krishna. Our pathways to independence were /are
different. Any politician who endorses
them has to have positive political karma that is greater in value than the
positive political value of all the Tamil politicians that the LTTE eliminated.
Tamil politicians did not take an
eye for an eye. Between the Army and the LTTE –
the fight was between two equals who were not bound by common law. Just
because some members of the Armed Forces
acted in breach of the law, does not mean that the two sides became Equal in
law. Truth alone makes them naturally Equal. To the extent the LTTE empowered themselves
by the Equal status developed by other
Tamils in their own fields they were/are heirs of those Tamils. To the extent
they opposed such Tamils, they separated themselves as an Opposition to
Any person who celebrates LTTE as
war heroes, will inherit their strengths. But they would also be culturally
demoting themselves to mafia rule that LTTE followed. Such folks in Jaffna
would not be able to access the forces of Democracy that many of us continue to
share with Jaffna and Sri Lanka.
If the strength of those who value
LTTE is greater than that of Democratic Tamils – then war will be invoked by
them. That is the leadership
demonstrated by the likes of Mr Wigneswaran and others who give preference to
Armed Heroes over Democratic leaders who have inherited Vaddukoddai Resolution.
That is fine – so long as they do not claim Genocide. There can be no Genocide
between two Equals.