27 February 2021
INDIA FAMILY AND CHINA NEIGHBOUR
UNHRC Resolution: What is the real agenda?’ Raj Gonsalkorale quotes as follows:
[It is reported and believed by some
to an extent that the Tamil Eelam lobby groups in the US and in the countries
who have allied with the US in targeting Sri Lanka that these countries are
raising this issue at the UNHRC and other forums because of the pressure
exerted by these lobby groups. The following extract of a communication sent to
the writer by a leading Tamil activist who wished to remain unnamed at this
stage, stated what might be the reality in regard to the power and influence of
these lobby groups.
This source stated there was much disgust amongst many Tamils, both within and outside Sri Lanka and wishing that the writer would highlight this in an article. The message is quoted in full, quote “the Tamil Eelam lobby have the misguided idea that they are a powerful lobby group. If not for China showing an interest in the country, and making the US and India angry, they would have gone down like a lead balloon. They would have then worked with the Sri Lanka government to address issues faced by Tamil people in a spirit of cooperation with all others in Sri Lanka. This lobby has been holding a candle for the most horrible terrorist organisation in the world and never once condemning their atrocities. So many Tamil people were killed by them, not only Sinhala and Muslim people. They are funding the setting up of a separate state in Sri Lanka and providing funds to Tamils in Sri Lanka to keep separatism alive and preventing the Tamil people and Sinhala and Muslim people in the country to find solutions to outstanding issues. If the Tamil people in Sri Lanka are to find their real enemy, it is this Eelam lobby and their supporters in Sri Lanka, who are their real enemies and preventing reconciliation amongst the people in the country. Please let Sinhala people know that a majority of Tamils want to live in peace with them” unquote.
So much for these lobby groups who obviously are profiting by preventing the Tamil people living in Sri Lanka working together with all other communities to address any lingering issues that have and are affecting them. Their agents in Sri Lanka seem to be carrying out the dictates of these well-funded lobby groups. Money does talk. ]
During this period when the consciousness of UNHRC’s power is heightened I have also highlighted publicly – not only that the ‘lobby groups’ were NOT part of my agenda but also that the LTTE also needed to be a party to this. But Raj did not discuss the issue with me – meaning Raj was ready to give validity to the above person who is anonymous. Hence I conclude that Raj believes this person more than he believes me. This means also that the above person’s conclusions are also Raj’s conclusions.
1. ‘the Tamil Eelam lobby have the misguided idea that they are a powerful lobby group’
To the extent they represent the Tamil Community of Sri Lankan origin, AND they experienced pain they would exponentially empower the governments that protected their ‘dignity’. If the governments use it irresponsibly then the Tamil group also would be adversely affected by the returns of such actions.
2. If not for China showing an interest in the country, and making the US and India angry, they would have gone down like a lead balloon’
India is family through Common Belief in Hinduism as well as Tamil culture. Given that China and India are hostile neighbours – anyone who is friends with China, would be seen as being hostile towards Tamils. That is natural. The Chinese delegate opened his presentation in regards to Sri Lanka, at the UNHRC as follows:
"As a friendly neighbor of Sri Lanka, China sincerely hopes that Sri Lanka maintains political stability, ethnic solidarity and national unity and wishes Sri Lanka greater achievements in its national development. We commend the government of Sri Lanka for its efforts to actively promote and protect human rights, advance sustainable economic and social development, improve people's living standard, protect the rights of the vulnerable groups, advance national reconciliation and combat terrorism.]
As per my culture – when money is ‘given’ on business or loan basis – it dilutes the relationship and therefore upsets the sovereignty of the family. Likewise in a nation. Sri Lanka is structured more closely to India’s structure and has very little in common with China except through Communist Politics. It was the latter that caused the armed rebellion in South as well as in North. In China – such rebels were punished strongly and that is their government culture. But Sri Lanka is the oldest democracy in Asia and hence every Lankan is entitled to that democratic wealth that our forefathers have invested in. China’s interaction is strictly business and if the line is not drawn firmly – the money will do its work to destroy relationships and their protection. Their vote at UNHRC has to be on belief basis and not as Quid Pro Quo.
Raj is aware through my sharing at the Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum of my work in ‘ high security’ zones in Northern & Eastern Sri Lanka. It is obvious that Raj did not include my work and my disciplinary actions as part of the community to dilute the above – on the same footing as he excused the soldiers employed by the government. Given that Raj has given credence to the above person – I conclude that he is reacting to LTTE supporters with whom he has no relationship. To that extent he is demoting himself as a Separatist and not common Sri Lankan related to each other through Common Law. To the extent I discipline internally – the Tamil community has been redeemed as if they were me. That is what family is about and community is about. Hence I reject the above claim of terrorism in the heirs of LTTE.
As for living in Peace – there can be no Peace without Independence. One who assimilates meekly becomes a slave and is being disloyal to Mother Lanka.