06 March 2021
A Sri Lankan of Sinhalese origin directed me to the Daily News article ‘Prabhakaran condemned Tamil youth to death and untold miseries’. The article smells of Sinhala Buddhist extremism. Below is why I think so. I believe that there are enough Sri Lankans who would appreciate my thought structure as a Sri Lankan. The author’s name is Sugeeswara Senadira who is reported to be Director, International Media, Presidential Secretariat, Colombo
It is important that the President ensures that his staff do not promote extremism – as if they are the President, unless the President also seeks all citizens to submit to his power.
Sugeeswara Senadira : The suicide bomber who killed President Ranasinghe Premadasa on May 1, 1993, was Kulaveerasingam Veerakumar (23) alias Babu, from Jaffna and a suicide bomber known as Kalaivani Rajaratnam alias Dhanu killed former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991. Both the suicide bombers also died on the spot.
Gajalakshmi Paramasivam: The above is accepted as ‘what happened’.
Sugeeswara Senadira : Those two suicide bombers sacrificed their lives, blindly believing in a dream of a megalomaniac, Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the most ruthless terrorist organization in the world, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Prabhakaran misled scores of Tamil youths into their death, torture and imprisonment and one generation of the Sri Lankan people suffered untold miseries due to him.
Gajalakshmi Paramasivam: To know why it happened – we need to be of One culture. Even within the Tamil community majority would not know why the armed rebels as they did, at individual level. Those women combatants with whom I spent time, usually said that they preferred active life to idling at home. Men seemed to want to take the places vacated by civilians. Hence when Mr Sugeeswara Senadira makes the above statement without objectively measurable evidence, he is confessing to being a senior militant or is dreaming of making political prisoners of minorities. Then the Tamil social media reacts and they takeover the show.
The above is a violation of basic human right – the reason why the issue is before the UNHRC. The right to remain silent has been breached. If during their lifetime they did not provide the reason – the stated reason of the LTTE needs to be taken as theirs. If it is the truth – then as per the science of the mind - Mr Sugeeswara Senadira is stating why he would do what they did.
LTTE culture is / was different to Tamil civilian culture and certainly very different to common Sri Lankan culture.
Sugeeswara Senadira : Norway was one of the countries that backed the UNHRC Resolution which called for ‘international investigations’ and punishment of Armed Forces members who commanded the last stages of the battle to eliminate the terror outfit LTTE in 2009.
Gajalakshmi Paramasivam: If the President believed this to be true – then he has the duty to take action against Norway through the UNHRC
Sugeeswara Senadira : As the Sri Lankan issue is debated at the UNHRC in Geneva now, this is the most appropriate occasion for the international community to take stock of the human sufferings due to LTTE terrorism and the vast improvement of the human rights situation and the lives of the people of all communities in Sri Lanka after the elimination of terrorism.
Gajalakshmi Paramasivam: There are enough Tamils in Sri Lanka and outside to prevent recurrence of extremism – now that there is hope that our opportunities would come from more democratic countries that value basic human rights as being something precious.
Sugeeswara Senadira : When it was revealed that Rajiv Gandhi was killed on the orders of Prabhakaran, a former Foreign Secretary told me in New Delhi that India will never forgive the LTTE for directly interfering with the Indian democratic system by killing a leader of the main political party that was about to come to power once again. This senior officer, a Tamil, had predicted that every future Government, whether Congress or BJP or any other party would not deviate from that policy.
Gajalakshmi Paramasivam: India trained the LTTE to fight against Sinhalese thugs. In a way India killed its own leader – just as Buddhists killed the Lankan PM. The Buddhist clergy is back in politics. In any case, the current PM of India who speaks for the whole of India has insisted that the 13th amendment needs to be fully implemented – confirming that life goes on after political assassinations. Gandhi himself was killed by Hindu extremists.
Death in politics elevates the honour of that person to highest level. Likewise suicides to preserve one’s work. Many have dementia due to repeated disappoints through denial of earned merit. When the brain forgets, the person is free of anxiety. Hence to some – suicide would be blissful escape from servitude – as they perceive it.
Mr Sugeeswara Senadira has confirmed the need for UN involvement to protect the rights of all law abiding Sri Lankans who lack the courage to be independent.