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UNHRC, CHOGM, Regime Change: people’s power has no substitute

[TamilNet, Thursday, 14 March 2013, 07:26 GMT]
A drama has been carefully executed by all in the game ultimately guilty of crimes and detract the question of Eezham Tamils: first by giving hope and by deploying agents among Tamils that something serious in ‘procedure’ is going to take place, so that any righteous Tamil mobilisation in the island and in the diaspora could be diffused; then by pointing to New Delhi competing in the crime so that the political parties fixed and the gullible in Tamil Nadu would be facilitators, and finally by tabling a mischievous resolution so that whether it is passed or not passed it would favour the genocidal State and regime in Sri Lanka, writes TamilNet political commentator in Colombo, welcoming the youth uprising in Tamil Nadu and adding that there is no substitute to people’s power in altering the machinations.

TamilNet political commentator in Colombo continues:

Those among the Tamils, who lament that if not for the US resolution what are the ‘realistic’ options, and those who see the Tamil Nadu student uprising against the resolution as an Indian conspiracy to evade passing the resolution, need not worry about the resolution getting passed or not. All in the game have an array of programmes to keep them engaged and deviated in the forthcoming months and perhaps in the many years to come.

Already the opposition (and not the ruling factions) in the US-UK bloc has been set to talk about the CHOGM in November, to demand international investigation at the inferior forum, when the USA has already tabled a resolution not welcoming such an investigation at the UNHRC that will be officially binding the international process in the coming years.

There are others who swear on the prospects of the USA bringing in a ‘regime change’ in Colombo and tell the Tamils to pin hopes on that for their salvation, while all in the game are busy in grooming the Sinhala military in the island. What is the point in the ‘regime change’ when the fundamentals of the Eezham Tamil question are not recognized and when the genocidal Sinhala military is pampered in competition in every walk of life in the island by every power concerned?

Those among the Tamils, who have no inclination to struggle against the ultimate culprits and are made to look upon like the unfortunate Tamils at Mu’l’livaaykkaal, who were made to look in vain for the US ships to come to their rescue, could keep themselves busy in the anticipation of the ‘regime change’.

In exploitation of the question of Eezham Tamils, and in complicity with the genocidal State, regime and the opposition in Colombo, the Sinhala nation gradually falling a prey to international vultures is in no way going to help the nation of Eezham Tamils sharing the same island.

Imperialism has a 200-year-old history in experimenting certain ‘firsts’ in the island, affecting the peoples of the island and the entire region.

Those who talk about diplomatic manoeuvrings and soft power–hard power formulas, by exercising no power at all and merely by sitting in the pockets of the powers, forget that there is no substitute for people’s power.

The students of Tamil Nadu have taken a unique stand in speaking the people’s language, which only will be inevitably intelligible to those who habitually pretend deaf.

The diaspora in the USA has become a vegetable long back. The old generation of the diaspora in the UK, Canada and Australia may have no voice to address the ultimate culprits. But let them not stand in the way of young generation spontaneously voicing in Tamil Nadu and having a discourse with the young generation in the diaspora.

The empty draft resolution tabled by the USA has provided an opportunity for Tamils to know who is standing where.

Whether the hollow resolution is passed or not is now immaterial. Whatever the respite the Rajapaksa regime may get over it, is short lived, provided Tamils in the island, Tamil Nadu and in the diaspora in unison demonstrate the people’s power of resentment. Both the USA and India cannot escape from taking action in the desired direction, if the youth uprising in Tamil Nadu is going to be strengthened in concept and mobilisation.


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