Tamils should demand to scrap Mahaweli ‘development’ in North-East: Wigneswaran

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 June 2019, 23:04 GMT]
The SL military and three departments coming under Colombo, SL Forest, Archaeology and Mahaweli, have seized more than 80,000 acres of lands in Mullaiththeevu district alone. The Sinhala colonisation has targeted the North-East with the so-called ‘Mahaweli development’ for a long time since 1948. The ultimate motive is three-fold: grabbing the lands of Tamils, enacting demographic changes and wedging the territorial integrity of the North-East, which constitutes the traditional homeland of Tamils, said Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, the former Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council, in his weekly response to questions from media on Thursday.

The massive-scale Sinhala colonisation has been particularly accelerated during the past five years of Maithiripala-Sirisena governance under the so-called mask of ‘good governance’, Justice Wigneswaran said.

The demographic and territorial losses incurred to Tamils during the past ten years under these programmes are much dangerous than what they faced during the times of war, the former chief minister of Northern province observed in his lengthy reply.

Time has come for the Tamil leaders to shed political party differences and demand scrapping of the Mahaweli programme, Wigneswaran said.

Sinhalicisation and Theravada Buddhicisation targets Kokku'laay
Sinhalicisation and Theravada Buddhicisation targets Kokku'laay and the border between the North and East. The intention is to wedge the territorial contiguity of the homeland of Eezham Tamils [Satellite image courtesy: Google Earth, Legend by TamilNet]

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