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Political transformation should start in Tamil Nadu: Prof Ramasamy

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 16 June 2010, 22:45 GMT]
Political transformation of the Tamil mind at the global level starting with Tamil Nadu is a fundamental prerequisite for the achievement of Eelam, said Prof. P. Ramasamy, Deputy Chief Minister of the Penang State of Malaysia in an interview to TamilNet. Tamil Nadu should go beyond DMK or AIADMK to handle the global plight of Tamils. Tamil groups in Sri Lanka have no vision or capacity and some are goaded by India. Some in the West don’t understand the historical and contemporary trajectory of the national liberation of Eezham Tamils. Discussing Tamil question with the Sinhala State is counter-productive at this stage, he further said, adding that he is presently working on exposing the misdeeds of India and the DMK and will push for international investigation of Sri Lanka’s war crimes and India’s strong role in them.

The UMNO government in Malaysia worked hand in hand with Sinhala racists. If our political coalition takes power at the federal level in Malaysia I will push for the recognition of Tamil Eelam, Prof Ramasamy said.

Prof. P. Ramasamy
Prof. P. Ramasamy
Prof. Ramasamy argued for the necessity of a political transformation in Tamil Nadu since the common belief of global Tamils that Government of India and Tamil Nadu government would not forsake the interests of Tamils had been blasted by the genocide of Eezham Tamils in the military offensive last year.

“It is being realized now that Tamils cannot take the Tamil Nadu government or politics for granted. There is need for a complete transformation of politics in Tamil Nadu that would go beyond the alternatives of DMK or AIADMK. A new political alignment is called for to champion the global plight of Tamils including those in Sri Lanka.”

“I think the politics of Seeman and others are beginning to shed some light on the need for paradigm shift in Tamil Nadu. Unless and until there is this political transformation for the progress of Tamils, a political solution for Tamils in Eelam would not materialize,” he said.

The fear that an independent Eelam would affect the union between Tamil Nadu and India is unfounded. This is propaganda of some elements to marginalise the Eezham Tamil cause, Prof Ramasamy said.

Karunanidhi knows about this but contributed to the weakening of Tamil progressive forces and to the defeat of the LTTE because of his great opportunism, greed and crookedness, he said.

“Today, Tamil Nadu is led by a politician who has become extremely unpopular and he is classified as the second Eddappan of the 21st century,” Prof Ramasamy further said. [Eddappan, a feudal chief, has gone on record in Tamil history as the traitor who betrayed Veera Paa'ndiya Kaddappomman, the last of the rulers of Tamil Nadu, in the fight against British colonialism].

In his opinion the TNA and the rest of the groups in Sri Lanka do not have the vision or capacity to address the Tamil question in the island. “Some of them are goaded by the Indian authorities to engage with the chauvinistic Sinhala state for political reasons,” he said.

“Some of the groups in the west do not understand the historical and contemporary trajectory of the Tamil national liberation movement.”

“Since the trajectory has passed from one stage to another, the international community has to perform its historical act to re-invigorate the Tamil quest for a decent homeland. Discussions with the Sinhala state on the Tamil question is counter-productive at this stage,” Prof. Ramasamy said.

The armed option has gone but the quest for Tamil Eelam has not gone. In fact, the desire to create a political future for Tamils is greater than ever today, he said.

Prof Ramasamy is currently refused visa to go to India and will not be attending the Chemmozhi Maanaadu (World Classical Tamil Conference), convened by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister next week.

Commenting, he told TamilNet that the Indian authorities are concerned of his commitment to Tamil Eelam and are embarrassed when he talkes about Government of India and the Tamil Nadu Government abetting the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

“I never asked to be invited for the Chemmozhi Maanaadu. The Indian authorities are embarrassed of my views on Tamils and thus have taken the initiative to prevent me from going to India. I am not in the least bothered,” he said.


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