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Making decisions rooted in native political space

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 03 April 2018, 23:25 GMT]
The binary choice in Colombo-centric politics will always be between the devil and the deep blue sea as far as Eezham Tamils are concerned, commented Tamil political activists in Jaffna observing the latest happenings in the North as well as in the South. Eezham Tamils should not conceive their central political space succumbing to the electoral politics of the genocidal unitary system, which is promulgated by the Mahawansa-mindset and the international injustice sustained by geopolitical manoeuvrings. The Tamil-speaking people should instead invest their efforts on evolving a native and unified political space centred in the North-East with the diaspora, Tamil Nadu and global solidarity dimensions which extend beyond their territorial boundary, they said.

The priority of Eezham Tamils is to foster a unified, cause-centric political leadership before getting divided into an array of multiple political parties, which would succumb to the rat race of electoral politics - be it local, provincial or parliamentary, the political activists further said.

Eezham Tamils should have no qualms about who is going to sustain the crown of the genocidal system in Colombo. Let the Sinhala nation call the shots of its unitary State which has no democratic Tamil mandate, they further said.

SL Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and former SL President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga were visiting North just a few days ago while their partner SL Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe is facing No Confidence Motion at the SL Parliament.

SL Minister Samaraweera, who was accompanied by the Governor of the Central Bank, was having a single-minded focus on selling what his global masters wanted to offer through their Colombo-centric thinking of the “Singapore principles” based paradigm of the so-called ‘development’.

Samaraweera was visiting the administrative District Secretariats in Jaffna, Ki'linochchi and Mullaiththeevu and even the division of Puthuk-kudiyiruppu carrying a unilateral message.

His request to end the protest of enforced disappeared was also sharply opposed by the protesters.

The occupying Sinhala military, presidential secretariat and various ministries and departments coming under the unitary system of genocidal Sri Lanka have been deploying the SL Governors at the provincial level, District and Divisional Secretariats in circumventing the democratically elected provincial council.

The latest speech by Jaffna GA N. Vethanayahan at the so-called Nalli'nakka-puram in KKS last on last Friday demonstrates how a Government Agent is expected to appease the occupying system.

Visiting Samaraweera was also expecting the same culture of appeasement.

A portion from the weekly Q&A by Justice C.V. Wigneswaran
A portion from the weekly Q&A by Justice C.V. Wigneswaran
But, NPC Chief Minister Justice C.V. Wigneswaran made it clear to him that there was a parallel system in existence and that it needed to be consulted and involved already in the planning phase.

When Samaraweera was defending his position by stating that the outlook for resolving the national question looked dim at the moment, Justice Wigneswaran raised a relevant matter. He said Colombo could at least do some meaningful changes in its capacity if it were serious about bringing benefits and development to the people in the North [and the East].

He provided two concrete examples within the scope of the existing constitutional paradigm of the genocidal State.

He urged to repeal two Acts. The first one is “Mahaweli Authority Act” (No. 23 of 1979). The schemes under this Act are conflicting with the 13th Amendment based system of managing development, Wigneswaran told Samaraweera.

The other Act which Justice Wigneswaran wanted to repeal was “Transfer Of Powers Act” (No. 58 of 1992), which was conflicting with the provincial system.

Similarly, nine grassroots and civil society organisations in Jaffna came together on Tuesday articulating 11 tactical demands, which they wanted the TNA to secure from the ruling government in Colombo instead of extending unconditional support of confidence to SL Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe.

They were also demanding the repeal of Mahaweli L scheme (Act No 23) and called for the District and Divisional bodies to be brought under the provincial system.

Further, the grassroots organisations were also demanding an immediate end to the acts of structural, demographic and cultural genocide coming from SL Archaeology, Wildlife and Forest Departments of the unitary State system in Colombo.

Unfortunately, the grassroots and civil society groups that came up with the 11 demands on Tuesday also have also a long way to go in conceiving the political space for Eezham Tamils.

The Jaffna-based grassroots groups have just made it to Vavuniyaa North in their thinking. They are yet to reach Kokku'laay. And there is still a long way for their ideology to encapsulate the East, not to mention the steps needed in forging solidarity with the Tamil-speaking Muslims towards creating political space maintaining the territorial integrity of the North-East.

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