“Tamils agonize why the entire setup of Western institutions refuses to call what happened to us and what is happening to us is Genocide. Should the Tamils be surprised,” asked Dr N. Malathy, a key member of NESoHR and the author of ‘A Fleeting Moment in My Country’ at a meeting in Auckland, organized by the New Zealand Tamil Society on 5th May. “In this talk I have to convince you that there is nothing surprising in the behaviour of the Western institutions,” Malathy continued substantiating her stand and said that genocide can be mandated by a Western style of democracy. In meeting the situation, Tamils in Tamil Nadu have taken up their own course of action. Tamils in Tamil Eelam would act to suit their own conditions. The best for the diaspora is to protest in numbers as they did in 2009 and protest continuously, Malathy concluded.
There is no Tamil Eelam, the LTTE means terrorism and there is no genocide – these are the stands of the West. But, we know the existence of Tamil Eelam, we know how the LTTE directed it, we know the real terrorism of the SL State and we know the genocide, Malathy said.
Talking on the Politics of Genocide, and exposing the twist by the propaganda machinery, Malathy said that the military involvement of the West with State in Sri Lanka was there from the very early days of the struggle and continues to this day, but the propaganda machinery never highlighted it.
On the child soldier issue, Malathy said that there were outright lies citing the UNICEF, even when the LTTE fulfilled international obligations in 2007. She brought out the example of the case of a 7 year-old orphaned child the LTTE took care of in its children’s home, which the propaganda machinery, citing the UNICE, described as the youngest member of the LTTE.
There was bias in the reporting of the ceasefire violations during the 2002-2006 period, heavily in favour of the GoSL, Malathy said.
She accused the international media operating from Colombo for twisting and reporting the killings of civilians as killings of rebels.
The constructive side of the LTTE administration, especially in its welfare institutions, women empowerment and in caste elimination, was never reported to the world, but projected negatively by the propaganda machinery, Malathy cited the role played by Rathika Coomarswamy and said how low the propaganda machinery could stoop down.
Talking on the model of the propaganda machinery and the layers in operation, she said they would never accept genocide or Tamil Eelam. She cited the example of the plight of the Inner City Press journalist, whose material is even removed from the search engine of Google.
Sri Lanka is always a Western ally, Malathy said, adding that if anyone thinks Sri Lanka is not a Western ally they need to think twice.
LTTE created an alternative model and that’s why for the West it has to be destroyed, Malathy surmised.
Accepting the genocide would justify Tamil Eelam. The West is in complicity with the genocide of Tamils. So, they will never call it genocide, Malathy said.