While it increasingly becomes clear that genocide on Eezham Tamils was committed not because of ‘terrorism’ or of anything else, but just because of a stubborn stand motivated by the greed of imperialisms, especially of New Delhi that independence to Eezham Tamils would spoil their chances of eating the cake in full; and after New Delhi’s ridiculous failure of 13A with the genocidal Sinhala State for well over quarter a century, the NPC chief minister C.V. Wigneswaran now talking of federal and ‘internal’ self-determination seems to be the last trump of New Delhi to contain Tamil Nadu, slip away from indictment in genocide, but at the same time to come out with further deceptions, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics in Eezham.
Further comments by Tamil activists for alternative politics:
Addressing K.G. Kannabiran Memorial Lecture in Chennai last Sunday, Wigneswaran revealed that New Delhi had agreed to the way the war ended, because of certain promises given to it by Colombo.
In his written speech he said: “The military, political and intelligence assistance given by India to Sri Lanka during the final stages of the War, were clearly based on the premise and/or promise that there would be a meaningful political solution.”
But after reading the above sentence, and off the written text, he verbally said the following: “That is why India helped. That is what the Indian government thought, that the government of Sri Lanka would help to bring about a settlement, if they helped the end of the war.”
This statement coming from a former Supreme Court Justice is crucial evidence on war crimes, genocide crime and crimes against humanity that goes against New Delhi.
The question comes whether one State could decide the fate of a nation of people in another State, by helping that State to end the war (the way the war ended in the island), just based on some ‘promises’ that served the interests of the former.
If the promise was the rotten 13A, unless New Delhi claims it a confirmed fool or that it has gone off in its head (a plea accepted in criminal procedures), it cannot escape investigation on the other ‘promises’ it received in secret protocols and has to be indicted for premeditated genocide of Eezham Tamils.
It also now becomes clear why New Delhi vehemently opposes any international investigation.
“Not only was that promise made to India, on more than one occasion, but it was also the solemn undertaking issued to the international community of nations as represented by the Secretary General of the UN,” Wigneswaran further said, citing the UN Secretary General in May 2009 referring to Rajapakse’s resolve to implement 13A.
The UN Secretary General is specifically answerable whether the 13A was worth the genocide.
This is why the ‘international community’ and the UN are not prepared to take up investigation on the genocide or on-going genocide, but harp on LLRC and 13A.
Standing on Indian soil, the NPC chief minister has categorically declared the unworkability of the Indian designed 13A – kudos for that. This is the second time an Indian-installed chief minister has said that, but now there is no LTTE to blame for the failure.
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But Wigneswaran talking of federal constitution and self-determination within ‘united Sri Lanka’ is another impracticability and prolongation of misery. It is folly to expect them working under a congenitally genocidal State that is not willing to implement even the 13A.
Federal works only when there is mutual consensus and willingness. It will not work because outsiders want it. Who knows, federal may come eventually and spontaneously. But first there should be separation –Separation for Unity. The international actors, especially New Delhi has to be categorically told of the fundamentally wrong and failed premise that has been taken for a long time, and enough is enough.
However, Wigneswaran could be excused for his limitations. He was open about the consequences of even the limited ones he has said. But there is no excuse for New Delhi or other international actors who might use the limitations set on him for further deceptions.
Wigneswaran was also talking about directing Tamil voters in the forthcoming ‘presidential’ elections of Colombo.
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With a seemingly naïve praise, Wigneswaran was introduced to the gathering at Chennai that it was his choice that his first foreign visit as CM should be non-governmental, i.e., not invited by any government. But it seems that he was made to come out with the political choice of visiting Chennai, when Ms Jayalalithaa who had been demanding genocide investigation, referendum etc., was not in office.
Wigneswaran was invited to deliver the Memorial Lecture by People’s Union for Civil Liberties. Prof Saraswathy in solidarity with the US-based TGTE introduced him to the gathering. A former constitutional court justice of South Africa also addressed the event. The Asian College of Journalism, closely connected to Mr. N. Ram and The Hindu, was actively involved in the event.
M.A. Sumanthiran and Maavai Senathiraja also have come for the address and the following day there was a closed-door meeting of select invitees.
PDF: Full text of Wigneswaran’s Kannabiran Memorial Lecture
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