N&E parties, Tamil Diaspora now think differently!

N&E parties, Tamil Diaspora now think differently!

By Manekshaw

The Canada branch of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) held a special meeting in Toronto last week, to get the views of the Lankan Tamils who are presently domiciled in Canada, on the roles of the Tamil political parties in the forthcoming parliamentary polls in the Island.

The Tamil National Alliance Leader R. Sampanthan also addressed the Tamil Canadians via Skype, elaborating on the TNA’s stance at the forthcoming parliamentary polls in the Island.
Apart from Sampanthan several other TNA candidates and some Northern Provincial Councillors also addressed via Skype to the Canadian audience explaining the current political trend with regard to the parliamentary polls.

The Canadian TNA branch meeting with a gala dinner was held last week in the back drop of four Tamil political outfits such as Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF), the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) and the Crusaders of Democracy, the new entrant to the mainstream Tamil politics comprising ex-LTTE cadres releasing their Election Manifestos.

buddhist-monks-protest-in-colombo_2865341As far as the Manifestos of the Tamil political parties from the North and the East are concerned, all of them have denounced separatism, but they had emphasized a political solution to the Tamil question within the framework of a united Sri Lanka.
Though the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) led by Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam had pointed out a solution based on two nations one country in its Manifesto, all other Tamil parties including the Crusaders of Democracy which comprise ex-LTTE cadres had focused more towards a merged Northern and the Eastern Provinces with the right to self-determination within a united Sri Lanka.

The Crusaders of Democracy has also mentioned categorically in their Manifesto that they would carry out their struggle for a durable solution through the path of non-violence.

It is interesting to note that the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) which had first demanded a separate State called Tamil Eelam with the Vaddukkoddai Resolution in 1976 has called upon for a political solution based on the Indian model with the merger of the Northern and the Eastern Provinces.

It is also interesting to note that the TULF led by veteran politician V. Anandasangaree has even fielded four Sinhalese and Four Muslim candidates at the forthcoming election in the Colombo District.
On including Sinhala and Muslim candidates, the TULF Leader V. Anandasangaree said that while emphasizing on fulfilling the political aspirations of Tamils the party has included the Sinhalese and Muslim candidates to safeguard the unity and integrity of the Island.
The Tamil National Alliance which consisted of four constituent parties released its Manifesto a week ago in Jaffna. Its Leader R. Sampanthan said that the Alliance demanded a political solution to the Tamil question with the right to self-determination under a federal system.

TNA winning twenty seats
Sampanthan who is confident of TNA winning twenty seats in the North and the East also specifically said that with the intended overwhelming victory, the TNA emerging as a strong bargaining power is determined to end the Tamil struggle with reaching a constructive solution in year 2016.
Sampanthan also expressed the same view while he was addressing the TNA’s Canada branch gathering, via Skype last week.
The TNA leader’s views were well received at the Toronto gathering and several speakers at the meeting also emphasized the need of strengthening the call for ‘good governance’ by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Speaking at the event Rev. Prof. Chandrakanthan had mentioned three aspects specifically with regard to the expectation of the Tamil Canadians on the Lankan parliamentary election.
Three key aspects mentioned by Rev. Prof. Chandrakanthan are as follows:
1. The Tamil political circles should utilize the positive atmosphere which had emerged after the Presidential election in January this year.

2. Downplay the call for investigations into the alleged war crimes and human rights violations in the North and the East temporarily.

3. Tamil parties should strengthen the hands of President Maithripala Sirisena in order to resolve the humanitarian problems in the North and the East in the new found positive political atmosphere.

They have also appreciated the initiative taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to hand back the land areas which were in the possession of the Security Forces in the North.

The Canadian Tamil National Alliance supporters had also pointed out that there was no more ‘white van’ abductions and other forms of life threatening activities in the North and the East.

Global Tamil Forum (GTF) which had been adopting a tougher stance during the previous regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa in a statement released two weeks ago has also urged the voters in the North and the East to promptly utilize the positive political atmosphere to strengthen the call for good governance, while stabilizing the call to fulfil the political aspirations of Tamils.
Therefore, since the Tamil political parties which are in the fray had taken a common stance in denouncing separatism and extremism with the support for them from the Tamil Diaspora, it is time for the political parties with the chauvinistic approach in the South also to refrain from viewing the Tamil parties as extremists and rejecting their genuine political aspirations for which they had been agitating from the time the Island nation gained Independence.

So, as the Tamil political parties played a significant role in paving a path for ‘good governance’ by overthrowing Mahinda Rajapaksa regime in January this year, and also looking forward to reach a solution to the Tamil question by 2016 as it was mentioned by TNA Leader R. Sampanthan, it is time for the chauvinist parties in the South also to think differently by coming out of their extremist views in finding a durable solution to the Tamil political problem.