Sri Lankan government and LTTE, both have concurred now that Velupillai Prabhakaran is dead. Sinhala chauvinists are jubilant and Sri Lankan government is more than satisfied. Tamils of this island nation are demoralized. Elections of 15th Lok Sabha are over and a new government is in place in New Delhi. So politicians of Tamil Nadu are silent.
No one is grieving in India or in world over the demise of Velupillai Prabhakaran. He had a gory past and died in a equally gory way. I will be the last person to question Sri Lankan government’s action. Any government worth it’s salt would do the same. Even in India, we reclaimed Lalgarh in West Bengal after fierce fight. Fighting for the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka is the constitutional duty of the government of the day. But using hapless Tamil people as human shield is deplorable. Independent U.N.O. observers made this public and now world has visual images of the battle. No sensible person in the world ever supported LTTE. But no one will ever support Tamils being used as human shields. Only God or Sri Lankan government can tell how many civilians have been butchered in the battle for Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu. On January 2, Kilinochchi, the political and administrative capital of LTTE was captured by Sri Lankan troops and after that battle for Mullaitivu started. To capture this base, which army lost to Tigers in 1996, army used civilians as human shields. LTTE is vanquished and the government of the day came victorious, but what about the innocent lives. 2,50,000 people hadbeen displaced from their homes and were caught between the military and the LTTE. The International committee of the Red Cross described it as a major humanitarian crisis and UN chief Ban Ki Moon said that he was deeply concerned about the safety and well-being of civilians. Red Cross, in their report admitted, that medical facilities in the northern region are overwhelmed by hundreds of dead and scores of wounded. But Sri Lankan government was claiming that there had been zero civilian casualties. Now whom should I believe? Red Cross, Ban Ki Moon or the Government of Sri Lanka?
Let us give benefit of doubt to Sri Lankan government. Then the pertinent question arises, what now? What about the rights of Tamil people? What about the devolution package? What about the 13th amendment to the Constitution, which stipulates the Establishment of provincial councils as per the provisions of the Indo-Sri Lanka accord of 1987. No one knows, what will happen to all these promises? Sinhal chauvinism will raise it’s ugly head soon. Victory begets hubris and superiority complex. But it doesn’t mean that vanquished will always remain like that. If president Mahinda Rajapakse shows magnanimity in victory, it will be good for the future of Sri Lanka, but any show of hubris will ignite the cause of Eelam again. Sinhal chauvinists should know that victory is not perennial.
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