Permanent peace and stability in the island of Sri Lanka primarily hinges on solving the legitimate aspirations of the Tamil people

செவ்வாய் ஜூலை 26, 2022

The current crisis on the island of Sri Lanka is not merely due to financial or political instability that came without notice but directly a consequence of the long-protracted genocide of the Tamil nation by successive Governments of Sri Lanka, which gave rise to the continuous destruction of this island. This issue is yet to be addressed and requires transformative change in leadership that acknowledges, strategizes, and implements a permanent political solution to the Tamil National Question.

 

The Tamil people have been continuously deprived of every right since the British left the island in 1948. The Tamil homeland was independent before the colonial era and managed independently throughout colonial history until the British merged the two nations, the Tamil Nation and the Sinhala Nation, for their administrative convenience in 1833. As a result, the Tamil nation has been continuously aspiring to take back its lost sovereignty.

 

Ever since the British left the island in 1948, the Tamil homeland has been deliberately deprived of development and often the essential items, which constitute genocide of the Tamil Nation. The economic embargo during the 30 years of genocidal war against the Tamil homeland has been conveniently forgotten even under the present crisis. On top of the economic embargo, the Tamil people have suffered greatly in terms of the protracted ongoing genocide that has been continuously committed against the Tamil people. Successive Governments of Sri Lanka since 1948 have always encouraged and fostered the aggressive Sinhala Buddhist supremacist mindset among the Sinhala people to attain political power to the detriment of the Tamil people.

 

If Sri Lanka has to progress toward a better future, the focus should not just be on solving the current economic crisis. Rather, the solution should focus on the need for structural changes that recognize the Tamil Nation's existence and its inalienable right to self-determination as a people. This will guarantee the long-term peace and stability of the island of Sri Lanka and the Indo-Pacific region.

 

The UN Charter recognizes the rights of a people as a nation.  There is often a tendency to overlook the inalienable rights of the Tamil people as a Nation citing the opposition from the Sri Lankan government. We strongly urge the international community to make sure the legitimate aspirations of the Tamil people are mainly considered when attempting to solve this crisis. We request the USA, India, EU, UK, Canada, and other like-minded countries to consider this opportunity to help the Tamil Nation to exercise its inalienable right to self-determination.

 

A formal social contract between the Tamil Nation and the Sinhala Nation needs to happen as a pre-constitutional arrangement, keeping the international community as an arbitrator, followed by adopting this into a new constitution, guaranteeing the irreversibility of the new understanding.  Given the litany of pacts abrogated by the successive Governments of Sri Lanka over the past seven decades, the international guarantee is warranted.

 

When a new and reasonable leadership from the Sinhala Nation emerges, we believe it will create a suitable condition for the Tamil Nation, including the Tamil representatives from our traditional homeland and the Tamil representatives from the Tamil Diaspora, to discuss the new understanding under the arbitration of the international community.  It is time the Sinhala Nation seriously considers the legitimate aspirations of the Tamil people for everyone to enjoy a peaceful and prosperous future on the island.