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TamilNet is calling for for a virtual reality Eelam, independent of any land. They are actually suggesting a democratic government spanning multiple countries, excluding Sri Lanka and India. Pradeep Jeganathan has written about Eelam, being virtual reality, but this is another level. I don’t get it. I think all politics is essentially local and I think the hope for all races is within Sri Lanka. Not that this is easy, Facebook/Diaspora organizing is certainly easier, but I don’t see another realistic option. This Eelam 2.0 is an interesting concept from a science fiction angle, but politically nonsense.
TamilNet posts have gotten increasingly discombobulated as late, alternately shrill and incomprehensible. I had to read their latest editorial twice to even begin to understand it. Note that TamilNet itself is blocked in Sri Lanka, you’ll have to use VTunnel or something. Here are what I consider the money quotes:
The Eezham Tamils and their political representatives have no obligation to anyone now, to engage in the deliberations of fruitless alternatives. But the world has an obligation now to tell the Tamils whether its opposition is to what it has perceived as ‘terrorism’ or to Tamil nationalism.
So, basically ‘we don’t owe the world anything, the world owes us everything’.
Eezham Tamils have to respond by forming a trans-national government fully responsible to them based on democracy, to negotiate with the world and to look after their own affairs.
This is literally calling for a secessionist republic of none, I suppose cobbled together from other citizenry from US, Canada, Australia, France, etc. I do find this interesting from a SciFi angle, but I don’t see how this constitutes a nation any more than a Facebook Group. I mean, I think you still need land and borders and stuff.
The sentiments expressed by the Eezham Tamils in the last few days show that they have not conceded ‘victory’ to Colombo.
The general thinking among them, is that the agenda for the catastrophe was set by the Indian Establishment with the connivance of M. Karunanidhi, and the coup de grace was served by the White House administration by its failure to act at the right time in doing what it was telling.
Tamils have still not seriously started thinking about the gravity of the treacherous roles played by China, Japan, Pakistan and some others.
The sentiments of the Eezham Tamils also show that Pirapaharan is not a mortal or physical entity, but a symbol for them. The symbol will be there and the ‘file’ cannot be closed as long as the issues are alive.
So, basically everyone else is to blame and, by the way, we are completely disconnected from reality. I mean, I think at some point you have to acknowledge that the LTTE failed by A) adopting terrorism in the first place B) killing Rajiv Gandhi C) basically voting for Mahinda (via enforced boycott) D) Not sincerely negotiating when the good or E) all of the above.
Regardless, there seems to be this sentiment on TamilNet and elements of the diaspora that this is an international question rather than a national one. Generally, however, this mistakes the voices they hear for the ones that matter, here. The local politics here is very, very different and it honestly has very little to do with international players, at least the ones they blame. This apportioning of blame honestly sounds schizophrenic in the phase of actual local and geopolitical reality. If there’s any blame it’s honestly on the LTTE for A) being psychos and B) not negotiating when they could.
Prabhakaran is not much of a symbol. He’s a failure and he’s dead.
The reality faced by Tamils today is multifaceted genocide by Colombo.
This is an aside, but Colombo is actually majority minority. That is, Tamils and Muslims outnumber Sinhalese. It is a strange seat for genocide.
Everybody knows that without the de-construction of the Sri Lankan state and its concept of ‘Sinhala Only’ sovereignty, no viable alternative can emerge.
Therefore, the Tamils are not at all impressed by any of the empty statements and diplomatic deliberations of the IC pleading Sri Lanka drunk with ‘victory’ to come out with ‘political solutions’, unless the IC directly takes over the Tamil provinces without caring for Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, in order to bring in a political solution satisfying the national aspirations of Tamils.
This bit is what I find objectionable about much of the British press coverage. Many of their proposals are actually ‘fuck-off’ solutions. They presume that the Sri Lankan state is inherently evil, its leaders should be jailed in the Hague and some sort of international solution imposed. This is simply not going to happen, nor should it. The west isn’t going to recolonize Sri Lanka and divide the place for a new independence. Aside from being wrong on multiple legal and moral levels, this simply isn’t realistic. The west has neither the power nor the inclination, and Sri Lanka is a sovereign nation.
If the present world system is working against them in toto and if the world doesn’t have enough appetite to look into their righteous aspirations, then the Tamils matching to their civilisation should come out with introducing something innovative and creative to the world system itself.
If the oppression to their nationalism is trans-national, the Eezham Tamils have to respond by forming a trans-national government fully responsible to them based on democracy, to negotiate with the world and to look after their own affairs.
Needless to say, the appropriate beginning is re-mandating the fundamentals of Vaddukkoaddai Resolution, and based on that democratically endorsed commitment, electing representatives for a trans-national assembly and government.
And this is the thing. Eelam 2.0, a landless state with its own government. Certainly innovative, but also impotent and insane. This entity would do absolutely nothing for Tamils here and, in fact, explicitly excludes everyone actually in Sri Lanka or even nearby. How do you build roads in Virtual Eelam? Does it have hospitals?
It may not be immediately possible to involve people who have no political freedom in the camps and in the open prisons in the island of Sri Lanka and people in the camps for over quarter a century in India.
But, the global Eezham Tamil diaspora is free to demonstrate this noble venture.
So, OK. TamilNet is calling for secession from the world into virtual reality. I presume they’ll keep their passports.