The Tamil Civil Society Movement conditionally supports the Tamil National Alliance’s (TNA) decision to contest the Eastern Provincial Council election according to the Sri Lanka government agenda.

When the LTTE was in active, Tamils have consistently rejected the PC model of the unitary system as a political solution. Political parties of Tamil national stand have boycotted the PC elections in 1989 and in 2008.

After the Sri Lankan government declared that the LTTE was completely wipe out by its forces, TNA expels Tamil nationalists from its party according to the Indian guidance and now took a decision to contest Eastern PC election, it was created by Indo-Lanka accord.

TNA’s action revels to the International community that the Tamils accept the PC model as a solution , India needs this atmosphere.

Here is the written statement released on Saturday:

Tamil Civil Society Memo to the TNA regarding the Eastern Provincial Council Elections

Tamils have consistently made it clear that a unitary constitution and a provincial council system within the confines of a unitary constitution are incapable of fulfilling their political aspirations. In this regard it is notable that Tamil political parties with a Tamil Nationalist dispensation had chosen to boycott the two provincial council elections that took place in our homeland in the past (1989 and 2008). There can be no doubt that a Tamil political party with a Tamil Nationalist dispensation can never run a provincial council autonomously, something that even Tamil parties aligned with the Government could not achieve. The Chief Ministers who ran the provincial councils subsequent to the elections of 1989 and 2008 have confirmed that nothing substantive can be achieved through the provincial council system which is in the firm grip of the Governor and the Central Government.

Participating in an election is acceptable if such participation furthers our political goals. To the contrary if participating in such elections would adversely affect the attainment of our political goals, then alternative strategies should be considered. To think of such alternatives with foresight and vision in the wake of an election being forced upon us is important in pushing forward Tamil Nationalist politics in the right direction within the present context.

That the people want to use elections as a vehicle through which they could express their anger and frustration against the oppression being meted out against them is understandable. On the one hand, while elections might be an opportunity to demonstrate such opposition and anger, on the other hand it is important to also take into account the political costs of taking part in an election. It is the responsibility of all committed to Tamil Nationalist politics, to weigh the above explained phenomenan carefully, to consider the multi-dimesnional nature of the challenge and to consider the different alternatives available, in the lead up to deciding on the question of electoral participation. The Tamil people will never allow the bartering away of their political fundamentals for the sake of attaining an  immediate politicial strategic objective – that of preventing a Government backed Tamil political party capturing the provincial council in the Eastern Province. However given the hard reality that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has decided to contest the Eastern Provincial Council Elections directly, we wish to make the following suggestions as to what to include in their election manifesto for the forthcoming elections:

  1. The present unitary constitution and the provincil council system within such confines should be rejected. The 13th amendment cannot be even considered to be a strting point towards achieving a political solution.
  2. The North and East are the traditional homelands of the Tamil speaking peoples. Any political solution should recognise a merged North and East as the relevant territorial unit. The confidence of the Muslim people should be sought to make this a reality. It is important that the Muslims and Tamils realise that working together is essential to safeguard the existence of both communities.
  3. A permanent political solution can only be attained by recognising the right to self determination of the Tamil people and by recognising Tamil Nationhood. There is no point in a political process that refuses to acknowledge the above.
  4. Despite four months since passing the Geneva resolution injustices and oppression against the Tamil people have not reduced, rather they have increased. The land grab project continuing unabatted, Tamil political prisoners continuing to linger in prison, lack of any progress in tracing missing persons, the continuos destruction of the economic and cultural fundamentals of the Tamil nation, the ever increasing role of the military in the daily lives of the Tamil people, the ever increasing interference into the independence of different sectors of life including education, higher education, health, agriculture and fisheries, the conversion of high security zones into permanent high security zones (including the Sampur High Security Zone), a significant number of Tamils continuing to live as displaced people in IDP camps, the continuous neglect of the livelihood of those resettled are examples of these injustices and oppressive practices. Further there is no progress in holding accountable those responsible for the genocide and war crimes committed against the Tamil people. The International Community has to realise that solutions to these problems cannot be found using the LLRC report as a road map. Both the report and the action plan have been designed to hoodwink the International community and to buy further time. The International Community has to realise that such time is being sort to provide space for the Government to complete its project of destroying the existence of the Tamil people.

We believe that by including the above in their election manifesto that there is a possibility that the TNA can lessen the impact of the argument that the Tamil people have accepted the Provincial Council system and a demerged North and East by participating in these elections. It is very important that our rejection of the provincial council system and a demerged North and East is clearly communicated to the International Community.

Rt. Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph

Bishop of Mannar

Ms. Shantha Abimannasingham P.C

President’s Counsel, Jaffna

Prof. K. Kandasamy

Dean, Faculty of Science

University of Jaffna

Prof. S.K. Sittrampalam

Emeritus Professor of History

President, Hindu Religious Council

Prof. R. Kumaravadivel

Senior Professor of Physics

Formerly Acting Vice Chancellor,

University of Jaffna

Prof. R. Vigneswaran

Prof of Mathematics

Vice – President, Federation of University Teachers Association

Mr. V. Kamalathas

Batticaloa District Civil Society Activists Alliance

Mr. S. Arasaratnam

Retired Banker

Amparai Tamils Society

Mr. T. Rasaratnam

Rtd Chief Clerk, Natpitty Munai.

Mr. T. Rajan

Batticaloa District Civil Society Activists Alliance

Mr. T. Gurukularajah

Rtd Assistant Director of Education

Killinochchi

Prof. A.S. Soosai

Department of Geography,

University of Jaffna

Dr. (Mrs). S. Uthayakumar

Consultant Physician

Teaching Hospital, Jaffna

Dr. S. Sivansuthan

Consultant Physician

Teaching Hospital, Jaffna

Mr. S. Kanthaswamy,

Senior Attorney-at-Law, Point Pedro

Mr. A. Panchalingam

Retired Principal

Jaffna Hindu College/ Kokuvil Hindu College

Mr. K. Santhiralingam

Retired Principal

Amaprai Tamils Society

Prof. V.P Sivanathan

Dean, Faculty of Arts

University of Jaffna

Mr. T. Ramakrishnan

Secretary, Amparai Tamils Society, Kalmunai Branch

Mr. A. Rasakumaran

President, Jaffna University Teachers Association, Lecturer, ELTC.

Mr. K. Rooban

Batticaloa District Youth Activists Association.

Mr. P. Saravanapavan

Batticaloa District Youth Activists Association.

Mr. T. Kalayarasan

President, Navithanveli Pradeshiya Sabah

Mr. A. Ganeshamoorthy

Rtd Public Health Education officer, Natpittymunai

Mr. Pon. Selvanayagam

Rtd. Divisional Educational Officer, Paandirippu

Mr. K. Suriyakumaran

Representative, Jaffna District Fishermen Societies’ Federation

Representative, Vadamaraatchi North Fishermen Society

Dr. S. Raviraj

Consultant Surgeon & Senior Lecturer, University of Jaffna

Rev. Fr. C. Jeyakumar

Parish Preist, Kayts

Dr. D. Gunarajasingham

Department of Physiology

Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna

Dr. S. Premakrishna

Consultant Anaesthesist

Teaching Hospital, Jaffna

Dr. P. Lakshman

Consultant Cardiologist

Teaching Hospital,

Jaffna.

Dr. P. Sathiyalingam

MOH, Vavuniya

Mr. Sivasubramaniam

Representative, Northern Alliance of Fishermen, Jaffna

Rev. Fr. E. Ravichandran

Director

Director, Youth Animation Centre,

Jaffna

Dr. S. Kumaravel

Teaching Hospital, Jaffna.

Mr. S. A. Jothilingam

Attorney-at-Law, Political Analyst

School Teacher

Mr. V. Puvitharan

Senior Attorney-at-Law

Colombo

Mr. B.N. Thamboo

Attorney-at-Law, Colombo

Mr. K. Guruparan

Lecturer, Department of Law,

University of Jaffna & Attorney-at-Law

Dr. S. Kannadasan

Department of Patholgy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna.

Mr. V. Arasaratnam

Former Assistant Commissioner, Cooperatives

Amparai Tamils Society

Mr.. N. Inpanayagam,

President, Rural Workkers Association

Jaffna

Mr. K. Rajeevan,

Batticaloa District Civil Society Activists Alliance

Mr. P. Nishanthan

Batticaloa District Cilvil Society Activists Alliance

Dr. K. Sureshkumar

Consultant Obstertrician and Gynaecologist

Teaching Hospital, Jaffna.

Dr. S. Baheerathan

Teaching Hospital, Jaffna

Dr. A. Kamalanathan

Teaching Hospital, Jaffna

Dr. G. Hyrin Arc

Teaching Hospital, Jaffna

Dr. P. Nanthakumar

MOH, Tellipalai

Dr. S. Mohanakumar

Teaching Hospital, Jaffna

Mr. J.T. Simson

Teacher, Mannar

Mr. S. Jeevanayagam

President, Karaichchi Rural Development Societies Confederation, Killinochchi.

Mr.C.P. Sathiayseelan

Social Activist, Vavuniya

Mr. S. Jeyachandran

Manager, Teachers Development Centre, Vavuniya

Mr. M. Kapilnath

Human Rights Activist, Vavuniya

Mr. S. Suthareswaran,

Senior Banker, Jaffna

Mr. V. Sritharan

Senior Lecturer in Accounting, University of Jaffna

Dr. B. Nimalathasan

Senior Lecturer in Accounting,

University of Jaffna

Mr. A. Saravanapavan

Lecturer in Human Resources

University of Jaffna

Dr. S. Suthakaran

Mental Health Unit, General Hospital, Vavuniya.

Mr. S. Janarthanan

Jaffna Economists Association

Mr. S. Beeshman

Jaffna Economists Association

Dr. E. Sivashankar

RDHS, Jaffna

Mr. T. Vigneswaran,

Lecturer in Political Science

University of Jaffna

Mr. S. Thiruchenthuran

Lecturer in Political Science,

University of Jaffna

Mr. S. Raveenthiran

Lecturer in Geography,

University of Jaffna

Mr. M. Gratein,

Attorney – at – Law

Killinochchi

Mr. P. Krishanthan

Attorney at Law

Trincomalee

Mr. S. Iruthanayagam

Soosaiyappar Fishermen Society Mathagal

Dr. K. Ilangognaniyar

Teaching Hospital, Jaffna 

Rev. Gerald Roosairo

Colombo (OMI Church)

Fr. S.M.P. Ananthakumar

Secretary, Jaffna Catholic Priests Association

Mr. S. Ariharan

Former President, University Students Union,

University of Jaffna

Mr. V. Pavaananthan

President, University Students Union, Jaffna

Mr. P. Tharshananth

Secretary, University Students Union,

Jaffna

Mr. K. Jenemajeyamenan

President, Arts Faculty Students Union, University of Jaffna

Mr. A. Prasanna

President, Science Faculty Students Union,

University of Jaffna

Mr. S. Sabeskumar

President, Management and Commerce Faculty Students Union

University of Jaffna

Mr. Sanjeevan

President, Agriculture Faculty Students Union

University of Jaffna

Mr. S. Janahan.

President, Medical Students Union

Jaffna

Mr. Xavier Wilfred Jeyaruban

Surveyor, Jaffna

Dr. K. Pratheepan

Teaching Hospital, Jaffna

Mr. Thiruveni Sangamam

Rtd Provincial Council Servant

Kaaraitheevu, Amparai.

Dr. M. Vasudevan

Teaching Hospital, Jaffna

Dr. S. Kunatheesan,

Teaching Hospital, Jaffna.

Mr. A. Sittrampalam

President, Maathagal Farmers Alliance

Mr. A. R. Mathilalagu

President, Maathagal Fishermen’s Society

Mrs. A.M. Jeyamany

Secretary

Maathagal West Womens Development Society

Mr. S. Christurasa

President, St Lutheur Fishermen Society

Mr. R. Johnpillai

Nanaattan

Rev Father Augustine Pushparaj

Parish Priest, Nanaattan, Mannar

Rev. Fr. S. Jeyapalan Croos

Parish Priest, Vangalai, Mannar

Dr. S. Sivathasan

Teaching Hospital, Jaffna

Rev Fr. L. Gnanthikkam

Parish Priest, Vanchiyankulam

Mr. K. Sugash

Attorney-at-Law

Jaffna

Mr. T. Archchuna

Attorney-at-Law

Jaffna

Mr. A. Santhiyapillai

Peace and Justice Division

Jaffna Catholic Commoners Society 

Dr. A.Y. Thanenthiran

Teaching Hospital, Jaffna

 

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