Tamil Eelam in Tamil Nadu or every ethnic group around the world will demand homelands too
BY SHENALI. D. WADUGE
Countries and governments of the world must begin to worry about a future scenario of Chinese in US seeking homeland in USA, Sikhs in UK seeking a homeland in UK, Muslims in US seeking a homeland in USA, Chinese in Australia seeking a homeland in Australia, Muslims in India seeking a homeland in India and Tamils in Canada, UK, South Africa, Singapore also seeking a homeland in those countries using the very arguments being used to demand a homeland in Sri Lanka.
All of the Tamils living around the world – in the Caribbean, East Asia and South Africa were Tamils plucked by colonials and planted in all parts of the world to work as indentured labourers.
They were later absorbed as citizens. But, the crux of the argument is that their natural home was Tamil Nadu, South India.
It is where they evolved from and there are millions of such Tamils around the world. It is, therefore, mindboggling that a handful of pro-LTTE groups and some bankrupt TNA politicians claim that the homeland of Tamils is in Sri Lanka.
Yet, they cannot prove that all of the Tamils domiciled around the world were taken from Sri Lanka but there are enough of evidence to showcase Tamils being brought by colonials & settled in Sri Lanka.
What if the 47million blacks in US start demanding a separate black homeland in the USA?
Tamils in Tamil Nadu raised a very valid reason for self-determination based on the key argument that Tamil Nadu was always a separate and autonomously run area during pre-colonial rule.
It was only in 1947 that the colonial British cobbled up princely kingdoms and independent territories and created India – which in reality has a history of 74 years. There was no India before 1947. No pre-colonial ruler, ruled all that which is termed India today.
Ethiopian Origin of Tamils and Dravidian Indians
The Tamil homeland demand for self-determination was denied by Gandhi and the British. The take away from this is that Tamils of Tamil Nadu sought self-determination first. India palmed off India’s headache to Sri Lanka helping arm, train and fund Sri Lankan Tamil separatism and militancy to use for India’s political mileage.
The scenario served the Tamil militant groups and Sri Lankan Tamil politicians as it propped up their importance among Tamil people, brainwashing their minds into believing in the creation of a utopian homeland, without fundamentally realising that the same ethnic group cannot demand a homeland for the same ethnic group in two different sovereign countries.
History will show that Sri Lanka was never ever linked to India even looking at the Pangaea map of how lands split to create modern day countries.
Therefore, the same ethnic group cannot demand homelands in two different countries.
If so, there is no reason why using the same arguments the American Chinese can demand a homeland in USA, the American Muslims can demand a homeland in USA, the British Sikhs can demand a homeland in UK…. So large congregations of immigrants will also use the arguments that they have their own language, their own culture, they had been living in an area and have their own history and demand their homeland on mono-ethno-religious lines.
It also may even open doors for pro-LTTE Tamils in Canada, UK, France, US and Australia (their heavenly abodes) to also seek a separate homeland in those countries.
So, what happens to all the big talk by the UN, international bodies & foreign governments about ‘multiculturalism’ ‘secular states’ ‘assimilation’ ‘cohabitation’ ‘united in diversity’, and cultural diversity.
Therefore, everyone must start thinking wiser and not fall prey to fake propaganda that was created to justify militancy in Sri Lanka and justify refugee/asylum status in western countries and justify collecting funds that created the LTTE kitty and a nexus of international legal and illegal money making ventures on which many of these Tamils depend on to survive and lead rich and luxurious lives far above the ordinary Tamils who have gone to make a home overseas.
The GoSL via the Foreign Ministry must convey this basic and fundamental logic and argument that the same ethnic group cannot demand two different homelands in two different countries as it is only paving the way for other ethnicities living in foreign shores to also argue for a separate homeland.
This is going to cause chaos across the world as there are plenty of people counting fingers to create conflicts to enable the sustenance of the arms supply, weapons industry for profit. The world does not need any more conflicts, loss of life and divisions as no ethnic group can live in isolation and no ethnic group can claim to be living happily ever after even amongst their own. Look at how divided Tamils are in Tamil Nadu – where caste and class are shocking dividers no different to the same scenario amongst Tamils in Sri Lanka as well. If anyone says a mono-ethno-religious homeland is going to be hunky dory and happy ever after they are reading too many fairy tales!
Its time to stop these politically advantageous but socially dangerous stunts to break up and divide nations on silly arguments created to suit a handful of people.
People must learn to live, they must learn to adapt to their environment, they must cohabitate, they must respect others and their cultures and realize that their human rights stops the moment they violate the human rights of another.
Separatist demands are hurtful of others and foreign governments & UN officials must stop providing fuel to separatist agendas in whatever form.
The UN should be showing people of the world to live together in peace not in pieces.