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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2554

Karuna blasts Prabhakaran’s exploitation of Tamil deaths for his glory.

Colombo, 27 November, (Asiantribune.com): Col Karuna, Leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal, in his Heroes’ Day statement has blasted Velupillai Prabhakaran for exploiting the suffering of the Tamil heroes for his own glory. "The death of the great heroes belongs to history. Their fair name should not be allowed to be sullied by a self- seeking, self-serving individual," says Karuna.Col. Karuna: What is left for them (LTTE)  in the East? Just three villages! Simply three villages! They will be defeated and ejected from these three villages soon. The East would be soon brought under our control."Col. Karuna: What is left for them (LTTE) in the East? Just three villages! Simply three villages! They will be defeated and ejected from these three villages soon. The East would be soon brought under our control."

He has accused Prabhakaran of sending his children to safe schools in the West while sending the children of poor Tamil parents to fight his selfish war.

He has also appealed to the Government of Sri Lanka to provide a solution for the Tamil aspirations.

Here is the full text of his statement:

The Heroes' Day statement made by V.Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman, Leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal.

Today is our Heroes Day. While paying my humble homage to our Maveerer – Great Heroes, who had made their supreme sacrifice in the quest for our people's rights and their existence as peaceful people leading contended lives, I wish to discuss some important issues and put into sharp focus some aspects that needed to be addressed with an open mind.

We, today, bow our heads in reverence of all those who had entered the battle-field with heroism writ large on their faces and hearts, with no concern whatsoever for their lives, and personal comforts, and with the singular objective of justice for our people and in the cause of ethnicity. Brave people are these warriors, and their heroic fetes will be recorded in golden letters in the annals of our history to inspire generations to come. Neither time nor history will deny them their honorable due nor will they be forgotten as footnotes to history. I have, absolutely, no doubt, whatsoever. It is our bounden duty to honor these martyrs who have made us all proud. Take it from me these Maveerers will always be honored. They have to be honored for the path they have shown us. adly, their heroism has become cannon fodder to satiate the publicity hunger of one individual. Just one individual and his lust for power and craving for autocratic life style! Prabakaran, the megalomaniac, is doing his damnedest best to cash in on the single minded devotion, dedication and sacrifices of our Maveerers as propaganda ploy. What a shame?

Prabakaran and his gangs coming forward today to hail our legendry heroes, who had fought against tremendous odds and acute discomfort for the rights and welfare of our people, amount to vulgarizing heroism. I cannot stomach this duplicity, this shameless merchandising of our heroes' legacy and turning sacrifices made by our brethren into business and advertisement as some tradable commodities. Heroes are sold for Prabakaran's terrorist activities. To help him lead luxurious life, my dear.Col. Karuna: "In this regard there is a heavy responsibility on the part of Government, our Sinhala brethren and also on the international community. They must come forward to look at the Tamils by separating them from the terrorists."Col. Karuna: "In this regard there is a heavy responsibility on the part of Government, our Sinhala brethren and also on the international community. They must come forward to look at the Tamils by separating them from the terrorists."

This is a travesty. I am concerned. Because it is trivializing history, heroism, and sacrifices. I am pained to see all those who should be worshipped by being placed on a high pedestal are being trivialized, made to feel and look insignificant non-entities.

Their sacrifices are vulgarized. Just to extol the birth day of one individual and to sign paeans to his glory. And today he stoops to seize the sacrifices of thousands of heroes to pump his own vanity. This cannot go on. It must be stopped… this recalling of their supreme sacrifice to promote the terrorists and autocrats. The death of the great heroes is history. Their fair name should not be allowed to be sullied by a self- seeking, self-serving individual.

Cowardly and treacherously, numerous cadres have been killed for Prabakaran's and his gangs' safety, long after our separation, and our split. Because of noble goals and precious aims are thus abused in the most treacherous manner, we are today in the battlefield.

What is the big contributory factor blocking our people's march to lead lives without fear and intimidation? Prabakaran unhesitatingly! His autocratic haughty life style and his killing spree. For an individual's survival and for his power hungriness our nation has lost several academics, many religious leaders and a large number of civilians. Time has come to end the brutal and senseless mayhem. Everyone should come forward to stop this deplorable situation being continued for ever.

Heroes' day for Prabakaran is an occasion for empty rhetoric, to boast his humbugging heroics. His announcements of war and his declaration of war remain as empty words, not deeds. In the last Heroes' Day speech he announced of giving a short period of time to Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse and haughtily declared that if there was no solution within that prescribed period, he would go unleash a bloody war. What happened to that short period of time? It seems that the short period of time has not expired as yet. All of us are also aware of the heroics of those who had declared that they would capture Jaffna within just three days.

Those who had failed to comprehend the meaning of patience have now come to terms with it after our departure. Of late, even the Tiger members have lost confidence in those meaningless utterances of Prabakaran.Col. Karuna : "We, the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal, are struggling hard to rescue the people living in the North and East. Our armed struggle is limited and restricted only to a point.  Once we reach our limits we ourselves will give up the arms struggle."Col. Karuna : "We, the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal, are struggling hard to rescue the people living in the North and East. Our armed struggle is limited and restricted only to a point. Once we reach our limits we ourselves will give up the arms struggle."

Tigers' rank and file are frustrated. It is natural when confrontations take place without any strategy and when defeat is inflected due to unavailability of proper leadership and direction. The state of affair is clear from the steady increase in the cadres leaving the Tiger formations, returning to their homes, swelling our ranks or surrendering to the Government security forces. Tigers are counting their days as they are rudderless with no air or strategy.

Consider the Tigers' setback in the East. It clearly brings into sharp focus the flux in Tigers domain. The Tigers have been squarely rejected in the East. What is left for them in the East? Just three villages! Simply three villages! They will be defeated and ejected from these three villages soon. The East would be soon brought under our control. Time has come to rid those who occupy our soil. Time is nearing to end atrocities being inflicted on our people.

After that, without any let or hindrance we will take forward our endeavor politically to fulfill our basic issues and aspirations of our people. Today our cadres have shattered the opposition put forward by enemies and traitors with the help and support of our people and we are marching forward. Our people have already crowned us as their representatives.

To achieve this position, pain and losses in which we trod were huge. We are fully aware that the path which we intend tread is not spread with flowers but filled with thorns. We will face these difficulties and these suffering with a smile in our faces and a prayer on our lips for the sake of our people, their welfare, their safety and relief. Many have began to understand and started to say very loudly that in Sri Lanka there won't be either any solution or sustainable peace without us, after fully comprehending our political progress. Whatever that is not done through us would be a non-entity, a non-event.

Prabakaran and his gang's campaign in the present war is civilian centric. It targets civilians as the shield, as protective gear. By keeping 600,000 Tamils in the Jaffna Peninsula and 30,000 at Vakarai as human shield Prabakaran & co., are involved in a war of survival. People are pretty well aware that it is the Tigers who are solely responsible for the creation of the humanitarian catastrophe in the Peninsula. The Tigers, who insist on the opening of the A-9 road just for their monetary benefits, cannot be oblivious to the reality that the people in the Peninsula are their own kith and kin. As such they should have consented for the people to receive their basic food and other items without any hesitation. This they have not done. It clearly underlines that the people in the Peninsula are there only for exploitation of the Tigers. Neither welfare nor the aspirations of the people of the Peninsula is of any concern. That is why the Tigers have refused to allow the ships to carry food, and also vetoed the government plan to supply entire food requirements one-time through the A-9 Road.Col. Karuna: "Sri Lanka Government must come forward to release it proposals to solve problems confronting the Tamils. It must clarify how the rights and aspirations of the Tamil people can be achieved through their proposals.  This is an important and urgent commitment."Col. Karuna: "Sri Lanka Government must come forward to release it proposals to solve problems confronting the Tamils. It must clarify how the rights and aspirations of the Tamil people can be achieved through their proposals. This is an important and urgent commitment."

The scene in Vakarai is no different. For their safety, the Tigers have kept 30,000 people as human shield. Their pitiable conditions and their cry for help have so far not moved Prabakaran. His heart has not melted in sympathy for these people and he is not stirred into helping them. Unfortunate but it reflects a trait of Prabakaran, who along with his men always is worried about himself, his interest, safety and security. The concerns of people, their wants and needs and their security are secondary to Prabakaran and his men. This must end. Our peoples' safety and security and their aspirations have to be taken forward. The enemies of our people and terrorists have to be sidelined.

In this regard there is a heavy responsibility on the part of Government, our Sinhala brethren and also on the international community. They must come forward to look at the Tamils by separating them from the terrorists. Whether Tamil people are from Jaffna or Batticalao, all of them are the citizens of this country. The Tamil people should never be affected in the fight against the terrorists. The Tamil people have to be redeemed as soon as possible from being kept as shields of the terrorists and the Government has to come forward to render all possible aid to them on humanitarian grounds. Any delay would tend to favor the terrorists and also would cause lot of hatred and frustration in the country. The Tamils, Muslims and the Sinhalese people in the North and east have to be safeguarded without any discrimination from the autocratic and genocidal culture of Prabakaran.

We, the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal, are struggling hard to rescue the people living in the North and East. Our armed struggle is limited and restricted only to a point. Once we reach our limits we ourselves will give up the arms struggle. We have never thought nor desired of having comradeship with arms. We have never thought of continuing with the armed struggle for any unachievable goals. Arms we carry today because are forced to carry the arms. Not because we have any desire or wish to carry arms.

We have an urgent commitment to ensure our people live in our home land without fear but in peace, to establish fraternity, to take forward our journey in the democratic streamline and to end the autocratic dictatorial suppressive control over people by Prabakaran and his gang. That is why we are carrying the arms.

Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal is a political party that believes in democracy and in democratic way of life. We are determined to solve our issues confronting our people and their aspirations only through democratic process.

Our political journey is fast progressing. Confidence has been built very firmly with us by our people and by our brethren. We have undertaken political leadership by fulfilling the void that existed in the political arena.

Our political activities are gradually being extended. From Pottuvil up to Trincomalee our political offices functions as executive offices that take care of the day-to-day problems and the basic issues of our people. Col. Karuna:  "The lives of our youths are valuable. They cannot be killed unnecessarily and unjustifiably."Col. Karuna: "The lives of our youths are valuable. They cannot be killed unnecessarily and unjustifiably."

National and international communities must come forward and accept the fact that we are the true representatives of our people, a true repository of trust reposed by our people, a pride of honor deposited in us by our people. In searching for solutions to ethnic problem anything without our participation as repositories of our people's representatives is not going to yield any tangible results at all. Any solution that does not meet with their aspirations is not going to be of any use at all. At the same our firm position as well as belief is that any solution or resolution has also to fulfill the rights and aspirations of the brotherly communities.

Sri Lanka Government must come forward to release it proposals to solve problems confronting the Tamils. It must clarify how the rights and aspirations of the Tamil people can be achieved through their proposals. This is an important and urgent commitment. It is not only with the representatives of the Tamils but also with the representatives of the brotherly ethnic groups these proposals have to be discussed. The proposals meant to fulfill the cherished aspirations and rights of the Tamil speaking people must embrace the support of those who oppose it.

Government has to do everything with a full sense of responsibility and speedily. Nevertheless if the issues related to the Tamils remains simply on words and nothing beyond that, it would be advantage terrorists; it would sow in the hearts and minds of the people frustration and hatred. Hence, the government must come forward to take more care and responsibility.

Our Tamil Diaspora brethren too have a responsibility. They have a duty in fact. So, I have a word for our Diaspora brethren. Your lofty interest in the people in our homeland is very much commendable. But you have to verify whether all the assistances rendered by you for a new dawn for our people actually reaches them. In the name of our people, all your help and assistance is landing in the hands of terrorists; the sufferings and the tragedy faced by our people, to mitigate which you are sending all the help you can afford, is continuously increasing.

Whatever you render ends up in the compulsory arms training of the innocent youths and underage school children. You must consider one important aspect. Prabakaran and important LTTE leaders have grown up children. These children, like other Tamil children, could join the battlefield and participate in any military campaign. But today where are these children? Are they in the battle front fighting against the enemies? No, they are all safely cocooned in the Western Countries, immersed in their studies, while children of poor parents are shedding their blood in the battle field as cannon fodder of Pirabhakaran and his gang.

As Tamil Diaspora, you have a responsibility to consider whether such a situation should continue? Kindly make sure that your assistances and help reach the suffering people, people who are steeped in poverty and deprivation and people on the verge of starvation for no fault of theirs. Kindly help to put an en end to exploitation of our people's sufferings and to rescue them from their appalling, indeed, pitiable lives of our people.

Tiger cadres and their parents will do well to realize this stark truth – unnecessary sacrifice at the altar of an individual for no purpose and without any target or direction. While his children are held in relatively safety in foreign countries to continue with their education, children born to other parents are sacrificed as sacrificial lambs. Tiger cadres and their parents should understand this blatant discrimination. This practice must stop forthwith.

The lives of our youths are valuable. They cannot be killed unnecessarily and unjustifiably. Our people in their homeland must have to live in the midst of brotherly ethnic communities safely and with protection, and like everyone else in the world under the sun, they must be able to attain the economic prosperity and also promote their culture, arts, and civilization. It is the compulsion of our time to close ranks and forge long lasting bonds to propel ourselves towards such a noble journey.

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