A Tamil Voice of Dissent Against Western Hypocrisy

Colombo, 24 April, (Asiantribune.com)

V. Anandasangaree, the veteran Tamil leader has raised his voice of dissent against Western hypocrisy. He blamed Stephen Harper for his questionable judgment regarding the suspension of contribution to Commonwealth Fund.

In a public letter address to Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, Anandasangaree pointed out that he was “only trying to respectfully point out to you that this decision will certainly directly or indirectly have adverse effect on the very same people with whom you sympathize with and those who had undergone untold hardships during the war that lasted more than quarter of a century.”

Anandasangaree also pointed out, “I was very much upset over your failure to attend the CHOGM conference held in Colombo last November

He not only blamed Canadian Prime Minister but also Indian Prime Minister for their failure to attend the last Commonwealth Conference.

“If the Prime Minister of India and your Excellency had made your presence at the conference both of you could have joined the British Prime Minister and jointly taken the initiative, to discuss the ethnic problem of Sri-Lanka. It was at a similar conference that the initiative was taken to discuss the South African apartheid problem that ultimately found the solution with the interference of the Commonwealth.

He added further blame on , “ I am one who is still worrying for missing the golden opportunity that came on our way to discuss our ethnic problem. The Tamil leadership in Sri-Lanka and the Tamil Diaspora in the United Kingdom should bear the blame for it.

Given below the full text of the open letter to Canadian Prime Ministere Stephen Harper:

His Excellency Stephen Harper,
Prime Minister of Canada,
Prime Minister’s office,
Ottawa,
Canada.

Your Excellency,

Suspension of Contribution to the Commonwealth Fund

As a Senior Tamil citizen of Sri-Lanka which is a member of the Commonwealth, may I take the liberty to strongly urge you to re-consider your Government’s decision to suspend your country’s contribution to the Commonwealth fund .I am neither challenging nor finding fault with your decision, which is your right but only trying to respectfully point out to you that this decision will certainly directly or indirectly have adverse effect on the very same people with whom you sympathize with and those who had undergone untold hardships during the war that lasted more than quarter of a century. Of the eight districts in the North and the East, in the districts of Kilinochchi and Mullaitheevu people lost almost all their possessions and in the rest of the other six district too people lost very heavily.

I am in Politics for well over sixty years, an octogenarian and a Member of Parliament for 17 years. I also won the UNESCO’s Madanjeet Singh award for the Promotion of tolerance and non-Violence for the year 2006. I am aware of the close relationship your country had with Sri-Lanka and of the tremendous contributions your country made for the development of our country. The International Airport at Katunayake named after one of Sri Lanka’s Prime Ministers the Late Hon.S.W.R.D. Bandarnayake is a living monument of the close relationship the two countries have. The Diesel locomotives, nine in number each carrying the name of one of the provinces of Canada, gifted by your Government are still pulling our trains to various destinations although they are over half a century old, There are many other gifts of your Government we Sri-Lankans remember with gratitude.

I am one who had always considered Canada not merely as a friendly country, but also as one that is very much interested in developing it. I have mentioned all these in a letter dated 06.11.2013 sent to the President of Sri Lanka His excellency Mahinda Rajapakse during the LCHOGM conference ( a copy annexed). I was very much upset over your failure to attend the CHOGM conference held in Colombo last November. Furthermore we have a lot of our friends and relations who had obtained Canadian Citizenship. I too had made a number of Visits to Canada.

Your Excellency, I am one who is still worrying for missing the golden opportunity that came on our way to discuss our ethnic problem. The Tamil leadership in Sri-Lanka and the Tamil Diaspora in the United Kingdom should bear the blame for it. They little realized that the CHOGM, was the best forum in which the long standing Sri-Lanka ethnic issue could have been fully discussed and could have been a good opening to start negotiations. His Excellency Hon. David Camron, the Prime Minister of United Kingdom and the Head of the state that gave freedom to all the 54 countries and made them Members of the Commonwealth, participated at the conference. If the Prime Minister of India and your Excellency had made your presence at the conference both of you could have joined the British Prime Minister and jointly taken the initiative, to discuss the ethnic problem of Sri-Lanka. It was at a similar conference that the initiative was taken to discuss the South African apartheid problem that ultimately found the solution with the interference of the Commonwealth.

Your Excellency, Those who ought to have taken over the responsibility of taking the ethnic issue at the conference did not breathe one word about it although nothing prevented them from taking up the ethnic problem along with the problem of Human Rights Violation. The Diaspora in the United Kingdom had only one agenda- the Human Rights Violation and they stuck only to that. The local Tamil Leaders of the TNA (Tamil National Alliance) acted on the instructions of the Diaspora from England and did not bother about the ethnic problem in spite of the fact that the CHOGM conference was the best forum that came on their way without any effort on their part. The TNA for their part only called for a five day hartal to cover the entire period from 15.11.2013 till 20.11.2013 during which delegates were available in Sri-Lanka.

Your Excellency I hope you will understand my concerns. You may recall that initiatives for the abolition of Apartheid was taken at a conference like this and successfully ended at a Sub-committee meeting in the United Kingdom .I rest assured, that your Excellency will take the initiative with the co-operation of the Prime Ministers of India and UK to help us to solve the ethnic problems. As a prelude and to earn the Co-operation of the parties concerned, please reconsidered your decision as regards the suspension of the contribution to the commonwealth fund and proceed to help to solve our problems in Sri-Lanka.

Thanking you

With Kind Regards,

V. AnandaSangaree

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