WITHOUT HONORING DEAD PEOPLE
WITH GREAT MAN AWARDS
DO SOMETHING TO STOP THESE KILLINGS SANGAREE TELLS PRABHAKARAN
By Walter Jayawardhana
It is easy for you to honour him as usual, with your Mamanithan
title and your duty ends there. What action do you propose to take
to prevent the recurrence of incidents of this nature in the future,
queried V. Ananda Sangaree, Sri Lankas leading moderate Tamil
leader writing a letter to the leader of the Liberation Tigers of
Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Velupillai Prabhakaran.
He wrote the letter following the assassination of Rev. Father M.X.Karunaratnam
by a roadside bomb. While the LTTE is blaming the bomb on the Sri
Lanka government the Sri Lanka military is blaming it on the rebels
claiming it had all the hallmarks of the LTTE and the explosion took
place in an area which is under the tight control of the terrorist
group. It could also be an accidental explosion of a claymore bomb
killing the unintended party, some analysts said.
The News of the Tragic death of Rev. Fr. M. X. Karunaratnam,
wrote Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) leader Sangaree, comes
to me as a great shock. This is not a death that anyone can rejoice
at. His demise is a great loss to the country and to the people of
Vanni in particular. I know Rev. Karunaratnam for a long time. He
was a very good social worker and a Human Rights Activist. I convey
my deepest sympathies to all his kith and kin and Members of his congregation
and also to all those who got benefited by his services and to those
who are deprived of his service. Here is a Man Fallen
by a foolish act. When comes such another?
Although it has not been announced whether the LTTE Supremo is going
to award the dead priest the award posthumously, like to many others,
it has been a tradition of him to award The Great Man
ward to those who have helped his cause. But from time to time, it
has been challenged that his own gunmen assassinate certain individuals
critical of him to create civil commotion and award the title as a
In the letter he furtheer said , It is easy for you to honour
him as usual, with your Mamanithan title and your duty
ends there. What action do you propose to take to prevent the recurrence
of incidents of this nature in the future. The TNA Members of Parliament
are there only to satisfy you and they think that with issuing a statements
strongly condemning these killings, their duty is over. They do not
realise that your cadre too, with their deep penetrating units, make
similar attacks in areas that are out of bounds for them and take
away valuable lives - in many instances large number of innocent civilians.
What did your cadre do to Members of Parliament like Hon. T. Maheswaran
and Hon. D. M. Dassanayake both of who had done their best to the
It is by penetrating deep into the South, more than 300 Km from
Kilinochchi that your cadre had taken the life of another gentlemen
politician who is very fluent in all three languages, much respected
by the people and the clergy of all faiths in Sri Lanka, although
a Catholic by birth and above all had all the qualities and qualifications
to occupy even the Prime Ministerial Chair with perhaps only one disqualification
that he belonged to a minority community which is not a disqualification
anywhere in the world including Sri Lanka.
Please accept my advice as a remedy to this problem, which may
one day end up with somebody taking away your life or even that of
your dear ones. The landmines, claymore mines and such other objects
do not differentiate between a man and a woman, a Sinhalese and a
Tamil, a Muslim and a Buddhist, the guilty one and the innocent etc.
So please decide once and for all to stop targeting people by these
means. You are fighting a War with a Government. While engaged in
war you cant complain foolishly like our TNA Members who should
condemn all killing without trying to please one side. If you stop
targeting individuals the Government Forces too should stop forthwith.
It cannot have any other option.
When I complained recently against Arial bombing in the night,
I presume it has stopped inspite of the fact, that you yourself did
it at Katunayake and Anuradhapura in the night. According to the statistics
released to the press, I observe bodies of a large number of your
cadre are dispatched to Kilinochchi everyday through the ICRC. A similar
number of bodies of Sinhalese youths are reaching the south everyday.
At this rate all youths whether Sinhalese, Tamils or Muslims will
be sacrificed at the battle front with hardly any youth left.
Even at this late hour I appeal to you to give up your demand
for Separation and declare a Ceasefire, if necessary, unilaterally
and go for talks with the Government not as the Sole Representatives
of the Tamil People but as a Party to the War and also as one of the
parties to the ethnic conflict.