Though dead may be the most vindictive Tiger high-heads, they have left their ghosts lingering in the Tamil Nadu shores which occasionally speak through the mouths of the Pro-LTTE politicians whose only bait for vote is the Northern citizenry of the post war Sri Lanka. Their generosity is quite overwhelming, and to say the least comes with a price tag.
The actions of Karunanidhi could hardly be different when his Tiger spots are too obvious for hiding.
Not heeding to the continual warnings issued by New Delhi against propagating the Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka, he seems to be carrying out his campaign without mentioning the banned word.
Clearly, what is his problem?
In the latest turn of events, complaining that building of a victory memorial in northern Sri Lanka is an “uncivilised act” by the Sri Lankan government to “deliberately hurt” the sentiments of Tamils, he has said such move would not contribute to the peace efforts ‘claimed to have taken by Colombo.’
True enough, constructing a memorial does not contribute to the development of the living standards of the Northern citizenry. It will not give food for their stomachs and roofs above their heads. In that context, government is at fault for its incurable extravagance when money doesn’t rain over the treasury.
Yet, it would be interesting to find out as to what grants him the right to decide on the type of construction undertaken by the Sri Lankan government in its own territory. When it was not a war fought by Karunanidhi and Co. it is not up to him to decide on the commemoration of those who laid their lives to safeguard the sovereignty of the country.
Referring to reports about the war memorial and a war museum near the place where the final phase of war against LTTE was fought in 2009, he said, it was painful to know that hundreds of Sinhalese everyday visited the memorial, which had been “erected to suppress Tamils.”
Little does he know that as much as the Sinhalese in the South visit the North, their counterparts go in busloads to explore the southern parts of the country; there is curiosity to heal insecurity.
It is not surprising that his deliberate ignorance has conveniently left out the fact that this was the place where the LTTE was holding thousands of unarmed civilians as a human shield. And erecting a memorial at such venue would give them the opportunity to rejoice over their survival. It was the place where they walked back to life from death. And only those who tasted death would fully know what it was like to taste life again-- no doubt, a perception very much alien to Karunanidhi’s tongue.
Sadly for him, this is the only wound within his reach for salt-rubbing. And Delhi to its credit has done its duty in keeping the salt-jar away.
What does he expect by means of consolation, a similar memorial to remember the Tigers?