12 May 1998
A visitor to the tamilnation website from
the University of California, Riverside wrote:
"I recently visited Colombo University with some Sri
Lankan friends. I was happy to see some peace in the city. In Katubedda I met Tamil
engineering students. After speaking to many of them I came to realise that all campuses
in Sri Lanka have Tamil students. Why such a small beautiful country needs a division, I
fail to understand."
The search for tranquillity and peace is something with
which many Tamils in the diaspora living as wandering nomads without a land, will relate.
Indeed, so do the Tamils struggling in Tamil Eelam.
In 1984, a few months after Genocide'83
, a British M.P. visited Colombo and found a 'smiling Tamil people'.He remarked:
'It is only when you walk among the people that you
realise the truth. I saw a smiling people going about their daily duties in the fullest
confidence. I saw children playing wherever I went. In predominantly Tamil areas where I
went, the evidence of normalcy was the same.'
Here, you may find the article written in 1984 about the ten questions that the British M.P. may have asked, of some
On the matter of finding Tamil engineering students at
Katubedde, you may find it useful to examine the International
Commission of Jurists report on standardisation of admissions to the Universities in
As to the question ' why division?', the article 'A Simple Question' examines the reasons why in Sri
Lanka, we have always had a Sinhala Buddhist as the executive head of state - and what
alien Sinhala rule means to the Tamil people.
The conflict in the island is perhaps not so much a
question about 'division' but about 'association' - about the structures that may
have to be set up where two peoples speaking different languages, tracing their roots to
different origins, and living in relatively well defined and separate geographical areas,
may associate with each other in equality and in freedom.
Again, the struggle for Tamil Eelam is not unique and
here, you may find the page on fourth world nations
relevant and I quote:
"It is sometimes said that to accord international
recognition to these separate national formations will lead to instability in the world
order. The argument is not dissimilar to that which was urged a hundred years ago against
granting universal franchise. It was said that to empower every citizen with a vote was to
threaten the stability of existing state structures and the ruling establishment. But the
truth was that it was the refusal to grant universal franchise which threatened stability
... Self determination is not a de stabilising concept. Self
determination and democracy go hand in hand. If democracy means the rule of the
people, by the people, for the people, then the principle of self determination secures
that no one people may rule another - and herein lies its enduring appeal."
We thank you for the interest that you have taken in the
Tamil struggle. As David Selbourne, formerly of Oxford University remarked in 1984:
"Everyone who possesses an elementary sense of
justice has no moral choice but to acquaint himself fully with the plight of the Tamil
people. It is an international issue of growing importance. Their cause represents the
very essence of the cause of human rights and justice;
and to deny it, debases and reduces us all." (Please see generally: Struggle
for Tamil Eelam )