Call to take help of global organisations to secure rights for Sri Lankan Tamils

: India should wake up at least now and understand the true colours and motives of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has ruled out autonomy for Tamils, DMK president M. Karunanidhi said on Wednesday.

In a statement here, he said India should take the help of international organisations and secure the right to life, livelihood and democratic rights for Sri Lankan Tamils.

Recalling Mr. Rajapaksa’s speech at the 65{+t}{+h}Independence Day celebrations of Sri Lanka that it was “not practical for this country to have different administrations based on ethnicity”, Mr Karunanidhi said the President had violated the promise he had made to India and other countries.

“His announcement deserves condemnation from India, Tamils and International organizations,” he said.

Past history, Mr. Karunanidhi said, showed that none of the promises made by the Sinhalese to the Tamils had been fulfilled.

“The agreement reached between the Ceylon National Congress and the Sri Lankan Tamil Mahajana Sabha in 1925 was thrown to the winds. In 1956, when S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike became prime minister and enacted a law to make Sinhala sole official language,” Mr Karunanidhi pointed out.

He said though Dudley Senanayake signed an agreement with S.J.V. Chelvanayagam for devolution of power, he unilaterally gave up the agreement in 1969.

The Indo-Sri Lankan accord of 1987 also met with a similar fate.

“The Sri Lankan government has not only failed to fulfil the promises, but violated every agreement,” he alleged.

Mr. Karunanidhi said that during Mr Rajapaksa’s rule lakhs of Tamils had been massacred; many uprooted from their soil and forced to lead a life of refugees and orphans in various countries.

“He destroyed their livelihood, appropriated the lands, homes and factories of Tamils in the North and East and deprived them of democratic rights. He interferes with the judicial system and controls the media.

He has changed the administration upside down and seeks to convert Sri Lanka into a monotheistic state. The entire world views him as international war criminal,” he said.