OPINION

LTTE’s defeat

Prabakaran’s killing brings to an end an era in Sri Lanka’s history. Had he been wise enough to use the opportunity offered by the ceasefire in 2002, the northern and eastern regions of Sri Lanka would have had a representative provincial government today.

Lt Col RVS Mani (retd.),

Madurai



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The LTTE’s decimation reinforces the historical truth that any revolution, violent or otherwise, however lofty its ideals, is bound to fail without the participation of the people for whom it is intended. There is no substitute for dialogue and persuasion.

J.V.V. Murthy,

Coimbatore



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Prabakaran had no respect for human lives and values. If the welfare of the Sri Lankan Tamils was his prime concern, he would have accepted the Indo-Sri Lanka agreement of 1987 and saved lakhs of Tamils from misery.

S.S.K. Ayyar,

Chennai



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Going through the history of the LTTE’s rise and fall, one cannot help feeling that had Prabakaran not deviated from his ideology, the vast pool of motivated and talented human resource in his organisation could have been put to constructive use and the loss of thousands of lives avoided.

K.N. Ramani,

Coimbatore



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There is much to be learnt from the LTTE’s defeat. The most relevant lesson is that if a state fails to heed the voice of a section, organisations like the LTTE will rise to challenge it. The other lesson is for terrorist organisations. Their cause may be justified but if they forget that they are expected to deliver a political solution to an issue, they will go the LTTE way.

V. Damodaran,

Hosur



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Prabakaran’s obstinacy was responsible for the defeat of the Eelam cause. He had many opportunities to negotiate a peaceful settlement to the ethnic issue. But he refused to settle for anything. The result was the defeat of a cause for which the Sri Lankan Tamils fought for more than three decades. He was a leader who did not know when to fight and when to negotiate. He built the LTTE and also destroyed it. What a sad state he leaves behind for the Tamils!

A.V. Reddi Sastri,

Srikakulam



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Prabakaran was an unparalleled driving force. It is unfortunate that he used his skills in a negative way to achieve the lofty ideal of securing a better status for the oppressed Tamil population.

If only he had given equal importance to a peaceful political solution, his endeavour would not have gone in vain.

J. Eden Alexander,

Thanjavur



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While no one can find fault with President Rajapaksa for crushing terrorism in his country, one does feel sorry about Prabakaran’s end because he did fight for his goal all his life. He missed a great opportunity when power and peace waited at his doorstep — during the peace initiative taken by Norwegian mediators.

K.S. Ravichandran,

Coimbatore



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If, instead of resorting to violence, the LTTE had opted for dialogue and peaceful protests, the story would have been different in Sri Lanka. Did not African-Americans fight discrimination successfully in America? Today, one of them is the President. In South Africa, apartheid is a thing of past, thanks to the non-violent fight led by Nelson Mandela. India got freedom through Gandhiji’s non-violent movement and Dalits have won their rights because of the struggle launched by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.

A.P. Jha,

Sonebhadra



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Although the Tigers adopted the wrong means, the cause for which they fought was genuine — dignity and self-respect. Let us hope the end of the war will mark the beginning of a new life for the Tamils.

R. Manikandan,

California



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The Sri Lankan government should engage in a reconciliation exercise and adopt measures to eliminate discrimination against the Tamils. If the causes that gave rise to the LTTE are not addressed, the void created by its defeat will be filled in no time.

G. Gokul Kishore,

New Delhi



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The thinking that the Sri Lankan army’s victory over the LTTE is complete is fraught with danger. The LTTE’s growth into a monster was also due to the inability of the moderate forces to obtain concessions for the Tamils.

Syed Athher Ahmed,

Chennai

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