In 2009, the LTTE suffered military defeat at the hands of the Sri Lankan government.
The wide expectation was that the LTTE struggle will continue with much lower intensity conflict as arms inventory pile up and LTTE as organization be recovered. What happened instead was that the LTTE struggle re-oriented as a non-violent campaign, one that has been inclusive and international, supported by elements of the Tamil community from different parts of the world. In addition, the government of Sri Lanka has become an issue of concern to the international community and that concern grows with the passing days witnessing continued torture of Tamils in the island nation. In the past month, the Sri Lankan Government has even refused human rights monitors from the United Nations. The UK government has determined that the threat of torture faced by returning Tamils is enough to prevent their deportation back to the island nation. Close to nearly 80 million of Tamil population in Sri Lanka are endangered and under life risk, as a result of current situation in there.
Now, what role does DMK chief Kalaignar Karunanidhi has in strengthening the US-sponsored resolution denouncing Sri Lanka over Human rights’ abuses at the UNHRC (United Nations Human Rights council) in Geneva. Quite simple – A vote is coming up at the 47-member UNHRC on Thursday, March 21, 2013, pulling up Sri Lanka for military excesses during the final stages of the war that vanquished the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). DMK is genuinely concerned about the Lankan Tamils and in search of a political opportunity to establish itself as the protector of Tamil community. DMK wants a strong resolution ‘initiated’ from the present Indian coalition (UPA II) Government to force the Sri Lankan government to accept an independent credible investigation – to probe into the War crimes that started in Sri Lanka since the year 2009. As a mark of protest and to re-iterate its resolve in solving the Lankan Tamil problem in Sri Lanka, DMK decided to pull out from the UPA coalition government.
Hit by the 2G scam in the Centre and land grab allegations in the state, political watchers say – the DMK desperately needs an emotive people’s issue to bounce back before the parliamentary elections. Aggressively championing the cause of the Sri Lankan Tamils could provide the party and its aging leader the much-needed political leverage.
But, can we call these War crimes happening in Sri Lanka as ‘Genocide’ without having concrete proof to do so ? or Is it only a smart political move by the DMK to gain leverage in parliamentary elections 2014 – by pulling out of the UPA coalition government ? Will the UPA coalition government tide over this new political development ?