LTTE: Reconcile or Regroup

I was visiting london for this weekend. On Sunday in London, I saw a rally of south Indians. It seemed interesting. I looked carefully and I found they were waving LTTE flags. So, they were sri lankan tamils.

I went into the rally and caught hold of a Sri Lankan Girl distributing a news letter “Tamil Guardian” for free. Somehow, I started chatting with her. I asked her many questions,

“Look at that banner, It says Black July’83. what happened then?”

She told me story of 83’riots. Singhals(ethnic group) were suppressing Tamils(another ethnic group) and one day riots broke out and in result many dead..

“What is going on? I thought LTTE is dead.”

“No! It is not. It has been wiped out from Sri Lanka. But there are many supporters around the world.”

“What are you doing here?”

“We are here demanding fair treatment of refugee of recent war and reorganize the liberation movement.”

“Is it possible to keep Sri Lanka intact and keep tamils happy?”

“I am afraid not because Singali Govt will never treat us equal.”

“What is the mood here?  Tamil people are tired of war or they are still excited about LTTE.”

“You can see around. This is a small group. Some times we gather rally of millions.”

“What do you think about Prabhakran?”

She proudly said, “He faught for us. He led the resistance.”

“Do you rate him great man?”


“Well! in the light of his crimes not only against the govt but also against tamil peoples…”

“Who else was leading? We had no other option.”

“Prabhakran killed all the oposition with in Tamils and even within LTTE”

“Ya! Thats true but still he led us.”

“As you acknoledge that he was not so great man. Why you guys making  a Myth of him here. Look! kids are wearing his T-shirt, yound men are wearing locket with his face on it.  Why do you guys have to create myth. Isn’t it truth good enough?”

“Are heros not everywhere? They help us to mobilize people for our cause.”

“I smell another phase of violence.”

“No! No! …”

Did I tell you that she was really beautiful. 😉


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