in pieces but still no negotiating table in sight
My Dear Velu,
I thought I must write to you when I heard that you too had started
writing letters and sent a secret communication to Mahinda maama
through these special envoys who seem to be swarming all over the
Of course, Velu, everyone is puzzled as to why you are exploding
bombs and killing people, especially during this Vesak season when
everyone else is preaching the virtues of 'maithree'.
But then, you are also saying that bombs will continue to explode
until that little issue with that Karuna chap is sorted out. Of
course, you always accuse Mahinda maama of aiding and abetting Karuna
and his gang of "rebels".
What puzzles me though is your claim to be the sole representative
of your people, Velu. There you are, claiming to be their saviour
on the one hand but on the other hand you go running to the Norwegians
saying you can't get your cohorts transported from the East to the
North because you can't ensure their security! Surely, if you are
the sole representative that you claim to be that would be just
a minor issue for you…
And if you are indeed the sole representative of your people,
Velu, it also baffles us why you so strictly enforced a boycott
of the presidential polls last year, preventing 'your' people from
making their opinion count.
And it seems the longer you wait, the more 'representatives' emerge
from those whom you claim to represent. Now, for instance, Douglas
is staking a claim, so is Karuna and last but perhaps the most civilised
of them all is that chap Anandasangaree who must be given a prize
for his courage in saying the things he is saying.
But all this has not deterred you from remaining elusive and together
with Bala thinking of some ruse to back off from the negotiating
table whenever the prospect of peace talks emerge.
It does of course help when the chaps in Colombo do not know whether
they are coming or going for the peace talks and do not know what
to do when they are attacked be it at Army Headquarters, Trincomalee
or at sea. Add to all this, Mahinda maama keeps on muttering his
mantra about that elusive 'gauravaneeya saamaya' but we all know
that peace is in pieces right now and the only catastrophe that
has not befallen the south is an attack on a civilian target but
even that appears to be because you are in no hurry!
But of course, I am not too surprised about your tactics either.
The South is still hopelessly divided, and we even invite your cadres
to our military headquarters for medical check ups! So, who can
blame you if you want to stick to your guns?
Yet, you must also realise, Velu, that in a day and age where
terrorism is frowned upon by the world at large, there is little
room for a chap like you to emerge victorious in the long run. And
since you are also not getting any younger-and that applies to Bala
too-maybe you should think of an alternative to resolving your 'struggle'
through the bullet. Think about that too, will you, while you plot
your next attack on whoever that unfortunate victim is?
PS- Even if Mahinda maama were to offer you a separate state on
a platter, I'm sure you would say 'no'. After all, how could you
be the President of Eelam, when there is still a price on your head
just across the Palk Straits?