same old parana katha makes no difference anymore
My Dear Velu,
I thought I must write to you after seeing your much awaited annual
speech which has become something similar to the Queen's Throne
Speech of yesteryear. Needless to say, every word, every sentence
is analysed but I must admit I was rather disappointed with the
I do agree Velu that it is a difficult job, living
in an underground fortress somewhere in Kilinochchi cut off from
the rest of the world for 364 days of the year and then having to
make what you now call a 'policy speech' on your Birthday. I do
not know whether Bala was not able to do the speechwriter's job
this year due to his failing health, but other than a few often
repeated threats and the same rhetoric about the 'Mahavamsa mentality'
of the majority community, there was nothing really interesting
in your speech, this time around.
Of course, you had issued a threat of sorts saying
that you had now decided to launch the struggle for a separate state
but that is hardly news now, is it? As comrade Wimal will tell you
if you ask him about the World Bank and pulling plugs, it is easy
to make bold statements but it is quite a different matter translating
them into action!
You had also mentioned that Ceasefire Agreement
is now defunct and that too is hardly news to us, Velu. It became
defunct when you began exploding claymore mines at the drop of a
hat although some people chose to believe that it still existed
unilaterally - for you to attack whenever you wanted and for the
government in Colombo to grin and bear it. Now that the government
has also decided that attack is the best form of defence, I don't
think we should waste time discussing a redundant ceasefire anymore.
And it is not as if you wasted any time planning
your next move. Just a few days after the feared 'Mahaveera' week,
you seem to have sprung into action trying to hit Mahinda maama
where it really hurts-closer home and within the family circle.
Fortunately, you did not succeed and you need to now remind yourself
of how you described Mahinda maama exactly a year ago-as a pragmatist.
So, you will have to be careful in what you say and do because his
approach has won him many admirers, including those from the Green
camp who have now pledged to support virtually anything he does!
If you were smart, Velu, you would grab this opportunity
of a southern consensus to press your case and get what you can.
The problem about insisting on your pound of flesh in the form of
a separate state is that you may end up with nothing at all. Remember,
Karuna is also there, waiting in the wings. He is already making
statements like being in favour of a reasonable settlement with
the Colombo government and no amount of allegations from Allan Rock
seems to be able to deter him.
Your one success seems to have been in driving
everyone away from the country during your 'heroes' week'. There
was Mahinda maama and the Green Man in away in India and even Ratnasiri
seems to have thought it better to be safe than sorry and he too
was in Vietnam!
Think about all this, Velu. We hope for everyone's
sake that by the time your next speech is due, you would see some
sense in settling this matter by talking to Colombo instead of offering
free holidays for Solheim and Hansen-Bauer!
PS- And by the way, if you are still stuck for a speech writer around
this time next year, there is always Dallas to ask…