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An E-Mail Interview with Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran by Maryam Azwer

In an email interview with The Sunday Leader, Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, ‘Prime Minister’ of the ‘Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’ (TGTE), that was formed in May last year, shares his views on this issue, as well as other diaspora-related concerns that have arisen in recent months.

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V. Rudrakumaran handing over message of heartfelt condolences to an official at Japan UN Mission in NY, regarding March 11 Tsunami-pic: TGTE.org

Q: What is the present role of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam?

A: The exclusionary policies of the Sinhala leaders and the pervasive and entrenched racism in the country resulted in denial of effective participation by the Tamil Nation in the political process of the island of Sri Lanka. The continued marginalisation of Tamils coupled with brutal repression clearly established that only in an independent state can Tamils live as free people and with dignity. Tamils expressed this wish clearly in the 1977 general elections. This expression of Tamils’ determination was demonstrated through a democratic exercise conducted by the Government of Sri Lanka. It should be noted that this peaceful expression to call for an independent state came long before the armed struggle actively started. The genocide in Mulliavaikkal has served to strengthen the rationale for the establishment of an independent sovereign state as a measure for self preservation.

Since there was no political space for Tamils to articulate their political aspirations, their nonviolent struggle had overtime transformed itself into an armed struggle in the absence of national and international mechanisms to resolve national conflicts. The de facto state of Tamil Eelam emerging through this phase provided the political space for Tamils. With the destruction of the de facto state and the resultant political space, the situation has reverted to status quo ante. Given the above, the pragmatic necessity and the moral imperative was to create a political space outside the island of Sri Lanka.

The idea of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) was conceived under the above circumstances. The concept was given a political formulation by the Advisory Committee of the TGTE comprising of Tamil and non -Tamil intellectuals. Country working groups were formed; elections were held in 12 countries; a Constituent Assembly was formed; a Constitution was drafted, debated and ratified and the government was formed.
The TGTE’s role is to carry on the Tamil struggle through democratic and diplomatic means in the post-Mullivaikkal era.

Q: The European Union has re-listed the LTTE as a terrorist organisation. What is the TGTE’s response to this?

A: After the massacre of tens of thousands of Tamils in Mulliavaikkal, the Tamils perceive the European Union’s re-listing of the LTTE as an act of injustice towards them. It also raises a question as to whether the international community has understood the real situation, the roots of the conflict. Tamil people have also approached us to take measures rectifying this.

I was involved as a litigator in the designation challenge and the constitutional challenge. The courts have stated that in these matters they simply defer to the political branches. When law is used for political purpose it not only undermines the integrity of the rule of law but also has a corrosive effect on the constitutional freedom enjoyed by the citizens of these countries.

We cannot resist asking the EU to re-evaluate the purpose of this political exercise. What the European countries need to do now is to ask themselves the question, “Did our actions in the past stop the killing of 60,000 Tamils? Did our actions in the past bring a fair and just settlement to the Tamil National question? If not, why not? If something went wrong, what is it, where did it and how?” It would be a pity if those who preach the virtue of everyone moving forwards and forgetting the past should now have to wallow in the past themselves.

I also would like to mention that the re-listing of the LTTE has no effect whatsoever on the TGTE’s activities.

Q: What do you have to say about the various media reports that have referred to you as Prabhakaran’s ‘successor’?

A: The Tamil National leader Mr. Pirapaharan has a unique and larger than life role in the Tamil liberation struggle.
I have been elected by the people to serve in the TGTE Assembly and then elected to serve as Prime Minister. I am a servant of the people and as such will do all that I can to achieve an independent and sovereign state of Tamil Eelam through the means entrusted to me.

Q: There have been reports of a certain faction of the TGTE, allegedly led by Norway based MP Perinpanayagam Sivaparan, having challenged your position as the self-appointed Prime Minister of the TGTE. What do you have to say about this?

A: TGTE is a democratic body. Members were elected through internationally accepted standards that guaranteed transparent, free and fair elections. Election Commissioners were of high calibre, known for impartiality and fairness. For example, the former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark served as the head of the Election Commission in the United States for the TGTE elections. The election campaign was vibrant and on election day tens of thousands lined up for hours to vote. Numerous international election monitors observed the elections and certified its fairness. Several media outlets around the world also covered this election.

The members of the TGTE Parliament adopted a constitution and designated the post of prime minister, among others. I was elected as the Prime Minister.

Those who were elected through this democratic exercise have no policy differences among us. Everyone is sincerely and actively committed to secure an independent Tamil Eelam through peaceful, transparent, nonviolent and diplomatic means. The elected members represent the wishes of the Tamils around the world and are aware of the enormous responsibility placed on them, especially after the massacre of 60,000 Tamils in the final months of the war.

The events surrounding the TGTE are pertaining to procedures which are normal and inherent in a democratic process. However we are confident that none of these will in anyway hamper or dilute the TGTE’s course of actions towards the establishment of an independent state.

Q: At the recent United Nations Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva, Sri Lankan Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe claimed that the LTTE’s international network is active and involved in ‘criminal activities.’ What is your response to this?

A: In the face of an undulating onslaught by Amnesty International, the International Crisis Group and all their allies who have submitted withering briefs about the abysmal failures of the Sri Lankan government, its criminal past and the sham called LLRC, the GOSL is back to its old tactic of trying to divert attention by resorting to ad hominem attacks. However, since compelling evidence is coming to light, the GOSL will not succeed in this game.

There are several activities happening at the UN. The report on Sri Lanka’s war crimes compiled by the panel appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will be handed over this month. We will urge the report to be made public and be sent to UN Human Rights Council and the UN Security Council. Recent actions by these two UN institutions on Libya point to what is in store for Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan government will not escape for the killing of over 60,000 Tamil civilians in Wanni.

Q: The Government of Sri Lanka says it welcomes Tamil diaspora support to establish normalcy in and develop the North and the East. Government Spokesperson Keheliya Rambukwella also told this newspaper recently that the GOSL was confident of receiving such support. The TNA, however, says that there is too little freedom for diaspora organisations to carry out their work here. What is your opinion on this – are leaders of the diaspora willing to visit Sri Lanka to lend this kind of support?

A: Presently there is no normalcy in the North and East. People are living in fear under military occupation. Murder, torture, rape, forced disappearances, forced prostitution are prevalent. The military occupation is entrenching even while the GOSL claims that it has won the war. Like in Myanmar, Pakistan and the Middle East, the Sri Lankan army is now actively engaging in entrepreneurial activities. These attempts to be self sufficient demonstrate the GOSL’s intention of permanent military occupation of the North and East. We do not believe development can take place under military occupation.

Moreover, under the guise of development, the GOSL is engaging in colonization.

Also it should be pointed out that while the government is speaking about development, their actions tell a different story. The government has tight control of all organisations and aid flowing into the North and East.

This is problematic because it curtails the freedom of aid organisations to spend money on projects it prioritises and forces aid to be spent on government’s priorities. Also problematic is the high level of corruption in the government. Transparency International scored Sri Lanka a 3.2 (it scores countries on a scale from 10 (very clean) to 0 (highly corrupt) indicating that much of the aid money sent to Sri Lanka may not reach its intended recipients.

Above all, we would like to point out that without political freedom, without the decision making authority, development cannot take place. As Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen observed, “Freedom is both the primary end and the principal means of development.”

Thus for any kind of meaningful development, the military has to be withdrawn, and stakeholders should have the decision making authority.

Q: How much does the Sri Lankan Tamil community stand to benefit from Tamil diaspora efforts?

A: As stated earlier, the diaspora is an integrated part of the Tamil Nation. The Tamils living in the island and outside are one entity. As long as the Tamils living in the island do not have the political space to fully articulate their political aspirations, the diaspora living around the world in liberal democratic countries have to undertake that task. The people in the homeland and their political leaders have to struggle on an everyday basis simply to ensure the physical survival of the Tamil Nation, the inherent right to their homeland, the betterment of the people’s social and economic welfare and their basic right to a secure life.

These struggles are essential for the very existence and survival of our nation in the island of Sri Lanka and have to be undertaken in every little space available for expressing them. We believe our campaign in the international arena will also result in the expansion of the political space inside the island. We believe that the days are not far when both the campaign of the Tamils inside and outside of the island of Sri Lanka will be in synch towards the establishment of a free and independent state of our own. ~ courtesy: Sunday Leader ~

7 Comments

Losing a war is painful isn't it? The LTTE were so confident of winning that they never even considered what it would be like to themselves end up the losers.

These psychotic liars have lost - yet somehow they continue to believe they can still win.

If GoSL has accomplished a world's first by totally eradicating terrorism on its soil, then certainly the LTTE have accomplished a world's first by being the first losers of a war to create a government.

You can call your organization whatever you want it - but a rose is a rose by any other name - you are a government that doesn't govern one square inch of land anywhere on earth (the moon is up for grabs, why not consider that?)

The TGTE is a psychotic creation - the very notion of such a preposterous thing shows that these people never were sane to begin with. Hitler could have declared a transnational government. Hannibal could have declared a transnational government - we'd still have to be in fear over Nazi Germany and the Phoenicians even today.

Why - there would be no point fighting a war - because there would be no winner! The losers would just form a transnational government.

Why all this trouble? For one thing, the LTTE could never have fought without the assistance of the rest of the world. They lack the resources to overthrow the GoSL on their own. They have been run crying each time to 'mother' - the world community, and hiding behind her skirts, each time SL bravely fought back to defend her sovereignty. Their campaign is parasitically fuelled by their host nations. They are leeches.

Losers and cowards like the LTTE don't deserve a nation. That's why they have been divinely judged for their despicable atrocities and lies.

Posted by: Victor | March 19, 2011 09:25 PM

However much a person lies - the truth is certain to be revealed someday. Those nations have embassies in Sri Lanka. Ask them if your allegations - rape, murder, torture etc., are going on or not. It is the LTTE who tortured, murdered and raped their own people, when they didn't agree with them.

You say that Tamils had no voice in politics? What about Kadiragamar and Amirthalingam who were murdered by the LTTE? Were they Sinhalese? How many Tamil leaders are there today who support the government?

There are many Tamils living in peace with the Sinhalese in the south even today, holding top positions in government and the private sector.

Don't talk about those who died in the war - thousands of civilians were murdered by the LTTE suicide bombers in bus halts, trains, buses, and workplaces.

Who are these suicide bombers? Poor Sri Lankan Tamils' daughters - taken forcibly - most of them when they were 9 - 12 years of age. Adela Balasingham enjoys life in London. How many helpless Tamil parents' girl children did she hang cyanide capsules around the necks of? If they loved their people so much, why did they use their own as a human shield at the end of the war?

What do you know about the suffering of Sri Lankan Tamils? They suffered because of the LTTE. Have you seen their suffering or experienced it? If you had, you would never continue such work.

If you had a daughter would you have given her away to become a suicide bomber?
You fuelled the war from the west while in comfort - do you now declare yourself King on the blood of the poor Tamils you slaughtered?

At least grant those who are left the peace to live out the rest of their lives without fear.

You are a shameless liar - it is better for you to walk around naked. The mothers who give birth to scum like you too will be cursed.

Posted by: Nal | March 19, 2011 09:45 PM

The UN stated that there were 7,000 deaths during the last stages of the war. Then the Tiger propergandists upped the number to 10,000. Then to 20,000, and to 40,000, and now to 60,000. How convenient. Pretty soon it would be over 100,000. Going by their claims, none of the terrorists died, only civilians. So, I figure, all the terrorists are still in SL or ran away to other countries.

Ramsey Clark is on retainer from the TGTE just like Bruce Fein. I am sure Mr. Clark knows pretty well who is buttering his bread.

As for corruption, SL politicians are no different to the politicians from the rest of the world. They are all corrupt. So are the Tigers and their agents. What happened to all the monies that was sent to SL? Nothing, except purchasing weapons to kill and fattening the foreign Tamils such as Mr. Rudrakumaran. Did he ever disclose his assets? I dont think so.

As for Libya, Gaddafi is trying to put down a rebellion by an armed group and now the US, UK, France, and the EU are ganging up on him to save "the people" while these same countries have given the thumbs up th Bahrain to put down the the unarmed protestors there. Does anyone see the brutality going on in Bahrain? Again, dont think so. So much for their crdibility.

Posted by: crobe | March 19, 2011 10:26 PM

--"the betterment of the people’s social and economic welfare and their basic right to a secure life." says Mr Rudra Hon PM.

Excellent thoughts but where is the action.?

What have you and allies that you mention that is AI and HRW done to feed the, shelter and rehabilitate the 300000 who provided your National Leader with food, child soldiers and even personal protection when he was cornered.?

Is n't a proper shelter, a job and security for the kids more important than dreaming for home lands, while lying under the stars.?

It may be Ok for you and your electors because you are on posturepeadic beds while dreaming.?

Get real mate .

Look at the recent LG election results. The Govt annihilated the opposition including you agent TNA who claimed to represent the whole Tamil population.

Tamils in Srilanka know that the future for them is living as equals anywhere they wish to.

Politicians may wish otherwise which is obvious.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 20, 2011 03:27 PM

have a day dreem!!

Posted by: Anonymous | March 20, 2011 08:22 PM

Victor Says: We won, Tamils lost, end of story.

If you won, why are you so concerned about whether or not Tamils accept defeat. Where is your confidence?

The truth is that you feel threatened by the TGTE. You are not quite sure why, but all this talk of human rights, international humanitarian law, and genocide is making you uncomfortable, because you don't understand this game. These para demalas are using fancy western concepts to undermine you.

Victor, I forgive you for your ignorance. I even pity you.

Posted by: Patriot | March 22, 2011 11:56 AM


Stop playing make believe and get a real job !

Ha, ha, It must be fun run aroun parading as diplomat meeting real diplomats in subway station and lobby's shaking hands and taking photos on iphone.

Posted by: Gamini | March 24, 2011 12:58 AM

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