Need of the hour is the Political solution
Thousand thanks to Mother India for the Humanitarian aids but need of the hour is the Political solution
Statement By Mano Ganesan
Tamils of this country thank Indian central and Tamilnadu state governments for the forthcoming generous 800T humanitarian aid in ten days from today to the needy in the Vanni region. But the food and medicine cannot substitute the all important power devolved political solution to the national question of Sri Lanka. The need of the hour is the political power devolution beyond 13th Amendment to the Tamil and Muslim people said Civil Monitoring Commission Convener and Western Peoples Front leader parliamentarian Mano Ganesan.
Ganesan said further in his statement, We witnessed Indian High Commissioner Alok Prasad sitting with presidential advisor Basil Rajapakse and plenty of state officials in Colombo discussing ways and means for proposed Indian humanitarian aids reaching trapped people in Vanni. We do not need an India for this job. India is needed for better, greater and superior role. All peace loving Sri Lankans want India to push GoSL for fair and reasonable political solution well beyond 13th Amendment. Non other than the suffering people of the Vanni, to whom India is making arrangements to send humanitarian aids, will push LTTE towards real peace talks.
Three basics of the upheavals in Tamilnadu are stop the war, stop the military aid to SLA and send humanitarian aids to the needy in Vanni. The Indian Government virtually dismissed first two and got hold of the last comparatively easy one. The food, medicine and clothing & shelter are already taken care of by the UN and INGOs from Vavuniya. The situation is bad but, these issues are someway being addressed.
We understand that India’s difficulties in adhering to the first two basics dealing with the war. But instead of putting a demand for a ceasefire, India can firmly demand for a political solution beyond 13th Amendment to the Lankan ethnic question. The customary Indian assurances for political solution are not going to comfort the Tamils today. The logistics to a political solution should be tabled.
President Rajapakse’s hurried public commitments for a political solution reported through selected Indian media are not bringing any new hopes to us, the Tamils at the receiving end in this six decade old ethnic struggle. Neither GoSL’s ‘latest statements of understanding’ of Tamilnadu’s concerns for the Tamils in Lanka to the extend of thanking Chief Minister Karunanidhi are convincing the Tamils. Presidents own men in the cabinet and army have dismissed any hope for any political solution. We do not note any intelligent hope for any normalcy to the country. The minister in the so called Tamil-Muslim majority provincial council in the east Mr. Hezbollah of the ruling party is complaining that no power is devolved and everything is centered in Colombo. The change if any is too slow and too small even at the level of provincial council. On the other hand, the phase of the military machine is very speedy and very deadly.
Therefore India is needed here for a political solution. Let our friends in the other parts of the world take care of the humanitarian subject, however difficult it is, as they have been doing for the last two decades.
[Mano Ganesan MP, Leader of Western People’s Front, Convener of Civil Monitoring Commission, President of Democratic Worker’s Congress and Member of Parliament for Colombo District]