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Sri Lanka's Continued Attempt to Murder a Minority CultureTim King Salem-News.com
Is culture eradication a spoil of war?
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - It apparently isn't enough that Sri Lanka's military forces committed Genocide against the minority Tamil population. The 160,000 plus murdered souls apparently aren't sufficient to quench the appetite of this government.
Now Sri Lanka is in the process of literally erasing every sign of the historic Tamil culture they can get their hands on. This should make the citizens of Tamil Nadu very concerned because it is their culture also. The Sri Lankan Tamils have maintained Tamil words long vanished in India. This is just one example of why Tamils remain determined to maintain what is rightfully theirs.
Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. (Muthuvel) Karunanidhi is the head of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), a Dravidian political party in the state of Tamil Nadu.
He sent a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, that carries strong words toward the current actions being carried out under the watch of Sri Lanka President Majinda Rajapaksa. He is asking them to take steps to halt the erasing of the Tamil language, culture and religion in Sri Lanka. He mentions foremost, the renaming of Tamil villages with Sinhala names.
It is the same attempt, to hang onto the historic Tamil culture, that led to the establishment of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) in the first place, and the same reason launched the three-decade long civil war between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan government.
It seems Sri Lanka is missing the point. Perhaps it has been able to slide and even laugh at war crime charges, but this island nation is committing political suicide with its ridiculous and terribly overt, continuing ethnic cleansing of Tamils. People are paying attention and that includes the U.S. State Department and other agencies and entities whose support, slowly sliding away, is extremely important to Sri Lanka.
He says this manifests itself in the renaming of Tamil villages, redrawing of village, district and town boundaries, demolition of Hindu temples, non-allocation of funds to resettle and rehabilitate internally displaced Tamil families, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure and promoting Sinhala settlements on Tamil land and Sinhala takeover of the economic life of Tamil areas, which impoverishes the Tamils and the deployment of army camps to intimidate Tamils etc."
This widely supported politician says there are many more tactics employed by the Sinhala government. Tamils in Sri Lanka are living in an oppressive enforcement.
Pointing to data showing the level of intrusion, destruction and intimidation the Tamils are subjected to, Karunanidhi cites:
Karunanidhi says the eradication of a great culture and ancient religion is, "happening in our backyard".
The desire among Sinhalese Buddhist Sri Lankans to ethnically cleanse the Tamil Hindu and Christian population has led to a bitter and bloody pogrom designed to create the ideal Sinhala Buddhist state, yet religion isn't supposed to manifest as militarized government, still that is exactly what has taken place.
TamilNet wrote of Karunanidhi's effort:
It would be wise for Singh and Gandhi to take proactive steps and use the power India possesses to force a change of tactics in Sri Lanka at minimum. It is apparent that Rajapaksa is testing the water to see what his administration can get away with. It is said that they laugh at India and ridicule its ignoring of the crimes against the Tamils that culminated in May 2009 with so many dead and permanently crippled both mentally and physically. M. Karunanidhi is right, it is time for India to take a stand.
Tim King's previous Salem-News.com reports on Sri Lanka:
Jan-17-2013: Special Feature: A Spark of Unity for Sri Lanka?
Nov-21-2012: Why Did Sri Lanka Kill So Many Children?
Jul-30-2012: Blindness Sweeps Large Parts of Sri Lanka
Jul-20-2012: Why Are Buddhists Committing Genocide Again?
Jul-01-2012: Did a Ghost Crawl Inside My Laptop?
May-07-2012: Sri Lankan Buddhist Mobs Call for Mosque Demolition
Apr-10-2012: Sri Lanka: Genocide and Poor Toilet Training
Mar-18-2012: Is Google Earth Hiding Sri Lanka's Ghosts?
Mar-11-2012: War Crime Court and its Conflicting Interests
Mar-08-2012: Sex Abuse and Murder in Sri Lanka- New Photos Emerge
Feb-28-2012: Tweets from Tamil Eelam
Feb-24-2012: Two of Sri Lanka's Foulest War Crimes
Nov-24-2011: Fear, Genocide and Torture in Sri Lanka
Oct-15-2011: Genocide 101: World and Media Apathy
Oct-05-2011: War and its Aftermath... a Real Killer for Tourism
Oct-01-2011: Sri Lanka in the Crosshairs of Canadian Parliament
Sep-13-2011: Sri Lanka Recalls Diplomat Accused of War Crimes
Jun-20-2011: Sri Lanka's Violence Toward Tamil Minority Continues
Jun-02-2011: UN Experts: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide Video is Real
May-31-2011: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide: Killing the Messenger
May-03-2011: Confronting the Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka
Apr-27-2011: Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka Emerges Into Public View
Tim King has more than twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. Tim is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine who follows stories of Marines and Marine Veterans; he's covered British Royal Marines and in Iraq, Tim embedded with the same unit he served with in the 1980's.
Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from traditional mainstream news agencies like The Associated Press and Electronic Media Association; he also holds awards from the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; and was presented with a 'Good Neighbor Award' for his reporting, by the The Red Cross.
Tim's years as a Human Rights reporter have taken on many dimensions; he has rallied for a long list of cultures and populations and continues to every day, with a strong and direct concentration on the 2009 Genocide of Tamil Hindus and Christians in Sri Lanka. As a result of his long list of reports exposing war crimes against Tamil people, Tim was invited to be the keynote speaker at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, in July 2012. This is the largest annual gathering of North American Tamils; Tim addressed more than 3000 people and was presented with a traditional Sri Lanka ‘blessed garland’ and a shawl as per the tradition and custom of Tamil Nadu
In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005. Serving readers with news from all over the globe, Tim's life is literally encircled by the endless news flow published by Salem-News.com, where more than 100 writers contribute stories from 23+ countries and regions.
Tim specializes in writing about political and military developments worldwide; and maintains that the label 'terrorist' is ill placed in many cases; specifically with the LTTE Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, where it was used as an excuse to slaughter people by the tens of thousands; and in Gaza, where a trapped population lives at the mercy of Israel's destructive military war crime grinder. At the center of all of this, Tim pays extremely close attention to the safety and welfare of journalists worldwide. You can write to Tim at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Tim's Facebook page (facebook.com/TimKing.Reporter)
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