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We couldn’t remove the stone in rice… Will we roll the boulder stone? -Nadarajah Kuruparan:-

 

We couldn’t remove the stone in rice… Will we roll the boulder stone? -Nadarajah Kuruparan:-

 

 

One of my friends told me that people from the area that survived from the flood had thanked the British rulers in a live TV show in Chennai.

While it is being strongly made accusations that British rulers had exploited the developing countries in their colonial time, it cannot be disregarded that the infrastructure facilities constructed by the British rulers are still protecting many developing countries.  Though they constructed these infrastructures such as ponds, canals, tunnels, railroads and highways for their own betterment, these are still being as the continuation of the remnants of British colonialism in the countries like Sri Lanka and India.

The lesson taught by Chennai is not alone for entire India. This lesson learnt from Chennai should be the important lesson to the north and east part of Sri Lanka.

The war torn north and east part of Sri Lanka has been refurbished, renovated and restructured. Particularly, Vanni region has started being developed gradually after the disastrous war. Vadamaradchi east in Jaffna district and Vakarai, Sampoor and Muthoor in Eastern province were also worse affected due to the war.  

Provincial councils have taken responsibility for the huge portion of re-construction of infrastructure works. Or else, Tamil officers belonging to north and east play a key role in the works carried out through the central government. While avoiding bribery and corruption, urbanization rules should be properly followed with the intention of perfectly developing our homeland in the re-construction of these areas that were leveled to ground.

However, the question, asking whether these things are concerned in the reconstruction and infrastructure works being carried out in north and east, drilled my mind and made me sad.

Global Tamil News already reported that anicut dam of one of the tanks in Killinochchi, that had been already renovated in the past regime, was about to be broken. Farmers were involved in preventing it, GTN added.

As the leakage occurred at the bottom of this tank renovated at the cost of 29 million, it could be surely said that perversity had taken place in the renovation works. No one can deny that Tamil officers were also part of this though these activities were headed by the previous government. This is just an example. Several other examples that are yet to be revealed come across in our eyes. It will not take time to happen this same disaster in north and east unless these issues are properly approached.

Five year period after the war had been a dark era not only to north and east but also to throughout the country. But there is a significant change occurred after the 8th of January, 2016, though it cannot be claimed as the revolution in social democracy.  After this change, so many doors have been opened. Though those doors have not been fully opened, those have been at least partially opened.  How have we taken advantage of this opportunity as an affected ethnic group?

History taught us a lesson that chauvinist rulers always apply divide and rule tactics on the ethnic minorities and encourage the inner conflicts within the ethnic minorities so as to weaken them in the countries where ethnic conflicts dominate. Apart from that, rulers will not invite us to take advantage through the doors and windows that have been partially opened. Instead, we should make attempt to take advantage through it.

Without confining ourselves with making accusations that the government of good governance did nothing, it should be questioned whether we have made better use of the opportunity we had and have we taken steps to make the benefits come out of it available to the people. 

The recent news reports from north and east caused deep concerns in my mind.

Criticisms arose on us while either I or GTN raised questions on the provincial councils. “We are attempting to weaken the Provincial council”; “We assist those who attempted to kick out the Chief Minister of NPC from his office” are the criticisms that muffled in our ears.

About which I have no concern ...Because the readers know well that GTN made sturdy criticisms on the demands urging the action against the Chief Minister. Apart from that, irony appears as someone who strongly has an opinion that provincial council cannot be accepted, comments that criticisms made on Provincial Council would weaken it.

In reality, what are provided to us are two separated provincial councils (democratic struggles demanding political settlement with complete powers may get strengthen in case these provincial councils having lack of powers). But parliamentarians nationally represent the representation of district people. In today’s practice, parliamentarians do not have direct control over the administration of the development projects carried out in their regions. Instead, they can develop their regions by making use of the funds allocated to them as parliamentarians. But the powers and fund allocated to the provincial councils are greater than the powers and funds allocated to the parliamentarians.  

Tamil National Alliance has the highest numbers of parliamentarians in north and east. It is being as the ruling party in north and participant in eastern provincial ruling.

In fact, we did not have this kind of opportunity in our history previously. Though this government does not have enthusiasm and heartfelt concern on both solution to Tamils’ issues and the developments in north and east, this government is little bit flexible at least on some affairs compared to the previous governments. Continuous struggles that cannot give up should stage for the inalienable things. At the same time, parliamentarians, members of provincial councils, Chief Minister and provincial ministers should work together to make the maximum benefits available to the Tamil people who have been suffering after being subjected to all troubles. Why couldn’t they do this?

If the TNA leader Sampanthan, his trusted parliamentarian Sumanthiran and ITAK leader Mavai Senathirajah have contradictions with the Chief Minister, let them go. Why don’t other parliamentarians and provincial ministers together implement well-planned development tasks in north and east?    

Are they confined themselves with blaming others and posting their photos in social Medias after they distributed the funds allocated to them like Tamilnadu’s relief grating politics?

Forty sectors are in just four ministers’ hands. But we have been struggling for more than 40 years demanding the devolution of power from central. Why can’t some sections of these Ministries be divided and be made available to the ministers who are confined themselves with stage speeches in festivals and posting posts in social medias? Why cannot they be given responsibility to take care and monitor some of the sectors?

It is accused that despite the responsibilities along with the ministers have been already given to the members of provincial council, provincial ministers do not give powers to the members of PC. Will the provincial ministers respond to this accusation? 

Let the struggles for the nation, autonomy and rights continue. But, parliamentarians, provincial ministers and provincial members of the Tamil National Alliance should be committed to work whole-heartedly for making the best use of the opportunities either it is small or big for the betterment of our people who lost everything in the three decades long war. 

Otherwise, electing several members from national parties would happen in the upcoming provincial and parliamentary elections. Then, this cannot be stopped by those who raise voice for the nation, autonomy and rights. I want to say one thing here that national parties are going to influence in north and east within next 10 years time.

During the disagreements frequently occurred between me and my father with regard to the armed struggle, my father used to say several times that “Thambi! You first try to remove the stone in rice. If you couldn’t do even this, then how are you going to roll the boulder stone?” This question comes across in my mind here.

 

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