Reiterating that a Tamil Eelam alone will offer a permanent solution for the Sri Lankan Tamils DMK leader M Karunanidhi said yesterday that the goal should be achieved only through non-violent methods.
Talking to reporters after the first meeting of the revived Tamil Eelam Supporters Organization which he founded in 1985 Karunanidhi said that even if the LTTE resurfaced to resume its struggle, the TESO would urge it to follow the path of non-violence.
Asked if he had no faith in the armed struggle of the LTTE, Mr. Karunanidhi said, “Anyone committed to a cause and pursuing it with a pure heart and uncompromising fighting spirit will get our respect.”
Karunanidhi said that the armed struggle launched by militant groups in the wake of the suppression of Tamils failed owing to various reasons and led to the downfall of Tamils as a race.
Asked if the DMK would leave the Congress-led UPA if the Centre refused to support the TESO's demand, Karunanidhi said he was optimistic that the effort would succeed.
He added that when many countries decided to support the resolution against Sri Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights Council, India took a belated decision but the DMK's efforts led to India supporting the resolution.
Karunanidhi’s new plan is to create the conditions for recognition of the basic concept of Tamil Eelam adopted at the Vaddukottai conference in 1977 through UN intervention and hold a referendum among Tamils in Sri Lanka and the Tamil Diaspora for the formation of a separate Eelam.