LTTE Diaspora approaches India

Friday, 09 August 2013 - 13:11



The Times of India reported today that the LTTE Diaspora have taken an independent line to build bridges with the Indian government rather than confronting the Manmohan Singh regime over its stand on issues concerning Sri Lankan Tamils.


The newspaper reported that the LTTE diaspora is breaking free from the thinking of pro-Eelam outfits in Tamil Nadu, and acting shrewdly to reach their goal.


However the diaspora is using pro-LTTE political parties in Tamil Nadu on certain issues such as pressurizing the Indian Central Government to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting scheduled to take place in Colombo in November.


It stated that the Pro LTTE diaspora Organisations especially functioning in the United Kingdom and the United States of America are believed to be trying to build close contacts with the Indian Government.


Leader of the LTTE diaspora organisation in America, Viswanathan Rudrakumaran, who introduced himself as the leader of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam is top among the diaspora activisits who try to close to Indian government.


British Tamil Forum, a strong movement among the Sri Lankan Tamils in the UK, also echoed similar views. Its general secretary V Ravikumar said the overseas Tamils have realised the importance of India's intervention for a political resolution of the Lankan issue.


Ravikumar said that although they were upset with the Indian government's approach during the final phase of civil war in 2009, they do accept India as a powerful nation.


Both Rudrakumaran and Ravikumar urged India to take a leadership role in the UN Human Rights Council to pass a strong resolution in March 2014. They also urge that India should boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo.


A senior research fellow at the Centre for Asian Studies, said India should have a dialogue with moderate sections of Tamil diaspora.


The research fellow also said that the diaspora would love to influence India but India will not agree with Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam concept.