Reducing the army presence and introducing civil administration would help improve living conditions of the people

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If there is one weapon that Kumaran Pathmanathan now says he has faith in, it is education. “If only I had taken education more seriously, I would have the ability to think and analyse issues independently,” he says, leaning back on his chair, at his office in Senchcholai Children Care Home –Kilinochchi.

Arms procurement wing

This is the man who headed the arms procurement wing and ‘international secretariat’ of the LTTE. KP travelled all over the world to buy guns and other military hardware for the Tigers.

He moved from one sea port to another undetected and was responsible for ensuring that the weapons reached the LTTE.

Popularly known as KP, he was, for long, on Interpol’s wanted list, charged with arms smuggling and criminal conspiracy and was also wanted in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

After the war ended, KP was arrested in Malaysia in August 2009. He was detained in a ministerial bungalow in Colombo and released in late 2012.

At that time, however, the Sri Lankan government said: “Kumaran Pathmanathan, who is under special protection, was permitted to engage in his NGO work and not released as claimed by media.”

Now, four years after the war, says KP, the arms struggle was a mistake.

Running this home for war-affected children, he talks only about education. The home is located near an army camp now, fuelling speculation about his proximity to the government. It has a few rooms, dormitories and an assembly hall.

Funding, says KP, comes from the Tamil diaspora.

Attired in a white cotton shirt and grey trousers, KP (nearly 60) looks back at his country’s past with what seems like regret.

Attributing the violence — spurred by the arms struggle — to the lack of adequate education in the country, he says: “The last 30 years of war have pushed us educationally further behind.”

Pausing for a few seconds, he fixes his gaze on a group of children playing about five metres away from where we are seated.

“Many of them lost their parents during the war, and some of them are injured or disabled. If they have to come out of this trauma, education is the only means and that is my vision now.”

As many as 300 children stay at the home and go to a nearby school.The home offers additional tuitions in the evening to help children who had dropped out of school during the war.

‘Instilling confidence’

“This is a community that had given up all hope over the years. Reviving that hope and instilling confidence is the greatest challenge at the moment,” he says. Observing that, in the 1970s, Tamil politicians brainwashed youngsters like him into joining the Tamil cause, he says the recent student protests in Tamil Nadu brought back those memories.

Emotional issue

“Students should be left to study. Politicians there [TN] make it an emotional issue. They cannot do anything on their own for us, so they have to work with the Centre in India and help Sri Lanka.” Terming the attack on Buddhists monks in India “uncivil” and “inhuman”, he says such responses will only do more damage than good to the Sri Lankan Tamils.

KP is not short of suggestions on the means to achieve peace and reconciliation: “The army’s presence enhances safety at one level, but also intimidates people.”In KP’s opinion, reducing the army presence in the area and introducing civil administration would help improve the living conditions of the people there. “Tamil politicians are obsessed with Jaffna and hardly engage with the people of the Vanni who are the real victims.” (The Hindu)

උතුරු පළාතින් හමුදාව ඉවත් කිරීම….

උතුරු පළාතින් හමුදාව ඉවත් කිරීම එම ප්‍රදේශවල ජනතාවගේ ජීවන තත්ත්වය වැඩිදියුණුවීමට හේතුවන බව එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ. සංවිධානයේ ජාත්‍යන්තර අංශයේ ප්‍රධානියා ලෙස සැලකෙන කේ.පී. හෙවත් කුමරන් පද්මනාදන් පවසයි. උතුරු පළාතින් හමුදාව ඉවත් කළ යුතු බවට විවිධ යෝජනා ඇවිත් ඇති බව හෙතෙම කියයි.හමුදාව සිටීම එක අතකින් එම ප්‍රදේශවල ආරක්ෂාවට යහපත් බවද අනිත් අතින් එය ජනතාව බිය වීමට කරුණක් බවද කේ.පී. පෙන්වාදෙයි.යුද්ධය නිසා උතුරේ ජනතාව ‍ෙහාඳ හැටි බැට කෑ බවද ඔහු ඉන්දීය හින්දු පුවත්පතට ලබාදුන් ප්‍රකාශයක සඳහන් වෙයි.

තමිල්නාඩුවේ සිසුන් පිරිසක් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ද්‍රවිඩ ජනතාවගේ ඉල්ලීම් වෙනුවෙන් විරෝධතාවක් ආරම්භ කර ඇති බව පැවසූ කේ.පී. එය 1970 කාලවකවානුවේදී එල්.ටී.ටී.ඊ. සංවිධානයට සිසුන් බඳවා ගැනීම හා සමාන කරුණක් බව සිහිපත් කර ඇත. උතුරේ පාසල් සිසුන්ට එල්.ටි.ටී.ඊ. සංවිධානයට බැ‍ඳෙන ලෙසට එවකට උපදෙස් ලබාදුන්නේද ඔවුන්ගේ මනසට දැඩිලෙස දැනෙන පරිදි බව කුමරන් පද්මනාදන් පෙන්වාදෙයි. කෙසේ වුවද ඉන්දියාවේ තමිල්නාඩු දේශපාලකයින්ට ලංකාවේ ද්‍රවිඩ ජනතාවගේ ගැටලුවලට විසඳුම් දිය නොහැකි බව කෙ‍්.පී. සඳහන් කරයි. ඉන්දීය මධ්‍යම රජය සමග එක්වී මිස ලාංකීය ද්‍රවිඩ ජනතාවගේ ගැටලුවලට ඔවුන්ට විසඳුම් ලබාදීමට නොහැකි බව ඔහු පවසයි.

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