Timely Over View of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam

1 Jun

Timely Over View of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam

By S B Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Q1. What is meant by a Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam?

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is a political formation to win the freedom of the Tamil people on the basis of their fundamental political principles of Nationhood, Homeland and Right of self-determination. The TGTE is a novel concept both for the Tamil people and the rest of the world. At present the Tamil people have absolutely no prospect of articulating their political aspirations or of exercising their fundamental rights in their homeland itself.

Tamil Diaspora, an integral part of the nation of Tamil Eelam, utilizing democratic means in their respective countries, will establish the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) as the highest political entity to campaign for the realization of the Tamils’ right to self-determination.

Q2: Why a Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam? What is the necessity for such a government?

The social existence of the Tamil people depends on the preservation of their distinct political, economic and cultural way of life. The Tamils must have the ability to coexist and be co-partners with other communities around the world. To achieve these goals and to control factors that pose threats to their existence, there is a need for a strong and self governing political entity. These aims were given shape:

in 1976 through the Vaddukkoddai Resolution and reinforced by the mandate given by the people in the 1977 general elections the 1985 Thimpu Principles and the 2003 Interim Self-Governing Authority (ISGA) proposals gave added weight to these aims.

Therefore, given the current situation, It has now become necessary to constitute a coordinated and democratic polity to advance these objectives. This polity is the proposed Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE).

Q3. Are there differences between a Transnational Government and a Government in Exile? Or are they the same?

Though there are common features, the two governments are in theory different in theory. A government in exile is a temporary government shifted to or formed in a foreign country by exiles who hope to return to their home country when it is liberated. For this, at least the approval and acceptance by one host country is required. A government in exile needs no Diaspora. The concept of a Transnational Government has received the attention of social scientists for more than two decades. It is associated with the transnational life of people and their involvement with transnational politics.

Q4: What are the objectives of TGTE?

TGTE is to promote the interactions in between Tamils of Eelam and Diaspora.

TGTE will create a mechanism for the political unity and the pursuit of the political desires of this transnational community, while respecting the laws of the states which this transnational community inhabits.

It is in the distinct transnational space within which these cross border relationships take place that the Transnational Government seeks to operate by facilitating the promotion of interactions and forging a common political program.

TGTE proposed to be established in the transnational space by Tamils is meant to realize the political aspirations of Tamils in our Homeland.

TGTE will also engage in promoting the social, economic and cultural development of Tamils in the Diaspora.

TGTE will lobby for the support of the international community and its people to find a political solution to the Tamil national question on the basis of Nationhood, Homeland and the Right to Self-determination. It will campaign through political and diplomatic channels.

Q5. Why should the Tamil Diaspora promote efforts to form the Transnational Government? What is their contribution towards the political liberation of the Tamil People?

In today’s context, only the Tamil Diaspora is in a position to advance the political aspirations of our people. Approximately one third of the Eelam Tamil population lives in the Diaspora, so they are not an inconsequential part of the community. Since the political space to pursue Tamil rights has been totally suppressed in Sri Lanka, the struggle to establish these rights has to be moved out of the island into the international space that the Tamil people of Eelam occupy.

This is a factor that adds strength to Eelam Tamils. The 21st century political reality is increasingly getting evolved as Transnational Governance. Irish people who emigrated to America and Canada gave staunch and open support to the Northern Ireland struggle. Likewise, the Jewish Diaspora until today supports the state of Israel politically and financially. On another plane, the Diaspora of countries like Italy, El Salvador, Eritrea, Croatia and Moldova have become an integral part of the politics of their respective countries. Four representatives are elected from the Italian Diaspora to the Italian parliament. In Haiti, a separate electoral riding has been allocated for Haitians living in Diaspora. Further, more than half the countries in the world have recognized dual citizenship. All this evidence points to the importance given to transnational politics in the 21st century. The efforts by the Tamil Diaspora to form a TGTE should be viewed in this perspective.

Q6. Where will the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam be based? What is the nature of such a government?

The TGTE will not have a territorial base like traditional governments. Enforcement of sovereignty by enacting laws, defense of territory and taxation like traditional governments is not applicable to the TGTE. The primary goals of the TGTE will be the security of the people in our Homeland, full and early realization of their right to self-determination and their social, economic and cultural well-being and development.

Q7. Will the international community recognize the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam? Is it possible to carry forward TGTE’s plans without such recognition?

As stated above, the concept of a TGTE is an innovative exercise. There is no precedence for such an exercise. The nationalities that fought for their political independence from outside in previous years created Governments in Exile (GE) that functioned outside their countries. For a GE to function it is not necessary to have a strong Diaspora community. However, the proposed TGTE has a strong Diaspora community as along with well-defined political goals. Further, the continued insistence by the international community and friendly forces for the necessity of the Eelam Tamils to abhor armed struggle and carry forward the struggle politically are factors favorable to us.

Q8. How will the Sri Lankan government and Sinhala – Buddhist chauvinists view the Transnational Government of TamilEelam?

Both the Sri Lankan government and its racist rulers view the proposed “Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam” with a sense of apprehension and danger. The reason for such fear is that the hegemony imposed on Eelam Tamils and the Tamil Homeland at present is not a real victory. Neither is it permanent. What they have achieved is military supremacy in the balance of power. This is beneficial only within the island of Sri Lanka. Further, this military supremacy is useful only to counter armed struggles and cannot counter the diplomatic approach.

In this context, the Tamil people’s struggle for the realization of their right to self-determination by unarmed methods carried out in the international arena is viewed with alarm by Sri Lanka’s rulers as one they cannot confront. Sri Lanka’s rulers, therefore, consider that the proposed TGTE project by Eelam Tamils will become a formidable battlefront which they cannot defeat. Sri Lanka and its allied forces have today reached the peak of their power. They are left with no options other than to apply the same old military approaches. Sri Lanka is trying to restrict the mode of struggle of Eelam Tamils to a battlefront that it can win. It is also trying to keep to itself control over setting the rules of the battles to come. The proposed TGTE is a new playing field opened by Eelam Tamils. Sri Lanka cannot decide the rules here. Its military domination and territorial control are of no use in this field of play.

Q9. What impact will the activities of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam have on people living in the island of Sri Lanka on matters relating to their political, social, economic, security, rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement affairs?

The primary objective of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam is to realize the right to self-determination of the Eelam Tamils. Simultaneously, the TGTE will take action on two other fronts. They are:

(1) To take necessary diplomatic steps at international level to end the injustices, discrimination and acts of revenge perpetrated on the Tamils by the Sri Lankan government.

(2) To garner the expertise and resources of Tamil Diaspora to halt the plundering and exploitation of the resources of our Homeland by the Sinhala – Buddhist genocidal forces.

The TGTE will explore suitable alternative structures and create and manage sub organizations in order to successfully fulfill the above stated objectives and to guarantee the security of the Tamils living in the island of Sri Lanka while protecting their rights to local resources. Alternatively, it will appropriately utilize the resources of already existing organizations. When necessary the TGTE will establish cordial rapport and secure the assistance of international donor organizations, aid agencies, and bilateral or multilateral development organizations and work for the resettlement, development and investment, human resources development and environmental health. It will also provide appropriate inputs to the organizations within the island of Sri Lanka that have politically identified with the objectives of Tamil nationals.

Q10. What kind of leadership would the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam offer to the Tamil Diaspora? Do they need the leadership of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam? Is their current social and economic achievement inadequate?

Compared to the various other Diaspora communities in Western Europe, North America and Australia, the Eelam Tamil Diaspora is considered one of the most successful Diaspora communities. Their hard work, education, enterprise, dedication, obedience, austerity, ownership of property, extended family system and the love and devotion to their brethren are traits that are praiseworthy. But, for a community that has been devastated and displaced by war and racial violence and above all one that is fighting for its freedom, these traits alone are not sufficient.

The Eelam Tamils who have courageously faced and survived the threat to life and dangers due to racial violence are averse in coming forward to confront the open market economy. Further, instead of taking their own initiative to rapidly rebuild lost opportunities due to the war, such as banking, human resource development institutions, technical training institutes and service centers, they are seen as a community dependent on the existing structures. This state of affairs has to be changed. The entrepreneurship of the Eelam Tamils should extend internationally to all spheres of activity. The share of involvement of the Eelam Tamils in the creation of investment capital and industrial power should escalate to the extent of wielding influence in the economy of their host countries. The knowledge and technical know-how of Eelam Tamils should be broadened to become indispensable in the highest decision-making centers of each organization in which they work. It is through these means that the march for the liberation of the Eelam Tamils will be expanded and expedited.

The TGTE will attempt to provide the necessary ideological and strategic leadership for this process of success.

Source: http://www.govtamileelam.org      Contact TGTE:  info@govtamileelam.org


Who are the members of the TGTE committee:

The committee consists of many experts in different countries.

Professor M Sornarajah (UK)

Professor Francis Boyle (USA)

Professor P. Ramasamy (Malaysia)

Professor Rev A.J.C Chandrakanthan (Canada)

Professor Nadaraja Sriskandarajah (Sweden)

Dr Murugar Gunasingham (Australia)

Dr Sivanendran Seevanayagam (Australia)

Dr A.L. Vasanthakumar (UK)

Ms Karen Parker (USA)

Dr N Jeyalingam (USA)

Mr Selva Sivarajah (Australia)

Mr Paul Williams (Netherlands)

Professor Peter Schalk (Sweden)

Timely Over View of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam


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