Cancellation tactics make potential candidates withdraw from TGTE elections

1 Jun

Cancellation tactics make potential candidates withdraw from TGTE elections

Four candidates, including two who had come within the first five in the poll conducted 8 days ago for the TGTE in the London South West Constituency, withdrew their candidature Monday after there were delays in announcing the results. Dr. N.Sathiyamoorthy, Mr. A.Vairavamoorthy and Mr. David Joseph, candidates sharing a common opinion said in their withdrawal letter that “even though it was hard for us to come to this decision, we feel it is necessary to make such decision to take our struggle to the next level through the TGTE, without giving any room for the Sri Lankan state or the IC to shame our Tamil Nation.” The election committee delayed the announcement of the results citing ‘complaints’ and there were behind the scene manoeuvrings by certain members of the CWG that conducted the elections, in selecting candidates without a re-poll, said a journalist who did not wish to be named…………  READ MORE

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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: Continue reading

Eelam experiments: The transnational versus local realities

1 Jun

Eelam experiments: The transnational versus local realities

The Tamil diaspora has undoubtedly been very vocal during the last stages of the military offensive and has through its extreme activism summoned widespread international attention raising the question whether there has been an oversimplification of the power of diaspora activism. Their activism took the form of media campaigns and public protests which fueled nationalistic sentiments and crippled transport systems of their host countries but essentially their activism seemed to continue the chase after an unrealistic dream at an unbelievably high cost.

R. Cheran believes that this latest obsession of the Tamil diaspora, the Transitional Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) should be viewed positively and encouraged as an ‘experiment in democracy’[2]. But would this experiment steal another generation of Sri Lankans from an opportunity of breaking away from the time hardened vines of the failures of the past? and could it in reality be an attempt at harnessing international credibility, creating hardliners and even fuel the resurgence of terrorism?……………   READ MORE

STF arrests 2 Tamil youths in Batticaloa district for supporting TGTE

1 Jun

STF arrests 2 Tamil youths in Batticaloa district for supporting TGTE

Special Task Force (STF) commandos on road patrol arrested a Tamil youth in Ka’luvaangchchikkudi and another in Kalmunai Wednesday evening claiming that the youths had mobile phones containing recent Channel-4 photos and other such film clips from some other websites, the relatives of the arrestees said. STF had told Kalmunai police where the two youths are detained that the youths are working in support of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), sources in Kalmunai said.

The arrested youths are Muthurasa Karunakaran of Maariyamman Koayil Veethi in Paa’ndiruppu and Kumarasamy Nadarasa of Eruvil. STF commandos arrested the youths when they checked their identity cards as they stood talking to their friends along the road. Meanwhile, STF harassment during road patrol has increased in the districts of Batticaloa and Ampaa’rai, residents in the districts said.

The politics of transnational Tamil Eelam Govt

1 Jun

The politics of transnational Tamil Eelam Govt

A significant event in Tamil transnational politics occurred a fortnight ago in historic Philadelphia city in the US state of Pennsylvania. About 70 -75 persons gathered on Monday May 17th for a three-day conclave. The venue was the National Convention Center situated on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall at 525 Arch Street.

Both the dates and location were symbolically significant. It was in Mid-May last year that the Sri Lankan Armed Forces defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) militarily at the Karaithuraipatru AGA division in the North – Eastern district of Mullaitheevu.

May 17, 18 and 19 of 2009 were tragic yet important days in LTTE histor…………… READ MORE

NSW representatives for the Constituent Assembly of TGTE

23 May

NSW representatives for the Constituent Assembly of TGTE

Kulasegaram Sanchayan, Balasingham Prabhakharan, Dharshan Gunasingam and Seran Sribalan were elected to represent NSW in the Constituent Assembly of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam.

The election to elect four representive from New South Wales, Australia was held yesterday, 22 May 2010. Six candidates contested for the 4 places.

Already six members representing other regions in Australia were elected unopposed. 

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‘Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’ (TGTE) to Get UN Recognition Either as a UN Non-Member State or as a UN Observer

16 May

‘Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’ (TGTE) to Get UN Recognition Either as a UN Non-Member State or as a UN Observer

  • TGTE representatives will be able to follow UN activities closely and take necessary action to advance the Tamil Elam cause.
  • Once becoming a non-member-state recognized in the UN, it is up to the TGTE to proceed to become a full fledged member.
  • There is little Sri Lanka can do to stop Tamil Elamists abroad.
  • After the war defeat, Tamils follow a non-military confrontational approach which is very difficult to tackle.

Having the ‘Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’  (TGTE) recognized as a non-member-state of the UN is still difficult although they are likely to make a push for that. In doing so, they will tap into legal concepts accepted by the UN including the right of a group of people to self determination. Once becoming a non-member-state recognized in the UN, it is up to the TGTE to proceed to become a full fledged member.

 The minimum they could achieve is a UN Observer status. As a UN Observer, TGTE will have the right to maintain an office at the UN Head Quarters in New York. TGTE representatives will be able to follow UN activities closely and take necessary action to advance the Tamil Elam cause. It will also equip them more to proceed with their War crimes allegations against Sri Lanka.

 State of Palestine is a good case study to understand how TGTE might move to become a UN Observer. Attention is drawn to certain key similarities that may lead to a similar outcome. 

 “At the time of the declaration, the PLO did not exercise any control over the territory in question.” (Berchovitch and Zartman, 2008). Their declaration designated Jerusalem as the capital city even though it was under the complete control of Israel.  This is akin to the total lack of control TGTE has over North and East of Sri Lanka today.  More than 100 UN member states recognized the State of Palestine as a UN Observer………. READ MORE