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Closure in Sri Lanka

The curtain has at last fallen on the blood-drenched saga of Velupillai Prabhakaran’s life as the uncompromising head of LTTE.

Written by The Indian Express |
May 21, 2009 2:10:32 am

• The curtain has at last fallen on the blood-drenched saga of Velupillai Prabhakaran’s life as the uncompromising head of LTTE. V.R. Raghavan’s ‘Life after Prabhakaran’ is insightful into Sri Lanka’s possible destinies as the LTTE ceases to be. The rehabilitation of Tamil civilians,and their full accommodation into the island nation’s political structure and processes,is the first task of the Sri Lankan government. Tamil suffering and insecurity must be addressed formally,all the more so since this had provided Prabhakaran the excuse to wage the bloody civil war,killing innocents and political figures.

— John Alexander Nagpur

• Muzamail Jaleel’s ‘Learning from the LTTE’ adequately sums up Sri Lanka. However,one thing that is common to “liberation” movements and insurgencies worldwide is their drawing civilians into the battle once the socio-political rupture becomes unbridgeable. These movements are of a “becoming” nature,drawing upon subjective perceptions of objective conditions of existence. As a result,vested interests try to keep the conflict alive. If the Lankan government doesn’t speedily deal with Tamil suffering,Sri Lanka would be seen to be failing to solve its crisis. Politics on both sides cannot fail Lankan Tamils again.

— Ashwani Sharma


Polishing it up

• This refers to the editorial ‘Polish the cabinet’. Unless the prime minister asserts himself with regard to cabinet building,your advice will not hold. For a meaningful and transparent second term,Manmohan Singh shouldn’t allow himself to be dictated to by leaders like Karunanidhi. Reports suggest that Karunanidhi is demanding a certain number of portfolios,lucrative for his partymen. The PM must end this perversion of the Westminster model of governance this time round. He must,for the sake of a polished cabinet.

— M.K.D. Prasada Rao


Not welcome

• The declaration of “unconditional support” by pompous and opportunistic leaders like Lalu Prasad,Mayawati and Mulayam Singh to the UPA is ludicrous and exposes their politics for what it is. They seem unfazed by the fact that the Congress is rejecting their unsolicited offer of “help”. After having been rejected and humiliated by the electorate,these leaders have no option but to support the new government with an eye to remaining relevant and fearing investigations against them.

— Satwant Kaur Mahilpur

Likeminded allies only

• Lalu,Mulayam and Paswan ditched the Congress just before the elections. The voter has given them their due. It is amusing to see Amar Singh and Mulayam Singh now rushing to Manmohan Singh with unsolicited support,and Lalu hoping for a cabinet berth. This time Congress has no compulsion to ally with these proven opportunistic,power-hungry and untrustworthy leaders. It should stick to the pre-poll allies and likeminded smaller parties and independent MPs.

— M.C. Joshi


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