Collect Data on Army Activity, Wigneswaran to Tamil Youth

Published: 09th September 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th September 2014 03:03 AM   |  A+A-

C-V-Wigneswaran

COLOMBO: The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-speaking Northern Province, C V Wigneswaran, has urged Tamil youth to collect information on the deployment and activities of the Sri Lankan armed forces in the province, even as he told the Tamils, as a whole, to eschew separatism and militancy as these have proved to be counterproductive.

Speaking at the convention of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), at Vavuniya on Sunday, Wigneswaran said that the Lankan army is collecting all kinds of data on the people of the province, including a person’s “body language”, with the help of Israeli technology. “We should be aware that the army here is not eating grass,” he said, using a Tamil expression.

Wigneswaran urged party youth to collect information on the deployment of the army in the North, their numbers, location, the amount of land they occupy, and the kind of activities they are involved in. Merely making platform speeches won’t do, he said.

He also called for utilising women power, and efforts to rehabilitate and put to use former women cadre of the LTTE in the ITAK’s democratic movement.

‘Eschew Militancy’

However, Wigneswaran cautioned against reviving separatism and violence as these are not suited to the emerging conditions in the world and had failed to deliver the goods in the past.

A comprehensive and realistic world view is needed to determine the right goals and methods, he stressed.

Without naming Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief  V Prabhakaran, he recalled how the doughty Tamil warrior perished like Abhimanyu of the Mahabharata, because he  lacked comprehensive knowledge. Abhimanyu knew how to break into the Chakravyuham set up by the Kauravas, but did not know how to exit, and was killed.

On the Lankan Tamils’ relations with the people of Tamil Nadu, Wigneswaran said that despite efforts by some to drive a wedge between them, they can never be  separated.

The convention elected General Secretary Mavai Senathirajah as leader of the ITAK, in place of R Sampanthan.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.