Is it the official stand of the UNP asks Mano Ganesan
By opposing the mere thought of India talking to Tamil-Muslim parties, UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake is unethically sabotaging the peace hopes of the Tamil speaking people in this country.
Ravi Karunanayake MP
As an inevitable partner in the Sri Lankan process India is not only talking to the minority parties but also talking to the government and UNP. UNP leader Ranil Wickramasinghe travels to India to meet Indian leaders more frequently than the government leaders. Karunanayake cannot be unaware of this fact.
We can understand his rush towards the UNP leadership. But he should not flare up such sensitive issues in this post war era for his private agenda. Is it the official stand of UNP approved by Ranil Wickramasinghe asked DPF leader Mano Ganesan in a media release issued by DPF media office today.
India is neither Sinhala nor Tamil or Muslim. It is not a country full of Mahatmas either. Like Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims too have their own problems with India. It is because India naturally performs at it’s interests. The Indian interest which is against the fragmentation of Sri Lanka has protected Sri Lanka from splitting up. Government of the day understood and used it intelligently.
This is the underlining fact that Karunanayake cannot afford to ignore. If the thought of India talking to Tamil and Muslim parties is the problem for Karunanayake, he should only blame the parties those ruled the country including his party today. Karunanayake had been member of past UNP and PA governments.
Before blaming India for the alleged arms training to the Tamil groups, Karunanayake should take few lessons from the history. Policies of the so called national parties and the successive governmental treatments meted out to the linguistic and religious minorities in this country, forced the minority leaderships to seek external assistances. It also paved way for the formation of ethnic parties in this country.
Post war era has not offered any hopes for the Tamil speaking people yet. Tamils are fed up with mere assurances and lectures on a daily basis. The total blame is ruled on the LTTE. Nobody including UNP is prepared to look into the causes those created the LTTE. Therefore it is not unusual for the Tamil speaking people to look for support beyond the shores of Sri Lanka. Sinhala people must have done the same if they are put into such a situation.