International Council of Eelam Tamils (ICET) has proclaimed the year 2016 as the year for reinforcing the “Vaddukkodai Resolution”.
“We have planned activities around the world to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the “Vaddukkodai Resolutiond” starting on Thai Pongal (January 15, 2016) and concluding on Tamil Eelam National Great Heroes Day (November 27, 2016)” ICET said in a media release today.
The full text of the media release is as follows:
2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the passing of the “Vaddukkoddai Resolution” which unequivocally publicized to the world that a permanent solution can only be attained through the recognition of the independent State of Tamil Eelam to preserve the identity of the Tamil Nation and protect their traditional homeland.
“Until the European conquest, Eelam Tamils with their distinct and ancient language and culture and having lived for centuries as a nation in their traditional homeland, different from that of the Sinhalese, and în wish to exercise their inalienable right to rule themselves in their own land as a free nation.”
In addition, the Vaddukkoddai Conference proclaimed to the world that the “enactment by deceit of the 1972 Republican Constitution by the Sinhalese, without the consent of the Tamils, has made Eelam Tamils a subject nation and gave sweeping powers to the Sinhalese to plunder their economy, colonize their land with Sinhalese, deny language and citizenship rights, and deny rights to education and jobs equal protection under the law, all of which has contributed to the destruction of the Tamil Nation in their traditional homeland.”
The First National Conference of the Tamil United Liberation Front chaired by S.J.V. Chelvanayakam held on May 14, 1976, at Vaddukkoddai proclaimed “Eelam Tamils, to protect their very existence as a nation in this island, are forced to exercise their inalienable right to self determination to restore their independent, secular, and democratic State of Tamil Eelam.”
The continuing racial pogroms directed against the Eelam Tamils with the tacit support of the Sinhala Buddhist hegemonic state was countered decades later by the armed struggle of the Tamil youth which garnered the support of the Tamil people in their freedom struggle for Tamil Eelam. Faith in the armed struggle, the will to break the shackles of hegemony, and the goal of Tamil Eelam brought together the Tamil youth in support of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam which was founded on the basis of strict discipline, virtue, and steadfastness towards the goal of Tamil Eelam.
The Tamil people long abandoned by the traditional politics, which did not produce any results, began to embrace the path of the Tamil youth in the early 1970s. It is in this backdrop that the 1976 Vaddukkoddai Resolution, calling for the restoration of Tamil Eelam as a permanent solution, was proclaimed by the TULF which asked the people to vote for this resolution as their mandate in the 1977 General Election. The Eelam Tamils voted overwhelmingly in support of this mandate in 1977, far more than that was used to recognize new Nations around the world since then.
By voting overwhelmingly for the mandate of nationhood, homeland, and self-rule the Tamils expressed democratically their desire for a peaceful way to achieve their goal rather than through armed struggle. As a result by electing 18 Members, in a parliament of 168 members, the Tamil members became the largest opposition party and made history by a Tamil becoming the Leader of the Opposition.
With untimely death of S.J.V. Chelvanayakam, who was the founding chair of the TULF, and the squandering of the overwhelming mandate given to the TULF by the elected Tamil members led the Tamil people into a political vacuum.
The innumerable sacrifices made by great heroes for a righteous cause made them a formidable force and restored the identity of the Eelam Tamils as a nation. The mandate given by the people to the Vaddukkoddai Resolution asserting nationhood, homeland, and self-rule was further strengthened by the sacrifices of the great heroes resulting in the creation of a united people’s force even after three decades.
The very same arms that were used to protect against the genocidal onslaught of the Sinhala Buddhist hegemonic governments were silenced to protect the Tamil people from a massacre on May 18, 2009 at Mullivaaikkaal. Thereafter, the responsibility to continue the freedom struggle forward was handed over to the political leaders and the diaspora.
Changes that happened in the Sinhala polity as well as the unity of the Tamils resulted in the Tamil party once again becoming the largest opposition party after 32 years which enabled R. Sambanthan to become the Leader of the Party. Just like in the 70s, a few in the Tamil leadership are once again “falling for the crumbs” at the expense of fighting for our fundamental rights that they campaigned on and elected for.
A few Tamil leaders are monopolizing the party decisions and disregarding the true feelings of Eelam Tamils and denying their national aspirations to the continue the path of subservient politics by succumbing to the dictates of the Sinhala Buddhist and regional hegemonic powers. The formation of the “Tamil People’s Forum ” by the Tamil Civil Society under the leadership of Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council, is seen by many as the direct consequence of the anti-Tamil actions of a few Tamil MPs who are monopolizing the decisions within the TULF.
The main responsibility of the “Tamil People’s Forum,” formed on the basis of representing the true aspirations of the Eelam Tamils, is to put forward a political solution and help implement it at all levels. However, we are firm that this need for drafting a new political solution is unnecessary because the “Vaddukkoddai Resolution” proclaiming the nationhood, homeland, and self-rule had already received a democratic mandate. Therefore, the Tamil People’s Forum should put forward the Vaddukkoddai Resolution. We are also cognizant that the 6th amendment of the Sri Lanka constitution, which the Tamils were never party to, may prevent them from doing so.
In this backdrop, the Tamil diaspora which is beyond the realm of the 6th amendment need not be constrained by that law. Hence, we proclaim 2016 as the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the Vaddukkoddai Resolution.
The historically significant 2016 year is being proclaimed as the year for reinforcing the “Vaddukkodai Resolutiond.” We have planned activities around the world to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the “Vaddukkodai Resolutiond” starting on Thai Pongal (January 15, 2016) and concluding on Tamil Eelam National Great Heroes Day (November 27, 2016).
The re-mandating of the Vaddukkoddai Resolution was put to a vote in Norway on May 10, 2009. This re-mandating vote was done in several other countries where Tamil diaspora live.
By over 98% of the people voting in favour of the resolution they clearly expressed to the international community that the permanent solution to the Tamils is the restoration of a free and independent Tamil Eelam.
To expand the Tamil freedom struggle in the international arena the Norwegian Council of Eelam Tamils was formed on November 15, 2009 based on the Vaddukkodai Resolution. Similarly, 14 countries including Norway elected their respective country councils to represent the Tamil Diaspora spread in those countries. The International Council of Eelam Tamils is a conglomerate of the 14 councils.
From the time of independence of Ceylon and for over 60 years, the Tamils have tried hard to participate in peace negotiations without hindering the progress and prosperity of the island. Their wholehearted participation in round table meetings and all party conferences produced numerous pacts and agreements which were used to hoodwink the international community but thereafter abrogated unilaterally by the Sinhala regimes. The Sinhala Buddhist leadership never delivered on promises made at these meetings. They refused to accept the fundamental demands which are inalienable rights of the Tamils and keep them subjugated with their military might.
Successive Sinhala Buddhist governments have promised a solution to the Tamils to placate the international community, and later renege on those promises citing opposition by other hardline Sinhala parties which they themselves had encouraged to protest. These political deceits have been staged by different Sinhala leadership irrespective of party affiliations.
Delaying justice and rights to the Tamils in the name of “regime change” and promising solutions that never materialize are all treachery of the Sinhala Buddhist regimes. Let us not fall prey to such ploys and be vigilant about our long term goals.
If we are to protect our traditional homeland and preserve our identity as a nation the formation of the independent State of Tamil Eelam is the only viable solution. Therefore the strengthening of the Vaddukkoddai Resolution which demands the creation of independent Tamil Eelam is the only bulwark against the trickery of the Sinhala regimes.
We call upon all parties, organizations, and individuals from any part of the world I who genuinely accept the Vaddukkoddai Resolution in word and deed to join hands with us as one united force. The coming together of likeminded organizations and individuals is necessary to break the barriers against the formation of Tamil Eelam.