Delivering his memorial oration for ‘Thanthai’ Selva in Jaffna, the General Secretary of Nava Samasamaja Party, Dr. Wickramabahu Karunaratne said that, the Sinhala Rulers is always acting with a mind-set that, the other races subjugate themselves under their dominance.
Continuing further he said that, even today this problem has not been solved. ‘Thamilarasu’ also did not materialize. Therefore those aspirations could not be forsaken even in today’s context. They should be carried forward. We cannot forget the Home Lands of the Tamils.
Although having a ‘Sinhala Only’ policy, S.W.R.D.Bandaranayake signed an agreement with Thanthai Selva acknowledging power devolution is important to Tamils. But the Leftists failed to safeguard that agreement and became the root cause of today’s situation. We should be determined in working together in establishing political power devolution in Sri Lanka, like the one in India.
Here a question rises as to whether the concept of Tamil Ethnic race came into being with the commencement Thanthai Selva’s political career. Sinhalese say that their ethnic race came into being with Sinhabahu. But the Concept ethnic race is a recent discovery. It got strengthened with the strengthening of Capitalist doctrine.
The Dudly – Selva agreement also was vigorously opposed by the leftists. Even after these two defeats, Selva proceeded patiently in a non-violent way. He did not forsake his policies and doctrines in the middle of his political voyage, he said.