Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The war is over

B. MURALIDHAR REDDY
in Colombo

With the death of LTTE chief Velupillai Prabakaran, the militant campaign for a Tamil state in Sri Lanka seems to have come to an end.

REUTERS

SRI LANKAN SOLDIERS with the body of LTTE leader V. Prabakaran at Nanthikadal lagoon, near Mullaithivu in northern Sri Lanka on May 19.

(frontline)FOR the first time in 30 years, the Sri Lankan government can proudly claim that its writ prevails on every inch of the island nation. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which has been fighting for a separate Tamil homeland in the emerald island, stands decimated as a military force, and its top brass, including the supremo Velupillai Prabakaran, revered by some as the “Sun god”, have been physically eliminated. The majority community in the country, the Sinhalese, is celebrating while the Tamils and a section of the other minorities in Sri Lanka, such as the Muslims, are in an undeclared state of mourning. It is not that there is any love lost between these sections and the Tigers. Their worries stem from the ghosts of the past – such as the 1983 pogrom. Full text

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