Gajendrakumar’s TNPF for ‘Two-Nations in One Country’

Gajendrakumar PonnambalamThe Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) led by Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam says it stands for a solution based on ‘Two-Nations in One Country’ in order to resolve the issues faced by the Tamils.

In a statement with regards to the position of the TNPF on the political solution and on accountability, Ponnambalam said the TNPF stands for a solution where Sri Lanka is recognized as a country which comprises of the numerically larger Sinhala nation and the numerically smaller Tamil nation and other Peoples – a model quite well known to scholars and practitioners of pluri-national/ multi-national constitutional ordering across the world.

He said the TNPF reject the notion of a Sri Lankan nation-state (one nation-one country) for the reason that the numerical strength of the Sinhala Buddhist people, being a permanent majority, would make Sri Lanka in practical terms a Sinhala-Buddhist state.

“Accordingly, we insist that the recognition of Tamil Nationhood, its right to self-determination and the recognition of the North-East of the island as its territorial unit – its traditional homeland – in line with the Thimpu Principles of 1985 is quintessential to any solution.  We accept that self-determination and nationhood need not be necessarily manifested through the institutional settings of a separate state (country) but that a multi national state (country) can also recognize the plurality of nations and the self-determination of its constituent units. We are hence committed to exploring a political solution within an united state (country) despite the history of failed negotiations between the Tamils and successive Sri Lankan Governments. We have made this very clear in the party manifesto that was release for the purposes of contesting the 17 August 2015 Parliamentary General Elections,” he said.

 

 

The TNPF has also been quite unequivocal in its demand for accountability and justice for crimes committed during the 30 year long war and before. Ponnambalam said given that the Sri Lankan Army is seen as protectors of the Sinhala Buddhist order and the Army and the Police are the primary accused parties regarding the grave crimes, including the crime of Genocide, committed against the Tamil people, the TNPF is of the firm view that no internal / domestic mechanism or inquiry can result in genuine prosecutions against the Sri Lankan Army, Police and members of its political class.

He said that to hold an internal / domestic accountability process will be tantamount to “victor’s justice” and hence TNPF insists on an international criminal justice process as part of a wider programme for accountability, truth seeking and justice.

The TNPF has also warned the Tamils consistently about attempts to use the Tamil people’s struggle as leverage for geo-political contestations. (Colombo Gazette)

17 COMMENTS

  1. No need forb two nations as the Tamils are very well assimilated in the island,doing business and living happily.Don’t stir the pot.

  2. What about the Veddas, Indian Tamils, Paravara’s, Malays, Muslims and the Burghers living in this country, Shouldn’t they too have a separate identity. Then instead of two nation community we should have eight nation country. What is your logic?

  3. First of all you demonstrate that you are truthful, by letting Sinhalese people to buy property in north. Tamil only state will be poison to peaceful Sri Lanka.

  4. Look at your own portrait, it’s evident that you are highly intoxicated with heavy hangover. You should never imagine that one day you will be a leader of any cause even to clean public bathroom of this country.

    With your foul mouth you said, 2 nations in 1 country.
    Who the hell are you to open this dangerous can of worms. We are more than happy to live with Sinhala people than you kind of dirty worms.

    Tell me straight, are you willing to send your mother, father, wife, son and daughter to battle field to get your separate nation. Are you willing to turn your duplication road mansion into an refugee camp.

    Where were you during final war, in northern Srilanka or in Europe enjoying hard liquor with beef steak. Look at yourself and ask what kind of traitor you are to your own community.

    Take note we give due respect to your grandfather and your father for their oration nothing more and nothing less.

    Talk sense, nobody will appreciate your foul mouth.

    I am a upcountry Tamil, who believe that whoever born in this country is none other than Srilankan.

  5. WHO IS THIS GAJENDRAKUMAR ANOTHER INFMOUS RUMP OF SUN GOD PARABAHA WHO WAS MASSACRED DESERVEDLY RUTHLESSLY AND DISGRACEFULLY FORTHE IDIOTIC ATTEMPTED SINHALA GENOCIDE. GAJENDRA AND OTHER NOW VOCIFEROUS TAMIL PARTIES WERE DUMBFOLDED AND ANUS-TIED DURUING PRBAH’S REGIME TO OPINE THEIR VIEWS. NOW THE LATEST IS A TWO NATION SRILANKA? MY BALLS.
    WHY NOT HARNESS THE MUSLIMS AND CALL IT THREE NATION SCROTUM? THE TROUBLE IS THE BUDDHIST SINHLESE ARE SO RELIGIOUSLY TOLERANT CLASSLESS SUNDRY TEMPORARY SRI LANKA RESIDENTS, ARE ALLOWED TO MAKE VULGAR IMAGINARY MAD CLAIMS FOR IT.THESE STUPID MUSHROOM PARTY SO CALLED LEADERS MUST REALISE SRI LANKA IS A KICKING LIVELY PROGRESSING COUNTRY THOUGH TINY A COMPRHENSIVELY PERFECT NATION BELONGING TO THE OVERWHELMING MAJORI SINHALESE BUDDHIST SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL. DONT SCROUNGE,OR BURN YOUR ONCE BURNT FINGERS BY PROVOKING COMPASSIONATE SRI LANKANS.EVEN YOUR GRANDFAHR MUST BE LAUGHING IN HIS ASHES. ARE YOU GAJEDR OR NAI ENDRA?

  6. Tamil people want one country and one nation and your crazy ideas were rejected by northern and eastern Tamils. Do not try to put Tamils in frying pan again as they are happily living after suffering for 30 years with the curse of another idiot, Prabakaran.

  7. What issues? Are these issues created by GOSL or people of other nationalities? Can you name just one right sinhalese have but tamils don’t have? As far as Sri Lankan citizens are concerned, whole Sri Lanka should belong to them, regardless of the race, religion or ethnicity. Just my two cents.

  8. The country will not be divided along ethnind lines.The LTTE tried by force and you see what happened. So forget about it. You have no mandate to talk anything really. Assimilate or disappear!

  9. gajan mall ican you tell how many tamils arr living in jaffna

    2) how many are residing permanently living outside jaffna 3) how many are outside in western countries.

  10. You are a joker. Keep your views to yourself. Under the new UNP government we are one country irrespective of race, religion & cast. We are Srilankans. Get real mate. If you want another country you can migrate to Tamil Nadu.

  11. Mr Ponnambalam please don’t bring back racist politics to destroy Sri Lanka.
    Sri Lanka in fact is a Sinhala Buddhist nation as per historical records and as had been accepted by all colonial powers during their periods of administration. However, all minority groups subsequently assimilated into Sri Lankan nation, through migration or invasions or indented labour for estates, are welcome to live as equals but not as over privileged minorities, as was the case under the divide and rule policies and techniques of Colonial powers. To ensure equal rights, Sri Lanka already has sufficient mechanisms like the Human Rights commission, an independent judiciary, democratic elections, free education in one’s mother tongue and other policies to ensure fair governance. One cannot divide nations based on whims and fancies of minorities, creating separate monoethnic states wherever an ethnic minority has a majority. In fact this is why your party has been totally rejected by the very community you are trying to carve out a separate state for.

  12. what are you going to Tamil living in up-county and other part of the country.???? .you better wait another 50 years to see how can majority people support your option because their will be possibility once entire system go out of control under corrupted Politian hand over the years in future .

  13. You and your party and the ideology you stand for have been outrightly rejected by the Northern voter. Going back to days when you were not born, it is your grandfather who came out in opposition to SJV demanding 50/50 when even then Tamils made up of less than one-third of the population. Get real, get legitimate and take note you and your party are persona-non-grata.

    • Listen my friend. do not give comments for the sake of give comments. Who are you to talk about his grandfather? G.G. P. could have achieved the solution for Tamils. Guys like you opposed his demand. You want to suffer and make other suffer.

      • How can you tell others not to comment about grandfather’s etc?. Also, making demands do not mean they are legitimate or fair. Can I demand that you give me a part of your house, just because its profitable for me at your expense?. Is that a legitimate demand?

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