“It is risible to suggest that we (Tamils) must embrace and live at peace with those who butchered our people and destroyed our nation,” said Seeman, chief coordinator of the Naam Tamilar Katchi in a recent interview, where he comments on the upcoming Sri Lankan general election.
“There are still people who deny that a genocide of Tamils took place,” he said. “The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Sumanthiran himself have claimed that such an act of ethnic cleansing never happened.”
“Even though it was initiated by Thalaivar (Prabhakaran), TNA has strayed far too away from the ultimate goal of an independent Eelam. It behoves us to oppose a party that is going in the wrong direction. What would Thalaivar have done if he was alive today? As his children, it is our duty to follow his principles.”
The NTK leader stated that even a settlement of devolution within the island would not solve the problems the Tamils face in the island.
Asked about the party he identifies with, Seeman laid out the qualities he looks for in a Tamil party:
“Who truly espouses the cause of Tamil Nationalism without wavering? That comes first. Second, who endorses the merging of the Northern and Eastern provinces and endorses Tamil autonomy? That is the party which I would support.”
Taking a neutral stance between Wigneswaran of Tamil Makkal Thesiya Kootani (TMTK) and Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam of Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF), Seeman said,
“I unequivocally oppose TNA. I urge my people to not vote for Karuna or Pillayan. As for the rest, I’m common to them all. I can’t favour my father over my brother or vice versa. I hope Tamil people will remember the sacrifices of our Maaveerars (great heroes) and the blood they shed when they vote in this election.”
Commenting on the valour of LTTE leader Prabhakaran Seeman continued,
“Thalaivar is an exceedingly virtuous person, a paragon of moral rectitude. That is mainly what contributed to his downfall. He never wanted to harm civilians and never engaged in tit-for-tat activities in return for all the atrocities that the Sinhalese perpetrated.”
“When the NTK comes to power’, he added, “the Tamil struggle will be reinvigorated and acquire a new lease of life”.
“Our movement will become far more powerful and exceed all your expectations. It will definitely happen.”
Seeman is one among the few politicians in Tamil Nadu who has consistently expressed his support for the creation of an independent Tamil Eelam state. He relaunched the Naam Tamilar Katchi on May 18, 2010, exactly one year after the Mullivaikal Massacre. Watch the full interview here on Youtube.
See the full interview below.