It will take one-and-a-half to two years to do away with most land mines and another year to declare the areas safe for habitation, reported Times of India, Sunday, citing Indian Army’s retired Major General Prem K. Puri who is heading one of the Indian outfits engaged in de-mining the North and East.
Meanwhile, 82 more former Indian soldiers went to
Mahinda Rajapaksa’s insistence on ‘de-mining first’ to free civilians from the concentration camps and India sitting on international intervention raise serious concern in Tamil circles, how long both the Establishments are going to continue the ‘human shield’ in fulfilling their agenda.
According to General Puri, "From a distance it might seem as if we are working slowly. That is not so. We have to clear every bit of land carefully, inch by inch. It is a meticulous operation," Times of India reported.
The Indian outfits are now operating in the districts of Mannar, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Amparai.
The strategic and economic interests of
Addressing the Andra Chamber of Commerce last Monday, Colombo’s Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai, P.M. Amza (posted to London now), invited South Indian investment to the ‘Special Economic Zones’ in the North and East planned by Colombo in Trincomalee and Kilinochchi.
According to Mr Amza, reported by The Hindu’s Business Line, agriculture (including food processing and dairy), fisheries, infrastructure and tourism are some sectors offering tremendous opportunities for Indian industry in these provinces ‘especially after the end of conflict.’
The diplomat’s invitation coincides with what M S Swaminathan envisages for Eelam Tamils.
A people's group in Tamil Nadu recently said the idea of Swaminathan Foundation was to convert Eelam Tamils, especially their womenfolk, as bonded labour force in their own land while keeping the men in camps.
In one of her recent writings, Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy, Arunthati Roy has aptly said what is in the mind of the Indian Establishment, even about its own people in
“The battle for land lies at the heart of the 'development' debate. Before he became
The Tamil circles in the diaspora said the West is no different in its approach in exploiting the plight of Tamils for its advantages in the island.
They cited the liberal grants of loan to
It is time the Eelam Tamils realise the universal dimension of their struggle, hemmed between a genocidal Sinhala state and the geopolitical greed of powers and realise that this struggle has now entered into a phase having bearings to entire human civilisation, Tamil analysts said.
Unless Eelam Tamils take appropriate moves in asserting to their sovereignty in their homeland, bargain and convince powers at an international level that nothing could be smooth without Tamils handling their own affairs including development, it is futile to expect any freedom emerging for them from the present manoeuvres in the island, Tamil circles said.