Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Batticaloa District MP Shanakiyan Rasamanickam invited all Sri Lankan Tamils living abroad to unite while emphasising that only a collective voice can win fundamental rights, including political rights, for the Tamil people.
MP Shanakiyan went on to say that Tamils live in every country in the world and that they have been given proper recognition to hold their cultural festivals.
Shanakiyan made these claims on 29 August after returning to Sri Lanka after attending a Tamil festival in Canada as a special guest.
“There are Tamils in every country and they have representatives in their respective legislatures. They are represented in every local government body in those countries, including provincial and state governments.
The Tamils who fled the country during the war took refuge in countries around the world and those countries have given them good positions, recognising them as equals. If the Sri Lankan government is looking for investments from expatriate Tamils, it is a source of pride for the Tamil community as a whole. I am confident that a political solution will be found for this country’s Tamil people. Until then, we must work together and in unison,” MP Shanakiyan said.
“Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who chased us from our motherland, has been chased off by the people who brought him to power and today he has taken refuge in another country. Those who voted have chased him off today, it is fate. Our journey in politics will continue until the dawn of a sustainable, respectful and peaceful future for the Tamil people. The unity of Tamil people living abroad as well as in Sri Lanka is a must to achieve these goals,” he added.
By Naalir Jamaldeen