Tamilians in Srilanka were wronged for a long time. The fight from what I see started when there wasnt even an attempt to treat them as equal citizens. I support their cause. I support them the same way I support loads of causes from Tibet to Palestine to Israel.
But as some one who grew up with news of terrorism dancing at every corner of the country( primarily the corners), I cant support LTTE nor can I support separatism.
Supporting LTTE is even more of a farce. It has in its history, abducted, brainwashed child soldiers- - a crime of the gravest order. No cause in the world is worthy enough to ignore that.
It also harmed other tamilian leaders fighting for the cause simply because they didnt put their allegiance with Prabhakaran.
Yet today loads of tamilians are asking for the release of people who plotted the most heinous terrorist act that happened in tamilnadu. Some comments I read in the vernacular publication(my answers).
1. why avenge one man's death( not true ~25 people is what wiki says).
Besides, Terrorist attacks arent just about numbers, they are always an attack on the sovereignty of nation
2. 21 years is too long time while waiting on the deathbed.
I dont find this argument too appealing but this is what supreme court used in commuting a death sentence. But it didnt nullify Life imprisonment until death sentence.
3. Their argument - they are political prisoners.
Politics or anything else isnt a reason to go and attack innocent people. Not to say the terrorizing effect it had on rest of the population( like a less than 10 yr old who later that day looked at the young world cutout of a charming looking leader with a lot of disbelief)4. They didnt commit the actual crime
Loads of politicans/powerful people in India indulge in murder/other threatening tactics involving force/ physical harm. this argument is akin to saying only the contract killer has to be punished and politican should be let go off since he didnt actually commit the crime.
5.21 years is a too long a time.
People who committed a heinous crime like that cant be left out free among the general population.
I am not speaking on behalf of Rahul Gandhi who never uttered a word about repeated parole of Sanjay dutt and so many other cases. Just as a citizen of india and a normal human being who is opposed to any act of terror.
It is interesting to note the varied reactions tamil nadu over time. Jayalalitha swept off the elections after Rajiv Gandhi died since she had an alliance with congress then- the first time TN witnessed that sort of a sweep i think. One of the things people liked about her then was how she went with an vengenance against LTTE compared to the Karunanidhi's soft corner for them.
Sivarasan and Dhanu were considered the heinous people.
Today, tides have turned to an extent where the same people are arguing for the release of terrorists who were involved in that crime!
Again, the tamilian cause in Srilanka needs to be fought for. But terrorism isnt the answer for that or anything else in life!