Tamils and Kannadigas are not enemies

A well-wisher came to me with the request to support the apparently barbarous murder of the son of the former LTTE chief by the Sri Lankan army, the news of which has been in circulation these days. His logic is that Sri Lanka and Karnataka must be united in their opposition to Tamil Nadu because Tamil Nadu has been troubling both. I had to politely decline to support this viewpoint.

Tamils and Kannadigas are not enemies; in fact, we are one people in more than one sense of the term, and there is much that we need to achieve together. It is just that the politicians of Tamil Nadu would like to paint the Kannadiga like a demon to the Tamil so that they can then claim to have the ability to slay the demon.

Even the inability of Karnataka's politicians to secure the Cauvery for us is not their incapacity to slay the Tamil demon, for there isn't one. It is their lack of political acumen, their blind acceptance of enslavement by so-called national parties, and, in the ultimate analysis, the Kannadiga's complete subservience to the flawed idea of India that informs the present Constitution. The hatred of Tamils does not substitute for changing this status quo.

Now, don't mistake me. I don't mean to be a patron of the LTTE. That's the other extreme viewpoint that my critics will be waiting to jump to. Violence begets violence, and this is likely why the young boy was apparently killed so brutally. Also, I am not against violence either, because of the same reason: violence begets violence; if there has been violence in the past, the victims will tend to use violence in the present and future. Who am I to be for or against that which is inevitable according to the law of Karma?

3 comments:

ezhil said...

Kiran,

Thanks for your right view on this issue.


It also sings the same song.. what an irony..

http://karnatique.blogspot.in/2010/06/tamil-kannada-and-middle-path.html?showComment=1365341812116

ezhil said...

It is just that the politicians of Tamil Nadu would like to paint the Kannadiga like a demon to the Tamil so that they can then claim to have the ability to slay the demon.//

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Even the inability of Karnataka's politicians to secure the Cauvery for us is not their incapacity to slay the Tamil demon,//

You are saying tamils as demon in the second paragraph...

Self contradictory...

Kiran Batni said...

@ezhil, thanks for reading it so carefully. I did not for a moment mean that the Tamil people are demons. The 'Tamil Demon' is what the politicians of Karnataka would like Kannadigas to believe in.

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