Best achieved through Ahimsa: Sam­pan­than

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY YOHAN PERERA

Sri Lankan Tamils would have achieved sel­f­rule in their ar­eas had they fol­lowed val­ues of Ahimsa (non­vi­o­lence) in line elu­ci­dated by Ma­hatma Gandhi, in­stead of re­sort­ing to an arms strug­gle, Op­po­si­tion Leader R. Sam­pan­than said yes­ter­day.

In 1977 there were a con­sid­er­able num­ber of Tamils elected to Par­lia­ment. We could have achieved sel­f­rule if we carried out a non-vi­o­lent cam­paign

He said this dur­ing the de­bate on the mo­tion of trib­ute which was taken up in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day to pay trib­ute to the great In­dian Leader. “There was a con­sid­er­able num­ber of Tamils elected to Par­lia­ment in 1977. We won all the seats in the North and the East at this elec­tion.

If we re­sorted to Ahimsa or a non-vi­o­lent civil dis­obe­di­ence cam­paign rather than go­ing in for an arms strug­gle we would have achieved a suf­fi­cient amount of self-rule in our ar­eas,” Mr. Sam­pan­than said. He said Gandhi’s vi­sion did not sur­pass In­dian iden­tity though he stood for lin­guis­tic iden­tity.

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