Best achieved through Ahimsa: Sampanthan
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.