This is in reply to VSJ’s valiant attempt to defend Niromi De Soyza
The Tigers did not fight the SL forces while fighting the IPKF. Did the tigers make peace with the SL forces while they were fighting the IPKF? It’s more like a peace with the SL government was forced down their throats with the signing of the Accord and after the Accord turned to discord and they decided peace was out it was the IPKF they found themselves fighting. Not the IPKF as well as the SL forces.
Niromi’s monumental and fatal slip is exposing her ignorance of who she fought during her alleged fighting tenure.
Q- Niromi who did you fight during your fighting tenure?
N- urm..The IPKF ..and the Govenment Forces.
Q- What do you mean by ‘the Government Forces’?
N- What’s this, you can’t read or somethin? Read my 2009 Telegraph short story where I clearly say “The war resumed, just as Prabhakaran had predicted, though now we were fighting not only the government troops but the peacekeepers, too.” Geddit? When I mean government I mean the SL government. Simple linguistics and perception no?.
“The blurb and article could be put down to editing by a person other than Niromi.”
That neither the blurb nor the Telegraph article was a publisher’s contribution or isolated minor slips are confirmed by the fact that 2 years after the 2009 article Niromi re-affirms (yes re-affirms without the slightest awareness that she is fatally revealing her ignorance) in her own voice in the Throsby interview what she said in the Telegraph article; “…when I joined, the Indian forces had arrived and the tigers had chosen to fight the Indian forces as well as the Sri Lankan forces”
That the blurb is not a publisher’s mistake is again re-affirmed in her Nikki Barrowclough interview “She maintains that while she was involved in some combat, the very nature of guerilla warfare meant that most of her time with the Tigers was spent running and hiding from government soldiers.” That this curious persistence of ‘Government Forces’ in Niromi’s accounts of her fighting experiences is due to the mistakes of other people (oh those stupid publishers and stupid Nikki) is triumphantly negated by her Telegraph short story; “The war resumed, just as Prabhakaran had predicted, though now we were fighting not only the government troops but the peacekeepers, too.”
Now which stupid editor deleted which word here? The I word? Then the correct sentence would read; “The war resumed, just as Prabhakaran had predicted, though now we were fighting not only the Indian government troops but the peacekeepers, too.”
That these darned curious and tiresome government-forces we keep coming across in her fighting experiences are no mere editor/journalist incompetence is again triumphantly affirmed when Niromi is represented by Nikki as fleeing from the violence of her fighting experiences, violence generated by the two antagonists in those fighting experiences. Her side and the Other side. One side is obviously the tigers but guess what ‘the other side’ is? Those gosh darned Government Forces again. But this time called by their proper specific name. “She cries for reasons as complex and tragic as the conflict itself, even though it has been more than two decades since the former rebel put down her gun and fled the violence she’d become a part of, unable to deal any longer with the brutality of her fellow Tigers or the viciousness of the Sri Lankan armed forces.”
Q- Niromi what are you talking about here? You fled the violence you became part of? How did you become part of any violence?
N- Duh. Isn’t it obvious? I became part of the violence when I picked up a gun?
Q- So this violence, who was generating it?
N- The sides who fought; us and them
Q- So when you put down your gun and fled this violence, you were actually doing so because you couldn’t take it anymore what your side was doing and what the other side was doing.
N- Yes. I couldn’t take any more the brutality of the tigers (my side) and the viciousness of the other side.
Q- So which was this vicious other side?
A- Duh the Sri Lankan Armed Forces. Can’t read or somethin?
Q- Er.. oops?
Stand alone this quote from the Nikki Barrowclough and the quote from the same source about having spent much of her time running away from government forces can be put down to Niki’s ignorance and carelessness. (Though was Nikki that stupid, that ignorant and that careless? it is a big question mark because she seems to be aware of the Indian occupation and actually writes in that interview account , “At one stage, the LTTE controlled almost one-third of Sri Lanka’s territory. It also fought the Indian army, when Indian soldiers occupying north-eastern Sri Lanka as part of an Indo-Sri Lanka peace accord reportedly committed human rights atrocities, including rape, while trying to disarm the guerillas between 1987 and 1990.”)
Stand alone, the blurb can be put down to a publisher’s mistake in a publisher’s blurb. But taken together and looked at in the proper chronology, all the statements point to one inescapable reality. Niromi is not aware of the identity of her battle adversaries. If asked the question ‘who did you fight?’ she will answer ‘I (the LTTE) fought the IPKF as well as the Government Forces once the fighting started again after the signing of the peace accord.’
Pointing to evidence that she talked a lot about the IPKF won’t show that she knew who she was fighting. Obviously she knew she was fighting the IPKF. ‘I (the LTTE) fought the IPKF as well as the Government Forces’ incorporates fighting the IPKF. It’s the presence of the government forces in her declarations about her fighting experiences that compromises her fatally. Finally what comes out is that, when she sat down to do research and write her novel, the books she read told her clearly about the IPKF but did not mention where the government forces were and what they were doing all this while. (Of course a real LTTE fighter or someone who was in Jaffna/wanni in the IPKF period would have known this straight away without any books.) So she was at a loss about what to do with the government forces.
“um maybe I should just leave them around in the picture hanging in the background sort of. Might come in useful’
And they did come in useful. In exposing her.
As to the other ‘bright idea’ which seems to be brewing that the boat incident involving the capture of 17 tigers and their suicide can be construed to imply that the tigers were fighting both the IPKF and the government forces? Duh man. No one was fighting anyone in this incident. Patrolling navy captured some fleeing tigers, they were put in IPKF custody, Colombo wanted them brought there, LTTE shouted ‘what about amnesty huh?’ India was initially reluctant to hand over but finally ordered IPKF to back off and allow SL’s constitutional rights. The prisoners took cyanide on the tarmac where they were supposed to be transferred to an SL plane. The tigers were not fighting the IPKF as well as the SL forces here. The tigers were not yet fighting. Period. The tigers started fighting soon after. When they did they fought the IPKF, the whole IPKF and nothing but the IPKF. Any lack of awareness of this basic scenario points to lack of familiarity with context. Lack of fam with con has no place in the mental make up a former LTTE cadre. Hope you are enlightened now. I am tired but happy after my enlightening exercises.« Previous | Next »
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