TamilWeek, Nov 27 - Dec 2, 2005
New Organization for Tamil Democracy formed in
Britain

by Mrinalini Raghavendhra

In what may prove to be a significant development in the sphere of Eelam Tamil
politics a group of dedicated people has come together in London to form a new
organization called the Tamil democratic Congress or Tamil Jananayaka Kangiras
in Tamil.

The driving force behind the move is a Tamil accountant based in London
Rajasingham Jeyadevan who has been elected as interim chairman of the nascent
organization. The interim secretary is R. Jeyendrathasan.

The decision to form such a Congress was made at a recent meeting held in
London where 23 Tamils from different parts of Europe participated.

Jeyadevan the chief trustee of the Eelap Patheeswara Sivan Temple in Wembley
was the focus of much media attention recently after a harrowing experience he
underwent in the tiger controlled regions of Northern Sri Lanka.

Jeyadevan and an associate Vivekanandan were inveigled into going to LTTE
controlled Kilinochchi and then forcibly kept under detention in Puthukkudiyiruppu.

Jeyadevan was forced under duress to relinquish control of the temple in favour of
a tiger henchman Seevaratnam.

After several weeks of mental torture and confinement Jeyadevan was finally
released due to pressure exerted by British officials on the LTTE at various levels.

Later the courts in London  ruled in favour of Jeyadevan and ordered
Seevaratnam to hand the wrongfully acquired temple back.

It appears now that the suffering undergone by Jeyadevan at the hands of the
LTTE has inspired and motivated him into forming the Tamil Democratic Congress.

Speaking to the "Tamilweek"on the telephone Mr. Jeyadevan explained in detail
the thought process on his part that impelled him to initiate this move.

" Since my return from the LTTE captivity I had a good exposure to the cross
section of the expatriate Tamil community. Further, I was able to understand the
expectation of the international community which is keen to see an end to the
conflict in Sri Lanka. Combination of these two factors made me realize the dire
need to stand up on issues and work towards to democratize our community. The
Tamil people in Sri Lanka are unable to rise up to challenges they are facing at
present. All what is happening there is that Tamil voice is suppressed in every
respect in a worst form of totalitarianism " he said.

"There is an urgent need to democratize our community without which a
democratic solution cannot be found to our conflict. The military achievement is
not only enough. It must pave the way to find a negotiated settlement." Jeyadevan
further emphasised.

Continuing Jeyadevan said " Unlike our brethren  in Sri Lanka, we the expatriate
Tamil community members are  enjoying our freedom and the democratic values
and have made significant economic progress in the countries we live. A section
of the expatriate Tamils contribute finances for the war. They must realize that it is
their duty to act responsibly and become accountable to the unfolding events in
Sri Lanka. The history must not condemn the expatriate Tamils of conducting a
proxy war whilst living comfortably in a peaceful environment unlike our people in
Sri Lanka. Majority of the expatriate Tamils have become silent spectators of the
unfolding events whilst a minority is able to extend the war".
This was the underlying reason, Jeyadevan said, for joining up with others and
forming the TDC.

"Tamilweek" then asked Jeyadevan about the procedure adopted in forming the
TDC and the future plans. This is what he stated.

" 23 Like minded Tamils met on 19 November 2005. We discussed various issues
and came to the consensus that we must be practical in our approach. This paved
the way for the formation of Tamil Democratic Congress. We consider that the
expatriate Tamils have vital role to play find a peaceful solution to the conflict.
Various names were put forward and TDC was accepted unanimously. A
sub-committee was appointed to draft the constitution for TDC. Interim Chairman
and Secretary were elected. The next meeting is on the 17 December and TDC
will take the full shape and form to function. A committee is working on the TDC
website and it will officially start shortly".

TDC will be called "Thamil Jananayaka Kangress" in Tamil, Jeyadevan said.
The TDC has also issued a formal press release outlining its objectives and giving
out contact details.

Interested persons are invited to join up.

The release is reproduced here in full. -

TAMIL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS
45 Hale Drive, London NW7 3EL         Tel: 0208 931 9253

25  November 2005

                                                      PRESS RELEASE

        NEW  ORGANIZATION LAUNCHED BY EXPATRIATE  SRI LANKAN TAMILS

TAMIL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS (TDF) HAS BEEN LAUNCHED IN LONDON AT
A MEETING OF A GROUP OF LIKE MINDED EXPATRIATE SRI LANKAN TAMILS
FROM ALL OVER EUROPE HELD RECENTLY.  THE OBJECTIVES OF THIS
ORGANIZATION ARE:

TO PROVIDE A FORUM FOR DIVERSE OPINION OF THE TAMILS ON THE
"TAMIL NATIONAL QUESTION" TO BE EXPRESSED DEMOCRATICALLY.

TO EVOLVE A CONSENSUS ON THE DIRECTION THE TAMIL QUEST FOR
EQUALITY, JUSTICE AND SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND TERRITORIAL
RIGHTS IN SRI LANKA SHOULD TAKE.

PROMOTE THE RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF A CULTURE OF TOLERANCE,
RESPECT FOR CONTRARY OPINION, HUMAN LIFE AND HUMAN RIGHTS
AMONGST TAMILS.

TO REPRESENT THE CONCERNS OF THE TAMILS WITHIN SRI LANKA AND
INTERNATIONALLY.

TO LIAISE WITH OTHER LIKE MINDED ORGANIZATIONS WITHIN AND OUTSIDE
SRI LANKA.

PROMOTE INVESTMENTS AND DEVELOPMENT IN HUMAN RESOURCES,
INFRASTRUCTURE, AGRICULTURE AND INDUSTRY IN THE NORTH AND EAST
OF SRI LANKA.

PROMOTE THE WELFARE OF THE TAMILS  AND FOSTER THEIR LANGUAGE
AND CULTURE

THE OFFICE BEARERS OF THE ORGANIZATION ARE:

R JAYADEVAN- INTERIM CHAIRMAN

R JEYENDRATHASAN - INTERIM SECRETARY


INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN JOINING THIS ORGANIZATION AND
PARTICIPATING IN ITS ACTIVITIES SHOULD CONTACT THE OFFICE BEARERS
BY POST AT THE ABOVE ADDRESS OR BY EMAIL. THE EMAIL ADDRESSES
ARE:

Interim Chairman:
Bahi.jayadevan@ntlworld.com

Interim Secretary:Jeyenn@yahoo.com
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