2. LTTE leader V.Prabhakaran's uncompromising attitude forced the Sri Lankan government to press for a military solution to the ethnic issue. This has caused immense damage to the minorities' cause in Sri Lanka. The leaders of Tamil Nadu, particularly, Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi, should respond positively to Mr.Rajapaksa's call to persuade the LTTE leaders to spare the lives of civilians being used as a shield against the army. It is also an opportunity for Mr.Rajapaksa to show his statesmanship by being generous in victory. - Comdt.G.V.Mathew(retd), Thiruvananthapuram.
3. Colombo should not negotiate with the LTTE at this stage. It should insist on the Tigers' surrender and the release of civilians. It should try the LTTE cadres for the atrocities they have committed. At the same time, the government can engage in a dialogue with the Tamil groups. It can involve Mr.Karunanidhi and Ms.Jayalalitha too in the process. - M.D.Ravikanth, Chennai.
Courtesy: The Hindu, Madurai, January 29, 2009 ("Letters to the Editor")
Grateful thanks to M/s.Nemani Girija, G.V.Mathew, M.D.Ravikanth and The Hindu.