‘Political issues should be resolved through discussion’
A 2006 report, ‘Funding the Final War’ of the Human Rights watch which tabled numerous threats the LTTE issued to outspoken Tamils began with the above quote. Our protagonist, however, is not a Tamil but a Muslim who loves his motherland.
A leading social figure in the UK, Sayed M.M. Bazeer, the President of the Sri Lankan Muslim Information Centre, London had to live in fear during the height of LTTE war. The fact he was thousands of miles away from the LTTE strongholds in the North of Sri Lanka was hardly reassuring. The threats against him were so fresh that he thought they originated on his doorstep.
His outspokenness against the LTTE and boldness to put these ideas to pen as a writer of both English and Tamil media and deliver highly critical speeches at various forums earned him the wrath of the terror outfit. The fear was so intense, at one time, a police patrol was deployed to cover his house and Scotland Yard took over investigations into his complaints.