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India’s devastating ‘play with fire’ in the island of Sri Lanka

[TamilNet, Friday, 30 January 2009 07:47 No Comment]

The Indian game that doesn’t enjoy any popular support from any quarter concerned, can only be autocratic and will prove to be devastative to the entire island. The present Indian Establishment is incapable of doing anything constructively new, other than destroying Tamil safeguards. India is not only heading for maintaining perpetual trouble in Sri Lanka, but also is inviting turmoil to a part of its own country. The Co-chair countries need to immediately neutralize the disastrous Indian adventure that is totally bereft of public support, by stopping the war, by not insisting on a solution based on a united Sri Lanka and by de-proscribing the LTTE, which is looked upon as the vanguard by most of the Eezham Tamils, writes a political analyst in Vanni.

The full text of the article, translated and edited by TamilNet follows:

It is an open secret that the present Indian Establishment, run by Sonia Congress is waging its own proxy war in the island of Sri Lanka, concurrent to Colombo’s war against Tamil Nationalism.
Both New Delhi and Colombo have declared that it is a war against ‘LTTE terrorism’ and they are now coming out with statements of satisfaction and jubilance over their achievements in ‘ending the conflict of decades’, through ‘cordial collaboration and understanding’.

Perverted elements connected to the whole show imagine themselves of Churchill, Roosevelt and Allied commanders of the Second World War, paint a picture of Hitler about Pirapaharan and expect that by exerting terror and coercion on civilians can make them revolt against the LTTE and make the Tamil diaspora to disown it.

In their quest for the head of Pirapaharan, this is the pathetic understanding of a matured national struggle, exhibited deplorably by these elements.

However, beyond the sadistic satisfaction of vindictiveness of a few in the Establishment for their earlier failures with the LTTE and with the masses that support it, the aims of New Delhi and Colombo vary.
Colombo has clearly stated that it would consider political solution only after completely rooting out the LTTE.

First of all it is doubtful whether Colombo can achieve it and therefore it will always have an excuse for not coming out with a solution. More than that, the way Colombo has groomed the Sinhala masses for the war, it is not politically possible at all to come out with a solution, satisfying even minimum aspirations of Tamils.
Colombo can only subjugate Tamils further showing an electoral Sinhala mandate, commit physical and structural genocide and try to completely eliminate Tamil nationalism from the island.

With the wrongful endorsement and abetment given to it by India and the international community for its political culture, there is no need for it to come out with a political solution other than a hoodwink. It only needs to sell its national assets to get the required money to maintain military oppression confirming the conquest.

But the requirements of the Indian Establishment are different.

It also doesn’t want to see Tamil nationalism or an independent Tamil nation state in the island, but it is accountable to the people of Tamil Nadu. Public opinion is important to continue the ‘dynasty’ in the throne of Delhi. Above all it has to maintain ‘checks and balances’ with Colombo.

What it is desperately attempting now is re-organization of its own quislings among Eezham Tamils with promises of arranging political solution, aiming to replace LTTE leadership. But the important qualification to become a quisling, as specified by the Indian recruiting agents, is to drop the Tamil national aspiration.
Soon one may find a set of propped up leaders, camouflaged initiatives in the diaspora and international conferences in New Delhi.

But, for everything, the war has to be over soon at least with the semblance of conclusiveness. If it doesn’t end soon, indications are there that the Indian establishment may even physically try a hand at it, as time is running out for it with elections around the corner in April.

Already there are reports of the physical presence of Indian soldiers in the war front and recent Indian supplies of tanks and aircraft to Colombo’s arsenal.

Whatever India may do to Sri Lanka to win the war against Tamils, it is never going to get the reward of popular support to any of its aims from the Sinhala masses. The popularity of the ruling Indian Establishment is at its lowest ebb in Tamil Nadu. Its name has become repulsive to Eezham Tamils.
Having all these discredits on its side, what really India can achieve in bringing out an acceptable political solution is anybody’s guess.

The present Indian Establishment is simply incapable of doing anything constructively new, other than destroying Tamil safeguards.

The maximum it may able to talk at the moment and is going to talk, is the implementation of the two-decades old and disproved 13th amendment, that too in its truncated form.

Even when India was enjoying the full confidence of the Tamil masses in 1987, it could not convince them of the viability of the 13th Amendment. Not even the Chief Minister installed by India found it satisfactory and was driven to declare independent Eezham before departing the island.

Either the full implementation of the 13th Amendment now or any constitutional innovation higher than that, may need the ‘use of force’ on the Sinhala masses, either by India or by a Colombo administration prepared to listen to it and this is sure to backfire on both of them.

The net result of the Indian game, without enjoying any popular support from any quarter concerned can only be autocratic and will prove to be devastative to the entire island. Repercussions arising from resentment, coupled with re-emergence of a dormant LTTE will only see a raging political inferno and bloodbath.
This time the war is not going to be confined to the island of Sri Lanka, but will be fought involving Tamil Nadu too.

The present Indian Establishment, by the bias and shortsightedness of a few, defy all public opinion and is dragging the entire region of southern South Asia into turmoil.

The deep ethnic divide created in the country through a long legacy of politics and decades of a brutal civil war, can be bridged for peaceful co-existence with relatively less pain, only by first dividing the country and then if necessary by allowing experiments for unity.

The Co-chair countries, which are also responsible for the present plight of the island, should see the reality of the nature of ethnic divide in the island.

The West’s ideology of pluralism for which they arrived at through a long historical process of centuries and through ‘new nation states’, is not valid and will not be understood in the context of the island of Sri Lanka. Only through the stage of ethnonationalism it can come to this island.

In its frustration arising from its incapability of achieving anything positively, India is not only heading for maintaining perpetual trouble in Sri Lanka, but also is inviting turmoil to a part of its own country.
In place of a region of turbulence, two peaceful political units competing in development in the island of Sri Lanka and a Tamil Nadu of good will are conducive and healthy for any one having economic interests in the region.
The Co-chair countries need to immediately neutralize the disastrous Indian adventure that is totally bereft of public support, by stopping the war, by not insisting on a solution based on a united Sri Lanka and by de-proscribing the LTTE, which is looked upon as the vanguard by most of the Eezham Tamils.

It is also time for the hither to silent world of non-powers and institutions of world civilization to voice for justice against the power play of the Establishments, for it is a common threat to the oppressed all over the world and is a mockery of human civilization.

The few among the people of Tamil Nadu who are antagonistic to the cause of the Eezham Tamils should see that the emergence of Eezham is for the collective benefit, and on the contrary, suppression of it is disastrous to all concerned.

The firm demand and support of the people of Tamil Nadu, not settling down for anything less than the creation of an independent and sovereign nation state for Eezham Tamils, is the strongest check against the folly of the present Indian Establishment.

The few among the Eezham Tamils and its diaspora, who are prepared to denounce Eezham, either because they are disillusioned of the struggle or just because they harbour bias and vindictiveness for the actions of the LTTE should realize that the national cause of Eezham Tamils is a larger and a righteous issue.

They will sure get the righteous space they are aspiring for by judiciously contributing to the society and by patiently struggling within the society. Already a space is emerging, and if not it has to be negotiated, for the Eezham Tamils and its diaspora of all shades, to creatively and freely engage itself in the building of the nation, without compromising on Eezham and without sabotaging the struggle.

It is always better to trust and abide by the aspirations of one’s own society than being carried away by the conspiracy of the present Indian Establishment, run by extra-parliamentary elements and bureaucrats, and is counting its days in power.

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