Krishna visit patterns Indo-Sri Lanka deceit on Eezham Tamils
There was no enthusiasm or expectation in Jaffna on the recent visit by India’s Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna, media circles said. Civil groups in Jaffna also reflected the same opinion. Just as the visits of MK Narayanan and Shiv Shankar Menon patterned the course of the genocidal war, the visits of the Indian dignitaries in the subsequent phase show a pattern in consolidating the structural genocide of the nation of Eezham Tamils in order to facilitate overlapping interests of India’s imperialism and the militarized Sinhala state in the island. Rather than pointlessly expecting India’s ‘development’ help or ‘mediation’ role, all shades of Tamil polity should firmly demand India to get out, if India’s imperialism is incapable of finding any overlapping interest in conceding the right to self determination of the genocide-affected nation of Eezham Tamils, civil circles in Jaffna said.
Peoples of India should join in the demand if they care for their own rights in the future, civil society circles further said.
Apart from a showcased public event in front of the Jaffna Library on Wednesday, the visit of Mr. Krishna proceeded like similar visits of foreign diplomats whose focus is to call on Colombo’s agents and the officials of the Sinhala military occupying the Tamil country.
The Bishop of Jaffna appeared in the public event, handing over an appeal to the visiting Indian minister urging India to play a mediation role in the talks between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) while EPDP paramilitary leader and a minister in the Rajapaksa government, Douglas Devananda, who also appeared in the stage, wanted Mr. Krishna to advice the TNA to take part in Colombo’s Parliamentary Select Committee farce.
The visit of SM Krishna was an ‘eyewash’, said senior politician and civil movement member Abimanasingham Manickasothy. The Eezham Tamil side should realize that India will not be doing anything contradicting the Colombo establishment, Mr. Manickasothy said adding that the TNA should stop giving false hopes to Tamils by their misleading statements. The visit of SM Krishna is to handle India’s interests only, he pointed out.
Meanwhile, S. Kajendren of the Tamil National Peoples Front (TNPF) said India was engaged in checkmating China and was competing with China in working with the Sri Lankan state. While showcasing through its media operations that India was taking efforts to solve the national question of Eezham Tamils, the real negotiations it had with Colombo were about winning Colombo to its side by entering bilateral agreements favourable to both the establishments in New Delhi and Colombo, Mr. Kajendren said.
Meanwhile, civil society representatives in Jaffna said Krishna talking about the rotten 13th Amendment was totally useless while the Eezham Tamil struggle throughout the past decades were based on their Right to Self-Determination.
SM Krishna was attempting to get the TNA to appoint representatives who could take part in Colombo’s Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) that is being set up by Mahinda Rajapaksa to drag on the process of finding a political solution to the decades old conflict.
TELO leader M.K. Sivajilingam alleged that the TNA had already agreed to appoint representatives to the PSC.
In the last two and a half years India has not even managed to complete 1000 units of the 50,000 houses it promised to the uprooted Tamils.
Mr. SM Krishna was in Ki’linochchi “declaring open” a building by only fixing the roof and doing some painting to an old structure, civil sources said. In Jaffna Mr. Krishna managed to open just 140 houses in Ariyaalai where he had laid the foundation stone during his last visit on 27 November 2010, more than an year ago.
There is no difference between what Colombo’s president, his siblings and son are doing in Vanni under the banner of “development” and what is being done by India under the banner of assisting Tamils in Vanni, according to a civic body member in Vanni.
K. Sooriyakumaran, one of the representatives of the fisheries society in Vadamaraadchi questioned how could one expect the Indian government, which has not been able to solve the controversial problem of intruding fishermen destroying the fishing nets and the fisheries resources by bottom-trawling so far, is able to solve the national question of Eezham Tamils.
There has been no improvement in the situation of the livelihood of the resettled Eezham Tamil fishermen who are severely affected by the intruding Indian and Sinhalese fishermen.