28 March 2017

Another Indian threat: India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj threatens Sri Lanka

Every time a Chinese high-powered delegation arrives in Sri Lanka, India throws a salvo - “Our aim is to protect the interests of Tamils in Sri Lanka. You can achieve this through two means, by either doing it forcefully or through persuasion”. Sushma Swaraj goes on to say that Sri Lanka war crimes is a cause of pain and anguish for India. Firstly, it is good for India to remember that if Tamils are citizens of Sri Lanka it is the Sri Lankan Government that must protect the interests of those Tamil citizens and not India. India must look after the interests of Tamils living in India. Next, India needs to be reminded about the pain and anguish Sri Lanka has suffered because of India for 3 decades. India is again reminded that Tamil armed militancy was birthed by none other than India. India even provided logistics, training and even funded that militancy. The 1987 Indo-Lanka Accord was another intervention Sri Lanka was forced to sign that forced Sri Lanka’s constitution to be amended to incorporate the provincial council system and the merger of two provinces which India had been eyeing as a means to annex Sri Lanka incrementally using the Tamil card as guise.  

While India refused to supply arms to Sri Lanka to defeat the LTTE, India claims it backed Sri Lanka to defeat the LTTE. So says Nitin Gokhale’s book “Sri Lanka, From War to Peace”. Why should a superpower like India be scared of LTTE & LTTE Tamil Diaspora to openly sell arms to a friendly neighbour trying to defeat terrorists (that India created) that India had to “quietly gift’ offshore patrol vessels. Pakistan and China were not fearful of the LTTE.

Another book by retired Indian diplomat Shiva Shankar Menon admits India’s role in Sri Lanka’s conflict. The extended version was seen when India thought the need to dislodge Mahinda Rajapakse’s government and install the present government which was tasked to India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and RAW’s Colombo head Ilango. A classic case of regime change engineered via elections primarily because of China’s development initiatives and China’s closeness to Sri Lanka co-opted the role of the West in that diabolical agenda. Three months after the election win the Indian Premier arrived in Sri Lanka. This prompted Liu Zongyi, a researcher from the Shanghai Institute for International Studies to say “Modi included in his Sri Lanka trip the city of Jaffna in the Tamil-majority Northern province, which in fact shows India’s interference in the country’s internal affairs”.

Chu Yin, an associate professor at the University of International Relations echoed India’s interference "China has no intention to offend India, and the program is good for Sri Lanka's economic development. But if India has a problem with the program and oppresses its neighbour, it only shows that it is interfering in other countries' domestic affairs," Apparently the Hambantota Port development was initially offered to India before it was offered to China. Another classic case of India crying over spoilt milk!
Obviously India does not want any of India’s neighbors to prosper or develop other than using the sub-standard handouts India decides to dole out if and only if the neighbors behave as obedient servants of India. If not the economic blockade Nepal suffered and the meddling in its constitution drafted is what is in store. All of India’s SAARC neighbors will have plenty of Indian interference examples to give. In the 21st century, does India seriously expect countries to follow such orders and refuse to accept opportunities for development that would raise the living standards of these countries and their people as well as improve global trade economics?
The list of incursions and interferences in Sri Lanka are many triggered by numerous local entities on Indian payroll as agents peddling Indian intervention.  
A recent debate on Sri Lanka’s constitution had MP Sumanthiran and Attorney Wigneswaran silently nodding approval for foreign intervention. Tamil leaders are eternally promoting the need to implement the 13th amendment in full simply to keep India happy. Should we call ourselves a sovereign country if we have to please other countries at the cost of our national sovereignty?

There is a history to India’s incursions, interventions and interferences. There have been 17 invasions by South Indians on Sri Lanka, most of these invasions ended up destroying historical Sinhala Buddhist sites in the North and forcing Sinhala settlements to move southwards.

Why would India celebrate the 1000th anniversary of an ancient Tamil King (Rajendra Chola 1) who was the first to make conquests overseas? His father King Raja Raja Cholan captured Anuradhapura resulting in King Mahinda fleeing to Ruhuna and captured by the Cholas and taken prisoner to India where he died. What is interesting is the attempt by the RSS to ascribe Hindu identity to the Tamil king.

It was timed amidst the constant Indian fishermen headache with thousands of Indian bottom trawlers invading Sri Lanka’s maritime waters to steal Sri Lanka’s fish and then making diplomatic noise whenever these fishermen are arrested! Where is the anguish by India and Sushma Swaraj regarding the loss of livelihood to the Northern Sri Lankan Tamils when Indian fishermen steal the fish that belong to Sri Lanka’s territorial waters?
Sushma Swaraj please refer India’s former Union Law Minister and advocate Ram Jethmalani said that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was created by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for the protection of Indian interests. “They were trained by our own agency RAW. When the Chinese and the Pakistanis were establishing their power in Sri Lanka, Indira wanted some force inside Sri Lanka to safeguard our Indian interests,” Alfred Duraiappah the Tamil Mayor of Jaffna was killed by Prabakaran probably using an Indian bullet. Scores of Tamil policemen, public officials, principals killed were by the 35 militant groups India trained clandestinely in India (LTTE were using 6 camps in India by 1986)

Eelam self-determination borrowed from quest launched initially in Tamil Nadu. Tamil leaders from both countries have been peddling pseudo-historical interpretations to justify that 76million Tamils should have a separate homeland.  You cannot solve issues that have no historical legitimacy but bursting with propaganda and lies.

India kept an initial control over the armed militants. RAW chief Gauri Shankar Bajpai had admitted that Colonel Kittu (Sathasivam Krishnakumar), the LTTE commander, was India’s mole in the militant outfit. LTTE’s Deputy Mahaththaya was also an Indian agent and that ended his life. Thereafter, LTTE became adopted by global geopolitics and Tamil ethnic minority card became the battering ram used by the West, its NGO missionaries and West’s judiciary the UN. Sumanthian and the role of Catholic priests – Father Emmanuel, Bishop Rayappu Joseph in the Eelam sing song will reveal the global nature of the Eelam quest. How inclusive of ‘Tamils’ this interest is will be found out when Tamils face the fate that befell those who now suffer in independent Kosovo and independent South Sudan. They have neither independence nor self-sufficiency!

Didn’t India feel pain and anguish for the Indian Peace Keeping Force soldiers who were killed by the LTTE. Some 2000 soldiers had to wait 30 years for a remembrance stone to be erected for them. When the Indian PM arrived for the SAARC summit in 2008, unveiling of the war memorial was not in the Indian’s Prime Minister’s itinerary.

Didn’t Sushma Swaraj feel pain and anguish for the 3000 Tamil women that the Indian soldiers raped? Why has India not conducted an investigation against these crimes which we hear are taking place even in Kashmir?

Does India not feel pain and anguish for the many civilians LTTE killed including Tamils and an unknown number of Tamil children kidnapped and turned into LTTE child soldiers? Were the fate of these Tamils not as important to India as the LTTE for which India is speaking on behalf?

If the UNHRC resolutions had the nod of approval by India, it also clearly meant that the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement that officially gave territory to LTTE also had India’s consent. It proved beyond doubt that to India the killing of Rajiv Gandhi by LTTE, politically meant nothing and India continued to use LTTE to leverage political advantage of Sri Lanka. India voted against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC in 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2015 but voted against the UNHRC resolution in 2014 given the international investigative scope fearing it would internationalize the Kashmiri issue.

The “Tamil” card has been beneficial to India. Using ‘Interest for Tamils’ India has been able to open consulates in North Sri Lanka and even Hambantota. Indian illegal immigration has recently been highlighted by Sultan M Hali who says writes Indian Tamil are being infiltrated as visitors and refugees and being provided with Sri Lankan passports with the help of Indian Consulate General, Jaffna. Reportedly, an amount of $6,000/- is paid to Sri Lankan authorities for obtaining Sri Lankan Identity Card and passport.” This is quite a serious development. India is attempting to change the demography of Sri Lanka while eventually displacing Sri Lankan Tamils by increasing Indian Tamils in North Sri Lanka. Obviously the Sri Lankan Tamils have not reviewed the dangerous repercussions of this.
Is India’s interest in Sri Lanka due to the fact that 35% of LTTE’s cadres were in fact Indian? Is this why India is building homes and infrastructure in North Sri Lanka and promoting Indian cinema artists to open these structures. A November 2003 report by P K Balachandran to the Hindustan Times claims that Tamilselvan, Prabakaran’s right hand man had confirmed this including the fact that Prabakaran’s personal bodyguards were also Indian because he trusted them more than the Sri Lankan Tamils! Now that is very interesting given that Prabalaran was supposed to want to create an eelam for his Sri Lankan Tamils!!! If he was referring to the Indian Origin Tamils it would mean the estate Tamils whom the colonials imported from India to work on the plantations and whom were all low caste including Prabakaran and virtually all of his fighting cadres.
Just as India enjoys playing the ‘Tamil’ card, the Vellala high castes are using it to regain and remain supreme over all Tamils. The racism continues in the diatribe of Wigneswaran and Sambanthan depict this while the mouthpiece of Sumanthiran echoes how the Western evangelical factor has entered the Eelam scene with the West also using the minority ethnic Tamil card for its geopolitical agendas.
Not only did India create the LTTE, India created Tamil racism that has become a cancer without medication.
If Prabakaran, the entity that India created went against India, it means India’s untrustworthiness was detected by Prabakaran and it is enough reason for Tamils themselves to wake up to realities that they are being used by all including the Tamil politicians on both sides of the Palk Straits.

Shenali D Waduge

http://www.island.lk/2003/11/11/news06.html 35% of our fighters are Tamils of Indian origin: LTTE (by PK Balachanddran)

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/02/10/slin-f10.html - Shiv Shankar Menon admits India’s role