By Noor Nizam
The Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India HE. Prasad Kariyawasam has blamed “fringe pro-LTTE groups” in the state of Tamil Nadu for the violence against visiting Sri Lankans, but underlined it will not affect robust ties or the visit of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to India later this month. “It’s an unfortunate aberration, especially given very warm and robust relations between India and Sri Lanka,” The High Commissioner has told this to journalist Manish Chand of the IANS during an interview at his office when asked on the recent targeting of Sri Lankan pilgrims and tourists in Tamil Nadu.
When analyzing the political background run-up to these episodes since India voted with the UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka, it is very clear that India, without understanding it’s geopolitical responsibilities was carried away by the “sweet political talks” of Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and the anti-China lobby group in the UN. India is definitely in the fault and has to take complete responsibility of the repercussions that are being experienced, and the final result will be that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will end up as the most failed PM of India in the coming months, notwithstanding the fact that the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will tide through the difficult time ahead, with the support of Sri Lanka’s real friends in the international arena and the unprecedented local support he commands which will be ascertained further as a result of the great victory his political alliance, the UPFA will win at the elections of the 03 provincial councils, especially that of the Eastern provincial council which is being held on the 8th., of September 20102.
It is a fact that recent media revelations have exposed the atrocities of the Indian armed forces against women, political interferences in the judiciary, bribery and corruption of politicians, misuse of political power, oppression of the media and swindling of state resources, all allegations that the anti-Sri Lanka west has labeled little Sri Lanka into bullying to accept the commands of the West and the US with regards to their stand in the affairs of the Indian Ocean Ring and geo-politics of the Bay of Bengal. Then how come that India conspired with the US, UK, Canada, Norway and the Netherlands to accept the framing of such charges against Sri Lanka in March this year in Geneva, when India is herself guilty of all such crimes framed.
Tamil Nadu has a population of 75,634,672 Tamils who think that the 934,392 Tamils living in Sri Lanka North are their cousins while the total Tamil population of Sri Lanka has been derived to be 1.5 million according to the recent census conducted. It is estimated that about 1 million Sri Lankan Tamils are living abroad after crossing the oceans to the West, Australia and North America. Being their cousins, it has been the desire for Tamil Nadu to be engaged in all and every matters of the Sri Lankan Tamils. Moreover, the Central Indian government since the time of India being a colony of the British has reiterated the fact that Sri Lanka is a province of India. Indian political leaders the like of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first PM of India had publicly stated this claim in many occasions. But it was Rabindranath Tagore, Indian Bengali poet who bonded these ties through his wonderful poetry that later changed into film songs. But this people to people interaction and warm feelings through culture, traditions, poetry, and a continuous traffic of visitors from both nations was devastated after Tamil Nadu was used by Indian PM Indira Ghandi to nourish, train and fund a militant Tamil group that later became the world’s most ruthless terrorist set-up in the world which dared to run a de-facto state in the Northern region of Sri Lanka for nearly 30 years.
Come what may be, the Sri Lanka nation did not grudge what the Indians and the Tamil Nadu government did to build up the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, with established bases in Tamil Nadu and supported by RAW, the Indian secret services apparatus. All the Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu are guilty of the heinous crime against Sri Lanka, which was carried under the disguise of the Tamil Nadu Tamils helping their cousins in Sri Lanka, but the gut truth was, international geo-politics and the struggle for power in the Indian Ocean ring region and the Bay of Bengal – China being the target. Was this because of the saying of the former US Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914)
“Whoever controls the Indian Ocean dominates Asia. This ocean is the key to the seven seas in the twenty-first century, the destiny of the world will be decided in these waters.” quoted by Cdr. P K Ghosh in Maritime Security Challenges in South Asia and the Indian Ocean, 18 January 2004.
The closer relationship between Sri Lanka and China has been a political headache for the US and India in recent times. With the building of a very large port and an international airport in Hambantota under Chinese support, this has created threats to the maritime power of the US in the Indian ocean region. The failure of the US to take control of the Trincomalee habour and India not in a position to bring it under it’s wing, Chinese presence in the South of Sri Lanka seas by building this great habour has turned out to be a nightmare for these super-powers. No doubt the prophecy of the former US Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914) is turning out to be in favour of China in the present geo-political context. The US and India feels that the politics of Tamil Nadu can now be used to their benefit.
So what is this blurting out by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha to draw attention about their cousins in Sri Lanka and to use her powers to go to the level of sending back the Royal College Soccer team that was on a friendly soccer tournament tour of Tamil Nadu which instigated a handful of pro LTTE rumps and activists of the Naam Tamizhar Iyakkam headed by film director Seeman, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi and P Nedumaran-led Tamizhar Desiya Poduvudamai Katchi who staged a violent protest, asking a group of nearly 184 pilgrims visiting Tamil Nadu to go back to Sri Lanka. Is this part of an agenda that Jayalalitha is fulfilling to keep any promises made to Hilary Clinton when the duo met in Chennai on 20th., July 2011. There is much evidence that the duo discussed the main issues of the UNHRC resolution and also Hilary Clinton is on record expressing her deep concerns of the Sri Lanka Tamil issues at this meeting. Is this bullying of Sri Lanka by Jayalalitha and Tamil Nadu got to do with a regime change conspiracy in India, ridicule PM Manmohan Singh as the most failed PM of India and elevate Jayalalitha as the PM of India by the vested interests, specially the US and UK in the next Lok Sabaha elections in 2014.
Thus what the Sri Lankan High Commissioner has told to journalist Manish Chand of the IANS that “fringe pro-LTTE groups” in the state of Tamil Nadu are blamed for the violence against visiting Sri Lankans, but underlined it will not affect robust ties or the visit of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to India later this month. It is in the interest of India and the Indian National Congress that the friendly ties of Sri Lanka and India and both the governments should be preserved and safeguarded from any geo-political conspiracy or conspirators and much understanding between the centers should be maintained solemnly, rather be doubted unintentionally. Sri Lanka has to act patiently, but stern in diplomacy.
The views expressed are the author’s own