Tiger agents blast rail track in Tamil Nadu – a violent attempt to disrupt Delhi-Colombo relations
Posted on June 12th, 2010

H. L. D. Mahindapala

 Indian news agencies report that “Chennai Rockfort Express had a narrow escape when suspected pro-LTTE elements blasted railway tracks at Perani railway station in Villupuram district in the wee hours on Saturday. ” ( Indian Express  — 12/6/10))

The report also said: “Leaflets condemning the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa were found from the spot, police said.”

India is already plagued by the Maoists whose violence is considered by the Indian government to be the biggest threat to India’s peace, stability and progress in the central and northern regions. This new blast of violence from the Tamil Tigers can be another sign of Indian violence spreading to the south.

The other dimension of this Tamil Tiger terrorist blast is also clear: Tamil Tigers and their sympathizers in Tamil Nadu are out to sabotage the moves at the centre in New Delhi to strengthen ties with Sri Lanka in the post-Prabhakaran period. India is trying to smoothen relations with Sri Lanka to counterbalance the increasing influence of China. Tamil Nadu government and pro-Tiger MPs and activists like Vaiko are, on the other hand, maneuvering behind the scenes to push Delhi to adopt an aggressive policy against Sri Lanka, mainly to force the Rajapakse government to go beyond the 13th Amendment.

A delegation of 21 MPs from Tamil Nadu led by T.R. Balu met President Rajapakse in Delhi when he was there last week and was pushing the agenda of the defeated Tamil Tigers, most of whom are in the Tamil diaspora. They were demanding (1) concrete assurances on political settlement and (2) release of Prisoners of War or resettlement of Tamils. TamilNet the mouthpiece of the Tamil Tigers reported that . Balu told Sun News of Chennai said that there was some progress, but added he was not satisfied with the output of the meeting.

Despite these protests President Rajapaksa and Dr. Manmohan Singh inked seven agreements, which included bilateral counter-insurgency and corporate deals.

The pro-Tigers agents also blame M. Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for maintaining a studied silence when the Tamil Tigers were getting a beating in the last days of the Vadukoddai War.

 The Tamil Tiger agents and the Tamil diaspora are dead against Delhi and Colombo developing closer ties. They see it as a threat to their Eelamist goals which sank in Nanthikadal in May, 2009. Having failed in their mission to block the growing relationship they have now made the first move to sabotage it through violence. 

The Tamil Tigers agents in the diaspora are blindly refusing to acknowledge the post-Prabhakaran realities. Douglas Devananda, a Tamil Minister in the Rajapaksa cabinet, told the Indian media that the
” the Tamil diaspora’s refusal to give up the Tamil Eelam dream is only hurting his community.”

“Expatriate Tamils in Western countries who continued to be loyal to the goal of forming an independent state were no way serving the mass of Tamils in Sri Lanka, said cabinet minister Douglas Devananda.

“The fact is there is going to be no Tamil Eelam, now or ever,” the minister for traditional industries and small enterprises development told IANS in an exclusive interview. “It remained a dream even when LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran was alive. Today it is like dreaming about a dream.

“Can these Tamils achieve what Prabhakaran failed to?” he asked. “They cannot. But their actions create suspicions in the minds of a section of the government in Sri Lanka. It makes life more difficult for the Tamils.”

Ever since the Sri Lankan military crushed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and wiped out its leadership in May last year, pro-LTTE Tamils in the West have kept alive hopes of forming an independent Tamil Eelam state.

The need of the hour, Devananda said, was to speed up the process of reconstruction of the island’s war-battered northeast and the rehabilitation of the thousands who suffered during the quarter century of conflict.

President Rajapaksa succeeded in conveying this to the Indian leadership during the June 8-11 visit to India, said Devananda, who took part in the delegation level discussions here.

“True, there are shortcomings in the process of rehabilitation, in what we have achieved since the LTTE’s demise,” he said. “This is because of the existence of a large number of landmines, plus other factors.

“We told the Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh that we needed more aid to help people start lives afresh,” he said, referring mainly to the Tamils who were the worst victims of the LTTE’s separatist war and the military offensive.

He said while a few thousands were still in camps in the north though the war ended over a year ago, many thousands had started life anew, with or without the help of the authorities.

Farming had resumed in the north in some of the areas that saw the brunt of the war, with the government and others providing seeds, tractors, fertilizers and water pumps to irrigate the land.

“We told the Indian leaders, in particular those from Tamil Nadu, to see for themselves what the government was doing (in the northeast),” he said. “Surely we won’t be doing that if we had things to hide.”

“I underlined that if everyone chipped in, things could return to normalcy in about two years.”

Devananda, among the first to take to Tamil militancy in the 1970s, heads the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), which has been bitterly opposed to the LTTE for decades.

He survived several LTTE assassination attempts including one which has left him partly blind.

 

 

 

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