Boycott the Sham and Illegal Indianized National Anthem
Posted on January 26th, 2013
Reconciliation as it is (South-Indianization) has taken yet another casualty – the national anthem. South-Indianization better known as reconciliation is trying to achieve what the India-LTTE collective could not achieve in the battlefield. The Rajapakse regime has been brought to its knees by Tamil Nadu leaders through India, Tamil Navi Pillay and UNHRC. Whatever Tamil Nadu leaders want from the Rajapakse regime can be demanded from their national leaders who will make sure they get it. With looming Indian national elections, their demands will increase. However, what happens with the national anthem is beyond what even Tamil Nadu people get. They can’t sing the Indian national anthem in Tamil or with Tamil verses.
In 2008 the Rajapakse clan promised India for the full implementation of 13A and now they find they can’t go back on their word. Since 2009 the regime has promised India to go beyond 13A to 13P. But the moment the meddling Indians leave our shores, the regime starts its denials. Obviously 13A stand in the way of development and peace. However, the government wants it hidden from the people. The Divineguma Bill was hindered by the Supreme Court as it violates 13A provisions. A watered down Divineguma Bill was finally passed. When the Supreme Court refused to praise the naked king’s clothes, the Chief Justice was impeached. Now there is talk about a new 19A to the Constitution as promised 13P. Obviously 19A will violate a number of Constitutional provisions particularly the 6A. That is why the government wants a yes-man as the Chief Justice so that people can be fooled once again with the passage of 19A.
Almost all the nations in the world have their national anthem in the language of its majority. It is not a jumble of various languages. A national anthem remains stable as long as a nation continues. Ananda Samarakone who composed the national anthem was an accomplished lyricist. Subject to a minor change to the anthem brought about by the change in the official name of the country, his version has continued to this date. They plan to sing the Vasudeva version of the national anthem on this Independence Day. Vasudeva is tipped to take over the Reconciliation (South-Indianization) ministry from Rajiva Wijesinghe who has utterly failed to win hearts, minds and votes of Tamils. Changing the national anthem will lead to a mockery of the anthem.
It is also illegal to sing anything else as the national anthem than what is clearly specified in the Constitution. People must not be led to violate the Constitution in a mass scale.
Article 7 of the Constitution states, [quote] The National Anthem of the Republic of Sri Lanka shall be “Sri Lanka Matha,” the words and music of which are set out in the Third Schedule. [unquote]
Schedule 7 lists out the exact words of the national anthem.
They cannot be changed arbitrarily.
If the national anthem is changed to placate India, it will be the fourth major instance of changing the national identity to appease South India. Before 1972, the official flag of the island nation was the lion flag as it was for millennia. The “Indian Stripes” of green and orange were not there in it. An unofficial version was also in use which had the “Indian Stripes”. In 1972 India insisted that Sri Lanka include the “Indian Stripes” in our national flag. At the same time, India wanted the official name of the island nation changed to Sri Lanka – a name which was never used to identify the nation. Lanka was the old Indian name used to identify the island. The flag of Fiji, Australia or New Zealand include a part of the British Union Jack which symbolises their overall monarch. Similarly the Sri Lankan flag includes parts of the Indian flag to denote Indian domination.
Two years later India again changed the national identity. The 1974 Sirima-Shasthri Pact abolished the 1948 Citizenship Act which laid down the citizenship of this independent nation. By abolishing the Act, Sri Lanka was further South-Indianized. Close to a million South Indians became Lankan citizens; some directly and other indirectly.
For serving India faithfully, Sirima was rewarded the top job at the Non Align Movement in 1976. Making use of the situation, Tamil separatists passed the Vadukoddai Resolution in 1976 while the government was prevented from taking any action due to the international spotlight on the nation.
It has come full circle now. Only difference is the present regime does it in fear of facing war crimes investigations. India has also demanded to speed up the devolution exercise and hence 19A. After this devolution exercise of sharing power with ethnic groups, Sri Lanka will look more like India and the north and east will be akin to Tamil Nadu. The South-Indianization process will be mostly complete. Tamil nationalists are over the moon. They get more than what they asked for.
An investigation launched by the Sri Lanka Army along the lines of the LLRC Report and the UNHRC resolution has exonerated the government from all allegations. Their report was recently handed over. It simply means the army will be taking the full blunt of the allegations while politicians only join the party to take credit.
Another parallel disaster is looing in the horizon. SLMC leader and the present Minister of Justice has convinced the Rajapakse regime that his relatives in Muslim countries can bail him out of war crimes allegations! As a desperate man would cling on to the last straw, the regime clings on to his promise. In return they want various concessions for them to economically, politically and religiously dominate the nation. Whatever is demanded is offered without complaining.
Paid trumpeters will be merrily playing their trumpets in praise of the Rajapakses not knowing their looming demise in another 1977-like total wipe out which will make these trumpeters either redundant or jump ship again. At the 1977 election, Tamils deserted Sirima despite all her concessions to them. Tamils have totally deserted the Rajapakses already.
What a tragedy for a nation that just emerged from 33 years of war victoriously. What more panic-stricken Rajapakse will sell out to save his skin? This is a time patriots must stay awake without blinding themselves by petty party politics. By the end of all these sell-outs, Rajapakses will look more treacherous than Ranil who to his credit refused to allow any permanent concession to India, Tamils or the extremists.