TN politicians’ call for CHOGM boycott
Posted on October 28th, 2013

Ira de Silva Canada

‚ Tamil Nadu has unanimously adopted a resolution that India should boycott the CHOGM. It has now been supported by some members of the Central Government as well as the Opposition. According to Ms. Jayalalitha, even “token” representation should “not be allowed”. The question is who is going to “not allow”. Has the Central Government been replaced by Tamil Nadu? Is Tamil Nadu now governing India and is it the sole representative of India?

It would be good if India immediately communicates it’s decision to Sri Lanka. If Mr. Singh is not attending it will confirm to Sri Lankans that India has once again acted true to form and shown it’s true feelings for Sri Lanka which has been constant harassment, terrorism, invasion and interference namely the ugly face of India towards it’s neighbours.

Regarding suspending Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth, once again Tamil Nadu is showing it’s ignorance and contempt for the values of democracy and values of the Commonwealth. India has a vote, not a veto. That should be made clear to Ms. Jayalalitha by her Indian counterparts at the Centre, as they must know the protocol. As for the rights of the Tamils to be on par with the Sinhalese, she once again displays her ignorance of Sri Lanka because all Sri Lankans have the same rights. Her hypocrisy in trying to champion Tamil rights in Sri Lanka is clearly illustrated by the fact that while calling for rights of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, she makes every attempt to deprive these same Tamils of their livelihood by encouraging Tamil Nadu fisherman to poach in Sri Lankan waters. This attitude also illustrates her complete disregard for international law but reinforces the Indian attitude towards not only Sri Lanka but other countries in the region.

Regarding “the assembly also wants India to abstain from using the term friendly nation while making any reference to Sri Lanka”. Finally, Ms. Jayalalitha speaking on behalf of the Government of India, has admitted that it is not a friendly nation. Sri Lankans should accept this reality and would welcome it’s government categorising India as “unfriendly” and acting accordingly. Politicians in Sri Lanka should realise that despite their constant trips to India and Indians visiting Sri Lanka, the claims that India is a friend etc. ring hollow. Ordinary Sri Lankans know that India is not just unfriendly but an enemy that is willing to terrorise, invade, dictate and subjugate the country for India’s benefit.

‚ It it is hoped that the Government of Sri Lanka, even at this late stage, will realise that it can not depend on India, that India by it’s own admission is no friend, that India has repeatedly acted against Sri Lanka just to secure Indian votes and economic gains, that the India that created and promoted LTTE terrorism to harass Sri Lanka has not changed and that India is willing to sacrifice Sri Lanka for political expediency. Therefore, Sri Lanka should clearly indicate to India that it will not tolerate any further interference by India, that while it is India’s decision to attend or not to attend, Sri Lanka will not tolerate any further insults or unjustified votes against it, and that it will not be subservient to India. It is once again time for the President of Sri Lanka to defend the country against external aggression because this resolution is clearly that. Sri Lanka should make it clear that non-attendance will be considered as an unfriendly, subversive act and that it will take all measures to protect the country against Indian ambitions both political and economic because that is what the Sri Lankan government is elected to do. In short, it is time to tell India that if they want to stay home to do just that in every sense of the word. Ordinary Sri Lankans are fed up with India’s bullying and interference. It is time to officially communicate Sri Lankans distrust and disgust of India.
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Yours truly,
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Ira de Silva

Canada‚ ‚ 

One Response to “TN politicians’ call for CHOGM boycott”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    It is better for Sri Lanka’s long term interest, if Man Mohan Singh DOES NOT ATTEND the CHOGM meeting.

    IT IS TIME for Sri Lanka to LEAVE India’s SUFFOCATING EMBRACE that will ultimately DESTROY Sri Lanka!

    India will always be subject to BLACKMAIL by Tamil Nadu … that is an INCONTROVERTIBLE FACT as Tamil Nadu will always be more important to India than Sri Lanka. Therefore, it is in ri Lanka’s INTEREST to ESCAPE from this EMBRACE … while it is STILL POSSIBLE!

    RUN Sri Lanka, RUN! Run AWAY, Run FAST, Run NOW from the Indian EMBRACE!

    ………………………
    In India’s interest, PM must attend CHOGM in Colombo

    By Indrani Bagchi, TNN
    TimesOfIndia.com
    October 29, 2013

    NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be meeting his top political advisers to decide on whether he will travel to Sri Lanka for the CHOGM on November 15. Quite apart from the noise being made by Tamil political parties, almost everybody else will advise the PM to go.

    A strong message has come from C V Wigneswaran, the new chief minister of Sri Lanka’s northern provincial council. In a recent message to the Indian government, he has asked that Singh should attend CHOGM, and the PM could use the opportunity to send the message he needs to. This was the first time a Tamil party has been allowed to form a provincial government by Colombo. On his return from Lanka, foreign minister Salman Khurshid has also advised that Indian participation at CHOGM would be in New Delhi’s interest.

    What is at stake here? First, Sri Lanka is one of India’s most important neighbours since it is politically and strategically on the same page. For example, Lanka is a lynchpin of New Delhi’s Indian Ocean Region (IOR) strategy. If India downgrades its participation in CHOGM, it runs the risk of “losing” Lanka to the likes of China, who is quick to exploit the opportunity to expand its strategic footprint into IOR. China built Hambantota port, but India dominates strategic ground there. Even Pakistan, despite its limited resources, has been engaging Colombo with alacrity, primarily to take up the space that India is ceding in the island nation.

    Second, India as the big regional power has never missed a multilateral summit in its own region. In 2004, India signalled displeasure with Bangladesh, which then rescheduled the SAARC summit. All members of the Commonwealth will be attending CHOGM, including all India’s neighbours at the head-of-state level, except Canada, which continues to have the highest numbers of LTTE enthusiasts. If the PM does not go, India could be seen to be on the side of these radical elements. LTTE may have died in Sri Lanka, but the idea remains alive in many Western countries. LTTE had assassinated former PM Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.

    Third, India’s leverage with Sri Lanka would vanish. This would make it impossible to influence Lankan behaviour particularly with regard to the fishermen issue, close to hearts of all Tamil politicians in India. Despite Mahinda Rajapaksa being seen as a version of an autocrat, at least in the past few years India has been able to significantly influence big decisions in Lanka, primarily because there remains an “inner track” of communication at the top level. Humiliating Rajapaksa by boycotting the summit could close that track.

    Lanka’s recent northern council elections came about as a result of Indian persuasion, as did their decision to let the UN High Commissioner for human rights have full access to the region. A recent government assessment said Rajapaksa would have gone ahead with diluting the 13th amendment but has put it on hold in deference to New Delhi’s wishes. In India’s absence, this dilution would probably go through. Colombo has indicated it will downgrade economic and defence ties with India. Most important, Indian fishermen would be at the mercy of Lankan forces at sea.

    The political forces who want the PM to boycott CHOGM include almost all the Tamil political parties. The AIADMK has traditionally been opposed to LTTE, but in recent years has taken a more assertive approach to pan-Tamil politics, including preventing fishermen from both sides meeting each other to sort out the problem. In the Northern Province too, some of the disgruntled members of the TNA like some members of the Suresh Premchandran faction as well as the Tamil diaspora – prime supporters of the LTTE – have been drumming up opinion against an Indian participation. DMK has traditionally been supportive of Lankan Tamils, though even they were quiet during the last weeks of the military campaign against LTTE.

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