Hegemony through Destabilization – the New Indian Political Strategy
Posted on April 25th, 2017

R Chandrasoma

Large and powerful countries live in fear of neighbours  – not because the latter pose a serious threat to their stability and dominance in military terms  but because of an atavistic fear that distant World Powers that do pose a challenge may enlist the support of the weak neighbours  to overthrow the local Hegemon.  Indeed,  this  fear has been the root cause of the global political turmoil that followed the defeat of Hitler in World War II. The fear of Communism led to the ravaging and destruction of large parts of the world that were mere bystanders in the conflict between the Soviet Union and the West. In the classic case of Cuba, a World War was narrowly averted – the casus belli was the fear that Soviet Rockets might be stationed in Cuba.

Let us turn to our Local Hegemon – India. It is a country with over a billion people.  It has nuclear weapons and vast armies – and it has all the markings of a potential superpower – but is a poor player in the complex game of global politics. Its foreign policy is based on fear of both external and internal foes.  This is partly due to encirclement – with a Northern and Western Arc constituted of militant Islamic states and an Eastern Frontier dominated by that arch-rival China.  What might be called  the ‘Indian Ocean Exodus’ is the best bet for Indian strategists seeking ways of bolstering the overall defense posture of their country. That the Indian Ocean Region  is the new strategic frontier for India is unquestioned but the Island of Sri Lanka is a problem – indeed a problem very badly handled by Indian strategists – who believed that backing (and arming) the militant Tamil minority was the best way of making Sri Lanka a politically ‘neutered’ state and the Indian Ocean truly Indian. It is well known to strategists that when a frontal assault on a problem fails, less ostentatious routes to destabilize the enemy may be successful. It might seem piffling at first but notice the pertinacity with which the Indians prevent the settling of a plain and straight -forward issue – the illegal entry and destructive fishing by Indians in Sri Lankan coastal waters. The fishing problem involves more than mere fishing – it is part of a grander strategy (on the part of the Indians) of weakening the Sri Lanka State by creating challenges that are non-existent but for their pertinacity in acting as spoilers’

The old-fashioned word  ‘destabilization’  is most fitting to denote  an astute political mode of defeating a country that cannot be openly attacked – a mode successfully used by the Western Powers to ‘rid the world’ of its supposed enemies. The ensuing global chaos is too well known to be commented on here. It is this ‘destabilizing strategy’ that the Indians unleashed in the successful overthrow of a stable and victorious administration presided over by a fearless patriot. The Indians engineered a regime-change that may mark the return to subservience – with the Indian dream of our Island being a mere footstool in future oceanic adventures of the kind befitting a nation of one billion or more hungry people. Let us conclude be referring to a correlated matter.   This grand design – to make Sri Lanka a footstool – will not succeed unless recent history is reversed – and  the ‘kalu-suddhas’ and their fawning entourage  of political opportunists win the day.

One Response to “Hegemony through Destabilization – the New Indian Political Strategy”

  1. Dilrook Says:

    Agreed.

    However, the biggest Indianization tool is Hinduism. India is in one piece thanks to Hinduism. Non-Hindu majority states are not Indian at heart (Kashmir). Sikhim a Buddhist nation has been invaded and captured by India. Since then it has become another Hindu majority state. Christian Goa which used to be a separate administration has been absorbed and turned Hindu majority.

    This is the plan for Sri Lanka too. This Hindu invasion is far worse than all previous Hindu invasions.

    Tamils in Sri Lanka (85% of them Hindus) are extremely receptive to Indian hegemonic plans. Sri Lanka may clandestinely turn to Pakistan, China and Saudi Arabia (again) to counter growing Hindustan hegemony. Trincomalee will be a threat to all these powers and they will not let it pass without countering it.

    India will not destabilize Sri Lanka as long as a pro-Indian regime is in power.

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