Should we give into Tamil Nadu racism?
Posted on May 23rd, 2011

S. Akurugoda

According to the Joint Declaration issued following the State visit of Foreign Minister Prof. G.L Peris to India, Indian Government has emphasized that a devolution package, building upon the 13th Amendment, would be the necessary conditions for a lasting political settlement. It is interesting to note that, although there are various agreements said to have been reached including the lifting of emergency and other economical political matters advantageous to India, there is not a single word about India’s stance on the infamous Ban Ki-moon’s report.

The reality of the Rajiv-JR Agreement and the resulted 13th Amendment to the Constitution would have known better by Rajiv Gandhi, the Indian PM, than anyone else since it was the Indian civil servants who were instrumental when drafting the Agreement.

The implementation of 13th Amendment is the beginning of implementation of the Thimpu demands (distinct nationality, traditional homelands, self-determination) as claimed in the following statement of Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi to the Indian Parliament on July 31, 1987.

” The Agreement meets the basic aspirations which have animated the Tamils’ struggle, namely, the desire to be recognised as a distinct ethnic entity; political autonomy for managing their political future; and appropriate devolution of governmental power to meet this objective, the recognition of the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka as areas of historical habitation of the Tamils and the acknowledgment and designation of Tamil as an official language of Sri Lanka.

The Agreement constitutes the Eastern and Northern Provinces of Sri Lanka into one administrative unit with an elected Provincial Council; and a Chief Minister. Powers would be devolved… to ensure a full measure of autonomy to the Provinces in Sri Lanka.”

On August 2, 1987, Rajiv Gandhi told a public meeting in Madras that “The Agreement secures everything that the Sri Lankan Tamils had demanded, short of breaking Sri Lanka’s unity. In fact, it goes well beyond the initial demands of the Sri Lankan Tamils. Under the Agreement, approximately one-third of Sri Lankan territory will be made into a single province where the Tamils will have a clear majority. They will have regional autonomy comparable to State governments in India … ”

India became the first country, since independence, to interfere with the internal affairs of Sri Lanka, in mid 1980s. India provided training to separatists to fight against the Sri Lankan security forces. India made Sri Lankan government somewhat obligatory to “ƒ”¹…”invite’ Rajiv Gandhi to sign an Accord in 1987 by invading the Sri Lankan air space for the first time and forcing the government to stop operations against the very same terrorists whom they trained.

Although the Indian government undertook to disarm the terrorists group in return of implementing the constitutional amendment imposed on the Sri Lanka government, India has failed miserably to fulfill its obligation as per the agreement. On the other hand, Sri Lankan people had to bear the huge cost of war against terror and the cost of implementing the constitution amendment, thus imposed under the failed agreement, in addition to the loss of lives since 1987.

Since it is the Sri Lankan Security forces who ultimately disarm the terrorists, the moral rights of the Indian government to ask the government of Sri Lanka to implement 13th amendment is highly questionable.

Ironically, thousands of innocent civilians who got injured and surviving relatives of further thousands of those who died as a result of the terrorism abetted by India, we Sri Lankan deserve an apology (at least) from the perpetrators for the losses incurred to us due to terrorism. Instead, it is likely that India will continue to interfere with the internal affairs of Sri Lanka due to the internal politics of Tamil Nadu.

Full implementation of the 13th or any other Amendments or the complete overhaul of the entire Constitution of Sri Lanka is a matter for the Citizens of Sri Lanka. Continuous insisting of how we should solve our problem is simply a gross violation of our rights as a sovereign country and a clear example of how the powerful states are bulling the weak and small states.

Segregating people according to communal lines in Sri Lanka, in order to please the demands of hardcore racist elements in Tamil Nadu, under the pretext of reconciliation could only strengthen the hands of separatist movements still alive, both within and outside Sri Lanka, although the military wing of the LTTE is no more.

Persistent effort of the Indian authorities to push Sri Lanka towards Indian solutions based on Thimpu demands of the separatists groups, whom they fed and trained to destabilized the our country, need careful attention of the Sri Lankan Government and its people.

India, after forcing us a certain form of a Federal structure via 13th Amendment to the Constitution, is now making use of the Ban Ki-moon report as a well-set opportunity to ensure its full implementation. The positioning of architects/campaigners of both the infamous packages of Chandrika and failed CFA of Ranil regimes as custodians of our foreign policy, no doubt, has become a golden opportunity to India to “ƒ”¹…”fish in troubled waters’.

 

S. Akurugoda

7 Responses to “Should we give into Tamil Nadu racism?”

  1. nandimitra Says:

    well said. It is time the people are not kept ignorant of the blatant interferance. Governments since JR with their servile MPs have been in the habbit of giving into the foregners surruptaisiously. 13th amendment should be aboragated.

  2. Dilrook Says:

    *Although the Indian government undertook to disarm the terrorists group in return of implementing the constitutional amendment imposed on the Sri Lanka government, India has failed miserably to fulfill its obligation as per the agreement.*

    A classic mahadenamutta solution. First cut the goat’s head, then smash the pot. Ultimately losing both. We had to put up with LTTE terrorists and eliminate them ourselves and had to put up with the cost of a worthless peice of dirt by the name the 13th amendment which cost close to the defence spend every year. Defence spend – US$ 1.5 billion. Provincial Councils recurring cost – US$ 1.3 billion for a year (excluding the huge cost of elections). This is a bad joke. We must scrap this 13th amendment dirt right away.

    If we had not implemented PCs, from 1988 to 2011 we could have saved US$ 30 billion in today’s currency and invested that in development, schools, hospitals and what not.

    India is in a dilema now. The north and the east are two seperate provinces today. East has a Muslim majority. This doesn’t go well with India. They wanted the east merged with the north so that Tamil will be majority in the merged province. Good work by Gomin, Wimal and others to split the east from the north. However, the best scenario is to scrap this dirt called 13th amendment.

  3. AsokaK Says:

    It is not only because of Tamil Nadu that India interferes in SL ; in Indian society one shows off his power over another , perhaps stemming from the Hindu caste system.

    RAW interferes in other countries too.
    We must ask them to get off like Premadasa did without a problem & mobilize for an invasion- hence the need for leadership / military training for the undergraduates.

    Like the Tigers we must bury weapons all over the country and extend ‘cadeting’ to the rural schools.
    A defence/ambush plans need to be worked on.

    Bleed the Indian economy to death ; make SL India’s Afghanistan.

  4. M.S.MUdali Says:

    Why does the Author maintain a deadly silence about the honeymoon of LTTE and UNP? Barking at India is easy while Sinhalese do the mockery!

  5. Nanda Says:

    Mudali,
    You are the LTTE. The author is not barking but your talking sounds like barking. Calm down. Hindus like you live in the past. We Buddhist live at the present moment.
    Let bygones be bygones. LTTE ( and you) is not a problem. The current problem is India ( the hanumantha’s knigdom). The author is discussing this.

  6. M.S.MUdali Says:

    LTTE was there for 30 years and Sinhalese helped LTTE with oxygen everytime. Indian help was vital and that was felt by Mahinda. He was able to destroy LTTE and claimed he fought on behalf of India. So, India bashers have no clue but cry against India. Back stabbing of Sinhalese is not new affair but now India has learned a lot about Sinhala traitors.

    Dont worry India will treat your “kekuma” with their Ayurvedic medicine!

  7. Nanda Says:

    Mudali,
    Don’t behave like deaf and dumb.
    In 1989 Sinhalese almost about to finish of your God, he was surrounded.
    Then came Rajive Gandhi to drop parrippu. One of my haapiest moment was to see him getting hammered by Rohana or Ruhuna.
    India is a rougue country, bullying all small countries as well as your people , the Dalits.
    Go and ask for an independent Tamil nadu. We will support you, as premadasa supported LTTE to get rid of your relatives, IPKF.

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