Posted on July 17th, 2012

By Gomin DayasriƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

India is a friend of Sri Lanka? Often said but listened in disbelief. If it is in IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s interest, the answer is, yes. Who stays mum to help a friend in distress and seek multiple benefits in return? ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ India opts to cheer at the mayhem of another and enjoys watching the discomfort. Worse, never to mind its affairs, prefers to covertly interfere. Pakistan has been a friend in the midst of all its troubles. China from a distance impacts the region thriving on distrust and suspicion India attracts.

An event tells the story vividly. Tamil Nadu fishermen are damaging the fishing belt in our waters harvesting a bountiful catch that badly impact our northern fishermen. Indian coastal guards can clear the deck keeping to maritime obligations; instead eases the pinching of fish. India speaks passionately for the people of the North, faulting Sri Lanka in failing to uplift them adequately, while continuing to poach on their sources of income. Meaningfully plundering the assets of a neighbor, India does not cry halt to gain instead chants homilies while picking pockets.

PresidentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s frequent gaffe on ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”13 plusƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ could lead to a credibility gap with India. Issue lies in the interpretation. An explanation on what the President truly meant will straighten the record. Unforgivably remains unattended. A count on which India cannot be faulted. President has unequivocally stressed police and land powers are at the exit gate. India knows for sure it is not on the bargaining table. The ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-plusƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚(+) has to come from elsewhere? An issue India will generate again at Geneva. A formidable result sheet is the answer.

Attempted mind read on the PresidentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s thinking on ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”13 plusƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ could mean, contribute rapidly to development in the North/East while assuaging the justifiable grievances of the Tamils without vesting their politicians with police powers and placing limitations on land powers granted to Provincial Councils. In a reality check, President calls for a 13 plus/minus formula. ItƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s a workout more people friendly than politician ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” demonstrably the plus factor outweighs the minus, as people are prime. 13th Amendment, in its implementation provided enhanced power for the local politicians without benefits accruing to the people.

LLRC described it succinctly by recommending power to the people at grass root level. Giving excessive power to local politicians aggravates the problem since little percolates down to the local people; divesting power to the people directly through the Grameeya Sabhas on an Indian model is a shift to a better world. With the LLRC identifying the grievances the central government must swiftly find solutions. Therein lies the problem-in doing insufficient little. Are we inviting India to submit an adverse country report in November 2012 to UNHRC? ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ PresidentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s task is more onerous since he has an electorate to satisfy with elections coming fast forward. Unlike in 2009, these will evolve into election issues at the next round.

Try to read the oncoming Indian ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”doosraƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ during Geneva 2012/13? Revolving spin will show the markings of the 13th. ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Fret more about India less on the West- together they can be menacing. Who leads whom will show? Help will come our way if agreeable to implement 13th amendment, their way. Remember it was thrust down our throat through the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord and with the introduction of Indian Forces (IPKF).

Mahinda Rajapakse took to protest and walked the streets in torn trousers; Gothabhaya Rajapakse in military uniform watched troops unceremoniously flown out at short notice on Indian Air Force planes and dumped in the South to be replaced by the jawans. Memories donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t fade: India did not bargain the duo would emerge as playmakers refreshed on IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s past sins as she rams into our affairs again.

The preamble in the Geneva resolution 2009 made reference to the implementation of the13th amendment ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Welcoming also the recent reassurance given by the President of Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦ as well as his commitment to a political solution with implementation of the thirteenth amendment to bring about lasting peace and reconciliation in Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚. Again reference was made in the joint statement with the Secretary General of the United Nations in May 2009- ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-President Rajapakse expressed his firm resolution to proceed with the implementation of the 13th AmendmentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

That is not in the Rajapakse a la carte in 2012. Sri Lanka as a sovereign nation has the right to do what is best for her people including the right to vary an erroneous previous stance. Sri Lanka cannot be compelled to accept an unsuccessful Indian concoction, with eyes opened. ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ No country has the right to thrust itself into our decision making process. The 13th Amendment was an Indian fabrication to bring the LTTE into the democratic process. ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ LTTE is no more and the 13 Amendment is a living failure. India must accept reality.

DonƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t be misled by any false deception created by India of acting even handed between Sri Lanka and the forces of separatism. At crunch time, it would destabilize Sri Lanka as it did at Geneva 2012, after creating a different impression. Expect a few loose deliveries before a wily doosra.

Look at its record. Who trained and armed the LTTE? Who saved a trapped Prabhakaran in Vaddamaratchchi? Who provided a safe sanctuary to the LTTE cadres from alleged crimes? Who entered our air space illegally to drop food to humiliate rather than feed? Who tried to control the North/East by military force through the office of a bloated High Commissioner in Colombo? Who supported Varatharaja Perumal and his puppeteers to come to power and to declare an independent state? Who provided a safe haven to Perumal? Facts that are hard to forget in whatever diplomatic language it is couched. India needs a reminder.

Prabhakaran compelled a change in the Indian outlook by becoming its most wanted man. Years on, that would have been overlooked but for dead manƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s widow becoming IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s powerhouse. Revealing the extent of the harm caused is not India beating but taking preventive measures from suffering further on the Indian beat.


  1. Lorenzo Says:

    That doosra bowling Indian is a chucker!

    So who trained the LTTE?
    Who saved the LTTE?
    Who pushed a political solution with the LTTE?
    Who forced a political solution with the LTTE?
    Who is building houses in SL for LTTE terrorists only?
    Who is demanding the unwanted 13 amendment?
    Who voted against SL at the UNHRC?
    Who invades SL on a regular basis and does nothing about it?
    Who stops development of the KKS factory, airports, etc.?
    Who air lifted the LTTE leader when we tried to whack him?
    Who gave refuge to LTTE in 2009 (according to an Indian CM they are in India!)?
    Who said SL can’t buy weapons from Pakistan or China?
    Who allows Tamil Elam supporters organisation?
    Who steals SL’s fish and blames SLN?
    Who takes over SL businesses like a swine?
    Which country send illegal immigrants to SL?
    In which country SL pilgrims are attacked and robbed?

    The list goes on.

  2. nandimitra Says:

    The list is endless no doubt. For starters our govt should put the 13th amendment to a referendum to ascertain our sovereignty. If not we are a subjugated nation .

  3. AnuD Says:

    If LLRC also recommends the power devolution at the grass root level, Why the govt is dealying it ?

  4. Kit Athul Says:

    How many Indians disguise as engineers are working in the Hambantotta Harbor”? Over 200.

  5. Dham Says:

    I wanted to tell exactly “CHUCKER” but you said before me. If this bowler was tested his elbow is bending 90 degrees.

    Why this rouge country is not exposed to the world is our mistake. Even now it is not too late.

  6. AnuD Says:

    India and USA are very much the same. They are very bureaucratic, lot of superiority complex, different groups act with different interests towards other countries. They never leave you alone too.

    Sri Lankan NAvy should not be demoralized or discouraged because of Jayalalitha’s games. SLN should chase TN fisher men. Fishermen in the North complain to their politicians but they here nothing. TNA never talks about those things that are important to people.

  7. Lorenzo Says:


    Anything Indian is es-hech-ai-tee.

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