THE DOUBLE STANDARDS
There is no map that has shown Sri Lanka to be part of India though 17 attempts had been made by South Indian Dravidian Tamil speaking invaders since 230BCE to invade Sri Lanka. The aspiration to appendage Sri Lanka to India remains an unfulfilled dream that looks to be steadily falling into shape as a result of the short sightedness of our own leaders. It is for the people of Sri Lanka to now ask themselves whether they are willing to be ruled by India and colonized by Indians which raises existential fears of the Sinhala race as well.
The Indian invasions wiped out entire Sinhala villages, ransacked and plundered and committed what today’s terminology is ‘genocide’ upon Sinhala Buddhists. The Tamil invaders occupied and ruled over the natives of Sri Lanka for 170 at different periods. The Pandya, Pallava and Cholas added further threats to Sinhala Buddhist rulers. The criminal presence of Kalinga Magha for 21 years in 1201 can be compared to that of Prabakaran.
Sena & Guttika became the first invaders ruling for 22 years in 230 BCE after killing Sinhala king Suratissa. King Devanampiyatissa’s and Suratissa’s brother, King Asela defeated them and took over and ruled from 215-205BCE. Elara ruled for 44 years before being defeated by Prince Dutugemunu who later unified the entire country. What is relevant to the influx of current illegal immigrants from South India of late is that it was the invasions of South Indians that contributed to the Sinhala Buddhists having to flee to the southern parts of the country for safety. With India now without any objections securing rights to build houses, roads, infrastructure, cultural centres, communication links and having a Indian Mission established in the North have we virtually facilitated an Indian take-over of the North without a bullet or protest?
In short the Tamil intrusions from South India have all been marked by violence and mercenary activity and as such make any to wonder whether these genes are a factor that has contributed to the divides that prevail. Leaving aside the past, the present has been shrouded in calls for similar invasions. Jayalalitha demanded India invade Sri Lanka in 2009. If the Central Government did not agree to a direct invasion, we need to now wonder whether a very subtle invasion of Sri Lanka is taking place without a whimper from the politicos in power.
We need to also add that the present statements coming from elected MPs in the North declaring they would destroy Buddhist shrines, sites and other archaeological evidence of Sinhala Buddhist occupation in the North are all aimed at internationally establishing the so-called nation Tamil homeland. It cannot be a coincidence that Narendra Modi wishes to visit Anuradhapura for it was because of the insecurity brought about by Tamils that was main reason for the relocation of capitals.
If these were invasions of the past the 1987 Indo-Lanka Accord with India flouting Sri Lanka’s sovereignty by flying across the North dropping symbolic items of food when lakhs of people die every day of hunger was meant to show Sri Lanka who was boss. The arrival of the IPKF 100,000 soldiers did little except leave 3 years later having raped 3000 Tamil women, killed unarmed civilians, attacked hospitals and killed Tamil doctors and had to be sent packing back with close to 2000 Indian soldiers killed by the very arms that India had gifted to the LTTE after clandestinely training Tamil youth in India during the mid 1970s in a bid to transfer India’s self-determination headache from Tamil Nadu to Sri Lanka.
Using cultural, commercial and diplomacy India is attempting to do what the invaders did in a more sophisticated way manipulating every link that India can think of which silences Sri Lanka’s leaders into appeasing India’s wish.
Sri Lanka’s leaders and advisors have not had the vision to draft a policy on India (which does not change with every government). This lack of initiative has resulted in India creeping into every nook and corner of Sri Lankan polity with ease.
Have Sri Lanka’s leaders looked and connected the dots and the manner India has made inroads that easily equate to making a client state out of Sri Lanka. Why have Sri Lanka’s leaders not been able to tell India that any instability in Sri Lanka was created by India itself in establishing terror in Sri Lanka and thereafter LTTE falling into the hands of Christian Western agenda. Why have Sri Lanka’s leaders not pointed out that if India had not trained Tamil youth and armed them there would not be any question of instability or worry for India. This makes us to wonder whether the instability was created for India to draft the Indo-Lanka Accord, change Sri Lanka’s constitution and introduce the Provincial Council system and the 13th amendment in order for India to influence Sri Lanka periodically as has happened with every elected Government since the signing of the agreement in 1987. India’s bullying nature was seen by the manner in which India virtually ordered the military offensive to be stopped in 1987 when Prabakaran was virtually cornered. A repeat was seen during the 2009 military offensive wherein India openly projected it was against the offensive but behind the scenes India was planning for a greater role in Sri Lanka minus Prabakaran which Sri Lanka’s leaders and advisors did not think of or if they did they thought they could wriggle through that – foolish as they were that is probably what would have happened.
India has been an impediment for Sri Lanka to nurture traditional ties with other nations. India has stood in the way of Sino-Lanka ties to such an extent that the projects signed with China are now in jeopardy. The accusing finger at India cannot omit pointing the same at Sri Lanka’s leader including the former regime for not clearly putting a full stop to how far India is allowed to interfere in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs. After allowing India free reign and then complaining leads us nowhere.
The manner in which India has influenced itself upon Sri Lanka has been through trade agreements which have benefitted India and a countable number of Sri Lankan businesses only. It is ridiculous how a country with over a billion populace can do trade with a country of 20million people! The imbalance is too obvious. The lack of patriotism among Sri Lanka’s politicians and officials as well as advisors are the hallmarks of repeated catastrophes in all dealings with India. While India’s incursions using bilateral agreements have been with its own strategic and geopolitical interests in mind, Sri Lanka’s politicians and officials have been clueless on the impact of these ties or bothered to wonder what the impact is likely to be for the country long term. Why is India interested in Mannar? Why is India wanting Sampoor – was it not informed to officials at the highest levels that Foul Point is what India was after. Why did Sri Lanka’s officials refuse to take up the environmental impact of bottom trawlers when discussing the fishing issue and lay out statistics before the Indians without meekly agreeing to all that India was accusing us of when it was India that should have been on the defensive. We can remember how Mrs. Bandaranaike was steadfast in allowing Pakistan to refuel during the Indo-Pak war despite strong objections from India. That forthright diplomacy resulted in Pakistan to this day appreciative of the gesture and India’s respect for Mrs. Bandaranaike remaining far superior to all other post-independent leaders of Sri Lanka.
India used the former regimes inertia to perfection knowing that the former Government would not take stern action against India so long as India used its Tamil Nadu cards. Thus, India was able to use the ‘India’s concern for Tamils’ theme secure interests in Sri Lanka’s North and East and thus lay the ground work for the regime change that unfolded no sooner the UK had laid out the plans to tap a person able to pounce power from Rajapakse through the US mechanisms set in place.
There are over 100 companies operating in Sri Lanka who have invested $400milion. These projects cover every ambit and reach out to every target audience.
If India was wailing about China’s string of pearls, India managed to circle the entire North and East through various housing projects, coal power plant deals, oil distribution, gas exploration, communication, IT software/hardware, and numerous other concerns that are directly affecting Sri Lankan employers. Now India is playing the Buddhist card drawing upon the Birth of Buddha in Greater India to strike cordial relations among the Buddhist nations of Asia in an attempt to compete with China. Modi’s visit request to Anuradhapura is obviously South Blocs advise to curry flavour among the Buddhists in an effort to start India’s colonization Southward. Western intelligence agencies would have given ample advice on how to strike the correct chords
What we should not mistake to realize is that the West is using India and allowing India to realize its long cherished desire to possess Sri Lanka is to only satisfy India’s Arthashastra policy for thereafter West will set in place its own designs on India which will use its Christian foot soldiers in the form of NGOs/media outlets/ Humanitarian organizations etc to carry out the balkanization of India which is already very much in place.
It is the fault of all of Sri Lanka’s post-independent leaders for putting self-survival policies before establishing a national policy that has a proper policy to deal with India knowing historical incursions and invasions by India.
It is the fault of Sri Lanka’s leaders not to have created patriotic individuals in the public service or taken as advisors those who put nation first. Majority of those that have served under various governments have done pittance to derive policies to protect Sri Lanka’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Now tragically we are watching our country fall into the hands of foreigners while politicians are grappling to find ways to come into power or secure power as long as they can enjoy perks not caring what happens to the country. Do we need such leaders whether they are in government or opposition?
Sadly we are watching with great pain how supposed leaders are ready to be beckoned to foreign climes and return with policies that are prepared by others and they are ready to implement these thus stifling the populace further into subservience.
All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for a few good men to do nothing
Shenali D Waduge
INVASIONS, VIOLENCE, ATROCITIES AND PLUNDER CHARACTERIZE TAMIL/DRAVIDIAN INVOLVEMENT
IN SRI LANKA FROM 230 BCE – Dr. Daya Hewapathirane