Tuesday, 28 December 2010
Rahul Gandhi from Indra Gandhi Clan, calls for Justice for Tamils in Sri Lanka while Dalits are being burnt alive in India.
A Dalit woman awaits her daughter anxiously at the door. Photo by : Danielle Da Silva
Rahul Gandhi the Congress Leader tries out his ancestral inheritance of interfering into political affairs of Sri Lanka, apparently imbibed into his gene system, even before reaching political maturity.
In his delayed rebellious adolescence he tries out a dangerous manly statement which may have dangerous consequences saying "….We are concerned that enough is not being done for Sri Lankan Tamils by the government there," adding that he would take up the matter with "appropriate persons" at the Centre and see that Sri Lankan Tamils got justice.” His pompous declaration shows that he is no where near political maturity.
Rahul Gandhi should look around him and first try putting his own house in order, before looking through his looking glasses into Sri Lanka to concern himself of what is going on there.
So far Sri Lanka has managed itself well, and since 2005, even better than India. It has successfully fought a ruthless terrorism, rescuing in a most daring humanitarian rescue mission ever undertaken by any Armed Force anywhere in the world, bringing to safety around 300000 Tamil civilians forcibly kept under despicably degrading conditions as a human shield by the Tamil terrorists.
Rahul Gandhi’s uncalled for statement becomes all the more deplorable in the context of what is taking place under his very nose in the country of which he is the President of the ruling political party.
Unfortunately for India Rahul Gandhi does not show any interest in those important issues, the phantoms of the past still troubling a “developing” Indian society, for selfish reasons of his own, and instead he is feigning an interest in the Tamils of Sri Lanka to satisfy the TamilNadu political supporters.
Avinash Pandey Samar, Dalit, India, Worldview had filed the following report,
“The ghoulish killings of two Dalit girls in Moradabad, an industrial town not far away from the national capital Delhi, is yet another reminder of almost everyday recurrence of attacks on Dalit communities in India. They encompass, also the grim truth of the complete failure of the Indian state in containing, leave aside eradicating, violence committed against the Dalit communities. The incident is a sad indicator to the reality concerning the exceptional collapse of the rule of law institutions in the country.
The incident happened on 19 December. On that day, an angry mob burnt alive two young girls aged 25 and 22. The mother of the girls alleged that they were also raped by the mob. The crime they had committed to meet this ghastly fate was nothing more than the fact that they were Dalits and were sisters to two brothers accused in a double murder case. One of the brothers is absconding while the other, a sweeper by profession, is already in police custody.”
The failure to establish Dalits as respectable citizens of a democratic India is still a dark smear despite India’s effort to be the rising star of Asia.
Is Rahul Gandhi aware of the crimes committed against the Dalits which have not received attention of the government with the police colliding to mitigate the offences? When Rahul speaks of justice to Sri Lanka Tamils he should ask himself, why he should not call for justice for the Dalits in his own India ?
i) in Khairlanji a Dalit family is butchered for aspiring to escape the age-old dehumanisation forced on them.
ii) in Gohana a whole community of Dalits find their houses burnt, their property looted and themselves chased out of their village for wanting to live a life with dignity.
iii) in Jhajjar the Dalits were lynched on the suspicion of trading in cows and the survivors listened to a proud proclamation of the president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, that the lives of cows are more important than that of the Dalits.
iv) in Madurai, human excreta is forced down the throats of Dalits for committing the crime of refusing to obey the orders of the 'twice-born'
v) in Chakwada, Rajasthan a secular government orders its police to open fire upon a Dalit procession that was asserting their right to drink from a common pond,
Mr.Avinash Pandey Samar in his report to World View writes in conclusion:
“ This despicable failure of the Indian state in ensuring justice to one fifth of its population is not just a simple breakdown, but is a criminal dereliction of duty and violates the constitutional premise of legitimacy for any government to operate. A government that does not care for such a large proportion of its population cannot be expected to do justice to the rest, irrespective of caste or other denominators. Had India been a true democracy having a functioning rule of law setup, an event as gruesome as it happened on 19 December would not have happened. That it happened in this self-proclaimed largest democracy of the world proves that democracy and the rule of law are mere delusions in India.”
Does Rahul Gandhi still think that seeking to get justice done to Tamils in Sri Lanka is more important than the justice denied to Dalits in his own country where he is the leader of the Governing Party ?
In Sri Lanka the Tamils whether they are of lower caste or IDPs in shelters are not treated in the manner the great India treats its Dalit population. Rahul Gandhi should be ashamed to call himself the political leader of a country which despite having the atomic bomb and adventured in to the satellite age has still failed to treat its own people with dignity, as human beings, and offer justice, sympathy, and generosity what ever their caste , class or profession.
Mr. Rahul Gandhi before he ventures out to imprint his seal of importance in world politics should climb out of the dark well of Indian politics to see what actually is happening in his India which is stepping out to promote its importance as an emerging leader in Asia. A great leader would not seek popularity interfering into the internal affairs of a Sovereign State without paying attention to more urgent needs of its own people. For the Dalit population who are treated less than the animals in India , a new concept of political reality has to be imposed by this young aspirant for leadership of the Indian Nation, before crying for justice for other people else where.
Rahul Ghandhi should as a respect to the name he bears, which reminds of the Great Mahatma Gandhi , should begin by assuring that all its citizens no matter their caste or creed is treated as equals before the law. This other Ghandi Clan has been more interfering a lot , conniving with terrorist criminals to divide the nearby Island of Sri Lanka. The Indian expansionist dream began with Indira Gandhi , which was continued by Rajiv Gandhi who made the supreme sacrificed in his misplaced political adventurism.
Rahula Gandhi’s grand mother Indra Gandhi created the terrosists for Sri Lanka with which it was burdened for 30 years, and Rahul’s father Rajiv Gandhi trespassed into Sri Lanka air corridors to drop “parippu” to sieged terrorists in 1987 thus interrupting a decisive military operation against terrorism by the Sri Lanka Government Forces.
Rajiv Gandhi continued thereafter to impose the Indian Army as a peace keeping force and forced a naïve UNP president to accept as conditions to maintain peace, the merge of North and East and introduce the 13 amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka. This gave a new “amunution” to 13 percent Tamils already asking for equal rights with the Sinhala, to demand instead the establishment of a separate Eelam State.
Rahuls Mother Sonia Ghandhi as the Leader of the Congress party also playing to the tune of the Tamil Nadu asked the Indian Government not to sell arms and ammunition to the Sri Lanka Government when requests were made by the Government of Sri Lanka during the military operations against the terrorists.
To this Sri Lanka which has already been callously interfered into by his clan , Rahul Gandhi seems to be making his political “debut” of interference by appealing to the “Centre” to get justice to Tamils in Sri Lanka?
Rahul Gandhi should know that his “ centre “to which he has appealed , has failed yet to do justice in Jammu and Kashmir. The People of your borderlands are suffering from the bombardments of American Forces, running after an Al Qaida, and Talibans. You have to wake up to problems with Pakistan. Relations are gating stale with Sikh population in Punjab.
Rahul Gandhi has to wake up to other things than getting justice done to the Tamils in Sri Lanka. The latest I read is that the still “left over” terrorists after the leadership sank dead into Nandikadal are gathering somewhere in India, and they have the names of the Prime Minister and Karunanidhi in their death list. In the meantime in Orissa and Andrapradesh the Maoist movement is gathering force. There is trouble brewing in Punjab. Your relations with Pakistan has to be re-established. Pakistan is not “breeding” terrorists, if the terrorists occupies some parts of Pakistan. If the terrorists are hiding in the border villages of Pakistan, you cannot say Pakistan is harbouring terrorists.
You have to think of some means to bring the two governments India and Pakistan on to a civilised track of discussing the problems and settling them on friendly terms. Such an arrangement will help both countries economically and socially and maintain a more peaceful relationship . Such a move by Rahul Gandhi will make him a National hero. That would be a far better investment than his attempt to get justice done for the Tamils in Sri Lanka.
Tamils in Sri Lanka is not Rahul Gandhi’s problem it is the problem for the President of Sri Lanka which he is quite capable settling, as he has so far settled greater problems with out any “young brat” from India or his “ centre”, having to prompt him what he should do.
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
The appointment of the UN Panel to investigate in to the violation of human rights in Sri Lanka was a unilateral decision taken by Ban Ki Moon the Secretary General of UN. It was taken despite a protest by the Government of Sri Lanka a Member State of the UNO.
Ban Ki Moon has failed to show that he has acted in the interest of the Member State and that his decision was objective, as he has not appointed a similar panel to investigate into the continued violation of human rights by the US Armed Forces in Afghanistan .
There is ample evidence that large numbers of Civilians had been killed in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq by American bombardments , unconcerned of the safety of the Civil population. But Ban Ki Moon has shown a highhanded connivance with these American human rights violation in not appointing a panel of investigation to probe in to those criminal acts as quick as he was to do it in respect of Sri Lanka.
Ban Ki Moon’s interest is apparently the coming election of the Secretary General of the UN for which he will be seeking re-election. Therefore, the civilian casualties in the war in Afghanistan and Iraq is not important enough for him to appoint a panel of investigation until he is re-elected.
Because Ban Ki Moon cannot antagonise America and its Western friend who are an essential voting-block for his re-election. He knows it from the previous experience of his predecessor Koffi Annan, “….…. Annan fell afoul of George W. Bush's administration when he opposed, if ever so diplomatically, the plan to go to war in Iraq. Opposition from the White House and the American right made the remainder of his tenure hell…..”.
Could we therefore place any confidence in the bona fides of Ban Ki Moon in sending the UN panel to Sri Lanka, when we have our own Commission of Investigation ? His second term in UN as its Secretary General depends not on the question of human rights for which Ban Ki Moon does not give a dime, but to what an extent he could discredit Sri Lanka for the pleasure of the West which has lately become the Zombie of its expatriate Tamil followers.
The fact that Ban Ki Moon wants to continue with his panel of investigation despite Sri Lanka informing him that it has its own commission of investigation, is evident lack of trust and confidence in our own Commission of Investigation whispered in to his ears by the White West, which thinks that only their grey matter could be counted upon as possessors of worldly wisdom. Therefore there is no reason why we should allow him to have his way sending his panel to Sri Lanka.
Ban Ki Moon’s appointment of his own panel of investigation in to the violation of human rights in Sri Lanka, when Sri Lanka has already informed of the Commission it has appointed for the same purpose is an evident abuse of power of the Office of Secretary General by Ban Ki Moon.
He should be aware that any military operation against terrorism is very complex, fraught with enormous safety risks to the legitimate Armed Forces as well as to the civilian population. It is doubly so when the Military operations are directed against terrorists as they are least concerned with the safety of the civilian population.
The terrorists target the Armed Forces “sitting” amidst the Civilian population taking cover behind them, expecting the Government forces to shoot back causing evident damage to the Civilians around them. But the Sri Lanka Government Forces alive to the situation did not use heavy artillery in the areas where the safety of the Civilian population was at risk.
Ban Ki Moon does not act with any intelligence of his own, being a sort of “His Masters Voice”, as it has been said that, “…… there was no chance that Barack Obama's administration would seek to deny a second term to the most pro-American SG in recent memory, if not ever. ( http://www.foreignpolicy.com/ ).
The role of the Secretary General of the UN is to act as a mediator to settle disagreements with member states and bring the parties together without any attempt on his part to take unilateral decisions, and avoid such disagreements degenerate into more serious political situations. Specially with regard to the developing countries , he should be an “elder “, to advise and avoid other powerful countries from interfering into the internal affairs of the developing Nations.
But Ban Ki Moon is doing exactly the opposite, interfering himself into the internal affairs of it Member States aggravating confrontational politics between developing and developed countries.
We cannot expecting any positive impact from the visit of Ban Ki Moons panel to Sri Lanka and it is in the interest of Sri Lanka to keep the panel away.
Sri Lanka is awakening into a new dawn as a Middle Income Level Country, and we cannot sell our souls, when the powerful West is forcing to weaken us to make us one of their “slave states” dependant on them.
Sunday, 19 December 2010
The necessity to sing our National Anthem in Sinhala is being debated now. It appears to be an appropriate time to discuss the importance of a National Anthem and in which language it should be sung. There are comparisons of the language of the National anthems sung in different countries.
It is time that we in Sri Lanka should in certain matters take our own decisions evaluating our own situation, cultural values , our national construct etc. without having to do some thing because some others are doing it, or some others are not doing it.
It should be the same with regard to the choice of the language in which the National Anthem is sung, or even what flag we should have as our national symbol. Sri Lanka has evolved since its Independence from the British Rule in 1948. Our Independence took significant changes. The first Independence was negotiated by the then National political leadership. We were then able to face the British rulers as a united Nation and demand Independence.
There were no Communal differences then. In 1951 the Sinhala lyrics of the song Apa Sri Lanka was initially accepted as the National Anthem, the beginning of the song was subsequently changed. It was thereafter translated into Tamil and those who wanted to sing it in Tamil was allowed to do so, for the sake of convenience.
A nation should have one National Anthem and it should be sung preferably in the National language. It is not important that in India it is sung in Bengali, or in Malaysia it is sung in Malay, or in South Africa it is sung in several ethnic languages. If Sri Lanka were to be a true nation without communal distinctions, we may also have our National Anthem in Tamil. For that the Tamils should make patriotic moves.
But India , Malaysia, and South Africa or even Canada have a reasons for having their National Anthem in different languages . It is simply because in those countries the different ethnic communities have no “unholy” wars with the respective governments about setting up “homelands” or demand recognition of different ethnic languages as National languages.
In India, whether one comes from Gujarat, TamilNadu, Kerala or Maharashtra, they are all Indians. They speak different languages as well, but Hindi is the National Language. It is the Same with Malaysia- they are all Malaysians, or in South Africa they are all South Aftricans.
Unfortunately in Sri Lanka the Tamils want to make it different. The Tamils in Sri lanka are not Sri Lankans, but they are Tamils in Sri Lanka. That is the problem.
That is also the problem in every thing in Sri Lanka with the Tamils. They want Tamil also as the National Language. The Tamils have aspirations, the Tamils have grievances, Tamils want political devolution, Tamils want North and East for themselves,
Every Tamil Journalist pretends to be more intelligent than any one else. In Transcurrent DBS Jeyaraj, who sometimes writes objectively, is not without his Tamil “blinkers” when writing about the National Anthem. As he says the singing the National Anthem in Tamil had been left without objection. But it does not mean that we should not remind that the Official Version of the National Anthem is in Sinhala.
He says , “ It could be seen therefore that this Island nation has displayed a sense of accommodation towards the usage of Tamil language in the sphere of “officially” singing the national anthem throughout its post independence period.” Many things had been left as they had been for many reasons. “, because of terrorism for instance.
And as I pointed out it took a long time for the real Independence to come to Sri Lanka. After changing of hands from the British rule to Independence in 1948, Mr.SWRD Bandaranaike broke away from the UNP and formed the SLFP. MEP lead by SLFP came in to power replacing the UNP in the elections of 1956. It was the Independence won by the active participation of the people. The idea of a Nation came into being after the 1956 election.
It was this idea of a Nation that prompted Mr.SWRD Bandaranaike to declare Sinhala as the National Language. It was also the beginning of the Communal separation of the country with the racist politicians like Chelvanayagam, Ponnambalam and Amirthalingam opposing the Sinhala majority , sowing seeds of separatism. The Tamil Leadership in Jaffna was more interested in themselves and claimed official recognition of Tamil language with the idea of setting up a separate territory exclusively for the Tamils.
This resulted in the subsequent armed intervention by a group of Tamils from Jaffna trained by the RAW of India to resist the Government of Sri Lanka through armed terrorism. Sri Lanka suffered under terrorism for thirty long years and thanks to the election of Mr;Mahinda Rajapakse as the President of Sri Lanka , terrorism came to an end in 2009.
We now come to the third change of the 1948 Independence. This change into real Independence was after the elimination of terrorism, hand in hand with infrastructural developments, and an economic awakening and the election of Mr.Mahinda Rajapakse as the President of Sri Lanka for the second time.
The people are at last experiencing the real Independence of Sri Lanka, separating itself from the dependence of its former Colonial rulers, and distancing from unfriendly Western Nations who for still unknown reasons are conniving with the expatriate Tamil communities living in their countries to divide Sri Lanka between the Tamils and the Sinhala, probably to maintain their control over a divided Sri Lanka.
In the meantime perhaps to the greater chagrin of the West the World Bank has declared Sri Lanka a Middle Income Country. It is therefore a pride for all- the Sinhala, Tamil, the Muslims and other Communities to be awakened to this reality of being an Independent Middle Income Nation, and re-evaluate ourselves to rise to the occasion as a united Nation of Sri Lankans.
It is in this light we should evaluate the symbols of Independence as a Nation and revitalise our National cultural symbols such as the National Anthem, the National Flag and the National Language to fit into our real Independent Status.
The Tamils should at least now come forward to be recognised not as Tamils, but as citizens of Sri Lanka, and hold hands of friendship with the Sinhala, the Muslim and others as compatriots.
The Tamils have the very rude manner of calling the Sinhala, racists, chauvinists, supremacists and trouble makers, the moment a Sinhala stands up for his rights or make favourable demands in respect of matters of unity, not withstanding the fact that the Tamils as of right speak out loud all the time for Tamil aspirations, Tamil grievances or Tamil rights.
The Tamils should now realise that the Tamil “ aspirations” they emphasise are not for unity with other communities, but for division, to stand apart from other communities. Therefore, at least now the Tamils should accept the National Anthem in Sinhala without rejecting it as a discrimination against the Tamils. The two communities should now try to build a cordial relationship “brick by brick” without the Tamils rejecting anything related to Sinhala as a discrimination against them.
It is said that before we make demands from our parents we should ask ourselves , “ what have we given them ourselves for us to ask for more from them ? “.
The Tamils always keep on asking ever since the end of terrorism (and even before), for more Tamil rights, for Tamil aspirations, for political devolution, for Land rights, for settlement of Tamils in lands occupied by the HSZ, and for settlement of Tamil grievances and so on. The Sinhala and Muslims and yet others also have rights, aspirations , and grievances, but that is not important for the Tamils, because what is important for the Tamils is their rights…...
But what have the Tamils given in return to Sri Lanka, to consider that they have a better right to make demands ? The Tamils are not happy because the Sinhala is the “majority”. And therefore the Tamils think it is the Sinhala who should make sacrifices.
Haven’t the Sinhala already made enough Sacrifices more than the Tamils had ever made and will ever make in the future ? Doesn’t that it self make the Sinhala deserve a little more ? The Sinhala do not ask any thing for themselves, but they ask for unity , they want to work with the Tamils, and Muslims together as a Nation, so that there will be peace, and with peace there will be happiness.
The National Anthem sung in Sinhala by the Sinhala, Tamils and Muslims would be a symbol of unity. It will be an acclamation of unity with all the people living in this little Island which is nobody’s homeland, but every bodies motherland.
If there is again another terrorism it will again be the Sinhala Buddhists who will rise up to fight against the terrorists. Could we depend on the Tamils to join with the Sinhala if there is such a misfortune again ?
This is not political myopia-as DBS Jeyaraj would say.
DBS Jeyaraj says, “ After decades of a separatist conflict the alienated Tamil population is slowly struggling to be re-integrated into the political mainstream of a united nation. Now they were being denied the right to sing the national anthem in their mother tongue and dealt a symbolic blow .”
It is the role of the people like DBS Jeyaraj educated Tamils, to bring all the Tamils in to the mainstream of a United Nation of Sri Lankans.
Another Tamil journalist Shanie, writing to the most virulent anti Sinhala website Sri Lanka Guardian , says , “We trust the government will therefore re-think their short-sighted move and not make any changes in the use of the National Anthem in both languages throughout the country. The members of the Tamil Mandram at Royal College, for instance, should be able to sing the national anthem in Tamil at any official function; similarly at the Royal College Prize Giving, the students should stand to attention and sing the National Anthem each in his own language to the same tune. If any change is to done, we could think, as one writer has suggested of using the South African model in having the National Anthem sung partly in Tamil and partly in Sinhala so that all citizens get used to the idea of a bi-lingual national identity.”
These are the same educated Tamils who want the National Anthem sung in Tamil even in Colombo, but against Sinhala people settling down in Jaffna and the East, and who refer to ethnic chauvinism to insult the compassionate Sinhala people. Why cannot they even now use their poison pens to call for Sinhala-Tamil unity not as Tamils and Sinhala but as Sri Lankans.
Do they not realise that to pontificate in this manner is to provoke Sinhala to react against the Tamils for their intransigence , and they have a right to do so without being called chauvinists ?
The Tamils were not alienated by the Sinhala. The Tamils are alienating by themselves on their own accord. The Sinhala people are beckoning the Tamils to come and join them as citizens of Sri Lanka , as they are not Tamils just living in Sri Lanka.
Let us therefore begin by singing our National Anthem only in its original language
Friday, 17 December 2010
Monday, 13 December 2010
The Lessons Learnt & Reconciliation Commission,
The Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations & Strategic Studies,
24 Horton Place,
Colombo – 07,
For the people of Sri Lanka the most reliable investigators in to their past to understand what went wrong , and advice what steps should be taken to avoid a recurrence are their own seniors-the wise elders, who knows their customs , and the way they act in a given situation according to their religious and cultural dispositions.
Even if we were to look further back in to the history of
The Tamils did not mix with the Sinhala. Most of the Jaffna Tamils who came to work in the south came alone, leaving their families back in
Therefore the Tamils coming to South to work kept their distance from the Sinhala. I do not know the statistics but the intermarriages between Sinhala and
That is to say there was no social interaction between the two communities. Those executive officers who were provided with Government quarters brought their families along with them but even among them it was not many who came with their families.
In the South as well intermarriages were insignificant despite a greater Tamil population. The non existence of social contact between the Tamil and the Sinhala families sealed the development of deeper social relationships. Hence the absence of a cordial relationship between the two communities.
These unpatriotic Tamils remind me of the Biblical story of the woman who took away a child from its mother and claimed the child was hers. They were brought before the wise King Solomon to decide to whom the baby belonged. The King listened to them and as there was no solution other than satisfying both of them ordered the Child to be cut into two and give each one a part. The woman who had stolen the baby from the mother, agreed to the Kings decision. But the other woman wailed and pleaded with the King to give the baby to the other woman , as she would not want the baby harmed. The King Solomon then knew the baby’s real mother.
The Tamils who demand division of
What has to be buried and forgotten, is this complex of being an “outsider “ arising from the “primordial instinct of being an invader”. That is why people like Narapalasingham of the Tamil Sangam want to write a new history of the Tamils discarding Mahavamsa as an irrelevant writings of a prejudiced Buddhist Monk.
Therefore if the Tamils could integrate into the main stream of Sinhala population without hatred, but with a fraternal attitude they could repeat the American miracle, having one of them as a President of Sri Lanka.
Mr. Chairman, and distinguished Members of the Commission, the people of
Too much have already been sacrificed to satisfy the Tamils. Sri Lanka is today in the “eve” of rising above its poor developing status to become a full fledged National State., with a developed infrastructure, a comfortable economic development, with one flag, one language and one National Anthem. We cannot sacrifice all that to satisfy the Tamils who given more will demand more, without giving anything themselves for the development of Sri Lanka.
However, we had been fortunate to have had Tamils who had risen far above the norm of real patriots to bring honour to Sri Lanka, two of them we could never forget are the late Mr. Lakshman Kadirgamar and Jeyraj Fernandopullai.
Mr. Chairman, while you and the distinguished members of your Commission are carrying out a very difficult and a most praise worthy attempt to find solutions for the reconciliation of the Tamils and the Sinhala , the members of the UNP the main opposition to the government are requesting the President to cooperate with an international inquiry, warning that if the President does not act wisely, he could be summoned before an international court on various allegations levelled against the Sri Lankan government.
We the people are quite satisfied and we do not for an instant doubt your ability to do a better and a comprehensive inquiry and come to reliable, satisfactory and acceptable conclusions, more than any international inquiry conducted by a panel foreign to our culture, way of life, and our way of thinking, could ever be able to accomplish.