Sunday, 20 February 2011

If India is a friend of Sri Lanka it should have accepted the Sri Lanka Government’s denial of shooting Indian fishermen.

Much has been written on India’s pseudo-friendly hypocrisy towards Sri Lanka. I am sure the government of Sri Lanka is aware of this but does not want to openly accept it as India is capable of even intervening militarily with Sri Lanka just to please the Tamil Nadu politicians who lack political intelligence, and are politically infantile, but yet are capable of making the Central Government of India a pawn in their hands on the TamilNadu political checkerboard

In other words the TamilNadu politicians are foolish and emotional, rather than being intelligent and mature. Therefore they are capable of even breaking away from India merely to “teach a lesson” to the Central Government for not giving into their absurd demands. Hence the present intolerable attitude adopted by a weak Indian government towards Sri Lanka-which does not want to antagonize its neighbour with all the problems it has with a grossly vindictive West.

TamilNadu political maniacs are forcing India to a military confrontation with Sri Lanka. That is the reason for this fiasco about the shooting of Indian fishermen which is a plan hatched by the Tamil Nadu political “terrorists” to strain what ever “cordial” relations India may have with Sri Lanka.

The killing of Indian fishermen if there had been any must have been the “work” of the cohorts of the TamilNadu extremists to implicate the Sri Lanka Navy. The Central Government of India is undoubtedly aware of it but haven’t got the guts and the political strength to openly tell the TamilNadu political militants who are feeding on their animosity towards Sri Lanka, that the Sri Lanka Navy cannot be responsible for the killing of the fishermen and that Tamilnadu should not embarrass the Central government demanding its intervention on a matter without substantial evidence against the Sri Lanka Navy.

Any nincompoop can understand that the Sri Lanka Navy will not shoot at innocent fishermen whether they are Indian or Sri Lankan. If at all the Navy were to have shot, it would have shot into the air as a warning and definitely not directly at the Indian fishermen nor will they take fishermen on board to tie a noose round their necks and throw them into the sea. This is high “drama” that no intelligent person could even imagine.

The fact that all these complaints of Navy shooting at the Indian fishermen have been planned by the Tamil Nadu politicians is evident from the latest incident where the local fishermen of Jaffna had seized 136 Indian fishermen who had been poaching in Sri Lanka waters.

In this incident it is not the Sri Lanka Navy that is involved but the Jaffna Tamil fishermen themselves. If TamilNadu political Tamils are sincere about their claim of ethnic attachment to Sri Lanka Tamils how is it that TamilNadu political leaders are depriving the Sri Lanka Tamil fishermen their livelihood in peaceful fishing in their own maritime waters, without demanding Indian fishermen not to adventure in to the maritime area which rightly belongs to the Sri Lanka Tamil fishermen ?

In this incident a more serious situation has come to light. It had been often pointed out by many writers to the Lankaweb that opening Consular Offices by India in Jaffna and Hambantota should not be allowed as India has ulterior motives, and that these Consulates are more likely to be manned by Indian RAW Agents, who were, “ once upon a time” responsible for training Tamil youth from Sri Lanka in terrorist war fare in special camps in the jungles of TamilNadu . What is the guarantee that the India RAW will not try it out once again, now with the RAW Agents probably acting as personnel of the Consulate offices in Sri Lanka ?

This suspicion appears justified, as we learn that the Indian Consulate Office had intervened when the 136 Indian fishermen and their boats had been seized by the local fishermen and handed over to the police.

It is definitely not a matter for the Consular Office, which has been set up to facilitate people in the area to obtain visas to India, to have intervened on behalf of Indian fishermen captured while they were illegally fishing in the maritime waters of Sri Lanka. It may have been more appropriate for the Indian Consulate Office to have requested the Indian High Commission Office in Colombo to intervene in the matter.

But the Indian Consulate General V.Mahalingam in the Jaffna Consulate Office had acted in a very high handed manner in intervening with the Sri Lanka Judiciary in Jaffna to have the 136 Indian fishermen released from custody.

This is a matter for the Government of Sri Lanka to take up with the Indian External Affair Minister S.N Krishna, as an offensive intervention into the legal procedure of a Sri Lanka Court of Law by an Indian Consulate General acting beyond his authority.

The Government of Sri Lanka should also demand India that it should warn its Consulate Generals to strictly keep within their Consulate duties without abusing their Consular position to interfere with administrative and Judicial matters of the Government of Sri Lanka.

If not these Indian Consulate Offices will become centres to undermine our independence and Communal unity, with India already treating the Tamil Community in Sri Lanka differently from the other Communities

The Indian Government should appreciate that while our High Commission Office in Chennai is more often put into inconvenience if not danger by the manifestations of the TamilNadu Tamils, the Indian Consulates and the Indian High Commission are in perfect safety without being put into any inconvenience by Sri Lankans manifesting to show their disillusionment of Indian “friendliness” and condemnation of the Indian interference into, not only the control and surveillance of the maritime space of Sri Lanka by its Navy, but also into its Judiciary by a mere Administrative Officer of the Indian Consulate.

This should be quite an eye opener to our own Tamil Community and the TNA politicians who make pilgrimage to TamilNadu to make complaints against their own Sri Lanka government to these hybrid Tamilnadu Tamil politicians of no consequence.

These Tamil Nadu politicians have amply demonstrated by their arrogant, vengeful attitude on the “fishermen issue” that they have no real interest in the Tamil Community in Sri Lanka. They pretended that they were really acting in the interest of their ethnic counterparts the Sri Lanka Tamils by mollycoddling Prabhakaran and his terrorists and demanding the Indian government time and again to intervene to end the military operations of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces against the terrorists.

But their real interest, as we now see had been to help the terrorist Prabhakaran to divide Sri Lanka and create a Tamil Eelam which they could later annex as a part of TamilNadu State. Having failed in that now they are vindictive against the government of Sri Lanka and condemns the Tamil fishermen of Sri Lanka for taking the law into their own hands.

It is strange that through out this episode the TNAMPs had maintained a holy silence. The TNA MPs who are vociferous about the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka so much, should if they are genuine speak on behalf of the Sri Lanka Tamil fisher folk, and condemn outright the TamilNadu politicians for supporting without protest the Indian Fishermen poaching in the maritime space of Sri Lanka that is open only to our fishermen.

This is also a matter that should interest the Sri Lanka Tamil Diaspora, to understand that the Sri Lanka Tamils are a part and parcel of the Sri Lanka citizenry and cannot be separated from the rest of the Communities in Sri Lanka, and that the Tamil Nadu Tamils are different and have no social or cultural connection to the Tamil Community in Sri Lanka. Therefore it is time that the Tamil diaspora rallies round Sri Lanka and contributes to its development to make Sri Lanka a great Nation where communal differences have been eliminated in the greater interest of being Sri Lankans.

With India as a friend Sri Lanka needs no enemies. It had bee reported that the Indian External Affairs Minister Krishna had ,”…. expressed his deep regret on Sri Lankan fishermen taking law into their own hands and warned that they too have to be “very cautious” when they are getting into Indian waters.”

The Sri Lanka Tamil fishermen had “taken the law into their own hands” as the Indian authorities had failed to stop their fishermen from poaching in Sri Lanka waters, and for falsely accusing the Sri Lanka Navy controlling the maritime area belonging to Sri Lanka for killing Indian fishermen.

Further more It was reported that, “……the Indian Foreign Minister has suggested to the Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister that fishermen associations from both sides should discuss and come to an agreement with regard to fishing in international waters.”

This shows that the Central Government of India is unable on its own to control the movements of the Indian fishermen as it is afraid of antagonizing the Tamil Nadu politicians.

India is profiting from the Sri Lanka Government’s meek acceptance of Indian demands as a sign of weakness . India is pretentious and lacks the sincerity to accept the word of the Government of Sri Lanka when it denied that its Navy had not killed Indian fishermen, preferring to accept the word of the Tamil Nadu Tamil politicians who are vindictive towards Sri Lanka for the elimination of their terrorist thalaivar Prabhakaran and his terrorists cohorts.

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