24 May, 2019

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Fooling Delhi And The Tamils For The Umpteenth Time: Lies, Damn Lies And The National Question

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

They say that if you are deceived once it’s the fault of the con artist, but if you are taken for a ride a second time you are an imbecile. What if you are lied to from day one till kingdom come and you nod and say “Oh yes, that’s great” every time? Surely it must mean that you are party to the deception. That’s Manmohan Singh and the mandarins in Delhi. And what if you arm twist the miserable, impotent, Lankan Tamil leaders, leaving them with no option but to squeal and comply, “Yes sir, no sir, three bags full sir”.

Mahinda Rajapakse visited Delhi and laid out a supreme con (again) and the Indian Prime Minister pretended he gulped it all. Rajapakse who was playing for time and gaming international pressure and the up coming Human Rights review, said “I say Singh if you get that pain in the butt Sampanthar to come sit in the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) I promise that this time, at last I won’t play the Tamils and the TNA for unmitigated suckers”. Singh of course knew it was just another version of Aesop’s fables but pretended to swallow it hook line and sinker. So he sent for the TNA, made pomp and pageantry of his concern for the Tamils of Lanka, and rammed Rajapakses hoax right down the throats of the poor bastards who had not a chance in hell of refusing. Rajapakse has pulled off one more conjuring trick; a rabbit out of a hat, sorry turban.

Fortunately the TNA can’t stomach it in perpetuity without indigestion, so after returning it is putting up a bit of a fight by demanding that Rajapkse commits to moving the PSC along the lines of five previous agreements including Chandrika’s 2000 draft constitution and the APRC Expert Committee Majority Report. If Rajapakse agrees to even a fraction of these conditions I will change my name to Percy Basil Gothabahaya. But no worry I am certain my current name is 100% risk free; there will be no movement on the Tamil question; that’s how the Rajapakses want it.

When the LTTE imbeciles committed de facto suicide, they simultaneously killed any hope of devolution and Tamil political rights for another generation. Someone asked me the other day “When was the defeat of the LTTE sealed” and I answered, as I have been for the last 20 years “The day it prioritised the military struggle over the political struggle the defeat of the LTTE was certain; every one of its other mistakes flows from there”.

Having pulverised the LTTE and smashed the militants who had grabbed Tamil leadership why on earth is the state going to make concessions that the Tamils had failed to secure on the battlefield? Let’s face it; it’s a flat NO to devolution and Tamil political rights. Tough luck for the Tamils but that’s the truth. Maybe it is the Sinhala State that is their executioner, but it was the LTTE that led them up the garden path to the chopping block.

In this context where does the government’s announcement that it will commence negotiations with the Tamil diaspora fit in? Sure it may be able to find a few quislings and try to drive a wedge between overseas Tamils and the TNA. Or maybe it hopes to create a rift between local Tamils and the TNA which has now emerged as their voice. But this cock won’t fight; rather than be used by Rajapakse, GTF, BTF and the Trans-national bunch will be gadflies and corner him globally. So that can’t be the game plan. Then is it to get the heat off in the persistent diaspora demand that the heads of this government be investigated for war crimes? I think not again because both America and India are suffering from Tamil fatigue, just going through the motions but not pursuing the war crimes agenda with any vigour. Hence my take is that engaging the diaspora is another red herring, not an initiative that the government will pursue with energy. Maybe some guys will get a few trips, nothing more will come of it.

The Sonia-Singh government committed itself unreservedly to the Rajapakse side during the last few years of the civil war. The logistical support Delhi provided to the Lankan military was invaluable in hastening the LTTE’s defeat. Sonia-Singh cannot back out of this hole now; even India’s vote in Geneva in March was a most reluctant one. What makes India’s sheltering of Rajapakse obvious is that it is arm-twisting the TNA into the PSC, but plays blind on the glaring anomaly of the day. Every province in Lanka has an elected Provincial Council but not the Northern Province. Why? Because the TNA not Rajapakse will win power there and hinder the march towards a Corporatist authoritarian state. Delhi however has little grasp of the political dynamics of this country and enough problems on its head to drive anyone crazy.

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    Kumar David believes that MR is fooling the Indians for the umpteenth time. The truth is, India together with MR are fooling not only the Sri Lankan Tamils but the whole country and the entire Tamil diaspora.

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      GAMINI:

      Kumar David also does not remember that Tamil politicians for the umpteenth time had refused workable political solution. when some thing like that came, they were silent and avoided it.

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    “May be it is the Sinhalease State” quoated from Dr Kumar Daivid in hie start of his essay he demrcated and demand we NEED TAMIL STATE.
    What state type or system of STATE he( DR K David) dream come into being in Sri lankan soil? Obivosly Tamil State of NOT Socilaist but TAMIL CAPITALST STATE!This what LTTE demand any other form of Struggle Eelam !
    Similar demand put forwared by TNA bargaring with 13th Amdend Sri Lankan STATE,first step POLICE AND LAND POWER PC COUNCIL NORTH-EAST.Undoubalty will lead sepertrism,SECESSIONISM of Tamil world agenda of GREATER TAMIL SPEAKING STATE IN INDIAN SUB-continitial.
    THE base on Tamil Nadu as Mother Land of Tamils in throght out the world.
    TNA of politicl thinking tank has selecated and target on Sri Lanka as weak link of CHAIN in world by infulance and by INTERNATIONAL INTERVENTION of Indian and certain western Countries win the seperated TAMIL STATE.
    That is why Tamil politics (TNA)in Sri lankan NOT COME UNDER THE NATIOANL INTEREST HAD BEEN GIVEN FOR AMICABLE SOLUATION WITHING FRAME WORK SRI LANKAN SOVERGNITY AND TERROTIAL INTERIGRITY TAMIL PEOPLE OF THE ISLAND.THEY ARE AGENGD IS HIDDEN, OSTRICH OF POLICY.
    DR David you are the only oustanding personal in such community seek so-called SOCILIASM FOR ……your proposal of will be influance of Tamil community to seek amicable solution withing frame work, but without LAND and POLICE POWER FOR REGIONAL AUTONOMY.
    My opinion is Tamils have every right to buy and own land any part of Sri Lanka,but cannot Tamils have ONLY rights to RESERVED North-East LAND OWNERSHIP, it will CREATED & become TAMIL PRIVILAGE RACE AMONG LANKAN DEMOCEACTIC STATE.Why we cannot creat another such SUPER RACE WITHING CAPITALIST SYSTEM OF SRI LANKA.
    DO you want denied racisim by tamils politics in TNA?
    Hope and wish Dr David must re-originiated your policy of Tamil Problem in outlook and having new approch to seek amicable soluation without delay.So we needless to say No requriremnt TNA to visit Indian or Geneve or UNO by tamil politicians to time to time.

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    Please read correct as..’.Why we creat another SUPER RACE WITHING CAPITALIST SYSTEM IN SRI LANKA…’

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    India is seen as the Big Brother of the Tamils. But actually from the perspective of the New Delhi “mandarins”, Tamils and Sinhalese are the same. India wants to control Sri Lanka, either by the means of armed struggled (LTTE) or by help in eliminating that same armed struggled. The rest is just Rajapaksa playing international head of state.

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    According to you the TNA is in a position as stated by you, but then what can they do? What would your advice be to them in the situation the Tamils are in?

    ” miserable, impotent, Lankan Tamil leaders, leaving them with no option but to squeal and comply”

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