July’83 India’s sine qua non to first destabalize & eventually colonize Sri Lanka
33 years have gone by and we still fail to put the puzzle together. To safeguard the nation from becoming finally clinched as a victory by the enemy it is no better time than now to start putting the puzzle together. Sri Lanka does not have a Tamil problem. Sri Lanka’s problem is India. The root of all Sri Lanka’s problems is India. We need to come to terms with this reality. If India had been training Sri Lankan Tamil youth secretly how was India to bring them out into the open? The false flag was needed – July 83 riots was that manipulating UNP to attack Tamils. Thereafter, all demands made through LTTE and Tamil leaders working to India’s dictates were only parroting India’s wishes. The agreements signed since are all in line with India’s objectives. LTTE and Tamil leadership are only the symptoms Sri Lanka was forced to deal with. The disease is India. The British gave birth to the disease by importing Malabar Tamils initially to work on the British plantations and thereafter to be used in their divide & rule which India was happy to continue as it fell well within its own hegemonistic plans.
July 83 was a watershed moment. Debates on it fail to see who the real benefactors were. The Sinhalese should shoulder no guilt – we protected our Tamil friends. The Sinhalese played NO ROLE in the July 1983 riots. Why should we repeatedly be apologizing for what we have not committed? The JRJ government protected the rich Tamils but unleashed goons with polling cards to identify Tamils. JRJ possibly was misled by India. The gangs of men on the rampage were thugs from all communities – they knew nothing of nationalism except the common goal of stealing what they could. Indian paws are all over the incident just as the same can be said of the Jaffna university attack on Sinhala students and new youth groups emerging to demand the removal of the military. All these are clearly ‘made in India’ signs. We can but wonder whether India is launching another conflict?
In the 1970s India was a great ally of the Soviet Union. Mrs. Bandaranaike at the time took a strong national stand with erudite advisors to guide her and her foreign policy was non-alignment while her foreign and defence were handled by N Q Dias the most powerful public servant who had vision to see the dangers of illegal immigrants & illegal smuggling from Tamil Nadu to propose the setting up of military camps in the North. Quoting Neville Jayaweera’s memoirs N Q Dias “had a deep conviction that within the next 25 years or so, the Tamil protest will develop into an armed rebellion and that the Government must prepare from now (1963) to meet the outcome.” Mr. Dias’s plan was to encircle the North (Mannar, Jaffna District, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu upto Trincomalee). Mr. Dias also saw the need for a new naval strategy. N Q Dias was the Clausewitz of Sri Lanka – the camps in the North helped curtail armed militancy the absence of which a separate North would have been declared in the 1980s.
In came JR Jaywardena in 1978 with his pro-West approach which did not deliver the expected benefits. When LTTE attacked in 1983 he assured his Cabinet that his pro-West foreign policy would be rewarded and help would come from US & UK. JR forgot the golden truth – national interests mattered not friendships. India told the countries to keep away and they did – Reagan refused and so did Britain. India expected Sri Lanka to beg help from India – the very country that created LTTE. Pakistan agreed to train Sri Lankan soldiers & China was willing to sell military hardware – India was further infuriated. US, UK, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan and Australia all condemned the ‘terror attacks’ but it was only China who condemned India “The big must not bully the small.”
Panikkar Doctrine (India’s naval doctrine & Kautilya’s Arthashastra :
India’s objective is Indian hegemony over the Indian Ocean with Sri Lanka fully under its control or dependent on India. For the West this was temporarily outsourcing part of its objective to India.
The Arthashastra was composed 2300 years ago. Indian diplomacy is based on hegemony advocated by Kautiya’s (Chanakya) Arthashastra. Chanakya’s Mandal Theory ‘Your neighbour is your natural enemy’ makes Sri Lanka India’s natural enemy (whatever government comes into power) as are all of India’s neighbors. A factor Sri Lanka’s foreign policy experts have not taken cognizance of to counter.
Tamil militancy and economic entrapment were key precursors to that objective. Flooding Sri Lanka with illegal immigrants from Tamil Nadu thus raising Tamil populace in both North and Central Sri Lanka and using Trade deals like ETCA to enable a further flood of Indians would with time fulfil this objective.
The fishing issue is very much part of this doctrine. The Tamil Nadu theatrics are a sideshow choreographed by India’s Centre. The pressures exerted using Tamil Nadu has enabled India to set up consular office, printing presses controlled by India, Indian media that has Indianized Sri Lanka’s Northern Tamils and it is the quantum of these efforts that are calling for the removal of the military, spreading stories against the military and using the Chief Minister and TNA from Sri Lanka and the Tamil Nadu politicians as well as the LTTE diaspora most of whom have business interests both in India/Sri Lanka and Overseas. In case we have not forgotten illegal international networks continue to operate linked to LTTE fronts and foreign intelligence.
The case against foreign presence in particular Chinese naval presence in the North has much to do with these illegal manoeuvrings rather than any security threats to India.
In short all are puppies of India and India is a puppy of the British Empire.
Tamil militancy & India
Just as Kautilya cunningly created a civil war in Patiliputra, Indira Gandhi clandestinely trained unemployed Sri Lankan Tamil youth in India (35 such armed groups including LTTE) at various camps throughout Tamil Nadu and sent them back armed, trained and financed and under tutelage of Indian intelligence RAW to destable Sri Lanka. That was how terrorism originated and not one piece of UN report/resolution have pinpointed the root cause of Sri Lanka’s problem to India.
The first person LTTE killed was a Tamil (Alfred Duraiappah – in 1975) the next persons LTTE killed were also Tamils (Tamil policemen on duty in North) – these guns and ammunition were all supplied by India. It was thereafter that the guns were turned on the Sri Lankan Army. LTTE even had open offices in Tamil Nadu. LTTE’s logistics center was Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu fishermen were the unofficial transporters of supplies (food, arms, medicines and drugs).
It is good to note that India handled Tamil militancy and Tamil politicians separately and this merged only in 2001 to create the Tamil National Alliance. We may recall that the reason for Amirthalingam’s assassination was that LTTE thought he was a spy of JR Jayawardena. The TULF and other Tamil politicians were dead scared of the LTTE – one wrong statement from them, they knew would end in their death notice. Not one Tamil politician at the time set foot in the North without the permission of the LTTE. They were that scared of their own ‘boys’.
“Tamil” demands benefits India
Analyse demands made by Tamil militant groups including LTTE and it is not difficult to deduce that eventually the benefactor was not the Tamils but India. It was India’s chosen stooges who were placing demands drafted by India. Without education, not doing a job and without exposure it is baffling how Prabakaran can come out with such demands manipulating international legal jargon – it was all drafted by India.
Thimpu Talks 1985 organized by India in Bhutan
These were the demands India placed through the LTTE and other militant organizations attending the talks (LTTE, EROS, EPRLF, PLOTE, TELO and TULF were all Indian creations)
- recognition of the Tamils of Ceylon as a nation
- recognition of the existence of an identified homeland for the Tamils of Ceylon
- recognition of the right of self determination of the Tamil nation
- recognition of the right to citizenship and the fundamental rights of all Tamils of Ceylon
The Sri Lankan delegation rejected all but the last.
Indo-Lanka Peace Accord – 1987
India was now looking at further fermenting its hold. Historically flawed and misplaced statements were included into the joint agreement which JR agreed. The issue was referred to as ‘ethnic problem’ when clearly it was armed militancy. LTTE was killing all communities even Tamils.
- India included Sri Lanka to be a ‘multi-ethnic & multi-lingual plural society’ – Over 74% were Sinhalese, Sri Lanka’s predominant historical Buddhist identity cannot be removed.
- India was laying the basis for future troubles ‘each ethnic group has a distinct cultural and linguistic identity’ – Tamils were rooted in India, Muslims were rooted in the Middle East & India, definitely not Sri Lanka.
- India checkmated Sri Lanka “recognizing that Northern and Eastern Provinces have been areas of historical habitation of Sri Lankan Tamil speaking peoples’ – since when did this happen. The East was always under the Kandyan kingdom. There was never a time that the North and East were merged. There is no such thing as historical habitation of Sri Lankan Tamil speaking people (obviously with intent to jumble Tamils and Muslims together to lay claim to the area)
- India’s intention was clear – ‘adjoining provinces to join to form one administrative unit’ and by Referendum to separate (India was after Trincomalee and the only way to get it was to join the province by creating a historical lie and Sri Lanka’s leaders did not object)
- India’s intent further clear ‘the army and other security personnel will be confined to barracks in camps’
- India’s broken promises – The agreement bound India to ensure its territory was not used for activities prejudicial to the unity, integrity and security of Sri Lanka / India’s navy did not assist in preventing Tamil militant activities / India did not expedite repatriation of Indian citizens from Sri Lanka to India /
- The biggest Indian googly was the inclusion of Tamil as official language for it was another means by which India could influence Sri Lanka using Tamil Nadu as bait. Official status for Tamil was what India wanted because it enabled India to have greater say politically in Sri Lanka.
The frustration and anger of the nation was symbolized when a naval rating delivered a blow to Rajiv Gandhi.
India went further to interfere in Sri Lanka’s constitution by using the 1987 Accord to tweak Sri Lanka’s Constitution by introducing the 13th amendment and the provincial council system that would further facilitate India’s objectives. India was proposing devolution of powers in line with the eventual goal of taking over the North and East under Indian domain using LTTE militants and Tamil politicians. The clauses when read clearly showcases its benefits to India.
Take out all of the manifestos of the Tamil political parties, the demands of the LTTE Diaspora and these are virtually all identical and they all have the nod of approval of India – possibly even drafted by India.
Prabakaran & LTTE divorce India
Idi Amin was a British stooge who later fell out, Saddam, Osama bin Laden, Noriega were also the same and so it was no surprise that Prabakaran would with time fall out with India – assassination of Rajiv Gandhi became the turning point and thereafter LTTE became under tutelage of the Church and West. However, they kept India in the loop at all times.
The West has tapped into the commonalities shared and is happy to allow India to forge ahead for every inch India gains makes it easier for the West to confiscate eventually from India. Balkanization of India as done to Soviet Union and Yugoslavia are well on the cards.
It was through Israel that the West inked link with Sri Lanka. Israel had been training both sides. The Israeli factor became an Achilles heel for the Muslims. Israeli Interests Section was even opened in the American Embassy on 24 May 1984. Saudi even cancelled some development funds. Give an inch expect demands for acres – US next demanded 1000 acres of land to build the VOA transmitting facility and given against objections from India & Soviet Union. Not stopping there on 23 February, 1984 the Sri Lankan government leased the Trincomalee Tank Development Project to an international consortium consisting of three firms: Oroleum (Pvt) Ltd of Singapore, Oil Tanking of West Germany, and Tradinfant of Switzerland. We now see an Embassy cum Marine Residence being allowed by the nephew another future disaster in the offing. The uncle and nephew are doing the same mistakes. It was clear that nations were using the ‘Tamil problem’ to get their dirty fingers on the geopolitical advantage of Sri Lanka.
While India is left alone to devour Sri Lanka, the evangelical NGO networks are denationalizing Hindu India and they have made significant inroads. The majority Hindus in India are in reality the minority of an India that is a sepoy of the West functioning to the dictates of Western imperialism. India has lost all respect of its Asian neighbors for its inability to give leadership to the rest of Asia. China and Russia have had to take on this role. India’s nationalism is just for votes. India is unable to shrug off its servitude mentality as can be seen by the manner many Indianized Americans enter the political scene proud to be serving the white imperial masters.
Sri Lanka at crossroads
The tragedy of Sri Lanka is such that it is our very own who have given the nation away. We are serially inclined to make the same mistake over and over again. We have invited the enemy, we have asked external forces to solve our internal disputes, we have solicited foreign help when the answers lie with us. From Dharmapala to the Kandyan Chieftans who virtually handed the nation to the British to spite the King in power we have chosen to be ruled over. From white domination we are now likely to fall under Indian hegemony because of the follies of our own leaders and it is nothing that the majority of people are happy about.
Shenali D Waduge