We Cannot Underestimate the Lengths to Which Indian Rulers will go to Make Sri Lanka do as it Sees Fit – Vickramabahu Karunaratne

vickremabahu     Following other global powers, the Indian Government is not bothered to win the popularity contest of Lankan people. To the Delhi elites, what the people of Lanka feel about them is immaterial so long as they can get its wish lists secured from the men holding office in Lanka, who easily succumb to every demand. No previous government had given to India stakes in Lanka’s strategic national assets, as the present Government had done. Records reveal that India now holds stakes in every province of Lanka.

What keeps things in balance so far is that the Sinhala people of Lanka remain attracted still towards the Government of Mahinda, because of suppressing the Tamil insurrection. However, that does not mean one will be blind to the truth continuously. Indian leaders are aggressive, but Mahinda has to declare India as a big brother because of his dependence on India. The incapacity of this chauvinist regime will push us into slavery to global powers. Soon we will discover that we are living in a country leased out to foreign nations. If we do not fight back, we can but wonder what the future will hold for our people!

The build up of Indian elite power, in such a scenario, is now unfolding. Indians have a huge say in Lankan media; it can influence politicians and public sector officers and even corporate sector officers. Indian personnel hold key positions in the private sector and are even representing Lanka at international levels. Global powers have allocated these tasks to Indian leaders and the latter have seriously assumed the agency role in the SARC region. For that purpose, Lankan strategic assets like Trincomalee port, Kankasanthurai, Palali airbase ensure that India monitors air and naval aspects. However India failed to use this imperial power it has accumulated, to press Mahinda to implement the LLRC recommendations. Thus it proves again that bourgeoisie is incapable of affecting rational and democratic changes from below as well as from above.

Juxtapose this with a scenario like India demanding of Mahinda the implementation of the 13th Amendment, devolution to the re-merged northern and eastern provinces, stop Muslim hunt and India threatening to cut off all help if the Government did not give in to India’s demands. Even with the current stakes, India can do much to jeopardise this country and its people. We cannot underestimate the lengths to which Indian rulers can go to bring Lanka to do as it sees fit. However, these are mere dreams of, on the one hand some section of the Tamil Diaspora and on the other hand the Sinhala extremists. Whether these extremists like it or not the Delhi Brahamins do not intervene here to rationalise Lankan society. But India voted against Lanka last time and this time it could go further.

Since nothing detrimental happened to India’s interest in Lankan society following India’s vote against Lanka in 2012, India is likely to repeat its performance. So as things stand, it is unlikely India will be bothered about any reaction in Lanka in the event India does vote against Sri lanka this time too. On the contrary it has to think about the massive unrest developing in India, going beyond the Dravidian region, demanding that India intervenes to protect minority Hindus in Lanka. Indian leaders know that despite voting against Lanka in 2012, Mahinda regime continued to maintain political and economic bondage with India and it was very much a slave master relationship. So the 2013 Indian decision to vote against the Mahinda’s regime is unlikely to make that much difference to this strategic bond.

The Foreign Policy of this government, enslaved to the global powers through the war of devastation, appears to be nothing but appeasing and making deals. The government politicians have certainly landed Lanka in a bit of a fix. Every time they strike deals we have to worry about exactly what assets of our country the politicians have agreed to compromise! Everywhere there is turmoil taking place, the root cause has been because Lanka has been betrayed at the negotiating table by our very own rulers.

In considering this status quo it appears the dangers lie in people like the Ministry of External Affairs and the advisers on Foreign Affairs in the government, in addition to the IMF and other global agencies. Men of Mahinda surrender their soul before global agencies but masters in pogroms against peaceful minority communities. Thus it is futile to expect freedom and democracy under the regime of Mahinda

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