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Will India Support, Oppose or Abstain if and when UNHRC Resolution against Sri Lanka comes up in Geneva?

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by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Geneva is the name of the game as Sri Lanka prepares to face and possibly overcome the threat posed in the form of a resolution initated by the USA at the 19th sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) scheduled to commence on Monday February 27th 2012.

pic-courtesy of Bharat K.V

The important question on the minds of those concerned is whether Sri Lanka would be able to muster enough votes to defeat such a resolution if put to the vote in the 47 member UN Human Rights Council.

Tamara Kunanayakam, Sri Lanka’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva and loyal members of her staff have been engaged in a systematic and strenuous campaign to canvass support for several weeks now.

The crucial factor in this exercise will be India and what our giant neighbour would do or not do in Geneva . In recent times the USA and India have been playing a “Bad cop –Good Cop”game with Sri Lanka on many issues.

There is also an understanding between Washington and New Delhi on Sri Lanka. The western nations led by the US have more or less accepted the Indian line on Sri Lanka

Against this backdrop the role of India vis a vis Sri Lanka assumes tremendous importance.

In May 2009 when Sri Lanka faced a similar crisis India was of immense assistance to Sri Lanka.Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka, our representative in Geneva then, was able to turn the situation around by presenting a counter resolution favourable to Sri Lanka and garner 29 votes in support. The active behind the scenes role played by India was widely acknowledged in this episode.

Currently there is doubt as to whether India would extend the same level of support as in May 2009. Indeed there are many who suspect that the USA would not have embarked upon such an attempt if New Delhi had not given a “green signal”.

The recent success of the US in pushing through a resolution on Syria was mainly due to the Arab League countries cooperating with Washington. Likewise some feel that the US would not be attempting to push a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC without the tacit support of the pivotal player in the South Asian neighbourhood.It is surmised that India may have got the contents of the resoloution watered down.

While India would not vote against Sri Lanka it may abstain from voting and also will remain neutral and not help Sri Lanka lobby support against the proposed resolution.

If this assumption is correct it would mean that India has given the “nod” because it wants Colombo to get rapped in the knuckles this time in a bid to “shock and awe” Sri Lanka into compliance on other important issues.

It is said that India is miffed over President Rajapaksa’s recent vacillation on his earlier pledge to strengthen and enhance powers of devolution beyond what is provided now through the India sponsored 13th amendment to the Constitution.

The proponents of this theory feel that after Sri Lanka is shocked and awed in Geneva through this resolution India will be able to persuade Colombo to be more cooperative by promising to prevent further harsh,punitive measures by the Western nation bloc in the future.

Another school of thought feels that India will step in now itself and in a show of support help Sri Lanka to defeat the resolution and use such assistance as leverage in handling the Island nation in the future.

These sections feel that if New Delhi remains neutral and abstains at the UNHRC then Beijing would step in and act as Colombo ’s one great reliable friend and guardian.Thus Sri Lanka would be left with no option but to throw in its lot totally with China. This would be unacceptable to India . Hence India would align with Sri Lanka at crunch time it is said.

However others dispute this line of thought saying if India plays a “double game” like that the USA would feel betrayed and that India would not risk displeasing Washington by such double games.

Therefore if India does plan to throw a lifeline to Sri Lanka in this manner then such a course of action would have been planned carefully with the USA and both countries together are playing a duplicitous game of coercive diplomacy in tandem to pressurise Sri Lanka is this line of thinking

The Brahmins of South Block have been rather silent so far and not given any visible sign of how the land of Kautilya will act this time. This leaves a multi-crore question unanswered.

Will India support, oppose or abstain if and when the resolution against Sri Lanka is put to the vote in Geneva?

This is a question that puzzles not only Sri Lakans but also many thinking sections among the Indians.

Veteran Indian Journalist S. Venkatnarayan has written a thoughtful speculative piece on this matter which focuses on the dilemma faced by Indian policy makers

Venkatnarayan is no stranger to Sri Lanka having visited the Island on more than one occasion. He had a trial by fire in 1981 when he came to Sri Lanka as the “India Today” correspondent to cover the anti-Tamil violence in Sabragamuwa province. He was arrested and detained at Ratnapura and was later released after representations made to President JR Jayewardena by the Indian High Commissioner Thomas Abraham

Venkatnarayan now a freelancer has been the New Delhi special correspondent for “The Island” for several decades. This article too is excerpted from “ Sunday Island ”.

Will India vote for Sri Lanka in Geneva?

by S Venkat Narayan

Policy-makers here are facing a serious dilemma: Should India vote for or against Sri Lanka if a resolution does come up against the island-nation in the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) during the session that begins on Monday, Feb 27?

India has so far stood like a rock behind Sri Lanka and opposed moves in Geneva and elsewhere to censure Colombo for its acts of commission and omission during the last stages of the Eelam War 4.

Official sources here explained to this correspondent that India has done so in the hope that the Sri Lankan government will respond swiftly to global criticism by ordering an impartial probe into allegations of excesses committed during the final phases of the civil war that ended in May 2009 with the killing of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, and take action against the guilty, if any.

They also say that New Delhi has been hoping that, having won the war, President Mahinda Rajapaksa will take prompt steps to give the aggrieved minority Tamils their political rights.

However, nearly three years after the three-decade bloody civil war ended, there has been little visible action on the ground to make the Tamils feel they are getting a fair deal. Now, there is a strong feeling in influential sections of the Indian Government that New Delhi should no longer lend its crucial and valuable support to Sri Lanka in international fora.

This is so because such support is being interpreted at home and abroad as providing protection to the Mahinda Rajapaksa dispensation’s controversial conduct during the last stages of Eelam War 4. The view is widely shared by the intelligentsia, the media and the public opinion at large.

They are asking: Can Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh afford to ignore the public opinion at home? Can he ingore the strong views expressed in Parliament by concerned and anxious MPs? Can he ignore the increasing frustration of the people, particularly in Tamil Nadu, with President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s seeming reluctance or inability to grant the island’s Tamils political space to function as equal citizens even nearly three years after the civil war ended? Can he afford to pump in aid and assistance running into more than a billion dollars to help a regime that appears to be so insensitive to the aspirations of one-fourth of its own citizenry?

Already, the anger in Tamil Nadu against President Rajapaksa’s delaying tactics and inaction has led to a few unpleasant acts: The husband of one of the president’s close relatives and a few Sri Lankan tourists were roughed up in two separate incidents in the southern Indian state.

Said one source involved in the Indian decision-making process: “We have been telling the Sri Lankan leaders so very gently and ever so politely that they should use the great opportunity provided by the end of the ethnic war to give the Tamils their political due and involve them in nation-building. After all, every fourth Sri Lankan is a Tamil-speaking Hindu, Muslim or Christian. How long can you deny their political rights and expect them to keep quiet?”

“Gentle persuation has not been working. It is now time to get tough and let the Sri Lankan leadership know we mean business. We have not told them what we will do in Geneva . If they continue to ignore our sincere advice for their own good, why should we bail them out of trouble every time?”

An analyst here remarked: “We must give credit to President Rajapaksa for taking on the world’s deadliest terrorist group and successfully decimating it. Some excesses were obviously committed. He should have admitted them straightaway as collateral damage and take some prompt action against the culprits to convince the Tamils at home and the world at large that he is a fair-minded leader.”

The analyst went on: “Unfortunately, he did nothing of the kind. But he acted like a clever politician and promptly exploited the military victory to get himself re-elected for a second term, and changed the constitution to get rid of the bar on his contesting for more presidential terms. He got a parliamentary victory too. He also got hundreds of the Rajapaksa clan positions of power and well-paid jobs. And he is promoting his own political dynasty. He now needs to act as a statesman, give a fair deal to the Tamils and move on without any further loss of time.”

Most Indians do not buy the arguement put forth by the President and his colleagues that Indian-style federalism will not work in Sri Lanka . What works in a country of 1,234 million people ought to work in a country of just 20 million people as well, they feel.

An analyst asked: “If the chief minister of a province has to keep running to Colombo for every little thing because he has neither the political authority nor the financial power to develop his own province, what is the use of having such a system? In a true democracy, the provinces must enjoy certain autonomy. This is how things work in all decent democracies.”

Many Indians also endorse the recent statement issued by 50 prominent Sri Lankans, which said: “A lasting solution to the ethnic imbroglio can be reached only if power, including police powers, land use and allocation, and fiscal and budgetary authority is devolved to the provincial councils in accordance with the Constitution of Sri Lanka, but the government is stalling.”

Many well-wishers in India of Sri Lanka hope President Rajapaksa will get his act together at least now on the human rights issue, and provide political rights to the Tamils. His inaction on both fronts has already alienated influential sections of the international community. He now faces the possibility of alienating India , too.

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  1. Mahinda Rajapaksa will continue to thumb his nose at the Indians and everybody else as he is subject to a delusion of invincibility, remaining convinced that he can have his way as usual in future too. It is time he was brought down to earth.

  2. I guess India will abstain and believe that is the right course of action in this matter.

    India itself has no big human rights record.. and I dont think india has the moral and political courage to raise its finger against the friendly neighbour.

  3. ” An analyst here remarked: “We must give credit to President Rajapaksa for taking on the world’s deadliest terrorist group and successfully decimating it. Some excesses were obviously committed. He should have admitted them straightaway as collateral damage and take some prompt action against the culprits to convince the Tamils at home and the world at large that he is a fair-minded leader.”
    +++++++++++++++++

    This is exactly many Sinhalese saying as well. But there are few (including some media and analysts with PhD’s)are supporting the President in the name of ‘patriotism’.

    🙂

  4. The clear and objective examination of probabilities by DBS is a contrast to the rigmarole that follows. Whatever the dissection, one truth is incontrovertible. India is and will remain the permanent and inveterate enemy of the Tamils. Why should she change her stance when Tamils don’t even know it. How many Tamils know that to Delhi, the southernmost tip of India is Bangalore?

  5. THE WRITTING OF VENKATNARYANA CLEARLLY SHOWS HOW INDIAN GOVT FEELS NOW.ANY WAY IT IS WELCOME CHANGE IN THIS CONNECTION BY THE ISLAND NEWS PAPER TO HAVE PUBLISHED THIS PIECE OF WRITTING WHICH UNDERLINE THE WRONG HANDLING OF TAMILS IN SRI-LANKA BY RAJAPAKSE GOVERNMENT.HOPE AND PRAY TO HEAR SOME GOOD NEWS FOR TAMILS IN NEAR FUTURE

  6. DBS J says:

    “The Brahmins of South Block have been rather silent so far and not given any visible sign of how the land of Kautilya will act this time. This leaves a multi-crore question unanswered.”

    Indian establishment does not give two hoot about anything as long as it is in Hindia’s long term perceived interest.

    Establishment of the Hindians craving to be a great power believes that it is playing a “great game”.

    Well their great game is confined to the tiny little village known as “Sri Lanka”. The village headman Mahinda thinks he too is a player in the “Great Game”.

    In these endless rotten games the people of the village have been paying great price in life and blood.

    Village headman Mahinda believes he is setting the rule of the game just as Prabharan did in his “glorious days”.

    Every time the Tamils thought they had mastered the rules of the game India would move the goal posts. The Sinhala/Buddhists are secretly happy but would not acknowledge India’s role.

    I am not sure whether Hindian establishment knew what it was doing in the village (Sri Lanka)in the first place. Perhaps it too did/does not know/understand how the rules were/are being changed in the “Great Game”.

    The villagers despite their headman’s abilities as “Mahinda Chanakya” are likely to pay a heavy price for Hindian’s mistakes. There were many in the past and rest assured there likely to be many more in the future.

    What has been Hindian’s strategy?

    May be a spoiler.

    Whatever India does/did or does/did not do one thing was/is sure, a section of the people always ended/ends up in tears. This alternates between stupid Tamils and stupid Sinhalese.

  7. Sri Lankan government never ever trust India. They discriminated Tamils because they have connection with Tamil Nadu. Only as a tactical move they leaned towards India to irradicate LTTE. Now, it is done with the support of India, they don’t need to listen to India.If India pushes them hard again they may mobilize the Sinhala mass and forced the Tamils too to protest against India.

  8. Sinhalese and their clergy are forced make a decision once and for all whether they want true democracy in Sri Lanka or not. They have to get it straight into their brains by not doing so in the last sixty years that they put our country and Tamils through hell. We Tamils, are in no mood to tolerate any more of this nonsense and will attack again.It is easy to attack and tame a country now which is financially broke by its inhuman policies and moreover without international friends and neighbors.

  9. DBSJ
    thank you for publishing Venkat Narayan’s article. I think you also have to say what you are supposed to say as a tamil from sri lanka and as a journalist. you do not have to wait to bring it through somebody else’s writings.

    Looks like you are posting withiut reading or comprehending……….DBSJ

  10. I feel that India’s self interests will take precedence over human rights or the welfare of the tamils of Sri lanka on how it will conduct itself in Geneva.

    India has been a curse on the tamils of Sri Lanka since the strife started. It knew that the sinhala forces were massacring the tamil civilians towards the end of the war but did nothing and helped the SL government to hide this from the outside world. India has a lot to answer for the predicament of the tamils of Sri lanka. Tamils should never depend on the indians for their salvation.

  11. i hope indian mandarins take note of the public sentiments in tamil nadu while taking a decision on supporting or opposing srilanka on 27th un human rights council meeting.any move to support srilanka will be interpreted by tamils of taminadu as an act against their community given the fact that rajapakshe administration has not made good its promise that it will pass the 13th amendment bill which will result in merging of north and east province with full police and land powers.hope that india supports tamils at this crucial juncture.

  12. Makes you think about the ‘Sword of Damocles’and the man who dined & wined under it. Also, does anyone remember Ozymandias, that king of kings, and what was finally left of his dynasty?

    There was a time to be magnanimous and magnificient, as every section of Sri Lankan society tried to get back on its feet after the destruction of the LTTE, but that window of oppurtunity was slammed in the face of the people – not just the tamils, but the sinhalese as well: remember that we live in this small country together and what happens to one group ultimately affects the whole. We all want to live and we all want to live well and free. That does not mean that each section should carve out a piece of this island for itself – it means that everybody should be able to get along in the spirit of goodwill and that anybody can live anywhere without fear of reprisal.

    I do not believe this is so hard to achieve if men of equal goodwill from opposite sides get together and determine to stay together, come what may, for the geater good of ALL the people.

    Misunderstanding and distrust divide us far more effectively than we are aware of, and that is the bridge we must cross if we are even a little bit serious in preventing further catastrophe.

    The problem is that we have no great statesmen now, only pitiful politicians (on a separate note, I detest politicians of all ilk and kind) who are too myopic to see beyond their noses. And that has brought on the resolution at the UN , if conceived and passed, will only bring more misfortune to the ordinary man, be he sinhala, tamil or otherwise.

  13. Naturally the Hindians are anti Tamils for thousands of years. Sinhalese too are anti Tamils for the last 2500 years. According to the North Indian God Rama’s theory enemies enemy automatically become friend to the first. That historical hatred only made them to help the Sinhalese even though they reasoned killing of Rajeev. Not only they helped the war in many ways (including blocking the medical supplies to the asmatics and diabatics) while Sri Lanka was bombing with Chinese planes and pakistani bombs also after war they helped them out of the way in the UN last time. They can never make the Tamils to forget the past. If they help the Sinhalese this time too the Sinhalese won’t at least forget the support given previously. Otherwise every help given previously would be forgotten instantly. Sri Lanka must ask India to muster the support like last time otherwise tell them to desolve Saarc.

  14. TNA must not go to Delhi or even to the Indian Embassy in Colombo anymore. They have to always remember that the Hindians are our enemies and we will be always helping the Hindians to use us to achive their ajendas. Going only to meet Jayalalitha would definitely help us. If they go to meet the Indians definitely they would be sabotaging the efforts taken by diasporas.

  15. Is there any hesitation…….. From Mr.Singh to Nambiar, they have been protecting GOSL, besides, they are partners in crime with the Americans and they will sugarcoat solutions in favour of the GOSL. Alas.

  16. This is so because such support is being interpreted at home and abroad as providing protection to the Mahinda Rajapaksa dispensation’s controversial conduct during the last stages of Eelam War 4. The view is widely shared by the intelligentsia, the media and the public opinion at large.
    The world at large must realise it is not only the conduct during the last phase of the war is controversial the conduct of the SL govt, Singha goondas and the SL security forces against the Tamils during the last 74 years is controversial.

    And it is not only the Rajapaksa clan is doing this realise all the SL clans ruled SL have contrversial conduct against Tamils.
    It is not only the president but the SL voters as whole have a hateful, racist and cruel antiTamil dogma in their mind. This will never allow a fair political Deal. IF the International community genuinly move to work for a fair political solution for the Eelam Tamil they will arrive to a conclusion of Vattukottai Resolution or Thimpu principles.
    The public opinion about eelam Tamil matter is changing not only in Tamil Nadu but is spreading to other southern states ,Punchap, Assam etc. You talk to people and find out.

  17. Just like the way Tamils listened to one idiot towards ruin now it’s the turn of the singhalese to do the same. See how we have so much in common ? We have a lot in common towards evil and nothing in common towards good.

  18. I feel, the draft resolution meets India’s stand on the LLRC report. Therefore, India will be in an awkward position to snub it off.

    Going further, Mahinda Rajapakse government would not have won the war against the LTTE single handily. All those who are clamouring against Sri Lanka now, did everything possible to weaken the LTTE internationally on the assurance given by the SL government that a political resolution will be on the card after the victory over the LTTE.

    Mahinda Rajapakse & Co., have pulled the rug after the war without realising the consequences. The very same sources that helped him to defeat the LTTE are branded a mouth pieces of the LTTE, in deliberate manner to hide the governments own failures.

    The Human Rights Watch that stood so firm against the LTTE fund raising activities and praised for its effort by the SL government then is now branded as LTTE bandwagon when it is firm on the war crimes issues.

    The UNHCR or US resolution is a very straight forward one and is without any charges against SL or the president.

    It is simply asking for the implementation of the LLRC report (a product of president Mahinda Rajapakse) and a transparent inquiry on war crimes. If this is unacceptable to Sri Lanka, what else can you expect from the country.

    By default the Rajapakse government will become fate accompli to the unavoidable international war crimes inquiry.

    SL repeatedly snubbed India. India will have no choice when internal pressure is building up to take a assertive stand with the neighbours to end the Chinese influence. Sri Lanka is the testing ground to uphold India’s regional supremacy and no doubt India is working hand in glove with USA.

    If India takes a firm stand against SL , it will be a damn lesson for Pakistan that is playing its hanky-panky game to undermine India’s supremacy in the region to the tune of China.

  19. “However others dispute this line of thought saying if India plays a “double game” like that the USA would feel betrayed and that India would not risk displeasing Washington by such double games.”

    Lets get something straight. Never put anything, however stupid, past India. Other than the Indra Gandhi era, India has never ever had any sound foreign policy, or for that matter, foreign policy that follows logic, rationality and the best interests of the Indian people. To predict foreign policy by India is as good as sticking your hand in a snake’s mound and guessing at your odds of being bitten.
    One thing that is certain though, is as one astute Indian put it: “If you are supported by India or if India is your ally, you will eventually lose. You will not lose now, you may not lose years from now, but sooner or later, in the end, your fate is sealed – with India on your side, you will lose. What better example of this than the Indians themselves. Supported by India, they have been perenial losers.”
    The above statement is rich in wisdom. Just look at India and its foreign policy ever since it got independence(except for the Indira period). Take for example the LTTE and the other tamil militant outfits. I was actually impressed by Rajapaksa ever since the war was over for his political skill and wisdom in never ever putting the majority of his eggs in the Indian basket. His quick move after the war to place greater weight on China and others was impressive, for he himself learnt well from his predecessors’ and the tamil militants’ examples.
    It seems that the USA, if it actually is going to have India as an ally, is going to learn the hard way.

  20. “While India would not vote against Sri Lanka it may abstain from voting and also will remain neutral and not help Sri Lanka lobby support against the proposed resolution.”

    If India really cares, India should not vote against SL but I think it should abstain from voting; to show their displeasure over MR’s false commitments (promised 13+ Krishna and rejected once he left the Island).

    “The proponents of this theory feel that after Sri Lanka is shocked and awed in Geneva through this resolution India will be able to persuade Colombo to be more cooperative by promising to prevent further harsh,punitive measures by the Western nation bloc in the future.”

    I agree, this may give India some power/wipe to make MR deliver something in real than just talking/false promising things like 13+

    “These sections feel that if New Delhi remains neutral and abstains at the UNHRC then Beijing would step in and act as Colombo ’s one great reliable friend and guardian.Thus Sri Lanka would be left with no option but to throw in its lot totally with China. This would be unacceptable to India . Hence India would align with Sri Lanka at crunch time it is said.”

    By abstaining, I think it is also a great way for India to see in real how China involved or interested in SL

    “Many well-wishers in India of Sri Lanka hope President Rajapaksa will get his act together at least now on the human rights issue, and provide political rights to the Tamils.”

    Yes, it is 3+ years of hope and we still hoping!

    Just curious DBSJ what is “The Brahmins of South Block” means? People like Cho. Subramaniya Swamy, Ram? or all (not just Brahmins) influential South Indians in central politics?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    No Surya!
    Brahmins in this instance does not refer literally to the Brahmin caste but to an upper class elite.South Block in Delhi is where the Indian External affairs ministry is located. The Indian Foreign service thinks of itself as some super elite destined to determine the fate of the Country in the external relations sphere.

    It is a fact that many of those in this elite are Brahmin by caste but that is not why the term brahmin is used.

    In similiar vein journalists say “mandarins” when referring to Chinese bureaucratic elite

  21. In my understanding India will continue to tender the support to Island as this is most of congress political (powerful) leaders’ decision. Apart from that advisors are persistently requesting from the decision makers that the GOSL should show some kind of action on Tamil issue but the recent visit of Foreign Minister shows that Indian politicians are living fool of paradise.

    Weather the Sri Lanka win or loss in Geneva, under the Rajapakshe regime the country become one of the “Loosing Nation” in the world.

    Regards,
    Ratnam.

  22. India has lost its rightful clout over SL by its own action; nay, by its inaction. The question now is, can India recover from its follies?

    Yes, it can. It has to. It will.

    The next question is, how nimble would India have to be?

    India has very little time left for it to begin its course correction. The UNHRC resolution against SL is so pivotal an occasion India will not want to waste.

    It is up to SL to get the hint.

  23. Indian General election is just 24 months away and it is the time for Congress to get down to earth and start pleasing the voters. The corruptions after corruptions (2G was the mega one of all) has already dent the traditional voters base of the congress party.

    IN Tamil Nadu, it would be highly unlikely that the DMK would form an alliance with the Congress again and in that case the Congress won’t get any seat. Congress failed in the Tamil voters area at the the recent municipal elections in Mumbai and that may be a cause for concern.

    Hence Congress should do something meaningful to convince the Tamil Nadu voters to get some seats and so it can’t dilly dally for long.

    On the other hand Chinese are bedding with Mahinda excessively and recent events in Maldives speaks a lots on what awaits Mahinda.

    On another note there are some schools of thought among some section of the Tamil diaspora that the motion against SL should fail in order for the west to tighten the screw on MR.

    Next few weeks are going to be really interesting!

  24. Those who go on and on about how Indians are not helping Tamils should remember one thing. Without Indians and that mad woman Indira, there would not be any LTTE, any PLOTE, EROS and all the other collection of Tamil militant groups and the Tamils of Sri Lanka would not be in this plight that they are in now. India created and supported the Tamil militancy not out of its kind heart about Tamil plight in Sri Lanka, but because they very wrongly assumed that the perceived liberalization of Sri Lankan economy in the late 70s was a threat to India and Indian economic model of total government control of everything. It was a decision taken purely on incorrect reading of the situation.

    As Indians are learning to their dismay, other countries also can play the same game, as we now see what is happening in Kashmir. However might India tries, they will not be able to put that genie back into the bottle. with Pakistan getting more and more unstable and Afganisthan very likely reverting back into Taliban control very soon, India will have her hands full in for the foreseeable future just to keep Kashmir from exploding. It is an imposible situation because unlike Sri lankan Tamils, most of whom were looking for equal status/opportunities in Sri Lanka, Kashmiri Muslims are not seeking equality within India. It is a religious struggle that they will not give up on material benefits.

    As for how India will vote in the UNHRC, they will vote to safeguard their diplomatic self interest as they see it. I don’t think human rights, moral rights, or any other ethical consideration will come into play in that decision. if they think it is in their self interest to support Sri Lanka they will do so and if they think it is in their best interest to go with the US resolution they will do so.

  25. Mahinda will dodge every bullet unless it is fired from within the country. Local canon can only kill Mahinda and company. Rising food prices and inflation are the real tests for GOSL. Neither Geneva nor New Delhi will be able to do anything for Tamils or People of Sri Lanka in this matter. People keep writing that Mahinda can be threatened by external forces is day dream. It will never happen. When he was interviewed by Al Jazeera before Eelam IV war, Mahinda said he himself believes in political solution. Now he says why there should be a political solution when everybody is equal. International pressure upon Mahinda is like rat’s bite on elephant skin. Neither elephant gets a wound nor it dies.

  26. Unless India takes its stand independently, without giving way to external pressures, from the US and its allies, India cannot prove itself as a growing regional power, if not a global power, along with China. India should not identify itself along with the western powers. All these western powers are very good at exploiting the developing countries. India should endeavor to build up the Asian powers now. China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, all the big countries in Asia must co-operate with each other. Otherwise every country (the third world)will eventually have to suffer the consequences.

  27. “They are asking: Can Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh afford to ignore the public opinion at home? Can he ingore the strong views expressed in Parliament by concerned and anxious MPs? Can he ignore the increasing frustration of the people, particularly in Tamil Nadu, with President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s seeming reluctance or inability to grant the island’s Tamils political space to function as equal citizens even nearly three years after the civil war ended? Can he afford to pump in aid and assistance running into more than a billion dollars to help a regime that appears to be so insensitive to the aspirations of one-fourth of its own citizenry?”

    I wonder what political space of Sri Lankan tamils to function as equal citizens been denied in Sri Lanka. Can anyone say that life of Sri Lankan tamils has gone worse after the war ended. Truth is that even politically tamils have got a better space than during LTTE times. When LTTE was alive there was no voice for tamils. Now they hold the power in Eastern provincial council, all local government bodies in the North where majority are tamil. Anyone travelling to North and the East can witness for themselves that infrastructure development, and improvement of livelihood is in progress. None other than Indian government ifself is collaborating with Sri Lankan government making credit facilities available to reestablish railway lines in the North and work in this reard is carried out. Sri Lankan tamils indeed enjoy every right and privilages that other ethinic groups enjoy in Sri Lanka. They live a better life than Tamils in Tamil Nadu and elsewhere in India, who are eternally taken for a ride by so described”Brahamins of the South Block” , especially after LTTE was eliminated. LTTE forcibly took thousands of underage tamil children away to be trained as child soldiers ruining their privilage to education. Does anyone who care about the political rights of tamils pay the least attention to the destruction LTTE did to the tamil civilians. Now at leases they have been re habilitated and back with their families.
    If india support this resoloution, it invites further isolation among all its already unhappy neighbours and indirectly give an unnecessary chance to China to weild its power in the region.
    India gains nothing by supporting the resoloution.

  28. very good topic Jeyarajah. I laughed when I read this article because Indian PM in an awkward position since US is allies and Sri Lanka is neighbor. Either you with US or Sri Lanka. Not with with both

  29. India will see how the wind blows and vote accordingly. If the Western concoted resolution seems like passing India will abstain to give SL a hint. But if SL looks like prevailing with the help of Russia and China, India will vote against it as well and try taking the credit.

    Bingo!………..DBSJ

  30. I feel that India should abstain from voting in this and send a clear message to the island nation.

    The Indian establishment is alienating the Tamils here by their support to the Mahinda govt.

    Already the Congress is down here. It was on a downward spiral before. But it had already hit its nadir and still not found its ground. It has been almost totally wiped out.

    Now Congress is becoming a bad word here in Tamil Nadu. With Seeman and the ilk of him like vaiko blaming the policies of the Congress for the debacle of the Tamils in the island.

    Even common people say that the Spectrum issue is not the reason for the defeat of the DMK Congress combine. It was the silence of the DMK for the island Tamils that has brought it the poll debacle.

    After all who cares for money when one’s kith and kin are dying.

    Congress had earlier commanded a vote of 10% approx. Now it had come down drastically.

    It may not see its fortune revive in the near future.

    This space may be taken by the rabid sections of the political parties which may force the central leadership to take a more accommodative views about the island tamils.

    Therefore there is a political neccessity for the ruling Congress to play its card well. Or it will have a political price to pay.

    Again Sri Lanka is a tiny island and it is foolish on its part to think that it can play China against India.

    In 2009, St. Antony’s church festival at the Kacha teevu we saw Chinese tents in the Kachatheevu.

    These things also the Foreign office should keep in their mind while forming a policy.

    That mind set of playing China against India should be dealt with with iron fist. The foreign policy makers should see to that the Sri Lanka does not even dare to think that it can play this game against India and a price has to be extracted from that island nation for their past action.

    Let us wait and see what happens.

  31. India is bidding its time and see how far they want to ride the Rajapaksha waves, this will soon come to an end whenever they see the tide is turning back.!!! in a short while they will tell the Brothers get off or get perished and then table the US agenda, if Rajapaksha’s want to survive they will eat it hook, line and sinker and that will be the end of Rajapksha.What is impending for Mother Lanka is not very clear, but a regime change is right in order and will happen.
    Be it naturally due to the absolute economic chaos due to unbearable economic hardships, blood sucking ruling dynastic Cabal’s extravaganza one thing is clear, the honeymoon is over.
    As I have said many time over the risk of plain foolish Village idiot( in fact three of them) approach to Governance has cost mother lanka immensely and the consequences are not very clear right now.
    I do not think America wants to send forces here, neither India but they want certain things changes and that shall come.
    As they underwrote the WAR victory against LTTE now they need their rightful concessions granted. simple as that.

    The Anonymous.

  32. There is no understanding between Washington and New Delhi on Sri Lanka in terms of the contents of the resolution. The western nations led by the US are bringing this resolution because they think that is the right thing to do ethically. when they banned the LTTE they did so for the same reason.

    India, on the other hand, cozying up to similar rogue countries like Russia,China and Iran whose human rights records are terrible. Even though it is a democracy, its past actions in the international area do not seem to up hold the democratic values at all. It perceives the WEST is using the human right issues against the REST. Naturally, India fears this kind of measures will be taken by the west against itself in the futre, relising its own dismal human rights record in its trouble spots like Kashmir and Nagaland.

    India does NOT have any moral authority, to act on behalf of Tamils of North-eastern part of Sri-Lanka. Infact that country has been a curse for that beliguard people over several decades. This so called regional super power did nothing against the Sri-Lankan navy, when they kept killing hundreds of Tamil nadu fisherman for years in the Park straight. Once again this diplomatically bankrupt country will bail out Sri-Lanka at the expense of its own international reputation, and the true colours of India will be exposed to the western nations.

    Some sections of people in this world think Gandhi’s India would stand guard for ethical and moral values but in reality India which infested with widespread corruption is desparately in need of these values. Imagine the priminister himself is a puppet of a powerful woman of foriegn origin. The problem with India is even though this congress regime will be ousted democratically in two years, the insane old men in the southern block will still be there like lice in the head.

    Finally, the west especially the US are with us. That’s what matters. Regardless the out come of this 19th session in Geneva, the international pressure on this terror regime will continue unabated.

    Kanian

  33. Tamils want an impartial inquiry. We lost faith in Sri Lankan judiciary which protects state terrorists. LLRC was appointed to bail out these state-terrorists. If they have not committed any crimes, why do they fear to face an impartial inquiry? There is no mechanism in Sri Lanka to protect witnesses. We want a free and fair trial. This cannot be expected from Sri Lankan judiciary. Generally, victims agitate for justice. It is the funniest thing to note in SriLanka, that a terror government organises protest marches to evade inquiry. Army appointed an inquiry panel. It is like a criminal appointing himself as judge. From 1956, more than 150,000 Tamils lost their lives due to state-terrorism. None of these terrorists were punished.

    We want India to be on the side of victims and not to support the criminals as it did in the past. Expect India to restore its lost pride.

  34. Sri Lanka should not look for votes from other countries as they are not partners in war crime. If you are to have your own accomplices sitting on the jury panel, the whole judicial system would become a joke and dysfunctional. Sinhalese should not expect their leaders to be above the law but let them face punishment for undeniable war crimes of over 40,000 causalities.

  35. India will see how the wind blows and vote accordingly. If the Western concoted resolution seems like passing India will abstain to give SL a hint. But if SL looks like prevailing with the help of Russia and China, India will vote against it as well and try taking the credit.

    Bingo!………..DBSJ

    —–
    And if Indiat can’t predict which way the wind will blow, it will abstain.

    Bingo!Bingo!!……….DBSJ

  36. Even if Indira Ghandhi appears in Sonia’s dream and instruct otherwise, Sonia-Rahul – Menon triple advice to CEO Mr. Singh will be to support the regime in SL unconditionally.

    Unlike Henry/ Nixon days, in this new dawn or spring, Indian or South Asian Mandarins are more predictable than Far eastern or Chinese Brhamins .

  37. Kanian Poongkunran,

    Don’t think USA is with you Tamils. They will side you only if they can gain something. Rajapakse regime will delay the granting of autonomy to North (Never East) thanks to unreasobnale demands of the TNA (Rejecting 13th amendment etc). It is not a straight forward thing for the rest of the world just to expect MR to grant autonomy when infact TNA can not be trusted. The IC will look into all angles before finally putting loada nad Loads of pressure. As far as a regime change is concern this will be done only by the people. If we are starved by IC sanctions yes, the people might turn aganist MR, butthe wise man will survive the day. Remeber unlike Gaddafis, Hosnis & azads the SL president MR is very popular with the majority

  38. As India “enabled” LTTE terror through material support and training they are highly complicit and one would aregue have moral responsibility to Sri Lanka. They helped during the war and they must help in the aftermath- if they fail to do so now, let’s just say they will be making their own bed to lie in later.

    India needs to grow a pair and tell the NY liberals that they don’t and won’t be bowed in affairs in their region, otherwise they might as well be governed by a viceroy reporting to Washington.
    My hope is for Indias sake they realise that they are getting their arm twisted.

  39. Regretful Godaya boy who believed SWRD and hated Kadu.

    I really like your blog name. There are millions of people like you in Sri Lanka who thought that SWRD will make Sinhala official language in 24 hours and everything was going to be allright. SWRD is the main culprit who put all of us in this predicament. I was a very small naive little boy when SWWRD was making those brave speeches. But what did he do ?. He educated his children in English (did not speak Sinhala at home) and deprived other children of English education.
    Now we have reverted back to English education big time in Sri Lanka.

    Re. which way India will vote at the UN, I reckone Diyasena’s analysis is good. ie. India will go along with China and Russia and get the credit for it.

  40. It is not a case for India, Srilanka Game, like failure of Krishna’s chanakiyam
    on recent Mahindha 13th Amendment U turn.
    http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2848385.ece

    It is a case for ‘Accountability & Humanrights’ that will prevent future Srilanka from ‘Blood shade and Racist Violance’ forever. Land of Gandhi country should
    have to support UN Human Rights Council resolution,if any countries oppose this resolution only counted as holocaust denial countries.

  41. Agree 100% with s.joseph on this game. MR’s playing a dangerous and ultimately futile game, because everyone is aware of the method. Eventually, India will let him go. Dr DJ predicted exactly what would happen, almost two years ago.

    “If India stops supporting us, not even the Non Aligned Movement will defend us fully, because they take their cue from respected Third World states such as India.”

    ..”As a top Chinese diplomat and official once told me “You must help us to help you. Sri Lanka must give its friends something to help Sri Lanka with”.

    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/06/for_india_sri_lanka_is_not_ind.html

    MR’s days of mouthing warm platitudes without any action appears to be drawing to a close.

  42. Arati,

    “…………. But there are few (including some media and analysts with PhD’s)are supporting the President in the name of ‘patriotism’.”

    It is pay’triotism.

  43. The Hon. Ministers have gone to Geneva to gather support to defeat a resolution to be brought by USA, not to censure it but, to help it with the necessary IC’s support to implements recommendations in the LLRC report which was prepared by a panel nominated by the President of Sri lanka. In the face value, I do not think any Country would go against such resolution, as the report itself had been prepared with the blessing of the GoSL, hence the recommendations therein were agreeable to GoSL. Per Ministers’ statements, the time given for them to act upon these recommendations is not enough it seems. Kept on maintaining that they are responsible only for their people. I doubt these reasonings would please India either, given it has been monitoring the progress being made by GoSL in terms of finding a solution for the ethinic issue. Having introduced the 13th amendment as a means of finding for a lasting solution, it will not let GoSL go off-the-hook.

    My guess is if there was an overwhelming “yes” for the resolution, India would abstain from voting as it would make no difference for her. Instead such response would provide more leverage for India and prevent GoSL being aligned with the East. If there was a tightly contested voting, India would vote in favour of the proponent.

  44. Ranjan, Toronto; I am in full agreement with your first few lines. It was their self interest India armed all these groups, and dis-armed, or split bigger group PLOT.

    Now, TNA is not going to Geneva or abstain. I think India will do the same. In the meantime West and Diaspora Eelam Tamils will work against the Sinhala regime in Geneva. Goog Cop ………….Bad Cop, but Rajapakses are betting on Supper Cop.

  45. Its very interesting to read your article and also all the comments. Many are guessing. I’d rather wait and see what India will do at UN.

    However India will do what they want to do. I don;t think they are waiting and watching which way the ‘wind will blow’ !

    I’m sure many will be surprised at the end. Including me !

  46. No on can predict how India is going to react to this. Indiaan politics is very secretive and responsive rather than a permanent policy. They don’t react immediately and always wait for opportunity to take revenge against its enemies. Neither LTTE nor Sri Lanka ever be friendly with India. We all remember, LTTE, Premadasa (UNP) and Rajapakse (SLFP) all were against to India when they signed Indo-lanka accord in 1987. India was outstead from Sri Lanka in 1990 by both LTTE and Sri Lanka. India waited nearly 20 years silently to destroy LTTE. Now the time has come to take action against Sri Lanka. They studied these three years carefully. Whenever India raises an issue with Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka immediately ran to China and sign agreements to warn India. In a similar fashion to LTTE, Sri Lanka now thinks that India is weakened we can cheat India. It is difficult to say that how India decides what is the appropriate time to act (whether now or wait for some time) but the West work closely with India in all times (Even the LTTE ban, the norway peace process, intelegience about LTTE ships). Who knows?

  47. Hey Manmohan you naughty boy,

    I know, you were behind this US motion from day one.

    I told the fools in Colombo that you were the prime mover, but they would not believe me.

    The Lion’s of Lanka are a bit slow on the take……we call them tube lights. Its because none of them have seen the inside of a University and they are an uneducated bunch of village peasants.

    But hey, its your secret and mine.

  48. Just now I watched the Puthiya Thalaimurai, news channel. in that was discussed ‘what should India do in the Human rights council in geneva’.

    The Communist party leader Raja said that India must take a stand against the Sri Lanka.

    Apart from him, (he was only in the air, there) three people participated in the debate. One was a Congress party woman and the other was a person from say from policy research group. these two were pro Rajapaksa. There was a loner in this group who advocated to the independent investigation.

    On hearing the D. Raja’s words the words of Cho Ramasamy came to my mind.

    D. Raja said that India should take a stand against Sri Lanka in this issue.

    Cho Ramasamy will say that if you do right opposite to what the communists are saying that will be right.

    So may be India’s decision makers will follow this advice of the Cho Ramasamy, and going to the help of the Rajapaksa brothers, dumping the Tamils there.

    But for that the Congress will have to pay a very heavy political price.

  49. After the Congress I routed with only three seats in Tamil Nadu, the center has a wake up call and it is in a catch 22 hold. If they vote with the SL they are doomed in any future resurrection of TN polling and if they vote against it, they have no hold on SL for any meaningful business matters. China will take over ( The dragon will swallow the Lion ). The only options left is abstain from Voting.

  50. DBS,
    You have explored all options available to India in Geneva. At least since Amb Burleigh’s time US will not do any political action in SL without the consent of India. You are right that the US resolution is watered down to please India. SL is demonstrating and lobbying against the resolution because they think that they have the votes to defeat the resolution. If South Africa is with the US, UK, EU and supported US resolution, then SL may not have a majority vote to defeat the resolution. India will abstain if there is a majority support for the resolution. If it assess that the resolution is going to be defeated then India will vote against the resolution to have some leverage in SL for its own interests. If there is a tie, India will force a compromise resolution or abstain.
    It is rumored that the Commissioner, Navi Pillai has within her powers, to refer the UN Panel Report to the War Crimes Raporteur to investigate and determine whether there is a cases to forward to the ICC. No commissioner has exercised such powers, if it exists, before. Such a precedence may pave the way for the West to push for Syria also to referred to the Special Rapporteur. May be you could shed some light on this rumor. If Sri Lanka wins, there will be firecracker celebrations and the current policies in the North and East will be enhanced and accelerated to the detriment of the Tamils.

  51. Ravi Perera,

    I refer your response to Kanian Poongkunran.

    I wonder if you can consider these:

    Tamils does not trust USA, India or anyone else but trust only the Rajapakse mafia. As long as they delay a reasonable solutions and bedding with China, the International community will slide with the Tamils.

    Don’t forget that dilly dallying of Rajapakses like that of Sudan’s Al Basheer would bring in a danger of a referendum imposed on Tamils and at if that happened NO Rajapakses can influence the outcome which is obvious.

    Further Sadam of Iraq was elected with 100% of all votes and so ‘technically’ liked by his people. But could not stop the US led invasion.

    Remember that Kosova, East Timor and South Sudan were separated not by gun but by votes in referendums arranged by IC.

    If this scenario arises Mahinda’s popularity with the majority is irrelevant.

  52. India won’t never support this UN mortion. How it can support, when Srilanka did the hardest job behalf of India.
    India clearly knew what was happening at that time and handled all International
    presures behalf Srilanka. India is key body who prevented EU (Britain and France)involving at that time.

    Only the Day dreamers would think, that India will support this mortion.
    Forget about Tamil nadu.

  53. Dushy Ranetunge says:

    ” Its because none of them have seen the inside of a University and they are an uneducated bunch of village peasants.”

    Well you mean GL, Rajiva, Vasu,Colvin, ………are uneducated? By the way Mahinda and Namal are lawyers on their own right.

    I don’t think you should elevate politicians to the status of village peasants who are usually hard working, mostly straight forward, honest, less greedy, naturally beautiful, good, harmless, less power hungry, less corrupt, less murderous,poor and very simple and nice people. Should we give the politicians the respect they don’t deserve?

    Please stop insulting the villager peasants by comparing them to politicians.

  54. India will abstain.

    After all who are Americans to assert their hegemony in the Indian ocean – especially through a back door in Geneva?

    Remember Mrs G, the birth of LTTE, JRJ and 13A? Was true then and will be true forever!

  55. India lost along with LTTE, Srilanka lost along with India. Now, West is trying to prevent China’s all out victory. EelamTamils as an ethic group lost for ever.
    It doesn’t matter how India votes, power play is on……….

  56. After MR’s somersault on promises given to Mr. Krishna regarding the 13+ amendment to our constitution , hmmm….I think India will abstain but covertly encourage others to vote for the US sponsored resolution to teach MR a lifetime lesson like they did to the former Maldivian President.

  57. If all you guys have happened to read the SINHALA mainstream media you would surely find the general mentality behind the thinking of the MEDIA guys. 90% Racists are the SINHALA MEDIA. They have no shame or worry even if the country is being torn apart by their collective & individual prejudiced approach against almost all the minorities in Sri Lanka.

    Last month there was a news item in Sunday Papers about visa rule violation by some Muslim religious visitors (161 Islamic missionaries ordered to leave country- http://sundaytimes.lk/120122/News/nws_01.html) It came in the headlines and in COCONUT SIZE bold Headline fonts.

    One TV channel in Sri Lanka “DERANA TV” and its program by the name “DERANA ARUNA” in the morning 7:00 am (On 23rd Jan) where the anchor of the show “CHATURA” goes on talking about the main topic about the news item while referring to the many papers goes about interpreting his own prejudices against the group of Muslims (Tabligh Jamath) who have come from Pakistan, India & Bangladesh purely on non-political religious tour.

    Chatura goes on saying that the local authorities should check on these individuals on the basis of controlling terror. He further brings out a Muslim bashing common allegation of the Sinhalese, that he has seen Muslims of Sri Lanka origins of supporting the Pakistani cricket teams when they visit Sri Lanka, to openly allege that the Muslims are not “Patriotic” to support the lankan team. Its a generalized accusation against the Muslims they often make for the act of few Muslims.

    What my point is – that when the PAKISTAN is helpful in supplying arms and Military know-hows to the Sri Lankan govt., in particular isn’t the Sinhalas have the gratitude to wave a flag to a country that supports its territorial intergrity saving it from the enemies? So, it is the Sinhalese who should be doing the FLAG WAVING to the Pakistanis for their help in need of the hour. Ewven in international forums, Pakistan has always stood by Sri Lanka. And even the many Muslim countries.

    But, the CHATURA type of bankrupt mentality Sinhala media men and the Nationalists are ever vengeful on MUSLIMS. The sad part is that CHATURA has forgotten to see the dangers posed by his own kind posed to this nation that has led into the hands of the UN to decide on its various crimes committed against the minorities for the last 60+ years from independence.

    Please check this item:
    1. http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2012/02/05/misguided-buddhist-zealots/
    2 http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2012/02/26/a-criminal-monk-to-the-police-commission/

    The BAD MOUTHED & SECRET/PUBLICLY VIOLENT-RACIST guys in the likes of : ANAGARIKA DHARMAPALA, SWRD BANDARANAYAKE, SIRIMAVO BANDARANAYAKE, FELIX DIAS BANDA.., ELLE GUNAWANSA, CYRIL MATHEW, J.R.JAYAWARDENE, GAMINI DISSANAYAKE, PREMADASA, NALIN DE SILVA, CHAMPIKA RANAWAKA, ELLAWALA MEDANANDA/RATHANA, S L GUNASEKERA, ALL J.H.U. MEMBERS,…ETC ., have too much contributed to the fate the country is in today.

    So, most of the criminals are also Buddhist respected leaders who talks about the Maithriya of Buddha and the 2500 years of their “History” (Blood soaked).

  58. Sri Lanka will end up being a willing friend to Chinese, if India distance it’s self from it. Chinese are doing all they can to find leverage against India. So does India really want to hand over to them, a thus far friendly nation that is strategically important for trade and the balance of military power in the Indian ocean, and is so less than twenty kilometers from its own shores at this point in time? With all the prospects of a rising Chinese power, should India bet with on a bankrupt west? In many ways this is India’s moment to choose its own destiny and it’s own national interests. This is not the time for short sightedness.

  59. Ratna says:

    “I love your comment- ” Politicians & Village peasants”

    That is not an excuse for you to continue your occupation of my ancestral land

  60. India never discard Lanka because Lanka braved enough to defeat the American backed terrorists.

    Lanka will survive any cyclones in international forums.

  61. Hi DBS,

    Can you shed any light on this statement about Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe saying that India will support SL?

    No mention of this in the Indian media as far as I can see, only in the SL media
    Thank you

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I dont know at this point of time but Mr. Samarasinghe met Mr. Dilip Sinha in Geneva for a one to one meeting and President Rajapaksa also met Mr. ashok Kantha in Colombo in a one to one

  62. India will support us because we let them win the cricket match,allowing them to score 322 runs in 37 overs.Nothing to beat cricket diplomacy for a cricket crazy country of 1200 million that is struggling to beat its little neighbour of 22 million.

  63. India will support us because we let them win the cricket match,allowing them to score 322 runs in 37 overs.Nothing to beat cricket diplomacy for a cricket crazy country of 1200 million that is struggling to beat its little neighbour of 22 million.

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    India will surely support Srilanka, as long as they lose in Geneva voting too.

  64. If India supports Sri Lanka, it will be like appeasing the Sinhala racists, there.

    The Sinhala hardliners will use the good offices of the India now, say few good things and declare their intentions to solve this issue politically as they are cornered now and when the heat is off they will go back to their old ways.

    In that case it is advantage BJP. Already BJP has said that it will stand by the interests of the Tamils.

    BJP will not take lightly the presence of the China in the island. RSS will view it as a National security issue and it will make suitable amends to this issue.

    Supporting the SLG in defeating the Tigers is one thing and standing by and letting down the interests of the Tamils is another thing.

    If the Congress Govt appeases the Sinhala hardliners now then it is committing a Himalayan political blunder.

    But BJP is not a political party to reckon with in Tamil Nadu. May be nationally the BJP will use this Sinhala racist and the China card to counter the Congress, but the political space vacated by the Congress will be taken up by Tamil fringe groups, which is not in the interests of the country.

  65. Dev

    Probably India is trying to test waters, by this statement of Samarasinghe.

    It has not denied it or has it confirmed it. If India votes for the SLG then it will be viewed in many sections as a betrayal. India then can say that it is no longer the land of Chanakya, Budha, Gandhi. It is very well the land of Machiavelli.

    And we Indians could hang our head in shame.

  66. M.Sivananthan says:

    “India never discard Lanka because Lanka braved enough to defeat the American backed terrorists.”

    How about the proxy war on Sri Lanka waged by India. Your respected Douglas too was working for Hindians in 1980 against Sri Lanka, Tamils and himself.

    You say:

    “Lanka will survive any cyclones in international forums”.

    Lanka will survive only without corrupt, murderous, safron clad, greedy politicians……..

  67. Mahesh,
    India was never the land of Chanakya, Budha, and Gandhi. Those were aberrations in a sea of intolerance, divisions, corruption and the apartheid known as caste. Don’t pretend to be anything else.

    Buddhism was a reaction to the injustices and barbarism of Hinduism such as animal sacrifice and classifying human being as untouchables.

  68. Buddhism was a reaction to the injustices and barbarism of Hinduism such as animal sacrifice and classifying human being as untouchables.

    Ranjan

    You know nothing about Hinduism, caste, et cet ra. First read about those things and come back. You say caste is in Hinduism. Read the origins of caste. Whether caste is there only in India or in many parts of the world.

    As for your statement

    India was never the land of Chanakya, Budha, and Gandhi. Those were aberrations in a sea of intolerance, divisions, corruption and the apartheid known as caste.

    This clearly shows that you don’t know about the history of India. It shows your deep rooted prejudice and hatred against India.

    I wish all the Sinhalese have the prejudice that you are having about India and all the Sinhalese harbour untold hatred against India.

    Let us see whether that changes our friendly relationship towards your country.

  69. Mahesh,
    You say “our friendly relationship towards your country”,

    When we consider what India has done to Sri Lanka during last 30 years, only thing I can say is that when we have friends like these, who needs enemies. I am sure that is the sentiment of most Sri Lankans, and that includes both Sinhalese and Tamils.

    As for my “deep rooted prejudice against India”, that is totally earned dude. When the neighbourhood bully keeps on abusing all those around him, it is rather difficult to love and respect him. Unfortunately we can not detach Sri Lanka from where it is now and tow it as far away from India as possible!! So I suppose we have to put up with India, how ever unpleasent it is.

    You know, my ancestors about came to Southern Sri Lanka from Kerala about 6 generations ago. I can only thank who ever made that enlightened decision at that time.

  70. Mahesh

    wish all the Sinhalese have the prejudice that you are having about India and all the Sinhalese harbour untold hatred against India.

    Let us see whether that changes our friendly relationship towards your country

    It is a well known fact that, Most if not all Srilankans (both Sinhhalese and Tamils alike) have deep rooted hatred towards India.

    Like Ranjan indicated, it is very well earned by India.. due to India’s foreign policy.

    With China’s entry at the backdoor, India would only remain a silent observer for the things happening around its borderlines and be a Non-aligned (South Asia regional supremacy war between US and China)country.

  71. “What works in a country of 1,234 million people ought to work in a country of just 20 million people as well, they feel”.

    Big mistake…. On what ground do they feel like that..?? I think people can feel things that don’t necessarily go through their brain cells, but propelled out of emotions. Are we – Sri Lankans here to entertain those alien ‘feelings’…??

    This is just about bullying a smaller nation by trying to become school master vs student instead of a peer nation.

  72. Ranjan

    As for my “deep rooted prejudice against India”, that is totally earned dude. When the neighbourhood bully keeps on abusing all those around him, it is rather difficult to love and respect him.

    ——————–

    Don’t you and aren’t you bullying Tamils there?

    When you people are like this, you don’t need any external enemies.

    ———————

    You know, my ancestors about came to Southern Sri Lanka from Kerala about 6 generations ago. I can only thank who ever made that enlightened decision at that time.

    ————————–

    Ranjan I can say ‘Good Riddance’ for this and go. But I will not say like that to you. Knowing your nature. It is a rather pleasant one. Only thing that differentiates me and you is we are in the opposite camp.

    But despite of all your negative feelings about India, at a personal level I do like you and consider a gentleman in this blog.

    Some times I have to offend people like you which saddens me. Bye for now dear Gentleman.

  73. Playing the Chinese card is a no brainier for Indians and the likes.
    China is already fully in control of Sri Lanka. India must be still in sleep and guarding against the Chinese upper hand in Sri Lanka. They will know when and if they wake up. Foolish India.

    Even some days ago, there was a news item about allowing Chinese fishermen fish in SL waters. What is this all about? Was there a wink from India? No. Sleep tight baby.

    India, take a punitive stand against Sri Lanka and get your interests saved. Otherwise the day will come for you too.

  74. Its not about west-east, India-China or anything else. Its about right and wrong. India should vote based on its convictions and values as a nation. If India belives war crimes were commited they should vote for the resolution. If they think M.R govt. is trying honestly to reach a fair accomidation, they should vote againt the resolution. Geo-statergical games may be appealing in short term, but in long term, Justice and fairness will prevail.

  75. sjoseph,

    Me and most Sri Lankans do not hate Indians. personally I have travelled in India and there are many Indian engineers and scientists at my workplace in Toronto that are my good friends. However, over the years your government’s foreign policy has been nothing more than that of a neighbourhood bully or a local thug. Indian government has to learn that it can be a very effective regional super power without being a bully.

  76. Ranga,

    All those countries you mentioned had a strong history behind the, eg South Sudan historically belong to south sudanese and there is no south sudan poplualtion in north sudan.
    The IC is likely to take the following factors into account before they organise a referendum on Eelam

    1. Historical Facts (North yes the Tamils ruled for 300 of the 2500 yrs but never the east)
    2. Popuation living in those areas (Most tamils live outside North & East )
    3. What effects it will have on the rest of the tamils living outside NorthEast
    4. Resources for NorhEast
    5. Indias opposition

    It is highly unlikely that the IC will organise a referendum in all those areas (Certainly not the EAST).

  77. It is called game of super powers. It is also game of US,INDIA and Western powers joint effords to find solution for SL.
    They were blind and encouraged to do what Raja wished to. Now Raja is not listening so soft pressure to Raja.

    Raja also will come say ‘ you see i have won’ now time to give some bones to Tamils.

    It is part of game but it is also process of building house- home of dignity for Tamils.

  78. India has formerly announced that it would oppose when UNHRC resolution against SL comes up in Geneva. Mahinda and co must be in celebration mood. TNA would be devastated.

  79. “Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka, our representative in Geneva then, was able to turn the situation around by presenting a counter resolution favourable to Sri Lanka and garner 29 votes in support.”

    I still wonder how he pulled that one off after reading his articles where the topic would have no relevance to the substance.

  80. India is digging their own grave by their unreliable and false forein policy.By helping Srilanka we our selves will breake into pieces.China will do it through SL.Then we Indians will realise that we had been taken for a ride by MR.It will be too late.

  81. I think in this age of free information, most Sinhalese know that what is happening is just an international political chess game and has very little to do with human rights in sri lanka. They also know that it has to be played like that and supports the govt. in that. Majority Sinhalese distrusts India (the main reason being that India trained LTTE) and would prefer China to India any day, but are still worried to have a big neighbor like India as an enemy, so would hope that India will stand by SL. If it doesn’t the Sinhala majority will not forgive it which would be the best news for China.

  82. [While India would not vote against Sri Lanka it may abstain from voting and also will remain neutral and not help Sri Lanka lobby support against the proposed resolution.]

    DBSJ,you are dead right on this.I also feel that what india will do.

    Just before the geneva conference started,blake visited india.He would have definitely got the approval of india for this resolution.India will not vote for it because it will think that why unnecessarily antagonise its little neighbour.It will not vote against the resolution,because there will be an uproar in tamilnadu.Unless there is a mixup where india thinks that srilanka is portugal or something and goes and votes,i think it will abstain as you pointed out.

  83. and also s.k.krishna is in his 80th year and would like to eat his chappathi in peace and quiet,without someone constantly telephoning him and disturbing his thought on where to from here,and i don’t mean india,but himself,where the hell or heaven he is going to or was his existence just and accident waiting to happen as per darwins theory on evoluion,and is the end of it all for him.

  84. Ranjan, Toronto

    However, over the years your government’s foreign policy has been nothing more than that of a neighbourhood bully or a local thug. Indian government has to learn that it can be a very effective regional super power without being a bully.

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    If India were a bully it must have helped split the island long back as it did in the Bangladesh. For this you call us a local thug and a bully.

    The attitude of the many Sinhalese has been just that thugs and bully’s as per the Tamils in the NOrth and east.

  85. mahesh says

    If India were a bully it must have helped split the island long back as it did in the Bangladesh.
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    Bangladesh and tamils are two different religions and ethnic groups altogether.It was in the indian interest to split pakistan and weaken it,but not in the indian interest to split srilanka,because of the rollover effects it could have one day in tamilnadu also splitting away from india.In fact when the arrogant JRJ was looking the other way while tamils were getting butchered,Indira was incensed at his attitude towards her on and seemed to be contemplating an invasion and splitting the island.However her advisors discouraged her from it because of the danger of having a seperate tamil state next to tamilnadu.All this happenned a long time ago and i’am not sure whether i’am right but that was the impression i got at that time in the aftermath of the riots.JRJ thought he had the americans on his side and can ignore india and paid the price.Americans let him down like a hot potato,salivating at the prospect of a 1200 million market for their products against a mere 20 million in srilanka.Also the americans needed india as their ally and friend to counter the growing threat of china in the future.It was a strategic mistake by the superior minded JRJ,who thought he was julious ceaser instead of junious jayawardena.The UNP paid a heavy price for going against india.

  86. shankar

    I know what you have written. Yes it is true. I have also said somewhere in this blog that had the tamils been muslims then may be, India would have done one bangladesh here.

    what you said is right. India is in favour of an united sri lanka. but there are many people who feel india is a bully. had india been a bully it should have annexed the entire lanka into itself as one of its states or at least should have annexed the tamil areas into itself.

    it didn’t do any of those things.

    the problem the island faces is mainly the making of its own people, politicians and the monk.

    i don’t accept that India is any way a bully here.

    if it is a bully it would have bullied MR into honoring his commitments he gave to India.

  87. shankar

    I know what you have written. Yes it is true. I have also said somewhere in this blog that had the tamils been muslims then may be, India would have done one bangladesh here.

    what you said is right. India is in favour of an united sri lanka. but there are many people who feel india is a bully. had india been a bully it should have annexed the entire lanka into itself as one of its states or at least should have annexed the tamil areas into itself.

    it didn’t do any of those things.

    the problem the island faces is mainly the making of its own people, politicians and the monk.

    i don’t accept that India is any way a bully here.

    if it is a bully it would have bullied MR into honoring his commitments he gave to India.

  88. Manmohan singh has said that india is inclined to support the UN resolution being put up for voting this friday.So looks like karunanithi’s threats to leave the coalition government with his 19 MP’s is working and has Singh rattled.However “inclined” and “will” support are two different wordings and the door is being left open to abstain too if congress could do it without having to face a fresh election in which it will definitely lose seats.

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