Disfigurement of Sri Lanka
| by Rajasingham Jayadevan
They went after the Burghers…. Burghers are not known in Sri Lanka now!
They went after the Tamils…. Tamils are not been subdued yet!!
They are now going after the Muslims…. Muslims are almost mollified!!!
They are trying their best with the Christians……………!!!! and no one speaks about them!!!!
Now the turn is on the questioning international community….
will they succeed?!!!!!
‘If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it’ - Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's minister of propaganda
|Dr Mahinda Rajapakse, President of Sri Lanka, reviving the diabolical rabble-rousing scallywag.|
( October 6, 2013, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) The British did not adequately consider the concerns of the minorities and left the island nation in 1948, thinking that safeguards provided in its parting Soulbury constitution will adequately safeguard them. If the Soulbury constitution had prevailed with the accommodative spirit of the Sinhala majority rule, Sri Lanka would have been a exceptional country in the world map.
"Power will go to the hands of rascals, rogues, freebooters; all Indian leaders will be of low calibre and men of straw. They will have sweet tongues and silly hearts. They will fight amongst themselves for power and India will be lost in political squabbles. A day would come when even air and water would be taxed in India’- said Winston Churchill, but Churchill’s envisaged rascals, rogues, freebooters progressed with the constitution given by the British Raj and India has proved itself a tolerant nation with its far-fetched diversity and vision.
What said by Winston may be right for Sri Lanka. There has been no sweet tongues, plentiful of silly hearts, rascals, rogues, freebooters who lost Sri Lanka in their egalitarian political yearn. Winston Churchill’s monument must be erected in the Bandaranaiyake International Airport to give a simple projection of Sri Lanka to reflect the articulation of the war time leader on India. Then Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranayake in who’s name the airport is called was the father of Winston Churchill’s chilling vision of India that Sri Lanka is reflecting wholesome.
Post independent Sri Lanka kicked out many of the Burgher community from Sri Lanka. According to statistics, the population 41,900 in 1948 is standing at 37,061 in 2011. In the 1960’s, large number of them were sent to Australia as Sri Lanka did not want them in the country. Those remained got diluted through inter marriages and there are no more Burgher pockets of residence in any part of Sri Lanka, except for their scattered existence in the city of Colombo.
Under an agreement between the Sri Lankan and Indian governments in the 1960s, around 60% of Hill Country Tamils were evicted to India. The population statistics of 12.9 per cent of the population, dwindled to 5.5 per cent at present. This was a major achievement for Sri Lanka with the Indian help.
The revolting indigenous Tamils too faced the onslaught of the government. Internal political agitation turned into a full scale warfare, due to un-accommodative stance of the governments. Over 1.2 million Tamils migrated world over to escape the war with the passage that was made easy by the slack immigration controls and government backed human smugglers who are now being well protected by the government for their loyal service. The post war immigration controls barricades the immigrants returning and it is a process that is carefully engineered for the Tamils not to return to their country of birth.
The Muslim population that faced the ravages of the war co-habited well with the governments, but the evil ghost of the state backed extremism have started to haunt them as well. Lack of leadership and their confused state of mind is battering them very hard and they are unable to turn anywhere.
The Christian faced the extremism of the Sinhalese on many fronts. Particularly, the Catholics faced considerable harm including deaths and destruction, but their mere religious values of ‘love thy neighbour’ even in difficult times gave all the succour to the extremists to target them.
Now the turn is on the international community. Having experienced in propping up hate in the Goeballesian scale, the GoSL with its speciality is on the crusade against the questioning international community.
The world is facing an unprecedented diplomatic haunt of Sri Lanka with the never ending scream on sensitive matters that are matters of concern for the international community. Giving into the outcry of the international community will lead to cupboards of skeletons being opened, thus falling into the hands of international justice that the other unscrupulous world leaders have experienced. As regards Sri Lanka, only option the rulers have is to make hell for the international community to gain some respite with their screams propped up allegations.
Sri Lanka is well experienced in going heavy on sensitive issues. Very disingenuous monolithic discharges will be let loose though all available avenues to discredit, downplay, undermine, caricature, counter to cover up and uphold its historical demeaning virtues. Post independence experience of discrediting its adversaries is a home grown resource that is harnessed and now stretching its roots into the international arena.
Tamils claim for co-habitation with the majority Sinhalese with due devolution of power has been vulgarised by the inherent mechanisms even today. Such claims have been always anathema to the majority rule and it engineered lethal manoeuvrings to subdue and weaken the resolve of the minority Tamils. All what Sri Lanka did to its minorities (in particular the Tamil) did not reach the impaired ears of the world for over six decades.
Many political and anti-Tamil measures of the government segmented the Tamils as unwanted stock in Sri Lanka. When the anti-Tamil standardisation policy was debated in the parliament and in the Sri Lankan media in the 1970’s very lethal and rudimentary discharges of hate was let loose against the Tamils. The entire democratic mechanism including the parliament was hot bed for hate remittances that laid the foundation for the Tamil militancy. During the debate on the Standardisation Policy, preposterous lies of Tamil examiners favouring the Tamil students and Tamil students cheating in the examinations were screamed by the state backed racist goons without producing any credible investigative evidence. Going from there, the very same mechanism played its hate role to pass no-confidence motion against Tamil minority party opposition leader Appapillai Amirthalingam in the parliament in 1978. This was a peculiar taste democracy of Sri Lanka-an outright majority passing no-confidence motion against the minor minority party on racial grounds.
The nationwide anti-Tamil violence in 1977 preceded the hate measure in the parliament when Tamils were scandalised in the very democratic mechanisms as downright evils. With the full scale warfare proceeded, Sri Lanka took the upper hand to indulge in demeaning campaign whilst using lethal military force against the Tamil civilian population with the slogan of fighting terrorism. With the bipolar world politics, Sri Lanka had its way to use everything at its disposal and its warring opponent LTTE too transformed itself to counter the nastiness of the state with even greater nastiness in kind. The state terrorism against the Tamils precedes the LTTE militancy against the state and Sinhalese. But the legitimate government had its way with the international support to finally outmanoeuvre the LTTE.
Lies generated and propagated in multiples had the cumulative effect on the Tamil minorities. It is a form of terrorism using the democratic mechanism to instil the much wanted fear for Tamils to be subdued to make them a manageable minority. This verbal campaign backed by the state terror, disjointed the Tamil community but the quest for justice has resolved further as reflected in the Northern Provincial Council election and the collective will of the Tamil Diaspora community.
The post LTTE scenario has exposed the government of Sri Lanka to the international community. Now it is its turn to have a go at the international community. With the successful home grown experience, the GoSL is on the spree using every available resources to silence the international voices. It is venom and hysteria backed by some intolerant states that the government is trying its level best to bulldoze its way through against the international community.
With the array of lethal slanders, the very internal mechanisms that vulgarise the minority communities is now engineering its campaign of Goebblisian scale is idiotically spearheading its struggle without realising Sri Lanka’s minority status in the world arena. Instead of taking an accommodative route by dealing with the serious issues in a sensible manner, the government is falling into the trap by its dastardly conduct. How long can Sri Lanka go on like this? Will the international effort come to a halt and elongate the government over its action due to its anti campaign?.
Sri Lanka government realises the fate accompli but has no other way than to scream and shout until the issues reach the international jurisdiction.