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Wednesday 24 July 2013

What is India up to?

When Wimal Weerawansa said that C. V. Vignesvaran was chosen as the TNA candidate for the post of Chief Minister  in the Northern Province provincial council by two embassies nobody expected the latter to confirm it. Vignesvaran is not new to politics as he has made political speeches at least from the day he became a judge in the Supreme Court. People including Judges of the Higher Courts have a Chinthanaya and their speeches, writings and all other activities are based on the particular Chinthanaya possessed by them. This applies to artists as well and directors of cinema are not free from their Chinthanaya as could be asserted from what is stated about the film “Flying Fish”. Vignesvaran has never been a so called unbiased person in politics and it is hilarious to listen to him dismissing Wimal Weerawansa’s statement as a statement made by a politician. Vignesvaran by that dismissal pretends to be above politics and that he is not a politician. He is now involved in party politics, and it is clear that by dismissing outright Wimal Weerawansa’s statement as that of a politician, Vignesvaran has shown that he has matured as a politician. In politics as well as in giving evidence before a court of justice hiding the truth is a cardinal principle practiced by those who are involved.

It was not only Wimal Weerawansa who knew this story as some other politicians including cabinet ministers were aware of what was happening behind the screen. I myself came to be aware of the story from another source but it was Weerawansa who went public with the information he had. It appears that there has been influence by other countries to nominate Wignesvaran as the Chief Ministerial candidate of the TNA at the Northern Province provincial council elections if we are to believe the following report that appeared in the Daily News of 23rd of July 2013. “The two Tamil newspapers Thinakural and Virakesari in their lead stories yesterday (July 22) attributed this statement to TNA Leader R. Sampanthan, who had said that they were compelled to make the decision regarding Vigneshwaran on the request of some foreign countries and organizations, ‘as the nominee has international support.’ The two newspapers quoted Sampanthan as saying that he decided to clear the air about the selection of the candidate as there were ‘false rumours being floated to tarnish the party’s image.’ In a bid to persuade the TNA members over the rationality of appointing Vigneswaran as TNA chief ministerial candidate, R Sampanthan said some foreign countries and organizations compelled the TNA to take this decision. When the decision was taken, MPs Senadhirajah, Sumanthiran, Sridharan, Sarabavanan, and Selvaraja were also present”.

One does not have to be a so called political analyst to discover that India is one of the foreign countries. It is not a master stroke of Sampanthan to nominate Vignesvaran and it only indicates how much TNA politics is influenced by India with the blessings of the western countries led by USA at present with England behind every movement on the chess board. India has no love for the Sinhala Buddhists who preserved and protected Bududahama over a period of two thousand and six hundred years while it was discarded in India. The Brahmins never liked the Anathmavadi Bududahama and it was not only the Muslims who are responsible for the final overthrow of Bududahama and Budusasuna from India. The Vedic Brahmins who are Athmavadins   have no love for the Sinhala Buddhists and the Brahmins are responsible for the insertion of Athmavadi concepts into what may be called the Bududahama of the third council or sangayana.  India which has no ability or desire to protect Budusasuna in that country is only paying lip service as far as the protection of Buddhists, Bhikkus and places of worship in India important for the Buddhists is concerned. India is not a so called non aligned country and with the support of the west it is maneuvering to become the hegemonic force in South Asia. India is using Tamil Nadu to achieve what it wants, though the message sent is that it is Tamil Nadu that influences India to adopt a certain policy towards Sri Lanka.

It should be clear that India over the years has been attempting to do in Sri Lanka what it has done to Sikkim, Assam and other parts of the subcontinent, failing of which it will make Sri Lanka another Bhutan. India has no love for the Tamils as such but it uses the so called Tamil problem in Sri Lanka to achieve its ambitions. India wants politicians in Sri Lanka to do as they want but it is clear that though there are some Sinhala politicians and many Tamil politicians who would meekly obey the Indian Kautilyans, the Mahinda Rajapakse government is not prepared to do so. The Indian government does not like Mawai Senadhiraja as the Chief Ministerial candidate as he is believed to have had connections with the LTTE. It is not a secret that Prabhakaran did not bow down to Delhi and India did not approve his attitude. India wants politicians of the “caliber” of Vignesvaran who would defend India using queer logic. The following expert from an interview of Vignesvaran published in the Daily Mirror on the 22nd of July 2013 reveals the character of the politician. 

Q: Other reasons championed by those who call to repeal the powers of 13A is that it is not constitutionally valid and neither is it legally binding due to a referendum not being held and India failing to uphold their part of the Indo-Lanka accord. What are your comments on such claims?

A: A referendum was not necessary because it was with regard to the North and East and since the Supreme Court ordered the demerging of the two provinces, that argument is not viable. Moreover, the justification of India failing to uphold their side of the agreement is also void because that is what they did in 2009. If not for the support of the international community, particularly India, Sri Lanka could not have got rid of the LTTE so swiftly. So India, on its part although it was not done in the 80s, it was done in 2009 and therefore, I don’t believe it is a ground to set aside 13A, which takes root from the international agreement between India and Sri Lanka. You cannot play the fool with such agreements and without the permission of India; it is not possible for Sri Lanka to act unilaterally.”

This is what the Indo Lanka Accord has to say on the referendum. “2.3 There will be a Referendum on or before 31st December 1988 to enable the people of the Eastern Province to decide whether:
a) The Eastern Province should remain linked with the Northern Province as one administrative unit, and continue to be governed together with the Northern Province as specified in para 2.2 or:
b) The eastern province should constitute a separate administrative unit having its own distinct provincial council with a separate Governer, Chief Minister and Board of Ministers.

The president may, at his discretion, decide to postpone such a referendum. ”  I would not say that the Indo Lanka Accord is null and void because a referendum was not held as claimed by some others, though I have other reasons to believe that the Accord is now defunct. The Accord says the President of Sri Lanka could decide to postpone the referendum at his discretion. However it is clear that Vignesvaran is using something else in order to defend India.  The decision of the Supreme Court came long after, and the argument of the former judge is not valid with respect to the validity of the Accord to say the least. Vignesvaran is undoubtedly a seasoned politician.  (To be continued)

Nalin De Silva