The storming of the official and private residences of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Colombo recently could be a harbinger of many things that could happen in neighbouring India also. The factories specialised in churning out misinformation campaigns are active in Sri Lanka. They operate and function under the guise of civil rights and human rights organisations, NGOs, Leftists. Urban Naxalites, Christian evangelists, Islamic extremist organisations and of course the Left-dominated media. These elements were responsible for the debacle of Mahinda Rajapaksa in the 2015 general election. This is not the assessment of this writer, but of President Gotabaya Rajapakse, the younger brother of Mahinda Rajapakse.
There was no reason to believe that Mahinda would lose the 2015 Parliament election. The Rajapakse Government had literally wiped out the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the terrorist organisation which had turned the island of pearl to a tear drop in the Indian Ocean. For almost three decades, murders, assassinations and bomb attacks perpetrated by the assassins and human bombs were part and parcel of Sri Lanka’s daily life. Thousands of Sinhala citizens were murdered by the LTTE terrorists at the orders of Velupillai Prabhakaran, commander of the dreaded organisations.
The Indian and Western media portrayed this illiterate desperado as a hero. The western media and the European countries like Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, etc., had vested interests in Sri Lanka. They wanted a Christian Republic to be carved out of this Buddhist country. That was how they encouraged and funded the Tamil secessionism in the island nation of 65,610 sq km land mass. (Tamil Nadu measures 1,30,000 sq km in area).
The Dravidian leaders like Karunanidhi and MG Ramachandran promoted and supported the LTTE in its terrorist activities with fund, cash and other materials. Tamil Nadu became a haven for the LTTE till they did the unpardonable sin of murdering former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi for reasons best known to them only. It is authentically reported that when two LTTE agents called on Rajiv Gandhi in the month of April 1991, the latter had told them to ask Prabhakaran to lie low for the time being. “Ask him to wait till our elections are over. He will certainly get his Eelam,” Gandhi had told them, while seeing them off after an hour long meeting. But Prabhakaran struck within one month by getting Gandhi assassinated with the help of a human bomb called Dhanu who blew herself up with RDX tied to her body.
While heads of State like Chandrika Kumaratunge, Premadassa, Jayavardane failed to put an end to the menace by the name of LTTE, it was Mahinda Rajapakse who put his foot down and obliterated the organisation and its chief. The LTTE elements escaped from Sri Lanka to European countries and Canada for regrouping and recouping to strike back. But the Mahinda Rajapakse era saw Sri Lanka entering a phase of reconstruction, rehabilitation and rebuilding of the economy. The NGOs started campaigning across the globe claiming that civil rights and human rights were being crushed in Sri Lanka by the Rajapakse administration. But they were silent about the thousands of Sinhala people who lost their lives in the LTTE attacks. An equal number were maimed by land mines, claymore mines and RDX laden improved explosive devices. The LTTE had an army made up of children kidnapped from Tamil families in the north by Anton Balasingham, the main ideologue and advisor to Prabhakaran. Balasingham’s wife, Adele, was the mastermind in kidnapping young children to be trained as suicide bombers for the LTTE. But the reports, documentaries and books prepared by the civil right organisations, media persons who sing peans to the LTTE and Tamil Eelam have not mentioned a single word about this cruel woman who is now roaming freely in Australia.
The debacle faced by Mahinda Rajapakse in the 2015 parliament election was described as the victory of goodness over evil by the media that has been bought over by the Left radicals with the support of China. The Muslim minority and Tamils were threatened by these group to vote for the opposition candidates while most of the Sinhala voters who had no doubt about the return of Mahinda stayed back in their homes and watched cinemas being aired in Sinhala channels. Rajapakse lost by just one
or two per cent votes.
People in India are yet to understand that the so-called Tamils in Jaffna and other north eastern provinces in the island nation are not real Tamils. They are all descendants of migrants who came to Ceylon from the Malabar province of Kerala, says Wijayabalan Ramasamy, a businessman based in Colombo. “Their language, food habits, traditions and culture are that of the Thiyya community in Malabar. The temple priests are known as Gurukkal, who act as teachers in martial arts,” said Wijayabalan whose roots are in Tamil Nadu. The Tamil Eelam concept was inculcated in the Jaffna population by the British colonial masters through evangelists. It is worth remembering that a British evangelist Robert Cadwell was the one who floated the concept of Dravidian nationalism in Tamil Nadu. After reaching Tamil Nadu for religious conversion, Cadwell acted as if he was a linguist and claimed that Tamil had no links with north Indian languages like Hindi or Bengali and it was a unique and distinct language. The Christian missionaries propagated this theory and this was consumed by the gullible “Dravidians”. It is unlikely that a school dropout like E V Ramasamy Naicker, a caste Hindu, was an authority on Tamil traditions as claimed by Dravidians.
The separate Dravidian land as visualised by the Dravidian leaders include Tamil Nadu, part of Kerala, and north and north east of Sri Lanka. The LTTE is recouping in foreign land and many countries are helping them, said General Daya Ratanayake, former chief of staff of Sri Lankan Army.
In India, the DMK, MDMK, PMK, the DK and Naam Tamizhar are political outfits which support the LTTE elements roaming freely in Tamil Nadu. MDMK founder Vaiko and VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan observe with fanfare the death anniversary of Prabhakaran every year. (Remember, Prabhakaran is a Court proclaimed absconding assassin and these politicians who got elected as parliament members under oath to the Indian Constitution pay their respects to an
Gotabaya’s mandate is for five years and he should have been allowed to rule for five years or till it is proved that he has committed impropriety. Now, there is total chaos and confusion in the emerald island. The beneficiaries are no going to be the Sinhalas but the evangelists and jihadis and of course the extreme Left radicals. “May be in another six months a new system would be in place. In all probability, Sajith Premadasa would emerge as a rallying point and Sri Lanka will bounce back,” said Wijayabalan.
But all said and done, this was not the way to send out Rajapakse and Wickremesinghe.