Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Cameron, Manmohan Singh, Maccrae and Valmiki

By Nalin de Silva





Going by the reports that appeared in Indian news media I thought that finally the Indian Prime Minister would come to Sri Lanka to participate at the CHOGM even for a few hours at least to mark his presence. However, it was not to be. Remember that it is not Manmohan Singh who is not coming to Sri Lanka but the Indian Prime Minister. The talk of how many CHOGMs the Indian Prime Ministers have missed during the last fifty or sixty years is nothing but diplomatic mockery. After all it is not the same as the Indian Prime Minister not going to Perth as Colombo or (Sri) Lanka tolls a different bell to Indians at least from the time of Valmiki. The Indian Foreign Office has lost to Jayalalitha who is in effect the Indian Minister for Sri Lankan affairs. I feel sorry for Mr. Kurdish, whose portfolio has been devalued. The Indian High Commissioner in Colombo who must have done his best to see that Manmohan Singh came to Sri Lanka should also be a worried person.


However, I am not unhappy that Manmohan Singh is not coming to Sri Lanka as it would end our dependence on India to solve the Tamil problem. Sri Lanka is now out of the Indian yoke, and The Indian government will not be in a position to apply pressure on the Sri Lankan government with so called solutions such as the 13th amendment plus or minus. The Indian Foreign Office must have realized this but Jayalalitha who has played to the gallery in her entire adult life does not seem to understand the intricacies of non celluloid politics. I am sure that the Chief Minister of the Northern Province is also worried of the situation but he should realize that it gives us an opportunity to solve our problems without foreign interference. Let us talk of the commonalities between Tamil Shaivite culture and the Sinhala (Hela) Buddhist culture without importing concepts such as reconciliation from the west. After all it is said that Shiva Thandava Stotra was composed by Rawana who had later become a Buddhist if we go by the Lankavatara Sutta of Mahayana Buddhism. Non dualistic Advaitha Vedantha is so close to and so different from Bududahama that Sankaracarya was considered as a camouflaged Buddhist. It was Nagarjunapada of Madhyamikavada with his Sunyathava that made a Nirgun Brahman possible and it is clear that Nirgun Brahman is the “Athmic” (with soul) version of Sunyathava. The Theravada Buddhism of the third council (Sangayana) has tried to accommodate what I call instant soul theory in the form of Dhammavada and Kshanavada. Let us not be fooled by Valmikis and Maccraes (of infamous Channel 4) who had and have different agenda. Let us be Lankans of Rawana and not Ceylonese of George III (the English).
                                                   
As we said last week the Commonwealth is an unsuccessful attempt by England to keep its empire intact in a different form. Thus England could not boycott the CHOGM nor send a low powered delegation to the meeting. However, England is not happy with Mahinda Rajapakse becoming the chairperson of the Commonwealth for the next two years. England and Canada have already said they would not contribute to the maintenance of the commonwealth. England supported the LTTE through Norway and other western countries including Canada, and operated behind the screen. Now Norway and the other Scandinavian countries have no role to play and England has come to the forefront in the struggle to send Mahinda Rajapakse and Gotabhaya Rajapakse to the guillotine as war criminals. We request the Sri Lankan government to appoint a Presidential Commission to inquire into the assistance given by foreign countries, NGOs, some churches to the LTTE, which violated human rights not only of the Sinhala people but as well as of the Muslims and Tamils. England is unhappy that the heroic Sri Lankan armed forces were able to defeat the LTTE under the political leadership of the President and the direction of the Defense Secretary against its wishes. Both India and England used the LTTE against Sri Lanka but India realized its mistake when Rajiv Gandhi was murdered by the terrorists. However, people such as Jayalalitha who play to the gallery will never understand the Tamil problem in Sri Lanka. She does not know that in Sri Lanka Tamils enjoy much better facilities than in India. Tamil is an official language and a national language in Sri Lanka and it is only in Sri Lanka one could obtain a Ph. D. in the Tamil medium. There is no discrimination on the ground of ethnicity or religion in Sri Lanka as anybody walking round in Colombo or any other city, town or village would realize. While Muslim women are not allowed to wear their traditional dress in some western countries in Sri Lanka there is no such restriction. In the cabinet of ministers there are Tamils, Muslims, Hindus, Christians together with Sinhala Buddhists unlike in England say for that matter. How many Muslim cabinet ministers are there in England, which has a substantial Muslim population?

The Tamil problem in Sri Lanka arose as a result of English favouring the Tamils, and nurturing the Tamils to be the leaders of the country over the Sinhala people. However, with universal franchise given in 1931 the Sinhala leaders became the leaders of the country and the English educated Tamils began to lose the privileges enjoyed by them under the English colonialists. These losses in privileges were interpreted by the Tamil leaders with the assistance of the English rulers as injustices caused to the Tamils in general, and the English were able to create the Tamil problem in Sri Lanka. The English used the educated Tamils against the Sinhala people who fought against colonialism from day one, and even today employ the rump LTTE found as the dispersed Tamils (so called Tamil diaspora) some TNA members, some clergy and lay people in some Churches and NGOs.

The Prime Minister of England, Cameron is here to talk tough to the President of Sri Lanka. He is with people such as Snow and Maccrae who can come out with a Video Clip against the Sri Lankan armed forces and the government at the drop of a hat if not of a few pounds sterling. Maccrae has been given a visa to cover the CHOGM and it is hoped that he does not go beyond the conditions under which the Visa was issued. The two green ladies who came from down under on tourist visas to have press conferences with Sumanthiran who is of the same Chinthanaya as the ladies, would have learnt that not only Cameron but we also could be tough. All these people claim that in the last week of the humanitarian operations against the LTTE the armed forces were engaged in killing innocent Tamils at will. This is absolute rubbish created by the English in order to take Rajpakses to a so called international war tribunal for defeating the LTTE terrorists against the wish of the English Prime Ministers. As the Defense Secretary has said these accusers should either come out with evidence or shut up. It is well known that during the last stages of the operations the LTTE used about three hundred thousand innocent Tamils as a human shield. What were the armed forces expected to do? Were they to let the LTTE keep the innocent Tamils protecting the terrorists until England and the other western countries sent a ship to rescue the terrorist leaders or to massacre the innocent Tamils? The armed forces did neither, but were instrumental in helping the innocent Tamils to come to the armed forces getting away from the terrorists.  It is inevitable that during the cross fire some civilians would have died for which the LTTE was mainly responsible. It is the LTTE that did not want to lose the human shield and it is very likely more people died as a result of the terrorist gun fire. In any event the armed forces would not have killed any civilians intentionally and Maccrae can go on producing video footage to satisfy Cameron and others who are interested in sending the Rajapakses and the “war” heroes to the guillotine. Thousands of years ago Valmiki, most probably a Vaishnavite, came out with Ramayana to charge Rawana of various crimes including molesting Sitha, while praising Rama who was an avatar of Vishnu. Valmiki did not charge Rama or Lakshmana for amputating the nose and the lips of Supranika without any surgical instruments. Valmiki wanted to justify the killing of Rawana by Rama. However at the end Sitha passed the chastity test after going back from Rawana but ironically could not do so after she was with Valmiki! It is more appropriate to call him Val Miki (Miki the cad) in Sinhala. To me the Rama Rawana battle at that time was one for supremacy between Vaishvanism on one hand Shaivism and Buddhism on the other.

Similarly Maccrae is doing a job for Cameron and he is silent on bombing of Iraq by England under the pretext that the former country was in possession of chemical weapons. There are so many crimes committed by England against all the other commonwealth countries including Sri Lanka and India, and it is suggested that at the CHOGM in Colombo Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse bring a motion condemning all the atrocities committed by England against all the other Commonwealth countries and asking England to pay compensation and return all the treasures taken to England from those countries. We are in the midst of another battle that is between the Greek Judaic Christian Chinthanaya and the other Chinthanayas.           
                                                 

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