Monday, December 16, 2013

Politics of war crime allegations

TNA’s inspired call to investigate so called crimes committed by the Sri Lankan armed forces in the last phase of the humanitarian operation seems like an afterthought. After all, these crimes, supposed to have taken place four years ago and the TNA, a party that should have had intimate knowledge of such crimes, kept quiet about it all this time. A month ago TNA did not have any qualms about taking oath before the chief perpetrator of these so called crimes.  So, one can only guess that the timing and the purpose of their agitations corresponds with the UN Human rights council meeting to be held in March next year, and is in support of a would be UN resolution against Sri Lanka sponsored by a “friendly” country. Of course TNA has everything to gain from such agitation. But the fact that this was not a major concern for the TNA for all these years concedes that the politics behind war crime allegations is not the politics that governs TNA, although they may be compatible. 

The politics that govern TNA is the same that governed all Tamil leaders from Chelvanayagam to Prbhakaran. Their goal is to carve out ethnic Tamils from the population and come to power on the strength of their isolation and keep it that way. This kind of politics is purely local and is affected by non-Tamil politics only when the pre-imposed isolation is threatened. So, alleged war crimes should not be one of their main concerns as long as the TNA is allowed to keep their slice of the cake. 

The politics of war crimes is not local. Its players are the western governments. Their ultimate goal is to keep the politics of both Sinhalas and Tamils as well as that of the Muslims permanently enslaved to the west. In order to achieve their end, Sinhalas, Tamils and Muslims in Sri Lanka must be kept as segregated as possible, as it has been done throughout the colonial period. Mahinda Rajapaksa looks like a leader who might keep the communal politics from falling apart and this is against their management plan. This is why the western governments want to dethrone the Rajapaksas, hence the war crime allegations. But war crime allegations are not just there to oust the Rajapaksas. It is also propaganda that can be dragged on for years, causing future generations of Tamils to believe that they have been wronged by the Sinhalas and making sure that Sinhalas and Tamils stay permanently segregated in this country. Despite calls for reconciliation by western governments, war crime allegations are specifically designed to achieve the opposite.

So, the reason that the TNA was slow to act on the war crime issue is only because they have not been told about the global management plan; for obvious reasons. That does not mean that the politics of war crimes are incompatible with that of the TNA. However, it is hard to imagine that ordinary Tamils envision their leaders being managed by foreign hands forever.

As far as Sinhalas are concerned their main goal should be to defeat the management plan of the western governments while dealing with the politics of the TNA. In this case, wining doesn’t mean just wining the vote on a UN resolution in Sri Lanka’s favor or protecting war heroes from being prosecuted for crimes they did not commit. In the long run, winning means safe guarding the sovereignty of the country from foreign interventions. If segregation is their modus operandi then the way to defeat it is to integrate.

As the guardians of the nation, Sinhala Buddhists must take the leadership in integrating the nation. In doing so, they must let go of communal politics though it may seem like letting the guard down. Throughout the independence struggle Sinhala Buddhists lost their lives, properties and their leaders like no other community in the country. Today they have lost their way of life. To add to injury they are being accused of dominating other communities. Sinhala Buddhists did not create segregation in Sri Lanka. Therefore it is ironic that they are being asked to lead the politics of integration. But they must; if they want to resurrect the Sinhala Buddhist way of life.

It is mothers who keep families together when all odds are against it. Perhaps it may be time to bring out the mother nature of the Sinhala Buddhist culture. Politics of national integration is the counter politics of war crime allegations.

1 comment:

  1. Buddhism has faced controversies which gave tough time for its evolution in other parts of the world. I think it is right to say that TNA has been very slow to response on the war crime issue is only because they have not been told about the global management plan.

    Kristo Jackal