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Selected Writings -  Fr. Chandiravarman Sinnathurai

Palacingham  Pragmatism

1 July  2006

[see also India and the LTTE: Out of the Box - K.T.Kumaran
Rajiv Gandhi assassination �a monumental historical tragedy� � Balasingham
Rajiv Gandhi Assassination: The Verdict - Nadesan Satyendra and
Rajiv Gandhi's War Crimes நெற்றிக்கண் திறப்பினும் குற்றம் குற்றமே...]

As the dilapidated ceasefire agreement is sinking into the blood-drenched quick sand in Sri Lanka the West is exerting diplomatic pressure on the Indian central government. India is to �transform� both its foreign policy towards Colombo and to exert pressure domestically on Karunanidhi�s government in Tamil Nadu.

In consultation with Oslo, the Blair government has signalled unstinting support to India from Britain. India therefore is expected to change its tunes towards the Tamil Tigers gradually. Not only that. Sri Lanka will have to submit to the new peace initiatives of the regional Super power. Lest we forget, it is only reasonable to view India as the proxy of the US.

Perhaps Rajiv Gandhi was at the wrong place at the wrong time. It could very well be that his moves in regard to the IPKF  in the Tamil territories were a sweet dream turned into a nightmare. The death of Rajiv is of course very much regrettable. His assassination was wrong, no doubt. However, it is now water under the bridge. One has to take stock, draw a line and move on� After all, Mr Gandhi�s dream was �regional� peace.

The rationale of the global prime players now is �how to fish� in calmer waters. In order for that miracle to happen; India should not only be seen to be the master of the region but she should be �doing the Norway thing� in the region. In this new orchestral overture, Norway as a global peace-broker might play a second-fiddle.

The EU is left with a bad taste in the mouth so to speak, in regard to the proscription of the Tamil Tigers. When the time is ripe EU-rope is also expected to align itself to the new Indian initiative.

Is every thing a piece of cake for the Tamils now? Far from it. But the Tamils are convinced there comes a time one cannot have the cake and eat it. That is, to put it in Palacingham  lingo: �Tamil Eelam is our mother land while India is our father land�.

Now the UN and the Western Human Rights industry has realised, later than sooner; less overtly perhaps, that Sri Lanka indeed is a Bull in a China shop [putting it mildly] � especially in regard to human rights. Aha! Will China, Israel and Pakistan continue their Arms-friendship with Sri Lanka? Not to mention the quintets HR records! One has got to be reminded that in geo-politics none is a long-term friend or permanent enemy.

Vanni will continue to watch with great amusement, one would think, as to which way the carrot is swinging. As for the stick, Colombo will have to choose between a rock and a hard place. Sri Lanka President Rajapaksha finds himself pressed to the wall and in utter desperation hooking the Tigers to negotiate directly: between himself and Talaivar.  The problem is that his heart has never been in the right place.

So, it is in this backdrop one must have a cautionary reading of the much-publicised �apology for the ill fate� of Rajiv Gandhi by A.S. Palacingham


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