Please allow me to educate Nirupama Rao and
Indians living in Sri Lanka on some issues that have most
educated Sri Lankans throwing their hands up in despair and
anger these days. Anura Bandaranaike was correct in many ways
despite the undiplomatic language he used. I don’t usually
defend what politicians say. However unpalatable what Mr. Anura
Bandaranaike said or however undiplomatic it was, he spoke a few
harsh truths. We need to remind Indians about it.
There are issues that bother me about India’s
behaviour towards Sri Lanka and within as well.
India armed, trained and financed the Tigers.
Anura Bandaranaike spoke the truth in a historical context.
India created this curse for Sri Lanka.
I am sad to say that India’s ruling class
Brahmins are suffering from amnesia. Ms Rao should read
Subramanian Swamy’s book "Boys to men";
Indian diplomutts should be reminded of the
duplicitous role played by the Union Government and the Tamil
Nadu governments in perpetrating terrorist acts on Sri Lanka
soil since the 1980s.
I strongly feel as an ardent admirer of the
spirit and pride of the Khalsa, that certain comparisons must be
made to enlighten you and the Indian people on the parallel
tragedies in Punjab and Sri Lanka.
1. Mrs Gandhi launched an unnecessary
attack on the sacred Golden Temple in Amritsar. This galvanized
the anti-Indian separatist Khalistani movement.
Mrs Gandhi, her son and Congress made a mess in
Punjab at one time by meddling in state politics. They
encouraged radical groups to destablise the Akali Dal-led state
government. This led to the creation of a radical separatist
rebel named Bindranwale and the Khalistani movement. Mrs
Gandhi committed sacrilege by raiding the holy Golden Temple in
1984. She lost her life because of that raid. Her murder led to
the wholesale massacre of hundreds , if not thousands of
innocent Sikhs in riots in Delhi and other areas. The Indian
government quelled the terrorist separatist movement in Punjab
with an iron fist. Human rights were violated and hundreds were
killed in battles between state forces and the Khalistani
rebels. India did not care about international concerns or human
rights violations or anything for that matter because it knew it
had to do what it had to do.
2. It culminated in her assassination.
This perpetrated heinous attacks on innocent Sikhs in Delhi and
other parts of India in 1984. Most of the goon squads
which massacred Sikhs were government- orchestrated gangs,
including some Congress (I) politicians.
3. This was akin to the heinous attacks on
innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka in 1983 by UNP-led goon squads.
4. Both led to mass support for terrorist groups
and mushrooming independence movements.
5. Citing "humanitarian concerns for Tamils",
India armed, trained and financed the Tigers to destabilize Sri
Lanka because of its own security concerns, and, above all, the
paranoia of the Gandhi family which saw Sri Lanka move away from
its political orbit in the early 1980s.
6. India used all means, including draconian
laws, assassinations, summary executions, wholesale round-up of
Khalistani terrorist suspects and finally brought peace
to Punjab, but it prevented Sri Lanka from liberating terrorist-
7. India violated all international conventions
by threatening and violating Sri Lankan airspace, ostensibly to
help Tamil civilians.
8. India did not want its influence in Sri
Lanka to wane. It intervened and sent a so-called Indian Peace
Keeping Force just when the Sri Lankan military began to win the
war against Tigers. Rest of that chapter is best left to the
Indian Viceroy Dixit to relate to Indian soldiers who lost their
lives later fighting the group they helped create. Sounds
familiar? Please recall Bindranwale and the Khalistani
movement was originally created and supported by the Congress
(I) government in order to defeat the Akali Dal state
legislature in Punjab. Bindranwale bit the hand that created it,
just like the Tigers.
9. India now says it does not negotiate with
terrorists. India orders Sri Lanka to negotiate with terrorists.
It prevents it from getting help from friendly nations to fight
terrorism. It failed to help Sri Lanka in 2000 by shamelessly
encouraging the Sri Lankan military to withdraw from Jaffna.
Thanks to Sri Lanka’s traditional friends in S. Asia, the
military prevailed, and
10. India says zero tolerance for
terrorist acts, but prevents the Sri Lanka’s democratically
elected government from retaliating against terrorist attacks.
You say you have the right to fight terrorism by any means
necessary ,but not Sri Lanka.
As you know, appeasing racist, fascist terrorist
organizations, like the Tigers will not work. They only
have one act and one goal. When will India end its duplicitous
conduct? When will India’s central government apologize to Sri
Lanka through its High Commissioner for creating, arming and
training a ruthless terrorist group?
Madam Rao, it will go a long way towards
healing the wounds India helped create and it will go a long way
towards restoring India’s credibility as a regional superpower
if you acknowledge your past sins and arrogant behaviour towards
Sri Lanka. You see Madam High Commissioner, we Sri Lankans don’t
have an eloquent laureate like Arundathi Roy to condemn the
United States for its behaviour and its role in creating
terrorism. We cannot afford her self-righteous luxury she
displays from the cocktail circuits, and speaking engagements in
the USA (for which she gets paid very good American money) by
self-loathing New York liberals terrorist-appeaser Americans who
have no clue about India’s vicious role in perpetrating
terrorism in Sri Lanka. I humbly request you to end your
duplicitous interference in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs.
You have shown to be a different kind of
ambassador than Dixit, and kudos to you. Madam Rao, will you
join Sri Lanka in condemning, without even the hint of
equivocation, the daily terrorist attacks and provocations in
Sri Lanka? Will India finally help the legitimate
democratically elected government of Sri Lanka fight terrorisms
as they would if attacks were launched against India? A
fundamental belief of Sikhism is that it is good to serve others
and share the fruits of one’s labour
Surjan Singh Khalsa
Pau, Ludhiana, India