By highlighting China’s growing strategic influence in Sri Lanka, MDMK general secretary and Member of the Indian Parliament, Vaiko, wrote a letter to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. In the letter, he says that only the sovereign Tamil Eelam can only be the political, economical and defence base for India.
Vaiko’s letter to Modi:
“I draw your kind attention to the security concerns affecting India due to the policy adopted by the Sri Lankan Government in connection with China.
Necessity has arised for India to create Tamil Eelam for establishing its dominance in South Asia and Indian Ocean.
Sri Lanka has never been faithful to India. They have exhibited their loyalty towards China in many ways. As a neighbouring country, even if India extends support, Sri Lanka has ditched India in crucial times.
India gave its hidden support for Mahinda Rajapaksa to become the president of Sri Lanka. But, he gave permission for Chinese submarine to enter Ambanthottai (Hambantota) port. First time in the history, Chinese submarine has entered the Indian ocean.
His successor, Maithripala Sirisena, gave permission for another Chinese submarine.
China gave huge some of loans and has occupied the Ambanthottai port on lease for a period of 99 years. Under the current regime of Rajapaksa brothers, efforts are unleashed to speed up the Sinicization of Indian ocean.
A huge chunk of land in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, is given to China. Estimated 5 lac Chinese labours are working in the infrastructure projects funded by China. There is no doubt that a part of them are Chinese spies. Chinese schools, literature bodies, Karate schools with Chinese trainers has been started for them, in Sri Lanka.
Chinese language is included in sign boards of roads, railway stations and hotels.
The proposed solar energy program at Analai Theevu, Nedun theevu, Nayina Theevu which where part of Tamil Eelam region were also given to the Chinese.
A Children’s park has been opened with Chinese investment in Vathalan, a small town. The entrance also has the Chinese dragon symbol.
Sri Lanka has become the base for Chinese troops. In this scenario, only Tamil Eelam, which has closer geographical proximity to India, can become the base for India.
In past, whenever the Sri Lankan rulers sided with China, India took the approach of changing the rulers of Sri Lanka. But, this approach will not be suitable anymore.
I quote the following excerpts from an article published in Indian Express dated 20.01.2015 written by Harsh V Pant, an eminent writer who is working as Professor of International relations and Defence analytics in Kings University, London.
Indian policymakers will be mistaken if they think a change of regime in Colombo, will lead to a dampening of Sino-Sri Lanka ties. China’s role is now firmly embedded in Sri Lanka-economically as well as geopolitically. India will have to up it’s game, if it wants to retain it’s leverage in Colombo. After all the stakes are just too high in the great game that is being played in the Indian Ocean.
-Harsh V. Pant, Professor in International Relations, Department of Defence Studies, King’s college, London.
If India fails to safeguard Tamil Eelam and recognise it’s sovereignty, it only means that India is prepared to lose its dominance over the Indian ocean and pave way for Chinese presence in the region.
It is a myth that Sri Lanka will lean towards to China, if India stands with Tamil Eelam. They will be reduced in their strengths and will not oppose India.
Even now, Sri Lanka is a vocal supporter of China. The foul cry that Sri Lanka will become more vocal in support of China, put forth by Foreign policy makers is a delay tactics.
Therefore, only the sovereign Tamil Eelam can only be the political, economical and defence base for India.
The 117th Congress-first session of the United States of America, made a resolution on May 18, 2021, recognizing 12 years since the end of the war in Sri Lanka on May 18, 2009, honouring the lives lost, and expressing support for justice, accountability, reconciliation, reconstruction, reparation, and reform in Sri Lanka to ensure a lasting peaceful solution and a prosperous future for all people of Sri Lanka.
I shall quote some part of the resolution:
Whereas the Tamil people of Sri Lanka suffered tens of thousands of deaths, disappearances, abuses, and displacements;
Whereas following the Easter Sunday terror attacks and the reinstallation of Rajapaksa Government in November 2019, Sri Lanka withdrew from HRC 30/1;
Whereas the northeaster region of the country, the traditional Tamil homeland, remains heavily militarized with up to one soldier for every two civilians in the most war affected regions;;
Whereas the Northern Provincial Council of Sri Lanka adopted in resolutions calling for an international investigation into alleged war crimes committed during the armed conflict and for a U.N. -monitored referendum in the north-eastern region of the island to support the development of a permanent solution;
Whereas the Government fo Sri Lanka has postponed provincial elections for multiple years. denying all Sri Lankans, including the Tamil people in the Northern Province and the Eastern Province, their democratic right to local representation;
Whereas a 2021 report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights found that the Government of Sri Lanka has over the past year-
(1) elevated individuals implicated in war crimes to senior governmental a positions;
(2) pardoned a convicted war criminal;
(3) reversed key democratic reforms and consolidated power behind the office of the President;
(7) allegedly employed security forces to abduct and torture dissidents;
Whereas no effort has been made to bring to justice those who are alleged to have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, no investigations have begun even on emblematic cases, evidence gathering is hindered through arbitrary arrests and threats by the state, and impunity prevails in the country with the outdated and the excessively harsh prevention of Terrorism Act, which does not comply with international standards and has still not been repealed despite repeated promises by the government;
Whereas the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, stated in January 2021, “Given the demonstrated inability and unwillingness of the Government to advance accountability at the national level, it is time for international action to ensure justice for international crimes.
Whereas families of individuals who disappeared during and following the armed conflict still have no information regarding the whereabouts of their loved ones, and no lists of persons who surrendered to the government after the end of the armed conflict have been published;
Resolved, That the House of Representatives-
(1) acknowledged the 12th anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka and offers its deepest condolences to all those affected by the conflict;
(2) honors the memory of those who died and reaffirms its solidarity with the people of all communities in Sri Lanka in their search for reconciliation, reconstruction, reparation, and reform;
(3) commends the United Nations Human Rights Council for prioritizing the collection and preservation of evidence related to human rights violations, a process that must not interfered with by the Government of Sri Lanka;
(4) recognizes the bravery and commitment of advocates for justice across all communities in Sri Lanka, including the Tamil families of the disappeared, whose protest and demands for answers have at times been met with threats, intimidation, and harassment by government security forces;
(5) urges the international community to advocate for and protect the political rights and representation of the historically oppressed northeastern region of Sri Lanka and work towards a permanent political solution to address the underlying issues that led to ethnic conflict;
(7) urges the United States to work with the United Nations General Assembly, the United Nations Security Council, and the United Nations Human Rights Council to establish a credible and effective international mechanism for accountability for the grave crimes committed during the war in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka did not honour two accords between the parties involved and Indo-Sri Lanka accord 1987.
Hence, as Jews created Israel and India created Bangladesh, Indian Union Government under the observation of UNO should take efforts to conduct referendum among the Eelam Tamils living across the world and thus establish a sovereign state of Tamil Eelam.”