Rajiv’s Ghost and Srilankan Tamils

Why did India not bomb the under-seige Taj and Oberoi Hotels, to flush out all the terrorists? Why did Indian foreign minister escort a top terrorist to Kandhahar to get the hostages released? Why is Indian army not launching an all-out war against terrorists, even in Kashmir, where they are accused of extreme excesses? Why did India not support Israel’s rampage in Gaza? Any sane Indian citizen will dismiss these as questions of a lunatic.

But then, by the same rationale, should Indian government not be condemning Srilanka for its utter disregard for human lives in its war against LTTE? Why then, is the acting Prime Minister reading out a statement in the Parliament that eerily resembles Srilankan government propaganda material?Yes, LTTE is a proscribed organization, which may have indulged in acts of terror. Yes, LTTE may have assassinated a former Indian Prime Minister. Yes, Pirabakaran needs to be tried in a court of law in India. Yes, LTTE may be holding over a lakh Tamils as ‘hostages’.  But how does any of these make the actions of the Srilankan government justifiable? Will any government put the onus for the lives of its citizens on the terrorists? If the Government doesn’t care about a lakh citizens perishing during its pursuit of a thousand terrorists, why would the terrorists care – after all, these are people who have least regard for their own lives? How can India endorse such an act, particularly when the Indian connection is so strong for the victims through their sympathising brethren in Tamilnadu? Is it because the victims have a stronger ‘Tamil’ association than a ‘Hindu/Indian’ association?

It is time Rajiv Gandhi’s ghost is exorcised. One hundred thousand people cannot be allowed to languish anymore because of one man’s unfortunate death a decade ago. Mahatma Gandhi’s ghost was buried with the ascent of BJP to power. Indira’s ghost was bid adieu with the Sikh pogrom orchestrated by Congress. Rajiv’s ghost still dictates India’s policy on Srilanka and by being approvingly nodding, indirectly presides over the mass man-slaughter occuring in Srilanka. How many more lives need to be sacrificed before India exorcises Rajiv’s ghost and asserts itself as a moral and regional power to rescue the thousands of innocents caught in the cross-fire between a suicidal rebel group and an irresponsible fascist government?


4 Responses to Rajiv’s Ghost and Srilankan Tamils

  1. […] இந்தியாவின் இலங்கைக் கொள்கையை இன்னமும் நிர்ணயிக்கும் ராஜீவின் ஆவி. […]

  2. Mohan Meiyappan Kandhasamy says:

    Hi Kanna,
    Nice to see you in action.. Sorry that I missed to follow you for a long time.. You should also start “Follow me in Twitter” though following in Twitter is not making an sense for me until today…

    Anyway..just thought I should write something to your post.. at least to let you know that I read it..

    When the government does the thing it cannot be classified as Terrorism.. whether it’s Srilanka against Tamils.. Israel against Palastines or US on Iraqis.. Unfortunately there is no JD Power or Fortune to classify and rank top 100 terrorists in world or award best terrorist organization for three years in a row.. the norms are not fixed.. I think journalism is the main rootcause for all “perceptions”.. be just a writer.. don’t become a journalist..

    • kannan says:

      Hi Mohan
      Welcome! How are you?

      I hope you are being sarcastic…I am almost missing to see it in your serious tone.

      When terrorists form an government, do they cease to be terrorists… Why was Taliban branded as terrorists and hunted out of Kabul, when they were still in power? Oh yes, we are forgetting the Hitlers, Idi Ameens and Pol Pots, who were all heading their governments and presided over the atrocities that they unleashed.

      I dont know whether you see me, now, as a writer or a journalist. I dont write seriously or frequently enough to be treated as either – I just remain an observer.

  3. […] has written a moving article on dealing with grief on Granta magazine. As an Indian Tamil, who has helplessly watched an unbearable human tragedy unfold to his brethren in Srilanka, I am still struggling to come to […]

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