Chasing Chimeras – Mythical vote catch of Lankan issues

published on November 9, 2013

For a long time the Hindu Nationalist movement had to struggle to gain traction with the Dravidian ideology infested Tamil Nadu political landscape.
Traditional Nationalist voter base hovers around 15% to 30% and went with Indian National Congress- while the two Dravidian ideological entities split the rest of the cake between themselves.
Challengers to this three way division such as PMK and DDMK resort to alternate contenders of Clean Governance but could not improve scores to unsettle the equation.
Minor chunks were earlier possible to be cut off the pie only through Casteist politics- such as that of Vanniar Caste Hindu PMk and Dalit VCK.
Even that faded in time and they have lost their former hold on respective Caste constituency.
The Congress losing its Nehru scion of Rajiv Gandhi in a LTTE terror strike has come in full circle and demonstrates the mindless mouthing of LTTE porpoganda as Lankan Tamils issues.
It had earlier joined the assembly vote for a Resolution for Tamil Eelam, a demand on behalf of those who have never given them any representation rights to speak for them.
Now P Chidambaram a Cabinet Minister begins a lament to his Prime Minister for attending the Commonwealth event.
In the right scheme of things as they would have us beleive- the Sri Lanka must be Ostracised by international community and boycotted.
Instead of India working closer and rebuilding the Tamils’ future for good.
But there is a method in all their seeming madness.
Each time for a political expedient Lankan issue will be passed around the table- unfailingly a new ‘ scoop’ about some alleged War Crime from Channel 4 will be the starter.
With almost all the top LTTE leadership’s wives and family attesting to humane treatments they recieved such as Col. Susai’s wife who expresses gratitude for way the Lankan regime handled them, the rank of former fighters and cadres fully rehabilitated in new productive lives weaned from destructive pursuits, with marriages arranged for them and new occupations, Channel 4 does have limited stock in demonising material.
If it was Prabakaran’s son Balachandran last time around, it is Tamil Selvi the newsreader back now as the new emotional pivot.
This despite that story having been debunked already since years- that she was a fighter in the list and held a rank and certainly was not a civilian casualty.
The LTTE since it used to surprise Lankan soldiers with human bombs concealed in their bodies, they were stripped and checked by women soldiers- these clips were naturally presented as proof of rapes- but this explanation was accepted by Independent and UN agencies.
Daya Master the media head of LTTe had exposed the origin of the ‘shocking’ visuals Channel 4 has circulated-as to how the LTTE used Lankan army fatigues and executed both rival rebel outfit’s fighters as well as Tamil and Sinhalese civilians and how these pictures were deployed to infuse fear and horror towards the Lankan army and Sinhalese as a people.
Meanwhile, the political need of the Tamil Nadu politics to exploit the Lankan Tamils’ issue has little objectivity to consider both sides of the story.
Rather resorts to the Lanka-Phobia with some little help from well timed Channel 4 myths, handful of Student crowd gatherers with no idea of the dimensions of the problem, and plenty of LTTE money.
The same set of actors play out different acts- if it was American Resolution against Lanka and UN enquiry then, now it is the Common wealth Game and Meet.
The same LTTE propagandists at media, the same old Loyola College and its Jesuit student activism, same Channel 4 where the 4 is the insignia of Greek Cross.
The Lankan Tamils would have none of this and have clearly told the Tamil nadu politicos to stop meddling with their lives and dictating their destiny to the given script of LTTE separatism and resumption of conflict.
Still, the rebuffed Tamil Nadu politicos pretend as though they havent heard and actually still have some cause at hand.
Since Lankan Tamils do not want to go back to the barbarous age of the LTTE, all this can have only intended target-
Tamil nadu and its gullible masses and callous political parties, who were earlier able to reject Dravida Naadu to be persuaded in stages to take to an Insurrection and Tamil Separatist movement.
As former LTTE arms procurer and overseas head K Pathmanathan jibed, Vai Gopalsamy aka Vaiko sought to inherit DMK’s leadership but foiled by their choice of Stalin and got evicted.
Since he was not a tamil but a telugu Naidu, Pathmanathan points out why he resorted to obssess with the Lankan Tamils issue in order to gain credentials as a Tamil leader.
Other such contenders to Tamil Lankan Issue as a vote catching device, such as VCK and PMK only proved through repeated defeats in elections that the Lankan Tamils’ issue had never any appeal or paid any political dividends.
However the issue was kept simmering as an emotional mobilization drive of cadres and youth from time to time, such as DMK’s sudden passion for Eelam to justify a disgraceful exit from UPA alliance over its corruption scandals.
This is where the fishing in troubled waters begins-
After the decimation of LTTE at the close of Lankan Civil war at Vanni, the remnants of LTTE still in possession of hoarded gold and funds began its quest for regrouping.
The Lankan war was replete with human rights violations and collateral damages, but by both the sides.
The decision of LTTE to hold on to civilians as human shields till they forced through their fighters’ encirclement at nandikadal beach is something never mentioned by the champions of Eelam at Tamil Nadu.
The Rehabilitation after the war was appreciated by United Nation’s visiting observers and even the critics of Lankan regime.
During all this the nationalist BJP failed to obtain its own clear view of the issue and started after the mythical Lankan issue as if that would launch Nationalist BJP at Tamil Nadu by back doors via this appeal to Seperatism.
It started to mime the LTTE propagandists and join blindly the Death chant to Rajapakse.
Ironically, the Tamil National Alliance was forced to deal with the different ground reality at Lanka’s tamil areas.
If we bear in mind fact that TNA was the only official political wing of the LTTE, their change of political course should if anything serve as an eye opener.
The Tamils who lived through incessant conflict of over three decades of Tamil Separatist domination over their lives had little appetite left for any resumption of Separatist ideas that could resume conflict with Lankans.
The recruitment of child soldiers had completely turned the tamils in LTTE controlled areas against any suggestion of revival of LTTE or its politics of terror and intimidation.
This change of Tamil mass psyche against Separatism and choice for Nationalism and Democratic Pluralist Federalism went completely unnoticed by the Hindu Nationalists.
Instead of welcoming that wiser choice towards peaceful reconciliation and Federal resolution of issues democratically, the BJP at Tamil Nadu let itself be carried away by the myth makers’ shows.
If Lankan tamil issues ever had any broad support base at Tamil Nadu, Vaiko must have been the chief minister but he arrived at such a pathetic marginalisation that he and his Party stopped contending elections.
Impressed by the LTTE propgandists’ monopolisation of media space, BJP began courting him eagerly and started brandishing his lavish praise as an endorsement to cherish.
But the Nationalist voter base had meantime swung to BJP from Congress like elsewhere outside Tamil Nadu.
Narender Modi’s image as an achiever, an Icon of resurgent Indian nationalism was happening nation wide tumultously.
The unthinkable acceptance of Hindutva as a positive instead of a Libel lead to vibrant receptions especially from the youth disenchanted with the communal demonisation and corruption.
At Tamil Nadu BIP, the clueless courting of Tamil Separatists keeps up the myth of Tamil Separatist pet issues that fetch nothing but lost deposits for the likes of Vaiko.
What was missed was a crucial chance and historic opportunity to debunk the Dravidian ideology as promotive of  Racist ideas leading to bloody ethnic strife and civil wars and harbinger of doom to tamil society by showcasing the horrors of LTTE.
After all the entire lankan civil war and fight for a separate Eelam was a logical extension of Dravida Naadu demand of Dravidian parties, that was rejected by Tamils here.
Its sponsors were arch enemies of Hindu Nationalism- the Liberation theology of LTTE were same derivatives of Jesuit Dravidian ideologues like Bishop Caldwell as were the Justice Party and the Dravidar Kayagam.
By chasing a mythical Lankan Tamils issue as a vote catcher, the Hindu Nationalists of BJP Tamil Nadu missed the opportunity of course correcting history of tamil politics.
Instead of ideologically exposing the toxicity of Dravidian separatism, in the context of its deadly fall outs at Lanka where it wrecked the Tamil society there and ruined their lives, it persists on miming the Dravidian Tamil ethnic separatist rhetoric.
By towing the line of Lingo-Ethnic Separatist logic, at a time when it must vigorously expose its lethal aftermaths, Hindu Nationalists at Tamil nadu are digging the grave of nationalism and themselves.
While TNA chief minister at Lanka appeals to Indian participation at Commonwealth summit, the nationalists demand a boycott.
By rejecting both the democratic will of Lankan Tamils and the Federal choice of Nationalism by TNA, they have allowed the Tamil polity at India to be decoupled from the reality on the ground at Lankan Tamil Diaspora.
What in effect the tamil politicians are doing is not championing any rebuilding of the tamils’ lives at Lanka- for that requires actually closer cooperation and Indian investments.
What this dangerous mime of Tamil separatism is up to,is to prepare afresh the Tamil land to sow a Nagaland-like  separatist movement and an insurrection.
It goes without saying then that though BJP will do overall well outside of Tamil Nadu, thanks to upbeat Nationalism by arrival of Modi, at Tamil Nadu it will dampen the nationalist wave.
It may in theory enable Separatists like Vaiko to hijack the Wave or infiltrate the Nationalist government with LTTE revivalist script.
More probable is both the Hindu Nationalist BJP and its strange bedfellow of Tamil separatists, will beat the trend of Indian General elections of 2014.
Defying the Modi Nationalist wave in its favor all over India this chase after Tamil Seperatist appeal will flop.
They might be cast aside in the heap sidelined just as Vaiko is accustomed to with lost deposits.
Nevertheless, in the interest of Nationalism and future integrity of India, at Tamil Nadu this dangerous mimic of Tamil separatist rhetoric be queried by the Sangh.
The Hindu Nationalists be told to evolve their own Nationalist perspective of Lankan tamil issue, giving the due respects to the sentiments of Lankan Tamils there and their democratic choice of Federalist Unitarian Nationalism.
Already the Tamil fringe groups have begun attacks on ethnic minorities, Millitary installations and convoys of Indian Army and hurling petrol bombs on Post Offices and percieved National symbols.
This dangerous mime of Tamil Separatism must be put to an end before it is too late and Tamil Nadu drift towards another Nagaland.

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