The Sri Lankan Army’s war against the LTTE should serve as a lesson for India’s pusillanimous politicians who advocate appeasement of terrorists. But we can’t ignore the plight of Tamil civilians trapped in the war zone, writes Rajeev Srinivasan
The LTTE’s idea of its ‘Tamil Eelam’ (they have taken down the maps on their Website showing this) consists of north and eastern Sri Lanka, all of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, and parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. In other words, most of south India. This is comparable to the jihadi dream of a ‘Mughalistan’ consisting of most of north India.
It further appears that this ‘Eelam’ was meant to be a Christianistan, in fearsome symmetry with ‘Mughalistan’. Let us note in passing that at the time of partition, missionaries had demanded a ‘Christianistan’ consisting of the North-East, tribal areas of the Central Provinces (Chhotanagpur), and Travancore. Clearly, they have not given up the idea.
The Church has a well-known modus operandi. In Rwanda, the Church fomented genocide by dividing Hutus and Tutsis — who, to the casual observer, and to the geneticist, appear identical — through claiming that the former were short and dark, and the latter were tall and fair, and that Tutsis were oppressing Hutus. Several Christian godmen and godwomen have been convicted of crimes against humanity for their direct role in the massacre of Tutsis.
In India, too, the Church has fabricated a divide between the alleged ‘Aryans’ and ‘Dravidians’ — tall and fair vs short and dark, oppressor, and oppressed — which was initially the handiwork of a White missionary named Caldwell. It remains an interesting but little-known fact that churchman Max Mueller, who invented the entire ‘Aryan’ fiction, recanted in later years, admitting he was wrong.
The Church has had a dubious role in Sri Lanka too. It is surely curious that most of the top cadre of the LTTE are Christians (examples include Prabhakaran, who is a Methodist, Anton Balasingham, the suicide-bomber Dhanu, who killed Rajiv Gandhi). Senior non-Christians in the LTTE, remarkably, have been captured, have died in battle, or been liquidated.
And the LTTE has wiped out all other groups representing the Tamil cause. The very ruthlessness of the LTTE is an indicator of its thought-process. The Church, and the LTTE, had no use for moderates or for negotiation.