|India should not to make the mistake of riding on clay horses!
to press reports, Douglas Devananda, Secretary General of the EPDP, is
currently camping in New Delhi. His mission is to meet politicians of
the ruling as well as the opposition parties and plead for the active
intervention of India in the current peace talks between the GoSL. and
the LTTE. The IANS news agency says,
“Devananda met National Security Advisor
Brijesh Mishra today to ask India to play a more direct role in finding
a solution to the Tamil problem.”
an interview to the BBC Thamil service today (July 01, 2003) Douglas
Devananda said India’s active involvement in the peace process is a
must because of its close proximity to Sri Lanka and its status as a
regional super power. He
also spoke about the destabilization of India because of the conflict,
but did not elaborate.
Devananda has been more explicit in what he means by
“destabilization” on other occasions.
He says that an interim council for the Northeast dominated by
LTTE will ignite the flames of nationalism now dormant in Thamil Nadu.
Thamil Nadu will then declare independence, severing ties from
the North Indian-dominated Indian Union.
According to him, India should realise the danger posed by LTTE,
which can be eliminated only by Indian intervention.
the type of fear mongering that the mandarins of the South Block, as
well as the RAW, like to hear so that they in turn can feed the
politicians about the bogey of an “independent Thamil Nadu.”
In fact they have gone several steps further. According to their
Prabhakaran - after creating an independent state of Thamil Eelam
- will take the next logical step of creating a “Greater Thamil
Nadu” by joining Thamil Nadu proper.
largely explains why the foreign policy perspectives of India vis-à-vis
the LTTE remains unchanged despite a change of government at the centre.
It also explains why the BJP government turned a blind eye to the
arrest and incarceration of Vaiko, leader of the MDMK, a reliable ally
of the ruling National Democratic Alliance! Vaiko was arrested under
POTA by Ms. Jayalalithaa, who migrated to Thamil Nadu to make a living
by acting in films. Today she has made no secret about her hatred of
those who voiced moral support to the LTTE
are behind bars because of a
maverick chief minister who unashamedly uses Anna’s name to install an
anti- Thamil, anti-people and anti-democratic regime in Thamil Nadu.
Not surprisingly Ms. Jayalalithaa is ideologically very close to
the BJP, especially L.K.Advani, the BJP ideologue and Deputy Prime
Minister of India. Even the
Thamil Nadu-based BJP has not cared to conceal its admiration for Ms.
theory that an independent Thamil Eelam will have a domino effect in
Thamil Nadu by fanning flames of separation leading to an independent
Thamil Nadu is preposterous. It is a ridiculous and far-fetched theory,
which has no basis at all.
Thamils of Thamil Eelam and Thamil Nadu speak the same language and
share a common culture, but not a common history.
Historically and geographically the Thamils of Thamil Eelam have
a distinct existence of their own spanning several centuries. Under no
circumstances would they like to lose that separate distinctiveness.
So all this talk about a “Greater Thamil Nadu” is hogwash
calculated to discredit the liberation struggle of the Thamil people.
Douglas Devananda’s Delhi visit has
other sinister objectives. He wants to exploit India’s animosity
towards the LTTE to his own advantage.
What better opportunity than now when RAW’s hold on TULF is
fast slipping and pro-Indian outfits like the EPLRF (V) is being reduced
to a rump.
Douglas Devananda to endear himself to his Indian masters, he has to
portray himself as a democrat and raise the bogey of the LTTE as a
“fascist” organization. Douglas
Devananda knows well that whatever he says will be sweet music to the
ears of Indian politicians and officials!
But what restrains India to bite the bait is probably
“the fear of repeating the 1987 experience all
Let us now examine the “democratic”
credentials of Douglas Devananda. Many are unaware of the fact that
Douglas Devananda is a fugitive from justice. In 1986 at Choolaimedu in
Chennai, Douglas Devananda, military commander of the EPLRF, had an
altercation with a group of youths close to his house. When the
altercation turned nasty Douglas ran into his house, grabbed an AK-47
rifle and fired at the youths from the top floor at close range. The
bullets hit one Aiyaavu, a Dalit graduate killing him on the spot.
There was widespread revulsion, anger and
condemnation of the ghastly and cold-blooded murder in broad daylight.
Douglas was arrested and kept in prison. Later the court let him out on
bail, but he gave the slip to the authorities and surfaced in Colombo. A
well-known columnist described his arrival in Colombo thus
“He was wearing rubber slippers and had only a knapsack
carrying some clothes and documents. His political fortunes were at low
ebb. The offer to help the government was born through desperation. The
bold gamble worked and then bloomed successfully after war broke out
with the tigers. Devananda was criticised severely then for betraying
the Tamil cause and openly collaborating with the enemy.” (The
Sunday Leader – November 22, 2001)
Thus Douglas Devananda cleverly exploited the war
between the LTTE and the Sinhala governments and literally manna started
falling from heaven. Both Premadasa and Chandrika rewarded him for
betraying the struggle and playing the role of a mercenary by handing
over the islands off Jaffna peninsula to him.
From that time onwards there was no looking back. It is the
typical story of rags to riches. Douglas Devananda, whose cadres are on
the payroll of the army, is collecting close to 70 lakhs per month!
Though Douglas Devananda is crying hoarse about
“democracy” his records shows he and his outfit are “fascists”
who carried out cold-blooded killings themselves!
October 19, 2000 Mylvaganam Nimalarajan, Jaffna correspondent of the BBC
Tamil and Sinhala Service, was killed.
The killing took place during curfew hours in a high security
zone in the heart of Jaffna town. There was an army check post just a
few metres away from Nimalarajan house. Devananda and /or his cadres
were the prime suspects in the murder. Later the police arrested and
charged Visvan alias Visu and Murali alias David
Michael Collins and Napoleon, all belonging to the EPDP, with murder.
However, the Vavuniya High Court released them on bail after furnishing
a bond of Rs. 100,000 on 11 September 2002.
Since then the case is in a state of limbo, with the police
showing scant or no interest in prosecuting the case.
Mr. Nimalrajan was very critical of widespread vote rigging by the EPDP during the general elections held in 2000 in Jaffna. Douglas Devananda complained to the army chief, Lionel Balagalla, that Nimalarajan was a LTTE supporter.
November 09, 1999 Nadarajah Atputharajah alias Ramesh, editor of Thina
Murasu, the semi-official organ of the EPDP was gunned down in
Colombo during broad daylight. He was traveling in his jeep and persons
in another vehicle, which followed him, opened fire and killed him.
The assassins are still at large. It is widely believed that
Devananda was behind the shooting. Not surprisingly Devananda did not
attend Ramesh's funeral though the latter was a fellow EPDP M.P. The motive for the murder was Ramesh’s perceived support
for the LTTE through the columns of Thina Murasu.
December 29, 1999 Mrs.Sarathambal Saravanbavananthakurukal, 29, of
Punkudutivu, was gang-raped and murdered by Navy personnel.
Her body was found the following day under the bushes near
Kannaki Amman Temple close to her home. The perpetrators of this ghastly
crime were never arrested or brought to justice though Punkudutivu was a
fiefdom of the EPDP at the relevant time.
Obviously the EPDP was an accomplice to this murder.
June 8, 1995 around 9.00 pm four members of the EPDP went to the house
of A. Nicholas, AGA, Delft. They told Mrs. Nicholas that they are taking
her husband for questioning and would be soon back. But around 1.00 am
the EPDP cadres brought back the dead body of Nicholas claiming he had
committed suicide. To date there has been no inquiry or arrest of the EDPD goons
who murdered Nicholas.
November 28, 2001 an EPDP gang armed with T56 assault rifles,
swords and knives attacked a group of TNA candidates and supporters who
went to Naaranthanai for election canvassing. Two persons were
killed. The Police arrested parliamentarian N. Mathanarajan, EPDP Kayts
organizer Sebastiampillai Ramesh and Napoleon all top rung leaders of
EPDP on charge of murder.
Napoleon absconded but later surrendered to the court on a warrant. The
wheels of justice are grinding slowly in court.
how the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo chose to give a visa to
Douglas Devananda, a fugitive from justice, is a mystery. The High
Commissioner in all fairness owes an explanation to the Thamil people.
throughout EPDP’s stock in trade has been murder, kidnapping,
extortion, bank robberies, smuggling, etc.
In fact at one time Douglas Devananda earned the dubious
distinction of being dubbed “pillaipidikaaran”
Therefore the tall claim
that Douglas Devananda and his outfit are
‘democrats’ engaged in political activities in Northeast
protected only by the gun of the Army and Police is not borne out by
cold facts. Such claim smacks of hypocrisy, opportunism and even
criminality. Mercenaries on
the payroll of the army cannot lay claim to political party status. They
are what they are- quislings, fifth columnists and paramilitaries!
Everyone understands the geo-political interests of India. But then the Indian government should not commit the mistake of riding on clay horses to cross the river! Nor repose confidence in bogus ‘democrats’ who have slavishly sold their souls and soiled their hands with the blood of innocent people.