There isnít the
slightest shadow of doubt that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister
Jayalalithaa has plunged the lowest of the low depths along with
her comrade in arms in buffoonery, Karunanidhi the Terrible.
Their pantomime is creating history.
Next to Hutu upon Tutsi tribal violence and Hitlerís and Pol
Potís genocide, short of actual physical violence perpetrated
against the Sinhalese people, the Jayalalithaa-Karunanidhi
combine has plunged a new nadir in demonizing an entire race of
It is beyond certain that Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi are
aggressively demonizing the Sinhala people as a whole, and not
aiming their vitriol against the Sri Lankan government per se.
Sri Lankan cricketers cannot play the IPL. Sri Lankan
pilgrims are not welcome in Tamil Nadu. There is a comprehensive
deliberate demonization here, and this is the level of
propagating hatred that would want Charles Taylorís Sierra
Leonean paramilitaries want to blush.
What makes all of this spill-over hate patently worse is the
fact that all this is in aid of partisan political contestation
-- in other words, the Jeyaram/Karunanidhi slogan reduced to its
basics, is ĎThe Sinhalalse people are sub-human because I want
to win the election for Chief Minister.í
At one level this makes Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa worse
than Prabhakaran the arch fascist ghoul. Sub-human and
monstrously cruel though he was, Prabhakaran harboured at least
a veneer of a notion that he had a Tamil liberation campaign
going on, though there wasnít one. Prabhakaranís campaign was
one of fascist terror, couched in the garb of a freedom
But the monster seemed to believe in his own fiction, to some
extent at least, as he was so immersed in the tragic narrative
that he had created for himself that the Tamils were in need of
some kind of liberation of the sort that required the
decapitation of the Tamil leadership, and atrocities such as the
butchering of Sinhala children in cold blood.
Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi believe on the other hand in one
kind of salvation, and one kind only. That is salvation at the
The utterly cynical nature of the duoís blatant race baiting
and hating for the sake of blatant electoral politicking is
reflective of a new depth, certainly in regional politics and
perhaps global politics as well.
Though the Indian centre, particularly in the form of Salman
Kurshid the very urbane and affable Indian External Affairs
Minister has scoffed at the duo as best as he is able to do,
couching his statements in diplomatic-speak, it is inevitable
that the whole of India will in some way be seen through the
prism of Tamil Nadu histrionics, as far as Sri Lankans are
Yesterday, Attorney S. L. Gunasekera had written to a
national daily suggesting that there be a moratorium on imports
of Maruti cars from India etc., and a ban on Sri Lankan
player-participation in the IPL.
Such reactions are hawkish and misplaced particularly under
the circumstances that the Indian centre, though walking the
tight-rope, has made it certain that one state cannot determine
the foreign policy for the whole of India.
Itís true that these sentiments are small consolation after
everything that happened in Geneva this March.
The point that has to be made is that SLGís kind of reaction
becomes an inevitability after a certain point in time when Tami
Nadu notwithstanding, Indiaís treatment of this country is seen
as being continually cavalier, big-brotherly and arrogant.
The fact that these days the Indian centre is dictated to by
the Tami Nadu political calculus more than any other factor is
also small consolation, particularly from the less sophisticated
vision of the S.L. Gunasekera types.
But having stated that, it is worth adding that these
reactions are inevitable. This is why the new depths of
Jayalalithaa and co., are making them increasingly look as if
they are the odious villains of the piece that need to be
globally ostracized for their conduct. Well, a UNHRC resolution
cannot be passed against Tamil Nadu, but there must be something
that will send a strong global message of disapproval against
the conduct of Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi, now recognizable
anywhere instantly as regional race-baiting opportunistic