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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2192

The Indian Illusion

[b]The Indian Illusion[/b]

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

[b][i]“Surely he wandereth from the way,
His reason lost….”[/i][/b]
[b]Æschylus[/b] ([i]Prometheus Bound[/i])

It is important to understand the parameters. India is anti-Tiger bur she is also anti-Sinhala supremacist. India does not want to see a separate Tamil country come into being in the North East of Sri Lanka; but she also wants a solution to the ethnic problem based on power sharing between the majority Sinhalese and the minority Tamils. The Tamil Nadu factor works in two ways - because of it India would not want a separate Tamil country coming into being on her Southern doorstep; but also because of it India has to stand for maximum devolution for the Tamil people within a united Sri Lanka. What matters for India are neither Sri Lanka nor Sri Lankan Tamils but India and the security of the Union of India; consequently it is important to keep Tamil Nadu reasonably appeased.

This can be achieved with neither Tamil/Tiger Eelam nor unitary Sri Lanka. One will make the Tamil Nadu Tamils discontent about their lot; the other will make the Tamil Nadu Tamils angry about the injustice suffered by their Lankan cousins. India, like democratic Tamils, thus wants a solution that is neither Eelam nor the unitary state but is midpoint between these two extremes. President Rajapakse returned from his inaugural pilgrimage to India almost empty handed because he failed to understand this inescapable and immutable reality.

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