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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2786

More involvement of India would drive the final nails into the coffin of Tamil Tigers says Times

By Walter Jayawardhana

If New Delhi decides to strengthen the hand of President Rajapakse of Sri Lanka and gets more involved in the Sri Lanka problem it would drive the final nail to the coffin of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

In its main editorial, the Hindustan Times said, “In recent times, the head of its political wing and its military intelligence chiefs have been taken out by the Lankan army and rumors are rife that Prabhakaran himself may be grievously wounded.”

Calling the present conflict with the Sri Lanka armed forces an end game for the terrorist group the influential Indian newspaper said President Rajapakse’s hardline policy has the got the Tamil Tigers to be on the run.

Though it tried the LTTE could never get on the good side of India , once again, the Hindustani Times categorically stated. The following is the full editorial:

“Unlike past Sri Lankan leaders who have always blown hot and blown cold on India, President Mahinda Rajapakse has been unambiguous in his stand. He recently said that if the Lankan army captures LTTE supremo V. Prabhakaran, he would hand over the man who plotted the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi to India. Contrast this with the policy followed by the late Premadasa who betrayed Rajiv by arming the LTTE even as the IPKF fought the Tigers in northern and eastern Sri Lanka. This triggered off a chain of events that drew the Indian forces deeper into the Lankan quagmire and eventually cost Rajiv his life.

”Mr Rajapakse’s confidence stems from the fact that his hardline policy has got the LTTE on the run. In recent times, the head of its political wing and its military intelligence chiefs have been taken out by the Lankan army and rumours are rife that Prabhakaran himself may be grievously wounded. While pursuing a tough policy on the LTTE, Mr Rajapakse has sought to carry other political parties with him. Since Rajiv’s death, India has chosen to maintain a low-profile on the conflict. It has made clear that it wants a credible devolution package which involves all parties. But with the Norwegians no longer in the peace process, India may have no option but to become more involved.

”If New Delhi decides on this course, it might help Mr Rajapakse’s hand and could drive the final nail into the LTTE’s coffin. Mr Rajapakse has sought blueprints from the other parties on a way out of the conflict and he is expected to soon come to a decision on the road to be taken. Already in its interim report, the All Parties Representative Conference has sought that provincial council elections be held in the east and an interim provincial council be established for the north. The message is loud and clear: Lanka is moving ahead to a future which does not factor in the LTTE. The LTTE now knows that though it tried, it can never get onto the good side of India. The European Union and the United States have proscribed it, making it difficult for funds to flow in from Tamils in these places. Dubbed “the most dangerous terrorist outfit” in the world, it can no longer expect sympathy from any quarter. For both the LTTE and Mr Rajapakse, this is the endgame.”

- Asian Tribune -

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