Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sri Lanka proves terrorism can be crushed

By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee

After three decades of violence which cost the lives of 70000 people in Sri Lanka the guns have fallen silent in the island nation. Tamil Tigers chief Velupillai Prabhakaran who led one of the most dreaded terrorist outfit in the world has been finally eliminated. The top brass of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam which was trapped in a one square kilometre area finally gave up their fight.

In the end Prabhakaran could not keep his promise of not falling to a Sri Lankan bullet. Prabhakaran had taught his fighters to consume cyanide capsules rather then fall into the hands of the Sri Lanka authorities did not seem to have enough courage take his own life. He was gunned down while trying to feel in an ambulance.

It is a huge victory for President Mahindra Rajapakse and his government who fought against all odds to crush the terrorist outfit which once ruled over one third of Sri Lanka. Rajapakse also had to fignt a humanitarian crisis in Northern Sri Lanka where the rebel outfit had made the helpless Tamil civilians their human shields in a bid to escape the onslaught of the Sri Lankan armed forces.

In the end it was the political resolve of the Sri Lankan government to fight terrorism which led it to victory. Big Brother India which has been a victim of terrorism across the country especially in Jammu and Kashmir and North East should take a cue from their southern neighbour. Terrorism can be crushed if the armed forces are backed by a political resolve and it was proved in Punjab when KPS Gill and his man broke the backbone of the terror outfits.

India's war against terrorism lacked political resolve and it has always been looked through the lens of politics and elections wins. Be it in Jammu and Kashmir or the North East the armed forces time and again have been let down by the political leadership in fighting militancy. India has also failed to take a tough stand against Bangladesh which harbours anti-India outfits also across the borders with India. It brands Pakistan as perpetrators of terror but doesn't raise the same voice against Bangladesh.

The political slogan which India needs to adopt is “If LTTE can be defeated any terrorist outfit can be destroyed.” After all LTTE was the most feared terrorist outfit in the world which was running a parallel government in Sri Lanka. There are not many terrorists outfits in the world which had a Naval and an Air Force wing like the LTTE. Hopefully the Indian government at the centre and the states take inspiration from Sri Lankan fight to end terrorism.


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