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Indian outfits, Sinhala military, hijack Tamil religious struggle in East

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 June 2013, 08:57 GMT]
An RSS-linked outfit ‘Hindu Sevaa Sangkam,’ (HSS) in collaboration with the genocidal Sinhala military, attempts to hijack and deviate the religious part of the struggle of the genocide-facing Eezham Tamils in the East. Backed by SL military intelligence, and run by members of the Pillaiyaan group, the HSS uses the name of Vishva Hindu Parishad in infiltrating and breaking the national struggle of Eezham Tamils, in order to serve the unholy alliance of Indian corporatism and genocidal Sinhala State, news sources in Batticaloa said. Under the occupying Sinhala military, while Saiva temples face destruction, desecration and plunder everyday, but new Buddhist stupas mushroom, a protest of the grassroot YMHA was banned but an HSS hoodwink was permitted this month in Batticaloa.

Several Hindu temples in the East have been destroyed, desecrated and plundered in the recent times. Many of them are located near to the Sinhala military camps. So far no action has ever been taken on the complaints by Tamils. Even a statue of Mahatma Gandhi was destroyed in Batticaloe recently. In the meantime new Buddhist structures in the form of statues, stupas, shrines and temples appear like mushrooms everywhere, especially in the localities of the Sinhala military camps.

Earlier this month, the Young Men Hindu Association (YMHA) of the Batticaloa district, which is an umbrella organisation of 127 Saiva/ Hindu grassroot associations in the district, has planned to conduct a peaceful protest march against the on-going religious genocide in the East.

While Buddhist outfits such as the Budu Bala Sena that spearhead the genocide against Tamils and Muslims in the East conduct their aggressive marches without any permission from anybody, the occupying Sri Lanka’s police in the East refused permission to the protest march of the YMHA.

The YMHA members later held a meeting at the Theattaath-theevu Pillaiyaar temple to discuss future plans. TNA parliamentarian for Batticaloa, Mr. C. Yogesvaran also has participated the meeting. The parliamentarian was later grilled by the SL intelligence whether any ‘training’ was being planned for the YMHA members.

In the meantime, in order to diffuse any polarisation of mass protest coming from the Eezham Tamils in the East, and in order to hijack and deviate any such polarisation, the Sinhala military intelligence has backed the RSS-linked Hindu Sevaa Sangkam (HSS) to conduct a hoodwink protest.

The HSS members were ushered by the Sinhala military intelligence to meet the Eastern Commander of the occupying Sinhala military at the Welikanda base, to plan the ‘protest’ demonstration, informed sources said.

The HSS ‘protest’ was staged in the name of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP).

A person named Sudharshan of the Pillaiyan group, which is collaborating with Mahinda Rajapaksa, runs the HSS in the East.

VHP is considered as an outfit having links with the Hindu right wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India, which in turn has links with the Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquartered in Nagpur in Maharashtra, and with the Mumbai-based Shiv Sena.

The TNA parliamentarian Mr.Yogeswaran is an elected political representative in the international body of the VHP, but he had nothing to do with the HSS-SL military hoodwink staged in the name of the VHP, informed sources said.

For a long time the VHP and other Indian-linked religious outfits operating from Colombo are engaged in ‘Sanskritizing’ Saiva/ folk religion of Tamils in the East, grassroot cultural activists in the East say.

A few years back, a Chennai-based, non-Tamil academic, having long links with New Delhi’s ‘national security’ apparatus tried to create a wedge in the religious shades between the Jaffna Tamils and the Up-country Tamils.

A diaspora activist, who recently organized a conference in a Western country on the Saiva Siddhanta shade of religion of Eezham Tamils, was not permitted to land in India (after given with visa) when he went there with his family for the medical treatment of a seriously ill family member. Only such Eezham Tamils have become a ‘security threat’ for New Delhi, when all kinds of crime-accused elements of the Sinhala State and its military come and go as guests.

Tamils carefully watch the developments in the East as the signals coming from the BJP camp are in defence of the genocidal Sinhala military occupying the country of Eezham Tamils and show patronage to the genocidal brand of Buddhism of the Sinhala State.

Sometime ago, an Indian holy man of political engagements, Sri Sri Ravishankar went to Batticaloa as a guest of Pillaiyan collaborating with Rajapaksa, when Pillaiyan was CM of East.

Neither the right wing BJP nor the left wing CPI-M make any difference from the Sonia Congress-led Establishment in New Delhi that is steadily in complicity with the genocide committed and being committed by the Sinhala State. The same is reflected in the stands of whether the Mumbai-based Times Group or the Chennai-based The Hindu, Tamil political observers in the island said.

On the whole, the genocide and annihilation of the nation of Eezham Tamils in the island has become an obsession more with both the fundamentalist as well as Stalinist elements in India, than with the Sinhala State in the island, as this genocide is now considered to be the easiest highway to promote corporate and imperial interests, the observers further said, adding that the elements would not hesitate even in creating a hybrid religion and imposing that on the subjugated Tamils.

It is such patronage coming from India that emboldens the Sinhala State to arrogantly insist that even Tamils in Tamil Nadu should accept its military committing genocide on Eezham Tamils. This week, Colombo was adamant in its military personnel getting Indian training in the soil of Tamil Nadu. After protests in Tamil Nadu, when India wanted to shift the personnel to another State, Colombo rejected it and withdrew the personnel.

 

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