The Sinhala-owned daily The Island has warned that India is planning to control Sri Lanka ‘forever as a vasal state’ by building a bridge to link Tamil Nadu and Tamil Eelam.
We produce below the full text of the article published by The Island today:
Does Sri Lanka need a Bridge link between India and Sri Lanka?
NO! But India does
By Ashley de Vos
Sri Lanka does not need it but RAW-driven Delhi with its bold statements is using the present political hiatus in Sri Lanka to drive and acquire as much mileage as possible; in the process Delhi is compelling Sri Lanka to accept all that Delhi desires to control this island forever as a vassal state. A process that Delhi has developed single-minded for over 60 years for the region, while driving a totally closed economy, and is now willing to unleashits hegemony and desires on its neighbours. Gradually the grand plan for Sri Lanka unfolds. The proposed Bridge and CEPA are interconnected and has to be seen together.
The citizens of this island have been shocked into silence, gobsmacked by an over dose of political correctness and an acute case of naivety displayed by even some we had respect for in the past. While India systematically prepared for over 60 years and waited for this some in Sri Lanka have only just realised its destructive powers.
In fact, as already reported, Delhi has no business to request the Asian Development Bank to carry out a pre-feasibility study for financing a road-rail link between Rameswaran and Thalaimannar across the Palk Strait, crossing sovereign Sri Lankan territory. We will be experiencing more of this blatant bullying in the future.
EIA studies will show that the construction of a bridge will generate harmful erosion in some years and siltation with sand build up in other years destroying the pristine reefs, like the bar reef, located off the north west coast of Sri Lanka, also the sea connection between the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, the rich fish breeding grounds and the marine resources in the region. It could even lead to a permanent evaporation of the Jaffna peninsula due to the heavy erosion it would cause. India in this instance is kite flying with Japan and the ADB. Sri Lanka’s traditional support is being repaid with a supportive patronage for this destruction.
It seems the ulterior motive of RAW Delhi is to get its grasp on Mannar Island and then the eastern Port of Trincomalee. India has already insisted on and built a rail link across Mannar Island to the Sri Lankan mainland, constructed by an Indian Contractor whose work is now under a cloud. With Delhi’s sticky hands on Mannar Island, RAW Delhi will decree terms for every activity north and south of Mannar Island as well.
This includes the oil and gas resources, the so-called answer to the Tamil South Indian fishermen’s request for a permanent solution, the most recent assurance and promise made by the Indian Parliament on August 5, 2015, reported in the New Indian Express confirms that, they are working towards a permanent solution to the issues faced by Tamil fishermen who at present from irrefutable recorded proof are engaged in illegal fishing in Sri Lankan waters and insatiably reaping the benefits, a continuation of what the Indian fishermen enjoyed for three decades during the war years.
All at enormous personal cost, a fishery worth millions of dollars on an annual basis to the Tamil speaking Sri Lankan fishermen who suffered very badly during the 30 year insurgency that was started and nurtured by Delhi that led to the spilling of blood on sovereign Sri Lankan soil. The more permanent solution would be for the European Union who benefits most from the illegal IIU fishing practices to advise the Tamil Indian fisherman to curtail their encroachment into Sri Lankan sovereign territory and stop using the destructive bottom drag nets in the Palk Straits. But, the EU remains silent. Come on the EU why only censuring Sri Lanka, why not India as well?
However, RAW-driven Delhi has other plans, with the presence of RAW in Mannar Island, the Tamil Indian fishermen will be offered some legality especially considering the possible agreements that the Sri Lankan government would be required to sign allowing safe passage.
The handing over of the fuel tank farm in Trincomaleeto India, instead of to the highest bidder about 14 years ago is already seen by many as a disaster. These storage tanks originally constructed by the British utilising the best Manchester Steel to serve their intendedpresence in the region, is made up of 101 large storage tanks (one damaged) with a storage capacity of 100 Tons each of which India has already taken over 17. Why was it given to India, when the Sri Lankan Navy who inherited the territory from the Royal British Navy could have run it and invested the proceeds in developing a comprehensive coast guard operation?
The Sampur power station and the proposed industrial zones in Trincomalee have all been pledged to India. India intends to help develop the Trincomalee harbour as well. The bridge across the Palk Strait will eventually connect Mannar with Trincomaleeby a highway and facilitate the grand plan RAW Delhi has systematically and surreptitiously determined in an effort to promote the permanent disintegration and division of the Sri Lankan State.
At present the more well-to-do Indians could afford to fly to Sri Lanka. The bridge if constructed will provide a permanent conduit to the of millions of odd unemployed or marginally employed, impoverished starving of scheduled and other lower caste Indians who will flood across the bridge creating a major refugee and immigration problem, a million times worse than the one in the 1960s.
The road built by India into Nepal and other neighbouring countries have all become one way roads, mostly for the benefit of India. On his recent visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise of visas on arrival has never happened. You still have to get a visa before travelling to India. We are constantly reminded that it is Delhi that runs India and not the politicians.
The influx of persons from in India would encourage certain diseases to reach chronic endemic proportions from a medical point of view. To consider one frightening example highlighted by a WHO expert in Malaria. Sri Lanka is near free of Malaria and the medical teams that worked over the decades unrecognised and in silenceto eradicate the malarial virus should be congratulated and thanked. India is totally different it is a malarial hot bed that has reached pandemic proportions.
In fact, every Indians arriving at Sri Lankan ports of entry should be checked for Malaria, to ensure that the re-infecting process is kept under control. If our doors are opened as intended in the CEPA to labour, services, their families and dependents, Malaria of a more virulent Indian strain will raise its headin Sri Lanka and the dedicated good work of the past decades will be lost for ever. Please think again, do we want to re-infect this island that is now free of the Malaria epidemic with a more virulent strain and sacrifice the lives of our future generations?
Wake up Sri Lanka, every Sri Lankan should fight for the right to the territorial integrity of this island and for the preservation Sri Lanka’s future and its unbelievably unique culture! Remember the cinema world of Bollywood is an escape dream; it is not India.
Protest to ensure that there will be no spitting, defecation and urination and the free disposal of rubbish on the Sri Lankan streets, a huge problem faced by all the Indian cities. Something the average Sri Lankan would be horrified about, especially, as it is looked down on and is not part of Sri Lankan culture even the Buddhist monasteries of the BC period at Anuradhapura had specially dedicated places, implements and purification systems for such use.
On a shrewd suggestion made by India at a tourism meeting in Delhi a decade or so ago, initial inroads have already been made through the introduction of the ‘Ramayana Trails’ as a tourist promotional effort. Amazing though, the Ramayana has never been in the traditional folk culture of Sri Lanka. Unlike in India where there is one poem by Valmiki called the Ramayana and a thousand Rama Kathas each with its own interpretation. Sri Lanka has no Rama Katha in its folk lore, until it was recently introduced by a business group in support of a programme that will eventually introduce fundamental Hinduism to the Island. A force this island nation has not suffered to date.
Eventually, if the bridge is constructed, Sri Lanka a country with the longest, continuously documented historical record in the region will sadly be left with nothing to call its own. It will never be an island. It will not be the island that even Pliny BCE recorded its special features and Ptolemy in the 2nd C. ADE thought most important and special and constructed it larger than even the sub-continent. The only sovereign country in the whole region with the longest written history, sitting in the middle of an ocean, after which the Ocean should have been called probably as the Lankan Ocean, would be nomore. The suggested naming of the bridge the Hindu–Buddhist Bridge is a subtle ruse.
Sri Lankan must say NO to the bridge connection and to CEPA that would eventually destroy them. Is there at least someone with guts convinced enough to stand up and say NO at best, sparing a thought for the generations of Sri Lankans still unborn and the hard working students in the universities and the graduates who will have nothing of their country, history or culture left, after the possible uncontrollable infiltration. Don’t believe the ranting of the naive political and business elite who driven by personal dreams and desires think they can stop the advance of India; once in, all will be lost. We have to stop and control it, now!