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 Post Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 12:23 am 
Subramanian Swamy puts LTTE on notice, offers an out of box advice to Tigers

"Within the Indian establishment there is a determination that if LTTE carries out another assassination in India, we shall use tactical nuclear weapons on Kilinochchi and wherever else Prabhakaran is known to be hiding", Subramanian Swamy said in a startling disclosure. "India is not like Sri Lanka where it's leaders are killed like flies at regular intervals, and yet the government of Sri Lanka is ever ready to negotiate with the killers on even a slight pressure from the unemployed and otherwise bored diplomats from Norway! Such debasement and lack of national self-respect I have not seen anywhere else in the world."

Mon, 2006-09-25 05:08
©Asiantribune


New Delhi, 25 September, (Asiantribune.com): Janata Party President and former Union Minister Subramanian Swamy is not surprised by LTTE efforts to win over India to its side in the decades old ethnic crisis rocking Sri Lanka. But they cannot hope to curry favour with New Delhi, he said and put the Tigers on notice.Dr. Swamy: :"We shall use tactical nuclear weapons on Kilinochchi and wherever else Prabhakaran is known to be hiding."

"Within the Indian establishment there is a determination that if LTTE carries out another assassination in India, we shall use tactical nuclear weapons on Kilinochchi and wherever else Prabhakaran is known to be hiding", he said in a startling disclosure.

"The US and Israel know about this contingency plan", the former minister stated without elaborating. He further said the damage (from such an attack) could be contained to civilian population by using a 'low tonnage of the bomb' and 'by issuing a 24 hour warning' to people to clear out.

As if on afterthought, Swamy said, much would depend (executing the plan) on 'who and which party is in power' at that point in time.

He has an out of the box advice to them if India is to take a’re-look' at the Tigers and 'do business with Sri Lankan Government. And it is that Prabhakaran and his intelligence wing leader Pottu Amman must surrender to face trial in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and that 'residual LTTE" must commit itself to democratic means by laying down arms.

In an interview to “Asian Tribune,” the Harvard professor turned politician expressed the view that if Karuna, Devananda, and Chandrahasan don the mantle of the Tamil interests in the island, India could again 'do business' with the Sri Lanka government and help resolve the ethnic issue in the island nation..

Has India given legitimacy to TNA by entertaining a visit of its MPs, he was asked. His reply was a categorical no. "As elected MPs of a SAARC member country, they are free to visit any South Asian county without visa. So there is no giving legitimacy (to TNA)" he pointed out. He was glad that the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh snubbed the LTTE proxies 'by cancelling the 4 pm appointment fixed with them'.

He put the onus for the visit of TNA MPs and their itinerary including the scheduling of a meeting with the PM on MDMK leader Vaiko, whom he called an Indian stooge of the LTTE.

”The Manmohan snub,” Swamy said, should wake up the LTTE not to waste
time wooing India unless it falls in line with the Indian conditions and provides a 'credible evidence' of having done so.

Answering another question, Subramanian Swamy, who was the commerce and law minister in the Chandrasekhar Government, said India would not spare the Tigers leader if he is up to his old trick vis-a- vis India.

"Within the Indian establishment there is a determination that if LTTE carries out another assassination in India, we shall use tactical nuclear weapons on Kilinochchi and wherever else Prabhakaran is known to be hiding", he said in a startling disclosure. "

The US and Israel know about this contingency plan", the former minister stated without elaborating and added that the damage (from such an attack) could be contained to civilian population by using a 'low tonnage of the bomb and by issuing a 24 hour warning to people to clear out". As if on afterthought, Swamy said, much would depend (executing the plan) on 'who and which party is in power' at that point in time.

He went on to say: "LTTE probably in its self-interest has learnt that no Indian government, however highly placed in our government are their agents, will forget Rajiv's assassination".

While on the issue of Rajiv assassination, Subramanian Swamy said that he is not the only one in India wanting to bring the LTTE to justice. "Already India has formally rejected the apology of the LTTE for the Rajiv assassination. I am not the only one in India wanting bring the LTTE to justice. The bureaucracy is determined on it. Even Congress leaders meet me in the dark to encourage me to continue the demand. It is only a matter of time".

India is not Sri Lanka, he remarked while answering another question. He is surprised that though Sri Lanka leaders are killed like flies at regular intervals, Colombo is 'ever ready' to negotiate with the killers on even 'a slight pressure from the unemployed and otherwise bored diplomats from Norway'.

"Such debasement and lack of national self-respect I have not seen anywhere else in the world", the Janata Party leader, who is a globe trotter,” said.

Asked about the incongruity of TNA parliamentary leader R.Sampanthan and his colleague Mr. Mavai Senathirajah 'safely depositing' their families in Tamilnadu, Subramanian Swamy did not see anything amiss, not even a security threat.

Pointing out even Prabhkaran's parents lived in Tamilnadu even after Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, he said, India doesn't target families. Only when they indulge in political activity, will they be asked to leave India. When Prabhkaran's parents started campaigning for their son, they were asked to leave, he
recalled.

Answering the larger issue of solution to the Tamil Problem in Sri Lanka, he said, "I just cannot see why your majority is refusing to change the Constitution to devolve power, for example the way India has". . Even India's Constitution is a unitary one but it has subsidiary Federal provisions.

He also made it clear that after what President Premadasa did to us, "we Indians will never do anything upfront for the Sinhalas". If Sri Lanka devolves power acceptable to the Tamils, then he is sure a future government of India will bring justice to Prabhakaran and his cohorts world over. He is equally confident that a change of government in India 'may be sooner than you may think'.

Excerpts from Dr Swamy's replies to the questions AT had e-mailed

Question 1. Before assassinating Rajiv Gandhi LTTE sent Kasi Ananandan and Arjuna Sittampalam from London to meet him to put him off guard. Is the LTTE up to its old tricks again in sending the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MPs to meet new Indian prime minister? This cannot be ruled out because the LTTE has been in the habit of lulling their victims into a false sense of security just before they are targeted. They even offer garlands before assassinating them.

Dr. Swamy: Nothing dirty and vile can be ruled out as far the LTTE is concerned. But within the Indian establishment there is a determination that if LTTE carries out another assassination in India, we shall use tactical nuclear weapons on Kilinochchi and wherever else Prabhakaran is known to be hiding.

The US and Israel knows about this contingency plan. The damage can be contained to civilian population by the low tonnage of the bomb and a 24 hour warning by leaflets asking people to clear out. Of course, much would depend on who and which party is in power at that moment in time. But I assume the LTTE probably in it's self-interest has learnt that even though they had an agreement with Rajiv Gandhi's widow, no Indian government, however highly placed in our government are their agents, will forget Rajiv's assassination. India is not like Sri Lanka where it's leaders are killed like flies at regular intervals, and yet the government of Sri Lanka is ever ready to negotiate with the killers on even a slight pressure from the unemployed and otherwise bored diplomats from Norway! Such debasement and lack of national self-respect I have not seen anywhere else in the world.

Question 2: Tamil National Alliance is known in political circles as the proxy of the LTTE. Though they are elected parliamentarians their election has been even described by the European election monitoring mission as rigged by the LTTE. So should India give legitimacy to this group of MPs who denied the Tamil people to express their popular will democratically and non-violently?

Dr.Swamy: Yes they are in fact Tiger Nominated Agents. As MPs however declared elected, of South Asia they can come to India without a visa unless there is some explicit security reason as was there was in Eelavethan's case. There is no 'giving legitimacy' in this. But the PM's snub by cancelling their 4 PM appointment fixed by the Indian stooge of the LTTE, Vaiko, should wake up the LTTE not to waste time wooing India. The only way India will re-look at the LTTE is if [a] Prabhakaran and Pottu Amman surrender to Indian authorities for facing the Rajiv assassination trial [b] there is credible evidence the residual LTTE has laid down it's arms and committed to democratic means. May be if Karuna, Devananda, and Chandrahasan form a new leadership, India can do business with the Sri Lanka government.

Question 3: TNA parliamentary leader Mr. R.Sampanthan and the other member in the delegation Mr. Mavai Senathirajah have transported their families to reside in Tamil Nadu. Even Selvan Adaikalanathan, another TNA MP and former leader of TELO, and also some other leading TNA members have deposited their families in Tamil Nadu fearing the consequences of Prabhkaran's unwinnable war. If India is concerned about the security of the Tamil people why are only selected pro-LTTE agents given refuge in India and not the poor Tamils persecuted by the LTTE? Aren’t the presences of the pro-LTTE agents also a security threat to India?

Dr. Swamy : If they do any pro-LTTE activity, please let me know. I shall move in the matter. Otherwise India does not target families. Even Prabhakaran parents were here since Rajiv's assassination. But when they started campaigning for their son, they were asked to leave.

Question 4: You have advocated time and again that India should send its troops to Sri Lanka to pick up LTTE leader Velupillai Prabakaran and his intelligence wing leader Pottu Amman – the two key men in India's list of wanted criminals. So far Indian Government has failed to even send a note to Sri Lanka demanding the extradition of Prabakaran and Pottu Amman. When do you think India will take appropriate action to bring these two criminal to justice?

Dr. Swamy: That is because of Anton Balasingham's network connections with Sonia Gandhi’s mother, a Mussolini fascist called Paola Maino and the contract killing of Rajiv Gandhi.

But that is going to change soon. Already India has formally rejected the apology of the LTTE for the Rajiv assassination. I am not the only one in India wanting bring the LTTE to justice. The bureaucracy is determined on it. Even Congress leaders meet me in the dark to encourage me to continue the demand. It is only a matter of time.

Question 5: If India' fails to take action what course of action do you propose taking? Will you consider filing action in the Indian Courts to compel the Indian Government to take appropriate action to initiate extradition of the two convicted murderers of Rajiv Gandhi?

Dr.Swamy: I can do something in the matter including getting implemented the execution of four convicted LTTE/DK persons in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, if the Sinhala majority genuinely begins to share power with the island Tamils. I just cannot see why your majority is refusing to change the Constitution to devolve power, for example the way India has. Even India's Constitution is a unitary one but it has subsidiary Federal provisions. After what President Premadasa did to us, we Indians will never do anything upfront for the Sinhalas. You devolve power acceptably to the Tamils, and I am sure a future government of India [which may be sooner than you may think] will bring justice to Prabhakaran and his cohorts’ world over.


-Asian Tribune -


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