Opinion Article

‘Politics of Deceit’

[TamilNet, Sunday, 25 September 2011, 14:51 GMT]
The TNA needs to publicly clarify its position on the Recognition of the Right of Self Determination and how it is proposing to overcome the Politics of Deceit perpetuated on the Tamils for the last 63 years, writes TamilNet Economic and Geopolitical Analyst in the Asia Pacific. As experience teaches us, any agreement can be torn unilaterally. So it is not the details or fine print that matters but that agreement is built on the base of the Recognition of the Right of Self Determination. The politics of deceit is practised universally by the oppressors, in various forms from diversionary politics to pre-emptive solutions, all aimed at blocking political progress of the peoples. What concern Eezham Tamils mostly are the pre-emptive solutions put forward by various interested parties in the prevailing atmosphere of negativism after the disaster of May 2009, he further writes.

Traditional Marxist view is that Economics determines Politics. But since the collapse of political imperialism after the Second World War, when most countries have gained political independence without economic independence, that ground reality has turned the traditional Marxist view on its head and since then it is politics that determines everything else.

Unfortunately it is the oppressors who have learnt this change in ground reality well and are therefore preventing the oppressed from learning this change while the traditional Marxists are abetting the oppressors by sticking to the traditional view in spite of the changed reality.

The oppressors know that understanding the ground reality is the first step to change it and therefore the pre-emptive option is to prevent that understanding.

Politics is really the resolution of contradictions within and between the various groupings of mankind and unity on common grounds is the best way to resolve the contradictions. That is what collectivism is about.

The progressive and transparent way of resolving the contradictions is highlighting the most antagonistic contradiction and building the unity of the people to resolve it and then move on to the next most antagonistic contradiction.

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It is common knowledge that nations were historically and naturally evolved communities of peoples during the rising of capitalism based on common territory, common Language, common technology (Economics) and common culture.

It is also common knowledge that imperialist powers and imperialism developed as a result of suppressing weaker nations and even denying the nation status to potential and developing ones.

It is estimated that there are about 6000 potential nations and about 230 developing nations (Prof James Minahan) including the Eezham Tamil Nation that have been denied Statehood.

At the end of the Second World War when political imperialism was defeated, the next logical step was to liberate the suppressed Nations.

To prevent this “next step”, Politics of Deceit started by the arbitrary drawing of boundaries of countries without any consideration of nations within these countries. Ceylon in 1948 was one such country.

This was a clever move by the former imperialists to transfer the losing political power to the dominant nations of countries to delay the national liberation of both dominant nations (the local oppressor or the agent imperialist) and the dominated nations (the oppressed).

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The struggles between the oppressor nations (agents of imperialism) and the oppressed nations ensured that agents of imperialism have no time for economic liberation, while the oppressed ones have neither political liberation nor economic liberation. In this climate, the former imperialists are able to continue the economic domination of the world, without resistance.

The economic domination of the world continued virtually without resistance, as the economic power so gained was used to destabilise challenging countries whether from the former “nominally socialist” countries or whether from the former “Non Aligned World.” The collapse of the Soviet Union, the Iraq war, the Afghanistan war and even the current “Arab Spring” are examples of such destabilisation.

On the other hand when agents of imperialism are challenged as in Sri Lanka, the powerful members of the Club of Establishments (the UN) will rush to the aid of the agents of imperialism.

Is it any wonder that more than 30 powerful countries (it is to be noted that the ICG Sri Lanka Report updated on 13 September 2011 classifies India, Japan, USA, UK, EU and UN as Sri Lanka’s International Partners) backed Sri Lanka in its war against the tiny Eezham Tamil Nation?

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The drawing of boundaries of countries without any consideration of the nations involved was the most serious Politics of Deceit intended to block and retard the political, economic and cultural liberation of nations without State as well as the economic and cultural liberation of nations with State.

But Politics of Deceit is prevalent everywhere and all the time when the oppressors bring into focus imaginary contradictions or some irrelevant and minor contradictions in order to distract and divert attention from contradictions that are crying for solution, so that History and Civilization cannot move forward.

Violent oppression by States is never called State Terrorism but armed resistance by the oppressed (which is simply adopting a technology to match the technology of the oppressor) is very conveniently called ‘terrorism’.

The 30+ Establishments that armed Sri Lanka and banned the LTTE, labeled the LTTE as ‘terrorists’ but not the Sri Lankan Government. The ‘terrorism’ campaign was simply to distract and divert attention from resolving the national question in Sri Lanka. So is, after 9/11. The ‘terrorist’ phobia a Political Deceit in the international arena is aimed to divert attention from the problems faced by the peoples of the world.

The Politics of Deceit is practiced universally by the oppressors in various forms from diversionary politics to pre-emptive solutions including divisive politics, consensus politics and subtle forms of collusion politics, all aimed at blocking political progress of the peoples.

What concern Eezham Tamils mostly are the pre-emptive solutions put forward by various interested parties in the prevailing atmosphere of negativism after the disaster of May 2009.

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The ‘pre-emptive solutions’ intended to displace any equitable solution range from 13th Amendment plus demerger of North-East Province minus land rights and police rights proposed by the GOSL to stabilise the ground Reality to undefined “Devolutions of Power” which can be thrown out of the Window as happened to Article 29 of the Soulbury Constitution in 1972.

It is to be noted that President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s mother, Prime Minister Srimavo Bandaranayaka, enacted the 1972 constitution by forming a “Constituent Assembly” without 2/3 majority, but Chandika wanted 2/3 majority to implement her proposals and dropped them after a murmur by Ranil Wickramasinghe.

All those who are promoting the current GOSL/TNA talks should remember the above, in addition to remembering the Politics of Deceit by the GOSL (Banda-Chelva Pact, Dudley-Chelva Pact), the Politics of Deceit by the Indian Government after Thimpu Talks, and the Politics of Deceit by the West (co-chairs) during the CFA.

As the 63 years of Deceit teaches us, any agreement can be torn unilaterally.

So it is not the details or fine print that matters but that agreement is built on the base of the Recognition of the Right of Self Determination.

While an elected MP from the TNA has publicly stated that Tamil people elected TNA for obtaining Recognition of their Right of Self Determination, the nominated MP of TNA has demanded the identities of the people who cautioned TNA not to give up on fundamental issues while talking with the GOSL. The nominated MP, however, did not express the TNA’s position on the Recognition of the Right of Self Determination.

The TNA needs to publicly clarify its position with regards to the Recognition of the Right of Self Determination and how it is proposing to overcome the the Politics of Deceit perpetuated on the Tamils for the last 63 years.


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