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India is “structurally unsuited” to be mediator or facilitator in the Sri Lankan ethnic conflict because it is subject to the “emotional and electoral power” of one of its constituent states, namely, Tamil Nadu, argues former Lankan envoy at the UN in Geneva, Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka.

“The emotional and electoral power of Tamil Nadu is an axiomatic factor in Indian decision making. This was so even during the IPKF operations when the prestige of the Indian state and its armed forces were at stake. Indian soldiers were dying horribly, with some necklaced with burning rubber tyres. Despite such horrific incidents, New Delhi yielded to Chennai’s demands and refrained from going the whole hog against the LTTE,” Jayatilleka told Express.    

Alluding to the Maithripala Sirisena government’s tilt towards India, opening the door again to India’s intervention in solving the ethnic issue, Jayatilleka warned that Lanka’s “strategic” dependence on India in matters of its destiny will not protect the island nation from “Tamil separatism and irredentism.”

He granted that India is a “good friend Sri Lanka’s” but that friendship has  “structural limitations’’, namely, New Delhi’s need to pander to Tamil Nadu.  The TN factor causes “unreliability and vacillation” on New Delhi’s part, which is seen by the Sinhalese majority in Lanka as a perceived tilt towards the Tamils. The Sinhalese majority does not consider India a “neutral umpire” and so, there is a backlash whenever India takes an active interest in the ethnic issue. 

If Lanka is to seek Third Party help to solve the ethnic question, “it should look for a country which would evenly represent all the belligerent communities, or it should be a regional coalition of countries which collectively neutralizes the profile of unevenness in the composition of any one state.”

India is not Lanka’s “natural ally” Jayatilleka asserted. “ Lanka’s natural allies must axiomatically be those powers which are not hamstrung by a Tamil nationalist factor within their societies,” he said.

In this context, Jayatilleka also ruled out the acceptability of certain Western nations which have an electorally important Lankan Tamil immigrant community to cater to. (P.K.Balachandran-The New Indian Express)

  Comments - 37

  • DEEN sAB Saturday, 18 April 2015 12:10 PM

    before we respect you sir...after slide with MR. we have no hope about you.

    Atapattu Friday, 17 April 2015 09:41 PM

    India is India. We must minded it.

    Nalanda Hettihewa Saturday, 18 April 2015 01:00 AM

    This man Jayatillake is a parasite. No one takes him seriously in Sri Lanka. Just ignore him. You are wasting valuable space.

    sanath Saturday, 18 April 2015 05:05 AM

    DJ is correct.

    Waco Saturday, 18 April 2015 05:05 AM

    Very correct. India has an ulteria motive behind.

    Daily Mirrow Saturday, 18 April 2015 05:59 AM

    DJ was kicked out of Geneva by MRyet this guy supports MR.he is in MRs pay roll.We saw. him at the Nugegoda rally reading MRs msg. via DM Android App

    Rasika Saturday, 18 April 2015 06:50 AM

    Dayan Jayatilleka Silva, a disgusting unabashed MARA shill, Any one who reads his non stop posts to various news media know the man is a frustrated old idiot trying to get publicity for lost causes. This is the fellow whose predictions and analysis re the political scene in S.L. is worse than that of MARAS astrologer Sumane.He keeps harping on Ranils misdeeds and poses as if he is a great political pundit. The buggers Ph.D is not from a well known Australian University. Certainly not from Sydney, Melbourne, The Australian National University nor Queensland, Western Australia etc. It is from a so called second class New Red Brick.It is best that this buggers pontifications be ignored. He deserves the strip tease he suffered at Kanatte, Somebody should repeat the process." India is not suited to be Mediator". Who then, China, Cuba. Iran, Japan . Name the country, without your crappy pronouncements.

    Yehiya Saturday, 18 April 2015 07:12 AM

    Dayan need psychiatric treatment or loss of neurology.

    Tomsam Saturday, 18 April 2015 07:30 AM

    Beg a pardon mister, you are not on the driving seat,but India IS.

    Aba Jayasekera Saturday, 18 April 2015 11:38 AM

    To condemn Dayan based on his support for Mahinda Rajapakse is ridiculous. I myself do not agree with many statements that Dayan has made. But each statement must be considered on its merits. From the time that Indira helped to arm and train Jaffna Tamil terrorists in Tamil Nadu, India ceased to be an honest broker in the ethnic conflict. Even its humbug in sending the IPKF to the North to apprehend Prabakaran was eye wash because that army DELIBERATELY allowed Prabakaran to escape several times. I do not know who can be an honest broker but Dayan is absolutely correct. INDIA CAN NEVER BE AN HONEST BROKER IN ANY CONFLICT BETWEEN THE TAMILS AND THE SINHALESE. NEVER !

    raj Friday, 17 April 2015 08:52 PM

    When India was providing weapons and military training it was ok. As a middle man, India is unwanted because it is not in a desired position to you.

    sanchay Saturday, 18 April 2015 02:23 PM

    whom does he propose then to assist in this matter? I mean real impartial body or country? And how could it then be right to have a local body having more Singhalese members investigating on accountablity on alleged war crimes? it can neither be a neutral umpire as well.

    jeyalath Saturday, 18 April 2015 06:29 PM

    Mr.dayan you should be learn in real indian,sir lankan history.

    ish Saturday, 18 April 2015 08:45 PM

    First this is not about any accountability on so called alleged war crimes. This about mediator role in solving the ethnic dispute........If there is no suitable third party, why need one at all? in case one need a third party , india is hardly suitable due to TN.

    ish Saturday, 18 April 2015 08:46 PM

    It is obvious you dont read what he says or writes

    Toosh Saturday, 18 April 2015 10:02 PM

    Jayathilka is well known parasite amongst the educated community in the country.

    Ratna Saturday, 18 April 2015 11:27 PM

    A frustrated Dayan has now turned into a dangerous racist vomitting venom in the hope of finding a job with Rajapakse clan!

    kotiyaa Sunday, 19 April 2015 12:09 PM

    Well said ..many thanks!!

    Bailaa Sunday, 19 April 2015 12:11 PM

    Gratiaen... you reminds me the crab dancing in the pot...just read about ISIS please

    clive Friday, 17 April 2015 03:58 PM

    We should get the Tamil diaspora since they are doing lot of work out there. UN and India will not have any difference.

    Gratiaen. Friday, 17 April 2015 01:40 PM

    Pronto. D.J.appears to be another permanent head damaged person as stated by Nishthar Idroos in his article on "Curse of a PhD" in Colombo Telegraph dated 16th April,2015.

    bimba Friday, 17 April 2015 01:46 PM

    What a waste of space. .This guy has lost his credibility after his performance at Nugegoda MR rally.

    Gagan Friday, 17 April 2015 02:57 PM

    Very valid point, which was not addressed by many observers. Hats off to you doctor.

    Ganesha Friday, 17 April 2015 02:59 PM

    This man claims himself is a political scientist and spews venom in regard to Tamils and their reasonable issues much worse than Rajapakse clan. Most of the Tamils including myself had had high regard for his views, but now he is number one racist like other uneducated payment racists. But dogs may bark , the Tamils will never be silenced for their basic rights

    Dinithi Friday, 17 April 2015 03:00 PM

    Do we have any other professional political scientist in Sri Lanka with a doctorate? Nobody comes to mind. He is clearly in the MR pack. But he has his credentials. So it is difficult to discard his views.

    upali Friday, 17 April 2015 03:00 PM

    Very true sir, eminent persons like you is highly needed when MR elected to office,.

    daily editor moda Friday, 17 April 2015 03:02 PM

    So who is important - China or Haiti or KenyaWe will tell the UN or world what to do..Is the thief to appoint the judge

    hubert Friday, 17 April 2015 03:18 PM

    There is a special place for idiots in Sri Lanka media we have only this little box

    LogicalCitizen Friday, 17 April 2015 01:14 PM

    Definitely. And India had been always against Sri Lanka rising on its own.

    aja Friday, 17 April 2015 04:13 PM

    Good article more we stay close to India more trouble . We have lost our direction with confused president .

    kanga Friday, 17 April 2015 04:23 PM

    Thai man can not see anything other than Rajapaksha àand his good ness. He has a clouded judgement or he is on the payrole of Rajapaksha .he loves curruption and stealing of govt money

    Palitha Friday, 17 April 2015 05:25 PM

    Spread this article to length and breath of our planet.Every SriLankan with serious mindset should frame this and hang in every household .

    ish Friday, 17 April 2015 05:39 PM

    what is wrong in what DJ say? Isnt that common sense? I wonder why many insult DJ instead of arguing against his point.

    Banda Friday, 17 April 2015 06:19 PM

    DJ lost his credibility by supporting MR who humiliated him kicking him out of Geneva. Has he been rewarded financially for his new show.

    Sumane Friday, 17 April 2015 06:38 PM

    The majority of this nation are with you. People who do not know the double standards of our neighbor make a rant over here.

    DJ Friday, 17 April 2015 07:40 PM

    Well said sir. via DM Android App

    gayan Friday, 17 April 2015 08:13 PM

    Cant blame india for looking after its own interests. What worries me is the goons here in sri lanka supporting it with naive comments on the DR.

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