Should India vote for Sri Lanka War Crime Investigation?
Next month Commonwealth Meeting is scheduled in Australia and everyone will be looking forward for the decision regarding the “War Crime Commission” to be set up by Sri Lanka to probe the massacre happened in the name of LTTE. The suspension of Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth Council had sent a very strong message to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.Even the EU parliament has passed a joined motion to investigate “War Crimes” in Sri Lanka.
BBC quoted Tutu, the former head of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, "The ongoing persecution and disappearances of human rights activists, journalists and government opponents is truly terrifying,”. Human Rights group allege more than 40,000 innocent civilians to be dead during the war against LTTE. It is indeed true that LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) was an organized group and has record of killing too many people just like any other terrorist group.
Then why Sri Lankan Government is against a fair investigation and setting up a commission to probe this? Is there any other motive behind this? Some may have an argument that it will be a treat to Sovereignty of Sri Lanka. Nobody wants another Afghanistan or Iraq in South Asia. But with the support of India and perhaps China, Sri Lanka needs to sort this issue out as soon as possible. It should also be noted that India and China has their own interest in Sri Lanka.
Since the Bi Lateral Trade Agreement between India and Sri Lanka, the trade between the nations grew by over 150% during the last decade. Even a sizable amount of India’s export goes to Sri Lanka. This is so well working out due to the geographical advantage that the two countries are having. China on the other hand is looking seriously into Sri Lankan Business. Once the relation between China and Sri Lanka improves resulting in trade agreements, the Sri Lankan Soil will be a strategic business point for China in South Asia. Indian Government knows this and is currently taking a very neutral step in the ongoing issue of War Crime Probe for Sri Lanka.
In India, the Indian National Congress led Government is facing huge cry from the regional parties viz. DMK and AIADMK ( South Indian Political Parties) for the nation’s stand on Sri Lankan Issue. On the other hand, Sri Lanka is continuously asking India to reconsider its decision on the voting in UN Human Rights Council. A few years back the same Congress led government indirectly supported LTTE for the political interest of the Tamilians in India. But ultimately this political move had to pay huge prices for India as a nation.
Sri Lanka is a great country and the culture of the nation is highly influenced by Hinduism. It is a nation with a wide interest in Food, festival and Sports. Mere political or business interest should not harm the nation’s rich tourism potential and the forest reserves. But what one can do is to closely monitor the global moves on Sri Lanka.