by Upul Joseph Fernando
The Indian media last week reported that supporters of the political party who staged protests against the distribution of calendars carrying the photograph of Sri Lanka (SL) President Rajapaksa in the Schools of the Tamil Nadu were arrested despite the fact that during the SL war and after until recently , there was bitter resentment against the name of Mahinda Rajapaksa in Tamil Nadu. Hence, it had become a vexatious issue to understand how an environment was created to enable the distribution of Calendars with Rajapaksa’s photographs in Tamil Nadu. Moreover, the media report that the political party supporters who raised protests to this distribution were arrested was also most baffling.
In Tamil Nadu, it was none other than its own Chief Minister Karunanidhi who led the opposition campaign against Mahinda Rajapaksa. But now there arising a close relationship between Mahinda and Karunanidhi is a mystery to many. It was the Ceylon Workers Congress party leader S. Thondaman who created and contributed to this relationship.
In the recent past , Thondaman visited Tamil Nadu and met Karunanidhi on many occasions carrying messages to and from Rajapaksa . A close relationship was thereby cultivated. According to Govt. sources , there had also been telephone call conversations between Karnanidhi and Mahinda . Thondaman succeeded in building this close relationship between the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and the President of SL via Karunandhi’s daughter Kanimozhi. It is learnt that the personal ties between Kanimozhi and Thondaman are exceedingly strong. It is also reported that these close ties arose following Kanmozhi’s visit to SL along with the Indian delegation of Tamil Nadu MPs who were on an exploratory visit of the North –east
Earlier on Karunanidhi and his daughter were bitterly opposed to Mahinda Rajapaksa. Prior to the conclusion of the SL war, both father and daughter were directly hostile to Mahinda and his Govt. , and they carried on a massive campaign across the entire Tamil Nadu openly on behalf of Prabhakaran and the Tamil Tigers. In addition, when the Tamil Tiger former political division leader Thamilselvan died , even poems were written in his memory. Indeed, just after the war , both of them roundly criticized Mahinda and his Govt. when discussing the issue pertaining to the North East Tamil refugees
Yet a few months after the end of the war, Karunanidhi made a strange announcement: he said, if a political solution is to be sought for the North - East Tamil people , it shall become necessary to deal with Mahinda Rajapaksa. He added that this solution cannot be accomplished by colliding with him , rather it should be secured by coaxing him . This sudden ‘U’ turn of Karunanidhi sent a wave of shock among a good many people. But to those who were aware of the ‘deal’ between him and Mahinda negotiated by Thondaman through Kanimozhi it was no shock.
The Tamil Nadu representatives along with Kanimozhi arrived in SL on an evaluation tour to ascertain the status of the North East Tamil refugees only after that deal. At the conclusion of this tour it became very obvious that Kanimozhi who took a firm and unrelenting stand against Mahinda earlier , after the close relationship with Thondaman has transformed into a friend of Mahinda.
During the war , it was Karunanidhi who kindled the opposition against Mahinda’s Govt. in Tamil Nadu with a view to winning the General elections in India. Riding on that wave and whipping up opposition against Mahinda’s Govt. Karunanidhi’s party sailed to victory at the elections.
But now, Karunanidhi is in mortal fear that at the forthcoming State elections of Tamil Nadu, the Opposition may build up the antipathy trend towards the Mahinda Govt. exploiting the SL Tamils’ issue . It is on this account perhaps Karunanidhi permitted the distribution of Calendars carrying Mahinda’s photograph in the Tamil Nadu. Though the supporters of the political party who opposed this distribution were arrested, it is learnt that they remain undaunted and undeterred.
Mahinda won over Karunanidhi via the Diplomacy ideally suited for the latter . Using this same brand of Diplomacy he ‘captured’ UN Secretary General Moon too , which Diplomacy Moon identified as ‘quiet Diplomacy’ with a view to overtaking Mahinda.
But now Moon on the contrary has fallen victim and is stymied even in his efforts to send his panel members to Sri Lanka . Some say , this is because Moon has fallen victim to Mahinda’s Diplomacy. Whether Karunanidhi the latest in the series will also be a victim of Mahinda’s Diplomacy can be known only after India’s State elections are over ~ courtesy: Daily Mirror ~