India is guided by national interests; attach a very high priority to cementing relations with our cultural siblings of a united Sri Lanka to achieve close warm relations. We will not be bothered about the bogus howls of separatist- driven voices in Tamil Nadu pointed out Dr. Subramanian Swamy.
He further added, “The rump LTTE-financed Dravidian Parties have drummed up media coverage. It has no substantive effect on the Union BJP Government in conduct of foreign affairs.”
Dr. Subramanian Swamy is one of the most outstandingly dauntless legislators in India, who has always been a strong critic of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). There are numerous cases of this five-time Parliamentarian, two-time Union Minister, the brainchild behind India’s Economic reforms in 1991, being a “one-man Army” throughout the modern history of international politics.
He was the President of the Janata Party that has now merged with India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Dr. Subramanian Swamy, who played a key role to solve Indo-Lanka fishermen conflicts, is known to be a close ally of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his regime.
In his first interview since Maithripala Sirisena assumed office as President of the country, Dr. Subramanian Swamy spoke to Dilshan Aloka Sri Wijegunasekera on ‘Sri Lanka after the Presidential Election.’
You have always been a close confidant of Sri Lanka, and you are known to be a close ally of Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his regime. But, one might say that you are keeping your silence when it comes to present Sri Lankan political situation. After January 8, to be precise. Is this true?
Dr. Swamy: Yes that is true. I felt that international forces succeeded in influencing the elections to deprive Sri Lanka of a truly strong nationalist, who I thought would be best for stable Indo-Sri Lanka relations.
The 19th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka, the most revolutionary reform ever applied since 1978, was passed with an overwhelming majority. Is Sri Lanka heading in the right direction?
Dr. Swamy: With the pro-LTTE forces now having much freer access to travel into and out of Sri Lanka, these and such other amendments are in the long run of limited value in cementing unity of Tamils and Sinhalase in Sri Lanka. Secessionist forces I apprehend will rear their ugly head soon.
Indo-Lanka fishing disputes have become a domestic political issue between Tamil fishing interests, Tamil Nadu politicians, and the Central Government of India. Do you think that the stance taken by some Tamil Nadu political factions on fishing disputes will have a negative effect on Indo-Lanka relations?
Dr. Swamy: The ordinary people of Tamil Nadu have cared little for the commercial interests exploitation of the issue hiding behind the poor fishermen’s need for a livelihood. So the rump LTTE-financed Dravidian Parties have drummed up media coverage. It has no substantive effect on the Union BJP Government in conduct of foreign affairs.
President Maithripala Sirisena has taken a step forward and released the boats of Indian fishermen impounded in Sri Lanka, something that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa never agreed. Do you think there has been some progress on the situation, comparison with Former Government?
Dr. Swamy: Not correct. During my last visit Gotabaya Rajapaksa has conveyed that the boats of fishermen not representing commercial ventures would be released.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Sri Lanka as ‘historic’ and said that it would pave the way for strong ties between both nations. If so, why the visit didn’t happen sooner?
Dr. Swamy: Yes we in India, guided by national interests, attach a very high priority to cementing relations with our cultural siblings of a united Sri Lanka to achieve close warm relations. We will not be bothered about the bogus howls of separatist- driven voices in Tamil Nadu.