So the Injun PM is not coming after all! No surprises
in that, given the racket Tamil Nadu has been making in the recent past over
him attending/not attending CHOGM in Colombo.
Just imagine our poor Emperor hopping mad; pulling his
jet-black tinted hair and moustache, seething with fury over the snub. After
all what can he do, short of dragging the Injun PM by his turban or beard to
However horrible our Emperor is to us when these Injun
types try to mess around with him, we must back our man, no? Poor guy, I think
he was planning to impress the Injun PM amongst other things, with his
beautiful and clean Colombo compared with dusty, dirty and polluted New Delhi.
After all that vacuuming and dusting brother Gota had to do, what a waste of an
At least we the humble peasants can enjoy Gota’s hard
work; nice pavements, gardens, fountains and all that.
You know, I think
this whole business of the Turban-Man not coming because of the din Tamil Nadu
is making is all a humbug. You see, this big commotion about us violating Human
Rights and all that during the final stages of the war, is all because of the
If they hadn’t
trained and armed Prabha and his morons in their backyard all those years ago,
then all those innocent civilians under whose ‘reddhas’ the tigers were hiding
during the final stages of war would still be alive. So logically it is the
Injuns who have violated Human Rights in Sri Lanka, not us!
However, this latest
development about the Turban-Man not coming is creating a lot of interest for
observers like us.
The prestigious Indian newspaper ‘The Hindu’ of 10th
November carried a cracker piece titled “PM to skip CHOGM”. After citing a lot
of bla, bla, bla as to why he’s not coming, it quotes Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin as having
dished out some ridiculous justification including “ever since India joined the
Commonwealth, no Indian Prime Minister had attended more than two summits
staged abroad. As Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh had participated in the
Kampala (2007) and Port of Spain (2009) CHOGMs”. Honestly, couldn’t they have
come with something a little more convincing?
Some unnamed Diplomats are also
quoted as having uttered some similar garbage.
Might I ask these guys what significance Kampala and Port of Spain hold
for India regards foreign policy over neighbouring Sri Lanka?
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, is coming instead to
represent India at CHOGM. It would be better if India keeps him back too and
some ‘parippu’ dropped instead like
in June 1987. At least we could feed our visitors with it!
As hard as it is to admit at this
juncture, of all the countries in the Commonwealth, India possibly represents
the strongest manifestation of its ideals, thus the greatest weight of the
organisation. Therefore the absence of its Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, from
the Colombo meeting delivers a sharp blow not only to Sri Lanka but to CHOGM as
a whole. The summit would have held greater political significance for Sri
Lanka with the Indian Prime Minister present!
should have seen this coming. India is currently more concerned with its own backyard
politics. For Manmohan Singh and the Congress, a tough election in 2014 and
keeping prospective alliance partners happy are of greater significance than
keeping neighbours happy. So if Tamil Nadu tells the PM “you can’t go” then he
Perhaps the greatest letdown of all by India is that of Sri Lanka’s
Northern Province Chief-Minster C. V. Wigneswaran who had invited the Indian
Prime Minister to visit Jaffna while in Sri Lanka.