The Tiger is finally dead.
After being on the run for the last couple of months, the head of the banned terrorist outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Velupillai Prabhakaran has finally been eliminated.
There has been a lot of controversy in India on the Sri Lankan offensive against the Tigers, Tamil rights and the possible political fallout in India.
There is no doubt that Tamils do need to be treated as equals in the Sri Lankan society alongwith the majority Sinhala majority.
All that intellectual discussion is indeed good, but from a more practical aspect, India needs to learn a very important lesson from this Sri Lankan episode.
The Sri Lankan Army has indeed done a great job of fishing militants out of the hideouts. People say this exercise has been ruthless, but so have been the terrorists. The single-minded agenda of General Sarath Fonseka of the Sri Lankan Army has actually paid off. Full marks to the president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, for his unflinching support to the army for this mission. he kept the human rights activists and NGOs out of the war-zone and ignored all international criticism of this war.
Terror deserves no mercy, whatever be the cause. Sri Lanka has done it exactly that way. We, India, would do well even if we understand a little bit of this.
The new government in Delhi has a majority. It can take a tough stand on terror. We should take strong action now in Kashmir, the North East and the Naxal areas in Eastern India. Let's forget the people who would cry foul over minority rights, human rights and other shitty root-cause theories. All it takes is political will to have a muscular security policy, to send a message to the world that India cannot be messed around with..
Let's do it now, or we'll lose this opportunity.