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by CityVista
on 1/1/17

NATO built LTTE to torpedo Gandhis links with Moscow

The threat of destabilisation in India through separation of the Dravidian south was evoked by T. M. Nair and Rao Bahadur Theogaraya Chetty in 1914 against Gandhi and leaders of the Free India movement. The 1914 theory declared that if Britain ceased to 'hold the scales evenly' in India, the south would separate to form the sovereign state of Dravida Desam. Today India attempts to safeguard its security by balancing forces of East and West. While India has conducted defence exercises with the US, India also conducted exercises with Russia. India is an observer in Asia's large defence alliance that was incepted by Russia, China and several Asian states in 2001. Russia's joint tactical exercise last year with India, code-named 'Indra 2005' included live firing. It was held at the Mahajan training ground in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan, and offshore near the port of Visakhapatnam in the Bay of Bengal in mid-October. The defence ministers of both countries, Sergei Ivanov and Pranab Mukherjee, watched the exercises. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Russia and China are members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). Observers in the SCO include India and Iran. Pakistan joined in mid-2006. Asking to link up are Afghanistan, Belarus and Mongolia. Taking only the armies of Russia and China, you reach a count of 3 million officers and men. That physical count easily balances NATO. Speaking still of conventional force, not nuclear, India has purchased Sukhoi SU 30 hyper jets. India and Iran too have stocked up on Sunburn and Onyx anti-warship missiles, ominous because they skim below ships' radar at Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound.) Regional security for the SCO includes fighting terrorism, separatism and extremism. Its first anti-terrorism exercise was held in Kazakhstan. Therefore when you look at the map, you wonder why Sri Lanka, which has suffered bloodshed, has not linked up with the SCO to balance the large forces that have acted unilaterally on the island. A closing of a brief report must recall that TV and radio in Sri Lanka depend for world news on news agencies that editorially fawn upon Western finance houses. That adds to reasons why information on Asia's top defence organisation has been kept away from a nation so poignantly in need of balance for its security.