Originally posted by Naveen_star
Originally posted by lalalee
Kachchatheevu was a disputed territory till 1974. In 1921, British Ceylon and British India agreed to jointly administer the region though there are different versions of what constituted administration (Examples: Ceylon only gets to fish while Madras gets ownership, Ceylon gets ownership while Madras retains revenue collection rights). Sri Lankans used the island as frequently as Indians did. Some historians even claim that Kachchatheevu was partly governed by Portuguese Ceylon (Book called 'History of Ceylon' - 1685) or as early as 1855. There are official correspondences stating that Survey Officers of British India treated the Island as part of Ceylon as far back as 1876 though there's evidence supporting Indian administrative claims. In conclusion, both sides have a lot of evidence to show the island belongs to them.
ONLY In the year of 1920 srilankan govt started to say that katchtheevu belongs to them.
Before independence it was one of eight island under the control of ramanathapuram sethupathu kings
rameshwaram & 11 other island are formed in bay of bengal which are
4 muyal theevu
5 pumarison theevu
6 mulai theevu
7 manal theevu
8 Kachcha theevu/vali theevu
9 appa theevu
10 nala thani theevu
11 uppu thani theevu
12 kudisadi theevu
During A.D. 1605, the clan of Ramanathapuram Sethupathy King was established by the Madurai Nayaks, incorporating 69 coastal villages
and 7 Islands, of which Katchatheevu Island is one of the Island.A copper plate plaque issued by King Kezhava Sethupathy who ruled
Ramanathapuram during the years 1622- 1635, depicts that the Sea upto
Talaimannar belonged to Sethupathy Kings.The earlier map of srilank which was issued by dutch, portuguese and
others also doesn't contain any information about katchatheevu.when Zamindari abolished by b.i ,ramanathapuram have 285 acres porampokku land on kachchatheevu
P.P.Peris, who was Srilankan Ministerial Secretary told Kachchatheevu belongs to king sethupathi which was published in daily mirror 0n 08-05-1966
whatever media can told Anybody can wrtie book for their sake of their own nation but u have to understand the truth,pak claim Kashmir,China claim AP so those territory are belong to them?
British Ceylon officially claimed ownership of Kachchatheevu in 1921 but that doesn't make it the ONLY claim. A book called 'The History of Ceylon' that was presented to the King of Portugal in 1685 mentioned Palk Bay islands, including Kachchatheevu, as part of Ceylon. Historical Chronicles of Kingdom of Jaffna, dating back to 1622, also claim authority over the islet. Certain Dutch records show transfer of the islet from Portuguese Ceylon. Official correspondences state that Survey officers treated Kachchatheevu as part of Ceylon.
I never said that there's no evidence that the King of Ramnad had ownership over Kachchtheevu. I said both sides have historical evidence to show that the islet was administered and belonged to them, with both either falsifying the other's records or simply accepting the islet as a (former) disputed territory. Both Indians and Sri Lankans can say that historians write and media broadcast lies to suit their needs.
Kachchatheevu has been signed away and that's what matters. The Supreme Court can do nothing but decide whether the cession was legal or illegal. Sri Lanka is a sovereign country so the SC's rulings aren't legally binding. India can ask Sri Lanka to return the islet but Sri Lanka has already refused. Under International law, we cannot retrieve Kachchatheevu for certain reasons:
- Ratification clause doesn't hold valid in a bilateral agreement as the International Court of Justice has made clear.
- The US department of State has a record saying ratification has been exchanged.
- The very fact that India hasn't administered Kachchateevu for 30+ years (Abandonment clause) while the Sri Lankan government has means that the Sri Lankan government is the de facto government of Kachchatheevu under International law.
Karunanidhi, the then Chief Minister, didn't prevent the cession which he should have. He is voicing his protest now for political glory so Tamilians have been betrayed by Congress and Karunanidhi's government. Why scandalize only one party? India (from Nehuvian times) is willing to hold a plebiscite in Pakistan to decide whether Kashmiris want to be a part of Pakistan or remain with India provided Pakistan withdraws from POK. It is also ready to hand over territories like Aksai Chin to China on certain conditions. If the country signs an agreement, YES they belong to Pakistan and China respectively. We did sign away present-day Pakistan and Bangladesh in 1947. We can't claim ownership of these regions again citing reasons like cultural affinity, historical records and starvation of farmers who deserve jute and cotton fields on the other side for their survival. Their cession did have majority vote but so was Kachchatheevu ratified (going by US records). Even if we assume the records are false, ratification clause in a bilateral treaty doesn't hold valid and abandonment by India for so many years is another deterrent.
So instead of chasing boats that have capsized, we should focus on gaining fishing rights from Sri Lanka.