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April 17, 2013

A foreign policy fiasco!

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A foreign policy fiasco!
India’s dithering has enabled Sri Lanka to suggest support for the Sinhalese, instead of bothering about the minority 12 per cent Tamils from South India
india’s foreign policy seems to have reached dismal depths. What it has achieved in Sri Lanka is a mass pogrom and virtual genocide of Sri Lankan Tamils, near-total alienation between Tamil Nadu and Delhi, handing the island to Chinese hegemony and facing the daily ignominy of hundreds of Tamil Nadu fishermen either shot at, arrested or beaten up by the Sri Lankan Navy!
As to the pogrom, President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared soon after the bloody carnage of Sri Lankan Tamils ended in May 2009: “We fought India’s war”.
Now the President’s brother and man-Friday, Gothabhaya Rajapaksa, explains how this was done: “….the President went out of his way to keep New Delhi briefed on developments at all times. In addition a special bilateral committee was set up at the highest level, including then Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and myself as Defence Secretary from the Sri Lankan side, and former National Security Advisor MK Narayanan, then Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon and then Defence Secretary Vijay Singh on the Indian side. This troika had continuous discussions and ensured that any sensitive issues were dealt with as soon as they arose.”(Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka, March 25)...Read More

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