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Importance Of India For Sri Lanka

By Rajasingham Jayadevan

Rajasingham Jayadevan

Rajasingham Jayadevan

Importance of India for Sri Lanka and the need for Sri Lanka to maintain friendly relations with India

The relationship between India and Sri Lanka is an inter twined historical bond. The underlying commonalities between the two nations and their geographical positioning, even after the historical geological drifts of which Sri Lanka is of miniscule part, have not changed the intrinsic relationship.

In the post Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) scenario, ethnic tensions in Sri Lanka have slow phased the official relationship between the two nations. Politically, it froze to an alarming scale during the outgoing autocratic confrontational familial rule of Mahendra Percy Rajapaksa. The bilateral relationship between the two nations dipped to the lowest, undermining the much needed regional cohesiveness for stability. The unstable outgoing Manmohan Singh government also contributed towards the strain, thus helping Mahinda Rajapaksa to go haywire without any fear of regional consequences.

For overtly anti-Tamil Mahinda Rajapaksa, China and Russia became the mollycoddling partners to circumvent the crucifixion of the Tamils and his local antagonists, thus violating the international norms and protocols the country subscribed to be a member state within the global village.

India has evolved from a dominant regional power to a non-interventionist state to progress with the fast changing international political order. Present day India is engaging in peaceful bilateral relationships with its neighbours to strengthen its regional stakes. Out went the global two super power cold war politics that turned into America’s outright superpower status. The globalisation process enabled China to stretch its dragon wings around the world and this has caused serious threat to the regional security, stability and authority in the South Asian region.

MR and ManmohanIndia’s historical rival Pakistan, which is plagued by never-ending internal strives, is a major threat to India’s internal and regional security and with the progressing economic dominance of China, India’s much gentle regional authority has come under serious testing time. This non-confrontational passive policy of India faced jolts from all fronts during Manmohan Singh’s premiership.

India is the seventh-largest country in the world with the total area of 3,166,414 square kilometres and is the regional power base of South Asia. Even the under 3% (65,610 square Kilometres) of its size Sri Lanka has made attempts to enter the nostril of the outsized India to cause irritating consequences for it. With the change of government under the leadership of the energetic Premier Narendra Modi, India is stretching its influence slowly to consolidate its regional stakes in a friendly manner. Infrastructural interconnects to tame the underdogs in the region in a subtle way is progressively changing the regional stake of India. The exit of irritant Mahinda Rajapaksa is a blessing in disguise for the whole world. Ever since his departure, the relationship between India and Sri Lanka has strengthened at a reasonable and non-confrontational space.

British Wartime Prime minister Winston Churchill’s once made an ill-tempered assertion: ‘I hate the Indians. They are a beasty people with a beasty religion’. His prognostication that after the British left the subcontinent, ‘India will fall back quite rapidly through the centuries into the barbarism and privations of the Middle Ages’; and further ‘an army of white janissaries, officered if necessary from Germany, will be hired to secure the armed ascendancy of the Hindu’ have been abysmally proved wrong. Instead, his sickening assertions of barbarism and embracing of Nazism has turned to be the ever progressing Islamic crusade that the world is experiencing today. British created Pakistan and it is one of the major hotbeds of instability in the world since its independence. This is increasingly turning into saffron dressed Buddhist cronyism in Sri Lanka and Myanmar that Winston Churchill could not envisage.

Nearly seventy years after independence, India is progressing fast, and the army of janissaries are still awaited and the armed ascendancy and the barbarism of the Hindutwas are just mere sour historical incidences in the historical annals of India. India remains an unnatural nation and, what’s more, an unlikely democracy that tailored its way through one of the biggest and tolerant democracies of the world. The progress of India did not have a shadow of influence from neighboring countries like Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Post Indian beastliness expected from the Hindutwa’s was an evolution of a much needed democratic change that India successfully incorporated to strengthen to become a powerful secular nation.

The post 1977 anti-Tamil violence politics of Sri Lanka has overshadowed the Indo-Sri Lanka relationship. When the 1977 violence progressed into state sponsored major island-wide slaughter of the Tamils in 1983, India could not be the passive spectator. With the Indra Gandhi’s assertive and interventionist foreign policy, the military might of India taught many lessons for India and its neighbours. Fading of Nehru dynasty changed India’s foreign policy too. India has become one of the tolerant democracies to strengthen its inherent diversity with its multitudes of diverse communities, including that of its non-resident communities world over.

A country like Sri Lanka with its very few countable communities is still to reckon with the need to change in line with fast changing India. The present day Hindu-Buddhist, Sinhala-Tamilian culture is the historical influence of India. But unfortunately the earthly practices of tolerance, mutual respect and recognition is to still find its roots in Sri Lanka. Secularism is anathema for Sri Lanka. The federal state structures that played an important part for the cohesiveness of India is lethargy in Sri Lanka, thus it is unable to reconcile itself to become a respectable nation in the world.

India as a successful and tolerant democracy, and Sri Lanka at the cross roads to kick start its accountable democratic values must work towards promoting the principle of ‘India for Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka for India’. This must be stretched for the socio-economic benefit of both the countries.

The idea of the world’s biggest cross-bridge of the Eurotunnel emerged in 1802 and its construction only started in 1988 and opened in 1994. There was considerable pressure not to go on with this project. British political and press pressure over the compromising of national security stalled attempts to construct the tunnel.

It is the dream of the infamous Tamil Maha Kavi Bharathi (one of the vociferous poets advocating the end of the British Raj) that a bridge must be built to Sri Lanka from India. In his much acclaimed song ‘Sithnathiyin misai nilavilile’ he goes on reflect of his dream of ‘Singala theevinukkor paalam amaipom’ (build a bridge to the Sinhala Island) – a song that is equally powerful to that of India’s national anthem of Rabindranath Tagore: ‘Jana Gana Mana Adhinayaka Jaya Hey’. It is time India and Sri Lanka pursue the Sethu Samuthram Project to realise the dream of Maha Kavi Bharathi for the benefit of both the nations and the regional security of South Asia.

India’s strength in this modern globalised politics is to strengthen its relationship with its neighbours. Sri Lanka in one of the crucial countries that need strengthening of better relationship that should help the island come out of its ever progressing ghetto culture. India is doing the right thing by taking a much wanted humane approach than its rival China in its recent indulgences in Sri Lanka, by providing donor and soft loan funding. China’s high percentage heavy intervention is cynical that should be thwarted by proactive diplomatic efforts.

With the downfall of Rajapaksa regime, there are claims that China is involved in the destabilising campaign in Sri Lanka by financing the losers and certain media. Such covert operations of China must be roundly dealt with by sharp intelligence gathering and infusion of confidence to the government of Sri Lanka that wishes to change the post-independence traumatic political climate of the island.

*To be continued

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    Rajasingham Jayadevan

    “It is the dream of the infamous Tamil Maha Kavi Bharathi (one of the vociferous poets advocating the end of the British Raj) that a bridge must be built to Sri Lanka from India. “

    I am told Maha Kavi Bharathi was revolutionary poet and indeed he was famous. When did he become infamous and for what reason?

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      Native Vedda “…When did he become infamous and for what reason? “

      ha ha good one Native

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        {Edited out]

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          R K Raghavan

          “{Edited out]”

          This is one of your best contribution so far. Please keep up the good work.

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        Guruji Rajash

        Infamous = well known = renowned = legendary

        Find some more and I shall be your conscience to respond to your ridicules.

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          R K Raghavan

          “Infamous = well known = renowned = legendary Find some more and I shall be your conscience to respond to your ridicules.”

          The dictionary contradict with your learned observations:

          Infamous

          well known for some bad quality or deed.

          “an infamous war criminal”

          Synonyms

          notorious, disreputable, ill-famed, of ill-repute; legendary, fabled, well-known

          “a portrait of an infamous mass murderer”

          More synonyms

          wicked; abominable, abominable, outrageous, shocking, shameful, disgraceful, dishonourable, discreditable, unworthy, unprincipled, unscrupulous; monstrous, atrocious, appalling, dreadful, terrible, heinous, detestable, disgusting, loathsome, hateful, wicked, vile, base, unspeakable, unforgivable, iniquitous, criminal, odious, nefarious, scandalous; informaldirty, filthy, low-down; informalbeastly; formalegregious, flagitious, exceptionable

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            Rajasingham Jayadevan –

            It’s obvious that Native Vedda is nobody else other than you.

            Please stop justifying your horrible English.

            You may have fooled the LTTE, but can’t do the same with Shakespeare English or Queen’s English.

            Your English is good for those who didn’t study above O/L.

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    I had a quick scan of this article. Any one understand what this is about?

    what does he mean by:

    “India’s strength in this modern globalised politics is to strengthen its relationship with its neighbours. “

    or this:Now he wants to take on China!

    “covert operations of China must be roundly dealt with by sharp intelligence gathering and infusion of confidence to the government of Sri Lanka “

    Look at this paragraph;

    “In the post Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) scenario, ethnic tensions in Sri Lanka have slow phased the official relationship between the two nations. Politically, it froze to an alarming scale during the outgoing autocratic confrontational familial rule of Mahendra Percy Rajapaksa. The bilateral relationship between the two nations dipped to the lowest, undermining the much needed regional cohesiveness for stability. The unstable outgoing Manmohan Singh government also contributed towards the strain, thus helping Mahinda Rajapaksa to go haywire without any fear of regional consequences.”

    …doesnt he know it was India that wiped out LTTE?

    and also there is Winston Churchill , Nehru, Channel Tunnel…Bahrathiyar

    A sambar of an article !

    or perhaps he is applying for a visa to go to India

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      Rajash

      I agree with you.

      You wanted LTTE to be wiped out of the earth by India. But Gota did it for you.

      You know Sambar is a delicious dish. It is interesting to note you have enjoyed it.

      Rajash, you make very negative comments under the names [Edited out]

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        [Edited out]

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          Rajash

          “[Edited out]”

          I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.

          Voltaire

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      Busker Rajash

      You did a quick scan and made your quick response. Everything is quick for you indeed. You quickly became a British and this has quickened your thought process.

      [Edited out]

      You must be the fastest thinking man on the earth to reflect your fast thinking brain.

      You like to hate the Rajasingams. why? What they done to you. Don’t tell me that you love to hate them.

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        Yakkadaya

        “Don’t tell me that you love to hate them.”

        Probably Rajash hates to love them.

        If you have a family dispute with Rajash why don’t you take to your dinning table and deal with it?

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            Yakkadaya

            Very illuminating. I am immensely gratified. Thanks.

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        Yakkadaya

        This is indeed a good and complex subject matter to write on. Congrats for Rajasingham Jeyadevan to take on the challenge.

        There are some good points but he lost the focus of the subject matter by rambling and boasting his half knowlwdge on unwanted areas.

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          [Edited out]

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            R S Raghavan

            “[Edited out]”

            Great stuff

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        Yakkadaya

        yakkadayas keep on yakking…The caravan moves on

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          Guruji the Busker Rajash

          I am only responding to your yaks.

          Yakkadaya is an unbending Irumbu Manithan (Iron man).

          He will only respond to lopsided Guruji’s like you.

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      A sambar of an article!

      Don’t play the fool with World famous fault finder.

      From Jayadevan’s English, we can understand that has used English words which he must have found from Theasaurous.

      There are fools who pretend as Educated.

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    India is the biggest democracy in the world and the one and only close neighbour to Sri Lanka. Beyond any doubt India is the regional super power in the Indian Ocean. Almost all the world religions are freely practised in India and there are more than 300 languages spoken in India. India is a vibrant democracy. MR & Co failed to have cordial relationship with India and sold Sri Lanka to China. MR & Co failed to learn the lessons of IPKF intervention against all the odd of JR govt. Above all, India was/is the first country against the Tamil Eelam because of their regional security. Although most Sri Lankans politicians know about this, they still play the anti-Indian card to appease the Sinhala- Buddhist. There are many writers including Dayan and H L D M Pala are playing the same game just to show that they are the patriotic Sinhala-Buddhist. Indians use the Tamils-Tamil Nadu link to influence/ interfere in Sri Lankan affaires. But their main concern is their own security not the North-East Tamils interest. That is only a cover for Indians’ intervention.

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    Rajasingham Jayadevan, I fondly recall your intimidating English lessons – particularly to a lady with a weaker language ability than yours -, in a forum where you enjoyed the patronage of its editor.

    Below is some aid for your future endeavours.

    —- never ending internal strives ….
    …. never ending internal strifes ….

    —- internal and regional security ….
    …. national and regional security ….

    —- gentle regional authority ….
    …. passive regional authority ….

    —- regional power base of ….
    …. regional power of ….

    —- Sri Lanka have made attempts ….
    …. Sri Lanka has made attempts ….

    —- enter the nostril of
    …. enter the nose of …. OR
    …. get into the nostril of ….

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      also
      —-political and media pressure
      instead of
      —-political and press pressure

      apparently he is writting the manifesto for NRT SL
      will be a good fun to read

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    The proposal to have a rail and road link between India and Sri Lanka through a tunnel connecting the two countries should be a welcome idea for all concerned. It should be looked upon not merely as a connection between the two countries but as a land link between Almost ALL Asian countries. This will widen the prospects for development besides widening the horizons of outlook of all people.

    Sengodan. M

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    Good article.

    But the Singhalese believe there are 1200 million Tamils in India and they all support the Tamils of Sri Lanka!

    Since the killing of Rajiv Gandhi by LTTE, Indians have given up interfering in the Sri Lankan politics.

    China is not a democracy and there is no media freedom. As such it is easy for Rajapakser’s to deal with China.India is a true democracy with media freedom.

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      thamilan

      “Since the killing of Rajiv Gandhi by LTTE, Indians have given up interfering in the Sri Lankan politics.”

      Beg to differ.They have only stopped interfering in a bull in a china shop manner.As`long as we are only 17 nautical miles behind their arse,they will be always interfere,but in a more polished manner.

      however our benign neighbour will only interfere with us if we do anything that is a threat or a nuisance to them,and that is fair because neighbours should not do those things to each other.It applies to us as individuals and also to countries too.

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    So JD in international affairs – wof what a joke

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    Free visas to SAARC nations may build bridges than Adam’s bridge, green groups with saffron oppose ironically Northern Sri Lankan Tamils too because smuggling is lucrative. Merchants of death never like friendly neighbourhood!

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    Rajasingham Jayadevan

    Importance Of India For Sri Lanka:

    *** Your Article is very shallow and contains a lot of ill thought out assumptions which are at odds with Ground Reality. I hate to do this but let pick holes.

    Indias realations with Sri Lanka is different from that of the Northern Neighbours both in terms of Containment and dangers posed by Meddling because of the Porous Nature. I am sure you know what that means.

    Before I get down to the Nitty Gritty I wish to Give you a very Basic Fact and that is as follows and I have said this many times.

    – Sri Lankas Sovereingnty is limited to Indias Security therefore by inference and by its proximity India has the luxury of keeing Sinhlala Lanka on check if she feels her Security is threatened. There is a Cuban parallel here.
    India doesnt have to go extremes to Check Mate Sinhala Lanka.

    1) Importance of India for Sri Lanka and the need for Sri Lanka to maintain friendly relations with India

    The relationship between India and Sri Lanka is an inter twined historical bond. The underlying commonalities between the two nations and their geographical positioning, even after the historical geological drifts of which Sri Lanka is of miniscule part, have not changed the intrinsic relationship.

    *** In the final Analysis this is not a Two Way Traffic. It is a one way traffic. Work it out for yourself

    2) In the post Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) scenario, ethnic tensions in Sri Lanka have slow phased the official relationship between the two nations. Politically, it froze to an alarming scale during the outgoing autocratic confrontational familial rule of Mahendra Percy Rajapaksa. The bilateral relationship between the two nations dipped to the lowest, undermining the much needed regional cohesiveness for stability. The unstable outgoing Manmohan Singh government also contributed towards the strain, thus helping Mahinda Rajapaksa to go haywire without any fear of regional consequences.

    *** The above was not by chioce but both had their own Agenda and on the part of Mother India it was complacency.

    3) For overtly anti-Tamil Mahinda Rajapaksa, China and Russia became the mollycoddling partners to circumvent the crucifixion of the Tamils and his local antagonists, thus violating the international norms and protocols the country subscribed to be a member state within the global village.

    *** The above is incorrect as it was India who protected Sinhala Lanka for fear of being implicated.

    4) India has evolved from a dominant regional power to a non-interventionist state to progress with the fast changing international political order. Present day India is engaging in peaceful bilateral relationships with its neighbours to strengthen its regional stakes.

    *** The above is utterly wrong and I suggest you do some research on why India is loosing Soldiers in its fight against rebels in the Autonomous States. There is a debate currently going on in India as to whether or not India should embark on pre emptive strike.

    Have you not heard of India funding MQM in Pakistan. This is contratry to your assertions. Do you know the extent of Indias involvement in Afghanistan. India is the American Proxy.

    5) The exit of irritant Mahinda Rajapaksa is a blessing in disguise for the whole world. Ever since his departure, the relationship between India and Sri Lanka has strengthened at a reasonable and non-confrontational space.

    *** Surely you are out of you your mind to suggest the above . On the World stage Percy is a ” Kosu”

    6) A country like Sri Lanka with its very few countable communities is still to reckon with the need to change in line with fast changing India. The present day Hindu-Buddhist, Sinhala-Tamilian culture is the historical influence of India. But unfortunately the earthly practices of tolerance, mutual respect and recognition is to still find its roots in Sri Lanka. Secularism is anathema for Sri Lanka. The federal state structures that played an important part for the cohesiveness of India is lethargy in Sri Lanka, thus it is unable to reconcile itself to become a respectable nation in the world.

    *** I agree with the above but that was not out of the Goodness of the Northerners but due to the need and desire to keep the Union Intact because of the diversity.

    7) India as a successful and tolerant democracy, and Sri Lanka at the cross roads to kick start its accountable democratic values must work towards promoting the principle of ‘India for Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka for India’. This must be stretched for the socio-economic benefit of both the countries.

    *** Tolerance comes from a feeling of feeling secure and respect for other Religions and Ethnicity. But the Sinhalese lack both.

    8) It is the dream of the infamous Tamil Maha Kavi Bharathi (one of the vociferous poets advocating the end of the British Raj) that a bridge must be built to Sri Lanka from India. In his much acclaimed song ‘Sithnathiyin misai nilavilile’ he goes on reflect of his dream of ‘Singala theevinukkor paalam amaipom’

    ** Modi sang the song and reminded the GOSL in his speech. Just tell your Sinhalese friends that construction has started in earnest.

    9)With the downfall of Rajapaksa regime, there are claims that China is involved in the destabilising campaign in Sri Lanka by financing the losers and certain media. Such covert operations of China must be roundly dealt with by sharp intelligence gathering and infusion of confidence to the government of Sri Lanka that wishes to change the post-independence traumatic political climate of the island.

    *** I am not sure where you get the above from which is factually incorrect as RAW has spies on the Ground and closely monitoring events and that is what led to the GOSL banning Chinese Submarines and the cancellation of the Port City Project and Chinese encroachment is a Pie in The Sky.

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      Very well said Kali – you presented that critique most immaculately! Well done, and thank you. Appreciate your effort in preventing the uninitiated in the topic getting misled by such quacks.

      This is possibly the fourth or fifth increasingly shallow, pseudo-intellectual, absolutely flawed articles from Jayadevan – seemingly trying hard to get noticed as a serious political commentator, or perhaps even on presumptions as a pertinent player in Sri Lankan or Tamil politics!!

      Any effort at straightening his thoughts wiz-passes well over his head, and then Jayadevan resigns at self-defense with grossly irrelevant, if not abusive comments, either openly or otherwise.

      I am keeping fingers crossed – either for a similar pointless defense, or, after a short cooling-off period, jumping to a new subject with equally low background info, or perhaps, god-willing, finally an enlightened retraction!

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        Kumar R:

        Thank you

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        [Edited out] @RK Raghavan, please use one name – CT

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          Ragavan/Nirmalan’s annoyance or perhaps infuriation at criticism of Jayadevan is truly astonishing — or is it just naively revealing?!

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          R K Raghavan

          “[Edited out] @RK Raghavan, please use one name – CT”

          Don’t be stupid, use another IP address.

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      [Edited out] @RNirmalaN, please use one name – CT

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      Kali
      I dismissed the entire article as rubbish written in horrible English.
      apparently this guy is writting the Manifesto for NRT SL. !

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    NirmalaN

    “[Edited out] @RNirmalaN, please use one name – CT”

    What the matter with you?

    Use another IP address if you don’t want to get caught.

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