26 September, 2020

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India Is Our ‘Friend’, Right?

By Malinda Seneviratne –

Malinda Seneviratne

It was not the first time that Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans have been treated shabbily in India and by Indians.  Friday’s vandalization of an office of the Bank of Ceylon in Tamil Nadu by pro-LTTE elements of that state who are wont to shed copious tears over ‘the plight of Tamil brethren in Sri Lanka’ ironically left two Tamils, one Sri Lankan and one Indian, injured.  It is a well-known fact that for all the love professed for Sri Lankan Tamils by Tamil Nadu politicians, they (Sri Lankan Tamils) are subject to ridicule and harassment in that State and treated with derision and suspicion.  If there are CCTV cameras at the Chennai Airport, the footage would reveal a lot about ‘love’.

It is now customary for uncouth Tamil Nadu politicians to whip up hysteria among ill-educated supporters and organize demonstrations and attacks on Sri Lankans.  It is customary for Delhi to issue statements of concern and trot out assurance-homilies regarding safety.  And yet, officials have been harassed, pilgrims attacked and properties damaged.  That’s ‘India Shining’, one supposes.  But India is a ‘friend’.

A quick recap is called for.  India funded, armed and trained the LTTE terrorists to destabilize Sri Lanka to the point of annexure (ref Rajiv Gandhi’s statement on turning Sri Lanka into a second Bhutan).   The LTTE blunted development, terrorized a nation, killed thousands of innocent civilians and more than any other entity caused untold suffering to the Tamil community (courtesy forced recruitment of children, hostage-taking and turning regions the Tamils lived in into combat zones for decades).  India helped them.  But India, ladies and gentlemen, is a ‘friend’.

India took up an anti-Sri Lanka position at the UNHRC in March 2012 and is said to be readying to do a repeat this year.  India tried to and is still trying to secure a strategic foothold via the Sampur Power Plant with exclusivity clauses as well as cost-upping inferior technology specifications.  India has always arm-twisted Sri Lanka to sign trade and other agreements with unequal benefits.  Indian companies are trying to secure drilling rights in the Mannar basin.  All for the love of Sri Lanka.  India is wary of Chinese influence in Sri Lanka, perhaps because India feels that China is not Sri Lanka’s friend and that as Sri Lanka’s ‘friend’, India needs to protect ‘Lil’ Bro Sri Lanka’.  The condescension should be ignored because, after all, India is Sri Lanka’s ‘friend’.

India dumped a mammoth white elephant called the 13th Amendment preying on J.R. Jayewardene’s inability to do simple arithmetic.  The ‘13th’ was used and is being used by those who want a Sri Lanka break-up to concretize the myth of ‘Traditional Tamil Homelands’, never mind the fact that the majority of Tamils live outside the Northern and Eastern provinces.   India is a ‘friend’, though.

Indians visit Sri Lanka, some as tourists, some on business.  Indian companies operate freely in Sri Lanka.  India exports a lot to Sri Lanka, including cheap and sub-standard drugs.  That’s ‘friendship’ and we have to conclude that there are nice, decent, Sri Lankan ‘friends’ who facilitate such ‘friendship’, for it takes two hands to clap.

The point is that Sri Lankans who take issue with India would at worst just demonstrate outside the Indian High Commission.  Indians are not button-holed and screamed at.  Indian properties are not vandalized.  Is that out of ‘fear of reprisal’?  Hardly.  India has shown its worst face and ended with egg on it, ironically courtesy of the bad-eggs they warmed in Tamil Nadu (that’s the IPKF, dubbed at the time as the Illan Parippu Kana Force, or ‘Force that asked for it and duly got it’).

In short India and Sri Lanka are friends but ones who have different ideas about what constitutes friendship.  Different ideas about civilization too, one might add.  People learn from one another, though, and over time ‘friends’ pick up each other’s traits.  It is hard to think that India would become less uncouth and thug-like though.  It would be a pity, however, if Sri Lanka became like India and did the works-both-ways-brother number on Indians and Indian establishments here.

*Malinda Seneviratne is the Chief Editor of ‘The Nation and his articles can be found at www.malindawords.blogspot.com

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    Witness the never ending conflicts in indian society and then decide if it is possible to have a stable friendship. The so called friendship with Sri Lanka is nothing but a balancing act with China on one side and Tamil Nadu on the other, Indian govt at the center. These two factors will dictate our relationship, there is nothing called friendship.

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      MS:- India sends the largest number of Tourists to Lanka and keeps Basil the uneducated Minister of “Economic Development” happy, so do not complain too hard!
      The Indo Lanka relationship is complex and multifaceted with many angles, but in the final analysis India’s NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS trump all other relationships. The Coal power project in Sampur, which has displaced thousands of TAMIL civilians (whose Human Rights India loves to talk about), and will be an Environmental pollution DISASTER for Lanka, is NOT in the interest of the PEOPLE of Lanka and is being accepted by Rajapassa in order to get Indian support at the UPR in Geneva.
      India is hated by Nepal because it has stolen that country’s water and electricity through corrupt dam building project deals with corrupt Nepali politicians so that today Nepal which has more water than any other South Asia country (snow melt from Himalayas) has 15 hour power cuts on a daily basis.. The similar is about to happen in Lanka with the dirty Sampur Coal power project by India.
      The Sampur Project in Trincomalee is India’s response to China’s presence in Hambantota and Sri Lankan citizens are paying for BOTH Rajapakse’s and the Indian State’s putrid governance interests.. SO please be a little more sophisticated in your ONE SIDED SPIN, Mr MS!

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        Quite right! Although I do not agree with Pathala Champika Ranawaka on anything, I do agree with him that the Sampur Coal power plant is NOT for the benefit of Lankan folks and will be an environmental disaster greater than Noriccholai when built because India exports its shit (national insecurity paranoia and greed for resources) to its neighbors and rips them off..

        Rajapakse because of his putrid domestic HR record however has agreed to India’s violating the Human Rights of Sri Lankan citizens in Sampur, as Rajapassa has violated all human rights and land rights and land grabbed along the whole coast of Trincomalee districts upto Passikudha where Basil Rajapakse has mega hotel on prime lands stolen from the Tamil peoples..

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          Rajapaksa is colluding with India on land grabbing from the poor Sampur villages – strange as it may sound – wheels within wheels!

          In the end it is the poor villages of the east who loose out to the national security interest of India that considers Lanka’s north east its border and Lanka’s military dictatorship and the Rajapassa brothers greed for land for its tourism military businesses..

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    Malinda S is, admittedly, a product of Sinhala chauvinism.
    It can be argued he owes his present temporary position to that source.
    One normally becomes a Senior Editor, even to a journal with a very limited reach as the one he is in, after serving years down the line – which in his case is not. If this poor but provocative piece of journalism is aimed at annoying some in India, he and his backers have reason to feel they have done well. One recalls it was his paper that
    carried the piece about Kamlesh Metha confirming CHOGM at Hambantota, which the Commonwealth Secretariat has now, in other words, calls an irresponsible and mischievous “invention”

    “Indian properties not vandalised” is a further mendacious statement
    made in ignorance – or a shallow attempt at misleading – of the many that were destroyed in 7/83 upon which GoI protested to JRJs Govt.

    Senguttuvan

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      Senguttuvan

      His writings are part of “Manufacturing Consent” among the Sinhala/Buddhists, a process which started many decades ago if not centuries.

      In the late 1980’s JVP was accused of killing the Finance director (an Indian from India) of Sugar manufacturing plant in the East for which I am told JVP received severe bollocking from Indian High Commission in Colombo.

      The policeman who wrote about Jaffna Library is also part of this process and the Sinhala/Buddhists want me to trust them when they write their version of my people’s history beginning with Mahawamsa.

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        native;

        Do you believe Sri lankan Police men?.
        some believed former policeman at Diyavannaaoya Piggery.

        To day I heard that Government, Any how going to build the so caled sampoor Coal power plant,

        And another TROJAN HORSE WE ARE GETTING FROM OUR BOSSOM FRIEND,

        FROM INDIA WITH LOVE TO SPINELESS JARAPASSA.

        STILL WE DID NOT GET DYSENTERY ONLY.
        BUT IT MAY SOON.

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    Straight to comments. Yawn…

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    Real Indian friendship can be seen , only when Sonia Gandhi led congress is out of office , make no mistake BJP led government along with jayalalitha will show Sri lankan leaders the true colour of the indian friendship .

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      srilal

      Have you ever seen an Eel, its BJP.

      It is so crossed with Sri Lanka being pro Sinhala/Buddhists, a section of BJP raises the issues of rights of Hindus (Tamils) and human rights violations. On the other hand another section of BJP is actively supporting Sri Lanka for its growing animosity against Muslims.

      BJP likes to have the Sri Lankan cake and eat it.

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        VN:”BJP likes to have the Sri Lankan cake and eat it” see it too please as a Sinhala Buddhist state of India as Bhutan is pure Buddhist Kingdom like Nepal the Hindu kingdom.

        Jai Naresh Modi Jai, Jai Swami Vivekananda Jai,

        Bolo Jai Hindustan Jai

        Bolo Jai Hindustan Jai all you kallathoni’s down under. ;)

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        agreed , NV

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    Why is Lord Palmerston’s well known and overused motto being presented here, as something to ponder afresh, is the real question?

    That the Gov’t of India does what is best for India is only to be expected. If only Lankan leaders can take decisions that help all Sri Lankans as opposed to only one community then we as one country can stand up. Currently, only the main appendage is being favored while the other smaller appendages are not being used.

    Lankan leaders favor the ‘crutch’ known as international assistance, to help with it’s ungainly gait. If we learn to use all our appendages then we can throw away the crutch.

    So if a friendly neighbour gives us a crutch, it is only meant to help us walk towards their backyard.

    …. but Malinda you already know all this. So what gives..????

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    Malinda Seneviratne, the English speaking Sinhala chauvinist, would do well to condemn his friends’ – Bodu Bala Sena and JHU – vandalism, before preaching to India.

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    He talks as if he has nothing to do with India!
    How amnesiac can one get! Which part of India did his ancestors come from? Which boat did they arrive in?
    Looking at him possibly from the Malabar coast around thirteenth century and possibly some bit portuguese genes as well added for good measure!
    If I am incorrect of the period I hope this piece will jog his memory to tell us His origins from India!

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    India could give 2 shiets about SL, wake up Sinhalese! you people are insignificant in the region!

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    this is trash. He doesn’t distinguish between government policy, and pure vandalism. he happily overlooks that hundreds were arrested for protesting the visit of the Sri Lankan President.

    In our country the naval sentry who tried to club the Premier of the biggest democracy in the world escaped with a reprimand and a light sentence. Ministers lay in siege and go Scot free.

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    “Sri Lanka’s ‘friend’, India needs to protect ‘Lil’ Bro Sri Lanka’.”

    It seems MS doesn’t even read his own president’s statements and listen to his interviews yet churns great thesis on Indo Sri Lanka relation. MR in an interview to an Indian TV insisted Sri Lanka was the little sister of India and not “Lil’ Bro Sri Lanka” as MS wants us to believe.

    MS is undermining MR’s authoritative pronouncement which is likely to cause diplomatic friction and put Indo Lanka relation in jeopardy.

    Is MS working on an agenda which is completely detrimental to that of Mahinda mindset?

    By the way Lanka Truth reported yesterday “President meets head of RAW but not any other Indian leaders”.

    MR is working with the right type of Indian institution on detente between the big sister and the little sister.

    Please note VP had good relation with RAW so did Dutta Gamini and others.

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      MS is paid by MR to say what MR wants to say but cant say publicly. Simple as that.

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    Malinda you have exposed your true colours by writing this stupid piece. I am inclined to agree with Senguttuvan that you are a product of Sinhala chauvinism. If this is the mindset of educated Sinhalese, then there is no hope of any reconciliation.

    You should know that the attacks on Sri Lankans and Sri Lankan establishments in Tamil Nadu are carried out at the instigation of bankrupt Tamil Nadu politicians on the fringe who aren in the pay of pro-LTTE Tamil diaspora. Do you think that Vaiko was spending his own money to send 500 of party cadres to New Delhi to protest the visit of the SL President? Vaiko, Nedumaran, Seeman and others like him are well funded by Sri Lankan Tamils living abroad. I understand Tamil Nadu government did take action against these miscreants. It is also a fact that those two persons who were injured in the Bank of Ceylon attack are Tamils, not Sinhalese.

    I am surprised at your accusation that India wants to annex Sri Lanka. In your allegation you have made a reference to Rajiv’s statement on turning Sri Lanka into a second Bhutan. Are you saying that India annexed Bhutan? Bhutan is still an independent nation. You may be referring to Sikkim. That former protectorate of India was never annexed by force. Sikkim was a protectorate of India from the time the British left India in 1947. India looked after its defence and external affairs. It became the 22nd state of the Indian Federal Union after a referendum in 1975 which followed a formal request by the Sikkim Prime Minister to become a state of India.

    Had India wanted to annex Sri Lanka, Indira Gandhi would have done it easily in 1983 when in a Cold War setting she had the backing of the Soviet Union and the socialist bloc. She rejected calls for any military intervention in the aftermath of the July 1983 riots. Indira Gandhi would have easily sent the Indian Army to Sri Lanka had she wanted as she did in former East Pakistan which resulted in the creation of Bangladesh. India did provide some assistance to the Tamil militants but that was done only to demonstrate her unhappiness with the SL government over the way Tamils are treated.

    You are saying that the 13th amendment is being used to break up and concretize the myth of traditional Tamil homelands. The 13th amendment did not provide for any real devolution of power to the Tamils. If you carefully read the 13th amendment you will find that the Governor who is appointed at the pleasure of the President retained executive control over the provincial administration. Governor retains full control over Provincial Fund provided by the central government. President can easily dismiss the elected provincial council and transfer powers of the council to the National Parliament. Nevertheless I believe that the full impelementation of the 13th amendment with further improvements to ensure real devolution of power and a permanent merger of Northern and Eastern provinces will be the easy solution that would satisfy the Tamils.

    13th amendment does not say anything about traditional Tamil homeland. It only provided for the temporary merger of Northern and Eastern provinces which were recognised by the Indo-Sri Lankan Accord as areas of historical habitation of the Sri Lankan Tamil speaking people. Indo-Sri Lankan Accord does not speak about the Tamil homeland but it refers to “Tamil speking people” meaning both the Tamils and the Muslims.

    If India decides to vote against Sri Lanka at UNHRC you cannot blame it for coming to such a decision. The previous UNHRC resolution which was supported by India only asked the Sri Lankan government to implement the recommendations of its own commission. Nothing new was being forced on the SL government. In fact India helped Sri Lanka by watering down the original UNHRC resolution and thereby earned the ire of Tamil diaspora. Though New Delhi is faced with Tamil Nadu pressure it is not certain at this stage that India is going to support the new resolution proposed by the United States. Sri Lanka can win over India by fulfilling its promise made by the Sri Lankan President immediately after the end of Eelam war.

    Trade agreements in favour of a big country is nothing new or unique to India. Big nations always arm twists smaller nations. The same applies to Sri Lanka’s various agreements with China. Sri Lanka should not give-in to India or for that matter to any big nation in negotiating trade or other bi-lateral agreements.

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      Naga,
      Thanks for the sober response. I however think the north-east merger was untenable from the beginning and is an impossibility now. The east has found a communal balance- engineered and as a result of the 30 year violent conflict- that will make any attempt at re-merger an impossibility. The Tamils in the east also have developed an ‘ East consciousness’ that will not be submerged under a Tamil conscienceless dominated by the northerners and representing largely the northern perceptions and grievances. The Tamil consciousness must now evolve to accommodate subsets extending beyond the territorial limits of the north and east and include all Tamils and Tamil-speaking people, but within the context of a united Sri Lanka.

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran.

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    Why give sampur to the indians? Why not to the USA or EU with their superior technology. Of course this will never happen because of people like Weerawansa and Ranwaka. Even JVP will oppose. We prefer to have old technology from China and India in the name of sovereignity?

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      Lanka has no resources like lithium gas magnesium in abundance for 50 years etc. Resources that entice a country like China to dump on mining and extractionworlld over and recently in Afghanistan when everyone else failed leaving India to back out in a big way unable create a triangle like China/Afghanistan/Pakistan due to this upper hand its IC backed. So the Indian might is on SL for the creation of a state of India – Sinhala Buddhist State of India like BB want it.

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    Native Veddah,

    Did MR avoid meeting the Indian leaders or they – he? Normal protocol
    is for the Chief Minister of the State visited to call on the visiting
    foreign VVIP ???? What was the mighty hurry to hit Injun country while the country is on the boil in many areas? Do you believe the Tirupathi
    diety can save everybody from everything – by a mere prayer and an
    assurance to financially help the TTDM.

    Alok Joshi/RAW chief meeting our man for 45 minutes is sufficient
    time for sending “the message” to the visitor the world is round.

    Senguttuvan

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      Senguttuvan

      The visit was private, we are told. The meeting could be unofficially official. Who did brief Lanka Truth?

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    Naga,

    I believe Bradman W told me Malinda is the son of that respected LSSP-oriented ex-CCS man- Gamini. How times (and society) have changed?

    Senguttuvan

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    IF India is secretly harbouring a desire to annexe Sri Lanka (which I doubt) it is people like Malinda who are paving the way for it by creating the groundwork and necessary conditions for a foreign intervention.

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      dingiri

      India always believed that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala state of India.

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    Dingiri,

    Worry not, my man. They will not touch us with a six foot pole. To them we are nothing but a recurring head-ache from Indira’s time to now. While most politicians of the Booruwansa, Patalipura ilk think of
    India 24×7 and earn their indiappan/pol sambole feeding the con to the denizens. my reading is, hardly any Indian in the South Block waste sleep over us. The lesson here, in Mariakade parlance, is to learn
    our “size” in context.

    Senguttuvan

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    INDIA TRAINED LTTE TERRORISTS.
    INDIA HAS NEVER BEEN A TRUE FRIEND.

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      peter

      India did many things not just training LTTE.

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    India is our friend for more than 3000 years. All the pre-historic Indian tribes mentioned in the Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist texts (Example: Mahabaratha, Ramayana, Gita, Tripitika, Mahavamsa, etc) such as the Naga-Yaksha-Raksha-Deva settled in Lanka. Later, the tribe known as Sinhala came from India and settled in Lanka. Then the tribe known as Damila came from India and settled in Lanka. Then emperor Asoka’s missionary (Mahinda) came with Buddhism to Lanka. Then from time to time India sent kings either officially or as invaders to rule Lanka (Nayakka Rajasinghe, Singhe Aryan, etc). A part of the Moors (Arabs) who came and married Indian Tamil wives and settled in India later came and settled in Lanka. The Portuguese who came to India later invaded Lanka. Everything has happened in Lanka with the help of India. Language/script, religion, culture, etc, etc are all from India. If not for India, there would have been no civilization; Sri Lankans will be Veddhas forever.

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      Siva

      “Sri Lankans will be Veddhas forever.”

      Whats wrong with that?

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      Modern political and economic relationships btween countries today rarely rely on historical and cultural relationships. That is exactly why even nepal has shown anti indian sentiments being a hindu country. It has more similarities with india than SL. You can see that even in other parts of the world. Relationships between countries today are shaped by modern day realities. Also it cannot be denied that india destabilized SL for its own gain in 80s. It did the same in other south asian countries. It was the stupidity of our leaders for creating space for such a thing.

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    The treatment that many sri lankan officials and even pilgrims had received in TN is pathetic and no one would deny that. But you have not experienced such an act in other parts of India. Even the people of TN (educated ones) are embarrassed by the likes of Vaiko. But we Lankans do have an equal or a worse record of treating Indians in our soil. Let’s not forget that. What happened to Indian cricket fans in Pallekale stadium recently?, remember Sharuk was greeted with bombs, attack on Rajiv Gandhi, vandalism of Indian property during Black July. These acts have already put a black mark on our nation. Talk about that too. We as a society need to grow up. But in all these cases you can observe a difference on how authorities acted. In India when things like this happen their authorities control the unruly elements. Do we do that in SL? The CM of TN and other politicians use the Lankan issue for their own advantage. But central gov in india, did not let things go out of hand. When will our idiots learn this? We are not in a position to point our finger at india. That is the sad reality.

    It is true that lankan issue, our ethnic problem is a tool for the TN politicians to gain political mileage. But think for a moment who let them do it? It is we, who let them do that. It is WE and Sinhala leaders (whom you support) who do not solve our problems that are being used by TN politicians. Solve them first. But what are we doing, trying to create more problems. There is no use in blaming TN politicians, lets solve our issues first.

    It is true india funded LTTE. But later on they did help us let’s acknowledge that too. LTTE was a product of the racist and idiotic policies of Sinhala leaders. That is the truth and there is no point in blaming others. India is a different country and they took advantage of the prevailing situation in SL and we let them do it. There is no point of talking about Rajiv, after all he was somewhat pro SL than his mother. India’s approach on SL has changed a lot lets invest in that.

    India did bully SL during 80s and sadly we did provided space for that. We, our leaders let the creation of a polarized ethnic makeup in SL playing the race card and ignoring Tamil’s concerns. Personally I think JR handled india quite well at that time. He punched above his weight as a leader in a small country, (though I believe he is part of the tragedy in SL). Somewhere in mid 80s india realized break up of SL is not gonna work well for india so they changed the game. And whatever the intentions they had coming up with 13th amendment, it did serve this country well. Don’t blame India or 13th, it was a good thing for us. Yes 13th amendment was good for SL. I don’t say it suits our problem we need a more practical solution. However power devolution is a must if SL is to prosper in the future.

    It is again true that india-SL trade is heavily biased towards india. But that is again because of our bad economic policy making. Gove is not trying to build our economy. It is not handled by competent people with the aim of developing SL. It is the commission what drives them. When you are poor, hamoma oluwata athahodanawa ne. That is the reality. We can’t change how other countries do things, but we can change how we do things. Just look at the way MR gov is destroying our economy and wasting public money on white elephants. Mattala airport, hambanthota port, stadiums in hambanthota, Mihin air, Norochcholai, nelum pokuna, asian games all these things are not done with a proper analysis. It is the leaders of this country who bring down our ecomony, making this country indebted for years to come. We give others the leverage to exploit us. Can u see that? After all importing from india is advantageous to SL. Last time I heard, SL is importing buses from china. I say just look at a map and think about all the shipping cost. Importing from india is advantageous to us. Also india is a large market. Our own industries can use that. Creating anti Indian sentiment would not help us in that regard. Whatever said and done india is a secular and democratic country in south asia. If handled intelligently india is an asset for SL.

    Don’t say IPKF was the worst face of india. IPKF didn’t invade SL. They came here after JR requested for them. If Premadasa didn’t send the IPKF back, we could have finished LTTE with minimum damage to SL. Let’s act using intelligence other than mere emotions. Also there is nothing called friendship in world affairs. Once US and Pakistan were friends. Things change. Countries act in their own interests and don’t expect any goodwill out of friendship. I didn’t expect such an emotional drivel from a newspaper editor. I understand you have genuine love for Sinhala people but please give the intellectual guidance they do need now. Again I am telling you, we need to act using intelligence than mere emotions.

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    sach

    “Don’t say IPKF was the worst face of india. IPKF didn’t invade SL. They came here after JR requested for them.”

    IPKF was “invited” by Sri Lanka, after India flexed its muzzles in the air. There were six Tuplovs escorted by two Mirage 2000s, clearly violated the airspace of a “sovereign” country.

    The six Tuplovs unloaded numerous sacks of Parrippu bombs and some sacks were filled with incendiary materials such as Chappati flour.

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      so what do u veddha suggest to do? To send veddhas in naval ships with bows and arrows? I think DB taught you all about what happened at the IPKF saga. J’dana did well in the given situation. That cannot be denied.

      On a side note, do u think u are adding anything worthwhile to the discussion? If u think so, sorry to disappoint you, u dont. whenever i read the comments, i normally skip urs.

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        sach

        I am glad to read DB has a friend/fellow traveler in this forum.

        “so what do u veddha suggest to do? To send veddhas in naval ships with bows and arrows?”

        I suggest both Tamil and Sinhala Kallathonies leave my ancestral land.

        Sinhala majoritarian stupidity forced India to invade Sri Lanka in 1987. The old Yankee dick thought he was outsmarting India (Indra).

        British left Sri Lanka in 1948 and India invaded the island in 1987.

        Well could you tell your Sinhala/Buddhist brotheren there is no such thing as Sri Lankan sovereignty.

        Sinhala/Buddist armed forces won’t fight their foreign invaders but their own people irrespective of race, region and religion.

        In the last invasion India first violated Sri Lankan airspace and arm twisted JR into signing Indo/Lanka agreement.

        The above is the fact. Do you dispute with it?

        You say:

        “On a side note, do u think u are adding anything worthwhile to the discussion?”

        I never claimed to have added anything worthwhile. CT knows this and most of the contributors agree with me.

        You say:

        “whenever i read the comments, i normally skip urs.”

        Good, otherwise I will be wasting your time as well as mine.

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        Emotions trailing a loss humour in flowers fangs and in search of solace you take refuge at random.

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    Sri Lanka is probably the most unfortunate country on planet despite having beautiful land and nice people!

    Mahinda Rajapaksa had a great chance to be a statesman and revise his country’s fortune. In fact, he had promised to act in way that would have made him a great statesman. But he wasted away that opportunity.

    Indian support was based on his promise. It is conditional. If he doesn’t keep his words, he will have to live with India’s adversity, not support. India had supported Prabhakaran the same way until the later changed his commitment to support Rajiv Gandhi-Jaywardene agreement.

    Having tied himself in knots, there is nothing much is left for Mahinda Rajapakshe to do other than just pray at Buddgaya and Thirupathy and wait for the divine intervention.

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    Wuli,

    “Emotions trailing a loss humour in flowers fangs and in search of solace you take refuge at random” ??? You got us in knots there. Are
    you OK? Don’t forget to take the pills exactly on time.

    Senguttuvan

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