20 May, 2022

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Sri Lanka’s Position On Ukraine

By Rohan Samarajiva –

Prof. Rohan Samarajiva

Positions must be derived from principles. What should be Sri Lanka’s position on the invasion of Ukraine by Russia? What lesson does past practice hold for us?

Sri Lanka’s position on Bangladesh

In 1971, the military and the power holders in West Pakistan refused to accept the results of a democratic election and unleashed repression in Bangladesh, then known as East Pakistan. On the 26th of March 1971, Sheikh Mujibur, the leader of the Awami League which had won the election, declared the independence of Bangladesh and was arrested.

India sympathized with the people of erstwhile East Pakistan and refused to allow overflight by Pakistani military aircraft. They came around India, refueled in Colombo, and proceeded to Dhaka. We were tacit supporters of the violent repression in Bangladesh.

Resistance to the repression by the Pakistan military received support from India. India entered the war in December 1971. Over 90,000 Pakistani troops surrendered.

Many in Sri Lanka supported the people of Bangladesh. I recall protests in the streets of Colombo. But the government headed by Mrs Bandaranaike held firm in its position that what was going on in East Pakistan was an internal matter. Sri Lanka did not recognize Bangladesh as a sovereign nation until March of 1972, well after all the other neighbors and pretty much all of Europe. The vaunted friendship between the Nehru-Gandhi family and the Bandaranaikes did not affect Sri Lanka’s position.

What was the principle behind Mrs Bandaranaike’s position? It was the absolute value placed on the territorial integrity and political independence of Member States by the UN Charter. According to the then government of Sri Lanka no one had the right to interfere in an internal matter within Pakistan. India had no right to violate the territorial integrity of Pakistan.

Strong self-interest lay behind the position. The existential threat to Sri Lanka was seen as coming from India. No precedent could be created that could support India’s support for Sri Lanka’s minorities and infringement of Sri Lanka’s territorial integrity.

I was 17 years old when all this happened. I strongly disagreed with what I thought of as my government’s amoral position. Later, I came to understand it.

The UN Charter

It is easy to criticize the UN Charter and the many failures of the organization to realize its objectives. Where was the UN Charter when Sri Lanka’s territorial integrity was violated by India in 1987, it can be asked? What good did Mrs Bandaranaike’s stance against the use of force do us?

Such criticisms are heard again now, as a country of 47 million that voluntarily gave up its nuclear weapons is being invaded by a military behemoth.

The UN Charter is imperfect. But it’s all that we have against the rule of force. It is not without power. It is the reason India clothed its violation of Sri Lanka’s borders by claiming it was a humanitarian mission to deliver food to the people of Jaffna. It is why President Putin came up with some story about genocide to justify his invasion.

The UN Charter’s anchoring of the architecture of the international system in national states as the primary actors in international affairs sticks in the throats of many. But none of the critics have come up with a workable alternative.

I would prefer to live in a world without borders. I have no overwhelming affection for national sovereignty. But until we can come up with workable alternatives, I will support the existing architecture of international relations.

Sri Lanka’s position

The rule of law is of greatest value to the weak. In the absence of international law, we will be at the mercy of the powerful. President Putin may question the sovereignty of Ukraine, drawing from his favorite historical texts. But that fact is that Ukraine was a founding member of the United Nations from 1945 and is entitled to all the rights set out in the Charter.

One may have concerns about Ukraine’s level of corruption; or about the wisdom of it joining the European Union or NATO. But none of that justifies “the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.”

As a small country, we need the protection of the UN Charter. The principle of no threat or use of force must be safeguarded. Sri Lanka’s position must be unequivocally against the invasion and for the withdrawal of Russian forces. If we value our territorial integrity and political independence, we have no alternative but to stand with Ukraine.

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    I dont think SL ever had a stand in both internal and external issues. We are a nation without any policy. Our only policy is to hoodwink the masses with Sinhala Buddhism and racism. Ukraine ill treated its Russian speaking minority in east Ukraine and hence the separatist movement. There was military violence against them and they even banned russian language. This struggle is one of the excuses that gave the opportunity to russia to wage war with ukraine. Had Ukraine handled its minority issue sensibly things may have been different. Of course Russians and mad Putin are equally evil. They forgot how they suffered under Hitler. Ukraine also gave military armaments and even piolots to SL to kill the civilians taking cover behind the tamil militancy. But Ukraine is a well known black market arms dealer and thus I cant blame them to be against the Tamils but it was just business. They also had dealings with LTTE.
    Our SL is a clear parallel to Ukraine mess. Had SL especially under rajapaksas bees honest and decent to the tamil and muslim minorities the SL tragedy of total failure as a nation would have never happened. Gota survived by being a rabid racist. But today he is the most hated man in SL.

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      “We are a nation without any policy.”

      You are right Sri lanka has no internal or external policy. Sri lanka has only Family policy. The Family rules this land have one and only policy that cheat Buddhist Sinhala majority withBuddhist Fundamentalist Policy. The invasion of Ukranian by Russia is highlights any time India can take over Sri Lanka on humanitarian and security reasons which cannot be stopped by any other super powers.

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      Dear Prof. Samarajeewa,

      From what we get to watch on the TV screen (Hiru and Derana BP TV channels), srilankens seem to be supporting Russians so as Belarussians would do. THose men instifted by the aforementioned TV channels, Chathura Alwis and their counterparts in Hiru TV channels seem to be singing the song in favour of not NAM but to Russians. We are a poor country buto feel like russians and israelis should be connected with born stupidity in our race.

      Besides, this is no wonder we know incumbent leadership is just clowns set by the Chinese. In order to please the Chinese, Rajapakshes would be ready to even offer their wives, if they would be asked for. They have no kind of ethics and morals in their heads. Just look at how Medamulana paraihs behave today while entire island nation is fallen in dark without the electricity to them homes.

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    “…I would prefer to live in a world without borders. I have no overwhelming affection for national sovereignty……”

    Rohan, love it!! Tick me too, in your list!

    But sadly that will be the NEVER attainable dream some of us in this universe cherish in our hearts until we reach the end…..

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      How can little Sri Lanka take a “principled position ” when even the giants India and China have still not decided what their principles are?

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        OC
        China seems a little more decided than India in this matter.
        But India will not criticize Russia. It is thus taking a risk of hurting the soft sentiments of the US which may decide to make the Quad a Tripod– perhaps not, it has not many friends left in Asia besides old clients.

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          SJ

          “China seems a little more decided than India in this matter.”

          Here we go again.
          Seenam Saranam Gacchami

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            Glass ball trouble again.

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              SJ

              Since you have the sole custody of Mao’s b***s I have to do with my …….

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                Native, Absolute Gem. Got to give it to you.

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                Glass ball troubles?
                Do not worry, your loyal ball bearer is below to cheer you.

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                  SJ, licking your wounds ?? Do not worry you’re thick-skinned.

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    Nothing to do with Lankan borders and soverignity this time……all to do with Lankan Oligarchs placing money of suffering Masses on Russian Oligarcy New World Order.

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    Ukraine was SL’s biggest weapons seller during the war. SL must show some gratefulness.

    Russia didn’t sell weapons SL needed. Instead tried to forcibly sell weapons SL didn’t need. Russia recalled some weapons after selling to SL over human rights issues. Buying Russian weapons from Ukraine angered Russia.

    India abstained from condemning Russia at the UNSC. China and UAE also abstained.

    17% of Ukraine people are minority Russians just like in SL where 16% of SL people are minority Indians.

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      “Buying Russian weapons from Ukraine angered Russia.”
      Really? (Tamil nationalists will love that story.)
      Has it anything to do with the attack last month?
      But then the war here was over when the regime change occurred in Ukraine.

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      Again this anti-Tamil racist mischief-maker is deliberately misinforming. By stating 16% of the island’s population are minority Indians, he is implying that the island’s Tamils are Indians and do not belong to the island and are foreign, just like the Russian speakers of Ukraine and the Sinhalese and Muslims are truly indigenous and belong. When in reality other than the 4.5% Indian origin estate Tamils, the vast majority of the island’s Tamils have an older history on the island and have been here for over 3000 years, whereas it is the vast majority of the present-day Sinhalese and 99% of the present-day Muslims, who have a very recent South Indian immigrant ancestry.

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      What about the 9% Thamizh-speaking Muslims who originate from Thamizh Nadu South India? Arnt they Indians too? What about the so-called Chingkalla Karawa. Salagama, Berewa, Durawa whose ancestors all originated from Thamizh South India a few centuries ago, arnt they Indian too? Then come all the upper caste Kandyans, Kandyan/low country Chingjalla aristocracy, their ancestors also came from largely Thamizh South India a few centuries ago. Arnt they also Indian too? Then comes all the descendant from half lion and half-human princess Vijaya and his 500 merry men from what is now La La land in East Bengal or Bangladesh who married Thamizh women from the Pandian country, who are supposed to be the ancestors of the rest of the Chingkallams. Arnt they Indian too. In short everyone on the island are of Indian heritage. Not just the Thamizh as you are mischievously trying to imply. Especially your southern Muslim family.

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        Very few Muslims want to be called Tamils.
        As long as the attitude of the likes of PK and his aliases persists, they will never want to be identified with Tamils in any way.

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          SJ

          “As long as the attitude of the likes of PK and his aliases persists, they will never want to be identified with Tamils in any way.”

          Many Muslims who live in the South and speak Sinhala now claim to be Sinhla Muslim. In some cases they still believe they are the descendants of Arabs. Muslims are free to to chose their own identity hence why should their diverse identity bother anyone, especially you.?

          Democracy is all about making informed choices.
          The debate on Muslim identity has been going on for over 100 years.

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            Glass ball aberration:
            You have addressed the comment to the wrong person.

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      Now Sri Lanka has requested a loan of $ 300 Billion from Russia. If Russia provides the said loan, then Sri Lanka will be on Russia’s side. Sri Lanka has no policy.

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    Rohan
    Despite so many misgivings about the US, Nato etc, their encirclement of the SU, then Russia, I have to say I, too, stand with the people of Ukraine (however diverse they may be), at this moment. And the fact that more and more Russians are coming out against the invasion, at great risk, is inspiring.

    May I draw attention to yet another Guardian article about this:
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/mar/01/young-russians-putin-digging-his-own-grave-ukraine-sanctions

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      Manel
      The US ans NATO encouraged Ukraine to insist on joining NATO much against Russian warnings.
      Where did all those words of support go the day Russia launched its attack?
      *
      Ukraine is a pawn in a power game that the US initiated in 2014 with a coup.
      The coup government in Ukraine did much to provoke Russia. Much was expected of Zelensky to improve relations. But he took the same old line.
      Why does anyone in his senses want Ukraine to join NATO unless the purpose is to encircle and harass Russia?
      Did any of today’s watery eyes shed a drop for millions killed in each of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria?

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        Russia, Afghan, Iraq, Libya and Syria also killef equally large numbers of their own citizens. I guess watery eyes shed a drop or was it crocodile tears ???

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          A pathetic excuse to justify US imperialist mass murders

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            More crocodile tears.

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              That surprises me.
              Thank you for agreeing that the watery eyes shed crocodile tears.

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                Lack of abstract thinking or is it thinking in general. Get your head checked

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    One must consider why Russia is angry with Ukraine. Ukraine is Russia’s neighbour with many ethnic Russians in that country. If it becomes a NATO member or American stooge right at Russia’s doorstep, what assurance does Russia have, that the encirclement policy of a declining super-power will not threaten its existence? History and US behaviour in other former Soviet territories is ample evidence that the US wants to influence, bribe, corrupt and goad countries to tow a line that fits its geopolitical aspirations. South America, the Mid East and Indochina are classic examples. Sovereignty and interference in “internal” affairs does not apply when states act irresponsibly and endanger the existence of their citizens. Harsh as war is, there seemed no alternative to Putin’s actions after eight years of undemocratic rule in Ukraine. Russia must annex Ukraine and prevent further encroachment by the US led NATO in the absence of a defunct Warsaw Pact.

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      LP
      “Russia must annex Ukraine and prevent further encroachment …”
      I doubt this happening, and hope that there is no more bloodshed.
      Let us hope for the best in the talks on Belurus border.

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      Any statement denouncing the Russian action should be coupled with a statement denouncing Ukraine’s PLANNED action. Any attempt to separate the two cannot be called an unbiased position.
      In order to pursuade Russia to pull back big guys should be able to pursuade Ukraine to give up NATO ambitions.
      Otherwise it is Que Será, Será

      Soma

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        soman

        “In order to pursuade Russia to pull back big guys should be able to pursuade Ukraine to give up NATO ambitions.”

        Let us forget the big guys for a minute. You know very well we have millions of things to sort out. Big guys can wait.

        Now how are we going to deal with this problem?
        It is essentially a problem created by Sinhala/Buddhist.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UcNoaxen5Y

        Where is the minister for petroleum, who a couple of months ago displayed full of bravado, he was going to take on Hindia. Now he is begging Hindia to supply petrol.
        Where is Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa who still believes this island is blessed with two leaders, Lee (Gota) and Mhathir (Mahinda). Where are those home grown Southern Lees and Mahathirs?

        How long are you going to blame Demelas, Thanbys, Uncle Sams, the Wests, Hindians, Colonial rule, Pandyas, Cholas, …. for your inability to feed and protect the people?

        Can’t the saffron clad Asgirias and Malwatus wave their hands and spring miracles, creating oil, water, fertilisers, vaccines, …………… ?

        Could you tell all your single handed victors to shut up, pack their bags, and leave.

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          “an’t the saffron clad Asgirias and Malwatus wave their hands and spring miracles, creating oil, water, fertilisers, vaccines, …………… ?”

          They have no option but to pray for Allah. Local gods cannot help.

          Soma

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            soman

            “They have no option but to pray for Allah. Local gods cannot help.”

            See Gota’s prayer to Allah has been answered.
            UAE has agreed to let 1.8 million to be exported to Sri Lanka between Feb 2022 and Oct 2022.

            Since Allah has provided oil do you expect Asgiria and Malwatu to convert to Islam along with Rajapaksa clan?

            Don’t miss this opportunity, go on covert to Islam.

            Grow up.

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    When elephants fight ants get crushed. what policy?

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      a14455

      “When elephants fight ants get crushed.”

      When elephants make love also ants get crushed.

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    Rohan leave Lanka, do anyone know the position of our U.S citizens Sir Fail and Basil who pledged to unconditionally stand by their country during war.

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    When Sri Lanka is going around the world with a begging bowl – how can Sri Lanka take a position.

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      Rajash it is easy to sneer from afar but Sri Lanka will survive whatever the cost. How is Tamil Eelam doing these days?

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        Svenson- “How is Tamil Eelam doing these days “
        There is no mention to Tamil Eelam in my post above.
        But that now you asked the question – lets look at how Sri Lanka is doing these days.
        – no Fuel – there are fuel Queues all over the island
        – no power – there are daily power cut of 5 to 7 hrs all over the Islnad
        – no medicine
        – no dollars –
        -no rice
        -no harvest due to fertilizer fiasco
        – no inward investment that was promised for the Port City
        – no hope for the people
        so Svenson how is Sri Lanka doing

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        Back again from hiding? How are the Reindeers in Viking land doing or to be more accurate how is life now in Croydon Croydon London? Heard that Uncles Boris and Putin are soon to bear hug each other and do a Ra Ra Putin dance. You can join them and do a lion dance.

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        Svenson

        “Tamil Eelam doing these days?”

        Have no idea, however the pertinent questions should be:
        How is Sinhala/Buddhism?
        How are Sinhala/Buddhists
        How is Karaka Council
        How is Gota?
        Where is Svandra?
        How is Kamala?
        Where is the single handed general Kamala? Is he still fighting the LTTE?
        How are your Asgiria and Malwattu, haven’t seem them in two years.

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      Rajash

      “how can Sri Lanka take a position.”

      Like Dayan Sri Lanka can take 64 positions, all at the same time.

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    Rohan,
    I agree with your important comment: “The UN Charter is imperfect. But it’s all that we have against the rule of force.”
    Likewise the Soulbury Constitution and in particular its Section 29 were all we had against conflict in this country. According to it the Citizenship Act, the Sinhala Only Act and languagewise standardisation were all wrong, but were widely justified in this country. We are in no position to take a stand on the basis of the UN Charter when our interests are threatened, unless we give it greater respect in our internal affairs at least..

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    “They came around India, refueled in Colombo, and proceeded to Dhaka. We were tacit supporters of the violent repression in Bangladesh.”

    This gives new meaning to the term “Karma is a B!tch”

    Now the supreme race “Sinhala Buddhist” are going to Bangladesh with a begging bowl. LOL

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      Bert

      “Now the supreme race “Sinhala Buddhist” are going to Bangladesh with a begging bowl. LOL”

      SL’s old flame Siri Mao permitted Pakistani war criminals to refuel their killing machines and rest and recreation facilities, which amounted to aiding and abetting war crimes. Bangladesh should have taken Sri Lanka and its leaders to task. However SJ and DJ believe it was SiriMao’s finest diplomatic achievement.

      Many Sri Lankies conveniently don’t seem to remember these events.

      Similarly Ukraine too had aided, abetted and participated in the actual war crimes in Sri Lanka by selling arms to both warring stupid people, and letting their pilots to drop s**t bombs from Sri Lankan owned helicopters and bomb civilian targets from fighter jets killing civilians in the North.

      Hope Lankies treat Ukrainian crisis being a domestic one and refrain from saying or doing stupid things.

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    Yes. In principle, Sri Lanka should stand by sovereign and independent Ukraine and urge Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine. We take a stand based on our principles. We have strongly opposed MCC/SOFA/ACSA proposed by the US and selling our national assets to China and India. All because they were detrimental to the sovereignty and independence of our country. Many Sri Lankans are not familiar with Ukraine. But they all know Russia. Even the rural villagers. I am from a rural village. But I knew about Russia even as a kid. When we were small, my father received a magazine called ‘Soviet Deshaya (in Sinhala)’ by mail either from the Embassy or from a friendship association (not sure). I don’t know how he ended up on their mailing list. What I tried to say is, Russia was known to Sri Lankans living far and wide for a very long time. Russia is a friend of Sri Lanka. But, what they did to Ukraine was wrong. We stand by Ukraine regardless of who committed the wrongdoing.
    The world should try to diffuse tension between Russia and Ukraine, not escalate. Then again, is it a simple border dispute? Nope.

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      Champa

      “All because they were detrimental to the sovereignty and independence of our country.”

      Seriously could you define and explain what you mean by sovereignty and Sri Lankan sovereignty?

      How do you defend Sri Lankan independence when your Sinhala/Buddhist leaders keep stealing from the country while keep begging even from Bangladesh, Nigeria, …. ….?

      Don’t you think you are just blabbering for the sake of blabbering?

      If I were to put it politely, if your leaders don’t treat people well neighbours and strangers will grope your women folks.

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    Part I
    Prof. Rohan Samarajiva (RS) is advocating a position for Sri Lanka in the Russia, Ukraine conflict based on his interpretation of the facts surrounding Sri Lanka’s position in the process that led to the creation of Bangladesh. Like good lawyers, RS attempting to find a Sri Lankan precedent for the country’s guidance. We can safely say that Bangladesh was in existence by the end of December 1971, its leader stepped into the country in January 1972. How can then a delay of 2 to 3 months in the recognition of Bangladesh by Sri Lanka be construed as a reluctant agreement to the creation of the country? Apart from the strength of Mrs B., she did listen to saner counsel of the officials. There is nothing wrong in adopting a “wait and see” policy to judge the way in which the wind is blowing. RS is further fortifying his view about the stand that the then Ceylonese government took when it permitted its land as a point of transit for Pakistani logistics Enroute to its then Eastern sector. It was a humanitarian act, and there is no record on the then Indian authorities making a fuss about it.

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      Good Sense

      “It was a humanitarian act, and there is no record on the then Indian authorities making a fuss about it.”

      Well this is another cock and bull story.
      Hope SJ will not only defend your position but also Siri Mao’s as well.

      Siri Mao along with her stupid advisors aided and abetted war crimes. Please don’t insult the Bangladesh victims.
      You do not need a brain surgeon to explain to you or those clever dicks who still believe it was humanitarian act. The entire world knew the Pakistani flights were not mercy missions but those planes were ferrying murderers, rapists, racists … from West Pakistan to the East.

      I suggest you stop kidding yourself.

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    Part 2
    The lesson we must learn is rule of international law is one thing but the power of the might that call it right do anything and everything on some pretext or the other. The intent of Mrs. Gandhi to teach Pakistan a lesson is on published records of conversation between her and General (later Field Marshal) Sam Manekshaw. The influx of refugees was the plank to do the needful of training “Mukti Bahini”. Pakistan’s bombing of Indian airbases was enough to wage a full-scale war. Something similar was being engineered in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka then. Depending on the Indian High Commission staff here, anything Chinese in Sri Lanka is a “serious security threat” to India, an excuse for them to throttle Sri Lanka. Both China and India are observing Putin’s adventure in Ukraine. Just as much as Russia expects the former Soviet Republics to be in its fold and be its big brother, so does India with all SAARC nations. So, it is with China. If Putin has his way, then India might do something serious in getting Pakistan occupied Kashmir and China getting Taiwan. Modi to Gottler “Any Sinophilia means Indophobia! Got it!”.

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      GS
      ” Just as much as Russia expects the former Soviet Republics to be in its fold and be its big brother, so does India with all SAARC nations. “
      Are you sure?
      *
      Russia is only interested in securing its borders after Yeltsin blotched it. Russian concerns are about NATO expansion towards its border.
      It did not have to do much to restore good relations in Central Asia– the US did it a favour by meddling too much in the region.
      *
      India’s bid to be master of South Asia is now a distant dream. It has lost two potential allies, antagonized two by persistent nagging, and destroyed prospects for rapport with a neighbour. One is a land locked captive, but with growing dissent. The one that it though that it recaptured is slowly slipping out.
      The tragedy of India is that it always wanted a big brother to help it along.

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        SJ

        “India’s bid to be master of South Asia is now a distant dream. It has lost two potential allies, antagonized two by persistent nagging, and destroyed prospects for rapport with a neighbour.”

        Mao’s b***s talking

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          handle your overheated glass ball with care

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            “handle your overheated glass ball with care”

            Are you looking through your Mao’s b***s?

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    One week has passed since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. What chances does the Ukraine President have? First, he should stop being emotional and have a level head to analyse the situation.
    1) The Ukraine President may have now realized that there is a limit of what the US and its allies can do or will do. Sanctioning Russia didn’t contribute to saving Ukraine. I am sure President Putin was aware of what is to come. The threat faced by Ukraine from Russia is not sufficient for any country to wage war against Russia. There are lots of cheers and claps to motivate the Ukrainian President and his citizens, but the necessary help to save Ukraine is not forthcoming and it is a fact. The Ukrainian President said goodbye to EU leaders on the 5th day of the Russian invasion. But he didn’t realize EU leaders said goodbye to him on the very first day of the Russian invasion.
    2) Ukraine has sought military equipment from the US and its allies and volunteer fighters from around the world. There is minimal chance for any military equipment to reach Ukraine without being destroyed/captured by Russia.
    Contd’…..

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      3) Ukraine is surrounded from all sides. Russian troops are slow in advancing towards Kyiv but they have covered up large areas within a week. Ukrainian troops have delayed the Russian advance so far to a certain extent. They seem to be in high spirits but some close pictures show that they look sad. Even I feel sad. We all know the fall is inevitable, but the Ukrainian President, his troops and civilians are trying.
      4) A 64km long Russian military convoy was spotted.That means 64,000 meters. If the length of an armoured vehicle is 6 meters, and if they keep 6 meter distance, that means, there should be over 5,300 armoured vehicles. Russia is said to have 60,000 armoured vehicles in their possession.Then there is Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.
      5) Ukraine has received ‘verbal support’ from a large number of countries while Russia is supported by a few, but they are powerful countries. Also, President Putin has crazy friends who fire ballistic missiles for fun!
      Contd’…….

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        6) Russia still keeps Ukrainian airspace and communication channels free. The Ukrainian President was not asked to resign or leave the country. They have asked civilians in Kyiv to evacuate. That means an air strike is imminent. I think the Ukrainian President still has time to save his beloved country.
        7) Ukraine is a vast country. I think Ukraine is such a treasure to be ruined like this. The Ukrainian President should weigh his options and act fast to save his beloved country.
        8) What does Russia want? President Putin is straightforward. He has made it abundantly clear that his concern is the security of Russia which he says is non-negotiable. Can anybody blame him? President Putin upholds the principle of indivisible security, but shouldn’t it be reciprocal???
        9) President Putin’s main condition is demilitarizing Ukraine. Is it a difficult demand? The Ukrainian President should decide whether he will accede to President Putin’s demand and assure him that Ukraine will not join NATO or receive external military support or witness the fall of his beloved country? I am blunt. But, the Ukrainian President should understand that he was given a precious, final chance.
        Contd’……..

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          10) President Putin is a tough-nut, but he is not evil. I am sure the Ukrainian President can approach him and make things clear. One very important thing he has to remember when talking to President Putin is be frank and be open.
          11) The matter will not end there. President Putin wants a similar assurance from the US and its allies to stop the invasion. Well, again he has given a choice. There is nobody to stop Russia annexing Ukraine now, which will pose a grave threat to neighbouring EU countries and entire Europe. Will he stop there? I don’t think so. If the said assurance can stop President Putin taking over Ukraine, why not go for a reciprocal agreement? On one hand, Ukrainians will get their beloved country back and on the other hand, the US and its allies will be able to get a legally-binding assurance from Russia that it will not further its military powers beyond its borders.
          12) Two countries, one from Asia (preferably China) and one from Europe can work as mediators to resolve the security issue between Russia and the US and its allies.

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    The latest pictures of the devastation in Ukraine are heartbreaking.
    Why didn’t the Secretary General of the United Nations contact President Putin over the phone and tell him to stop destroying Ukraine?
    Why doesn’t anyone at least make an effort on behalf of Ukraine?

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      Send our army there?

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