India happy over President’s victory
The results of the Sri Lankan Presidential polls will come as a good
news to India. The Government seems to be quietly happy over the victory
of incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
New Delhi believes Rajapaksa understands India’s worries and concerns
and will lead to political stability in the island nation, which still
divided on ethnic lines.
Besides this, the Indian Government is also happy over the fact that
it doesn’t need to deal with a new occupant in the Presidential Palace
after showing signs of favouritism over Rajapaksa.
India and Sri Lanka have shared close political ties since
independence but over the past two decades the relationship between the
two nations was strained after India’s military blunder with the IPKF
(Indian Peace Keeping Force) and subsequent assassination of former
Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by the LTTE in 1991.
These incidents made sure that India always made a measured approach
in its foreign policy when it came to Sri Lanka.
Certain political organizations regularly voicing the propaganda of
the LTTE did not help the cause between the two countries either.
India which had burnt its fingers with the IPKF in the 1980s did not
want to militarily get involved with the Lankan issue.
From India’s perspective Rajapaksa’s win was very important not only
for the betterment of relationship between the two countries but also
for India’s unchallenged influence over the Indian Ocean region.
New Delhi has now approached Colombo for the settlement of the Tamil
displaced who have been torn apart by three decades of the civil war
where they suffered both at the hands of the terrorists and the
The Indian Government has expressed its wish to open a Consulate in
Jaffna in Northern Sri Lanka once a stronghold of the LTTE.
Sri Lanka in return will open a mission in Kolkata. Hope these ties
go a long way for paving warm relationship between the two countries.
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