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India PM’s special envoy visits Colombo, tells Rajapaksa to go for ‘credible devolution’ quickly

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

With an eye on the vote banks in Tamil Nadu, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh deputed his principal secretary TKA Nair as special envoy to Colombo with the message that credible devolution should be done quickly. Nair was in the Sri Lankan capital on March 25 and 26. Besides the President Mahinda Rajapaksa he had met a host of senior government leaders. He also found some time to go to Anuradhapura to see local Buddhist temples. The visit was all a hush-hush affair with both Delhi and Colombo keeping the visit a very low profile one far removed from the media gaze. In fact, officials of the Sri Lanka foreign ministry described Nair’s visit as a social visit at the invitation of Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the President of Sri Lanka. Some sections have even billed the visit as exchange of views on "developments in the field of public administration in the two countries."