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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

India sits cross-legged with Tigers at the gate

[b]India sits cross-legged with Tigers at the gate[/b]

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

The on-again, off-again foreign policy of India has impacted severely on Sri Lankan stability and cost many lives in the preceding two decades. Its political manoeuvres to make Sri Lanka client state was disguised as a holy exercise in protecting the Tamil minority from the majority Sinhalese. In the end India lost credibility with both communities.

Sri Lanka too has been see-sawing between hot and cold relationships with its big brother. After the disastrous IPKF adventure India learnt that it is easy create monsters in its womb but rather difficult to control them as they grow up. The Tamil Tigers who were armed, trained and financed by India were the first to turn against India. While the Tamil Tigers remain bitter, suspicious and intransigent the other communities are willing to forgive, forget and embrace India. The failure of the West, particularly Norway, to act impartially and effectively was the primary cause that raised the hope of India becoming a viable alternative. But these hopes were misplaced. President Mahinda Rajapakse’s visit to India did not produce the expected results.

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