”We believe Indian government will follow healthy stance against SriLanka”, Tamil PM Wigneswaran said.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksha managed to fool Manmohan singh by promising to implement the 13+ political package to solve the Tamils problem if he is allowed to kill the LTTE and more than 40,000 Tamil civilians in May 2009. So the Indian government allowed the Sri Lankan Army to kill the Tamil Civilians in thousands and they used their influence to block the western leaders from stopping the killing of Tamils. But five years have passed since the killing of the Tamil Civilians in thousands but the promised 13+ political package has not been implemented by the Sri Lankan government.
Will Sri Lankan President be able to fool new Indian PM Modi of BJP as he did with the PM Singh of Congress government is to be seen. SL President played his card on the first day of PM Modi by inviting him to Sri Lanka a invitation refused even by than PM Singh.
Narendra Modi portends tough times for Sri Lankan rulers as it is widely perceived that a harder line would be adopted by the Modi led BJP as opposed to the Indian National Congress led by Manmohan Singh. The current Sri Lankan policy of rivalling India against China in the immediate vicinity of the Indian Ocean might not hold water, no pun intended, any more.
Sri Lankan authorities would have to brace themselves against any political storm that would sweep across the subcontinent in the aftermath of the Modi-victory. The newly appointed Sri Lankan High Commissioner along with the External Affairs Ministry should be busy engaging in a lot of homework before they embark on any endeavours that would repeat the failures of the recent past.
The ultra nationalist stance taken by Sri Lanka’s ruling coalition would certainly have contributed towards the chilling of relations between the Mahinda Rajapaksa government and some Indian regional powers, especially the State Government of Tamil Nadu. But it would be futile to predict what course of action a Modi-Jayalalithaa alliance would entail.
It is always more difficult to settle matters between two belligerent rivals than between a more vociferous one and a docile one. Although no Indian Government could be described as docile to any measurable degree, Manmohan Singh did not come across, at least at a superficial level, as a very formidable political leader. Yet one cannot underestimate the brilliance of the Indian Foreign Service, which ranks among the best in the world.Whichever way Sri Lanka looks, it’s going to be much trickier than it used to be.
Pandit Nehru declared on India’s Independence Day approaching midnight on 14 August 1947, “Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny… A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.” That utterance will have been most vibrantly articulated at the electoral front one more time with the final results of the marathon elections in India, which started on 7 April and took place on nine separate days over five weeks and ended on 12 May.
According to reports, the voter turnout had hit a record high of over 66% compared to 58% in the last national polls in 2009. The final results are expected today. This fact was articulated by the Director General of India’s Election Commission, who is quoted as saying that despite the heat of the Indian summer, they have had a historic all-time high voter turnout, which was a great achievement.
The very credible and sophisticated manner in which some Indian television channels run their various election programmes could be ranked among the best in the world today, competing with any of the big names in the USA. While we in Sri Lanka might not take the sophistication of television coverage too seriously, the very outcome of the 2014 Indian National Elections would have an extremely significant bearing on the local scene.