• Wickremesinghe factor

    From Dr. Jai Maharaj@21:1/5 to All on Sun Aug 30 23:09:04 2015
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    The Pioneer
    Monday, August 24, 2015

    India has more than one reason to cheer the appointment
    of Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe as Shri Lanka's Prime
    Minister. To begin with, Mr Wickremesinghe is perceived
    to be pro-India. During his tenure as the stop-gap Prime
    Minister before the recent parliamentary election, he had
    given enough indications that he was in favour of
    repairing the damage that had been caused to India-Sri
    Lanka ties during the last months of President Mahinda
    Rajapaksa's rule.

    He had called for a review of the various high-profile
    projects involving Chinese participation on the ground
    that he wanted to tackle allegations of corruption in
    them. But the message was clear: He did not favour the
    overdrive that Mr Rajapaksa had launched to get the
    Chinese in, at India's cost. We can believe that Prime
    Minister Wickremesinghe will take more steps to re-
    introduce warmth between New Delhi and Colombo,
    especially since he will be working closely with another
    pro-India figure, President Maithripala Sirisena,
    although the two belong to rival political parties. The
    other reason has to do with the Lankan Tamil issue.
    Although the matter has been an internal affair of Shri
    Lanka, it has impacted relations with India for the
    obvious reason that the Tamil community there has an
    affinity with its counterpart in India, especially in
    Tamil Nadu. Therefore, New Delhi has been for decades
    necessarily drawn into the controversy.

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    Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
    Om Shanti


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