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Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 6.31 GMT
India-Sri Lanka relations hostage to Tamil parties - DNA

 

Bilateral relations between South Asian nations have their ups and downs and can be warm or chilly, euphoric or troubling. Even so, over the decades, the South Asian countries have learned to live and let live, regardless of the problems at home and across their respective borders, a columnist in Daily News and Analysis (DNA) in India said.

The striving is to maintain friendly relations, a climate conducive for talks on matters of mutual interest and to prevent any situation from reaching breaking point. However, Tamil Nadu's political parties, despite being an integral part of coalition governments at the Centre for long years now, do not seem to have grasped this elementary aspect of diplomacy, the writer added.

The Kazhagams - Jayalalithaa's AIADMK, Karunanidhi's DMK and Vaiko's MDMK do their best to vitiate India's relations with Sri Lanka. The sideshows staged by these parties against India-Sri Lanka cooperation and against dignitaries (and ordinary citizens) from the island republic would be handy to illustrate a tract on "How to lose friends and alienate people".

It is bad enough that New Delhi is not good at making friends of India's neighbours. It is worse when the DMK and AIADMK push their sectarian agenda in external affairs and foment hostility to cultivate ill will.

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa's visit last week was yet another occasion for the Kazhagams to put up their predictable tamasha of protests in the name of championing the rights of Tamils in Sri Lanka. The frontline performer this time was MDMK general secretary Vaiko.

Sri Lanka is in a zone of Indian influence and is of enormous strategic value. India is Sri Lanka’s preferred partner and the one country from which it would like all help. Instead of creating conditions that make Colombo approach Beijing or Islamabad, it is high time the national parties make the DMK and AIADMK see strategic sense.

Read the column at : http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/column_india-sri-lanka-relations-hostage-to-tamil-parties_1744844





 

 
 
   
   
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