Thursday, December 11, 2008

Imagine a situation without the LTTE or a political solution

An interesting situation has been created with respect to the relationship between Sri Lanka and India. Sri Lanka is facing a dilemma as to how to react in the event of Indian pressure or request for a ceasefire which is seen to be on the cards. India is facing a different dilemma as to how to calm down Tamil Nadu sentiments in the face of the current military operations in northern Sri Lanka which is supported by India itself.

The fate of the relationship between the two countries according to pro-LTTE calculations relies on the proposed visit by the Indian External Minister Pranab Mukharjee to Colombo which was decided upon following the meeting between Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Muththuvel Karunanidhi a few days ago. The visit is also a proverbial “bite” for the nationalistic forces in Sri Lanka that are hunting for issues in order to gain popularity among majority community. Full Text