Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Changing equations

JOHN CHERIAN

New Delhi shares some of the apprehensions of the West, especially on matters relating to China’s role in “its backyard”.

REUTERS

President Mahinda Rajapaksa (right) with members of a delegation from India that included Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon (third from left), National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan (second from left) and Indian High Commissioner Alok Prasad in Colombo on May 21.

(frontline)THE Indian government may find it difficult to deal with a Sri Lankan government flush with a historic victory under its belt. Senior Indian officials who recently visited the island nation fear that there is a danger of Sinhala “chauvinism” running amok once again after the heady military victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the death of Velupillai Prabakaran. Another development that they are wary of is the rise of the Sri Lanka Army as a separate power base after its achievements on the battlefield. Full text

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