FB   
 
Powered bysps
        Society for Policy Studies
 
 

 
India-Sri lanka Relations: Sirisena's visit

Modi did not have trump cards to play with Mahinda, other than offering him some carrots to dance to the Indian melody. The only trump card available to New Delhi to pressurize Colombo appeared lost due to the weak foreign policy of the previous congress government. 

 

India's Ocean Policy has already got off to a flying start from the landlocked New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three-hour delegation level talks with the visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena in New Delhi on 16 February was the first big step in this direction and the next giant stride will be taken about three weeks later when Modi embarks on his four-nation tour of Sri Lanka, Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius.

 

Having electorally trounced India's long-time nemesis, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sirisena will get prime minister Narendra Modi's fullest attention as the best leader India could have asked for in the teardrop island lying at the heart of the Indian Ocean. 

 

The stage for the four-day visit is set with Sri Lanka deciding to release 87 Indian trawlers in its custody and India letting off 22 Lankan fishing boats amid hopes of an early resolution on the issue of illegal poaching in each other’s territorial waters.

 

India is expected to announce increased development assistance to Sri Lanka during the first visit of its new President Maithripala Sirisena in a measure to strengthen ties with his month-old government. 

 

In his maiden foreign trip after assuming office, Sri Lanka’s new President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Delhi Sunday on a four-day visit seeking a new beginning in bilateral ties that took a hit during the rule of his predecessor.

 

The entire India-Sri Lanka relationship, however, soured post-2009 when Sri Lanka went back on promises for devolution, and even more so, tilted heavily towards China. That tilt was not particularly nuanced and used quite brazenly as a bulwark against Indian hegemony. India hit back supporting the US-backed human rights resolution at the UNHRC in Geneva. 

 

At the start of a new dawn in the island nation last month, the government of Sirisena gave every impression that it was keen on re-opening a new phase of ties with New Delhi that had certainly been ruptured during the days of president Mahinda Rajapaksa writes Dr. Sridhar Krishnaswami

 

When Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena holds talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his upcoming visit to India,  repatriation of Lankan Tamil refugees from Tamil Nadu;  resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Lanka; and kick starting the long-delayed Indo-Lankan power project at Sampur in the Eastern Province will be on top of the agenda.

 
Sri Lanka’s newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to visit India next week. This will be his first foreign visit as President, and he is expected to arrive in New Delhi on 16 February. During the visit by Sri Lanka’s new President Sirisena, India must ensure that it enjoys the most favoured treatment, by keeping the Chinese dragon, preferred by former President Rajapakse, at bay!    
 


< Previous 1 2 ... Next > 

(total 14 results)

Review
 
 
 
 
spotlight image Ties between India and Japan are probably at their best ever, Japanese Ambassador to India H.E. Kenji Hiramatsu told India Review & Analysis’ Nilova Roy Chaudhury, as he outlined how the two countries have moved closer. Ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit
 
read-more
India's External Affairs Minister met with Prime Ministers Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh and Tshering Tobgay of Bhutan and five foreign ministers on September 19 in interactions that mostly focused on bilateral issues.
 
read-more
That regional cooperation in South Asia is lower than optimal levels is well accepted. It is usually ascribed to – the asymmetry in size between India and the rest, conflicts and historical political tensions, a trust deficit, limited transport connectivity, and onerous logistics, among many other factors.
 
read-more
Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan said ‘In order to become a more developed country, India has to get people who owe taxes to actually pay them.’ This is one of the major objectives that Modi sought to achieve though demonetization and he has largely succeeded.
 
read-more
The two-day visit to Kashmir by a Congress team headed by Dr Manmohan Singh team has called for restoration  of the dialogue with the separatists to address the ongoing turmoil in the state.
 
read-more
The Communist Party of China (CPC) is expected to amend its constitution at the upcoming national congress.
 
read-more
Médecins Sans Frontiéres (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders has urged Myanmar to grant international humanitarian organisations unrestricted and independent access to the conflict-torn Rakhine state to enable provision of humanitarian assistance to the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people.
 
read-more
US President Donald Trump dubbed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "rocket man" when speaking to his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in by phone on Sunday, and then posted the nickname on Twitter. Such mockery may have an adverse impact on solving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.
 
read-more
It is a privilege to be invited to this most prestigious of law schools in the country, more so for someone not formally lettered in the discipline of law. I thank the Director and the faculty for this honour.
 
read-more
Column-image

Title: A Bonsai Tree; Author: Narendra Luther; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 227 Many books have been written on India's partition but here is a firsthand account of the horror by a migrant from what is now Pakistan, who ...

 
Column-image

As talk of war and violence -- all that Mahatma Gandhi stood against -- gains prominence across the world, a Gandhian scholar has urged that the teachings of the apostle of non-violence be taken to the classroom.

 
Column-image

Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.

 
Column-image

This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story w...

 
Column-image

History is told by the victors but in our modern age, even contemporary events get - or are given - a slant, where some contributors soon get eclipsed from the narrative or their images tarnished.

 
Subscribe to our newsletter
Archive