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 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
Wiry shrubs and clumps of brown-green fill the semi-arid landscape of Kutch in western India. Many of these patches have, over the years, made way for "more productive" agricultural land. This greening of "wasteland" is, however, degrading a precious and largely ignored ecosystem -- the grasslands. And, as a result,