Why Sri Lanka has slidelined India

Bolstered by Pakistan’s military support and the US diplomatic support to its military operations against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Sri Lankan government of President Mahinda Rajapakse has been increasingly insensitive to India’s concerns over the humanitarian catastrophe facing the Sri Lankan Tamil community.

Even while describing India as Sri Lanka’s “best friend”, Rajapakse continues with his policy of targeted killings of innocent Tamil civilians through punitive air strikes and the use of heavy artillery, and has even been trying to bring them to their knees by starving them.

His indifference to India’s anxieties over this became evident after the meeting of the representatives of the Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Donors’ Conference of 2003 — Japan, Norway, the European Union and the US — held in Washington on November 21.

While articulating the usual criticism of the acts of violence and indiscriminate killing of civilians by the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE, the participants came out strongly in support of the Sri Lankan government and showed a calculated indifference to the plight of the Sri Lankan Tamils.

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