India told Sri Lanka to resolve Tamil issue for better trade
India has told Sri Lanka that it needs to resolve the Tamil issue for making progress in bilateral trade and commerce, a senior BJP leader has said.
“We have told them (Sri Lanka) that you should resolve the Tamil issue if you want trade and commerce between Colombo and New Delhi (to progress),” Seshadri Chari, National Convener of Foreign Policy Cell of the Bharatiya Janata Party, said.
He made the remarks after addressing a Singapore forum on “Prime Minister Modi’s Government: Imperatives & Challenges”. Talking about China, Chari said, “We are dealing with China from the same point of view. We have told the Chinese that there would not be any negotiations or talks on Arunachal Pradesh.”
“The Chinese are not worried about our Arunachal Pradesh,” he said, adding that the Chinese were more worried about Tibet and Xinjiang.
Responding to a question on foreign policy of the new government, he said the government of India decides on foreign policy issues and not Tamil Nadu or West Bengal, an apparent reference to the perceived veto the two states had with the previous administration in Delhi.
He also pointed out that the actual principles of India’s foreign policy have never changed since Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s time.
“What has changed is the tougher course of correction and response mechanism,” Chari said while addressing about 500 participants at the forum hosted by Singapore’s Institute of South Asian Studies. – PTI
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‘We have told them (Sri Lanka) that you should resolve the Tamil issue’: What is the Tamil issue? Can India spell it out? Is that full implementation of the 13 Amendment? Why only Tamil issue? We have Muslim issues and Sinhala issues as well.
The “tamil issue” (if any) was created and funded by India themselves, by creating and funding Tamil Tiger Terrorists. Therefore they must go to a mirror and talk to it about how to fix the Tamil issue.
BJP is no better than Congress Party. We don’t need to trade with India for their benefit. It is better to trade with the fast developing China, our true friend.
India is our enemy. SL must protect itself against future military incursions by India, as Rajiv Gandhi did, who held a gun to JR’s throat and forced the 13th Amendment on our Constitution. They treat SL as their colony. We must stop being servile to India and seek always India’s permission to trade with China and improve our defences through Chinese help.
Let’s get away from this servile mentality to India. Let us sign a treaty with China to help modernise our defence in return to granting them to build a naval base in Trinco to serve the navies of both China and SL; and for China to defend SL against attack from India.
I like your last paragraph Nicholas. SL is a helpless weak country and we need a strong ally. SL has been used as football to demonstrate Human Right values by Western Nations, HR protecting organizations & individuals. What is happening right now in ME between Israelis and Palestinians is a classic example. Strong stand they are taking against SL does not reflect in their lethargic attitude in current HR violations in ME.