South Asia and Beyond

India Should Look Within For Sri Lanka Mess

 India Should Look Within For Sri Lanka Mess

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa during the latter’s visit to New Delhi in November 2019.

NEW DELHI: India’s Sri Lanka policy is an unprecedented mess. The easy way out for Indians to console themselves is to blame the Rajapaksa brothers and, of course, China. The truth is, however, more bitter and complicated. A genuine self-critical autopsy will reveal that India is to blame for much of its present predicament. This is not to overlook the calculated decision by Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his elder brother-cum-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to snub India by embracing China in a manner few countries would do. Yes, Chinese loans, which Colombo finds it difficult to repay, lie at the bottom of the problem but Sri Lanka may not have done what it did but for its distaste with decades of dealing with an overbearing India....Read More

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