By shacking hands with Sri Lanka, Does India disrespects Tamil people?

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the newly elected President of Sri Lanka, who commonly regarded as the closest ally of China, has visited India as his first overseas tour after assuming the Presidency on November 18th, 2019 with the support of majority Sinhalese people.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa during swearing-in ceremony in Anurathapura - Nov 18th, 2019


Vaiko, the General Secretary of MDMK party has welcomed Gotabaya Rajapaksa on behalf of Tamil people by staging fierce protests and demonstrations in New Delhi. While being predicted that Gotabaya will visit China as his first international tour, he has attracted much attention from the other nations on embarking the plane to visit India.

Vaiko protesting with party members in Delhi against the visit of Gotabaya Rajapaksa


The sources from the Tamil National Alliance party in Sri Lanka had revealed that Gotabaya has decided to tour India as his first foreign tour after the Modi government has worked with very keen to web him to Delhi. After Gotabaya has sworn in as the President, Modi's government has seemingly fast-tracked its mechanisms to build a relationship with the new president. The sources stated that Narendra Modi has directed External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to visit Colombo to greet the new leadership. While meeting Gotabaya, Jaishankar has handed over Modi's congratulatory note for assuming the Presidency.

(L-R) Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the welcoming ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan


During the meet, Jaishankar has requested Gotabaya to visit India as his first overseas tour for which Sri Lankan President has asserted to visit India after the political situation comes back to normalcy. With accord to that, Gotabaya and his delegation had emplaned to India and reached Delhi on November 29th, 2019 for three days visit. When we questioned about the visit to the leaders of Tamil National Alliance party, they cited the prevailing grounds that the new leadership in Sri Lanka would always choose India as the first overseas tour and usually, the president's office in Sri Lanka would notify New Delhi to table the visit but with respect to the current leadership of Gotabaya, it's India that invited him directly.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with Gotabaya Rajapaksa


Gotabaya's visit hasn't packed with his full cabinet ministers but rather he brought the important authorities from the finance and foreign ministries. The reports say being the closest ally of China, Gotabaya didn't exchange an agreement or a pact with the Indian government.

The Indian government had played a strong and vital role in defeating Gotabaya's brother Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2015 Presidential elections where Maithripala Sirisena has succeeded the elder Rajapaksa and assumed the power with the support of India. The sources have cited that after getting defeated by India, Mahinda Rajapaksa observes unaccustomed relations and asserted that Gotabaya's leadership would be determined by the strategies and approach of the Indian government. The sources have pictured the possibilities that India will likely have a soft approach towards Sri Lanka after having Rajapaksas back on the throne.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa during the press conference in New Delhi


India has been looking to bridge the good relationship with Sri Lanka before China, Pakistan, Japan and Israel bypass the approach of India. The approach of India would be drafted and formulated to deal with the new government after the older one, led by Sirisena had failed to establish deep co-operation with India. Prior to his Indian visit, Gotabaya has ordered to station more Sri Lankan armed forces in the Northern part of the country, where Tamil people live, which had poured in more dismay and upsetting developments for Tamil people as Sri Lanka adds more risks for their lives. 

Tamil people living behind the fences in Sri Lanka - File photo


While we inquired about the order of stationing the troops, the sources have cited the order of the state of emergency that was proposed by the outgoing President Sirisena after the country had witnessed the terror attacks and suicide bombings on Easter Sunday. They stated that the proposed state of emergency has been renewed for every month and with accord to that, Gotabaya has directed the troops to camp in the areas like Ampara, Trincomalee, Vavuniya, Kandy, Mathalai, Puttalam, Mattakalappu, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Hambantota, Nuwara Eliya, and Rathnapura. The Tamil people have expressed their outrage and outcry on the attempts of suppressing them by stationing more armed forces along with the local police department. Our sources from Colombo have revealed that the Tamil territories have been put with up more anxiety.