India to send delegation and PM Singh to skip CHOGM
Posted on November 10th, 2013

P.A.Samaraweera, Melbourne

India had‚ signalled that the Indian PM will abstain the CHOGM. Instead‚ they had decided to send a delegation headed by the External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid to participate in the summit. However, Tamil Nadu is‚ disappointed over this because they wanted India to boycott the conference completely. Due to the forthcoming elections, India’s internal problems seem to take precedence over International matters. As it is, no single party in India could form a govt without support from Regional states. So Tamil Nadu had become a king maker.‚ 
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There was a time when the Congress party was all powerfull. But now it depends on regional states to retain power. Further, Dr. Singh was nominated by Sonia Gandhi over others. So in reality she rules and she wants the Gandhi family to run the country. India had so far not officially communicated about Dr. Singh’s abstention. But they say it is in the pipe-line.
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India’s international relations have gone down hill since Independence. India had confrontations with China and Pakistan, had interfered in Sri Lankan, Bangladesh and Maldives domestic politics. Since 1993 out of the ten summits held, India‚  for various reasons,‚ had attended only 5 of them. For this CHOGM, the Congress should categorically say that the PM will not attend because they want the support of Tamil Nadu in the‚ General elections.

‚ Canada and Britain as well are in the same boat fishing for votes. Prime Ministers of India, Canada and Britain should be honest and declare that they are creating all this fuss about war crimes, human rights and so on‚ to get Tamil‚  votes.

13 Responses to “India to send delegation and PM Singh to skip CHOGM”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    How is it that the “Sri Lanka Bar Association” has descended into becoming an Anti-National organization interested only in DEMONIZING Sri Lanka, and COLLABORATING with Sri Lanka’s ENEMIES?

    Shenali Waduge, could you please RESEARCH and WRITE an article that IDENTIFIES the composition of the Bar Association’s Membership and Leadership, and provide us some insight into how and why this National Organization is so interested and committed to destroying Sri Lanka?

    If the “Sri Lanka Bar Association” cannot conduct itself as a Patriotic Organization, then it is time to create a COMPETING Alternative Organization that would do so, and is empowered to RECOGNIZE and CERTIFY the CREDENTIALS of members of Sri Lanka’s LEGAL PROFESSION.

    This Anti-National “Sri Lanka Bar Association” cannot be allowed to represent and speak for the ENTIRE Legal Profession in Sri Lanka! It is a DAMN SHAME!

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    Sri Lanka Bar Association faults the government for not granting visas to IBAHRI delegation

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    Nov 10, Colombo:The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has faulted the government for not granting visas to the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) delegation that was to attend a seminar in Colombo.

    BASL President Upul Jayasuriya in a statement said that the IBAHRI delegation was to attend a seminar on ‘Commonwealth Values and the Role of the Legal Profession.

    Gabriela Knaul, the first-ever UN Special Rapporteur for Judges and Lawyers, Dato Param Cumaraswamy, and a senior representative of the IBA, Alex Wilks were to address the seminar.

    “Their visas were applied for by letter dated 17 August 2013 by the Secretary, BASL along with a visa for Sadakat Kadri. The first three visas were issued whereas Sadakat Kadri was refused his visa. Visas that were issued bear the following ETA Nos. 130826PG1218467 – 130826PM1504191- Gabriela Knaul, 130826PG1218467 – 130826PM1504192- Paramasothi Cumaraswamy, 130826PG1218467 – 130826PM1504189 – Alexander Jeffrey Wilks.”

    “All three visas were granted on the basis of travel purpose as, Conference, Workshops and Seminars. At no stage has the BASL been written to by the Department of Immigration or any other agency of the government relating to any prior approval for the purpose of holding ‘special procedures’ applicable for the holding of seminars with the participation of foreign dignitaries.” Jayasuriya said.

    “It appears that the Ministry of External Affairs is acting with miscomprehension of facts on the grant of visas, which is a matter within the Controller of Immigration and not the Ministry of External Affairs. As per the communiqué issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, it appears the Ministry is unaware that the three visas have been granted. We have not requested for any assistance from the Ministry either in the form of logistics or accommodation. We have made all arrangements to go ahead with the seminar at a time the topic of discussion is most relevant to Sri Lanka,” he has added.

    External Affairs Ministry said in a statement earlier that it informed the Sri Lanka High Commission in London two weeks after visa application that visa cannot be granted as requested since the organizers of the conference had not followed the due process of obtaining approval from the Ministry with regard to hosting of seminars/conferences with international participation.

    The Ministry said it had made it clear that since the Seminar had been scheduled to be held during the CHOGM 2013 week in Colombo, all the required resources will be fully utilized during this period and the Ministry will have logistics problems, especially in providing security to international participants and non-availability of hotels and accommodation facilities. The Ministry has further informed to the High Commission in London that a decision has been made to embargo the scheduling of visits and such events, during the period 20th October – 20th November 2013.

    The BASL however said the association was considering that it is their duty to make the voice of the legal profession heard at a time when Sri Lanka is taking over the Chair-in-office of the coveted Commonwealth Organization, which has now been thwarted with the cancellation of the valid visas that have been issued to them by the Controller of Immigration.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    It is NOT ONLY about Tamil votes. There is GEOPOLITICS involved.

    Britain, Endia and Canada are COMMONWEALTH MEMBERS of the NEW ANTI CHINA DEFENCE BLOCK.

    Malaysia has MORE TAMIL VOTERS (as a percentage) but is NOT with them.

    Australia has lot of Tamil nonsense but Australia is NOT with them.

    WHY?

    Because there is MORE THAN VOTES here. Malaysia is NOT part of this anti-China block and Australia is too scared to ANTI-CHINA because it DEPENDS on China for ALL EXPORTS.

  3. Nanda Says:

    “Because there is MORE THAN VOTES here. Malaysia is NOT part of this anti-China block and Australia is too scared to ANTI-CHINA because it DEPENDS on China for ALL EXPORTS.”

    Perfect explanation ! Also Australia(Tony Abbot – the Stop Boat man) currently worried about Tamil Tiger Boaties coming there every day from Endia and calling they are from Sri Lanaka. Therefore they want to get friendly (temporarily) with SL.

    No time to waste , officially join China block.

  4. Nanda Says:

    Malaysia – A good Muslim country
    Philippines – A good catholic country always support us.

  5. AnuD Says:

    [Britain, Endia and Canada are COMMONWEALTH MEMBERS of the NEW ANTI CHINA DEFENCE BLOCK.]

    Britain and Canada have different concerns as those two are brothers or sisters of the USA. India is different. Yes, it is true that India also has concerns. But, China has proved that China would never go against India in this present circumstances.

    Canada and Britain – both need Chinese business. That is part of the Secret.

    I say too, SHENALI MUST RESEARCH AND WRITE AN ARTICLE ABOUT SRI LANKAN BAR ASSOCIATION.

  6. Lorenzo Says:

    AnuD,

    That is why Canada, Britain and Endia don’t mess with CHINA.

    Instead they take it on a scapegoat aligned to China.

    It is not about China and Endia fighting. That will NEVER happen. It is about TAKING POSITIONS like a chess game. China tried to FORK Endia and Endia does same.

  7. Lorenzo Says:

    Nanda,

    “Philippines – A good catholic country always support us.”

    Yes.

    Malaysia is a hell for Tamilians which is very good for SL to copy.

    As you agree the vote story is not true. BIGGER issues at play. Tamil voters are DIVIDED. They cannot vote for pro-business anti-worker parties because most of them are poor workers in those countries. They ALWAYS vote labor and WORKER FRIENDLY parties. Other Tamilians FEWER in number are flexible. It is a negligible vote base that is flexible. Harper doesn’t have to care about them in a country of 40,000,000 people!

  8. Nalliah Thayabharan Says:

    Sad but true. World Bank & IMF are just international branches of the private banking cartel that also owns the US Federal Reserve, the Act for which was secretly drafted by a handful of men, all heads of banking dynasties. These people instigated & financed both sides during both world wars, created & funded Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Mao & countless others, and also formed the UN, their masterpiece. Now they control everything.
    Manmohan Singh who worked in World Bank/ IMF before becoming Finance Minister and Prime Minister of India. Similarly Palaniappan Chidambaram, Pranab Kumar Mukherjee and Montek Singh Ahluwalia were former employees of World Bank & IMF. In 1991 when India needed loan, the World Bank agreed to give loan on condition to install Finance Minister of its choice Manmohan Singh. Today World Bank trained guys like Palaniappan Chidambaram, Montek Singh Ahluwalia are all at key decision making positions in the Indian Finance Ministry. Manmohan Singh was made Prime Minister by Congress as he was favored choice of Sonia Gandhi, but one may ask why he was the favorite choice first for Rajiv Gandhi and then by Sonia Gandhi. It seems that they were too part of the New World Order scheme of World Bank and the Elitist who want Global rule in the name of Globalization and Liberalization. All conspiracy are created at Bilderberg Meeting by 125 world’s most influencing people.

  9. Nanda Says:

    “Harper doesn’t have to care about them in a country of 40,000,000 people!”

    Extremely logical!

    This international conspiracy run much deeper than that ! Evidence = read what NT says above.

  10. Christie Says:

    It is India who trained Tamil terrorists in the first place in 1979 in the Palestine Refugee camps. Then in Tamil Nadu in India and later in Arunachal Pradesh. How could the Emperor come to the land where his terrorist outfit was wiped out?

  11. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    It must be made clear that this delegation led by kurshid comes to Sri Lanka to attend the CHOGM and not use it as an excuse to stay in the best hotels while meeting with the Tamil National Alliance and a visit to Jaffna as was stated in the Times of India. Kurshid is not a Tamil nor most of the delegation so they cannot represent the voice of any Tamil based on ethnic reasons but if they do use CHOGM to visit Jaffna and have a conference with the LITES political voice the Tamil National Alliance then it is a pure political subterfuge by India and should not be tolerated.

  12. Ananda-USA Says:

    We Sri Lankans have to UNDERSTAND that these “Diplomatic Errors” are not isolated rare events; they ARE, and WILL BE, a CONSTANT RECURRING FEATURE stemming from the IRREFUTABLE FACT that Tamil Nadu is MORE IMPORTANT to India than Sri Lanka.

    As such, India will ALWAYS be more SUSCEPTIBLE to BLACKMAIL by Tamil Nadu and WILL ACT against Sri Lanka’s National Interests, EVERYTIME. No amount of APOLOGIES and EXCUSES by the GOSL to sustain the relationship with India can change that IMMUTABLE REALITY.

    So, what should the GOSL do?

    The ANSWER is AS OBVIOUS as it is SIMPLE: Initiate a DIVORCE from India NOW before the Indian Octopus ENMESHES Sri Lanka in its Suffocating Deadly EMBRACE and hands over Sri Lanka for Tamil Nadu to do with as it wishes.

    REDUCE involvement by India in Sri Lanka’s affairs AT ALL LEVELS: Diplomatic/Political, Economic, Military and Reconstruction/Rehabilitation work.

    Eliminate Indian Embassies in Hambantota and Jaffna, and allow only the Embassy in Colombo to exist, take back the Palaly airport and Trincomalee oil storage tanks, discourage ALL Indian investments in Sri Lanka, Levy high taxes on typically shoddy Indian products to discourage Indian imports, initiate import-substitution production on agricultural products (eg. dhal, onions, films etc), STOP military cooperation with India from which we cannot get arms and equipment anyway because of TN opposition, INCREASE military cooperation with China and Pakistan,

    INITIATE production of military equipment (small arms and ammunition, artillery, missile firing armored vehicles, IED resistant armored vehicles, robotic mine clearing systems, airborne surveillance and mine-detection drones, all types of airforce, naval and army missiles, small naval vessels upto frigates in size, transport vessels, radar systems to fill our own needs and to sell to other friendly nations to grow a PROITABLE self-sustaining military industry. The MODEL for the development of this military production industry should be Israel.

    GET India out of reconstruction/rehabilitation work in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. India is slowly but surely wedding itself to the Tamil community there, to cement its hold on those areas just as it pushes for devolution of greater powers to the TNA and its cohorts.

    SEVERELY REDUCE the ISSUANCE of Visas to Indians. This will promote retaliation by INdia against Buddhist Pilgrims, for example. SO BE IT … let us ignore the places of Buddhist worship in INdia, and concentrate on growing and developing those places in Sri Lanka. Country FIRST …. religious pilgrimages SECOND.

    BUILD coastguard and Naval bases within EYESIGHT of each other ALL AROUND the island, exploiting and expanding the LTTE’s own naval bases, to protect Sri Lanka’s natural resources, stem the flood of illegal Indian immigrants, gun runners, smugglers, and terrorists crossing over at will. Furthermore, do not restore the Railway link between India and Sri Lanka, and allow DIRECT flights between India and Sri Lanka only through BIA in Colombo.

    DISCOURAGE Indian business involvement in Sri Lanka. Give the Sampoor Power Plant project to another country, such as China, Japan, South Korea. Stop Indian banks, hos[ital chains, and oil exploration, production, refining and distribution compamies from doing business in Sri Lanka, discourage the importation of Indian built vehicles, machinery, wind turbines, power plants, construction materials, small tools etc into Sri Lanka with very high taxes. End involvement in Free Trade Agreements with India.

    INCREASE the number of bases of ALL BRANCHES of the Armed forces in the North and East. SETTLE them and their EXTENDED FAMILIES in these areas, providing every administrative and financial assistance, with top quality schools, hospitals, banks and other infrastructure to Take ROOT, GROW and PROSPER.

    ADOPT Ethnic Integration as National Policy with the OVERALL OBJECTIVE of REDUCING and ELIMINATING Communal Conflicts with the IMMEDIATE GOAL of Eliminating Ethnic Concentrations and Homogenizing the demographic distribution of communities throughout Sri Lanka. This will DEMOLISH the VERY BASIS of the Call for Eelam.

    STRENGTHEN & ENFORCE the LAWS AGAINST TREASON. Anyone collaborating with foreign countries, organizations and individuals to undermine the nation should be prosecuted and severely punished to the fullest extent of the law. Inviting Foreign Nations to ACT AGAINST Sri Lanka, for whatever reason, should be declared and PUNISHED as TREASON.

    STRENGTHEN and DEVELOP strong diplomatic, economic and military alliances with countries not wedded to INdia, including China, Pakistan, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Brazil etc.

    These are AMONG the steps the GOSL should take to WEAN Sri Lanka AWAY from DOMINATION by INdia, which cannot act Impartially in Sri Lanka’s Interest.

    India, as Sri Lanka’s 2nd largest trading partner, MUST be GRADUALLY REPLACED by other FRIENDLY nations

    We CANNOT CHANGE India’s Internal Politics or its susceptibility to Tamil Nadu BLACKMAIL; We must QUARANTINE ourselves away from India and INOCULATE ourselves against Indian DISEASES!

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    Diplomatic error

    DeccanHerald.com
    November 11, 2013

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision to keep away from the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo this week is a serious diplomatic error.

    After much dithering the government has decided that external affairs minister Salman Khurshid will lead the Indian delegation for the meet. This is against national interest and the best principles of foreign policy practised by governments in the past. The UPA government has been known as decision-shy or prone to wrong decisions during much of its recent tenure. The decision on the CHOGM summit shows this tellingly, and it will have a very negative impact on India’s relations with Lanka. The government has, as in the case of a number of other issues relating to economic, political or public policies, shown itself as lacking in authority, unsure of itself and vulnerable even to empty pressure.

    The Tamil Nadu government, the state assembly and all political parties had demanded a complete boycott of the Commonwealth meet by India. Union ministers from the state also demanded that the Prime Minister stay away from the meet. It was inappropriate that they made the demand in public. If they felt strongly about the matter they could have written to the Prime Minister about it. Ironically, all the show of concern over the rights of Tamils in Sri Lanka is sham. The postures are only meant for the elections. But they will not help too. Boycott or no boycott, the Congress cannot win a seat in Tamil Nadu without help. The DMK also will find the going tough however much it pleads the Sri Lankan Tamil cause.

    That cause has in fact been badly served by the government’s decision. Continued full engagement with the Sri Lankan government would have given India the leverage to persuade Colombo to protect and promote the interests of Tamils. There is much more to be done through devolution of powers to the Tamil-dominated areas. India will now have less of such leverage with a Sri Lankan government unhappy with its decision. An estrangement with India will push it closer to China which is trying to increase its presence and influence in the island. This is not in the strategic interests of India. It is very wrong to allow the country’s foreign policy to be held hostage to the narrow political and electoral considerations of regional parties. A weak government is setting a bad precedent for future, and no one gains from it too.

  13. aloy Says:

    Delegations from any country should be allowed to go anywhere in the country except Nandikadal and Udayan press as long as they do not engage in politics in SL. The decrepit machines of Udayan were used to sow the seeds of hatred, and some party damaged it. If PM Camaron or any other leader visit it they are showing disregard to the human rights of Majority of SL citizens and we should show our contempt in some way.

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