New Indian PM Responds To Sri Lanka With Understanding And Pragmatism Showing His Class And Perception.
Posted on July 14th, 2014
LankaWeb Weekly Editorial
Inasmuch as Sri Lanka’s head of State is a very pragmatic and perceptive leader, new Indian Prime Minister the Hon. Narendra Modi too has shown his class and ability to be much the same through his recent response to the issues raised against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC where a group of Western leaders have targeted the Island nation based upon their own concepts that define in their apparently obscured vision, liabilities Sri Lanka hardly deserve as perpetrators of rights violations! as opposed to maintaining and protecting the rights of all her citizens unconditionally.
It is also becoming painfully obvious that the actions of Sri Lanka in defending territory, sovereignity and national security have been grossly villified and misrepresented by enemies of the State who colluded with the terrorist organization the Tamil Tigers who despite being annihilated do have many covert and mendacious supportives globally who were responsible for the maintenance of the terror group and continue to propagate a presentation of an incomprehensible as well as unsubstantiable portfolio of lies and innuendo to make their claims stick.
Remarkably however the success they seek towards discrediting the only nation in the world that wiped out terrorism from gaining control and overrunning the land has been a wasted effort and continues to be where the responses of the likes of Mr.Modi who contributes towards the best interests of Sri Lanka through unbiased views, stand tall although the persistent actions of organizations such as the UN and many global human rights watchdogs continue unabated until their worthlessness is eventually proven.
In an almost relieving perspective, given the unwanted pressures these intimidatory actions tend to exert on Sri Lanka, India has come through towards maintaining her credible and supportive stand in favour of Sri Lanka as Mr Modi’s representative ~ Foreign Minister Ms. Sushma Swaraj in a meeting with her counterpart Dr. G L Peiris has indicated. She has maintained India’s stand as one where‘No punitive action but cooperation is needed and that India will not support the UNHRC probe.”
The Indian Government, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, therefore will not support the UNHRC probe into alleged human rights violations during the final phase of Sri Lanka’s battle against terrorism and as reported previously Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has told her Sri Lankan counterpart Prof. G.L. Peiris yesterday that India would uphold the objection to a UN probe that India had articulated in April while abstaining from voting for the US-sponsored Resolution against Sri Lanka which augurs very well for the rapport and cooperation between the two nations while also dispelling the speculations of some that India too was on a trail of targetting Sri Lanka , said with obvious intent to mislead.
As an integral part of the statement released by the Indian PM’s Office which reads “We feel that international bodies need to address human rights concerns in a cooperative manner with the countries concerned, and not in a punitive manner,” the interpretation is one with solidarity on the part of India with Sri Lanka and points to a new beginning and confounds the whims of many who would rather see conflict and misunderstanding between the two countries but not to be.
It continues to be read that”Indian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin was quoted as saying.Minister Peiris had arrived in Hyderabad on Friday for talks with Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on a USD one million garment-manufacturing town set up by a Sri Lankan firm near Visakhapatnam. He reached New Delhi yesterday for his first direct talks with Sushma after she became Foreign Minister following the BJP registering a landslide victory at the recent Indian general elections.The Telegraph said that Sushma’s message to Peiris is significant because the BJP had, in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, criticised the previous UPA government headed by the Indian Congress Party, for what it dubbed a soft foreign policy attitude towards Colombo.Modi, in his campaign speeches in Tamil Nadu, had questioned how the UPA government had permitted a small nation such as Sri Lanka to “look India in the eye” by repeatedly arresting Indian fishermen off its coast.When India abstained from the UN vote against Sri Lanka in April, the Tamil Nadu BJP accused the Congress-led central government of ignoring the concerns of Sri Lankan Tamils.India was uncomfortable with the UNHRC vote because it advocated an independent international investigation on alleged war crimes by Sri Lankan forces – a mandate that New Delhi fears could be used against it on Kashmir, The Telegraph report added.However, Minister Sushma has appreciated the fast track release of Indian fishermen by Sri Lanka – not just since the Modi government was sworn in but throughout 2014, including the months when the BJP was accusing the Congress of being soft on Colombo.Since January, 804 Indian fishermen have been released from Sri Lankan jails, including 249 since the May 26 swearing-in, the Indian Foreign Ministry said” Giving rason to believe there is great anticipation and expectations down the road for the two neighbours whose ties have been imemorial to strengthen even further the ties which have despite a few setbacks prevailed in the best interests of both countries.