No business in Sri Lanka for Indian business mission!
Posted on November 14th, 2013

Asada M Erpini

‚ A high level business mission is apparently in Colombo now, according to media reports dated 12 November. The gentlemen and the lady constituting the team should be given a plain and simple answer: -You have no business in Sri Lanka-.

‚ The Prime Minister of India has already written to the President of Sri Lanka that he does not wish to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that is scheduled to open in Colombo on 15 November. Instead, he opts to send a team headed by his Minister of External Affairs, giving no clear reason for the move.

‚ Diplomatic protocol and the procedures in international relations probably do not allow Sri Lanka to tell the Indian PM that CHOGM is for Heads of government and not for those of other ranks, which means that a Minister of External Affairs, or a Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, as the all-powerful and squeaky-clean Canada is sending, does not qualify to share a common forum at the event with Heads of Government.

‚ If the elected Prime Minister of India feels -” for whatever reason -” that he would give a miss to CHOGM, all these Indian business people, too, should follow the PM-â„¢s lead. Talks of the team meeting Sri Lanka-â„¢s Minister of Industry and Commerce and -participating in the Reflection of Sri Lanka: Exposition on Trade, Tourism & Investment- are irrelevant and are mere hogwash.

‚ More importantly, the sugar-coated expressions or titles such as “The Commonwealth, Indian Ocean and SAARC: Building New Partnerships” of business forums will not fool any right-thinking Sri Lankans who love their country. India voted against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council Sessions in 2012 and 2013, and now even feels proper to abstain from participating in CHOGM. Various panjandrums of India-â„¢s External Affairs Ministry have been saying that the Head of Indian government had attended only five of the past ten CHOGM-â„¢s. Be that it may, Sri Lankans know that it is to curry favour with the gangs of anti-Sri Lanka Tamils in Tamil Nadu, which includes the bigwigs in politics, that the PM of India decided to take this action: human rights abuses allegedly committed by Sri Lanka-â„¢s armed forces have nothing to do with the move.

‚ Sri Lankans know who their real friends are, and India or any of its business people are certainly not among those!




3 Responses to “No business in Sri Lanka for Indian business mission!”

  1. Nanda Says:

    “Sri Lankans know who their real friends are”

    More importantly, Sri Lankans should know who their enemies are.

    You can have thousands of friends, but ONE enemy can kill you.

  2. Nanda Says:

    BOCK ALL INDIAN IMPORTS and send all Hanumans back to their respective Nadoos.

  3. Ananda-USA Says:

    HERE is an IMMEDIATE OPPORTUNITY to convey to India’s Sri Lanka’s assessment of Man Mohan Singh’s decision on attending the CHOGM after Sri Lanka appeased him with the Northern PC Elections: DENY India’s ONGC the opportunity to submit a proposal to explore for Oil & Gas in Sri Lankan waters off Mannar!

    The GOSL should NOT give India any stake in these sensitive waters, already a bone of contention due to illegal poaching by Indian Fishermen. If we can’t even get India to leave our marine resources alone and control its Tamil Nadu based fishermen, how does the GOSL hope to get India to act honestly on joint petroleum resource exploitation? This is a marriage between incompatible partners sure to end in marital abuse and acrimonious divorce.

    I have been an Engineering Manager of Oil & Gas Production and Exploration R&D at Gulf Oil Corporation and at Chevron Oil Corporation for nearly a decade. I KNOW how easy it is to steal oil and gas across international boundaries from adjacent producing properties, because the flow of oil and gas through porous pathways continuous across these boundaries can be manipulated through pumping at production and injection wells. If the blocks on both the Indian and the Sri Lankan sides of the international border are operated by Indian companies, such as the ONGC, where is the INDEPENDENT OVERSIGHT to protect Sri Lanka’s oil resources? Which IDIOT would allow the Indian FOX to mind the Sri Lankan HEN HOUSE!

    Above and beyond the wisdom of joint ventures with India, it should be CLEAR now to the GOSL that Sri Lanka should END all diplomatic, economic, and military dependence and collaboration with India, because India cannot be a RELIABLE PARTNER for Sri Lanka as long as Tamil Nadu remains MUCH MORE IMPORTANT to India than Sri Lanka. That REALITY will NEVER CHANGE, and Sri Lanka should ESCAPE from the DEADLY SUFFOCATING EMBRACE of India before Sri Lanka loses her Sovereignty and her ability to survive and achieve our goal of becoming the New Wonder of Asia.

    My advice to the GOSL is: DO NOT enter into Oil and Gas exploration and Production with India. Instead, seek out other partners such as Vietnam which will not threaten India, failing that China, or even Israel!

    If GOSL wants the message to be sent gradually … then open the bidding on these blocks to all countries, specifically invite Vietnam and China to bid, and then award it to either Vietnam or China in the end.

    Send a MESSAGE NOW to India that Sri Lanka does not take kindly to the extension of Indian HEGEMONY over Sri Lanka and INTERFERENCE in our Sovereign nation, by turning down India’s bid for Oil & Gas exploitation in Sri Lankan waters.

    ONGC seeks govt nod to bid for Lanka gas blocks

    Anupama Airy
    New Delhi
    November 15, 2013

    Given the ongoing tensions with Sri Lanka and in the wake of the recent decision of Indian Prime Minister to cancel his trip to the neighbouring nation, state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has sought political clearance from the ministry of external affairs (MEA) to participate in Sri Lanka’s offshore bidding rounds that are open till November 29.

    The offshore area of Sri Lanka’s Cauvery and Mannar basins holds tremendous potential and has attracted several upstream companies due to gas discoveries in Mannar Basin. These blocks also hold immense strategic importance as they are located close to Indian shores.

    “India’s presence in Sri Lanka’s oil and gas sector assumes great strategic importance for us …however, given the ongoing situation with Sri Lanka, we need to seek political clearance before ONGC goes ahead and submits its bid …the decision rests with the MEA,” said a senior petroleum ministry official.

    Government sources also said that MEA was unlikely to hold back ONGC to bid for oil and gas blocks in Sri Lanka as New Delhi over the past few years has making all efforts to get a toehold in most oil and gas exploration blocks on borders with neighbours such as Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

    “Due to the strategic importance of these blocks, officials from both the petroleum and foreign ministries have been holding parleys with top officials of these countries to get allotment of these blocks on nomination basis,” the official added.

    Sri Lanka had launched the second offshore petroleum bidding round on March 7 and around 19 blocks have been offered. ONGC’s global arm — ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) has already qualified for participation in the bidding process.

    “OVL is keen to participate in the Sri Lanka Bid Round 2013 and after studying the data, may consider submission of bids for technically and commercially viable exploration blocks on or before November 29 …it is requested that the political clearance for OVL’s entry into Sri Lanka may please be obtained from MEA,” OVL wrote to the petroleum ministry.

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had recently conveyed his decision to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa over skipping the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) keeping in mind public sentiments in Tamil Nadu.

    However, foreign minister Salman Khurshid attended the Commonwealth summit on Friday despite demands from political parties in Tamil Nadu for a total boycott.

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