After Stalling Colombo and Hambantota Ports Development, India Builds Vizhinjam Deep Sea Port
Posted on August 23rd, 2015

Dilrook Kannangara

Singapore and India succeeded in disrupting the development of Hambantota and Colombo port development projects. Had these gone ahead, a substantial amount of prosperity would have shifted to Sri Lanka depriving India and Singapore. That was why India and Singapore engineered the regime change operation. Now they are satisfied Sri Lanka’s Chinese funded shipping growth strategy has flopped, they are developing their own ports. Sri Lanka is once again doomed to live in poverty and misery thanks to the UNP and its foreign financiers.

Singapore’s Jealous Action of 1967 Repeats

A retired Thai diplomat, Sompong Sucharitkul, who witnessed it firsthand revealed how the representative of Singapore (Sinnathamby Rajaratnam, a Tamil from Jaffna and Singapore’s first Foreign Minister) opposed the inclusion of Sri Lanka in the initial ASEAN group. Needless to say the relevance of the Singapore port drastically reduces if the Hambantota port operates at desired capacity. A larger number of ships pass close to Hambantota than Malacca Strait. Ships ultimately reaching Japan, South Korea or China from Europe or the Middle East have little need for a stopover in Singapore if they can replenish in Hambantota. This is why Sri Lanka was an important hub in the ancient Silk Road and comparatively, Malacca Strait was not.

Singapore’s jealous action also prevents the much hyped Kra Isthmus canal from becoming a reality. Although an ambitious project, it is highly profitable which can turn Thailand into a developed country overnight at the expense of Singapore. To prevent all possibilities of it happening, Singapore funds political unrest in Thailand. It is no wonder the current UNP regime was hatched in Singapore in 2013!

Yahapalanaya plan was plotted in Singapore. Their action plan came to be known as Singapore Principles. Suffice it is to quote from Tamilnet what really happened at the 2013 event.

Mr M.A. Sumanthiran, the non-elected national list ITAK parliamentarian and Mr V.T. Thamilmaran, the dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Colombo were the Tamil representatives from the island while representatives of the so-called Global Tamil Forum (GTF) were representing the Diaspora Tamils at a meeting in Singapore in 2013 when Dr Jayampathy Wickramaratne came with his proposal points to agree upon a conceptual framework aimed at regime change, the removal of Executive Presidency and other arrangements targeting good governance. Dr Jayampathy Wickramaratne was an adviser to Sri Lanka’s past two Presidents.

Mangala Samaraweera came as a ‘beggar’ urging Tamil support for regime change and abolition of the executive presidency. It was 2013,” said one of the participants, reflecting on the Singapore meeting.”

India the Eternal Enemy of Sri Lanka

It is no secret Tamil terrorism was conceived and delivered by India as a Cold War tool. Tamil terrorism robbed Sri Lanka of likely benefits of being the first nation to open its economy. Sri Lanka’s shipping development was always envied by India. China’s involvement in Sri Lanka was always opposed by India. Pro Indian groups opposed the Colombo Port development project and Hambantota projects. The first thing the Indian funded UNP regime did was to suspend it. Having achieved its objectives, India is now developing a deep sea port – the first of its kind in South Western India. Vizhinjam is a deep sea port under aggressive development in Kerala which will rival Colombo. It will steal Colombo’s transshipment business (3.8 million TEUs a year with many times higher potential).

Although UNP must take most of the blame, the Rajapaksa regime also must take some blame for delaying Chinese projects due to Indian pressure. Had Sri Lanka moved faster on the Colombo port project or delayed the presidential election by a year allowing China a permanent naval docking station, Indian interference would have reduced.

Now Sri Lanka is cursed with underdevelopment, poverty, disintegration and possibly Indian engineered national collapse. Prosperity of India including that of Indian groups in Sri Lanka, and, prosperity of Sri Lanka is a zero sum game. Only one will succeed and it will be at the expense of the other.

5 Responses to “After Stalling Colombo and Hambantota Ports Development, India Builds Vizhinjam Deep Sea Port”

  1. Cerberus Says:

    The Hambantota Harbor made $5.4 Billion in bunkering fees in 2014 until the Yahapalanya fools stopped it trying to show MR work as failure. See link:

    UNP and JVP were screaming on the platforms lying as usual saying that the Hambantota harbor was a white elephant. We can also see now why a Singaporean citizen Arjun Mahendran was sent to collapse the Sri Lanka economy. It all makes sense now why the entire regime change against President Mahinda Rajapakse was carried out apparently helped by India and Singapore.

  2. Fran Diaz Says:

    This is why, after adding up the other delayed and shelved projects (all started earlier by the MR govt) by the Yahap govt, the cost to the Nation is very high. MR said that the country has been set back about 25 yrs in development. We want to ask : To please whom ? India & S’pore and other foreign interests ? If so, WHY ? Because pet terrorists were defeated and exposed ?

    O tempora, O mores !! Fascism and Vengence has set into Lanka govt.

  3. Lorenzo Says:


    Endia and USA are all over and everyone knows. But Singapore?

    We should research more about Singapore’s nasty role in SL. MANY Tamils are in top positions asslicking its dictators in Singapore MORE than Endia or USA. That influences them against SL.

  4. Christie Says:

    Indian Empire, Indian colonial parasites are winning.

  5. NAK Says:

    Singapore has been sabotaging Sri Lankan port development for a long time. Remember Ashroff taking the Galle port development project to Oluvil and built a fishing port!
    It is understandable that Singapore is doing what is best for its own survival,what is not understandable is our own traitors betrayals. What is more astonishing is they they prevail in high politics even after their betrayals.

    How much ever the politician take our voter up the garden path saying that we have a knowledgeable electorate,this alone shows how ignorant our electors are.

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