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India in Sri Lanka: Between Lion and the Tigers

Avtar Singh Bhasin (Author)
Synopsis Sri Lanka has been in turmoil ever since her independence. The Tamils, whether of Indian origin or ethnic, had been at the center of this turmoil. While the question of citizenship for the Tamils of Indian origin was resolved after some hiccups, the problem of ethnic Tamils continues to be intractable. Their rich cultural heritage and a long history of independent existence on the same island came in conflict with the Sinhala pride. In this raging conflict India in the pursuit of her domestic politics and strategic interests got sucked in the ethnic guagmire. Torn between commitment to Sri Lanka’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and Tamil aspirations, new Delhi found that the Peace Agreement of 1987 promoted by her became a millstone round her neck. The developments leading to the induction of Indian armed forces found India arraigned against the very people, she had sought to protect. In the end, Indian intervention proved self-defeating. Since then India and Sri Lanka have come a long way. By deft handling of economic, cultural and diplomatic instruments India has succeeded in making a come back in Colombo. Both the Tamils and the Sinhalese who once conspired for her exit, are now beseeching her good offices. Colombo convinced that issues affecting minorities cannot be solved by the use of force, is now more than willing to meet their legitimate aspirations. Unfortunately the LTTE has yet to convince itself that it too needs to walk a little distance to achieve the elusive peace. The present book unlocks insides and outside development of relations between India and Sri Lanka, the majoritarian politics of the Sinhalas, denial of the Tamil minority its cultural, political and economic rights, Indian intervention and the present situation, which have never been described before in such details.
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About the author

Avtar Singh Bhasin

Avtar Singh Bhasin (b. 1935) B.A. (Hons) and M.A. in History. Worked for short periods in the National Archives of India and Joint Intelligence Organisation of the Ministry of Defence before joining the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India, in 1963. During the three decades in the Foreign Office, he served in the Policy Planning Division, South Asia desk, Historical Division and held some other Political assignments. He served in the Indian Diplomatic missions in Nepal, Germany, Austria and Nigeria. He has been a member of several, Prime Ministerial, Ministerial and Official Delegations for bilateral discussions with various countries. He has travelled abroad extensively in the performance of his official duties. He retired from the MEA in 1993 as Director (Historical Division).

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Title India in Sri Lanka: Between Lion and the Tigers
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Manas Publications
Language: English
isbn 8170492106
length 353p., Maps; Index; 23cm.