Lack of Moral Courage is the hall-mark of Indian Diplomacy.
Or is it the indifference to Tamil Nadu and Tamils?
India will be participating in the Summit with the attendance of Man Mohan Singh, The Prime Minister of India.
This despite the genocide of the Tamils!
Has this decision something to do with Rajiv‘s assassination by a Tamil?
The reason given is that if India does not attend China would get a foothold in Sri Lanka.
As if China does not have now!
If you watch your people being killed and are afraid of a Nation?
Appeasing Sri Lanka or China is like the appeasement of Hitler by Chamberlain,look at the result..World War II.
UK Tamil News | London | 04 May 2013:: The indication that the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, is more likely to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo comes as a relief to Sri Lanka, which is busy putting in the last minute touches to its roads and buildings in preparation for the high-level meeting to be held from 15-17 November. It will be the first such high-level meeting since the Non Aligned Summit of 1976.
The indication of the Indian Prime Minister’s participation comes despite the heavy pressure brought on the Central Government by Tamil Nadu. The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, is against India’s participation at the CHOGM in Colombo as a protest against Sri Lanka’s many alleged human rights violations against its own people, and the snail’s pace at which the rehabilitation of the North and its efforts at reconciliation following the end of the war more than four years ago, are taking place. These bickerings come at a time when Sri Lanka is leaning heavily on Beijing for funds, and Islamabad for military equipment, and also moral support from the two countries, ostensibly in a tit-for-tat move to spite India.
Of course India does have a grievance in that Sri Lanka, instigated by the hard line constituent parties of the government, has, in the run up to the Northern Provincial Council election and thereafter, seriously considered diluting the powers of Provincial Councils. These powers were devolved on them through the Indo-Lanka Accord-backed 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which also specified the merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces. The North and East were subsequently de-merged through a Court order.
However that may be, India’s strong ties with Sri Lanka going beyond 2,500 years, and the country maintaining a strong influence in the region, are good enough reasons for that country to attend the important Commonwealth Meeting in Colombo, especially because Sri Lanka will be the chair for the next two years.