27 January, 2021

"We Invite The Indian Army"

Sinhala and Tamil opinion is veering towards Indian intervention

"We Invite The Indian Army"

Thirteen years after the IPKF went into Sri Lanka, calls are being made yet again for India to step in. And it’s not only the fringe anti-devolutionists, but also the popular opinion in Sri Lanka which is in favour of active Indian involvement.

Even the Buddhist clergy in Sri Lanka, which had opposed the IPKF, has turned around. The National Sangha Council, an umbrella body of monks, was among the first to meet Indian High Commissioner, Shiv Shankar Menon, asking for Indian intervention. "Yes, I was strongly against the IPKF, but now it’s imperative we invite the Indian army to help halt LTTE’s advance towards Jaffna," says Buddhist monk E. Gunawansa.

Says Tamil United Liberation Front leader K. Sambandan, who lives in virtual confinement with his son because of the threat to his life, "India can’t continue to be a distant spectator. It’s had a bad past experience, but the immediate reality is different. It’s imperative for India to take an active role by virtue of being Sri Lanka’s neighbour and the regional power."...



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