Vol 1 Issue 2 November 2014-December 2014
Abstract: In this paper I propose to highlight some of the important problems which have a bearing on India’s role in Sri Lanka. The end of Eelam War has opened a new chapter in India. The India’s role in Sri Lanka is deep and continues to grow after the war. Sri Lanka relationsIndia has long been the country with the greatest influence over Sri Lanka but its policies to encourage the government there towards a sustainable peace are not working. Despite India’s active engagement and unprecedented financial assistance, the Sri Lankan government has failed to make progress on pressing post-war challenges, and also, Sri Lanka is not able to move forward in finding a political solution to the Tamil issue. In this context, India as a concerned neighbour needs to accelerate its role in engaging Sri Lanka constructively with the end of the three-decade civil war.
India’s role in Sri Lanka assumes more significance now than before, with the end of war and devolution of power sharing to the minority of Sri Lanka in crisis. While the LTTE is wiped out militarily and isolated internationally, the existing militarisation in Jaffna with war crime charges at UN and awaiting political solution in a dilemma. The call for India’s greater engagement with Sri Lanka had resurfaced domestically with a demand from Tamil Nadu parties urging India to play a more proactive role pertaining to rebuilding and sustaining peace in post-war Sri Lanka, and in ending assault on Indian fisherman at Palk Strait. On other hand, the fostering of ties between Sri Lanka and Pakistan and China push for more primed hands-on role from the point of view of India’s long-term strategic interest. The post-LTTE scenario with the unsettled humanitarian and political questions, along with the increasing role of external powers in Sri Lankan affairs, demands India’s greater role than before.
This study focuses on the current crisis of India’s role in Sri Lanka after end of internal war in the Island. The fundamental questions of this research are the following: what are the roles plays by India in promoting peace in Sri Lanka after the war? Why India’s peace supporting initiations not work in Sri Lanka? And finally concludes with suggesting overcoming the present crisis.
This research is critical one based one interpretive analysis which has used both quantitative and qualitative data. Here, the stated purpose is examined by studying mainly secondary materials. This secondary data collected from books, reports, journals, news papers, official documents and research articles.
Sri Lanka Ethnic Conflict, Indo-Sri Lanka Relations, Peace in Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka and Regional Powers
India’s Role in Promoting Peace in Sri Lanka after LTTE
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