India monitoring situation, in touch with Lanka leaders

New Delhi is keeping a close watch on its projects in the island nation, with a lot at stake for India and the South Asian region

New Delhi is keeping a close watch on its projects in the island nation, with a lot at stake for India and the South Asian region
New Delhi is keeping a close watch on its projects in the island nation, with a lot at stake for India and the South Asian region

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First – Indian Border Security, should not take militancy and terrorism, and India is Waiting for reactions from China and Pakistan.

Second – Sri Lanka’s political, financial, and humanitarian fallout like refugees.

Third – Tamil Nadu government and its political approach toward New Delhi and Sri Lanka.

Fourth – International Repercussions.

Fifth – Future of Indo-Sri Lanka bilateral relations.

With these five points, India is concerned about the crisis in Sri Lanka, said a senior political source.

Sri Lanka’s Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena says President Rajapaksa has informed him he will resign on July 13, the speaker’s office announced late Saturday. The announcement comes after the Speaker asked the President to resign following a meeting of party leaders.

Anger reached unprecedented levels in the South Asian nation of 22 million on Saturday, as more than 100,000 people massed outside Rajapaksa’s residence, calling for his resignation. Video broadcast on Sri Lankan television and on social media showed the protesters entering the President’s House — Rajapaksa’s office and residence in the commercial capital — after breaking through security cordons placed by police. Images show demonstrators inside the building and hanging banners from the balcony, as well as swimming in the residence’s pool.

How does New Delhi take a final call? Tested, well-oriented diplomatic and political mechanisms are put in place. Since it is security-related, certain issues cannot be openly stated. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is daily overseeing the developments. Ajit Doval gets major inputs from RAW and the Indian High Commission in Colombo. PMO is kept in the loop.

India is closely monitoring the situation in Sri Lanka, including the political, financial, and humanitarian fallout of the sudden turn of events with protestors storming the presidential house and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe tendering his resignation. New Delhi, which has helped Sri Lanka fight its economic crisis, is worried over Saturday’s events in the close neighbouring state,

It is monitoring political developments in the island nation including the formation of a new government and is in touch with key political players as stability in Colombo is paramount for stability in the Indian Ocean Region.

India is also keeping a close watch on any further downslide in the Lankan economy that might trigger a humanitarian crisis including any movement of citizens in southern Indian states.

New Delhi is also keeping a close watch on its projects in the island nation. “India can ill afford Lanka plunging into a chaos and bigger turmoil,” a source pointed out.

India’s assistance to Lanka in 2022 stands at more than $3.5 billion. It has extended three credit lines totalling more than $1.5 billion and forex support of around $2 billion. India has plans to send additional consignments of fuel to Colombo this month.

Also, the development assistance extended by India stands at over $5 billion with more than $600 million being in grants.

Earlier this week, Wickremesinghe had announced that Colombo was planning to host an international donors conference involving three major Asian economies – India, China, and Japan – to help revive the sagging economy.

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R Rajagopalan is a veteran journalist. He reported Parliament proceedings for Dinamani and Vaartha. Since 1980. A well known face in English TV debates. He Widely traveled with Presidents and Prime Ministers.
R Rajagopalan


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