SRI LANKA VOTES FOR CHANGE AND RECONCILIATION

SRI LANKA VOTES FOR CHANGE AND RECONCILIATION

  • Rajapaksa has been voted out of power in the recent general elections in Sri lanka and opted Ranil Wickramsinghe as their new Prime minister, which mean that Srilankans has voted for change and reconciliation.
  • Earlier the Sri Lankan voters opted for his former colleague Maithripala Sirisena to end a decade-long regime that has been increasingly marked by allegations of nepotism, corruption, and authoritarianism.

How significant it is for India?

  • It is being speculated in New Delhi that the ouster of Rajapaksa will mean a greater role for India in the island.
  • The government of Rajapaksa had become ever more confident of disregarding Indian concerns.
  • India has been emphasizing the need for urgent steps to resettle the internally displaced persons and has urged
  • the Sri Lankan authorities to expedite rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in northern and eastern Sri Lanka.
  • India has underlined the need for a meaningful devolution package, building on the 13th amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution that would create the necessary conditions for a lasting political settlement.
  • However, the Rajapaksa government was largely non-committal on most of India’s demands.
  • Indian policymakers will be mistaken if they think that a change of regime in Colombo will lead to a dampening of Sino-Sri Lanka ties.
  • China’s role is now firmly embedded in Sri Lanka – economically as well as geopolitically.
  • India will have to up its game if it wants to retain its leverage in Colombo. Rajapaksa or Sirisena, China’s role is only going to grow in the island nation.
  • After all, the stakes are just too high in the great game that is being played in the Indian Ocean.

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