President Rajapaksa returns from India

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa returned from India after his first official overseas visit as President.

During his visit he had talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as the President, Foreign Minister and others.

President Rajapaksa also visited the Sri Lankan High Commission office in New Delhi.

He discussed with officials the importance of performing diplomatic functions in order to enhance cooperation between the two countries.

The meeting was attended by the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in India Austin Fernando and the High Commission staff.

The President also met the Chairman of the Mahabodhi Society and the Chief Incumbent of Sanchi Chethiyagiri Vihara Ven. Banagala Upatissa Thero.

The current status of the Sanchi Chethiyagiri Vihara and its future development work was discussed and the Thero stressed the need to display information about the Vihara in Sinhala for the benefit of pilgrims.

The Thero also expressed views on measures taken to construct a training center for the Indian novice monks.

A meeting between President Rajapaksa and National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Ram Madhav was also held.


  1. This is how the late Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of Singapore would handle the situation in Sri Lanka. The 20th century great leader LKY would invite the Indian High Commissioner and deliver the following message.

    ‘Sri Lanka is in the strategic location of Indian Ocean and nobody can afford to lose it, especially India. I will not discuss and waste my time wether India was involved with the Tamil armed groups and Easter Sunday attacks. But if a bomb goes off, especially terrorists use India to attack Sri Lanka, I would give Trinco and Jaffna ports to the Americans and Southern ports to China. If India as a big brother does not take Sri Lankans’ safety and prosperity seriously, I have no other option than taking this path. Remember, Tamils will be happy with the Americans and India has no chance of creating terrorism to divide and conquer.’

    However, the current Sri Lankan leaders would not make such a decision, because the decision making circle is less qualified than the political circle since the independence. No wonder why they don’t have the ability manage projects to repay the debts. Your ability solve the problems always depend on your knowledge. If you give preference to culture, language and religion over knowledge you will be limited. Sri Lanka decided to stick with India in 1948 because of the same culture. Since the independence the leaders using religion and language cards to obtaining the power. Lack of knowledge is eating Sir Lanka since 1940s.


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