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Sri Lanka to continue to train its military personnel in India

Colombo: Notwithstanding stiff opposition from political parties in Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka on Wednesday asserted that it was "very firm" on continuing the training programme of its defence personnel in India and ruled out sending them to countries like China.

Sri Lanka's powerful Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, also the brother of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, said his country looks at India in a "much bigger way" than China.

During an interaction with visiting Indian journalists, Rajapaksa admitted that the recent attacks against Sri Lankan citizens in Tamil Nadu has "hurt" their feelings, but said no one in his country had any "hard feelings" for India or its people.

"No. We have never (thought about it) because in our long history since the days when we moved from British shoulders all training (to army personnel) were done in India or in Pakistan," he said.

The minister was responding to a question whether Sri Lanka was reconsidering the training programme for its military personnel in India and possibly get them trained in countries like China in the wake of protests in Tamil Nadu.

Dwelling on the issue, he said it has been the practice for any new batch to be sent to India for training and that Sri Lanka has no plans to change the tradition.

"There can be various opinions, but we can't (shift the programme). We are very firm on that and we have confidence (that it will continue). We have not even thought about," he said when pressed further on whether Sri Lanka would stop sending its personnel to India.

He noted that starting from the Defence Secretary to Army commanders, everyone has been trained in India. "Everyone go to India first and only then they are sent to other countries like USA (for training)," he said.

Rajapaksa's comments assume significance in the wake of almost all political parties in Tamil Nadu coming on a single platform to oppose the training programme to Sri Lankan military personnel in India.

Initially, the parties protested the presence of Sri Lankan personnel in Tamil Nadu, but later widened their demand by asking the Indian Government to scrap the entire programme and send them back home.

However, India has made it clear that the training programme would continue.

On whether Sri Lanka was moving close towards China, he said: "We look India in a much bigger way."

Speaking about the attacks against Sri Lankan pilgrims in Tamil Nadu, Rajapaksa said that it "hurt" the feelings of Sri Lankan people because it had happened in India, which is regarded as a "big brother and a country which shows the way" for his nation.

"It hurt our feelings, we cannot hide that because we always think India as our big brother or who shows us the way and how should we work. India has taught us all good things. We never thought this will happen"¦But we have no hard feelings towards India or its people," he said.

The minister, who is in-charge of reconstruction of the war-torn Northern Province, also noted that most of the pilgrims who were attacked in Tamil Nadu were of Indian-origin Sri Lankans.

Asked whether such incidents will cast a shadow on Indo-Lanka ties, he replied in the negative and appreciated the Indian Government's initiatives to ensure that such incidents are not repeated in the future.

"I believe that the people of Tamil Nadu understand that nobody gains from such incidents," he said.

(Agencies)
 

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हमेशा हिंदी हिंदी की रट लगाये रखते हो ~
 

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दो यू हवे एनी आईडिया वाट आर यू तल्किंग अबाउट ?
 

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Unfortunate..very unfortunate.
 

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Kayal dear, if Tamil maid servants from Delhi and Bengaluru, slum dwellers in Mumbai, assorted labour in border districts of Karnataka and Kerala, etc etc were to be sent back to their `motherland`, your state will not have the space or resources to support these poor people.

Love for one's culture and language is a very good thing but chauvinism will make your Tamil Nadu another Pakistan (assuming you are actually a Tamizh as you say).
 

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Kayal dear, if Tamil maid servants from Delhi and Bengaluru, slum dwellers in Mumbai, assorted labour in border districts of Karnataka and Kerala, etc etc were to be sent back to their `motherland`, your state will not have the space or resources to support these poor people.
How is this related to the topic ?
 

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Kayal dear, if Tamil maid servants from Delhi and Bengaluru, slum dwellers in Mumbai, assorted labour in border districts of Karnataka and Kerala, etc etc were to be sent back to their `motherland`, your state will not have the space or resources to support these poor people.

Love for one's culture and language is a very good thing but chauvinism will make your Tamil Nadu another Pakistan (assuming you are actually a Tamizh as you say).


Thank you for the concern. We will take care of ourselves. Get your army out of TN. You are not doing anything except raping Tamil women now and then. You do not proect our fishermen..
 

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Thank you for the concern. We will take care of ourselves. Get your army out of TN. You are not doing anything except raping Tamil women now and then. You do not proect our fishermen..
Law and order is the State Subject. GoI has nothing to do with it. It just oversees the performance of Administration. Don't apply your brain without knowing the subject. And If Army is deployed , its due to the TN Govt. They must have asked for it. You know nothing about administration and just keep crying.
 

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Law and order is the State Subject. GoI has nothing to do with it. It just oversees the performance of Administration. Don't apply your brain without knowing the subject. And If Army is deployed , its due to the TN Govt. They must have asked for it. You know nothing about administration and just keep crying.
No it isnt..if it involves another country.
 

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Yes, law and order is state subject. What can it do when rapists hide in Rameswaram Naval base and TN police was not allowed ito it?
go and ask your TN govt which is handling the deployment of Army. If some miscreant did the rape the TN Govt. should ask the Operation Staff Office to initiate enquiry and if proved guilty must initiate Court Martial by Army Tribunal. It has nothing to do with you 2+2= Hindian logic. Every where you see Conspiracy theories. Any ways do what you deem correct for you.
 

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No wonder the protestors at Kudankulam are refusing to believe the Govt safety reports...the question they are asking is..even though the govt says it cares for the fishermen it does absolutely nothing when the fishermen are continuing to be killed..so whats the guarentee they are speaking the truth regarding the safety of the reactors..? What if in case of an accident the Govt cites some mythical "strategic considerations' and refused to take action against the source country..?



go and ask your TN govt which is handling the deployment of Army. If some miscreant did the rape the TN Govt. should ask the Operation Staff Office to initiate enquiry and if proved guilty must initiate Court Martial by Army Tribunal. It has nothing to do with you 2+2= Hindian logic. Every where you see Conspiracy theories. Any ways do what you deem correct for you.
Hmmm dear its not that simple. You talk as if everything happens according to law in India and there is perfect accountability.
 
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No it isnt..if it involves another country.
If GoI is training that same govt is providing houses in SL for displaced Tamils. Have you read the newspaper. What is GoI doing for Rehabilitation. You did not know about it or even acknowledge that. 4,30000 homes are being constructed for Resettlement.But that will never be praised. I just wonder why you see so selectively.This GoI is not mine or yours Its a collective govt. Just for God sake don't blame Hindians for this.
 

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In Kudankulam India is not meeting its own AERB requirements. AERB set 17 tsunami-safety requirements. Govt told Supreme Court all of them cannoit be implemented in one go. It will take 6 months to 2 years.

Solution is wait for 2 years before fuel loading. What happens if there is a tsunami next year? Write off Kanyakumari and Thirunelvali district? This is outrageous.
 

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go and ask your TN govt which is handling the deployment of Army..
You don't have a clue. Do you? Army deployment is soley hindian gov deecision. It decides where to set up camps and bases and not state.
 

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You don't have a clue. Do you? Army deployment is soley hindian gov deecision. It decides where to set up camps and bases and not state.
But don't you think Govt of state has a say over it. Its a federal govt. and Not a centralized govt structure. If that is eroding the Federal Power of TN Govt. TN govt must resist any such order by central Govt. Why is it not doing any thing if it is against the state govt.'s will? Have you any clue now what am talking about?
 

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