Indian diplomacy has shown twist in its policy when it voted against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, ignoring the future of its own destiny in the event of similar onslaught on its secessionist movements in the north-east and in Jammu and Kashmir.
By toeing the line of the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka, India has given in to the short term gain while loosing the sight on its future diplomacy.
Though Prime Minister Manmohan Singh defended the move saying, “concerns should be expressed so that Tamil people can get justice and lead a life of dignity”, what transpired under the carpet cannot be ignored.
While the move won Tamil Nadu chief minister Jaya Lalithaa’s praise and an instant nod to the controversial Kodankulam nuclear project in the state, the Centre is happy that a small sacrifice on its tiny neighbour’s sentiments would not hurt its global diplomacy.
Apparently, domestic politics weighed more in India’s move despite the dreaded LTTE’s atrocities in Sri Lanka for over three decades and the loss of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s life at their insensitive killing spree in Perambudur in May 1992.
Strange is the fact that 15 countries including China and Russia backed Sri Lanka, not India which too suffered from the LTTE’s atrocities on its own land. Moreover, like China and Russia, India too faces insurgency in several pockets and not because they were over-friendly with Sri Lanka but because it matters when their own insurgencies face human rights violation in future.
India could have easily abstained, instead of risking similar humiliation in the future when its own secessionist movements come under scanner.