Essay

India’s sordid record

Print edition : March 06, 2015

Colombo, July 1987: Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and President J.R. Jayewardene sign the historic Indo-Sri Lanka Accord. Behind Rajiv Gandhi is External Affairs Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

August 4, 1987: LTTE leader V. Prabakaran announces his historic decision to surrender the organisation's arms to the Indian Peace-Keeping Force, at a meeting in the vicinity of Jaffna. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

August 15, 1987: LTTE men surrender arms near Jaffna. Maj. Gen. Harkirat Singh, the then commander of the IPKF, is second from right. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Indian soldiers man a post in Jaffna on October 26, 1986. Indian officers said that after an assault that began on October 10, Indian forces had captured almost the entire city, but for pockets of resistance, from Tamil rebel ighters. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

J.N. Dixit. He became the High Commissioner in Sri Lanka in 1985 and oversaw the signing of the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran greeting Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her arrival at Madras airport on the way to New Delhi from Tirupati, on October 31, 1982. The compulsions of domestic politics and of controlling power equations in the region determined the policies of the two leaders with respect to Sri Lanka. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

India’s relations with Sri Lanka will heal only if there is a sincere realisation of past mistakes and of the grave damage that India inflicted on a hapless neighbour too small to retaliate.
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