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The Diplomat’s Pendulum

As India ponders its security implications, the time to act decisively might be slipping away fast

The Diplomat’s Pendulum
The Diplomat’s Pendulum
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Not intervening in Sri Lanka’s civil war has been hailed as one of the more mature post-Cold war foreign policy decisions of the Indian government. But the clarity of the Indian position stops right there. How and at what stage does India plan to help mediate a negotiated settlement as it has offered to? And more importantly, how does New Delhi’s hands-off policy benefit India?

Observers are uneasy with the diffidence New Delhi is displaying. India, they feel, could be doing much more to protect itself from a spillover. "Security forces should be destroying LTTE cells in Tamil Nadu," says P.R. Chari, director of the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi. Because if the LTTE successfully occupies Jaffna, India might well have to contend with a flare-up within Tamil Nadu. But it’s hard for New Delhi to prevent that without being accused of unleashing terror in the state. Thus it’s imperative to involve a figure like M. Karunanidhi.

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