Narendra Modi’s Lanka Visit- Purely Religious or Not?


There is a discussion to question the aim of the visit by the Indian leader in Sri Lanka. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday at 5.30pm.

Today (12) he participated in the United Nations’ Vesak Festival  held at BMICH. He would open the newly built building complex of Hatton Dickoya Base Hospital.

But there is a speculation regarding the Indian Prime Minister’s visit. The oil tank complex in Trincomalee is to be leased to Indian control for long term use. The government’s decision to hand them over is protested by many groups including trade unions in the energy sector. Meanwhile, the ETCA agreement is another priority to finalise in the view of strategic interests, Indian government hold.  At New Delhi, briefing reporters on Modi’s visit, Joint Secretary (Indian Ocean Region) in the External Affairs Ministry, Sanjay Panda said no formal talks had been scheduled, but Modi will be interacting with the Sri Lankan leaders.

“We do not envisage any formal talks, but he will be interacting with the leaders and review the relationship in its entirety. Nothing is specifically earmarked for discussion during the current visit,” he said. However, leader of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) says he has requested Indian leader to talk on fisherman issue during his visit. “Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Sri Lanka. Our leader Mr Stalin has requested, rather demanded, the Prime Minister to use this visit and talk about the issues which are plaguing both the countries,” DMK leader Saravanan told ANI.

Meanwhile, the former president has also revealed he has no objection regarding the visit by Narendra Modi although Weerawansha, one of his closest allies called for black flag protest.

The ‘International Day of Vesak’ celebrations, is to be held in Colombo from May 12 to 14, will include an International Buddhist Conference in which over 400 delegates from more than 100 countries will participate.