Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India's Foreign Policy examines India's foreign policy options in order to ensure that the country retains its space for manoeuvre, to follow an independent foreign policy in the 21st century global scenario.

Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan

Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan

Sri Lanka's Ethnic Divide

India's relations with Sri Lanka are in large measure determined by the deep ethnic divide and unresolved conflict that has raged in Sri Lanka since its Independence in February 1948. India's principal interest in Sri Lanka arises out of the fact that Sinhala-majority Sri Lanka has a substantial Tamil population with close emotional, cultural and historical links to Tamils in India. There is considerable public sympathy within Tamil Nadu for the cause of the Sri Lankan Tamils, something that no government in New Delhi can ignore, the more so in today's era of coalition politics where regional Tamil parties exercise considerable influence in the Central Government. Although the Tamils and Sinhalese had been ...

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