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After the FallSri Lanka in Victory and War$
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Mohan K. Tikku

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463503

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463503.001.0001

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India—Out of the Frame

India—Out of the Frame

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(p.234) 14 India—Out of the Frame
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After the Fall
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Mohan K. Tikku

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463503.003.0015

India’s unease about the Rajapakse regime as it came to power in 2005 began with his insistence on retaining the country’s unitary constitution. However, New Delhi backed the President’s war effort on the basis of promises that he would implement the Thirteenth Amendment and devolve powers to the Tamils. Instead, Rajapakse resorted to playing the China card to contain India’s capacity to influence policy in Sri Lanka. It was no surprise to New Delhi that after LTTE’s defeat, the President backed out on commitments to address the Tamil demands. Next, India redefined its policy goals and shifted focus to its regional and maritime security concerns. Signing a trilateral maritime agreement was part of the same initiative. With changes in government both in India (2014) and Sri Lanka (2015), the two countries see the changes as an opportunity to redefine bilateral relations in more realistic terms.

Keywords:   Devolution, 13th Amendment, Unitary Constitution, LTTE, China Card, Regional Security

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