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Some lessons from Sri Lanka victory
Following a huge victory over militancy after three decades of struggle, Sri Lanka has set an example for others like India to follow. Despite a small country, it has shown great courage in wiping out militancy from the island nation
SRI LANKAN president Mahinda Rajapakse has given a perfect gift to his countrymen. He has maintained his commitment of setting his country free from the terror of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). This island nation has spent at least three decades under the terror of Prabhakran, the LTTE chief who was reportedly killed by the Sri Lankan security forces a few days back.

This all was possible after its government fought for such a long period for the freedom of its citizens. With the help of its troops it has sabotaged the guerillas and finally ended the Tigers’ story. Though some people have criticided president Rajapakse but he has succeeded in his mission. For example, former foreign minister of Sri Lanka has said “it would be day-dreaming to expect that success of the military campaign against LTTE would lead to devolution of powers and a political solution to the Tamil crisis would come out.”

Many international organisations such as the UN Human Rights Commission and many more heads of governments had pressurised the president and asked him to withdraw his troops from the areas, which were known as the territory of Prabhakaran. But keeping all this criticism aside he had done a remarkable job. The president had thought that this is his country and it is his responsibility to rescue his people from the terror of the daredevilry of militants. Now his name is to be written with the golden letters in the pages of the Sri Lankan history.

Following such a huge victory after three decades, don’t you think Sri Lanka has set an example of courage and velour? It is the lesson for the Indian government, too. Being a small country, it has shown such courage to suppress its militant groups and to resolve many other problems of the country, so why not other countries take such a kind of initiative to suppress their rebellious groups? Does India have no guts to uproot its problem?  It is not like that India has no such problems but these problems are not being attended to.

Here I am not talking about Taliban, a rebellious group which is busy in spreading its rule over other countries, and also it is not a one-man show. To solve it all countries have to sit together and discuss about the issue. Has India able to solve its own national problems? The SULFA, ULFA, SIMI, Maoists and many others are spreading all over and causing troubles.

In India, a government rules for five years and after that it changes. Parties have their respective manifestos, where they had promised to provide food, shelter and ‘naukri’, but none of the manifestos had talked about security of the country from these respective groups, why?

Once I went to Orrisa and asked the people about their viewpoint on Naxalites. They believed that it is nothing and only the fight of government with the people only for the food. Who is going to see these problems? Somebody has to think about such problems which are affecting the common man. Now, it is high time the government takes some initiatives to resolve these issues.


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