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There will be savings in the printing of notes,Geneva climax?they see in this an opportunity for themselves and are thus actively seeking the involvement of foreign powers and international organisations in unseating the powerful Rajapaksas Why are the Rajapaksa brothers so intransigent in opposing a resolution that only seeks a commitment of the recommendations of a commission (LLRC) that the president himself appointed President Rajapaksa could have easily avoided this international embarrassment by proclaiming his commitment to the LLRC If he commits in principle to greater devolution of powers to provincesconstitutionally and institutionally guarantee the rule of law and fundamental rightsand work to apoliticise and acommunalise the armed forcesthen there wont be any mentalpolitical or diplomatic hurdle in overcoming the present crisis in an international arena What probably worked against the Rajapaksas was that they did not expect their own weaponthe LLRCto be used against them They were initially satisfied that they could counter rising international displeasureroused by the Darusman Report and the first Channel 4 videosby releasing the LLRC report But it clearly hasnt worked their way Its not the LLRC report or its recommendations that the Rajapaksas are worried about; but accepting it in an international forum will make it easier for their opponents to hold them under continuous pressure Indias stand on the issue is being keenly watchednot only by Tamils in India but also by Sri Lankansinternational human rights activists and those in diplomatic circles Since the end of the warIndia thwarted attempts in the Security Council and the UN Human Rights Council by Western countries to investigate war crimes in Sri Lanka Besidesagainst all odds and pressuresIndia had supported the Sri Lankan state in its bid to eliminate the LTTE But it is obvious that India is silently dissatisfied as the Sri Lankan government dilly-dallies on the accelerated militarisation of North-Eastdelayed devolution of powers and the snails pace of rehabilitation and reconstruction of war-affected Tamils and Tamil areas India has a difficult balancing act to do This timeit will be tough to take a position on Sri Lanka that will be amicable to all kinds of opinion prevailing in India Of courseIndia would be unhappy with Sri Lanka for its diplomatic overtures to China and Pakistan At the same timeIndia would be naturally worried about Sri Lanka becoming the cockpit of regional or international conflicts This timehoweverthe government of India has to listen and carefully consider the request of its Tamil leaders Indias Tamil leaders are united in their determination to get the government of India to back the resolution against Sri Lanka Keeping its domestic pressures in mindit will be tough for the Indian government to go all out in support of the Sri Lankan statewhich derives its political power from the euphoria of a Sinhala victory over the LTTE Howeverit will also be difficult for India to take a position against Sri Lanka since it has worked on establishing good relations in many areas over the last 20 years Indiathereforewouldnt want any of its actions in international fora to push Sri Lanka away from it India also wouldnt want to put the Sinhala and Tamil population in a complete dichotomous position and thereby risk its ongoing rehabilitation and reconstruction programmes in the North-East of Sri Lanka So when the government of India makes a choiceit has to think of the implications internallyregionally and internationally HenceIndias best and simple option at present would have been to abstain from voting on the resolution Such a step would have gone down well with Sri Lankan leaders and also with the countries supporting the US resolution But that doesnt look like an option anymore after Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs announcement in Parliament Though the announcement is conditionalthe government would not risk withdrawing its promise HenceIndia may opt for voting in support of the resolution after holding bilateral talks with US and Sri Lanka representativesso that the existing good relations with both parties are maintaineddespite the inevitable strains The writer is former chief minister of Sri Lankas North-Eastern province For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: New York Times | Updated: January 25 2015 12:01 am Related News I’ve never been a fan of global conferences to solve problems but when I read that the Obama administration is organising a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism for February 18 in response to the Paris killings I had a visceral reaction: Is there a box on my tax returns that I can check so my tax dollars won’t go to pay for this When you don’t call things by their real name you always get in trouble And this administration so fearful of being accused of Islamophobia is refusing to make any link to radical Islam from the recent explosions of violence against civilians (most of them Muslims) by Boko Haram in Nigeria by the Taliban in Pakistan by al-Qaeda in Paris and by jihadists in Yemen and Iraq Last week the conservative columnist Rich Lowry wrote an essay in Politico Magazine that contained quotes from White House spokesman Josh Earnest that I could not believe But I checked the transcript: 100 per cent correct I can’t say it better than Lowry did: “The administration has lapsed into unselfconscious ridiculousness Asked why the administration won’t say (after the Paris attacks) we are at war with radical Islam Earnest on Tuesday explained the administration’s first concern is ‘accuracy’ ‘We want to describe exactly what happened These are individuals who carried out an act of terrorism and they later tried to justify that act of terrorism by invoking the religion of Islam and their own deviant view of it’ “This makes it sound as if the Charlie Hebdo terrorists set out to commit a random act of violent extremism and only subsequently when they realised that they needed some justification did they reach for Islam “The day before Earnest had conceded that there are lists of recent ‘examples of individuals who have cited Islam as they’ve carried out acts of violence’ Cited Islam According to the Earnest theory… purposeless violent extremists rummage through the scriptures of great faiths looking for some verses to cite to support their mayhem and often happen to settle on the holy texts of Islam” President Barack Obama knows better I am all for restraint on the issue and would never hold every Muslim accountable for the acts of a few But it is not good for us or the Muslim world to pretend that this spreading jihadist violence isn’t coming out of their faith community It is coming mostly but not exclusively from angry young men and preachers on the fringe of the Sunni Arab and Pakistani communities in the Middle East and Europe If Western interventions help foster violent Islamic reactions we should reduce them If Muslim immigrants in Europe feel marginalised they and their hosts should worker harder on absorption But both efforts will only take you so far Something else is also at work and it needs to be discussed It is the struggle within Arab and Pakistani Sunni Islam over whether and how to embrace modernity pluralism and women’s rights That struggle drives and is driven by the dysfunctionality of so many Arab states and Pakistan It has left these societies with too many young men who have never held a job or a girl’s hand who then seek to overcome their humiliation at being left behind and to find identity by “purifying” their worlds of other Muslims who are not sufficiently pious and of Westerners whom they perceive to be putting Muslims down But you don’t see this in the two giant Muslim communities in Indonesia or India Only Sunni Arabs and Pakistanis can get inside their narrative and remediate it But reformers need to have a free secure political space If we’re not going to help create space for that internal dialogue let’s not say stupid stuff And not hold airy fairy conferences that dodge the real issues A remarkable piece in The Washington Post Sunday by Asra Q Nomani an American Muslim born in India called out the “honor corps” — a loose well-funded coalition of governments and private individuals “that tries to silence debate on extremist ideology in order to protect the image of Islam” It “throws the label of ‘Islamophobe’ on pundits journalists and others who dare to talk about extremist ideology in the religion… The official and unofficial channels work in tandem harassing threatening and battling introspective Muslims and non-Muslims everywhere… They cause governments writers and experts to walk on eggshells” I know one in particular For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin will meet on Thursday with a close aide to Chinese President Xi Jinping the Kremlin said on Wednesday underlining Russia’s increased effort to establish closer ties with Beijing as its relations with the West have deteriorated The meeting with Li Zhanshu head of the General Office of the Communist Party of China will take place with relations between Moscow and the West at their worst since the Cold War The European Union and United States have imposed sanctions on Russia over its role in the Ukraine separatist conflict The Russian Foreign Ministry said this week that the Chinese president had confirmed he would visit Moscow on May 9 to join in commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War Two in Europe Other leaders mainly from Asia former Soviet republics and Latin America will also be on hand China looks to Russia for help in diversifying its energy supplies Last year the two non-Western world powers signed a multi-year deal gas supply that Russia’s gas monopoly Gazprom (GAZPMM) estimated at $400 billion (Writing by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Mark Heinrich) This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed Dublin: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Dublin on Wednesday for his maiden day-long visit to Ireland enroute to the US He is scheduled for a "tete-a-tete" with Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny at the Government Buildings in Dublin City Centre followed by a working luncheon hosted by Kenny in honour of Modi the first Indian Premier to visit the country in almost 60 years Narendra Modi PTI "We hope to further develop strong people-to-people and economic ties with Ireland in the years to come" Modi had said in a Facebook post in reference to the visit Relations between India and Ireland date back to independence and in 2013 the total trade in goods and services was pegged at euro 248 billion The key items of Irish export include computer hardware and software pharmaceuticals and chemicals food and machinery Indian exports to Ireland cover textiles garments and clothing accessories pharmaceuticals light engineering goods and chemicals Major Indian companies with a presence in Ireland include pharma majors like Wockhardt Sun Pharma and Reliance Genemedix and information technology firms like FirstSource Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) HCL and Wipro Following the government-level interactions the Prime Minister will interact with the Indian community in Ireland at a special event being hosted at Hotel Double Tree Hilton in Dublin Ireland is home to around 26000 persons of Indian origin of which around 17000 are Indian citizens The bulk of the community is in the healthcare sector working as doctors and nurses with information technology and engineering among some of the other sectors The country is also fast emerging as a significant destination for Indian students seeking higher education particularly in post-graduate doctoral and post-doctoral courses in these particular fields "This is a very historic visit and there are lots of expectations from Mr Modi We are confident the PM is the right person to trust to increase foreign investments for India" said Lalubhai Parekh president of the Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP) From Dublin Modi sets off for New York this evening to address a UN Sustainable Development Summit and participate in a summit on peacekeeping being hosted by US President Barack Obama He then travels on to the West Coast of the US where he will address the Indian community in the Silicon Valley and hold meetings with top tech CEOs as part of this two-nation three-city tour which concludes on September 29 The last Indian prime minister to visit Ireland was Jawaharlal Nehru in 1956 There was considerable optimism in the Irish media over Modi’s visit going by the coverage in all the leading dailies "India presents an opportunity to boost our exports to the faster growing parts of the world – but requires the same level of focus and dedication which Ireland has invested in other trading partners" said the ‘Irish Independent’ in a comment piece titled ‘There are 127 billion reasons why Indian visit is crucial to Ireland’ "The visit is one of major importance and offers an extensive opportunity for Ireland to reposition itself with one of the largest and fastest growing economies globally" echoed the ‘Irish Examiner’ "Irish officials see Modi’s visit – only his third to Europe after visits last year to France and Germany – as a rare opportunity to raise Ireland’s profile in the world’s most populous democracy where Ireland is relatively unknown" added the ‘Irish Times’ PTI The minister not only argued against the proposed law against hoarders but also left the House before it could be passed.

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