All nations surrounding
India have stood by . Sri Lanka China, Bangladesh and have good trade relations with Lanka. Pakistan has invested more than $ 1 Billion for the Hambontota port and for other development works like roads bridges etc in Lanka and it has a long history of cooperation and friendship with Lanka. China bartered rice for Rubber when Lanka had excess rubber and shortfall of rice. Similarly Lanka has warm relations with China too especially in arms trade. All border countries of Pakistan India like China, Pakistan and Bangladesh have voted in favor of . Sri Lanka
India too is a trade partner of , there are historical and political reasons against developing a lasting friendship between the two countries. Historically a major part of Sri Lankan Tamils are of Indian origin, immigrated to Sri Lanka Sri Lanka (old ) over a long period. The Tamils were part of the Sri Lankan history from Time immemorial along with Sinhalese people and the Tamils of Indian origin made the Tamil population significant there, making the people of Sri Lanka to view Tamils as 2nd class citizens and India as the originator of their Tamil problem. Even if Ceylon India voted against resolution, it would not have made much difference in terms of India- Sri Lanka relation because of those preconceived prejudices. U.S.
In the domestic scene a stand in favor of
would have created havoc. In the first place, the ruling Congress party would have lost the entire Tamils from their fold which in turn might have paved way for other alignments to take form rewriting the political map of the country. Besides, there is a general feeling in all of India that in the final phase of the war the Sri Lankan army did not even spare women and children in their brute offensive against Tamil Tigers. As such it would not have been ethically correct or possible for Sri Lanka to take a stand in favor of Lanka. India
A report from
Sri Lanka stated that by voting in line with the U.S. resolution had actually failed diplomatically as it could not rope in a single Asian country with it. This notion is due to the ignorance of India ’s unique position in the issue. India is the country of Tamils and it thus becomes imperative for India to stand by the Tamils as countries small or big customarily stand to protect the interests of their citizens and ethnic origins living any where in the world. To cite a recent example, India Israel got agitated over the killing of School children of Jewish origin and demanded immediate action to find the perpetrators though they were French citizens. Paris India has to show the same regard and sentiments over the problems of its ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka or elsewhere and would also act the same way if any Sinhalese people are harassed elsewhere in the world. Sri Lanka
All said, the passing of the resolution makes not much difference to
Sri Lanka because apart from censuring Sri Lanka it only urges to take action on the recommendations of L L R C ( Lessons learned and reconciliation commission) immediately. The L L R C is a domestic committee and to take follow ups on its recommendations is not such a big deal for Sri Lanka . Sri Lanka
In essence the resolution helped only to high-light the issue once again while the world was slowly forgetting about it.