Sri Lanka is our very small neighboring country which is going through the worst phase of economic crisis at the moment. There people are falling prey to starvation and the government treasury has become empty. The new government formed there also does not understand how to get people out of this plight. Sri Lanka, being the closest and a powerful neighbor, had requested India to help, on which our government did not spend time to think, but in this hour of crisis, by providing all kinds of help to it, made the people there realize this. It is that his elder brother i.e. Tiger is still alive.
However, providing assistance to Sri Lanka in the first place, was also more important for India because from a strategic point of view, this island nation is very important for our international security. China, which has become our enemy, is sitting here with the eyes of a vulture that on the pretext of Sri Lanka, by any means, it should be able to surround India with the sea border. Therefore, this diplomacy of the Modi government should also be praised because without wasting time, it did not give this opportunity to Sri Lanka to ask for any help from China. Because he is already ready that Sri Lanka should speak to him only once and he is eager to give many times more help than us.
By the way, Sri Lanka has already suffered very badly from the civil war and in that operation, many brave soldiers of the Indian Army have been martyred to save the people there from terrorism. Former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi has also been assassinated on the basis of that terrorism. In fact, Sri Lanka was in the grip of civil war in the 1980s. The Tamil nationalist group LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) occupied the island of Jaffna. The Sri Lankan army was not able to compete with the LTTE and in that situation the Sri Lankan government had appealed to India for help. India had sent its peacekeeping force to end the civil war in Sri Lanka under ‘Operation Pawan’, but the Tamil community living in Sri Lanka was very angry with this.
Let us tell you that the population of Sinhala community is more in Sri Lanka while Tamil speaking minority is there. Why does this happen in Sri Lanka, for that we have to look at some special pages of the history of this country. Many minority Tamils living there since the fifties felt that the majority Sinhalese were trying to reduce the influence of their language and religion. Due to this, the relationship between the two sides deteriorated. The government there had declared Sinhala as the only national language of the country by passing a controversial law in the year 1956. As a result, the Tamil employees working in the government sector got furious as it started affecting their jobs.
Gradually, for all these reasons, Tamils started raising the demand for a separate country. There were also countless violent incidents against Tamils. In 1983, 23 soldiers were killed in an LTTE attack, leading to riots across Sri Lanka. It is believed that around 3,000 Tamils were killed in these riots. Due to this a war broke out between the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE. The then Government of India was concerned about the demand for a separate Tamil Eelam country in Sri Lanka because a large number of Tamils live in India and only one state of the country is named after them. But at that time, there was also a major problem for the government that then many Indian Tamils were supporters of the demand for a separate country of LTTE.
In such a situation, the government did not want Tamil Nadu to be engulfed by the flames of the fire that broke out in Sri Lanka. Therefore, there was an agreement of military assistance between India and Sri Lanka and only a few hours after the signing of that agreement, Indian soldiers left for Sri Lanka. This is from the year 1987. But our army had to see the reverse effect of this agreement in Sri Lanka because many people there especially Tamil community was angry with this agreement. They felt that India being a big country was interfering in the internal affairs of its smaller neighboring country. The result was that the Indian peacekeeping force that went there to establish peace in northern Sri Lanka was far from being fulfilled, but in the war with LTTE there, about 1,200 soldiers of our army were killed.
Remind that 35 years ago there was a deadly attack on the then Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi in the same Sri Lankan capital Colombo. That too was not done by any common man but by a soldier of the Sri Lankan army. On 30 July 1987 in Colombo, a soldier named Vijitha Rohan Vijemuni tried to kill Rajiv Gandhi with the back of his gun during the guard of honour. However, Rajiv Gandhi narrowly escaped in that attack.
It is said that Vijemuni was angry with India sending peace forces to Sri Lanka. The guard believed that India should not have interfered in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka. After this incident, Vijemuni was court martialed by the Sri Lankan army. He was fired from the army and sentenced to 6 years imprisonment. However, after two and a half years, the then President R. Premadasa, accepting the mercy petition, ordered the release of Vijemuni. It is said that after this Vijemuni became a successful astrologer. In an interview to an Indian newspaper in 2013, he had also predicted the loss of Mahinda Rajapaksa in the presidential election, which turned out to be true.