Singha wrote:whether one likes it or not Rajapaksa type 'strongmen' are the reality in SL and tamils have no charismatic leader there to provide a counterweight. its better we get into economic and military deep ties with SL and make it profitable for their elites to be on good terms with india. that will moderate their dealings with SL tamils. india should be able to invest heavily in what is our backyard.
sickular symbolic style appeasing of TN local sentiment is not able to achieve any lasting soln except driving the SL elites closer to Cheen and TSP.
some of their elites may be SOBs but we got to engage and make them 'our SOBs' just as america maintains 'guangxi' with a whole lot of grey characters around the world for its national interest.
There are two things, which need to be differentiated
a) talking to other world leaders
b) getting the job done as per Indian interests
It is talking while wielding a heavy gadda like Bheem.
Till today the talks between India and Pakistan have all been about the symbolism of talking and India giving concessions to Pakistan, or talking with Mahinda Rajapakse while letting him get away with his invites to China into the neighborhood or continuing his anti-Tamizh policies.
It is perfectly okay for the Indian leader to talk to Pakistan, BD or Sri Lanka leaders as long as he is bringing Indian interests forward, especially security interests.
So I hope Tamizh parties don't go all bonkers about the invite to SL leader. Even to resolve issues one needs to talk. All this boycott business is just symbolism and should be resorted to when one is at the end of one's wits and knows one cannot produce any movement forwards.