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Over the last week I have had a plethora of conspiracy theories brought to my attention, on a great range of subjects. The first was a newspaper article, by an American of course, alleging that George Soros had a master plan to break up possible rivals to the West into small states that could then be turned into clients or else neutralized. The countries diagnosed as being subjected to this treatment were China and India and Russia and Indonesia, and the method included promotion of internal nationalisms and hence separatism, along with active involvement of NGOs asserting gross violations of human rights.

Sri Lanka … every reason to worry about the promotion … of the separatist agenda that former LTTE supporters have still not abandoned.

While as always with conspiracy theories there seemed much exaggeration in the analysis, as also generally with such theories there seems reason to fear some such endeavours. Certainly we in Sri Lanka have every reason to worry about the promotion now in some quarters of the separatist agenda that former LTTE supporters have still not abandoned. At the same time we should understand that, attractive though Sri Lanka is for geo-political reasons, dismembering us is not really of great advantage to anyone. Rather, any fissiparous tendencies here would be of international significance only if they extended to India. It is for that reason that we should be working even more closely with India than we have done in the past. However, typically, the consequence of the I think mistaken Indian vote in Geneva has been increasing hostility to India, with reminders of its role in the eighties, without due appreciation of the sterling support it offered us in the past decade to get rid of terrorism.

This chimes in with the conspiracy theory I have referred to earlier, with efforts on the part of those in the Ministry of External Affairs who believe we must be firmly ensconced in the Western bosom to create animosity towards India. Of course I have long learnt that, as far as the Sri Lankan administration is concerned, one should not diagnose villainy when simple folly is a possible explanation, but still, the repeated upsetting of India before the vote in Geneva, and then the criticism both of the Indian Parliamentary delegation, which almost led to the President refusing to receive them, and of Indian behavior in the sixties – with no reference to the antics of the then President in joining in Cold War hostility to India – seem to me not entirely gratuitous.

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Rajiva Wijesinha

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