by Nilantha Ilangamuwa
( August 29, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) In an interview with Sri Lanka Guardian, retired military major general of Indian Army, Ashok K. Mehta says the scheme by the Chinese will bring back Rajapaksa into power.
“That is an open secret the Government of India supported the present government right from the beginning. The Prime Minister Wickramasinghe is maintaining a strong mutual understanding between two countries regardless of economic pacts the collation government signing with other countries,” he said.
However; “I wouldn’t trust that Chinese is wholeheartedly supporting the present government and Chinese knew that their influence is much stronger and vibrant if they have Rajapaksa in power,” retired major general pointed.
While commenting on the post-war situation in Sri Lanka, retired general identified two mistakes by involved parties when it comes to resolving the fundamental questions which what he named as the “Tamil Question”.
First, the government of India fell asleep after the war was not concerned with the very issues to be dealt with. Second, all influential parties have deliberately ignored the opportunity to use a constructive approach to solve the fundamental issues of the victimized people in the country.
Maj. Gen. Ashok K Mehta was commissioned in the 5th Gorkha Rifles in 1957. He took part in all the military operations undertaken by India except the 1947 war in Jammu and Kashmir and the 1962 China war when he was on a peacekeeping mission in Congo (Zaire) in 1962. His last assignment was General Officer Commanding, Indian Peace Keeping Forces (IPKF) South, in Sri Lanka. He was the last officer to leave the Sri Lankan soil as IPKF representative in late 80s.
[ Featured image: Nilantha Ilangamuwa with Maj. Gen. (Retired) Ashok K. Mehta, August 28, 2017]