Facebook icon
Twitter icon
e-mail icon

Following the murder of Tamil Nadu fishermen, India grants Sri Lanka’s Navy 22 million Rs worth of training aid

Following a visit by Indian diplomat, Gopal Beglay, to the North-East of Sri Lanka, the Indian High Commission has awarded Sri Lanka’s Navy 22 million rupees worth of training aid, despite human rights concerns.

The Indian High Commission was reported to have provided aid to the Naval & Maritime Academy (NMA), Trincomalee, on 14 March 2021. The Chief of India's Naval Staff, Karambir Singh has pledged to strengthen Sri Lanka's naval capacity.

This decision comes in advance of the Tamil Nadu elections on 6 April till the 2 May, where the ruling BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) party is running 17 candidates.


Meeting Tamil demands

During his visit, from the 11 March to 13 March, Beglay spoke with Tamil leaders on meeting the legitimate aspirations of the Tamil community as well as meaningful devolution. The meetings also discussed supporting development projects in the North-East.

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has visited Tamil Nadu vowing that his administration would stand up for Tamil rights and highlighting on-going projects. India’s External Minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has similarly maintained that concern for Tamils in Sri Lanka should be driven by a “genuine feeling” rather than something raised just around elections in Tamil Nadu.

He has previously raised concerns over the alleged murder of four Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy.


Death of Tamil Fishermen

Whilst India’s government has voiced these concerns, this grant of assistance to the Sri Lankan Navy comes as Sri Lanka’s Navy has increased land grab efforts in Pungudutivu earlier this year and there have been repeated reports of intimidation and violence from Navy officials.

According to All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader M. Thambidurai, 245 Tamil Nadu fishermen have been killed in Sri Lanka.

Read more here: Indian Foreign Minister condemns killing of Tamil fishermen by Sri Lanka’s Navy as ‘unacceptable’

We need your support

Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Tamil journalists are particularly at threat, with at least 41 media workers known to have been killed by the Sri Lankan state or its paramilitaries during and after the armed conflict.

Despite the risks, our team on the ground remain committed to providing detailed and accurate reporting of developments in the Tamil homeland, across the island and around the world, as well as providing expert analysis and insight from the Tamil point of view

We need your support in keeping our journalism going. Support our work today.

For more ways to donate visit https://donate.tamilguardian.com.