Modi, Good Neigh­bour

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It is child­ish on the part of those who have ob­jected to Modi’s in­vi­ta­tion to the Sri Lankan Pres­i­dent to at­tend the for­mer’s swear­ing-in cer­e­mony. It is the equiv­a­lent of one not invit­ing a neighbor to a wed­ding in the fam­ily. In fact, the oc­ca­sion should be utilised to im­prove re­la­tions. If In­dia wanted to be tough with Sri Lanka it could have de­ployed naval boats to ac­com­pany fish­er­men to pro­tect them. Modi is states­man­like in invit­ing the heads of not only SL but also Pak­istan and Bangladesh, among oth­ers, in the in­ter­ests of lay­ing a firm foun­da­tion for good neigh­bourly re­la­tions.

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