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Two of the mothers who sacrificed their sons for Lanka
seen weeping at the war memorial in the Parliament Grounds at Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte last Wednesday.
Sending IPKF to Lanka
was high level policy failure: V K Singh - Union Minister of State for External Affairs General
(retd) V K Singh said here on Tuesday (April 14) that the decision to send the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) to Sri Lanka in 1987 was "a high level policy failure".
"The decision to deploy the IPKF in Sri Lanka was a high-level policy failure," the PTI quoted the former Army chief said at an event to discuss his
autobiography titled Courage and Conviction here.
"It was a policy failure that the Government of India
and Sri Lanka had entered into an agreement, while the fight was between Liberation Tigers
of Tamil Eelam
(LTTE) and the Sri Lankan government.
Neither there was control over the LTTE
nor did they owe any responsibility," he
"It was a policy failure and it was due to several reasons.
You (Indian Army) went there for peace keeping but got entangled in the war," he
It was in 1951 that newly independent Lanka
adopted Shantiniketan-trained Ananda Samarakoons Sinhalese-language song Sri Lanka Matha, Apa Sri Lanka
as the national anthem.
Simultaneously, a Tamil version, Sri Lanka Thaaye Nam Sri Lanka, composed by the Lankan
Tamil poet, M.Nallathambi, was also adopted.