India will continue to train Sri Lankan defence personnel at its establishments, Minister of State for Defence MM Pallam Raju said, notwithstanding opposition by parties from Tamil Nadu.
The Minister's statement came against the backdrop of the demand for expulsion of two such Lankan officers from Defence Services Staff College in Wellington by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha.
"Sri Lanka is a friendly foreign country and the training will go on. Sometimes there are objections raised by local governments which we have to take into consideration," Raju told reporters in New Delhi.
The minister was asked about the response of the defence ministry on Tamil Nadu chief minister's demand.
In July, nine Sri Lankan defence personnel were removed from a training institution in Tambaram to Bangalore after opposition from political parties in the state.
In her letter, Jayalalithaa said such "reprehensible attitude" on part of the Centre was reflected in permitting two Sri Lankan defence personnel - Major Dissanayaka Mohottalalage Vengra and Captain Hewawasam Kadaudage - to undergo 11 months training at Defence Services Staff College at Wellington from May 19.
The Tamil Nadu chief minister has requested the Prime Minister to instruct the defence ministry to immediately halt the training being given to the two Sri Lankan defence personnel and send them back to their country immediately. (PTI)
Comments - 18
hamid Tuesday, 28 August 2012 01:28 AM
we all know that cm jayalalitha and karunanidi suports ealemist when they are politicaly instable to get suport and funds, central govt knows this.
senavi Tuesday, 28 August 2012 01:53 AM
When it comes to technology - training, advising, expertise, machinery, setting up and even maintenance and trouble shooting all comes from other countries. We have not achieved much from our eighty year old investment in higher education
Jag Tuesday, 28 August 2012 02:12 AM
INDEED a great decision taken ,nothing can break the bond between Sri Lanka and India...:):) Brothers and Sisters out there ,we love Sri Lanka and its Beauty .
Lobo Tuesday, 28 August 2012 02:42 AM
Nice to see someone not afraid to thumb their nose at Jayalalitha. Anyway its time India started acting like a big brother rather than a big bully....thanks to China.
Johann G Tuesday, 28 August 2012 03:02 AM
Otherwise China will oblidge
mail_guy Tuesday, 28 August 2012 02:59 AM
China is a friend with benefits. Everybody should understand this and Lanka's scolding doesn't affect india. Its like dogs barking infront of lion.
Subbiah Tuesday, 28 August 2012 04:26 AM
Tamil Nadu politicians are skillful in inventing new issues time to time to sensationalize their people to cover up their failures.
Omattage Perera Tuesday, 28 August 2012 04:31 AM
Unlike India who back stab each one of its neighbours while China are providing tangible supports.
These barking Indians should realise the world community who were BS by india will not going accept it again, rather TN politicians will have to consume it with their pride between their limbs.
Ram Tuesday, 28 August 2012 05:41 AM
Srilankan never trust Indian.
truealf Tuesday, 28 August 2012 06:14 AM
RF You are Right. What wrong? Its because Tamil Nadu scared of Sri Lankan Economy Growth Ect.....
RF Monday, 27 August 2012 02:56 PM
Mr Minister. You should ask Jayalalitha whats wrong in training Sri Lankan defence persons when Tamil Nadu gave training to LTTE who killes one of Indian PMs....
Saskia Monday, 27 August 2012 03:00 PM
This bad decision will not stop Chinese involvements in SL. China is the best friend of SL. This will sure reflect in the election of 2014 in India especially from TN.
Ravi Seneviratne Tuesday, 28 August 2012 06:06 AM
back stabbig has be Indian's style in the past , very soon india will stab us in front of our face ( remember UN resolution) just the begining . So we better watch out.
fly Monday, 27 August 2012 03:17 PM
jaya, how is this ball. Seems to be you are knockout with this one.
achela Tuesday, 28 August 2012 06:44 AM
Who cares about your decision? Chia and Pakistan have been true and closed friends ever with us. Get off your filthy Indian hands off our country.
Arun Monday, 27 August 2012 03:55 PM
Jaya akka get married first.
Channa Tuesday, 28 August 2012 07:23 AM
I don't understand why we send our SF personal to India for training. It should be other way around. We are the best in the world.
SL Monday, 27 August 2012 05:23 PM
Like we care!
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