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’’Blood is thicker than water’’: S Jaishankar on India-Sri Lanka relations

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Amid the economic crisis, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar asserted that it is natural for India to stand by Sri Lanka during its difficult time as "blood is thicker than water".

"Blood is thicker than water. It was natural for India to see what it could do to stand by Sri Lanka at this very difficult time, " said Mr Jaishankar.

In the time of crisis, India has time and again stood by the countries surrounding it following its "Neighbourhood first policy".

India, under its 'Neighbourhood First' policy, has always come forward to help debt-ridden Sri Lanka, and in the latest instance, New Delhi has also distributed the ration in Kalmunai on March 16.

EAM S Jaishankar was speaking at the inauguration of The Exhibition Sri Lankan Architect 'Geoffrey Bawa' in New Delhi on Friday.

"(Sanjay) Kulatunga, Trustee, Geoffrey Bawa Trust) and I was talking about (India and Sri Lanka), I reminded him of the saying that blood is thicker than water. For us, it was natural at the moment of difficulty that we should see what we could do within our resources, capabilities and efforts to stand by Sri Lanka at this very difficult time," Mr Jaishankar said while speaking at the event.

"When I think of Sri Lanka, Geoffrey Bawa is a figure that comes to my mind," EAM said.

"He is the father of the tropical modernist movement. The introduction was to us to visit the parliament building. What we saw was very simple and revolutionary, inspiring many other parts of the world. His achievements are not just in Sri Lanka," he added.

"I am confident that this exhibition will promote a very close relationship between the two countries," EAM said.

Speaking on the economic crisis in Sri Lanka, Mr Jaishankar said, "It is very natural for India to step forward. Blood is thicker than water. It is natural at a moment of difficulty. I have always believed that you will come through this challenge but it is important to have real friends standing by you (Sri Lanka)."

"Culture is one expression of people-to-people exchanges and today we are exchanging many. Sri Lanka is very much part of our shared history. I am delighted to be present here showcasing the work of renowned artist Geoffrey Bawa," Mr Jaishankar added.(NDTV)

  Comments - 6

  • Dharmakulasingham Saturday, 18 March 2023 12:19 PM

    Indian way of helping neighbors is a good example of bilateral relations between big and small nations.

    Indians like him closer related to Pakistanis Saturday, 18 March 2023 05:47 PM

    This is empty rhetoric, but we can go along with. Although plenty of genetic studies on the whiter skinned Indians show they are closer related to Pakistani than us. Also the upcountry Tamil are closer related to Tamil Nadu Tamil's in general than the Jaffna Tamils. And Jaffna Tamils are at war with Indian fisherman Tamils. Yet Tamil Nadu helps Jaffna Tamils than their closer in blood relative in upcountry.

    Kamal Saturday, 18 March 2023 06:11 PM

    India is large country with 130 crores. Not all are related to Pakistani and not all are related to Tamil of Srilanka. By the way Pakistan was created only 75 years back.

    Nandasena R Sunday, 19 March 2023 02:30 AM

    Unfortunately you have expressed a myopic vision of India and Indians. In essence India has many mixtures of ethnic groups who have migrated to this rich land eons ago and left their 'DNA finger prints'. The colour of the skin is one such attribute. Language, religion and habits are others. In essence it is a world of 'sambar' who have made the rich land richer in every sense.

    Aruna Saturday, 18 March 2023 09:22 PM

    @Indians like him: Geoffrey Bawa wasn't ethnically of any race of Sri Lanka, but his British parents came and stayed, and so did he. He even studied in the UK. If Indians admire persons who lived here, we are better for it. They don't have anyone like that themselves, so want to try find commonality any which way they can.

    Tissa Fernando Sunday, 19 March 2023 05:05 AM

    When you are in Western countries, Sri Lankans and Indians are generally called Indians or South Asian in one category. So we originate from same roots , 75% follow Buddhsm taught by Lord Buddha (born in India). So there are many cultural similarities as well. Sri Lanka is not a competitor for India as India is too big and Sri Lanka is a small island. So it is better to work together to achieve common goodness.

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