Except for the single piece by an Indian columnist (a former senior civil servant), there is hardly any mention, leave alone assessment, in the Sri Lankan newspapers, of a portentous event with (at least) indirect implications for our country and which has been discussed in publications and seminars from Washington to Delhi, Islamabad, Tokyo and Djakarta. That is the Deepavali visit of President Barack Obama to India followed by Indonesia and Japan.
The visit of the leader of the world’s sole superpower to the South Asian region’s preponderant power, at a time when the two States are strategic partners, is of great significance. It should be of cardinal significance to a small State on the doorstep of the regionally preponderant power. Closer ties - political, strategic, cultural, economic and diplomatic - between the State with the most powerful Navy plying the Indian Ocean (the US) and the Indian Ocean State with that ocean region’s most powerful navy (India) should certainly be of first order strategic significance to a small island State located within that ocean.