Indian media laud Sri Lankaís development
Development programs similar to the ones launched in Sri Lanka were not found in any other country in the South Asian region since the islandís rural population was reaping the full benefits of infrastructure development, according to the Indian media team currently visiting the country. The visitors expressed confidence that the island would be a fully developed country within the next decade. The journalists promised to brief the Indian people on the development programs Sri Lanka has undertaken regardless of ethnic and religious differences.The journalists gave this assurance when they met Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa at his Ministry Office. The team comprising 30 media persons representing 24 newspapers and television channels in 14 Indian States was headed by Paramanand Pande, General Secretary, Indian Federation of Working Journalists (IFWJ). The visitors toured a number of areas in the island, including Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Trincomalee.
The Indian journalists told Minister Rajapaksa that Sri Lankaís environment was very favourable for tourism and said the pleasant experiences they had in the island were not found in any other country they visited. They stressed that the Indian people were very pleased with Sri Lanka, though a minority due to their ignorance was opposing Sri Lanka for narrow political gains. Their opposition did not reflect any problem in Indo-Lanka relations, according to the visitors who appealed not to have any misunderstanding over the matter. IFWJ General Secretary pointed out that Tamil Naduís 60 million was only six percent of the total Indian population.