Thus bilateral Maritime Boundary Agreements were signed to decide maritime boundary between two countries see illustration below the map. For most of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, their ancestors were from India. Tourism also forms an important link between India and Sri Lanka. This is known as 'String of Pearls' theory.
Sri Lanka has accused Indian fishermen of using mechanised trawlers that diminishes the catch of Sri Lankan fishermen and damages their vessels. The shared vision of both countries includes friendly neighborhood and a safe and prosperous south Asia. A Joint Working Group JWG has been constituted to deal with the issues related to Indian fishermen straying in Sri Lankan territorial waters, work out modalities for prevention of use of force against them and the early release of confiscated boats and explore possibilities of working towards bilateral arrangements for licensed fishing. By the Dutch had captured the last of the Portuguese forts along the coast and became the main European power in Sri Lanka, but they in turn lost out to the British in Both countries have agreed on certain practical arrangements to deal with the issue of bona fide fishermen of either side crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line. The Sri Lankan government wants India to ban use of mechanized trawlers in the Palk Strait region and the negotiations on the same are going on.
India should shed its big brother image and actively take part to rebuild the war-torn country. The division of Sri Lanka into a Tamil north and east, and a Sinhalese south, center and west, is thus not a new phenomenon of the 20th century, but a situation that has existed for hundreds of years.
The Sinhalese were among the earliest people outside northern India to adopt the Buddhist religion, which they did around B. Post independence Sinhalese nationalism sought to curb the Tamil presence in education and civil administration. A Joint Working Group JWG has been constituted to deal with the issues related to Indian fishermen straying in Sri Lankan territorial waters, work out modalities for prevention of use of force against them and the early release of confiscated boats and explore possibilities of working towards bilateral arrangements for licensed fishing. During the course of the conflict, India supported the right of the Government of Sri Lanka to act against terrorist forces. Bandaranaike in and President Ranasinghe Pemadasa in , have been assassinated by extremists from both communities. Elucidate the policy constraints which are inhibiting this growth.
Foreign investment in manufacturing and tourism has stagnated in part because of fears of violence, with negative effects on national economic growth.
In November , Sri Lanka ordered capital punishment to Indian fishermen who were allegedly involved in drug supply or other kind of smuggling.