Local News from Sri Lanka: Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, said India and Sri Lanka share umbilical connectivity and the two nations should not forget that one can not survive without the help of the other.
Speaking at a seminar themed’ Bonding Sri Lankan Indian Relationship–Solidarity Meet’ organized by the Sri Lankan Muslim Media Forum on Friday at the Ramada Hotel in Colombo, Senaratne said:’ History has sufficient proof to demonstrate the connection between the two countries. According to chronicles, the advent of Prince Vijaya some 2,500 years ago benefited our civilization. Throughout history, it follows that political, cultural, religious and social relationships between the two nations have existed. Every time there was a conflict between two rival princes here, India and vice versa sought assistance.
“When we gained independence from the British, Indians worked closely with us. There were close connections between Indian independence movement leaders like Sri Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi with our Independence Prime Minister D.S. Senanayake’s dad. “We should work to reinforce this connection further,” he said.
Sri Lanka Muslim Media Forum President, N.M. Ameen, former Lok Sabha Member and president of the Muslim League Indian Union Prof. K.M. Kader Mohideen, Malapuram District President Sadik Ali Thangal, Lok Sabah Member E.T. Mohammed Basheer, Rajya Sabha Member PV Abdul Wahab, Lok Sabha Member K Navaskani, former Kerala Minister Abdul Majeed, Member of the Indian Legislative Assembly K.A.M.