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28 years after Rajiv Gandhi's near disastrous visit, confident PM Modi strides into Sri Lanka

Mar 13, 2015    

Colombo: Optics, symbolism and body language are crucially important in diplomacy. If one goes by that,Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a powerful statement in Sri Lanka already.He came here with folded hands, and then stretched out his arms with an openmind. In bitter contrast, the last time an Indian Prime Minister visited Colombo Rajiv Gandhi on 30 July, 1987 he was famously hit by a soldiers rifle butt when he was inspecting aguard of honour.If Rajiv Gandhi had not been alert and ducked, he mayhave died on the spot. Wijemuni Vijitha Rohana de Silvas rifle butt hit Rajiv on the shoul...

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