The Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will visit India later in September, primarily to lay the foundation stone of a Centre for Buddhist Studies in Madhya Pradesh’s Sanchi, home to some of the vital and finest Buddhist monuments. Rajapaksa will do the honours on September 21 in the presence of Bhutanese Prime Minister Lyonpo Jigme Thinley, Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj announced in New Delhi on Saturday. Sources said Rajapaksa is likely to travel to New Delhi during the visit to hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other leaders. Meanwhile, Tamils in Tamil nadu prepare to protest against the invitation to Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, to the Centre for Buddhist Studies in Madhya Pradesh’s Sanchi. The massacre of tens of thousands of Tamil-speaking people, and the brutal treatment of hundreds of thousands more, have raised the need for an independent, international investigation into war crimes, a Tamil activist told. As head of the Sri Lankan state, Rajapaksa must be brought to account. We cannot forget our friends and relatives who died in the continuous shelling, and without food and medical facilities – or the continuing suffering Tamils face in Sri Lanka today. Instead of being welcomed into India, Rajapaksa should be put on trial, he added.



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