A new book by a former US diplomat says India should have sent its troops back to Sri Lanka to kill or capture Velupillai Prabakaran and the LTTE leadership after the assassination of the former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi.
William H. Avery, former American diplomat says Rajiv Gandhi's killing was an attack on India's status as a regional power.
The author says forcibly bringing Prabakaran to India to face trial would have sent a clear message to the region, and the world, that India would defend its political leaders from attack, defend its political system from intimidation and defend its primacy in South Asia against any challengers.
The book “China's Nightmare, America's Dream: India as the next global power” says a frightened India became content with being a passive regional power rather than active global power.
Avery was on posting in India and served in the US Department of State during the Presidential tenures of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.