After almost 30 years, India and Sri Lanka has re-launched a ferry service between the two countries this month. In a reverse of “gunboat diplomacy”, this “ferry service” initiative is an excellent move to provide access for a greater number and strata of people from both nations to interact and business opportunities to be developed. However, a BBC report on the new ferry service (source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13756633) also reported on tensions between Tamil Nadu state and Sri Lanka. I noticed for such a milestone maiden voyage of the Scotia Prince to (I presume) Colombo shown in Singapore’s Today newspaper (see above) only about a dozen travellers were shown disembarking… More needs to be done. Suggestions?