By P.K.Balachandran/Colombo Diary
Colombo, March 15 (Daily Mirror): Righteous indignation at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s brazen invasion of Ukraine without adequately giving diplomacy a chance to resolve Russia’s legitimate security concerns, can be justified. But what is abhorrent is the wanton transformation of the indignation into“Russophobia” which is on full display in Europe and North America now.
Russophobia was strong in 19 th.Century Europe when Tsarist Russia was expanding in Easter Europe and Central Asia, challenging Western powers. Latecomers to modernization, the Russians were dubbed half Asiatic in attitudes. After gaps during World War II and a period after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russophobia is back again due to the Ukraine affair. The difference between Russophobia of the past…