War broke out between India and China in 1962 straining their relationship. India did not want China to establish their hold in the region through a strong tie-up with Sri Lanka. The agreement for the deportation of Upcountry Tamils was put forward by Sri Lanka in this context and was accepted by India. The 1964 agreement was the opposite of what Jawaharlal Nehru really wanted. But political expediency carried the day; India agreed to the proposal. The price to be paid for maintaining a friendly relationship with our neighbour in the name of the national security of India should not have been at the cost of the fundamental rights of a community. But this agreement was of such a nature. The promises of a bright future here that were held out to the Tamil repatriates remains forgotten and their dreams crushed. This is their story.