To complement reconciliation and development efforts:
Tamil Nadu should take Lanka’s steady progress into account
Political and other elements in Tamil Nadu should take the cue by
obtaining a first-hand account of the steady progress Sri Lanka has made
since 2009 to complement reconciliation and development efforts, an
External Affairs Ministry of Sri Lanka spokesman said referring to the
flat and outright rejection by New Delhi of Tamil Nadu’s demand to “stop
treating Sri Lanka as a friendly nation”.
The Indian Government on Friday rejected in toto the resolution
passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly that called upon the Centre to stop
treating Sri Lanka as a friendly nation and slap sanctions on it while
demanding a referendum for a separate Tamil Eelam.
“There is no question of accepting them. That is not the only state
that has a stake in this.”
What about the others? There are many other states. There are many
other Assemblies. The rest of India is not supporting this,” India’s
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told Karan Thapar in the
Devil’s Advocate program on CNN-IBN, regarding the TN Assembly’s
He was asked if the Centre was rejecting the three crucial aspects of
the resolution adopted by the Tamil Nadu Assembly on March 27. To each
of the three demands, Khurshid said a firm “no”.
“If all of India were to support it, it was then another matter. But
if one state supports something, we are sensitive to its concerns but we
do not necessarily have to,” he said. The Assembly had adopted a
resolution, moved by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, calling upon the
Centre to take firm steps against Colombo.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu State Assembly’s request has come in for harsh
criticism in the Indian mainstream media.
In a hard-hitting editorial, the Hindustan Times said, ”At the end of
most wars, the worst sufferers are often the first who need to move on
from the past.
By entirely disregarding such efforts in a ravaged Sri Lanka, Tamil
Nadu’s Assembly and its politicians are seeking to render a simplistic
conflict, which apart from civilians, has also claimed the lives of Sri
Lanka’s third President Ranasinghe Premadasa, and closer home, that of
former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Even in her ban of Sri Lankan cricketers, the AIADMK chief has set an
artificial moral standard that India’s other seemingly accommodating
states will not be able to match. And even if they were so inclined,
they should not follow suit", he said.