A simmering political row in Tamil Nadu over the invitation sent to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony intensified on Thursday, with Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa describing the move as “ill-advised”. Meanwhile, the opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) said the move could have been avoided.
The invitation has been sent to Rajapaksa and other leaders of the seven nations that belong to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). “It is with a deep sense of anguish that we point this out to the new government to be formed at the centre,” said Jayalalithaa, chief of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), in a press statement. “Particularly, with regard to the relationship of the new central government with the government of Tamil Nadu, it would have been better if this ill advised move had been avoided.”
“However, even before the new Prime Minister and the new government assume office and begin functioning, this unfortunate move of inviting the Sri Lankan President to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new Prime Minister of India has deeply upset the people of Tamil Nadu and wounded their sentiments all over again. This is tantamount to rubbing salt into the wounds of the already deeply injured Tamil psyche,” she said. “The sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu and Tamils living in other parts of India and abroad are well known in the matter pertaining to Sri Lankan Tamils. There has been a general election to the Lok Sabha and a new government is to take charge in a few days, but this in no way alters the already existing strained relations between Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka.”
DMK leader T.K.S. Elangovan said people in the state were “charged with anger” against the Sri Lankan government, which has been accused of war crimes against its ethnic Tamil minority during its long civil war. The country’s administration strongly refutes this. “Rajapaksa is part of the SAARC union, so they might have sent the invitation. But the Prime Minister (designate-Modi) should also understand the feelings of people of Tamil Nadu,” said Elangovan, DMK’s organizing secretary and spokesperson. He said Tamils in the island-nation were “attacked and human rights violations” against them were happening and most countries had criticized such activities. “People of Tamil Nadu are charged with anger. He (Modi) could have avoided (inviting Rajapaksa),” he said.
On Wednesday, Vaiko-led Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), which is part of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Tamil Nadu, also came out against the invitation to Rajapaksa.
HINDU FANATICS TO RULE INDIA?
Meanwhile, Subramanian Swamy, a senior BJP leader and a High cast Bramin(?) who treats The Tamil community as untouchables has been a strong critic of the Sri Lankan Tamils and a puppet of Mahinda Rajapaksha. He is considered a Mad Dog by Tamil Nadu community and is more unpopular than Sonia Ganthi. He will definitely loose his deposit if he stands for election in any part of Tamil Nadu. He boasts by saying that he had asked the Prime Minister elect Narendra Modi to invite his friend Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksha accused of War Crime for his swearing-in. He had said that ”we are also facing the allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir, Nagaland and Manipur etc, How can we single out Sri Lanka?”. A Tamil politician said that Subramanian Swamy’s statement makes the world leaders believes that by India joining hands with a War Criminal the Indian government can hide its war crime? Is Subramaniyan Swamy accepting that Indian forces have abused Human Rights violations against the Kashmir, Nagaland and Manipur community?
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy tweeted on Thursday, “I am in favour of President’s rule for four months followed by elections to assembly if JJ government (meaning J. Jayalalithaa) doesn’t accept NaMo (Narendra Modi) swearing-in invitation.” On Wednesday, he had called for close cooperation between India and Sri Lanka to counter terrorist activities on the sub-continent terrorists. He chickened out by not saying that these terrorists were Muslims from Pakistan and trained in Sri Lanka let by his friend Mahinda.
Pon Radhakrishnan, president of the BJP’s state unit, defended the move, telling a press conference in Chennai, “It is not wrong on BJP’s part to have invited Rajapaksa.”
“Eelam (the demand for a Tamil nation in Sri Lanka) is not in our hands but it’s in Rajapaksa’s hand,” he said. “There is no difference in state and central thoughts regarding Sri Lanka issues.”
India’s 72 million Tamils share strong and close bonds with Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority, who accuse the Sri Lankan authorities of killing more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 alone during the final days of 37-year civil war with the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Subramanian swamy defended the Killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 by saying that ”There is a series of allegations of human rights violations against the Sri Lankan government. It happened even during the second World War in which millions of civilians died. When America dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, only the civilians died, no military personnel died”. What a Hindu Leader he must be to justify the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians, if he is made a Minister by the PM Modi ‘God save India, from these Hindu fanatics’ said a Tamil leader.
The 1972-2009 civil war claimed more than 100,000 Tamil lives, according to estimates by the United Nations. In 2011, UN monitors said that tens of thousands died during the army’s final offensive against the LTTE, which was fighting to establish a separate state in the north and east of Sinhala-majority Sri Lanka, to save the Tamil community from 60 years of discrimination from the majority Sinhala community.
Two months ago, both the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the opposition DMK came down hard on the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) for abstaining in a vote on a resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council against Sri Lanka accusing it of war crimes.