India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, on 15 November, promised to look into the removal of Sri Lankan Tamil leader Savumiamoorthy Thondaman’s name from the name boards of the country’s Government institutions.
“Thiru @mkstalin – We will take up this matter with the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL),” tweeted Swaraj in response to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Leader M.K. Stalin’s request that she raise the matter with the neighbouring country.
“Sri Lankan politician Thondaman fought for the rights and the dignity of Tamil workers of the country,” Stalin said in his letter to the Minister.
Stalin added that though the politician had contributed to the welfare of Indian Tamils during his tenure as a Minister in various Sri Lankan Governments, they had miserably failed to reciprocate the goodwill of India.
He alleged that the Sri Lankan Government was acting against the Indian Tamil population.
Stalin urged Swaraj to find an early solution to the issue, to ensure that the ‘name and fame of the great leader is not in any way disrespected.’