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Khurshid rejects T.N. resolution on Eelam

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The government on Friday rejected the Tamil Nadu Assembly resolution that asked the Centre to stop treating Sri Lanka as a friendly nation and to slap sanctions on it while demanding a referendum for a separate Tamil Eelam
The government on Friday rejected the Tamil Nadu Assembly resolution that asked the Centre to stop treating Sri Lanka as a friendly nation and to slap sanctions on it while demanding a referendum for a separate Tamil Eelam

‘Tamil Nadu not the only State that has a stake in this’

The government on Friday rejected the Tamil Nadu Assembly resolution that asked the Centre to stop treating Sri Lanka as a friendly nation and to slap sanctions on it while demanding a referendum on a separate Tamil Eelam.

“There is no question of [our] 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,” External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told Karan Thapar in Devil’s Advocate programme on CNN-IBN.

He was asked whether the Centre was rejecting the three crucial aspects of the resolution adopted by Tamil Nadu Assembly on March 27.

To each of the three demands, Mr. Khurshid said a firm “no.”

“If all of India was to support, it was another matter. But if one State supports something, we are sensitive to their concerns but we do not necessarily have to..,” he said.

The Assembly resolution urged the Centre to take firm steps against Colombo until the “suppression” of Tamils was stopped and those responsible for “genocide and war crimes” faced a credible international probe.

The resolution came on the heels of Ms. Jayalalithaa’s letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding that India boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Colombo in November this year.

Asked if Finance Minister P. Chidambaram too was on board, Mr. Khurshid said, “I don’t think Mr. Chidambaram has taken a different view from anybody else in the government but Mr. Chidambaram has very strong feelings about how quickly and how effectively we can persuade Sri Lanka to proceed with the objectives that are very clear which it has promised India.”

On the issue of CHOGM in Colombo, he said the government had an open mind about it but made it clear that as of today it was a party to the collective decision.

Speaking on the Italian marines’ issue, Mr. Khurshid complimented the Italian government.

“I think the Italian government has been very sensible. I think it has been more than fair. It took time to be persuaded. I have no problem to say that they have done a good job, they have done fair job,” he said.

Asked if the marines would be spending their jail term in India if convicted by the special court , Mr. Khurshid drew attention to an agreement between the two countries.

As per the treaty, Italians convicted here can serve their jail term back in their country.

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Other states don't have a problem with this. What a stupid line of
argument. Barring Kashmir, Gujarat & Maharastra, other states have no
issues with Pak. So they are our friends?

from:  Hari Prasath
Posted on: Mar 31, 2013 at 11:40 IST

The question is if there ever was a resolution like this passed in TN assembly 10-
15 years ago. If not, why cry over spilt milk now.
True intentions of all parties here could be shown with some more facts like these. In particular, I want to know which Tamil party has ever asked the center in the past to do something about the Sri Lankan Tamils.
P.S: We did not break off diplomatic relations with Fiji just because a PM of Indian origin (Chaudhary) was dismissed in a coup by ethnic Fijians.

from:  Anamendra Bharati
Posted on: Mar 31, 2013 at 03:09 IST

india had taken strong stand against srilanka by supporting the UNHRC resolution,so it is unfair to blame central government for not listening the voice of tamilnadu.actually all the political parties in tamil nadu are more interested in getting political mileage by recking the tamil issue after four years .it is well established fact that political solution is best way to empower the Tamil population in srilanka ,so need of the hour is to press srilankan government to make firm commitment for adoption of 13th constitution amendment in letter and sprit.

from:  niraj kumar
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 20:05 IST

In Tamil Nadu, there is an elected government under the governance of the Chief Minister Jayalalitha. The Tamil Nadu Assembly resolution on a separate Tamil Eelam has been taken unanimously, with fullest consent of all political representatives (including ex-ally of the UPA-II- the DMK); thus the resolution reflects collective expectation of the Tamils ,as an appeal to the Central government to look into denial of equality to Sri Lankan Tamils. But on what basis should India interfere in the issue? - Only based on India’s already prevailing relations with Sri Lanka. Nobody denies that there are political parties such as the DMK trying to gain political mileage from it. But to reject the whole resolution in the name of maintaining a friendly international policy hides behind the unwillingness of political families in the issue. Unlike most of decisions taken backdoor by political families through offers for numerical strength in the Parliament, the TN Resolution is outcome of the Legislative Assembly for cause of democratic rights for Tamils.

from:  A.Kannan
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 14:32 IST

I fully agree with the Union minister Mr. salman khurshid. Today all
of a sudden all the political parties of tamil nadu are more interested in sri lankan tamils rather than the huge tamil population of tamil nadu. It is an open fact people ae suffering from prolonged power cuts starting from 2008, there is water shortage, the poor infrastructure is getting strained day by day. Has the govt of tamil nadu resolved all these basic needs of Tamil nadu population. All the parties are competing with each other in bringing out a resolution for Eelam. Why not a resolution for uninterrupted power, good water, good sanitation, good roads, reasonable pricing structure for essential commodities. If Union minister has to accept the resolution then we are only opening the pandora box for the international community. Khalistani Sikhs want to secede from India, kashmir wants to secede from India and then to not to speak of Hill states of north east region.

from:  Gopu
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 14:24 IST

I feel that Mr Kurshid doesn't have any moral authority to continue in the office after blatantly disregarding the sentiments of a section of the population.The idea of India ensures each and every citizen of the country the protection and support which otherwise couldn't have been accorded on them had there been numerous small states. It is the moral obligation of all Indians to support the people of Tamil Nadu in their fight to seek justice to Sri Lankan Tamil's.
That said, I strongly disapprove with the methods adopted by the mainstream political parties of Tamil Nadu in promoting hatred against Sri Lankan nationals. The consequences of their actions which are purported at the safety of the home nation are but borne by the Tamil's of Sri Lanka. Merely advocating hate towards Srilankans doesn't solve the Tamil issue. This simply amounts to playing a role akin to what Pakistan does on the other side of country.
Srilanka mustn't be allowed to go back on its promises given to Tamils.

from:  Balamurali M
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 12:56 IST

The Congress will never win an election in Tamil Nadu and this man's contribution
towards that will be significant. He does not seem to understand the sensitivities involved in Tamil Nadu. Does to prefer to have a friendly Sri Lanka or a friendly Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu is a part of India and this man seems to have forgotten it.
Has he forgotten the genocide in Sri Lanka. He needs to understand that the people in Tamil Nadu view the tamil people killed in Sri Lanka as their brethren and unless these polticians at the Centre realise this simple fact they seriously risk the danger of making this conflict worse by such comments...

from:  Sri
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 12:45 IST

tamilnadu that not only state in india. so central govt not accept the
tamilnadu assembly resolution said by external affairs minister.
so tamilnadu voters not accept congress party. because congress not only
that party in india Mr.salman (cruelshid) khurshid.

from:  selvaraj samivel
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 11:10 IST

External affairs Minister is right in rejecting the demand of TN CM which is nothing more than an excess measure arising out of political motive. This issue is not only Tamil related but human oriented. While Tamils in TN look upon this as an issue of Tamils, Indians across the nation look upon this from a human angle. When viewed so, Lanka govt is not all that erroneous and sanctions will neither solve the problem nor help India stand up in international forums. GOI is competent to handle this local issue of Lanka and the least Tamil Nadu should do is to believe that Centre will do the best for the situation.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 11:01 IST

1. I have been throughout committed to India, its secularism,
democracy, free and fearless judiciary, and its unity. I would always
like to be grateful to India which has helped me to live in
considerable prosperity, peace and security. One thing I sure hate is
the pernicious and detestable caste structure albeit the structure
giving me under the prevalent local social milieu of my village and
region an enviable identity of an "upper" caste man. All said and
even so, still I am historically, ethnically, linguistically ,
culturally, a Tamil too. I feel horrified to read the The Hindu
making the news that "The government on Friday rejected the Tamil Nadu
Assembly resolution that asked the Centre to stop treating Sri Lanka
as a friendly nation and to slap sanctions on it while demanding a
referendum for a separate Tamil Eelam." and the Indian external
affairs Minister averring in further elucidating that 2. “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,”and that ““If all of India was to support, it was
another matter. But if one State supports something, we are sensitive
to their concerns but we do not necessarily have to..,” he said.” The
sentence published is incomplete and I do not know why The Hindu has
refrained from publishing the rest of his statement in answer to the
TV interview by the eminent and well informed TV journalist
Mr.KaranThapar. reputed for his incisive and penetrating questions to
corner the interviewed . As a regular reader of your esteemed daily,
may I ask you, if what the Union Minister has said is correct , then
it follows that there are others sates and their assemblies which
have passed resolutions against Eezham. and why you have not reported
to your readers yet the same ?

from:  P.Padmnaabhan
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 10:55 IST

Tamil Nadu is highly related to the sentiments and feelings of Tamils
in SriLanka. Other states can not feel as much as the Tamils in Tamil
Nadu feel. Hence the question of taking in to the acceptance of other
states view and node is irrelevant. This is an issue related to ethnic
views and sentiments. Why a Gujarati or Bengali or Assamese should
worry or care about the Tamils in SriLanka. They are mostly untouched
by for what is happening in Sri Lanka. First attend and understand the
feelings of Tamils whether they are in India or Sri Lanka. All other
issues comes only when it is a concern for others.


from:  maras
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 09:57 IST

The Government of India has done the right thing in rejecting the ludicrous demands made by a set of selfish politicians of Tamil Nadu who are clueless about what is good for India or for that matter, the Sri Lankan Tamils. The chest-beating attitude that the polity of Tamil Nadu has adopted only makes them look like a petty and sorry bunch, and does nothing good in real terms for the cause they espouse. It is best that the issue be handled by the centre who, in any case, are the first directors and custodians of India's foreign policy.

from:  Kay Nathan
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 09:54 IST

The spirit of the Tamil Nadu Assembly resolution is to provide quick
justice to ethnic Tamils of Sri Lanka. Tamil Nadu only has historic,
social,cultural and blood relationship with Tamils of Sri Lanka and no
other Indian State has any such connection.External Affairs Minister
Salman Khurshid must ask his cabinet college,Finance Minister P.
Chidambaram,whether he will be able to win the forthcoming election to
Lok Sabha from Tamil Nadu with this kind of indifference shown by MMS
government?The answer is written in walls of entire Tamil Nadu.

from:  B.Krishnakumar
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 09:18 IST

It is surprising to read Kurshid's reply on Tamil Nadu assembly's resolution. People like Kurshid think that India's nationalism &patriotism could be kept in tact by supressing the Tamil language, culture race &their pragrammes like Sethu canal.They expect Tamils should sacrifice their identity in the interest of the majority. Being a muslim he should understand the rights of the Tamil minority in a better way. India was created not by people in India but by the British imperialists. The unity cannot be maintained by hearing the voice of the majority at the cost of justice to the minority. Kurshid tries to continue the failed policy of Indira and Rajiv led by people like Parthasarathy and Dixit. Do not sow the hatred towards Tamils in Ind in defence of the Singhalese in Lanka saying that they were Indians once. It seems that Salmon joins the bandwagon of Subramanian Swamy imagining that he was a Brahman once. Itis a day dream to think that Singhalese would toe the line of India.

from:  Kingsley Arasakumar
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 09:13 IST

Yes off course central government is worried regarding influence of
China in recent activities held at Srilanka, but in same time we have to
act more sensible keeping in mind the sentiments of Tamilian people as
they are also part of Union of India.

from:  Rajender Singh
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 09:04 IST

Mr.External Minister, Where were you, when our own Indian citizens
were continuously harassed and shot by the all powerful Lankan Navy in
the mid sea near Rameshwaram? Are you waiting for other state
assemblies to pass resolutions condemning the inaction of the Central
Government? Due to our bankrupt diplomacy, we have lost our prominence
in the Indian ocean. Gone are the golden days of Parthasarathy. G. Now
our diplomats have no clue where they are and what they do in Indian
ocean. When the whole world is expecting us to rise up and speak the
truth as for as Sri Lankan matters are concerned we failed miserably.
Let us not forget that India was the land of Buddha and Gandhi who
were always with the side of justice and truth. Unless we wake up to
the reality and call a spade a spade, India cannot become a super
power and claim a permanent seat in the Security Council of the UN.

from:  Gershom Chelliah
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 09:01 IST

A crucial point that is being missed is this. Sri Lanka is a sovereign
nation and India cannot encourage any move for balkanization of that
country which is what a referendum would ultimately lead to. We have
had enough problems with the formation of Pakistan.

Let us not forget that such a demand can be made of India too. India
can take up the matter with the UN, pass resolutions, condemn Sri Lanka
for its cruelties and ethnic discrimination and and all that.Nothing

Veevip Sarathy

from:  Veevip Sarathy
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 08:45 IST

The LTTE leader Prabhakaran's parents were reportedly of Kerala origin
and many Keralites abandoned their right to be Sri Lankans as their
forefathers worked in the plantations there.The DMK AIDMK spat over the
Sri Lankan Tamils is nothing but stoking the Tamil sentiments in TN and
it is for Sri Lankan Tamils to find a solution to their vexed problems
and not for Dravidan parties to inter meddle in the issue.

from:  Kerala Varma
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 08:35 IST

We understand that the resolution of Tamilnadu Assembly is rejected by the Central Govt. As a Minister of Foreign Affairs of federal Union of India he is duty-bound to go on record the reasons for deciding such a rejection. Citing the other assemblies is mere evasion because others are not party/victim of the Lankan problem. Let him remember that the people of Tamilnadu started feeling neglected.

from:  seetharaman
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 07:41 IST

Mr.Khurshid is forthright in his views on Eelam resolution. The way Jayalalitha and tamil nadu politicians misleading the people and distracting the burning issues is a shame. People of Tamil Nadu should understand that they are part and parcel of Indian Republic. The whims and fancies of fringe politicians and regional views cant be tolerated.

Its better in the interests of state, president's rule is imposed in tamil nadu. Students, traders and families are mislead and waste their productive time by meaningless protests for Sri Lankan Tamils issue. Back in Colombo and other parts of Sri Lanka, these actions have endangered the tamils who live there. If the tamils in tamil nadu really concern about their brethren in Sri Lanka, stop this mindless agitations, attacking the Sri Lankan visitors. What happened to ahimsa in Tamil Nadu? Are they more attached to LTTE type of protests? Is this what tamil heritage is about? Time to think my dear tamil brothers and introspect your actions.

from:  Syed
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 05:50 IST

India is definitely not made of one state. What a stupid statement by a foreign minister. However, what is India's position on Sri Lanka. We never had any guts to take a stand and stand by it. Why did India vote against Sri Lanka if it is so concern about the other Indian states? India requires more competent diplomat to handle foreign matters.

from:  Albedo
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 05:36 IST

Tamil Nadu-The Congress says that your voice is worthless unless the other states
accept what you say. So Bangadesh was created with Tamil Nadu's consent? Mr
Kurshit starts troubles for Tamilian.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 03:34 IST

First of all let us go into Kashmir . The article 370 was incorporated in the Constitution by an Assembly not elected on adult franchise basis. The other border states were left out for the purpose of special treatment. Did those states approve of it?
Now let us take the recent Saudi Arabian rule about Indian immigration workers The one state that is mostly affected is Kerala
Omman Candy takes up the matter and Vayalar Ravi immediately responds to it Does it affect all other states?. Let me also mention about Bangaladesh war in 1971. Only one state was affected and the Center levied extra tax on other people. When Tamil Nadu is bearing the brunt of many refugees, how can the Foreign minister say that other states are not affected and so "no".

from:  ramu
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 01:04 IST

Well done Khurshid, after tolerating it for a long time !

from:  Vyas
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 00:33 IST

Tamil Nadu is also part of India, so the ruling government should heed to their problems. However we used to have similar reply "If all of India was to support, it was another matter. But if one State supports something, we are sensitive to their concerns but we do not necessarily have to..," for all problems - be it Andhra Pradesh or North eastern states. I sincerely hope that the ruling government should avoid discriminate Indian people based on language, ethnicity, culture rather they should try to bring justice and help to people

from:  Jaba
Posted on: Mar 30, 2013 at 00:06 IST
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