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Updated: June 12, 2012 16:09 IST

TESO meeting should help create Eelam: Karunanidhi

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DMK president M. Karunanidhi adorned with a crown and garland of currrency notes on his 88th birthday in Chennai on Sunday.
DMK president M. Karunanidhi adorned with a crown and garland of currrency notes on his 88th birthday in Chennai on Sunday.

“DMK has never compromised on its principles''

The Tamil Eelam Supporters Association (TESO) conference slated for August 5 in Villupuram should help create a separate Eelam for Tamils in Sri Lanka, TESO chairman and DMK president M. Karunanidhi said on Sunday.

Addressing a public meeting in connection with his 89th birthday, Mr Karunanidhi said that Tamils were discriminated against in Sri Lanka and living without self-respect in their country.

“Our efforts and the TESO conference should help in creating a separate Eelam. This will be my birthday message,” he said at the meeting held at K.K. Nagar.

The conference will be organised in coordination with the Dravidar Kazhagam and Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi (VCK).

Mr Karunanidhi, who is a partner in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), claimed that the DMK never compromised on its principles and had not remained silent when the government in which it was a part of pursued anti-people policies.

In the past the DMK had supported the Congress government led by Indira Gandhi. But, when she imposed Emergency, it had opposed it tooth and nail. Hundreds of DMK members and functionaries, including M.K. Stalin and Arcot N. Veeraswami, had to languish in jail.

Similarly, when the BJP-led government turned against minorities, particularly Muslims, the DMK walked out of the coalition, though it was led by A.B. Vajpayee, whom he described as a rare leader in the BJP.

He said that the DMK was committed to people's welfare and it was due to that commitment that his party organised a demonstration against the hike in price of petrol.

“The Congress came out with an explanation for hiking petrol price and announced a partial rollback. But, you must keep in mind that the AIADMK government did not bother to reduce the price of milk, bus fare and electricity tariff though its allies raised their voice.”

Mr. Karunanidhi said that the AIADMK government had no locus standi to criticise the Centre for the petrol price hike after making the people of Tamil Nadu shoulder additional burden to the tune of over 18,000 crore in the form of taxes and price hikes. “The DMK government always presented tax free budgets.”

Earlier in the day, the birthday celebrations began with the planting of a sapling at Mr. Karunanidhi's C.I.T. Colony residence.

He cut a cake with family members at Gopalapuram, visited the memorials of DMK founder C.N. Annadurai and Dravidar Kazhagam founder Periyar E.V. Ramasamy and received scores of party workers who made a beeline for Anna Arivalayam to wish him.

The celebrations culminated in the public meeting, which was held on a stage designed to resemble the study at his Gopalapuram residence.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC president Sonia Gandhi were among those who greeted him.

Are these fake currency notes by any chance? Or, may be money laundreing. There got to be rules governing the proper handling of currency notes (just like the national flag) and the concerned central govt. dept. should take cognizance of this misuse/abuse of notes and not hide behind coalition dharma to evade enforcing action.

from:  kvjayan
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 12:09 IST

Good Photo display of Money. In my view a person at the age of 89 should act as an example beyond Money, power, greed etc. This photo shows Mr.Karunanidhi likes himself wearing money. Even though this might been done by some party members, to be a good example Mr.M.Karunanidhi would have not accepted this display. He lost his chance to be credible at 89.

from:  Anbu
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 01:22 IST

Oh my god! They never change. Here they come again, abusing our currency. Also triggering the next riot issue of Eelam to get own mileage.

from:  Senthil Nathan
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 10:57 IST

Both the governments at centre and state are just sitting ducks,when it comes to take
action against the movements which are anti national. Do we need to stir up the
hornet's nest of another country?There are such organisations, which are having a
similar agenda on breaking our nation's integrity and thrive like parasites in
countries like Canada,U.K. and Nor way.
If we allow such elements in our country to grow, its a sign of anti nationals within.
Let's not have the 'we brought this upon ourselves' again in Eelam issue.Migrants
from India to other countries should assimilate themselves to the culture of that
country they live. Not vice versa.

from:  Syed
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 05:30 IST

Happy birthday to MK hope you really mean to support Ealam Tamils

from:  Vas
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 04:53 IST

When Mr.Karunanithi was the king pin in the congress government, he could have done many things through his government to impose on Sri Lanka to change its attitude towards the Tamils in the North and East and devolve power to the Tamils.He did not and failed to do so. I do not understand why he is shouting now for Eelam for the Sri lankan Tamils which he cannot achieve in his life time or thereafter. He is making the Sinhalese government more adament in implementing the 13th plus or even minus. The Prime Minsiter of India is not at all concerned about the Tamils in Sri Lanka. The TNA is a defunct party in Sri Lanka. Rajapaksas Government or any other Sinhala government for that matter will not share power with the Tamils and will subjucate them with Army administration. That is the fate of the Tamils which will not be solved in the near future.

from:  Sellam
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 00:11 IST

Sickening display of power. No class, just crass.

from:  riza
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 00:08 IST

Why this old bugger is not giving part from tamilnadu to create the Eelam

from:  Sri Lankan
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 22:38 IST

Good to see perceptive comments by Indians who know what is what. If Mr
K asks for Eelam in India, where most Tamils live, he will be charged
with sedition so he asks for it in Sri Lanka. Whipping up communal
hatred for his own search for power. That's the method of many South
Asian politicians.

from:  Karunawathi Perera
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 22:04 IST

I hope the Income Tax authorities are paying attention to this photograph. They must
ensure this income has been reported and the right amount of taxes paid in the return filed
by Karunanidhi.

from:  Viswanath
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 21:58 IST

Is his senility getting worse or is he trying to make money? The old goat!

from:  haris
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 21:42 IST

What will happen if Mr. Manogara declares, Tamil Nadu is Tamil Country in India continent? Sorrow of Tamil destiny. Tamil politicians misled Tamil extremist youths in Sri Lanka. They continously mishape Tamils in Tamil Nadu. Sri Lankan Tamil never will think about a seperation. I can see from abroad that Sri Lankan politicians hardly try to satisfy Tamils in Lanka.

from:  S.Vivekananda
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 19:58 IST

Karunanidhi is out dated and so his ideas.He would have retired but for his sons.It is easy to ask another country to secede a part but not to his own country.Smaller nations are always under pressure in todays world and they have no where to go except surrender to the whims of bigger nations.

from:  Nasar
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 19:41 IST

The “law of those who rule” is applied more than the “rule of law” to the people in the North and East(NE) of Sri Lanka(SL).
The rule of law anywhere, is the legal dimension of the democratic process, which seeks to ensure that government decisions are impersonal and subject to legal restraint. It also guarantees individual freedoms from arbitrary government, and entitles the individual to due process of law.
The constitution of any country is the foundation for its rule of law.
But the document called the “constitution” of SL, prepared first in 1972, did not coform to the definition of a democratic constitution in its formation. It was simply a docment for the Sinhalese to administer the island, which SL wrongly called as its “constitution”.
Violating the rule of law, the government decisions are not kept impersonal but are based on ethnicity. Lack of legal restraint on Tamils is the reason for gross violation of Human rights and military repression leading to genocide.
Also, there is no guarantee of individual freedoms for the people of NE of the island, and the due process of law is postponed indefinitely for those in custody.
Sarath De Silva, the former Chief Justice of SL, made this observation lamentfully, when he visited the IDP camps in 1979.
This week, the US has asked for justice and speedy trial for LTTE suspects, but was rebuked by a cabinet minister of the GOSL.
To correct the fundamental error, the US may have to ask the International Court of Justice (ICJ), to adjudicate on the validity of the first republic “constitution” of SL of 1972.

from:  Justin
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 18:56 IST

It was when Mr.Karunanidhi was the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, the innocent civilians were
killed in thousands. He had a bogus Fasting during that time. He too believes in
hoodwinking the Tamils in South India like the one in Sri Lanka--MR who his hoodwinking
the entire world.

from:  Jogan
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 18:18 IST

Not only the Tamils including the Eelam Tamils and Diaspora, the Sinhalese know that MK is an opportunist who was the partner to the UPA regime that collaborated with the Sri Lankan regime in committing mass atrocities against the Tamils that resulted in disappearances of over hundred thousand of innocent Tamils.
Since the end of the war in 2009, the murderous regime continues in their blood-path politics and recently a Tamil Canadian and a British Tamil were murdered and bodies were dumped. The UPA regime's collaboration has led them to protect the alleged war criminal Rajapakse regime and even God will not excuse or pardon these collaborators to the heinous crimes.

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 15:48 IST

About time Karunanidhi implemented his words by action of creating
eelam. All tamils have lost faith in karanunidhi after 2009.

from:  jegan
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 15:38 IST

Talking is easy, would the Sri lankans let us do it ? They killed the last man they tried.

from:  Sathyum
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 14:11 IST

Why don't you have a separate state Tamil Nadu for tamils.
It is a bright idea if you can ask from the Indian Government.
As you know Sri Lanka is a small island and we cannot divide our land.

from:  Anthony
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 14:10 IST

Karunanidhi's photo with currency garland is the epitome of vulgarity. It is also in a way symbolic as his party men are driven by the money gained from corruption, as we have seen in the case of A Raja, his own daughter Kanimozhi and his other sons.

from:  gopi
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 14:03 IST

Mr Karunanidhi must do for tamil in India. there are Tamil nadu should
be a tamils separate country. there only most it means 100% tamil
speaking people's living. Not in Srilanka.

from:  ziyard
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 13:24 IST

Can anything be more disgusting than the picture of a politician drowning in money? Isn't there any shame left?

from:  Bin
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 13:21 IST

With a population of nearly 60 million Tamil people, we need a Eelam in
Tamil Nadu, not in Sri Lanka. TESO should consider this seriously

from:  E.N.Gland
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 13:19 IST

Is it the money of the poor or the money looted from the people by politicians to make my country further poor....when people will rise n revolt to make my India a developed nation rather than developing for last few decades...

from:  santosh kumar panda
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 13:01 IST

The picture symbolises the most vulgar display of money power till date by any politicial party.Very sad to see this.

from:  Ganapathi S
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 11:07 IST

Here comes the weapon 'EELAM' for giving life for faded DMK. He knows how to play well in politics. These people never wanted to solve lankan issue. They need it whenever their party lose life they use it to nourish their party.

from:  sreenadh
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 10:51 IST

As Thala thalapthi arrives for his 89th 'BIRTHDAY BASH', a part of the city traffic came to a stand still.His convoy of vehicles speeds past one side of the road freely while on the other side there r vehicles halted for the 'king to pass by'. An ambulance caught in the middle of the traffic chaos goes unnoticed.And people just stare away to glory least bothered about anything in this world.

from:  nitya
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 10:45 IST

In the above article i see that Karunanidhi birthday is mentioned to
be as 88th wereas in the slideshow at the right corner its mentioned to
be as 89th birthday!!! Could you have a look at it and do the needful?.

Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 10:29 IST

How many years does he want to live? He is becoming a burden to the

from:  Naveen
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 10:26 IST

Mr.Karunanidhi; please create the Tamil Ealam in Tamil Nadu. Thanks!

from:  P.L.J.B.Palipana
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 10:17 IST

may god bless for more health and long life.Experienced person will give lot of good direction.
But,requesting him to change his political ideology

from:  ramlak
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 10:13 IST

I hope the income-tax department will send its sleuths and find out from where these currency notes (adorning Karunanidhi's crown and garland) have come. As per certain sections of the RBI Act, misusing the currency notes is an offence.

from:  laxmi
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 10:02 IST

A crown with currencies is a very bad idea given the 2G allegations already hovering upon the heads of Karunanidhi's partymen!

from:  Prashanth
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 09:48 IST

That's (Paper Money) what is every thing for them even at the age of 88! Atheists have faith in that atleast!! :P :))

from:  MS.Narayana
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 09:45 IST

These rouges must be punished for using currency like this. Are we not fools to allow these criminals to rule the country!!

from:  C S Sundaresha
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 09:29 IST

This lunatic is too old to govern a state.He should cocentrate on Tamil Nadu politics,and welbeing of tamils living there.They live in poverty without basic amenities.Some even dig into waste bins to look for food.whole city of Madras stinks.Ifv he is that keen in creating an EELAM why not considering Tamil Nadu so that he could be the chief minister in both states.

from:  P.Ranatunge
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 09:27 IST

Its Kalaingar 89th birthday,not 88th.

from:  Dinesh
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 08:58 IST

Mr K's dream not come true because he is in congress party's part of the Government. How come Mr.K. repeating same things again and again. When he was CM in TN, he never said any things about Tamil EELAM. It is weird?

from:  Sunthar Gopalan
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 07:47 IST

Its pathetic to see Indian currency is used this way. Shouldnt these guys be
prosecuted for using currency in this manner ? Karunanithi should be ashamed on
this picture.

from:  Murali
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 07:47 IST

Politicians are shameless...

from:  ravi
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 07:32 IST

A fitting photograph depicts the shameless state of our nation and
leaders. What joy one can draw from adoring oneself with currency
notes? Leaders set the tone for the followers, if an elderly
politician like Mr.MK let his party people adore him like the above,
what sort of precedence he is setting for the young cadres? DMK as a
party and its founders have moved a light distance from their founding
And Mr. MK please stop creating an illusion in the minds of hapless
Tamils living in Lanka. There can be no Tamil Eelam, if possible,
being a part of coalition try saving the people living in poverty in

from:  rkponraj
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 06:58 IST

...The man who destroyed DMK ,once a formidable spontaneous ,people
oriented party founded by Annadurai which attracted many educated
youths ,is again spreading his venomous intention of subjugating the
Tamils in Lanka [ now sleeping without hearing gun shots and sending
their children to schools ,]. His recent utterances will no doubt
subject lankan Tamils to slavery once again. Had karunaa wanted he
could have created EELAM long back and saved thousands of Lankan
Tamils from destruction.But he allegedly enacted dramas . Why ???The
man who converted DMK into a family party should be tried at once for
Sarkariaa commission findings and all his cabinet colleagues
properties should be sealed along with marans . Then only Lankan
Tamils will live in peace and honor. God save Tamils! DMK should
again regain its lost glory without selfish men.

from:  Prof.R.Krishnamurthy
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 06:44 IST

The only principle that the DMK (or for that matter, any political party in India) has not compromised on is to enrich its top leadership at the expense of tax payers. In the 21st century the most lucrative jobs in India are in politics.

from:  Partha Raghavachari
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 06:15 IST

Whose idea was it to crown and garland Mr. M.K. with currency notes? Is it a cruel
joke on the man? What will be the value of the wealth of Mr.M.K and his family? In
2010 Mr. M.K. denied that he was the richest man in Asia and stated that his assets
amounted to only Rs. 6 crores.

from:  Sathya
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 05:42 IST

utter Disregard and disrespect for Indian Currency! This is the age of

from:  James
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 05:29 IST

Obviously, to openly advocate for a separate country in Sri Lanka is fraught with
danger for a country like India. It is obvious that Karunanidhi has a hidden agenda.
Creation of an Eelam in Sri Lanka is the first step prior to trying to foment/create
separatism amongst Tamils in India as well.

from:  SubramaniamKrishnan
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 04:13 IST

I don't understand who is his target audience in his speech. Sane people wont listen to him. So, as usual, the party workers would have brought paid crowd to sit and listen and give poses to the media. The way he presents himself tells us that he is faking.

In short, waste of time. "The Hindu" could have covered some better sensational news on African malnutrition.

from:  Balasanjeevi
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 04:10 IST

It is indeed shameful that we have such displays of extravagance for
birthdays of politicians. Can't believe that as a 88 year old man and as
a seasoned politician, Mr. Karunanidhi allows himself to be pampered in
such a crass and insensitive manner. Are these the kind of politicians
who will alleviate poverty in our country? My heart weeps.

from:  luhar sen
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 03:21 IST

Why does your newspaper give so much prominence to DMK related
activities. They are not even an opposition party now and will be
decimated in future as well.

from:  David Raj
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 03:21 IST

Mr. Karunanidhi is easily fooling the people with the following
(1) DMK presented always tax free budgets - I wish to ask is it
correct for a state of a developing country to present tax free
budgets? Tamilnadu is reeling under acute shortage of electricity.
His misrule for the last 5 years is the reason. Never thought about
development of the state.
(2) Separate Elam state: His voice was not heard this much loud and
clear even when many Tamil civilians were killed in the military
operation to kill Prabakaran. He was ruling Tamilnadu then. from
where has he come now with sudden attachment developed towards
Srilanka? We know that all these days he spent his energy in getting
his family members various portfolios in central ans state
governments. Then fighting their corruption charges and arranging for
their bails. He never had time to look after the people of Tamilnadu
or Srilanka. Its enough Mr. Karunanidhi you have cheated the Tamil
population many ears in the name of Tamil.

from:  Seshadri
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 03:03 IST

A garland of currency notes ? Indeed, a very appropriate way of greeting the DMK Leader.

from:  Hariharan
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 03:02 IST
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