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Updated: March 13, 2012 13:34 IST

Uproar in Rajya Sabha over Sri Lankan Tamil issue

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Vice President Hamid Ansari conducts the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha. File photo
Vice President Hamid Ansari conducts the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha. File photo

DMK and AIADMK with support from Left today forced adjournment of Rajya Sabha till noon after creating uproar over the government’s stand on a resolution against Sri Lanka in UN Human Rights Commission.

As soon as the House met for the day, DMK members were on their feet displaying banners demanding that the government must support a resolution moved by U.S., France and Norway in the UNHRC against the alleged atrocities committed on Sri Lankan Tamils during the island nation’s civil war.

DMK was joined by members of its rival AIADMK and Left parties in seeking a response from the government on the stand India would take on the resolution.

Chairman Hamid Ansari initially disallowed them saying Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley has made a request for making a statement and he has given him permission to speak.

“No banners please... your turn will come,” he said.

Mr. Jaitley, however, said he was willing to make his submission after the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils was raised. Mr. Ansari then allowed the members to raise the issue.

T. Siva (DMK) said it was the moral responsibility of India to support the resolution in UNHRC condemning excesses during civil war and killing of thousands of innocent people.

V. Maitreyan (AIADMK) said the Tamil Nadu Assembly had passed a unanimous resolution asking the Centre to take up the issue of war crimes committed by Sri Lanka with the U.N.

Stating that India knows about the war crimes and human rights violation in Sri Lanka, D. Raja (CPI) said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should respond.

T.K. Rangarajan (CPI-M) said a credible inquiry committee should be formed to look into atrocities committed against Sri Lankan Tamils.

B.S. Gnanadesikan (Cong) said while India should support the resolution, it “must maintain relationship” with Sri Lankan government so that assistance to 30 lakh Tamils in the island nation can continue.

The UPA government, he said, had provides 50,000 houses and medical and other aid to the Sri Lankan Tamils. “If doors are shut, who will help,” he said suggesting that diplomatic options should be left to the Prime Minister to choose.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister P.K. Bansal said he would get in touch with External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna immediately and government will thereafter come with a statement.

Mr. Bansal said, “We do not know what is in the resolution before the Council.”

This, however, did not satisfy the members who wanted an assurance that the statement would be made today itself.

As Mr. Ansari called Mr. Jaitley to make his submission, DMK and AIADMK members moved into aisles seeking a response from the Prime Minister, who was present in the House.

Mr. Bansal’s remark that the statement would be made as soon as possible, did not pacify the members who moved into the well of the House.

As his repeated requests for order went unheeded, Mr. Ansari adjourned the House till noon.

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@sumit This is precisely a typical North Indian way of assessing the situation, no offences meant, u have your views, so let me have mine. If Killing of 40000 innocent Civilians in a neighbouring country goes uncondemned in the pretext of a war against terrorists, India as a union of many states is digging it's own grave in the long run. This stand is going to cause irrepairable damage to the unity of this country because ultimately we, the Tamils of India are feeling let down, donwngraded, uncared for. The Tamils in Srilanka who are blood relatives of us are raped, massacred and killed just for voicing equal status for all which should be the norm in any active democracy.Given such a scenario, why on earth should we care about the North Indo-Pakistan relationships (they are blood relatives!), Nepal and Bangladesh political stability, the Tibetans refugees in India, the Punjabis in Canada? To hell with these people. You are as regionalistic as me, if not more!

from:  Hariharan
Posted on: Mar 14, 2012 at 13:28 IST

Terrorists are not born as terrorists, only the society is creating them because the fundamental rights of common people are neglected or refused by the system in spite of several requests. Even in our country naxalists are spreading only because of the attitude of politicians and the system. Our government should consider and take corrective steps to maintain peace and harmony

from:  panaieari
Posted on: Mar 14, 2012 at 09:06 IST

So called sovereing country is more resposible and diplomatic bound than a terrorist organisation. A sovereing state should not behave worst than a terrorist,by killing thousand of its own people and then seeking impunity on different pretex. The problem could have solved by diplomatic means. Now,what is difference between MR,Goto and Praba.
The soverieng country should not allow to escape its accountibility on its crime.It become deadly precedent for cureality againt humanity. sm.mani

from:  sm.mani
Posted on: Mar 13, 2012 at 17:48 IST

@manoharan, the resolution doesn't ask how many LTTE leader
Prabhakaran had killed in the decades old war. The Sri Lankan govt had
scrupulously violated human rights in dealing with the suppression of
rebellion from the LTTE in 2009. They bombed hospitals and killed
mercilessly civilians who took shelter in schools. They shot point
blank the rebel leaders who offered to surrender. What did the 12 year
old son of the rebel leader do so that the army tied him up and shot
point blank? The Channel4 got access to footage as testimony of Lankan
govt's brutality.

How many in Tamil Nadu (and in India) have celebrated when the bank
robbers were killed in a police encounter? Even the bitterest of
enemies should be given a fair trial at the court of law to prove
his/her innocence.

from:  GK
Posted on: Mar 13, 2012 at 16:28 IST

If India oppose sri lanka; they will dig their own grave. These
terrorist are threats to entire region. We know what LTTE has done to
Sri Lankans; everybody forget the past now.
Next will be Kashmir

from:  nishantha
Posted on: Mar 13, 2012 at 16:24 IST

For all those who respect human value, This issue is about the human value other than politics and personal. If you miss this chance,this is end of the human value.

from:  VICTOR
Posted on: Mar 13, 2012 at 16:17 IST

We Indians demand that India should support the US resolution on Sri Lanka's brutal war crimes. India has a regional power has a moral responsibility and strategic reason to support USA specially when Sri Lanka is siding with China and Pakistan.

from:  Arun
Posted on: Mar 13, 2012 at 16:17 IST

Indian secret service created the Tamil tiger terrorist organisation to
destabilise Srilanka,India had to pay dearly for meddling with an
independant country,we must not forget many indian soldiers died in
Srilanka,& now India should be careful in handling Srilanka otherwise
the chinese will definitely move in.

Posted on: Mar 13, 2012 at 15:58 IST

Sumit and Manoharan,

India should take a stand because it supported with material and diplomatic cover
the war waged by Rajapakses. Most in Sri Lanka have no problem with getting rid
of the LTTE - the problem is that they did it by also killing 40,000 civilians in the
space of 6 months. Deliberate, intentional, disproportionate and reckless use of
force against civilians - including women and children - in the 'no fire zone'.

It is due to the role india played in the war and more importantly due to the sheer
scale of the war crime that India should take a stand.

from:  Veedhur from lanka
Posted on: Mar 13, 2012 at 15:24 IST

India should oppose the resolution on the ground that Liberation Tigers
of Tamil Ealam is a terrorist organisation and is banned in India.The
government headed by congress party has every reason to oppose the
resolution since it lost its leader to the terror tactics of LTTE.
Those crying hoarse over the killing of his son should not forget that
Prabharan killed thousands of innocent tamils who opposed him.

from:  manoharan
Posted on: Mar 13, 2012 at 14:08 IST

I would say this is nothing but regionalism. Why we should worry about what Srilanka is doing to their citizen whether Sinhalian or Tamilians. This is hypocratic behaviour of Tamil politicians considering why are not they saying anything abt Kahsmiri pandits, Indians (non tamilans) harrased in Chennai/Tamlindau, the MNS SS politics in Mumbai/MH, Anti Hindi agitation during 1960s in TN, the corruption cases against politicians, the attacks on Hindus in Pakistan and so many to count. But everyone is silent on those issues and this UPA government is just busy in pleasing those poiliticans in order to save their government.

from:  sumit
Posted on: Mar 13, 2012 at 14:03 IST

since wrong lessons are discovered from "Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission" , it is only the question of when, not why, this uproar will rise. We condemn these atrocious war-crimes on anyone, not just Indians/Tamils. Its the human value at stake.

from:  Rajshekhar RK
Posted on: Mar 13, 2012 at 12:58 IST
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