“India supported resolution against Sri Lanka at UNHRC session”

Rejecting suggestions that the Centre was indifferent to the feelings of Tamil Nadu when it came to the Sri Lankan Tamil issue, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari said the process of India’s engagement with its neighbours could not be in any manner construed as insensitivity towards the feelings of a particular section.

“Definitely, in the case of the larger Tamil issue, we have walked the extra mile in the United Nations Human Rights Council, where India went ahead and supported the resolution against Sri Lanka,” Mr. Tewari said.

Stressing the need for understanding certain realities, he said there were sovereign States in the neighbourhood and India had a larger interest in the region. “Obviously there is a process of engagement with them. This should not, in any manner, be misconstrued as insensitivity towards the feelings of a particular section.”

Asked about the allegation that his Ministry was delaying action on Tamil Nadu’s request for licence for the State-owned Arasu Cable TV Corporation to operate Digital Access System (DAS), he said, “We neither have rejected nor granted the licence.” The issue was under the review of an inter-ministerial committee.

He said when a multi-system operator licence was granted in 2008, it was given subject to the government taking a decision on the recommendations of the Telephone Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).