MADURAI: The Sri Lankan Tamils Protection Movement (SLTPM) is not a political movement but a coming together of parties and forums that voice for the cause of Tamils in the island nation. It does not have any agenda to bring down the Government and if there is any fear in this regard it has to be dispelled at once, said P. Nedumaran, president, SLTPM.
Delivering the presidential address at the public meeting here on Tuesday, he urged the Centre to intervene immediately and stop the war in Lanka.
He said that the Movement’s aim was to put pressure on the Indian Government and international community to immediately intervene and stop the killing of Tamils.
This public meeting is the third after meetings held in Chennai and Coimbatore and the emergence of the movement was a historical necessity, as the Indian government did not respond to any form of protests undertook by individual parties and organisations.
Condemning the violence on the Madras High Court premises, Mr. Nedumaran said that the Movement would support the cause of advocates and be a protective shield to them.
Black flag protest
The Movement planned black flag protest in a democratic manner during the External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to the State as his recent statements had hurt the sentiments of Tamils.
He also said that a committee would be formed by the Movement to inquire into the Madras High Court incident.
Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss said that a broad cross-section of people, including farmers and the working class, was concerned over the killing of Tamils.
Stating that it was inappropriate to ask the LTTE to lay down arms, he said that it was the arms that they possessed was saving the Lankan Tamils.
Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi leader Thol. Thirumavalavan stated that it was the ‘big brother’ attitude of the Indian Government, mixed with a military strategy to control South Asia, the reason behind the insensitivity to the issue.
D. Pandian, State secretary, Communist Party of India, said that it was not only enough that we sensitised the general public of Tamil Nadu but the issue must be taken to the international level and make agencies such as United Nations Organisation and the West to intervene and create a space for a diplomatic initiative.
Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Vaiko said that the Indian Government was solely responsible for the genocide in Sri Lanka. He questioned why Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had not come forward even to condole the DMK functionary who succumbed to self-immolation during the human chain in Chennai.
On behalf of the Movement, Rs. 3 lakh was distributed to the family members of Ravi of Pallapatti in Dindigul district, who immolated himself for the Sri Lankan Tamil cause.
K. Tindivanam Ramamurthy, president, Nationalist Congress Party, former Union Minister Pon. Radhakrishnan, Bharatiya Janata Party were among the others who spoke at the meeting.