There is no readymade solution to the genocide in Sri Lanka. Instead, the demand for ensuring human rights for the wronged people should be concretised, according to S. Chandru, former judge of the Madras High Court.

He was speaking at the launch of a book, Sri Lanka: Hiding the elephant, here on Friday. He dwelt on how the politicians and political parties had fallen silent on the issue of rights of Sri Lankan Tamils after the Election Commission announced the model code of conduct. For two months political parties had been constantly referring to the issue but with the code in place there was no mention of it. Political parties in the State appeared to have forged an outward unity on the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils but it was the Central government that shaped the opinions with regard to foreign relations. The concept of international law was little understood, Mr. Chandru remarked. He lauded Ramu Manivannan, the author, for not being influenced by the political climate and pressures that were bound to goad an author to turn a blind eye to an oppressed population.

The 1,500-page book has been published by the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Madras. It has relied on documented incidents and offers evidence to prove that genocide and extreme ethnic violence perpetrated on a section of people in the name of cleansing the country of terrorism, said Viduthalai Rajendran of Dravida Viduthalai Kazhagam.

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