The Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO), the DMK-sponsored outfit, has ruled out any intention to seek India’s intervention to liberate the North-East provinces (called Eelam areas) of the island nation and declare it as a separate nation a la Bangladesh.
The intervention for liberating Bangladesh at the behest of India was made in 1971 and now (2013) the situation in the world had changed, DMK Parliamentary Party leader T.R. Baalu told journalists here on Thursday after the TESO organised a seminar on “persecution of Sri Lankan Tamils.” He did not elaborate further.
Asked whether the TESO was for creation of Tamil Eelam with India’s help as demanded by many, general secretary of Dravidar Kazhagam (DK), another constituent of TESO, K. Veeramani, said right now the organisation was more interested in ensuring that India supported the cause of Sri Lankan Tamils and took steps for a permanent political settlement and peaceful rehabilitation for them besides having the right to live with dignity and self-respect.
DMK treasurer M.K. Stalin reiterated the resolution passed by TESO at the Chennai conference a few months ago, and stressed that there should be a United Nations-sponsored referendum in the Tamil areas to decide about their future. Social activist Swami Agnivesh, extending his support and solidarity, sympathised with the “suffering Sri Lankan Tamils.” Among others, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president and Rajya Sabha MP B.S. Gnanadesikan, Congress MPs E.M. Sudarsana Natchiappan and N.S.V. Chitthan, DMK representatives in the Cabinet S.S. Palanimanickkam, R. Gandhi Selvan and S. Jagatratchakan, and representatives from the National Conference and the Lok Jan Shakti Party participated.