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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2704

Don't help Lanka, M S Swaminathan told

From S Murari, Chennai

Chennai, 24 July( Asiantribune.com): Pro-LTTE Tamil film director Seeman on Thursday warned renowned agricultural scientist M S Swaminathan against helping the Sri Lankan Government revive agriculture in the war-torn northern region.

Talking to reporters here, Mr Seeman referred to reports that Dr Swaminathan, author of the green revolution in India, had been detailed by the Rajapakse administration to help implement its Vadakke Vasantham( Spring in the North) project involving revival of agriculture through use of new techniques in Killinochi, known as the rice bowl of the north, as well as in Jaffna and said it would only benefit Sinhalese the Government planned to settle in these areas since over 300,000 Tamils uprooted from these districts were languishing in make-shift camps.

He said so far only families of armed forces and police had been settled in these areas and alleged that the Government planned to settle over 1.25 lakh Sinhalese there. “Instead of trying to resettle the uprooted Tamils in their original habitats, the Government is forcing them to relocate elsewhere", he alleged.

Mr Seeman further pointed out that there was not a single Tamil in the 19-member committee set up to work out rehabilitation and reconstruction plans for the war-ravaged zone. On the contrary, the committee was headed by Mr Rajapakse's two brothers Basil and Gotabaya." Will such a committee that will bring spring into the lives of the Tamils", he asked.

Mr Seeman said that India, which stayed away during the final stages of the war between the Sri Lankan armed forces and the LTTE on the ground that it could not interfere in the affairs of another country, should now have pledged an assistance of Rs 500 crore for the rehabilitation and reconstruction work in the north. The Government of Sri Lanka was using this money mainly to remove mines from these areas, he claimed.

Hoping that Dr Swaminathan would respect the sentiments of Tamils, he warned that if he went ahead with his plan, "we will lay a siege of his office( M S Swaminathan Institute of Agricultural Research) and home", Mr Seeman warned.

Mr Seeman is a fanatic supporter of the LTTE and he was jailed twice for speaking against India's sovereignty during the final stages of the war between the LTTE and Sri Lankan forces.

- Asian Tribune -

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