Weak Centre, TN Govt to blame for anti-Rajapaksa tirade : Swamy
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is visiting India on Friday and plans to go to Tirupati to worship the Lord. As such there is nothing wrong in a President of a neighboring country undertaking a pilgrimage on a personal visit. There is no political significance as such in the trip.
Still fanatical Tamil outfits have launched a vicious tirade against Rajapaksa protesting his visit to Tamil Nadu. This is a disturbing trend of mixing Eelam politics with a routine pilgrimage. On Thursday (Feb 7) one of Sri Lanka banks – Bank of Ceylon was ransacked in Chennai. Of late, Sri Lankans travelling to Chennai on pilgrimage and for other purposes have been targeted. And on some occasions they were even threatened, intimidated as well as manhandled by miscreants In Tami Nadu.
Furthermore, one cannot forget Mahinda Rajapaksa is a head of state of a sovereign nation – India’s neighboring country.
In Tamil Nadu some pro-LTTE elements make public statements against the visit of a head of state to India. This amounts to intimidation, death threat against the leader of a friendly, neighboring country.
Demonstrations have been called in New Delhi and Tamil Nadu on Feb 8 protesting Rajapaksa visit. Vocal critics of Rajapaksa like Vaiko are busy again . They had tried to disrupt Rajapaksa visit to Bodh Gaya a few months back but were pushed away by police, through temporary detentions.
Law And Order Problem In Tamil Nadu
Unfortunately the law enforcement authorities in Tamil Nadu have so far not taken action against these extremist elements who espouse the cause of the defunct LTTE and the demand for separate Eelam.
In Tamil Nadu, the effigy of a head of state, as well as Sri Lankan flag are often put on fire. So far no one has been arrested for committing such serious offences in Tamil Nadu.
On Thursday, at a public rally in Trichy, DMK chief stepping up the ante, said a meeting of TESO will be soon called on the Eelam issue.
The Asian Tribune is of the opinion that there is a serious law and order problem in Tamil Nadu.
There is also a sustained propaganda on the issue of fishermen who cross the International Maritime boundary Lines. There is hue and cry when Sri Lankan Navy personnel take action for violating the boundaries in search of larger haul of fish. Rarely any action has been taken against those who cross the maritime boundaries.
Dr. Subramanian Swamy
When these issues were raised with Janata Party leader Dr Subramaniam Swamy by Asian Tribune Editor K.T. Rajasingham for his comments, his response was frank and forthright.
“ It is the combined effect of a compromised leadership of the UPA especially of Ms. Sonia Gandhi and her Italian family members who are blackmailed by the rump LTTE, a Tamil Nadu CM being held to ransom by her coalition allies and who is scared of a hostile Central government, and LTTE drug money booty financing lumpen elements in Tamil Nadu, that is causing this pathetic situation wherein the government is unable to discharge its international obligations to Sri Lanka.
“Still the people of India are very sympathetic and have warm sentiments towards Sri Lanka. But a change in the ground situation in Tamil Nadu will occur only after a change in the Central government that is likely within a year.”
- Asian Tribune -