DMK in Lok Sabha Urged the Indian Government to Work with UNO to Carve Out Separate Tamil Eelam by Means of Referendum

New Delhi, 25 April 2012 - DMK today suggested in the Indian Parliament Lok Sabha that the Government of India should prevail upon the UNO and other international forums to see that a separate Tamil Eelam is carved out of Sri Lanka, by means of referendum. DMK leader T.R. Baalu speaking in the house said: “. The tyranny continues. This has been happening for the past 25 years. The Indo-Sri Lanka Accord has not yet been fructified. The 13th Amendment has not yet been implemented. That is why my leader Dr. Kalaignar Karunanidhi has stated two or three days ago that there should be a referendum for a separate Tamil Eelam. Otherwise, it cannot be solved. See what has happened in Kosovo, East Timor, South Sudan and other countries. The Government of India has prevailed upon the UNO to see that these countries are liberated peacefully. The same thing should happen in Sri Lanka also to have a separate Tamil Eelam. Then only peace and tranquillity will prevail.”.

Another DMK member R. THAMARAISELVAN speaking in the Parliament urged the Government to adopt any mechanism to ensure that the rehabilitation measures initiated by the Government of India for the Sri Lankan Tamils should only reach to them and should not be diverted at any cost.

Their speeches in the zero hour debate in the Lok Sabha in detail from the official transcript:

SHRI T.R. BAALU (SRIPERUMBUDUR): Hon. Chairman, recently, the Government of India has sent a Delegation of Parliamentarians under the leadership of hon. Leader of Opposition to visit Sri Lanka, especially the North and East Regions of Sri Lanka wherein IDPs are kept.

I thought that the Government of India will come forward to make a statement on the first day itself. But so far the Government has not yet made any statement in this hon. House. Some of the Members who went to Sri Lanka on the delegation have narrated very sad stories.

What is happening in Sri Lanka? Even today thousands of people have been kept in Manik Farm, inside the barbed wire fencing. Thousands of Tamil IDPs are kept there. Those who have been brought out of the Manik Farm have been taken elsewhere and they have not yet been provided with shelters. Their children have been orphaned. There are no schools for their education. Thousands of army men are just roaming around the Tamil habitations. You will be surprised to hear there are army men even inside the temples, mosques, and churches. They are simply threatening the Tamil IDPs.

MR. CHAIRMAN (SHRI P.C. CHACKO): After the visit of the delegation, you want the response of the Government. You have already brought that to the notice of the Government. You can conclude with that. Please do not go into the details of that.

... (Interruptions)

SHRI T.R. BAALU (SRIPERUMBUDUR): I will conclude within one or two minutes. ...

(Interruptions)

MR. CHAIRMAN: This is something which happened in some other country.

SHRI T.R. BAALU (SRIPERUMBUDUR): The tyranny is going on.

MR. CHAIRMAN: We are not going into that issue.

SHRI T.R. BAALU (SRIPERUMBUDUR): Within one or two minutes I will conclude. The tyranny continues. This has been happening for the past 25 years. The Indo-Sri Lanka Accord has not yet been fructified. The 13th Amendment has not yet been implemented. That is why my leader Dr. Kalaignar Karunanidhi has stated two or three days ago that there should be a referendum for a separate Tamil Eelam. Otherwise, it cannot be solved. See what has happened in Kosovo, East Timor, South Sudan and other countries. The Government of India has prevailed upon the UNO to see that these countries are liberated peacefully. The same thing should happen in Sri Lanka also to have a separate Tamil Eelam. Then only peace and tranquillity will prevail.

So, I would suggest that the Government of India should prevail upon the UNO and other international forums to see that a separate Tamil Eelam is carved out of Sri Lanka, by means of referendum.

SHRI R. THAMARAISELVAN (DHARMAPURI): Mr. Chairman, Sir I would like to raise an important issue which is very close to the hearts of over seven crore Tamilians spread across the Globe. India proposed to construct 50,000 houses at a cost of Rs. 1,200 crore for displaced ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka, out of which more than 1,000 houses have already been built up. It has been reported that most of the houses constructed are under the Sinhalese occupation.

The Sinhalese have been forcefully made to settle in the Tamil dominated areas in Sri Lanka. Even the Government of India has been forcefully compelled to engage in the building work of these 50,000 houses only to Sinhalese. Sinhalese will use the opportunity to house more Sinhala settlers in the north and eastern areas.

They even do not spare the sewing machines given by the Government of India for handing over to the widows who lost their husbands in the war, which are given to Sinhalese settlers. The names of beneficiaries of Tamil families are erased and they are inserting the name of Sinhalese settlers who had settled close to the Navatkuli area. Not only this, Sinhalese military Governor transferred 500 bicycles allocated to the Jaffna peninsula by the Indian Government to the Sinhalese families in the newly created Weli-oya Division. Similarly, a part of the consignment of 500 tractors allocated to the Northern farmers by the Indian Government has been transferred to the Sinhala areas by the Governor of Northern Province.

Therefore, I would urge upon the Government to adopt any mechanism to ensure that the rehabilitation measures initiated by the Government of India for the Sri Lankan Tamils should only reach to them and should not be diverted at any cost.

I would also urge upon the Government of India to direct the Indian Embassy in Sri Lanka to keep an eye on all these issues.