Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 01/27/2013 - 23:24
Deccan Chronicle, 27 January 2013 - Chennai: Members of the revived Teso (Tamil Eelam supporters organization) led by DMK treasurer M. K. Stalin will go on a two-day tour to New Delhi from January 28 urging the Centre and other nations to expedite rehabilitation of war-hit Eelam Tamils. A statement issued by the DMK Parliamentary party leader T. R. Baalu said the team would personally meet and urge Union external affairs minister Salman Khurshid and ambassadors of 47 UN member nations to prevail over Sri Lanka to implement the resolution of UN Human Rights Commission to hasten the rehabilitation of the war-hit Eelam Tamils and find an early political solution there. The team comprising DK president K. Veeramani, VCK leader Thol Tirumavalavan, professor Subha Veerpandian and former Union minister Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan will leave to the national capital on Sunday.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/13/2012 - 01:43
Deccan Chronicle, March 13, 2012 - Just a day after the world reacted in horror to a video showing the body of LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran's 12-year-old son, with five close-range gun wounds to the chest, it has emerged the Tiger leader himself was killed in cold blood after surrendering to the Sri Lankan army. The surrender has long remained a secret because those who knew refused to let the Tamils know their leader had surrendered towards the end of the war. Reliable sources claim Prabhakaran was led to believe Western powers, the UN and India had brokered a surrender plan which would allow top Tiger leaders and families a safe passage out of the battle zone. Surrounded by the Lankan army, the Tiger chief had no option but to give up his fight.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/01/2012 - 01:37
By Kavitha Muralidharan and G. Jagannath, Deccan Chronicle, February 29, 2012 - India should support a US-backed resolution holding Sri Lanka accountable for war crimes and strongly condemn Colombo, chief minister J. Jayalalithaa wrote to the Prime Minister Wednesday. Her letter is bound to increase pressure on New Delhi to realign its Lanka policy in a big way. Tamils across the world have been critical of Indian softness towards Colombo, particularly in the final stages of the Eelam war that saw close to 40,000 civilians being killed. In the letter, copies of which were released to the media, Ms Jayalalithaa recalled a memorandum she had presented to PM on June 14 last year and also a letter she sent him 10 days later, drawing attention to a resolution adopted by the Tamil Nadu Assembly on June 8 urging the government to take up the issue of war crimes with the UN and declare the guilty war criminals.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/16/2011 - 02:10
Deccan Chronicle, August 16, 2011 - Questioning the legitimacy of the Indo-Sri Lanka accord on Katchatheevu with the island nation “dishonouring” the agreement, BJP state president Pon Radhakrishnan on Monday pitched for scrapping the accord. “Sri Lanka is unwilling to accept the agreement. It has ruthlessly been killing the Tamil Nadu fishermen…. and there is no point in India honouring the accord. Any agreement should be mutually respected,” he said and contended that the 1974 Indo-Sri Lanka pact ceding Katchatheevu to the island nation was invalid. Flaying Lankan navy for the renewed attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen, the BJP leader claimed that the island nation did not have any claim over Katchatheevu island.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/15/2011 - 00:25
Deccan Chronicle Editorial, June 15, 2011 - Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, home to most of the country’s Tamils, does not as yet have an elected provincial council while the country’s remaining eight provinces do so. Perhaps Colombo is apprehensive that if such an elected body takes office, it would be able to press its case for devolution of powers within a federal structure, or may be something even wider. But it should be evident to a confident Colombo that it is precisely when the broad idea of self-rule within a federal setup is denied that there might be fears of new prairie fires starting.