Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 02/11/2013 - 21:58
New Indian Express, 11 February 2013 - With Parliamentary session all set to begin, the UPA Government is girding up to withstand pressure from both the DMK and AIADMK to support a resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) against Sri Lanka. The Centre is, however, keeping all options open. With the DMK begining the groundwork, it remains to be seen, if there would be a re-run of last year’s intense pressure mounted by the Tamil regional parties. The pressure is likely to mount on the Centre, with both the AIADMK and DMK expected to outdo each other during the Parliamentary session, which begins from February 21.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 02/09/2013 - 23:12
Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/08/2013 - 21:25
Chennai, Feb 8, 2013 (IANS) - DMK president Friday said Sri Lankan President Mahindra Rajapaksa was not only trying to obliterate Tamils in the island nation but also their culture, tradition and the Tamil language itself. Leading a massive protest held by Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) against the president's India visit, Karunanidhi said: "Rajapaksa is trying to erase not only the Tamils in Sri Lanka but also the Tamil language." Karunanidhi said the Sri Lankan government was changing the names of villages with Tamil names to that of Sinhalese. He said the protest was being held to teach Rajapaksa a "lesson".
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/06/2013 - 23:43
PTI, Chennai, Feb 6 2013 - DMK today strongly criticised Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for ruling out greater political autonomy for Tamils, saying India should at least “wake up” now and help secure their livelihood and democratic rights. “Rajapaksa has failed to honour the promise given to India and other global organisations for long on granting political autonomy with the latest announcement which should be condemned,” DMK chief M. Karunanidhi said in a statement.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:47
TamilNet, Tuesday, 05 February 2013 - New Delhi should take firm efforts to bring forward a resolution at the UNHRC sessions next month for conducting a referendum among Ilangkai Tamils, said a resolution passed by Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) in Chennai on Monday. The organisation cited its earlier resolution passed in this regard in August last year and said that it had already presented the case for the consideration of the UN, member countries of the UN, the Government of India and the UNHRC. In presenting the plight of Eezham Tamils, TESO has resolved to convene an all-India level meet of political party leaders in New Delhi in March. Condemning New Delhi encouraging Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa visiting India this week, TESO has also resolved to organise a black-clad demonstration in Chennai on Friday morning, protesting his visit.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:40
The Hindu, CHENNAI, February 5, 2013 - DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Monday urged the Union government not to encourage Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to the country and announced a black-shirt demonstration in Chennai during his visit on February 8. Explaining a resolution adopted in the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) meeting, Mr. Karunanidhi alleged that Mr. Rajapaksa had led the massacre of Tamils and was seen as an enemy of humanity after being accused of war crimes and violation of human rights. Asked whether TESO was still in favour of creation of Tamil Eelam, Mr Karunanidhi said, “Yes, yes, yes.” TESO also has constituted seven teams comprising DMK MPs and Thol Thirumavalavan to hold talks with Ambassadors of various countries to muster support for the Sri Lankan Tamils cause.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:32
PTI, 05 February 2013 - Stating that she shared the concerns of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam [ Images ] chief M Karunanidhi [ Images ] regarding Sri Lankan Tamils issue, United Progressive Alliance [ Images ] chairperson Sonia Gandhi [ Images ] has told him that she "shall take up the matter" with the external affairs minister. "I share your concern regarding the disturbing developments in Sri Lanka [ Images ] vis-a-vis the Tamils. I shall take up the matter with the Minister of External Affairs (Salman Khurshid)," she said in her January 30, 2013 letter to Karunanidhi.
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 Fri, 01/25/2013 - 21:44
PTI, 25 January - Chennai: In the light of India’s announcement that it could continue to train Sri Lankan military in the country, key UPA constituent DMK today said there was a ‘doubt’ if India was ‘compromising’ on some issues vis-a-vis Sri Lankan Tamils issue to show itself as a ‘neutral’ country. In a letter to partymen, the 88 year-old leader said that since 1956, his party had been consistently voicing support for Lankan Tamils, irrespective of being in power or not. “While the Centre has assured obliging various demands put forth by us, there is a doubt in some if India is compromising on some issues to show itself as a neutral country among others,” he said. For instance, he said it was the party’s stand that India should not train Sri Lankan military personnel in any part of the country but the central government could not “categorically” state the same.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 01/20/2013 - 23:08
The Hindu, Chennai, January 20, 2013 - DMK president M. Karunanidhi has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to take steps to ensure that the Sri Lankan government gave up, what he called, its programme of erasing Tamil language, culture and religion. He sought their help in putting an end to alleged drive by Sri Lankan authorities to rename Tamil villages with Sinhala names. In identical letters to Dr. Singh and Ms. Gandhi, Mr. Karunanidhi said many more such tactics were being employed by the Sri Lankan government. “Tamils in Sri Lanka are living in an oppressive environment,” he alleged.