Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/13/2012 - 03:03
By Athithan Jayapalan, Countercurrents.org, 12 June, 2012 - The suppression of human rights in many T.N camps and the military occupation in North and East Sri Lanka are not even presented as factors which may coerce refugees to flee or pursue such a path. Such journalistic coverage will only aide to sustain the apathy towards the refugees' grievances and the oppressive conditions they try to escape. With such an inadequate legal base, harsh treatment by authorities and unfavorable media coverage, these familiar aliens, the Tamil refugees in India face an insecure and harsh future.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/05/2012 - 02:26
Hindu, 04 June 2012 - The Tamil Eelam Supporters Association (TESO) conference slated for August 5 in Villupuram should help create a separate Eelam for Tamils in Sri Lanka, TESO chairman and DMK president M. Karunanidhi said on Sunday. Addressing a public meeting in connection with his 89th birthday, Mr Karunanidhi said that Tamils were discriminated against in Sri Lanka and living without self-respect in their country. “Our efforts and the TESO conference should help in creating a separate Eelam. This will be my birthday message,” he said at the meeting held at K.K. Nagar.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/29/2012 - 00:49
Hindu, 28 May 2012 - Describing as “an insult to injury” Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's assertion that his country would not bow to outside pressure and withdraw the Army from the North, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M. Karunanidhi on Sunday said the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) would soon organise a conference to discuss these issues and take a decision. Recalling a report released by the US secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the major human rights problems were unlawful killings by security forces and government-allied paramilitary groups, often in predominantly Tamil areas, he said such reports further strengthened his argument in favour of a separate Tamil Eelam.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 04/29/2012 - 03:30
Hindu, 28 April 2012 - The first meeting of the revived Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO), an outfit launched by Dravid Munnetra Kazhagam president M. Karunanidhi in 1985 to express solidarity with the Sri Lankan Tamil cause, will be held on April 30 at Anna Arivalayam, the DMK headquarters. Mr. Karunanidhi, who is also the TESO president, will chair the meeting, which will be attended by DMK general secretary K. Anbazhagan, Dravidar Kazhagam president K. Veeramani, former minister Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan and Tamilar Peravai leader Suba Veerapanidan, who have been included as members.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 04/29/2012 - 03:21
By Nandhivarman, 28 April 2012 - Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam founded by Aringnar Anna had always supported the cause of Tamil Eelam, though there may be many slip between the lip and the cup, but such slip never happened when Aringnar Anna was alive. In the editorial of Dravida Naadu weekly on 29th June 1958, Aringnar Anna states that onlookers reported him about “ Tamils being immersed in petrol and burnt in streets of Srilanka while people watched it as if it was fun. In last three weeks in the arson and looting and vandalism at least 800 people were killed in the capital and other Sinhala areas, and 20000 Tamils uprooted from their homes were rushing towards Tamil dominant Northern parts of Srilanka for safety”. After narrating this Anna breaks the suspense. This is not a report from DMK but by Daily Telegraph of London. The reporter who could not file the report from Colombo flew to Chennai to break this news in London.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 04/28/2012 - 02:42
PTI, 27 April 2012 - Chennai,Apr 27(PTI):Reiterating that fratricide among Tamil groups in Sri Lanka had weakened the Eelam (separate homeland) struggle, DMK president M Karunanidhi today said this was a temporary setback and urged partymen to dedicate themselves to reviving this cause peacefully,as advocated by Mahatma Gandhi. "The Sri Lankans exploited the fratricide among Tamil groups to emerge victorious, leading to the downfall of the Tamil race," he said about the military victory against the V Prabhakaran-led LTTE. In a letter to his partymen, the 88-year-old DMK patriarch said downfall and resurgence are common and said "whatever has happened to the Tamil race in Ealam (Sri Lanka) it is temporary." "It is not permanent. And with the hope that it should not become so and the confidence that it would not become so, we have to dedicate ourselves for resurgence of the Tamil race."
Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 04/27/2012 - 02:09
PTI, 26 April 2012 - Backing a seperate Eelam (homeland) for Sri Lankan Tamils, Dravida Munetra Kazhagam president M Karunanidhi has reiterated his demand for India's role in this regard as he sought reviving Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation. Addressing a public meeting at Kolathur,the constituency of his son and party treasurer MK Stalin last night, he called for a peaceful and democratic struggle to achieve this purpose. "The Sri Lankan President may reject the idea, but it will be my endeavour," he said.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/26/2012 - 01:13
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.”.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/25/2012 - 01:08
PTI, 24 April 2012 - Claiming that political solution or devolution of powers to Tamil areas in Sri Lanka remained merely on paper, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Tuesday made a fresh demand for a separate 'Eelam' (homeland) for Lankan Tamils and sought the Union government's help on the issue. "Sri Lankan Tamils will not be satisfied with anything less than Tamil Ealam considering that assurances of political solution or devolution of powers have not come into practice and remain only on paper," he said. Writing in party mouthpiece 'Murasoli,' the DMK patriarch charged Colombo with "lack of honouring the given word," and referred to hardships faced by the Tamils including settling as refugees elsewhere to buttress his claim that Tamil Eelam was the only solution for the decades-long ethnic friction. He said the issue cannot be solved by "excesses or authoritarian measures," and it was time that the matter was solved without further delay. In this regard, he sought India's help recalling its role in the liberation of Bangladesh from Pakistan.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/11/2012 - 17:48
PTI, 11 April 2012 - Expressing displeasure over the itinerary of the all-party MPs delegation scheduled to visit Sri Lanka next week, AIADMK leader Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today announced pulling out her party's lone representative A William Rabi Bernard from the team. From the looks of it, this visit seemed more like a "formality," and prepared by Sri Lankan government to favour itself, she said adding the absence of journalists and independent monitors in the delegation "further strengthens my apprehensions." "A lack of enough opportunities to interact with the affected persons is disappointing. I wish to inform that AIADMK is withdrawing from the delegation and its member Bernard will not participate (in its functions)," she said.