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Student Activists on the Move in Tamil NaduIntro by Visvanathan Sivam
Conference of youth in Chennai raises voice against the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting set to be held in Sri Lanka...
(MELBOURNE) - Today you will find the most genuine activist in Tamil Nadu are the students. They sacrifice their education for the Tamil cause. They are a force to reckoned with in the future.
Wigneswaran's statement on Tamil Nadu seemed to have rattled the emotions of Tamils in TN. He should be tactful in what he says and be clear on whom he is referring to. If he thinks statements made in TN is creating problems for him, he should deal with such matters privately and not make public statements. In any case nobody can stop anybody from saying what they want; they are entitled to their views. The Sri Lankan government cannot blame Wignes or hold him responsible for whatever is said in TN. Talking about husband and wife relationship is totally inappropriate; you can't have husband and wife fighting for sixty years with rapes, murder, disappearances and genocide thrown in between.
He should understand that today's geopolitical scenarios are such in South Asia, that nothing will move in Sri Lanka unless India acts. The Indian mentality is such they will not act unless somebody kicks them from behind. This is where Tamil Nadu comes in. Don't expect anybody to feel sorry for the Tamils and come to their rescue, as each of them have their personal interest in the matter. The 120 million Tamil brethren will have to be united; the Tamils in Eezham will have to make their moves carefully, so that they don't hurt the feelings of annyone.
Youth conference in Chennai condemns staging CHOGM in Sri Lanka
[TamilNet, Saturday, 14 September 2013, 10:12 GMT]
Prominent leaders and activists took part in the conference.
The conference accused that even after the war, the militarized SL government has stationed hundreds of thousands of Sinhala military personnel in the homeland of Eezham Tamils.
A resolution passed in the conference pointed out that the genocidal, fascist government in Sri Lanka was was taking up rapid Sinhalisation of the Tamil homeland and that the CHOGM was only an attempt to remove the stains of blood from the SL State.
Organised jointly by Save Tamils, a team of IT students and professionals from Tamil Nadu, and the Students' Struggle Committee for Tamil Eelam, the conference condemned the Indian government for ignoring the sentiments of Eezham Tamils and proceeding to announce Colombo as Commonwealth’s honorary head for the next two years.
Besides demanding that the Commonwealth meeting should not be held in the island, the conference also passed a resolution demanding that a referendum be held among Eezham Tamils living in the island and all over the world on deciding their political solution.
The conference also urged the Tamil Nadu government to pass a resolution against the participation of Indian prime Minister in the CHOGM. The Tamil Nadu government should also take steps to implement economic sanctions on Sri Lanka by India and the Tamil Nadu state.
For the first time in Tamil Nadu, students from London, Kharagpur and also from various districts of the state have participated in the conference extending their solidarity towards the cause of Tamils in Sri Lanka, calling on the Indian government to boycott the Commonwealth Summit to be held in Sri Lanka, the organisers of the event said in a press statement issued on Tuesday.
Some excerpts from the press statement follow:
Mr Vaiko, the general secretary of MDMK, reiterated over the history of countries that were expelled from Commonwealth’s nations for committing human rights violations that were many times lesser than the massive structural genocide committed by the Rajapaksa government. He named India as a ‘co-accused’ nation which tries to suppress the arising voices against it for its guardian role played in the genocide by lobbying its ways to enthrone Rajapaksa as the common wealth head. On an ending note he warned that if India wants to preserve its unity with Sri Lanka, it will be only at the cost of shattering the unity within India.
Parimala, Save Tamils Movement, explained about how India betrayed Eezham Tamils since the independence of Sri Lanka.
Comrades K.Venkatraman, the general secretary of Tamil National Communist Party and Thiyagu, general secretary of Tamil National Liberation Movement clearly explained about the principles and various charters of the Commonwealth Council and how Sri Lanka violated all those principles.
Comrade Thiyagu explained the audience about the significance of the boycott CHOGM demand and how it would impact the justice for Eezham Tamils if we fail in this demand. Thiyagu had earlier announced his fast unto death protest demanding the boycott of CHOGM in Sri Lanka starting from September 26, 2013 , the remembrance day of Martyr Dhileepan.
“The Sri Lankan government had dismissed the Chief Justice Shivani Bhandaranayake, jeopardizing the independence of judiciary. When Fiji, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa can be suspended from the Commonwealth of Nations, why not Sri Lanka, which continues with its structural genocide by destroying temples, churches and mosques?” Prabhakaran, a student of IIT-Kharagpur, asked.
Writer Jeyaprakasam said that Sri Lanka has never been a friendly nation to India. Whereas India sees Pakistan and China as a threat, it refuses to recognize Sri Lanka a potential threat in the south. He stated that India should not participate in the Commonwealth of Nations.
The seven point resolutions passed by the conference are:
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