Removal of Thonda’s name: India to take up with SL

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India will take up with Sri Lanka the issue of reported removal of the name of a revered leader of Indian Tamils S. Thondaman from government institutions, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj assured Tamil Nadu’s DMK working president MK Stalin, the Press Trust of India reported.

The assurance came after the DMK leader flagged the issue with Swaraj.

“Requested the MEA @SushmaSwaraj to raise India's concerns over the removal of Thiru. Savumiamoorthy Thondaman's name from Sri Lankan government institutions with their government. The revered leader of Hill Country Tamils must continue to be recognised for his immense contributions,” Stalin tweeted.

Responding to Stalin, Swaraj said, "We will take up this matter with the Government of Sri Lanka."

Savumiamoorthy Thondaman was a Sri Lankan politician who represented the Indian Tamils of Sri Lanka. He was the leader of the political party Ceylon Workers' Congress.

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  • ashan Thursday, 16 November 2017 01:22 PM

    This is inappropriate - is India interfering in our internal affairs or is the Tamil Nadu government the only voice our 'Indian' tamil people have? Eitherways, cause for concern.

    appuhamy Friday, 17 November 2017 09:46 AM

    let India mind its business, but don't go begging for oil

    saman - oman Friday, 17 November 2017 01:35 PM

    Yes, This is not India's business. This is an internal matter. Why on earth India wants to interfere?

    Saman Thursday, 16 November 2017 01:34 PM

    Does Sri Lanka also have the power to remove "THOOODAAMAN" in India, in that case, they need to worry.

    Arrnold Thursday, 16 November 2017 01:42 PM

    Stalin pls mind your own business.

    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 16 November 2017 01:55 PM

    I too think that the name should remain, but it is not India's job to interfere.

    ceylon Thursday, 16 November 2017 01:56 PM

    name change is a desease in lanka.banda destroyed economy and peace but named airport under his name etc. via DM Android App

    nick Thursday, 16 November 2017 02:11 PM

    Welcome india imagine if ur talking like this now then when u put up a bridge what will happen to us we will be a another colorny of yours via DM Android App

    Sanath Thursday, 16 November 2017 02:31 PM

    Whatever is the issue, isn't that an interference in our internal domestic affairs?

    Intenal Thursday, 16 November 2017 02:38 PM

    This is an INTERNAL matter, Madam. Please solve the Fishermen issue without further delay.

    RD Thursday, 16 November 2017 02:40 PM

    There another major issue which India should take up with the GOSL. Lakmal took 2 wickets and had a deadly opening spell.

    SL vs IND Thursday, 16 November 2017 03:49 PM

    Yeah, IND 17 for 3 at the moment

    Jaffna Man Thursday, 16 November 2017 03:32 PM

    India had become directly involved in Sri Lanka when J R Jeyawardane invited 100 thousand Indian Army to stay fortwo years in the North and East,which resulted in horrible deaths of 20 thousand Tamil civilians and a significant number of Sinhalese civilians specially at Trincomale.

    Herath Thursday, 16 November 2017 11:55 PM

    Yes,I have heard of Tamils being massacred by the Indian Army but this is the first time hearing about Sinhalese civilians killed by the Indians.Please someone elaborate this further.

    vithura Thursday, 16 November 2017 04:01 PM

    I do not think that Indian MEA will pursue with any seriousness, though they are fully aware of Thondaman senior's contribution to his society, they too are aware that this is a ploy hatched by Thondaman junior to gain some popularity to arrest his waning voter base in the hill country..

    malij Thursday, 16 November 2017 04:09 PM

    Swaraj, please concentrate on your raj. Do not listen to that Gon raj and interfere with any other raj. Especially with Lanka raj again.

    Mason Thursday, 16 November 2017 05:56 PM

    Thondaman's name must be made to remain. There is no reason why this should done. The TNA and other Tamil parties must take up this matter with the President.

    ceylon Thursday, 16 November 2017 06:27 PM

    sri also from india.sinhalese and tamils are indians.muslims are tamils sinhalese and arab mix.all humans origin sea.after landed soilhuman evolution frm africa. via DM Android App

    HT Thursday, 16 November 2017 11:57 PM

    This lunatic calling himself as Ceylon is an Indian SPY.

    Ruwan Thursday, 16 November 2017 07:49 PM

    INDIA.. Mind your own business please

    RAVNADS Thursday, 16 November 2017 10:38 PM

    Don't play to your gallery.Instead try to build some toilets for your people who defecate on the streets of TN.

    surasena Thursday, 16 November 2017 10:48 PM

    S. Thondaman was undisputed leader who won many victories for Up-country estate workers . He must be remembered. In appropriate actions of our government allows Indians to interfere.

    Mr Kevn Wilson Thursday, 16 November 2017 11:46 PM

    Why not change the name of Bandaranaike international airport to Lord Mountbatten international airport, who presided at the independence ceremony in 1948. It will be a fitting tribute to him.

    Raviraman Radhakrishna Friday, 17 November 2017 06:38 AM

    this is a matter for Sri Lanka and India should not interefere

    Ganesh Friday, 17 November 2017 07:13 AM

    Thondaman was a reputed leader there can not be second thought and the removal of his name should be amicably sorted out by Sri Lankan government and the people concerned .India has nothing to do in this regard and unnecessarily complicate the issue .

    SENA Friday, 17 November 2017 10:00 AM

    Not only Thondaman all names must be removed.


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