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.