Grant citizenship to SL refugees- Sri Ravi Shankar

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Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Saturday said the Centre and the State government must take steps grant citizenship to Sri Lankan Tamils living in refugee camps in Tamil Nadu. “

Sri Lankan Tamils living in India as refugees for more than 25-30 years is not something Tamil Nadu can be proud about,” he said.

“We have done that (giving citizenship) to a lot of Bangladeshis... and people from Nepal as well.... When that is the case, why can’t we give it to Tamils from Lanka?” the founder of The Art of Living said.

Asked for his take on the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant, he said, “I go with the opinion of Abdul Kalam.”(iBNLive)

  Comments - 33

  • indike Monday, 01 October 2012 07:41 AM

    Don't give citizenship. Send those Tamils back to India. This is Sinhale

    praz Monday, 01 October 2012 08:06 AM

    i believe u are not educated well..The country is nothing without the minorities !!! take Brandix,MAS,Hemas the business in Pettah and the Estates in Upcountry its all Minorities bro..

    Vis8 Monday, 01 October 2012 04:20 PM

    Yeah, and creat the hallucinated eelam in tamil nadu

    Nodrog Monday, 01 October 2012 03:33 AM

    If not barbarians why did they kill men, women, children and even monks who had nothing to do with the war?

    Nodrog Monday, 01 October 2012 03:34 AM

    New citizen?? Maybe on Mars but never on SL soil. Another elusive dream?

    vaidy Monday, 01 October 2012 04:18 AM

    Grant them dual citizenship in as much as others living in the west and Australia.

    Lobo Sunday, 30 September 2012 06:42 AM

    Good idea because anyway they all came from India. However given a choice they would rather remain citizens of Sri lanka..... or any other country BUT India.

    Ken Sunday, 30 September 2012 06:46 AM

    Yes.... Please....

    Hal Sunday, 30 September 2012 07:01 AM

    Just a mild reminder, we all humans came from Africa.

    CJ Sunday, 30 September 2012 07:13 AM

    Really? I thought humans came from another world.

    NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN Sunday, 30 September 2012 07:18 AM

    Srilanka must Grant citizenship to SL refugees not india,

    Saman Sunday, 30 September 2012 07:19 AM

    you too my friend go back to Orisa you home land

    mohamed jemaldeen Sunday, 30 September 2012 08:29 AM

    You too Lobo but I came from Saudi Arabia...he he heeeeeeeee.

    Jesus Sunday, 30 September 2012 08:47 AM

    Good idea.please take the Tamils from this land...we will have a better and lavish future ...Tamils and india go together because they are cheap....

    dil Sunday, 30 September 2012 08:58 AM

    My dear Lobo,
    Where did your ancestors come from. People like you are opportunist. The country will never change till the existence of people like you. Better you leave SL and get citizenship somewhere so that we can live peacefully.

    Fusion Sunday, 30 September 2012 09:04 AM

    Other than the ancestors of the Vedda's I am not sure who is NOT from India.

    lal Sunday, 30 September 2012 09:08 AM

    Allow the refugees to choose between Sri Lanka and their homeland Tamil Nadu. My guess is that many will return to Sri Lanka rather than live in that squalid state of Tamil Nadu. Besides they don't have to fear the extinct racists the Tamil Tigers.

    tjry Sunday, 30 September 2012 09:09 AM

    First of all v srilankan should know v came from India.it was own to indeginious people

    Siraj Sunday, 30 September 2012 09:22 AM

    with the number of religions, casts, nationals, etc, exists in India these people don't have enough gathering to get support for their own benefits !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    rakavan Sunday, 30 September 2012 09:30 AM

    We Tamils are not the descendants of rogue prince from Kalinga(Orissa) chased away by his father on a boat with his comrades in arms and washed off the shores of this island. Tamils were the first occupants of this island, please check the history ddo not be brain washed by Mahavamsa or the sunday schools.

    Lal Sunday, 30 September 2012 09:37 AM

    Provided they are willing to accept Indian Citizenship!

    Ramuk Sunday, 30 September 2012 09:43 AM

    May be cheap but not barbarians rem-83july

    jaleel Sunday, 30 September 2012 09:49 AM

    Very well said friend.

    Saskia Sunday, 30 September 2012 10:27 AM

    Don't get the Indian citizenship. Please come back to SL to retake your lands from army and stop the new settlements of government in tamil areas. Anyway, we all will become a new citizen in the future.

    singing fish Sunday, 30 September 2012 10:35 AM

    The Srilankan refugees in India must be settled down in in S rilanka in their own lands.They like to live here with equality and dignity.

    LK Sunday, 30 September 2012 10:54 AM

    Please use an appropriate name for your comments. Tamils were expensive and that created the jealousy with resulted in the ethic war.

    Subbiah Sunday, 30 September 2012 11:26 AM

    This is what the rulers of this country in 1983 wanted.

    kumar Sunday, 30 September 2012 11:43 AM

    We Tamils also would have better future if Vijaya and clan didn't arrive Sri lanka.

    xlntgson Monday, 01 October 2012 11:53 AM

    Rich, enjoy dual citizenship; poor languish in refugee camps, here and there! Unlike Muslim refugees they are not suspected, and enjoy tamilnadu state and centre govt. patronage. Assam Muslims were denied entry to Bangaladesh while Bodos attacked them mercilessly! Naturalization process in india is on religious basis, highly biased! Otherwise Muslims may prefer to live in India, Hindus in Pakistan! How two Germanies became one? Tamil Eelam inc. Tamil Nadu is a pipe dream of a few fanatic politicians as there is no real umbilical cord existing, ever.

    Saskia Sunday, 30 September 2012 12:58 PM

    Very well said. Thanks for giving such a good explanation.

    Hal Monday, 01 October 2012 12:24 PM

    Totally agree. The Mahavamsa is an epic.

    Lobo Sunday, 30 September 2012 01:32 PM

    Dil, I'm living in peace and contentment and I'd rather be an opportunist than a ignorant racialist like yourself.

    Nodrog Sunday, 30 September 2012 01:40 PM

    Dil...what does it matter where we came from? What matters more is where we're going. Just because someone has a different opinion to yours does not mean its wrong. If you feel offended then its too bad that you're narrow-minded and somewhat uneducated.


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