India, TN on the same page on Tamils: Wigneswaran

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The newly formed Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government and Tamil Nadu will not be at variance in regard to the political needs of Sri Lankan Tamils, Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran said.

Observing that Tamil Nadu was intertwined in the political complexity in India, he said: “Mr. Modi seems to have identified the priorities as far as our immediate needs are concerned. He seems to have impressed the same upon our leaders. It is for our Government to take the cue and act fast.”

The Chief Minister spoke to The Hindu recently, days after Mr. Modi’s meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa in New Delhi, where he pushed him for the early and full implementation of the 13th Amendment and even go beyond that.

The emphasis on what is often referred to as “Thirteen plus,” promised by President Rajapaksa during diplomatic negotiations with the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in 2010, has significance for the functioning of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC). The 13th Amendment, which followed the Indo-Sri Lanka accord of 1987, mandated the creation of provincial council with certain powers devolved to the provinces.

Observing that his hands were tied, the Chief Minister pointed to heavy militarisation of the Northern Province as a major obstacle to administration. “We knew the inadequacy of the 13th Amendment and did expect some interference, though the scale of interference from the military, despite being in the spotlight of the world is worrisome for what it portends, not only for the North East but for the rest of the country.”

However, with a former army commander serving as Governor of the province, and a chief secretary whose loyalties are reportedly with him, the Chief Minister said he was “frustrated and disappointed” but has not lost hope.

  Comments - 12

  • Marine Friday, 13 June 2014 10:06 AM

    and if Southern Sinhalese people cant agree with power devolution go back to northern India where Aryans came from

    Suq Madique Friday, 13 June 2014 10:51 AM

    [quote name="Marine"]and if Southern Sinhalese people cant agree with power devolution go back to northern India where Aryans came from[/quote]
    There will be NO devolution of power to tigers. Sri Lanka will remain as ONE country for all communities and those who cannot bear it can jolly well leave.

    Sri Lankan Friday, 13 June 2014 10:52 AM

    Dear Marine, may be your not aware we Sinhalese can any time go Northern India and it's highly unlikely they come to rob fish in North SL sea.

    Rahman Friday, 13 June 2014 10:55 AM

    Do not say they are Aryans. According to the evolution theory humans ancestors are monkeys. But Sinhales' ancestors are lions in Sri Lanka and therefore, they are not humans.

    Square one Friday, 13 June 2014 11:00 AM

    It is very true that Modi has to be on same page with TN as rest of the states in India, otherwise it will end up of separate EELAM Tamil Nadu in indian subcontinent which India will never think of but tamils in Tamil Nadu is dreaming of.

    kotik Friday, 13 June 2014 04:30 PM

    Marine for ever Tamil scholars failed to distort Sinhalese identity before so called Vijaya based Aryans came ancestors of Sinhalese were in SLchk who were YakshaNagaMaga Deva then you will come to know. via DM Android App

    SAM_SPARROW Friday, 13 June 2014 12:58 PM

    "India, TN on the same page on Tamils" . It is already a known fact. Allot of people know but hard for them to digest it.

    Asoka Saturday, 14 June 2014 12:32 PM

    Out of 225 MPs 195 MPS are Sinhalese. 13th amendment is baby of the India. Now ruling party of Sri Lanka make a arrangement to disregard this 13th Amendment through the Parliament with 2/3 majority. Our parliament same as USA's senate. Parliament power mean peoples power of that country. Abolish 13th Amendment through Parliament

    Fair N Square Friday, 13 June 2014 09:41 AM

    OF COURSE India and TN has to be on the same page for INDIAN Tamils, SL tamils or even Nothern and Eastern Tamils are NOT in their agenda... Wigi is a descendent of Indian -Estate Tamil .....IF India is concerned about TAMILS as a WHOLE, they better ask Jaffna Tamils and Eastern Tamils to come settle in TAMIL NADU


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