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Claiming that three million Tamils are living in a "pathetic" condition in post-civil war Sri Lanka, an Indian Parliamentarian from Tamil Nadu has urged the top US officials to work with India in solving the issue.

Manickam Tagore, an MP from Virudunagar constituency in Tamil Nadu, was part of a seven-member parliamentary delegation that visited the US to undergo leadership training programme at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston organised by Forums for Parliamentarians and FICCI.

Tagore said that though it's almost four years after the war was over, the Sri Lankan government was "dragging its feet" on the issue of devolution of powers and Tamils are treated as "second class citizens" in their own country.

"The urgency shown in completing the war was not shown in helping Tamils to re-settle in their rightful place," he said.

"I did impress on US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Congressman Edward Royce that the US and India should join hands in making the Sri Lankan administration to commit on a time-bound program to help displaced Tamils who are reduced to voiceless and hapless citizens," he said.

"Rajapakse government has not made attempts to meet the legitimate and genuine demands and three million Tamils are in a pathetic state without security and uncertainty looming large over their heads. Both the leaders as well as Assistant

Secretary of State Robert Blake agreed that there is a need for India and the US to work on this with top-most priority," he said.

The decades long civil war in Sri Lanka ended in May 2009, with the killing of top LTTE leaders including its chief V Prabhakaran. The UN Human Rights Council has passed highly critical resolution asking Sri Lanka to conduct "independent and credible investigation" into alleged war crimes during the country's civil war.(Indian Express)
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  • Nanda Sunday, 09 June 2013 10:55 AM

    We have great talents like Dr. Mervin Silva and Vimal Weerawansa.

    CROW Sunday, 09 June 2013 04:19 AM

    This is a usual statement of TN Politicians. They want to put their names in Headlines.

    ANTON Sunday, 09 June 2013 04:25 AM

    NOW YOU ARE GONNA GET SUPPORT FROM USA BECAUSE YOUR OWN INDIAN GOVERNMENT IS FED UP WITH YOU AND YOUR FAT LADY.

    Abdulla Sunday, 09 June 2013 05:07 AM

    Talk to the US and make arrangement to take back all Tamils in Sri Lanka and send equal number of Muslims here

    Grace Sunday, 09 June 2013 05:08 AM

    Take a long walk.

    Suq Madique Sunday, 09 June 2013 05:05 AM

    India should first look after the tamil refugees in India who are living sub-standard lives and on a death fast to improve living their conditions..

    Nodrog Sunday, 09 June 2013 05:10 AM

    very soon the US will be poking into India's affairs then we 'll see how they like having someones nose shoved up their ass.

    Indunil Sunday, 09 June 2013 05:07 AM

    Millions of Tamils????? Which planet is this man from?

    Yuri Sunday, 09 June 2013 05:43 AM

    Sri Lanka Good friend of Chine, India or USa cant do anything! Sri Lanka like only hard way to learn lessen.

    Leslie Sunday, 09 June 2013 05:47 AM

    Hey you mad cow, Sri Lanka is not a territory of filthy south Indian where the toilets/sanitation are the wayside roads ...
    Mind your own country affairs which are in poultary state and you have no bloody right to talk of the tamils.

    rohan Sunday, 09 June 2013 05:48 AM

    Leave it. He is the person from state which does not have enough toilets for their people. He is talking about his state. Sri Lanka does not have any pathetic condition.

    Dulith David Sunday, 09 June 2013 06:01 AM

    The biggest Tamils issue I saw was in Tamil Nadu.
    Lack of proper sanitary system for people to use.
    They use rail tracks by the thousands to ease themselves.
    .

    Max Sunday, 09 June 2013 06:11 AM

    You are complaining about 3 million living in appalling conditions, how about in Tamil Nadu.. may be 10 million. Should Pakistan, China or Russia get involved in eradicating poverty??????Please mind your own business and get your people not to relieve themselves on the road. It does not look good for the Asian image.

    NANDA. Sunday, 09 June 2013 06:18 AM

    ROHAN!!! PUT SOME MEANINGFUL AND A DESCENT COMMENTS ON THIS SIDE WITHOUT PUTTING RUBBISH.

    NICK Sunday, 09 June 2013 06:54 AM

    Such a stupid request comes only from stupid people in TN. God help these politicians of TN...

    IBNUABOO Sunday, 09 June 2013 07:15 AM

    This is not a important talk by the Tamilnaadu Indian parliamentarian with US government official. Geneva resolution says the same demand. by the way the indian parliamentarian should know US and India jalready joined hands in running the war against LTTE resulting in tamils are subjected to presnt tragedy. The indian parliamentarian used the US visit targetting to the advantage of forth coming Tami8l naadu election

    ANTON Sunday, 09 June 2013 07:16 AM

    PLANET OF THE DAY DREAMING.

    Raj Gonsalkorale Sunday, 09 June 2013 07:50 AM

    Total Tamil population in Sri Lanka including Tamils of recent origin is less than 2 million. As usual, this MP like most TN politicians and the Diaspora lobby has misled others by giving false figures. Is he also saying ALL Tamils are living in a pitiful condition in SL? He should visit SL before uttering lies.

    Peiris Sunday, 09 June 2013 07:59 AM

    sri lanka has no tamil problem.take the pathetic back to your place

    Saskia Sunday, 09 June 2013 08:37 AM

    It is the mistake of DM, not of the minister.

    Lakputhra Monday, 10 June 2013 05:42 AM

    You look after the Tamils in India. We will look after ours.If you are not happy with the Sri Lankan Tamils then invite them over, see how many will come there. Any guess ?

    rakavan Sunday, 09 June 2013 10:04 AM

    Nanda, forgive their ignorance, we should not stoop to the levels of such commentators.

    ANTON Sunday, 09 June 2013 10:20 AM

    NANDA I THINK ROHAN IS CORRECT

    Vignash subra Sunday, 09 June 2013 10:33 AM

    Yes very true....


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