Pro-Tamil outfits target SL academic

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Activists of several pro-Tamil movements in Tamil Nadu disrupted an international conference held at the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University (MSU) in Madurai, India and forced the organisers to send away a Sri Lankan academic, on Thursday, Times of India reported.

These members barged into the conference venue and protested against the participation of Jeeva Niriella, faculty of law, lecturer, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in the three-day international conference on 'Exploring Linkage Between Drug Usage and Criminal Victimisation' organised by the department of criminology.

This is the second such incident of a Sri Lankan visitor facing a protest by pro-Tamil outfits. In January this year, Thirukumaran Nadesan, husband of Nirupama Rajapaksa, niece of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa's suffered an even harsher treatment when slippers were hurled at him in Rameswaram where he visited to offer prayers in the temple.

This time around, the agitators, about 20 of them, entered the hall during the afternoon session of the conference posing as participants and started raising slogans against Sri Lanka. They also held placards demanding Jeeva to leave India as well as accusing Sri Lanka of genocide.

"Jeeva Niriella was visibly shocked by the sudden development. We were also taken aback. Since we though that the safety and security of the delegate was important, we took her out of the venue through another exit. We then told the protesters that she was sent and that she would not participate in any of the sessions for the rest of the conference," said a faculty from the university. The protesters then left the spot. No police complaint has been lodged by the organisers, but disbelief and shock was writ large.

However, earlier in the day, Jeeva had addressed the participants of the conference on 'Women and Justice' and said that Sri Lanka was achieving a lot in women empowerment. Jeeva noted that Lanka had the first woman prime minister. She also said that the country's present chief justice was a woman. Even during her address, she was confronted by a participant who questioned her claims of women empowerment by alleging that international NGOs have reported that crimes were perpetrated on women in large scale. While Jeeva maintained silence, another delegate came to her rescue and answered the query.
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  • faqi Friday, 09 March 2012 07:03 PM

    Now the world should know what the Sinhalese people in Sri Lanka had to put up with for over 30 years, of violence, murder, mayhem and thuggery by the LTTE. These are the remnants of the now defeated LTTE who organize these protests.

    Rangan Saturday, 10 March 2012 09:41 AM

    There is always another side to a story.....

    As per TN reports, this academic tried to stress that the (videos were fake and) the women were never abused sexually. She seemed to be challenged by the other academics and the news spread out and the matters got worse.
    .
    Academic must have some 'street smart' as well to know where to talk what. There is no point in blaming others.

    xlntgson Saturday, 10 March 2012 12:43 AM

    Indian academics sent her out safely- means the ruffians rule the roost there in higher institution of studies, politicization at the peak, why they can't stop the hooligans enter?

    sunimal bandara Saturday, 10 March 2012 01:12 AM

    jayalalitha's sakkili politics !

    wonderboy Saturday, 10 March 2012 01:25 AM

    We should sit down and think why the whole world is targetting us.

    Punchi Saturday, 10 March 2012 12:56 PM

    Damn Shame on India. Are these qualities of India academia

    Mifaz Saturday, 10 March 2012 01:10 PM

    Well said WONDERBOY

    Rohan Friday, 09 March 2012 12:43 PM

    You find low grade tamils on these activities. The world could see their calibre. We see this all over the world- what a same for the tamil academics.

    S.Fernando Saturday, 10 March 2012 01:56 PM

    why the whole world is spitting on srilanka.....think

    Fair N Square Saturday, 10 March 2012 02:24 PM

    IF speech I s silver silence is golden... this is what academics thaugfht to us... Practice what u preach... Pick what to saywhere.. especially in a foreign environment....

    linges Friday, 09 March 2012 03:53 PM

    unreal words wont work always and all where

    Gayan Saturday, 10 March 2012 07:53 AM

    Academics and Pro tiger tamils dont go hand in hand.

    Conty Saturday, 10 March 2012 11:15 PM

    Why did the academics go to TN in the first place, was it to debate the war? or intelligent academic discussions?

    good doc Friday, 09 March 2012 06:17 PM

    NOT TO GENEVA, NOT TO US, NOT TO UK, NOT TO CANADA, AND NOW WE CANNOT GO TO INDIA, I WONDER WHERE WE ,THE SRI LANKANS ,CAN GO? I THINK ,WE CAN GO TO BURMA, IRAN , PALASTEIN , LIBIYA, ERYTHRIA, RUSSIA, AND CHINA ?

    faqi Friday, 09 March 2012 06:47 PM

    Its best not to send our academics to Tamilnadu, if they do not have the curtsey for intelligent discourse and resort to this sort of thuggery. Its the shame the University did not call law enforcement and have the Tamil thugs either arrested or thrown out. Any civilized society would have done that, rather than tolerate mayhem. Shame on the University to bow down to thuggery.


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