The Supreme Court has refused to restrain the Centre from giving training to personnel of the Sri Lankan armed forces, despite a furore by parties like the DMK and the AIADMK that have been protesting against their training programme in India.
A group of MPs of the DMK, a key constituent of the ruling coalition United Progressive Alliance (UPA), had earlier last month met Defence Minister AK Antony and demanded a halt to the training programme for Sri Lankan army personnel in New Delhi, terming it the programme an act that would affect the "sentiments of Tamils".
"We have submitted a memorandum to Defence Minister Antony; we have asked the Centre to immediately stop the training programme for Sri Lankan army personnel. These kind of acts will affect the sentiments of Tamils, who are already agitated," a DMK MP, who was part of the group, had said. "Such acts will create doubts in the minds of people of Tamil Nadu about the government's intentions." The delegation was led by TR Baalu.
The DMK and the AIADMK have been demanding a complete halt to their training programme saying that it hurt Tamil sentiments.
"We have given the memorandum... the minister said he will consider it," the MP said, adding, "There is no change in the stand of the centre to the training programme, which has hurt the sentiments of Tamils across the globe."
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and DMK chief M Karunanidhi have been repeatedly writing letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging that the training programme be stopped immediately. (IBN Live)
Good to hear those words. The IPKF shed its blood for you peoples and now you people calling INDIA your enemy. If INDIA would have been your enemy, the UN would have been in your county and it would have turned SL into SOMALIA or UGANDA. Don't forget due to INDIAN rudeness only these AMERICANS BRITISHERS etc...are silent and not putting eye on south asia whether lanka, bangladesh, maldives, or myanmar and you call us enemy ??
Public Abilik Tuesday, 09 October 2012 05:53 AM
Okay, if Enemy is too harsh a word, then how about "Friends who do not want to support us"? Give us a term to call you fellows, who voted against us in the UN Resolution, While "Rudely" Siding with the Americans, Britishers Et al.,
Hisham Tuesday, 09 October 2012 12:00 AM
its funny the comment above has not taken into consideration that it was India who nurtured the tigers, undermined the country by invading the airspace . otherwise this would have ended in 1987. they were invade the country till they forced us to invite them . yeah the last was to vote against us yeah. don't worry we will give the good ones to China and you make take the scraps via DM Android App
Thushara Monday, 08 October 2012 12:00 AM
why we shoul depend on them. if sl want to train army just hire some experts from other country.
via DM Android App
Gayan Tuesday, 09 October 2012 03:15 AM
We know about India, so no need to give lectures here.
raviraj Monday, 08 October 2012 09:23 AM
SL has no option, India is the only country willing to train the SL forces free of cost If China, as the people think is a friend of SL then why doesn't the SL government send its forces to China. Just last week a senior minister has ruled out sending SL army to either China or Pakistan, why?
Jayasiri Monday, 08 October 2012 09:29 AM
Why should we train them in India since India is an enemy of Sri Lanka.
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