Tamils must live with dignity in Lanka, says Manmohan

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India is “worried” about the fate of Tamils in Sri Lanka and wants them to live with “dignity and self respect”, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Friday.

“There are problems in Sri Lanka; we have been worried about the fate of the Tamil population in Sri Lanka,” Dr. Singh said in the Rajya Sabha as part of a larger debate.

“It has been our effort to plead with the government of Sri Lanka that there must be political reconciliation, that without national reconciliation (the) situation cannot remain calm.”

Dr. Singh asked Colombo to take the initiative to talk to the “Tamil top leadership” in Sri Lanka.

“It has been our effort to work with the leadership in Sri Lanka and to ensure that Tamil people (there) do get a chance to live a life of dignity and self respect as equal citizens of the country.”

The Prime Minister’s comments follow widespread allegations of rights abuses in Sri Lanka both during the war against the Tamil Tigers that ended in 2009 and since then.

There is also intense criticism in India that Sri Lanka has failed to honour the commitments made by its leaders to the Indian leadership to go for a political resolution of the long running ethnic conflict.

The Manmohan Singh government is under pressure from political foes and at least one ally to vote against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva this month.

But in his speech on Friday, Dr. Singh made no reference to the Geneva meet or to allegations that the 12-year-old son of the slain Tamil Tigers chief V. Prabhakaran was killed after capture by the Sri Lanka Army. (The Hindu)
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  • tjeyar Saturday, 09 March 2013 12:00 AM

    hey robot man of soniya u idiots first u feed ur 90%poor people and give dignity to women.When UN will take decision regarding to Kashmir issues? via DM Android App

    S.Sriranjan Friday, 08 March 2013 02:40 PM

    Unless and until Politics of Winning Election Chage nobody could bring harmony among Citizens in Srilanka.

    Ravi Saturday, 09 March 2013 04:24 AM

    You bastards, taking money from the government

    Rohan Nayer Saturday, 09 March 2013 10:18 AM

    Mr. Singh women in India must live in Dignity, what about children in Kerala must live in Dignity, indians who live in Kashmir? Come on Mr. Singh

    tjeyar Saturday, 09 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Your military personals r worst in the world.Teach them how to be as human. via DM Android App

    jehan Friday, 08 March 2013 12:19 PM

    muslims in kashmir must live with dignity in India

    Ravana Saturday, 09 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Any body can live with dignity in this country. Politicians only need to create unnesasary problems. problems common to all the civilian. I think other country leaders should think about there own problems . via DM Android App

    mnsmart Friday, 08 March 2013 02:51 PM

    not only Tamils, all communities as Sri lankans should live with dignity in the country.

    Vijitha Thalpavila Saturday, 09 March 2013 04:31 AM

    Dr. Singh, In a country where caste system is existing, people considered as untouchables and no value for life, where Brahmins, Sikhs run the country, you have to think it is India where every one has no equal rights.SL is different. People cheat for ten cents since they do not know where their next meal is coming from and millions of people living in worst conditions than their sacred cows, that is India where people have no rights. You have sadly mistaken it as Sri Lanka. Just wake up.

    Reza Saturday, 09 March 2013 07:44 AM

    tamils in sri lanka live in houses & tamils in india livein the streets, which dignity of which tamils you are talking about Mr. Manmohan.

    clueless Saturday, 09 March 2013 10:30 AM

    out of context. marging within a clan or not has nothing to do with living in dignity

    ss Friday, 08 March 2013 12:36 PM

    They do sir. Half of the businesses are run by them. 40% of higher learning seats are taken by them. The discrimination is not racial it is politics. Who ever in the governing party is king. They even get away with murder

    S de Silva Friday, 08 March 2013 12:36 PM

    What is he element of dignity that the Tamils have in India but do not have in Sri Lanka?

    raviraj Friday, 08 March 2013 02:59 PM

    they do, if not for intereference from pakistan

    raviraj Friday, 08 March 2013 03:00 PM

    the tamils in India do not have racist sinhalese killing them

    Human Lover Saturday, 09 March 2013 07:54 AM

    Human being are common irrespective of their nationality. If there is any discrimination against any section of people, others will get concern. Buddhism preaches even more. You can only talk wrongly about India but not with Super Powers like America.

    No Drog Friday, 08 March 2013 12:42 PM

    what about Muslims in SL ..please help us before another ethnic problem....

    M Rifai Nazim Saturday, 09 March 2013 01:39 AM

    Not only Muslims the Majority Hindu Girls in in the streets of Mumbai too deserve to live in Dignity. They are scared to walk even in this capital city as Rapist roam around the city everyday.

    Mash Saturday, 09 March 2013 01:46 AM

    Mr Singh pls put your own country in order and give dignity to lower caste people by abolishing the caste system in India. SL have always shown compassion and love toTamils living in SL.

    Pol Pot Sunday, 10 March 2013 02:59 AM

    Good Argument Ranjit!

    Ranjit Saturday, 09 March 2013 04:56 AM

    The Tamils in SL live in dignity. Do you mean dignity is separation and an independent state for Tamils. Then set an example by making TN and Kashmir separate states. What India trying to do is destabilize SL through Tamil terrorism.

    Vernon Saturday, 09 March 2013 01:50 AM

    Why should India worry about only Tamil speaking people in SL? Are they Indian Nationals? If not please do not meddle with problems in other countries.

    dhana Friday, 08 March 2013 12:51 PM

    Ayyo Manmohan! Sinhalese also needs to live with dignity. Therefore, please do not involve in internal affair of Sri lanka. Please consider tamilians in India, are theyv living with a dignity?

    RAJU Friday, 08 March 2013 03:14 PM


    peiris Friday, 08 March 2013 12:54 PM

    Do the so called Tamil Leaders care about the peaceful Estate Tamils or are they of a too lower Cast to worry about?

    ss Friday, 08 March 2013 03:20 PM

    Kashmir is a separate state with State police and Muslim CM! Election held regularly....! Get facts !

    No Drog Friday, 08 March 2013 12:57 PM

    did you count one by one....

    Nowshad Friday, 08 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Failure of Srilankan UPFA Government via DM Android App

    homewatch Friday, 08 March 2013 03:37 PM

    Most commentatotors here are taking us on a 'scenic tour' without addressing the 'real subject' on the news item.

    Anver Saturday, 09 March 2013 05:16 AM

    You forgot what is now happening in Sri Lanka?

    ANTON Friday, 08 March 2013 01:06 PM

    Then ask your Tamilnadu maniacs to pipe down and let srilankan Tamils live peacefully and in harmony.

    Champika says Friday, 08 March 2013 01:06 PM

    Go fly a kite.

    rumi Friday, 08 March 2013 04:01 PM

    what about sinhalese, muslims and christians?

    Yuri Friday, 08 March 2013 01:28 PM

    You keep saying that for 30 years! its not possible in Sri Lanka .

    Asoka Saturday, 09 March 2013 05:47 AM

    Muslims must live in with dignity in India? who is going to say this? How many innocent Muslims killed in Gujarat, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kashmir. Indian leaders don't have back bones that's why still India rule by Italian lady.

    saman Saturday, 09 March 2013 02:33 AM


    sujeewa Saturday, 09 March 2013 05:49 AM

    india should relese nalini who killed rajive gandi , she has done it to protect her people ,and we must appoint new commission to check how indian army works at srilanka ,they have been the worst .

    RamUk Friday, 08 March 2013 04:22 PM

    atleast they can have halal food...!in India

    Asoka Saturday, 09 March 2013 05:52 AM

    Huge different between Sri Lanka and India. More than thousand people in India dieing without foods every day, but they have Nuclear bombs. In Sri Lanka not a single person dieing without foods. Sri Lanka introduced world's first woman prime minister. This is the truth, and truth is bitter for India

    you Friday, 08 March 2013 01:37 PM

    SL is notorious country for H Rights.

    you Friday, 08 March 2013 01:38 PM

    what about your salagame?

    ragu Saturday, 09 March 2013 02:46 AM

    because they only have problem by majority community

    lionheart Saturday, 09 March 2013 02:46 AM

    Next time you come to SL, go and visit Wellawatte and the main business area in Colombo. Then you will realize the mistake in your statement.

    marcus fernando Friday, 08 March 2013 04:39 PM

    india is behind all these events from 1983.They fished in troubled waters.trained people to fight, then helped to destroy them, now they are trying to control economically.This is their aim.Very soon SL would be like other nabours depending on india.Firstly get rid india.

    mohamed shabrin Friday, 08 March 2013 12:00 AM

    that is what they are doing since they born :-/ via DM Android App

    Lesley Monday, 11 March 2013 12:55 PM

    You - you are talking crap. Just wasting media time,.

    sam Friday, 08 March 2013 01:44 PM

    What were you doing when India was helping Sri Lanka to annihilate Tamils? Just got up from deep slumber?

    hamid Friday, 08 March 2013 04:46 PM

    can you pls give indian citizenship to all sri lanken refugees in tamil nadu and elesware in india, if you cant the sri lanken govt will look after them here in sri lanka pls repatriate them immediatley.

    Thomas Friday, 08 March 2013 01:46 PM

    Don't keep on saying the same over and over again like a parrot. For the last 3years you are sying this. What are you upto. Lankan leaders are not fools to listen to you

    kannan Friday, 08 March 2013 04:51 PM

    The slain leader Ha Haaa

    modaya Saturday, 09 March 2013 06:11 AM

    Tamils in Sri Lanka are live with dignity than the Tamils in India Sir.

    shamindra ferdinando Friday, 08 March 2013 01:47 PM

    Watch 'Kashmir's torture trail' produced by Channel 4

    kali Friday, 08 March 2013 01:49 PM

    PM it is too little too late. It is electioneering pure and simple

    Samantha Dikshith Saturday, 09 March 2013 03:13 AM


    Nodrog Friday, 08 March 2013 01:55 PM

    Singh is talking through ignorance. Why don't these morons come here and see for themselves before uttering nonsense based on lies and exaggerations.

    RampUK Friday, 08 March 2013 01:57 PM

    Majority of tamils here have more dignity and better life than most tamils in India without caste system

    kumar Friday, 08 March 2013 02:01 PM

    It is an inappropriate comments here. It doesn't mean that someone lack of money or poorer became lower class.

    Don Diego Saturday, 09 March 2013 06:50 AM

    Mr. Thalpavila - I suppose the hundreds of Govigama, potential brides and groms are looking for spouses from the dhobi or trades castes who are not fair skinned and earning in abroad of US Dollars?

    SH Saturday, 09 March 2013 03:33 AM

    They do live in dignity in Sri Lanka. They hold highest places in society regardless abt race or cast, unlike in Tamil Nadu. We respect them. Some were our gurus. We dont have any feeling of difference but respect. Some of tamils are the richest in Sri Lanka. But in Tamil Nadu a low cast cannot even enter a restaurant where higher casts patronage. Indian Politicians are trying to create a superficial issue for survival.

    Burul Friday, 08 March 2013 02:12 PM

    You brain dead idiot, Manmohan, first of all ensure that women in India could live in dignity !

    lal Saturday, 09 March 2013 09:57 AM

    Let Muslims, low castes, Sikhs live with dignity in India. They live in fear.

    Anath Kenya Friday, 08 March 2013 06:35 PM

    Very true sir....they should....situation in ceylon is pretty very very bad for the minority...

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