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Tamil Nadu’s major opposition party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and BJP’s ally Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) on Friday attacked the newly-elected Sri Lankan Government under President Gottabaya Rajapaksa for suspending the playing of the national anthem of the island nation in Tamil on its Independence Day in February.

DMK president MK Stalin hit out at the Sri Lankan Government’s decision of mandating singing national anthem only in Sinhala saying this move had disappointed him. “Disappointed and concerned to hear that the Sri Lankan Government has decided only to sing the national anthem in Sinhala for their Independence Day,” Stalin said in a tweet. “Such majoritarianism will only further exclude Tamils in Sri Lanka,” his tweet further reads.

He demanded the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar look into this issue.

“I urge Prime Minister Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to intervene in this immediately,” Stalin urged in the tweet.

PMK founder S Ramadoss in a statement said, “Gottabaya Rajapaksa’s Government had declared that the Tamil national anthem of Sri Lanka would not be played in the upcoming Sri Lankan Independence Day on February 4, 2020. This is against 13th Amendment of Sri Lanka’s constitution framed to give powers to Tamils and Tamil language as per India-Sri Lanka agreement,” Ramadoss noted.

Krishna Moorthy, Sri Lankan Deputy Commissioner for South India was unavailable for comment on the issue. (Hindustan Times)

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  • Duminda Sunday, 29 December 2019 03:26 PM

    Indian national anthem sung in Hindi only. Not two languages. I'm not a racist here but these are true facts and figures.

    Sarath Withanarachchi Samaranayake Sunday, 29 December 2019 04:46 PM

    What has got DMK and other party leaders to do with SriLanka anthom? Why dont ask the indian government to sing the national anthem of india in Tamil? Can they? Better to mind their own business rather than trying to poke their dirty fingures into other affairs.

    George Harry Sunday, 29 December 2019 06:29 PM

    First of all, you must play the national anthem of Indi i.e. "VANTHEY MATHARAM............." in the Tamil Language. And, mind it, you have no right to point the finger on to Sovereign Nation of Sri Lanka where multicultural communities live together. In Tamil Nadu, Karunanithi seems an all-time loser in every election conducted in Tamil Nadu.

    Ravi Sunday, 29 December 2019 07:02 PM

    How many languages does Indian anthem is sung? Only one

    Prem Nalin Monday, 30 December 2019 08:03 AM

    The Sinhalese language has Sanskrit roots like Hindi and northern Indian languages

    Prem Nalin Monday, 30 December 2019 08:03 AM

    The Sinhalese language has Sanskrit roots like Hindi and northern Indian languages

    Sando Monday, 30 December 2019 02:28 PM

    Must sing the Indian National Anthem in Arabic as well, if your argument is valid.


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