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25 August 2014 03:14 am - 32     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Avdhash Kaushal, the Indian social worker, who has been appointed as one of the five advisors to the Sri Lankan Presidential commission on missing persons and war crimes, has said that India should respect Sri Lanka’s sovereignty while trying to help the latter resolve the Tamil question.

“You can talk to the Sri Lankan government and give them advice, but you cannot ask them to behave. India and Sri Lanka must respect each other’s sovereignty,” Kaushal told Express over phone from Dehradun in Uttarakhand on Sunday.

“How will we in India feel if Sri Lanka calls and talks to Indian separatists ?” he asked. The 77-year-old Padma Shri award winner’s plea to India and Lanka to respect each other sovereignty came in the context of a meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Sri Lankan Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in New Delhi on Saturday, after India had objected to an earlier meeting in New Delhi between Kashmiri separatists and the Pakistan High Commissioner.

“We should not add fuel to the fire, but help Sri Lanka solve the problem.

We should not pose as the Big Brother and apply pressure on it, but attempt to convince it of our stand. India should express appreciation of the progress made thus far in the implementation of the 13 Amendment on devolution of power to the provinces, and then urge the Lankans to move forward,” Kaushal said.

His appeal to the Lankan Tamils was that they must forget that they came from India and consider themselves Sri Lankans now, abiding by Lanka’s laws and constitution.

“They cannot ask for police powers for the Northern Province,” he said.(Indian Express)

  Comments - 32

  • Crow Monday, 25 August 2014 08:38 AM


    Saskia Tuesday, 26 August 2014 06:31 AM

    Then we see the SL government as dictatorship since they still use the army to control the public and media.

    SL Tuesday, 26 August 2014 05:09 AM

    But they make separatist demands. Hence, they are separatist to me!

    dushan Tuesday, 26 August 2014 03:42 AM

    And you represent war criminals

    ss Tuesday, 26 August 2014 03:41 AM

    who is this fellow? In India, no one knows him. By making these people as official voice of India only makes things hard for srilanka.

    dushan Tuesday, 26 August 2014 03:39 AM

    Where do you come from.

    Fred Tuesday, 26 August 2014 02:46 AM

    Sovereignty, independence and unitary nature of the country should be respected.Then other things will be possible.

    dhamarapala Monday, 25 August 2014 03:08 PM

    mr INDIAN you are indian most discrase person to come to srilanka, please ask ms Sonia ganthi

    Muthyavan. Monday, 25 August 2014 05:12 PM

    Another Subramaniaswamy what were these people doing when 13th amendment was introduced and Indian Army was send to Srilanka in 1986. via DM iPad app

    Iqbal Monday, 25 August 2014 11:13 AM

    TNA is not a separatist movement in Sri Lanka but an elected political party.

    Saskia Monday, 25 August 2014 11:06 AM

    Its quite obvious that this guy is not a human rights activist. He is a paid politicians.

    Nilantha Monday, 25 August 2014 09:50 AM

    Interesting to note all the criticism from no doubt LTTE mouthpieces.

    Piranha Monday, 25 August 2014 08:59 AM

    This man has proven his impartiality by this interview. I mean Rajapaksa kind of impartiality.

    Crow Monday, 25 August 2014 08:38 AM


    Mutu Monday, 25 August 2014 03:25 AM

    Mr. Kaushal you should have told this to Rajiv Gandhi before the infamous "PARRIPU DROP" and not now.

    aparna Monday, 25 August 2014 08:09 AM

    Why don't you go and ask your Tamil peoples Sovereignty from TAMIL NADU the nation who reprecent the TAMILIANS

    ashok Monday, 25 August 2014 07:34 AM

    how much he gets from our tax money?

    mike Monday, 25 August 2014 07:32 AM

    well said he is talking today as he and the other appointees been bribed behind doors

    Shame no justice money talks

    burt Monday, 25 August 2014 07:16 AM

    He is a paid advisor: what did you expect? Like Swamy he passed the "best before use" date. May be retirement funds are hard to come by.

    Roshan Monday, 25 August 2014 06:36 AM

    Money speaks.

    Freebird Monday, 25 August 2014 11:47 AM

    Srilankan knows He will talk depends on the amount paid as advisor via DM Android App

    Freebird Monday, 25 August 2014 11:44 AM

    Another subramania swamy via DM Android App

    Suq Madique Monday, 25 August 2014 05:58 AM

    Then what would you call Pillay and her cohorts dancing to the tune of the diaspora band?

    ram Monday, 25 August 2014 05:32 AM

    This mad guy as an consultant doesn’t know that singles also came from India .

    really Monday, 25 August 2014 05:29 AM

    Another Swamy on Sri Lankan patrol?

    rosebud Monday, 25 August 2014 10:54 AM

    Well said and thank you Sir. You must persuade your government to behave as they should towards an independent and sovereign neighbor. via DM Android App

    Mason Monday, 25 August 2014 05:16 AM

    Who is to respect the sovereignty of the Tamils.

    Mathu Monday, 25 August 2014 04:52 AM

    The opinion given by the people hired by and Paid by somebody is no impartial whether by Srilankan Government or other wise. Who cares this mouthpiece of MR?

    Bystander Monday, 25 August 2014 03:57 AM

    This man's bias is already apparent! He terms the TNA as 'separatists'! He has lost all credibility as an independent 'advisor'!! The piper playing the tune of the caller!

    LMAO Monday, 25 August 2014 03:57 AM

    another comedian....

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