Days after the DMK pulled out of the Centre and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa barred Sri Lankan cricketers from playing in Chennai, the Indian Central government has rejected the Tamil Nadu Assembly resolution against Colombo.
The resolution sought a separate Eelam for Sri Lankan Tamils and said Sri Lanka should not be treated as a friendly country by India.
Speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar on this week's Devil's Advocate, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said while the government was sensitive to Tamil concerns, it won't accept such demands.
Following is the transcript of an excerpt from the interview:
Q: How do you as External Affairs Minister respond to the resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly asking New Delhi not to consider Sri Lanka as a friendly country, to impose economic sanctions and most importantly to push at the United Nations for a resolution that would call for a referendum on Eelam?
Khurshid: I take it on board that there are very strong feelings in Tamil Nadu and not just of other parties, but our own party members have very strong feelings. And we have taken those feelings on board. These feelings are not entirely out of sync with what many people in the world think. At the same time we do believe that the negotiation we have done with Sri Lanka, the dialogue we have with Sri Lanka and the effort we have made with Sri Lanka is equally important.
Q: You say you have taken the Tamil Nadu Assembly resolution on board and you say it is in sync with the feelings that many people have within your party.
Khurshid: Not all of it, but a lot of it.
Q: I want to ask are you for instance considering declaring the country unfriendly?
Q: Are you considering economic sanctions?
Q: Would you consider at the UN passing a resolution or encouraging people to pass a resolution to call for a referendum on Eelam?
Q: So in other word those three critical aspects of the Tamil Nadu Assembly resolution, you've rejected?
Khurshid: Long ago. I mean there is no question of accepting that and that is not the only state that has a stake in this. What about the other states? There are many other assemblies. The rest of India is not supporting this. If all of India was supporting it, it would be another matter. But if one state supports something we are sensitive to their concerns, but we don't have to necessarily accept everything they say.
Well said Mr. Kurshid. Tamil nadu politicians are racists. Here, in Sri Lanka, we are enjoying the freedom after end of the war. We don't want another war and Sinhalese are our brothers and sisters, who love us equally.
Sri Lankan Friday, 29 March 2013 12:00 AM
At last some consolation
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M. Ramzi Friday, 29 March 2013 11:48 AM
those tamils who are enjoying freedom in sri lanka, should do a massive demo with a good media publicity local and international against chennai and world
Nimesh perera Friday, 29 March 2013 12:21 PM
kicked off TN...and India will loose another part of country in near future as TN demands like what happened to Pakistan...very funny..Sri Lanka on own way>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>no barriers further more
Abdullah Friday, 29 March 2013 12:24 PM
No more chances for killings for bloody LTTE or Tamil Nadu racists in this beatiful island. We know Tamiil Nadu doesn't represent entire India.
youand me Friday, 29 March 2013 12:24 PM
Expected. But In future Indian central Govt may demand same resolution. India may change its view on S Lanka. Indian policy makers want adjoin S Lanka as a district of Tamil Nadu.
Nodrog Friday, 29 March 2013 12:27 PM
TN politicians want to run their own affairs with no interference form the Central Govt but have no qualms about interfering in a sovereign county's affairs.
Silva de Mervin Friday, 29 March 2013 12:58 PM
We call this in SL as Pinching the baby and rocking off the cradle.
We know the game well!
AmilaG Friday, 29 March 2013 01:06 PM
Sri lanka should act with caution, TN is well bought over by the LTTE and now trying a different game which will any way be a flop.
youand me Friday, 29 March 2013 03:05 PM
ARE YOU RAMACHNDRAN?
Rosy Atapattu Friday, 29 March 2013 03:07 PM
Ampattan Friday, 29 March 2013 03:29 PM
Hw could Congress go against Srilanka. They are also part of the war crimes. India may be a super power but they are like a mouse against Srilanka.
mad man Friday, 29 March 2013 12:00 AM
when an individual from any community or religion can contest for a presidential election then only this country proves that there is equity....... till then pray to god via DM Android App
mack Sunday, 31 March 2013 12:00 AM
TN politics are racist SL politicians are the most innocent in the World via DM Android App
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