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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Monday condemned the Sri Lankan government for scrapping the Tamil version of its national anthem.

"If the reports in this regard are true, it is strongly condemnable. This will further dishearten Tamils (in Sri Lanka), who are already suffering. I condemn it," he said in a statement released in India.

Sri Lanka had scrapped the Tamil version of its national anthem at official and state functions after the cabinet decided at its last meeting, that the national anthem can only be rendered in the Sinhala language at official functions. (PTI)

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  • Saradial Monday, 13 December 2010 08:54 AM

    Yes It should be condemn!

    kassa Monday, 13 December 2010 08:55 AM

    Mind your own business.

    Laksiri Monday, 13 December 2010 08:55 AM

    do you have a Tamil version of the Indian national anthem???...Or a French version of the US anthem??? answer NO!!....why should we have multiple versions..

    Sanath R Monday, 13 December 2010 09:04 AM

    There is only one National Anthem, and there should be no Tamil, English or any other versions. What had been done is correct.

    Percy Mandawala Monday, 13 December 2010 09:05 AM

    It is more appropriate if you first fight the tamil version of Indian National Anthem which is only in Hindi..

    rohan Monday, 13 December 2010 09:18 AM

    Do you think this is your country?

    Common Man Monday, 13 December 2010 09:21 AM

    Please understand the reality; these people are from Tamil Nadu, NOW settled in Sri Lanka, this guy as their big boss, shouting (barking) here.

    Nimal Monday, 13 December 2010 09:22 AM

    In how many versions does the Indian national anthem officially exists? As I know India have many dozen languages. Do they have in Tamil though there are more Tamils in India than SL?

    RF Monday, 13 December 2010 09:23 AM

    First sort out your problems before porking your fingers in to others problems.... These fellows also want to be like the President of America who talks like the President of the world...

    vb Monday, 13 December 2010 09:26 AM

    Just to be continued.

    Anura - Doha Monday, 13 December 2010 09:28 AM

    Why dont you try to have a tamil version for indian national anthem

    We pepole Monday, 13 December 2010 09:32 AM

    Do you have two at India?

    rasia Monday, 13 December 2010 09:36 AM

    Have any one heard a country that has two version of National anthem. Never try to make it as ethnic issue. India, there are many languages but National anthem is in Hindi...

    xlntgson Monday, 13 December 2010 09:38 AM

    No, in so many places only the music version is aired when all stand still in attention position!

    Victor Doki Monday, 13 December 2010 09:47 AM

    What is lacking now is the reintroduction of the letter 'sri' for vehicle registration.

    SINHALAYA Monday, 13 December 2010 09:51 AM

    If you try to do get a tamil version of the National Anthem of your country...i'm sorry to say.. YOU WILL BE CONDEMNED...mind your own business.

    TMA Monday, 13 December 2010 09:58 AM

    Oh! here we go again, theyve started this ancient argument again. I don't even know the national anthem. I know only few of us really care. Please stop this

    Ajith Monday, 13 December 2010 10:02 AM

    why government is so desperate to remove the tamil version. is this called the peace and reconsiliation in SL?

    Sathish Monday, 13 December 2010 10:04 AM

    My friend, india's national anthem is in Begali not in Hindi, lets make Srilankan antehm in Tamil if we are following India

    Freelanced Monday, 13 December 2010 10:06 AM

    Has this fellow run short of slogans in India ?

    Man.. Monday, 13 December 2010 10:18 AM

    Do you have a National Anthem in TAMIL in India ????? foolish fellow...

    malkanthi Monday, 13 December 2010 10:19 AM

    well said, not even in tamil nadhu the indian national anthem is sung in tamil.

    Kumar Monday, 13 December 2010 10:22 AM

    To Rasia, New Zealand and Canada have national anthem in two languages.

    Rohan Monday, 13 December 2010 10:24 AM

    I think these comments are disgusting and racist, The reason LTTE formend because of 1956 Sinhala only law. I do not think government is willing reach the hands of TAMILS. God bless Srilanka

    John Monday, 13 December 2010 10:26 AM

    Yes. Canada has national anthem in two languages, Switzerland has in four languages and south africa has in five languages, because of multi ethnic situation. Even Indian national anthem is not in Hindi, it is in Bengali which is another minority language in India and the national anthem was written by Ravindranath Thakoor, from west bengal. India did not change its national anthem in Hindi because it was the majority language.

    Barack Obama Monday, 13 December 2010 10:28 AM

    Do the 62 million inTamilnadu get to sing the Indian National anthem in Tamil? In USA, the so called free world, 15.8% of the population is Hispanic (Spanish). Do the Spanish speaking people in USA get to sing the US national anthem in Spanish. Is Spanish the Second language in US because 15.8% is Hispanic. Karunanidhi dude & the jokers, mind your own bisiness

    Konde bendapu china Monday, 13 December 2010 10:28 AM

    right thing done by MR ,but wrong time.There shouldn't have Tamil one at the first place only one anthem

    Knight Rider Monday, 13 December 2010 10:33 AM

    This minister is still trying all possible cheap efforts to secure his votes in T-Nadu. what a joker !

    YURI Monday, 13 December 2010 10:38 AM


    Lionel Monday, 13 December 2010 10:40 AM

    Repetition of the 1980 era.

    Lionel Monday, 13 December 2010 10:42 AM

    Well said Barack Obama, your argument is perfect

    Saradial Monday, 13 December 2010 10:44 AM

    Yes I accept you! I thought Tamil version was officially accepted and now it has canceled. Thank you, you corrected me
    anyway for your information - Indian national anthem is in Bengali and not Hindi

    dn Monday, 13 December 2010 10:46 AM

    ...counterpart in SL?

    Hash Monday, 13 December 2010 10:47 AM

    Mr sleeping! Did you know that there was a tamil version of the Sri Lankan national anthem at the first place?

    comic Monday, 13 December 2010 10:48 AM

    you are wromg, what aboyt Canada, it is sung in both French and English.

    sundram Monday, 13 December 2010 10:57 AM

    where does vijaya come from-est bengal in India

    Pramod F Monday, 13 December 2010 11:02 AM

    Mr Karunanidhi, have a Tamil version of India's National anthem in Tamil Nadu first. A National anthem should be in the language of the majority.

    Saradial Monday, 13 December 2010 11:02 AM

    How we can expect patriotism from Tamils without sing National anthem in there own language which they understand? for your information. Indian National anthem not in Hindi and it is in Bengali. Why we should follow India? why not Canada, Switzerland or south africa?

    indian Monday, 13 December 2010 11:03 AM

    then have separate elam

    lankaputha Monday, 13 December 2010 11:06 AM

    what is our nationality..? Can there be multiple nationals in a single country, If yes, we should have multiple national anthems too

    Sidath B Monday, 13 December 2010 11:10 AM

    Simply you can NOT have two national anthems

    Mahdena Mutta Monday, 13 December 2010 11:19 AM

    This decision has taken soon after MRs return from UK, it shows intention of MR.

    Prasanna Monday, 13 December 2010 11:27 AM

    Dont try to create one more Prabaharan in Sri Lanka

    Indika Perera Monday, 13 December 2010 11:39 AM

    Why we cannot accept these two language national anthem. There are any countries that they have their national anthem in may languages.

    Why suddenly GVT want to change? We are talking of one country of different nationals. Tamils are Srilankans and they should be able to sing it in their language.

    We are going back where it started again.

    suppu Monday, 13 December 2010 11:44 AM

    The Indian national anthem in Bengali (a minority language in India) not in Hindi. One of the Sri Lankan ministers didnt know this.. so shame. there are many truly democratic nations such as Canada,Swiss, South Africa have multi language anthem.
    Can Sri Lanka have Tamil only anthem like India has one in Bengali..???! If no.. then think yourself why not..??!

    Fayad Monday, 13 December 2010 11:48 AM

    why Indian national anthem is not having a Tamil version ????

    Arasi Monday, 13 December 2010 11:55 AM

    Please someone remind MR that he is the president of Srilanka, not the president of Singalese only.
    God save Srilanka!

    RainGod Monday, 13 December 2010 11:59 AM


    Faqi Monday, 13 December 2010 12:03 PM

    You mean revenge?

    Rohan T Monday, 13 December 2010 12:07 PM

    To argue about what other countries do is to miss the point. If we are to think of ourselves as “One Nation”, then we must also recognise that we have different faiths and languages. Tamil and Sinhala have been spoken in our island for many hundreds of years. It is dangerously wrong to deliberately exclude Tamil at a time when we are concentrating on re-building the nation. To force one group of people to sing the national anthem in a language that they do not understand is wrong. It sends a very potent signal to all minorities that their turn is next.

    Commonsense Monday, 13 December 2010 12:08 PM

    In Indian main parliment thay are not accept tamil language for communicate.So no point of view argue about national anthems.

    Faqi Monday, 13 December 2010 12:10 PM

    Two language mean not two anthems

    ahmedh Monday, 13 December 2010 12:12 PM

    how it will sound when a jaffna tamil sing the national anthem in sinhala...

    Musthafa Bawa Monday, 13 December 2010 12:51 PM

    It is clear that GOSL , also agree that Tamils need a new national anthem in tamil language.

    sandeepa Monday, 13 December 2010 12:54 PM


    Lakshadveepa Monday, 13 December 2010 01:26 PM

    When the people forget there Nationality there are so many
    issues in their own ways. Please keep in your mind We are

    Fayad Monday, 13 December 2010 01:35 PM

    Yes correct Sing in Temil is better then wrong Sinhala.

    nishantha Monday, 13 December 2010 01:49 PM

    Very, very valid point.

    Rajitha Monday, 13 December 2010 01:50 PM

    first separate india, then the US before preaching us

    Rajitha Monday, 13 December 2010 01:52 PM

    now that's a valid argument.

    kanchiwij Monday, 13 December 2010 02:01 PM

    Mr. Karunanidhi --> get a life pls..

    Yehiya-Doha Monday, 13 December 2010 02:03 PM

    Govt. step to cheap politics. It will lead to another problems

    sham Monday, 13 December 2010 02:05 PM

    One national anthem means , its a begining of 56' era ????

    upul Monday, 13 December 2010 02:55 PM

    Does India have a Tamil version of the National Anthem in Tamilnadu?

    Farook Monday, 13 December 2010 03:16 PM

    helloo RASIA !!!!!!!!! indian national anthem is not hindi it is BENGALI !!!! learn first before comment..

    Lankan Monday, 13 December 2010 03:26 PM

    Rohan T, you said a very good point for everybody

    Alien Monday, 13 December 2010 03:31 PM

    There shouldn't be 2 different versions of anthem. But I think the Sinhala anthem should have some lines in Tamil so Sinhala people also will sing. vise versa.

    Nimal Monday, 13 December 2010 03:57 PM

    Why don't you go and make Elam in Tamil Nadu? You have a bigger land and more Tamil population there. We can ship whoever in favor for that Elam from Sri Lanka.

    Kavitha Monday, 13 December 2010 04:03 PM

    Thanks Rohan.. at least we have some sinhala people who understand our feelings.. soon u will be branded as traitor..

    sanga Monday, 13 December 2010 04:09 PM

    I thing SL govt wants tamil people to have their anthem in their own language. Once Colvin R>D.Silva said one language two nations. Two language one nation.

    Kavitha Monday, 13 December 2010 04:12 PM

    Don't even worry about that.. they will do it perfectly..

    steve Monday, 13 December 2010 04:20 PM

    The bigots are inviting Tamils to find their own anthem and when they do they will complain about it!
    They never learn from the history!

    koneswaransaro Monday, 13 December 2010 04:21 PM

    Only Sinhala in everything is not for the good and bright future for Srilanka. What is your opinion on this issue Mr.Vasudeva Nanyakara?

    desi Monday, 13 December 2010 04:31 PM

    indian national antham is in bengali

    aaaa Monday, 13 December 2010 05:54 PM

    Regardless of every thing for Sri Lanka,"Two Languages One Country, One Langauage Two Country", is the "aadarsepaateya"

    sincere citizen Monday, 13 December 2010 06:12 PM

    Friend, India's national anthem in Bengali language with Sanskrit. Bengali is a minority language.

    nala3 Monday, 13 December 2010 06:18 PM

    I suppose this is the "path to reconciliation" for this Govt. Can the Sinhalese brothers sing the National Anthem in Tamil?

    Hareesz Monday, 13 December 2010 06:27 PM

    This guy wants some publicity now. Better not interfere in SL affairs

    Sensible Historian Monday, 13 December 2010 08:02 PM

    So the others from East coast of India - Orissa, Bengal, Andhra as history will record!

    Gajen Monday, 13 December 2010 08:24 PM

    New Zealnd anthem in two language, always sing maori first and then English. You haven't live bro

    Ajith Monday, 13 December 2010 11:35 PM

    If u like to adopt US style for National anthem, then can you accept federal system as US in SL? and would you US follow everything as US ask u.

    Maadi Tuesday, 14 December 2010 12:23 AM

    Was the SL national anthom originally done both in Sinhala and Tamil?
    What is the reason behind this dicision? It better be a good one.
    I hope this will not create a problem once again.

    citizen1 Tuesday, 14 December 2010 01:37 AM

    We could've included one verse in Tamil after a surviving a 26yr war! Why is this govt so supremist?

    chenamana Tuesday, 14 December 2010 02:16 AM

    Most of the above commentators are Sinhalese and they commented in communal way. I think the tamils don't worry about this National song or what ever they called. Tamils are looking for their national Anthem not the Sinhalese national anthem. Definitely they will sing their own Tamil Eelam National Anthem very soon.

    lance Tuesday, 14 December 2010 02:30 AM

    Only south indian politicians can make such comments like this and still get away. In india the national anthem is only in one language. Mr.U can't make any comments on this.

    knight Rider Tuesday, 14 December 2010 03:31 AM

    You are right SINHALAYA, Why are these Indian politician so interested interfering with our country. dont they know that each country has a national language and the National Anthem was sung in that language. The Tamil version was written in Tamil to make it convenient for the Tamils. something which T-NADU does not even have !!!!

    Sin-Tam Mix Tuesday, 14 December 2010 03:41 AM

    So that All SriLankans can sing their National Anthem as ONE!!

    Sin-Tam Mix Tuesday, 14 December 2010 03:49 AM

    I would be proud to join my Sinhala friends & tamil friends in Loyally singing the SRILANKAN Anthem :)

    Ryan Tuesday, 14 December 2010 04:28 AM

    Good idea

    Bish Tuesday, 14 December 2010 07:01 AM

    Mr. Karunaanithi,
    Can you sing India's Antham in Tamil???

    Common Man Tuesday, 14 December 2010 08:53 AM

    There is no Sinaha Nadu in any part of the world, so, this is it. Ceylon or Sinha Land.

    mervyn Tuesday, 14 December 2010 09:31 AM

    He should make a tamil version of the Indian national anthem first , before commenting.

    poor but rich Tuesday, 14 December 2010 10:08 AM

    many have forgotten the HISTORY so fast. so sad.......

    karunanidhipook Tuesday, 14 December 2010 10:10 AM

    We want a Sinhala version each of the Eelam anthem and the Indian anthem first.

    luwie Tuesday, 14 December 2010 01:36 PM

    How can you equate an ethnic identity (SInahala) to a national identity? aren't we trying to be Sri lankan so why can't you be a Sinhalese and also be a Sri lankan whilst also being a Tamil and a Sri lankan.? If we don't have a national Anthem in both "official" languages then we are telling Tamils that to be Sri lankan= being Sinhalese.

    A VOTER Tuesday, 14 December 2010 02:58 PM

    I agree with you.

    A VOTER Tuesday, 14 December 2010 03:06 PM

    Most probably he is oppose in principle and support in practice. LOL

    A VOTER Tuesday, 14 December 2010 03:07 PM

    This is a good idea. I prefer to have equal amount of words for both languages. I believe some countries practice that.

    Freelanced Wednesday, 15 December 2010 05:34 AM

    To scrap something, it should be existing. Where do we see a tamil version of the national anthem in the constitution ?

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