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Superstars Rajinikanth joined a day-long hunger strike by the Tamil Nadu film fraternity in Chennai today to show solidarity with Lankan Tamils. Top actors and others have already begun gathering at the venue, the South Indian Film Artistes' Association at T Nagar.
 
A large shamiana with hundreds of chairs under it has been readied to host the celebrity protesters.

The film industry, said its president Sarath Kumar, is endorsing the demands made in a resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly last week. These include the demand for economic sanctions against Sri Lanka for what they allege is the "genocide" of ethnic Tamils in that country, and for the rehabilitation of Lankan Tamils.

The film stars are adding their voice to protests that have been on in the state for days now, with all major political parties and students demanding that the Centre take a strong stand against Sri Lanka for its alleged war crimes in the final months of the civil war that ended when defence forces crushed the separatist Tamil Tigers in May 2009.

So emotive is the issue, that the DMK pulled out of the UPA coalition at the Centre last month, accusing India of watering down a UN resolution against Sri Lanka; India voted against Sri Lanka, but the Tamil Nadu parties say it let down Sri Lankan Tamils by failing to persuade the United Nations to use stronger language against the island nation and by not pushing for an independent rather than an internal inquiry into the alleged war crimes.

The resolution, moved by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, demands India move a UN resolution seeking a referendum on a separate Eelam among Tamils in Sri Lanka and those who have migrated abroad. Eelam is the separate homeland that Tamils are seeking in Sri Lanka.

The resolution also seeks a credible international probe into the allegations of genocide of Lankan Tamils in the island nation.

The issue has spilt over to sports too, with Ms Jayalalithaa ensuring that no Sri Lankan cricketer of official will be involved in Indian Premier League (IPL) matches to be played in Chennai.
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  • Anna Wednesday, 03 April 2013 03:56 AM

    How about open visas to ALL Tamils in Sri Lanka??? Do you really think that the Tamils in SL would opt to live in TN than in SL? Those who went to TN as refugees are returning to SL...what does that show???? Jayalalitha and all concerned, if you're so angry about the state of the Tamils in Sri Lanka and especially in the North, pls invite them to India, it would solve a lot of problems for everybody!

    sharma Tuesday, 02 April 2013 12:00 AM

    another shooting to show there performance ... lol :p via DM Android App

    Ane Apoi Tuesday, 02 April 2013 12:00 AM

    Tamil Nadus no need to go on hunger strike. They always have nothing to eat. Except this cardboard superstar. via DM Android App

    kawum kanna yodaya Tuesday, 02 April 2013 12:59 PM

    Ithin apita moko.... apinam thunwelama kala nidahase innawa... Un gahagena maragannawa.....

    kali Tuesday, 02 April 2013 07:50 AM

    They may be comedians. At least they are not thugs like MR and his co actors.

    someonesoecial Tuesday, 02 April 2013 12:00 AM

    its a shame how things are rolling via DM Android App

    kanan Wednesday, 03 April 2013 04:36 AM

    Now most of racist here feel that is drama and comedy, but wait and see what happens in future

    mili Tuesday, 02 April 2013 12:00 AM

    Am I bothered! via DM Android App

    hello hello Tuesday, 02 April 2013 07:59 AM

    Very convenient comment to make. But sit down and think whether it includes you (Cancer) as well.

    Nodrog Tuesday, 02 April 2013 07:59 AM

    Can we send them some lemon puff?

    sarathbanda Wednesday, 03 April 2013 04:40 AM

    Panda have respect for people
    set example by valued comments to show SRILANKANS are people of value

    Nodrog Tuesday, 02 April 2013 08:01 AM

    Murali spoke from the heart but these Indian actors do it for cheap publicity

    Virus Tuesday, 02 April 2013 09:37 AM

    I heard Rajini eats blue whales as his snacks

    chandi Tuesday, 02 April 2013 08:05 AM

    stop this!.send some financial aids if you really worried about these people here.

    kondebendapucheena Tuesday, 02 April 2013 01:55 PM

    Just playing another role to please TN followers,Solidarity with SL Tamils for what,had he spend single rupee on behalf of any SL refugee who were in TN

    Tamil Nadu Cricfan Tuesday, 02 April 2013 02:08 PM

    First make sure you have enough for you and your children

    Bushel Perera Tuesday, 02 April 2013 09:49 AM

    There no one is going to be hungry and no one is going to check weather they had meals.

    Justice Seeker Tuesday, 02 April 2013 08:29 AM

    Sri lankans scold what ever they do, yeah, what else we know? only to talk, but they perform, would you stay without eating one day?

    sham Tuesday, 02 April 2013 02:13 PM

    yes....actually they.are..superstars.....in kollywood........THEY ARE ACTORS OF COURSE........................

    Prem Tuesday, 02 April 2013 08:30 AM

    Uneducated People!

    athathool Tuesday, 02 April 2013 02:28 PM

    bunch of suckers

    Banda Tuesday, 02 April 2013 02:28 PM

    What would sinhalese do if they were in his shoes? so he is correct!!!

    shan Tuesday, 02 April 2013 11:57 AM

    When will Tamil Nadu politicians end this genocide against Tamil actors.. Forced Starvation.. This is Genocide.. Where is the UNHCR to save the Tamil Nadu actors?

    firefox Tuesday, 02 April 2013 11:58 AM

    If this is a drama then screen play is by GOSL!

    panda Tuesday, 02 April 2013 02:34 PM

    Bollywood, Kollywood, and now these are sakkilywood?

    WhereZ real-Men Tuesday, 02 April 2013 08:40 AM

    nobody can stop pawul paksa work and can not beat...my car and my petrol...who are u to interfere on my matter?

    Dixit Wednesday, 03 April 2013 07:42 AM

    Kanan, don't worry some dogs keep barking at the Moon, not knowing the reality.

    Cancer Tuesday, 02 April 2013 06:43 AM

    All comedians.

    Kit udugama Thursday, 04 April 2013 08:22 AM

    Third grade

    ind Tuesday, 02 April 2013 06:51 AM

    Another comedy film !

    Esala Tuesday, 02 April 2013 08:50 AM

    T nadu starts to separate from India.

    NADARAJAH Tuesday, 02 April 2013 06:52 AM

    This is just drama to please Jayalalitha.

    SAM_SPARROW Tuesday, 02 April 2013 06:53 AM

    yes, earlier Murali made one now Rajani.

    AJ-DXB Tuesday, 02 April 2013 12:00 AM

    bold move via DM Android App

    Goni Billa Wednesday, 03 April 2013 06:03 AM

    I don't think any of these morons who demonstrate against S/L have ever visited S/L. This is political theater.

    jiggy Tuesday, 02 April 2013 08:59 AM

    Did Rajiniman enjoy the big mac hunger strike?

    ramesi Wednesday, 03 April 2013 03:24 AM

    LIKE THE BBS

    sini sambol Tuesday, 02 April 2013 12:00 AM

    its proven tamil tiger terrorist are not yet captured..their in kollywood.. via DM Android App

    aj Tuesday, 02 April 2013 09:11 AM

    Thank you tamil cinema.
    Many comedies are living our land also. :)

    ravan power Wednesday, 03 April 2013 12:54 PM

    super star i like your sun glass
    but i don't like your attitude


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