Hundreds of Tamils today protested outside the bungalow of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, shouting slogans against his decision to visit Sri Lanka as chief guest for the India International Films Awards (IIFA) function in July.
"We urge him not to attend the function in Colombo as a symbol of solidarity for the Tamilian cause in Sri Lanka. Tamils have been subject to atrocities and war crimes perpetrated by the Mahinda Rajapaksa government in that country," C. Rajendran, spokesperson for the protesters said.
The protesters marched from Bachchan's Pratiksha bungalow to his Jalsa residence, where a delegation met him and two IIFA office bearers, who assured the representatives that they would convey the sentiments of Tamils to the IIFA governing board and take a suitable decision.
Later, Rajendran told mediapersons that the Sri Lankan government had allegedly killed over 1.5 lakh Tamils during its war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the last couple of years. He claimed that over 3.5 lakh Tamils continue to face a "hostile administration" in that country. (The Times of India)
all are not racist. but most of you are opposed to a solution which favors tamil cause.. isn't it?
Monday, 26 April 2010 06:18 AM
Well said Mahinda.. people like mahesh doesn't know the meaning of peaceful protest.. because it's not allowed in SL.
Monday, 26 April 2010 06:25 AM
Perera did any tamils ask you to talk on behalf of them? Don't just assume things that you don't know.. How can Tamils open their mounth in SL and talk the truth, while people like SF are not allowed..?
Monday, 26 April 2010 06:35 AM
I am a tamil from Sri Lanka and all we want is peace and economic development. But unfortunately certain political minds are trying to create rift in Sri Lanka. oh no not again
Monday, 26 April 2010 06:36 AM
Srilankan people watch many Indian films - Sri lankans must stop watching Indian Movies and develop our own film Industry for our entertaintment.
Monday, 26 April 2010 06:54 AM
IIFA will be in Colombo! Your Hollywood agitations will fail for sure!
Monday, 26 April 2010 06:59 AM
Does this mean there will be protest when the Indian Cricket Team is due to visit SL next??? Asian cup is round the corner!
Monday, 26 April 2010 07:18 AM
This is called stupidity. Some Tamils do not know to live peacefully. We suffered alot because of the LTTE. We means not only sinhalese, Muslims, Tamils Burgers ect..... ect.... . some of these people live in the past without moving forward. Sad story.
Monday, 26 April 2010 07:52 AM
Amitabh Bachchan is Hindi !.
Monday, 26 April 2010 07:56 AM
thanks kavitha, i love you. i mean that i like you because you understood what i'm saying, thank you
Monday, 26 April 2010 08:01 AM
These people are real LTTE supporters. They are protesting only for the terrorism. Not for the innocent moderate tamil people. Even during the war in the north we were living in the south with sinhala people peacefully.
Monday, 26 April 2010 08:20 AM
Peaceful protest is a legitimate right and should be appreciated. However there are mindless and stupid protests against spurious causes by mindless and stupid people but these are only to be expected in a free and democratic country. So let them have their day and see their folly.
Monday, 26 April 2010 09:09 AM
all these problems are because ppl dont know to mind their own business. indians keep all your programs in your country and we will keep all ours....now problem solved...
Monday, 26 April 2010 06:16 AM
we thought LTTE is over..
Monday, 26 April 2010 09:10 AM
Kavitha!!! do I know you?
Monday, 26 April 2010 09:26 AM
Logini.. i agree on what you say living in the south peacefully. but were you able to live with dignity? are you able to log a complaint at a police station in the Tamil language anywhere in Sri Lanka? I'm not against sinhalese people. but the same way i want them also to understand our needs..
Monday, 26 April 2010 09:36 AM
Mr. prasan, we did'nt ask your advice on resettlement of displaced tamil in sri lanka. this is an indian thing happening in india, and its non of your business to say to take the sri lankan tamil people to tamil nadu.
Monday, 26 April 2010 10:05 AM
Lalith, you are correct, should not mix art and politics like Tamilnadu politics as done by Tamil diaspora
Monday, 26 April 2010 10:08 AM
yeah you would have lived happily during the war in south, if you don't speak in tamil, if you speak in tamil you will be in trouble, if you don't know about somethings please don't comment.
Monday, 26 April 2010 10:17 AM
Logini... a simple question for you. If a person tried to shoot you, what would you do?
Monday, 26 April 2010 10:33 AM
You are correct. Not only after the defeat of LTTE, even before most of Tamils live in peace with Sinhalese. Only LTTE and Tamil politicians specially TNA and Mano's party spread viruses among two nations for their own benefits. Just see, colombo Tamils are living among Sinhalese without any issue for dacades.
Monday, 26 April 2010 10:47 AM
Kavittha, LTTE and Tamil community are two different things. They are given different solutions. Don't mix up solution given to LTTE with the solution to innocent tamils.
Monday, 26 April 2010 10:49 AM
Thanks for understanding and for the enlightenment given for the ignorants.
Monday, 26 April 2010 11:07 AM
ah seriously, then what about all the abductions which took place in colombo, and recently TNL showed a tamil youth being murdered in Bambalapitiya beach, living peace fully hah!
Monday, 26 April 2010 11:31 AM
If this was organized by MTV I am sure ministers would be protesting saying it is ruining our culture and values.
Monday, 26 April 2010 09:09 PM
I am Sinhalese and I am highly offended by your comment. We are not racist ...
Monday, 26 April 2010 04:45 AM
Bachchan as an ardent hindu needs to take into consideration the sensitivities of his brethren. Coming from the country of great Lord Buddha and Mahatma Ghandhi, his conscience is sure to prick him later on the status of the tamils in Sri Lanka.
Sunday, 25 April 2010 07:56 PM
I being a Tamil worry about the behavior of these fanatic people. It is because of such people many innocent people resort to commit violent activities and as a result they are being victimized. Sri Lanka's problem is about terrorism and not with moderate Tamil people!!! This seems that they are still in the blind move that terrorism can survive on this earth which is a dream as the saying goes that 'those who got arms with the view to massacre innocent living beings are destroyed themselves by the weapons'. At least now it is high time to stop these nonsensical activities without taking the innocent people for a ride!!!
Sunday, 25 April 2010 08:23 PM
What stupidity is this? Why should the Tamils in India bother about Sri Lanka, the Tamils in Sri Lanka have taken part in the political process in Sri Lanka and have elected their representatives to the Sri Lankan Parlieament. Are these people still palying to the tune of the LTTE. Can't these people see the Tamils and Sinhalese people are living in peace in Sri Lanka after the LTTE has been destroyed?
Sunday, 25 April 2010 09:59 PM
Oh man what is wrong with these people? jeez
Sunday, 25 April 2010 10:10 PM
These are all one sided comments. Tamils have been creating problems for Sri Lanka from the very beginning of History.
Monday, 26 April 2010 01:10 AM
THOUSANDS OF INDIANS COME TO SRI LANKA AS TOURISTS OR ON BUSSINESS, ALMOST EVERYDAY. WHY DONT THESE PROTESTERS GO TO THE AIRPORT EVERYDAY & BLOCK PEOPLE COMING TO SRI LANKA ? THIS IS UTTER RUBBISH BY SOME INDIAN FUNDAMENTALISTS.
Monday, 26 April 2010 01:26 AM
a person like Bachchan only looks for money and popularity , he only cares for his family never mind about tamils in Sl or india. tamils should never believe these kind of people
Monday, 26 April 2010 02:30 AM
He is only an actor and not a politician. We love Amithab and his presence in SL.
Monday, 26 April 2010 02:47 AM
I am fan of Amitabh Bachchan and most of movies and the roll he acted touched our hearts, so I hope he has more sense than all of us and now the time has come him to proove all his action is acting! or real !...
Monday, 26 April 2010 02:56 AM
he is a super hero. There is no doubt about that. Regardless of politics, I wish he would do something for India's poor, vunerable, and illiterate citizens. He should do something to his country's citizens to overcome illiteracy.
Monday, 26 April 2010 03:09 AM
This is a well organized protest,origin may be here,we saw during Sharuk Khans visit also,at that time a bomb went off with the help of L T T E and they tried to put the blame on J H U,the Whole country knows who was behind that, organizers shoud be careful.
Monday, 26 April 2010 03:53 AM
Terrorists try to terrorize any body in any country. That is the nature.
Monday, 26 April 2010 04:17 AM
Hello S. Jayardene, watch what your saying, these tamils who are protesting are not LTTE. your comment means that all tamils are LTTE. stop that now.
Sunday, 25 April 2010 05:30 PM
Protesters are real brothers of the SL Tamils. Thanks guys. At least some of you are with us.
Monday, 26 April 2010 04:52 AM
Look terrorism starts from these protests.. are they that stupid to protest on these matters, these people are fanatics, we should, the whole world should understand that. It is nobodys business to interfere with srilankan affairs.
Monday, 26 April 2010 04:52 AM
OH GOD! its about time these fools gave up and accepted their defeat! protesting is not going to help... they protested for weeks at the westminister bridge in London but did it help? NO. Our president is strong minded and he will not be weakened by some silly protestors!
Monday, 26 April 2010 04:54 AM
What is this, you guys are extremists, why do you question his visit, it does not reflect his intensions, it was purely to promote and help sri lanka.
Monday, 26 April 2010 05:13 AM
Easy solution..If Tamils in India love their brethern in SL, please take all of them to their Motherland, Tamilnadu..then no more worries to any one.
Monday, 26 April 2010 05:15 AM
R U A SRILANKAN TAMIL???????????
Monday, 26 April 2010 05:24 AM
politicos behind this. Please do not try to screw Tamil nationals in Sri Lanka as they had enough suffering.do not involve SL Tamils in your political games.
Monday, 26 April 2010 05:29 AM
Dude. Please shut up your mouth and leave this country you racist. You should be a shamed of yourself if you call yourself a sinhalese, because we are not racist like you
Monday, 26 April 2010 05:37 AM
Mahinda, well said.
All, can be heard. Stop branding everyone as terrorists. If someone is trying to say something, just listen to them first an address accordingly. The outcome need not be in their favour all the time, but at least they'll be happy that their views were heard. If you don't, the next step these people take will be much more stronger to get the necessary attention they need.
Monday, 26 April 2010 05:44 AM
ah seriously, when shah rukh khan came to sri lanka 4 years back sri lankan buddhist monks were protesting, so did sinhalese people lead to terrorism...... no so now you guys want iifa to commence in sri lanka.....
Monday, 26 April 2010 05:49 AM
These people are mentally effected due to some kind of illnesses or some other things???? aren't they trying to stop all the Indiain people and Tamils all over the world from visiting srilanka any more...
Monday, 26 April 2010 06:12 AM
Nowadays most Sri Lankans seem to associate all Tamils with terrorism. They therefore think they have won the argument. However those in truly democratically governed countries think otherwise. Sri Lanka is steadily moving backwards and most of them there seem blinded.
Monday, 26 April 2010 06:14 AM
Living in peace..? where..? this must be a joke of 2010..
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