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Indian government does not want to play the role of a big brother with respect to Sri Lanka but we want Lankan Tamils to live a life of dignity, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid said in the LokSabha on Thursday.

Khurshid was replying on a debate over the plight of the ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Not satisfied with Khurshid's reply, key UPA ally DMK walked out of the LokSabha.

Earlier, government on Thursday came under attack in the LokSabha from its friends and foes over the plight of the ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka, with demands that India should take a lead in ensuring passage of a resolution against the island nation at an upcoming UN meet.

During a debate on the issue, BJP leader YashwantSinha said India should also caution other neighbours against interfering in the Sri Lankan affairs or Indo-Sri Lankan relations.

"Let India not merely vote ... in the UNHRC but take the lead in drafting the resolution and carry it through the UNHRC," said Sinha, a former external affairs minister. "Foreign policy is not conducted out of fear but with confidence and elan," he said, while noting that India has a lot of clout but seems that have lost momentum.

He wanted to know what happened to India's "stature" and hoped that the government would wake up. Sinha said an impartial inquiry should be held into the "genocide" carried out against Sri Lankan Tamils and there should be a clear commitment from that government that guilty shall be punished.

Initiating the discussion, DMK leader T R Baalu, whose party is a key constituent of the ruling UPA, wanted the government to ensure passage of the UN resolution to fix accountability for the war crimes. Demanding that the guilty of the Sri Lankan war crimes be taken to the International Court of Justice to "give some solace to the victims", he said India should not be "lukewarm" but have a clear-cut approach on the issue at the UN.(Times of India)
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  • Rohan Nayer Friday, 08 March 2013 07:39 AM

    we don't need your vote...any way china and russia will veto

    mohan Friday, 08 March 2013 10:21 AM

    veto ?? how ? , don't you know India made resolution almost useless

    tjeyar Saturday, 09 March 2013 12:00 AM

    What a day dream! y may think having atomic bombs r enough to be big brother.first man give enough food 4 ur people. via DM Android App

    shamz Friday, 08 March 2013 10:30 AM

    yes ...tamils now muslims and all the minorities should be able to live in dignity...................................

    rosebud Friday, 08 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Come again? via DM Android App

    Abdul Friday, 08 March 2013 08:14 AM

    yes thats right! you're not our big brother.

    idroos2002 Friday, 08 March 2013 03:37 PM

    Yes veto or not our disciplined forces have shown it

    Sapumal Friday, 08 March 2013 08:24 AM

    It is quite clear that India is softening up and looking for ways to avoid a confrontation with SL.

    Sriya Friday, 08 March 2013 08:31 AM

    India has always acted in their own interests, so no surprises there!

    Abhi Friday, 08 March 2013 04:00 PM

    With 56% of our capital city being tamil and muslim minority what more self respect are you asking?

    Nodrog Friday, 08 March 2013 10:47 AM

    The role of Judas suits them better

    tjeyar Friday, 08 March 2013 12:00 AM

    First,v Sri Lankan don't allow any Indian be here as a tourist or business purposes.This will b our retaliate. via DM Android App

    xlntgson Saturday, 09 March 2013 02:26 AM

    # Chamindach, may be you are grateful to LTTE?

    RAJU Saturday, 09 March 2013 08:39 AM

    WHO TOLD YOU TO BE A BIG BROTHER, JUST TO SPEAK TO JUSTICE AND HUMANITY, NOTHING ELSE.

    ss Friday, 08 March 2013 11:05 AM

    what if those countries not in the council? Can we try some bogus votes??

    shri Friday, 08 March 2013 11:09 AM

    Confrontation with SL.. lol.. joke of the century,, do u think SL is a superpower or what? a nation which is as tiny as shit blabbers with a big mouth.. now shut ur asses and get lost..

    GOBI Friday, 08 March 2013 09:08 AM

    Come out of the well !!..China and Russia are not memers of UNHCR this time to vote.

    abdul Friday, 08 March 2013 12:00 AM

    pls let the Tamils live in tamilnadu(heaven) with dignity via DM Android App

    Chamindach Friday, 08 March 2013 05:29 PM

    Our big brother was killed by LTTE he Mr Gandhi.

    ANTON Friday, 08 March 2013 09:31 AM

    BIG BOTHER I SUPPOSE

    Ranjit Saturday, 09 March 2013 10:04 AM

    Yes, you play the roll of big bully.


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