Slamming the Centre for being "insensitive" on the issue of training Sri Lankan defence personnel, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today asked it not to train them until Colombo takes satisfactory and credible action to end human rights violations against Tamils.
"Despite the overwhelming groundswell of public opinion in Tamil Nadu against continuing atrocities upon the civilian Tamil population in Sri Lanka by Sri Lankan Government, the Government of India has, in an act of astounding insensitivity, again invited two defence personnel to join a training programme at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, The Nilgiris, in Tamil Nadu," Jayalalithaa said.
In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, she said two Lankan officers--Wing Commander MS Bandara Dassanayke and Major CS Harishchandra Hettiarachchige--were undergoing training at Wellington, which, she said, was a matter of "grave import that greatly offends the sensitivities and sentiments of people of Tamil Nadu."
She recalled she had twice written to him earlier on this issue, conveying the deep sense of outrage on this matter.
Jayalalithaa said there was a widespread revulsion and shock among people in the state "against the genocidal pogrom and continuing human rights violations affecting the innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka," besides the continued attacks on Indian fishermen by that country's navy.
In spite of all these vehement protests, with utter disregard for the emotions and feelings of the people of Tamil Nadu, the government has again "clandestinely" permitted two more Lankan military officers to undergo training.
On the very day that the two Sri Lankan officers commenced pre-training at Wellington, Defence Minister.A K Antony was quoted as saying that responding to the sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu, Centre had decided not to provide training to Lankan military personnel in Tamil Nadu, she said.
"I am amazed that the Union Defence Minister was unaware that his policy announcement was being flouted by his own Ministry. This is a very sorry commentary on the Government of India's ambivalence and ad hocism on a serious and emotive issue that affects the people of Tamil Nadu."
Seeking immediate discharge of the officers from the course, she said the government should issue a clear policy directive not to provide training or to engage in any form of cooperation with Lankan Armed forces till satisfactory and credible action is taken by Colombo to stop human rights violations against Tamils and to stop illegal attacks on fishermen belonging to Tamil Nadu.(The Economic Times)
Comments - 10
Pudiya Luxpray Sunday, 09 June 2013 11:14 AM
Compare J with Jawahal lal Nehru.
Comapre Chennai with Delhi
Calistus Jayatilleke Sunday, 09 June 2013 11:36 AM
The fat lady still believes she is a heroine of some sort although nobody cares for what she has to say. She seems to be suffering from some sort of phobia when it comes to matters relating to Sri Lanka.
raviraj Monday, 10 June 2013 06:47 AM
if you are being provided "advance" military training from a nation like Pakistan ,why do you send your military yo India for training
Rabankikinda Sunday, 09 June 2013 08:51 AM
Its military training genocide.
Frank Sunday, 09 June 2013 09:02 AM
To prove her honesty she should ask all the TN Tamils working in Lanka to return.
Critic Roshan Sunday, 09 June 2013 09:09 AM
Dear Fat Lady, the Pakistanis have been providing Sri Lanka with better Military Training and Chinese too provide advanced technology and training. We wiped the LTTE with the help of these two nations.
Cobra Monday, 10 June 2013 01:13 AM
Will somebody switch this loud speaker off?????
Nodrog Sunday, 09 June 2013 09:56 AM
Why doesn't she slam the Centre for training the LTTE?
ANTON Sunday, 09 June 2013 10:22 AM
YOU ARE PLAYING THE OLD CINEMA ROLE WITH MGR
CROW Sunday, 09 June 2013 10:33 AM
TN TAMILS ARE CIVIL PERSONAL
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