India must impose sanctions on Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu governor says
CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu governor K Rosaiah on Friday urged the Indian government to impose economic sanctions on Sri Lanka and take steps to ensure that those displayed by the ethnic conflict there returned to their original homes.
Delivering his address on the first day of the first assembly session of 2013, Rosaiah said: “I reiterate the resolve expressed by the Tamil Nadu assembly June 8, 2011 to urge the Indian government to initiate action by working with other nations for imposition of an economic embargo on the Sri Lankan government till the Tamils living in camps are resettled in their own places and are allowed to live with dignity, self-respect and equal constitutional rights on par with the Sinhalese.”
According to him, the rehabilitation measures taken by the Sri Lankan government were not at par with the expectations.
Referring to the attacks on Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan security forces, Rosaiah said: “The fishermen of Tamil Nadu, who earn their livelihood in their traditional fishing areas of the Palk Bay region, are victims of repeated harassment and murderous attacks by the Lankan Navy.”
He said the Tamil Nadu government was anguished at the harassment of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy while the Indian government showed “utter disregard” to their woes.
Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa has emerged as a trenchant critics of the Sri Lankan regime for among other things the mass killing of Tamil civilians in the ethnic conflict that ended in May 2009.
The Sri Lankan military, which vanquished the Tamil Tigers, has repeatedly denied the charge.
The governor also voiced concern that Tamil Nadu’s food production would be hit due to Karnataka’s refusal to release Cauvery river waters.
Rosaiah said the farmers in Tamil Nadu had been affected. The farmers will be compensated as per the recommendations of the committee set up for this purpose.
He said the government would approach the Supreme Court seeking compensation for the crop loss from the Karnataka government.
Stressing that it would be difficult for the central government to implement the direct cash transfer scheme, Rosaiah said the scheme should be implemented through the state government.
With Kamal Haasan’s mega “Vishwaroopam” courting controversies and the government imposing a 15-day ban on its release, Rosaiah urged film makers to show respect for sensibilities of people.
Rosaiah said the government would take “severe action” against those who try to whip up communal passion.
Earlier, legislators belonging to the DMK walked out citing power cuts and the Cauvery water issue.
Source: India Times
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Rosiah has not got his facts right. So I invite him to visit SL for a tour of N and E on a fact-finding mission to see for himself on first-hand how happy the 300,000 SL Tamils today, saved by SL heroic security forces in the Humanitarian Operation from the clutches of evil LTTE who held them as a human shield, a war crime. For 30 years plus these SL Tamils were held prisoner by VP and the LTTE like cattle for their children to be used as suicide bombers and terrorists. They had no education. They were deprived of their childhood. They died early after brutal treatment in the hands of the LTTE. Why didn’t Rosiah and his ilk cry against that those days? Is he blind to how happy these Tamils are today? They and their children have better quality of life and better prospects today thanks to Hon President MR and GR.
A commentator in a renowned website has referred to the rebirth of Prabakaran in the SL Government leadership. The “Rebirth” has similar features. A clue would be ‘broad faced, balck haired, thick moustached” person. I wonder if this ‘rebirth’ could be Mr ND’s everloving hero?
If India imposes sanctions on Sri Lanka, who cares. It is much better opportunity for us to stop importing all Indian productions.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Aho deviyane,mowunta molaya nodunne manda?
They said the same thing when the EU suspended concessions. Our leaders thumped their fists on their chests (like Gorillas) and said bravely that we will find alternative markets.
Now factories are closing down and people are losing jobs. All free trade zone factories are moving to Bangladesh and Vietnam.
India is one of our major trade partners for more than 200 years. We should value that relationship and learn to work together with India for mutual benefit.
Only a dumbwit like ND can talk stipidity like a politician.
MR & GR are ND’s Gods. Has anyone got an idea of how wealthy MR & GR are? A conservative estimate from a reliable source identifies that as US $ 18 billion.
Rasaiah are you a tamil or Tamil tiger?if your govt impose sanctions against SRI LANKA do you think that your govt can make any effect on SRI-LANKANS?
Please impose sanctions, I am 100% sure, we can prove it, that without Indians, Sri lanka will do much better. We Sri Lankans are not gaining, it is you Indians who are plundering Sri Lanka.
Yes, Please go ahead and impose it. So TN will not have any further deals with SL. We love that!!!
SL is small and insignificant compared to India on the world stage. India has advanced to very superior levels pretty much in all technological aspects. US and India are extremely close with their R&D.
It will take Sri Lanka another 50 years to become like India in terms of Technological advancement.
The reason we buy (Import) from outside SL is that we have comparative advantage on the price compared to producing the product in SL. My point is India, does not give a rat’s behind about Srilanka.
We need them more than they need us. If you think, India will vote for you this time on UNHCR, do not be surprised or rather fooled. As far as I think, sacking the chief Justice was a sweet deal for all the Tamils. It really helped Tamils, to push their voice further. Mind you Tamils, don’t give a damn about any chief Justice. So God save our land. Don’t be surprised, sanctions all on our way. We need to start drilling for our own oil and start playing bed Rugger. ICC and Commonwealth of Nations are actively working towards banning Sri lanka from International Cricket and common wealth membership.
God help us!