Today’s Hindu editorial has ably enunciated what the precise solution is – in terms of India’s response to the Sri Lankan problem. Before I elaborate on this: out here in Chennai – I can see a lot of literature which has suddenly exploded ………which supports the LTTE cause. It is more like the local government is hand in glove with this whole thing. It is difficult to believe that if the government does not support LTTE as a banned organisation ………….then such literature proliferating so liberally ………is very scary indeed.
It is more so evident in the small time newspaper stalls. Although I cannot really read the Tamil headlines ……….the pictures depict a more sympathetic picture of this gruesome organisation.
I’m just wondering why the local Congress party has not got its reaction together. Yesterday there was an incidence of vandalism to the statue of Rajiv Gandhi – and a few local congress supporters were protesting about it today. Beyond that the party needs to get its act together to counter the political wave in favour of the LTTE. It is only the AIADMK which has taken a strong and firm stand on this issue. For one thing – those LTTE sympathisers strongly think that Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination was justified and that he deserved it. This kind of thinking is appalling – and goes against the overall thinking across the country that the assassination was wrong and that the LTTE should be punished for it.
Now coming to the solution which was laid out in today’s editorial goes as below:
In the first place, no comfort should be given to the LTTE, which is a terrorist organisation banned in 30 countries, including India.
Secondly the Indian commitment must be to finding a solution that envisages devolution of powers to the Tamil regions within a united Sri Lanka, which would mean giving no quarter to the demand for an independent Eelam.
Thirdly, mainstream political parties in Tamil Nadu need to make a sharp disctinction between the current military plight of the LTTE and the displacement and suffering caused by the conflict, affecting an estimated 230,000 Sri Lankan Tamils.
The right response for Government of India and the people of Tamil Nadu would be to offer food, clothing, medicines, fuel and other essential goods as well as other logistical facilities required to reach them to the people through the Sri Lankan government whose President Mahinda Rajapakse has declared his commitment to bring their hardship to an end “in a short time.”