Tamils Issue

  • Utilise Lankan President visit to solve Tamils issue: CPM to Centre May 25, 2014

    Amid strong opposition from all quarters to Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi's invite to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his swearing-in, CPM on Sunday said the Centre should utilise this occasion for resolving the Lankan Tamils issue. "There has been no investigation into the alleged human rights violations during the...
  • DMK has struggled for SL Tamil cause since early days: Karuna December 15, 2013

    Chennai: Refuting criticism that his party had done little for the Sri Lankan Tamils cause, DMK president M Karunanidhi on Friday said it had struggled for the ethnic minority since the early days, with even his party led governments being dismissed in the light of the issue. Referring to the dismissal...
  • Tamil issue in Sri Lanka is being resolved: SL High Commissioner September 17, 2013

    Kolkata: The Tamil issue in Sri Lanka is in the process of being resolved and the country's government is trying to find a solution to alleged human rights violations involving Tamil citizens, Sri Lankan High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam said Tuesday. Kariyawasam said that peace reigned in the island nation now and...
  • Congress decides to support DMK in the RS polls from TN June 26, 2013

    Chennai: Congress on Tuesday decided to support estranged ally DMK for the June 27 Rajya Sabha polls from Tamil Nadu, with its five MLAs all set to vote for DMK nominee Kanimozhi. TNCC president BS Gnanadesikan said AICC General Secretary and party's in-charge for Tamil Nadu Mukul Wasnik had informed...
  • PM conveys dismay over Sri Lanka move on 13th Amendment June 19, 2013

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday told a delegation of Sri Lanka Tamil MPs that he was "dismayed" by reports suggesting that Colombo planned to dilute certain key provisions of the 13th Amendment on devolution of powers to provinces ahead of polls to the Northern Provincial Council. The prime...
  • Congress leader foresees party-led third front in TN May 20, 2013

    Pudukottai: With the break-up of UPA in Tamil Nadu, Congress leader and former Union minister EVKS Elangovan on Sunday said there was a possibility of his party heading a new alliance sans the two major Dravidian parties - DMK and AIADMK - for the next Lok Sabha elections. Rejecting the...
  • Chidambaram slams BJP on Sri Lankan Tamils issue April 8, 2013

    Chennai: Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Sunday night slammed BJP for not supporting the UPA government's efforts to pass a resolution in Parliament on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue and rejected accusations hurled at Congress that it did not "support" the cause. Addressing a public meeting in Chennai, Chidambaram...
  • Welcome resolution passed by TN Assembly on SL: Actor Sarathkumar April 2, 2013

    Members of the Tamil film industry are on a one-day token fast in protest against the alleged human rights violations by the Sri Lankan government and Army. ...
  • Vaiko seeks fresh Assembly resolution on Tamils issue March 23, 2013

    Chennai: MDMK chief Vaiko on Saturday requested Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to adopt a resolution in the state Assembly on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, similar to the one adopted two years ago. The 2011 resolution called for economic sanctions to be imposed on Sri Lanka till Tamils in the...
  • President accepts resignation of DMK ministers March 21, 2013

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday accepted the resignation of five Ministers belonging to DMK, which withdrew support to the UPA government on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue. "The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has accepted the resignation of the following...
  • Will support government on Sri Lankan Tamils issue: Trinamool March 20, 2013

    Kolkata: United Progressive Alliance's estranged ally Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday sprang a surprise by promising to support the Centre on whatever stand it took on Sri Lankan Tamils issue at the UNHRC. "Our party supports the cause of the Tamil brothers and sisters. We are deeply concerned...
  • UNHRC resolution will make life harder for SL Tamils: RK Radhakrishnan March 20, 2013

    RK Radhakrishnan, Head of programmes at The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the Lankan Tamils' issues and their resonance in India. Q. Why still ruling Government keeping silent on Tamil Eelam issue even we have enough proof? Innocent girls were brutally...
  • Sri Lankan Tamils: why has the DMK withdrawn support? March 19, 2013

    New Delhi: The issue of Sri Lankan Tamils' demand for a separate homeland or the "Tamil Eelam" has always had a strong resonance in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. When in 2008-2009, the Sri Lankan Army moved for the final kill to weed out LTTE once and for all,...
  • Karuna writes to PM, wants inclusion of genocide in UN resolution March 17, 2013

    New Delhi: Reiterating that his party would pull out of the UPA if the government did not press for inclusion of genocide and war crimes on Tamils by Sri Lankan Army and administrators, DMK chief M Karunanidhi said that there is no point in continuing the alliance if the Centre...
  • Sri Lankan monk assault case: TN Police arrests 12 people March 17, 2013

    Thanjavur: Tamil Nadu Police has arrested 12 people on Sunday in connection with the assault of a Sri Lankan monk in Thanjavur. The monk, who is on a study tour, was assaulted by members of outfits protesting against alleged atrocities on Lankan Tamils. A van carrying him and students of...
  • Chidambaram hints at vote against Sri Lanka at UN meet March 17, 2013

    New Delhi: Finance Minister P Chidambaram has hinted at a possible vote against Sri Lanka at a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) later in March. This comes barely a day after DMK chief M Karunanidhi warned of pulling out his ministers from the Cabinet over the Sri Lankan Tamils...
  • TN: Students' protest on Lankan Tamils issue continues March 13, 2013

    Chennai: Protests by students on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue continued across Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, with law students mainly in the fray. About 40 students of Dr Ambedkar Law University and Dr Ambedkar Government Law College here continued with their fast, demanding an independent probe against Colombo for alleged...
  • Support US resolution against Sri Lanka: Karunanidhi March 7, 2013

    Chennai: DMK president M Karunanidhi on Wednesday urged the central government to announce that it would support the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka in the UN Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). In a letter to party cadres referring to the general strike called by Tamil Eelam Supporter's Organisation (TESO) March 12,...
  • Eelam Tamils issue: Karunanidhi seeks UN referendum November 12, 2012

    Chennai: Key UPA constituent DMK on Sunday night said India should press United Nations to undertake a "referendum" on the Eelam Tamils issue. "India should press United Nations to undertake a public vote on the Eelam Tamils issue. DMK will be supportive to the Centre if it takes a stand...
  • DMK calls for solutions to Sri Lankan Tamils issue August 12, 2012

    Chennai: DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Sunday called for "short, medium and long-term solutions" to address the various aspects of Sri Lankan Tamils issue. Addressing a conclave at the Eelam Tamils Rights Protection Conference here, he said "the short-term and medium term solutions include resettlement and rehabilitation of displaced Tamils, besides...
  • SL Tamils: DMK seeks Centre's attention June 22, 2012

    Chennai: DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Thursday expressed concern over reports about Sri Lanka's attitude towards India and demanded that New Delhi give greater attention to Sri Lankan Tamils issue. He cited reports that said the Island nation's relations with China was growing, while it didn't keep India informed about implementing...
  • Jaya's comments are 'unwarranted': Karunanidhi June 12, 2011

    Chennai: Hitting out at Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for slamming his party's efforts on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Sunday said her comments were "unwarranted" and "aimed at diverting the attention of the people." Jayalalithaa had not criticised Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajpaksa and the Lankan government...
  • Does Jaya qualify to criticise DMK: Karuna April 23, 2011

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Saturday questioned whether AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa was qualified to criticise DMK on the Lankan Tamils issue when the party has taken several initiatives in their interests. Writing in his party organ "Murasoli", Karunanidhi said he wondered on what basis Jayalalithaa would ask him...
  • TN politicians champion SL Tamils cause for votes May 12, 2009

    Chennai: A crucial game changer state Tamil Nadu with 40 seats is set to witness a bitter fight for votes as the Sri Lankan Tamil gains prominence. The SL Tamil issue has been the key issue in election campaign 2009 with both the AIADMK and the DMK championing the cause. Tamil Nadu...
  • PM speaks to Karuna, rivals dub TN CM's fast as farce April 28, 2009

    Chennai: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday spoke to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, who is on an indefinite fast in support of his demand for immediate ceasefire in the Sri Lankan army's offensive against the LTTE. Union Minister G K Vasan, who was at the fast site told...
  • Tamil man kills himself over Sri Lanka violence January 29, 2009

    Chennai: A 26-year-old Tamil man died in Chennai on Thursday after setting himself on fire to protest against the killing of Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka, triggering a mob attack on a Bank of Ceylon branch. It was the first case of self-immolation in Tamil Nadu over reports that hundreds of...
  • Karunanidhi renews resignation threat over Sri Lanka January 24, 2009

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi threatened on Friday to pull out of India's ruling coalition unless New Delhi pushes for a ceasefire in Sri Lanka. "If giving up power will lead to the birth of Tamil Eelam, we shall only be too glad to do so," Karunanidhi said...