Saturday, August 2, 2014

Lanka Apologises For Jayalalithaa-Modi Article Amid Outrage in Tamil Nadu



Screenshot of the Website of Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence and Urban Development

An Unqualified Apology

Last modified on: 8/1/2014 4:16:50 PM


An article titled 'How meaningful are Jayalalitha's love letters to Narendra Modi?' had appeared on our website along with a graphical portrayal of Hon. Prime Minister of India and Hon Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.


The article which had been published without appropriate authorization and not reflecting any official position of the Government of Sri Lanka or Ministry of Defence and Urban Development has since been removed.


We extend an unqualified apology to the Hon Prime Minister of India and Hon Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.


Sources: http://goo.gl/tJeldt

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How meaningful are Jayalalitha’s love letters to Narendra Modi?

Posted by Shenali D Waduge On August 01, 2014

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned they say and that aptly puts to context the feelings of Jayalalitha towards Sri Lanka. But, the BJP high powered delegation led by Dr. Subramaniam Swamy who arrived in Sri Lanka at the invitation of the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies recently made explicitly clear that Tamil Nadu would not come between Indo-Lanka relations and also thanked the Sri Lankan President for arresting but releasing the Indian fishermen while confiscating the boats. It was the boat owners that forced the Indian fishermen to poach into Sri Lankan waters because the Indian side had no fish. These are some realities that the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu cannot ignore and her tantrums are dampening the otherwise positive outlook of the Modi-led BJP Government. She should be advised to stop her tantrums and start looking at how the Indian fishermen can be absorbed into a new avenue of livelihood if there are no fish to fish in Indian waters.

The International Maritime Border Line drawn up in 1974 and 1976 is a bilateral agreement between India and Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister can cry and hoot but she cannot change the legality of this agreement honored by the 2 sovereign nations.

Katchchetivu came under the jurisdiction of Sri Lanka following the IMBL and Sri Lanka’s claim to Katchchaitivu was made in 1924 while as far back as 1876 the island was referred to as belonging to Sri Lanka even the colonial invaders regarded the island as belonging to Sri Lanka.

Thus, with a bilateral agreement in place it is Tamil Nadu fishermen who are violating the IMBL and the arrest of fishermen poaching into Sri Lankan waters cannot be faulted on Sri Lanka.

We realize that the issue at hand is as a result of the Indian side of the marine bed affected as a result of internationally banned bottom trawling. It is because commercial fishing has ignored to look after the source from which it makes money that there are no fish on Indian waters along the Tamil Nadu coast. Sri Lanka is not to be blamed because there are no fish in the Indian waters. The Tamil Nadu Government must take blame for allowing internationally banned bottom trawlers to operate.

We are well aware that India had been making millions from poaching into Sri Lankan waters using bottom trawlers and stealing the shrimps, prawns and fish that ideally belong to the fishermen of Sri Lanka. These poached fish calculated into years would account for theft and loss of millions of revenue to Sri Lanka. This cannot go on not just because it is a violation of territorial rights, theft of fish that do not belong to India but more importantly the manner of fishing will end up totally ruining the marine environment and destroying marine life and eventually lead to no fish on Sri Lankan waters as well.

The environmental impact and future of marine life is what should take prominence in any diplomatic discussions.

The Tamil Nadu Government and its Chief Minister should accept fault on several angles.

* Tamil Nadu fishermen violating internationally recognized IMBL and bilateral agreement between India and Sri Lanka

* Tamil Nadu fishermen using bottom trawlers that are internationally banned

* Tamil Nadu coast marine bed destroyed because of bottom trawling and so no fish for the Indian fishermen to fish

If the Indian coast had no fish as a result of the Indian fishermen destroying the marine life, should the Tamil Nadu authorities have taken measures to look into how the Indian fishermen and their families would survive? The solution is not to poach on waters that belong to other nations. It is not a long time solution or a viable solution. It is as a result of Tamil Nadu authorities not taking to account these realities that their fishermen are facing a predicament of no livelihood and Sri Lanka cannot be blamed for this.

Would Indian fishermen be allowed to poach in territorial waters that belong to other nations just because the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister comes out with a list of reasons giving them right to?

The BJP Government is commended for taking a stand and appreciated for approving the measures taken by Sri Lanka in arresting and releasing the Indian fishermen but confiscating the boats. Tamil Nadu seem to have forgotten that it is the Sri Lankan Tamil fishermen whose livelihood was affected as a result of Tamil Nadu fishermen poaching on Sri Lankan waters. The TNA ever ready to find fault with the Sri Lankan Government has not come to the rescue of its own fishermen or brought up the grievance of the Sri Lankan fishermen denied livelihood and this speaks volumes of the sincerity of the TNA towards its own people too.

With the latest letter of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister directed at demanding the release of the boats, we can but wonder whether some of these may belong to her or her supporters!

When Tamil Nadu Chief Minister is aware that the Tamil Nadu fishermen are violating internationally demarcated waters and poaching while also using internationally banned bottom trawlers, it is unjustified to ask the Indian Prime Minister to take action against Sri Lanka. Obviously she is attempting to dent the popularity of the Indian Prime Minister while also disturb the amity that is being built between the two nations. Her actions are obviously aligned to the undiplomatic and unscrupulous policies followed by the Sonia-led Congress Government where the Central Government of India was virtually kept strangulated and on a noose by successive Tamil Nadu Governments.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister may learn sooner than later that Narendra Modi is not a puppet to dance to her tantrums or threats. She should not attempt to embarrass Mr. Modi by her unjustified outbursts. It will not look good on the new Indian Prime Minister if he were to demand that Indian fishermen be allowed to cross the IMBL into Sri Lankan waters….is this the mischief that Jayalalitha is upto?

With the Modi mantra directed towards better and practical governance it is best that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister directs her attention at how to meet the livelihood challenges of Indian fishermen who have no fish to fish on Indian waters. Poaching is not the solution.


Sources: http://goo.gl/NhHgYb


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Tamil Nadu PR [Press Release No: 411, dated 01-08-2014] Text of the D.O. letter addressed by the Honble Chief Minister to the Honble Prime Minister of India on Sri Lankan website issues

Text of the D.O. letter dated 1.8.2014 addressed by Selvi J Jayalalithaa, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu to Shri Narendra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India is reproduced below:

"It has been brought to my notice that the official website of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, Government of Sri Lanka, has prominently hosted just under its homepage banner a link to an article entitled "How meaningful are Jayalalitha's love letters to Narendra Modi?" The visual rendering on the homepage of the official website just above the link is highly objectionable as it depicted both the Prime Minister of India and the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in a very trivialized, derogatory and disrespectful manner. 

The article itself contained certain unwarranted and unfounded comments about the very valid and serious issues that I have consistently been raising relating to the repeated instances of harassment by the Sri Lankan Navy of Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu fishing in their traditional waters. This is a livelihood issue for lakhs of fishermen families in my State whose cause I have been espousing and will continue to espouse strongly. I have also clearly explained the legal basis on which the Government of Tamil Nadu refuses to recognize the unlawful ceding of Katchatheevu under the Indo-Sri Lanka agreements of 1974 and 1976 and the issue pertaining to the alignment of the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL). 

The article analysis also ascribes motives to me without any basis at all, including the insinuation that I demanded the release of boats which are crucial to the survival of fishermen families, because "some of these may belong to her or her supporters". This is a vile, distasteful and baseless allegation. The article also tries to mischievously create fissures within India's federal polity where none exist through statements like: "Obviously she is attempting to dent the popularity of the Indian Prime Minister…….". 

While as a public political figure in a vibrant democracy with full freedom of press, I have faced criticism and comment from many sources, this blatant attempt to ridicule, and trivialize the untiring efforts made by a democratically elected leader to resolve an important livelihood issue of the fishermen of Tamil Nadu by hosting a highly objectionable article prominently on the official website of an important Ministry of a neighbouring country, is completely unacceptable. The added visual image on the website is clearly aimed at denigrating the elected leaders of India, the world's largest democracy, and particularly a 66 year old woman political leader of many years standing. These are affronts to India which cannot be ignored or lightly brushed aside. 

More importantly, although there was a disclaimer on the website stating that the Ministry of Defence bears no responsibility for the ideas and opinion expressed by the numerous contributors to the "Opinion Page" of the website, the visual itself depicting the Prime Minister of India and the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu is not part of the article written by a journalist but a visual deliberately and mischievously put up on the official website itself. This reprehensible visual itself clearly indicates that these are not necessarily the views of the author 
but of the Sri Lankan Government itself. 

I understand that, following the public outcry in Tamil Nadu, the article and the visual have both been surreptitiously removed from the official website. However, the damage has already been done. 

I therefore request you to immediately direct the Ministry of External Affairs to summon the Sri Lankan High Commissioner and clearly express India's displeasure at the manner in which the article was hosted on the official website of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, Government of Sri Lanka, and seek an unconditional apology from the Government of Sri Lanka."

Issued by: Director of Information and Public Relations, Chennai- 9, dated: 1.8.2014 


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பதிவு செய்த நாள்: ஆக 02, 2014 01:56

கொழும்பு: தமிழக முதல்வர் ஜெயலலிதா, பிரதமர் நரேந்திர மோடி குறித்து, இலங்கை ராணுவத்தின் இணைய தளம் வெளியிட்ட அவதூறு செய்திகளுக்கு பலத்த கண்டனம் எழுந்ததை அடுத்து, இலங்கை அரசு நிபந்தனையற்ற மன்னிப்பு கேட்டது.

தமிழக மீனவர் விவகாரம், இலங்கையில் நடைபெற்ற போர்குற்றம், கச்சத்தீவு விவகாரம் போன்றவை குறித்து, இலங்கைக்கு எதிராக நடவடிக்கை எடுக்குமாறு, பிரதமர் நரேந்திர மோடிக்கு, முதல்வர், ஜெயலலிதா அடிக்கடி கடிதம் எழுதுவதை கிண்டல் செய்து, இலங்கை ராணுவ இணைய தளத்தில், கேலிச் சித்திரத்துடன் சில ஆட்சேபகரமான வார்த்தைகள் இடம்பெற்றிருந்தன.இதை அறிந்த தமிழக எம்.பி.,க்கள் பார்லிமென்டில் நேற்று கடும் அமளியில் ஈடுபட்டனர். அ.தி.மு.க., பா.ஜ., - பா.ம.க., - ம.தி.மு.க., மற்றும் கம்யூனிஸ்ட் கட்சி எம்.பி.,க்கள், இலங்கை அரசின், செயலை கண்டித்தனர்.தமிழகத்தின் பல பகுதிகளில், இலங்கை அரசுக்கு எதிராக அ.தி.மு.க.,வினர் ஆர்ப்பாட்டத்தில் ஈடுபட்டனர்.

இதையடுத்து, இலங்கை அரசின் ராணுவ இணையதளத்தில் வெளியிடப்பட்டிருந்த சர்ச்சைக்குரிய செய்தி நீக்கப்பட்டது. இதையடுத்து, 'அந்த இடத்தில், நிபந்தனையற்ற மன்னிப்பு கேட்கிறோம்' என்ற தலைப்பில், அந்நாட்டு ராணுவம் செய்தி வெளியிட்டிருந்தது.

அதில், 'இந்த இடத்தில் வெளியாகி இருந்த செய்தி, முறையான அனுமதியின்றி, தவறுதலாக வெளியிடப்பட்டு விட்டது. அதில் இடம்பெற்ற கருத்துகளுக்கு, இலங்கை அரசு எந்த விதத்திலும் பொறுப்பாகாது. நடந்த செயலுக்கு, பிரதமர் மோடி மற்றும் முதல்வர் ஜெயலலிதாவிடம் நிபந்தனையற்ற மன்னிப்பு கேட்கிறோம்' என, குறிப்பிடப்பட்டிருந்தது.

முன்னதாக, பிரதமர் நரேந்திர மோடி அலுவலகத்தை தொடர்பு கொண்ட தமிழக முதல்வர் அலுவலகம், இந்த விவகாரத்தில் இலங்கை அரசிடம் மன்னிப்பு கோர வேண்டும் என, வலியுறுத்தியதாக கூறப்படுகிறது. அதை அடுத்து தான், இலங்கை அரசு மன்னிப்பு கேட்டதாகவும் கூறப்படுகிறது.

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பதிவு செய்த நாள்: ஆக 02, 2014 01:59

- நமது நிருபர் -

சென்னை: 'இலங்கை ராணுவ அமைச்சகத்தின், அதிகாரப்பூர்வ இணையதளத்தில் வெளியான, அவதூறு கட்டுரை தொடர்பாக, இலங்கை அரசிடம் இருந்து, நிபந்தனையற்ற மன்னிப்பு கேட்க வேண்டும்' என, பிரதமருக்கு, முதல்வர் ஜெயலலிதா, கடிதம் எழுதி உள்ளார்.

கடிதத்தில், அவர் கூறியிருப்பதாவது:இலங்கை ராணுவம் மற்றும் நகர்ப்புற வளர்ச்சி அமைச்சகத்தின், அதிகாரப்பூர்வ இணையதளத்தில் வெளியான, அவதூறு கட்டுரை யில் இடம் பெற்றுள்ள படம், மிகவும் ஆட்சேபகரமாக உள்ளது.

அவமரியாதை

இது, இந்திய பிரதமரையும், தமிழக முதல்வரையும் சிறுமைப்படுத்தும் வகையில், அவமரியாதை செய்யும் வகையில் உள்ளது. தமிழக மீனவர்களை, இலங்கை கடற்படையினர், அடிக்கடி துன்புறுத்துவது தொடர்பாக, நான் எழுப்பும் பிரச்னைகள் குறித்து, அந்த கட்டுரையில், உண்மைக்கு புறம்பான கருத்துக்கள் இடம் பெற்றுள்ளன. மீனவர்களின் குடும்பங்கள் உயிர் வாழ, அவர்களின் படகுகளை விடுவிக்க வேண்டும் என, நான் வலியுறுத்தி வருவதற்கு, உள்நோக்கம் கற்பித்து, அந்த படகுகளில் சில, எனக்கோ அல்லது என் ஆதரவாளர்களுக்கோ சொந்தமாக இருப்பதால் தான், இவ்வாறு வலியுறுத்துவதாக, கட்டுரையில் குறிப்பிடப்பட்டுள்ளது.இது, தீய நோக்கம் கொண்ட, ஆதாரமற்ற குற்றச்சாட்டாகும். 'தமிழக முதல்வர், பிரதமரின் செல்வாக்கை குறைக்க முயற்சிக்கிறார்' என, கட்டுரையில் குறிப்பிடப்பட்டுள்ள வாசகம், இந்திய கூட்டாட்சி முறையில், பிளவை ஏற்படுத்த, இந்த கட்டுரை முயற்சிப்பதை காட்டுகிறது.

தமிழக மீனவர்களின் வாழ்வாதார பிரச்னைக்கு தீர்வு காண, ஜனநாயக முறையில் தேர்வு செய்யப்பட்ட ஒரு தலைவர் மேற்கொள்ளும் முயற்சிகளை, கேலி செய்யும் வகையில், சிறுமைப்படுத்தும் வகையில், அண்டை நாட்டின் ஒரு அமைச்சகத்தால், அதன் அதிகாரப்பூர்வ இணையதளத்தில், இக்கட்டுரை வெளியிட்டிருப்பது ஏற்கத்தக்கதல்ல.இலங்கை அரசின், இச்செயல் இந்தியாவுக்கு ஏற்பட்டுள்ள இகழ்ச்சி என்பதால், இதை புறக்கணிக்கவோ அல்லது எளிதாக எடுத்துக் கொள்ளவோ முடியாது.இந்த இணையதளத்தில் தெரிவித்துள்ள கருத்துக்களுக்கு, இலங்கை பாதுகாப்பு அமைச்சகம் பொறுப்பேற்காது என தெரிவிக்கப்பட்டிருந்தாலும், அதில் கண்டுள்ள படத்தில், இந்திய பிரதமரையும், தமிழக முதல்வரையும் சேர்த்திருப்பது, அது கட்டுரையின் ஒரு பகுதி அல்ல என்றும், வேண்டுமென்றே விஷமத்தனமாக இந்த படம் சேர்க்கப்பட்டிருப்பதாக தெரிகிறது.

அரசின் கருத்து

இப்படம், கட்டுரையாளரின் கருத்து அல்ல; இலங்கை அரசின் கருத்து என்பதை தெளிவுப்படுத்துகிறது.இக்கட்டுரை தொடர்பாக, தமிழகத்தில் எதிர்ப்பு எழுந்ததும், அந்த இணையதளத்தில் இருந்து, கட்டுரை நீக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. எனினும், இதன் பாதிப்பு ஏற்கனவே ஏற்படுத்தப்பட்டு விட்டது.எனவே, இந்தியாவுக்கான இலங்கை தூதரை, வெளியுறவு அமைச்சகம், நேரில் அழைத்து, இக்கட்டுரைக்கு, கடும் அதிருப்தியை, வெளிப்படையாக தெரிவிக்க வேண்டும். இலங்கை அரசிடம் இருந்து, நிபந்தனையற்ற மன்னிப்பை கேட்க வேண்டும்.இவ்வாறு, முதல்வர் ஜெயலலிதா தெரிவித்துள்ளார்.

ஜெ.,க்கு ஆதரவாக தலைவர்கள் கண்டனம்

''தமிழக மீனவர்களின் இன்னல்களைக் களையும் விதத்தில், பிரதமருக்கு, தமிழக முதல்வர் எழுதிய கடிதங்களைக் கொச்சைப்படுத்தும் அளவுக்கு, இலங்கை அரசினர் ஈடுபட்டுள்ளனர். அது கண்டிக்கத்தக்கது,'' என, இலங்கை பாதுகாப்பு துறை இணைய தளத்தில், முதல்வர் குறித்து இடம் பெற்ற சர்ச்சைக்குரிய கட்டுரைக்கு, தி.மு.க., தலைவர் கருணாநிதி கண்டனம் தெரிவித்து, அறிக்கை வெளியிட்டு உள்ளார்.

அவரைப் போலவே, தமிழகத்தின் அரசியல் கட்சி தலைவர்கள் பலரும் கடும் கண்டனம் தெரிவித்து உள்ளனர்.

தி.மு.க., தலைவர் கருணாநிதி

முதல்வர் ஜெயலலிதாவுக்கும், நமக்கும் இடையே எத்தனையோ கருத்து வேறுபாடுகள் இருப்பினும், அவர், தமிழக மீனவர்களின் இன்னல்களைக் களையும் விதத்தில், பிரதமருக்கு எழுதிய கடிதங்களைக் கொச்சைப்படுத்தும் அளவுக்கு, இலங்கை அரசினர் ஈடுபட்டுள்ளனர். இதிலிருந்து இலங்கை அரசின் நடவடிக்கைகள் எப்படிப்பட்டவை என்பதை, யாவரும் புரிந்து கொள்ள முடியும். பொதுவாக இதுபோன்ற இழிவான விமர்சனங்களை, தி.மு.க., எப்போதும் ஆதரிப்பதில்லை; அந்தக் கடுமொழிகளை, இழிமொழிகளை கண்டிக்கத் தவறியதும் இல்லை.அப்படிப்பட்ட இலங்கை அரசுக்கு ஆதரவாக, இந்திய அரசு நடந்துக் கொள்ளக் கூடாது என்று தான், தமிழகத்தின் சார்பில் அனைத்து கட்சியினரும் தொடர்ந்து மத்திய அரசுக்கு வேண்டுகோள் விடுத்து வருகிறோம்.குறிப்பிட்ட அந்தக் கட்டுரை இழிவுபடுத்தியிருப்பது முதல்வரை மட்டுமல்ல; பிரதமரையும் தான் என்ற எண்ணத்தோடு இந்தப் பிரச்னையில், மத்திய அரசு உடனடியாகத் தலையிட்டு, தன் கடுமையான கண்டனத்தை, இலங்கை அரசுக்கு தெரிவிக்க வேண்டும்.

தமிழக காங்கிரஸ் தலைவர் ஞானதேசிகன்

அரசியல் மாச்சரியங்கள், கருத்து வேறுபாடுகள் எல்லாம் அரசியலில் இருந்தாலும், தேர்ந்தெடுக்கப்பட்ட ஒரு முதல்வரை நாகரிகமற்ற முறையில் விமர்சிப்பது என்பது, ஏற்றுக் கொள்ள முடியாதது.இது போன்ற நச்சுக் கருத்துக்களை, தன் அதிகாரபூர்வ இணைய தளத்தில், தனியார் ஒருவர் இலங்கை யின் பாதுகாப்புத் துறை இணையதளத்தில் வெளியிடுவதை, தடுக்காமல் இருந்தது விஷமத்தனமானது; கண்டனத்துக்குரியது.

இந்திய தேசிய முஸ்லிம் லீக் தலைவர் ஜவஹர்அலி

முதல்வர் ஜெயலலிதாவை பற்றிய விமர்சன கட்டுரை, இலங்கை யில் பாதுகாப்புத் துறை இணையதளத்தில் வெளியாகி இருப்பது, உலக தமிழர்களை கொந்தளிக்க செய்துள்ளது. இதற்காக, இலங்கை அதிபர் ராஜபக் ஷே, நிபந்தனையற்ற மன் னிப்பு கேட்க வேண்டும். இலங்கை தூதரகங்களை இந்தியாவில் மூட வேண்டும்; இலங்கையுடனான அனைத்து உறவுகளையும், இந்தியா துண்டிக்க வேண்டும்.

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பதிவு செய்த நாள்: 02 ஆக 2014 00:49

சென்னை: முதல்வர் ஜெயலலிதாவை விமர்சித்து, இலங்கை ராணுவ இணையதளத்தில் வெளியான கட்டுரை குறித்து, விவாதிக்க, சட்டசபையில் அனுமதி மறுத்ததால், மனித நேய மக்கள் கட்சி மற்றும் புதிய தமிழகம் கட்சி எம்.எல்.ஏ.,க்கள் வெளிநடப்பு செய்தனர்.

கோரிக்கை 

சட்டசபையில், நேற்று, 110வது விதியின் கீழ், முதல்வர் ஜெயலலிதா அறிவிப்புகளை வெளியிட்டதும், மனித நேய மக்கள் கட்சி எம்.எல்.ஏ.,க்கள், 'முக்கிய பிரச்னை குறித்து, விவாதிக்க வேண்டும்' என, சபாநாயகரிடம் கோரிக்கை விடுத்தனர். அதுகுறித்து, சில கருத்துகளையும் தெரிவித்தனர். ஆனால், அவர்கள் பேசியதை, சபைக் குறிப்பிலிருந்து நீக்குவதாக அறிவித்த சபாநாயகர், விவாதிக்க அனுமதி மறுத்தார். இதையடுத்து, மனித நேய மக்கள் கட்சி எம்.எல்.ஏ.,க்கள் ஜவாஹிருல்லா, அஸ்சலம் பாட்சா வெளிநடப்பு செய்தனர். இதே கோரிக்கையை வலியுறுத்தி, புதிய தமிழகம் கட்சி எம்.எல்.ஏ., கிருஷ்ணசாமியும் வெளி
நடப்பு செய்தார்.

அவர்கள், சபைக்கு வெளியே கூறியதாவது: இலங்கை கடற்படை, தமிழக மீனவர்களை கைது செய்து, அவர்களின் படகுகளையும் பறிமுதல் செய்து வருகிறது. இப்பிரச்னையில், மீனவர்களை விடுவிக்கும் இலங்கை அரசு, படகுகளை வழங்கவில்லை. இதைக் கண்டித்து, ராமநாதபுரம் உள்ளிட்ட சில பகுதி மீனவர்கள் கடந்த, 16ம் தேதி முதல், வேலை நிறுத்தப் போராட்டத்தில் ஈடுபட்டு வருகின்றனர்.

கட்டுரை 

மேலும், வெள்ளைக் கொடி ஏந்தி, கச்சத் தீவை நோக்கி செல்லும் போராட்டத்தையும் அறிவித்துள்ளனர். இதற்கிடையே, தமிழக மீனவர் பிரச்னை குறித்து, பிரதமர் மோடிக்கு, தமிழக முதல்வர் ஜெயலலிதா எழுதும் கடிதங்களை, கொச்சைப்படுத்தி, இலங்கை ராணுவ இணையதளத்தில் கட்டுரை எழுதப்பட்டு உள்ளது. இப்பிரச்னைகள் குறித்து, விவாதிக்க அனுமதி கேட்டோம். சபாநாயகர் அனுமதி தரவில்லை. எனவே, வெளிநடப்பு செய்துள்ளோம்.

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அ.தி.மு.க. தலைவருக்கும், நமக்குமிடையே எத்தனையோ கருத்து வேறுபாடுகள் இருப்பினும், அவர் தமிழக மீனவர்களின் இன்னல்களைக் களையும் விதத்தில் பிரதமருக்கு எழுதிய கடிதங்களைக் கொச்சைப்படுத்தும் அளவுக்கு சிங்கள அரசினர் ஈடுபட்டிருக்கிறார்கள் என்பதிலிருந்து சிங்கள அரசின் நடவடிக்கைகள் எப்படிப்பட்டவை என்பதை யாவரும் புரிந்து கொள்ள முடியும். பொதுவாக இதுபோன்ற இழிவான விமர்சனங்களை தி.மு.க. எப்போதுமே ஆதரிப்பதுமில்லை. அந்தக் கடுமொழிகளை, இழிமொழிகளைக் கண்டிக்கத் தவறியதும் இல்லை.

தமிழக முதலமைச்சர் பற்றி இலங்கை அவதூறு கட்டுரை குறித்து மத்திய அரசு உடனடியாகத் தலையிட்டு தன்னுடைய கடுமையான கண்டனத்தை இலங்கை அரசுக்குத் தெரிவிக்க வேண்டும்.

இலங்கை சிங்களவாத அரசின் பாதுகாப்புத் துறையின் அதிகாரப் பூர்வமான இணைய தளத்தில், தமிழக மீனவர் பிரச்சினை தொடர்பாக எழுதப்பட்டுள்ள கட்டுரை ஒன்றில், தமிழக முதல் அமைச்சரை அநாகரிகமாக இழிவு படுத்தும் வகையில் எழுதப்பட்டுள்ளதாக இன்று மாலை ஏடுகளில் செய்திகள் வந்துள்ளன. அ.தி.மு.க. தலைவருக்கும், நமக்குமிடையே எத்தனையோ கருத்து வேறுபாடுகள் இருப்பினும், அவர் தமிழக மீனவர்களின் இன்னல்களைக் களையும் விதத்தில் பிரதமருக்கு எழுதிய கடிதங்களைக் கொச்சைப்படுத்தும் அளவுக்கு சிங்கள அரசினர் ஈடுபட்டிருக்கிறார்கள் என்பதிலிருந்து சிங்கள அரசின் நடவடிக்கைகள் எப்படிப்பட்டவை என்பதை யாவரும் புரிந்து கொள்ள முடியும். 

பொதுவாக இதுபோன்ற இழிவான விமர்சனங்களை தி.மு.க. எப்போதுமே ஆதரிப்பதுமில்லை. அந்தக் கடுமொழிகளை, இழிமொழிகளைக் கண்டிக்கத் தவறியதும் இல்லை. அப்படிப்பட்ட சிங்கள அரசுக்கு ஆதரவாக இந்திய அரசு நடந்து கொள்ளக் கூடாது என்று தான் தமிழகத்தின் சார்பில் அனைத்துக் கட்சியினரும் தொடர்ந்து மத்திய அரசுக்கு வேண்டுகோள் விடுத்து வருகிறோம். அந்தக் கட்டுரை இழிவு படுத்தியிருப்பது தமிழக முதல்அமைச்சரை மட்டுமல்ல; இந்திய நாட்டுப் பிரதமரையும்தான் இழிவுபடுத்தியிருக்கிறது என்ற எண்ணத்தோடு, இந்தப் பிரச்சினையில் மத்திய அரசு உடனடியாகத் தலையிட்டு தன்னுடைய கடுமையான கண்டனத்தை இலங்கை அரசுக்குத் தெரிவிக்க வேண்டும்.

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Article critical of Jayalalithaa in Sri Lanka Army website creates furore

CHENNAI, August 1, 2014

PTI

Setting aside their differences, political parties in Tamil Nadu on Friday strongly backed Chief Minister Jayalalithaa after the Sri Lankan Army website carried an article critical of her. File photo
Setting aside their differences, political parties in Tamil Nadu on Friday strongly backed Chief Minister Jayalalithaa after the Sri Lankan Army website carried an article critical of her. File photo

Sri Lankan Defence Ministry tenders unqualified apology to Modi and Jayalalithaa over the article; TN parties, including the DMK, back Tamil Nadu Chief Minister

Setting aside their differences, political parties in Tamil Nadu on Friday strongly backed Chief Minister Jayalalithaa after the Sri Lankan Army website carried an article critical of her, with an accompanying graphic image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Hours after the article was published, it led to political furore accompanied by protests by AIADMK and Tamil outfits in various parts of the state besides NDA allies demanding India severe ties with Colombo even as the piece was later removed from the website.

Even as Ms. Jayalalithaa urged Mr. Modi to demand an unconditional apology from the Sri Lankan government over the issue, the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry issued the same.

Sri Lanka tries to create fissures: Jayalalithaa

Taking strong exception to an alleged derogatory article about her on the Sri Lankan defence website, Ms. Jayalalithaa accused it of trying to create fissures in India's federal polity as she demanded an unconditional apology from Colombo for the insinuations against her.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi hours after the controversy broke out, leading to a furore in Tamil Nadu's political circles, she said that it Also read the related stories depicted him in a 'disrespectful manner.'

She said it was brought to her notice that the article, titled 'How meaningful are Jayalalithaa's love letters to Narendra Modi' had been published in the website of Ministry of Defence and Urban Development of Sri Lanka.

Though the article had been removed following an outcry in her state, 'the damage has been done,' she told Modi.

She urged Mr. Modi to immediately direct the External Affairs Ministry to summon the Sri Lankan High Commissioner and 'clearly express India's displeasure' over the manner in which the article was hosted and "seek an unconditional apology from the Government of Sri Lanka."

"The visual rendering on the homepage of the official website just above the link is highly objectionable as it depicted both the Prime Minister of India and Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (herself) in a very trivialized, derogatory and disrespectful manner," she said in a letter to Mr. Modi.

She said the article contained certain unwarranted and unfounded comments about her consistently taking up issues such as the arrest of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy, including her strident stand against ceding of Katchatheevu,an islet, to Sri Lanka by way of two agreements in 1974 and 1976.

"This is a livelihood issue for lakhs of fishermen families in my state whose cause I have been espousing and will continue to espouse strongly," she said.

Ms. Jayalalithaa said her refusal to accept the ceding of Katchatheevu was based on legal grounds.

The article ascribed motives to her without any basis, including the 'insinuation' that she had demanded the release of boats from Sri Lankan custody as "some of these may belong to her or her supporters," she said, citing from the article.

"The article Also read the related stories tries to mischievously create fissures within India's federal polity where none exist through statements like 'obviously she is attempting to dent the popularity of the Indian Prime Minister'," she said.

Ms. Jayalalithaa said she as a public political figure had faced criticism and comments but this was a "blatant attempt to ridicule and trivialize the untiring efforts made by a democratically elected leader to resolve an important livelihood issue of fishermen of Tamil Nadu."

It was 'completely unacceptable' that a highly objectionable article was published on the official website, she said.

"The added visual image on the website is clearly aimed at denigrating the elected leaders of India, the world's largest democracy, and particularly a 66-year-old woman political leader of many years' standing. These are affronts to India which cannot be ignored or lighlty brushed aside," she added.

She said while there was a disclaimer that the Defence Ministry bears no responsibility for the ideas in an Op-Ed page where the article was published, the 'reprehensible visual' indicated that the views were not necessarily that of the author but the government itself.

TN parties condemn Sri Lanka

The Tamil Nadu BJP unit said publishing of such a derogatory article in an official website was not acceptable.

Party's State general secretary Vanathy Srinivasan said that India should summon the Sri Lankan envoy and "convey our feelings".

"We should strongly condemn it as it was published in an official website of the Sri Lankan government," she told PTI.

However, she was not in favour of severing ties with the island nation, as demanded by her party's Tamil Nadu allies, the PMK and the MDMK.

The DMK Also read the related stories slammed the Sri Lankan government over the episode and demanded an apology.

Party spokesperson T.K.S. Elangovan described the article, which mocked Ms. Jayalalithaa's writing of letters to Mr. Modi on issues involving Sri Lanka, as "cheap".

No matter what the differences were, a Chief Minister cannot be depicted in such manner, he said.

PMK founder S. Ramadoss said that the article was in bad taste and not only demeaned Ms. Jayalalithaa, but Also read the related stories Mr. Modi.

Referring to criticism in the article about Ms. Jayalalithaa writing letters to Mr. Modi on issues relating to Indian fishermen involving Sri Lanka, he said such commentary in an official government site amounted to 'interfering' in the internal affairs of the country.

He alleged that the visit of a BJP delegation led by party leader Subramanian Swamy to Sri Lanka had emboldened that country to make such remarks.

Holding that India should not allow Sri Lanka to continue with such practices, he urged New Delhi to summon the envoy of that country and lodge a strong protest.

"The Sri Lankan President (Mahinda Rajapakse) and Defence Secretary should apologise for the article. If the Sri Lankan government declines to do so, India should not hesitate to sever its relations with that country," Mr. Ramadoss said.

He said that it was not proper to degrade Ms. Jayalalithaa, who was not only an elected leader, but Also read the related stories a woman.

MDMK leader Vaiko described the incident as "unforgivable" and said it showed the "atrocious" nature of the Sri Lankan Army.

Ms. Jayalalithaa's letters to Mr. Modi were not mere communication, but her "struggle" to ensure the welfare of the Sri Lankan Tamils, he said.

"Those letters are representative of the feelings of 7.5 crore Tamil people," he said and faulted the BJP delegation's visit to the island nation.

"India should immediately take action against Sri Lanka and sever ties with that country. Else there will be a suspicion if the Narendra Modi government had joined hands with Sri Lanka in its anti-Tamil measures," he said.

TNCC president B.S. Gnanadesikan Also read the related stories criticised the article and said he had taken up the matter with the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission, seeking its removal from the website.

"There may be political differences, but portraying a Chief Minister in an indecent manner is not acceptable," he said.

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Lanka Apologises For Jayalalithaa-Modi Article Amid Outrage in Tamil Nadu

All India | Edited by Deepshikha Ghosh | Updated: August 01, 2014 18:11 IST

Lanka Apologises For Jayalalithaa-Modi Article Amid Outrage in Tamil Nadu
This was the image on the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry website. It has since been removed

New Delhi:  Sri Lanka has apologised to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for a controversial article and depiction of the two leaders on the official website of its defence ministry.

In an "unqualified apology", the Lankan government said the article was published "without proper authorization. The article doesn't reflect our government's official position."

The statement came after Ms Jayalalithaa wrote to PM Modi urging him to summon the Lankan envoy and seek an apology for the article on the Lankan Defence Ministry website titled "How Meaningful Are Jayalalithaa's Love Letters to Narendra Modi". It had a morphed image of the Chief Minister and Mr Modi in a heart-shaped thought bubble.

"The visual is objectionable as it depicts the PM and CM in a derogatory manner. It Also read the related stories attempts to cause fissures within India's federal politics," said the Chief Minister.

The article, which threatened to snowball into a diplomatic row, has now been removed.

Though it came with a disclaimer, the article has touched a raw nerve among parties who bristled at Mr Modi's invitation to Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to his swearing in ceremony in May.

Regional parties in Tamil Nadu accuse Mr Rajapaksa of presiding over the killing of civilians in the final stages of the war against the Tamil separatist outfit LTTE. It is a political minefield in the state where assembly elections are due in 2016. 

Mr Modi's ally PMK said the article was in poor taste. "They degrade Prime Minister Modi and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. The Centre should demand an apology from the Lankan president and Defence Secretary. India should call the Lankan High Commissioner," PMK Chief Ramadoss raged.

The opposition Congress Also read the related stories called for an apology.

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Sri Lanka apologises over article on Jayalalithaa

COLOMBO, August 1, 2014

MEERA SRINIVASAN

This August 1, 2014 screenshot from the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence website shows its
This August 1, 2014 screenshot from the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence website shows its "unqualified apology" over an article critical of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa that appeared on the Sri Lankan Army site.

Article published without appropriate authorisation, says Sri Lankan Defence Ministry

Following controversy over an article critical of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and an accompanying graphic published on its website, Sri Lanka's Defence Ministry issued an "unqualified apology" on Friday.

"The article which had been published without appropriate authorisation and not reflecting any official position of the Government of Sri Lanka or Ministry of Defence and Urban Development has since been removed. We extend an unqualified apology to the Hon. Prime Minister of India and Hon Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu," said the statement on the home page of the Defence Ministry's official website.

The article was published on the Defence Ministry website, accompanied by a graphic representation of Mr. Modi and Ms. Jayalalithaa. "It was a lapse of editorial judgment on the part of the officer who was in-charge. We take full responsibility for it and deeply regret it," Army spokesperson Ruwan Wanigasooriya told The Hindu.

Terming the visual "inappropriate", he said: "We are not a newspaper, we are a government website. This is totally unacceptable."

The views of the writer Shenali D. Waduge, a regular columnist with the state-run Daily News in Colombo, did not reflect the views of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, or of the government, he said. "We have enormous respect for heads of state," Mr. Wanigasooriya said.

The piece, critical of Tamil Nadu fishermen and of claims made by Tamil Nadu to Kachchatheevu, comes at a time when fishermen of both countries are expressing serious concern over the absence of a sustainable solution to the Palk Bay crisis.

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Damage already done, says Jayalalithaa

COLOMBO/CHENNAI, August 2, 2014

MEERA SREENIVASAN and SRUTHISAGAR YAMUNAN

Sri Lankan Minister Web post critical of Tamil Nadu fishermen

An article that appeared on the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry website "trivialising" Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has come at a time when fishermen of both countries are expressing serious concern over the absence of a sustainable solution to the Palk Bay crisis. The piece was critical of Tamil Nadu fishermen and the claims made by Tamil Nadu on Katchatheevu.

Ms. Jayalalithaa said that while as a public political figure she had faced criticism from many sources, the blatant attempt to "ridicule and trivialise" her efforts to resolve the livelihood issue of Tamil Nadu fishermen was unacceptable.

Though the article was "surreptitiously" removed from the website following a public outcry, the Chief Minister said the damage had already been done.

Following the controversy, the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry put out a statement tendering an "unqualified apology" to Ms. Jayalalithaa and Mr. Modi.

"The article which had been published without appropriate authorisation and not reflecting any official position of the Government of Sri Lanka or Ministry of Defence and Urban Development has since been removed. We extend an unqualified apology to the Hon. Prime Minister of India and Hon. Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu," a statement on the Ministry website said.

A Sri Lankan Army spokesperson said it was a lapse in editorial judgment on the part of the officer in-charge.

"We take full responsibility for it and deeply regret it. The visuals [accompanying the article] were inappropriate. The views of the writer Shenali D. Waduge, a regular columnist with the state-run Daily News here, did not reflect the views of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, or of the government," Army spokesperson Ruwan Wanigasooriya told The Hindu in Colombo.

The apology came after the Indian Ministry of External Affairs took up the issue with the Sri Lankan authorities through its High Commission in Colombo. A Ministry spokesperson is reported to have said in New Delhi that India acted with "alacrity" on the issue.

Political parties in Tamil Nadu, including DMK president M. Karunanidhi, the MDMK and the PMK, put up a united face against the article and condemned the Sri Lankan government for hosting it on an official website.

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Poster in Tamil Nadu Shows Rajapaksa Apologising to Jayalalithaa

South | Reported by Sam Daniel Stalin, Edited by Amit Chaturvedi | Updated: August 02, 2014 23:06 IST

Poster in Tamil Nadu Shows Rajapaksa Apologising to Jayalalithaa
Poster in Tamil Nadu Shows Rajapaksa Apologising to Jayalalithaa

Chennai:  A poster has come up in Coimbatore which shows Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa apologising to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa with folded hands. The poster, in Tamil, has a tagline: "Mother, I have made a huge mistake, forgive me."

The poster has been put up by K Velligiri, the town secretary of Amma Peravai, a frontal wing in the name of Ms Jayalalithaa.

It comes a day after the Lankan government apologised for a controversial article and depiction of Ms Jayalalithaa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the official website of its defence ministry.

In an "unqualified apology", the Lankan government said the article was published "without proper authorisation. The article doesn't reflect our government's official position."

The statement came after Ms Jayalalithaa wrote to PM Modi urging him to summon the Lankan envoy and seek an apology for the article titled "How Meaningful Are Jayalalithaa's Love Letters to Narendra Modi". It had a morphed image of the Chief Minister and Mr Modi in a heart-shaped thought bubble.

"Our Amma is doing everything possible for Lankan Tamils and our fishermen. The pictures they put on their website is unacceptable. We want President Rajapaksa to apologise," Mr Velligiri told NDTV.

Mr Rajapaksa is regularly attacked by Ms Jayalalithaa and other political parties in Tamil Nadu for alleged atrocities against his island's ethnic Tamils.

These parties accuse Mr Rajapaksa of presiding over the killing of civilians in the final stages of the war against the Tamil separatist outfit LTTE in 2009. It is a political minefield in the state where assembly elections are due in 2016.

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