Wednesday, November 12, 2008

'Chennai's ceasefire' - a dilemma

President Mahinda Rajapaksa embarked on his tour of India at a time when the entire Tamilnadu is boiling over with resentment against him. No Sri Lankan Leader has ever before confronted such opposition during his /her tour to India. During the period of J. R. Jayewardene's Govt. too the Tamilnadu has levelled accusations against Sri Lanka (SL ) of committing genocide of Tamils. Yet, during those times , Tamilnadu even produced films jointly with SL.

But, today the position is different, Tamilnadu actors and actresses are staging fasts and satygraha in protest against Mahinda's Govt. Tamilnadu cinema actor Rajanikanth who is not only popular in Tamilnadu and across the whole of India , but also in Japan while taking part in the fast against the Mahinda Govt. made an emotion charged speech : " the urgent need is to stop the war, the voice that we raise over here must be heard by Rajapaksa … Rajapaksa ! what are the Tamils demanding ? equal status, it is in your best interest if you recognize their rights ; you have the three armed forces : the Army, the Navy and the Air Force , but have you been able to wipe out all the Tamils who have been fighting for their rights ? You have not been able to do this in the past two years of the war . As in the past thirty years , you are unable to accept your defeat .Because , for you , it is a question of ego , accept the truth and grant them equal rights……." Full Text