The Sri Lankan situation is once again causing needless tensions in Tamil Nadu with every Vijay, Ajith, Rajini and podi paya trying to outdo the other in proving his support for the Tamils across the Palk Strait.
Chennai newspaper The Hindu has an interesting interview with Sri Lanka’s Social Welfare Minister Douglas Devananda on the current situation in the island nation.
Devananda argues there’s currently no genocide in the country and dismisses such reports in Tamil Nadu as LTTE propaganda.
Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
Prabakaran’s real problem is that he cannot survive in a democratic environment. He needs a piece of dreamland called Eelam that he can rule as a dictator. The truth is that after the Indo-Sri Lanka agreement, every leader in office has attempted to solve this issue. What was the approach of the LTTE to these efforts? It walked out of talks every single time on some excuse or the other. Three decades of war and destruction have brought nothing but misery to the people of Sri Lanka in general and Tamils in particular. We have to put an end to the politics of militancy and move towards a negotiated political settlement. The LTTE is part of the problem and not a solution and hence dealt with squarely.