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Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 6.43 GMT
Meena Kandasamy’s allegations, wholly false
- SL Embassy

 

Among the many false and tendentious comments in the original piece by Meena Kandasamy calling for a ‘Boycott Sri Lanka till Tamils get justice’ are: “Those who lament the return of the Sri Lankan football team and the stray attacks on pilgrims maintain a guarded silence about the hundred-odd unarmed Tamil Nadu fishermen who have been shot dead by the Sri Lankan Navy in the past decade. In fact, the first call for snapping cricket ties with the island came from the Tamil fishing community, which has faced increasing violence whenever Sri Lanka lost a match to India”.

Criticism of the deporting of Sri Lankan football team from Tamil Nadu:” It conceals a genocide that claimed 1 lakh Tamil lives in 2009 and a structural racism that marginalises minorities. In enthusiastically supporting the sporting spirit, even sections of the media fail to note that the football team had no permission to play in Tamil Nadu”.

Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi responding to the article by Meena Kandasamy in the “Tehelka Magazine " 05 September 2012, states that the article contained several malicious and tendentious accusations and baseless allegations without an iota of evidence to prove either the Government of Sri Lanka or its armed forces were involved in the killings of over 100,000 Tamils and committed various atrocities.

The response adds that “The article is written in language of hate, obviously with the ulterior motive of harming the good relations between India and Sri Lanka and also to vitiate the communal harmony among the different communities in Sri Lanka”.

It states that:” Her hateful reference to a leader elected President of Sri Lanka with 62 percent of the votes as ‘21st Century Hitler’ is of very poor taste and against all journalism ethics.”

Here is the text of the response by the Minister Counsellor, Sri Lanka High Commission, New Delhi to the Tehelka Magazine.

Dear Sir

The article titled “Boycott Sri Lanka till Tamils get justice” by Meena Kandasamy

We are somewhat surprised that an impartial journal like Tehelka accepted the above article - such venomous and irrational article – for publication.

The article contained several malicious and tendentious accusations and baseless allegations without an iota of evidence to prove either the Government of Sri Lanka or its armed forces were involved in the killings of over 100,000 Tamils and committed various atrocities. The article is written in language of hate, obviously with the ulterior motive of harming the good relations between India and Sri Lanka and also to vitiate the communal harmony among the different communities in Sri Lanka.

Her allegation that hundred-odd unarmed Tamil Nadu fishermen have been shot dead by the Sri Lankan Navy in the past decade is absolutely untrue and the unbelievable theory that the Indian Tamil fishing community faces increasing violence whenever Sri Lanka lost a match to India is laughable to say the least.

I have no desire to comment on her theories on India’s possible disintegration and the need for a Marxist revolution as we have no right to comment on internal affairs of India, a friendly neighbour and largest democracy in the world which is capable of facing these so called challenges. However, thrust of her argument on this reflects that she is aligned with ethnic separatism agenda of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil eelam (LTTE), a terrorist outfit banned inIndia.

However, her hateful reference to a leader elected President of Sri Lanka with 62 percent of the votes as ‘21st Century Hitler’ is of very poor taste and against all journalism ethics.

Another diabolical lie she expounded is that “Sri Lankan State, a country with a Constitution that explicitly treats Tamils as second-class citizens.” In fact both Sinhala and Tamil are official languages in Sri Lanka.

Furthermore, I wish to point out that the trade union actions and student demonstrations she mentioned are evidence of any transparent democracy with total freedom of expression, just like in India.

I request that the contents of this letter be published in full.


Sincerely,

Sugeeswara Senadhira
Minister Counsellor for High Commissioner




 

 
 
   
   
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