In Tamil Nadu, concern for Lankan Tamils is a matter more of political competition among the state's political parties than of any substantive intent to help the minority across the Palk Straits, The Economic Times said in an editorial published on October 26.
When they rant and rage against the government of Sri Lanka and wail in anguish over the plight of the island nation's Tamil minorities, the political parties of Tamil Nadu are only interested in proving to the people of Tamil Nadu that each is more committed to the Lankan Tamil's cause than the other.
Their fake fury has little do with what will actually help the Tamil minority in Lanka. The government of India should not follow their example. It should know that it has to work with the government of Sri Lanka, build on the elected representation the Tamils have achieved and, working with both, secure institutionalised devolution of powers, the editorial added.
Should India attend or boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM) in Colombo in November? The Tamil Nadu assembly has passed a unanimous resolution saying that India should boycott the meet to register its protest over the shabby treatment of Tamils in Sri Lanka.
The newly elected chief minister of Sri Lanka's Northern Provincial Council, C V Vigneswaran, thinks otherwise, however. He is very keen that India should attend the conference and articulate New Delhi's concern over the treatment of Tamils in Lanka.
On this count, Dr Manmohan Singh should listen to the leader of Tamils in Lanka rather than the leaders of Tamil Nadu.
The government of distant Canada can afford to boycott the meet for high-minded reasons. It might even be mildly constructive in terms of the resultant pressure on Colombo. But the effect of a boycott by India would be just the opposite. That is not what Lankan Tamils deserve.