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India Politics

Elections and the Sri Lanka crisis

Written by Jyovram Sundar

Jyovram Sundar is a poet, writer and a popular Tamil blogger. This is an English translation of his writing.

The dates for the Parliamentary elections have been announced. Some may argue against politicizing the Sri Lankan crisis during the elections. However it is right for parties that participate in democratic elections and politics to make this an election issue. 

If the current alliances continue in Tamil Nadu , it will be a laughing stock. Think about it, if Mr. Vaiko, while continuing in the alliance headed by Ms. Jayalalitha, asks the people to recognize his stance in the Sri Lankan issue, they might not know how to laugh at it. Same is the case with the Communist (Right). Dr. Ramadoss’s PMK (in the Congress alliance) whether continues with DMK or joins ADMK, will not be able to make this an election issue either. Mr. Thirumavalan is in the same boat. Mr. Vijayakanth’s party DMDK does not utter any word about the genocide in Sri Lanka. Whether Mr. Sarathkumar’s party is vocal or silent on the issue does not seem to bother anybody. 

However, the opinion polls conducted by magazines such as Kumudam have revealed that our people are putting forward the Sri Lankan crisis as a prominent issue. By duly recognizing this, if Mr. Vaiko, Dr . Ramadoss, Mr. D. Pandian & Mr. Thirumavalavan  come together under a single umbrella, they will be able to take forward the Sri Lankan issue as an election manifesto.

Issues such as individual ego and constituency sharing should be avoided. They should see this as a duty of historical importance. 

Dr Ramadoss

Dr Ramadoss

Mr Vaiko

Mr Vaiko

Mr Thirumavalavan

Mr Thirumavalavan

Mr Pandian

Mr Pandian

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Even though the populist television media is immersing the common man in crybaby serials and shows, their agony for the dying Tamils in Sri Lanka reveals itself when speaking to them. While the current wave of sentiments may not parallel the open public outcry of the 80′s, I can sense the turmoil in everybody’s mind.

If a situation arise, where in the Congress or another group supported by them is unable to form a government in Delhi, the Members of Parliament elected from here, instead of bargaining for a berth in the ministry (for a change), can demand efforts towards a ceasefire in Sri Lanka as a precondition for their support. If they lay a precondition of “joining the government” only after a  permanent ceasefire is in place, no matter whether it is the BJP, the third front or the thirtieth front will be forced to accept their demands.

If such an alliance is not formed, then just like the Thirumangalam by-election, the Sri Lankan issue might get silenced during the parliamentary elections also. That will be sad.

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