Following alleged attacks on Sri Lankans visiting Tamil Nadu, Chief Minisiter J. Jayalalithaa ordered to send back the visiting Sri Lankan foot ball teams.
The Government of Sri Lanka advised its citizens not to visit Tamil Nadu considering the hostile environment.
Some of the leaders have criticized the action of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for introducing politics in sports arena. The Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy has requested the Central Government to stop the State Government from interfering in the Indian foreign policy. He is demanding imposition of President’s rule in the state if the Government fails to protect visiting Sri Lankans. These critical views are expressed without understanding the ground situation in Tamil Nadu.
Meanwhile, BJP leader Murali Manohar Joshi has joked that the people of Tamil Nadu do not oppose the proposed visit of Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa to Madhya Pradesh. He says that only some political parties are opposing the visit. This has exposed how the national parties have deviated from the people.
After the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka, people of Tamil Nadu were frustrated over the inaction of the DMK President M Karunanidhi in failing to protect the Tamils despite having a power share in Central Government. This has turned many Tamil nationalist movements against DMK.
Moreover, the people of Tamil Nadu feel alienated within India on Mullaiperiyar issue. There were attacks on Malayalee establishments in Tamil Nadu which was not expected. One of the reasons pointed out by political analysts for attacks on commercial establishments of Kerala was the involvement of Malayalee administrators in the Central Government who guided the Prime Minister to assist Rajapaksa in his war against Tamils.
Naam Thamizhar Iyakkam by Seeman was instrumental in the success of AIADMK alliance in the last assembly elections by openly campaigning in favour of AIADMK. CPI, the political party which has conducted many protests against Sri Lankan Government are supporting Jayalalithaa Government. Even the DMK chief has not demanded dismissal of AIADMK Government on any issue.
The attacks on Indian Tamil fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy are not prevented by the Government of India. Under these circumstances, the people of Tamil Nadu are fed up with the apathy of the Central Government on their issues. Organizations like May 18 movement had already conducted campaign for boycotting Sri Lankan products.
The Government of India is paralyzed with one hand, one leg for Tamil issues while other hand and leg are helping the forces against Tamils. It is only natural that discontent develops among Indian Tamil citizens. When the Government of India is not taking any action on any issue, people have to come to streets and vent their anger.
The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa who knows the pulse of Tamil people has taken the right decision not to allow the visiting Sri Lankans, only for the safety of Sri Lankans. This should not be viewed in the context of one upmanship between DMK and AIADMK on Sri Lankan issue. No right-thinking person can demand dismissal of AIADMK Government which has taken decision in the interest of Sri Lankans and with the intention of pacifying Tamils who are under provocation by the rising collaboration between anti-Tamil forces in India and Sri Lanka.