Chennai, Mar 17 (): IIT Madras techies have marked a new chapter in the history of the premier tech institute by joining the anti-Sri Lanka protest that is raging in Tamil Nadu among the student community across various districts of the State.
IIT Madras students have now joined the fiery battle against Sri Lanka after student communities in Tamil Nadu are preparing to organize protest strikes and rallies across the State.
The students of IIT Madras embarked on a hunger strike today in their campus itself, starting at 8am today. The IIT students also claimed that they have taken the necessary permission from the college administration to hold the hunger protest.
A panel discussion was also arranged by the students involving specialists on the issue with a rally closing their one-day protest. The specialists’ discussion was to focus on the political history of Sri Lanka, current reality and other related problems. They had also attempted to identify the best possible solution for the Eelam Tamils.
S Rathnavel, a chemical engineering student and one of the organizers of the protest said that they wanted to create awareness among students in other States about the Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue.
Rathnavel also added that their proEelam protest will be taken to other IIT campuses spread across the country.
IIT Madras director Bhaskar Ramamurthi opined that if the students wanted to show their solidarity with the cause, they had the freedom to do so and also hoped that the protest will not escalate to the extent of shutting down their campus.
Meantime, the Congress-led UPA government were put to intense pressure by its key ally – DMK chief Karunanidhi who threatened to pull out the Ministers from the Union cabinet if India did not make changes to the resolution to urge for international investigation and enforce timely action against those found guilty of war crimes.
The Finance Minister P Chidambaram in Karaikudi today suggested that he is confident that “if phrases in the UN resolution sought credible independent international probe, India would support it.”