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Saturday, March 23, 2013

How student protests against Sri Lanka grew


நண்பர் நாகராஜன் எழுதிய கட்டுரையை நேற்று NTDV பக்கம் பார்த்தேன். அவருக்கு வாழ்த்துகள்.

ஆங்கிலத்தில் அழகாக எழுதியிருந்தாலும், உள்ளே அவர் சொன்ன கருத்துடன் எனக்கு உடன்பாடு இல்லை. இந்த போராட்டமே ஒரு வைரஸ் போன்றது. முதலில் ஒரு காலேஜில் ஆரம்பிக்கும் பிறகு பரவும். அரசு உடனடியாக ஏதாவது Antibiotics கொடுக்க வேண்டிவரும்.

நிச்சயம் இந்த போராட்டங்களில் கலந்துக்கொள்ள தங்களின் பிள்ளைகளை பெற்றோர் விரும்ப மாட்டார்கள். முதலில் தமிழ்நாட்டில் தெருவுக்கு தெரு நல்ல டாய்லெட் , சுவற்றில் நோட்டிஸ் ஒட்டாமல் இருக்க, பஸ்டே போன்ற கூத்தில் ஈடுபட மாட்டோம் என்று இவர்கள் போராட்டம் செய்ய வேண்டும் பிறகு மற்றவற்றுக்கு செய்யலாம். ஐ.நா தீர்மானம் பற்றி போராட்டம் செய்யும் இந்த மாணவர்களுக்கு அதை பற்றி முழுமையாக தெரியுமா ? டிவிட்டர், ஃபேஸ் புக் மக்களுக்கு இது பொழுது போக்கு , ஆனால் மாணவர்களுக்கு படிப்பு இருக்கிறது அதில் அவர்கள் கவனம் செலுத்த வேண்டும்.

How student protests against Sri Lanka grew

MDMK Chief Vaiko has just finished his fortnight-long 450-km padayatra demanding that the Tamil Nadu Government close all liquor shops. PMK Supremo Ramadoss has long been vocal against TASMAC (state owned corporation that has a monopoly over selling of liquor in the state) culture in Tamil Nadu. These two have one more thing in common: their support for the Sri Lankan Tamil issue. They and a few political activists have been saying for a long time that the students in Tamil Nadu are becoming victims of TASMAC culture and are indifferent to the social and political problems around them.

But, the students in Tamil Nadu have surprised everyone. They have proved that they can pressurise the political parties and the state and central governments on the Sri Lankan Tamil issue which Vaiko and Ramadoss could not accomplish all these years.

But, will it have any immediate impact? The protests have resulted in the immediate withdrawal of support to the UPA government by DMK. It may also have a long term impact on students' participation in political and social issues. 1965 anti-Hindi movement produced many political leaders. 2013 can do so too.



It all started when the British television broadcaster Channel 4 released photographs of Balachandran, 12-year-old son of the slain LTTE Chief Velupillai Prabhakaran. The pictures showed the small boy with some eatables in his hand before he was shot dead at close range. It revealed a lot about the deadly war and the human rights abuses that took place towards the end of the final war between the Sri Lankan army and LTTE. A Human Rights Watch report also indicated that the Sri Lankan security forces used rape as a means to torture suspected members of LTTE for years after the end of the war.

A group of Loyola College students in Chennai who are part of the All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF) suddenly started an indefinite hunger strike on March 8th, 2013 with a charter of demands. They demanded that Sri Lanka be declared a genocidal regime for its role in the 2009 war, at the upcoming UNHRC meet. Though protests are not new to the students belonging to this federation, the sudden hunger strike by these eight students surprised the other members of the AICUF.

It would have remained an intra-college affair as they started their hunger strike within the Loyola campus. But they were advised to shift the venue from the college campus, citing the location of the Sri Lankan deputy high commission nearby.

The change of venue attracted more visitors including politicians from across the parties. The temperature was increasing at the strike venue after visits by the members of Congress and DMK. Social media played an important role in reporting the happenings at the venue and spreading the news across the world. With the deadline for their demands more than 10 days away from the scheduled meeting of UNHRC, no one had a clue about the logical end of the hunger strike. With the students not allowing the politicians to guide them, there came a turning point in the form of the Tamil Nadu Police. On Sunday night (10th March 2013), the Police forced the evacuation of the students from the strike venue and forcibly admitted them to the government hospital.

This news spread across social media. Though a few more colleges were planning to show solidarity with the Loyola students on Monday, the Police act triggered students of many more colleges to come to the streets. Even as the Loyola students withdrew their hunger strike after the intervention from Loyola management (which was not happy with the developments since the venue shifted from their campus), the movement they had started continued to pick up force.

Arts and science colleges from around the state joined in. Law colleges joined next. Then it was the turn of IIT Madras. Then followed the Engineering Colleges and the Medical Colleges. The State Government declared indefinite holiday for all the colleges from 18th March.

This is uncommon in Tamil Nadu in the present times. People were angry not only about the Sri Lankan Tamil issue, but also about the continuous attack on Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy. The non-political society was not reacting to any of this till the Loyola students started their protest. After that, it has been a chain reaction.

The AIADMK government must be happy with that midnight police act, even though they might not have expected this to grow. Most of the slogans in the protest venues are against Congress and DMK. Other parties have been spared so far.

The protests have started late. It may have negligible or zero impact on the upcoming UNHRC resolution. Even if the Indian government wishes to change its attitude on the Sri Lankan Tamil issue, it may be of no immediate use.

But, the tremors are felt elsewhere. DMK is already out of the UPA. Congress feels the pressure to at least bring a resolution in the parliament condemning the Rajapakshe regime. The main political parties, Congress and BJP, will be careful about the implications of the parliamentary resolution on J&K.

At the ground level, students should be more careful on what they are protesting for. They must be careful whether they are fighting for justice for the Sri Lankan Tamils or whether they are protesting against the Central government. They must differentiate between a party, a government or the nation.

Few forces will have their own agenda in infiltrating the student movement. Prabhakaran's pictures have entered the protest venues. This will certainly irritate the law enforcement agencies and divert the attention from the actual cause.
Few forces will try to inject anti-Indian ideas and thoughts of an independent Tamil nation. Few others will take another extreme position and question the credibility of the protestors. They may want us to believe that Rajapakshe is the only saviour of the Sri Lankan Tamils.

Students must have their agendas clear. The protest is an attempt to change the mindset and attitude of the centre. It is to force the centre to take a foreign policy stand to persuade UNHRC members to bring a resolution condemning the Sri Lankan government's role in genocide and to have push for a referendum so that the Sri Lankan Tamils can decide their own future. With respect to Tamil Nadu, the aim of the protests is to force the Central government to protect the Tamil Nadu fishermen from the attacks of Sri Lankan navy.

Students must gain more political insight and more social awareness. They have to streamline their energy towards social and political causes. Flash strikes cannot help them every time. There are other channels like lobbying, writing, grassroots political activism and direct participation in political parties.

Let them not be bottled into a TASMAC stereotype anymore!

(The author is the Chief Technical Officer for lndic Labs)

நன்றி: http://www.ndtv.com/article/south/blog-how-student-protests-against-sri-lanka-grew-345004

முதலில் ஆர்ட்ஸ் காலேஜில் ஆரம்பிக்கும் இந்த போராட்டங்களை பற்றி யாராவது ஆராய்ச்சி செய்யலாம் !

30 Comments:

K.S.Nagarajan said...

நன்றி இட்லிவடை. இதே கருத்தை நேற்று இந்தக் கட்டுரையைப் படித்த ஹரன்பிரச்சன்னாவும் சொன்னார். :-)

Anonymous said...

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எனது வார்தைகளை கடினம் ஆக்காதீர்.....
உனக்கு என்னய்யா திரியும் பேச வந்துட்டா.
எல்லோருக்கும் எல்லாம் தெரிய வேண்டிய அவசியம் இல்லை.. மனதில் மனிதம் இருந்தால் போதும்... பெருசா பேச வந்துட்டீரு...நன்றி இட்லி வடை.. உன்னை எல்லாம் ஃபாலோ பண்ணுனோம் பாரு... நீ கவி கட்சி ய .. மனவ்ர்களிடம் கேட்டுபாரும் அரசியல் .... இனி கதரும் கவியும் தமிழகதில் இடம் இல்லை... நீ மனுசனே இல்ல...

Anonymous said...

<<முதலில் தமிழ்நாட்டில் தெருவுக்கு தெரு நல்ல டாய்லெட் , சுவற்றில் நோட்டிஸ் ஒட்டாமல் இருக்க, பஸ்டே போன்ற கூத்தில் ஈடுபட மாட்டோம் என்று இவர்கள் போராட்டம் செய்ய வேண்டும் பிறகு மற்றவற்றுக்கு செய்யலாம்.

இட்லி , உன்ன மாதிரியான ஆளுங்க ஒரு துரும்ப கூட எடுத்து போடா மாட்டீங்க. எதாவது செய்யிற ஆளுங்ககிட்ட இத செய்யனும் மொதல்ல அத செய்யனும் அப்புறம்னு சொல்ல வந்திடுவீங்க .

Anonymous said...

So , Nag அப்ப ஹரன்ப்ரசன்னதான் இட்லிவடைன்னு சொல்றீங்களா?

Anonymous said...

இன்றைய தினமணி படித்தீர்களா. மாணவர்கள் போராட்டம் தொடர்பாக வெளுத்து வாங்கியிருக்கிறார் சமஸ்.
http://writersamas.blogspot.in/2013/03/blog-post_22.html#comment-form

Anonymous said...

<<இன்றைய தினமணி படித்தீர்களா. மாணவர்கள் போராட்டம் தொடர்பாக வெளுத்து வாங்கியிருக்கிறார் சமஸ்.
http://writersamas.blogspot.in/2013/03/blog-post_22.html#comment-form

Anonymous said...

the author thinks that he is right but it shows that he is self righteous, I mean that he feels whatever he says that is correct but the reality is different. the power of the students is not poured as political interest or drawing attention from others. it comes from the deeper inner side of the person. that is from the wholeness, I mean from pscychological, social and ethical background. I thanks and solute the AICUP students to brought the awareness. We want our Tamils of srilanga should be dignified with seperate region. Please do not say that the face book people are making it as a lisure, it is not true. we are human beings. whatever happens against justice, we are sharing to the world. the communication medias help us to join our hands to give voice for liberation though we are in different place. Just do not make the power of the students as mockery. Please............understand and see and view this issuse in human perspective, the Tamil students are always against the deliberate genocide of the srilangan government. yes, this protest will helps the students to adventure into ethical and human values which is important than any other literature studies.

Anonymous said...

the author thinks that he is right but it shows that he is self righteous, I mean that he feels whatever he says that is correct but the reality is different. the power of the students is not poured as political interest or drawing attention from others. it comes from the deeper inner side of the person. that is from the wholeness, I mean from pscychological, social and ethical background. I thanks and solute the AICUP students to brought the awareness. We want our Tamils of srilanga should be dignified with seperate region. Please do not say that the face book people are making it as a lisure, it is not true. we are human beings. whatever happens against justice, we are sharing to the world. the communication medias help us to join our hands to give voice for liberation though we are in different place. Just do not make the power of the students as mockery. Please............understand and see and view this issuse in human perspective, the Tamil students are always against the deliberate genocide of the srilangan government. yes, this protest will helps the students to adventure into ethical and human values which is important than any other literature studies.

Anonymous said...

the author thinks that he is right but it shows that he is self righteous, I mean that he feels whatever he says that is correct but the reality is different. the power of the students is not poured as political interest or drawing attention from others. it comes from the deeper inner side of the person. that is from the wholeness, I mean from pscychological, social and ethical background. I thanks and solute the AICUP students to brought the awareness. We want our Tamils of srilanga should be dignified with seperate region. Please do not say that the face book people are making it as a lisure, it is not true. we are human beings. whatever happens against justice, we are sharing to the world. the communication medias help us to join our hands to give voice for liberation though we are in different place. Just do not make the power of the students as mockery. Please............understand and see and view this issuse in human perspective, the Tamil students are always against the deliberate genocide of the srilangan government. yes, this protest will helps the students to adventure into ethical and human values which is important than any other literature studies.

Dominic said...

the author thinks that he is right but it shows that he is self righteous, I mean that he feels whatever he says that is correct but the reality is different. the power of the students is not poured as political interest or drawing attention from others. it comes from the deeper inner side of the person. that is from the wholeness, I mean from psychological, social and ethical background. I thanks and solute the AICUP students to brought the awareness. We want our Tamils of srilanga should be dignified with separate region. Please do not say that the face book people are making it as a leisure, it is not true. we are human beings. whatever happens against justice, we are sharing to the world. the communication medias help us to join our hands to give voice for liberation though we are in different place. Just do not make the power of the students as mockery. Please............understand and see and view this issuse in human perspective, the Tamil students are always against the deliberate genocide of the srilangan government. yes, this protest will helps the students to adventure into ethical and human values which is important than any other literature studies.

Dominic said...

the author thinks that he is right but it shows that he is self righteous, I mean that he feels whatever he says that is correct but the reality is different. the power of the students is not poured as political interest or drawing attention from others. it comes from the deeper inner side of the person. that is from the wholeness, I mean from psychological, social and ethical background. I thanks and solute the AICUP students to brought the awareness. We want our Tamils of srilanga should be dignified with separate region. Please do not say that the face book people are making it as a leisure, it is not true. we are human beings. whatever happens against justice, we are sharing to the world. the communication medias help us to join our hands to give voice for liberation though we are in different place. Just do not make the power of the students as mockery. Please............understand and see and view this issuse in human perspective, the Tamil students are always against the deliberate genocide of the srilangan government. yes, this protest will helps the students to adventure into ethical and human values which is important than any other literature studies.

Dominic said...

the author thinks that he is right but it shows that he is self righteous, I mean that he feels whatever he says that is correct but the reality is different. the power of the students is not poured as political interest or drawing attention from others. it comes from the deeper inner side of the person. that is from the wholeness, I mean from psychological, social

and ethical background. I thanks and solute the AICUP students to brought the awareness. We want our Tamils of srilanga should be dignified with separate region. Please do not say that the face book people are making it as a leisure, it is not true. we are human beings. whatever happens against justice, we are sharing to the world. the communication medias help us to join our hands to give voice for liberation though we are in different place. Just do not make the power of the students as mockery. Please............understand and see and view this issuse in human perspective, the Tamil students are always against the deliberate genocide of the srilangan government. yes, this protest will helps the students to adventure into ethical and human values which is important than any other literature studies.

sivakumar said...

aduthavargalai mutalgal ena ennikaollum arai vekkattu arivujeval kadantha 4 andugal enge pozhudhai kazhithu kondirundhargal.
yaravathu porada veethiyil iranginal udane ivargalukku soridhal arambithuvidum
naan paditha perumbalana vimarsanangal prachinaikku theervai sollamal , poradum manavargalin mel setrai vari irraipathileye kuriyaga ullanar.

hayyram said...

ஓசில படிக்க வெச்சி செலவுக்கு காசும் குடுத்தா இப்டி தான் ரயில மறிச்சு பஸ்ஸை மறிச்சு போராடுவானுங்க. எல்லாம் காசு கட்டி படிங்கடான்னு சொன்னா படிப்புல அக்கரை வந்திருக்கும்.

jaisankar jaganathan said...

ஹேராம்,
அப்படின்னா அவாள்ளெல்லாம் காஷ்மீர்ல கொல்லப்பட்டா அதுக்கு எந்த பந்த்தும் நடத்த வேண்டாமா?

சிவ.சரவணக்குமார் said...

ஒரு சில வருட‌ங்களுக்கு முந்தைய துக்ளக் கேள்வி - பதிலில் :

இன்றைய மாணவர்களுக்கு என்ன சொல்ல விரும்புகிறீர்கள்?

சோ : படியுங்கள் , நன்றாகப்படியுங்கள் , மீண்டும் மீண்டும் நன்றாகப்படியுங்கள்..........

நம்முடைய பிள்ளைகள் உருப்பட வேண்டும் என்று நினைக்கும் எவரும் இதையே சொல்வர்.......

சிவ.சரவணக்குமார் said...

சென்னையில் உட்கார்ந்து கொண்டு இந்திய அரசே , ந‌டவடிக்கை எடு ...என்று கொடி பிடித்தால் என்ன அர்த்தம்? நீங்கள் இந்தியர்கள் இல்லையா? அல்லது தமிழகம் இந்தியாவில் இல்லையா?

அகலிக‌ன் said...

ஏம்பா நீங்க எல்லாம் மனிதர்கள்தானே அப்புரம் எப்படி இப்படியெல்லாம் பேசமுடியுது. இதுக்கு போராடினா அதுக்கு போராடவேண்டியதுதனேன்னு கேக்கவேண்டியது அதுக்கு போராடினா இதுக்கு போராடவேண்டியதுதானேன்ங்கவேண்டியது.இதெல்லாம் ஒரு பொழப்பா? நீங்கள்ளாம் வெண்டைக்காயை வேட்டியபிறகு கவுவீங்கபோல.

Anonymous said...

போராட்டமாவது மண்ணாங்கட்டியாவது வெங்காயம்.

முதலில் போராட்டம் எதற்கு, யாரை எதிர்த்துப் போராடுகிறார்கள், இங்கே காலேஜ் போகாமல், தேர்வு எழுதாமல், ரயிலை மறித்தால் அங்கே எல்லாம் நடந்து விடுமா?

முத்துக்குமார் இறந்த போது போராடாதது ஏன், அந்தப் போராட்டத்தைத் தடுத்தது யார், கொலைகள் நடக்கும்போது சும்மா இருந்து விட்டு, எல்லாம் முடிந்த பிறகு போராடி என்ன பயன்?

ராஜபக்‌ஷேவை தூக்கில் போட்டால் எல்லாம் சரியாகி விடுமா?

இறந்த ஈழத்தமிழர்களின் உயிருக்கு என்ன பதில்...

சிந்தியுங்கள் மாணவர்களே, விடையை அடுத்த தேர்தலில் சொல்லுங்கள்.

jaisankar jaganathan said...

//இங்கே காலேஜ் போகாமல், தேர்வு எழுதாமல், ரயிலை மறித்தால் அங்கே எல்லாம் நடந்து விடுமா?/

இந்த போராட்டத்தால் தான் கலைஞர் காங்கிரஸீன் ஆதரவை வாபஸ் வாங்கினார்

Anonymous said...

எங்கள் ஆருயிர் அண்ணன் சிந்தனைச் சிற்பி .. நல்ல செயல்வீரரின் கேள்விக்கு ஏன் யாரும் இன்னும் பதில் சொல்லமுடியாமல் முழிக்கிறீர்கள்.

ஆராவமுதன்
தலைவர்.
ஜெ.ஜெகன்னாதன் பறக்கும்படை

Anonymous said...

stupid article

Anonymous said...

/இந்த போராட்டத்தால் தான் கலைஞர் காங்கிரஸீன் ஆதரவை வாபஸ் வாங்கினார்//

அதெல்லாம் சந்தர்ப்பவாதம். கருணாநிதி ஆதரவு வாங்கினால் என்ன வாங்கா விட்டால் என்ன

சதீஷ் முருகன் . said...

பழைய இட்லியும் "நூல்" விட்ட வடைக்கும் வணக்கம், நம்மளுக்கு நூல் போடாதவன் எல்லாரும் சாகனும், நூலு நஞ்சுபோச்சுன்னா சோ ன்னு அழுவனும், வேற என்ன தெரியும் ஓ ய்? முடிஞ்சா உதவனும் இல்லேன்னா மூடிக்கனும், சும்மா குறை சொல்லப்டாது. மனிதம் மறந்த மதம் மலம், அதை தூக்கி பிடிப்பவன்?..... போய் புள்ள குட்டிய படிக்க வையுங்க.... கப்பி தனமா பேசாம...

Anonymous said...

மிக மோசமான , சுய நல மிக்க சிந்தனை எழுதியவருக்கு .......What is the use of education which does not benefit the soceity..Here in germany I see students protesting against genocide, student fees, atomic power plant and every social cause...குடுமிய கொஞ்ச மூடி வையுங்கோ (Thanks for publishing)

Anonymous said...

Reference to Srilankan tamils:
to watch
http://dinamani.com/videos/spiritual/article1490484.ece

Anonymous said...

all we teach our kids is to study, get a job.. what the heck!!! it is a Brahminical thinking..what has our country achieved by just producing engineers??? let them protest make mistakes and then relearn. who are you to be self righteous..utter nonsense
-Kannan

Anonymous said...

all we teach our kids is to study, get a job.. what the heck!!! it is a Brahminical thinking..what has our country achieved by just producing engineers??? let them protest make mistakes and then relearn. who are you to be self righteous..utter nonsense
-Kannan

Anonymous said...

all we teach our kids is to study, get a job.. what the heck!!! it is a Brahminical thinking..what has our country achieved by just producing engineers??? let them protest make mistakes and then relearn. who are you to be self righteous..utter nonsense
-Kannan

Anonymous said...

what is the aim of students movenent?
tamil eezham?
american resolutionin UHRC?
settlement for the people in camps?
punishing rajapkashe>
plebiscite for tamil eezham?
until what time the movement will contininue?
or is it a token protest?