Stalin and Karunanidhi. Photo by Feroze Khan
My general impression is that Tamil Nadu parties like the DMK are fundamentally unserious about reconciliation in Sri Lanka. Like Karunanidhi’s six hour fast between meals to end the war, his party is now taking a farcical stance to not even visit Sri Lanka on a Parliamentary tour. A lot of opposition MPs have pulled out, with Vaiko (who wasn’t even coming) saying, essentially, that they shouldn’t visit till Eelam, Karunanidhi’s ‘unrealized dream‘.
At some point you have to accept that Sri Lanka exists if you want to make a difference to the people here. Everything else is just vain posturing. You can tell this is a political football cause the Congress (government) MPs are coming and the opposition guys are not. They honestly don’t seem to care enough to even see what’s going on. They’ve drawn they’re conclusions and they seem quite content to kick the same tired old ball around.
It just does a disservice to Tamil people and Sri Lankan people in general who would benefit from a good relationship with our neighbor and friend India. Average Indian people are not so intransigent, they’re happy to visit and they generally make an attempt to respect and understand us as neighbors. As somewhat usual, Indian politicians put the Indian people to shame.