Jayalithaa. You are embarrassing your country.
I’m still shocked at how Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister kicked out some Sri Lankan school-kids, precipitating mob attacks on average Sri Lankans. I mean, really? Have you no hospitality or shame? The kids they kicked out are from Royal College and an international school in Ratnapura and they were just playing a friendly football match. Jayalithaa looks like a positive brute, and her douchiness has spurred mobbery. Now mobs are attacking Sri Lankan pilgrims, to the point that even LTTE-idealizing Karunanidhi is like ‘dial it down‘.
Seriously, what is wrong with these politicians. I have been to India and Tamil Nadu many times and the people have always been cool, within human limitations. I mean, you get a certain percentage of rude everywhere, but I haven’t noticed it any higher in the TN, except a bit in a very south. Still, for the Chief Minister of a state to involve school children in political hostility is just beyond the pale.
The last time I remember a school sports team being involved in conflict was when an LTTE suicide bomber killed eight members of the DS Senanayake baseball team at Fort Railway station. And I understand that young people in the north died also. But the war is over now, and for Jayalithaa to use kids as a proxy in taking political potshot is just a national shame to India. As the Hindu editorial page said:
Nothing could be more myopic than Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s outburst against the visit of a Sri Lankan school football team to Tamil Nadu and her decision to suspend an official for allowing a match to be played in the government-owned Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Her action has harmed the image of the State and tarnished the reputation of India as an open and tolerant society. (The Hindu)
How intolerant and simply rude. Whatever peoples political differences, we have always got together at the Olympics or to eat or to generally be human. This is human decency, independent of politics, and by attacking children playing sports, Jayalithaa has displayed her lack thereof. It is to India’s shame and they need to set it right.