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Sanctuary Denied

The compulsion of being a part of the NDA forces the pro-Eelam DMK to turn back refugees

Sanctuary Denied
Sanctuary Denied
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Contingencies of national politics have conspired to force the DMK, a Dravidian party, to take a position that contradicts and completely undermines its long-held and much-cherished pro-Eelam stance. With M. Karunanidhi’s party in power in Tamil Nadu, one would have expected a huge influx of Lankan Tamil refugees from Jaffna. But the DMK-now that it is part of the NDA-led Union government-is no longer as sympathetic to their Tamil brethren in Jaffna as they once used to be. Every effort is being made to prevent the Lankan refugees from landing in Tamil Nadu.

The DMK is a divided house. It’s confused on how it should react to the war that is raging in northern Lanka. The DMK’s current paradoxical position stems from the yawning discrepancy between its Dravidian ideology and its compulsions of being part of a coalition government (at the Centre), not at all supportive of the Tigers.

Sources in Colombo point out that more than 4,000 people are waiting at Mannar on the northern coast of Sri Lanka to cross into India’s territorial waters. But there are far...

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