MGR fans in LTTE-held area seek Jayalalitha?s support
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MGR fans in LTTE-held area seek Jayalalitha?s support

Fans of MG Ramachandran have asked Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa to support the LTTE, reports PK Balachandran.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2006 12:11 IST

Fans of matinee idol of yesteryears and AIADMK founder, the late MG Ramachandran (MGR) in an LTTE-held part of Sri Lanka, have appealed to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to support the LTTE.

In a memorandum sent to the AIADMK Supremo, the Kilinochchi MGR Munnetra Kazhagam (KMGRMK) has said that she should realise that the Tamil people of Sri Lanka are living in fear of losing their lives.

She should recognise their feelings and support the LTTE, it pleads.

It is significant that Kilinochchi is the headquarters of the LTTE in Sri Lanka. An appeal of this sort can never be made unless the LTTE itself wanted it.

"The Ceasefire Agreement exists only on paper. It is a dead letter because of the actions of the Sinhala government. Every day, the Sinhala government is killing people and harassing the Tamils through cordon and search operations. An undeclared fascist rule has been imposed on the Tamils of the North East, the hill country and Colombo city," the memorandum said

"We hope you will understand the feelings of the Tamils under these circumstances and will continue to support them."

"We were very enthused when we learnt that you had sensed the feelings of our brothers in Tamil Nadu and did not agree to meet the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he was on a visit to India recently."

"You should fulfill the historic responsibility of bringing the Tamils of Sri Lanka and India together in action. You should also see that the people of Tamil Eelam secure the same kind of autonomy that Tamil Nadu and other Indian states enjoy, so that they are able to live in peace," the memorandum further said.

The Tamils of Sri Lanka are happy that there is a growing movement in their favour in Tamil Nadu and that even the anti-LTTE Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa did not consider it proper to meet Rajapaksa, who the Sri Lankan Tamils consider a hard line Sinhala nationalist or a "chauvinist".

MGR-Prabhakaran link

It is not surprising that the appeal should come from an MGR fan club in Kilinochchi. MGR, who ruled the Tamil film world from the 1950s to the 1980s, was also immensely popular among Sri Lankan Tamils.

He was liked particularly because he fully backed the LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, even giving him millions of rupees during his sojourn in Chennai in the 1980s.

Tamil Nadu poet's call for self-determination in TN

The various meetings and seminars held in Chennai in support of the Sri Lankan Tamils in the past week, have been fully covered in the Tamil press in Sri Lanka.

On Wednesday, Thinakkural daily carried on the edit page, a speech made by the radical Tamil Nadu poet Inquilab, in which he said that it was time the people of Tamil Nadu were also made aware of their right to self determination.

The right to self determination was a fundamental one, in as much as, it gave an ethnic group the right to leave a federation or a union if it thought it was necessary, the Tamil nationalist poet said.

A union based on recognition of the right to self-determination was the most democratic one, Inquilab argued.

According to him, Mahatma Gandhi in India and Lenin in the Soviet Union, had favoured a union of ethnic groups based on the right to self determination for each of them, but after their death, the leaders of these countries threw the concept out of the window.

LTTE not to promote separatism in India

However, the LTTE itself has made it clear that it is fighting only for the Tamils of North East Sri Lanka, and is not interested in promoting separatism in Tamil Nadu or anywhere in India.

In an interview to the clandestine Voice of Tigers radio at the end of December 2005, the group's ideologue KV Balakumaran said that the LTTE would give moral support to ethnic groups in India which were fighting for their rights or greater autonomy, but it would not support separatism.

"We would not act against India's interests, nor will we support separatist movements in India," Balakumaran said.

Nevertheless, the rise of regionalist forces in India and their growing power at the Centre, were a welcome development as far as the Sri Lankan Tamils and the LTTE were concerned, the ideologue said.

Indian Central governments, he noted, had become more sensitive to and accommodative towards regional and ethnic aspirations because rule by a single, all-India nationalist party, had been replaced by coalition governments comprising many regional/ethnic parties.

First Published: Jan 05, 2006 12:11 IST