Thursday, 14 March 2013
Why should the alleged killing of two fishermen off the Kerala coast by two Italian marines be treated any differently from the killing of Tamil fishermen from Tamil Nadu state by the Sri Lankan armed forces? While the Indian Government and the media are vehemently calling for the return and eventual prosecution of the two Italian marines ensconced in Italy, (after the previous arrest and imprisonment of the two Italian marines in Kerala), the Indian mainstream media and the Indian Government never call for the extradition, arrest, imprisonment and prosecution of Sri Lankan soldiers and Sri Lankan army personnel who routinely kill Tamil fishermen from Tamil Nadu in mid sea, and several hundreds of such Tamil fishermen have been killed by the Sri Lankan navy and Sri Lankan army personnel in mid sea over the past decades. Is this because the Indian Government has double standards - one for Italy and another for Sri Lanka? Or is public opinion in Kerala more important to the Indian Government than the public opinion of Tamils in Tamil Nadu? Or, is killing of Tamils by the Sri Lankan Government an approved and unstated foreign policy of the Indian Government, which also extends to condoning the killing of Tamil citizens of India by the Sri Lankan armed forces? Since the Indian Government thinks that the killing of several hundred Indian Tamil fishermen by Sri Lankan soldiers and members of the Sri Lankan armed forces need not be punished, why should the Italian marines be punished?
Posted by Iniyan Elango at 00:24