An article on the frequent detentions of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy was removed from the Sri Lankan defence website on Friday, hours after its headline and an illustration that accompanied it kicked up a storm in India.
The headline and the illustration raised a furore among political leaders in Tamil Nadu. However, hours after the “objectionable” content, that centred around Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s many letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention in the fishermen issue, was posted on the Lankan defence website, it disappeared
Political parties in Tamil Nadu, including the state BJP unit and its allies, the PMK and MDMK, reacted angrily, condemning the tone and tenor of the headline of the article and the illustration.
PMK chief S Ramadoss said it was in poor taste. “They degrade the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister. The Centre should demand an apology from the Sri Lankan President and the defence secretary,” he said.
India should call the Sri Lankan high commissioner and condemn the post, Ramadoss said. “India should not hesitate to snap diplomatic ties if they refuse to apologise,” he added.
While the article, which reflected the critical views of the Sri Lankan media on the fishermen issue, was tolerable, the illustration and title amounted to interfering with India’s sovereignty, the PMK leader said.
MDMK chief Vaiko too condemned what he termed the “objectionable’ portrayal of the Indian leaders. He demanded that India immediately snap diplomatic ties with Sri Lanka. (Times of India)