It is not because they speak Tamil and we speak Tamilhere, though we are different nationalities.
The historicrelation between these two nationalities, is very strong... it's not just a matter of language".Yet despite this strong relationship between the two nations, India hadrepeatedly been acting against the sentiments of Tamil Nadu, explainedSendhil."[During the war] the sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu wasto stop the war and to save the people over there. But the Indiangovernment didn't listen to struggles of the people of Tamil Nadu.Around some 17 Tamils self immolated themselves to stop the warin Sri Lanka, and we were pleading to the Indian government tointervene on the right side and stop the war.""
India, a country that claims itself to be the largestdemocracy in the world, didn't listen to the voice of its owncitizens
, which counts to around 70 million in Tamil Nadu. After2009, solidarity to Eelam Tamils from Tamil Nadu has beengrowing a lot... We elected 40 MPs from our state and theyrepresent our sentiments and our demands in the parliament butthat has never been taken into account by the Indian governmentand it hasn't influenced the foreign policy of India...
So nowthings have changed from a solidarity question to ademocratic question. it is our democratic wish to supportthe struggle of Tamils on the island.
""Contrary to this the Indian government is supporting thechauvinistic and Sinhala supremacist state. It is aiding and incomplicity with genocide of Tamils, by helping Sri Lanka in allmeans, diplomatic, economic and military... giving diplomaticprotection to the Sri Lankan government in the internationalarena."
"Now the solidarity to Eelam Tamils has [risen] to anotherstage where we are fighting for our democratic right... Thisis a very critical point which I want to stress. Now thesolidarity movement in Tamil Nadu is an inherent questionof democracy for ourselves from the Indian state, whichclaims itself as largest democratic country in the world."
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