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TAMIL NADU: Hate politics will take us nowhere

| by N.S.Venkatarman

( September 08, 2012, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) The recent incidents of Sri Lankan pilgrims being asked to go back by the protestors in Tamil Nadu and Tamil Nadu government asking the foot ball players from Sri Lanka not to play foot ball but to go back, (who are innocent and peaceful citizens and who are not part of any government or political movement ) should have made many

Sri Lankans and Indians feel sad and frustrated.

Concerned citizens in India have certainly expressed their disapproval of such violent methods and such hate politics in clear terms and number of letters have appeared in this regard in the Indian media.

Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, an apex body representing the cross section of small and medium scale industrial and commercial organizations in southern Tamil Nadu in a statement , urged the Tamil Nadu government to allay the fear by giving an assurance that Sri Lankan traders, tourists and pilgrims visiting Tamil Nadu would be safe. It further said that the image of hospitality of the Tamil Nadu state should not be allowed to be tarnished by mindless harassment of foreign tourists. General Secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxists) , a leading national political party in India, has also expressed his concern and disapproval about this sort of hate politics.

One is not sure as to whose cause are being served by whipping up feelings of hatred and animosity between people in different regions.

If the Sri Lankans would not be allowed to visit Tamil Nadu and hate politics is practiced , this would be as much loss for Tamil Nadu as for Sri Lanka.

Hatred would only beget hatred and spread only unrest and ill feelings , that would negate social and economic progress and disturb peace and causing unhappiness everywhere to everyone. Such trends should be discouraged, by creating strong public opinion against such trends both in India and Sri Lanka.

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