June 15, Colombo: A Sri Lankan Tamil leader has written to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention to achieve a political solution to the Tamil issue.
Former Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP and Northern Provincial Council (NPC) member M.K. Sivajilingam in a letter to Modi in his letter says the Tamil people in Sri Lanka cannot expect a solution from Sri Lankan governments without the intervention of India.
"Having gone through more than 65 years of injustice by successive governments in Sri Lanka, Tamil people are fully aware that no political solution would reach Tamils without the direct and active involvement of India," the Councilor said in his letter to Modi.
He sought the PM's help in reaching a solution which can, at the minimum, offer a true federal autonomy to the Tamils in a single merged north-east special region.
The Northern PC Councilor also sought help to the medical and educational needs of the Tamil people in the region.
"To meet our urgent need for our medical and educational needs of the Tamils, I request you to make arrangements to send Tamil speaking doctors and English and IT teachers from Tamil Nadu to help us rebuild our livelihood," Sivajilingam wrote.
He asked Modi to intervene to demilitarize the country's Tamil-dominated Northern and Eastern Provinces and stop the government's "systematic Sinhalese settlements and land grabs" in the northeast.
The NPC member requested the PM to help solve the issues faced by the fishermen from both India and Sri Lanka and "create closer economic integration between Tamil Nadu and the Tamil speaking northern and eastern Provinces."