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Mom deported?
Need for the right perspective

Some seemingly are aggrieved that on April 16, 2010 at the Chennai Airport, when the frail and paralysed mother of slain Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief Prabhakaran touched down from Malaysia to be treated at a Chennai hospital, she was denied entry by immigration officials and sent back by the same flight. Her name, it is said, was on the ‘Warning Circular’ list. What is hard to believe is that if that were the case, how did the Indian Embassy in Malaysia grant her a visa in the first place? Apparently, the embassy had granted her a medical visa for six months. Even in 2003, there were reports about how the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) chief Jayalalitha, when she was the chief minister of the state, had been opposed to Prabhakaran’s mother’s entry into Tamil Nadu! Clearly, the current Indian stand is not isolated to one party.

However, the controversy erupted into mammoth proportions as many parties having presence in Tamil Nadu, except AIADMK, criticised the Centre. Karunanidhi, who is known for being noncommittal on LTTE (he had once refused to accept LTTE as a terrorist outfit), criticized the Centre.

Although it might be easy to ignore this current issue as being simply a hyped up affair, one should give a passing mention that irrespective of the lady being Prabhakaran’s mother, there can be no ad hominem argument forwarded that therefore she too is a criminal. To the extent of believing in a human angle, one would say that the Indian government’s move to deport the lady was too fast too soon. But there is a logical angle to this story. If she had been allowed to land, the Indian authorities would have been immediately inundated by the Sri Lankan government’s communique to hand her over to them. India would have been immediately pushed into an unwanted corner, especially given the attempts to improve relations with the Rajapakse coterie. Evidently, Prabhakaran’s mother is not short of money. And the medical treatment she wishes here is available in other countries too. Thus, in all, well ignored.

By:- Sayan Ghosh

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