The promise of Indian citizenship
The statement has caused ripples in Sri Lanka, which is yet to find a solution to the 2.60 lakh Internally Displaced People forced into living in camps after its victory over the LTTE. Lanka-watchers fear that Karunanidhi, in trying to burnish his pro-Tamil credentials (which took a beating after the momentous events in Sri Lanka), may have got carried away and played into the hands of chauvinist forces in Sri Lanka. “The move may encourage Sri Lankan rulers to drive ethnic Tamils out of their country,” says Ashok Gladston, an expert on refugees at Chennai’s Loyola College.
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today said the Centre would consider a proposal by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to grant Indian citizenship to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in the state.
“We have received a letter (from the state government) in this regard and the Centre would look into it,” Chidambaram told reporters here after meeting Karunanidhi.