India to take up with Lanka removal of Tamil leaders name
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday that India will take up the issue of reported removal of the name of a revered Indian Tamil leader from Sri Lanka's government institutions.
Savumiamoorthy Thondaman, a 'beloved' Sri Lankan politician who represented the Indian Tamils of Sri Lanka was the leader of the political party Ceylon Workers Congress in the 70s and 80s.
DMK leader MK Stalin wrote a detailed statement 'requesting to take up the emotive issue of removal of the name of Thondaman' and find an 'early solution for restoring his name to various government institutions so that the name and fame of the great leader is not disrespected - harming the sentiments of Indian Tamils.'
Requested the MEA @SushmaSwaraj to raise India's concerns over the removal of Thiru. Savumiamoorthy Thondaman's name from Sri Lankan Govt. Institutions with their Govt. The revered leader of Hill Country Tamils must continue to be recognised for his immense contributions. pic.twitter.com/I0QRNcVFOJ— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) November 15, 2017
"Thiru @mkstalin - We will take up this matter with the Government of Sri Lanka," tweeted Swaraj responding DMK leader MK Stalin's request that she raise the matter country.
(with inputs from PTI)