India to take up with Lanka removal of Tamil leaders name

WION Web Team
India Published: Nov 16, 2017, 05:07 AM(IST)

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said she will take up the matter with the govt. of Sri Lanka. Photograph:( PTI )

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.'

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"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.

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(with inputs from PTI)

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