24 April, 2019

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PM’s Comments On Indian Fishermen Issues Causes A Stir

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s strong comments concerning the fishermen issue has caused a stir in the Indian political sphere, just days ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka.

Ranil at Royal big matchDuring an interview with a Tamil TV channel last evening, the Prime Minister had made very strong comments regarding the contentious fishermen issue that has ruffled the Indian government feathers, particularly since he had justified the shooting of Indian fishermen by Sri Lanka Navy.

“The Sri Lankan navy is only acting as per law when it fires at Indian fishermen entering Lankan waters and therefore they should keep away,” the PM had told Thanthi TV broadcast last evening. He has made these controversial comments while talks are ongoing between the fishermen groups from both sides.

Speaking furthermore, PM Wickremesinghe had stated that the law allows one to shoot a trespasser while claiming that due to the poaching by Indian fishermen, local fishermen’s livelihoods are disrupted.

“If someone tries to break into my house, I can shoot. If he gets killed, law allows me to do that . . . This is our waters. Fishermen of Jaffna should be allowed to fish. We stopped them from fishing. That’s why the Indian fishermen came in. They (Jaffna fishermen) are willing to have a deal. Let’s have a reasonable settlement but not at the cost of the livelihood of northern fishermen,” he had said and adding insult to injury, he had gone on to state that he does not perceive the shooting of fishermen as amounting to human rights violations.

These comments have sparked uproar amongst Indian politicians who have strongly criticized the PM’s statements. Congress leader Manish Tewari today criticized the BJP, as he questioned whether the Indian diplomacy has stooped to such a level that Sri Lanka is threatening to shoot fishermen who inadvertently crossed the international boundary.

Meanwhile, India has stated that it would take up the PM’s comments this evening during talks between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her counterpart Mangala Samaraweera today.

Watch English interview after 30 seconds;

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  • 9
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    There is a simple solution to this, just put Naval Indian/SriLankan observers on the SriLankan/Indian patrol vessels they can the confirm if the fishermen have crossed boarders or if nets are illegal.

    It baffles me why SriLankan fishermen want to fish Indian waters if as they say they are fished out!

    • 10
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      BH,

      Sri Lankan & Indian naval observers on patrol vessels is a great idea.

      However, South Asia is not known for commonsense.

      Cheers!

      India’s countless fishing fleet has been raping Indian ocean for many years already. With total disregard for environmental standards. We are sitting next to a ticking nuclear bomb in ecological terms.

      • 19
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        Ben Hurling

        Ranil says:

        “while claiming that due to the poaching by Indian fishermen, local fishermen’s livelihoods are disrupted.”

        This is about fisher folks’ habitat, lively hood and their resources.

        The South Hindian trawlers are being financed and operated by powerful political cronies. This is a Hindian problem and not ours. Therefore Hindia and Tamil Nadu should take measures to safe guard our fisher folks and their right to lively hood within their legitimate resource zone.

        Is Hindian South Block working on another hidden agenda? Let Subramany Swamy respond.

        Do you think Ranil’s government should revive LTTE’s navy to prevent all poaching, Hindian as well as Chinese?

      • 3
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        Indian coast guard have their patrol vessels in the border, but TN robbers sneak in and wave hands at patrol boats once they enter SL water. Because in SL water, indian patrol boats cannot enter..

        • 16
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          sach

          “Indian coast guard have their patrol vessels in the border, but TN robbers sneak in and wave hands at patrol boats “

          Are those robber boats made of advanced stealth technology?

      • 4
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        Indian fishermen aren’t crossing the boarder inadvertently. They do it intentionally. They have over-fished in their waters and now have no fish left, so they are trying to poach in Sri Lankan waters.

        The Prime Minister is absolutely right. Indian government, their media, their elites and the fishermen themselves should learn to respect the boarders. Sri Lanka government has the right to fiercely protect its boarders.

      • 20
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        You and Ranil are talking to the wind- truly you folk are destined in the land of Indian Seepage south of its belly.

        NaMo has repeatedly disclosed that the issue is to be handled by fishermen of both sides like the EU issue scotland vs spain.

        The problem is Lankan dog in the manger attitude, topped with hallucinations of incoming election fever-
        rail, don’t know if he is coming or going as even opposition leader after all.

    • 6
      3

      Dear Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe,

      “Speaking furthermore, PM Wickremesinghe had stated that the law allows one to shoot a trespasser while claiming that due to the poaching by Indian fishermen, local fishermen’s livelihoods are disrupted.”

      I agree with you fully, Sir. It is affecting the Sri Lanka’s fishermen and their livelihood. Why wait until the Indians destroy Sri lanka’s fishing grounds and then send the Fisher Folk women to the Middle East as domestics.

      This is stealing. If you have a fruit orchard, do you want thieves to steal it? No!

      A further problem with the indian Fisherman is that they use Drag Nets, that bdestroy the sea bottom and destroy the fishing habitats. They have destroyed their fishing grounds and come to the Sri Lanka’s Fishing Grounds, to destroy too. Furthermore, the indians export the Fish, mostly and the average Indian eats only a part of the fish caught.

      Please show your leadership. Stick to your guns, and ask the Navy to Arrest or shoot the Fish Robbers and thieves.

      PS. Kamal, sorry, Amarasiri had to respond to the Indian robbers actions. You had plenty of time.

    • 15
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      BH,
      Bulls Halal,
      Pick pockets- Rail is a Sloth

      “It baffles me why SriLankan fishermen want to fish Indian waters if as they say they are fished out! “

      neither do you!
      you never used soap keyboard warrior- it’s all in the Gooooo!
      the greatest happiness is the movement of the bowels!

      Modi is iHind and sensibly wanted both sides to be mature and solve it the Scotfishmen vs SpanFishman way.

      But servitude counting Lankan unwashed hands are sooo smelly dry salted fishy- Quite a phew!!

  • 13
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    Ranil Wickramasinghe told the truth and he is right.

    I know countries had arrested and shot at the porching countries trawlers. Then the problem was solved.

    Sri lankan – Indian fisher man problem also needs drastic action. Other wise, Tamilnadu Tamils will not stop it.

    • 6
      2

      Jim,

      “Speaking furthermore, PM Wickremesinghe had stated that the law allows one to shoot a trespasser while claiming that due to the poaching by Indian fishermen, local fishermen’s livelihoods are disrupted.”

      Yes, PM and Jim Softy.

    • 4
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      Jim

      I do agree with your comment.

      Hat-off for Ranil W to stand for the rights of helpless poor fishermen of north Sri Lanka. Ranil handled the interview very tactfully but cordially.

      Interestingly Ranil called the northern CM, Vegie as a utter liar. Good on you Ranil!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Vegie is a mute when it comes to fishing issue and being a so-called intellectual of Thamil Community, Vegie plays for audience of the gallery for scoring brownie points.

      • 17
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        Sinhala Banda

        “Vegie is a mute when it comes to fishing issue and being a so-called intellectual of Thamil Community, Vegie plays for audience of the gallery for scoring brownie points.”

        Stupi Sinhala Banda read the following excerpts:

        Twin tussle over trawling: Sri Lanka’s traditional fishermen caught in the net

        The Sunday Times
        Sunday, February 22, 2015

        The economic hardship caused to the people of the northern coast and the damage done to Sri Lanka’s marine environment by Indian fishermen are undisputed facts. Governments and fishing communities on both sides of the Palk Bay accept that mechanised bottom-trawling in Sri Lankan waters is unacceptable. Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran pledged his support to the province’s fishermen prior to President Maithripala Sirisena’s departure to New Delhi. The Chief Minister called upon the Sri Lankan government to take sterner action against illegal fishing by Indian trawlers.

        http://www.sundaytimes.lk/150222/

        When did you last check up dated news?

  • 1
    19

    This is RW’s boru show to impress Sushma visiting Sri Lanka.
    [Edited out]

  • 8
    3

    hi Jim,

    Welcome aboard.

  • 6
    1

    Shooting a few fishermen for just crossing the border but allowing China to fish with SL flag. Foolish sorrylankan leaders. The ban on sl fish in EU is a main cause of fishing by China. Wait you have much to eat from China, mainly by suspending the Port F**king city.

    • 1
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      Right, because Sri Lanka has deal with China, it should also allow Indians to poach in their waters. Sounds reasonable. Now please go back to caressing your sorry buttock.

      • 16
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        we got you coconut head pick pockets we have the pol mudda not you to stop the leak (art and tech to stop bribary of shills like sharma across the straits)
        aren’t you preeek preeek preek Dal(eat) `IT` parripu control freak!

  • 4
    24

    Well said RW

    Good to be up front with our comments.

    • 16
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      “to be up front ” preek preeek preeeek preek!

      like the Portuguese ship wrecks the cannon fodders of the New World- 1600 English East India Company; VOC 1603 Dutch East India Company.

      who respects a Portuguese but an arecanut eastern European fascist.

      Borrowed names don’t shine. Even the blood is of africa/islam after 700 rule.

      don’t you pick pocket like the muslim dr mathir or passa family??

      salt fish smelly karavadu like Alawi in the mosque cleaning his ears always
      Sloth the sirens of lanka G.L. peiris your fish head coconut heads pygmies.

  • 1
    19

    This is election propaganda to show RW is tough…aney me

    • 6
      0

      Aney me, we got rid of the showman of the century ! No one can beat him when it comes to boru show !!

  • 11
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    Just crossing the border is a crime but what you think China is fishing in Hambantota swimming fool? Ane sinhala moda harakk. Sinhalese are only capable for jack fruit culture.

    • 2
      12

      Thanks for your racist comment Neville.

  • 1
    5

    To be fair by Ranil Wickremasinghe, those Indian patriots who are jumping up and down should in the first instance listen carefully to what Ranil actually said at the interview with the Thanthi TV channel. Bensen

    • 6
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      “”Thanthi TV channel. “”

      other backward with pakistani healing dance PhD (30% reserved seat) debate so even a SC from Seylan DJ can do the fox trot freudian slip – social up starts like hole in one VP.

  • 1
    13

    somebody get rid of this CIA stooge

    Cheers

    Abhaya

    • 3
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      bla, bla blAbhaya

      “somebody get rid of this CIA stooge”

      Now you do miss VP, Don’t you?

  • 0
    6

    Instead of making inflammatory statements, the most pragmatic approach if India refuses to act on transgressions is to confiscate their boats. This will really bite their so called ‘livelihoods’ which by the way is a multimillion dollar industry for India.

    I do not believe this is just about innocent Indian fishermen accidentally crossing our maritime boundaries. In actuality, this is an organised business with absolutely no care in the world for marine destruction.

    Ranil W. needs to be smart when dealing with this issue.

    • 18
      1

      maximum gooo lies on your finger nails not on any toilet seat that is if you are accustomed to at least latrine.
      anyway according to research even at yahoo its so.

      Inadvertently you pick-pockets apply that ointment on your head to come out with Gooo!
      Most of you don’t use soap and wash your tinge just urinate allover the seat.

      Clean Scotland vs Even clean Spain have just completed Fish wars and solved it at fishermen level both sides- one cultivates conservation and fishing while other makes Tapas with small fish.

      Modi is iHind and sensibly wanted both sides to be mature and solve it the S vs S way.
      But you unwashed hands are sooo smelly dry salted fishy- Quite a phew!!

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