22 September, 2020

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Time For The TNA To Step In

By Kath Noble

Kath Noble

One of the reasons people dismiss the support of Tamil Nadu politicians for Tamils in Sri Lanka is their complete lack of concern for the immediate welfare of the community. Where they are going to get their next meal doesn’t matter. Unless their problems can be used to blame the Government, they are ignored.

Last week, I said that Karunanidhi was right to focus on the need for a political solution and the full implementation of the 13th Amendment in recent protests aimed at getting India to boycott the Commonwealth Summit in November. It is an entirely reasonable demand, and he will be doing everybody a favour if he can marshal the emotions of 72 million Tamils in Tamil Nadu into a campaign that can actually deliver, rather than misleading them into thinking that they are helping by continuing to call for Eelam – and in the circumstances another devastating war.

But he is absolutely wrong on the other issue that he raised – the arrests of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy.

Everybody other than Tamil Nadu politicians agrees that the treatment of fishermen who cross the international boundary has improved considerably since the end of the war. On the whole, the Navy is not shooting at them, as it no doubt once did – it would seem to have understood the rather obvious logic that sending people to jail for their crimes is far more effective than killing them when one wants to secure the support of their elected representatives. Better very late than never!

And the Government has clearly been trying to minimise the length of time it takes to send them back to India. Their incarceration doesn’t usually last more than a few days, and they are rarely made to pay more than a token fine, which is a much better deal than they get from any other country.

Of course even that is undesirable, and it is worrying that the Government is now apparently thinking of getting tougher.

These are poor people. They can’t afford fines, and they can’t afford to be kept away from their livelihoods.

But it is the job of the Indian government to look after them. The Sri Lankan government has to look after poor Sri Lankans, and the fishing communities of the Northern Province are some of the poorest in the country, having been very badly affected by the three decades of conflict in Sri Lanka.

That many lives were destroyed by the war is well known – certainly by Karunanidhi.

He should also know that their livelihoods suffered more or less the same fate. Fishing has always been a major part of the Northern economy. In 1980, the North supplied 50% of the national catch, but the catch in the Northern Province had fallen from almost 100,000 MT to just 15,000 MT by the end of the war. The restrictions imposed by the Security Forces in an attempt to prevent the smuggling of weapons and militants across the Palk Strait made it very difficult for fishermen to survive.

And although the sector is recovering, the catch has still only reached 60,000 MT.

Meanwhile, the catch in the rest of the country has increased considerably, so that the Northern Province now contributes about 12%.

Most fishermen in the North have only basic equipment, while many from the Mannar, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts who were caught up in the final battle with the LTTE lost whatever they had when they were displaced.

They are far behind where they were three decades ago.

Even more importantly, they are far behind the Indian fishermen who cross the international boundary.

In Tamil Nadu over the same period, the catch has gone up from 375,000 MT to nearly 615,000 MT. Fishermen have moved from the small boats that used to dominate the industry to trawlers, which sweep up everything in their path. Sri Lankan fishermen say that these new methods not only destroy their nets and damage their boats – the trawlers move about at such high speeds that they can easily run into them in the dark – but also risk the sustainability of fisheries in the North.

They are surely right.

After all, Indian fishermen are so keen to come to Sri Lankan waters precisely because there aren’t enough fish in their own. They have overexploited their resources.

A decidedly uninspiring editorial in The Hindu on Friday suggested that a solution could be found through negotiations between Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen. It said that Indian fishermen believe that Sri Lankan waters are their ‘traditional fishing grounds’. Well, no doubt they aren’t alone – I bet that Sri Lankan fishermen believe that Sri Lankan waters are their traditional fishing grounds too!

In fact, Indian fishermen are proposing an ‘open seas’ policy, with set times for Indians and Sri Lankans to fish wherever they like.

Of course they are.

Sri Lankan waters haven’t yet been overexploited. Opposition by Sri Lankan fishermen to such a disingenuous proposal is therefore absolutely understandable, and it is stupid to ask them to agree to the extension of what is already a serious problem.

Indeed, at least some of the violent incidents in the recent past have occurred between fishermen themselves.

Tamil Nadu politicians try to pretend that the cause of all the angst is Kachchativu – the island in the Palk Strait that was ceded to Sri Lanka in 1974. An extremely belated and totally useless competition has now emerged between Karunanidhi and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, with the latter passing a resolution in the state assembly in May calling on the Centre to take back Kachchativu and the former responding in a matter of days with a petition in the Supreme Court seeking the same thing, on the grounds that the agreement was never ratified by Parliament.

Whether or not they have a point doesn’t matter, since we are not talking about just a few square kilometres.

Indian fishermen are not only crossing the international boundary near Kachchativu. According to Sri Lankan fishermen, they come right up to the mainland, and move as far down the western side as Puttalam and as far down the eastern side as Trincomalee – about one third of the coastline.

And they say that 2,000 trawlers come almost every day.

This weekend, Karunanidhi intensified his efforts by reiterating his demand for the Centre to establish a naval base in Tamil Nadu, specifically for the purpose of protecting Indian fishermen.

But it is alternative livelihoods that they need, not an armed guard.

Rather than encouraging them to believe that they can go on paying so little attention to the environment, he should be busy working out a genuine solution for the fisheries sector of Tamil Nadu. He must also explain to the fishermen that Sri Lankan Tamils need not only a devolved administration in the North but also ways to make a living.

Unfortunately, the politicians who are likely to run the Northern Provincial Council have not been willing to speak out either.

The TNA intervenes on many crucial and urgent matters, and it deserves praise for addressing problems of importance to the whole country in addition to the concerns of the community that it represents. Its leaders have made some excellent speeches on the impeachment of the Chief Justice, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution and other important topics. These are all very necessary. But it does not excuse them from taking action on this issue.

The debate on the fishermen of the Northern Province must not be left to Tamil Nadu politicians and the Government of Sri Lanka, or it will never end.

*Kath Noble’s column may be accessed online at http://kathnoble.wordpress.com/. She may be contacted at kathnoble99@gmail.com

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    As usual, racist article from Kath who does not realize that TNA has more bigger things to do for bigger population of North Eastern Tamils first by fighting against sinhalese govt for land police powers than the coastal fishing rights for lesser population of fishermen.

    Sinhalese fear the combined forces of tamils worldwde & this is one more attempt to create friction among them.

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      Tamilan, I would have thought that this article by Kath Noble was one of the least Racist and Objective Appraisals, seen in the Media for a while. You seem to be obsessed with Eelam for Sri Lankan Tamils.

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        He seems actually obsessed with dismissing the Indian poaching in SL. Wonder why that is, “Tamilan”? Is the view different from your side of the Palk Straits?

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      Logical, sensible and straight talking as always – Kath Noble keep up your good work!

      For the most part, the politicians of South Asia are a bunch of vile, corrupt self-serving, dishonest creeps – in TN and in Lanka alike. There is nothing to chose between Indian and Lankan politicians!

      The only good idea I have hear so far about making Indian Fishes accountable for going into Lankan waters is to CONFISCATE their trawlers and fishing gear.. this would work to stop them OVERFISHING and destroying Sri Lankan waters as they have done their own Indian waters..

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      Thaliman;
      Your pseudo name is not suitable for a person like you .

      So better you use, one of the Saint Or Great Philosopher’s name.

      As you are doing a Respectable PUSHING JOB for a Shit eating pigs..

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      Tamilan

      “Sinhalese fear the combined forces of tamils worldwde & this is one more attempt to create friction among them.”

      I know the one which the combined forces of Tamils worldwide created earlier in May 2009. Fantastic, it has become a favourite tourist spot with bunker theme park, submarines, etc………

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    Have you forgotten that “13th Amendment” belongs to “OUR” Constitution and we are free to do whatever we (the PEOPLE) of Sri Lanka want to. We need not want Karunanidhi or any other person or as a matter of fact, “another country” to tell us what to do with it.

    Can you answer me this question: WHAT IF PEOPLE OF SRI LANKA DECIDE TO SCRAP IT OFF THE CONSTITUTION?

    You or the whole world can say “IT IS WRONG”, but please remember it is our PREROGATIVE RIGHT and no one need to tell us what to do next. So please learn to respect “OUR RIGHTS and OUR SOVEREIGNTY”.

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      Apparently, WE can scrap the 13th amendment even if we want.

      Because, that is how India wants it.

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      This Douglas is a kid who does not even know that 13A was as a result of international treaty between India and Srilanka , and Srilanka can not unilaterally tamper it.

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        In other words, 13th amendment very successfully put to rest Tamils’ claim of a Tamil homeland in Sri lanka.

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      You can scrap it then even if your grand grand parents come from graves, cannot prevent Tamils forming a separate country in the north and east of Sri Lanka with the help of international community. Actually, Tamils should not object scraping of 13th amendment.

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    Sri Lankan waters is their traditional fishing ground . what ! my foot . keep these fools in jail for a year on salt and bread . then they will find a new traditional fishing ground .

    The wonderful Diaspora and the tamil academics are completely silent on the issue . the tamil fishermen are low casete so these vellala pigs dont care .

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      Fish and Jaffna culture, economics, education, food, etc. are very closely related. IF SOMEONE busts the fish resource, ALL in the north suffers. North is Tamil only.

      I don’t think we should STOP TN fishermen from fishing in NORTHERN SL waters. When they plunder northern fish SL Tamils will suffer enormously. NO impact on others.

      Same with Sethusamudram and Koodankulam nuclear plant.

      PLEASE don’t disrupt when Tamils dig their own grave. Lend them a shovel.

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      To Abaya

      These fellows are not fools, but they are thieves. It is clear that India being very conscious of THEIR terrotorial intergrity does not give two hoots to Sri Lankan concerns of INDIANS thieving Sri Lankan resources. Not withstanding the sub that exploded recently, India has the maritime assets to ensure these Indian thieves are kept to their side of the boundary. But, they don’t. Is it any wonder that India does not have friendly relations with any of her 7 neighbours?

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    TNA uses PROFESSIONAL MOURNERS in Jaffna to HOWL when Pillai tours.

    LOW CASTE Tamil women weep at funerals for money. It is a practice in Tamil Nadu and north of SL where Tamil Nadu people live.

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      PROFESSIONAL MOURNERS are only found in Sinhala areas (low country) from Negombo to Galle. The low country Sinhalese of course were from South India (low caste Tamils) 400 yeras ago. Karawa, Durawa and Salagama (low country Sinhalese) are low caste Tamils (became Sinhala Buddhists)from South India brought by the Portugese.

      These low country Sinhalese (originally LOW CASTE Tamils) women weep at funerals for money. It is a practice among the low country Sinhalese (part of their culture).

      There is no such practise among the Tamils (low or high caste).

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        Kumbakarnan, Is this from Kuppathambi’s History of of Sri Lanka? Or are you writing your own? Are you the Tamil Doctor in Australia who wrote his own History of Australia, in which the Tamil speaking Aborigines of that time, welcomed Captain Cook with ‘Poo Malai’ which is the Tamil word for Garland.

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      THE TALK OF LOW CASTE AND HIGH CASTE IN 21ST CENTURY SHOWS THE MENATLITY AND QUALITIES OF YOU.

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    .
    There are not many Tamil fishermen left……most of the northern coastline is high security zones, occupied by military.
    Maybe if military leaves coastal areas so Tamil fishermen can move to their areas and start fishing, then TNA can get involved.
    :-)

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    Yes, Kath has called it straight. Where is the TNA on this issue?

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    The TNA should call the spade a spade. The TNA has made vast strides in its politics in the past two years. It is time it stopped playing coy on the issue of Indian fisherman invading our our territorial waters in large numbers and large fishing craft. The last batch of Indian fisherman were arrested off the Puttalam coast!

    There may be fewer fisherman in the north, but they are to my knowledge much fewer areas restricted for them to fish now. Our fisherman though fewer are entitled to make bigger catches. I have seen the big prawns they catch in Mullaitivu, which are much bigger than those caught in other coastal areas of Lanka.

    Kath Noble is right in spotlighting a problem that is adversely affecting the livelihood of our battered fisherman, due to the obtuseness of the Indian fisherman and their blinkered political leaders. This issue should be viewed not from a Sinhala- Tamil political angle, but only from those of the northern fisherman and our rights to the Island’s territorial waters.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dear Dr RN,

      During Basil visit to India, GOI and Govt of TN accepted direct fishermen interaction from both side to find a solution to this. Are n’t you aware of this? Also GOI, gave promise that Indian fishermen will be ensured not to go beyond Indian water.

      What will you say for the instances when Srilankan navy captured Tamil fishermen at Dhanuskodi? Can we shoot back those Srilankan navy which crosses the srilankan water?

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        Dear Manisekeran,

        Sri Lankan fishermen and navy should also not enter Indian territorial waters. Any Lankan fishermen entering should be arrested and produced before the Indian courts. If it is the Sri Lankan navy intruding, they should be fired upon by the Indian navy. What is sauce for the goose should also be sauce for the gander! what is illegal /illegitimate should not be condoned for any reason.

        Dr.RN

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        the problem is GOI not acting on its promise. TN fihermen come very close to SL. Some are arrested in Puttalam and Trinco.

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          Sach,

          Yesterday again Navy intruded Indian waters and attacked fishermen and robbed their net and catch at kodiakarai.

          http://www.rediff.com/news/report/sl-navy-attack-5000-tn-fishermen-go-on-indefinite-strike/20130801.htm

          http://www.rediff.com/news/report/eight-tn-fishermen-hurt-in-two-attacks-by-sl-navy/20130411.htm

          http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-02-22/india/31086409_1_tn-fishermen-three-fishermen-kodiakarai

          Your coastal guard is penetrating deep into coastal areas of Nagapattinam and Rameshwaram and attack fishermen.

          Their Puttalam claim need to be verified, if fishermen reached viloatingmaritime border then they should be arredted, but in most cases it was found out be Srilankan coastal guard intrude and attack Tn fishermen.

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            “Your coastal guard is penetrating deep into coastal areas of Nagapattinam and Rameshwaram and attack fishermen.”

            This is only the precursor to the main invasion.These are probing forays to discern weaknesses in your defences before a normandy type invasion.I told you once earlier about gajabahu.Unlike at that time we know now you have the mighty indian armed forces at your disposal.A simultaneous attack by china on assam and pakistan on punjab and srilanka on tamilnadu will fix that problem.

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              You are welcome.I am waiting.

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            But it is the FISHERMEN (robbers) saying!
            why hasnt Indian gov hasnt issued any statement? If SL navy intrude into Indian sea it can cause a diplomatic matter. but it hasnt really. Also ICG or Indian navy doesnt give a statement saying SL navy intrude. it is only the TN fishermen saying that.

            In Puttalam’s case the fishermen were CAUGHT in Puttalam sea. Same as in Trinco.

            http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia/2011/09/201192541015592433.html

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              It is kangaroos sickular govt that is running India does not want to disclose this hence Navy not speaking out, however same kangaroos govt could not answer in SC. You will come to know when SC of India ruling judgement on this.

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              @manisekaran,

              how can supreme government give judgement on this. what i said was not a single responsible indian from indian gov or indian navt or indian coast guard has ever stated that SL navy intrudes indian sea. the only one who is saying that is fishermen who are blamed for and even caught for intruding SL seas.

              These people come in large numbers (550 per day) into lankan territoy. Actually most go back UNPUNISHED. If SL navy cant arrest all the fishermen who intrude SL seas. do you think they will go and catch the ones in Indian seas, spending fuel and even making Ind- SL diplomatic relations go bad?

              Come with a better excuse next time!

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              Sach,

              I said supreme court, not government. If they that evidences are true, this kangaroo govt will be forced to act.

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              To add a point, when SC declared that Italian mariner killed fishermen, GOI went against Italy government to bring to book, same will do when SC gives verdict in favor of TN claim.

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              manisekaran,

              it was a type. what i meant was supremem court. Even if supreme court is to give a verdict. they have to get statements from indian coast guard and indian gov to verify such SL navy intrusions. Because an insititute like court cant check the validity of the fishermen’s statements.

              even so that has no point now.
              http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kachchatheevu-was-not-ceded-to-sri-lanka-centre-tells-court/article5076961.ece
              :D

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    TNA is not getting involved with this matter because it feels it can win the elections without sorting out this.If it was really critical issue for the people of the north and TNA is ignoring it then there will be obviously a backlash against them.At the moment there does not seem to be that backlash.I believe it is because the government is creating much worse problems for the people with land grabbing,militarisation etc and the people know that the TNA is having its hands full with these issues.

    If the government allows the TNA to run the northern provincial council without creating any problems for them and with full implementation of the 13th amendment,then the TNA will certainly feel the pressure to look into this fishing issue.They won’t like to because they have to take on the people of tamilnadu,but they will be forced to do it and may cook their own goose in the process if they adopt a hardline against the tamilnadu fishermen.Now it is the government with its antics of distraction with other issues that is letting the TNA off the hook from an embarrassing confrontation with their own brethren across the palk strait.

    The TNA should not go on a confrontation course with the tamilnadu fisherfolk,but instead go after the malayalee businessmen who are owning these trawlers and using the tamils to operate them.Ultimately the people of tamilnadu are also not getting this fish because they are processed and sent to japan and other developed countries who are willing to pay much higher prices because their own stocks have depleted to such levels that they are now exploiting poor countries.

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      of course they can win elections without it, but once elections are won, it will matter

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        not,necessarily.If after the provincial council elections the government continues in their hardline policy of creating bigger problems than the fishing issue for the tamil people,then the TNA can put the fishing into the backburner and the people will understand that they can’t fight on two fronts,one internally with the sinhalese hardliners and another externally with their tamil brethren across the palk strait.

        You forget that even now the TNA are the elected representatives of the people,albeit not at the provincial level but the central government level and have so far successfully avoided the issue.

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          yes SL gov’s act will influence this but with time fishing would be a lucrative business for people there.
          roads building, infra development and having facilities for better boats and refrigerator facilities will increase competition from SL side.

          Also the TN fishermen come to Puttalam and Chilaw which does not fall under North, so problems will occur

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    This mercenary writer has no better thing to do than to choose a topic of her fancy.

    Tamil Nadu Fishermen have to be helped from SL attrocities. Why doesn’t she ask the Indian govt with immense power to help them instead of asking the powerless TNA?

    A Tamil man told UNHCHR, Navaneetham Pillai: Deeds to our lands are cancelled & bogus deeds issued to Sinhala settlers brought in from the South by President MR and settled in land that is legally ours.

    Young Tamil women, especially the ex-LTTE cardres, are raped and murdered, but some are forced to marry Sinhalese soldiers.

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      Continued:

      Young Tamils evicted from their lands in the North and East are used by Some in the government higher ups to take refugee boats organized by them to flee. They achieve the twin goals of making Tamils an insignificant minority, and making money in the process.

      If the author is so altruistic, why doesn’t she take these burning issues to Tamils, before preaching the TNA.

      Why don’t Kate do a noble job like Navi Pillai, showing interest in the cares of the down trodden, instead of doing mercenary work?

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    Kath, got a chance to went out frustration on TN for their support to Srilankan Tamil diaspora. Srilankan army did not kill indian fishermen? My foot. You are a biased writer. Recent RTI to central government revealed that 375 Indian fishermen were killed by Srilankan coastal guard in last decade.And also there were instances where fishermen were captured by Srilankan when they were fishing in dhanuskodi at Rameswaram, when did it become srilankan water stupid Kath?
    So dont vent false patriotism Kath.

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      Why don’t you go and fish in Pakistani waters and see how you like it?

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        David Blacker

        “Why don’t you go and fish in Pakistani waters and see how you like it?”

        Oh they did and more than 362 got caught. As a goodwill gesture Pakistan release 362 4 days ago.

        What are you waiting for, kick the Indian fisherman poachers out of the Sri Lankan sovereign waters.

        What is Gota doing about it?

        Is he too busy with Mervyn’s forth coming wedding to South African?

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          I think the SL Navy is doing its best to keep out the Indian poachers, which is what Mani is unhappy about.

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        Your question is irrelevant to my posting. I asked what is her standpoint about the ranuzero catching TN fishermen in dhanuskodi?

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          No fishermen are caught in Danushkodi. The robbers are caught in well inside Lankan water.

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            Read my previous reply. It was verified that Srilankan coastal guard intrude as far as kodiakarai and attack TN fishermen

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              what is the authenticity in your reply. If SL navy intrude in Indian waters that is a big issue that indian gov itself would be alarmed. Indian coast guard has actually denied in many news reports such allegations.

              Also both indian and Lankan posts would testify these fishermen are arrested in Lankan waters. Do u know Puttalam? Trincomalee?

              For example the last batch of 35 were caught in Puttalam.

              If you want more I will give you evidences.

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          Only your final sentence is about territorial incursions, the rest of your post is a rant about Kath Noble’s alleged bias for writing about Indians stealing Sri Lanka’s resources now that they have finished their own. That is what I am addressing. There may have been a couple of SL Navy incursions, but we’ll have to see if their is any truth to that. The point is that if you stop stealing from us, we won’t have to stop you. First respect our rights before whining about yours.

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            Absolutely I am with you, if they cross Indian boundary, they are deserved to be arretsed and punished as per existing law of the local land, For me fihermen are poor does not matter Tamil or Srilankan. When last time Indian navy captured some srilankan fishermen near coastal Andhra, tehy released next day with just warning. But killing by shooting is not acceptable when Fishermen did not open a firing incident! Also GoTN submiited it report before SC about SL navy incursion which should alos be addressed instead blaming merely Indian fishermen like Kath without any obvious full information about it.

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              SL navy crossing the NAVY has no evidence. If they did so, it is a different matter. Yet indian coast guard hasnt stated such a thing. Are you telling me that Indian navy and coast guard is so weak that they cant find when a SL navy ship intrude into Indian ocean? I dont believe in that crap.

              yes SL fishermen do get into indian part by mistake and they are arrested by indian navy and subject to court procedure. which we have no problwm with. but i remember an incident when a SLn fisherman went to madras to see a jailed Lankan fishermen he was killed by a jail guard. these things go hardly in media.

              Indian fishermen do not come here by mistake. they come here knowingly and with the motive of ROBBING.
              1. they cross IMBL deliberately.
              2. Fish in Lankan seas which is not allowed to them.
              3. Cut the nets of Lankan fishermen and even threaten the Lankan fishermen (including Tamil ones).
              4. Use banned fishing methods that destroy Lankan sea bed which would result in no fish harvest in the future for Lankan fishermen.
              5. These people intrude so much into Lankan sea that these fellows are found in Puttalam and even Trinco which is in East of SL.
              6. The numbers that intrude are not one or two, but more than 500s per DAY.

              Until recent times SL practised a some what lenient appraoch on them that the fishermen are normally arrested and released after few days, going against SL laws in order to maintain good Ind-SL relations.
              But the TN robbers at sea took undue advantage of it and used that to the maximum.
              To enlighten your soul these instrusions increased to the extent that there were brawls between Lankan and Indian fishermen. Recently some Jaffna fishermen assaulted TN robbers.

              After such lenient treatment TN robbers scream of inhuman treatment to them once they are in TN. If they are arrested even in Trinco they scream about a Katchchathievu, though it has no connection to it.

              Indian coast guard says,
              “Commanding Officer H.H. More, Coast Guard Station Mandapam said Indian fishermen are crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and getting caught by the Sri Lankan Navy for poaching in Sri Lankan waters.

              Describing it as a long pending problem, he said the fishermen not only cross the IMBL, while setting out for fishing, but reach very close to the Lankan coast.

              “We will not keep quiet if Lankan fishermen or fishermen from Pakistan crossed the line and fish near our coast,” he said.

              In the case of 40 fishermen, he said they were fishing near the Bolder point, ‘very close’ to the east coast of Sri Lanka, when they were arrested by the Lankan Navy on December 3.

              The Indian fishermen, sometimes, move close to two km away from the Lankan coast, he said.

              The fishermen go out for fishing and they do not indulge in smuggling acts, but when hundreds of fishermen set out for fishing and get close to the Lankan coast, the possibility of some of them indulging in smuggling activities, could not be ruled out, he said.

              The fishermen, who were equipped with GPS, know fully well their location of fishing, but they were wilfully crossing the border, taking a risk. When the Coast guard vessel, stop them at the IMBL, they take a deviation to get into the Lankan waters.

              “After crossing the IMBL, they even used to wave at us as we cannot chase at them across the IMBL,” the Commanding Officer said.

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              Well, the fact of the matter is this conflict is a result of Indian fishermen entering SL territory and poaching from the SL Tamil fishermen who are just as poor as they are. SL Navy incursions (negligible in number even if true) isn’t the problem. Nor is the problem SL fishermen poaching in Indian waters which have been stripped by Indian overfishing. There is no need for SL fisherman to stray into Indian waters except by accident; we have enough fish here.

              The core issue is the mismanagement of Indian maritime resources by India and of course poverty. Kath Noble is quite right that India needs to deal with this issue instead of whining about it. You are in the wrong, so right that wrong. Sure, shooting at unarmed fishermen is an overreaction, and that should stop too (there was a time quite recently when the SL Navy threw stones at Indian fishing boats to chase them away, but with bigger boats now arriving, stones don’t work), but unless India stops its poachers the SL Navy will be forced to.

              So instead of ranting at Kath Noble, you should be lobbying your representatives in government to deal with the fishermen.

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        For your kind information, Pakistan never shooted Indian Fisherman so far! In fact, no sane country ever shoot another country fisherman. But Tamil nadu lost 550 fisherman in the last year!

        In fact, Tamil nadu rivalry with srilanka is because of fisherman problem. Any sane person could understand this.

        For a change, just shoot an american and imaging want response would be Mr. david Blacker?

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          Bald blocker is justifying shooting for a civil offense, pity that he does not know international law that someone unarmed violating maritime boundary is only to be tried with a civil offense,
          And moreover many incidents happened when coastal guard intruded into Indian waters and attacked fishermen.
          We are running out of patience with this silly lanka coastal guard, bloody congress will get its lesson this time in Parliamentary election for not condemning the srilankan coastal guard violations

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            I have not justified any shooting. Don’t add insult to injury by adding lies to thievery.

            Well, I am quite skeptical about these “many” incidents you speak of; but the point is thee won’t be any incidents if you thieves will stick to your own property instead of trying to steal ours.

            Instead of whining like crybabies that your idiot politicians are not condemning the SL Navy, you should be getting them to manage your maritime resources and uphold the law. Do you think it’s right to steal from others and try to justify it to boot?

            You are running out of patience? You steal from us and have the cheek to say you are running out of patience? We have already run out of patience with your thieves. Stay in your own country, because we will defend ours.

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              While I am not denying that Tamil Fishermen did not enter into srilankan water, it is also equally true that your navy intrude at odd time and attack fihsermen in Kodiakarai, which is well within the Indian territory.

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          that means 550 robbers in TN have been finished!
          Pakistan never face such aggressive robbing by TN fishermen and armwrettling by india. If they did they would face the heat!
          Actually many TN robbers go to TN freely and alive even after they have destroyed our marine wealth!

          Actually TN uses this to reason out the rivalry and not that fishermen cause the rivalry. There is nothing to be rival against as SL is acting according to the law.

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          Why should we shoot Americans? They are not stealing from us like common thieves.

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    sorry for the typo , vent instead of went

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    Dear Maniskaran: I prefer to be a “KID” than to be a “Stooge” of “Borrowed Knowledge”.

    Thank you.

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      Alright Kid Have some Mary biscuits and sleep merrily.

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