The editorial of ‘The Hindu’ had provided an explanation with regard to the incident where the Lecturer of the Faculty of Law at the University of Colombo Jeewa Niriella who participated at a summit of the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University in Southern India.
The Sri Lankan Lecturer had arrived in Sri Lanka after several groups including Naam Tamizhar Iyakkam and May 17 Movement entered the university premises and threatened her.
The editor of ‘The Hindu’ pointed out that this incident causes disgrace to Tamil Nadu and India as a whole.
The article further pointed out that such incidents can quickly lead to a culture of intolerance in Tamil Nadu, risking its reputation for peace and hospitality.
‘The Hindu’ pointed out that targeting Sri Lankan officials and academics by Tamil racist groups of Tamil Nadu would not fulfill their expected objectives.
The Sri Lankan lecturer had visited the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University in Tirunelveli in response to an invitation of the university to participate at a summit which was held in view of World Women’s Day.
‘The Hindu’ also severely criticised the move followed by the university administration to apologise to the pro LTTE groups which entered the university premises by force.
The Indian newspaper further stated that the state government too supports such racist groups which are active in Tamil Nadu.
The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu had requested the Indian Central Government to inform before hand with regard to Sri Lankan academics and VIPs who arrive in Tamil Nadu and not to encourage the arrivals of Sri Lankans.
‘The Hindu’ referred to this move as the encouragement of Tamil Nadu towards Tamil racism.