The first meeting of the revived Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation , an outfit launched by Dravid Munnetra Kazhagam president M. Karunanidhi in 1985 to express solidarity with the Sri Lankan Tamil cause, will be held on April 30th at the DMK headquarters, Anna Arivalayam.
Karunanidhi, who is also the TESO president, will chair the meeting, which will be attended by DMK general secretary K. Anbazhagan & former minister Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan, who have been included as members.
Karunanidhi, who has been advocating a separate Eelam vociferously in the last few days, in a statement, called for a peaceful struggle in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi, C.N. Annadurai and Sri Lankan Tamil leader SJV Chelvanayagam, to set right the temporary setback to the cause of Tamils in Sri Lanka.
Reacting to criticism that the DMK failed to take any sincere efforts to prevent the killing of thousands of Tamils in the last phase of the war and was belatedly expressing concern, Karunanidhi said the Sri Lankan Tamil groups failed to succeed in their objective because they were not united in their struggle.
However the notion of a separate Eelam state in Sri Lanka was an idea which was thoroughly rebuffed by the visiting all party Indian parliamentary delegation, which toured Sri Lanka recently.
Several leading Tameelian ministers who were included in this delegation added that no Tamil political leader in Sri Lanka expected to carve out a separatist state.
When inquired by us, leader of the Democratic Peoples Front Mano Ganeshan declared that his aspirations were only based on a settlement which was concentric to the devolution of power, rather than to call for the establishment of a separate state.