1. Tango
    April 1, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Thanks for this post Aman. You won’t believe how topical this is :-)

    I was with Anuj Parasher of Hindu today about 2 hours back and was discussing the TOI vs Hindu thing.

    Will make him read this post first thing in the morning.

  2. Fearlesssoul
    April 1, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    OK Noted

  3. Dj
    April 1, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    This is the typical ostrisch like tendency of ,we, indians. Just put hard truth under the carpet and hope time will heel everything. what is wrong with TOi headline. is it not true that chennai (DMK) force india to split asia. is it not true that everyone
    ,except Tamilnadu, cutting across party line condemed Govt Decision. Even in private many minister and congress member was not happy with gove decision. You vote against Srilanka just to appease DMK while thier support is not that necessary for govt. DMK is not in govt. What india will do if tommorow Srilanka vote against it on Kashmir. We alread have Pakistan in west, China in north, Bangladesh in east and now srilanka in south.

  4. utkal
    April 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    “What india will do if tommorow Srilanka vote against it on Kashmir.”

    What a stupid question! India has not committed war crimes in the scale that Sri Lanka has committed against the Tamils. And if India has, it is right that it should be censured and be forced to change its ways. It’s okay to say that there was a war, but there are some principles involved in how to fight a war. If you let go of that how are we a civilized nation? Looking the other way, just because of some petty contracts is despicable and is against everything India stands for since centuries. If there is no morality in how nations conduct themselves, will there be any morality in how individuals conduct themselves?

  5. Dj
    April 1, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    “What a stupid question”..Subah-Subah bhabhi ji se jhagada hua tha kya ? Why so charged up ?

    “India has not committed war crimes in the scale that Sri Lanka has committed against the Tamils”

    We ,Indians, say that. Oh hold on..Not all indian there are Arundhati roy and her ilk there who propogates that indian state is commintting henious crime in kashmir and you know Us and west like to put india on the spot.

    Still ypu didn’t gave answer to my que. Was it necessary to go against Srilanka just to appease DMK.

  6. suprabh
    April 1, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    I am not an expert on this topic, as I had been away from all the news item of lately, but I did read this particular article on TOI, and to be honest , I think the title was apt as to what basically happened.


    I completely agree with you. Although, the fault here was more of the Government rather than Chennai’s political kings.. So Ideally its not Chennai (DMK) who caused the split but our scared as shit government who in order to stay in power bowed down in front of the demands of one of its allies.

    But still, I do not disagree with TOI head line as much here. Dj’s points do make sense

  7. utkal
    April 1, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    No. The TOI headline is not apt but sensation-mongering. Second Indian government did not bow to DMK ally to stay in power. Even the AIADMK wanted the govt to vote with the resolution. Third, I don’t see what is wrong with listening to your ally if they are talking sense. Third. Arundhati Roy has pointed at some human right violations but none of her charges point to the scale of war crimes committed in Sri Lanka. If you read the account of atrocities committed on civilian population and soldiers who wanted to surrender any civilized human being;s blood will boil.

  8. suprabh
    April 1, 2012 at 7:40 PM


    I agree but that’s where you keep your blood boils away from politics. But do you honestly think the government (especially this joke of a government) did it to sympathize with the people of sri lanka..? This government cares as much about the people of its own country as much as you care about what kind of music himesh reshammiya is making…so forget showing sympathy to people of other country.. I do appreciate the points you made but unfortunately they do not fit when you associated them with UPA.

  9. Arise_Awake
    April 1, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    The TOI is Apt and this what really happened… The GOI 1st said that We dont support country specific resolutions in principle and than when 2 fronts opened in the form of Mamta di and DMK and DMK called for there Top part meeting to take final decision to walk out form UPA 2, The highly ineffective and in perpetual coma govt cave in.

    One has to look for strategic reasons also, no doubt there are war crimes but than can be taken care at bilateral level forcefully but Indian Govt’ s usual fails to see how China is stringing the pearls of nations ( pakistan, burma, nepal, bangladesh, srilanka, maurituis) around her, putting srilanka in there basket…

    Honestly, the Govt has lost Statecraft and basic principles to govern the nation..

    Ps: I am no fan of TOI as its not worthy to be called as Newspaper but The hindu is not saint also . If one has not read the recent controversy on reliance taking share in TV18 network and how Hindu cave in …

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