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A Tamil Spring?

A new generation of college students in Tamil Nadu has taken up the cause of the Tamils of Sri Lanka. Articulate, wellinformed and uncontaminated by the influence of time-serving politicians they have successfully forced an agenda on the three main political parties in the state.

And why not? It is better than never. The spark has grown into a flame and we add fuel believing that it burns till the light of equal rights reaches the long deprived and oppressed people

– Lalith Raja, senior system engineer,
Infosys, Chennai, in NDTV Blog.

The spark which has ignited the students’ rage in Tamil Nadu against the United States-sponsored United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on Sri Lanka and India’s eventual support to it began in one of the most unlikely places, the Loyola College at Chennai. The academic excellence of the college, most believe, is a result of its depoliticised student body. Shattering the myth convincingly, on 8 March, eight young students from the college – Dileepan (18), Britto (20), Anthony George (20), Ramesh alias Paarvai Dasan (20), Paul Kenneth (20), Manikandan (19), Shanmugapriyan (19), and Leo Stalin (20) – went on an indefinite hunger strike demanding the implementation of a seven-point charter.

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