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Grant Indian citizenship to Lankan Tamil refugee s – Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravi

 

"Sri Lankan Tamils living in India as refugees for more than 25-30 years is not something Tamil Nadu can be proud about,"

Grant Indian citizenship to Lankan Tamil refugee s – Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravi

 

 
Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Saturday has called upon the Centre and the state government to grant citizenship to thousands of Sri Lankan Tamils living as refugees in camps across Tamil Nadu, Indian citizens.
 
"Sri Lankan Tamils living in India as refugees for more than 25-30 years is not something Tamil Nadu can be proud about," he was quoted by the Indian media as having said, noting that those from Bangladesh and Nepal had been given Indian citizenship.
 
Contending that it was India's responsibility to see that on "humanitarian" grounds the Lankan Tamil refugees get their due rights and are able to work, he said "we cannot see these people forever in camps."
 
Elaborating on his organisation 'The Art of Living's contribution to this cause, he said it was running a signature campaign and has already got more than eight lakh signatures.
 
"We want to get at least one crore signatures before we give it to the Centre and the state government," Rediff quoted him as having said.
 
"We have done that (granting citizenship) to a lot of Bangladeshis and people from Nepal as well. When that is the case, why can't we give it to Tamils from Lanka," he said.
 
Asked about the stand-off between the Centre and anti-nuke activists over commissioning of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu, he said, "I go with the opinion of Abdul Kalam , our former President. He is an authority on the nuclear field. I know he cares for our people."
 
Kalam had earlier vouched for the safety of the plant.
 
Asked whether he was behind the split between anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal, he said, "I have only made bridges and not tried to split anybody. Even now I am ready to build bridges between them.
 
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