'Betrayed Tamils', 'Strategic move': Mixed reactions after India abstains from voting on Sri Lanka's human rights record

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NEW DELHI. India on Tuesday abstained from voting in the United Nations

Human Rights

Council on a resolution titled ‘Promotion of Reconciliation Accountability and Human Rights in

Sri Lanka

'. The resolution sought to fix responsibility for war crimes and human rights violations against Tamils by Sri Lankan authorities in the final days of the Eelam War IV.

Eelam War IV is the name given to the fourth phase of armed conflict between the Sri Lankan military and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. International rights groups claim at least 40,000 ethnic Tamil civilians were killed by Sri Lankan military in the final stages of the war.
While the Indian government was under pressure from political parties in Tamil Nadu to support the resolution, as it has done in the past on at least 2 occasions, voting in favour would certainly have sent ties with Lanka into a tailspin given that China, Russia, Pakistan and even Bangladesh rejected the resolution.
Congress leader P

Chidambaram

termed the development as "gross betrayal of the Tamil people" and demanded the resignation of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

India abstained from voting on the Resolution on Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council. This is a gross betray… https://t.co/EfiizGtenR

— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) 1616556475000

AIMIM chief Asaduddin

Owaisi

said PM

Modi

failed to stand by Tamil community that faced genocide at the hands of Sri Lankan government.

@PMOIndia abstained from the UNHRC resolution in support of Sri Lankan Tamils & against the Sri Lankan govt. Sri La… https://t.co/Ap9cXqXLl8

— AIMIM (@aimim_national) 1616574387000

'Congress is being hawkish and stoking fire of Tamil Chauvinism'

I find it inexplicable how seasoned leaders such as @PChidambaram_IN and @RahulGandhi are so hawkish when their pa… https://t.co/FpK8N5TfPb

— Malini Parthasarathy (@MaliniP) 1616576649000

'As expected from BJP'

How can we expect BJP to stand for human rights especially for Tamils? https://t.co/uCOzVpRC62

— ‎پربھا ਪ੍ਰਬਾ #VoteForDMKAlliance (@deepsealioness) 1616518498000

Indian representative abstains from voting in the resolution brought against Srilanka in UNHRC by Britain, France,… https://t.co/Vmv8SgHEEY

— Dusky Tamizhachi (@TamizhRatsaschi) 1616499068000

'India did right, it was a strategic move to counter China'

@PChidambaram_IN This is the right strategic move of India, knowing very well that the resolution is going to be p… https://t.co/mYmtlX17sZ

— Justice Karunakaran (@karunaka) 1616578967000

So called Tamil Nationalists in Tamil Nadu are shouting that India boycotted United Nations Human Rights Council.… https://t.co/El1Nl3iblZ

— Saiganesh சாய்கணேஷ் (@im_saiganesh) 1616504399000

'National interest comes first'

DMK can make all the noise about the Sri Lankan Tamil issue but national interest comes first. In a hostile South A… https://t.co/GqFcQzRCVT

— Kartikeya Sharma (@kartikeya_1975) 1616564001000

'Those who abetted Tamil genocide in 2009 are not attacking Modi government'

Interestingly, TN parties that abetted Srilankan 2009 Tamil Genocide are now asking Govt of India to vote against S… https://t.co/2j9k0oHkWc

— Ethirajan Srinivasan (@Ethirajans) 1616497787000

@PChidambaram_IN Recall Ex-PM Rajiv Gandhi's blunder interfering in Shri Lanka's internal problem. IPKF resulted in… https://t.co/uDt7CRmT5s

— 🇮🇳 Padmaja (@prettypadmaja) 1616557883000

'BJP is hypocritical'

BJP in its manifesto for TN - will recommend for citizenship for srilankan Tamils. BJP in reality - abstains from… https://t.co/1XnIVtTOF2

— mac (@dr_madras) 1616519379000

'Congress is no different from BJP'

P Chidambaram accuses BJP of being anti-Tamil by not voting in motion against Sri Lanka at UN.During UPA regime a… https://t.co/0UfTy1e0ol

— Upasana Singh (@uppuSSinghh) 1616580776000

@PChidambaram_IN - This was done by your government in 2014. Both Congress and BJP have always let down Tamils. https://t.co/BnjY6hxC5i

— Swarmeena (@daknews) 1616569830000

It is not #ShameonyouIndia, It should be #ShameonyouBJP It should be #ShameonyouCongressIndia did not choose t… https://t.co/f9eP54H8jx

— Mr.பழுவேட்டரையர் (@mrpaluvets) 1616553126000

'India siding with oppressor'

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor#ShameOnYouIndia… https://t.co/Y7SgzXcJwv

— Er. பிரவின் குமார் தமிழரசன் (@ErPraveenBKumar) 1616520470000
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