Q: When was the decision to give Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka taken?
A: 1964. Under Ramnad MLA Shanmuga Rajeswara Sethupathi, it was already decided by Congress. DMK came to power in 1967.
A: Bhaktavatchalam, Congress.
Q: How was this decision taken?
A: Indira Gandhi decided this with her cabinet. She did NOT consult either the state govt or the parliament as per procedure.
1. India was in trouble for testing a nuclear weapon.
2. Sri Lanka was about to be given the status of President of the UN General Assembly. The NAM summit was also held in Colombo in 1976.
A: The next day after the agreement was signed.
Q. What did Kalaignar do?
A: He chaired a meeting of Tamil Nadu MLAs. He tried to pass a resolution to condemn and stop the transfer of Katchatheevu.
A: March 29, 1972. Kalaignar insisted that the Indian govt intervene and sort this issue. Why? Because Sri Lanka's naval boats, then as now, were harassing Indian fishermen.
Q: What did MGR do to retrieve Katchatheevu?
A: Nothing. In 1982, he removed Katchatheevu from Tamil Nadu's map.
Nobody did anything to stop it except DMK.
A resolution was brought against giving it away.
See the parliament sessions from 1956 till 1974. You can notice that Katchatheevu was more or less the Kashmir between India and Sri Lanka. That's what parliament debates and Q&As reveal to us.
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And what about the assembly during the second DMK govt from 1971 to 1976?
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But only 11 members were there in the discussion boycotted by ADMK, INC and communist parties.
Why not ask them why?
Indira Gandhi used it as a weapon to rivet Kalaignar. It has now become a full time migraine.
Don't meddle with people in leagues way above your own. You'll get drilled and nailed to the wall. All in good time!