Heres what India conceded to the Sri Lankan Hindus; and why so
In a step that would once again reestablish the Indian connections of the Sri Lankan Tamils, India has approvedthat the community may be allowed to travel to the Chidambaram temple in Tamil Nadu for pilgrimage on a ferry.
This was done after Colombo too agreed to the demand to open the sea route for Sri Lankan Hindus.
India conceded to the demand as the ferry route is cheaper and could be accessed by very many people who may not be as affluent.
The demand for opening the sea route to pilgrims was spearheaded by Marvanpulavu Sachchithananthan, who heads a collective of Hindus in the island nation known as the Siva Senai.
Sachchithananthan, it may be known, was in Delhi last week to meet officials in the ministry of external affairs and the Sri Lankan embassy to push for setting an early date for the facility.
He told media persons that Siva Senai had negotiated with the Sri Lanka government through the Governor of the Northern Province to permit a pilgrim ship to Chidambaram during Maarkazhi Thiruvembavai festival days.
Sachchithananthan said the annual pilgrimage will be a “moral booster” for the poor who cannot afford a plane travel. >