Ethnic crisis can be solved amicably: Minister

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Chennai, Dec 15 (UNI) Union Minister of State for Textiles E V K S Elangovan today said the ethnic crisis in Sri Lanka could be resolved amicably.

Speaking after awarding diplomas to 20 Sri Lankan journalists, who had passed a six-month course from the SRM School of Journalism and Mass Communications here, he said somebody in Tamil Nadu was trying to politicise the issue.

''In my view, the Lankan issue can be solved amicably'', he said and exhorted the Sri Lankan journalists to play a major role in this regard.

'Use your pen to solve the problems faced by the people (Tamils) in Sri Lanka. Why should we unnecessarily use weapons and guns'', he observed.

Quoting the popular adage that pen is mightier than sword, he told the Lankan journalists to use their pen to putforth their views, which would be widely respected, and help in solving important issues.

Highlighting the role played by the media during freedom movement, Mr Elangovan said the same media has to play a major role in realising the vision of making India an economic Superpower.

SRM University Chancellor T R Pachamuthu, Vice-Chancellor Prof P Sathaynarayanan, Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner P M Amza, Sri Lanka Press Institute Director-General Ranga Kalansooriya were also present on the occasion.


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