Actress Anjali has opined that she feels that Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse should be tried for the ‘war crimes’ he committed during the anti-LTTE offensive two years back. “My support is always there for the Tamils; I have inked my gesture of support in this regard,” said Anjali after signing the declaration calling for Rajapakse’s trial in the International Court of Justice.
The political Vidudhalai Siruthaigal Katchi (VCK) has been conducting a signature campaign collecting signatures from as many people as possible which would be submit in the form of a memorandum to the ICJ pressing for the trial of Rajapakse for his role in ‘masterminding’ the killing of thousands of innocent Lankan Tamils.
VCK has been getting signatures from Kollywood artistes. A group of office-bearers of the party has already got signatures from actors Sathyaraj, Bharath, Parthiban, Manivannam, actress Roja and directors Seenu, Bharathiraaja, T. Rajendhar, Velu Prabhakaran and R.K. Selvamani. Actress Anjali joins the list of Kollywood personalities who have signed the memorandum. Kalanjiyam, whose ‘Karungaali’ co-starring Anjali hit the screens recently, also affixed his signature.
Speaking about her emotional support to the Lankan cause, Anjali said “Thousands of innocent Tamils have been massacred by the Lankan army. We all read about it the papers but when the video footage of brutal killings were shown on the telly recently, it was heart-rending. After watching it, I couldn’t control my emotions and cried for a long time and didn’t even bother to eat.
“Rajapakse should definitely be tried for the war crimes he has committed. I personally appreciate the purpose of the signature campaign and have put my signature towards the cause,” concluded Anjali, becoming the first Tamil actress (though her mother tongue is Telugu) to voice her opinion openly and boldly on the issue.
Kudos to her!