India may reconsider Kachchativu

India may reconsider it’s position on the Kachchativu island which is currently under Sri Lanka.

Union Minister V. Narayanaswamy told reporters in Chennai that the decision was taken following the position adopted by the Tamil Nadu government led by J. Jayalalithaa and the opposition DMK led by M. Karunanidhi.

The Tamil Nadu Assembly had recently passed a resolution calling on the Indian government to reclaim Kachchativu from Sri Lanka.

The DMK meanwhile filed a case in the Indian court also seeking the Kachchativu island to be taken back by India.

Kachchativu was ceded to Sri Lanka under a 1974 agreement.

Tamil Nadu fishermen say they cross the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) to fish in the waters of the Kachchativu island as part of a traditional norm and hence get attacked by the Sri Lankan navy.

The resolution at the Tamil Nadu Assembly, moved by the chief minister J Jayalalithaa, drew the attention of the House to a Supreme Court order in 1960 in the Berubari case, wherein it was stated that any agreement on cession of Indian territory to another nation need to be ratified by both Houses of Parliament through an amendment of the Constitution. “Going by the SC verdict, ceding of Kachchativu is not valid,” the resolution said, while pointing out the fishing rights and livelihood concerns of Indian fishermen. (Colombo Gazette)