[ BBC ]
The Indian government has protested to Sri Lanka over a statement by the Sri Lankan army commander who described some Indian politicians as “jokers”. In an interview with a state-run newspaper, Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka said that the Indian government would not listen to Tamil Nadu “jokers”. The Indian state of Tamil Nadu has a population of about 65 million people. It is overwhelmingly made up of Tamils, some of whom are sympathetic towards the Tamil Tiger rebels of Sri Lanka.