A political poster war is playing out in Tamil Nadu over the Sri Lankan issue. Ironically, rival parties are groups are using the same face, of a 12-year-old boy, to score political points. Balachandran, son of LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, has emerged as the face of the student protest movement for the Sri Lankan Tamil cause.
“The father was an iconic figure for many and now Balachandran has proved to be the leader’s son, by being the reason for a mini-revolution even after his death,” says Kartik, a law student.
Ever since the Channel four video of the apparent capture and cold-blooded killing of the child came into the public domain, mainstream media as well as popular social media picked it up and gave it prominent play. It became the main campaign material that shocked and provoked people and soon it had gone viral. It became the emotional hook to galvanise students and others into protests over the last few days.