Indian film actor Rajinikanth (L) gestures as he speaks with fellow thespian R. Sarathkumar (C) during a one day fast by the Tamil film industry in Chennai on April 2, 2013, held in protest against the Sri Lankan government and alleged atrocities against the Tamil minority on the island. Politicians in Tamil Nadu state, which has seen daily protests against Colombo, have passed a resolution asking New Delhi to stop treating Sri Lanka as a friendly country until it probes the 'genocide' of ethnic Tamils. Rights groups have said Sri Lankan troops killed up to 40,000 members of the minority Tamil population in 2009 in the final months of the island's civil war, a charge denied by Colombo.
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