Tamils and St. Valentine
“Today, quite a few boys and girls in Sri Lanka will be exchanging gifts and love notes!”
By Thulasi Muttulingam
Well, it’s that time of year again. Love is in the air. Of if it isn’t, it’s definitely on your social networking sites; facebook, twitter, instagram, your inboxes and post boxes. Brace yourselves for the avalanche of ‘hearts’ folks. Red ink be flowing in rivers of red today.
Life of a Flower ♫ Paaventhar Bharathidasan song
Greetings on Valentine’s Day-Feb 14
T.M. Soundararajan & Jamuna Rani renders-Bharathidasan song ~ in 1952 Movie Valayapathi – Featuring paintings by Ana Tzarev [TW]
Why Music Composer Yuvan Shankar Rajah Converted From Hinduism to Islam Seeking Solace, Inner Peace and Happiness
Popular music composer Illayaraj’s younger son and a famous composer himself Yuvan Shankar Raja Monday confirmed that he has converted to Islam, adding that he is proud of the decision which got his family’s support.
Though the rumour was going around for quite some time, Yuvan, confirmed this in a tweet.
“Yes, I follow Islam and I’m proud about it. Alhamdhulillah,” Yuvan Shankar Raja posted on Twitter.
There were rumours that Yuvan, who was married twice, was now going to marry a Muslim woman.
However, he has denied the rumours. [DBSJ]
Washington urged to stay vigilant against Sri Lanka’s Ploy to buy more time
International Probe a Must in Sri Lanka – USTPAC [SB]
by C. Kamalaharan
Returning after a lapse of fifteen years
To my village, where reigned wholesome fare,
Without hindrance whatsoever to nature,
With lush green vegetation all around,
And plenty to suffice for a peaceful living [MJ]
Language of War crimes alone would not address Tamils’ problems in Sri Lanka
by Meera Srinivasan
A traumatic past and a stifling present
The Tamils of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province do not have it easy even five years after the war ended. But the language of war crimes alone would not address their problems
The realities facing the people of the north are way more complex. There is an acute need for jobs. With the rising cost of living, households — particularly those with women heading them — are struggling to make ends meet. Many public institutions, including those that lost land to the army’s high security zones in the Northern Province, are crying for attention and support. Fishermen of the north are badly hit. With the failure of successive monsoons, food security is emerging as a serious concern. The region is still heavily militarised. [The Hindu]
Mel Gunasekera, colleague and friend
AFP Photo/(Ishara Kodikara)
Mel Gunasekera became AFP’s first full-time woman correspondent in Colombo when she joined in January 2007. She had covered Sri Lanka’s Tamil separatist war and its bloody finale in 2009 and was widely respected across the country. On February 2, she was murdered at her Colombo home after confronting a burglar.
Her former colleague, AFP’s Sri Lanka bureau chief Amal Jayasinghe, pays tribute. [AFP]
Journalist’s death a sign of Sri Lanka’s brutalisation?
By Charles Haviland BBC News, Colombo
One of Sri Lanka’s most prominent journalists, Mel Gunasekera, was stabbed to death in her home, on Sunday. Although this death does not appear to have been politically motivated, Sri Lankans have reacted by lamenting what they say is the “brutalised” nature of their country.
To wake up to the news that a friend has been murdered is shocking.
My own distress and horror at the sudden ending of Mel Gunasekera’s life is shared by hundreds of others in Colombo: her loving family and her many friends including fellow journalists. [BBC]
♫ “Neeyay Unakku Endrum Nigaraanavan” Song by TMS And Raju From “Baley Pandia” Film Sung by Supersinger Winner Diwakar
The fourth season of Vijay TV Airtel Supersinger Competition has concluded with a fairy tale ending. The winner Diwakar is from a humble social background and without any formal training in singing. Diwakar was not only the choice of the Judges, but also of the people who endorsed him with a record number of votes. [DBSJ]
Vettivelu Yogeswaran the Darling of Tamil Youths who Became Jaffna MP
By D. B. S. Jeyaraj
80th Birth Anniversary on February 5th
Last week saw this column paying tribute to the memory of Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) MP Dr.Neelan Tiruchelvam on account of his 70th birth anniversary.This column focuses this week on another departed TULF Parliamentarian whose 80th birth anniversary was on February 5th. Former Jaffna MP Vettrivelu Yogeswaran was born on February 5th 1934.He too was killed along with former Opposition leader Appapillai Amirthalingam by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE)in Colombo on July 13th 1989. [DBSJ]