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"There are two things born from mountains, shining so brilliantly that the great bow down, driving darkness from earth circled by
roaring waters. One is the flaming sun, single wheel bright as lightning, the other is Tamil that has no like." — from the
taNTiyalankârum [Berkeley Tamil]
Ramakrishna Mission appeal
re: Sri Lanka IDPs
Due to recent eruption of violence in the eastern part of Sri Lanka , 72,000 people have
been displaced from Vaharai, Sampoor and Muthur. Among the displaced 17700 are
children of whom 10500 are school going. 41,500 (1160 families) people are in 61
Sri Lanka’s Neglected Population
IMC's mobile clinics bring health care to those
who need it most
By Sonia Walia
In recent years, the coastal region of Trincomalee in eastern Sri Lanka has been
buffeted by civil war and natural disaster.
Nov 11-17, 2007
Living with Nature [HA]
" I will arise and go now, for always night and
dayI hear lake water lapping with low sounds by
the shore " - William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
State and non-state terrorism in Sri Lanka [TC]
By Dr. S. Narapalasingam
The remark by US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who
is currently a frontrunner in the November 2008
Presidential election, during the interview Michael
Tomasky had with her for ‘The Guardian’ daily (23
October 2007) that “you can’t lump all terrorists
together” alarmed some Sri Lankans backing the
government’s war against LTTE terrorism.
Interview: Tamil National Alliance is Insisting
on The Rights for Self-Determination [FI]
by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai
Parliamentarian N. Srikantha said that Tamil National
Alliance (TNA) is representing Tamil people as their
authentic representatives in the Parliament of Sri Lanka
and functioning within its frame work. And he
emphasised that TNA will “continue to insist on the
rights for self-determination of the people that includes
their birth rights, separate and sovereign state on the
sacred soil of their own homeland”.
“Col” Karuna Caught Up in Controversial London Arrest [TC]
by D.B.S. Jeyaraj
Friday November 2nd was a day of excitement in Sri Lanka as details of a
successful air strike in the North by the Sri Lankan air force became known.
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) political commissar, “Brigadier” Suppiah
Paramu Thamilchelvan along with five others had been killed at Thiruvaiaru, a
Peace Moves Within TMVP as Karuna and Pillaiyan Bury Hatchet [FI]
by D.B.S Jeyaraj
The internecine warfare plaguing the Tamil Makkal Viduthalaip Puligal(TMVP) in
the east may have come to an end at last! An uneasy rapprochement seems to
have been effected according to knowledgeable sources.
TMVP supremo Karuna and military chief Pillaiyan have apparently buried the
hatchet and reconciliatory moves are in progress.
Can Govt And LTTE Extricate Themselves From War Trap? [FI]
By Dr. Jayadeva Uyangoda
The LTTE’s recent commando attack on the Anuradhapura Air base and the
retaliatory killing of Thamilselvam by the Sri Lankan Air Force no doubt add to the
process of greater intensification of the war between the Sri Lankan state and the
LTTE. Retaliatory violence by both sides is likely to increase, thereby further
reinforcing the reproductive logic of Sri Lanka’s protracted civil war. Against this
backdrop, the government and the LTTE will be compelled to demonstrate their
capacity for destruction in a spirit of competition for world attention.
Peace Is Possible Only If People Re-discover Themselves [FI]
by Dr.Sasanka Perera
To write even a brief essay on peace is simultaneously both a walk in the park as
well as a walk through a minefield. It is a walk in the park because at face value
one could assume that everybody knows what peace is all about, and it is simply
inconceivable that someone who has not taken leave of his senses might not
Building Peace via People’s Participation [FI]
by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai
“Our options are limited to unitary and federal with regard to sharing powers. Are
the elections really democratic? The people, who decide on war, do not decide on
participatory democracy” said The President of the Methodist Church of Sri Lanka
Reverend Ebanesar Joseph in his key note address at the Training of Trainers on
Peace building. It was organized by the Methodist Church of Sri Lanka, Muslim Aid
and United Methodist Committee on Relief.
The Left of centre journal in Thamil [TW]
The third issue of Sarinihar (Based on Equality Basis) is just out. It is a left of
centre journal in Thamil on current politics, sociology and the arts. One sees a
veiled expression of Thamil nationalism within its covers.
Including the covers it has 100 pages and is sold at Rs.100 per copy. It has the
motto a line from Subramania Bharathi, the greatest Thamilnadu poet of the last
century. The line is: Sarinihar Samamaha Vaalvoam Intha Naatilae meaning "Let's
live in this country (India) on an equal basis".
Our toxic hazards [BP]
By: Amarnath Amarasingam and Harshini Sriskanda
Recent water tests in California showed that 60 percent of the rivers and streams
in that state contain Prozac, Ritalin and antibiotics. How did they get there?
Individuals either threw excess prescription pills in the water or flushed them down
the toilet. The chemicals could then make their way into groundwater where they
are absorbed by the fatty tissues of fish and end up on dinner plates. A study
done by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York found at least ninety-one
chemicals in the blood and urine of the nine volunteers studied. Most of these
chemicals are known carcinogens, which could also cause birth defects and brain
disorders. As a British physician states in The Hundred-Year Lie: “We are all so
contaminated that if we were cannibals our meat would be banned from human
In pictures: Diwali celebrations - Durban [BBC]
South Africa's city of Durban is home to one of the largest Indian origin populations
outside of India, and celebrations are already under way for the Hindu festival of
lights - Diwali.
Australia's Howard Fights to Save Seat Amid Immigrants' Anger
Kam Leung emigrated from Indonesia to Australia in 2003. While the 24-year-old
has earned enough as a cook in the Sydney suburb of Epping to think about
buying a house, he says he won't vote on Nov. 24 for Prime Minister John Howard
as his local representative in Australia's parliament.
``He's been good for the economy, but in the past, he didn't want to let us in or
wanted to ship us all back,'' Leung said. ``I don't think the leopard has changed his
After 33 years in the House of Representatives, Howard, 68, is in danger of
becoming Australia's first prime minister since 1929 to lose his seat. In some past
campaigns, he has argued for stronger immigration controls, especially for Asians.
Now his Bennelong district is 41 percent Asian, compared with 2 percent when he
was first elected in 1974. A change last year in the district boundaries also added
more lower-income families.
Fred W. McDarrah, Photographer, Dies at 81[NYTimes]
Fred W. McDarrah, a self-described square who as a longtime photographer for
The Village Voice documented the unwashed exploits of the Beat generation, and
as an enterprising freelance talent agent rented out members..[Contd]
A killing clouded by petty politics [ST]
By J.S. Tissainayagam
The assassination of the LTTE's political wing leader, S. P. Thamilselvan, led to an
outpouring of sentiment ranging from unbridled triumph to outrage.
The luck of the south [Hindu]
by Ramachandra Guha
No other part of India, or the world, has been free of
war for 200 years.
One of my all-time favourite places is the temple of
Somanathapura. It is less visited than other famous
Hoysala shrines such as Belur and Halebidu, in part
because it lies off the beaten track.
Kaleidoscope of dance forms [Hindu]
The week-long festival provided wholesome
entertainment to audience with varied tastes.
A few of the artistes who performed during the
dance festival of Pollachi Tamilzhisai Sangam were
extremely impressive, while some others were good,
but not remarkable.
Gayathri Chand’s Odissi belongs to the former
category. She proved beyond doubt that language
takes a second seat while the face and limbs
portray the emotions powerfully. While presenting
the ‘Sthayee’ (Sankarabharanam) she interspersed
intensely emotional portrayals with beautiful
postures inspired by the temple sculptures.
Her next item, ‘Abhinay’ was based on the life of
Krishna and the way she portrayed some of the
episodes from His life such as ‘Putana Vadham’ was
Bollywood's southern connection [REDIFF]
They may sizzle in Bollywood films today but there a
few heroines who, early on in their career, crossed
the Vindhyas to go south.
Here are a few who have come from the Bollywood's
Crowned Miss World in 1994, she could have
signed on any Hindi film but chose Mani Ratnam's
offbeat Tamil film Iruvar to debut in 1997.
The film was based on the lives of Tamil politicians
M G Ramachandran, M Karunanidhi and
Jayalalithaa, and Rai played Jayalalitha.
Playing the hero MGR, the uncrowned King of Tamil
films and politics, was the Malayalam superstar
Mohanlal. Though Iruvar is considered as one of
the best films of Mani Ratnam, it was not a
A Culture of Song in India's Tamil Nadu [NPR
by Scott Carney
The streets of the Tamil Nadu province in South
India are filled with song. Popular radio shows
spotlight ordinary people singing the latest film
music live on air and miniature recording studios
offer a chance for untrained singers to sound like