FEATURE

Independent International Investigations required to look into allegations regarding serious violations of International Law

Adjournment motion Speech made by Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran in the House on May 11th 2012: [TC]

BBC Thamilosai-Interview in Tamil ~ with S.C. Chandrahasan on his return to Sri lanka - BBC Tamil Service-April 4, 2012

BBC Thamilosai- Interview in Tamil ~ with D.B.S. Jeyaraj-Jan 29, 2012: On GoSL - TNA Talks, involvement of USA-EU, India & Tamil Diaspora Organizations

TRIBUTE

Remembering the “People’s poet” on his Birth anniversary, 13 April 13, 2012

A Fort of songs from the Fort of silks: In Celebration of Poet Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram

[TW]

FEATURE: A Celebration of Role Models ~ A picturesque project by Reach Out, Sri Lanka:

MUSIC & HERITAGE

Good Friday: A Sombre day in the Christian calendar

By saba-Thambi

Good Friday commemorates the death of Jesus Christ on the cross.

People in general query the meaning of the name “Good Friday” when it was in fact the darkest day in the liturgical calendar. Some argue that the word ‘Good’ derived from the old English synonym for “holy” and the others state that it has been altered from the word “God” to ‘good’ as in the derivation of the word “Good bye” from the origin of the phrase “God be with ye”.

[TC]

Memories of Yesteryears: Kristhava Keethankal

By Saba-Thambi

I cherish my childhood memories of listening to the “kristhava keethangal” (Christian songs) segment, broadcast on Sunday mornings in the nineteen sixties and seventies.

[TC]

Songs of Mahasivarathri, Spiritual night of Lord Siva

Ilaiyaraaja rendered a maestro presentation of 'Thiruvasakam in Symphony' along with the Budapest, Hungary orchestra in 2005, showcasing the synchronization of the Tamil divine classic at ease with western fusion:

[TW]

Sweet reminiscence – Ninaiththale Inikkum: Love ~ Our philosophy for the universe

A Musical celeberation of valentine’s day

The film Ninaiththale Inikkum features a song with opening lyrics from Tamil poet Kaniyan Poongkundran's universal kinship and friendship verse - "Yathum oore yavarum kelir", a glittering virtue at the pinnacle of Tamil heritage and traditions, written early on in circa 200 BCE – 100 CE, Sangam era:

[TW]

MUSIC & HERITAGE

Thai Pongal ~ the charming festival of Thanksgiving

Tamil month of ‘Thai’, falling on January 14th is Pongal day, The Tamil Thanksgiving Day celebrating sun, rain, farm cattle and ushering in pureness and prosperity.

[TW]

Departing Margazhi

The month of ‘Margazhi’ ~ dwindles and paves way to Thai, January 14th Thai Pongal.

Tamil poets likened the month Margazhi ~ to that of Mangai ~ a young woman.

[TW]

Celebrating birth of Jesus: Song by poet Vairamuthu, live performance by Anuradha Sriram

Kaviyarasu Vairamuthu’s song from Tamil movie Minsara Kanavu, rendered by Anuradha Sriram:

[TW]

A Birth Anniversary, Dreamed in bleary moonlight

December 11th, 1882 gave gave this world a great poet, Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathiyaar, the multi-faceted bard through writing, editing, as journalist, teacher and reformist uplift the spirit whenever and wherever his works are recalled.

[TW]

Divine songster K.J. Yesudas: Singing in films for fifty years

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Reputed Indian singer Kattassery Joseph Yesudas known to the world as KJ Yesudas celebrated his golden jubilee in singing for films on November 14th this year. It was on Nov 14th 1961 that Yesudas recorded his first film song for a Malayalee film at a Chennai studio. [DBSJ]

FEATURE

Prabhakaran: Powerful symbol of Tamil armed struggle

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj

Hello Friends

Today November 26th is the birthday of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE)Leader Thiruvengadam Veluppillai Prabhakaran. Had he been living Prabhakaran would have celebrated his 57th birthday today. [DBSJ]

Countdown begins for 'Great Heroes Day' showdown 

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

The count down has begun for “ Great Heroes Day” (GHD) on November 27th. Rival factions of the overseas Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE)competing with each other to commemorate the event in Western countries where substantial concentrations of Sri Lankan Tamils are prevalent. [DBSJ]

MUSIC & HERITAGE

Picturesque groves, Nurture you on this earth – how many Comrades shredded Blood on your roots!

Paaventhar Bharathithaasan’s poetic works dealt with socio-political issues that are true and relevant to this day.

Many of his works have been featured in Tamil movies as well. His song “Siththira Solaikale” was included in the film “Naan ean piranthen” – Why was I born?, starring Makkal Thilakam M.G. Ramachandran. [TW]

Poet Suratha: Relishing Tamil language like crimsoned nectar

November 23, 2011 is 90 th birth anniversary of Tamil poet Suratha. Poet Suratha, or Rajagopalan wrote in the lineage of Paventhar Bharathithasan and derived his pen name from ‘Subburatinathasan’ ie. Bharathithasan. Suratha became renowned for the allegorical poetry he wrote to feature in many Tamil movies.

[TW]

Enchanting enthralls: Nagore E. M. Hanifa’s rendering of Paventhar Bharathithaasan poems தமிழுக்கும் அமுதென்று பேர்!

Isaimurasu Nagore E. Hanifa, the gifted singer is the uncrowned king of the world of Islamic devotional songs and light music. He bears the name of the town he hails from, Nagore as his virtual first name and making it beheld in the hearts of fans across many lands and faiths and accustoming them to its revered status. [TW]

Six X 2: Songs by female & male vocalists in praise of Lord Muruga

Melodies rendered aplenty in praise of Lord Muruga; in many modes, by many artists ~ here a trove of six X 2 ~ by six female and male vocalists singing of Murugan ~ Lord of beauty and youthfulness ~ that flow as sweet streams of nectar, like the Tamil word 'Murugu', that derives the name Murugan [TW]

Oct 26-31: Kantha Sashti, favorite days of Lord Muruga

THIS GOD of Love, beauty and knowledge has been exerting His charm on millions of people ~ The word Muruga is derived from the Tamil word ‘Murugu’ which means honey, beauty, fragrance and eternal youth. He is handsome, brilliant, elegant and enchanting. He symbolises valour, youthfulness, benevolence and compassion.[TW]

A Melodious Deepavali

[TW]

Singer over generations, T.M. Soundarajan suffers serious health deterioration

How one is to peruse among his hundreds of memorable songs, that constantly plays in our ears and daily routine? [TW]

VIDEO FEATURE

Video: Torture case against Sri Lanka's ex-General Shavendra Silva

Interview with Ali Beydoun, lead counsel on this case, Director at American University's UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic (in English) and Dr. Elias Jeyarajah PhD, President USTPAC (In Tamil) [YouTube Video]

MUSIC & HERITAGE

A Fort of songs from the Fort of silks: In Celebration of Poet Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram

Vellai Thamarai poovil: Graceful melodious tenderness at Saraswathy Pooja

Vellai Thamarai poovil ~ Graceful Bharatahiyar song in praise of Goddess Saraswathy is rendered in melodious tenderness, that is unique to the one with the radiant husky voice, K.J. Yesudas [TW]

நவராத்திரி மகத்துவம் பற்றி மகாகவி பாரதியார் எழுதிய சிறு கட்டுரை

நவராத்திரி விரதம் இன்று செப்டம்பர் 28, 2011 முதல் ஆரம்பமாகிறது:

A brief essay about Navarathri, by Subramaniya Bharathiyaar

ஒன்பதிரவு பராசக்தியைப் பூஜை செய்கிறோம். லக்ஷ்மி என்றும், சரஸ்வதி என்றும், பார்வதி என்றும் மூன்று மூர்த்தியாக நிற்பது பராசக்தி. இவ்வுலகத்தை ஆக்கல், அழித்தல், காத்தல் என மூன்று தொழில் நடத்துவது. [TW]

She renders everything for the Motherland, Muthumari

The Holy 'Nine Night' Festival celebrating the Goddesses of Bravery, Wealth and Wisdom begin this year - in 2011, on Sep 28th for 9 days, followed by Vijayathasami on the 10th day. The 10th day is celebrated particularly to start learning – education and the arts [TW]

“Thunbam Nergaiyil”

Wouldn’t you not sing in Tamil to the heart without love, dear oh dear

Paventhar Bharathidasan’s song Thunbam Nergaiyil, made famous in ~ “Oar Iravu”, the C.N. Annadurai written Tamil Movie ~ is rendered by many reputed singers.

[TW]

SHORT STORY

Bridging the Gap

By Chandrani Warnasuriya

The war was over. But still there was a lot of noise; talk and stories spreading around the neighborhood where Ramani and her brother lived with their parents. [MJ]

Gray Tears

In Tamil by T. Agilan ~ English version by Thuraiyooran

Death and it’s news are following me like a wicked shadow. The feeling of escaping from the sounds of gunfire and lamentation was shattered by the old man today.

[MJ]

MUSIC & HERITAGE

95th Birth Anniversary: Muscial Tribute to Melody Queen M.S. Subbulakshmi

Come illustrate with your eyes come, come, come

[TW]

90th Death Anniversary of Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathiyar Sept 11, 2011 ~ Songs rendered by Seergazhi S. Govindarajan

A collection of his stately poems ~ majestically rendered by Seergazhi S. Govindarajan ~ paying tribute to the great poet: [TW]

MUSIC & HERITAGE

சங்கீத ஞானவாணி…மதிவதனி ~ All that grandeur I get, is only due to your glory

Sarasa Rani Kalyani ~ சரச ராணி கல்யாணி..சங்கீத ஞானவாணி…மதிவதனி ~ Song by C.S Jayararaman & Bhanumathi ~ MGR movie starring ‘Raja Desingu’ (1950s) [TW]

Roveena: 'Wherever I Go' ~ 'My Heart will go on' ~ 'Make you feel my love' Roveena is an accomplished contemporary vocalist and pianist based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. [TW]

'You are like a fountain', Poet Laureate Kannadasan lyrics

Song from Ninaithale Inikkum

[TW]

Bhooloka Kumari: Bharathiyaar’s praise of Womanhood

Bhooloka Kumari is one of the two Sankrit songs composed by Mahakavi Subramniya Bharathiyaar.

[TW]

Unlock the mesh and mind: Song by Subramaniya Bharathiyaar Unlocking the mesh and mind, Subramaniya Bharathiyaar’s poetry, with glittering HDTV display of M & M at Times Square in NYC: [TW]

DBS Jeyaraj.com

How Prabhakaran met his death: KP speaks out – 3

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

 

What happened finally to your plan of rescuing Prabhakaran and his family by helicopter? Why did the plan not take off? [DBSJ]

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Prabhakaran, Veluppillai and the father-son relationship

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Veluppillai Prabhakaran’s father Thiruvengadam Veluppillai breathed his last on Wednesday January 6th night. The 86 year old retired government servant’s birthday was on January 10th. [dbsj]

Pro-Tiger diaspora in a post-Prabhakaran scenario

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

A noteworthy feature of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has been the special manner in which it glorifies death and pays homage to dead tiger fighters.

Fallen LTTE members were eulogized as martyrs and referred to as “Maaveerar” or Great heroes. [dbsj]

The last days of Thiruvenkadam Veluppillai Prabhakaran

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Thiruvenkadam Veluppillai Prabhakaran is no more!

The body of the 54 year old supreme leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) was found on Tuesday May 19th near the Mullaitheevu lagoon known as “Nanthikkadal” (sea of conches). He had gunshot wounds in the head and forehead. [dbsj]

Theepan of the LTTE: Heroic saga of a Northern warrior

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

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Sixty-One Years of Independence and the Tamils of Sri Lanka

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Sri Lanka celebrates sixty-one years of Independence from Britain today. The country known then as Ceylon, obtained full freedom on February 4th 1948.

For any people free of colonial bondage this would be a day of joy and happiness.

But that is not so for the Tamils of Sri Lanka right now. [dbsj]

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May 20 - 26:

Unlawful killings by security forces in predominantly Tamil areas

US States Department Human Rights Report on Sri Lana for 2011

The major human rights problems were unlawful killings by security forces and government-allied paramilitary groups, often in predominantly Tamil areas, which led many to regard them as politically motivated, and attacks on and harassment of civil society activists, persons viewed as Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) sympathizers, and journalists by persons allegedly tied to the government, which created an environment of fear and self-censorship. [TW]

Second war to be tougher than first for Fonseka 

By Col R Hariharan 

The presidential pardon to General Sarath Fonseka (officially it is ‘ex-General’ as he has been stripped of his hard earned rank) after he completed only two years of a three-year jail sentence should come as no surprise. [TW]

Sri Lanka Civil Society action on LLRC Recommendations

 

In a situation where you have one soldier for every eight citizens, that you still have disappearances, and you can still have people daring to fly Tiger flags at a political rally..[TW]

Shared cultures and heritage for conflict resolution: A South Asia perspective

 By Dr.Sudharshan Seneviratne

The crippling impact of war and conflict, unleashed on most societies, has come to stay as a permanent feature and self perpetuating dynamic. Even after thousands of years of destruction to life, mind and matter, we have failed to learn from history [DBSJ]

Storify tweet digest: Fonseka released. Is it a ploy to deflect attention from Sri Lanka govt's lack of accountability for war crimes?

US embassy in Sri Lanka has welcomed the release of former army Commander Sarath Fonseka. [TW]

Ex-general to work for strong opposition

by R.K. Radhakrishnan 

Having watched the opposition parties lie in disarray from the confines of the prison here for over two years, the former Army chief, Sarath Fonseka was clear what the first step needs to be: “The need of the hour for the country is to ensure that there is a strong opposition.”

In his first interview after emerging from prison, he told The Hindu: [The Hindu]

Legacy of war - unemployment and homelessness

Life is slowly returning to normal in northern Sri Lanka, but three years after a decades-long conflict was officially declared over, jobs and housing are the prevailing concerns of returnees.

Most of the estimated 448,000 people displaced before or during 2008 by fighting between government forces and rebels wanting an independent Tamil state have returned to the Northern Province, according to the latest figures from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). [IRIN]

Congressman Danny Davis hopes for Sri Lanka peace and stability its citizens rightly deserve 

by Congressman Danny K Davis (D), Illinois, Marking the 3rd Anniversary of the “End of Civil War in Sri Lanka’ | Delivered in the 112th Congress on the Legislative Day of 17th May, 2012

 

Thank you Madam, Chairman

It is my pleasure to rise today, to note the 3rd Anniversary of the ending of the civil war in Sri Lanka. [TC]

Devolution and the concept of concurrency: Abolition or reform?

by Asanga Welikala

Among proponents of devolution as a means of power-sharing in Sri Lanka, one of the key bones of contention about the Thirteenth Amendment has been the Concurrent List. [DBSJ]

It is not possible to remove Armed Forces camps from North and reduce attention to national security

by Mahinda Rajapaksa

(Text of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s address to the nation, at the Armed Services Humanitarian Victory Parade, Galle Face, Colombo on May 19th 2012)

I need not state afresh that this day – the 19th of May – is now a great historic day in our country. [DBSJ]

When you read the book “Gota’s War” you learn that it does not means Gota won the war single-handedly

By Dr. Sarath Amunugama

I consider Mr. Chandraprema’s book “Gotas War” which was launched last week to be the finest and most comprehensive description and analysis of the fratricidal ethnic conflict which affected Sri Lanka for over six decades. [DBSJ]

Is G.L. Peiris lying about not giving the US a ‘very serious and good plan’?

by Tisaranee Gunasekara

Last week, Lankan society was electrified by the news that the Rajapaksas regime would accord Gen. Sarath Fonseka an unconditional pardon, on Saturday the 19th. It would have been a fitting act indeed. The 3rd anniversary of defeating the LTTE fell on May 19th, and Gen. Fonseka, together with Mahinda and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, comprised the politico-military triumvirate which led Lankan Forces to that historic victory. [TC]

Disturbing questions about National Savings Bank and The Finance Company

by Dr A.C.Visvalingam | President, CIMOGG

Recently the Board of the National Savings Bank (NSB) sought to explain why it purchased shares of The Finance Company (TFC) from two or three of the latter’s directors with a premium exceeding 50% of the market value at a time when the entire Stock Market was in dire straits. [TC]

May 22: Fortieth Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Republican Constitution

by Dr.Tissa Vitarana

Forty years ago, on May 22, 1972, at the Navarangahala in Colombo, the Parliamentarians of Sri Lanka concluded two years of sitting there as the Constituent Assembly, by passing and accepting the new autochthonous Constitution of Sri Lanka. [TC]

We are engaged in Revolutionary Praxis as advised by Marx

by Dr.Vickramabahu Karunaratne

Central bank governor Ajith Cabraal said “This would include the fact that Sri Lanka has recorded a more than 8% growth for two consecutive years in 2010 and 2011, and a projected growth of 7.2% this year. [TC]

If the past was the happy country of our memory the LTTE would not have come into being

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

In the collective memory of the Sinhala South, the past was a happy country, a place where all Lankans lived in amity and harmony. Vellupillai Pirapaharan spoilt it all by igniting a war out of nothing.

Three years after the victorious ending of the Eelam War, Sri Lanka is busy returning to that mythical past. The lessons a people learn from history depends on the history they remember and believe in. [TC]

Being a Treasure Hunter would have been a lot more fun than this Writing Job

by Namini Wijedasa

I have missed my vocation in life. I should have been a treasure hunter.

I fault my parents for this. They never told me it would be so easy, or so painlessly lucrative. All you need is a good archaeological site (and we’ve plenty of those), some basic implements—and a backhoe. These are large, heavy and conspicuous but easily available [TC]

Assets of those linked to terrorism to be frozen

By Chandani Kirinde

Assets of those designated by a Competent Authority as engaged in terrorist activity will be liable for seizure, according to new regulations formulated by the External Affairs Ministry. [TC]

China is so rich that it can now dictate the economic policy to the rest of the world including the USA

By M.S.Shah Jahan

When China wakes, it will shake the world” – Napoleon Bonaparte. Yes he warned 200 years ago. Truer words were never spoken. Chinese dragon has awakened now and it is about to shake the world to its foundations – starting with the United States. [TC]

We need freedom to create with and for everybody living in Sri Lanka

By Rasaiah Loganandan

Mr.Jeyasankar says that there has been a statement in the leaflets like this, distributed at the premier of the drama “Theatre needs no spoken language and it evolutes sans spoken language several decades ago” says the leaflet” [DBSJ]

May 13 - 19:

Minister G.L. Peiris presented LLRC implementation approach and plans to make it accessible both to Sri Lankans and to those outside Sri Lanka – US State Dept. 

US State Dept. Daily Press Briefing | Washington, DC 

Secretary met this morning for about 45 minutes with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Peiris. The foreign minister presented a very serious and comprehensive approach to the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission’s implementation and the plans that the government has, including plans to make it more public and accessible both to Sri Lankans and to those outside Sri Lanka, what the government intends to do in the implementation realm. [TC]

Ensuring TNA participation at the parliamentary select committee

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

The political dialogue between the Sri Lankan Government and the Tamil National Alliance(TNA)that progressed in fits and starts has reached a state of impasse for several months. The current deadlock is due to rigid positions adopted by both sides on the key question of a Parliamentary Select Committee(PSC). [DBSJ]

A victorious army keeps busy despite the lack of an enemy

THE ECONOMIST from the print edition

Let the army make it next time

IN THE run-up to Vesak, the holiest day in the Buddhist calendar, which this year coincided with the second anniversary of its victory against the Tamil Tiger rebels, Sri Lanka’s armed forces had plenty to do. [TC]

Dayan and Tamara targeted by External Affairs Ministry cabal selling out the country to US 

By Surendra Ajith Rupasinghe

The Summary dismissal of Ms. Tamara Kunanayagam from Geneva, along with a concerted attack being launched against Dr. Dayan Jayatileke and Tamara Kunanayagam accused for being responsible for the defeat over the US-led resolution, is part of a veritable coup d’état being hatched by crony upstarts in the Ministry of External Affairs [TC]

Thousands missing three years after war ends

Three years after the government of Sri Lanka declared an end to decades of civil conflict with separatist rebels, thousands of people are still missing, according to the UN and Sri Lankan activists. [TC]

“Dubbing Sri Lankan Conflict as ‘war without Witness’ is Simply not True” 

By Frances Harrison

Today marks three years since the end of the fighting in Sri Lanka . I would like to mourn the dead but still I do not know how many. Estimates range from seven to 147,000. It is a shocking difference.

How is it possible in this world of satellites, rolling news and internet we have no idea how many human beings really perished, even rounded up to the nearest thousand? [DBSJ]

Multi-party parliamentary select committee will consider constitutional amendments-G.L. Peiris at Capitol Hill

External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris attended a a series of Capitol Hill meetings on Wednesday, the second day of his four-day official visit to Washington. [TC]

Gen. Sarath Fonseka to be released over the weekend

By Shamindra Ferdinando

General Sarath Fonseka, former commander of the Sri Lanka Army and defeated presidential candidate will be freed over the weekend, according to highly placed sources. [TC]

Ranjini deemed genuine refugee earlier now detained as security risk

by Michael Gordon

Ranjini was found to be a genuine refugee before ASIO decided last week she is a security risk for Australia. But the government won’t tell her why, and now she’s facing a life in detention. [TC]

Sri Lankan Supreme Court petitioned to disqualify Tamil political parties under Sixth Constitutional Amendment 

by R. K. Radhakrishnan

Most Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka could become things of the past if the Supreme Court acts on a petition that seeks disqualification of the parties for retaining the demand for a separate state in their party documents, called constitutions.

Long after the Tamil political parties dropped their demand for a separate state, their unamended party constitutions, in which the demand for a Tamil Eelam are stated, have come to haunt them. [DBSJ]

Muslims’ peaceful response to vandalism at Dambulla Mosque

By Latheef Farook

Muslim community’s overall response to vandalism at the Dambulla mosque by a mob led by Ven Inamaluwa Sumangala Thero on Friday 20 April 2012 has been “calm and dignified”. [DBSJ]

Dambulla outrage: Manifestations of anti Muslim racism are going since 1975

By Izeth Hussain

There has been much comment on the so-called Dambulla incident, which might have more appropriately been called the Dambulla outrage, not incident. In this article I want to focus on aspects that have not been brought out adequately, or not at all. [TC]

Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Three areas where swift action is needed 

By Prof Rajiva Wijesinha MP

Sri Lanka: Reconciliation and Justice – Frontline Club, London 16 May 2012

The following remarks had been prepared in the belief that speakers would have about 10 minutes each. [DBSJ]

Sri Lanka’s Nationality Conflict: Contemporary Political Scenario 

By Suresh Premachandran M.P.

Text of a paper presented at a symposium in Oslo, Norway 

The root cause of the nationality conflict in Sri Lanka is based on two mythical believes masqueraded as history that is ‘Sinhalese are the son of the soil’ others are aliens. The island is blessed by Buddha thus, ‘the island is the land of Buddhism’. [DBSJ]

Preventing ‘outsiders’ from entering domain will not allow Tamil Drama to grow beyond what it is today

by Parakrama Niriella

A Reply to S.Jeyasankar

Kaliman Vandi and History of Sri Lankan Tamil Theatre” was the title given to the write up by Sivagnanam Jeyasankar of the Eastern University , on the Tamil adaptation of the Sankskrit drama “Mruchakateeham” assumed to be written by Chudrakha between 400 – 500 AD. [DBSJ]

Video: Buddhist structures in the North: Co-existence or Colonization? 

YATV Webcast

The emergence of new Buddhist structures in the North has raised concerns among local residents:

“Leaving Keerimalai, the road to Mathagal, leads to a sign board Dambakola pattuna; the port to which the sapling of the sacred Bo tree was brought to Sri Lanka by Maharath Sangamitha from India. Statues and structures depicting this event which took place over 2,000 years ago have been recently built.” [TC]

Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga Flays India in the Presence of President and New Delhi Envoy

Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga on Monday asserted that President Mahinda Rajapaksa would have reacted differently if he had come under the same pressure as the late President J. R. Jayawardene. J. N. Dixit had been lucky that he had had to deal with JRJ and not President Rajapaksa, Weeratunga said. [TC] 

People in the North feel welfare measures by the Govt is due to Western pressure 

by Jehan Perera

The first green shoots of new life are emerging after a long period of drought in the north of the country, parts of which were not under government control for close on three decades, and where a terrible war was fought to its bitter end three years ago. [TC] 

Radhika Hails Capture of Senior Lords Resistance Army Commander in Uganda 

New York, 14 May – The Ugandan army last Saturday captured Caesar Acellam Otto, one of the top military leaders of the Lord’s Resistance Army, in the Central African Republic. [TC]

Three rehabilitated youths allegedly released last year are still missing – Mano Ganesan 

Three Tamil youths who had undergone rehabilitation and were to be released last year are yet to reunite with their families and are reportedly missing. [TC] 

People of the North must be allowed to remember and mourn the loss of their loved ones publicly

by National Peace Council

The third anniversary of the end of the war will be celebrated in the coming week. In the past two years this has taken place with victory parades and with public commemorations of war heroes by the Government although many people would say it was not appropriate after a civil war when citizens of the country were killed in large numbers. [TC]

Denizens of the Ministry of External Affairs have no understanding at all of Foreign Policy 

by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha MP

The more extreme elements in the Ministry of External Affairs have at last put their cards on the table in the form of an article by the wife of one of its rising stars. [DBSJ]

The significance of Sri Lanka’s success at the UNHRC in Geneva, May 2009 

by Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka 

May is the month of the diplomatic success of Sri Lanka and its friends at the Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in 2009. That battle and victory are now the target of criticism and historical revisionism. [DBSJ]

Some quick notes on Mr. Jayasankar’s review on ‘Kaliman Vandi’

by Dr.Sunil Wijesiriwardena

I was puzzled and shocked by the extremely hostile review written by Mr. Jayasankar of the Tamil production of the Mirchakadikam, [DBSJ]

Frontline Club discussion today on Channel 4 TV Films and Sri Lankan situation 

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Frontline Club in Britain will host discussion on impact of channel 4 documentaries on Sri Lanka & current situation today May 16 2011 at 7 pm

The Frontline Club discussion on Sri Lanka & British Channel 4 TV films sounds interesting as it has an impressive panel of participants [DBSJ]

‘Gota’s war’ book launch function turns Into an India bashing session

by R.K. Radhakrishnan 

“…When the Vadamarachchi operation commenced, the Prime Minister of India at that time, Rajiv Gandhi, issued a strong statement against the operation…Sri Lanka could have been rid of terrorism [at that time, but for the] high-handed interference of the then Indian envoy, Mr. J.N. Dixit,” said Mr. Weeratunga, to an audience that comprised all top elected leaders and officials and diplomats in Sri Lanka, including President Rajapaksa and the Indian High Commissioner Ashok K. Kantha. [DBSJ]

Over 500 people on indefinite hunger strike since May 1st in protest against Koodankulam nuclear plant 

By Sam Rajappa

THE manner in which the authorities have been trying to crush the agitation of the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy, which is no longer a mere protest against generating electricity by using nuclear energy to boil water, is shocking. [DBSJ] 

This is a country that does not honour the constitution – its supreme law 

By M.A. Sumanthiran MP

Speech by M. A. Sumanthiran on Adjournment motion in Parliament (11th May, 2012

Thank you Mr. Deputy Speaker, for the opportunity given to me to speak on this Adjournment Motion moved by the Hon. Member for Kandy District. Before I get on to what I wish to state, I’d like to deal with some very interesting matters that the Hon. Acting Minister for Media just stated to this House. [DBSJ] 

‘Tamil Tigress’ by Niromi de Soyza: An unfolding saga describing the Best and Worst of the Tigers 

By Prof. V.Suryanarayan

TAMIL TIGRESS: MY STORY AS A CHILD SOLDIER IN SRI LANKA’S BLOODY CIVIL WAR. | Niromi de Soyza (Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 2011), pp. 308, Price not mentioned.

Writing about his literary career, Robert Frost once wrote: “I have never started a poem yet whose end I know. Writing a poem is a discovery”. I was in the same predicament when I started reviewing Niromi de Soyza’s absorbing account as a Tamil Tigress. [DBSJ] 

Those who are in charge of Defence establishment would be held responsible if any harm comes to Hirunika’s life and limb 

by Asela Premachandra

Six months after assassination of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra who was a former Parliamentarian, on an election day in Mullariyawa, now, one of the week-end newspapers in Sri Lanka has reported that “Contract” has been given to two under world gangs to assassinate Hirunika Premachandra who is the only daughter of Bharatha in order to stop her relentless pursuit of justice for her father’s and three of his political supporters’ brutal murders which were committed in the broad day light. [DBSJ] 

Ayodhya and Dambulla: The situation in Sri Lanka is entirely different from India 

by Patali Champika Ranawaka

Was the JHU directly involved in the attempt to remove the Dambulla mosque?

This was the question posed to me by an Indian journalist who contacted me recently.  [DBSJ] 

Is GL or Sajin the External Affairs Minister of Sri Lanka? 

By Our Diplomatic Editor

The names of Sajin Vass Gunawardena and G.L. Peiris were to cause some confusion at the Kingsmead Stadium in Durban, South Africa last Wednesday. [DBSJ] 

Inadequate attention to accountability leads to abuse which is then difficult to correct 

By Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha MP 

Thanks to the indefatigable efforts of its Chairman, the simple but brilliant idea of dividing into sub-committees given the amount of work, and the dedicated commitment of the three chairs of sub-committees, COPE last year was able to cover more ground than any previous Committee. [TC] 

‘Grease Poodham’ in Navanthurai: Supreme Court Grants 51 Jaffna Tamil petitioners leave to proceed 

by Namini Wijedasa

The Supreme Court on Thursday granted leave to proceed with petitions filed by 51 Jaffna Tamils who allege that the military and police assaulted them in the aftermath of the ‘grease yaka’ (devils) incidents in the peninsula last year. [TC] 

Time for State -led Reconciliation Programmes for the building of relationships between and within communities 

by Salma Yusuf

As Sri Lanka makes its way from a phase of post-war to post-conflict, the potential, the challenges and the successes are worthy of reflection. [TC]

Independent International Investigations required to look into allegations regarding serious violations of International Law 

by M.A. Sumanthiran

Adjournement motion Speech made by Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran in the House on May 11th 2012: [TC]

Selected information from Tamil Culture In Ceylon – A General Introduction by M.D. Raghavan

Compiled by Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

In his words Raghavan claims his book incorporates a number of cross-sectional studies of a number of Tamil societies in the different provinces and survey of the Northern Province, supplemented by a few incidental aspects in other provinces of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). [DBSJ]

Nationalist Suppression of the Tamil Past to Create Dominant Self-Images: Individual and Collective 

by S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole | UGC Coordinator for Engineering, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka (Now with Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI)

Presented at Tamil Studies Conference Session 3F, University of Toronto, May 12, 2012

Chairman Sir/Madam Chairman, Friends: In this presentation I will attempt to show that Tamil images of our past are full recreations (through suppressed memory, the theme here), to assert our superiority over others and often have little to do with accuracy. [TC] 

Who will come to the streets to stop Mahina betraying the heroic war of Sinhala chauvinism? 

by Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne

The leader of the opposition claimed that the Jaffna May Day rally and the protest was a grand success. Over ten thousand participated in the rally in spite of the campaigns of the government, jacked up by racist campaign of Premadasa. [TC]

The death of Sri Lankan diplomacy by suicide took place in Geneva on March 22

by Jayantha Dhanapala

The death of Sri Lankan diplomacy by suicide took place in Geneva on 22 March. For 64 years, it had served the country well despite the size of its professional cadre and persistent political meddling by all regimes.

The link between suicidal diplomacy and political directions received from Colombo is becoming obvious after the adoption of the resolution with anti-US and anti-Indian statements and actions being leaked to the media. [DBSJ]

UNP has chosen a hazardous route by aligning itself with TNA

by Gomin Dayasri

Are we living in the Wonderland of Alice or in a sorry State called Alas?

Government blunders with self-inflicted gaffes and goofs to display its mounting incompetence – UNP reciprocates by keeing the government buoyant in promoting serially unpopular causes to alienate and annoy voters. We sure lead a life between phonies. [TC] 

President must intervene and scotch attempt to remove Tamara Kunanayakam from Geneva 

by Prolanka

Tamara Kunanayakam, Sri Lanka’s former Permanent Ambassador to the UN, Geneva, was compelled on to another posting, much against her wishes, and as far as is known without any valid grounds for such a move. [TC]

May 6-12

Professor Maunaguru: Icon of Indigenous Tamil Culture 

By Thulasi Muttulingam

There was a time in the not too distant history of this country when Tamil culture and arts were appreciated and explored in depth; Post 1983 and the intensification of the war however, all that came to a grinding halt in many parts of the country. As Tamils dispersed both within the country and abroad, the last thing on their minds was the preservation and / or promotion of their arts. [TC]

UNHRC Resolution: Justice and Responsibility Confront Sovereignty, Development and Diplomacy

by Jude Fernando 

Dangerous pride, hatred, and selfishness are enthroned in our lives; truth lies prostrate on the rugged hills of nameless cavalries; and men do reverence before false gods of nationalism and materialism. The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority.” Martin Luther King Jr. [TC]

Was There any Meaning in Sampanthan’s Act of Waving the national flag in Jaffna? 

By S.L.Gunasekara

The UNP contested the elections for the Eastern Provincial Council under the name and symbol of the SLMC and under the leadership of Hakeem who has been a Minister in the Governments of Kumaratunga, Wickremesinghe and Rajapaksa and is presently a Minister in his multitudinous cabinet. [DBSJ]

As Third Anniversary of Armed Conflict draws near Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa speaks out to ‘Business Today’ Magazine 

On May 19, 2012 Sri Lanka celebrates the third year anniversary of the end of the conflict that gripped this country for three decades. The LTTE – the most ruthless terrorist organisation was destroyed by our gallant Armed Forces under the guidance and direction of Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the political leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. [DBSJ]

Curfew declared as prelude for massive police crackdown on peaceful protest against Koodankulam Nuclear plant 

By Peoples Movement Against Nuclear Energy

Curfew orders have just been promulgated in our area once again right after our planning meetings with the youth, women, community elders and the Idinthakarai village committee on May 8, 2012. Thousands of police personnel are being posted in and around Koodankulam in haste. [DBSJ]

The battle she fought in Geneva for the country should not be belittled 

(This is the text of an Editorial titled “Targeting Tamara” which appeared in the “Daily Mirror” of May 7th 2012) The latest turn of events to relocate Ms. Kunanayakam to a Latin American country, when Sri Lanka is heading for another crucial encounter in the UNHRC in August, signals a portentous threat to the country’s chances of surviving another blow. [TC]

Ambassador Kunanayakam unanimously re-elected as Chairperson/Rapporteur of the UN HRC Working Group on the Right to Development 

Only one week after her return from the 13th Session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIII) in Doha, where she was elected by acclamation as an Asian Vice-Chair of the Conference and member of the Bureau, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam, was unanimously re-elected, also by acclamation, and in the presence of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, for a second term as Chairperson/Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council Working Group on the Right to Development. [TC]

The lessons not learnt: The Geneva Debacle of March 2012

By Devanesan Nesiah 

The outcome in Geneva last year (March 2011) of the voting on Sri Lanka’s conduct of the war and related human rights record was very clearly in favour of the Sri Lankan government. [TC]

Sri Lanka: In need of a SRI LANKAN identity 

By Deneth Karunarathne

Since the defeat of the LTTE Sri Lanka as a whole has been looking forward to marching forward. Slowly but swiftly things have started to fall into place. During the ceremonial opening of Parliament on May 19, 2009, President Mahinda Rajapakse declared that the LTTE had been militarily defeated. [TC]

Let the unity among Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims be victorious 

By Nimalka Fernando 

We fully endorse the resolution passed on this May Day affirming the rights of migrant workers. As a woman, I am proud to state that the economy of this country is heavily dependent on female labour. [TC]

President Rajapaksa orders transfer of Tamara Kunanayakam from Geneva to Havana with effect from July 1st 

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Tamara Manimekhalai Kunanayakam, Sri Lanka ’s permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva has been transferred out from her current station with effect from July 1st 2012.

Ambassador Kunanayakam was sent an official facsimile message from External Affairs Ministy secretary Mr.Karunatilake Amunugama dated May 7th 2012 which informed her that she was being given notice of transfer as Ambassador to Cuba and that she should take up duties in Havana with effect from July 1st 2012. [DBSJ]

People in the North have become inmates of an open air prison

By Dharmasiri Lankapeli

Firstly, at this historic rally I apologise to the people in the North for not being able to address them in the Tamil language, as well as for the inability to provide them my speech in Tamil translation. [TC]

Protesting people on hunger strike against Koodankulam Nuclear Plant: Appeal to Indian Civil Society and International Community

by S.P. Udayakumar

The indefinite hunger strike has been going on for the past 7 days. Some 25 men have been on the fast since May 1 and 302 women and 10 more men have joined the strike on May 4, 2012.

More and more women are eager to join the indefinite hunger strike but because of logistical issues such as space, bedding and toilet facilities, we are not in a position to accommodate them all. [DBSJ]

13th Amendment Concluded Argument on Power Devolution Within a United Sri Lanka Without Revisiting Unitary State Concept 

by N. Sathiya Moorthy

With hopes, if not indications, of an early revival of some form of consultative process on power-devolution in the air in Sri Lanka, there is an accompanying need for contextualising some of the well-entrenched political positions on arguments in the matter. [DBSJ] 

Only Mahinda Rajapaksa matters in his ‘hangers on’ govt of self-seeking ‘yes’ men 

by S. L. Gunasekara

There was a time, not too long ago when even a relatively small increase in prices led to consternation among the public. Thus, an increase of even 10 cents in the price of a gallon [not litre] of petrol; or of 2 or 3 cents in the price of a cigarette made the people throw up their hands in collective horror and seek to cut down on purchases of such commodities. [DBSJ] 

National unity cannot be imposed by National Security 

by Jehan Perera

The dominance of national security considerations in the actions of the government have been highlighted again in the hundreds of detentions that have taken place in recent days in the East, especially in the Trincomalee area. [TC]

The message from the Jaffna May Day Rally from the TNA and for the TNA

by N. Sathiya Moorthy

There is a message from the Jaffna rally, both from the TNA and for the TNA. Sampanthan used the occasion once again, urging the Government to create conducive conditions for the TNA to join the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) mooted by President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s leadership, for resolving the ethnic issue through a nation-wide political consensus [TC] 

Tamil Nadu leaders have to understand the changes that have taken place in the political firmament of Sri Lanka 

By Col. R. Hariharan

May Day celebrations in Sri Lanka this year saw an unusual sight. R Sampanthan, the septuagenarian leader fighting for Sri Lanka Tamil rights and president of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), standing shoulder to shoulder with the United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, waved a Sri Lanka flag to the cheers of a massive crowd in Jaffna celebrating the May Day. [TC]

Storify: ‘Blessed Wesak to all in Sri Lanka’

 

Dehiwala Wesak Kalapaya [TC]

Order the Armed Forces to stop their atrocious activates against the people 

by Veerasingham Anandasangaree

Text of a letter sent by TULF Secretary-General and former Parliamentarian Veerasingham Anandasangaree to Pressident Mahind Rajapaksa over the recent mass arrests in Trincomalee district

Your Excellency

I refer to the recent incident in Trincomalee in which youth, young girls and elders were arbitrarily and unjustly arrested and a good number of them detained. [DBSJ]

‘We are fighting to save the 2,300 year old Buddhist Heritage that is ours’ 

Ven.Inamaluwe Sumangala Thero Interviewed by Niranjala Ariyawansha

Ven. Inamaluwe Sumangala Thero, the Chief Priest at the Rangiri Dambulla Viharaya was in the forefront in recent times leading a protest at Dambulla to relocate a mosque which was within the sacred Vihara land, disputed by the Muslim fraternity. The issue is yet on the boil and the government has not resolved this sensitive stand off. [DBSJ]

‘I have not Resigned from my Post in Geneva nor is it my Intention to do so’-Tamara Kunanayakam 

An Interview with Namini Wijedasa

On April 28, External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris telephoned Tamara Kunanayakam, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, and instructed her to leave. She was told to choose between Brazil and Cuba for her next posting. [DBSJ]

In a country where both democracy and rule of law are in abeyance development is an impossibility 

By Tisaranee Gunasekara Last week, as the country prepared to celebrate Vesak, treasure-hunters descended on Villachchiya in Anuradhapura. The residents claim that they heard the sound of mechanised digging throughout the night. In the morning they informed the police and ventured out in numbers to catch the nocturnal criminals. [TC]

Regime’s Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism is the main factor providing it mass support

by Dr. Vickramabahu Karunararatne

The economic consequences of the decisions made by the Mahinda regime, to satisfy the international money lenders, are becoming intolerable. [TC] 

Camel’s Milk, Cow’s Milk…Lanka Goes the Milky Way! 

by Namini Wijedasa

Not long ago, one of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s little geniuses suggested that Sri Lanka imports camels from the Middle East so that Sri Lankans could drink camel milk. [TC] 

UNP May Day rally in Jaffna was a small but useful step towards building up confidence of Tamil people 

By Javid Yusuf

The UNPs decision to hold its May Day rally in Jaffna was the subject of a number of taunts from its critics. The SLFP rightly claimed that this was made possible by the Government’s achievement in defeating the LTTE. [TC] 

‘People Want us to Unite and Form a UNP Administration as soon as Possible’-Karu Jayasuriya 

by Rathindra Kuruwita

United National Party (UNP) Gampaha district MP Karu Jayasuriya spoke to LAKBIMAnEWS about his participation at the R. Premadasa memorial meeting on May 1, his attempts at maintaining party unity and the display of the LTTE flag during the UNP rally in Jaffna. [TC] 

Sri Lanka plagued by problems and malaises sourced to familial nature of Rajapaksa rule 

by Tisaranee Gunasekara

These are hard times, globally, and Sri Lanka is not immune to the general contagion. The country is struggling with a weak rupee, a falling rate of savings, a huge debt burden, high levels of youth unemployment and bulbous inequality. None of these are signs of a healthy economy or indications of popular wellbeing. [TC] 

From 2012 Vesak onwards Sri Lankans must learn to live together in peace and harmony 

by Tissa Jayatilaka

Two Veask Poyas have come and gone and three years have sped by since May 2009 when the prolonged war with the LTTE ended. [TC]

Vesak Full Moon Poya day: The saga of the Buddhahood 

By Gamini Jayasinghe

Vesak full moon poya day is of special significance to Buddhists due to three main incidents taken place on this day. The last birth of the Bodhisattva took place on a Vesak full moon poya day. [TC]

A Buddhist Monk and child abuse in London

by Dushy Ranetunge in London

This is a personal journey, which has touched our lives deeply and thus I will not pretend that it is an unbiased account. I have changed the names of the persons involved to attempt to safeguard the little privacy that they have. [DBSJ]

Mobs, Monks and the Problems of Political-Buddhism

By Kalana Senaratne

It is always a curious and odd little matter, to witness how even Buddhists become so obsessively attached to ‘sacred’ lands and in protecting them, commit acts seemingly prompted by hatred, delusion and ill-will. [DBSJ]

Let us make Commitment to National Unity and Religious Co-existence During Wesak Season

by Mahinda Rajapaksa

Let us in this Vesak season pave the way to success in this world and the next, by a eschewing all disputes and divisions and making a commitment to national unity and religious co-existence through seeing the true light of Buddhist teaching, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa. [DBSJ]

Apr 29 - May 5:

tweets of the day: ‘Blessed Wesak to all in Sri Lanka’

Its the time to decorate the streets in Sri Lanka for Vesak. [TC]

Inamaluwe Sumangala Thero, Rangiri cricket stadium and Thilanga Sumathipala

By Michael Roberts

The following article was written by Prof. Michael Roberts on July 10th 2007 and appeared in Cricinfo.com. under the heading “Rangiri Cricket Stadium &Its Tempestuous History.It is being reproduced here as it sheds some light on the commercial interests of Ven Inamaluwe Sumangala Thero who spearheaded the deplorable attack on the Mosque in Dambulla. I am inclined to wonder whether some sordid money making motive is behind the sudden move initiated by the saffron-clad entrepreneur to demolish the Mosque and Kovil-DBS Jeyaraj [DBSJ]

‘Kalimann Vandi’ and history of Sri Lankan modern Tamil theatre 

by Sivagnanam Jeyasankar

A Response to the leaflet issued before the beginning of the performance of Kalimann Vandi the Tamil language stage production of “Mettikaraththaya” and to the performance itself

The “Tamil language production of Mettikaraththaya” refers to Mirhchakadikam, a Sanskrit play written in B.C. 300-400 by Chudraka. It was produced in Tamil as ‘Kaliman Vandi’ translation of the Sinhala version of Mettikaraththaya at the Swami Vipulanda Institute of Aesthetics Studies, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. [DBSJ]

Kurunegala Anglican Bishop Emeritus Andrew Kumarage – An Appreciation 

by Rt.Rev Kumara Illangasinghe

It was with much sadness that we learnt of the passing on of our beloved Bishop Andrew Kumarage, the Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Kurunagala, in the early hours of April 21, 2012. He was ailing for some time, but briefly and was a wonderful relief for some of us to know that he has ended his life on earth and being relieved from all pains, agony and suffering of this world. [DBSJ]

Muslim community is strongly opposed to demolition or relocation of Dambulla Mosque 

By Ayesha Zuhair

President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to summon a meeting shortly to discuss a matter of vital national importance.

This follows a discussion he had with Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader Rauff Hakeem on Monday, during the course of which the President promised to resolve the dispute that has arisen over the Dambulla mosque, without harming the interests of the Muslim community. [DBSJ]

UN Rep on Children and Armed Conflict tells AlJazeera children are being targeted in Syria

 

More than 34 children have allegedly been killed in Syria since the UN-brokered ceasefire between security forces and opposition fighters officially took hold last month. [TC]

LLRC Report recommended access to Information Law

by Patricia. A. Butenis

The 20th century American politician Thomas “Tip” O’Neill once famously said that “all politics is local.” That was often true of the news in the last century as well. With the advent of so many technological changes, however, the truism for information in the 21st century has become “all news is international.” [TC]

Catholic Bishops Conference wants govt to implement LLRC recommendations

By Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith and Bishop Norbert M. Andradi

Much has been written and discussed since the publication of the Report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). [TC]

Karunannidhi wants Sampanthan to demand an Eelam which Sri Lankan Tamils dont want 

by M.S.M. Ayub

The visit by the Indian joint Parliament delegation to Sri Lanka was no doubt a novel experience not only for the members of the delegation but also for the Sri Lankan politicians as well as the general public. [TC]

Maldives: C’wealth ultimatum causes call for pull-out

by N. Sathiya Moorthy

With the People’s Majlis, or Parliament, confirming the nomination of Vice-President Mohammed Waheed Deen, an element of political continuity and consequent stability has been injected into the Maldivian polity for now. [TC]

Australian Immigration Minister Bowen Should Raise Concerns with Sri Lanka-Human Rights Watch

Cooperation on People-Smuggling Risks Further Abuses

(Melbourne) – Australia’s immigration minister should raise concerns with Sri Lankan officials about alleged arbitrary arrest and torture of people who were refused asylum and sent back to Sri Lanka when he visits this week, the Human Rights Law Centre and Human Rights Watch said today. [TC]

Moves on to remove Tamara Kunanayakam as UN envoy in Geneva 

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Sri Lanka ’s ministry of External Affairs has initiated moves targeting Tamara Kunanayakam, Sri Lanka’s permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva

Ms. Kunanayakam who returned to Geneva last week after participating at the UNCTAD conference in Doha, has been informed over the telephone that she should move out from Geneva at short notice and take up duties in a Latin American Country by June this year. [DBSJ]

Hate rhetoric articulated by radical Buddhist Monks in Sri Lanka is uncannily similiar to that mouthed by ‘Hindutva’ proponents in India 

By Sudha Ramachandran

A mosque in the central town of Dambulla was attacked with petrol bombs and vandalized around 10 days ago by a mob led by radical Buddhist monks. To add insult to injury, the government has bowed to the mob’s demand and ordered the mosque’s demolition and relocation. [DBSJ]

President Rajapaksa a Buddhist married to a Catholic who worships at Hindu shrines has been a friend of Muslims

by Arjuna Hulugalle

Man, living in community will invariably have social and political problems. This applies to a tribal society, a nomadic society, a settled rural society or a highly structured civilization, whether Greek, Roman, European or Asian. [DBSJ]

Ensuring peoples prosperity is the best tribute to working class-President

The best tribute we can pay on this International Workers’ Day to the former leaders of the working people and the sweat and tears of our workers is to ensure the prosperity of the people and the country, President MahindaRajapaksa said. [TC]

Religious Extremism: The Post War Reality in SriLanka

by Rameez Aboobacker

There is a lot of debate and controversy in the public discourses over the last few days following the malicious attack on a Mosque in Dambulla by a group of extremist Buddhist led by monks in robes, hampering to perform Muslims’ Jummah prayers on Friday, 20th April 2012, and demanding the demolition of the mosque immediately since, what they regard, it is located in a Buddhist sacred area, but the Muslims, on the other hand, rebut the claim saying that the mosque is in existence over the last 60 years with a legal registration. [TC]

Why asking D E W Gunasekara to act as Minister of External Affairs was a brilliant idea

by Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha M.P.

When we were in Geneva in the dark days of March, I was surprised to read that Senior Minister D E W Gunasekara had been appointed Acting Minister of External Affairs. [TC]

Eastern Province can be Sri Lanka’s political laboratory or political minefield

by N. Sathiya Moorthy

The Eastern Province in a way is a microcosm of the Sri Lankan nation, given the confluence of all major communities, the Upcountry Tamils too not to be left out. Post-war, it can set a stellar example for the rest of the nation to learn from. [TC]

Defunct Tamil Eelam Supporters Organization(TESO) revived in Tamil Nadu by Karunanidhi 

by A Special Correspondent

Reiterating that a Tamil Eelam alone will offer a permanent solution for the Sri Lankan Tamils, who have been subjected to the “biggest ethnic cleansing of the century,” DMK leader and Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) president M. Karunanidhi on Monday said that the goal should be achieved only through non-violent methods. [DBSJ]

Tamil Diaspora cannot ignore realities and transparency 

By S. V. Kirubaharan, France

I humbly feel that if we don’t share our views openly and honestly, there is no use talking about unity. Therefore, I will be frank and honest.

We Tamils from the North East or Eelam Tamils have had many rises and falls – the non violent struggle, the armed struggle in self-defence which came to a halt in May 2009 – the debacle of Mullivaigzhal. [TC]

If ‘hand of politics’ had not deprived team of ‘full strength’ in Manila, Lanka would have been 2012 Asian Rugby Champions

By T.M.K. Samat

SRI Lanka ’s fall at the final hurdle of the A5N rugby tournament in Manila last week evokes much regret. The failure to get among Asia ’s top five nations is obviously disappointing, but more hurting was seeing the triumphant march of a team of brave young Sri Lankans finally come to grief. [TC]

The Dambulla crisis and need for a policy for multiculturalism and post-war social integration 

by Dr. Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake 

Sri Lanka has a long and proud tradition of religious co-existence which is attested by the presence of multi-religious sacred sites throughout the island, as well as, its uniquely mixed cultural geography. [DBSJ]

‘Why India? I don’t know why everybody talks about India’? – Basil Rajapaksa 

By Namini Wijedasa

I think very healthy. India’s vote in Geneva on the US-led resolution is only one incident. As a whole, there has not been much change in the relationship [DBSJ]

Tea Industry as a whole is said to be profitable while most estate operations report loss

By Dr. U. Pethiyagoda

As a sector of indisputable importance to the nation, the tea industry draws periodic comments and now seems such a time. [DBSJ]

TNA Leader Sampanthan writes to President over issues of arrested Tamil youths and Pillaiyar Temple in Trincomalee

By Franklin R. Satyapalan

TNA Leader and parliamentarian R. Sampanthan has sought President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s intervention to secure the release of several youth taken into custody during the recent search operations in the Eastern Province, particularly in the Trincomalee District. [TC]

Hakeem says Muslim Congress would not agree to proposed relocation of Dambulla mosque

BY Harischandra Gunaratna

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress yesterday said that it would not agree to the relocating of the Mosque in Dambulla. [TC]

The Govt must apologise to the Muslim community over Dambulla Mosque Incident 

By Dr Laksiri Fernando

The violent mob attack on the Dambulla Muslim Mosque in the presence of the Police on 20 April is a serious event that can ignite communal disharmony in the country, including open violence, if the government fails to apologise to the Muslim community and take appropriate action to thwart the efforts by communal elements among its own ranks to create rift and mischief. [TC]

13th Amendment ‘child of rape’ must be legitimized or exchanged for legitimate baby of the nation

By Somapala Gunadheera

The homemade response to the UNHRC challenge has to begin with a clear understanding of the perspectives of the complaint. The Resolution calls for the implementation of the LLRC recommendations. But that does not imply that all the recommendations had not been complied with. [TC]

‘Sinhala Buddhism’ is worlds apart from the tolerant non-violent Buddhism of the Gautama Buddha 

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Ordered disorder, planned caprice, And dehumanised humanity…”
Brecht (The Exception and the Rule)

That the ancient-city of Dambulla is not sundered by religious violence is thanks to the sense and sensibility of its ordinary inhabitants (of all faiths) and the security personnel on duty. [TC]

Dambulla Mosque controversy: Conflicting versions prevail 

By Raisa Wickrematunge and Niranjala Ariyawansha | reporting from Dambulla

Muslims in Dambulla are still reeling from last week’s events, which could mean the demolition and relocation of a 65 year old mosque.

We were there until the last minute… people were throwing rocks and stones, so we had to leave at around 1:30 pm,” said Hariff M Yasir, a trustee to the mosque, describing the chaotic scene. [DBSJ]

Immediate investigation needed for Dambulla Mosque incident 

by Javid Yusuf

The incidents surrounding the Dambulla mosque and its aftermath have left the Muslim community shaken and uneasy. The Muslims have over centuries lived in harmony with their brother communities and enjoyed excellent relationships with both the Sinhala and Tamil communities. [DBSJ]

Why are Indian Leaders like Krishna and Sushma Always ‘Mishearing’ Whatever President Rajapaksa says? 

by Namini Wijedasa

Is it something in the water?

Or is the gravy spiked?

Every time the Indians come here–and chow down on presidential grub–they lose their ability to understand the words that leave Mahinda Rajapaksa’s mouth. [TC]

Dambulla demonstrators regard minorities as invaders threatening Sinhala Buddhist identity of Sri Lanka

by Tisaranee Gunasekara

“The sleep of reason produces monsters” – Francisco Goya(The title of 43rd painting in the Los Caprichos series)

The mini-war in Kelaniya displays, in microcosmic form, the future that is in store for Sri Lanka under Rajapaksa Rule. [TC]

We are appalled that leading politicians and religious leaders have justified forcible removal of the mosque 

by National Peace Council

The dispute over the presence of a Muslim mosque on Buddhist temple land in Dambulla points to an underlying tension in Sri Lanka’s multi religious society that is being exploited by extremist forces. [TC}

Communal intolerance in Lanka: Cry my beloved country 

NOTEBOOK OF A NOBODY

by Shanie

“I many times thought peace had come, When peace was far away;
As wrecked men deem they sight the land at centre of the sea,
And struggle slacker, but to prove,
as hopelessly as I ,
how many the fictitious shores
before the harbour lie.” - Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Alan Paton, the South African anti-apartheid activist wrote his first and most celebrated novel Cry, The Beloved Country in 1948. [TC] 

Corruption, intrigues and power games in modern China – Part II

By M. S. Shah Jahan

It was 14 November 2011. Neil Heywood, a Beijing resident, arrived in the fog shrouded Chongqing and checked into Sheraton Hotel, as he was summoned on short notice for a meeting in Chongqing with representatives of the family of Bo Xilai, the local Communist Party chief. [TC]

Lalith Athulathmudali was accepted as a leader nationally and internationally

by S.V.D. Kesarralal Gunasekera

(19th Death Anniversary of Late Lalith Athulathmudali.)

Nineteen years ago on April 23 as I sat in the hospital varandah unable to muster enough courage to see the slain body of Mr. Lalith Athulathmudali, I had a sad and strange feeling that this was the end of great politics in our nation. Today, as we are challenged by the international community, I still feel the loss. [TC]

President Premadasa was no ordinary leader but an ‘Epoch-Maker’

By “Deshamanya” K.H.J. Wijayadasa

19th Death Anneversary of President Ranasinghe Premadasa

President Premadasa was no ordinary leader. He was a self made, self educated, self disciplined and self motivated man.

Mentally and physically he was nothing but a computer operated human dynamo. He was a philosopher- politician, a thinker, a patriot and above all an extraordinary man. [TC]

Sri Lanka with 103,000 Players is the Second largest Rugby Playing Nation in Asia next to Japan

by Emma Stoney

WELLINGTON — When you think of Sri Lanka, rugby is not generally something that springs readily to mind.

The island nation is certainly better known for cricket, tea exports and its recently ended civil war. But Sri Lanka’s British colonial forefathers left behind more than cricket as a sporting staple. [DBSJ]

Apr 22-28:

DMK Chief Karunanidhi revives Tamil Eelam demand

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

Muthuvel Karunanidhi the Octogenarian leader of India’s Dravida Munnetra Kazgagham (DMK) has a flair for creating controversy through provocative pronouncements. Karunanidhi known widely as “Kalainjer” or Artiste has been the chief minister of Tamil Nadu state for nearly 19 years serving five terms in office. [DBSJ]

Vasavilaan: Residents of former High Security Zone fear possible military reoccupation

A group of residents who have only just recently returned to their village in Vasavilaan, in the Tellippalai DS Division in Jaffna, which was a former High Security Zone, fear that steps are being taken by the military to reoccupy their lands. [TC]

The truth behind the Trincomalee Hospital Pillaiyar Temple issue

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

A news item published by some Tamil newspapers in Sri Lanka a few days ago stated that the Urban Development Authority (UDA) had issued a directive calling for the removal of the temple dedicated to Pillaiyar or Lord Ganesha at the Trincomalee general hospital premises. [DBSJ]

UN Finds Unexploded Cluster Bombs at Puthukkudiyiruppu in Northern Sri Lanka

by Ravi Nessman

Associated Press
NEW DELHI April 26, 2012 (AP)

A report from a U.N. mine removal expert says unexploded cluster munitions have been found in northern Sri Lanka, appearing to confirm, for the first time, that the weapons were used in that country’s long civil war. [TC]

Beyond the sparks and fumes of India’s Agni-V Test

by P S Suryanarayana 

India now exudes confidence at having come of age as a space-faring power with a minimum credible nuclear deterrence. A follow-up task awaits New Delhi. [DBSJ]

General Sarath Fonseka: Voice of our conscience

By Karu Jayasuriya MP 

Statement by Karu Jayasuriya, Member of Parliament on the occasion of the completion of 3 years of General Sarath Fonseka’s imprisonment and 6 years escaping death from the attack of the LTTE suicide bomber on the 26th April 2006

For a nation as a whole to be shaken on behalf of a decisive moment of an individual’s life is a rare occurrence. On 25th April 2006 we experienced such a rare occasion. [TC]

Implications and Ramifications of the Attack on the Dambulla Masjidul Khaira Mosque

By Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe

On 20th April 2012- Friday, a mob of some 2,000 led by Buddhist priests occupied and ransacked the Masjidul Khaira Mosque, obstructing those engaged in prayer. [TC]

ACJU issues appeal calling upon Muslims to observe April 26th as day of fast and prayer

The following is the text of an appeal issued on behalf of the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama by its General Secretary Ash Sheik M.M.A. Mubarak

Muslims of this country are deeply worried over the recent incident took place in Dambulla in which a gang stormed the Jumma Mosque of Dambulla and damaged the place on 20 April, Friday [TC]

Discovering the White Van in a Troubled Democracy

By J.C. Weliamuna

An analysis of ongoing “abduction blueprint” in Sri Lanka

In a country that has achieved so much in literacy, education and social development, is it not indeed unfortunate that “White Van” has frightened the entire nation? Appearance of a white van assures a disappearance of some one. [DBSJ]

Education is one area where we are badly serving the people of the North and rural children in general

by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha MP

The concerns raised at the last set of Divisional Secretariat Reconciliation Committees I facilitated this week in Mullaitivu and Vavuniya, after a long hiatus given an excess of travel in March, were both reassuring and upsetting. [TC]

Divergence and convergence of the USA and India over UN involvement

by Austin Fernando

There had been large scale local criticism of India and the USA, after the adoption of the UNHRC resolution in Geneva. [TC]

Demolition of Dambulla Mosque means loss of Muslim support to govt

By Latheef Farook

Prime Minister D.M. Dayaratne’s order to demolish a 65 year old mosque in Dambulla and instead build a mosque in another place strikes at the very root of religious freedom .It also shocked and hurt the island’s Muslim community. [DBSJ]

Dambulla incident shows govt has no vision or strategy to build co-existence among people of different religions

By Karu Jayasuriya MP

It is sad to note that there is a situation brewing up in the country, creating mistrust, suspicion and hatred amongst the people belonging to different ethnic and religious groups; when they were expecting harmony, reconciliation and co-existence in the country during the post war period. [TC]

Dambulla Mosque attack: Concerned citizens’ statement against religious intolerance

It is with great concern that we the undersigned protest against the growing trend of increasing religious intolerance in Sri Lanka with regard to minority religions. [TC]

Concern over misleading statement by M.L.A.M. Hizbullah on Dambulla Mosque incident

The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU – Council of the Muslim Theologians) and the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) notes with deep concern the misinformed and misleading statement made by Hon. M.L.A.M. Hizbullah – Deputy Minister of Child Development & Women’s Affairs at the meeting with Rev. Inamaluwa Thero on the 23rd of April 2012 in Dambulla. [TC]

Muslim Council of Sri Lanka statement on Dambulla Jumma Mosque incident

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka is deeply concerned about the unfortunate incident of the attempted destruction of a mosque and disruption to the Muslims obligatory Friday prayers on 20th April 2012 at Dambulla. [TC]

72 Illegal structures around in Dambulla Including Mosque and Kovil to be Removed within 6 Months

by Azra Ameen

A committee comprising the Maha Sangha (Buddhist priests), Divisional Secretary, the District Secretary and several other officials yesterday decided to remove all illegal constructions where a controversial mosque is located in the Dambulla area within the next six months, sources said. [TC]

Hill Country huge potential for tourism-British High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, John Rankin

Devon water fall is situated 6 km west of Talawakele on the A7 highway. [TC]

Was 13th Amendment not discussed by President Rajapaksa with visiting Indian MPs? 

by R.K.Radhakrishnan

The events seem to be a replay. It was External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna then. It is India’s Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj’s turn now. A leading newspaper in Sri Lanka has claimed that no discussion was held regarding the devolution of powers to States when the Indian MPs delegation met President Mahinda Rajapaksa. [DBSJ]

72 Illegal structures around in Dambulla Including Mosque and Kovil to be Removed within 6 Months

by Azra Ameen

A committee comprising the Maha Sangha (Buddhist priests), Divisional Secretary, the District Secretary and several other officials yesterday decided to remove all illegal constructions where a controversial mosque is located in the Dambulla area within the next six months, sources said. [TC]

Indian MPs’ Sri Lanka visit: A clear message from Indian polity

by N Sathiya Moorthy

The six-day-long visit of a 12-member Indian parliamentary delegation to Sri Lanka could not have come at a more inopportune moment in the contemporary context of bilateral relations — after New Delhi had voted against Colombo at the Geneva UNHRC. [DBSJ]

World Future Council: Defending the rights of future generations

By Judge C. G. Weeramantry, Ashok Khosla, Dr. Scilla Elworthy

Today, vast factory trawlers are vacuuming every living thing off the floor of the oceans. Toxic wastes are being dumped on poor communities whose governments turn a blind eye. Millions of acres of irreplaceable primeval forest are purposely being burned every year, to make way for cattle ranches. [DBSJ]

Though govt pledged to implement 55 recommendations at Geneva UPR in 2008 performance has not been satisfactory

By Jehan Perera

In the aftermath of the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva in March of this year where a special resolution on Sri Lanka was passed, Sri Lanka now faces the Universal Periodic Review that commences in October of this year. [TC]

Indians seem to lay great reliance on full implementation of the 13th Amendment

by S.L.Gunasekara

Members of Parliament of any country whatsoever are elected to look into and pass legislation to suit and benefit the people of their own country.

Sri Lankan Shining in Geneva Through Two Inventors at ‘Inventions’ Exhibition

The inventions of Dr S.J.B Lenadora and Mr Dinesh Katugampala took the forefront at the ‘Inventions Geneva’ Exhibition, winning prestigious Gold and Silver medals at the event. ‘Inventions Geneva ’ which is the 40th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, is considered to be one of the most important in the world. [TC]

Mahinda Samarasinghe speaks out on the UNHRC sessions in Geneva

by Manjula Fernando

Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, who led the Sri Lankan delegation to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) sessions last month, speaking to the media for the first time since his return to the country, says Sri Lanka faced a David and Goliath situation against the world’s ‘superpower’ in Geneva. [TC]

The mysterious lady who knelt at the President’s feet and related a tale

by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha, MP

Last week, I was told, a mysterious lady approached the President while he was at a funeral, knelt at his feet, and came out with a terrifying story. The person who told me the story evidently thought of the lady as she who must not be named, but she was nothing like the fictional character who could not be named. [TC]

All have to do their bit so Sri Lanka comes true to its 18th century name ‘Serendip’

Reading between the lines on Indian delegation to Colombo

by Col. R. Hariharan

There are both positives and negatives in the reports on the Indian parliamentary delegation’s six-day visit to Colombo. The reports include a statement of Mrs Sushma Swaraj, the multi-party delegation leader issued at the end of the visit, as well as inputs on the press conference she addressed in Colombo. [TC]

An attempt to answer some questions Tamils ask

By Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

In response to my comments on the article in’ “www.dbsjeyaraj.com” by S.Venkatanarayan titled, ‘Who says Sinhalese are against devolving powers to Tamils? That’s absolute rubbish! says Chandrika Kumaratunge, ‘Quaero’ asked the following questions. [DBSJ]

I felt we had won a moral victory, a battle well fought – Tamara Kunanayagam

By Ayesha Zuhair

In an e-mail interview with Ayesha Zuhair of the Daily Mirror, Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam,Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, discusses the US-backed resolution against Sri Lanka which was adopted at the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) and the challenges ahead. [DBSJ]

Tamil Eelam is for Tamil Nadu politicians what the full moon is for hungry wolves -The Hindu

Tamil ‘Eelam’ is for Tamil Nadu politicians what the full moon is for hungry wolves. All their howling is indicative, not of any yearning for a distant, dreamy Eelam, but of the baser urges of the politics of the here-and-now. [TC]

Visit of Indian MP’s is a beginning in bridging the India-Sri Lanka communication gap

By N Sathiya Moorthy

The delegation may not be as representative as it could have been, and should have been, but the initiative goes a long way in crossing the mental and physical barriers of politicians from each country understanding the other. [TC]

Minister Fowzie denies meeting PM over Dambulla Mosque 

Prime Minister w/ MP Cader met in Gampola to discuss the Dambulla Mosque & announced like all Muslim MP’s agreed to relocate  [TC]

Indian delegation visit has not brought any good says TNA Batticaloa MP Ariyanenthiran 

by Arthur Wamanan

In an exclusive interview with The Nation, TNA Batticaloa District Parliamentarian P. Ariyanenthiran said no differences or different opinions within the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on the scheduled joint May Day rally in Jaffna. [TC]

Sushma Swaraj says President Rajapaksa will Enforce 13th Amendment Provisions and ‘Go Beyond it’ 

By Anthony David and Nadia Fazlulhaq

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will enforce provisions of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and “go beyond it,” India’s Opposition Leader Sushma Swaraj said yesterday. [TC]

Post-Geneva reality and the predicament Sri Lanka is in today 

by Tissa Jayatilaka

One can understand to a certain extent the angst of some Sri Lankans over the injury caused to national pride by the ‘Geneva Resolution’ of March 2012. [TC]

Evidence of Sri Lanka’s bursting asset price bubble is apparent in all markets 

by Dr.Arujuna Sivananthan

A bubble in economics refers to a period in which a product or asset is traded in high volumes at prices that are at significant variance with its intrinsic value. [TC]

Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe faced with major crisis in Tea Industry 

by C.A. Chandraprema

Following fast upon the US resolution drama in Geneva, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe is once again involved in a major controversy, this time involving his Ministry – Plantation Industries under which the Tea Board and the Tea Council functions. [TC]

‘Sinhalese will be granted certain limited rights as long as they obey the Rajapaksas’ 

by Tisaranee Gunasekara 

In the second week of April, on Sinhala and Tamil New Year’s Day, seven Tamil houses in Dilithura (a village in Elpitiya, Galle) were looted and burnt, because one young Tamil man did not call a Sinhala soldier on leave, ‘sir’. Instead of arresting the perpetrators of this orgy of arson and looting, the police arrested two Tamil youths [TC]

Madhu forest sanctuary in Mannar District being systematically destroyed through excavating sand and felling trees 

By Rathindra Kuruwita

Heavy excavating machinery rumbles relentlessly inside the Madu forest sanctuary — digging into the earth and felling trees — while truckloads of tipper lorries driven by drivers halfway drunk by 11am, packed to the brim with soil dug up, race through the road which runs through the sanctuary. [DBSJ]

JVP are ‘Bolsheviks’ using Nationalism as tactic to gain power

by Patali Champika Ranawaka

There is still much debate surrounding the alleged abduction of Premakumar Gunaratnam. It is yet to be established whether he faked his own abduction, or whether he was indeed abducted by members of the security forces. [DBSJ]

Hirunika Premachandra will seek justice for her father in Sri Lanka and will not internationalize issue 

by A Special Correspondent

The daughter of slain Presidential Trade Union Advisor Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra said that she is in possession of vital evidence which could further implicate the chief suspect in the case pertaining to her father’s gruesome murder on October 8 last year. [DBSJ]

‘I will engage in Political activities with progressive elements in Sri Lanka and other Countries’-Kumar Gunaratnam 

Central Committee member of the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) Kumar Gunaratnam spoke to LAKBIMAnEWS about the allegations levelled against him, his many aliases and the future plans of the FSP in an interview with Rathindra Kuruwita: [TC]

Apr 15 - 21:

Fighting Food Fascism: The Beef-eating festival at Osmania University 

It looks like Foucault’s “real political task” is what the organisers of the recent beef-eating festival at Osmania University set out to do: they fought the “food fascism” that kept beef out of the menu, reminded the secular state that a university hostel mess was not Sankara math, and criticised the imposition of caste-Hindu dietary diktats on Dalits from within the confines of a seemingly neutral educational institution. [DBSJ]

The legitimate needs of Tamil people for equality, dignity, justice and self-respect in Sri Lanka 

By Sushma Swaraj

Distinguished representatives of the media,

I am happy to lead the All-Party delegation of Parliamentarians from India on this important visit to Sri Lanka. We are happy to meet you and share our impressions from this visit. I would like to start by introducing my colleagues from the delegation. [TC]

How do people who call themselves Sinhalese and Tamils know they are Sinhalese and Tamils?

By Dr. A.C. Visvalingam

In its modern form, the origins of the so-called National Question go back to the early twentieth century. [DBSJ]

Wimal Weerawansa has become a joke after he left our party – Vijitha Herath

by Dianne Silva

JVP MP Vijitha Herath spoke to Dianne Silva of the Daily Mirror about drama revolving around the disappearance of Premakumar Gunaratnam, the survival of the JVP and the interference of India in internal matters of Sri Lanka [DBSJ]

Why 13th Constitutional Amendment rammed through by India irritates Sri Lankans

by Lucian Rajakarunanayake

I have known Nirupama Subramaniam to be an observant journalist during here six years or more posting in Sri Lanka, first as a visiting journalist for ‘India Today’, later as correspondent for the ‘Indian Express’ and finally for the ‘Hindu’, to which she wrote the recent Lead Opinion (April 7) – ‘Lessons to learn from Geneva’, which was an analysis of the recent UNHRC vote against Sri Lanka. [TC]

Corruption, intrigues and power games in modern China

by M. S. Shah Jahan

“Corruption is the most crucial threat to the ruling party”.

At an annual meeting of anti-corruption officials on March 26th, China’s Prime Minister, Wen Jiabao, had little progress to point to. He said there were still frequent corruption cases in departments that possess great power and in areas where the management of funds is centralized. [TC]

Sri Lanka’s Maj-Gen Prasanna Silva’s immunity questioned in UK Parliament

Yesterday, Thursday 19 April 2012, under Business Statement by the Leader of the House Sir George Young, a question was raised by the Labour Member of Parliament, Hon. Siobhain McDonagh for Mitcham and Morden on the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs’ decision not to declare Major General Prasanna Silva (Defence Attaché at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in London) persona non grata [TC]

Sri Lankan mosque forced to abandon prayers by protesters

BBC News

A mosque in Sri Lanka has been forced to abandon Friday prayers amid community tensions in the central town of Dambulla. [TC]

Video: Lifestyles, living conditions and livelihood challenges

Struggles of Upcountry Tamils, Jaffna Muslims and Tamils in High Security Zones 

Jovita Arulanantham presents reports featuring , living conditions of upcountry Tamils, Muslim returnees in Jaffna and families returning to High Security Zone in Tellippalai; the reports were recently aired on ‘Connections’, a TV series from Young Asia Television: [TC]

Indian leadership miffed by Rajapaksa defiance wanted to rap Colombo on the knuckles

by Seema Sengupta

India’s decision to vote in favor of a United States sponsored UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution censuring the Sri Lankan government for alleged Human Rights aberration during the ethnic conflict has raised several eyebrows. [TC]

UNHRC Resolution: Sri Lanka is ‘Test Case’ for US to Continue Assault on International Law 

by Dharshan Weerasekera

The United Nations Human Rights Council at its recent sessions held in Geneva, adopted a US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka, expressing dissatisfaction with the pace of reconciliation and accountability since the end of the war with the LTTE, urging the government to make haste in implementing the recommendations of its own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, and also calling for other more credible measures to ensue accountability. [DBSJ]

President Rajapaksa’s Instructions are Being Ignored to the Detriment of the Country 

by Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha M.P.

I was quite saddened by some of the responses to my article about ‘Letting down the President’, which recorded instances in which I thought the President’s instructions had been completely ignored, to the detriment of the country. [TC]

Mystery behind the sudden emergence and exit of Premakumar Gunaratnam 

Defence Secretary responds to allegations

By Ayesha Zuhair

Speaking exclusively to the Daily Mirror, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa sheds light into the dramatic appearance and disappearance of Premakumar Gunaratnam. [TC]

The failures of the Ministry of External Affairs – encroachment or sheer incompetence? 

by Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha M.P.

The recent intrigues by the nastier elements in the Ministry of External Affairs have prompted some thought about the confused and confusing nature of the diverse elements that make up the current government. The need to examine this in greater detail has been made clearer by the strange affair of Mr Gunaratnam. [TC]

Genuine reconciliation will never be achieved until and unless terrorism threat is eliminated and third party intervention stopped

By Eymard de Silva Wijeyeratne

The word ‘reconciliation’ is being abused to a point and pitch that makes it a vehicle for wreaking vengeance. The UNHRC has acted in a manner reminiscent of Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (perhaps unfairly called the mad monk). [TC]

Kumar Gunaratnam alias ‘Gemunu’ led JVP in guerilla war against Indian Army in 1989

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

The enforced “disappearance” and dramatic “re-appearance” of Premakumar Gunaratnam alias Kumar/Kumara Mahathaya a.k.a. Noel Mudalige has evoked much interest into the revolutionary antecedents of this colourful personality who was at one time a key leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) or People’s Liberation Front.

Even though Gunaratnam alias Mudalige has now broken away from the JVP and together with comrades of a similar mindset, formed a new political party known as the Frontline Socialist Party (Peratugami Samajawadi Pakshaya) his significant contribution to the JVP over a period of nearly 30 years cannot be easily overlooked or dismissed lightly. [DBSJ]

Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka at China-UNESCO forum on ‘Confucianism and New Humanism’

On Monday 16th April, 2012, Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka moderated one of three panels of a seminar on “Confucianism and New Humanism in a Globalized World” organized by UNESCO and the Confucius Institute Headquarters of the People’s Republic of China. [TC]

How Gotabhaya ‘helped’ Col. Karuna go to UK on a diplomatic passport under a false name

by Ranjith Jayasundera

Hello Friends,

There is a raging controversy on about the abduction and release of Frontline Socialist Party leaders Kumar Gunaratnam and Dimuthu Attygalle. [DBSJ]

Sandhya Ekneligoda, Wife of missing Sri Lankan journalist speaks out to WSWS

By Panini Wijesiriwardane and Wasantha Rupasinghe

Sandhya Priyangani Ekneligoda, wife of disappeared Sri Lankan journalist and cartoonist Prageeth Ekneligoda, recently spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about her ongoing struggle to discover what happened to her husband, and the continuing harassment of the Sri Lankan authorities. [DBSJ]

Instead of Abducting they could have asked me to come

Dimuthu Attygalle Interviewed by Arthur Wamanan

Dimuthu Attygala, a controversial character last week, found a few minutes to speak to The Nation just after her appearance at the party office in Kotte after missing 72 hours. [TC]

Bringing Kumar Gunaratnam to Party Convention would have been our biggest publicity

Arthur Wamanan Interviews Pubudu Jayagoda

The Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) says it has no need to stage a publicity gimmick and points the finger at the government for the abduction of two of its members. [TC]

The failure of the Ministry of External Affairs to think or write or discuss

by Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha M.P.

One of the most preposterous charges laid against Dayan Jayatilleka in the Ceylon Today diatribe is that he writes too much. [TC]

Al Jazeera Video: Costs hit New Year celebrations in Sri Lanka 

The rising cost of living means that festivities are a little subdued this year in Sri Lanka. [TC]

Will launch of Frontline Socialist Party lead to revival of ‘Left’ in Sri Lanka?

By Niel Wijethilaka and K. Govindan (Nava Sama Samaja Party)

More than 5,000 people packed Colombo’s Sugathadasa stadium for the inaugural conference of the Peratugami Samajawadi Pakshaya (Frontline Socialist Party – FSP) on 9 April 2012. [DBSJ]

‘Hey Geneva’ by Ajith Kumarasiri! Birth of Sinhala Blues?

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Hello Friends

Hey Geneva” is a song performed by musician-singer-composer Ajith Kumarasiri at his live concert”No More” at Punchi theatre in Borella on March 31st 2012. [DBSJ]

Constant obsession with achieving victory and a dominant concern with not being defeated

by Friday Forum

The Resolution No 19/2 on Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka that was adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on 22nd March 2012 calls upon the government of Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) that was appointed by the President. [TC]

What would have been Gunaratnam’s fate if he was not an Australian Citizen?

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Does one need to possess foreign citizenship to practice basic rights of life, liberty and free expression in Sri Lanka? [TC]

It is easier to abduct a person than to get your kids ready for School

by Namini Wijedasa

State media reported last week that the government will upgrade security at the Colombo National Museum. One cannot argue with the merits of this move, however spectacularly overdue it might be. [TC]

‘We never deported him; he could have stayed but he wanted to leave the country’-Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

by Shamindra Ferdinando

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday said that many of those listed missing during the war could have obtained new identities courtesy foreign governments. [DBSJ]

Govt must clarify its stand on implementing the LLRC Report Recommendations

By Javid Yusuf

It would be unwise to brush aside the resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council last month in Geneva as being of no consequence to Sri Lanka. We could choose to ignore it only at our own peril. [TC]

‘Who says Sinhalese are against devolving powers to Tamils? That’s absolute rubbish!’ says Chandrika Kumaratunga

by S.Venkatnarayan

Former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has vehemently rubbished the claim being made by some people in the present government that the majority Sinhalese are opposed to devolving political power to the minority Tamils in her island-nation. [DBSJ]

Remembering CP de Silva the ‘Minneriya Deviyo’

By K.H.J. Wijayadasa

Birth centenary of Charles Percival de Silva is on April 16th

Men of great distinction and high calibre such as Charles Percival de Silva are rarely born. Such men live in the hearts of the people long after their demise. Popularly and fondly remembered as C.P. he dominated the administrative, social and political life of Sri Lanka in the mid 20th century. [TC]

Unprecedented double honours from Wisden for Sanga

Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara has achieved the unprecedented feat of being selected as both Wisden’s Leading International Cricketer in the World and one of its Five Cricketers of the Year, in the 2012 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, published in the UK on Thursday 12 April [TC]

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