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“To injure no man, but to
bless all mankind”
Sri Lanka takes off
the gloves [Asia Times]

By Sudha

oted analyst D B S
Jeyaraj told Asia
Times Online that the
government withdrew
from the ceasefire
under pressure from
the military.
The Eviction of Muslims in 1990 and exodus of Tamils in 1995 from
Jaffna [FI]

By Sharika Thiranagama

s Sri Lanka continues to teeter on the edge of all-out war between the LTTE and
the Sri Lankan state, it is hard but necessary to believe that the country does not
need to endlessly repeat the same cycle of events. Roads within the war-zone
areas of the north, and even more so the east, have once again been crowded
with thousands of shelter-seeking Tamils and Muslims-continually pushed this way
and that by warring parties
Political Chicanery Marks Our Passage to Present Abyss [FI]

by Panduka Dasanayake

he sad loss of sight of the universal law of causation has brought Lanka to its
present peril!
Terror, Counter-Terror and Talking to “Terrorists” [FI]

by Satish Kumat

ttempts to combat and suppress terrorism through military and police powers and
other security measures may only give a temporary appearance of victory, and
never, a long-term result.
NSSP never abandoned their position of defending Tamils’ Rights [TC]

by Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne

he anniversary meeting of the Nava Sama Samaja Party was more than a
success. There were enough participants to fill the new town hall. Altogether over
500 participated. Representatives from other political parties included MP for
Trincomalee district, K.Thurairatnesingham and the President of the Socialist
Party, Mahinda Devage. Both of them addressed the meeting declaring solidarity
with our efforts.
Abrogation of Ceasefire may lead to Deterioration of Human Rights [FI]

By Robert. O. Blake. Jr

he friendly relations between the United States and Sri Lanka go back almost six
decades. As Sri Lanka approaches the 60th anniversary of its independence, we
want to build upon those ties to help Sri Lanka achieve peace, strengthen its
democracy and promote economic prosperity so that this beautiful country can
realize the hopes and dreams we share for it.
Economic And Social Cost of Ethnic Conflict In Sri Lanka [FI]

by Sajith de Mel

ocial stratification involves the hierarchical ranking of society’s members into
categories of unequal wealth, power and prestige. Human societies are almost
universally stratified or differentiated into categories of superiority and inferiority,
dominance and subordination.
India’s Emerging Strategic Security Paradigm
and Sri Lanka Policy [TC]

by Col R Hariharan (retd.)

hile the four co-chairs of the Tokyo Conference, the
EU, Japan, Norway and the US, can walk out of the
peace process, India as a close strategic neighbour of
Sri Lanka, cannot afford to ignore the development.
Rajapakse's Big Bet [WSJ]

Review & Outlook: The Wall Street Journal
Protection of civilians in conflict-ridden Sri
Lanka [FI]

By Dr. S. Narapalasingam

ri Lankan government decided unilaterally on
January 2 to formally withdraw from the 2002
Cease-Fire Agreement (CFA), after months of
escalating violence and military successes that made
the political and military leaders believe that the LTTE
could be vanquished by continuing the ongoing
offensive in the North.
Mastermind Behind LTTE Attacks Outside
North-East Killed [TC]

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj

ronically Charles hailing from Puloly in the
Vadamaratchy division of Jaffna peninsula became
“known” to most Tamil people only after his death.
President Rajapakse wants “APRC River” to
Flow Backwards [FI]

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

ivers do not flow backwards” was a favourite saying
of Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike. It was
almost as famous as his “trials of transition” used
frequently to justify all what was going wrong during
the revolution of 1956 that he ushered in.

A Political Proposal: The Way Forward [FI]
Sri Lanka’s clash
with UN and other envoys [FI]

By Dr. S. Narapalasingam

he government on August 10 last year expressed its
surprise and concern in Parliament over the statement
by UN Humanitarian Affairs Chief John Holmes, who in
an interview with Reuters described Sri Lanka as one
of the dangerous places for aid workers.
"Let the land be bountiful
and let us gaze upon heaven"
Subramanya Bharathiyar (1882-1921) Tamil Poet
In Pictures: Indian Car Culture [NYTimes]

Indians are rushing headlong to get behind the wheel, as incomes rise, car loans
proliferate and the auto industry churns out low-cost cars to nudge them off their
Ambassador Spain had Abiding Respect and Affection for Sri Lanka

By Robert. O. Blake Jr.

im Spain’s extraordinary life began in 1926. He was born on the famous South
Side of Chicago
S. Sivasegeram's Poems in Thamil [TW]

by K.S.Sivakumaran

collection of poems in Thamil by Sivanandam
Sivasegeram was launched on December 05, 2008
at the Kolumbu Thamil Sangam, Wellawatta
organised by Dhesiya Kalai Ilalliyap Peravai of 44,3
rd Floor, CCSM Complex, Colombo 11. This book
was published by the latter and priced at Rs.150/-
The title of the collection is kallery thuuram (a stone’
s throw away)
Articulations of anger [Hindu]

Dalit poet Meena Kandasamy on the importance of
authenticity and being true to one’s own
background, cultural roots and experiences.

Just 24, Meena Kandasamy is one of the better
known Dalit poets writing in English today and
speaks with an understanding much beyond her
years. She says she gave up formal education after
school because, identity being what it is, “I thought
education was going to cripple me and I didn’t want
to be crippled even if I wasn’t going anywhere.”
(She is, however, pursuing a Ph.D. in ELT now.)

A turning point in her career was when, just after
school, she wrote an essay on Naipaul, who, she
feels, got the Nobel Prize post 9/11 mainly for his
anti-Islamic stances.
Beyond old Kollywood [Hindu]

A new wave of Tamil cinema seems to be fusing the
entertainment of a mainstream film with the
sensitivity of an art film.

New and exciting: Films like “Kattradhu Tamizh”,
“Kalloori” and “Paruthiveeran” are part of a new

“Kalloori” is the finest Tamil film of the year. After
“Kadhal”, Balaji Sakthivel could have easily made an
ambitious film with big stars, but he chose instead to
do something smaller, on a more intimate scale. You
have to admire him for it. There are few false notes
in “Kalloori”, a film about three years in the life of
nine college friends. Character, plot and dialogue
are flawlessly rendered, staying faithful to its small
town roots, never once betraying its authentic rural
sensibility. The actors look uncompromisingly South
Indian: every face here reminds us of real people
and there’s no attempt to airbrush the actors and
make them movie-handsome. Sakthivel maintains a
fine, calibrated balance between the formulaic and
the artistic.
Rajinikanth symbolises hard work:
Karunanidhi [Hindu]

Those who want to come up in life should emulate
actor Rajinikanth, who symbolises hard work,
conscientiousness and had the attitude to take
others along with him, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi
said here on Friday.

There were people who claimed credit for every
successful venture. But, Mr. Rajinikanth not only
roped in the services of others but also accorded
due credit to their efforts, Mr. Karunanidhi told a
function to mark the silver jubilee celebration of the
Tamil film “Sivaji,” featuring Mr. Rajnikanth as the
main cast.

Tukaram 1938 [Hindu]

Musiri Subramania Iyer, K. Sarangapani, K. Seetha,
R. Balasubramaniam, K. A. Chokkalinga
Bhagavathar, R. Balasaraswathi

Central Studios Limited, Coimbatore, was
established in 1937 by a group of mill-owners such
as R. K. Ramakrishnan Chettiar (Sir R. K.
Shanmugham Chetty’s brother), and a college
fresher S. M. Sriramulu Naidu (later of Pakshiraja
Films and Studio fame). After prolonged
discussions, Chettiar, Naidu, the film director B. N.
Rao and others decided to film the life of the famed
patron saint of Maharashtra, Tukaram.
Tamil actor Pandian dead [Hindu]

Tamil actor Pandian died in a private hopsital here
today following liver failure and jaundice, hospital
sources said on Thursday.

Pandian, 48, who acted in more than 75 movies, is
survived by wife and son.

He tasted success in his debut film 'Manvasanai',
which was a big hit. The movie was directed by
well-known director Bharatiraja.

Pandian had joined the AIADMK party in 2001.
Pakistan: Miracle
that keeps going
wrong [TC]

by Rajan Philips

“Pakistan, the peeling,
increasingly at war with
itself, may be
described as a failure
of the dreaming
mind…a miracle that
went wrong.”
"He was a
man about
whom our
people knew
very little but
our opponents
however knew
all about him”.
"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
[Berkeley Tamil]