Dec 14 – 20:

MA Sumanthiran MP Denies he Facilitated “Secret Deal” Between TNA and Maithripala Sirisena as Alleged by President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) National list MP M. A. Sumanthiran has denied President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s allegation at a meeting in Chilaw that the TNA had signed a secret deal with Common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena and that he (Sumanthiran)had facilitated it. [DBSJ]

How Senior Minister from Polonnaruwa CP de Silva Crossed Over With 13 MP’s From SLFP Govt on Dec 3rd 1964

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Fifty years ago on December 3rd 1964 , Charles Percival de Silva the minister of Land, Irrigation and Power in the SLFP-LSSP Coalition Government of Prime Minister Sirima Bandaranaike crossed over to the opposition in dramatic fashion with a group of thirteen MP’s. [DBSJ]

On January 8, 2015, “Exercise the public trust, as a Chief Magistrate”

by K. Thirukumaran

This is a first post on this blog (tamilweek.com/thiruvedkai) urging “civic action”; or it might as well be “political” too, in the eyes of readers :)

VOTE JAN 8

Exercising the privilege of voting – in any election is an utmost importance among civic duties. [TW]

Dec 7 – 13:

Mother is reason the soul being spirited ♫

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In Remembrance of the Birth Anniversary of Mahakavai Subramaniya Bharathiyaar – 11 December, 2014 [TW]

Tale of Two Crossovers by Rajarata Stalwarts: CP de Silva in 1964 and Maithripala Sirisena in 2014

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

The controversial cross over of Senior minister Pallewatte Gamaralalage Maithripala Yapa Sirisena from the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Government headed by Mahinda Rajapaksa to the opposition and related developments have evoked memories of another cross over from treasury benches to the opposite side by another senior minister from the Rajarata 50 years ago. [DBSJ]

TNA Leader Sampanthan has Secret Discussions with Opposition Front Leaders Inclding Ranil and Chandrika at Taj Samudra Hotel Claims “Sunday Observer”

Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga had met a Tamil National Alliance delegation and held secret discussions on Tuesday at the Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo, according to reliable sources.

TNA leader R. Sampanthan and parliamentarians M.A. Sumanthiran, Democratic People’s Front Leader MP Mano Ganeshan, Malik Samarawickrema and MP Mangala Samaraweera are believed to have taken part in the discussions to muster support for the Common Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena. [DBSJ]

Nov 30 – Dec 6:

Sri Lankan politics at cross-roads with cross-overs

By Siva Sivapragasam

There are neither permanent friends nor permanent interests when it comes to politics in Sri Lanka.Cross-overs have brought politics at cross-roads in this country once termed as the Island of paradise. [MJ]

Tamil National Alliance Adopts “Watch and Wait” Policy on 2015 Presidential Poll to Avoid 2010 Election Fiasco

by Arthur Wamanan

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The highly anticipated stance of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on the upcoming Presidential polls and the Common Candidate of the Opposition will only be revealed after the main candidates publish their respective manifestos. [DBSJ]

Nov 23 – 29:

Owing a closure to the soul: 60th birth anniversary of V. Prabhakaran

Nov 26 is the 60th birth anniversary of Veluppillai Prabhakaran.

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In these five years passing since May 2009, yet to be duly and wholly recognized – that his soul has left the body, spiritually speaking. [TW]

60th birth anniversary: Life and Times of Tiger Supremo Thiruvengadam Veluppillai Prabhakaran

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

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If Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE)leader Thiruvengadam Veluppillai Prabhakaran was alive now,he would be celebrating his 60th birth anniversary on November 26th.The tiger supremo who was killed in Mullaitheevu district on May 19th 2009 was for decades the determining force in Sri Lankan politics.Though Prabhakaran is no more, the Sri Lankan Tamil people are yet to recover fully from the ravages of the long war fought by the LTTE.A battered and shattered community is slowly struggling to pick up the pieces and resume a peaceful, normal life that was torn asunder by years of long conflict.

Nov 16 – 22:

Minister Maithripala Sirisena Attempting to Obstruct Justice to Safeguard Son Daham who Attacked Asela Waidyalankara

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

(Former Health minister Maithripala Sirisena is the man of the moment having quit the UPFA Govt and coming forward as the common opposition candidate challenging incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the Presidency with the slogan “Supirisidu Nayakathwayak, Maithree Palanayak”.This article was written by me at a time when Maithripala Sirisena was riding high as a powerful govt minister.) [DBSJ]

“Mahinda Gamana”: From the Mahagedara in Medamulana to the Janadhipathi Mandiraya in Colombo

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Percy Mahendra Rajapaksa, known to his country and the world at large as Mahinda Rajapaksa, celebrated his 69th birthday yesterday (18 November). Sri Lanka’s fifth Executive President has been at the helm of the nation for nine years since November 2005. Currently he is poised to create a record of sorts by contesting presidential elections for the third time. Whether he wins or loses History would be made. [DBSJ]

Sri Lanka undermining Indian interests by favouring China: TNA

by MEERA SRINIVASAN

A senior Tamil parliamentarian has accused Sri Lanka of seeking to undermine Indian interests by privileging China.

R. Sampanthan, leader of Tamil National Alliance-pic courtesy: The Hindu

R. Sampanthan, leader of Tamil National Alliance-pic courtesy: The Hindu

Addressing the parliament on Friday, R. Sampanthan, leader of Tamil National Alliance (TNA), asked if it was a clear indication of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s insensitivity to the concerns of neighbouring India or whether Colombo was pursuing a “deliberate, pre-determined programme” to undermine Indian interests to isolate India and free itself from obligations and commitments made to India. Almost 98 per cent of Chinese funding came by way of loans, while one-third of India’s approximately $1.3 billion-assistance was a grant, he said, on the support extended by two countries. [The Hindu]

Officially Sanctioned Unofficial Execution of JVP Supremo Rohana Wijeweera 25 Years Ago

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

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Patabandi Don Nandasiri Wijeweera known to the world at large as Rohana Wijeweera was killed twenty –five years ago on November 13th 1989.The revolutionary leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)or Peoples Liberation Front was 49 years old at the time of his death. [DBSJ]

Nov 9 – 15:

“The Judiciary in Sri Lanka Played a Major Role in Foisting Second-Class Citizenship Upon the Tamil Speaking People”

by

C.V. Wigneswaran

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(Text of the Inaugural Kannabiran Memorial Lecture Delivered by the Sri Lankan Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister Justice C. V. Wigneswaran at the event organized by the Peoples Union for Civil Liberties in Chennai on November 9th 2014) [DBSJ]

Monsoon Journal: November 2014

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Flip & Read Print Edition ~ Published from Toronto, Ontario [TW]

Nov 2 – 8:

“Happiness” is seeing an epic Kamal Haasan Blockbuster

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♫ Today November 7 is 60th Birthday of Actor, Singer, Director, Lyricist & Producer Kamal Haasan ~ He’s the artiste of these times with an inspiring array of artistic works and admirable humanistic views. [TW]

Song in Praise of Lord Siva ♫ Rendered by the first superstar of Tamil moviedom

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♫ November 1st is 55th Death Anniversary of the First ever SUPERSTAR of Tamil moviedom: Mayavaram Krishnamurthy Thyagaraja | (1 March 1901 – 1 November 1959) [TW]

Collapse of Beragala Mountain Triggered Flow of Mud that Engulfed Meeriyabedda Estate in Koslanda

by Mirudhula Thambiah and Menaka Indrakumar

As the clouds gathered overnight last Tuesday over the hills and a drizzle began in the pre-dawn of Wednesday (29), the country was fast asleep. No one dreamt that it would turn out to be a tragic morning for hundreds of estate sector families.

The tragedy that shook the central hills was the worst to hit Sri Lanka after Tsunami 2004. When the mountain came rolling downhill many villagers in the Koslanda-Meeriyabedda Estate in Haldummulla ran to save their lives. They said, it sounded like an explosion. The thick layer of mud flattened the dwellings and buried the people who were unable to run away. [DBSJ]

Oct 26 – Nov 1:

Sri Lanka landslide: Hopes fade for ‘100 buried’

Hundreds of troops have been using heavy equipment to dig through tonnes of mud that buried the tin-roofed homes of workers at a tea plantation.

It is still not clear how many people are trapped in the disaster which was caused by heavy rain. [BBC]

Kanda Sashti: Ornate Kandan, obliterate obstacles ♫

by K. Thirukumaran

Kanda Sashti, the annual fasting days in devotion of Lord Murugan falls this year from Friday October 24 – 29th.

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“Why does by Fasting the soul renews life” queries Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyar to Lord Krishna in one of his poems. That was preceded by query, “Why in ailment, one be laying down?” [DBSJ]

How the LTTE Enforced a Boycott in 2005 to Prevent Ranil Becoming President

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

“Hegel remarks somewhere that all great, world-historical facts and personages occur, as it were, twice. He has forgotten to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.” -Karl Marx

Karl Marx expanded famously on Friedrich Hegel’s remark about “history”occurring twice and stated that history repeats firstly as tragedy and secondly as farce. If a recent development in Sri Lanka runs its full course as intended, then one may very well say History repeats itself in Sri Lanka as a tragical farce or farcicial tragedy when it comes to Ranil Wickremesinghe. [DBSJ]

Oct 19-25:

Kanda Sashti: Ornate Kandan, obliterate obstacles ♫

by K. Thirukumaran

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Kanda Sashti, the annual fasting days in devotion of Lord Murugan falls this year from Friday October 24 – 29th.

Statement from the Governor General of Canada
Following the Recent Tragedy in Ottawa

Together with all of Canada, Sharon and I are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of today’s attacks. [gg.ca]

Have a Melodious Joy of Deepavali ♫

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Kalyana Parisu is director C.V.Sridhar’s debut film released in 1959, starring Gemini Ganeshan, Saroja Devi and Vijayakumari.

The film has several melodious songs, among them:

“Unnai Kanndu naan aada
Ennai kandu nee aada
Ullasam pongum inba Deepavali” [TW]

Unfinished war in Sri Lanka threatens paradise regained

By Nita Bhalla and Shihar Aneez

JAFFNA Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In the fishing village of Oori, two mothers await news of their young daughters who were taken to a care home three months ago after their alleged rape by members of the Sri Lankan navy. [Reuters]

Supreme court grants bail to Jayalalitha and stays operation of the sentence

By Siva Sivapragasam

India’s Supreme Court has ordered the release of Tamil Nadu’s former Chief Minister Jayalalitha on bail in the disprortionate assets case in which she was sentenced to four years imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 100 crores. [MJ]

Will the TNA Reveal Truth About Killing of Kingsley Rasanayagam by LTTE Ten Years ago?

By
D.B.S.Jeyaraj

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The assortment of political parties known as the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) is regarded as the premier political configuration representing the Sri Lankan Tamils in Parliament, the Northern and Eastern provincial councils and various local authorities in the north and east. The TNA has in recent times ardently supported the ongoing probe on Sri Lanka being conducted by the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. No other political grouping in Parliament has openly declared its support for the UN investigation in the manner that the TNA has. [DBSJ]

Oct 12 – 18:

Pictorial: Farmers in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka East mark re-possession of their Lands

Padukadu-Kanguveli, in Muttur, Trincomalee District: Farmers who were kept out of their lands for decades, begin their re-possession by ploughing and sowing the paddy seeds.

Traditional function was held on October 13th to mark the occasion: [TW]

Phenomenal Influence of Films and Film Personalities on Politics in India’s Tamil Nadu State

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

The South Indian state of Tamil Nadu has been ruled alternately by two “Dravidian”political parties since 1967.One is the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham(DMK)under the command of nonagenarian Muttuvel Karunanidhi.

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The other party currently in the saddle is the All- India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (AIADMK) which is led by Jayalalithaa Jayaram who was removed from chief ministerial office due to being convicted for corruption.Both the DMK and AIADMK face an uncertain political future at this point of time due to the uncertainty factor concerning their respective leaders. [DBSJ]

How Jayalalithaa in her Actress Avatar Sparkled on the Silver Screen as Tamil Cinema’s Uncrowned Queen

by

D.B.S.Jeyaraj

The recent conviction and consequent imprisonment of Jayalalithaa Jayaram on charges of acquiring disproportionate wealth during her past term of office (1991-96) has resulted in the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister being under media spotlight for many days now.

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This week’s ‘Spotlight’ column too will be about Jayalalithaa but the focus will be on certain aspects of her family background, early life and scintillating career as a film star and not on her politics or present plight. [DBSJ]