Jul 26 – Aug 1

The Tamil National Alliance – Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi Manifesto for Parliamentary Election – 2015

(Text of The Tamil National Alliance – Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi Manifesto for Parliamentary Election – 2015 issued as press release by the TNA Media Office)

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At the time of independence from colonial rule in 1948, Ceylon was foisted with a unitary type constitution with simple majoritarian rule. In 1949 a sizeable number of Tamils of recent Indian origin were disenfranchised. State aided colonization of the preponderantly Tamil Speaking territory, particularly the Eastern Province, with the majority community intensified. The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) was formed as a consequence in December 1949. In this background in April 1951 the ITAK articulated its claim that the Tamil People in Ceylon were a Nation distinct from that of the Sinhalese by every test of nationhood and were therefore entitled to the right to self-determination. [DBSJ]

Jul 19 – 25:

பாரதியின் கனவு நகரம் “வேதபுரம்” மக்களினதைப் போல் எமது எதிர்காலம் மிளிர வேண்டும்

– க. திருக்குமாரன்

வடக்கு-கிழக்கு மக்கள் “தமிழ்த் தேசியக் கூட்டமைப்பு”, மற்றும் யாழ் தேர்தல் மாவட்டத்தில் திரு. எம். ஏ. சுமந்திரன் – “வீடு”, “இலக்கம் #3″ என வாக்களிக்க வேண்டும்:

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பாரதியின் கனவு நகரம் “வேதபுரம்” மக்களினதைப் போல் எமது எதிர்காலம் மிளிர வேண்டும்:

“வேதபுரம்: வாழ்வியலே விருத்தியாக்கிடும் வளமான வணிகத்தின் வீற்றிடம்:”

மகாகவி சுப்பிரமணிய பாரதி. இந்தப் பெயரினை கேட்டவுடன் எழும் எண்ணங்கள் தேச விடுதலையின் போது கவிஞனாகவும், பத்திரிகையாளனாகவும் இருந்து பாரதி படைத்தவை.

இருப்பினும் எக்காலத்திற்கும் – எந்த இடத்திற்கும் பொருந்தி நிற்கும் பாரதி கவிதைகள் எழுந்தது, அந்த மகாகவியினுள் இருந்ததனனைப் போன்ற “ஊற்று” வேறு அதே காலத்தைய தமிழ்ப் புலமை வாய்ந்தோரிடம் இருக்கவில்லை என்பதனால் என்று பேராசிரியர் சாலமன் பாப்பையா கூறியிருக்கின்றார்.

கவியரசு வைரமுத்து பாரதி 800 ஆண்டுகள் தவமிருந்து பெற்றெடுக்கப்பட்ட தமிழ்க் கவி என்கிறார். மறைந்த இயக்குனர் சிகரம் கே. பாலசந்தர் பாரதி பற்றிக் கூறுகையில், அந்த மகாகவியின் தேச பக்தி, தெய்வ பக்தி, சமூக சிந்தனைகள், பெண்ணியக் கருத்துக்கள், அவருடைய பன்முக ஆற்றல் என்பன தனக்கு மிகவும் வியப்பளித்தவையாகவே இருந்ததாக தெரிவித்திருக்கிறார். [TW]

“Mellisai Mannargal” M.S. Viswanathan and T.K. Ramamurthy, the ‘Monarchs of Light Music’ in Tamil cinema

By
D.B.S.Jeyaraj

Watching Tamil movies on screen and listening to Tamil film songs over radio was an integral part of life for me as a child growing up in Colombo. The Tamil ‘Varthaga Oliparappu’ or Commercial service of ‘Radio Ceylon’ was a treasure trove of film songs.

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Apart from broadcasting the latest Tamil film songs even before the films concerned were screened in India, the commercial service also aired specific programs about films being currently shown in theatres in the island. Popular radio announcer Mailvaganam conducted these programs where film songs were featured regularly. Thus one was able to keep abreast of contemporary Tamil film music courtesy ‘Radio Ceylon’ in those wonderful days of yore. [DBSJ]

Jul 12 – 18:

வடக்கு-கிழக்கு மக்கள் “தமிழ்த் தேசியக் கூட்டமைப்பு”, மற்றும் யாழ் தேர்தல் மாவட்டத்தில் திரு. எம். ஏ. சுமந்திரன் – “வீடு”, “இலக்கம் #3″ என்றே வாக்களிப்பார்கள்

“‘தேசியம்’ எனப்படுவது ஒரு மிகப் பெரிய ‘நீர்த்தேக்கம்’ போன்றது:

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– க. திருக்குமாரன் | நிலமகள் சனசமூக நிலையம்

வடக்கு-கிழக்கு மக்கள் “தமிழ்த் தேசியக் கூட்டமைப்பு”, மற்றும் யாழ் தேர்தல் மாவட்டத்தில் திரு. எம். ஏ. சுமந்திரன் – “வீடு”,
“இலக்கம் #3″ என வாக்களிக்க வேண்டும். [TW]

“Mellisai Mannargal” M.S. Viswanathan and T.K. Ramamurthy, the ‘Monarchs of Light Music’ in Tamil cinema

By
D.B.S.Jeyaraj

Watching Tamil movies on screen and listening to Tamil film songs over radio was an integral part of life for me as a child growing up in Colombo. The Tamil ‘Varthaga Oliparappu’ or Commercial service of ‘Radio Ceylon’ was a treasure trove of film songs.

Apart from broadcasting the latest Tamil film songs even before the films concerned were screened in India, the commercial service also aired specific programs about films being currently shown in theatres in the island. Popular radio announcer Mailvaganam conducted these programs where film songs were featured regularly. Thus one was able to keep abreast of contemporary Tamil film music courtesy ‘Radio Ceylon’ in those wonderful days of yore. [DBSJ]

Jul 5 – 11:

President Sirisena Fires Political Torpedo Shattering Triumphal Mood in Mahinda Rajapaksa Camp

In what appears to be a bold tactical manoeuvre calculated to thwart Ex- President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s hopes of making a successful comeback, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has conveyed a terse message to the Medamulana camp that has transformed the current political climate drastically. The message amounting to a political torpedo now threatens to sink the ambitious ship in which Mahinda and his loyalist coterie of supporters hoped to sail to power smoothly. [DBSJ]

Maithripala and Mahinda are like the Mongoose and Cobra Afloat on the Same log in a Flood

(Text of Editorial Appearing in “The Island” of July 6th 2015)

Nothing is so certain as the unexpected in politics. President Maithripala Sirisena has finally agreed to nominate his bête noire, Mahinda Rajapaksa, to contest the August 17 polls. Both of them have made compromises; the former said he would never field Rajapaksa on the UPFA ticket and the latter spared no pains to be named the UPFA’s prime ministerial candidate. Now, it has been left to the UPFA parliamentary group to decide who should be the Prime Minister in case of an SLFP-led government being formed. [DBSJ]

Jun 28 – Jul 4:

Removing the Ban on Some Tamil Diaspora Organizations Listed as ” Foreign Terrorist”

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

Sri Lanka’s ebullient Foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera is currently in the forefront of a move to review and possibly remove the ban imposed on certain Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora organizations and individuals designated as “terrorist” under provisions of the United Nations Act No 45 of 1968. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) and 15 other organizations functioning on foreign soil were proscribed as foreign terrorist organizations by Gazette Extraordinary 1856/41 of March 21st 2014. Apart from these 16 entities , a further 424 individuals with suspected LTTE links who were living in 19 countries including Sri Lanka were also listed. [DBSJ]

Jun 21- 27

Tamil Progressive Alliance and the Tamils Living Outside the North-East

by D.B.S Jeyaraj

An event of great significance occurred within the sphere of minority community politics in Sri Lanka on June 3rd 2015. Three political parties representing sections of the Tamil people living outside the Tamil dominated Northern province and Tamil majority Eastern Province announced at a media conference held at the Taj Samudra Hotel in Colombo that they had forged a new configuration called the Tamil Progressive Alliance(TPA).

The new alliance comprises the Democratic Peoples Front (DPF)National Union of Workers(NUW) and Up Country Peoples Front(UCPF)led by Mano Ganesan, Palany Thigambaram and Velusamy Radhakrishnan respectively. The TPA’s name in Tamil is “Tamil Mutpoakku Kootani”. [DBSJ]

Jun 14 – 20:

Ananthy Sasitharan in the Eye of a Controversial Publicity Storm Again

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Whatever the final outcome of this Ananthy – Kanimozhi “clash” there is little doubt that the current crisis has afforded Ananthy a bright blaze of publicity as usual. Some however speculate that the controversy is a calculated effort to boost Ananthy Sasitharan’s electoral fortunes at the forthcoming Parliament elections.

“Both here and hence pursue me lasting strife, If once I be a widow, ever I be a wife!………” The lady doth protest too much, methinks”

– William Shakespeare :Hamlet Act 3,Scene 2.

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Politicians are a breed thriving on publicity –negative or positive. Their preference is to bask in the limelight always. They crave attention almost all the time and love to be the cynosure of all eyes. It is said in lighter vein that politicians want to be the bride in a wedding, baby in a baptism and the corpse in a funeral! [DBSJ]

Jun 7 – 13:

Jacques Audiard’s Film “Dheepan” About Three Tamil Refugees in France Wins Golden Palm at Cannes

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Cannes is a city on the picturesque French Riviera-Mediterranean coast in South-Eastern France. It is classified as a French commune which is an administrative division roughly equivalent to a municipality.

The pride of Cannes in contemporary times has been the annual international film festival held in the city. Known as the Cannes Film Festival in English, it is regarded as the most prestigious film festival in the world. Competing at Cannes, let alone winning an award, is a feather in the cap for a filmmaker. [DBSJ]

May 31 – Jun 6:

Alleged Acts of Sexual Violence Against Tamil Women by Members of the Armed Forces During the War

By
D.B.S. Jeyaraj

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(The brutal gang rape and murder of 18 year old schoolgirl Vidya Sivaloganathan in the Northern Island of Pungudutheevu has resulted in widespread revulsion and condemnations. It has drawn attention to the burning issue of sexual violence against women in general and Tamil women in particular. This is a recurring phenomenon with different dimensions. There was a time during the war between the Sri Lankan armed forces and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) where many instances of sexual violence against Tamil women were allegedly committed by members of the armed forces. In most instances the alleged perpetrators got away with impunity. It is in that context that I am re-posting an article I wrote fourteen years ago for “The Sunday Leader”. It was published on July 8th 2001 under the heading” Sexual Violence Against Tamil Women”………..DBSJ)

Eleven minority community political parties in Sri Lanka called for a protest demonstration held on Friday, 6 July 2001. Five of these parties represent the Sri Lankan Tamils and another five the Tamils of Indian descent while the eleventh is a Muslim Party. [DBSJ]

May 24 – 30:

“Dheepan” Film Telling Tale of Three Tamil Refugees in France Starring Ex- Tiger cum Writer Shoba Sakthi Wins the Top Film Award Palme d’or at Cannes Film Festival

The 68th Cannes Film Festival ended on Sunday May 24th with Jacques Audiard’s Sri Lankan refugee drama “Dheepan” taking the festival’s coveted top honor, the Palme d’Or.

The film relating the story of three Sri Lankan Refugees surviving as refugees in France has a former LTTE child soldier Anthonythasan Jesuthasan starring in the lead role.Jesuthasan writing under the nm de plume Shoba Sakthi is a well -known writer in Tamil. He lives in Paris. [DBSJ]

மரணித்த தமிழ் பொதுமக்களுக்கு அஞ்சலி செலுத்தும் விடயத்தில் உண்மை மக்கள் தொண்டனாக செயற்படுபவர்களே சுவாமி விவேகானந்தர் வாசகத்தின்படி மிளிர்கின்றனர்

– க. திருக்குமாரன் | நிலமகள் சனசமூக நிலையம் [facebook.com/tna.canada]

Thondan Swami Vivekananda Quote

“யார் வேண்டுமானாலும் தலைவனாக செயல்படலாம். ஆனால் நல்ல தொண்டனாக இருப்பது கடினம்” _ சுவாமி விவேகானந்தர் [TW]

In loving memory of Jeyadevi Nallasivam (nee Selvadurai) 1933-2015

by Rajana Thambirajah

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It is nearly sixty days since Jeya Nallasivam left our shores. She passed away peacefully on the 20th of March 2015 after a terminal illness. She had only a few weeks to say goodbye to her loving family, relatives and friends. Some people have the tendency to tip toe softly into one’s life and shut the door with a big- bang when they leave. Jeya Nallasivam is one of those kinds who have left a void among the Ballajura Tamil community. [MJ]

♬ P. Leela, ‘forgotten’ singer who sang unforgettable songs in Tamil Cinema ♥

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

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I was pleasantly surprised this week when a South Indian journal asked me to revise an article I had written earlier about the singer Porayathu Leela – popularly known as P. Leela. The request for an article to denote Leela’s birthday was most unexpected as she had passed away 10 years ago on October 31st 2005. Leela, born on 19 May 1934, was ethnically a Malayalee who resided and died in the Tamil Nadu state capital of Chennai. [DBSJ]