May 17 – 23:

Horrific gang rape and murder of student: Sri Lanka North Residents Hope New Government Delivers the due Justice

Jaffna broils in the aftermath of horrific gang rape and murder of 18 year old student S.Vidhya

By Thulasi Muttulingam (via: facebook.com/HumansOfNorthernSriLanka)

According to local (Tamil) media reports and facebook updates by local vigilantes, the culprits were caught with the rape videoed on their mobile phones. If that is true, they are going to have a hard time getting out of this.

They are said to be part of a well-known paramilitary group that were active in harassing the people with impunity because the political culture of the previous regime made them immune to serious punishment. They are said to have even boasted that they would carry out contract killings for just Rs.10,000, and had done so in the past. [MJ]

May 2009 Military Debacle at Mullivaaikkaal Results in Defeat of LTTE and Death of Tiger Leader Prabhakaran

By
D.B.S.Jeyaraj

Today the LTTE is no more a functional entity in Sri Lanka. The Tamil Armed struggle that led to countless deaths, immeasurable destruction and massive displacement is a bitter memory. The battered and shattered Sri Lankan Tamils are slowly struggling to pick up the pieces and get on with life.Deep down however most “ thinking” Tamils know that life will never be the same again. [DBSJ]

May 10 – 16:

Jayalalitha acquitted of all charges will become Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu again

By Siva Sivapragasam

Movie queen turned Chief Minister Jayalalitha Jayaram who was convicted in a disproportionate assets case and sentenced to four years jail by a lower court has been cleared of all charges by the Karnataka High Court and can become Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu again.

In a message to the Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu, Jayalalitha asked her political opponents to end today any thoughts of decimating her political life, or the “great party” founded by late MGR. [MJ]

Military Defeat of LTTE and Demise of Tiger Leader Veluppillai Prabhakaran in May 2009

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

I would like to begin with a personal note. I know it is pointless to talk of the past unless one is willing to learn lessons that would help to understand the present and anticipate the future.Yet I do so with the hope that some at least will reflect on the past with a sense of responsibility and try to avoid mistakes of the past in the future.

The LTTE which determined the course of Sri Lankan politics for more than two decades would have celebrated its 39th birth anniversary on May 5th if it was an active organization now. There were many who thought that the LTTE was going to defeat the Sri Lankan armed forces conclusively and deliver an Independent state of Tamil Eelam on a platter.
[DBSJ]

May 3 – 9

US Secretary of State John Kerry pledges support for Tamils to resolve outstanding issues

By Siva Sivapragasam

US Secretary of State John Kerry who was on a visit to Sri Lanka has pledged support of his government to Tamils in Sri Lanka to solve outstanding political issues.

Kerry met heads of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the main political party from the ethnic minority, a day after holding talks with Sri Lanka’s new President Maithripala Sirisena.Kerry had reiterated that the U.S. will do its best to support Sri Lanka to achieve true reconciliation and a long standing political solution to the national question. Kerry praised the country’s democratic reforms and said Washington is looking to broaden bilateral ties with the country. [MJ]

How JR Jayewardene Ushered in the Executive Presidency in 1978

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

The successful passage of the 19th Constitutional amendment in Parliament with an overwhelming majority has resulted in the Executive Presidency ushered in by the 1978 Constitution losing some if not all of its powers. This in turn has focused the spotlight on the first Executive President of Sri Lanka –Junius Richard Jayewardene known generally as JR. [DBSJ]

Apr 26 – May 2:

How the LTTE Captured Elephant Pass Army Camp 15 Years ago Through an “Encircle and Enfeeble” war Strategy

By D.B.S. JEYARAJ

“And everybody praised the Duke
Who this great fight did win.”
“But what good came of it at last?”
Quoth little Peterkin.
“Why, that I cannot tell,” said he,
“But ’twas a famous victory.”

– Robert Southey -“ The Battle of Blenheim”

Fifteen years ago on April 22nd 2000 the strategic Elephant Pass camp was overrun by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) in a decisive battle after a protracted military campaign.The military balance in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-dominated Northern Province underwent a drastic transformation after the LTTE seized the vast military complex in the area around Elephant Pass, or Aanai Iravu as it is known in Tamil. [DBSJ]

15 வருடங்களுக்கு முன்பு சுற்றி வளைத்து தளர்வடையச் செய்யும் போர் உத்தி மூலம் எப்படி எல்.ரீ.ரீ.ஈ ஆனையிறவைக் கைப்பற்றியது

- டி.பி.எஸ்.ஜெயராஜ்

15 வருடங்களுக்கு முன்பு 22 ஏப்ரல்,2000 ல் மூலோபாயமிக்க ஆனையிறவு முகாம் ஒரு தீர்க்கமான போரில் இராணுவத்தின் நீடித்த எதிர்ப்பின் பின்னர் தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் புலிகளால் (எல்.ரீ.ரீ.ஈ) கைப்பற்றப்பட்டது. வன்னி பெருநிலப் பரப்பை யாழ்ப்பாணக் குடாநாட்டுடன் இணைக்கும் மூலோபாய முக்கியத்துவம் வாய்ந்த நிலப் பகுதியான பூசந்திதான் ஆனையிறவு. யாழ்ப்பாணம் – கண்டி வீதி அல்லது ஏ – 9 நெடுஞ்சாலை மற்றும் யாழ்ப்பாண தொடரூந்து பாதை ஆகிய இரண்டுமே ஆனையிறவின் ஊடாகத்தான் செல்கிறது, மற்றும் இந்த குறுகிய நாடா போன்ற நிலப்பகுதியை ஒரு அர்த்தத்தில் யாழ்ப்பாணத்திற்கான நுழைவாயில் என்றும் கூறலாம்.

பிரிகேடியர் பால்ராஜ்

பிரிகேடியர் பால்ராஜ்

ஆனையிறவின் வீழ்ச்சி, அதாவது அந்தப் பிரதேசம் எல்.ரீ.ரீ.ஈ யின் கட்டுப்பாட்டின் கீழ் வந்தது நீண்ட தமிழ் ஈழப் போரில் ஒரு வரலாற்று அடையாளமாக கருதப்படுகிறது. [TW]

Apr 19 – 25

Sirima Bandaranaike: “Weeping Widow” who Became World’s First Woman Prime Minister

By
D.B.S.Jeyaraj

Friday April 17th was the 99th Birth Anniversary of Sirima Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike who created history as the world’s first woman Prime minister.

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The 55th anniversary of her being appointed as the then Ceylon’s premier falls on July 21st this year.The Island’s elder stateswoman was in active politics for almost forty years. [DBSJ]

Tamil and Muslim Parties Feel Betrayed by some of the Electoral Reform Proposals says DPF Leader Mano Ganesan

(Tamil and Muslim parties feel betrayed says DPF leader and national executive council member Mano Ganesan in a media statement. The full text of the press release issued by the DPF media office is given below) [DBSJ]

Apr 12 – 18:

Modi mania rocks Toronto

India’s perception for the future will be “skill India” not “scam India”, says Prime Minister Modi

“There’s a new joy in India” Modi says while crowds chant cheers

By Siva Sivapragasam

pic: facebook.com/narendramodi

pic: facebook.com/narendramodi

Thousands gathered outside the Ricoh Coliseum in downtown Toronto to see and hear Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who received a rock-star like treatment as he stepped onto a slowly rotating stage. [MJ]

Happy Sinhala-Tamil New Year [FB]

TW NEW YEAR MANMATHA AANDU

“Manmatha Year” Greetings – April 15, 2015 – via courtesy-Cartoon by “Sirithiran” S. Sivagnanasundaram (1923-1996) Cartoon probably first published in the 70’s:

Lass to lad: Strut to contest election?
Lad to lass: No…my New Year greetings!

Siriththiran Mnmatha Aandu

An appropriate concept for the New Year of April 14, 2015 as its the Year denoting the “Love of the Sexes” – “Manmatham” and also an Election Year – Especially in Sri Lanka, United Kingdom and Canada.
“Manmatha” Aandu is the 29th year in the Hindu calender.
“Sirithiran” is a pioneering satiric publication of its kind in the journalism of Sri Lanka. [FB]

Jayakanthan Interviewed by BBC Tamil – A Translation from March 2005

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by K. Thirukumaran

Jayakanthan – (April 24, 1934, – April 8, 2015) – Tamil writer, essayist, journalist, pamphleteer, filmmaker and critic

RIP – My Translation of his interview with BBC Thamilosai (Aired in 2005)

“There will be many opinions about my stories. Not everything is right nor everything is wrong.” [TW]

Nagore E.M. Hanifa: A Voice that transcends Tamil as The Language of “Bhakthi”

by K. Thirukumaran

Isaimurasu Nagore E.M. 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. He passed away at the age of 90, on April 8, 2015. [TW]

Apr 5 – 11:

Recurring Phenomenon of Collective Political Suicide by the Sri Lankan Tamil Leadership

by Dr. Devanesan Nesiah

JYC

We have entered the ninth decade since the Donoughmore Reforms leading to the first State Council elections of 1931. Through the early part of these eight and a half decades, Sri Lankan Tamils had occupied a dominant position in this country politically, economically and socially. The leading political institution of this community in the 1920s was the Jaffna Youth Congress (JYC) which was very highly regarded by the leaders of every political party of Sri Lanka, as well as by the leaders of the Indian National Congress. [DBSJ]

“I Fervently wish a Happy and Peaceful Easter for Sri Lankan Christians”-Ranil Wickremesinghe

Jesus Christ, who transformed the death to a supreme sacrifice through life, is one of the greatest teachers born in this world. He, who committed to show the path of salvation to the mankind was crucified since being a challenge to the religious and political systems that prevailed at that time, Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe said in an Easter message. [DBSJ]

Mar 29 – Apr 4

நேர்காணல்: திரு. எம். ஏ. சுமந்திரன் – திரு. பி. விக்னேஸ்வரன்

மிழ் தேசிய கூட்டமைப்பு நாடாளுமன்ற உறுப்பினர் – திரு. எம். ஏ. சுமந்திரன் –

TVI TNA

செவ்வி காண்பவர்: திரு. பி. விக்னேஸ்வரன் – (முன்னாள் இலங்கை ஒலிபரப்புக் கூட்டுத்தாபன தமிழ் சேவை பணிப்பாளர்) [TW]

“How Ceylon/Sri Lanka Mishandled the Tamils” in the words of Lee Kuan Yew

Compiled by Ananth Palakidnar

Dispossessed and squeezed, they launched the Tamil Tigers. Jayewardene’s private secretary, a Jaffna Tamil loyal to him, told me this was a crucial mistake. The war that followed caused 50,000 deaths and even more casualties, with many leaders assassinated. After more than 15 years, it shows no sign of abating.

Jayewardene retired in 1988, a tired man. He had run out of solutions. R. Premadasa, who succeeded him, was a Sinhalese chauvinist. He wanted the Indian troops out of the country, which was not sensible. [DBSJ]

History of the National Anthem of Sri Lanka has been Mired in Controversy

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

Actions speak louder than words!

A very effective message regarding the contentious issue of the national anthem being sung in Tamil also was sent out early this week to the nation in general and the Tamil people in particular in the form of exemplary concrete action by the triumvirate comprising President Maithripala Sirisena, Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Chandrika Kumaratunga. [DBSJ]

Mar 22 – 28:

Singing the National Anthem in Tamil Hailing “Mother Lanka” as “Sri Lanka Thaaye”

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

Once upon a time there was a Beautiful Island with wonderful people that was regarded as God’s own country. After gaining Independence from a colonial power the modern nation with an ancient civilisation adopted a national anthem of its own.The anthem was written in the language spoken by the majority of its inhabitants.

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Subsequently it was translated into the language widely spoken by three of its minority communities. While the song in the language of the majority received pride of place, provision was made for both versions of the anthem to be sung whenever or wherever necessary. The melody composed for the original was the same for the translated version also. [DBSJ]

தமிழ் தேசிய அரசியலில் தொடர் நிகழ்வான “துரோகியாக்கப்படல்”

- டி.பி.எஸ்.ஜெயராஜ்

துரோகியாக்கப்படல் தொடர்பாக தமிழ் தேசியவாத அரசியலில் திரும்பத் திரும்ப தோன்றும் தொடர் நிகழ்வு தனது அசிங்கமான தலையை மீண்டும் உயர்த்தியுள்ளது.

மணிக்கூட்டு வலமாக படத் தொகுப்பில் – வேலுப்பிளை பிரபாகரன், கோபாலசாமி மகேந்திரராஜா (மாத்தையா), அப்பாப்பிள்ளை அமிர்தலிங்கம், வி. நவரத்தினம், அல்பிரட் துரையப்பா, இராவணன் – விபீஷணன், வீரபாண்டிய கட்டபொம்மன், லக்ஷ்மன் கதிர்காமர் மற்றும் நீலன் திருச்செல்வம்

மணிக்கூட்டு வலமாக படத் தொகுப்பில் – வேலுப்பிளை பிரபாகரன், கோபாலசாமி மகேந்திரராஜா (மாத்தையா), அப்பாப்பிள்ளை அமிர்தலிங்கம், வி. நவரத்தினம், அல்பிரட் துரையப்பா, இராவணன் – விபீஷணன், வீரபாண்டிய கட்டபொம்மன், லக்ஷ்மன் கதிர்காமர் மற்றும் நீலன் திருச்செல்வம்

நான் இங்கு, காட்டிக் கொடுப்பு அல்லது தேசத்துரோகம் என்கிற சொற்களைப் பயன்படுத்தாமல் “துரோகியாக்கப்படல்” என்கிற சொல்லைப் பயன்படுத்தியிருப்பது, உண்மையான காட்டிக்கொடுப்பு அல்லது உண்மையான தேசத்துரோகம் புரிபவர்களுக்கும் மற்றும் நம்பிக்கை மோசம் புரிபவர்கள் அல்லது துரோகமிழைப்பவர்கள் என்று பெயரிடப்பட்டு குற்றம் சாட்டப்பட்டுள்ளவர்களுக்கும் இடையில் உள்ள வேறுபாட்டை பிரித்துக் காண்பிப்பதற்காகவே. [TW]

Mar 15-21

“Sindu Nadiyin Misai” ♫ by Subramanya Bharati ♫ Invoked by PM Narendra Modi in Sri Lanka

by K. Thirukumaran

SB NM MJ

Sri Lanka continues to be in the midst of receiving global coverage in the recent days with high profile visits of world dignitaries, since the visit of Pope Francis earlier in January.

Now glad to have witnessed another one of the most mesmerizing events, post May 2009 in Sri Lanka; That is, all events and programs on the itinerary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sri Lanka haven been spectacular. [MJ]

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Jaffna

“My visit to Jaffna is to wipe tears from the eyes of those who suffered” says Narendra Modi

By Siva Sivapragasam

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Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India and the leader of the world’s largest democracy flew into Jaffna in the Northern peninsula of Sri Lanka in an Indian air-Force chopper to take a look at a land and it’s people who have been ravaged by a thirty year old war. [MJ]

Recurring Phenomenon of “Traitorization” in Tamil Nationalist Politics

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

The phenomenon of “Traitorization” in Tamil Nationalist Politics has raised its ugly head again. I use the word traitorization instead of treachery or treason in order to differentiate between those who are actually treacherous or really committing treason as opposed to those being accused or labelled as “traitorous” or traitors.

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The reality is that most persons dubbed as traitors or “thurogigal”by their political opponents are not “guilty”as charged and do not deserve such a description. “Traitorization” is a terrible “Goebbelsian” process by which political rivals are falsely portrayed or depicted as traitors.Hence the word Traitorization. [DBSJ]

Prime Minister Modi’s Visit to Sri Labnka: at Naguleswaram Temple, Jaffna – March 14, 2015 [via Facebbok]