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


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 ♫

Have a melodious joy

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?


Kingsley Rasanayagam

Kingsley Rasanayagam

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.


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



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.


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]

Oct 5-11:

Modi strives to revitalize diplomatic ties with the U.S. on five-day visit

by Harrish Thirukumaran

With his visa ban lifted, Narendra Modi seized the opportunity to reinvigorate India’s relations with the United States that have been subject to tensions in the past couple of months.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Once refused diplomatic entry to the United States due to allegations of condoning anti-Muslim violence as chief minister of the Indian state in Gujarat in 2002, India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, is now welcomed back with open arms to the U.S. by President Barack Obama. [BrockPress]

Monsoon Journal” October 2014 Issue


Monsoon Journal” October 2014 Issue


Immortal Lyrics of Poet who lived on Earth for just 29 Years ♫

by K. Thirukumaran

“Crisscrossing the currents of misery
Becoming a raft is melody”

Remembering the “People’s poet” on his death anniversary, October 8, 2014

Hymns beats blissful honey ~ becomes a raft across a sea of misery

Celebrating life and times of Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram – lived on this earth just twenty nine years but left it with fabulous poems and lyrics to eternity; his songs of blissful love and life were rendered by an array of reputed singers, starring popular actors of the time in box office hits. [Tw]

New Twist in New York Incident: Sajin Denies Assaulting Chris While Kshenuka Says Nonis Abused her in Foul Language – President Rajapaksa Orders Inquiry


In what appears to be a remarkable turn of events , President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered a twin pronged inquiry into the incident in New York on September 24 involving Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Dr. Chris Nonis, Galle district Parliamentarian and External Affairs ministry monitoring MP Mr. Sajin de Vass Gunawardena and External Affairs Ministry Secretary Ms. Kshenuka Seneviratne [DBSJ]

Sep 28 – Oct 4

“Crafted with passion their labor” ♫ A Tributary to Mandolin U. Srinivas and Gala for The Guardian Goddess


A Song what can be referred as the “Anthem” of the Goddess of Wisdom, Saraswathy is “Vellai Thamarai Poovil Iruppall”. This song was written by Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyaar and has been rendered by many artistes, both as vocal and also instrumental. The song is especially featured during last there days of the Nine night festival “Navarathri”. The poet sees that not just learning, but anything aesthetic, compassionate words or even adorable tot-speak and birds tweet in nature’s wonder are that of divine manifestation via goddess Saraswathy. [TW]

Navarathri 2014: ♫ A Gala for The Guardian Goddess ♫


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha sentenced to four years imprisonment in the disproportionate assets case

By Siva Sivapragasam

A special court in Bangalore has sentenced Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalithaa and her three associates – N Sasikalaa, J Elavarasi and V N Sudhakaran – to four years imprisonment in the Rs 66.65-crore disproportionate assets case. The Judge also imposed a fine of Rupees One Hundred crore. [MJ]

Jayalalithaa Jayaram: From Alluring Actress to Powerful Politician


(Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ms.Jayalalithaa Jayaram is celebrating her 66th Birthday on February 24th. A condensed version of an article written on the occasion of her 60th birthday in 2008 is being reproduced here) [DBSJ]

The Assassination of Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike 55 Years Ago

D.B.S. Jeyaraj

The three –decade period of intense conflict from 1983 to 2009 has resulted in hundreds of political assassinations in Sri Lanka. Both Tamil and Sinhala armed groups have been responsible for these killings at different times and diverse locations. The killings of those who held or were holding high political office were so numerous during those times that most people lost count of such assassinations. [DBSJ]

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram Given 4 Years Jail Sentence and Fined 1Billion Rupees by Bangalore Special Court


Krishnaprasad & Sruthisagar Yamunan

The Special Court in Bangalore on Saturday convicted and sentenced Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to four years in prison and a fine of 100 crores, in the disproportionate assets case.

Since the sentence in the case exceeded three years, the special court does not have jurisdiction to grant bail and she will be taken into custody. [DBSJ]

Anti -Muslim Alliance Between Sri Lanka’s Bodu Bala Sena and Burma’s 969 Movement Leader Ashin Wirathu

Latheef Farook

The alliance between anti Muslim Sri Lankan racist outfit Bodu Bala Sena and Burma’s blood thirsty Buddhist Monk Ashin Wiruthu, responsible for slaughtering thousands of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, spells disaster for the island.

This extremely dangerous alliance, brought together by their common hatred towards Islam and Muslims, perhaps trained and financed by their new found Israel and United States friends , has all the ingredients to turn the island into a killing field from which it may unlikely to recover for decades to come under the existing local and global political environment.

This unholy alliance fits into the Zionist sponsored and United States led global anti Muslim campaign to justify the invasion and destruction of Muslim countries. This is the reason why the Muslims suspect the hate mongers as mercenaries of foreign forces.

The growing fear among the island’s besieged Muslim community is that “BBS-Asin Wirathu Alliance” may lead to a Rohingya type attack on the island’s Muslims. [DBSJ]

Sep 21-27:

A “Global” Praise: ♫ “Guardian Goddess” and Mother Nature

by K. Thirukumaran

Portrait of Bharathiyar in Chennai (1920)

Portrait of Bharathiyar in Chennai (1920)

“Yathum ure yavarum Kelir” – All the world is my world, all humanity is my fraternity:”- Kaniyan Pooongkundran-Translated by Rev Fr Xavier Thaninayagam

Sakthi is the “Guardian Goddess” of Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyar. He has said that Navarathri is a favorite festival of his and that he look forward to celebrate it every year.

In 2014, Navarathri is from September 25th to October 3rd. Calendars in USA and Canada have marked the beginning date as September 24th.

Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyar wrote many poems in praise of Sakthi. His famous praise of the goddess invoked Sakthi as Mother of the nation in the form of Muththumari, the main deity in numerous rural parts of Tamil Nadu. [TW]

USTPAC Welcomes the Oral Report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2014 – The US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) welcomes the 22 September 2014 report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka. USTPAC commends the UN High Commissioner for a robust assessment of the challenges to justice, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka, and strongly supports his recommendations. [DBSJ]

Navarathri 2014: ♫ A Gala for The Guardian Goddess ♫


The Holy ‘Nine Night’ Festival celebrating the Goddesses of Bravery, Wealth and Wisdom fall this year, in 2014 – from Sept 24/25th for 9 days, followed by Vijayathasami on the 10th day. The 10th day is celebrated particularly to start learning – education and the arts. [TW]

“Dr.Rajani Rajasingham Thiranagama was the NOBLEST of all my Pupils” Prof. Carlo Fonseka

(Full Text of Prof. Carlo Fonseka’s speech Scheduled to be Delivered at the Rajani Thiranagama Commemoration Meeting in Jaffna on September 20th 2014) [DBSJ]

Magical Influence of MHM Ashraff Over Muslim Masses Lingers on Even After 14 Years

D.B.S. Jeyaraj

This is a period of time in Sri Lanka which is referred to as “Ashraff season” in lighter vein by observers of the Sri Lankan Muslim political scene. The Country witnesses a series of meetings and events paying tribute to the late Muslim Congress leader MHM Ashraff during this period. From the date of his death September 16th to the date of his birth October 23rd this season of more than five weeks would result in Ashraff being commemorated by Muslim political leaders notably those of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress. [DBSJ]

Sep 14-20

Kurai Ondrumillai ♫ Song by Rajaji ♫ Rendered by Haricharan ♫ Featuring SV Temple, Pittsburgh, PA

No regret whatsoever ♫ No Worries Krishna

by K. Thirukumaran


There are many translations of the Tamil devotional song “Kurai Ondrumillai” penned by Chakravarti Rajagopalachari (10 December 1878 – 25 December 1972), the last Governor-General of India. A notable in-depth analytical translation is on the Wikipedia by Gopalkrishna Gandhi. I attempt here a lucid translation of the lyrics.

It is notable that one Tamil word “Kurai” applies to many nuances throughout the song, but no single English word seems to be the right fit.

The song is solitary evidence as to why Rev. Father Xavier S. Thaninayagam, referred to Tamil as the language of Bhakthi, “The devotion to the sacred and the holy.” [TW]

Sacrifice in Silence of a Generation: A Tribute for my parents and their Generation

By K. Thirukumaran


Ammah: Since god cannot be everywhere,

Everyone here has this most selfless person in her or his own lives. [DBSJ]

Comrade Bala Tampoe: Life and Times of a Legendary Trade Union Leader-1


D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Philips Balendra Tampoe

Philips Balendra Tampoe

When news reached me in Toronto that Philips Balendra Tampoe popularly known as Bala Tampoe had passed away in Colombo on September 1st 2014, I felt somewhat guilt ridden and remorse stricken. The reason for these feelings was that with Bala being no more there was no way in which I could undertake an envisaged project concerning the veteran Trade unionist.The project was to do a series of interviews with Bala Tampoe in a biographical mode and compile them into a book. [DBSJ]

Rajini Rajasingham Thiranagama: Unforgettable Symbol of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tragedy

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

It was 25 years ago on September 21st 1989 that Dr. Rajini Thiranagama nee Rajasingham was killed in Jaffna. She was 35 years old at the time of her death.The 25th anniversary of her death is to be commemorated through a series of events next week in the northern capital. This is the first time that such a commemoration of Rajini’s memorable legacy is to be held in Jaffna, since the one held in 1989, a month after her death. [DBSj]

Sep 7 – 13:

MSB101812TWMarking the Death Anniversary of an Eternal Poet ♫

Today September 11, 2014 marks the 93rd death anniversary of the great poet Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathi.

Here is his song, Nirpathuve Nadapathuve ~ Rendered as Veena Instrumental by Rajesh Vaidhya [TW]

Comrade Bala Tampoe: Life and Times of a Legendary Trade Union Leader-1


D.B.S. Jeyaraj

When news reached me in Toronto that Philips Balendra Tampoe popularly known as Bala Tampoe had passed away in Colombo on September 1st 2014, I felt somewhat guilt ridden and remorse stricken. The reason for these feelings was that with Bala being no more there was no way in which I could undertake an envisaged project concerning the veteran Trade unionist.The project was to do a series of interviews with Bala Tampoe in a biographical mode and compile them into a book. [DBSJ]

“Maavai” Senathirajah Elected Unanimously as Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi President at 15th Party Convention in Vavuniya

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

71 Year old Somasundaram Senathirajah popularly known as “Maavai” Senathirajah was unanimously elected as the President of the premier Tamil political party the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) at the party convention held in Vavuniya today (September 6 2014). [DBSJ]

Aug 31 – Sep 6

Why Narendra Modi Wants Sri Lanka to Build on the 13th Amendment

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj


Astute Observers consistently following the erratic course of Sri Lankan Tamil politics were in for a pleasant surprise last week. The premier political representatives of the Sri Lankan Tamil people configured electorally as the Tamil National Alliance(TNA)embarked on a passage to India to meet the recently elected Prime minister Narendra Modi and key officials in New Delhi. [DBSJ]

Aug 24-30

Indian PM Modi Tells TNA that ALL Stakeholders Must Engage Constructively to Find Political Solution Built Upon the 13th Amendment of Sri Lankan Constitution

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday urged Sri Lanka to ensure “equality, dignity, justice and self-respect” for its Tamil minority.

Modi made the appeal when a six-member delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Sri Lanka’s main Tamil political party, called on him. [DBSJ]

The Fishermen of Mannar are now far Ahead of the Farmers in their Journey to Sustainability

by Thulasi Muttulingam


For a young woman who cowered heavily pregnant in a bunker during shelling and despaired of life for herself or her child, Jeyaranji has come a long way. She and her fellow community members have been through a lot; war, displacement, poverty, exploitation – but they are yet resilient and resourceful. Getting these literally shell-shocked people back on their feet has been an arduous task. But this one intervention has given them a buoyancy and hope that has an impetus of its own. [DBSJ]