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]

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“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

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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 –

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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]

Mar 8 – 14:

தீவிரவாதிகளுக்கு எதிரான போராட்டத்தில் தமிழ் மிதவாதிகளுக்கு ஆதரவு வழங்க வேண்டியது மிகவும் முக்கியமானதாகும்

- டி.பி.எஸ்.ஜெயராஜ்

மிகவும் பிரபலமான வழக்கறிஞர் ஜி;.ஜி பொன்னம்பலத்தின் தலைமையிலான அகில இலங்கைத் தமிழ் காங்கிரஸ் (ஏ.சி.ரி.சி) கட்சியிலிருந்து பிளவுபட்ட ஒரு பிரிவினரால் 1949ல் இலங்கைத் தமிழரசுக் கட்சி (ஐ.ரி.ஏ,கே) உருவாக்கப்பட்டது. தமிழில் அதன் பெயர் இலங்கைத் தமிழரசுக் கட்சி என்றிருந்தாலும் புதிய கட்சி ஆங்கிலத்தில் பெடரல் கட்சி என்றே அழைக்கப்பட்டது. பிளவுபட்ட குழுவிற்கு இரண்டு வழக்கறிஞர்களான பாராளுமன்ற உறுப்பினர்களும் மருத்துவரான ஒரு செனட்டரும் தலைமை தாங்கினார்கள். எஸ்.ஜே.வி.செல்வநாயகம் மற்றும் சி.வன்னியசிங்கம் ஆகிய அந்த இரண்டு பாராளுமன்ற உறுப்பினர்களும் முறையே காங்கேசன்துறை மற்றும் கோப்பாய் தொகுதிகளைப் பிரதிநிதித்துவப் படுத்தியிருந்தார்கள். செனட்டரான மருத்துவர் எம்-வி.நாகநாதன் பின்னாளில் நல்லூர் தொகுதி பாராளுமன்ற உறுப்பினராக தெரிவானார். [TW]

Why did Those Burning Effigies of Sampanthan and Sumanthiran not Burn Effigies of Mahinda and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Earlier”? – “Maavai” Senathirajah

by Ananth Palakidnar

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The Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) leader and the General Secretary of the Tamil National Alliance Mavai S. Senathiraja while criticizing the burning of the effigies of TNA Parliamentarians Sumanthiran and Sampanthan has said that it was a highly irresponsible act at this political juncture by certain misguided elements. He also said that the TNA was not at all manipulated by the Tamil Diaspora abroad and the majority of the Tamils living abroad agree on the stance taken by the TNA towards handling the North and East in the Island. [DBSJ]

“When I Heard the Northern Provincial Council Had Passed a Resolution on Genocide I Put my Head in my Hands Again”

By Radhika Coomaraswamy

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When I heard that the Northern Provincial Council had passed a resolution on Genocide, I put my “head in my hands” again- something I did often during the previous regime. I asked myself, have we gone back to the beginning after all this violence and heartbreak?

Tamil politics led by lawyers ( I am a lawyer so this is not said in contempt) has always emphasized legal concepts and theories even if they are far removed from the reality that Tamil people face in their day-to-day lives. [DBSJ]

Imperative Need to Support Tamil Moderates in the Struggle Against Extremists

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj

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The Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) was formed in 1949 by a dissident faction of the All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) led by well –known lawyer G.G. Ponnambalam. The new party was called the Federal party in English though its name in Tamil stood for “Ceylon Tamil State Party”. The break away group was led by two Lawyer Parliamentarians and a Medical Doctor Senator. The two MP’s were SJV Chelvanayagam and C. Vanniasingham representing Kankesanthurai and Kopay electorates respectively. The Senator was Dr. EMV Naganathan who later became MP for Nallur. [DBSJ]

1/3/2015 ம் திகதி வவுனியாவில் நடைபெற்ற இலங்கை தமிழரசுக் கட்சி மத்திய செயற்குழு கூட்டத்தில் பா. உ.. சுமந்திரன் சமர்ப்பித்து கட்சியின் நிலைப்பாடாக ஏற்றுக்கொள்ளப்பட்ட அறிக்கை

ஐக்கிய நாடுகள் மனித உரிமைகள் உயர் ஸ்தானிகர் இலங்கை சம்பந்தமான சர்வதேச விசாரணை அறிக்கையை இந்த வருடம் மார்ச் மாதத்திலிருந்து செப்டம்பர் மாதம் வரை பிற்போடுவதற்கு சிபாரிசு செய்தமை சம்பந்தமாகவும், அந்த இடைப்பட்ட காலத்தில் உள்நாட்டு பொறிமுறை ஒன்று ஏற்ப்படுத்தபடுவது சம்பந்தமாகவும் இந்த விடயங்களில் தமிழ் தேசிய கூட்டமைப்பின் சார்பில் எனது பங்களிப்பு பற்றியும் சில வார்த்தைகள் நான் பேசுவது பொருத்தமாக இருக்கும் என நம்புகிறேன். [TW]

Mar 1 – 7:

தீவிரவாத தமிழர்கள் தமிழ் தேசிய கூட்டமைப்பின் சம்பந்தன் மற்றும் சுமந்திரனை துரோகிகள் என இலக்கு வைத்துள்ளார்கள்

- டி.பி.எஸ்.ஜெயராஜ்

தமிழ் தேசிய கூட்டமைப்பின ;(ரி.என்.ஏ) தலைவர் பாராளுமன்ற உறுப்பினர் இராஜவரோதயம் சம்பந்தன் மற்றும் ரி.என்.ஏயின் தேசியப்பட்டியல் பாராளுமன்ற உறுப்பினர் எம்.ஏ.சுமந்திரன் ஆகியோர் பெப்ரவரி 4ல் பத்தரமுல்லயில் நடைபெற்ற உத்தியோகபூர்வ சுதந்திர தின விழாவில் கலந்து கொண்டதின் மூலம் அநேகரின் மனங்களையும் மற்றும் இதயங்களையும் வென்றிருந்தார்கள். [TW]

Ruthless Effigy burning and Reckless Boycott of Sri Lanka Disappearances Commission

The “Boycott” of seem to be an “enforced” sit-out and the plight of Mothers and Relatives are being politicized

by K. Thirukumaran

Mr Sumanthiran’s legal services were needed for deliberations pertaining to relieve of Ms. Ananthy Sasithran from Sri Lanka Government Service – Many many not know that Ms. Ananthy Sasithran was a Government employee, prior to becoming an NPC Council Member. Her position as Government employee originally, did not permit her to enter politics. [TW]

Canadian Tamil Congress strongly condemns the burning of effigies and pictures of MPs of the Tamil people

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The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) strongly condemns the burning of effigies and images of TNA leaders, Mr. Sampanthan and Mr. Sumanthiran. We believe these acts are aimed at weakening the democratically elected leadership of Tamil people in Sri Lanka and thereby silencing the democratic wishes of Tamil people. [MJ]

Tamil “Extremists” Target Sampanthan and Sumanthiran of the TNA as “Traitors”

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Tamil National Alliance(TNA)Leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan MP and TNA National list Parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran won many hearts and minds by participating in the official Independence day ceremony held in Battaramulla on February 4th.

The diplomatic community in Colombo hailed it as a commendable symbolic gesture towards ethnic reconciliation in a land torn asunder by decades of communal strife and bloodshed. The small step taken by Sampanthan and Sumanthiran was praised as a giant leap for national unity by all progressive sections of Sri Lankan society desiring justice, equality,harmony and amity. [DBSJ]

Feb 22 – 28:

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe feels that former President Mahinda Rajapakse will not stage a political comeback

By Siva Sivapragasam

There has been much speculation in recent weeks that former President Rajapakse will stage a political comeback by contesting the coming general elections. Some constituent parties of the previous Government and a group of SLFP ers want Rajapakse to be the Prime Ministerial candidate in the forthcoming general elections, to be held probably in three months time. [MJ]

“Chief Minister or Northern Provincial Council Cannot be Criticised for Bringing the Genocide Resolution”-MA Sumanthiran MP

By
Ananth Palakidnar

The Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran, defending the NPC’s genocide resolution as democratic and timely, emphasized on the need for the war victims to prepare themselves to gather more evidence in order to strengthen the OHCRC’s OISL report to be released in September this year. He also added that an internal investigation with the OHCR’s supervision, unlike the local investigations in the past, is essential to ensure a constructive UN investigation into the alleged war crimes in the country. [TW]

காணாமல் போனவர்களின் தாய்-தந்தை-உறவினர்களின் துயர அவலத்தினுள் மறைந்திருந்து இலாபம் தேடும் தமிழ் அரசியல் குண்டர்கள்

- க. திருக்குமாரன்

SIvaji Nenju

இந்த சுயநலத் தேசியதினைத்தான் மகாகவி சுப்பிரமணிய பாராதியார் “நெஞ்சு பொறுக்குதில்லையே” கவிதை வரிகளாக எழுதினார்

உலகப் பெரும்பரப்பில் சர்வதேச ஒழுங்கமைப்பின் ஊடாக ஈழத் தமிழர் விவகாரம் இன்று பயணிக்கிறது. இந்த நோக்குதலை வேண்டியே பல தசாப்தங்களாக தமிழர் முன்னெடுப்புக்கள் இருந்து வந்துள்ளன.

Feb 15 – 21:

Tamil Canadian Teen Jessica Judes selected first runner up in Super Singer Junior Finals

By Raymond Rajabalan

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The grand finale of the fourth season of the Airtel Super Singer Junior show – the search for the melodious voice of Tamil Nadu was held in Thangavelu Engineering College, Chennai on Friday Feb 20th with a colourful grand ceremony in all its pomp and pageantry [MJ]

“Genocide” Resolution by Northern Provincial Council is Calculated Act to Whip up Ethnic Frenzy

by Ranga Jayasuriya

It is sad that the Tamil political leadership is not learning from their misadventures in the past. The “genocide” resolution that was passed by the Northern Provincial Council is a calculated act to whip up ethnic frenzy in a country that is going through a democratic transition, trying to reconcile with its past and reform its democratic institutions. It was a calculated act because the resolution had been put on back-burner after it was first tabled in October last year by NPC hardliners. [DBSJ]

Maha Shivratri – Feb 17 in Sri Lanka

By: Ramasamypillai Thambyah Ramachandran

Maha Shivratri is a religious observance for Hindus world over and it is a public holiday in Sri Lanka. Of the two public holidays for Hindus Maha Sivarathiri day is purely devoted to worship, compared to Deepavali which is a religious day with festivities. Maha Shivratri, literally translates to “great night of Shiva” is observed every year by devotees of Lord Shiva throughout the world in particular and Hindus in general. [MJ]

Conduct of Ranil Wickremesinghe and Ruwan Wiijewardena Made him Present Resolution on Genocide of Tamils Stated Wigneswaran

by S.Thavarajah

CVW GR

CM CV Wigneswaran contradicts his own statement in the Northern Provincial Council at meeting with SL President

(Text of a press release issued by Northern Provincial Council Leader of Opposition S. Thavarajah on Feb 15 2015)

Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran has told the President Maithiripala Sirisena that the resolution “Sri Lanka’s Genocide Against Tamils” passed by the Northern Provincial Council on the 10th of this month was not aimed at President Sirisena or his Government but was targeting previous administrations, particularly the Rajapaksa regime. [DBSJ]