Removing the Ban on Some Tamil Diaspora Organizations Listed as ” Foreign Terrorist”
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
Alleged Acts of Sexual Violence Against Tamil Women by Members of the Armed Forces During the War
(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]
“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]
“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
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
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]
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
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]
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.
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]
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
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.
ஆனையிறவின் வீழ்ச்சி, அதாவது அந்தப் பிரதேசம் எல்.ரீ.ரீ.ஈ யின் கட்டுப்பாட்டின் கீழ் வந்தது நீண்ட தமிழ் ஈழப் போரில் ஒரு வரலாற்று அடையாளமாக கருதப்படுகிறது. [TW]