Aug 23-29:

“This victory is a victory for soft power. This victory is a victory for our future.”

by M.A. Sumanthiran

The Tamil National Alliance has achieved a resounding victory at the 2015 General Election, successfully overcoming the challenges and fierce opposition it faced.

pic: facebook.com/M.A.Sumanthiran

pic: facebook.com/M.A.Sumanthiran

For the second time this year, the Tamil People have shown a clear intention to strengthen the hand of the Tamil National Alliance. They have done so keeping intact the goal of their long term political struggle, and with hope that their lives will be restored. [DBSJ]

Aug 16 – 22

UNP wins Sri Lankan Parliamentary elections

By Siva Sivapragasam

The Tamil community voted with one voice to elect the TNA to Parliament which will probably have nearly fifteen seats (including national list members) in the legislature. The election campaign of the TNA to elect them to represent the Tamil community as one group has received the unanimous approval of the Tamils. [TW]

Even God Cannot Save Tamils if People Vote for Diaspora Backed TNPF – ACTC “Cycle”

By
D.B.S.Jeyaraj

The ACTC/TNPF is strongly backed and heavily influenced by LTTE and Pro-LTTE elements in the Global Tamil Diaspora.These tiger and pro-tiger elements are strongly opposed to the TNA and its current political approach of working towards an acceptable political settlement within a united but not necessarily unitary Sri Lanka. The overall objective of these elements is two – fold. Revive the LTTE in some form and engage in violence in Sri Lanka. Undermine the political process and disrupt all positive political engagement between Tamil representatives and the Governments in power in Colombo. [DBSJ]

எட்டுத் திக்குகளிலும் வென்றது மென்வலு

– க. திருக்குமாரன்

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மகாகவி சுப்பிரமணிய பாரதியார் பாடல்
பாடியவர்: Bombay Jayashri [TW]

Aug 9 – 15:

நல்ல மனம் திறப்பது மென்வலு எனும் மதியாலே ♫

– க. திருக்குமாரன்

“மதியோடு முன்சென்றே எம் விதியை நாம் வரைவோம்
சதிகாரர் வலைக்குள் வீழ்ந்தே சிதிலமடையமாட்டோம்”

#மென்வலு #எம்வலு

பூட்டைத் திறப்பது கையாலே-நல்ல Mathi

மகாகவி சுப்பிரமணிய பாரதியார் பாடல்
பாடியவர்: ராகுல்

யாழ் தேர்தல் மாவட்ட வாக்காளர்கள் ஆகஸ்ட் 17ஆம் திகதி “தமிழ்த் தேசியக் கூட்டமைப்பு” திரு. எம். ஏ. சுமந்திரன் – “வீடு”, “இலக்கம் 3″ என வாக்களிக்க வேண்டும்

#எம்_விதியை_நாம்_வரைவோம் [TW]

Tigers as Spiders! Ex – LTTE Cadres Contesting as Independent Group in Jaffna

By
D.B.S.Jeyaraj

6,151 Candidates from 21 registered political parties and 201 independent groups are contesting the Sri Lankan Parliamentary elections scheduled for August 17th 2015. Of these 3, 653 are from the 21 parties and 2,498 from independent groups. Predictably the spotlight in general has been on the major political parties both nationally and regionally in g. However a particular group of independents contesting in the north has also attracted much attention. This is because the group comprises former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). [DBSJ]

Aug 2 – 8:

மண் பயனுறும் சுமந்திரன் வெற்றி ♫

– க. திருக்குமாரன்

“மதியோடு முன்சென்றே எம் விதியை நாம் வரைவோம்
சதிகாரர் வலைக்குள் வீழ்ந்தே சிதிலமடையமாட்டோம்”

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மகாகவி சுப்பிரமணிய பாரதியார் பாடல்
பாடியவர்: கே. ஜே. யேசுதாஸ்

Benefit to this soil seeded

மண் பயனுறும் சுமந்திரன் வெற்றி:

யாழ் தேர்தல் மாவட்ட வாக்காளர்கள் ஆகஸ்ட் 17ஆம் திகதி “தமிழ்த் தேசியக் கூட்டமைப்பு” திரு. எம். ஏ. சுமந்திரன் – “வீடு”, “இலக்கம் 3″ என வாக்களிக்க வேண்டும் [TW]

Will the TNA (ITAK) be able to Unmake and Make Govts in 2015 as the FP (ITAK) did in 1960?

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

Election mania spreads rapidly in the country with Parliamentary polls being scheduled for August 17th 2015 and the Tamil inhabited areas of the Northern and Eastern provinces are also afflicted. Currently the premier political configuration of the Sri Lankan Tamils is the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) consisting of the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), Eelam Peoples Revolutionary Liberation Front(EPRLF), Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization(TELO)and Peoples Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam(PLOTE). The TNA contests elections under the House symbol of its chief constituent ITAK. At the 2010 Parliamentary elections the TNA contesting as ITAK won 13 seats in both provinces and was entitled to a national list seat also.The TNA hopes to increase its parliamentary tally in the 2015 poll.

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SJV Chelvanayagam, Rajavarothayam Sampanthan & MA Sumanthiran

Veteran politician and TNA leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan has publicly called upon the Tamil voters of the North and East to cast their votes in large numbers for the house symbol so that the TNA could win at least 20 MP seats at the August 17 hustings. [DBSJ]

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]