Nov 23 – 29:

Owing a closure to the soul: 60th birth anniversary of V. Prabhakaran

Nov 26 is the 60th birth anniversary of Veluppillai Prabhakaran.

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In these five years passing since May 2009, yet to be duly and wholly recognized – that his soul has left the body, spiritually speaking. [TW]

60th birth anniversary: Life and Times of Tiger Supremo Thiruvengadam Veluppillai Prabhakaran

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

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If Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE)leader Thiruvengadam Veluppillai Prabhakaran was alive now,he would be celebrating his 60th birth anniversary on November 26th.The tiger supremo who was killed in Mullaitheevu district on May 19th 2009 was for decades the determining force in Sri Lankan politics.Though Prabhakaran is no more, the Sri Lankan Tamil people are yet to recover fully from the ravages of the long war fought by the LTTE.A battered and shattered community is slowly struggling to pick up the pieces and resume a peaceful, normal life that was torn asunder by years of long conflict.

Nov 16 – 22:

Minister Maithripala Sirisena Attempting to Obstruct Justice to Safeguard Son Daham who Attacked Asela Waidyalankara

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

(Former Health minister Maithripala Sirisena is the man of the moment having quit the UPFA Govt and coming forward as the common opposition candidate challenging incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the Presidency with the slogan “Supirisidu Nayakathwayak, Maithree Palanayak”.This article was written by me at a time when Maithripala Sirisena was riding high as a powerful govt minister.) [DBSJ]

“Mahinda Gamana”: From the Mahagedara in Medamulana to the Janadhipathi Mandiraya in Colombo

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Percy Mahendra Rajapaksa, known to his country and the world at large as Mahinda Rajapaksa, celebrated his 69th birthday yesterday (18 November). Sri Lanka’s fifth Executive President has been at the helm of the nation for nine years since November 2005. Currently he is poised to create a record of sorts by contesting presidential elections for the third time. Whether he wins or loses History would be made. [DBSJ]

Sri Lanka undermining Indian interests by favouring China: TNA

by MEERA SRINIVASAN

A senior Tamil parliamentarian has accused Sri Lanka of seeking to undermine Indian interests by privileging China.

R. Sampanthan, leader of Tamil National Alliance-pic courtesy: The Hindu

R. Sampanthan, leader of Tamil National Alliance-pic courtesy: The Hindu

Addressing the parliament on Friday, R. Sampanthan, leader of Tamil National Alliance (TNA), asked if it was a clear indication of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s insensitivity to the concerns of neighbouring India or whether Colombo was pursuing a “deliberate, pre-determined programme” to undermine Indian interests to isolate India and free itself from obligations and commitments made to India. Almost 98 per cent of Chinese funding came by way of loans, while one-third of India’s approximately $1.3 billion-assistance was a grant, he said, on the support extended by two countries. [The Hindu]

Officially Sanctioned Unofficial Execution of JVP Supremo Rohana Wijeweera 25 Years Ago

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

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Patabandi Don Nandasiri Wijeweera known to the world at large as Rohana Wijeweera was killed twenty –five years ago on November 13th 1989.The revolutionary leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)or Peoples Liberation Front was 49 years old at the time of his death. [DBSJ]

Nov 9 – 15:

“The Judiciary in Sri Lanka Played a Major Role in Foisting Second-Class Citizenship Upon the Tamil Speaking People”

by

C.V. Wigneswaran

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(Text of the Inaugural Kannabiran Memorial Lecture Delivered by the Sri Lankan Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister Justice C. V. Wigneswaran at the event organized by the Peoples Union for Civil Liberties in Chennai on November 9th 2014) [DBSJ]

Monsoon Journal: November 2014

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Flip & Read Print Edition ~ Published from Toronto, Ontario [TW]

Nov 2 – 8:

“Happiness” is seeing an epic Kamal Haasan Blockbuster

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♫ Today November 7 is 60th Birthday of Actor, Singer, Director, Lyricist & Producer Kamal Haasan ~ He’s the artiste of these times with an inspiring array of artistic works and admirable humanistic views. [TW]

Song in Praise of Lord Siva ♫ Rendered by the first superstar of Tamil moviedom

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♫ November 1st is 55th Death Anniversary of the First ever SUPERSTAR of Tamil moviedom: Mayavaram Krishnamurthy Thyagaraja | (1 March 1901 – 1 November 1959) [TW]

Collapse of Beragala Mountain Triggered Flow of Mud that Engulfed Meeriyabedda Estate in Koslanda

by Mirudhula Thambiah and Menaka Indrakumar

As the clouds gathered overnight last Tuesday over the hills and a drizzle began in the pre-dawn of Wednesday (29), the country was fast asleep. No one dreamt that it would turn out to be a tragic morning for hundreds of estate sector families.

The tragedy that shook the central hills was the worst to hit Sri Lanka after Tsunami 2004. When the mountain came rolling downhill many villagers in the Koslanda-Meeriyabedda Estate in Haldummulla ran to save their lives. They said, it sounded like an explosion. The thick layer of mud flattened the dwellings and buried the people who were unable to run away. [DBSJ]

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

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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 ♫

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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?

By
D.B.S.Jeyaraj

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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.

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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

by

D.B.S.Jeyaraj

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.

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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

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Monsoon Journal” October 2014 Issue

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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

By
D.B.S.Jeyaraj

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

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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 ♫

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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

By
D.B.S.Jeyaraj

(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

By
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

By

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

By
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

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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 ♫

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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

By
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]