Picturesque groves, Nurture you on this earth – didn’t an untold number of Comrades shred Blood on your roots!

Paaventhar Bharathithaasan’s poetic works dealt with socio-political issues that are true and relevant to this day. Many of his works have been featured in Tamil movies as well. His song “Siththira Solaikale” was included in the film “Naan ean piranthen” – Why was I born?, starring Makkal Thilakam M.G. Ramachandran. Bharathithaasan was born on April …

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USTPAC mourns the passing of Mr. JM Rajaratnam

A dedicated Humanitarian USTPAC mourns the passing of Mr. JM Rajaratnam. Mr. Rajaratnam has been a fearless advocate for Tamil rights, and provided leadership for decades in the US on Tamil affairs. A well accomplished global figure, strategist and thinker, he dedicated his talent and resources for the emancipation and welfare of Tamils in the …

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Life of a Flower ♫ Tribute to Paaventhar Bharathidasan

April 29th is Birth Anniversary of Paaventhar Bharathidasan Paaventhar Bharathithaasan’s poetic works dealt with socio-political issues that are true and relevant to this day. In one of his songs of nature, “Kulingidum Poovil Ellam” Poet Bharathidasan brings upon the lyrics of blossoming honey in swinging flowers and the bees sucking on them for nectar – …

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‘Happy Birthday Madiba’: In honour of the beacon of inspiration to the world

By Harrish Thirukumaran
 [dbsjeyaraj.com] Nelson Mandela International Day is globally realized through its registered approval by the United Nations. It is to be celebrated every year on July 18, which is Mandela’s birthday. The primary focus of the occasion is to commemorate Mandela’s commitment to the promotion of democracy, peace, and freedom. In addition, it …

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Manivannan, Artiste with a Passion and Mission

By K. Thirukumaran “Does the Wind have rest? Does it have?” Tamil Actor and activist Manivannan passed away to the deep sadness of his fans and admirers after a cardiac arrest, today June 15. Tamils the world over are expressing words of tribute, sadness and condolences hearing the untimely death of one of the great …

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PB Srinivas remembered for his soft gentle evergreen melodies

Memories of Yesteryear (2): P.B. Sreenivas (1930-2013) By Saba-Thambi Early last week when my spouse turned from the computer to give me the sad news of the veteran play back singer P.B. Sreenivas (PBS)passing away, the news didn’t hit me at that time until 48 hours later as I was listening to PBS songs as …

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Nadikar Thilakam Shivaji Ganesan’s 84th Birth Anniversary

V.C. Ganesan (1 October 1928-21 July 2001) By saba-Thambi October First 2012, is the birth anniversary of a most admired and versatile Tamil cinema actor Nadikar Thilakam Sivaji Ganesan. South Indian weekly magazine Anantha Vikatan today tweeted a photo tribute on his birth anniversary, first of October 2012: Eighty three years ago he was born …

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Marie Colvin, The uncrowned Queen of Intrepid Journalists

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj [dbsjeyaraj.com] It was with a deep sense of sadness that I read about the death of Marie Catherine Colvin the respected war correspondent of Britain ’s “Sunday Times” 22nd along with a French photojournalist Remi Ochlik in Syria on February. Marie Catherine Colvin – painting by Shan Sundaram Both were at Baba Amr, …

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Tribute to People’s Poet Bharathiar

In commemorating and paying tribute marking the 89th death anniversary of Mahakavi Subramaniya Baharathiar, Sep 11, 2010: Olipadaitha Kanninai Theertha Karaiyinile Kaakkai Sirakinile Songs rendered by K. J. Jesudas Music: Vazhuvoor R. Manickka Vinayagam Subramaniya Baharathiar (December 11, 1882 – September 11, 1921) Mahakavi Bharathiyar, in Nallur, Jaffna ~ Pic by: Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai portrait of …

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Mrs. Gnanie Nalliah: A lady with a passion for teaching

An appreciation by Ms. RanjanaThambirajah (Nee Sabaratnam) March 21st 2010 marks the first death anniversary of Mrs Gnanie Nalliah who passed away in Vancouver, Canada at the age of 91. The nonagenarian was a well known mathematician in the Jaffna circle and taught at Chundikuli Girls College, Jaffna for more than 25 years. Some teachers …

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People’s poet Bharathiyar’s 127th birth anniversary

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai Bharathiyar songs sung by Unnikrishnan: ~ Suttum Vizhi ~ ~ Ninnaiyae Radhi Yendiru ~ ~ Kannan Thiruvadi ~ 127 [Dec 11, 2009] Today is Great Tamil poet Bharathiyar’s 127th birth anniversary. His songs sung by Unnikrishnan fills the space in my Apple Ipod. portrait of Subramanya Bharathiyar’s at the Public Library in …

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In Memory of James Rutnam

by K.S. Sivakumaran You might have heard of or even know Chandran Rutnam, the Hollywood based Lankan filmmaker whose fine Sinhala – English film, “Alimmankadala” based on the late notable Lankan English fiction writer Nihal de Silva’s novel “The Road from Elephant Pass” but not be familiar with his mother or father. Yes, Chandra is …

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Nagesh: Comedy King of Tamil Cinema

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj “Naghaichchuvai Mannan” (King of Comedy) Nagesh passed away in Chennai today (Jan 31st 2009).While eating breakfast he got chest pain and was taken to hospital where he breathed his last. Nagesh was 75. He was the undisputed king of comedians in Tamil cinema from the early sixties to mid-seventies of the previous …

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JBJ, History will be a lot kinder to you

By Tan Wee Cheng I attended the ceremony today October 4, at the historic St Andrew’s Cathedral. I have never completely agreed with all his ideas when I first listened to his debates in Parliament in the 1980’s. But over the years, frequent travel as well as years living overseas have opened my mind and …

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Maheswary Velayutham: The Patriarchal Tamil Humanist

by Centre for Policy Alternatives It is two months since the assassination of Maheswary Velayutham, human rights defender and colleague. While we repeat our condemnations of her killing and express our condolences with her family and friends, as civil society groups we wish to remember and celebrate Maheswary. [Maheswari Velayutham-July 17, 1955-May 13, 2008] She …

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Thangamma Appakkuddi, Veteran religious-cultural personality passes away

Veteran religious and cultural personality of Eezham Tamils, Thangamma Appakkuddi, passed away on Sunday June 15th noon, at the age of 84, after bedridden for a few weeks in a stage of coma at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital. Apart from her religious leadership, Ms. Thangamma Appakkuddi, was a philanthropist and a social worker, caring for …

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Reverting to the ideals of our forefathers

By Kanaganayagam Kanagisvaran, PC My introduction to Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam came about when I was barely eight years or so old. I remember that day very well, for the reason that it was the occasion on which a large portrait of Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam was unveiled in my father’s Chambers, at our house in Jaffna. …

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Sri Lanka Tamil Parliamentarian Maheswaran: The Forgotten Hero

by Arvalan “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”-Martin Luther King Jr. 2008 dawned with the news that another Tamil Member of Parliament (MP) has been assassinated at a Hindu temple in broad day light, …

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Kumar Ponnambalam:”Tireless advocate of the legitimate cause of Tamils in Sri Lanka”

8th anniversary of his untimely passing away falls on Jan 5, 2008: by Dr Kumaraguruparan [General Secretary of ACTC after late Kumar Ponnambalam] A rich black rose in style but a vociferous voice of Tamils of the bygone decade has been snatched from us at the dawn of this decade on the 5th January 2000. …

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Raviraj Remembered as Speaking Directly to Sinhala People

“Killers of Raviraj thought they can crush the Tamil struggle by killing Tamil leaders who speak to the Sinhala people in their language”, said Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne, speaking at a commemoration meeting recently, paying tribute to slain MP Nadarajah Raviraj. N. Raviraj, Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian for Jaffna district was assassinated an year ago, on …

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Dreaming the impossible dream

Aug 30, 2007 is 95th birth anniversary of late Minister Saumyamoorthy Thondaman By A. Kandappah Former Secretary General – Sri Lanka Indian Community Council Today a faithful multitude of Plantation workers of recent Indian origin – in the hill country and some outside – together with thousands of CWC Trade unionists, supporters and friends will …

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“We will never forget them”

One year after the massacre of Muttur: “We will never forget them”: One year ago, on August 6th 2006, 17 Action Against Hunger humanitarian aid workers were found savagely assassinated in the organization’s office in Muttur, located North-East of Sri Lanka. In order not to forget this tragedy, several commemorative ceremonies are organized in Sri …

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Dr. W.D.L. Fernando: Men of his calibre are rare

Dr. W. D. L. Fernando Memorial Oration: By M.S.L. Salgado Professor Kasinathan Nadesan, Professor in Forensic Pathology at the University of Malaya, delivered the 17th Dr. W.D.L. Fernando Memorial Oration on “Victims of Violence” at the Medical Research Institute (MRI) Auditorium in Borella. Warusahennadige David Lionel Fernando was born on November 18, 1914 and schooled …

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