A succession battle engulfs the Indian state of Tamil Nadu
Two claimants fight for the mantle of the deceased chief minister
On the night of February 7th, however, OPS embraced the sort of melodrama he has so long eschewed. Sitting cross-legged before a flower-strewn memorial to Jayalalithaa, he spent 40 minutes in silent meditation, as television crews assembled and news alerts set smartphones bleeping.
Two claimants fight for the mantle of the deceased chief minister [The Economist]
Upali Wijewardene: Sri Lanka’s Beloved Home-Grown Tycoon
Upali Wijewardene known widely as Upali was arguably Sri Lanka’s first home-grown tycoon of the post – Independence years who captured the popular imagination of the people at large. The Island nation has produced several indigenous business magnates and industrialists of great repute but there was none quite like Upali Wijewardene. He interacted on a higher plane with transnational captains of industry and commerce on equal terms. Yet he retained the loyalty and affection of his employees and workers who simply adored him. More importantly the Sri Lankan masses despite being exposed to left -wing rhetoric for decades loved this high -profile capitalist.Upali was a beloved indigenous tycoon. [DBSJ]
Will Norway Hand Over Diaspora Tiger Leader “Nediyavan” to Sri Lanka?
The Royal Norwegian embassy in Colombo issued a press release related to the assassination attempt on MA Sumanthiran and about “cooperation” with the Sri Lankan Police.
Overseas LTTE Backed Plot To Assassinate TNA MP Sumanthiran in Jaffna Revealed
The Tamil politician target was Maithiaparanam Abraham Sumanthiran the Tamil National alliance MP from Jaffna district. When told that the contract was to kill Sumanthiran, a horrified Nallavan refused vehemently. He said that he had been observing Sumanthiran’s politics in recent times and had been impressed by him. [DBSJ]
Jallikkattu Ordinance Provides Temporary Relief to Tamil Nadu But Fight for a Permanent Solution Continue
The ordinance for the conduct of jallikattu is here, and the supporters of the bull taming sport have got a temporary relief. But even as the fight for a permanent solution continues, one question on everyone’s mind is whether this ordinance will withstand the scrutiny of the courts. [DBSJ]
Magical “MGR” Charisma of Kandy- Born Actor-Politico M.G.Ramachandran
January 17th 2017 was declared a holiday in the southern Tamil Nadu state of India. This was to acknowledge and celebrate the birth centenary of Marudur Gopalan Ramachandran or MG Ramachandran who served as chief miister of Tamil Nadu for 10 years from 1977 to 1987. It is the political party he founded in 1972 – All India Anna-Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham_-that is in power today in the state. Various events were held throughout Tamil Nadu to honour the memory of a larger than life personality known to millions of people by three letters of the English alphabet denoting the initials of his names – MGR! [DBSJ]
“President Sirisena Must Honour Mandate to Abolish the Executive Presidency” – MA.Sumanthiran M.P.
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP for the Jaffna District M.A. Sumanthiran, in an interview with the Daily Mirror, shares his views on the Constitution making and the way forward. He says his party remains optimistic about a positive outcome. [DBSJ]
11 Member Reconciliation Task Force (CTFRM) Wants Foreign Personnel Participation in Transitional Justice Mechanism
By Shamindra Ferdinando
The Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTFRM), headed by attorney-at-law Manouri Muttetuwegama, has called for full participation of foreign judges and other personnel including defence lawyers, prosecutors and investigators in transitional justice mechanism to address accountability issues. [DBSJ]
Bhoomiyil Maanida Jenmam Adainthumor ♫ on Violin by Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan
Year 2016 in Review thru Selected #OnThisDay Quotes via The Economist ♫
Violin Instrumental by Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan
(2 March 1935 – 8 September 2008)
Song by Papanasam Sivan, Poet & Mystic
(26 September 1890 – 1 October 1973) [YouTube]
Lester’s “Rekava” Was First Sinhala Film To Compete At The Cannes Film Festival
Sinhala Cinema’s Line of Destiny Re-drawn By ‘Rekava’ 60 Years Ago – 2
“Rekava”(line of Destiny)directed by Lester James Peries premiered 60 years ago at the Regal theatre in Colombo on December 28th 1956. It was a path breaking venture in Sinhala cinema that notched many “firsts”. Among these was the singular honour of being the first Sinhala film to compete for the Palme d’Or best film award at the prestigious Cannes Film festival in France. [DBSJ]
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Speaks Out On Progress of New Constitution Project
Ranil Wickremesinghe, 67, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka for a fourth term and leader of the United National Party (UNP), is the spearhead of a complex game-changing project where the stakes are extremely high. The project is to see through Parliament, and then through a referendum, a major constitutional change that will put an end to the system of an overbearing executive presidency and usher in a prime ministerial system — and, crucially, put in place an enduringdevolution of power solution to the Tamil question. Mr. Wickremesinghe leads a national government made possible by a highly unusual compact between the two main rival parties in the political system — the UNP, the party with by far the largest numbers in Parliament, and a minority of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MPs who are with the Prime Minister’s political opponent-and-ally, President Maithripala Sirisena. While the leaders of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) have taken a positive view of the constitutional change under way, the political forces of Sinhala ultra-nationalism are trying to rally round the former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Five of my Favourite Christmas Carols – How they Originated and Became Widely Popular
by D.B.S. Jeyaraj
Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year Friends!
It’s Christmas season again!
An integral part of Christmas is the singing of Christmas carols in churches as well as at events celebrating Christmas. [DBSJ]
When actress Jayalalithaa reigned as uncrowned Queen of Tamil cinema
The recent demise of alluring actress turned powerful politico Jayalalithaa Jayaram has caused a void in the politics of India’s Tamil Nadu state. [DBSJ]
LTTE Political Adviser Balasingham Knew The world was Going to Clobber the Tigers
Ten years ago in the third week of November 2006 I received a telephone call from London.It was from Anton Stanislaus Balasingham the political adviser and strategist of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) Organization.I was surprised as we were not on speaking terms for nearly three years due to sharp political differences. I was however happy to talk to “Bala Annai”(Elder brother Bala)as many of us called him because I had heard earlier that he was terminally ill and that his days were numbered. [DBSJ]