Apr 15 - 21:

Fighting Food Fascism: The Beef-eating festival at Osmania University 

It looks like Foucault’s “real political task” is what the organisers of the recent beef-eating festival at Osmania University set out to do: they fought the “food fascism” that kept beef out of the menu, reminded the secular state that a university hostel mess was not Sankara math, and criticised the imposition of caste-Hindu dietary diktats on Dalits from within the confines of a seemingly neutral educational institution. [DBSJ]

The legitimate needs of Tamil people for equality, dignity, justice and self-respect in Sri Lanka 

By Sushma Swaraj

Distinguished representatives of the media,

I am happy to lead the All-Party delegation of Parliamentarians from India on this important visit to Sri Lanka. We are happy to meet you and share our impressions from this visit. I would like to start by introducing my colleagues from the delegation. [TC]

How do people who call themselves Sinhalese and Tamils know they are Sinhalese and Tamils?

By Dr. A.C. Visvalingam

In its modern form, the origins of the so-called National Question go back to the early twentieth century. [DBSJ]

Wimal Weerawansa has become a joke after he left our party – Vijitha Herath

by Dianne Silva

JVP MP Vijitha Herath spoke to Dianne Silva of the Daily Mirror about drama revolving around the disappearance of Premakumar Gunaratnam, the survival of the JVP and the interference of India in internal matters of Sri Lanka [DBSJ]

Why 13th Constitutional Amendment rammed through by India irritates Sri Lankans

by Lucian Rajakarunanayake

I have known Nirupama Subramaniam to be an observant journalist during here six years or more posting in Sri Lanka, first as a visiting journalist for ‘India Today’, later as correspondent for the ‘Indian Express’ and finally for the ‘Hindu’, to which she wrote the recent Lead Opinion (April 7) – ‘Lessons to learn from Geneva’, which was an analysis of the recent UNHRC vote against Sri Lanka. [TC]

Corruption, intrigues and power games in modern China

by M. S. Shah Jahan

“Corruption is the most crucial threat to the ruling party”.

At an annual meeting of anti-corruption officials on March 26th, China’s Prime Minister, Wen Jiabao, had little progress to point to. He said there were still frequent corruption cases in departments that possess great power and in areas where the management of funds is centralized. [TC]

Sri Lanka’s Maj-Gen Prasanna Silva’s immunity questioned in UK Parliament

Yesterday, Thursday 19 April 2012, under Business Statement by the Leader of the House Sir George Young, a question was raised by the Labour Member of Parliament, Hon. Siobhain McDonagh for Mitcham and Morden on the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs’ decision not to declare Major General Prasanna Silva (Defence Attaché at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in London) persona non grata [TC]

Sri Lankan mosque forced to abandon prayers by protesters

BBC News

A mosque in Sri Lanka has been forced to abandon Friday prayers amid community tensions in the central town of Dambulla. [TC]

Video: Lifestyles, living conditions and livelihood challenges

Struggles of Upcountry Tamils, Jaffna Muslims and Tamils in High Security Zones 

Jovita Arulanantham presents reports featuring , living conditions of upcountry Tamils, Muslim returnees in Jaffna and families returning to High Security Zone in Tellippalai; the reports were recently aired on ‘Connections’, a TV series from Young Asia Television: [TC]

Indian leadership miffed by Rajapaksa defiance wanted to rap Colombo on the knuckles

by Seema Sengupta

India’s decision to vote in favor of a United States sponsored UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution censuring the Sri Lankan government for alleged Human Rights aberration during the ethnic conflict has raised several eyebrows. [TC]

UNHRC Resolution: Sri Lanka is ‘Test Case’ for US to Continue Assault on International Law 

by Dharshan Weerasekera

The United Nations Human Rights Council at its recent sessions held in Geneva, adopted a US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka, expressing dissatisfaction with the pace of reconciliation and accountability since the end of the war with the LTTE, urging the government to make haste in implementing the recommendations of its own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, and also calling for other more credible measures to ensue accountability. [DBSJ]

President Rajapaksa’s Instructions are Being Ignored to the Detriment of the Country 

by Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha M.P.

I was quite saddened by some of the responses to my article about ‘Letting down the President’, which recorded instances in which I thought the President’s instructions had been completely ignored, to the detriment of the country. [TC]

Mystery behind the sudden emergence and exit of Premakumar Gunaratnam 

Defence Secretary responds to allegations

By Ayesha Zuhair

Speaking exclusively to the Daily Mirror, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa sheds light into the dramatic appearance and disappearance of Premakumar Gunaratnam. [TC]

The failures of the Ministry of External Affairs – encroachment or sheer incompetence? 

by Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha M.P.

The recent intrigues by the nastier elements in the Ministry of External Affairs have prompted some thought about the confused and confusing nature of the diverse elements that make up the current government. The need to examine this in greater detail has been made clearer by the strange affair of Mr Gunaratnam. [TC]

Genuine reconciliation will never be achieved until and unless terrorism threat is eliminated and third party intervention stopped

By Eymard de Silva Wijeyeratne

The word ‘reconciliation’ is being abused to a point and pitch that makes it a vehicle for wreaking vengeance. The UNHRC has acted in a manner reminiscent of Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (perhaps unfairly called the mad monk). [TC]

Kumar Gunaratnam alias ‘Gemunu’ led JVP in guerilla war against Indian Army in 1989

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

The enforced “disappearance” and dramatic “re-appearance” of Premakumar Gunaratnam alias Kumar/Kumara Mahathaya a.k.a. Noel Mudalige has evoked much interest into the revolutionary antecedents of this colourful personality who was at one time a key leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) or People’s Liberation Front.

Even though Gunaratnam alias Mudalige has now broken away from the JVP and together with comrades of a similar mindset, formed a new political party known as the Frontline Socialist Party (Peratugami Samajawadi Pakshaya) his significant contribution to the JVP over a period of nearly 30 years cannot be easily overlooked or dismissed lightly. [DBSJ]

Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka at China-UNESCO forum on ‘Confucianism and New Humanism’

On Monday 16th April, 2012, Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka moderated one of three panels of a seminar on “Confucianism and New Humanism in a Globalized World” organized by UNESCO and the Confucius Institute Headquarters of the People’s Republic of China. [TC]

How Gotabhaya ‘helped’ Col. Karuna go to UK on a diplomatic passport under a false name

by Ranjith Jayasundera

Hello Friends,

There is a raging controversy on about the abduction and release of Frontline Socialist Party leaders Kumar Gunaratnam and Dimuthu Attygalle. [DBSJ]

Sandhya Ekneligoda, Wife of missing Sri Lankan journalist speaks out to WSWS

By Panini Wijesiriwardane and Wasantha Rupasinghe

Sandhya Priyangani Ekneligoda, wife of disappeared Sri Lankan journalist and cartoonist Prageeth Ekneligoda, recently spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about her ongoing struggle to discover what happened to her husband, and the continuing harassment of the Sri Lankan authorities. [DBSJ]

Instead of Abducting they could have asked me to come

Dimuthu Attygalle Interviewed by Arthur Wamanan

Dimuthu Attygala, a controversial character last week, found a few minutes to speak to The Nation just after her appearance at the party office in Kotte after missing 72 hours. [TC]

Bringing Kumar Gunaratnam to Party Convention would have been our biggest publicity

Arthur Wamanan Interviews Pubudu Jayagoda

The Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) says it has no need to stage a publicity gimmick and points the finger at the government for the abduction of two of its members. [TC]

The failure of the Ministry of External Affairs to think or write or discuss

by Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha M.P.

One of the most preposterous charges laid against Dayan Jayatilleka in the Ceylon Today diatribe is that he writes too much. [TC]

Al Jazeera Video: Costs hit New Year celebrations in Sri Lanka 

The rising cost of living means that festivities are a little subdued this year in Sri Lanka. [TC]

Will launch of Frontline Socialist Party lead to revival of ‘Left’ in Sri Lanka?

By Niel Wijethilaka and K. Govindan (Nava Sama Samaja Party)

More than 5,000 people packed Colombo’s Sugathadasa stadium for the inaugural conference of the Peratugami Samajawadi Pakshaya (Frontline Socialist Party – FSP) on 9 April 2012. [DBSJ]

‘Hey Geneva’ by Ajith Kumarasiri! Birth of Sinhala Blues?

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Hello Friends

Hey Geneva” is a song performed by musician-singer-composer Ajith Kumarasiri at his live concert”No More” at Punchi theatre in Borella on March 31st 2012. [DBSJ]

Constant obsession with achieving victory and a dominant concern with not being defeated

by Friday Forum

The Resolution No 19/2 on Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka that was adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on 22nd March 2012 calls upon the government of Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) that was appointed by the President. [TC]

What would have been Gunaratnam’s fate if he was not an Australian Citizen?

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Does one need to possess foreign citizenship to practice basic rights of life, liberty and free expression in Sri Lanka? [TC]

It is easier to abduct a person than to get your kids ready for School

by Namini Wijedasa

State media reported last week that the government will upgrade security at the Colombo National Museum. One cannot argue with the merits of this move, however spectacularly overdue it might be. [TC]

‘We never deported him; he could have stayed but he wanted to leave the country’-Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

by Shamindra Ferdinando

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday said that many of those listed missing during the war could have obtained new identities courtesy foreign governments. [DBSJ]

Govt must clarify its stand on implementing the LLRC Report Recommendations

By Javid Yusuf

It would be unwise to brush aside the resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council last month in Geneva as being of no consequence to Sri Lanka. We could choose to ignore it only at our own peril. [TC]

‘Who says Sinhalese are against devolving powers to Tamils? That’s absolute rubbish!’ says Chandrika Kumaratunga

by S.Venkatnarayan

Former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has vehemently rubbished the claim being made by some people in the present government that the majority Sinhalese are opposed to devolving political power to the minority Tamils in her island-nation. [DBSJ]

Remembering CP de Silva the ‘Minneriya Deviyo’

By K.H.J. Wijayadasa

Birth centenary of Charles Percival de Silva is on April 16th

Men of great distinction and high calibre such as Charles Percival de Silva are rarely born. Such men live in the hearts of the people long after their demise. Popularly and fondly remembered as C.P. he dominated the administrative, social and political life of Sri Lanka in the mid 20th century. [TC]

Unprecedented double honours from Wisden for Sanga

Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara has achieved the unprecedented feat of being selected as both Wisden’s Leading International Cricketer in the World and one of its Five Cricketers of the Year, in the 2012 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, published in the UK on Thursday 12 April [TC]