May 13 - 19:

Minister G.L. Peiris presented LLRC implementation approach and plans to make it accessible both to Sri Lankans and to those outside Sri Lanka – US State Dept. 

US State Dept. Daily Press Briefing | Washington, DC 

Secretary met this morning for about 45 minutes with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Peiris. The foreign minister presented a very serious and comprehensive approach to the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission’s implementation and the plans that the government has, including plans to make it more public and accessible both to Sri Lankans and to those outside Sri Lanka, what the government intends to do in the implementation realm. [TC]

Ensuring TNA participation at the parliamentary select committee

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

The political dialogue between the Sri Lankan Government and the Tamil National Alliance(TNA)that progressed in fits and starts has reached a state of impasse for several months. The current deadlock is due to rigid positions adopted by both sides on the key question of a Parliamentary Select Committee(PSC). [DBSJ]

A victorious army keeps busy despite the lack of an enemy

THE ECONOMIST from the print edition

Let the army make it next time

IN THE run-up to Vesak, the holiest day in the Buddhist calendar, which this year coincided with the second anniversary of its victory against the Tamil Tiger rebels, Sri Lanka’s armed forces had plenty to do. [TC]

Dayan and Tamara targeted by External Affairs Ministry cabal selling out the country to US 

By Surendra Ajith Rupasinghe

The Summary dismissal of Ms. Tamara Kunanayagam from Geneva, along with a concerted attack being launched against Dr. Dayan Jayatileke and Tamara Kunanayagam accused for being responsible for the defeat over the US-led resolution, is part of a veritable coup d’état being hatched by crony upstarts in the Ministry of External Affairs [TC]

Thousands missing three years after war ends

Three years after the government of Sri Lanka declared an end to decades of civil conflict with separatist rebels, thousands of people are still missing, according to the UN and Sri Lankan activists. [TC]

“Dubbing Sri Lankan Conflict as ‘war without Witness’ is Simply not True” 

By Frances Harrison

Today marks three years since the end of the fighting in Sri Lanka . I would like to mourn the dead but still I do not know how many. Estimates range from seven to 147,000. It is a shocking difference.

How is it possible in this world of satellites, rolling news and internet we have no idea how many human beings really perished, even rounded up to the nearest thousand? [DBSJ]

Multi-party parliamentary select committee will consider constitutional amendments-G.L. Peiris at Capitol Hill

External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris attended a a series of Capitol Hill meetings on Wednesday, the second day of his four-day official visit to Washington. [TC]

Gen. Sarath Fonseka to be released over the weekend

By Shamindra Ferdinando

General Sarath Fonseka, former commander of the Sri Lanka Army and defeated presidential candidate will be freed over the weekend, according to highly placed sources. [TC]

Ranjini deemed genuine refugee earlier now detained as security risk

by Michael Gordon

Ranjini was found to be a genuine refugee before ASIO decided last week she is a security risk for Australia. But the government won’t tell her why, and now she’s facing a life in detention. [TC]

Sri Lankan Supreme Court petitioned to disqualify Tamil political parties under Sixth Constitutional Amendment 

by R. K. Radhakrishnan

Most Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka could become things of the past if the Supreme Court acts on a petition that seeks disqualification of the parties for retaining the demand for a separate state in their party documents, called constitutions.

Long after the Tamil political parties dropped their demand for a separate state, their unamended party constitutions, in which the demand for a Tamil Eelam are stated, have come to haunt them. [DBSJ]

Muslims’ peaceful response to vandalism at Dambulla Mosque

By Latheef Farook

Muslim community’s overall response to vandalism at the Dambulla mosque by a mob led by Ven Inamaluwa Sumangala Thero on Friday 20 April 2012 has been “calm and dignified”. [DBSJ]

Dambulla outrage: Manifestations of anti Muslim racism are going since 1975

By Izeth Hussain

There has been much comment on the so-called Dambulla incident, which might have more appropriately been called the Dambulla outrage, not incident. In this article I want to focus on aspects that have not been brought out adequately, or not at all. [TC]

Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Three areas where swift action is needed 

By Prof Rajiva Wijesinha MP

Sri Lanka: Reconciliation and Justice – Frontline Club, London 16 May 2012

The following remarks had been prepared in the belief that speakers would have about 10 minutes each. [DBSJ]

Sri Lanka’s Nationality Conflict: Contemporary Political Scenario 

By Suresh Premachandran M.P.

Text of a paper presented at a symposium in Oslo, Norway 

The root cause of the nationality conflict in Sri Lanka is based on two mythical believes masqueraded as history that is ‘Sinhalese are the son of the soil’ others are aliens. The island is blessed by Buddha thus, ‘the island is the land of Buddhism’. [DBSJ]

Preventing ‘outsiders’ from entering domain will not allow Tamil Drama to grow beyond what it is today

by Parakrama Niriella

A Reply to S.Jeyasankar

Kaliman Vandi and History of Sri Lankan Tamil Theatre” was the title given to the write up by Sivagnanam Jeyasankar of the Eastern University , on the Tamil adaptation of the Sankskrit drama “Mruchakateeham” assumed to be written by Chudrakha between 400 – 500 AD. [DBSJ]

Video: Buddhist structures in the North: Co-existence or Colonization? 

YATV Webcast

The emergence of new Buddhist structures in the North has raised concerns among local residents:

“Leaving Keerimalai, the road to Mathagal, leads to a sign board Dambakola pattuna; the port to which the sapling of the sacred Bo tree was brought to Sri Lanka by Maharath Sangamitha from India. Statues and structures depicting this event which took place over 2,000 years ago have been recently built.” [TC]

Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga Flays India in the Presence of President and New Delhi Envoy

Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga on Monday asserted that President Mahinda Rajapaksa would have reacted differently if he had come under the same pressure as the late President J. R. Jayawardene. J. N. Dixit had been lucky that he had had to deal with JRJ and not President Rajapaksa, Weeratunga said. [TC] 

People in the North feel welfare measures by the Govt is due to Western pressure 

by Jehan Perera

The first green shoots of new life are emerging after a long period of drought in the north of the country, parts of which were not under government control for close on three decades, and where a terrible war was fought to its bitter end three years ago. [TC] 

Radhika Hails Capture of Senior Lords Resistance Army Commander in Uganda 

New York, 14 May – The Ugandan army last Saturday captured Caesar Acellam Otto, one of the top military leaders of the Lord’s Resistance Army, in the Central African Republic. [TC]

Three rehabilitated youths allegedly released last year are still missing – Mano Ganesan 

Three Tamil youths who had undergone rehabilitation and were to be released last year are yet to reunite with their families and are reportedly missing. [TC] 

People of the North must be allowed to remember and mourn the loss of their loved ones publicly

by National Peace Council

The third anniversary of the end of the war will be celebrated in the coming week. In the past two years this has taken place with victory parades and with public commemorations of war heroes by the Government although many people would say it was not appropriate after a civil war when citizens of the country were killed in large numbers. [TC]

Denizens of the Ministry of External Affairs have no understanding at all of Foreign Policy 

by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha MP

The more extreme elements in the Ministry of External Affairs have at last put their cards on the table in the form of an article by the wife of one of its rising stars. [DBSJ]

The significance of Sri Lanka’s success at the UNHRC in Geneva, May 2009 

by Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka 

May is the month of the diplomatic success of Sri Lanka and its friends at the Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in 2009. That battle and victory are now the target of criticism and historical revisionism. [DBSJ]

Some quick notes on Mr. Jayasankar’s review on ‘Kaliman Vandi’

by Dr.Sunil Wijesiriwardena

I was puzzled and shocked by the extremely hostile review written by Mr. Jayasankar of the Tamil production of the Mirchakadikam, [DBSJ]

Frontline Club discussion today on Channel 4 TV Films and Sri Lankan situation 

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Frontline Club in Britain will host discussion on impact of channel 4 documentaries on Sri Lanka & current situation today May 16 2011 at 7 pm

The Frontline Club discussion on Sri Lanka & British Channel 4 TV films sounds interesting as it has an impressive panel of participants [DBSJ]

‘Gota’s war’ book launch function turns Into an India bashing session

by R.K. Radhakrishnan 

“…When the Vadamarachchi operation commenced, the Prime Minister of India at that time, Rajiv Gandhi, issued a strong statement against the operation…Sri Lanka could have been rid of terrorism [at that time, but for the] high-handed interference of the then Indian envoy, Mr. J.N. Dixit,” said Mr. Weeratunga, to an audience that comprised all top elected leaders and officials and diplomats in Sri Lanka, including President Rajapaksa and the Indian High Commissioner Ashok K. Kantha. [DBSJ]

Over 500 people on indefinite hunger strike since May 1st in protest against Koodankulam nuclear plant 

By Sam Rajappa

THE manner in which the authorities have been trying to crush the agitation of the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy, which is no longer a mere protest against generating electricity by using nuclear energy to boil water, is shocking. [DBSJ] 

This is a country that does not honour the constitution – its supreme law 

By M.A. Sumanthiran MP

Speech by M. A. Sumanthiran on Adjournment motion in Parliament (11th May, 2012

Thank you Mr. Deputy Speaker, for the opportunity given to me to speak on this Adjournment Motion moved by the Hon. Member for Kandy District. Before I get on to what I wish to state, I’d like to deal with some very interesting matters that the Hon. Acting Minister for Media just stated to this House. [DBSJ] 

‘Tamil Tigress’ by Niromi de Soyza: An unfolding saga describing the Best and Worst of the Tigers 

By Prof. V.Suryanarayan

TAMIL TIGRESS: MY STORY AS A CHILD SOLDIER IN SRI LANKA’S BLOODY CIVIL WAR. | Niromi de Soyza (Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 2011), pp. 308, Price not mentioned.

Writing about his literary career, Robert Frost once wrote: “I have never started a poem yet whose end I know. Writing a poem is a discovery”. I was in the same predicament when I started reviewing Niromi de Soyza’s absorbing account as a Tamil Tigress. [DBSJ] 

Those who are in charge of Defence establishment would be held responsible if any harm comes to Hirunika’s life and limb 

by Asela Premachandra

Six months after assassination of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra who was a former Parliamentarian, on an election day in Mullariyawa, now, one of the week-end newspapers in Sri Lanka has reported that “Contract” has been given to two under world gangs to assassinate Hirunika Premachandra who is the only daughter of Bharatha in order to stop her relentless pursuit of justice for her father’s and three of his political supporters’ brutal murders which were committed in the broad day light. [DBSJ] 

Ayodhya and Dambulla: The situation in Sri Lanka is entirely different from India 

by Patali Champika Ranawaka

Was the JHU directly involved in the attempt to remove the Dambulla mosque?

This was the question posed to me by an Indian journalist who contacted me recently.  [DBSJ] 

Is GL or Sajin the External Affairs Minister of Sri Lanka? 

By Our Diplomatic Editor

The names of Sajin Vass Gunawardena and G.L. Peiris were to cause some confusion at the Kingsmead Stadium in Durban, South Africa last Wednesday. [DBSJ] 

Inadequate attention to accountability leads to abuse which is then difficult to correct 

By Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha MP 

Thanks to the indefatigable efforts of its Chairman, the simple but brilliant idea of dividing into sub-committees given the amount of work, and the dedicated commitment of the three chairs of sub-committees, COPE last year was able to cover more ground than any previous Committee. [TC] 

‘Grease Poodham’ in Navanthurai: Supreme Court Grants 51 Jaffna Tamil petitioners leave to proceed 

by Namini Wijedasa

The Supreme Court on Thursday granted leave to proceed with petitions filed by 51 Jaffna Tamils who allege that the military and police assaulted them in the aftermath of the ‘grease yaka’ (devils) incidents in the peninsula last year. [TC] 

Time for State -led Reconciliation Programmes for the building of relationships between and within communities 

by Salma Yusuf

As Sri Lanka makes its way from a phase of post-war to post-conflict, the potential, the challenges and the successes are worthy of reflection. [TC]

Independent International Investigations required to look into allegations regarding serious violations of International Law 

by M.A. Sumanthiran

Adjournement motion Speech made by Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran in the House on May 11th 2012: [TC]

Selected information from Tamil Culture In Ceylon – A General Introduction by M.D. Raghavan

Compiled by Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

In his words Raghavan claims his book incorporates a number of cross-sectional studies of a number of Tamil societies in the different provinces and survey of the Northern Province, supplemented by a few incidental aspects in other provinces of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). [DBSJ]

Nationalist Suppression of the Tamil Past to Create Dominant Self-Images: Individual and Collective 

by S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole | UGC Coordinator for Engineering, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka (Now with Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI)

Presented at Tamil Studies Conference Session 3F, University of Toronto, May 12, 2012

Chairman Sir/Madam Chairman, Friends: In this presentation I will attempt to show that Tamil images of our past are full recreations (through suppressed memory, the theme here), to assert our superiority over others and often have little to do with accuracy. [TC] 

Who will come to the streets to stop Mahina betraying the heroic war of Sinhala chauvinism? 

by Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne

The leader of the opposition claimed that the Jaffna May Day rally and the protest was a grand success. Over ten thousand participated in the rally in spite of the campaigns of the government, jacked up by racist campaign of Premadasa. [TC]

The death of Sri Lankan diplomacy by suicide took place in Geneva on March 22

by Jayantha Dhanapala

The death of Sri Lankan diplomacy by suicide took place in Geneva on 22 March. For 64 years, it had served the country well despite the size of its professional cadre and persistent political meddling by all regimes.

The link between suicidal diplomacy and political directions received from Colombo is becoming obvious after the adoption of the resolution with anti-US and anti-Indian statements and actions being leaked to the media. [DBSJ]

UNP has chosen a hazardous route by aligning itself with TNA

by Gomin Dayasri

Are we living in the Wonderland of Alice or in a sorry State called Alas?

Government blunders with self-inflicted gaffes and goofs to display its mounting incompetence – UNP reciprocates by keeing the government buoyant in promoting serially unpopular causes to alienate and annoy voters. We sure lead a life between phonies. [TC] 

President must intervene and scotch attempt to remove Tamara Kunanayakam from Geneva 

by Prolanka

Tamara Kunanayakam, Sri Lanka’s former Permanent Ambassador to the UN, Geneva, was compelled on to another posting, much against her wishes, and as far as is known without any valid grounds for such a move. [TC]