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Tuesday 23 January 2018
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Category: Articles & Features

The dilemma of being Sirisena With a lame duck presidency in the horizon

Thanabalasingam

Veeragathy  Thanabalasingham is the Consultant Editor of Express  Newspapers Lt President Maithripala Sirisena’s emotional outburst and the subsequent storming out of the Cabinet meeting at...

Can superstar Rajinikanth do an MGR?

Thanabalasingam

Veeragathy  Thanabalasingham is the Consultant Editor of Express  Newspapers Ltd “My entry into politics is certain.This is the compulsion of the times. In the upcoming state assembly polls, I...

Is the JVP really ready to embrace change?

Thanabalasingam

Veeragathy  Thanabalasingham is the Consultant Editor of Express  Newspapers Ltd Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath’s recent comments (in an English Daily) on...

Women and Genocide – An assessment involving psychology, sex, violence, family and culture

Parani Krishnarajani

Parani Krishnarajani  (The columnist is doing his research on violence unleashed on women and children in the aftermath of a war and its implication on genocide) Women are the basis of the society....

The games politicians play: In preparing for the local government elections

Thanabalasingam

Veeragathy  Thanabalasingham is the Consultant Editor of Express  Newspapers Ltd Political parties are busy filing nominations to contest local government elections scheduled for early 2018. As...

Bringing god into the affairs of men

Thanabalasingam

Veeragathy  Thanabalasingham is the Consultant Editor of Express  Newspapers Ltd A major controversy has broken out over the recent visit by Rahul Gandhi, the soon- to-be president of Indian...

Impotent leadership and uneasy co-habitation: Can the two main political parties withstand the problems arising from within and outside and continue to work together?

Thanabalasingam

Veeragathy  Thanabalasingham is the Consultant Editor of Express  Newspapers Ltd Two years and three months after the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) formed the...

The Principles of Nandikadal: An Introduction-7

Parani Krishnarajani

We celebrated the achievements of Black Tigers but we failed to capture their doctrines, the primary reason why their sacrifices never emerged and got tangled in the geo-political lobby. This is the...

The Principles of Nandikadal: An Introduction-6

Parani Krishnarajani

Parani Krishnarajani The machineries of establishment – the crony capitalists, and the corporates that guard its operations; employ various interest group that are not at cross roads. And they...

The Principles of Nandikadal: An Introduction-5

Parani Krishnarajani

Parani Krishnarajani History of the world renewed itself and underwent a sea change after the dismantling of Berlin wall , disintegration of the Soviet Union, and the 9/11 incident. Some...

The Principles of Nandikadal: An Introduction-4

Parani Krishnarajani

Parani Krishnarajani The psyche of the Tamil Tigers and water (sea) is something interesting. It is indeed a magic. In the past, whenever Tigers were believed to be defeated, they came back with a...

Rajapaksa’s comeback gambit: Foiling the constitution making process

Thanabalasingam

Veeragathy  Thanabalasingham is the Consultant Editor of Express  Newspapers Ltd Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan, participating in the final debate of...

The Principles of Nandikadal: An Introduction-3

Parani Krishnarajani

Parani Krishnarajani The world we live is made of three quarters of water. The composition of water in the human body incidentally has the same equation. International relations and the strategy...

The Principles of Nandikadal: An Introduction-2

Parani Krishnarajani

Parani Krishnarajani Mullivaikkal and Nandikadal are two names of a similar geographical region. It may be true that both these regions are separated by an inch of land. But both these lands come to...

The Principles of Nandikadal: An Introduction-1

Parani Krishnarajani

Parani Krishnarajani “Nandikadal” – it is not just a name a place carries. It is the name that sums up the identity of Tamils determined to resurrect themselves. It is the name that...

The federal solution Leonard Woolf suggested

Thanabalasingam

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham The Government Agent in Hambantota for a number of years proposed a federal system on the Swiss model for Sri Lanka the 1930s As the political discussion and debate on...

The redundancy of another all-party conference: When all parties have had their say about constitutional reforms in the Constitutional Assembly debate

Thanabalasingam

By Veeragathy  Thanabalasingham  is the Consultant Editor of Express  Newspapers Ltd Even as Parliament met as the Constitutional Assembly last Monday (Oct 30) and began debating the interim...

At Rajapaksa’s bidding: The Maha Sangha’s sudden and strident opposition to constitutional reforms explained

Thanabalasingam

By Veeragathy  Thanabalasingham  is the Consultant Editor of Express  Newspapers Ltd The main sects of Sri Lanka’s Maha Sangha have once again demonstrated their strident opposition to...

“Pirabaharanism”- A preface before getting to understand its nuances

Parani Krishnarajani

Parani Krishnarajani The soon to be released book “Velupillai Pirabaharan: Being and Nothingness (May 18 – Before and After) by Parani Krishnarajani, by a well-known political activists in...

In the grips of absolute power: Why a consensus of key political parties on abolishing the  executive presidency remains elusive

Thanabalasingam

Veeragathy  Thanabalasingham is the Consultant Editor of Express  Newspapers Ltd It was interesting to note the peculiar reason adduced by former president Mahinda Rajapkasa to his decision to hold...

International Film Festival – Jaffna: It should help the rise of the Eelam Tamil Cinema

Thevananth

Vethanayagam Thevananth, Hon. President, Federation of Jaffna District Non-Governmental Organizations After the war came to an end, Projects utilizing arts to create reconciliation, and for the...

Potential New Directions for Tamil Diplomacy within the International System

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By Sowjeya Joseph and Lorenzo Fiorito The international criminal legal system will not bring justice to Tamils. Other avenues for enforcing human-rights decisions should be explored. On August 29,...

Chenchcholai Massacre which shook Eelam

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14th August 2006 is a day stained by the blood, shed by 61 tender children of Tamil Eelam, massacred mercilessly by the Armed forces of Sri Lanka, and this has come to stay as the cruelest massacre...

Valvai Massacre by IPKF (Nick named Indian Peace Killing Force) of 1989

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The Time is 1989 August 02nd Morning. Place: Valvai Market square. An un-expected confrontation between IPKF and the LTTE occurred. 6 soldiers of the IPKF were killed and 11 were injured. The losses...

1981, Jaffna Public Library and the Cruellest Cultural Genocide: A Holocaust staged by the Racist Sinhala Government 36 years ago

Jaffna Library

The cruellest cultural Holocaust in the history of the ethnic conflict was staged on this day 36 years ago. 97,000 books and 1,800 Ola-manuscripts saw their last in blazing flames lighted by the UNP...

Tharakki Sivaram: A Proud Asset of Tamil Nationalism

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By Parani Krishnarajani April 29th is the day of remembrance of Tharakki Sivaram, a great soul. Many of us, including me, staunchly believed that Sivaram was murdered in cold blood then, to suppress...

1,000 years old Tamil Epigraphs found in the ruins of Sivan Temple located in the jungles of Trincomalee

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By Prof. P.Pushparatnam, Archaeological Coordinator, University of Jaffna Recently a resident of Seruvila had sent a photograph of ruined temple to Manimaran, an officer attached to the Regional...

Another ancient settlement discovered at Nagapaduvan

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By Prof.P.Pushparatnam (Archaeological Coordinator – University of Jaffna) The excavation work that is carried out at Kaddukarai kulam area recently is expected play an important role, in...

Advocacy at the United Nations

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Editorial  Once again the United Nations human rights council will discuss Sri Lanka on its agenda, once again the Sri Lankan government will seek for time and space to conduct its own...

Eelam Liberation Struggle – Sathiyaseelan Recalls : 11

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Please forgive me for writing this impression after a long lapse. Because of several reasons I could not continue the writing of this article. In the previous instalment, I wrote in detail regarding...

Kaddukkarai Archaeological studies which have ventured into a new path towards Misted Ancient History of Northern Sri Lanka

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Professor P. Pushparatnam,  Archaeological Coordinator, University of Jaffna Kaddukkarai is a small village located near Vaddalkkandal, at a distance of 26 Kms to the North East of Mannar District....

Trouble Tamil’s Water – The Scientific understanding for Palk Bay fishing

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Dr.C.S. Jamunanantha ( SMO, Teaching Hospital, Jaffna) Poaching in Sri Lankan waters by Indian fishermen is being observed. There are more than Five thousand fishermen have been arrested and...

The Violent Death of Two Tamil Students in Jaffna: Accident; Isolated Incident; or Symptoms of Systemic Violation?

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By Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe As usual, there are conflicting presentations and interpretations being made in relation to the recent incident where two Tamil students riding on a motorbike had died in...

Police Shooting of Two Jaffna Students should be Condemned Strongly

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By Laksiri Fernando The police shooting and the killing of two Jaffna University students on the 21st should be condemned strongly, and the blatant killers should be brought to justice without delay....

The day that destined the confrontation with the IPKF

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The year was 1987. The fateful day was October 3rd.   “Kadal Pura” (Sea pigeon), the famous sea craft belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was chopping on the waves of the...

Sri Lanka: Tamils in the North-East protest at last

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Brian Senewiratne MA (Cantab),MBBChir (Cantab), MBBS Hons (Lond) MD(Lond), FRCP, FRACP Brisbane, Australia On the 24th September 2016, there was a massive protest in Jaffna, in the Tamil North, where...

67,000 acre land under Army in North and East:  Sinhalisation continuing accuses the Vavuniya Citizen’s Committee

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On behalf of the Vavuniya Citizens’ Committee, N.Muthiharan, K Arunthavarajah and Kparameswaran, has submitted a memorandum to the Task Force for finding out the opinion of people on the mechanism...

Probability of indigenous Malaria returning to Sri Lanka

Dr-Yamunanantha

Dr.C.S.Jamunannantha ( S.M.O, Teaching Hospital, Jaffna)  There has been no malaria transmission in Sri Lanka since October 2012. Malaria has been eliminated from Sri Lanka. Although there is no...

EU Referendum: The Changes to your Finances

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Subash Shangary (Managing Director, Berkeley Private Wealth, High Net Worth Wealth Management, Email: subash.shangary@berkeleypw.com) There will be an immediate impact on some but not all of our...

Sri Lanka wants the world to forget about justice for war victims. Please don’t

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Nirmanusan Balasundaram writes for The Guardian In October 2015 the government of Sri Lanka co-sponsored, along with the US, a resolution on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights...

Stay or Leave EU?

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By Subash Shangary (Managing Director, Berkeley Private Wealth, High Net Worth Wealth Management) The referendum on Thursday, 23rd June is your chance to decide if we should remain in or leave the...

Sri Lanka’s 65,000 Disappeared: Will the Latest Missing Persons’ Office Bring Answers?

A Tamil woman cries as she holds up an image of her family member who disappeared during the civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at a vigil to commemorate the international day of the disappeared in Colombo August 30, 2013.  REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/Files

Ruki Fernando A few days ago I was with Mauri Inoka, whose husband disappeared in September 2013. She was protesting on the pavement of a major road in Colombo, close to the presidential secretariat,...

May 18, 2009. 7+ years

Raj Subramanium

Raj Subramaniam ( Markham Ontario, iniyaval@gmail.com) Seven years have passed since the Tamil community in Sri Lanka lost everything in their fight to unchain 500 years of slavery under the...

The heart breaking day when Disaster descended on Tamil Nation at Mullivaikkal

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Hundreds of thousands Tamil people were mercilessly killed at Mulliwaikkal, 7 years ago from today. This is a day which had given heart full of cruel pains to Tamils living all over the globe, from...

Redefining the ‘war without witness’: My Experiences working inside a war

By Dr. T Varatharajah

By Dr. T Varatharajah I feel compelled to write this article at the commemoration of 7th Year Mullivaikkal Genocide remembrance.  Resolution that was passed at the UNHRC regarding war crimes in Sri...

‘Kumuthiny Murders’ by merciless Sanguinary ogres: 31st Anniversary Today

Kumudini

It was the sunny morning of 1987 May 15th. Kumuthiny started its fateful journey from Neduntheevu an islet off Jaffna. 64 people including a 7 months old baby to a 74 years old man commenced their...

The Current Political Expectation of Tamils in Sri Lanka

Dr-Yamunanantha

Dr.C.S.Jamunanantha We should need a strategic road map to political solution. The efficiency of third party intervention in the conflict resolution in diplomatic, military and economic should be...

The Saviour

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Indhiraa Tamils in Sri Lanka are having important conversations every day, in person and through social media and the blogosphere. In some instances, the impact is swift. For example, on 25th...

This is a very long journey and I have only started to walk towards my goals: says “SciNirosh” show producer and presenter Dr. Niroshan Thilainathan

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“Education is an important part to succeed in life. I try to do my part, by giving back my knowledge to our Tamil people out there “ says Dr Niroshan Thilainathan, who is doing a wonderful job in...

Eelam Liberation Struggle : Sathiyaseelan Recalls- 10

Sathiyaseelan

I have written in my last episode about myself going to India from Valveddithurai and after that, the 3 members of the Students’ Federation , Thavarajah (current Leader of the Opposition,...