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M.A. Sumanthiran on Sri Lankan Politics, Tamil Affairs, and Indo-Lankan Ties

21st March 2017 // 0 Comments

The Diplomat‘s Taylor Dibbert speaks to noted Sri Lankan parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran. By Taylor Dibbert March 20, 2017 M.A. Sumanthiran is a Sri Lankan lawyer, parliamentarian and member of the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK), a Tamil political party. The Diplomat‘s Taylor Dibbert spoke with Sumanthiran about Sri Lankan politics, Tamil affairs, and India-Sri Lanka ties. The Diplomat: Sustained militarization and land issues pose significant challenges for civilians residing in Sri Lanka’s Northern and Eastern Provinces. How much progress has been made in these areas since Maithripala Sirisena assumed the presidency in January 2015?  M.A. Sumanthiran: Not much. There was significant movement initially, with about 400 acres being released in Palaly [in the North] immediately and the whole of Sampur in the East. Thereafter it has come […]

DMK dares Subramanian Swamy to prove charges on Katchatheevu

15th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Karunanidhi received money from Indira Gandhi to give Katchatheevu to Srilanka – Subramanian Swamy DMK had convened an all party meeting against the agreement immediately after the pact was signed and passed a resolution against the move, he said. DMK spokesperson T.K.S. Elangoan on Tuesday challenged BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to prove his allegation that DMK president M. Karunanidhi received money from former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to agree for the granting of Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka. Citing Karunanidhi’s statement on 18 April last year, he said the DMK had never agreed to part with Katchatheevu and the party had opposed it very strongly. DMK had convened an all party meeting against the agreement immediately after the pact was signed and passed a resolution against […]

Palani leaves no bullet unturned to become saviour of Tamil cause

13th March 2017 // 0 Comments

CHENNAI:  After becoming the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palaniswami has perhaps got his first chance to become the great Tamil saviour. Reminding Prime Minister Narendra Modi that protecting the life and liberty of fishermen from Tamil Nadu is the duty of the governments they headed, Palaniswami said the present escalation in the Palk Strait, in which a fisherman from Ramanathapuram was shot dead allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy, should not be ignored or tolerated under any circumstance. “Such inhuman and barbaric tactics by the Sri Lankan side completely nullifies  the diplomatic efforts that have been undertaken, including the understanding reached in several meetings between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Government of India, as well as the recently-concluded Joint Working […]

UNP makes light of UPFA question on Tamil Diaspora using internet to spread racism

11th March 2017 // 0 Comments

By Saman Indrajith Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said in Parliament that a group of Joint Opposition (JO) members had joined hands with LTTE cadres to stage a protest against him while he was in Australia when the Deakin University conferred an honorary degree on him. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said that the JO activists and LTTE extremists had protested against him and they were together shouting at him using public address systems. The Prime Minister said so while responding to a question raised by UPFA MP Padma Udayashantha Gunasekera, who demanded to know what action the government would take against those who spread racism and promoted ethnic disharmony via the Internet. The MP said that there were propaganda campaigns aimed at spreading racism in violation […]

Kashmir Resolution & Colombo

11th March 2017 // 0 Comments

If the first shot to destablise Sri Lanka was fired after the re-election of Indira Gandhi in January 1980, ipso facto with disastrous consequences to the island, then the second shot may well be fired if the international community insists upon international jurists sitting in judgement over the island. This is in respect of Colombo’s war against Tamil terrorism, more specifically against LTTE terrorism, post-July 1987, where, in July ’87, all other Tamil terrorist groups, with the exception of the LTTE, laid down their arms, under the controversial Indo-Lanka Peace Accord. Currently, the international community, wearing the self righteous mantle of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), is sitting in judgement, not least over Sri Lanka, at its headquarters in Geneva over allegations of war […]

Adjournment Motion (TNA regarding lands belonging to…)

9th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Adjournment Motion To be moved at adjournment time on 8th March 2017: Whereas large swaths of lands belonging to private citizens were occupied by the armed forced when fighting came to an end in May 2009: Most of these lands were taken over from the civilians for security purposes. For instance civilians were evicted from several thousand acres of land in Valigamam North in order to protect the Palaly air base from artillery fire almost 25 years ago. But even after the fighting ended in 2009, only a fraction of that has been returned for civilian resettlement, while large tracts of land are still occupied by the military, which is engaged in farming and trade, including running tourist hotels, while the original occupants languish in […]

Vaiko writes to PM on Lanka issue

7th March 2017 // 0 Comments

MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Monday urged the Indian government to change its position in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in favour of an independent international investigation into the alleged genocide of Tamils by the Sri Lankan armed forces in 2009. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said that in the ongoing session of the UNHRC in Geneva, the Indian government should not continue the wrong stance taken by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. “India should not support Sri Lanka on any account. A stand in favour of Sri Lanka would cause unbearable agony to the Tamils across the world,” he said. According to him, since 1955, Sri Lanka unleashed unprecedented attacks on Tamils in North and East […]

Sri Lankan Navy opens fire on Indian fishermen and kill

7th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan Navy opens fire on Indian fishermen one killed Give nod to attend Church event in Katchatheevu, TN to CentreTamil Nadu fishermen accuse Lankan Navy of pelting stones at them Eight TN fishermen injured in attack by Sri Lankan navy Restore India’s sovereignty on Katchatheevu: TN CM to Modi A group of Indian fishermen, who were fishing between Danushkodi and Katchatheevu off the Tamil Nadu coast, were allegedly fired upon by the Sri Lankan Navy in which one fisherman was killed. The deceased was identified as a 22-year-old man named Pricho and his body was brought to the Rameshwaram Government Hospital at around 12:30 p.m. As per reports, around 500 boats went for fishing on Friday evening from here and around 9 p.m. The Sri […]

Need Centre’s help in Sri Lanka issue, says Anbumani Ramadoss

5th March 2017 // 0 Comments

Anbumani Ramadoss on Saturday asked the Union government to take the issue to the UN security council to ensure justice for Tamils. Chennai: Citing the report of United Nations Human Rights Commissioner  Zeid Raad Al Hussein accusing Sri Lanka of failing to comply with the commission’s resolutions for hybrid mechanism to probe the war crimes and return of army occupied lands to Tamils, PMK youth wing leader Anbumani Ramadoss on Saturday asked the Union government to take the issue to the UN security council to ensure justice for Tamils. The high commissioner had stated that the island government is very slow in implementing the UNHCR resolutions and the ministers are speaking in different voices about them. The laws of the Lankan government should be amended […]

India will not press for merger of north, east Sri Lankan provinces: Jaishankar

21st February 2017 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: India will not be pressing Sri Lanka to merge the Northern and Eastern Provinces to form a single Tamil-majority, Tamil-speaking province as envisaged by the India-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987, the Indian Foreign Secretary S.Jaishankar told the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) here on Monday. He was reacting to a demand made by the leader of the Eelam Peoples’ Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) Suresh Premachandran, that India should honor its promise to keep the North and East united. It had even said that it would not allow a referendum to be held on the issue. When the united province was de-merged in 2006 by a Supreme Court order, India did not protest saying that it was for the Sri Lankan government to appeal against the […]

The Jury Is Out: Armed Forces, Not India, Stalled JRJ’s ‘Jaffna Advance’

15th February 2017 // 0 Comments

by N. Sathiya Moorthy It’s sad that based merely on speculative assessments that India’s ‘Operation Garland’ of air-dropping food and medicines to the civilian population, bilateral relations had been allowed to flounder It needs to be recalled that only a day before ‘Operation Garland’, India had sent in civilian boats filled with food and medicines, for the civilian population of Jaffna peninsula Contemporary military history of India clearly shows as to how prepared or unprepared was the nation’s military for the IPKF operations J. R. Jayewardene The routinely declassified documents of the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), dating back to the Eighties, have shown that it was the Sri Lankan armed forces, and not the Indian neighbour, that had stalled then President, J. R. Jayewardene’s […]

Army refused to ‘burn down’ northern Jaffna.

11th February 2017 // 0 Comments

The Jury Is Out: Armed Forces, Not India, Stalled JRJ’s ‘Jaffna Advance’ by N. Sathiya Moorthy It’s sad that based merely on speculative assessments that India’s ‘Operation Garland’ of air-dropping food and medicines to the civilian population, bilateral relations had been allowed to flounder It needs to be recalled that only a day before ‘Operation Garland’, India had sent in civilian boats filled with food and medicines, for the civilian population of Jaffna peninsula Contemporary military history of India clearly shows as to how prepared or unprepared was the nation’s military for the IPKF operations J. R. Jayewardene The routinely declassified documents of the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), dating back to the Eighties, have shown that it was the Sri Lankan armed forces, and […]

Wigneswaran admits ‘unfortunate incidents’ of the past broke Tamil-Muslim unity

11th February 2017 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: The Chief Minister of the Tamil-majority Northern Province of Sri Lanka, C.V.Wigneswaran, has admitted that “some unfortunate incidents” of the past had inflicted wounds on the Muslims which are yet to heal. He said this while addressing the Ezhuga Tamil (Arise Tamil) rally at Batticaloa in the Eastern Province on Friday. Batticaloa town and district have a substantial Muslim population. It was in a mosque in Kattankudy in Batticaloa district on August 3, 1990, that the LTTE massacred 143 Muslims while they were bent in prayer. Later in October that year, the LTTE expelled 75,000 to 90,000 Muslims from the Northern Province with jut 24-hour notice. These two incidents totally alienated the Tamil-speaking Muslims from the Tamils, weakening the latter’s movement to secure political rights of the […]

A Ruthless Conspiracy By The West To Hijack India’s Economy And Spoil Your Health!

12th January 2017 // 0 Comments

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impossible to reconcile in SiLanka

17th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and leader of Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan have sought former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s support for the ongoing constitutional reform efforts in Sri Lanka. In the first instance of reaching out to the former President, ousted in the presidential and parliamentary elections of 2015, the leaders asked Mr. Rajapaksa, as “a senior and respected leader”, to back the national unity government and other political parties working with it to remake the country’s Constitution, The Hindu learns. The meeting held at the Prime Minister’s office in Parliament last week was reportedly prompted by President Maithripala Sirisena, who is said to be keen that the former President be brought on board while the country embarks on a new Constitution. It […]

Gotabaya and joint opposition seek support in Japan

15th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the joint opposition are in Japan for talks with the Sri Lankan community in Japan. Rajapaksa met a group of Sri Lankans in Japan, including the Buddhist clergy. Gotabaya Rajapaksa is in Japan on an invitation extended to him by the Sri Lankan community in Japan who are supporting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette)

Who is Jayalalithaa for Sri Lanka?

13th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Who is Jayalalithaa Jayaram? For millions in Tamil Nadu, she’s an inspiration. For women, she is one who broke all the stereotypes and fought her way through to become a Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, not once, but thrice. She was revered, loved and respected by many, and feared and hated equally. But who was Jayalalithaa for Sri Lanka? How was she perceived by the people here? Jayalalithaa the actress, had thousands of fans in Sri Lanka. Jayalalithaa the politician, unfortunately, did not. Her relationship with Sri Lanka was not a smooth one. It was tumultuous. There were three issues which divided Tamil Nadu from Sri Lanka. One is the Kachchatheevu issue where Jayalalithaa spearheaded calls for India to regain the islet. The other issue […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa Relied on Turncoats Like Douglas Devananda and his EPDP Instead of Promoting a Moderate Tamil Leadership

13th December 2016 // 0 Comments

By P.K.Balachandran Sri Lanka’s internal war which ended in May 2009, had cost the country around US$ 200 billion according to India’s former National Security Adviser and Foreign Secretary, Shivshankar Menon. In his book Choices: Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy, Menon says that this estimate does not include the “opportunity cost” to Sri Lanka which was once the fastest growing and the most open economy in South Asia. About deaths, the veteran Indian diplomat turned security expert says that between 1983 and 2009, 80,000 to 100,000 people, including combatants from both sides, lost their lives. Among them were 30,000 to 50,000 civilians, 27,693 LTTE cadres, 23,790 Sri Lankan army personnel,  1,155 men of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF). The final stages of […]

Tamil Nadu Politicians Supported New Delhi’s Policy of Opposing Attempts by USA and Norway to Rescue Prabhakaran and LTTE says Indian Ex-Foreign Secretary

13th December 2016 // 0 Comments

By P.K. Balachandran Leaders of Tamil Nadu, across the political divide, privately but effectively supported the Indian government’s policy of opposing efforts by the US and Norway to rescue Velupillai Prabhakaran so that his Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) lived to fight another day, says Shivshankar Menon, India’s former National Security Adviser (NSA) in his book; “Choices: Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy”. “Political leaders across the political divide in Tamil Nadu knew that the only way Prabhakaran could lead Tamil Eelam would be to physically eliminate the real leaders of the Tamils who were in India, just as he had already done to other Tamil leaders in Sri Lanka,” Menon says in the chapter entitled ‘Force Works.’ “Despite differences in public posture on […]

‘Tamil Nadu’s new leaders should keep up pressure on Lanka’

7th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Shivajilingam, a hardline nationalist and relative of slain LTTE supremo V Prabahakaran, said Jayalalithaa had, at all times, shown interest in pressurising New Delhi to make Sri Lanka address Tamils’ concerns. Tamil Nadu’s new Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Opposition Leader M K Stalin should continue with the same policy of pressurising Sri Lanka to address Tamils’ concerns in the country as J Jayalalithaa did, a hardline Tamil politician said here on Wednesday. “We hope Panneerselvam and Stalin will have the same interest in the Sri Lankan issue,” M K Shivajilingam said. Shivajilingam, a hardline nationalist and relative of slain LTTE supremo V Prabahakaran, said Jayalalithaa had, at all times, shown interest in pressurising New Delhi to make Sri Lanka address Tamils’ concerns. Jayalalithaa was […]

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