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‘BJP leaders have hurt Tamils’

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to protect the rights of Sri Lankan Tamils, Union minister Pon. Radhakrishnan today said. “Modi is committed to save the life and rights of Tamils in Sri Lanka,” Radhakrishnan, who was inducted as a Minister of State in the new government said.  Replying to a query on the opposition of Tamil parties to the invitation of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, he said the government is concerned about the problems of Tamils and there is no need to fear. http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/modi-committed-to-protect-rights-of-sri-lankan-tamils-114052700300_1.html The police removed 21 Naam Tamilar Katchi members and 13 members of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi for staging protests against the visit of the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The police said that the Naam Tamilar Katchi cadre protested in front […]

South Asian leaders at Indian high table

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

As eight leaders from SAARC and beyond took the front row at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in on Monday, there was a rare feel-good atmosphere in a tense region that is home to one-fourth of the world’s people. Apart from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan and other SAARC leaders and representatives, Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam of Mauritius was present. The new Indian Prime Minister’s speed diplomacy, and the readiness with which his invitation was accepted,, has boosted India’s centrality to the region. Despite the known unknowns about his foreign policy, it has also given rise to huge expectations across South Asia — the enchanting mood at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday evening belied the troubled relations that India has with most of its neighbours. Less […]

BJP has stood its ground and welcomed President Rajapaksa.

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Cometh the hour, cometh the man! Narendra Modi has been sworn in as India’s 15th Prime Minister. He who began life as a humble tea vendor has secured the topmost elected position in the world’s largest democracy. His stellar rise in the world of politics red in tooth and claw is truly remarkable and inspiring. His task now is to live up to people’s expectations. Meanwhile, a noticeable absentee at Modi’s oath taking ceremony on Monday was Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha, who kept away in protest against the BJP’s invitation to President Mahinda Rajapaksa she is all out to demonise. The BJP has stood its ground and welcomed President Rajapaksa. This is in sharp contrast to how PM Modi’s immediate predecessor handled Jayalalitha; […]

Meeting India’s concerns to sustain new relationship

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Jehan Perera The Sri Lankan government sees in the Indian Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi a new opportunity to win India over to its side. President Rajapaksa has made sure that he will be off to a flying start with his decision to be present at the swearing in of the new Indian Prime Minister, who had tweeted that it was a great pleasure to talk to the Sri Lankan President when he made his congratulatory call.  It is clear that the Sri Lankan government leadership senses, or believes there is, a resonance with the new Indian leadership.  Indeed, the change of government in India has opened up the possibility of a new dimension of personal warmth to enter into the relationship between the two leaders of […]

“The Narendra Modi government should consider nominating a Special Representative for Sri Lanka” SAM RAJAPPA

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

“After many a summer”  – SAM RAJAPPA – The Statesman (26 May 2014)   The Narendra Modi government should consider nominating an independent person, acquainted with the problems the Tamils in the island nation are facing, as Special Representative for Sri Lanka to go into all aspects of the ethnic crisis  and come out with a comprehensive solution-oriented blueprint and oversee its implementation.  Otherwise, the problem will be back to square one ~ SAM  RAJAPPA   Although the controversial invitation to SAARC heads of government for the 26 May swearing-in of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister was intended for President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka, he invited CV Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of the Northern Province, to accompany him to New Delhi in the hope he could […]

Mody is a Mere Mortal-Do not Expect an Indira in India soon

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Dr C P Thiagarajah The Indians in general and the world Tamils in specific expect an immediate appearance in India of a strong personality such as Indra Gandhi, a David Cameron or a Candian PM Stephen Harper after Mr Modi won the Lok Saba election on an anti-Sonia-Rahul (revulsion) wave. Prime Minister Modi will need time to even reach the stature of Madame Jayalalitha Jeyaram the Tamil chief minister of Tamil Nadu. She dwarfed the Modi wave in the last election by her tsunami victory for her ADMK party in Tamil Nadu.She won thirty four out of the 39 seats in Tamil Nadu, a record. This she did by her strong conviction and devotion to the preservation of human rights of Tamils in Tamil […]

”No” to cheating President Rajapakshas invitation by the Tamil Chief Minister.

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

President Rajapaksha was trying to make a false impression to the international community that the Northern PC and the Central Government had a strong relationship by taking the Tamil Chief Minister of Northern Province with him to India. By doing so he was trying to hide the continues racist policies taken by his government on the minority Tamils since the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians by his Army. Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran turned down the invitation extended to him by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to join him as part of the Sri Lankan delegation to the swearing-in ceremony of new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying “acceptance would indicate that there exists a strong co-operative spirit between the Centre and the Province, when in fact, […]

Sri Lanka cannot mislead India under Narendra Modi like they did with Manmohan Singh

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka would no longer be able to mislead India under Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi like it had done with the previous Congress-led UPA government, the country’s main opposition party has said. Tissa Attanayake, the general secretary of the United National Party (UNP) told a gathering in the central district of Kandy on Saturday that the era of duping India had ended with BJP leader Modi’s victory. “Sri Lanka had incredibly misled Dr Manmohan Singh’s government. It has now ended. Mr Modi is a forceful leader who has built his own power base,” Attanayake said. The UNP bigwig said Sri Lanka’s failure to keep promises made to the Congress government was a main reason why Indo-Lanka relations had soured during the UPA government in Delhi. […]

Modi and Mahinda: the twain will meet tomorrow

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Modi by Rajan Philips It was not Prime Minister Modi’s idea to invite his South Asian counterparts to grace his swearing in tomorrow in New Delhi. It was not even an idea that started in India’s External Affairs Ministry. Apparently it began as a public image idea in a think tank discussion involving retired Indian diplomats and government officials. They ran it by the new PM and after a brief chat on the phone Mr. Modi okayed the idea. It is a great idea for public optics, but its politics may not have been thought through. The two controversial invitees are Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. There is no one in India who is opposed to Mr. Sharif visiting […]

”President’s Rule in Tamil Nadu” says Mad dog Subrasanian Swamy

23rd May 2014 // 0 Comments

A simmering political row in Tamil Nadu over the invitation sent to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony intensified on Thursday, with Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa describing the move as “ill-advised”. Meanwhile, the opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) said the move could have been avoided. The invitation has been sent to Rajapaksa and other leaders of the seven nations that belong to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). “It is with a deep sense of anguish that we point this out to the new government to be formed at the centre,” said Jayalalithaa, chief of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), in a press statement. “Particularly, with regard to the relationship of the new […]

Mahinda’s friends Swamy To Hold Finance, Sushma To Get Defence

23rd May 2014 // 0 Comments

The current speculations of Narendra Modi’s Cabinet, according to sources close to the BJP revealed that the party’s senior leaders Subramanian Swamy and Sushma Swaraj may get Finance and Defence ministries, respectively. According to the sources, BJP president Rajnath Singh is likely to replace outgoing Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde while the party veteran LK Advani may be appointed as the NDA convenor. Moreover, Murli Manohar Joshi may become Speaker of the Lower House. “The party may announce Arun Jaitley’s name for Ministry of External Affairs and Venkaiah Naidu’s for Railways. Besides this, Chandni Chowk MP Dr Harsh Vardhan is being considered for the post of Health Minister,” said a BJP leader. The BJP’s ally Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ramvilas Paswan may head Petroleum and […]

Jayalalithaa to boycott PM swearing-in over ‘ill-advised’ invitation to Rajapaksa

23rd May 2014 // 0 Comments

Jaya, Vaiko, DMK oppose invitation to Lankan President Rajapaksa Vaiko meets Narendra Modi, says Mahinda Rajapaksa should not be invited Karunanidhi, Ramadoss opposes invite to Rajapaksa Jayalalithaa to boycott PM swearing-in over ‘ill-advised’ invitation to Rajapaksa Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ms. Jayalalithaa will boycott the swearing-in event of India’s new Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi on 26 May, over the issue of invitation to Mahinda Rajapaksa, latest news reports said on Friday, citing AIADMK party sources. Earlier, Ms. Jayalalithaa described the invitation to genocide-accused Rajapaksa as “ill-advised” and as “rubbing salt into the wounds.” Modi’s camouflage in inviting SAARC heads of governments is impelled by his priority to Pakistan and Muslim factor, and the Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s immediate response to come shows the US […]

Which way Modified India?

23rd May 2014 // 0 Comments

India’s prime minister-elect Narendra Modi is a conundrum.  So it seems for the time being. From his alleged role in the massacre of Muslims in the 2001 Gujarat communal riots to his invitation to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Shariff to attend his inauguration on Monday, analysts search for answers. How will he drive the economy? What will be his foreign policy? Will India’s Muslims be safe?One thing is certain. Modi will do what he thinks is right for India. If he sees peace with Pakistan is a way to enhance India’s status as an economic powerhouse in the world, then he will pursue a policy of reconciliation and cooperation.  This applies to India’s other neighbours, with which India has troubled relationships. They include Bangladesh, China, […]

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, have given various assurances to India from time to time, over the full implementation of the 13th Amendment. Such promises have now disappeared into thin air

22nd May 2014 // 0 Comments

  With BJP Leader Narendra Modi being elevated to the position of Prime Minister in India, a new era has dawned in Indian politics.Narendra Modi, a leader who comes from the grassroots level, does not belong to the elitist circle of Indian politicians. He very much represents the ‘common man’ of India who forms the large majority of the country’s population. He did not have a powerful family behind him nor did he cash in on any sort of dynasty or lineage. He began his political career as a young activist and travelled the hard path in politics over decades. Being elevated to the helm of the world’s largest democracy is undoubtedly the culmination of his long and arduous political career.Any regime change in India […]

Gajendrakumar calls for foolproof position, closer ties with Tamil Nadu

22nd May 2014 // 0 Comments

Gajendrakumar calls for foolproof position, closer ties with Tamil Nadu Tamils should make their position foolproof said Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam in an exclusive interview to TamilNet on 17 May in London. The problem the Tamils face is two fold. The first is geopolitics and the International Community’s reasons for not wanting to recognise Tamils nationhood and sovereignty. The second is our own problem, where we have a party that claims to be the democratic representatives of Tamils, but deliberately chooses not to put forward positions that make Tamil sovereignty the fundamental basis for any political discourse. Giving a brief account on continuing oppression and militarization of the Tamil homeland and talking about manipulation of Tamil political opinion by international powers both in the island and in […]

Can The Rajapaksha fool Modi like he did with Sonia Ganthi?

22nd May 2014 // 0 Comments

By R.M.B Senanayake – Deception and Intrigue have been traditional instruments of foreign policy in the Kautilya tradition which have been used by our rulers in the past. It was successfully used to oust the Portuguese. It was also used against the Dutch to dampen their enthusiasm for conquest. It was used less successfully against the British who  after their early experiences with the Sinhala Establishment did not trust anybody. In the 1980s, President J.R Jayewardene played on the inherent prejudices of the Nehru family, the Delhi bureaucratic establishment committed to the unity of India and the Brahmin lobby in the South, to dampen India’s championship of the Tamils. The LTTE leader Prabakaran was not enamoured of the sentiments of the Nehru family and looked with disfavor upon their efforts to […]

Modi to invite Mahinda for ceremony

21st May 2014 // 0 Comments

Indian Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi is to invite President Mahinda Rajapaksa alongwith other SAARC leaders to the May 26 oath taking ceremony. The BJP this time is going all out to capitalise on the brand NaMo. A total of 3000 invites are likely to be send for the swearing-in, India.com reported. The swearing-in ceremony is slated to hold on 26th May. There are speculations doing the rounds that the Head of States of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries and also some of the North Eastern Affairs (NEA) countries may be invited and it got confirmed with PMO stating that the Pakistan Prime Minister has been invted. The formal invites haven’t been sent out yet. But with SAARC countries entering the fray, makes the situation […]

Tension sparks as India arrests 14 Sri Lankan fishermen

21st May 2014 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO, May 21 (Xinhua) — As 14 Sri Lankan fishermen were arrested by India tension is sparking again between neighbors, with a government minister on Wednesday saying international mechanisms could be used to resolve the dragging poaching issue. Sri Lanka could use “international mechanisms” to deal with fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters, Sri Lanka’s Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Rajitha Senaratne told reporters hours ahead of reports on 14 fishermen being arrested by the Indian coast guard. “We need to change how we are managing this issue and possibly reduce the time spent in discussions,” he said. The 14 Sri Lankan fishermen were arrested by the Indian Coast Guard off the coast of southern India. The fishermen have been handed over to the Tamil […]

Subramanian Swamy wants India-Lanka cooperation to counter Pakistan terrorism

21st May 2014 // 0 Comments

New Delhi: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy is a close friend of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksha and an strong anti Tamil Hindu leader in India, who believes that the Tamils are untouchables. On Wednesday he called for close cooperation between India and Sri Lanka to counter Pakistan terrorist activities in the Indian sub-continent. “India must enter into constructive dialogue with Sri Lanka and on counter-terror strategy in the sub-continent particularly in view of the fact that many Pakistani trained Islamic fundamentalists from Sri Lanka are sneaking into India to carry out terrorist attack in Tamil Nadu,” he said in a statement. Interestingly his frind President Rajapaksha is a close associate of Pakistan and is under obligation to Pakistan for helping him to kill the Tamils in […]

Killing more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in Lanka given rise to HR campaigns

21st May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka is being penalised by “interested parties” for eradicating terrorism in the country, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today. He was apparently referring to the latest UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution against his country.Killing of more than 50,000 Tamil Civilians by Sri Lankan forces in May 2009  in Sri Lanka, has now given rise to a human rights campaign being carried out by diospara organisations. This campaign has introduced continuing obstacles to current racist government led by Rajapaksa family who are taking cover from China and Russia.The US-sponsored resolution was adopted with 24 countries voting in favour. Japan along with India was one of the 12 countries which abstained in the UNHRC vote in Geneva in March.“The need of the hour, however, is goodwill and solidarity to deal with the universal challenge to peace, stability and […]

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