India turns tables: Lessons for Lanka – Editorial

17th May 2014 // 0 Comments

In what analysts describe as a historic day and the beginning of a new era for India, the world’s largest democracy, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by the charismatic 63-year-old Narendra Modi yesterday swept to the biggest landslide victory in 30 years. Most independent analysts and opinion polls during the past few months had indicated a victory for the hardliner Hindu BJP.  But the magnitude of the victory, when the results were announced yesterday, was astounding. For developing countries such as Sri Lanka, the people’s revolution in India has many important lessons and warnings. Most independent analysts and political scientists believe that the main reasons for the Narendra Modi avalanche included sluggish economic growth, a widening gap between the rich and the poor, the […]

How the BJP victory could affect Indo – Sri Lankan relations?

17th May 2014 // 0 Comments

‘Make Rajapaksa deliver on promises he made’ The Tamil political leadership of Sri Lanka has welcomed the new regime in India, expressing hope that the Narendra Modi-led government will pressure President Mahinda Rajapaksa to deliver on his promises to the country’s Tamils. Congratulating the Prime Minister-elect for the “historic win”, Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-speaking Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran said the Tamil people of Sri Lanka hoped that his government would be actively engaged with the country, helping them achieve a lasting political solution. “We wish to congratulate Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for a very good showing in the State. We look forward to her continued support,” Mr. Sumanthiran said. The Tamil political leadership in Sri Lanka believes it is Ms. Jayalalithaa who has […]

Can President Mahinda fool Indian PM Modi as he did with Singh?

17th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 Tamil people in SriLanka believe new Indian government will pay much more interest to grant political solution in SriLanka. ”We believe Indian government will follow healthy stance against SriLanka”, Tamil PM Wigneswaran said. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksha managed to fool Manmohan singh by promising to implement the 13+ political package to solve the Tamils problem if he is allowed to kill the LTTE and more than 40,000 Tamil civilians in May 2009. So the Indian government allowed the Sri Lankan Army to kill the Tamil Civilians in thousands and they used their influence to block the western leaders from stopping the killing of Tamils. But  five years have passed since the killing of the Tamil Civilians in thousands but the promised 13+ political package […]

Sonia’s Congress party is dead in Tamil Nadu and will never come back under Sonia’s leadership.

16th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 The leaders of India’s defeated Congress party, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, admitted personal responsibility on Friday for the disastrous election results which came after 10 years in power. Preliminary results at the end of the marathon six-week election showed the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Narendra Modi on track for the first parliamentary majority by a single party in 30 years. The leftist Congress has dominated Indian politics since independence, mostly with a member of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty at its head. The famous bloodline has provided three prime ministers. Sonia’s Congress helped Sri Lankan Army kill more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in Month of May 2009. Hence her congress was seen as ‘the Mahinda devils Italian friend’s’ party Congress and its alliance in […]

Election Results 2014: Jayalalithaa Has a Whopping 37 of 39 Seats That Narendra Modi Does Not Need

16th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Chennai: Tamil Nadu has been an absolute walk-over for Jayalalithaa, the Chief Minister.  Leads show her party, the AIADMK, will get 36 of the state’s 39 parliamentary seats, giving her the biggest chunk of the Lok Sabha after the BJP and the Congress.Jayalalithaa had said yesterday that she “will wait for the results” to decide whether to ally with the BJP, which is headed for a decisive majority with its existing partners in the National Democratic Alliance. (BJP+ Set for More Than 300 Seats, Congress Admits Defeat)Today, she said, “I wish the new Prime Minister well” and stressed  that her own party’s result is  “historic, unparalleled in history” because it has swept the state without an ally.With the BJP’s national coalition poised to cross the 300-seat mark […]

Rajapaksa Congratulates Modi, Invites Him on State Visit

16th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Khurshid says ties with Lanka solid Outgoing Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid says India’s relations with Sri Lanka have not been affected under the Congress Government (which helped the Sri Lankan government kill the more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians). Speaking to the Indo Asian News Service (IANS) before the opposition BJP won the elections today, Khurshid said that while the issue of accountability on the war in Sri Lanka remains to be addressed, it will take time. Rajapaksa Congratulates Modi, Invites Him on State Visit COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today congratulated Narendra Modi on his party’s massive victory in the Indian general election and invited him on a state visit. Rajapaksa telephoned Modi to congratulate him on his resounding victory and extended an invitation to […]

When duplicity nourishes evil

16th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The abduction by Boko Haram terrorists of about 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria has jolted the world into action. All leading nations have sunk differences, in a spirit of harambee, to help Abuja secure the release of the victims the terrorists are threatening to sell unless their fellow combatants in prison are released. The Nigerian government yesterday rejected the proposed swap.   The Boko Haram terrorists must be made to realise that the civilized world cannot be frightened into submission. But, the problem is that the world powers do not go flat out to send terrorists out of business unless such action helps advance their hidden agendas.   The Sudan People’s Liberation Army, it may be recalled, used child combatants in its violent campaign to carve […]

Sri Lanka: Torn between yesterday and tomorrow

15th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The civil war in Sri Lanka, which lasted for more than 25 years and claimed over 100,000 lives, ended in 2009. But as things stand today, the country is still bitterly divided and the reconciliation efforts falter. In May 2009, the Sri Lankan army captured the last of the areas controlled by the militant separatist organization, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. On May 18, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared that the civil war, which claimed the lives of some 100,000 people, had finally ended. According to the United Nations, some 40,000 people died in the last months of the war. International aid agencies reported that around 280,000 people – mostly belonging to the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka’s northern and eastern regions – […]

Between Modi and MoD: Mahinda’s choice

15th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Between Modi and MoD: Mahinda’s choice by Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka Mahinda Rajapaksa has just won the Sri Lankan Presidential election of 2015. The Modi mood sweeping India has given a second wind and a fresh momentum to the Mahinda incumbency. However, the dramatic new chapter in the Indian epic, if misunderstood and underutilized by President Rajapaksa, can enhance rather than decrease the pressures on Sri Lanka. Given that he is named after the son of a great leader of India —Ashoka—who bore the message of the greatest son of the Indian subcontinent— Gautama, the Buddha— there’s a question, more geopolitical than metaphysical, that Mahinda Rajapaksa must ask himself: what if King Devanampiyatissa had declined to convert or delayed in converting to the doctrine of the […]

Zakir Hussain was planning to attack targets in India, Sri Lanka and Maldives

13th May 2014 // 0 Comments

On 19 June 2009, the US State Department reported to India, according to Wiki Leaks, that Pakistan based Lashker-e- Taiba (LeT) had established a facilitation centre in Sri Lanka. September 2010, Indian intelligence leaked to the media that the Maharashtra bakery bomber, Himayat Baig had claimed while in Indian police custody that he was trained in Colombo.  On 8 July 2013, bombs exploding in the world renowned Mahabodhi in Buddha-Gaya, India’s National Security Advisor Shiv Shanker Menon, told top authorities here that the bombs had been planted by Muslim extremists On 22 August 2013, leaked message to media claimed that Indian intelligence had been received that LeT was preparing for an attack on South India from Jaffna. Former Muslim parliamentarian M. M. Zuhair, PC, yesterday […]

Don’t Arrest SL Tamils: Rights Activists

12th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The arrest of 10 Sri Lankan Tamils, who fled the island nation following persecution, has evoked angry reactions from rights activists and Tamil outfits here. The 10 Lankan Tamils, including five children, who arrived in Dhanushkodi, were arrested under the Foreigners Act and sent to Puzhal Prison in Chennai on May 5. The refugees came in two batches. Many Tamils have sought asylum in India during the decades-old war between the LTTE  and the Lankan defence forces. After the war ended, about 20,000 Lankan Tamils returned to their homeland hoping for a peaceful life, after getting exit permission from the government of India. However, there was no end to the sufferings of Tamils on Lankan soil. Even five years after the end of civil war […]

TWO Pakistani HC staff in Colombo sent a three Sri Lankan Muslim’s to India on a terror launch attacks in India.

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

It is believed that the Sri Lankan government is working closely with the Pakistan government to terrorise the Tamil Nadu government as a ‘thanks for helping it to kill the Tamils in thousands in May 2009’ and supporting it in UN resolution. The Sonia’s government which has no support what’s so ever in Tamil Nadu is mum about the terror threat from Pakistan. The Pakistan government has NOT said a word about the arrest and it’s government department sending terrorists to India. The names of two ‘officials’ working in the Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka Colombo have been included in an FIR (First Information Report) filed in Chennai on Thursday against Mohammed Zahir Hussain, a Sri Lankan from Kandy suspected to be an agent […]

Israel as a model for the Sri Lankan State

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Dayan Jayatilleka – I write from a particular standpoint (derivative and illustrative of a distinct worldview), best delineated by a critical observer rather than by myself. Izeth Hussein, literary critic and former Ambassador wrote in ‘After Geneva, What?’: “Between 1995 and 2000, and even more during the years of the peace process, the widespread assumption was that the LTTE could never be defeated militarily. There were very few dissentient voices against that conventional wisdom outside the armed forces and those identifiable as Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists. One dissentient voice was that of Dayan Jayatilleka, who consistently maintained that there was no reason at all why the LTTE could not be defeated militarily.” (‘After Geneva, What?’ Izeth Hussein, Colombo Telegraph, 29 March 2014) In the extreme situation that […]

”Indo-Lanka arms deal” Govt. refuses to answer question as it will make Congress loose votes!

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Saman Indrajith The government yesterday refused to answer a question raised by the Opposition regarding arms India purchased from Sri Lanka, claiming that the issue would have an impact on the on-going Indian parliamentary elections. UNP Ratnapura District MP Thalatha Atukorale asked the Prime Minister and Minister of Buddha Sasana to brief the House regarding arms purchases following a statement made by the Indian Minister of Defence in the Lok Sabha. MP Atukorala wanted to know when that transaction had taken place, the types of weapons purchased by India, the income earned by Sri Lanka and whether the deal had been carried out in a transparent manner.Chief Government Whip Water Supply Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, responding on behalf of the Prime Minister, asked for two […]

3 Naval vessels arrive in Rameswaram

9th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Three Naval patrol vessels arrived at the Navy jetty here today in the backdrop of information that Pakistan‘s ISI could infiltrate India from Sri Lanka through the sea. Officials who confirmed the arrival of the three vessels, however, refused to give any further information. The ships could be meant for strengthening presence of navy in the region and prevent infiltration of ISI agents by sea from Sri lanka, sources said. Only two days ago, a senior official of Tamil Nadu Coastal Security Group (CSG) said a new security system had been put in place off this coastal town to prevent infiltration by sea.“CSG has been deployed in the area after police received information that ISI agents could infiltrate India from Sri lanka via Palk Straits. A new security system has been put in place to totally prevent […]

ISI agent tailed US consulate officials, say investigators

9th May 2014 // 0 Comments

CHENNAI: Sakir Hussain, the suspected ISI agent arrested in the city on April 29 had been tailing US consulate officials and looking for unoccupied buildings in the vicinity, probably for an attack, investigators said. Police have included the names of two Pakistan diplomats in Colombo — Siddiqui, counsellor (visa) at the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo, and his associate Boss, alias Shah — in the FIR. They allegedly engaged Hussain to gather information on vital installations in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Police said the 37-year-old Sri Lankan confessed to have been noting down the registration numbers of some US consulate officials and tracking their movements. “He said he had taken pictures of the consulate and e-mailed them to the Pakistan high commission officials in Colombo for which […]

Interview: Sugata Bose

9th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Diplomat speaks with the Harvard historian and first-time politician about the Indian elections. Professor Sugata Bose is a Harvard University historian, the author of His Majesty’s Opponent: Subhas Chandra Bose and India’s Struggle against Empire (2011) and A Hundred Horizons: the Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire (2006), and a first-time politician. He is making a debut on a Trinamool Congress ticket from the eastern state of West Bengal in the ongoing general elections of India.The Diplomat speaks with him at his Kolkata residence about his books, his great-uncle Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s “mysterious” death, the communists, and the possibility of a third front in India. As a historian, you’ve said that this is a critical moment in India’s history. You’ve also described the ongoing elections as […]

Sri Lankan Muslim sent to judicial custody in Chennai train blasts case

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Chennai, May 8 (ANI): A court in Chennai sent Sri Lankan national Zakir Hussain, a suspected Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)agent , who was arrested in connection with twin train blasts at the Chennai Central railway station, for five day judicial custody on Thursday. Hussain is suspected to have connection with the twin bomb blasts on the Bangalore-Guwahati train in Chennai that killed a woman techie on May 01. The Q branch of southern Tamil Nadu police had sought nine days custody as they were probing the link between Hussain and the twin blasts, but the court only pronounced three days custody which ended on Thursday. The accused was brought in 13th Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Chennai that sent him to judicial custody till May 13. “Today, Q branch police produced the accused […]

Pakistan Militant Training Camps on Sri Lankan Soil

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

On 5 May Central security agencies claimed that Pakistan’s ISI had plans to carry out terror attacks on two foreign consulates. L. Ganesan, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member (CHENNAI ) – L. Ganesan, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member warned his party on 5 May 2014 in Tiruchi that Pakistan had chosen Sri Lanka as a base for organising arms training camps for terror outfits and was trying to send militants into India through coastal routes. He said that Sri Lanka was aware of these illegal activities taking place on its soil, but had not acted upon them. The recent arrest of a Sri Lankan national and suspected ISI operative Zakir Hussain in Chennai strengthened this perception, he said. However, India’s Inspector-General […]

At Election Season’s End, Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees Forgotten Again

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

PUZHAL, India — As Tamil civilians were increasingly caught in the crossfire between the Indian Peace Keeping Force and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the 1980s, Sasitharan and his parents followed the exodus from the Tamil-majority northern and eastern regions of Sri Lanka. As a 9-year-old in 1990, Mr. Sasitharan, who uses only one name, was taken by his parents across the Palk Strait by boat, the mode of transport favored by thousands of refugees before them. Mr. Sasitharan, who grew up in the sunny and windswept harbor city of Trincomalee, has few memories of his early years in Sri Lanka. In India, his family settled near Bengaluru, where Mr. Sasitharan studied at a school for Sri Lankan refugees. Unlike most of the […]

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