May 2014

Modi wants more devolution in Sri Lanka?

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Narendra Modi pushed Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa to deliver on his promises to devolve wide powers to the country’s Tamil-majority regions in May 2009 before his Army killed more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians. Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushed Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa hard, asking for him to deliver on his promises to devolve wide powers to the country’s Tamil-majority regions — a formula called ‘Thirteen-Plus’ that was promised during diplomatic negotiations with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in April/May 2009 which gave Rajapaksha a free pass to kill more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 alone. The Rajapaksha’s army killed more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with white flags […]

Modi, Mahinda, And More…

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By N Sathiya Moorthy India’s Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi, has set a healthy precedent for all of South Asia to follow by inviting all neighbourhood leaders for his inauguration, including Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sri Lanka’s President should be more than willing to accept the invitation. In doing so, President Rajapaksa could be expected to wave away reservations, if any, from within, citing Modi’s outgoing Congress predecessor, Manmohan Singh, boycotting CHOGM last year, after raising hopes and controversies through the long run-up. If it came to that, he can be expected to silence those critics by pointing to the unprecedented new regional initiative, which the Sri Lankan Government has been pressing even for addressing domestic concerns like the ‘ethnic issue’ in the country. In […]

Losing The Peace: Why The LLRC Report Is Not Implemented

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Dr Dayan Jayatilleka Five years after the thirty years war we are in a time of transition to a termination. It can go either way: tenuous equilibrium and a modus vivendi or a bloody tragedy as finale. The foreseeable future of Sri Lanka will depend on the Mahinda-Modi equation. There are at least two broad scenarios. Scenario I: Soft Landing The Sinhala/Southern Establishment seizes the opening provided by an incoming Modi administration with a shared or compatible ideological morphology, comprehends that a strategic rapprochement with Delhi represents the last chance of stopping an externally driven or backed separation of the North and East, and pays the minimum price for such a rapprochement in the form of the full implementation of the 13th amendment within […]

‘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 […]

Bringing Politics to the Stage: Observations on Post-War Political Theatre in Sri Lanka

27th May 2014 // 0 Comments

During the summer of 2010 I was tasked to assist a foreign post graduate student to conduct her research on Sri Lanka’s post war theatre. As part of this research we interviewed around 20 theatre practitioners from the English and Sinhala theatre in Colombo to encapsulate how the theatre and its practitioners are responding to the contemporary political issues in the post-war context and the to obtain their opinion on the state of theatre in Sri Lanka. We also went to see some of the Political Theatre performances staged in Colombo to observe what’s been portrayed and discussed in contemporary Political Theatre. My colleague went back to her university after completing her three month research in Sri Lanka in September 2010. Thereafter I continued to […]

“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 […]

Rajapaka Never Runs Short of New Tricks

26th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Here are two letters that speaks volumes for itself to show how desperate Rajapaksa is. The moment Narendra Modi gave invitations to all South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) members for his inauguration as the Prime Minister of India, Rajapaksa was the first to grab it. It was not as easy as the land grabs he is carrying out in the Tamil Homeland. This caused such an uproar in Tamil Nadu, that it put Tamil Nadu politicians and Modi into confrontation. This would have caused merriment in the Rajapaksa camp, as they wanted a continuation of Sonia’s policies in Sri Lanka. That would be a day dream. In the first place inviting SAARC members for this auspicious function is only a formality with no […]

The Island Of “Diplomatic” Thieves: 2872 DPL Passports Issued In 9 Years

26th May 2014 // 0 Comments

2,872 diplomatic passports issued since 2005 Housewives, students, unemployed persons issued diplomatic passports Opposition to seek a debate on passport issuance | by Ashwin Hemmathagama The Finance Times ( May 24, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) A major flaw in the issue of diplomatic passports to non-diplomats, who are not entitled to hold such important internationally-valid documents, was taken up yesterday at Parliament by Opposition lawmaker Akila Viraj Kariyawasam. Diplomatic passports issued by the Sri Lanka Department of Immigration and Emigration during a “nine-year period since 2005 now exceeds 2,872” regardless of the “exclusivity of a list of pre-approved personalities” the department was to follow in the issuance. As a result, the VIP lounge at Bandaranaike International Airport is “crowded with diplomatic passport holders, mostly the merchants,” […]

I Stand By What I Write!

26th May 2014 // 0 Comments

by S. V. Kirubaharan( May 25, 2014, Paris, Sri Lanka Guardian) Soon after a resolution was successfully passed on Sri Lanka in the 25th session of the Human Rights Council – HRC, I wrote an article in April, titled, “Successful Resolution And Sabotage By Tamil Stooges!” In a website, there were 63 responses. Some of these were by people with such names as “KnowYourGamesKirubh ; buggeroff ; FOFF ; dieyouasspora,” etc. Beyond doubt all these and many other comments were written by an individual who lives in Columbus-land. This person is non-grata among the diaspora and writes nasty remarks with bogus names, especially when the author is known to him. He suffers from an inferiority complex, jealousy and guilt and is a disgrace to Tamils. […]

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 […]

Assets of 424 persons, 16 Tamil Organisations to be frozen

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Government has issued an order to freeze all funds, other financial assets and economic resources of persons, groups and entities designated and listed in March on suspicion of terrorist financing. The 39-page list was promulgated in terms of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSRC) 1373 and contains the names of 424 persons and 16 entities, nearly all of them Tamil. The Government claims they are responsible for the continued financing of terrorism. The latest gazette was issued on Thursday under the signature of Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Competent Authority for the implementation of UNSC Resolution 1373. It gives effect to a freeze on “all funds, other financial assets and economic resources belonging to or owned or held by any natural or legal person, group […]

There Needs To Be Political Will – Erik Solheim

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Easwaran Rutnam The Norwegian Government played a key role in mediating between the Government and the LTTE during the war, including under the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government. However as soon as the LTTE was defeated the Norwegians were accused by many within the Government of playing into the hands of the LTTE and being biased towards the rebels. The man who took center stage as Norwegian mediator is former Minister Erik Solheim. Yet active on expressing his views on Sri Lanka, Solheim told The Sunday Leader, he is still fully convinced the peace process could have succeeded. Here are excerpts from the interview: Q: Sri Lanka is this week celebrating five years since the end of the war. As a former mediator in the Sri […]

”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, […]

Losing The Peace

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Functioning Of N&E Provincial Councils Although on paper the same powers are devolved to all Provincial Councils those in the former North-East Provincial Council and the present Northern Provincial Council have been stultified in their functioning by the manner in which the Governors of these two provinces have used their powers with respect to these two Provincial Councils (the former North-East and later Eastern Provincial Council) and the Northern Provincial Council. Unlike the manner in which the Governors have functioned in the South where they have played a largely passive role and allowed the Chief Ministers and the Councils to function as per their initiative, the Governors in the former North Eastern Provincial Council and later in the Eastern and the Northern Provincial Councils have stymied the legislative […]

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. […]

Wimal opposes South African mediation because they won’t be able to cheat the Tamils again.

25th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Government Minister and National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa known to be an well known racist has strongly opposed South African mediation in Sri Lanka. He has opposed any rights to the minority in Sri Lanka and opposes the full implementation (13th amendment) of the constitution of the country. Weerawansa says having South Africa mediate in Sri Lanka would leave room for the internationalization of what he says should remain a domestic issue. He opposed holding of election in the North and implementation of the 13th amendment of the constitution of the country.  The president Rajapaksha in April 2009 promised the world leaders that he will implement more than the 13th amendment of the constitution( famous 13+ lie of Rajapaksha)  if he is allowed to kill the LTTE. […]

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 […]

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