25th May 2014

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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 […]

‘Jaffna Economy Lacks Progress’

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Functioning Of N&E Provincial Councils Although five years have passed since the end of the civil war, there appears to be no change or improvement in the economic development of Jaffna. President of the Jaffna Chamber of Commerce R. Jeyasegaram says that conducting business in Jaffna is not easy. “The businessmen undergo poor turnover in their business and struggling to pay the interest to the financial institutions from where they borrowed loans for expanding business establishment,” said Jeyasegaram. The founder of the Jaffna Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agribusiness, Selva Jathusan said that doing business in Jaffna is very difficult, and one of the reasons was that, “They have however received unexpected trading competition created by south traders in Jaffna, which is hindering the […]

Tamil students in Delhi chant anti-Rajapaksa slogans

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Tamil students in Delhi chant anti-Rajapaksa slogans to dissuade him from attending Modi’s swearing-in A Tamil students group called Delhi Tamil Youth Forum staged a protest in the streets of Delhi today to register their anger against the incoming Government’s decision to extend invitation to Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa who is accused of war crime. Sri Lankan Army killed more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 as per UN.  President Mahinda Rajapaksha’s Army killed more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrenders with White Flag after UN officials negotiated the surrender with Sri Lankan government. This killing has made the world loose the trust in UN negociations in future with any conflicting governments as NO action has been taken by […]