31st May 2014

TNA, SLMC to jointly work on N&E issues

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) have decided to join hands and work towards finding a solution to the problems faced by the people of the North and East. Parliamentarians of the two Parties met at the Kalmunai Municipal Council on Friday (30) to discuss the possibility of working together. The SLMC was represented by its Leader and Justice Minister, Rauff Hakeem, and General Secretary, Hasen Ali, while the TNA was represented by Jaffna District MP, Mavai Senathiraja, M.A. Sumanthiran (National List), along with Batticaloa District MPs, C. Yogeswaran and P. Ariyanenthiran.  The current political situation of the Tamils and Muslims in the two provinces were discussed at this meeting.Senathiraja told Ceylon Today the meeting was cordial and the two […]

Modi’s demand not to be taken lightly

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The new Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in his very first meeting with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has called for the full implementation of the 13th Amendment and going beyond in order to address the political aspirations of Tamils in Sri Lanka.  Modi’s call was predictable and in consonance with the stance of the previous Congress Government in New Delhi. BJP’s position on the ethnic question in Sri Lanka has also been made public by its former leader of the Lok Sabha and the current External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, who advocated for the devolution of powers within a united Sri Lanka. What is however new, is the sense of urgency, India is showing in getting the Sri Lankan Government to address the grievances of […]

Citizens, Nations And State

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By Rajasingham Narendran – “As all men have a right- to be free, so all nations have a right to live freely. However, the larger nations whose freedom is secure still tend to consider freedom a privilege to which they are entitled. This is why even when the ‘threat’ to the ‘free world’ is mentioned, only the still free nations come to mind and silence covers the enslaved, their freedom not being a matter of concern. Not genocide alone is the shame of our century! Equally shameful is the silence of the world which call itself ‘Free’,  ‘the closing of eyes’ ( and of consciences too) in the face of this genocide. If we consider other centuries, we can agree that always those who were free tended […]

Susma to come here, Modi to follow

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India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is expected to visit Sri Lanka within the next couple of months while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to follow later, Daily Mirror learns. Ms. Swaraj was previously opposition leader in the Lok Sabha. She headed a parliamentary delegation to Sri Lanka in 2012, and undertook a fact finding mission in the Northern and Eastern Provinces where the delegates interacted with a wide cross-section of society. She visited Batticaloa and Jaffna and met representatives of war-affected people and civil society leaders. In Hatton, she visited several Indian-funded projects for the benefit of Tamils of Indian origin living in the upcountry. At the end of their visit, her delegation also met President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sri Lankan political leaders have […]