16th August 2014

Remembering Tamil King Rajendra Chola who Promoted Saivism

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By Manekshaw Rajendra Chola Promoted Saivism, Buddhism in Lanka … The Cholas gave a boost to Saivism. Siva temples were built at   Mantai (Rajaraja Iswaram), Padaviya (Ravikula Manikeswaram), Atakada (Uttama Chozha Iswaram), Medirigirya (Panditha Chozha Iswaram). The oldest is a Siva temple at Polonnaruwa. Buddhism was not neglected. “Buddhist officials and soldiers in the service of the Cholas contributed to Buddhist institutions,” Pathmanathan said. The Chola dynasty in South India was considered as one of the most powerful dynasties in South Asia as Chola kings had extended their empire up to Indonesia. It was Rajendra Chola, the son of the mighty Raja Raja Chola, who even invaded Sri Lanka and built the ancient Sivan Temple in Polonnaruwa which yet remains a testimony to the Chola regime […]

Sri Lankan Muslims at the crossroads – 12

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by Izeth Hussain An article by Ameena Hussein seems to be getting wide currency among Muslims, more than one of whom has sent me copies through the internet. It is a superb example of the New Journalism started by Truman Capote and Tom Wolfe, in which the techniques of creative fiction are used in journalism. The article brings home to the reader what it means to be a Sri Lankan Muslim today with an immediacy and poignancy that would not be possible through straightforward reportage. It is the poignancy of a people cowering in fear, even terror. Ameena H’s article makes several points that are of particular interest to me in connection with the series of articles that I am writing on the Sri Lankan […]

Court orders Sri Lanka govt to stop deporting Pakistani asylum seekers

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Pakistan: Persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Continues; Report Most of the Pakistanis are from the Ahmadiyya Islamic sect.   They Ahmadi consider themselves Muslims, but a 1984 Pakistani law declared them non-Muslims and many Pakistanis consider them heretics. Persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Continues in Pakistan with the help of Sri Lanka because Pakistan and Israel helped Sri Lankann government forces to kill more than 40,000 minority Tamil Civilians in May 2009.     The United Nations refugee agency says 88 Pakistanis have been deported since Aug 1. The agency, UNHCR, says it has been denied access to another 75 people who are awaiting deportation. A Sri Lankan court on Friday ordered authorities to stop deporting Pakistani asylum seekers, following a complaint they were being forcibly sent home without […]

Appointments have been made based on cronyism and political affiliation

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The JVP is planning to expose the academic and professional qualifications of those who have been enrolled to the foreign service, on the basis of cronyism and overlooking merit. These appointments have been made based on cronyism and political affiliation, claimed JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake.He noted that appointments made in the foreign service devoid of merit, deprived a fundamental right of the people of this country. Dissanayake said he was discussing the matter with his lawyers to see whether it could be brought before Court. He charged such cronies have been appointed without having to sit any foreign service exam. Dissanayake said after exposing such wrongdoings in the foreign service, in Parliament recently, he had received more information on those appointments made violating procedures. He said only […]

India’s National Security Advisor will be participating in the Lankan Defence Ministry’s meeting in November

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COLOMBO: Apparently in view of the strategic importance of Sri Lanka in the context of the increasing influence of China on it, and the existence of strong ties with Pakistan, India has beefed up the Defence Ministry’s representation at the Indian High Commission here. Col Gurinder S Klaire has been appointed as Deputy Defence Advisor to assist Defence Advisor Capt Prakash Gopalan. With this, for the first time, there is an army man in the Defence wing of the mission. Traditionally, Defence Advisors in the Colombo mission have been only from the navy. Sri Lanka has lately seen high profile military leaders from China, Pakistan and India visiting it. In May this year came General Xu Qiliang, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of […]