Pathetic Plight of People Living in Mullaitheevu District

Pathetic Plight of People Living in Mullaitheevu District By Meera Srinivasan The last time Mary Sabamalai saw her son Mayuran was in 2008, when he came home for his 21st birthday. “Mullaitivu has nearly 6,000 women who are the sole breadwinners in their families.” A file photo of the town in 2013. (Below) Mary Sabamalai, who had to “surrender” one of her sons to the LTTE. He went missing in 2009~pic: courtesy of Getty Images~via The Hindu This was about a year after she “surrendered” him to the Liberation Tigers of…

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Lankan diaspora important for rebuilding democracy

Govt should facilitate better role : Lankan diaspora important for rebuilding democracy By Dr. Lionel Bopage Lankan diaspora is a strategically important human resource that is useful in developing and promoting democratic systems of governance in Sri Lanka. Yet, how can they contribute? Mobilising the Lankan diaspora in the endeavour of developing viable mechanisms to sustain democratic practices and good governance does not appear to have been so successful. Also, the constructive role diasporic communities could play in this field does not appear to have been properly looked into. The…

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BBS and other radical Sinhalese groups wants Northern Provincial Council dissolved

By Dharisha Bastians Staging a rally in Vavuniya yesterday, radical Sinhala nationalist groups led by the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) called on the Government to dissolve the Northern Provincial Council and place the Tamil-dominated Province under Governor’s rule. The march led by the BBS, which began at the Mamaduwa Junction in Vavuniya, drew crowds of about 300 people to oppose the racist positions adopted by Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran at his Eluga Tamil (Rise Tamil!) rally last Saturday (24). Ravana Balaya and Sihala Ravaya, fellow travellers of…

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Tamil pontificator Wigneswaran declares federalism is also the solution for the Sinhalese

In an interview with Nation, Northern Province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran shared his thoughts and views on the Ezhuga Thamizh (Tamils arise) event which evoked mixed to negative responses from the South. Following is the full interview: Q : What is the reason behind organizing such an event at this juncture? The majority of the Tamils believe that our rights are going to be sacrificed at the altar of convenience soon. Till today nothing concrete regarding what rights the Tamils are to receive under the new constitution have been conveyed…

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Sampanthan deserves a bow

Northern Province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran is a man in a hurry. He has to be, because he will be 77 years of age next month and if he is to carve a niche for himself as a hero in the Sri Lankan Tamil political arena, he has to do something noteworthy and do it soon. Therefore, he organises Eluga Thamil (‘Rise, Tamils’), a protest campaign in Jaffna last Saturday. The protest saw all shops closed and public transport came to a near standstill as private bus operators joined in.…

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Sri Lanka received help from several countries, even from those states in competition

By Charles Ponnuthurai Sarvan – Prof. Charles Sarvan I am neither a military analyst nor a military historian. I have read but little on military matters, and what follows are very much the thoughts of a layman. As a student of Literature, my concern has been with the victims, and not with the so-called makers of History. My sympathy has been with the Trojans and not with the victorious Greeks; with devastated Carthage and not with proud, imperial, Rome; with the Native Americans, and not with the Europeans who dispossessed…

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The main weapon Rajapaksa had used throughout is racism, separatism and nationalism.

Both the President and the government have promised at their respective election campaigns to create a better society in the country and move the country forward with a rich political culture. The majority of the country believed this election promise and elected both Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe as their President and Prime Minister respectively. It had been clearly indicated by the people that the majority of the country had been fed up with racism, political and ethnic polarization of the society and extreme nationalism. The majority in the country…

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President in the UN vs Wigneswaran in the North

by Easwaran Rutnam While the government is doing all it can to set a good example to society and the Opposition, there are a few thorns among its roses it is being forced to deal with, sometimes with much embarrassment. One such ‘thorn’, at least according to some Sri Lanka Freedom Party members in the government, is Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka. The United National Party member has been very outspoken in Parliament these days and he does not hide the vengeance he has towards the former regime, especially former President…

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Tamils resort to nationalism to shore up eroding political base

In its list of demands, the ‘Eluga Thamil’ (Tamils Arise!) rally in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, on Sept 24 included phrases that form the bedrock of Tamil nationalism – ‘Tamil nation,’ ‘sovereignty’ and the ‘right to self-determination.’ This is because the Sri Lanka government and Tamil politicians supporting the regime are deemed ineffective in preventing the Tamils’ political power base from eroding, and supporters of the rally believe that nationalism is the bulwark against such attrition. The rally was called by the Tamil Peoples’ Council (TPC), a loose coalition of political parties,…

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