MGR gave training to Tamil militants in 1983 ignoring New Delhi’s advice

COLOMBO: Soon after the July 1983 anti-Tamil riots in Sri Lanka and the influx of Tamil refugees into Tamil Nadu, the training of Tamil militants began in Tamil Nadu with the knowledge  and patronage of the Tamil Nadu government. India’s national intelligence agencies started their training program only in 1984, when New Delhi felt that Tamil Nadu’s initiative in the matter might not be in the overall Indian interest, says Air Marshal (Rtd) Bharat Kumar in his book Operation Pawan: Role of Airpower with IPKF. “The training of Tamil rebels had commenced in…

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Muslims & Tamils should unite

By Our Ampara Correspondent State Minister for Education V. Radhakrishnan said Tamils and Muslims in the Northern and Eastern Provinces should unite before demanding for the merging of the two Provinces. He was speaking at an event where he declared open a laboratory and laid the foundation stone for a three-storeyed building at Pottuvil A.I. Kalam Maha Vidyalaya in the Eastern Province last week. Radhakrishnan, citing the exemplary reconciliation of the two major parties, the UNP and the SLFP, asked why the Muslims and Tamils could not unite and work…

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War widows living below the poverty line, engaging in various anti-social activities.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made an astounding speech in Parliament on Saturday (12) on the pathetic state of war widows in the Northern and Eastern provinces. Since the civil war ended in 2009, the plight of war widows, the majority of whom are sole breadwinners was highlighted with statistics and several civil society organizations also launched campaigns to find solutions to solve their untold grievances. However, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe during his budget speech last Saturday, focused on the plight of war widows in the North and the East. A…

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