The military gets venerated by state leaders as saviors of the nation, while Tamils are fighting with them daily against militarization

Dr Vickramabahu Friend of mine was disturbed when I said media freedom here is better than in Pakistan. “Even in Lanka, it is hard to criticize the military.  The military gets venerated by state leaders as saviors of the nation, while Tamils are fighting with them daily against militarization. Even the leaders of the government are afraid to hold them to account. The military thrives with impunity. Even former military political bosses like Gota lives untouched. The government that agreed to military sector reforms does not carry it. In Sri Lanka…

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SIS polls survey predicts out of 341 victory for UNP 238, Mahinda (Flower Bud) -42; TNA & MUSLIM CON. 58

(Lanka-e-News – 03.Feb.2018, 9.45AM)  On 10 th of February ,local  government elections for 341 local councils is to be held , and president Maithripala Sirisena after betraying the national government wholesale is (ab)using his full executive powers while uttering all the possible lies in his characteristic style during the election campaign. Despite his dastardly and desperate  efforts , according to the final round of the latest survey conducted by the State Intelligence Service (SIS) had revealed , the Maithri- SLFP group will win only in three local councils based on…

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How Could You Expect Us As Tamils To Celebrate The Fourth Of February?

By C.V. Wigneswaran – C.V Wigneswaran 70 years since February 4th1948. We Tamil speaking People were told that we had obtained Independence from the Britishers in 1948 and we looked forward to the creation of a happy, contented, prosperous Country free of foreign domination. Mr.Lee Kwan Yue of Singapore had pointed to the then Ceylon as his role model for economic prosperity and communal harmony.  Little did we realize that the Sinhalese political leaders had other ideas. They, as the majority community, had taken full control over all State power and authority from…

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Strip MAHINDA, BASIL and GOTHA of Civil Rights, PRECIFAC Recommends

The Commission of Inquiry appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to inquire into serious acts of fraud, corruption and abuse of power, state resources and privileges, better known by its acronym ‘PRECIFAC’ has recommended legal action on 34 cases where the parties named include former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brothers Basil and Gotabaya. PRECIFAC has recoomended that Mahind Rajapaksa be stripped of his civic rights over losses caused to ITN by getting the television station to telecast advertisements free of charge. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has been named in the case regarding…

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Rosy Throws Bomb At Unity Government As Well As ‘Devolution’

The Mayoral candidate for Colombo of the United National Party (UNP) Rosy Senanayake, by stating that the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) cannot function without the Central Government has brought into question the much-talked of unity of the ‘Unity Government’ while throwing potential voters in a dilemma. She told Daily Mirror: “For the past 25 years we couldn’t do much in the city simply because the central government was not from the party. Colombo has been a UNP stronghold and it is our heart but we have received step-motherly treatment.” Although the…

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All 9 provinces need federalism – Vigneswaran

Following are excerpts of an interview with north chief minister C.V. Vigneswaran:  What do you think about reconciliation? Both communities should get to know each other better. Sinhalese do not know the problems of the Tamils. That is the biggest problem. Also, what happened in the past is irrelevant. What needs to be done now is to go forward. How the communities can be reconciled after the war? Our problems remain unanswered for more than 70 years. Reconciliation is not possible without knowing those problems. We should be allowed to…

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The Tamil Left and Reflection

With Independent Sri Lanka having reached the age of 70, it cannot reconstruct itself without self-criticism. As we live under the shadow of the twin forces of Sinhala Buddhist and Tamil nationalism, where will the impetus for such self-criticism come from? I find a flicker of hope with the emergence of reflective writings by Tamil leftists.   After democratic regime change three years ago, there are many reconciliation initiatives, but little fundamental rethinking about our past. Much of such reconciliation talk is limited to superficial donor or state funded initiatives and…

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