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The language controversy over Sri Lankan National Anthem    
December 17, 2010, 6:25 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj A National Anthem is a song of patriotic sentiment affirming loyalty to one's country or nation adopted officially by that Country or Nation. An anthem becomes a national anthem through Constitutional provision, specific legislation or long - standing tradition. Stylistically the majority of anthems are marches or hymns.They are usually written or composed in the most common language in the Country.There are however some notable exceptions to this rule particularly...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

Will there be a violent resurgence of the LTTE soon?    
November 5, 2010, 6:25 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE)organization was virtually demolished in May 2009 by the Sri Lankan armed forces in a series of battles in the Karaithuriapatru AGA division of Northern Mullaitheevu district. The LTTE leader Veluppillai Prabhakaran and almost all his senior deputies and commanders were killed along with thousands of cadres in the fighting that also incurred a large number of civilian casualties. More than ten thousand LTTE members...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

How Prabhakaran met his death: KP speaks out – 3    
August 20, 2010, 6:33 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj (CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK) Question: What happened finally to your plan of rescuing Prabhakaran and his family by helicopter? Why did the plan not take off? Answer: It's a very sad story......... After Prabhakaran's son Charles Anthony asked me to rescue his family members by air I devised a plan and made preliminary arrangements. I arranged for a ship to be kept waiting at a far –off port beyond the reach of the Sri Lanka navy. I also made arrangements to buy...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

“KP” speaks out: An interview with former Tiger Chief    
August 6, 2010, 6:36 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj It was one year ago on August 5th 2009 that Thambiaiya Selvarasa Pathmanathan alias "KP" was taken into custody in Kuala Lumpur at First Tune Hotel on 316 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman road.The former chief arms procurer of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) was brought to Colombo the...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

What is happening to the Ex-LTTE cadre surrendees?    
July 30, 2010, 6:42 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj The Conclusion of the long drawn out war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) organization has been welcomed by all sections of Sri Lankan society in particular and the international community in general. Even as war ravaged Sri Lankans breathe a collective sigh of relief and attempt to get on with their lives in a post – war scenario ,it is important to note that the armed conflict’s end does not necessarily mean the national question generally...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

Actress Asin combats Tamil filmdom over Sri Lanka    
July 16, 2010, 6:35 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj The South Indian state of Tamil Nadu has a robust Film industry. From it's nascent stages ,film- making in the state has been inclusive in nature. Artistes and technicians from various parts of India have worked and continue to work in Tamil films. Many non –Tamils employed in the film sector have chosen to live in Chennai. Asin Thottumkal looks up during a news conference, about her new film "Ready" which is being shot in Sri Lanka, in Colombo June 30, 2010.~...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

Gen. Fonseka was forcibly dragged away from his office    
February 9, 2010, 4:17 am | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj In a disturbing turn of events, retired four star General Sarath Fonseka was taken into custody by a contingent of military police on the night of Monday February 8th 2010. General Sarath Fonseka General Fonseka a widely regarded as the most successful army commander in post-Independence Sri Lanka was roughly manhandled, assaulted and forcibly dragged away by military personnel who had saluted him with respect only a few...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

Webcam saves a life    
February 3, 2010, 6:19 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

In case you missed this story on the Yahoo! homepage today… Earlier this week, a woman in northern Germany sat down at her computer to tune into the sunset over the North Sea. Tune in? Yes, she was watching via a tourist webcam that overlooks the sea in the town of St. Peter-Ording, Germany. While she was watching, she noticed periodic flashes of light from the ice. Turns out they were from a man’s camera. He was using it as a sort of S.O.S. beacon after wandering out onto the ice...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

Prabhakaran, Veluppillai and the father-son relationship    
January 8, 2010, 6:01 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj Veluppillai Prabhakaran's father Thiruvengadam Veluppillai breathed his last on Wednesday January 6th night. The 86 year old retired government servant's birthday was on January 10th. Thiruvengadam Veluppillai Parvathiamma Veluppillai, Prabhakaran, Mathivathani and son Charles Anthony-Reuters pic The octogenarian hailing from the northern coastal town of Valvettithurai (VVT)and his wife Parvathiamma were staying in a chalet within the precincts of the Army cantonment...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

From “Dravida Naadu” Separatism to “Tamil Naadu” Secessionism    
October 9, 2009, 4:52 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj After the tryst with destiny on August 15th 1947 Independent India embarked on it's historic journey. In what was then the Southern state of Madras the "double-barreled" Dravidian movement comprising the Dravida Kazhagham (DK) and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK) commenced it's own march towards the goal of Dravida Naadu. All smiles: Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister, K. Kamaraj, Congress leader, and C.N. Annadurai, Chief Minister, at Madras Harbour prior to the...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

Indian Independence and The Periyaar-Anna break-up    
October 2, 2009, 4:56 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj It was in 1939 that Eevera Periyar organized the Dravida Nadu Conference for the advocacy of a separate, sovereign and federal republic of Dravida Nadu.In a rousing speech on December 17, 1939,Periyar proclaimed "Dravida Nadu for Dravidians". This replaced the earlier slogan "Tamil Nadu for Tamils". July 1940 saw a secession committee being formed at the Dravida Nadu Secession Conference organized by Periyar's disciple CN Annadurai known as Anna (elder brother)...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

Roots of Tamil Nadu secessionism in India    
September 18, 2009, 5:23 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj It was only a few months ago that the world witnessed the military defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at the hands of Sri Lanka's armed forces.The LTTE popularly known as tigers posed a threat to the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Sri Lanka. The tigers or LTTE espoused the creation of a separate state-Tamil Eelam-comprising the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka and launched an armed struggle to achieve this goal. For...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

From Ryan Bauer    
July 22, 2009, 1:00 am | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

“Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you’ll be there all afternoon. Just give him the fish and be done with it.” Read Ryan’s Twitter feed at @ryanbauer Originally posted on July 11, 2009 ...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

“Race and Class” Siva on ethnic cleansing in Sri Lanka    
July 12, 2009, 9:47 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

Hello Friends, Various persons in different capacities have attempted to analyse and comment on the tragic post-independence history of deteriorating ethnic relations in Sri Lanka. I happened to read an interesting and informative lecture on Sri Lankan ethnic relations by a brilliant left-leaning intellectual of Sri Lankan origin now domiciled in Britain. Many of the younger generation may not have heard of this octogenarian who is however very well known to those of an earlier...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

The I.D.P. Experience: Do I know what it means?    
June 30, 2009, 2:29 am | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

Hello Friends, The troubles and travails faced by the displaced civilian population of the Northern mainland, Wanni is indeed a tragedy of our times. I have in the past written extensively about the Wanni civilians who lived in tiger-controlled territory and described them as the wretched of the Wanni earth. These people are now uprooted from their homes and compelled to live as "Internally Displaced Persons" in various camps described as welfare centers. The conditions in these camps...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

What does the future hold for Sri Lanka and all its citizens?    
June 29, 2009, 9:34 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

Hello Friends "Can the Tamils Seize a new opportunity" ? was the heading given by Ajith Ratnarajah to his well-written piece on the future of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Though lengthy the post evoked a lot of constructive discussion and debate on this blog. Ajith had written it from a Tamil perspective and outlined certain ideas and proposals envisaging a bright future for the Tamils of Sri Lanka who at the moment face bleak prospects. Another person of Sri Lankan origin now resident in...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

Reconciliation and painful realities on ground    
June 21, 2009, 11:01 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

Hello Friends, A harsh fact of life is the hiatus between rhetoric and reality. One is starkly reminded of the chasm between promise and performance as we see current developments unfolding. On the one hand there is the very discernible yearning of ordinary people from all ethnicities to put the past behind us and move forward to reconciliation, justice,amity and unity. But there are other forces obstructing this natural process by obstinately sticking to obscurantist ideology. The...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

Pro-Tiger diaspora in a post-Prabhakaran scenario    
June 19, 2009, 4:51 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj A noteworthy feature of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has been the special manner in which it glorifies death and pays homage to dead tiger fighters. Fallen LTTE members were eulogized as martyrs and referred to as "Maaveerar" or Great heroes. The departed tigers were buried in cemeteries known as "Maaveerar Mayaanangal" (great hero cemeteries) and memorials called "Maaveerar Thuyilum Illangal" (sleeping abodes of great heroes) were constructed. [a...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

“Api” (us)-”Owun” (them): A pictorial tugging at heartstrings    
June 10, 2009, 1:39 am | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

by. D.B.S. Jeyaraj Hello Friends, Several people both known and unknown have been forwarding a particular e-mail to me the last few days. It consists of some moving pictorial images contrasting the pathetic existence of internally displaced Tamils on the one hand and the comfortable lifestyle of some Sinhala people on the other. The pictures have...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

Chauvinist fever following military defeat of LTTE    
June 7, 2009, 12:48 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

U.N.Secretary-General Ban Ki moon has warned of the risk of rising triumphalism in Sri Lanka following the military defeat inflicted upon the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by the Sri Lankan armed forces.. It is quite understandable that people suffering from what they perceived as terrorism would be relieved at the prospect of such acts ceasing and would celebrate what they think is an "end to terrorism". At the same time the Rajapakse regime is deriving maximum...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

Poddala Jayantha: Latest Journalist victim in Sri Lanka    
June 6, 2009, 12:00 am | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj The witch hunt against journalists depicted as enemies of the State continues unabated in Sri Lanka. The latest victim in this "officially sanctioned unofficial campaign" is Poddala Jayantha, a senior Journalist and prominent media rights activist. Jayantha, a senior journalist at "Dinamina" the Sinhala daily run by Lake House , is also the General Secretary of Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA) and a key activist of the Free media movement (FMM) in...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

Healing and reconciliation: Three more responses    
June 4, 2009, 12:21 am | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

Hello friends, When I posted Mohan Sekaram's mail with his permission on this blog little did I realize it would have such impact. My original intention was simply that of presenting a different refreshing point of view. Needless to say I shared his opinion to a great extent too. What I thought would be a mere ripple has made quite a splash and acquired a momentum of its own at least on...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

Let’s get together and reconcile: Two Sinhala responses    
June 2, 2009, 4:50 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

Hello Friends, Mohan Sekaram's private e-mail to some of his friends that I posted on this blog with his permission has evoked a tremendous response. I am extremely happy about posting it because of the very positive vibes from people of Sri Lanka and of Sri Lankan origin. For too long we the silent majority have kept quiet while extremists on either side of the ethnic divide have hogged...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

Sinhala and Tamil: Let’s get together and reconcile    
June 1, 2009, 3:00 am | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

These are troubling times for Tamils worldwide and many are either in a state of shock or denial. The situation is made worse by the chauvinist, triumphalist crowing by some (NOT ALL) Sinhalese on the one hand and equally chauvinistic, unrealistic utterances by some (NOT ALL) Tamils. In a noteworthy departure from this trend there was an email being circulated that spoke a different language. A language of realism and reconciliation. [Pics:...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

Observations on the LTTE from a Kurdish Nationalist Comrade    
May 27, 2009, 11:02 am | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

As readers would have noticed the piece "last days of Thiruvengadam Velupillai Prabhakaran" has attracted many readers and comments. Among these comments was one by A kurdish nationalist , Shexmus Amed. It was a detailed in depth comment and obviously heartfelt but well thought-out. I feel that these observations deserve to be read widely. So I've posted it on my blog this time and hope many will read and digest what is said. Regardless of whether one agrees or disagrees with some of ...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »

World's Greatest Writer    
November 26, 2008, 6:20 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire become a great writer.When asked to define "great" he said, "I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger!"He now works for Microsoft, writing error...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »