Posts Categorized: Biography

M.I.A.’s Critique of Wokeness

by Spencer Kornhaber, ‘The Atlantic,’ New York, October 5, 2018 CINEREACH M.I.A. wants to talk foreign policy. I called up the 43-year-old pop star Maya Arulpragasam last Friday to talk about Matangi/Maya/M.I.A., Stephen Loveridge’s fascinating documentary about her life. But she immediately brought up the latest news about her birth nation, Sri Lanka, which her family of ethnic… Read more »

Mamma M.I.A.: Influence of an Icon

Comedian Jack Rooke profiles his idol, Sri Lankan-British rapper M.I.A. by BBC Radio 4, October 9, 2018 https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/m0000np5 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0000np5

Believing Women, and the Gaslighting of M.I.A.

by Mallika Rao, ‘Vulture,’ New York, October 2, 2018 The big revelation of the documentary titled MAYA / MATANGI / MIA, which hit U.S. theaters last weekend, is how it vindicates the singer at its heart. At The Guardian, Laura Snapes draws a connection between Christine Blasey Ford and Maya Arulpragasam — nom de guerre, M.I.A. — two… Read more »

Film Review of “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.”

My personal take on this documentary film. by Lorenzo Fiorito, ‘Tamil Culture,’ September 21, 2018 The London autumn evening is winding down. After dinner, my sweetheart and I sit together on the sofa in front of the TV, and patch in the laptop video feed. I click on the link to an advance viewing of… Read more »

Thileepan, Hunger and Remembrance

Why Do We Starve? by Brannavy Jeyasundaram, Tamil Guardian, London, September 26, 2018 Starvation occurs in three phases. First, the body halts consumption of glucose, its primary energy source. Then, it scrapes away at fat deposits. Once those are depleted, it finally cannibalizes muscle mass to feed the brain. The body enters a delicate balancing… Read more »

‘A Private War’

by Wendy Ide, ‘The Toronto Star,’ September 13, 2018 The life and death of Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin. Dir. Matthew Heineman. US. 2018. 110 mins Nimbly edited and directed with brio, this portrait of the legendary Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin represents a sure-footed leap for director Matthew Heineman from documentary to… Read more »

Thoughts on the Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. documentary

by a 1rst generation Tamil American, September 6, 2018 Film trailer. I recently had the privilege to see the documentary of the British rapper, producer, and activist M.I.A. at an advance screening hosted by Cinereach, the studio that produced the film. I’ve long been a big fan of her music, often revisiting her albums Kala… Read more »

The Dravidian Sun Sets

by A Kalaiyarasan & Karthick Ram Manoharan, ‘Economic & Political Weekly,’ Mumbai, India, August 8, 2018 When Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief and five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Muthuvel Karunanidhi passed away on 7 August 2018, he had outlived most of his friends and all of his rivals. “Kalaignar,” as he was popularly known among… Read more »

The Man Who was Muthuvel Karunanidhi

DMK patriarch Muthuvel Karunanidhi, a champion of federalism, showed how a regional party leader can become indispensible in the national political sphere by Dharani Thangavelu, ‘LiveMint,’ India, August 7, 2018 Chennai: It was the morning of July 15, 1953. Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) members had launched a protest against the renaming of Kallakudi to Dalmiyapuram, near… Read more »

Losing Santhia, Part One

The death of a Tiger and the fate of a nation by Ben Hiller, ‘Red Flag,’ Australia, July 5, 2018 In October 2017, Santhia, a former high ranking cadre of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (“Homelands”), died in a Jakarta hospital. She was only 42. Almost a decade earlier, she had fled Sri Lanka, via… Read more »

Losing Santhia, Part Two

From cubs to Tigers by Ben Hiller, ‘Red Flag,’ Australia, July 20, 2018 Young Tamil Tigers, Jaffna, early 1990s PHOTO: Roger Parton, rogerparton.com In October 2017, Santhia, a former high ranking cadre of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (“Homelands”), died in a Jakarta hospital. She was only 42. Almost a decade earlier, she had fled… Read more »

Sivakumaran’s Supreme Sacrifice

Of his life was a turning point in the history of Tamil Eelam liberation struggle! by M.K. Eelaventhan, June 14, 2018      This article is based on two of my talks; one is given at the Trans-national government of Tamil Eelam office at 5210 Finch Ave. Unit 24, Scarborough (Middlefield and Finch) on 5th… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap. 3 The Unexpected Explosion

by T. Sabaratanam Chapter 3. The Unexpected Explosion  Volume 1, Chapter 2 ORIGINAL INDEX OF SERIES Original Volume 1, Chapter 3 Karikalan Thangathurai, known as mama, uncle, was in charge of the secret group. There were about 25 youths, most of them from Valvettithurai and relatives. In early 1970, Thangathurai bought two revolvers, of .22 and .38… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap.2, Going in for a Revolver

by T. Sabaratnam Volume 1, Chapter 1 Original index of series Original Volume 1, Chapter 2 Chapter 2: Going in for a revolver Conviction Reinforced Venugobal master’s arguments that parliamentary democratic methods would yield no result reinforced Pirapaharan’s childhood conviction that hitting back is the only option available to the Tamils. The 14–year boy placed his… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap. 1, Why Did He Not Hit Back?

Pirabaharan By T. Sabaratnam Volume 1, Introduction, Part 2 Original index of series Original Volume 1, Chapter 1 Chapter 1: Why didn’t he hit back? “Why didn’t he hit back,” was Pirapaharan’s reaction when he heard from his father, Thiruvenkadam Velupillai, about the burning of the Panadura Pillayar Kovil priest. His father, an admirer of the Federal Party… Read more »

T. Sabaratnam: Pirapaharan, Vol.1, Intro., Part 2

Pirapaharan  By: T. Sabaratnam Introduction (Continued) Original index of series Original Volume 1, Chapter 1 The Language  Tamil youths had been radicalized by the late 1960s.  Language is a matter that touches the heart of every Tamil. They are proud of the antiquity and richness of their language, and linguistic nationalism is part of the psyche of… Read more »

T. Sabaratnam: Pirapaharan, Vol. 1, Intro. Part 1

From the Editor Mr. T. Sabaratnam wrote a history of V. Pirapaharan from 2007-2010 that was posted on the Sangam website.  This history is of the period BEFORE the war began and dwells on the root causes and the background of those involved.  As most of this material is not available elsewhere from a Tamil… Read more »

Remembering A. Sivanandan (1923–2018)

We Are Here Because You Were With Us by Virou Srilangarajah, ‘Ceasefire,’ UK, February 4, 2018 That he was still alive at the time, though in comparative retirement, makes that neglect even sadder.” So wrote Ambalavaner Sivanandan in 1980, commenting on the lack of acknowledgement by black political movements of the 1960s in the United States of the… Read more »

Sivanandan: When Memory Forgets a Giant

by David Renwick, ‘Red Pepper,’ UK, January 6, 2018 Daniel Renwick calls for the whole movement to discover and remember the vital work of A. Sivanandan, who died this week Ambalavaner Sivanandan (Siva) was not en vogue during my life. For activists and anti-racist campaigners of previous generations of the black struggle, though, Siva was a giant. His presence… Read more »

Ambalavaner Sivanandan (1923-2018)

An anti-racist fighter from Ceylon by Virou Srilangarajah, ‘Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka,’ January 17, 2018 “There is nothing, nothing, so horrendous as communal war, ethnic war. Overnight your friend becomes your enemy, every look of your neighbour is laden with threat, every passer-by is an informant. You walk the streets on tiptoe, casting nervous… Read more »