Monthly Archives: November 2020

A Tribute to 240 MaaVeerars (Great Heroes)

by Sachi Sri Kantha, November 25, 2020 The 240 MaaVeerar (Great Heroes), to whom I pay tribute have been already recognized in the Sooriya Puthalvargal (November 2003) booklet, published as a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam memorial souvenir. Previously on June 23, 2004, I contributed a review of this souvenir. In it, I had listed… Read more »

Glimpses of Nagas & Tamil in Eastern Sri Lanka

Compiled by Eng. Dr. K. Vigneswaran, Nov. 2020 Glimpses of Nagas & Tamil in Eastern Sri Lanka Cover Page Glimpses of Nagas & Tamil in Eastern Sri Lanka From the Compiler — “…Yet, the Government has appointed a Task Force for the management of archaeological remains in the Eastern Province, dominated by former military officials…. Read more »

PTA: Terrorising Sri Lanka for 42 Years

Socio-economic and psychological impact on families of PTA detainees following the Easter Sunday Attacks by Marisa de Silva, Law & Society Trust, Colombo, November 2020 PTA_Terrorising-Sri-Lanka-for-42-years-English “When I was in prison, I met and spoke with other Tamil PTA prisoners, some who had been there for 10 years, with their files not even taken up… Read more »

Autobiography of Kamala Devi Harris

A book review by Sachi Sri Kantha, November 17, 2020 Kamala Harris – The Truths We Hold – An American Journey, Penguin Press, New York, 2019, 318 pp. The back cover blurb for this book states, “An engaging read that provides insights into the influences of [Harris’s] life – most of all, her mother Shyamala… Read more »

TG: Righting Wrongs

Tamil Guardian editorial, London, November 13, 2020  13 November 2020 The prospect of a Biden-Harris administration at the White House has brought both hope and trepidation around the world. In Sri Lanka, some in Colombo’s polity are nervous. Amongst the Tamils, there is both wariness and tempered optimism about what the new administration may bring…. Read more »

Padma Lakshmi: VP-Elect Kamala Harris Moved Me to Tears

Imagine how wide the ripples of impact can be when a woman of color is vice president. By Padma Lakshmi, The New York Times, Nov.13, 2020 Ms. Lakshmi is the host and executive producer of “Taste the Nation” and “Top Chef.” I was on a hike in Garrison, N.Y., when I heard the news of Kamala… Read more »

‘Funny Boy’ and the Indian Tamil Gaze on Ilankai Tamils

by Sharanya Manivannan, Medium, November 15, 2020 I had first known that there was a film adaptation of Shyam Selvadurai’s iconic novel Funny Boy when I had heard about closed screenings of it in Colombo sometime in mid-2020. The story is a bildungsroman about a queer, upper-class Tamil teenager, culminating in the Black July riots of 1983 that… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.2, Chap. 3 The Final Solution

by T. Sabaratnam, May 20, 2004 Volume 2, Chapter 2 Original index of series| 3. The Final Solution I was upset when I saw flames leap up in the direction of Borella. I was deeply troubled when more tongues of flame rose threateningly in that vicinity. Was the information Piyadasa had given me coming true?… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol. 2, Chap.2 The Jaffna Massacre

The Jaffna Massacre by T. Sabaratnam, May 7, 2004 Volume 2, Chapter 1 Original index of series| 2. The Jaffna Massacre Must Put an End Shell-shocked Balthazzaar and his top men held a conference at Gurungar Camp on their return. The radio room had by this time informed Colombo about the blast and the death… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.2, Chapter 1 Thirunelveli Attack

by T. Sabaratnam, April 30, 2004 Volume 2, Introduction Original index of series| 1. Thirunelveli Attack The Ambush Pirapaharan and his men alighted from the minibus which Sellakili parked along the crossroad that connected Point Pedro Road with Palaly Road. They walked up to the junction, in small groups of two or three, turned towards Jaffna… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.2, Introduction

by T. Sabaratnam, April 21, 2004 Volume 1, Chapter 37 Original index of series| Original Vol. 2, Introduction Introduction In the first volume, I chronicled the birth, childhood, growth and the political environment which conditioned the thinking of Pirapaharan. Pirapaharan was born into a devout Hindu family, trustees of one of the famous Hindu temples… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap.37 Heroic Death of Seelan

by T. Sabaratnam, April 15, 2004 Volume 1, Chapter 36 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 37 Dear Readers, With this Chapter I am concluding the first of this 3-volume series. Pirapaharan has entered the scene. From the Thirunelveli ambush Pirapaharan asserts his superiority and gives a new direction to the struggle. At… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap.36 We Are Going to Break Heads

by T. Sabaratnam, April 7, 2004 Volume 1, Chapter 35 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 36 36:  ‘We are going to break heads’ Unguarded Remark David Selbourne was a British journalist who worked for Manchester Guardian and freelanced for many other journals. He had been at the Oxford University with Lalith Athulathmudali. He… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap. 35 Tamil Blood Boils

by T. Sabaratnam, March 31, 2004 Volume 1, Chapter 34 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 35 35:  Tamil Blood Boils Eyewitness Account I was in Trincomalee on 27 November 1982 with Daily News presidential reporter Norton Weerasinghe and photographer Sena Vithanagama to cover the foundation laying function of the Mitsui Cement Factory the… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap.34 Tamils Follow Militant Leadership

by T. Sabaratnam, March 25, 2004 Volume 1, Chapter 33 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 34 34: Tamils Follow Militant leadership Traitors The decision taken by the TULF Working Committee at its meeting on 11 May 1983 at its Nallur office to contest the local government election fixed for 18 May, despite… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chapter 33 Knocking Out the Base

by T. Sabaratnam, March 15, 2004 34. Knocking Out the Base Volume 1, Chapter 32 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 33 Grabbing Land A joint police and army team led by police detectives raided the Pankulam settlement of Tamils of the Indian origin on the orders of Vavuniya Assistant Government Agent at… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap.32 Return of Pirapaharan

by T. Sabaratnam, March 3, 2004 Volume 1, Chapter 31 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 32 32. The Return of Pirapaharan Filling the Vacuum Pirapaharan landed near Valvettithurai before dawn on 18 February 1983, one and a half years after he left for Tamil Nadu. When he left on midnight of 6… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap.31 The Shooting of Shankar

by T. Sabaratnam, February 25, 2004 Volume 1, Chapter 30 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 31 31. The Death of the First Hero Shooting of Shankar Rajani, who was on the verandah of the main house, saw the army jeep entering their compound. She ran through the house to the back door… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap.30 LTTE Guerrillas in Action

by T. Sabaratnam. February 11, 2004 Volume 1, Chapter 29 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 30 30. LTTE Guerillas in Action Nelliady Ambush Pirapaharan’s wish to raise an LTTE army on the lines of Subash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army was natural because he had already gathered a group of active and… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chapter 29 The Indian Interest

by T. Sabaratnam, February 4, 2004 Volume 1, Chapter 28 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 29 29. The Indian Interest Trincomalee Problem The interest RAW officials showed in the Trincomalee harbour helped Pirapaharan to figure out the puzzle. He knew that New Delhi was concerned about its security and its aspiration to… Read more »