Monthly Archives: August 2021

TG: Obituary – Mangala Samaraweera

by Tamil Guardian View, London, August 26, 2021 Mangala Samaraweera, a formidable figure in Sri Lankan politics who previously held several ministerial posts, passed away from COVID-19 at a private hospital in Colombo this week. News of his death was met with international tributes from senior political figures worldwide, including the United States, UK, Europe and… Read more »

An Exclusive Interview with India’s Commodore R. S. Vasan

by A. Jathindra, Centre for Strategic Studies, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, August 24, 2021 Commodore (Ret) R. S. Vasan, Former Regional Commander Coast Guard Region East, Indian Navy is currently, Director Chennai Centre for China Studies and Regional Director National Maritime Foundation Tamil Nadu. China’s influence in Sri Lanka has grown remarkably in recent years. It… Read more »

Ellusive Unity & Eroding Aspirations

Of the Tamils of Sri Lanka by Thambu Kanagasabai, LLM – London, Former Lecturer in Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 25, 2021 There is no doubt that unity is the most uttered and much used and abused word by the Tamil politicians and leaders who took control of the political destiny of Tamils… Read more »

SRTJ: Accountability: Prosecuting and Punishing Gross Violations of Human Rights

and serious violations of international humanitarian law in the context of transitional justice processes Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Fabián Salvioli, Geneva, July 9, 2021 Special Rapporteur on Transitional Justice J A_HRC_48_60_E Sept 2021 Summary The Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice,… Read more »

Postscript on Mullaitivu Falls to Tamil Forces in 1803

by By V P Lingajothy Esq, August 25, 2021 Mullaitivu Falls to the Tamil Forces 210 Years Ago Today Postscript: After writing the above historical essay on Vanni on the 25th of August 2013 in order to commemorate the 210th year anniversary of the capture of Mullaitivu fort by Pandaravanniyan and allied forces led by… Read more »

Reflections on K. R. Ramasamy (1914-1971)

The Singing Star of the ‘40s and ‘50s by Sachi Sri Kantha, August 19, 2021 The name Ramasamy had a good omen among Tamil cinema actors. According to my count, at least five actors carried this name. In chronological order of birth, they are ‘Pulimootai’ (Tamarind-sack) T.R. Ramasamy Aiyar (1912 – ?), ‘Friend’ Ramasamy (1914-1971),… Read more »

How 50% of Tamil Land Has Been Taken

by the Sinhalese by MK Sachithananthan, ‘Kanthalaham,’ 834 Anna Chalai, Chennai 800 002, [date unknown, but after 1995] M K Sachithananthan History of Land Grab  

2nd Vaddukkodai Resolution

by DMK’s Minister of Fisheries A. Radhakrisnan, August 9, 2021 Report on ‘2nd Vaddukoddai Resolution’ video conference held on 1-8-2021 with the participation of Tamil Leaders from Tamil Eelam (North and East of Sri Lanka) and Tamil Nadu, India. —— Second Vaddukkodai Resolution 1 August 2021 2nd Vaddukoddai Resolution video conference seeking India’s immediate and… Read more »

Robert Knox Was Held Captive in Kandy

For nineteen and a half years King Rajasinghe II held him in captivity in the Kandyan Kingdom from 1660 till he escaped through Vanni in 1679 by R Shanmugananthan, August 10, 2021 Robert Knox held captive in Kandy  

Indifference and Impunity Continue 15 years after Muttur Massacre

by Action Contre le Faim, France, August 4, 2021 Action Against Hunger honors the memory of humanitarian aid workers assassinated in Sri Lanka in 2006 and continues to demand justice for the murders of our staff. On August 4, 2006, 17 of our colleagues were executed in Muttur, Sri Lanka. These men and women –… Read more »

Is Foreign Policy Possible for Eelam Tamils?

by A. Jathindra யதீந்திரா, Samakalam, August 9, 2021 [translated by the author] There is talk of a need for a foreign policy for Eelam Tamils. To the extent that things are usually talked about in our environment, those things are not looked at deeply. That is, how can we make the things we present possible?… Read more »

US Continues to Vet Sri Lankan Soldiers

– But are war criminals being let in? by Tamil Guardian, London, August 2, 2021 The United States says that all Sri Lankan soldiers continue to be fully vetted for involvement in human rights abuses before being allowed to train in the country. Recent appointments however point to holes in the vetting process and raise… Read more »

Sea Cucumbers

Chinese sea cucumber farms back in operation in Kilinochchi by Dinasena Ratugamage, Sunday Island, Colombo, August 6, 2021 Two sea cucumber farms, managed by a Chinese company in Kilinochchi, recommenced its operations after fishermen’s associations in Jaffna and Kilinochchi said that they no longer opposed the farms. The operations of the two farms were stopped… Read more »

Oil and Gas Exploration in Mannar Basin Mapped

by Financial Times, Colombo, August 5, 2021 Energy Minister Udaya Gammampila in a gazette notification has published a map of blocks for joint exploration for oil and gas in the Mannar Basin. Titled ‘Hydrocarbon exploration block map of Sri Lanka,’ the map outlines the blocks for exploration licences, development licences and joint studies. The publication… Read more »

Sangam Global Program August 7

* Saturday, August 7, 2021 * 11:0am EDT (US & Canada) 4:00pm BST (UK) 8:30pm IST (India & Sri Lanka) * Live links: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sangam Global ( More at www.Sangam.Global

Reading the Southern Mothers’ Front with Malathi de Alwis

30 years later The report of the Commission of Inquiry for the Western, Southern and Sabargamuwa Provinces (CoI-WSS), the most detailed of all the reports, described the violence of 1988-1991 as a systemic and orchestrated phenomenon, in which those in political power and the law were deeply complicit. It is also unequivocal in concluding that… Read more »