Monthly Archives: January 2023

Journey of a Civilization – Study Program

by Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America (FeTNA) We would like to welcome you all for the final week of our Journey of a civilization study program Concluding remarks: Mr. Balakrishnan R IAS (Retired) Time: 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM EST Zoom Link You are Invited to attend the Grand Finale of the 10… Read more »

Spotlight on Puttalam

Aussie company buys Lankan ilmenite deposit for a pittance by Daily Mirror, Colombo, December 20,2022 The Sri Lanka Cement Corporation owned factories in Kankesanthurai, Puttalam and Galle. The factories in Puttalam and Galle were sold in 1993. The factory in Kankesanthurai didn’t operate due to the war. Although the Puttalam Cement Factory was sold the… Read more »

Is the Fish Thawed But Not in Yet the Pan?

by A. Nillanthan, January 15, 2023 [translated from the original Tamil by Google Translate, with some improvement by the Editor.] A nation is a great mass of people. Nationalism is the gathering of a mass of people. National politics is the method of a government to gather a mass of people. If we think on… Read more »

From Sachi’s File – Chapter 21

On the Sri Lankan Army recruits between Oct 1949 and Dec 1976 by Sachi Sri Kantha, January 14, 2023 After the July 1977 General Elections in Sri Lanka, followed by the August 1977 Sinhala-Tamil riots, I became interested in writing on local politics and establishing myself as a Tamil writer in English. Towards this purpose,… Read more »

Sri Lanka’s Failed Peace Process and the Continuing Challenge of Ethno-territorial Cleavages

by Asanga Welikala, p.255-274 in’Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions,’ Oxford University Press, March 12 2019 Sri Lanka’s failed peace process and the continuing challenge of ethno-territorial cleavages Welikala 2019 Abstract This chapter examines why the peace process in Sri Lanka failed to find a constitutional settlement for the country’s ethno-territorial cleavage, and even enthroned… Read more »

The Sri Lankan Conception of the Unitary State

Theory, practice and history by Asanga Welikala, Centre for Policy Alternatives, Colombo, June 2016 CPA-Working-Paper-1 Concluding Remarks In the years after the brutal denouement of the civil war, there was no progress with regard to reforms towards a reconciliatory and inclusive constitutional settlement for Sri Lanka. If anything, the post-war realignment of politics was in the… Read more »

India: The Last Battle of the American Revolutionary War

by John L. Smith, Jr. ‘Journal of the American Revolution,’ July 8, 2015 The next time you’re in a trivia contest and the question comes up, “What was the last battle of the American Revolutionary War?” the judges will probably be looking for the predictable answer of “Yorktown.”[1] That’s the neat and tidy answer, but… Read more »

Conflict Forced Them From Their Homes

Now the Military Is Occupying Their Land “Future looks bleak. Unless the Tamils get their lost land back, the Tamil areas would soon be colonised by Sinhalese.” by Jeevan Ravindran & Kumanan Kanapathippillai, VICE, New York, January 16, 2023 JAFFNA, Sri Lanka:  Using a bat made of coconut tree bark, 15-year-old Gunasekaram Shatheeskumar was playing… Read more »

MGR Remembered – Part 69

Power and Personality: Peer Perceptions by Sachi Sri Kantha, December 25, 2022 Fellow MGR biographer R. Kannan’s observations, on Part 68, received on Oct 12th , was as follows: “Read your superb chapter that diligently lists the movies where Sivaji Ganesan shunned Kannadasan. The statistics are brilliant and show the hard work that epitomizes your… Read more »

Structures of Tamil Eelam

by Tamil Eelam Economic Development Organisation, 1997 தமிழீழ உட்கட்டுமானம் ‘Structures of Tamil Eelam’ in Tamil A plan for infrastructure development in the North East. Published by World Organization of the LTTE

TNA: an Alliance Fraught with Challenges

Despite electoral losses and brickbats from rival parties and critics, the TNA keeps pushing for a political solution to Sri Lanka’s ethnic question within the framework of a ‘united, undivided, indivisible’ country by Meera Srinivasan, The Hindu, Chennai, January 8, 2023 For most of its two decade-existence, Sri Lanka’s Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has been… Read more »

Hedge Funds Holding Up Vital Debt Relief

for crisis-hit Sri Lanka, warn economists by Larry, Elliot, The Guardian, UK, January 8, 2023 Hedge funds holding up vital debt relief for crisis-hit Sri Lanka, warn economists Exclusive: 182 experts say only debt cancellation offers chance of recovery but private investors are playing hardball Some of the world’s most powerful hedge funds and other investors… Read more »