Posts Categorized: Sri Kantha

Venugopal Master: 60th Birthday Tribute

by Sachi Sri Kantha; published March 29, 2004 Venugopal Master: a 60th Birthday Tribute to Pirabhakaran’s First Mentor Words most often mutate when they get borrowed by another language and one among the many meanings which they imply gain precedence over other meanings. A good example is the English word ‘master’ [whose root was from Latin, magnus,… Read more »

Tamil Cogs of the ‘Harkara’ System

by Sachi Sri Kantha; published March 21, 2004 Tamil Cogs that Service the Harkara System of News Supply Front Note Following the appearance of my commentary on Col.Karuna [The Tamil Hero turned into a Zero] in the sangam website, one reader requested additional information on the harkara system prevalent in India – to which I have… Read more »

Tamil Hero Turned into a Zero

by Sachi Sri Kantha; March 15, 2004 Col.Karuna: The Tamil Hero who turned into a Zero By fortuitous circumstances, I found myself a guest of Kilinochchi people for a little over four days (March 2nd to 6th and again on 8th), when the Col.Karuna affair flared up in the open. Thus, unlike the contemporary hacks of… Read more »

The Macartney Maneuver

by Sachi Sri Kantha; published February 27, 2004 The Macartney Maneuver: a No-nonsense Straight Lesson from a Cricket Great I’m a subscriber to the Lancet medical journal and the first page I check in a newly received issue is the one which features the humorous column ‘Jabs and Jibes.’ The Feb.21, 2004 issue of Lancet carried a feature… Read more »

Bob Dylan Stares at Sri Lankans

by Sachi Sri Kantha; originally published February 24, 2004 [an up-dated version of what originally appeared in the Tamil Nation website, 24 January 2001] I have a message to posterity in Sri Lanka. If 100 years from now, someone wants to know what was the situation in Sri Lanka at the beginning of the 21st century,… Read more »

A Sri Lankan’s Role in the Leak of Nuclear Secrets

by Sachi Sri Kantha; originally published February 22, 2004 On February 11, 2004, President George W.Bush delivered an address on Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation at the National Defense University, Washington DC. His revelation on the activities of a high-profile Sri Lankan Muslim middleman tied to the leak of nuclear secrets by the Pakistan nuclear scientist… Read more »

‘The Destructors’

by Sachi Sri Kantha, originally published January 27, 2004 Front Note by Sachi Sri Kantha Graham Greene (1904-1991) was one of the 20th century’s most versatile story tellers in English literature. This year marks the centenary of his birth, as well as the 50th anniversary of his short story ‘The Destructors.’ When I read this short… Read more »

Tolstoy & Pirabhakaran Parallels

by Sachi Sri Kantha; published January 21, 2004 Tolstoy’s War and Peace thoughts and Pirabhakaran Parallels Front Note by Sachi Sri Kantha Recently, I located an interesting essay by environmental scientist David Ehrenfeld (Rutger’s University) which appeared in the Conservation Biology journal in 2000. Ehrenfeld had served as the first editor of this journal from 1986 to 1993. In this… Read more »

Tribute to MGR

by Sachi Sri Kantha; published January 18, 2004 Man from Maruthur and Malai Naadu (Mountain State): a Birthday Tribute to legendary MGR [Front Note: This is a revised and extended version of my tribute, which first appeared in the Tamil Nation (London), January 15, 1992, under my pen name C.P.Goliard. I have a reason to present this. In the internet literature, the… Read more »

George Washington & Prabhakaran

by Sachi Sri Kantha; published January 8, 2004 This year, in November, Velupillai Prabhakaran – the leader of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) reaches 50 years. Come November, there will be cautious appraisals, left-handed compliments, snide editorials and even vapid curses from his political adversaries and critics who prostrate at the feet of these adversaries…. Read more »

Celebration of a ‘Death’

by S. Rameswaran; published December 29, 2003 Celebration of a ‘Death’; a war-theme short story by S.Rameswaran Introduction by Sachi Sri Kantha War-theme fiction in Tamil language is a new genre which arose in Sri Lanka, since the Black July 1983 holocaust. This particular genre could not have been generated in other lands (Tamil Nadu, Malaysia… Read more »

‘The Swineherd’

Hans Christian Andersen’s Tale ‘The Swineherd’ Front Note by Sachi Sri Kantha Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), the Danish story-teller, is internationally known for his delightful stories such as Thumbelina (1835), The Emperor’s New Suit (1837) and The Ugly Duckling (1844). One of his lesser-known stories was The Swineherd (1842). I see parallels between this story and the events in contemporary Colombo. Readers are… Read more »

Review of ‘Elusive Mind’

by Sachi Sri Kantha; originally published December 2, 2003 The first and the fibbing biography on the LTTE Leader Book Review: Inside an Elusive Mind: Prabhakaran – The First Profile of the World’s Most Ruthless Guerrilla Leader, by M.R. Narayan Swamy, Konark Publishers Pvt. Ltd, Delhi, 2003, 290 pages. Indian rupees 400. US$ 7.00. In 1989, a… Read more »

Playboy Interview with Nehru

by Sachi Sri Kantha, November 18, 2003 Revisiting That Unusual Playboy magazine Interview of Nehru Introductory Note by Sachi Sri Kantha I was a bit amused to read recently a column by Gouri Chatterjee [The Telegraph, Calcutta; November 6, 2003] in which she had made passing reference to that unusual Playboy magazine interview by the then Indian prime minister Jawaharlal… Read more »

Tamil Place Names Outside the NE

by K. Kularatnam; originally published November 13, 2003 Tamil Place Names in Ceylon outside the Northern and Eastern Provincesby K. Kularatnam [source: Proceedings of the First International Conference Seminar of Tamil Studies, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 1966, vol.1, International Association of Tamil Research, 1968, pp.486-493] Introductory Note by Sachi Sri Kantha Kurankupanchan Camp in the Eelam territory… Read more »

A Debate on the Ethnic Identity of Tamils

by Sachi Sri Kantha, September 17, 2003, originally published November 11, 2003 Introductory Note by Sachi Sri Kantha Thirteen years ago, I was a participant in a debate which filled the pages of the now defunct Lanka Guardian journal edited by Mervyn de Silva. My opponent was Mr. Izeth Hussain, a Sri Lankan diplomat. A paper with… Read more »