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Does recovery of arms from former LTTE cadres indicate revival of Tamil insurgency ?

Does recovery of arms from former LTTE cadres indicate revival of Tamil insurgency ?

The 21 km-long Puthukkudiyiruppu-Oddusuddan road progressing through the hinterland of North-Eastern Mullaitivu District, links Puthukkudiyiruppu on the A-35 Paranthan-Mullaitivu highway and Oddusuddan on the A-34 Mankulam-Mullaitivu highway. It was along …

China is doing to Sri Lanka what Great Britain did to China

China is doing to Sri Lanka what Great Britain did to China

China is turning Sri Lanka into a modern day “semi-colony,” the same way Great Britain and Portugal turned south China into their own semi-colonies back in the mid of 19th century. Sri Lanka didn’t lose a war to China. It never ceded any of its territory officially …

TULF demands a Presidential Commission

TULF demands a Presidential Commission

The Secretary General of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) V. Anandasangaree, in a letter addressed to US Ambassador Atul Keshap,  i has posed a question about the ethnic conflict and wants the  International Community to pressurize the Sri Lankan Government to appoint a Presidential Commission …

Abaya: conciliatory tone, concealed an uncompromising message

Abaya: conciliatory tone, concealed an uncompromising message

The arch above the school gate sits like a crown over the pillars that support it on either side. It bears the name ‘Sri Shanmuga Hindu Ladies’ College’, painted in …

Extremism gains ground ?

Extremism gains ground ?

Nine years after the war between the Sri Lankan armed forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended in May 2009, reconciliation between Sri Lanka’s majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils still appears to be a far cry. And most disturbingly, the logjam is …

India must help in the development of Northern and Eastern Provinces

India must help in the development of Northern and Eastern Provinces

The discourse on fundamental issues concerning Sri Lankan Tamils continues to revolve around political settlement, the two key components of which are greater devolution of powers to provinces and the merger of the Northern and Eastern provinces. These two aspects featured in the 1987 Indo-Sri …

Nine years after

Nine years after

Nine years is perhaps too short a time for deep wounds to heal, but it is enough time to begin to introspect. However, going by the polarised views around the anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, there are few signs of that. …

Passed shelf life?

Passed shelf life?

Sri Lanka’ Good Governance regime headed by President Maithripala Sirisena came in 2015 with a promise to end partisan politics and the abolish the Executive Presidency. But its record in the past three years shows that it is going the way previous regimes went, sacrificing …

Indo-Lanka Peace Accord: Stirring up old resentments and hope

Indo-Lanka Peace Accord: Stirring up old resentments and hope

The much-maligned Indo-Lanka Peace Accord of 1987 is back in public focus, courtesy T. Ramakrishnan’s book Or Inapprachinaiyum Or Oppandhamum (An Ethnic Conflict and An Accord), introduced at an event …

TNA May Launch Non-Violent Protest Campaign?

TNA May Launch Non-Violent Protest Campaign?

The Coalition Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe may soon be facing a political challenge from an unexpected quarter namely the Tamil National Alliance(TNA). The TNA regarded …