Category Archives: authoritarian regimes

Dr Narendran Rajasingham: A Tamil Sri Lankan Indomitable and Sincere

 Michael Roberts, courtesy of Colombo Telegraph, 13  September 2019, where it has a different title

This NOTE is a felicitation of Dr Rajasingham Narendran – a presentation that is long overdue. Narendran was a graduate from Peradeniya University’s Agriculture Faculty, a food scientist with international expertise who was also a fearless advocate for the Sri Lankan Tamil peoples circumscribed within a firm Sri Lankan perspective. He stood for truth in reportage and brought a clinical mind to the appraisal of horrendous circumstances – among them the decomposition of dead bodies in war-torn locales. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under accountability, atrocities, authoritarian regimes, citizen journalism, communal relations, historical interpretation, human rights, IDP camps, landscape wondrous, law of armed conflict, life stories, LTTE, military strategy, patriotism, politIcal discourse, power politics, propaganda, Rajapaksa regime, security, self-reflexivity, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, sri lankan society, Tamil civilians, tamil refugees, Tamil Tiger fighters, the imaginary and the real, world events & processes, zealotry

A Sob Story? Hodge in Batticaloa batting for the Nadeshalingam Family

Amanda Hodge in The Weekend Australian, 7/8th September 2019, where the title is “Mum’s fears for asylum son tainted by time with Tamil Tigers”

On the scuffed green walls of Nadeshalingam Murugappan’s family home in eastern Sri Lanka, a maxim written in English — a language none of the occupants can read — hangs above the television in a room full of anxious ­relatives. It says: “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” Whether “Nades” and his wife Kokilapathmapriya “Priya” Nadarasa end up back in the rural Sri Lankan district of Batticaloa they fled separately years ago — this time with two Australian-born daughters in tow — could be decided before the end of the month.

Nadeshalingam ‘Nades’ Murugappan’s mother Alakamma in the family’s village home in Batticaloa district, Sri Lanka. Picture: Benislos Thushan

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under accountability, asylum-seekers, Australian culture, australian media, authoritarian regimes, charitable outreach, communal relations, conspiracies, cultural transmission, doctoring evidence, economic processes, governance, historical interpretation, human rights, legal issues, life stories, LTTE, performance, politIcal discourse, power politics, refugees, rehabilitation, self-reflexivity, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, slanted reportage, sri lankan society, Tamil civilians, Tamil migration, the imaginary and the real, travelogue, truth as casualty of war, unusual people, working class conditions, world events & processes

Evaluating Jehan Perera’s Assessments of the Presidential Candidates

Edward Upali in Canada, via Email Memo to Thuppahi, September 2019**

In his opinion piece on the Presidential Stakes Jehan Perera (JP) evaluates three of the more likely candidates at the next Presidential Election in Sri Lanka (SL).  However, I have some concerns relative to the criteria he uses to evaluate the prospective candidates.  It is a common practice in Problem Solving, to use the same criteria to all alternatives and score them to choose the best solution.  However, JP who claims to be a lawyer by training, appears to use several sets of criteria /attributes to evaluate three prospective Presidential Candidates

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under accountability, american imperialism, authoritarian regimes, communal relations, constitutional amendments, democratic measures, devolution, economic processes, electoral structures, governance, historical interpretation, human rights, Islamic fundamentalism, island economy, landscape wondrous, legal issues, life stories, nationalism, politIcal discourse, power politics, power sharing, Presidential elections, security, self-reflexivity, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, slanted reportage, sri lankan society, Tamil civilians, Tamil migration, TNA, truth as casualty of war, world events & processes

The Political Paths We Sri Lankans Face

“Friday Forum” in Resurrected Form  Savitri Goonesekere, Chandra Jayaratne et al in Island, 3 September 2019, Presidential Elections And The Peoples’ Options”

In a few months’ time this country will once again make decisions on the political leadership that will guide the destinies of the nation. This is a pivotal point in regard to the direction and manner in which our country will develop in the near future.

Continue reading

2 Comments

Filed under accountability, authoritarian regimes, centre-periphery relations, constitutional amendments, democratic measures, electoral structures, governance, historical interpretation, human rights, Indian Ocean politics, Islamic fundamentalism, island economy, Left politics, legal issues, life stories, parliamentary elections, patriotism, politIcal discourse, Rajapaksa regime, reconciliation, self-reflexivity, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, sri lankan society, truth as casualty of war, unusual people, world events & processes

The Kili Rasputin manipulating Sirisena’s Presidency

TB Bambaradeniya, in Colombo Telegraph with this title “Why The Maharajas Hate Karu Jayasuriya: Failed Coups And The Number 8”

The reclusive Chairman of the Capital Maharaja Organisation R. Rajamahendran, or Kili Maharaja as he is better known, has manipulated and steered the Maithripala Sirisena presidency almost from the outset.

Kili Rajamahendran capitalised quickly on Sirisena’s gratitude to the Sirasa network for being courageous enough to cautiously back his candidacy, when his campaign was being blacked out across all other media loyal to the Rajapaksa regime. Hours after Sirisena was sworn in as President in January 2015, Kili installed failed UNP politician Shiral Lakthilake as coordinating secretary at the Presidential Secretariat. Kili convinced Sirisena to take Shiral Lakthilake on board during a breakfast meeting soon after the election. Lakthilake being staunchly anti-Ranil Wickremesinghe, helped to begin the cold war between President and Prime Minister that has crippled governance for nearly five years and prompted Sirisena to attempt a coup-d’etat in October 2018. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under american imperialism, authoritarian regimes, conspiracies, disparagement, governance, historical interpretation, legal issues, life stories, politIcal discourse, power politics, Rajapaksa regime, security, self-reflexivity, slanted reportage, sri lankan society, the imaginary and the real, unusual people, world events & processes

Shavendra Silva Appointment in USA’s Gunsights

Rajeewa Jayaweera, in Island, 23 August 2019, with this title “Howls against Gen. Silva’s appointment”

The appointment of Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva as the 23rd Commander of the Sri Lankan Army by President Sirisena has resulted in howls of protests from leading members of the so-called international community including the UNHRC Chief. In the home front, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has condemned war time Divisional Commander Gen. Silva’s appointment. Nevertheless, they wholeheartedly supported wartime army commander Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka’s bid for the Presidency in 2010. TNA spokesperson MA Sumanthiran MP tweeted, the appointment “was a serious affront to the Tamil people.” Sumanthiran forgets the election of his leader who recognized LTTE Supremo Prabhakaran as the sole representative of Tamil people, as Leader of Opposition in the Parliament. It was an equally serious affront to the Sinhalese people. People refrain from giving voice to their feelings on the subject due to the charade called reconciliation.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under accountability, american imperialism, authoritarian regimes, citizen journalism, conspiracies, disparagement, historical interpretation, Indian Ocean politics, landscape wondrous, legal issues, life stories, LTTE, military strategy, patriotism, politIcal discourse, power politics, self-reflexivity, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, slanted reportage, sri lankan society, the imaginary and the real, truth as casualty of war, unusual people, war crimes, war reportage, world events & processes

UN Aid Workers in the Crucible of War, 1989-92: William Clarance’s Fascinating Account

Michael Roberts, in SOUTH ASIA¸ Sept 2008, 31: 394-96 reviewing Ethnic Warfare in Sri Lanka and the UN Crisis (London: Pluto Press, and Colombo: Vijitha Yapa Publications, 2007), 296 pp.

This is an unusual book and essential reading for those interested in the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. William Clarance was head of UNHCR’s relief mission in Sri Lanka from 1989 to 1992. He kept a diary and has waited until he had left the arena of international administration before recounting his riveting experiences in the field. 

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under accountability, asylum-seekers, atrocities, authoritarian regimes, centre-periphery relations, charitable outreach, communal relations, disaster relief team, discrimination, economic processes, ethnicity, governance, historical interpretation, human rights, IDP camps, Indian Ocean politics, island economy, landscape wondrous, law of armed conflict, legal issues, life stories, LTTE, Muslims in Lanka, NGOs, politIcal discourse, power politics, refugees, rehabilitation, self-reflexivity, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, sri lankan society, Tamil civilians, Tamil migration, tamil refugees, trauma, unusual people, voluntary workers, war reportage, welfare & philanthophy, women in ethnic conflcits, working class conditions, world events & processes