SL military arrests two Tamil youths in Batticaloa for Heroes Day SMS

[Fri, 28 Nov 2014, 20:48 GMT]
The occupying Sri Lankan military that was spying on SMS messages exchanged among the young generation of Eezham Tamils in Batticaloa district on Thursday instructed the SL police to arrest and detain two Tamil youths at Vaazhaich-cheanai police division of Batticaloa district, news sources in Batticaloa said. The SL military had intensified deployment of military intelligence operatives in all places, from places of worship to private tuition centres in the Batticaloa district. Full story >>

Heroes Day in London highlights global significance of Tamil struggle

[Thu, 27 Nov 2014, 18:17 GMT]
Lathan Suntharalingam
Conveying a spirit of struggle taking the Tamil Eelam liberation movement as inspiration, speakers at the Maaveerar Naa'l (Tamil Eelam Heroes Day) event in London highlighted the global significance of the Tamils’ struggle. The powers who collaborated with genocidal Sri Lanka, who take a position of genocide-denial, who deny the nationhood and self-determination of the Eezham Tamils, who banned and still push for the ban of the LTTE – these are the issues that Tamils need to challenge, not just as an ethical responsibility, but also to set a paradigm-setting example for other nations without states, opined Tamil activist Lathan Suntharalingam who spoke at the event. Solidarity speakers at the event also conveyed a similar opinion as regards the nature of the Tamils’ struggle. Full story >>

Tamils mark Pirapaharan's 60th birthday

[Thu, 27 Nov 2014, 06:17 GMT]
Tree planting at VVT
While Tamil poets, students and activists belonging to all Tamil nationalist movements in Tamil Nadu marked LTTE leader Velupillai Pirapaharan's 60th birth anniversary, political activists marked the day with planting trees at the birthplace of Mr Pirapaharan at Valveddithu'rai in Jaffna. The birth anniversary was also observed in several cities in the West. Full story >>

Tamil youth interrogated for alleged possession of Heroes Day poster

[Wed, 26 Nov 2014, 11:22 GMT]
Maaveerar Naa'l poster in Jaffna
Sri Lankan ’Terrorist’ Investigation Division (TID) is interrogating a youth Tamil activist, S. Sulaxan, from Meesaalai in Thenmaraadchi for alleged possession of Tamil Eelam Heroes Day posters, according to SL police in Thenmaraadchi. In the meantime, relatives of the detained youth said SL military intelligence operatives had seized a laptop computer from the youth, who has been a grassroot Tamil national activist in Meesaalai. Full story >>

Opinion Article

Conveying message to Sinhala nation on presidential election

[Tue, 25 Nov 2014, 17:21 GMT]
If State Reform is the real question now in the presidential elections, it is better for Eezham Tamil politicians to leave it to the Sinhala nation to decide. But it is not simply keeping quiet or Tamils painting themselves into a corner. It is keeping quiet with a mission and conveying a message in no uncertain terms to the Sinhala nation and to the powers. In 1977, at the height of the pogrom, J. R. Jeyawardane asked Tamils whether they want peace or war. Now it is the turn of Tamil politicians to tell in a different way, whether the Sinhala nation wants peace by sharing territory and sovereignty in the island with the Eezham Tamil nation, so that the power games in the island could be faced jointly, or whether it wants to continue with the genocide to invite war – this time a war of competing imperialisms fulfilling their greed for the entire island. Full story >>

SL Navy arrests 14 Tamil Nadu fishermen in Jaffna

[Mon, 24 Nov 2014, 00:03 GMT]
The occupying Sri Lanka Navy on Sunday arrested 14 fishermen from Tamil Nadu in the seas off Nedun-theevu (Delft). Three of them are below the age of 18, according to SL police sources. When the engine of a fishing boat had broken, other fishermen had come to the spot to help the fishermen. The SL Navy has assaulted the fishermen, including 14-year-old Dineshkumar, 17-year-old Naveen and 18-year-old Satheeskumar, sources in Nedun-theevu said. Full story >>

3RD LEAD

Professor Chelva Kanaganayakam passes away

[Sun, 23 Nov 2014, 10:24 GMT]
Chelva KanaganayagamProfessor Chelva Kanaganayakam, an Eezham Tamil academic who held the rare distinction of being the professor of English in a reputed university of a native English-speaking country, Canada, passed away in Montreal on Sunday. He was Professor of English at the University of Toronto. Recently he has been awarded the highest literary recognition of the country, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. A function was held at Montreal related to the award. After attending the function, and while on his way to dinner that followed the function, he suffered a massive heart attack. He was 62. Professor Kanaganayakam’s father, Professor Chelvanayagam was a distinguished Tamil scholar at the University of Peradeniya in the 1960s. Kanaganayakam was Lecturer in English at the University of Jaffna in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Full story >>

2ND LEAD

Maithiripala Sirisena of SLFP emerges as common opposition candidate contesting Rajapaksa

[Fri, 21 Nov 2014, 11:17 GMT]
Maithiripala SirisenaThe main opposition United National Party (UNP) in the South on Friday decided to support Maithiripala Sirisena as the common candidate of the opposition to contest the upcoming Presidential election against the SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Currently, Mr. Maithiripala Sirisena is holding the post of Minister of Health in the Rajapaksa cabinet and the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, a constituent of the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA). Full story >>

Buddhist Vihara of JHU parliamentarian attacked in South

[Thu, 20 Nov 2014, 14:24 GMT]
A group of unidentified men attacked Buddhist Vihare of JHU parliamentarian Venerable Athula Ratana Thursday morning, news sources in Colombo said. The Vihare is located along Gothami Road in Borella. The attack comes a few days after the extreme Buddhist monks party JHU withdrew its support to the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance. The extremist JHU is making alliance with the opposition against SL president Rajapaksa seeking re-election for presidency for third time. Full story >>

Former LTTE member reported missing in Jaffna

[Wed, 19 Nov 2014, 11:05 GMT]
31-year-old Anthonimuthu Anton Jeyaron has been reported missing since Monday, according to a complaint by his wife in Jaffna on Tuesday. The incident comes amidst Sri Lanka Army stepping up harassment of former LTTE members before Tamil Eelam Heroes Day on 27 November. The Sri Lanka Army had earlier released Mr Jeyaron after so-called rehabilitation, his wife further said. He had been in Vanni till May 2009 and surrendered to the SL military at the end of the war. Full story >>

Rajapaksa’s budget passed by a majority 95 votes

[Mon, 24 Nov 2014, 15:08 GMT]
The 2015 Budget of the United People Freedom Alliance government was passed in Sri Lanka’s parliament Monday around 5:00 p.m. with a majority of ninety five votes amid speculation that more parliamentarians from the government ranks might cross over to the opposition supporting the Common Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena, news sources in Colombo Full story >>

Heroes Day marked in occupied Tamil Eelam

[Thu, 27 Nov 2014, 15:30 GMT]
Heroes Day marked in Mullaiththeevu
Amidst hundreds of Sri Lankan soldiers deployed surrounding the University of Jaffna, a group of students who were inside the premises of the university lit the common flame of sacrifice at the Selvanagam Block. A selected group of journalists witnessed the event. Defying threats from the occupying Sri Lanka Army soldiers, bells were tolled at temples and churches. Sacrifices were offered at churches in Thenmaraadchi. Former LTTE members gathered at various places paying tribute to their fallen fighters. The families of the fighters who had laid down their lives for the liberation of Eezham Tamils, gathered at secret locations, made memorial monuments in paper and paid their tribute in a touching way, according to the journalists who witnessed the events. Full story >>

3RD LEAD

Es Po passes away in Australia

[Wed, 26 Nov 2014, 20:32 GMT]
Es PoVeteran Eezham Tamil creative writer, author, translator, columnist, literary critic and publisher S. Ponnuthurai passed away at the age of 82 in Sydney, Australia, on Wednesday. He was popularly known as Es Po. Born in 1932 at Nalloor in Jaffna, Es Po studied at Madras Christian College and at Annaamalai University. Writing nearly for six decades, Es Po was a school by himself in contemporary Tamil literature. His demise creates an irreplaceable vacuum in the literary world of Eezham Tamils. At a time, especially after 2009, when many Tamil academics, intellectuals and writers, thinking of ‘acceptability’ of the Establishments, were opportunistically detractive, evasive or ambiguous in their expressions on the national liberation of Eezham Tamils, Es Po's voice was the foremost in loudly justifying it. Full story >>

SL military deployed everywhere, Jaffna University shut down

[Wed, 26 Nov 2014, 07:59 GMT]
SL military deployment in Jaffna
The occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka has deployed armoured vehicles at the entrance to the University of Jaffna since Tuesday evening when the university administration was forced to announce that the university has been shut down from 25th of November till 01st of December. The US-trained commander of the SL military in Jaffna, Major General Udaya Perera was insistent on closing down the university during the Tamil Eelam Heroes Day, informed sources said. Students were forced to abstain from attending the classes following the harassments caused by the SL military deployment. Finally, the SL military instructed the university administration to shut down the education activities citing low attendance of the students at the faculties of Arts and Science. Full story >>

SL military raped conscripted Tamil women after Rajapaksa meeting

[Tue, 25 Nov 2014, 09:07 GMT]
47 Eezham Tamil women from Mullaiththeevu, recently conscripted to the occupying SL military and put under the Civil Security Department (CSD), were taken to Mihintale on 22 Saturday when SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa was on a trip to the ‘sacred city’. After the president of genocidal Sri Lanka requested the Tamil women to engage in campaign supporting him, the SL soldiers were having a party. Some of the 47 Tamil women were raped by the Sinhala soldiers and the others were subjected to sexual harassment, one of the victims told TamilNet on Monday. The women were also sexually harassed in the bus on their way back to Mullaiththeevu. Full story >>

Sampanthan suspected of clandestine deal

[Sun, 23 Nov 2014, 23:28 GMT]
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentary Group Leader R. Sampanthan is suspected of making a clandestine deal on his own with former SL president Chandrika Kumaratunga on supporting the common opposition candidate Maithiripala Srisena, informed sources in Colombo said on Sunday. The deal harps of implementing the 13th Amendment, bringing in changes in the Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) and in changing the governors of the North and East. There was no discussion on international investigations of the war crimes. Sampanthan’s suspected secret deal raises eyebrows within the TNA and there is already heated discussion on the issue, the sources further said. Full story >>

Feature Article
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Landslide exposes land-related deprivation of Up-Country Tamils

[Sat, 22 Nov 2014, 14:35 GMT]
The SL military is interfering in the assistance and resettlement of the Up-Country Tamil landslide victims in Meeriya-bedda in the same manner it interferes in the resettlement of Tamils in the North and East. The military is everywhere monitoring everyone visiting the affected. The victims have been demanding proper responses to their questions on where and how the resettlement housing and livelihood plans would be implemented, before moving into a longer-term temporary settlement inside an abandoned station factory. SL military, doctors and nurses, claiming to assist the the Tamil victims are all Sinhala-speakers. The military and language are used as means of oppression. A Sinhala-Buddhist supremacist approach is oppressing minorities in the Up-Country, said Rev Fr Fontgallan of the Leo Marga Ashram in Bandarawela. Full story >>

Feature Article

Recent books on regions of Tamil Eelam

[Fri, 21 Nov 2014, 10:40 GMT]
Four voluminous books have recently been published on the Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Vanni and Jaffna regions of the country of Eezham Tamils. The publications, resulting from the efforts and contributions of Eezham Tamils in the island and in the diaspora, show the rise of a new generation as well as the conviction of the old generation in documenting the history and culture of the regions and people of Tamil Eelam with a geographical sense of attachment. The political geographic nuance of the publications subtly responds to the New Delhi–Washington–Colombo genocide partners’ denial of territorial and historical sovereignty claim of the nation of Eezham Tamils in the island. On the other hand, the publications implicitly impel the Eezham Tamils of the various regions in the island to understand the milieu and needs of one another in strengthening the nation with new equations. Full story >>

Colombo constructed 463 Buddhist viharas in 2013 in North-East: TNA MP

[Thu, 20 Nov 2014, 08:09 GMT]
At the end of the year in 2012 there were 10,349 Buddhist temples in the Northern and Eastern provinces. But, at the end of the year 2013 the figure has increased to 10,812, according to Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian from Batticaloa Seenithamby Yogeswaran. The genocidal Sri Lankan State has constructed 463 new Buddhist temples in the occupied country of Eezham Tamils in one year alone. The structural genocide on Eezham Tamils is continuing unabated with the deployment of Sinhala ‘Army and Archaeology’ by Colombo, the ‘Time and Space’ provided through the Geneva discourse by the West and is encouraged by the nexus between the ‘Hindutva’ New Delhi and the ‘Sinhala Buddhist’ Colombo, commented Eezham Tamil political observers in the East. Full story >>

TNA not in haste to take decision on SL Presidential election: Sampanthan

[Tue, 25 Nov 2014, 12:15 GMT]
The parliamentary group of the Tamil National Alliance after about two hour discussion held at parliamentary complex on Monday evening decided not to take any hasty decision on the forthcoming Presidential election immediately. TNA Parliamentary Group Leader and Trincomalee district parliamentarian Mr R. Sampanthan presided the meeting. Full story >>

SL presidential election to be held on January 08, 2015

[Fri, 21 Nov 2014, 16:16 GMT]
The Sri Lankan presidential election will be held on January 08, 2015, according to the gazette notification issued by the SL Election Commissioner Mahinda Desapriya on Friday. Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2001:
2001 Nov 29 14:02      Jaffna students burn Tamil minister’s effigy
2001 Nov 29 08:32      General shut in NE against EPDP atrocity
2001 Nov 29 07:43      Villagers attack EPDP camps
2001 Nov 29 04:46      Grenade attack on Jaffna Univ. hostel
2001 Nov 29 00:13      Hartal call after EPDP assault kills 2
2001 Nov 29 00:13      No more police transfer, says IGP
2001 Nov 29 00:12      SLA shells Mutur villages
1999:
1999 Nov 29 05:04      Colombo UNP office damaged
1999 Nov 29 04:50      TULF MP urges Government to accept talk offer
1999 Nov 29 04:49      Jaffna Catholics appeal to UN, Pope
1998:
1998 Nov 29 22:02      LTTE attack injures five policemen
1998 Nov 29 20:56      Prayers for the hungry in Vanni
1998 Nov 29 20:53      Armed men rob village shops
1998 Nov 29 20:49      Police fire injures Muslim youth
1998 Nov 29 10:06      Tigers, SLA clash in Jaffna
1998 Nov 29 08:33      SLA patrol ambushed
1998 Nov 29 06:19      Tortured, raped detainee set free
1997:
1997 Nov 29 23:59      Araipattai STF camp attacked
1997 Nov 29 23:59      Riot police smashed prison protest
1997 Nov 29 23:59      SLA cordoned off Neervely
1997 Nov 29 23:59      Jaffna emergency aid blocked
1997 Nov 29 23:59      GA intervenes to lift road blockade
The idea creates it martyrs. And in martyrdom there is an incalculable spiritual magnetism which works miracles. A whole nation, a whole world catches the fire which burned in a few hearts;... the idea begins to create its heroes and fighters, whose numbers and courage defeat only multiplies and confirms until the idea militant has become the idea triumphant. Such is the history of the idea, so invariable in its broad lines that it is evidently the working of a natural law
-Sri Aurobindo
Writings in 1907
Bengali: 15th Aug 1872 - 5th December 1950)
Indian nationalist, freedom fighter, philosopher, yogi, guru, and poet
Created a dialectic mode of salvation for all mankind.

 

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Maaveerar Naa'l, 2008
[27.11.14]
Heroes Day: “With its greed for land, Sinhalam has entered a militaristic path of destruction. It has sought to build the support of the world to confront us. It is living in a dreamland of military victory. [...] It is true Tamil Eelam is a small nation on the globe. However it is a nation with great potential. It is a nation with a characteristic individuality. It has a distinctive language, cultural heritage and history. Sinhalam seeks with its military might to destroy all these. It seeks to destroy Tamil sovereignty and replace it with Sinhala sovereignty. [...] Let us all make a firm and determined resolution to follow fully the path of our Heroes, who, in pursuit of our aspiration for justice and freedom, sacrificed themselves and have become a part of the history of our land and our people.” - LTTE Leader V Pirapaharan [Heroes Day, 27 November 2008]
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Es Po
[26.11.14]
Es Po passes away: Veteran Eezham Tamil creative writer, author, translator, columnist, literary critic and publisher S. Ponnuthurai passed away at the age of 82 in Sydney, Australia, on Wednesday. He was popularly known as Es Po. Writing nearly for six decades, Es Po was a school by himself in contemporary Tamil literature. His demise creates an irreplaceable vacuum in the literary world of Eezham Tamils.
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Elections
[25.11.14]
Opinion: Conveying message to Sinhala nation on presidential election: If State Reform is the real question now in the presidential elections, it is better for Eezham Tamil politicians to leave it to the Sinhala nation to decide. But it is not simply keeping quiet or Tamils painting themselves into a corner. It is keeping quiet with a mission and conveying a message in no uncertain terms to the Sinhala nation and to the powers.
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Chelva Kanaganayagam
[23.11.14]
Professor Chelva Kanaganayakam passes away: Professor Chelva Kanaganayakam, an Eezham Tamil academic who held the rare distinction of being the professor of English in a reputed university of a native English-speaking country, Canada, passed away in Montreal on Sunday. He was Professor of English at the University of Toronto. Recently he has been awarded the highest literary recognition of the country, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
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Rev Fr S Guy de Fontgalland
[22.11.14]
Landslide exposes land-related deprivation of Up-Country Tamils: The SL military is interfering in the assistance and resettlement of the Up-Country Tamil landslide victims in Meeriya-bedda in the same manner it interferes in the resettlement of Tamils in the North and East. The military is everywhere monitoring everyone visiting the affected. The military and language are used as means of oppression. A Sinhala-Buddhist supremacist approach is oppressing minorities in the Up-Country, said Rev Fr Fontgallan of the Leo Marga Ashram in Bandarawela.
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Books on regions of TE
[21.11.14]
Recent books on regions of Tamil Eelam: Four voluminous books have recently been published on the Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Vanni and Jaffna regions of the country of Eezham Tamils. The publications, resulting from the efforts and contributions of Eezham Tamils in the island and in the diaspora, show the rise of a new generation as well as the conviction of the old generation in documenting the history and culture of the regions and people of Tamil Eelam with a geographical sense of attachment.
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Nakuleswaran
[16.11.14]
Interest in resettlement cost life to Nakuleswaran: Funeral of assassinated Krishnasamy Nakuleswaran was held on Sunday at his village, Eekam-kudiyiruppu (settlement of sacrifice), at Ve’l’laang-ku’lam in Mannaar. The residents of the village were of the opinion that Nakuleswaran’s interest in working for the proper resettlement of his people had cost him his life.
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MSS Pandian
[10.11.14]
MSS Pandian passes away: Professor MSS Pandian, a renowned historian of the Dravidian movement and Professor of History at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi passed away on Monday at the age of 57. Known by friends and colleagues to be a supporter of movements for social justice, he was also a long-standing supporter of the Tamil Eelam liberation struggle.
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Professor Sivasamy passes away
[08.11.14]
Professor V. Sivasamy passes away: Professor V. Sivasamy, retired professor of Sanskrit of the University of Jaffna and was teaching until recently at the university, passed away in Jaffna on Saturday at the age of 81. As a multifaceted scholar in Sanskrit, Tamil, History, Archaeology, Epigraphy, Hindu Civilization and Fine Arts, and as a profound writer in Tamil and English, he was a silent legend in shaping the contemporary academic history of Eezham Tamils.
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Gajen Ponnambalam
[24.08.14]
TNPF leader speaks on independent, concerted, Tamil foreign policy: Realising that our struggle has long been used by powers in their engagements with the island, we as a nation must work towards a concerted foreign policy, although we don’t have State, said Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) leader Mr. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam in an interview to TamilNet on Saturday.
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N Malathy
[26.06.14]
Eezham Tamils and duplicity of West’s human rights campaigns: The progress in women security achieved through liberation movements in Asia are more substantive than any that was achieved or could be achieved by the campaigns of the West-activists. Yet, why do they ignore the former and focus only on the latter? Is it because it gives the West-activists and by implication those in the West in general the moral high ground to look down upon the “others”, asks Dr. N. Malathy, in an article sent to TamilNet.
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Udaya Perera
[29.04.14]
Sinhala military operates US-trained ‘counterinsurgency’ in Jaffna: The commander of the genocidal Sri Lankan military in the Jaffna peninsula, Maj. Gen. Udaya Perera, who was trained and awarded in the US Army War College in 2012, after his role as director of SL Army operations in the genocidal onslaught in 2009 followed by counter-insurgency foreign service targeting Tamil diaspora from Malaysia, is deploying new tactics for furthering the structural genocide against Eezham Tamils in his position as the commander of SL military occupying the peninsula.
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Higginbottom
[24.03.14]
UK long blighted cause of Eezham Tamils, contributed to genocide: “The UK’s permanent representative at the United Nations, a man called Sir John Sawers, who was at that time the permanent representative to the UN, stopped any Security Council discussion about the crisis in Sri Lanka in February 2009. This was the exact point, as we know very well from the Petrie Report that the UN officers were raising massive alerts inside the organisation about the impending massacre,” said British criminology academic Dr Andy Higginbottom, addressing a media meet in Geneva.
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Learning lessons
[11.03.14]
US draft ‘positive’ on many counts in making Tamils ‘learn lesson’: The US draft tabled at the UNHRC has to be recognized for its positive aspects in disguise that make Tamils learn historic lessons, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island.
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PPT releases final verdict at Geneva
[22.01.14]
PPT judgement upholds Eelam Tamil identity and nomenclature: The full report of the judgement of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Sri Lanka (Bremen Session), released on Wednesday, came out with a discussion on the choice of nomenclature to identify the victims of genocide and has decided on the use of the term “Eelam Tamils as a national group.”
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Tamil Nadu
[13.01.14]
Opinion: Tamil Nadu needs to initiate Vietnam-like international struggle: The PPT indicting Sri Lanka for the genocide and continued genocide committed with the complicity of the USA, UK and India, against Eelam Tamils as a national group, and the TN Assembly under the leadership of Ms. Jayalalithaa passing unanimous resolutions on international investigations and referendum among Eezham Tamils, are no small steps. But, how to translate them into political action, before it is too late, is the question.
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Boycott Sri Lanka
[07.01.14]
People’s struggle of Eezham Tamils begins from stopping ‘Sri Lanka’ usage: A people’s struggle in fact begins from their households, first by consciously deleting the words Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan from usage, writes a Tamil activist for alternative politics in the island.
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Sinhala nameboard of Mullatithteevu stupa
[04.01.14]
Opinion: Theravada Sinhala Buddhism needs further understanding in Tamil Nadu: People of Tamil Nadu especially, and India in general, have to carefully and subtly understand the difference between Mahayana Buddhism advised for Dalits in India by Ambedkar and the Theravada Sinhala-Buddhism of the island of Lanka.
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