V. Vivekanandan, Advisor, South Indian Federation of Fishermen Societies, speaks on the issues confronting fishermen in South Tamil Nadu, apropos the problems between India and Sri Lanka over fishing close to the maritime boundary.
Rather than considering a progressive alternative to the two presidential candidates, incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa and ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka, the major minority parties and their representatives have thrown their lot with either of the two candidates for short sighted reasons in upcoming presidential elections.
My post on the same in the Newsclick website.
The way forward in Sri Lanka involves demilitarisation, restoration of the rule of law, and democratisation. These are interlinked so closely that it is impossible to separate them, and on their fulfilment depends not only the political future of Sri Lanka, but also its economic survival.
Vellupillai Prabhakaran is dead and officially dead. A quick blog post on what happened and what entails.
A blog entry on the Lankan conflict – as is; and the way out.
I must beg forgiveness from readers for
overly... focussing too much on the Sri Lankan situation, when as a political commentator there are a million things to be written and talked about in India itself. Perhaps, it is the linguistic root in me that forces me to keep the situation in Sri Lanka in focus.
Enough has been said as to what is going on in Sri Lanka -- a humanitarian crisis for civilians caught between two forces bent on a military Armageddon. The question however remains as to what is now on the horizon as the LTTE is on the precipice.
A Blog entry on the Lankan conflict.
Impunity continues to be the norm where attacks on journalists in Sri Lanka are concerned. Since the murder of Dharmaratnam Sivaram “Taraki” in April 2005, there have been at least 14 other cases of journalists and media workers reported murdered,writes Sukumar Muralidharan.
Lasantha Manilal Wickrematunge was brutally assassinated in broad daylight on a public road. He was murdered on January 8 by cowardly minions for courageously speaking truth to power. Refusing to be silenced by the powers that be, the fearless editor of “The Sunday Leader” fought valiantly against overwhelming odds to expose corruption, nepotism, misgovernance, racism and militaristic triumphalism,writes DBS Jeyaraj.
An editorial by Lasantha,published posthumously in "The Sunday Leader".