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Archive of posts filed under the by D.B.S. Jeyaraj category.

Southern Nightingale S. Janaki and the Story of Her Popular ♫Singaara Velanae Deva♫ Song

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj Sishtla Sreeramamurthy Janaki popularly known as S. Janaki celebrates her 76th birthday today. The well known Indian singer of film songs who is praised as the “nightingale of the South” was born on April 23rd 1938 during the British colonial period at Pallapatla in Repalle. The Repalle town is located in the [...]

How the Army Killed Three Top Tigers-Theiveegan,Appan and Gobi- Who Tried to Revive the LTTE in Sri Lanka.

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj The traditional April new year named “Jaya” or Victory dawned on a positive note this year for Sri Lanka. A massive security operation launched by the Sri Lankan armed forces had resulted in the deaths of three persons in the Jungles of Vedivaithakallu-Oothukkulam-Bogaswewa in the North. Paradoxical as it may appear the [...]

The Unforgettably Popular Film Songs of Tamil Cinema Classic “Devadas” ♫

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The demise of renowned Telugu actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao has revived memories of his many films.Although most of his films are in Telugu, the great thespian has acted in several Tamil films too. “Devadas”, “Anarkali”, “Manithan Maaravillai”, “Manjal Mahimai”, “Engal Veetu Mahalakshmi”, “Kalyanapparisu” are but some of the films featuring Nageswara Rao who [...]

♥ Remembering PB Sreenivas and His Enchanting Duets With S. Janaki ♫

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj The traditional April new year dawned on a sad note for me last year.I woke up to the news that well –known singer of film songs Prathivadi Bayankara Sreenivas (P.B.S) had passed away in India. He was one of my favourite filmsong singers.I grew up with the Tamil film songs of people [...]

D.B.S. Jeyaraj’s Journey Home: Journalist in Exile Visits Sri Lanka for the First Time in 25 Years

Marianne David Interviews DBS Jeyaraj for DailyFT Pix by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai Introduction Forced into exile 25 years ago and compelled to stay away in order to stay alive, journalist D.B.S. Jeyaraj always dreamt of returning to Sri Lanka. That flame of hope flickered occasionally, as the war dragged on and then escalated despite intermittent ceasefires, [...]

Tiger vs Tiger: Tenth Anniversary of Revolt Led By Eastern LTTE Leader “Col” Karuna

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Ten years have passed since the once dreaded Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) experienced an internal politico-military revolt spearheaded by its erstwhile Eastern regional commander Vinayagamoorthy Muralidharan alias “Col” Karuna. The revolt lasting six weeks from March 3rd to April 11th 2004 was ruthlessly suppressed through military means by the mainstream LTTE [...]

Eight Persons Including a Woman Arrested In Raid on Dehiwela Bakery released By TID Police; More Being Held Under PTA Will be Released Soon.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Eight Persons including a woman who were under detention for more than three weeks breathed the air of freedom on the eve of the traditional April new year. These eight persons taken into custody by the Police after a lightning raid on a bakery in Dehiwela some weeks ago. Twelve persons including the [...]

424 Individuals Designated By Sri Lankan Govt May be Blacklisted and Have Their Assets and Economic Resources Frozen

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The Sri Lankan Government has designated 424 individuals and sixteen organizations including the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) under the United Nations Act No 45 of 1968 by Gazette Extraordinary No 1856/41dated March 21st 2014. Details of the listing of the LTTE and fifteen other entities suspected of being LTTE fronts by [...]

Crackdown on LTTE Colombo Cell Reveals Plot to Assassinate President Rajapaksa or his Brother Gotabhaya

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj Hectic events over the past few weeks in Sri Lanka have driven home three salient truths on the security front relating to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) organization. The first is that tiger or pro-tiger elements in the Tamil Diaspora will persist with efforts to resurrect the LTTE and disrupt life [...]

“Supersinger Winner Diwakar, “Balaey Pandia” Film and the TMS-Raju Song”Neeyay Unakku Endrum Nigaraanavan”

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj ♫ “Neeyay Unakku Endrum Nigaraanavan”♫ The fourth season of Vijay TV Airtel Supersinger Competition has concluded with a fairy tale ending. The winner Diwakar is from a humble social background and without any formal training in singing. Diwakar was not only the choice of the Judges, but also of the people who endorsed [...]

LTTE Nediyavan Group Deputy Leader Nanthagopan Brought to Sri Lanka With Help From Iran And Malaysia

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The Sri Lankan defence establishment has successfully accomplished the feat of renditioning a senior leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) functioning abroad with the aid and cooperation of Iranian and Malaysian authorities. The “Daily Mirror” learns reliably that the senior LTTE leader Nanthagopan was brought to Sri Lanka exactly one month [...]

Nediyavan, Vinayagam, Rudra and Fr. Emmanuel Viewed by Govt as Four Formidable Foes From the Global Tamil Diaspora

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE)organization and fifteen other entities suspected of being tiger fronts were proscribed by the Sri Lankan Government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa last week. The Sri Lankan ministry of External Affairs issued a terse press release announcing the proscription. It stated as follows – “An order, designating persons [...]

Sri Lanka Govt Lists Person Who Died Two Years Ago Among The Names of Living Individuals Designated Through Gazette Notification

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Among the 422 individuals designated by the Sri Lankan Government through a gazette Extraordinary issued on March 21st 2014 is included the name of a person who died two years ago. The 86th name in the relevant Gazette notification is that of Karunanithi Thurairatnam a.k.a Thurai. The notification also states that Thurairatnam was [...]

Sri Lanka Proscribes 15 Suspected LTTE Front Organizations Abroad as Foreign Terrorist Entities Under UN Resolution 1373

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The Sri Lankan Government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa has in a decisive move with far reaching implications proscribed as foreign terrorist entities several overseas organizations suspected of being fronts of the Liberaton Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE). The Government of Sri Lanka against which a US sponsored resolution was passed by the UN [...]

Shooting Incident at Tharmapuram: Is There a Real LTTE Resurgence in the North?

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj Two pistol shots rang out in the afternoon of Thursday March 13th 2014 at house No. 5 of the Indian Housing scheme in Musalampitty in the Puliyampokkanai area of Tharmapuram region in Kilinochchi district. A fifty year old Police officer named Ratnakumara attached to the Terrorism Investigation Division(TID)was injured. The man suspected [...]

Is the TNA Genuinely Calling For An International Probe Into LTTE Conduct During the War?

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ The Tamil National Alliance(TNA)regarded as the premier political configuration of the Sri Lankan Tamils issued a public statement last week after “careful consideration to the draft resolution on Sri Lanka proposed at the 25th sessions of the Human Rights Council by the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav [...]

Human Rights Defenders Ruki Fernando and Rev.Fr. Praveen Mahesan Released From Custody by the Police Terrorism Investigation Divison.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Two Sri Lankan Human Rights defenders who were detained and arrested under provisions of the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) have been now released.Though held for 51 hours and interrogated without access to lawyers or relatives ,the respected human rights activists were released without any charges being filed against them. The two [...]

Human Rights Defenders Ruki Fernando and Rev.Fr.Praveen Mahesan are Being Detained at the Terrorism Investigation Division Headquarters under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj LATEST UPDATE Deputy Inspector-General(DIG) of Police Chandra Wagista who is in charge of the Terrorism Investigation Division(TID)confirmed to lawyers watching the interests of detained Human Rights Defenders Ruki Fernando and Ref.Fr.Praveen Mahesan that both persons were being held at the TID headquarters in Colombo. DIG Wakista who informed the lawyers concerned of the [...]

Jayalalithaa Jayaram: From Alluring Actress to Powerful Politician

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj (Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ms.Jayalalithaa Jayaram is celebrating her 66th Birthday on February 24th. A condensed version of an article written on the occasion of her 60th birthday in 2008 is being reproduced here) India in general and its Tamil Nadu state in particular have spawned many colourful political personalities. Standing out among [...]

Vettivelu Yogeswaran the Darling of Tamil Youths who Became Jaffna MP

By D. B. S. Jeyaraj 80th Birth Anniversary on February 5th Last week saw this column paying tribute to the memory of Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) MP Dr.Neelan Tiruchelvam on account of his 70th birth anniversary.This column focuses this week on another departed TULF Parliamentarian whose 80th birth anniversary was on February 5th. Former [...]

Sixty-six Years of Independent Sri Lanka and the “Tamil State of Mind” .

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj (Updated version of the “DBS Jeyaraj Column” article that appeared in the “Daily Mirror”of February 2nd 2013) Sri Lanka will Celebrate its Sixty-sixth Anniversary of Independence from the United Kingdom this Monday. The country then known as Ceylon obtained full freedom from the British on February 4th 1948.Completing 66 years is significant [...]

Neelan Tiruchelvam the Foremost Intellectual of Contemporary Tamil Politics

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Seventieth Birth Anniversary on January 31st 2014 January 31st is the birthday of eminent Constitution lawyer, academic and politician Dr.Neelakandan Tiruchelvam. Neelan as he was popularly known would have completed the biblical life span of three score years and ten had he been among the living today. Born on January 31st 1944,Neelan Tiruchelvam, [...]

TNA Targets Northern Province Chief Secretary R. Wijiyaludchumi Demanding her Immediate Removal.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The Tamil National Alliance(TNA) is now directing its anger towards Northern Province Council(NPC) Chief Secretary Ms.Wijiyaludchumi Ramesh instead of Northern Governor GA Chandrasiri as it did earlier. The TNA despite winning 30 of the 38 seats of the Northern Provincial council seats at elections held on September 21st 2013 has been unable to [...]

Is LTTE Leader “Ezhilan”s Wife Anandhi Sasitharan a Voice of the Victims Or of the Perpetrators of Injustice?

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj Anandhi’s Husband Ezhilan Committed many Atrocities Against Tamil Civilians of Wanni Anandhi Sasitharan wife of senior Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) leader Sinnathurai Sasitharan alias Ezhilan began grabbing the attention of Northern voters when the Provincial council election campaign got underway.As the only woman candidate fielded by the Tamil national alliance(TNA) in [...]

Anandhi Sasitharan the Vibrant Wife of Senior Tiger Leader Ezhilan

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Controversial Northern Provincial Councillor Anandhi Sasitharan is once again in the news. Sections of the media reported that the Defence ministry was pondering on the possibility of making the 42 year old wife of former senior tiger leader Ezhilan undergo a period of rehabilitation in order to “prevent her from propagating separatist sentiments”. [...]

Mobs Led by Buddhist Monks Attack Two Christian Churches at Hikkaduwa in Southern Sri Lanka During Sunday Worship

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj “Saffron terror” in the form of an ethno religious fascist organization called “Hela Bodu Pawura”descended upon the coastal town of Hikkaduwa in Sri Lanka’s southern province on Sunday January 12th 2014! Mobs led by Buddhist priests launched attacks on two christian churches while Sunday worship was in progress demanding that the places [...]

House Where Foursquare Church Conducts Services Set on Fire at Homagama in Sri Lanka

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj A house in the suburbs of Colombo city in Sri Lanka where Christian worship and prayers were being held was set on fire in the early hours of Sunday January 12th 2014 by “unknown” elements. This incident is separate to that of the twin attacks launched against two Christian churches in the Southern [...]

Conspiracy in TNA to Oust C.V. Wigneswaran as Northern Chief Minister.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Even as newly elected Northern Province chief minister Canagasabapathy Viswalingam Wigneswaran is embroiled in an imbroglio with the Northern Governor GA Chandrasiri over the question of exercising authority in the province,sections of the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) are reportedly engaged in surreptitious moves to dislodge the former Supreme court Judge from his post and [...]

Lasantha Wickrematunge Remained Unbowed and Unafraid to the Very End

Fifth Death Anniversary of the Assassinated “The Sunday Leader” Editor By D.B.S.Jeyaraj I vividly remember that long night in Toronto on January 7th/8th 2009 which was daytime in Colombo.The telephone rang while I was reading a magazine article on the wildlife in Sri Lanka. It was Dushi (Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai). She broke the news that Lasantha [...]

Chief Minister Wigneswaran Must Get Northern Council Working by Dealing Directly With President Rajapaksa

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj The new year started off on a positive note for Canagasabapathy Viswalingam Wigneswaran! The Northern province chief minister was invited by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for a discussion on January 2nd.A direct meeting with the Executive President was something the former Supreme court Judge had been trying to secure for a [...]

Remembering Joseph Pararajasingham the “Uncrowned King of Batticaloa”

by D.B.S Jeyaraj Joseph Pararajasingham who served as Batticaloa district MP for fifteen years was killed eight years ago on Christmas day.Had the Batticaloa parliamentarian been among the living ,he would have turned eighty in November 2014. Despite his many years of service to the people of the East and being described at one time [...]

These Are But Five Of My Favourite Christmas Carols

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year Friends! It’s Christmas season again! An integral part of Christmas is the singing of Christmas carols in churches as well as at events celebrating Christmas. The Many Faces of Christmas – Shaped Wooden Puzzle from Sri Lanka ~ Photographed at an exhibit of over 900 [...]

Ranil Wickremesinghe, the UNP Leadership and the TINA Factor

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Ranil Wickremesinghe, the “Eksath Jathika Pakshaya Nayakathuma” is portrayed as the single cause for the perceived decline suffered by the United National party(UNP). It is said that Ranil is a liability to the UNP and that the party can revive and renew itself only after he quits or is jettisoned. Sadly a substantial [...]

Tussle in North Between Governor Chandrasiri and Chief Minister Wigneswaran Intensifies

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial council is presently entangled in an intricate imbroglio.The newly elected chief minister CV Wigneswaran of the Tamil National Alliance(TNA)is at loggerheads with G.A. Chandrasiri the Governor appointed for the Province by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.This titanic clash between the former Supreme court Judge and the retired Army Major-General has virtually [...]

LTTE “Great Heroes Day” Is for Tigers Alone and Not For All Tamils

By D. B. S. JEYARAJ “Maaveerar Naal”or “Great Heroes Day” was observed annually on November 27th in a grand manner by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for many years in the past. The yearly event lost its lustre after the military debacle suffered by the tigers in May 2009.Despite the LTTE ceasing to [...]

Gemini Ganesan ♥ Romance King of Tamil Films ♫

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj (This short article written as a tribute was published in “The Sunday Leader” of Colombo after the death of ♥ Gemini Ganesan ♥. It is being reproduced here without any changes due to requests by many readers who are fans of the Romance king of Tamil cinema who was born on November [...]

M.N. Nambiar: Legendary “Villain” of Tamil Cinema

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj (Legendary “Villain”actor of Tamil cinema M.N.Nambiar passed away five years ago in Chennai on November 19th 2008. I wrote an article about him then which was published in the “Daily Mirror”of Colombo. I am reproducing a slightly edited version of that article on my blog now to commemorate his 5th death anniversary. [...]

Sivaji Ganesan: Greatest Thespian of Post-Independence Tamil Cinema

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj October 1st was the 85th birthday of Sivaji Ganesan one of the brightest stars among the Tamil Film firmament. V.C. Ganesan known as Sivaji Ganesan was widely regarded as the greatest Thespian of Post –Independence Tamil Cinema. This doyen among Tamil actors was one of my favourites. An updated version of an article [...]

Sri Lankan Tamil Cinema and the Search for a Distinct Identity

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj (This article was first published in the Indian newsmagazine “Frontline” of Feb 13-26 1999 Vol 16-No 04 as part of the Symposium on Sri Lanka’s Cultural Experience.It is reproduced here without any changes) TAMIL cinema in Sri Lanka, it may be argued, is yet to grow beyond its nascent stage. While thousands [...]

“Brigadier” Thamizhselvan: Perpetually Smiling Political Commissar of the Liberation Tigers

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj (This Article appearing in the Indian news magazine “Frontline” of Nov. 24-Dec. 07, 2007-Volume 24 – Issue 23 -is reproduced without any changes to denote the 6th death anniversary of Suppiah Paramu Thamizhselvan the former political commissar of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) EARLY in the morning on November 2, Suppiah Paramu [...]

Mass Expulsion of Muslims From North by the LTTE: 23rd Anniversary

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The month of October this year records the 23rd anniversary of a cruel, inhuman episode in the history of Tamil –Muslim relations in Sri Lanka. It was in October 1990 that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE)organization forcibly expelled the Tamil speaking Muslim people from the Northern Province in an atrocious act amounting [...]

“Nagaichuvai Mannan” Nagesh: The Comedy King of Tamil Cinema

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj “Naghaichchuvai Mannan” (King of Comedy) Nagesh who passed away in Chennai on Jan 31st 2009 would have become an Octogenarian this year had he been among the living.. He was born on September 27th 1933. Nagesh was the undisputed king of comedians in Tamil cinema from the early sixties to mid-seventies of [...]

Sirima Bandaranaike: The Grand Old Lady of Sri Lankan Politics

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj Today October 10th is the thirteenth death anniversary of the world’s first woman prime minister Mrs.Sirima Bandaranaike. I am therefore reproducing on my blog an article written about her by me thirteen years ago. It was published in the Indian news-magazine “Frontline” of Aug 19th – Sep 01st 2000 (Vol 17-Issue 17) under [...]

Wrangling in TNA over Provincial Ministry Posts in North

By D.B.S. JEYARAJ The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which demonstrated that it is the premier political configuration of the Sri Lankan Tamils by winning 30 out of 38 seats in the Northern provincial council is undergoing a new experience currently. After years of functioning outside the realms of power as an opposition political group the [...]

“Kaatriniley Varum Geetham” Sung By MS Subbulakshmi In “Meera”

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj This is the first of a series of short articles about some of the sublime songs shown on the silver screen from a bygone era that have enchanted me and continue to keep me enslaved. The objective of this series is to share my impressions of these songs and also provide some information [...]

Gamini Fonseka The Uncrowned Monarch of Sinhala Cinema

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj The electoral triumph of the Tamil National alliance(TNA) at the Northern provincial elections is being viewed by many as a significant breakthrough in the long struggle waged by Sri Lankan Tamils to achieve equality and justice in the Island. Despite the widely prevalent optimism this writer however is quite pessimistic at this [...]

TNA Struggling to Finalise Selection of Four Provincial Ministers, Council Chairman and one bonus seat for North

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which swept the Northern provincial polls with a four-fifth majority is now struggling to cope with the task of determining who and who shoul be appointed provincial ministers and council chairman of the Northern provincial council. It is also undecided yet on allocating one bonus seat while the [...]

Tamil National Alliance Sweeps Northern Provincial Poll with 30 out of 38 Seats with CV Wigneswaran Polling 132,255 Preference Votes.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has triumphed magnificiently at the historic first election to the Northern Province of Sri Lanka with its chief ministerial candidate retired Supreme court Judge CV Wigneswaran topping the number of preference votes with a whopping tally of over 130,000. Wigneswaran polled 132,255 votes in the Jaffna District, with [...]

Gnanasakthi Sritharan: From EPRLF Comrade to UPFA Candidate

By D.B.S. JEYARAJ Northern Voters will be casting their votes on September 21st 2013 at the historic first election to the Northern Provincial Council. Although population figures indicate that women are more in number than men in the North, the lists of candidates fielded by the major political parties do not reflect this gender balance. [...]

Attack Launched After Midnight on TNA Woman Candidate Ananthi Sasitharan’s Residence at Chulipuram.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The residence of Ms. Ananthi Sasitharan who is contesting the forthcoming Northern provincial council elections on the Tamil National Alliance list under the house symbol was attacked shortly after midnight on Friday September 20th 2013. Be to Become: Tamil National Alliance’s Jaffna District candidate Ananthy Sasitharan’s paraphernalia-pic by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai~via flickr/PassionParade Ms. Ananthi [...]

Why and How Ex- SC Judge CV Wigneswaran Praised LTTE Leader Prabhakaran as a Great Hero

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj The nomination of Retired Supreme Court Judge Canagasabapathy Viswalingam Wigneswaran as Chief Ministerial candidate for the Northern Provincial Council Polls by the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) was widely hailed when announced in July. This writer while outlining the process by which the “unanimous” selection was made had this to say in his weekly [...]

How President Rajapaksa Captivated the Hearts of Tamil Children at “Sencholai” Home run by “KP” at Kilinochchi

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj September 14th 2013 was a red letter day for the people of Kilinochchi as the “Yarl Devi” Train streamed into Kilinochchi after many years on that Saturday.Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa himself was on board the train as a special passenger during the 35 minute journey of the “Yarl Devi” from Omanthai.He had [...]

Saumiamoorthy Thondaman: Pragmatic Plantation Tamil Patriarch Who Emancipated his Disempowered People.

By D.B.S. JEYARAJ The birth centenary of Saumiamoorthy (spelled sometimes as Saumyamoorthy or Saumiyamoorthy) Thondaman was on August 30th. Thondaman was the undisputed “Thalaiver” (leader) of Sri Lanka’s predominantly Indian Tamil plantation proletariat for several decades. The founder leader of Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC),Sri Lanka’s largest Trade Union in the estate sector, was born in [...]

Foul Mouthed Mervyn Silva in Hot Water After Falling Foul of Ruling Rajapaksa Family

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Hewa Koparage Mervyn Silva . Sri Lanka’s minister of public relations and public affairs is reportedly in “deep shit” at present as relations between him and the ruling Rajapaksa family has soured. The self –styled descendant of “Dutu Gemunu”notorious for his foul mouth and violent actions is currently in a precarious position and [...]

UN Human Rights Chief Navaneetham Pillay and the South African Tamil Heritage

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj Navi Pillai is a name which has become very familiar to most Sri Lankans in recent times.The past week has seen the Sri Lankan media flooded by references to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Emotions are on the rise and expectations are high as the week long visit to [...]

Ananthy Sasitharan Meets Navi Pillay in Jaffna as Part of the Mannar Citizens Committee Delegation.

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ Ananthy Sasitharan the wife of “missing” Senior Tiger Leader Sinnathurai Sasitharan alias Ezhilan met visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Navanethan Pillay in person at Jaffna on Tuesday August 27th 2013 and spoke to her briefly for five minutes. During the course of this short meeting the 42 year old mother [...]

Will LTTE Ezhilan’s Wife Ananthi Sasitharan Get to Meet UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay?

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ The current visit to Sri Lanka by UN Human Rights Commissioner Ms. Navanetham Pillay known as Navi Pillay has aroused much interest and anticipation in the country. There is hectic activity by many Human rights activists and Non–Governmental Organization personnel to meet Ms. Pillay directly and air their grievances. It appears that meeting [...]

Police Identify All Five Members of Armed Gang That Invaded Bambalapitiya Home of Senior Journalist Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema.

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ The home of a senior Sri Lankan woman Journalist in Bambalapitiya was invaded at night by a gang of five armed men who attempted to abduct her after ransacking the house and robbing valuables.Prompt action by the Police resulted in one of the intruders being killed and two injured. Two other were arrested.Three [...]

Internal Crisis in the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress:Leader Rauff Hakeem vs Chairman Basheer Segu Dawood

by D.B.S. JEYARAJ This column shifts its focus away from the Tamil National alliance this week and turns the spotlight on the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress instead. The premier political party representing the Muslims of Sri Lanka is once again in the grip of an intra-party crisis with the time bomb of split cum defection [...]

Bodhu Bala Sena Wants Signboards Saying “Silence Please-Mosque Ahead” along A-10 Highway at Parakahadeniya Removed

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The latest targets in the Bodhu Bala Sena’s anti – Muslim hate campaign are innocuous signboards installed by the Road Development Authority along the Kandy-Kurunegala Road at Parakahadeniya falling under the Mawathagama Police station’s jurisdiction! When Bodhu Bala Sena’s general secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero publicly demanded in Kurunegala that the “offensive” signboards saying”Silence [...]

Curfew Re-imposed for 13 Hours as Clashes Erupt Between Buddhists and Muslims in Grandpass and Maligawatte

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ A Thirteen hour curfew was re-imposed from Sunday (11th) 6 pm to Monday(12th)7 am as clashes erupted between Sinhala Buddhists and Muslims in the Grandpass and Maligawatte areas of Colombo. The fragile peace that prevailed overnight during the previous curfew from Saturday 10pm to Sunday 7 am was shattered after it was lifted. [...]

Well-Planned Attack With Police Connivance Launched Against Molawatte Mosque in Grandpass During Maghrib Prayers

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ Muslim Youths Rally to Defend their “Abode of Allah”. A well –planned dastardly attack was launched by armed Buddhist extremists against an Islamic Mosque in the Sri Lankan Capital of Colombo on Saturday August 10th 2013 while “Maghrib”(After Sunset) prayers were in progress The attack conducted with Police connivance against the Mosque and [...]

How “Mavai” Senathirajah Gained the Upper Hand in Selecting TNA Candidates for Northern Provincial Poll.

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj History was in the making as nominations closed on August 1st for the first ever election to Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council scheduled for September 21st.The predominantly Tamil Northern Province comprising five administrative districts will have a Provincial Council of Thirty –Eight members. Of the administrative districts Jaffna and Kilinochchi will form [...]

How Ex-Judge CV Wigneswaran Became the “Unanimous Choice” of the TNA for the Northern Provincial Poll

By D.B.S. JEYARAJ Canagasabapathy Viswalingam Wigneswaran was named by the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) on the Ides of July as its chief ministerial candidate for the forthcoming Northern Provincial Council election. The decision made by the premier political configuration of the Sri Lankan Tamils was welcomed widely by many shades of political opinion as a wise [...]

Anatomy of an Anti-Tamil Pogrom: Thirtieth Anniversary of “Black July” 1983.

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj “Shops, Banks, Offices and Restaurants in the Capital’s crowded City Centre and Main Streets being burnt while the Police look on. Thousands of houses ransacked and burnt, sometimes with women and children inside. Goon squads battering passengers to death in trains and on station platforms and, without hindrance, publicly burning men and [...]

“Mavai” Senathirajah MP Stands Down in Favour of Ex-Judge CV Wigneswaran as TNA Chief Ministerial Candidate for Northern Poll

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The premier Political configuration representing the Sri Lankan Tamils –Tamil National Alliance – has decided to field former Supreme court judge CV Wigneswaran as its Chief ministerial candidate for the forthcoming elections to the Northern Provincial Council. The decision was arrived at on Monday July 15th 2013 when the “Orunginaippuk Kuzhu”(coordinating committee )comprising [...]

Will Retd Judge Wigneswaran or Jaffna Dist MP “Mavai”Senathirajah Become TNA Chief Minister of North?

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj Somasuntharam Senathirajah alias “Mavai”Senathirajah of the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) has set his sights on the Northern Province Chief Minister post. The six foot septuagenarian currently representing Jaffna district in Parliament has staked his claim to be the newly constituted Northern Provincial council’s first elected chief minister in an intriguing political move that [...]

“No Help From India in International Arena if Sri Lanka Fails to Implement 13th Amendment in Full ”-Manmohan’s Message to Mahinda Via Menon

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj A firm “no nonsense” message from Indian Prime minister Manmohan Singh has been conveyed to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa by Indian national security adviser Shiv Shankar Menon during his breakfast meeting with the Sri Lankan head of state on Tuesday July 9th 2013. According to informed Indian sources the message from Manmohan [...]

Mosque in Grandpass to be Relocated in One Month due to Protest Campaign by Ravana Balaya

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Muslim community and Religious leaders have agreed to relocate a Mosque on Swarna Chaitiya road in the Grandpass area of Colombo in one month’s time due to an intensive protest campaign by the“Ravana Balaya” (Ravana Force) The sequence of events relating to this “forced relocation” demonstrates a very high degree of extreme intolerance [...]

4000 Copies of “Time” Magazine with Cover Story on “Buddhist Terror” Seized by Customs at Katunayake Airport on Govt Order

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Four Thousand Copies of the prestigious US weekly news-magazine “Time” have been seized by the Sri Lankan Customs at the Colombo International Airport in Katunayake. The seizure authorised by the Sri Lankan Government was executed by the Customs under the pretext that its cover story on Myanmar’s clashes could hurt religious sentiment in [...]

Indian National Security Adviser SS Menon To Meet President Rajapaksa, UNP, TNA and SLMC in Colombo on July 9th

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj India’s National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon is scheduled to meet sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at “Temple Trees” in the morning of July 9th 2013 for crucial discussions on recent developments concerning the Thirteenth Constitutional Amendment brought about by the India-Sri Lanka accord of July 29th 2013. Menon who has served in [...]

Subramaniam Sivakamy Alias ‘Col’ Thamilini becomes a ‘Suthanthirapparavai’ (Free Bird) Again

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj “Suthanthirapparavaigal”(Birds of Freedom)was the popular name by which the Women’s political division of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE)was known in the past.Last week , saw a former woman political commissar of the LTTE tasting freedom after three years of detention and one year of rehabilitation.41 year old Subramaniam Sivakamy alias”Col”Thamilini became [...]

TMVP Front “Dravida Senai” Suspected of Burning Muslim Establishment at Urukaamam in Batticaloa District

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj A Muslim owned business establishment at Urukaamam in the Eastern Batticaloa district was subjected to an arson attack on Thursday June 20th 2013. A provision store cum eatery owned and run by Mr.Seeni Mouhammadu Fareed near the main street junction in Urukaamam was burnt down by an “unknown”gang at about 10. 30 pm [...]

President Rajapaksa Requests Media To Deny Publicity to Anti-Muslim Activities of Sinhala Buddhist Organizations

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj President Mahinda Rajapaksa has asked the Sri Lankan media to refrain from giving publicity to the anti-Muslim activities of Extremist Sinhala Buddhist organizations. The President made this request when he met the editors of Sri Lankan newspapers and heads of TV and Radio stations for breakfast at “Temple Trees” on Friday June 21st [...]

Angered by Oval Incident, British Tamil Activists Plan Huge Demonstration Against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on 20th During Match with India

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ Tamil political activists in Britain are preparing to conduct a massive protest demonstration on Thursday June 20th 2013 when Sri Lanka plays against India in the Champion Trophy cricket semi-final at the Welsh SWALEC Stadium also known Cardiff Wales Stadium. Tamil organizations such as the Tamil Youth organization of UK, British Tamil Forum, [...]

Armed Forces Called in as Special Task Force Clashes With Muslim Public at Kinniya in Trinco

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Tension prevails in the predominantly Muslim area of Kinniya in the Eastern province district of Trincomalee due to an altercation between the Police Special Task Force and members of the public. Bullock carts in Kinniya-Oct 2010 pic by: Drs. Sarajevo The clash was sparked off when the Police began checking bullock carts carrying [...]

Jehova’s Witnesses Christians “Arrested” and Threatened by Ravana Balaya Activists in Colombo Suburb

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj A group of Christians belonging to the denomination known as Jehova’s Witnesses became the target of the ethno religious fascist organization “Ravana Balaya” (Ravana force)on Sunday June 16th 2013 at Mulleriyawa on the eastern outskirts of Colombo city. The Ravana Balaya is an extremist organization comprising members of the Buddhist clergy and laity [...]

New Delhi “Advises” Colombo to Refrain From “Hasty” Changes to 13th Constitutional Amendment

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The Sri Lankan Government headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been “advised” by the Government of India led by Prime minister Manmohan Singh to refrain from undertaking any rushed moves to make hasty changes to laws relating to the Thirteenth Amendment in the Sri Lankan Constitution. The 13th Constitutional amendment enacted in September [...]

Anandasangaree Must Retain His Self-Respect By a Dignified Exit From The TNA

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ Veteran Tamil Politician Veerasingham Anandasangaree celebrates his eightieth birthday today (June 15th). Sangaree as he is generally known was born on June 15th 1933 in Point Pedro. Though not in Parliament now, the octogenarian is yet active in politics and functions as the Secretary-General of the Tamil United Liberation Front(TULF).Earlier he was the [...]

Protesting Muslim women Demonstrate in Front of Bulldozers to Prevent UDA Demolishing Their Homes in Karapitiya

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Tension prevailed in the Galle suburb of Karapitiya on Wednesday June 12th 2013 when Muslim women protesting the intended demolition of their homes by the Urban Development Authority(UDA)demonstrated in front of bulldozers and succeeded temporarily in prevented their dwellings being wrecked. View Larger Map The dramatic incident where around 25 Muslim women bravely [...]

Tamil National Alliance to Meet Indian Premier Manmohan Singh in New Delhi Next Week

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is “extremely annoyed”by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent subtle efforts to undermine the quantum of devolution provided to the Island’s nine Provinces through the thirteenth Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution that was facilitated by India. According to informed Indian sources the usually mild –mannered Manmohan Singh [...]

President Rajapaksa in Tactical Retreat as Rauff Hakeem Protests Courageously at Cabinet Meeting Against Move to Amend 13th Constitutional Amendment.

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ In a remarkable display of political courage rarely seen among members of the Rajapaksa Government in recent times,Justice minister and Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader Rauff Hakeem, has protested strongly against President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s controversial move to circumscribe devolution by amending the Constitution. President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open a DNA Department with state [...]

Aiyathurai Nadesan: Tragic Demise of a Dedicated Journalist

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ (Aiyathurai Nadesan serving as Batticaloa correspondent of the Tamil daily ”Virakesari” was shot dead in broad daylight in the heart of Batticaloa town by assassins belonging to the Eastern breakaway faction of the LTTE on May 31st 2004. His killer was believed to be none other than Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillaiyan who was [...]

Thirteenth Constitutional Amendment is Rajiv Gandhi’s Political Legacy in Sri Lanka

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj Last week saw the 22nd death anniversary of former Indian Prime minister Rajiv Gandhi being commemorated. He was killed on May 21st 1991. The date of Rajiv Gandhi’s death has poignant significance for me personally. May 21st is the date of my birth. My birth and his death which happened thirty – [...]

Tamil National Alliance May Break Up Soon Due to Intensifying Internal Conflict

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj The Tamil National Alliance(TNA)regarded as the premier political formation of the Tamils of Sri Lanka has been very much in the news lately due to what could be termed as an internal crisis. pic via: The TNA that has in recent times been contesting elections under the house symbol of the [...]

TNA MP Sumanthiran Will Support in Courts the Habeas Corpus Writ Filed by Azath Salley’s Wife

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj A writ of habeas corpus regarding former Colombo deputy mayor and leader of the National Unity Front Azath Salley was filed in the Court of Appeal on Tuesday May 7th. The writ was filed on behalf of Mr. Salley’s wife Mrs. F. Rinoza M. Salley by senior Attorney at law Ms. Gowrishankari Thavarajah. [...]

Azath Salley In Critical Condition Hospitalised Again and Given Insulin and Saline

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Former Colombo Deputy Mayor and founder leader of the National Unity Front Azath Salley has been admitted again on Monday May 6th to the Colombo National Hospital after losing consciousness in Police custody Salley was carried out on a stretcher by Policemen at the Police CID headquarters in Fort and rushed to hospital [...]

Azath Salley was Arrested Because He Made Critical Remarks About Shiranthi Rajapaksa on TNL

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Former Colombo Deputy Mayor and Founder Leader of the National Unity Front Azath Salley is currently held at the Police CID Fourth floor headquarters in Fort on a detention order for 90 days issued under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). When Azath Salley was arrested on Thursday May 2nd the Media [...]

Azath Salley on a 30 Hour Hunger Protest Hospitalised After Collapsing During Police Interrogation at 4th Floor

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Former Colombo Deputy Mayor and Founder leader of the National United Front(NUF) Azath Salley has been hospitalised by the Police after he collapsed during interrogation at the Police CID headquarters 4th floor. He was taken to the hospital at about 5 pm on Friday May 3rd and is now receiving treatment under heavy [...]

Govt Drafting New Constitutional Amendment to Reduce Office Terms of President and Chief Justice and Dilute Provincial Council Powers

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj The United Peoples Freedom Alliance(UPFA) Government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa is planning to reduce the terms of office of the Executive President and Chief Justice as well as restricting the powers of Provincial Councils. It is learnt that the Govt is currently engaged in drafting the required amendments to the present Constitution. Although [...]

Police ‘Arrest’ Former Colombo Deputy Mayor Azath Salley For Interrogation About Allegedly Promoting Terrorism

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Former Deputy mayor of Colombo and founder leader of the National United Front (NUF) Azath Salley was taken into custody by the Police in the morning of Thursday May 2nd 2013. pic via ~ The outspoken Muslim politician was taken away from the residence of a relative in Kolonnawa by a team [...]

Bombing at Boston Marathon Event Evokes Memories Of Jeyaraj Fernandopulle

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ Explosions at the iconic Boston Marathon Event in the USA has sent shock waves causing the Western media to focus intensively on the global phenomenon described as terrorism. In Sri Lanka there was a feeling of Déjà vu as the Island nation had also experienced bomb blasts at a Marathon event five years [...]

Remembering “Kili Father”: Fifth Death Anniversary of Rev.Fr.Xavier Karunaratnam

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Rev.Fr.Mariyampillai Xavier Karunaratnam Known widely as “Kili Father”was Killed in a Landmine Explosion at Ambaikulam between Vavunikulam and Vannivilaankulam in the Wanni five years ago on April 20th 2008. The following article was written by me for “The Nation”and Reproduced on “transcurrents”then. I am posting the article without any changes to denote the [...]

Sinhala Mob Attacks Tamils at “Thondamanpura” Housing Scheme in Ratnapura District

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj A mob consisting of around 30 Sinhala youths launched an attack on a Tamil housing colony of Plantation workers at Alupola estate of Ratnapura district in Sri Lanka’s Sabaragamuwa Province. At least six persons were reportedly injured in the incident when threatened Tamils resisted the aggressors by engaging in counter violence. Consequent to [...]

Muslim Owned “Lucky Emporium” Textile Store in Gampola Attacked in Broad Daylight by Hoodlums-UPDATED VERSION

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj View Larger Map Reports from Sri Lanka state that a Muslim Owned Textile store in the Central Province town of Gampola has been attacked in broad daylight on Tuesday April 16th 2013. A gang of hoodlums numbering about a dozen launched an attack against the “Lucky Emporium”textile store situated on Ambagamuwa road in [...]

Nidhanaya: Retrieving The Lost Cinematic ‘Treasure’ of Lester James Peries

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ Moviemaker Maestro Lester James Peries celebrated his Birthday yesterday. Sri Lanka’s pioneering director of authentic Sinhala cinema was born in Dehiwela on April 5th 1919. The nonagenarian auteur in a cinematic career spanning more than five decades has stamped his indelible imprint on Sinhala films and in the process elevated Sri Lankan cinema [...]

Bodhu Bala Sena Will Form Own Muslim Unit to Disprove Charges of Anti-Muslim Racism

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj In a bizarre move tinged with “black humour” the anti-Muslim, Bodhu Bala Sena(BBS)is planning to form its own Muslim unit within its organizational structure in the near future.

Anti-Muslim Leaflets Circulated Widely in Weligama as Bodhu Bala Sena Stages Rally

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ Weligama in Matara District of the Southern Province has become the latest venue of anti –Muslim activity in Sri Lanka.Weligama meaning “Sandy Village”in Sinhala is situated 144 Km from and is a well-known tourist destination in the Island.Although Sinhalese are the preponderant majority in the area the population of Weligama is diverse with [...]

Blatant Attempt Underway to Whitewash Role of Bodhu Bala Sena in the “Fashion Bug” Attack

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ A blatant attempt is underway in Sri Lanka to “cover up” and whitewash the despicable role played by the “Bodhu Bala Sena”(Buddhist Power Force)in the recent attack at Pepiliyana on the Muslim owned apparel establishment”Fashion Bug”. Although the Bodhu Bala Sena(BBS) has disclaimed responsibility for the incident ,such denial seems rather unconvincing as [...]

“State Terrorists” Carrying Lion Flags Launch Stone Attack On TNA Meeting in Kilinochchi

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ Sri Lanka’s national flag was disgraced and disrespected in the Northern town of Kilinochchi on Saturday March 30th 2013 when a motley crew of “State Terrorists” launched a stone attack on the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) office premises while a political discussion was in progress. The assortment of state sponsored, inebriated rowdies shouting [...]

Mob led by Buddhist Monks Attacks Muslim Owned “Fashion Bug” Clothing Establishment at Pepiliyana

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj A mob numbering hundreds led by Buddhist monks attacked the showroom cum warehouse complex of the reputed apparel firm”Fashion Bug” in the suburbs of Colombo city at about 8 pm on Thursday March 28th 2013. The Muslim owned “Fashion Bug”chain of clothing stores with the motto of catering to “changing life styles” is [...]

Bodhu Bala Sena Wants Sri Lankan Envoy Ferial Ashraff Recalled From Singapore Immediately

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ The latest target in the on going anti-Muslim campaign of the Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS)is Ms.Ferial Ashraff, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Singapore. The BBS has demanded that Ferial Ashraff’s services be terminated immediately and that she be recalled from Singapore. The demand was made publicly by the Bodhu Bala Sena General Secretary [...]