‘Edu Thodakkam’ crowns Tamil Hindu festival season

Navaratri, meaning ‘nine nights’, is a Hindu festival paying tribute to various goddesses, with regional variations across South Asia. Tamils commonly refer to the festival as ‘Saraswathi Puja’, celebrating the period as a time for new educational and artistic endeavours, under the auspices of Saraswathi, the goddess of knowledge and the arts.

Tamil Nadu govt urged to grant asylum to acquitted Rajiv Gandhi prisoners

The Tamil Nadu government should take appropriate steps, so that the four Eelam Tamils acquitted in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case can live a happy life outside prison, said the coordinator of the National Organization for the Release of Political Prisoners, Rev. Fr. M. Sakthivel. The organisation has appealed to the Government of Tamil Nadu and the Central Government of India to take measures to ensure the released prisoners' freedom. "These people have already faced many difficulties inside prison, they have spent most of their lives inside the prison, they deserve to live happily,"...

Parents of Maaveerar honoured in Mullaitivu

The parents of fallen Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres were honoured in Udayarkattu and Puthukkudiyiruppu in Mullaitivu District earlier this week. In Puthukkudiyiruppu, over 100 Maaveerar families were honoured and given coconut saplings. In Udayarkattu, a flag was hoisted by Joseph Muniamma, the mother of the four fallen cadres. Locals lit lamps and laid flowers to pay their respects to those who had sacrificed their lives for the Tamil struggle for liberation. During November, commemorative events take place across the North-East to honour their lives. Parents of the...

Mullaitivu Tamils prepare for Maaveerar Naal amidst military intimidation

Tamils in Iranaipalai and Alampil, Mullaitivu, have begun to clear the Maaveerar thuyilum illams (LTTE martyr resting places) ahead of Maaveerar Naal amidst a climate police and military intimidation. Tamil Guardian’s journalists have detailed incidents of the Sri Lankan army photographing and videoing individuals who participated in the clearing of the thuyilum illams. Mullaitivu police has also summoned former North Provincial Assembly member, Durairasa Ravikaran, and leader of the Mullaitivu Association of the Relations of the Enforced Disappearances, Mariyasuresh Eswari, for questioning...

Four released in Rajiv Gandhi case face the threat of deportation to Sri Lanka

Following the release of six individuals implicated in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, Tamil Nadu officials have maintained that four of them will be sent back to Sri Lanka, despite concerns over Sri Lanka’s human rights abuses. The four Sri Lankan nationals were taken to a special refugee camp in the Trichy district on Saturday evening after their release. Speaking to the Hindustan Times, legal advocate Romiyo Roy noted that four can appeal their cases to remain in India on the basis of “principle of non-refoulement” as they face a credible threat of mistreatment in Sri Lanka. He warned...

Britain set to deport Tamil refugees to Rwanda for medical treatment

The British Foreign Office has confirmed that three asylum seekers stranded on Diego Garcia are to be relocated to Rwanda for medical treatment, raising concerns that this may be a precursor to a larger deportation plan. Over 200 asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, the majority Eelam Tamils, arrived on the British territory of Diego Garcia in five successive boats starting in October 2021. British authorities have come under fire for sending back dozens of asylum seekers to Sri Lanka despite the credible threat of torture and of sending Tamil refugees to travel onward in vessels that lacked basic...

Tamils protest efforts to grab 617 acres of land for 'Gotabaya Naval Base'

Tamil land owners protested outside this morning to oppose efforts by the military to acquire 617 acres of land for the Gotabaya naval base in Mullaitivu. After hearing reports that land surveying was to take place today, several Tamils went to block the process from going ahead. Since 2017, after 617 acres of private land were gazetted for appropriation for the expansion of the 'Vattuvakal Gotabaya Navy base’, there have been multiple efforts to survey the land but these have been unsuccessful due to protests by Tamil landowners. The locals who own the land have repeatedly called on the Sri...

OPINION - A ‘new foundation’ for Sri Lanka’s economy?

Speaking before parliament, Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe set out a new budget that will see the selling off of state assets, slashes to the public sector, and a reorientation towards an export-driven economy. Whilst Wickremesinghe has described the budget as the “new basis of the economy”; the refusal to discuss Sri Lanka’s growing military expenditure shows greater continuity than rupture from the past. Instead, we see the perpetuation of crony capitalism that will impoverish the poor whilst the island's military grows even further. Key to Wickremesinghe’s speech was his...

Victims of St James' Church bombings remembered

A memorial service was held for the victims of the St James’ Church bombings who were killed by Sri Lankan government airstrikes in the early hours of 13 November 1993. Following prayers, a memorial service took place at the church in Gurunagar, Jaffna, which relatives of the victims and a number of church members attended. On November 13, 1993, Sri Lankan government airstrike to the Church. It is estimated that at least nine civilians who had gathered for worship were killed in the attack. The ancient church was also destroyed in the repeated airstrikes. Leading up to and during the 1990s,...

Love Today - A quirky 21st century rom-com

Life is a tragedy seen in closeup, but a comedy in long-shot. Ranganathan is aware of this, and the switches between comedy and tragedy are executed masterfully.

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