thesundayleader.lk 09 03 2014 By Dr Devanesan Nesiah The National And International Significance Of The 13th Amendment It appears to be widely believed in ourcountry that Indian foreign policy, particularly in relation to Sri Lanka, is shaped by the ethnic politics of Sri Lanka. Disseminating such a belief may serve the interests of various political leaders in diverse ways. It may help to sustain the morale of Tamils in Sri Lanka and their leaders, and the ego of the leaders of Tamil Nadu who never had a major role in…
22 January 2014, 10:23 pm By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Anandhi Sasitharan the Vibrant Wife of Senior Tiger Leader Ezhilan  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”. Anandhi responded to the news reports by convening a press conference in Jaffna and stating that she could not be…
thesundayleader.lk  jan 2014 by Austin Fernando  Can Sri Lanka Counter International Pressure? There are two senior US officials who visit Sri Lanka at present. They are Stephen J. Rapp, Ambassador-at-Large of the Office of Global Criminal Justice, and the Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, Nisha Desai Biswal, successor to Bob Blake. Since, due to its military, financial and international might and influence on multilateral organizations, the US could influence international thinking and responses, these visits cannot be considered simple or non-binding; they are here for serious business…
The Sundayleader.lk 02 02 2014 Dr Dayan Jayatilleka Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran has just posed a question to the Sri Lankan state. “If the Sri Lankan state did not commit war crimes, why should they resist an international probe?” he is quoted as saying to The Hindu. Now this is the same specious logic as in the notorious trick question “have you stopped beating your wife?” If one answers yes, one admits to having beaten one’s wife in the past even if one were absolutely innocent of any such…
The Sundayleader 02 02 2014  By N. Sathiya Moorthy Northern Province Chief Minister, Justice C. V. Wigneswaran has to be commended for not giving in completely to hard-liners’ demands for a Provincial Council resolution seeking an (fresh?) international probe on ‘accountability issues’. He and a few others in the 30-member TNA grouping in the 38-seat PC got the draft modified to read that it was ‘equivalent to a genocide’, and not ‘genocide’ per se (until proved under international law/norms). Yet, Justice Wigneswaran cannot justify voting for that amended resolution, along…