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1 month 3 weeks ago
சாதாரண 5ம் ஆண்டு புலை பரீட்சை அவ்வளவு பெஇதாக பெற்றோர்களால் ஊட்கி பெருக்கி பிள்ளைகளை பாழாக்கி விட்டிருக்கிறது தெரியுமா பிள்ளைகளை கால ஓட்டத்தில் எப்படி கரை சேர வேண்டும் என்று சொல்லி கொடுக்காமல் மார்க்ஸ் என்ற ஒற்றை சொல்லிலும் அடுத்த பிள்ளையை ஒப்பீட்டு மதிப்பீட்டிலும் பிள்ளைகளை வளர்க்கிறார்கள் அடுத்தவர்களுக்கு புத்தி சொல்லும் பெற்றோகள் தங்களது பிள்ளைகளை குதிர பந்தயத்தில் ஓட வைப்பது போல கல்விப்பயணத்தில் ஓட வைக்கிறார்கள் இதில் மற்ற பிள்ளைகளை தாங்கள் முந்த வேண்டுமென நினைத்து அடுத்த பிள்ளைகளை கேலி கிண்டல் செய்ட்கு மன அழுத்தத்திற்கு ஆளாகி கொல்கிறார்கள் என்று சொல்லலாம்

மாவீரர் வாரத்தை விளக்கேற்றி ஆரம்பித்து வைத்தார் எம்.ஏ.சுமந்திரன்

1 month 3 weeks ago
பிறகு மக்களை ஏமாற்ற வேண்டாமா ஆனால் புலிகளை குற்றம் சொல்வார் அதை நீங்கள் ஏற்றுக்கொள்ள வேண்டும்

மாவீரர் வாரத்தை விளக்கேற்றி ஆரம்பித்து வைத்தார் எம்.ஏ.சுமந்திரன்

1 month 3 weeks ago
பிறகு மக்களை ஏமாற்ற வேண்டாமா ஆனால் புலிகளை குற்றம் சொல்வார் அதை நீங்கள் ஏற்றுக்கொள்ள வேண்டும்

தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் புலிகளின் தலைவர் ஈழத்திற்காக போராடவில்லை அவர் தமிழீழத்திற்காக போராடினார் ;மஹிந்த தேஷப்பிரிய

1 month 3 weeks ago
தமிழர்கள் என்ற தேசிய இனத்திற்கு நாடுகள் உள்ளன. இந்தியாவில் அது கிந்தியர்களின் அதிகாரத்திற்கு உட்பட்டுள்ளது. இலங்கையில் அது சிங்களவர்களின் அதிகாரத்திற்கு உட்பட்டுள்ளது. அன்று மேலை நாட்டவரின் அடிமைத் தளைக்குள் சிக்கியிருந்த தமிழர்களின் நாடுகள் விடுபட்டு, இன்று தமிழர் தங்கள் சொந்த மண்ணிலேயே, சனநாயகம் என்ற போர்வையால் தங்களை மூடியுள்ள வேற்று இனங்களின் அதிகாரங்களுக்குள் சிக்கியுள்ளமைதான் உண்மை. இந்த நிலையும் கடந்து போகும். ஆளப்போறான் தமிழன் கவியின் பாட்டுத் தீர்க்க தரிசனமானது.

தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் புலிகளின் தலைவர் ஈழத்திற்காக போராடவில்லை அவர் தமிழீழத்திற்காக போராடினார் ;மஹிந்த தேஷப்பிரிய

1 month 3 weeks ago
தமிழர்கள் என்ற தேசிய இனத்திற்கு நாடுகள் உள்ளன. இந்தியாவில் அது கிந்தியர்களின் அதிகாரத்திற்கு உட்பட்டுள்ளது. இலங்கையில் அது சிங்களவர்களின் அதிகாரத்திற்கு உட்பட்டுள்ளது. அன்று மேலை நாட்டவரின் அடிமைத் தளைக்குள் சிக்கியிருந்த தமிழர்களின் நாடுகள் விடுபட்டு, இன்று தமிழர் தங்கள் சொந்த மண்ணிலேயே, சனநாயகம் என்ற போர்வையால் தங்களை மூடியுள்ள வேற்று இனங்களின் அதிகாரங்களுக்குள் சிக்கியுள்ளமைதான் உண்மை. இந்த நிலையும் கடந்து போகும். ஆளப்போறான் தமிழன் கவியின் பாட்டுத் தீர்க்க தரிசனமானது.

வீரமுனை படுகொலை நினைவிடத்தில் விளக்கேற்றிய கருணா அம்மான்

1 month 3 weeks ago
கொம்மான் என்னத்தை கேட்டுப் பிரிந்தார் என்பதை நாங்களும் பார்த்துவிட்டோம். கொம்மானை விட அனுபவமிக்க கரிகாலன் அண்ணா போன்றவர்களே.. தலைவரின் போய் எனக்குக் கீழ் எல்லாத்தையும் தான் என்று கேட்டதில்லை. தளபதி சொர்ணம் கூட அப்படிக் கேட்கவில்லை.. கேட்பதில் நியாயமும் இல்லை. இப்ப அது எல்லாம் அவசியமில்லை.. இப்ப கனக்க வேண்டாம்.. மகிந்தவிடம் வாங்கிய சுதந்திரக் கட்சி உபதலைவர் பதவிக்கு என்னானது..??! மகிந்தவிடம் கேட்ட அமைச்சர் பதவிக்கு என்னானது..??! மகிந்தவிடம் கேட்டக் கிழக்கு ஆளுநர் பதவிக்கு என்னானது..??! இப்ப மகிந்த கொடுக்கவில்லை என்பதற்காக.. எதைக் கொண்டு போய் பிரியுறது..??! பிரிந்தால் புழைப்புக்கு என்னாகிறது.. ஓடி ஒழியவும் இடமில்லை.. அடைக்கலம் கொடுக்கவும் ஆக்களில்லை. வரலாற்றை பக்கத்தில் இருந்து பார்த்தது கணக்கா எழுதிற கூட்டத்தில் கிருபன் அண்ணாவும் கடையிசில் தன்னை இணைந்துக் கொண்டு விட்டார் போலும்.

வீரமுனை படுகொலை நினைவிடத்தில் விளக்கேற்றிய கருணா அம்மான்

1 month 3 weeks ago
கொம்மான் என்னத்தை கேட்டுப் பிரிந்தார் என்பதை நாங்களும் பார்த்துவிட்டோம். கொம்மானை விட அனுபவமிக்க கரிகாலன் அண்ணா போன்றவர்களே.. தலைவரின் போய் எனக்குக் கீழ் எல்லாத்தையும் தான் என்று கேட்டதில்லை. தளபதி சொர்ணம் கூட அப்படிக் கேட்கவில்லை.. கேட்பதில் நியாயமும் இல்லை. இப்ப அது எல்லாம் அவசியமில்லை.. இப்ப கனக்க வேண்டாம்.. மகிந்தவிடம் வாங்கிய சுதந்திரக் கட்சி உபதலைவர் பதவிக்கு என்னானது..??! மகிந்தவிடம் கேட்ட அமைச்சர் பதவிக்கு என்னானது..??! மகிந்தவிடம் கேட்டக் கிழக்கு ஆளுநர் பதவிக்கு என்னானது..??! இப்ப மகிந்த கொடுக்கவில்லை என்பதற்காக.. எதைக் கொண்டு போய் பிரியுறது..??! பிரிந்தால் புழைப்புக்கு என்னாகிறது.. ஓடி ஒழியவும் இடமில்லை.. அடைக்கலம் கொடுக்கவும் ஆக்களில்லை. வரலாற்றை பக்கத்தில் இருந்து பார்த்தது கணக்கா எழுதிற கூட்டத்தில் கிருபன் அண்ணாவும் கடையிசில் தன்னை இணைந்துக் கொண்டு விட்டார் போலும்.

IAF helps Sri Lankan women pilots break (Tamil Home?!?) glass ceiling

1 month 3 weeks ago
IAF helps Sri Lankan women pilots break glass ceiling The two pilot officers were commissioned as military pilots in Sri Lanka earlier this week, a year after they completed a crucial part of their flying training at the Dundigal-based Air Force Academy near Hyderabad in 2018-19. Rangana Weerawardhana and Pavithra Gunaratne, the first women pilots in Sri Lanka’s air force, expressed gratitude to the Indian Air Force on Friday for helping them script military history in the island nation. The two pilot officers were commissioned as military pilots in Sri Lanka earlier this week, a year after they completed a crucial part of their flying training at the Dundigal-based Air Force Academy near Hyderabad in 2018-19. “Becoming a military pilot was a childhood dream,” said Weerawardhana. “We never thought we would get an opportunity to pursue flying training at AFA, Hyderabad. We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to IAF for helping us achieve our dreams,” she said. “Watching the Su-30 and other fighter aircraft was like a dream come true. It further strengthened our resolve to become military pilots,” she said, recalling a study tour to Pune where they saw the IAF’s Sukhoi-30 fighter planes for the first time. Weerwardhana also became the first woman in SLAF’s history to command a parade at the commissioning parade on November 16 at the SLAF Academy in China Bay. The pilot officer was also awarded the Sword of Honour for outstanding all-round performance. The two women, who were among the 53 cadets commissioned as officers this week, started training with the SLAF in July 2017 and were sent to India after they completed a basic combat course. At AFA, they completed their basic flying training on the Pilatus PC-7 MkII aircraft, before returning to Sri Lanka last year, for their advanced training on the Chinese Y-12 light transport aircraft. Ahead of joining the AFA in June 2018, Weerawardhana and Gunaratne said, they watched several documentaries on the AFA to get a sense of the IAF’s training activities and the challenges they would be up for in Hyderabad. Recalling their visit to India as their first trip abroad, the two women fondly recalled their IAF instructors. “The specialty of military flying is to achieve expected levels of performance in a limited time. These levels cannot be achieved individually,” Gunaratne said. The performance of a cadet is a not just the reflection of his or her effort but also the effort of the instructor, she said. “The perfect guidance given by our instructors raised our confidence. We should also not forget the contribution of the methodical training programme towards the performance of the student,” Gunaratne said. Both agreed that despite excitement for the training in India, they were also uncertain about what would follow. “We had a feeling of uncertainty when we started our basic flying training. The PC-7 is a sophisticated aircraft with modern systems. We felt proud when we got into the cockpit first time. We worked really hard to complete the basic flying course successfully. Methodical use of flying simulators helped a great deal,” said Weerawardhana. Gunaratne fondly remembered her fellow Indian cadets at the AFA, and said, “They were like our brothers and sisters who made us feel at home throughout the training period. Their smiling faces gave us extra strength during the rigourous training. The stories we shared during leisure gave us an opportunity to have a great understanding of each other’s cultures and traditions.” “We had great excitement when we stepped into the AFA. The feeling we had was totally opposite on the day we had to return to our country. With all the memories of the academy and India, it was not easy for us to leave,” Gunaratne said. https://m.hindustantimes.com/india-news/iaf-helps-sri-lankan-women-pilots-break-glass-ceiling/story-EovP2VNZP3UM1VmvKzAMDK.html

IAF helps Sri Lankan women pilots break (Tamil Home?!?) glass ceiling

1 month 3 weeks ago
IAF helps Sri Lankan women pilots break glass ceiling The two pilot officers were commissioned as military pilots in Sri Lanka earlier this week, a year after they completed a crucial part of their flying training at the Dundigal-based Air Force Academy near Hyderabad in 2018-19. Rangana Weerawardhana and Pavithra Gunaratne, the first women pilots in Sri Lanka’s air force, expressed gratitude to the Indian Air Force on Friday for helping them script military history in the island nation. The two pilot officers were commissioned as military pilots in Sri Lanka earlier this week, a year after they completed a crucial part of their flying training at the Dundigal-based Air Force Academy near Hyderabad in 2018-19. “Becoming a military pilot was a childhood dream,” said Weerawardhana. “We never thought we would get an opportunity to pursue flying training at AFA, Hyderabad. We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to IAF for helping us achieve our dreams,” she said. “Watching the Su-30 and other fighter aircraft was like a dream come true. It further strengthened our resolve to become military pilots,” she said, recalling a study tour to Pune where they saw the IAF’s Sukhoi-30 fighter planes for the first time. Weerwardhana also became the first woman in SLAF’s history to command a parade at the commissioning parade on November 16 at the SLAF Academy in China Bay. The pilot officer was also awarded the Sword of Honour for outstanding all-round performance. The two women, who were among the 53 cadets commissioned as officers this week, started training with the SLAF in July 2017 and were sent to India after they completed a basic combat course. At AFA, they completed their basic flying training on the Pilatus PC-7 MkII aircraft, before returning to Sri Lanka last year, for their advanced training on the Chinese Y-12 light transport aircraft. Ahead of joining the AFA in June 2018, Weerawardhana and Gunaratne said, they watched several documentaries on the AFA to get a sense of the IAF’s training activities and the challenges they would be up for in Hyderabad. Recalling their visit to India as their first trip abroad, the two women fondly recalled their IAF instructors. “The specialty of military flying is to achieve expected levels of performance in a limited time. These levels cannot be achieved individually,” Gunaratne said. The performance of a cadet is a not just the reflection of his or her effort but also the effort of the instructor, she said. “The perfect guidance given by our instructors raised our confidence. We should also not forget the contribution of the methodical training programme towards the performance of the student,” Gunaratne said. Both agreed that despite excitement for the training in India, they were also uncertain about what would follow. “We had a feeling of uncertainty when we started our basic flying training. The PC-7 is a sophisticated aircraft with modern systems. We felt proud when we got into the cockpit first time. We worked really hard to complete the basic flying course successfully. Methodical use of flying simulators helped a great deal,” said Weerawardhana. Gunaratne fondly remembered her fellow Indian cadets at the AFA, and said, “They were like our brothers and sisters who made us feel at home throughout the training period. Their smiling faces gave us extra strength during the rigourous training. The stories we shared during leisure gave us an opportunity to have a great understanding of each other’s cultures and traditions.” “We had great excitement when we stepped into the AFA. The feeling we had was totally opposite on the day we had to return to our country. With all the memories of the academy and India, it was not easy for us to leave,” Gunaratne said. https://m.hindustantimes.com/india-news/iaf-helps-sri-lankan-women-pilots-break-glass-ceiling/story-EovP2VNZP3UM1VmvKzAMDK.html

Sinhalese Leviathan: How Gotabaya Rajapaksa Is Remaking Sri Lanka With the Rajapaksa brothers at the helm, majoritarian politics threatens to morph into militant nationalism in Sri Lanka.

1 month 3 weeks ago
Sinhalese Leviathan: How Gotabaya Rajapaksa Is Remaking Sri Lanka With the Rajapaksa brothers at the helm, majoritarian politics threatens to morph into militant nationalism in Sri Lanka. | | | U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo meets with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on October 28, 2020. Credit: Flickr/U.S. Department of State It has been now a year since Gotabaya Rajapaksa claimed the presidency of Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa’s ascent to the high office had been a process in the making: The populace was weary of the political alliance between the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government, which ruled the country from 2015 to 2019. The unlikely alliance, which won a stunning (and, for Rajapaksa supporters, upsetting) victory in the 2015 elections, promised to help with economic recovery, course-correct Sri Lanka foreign policy, and end corruption. However, given – ironically – a long list of corruption allegations, constant political scandals – President Maithripala Sirisena ousted the prime minister in an unconstitutional move – and the subsequent Easter bombings attacks in 2019, the political marriage was doomed to be short-lived. And the Sri Lankan public yearned for a Leviathan who could give them stability, prosperity, and, especially, security. Who else could fill that role of the Leviathan other than the mastermind and strongman who won the war against the Tamil Tigers, Gotabaya Rajapaksa? Carried by a general will and support of the electorate, Rajapaksa rushed from one victory to the other. Not only did he win triumphantly in the presidential polls on November 18 last year, he also secured victory for his party, the Sri Lanka People’s Front, in parliamentary elections in August. The victory was powered by four factors: First, corruption under the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe alliance; second, the Easter bombings of 2019; third, the split within the opposition; and fourth and finally, the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. These events secured a super-majority for the Rajapaksa brothers, clearing the way for uninterrupted, decisive, and forceful majoritarian politics. The Sinhala population wanted a government of the Sinhalese, for the Sinhalese, and by the Sinhalese. And it was Gotabaya Rajapaksa who could give them that government, as the consolidation of the Rajapaksa clan is effectively the consolidation of Sinhalese-Buddhist nationalism. Domestically, the popular Sinhala will translated into the abolition of legal strings to trim the powers of the president, with the 19th Amendment, introduced by the previous government to puts curbs on executive power, on its way out. Internationally, the Sinhalese popular will translated into backtracking from the co-sponsored Resolution before the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2015. The resolution indicated willingness by the previous government to engage with the prime human rights body in order to deal with war crimes committed during the Sri Lankan civil war and enter the process of transitional justice. As the current foreign minister, Dinesh Gunawardena, said before the United Nations Human Rights Council in February: Diplomat Brief Weekly Newsletter N Get briefed on the story of the week, and developing stories to watch across the Asia-Pacific. Get the Newsletter Enjoying this article? Click here to subscribe for full access. Just $5 a month. Engaging with international bodies is a tactic, as I have written elsewhere, by post-colonial governments to, first, attract international investments in a neoliberal environment, which serves the prosperity of the elite in Sri Lanka. Second and coinciding with this, it is a matter of renewing governmental legitimacy. Sri Lankan governments, however, have always been suspicious of international bodies as they consider them Western Trojan horses. Meanwhile, behind the international smokescreen, the Rajapaksas have continuedto militarize public life, render the country as a debtor and tributary to China, entrench marginalization of minorities, intimidate activists, and abandon the transitional process in the aftermath of a vicious war that left more scars. The COVID-19 pandemic was eventually used as a pretext to expand a surveillance system to monitor and control the population, fulfilling the prime role of the Leviathan: offering protection in exchange for control. But protection is for the majority, while the minorities are unprotected unless they navigate within the prescriptive nationalist parameters of majoritarianism. Sri Lanka is the perfect example when it comes to stereotypes of mismanagement in the post-colonial developing world: rampant corruption, lavish elitism, and nationalist policies that cater toward the majority to manage the remnants of colonial antiques in the post-colonial era. In a strange metamorphosis, the Sinhalese post-colonial elite used nationalism and religion to pander the electoral majority and stir up tensions among the communities in order to keep the upper hand over the Sinhalese population and keep the minorities at bay. The problem is that post-colonial elites used majoritarian and communitarian policies to pit one community against each other in order to seize power – not noticing that the Leviathan has developed into a militant nationalist fanatic that is spiraling out of control. Dr. Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan is a lecturer for public international law at Griffith College Dublin since 2017. Prior to this lectureship at GCD, he worked as a Fellow at the Irish Centre for Human Rights in Galway, Ireland. His first book “Sri Lanka, Human Rights and the United Nations” was published by Springer earlier this year. https://thediplomat.com/2020/11/sinhalese-leviathan-how-gotabaya-rajapaksa-is-remaking-sri-lanka/