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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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Thaksin Shinawatra

A Danger Signal

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The brazen attack on a group of Western diplomats by the LTTE and the intriguing reaction of the international community to that attack are timely reminders of a reality many of us would like to gloss over. The LTTE cannot be trusted to play by any book of rules; Vellupillai Pirapaharan (a.k.a. Sun God) works according to no code but his own. This makes a negotiated settlement with the Tigers impossibility, so long as Mr. Pirapaharan is alive (after all, the LTTE exited the negotiating table during the suicidally Tiger-friendly Ranil Wickremesinghe administration). The fact that the Tigers were able to launch an artillery attack on a supposedly secure location in Batticaloa demonstrates that the LTTE is not quite as weak and the East is not quite as cleared as the regime’s propaganda would have us believe.

Tamils leaving Vanni without waiting for a constitution

H. L. D. Mahindapala

When the Sri Lankan forces were licking their wounds, after previous defeats, the NGO pundits and the pro-Vanni propagandists argued that the Tigers cannot be defeated militarily. In fact, the Tigers were claiming parity of status because of their military gains and when the Mavil Aru offensive began the diplomatic colony was quite positive that the Sri Lankan forces will withdraw into barracks after getting a bloody nose from the Tigers. To add to this, Prabhakaran’s rhetoric in his ritual annual speech and Anton Balasingham’s grandstanding at peace talks were all based on the superiority of the military capabilities of the Tigers which was tantamount to invincibility.

Here He Goes Again: Misrepresenting the Other While Waving the Federalism Flag

Dr. Siri Gamage - University of New England, Australia

Following his trademark habit as displayed in the first article (18.02.2007), Professor Fernando keeps distorting and misrepresenting my writing in his second article published in The Asian Tribune (25.02.2007). In my previous articles in The Asian Tribune (15.02.2007 and 20.02.2007), I did not claim that there was a continuous unitary concept (or a unitary state in reality) in Sri Lanka from the Kandyan Kingdom to the present day. To say this authoritatively, I should have done historical research and provided corresponding evidence. I am not a historian. I leave this task of proving this contention or disproving it to the historians and political historians. In my first article (15.02.2007), I referred to the work of a historian cum anthropologist who published a book on the Kandyan Kingdom or Sinhale as he calls it.

No more politics says ousted Thai prime minister

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor 'Asian Tribune'

Thaksin ShinawatraThe former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, toppled in a bloodless coup last September, has had enough of politics. He said Friday that he would keep out of politics and despite the military take-over in Thailand he was hopeful of a return to civilian rule. "I have no ambition to go back to politics. Six years is enough," he told a London audience. "As a Thai citizen, I have a right to go back to my country. But I will stay back to help reconciliation."

Peace in Sahir Ludhianvi and Stephen Gill

Prabhat Kumar ‘Sarwar Lakhnavi’

Sahir Ludhianvi, and Stephen Gill, born in Panjab, shared the same language and culture, though they were born in different parts and in the families of different religious backgrounds. Sahir was born in Ludhiana that is still in India. Stephen Gill was born in Sialkot that is now a part of Pakistan, where he passed his early days and grew in India. Sahir authored several collections of poems in Urdu. On the other hand, Stephen Gill writes usually in English and poetry also in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi languages. Jazeera is his major and only collection of poems which is also in Hindi. He has authored novels, literary criticism and books of historical nature as well.

Burma Question: A catch-22 between Self-interest and Social Equality

By - Zin Linn*

Burmese people are surprised and frustrated by the media reports that South Africa President Thabo Mbeki has not helped their cause with his decision to lend support to China's veto on Burma question at the UN Security Council. In an interview to South African public broadcaster, SABC, Mbeki ticked off the Security Council for its resolution for democratic reforms in Burma. The interview came on 12 February, which the Burmese celebrate as Union Day.

ACL introduces fire resistant cables

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

ACL Cables has launched their latest Fire Guard Cables – a range of cables designed for the use at homes and offices that are especially equipped to prevent the spread of fire. Fire Guard cables are the first of their kind in Sri Lanka. Fire related accidents are often unavoidable and may take place due to electrical short circuits resulting from human error, rodents attacking the cables or even by the movement of earth that disturbs the cable installations.

Sri Lankan government exploits attack on foreign delegation to intensify war

The Sri Lankan government has seized on an incident on Tuesday, in which the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fired on military helicopters carrying foreign dignitaries, to push for tougher action against the separatist rebels. The foreign officials, including the US, German, Japanese, Canadian and French ambassadors and the UN head of mission, were visiting the eastern town of Batticaloa, accompanied by the Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe. The delegation came under artillery and mortar fire after disembarking at a military airfield. Italian ambassador Pio Mariani sustained minor shrapnel wounds to the head and was taken to hospital. Several other diplomats and military personnel received minor injuries.

The original sin

By G. S. Bhargava - Syndicate Features

One should welcome the Communist Party (Marxist) opposition to the move to dismiss the Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Government in Uttar Pradesh on the plea that the Supreme Court disqualification of 13 Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) defectors had rendered ‘illegal’ the very formation of the Government about four years ago. Considering that the Congress party is unfazed by the CPI (M) stance it could be more a gesture than a genuinely principled objection to the misuse of Article 356 of the Constitution. After all, when it comes to the crunch there would always be the alibi that the CPI (M) could not let down the ruling coalition and objectively benefit the ‘communal’ BJP. In other words, ‘secularism’ would be handy to cover up a necessary somersault.

Karuna addressing to his cadres

Karuna flanked by his commanders

Karuna seen walking to the meeting venue

Karuna & Pillaiyan

Sinhala Conciousness

"Sri Lanka is our Motherland. We respect the constitution, the President and the government" -- Col Karuna

Karuna & PillaiyanVinayamoorthy Muralitharan (a.k.a. Colonel Karuna), leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP), made an unexpected and rare appearance at the passing out parade of the latest batch of TMVP cadres held at an undisclosed military base in the east. According to the cadres his visit was a pleasant surprise to them. He spoke to each and every one of them and gave them a patient hearing. It was noted that in some instances he advised some cadres and in another incidents he commended the cadres for their good work and for maintaining good discipline.