These top 10 Tamil reads explores themes that force us to think critically about the complexities of our Tamilness. In collaboration with Tamil Reads, a space for Tamil community building and mentorship through the sharing of Tamil and Eelam Tamil reads, we have created a list of our Top 10 that examines our nuanced identities. Continue reading “A Tamil Reading List”
“This was my father’s lorry that he used for his business, he actually owned two of them and would deliver goods across Sabaragamuwa Province in Sri Lanka. He also owned two shops in Ratnapura. He was doing well in life. My father’s success in business allowed me to go to boarding school in the capital,Continue reading “How the 1981 riots shaped my future”
At midnight on 31st May 1981, the prestigious Jaffna Public Library was set ablaze by Sri Lankan security forces and state-sponsored Sinhala mobs. The library housed over 97,000 rare books and manuscripts, positioning it as one of the largest in Asia and the foremost repository of Tamil literature and culture. Library’s Origins The library wasContinue reading “The burning and rebuilding of Jaffna Public Library”
In so called ‘No-Fire Zones’ Tamil civilians built makeshift bunkers to seek shelter. Conditions were appalling in the scorching heat, with food and medicine scarce. The area was very densely packed with families sheltering in flimsy tents, digging bunkers where possible in the sandy terrain or constructing them with improvised sand bags stitched out ofContinue reading “Life in a bunker during the Sri Lankan conflict”
Sri Lankan police have enforced a strict lockdown since March, however, there is an exception to the rule. Tea and plantation workers have been permitted to work in any district, threatening the lives of the impoverished in these sectors. Tea plantation workers have been forced to buy or make their own masks but for manyContinue reading “Sri Lanka’s tea pickers toil on amid lockdown”
This Easter we reflect and mourn the victims of the attacks in Sri Lanka last year. A series of coordinated terrorist suicide bombings across Batticaloa, Colombo, Negombo and Sainthamaruthu took 259 innocent lives. The consequences continue to be far reaching for the country and the affected families. Since the attacks, there has been a dangerously high increaseContinue reading “Sri Lanka Easter attacks – a year on”
As quarantine procedures escalate across the globe, Sri Lanka is taking an increasingly militarised approach, further increasing tension within the population.
Sitting President Gotabaya Rajapaksa told the UN that thousands of disappeared Tamils are “actually dead”. This callous statement came after over 1000 days of continuous protests by the Tamil families of the disappeared demanding justice and accountability for their loved ones. Much like Sirisena, Rajapaksa attempts to deny accountability to the families without providing detailsContinue reading “The Ongoing Search for Sri Lanka’s Disappeared”
As November 27th nears, Tamils across Sri Lanka prepare for Maaveerar Naal (Great Heroes Day). A day of day of mourning where people venerate and remember their fallen cadres. With the return of the Rajapakses in office, It remains to be seen how Maaveerar Naal will be observed in the Sri Lanka this year. WatchContinue reading “Maaveerar Naal: Past & Present”
With the presidential elections set to take place next month in Sri Lanka. Former defence secretary and brother of ex-president Mahinda Rajapakse, Gotabaya Rajapakse is seen as a frontrunner. Accused of serious human rights violations during his time as secretary, watch as he denies any account of war crimes or wrong doing.