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Anti-Darusman patriotic yathra advances domestic political agenda of Rajapaksa siblings

by Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Fanatics are picturesque; mankind would rather see gestures than listen to reason”. Nietzsche (The Anti-Christ)

Gopalaswami Mahendraraja alias Mahattaya was a Tiger leader and a Tamil hero, until Vellupillai Pirapaharan decided that he was an arch-traitor. Once the Leader branded his erstwhile deputy a betrayer, the Tamils were expected to fall in line, disregarding Mahattaya’s sterling record of service to the Eelam cause.
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Protracted war has changed traditional roles played by men and women in Jaffna

by Dilrukshi Handunetti

Saraswathy Thanabalasingham sells garlands and basic costume jewellery in close proximity to the fabled Nallur temple in Jaffna. Her husband is a landmine victim and she is unable to sell her wares regularly.

“People call it a mobile service. I am out there during the festivals and also when I can. The recent Jaffna Music Festival brought over 100,000 people to the city. I had great sales”, she beams.
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