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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

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Contributions of non-resident Indians are disappointing?

By Stephen Gill

The government of India has dedicated the 9th of January to celebrate the overseas compatriots. The story goes back to the BJP (Bhartiya Janta Party) Government that was defeated in 2004 general elections. When in power, the BJP Government approached the Indians abroad, using the word NRIS (non-resident Indians) to seek their help to save India from bankruptcy. They played on their nationalistic sentiments to motivate them to play a major role in the economic landscape of India. The BJP Government and other Hindu nationalist parties were already collecting funds from the nationalists abroad for political activities, including their elections.

Burying the Ceasefire Agreement killed by Velu & Solheim

H. L. D. Mahindapala

The official termination of the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) signed on February 22, 2002 was long overdue. Everyone knew it was dead as the countless number of whales killed by the Norwegians, defying the ban imposed by the International Whaling Commission in 1986. The Mahinda Rajapakse government has rightfully concluded that it is unjust, illegal and unacceptable to let the Tamil Tigers do what the Norwegians are doing to the whales: violating international law and decimating the endangered species (Tamils in the case of Velu Prabhakaran). Even Ranil Wickremesinghe, one of the co-signatories, is on record saying that the CFA is dysfunctional.

UN Sees Risks for Asia-Pacific Region in Slowing US Economy

Despite predicted robust growth in 2008, the risks for the Asia-Pacific economies are “tilted to thedownside” as they await an “unraveling of the United States sub-prime mortgage problem and a slowing U.S. economy". So far the economies have been “undaunted” despite global uncertainties but need to tread carefully amid signs of financial market volatility in the coming months. The warnings come from a preview by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Key Economic Developments and Prospects in the Asia-Pacific Region 2008. The report will be launched on January 9 at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT), Maneeya Centre, Ploenchit Road, Phatumwan, Bangkok.

Bread and butter politics of devolution: What will it mean for the least empowered person?

By Raj Gonsalkorale

The word devolution has generated more discussion amongst some people in Sri Lanka perhaps next to the word terrorism. Some have argued that devolution is the panacea for all ills in the country while others have attached sinister implications arising out of it. Some have argued for minimalist devolution models, while others have rejected them and pushed for maximalist models. The LTTE has pushed for a model far beyond a maximalist model, taking arms and resorting to terrorism to fight for a separate State within the land mass of the island.

CFA: Monument to Ranil’s Treasonous Mindset and Norway’s Treacherous Duplicity

Sunday Discourse By Philip Fernando in LA

Shrouded in secrecy, the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) had no chance of survival. It reached history’s dust bin unsung and unwept. The CFA was violated with impunity 6,672 times by the LTTE. It laid down harsh compliance requirements for the government of Sri Lanka while the LTTE got off lightly as they were considered under dogs. Norway's erroneous mind-set indicted the government as being totally culpable for all that was wrong. Thus, it turned out to be a worthless document signed illegally behind closed doors and never approved by Sri Lankan Parliament or Sri Lanka’s president at that time.

The Rampant Extremism

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The ultimatum came from Wimal Weerawansa: the JVP 'will' topple the government by 'April'if the President acquiesces to a devolution package contrary to 'Mahinda Chinthanaya. Mahinda Chinthanaya' commits the government to the unitary state. The JVP, intent on preserving the unitary state in its unadulterated form, is unequivocally opposed to any devolution proposal of the quasi-unitary sort. It has already rejected the Indian model, seeing that quasi-unitary/federal structure as federal and nothing but federal. The Budget vote proved beyond any doubt who holds the whip hand; Mahinda Rajapakse will have to concur with the JVP’s demands if he wants to safeguard his government. The Sinhala supremacist bent of the Rajapakse siblings may make that choice more palatable to the President; unfortunately bowing down to the JVP’s dictates can push Sri Lanka down the precipice of a racist total war and international isolation.

OK .. CFA is abrogated, what next?

By K.T.Rajasingham

Sri Lanka Government has officially conveyed that they are abrogating the Ceasefire Agreement they entered with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Accordingly, from 16 January officially there will be no more ceasefire in force with the Liberation Tigers. What is that mean. It means Sri Lanka Government is at war with the Tamil Tigers. It clearly indicates that the flood gate of war has been opened up. Though Sri Lanka Government and LTTE were at war even before the abrogation of the CFA, there was the so called piece of paper to say that there remains a Ceasefire Agreement. Now, Sri Lanka Government has spoken aloud saying no more Ceasefire with the LTTE. What is that means?