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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

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India’s interventionist policies in its neighbourhood

By Asif Haroon Raja

The Brahman Hindus in India have always suffered from megalomania; they wish to re-establish the fancied grandeur of the old order. They stubbornly cling to self created myths and legends and perceive that India in its old form extended from Iran and Afghanistan to Indonesia. They wish to reunite all lost territories and re-emerge as great Mahabharata. It is in the backdrop of these mythical beliefs that they eye all their neighbours with disdain.From the time of its independence India has constantly endeavoured to browbeat them into submission and schemed to undermine them either through covert means or coercion or use of physical force. Goa and Sikkim have been absorbed into Indian Union while Pakistan has been cut to size. Truncated Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Burma, Tibet are victims of Indian intrigues.

Obama and McCain Struggle through Final Two Weeks of the Presidential Race

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Two weeks to go and the US electorate had seen both candidates in their best and worst. Barack Obama leads the polls but John McCain is fiercely competitive. The scatter-gun attack Colin Powell launched on the GOP ticket -- hitting McCain for fumbling the financial crisis, choosing Sarah Palin, pressing Barack's association with William Ayers, and not defending Obama's Christianity – may have been hard body blows that McCain received. All polls indicate that the independents may have been swayed by Powell who was the former Secretary of State but also a reputed military leader.

Sri Lanka to send its delegation to India on 26 October

Basil Rajapakse M.P. Sri Lanka Government has called its High Commissioner in New Delhi and the Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai for consultation, prior to sending a delegation to meet the External Affairs Minister of India and high ranking Government officials to brief the situation in Sri Lanka. “Asian Tribune” learns that Sri Lanka President has decided to send a delegation to New Delhi to explain the ongoing war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as well internally displaced people in the Vanni region who have been held as human shield by the LTTE.

Bernard Goonetilleke, the new chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

Bernard GoonetillekeAccording to a press release by the Ministry of Tourism, Bernard Goonetilleke a veteran diplomat has been appointed as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority. Bernard Goonetilleke a veteran Sri Lankan diplomat and a distinguished officer of the Sri Lanka Foreign Service, whose immediate prior assignment has been Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in the United States of America, is being now appointed with effect from 01st November 2008.

Food prices in Sri Lanka unprecedented for the last two years

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

While there is research data that more than 50 percent of the Sri Lankan population do not get the required minimum calories in their diets, on behalf of the Campaign for People’s Solutions to Food Crisis (CPSF) Movement for Land and Agricultural Reforms (MONLAR) has carried out a signature campaign on 16th October to coincide with the World Food Day in front of the Colombo Fort Railway Station. The Signed Petition would be submitted to the Government

Only an Independent Eelam is safer for India - P Nadesan

P.NadesanIn an interview with a Tamil language magazine from Chennai, P. Nadesan, head of the political division of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam said, “Only an independent Eelam is safer for India.” He has also pressed the alarm button by stating, “Eelam is burning in a complete war flame.” P.Nadesan’s interview appeared in 19th October issue of the Tamil language biweekly magazine called “Junior Vikatan, from the “Ananda Vikatan” Group from Chennai. It was “Ananda Vikatan” recently conducted a survey in Tamil Nadu and came up stating that majority of Tamils in Tamil Nadu overwhelmingly support the LTTE.

For how long will India watch Tamil Nadu political support for banned LTTE?

By Shenali Waduge

What can we deduce when thirty-nine Tamil Nadu MPs in India resign over affairs taking place in another country? This is how the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) plans to ignite a dangerous kind of populism playing pan-Tamil politics across national borders. What is Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi really up to by flexing his political muscle at a time when general elections are just 6 months away? Many are likely to think that the support for separatism in another country rekindles Tamil Nadu’s own memories of separatism in the early 1960s. In any case the fact that the LTTE remains banned in India doesn’t warrant such open support from the very State that witnessed the death of its leader by the LTTE & should quickly open the eyes of India’s national security advisor since India’s foreign policy comes into question.

A London Photo Exhibition To Open Today Depicting LTTE Atrocities

By Walter Jayawardhana

A London exhibition of photographs depicting the the human rights violations by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will be held in London Sri Lankan High Commission. The inhuman abductions of Tamil children from their homes, playgrounds, temple festivals and training them inside abominable Tamil Tiger training camps is one of the focuses of the photo exhibition, sources said.

Douglas & Sons markets reputed Yuasa batteries in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Douglas & Sons Ltd (DSL), Sri Lanka’s number one importer of premier Japanese brands of auto parts and tires have also started importing and selling the world’s foremost battery – Yuasa – in the Sri Lankan market. A press briefing was held at Cinnamon Grand Hotel to announce the launch of Yuasa Batteries in Sri Lanka.

Unabated growth of communalism and terrorism

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

Communalism and terrorism are certain to dominate—apart from, of course, sky-rocketing prices and inflation--the election campaign in five states which go to polls between 14 November and 4 December this year. These are issues which can fatally wound the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and dash its hope of deriving advantage from the so-called anti-incumbency factor afflicting the BJP in three of these five states. Prices are unlikely to stabilise sufficiently in a matter of month and the death and destruction caused by communal violence and terrorist attacks in different parts of the country have left deep scars that will take even longer to heal—if at all they do heal.

Basil Rajapakse M.P.

Bernard Goonetilleke

Junior Vikatan

Sea Tiger suicide squad attacked merchants ships with humanitarian aid to Tamil people of Jaffna Peninsula

Reports revealed that Sri Lanka Navy has foiled an LTTE suicide attempt on two merchant ships, “ M.V. Nimalawa” and “M.V. Ruhunu” carrying humanitarian assistance to the North, in the Northern seas around 5.10 today morning. The ships loaded with humanitarian assistance from Colombo to the Tamil civilians in the Jaffna peninsula were anchored in the Kankesanthurai sea region. Both vessels with essential food items were awaiting unloading at the time, one of the three Sea Tiger suicide boats after reaching close to the merchant ship, M.V. Nimalawa blew itself up. A considerable damage was caused to the ship’s hull.