Newsclick Production, November 12,2013
The Tamil Nadu Assembly has passed a resolution demanding India's boycott to the upcoming Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Newsclick talks to Ahilan Kadirgamar, member of the Collective for Economic Democratisation, about the issues behind the boycott, about the recent victory of Tamil National Alliance in Northern Provincial polls, and the controversy of Sri Lankan Navy arresting Tamil fishermen.
Kadirgamar also points out that although there is a need to investigate into the gruesome violation of human rights after the 2009 civil war, the need of the hour is to deal with the present economic and social crisis facing Sri Lanka's Tamil-dominated Northern Province. He further says that the "politics of boycott" must be replaced with "politics of engagement" that attempts to make a difference on the ground.
Newsclick Production/ 31-July-2011
Ahilan Kadirgamar, spokesperson of the Sri Lanka Democracy Forum, suggests that the Tamil National Alliance's victory combined with international pressure after the Channel 4 Documentary and the UN Special Panel Report have brought upon added impetus for the Sri Lankan government to proceed with steps towards a "political solution" in that country. The peoples' mandate in the Northern Province in the local body elections held there in July this year, were clearly a rebuff to the Rajapaksa regime's efforts to limit the discourse to "development".