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The Sadness of Speaking One Language

Nicole Stellon O'Donnell | Posted 02.24.2017 | Education
Nicole Stellon O'Donnell

All I have is English. I tell the teachers I wish I had another language, that I wish my children could have learned a language in primary school, like the children in India do. "But your accent is perfect," says one teacher. My American ummms, likes, and tendency toward hyperbole seem far from perfection to me.

What's the Deal With Sri Lanka's Tamil Political Prisoners?

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 11.12.2016 | Home
Taylor Dibbert

Due to October, hunger strikes in prisons across the country (with prisoners demanding amnesty), President Maithripala Sirisena had given assurances t...

South Africa's Hindu History More Than Just Gandhi

Murali Balaji | Posted 06.12.2016 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Perhaps one of the strongest arguments for why Hinduism needs to be understood as a truly global religion is its nearly 200-year presence in South Africa, and its survival in the country despite systemic discrimination against Hindus prior to the end of Apartheid.

Mad Monks: Wirathu, Sri Lanka, and Diverting Democracy in Burma

Jack Healey | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Human rights are for all, and Burma's freedoms have been long fought for both inside the country and internationally that sought to increase freedoms and not to merely switch roles in a game of oppression. Let us move forward for human rights for all and to realizing the dream of the UDHR.

Our Language, Their Voices: The Transfer of Power

Nimmi Gowrinathan | Posted 08.15.2014 | Impact
Nimmi Gowrinathan

But as we divide them up, zero in on the one that is more powerful than the other -- have we looked over the heads of the survivors, ignored their politics, their power?

Sri Lankan Government Faces Uphill Battle

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Dinouk Colombage

Pressure on the Sri Lankan government continues to mount as they appear not to be pursuing any genuine plan of reconciliation.

An Uncommon Disrespect for Human Rights: Prince Charles, Sri Lanka and the CHOGM

Jack Healey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Jack Healey

The island was plagued by considerable violence and horror during the civil war, but instead of learning the inevitability of a political solution to such violence the government ramped up force to unprecedented levels in a push to extinguish the opposition.

Credible Sri Lankan War Crimes Investigation on the Horizon

Karunyan Arulanantham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Karunyan Arulanantham

As the last four years have shown, repeated pronouncements by U.S. and numerous other officials recommending that Sri Lanka take proper action have done nothing to bring even the slightest measure of justice for the horrific crimes of 2009.

A Good Neighbor

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 11.23.2013 | Home
Siddharth Chatterjee

While foreign-born "natives" imagine India with grand religious tradition or Bollywood songs, to people in places like Sri Lanka, India is a neighborhood bully -- an interfering sibling at best and a manipulative oppressor at worst.

30 Years Later, Sri Lanka at a Political Crossroads

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 09.23.2013 | Home
Dinouk Colombage

Sri Lanka has paid the highest price to achieve the peace it now enjoys. The inability of politicians to do what has been asked of them by the people has left the country threatening to squander the bloodied peace that was achieved.

What Women in Texas and South India Have in Common

Vivian Norris | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Vivian Norris

Little did I know that our conversation about patriarchy and women's rights and the parallels between her rural impoverished part of South India and my home state of Texas would ring so true when Senator Wendy Davis stood for half a day to filibuster for women's right to choose

Sri Lanka: Forgetting to Remember

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 08.18.2013 | Home
Dinouk Colombage

Four years have passed since Sri Lanka's brutal and bloody civil war came to an aggressive end. At the time many rejoiced with the news. It now appears as though reconciliation is playing second fiddle to the growing political intrigue on all sides.

Women, Men, Refugees, UFOs and the CIA: The Places Documentary Can Go at Sheffield Doc Fest 2013

Vivian Norris | Posted 08.18.2013 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

Sitting down on the bus carrying us out through the stunning Darbyshire countryside to a cavern where we would watch an Opening Night film for the Sheffield Doc Fest, little did I know what the woman sitting next to me would come to represent for me.

Can Racism Be Defeated?

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 06.22.2013 | Home
Dinouk Colombage

Despite the good intentions of those who wish to create a common identity, the recognition of a person's race is paramount in overcoming the growing racism.

Religion and Human Rights: Buddhist Hatred in Sri Lanka and Burma

Jack Healey | Posted 06.16.2013 | Home
Jack Healey

In Sri Lanka, an imperative to "protect" Buddhism has been used to discriminate against non-Buddhist peoples for decades. Who will come out of the horrors and misuses in Sri Lanka and Burma to return to a Buddhism that supports and protects human rights for all?

Is Sonia Gandhi a Real Indian Saint Accused as an Italian Carpet Bagger?

Sreedhar Pillai | Posted 05.19.2013 | Media
Sreedhar Pillai

Few women in history had to undergo a life as dramatic as that of Sonia Gandhi, the Italian-born chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance, which...

Tamil Poet Salma and Her Extraordinary Rise to Success

Fariha Roisin | Posted 03.30.2013 | Media
Fariha Roisin

Allow women to soar in their own right, to cultivate themselves under their own standards, to be people of their own making. Only when women have these simple civil liberties will we see real developmental changes in the world.

What U.S. Businesses Must Consider In Sri Lanka

Karunyan Arulanantham | Posted 10.18.2011 | Business
Karunyan Arulanantham

U.S. businesses, primarily apparel brands that import Sri Lankan-made goods to the United States, must begin to act in a more socially responsible and thoughtful manner if they want to be regarded as good corporate citizens.

Nationalism, Cricket And The Religio-Politics Of Sport

Amarnath Amarasingam | Posted 06.05.2011 | Religion
Amarnath Amarasingam

If Claude von Clausewitz is correct that war is merely "politics by other means," then the same can be said about sports. Sport has never transcended politics and never will.

Mani Ratnam's Raavanan: The Must-See International Film of 2010

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jim Luce

Raavanan, the new Indian film produced in both Hindi and Tamil, premiered at the Tenth Annual Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (MIAAC) Film Festiva...

Shunned, Will He Bolt?

Sunil Sharan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sunil Sharan

What was supposed to be a breakthrough meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan last month degenerated into a public rebuke of Indi...

Khushboo, Indian Actress, Wins Legal Case Over 'Virgin' Comments

Telegraph | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

An Indian actress won a legal battle over comments she made about premarital sex when the Supreme Court threw out 22 cases lodged against her by outra...

Meet the Amazing Aroon Shivdasani of NYC's Indo-American Arts Council

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Indo-American Arts Council founder and executive director Aroon Shivdasani has lived all over the world but has called New York home for about half he...

The Space Between Politics and Reality: A Minority View of the Sri Lankan Elections

Nimmi Gowrinathan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nimmi Gowrinathan

As agendas and priorities for the national election are debated and determined amongst superpowers, politicians, and donors -- how do we gauge the political will of the Tamil people?

EPRLF-P Gen. Sec. Sritharan to Diaspora: This is No Joke, Battlefront Not on Toronto Streets

Anuradha K. Herath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Anuradha K. Herath

"They think the children are poor peoples' sons and daughters," Sritharan said. "The ordinary soldier from the Sinhala south is also from a poor peasant family."