Jayalalithaa; Amma (The Matriarch)

Jayalalithaa; Amma (The Matriarch)

    15 Oct 2016

A special report from our Chennai correspondent Innamburan   “Sometimes it’s not enough to know what things mean, sometimes you have to know what things don’t mean.”                                                  – Nobel laureate  Bob Dylan   Writing

Mea Culpa: Why sorry doesn’t seem to be the hardest word

Mea Culpa: Why sorry doesn’t seem to be the hardest word

    15 Oct 2016

By Dawood Ali McCallum    “That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility.” “I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.” The first of these quotes is Hillary Clinton’s September 2015 acknowledgement of an error of judgement in using a private email server for official communications when Secretary of State. The

Can we trust our politicians any more?

Can we trust our politicians any more?

    08 Jul 2016

We all know that the result of this ill-thought out referendum was a disaster for the country. Following the result, Boris and Farage now have jumped off the sinking ship! They have and had no idea, what next? Obama has already said-‘It might take a decade to renegotiate business contracts with UK. Alain Juppe wants

Did the BoZos get the BREXIT Referendum right?

Did the BoZos get the BREXIT Referendum right?

    03 Jul 2016

Dear Readers,  We have long hoped that Readers of Confluence would write letters to the Editor whenever they wished to express approval or criticism or to raise questions. We have received a very interesting letter from a member of the Remain camp who feels strongly that the Leave camp’s victory in the recent Referendum was

Enforced disappearance of persons in Sri Lanka: Legacy and ongoing challenges

Enforced disappearance of persons in Sri Lanka: Legacy and ongoing challenges

    27 Jun 2016

By M.C.M. Iqbal (This is an abridged version of a presentation made at a meeting at the University of London on 25th April, 2016) http://groundviews.org/2016/05/19/enforced-disappearances-in-sri-lanka-legacy-and-ongoing-challenges,/ Featured image courtesy TamilGuardian Enforced disappearance of persons remains one of the widely known human rights violations in Sri Lanka.  The machinery that had been set up during the past

History Was Made Today

History Was Made Today

    25 Jun 2016

By Malathy Sitaram Friday, the 24th of June, 2016 will go down in British History as the day of a seismic political shock that shook the country and the world as it became clear by midnight last night that the Leave camp was winning. By early morning that result was confirmed. The people had spoken

Indian Elections 2016: Pandora’s Box!

Indian Elections 2016: Pandora’s Box!

    25 May 2016

By Innamburan, our Chennai Correspondant “Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat.” – Jean-Paul Sartre  India has a well-oiled Election Commission (EC) that gives the politicians a run for their money. It takes over the reins, rotates the officials, investigates complaints and keeps the politicians at bay. A

Confluence May 2016 issue

Confluence May 2016 issue

    07 May 2016

Confluence May 2016 issue  

Book Review: Sharada Nayak’s  ‘Raj Agent in Ceylon(1936-40)’

Book Review: Sharada Nayak’s ‘Raj Agent in Ceylon(1936-40)’

    15 Mar 2016

by Sydney Xavier The book’s title and cover page denoting the French nautical map of Ceylon and the Malabar and Coromandel coasts hint at a James Bond type spy story rooted in the British Raj! But this is the story of Vittal Pai OBE CIE and the sad plight of Sri Lanka’s Tamil plantation workers