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Articles By Kumaran Nadesan

Kumaran Nadesan

Kumaran Nadesan

Much like many other Canadians of Sri Lankan Tamil origin, Kumaran is a third culture kid who grew up in several places, belonging everywhere and belonging nowhere. Nevertheless, he feels blessed to have finally found a home in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, which, despite its flaws, still manages to hum a beautiful tune of peoples, accents, and cultures even in the midst of polar vortexes.

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    Remembering Rwanda

    Today, July 15,marks the end of the 100 days of mourning that are observed in Rwanda every year to commemorate the 1994 genocide carried out against Tutsis and moderate Hutus in that country. Being a Canadian of Sri Lankan Tamil origin, the author is no stranger to ethnic conflicts and the impact of collective trauma on memory and reconciliation. He made the following observations on his recent visit to Rwanda for the 20th anniversary of the genocide.

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    When the Broken Lute Sings

    Lodged somewhere in a crease between memory and forgetting is my stillborn Sri Lanka. I have it embalmed in a jar filled with nostalgia, faded photographs, and all the shattered verses in my heart that lament for the red earth and pouring rain in Jaffna. Every so often, I take out my jar and carefully study it under the dim moonlight of my emotions where reality and imagination dissolve each other.

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    “Chennai is a City but Madras is an Emotion”

    Even when I first arrived in Chennai as a five-year-old in 1987, I remember my mother being grateful to have found a safe but uncertain shelter for her children. The civil war in Sri Lanka was becoming increasingly violent ironically as a result of the finally overt involvement of India’s own special military contingent, the Indian Peace Keeping Force.

    Author:   |  Published: April 2, 2014  |  1 Comment

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    Independent and Credible International Investigation Key to Peaceful and Just Sri Lanka

    The Twenty Fifth Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council commenced on March 3, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. While the worsening human rights situation in a number of countries, including Syria, Ukraine and Venezuela, is of great concern to the Council and Canada, Sri Lankan Canadians are also closely observing draft resolution HRC 25/1 (revised) promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka, which will be voted on by the Council tomorrow, March 27, 2014.

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    Responsible Reels: The 2014 Chennai International Documentary and Short Film Festival

    The town of Kodambakkam in Chennai, Tamil Nadu is synonymous with Kollywood, the global capital of the Tamil film industry. Spanning a history of almost 100 years of films, it is one of the largest industries of its kind in the world and dominates the sector in South India. Kollywood’s glitzy stars exert tremendous influence in the state, including from arts to politics to business.

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    From Canada to Colombo, Can’t Stereotype My Thing Yo

    I need a cigarette. In another impulsive moment, I had made the irresponsible decision a few months ago to become a social smoker. I do not particularly know what that means but I figure it would be a good way to force myself to have conversations with strangers on this trip. I also romanticize that it would be just the thing that one of my many alter egos, Manohar – Karthik’s character in Mani Ratnam’s "Mouna Ragam" – would do. He dies at the end of that film, I suddenly remember with a grimace.

    Author:   |  Published: February 18, 2014  |  1 Comment