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    N Sathiya Moorthy

    N Sathiya Moorthy is Senior Fellow and Director, ORF Chennai A double-graduate in Physics and Law, and with a journalism background, N. Sathiya Moorthy is at present Senior Fellow & Director of the Chennai Chapter of the Observer Research Foundation. Starting his journalism career in the Indian Express – now, the New Indian Express – at Thiruvananthapuram as a Staff Reporter in the late Seventies, Sathiya Moorthy worked as a Subeditor at the newspaper’s then sole publication centre in Kerala at Kochi. Sathiya Moorthy later worked in the Times of Deccan, Bangalore, and the Indian Express, Ahmedabad. Later, he worked as a Senior/Chief Sub at The Hindu, Chennai, and as News Editor, The Sunday Mail (Chennai edition). He has thus worked for most major English language national newspapers in the country, particularly with the advent of Tamil Nadu as the key decision maker in national politics demanding that all newspaper had a reporter in Chennai that they could not afford to have full-time. This period also saw Sathiya Moorthy working as Editor of Aside magazine, Chennai, and as Chief News Editor, Raj TV. In the new media of the day, he was contributing news-breaks and analyses to Rediff.com since its inception. Later, he worked as the Editorial Consultant/Chief News Editor of the trilingual Sri Lankan television group MTV, Shakti TV and Sirasa. Since 2002, Sathiya Moorthy has been the Honorary/full-time Director of the Chennai Chapter of the Observer Research Foundation. In the course of his job and out of personal interest, he has been studying India’s southern, Indian Ocean neighbours, namely Maldives and Sri Lanka, as well as the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC). He regularly writes on these subjects in traditional and web journals. He has also authored/edited books on Sri Lanka, and contributed chapters on India’s two immediate southern neighbours. His book on Maldives is waiting to happen. As part of his continuing efforts to update his knowledge and gain greater insights into the politics and the society in these two countries in particular, Sathiya Moorthy visits them frequently. Among other analytical work, he has been writing a weekly column for over 10 years in the Colombo-based Daily Mirror, first, and The Sunday Leader, since, for nearly 10 years, focusing mainly on Sri Lankan politics and internal dynamics, and at times on bilateral and multilateral relations of that nation. Expertise • Indian Politics, Elections, Public Affairs • Maldives • Sri Lanka • South Asia • Journalism and Mass Media Current Position(s) • Senior Fellow and Director, ORF Chennai Education • BGL, Madras University • BSc, Madurai University

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  • Sri Lanka: Disabusing the Past0

    N. Sathiya Moorthy  2 February 2021 In a departure from the past, the Rajapaksa leadership has kept its options yet open on the UNHRC resolution that would be taken up for vote in the upcoming session, commencing this month and going past mid-next. Going by Media interviews of Foreign Secretary, Jayanath Colombage, the Government will

  • Sri Lanka: Understanding the protests against Indian private investment in Colombo Port0

    by N Sathiya Moorthy  22 January 2021 For Sri Lanka, big ticket foreign investment matters right now more than at any time in the post-Independence era. Overseas investors would be keenly watching the Sri Lankan Government’s handling of the much-maligned Indian private sector funding for the Colombo Port’s Eastern Container Terminal (ECT), for them to draw their own

  • Sri Lanka: It’s not diplomacy, Mr Watson0

    Dr. Nalin de Silva met with the senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar during the visit to Nay Pyi Taw by N Sathiya Moorthy  18 January 2021 The way he is continuing with his India-bashing exercise even as he remains the nation’s envoy to Myanmar, the Foreign Ministry should advice Prof

  • Sri Lanka: Nation, Not Nationalists, Decide0

    N. Sathiya Moorthy Ceylon Today, 15 December 2020 In a recent debate in Parliament, State Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal joined issue with the Opposition over fiscal management between the two Rajapaksa regimes, the incumbent and the previous one (2005-15) and the intervening Government of National Unity (GNU), where ‘unity’ too was in great deficit. As the

  • India: Between elder brother and big brother0

    From an Indian perspective, it is a moment for living by the old national ethos of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam in Sanskrit and Yaadhum Oore, Yavarum Kelir in Tamil.   N Sathiya Moorthy    13 January 2021 The reported Indian decision to consider sharing Covid vaccines with equally pandemic-hit smaller neighbours as and when it fructifies should go down in

  • Sri Lanka: Wanted-A Credible Ally for the West0

    by N Sathiya Moorthy   January 2021 Going by Media reports and related analyses and speculation, western sponsors of  the UNHRC resolution on war crimes probe and reconciliation at the UNHRC in March, is there someone who is in Sri Lanka that could convincingly carry the weight of their masses, to target the Sri Lankan State,

  • India: Old guard needs to make way for Congress to grow0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 7  December 2020 By the looks of it, the Congress cannot hope to return to power even in election 2024. What it can do is to start from the bottom, hold organisational elections, which are honest, and co-opt those elected to form teams of office-bearers at all levels, right up to the working

  • Transitioning ties from Trump to Biden 0

     N Sathiya Moorthy ,  25 November 2020 After Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted about his telephone conversation with US President-elect Joe Biden, at least some tongues have stopped wagging. Yet, the fact remains that India was not among the two batches of America’s friends and allies that Biden called first in Europe and then in Asia.

  • String of Pearls: China’s Encirclement of India0

    N. Sathiya Moorthy     17 November 2020 News reports have quoted the Chinese Embassy in Colombo about Sri Lanka participating in a China-hosted five-Nation multilateral virtual meet on COVID-19 management and post COVID-19   economic revival. It was the second such consultation among the ‘partners’ in as many months, with Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal

  • How far ‘forward-looking’ is Biden for Sri Lanka0

    Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa congratulates US President-elect Biden on his electoral victory aninews.in   N Sathiya Moorthy     9 November 2020 In a tweet on the US presidential election results – or, what it is believed to be, unless the American courts rule otherwise, if approached – President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has registered his early

  • Is the Indian Ocean still India’s ocean?0

    As explained, the 2+2 dialogue being held on the eve of the US presidential polls was not an issue per se as this is not the first time it’s happening Sathiya Moorthy  5 November 2020 Regardless of who wins the American presidential elections and whether he remains in office, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

  • Sri Lanka: Should India take ‘India First’ security policy on face-value?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy, 3 November 2020 In the first Sri Lankan official reference to the nation’s ‘India First’ security policy after the 28 October Colombo visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Adm Jayanth Colombage (retd) quoted President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as telling the visitor that “as long as I am in power,

  • Maldives: Yameen camp’s efforts to take ‘India out’ campaign to Parliament fails0

    by N Sathiya Moorthy  19 October 2020 After failing to arouse public enthusiasm for their ‘India out’ campaign, Opposition PPM-PNC combine, identified with the jailed former President Abdulla Yameen, has tried to raise it in Parliament. However, the Opposition could not succeed in Parliament too, as Speaker Mohammed Nasheed threw out an ‘emergency motion’, citing conceptual and

  • Have Tamils lost interest in Prabhakaran?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  12 October 2020 It is anybody’s guess why Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, the war victor of an army commander, has waited till now to declare that LTTE supremo Prabhakaran’s baby-faced second son Balachandran was as much a part of the terror group as the rest of the family. Even more surprisingly, no


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