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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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  • Killing of Indian fisherman raises questions of sovereignty0

      N Sathiya Moorthy www.orfonline.org, 15 March 2017 Possibly for the first time, media reports have spoken about investigations into the death of a Tamil Nadu fisherman, K Brijto, 21, allegedly in a firing incident involving the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN). The Special Correspondent of The Hindu at Rameswaram has quoted investigating officials to report that the Indian

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  • Thirteen-A Is Still A Good Start…0

    Sathiya Moorthy The Sunday Leader, Colombo, 19 March 2017 The fact remains, the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, facilitated by the larger Indian neighbour, is a good document to begin with It would be a good idea to use 13-A as a base document for taking up fresh negotiations, within and outside Parliament, which is also

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  • Talking Ethnic Reconciliation With Tongues Still Tied To The Past0

    Talking Ethnic Reconciliation With Tongues Still Tied To The Past Sathiya Moorthy,The Sunday Leader, Colombo, 12 March 2017 The problem is that the West does not have the courage to accept that were wrong on and in Sri Lanka If anything, now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of Sri

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  • Maldives: ‘Currency-swap’ with India ahead of big Saudi, China deals0

    Maldives: ‘Currency-swap’ with India ahead of big Saudi, China deals N Sathiya Moorthy www.orfonline.org 8 March 2017 Going on all cylinders on economic diplomacy, President Abdulla Yameen has combined an astronomically high $ 10-b agreement with Saudi Arabia even while laying the foundation work for constructing a second runway in the Male International Airport with Chinese help.

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  • Trump’s Sri Lanka?0

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    • February 21, 2017

    Trump’s Sri Lanka? Sathiya Moorthy The Sunday Leader, Colombo, 19 Febriuary 2017 Rather than fighting American wars elsewhere, if only to secure the ‘homeland’ from military/militant attacks, and/or its economy, he seems keen to protect and strengthen that protection from within Sooner than later, Trump would come to understand that trust of nations is not built

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  • Is India Still Interested In Developing Trincomalee Port In Sri Lanka?

    Is India Still Interested In Developing Trincomalee Port In Sri Lanka?0

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    • February 18, 2017

    Is India Still Interested In Developing Trincomalee Port In Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka’s Trincomalee Habour. Photo by Rehman Abubakr, Wikipedia Commons. By N Sathiya Moorthy* At the annual Raisina Dialogue held in New Delhi from January 17-19, 2017, Sri Lanka’s Resettlement Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said the two nations would soon commence negotiations for

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  • The Jury Is Out: Armed Forces, Not India, Stalled JRJ’s ‘Jaffna Advance’0

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    • February 13, 2017

    The Jury Is Out: Armed Forces, Not India, Stalled JRJ’s ‘Jaffna Advance’ N Sathiya Moorthy, The Sunday Leader, Colombo, 12 February 2017 It’s sad that based merely on speculative assessments that India’s ‘Operation Garland’ of air-dropping food and medicines to the civilian population, bilateral relations had been allowed to flounder It needs to be recalled that

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  • It was now or never for Sasikala0

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    • February 6, 2017

    It was now or never for Sasikala N Sathiya Moorthy, Rediff.com, 6 February 2017 6.19 am Whether or not OPS wanted it, possibly after a time, there might be pressure from within the AIADMK legislature party that he should not quit. In turn, it would have meant that Sasikala, already determined to keep both the party and

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  • Targeting The TNA, Testing The Nation?0

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    • February 6, 2017

    Targeting The TNA, Testing The Nation? N Sathiya Moorthy, The Sunday Leader, Colombo, 5 February 2017 Sumanthiran has also emerged as the moderate voice of post-war Tamil polity and society Rehabilitated cadres may have been trained and are skilled in trades, but did not have a job or any other source of income Definitely LTTE re-grouping of

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  • India in Trump’s world0

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    • February 3, 2017

    India in Trump’s world N Sathiya Moorthy www.orfonline.org 3 February 2017 Despite US President Donald Trump’s early call to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and describing India as a ‘true friend’ of America, it’s no more the ‘dear Barack’ days. If it happens, it would take time, and on American terms, – unless the world around the two

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  • Indian concerns over Maldives island-lease: It’s not about China but about sovereignty talk0

    Indian concerns over Maldives island-lease: It’s not about China but about sovereignty talk N Sathiya Moorthy, South Asia Monitor, 1 February 2017  At a New Year news conference in Male, Chinese Ambassador Wang Fukang reportedly expressed ‘surprise’ over “concerns raised by Indian journalists over the leasing of the Maldivian island of Feydhoo Finolhu (an uninhabited island

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  • Maldives: Nasheed calls for common candidate against President Yameen0

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    • January 25, 2017

    Maldives: Nasheed calls for common candidate against President Yameen N Sathiya Moorthy www.orfonline.org 25 January 2017 In yet another change of tactic for ‘regime-change’ back home, Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) leader Mohammed ‘Anni’ Nasheed has said that they should now be aiming at the presidential polls of 2018, and also field a common candidate against incumbent,

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  • How Jallikattu protests left the State on the backfoot0

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    • January 25, 2017

    How Jallikattu protests left the State on the backfoot N Sathiya Moorthy, Rediff.com,  25 January 2017 The governments at the Centre and in the state were unprepared to handle the massive response to the large numbers of people, as they were not aware of the groundswell of public admonition that was against the Establishment, says N Sathiya Moorthy. 

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  • Playing ‘Good Cop, Bad Cop’ On War Crime Probe – But To What End?0

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    • January 16, 2017

    Playing ‘Good Cop, Bad Cop’ On War Crime Probe – But To What End? Sathiya Moorthy The Sunday LeaderColombo15 January 2017 President Sirisena is very clear on this matter and has more than once said there will be no foreign judges in the local judicial mechanism Sri Lanka’s Constitution or the Criminal Procedure Code do not

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