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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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  • Will new leadership continue with Jayalalithaa’s policy priorities?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  How the post-Jayalalitha leadership of new Chief Minister O Panneerselvam takes forward her initiatives remains to be seen It’s not only in the political arena that the demise of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa be felt for a long time to come. In the larger area of policy-formulation too, it would be

  • For Whom All Does The Bell Tolls, When, Why And For How Long?0

    N. Sathiya Moorthy The Holiday Season sets the mood for rejoicing and relaxing, but anyone in his senses and decision-making positions in this country cannot be doing that. But even during the long years and decades of ethnic war(s), Sri Lanka was not known to have taken a holiday from those holidays, just as the

  • New Constitution: Who’s To Bell The Rajapaksas?

    New Constitution: Who’s To Bell The Rajapaksas?0

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    • December 5, 2016

    In a recent meeting with all 16 TNA parliamentarians, President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have promised to ask Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to discuss upcoming constitutional reforms with predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa. It seems to flow from the perception that the Joint Opposition (JO) identifying with the Rajapaksas are opposed to basic changes, be it

  • Maldives: Govt pays up GMR, offers ‘legal protection’ to investors

    Maldives: Govt pays up GMR, offers ‘legal protection’ to investors0

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    • November 29, 2016

    Coinciding with the third Maldives Investment Forum (MIF) in New Delhi, the Government of President Abdulla Yameen paid up the Indian infrastructure major GMR Group $ 271 m against the controversial and equally ill-fated Male airport deal. The GMR payment flowed from the final award of the Singapore arbitration court, after Yameen had made the

  • Was a painless demonetisation possible?

    Was a painless demonetisation possible?0

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    • November 22, 2016

    It’s been two weeks since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the nation by surprise, announcing that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes were no longer legal tender, it may be time to ask the simple and straight question: Was demonetisation without all this trouble and pain possible? The answer, most simply put, is ,‘Yes, yes

  • Whose Trump?

    Whose Trump?0

    It’s surprising that much of America and all of the rest of the world seems surprised at Donald Trump’s election as the next US President. Barring party-partisan Americans, there should have been no surprise at the result. Either it had to be America’s first woman President, or had to be an ‘unconventional’ man who appealed

  • Court gives PPM to Yameen, Gayoom’s options narrow down

    Court gives PPM to Yameen, Gayoom’s options narrow down0

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    • October 27, 2016

    Political options seem to be narrowing down for former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom after the Maldives High Court handed over the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) to the charge of incumbent and half-brother, Abdulla Yameen. In doing so, the High Court upheld an equally fast-tracked civil court proceeding, and after Gayoom had publicly hoped

  • Devolution And Dissolution

    Devolution And Dissolution0

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    • October 23, 2016

    Everyone is talking about it, the media, the non-official political Opposition and even sections of the Colombo-based diplomatic corps! But the people concerned, be it the Government of the day, its various partners, and the official Leader of the Opposition, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in this case, continue to maintain stoic silence. When they

  • Maldives quits C’wealth, Nasheed too going to UNHRC

    Maldives quits C’wealth, Nasheed too going to UNHRC0

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    • October 14, 2016

    In a none-too-unanticipated move, the Maldivian Government of President Abdulla Yameen has announced its decision to quit the Commonwealth. In doing so, the Government has accused the UK-centric inter-governmental body of “undermining sovereignty and independence, interfering in domestic affairs, and treating the country “unfairly and unjustly”. In a double-whammy of sorts earlier for the British-centric,

  • India’s ‘surgical strikes’ and the SAARC Summit

    India’s ‘surgical strikes’ and the SAARC Summit0

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    • October 12, 2016

    The Indian army’s ‘surgical-strikes’ on ‘terror launch-pads’ inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) has received as much moral support from almost all Governments in South Asia as from within the country and all across the world. While coming down on terrorism, and thus Pakistan in this context, neighbourhood nations are as unsure about the future course as

  • Sri Lanka: Cauvery violence reverberates across the Palk Strait

    Sri Lanka: Cauvery violence reverberates across the Palk Strait0

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    • September 26, 2016

    In an unprecedented move, Sri Lankan Tamil political parties have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Cauvery-centric attacks on their Indian Tamil brethren in the neighbouring state of Karnataka. Some partners in the mainstay Tamil National Alliance (TNA) are signatories to the letter, but neither TNA Leader of the Opposition in parliament, R

  • India: National discourse needed on LEMOA

    India: National discourse needed on LEMOA0

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    • September 17, 2016

    The India-US LEMOA – abbreviation for ‘Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement’ – has triggered enough and more controversies in this country even before the proverbial ink had dried and the agreement itself is tested on the ground. It however looks as if the Modi government could have discussed it inside and/or outside Parliament, to arrive

  • There is a just solution to the lingering Cauvery row

    There is a just solution to the lingering Cauvery row0

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    • September 16, 2016

    Independent of this week’s violence and the Supreme Court proceedings, before and after the attacks, ‘distress-sharing’ of available water on a seasonal and verifiable basis may be the only real workable solution to the vexatious Cauvery river water dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. In the process, the Supreme Court may have to get itself

  • Sri Lanka: Ban Comes Calling Again: Banking On, Or Banging At Govt. This Time?0

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    • September 12, 2016

    Like in the past, Sampanthan’s Matara visit was not adequately covered by the self-styled national media, but then the post-war second Sri Lanka visit of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also deflected attention from the unprecedented peace-cum-political initiative by any moderate Tamil in his mould and leadership. The Sri Lankan nation as a whole needs to


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