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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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  • 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

  • Sri Lanka: Holding Nations and the UN ‘Hostage’ 0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 29 September 2020 With his pre-recorded appearance in the UN General Assembly, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has become the first Sri Lankan leader to use technology more than ever to reach out to the rest of the world. Though immediate floor reactions could not be gauged because of this process, caused by the

  • Maldives: After defence pact with US, India needs to check over-crowding of Indian Ocean strategic space0

      There is a real possibility of the neighbourhood Indian Ocean waters getting over-crowded sooner or later with defence pacts and multiple navies crisscrossing one another.  N Sathiya Moorthy   22 September 2020  After the recent Maldives-US defence pact, though between two friendly nations, India may have to consider the medium and long-term implications of

  • Maldives: Nasheed, Yameen competing to hurt Solih, India?0

      by N Sathiya Moorthy    10 September 2020  Coupled with his over-enthusiasm for India, Maldives Parliament Speaker Mohammed ‘Anni’ Nasheed’s criticism of his own MDP Ministers hurt bilateral ties as much as jailed former President Abdulla Yameen’s PPM-PNC combine’s ‘India out’ campaign. Both can weaken MDP President Ibrahim ‘Ibu’ Solih’s leadership, the former, unintended

  • Sri Lanka: Why and how of the ‘India First’ security policy0

      by N Sathiya Moorthy  3 September 2020   Sri Lanka’s ‘India First’ strategic security policy, outlined by the new Foreign Secretary, Adm Jayanth Colombage (retd), is a timely reiteration of a policy of past 20-plus years, but seldom understood and appreciated as such in the northern neighbourhood. In doing so, Secretary Colombage, a former

  • Maldives: Ruling MDP helps Yameen’s Opposition, forces ‘GMR moment’ onto India ties?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  26 August 2020 Jailed former President Abdulla Yameen’s Opposition PPM-PNC coalition has called for nation-wide protests outside Covid-hit capital region of Greater Male, charging incumbent Ibrahim Solih’s Government with ‘selling off national assets’ for development loans from neighbouring countries (read: India?), and demanding the incumbent’s resignation. The call comes after their less-publicised July protests, demanding

  • Sri Lanka; Consolidating a Rajapaksa Constituency 0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  25 August 2020 If President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s inaugural address to the ninth Parliament is any indication, towns and villages across the country will be talking more about development than politics in the next five years. Within the framework of development, his leadership seems wanting to focus not on big infra projects per

  • Sri Lanka: Tamil Politics: ‘Future Life’ of TNA0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 18 August 2020 Chased by the Police, four robbers entrust their night’s loot to an old lady, with the instruction that she should return it only if all four of them came together. A week later, one of them appears at her door-step and talks the innocent lady into handing over all

  • Neighbours challenge political Hindutva’s Ram agenda0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  24 July 2020 Indian claims to the Ram story and ownership could be challenged from more places than one, says N Sathiya  Moorthy.  Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli’s recent diatribe that the birthplace of Hindu god Ram is located in his country and not in Ayodhya, need not be a

  • Maldives: Tourism sector reopens, expats issue back in focus0

      N Sathiya Moorthy 22 July 2020   The plight of expatriate workers from across South Asia, especially Bangladesh, working in Maldives, has always been an issue of concern, for the nations of their origin. It can go either way now after the country opening up the mainstay tourism sector, which was shut down in the wake


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