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Inside Sri Lanka with Mani Shankar Aiyar
Inside Sri Lanka with Mani Shankar Aiyar

New Delhi, June 06, 2015 (Online News Ind Team): Continuing its legacy of innovative programming, NewsX brings a new series for its viewers, 'Inside Sri Lanka with Mani Shankar Aiyar.' Hosted by the former diplomat and the veteran politician Mani Shankar Aiyar, the series will showcase the story of Sri Lanka and the dynamics related to Tamil and Sinhalese people. The telecast starting Saturday, 6 June at 7.30 PM, followed by repeat at 9.30 AM on Sunday, will be a nine-part series shown every weekend.

The series attempts a narrative history of the last three tortured decades of the island-nation, told through almost sixty voices of Sri Lankan Sinhala, Sri Lankan Tamil, Indian Tamils and other Indian experts and also the Norwegian peace mediator, Erik Solheim, who have been deeply involved with Sri Lankan affairs.

Excellent archival material brings alive on TV screens the events and personalities who have determined the destiny of Sri Lanka from the earliest times through the bitter conflict of the past three decades to today’s endeavors to effect Reconciliation with Development. The aim of the serial is to impartially place before viewers a comprehensive picture of Sri Lanka. It is for the viewers to make up their minds about what happened and why, and to apportion blame or credit as they see fit. The final episode looks to the future of India-Sri Lankan relations.

Speaking about the series, Kartikeya Sharma, Managing Director, iTV Network said, “At NewsX, we have always believed in turning the spotlight on the issues that may get missed in the haze of daily news. ‘Inside Sri Lanka with Mani Shankar Aiyar’ is our endeavor to bring forth some of these stories about our neighbour state that are all the more relevant today and should both excite and educate our viewers.”

The first episode explores the fundamentals of the Sinhala-Tamil relationship, its historical, linguistic and religious beginnings, stretching back to ancient times and ancient texts. It begins tentatively to answer the question as to whether a separate Tamil Eelam is still on the agenda or whether Sri Lanka is moving on to alternative political and constitutional arrangements that will be acceptable to both communities.

Participants in the first episode will include names such as former Prime Minister and President of Sri Lanka, Madam Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, who is now heading the Special Presidential Commission to look into and resolve Tamil grievances, the President of the Tamil National Alliance, R. Sampanthan, former Indian High Commissioners Thomas Abraham and Nirupama Rao, the author of “This Divided Island”, Samanth Subramanian, veteran journalist, Bhagwan Singh and Sri Lankan intellectuals Jayadeva Uyangoda and Rohan Perera, besides the Buddhist spiritual leader, the Venerable Sobita Thero.

A treat awaits both those who know Sri Lanka as also those who wish to learn about our neighbour and its travails.

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