20 June, 2024

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52 Days? 

By K. Anaga

Udaya Gammanpila’s statement at the age of 52, that the Tamil Problem cannot be solved in 52 days, as reported in a Tamil press, is correct.

Even 520 years will not be enough if you don’t want to solve a problem. It is because of politicians like Udaya Gammanpila, available in plenty in our country, that the Tamil Problem is dragging on. The political problem originated long before Udaya was born and even before his parents decided to bring him into this world, which they may be regretting now. The problem is still existing even 74 years after the birth of so-called independence. After the independence of Ceylon/Srilanka, nothing tangible was achieved except Sinhala /Tamil communal disturbances, periodically, resulting in the birth of Tigers and Today’s bankruptcy. There doesn’t seem to be any redress in the near future.

During the 74 years, various efforts were made by the Sinhala politicians to dethrone the Tamils from their legitimate position, create additional problems, and forget the long-standing political problems of equality. 

Colonization, Land Grabbing, and Genocides of the Tamils under various pretexts, including war and communal disturbances at regular intervals, were the day’s order. 

This resulted in the Tamils having to concentrate on their day-to-day survival, rather than on the main problem of their Self-rule. 

It was aggravated by the successive Sinhala governments after the ‘Sinhala Independence’ in 1948.

Thus, every time a discussion is initiated, the original problem is swept under the carpet, and new problems are included in the agenda. The ‘problems’ are deliberately created to intercept/eclipse the importance of the original political problems. However, the Tamil MPs are delighted even when they are summoned rather than invited for a discussion. Due to the prevailing impasse between the government and the Tamil MPs, their importance is lost- they are considered ‘impotent’ by the people who send them to parliament with high hopes. 

One cannot understand the need for discussions to release the political prisoners, and the land grabbed, and inform the reason for the genocide during and after the war.  

Was Duminda Silva released following an all-party conference?  

Sambanthan, who was not keen to find the where about of the missing persons handed over to the army by their kith & kin, suddenly burst out that they have been “killed”.  

Probably he feels that his time is limited and he wants to spill out the beans rather than carry them along with him. Was he a party to this episode?

Another important observation is that all the Tamil parties have agreed on a ‘Federal’ solution spelled out by the Late MR. SJV. Chelvanayakam in 1949, via his Tamil Arasu Kadchi, which was ridiculed by some of the Tamil parties then. A farsighted political philosophy that has withstood 74 years of time. Even now, some parties who support a Federal Solution seem to be doing it in a lukewarm manner and will not hesitate to accept very much less to enable them to keep their ‘status’ in the government. 

If Mr. Chelvanayakam’s proposal was accepted then, today all communities in Srilanka may be living together as siblings.

It must be echoed that the Tamil MPs have been summoned by the President not to solve their problem but to mitigate their own problem of ‘bankruptcy’ by inviting the Tamil diaspora assistance through the MPs to help them in their efforts to escape the wrath of the Sinhala youths, who have been taken for a ride down the garden path.

If the Sinhala government/politicians are sincere in solving the Tamil problem, it is imperative that a Federal Constitution, with powers, similar to the powers granted to the states in the USA, Switzerland, Canada, and other countries where federal states exist, may be included in the constitution wherever appropriate and be done with it, rather than solving it in instalments.

Unfortunately, what is included in the constitution with regard to language rights and other matters is not always adhered to.

While I was putting the final touches to this article, I was called urgently by a lady next-door to assist them to understand the ‘Sinhala Only’ spoken by the Defense Ministry officials who had visited her to ascertain facts about her daughter, who had applied for dual citizenship from Australia. So much for the equal right of the Sinhala and Tamil languages enshrined in the constitution. 

The irony of it is, when the power-hungry ex-president, MPs, and certain other individuals are trying to renounce their dual citizenship for selfish reasons, this young lady in question, a Tamil, is keen to obtain dual citizenship. Probably, for the love of the country of her birth, despite the inquiry about her in ‘Sinhala Only,’ translated by me with my limited knowledge of Sinhala.

Notwithstanding the problems indicated, it is essential that a ‘Federal Constitution’ be accepted on principle first and thereafter, continue to play the ‘Game of Love’ as siblings.

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    Has President RW suddenly realised that the farsighted political philosophy of Federalism that has withstood 74 years of time could be telescoped into a 52 day shopping extravaganza,with the Tamil political parties?

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      I wonder when federalism became a philosophy.
      BTW, did not the system exist longer than 74 years and several well performing federations collapsed after 1990?

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    1) ‘to dethrone the Tamils from their legitimate position’.
    What position. What makes it legitimate.
    A responsible writer has to ‘include’ these in his write up.
    2) ‘they are considered ‘impotent’ by the people who send them to parliament with high hopes’.
    Do we send them to parliament with hope, – let alone high hopes.
    That we consider our representatives ‘impotent’ is hyperbolic.
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    We failed. We have failed to ask the right question(s) when voting for them.
    We have to face the problems created by us. We have to do damage control.
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    Udaya Gammanpila represents his people, as a right. Faulting him is the same as faulting his voters.
    We have to educate those voters Have we done that?
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    3) ‘Probably he (Sampanthan) feels that his time is limited and he wants to spill out the beans rather than carry them along with him.
    This allegation is preposterous. How audacious!
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    I do not have a reason / need ‘ purpose to read the article any further.

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      Dear Mr Nathan,
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      I usually read your comments very carefully. You probably know about it. You always think carefully before you post on CT.

      Quoting your last sentence:
      I do not have a reason / need ‘ purpose to read the article any further.

      However, for the current article, Mr. Nathan, I expect a better answer from you.

      Caught up in a situation where the mainstream media is a colossal hoax, any opportunity we get to discuss the issue is worth considering.
      I have no reason not to declare that many Sinhalese leaders who have ruled this country have failed. It should also be valid when you go with your Tamil leaders and the community of this country.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgjZcPATltI

      From my study, I found that politicians and people in their own communities are more divided in the North than in the South and other parts of the country. The latter is 100% correct and sums up what I have learned from talking to Tamil Sri Lankans in Europe. They are more divided by caste and religion than us Sinhalese.
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      However, the long-standing ethnic problem is to be blamed not only on the ingenuity of the country’s elected leaders, but on the Tamil leaders and their lax response to the dire issue.

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        Dear leelagemalli, I am honoured. Thank you.
        The average Sinhala man and the average Tamil man are friends.
        However, the Tamil man looks at another Tamil suspiciously.
        There is a reason. Competition.
        They both have to fight for the same miserly crumbs thrown at them by the ruling class.
        I’ll leave it at that.

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          Dear leelagemalli,
          Since you were looking for a better ‘answer’, I went back and read the balance of the article. Now, I am even more convinced of my decision to not read the article any further.
          Prejudices every man has. Care ought to be taken to avoid them when scripting articles.
          Eg:
          “individuals are trying to renounce their dual citizenship for selfish reasons … her daughter had applied for dual citizenship probably for the love of the country of her birth”.

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            Every writer has his own views on political/other matters. He/she doesn’t write to please others.

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              There are views. There are norms. Both are not the same.

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          N
          However, the Tamil man looks at another Tamil suspiciously.
          So does the Sinhala man.

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            “However, the Tamil man looks at another Tamil suspiciously.
            So does the Sinhala man.”

            True, however how does the Tamil/Sinhala man look at you?

            A feeble old man who has lost his marbles and has nothing better to do or say?

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              Good that you agreed on what mattered.
              And I thought that sanity was returning, but looks like it is slipping.
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              Do not worry NV, it is going to be all right after you find the ‘doctor in the room’ who was not really in the room.
              Take care, relax and have a good nights sleep, avoiding thought of things that are scary, and of course keep quacks at arms length when awake.
              Remember, I like you and wish you well during the boozing season and the year that follows.

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            spot on :)

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      Sampanthan, I understand was the happiest Tamil politician when the LTTE was defeated and Prabaharn killed.

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        The LTTE planned to kill him along with Amirtthalingam.
        S survived because he was stopped from attending the fateful meeting in Colombo for personal reasons.
        I am sure many have good reason to have been happy– each his/her own.
        Do you KV mourn LTTE’s defeat?
        I unconditionally denounce the killing of VP, although he was a ruthless killer.
        That besides, had he been taken alive, the LTTE would have been buried alive.

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          “I unconditionally denounce the killing of VP, although he was a ruthless killer.”

          Are you sure VP was a ruthless killer?
          I am told you were in agreement with VP, whatever he did, especially when he stupidly fought the IPKF for and on behalf of Western countries and Premadasa.

          I was also told that you were opposed to University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) or UTHR(J) because it recorded and documented all those atrocities committed by your beloved VP and LTTE. You wanted those who were documenting all human rights violation to openly criticize VP and LTTE, knowing full well they won’t live to have their dinner.
          Now when LTTE is not around you are bravely uttering words which don’t mean anything.

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            Ceaseless hallucinations.
            Not a good sign, NV.
            எப்பொருள் யார்யார்வாய்க் கேட்பினும் அப்பொருள்
            மெய்ப்பொருள் காண்ப தறிவு
            (To discern the truth in everything, by whomsoever spoken, is wisdom.)
            Try it, it may help.
            Take care, keep calm and have a good night’s sleep.
            I care for you and wish you a quick recovery. (It is a wish all the same, however distant.)

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        You are right. Your understanding is not.

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          N
          How do you manage to work out that the understanding of someone who is right is wrong?
          Some uncanny knack you have!

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            You mind is so shallow and self centered it is easy to fathom SJ.

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              Firstly you have to get out of your own little puddle for that, KV.

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        KV,

        Not only Sampanthan but also SJ was in the Moon when Prabhaharan was murdered. SJ must have in the scene along with SL Military when Prabhaharn and his son were murdered. SJ is very sad now he couldn’t bury LTTE but he must be satisfied at least his masters massacred thousands of civilians.

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          I will denounce the death of even the foulest killer.
          Sorry for him personally, not a lot– any in his family, certainly.
          *
          As I said earlier, your logic is amazing.
          Thanks for one more good laugh.

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        Kanapathy Varunan

        “Sampanthan, I understand was the happiest Tamil politician when the LTTE was defeated and Prabaharn killed.”

        On the contrary, it was the LTTE commission agents’ time to rejoice together with LTTE bagmen. I am told every £1,000 the commission agent collects he kept £200 to £300 for himself. Bagmen invested the money collected through his contacts. After silencing weapons (LTTE never lost the war) people demanded the return of their earlier contributions.. They were told the LTTE would repay the money when VP returns to Sri Lanka in order to fight another war.

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    “One cannot understand the need for discussions to release the political prisoners ………”

    “Was Duminda Silva released following an all-party conference?”

    Appointing presidential commissions and conducting all-party conferences are cunning, crafty and dodgy manoeuvres used to portray issues that are quite amenable to resolution as intractable problems by all Sinhala-Buddhist politicians when they are pressed to address the grievances of the Tamil-speaking minorities!

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      CM,
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      Semi,
      Your comment is timely. However, how many would feel that it should be NEED of the hour? Like the Vanathamulla garbage dump or the beggar’s wound, all this is stagnating.
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      Even social media is not interested in where Duminda Silva is. 95% of social media channels are busy spreading astrology, mantras and other gossips bashing the government. They were in a horse race with a “thumbs up” for their dollar gains.
      Instead they are all following Ranil bashing and the anti current government and going on strike 24/7 while the JVP babies enjoy the usual ‘crowd’ of Sri Lankan politics.

      Duminda’s brother RENO Silvas TV channel (HIRU TV) continues to be enjoyed by the people and their fans.

      tbc

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        Also high paying television talk shows (Balaya, Salakuna, Chamuditha etc) are provided also by the current government. There is no change in their attitude, they never apologize for polluting public opinion either.

        The real criminals are the media owners of this country. There is no doubt about it. Elephant is in the room, nobody even mention it.
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        Mega disturbing TV channels like Derana TV and Hiru TV have painted the picture in favor of Rajapaksa and similar big criminals coming back to power and destroying this nation.
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        Because smoke and drugs and the worst criminals in this country have connections with Rajapakse produced by the ignorant and their apathy.
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        The judiciary in this country is a joke; “We should start worshiping Ranjan Ramanayake who first put it in public and risked it and faced jail time in retaliation.
        Many people living there in Sri Lanka know this, but there is an elephant in the room and no one is talking.

        tbc

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          It is indeed a huge problem for Hancho Pancha, a senior citizen of Colombo who is fighting against the chains of injustices he is continuously facing regarding his property cases. We the expats living out of the country seem to have no real means to involve in the issues meaningfully either
          My 90 year old father died without justice in court cases related to his property. How many untold stories are floating around in this country? There is no justice, the level of actions presented by the authorities has exceeded all moral and ethical levels.
          tbc
          .

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            The so-called justice ministers and officials are like those who are appointed to enjoy privileges. The terms “judges” and “lawyers” need to be redefined in the context of Sri Lanka.
            The million dollar question before me today is that if a lawyer or a judge takes an oath and fails to fulfill it, why did they enter the lawyer-judge profession?
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            Not many are interested in adding a few words about this appalling level of injustice. Instead, so-called honest intellectuals seem to be busy commenting on their “counter-arguments” on silly subjects. In a forum like CT, your motivation should stand out.
            Thanks to UVINDU’s brave and bold act of CT forum we all were able to participate in various discussions, but I am very pessimistic and see that CT too has not achieved much.

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            LM. This is a huge problem for the entire country when the laws of the land are turned upside down. The guardians who are paid to uphold the laws are deep in slumber or drugged by the Criminal Mafia.

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              HP,
              Yes, it is like a terminal cancer. Today we are all dumbfounded. Making a mockery of justice has become commonplace today. Everyone is more or less involved in it.
              Humans have no choice but to follow the unseen forces, but the main culprits remain immune to divine punishment.
              When Mahinda Rajapaksa is free, I wonder why only Juliampiti Amaraya is jailed. Everything I have mentioned from the right is related to scams related to property laws in Galle and Matara. We were then helpless as we could not clearly understand how the notaries were bribed by the bad parties.

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            Hi LM. This is the terminal cancer that Stilanka has to battle. This tells all you need to know about Hypocritical Chinhala Bhuddism: https://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=43,7136,0,0,1,0.

            “It is time now for the Sinhala Buddhists to give Anagartika Dharmapala his due place in Sri Lanka. That could be only done by making the future generation aware of Anagarika Dharmapala, his teachings and his work. To do that societies like Bodhiraja Samithiya of Narahenpita should propagate his work”, the Chief Justice said .” The President of the Bodhiraja Samithiya is the Defendant of the particular case.

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              I thought this case would get Mr. Ranjan Ramanayaka fully exonerated. The confluence of Judges and the entire Lawyer Fraternity in this massive judicial corruption cum fraud confirmed that every word he uttered is the absolute truth and nothing but the truth. The court officials extract an oath from everybody who appear before them “to tell the truth, only the truth and nothing but the truth” but ironically, the very officials are exempted according to what happened here.

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    Yes, It is true that a Political Solution can be done within 52 days if there is real understanding that major factor that contributed for the current economic crisis is the ethnic conflict. The ethnic conflict created destruction of law, biased judiciary, bribes, corruptions that lead to economic bankgruptcy. The “Aragalaya” opened the eyes of the people to smell that their leaders cheated them and divided the people to exploit the resources to maximise their personal pockets rather than improving the standard of living of people in the name of religion and race. However, that smell looks lasted only for few months and we see the same old team is back to the scene. We all want to see some light towards solving all the problems of the people but the past does not give any hope. So far, none of the political leaders including the current President have acknowledged that they made mistakes in the past and put forward any positive proposal to solve the problems or initiatives towards solving the problems. For example, what is the barrier for President to releasing all political prisoners? It only needs an order from President Ranil. But he is not doing it. Why?

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    Its not only the Sinhala politicians, even Tamil & Muslim politicians have let down their own communities & prostituted themselves when it came to politics & self enrichment. The bottom line is, as far as, the political gravy train is concerned, they are all bonded together, immaterial of religion & race. Its the stupid masses who have been brainwashed with ‘patriotism’ & nationalism by these self serving politicians & all citizens are suffering as a result.

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      Raj
      That is what I added to that of Nathan above.

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      It happens all over.
      Even British politicians are doing it.
      See how UK is shrinking itself into a state (or slave?) of the US.

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    Rajash

    SJ types:

    “See how UK is shrinking itself into a state (or slave?) of the US.”

    Could you ask Sunak to Shrink UK into a (slave) province of peacefully rising China.
    That would be appropriate.

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      Native, least we can do is show some empathy to feeble old man with selective memory (usually short term but in this case selective) / cognitive deficits, complicated by co-morbid delusions, paranoia, depression, confusion, and gross personality changes. They usually are in denial, tend to confabulate and keep perseverating “caregivers need help and not them”.

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        Is it a mutual ball bearing duo in action?
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        The poor sod, out of desperation, asked you a few days ago to write something. True.
        What he had in mind was a prescription.
        It seems that you have not. Thank you for that.
        This piece will not cure him, but could be a consolation.
        You really are kind to him.

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          I guess it must be consoling for you to imagine U.K is shrinking itself into state / slave, when Lanka is at the mercy of others. Are you for real ??

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