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8th Jan: Poetic Justice For My Father Lasantha?

By Ahimsa Wickrematunge

January 8, 2009: a blood-drenched, day in the media and human rights history of Sri Lanka. A day when tyrannical rulers drunk with power decided they must kill the messenger and let loose their murderous assassins on an unarmed journalist. On that day, my father’s vision for justice and equality ended. The death knell of democracy rang loud and clear.

January 8, 2015:  a day when those very persons responsible for Lasantha Wickrematunge‘s death are asking that a grateful and amnesiatic people re-elect them to power so their bloodlust may continue and thrive.

LasanthaAs the daughter of that journalist, since then, January 8 has been the hardest day of the year for me, and now, the sheer audacity of the Sri Lankan government’s decision to hold the presidential election on the 6th anniversary of my father’s murder, is abominable to say the least.

It is no secret who was behind his death and who gave out the orders. It’s public knowledge. And though I speak from a victim’s standpoint, I am also trying to speak out as a Sri Lankan who is greatly concerned for the welfare of her country. And irrespective of the history, politics and  differences my family has had with this current regime, I only want what is best for my country and my people.

On my last trip to Sri Lanka about two months ago I was shocked and disgusted at how ridiculously high the cost of living is; I witnessed so much poverty and met so many families whose children go days without a meal. It seemed to me that while the everyday Sri Lankan struggles to educate and feed their children, their rulers are unconscionably living large on taxpayer money and induldging in extravagant expenditures, bribery and vulgar tamashas.

On that note, it really warmed my heart to hear that Opposition Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena has declared that certain proceeds from his campaign will go into a fund for kidney patients who can’t afford dialysis treatments.

The only improvements I saw in Sri Lanka seemed to be the beautification programs and the road developments but no amount of quick-fix cosmetic changes will ever justify all the human rights abuses that have and are taking place.

Never in the post-independence histroy of our country has there ever been a leadership that has so much blood and corruption on their hands and brought so much shame to our country’s name. Both Mahinda and Gota continue to take the cake as two of Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Predators. Do not forget that it was this govenrment that was alleged to have deprived civilians in the conflict zone of humanitarian aid during the closing stages of the war. It has systematically attempted to intimidate and silence the media and other critics through a plethora of threats and actions. Only in a totalitarian country like Sri Lanka today would leaders who have been accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity be up for election for another term.

Even though I lost a father I know I’m just one amongst the hundreds of thousands that lost loved ones to the war. My heart goes out especially to the tamil people who continue to grieve in silence. Its time for us all to have some accountability

It is unimaginable that the 8th of January could be an auspicious date for some also considering that It is the birth anniversary of SWRD Bandaranaike and the 6th death anniversary of my father. This 8th of Jan will be even harder because there’s a chance those that took my father’s life will be up for another term. The present President’s astrologer deems it is “auspicious” for him to hold elections on this very same day.

The political party SWRD Bandaranaike founded is in fragments and so was my fathers’ body. Both under the present President who is seeking an unprecedented third term after promising to the people that he would abolish the cursed Executive Presidency.

It was this same President who on several occasions had informed my Uncle Lal that it was Gen Sarath Fonseka who killed my father. There is a case ongoing in the Magistrates Court of Mt Lavinia into my father’s death. I truly hope that he would go that short distance to place such evidence before court. Gen Sarath Fonseka when asked by a reporter from BBC accused the President and his brother Gota of killing my father.

After everything we have gone through as a country pre and post war, I think it’s really time for a change and nine years of what we have been through is enough. Nothing can stand in the way of millions of people calling for change.

If my father hadn’t been slaughtered in a high security zone in broad daylight, there would be no way he would have stayed silent about what has been happening in this “Dhammadeepa”.  But of course he was summarily executed so the evils would remain skeletons firmly locked up.

Just like every right-thinking citizen my heart hurts for my country and my people. Let’s do what’s best for our children and our country.  The choice to dispense with these blights on society and democracy is in our hands.

Note – This article first published on December 9, 2014 

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    Ahimsa,

    Your dad Lasantha lives among all of us in spirit. Lasantha is now a world icon. He is been admired as a true hero and a brave writer who stood up for justice, voice less and power less citizens.

    Only the cowards try to silence the truth with their political power, but that won’t last long.

    The truth has to come out one day and that day is January 08, 2015.

    There’s no peace until justice is delivered. Have faith in God almighty.

    Bless you and your family.

    • 47
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      Ahimsa,
      The nation of Sri Lanka is with you.
      We all want this government gone and are sick and tired of them
      We will surely put in our votes against this evil government and bring Lasantha justice this government has destroyed our country

  • 64
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    Hello Ahimsa;
    thank You for reminding us all of the Anniversary date. Fear not. January 8th 2015 will see the demise of this mad man and his family. The people of Sri Lanka can and will get rid of this regime, astrologers or not. Wether Maithri keeps his word or not is irrelevant at this time. it is the ridding of Mahinda nad Co that is paramount.
    God I pray that the Country will be free of this evil family.

  • 58
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    Ahimsa,

    My heart felt thank you, for coming out and writing this piece.

    Lasantha, Pragatheeth E other Journalist and other human rights workers such as Kuhan/Suren(FSP workers) etc lost there lives or disappeared, standing up for justice fearlessly.

    Many lost their lives in 1956 & 1983 Pogrom.

    CBK lost her husband and Father to wanton violence.

    Many young men and women lost their life to military excesses in the South and North.

    The five students who were murdered in Trincomale by armed forces.

    Aid workers were murdered in Kinniya,Eastern province.

    Ananthi lost her husband who surrendered to Military.

    Hirunthika lost her father to wanton violence.

    Enough is enough.

    Let us at least unite on this cause that never again we are going to loose some one for wanton violence.

    May be you all should meet/unite under an umbrella organization and spear head the Justice and Reconciliation from grass root level.

    Cann’t trust politicians to deliver justice and bring Reconciliation.

  • 53
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    Ahimsa, your Dad is in a better place now. He cannot be murdered again by Goat Rajapakse!!!! How can a petrol station cashier with grade 5 education beat an educated intelligent man like your Dad…………..he can only kill him to keep him quiet. Can this gas station cashier intellectually win an argument against your Dad.

  • 45
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    Ahimsa, keep writing. You write just like your Dad………….very powerful and comes straight from your heart against the murderers……the Rajapakse brothers.

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    My dear son Ahimsa
    Only at the funeral many came to know that he has changed his religion. A totally unnecessary exercise if a man wants to appreciate good things in other religions in this enlightened world.
    When a man changes his religion from A to B he despises all that is associted with A. His undying wish becomes to see the whole world convered to B. Readers can now have a clue to his tone of writing and much appreciated “bravery”. A very devious way of placating his new gods ???.
    Probably you can enlighten the readers further.

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      Saman, what are you babbling about? Ahimsa is Lasantha’s daughter and we are fortunate, he has left his mark on a wonderful daughter to carry on with the work he was passionate about i.e. the rights of the underdog. On that fateful day, I happened to be holidaying in Templars Road and upon hearing of the shooting, ran to the scene and encountered some of the witnesses still talking about the incidence. There is some truth in the Fonseka theory because at that time he was best friends with the Rajapakses but what was sickening was the devil may care attitude of the police not taking any interest in the witnesses nor even the scene of the crime. The shooter could have been so easily apprehended as the witnesses were saying they were on a motorbike, in army fatigues and came from the barracks nearby, where Sarath Fonseka was the Chief.

  • 22
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    I wonder how MaRa feels about Chandrika accusing of assassinating Lasantha
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DY9ngOS67e4

  • 52
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    Lasantha My Hero…

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    Gota will king in rohana rajadania….that why JHU support my3…defeat of mahinda because Christian and Muslims vote bank will backfire soon..pray amarican come save u..not Jesus.

    • 21
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      @Mahesh, I will pray for you to learn English properly.

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        Tamil women must make babies from white men..so they can sure 100% proper English spiking Tamil children.

        • 18
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          @Mahesh, spiking Tamil children? Hahahaha comedian. Spiking? What is spiking? It is speaking Mahesh. Go and learn the language. It will do you a lot of good.

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          mahesh

          Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike

          J.R. Jayawardene

          Dudley Senanayake

          Dr. Ediriweera Sarachchandra

          Professor RALH Gunawardana

          Tarzie Vittachi

          PROFESSOR CYRIL PONNAMPERUMA

          and many other Sinhalese spoke very good English.

          Did their mothers make babies from white men?

          By the way not all white men spoke English.

          There are other white men who speak other languages for example

          Aragonese,

          Asturian

          Catalan

          Corsican

          Arpita

          French

          Galician

          Italian

          Mirandese

          Ladin

          Leonese

          Occitan

          Picard

          Portuguese

          Romanian

          Russian

          German

          Norsk

          ….

          Danish

          Wymysorys

          and another 100 odd languages spoken by white men.

          You will have to be specific about their country of origin when you mention white men.

          • 0
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            I think Mahesh meant “spiking” Tamil children and only white men could do that, from wherever they were from.

      • 0
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        LOL !!! a nice prayer and a deserving one too…

  • 50
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    Ahimsa,

    I’m a tamil living in Norway. Lasantha is my hero and I found him to be this rare breed of sinhalese in this country who treated minorities with equality and respect. His writing was amazing and well balanced. He didn’t feed the typical Sinhalese mentality just to sell some newspapers. He wrote the truth and risked his life doing this. To be honest I was more sad and cried many days thinking about what happened to him even when thousands of our people are being killed in the final stages of the war. He is one of the sinhalese people I admire and respect a lot after late Vijaya kumaratunga. I can see he left us knowing his off-springs will continue to fight for justice and truth. We have a saying in tamil “Arasan anru kolvan, Deivam ninru kollum” means “King will murder you on the same day but god will take his time” so justice is not far, More like a month! Hang in there. God bless you!

  • 33
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    Finally the answer for Lasantha Wickrematunga killing will come on the day of his death Anniversary which is 8th.of January:-)!!!!

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    What people don’t realise is that the elimination of a journalist, any journalist, good or bad, is the elimination of bits of democracy. If you don’t like what he or she is saying, you are free to argue with your own points. It is the actions of a coward to assassinate the messenger instead of acting on the message. Rest in Peace Lasantha, we loved you and your work. Your selflessness where the rewards were negligible and the risks so fatal but you were prepared to take it, we shall be forever grateful.

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    Dear Ahimsa, i am touched by your name – you must know it already, your parents have given you a beautiful and deeply meaningful name that signifies non-violence – It speaks volumes for what your father believed in. Each time your name is called, the caller is resonating with a force for good, how wonderful is that. As a Tamil I have come to realize with hindsight, it was from our side futile to fight violence with violence. Thank you for empathising with the Tamil people and calling for accountability for all.
    This quote below by Theodore Roosevelt fits the ideal your father stood for:
    “Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.”
    You are fortunate to have a great father! May you walk in his foot steps!

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      And now we have suicide bomb fund raisers talking about non violence…what has the world become?

      “As a Tamil I have come to realize with hindsight, it was from our side futile to fight violence with violence.”
      You people did not come to any realization…your violence was defeated and mitigated.

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        With apologies to Ahimsa let me respond to ‘sach’ and put the record straight:
        Not so fast ‘sach’ don’t act innocent – let’s be clear about who started the violence! Tamil militancy took to arms because of the violence perpetrated against us Tamils. LTTE was born out of a need to fight back! It was an act of self preservation – this was mind you long after years of oppression and acts of genocide committed against our people. Let me quote Nelson Mandela here:
        “A freedom fighter learns the hard way that it is the oppressor who defines the nature of the struggle; and the oppressed is often left with no recourse but to use methods that mirror those of the oppressor! At a certain point, one can only fight fire with fire!”
        Just examine your conscience before you resort to triumphalism. When you say, “your violence was defeated and mitigated,” please note it was won by brutal force and deception breaking all the rules of war and committing war-crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. You have nothing to be proud about and everything to be ashamed of!

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          USSSR,
          Do you support Tamils fighting back with militancy and killing over 100,000 innocent civilians? What oppression are you talking about? What are the deprived rights and oppression the SL gov. has enforced constitutionally and legally on Tamils?
          If appear to believe in violence to say “At a certain point, one can only fight fire with fire!” stop shedding crocodile tears now, grin and harvest the fruits you sawed. Please stop whining for god’s sake!
          You say “please note it was won by brutal force and deception breaking all the rules of war and committing war-crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide”. What did you expect? kiss and anoint suicide murderers? Grow up!

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            There isn’t much point in talking to one who is in denial – there’s none so blind as those who refuse to see!

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              USSSR,
              There is no denial here. You raised arms against a legitimate government, you need to face the consequences. Take a lesson from the Blacks in the US. They were oppressed and discriminated for ages. Did they raise arms? With peaceful means they won most rights. But are they totally free? NO!
              Read about Ferguson, Staten Island and Cleveland tragedies. Do you think they are free of discrimination?
              By the way you haven’t answered a single question I raised!

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                @Eusene, You raised arms against a legitimate government, you need to face the consequences?

                Yes, as Usha said buddy you are in absolute denial. The Tamils only FOUGHT BACK!!!!!!! For 30 years, the Tamils tried to talk. Sent people down south to talk to the crooks down south. Nothing happened and all they got was a kick in their arse. A legitimate government should behave like a legitimate government. What choice did the racists leave the Tamils except to fight back? How many riots and how many innocent Tamil lives were forcibly taken? Still you want the Tamils to shut up and live a subservient life? So, the racists amongst the Sinhalese feel that the minorities should simply put up with whatever they are thrown? Is that what you think? The Tamils also fought for the freedom (FROM THE Brits) the people of Sri Lanka enjoy today. I for one do not support what the LTTE did, but I support equal rights for all minorities in the country.

                Then you have the audacity to tread into territory you do not have much understanding of……….Black rights in the U.S. It is interesting that you saw the blacks being discriminated in the USA but you have been quite blind of what happened to the minorities in SL. Are you too stupid or are you so bloody thick skinned that you do not see what has been happening in SL? Why is that you do not criticize the JVP? JVP is from the Sinhala majority, do I bring that up when I talk about politics and argue with the Sinhalese? NO!!!! Reason is I am smart enough to understand not all Sinhalese support them. Then why the heck do you bring the LTTE into every conversation when you argue with a Tamil who has no love for the LTTE? Are you trying to throw a smoke screen to cloud everyone’s mind so that you could divert people’s attention to the issues of this country? Martin Luther King, Malcom X, Medger Evers and many civil rights leaders fought for the rights of blacks in the US. Medger Evers and Martin Luther were assassinated by white supremacists. You want to challenge me on civil rights issues in the US, sure go ahead and I will tear you down. Go and get a reading done on the Black Panther movement as you were inquiring into the blacks not fighting back. Also JF Kennedy and Ed Kennedy supported equal rights for the blacks. Today, the US has a black President, blacks are everywhere in very senior government administrative roles. The minorities in SL, have nothing. Ex-LTTE killers are government ministers, Ex-EPRLF killer is MR’s lap dog following like a stray dog behind MR. Ex-LTTE chief arms dealer is Goat Jarapakse’s best friend. You want to talk about the LTTE, there you go. Stop being a numb scull and getting thrashed by people. It is about time you started thinking like a normal person. You stand no chance arguing with Usha, she will destroy you in a minute.

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              Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah, you should know by now that trying to educate idiots like Eusense is a waste of time and energy. These shitbags are stuck in a bubble so small and engulfed with vomit there’s no room to manouvre. He’ll be forever stinking.

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            @Eusense, are you so oblivious to what happened in SL after they got independence? LTTE was born out of a need to protect the Tamils and purely a creation of the Racist governments of SL. Yes, I agree they LTTE turned on the very same people it was supposed to protect but that is a different question.

            Have you forgotten the following;
            •1957/58 riots – my parents lost everything except their lives.
            •1974 – Tamil history and language research conference was disrupted by the police and 9 civilians were killed.
            •1970s’ – standardization of education for the Tamils and Sinhalese, where the Sinhalese can obtain admission to universities with much lower marks than Tamils. Tamils were forced to learn Sinhala.
            •1977 riots – hundreds of Tamils lost their lives and their belongings.
            •1981 Jaffna Library was burnt down to ashes, where the entire Tamil history died with it. Two racist bastards Cyril Matthew & Gamini Dissanayake, government Ministers and 200 drunken Sinhala cops were involved. This was no ordinary library, this was the prized trophy of the Tamil people. Then the entire Jaffna town was set ablaze by the very same perpetrators who did the library.
            •1983 riots – thousands of Tamils were slaughtered, while your brave soldiers and cops were helping them.
            •1980s’ – Tamils travelling to Colombo and back were pulled out of buses in the jungles and slaughtered by the armed forces. Then the LTTE did the same to the Sinhala civilians. Mass arrests of school students, mass murders of Tamil civilians and raping of Tamil women were committed by your brave soldiers.

            When we were emigrating to Canada (80s’), the Sinhalese in Colombo who spoke to us were completely kept in the dark about what was going on in the north. They were shocked to hear when we told them what was going on there and who the main perpetrators were.

            The list goes on but I need to stop here. Then after all these atrocities, you have the audacity to ask why the Tamils had to fight back, what choice did you all leave for the Tamils? You tell me. Tamil politicians came to Colombo to talk, they were sent off with a kick in their arse prior to militancy. I know some Sinhalese are in denial of what happened there to the Tamils, they are simply like the Ealam fellows, who still think Prabaharan is still alive and their wonderful hero will return one day. Both sides can keep dreaming of something, which will never happen.

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              TFTN,
              First I should reiterate that any riots against the Tamils were always a counter reaction to some kind of offensive action by Tamils. Though I don’t condone such activity it is sadly the reality. How many such attack have happen for no reason? How many such incidences have happened after the end of war?
              Unfortunately, you and USSSR seem to believe that fighting back with violence would solve all Tamil problems. As I wrote to USSSR you should explore the discrimination and oppression that the Blacks in the US underwent and how they won most rights slowly over the years. But still they are discriminated widely and recent incidences prove that. I am sure you very well know every minority in every country face these difficulties.You may be considered differently than your white counterparts in Canada. But violence is clearly not the answer.

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                You are bringing Newton’s law in here, this is not science but human lives. All the riots were planned by your racist politicians, which our racist Tamil politicians capitalized on. The Tamil voter’s list in Sinhala dominated areas was prepared and handed over to Buddhist monks well before the attack on the 13 soldiers in Jaffna in 83′ and this was a great excuse for the racist elements of the Sinhala majority, which took that opportunity and pounced on the minority. I assume you have not lost anyone to a military of an elected government? Don’t bring the LTTE in here as they were your racist government’s creation. Violence is not the answer? Are you joking mate? How long did the Tamils come to negotiate and how many times you thrashed these people? Riots after riots, what do you think people are going to do? Tamils instigated all the riots? Even if some did, why did other innocent Tamils had to die for that. You are simply trying to whitewash your guilt. It came to a point, somebody amongst the Tamils had the guts to stand up to your bullies.

                There is a saying in Tamil my friend and I will translate that for you into English assuming you do not speak or understand Tamil (no pun intended here) – A person who keeps getting knocked on the head is a fool and the guy who keeps knocking on a head is also a fool.

                At the end, what did the people of SL achieve? Think in a neutral manner and don’t be like a guy who talks this shit Tamil Ealam nonsense. Usha and I have different views. Don’t compare me to Usha because I am not sure what reasons she has behind her feelings on this post. She might have been badly affected in someway or other but I cannot talk for that. I am giving you an opinion based purely on how I feel and felt back then. Even coming from a family of great influence, I was scared shitless. I felt like living in a very large prison system, where I had to carry an ID on me and stopped for questioning almost every day. I have seen my friends getting murdered and some went missing after they got arrested. I will understand to a certain degree if these crimes were committed by the JVP, but a government army…..UNACCEPTABLE!!!!!!!!!!!

                You still want the Tamils to negotiate for another how many years? I KNOW YOU WILL BE QUICKLY COMING BACK TO DEFEND YOUR ARGUMENT AGAIN SIMPLY LIKE AN EALAMIST.

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                @Eusense, by the way I forgot to mention about the French minority in Canada. If the English speaking Canadians even in their wildest dream even think about the French, the French will kick their butt and turn this country upside down, most of our great leaders have come from Quebec, which is a French province.

                Blacks in the USA? Are you kidding me? Look around in the USA, many police chiefs are black, people very high up in the government are blacks, even that dumb GW Bush, his top advisors were blacks……Colin Powell, Condi Rice………the list goes on.

                In Canada, we have Charter of Rights, if anyone touches me for no reason, I can use those rights to have the guy charged for the maximum. So don’t come here comparing the rights of minorities in SL vs Canada. Canadian government does not orchestrate French riots and kill French people but they listen to their grievance even though lot of the grievances are unacceptable & unreasonable. Even in my correspondence at work, since I do not speak French, I have had to have things translated to French before sending it out co-workers in Quebec. That is the LAW!!!!

                Buddy, I had many people reporting to me at work with some even having Masters degrees in a professional capacity, they all had one thing in common…………they were all whites. I was appointed as their boss by a…….white man. So don’t talk about stuff you do not know or don’t understand.

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                Hey Eusense, how do you explain all the mob attacks on the Muslim population in SL recently? That was also due to the Muslims behaving badly your people retaliated? Firstly you attacked the Tamils because they did something so horrible, so the racist elements amongst the Sinhalese attacked them through all these different riots, then they murdered 85,000 rural Sinhala youth in 1989 because they were intimidated by these youths, then they attacked the Tamils again because they did something wrong, now the racists are onto the Muslims because the Muslims have done something wrong. Through all of these, the racist Buddhist Sinhalese have always remained absolutely well behaved. My foot, you must be living in a world of imagination. Keep dreaming and then you wonder why people are insulting you in these posts. Think why, your crude insults have brought upon your own fall here. People have lost so many of their friends and family members in this war to both sides and you come here and so callously write these insulting comments. You deserved to get thrashed.

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            Oh dear oh dear Eusense this is the sort of comments you end up writing when you watch too much ITN! Boy didn’t you get owned big time. The burn was so bad that you couldn’t come up with a proper comeback. lol love it when racists get slapped in the face like this. Please get back to denial mode and more ITN!

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          @Usha, this fellow Sach is a bloody joker, who is pretending to be a Tamil. He is not a Tamil and he is not a normal Sinhalese man. He is just a downright racist pig. These are the fellows who brought this beautiful country to a complete standstill. Racists from both sides will never let this country grow. Sri Lanka is a nation which could have become a real miracle of the globe, but today it stands broken and destroyed by these fellows. He is a disgrace.

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          Ahemsha, having lost dear ones, I can feel how it is to be to lose your father, and even harder to lose a nicest person like Lasantha, we Tamils share your grief and hope justice being delivered will not be far off and the perpetrators of the crime be brought to justice soon and do their time. However it will not bring back your father’s life.

          Need to fight back was the reason for the emergence of Tamil militancy? It was a bit exaggeration. Yes, if the TELO which started the struggle under the guidance of Thangathurai had been allowed to continue even in his absence, the emergence of it could be termed as a fight back response. But TELO was wiped out killing Saba and et al by none other than the supremo, how does it fit in with the fighting back, and against whom?. From that days on wards the clean image of fighting back or any sympathy the so called boys have enjoyed amongst Tamils has started evaporating, and it was a struggle with the boys for rest of us live in SL than a struggle with the oppressor, it was a rather kind of experience, which one has to go though. They say, once one hugged a Tiger either way he/she will be bitten and mauled whether let loose the grip or kept holding on. It was the kind of experience Tamils had to go through. Tamils who lived in SL witnessing what these so called liberators did for other fighters knew what was to expect and, then on they became fear of the liberators, which was a major shift from the fear they had for them before.
          Even our moderate leaders of the time didn’t feel the need for a militancy to fight back, although they saw the thin end of the wedge and trying to stop it or calm them down but by the time they realized that it was all too late and out their hands. They knew they over cooked the issue to win the 1977 election but they didn’t have the wisdom to see a monster in VP who could do anything to save his life, but not to find a solution for the issue. With the killing of Rajiv, the writing was clearly on the wall, it was only a matter of time. Those in the good book of LTTE were OK, but others had to face, on the one hand, the brunt of embargo enforce in this area, and antics of VP, on the other, liked being in the middle of devil and the deep sea. What VP had been managed for some times was a mega business, wielding and dealing including 2005 President election. And there was no doubts the partners in it was the diaspora Tamils, some of them felt it was their duty to fund the fight and while others saw it brings some fame and respect amongst the community they live. They didn’t have any concern for the fellow ordinary Tamil folk who has caught up in this quagmire but for VP. They want an Eelam to call it their home, didn’t care how it could be achieved, other than propping VP up was the only option. However VP could not able to fool the world for ever nor were able to carry on their killings as a fighting back response with underdog tag, at last he was able to take his organization to be enlisted into the band of world terrorists. Rest is history and affected are languishing to meet the ends on a daily basis in the land.

          How hypocritical he, ordering its carders to carry a cyanide capsule to swallow readily in the event of being captured by the enemies, was able to submit his capsule intact to the enemies? Yes, as you said, there is nothing to be proud of and everything to be ashamed of. Stop glorifying these maniacs, we are at this deep abyss because of our whining habit, and, our greedy has no limits. One has to liberate oneself from within before go on to attempt at a community. If you are really care for Tamils’ wellbeing come down here and look after those who have lost everything. If mother Thresa can come from her own country and do what she did in India, why cannot you do it for the country you appear to have some claims. And glorifying the very morons who did kill our sons and daughters or used them as canon footer is a very insensitive thing you do, may be you could be thinking it was a right thing to do. Yes, genocide and etc. were there in SL but what our fighters did to our people was unimaginable, even lacked basic humane decency. If you went to war, do you expect a soft or brutal response from your enemy? Good this guy was terminated at least in 2009, after surrendered, otherwise the number of lives lost would have been higher.

          Pls do not bring Nelson Mandela into this as he had sidelined even his wife when she started behaving the way she did in the name of liberation. He spent how many years behind the bars, and even when he came out, has he had that revenge instinct? Perhaps VP didn’t behave the way one would have expected, because VP hadn’t seen a jail inside or spent time in a school like Nelson, nor did he engage himself in any real battle. Tamils issue is nothing in comparison to what the black people suffered at the hand of their oppressors. In SL, even Sinhalese have suffered at the hands of manipulative rulers at time to time. See what happened to Lasatha for writing as he saw the day to day things. Yes, there has been a problem which not only you and I but even Sinhalese have acknowledged its existence but working out a solution is not as simple as one thinks, particularly when Sinhala extremists have fear of Tamil Nadu being so closest. I am optimistic that the current leadership of TNA is capable of working out something for us, hopefully working with Maithri, if diaspora takes their hand off them and providing support only if needs be. Prepared to wait another 30 years if our children are not to be sacrificed for some one else whims and fancy. It is life of some one, who is some one’s son or husband or father or brother but not mine-stop endangering others lives by your actions, sister.

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          so based on your own logic then it is compeletely correct to act violently if you were subject to violence. Therefore SL’s reaction later on regarding brutal violence of LTTE in violent ways is all right,…

          even sinhala racists say 1983 violence was in reply to killing SL soldiers in north…..

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        Dear Sach,

        Usha and many more may have realised the mistake of supporting a violent armed struggle and may be regretting that now. That is good. None of us are Buddhas or God’s so we make mistakes and we learn from them.

        But what about us Sinhalese have we not made similar mistakes ? Do we accept them and look forward for a better future or not ?

        When I see KP, Karuna and Pillayan working hand and glove now with the Mahinda Rajapakse government I feel the same sentiment expressed by you above. What about you, or are you one of those guys who will try to justify this mutual arrangement ?

        1972 JVP was defeated. But the root causes not addressed. What was the result ? We had a repeat of the history in 1989.

        2009 LTTE was defeated(no arguments on that). But root causes are still there. If most of these root causes are not addressed another time another agitation will start, and the external interests will exploit that.

        Winning a Battle is good but more important is winning the war. Out battle was with LTTE and we won. Now we need to win the war. The war is not against Tamils or Muslims. It is against poverty, inequality, dictatorship, intolerance, lack of Education and injustice in our society. If we handle these we will be all happy Sri Lankans living in glorious united Sri Lanka.

        Duttu Gamunu Raju knew the importance of protecting the peace he achieved after winning the battle against Elara. He did not intimidate the defeated Tamils. He had the foresight to create monument to honor Elara. The Terrorist Prabakaran does not deserve a monument or anything like that at all. But the Tamil people who suffered under him and whom we profess to have liberated from Prabakaran do deserve Honorable peace. If we continue to deny that now, we will create many more Prabakarans in another 15 to 20 years time.

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      A quote from Theodore Rosevelt about rght and wrong!

      Next you will quote “Mr” prabhakaran about Ahimsa.

      learn history proprely bhytch.

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        Democracy is when one listens and respects the opinion of another, but U seem to be a believer of demoCRAZY, hence calling her a byatch.. the word is BITCH… stop tying to ape the west in EVERYTHING YOU DO… GET A LIFE….

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    Let us hope and pray that the Sri Lankan public will be wise enough to bring the change and hope this country badly needs by ensuring a resounding victory for the Maithree era on Jan 8th and end this fascist and highly corrupt Rajapakse realm so that you Ahinsa and those other thousands who have suffered like you will have an easier mind about your homeland in the future although nothing really will compensate. I also pray that the powers who ever they maybe (the devas etc.) who have been too busy to notice our tiny drop in the ocean of a country for sometime will take note and prevent by divine intervention those mishandling power and out to use all means to cheat and win. I hope am using the right wavelength and invite those of you with better connections to do so as well as this time we can’t take the risk of our request / pleas falling on deaf years.

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    i hardly read Sri Lankan news these days, as I find hard to stomach the hatred and vile language people use in commenting. Lasantha and now Ahimsa know how to write/communicate. I take pity on those say rude things to nameless/faceless Tamil women, for that matter any human being. I also take pity on those who doesn’t know the history before they got hurt – more common feature of Sinhalese they hardly know of ethnic politics before 1983. I became a refugee in 1977 due to thuggery by Sinhalese as a backlash for Tamils democratically electing TULF. I wish this cursed Sri Lankans who love all around the world economically well will learn some decent human values. Just learn to express yourself through pen with decent words, not resort to thuggery and filth spewing out of mouth.

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    I believe that lasantha was killed by president rajapaksa
    finally a member of the family has come out publicly verifying who killed lasantha we must now be aware just who mahinda rajapaksa is
    no one else killed him why else would there be no breakthrough in the case why has general fonseka not been arrested if the president claims he killed lasantha? this president has said publicly also that lasantha was one of his closest friends why wont you find your close friends killer then?
    we have to be aware now as sri lankans that this president currently is a muderer who is the one who ended the life of lasantha
    president mahinda must now get ready to step down we dont want a muderer running the island

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    Ahimsa,
    you are extremely lucky to be the only daughter of lasantha wickrematunge you must use your voice as his daughter for the rights of the underdog just as your father laid his life down for

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    Eusense and Sach are two nonsense assoles I have wanted to rip for a long time. I really enjoyed their pulverizing by Usha and Tamil FTN.

    Thank you both.

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      @Navin, thanks. It is so unfortunate that these two people (Sach/Eusense) were thrashed by Usha and I so badly. Why do we have to do this as Sri Lankans. Aren’t we all from the same country? I live in beautiful Canada. I have a lot of wonderful friends who happened to be Sinhalese. They are such amazing humans. Even if I mention that I would like to go back to visit, the first thing they do is to offer help. Lot of the Sinhalese still have families there. These friends told me machan you are not staying in a hotel, you are staying with my family and they will take you to Jaffna. It breaks my heart to see if we can live in Canada so amicably, why we couldn’t have done this there? I loved the time I spent in Jaffna as a boy. Life was so easy and fun. Then all these racists cropped up from everywhere and destroyed the country. One thing I have learnt from all of these racists is to shut them up in every corner of this on-line paper or wherever they show their ugly head. We should not let them flourish or spread hatred. So, if you wish to thrash these fellows, please go ahead. It will do us all a lot of good.

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    Dear Ahimsa….Keep and continue the from what was left behind by your courageous and caring Dad

    Lasantha….The fearless warrior armed with the pen….He was a real sri lankan…loved the country and people…May the Mighty Creator have Mercy on his soul…It is high time the VERY PASSIVE SRI LANKANS Exercised their franchise to get rid of the bad rubbish on 8th January 2015….This will be our 2nd Independence…Lasantha,I am flying all the way from Australia to exercise my franchise and this is dedicated to you

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    Ahimsa,

    It’s nice to see a daughter crying her heart out for her dead father. While you paint a picture of the innocence of your father it would also be nice to tell the world how innocent he really was. Please tell us,
    1. how Lasantha managed to buy a large property in an exclusive area in Australia the moment he went to Australia. Please enlighten us from where he got all that money since he couldn’t have earned so much as a journalist in Sri Lanka.
    2. Lasantha’s links with the LTTE. I believe he was under investigation by the Australian government for accepting LTTE money. Has the investigation ended and what was the result?

    If you can’t answer these maybe you are not fit to be a journalist as part of a journalists job is to seek the truth.

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      Anon (moron)

      Ahimsa is looking for justice.

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      Anon (moron) the imbecilic answer, your answer, to anyone speaking the truth is, they must be in the payroll of the LTTE. As long as there are idiots of your calibre flourishing in sad Sri Lanka, she will never raise her head from the gutter. I am neither Sinhalese nor Tamil, but I grew up in Sri Lanka and consider it my country still holding beautiful memories but saw first hand the wanton persecution of the Tamil people from the moment the Sinhala Nationalistic sentiments were whipped up by the likes of SWRD Bandranayake to win elections. The only time the Tamil people were treated as equals was when the nation was under British rule but even then, great Tamil patriots like Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan fought for the rights of the Sinhalese majority to rule themselves, but I am sure, not at the expense of the Tamil people. Even after a 30 year futile destructive war, nobody has learnt a thing. Where are the Tamil people in our Civil Service, Army, Navy,Air Force or the Police or power sharing in government? In a just society that question will never arise.

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      Anon you are not in a position to ask questions about one of the most respected hailed most honorable sons of our soil lasantha was one of the finest we ever produced and has made sri lankans proud ofcource there are conspiracies on him who is anyone in this world who has lasanthas status that doesnt but dont ask imbecil questions about a dead man who cant defend himself shame shame

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    I remember the day when lasantha was killed by homicidal leader in Sri Lanka in-cool blood.After five years Nature is going to give the punishment for those murders. This murderous leader and family don’t know what are the values of journalists and media. Lasantha wickramthunga is my one of model character who talked and wrote against this pol pot type of regime with out fear.Today lasantha would be living as a journalist our society will be able to get very good knowledge instead of this murderous controlling system.I’m extremely heart breaking to see that inequitable decision is being run until five years against Lasantha Wickramathunga but 08-01-2015 should be the day when justification will be going win for Lasantha.

    Dear Ahimsa

    I’m proud of your farther.

    Thanks

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    Some of you may still remember reading about the gruesome murder in the newspaper the next day. The responses for this article, are a reflection of what the country feels about the Rajapaksa regime. Please circulate widely,the least anyone can do for the daughter in distraught. I miss Lasantha’s editorial, I am sure there will be many among us who will feel the same way. We hope daughter’s appeal for poetic justice for the murder of her father is answered at the Presidential election and the actions that will follow that verdict brings the family solace and brighten up children’s future.
    KN

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    Is it not a dangerous cabal consisting of current opposition leader and former Presidential candidate and the Govt that together assassinated him?

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    Assuming the same lot is marking thumbs up for most comments this shows at least 100 pro MS supporters amongst CT readership. Allahu Akbar for the deceased.

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    The Tamilians are always crying about the 83 riots. They have forgotten Sri Lankan history. The first race riots in Sri Lanka was in 1915 and it was the Sinhala rioting against Muslims… and the Tamilian leader of that time gave his full support to the Sinhala rioters. The Tamilians got what they deserved in 1983

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      PLEASE don’t make make such ignorant and cruel comments! Look to understand, not blame.

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    HOW MANY MORE JOURNALISTS THIS ASSHOLE HAVE MURDERED SO FAR.

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    Ahimsa,
    Your father was an incredible, incredible man and I can see that you are clearly your father’s daughter. His courage and commitment to compassion and human rights clearly runs in your veins.

    Though we still mourn his loss, and the injustice caused to him and his family by this murderous regime- your father died a martyr, still standing up for what he believed in, and for that he will never be forgotten. Come January 8, this regime will be sent packing and justice – for your father, for every man,woman, and child that have suffered under this despot, will be served.

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    Hi Ahimsa,

    It will be a sad day for your family and for all your loved ones.

    I hope the truth will come out one day.
    At times I think about the MH370 flight that took off with 270 people on board from Malaysia and was bound to reach Shanhai was never to be found. The recent Air Asia flight that went down in the sea of Indonesia was found by detecting some debris. However for some strange reason nobody was able to find any debris on MH 370. At times you want to get to the bottom of it but we just cannot get to it. However somebody out there know about it. The truth of MH 370 will appear one day through a similar site as Wikileaks.

    Through your anger please don’t attack others without any evidence.

    I will not tolerate terrorism in any country. Sri Lanka lost many young people from many communities. LTTE only understood the rule of the gun. The current president put a stop to it. You need to understand as to how global politics work before you comment about character of people not known to you intimately.

    The moment you start to do it you become cheap. The day Vijaya Kumarathunga died it was mentioned by his spouse that there was a foreign conspiracy. However when we captured the LTTE, we all knew who killed Rajiv G, Gamini D, Premadasa, Ranjan Wijeratne, Lakshamn Kadiragama and many more.

    Thurunwan ge sarani

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      Max,

      This is about the murder of a famous journalist and not a plane gone missing with 270 passengers.

      Are you trying to say that the majority in this forum and people of Sri Lanka including Ahimsa should wait till there is some evidence released through wikileaks. You must be kidding me…..

      In the last two paragraphs you have tried your best to link this incident with LTTE in a cunning manner. Do not ever think that we are donkeys.

      And let me tell you one more thing.. You should practice headstand bcos your brain should be in your head and not elsewhere in your body. Hope you got it..

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    I am going early morning today to cast my vote and justice will be done to your father by millions of people in Sri Lanka today!

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      Thanks kumar. I won’t be able to make it. Your votes will count. I will be watching from MU. Rgds to all LW fans. Jaya wewa

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    Elite and the Anglicans will be facing a dilemma, when ticking off Sira, because Fonny is going to be Sira’s Defence Minister ?……

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      ……..AND when Fonny becomes Sira’s DEPUTY defense minister ( Defense Minister always will be the President or Prime Minister), gota will be hung by his balls…..wait and see…MR would be dragged by his feet in the streets of Hambantota.. :P Modawansa would have his mouth shoved with lemon puff, Matara mayor would be shot with his own shit thru a TOY pistol, Rambukwella would be chased down stairways so he would have to jump off balconies,Fowsee would be licking MR’s ass as usual, Nimal Siripala would have lypo-suction done on him at the National hospital. all in all, people would deal with all teh goons in the language that THEY understand…come 9th of jan 2015…

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