23 September, 2019

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A Dangerous Alignment

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“….drifting into vanities, congregating in absurdities, planning short-sightedly, plotting dementedly.” – George Meredith (The Egoist),  

Blackmail or revenge, the Rajapaksas are out to irk India.

First to take up the ‘If-we-are-investigated-we-will-expose-the-IPKF’ refrain was Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga. On January 27th, he proclaimed from Washington, “If there is an international investigation, the whole period has to be investigated….which includes the two year tenure of the Indian peacekeeping force…”[i]

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Prathiba Mahanamahewa, head of the debased Human Rights Commission[ii], followed suit on February 3rd: “If the US and UN want a war crimes probe then it needs to cover the tenure of the…IPKF in Sri Lanka as well”[iii].

Jaliya Wickramasuriya, Sri Lanka’s permanent envoy in Washington[iv] opined that a probe should cover the entirety of the war[v].

A complaint against the IPKF was made to the Presidential Commission on Disappearances, during its Jaffna-sittings. Maxwell Paranagama, the Commission’s chairman, stated that “the government may widen the scope of the preview through a new gazette so that it will be able to cover the IPKF period”[vi].

An economic twist was added, to drive the message home. An unnamed ‘top CEB engineer’ was quoted saying that there should be a ‘radical rethink’ on the Sampur project, because India’s real objective is to obtain a ‘presence in the East’[vii].

Are the Rajapaksas, in an excess of hubris, hoping to frighten the beleaguered Congress government into voting against the next Geneva resolution? Or are they, in a customary fit of pique, punishing Delhi, in advance, for a yes vote?

The Siblings’ crude attempts to administer some long-distance-pinches to the embattled Congress administration indicate the paucity of their comprehension of Indian politics.

The plight of Lankan Tamils resonates with Indian politicians only in election times, due to Tamilnadu factor. In between elections, the issue receives only, and occasional, lip-service. Had the Congress Party enjoyed undiminished national popularity, its vulnerability to Tamilnadu would have been limited even in an election year. But given the Congress Party’s waning politico-electoral fortunes, it cannot ignore Tamilnadu sentiments. That is why PM Singh boycotted Colombo Commonwealth. That is why Delhi voted for 2013 Geneva Resolution and will, in all probability, do the same this year.

That the Congress Party cannot afford to allow the Congress government to flout Tamilnadu opinion a couple of months ahead a national election should be obvious. If the Rajapaksas had any sense, they would have accepted this immutable reality, and given the only ally they have in India a break. After all, the Congress government is doing what it can to accommodate the Rajapaksas even now, as was evidenced by the banning of ‘No Fire Zone’.

Megalomania blinds, deafens and stupefies. The Rajapaksas do not seem to realise that any non-Congress administration is likely to make life far harder for them.

Dr. Subramaniam Swamy represents his own view-points and not that of the BJP. Narendra Modi has already ranked Sri Lanka amongst countries not-so-friendly to India: “Small nations are pressuring India and no one is listening to us. It is the weak government which is responsible for this state of affairs. We belong to a noble country but unfortunately India is being troubled by Sri Lanka, China, Bangladesh and Pakistan”[viii]. (The primacy accorded to Sri Lanka is probably a concession to the venue – Chennai).

The formation of an ‘alternative coalition’, consisting of eleven national and regional parties, is a positive development because it can become a secular alternative to the unpopular Congress. But this will not be a happy outcome for the Rajapaksas. If the BJP does not do as well as expected (the veracity of some of the opinion polls are being questioned), and the Third Front performs better than expected, Jayalalithaa Jeyaram will become a serious contender for premiership[ix]. That Ms. Jayalalithaa is contemplating an Indian future is evident in the national focus of her Manifesto. It promises to be tough on China and Pakistan and implement Tamilnadu’s popular populist programmes nationwide – plus a UN referendum on Eelam[x] (impossible given the Kashmir-factor[xi]).

Outside Tamilnadu, Lanka and Lankan Tamils are non-issues. In a March 2013 poll conducted by the Lowy Institute, Indians identified Pakistan and China as major foreign threats. 83% said China was a major threat; the reasons given included ‘competition for resources in third countries’ and ‘China’s efforts to strengthen its relations with other countries in the Indian Ocean region’[xii].

That is where Sri Lanka is likely to figure, in India beyond Tamilnadu.

The next government of India may or may not be more committed to the cause of Lankan Tamils; but it is likely to be far less moderate in its dealings with both China and Pakistan. And Colombo might find itself in Delhi’s sights, not because of Tamils/Tamilnadu but because of Rajapaksa’s dangerous dependence on China.

Nonalignment in Asia

Asia is the main theatre of the emerging Cold War, between the two regional powers (China and India) as well as the existing and nascent global powers (US and China).

India and China share a highly militarised land-border; Mr. Modi’s recent remark about China’s expansionist mindset was made in reference to Arunachal Pradesh, which China calls South Tibet[xiii], and claims.

In this context, strict nonalignment is the best policy for smaller Asian countries. Cultivating relations with contending powers, while maintaining a careful-neutrality, is the most effective way to avoid the unenviable fate of a vulnerable and dispensable pawn.

Sri Lanka is being pushed in the opposite direction by Rajapaksa dynastic interests and whims (from anti-devolutionism to manic and unproductive construction) Increasing alignment with one of the contending powers is short-sighted enough; the Rajapaksa-decision to ally themselves against the regional power which looms on the other side of a streak-of-a-strait is unimaginably inane.

The Siblings are making a public spectacle of their Chinese-connection, possibly hoping to browbeat/punish India. “Sri Lanka has become the first country to support China’s plan to build a Maritime Silk Road”[xiv]. Rajapaksa-acolyte[xv] Dhammika Perera’s business empire is opting for Chinese ‘Kingsoft’ software over Microsoft[xvi].

A non-Congress government, especially a BJP one, is likely to be more hardline in its dealings with China – and thus, by extension, with any country seen as a Chinese pawn. And it is the pawn, rather than the principal, who is likely to bear the brunt of such muscle-flexing.

China is India’s biggest trading partner[xvii]. Though Indian public is hostile to and suspicious of China, a majority (63%) also want relations with China strengthened. Consequently, Delhi is more likely to twist the arm of smaller Chinese allies to teach Beijing a lesson. Thus Sri Lanka may have a tougher time with a non-Congress government not because of Tamils/Tamilnadu but because of Colombo’s Chinese alignment (attacking Lankan Muslims will not suffice to win favour, even with the egregious Mr. Modi). The popularity of any consequent ‘tough action’ in Tamilnadu will be an added bonus.

Wielding a big stick may, or may not, be effective foreign policy. Either way, it is an option only for those who have a big stick. Sri Lanka does not, and the Rajapaksa attempt to wave a Chinese-cudgel in Delhi’s direction is likely to boomerang on us.


[ii] He is also the  Dean of the Law Faculty, Kotelawala Defence University, an institution coming under the Defence Ministry

[iv] Rajapaksa kinsmen-turned-ambassadors usually end up hogging the choice-locations they are appointed to.

[xi] Ms. Jayalaitha will not push this demand seriously, post-election, because no Indian politician outside Tamilnadu will back her, since that will give Pakistan an excellent weapon to be used against India in Kashmir. Even if Ms. Jayalalitha becomes the PM she will be so at the head of a coalition and will have to go out of her way to prove that her regional identity is not a bar to an Indian leadership and an Indian focus. Incidentally no mainstream Tamilnadu leader would really want an Eelam in Sri Lanka because that would inevitably deprive them of their current preeminence and bestow it on the president of the only sovereign Tamil state in the world. Jaffna and not Chennai will become the focus of Tamils and that would not be in the interests/to the liking of either Ms. Jayalalitha or Mr. Karunanidhi.

[xiv]The MSR is expected to link Indian and Pacific Oceans and is seen as an attempt by Beijing to ally jitters about the supposed ‘string of pearls’ plan. Last October the Chinese PM announced the setting up of a $495 billion maritime cooperation fund, partly to promote the project.http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2014/02/24/developing-the-maritime-silk-road-with-pathfinder-foundation-sri-lanka-has-become-the-first-country/

[xv] He was appointed as a Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Transport, despite the clear conflict of interest.

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    Good points Tisaranee.

    You know, there’s a phenomenon called ALMIGHTY GOD in world whether one likes it or not. Almighty God has proven time and again that with all the mathematics & science of man things could happen suddenly ENEXPECTEDLY & SWIFTLY WITH UNEXPLAINABLE EVENTS.

    We trust in that power for the destruction of carefully planned nearly 100 years project of the stupidity that Blavatsky/Olcott/Anagarika combined efforts in designing driving the future Sin Budds (Sinhala Buddhist) by converting them into MIND CONTROLLED FREAKS going about killing, raping and looting whoever is shown to them as enemies by the MIND CONTROLLING future leaders (BANDA, SIRIMAVO, JR, PREMEY, CHANDRIKA, MaRa…etc on the PREMISE OF SAVING ONE’S RACE & RELIGION.

    Didn’t we see what happened to PHAROAH? HITLER? GENGHIS KHAN? SOVIETS? JAPANESE EMPIRE? SADDAM? GADDAFI?…..

    The time is with HIM, He Who controls the heavens and the entire universe. The time will prove that our acquired knowledge about the life so small. Rajapakse will soon realize how fool he was once he was let down by the SATAN who has guided him with little destructive he wields on temporary term.

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      Oh Tisaranee, your writing is a good illustration that there is no truth but only discourse. “Facts” can be selected leaving out the inconvenient ones and a narrative concocted to reinforce whatever delusion enables you to put up with life. You should come out of your cocoon at least once in a while to get some fresh air and give us some relief.

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        Could ‘Kutti Machan’ please elaborate what ‘inconvinient facts’ (at least a couple) that have been left out in the above article. That aside I’d generally agree with your comment.

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      [Edited out]

      “Tisaranee Gunasekera”‘s vile writings to this anti-Sri Lankan forum, togehter with comments from trolls Java, Palmsquirrel, Native veddha et al shows that this filth is written by the same ‘[Edited out]

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    Component parties of the Govt, the JHU, PNF are dead against development of the North and East. The failed Power & Energy Minister Ranawaka says the Sampur is not viable because the cost of transmission lines to Colombo has not been included. Only an idiot like Ranawaka would think that power is only required in Colombo.

    http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=98336

    “The proposed Sampur coal-fired power plant in Trincomalee would cost at least USD 600 million though it was being claimed in some quarters that the project would cost only USD 512 million, Technology and Research Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said yesterday.

    The Minister said that an additional component of USD 300 million would be added to the USD 600 million as a new transmission link had to be built between Sampur and Colombo to carry its power.”

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      Chandiyas of the Indian Ocean, Rajapakses will end up like the chandiya of the Persian Gulf – Saddam Hussein!

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        The Sri Lanka state has failed in the governance of Tamil Eelam with justice and rule of law: Britain put Tamil Eelam together with the Sinhala states and gave Ceylon on a platter to the Sinhala elite at independence.

        They squandered the opportunity to build a nation out of it.

        Now its time for Britain to restore Tamil Eelam to its original sovereignty.

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          That is what the British and other foreign countries tried from 1983 to 2009. Sri Lankans united the country again after much economical and human cost. Now it is time for foreigners to stop meddling in our affairs.

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            Britian supported GOSL during the entire war period, done quietly and covertly.

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              The support was so evident when they forced us to negotiate peace with criminals.

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              Of course many selective memories forget the invaluable support that ‘Britain and other foreign countries’ gave the GOSL at the time to put down the uprisings of 1971 and 1987-89. The only difference was that those events did not end in massive numbers of refugees invading the west.

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      They are now softened hard nuts – no hearted reactions would we ever see coming from these idiots.

      See alone the fact that PaWKARA MUSALAYA whimsical sinner of the nation, Gammanpila the way he has been begging (for me it is a kind of money extortion) for his election campaigning. This kind of new ways turn all abusive men even worst. They will also start doing this kind of fund raises. This has now become a joker country. .. ridiculous country… all because of the man leader the country is THUGGISH HIGHLY CORRUPTED, THAT WOULD only tame bird of feather guys.

      These guys should be exemplary, but they use public servants to speak for them. And stay mum when being asked… WHAT ACTION EC has taken against Gamanila ?

      Folks- be intelligent, dont give a cent to this kind of buggers to promote their campaigns. If you have few bugs remained, please give it to the poor, that have been struggling on their 3 meals today… not allowing them to live on bitter gaurd eating or any passion fruit leaves.

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    The Sri Lankan Tamil issue may be a non isues out side of TN at the moment. However India is concerned with the string of pearl Chinese bases in Hambantota and Colombo.

    India obviously want to take action to counter this and perhaps with its US ally.

    India and US may eye the Tamil dominated North East as a potential for establishing their own bases. Trincomalle , KKS, Palaly, are the ideal strategic bases they may be eyeing for.

    The Sri Lankan Tamil issue will the become a national/international securtiy issue for India and US.

    Sungod VP didn’t have the vision to exploit this geo politic issue. He was too busy with blood for blood.

    The King Mahinda and his siblings are also blinded by their single mindness to perpetuate the Rajapakse dynasty as the rulers of Sri Lanka.

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    Jayalalitha for Premier,

    On behalf of the TNA and the Diaspora Ms T would would love to recommend her.

    Wouldn’t the ordinary punters, a billion of them bar the Naduans look for a less corrupt politician to lead them?.

    Manmohan’s left arm was twisted so hard by Sonia that he had to raise the right arm to please the US, Diaspora and Tamil Nadu last year…

    What did Sonia get in return from Jayalalitha.

    Immediate parole for the Tigers who killed , sorry blasted her Husband.

    If not for Rajapaksa ,even Prabakran would have got “exile”in a luxury residence” from jayalalitha’s real estate portfolio.

    If Sonia forces Manmohan this time, can the Srilankan govt stop issuing Visas for Naduans?.

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      Sumanasekera:

      You have gone bonkers man. You have written a lot of Garbage which has no relevance to what TG has written.

      Sonia, Manmohan and MR are all finished.

      The Iron lady and Modi are the future of India. Sonia will be going back to the Vatican and Man Mohan will be returning to the Golden Temple and MR will be jetted of to the HAGUE.

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        Our inhabitants should send Dr Mervyn to Kali Amma Kovil to put a curse on Jayalalitha for trying to turn Srilanka into Syria.

        Her new partner in crime from Gujarat doesn’t need any curses, because the Karma of killing those innocent Muslims will take care of him without Kali Amma..

        How funny you got the right name !!!

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          Sumanasekera:

          Sri Lanka is worse than Syria. As for killing the Muslims the Court has cleared Modi unlike MR. The killing itself although was wrong was started as a result of Muslims setting fire to a Train full of Hindus.

          As for you sending your Mervyn to Kali Amma Temple to put a curse on Jayalalitha for trying to turn Srilanka into Syria.
          Sadly Mervyn only believes in destroying temples not praying in them it is not his habit.

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            Is that the same Judge Sivathasan?.

            Didn’t he clear the killers of his own PM , Mr Gandhi?.

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              Sumanasekera you Idiot:

              It was Judge Sathasivam not Sivathasan. At least in India a Tamil can deliver justice to free the killers of Ghandi unlike in Sinhala Lanka where only a Sinhalese has that God Given right.

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      [Edited out] Sumane:
      [Edited out].
      Keep your mouth shut and spare us continuing evidence of your mental ineptitude, PLEASE!

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    Born/willing slaves think that Sri Lanka should dance to the whims and fancies of powerful countries be it ending terrorism or appeasing separatists. It is India/US/UK that is steering Sri Lanka more towards China by continuously insulting us by aiding separatist in SL.

    These paid slaves who are working overtime to slander Sri Lankan political leadership for their mishaps are yet to criticize West/India for continuously bullying us and working against our territorial integrity. Luckily these paid slaves have 0 credibility among Sri Lankans after 2006. Their fear mongering propaganda will fail again and again. People of western and southern province will teach these traitorous, self loathing slaves a good lesson.

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      India and the West aided GOSL , without either’s help you would not have defeated LTTE.
      For you anyone who opposes Sinhala Chauvinism should be tarred and feather.

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        Anyone who is trying to undermine our national security, peace, prosperity and territorial integrity should be exposed. Most of them are getting paid from abroad.

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    Any international investigation should cover the period from April 1956 to the present day, at least.

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      why do you want foreigners to do our job? Do you think foreigners are superior and you are inferior?

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        Liberal One: I would have preferred us to resolve our own issues except it has become clear that none of us seem to be able to agree on anything. The President is most backward in implementing the recommendations in the report of our own LLRC. As it has come to pass, our failure some many, many moons ago resulted in the international community having to offer sanctuary to thousands of our own fleeing citizens. In the event it hardly precludes them from showing a close interest in our affairs.

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          So bc we can’t seem to agree to anything foreigners should be able to pass their version of “solution” down our throats? What if we can’t agree with that “solution” as well? Will your foreigners back off if we can’t agree with their solution?

          You need come out from your la la land of “western politics are so honest and generous” before you start talking about politics.

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        No, but based on past experience, we know the Sinhalese cannot be trusted. :)

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      Not really, it should be from 1815 till now. This will include every perpetrator. Which will include, the British, India, the Sinhalese, the Tamil terrorists (LTTE), Tamils living outside SL who support LTTE terror by fundraising, financial contributions, participating in protests, showing solidarity with the LTTE and waving LTTE flags, all European countries which allowed terror group activities, helped the LTTE maintain funds in their banks organized peace talks while helping the LTTE to rearm themselves, countries that sold arms to the terror group etc. etc.

      S. Koha,
      I know you are a reasonable individual and you would support this.

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        Eusense: I appreciate what you say but there is little point in going back to the mists of time. Our present predicament really began when our politicians – of all hues – started fighting dirty for the sake of gaining power. The Sinhalese politicians quickly realised that the main chance was getting onside with the Sinhala-Buddhists. Why do you think our Banda who was christened an Anglican, converted to Buddhism, changed from his three-piece suit into a spotless Arya-Sinhala and abandoned his Queens English for Sinhala Only? (This is the Banda whose ancestors sucked-up, along with many other notable native families, to the various colonial masters, and whose godfather was governor Sir Joseph West Ridgeway.) Note that the international community couldn’t give two hoots for all the atrocities – 1956, 1958, 1977, 1983 – when the Tamil community took a terrible beating as punishment for daring to ask for a few basic human rights – why? Because there was no mass influx of refugees into their countries. Remember the JVP uprising of 1971 and 1989; we all know how these same countries, who now call us to order, came quickly to the assistance of the government of the day. They had to get involved now because OUR citizens flooded their countries in the thousands begging for sanctuary. What a fine mess we have got ourselves!

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          You are just repeating the lies of the separatists. Tamil nationalists wanted a separate tamil state, India was not a good candidate so they moved to Sri Lanka.

          Do you honestly think that Prabakaran was fighting for rights of Tamils or a separate state?

          If this was really about tamil rights, what rights do tamils really miss here in present day?

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        “Not really, it should be from 1815 till now.”

        Oy,you are the shameless kallathoni like Cyril Mathew the war criminal who started the 83 riots.

        You should be sent to Den Haag Pronto

        Surely you have no sense to even create a name for self! The boys are classic americans not mutt like you.

        http://eusense.com/

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    Tissaranee – a good, very well reasoned and logically
    argued piece.

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at some of the
    silly comments. However, these are only a handful
    whereas most readers who are discerning have made
    some meaningful comments.

    One gemba says why punish Sri Lanka, a country somewhere
    in the Indian Ocean. Another argues that nothing will
    happen. Another (obviously a UPFA lackey) is beating his
    or her chest.

    Don’t to you all realise that we are the only super power
    in the world? India may be large in landmass but not powerful
    like us. If any country says anything, they are LTTE rump
    and are castigated through planted material by Shamindra sources
    said Ferdinando. They are castigated by Rajpal Abeynayake and
    their heritage is challenged by sewer brain Hudson Samarasinghe.

    Those are all misiles of the Government.Fire at anyone who has
    a different view to offer. Chandiyas like Wimal Wairawansa or
    Weerawansa are lined up to hit out. So countries like US, UK, Canada,
    India and others had better watch out. They cannot get away from
    the super power Sri Lanka.

    All this is only breeding more and more mediocrity in a country
    where there were well educated people who reasoned out soundly.
    The few who dare speak out are from LTTE rump.

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      Hard nuts like Weerawansa are tamed by perks.

      He would not even open his filthy unique mouth, if the current administration would do some more in terms of WW’S palace.

      My father then said, if poorest of the poor would raise their head, he would even be ready to distroy everyone (nethi ekata athi unahama winasayak) WW’s role is to manipulate the masses that would easily be the prey of Rajapskse regime.

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    “‘If-we-are-investigated-we-will-expose-the-IPKF’ “

    Yes expose it!! Manmohan the Pakistani has nothing loose as this is the end of his career and maybe he has another decade to live.

    This is the best gift the Indians can have in exposing Rajiv the Muslim who did not pass out from Cambridge, Sonia the Nazi Italian dishwasher at Cambridge, Rahul who has not qualified either like his father and Priyanka’s Goon Hubby Robert Vadra.

    To top it all the British did call Mahatma the Muslim the “naked fakir” before independence for a good reason eg Forgery.

    India today is ruled by foreigners – the Opium dealing Khan Muslim family.

    Then NaMo can send in the IAF to bomb the place north to south.

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    “An unnamed ‘top CEB engineer’ was quoted saying that there should be a ‘radical rethink’ on the Sampur project, because India’s real objective is to obtain a ‘presence in the East’”

    This is unwarranted statement!! When the Queen opened the Mahaweli Hydro project which had costed twice the initial it “LEAKED” and all the sihala engineers spoke of was bribery was the cause.

    JR immediately got in touch with A.N.S. Kulasingha pre-stressed concrete authority New York offered him the post of Chairman State Engg. Corp and directly responsible to President- so the kind man sleeved the pipes and all went well. it’s surely the same problem here.
    The Sampur project should have been designed by a chemical engineer which is what India normally does.(these guys know their structures very well they do silos and nothing goes wrong.)

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    NaMo :” “Small nations are pressuring India and no one is listening to us.”

    This is exactly what Xi told Obama.

    “India’s real objective is to obtain a ‘presence in the East’[vii].”

    This has never been necessary historically because even today the IAF presence at Andaman Island which is the listening point. It is from this point that the Indians were able to guide the SL Air Force to LTTE arms shipments.

    “(impossible given the Kashmir-factor[xi]).”

    Well Sonia wanted to hand over Kashmir to Pakistan because there are now more Muslims there but its Dr S Swamy who is not prepared to let it go. Kashmir is highly subsidised by India and the rest of the Indians aren’t allowed to settle there. She may even nuke them if they send their 13th suicide bomber. It’s the bloody Americans who have been playing the doubles and stopping India because they created it putting pressure on Churchill who was broke; needed US cash to reconstruct UK.

    Now US is seriously thinking of clamping down on Pakistan and Bangaladesh and will turn a blind eye in case India attacks Pakistan. US main concern is China and India has so far refused to assist US.

    Dr Swamy, won’t mean much (in fact his Janata Party end) after the elections if she gets the top slot.

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    An international probe will lay bare ALL that is happening in sri lanka,in addition to what happened during the war,especially the last stages.
    This is what worries the MR administration.
    The IPKF saga is too well known to worry india now.

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    It will still be a blessing if the Congress party comes into power at the next Indian elections. If not BJP will come to power. In my opinion, Congress is a better party for the Rajapakse regime than BJP. BJP leader N.Modi is a very close friend of Jayalalitha and Jayalalitha is going to be in power in Tamil Nadu for a long period. Even if Jayalalitha is not in power and Karunanidi’s party is in power, for any party to take control of the central government it will definitely need the support of Tamil Nadu. Further all the parties in Tamil Nadu will use Sri Lankan Tamil issue as their platform during elections. So Sri Lankan Tamil issue is going to be an issue for any party that takes over the central government in India.

    As a worst case scenario if India tomorrow walks into Sri Lnaka with an excuse of protecting the Tamils in Sri Lanka does Rajapakse regime think that China will come to fight against India. This is not going to happen but its the worst case scenario. As a minimum, even if India decides to blockade Sri Lanka will China start a war? No.

    What does India, USA, UK, Canada and most foreign countries expect from Sri Lanka? These countries want Rajapakse regime to be fair to the minority groups and have a credible inquiry. This could easily be done by first appointing a National Government where all parties are involved. This National Government can come up with a credible inquiry mechanism. If this happens no Sinhalese person in the country will blame any single political party. This also will ensure a positive place in Sri Lankan history for President Rajapakse.

    If an inquiry has to be held either from IPKF days or even before as the Rajapakse government requests, then the inquiry will cover all the election killings, attacks on poor people who were evicted from their homes, media attacks, white van attacks, illegal killings etc. Is Rajapakse government ready for such an inquiry and how long will it take to have such an inquiry? This proposition of Rajapakse regime is not a well thought out plan, it appears this request was a desperate attempt by Rjapakse brothers and if they think that the Indian government will back off , they are sadly mistaken.

    Only organization that was on the side of Rajapakse regime was the Commonwealth Organization. Now with the recent Supreme Court ruling on Shiranee CJ, has once again proved that Rajapakse has lied to the Commonwealth as well, especially to Kamalesh Sharma. This is definitely going to have a big impact as Canada and UK are going to put more pressure on the Commonwealth organization.

    Sri Lanka is today falling from the frying pan into the fire!

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      Didn’t your all good and honest foreigners want us to negotiate peace with terrorists and give them self governing authorities and appease them? Didn’t they try to force ceasefires when the end was near for the terror gang? Pathetic of you to trust the same foreigners over the country’s military and political leadership that enabled us to live in peace after 3 decades of suffering.

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        Liberal One, first of all you do not know if I am a local or foreigner, that shows your ignorance. When we had problems with the LTTE we knew they were terrorists, but when the ruling regime unleashes terrorism directly, through the armed forces, through the police, through thugs and political bandits what have you got to say? Are you telling me this is not happening? Have you noticed one thing, since the wipe out of LTTE, its only the Sinhalese who are migrating to other countries, and its only the Sinhalese who are getting shot and killed. Even honest police officers and judicial officers are not safe. Even the senior SLFP MP had to state in public that his life is not safe. What has LTTE got to do with this? Only thing I can think of, that you are proposing that LTTE was the “Gate Keepers” of the Rajapakse regime and since they are gone Rajapakse regime can do anything they like to keep their seats warm and the pockets over flowing.

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          It shows your bias when you call legitimate use of military and police as terrorism. Each and every country has their own problems with democracy. Did you have the same urgency to call for international interventions when Muslims in Britain were under attack or when Saudi Arabia restricts religious freedom or when NSA was spying on USA citizen? Why this double standard other than your need to punish military and political leaders responsible for wiping out terrorists?

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      “If an inquiry has to be held either from IPKF”

      Oy, troll you keep on dreaming.
      Indian forces are more or less autonomous body while politicians come and go.

      No bloody force on earth are going to find fault with Indian forces as much as even US president cannot have an inquiry on Fallujah.

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    TG:

    I am afraid you are way off target; MR is a local Hambanthotta bully, India is a Regional Bully and USA is a World Bully. If MR thinks he can bully but he has buried his head in the Sand. I have a different take on the way things are.

    1)First to take up the ‘If-we-are-investigated-we-will-expose-the-IPKF’ refrain was Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga. On January 27th, he proclaimed from Washington.

    *** We all agree that what IPKF did was terrible. They killed who they thought were either LTTE or supporters of LTTE. They didn’t create safe heavens and forced people to move into those areas and then deliberately shelled those designated safe heavens including Hospitals like Sri Lankan Military.

    2)“If the US and UN want a war crimes probe then it needs to cover the tenure of the…IPKF in Sri Lanka as well

    ***The Tamils have no problem with that and in fact we will welcome it where as Sonia might have a problem.

    3) An economic twist was added, to drive the message home. An unnamed ‘top CEB engineer’ was quoted saying that there should be a ‘radical rethink’ on the Sampur project, because India’s real objective is to obtain a ‘presence in the East’

    *** The Sampur project was forced on Sri Lanka and this shows India can force Sri Lanka to accept thinks against her will.

    4)The plight of Lankan Tamils resonates with Indian politicians only in election times, due to Tamilnadu factor. In between elections, the issue receives only, and occasional, lip-service. Had the Congress Party enjoyed undiminished national popularity, its vulnerability to Tamilnadu would have been limited even in an election year.

    *** Here I disagree with you and would say that the 40 MPs from Tamilnadu is vital for Congress even if they enjoy National Popularity because gone are the days when they could form a Government with the support from the Hindi Belt.

    The reason why the Tamil Grievances and the suffering in Sri Lanka figured low was through a combination of factors. a) Indian Government had a hand in the Genocide b) There was bad blood between Sonia and the Iron Lady c) The Indian Ministers were paid handsomely by MR to hide the Genocide.

    5) The Chinese threat to India via Sri Lanka:

    *** This is red herring. Sri Lankas Sovereignty is limited to Indias Security and the whole World knows it including MR & China. There is no China card for MR to play. When the Chinese influence in Sri Lanka threatens Indias security India has the luxury of pulling the plugs and we know that from why the Trinco Harbour has stayed idle for 64 years. Because India wouldn’t allow any other Country to use the facility . America tried it but backed off when India objected.

    6) Asia is the main theatre of the emerging Cold War, between the two regional powers (China and India) as well as the existing and nascent global powers (US and China).

    *** I have my reservations about the following. Chinas Naval force is no match for the Americans and India aligning with USA in the Indian Ocean makes Chinas shipping route vulnerable for export. So the Cold war I am afraid is only a war of words and China knows it and she doesn’t have the muscle for a fight other than rely on the Goodwill of India and USA and work together as partners. .

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      In short the whole country has to be punished just to please the tamil diaspora? The same diaspora that engaged in crime against Sri Lanka? This is the mentality that is making it impossible to devolve further power.

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        That is right Liberal 20 million of you lot have to be punished for Crimes against Humanity.
        Except for about a quarter of a million decent Sinhalese the rest 20 million like you are all born Racists.
        Your boss the Criminal MR the other day lied on TV and said that no Temples , Mosques or Churches are destroyed and it is all a lie . Even before he had finished saying that hard line monks went on the rampage and attacked a Mosque in the heart of Colombo.
        So now tell me why you lot should not be punished.

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      Sri Lanka’s only possible answer to the ‘Investigation of what happened in the last stages of the war’ would be to campaign for an ‘Investigation into the Activities of the LTTE during the 30 years prior to that’ by the International Community!

      That does not mean a one-sided conversation with the very active LTTE supporters living in Canada and the UK.

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        Rationalist you Idiot:

        Why do you want to waste time. Just ask Minister Karuna he will tell you everything. He has a list of the thousands of soldiers he killed single handedly.

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    Timidity, stupidity, arrogance, betrayal,dishonesty,cheating..everything leads to disaster. Sailing was okay so far but it cannot go further with all the political weather changes in the horizon. Destructive family won’t listen to constructive ideas. The pomp, glory and victory days are over and the days are numbered !

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    There is a more dangerous alignment than this one.

    Some years ago in Britain the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) tried to campaign openly by associating itself with the Council for Civil Liberties (CCL). The CCL were not aware that PIE promoted the idea of middle aged men having sex with children. PIE were very careful to let CCL think that they merely wanted children to be sexually aware. One of PIE’s key tactics was to try to conflate its cause with gay rights and the rights of children.

    Today, politically aware Sri Lankans of all races are desperate for a change of government and a ‘return’ to the rule of Law and democracy. The LTTE diaspora have aligned themselves with this desire and have conflated their cause of Eelam with it.

    For example, knowing that CT is published by exiled journalists who are obviously anti-Rajapakse, the LTTE diaspora post all sorts of anti- Rajapakse comments making out that their cause is one and the same.

    It is not, and it is a dangerous alignment. So CT Editors, be more circumspect in what you allow to be posted. Do not let the LTTE diaspora use your justifiable exasperation with the government for their own purposes.

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      Paul,
      You insult the CT Editors.
      They are knowledgable lankans and know what is allowable here.

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      Paul,

      THERE IS NO MORE LTTE, DO NOT WORRY.

      All LTTE Leaders are killed in battle or murdered when surrendered or have joined the government.

      The remaining rumps around the world are just after the money and too old to fire a gun.

      The problem in Srilanka is, the Tamil VP is dead but Sinhala VP is alive.

      :-)

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      Paul:
      If you think CT and everyone critical of your “leaders” is as stupid as you are in thinking we accept your theories, you are the stupid one.
      Stop pretending you’re objective while putting up arguments in support of your”leaders!”

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      Paul you Idiot:

      Why do you use CT to spread your message of hatred. Why don’t you boycott CT and set an example. You are a bloody opportunist.

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        How to be an utter moron

        Paul – Sri Lankans of all races are desperate for a change of government and a return to the rule of Law and democracy.

        Yakko – while putting up arguments in support of your leaders!

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    How do you know Liberal One if I am in Sri Lanka or abroad? Please do not display your ignorance. Since the demise of LTTE what do you see in Sri Lanka. The Sinhalease are leaving the country in droves and its the Sinhalese who are getting killed by the regime, its armed forces, police, thugs, political bandits and white van stooges. When LTTE was killing we all knew that they were terrorism, but whats happening today is the “Terrorism of the State”.

    I begin to wonder what you mean by your writing? Do you mean that LTTE were the “Gate Keepers” of the Rajapakse regime? When LTTE was there Sinhalese did not get killed or kidnaped which is happening daily. Even peaceful demonstrators have been shot. Why go that far, even the Senior SLFP MP and Minister had to come out in the open and tell the public that his life is in danger!

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    Eusense: I appreciate what you say but there is little point in going back to the mists of time. Our present predicament really began when our politicians – of all hues – started fighting dirty for the sake of gaining power. The Sinhalese politicians quickly realised that the main chance was getting onside with the Sinhala-Buddhists. Why do you think our Banda who was christened an Anglican, became a Buddhist, abandoned his three-piece suit for a spotless Arya-Sinhala and abandoned his Queens English for Sinhala Only? (This is the Banda whose ancestors sucked-up, along with many other notable native families, to the various colonial masters, and whose godfather was governor Sir Joseph West Ridgeway.) Note that the international community couldn’t give two hoots for all the atrocities – 1956, 1958, 1977, 1983 – when the Tamil community took a terrible beating as punishment for daring to ask for a few basic human rights – why? Because there was no mass influx of refugees into their countries. Remember the JVP uprising of 1971 and 1989; we all know how these same countries, who now call us to order, came quickly to the assistance of the government of the day. They had to get involved now because OUR citizens flooded their countries in the thousands begging for sanctuary. What a fine mess we have got ourselves!

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      Reverse tech: There are very many Sihala human rights lawyers who have got political asylum for themselves and family at least at Canada.Now they do spend time travelling to Lanka similar to the Tamils and this is also known because it’s a big time business. Applying for immigration- when they immigrate or get the green card lottery they can’t have benefits and housing.

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    You refer to the Megalamania on the part of rulers. But what to do because people of this country still vote to this government feeling that the President is the mesiah for all ill. We have the high litteracy rate so can we say that the people are not well informed. They take well informed decesion based on what is interested to them leaving behind the Eight Fold paths preached by Lord Buddha.

    There is no tendency on the part of the majority to treat the entire nation as Sri Lankans. They do think that Tamils, Muslims, Christians and other minorities were born in as they prayed to be under those relegion.

    All are born free is not applicable to majority Lankans

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    Ms T can relax.

    Forget about roly poly from Tamil Nadu…

    Evidently Israel President told Rajapaksa not to worry too much about these US resolutions.

    But the most interesting piece of information is from our Vellala CM’s own BIL.

    He says UNP no confidence was drafted at the US embassy and presented by the Christian Faction Leader of the UNP, to soften the Sinhala Buddhist inhabitant population before Cameron, Harper, US, and the Diaspora engage in more serious destabilization…

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    OUR RAJA CROOK LOOKS LIKE A IDIOT WITH HIM.

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      Raja crook looks with his real Professionl Dress and Face…….
      Butler or the Butcher.

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    Tisaranee,

    You have the best of best PRESIDENT RAJAPAKS’E political Photo collections in your archives.

    One of the best photos I see in todays news letter. Love to see more.

    I also found this humerous news from the internet.

    Here’s the web.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/10/north-koreas-kim-jong-un-elected-assembly-vote-against

    The headline says……..North Korea’s Kim Jong-un elected to assembly without single vote against
    Supreme leader wins unanimous support of his district on 100% turnout as secretive state goes to the polls

    North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong Un was elected to the highest legislative body without a single dissenting vote against in his district on a 100% turnout, state media reported on Monday. There was no one else on the ballot.

    Look how funny it is.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/kim-jongun-wins-100-of-the-vote-in-north-korean-elections-9180814.html

    Looks like Sri Lanka is heading towards same direction while isolating Rajapakse adversaries.

    Let’s see how the story unfold.

    North Korea. Here we come.

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