1 December, 2021

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A Response To The President’s Address On ‘Victory Day’

By Rajasingham Narendran

Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

I read with much interest the President’s ‘Victory Day’ speech at the Galle Face Green, yesterday, reproduced in CT.   While I agree with much of his recount of recent history, there are glaring gaps in the story he recalled.  Further, he has failed to address the current concerns of the victims his forces liberated at all.  I have selected some sentences and sections from his address to express my concerns.

Today we have the fourth opportunity to celebrate with dignity the great victory of our Motherland.”

Mr. President, victory over whom?   I raise this question in terms of the word ‘Conquered’ used in a war memorial in Mullaitivu.  Was it a victory over the LTTE or the Tamils?  Motherland!  Whose?  I did not see any opposition figures in the podium?  There were also no representatives of the Tamils, who were liberated by the armed forces, on the podium. I also did not see any Hindu priests, Christian padres or Muslim Moulavis on the podium, except for a handful of Buddhist monks.  The absence of Sarath Fonseka, the man who led the army from the front, at this function and his name and role not being even mentioned were glaring omissions that portrayed  the smallness this great country is being reduced to.

Further, the language in the inscription on the war memorial at which flowers were laid was only in Sinhalese. Why?  What does this imply in terms of the word ‘Motherland’ used by you? Is Tamil not the language of the ‘Other’ children of ‘Mother Lanka’?   Why were these inscriptions not also in Tamil- an official language and English- a link language? What is the message this government is conveying?

“We must bear in mind that thousands of heroes like this sacrificed their lives for the country to obtain this great victory.”

Why were the thousands of civilians- innocent and forcibly conscripted by the LTTE- who sacrificed their lives and much more, not remembered or mentioned in the president’s speech.  They are war-victims who are yet living and are the bigger heroes.   Those Tamils liberated from the clutches of the LTTE are the real victors. They sacrificed most, put up with the worst imaginable and barely escaped alive. Why were the disabled, the orphaned and widowed Tamil civilian survivors, not paraded and honored at this event? Why was an opportunity to promote national reconciliation once again missed?

“If one is to fully understand the great service provided by these heroes we must recall how the people of this country lived before May 2009.”

I hope you  had in mind the period preceding the emergence of Tamil militancy and the LTTE, where the Tamils were exclusively targeted and the interim period when they were also subjected to state terror.  The Tamils have borne the consequences of terrorism- of the state, Sinhala hoodlums and the Tamil terrorists masquerading as liberators, for a much longer period than the others in our Mother Land.  They are the bigger victims and the larger than life heroes.  They are the ones who should prod our conscience and make us humane and hence human.

“We know that those who had ceasefire agreements that betrayed the country to the Tigers are making every effort to make us forget the heroism of this nation.”

This is a very unfair and inaccurate statement.  It is the last ceasefire agreement signed with Norwegian mediation that exposed the LTTE for what it was to the Tamils and helped weaken it from within.  It was an important prelude to what the last war achieved.

“This era should be not go-down in history as an era when we were warring, but an era when war was ended.”

True.   What about the hereafter?  What sort of peace are you trying to build? What sort of nation are you trying to build?  This has been neither defined nor clarified yet.  Is it going to be a victor’s justice or resolution of issues that led to Tamil militancy, terrorism and war, for all time, to the satisfaction of the Tamils and all right thinking people in this country?  Are the minorities to be permanent step-children in the Mother Land that is also theirs?

The end of the war has also not helped liberate all the peoples of Sri Lanka from the scourges of bad governance and the unbearable cost of living. There are haunting realities in the lives of all the citizens of this country.  The armed forces have won a major battle under your leadership, but you are on the way to lose the bigger war.

“Similarly, this era should go down in history as one that carried out a major transformation to prevent the occurrence of war again.”

What sort of major transformation?  Are increased militarization and surveillance the only answers? Should not the political needs, concerns and fears of the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims be addressed in a more Statesman-like manner? Isn’t it important to remember that each one of is a child of Mother Lanka and the weaker in political terms, need special care from your government, which at the moment is in charge of affairs here.

Why were warnings against commemorating the war-dead among the Tamils, issued by the military and not the police?  Why has not the government organized official events to commemorate all the / riot/war / insurgency dead in this country?  If the government can publicly celebrate victory, why can’t the Tamils publicly commemorate the innocent victims of war?

Why should  almost 7000 acres of land that was commandeered for reasons of war  25 years back from their owners, be not returned to the rightful owners, four years after the war ended?  What is the moral justification for acquiring these lands?  Will this help with reconciliation or win the hearts and minds of the Tamils?  How will these acquisitions prevent the recurrence of war?   Do you understand that the Tamils will not want a war in their midst for the next thousand years?   You have to know what the Tamils think, better and trust their good sense. They have learned more lessons the hard way than you and your government have learned.

“It is the people in the North and the East who would and should feel this most. Today, in the north and east of the country, there are twelve political parties carrying out their activities freely.”

How freely?  What choices do the war-affected have?  What sort of individuals and political formations has your government promoted in the north and east?  What sort of individuals would come forward to contest elections in the north and east, considering the political climate?  You have embraced ex-LTTE’rs –both big and small-, but have not yet reached out for the hearts, minds and souls of the Tamils. You have not trusted them and they are yet unable to trust you yet, despite your laudable efforts  on the IDP, resettlement, rehabilitation and infra-structure development fronts.   It is for you t6o identify the missing piece.

“Prabhakaran and his cohorts destroyed the erudite society that could build the culture of the Tamil people of the north.”

What has your government done to encourage the remaining erudite and the cultured Tamils to lead the Tamils in the north and east?  How can we expect you to do this in the north and east, when you are orchestrating and promoting the entry of scum and the lumpen into Sinhala and Tamil politics?

“The time has come for the people of the north to have a good understanding of the honesty of those who claim to speak on their behalf.”

Please remember that this caution will also apply to those you have promoted and continue to promote as the leaders of the Tamils in the north and east.

“I understand well and recall the hearts and minds of the people of the north and east. History shows that in the Presidential Election of 1982 the Tamil people of the north defeated Ponnambalam who stood for a separate state and elected Kobbekaduwa who was from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.”

The vote for Hector Kobbekaduwa was a vote against the high handedness of JRJ and the UNP.

The voting at the 1982 Presidential Elections was as follows in north and east:

Jaffna:  Total voters- 493,705          Voted- 218,003

SLFP – 77,300    UNP -44,980    ACTC- 87, 263

Vanni:  Total voters- 119,093           Voted- 70,739

SLFP-23, 221      UNP -32,834     ACTC- 11,521

Batticaloa:  Total voters- 172,480     Voted- 120,076

SLFP- 21,688      UNP- 48,094      ACTC- 47,095

Trincomalee:   Total voters- 133,646    Voted- 70,739

SLFP- 31,700      UNP- 32,834     ACTC- 11,521.

Kumar Ponnambalam had the largest share of votes in Jaffna, although he basked in the glory of his late father and had no vote base there.

You have failed also to mention how the Tamils voted when Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunge was a presidential candidate for the first time in 1994:

Jaffna:   Total voters- 596,366      Voted- 14,716

SLFP – 16,934         UNP- 341

Vanni:    Total Voters- 184,090     Voted- 40,053

SLFP- 75, 242           UNP- 26,860

Batticaloa:  Total voters- 201,897   Voted- 168,443

SLFP – 144,725      UNP 14,812

Trincomalee:   Total voters- 184,090     Voted- 106,480

SLFP- 75,242       UNP- 26,860

The above results are self explanatory. Tamils have been ready to vote for candidates of national parties, irrespective of the token candidatures of Tamils.  The overwhelming Tamil vote for Chandrika Kumaratunge was for the promise she represented for the Tamils.  The UNP caricatured her dressed and adorned as a Tamil, to draw the Sinhala vote. However, this did not work. She won 66% of the votes cast.

There is a lesson for you in this. The Sinhala people are wiser and more ethical than they are portrayed to be by fringe Sinhala political parties.

“I believe that the feeling that we should all live together in a single country is once again emerging in the hearts of the Tamil people.”

That feeling was always there among the overwhelming number of Tamils. Unfortunately, they were driven to consider other options, when forced to feel they were unwanted in their Mother Land.  Yes, they want to yet live in a single country, but as equal citizens in every way and with rights to manage their political affairs internally, in areas where they predominate, to a reasonable extent.  They also want to share power at the centre, to commiserate with their numbers. They do not want to be victims of state terrorism, Tamil terrorism or Sinhala chauvinism and majoritarianism, ever gain.

The big question is what are you and your government doing to meet Tamil and other minority expectations in terms of their role and place in the national politics and life.

“Before me today I see brave sons and daughters of Sri Lanka who are ready to sacrifice their lives for our Motherland.”

There would have been more Tamil and Muslim sons and daughters of Sri Lanka, in front of you, ready to sacrifice their lives too for the Motherland, if you had made 18th May, the National Commemoration and Remembrance Day, instead of a Victory Day.   I think there is a big lesson for you and your government to learn on what national reconciliation means.

“It is with great pride that I recall that through thousands of years past there were hundreds of thousands of brave people ready to sacrifice their lives for the Motherland.”

These brave people included Tamils who fought in Dutu Gemunu’s army, Sempakaperumal alias Sappumal Kumaraya, Tamils who fought against the Portuguese invaders and the thousands of Tamils who refused to bow down to the LTTE, any longer.  Please also do not forget the Tamil leaders who were in the fore front, demanding independence for Sri Lanka.

“It said “Never did we know what fear was. Never were we bothered about life, but for our land”.”

However, dastardly the LTTE was, it should also be remembered that many thousands of young Tamils knew no fear, did not bother about life and sacrificed their lives for its cause, because they loved the part of this Mother Land that they believed was theirs to live as proud citizens.  It was a fallback position on account of their being marginalized and brutalized in the larger Mother Land of Sri Lanka. If this fundamental is not understood, there can never be reconciliation in this land.

I end this response repeating some lines from Prof. Niranjan Mahesan’s recent poem:

“With the end of the Fascist, the new dawn we toasted;

With strength of Leadership, of a new plan we boasted.

 Now what can we show, for all that gore?

Food for thought Mr. President!

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    Anyone can be brought and sold in SL

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      It is common knowledge that both the Sinhalese and Buddhism came from India. We all know what the father of the Sinhala race (grandson of Sinhabahu of Sinhapura), Vijay and his 700 men who came from India in a boat did to the poor aboriginal population of Lanka. They annihilated most of those aboriginals (including Kuveni) and the remnant escaped into the jungles (Veddhas). Today, just because the Sinhala-Buddhists are numerically larger, they want to exclusively own the whole country using the law of the jungle.

      Let me repeat what I have always said,

      In this entire world, ONLY the Sinhala-Buddhists believe that the majority race in a country are the sole owners of the country and the minority race in a country are stateless aliens. This kind of Sinhala hegemonic mindset came into existence only after Anagarika Dharmapala. No wonder the Tamils are asking for separation from such an idiotic race.

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    Thank you Dr Narendran for this excellent demolition of Rajapakse’s mean-spirited, communalist victory speech.

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    member of LTTE or a diaspora

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      reader

      Rajasingham Narendran was in the Black Tiger squad. After the completion of a successful mission he reincarnated as a vet.

      After seeing off many tigers in many of the forums now he has finally learned to speak Veddah language.

      I am glad.

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        One of the best from our beloved doc, Vedda he love my koothus and pattus. Any how His brain in right direction hope white van not going to pick him dump him in jungle…

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          J.muthu

          About a few weeks ago, I mentioned Ponnampalam/Kobbekaduwa election results in this forum and asked Senguttuvan for a comment on the stupidity of Tamils voting for a Sinhala/Buddhists presidential candidate over a Tamil nationalist.

          MR stole my question and turned it around to his public relation advantage.

          I think I should stop asking intelligent questions. What do you suggest? Actually the the original point was made by my elders.

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        Native Vedda – your comment is called HORSE MANURE.. Please rationalise like a man with a sound mind.

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          Anne

          “Please rationalise like a man with a sound mind”

          How do you know that I am a man?

          How do you want me to prove soundness of my mind?

          Rationalization and Sri Lankies don’t mix.

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    This has been the history,This is not a new thing.Every sensible person knew what Rajapaksa will do and what he will not do .
    In between few people like you were singing hosanna for your own gains.Now changing the tunes for another drama.

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    DEAR EDITOR,

    WILL YOU PLEASE SUBMIT THIS VIDEO BY BODU BALA SENA RACIST WHO SPILLS VENOM TOWARDS OTHER MINORITIES ?……. AND MR.PRESIDENT WILL ORDER CID TO INVESTIGATE AND ARREST THESE BAUDHA TERRORISTS ?…..pl watch this..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KhEHDO2ybBQ

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      CID can arrest the guy in the first pic on this page

      {edited out] Please write – CT

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      Where in the video does it say it is from the BBS? Peacelover are you inciting hatred?

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    A correction with regrets:

    Vanni voting at the 1994 for presidential elections,

    SLFP- 33,585 UNP- 4493

    Dr.RN

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      Rajasingham Narendran

      Whats the matter with you?

      You sound suicidal.

      If you want a ride on a white van please hire one and pay for it. Free rides are costly.

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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

      “The absence of Sarath Fonseka, the man who led the army from the front, at this function and his name and role not being even mentioned were glaring omissions”

      If I could add few others who made it possible for MR to claim victory over Tamils,

      Sonia, Singh, Karunanithy, Vaiko, Nedumaran, Tamil Diaspora, Blake, Milliband, Moon, South Block Chanakias, ……………VP himself.

      I suppose this an oversight on your part.

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    Dr. I agree with many if not most of yr comments… A small , very small point about the Presidential election of Oct 1982, re which you say:

    ‘The vote for Hector Kobbekaduwa was a vote against the high handedness of JRJ and the UNP.’

    This is somewhat akin to my own reading of that election result. Though I wouldnt dare to sp[eak with your knowledge of the Jaffna electorate.

    JRJ was so confident of his own stature, & that HE was far more popular than many of his unpopular MPs, and also that with Mrs B out of the running, & a none too charismatic/known SLFP oppositon prez candidate challenging him, the Pres election would not only be a walkover for him, but a thumping victory.

    What a shock the results WERE for him, as one of his close reporters reported…. he couldnt believe his eyes when he saw what Hector managed to reap. Even facing a poor candidate with poor resources & a disunited SLFP, JR failed to get enough votes to make him confident of a vital 2/3 majority at a General Election (GE). He knew full well how very very unpopular many of his MPS were, & that many were likely to lose their seats at the GE LEGALLY due in a few months. Staring him in the face was the stark likelihood that even if the UNP still won the PE, it would NOT get the 2/3 seats necessary to steamroller onto the Statute BOOK unpopular legislation.

    So instead of announcing the date of the due gen Elec as promised, he went into a huddle with his advisors. What was to be done to forestall this disaster? And which electorates would need “special attention” (or should one say ‘treatement’).

    And Up came the Referendum…
    This is no place to rehearse the process of that campaign, or the special treatment in certain electorates or the strange reversal of allegiances in the voters’ minds within two months wwhen electorates which had clearly voted agin JRJ, actually voted hugely for one of his hated MPs. There is still a lot to be written about the referendum, and also how the deprivation of the ballot to a whole host of new young voters may have been a factors in the subsequent 2nd JVP uprising.

    But also, perhaps, the May and July anti Tamil rioting (to put it mildly) came as a kind of punishment to voters who had the gall to vote against JRJ in Oct & refused to be cowed down too despite all the extra bludgeoning in the referendum. But here i must say I cannot recall how the North went on 22 Dec 1982, but I am sure that certain parts of Colombo (continually “blamed” for having large “minority” populations, voted agains the Lamp, and FOR a democratic election.

    And when the race riots broke out what happened to the only challenge to the referendum results that was soon to be heard? The Left and the JVP were accused of being behind the RACE riots!!! so the JVP leader (the only person to come fwd to challenge the Ref results – who else had any resources left but the govt) ran into hidibng, and his case was dropped.

    I belive that without the referdum, and without the kind of refern dum slogans that people like Lalith Athulathmudali brought into the campaign (“A Vote for the Pot is a Vote for Eelam” – which he quoted Amirthalingam as saying, wghich the latter never, of course, he didnt, ever said— LA also said something like “A vote for the Lamp is a Vote against the Enemy from the North’), July 1983 may not have taken place at all. It is not enought to go back to Sinhala only etc (which, incid., I also thought was one of JRJ’s early slogans, even before SWRD), but to every false or diabolical step that we cpontinued to take afterwards.

    But the anti tamil feeling which exploded (stage managed from behind or not) in May and July had its immediate seeds in the diabolical tactics adopted in the referendum & the inevitable refusal of 18 (was it?) Tamil MPS to take their seats and represent their voters as they did not recognise the Referendum as a genuine process/result.

    The evil that men do truly does live after them – if not in words and memory, in tragic daily realities.

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    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran,

    I was born a Sinhalese. You were born a Tamil. In Sri Lanka.

    In this article you speak for me as well. To a large extent.

    You talk about all my worries and hopes for our country. Your hopes and worries you mention in this article are also mine.

    If you ran in a free and a fair election (No Gilmarts), my vote is yours even without you having to canvass for it. I don’t think I will be the only one. There is a ground swell of support in Sri Lanka for this kind of thinking. Like never before. Unfortunately no leader tapping into it properly.

    PS: Thanks a lot for writing. Please go have Afternoon Tea with MR. As soon as you can. See whether you could influence the misguided President with your thoughts. Will be a blessing to Sri Lanka.

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      Ben Hurling

      “See whether you could influence the misguided President with your thoughts.”

      Ananda Sangaree used to be MR’s favourite Tamil politician before LTTE’s demise.

      Ananda Sangaree recently complained that MR was not responding to his correspondences.

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        Native Vedda,

        MR is seriously being controlled of Neo-Cons of SL.

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          Ben Hurling

          “MR is seriously being controlled of Neo-Cons of SL.”

          Is it possible to con(trol) a con in chief?

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        Ananda Sangaree is using his tamilness to exploit the system and live his life to the full.

        Other wise, colombo residences are only for Jaffna tamils and tamil politicians.

        Now his time is passed well beyond the time. but, he wants still to hang on to it.

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      LOL last time he met MR he ended up lauding him for his “services”.

      As I always like to say of NR -“money talks and bullshit walks”

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        Dev,

        What is your ideal solution? Do you have any?

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          Individual rights no more no less.

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            Why do you need Tamil ethno nationalstic racists to fight for that?

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              If they don’t who would?
              The individual is the smallest minority
              Individual rights should be the fight and its got to be plucked like freedom.

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      Ben Hurling,how can you call yourself a sinhalese with a name like that?

      It is not too late to go to the registry and change it to Punchibanda.

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        shankar

        “Ben Hurling,how can you call yourself a sinhalese with a name like that?”

        It is his alter ego.

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          Bun Hurling the hypoallergenic doppleganger!

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        Do not judge my character by my name.

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          Could we judge your carrot to be lame?

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    @Dr.Rajasingham Narendran,

    I am sure, President Percy including his whole family of 300 plus, the Jathika Hela Urumaya, the Bodu Bala Sena and other racists groups who think that Sri Lanka belongs ONLY to the Sinhala Buddhists will read this and weep.

    Why can’t you and others finally realise like a reader called AKP (who commented on Malinda Seneviratnes “Let Us Celebrate, Let Us Mourn Too” article) did, when he said, “It is not the Sri Lankan nation that is celebrating its victory over the Tamil Tigers, it is the Sinhala Nation (masquerading as the Sri Lankan Nation) that is celebrating the victory.” It is high time that Tamils and other minorities realised this.

    This country according to MOST silent and not so silent Sinhala Buddhists belongs solely to them. It is their birth right given to them by the Buddha, as is stated in the Mahavamsa. All minorities including some honest Sinhala Buddhists know that this is a load of crap…but once people are taught to believe in something from a very small age, it is very hard to debunk that belief.

    So according to them, Sinhala Buddhists = Sri Lankans.
    While Tamils, Muslims, Christians, Burghers etc. = Non-Sinhala Buddhists.
    In other words, these non-Sinhala Buddhists can lay no claim to this country they were born in. They are just guests who can continue to live here so long as they mind their own businesses and accept who the rightful owners of this country are.

    This is the sad truth that the minorities have to deal with.

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      PresiDunce Bean,

      Sri Lanka is so tired of endless whining of people like yourself.

      According to your theory all Sinhalese Budhhists are racists. And all memebers of minorities are super fantastic, well meaning, peace lovers. A very nuanced analysis indeed.

      PS: What is it that you are asking Dr. Narendran to do exactly? Attack Sinhala Buddhists. For being Sinahla Buddhists.

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        Ben Hurling

        “According to your theory all Sinhalese Budhhists are racists.”

        Yes, 100% in some cases 200%.

        “And all memebers of minorities are super fantastic, well meaning, peace lovers”

        No, 100% they are not, except my people.

        “What is it that you are asking Dr. Narendran to do exactly? Attack Sinhala Buddhists. For being Sinahla Buddhists.”

        No, tell them to go back to their mother country, North/South India.

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          ..and you will enjoy the nudist island, Taporabana.

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            “except my people.”

            The refrain of the racist since time immemorial.

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              Blacker, I cannot agree with you for more.

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          Can you remember the day WHEN THE SL tamils paraded the streets with placards reading “MOTHER INDIA SAVE US ” ???????

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            SAROJINI

            “SL tamils paraded the streets with placards reading “MOTHER INDIA SAVE US ”

            Did they?

            Do you remember the day MR said India was big sister to Sri Lanka?

            Funny isn’t it?

            Why can’t these two people go back to their mother/sister country and leave my people alone?

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    Much appreciated Dr.RN for speaking out and well pointed responses.

    “Further, the language in the inscription on the war memorial at which flowers were laid was only in Sinhalese. Why? What does this imply in terms of the word ‘Motherland’ used by you? Is Tamil not the language of the ‘Other’ children of ‘Mother Lanka’? Why were these inscriptions not also in Tamil- an official language and English- a link language? What is the message this government is conveying? “
    The GOSL is conveying, Tamils in this island is nothing and you are secondary citizen, not even worth of considering you anymore, so we will form BBS to attack another section which has some strength. And we will start another vicious cycle till all the minorities are rendered second or third class citizens and achieved a sinhala buddhist srilankan state.” In vadivelu language , that is mind voice which you failed to hear. This is what i comment as “slavery” which is robbing political rights which you described as big word ( Is that too big a word???). However i must appreciate a well pointed response as questions which many tamils want to ask.

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    Good write up. Though I would not agree with everything you have mentioned or asked you have made some valid points too. Let’s hope & pray that Mr. President would ponder on some thought provoking points raised above.

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    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran,

    “There is a lesson for you in this. The Sinhala people are wiser and more ethical than they are portrayed to be by fringe Sinhala political parties”

    Well said. This has always been the case by nature, by humanity. This goes back to the Native Veddahs, the Natice Yakkas and the Native Nagas even before the arrival of the Orissaa, Kalinga, Bengali and South Indian Immigrants. Even the Immigrants had their fairness and ethics. Even the monkeys had better ethics and sense of fairness.

    Did anybody teach these Monkeys ethics and Religion? We need to use the monkeys and Venerable Dalai Lama to teach ethics and religion.

    Fairness Study. Cucumber and Grapes.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKhAd0Tyny0

    There was civilization Before Buddhism, like Jainism and Hinduism, like in Bali Indonesia Island.

    So What Happened?

    1. Was it Buddhism that made it worse? No.
    2. Was it Hinduism? No.

    3. Was it Portuguese. Dutch and English with its Christianity? Mostly yes. Portuguese wanted to make Lanka, a Catholic Island like Philippines and Timor, just the same way Lanka was made a Buddhist Island after the introduction of the Imported Buddhism. Trading one Myth for another Myth phenomenon.

    4. Was it Islam and Muslims? No.

    Look, even Monkey’s, Capuchin Monkeys, do not put up with such blatant discrimination.

    Fairness Study. Cucumber and Grapes.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKhAd0Tyny0

    DeJa Vu

    What Caused it?
    Monk Mahamsma Myths of 5th Century introduced to the Historical Mahawansa.

    1. Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist Nation. It was Animist, Jain and Hindu Before that. Mixing rationalism with religion. This was taught. However, not All the Sinhala people took it literally. However, a certain fraction did, like the religious Myths.

    2. The Monks, the Sangha must be given a proper place and top place, so that the people are linked to the Monks, and will have great influence over the people, and the ruling ability of the kings is limited and “shared”. The Monks controlled the kings, the kings controlled the people, and therefore the Monks controlled the people. However, frequently, the Self-interest of the monks were involved. A goof example is the selection of Monks for certain Nikayas from among the Govi Caste only, and the exclusion of Karave Caste..

    3. Just like in the papal states of Europe, and today’s Wahhabi Arabia where the Wahhabi Clerics control the king and princes, for example women cannot drive.

    Even the Monkeys know that.
    Read:
    Look, even Monkey’s, Capuchin Monkeys, do not put up with such blatant discrimination.

    Cucumber for the Muslims, Grapes for the Terrorist BBS!
    Arrest Assath Sallie and NOT arrest the Real Terrorist Law Breakers, Budu Bala Sena.

    Is this Buddhism?

    Fairness Study. Cucumber and Grapes.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKhAd0Tyny0

    DéJà Vu …..

    Amarasiri

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      Amarasiri
      Well done,your comments helps to give a meaningful sharp focus to what Dr.N has said.

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    Well Said Dr Rajasingham Narendran.

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    MR wears Blinkers, like a horse who sees only what he wants to see!

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      Sanjay Karuna,

      MR is not wearing blinkers.
      He sees and knows.

      That is is way he wants it for NOW.

      He is a politician navigating a ethno-racist religious fanatic myth following country.

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    Reconciliation may never come if we start picking holes in everything he says. There have been no attacks on the innocent Sinhalese and Muslims in predominantly their areas so we can see this as a plus sign for the President. Therefore there is no need for any innocent Tamil people to be afraid of the security forces. No amount of breast beating overseas by the diaspora is going to result in War Crimes Tribunals being held because those people who harbour the breast beaters in the UK US and antipodes will realised that there are many terrorists being shielded by the own governments and like the Uzbekistanis and the other Islamists “political” refugees it is only a matter of time when our “Tigers” show that they never every lose their stripes. Israelis breed hate of the Arabs and vice versa so as long as the Tamils and the Sinhalese are allowed to force feed their children with hate of each other the Sri Lankan Governments will have to be on the alert for many more years to come. That will be the total in the end and within these comments you can see that no Tamil is willing to accept that many Sinhalese and Muslims civilians died not because of a manoeuvre when a declared war was on but when they were either praying in a mosque or going about their daily business and among them were many school children. There is a difference this man and his friends refuse to see. Chandrika Kumaratunga was a fake. She and her friends were protected from harm whereas the public remained exposed to the LTTE and Tamil hatred.

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      hey Peter aiyo moko singing for your supper da?

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    A good analysis!

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    Terrific, Narendran.

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    Hi Narendran,

    Just recently you reassured all of us that you “firmly believe MR’s ‘undefined vision’ envisaged that economic development will bring about sufficient prosperity in the Tamil areas?”. This was in response to a question “After four years do you still remain convinced that the Governments intentions from the very onset in this whole episode were honourable towards Tamils?”

    Why don’t you seem that confident anymore?

    Many of us had belived and continue to believe that he had planned and executed exactly his vision – dilute the Tamil concentration with forced eviction and settlement from Southern population; obscure Tamil and Hindu land marks and culture by a deluge of vihara’s and monks; use the military’s might to ensure subduing any Tamil resistance to achieve these objectives.

    Let me ask you again — Do you think Tamil’s fears of continued attempts at subjugation, of being relegated to being “less-than-equal” unsubstantiated? Are you still truly convinced MR’s intentions were and remain honourable so far as Tamils are concerned?

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      I am interested in seeking answers to these question, Dr RN would you please?

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        Kumar.R and Manisekaran,

        Having witnessed the scale of the human tragedy and devastation towards the end of the war and soon thereafter in the north and east, and the degree to which infrastructure- roads, bridges, railway system, power grid, hospitals, schools etc.,- had been damaged, the recovery process to me had to be prioritized as follows:

        1. IDP and LTTE cadre issues.
        2 Resettlement and rehabilitation issues
        3. Infrastructure rebuilding
        4. Economic recovery
        5. Political empowerment.

        Based on these priorities, I outlined a ‘Road Map’ in May’2009 (http://www.transcurrents.com/tc/2009/05/post_365.html) and forwarded it to the government.

        While not in anyway claiming that the government was influenced by the road map I had outlined, I observed the government was proceeding as I wished and desired. Unfortunately, it resorted to the device of a Presidential Task Force instead of the ‘Interim Provincial Council’ I was proposing. It also unfotunately empowered politicians of its choice to play a role in affairs of the north and east If the Interim Councils had been established and made to shoulder the post-war recovery tasks, the elected PCs could have been a workable reality today.

        The resettlement process would have involved establishing model villages throughout the Vanni, according to the detailed plans I had occasion to see. However, this plan was abandoned due to the haste with which the IDPs had to be resettled under local and international political pressures. The people of the Vanni are the ultimate losers.

        There was tangible and what I have several times referred to as laudable success in priorities 1-4. The major draw back was the inadequacy of the Tamil community response to the human needs of the war-affected, which I had expected to be quite substantial. The war-affected have as a result of this and the failure/ inability of the government to address the needs of individual or family units, suffered longer than they should.

        However, I sensed that the government had changed its views on the political process ( as promised by the President -see quotation in the reference given) and was veering towards a centralized power-sharing model with district level decentralization. It was drifting towards a unitary model similar to that defined in the Soulbury constitution, without articulating it clearly.

        The huge investment in infrastructure re-establishment and improvement, and its success had given the government the idea that prosperity in the north and east will negate the demand for political empowerment through devolution.

        The demand for political empowerment through devolution is not yet the demand of the war-affected Tamils, although it has remained the only priority for the Tamil politicians. The government correctly discerned that political devolution was not a priority for the Tamil people in the north and east, while not having the vision to anticipate it will become a need and a necessity once a particular level of prosperity was attained through economic development. I have heard many Tamils refer to the structural development process in the north as a miracle of sorts, considering what the situation was just four years back. It is indeed quite astounding!

        On the other hand, the Tamil politicians prioritized political power in their hands as the solution to all the post-war problems in the north and east. They were absolutely wrong. An elected Provincial Council, could not have delivered what has been delivered in the post-war years, even in the best of circumstances. The Tamil political forces have as is their ingrained bad habit placed the cart in front of the horse, without realizing or refusing to accept that the situation demanded a different approach. The adversarial attitude adopted by the Tamil political forces and the reactions/ actions of the government have soured the atmosphere for a reasonable political dialogue considerably. What was right should have been praised by the Tamil political forces, while pointing out what was wrong.

        The success of the bulldozer approach to the post-war problems in the north and east, had convinced the government that it had the right formula for the whole country. The current crisis the government faces in the country is because of this flawed conclusion and deluded approach.

        The government is also overly security conscious and is acting in a war-like mode in many matters. This has become a bad habit that it is finding it difficult to wean itself from. It has also become a convenient weapon of sorts in the political arena.

        Success in the war and in post-war efforts in the north and east, are laying the foundations for the eventual failure of this government.

        In terms of the road map I had envisaged, the time is ripe now for acceptable political solutions to be found.

        Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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          Dr.narendran,you say”the recovery process to me had to be prioritized as follows:

          1. IDP and LTTE cadre issues.
          2 Resettlement and rehabilitation issues
          3. Infrastructure rebuilding
          4. Economic recovery
          5. Political empowerment.”

          Well,these things should have been done concurrently,not to be prioritised as you mentioned,because the whole world is watching us through the UN and if these are not done by the government,the UN may decide that two nations may be needed for a permanent solution to the longstanding and vexed question of sinhala tamil problems in Srilanka and may start looking into the historical facts whether a tamil nation did exist in the north at one time as claimed by the eelamists.Once that ball starts to roll in the UN for a referendum etc like in Timor you can’t roll it back and it will be on the UN agenda for years and years.Tamilnadu also might start a secession agenda if India blocks that in the UN and New Delhi will wet its pants because the loaction of tamilnadu is such that it is ideally placed to become the first indian state to secede if feelings boil over to unmanageable levels and the state government becomes helpless to control that.

          So it is not a favour to the tamils that the government is doing by doing the 5 major tasks that you have enumerated,but something that has to be done for its own good and a united country in the future.

          The government by just like you putting the political empowerment to the last after the war ended and now even trying to knock it off altogether has played right into the hands of the Eelamists who must be rubbing their hands with glee because now they are back into the game with a fighting chance to achieve what that blockhead Prabha could not with military means only.All the 5 tasks you mentioned should have been done concurrently after the war ended to put the final nail in the coffin of Eelam.Now it is like the coffin is there but not the corpse yet.The patient is being revived far away from srilanka.

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            Shanker,

            Thanks for your comment. The priorities I had identified were sequential in terms of importance and circumstances. In reality they would dove tail. The IDPs had to be accommodated, fed, clothed, cared for health wise, etc. this was the absolute priority. However, planning should start on how they are to be resettled and when. Once this planning is in progress, infrastructure considerations come in. The political process of course is the last priority, although the Interim Councils I had recommended would have paved the way for the political process.

            Dr.RN

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              Dr. RN,

              At present both TNA and UNP consider its government’s job to draft a new constitution and solve all problems. The government not meeting TNA’s bag of “Tamil aspirations” is considered MR’s fault and evidence of his (and perhaps also that of Sinhala people) evil intentions.

              I think it’s safe to say lot of people in the south have heard the term Tamil aspirations but I doubt anyone me including knows what it means. Please don’t blame us because what it means seems to depend on who’s talking!

              Sinhalese are not going to meet all these aspirations at least those that I have seen here in this forum. Instead, TNA, UNP and everybody else who is interested in getting this problem solved should come up with a realistic compromise to the current log jam.

              MR is neither for nor against power devolution. If there is a tide for devolution, then he will follow that path. At present there is no clear opinion for devolution.

              While the government has no footing in the North, TNA has no ground in the South. There is lot of hot air being blow in all directions over a bunch of keywords. I hope everyone realizes that the devil is in the details.

              If Tamils want police and land powers, they need to spell out how they plan to address the concerns of the Sinhala majority that their interests in the North/East will be protected when power is devolved. Calling them imaginary won’t do anyone any good.

              Why is it that TNA cannot take the lead in drafting a constitution that has a reasonable chance of being accepted in the South? Is it because they have too much faith in New Delhi? Well we all accept MR’s feet are too small for his shoes but does the same go for TNA too?

              If Tamils want something, then MR is the man to get it from, because he is the leader who has the backing of the majority of the majority. The proper and perhaps also the long lasting way of get it from him is to get your proposals accepted in the South. Without a compromise and a win-win situation that is not going to happen.

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              Navin,finding a comprehensive solution will take time and while that is being done there is another train moving in a another direction by certain elements of the diaspora to split the country,not to unite it through a political solution.This train has to be derailed or stopped in its tracks or if that is not possible at least make it chug along like that olden days steam engines which will take so long that most of the diaspora will die of old age and their next generation will not take up the baton.

              We don’t know whethr the TNA is in cahoots with the people driving this train,so relying on them too much to get a political solution will be a mistake and the government must be proactive in this regard and bypass the TNA and reach out to the tamil people directly.For this a change in mindset is needed by the government but there are too many hardliners in it for that to take place.MR will have to sideline them otherwise when the change in the mindset finally takes place due to circumstances beyond their control,alas it will be too late because once the ball has been run too far down a certain path it will be too difficult for even tamil moderates to roll it back and reverse.

              MR must tell everyone that he will certainly listen to everybody but the final decisions and responsibility will be his.Sometimes he just waits without doing anything to show that he is in charge and that is a mistake.As an example recently Wimal Weerawansa said that he is a king without the clothes or wearing womens clothes because he does not have the guts to oppose India and repeal the 13th amndment.I would have kicked the bugger out of the government immediatly,but MR did not.It is not what he said but how he said it that counts humiliating the president publicly and behaving like a power behind the throne.Gota too opposes the 13th amendment and the NPC elections.That is okay because expressing his views is a right and he has not done it in a manner that is publicly humiliating his brother,but at the end of the day mahinda has to listen to everyone but make the decisions and show evryone that you are welcome to express your views,and that includes the TNA too,but I’am the president and the buck stops here at my office and defacto presidents will not be tolerated anymore.If he does not do that, that overseas train i mentioned will be going on towards its destination.The problem with all the hardliners in the government is that they cannot see the big picture,like for example they are driving through a town and can see only what is on both sides of the streets,while if they were on a helicopter they can see the whole town at one glance and see how everything is interconnected.We expect the president to have that helicopter view without listening to those just driving by through the town and shooting off their mouths without thinking through the consequences.

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          The “me me me ” syndrome strikes again !
          People like you/Dayan need to stop thinking of your own ego’s -till then our Tamil people will always suffer !

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          Navin,

          I think the issue has been studied many times over by many parliamentary committees, including the APRC, the last. The recommendations are available for review, modifications and implementation. A new constitution is needed for Sri Lanka, as a whole. I do not think it should be designed by our politicians. A ‘ Constitutional Commission’ of independent, eminent persons should be appointed and mandated by parliament to formulate this constitution.

          I have also said several times that the devolution exercise should be taken out of its current communal context and viewed instead as a democratic management tool. Centralised governance is not effective or efficient in a Lanka that has geographical, cultural and resource diversities. Further, it cannot respond to local needs in a local context.

          Further, the policing system in the US and Canada can be easily adapted to Sri Lanka. With the police functioning at the central, provincial and town levels. Their functions, powers and weaponisation can be determined as per needs at the various levels. Further, the Senior police officers above a particular level should be from the national police service as in India.

          On land issues, a representative ‘ National Land Commision’ should be established to make decisions on use of state lands, when there are disputes between provinces and the centre.

          There are many ways that can be devised to overcome problems and phobia, in such issues.

          Dr.RN

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      Kumar,

      Continued subjugation: I do not yet have reasons to suspect this intent. Control , probably yes, at this point in time, because of real and imagined security concerns. He is fighting shadows, instead of confronting substance. He is also responding external pressures, in a manner that can only make them worse. His combative nature is his Achille’s heel in this instance.

      MR’s intentions: I had refered to this in my comment above. He is trying to recapture a long lost past on the communal front. In the process he is giving a free hand to communalism. This is a departure from what he had envisaged post-war. I surmise he has been caught in a web of his own creation. Manoevering instead of confronting issues and rationally resolving them, seems to be a weakness in his character. He has mobilised and fostered forces as a part of this manoeuvring that now hold him hostage and make him paranoid. He has lost his way. It is quite obvious that he has poor advisors and is quite incapable of finding good ones, because of the sycophancy he enjoys and encourages.

      I do not think he is a dishonourable man. But he is an out and out political animal, who is losing his ability to read the pulse of this nation. He is also being fenced off realities, by those around him, who create the illusions he wants to believe. He is also a born actor, who has lost the plot now and is unable to differentiate between fact and fantasy.

      He yet has the capacity to deliver, if he can mobilise the will to do so. He did this in the last war. He is also the only one at the moment who can mobilise the public support for radical solutions. His weakness is his very much hands off approach on many fronts, unlike President Premadasa who poked his figures into everything. He has delegated power to a few, including his brothers and trusted bureaucrats, in a monstrous political edifice he has built. It is unwieldy, good in parts, bad at large and showing all the signs inbreeding.

      Dr. Rajasingham Narendran.

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        Narendiran,

        I take your need for a longwinded diatribe to answer a simple straightforward question reflects your need to weasel away rather than answer forthrightly.

        Let me make it simpler. After four years of post-war observations on MR’s leadership, are you still convinced you were right in placing confidence on MR. Don’t try to shift and spread blame as you have done in your first two paragraphs above. After all the buck stops at his desk!

        Your unmistakable half-baked apology on his behalf is “His weakness is his very much hands off approach on many fronts, unlike President Premadasa who poked his figures into everything” is ludicrous – look at how single-handedly involved and committed he was in getting the Hambantota port, Mattala and similar white elephants, not only constructed but also dedicated to him, not caring a damn about the multitude of economic, political, structural, environmental, social and international road-blocks that came his way. Do you know how involved he was in getting the tsunami funds diverted to his sole control within H’Tota Rising and had to forego only because he was not the President that time. And, you choose to vouch for his hands-off leadership style! What nonsense?!

        Here is what you wrote in a blog not many days after your first assertion that you had full confidence in MR despite observing his actions for the post-war four years. “13th amendment plus, was President Mahinda Rajapalse’s postulation! He has now changed his posture . Why? What sort of dishonesty was this? The Tamil political formations here, the Tamil Diaspora, India and the West would not have reacted as they have, if MR had not led them to believe that he would implement a 13th amendment plus. If he had offered and implemented the 13th amendment plus on the lines of the APRC report, there would not have been a need for the LLRC. Do not blame others. The president has to shoulder the biggest share of the blame. He tried to play a crafty game in which he has been caught red”. Which of your sentiment is true – how honest are you when you shamelessly declare such glaringly contradictory sentiments with all seriousness, and that within a span of couple of days?

        My point is this. I think, by far the most of Tamils had absolute foresight in suspecting MR’s intentions from the git-go. The events in the last four years have progressively substantiated the Tamils contention, and even the rest of the world is beginning to recognize this. So, were you right, or were the rest of the Tamils right?

        Even India, US and Canada (the list is possibly growing by the day) that had gulped MR’s rehetorics seem to be waking up to reality. In the midst of all that you write volume-after-volume (who cares about your plans and whether MR followed it or not. How big and diverse is your Planning Ministry – just a one man show? Get off the high horse please!) and assure us that you are confident on MR’s intentions. Then within a matter of days you also throw out absolutely contradictory statements.

        You say you have confidence in his intentions and they are honourable. Instead of beating about the bust, can you name three specific actions of MR in the last four years that convinces on that count? If you are unable to, I suppose then your conviction is nothing but one-man’s gut-feeling. And that is an utterly foolish basis for any worthwhile discourse.

        As an aside, it was hilarious that you would state “The major drawback was the inadequacy of the Tamil community response to the human needs of the war-affected, which I had expected to be quite substantial” pinning the blame on the Diaspora, serving as an effective, servile apologist for the Government that had collected Billions on behalf of the war-affected from multiple sources. Did you know that the Tamil Diaspora was by far the single largest donor following the tsunami among all of the Diasporas that offered assistance across all of the five countries in that Asian tsunami? Do you have any realistic guesses why the Tamil Diaspora now hate to funnel any support through the Government machinery, knowing very well that any such funding (whether contributions or investments) will need to be filtered through and would be administratively controlled by politicians and the military establishment?

        Do you know to what good use the hard earned foreign reserves (brought in by the SL maids in the MiddleEast and the SL coolies in South Korea, China and Malaysia) are put? The proliferation and addiction to racing cars and limos give you any hint?

        To reiterate, I hope you are able to point out at least three specific actions that convinced you of MR’s honourable intentions as far as Tamils future in the country is concerned.

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          Kumar,

          Do not use meaningless adjectives, in what is supposed to be a civilzed discourse and debate. There are no two word answers to issues of the nature we are discussing. To expect so is not only simplistic but naive.
          I will draw the conclusion you have failed to discern from what you call my long answers above.

          Yes, I am more than satisfied, in fact quite satisfied, with what he has achieved in the north and east on many fronts since the war ended. This will be obvious to any one who is not pretending to be blind. My only complaint is that he failed to seize the initiatives on the reconciliation and political solution fronts, when the times were more opportune.

          Dr.RN

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            Kumar,

            Yes, I asked the question, “what sort of dishonesty is this?” with reference to his position on the 13th amendment. This implied that he had some explaining to do, to justify his change in stance. I have also referred to his tendency to manoeuvre instead of addressing issues in comments here. These possibilities do not make him a dishonourable man. Every politician and diplomat will then have to be classified as dishonourable.

            When Gandhi was asked why he is frequently inconsistent, he replied ‘I know more today, than I knew yesterday’. I wonder how many understand the profoundness of these words. If this is not understood, he could also been called an opportunist, a Lier and dishonourable man. Dishonesty can be an act or a series of actions, being dishonourable is something to do with character. I am not comparing MR with Gandhi, but pointing out we have to be discreet and careful when calling into question the character of people. We make this mistake often in our life and thereafter regret it.

            Thurukkural says ‘ Even a lie becomes a truth, if it will do some unimpeachable good’. We can question actions, but must be very reticent about labelling individuals. We may not know enough of them, their compulsions and reasons, to justify such conclusions.

            Further, I do not make accusations of bribery and corruption against individuals unless I have sufficient reasons to believe so. Even if true, MR will not be the first and the last to be accused of being so. It has become a way of life , as much as is the habit of accusing others with whom we disagree as being corrupt. I have been also accused of being in the pay of the Rajapakses by my detractors.

            Further, the projects you mention may be ‘ White Elephants’ and grandiose dreaming now, but may have the potential to improve the fortunes in the south in the future. Hitler constructed the autobahns in Germany at a time when that country was in serious economic trouble, to alleviate the problems of high unemployment. They were not a necessity at that time. However, they helped in the recovery of post- war Germany. President Theodore Roosevelt adopted similar initiates during the Great Depression in the US. They have proved their worth, subsequently. Only time will judge how these projects in Sri Lanka.

            MR definitely has grand dreams. There is nothing wrong in this. However, he delegates authority to an excessive extent, to those whom he trusts. The sycophancy he adores and encourages, makes people say he is well dressed, even when he stands stark naked. These are some of the fault lines in his presidency.

            Dr.RN

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          Kumar,

          I have referred to MR’s failure to find political solutions and changes in position on political solutions, in this article and accompanying comments( one includes a link in which I cite his immediate post-war position).

          Dr.RN

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            Narendran,

            Excuse me for being blunt – but again your response is pointless ramblings. I am not asking if he is an honourable man. I am asking do you still have confidence he had honourable intentions as far as Tamils are concerned, for instance when he very assuredly promised 13+? I pointed out that you yourself have called to question his honesty in that regard.

            Yes, he has grand plans – but was it with honourable intentions for the Tamils future with 13+, or did the Grand Plans actually include as you stated “a crafty game in which he has been caught red handed” – please re-read your own words.

            Now that you reassure us that you still have confidence (isn’t that what you meant by “satisfied”?) let me re-reiterate — I hope you are able to point out at least three specific actions that convinced you of MR’s honourable intentions as far as Tamils future in the country is concerned. Or, is that mere gut-feeling only and you actually have nothing to support your perception?

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              Narendran,

              As for your observation “meaningless adjectives”, if the adjectives were truly meaningless, I am not so sure how that affects the civility of a discourse. Certainly if you felt any of the adjectives were improper or mischaracterizing, certainly that can be an issue. If you point out which of the adjectives that troubled you, I will help clarify, substantiate or offer my regrets for using them.

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    It appears that Dr.RN is trying to make a change in his thinking;trying
    to forget what the IPKF did to him over time and hence a change of
    heart?

    One must have intuition to know the hidden agenda of MR and his cabal,
    being undertaken in stages, which will cost SL citizens beyond redemption.

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      Wow! I am finally impressed by the Good Doctor! This is absolutely brilliant and should be widely circulated.

      It is also a fine rejoineder to our Marxist(monkey) analysis of Dayan’s version of the Presidential speech. There is nothing wrong of course with a Marxist analysis, just the monkey analysis of DJ for his underlying Sinhala fascist ends.

      Again you have redeemed yourself and more Mr. RJ!

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    This time around MR sounded a bit desperate. No talk of minorities or living in harmony. Only talk of the heroic victory. Running down the CFA and previous govts. Indirect hint about India trying to control etc. Now he is appealing even to children to support him. The clock is ticking for MR, GR and the family. Even their own party people are fed up with them. When will the bubble burst?

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    Political speeches are usually about public relations exercises and promotion of an image, with the intention of forming or maintaining public opinion in a manner favourable to whoever is at the forefront of power. With this knowledge, the writer should not expect any better from a mere politician.

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      The pompous and pedantic LP would rather not hear any of these rebuttals to set the record straight especially for the foreign media. Oh! NR the king of humans & animals you make me glad to observe that you are getting to an even more balanced keel like Sengutu. Please do try to have this translated for the other Yakos, Nagos and other mongrels who visit this water-hole not only drink but to piss and poo as well.

      Please do try to get wider publicity in more prestigious journals like the Economist exposing the humbug and Kleptocracy of the seven headed (3 siblings & 3 sons) new Rawana of SriLanka and his ruling families even though it may be like “water on a duck’s back” or should one say buffalos’ back or better still pearls cast before swine?

      “Greek tragedies can happen anywhere? All that is required are rulers blinded by hubristic ambition and people habituated into self-deception” and by another equally wiser one “The nature of the universe is such that ends can never justify the means. On the contrary, the means always determine the end.”(Aldous Huxley).

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        Please substitute this for the above previous.

        The pompous and pedantic LP would rather not hear any of these rebuttals to set the record straight especially for the foreign media. Oh! NR the king of humans & animals you make me glad to observe that you are getting to an even more balanced keel like Sengutuvan. Please do try to have this translated for the other Yakos, Nagos and other mongrels who visit this water-hole to drink but to piss and poo, which too is recycled and taken in with the drink to be better metabolised by the growing wise like you.

        Please do try to get wider publicity in more prestigious journals like the Economist exposing the humbug and Kleptocracy of the seven headed (3 siblings & 3 sons) new Rawana of SriLanka and his ruling families even though it may be like “water on a duck’s back” or should one say buffalos’ back or better still “pearls cast before swine”?

        “Greek tragedies can happen anywhere? All that is required are rulers blinded by hubristic ambition and people habituated into self-deception” and by another equally wiser one “The nature of the universe is such that ends can never justify the means. On the contrary, the means always determine the end.”(Aldous Huxley).

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        Remember old boy, Rama Rawana and Greek Goddess were myth, but Rajapakse is here for real for you lot to taste.

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          You call yourself a truth seeker being dishonest with your real name such that in reality you are a downright humbug and fraudulent Singhalese Chauvinist with all the all language, religious and cultural mental baggages along with the mematic viruses seeking selectively to finger the anus of the oppressed to vicariously enjoy and enrich yourselves on the spoils of war. So please do come here more often to piss poo and discharge such that people like NR can learn from you as well and lift his own game.

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    RN
    Your tone and tune are changing but it’s a welcoming development. And this article is a great initiative but this man will not listen. He is an uneducated criminal. What’s his educational qualification? < GCE O/L!! But as an MP he became a lawyer having made use of some privilages.He is alleged to have been involved in a murder case but not tried in a court of law. His genotype is identical to that of prabaharan. He should be removed from office before he inflicts further grave damages to all Sri Lankans.

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    “They also want to share power at the centre, to commiserate with their numbers.”

    I think you meant to say “to be commensurate with….”

    “The vote for Hector Kobbekaduwa was a vote against the high handedness of JRJ and the UNP.”

    It was the Jaffna farmers who had greatly benefited previously from Srimavao’s import restrictions on onions, etc. that voted in large numbers for Kobbekaduwa. Many people boycotted the elections–I think the TULF had called for a boycott; but were somewhat ambivalent–there might have been some pressure on the TULF to not go hard against JR because there were some back channel negotiations on a political solution going on.

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    Dear Dr.Narendran,

    This is a great piece of writing echoening the popular sentiments of the majority of the Tamil people living in and outside of Sri Lanka.

    However, I doubt this will yield any success in correcting anything in Sri Lanka as the current ruling family of Sri Lanka is power drunk and dependent entirely on the Sinhala masses for their political survival.

    A solution will have to be worked out through the United Nations.

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      we sholdn’t allow outside people to interfere our problem. It will be like “Kurangu appam piriththa kathai” a story Monkey divide the appa for two others.

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        This problem cannot be resolved internally.

        Most of the present borders and boundaries around the world were drawn by the British. The nation of Ceylon was a creation of the British just like British India Pakistan and many other nations in Asia and Africa. All our government systems including education, law & order, legal etc.. are a mimic of the British and other European systems.

        We haven’t done anything since the so called ‘independence’ apart from playing petty nationalistic politics and ruining the systems & society created under the progressive leadership of the British.

        Your rhetoric that “Kurangu appam piriththa kathai” is utter nonsense devoid of substance and showing total disregard to the former and current world trends.

        So, I would appreciate if you are able to understand these realities and refrain from playing petty Sri Lankan / Asian nationalistic rhetorics and explore all possible ways to resolve the problem and be in progressive path.

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        Theva,

        The monkeys are not outside of Sri Lanka but they are in Sri Lanka. I would like to tell a tale about a monkey in Karainagar. You can equate that to the current situation Sri Lanka.

        There was a monkey in the ‘Panangkaadu’ (Palmyrah forest) in Karainagar, Jaffna. One day the monkey managed to climb up to the top of one of the Palmyrah trees and drank the ‘Kallu’ (Illicit Liquor)from the tree. The monkey got drunk too much that that it imagined itself as the king of the ‘Panangkadu’.

        Then the monkey out of drunked arrogance went and disturbed a ‘Thenkoodu'(Wasps nest) located in the same tree. All the wasps from the ‘Thenkoodu’ came out stung the monkey so severely that the monkey fell down from Palmyrah tree and died.

        Equate this very old classical grand mother’s to a grand child tale from Karainagar, Jaffna to the present situation in Sri Lanka.

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    Clearly the Ruler’s speech is one sided.Surely there is a disconnect with the speaker and his speech writer at Galle Face Green. Those who know the speaker will observe that the writer of this article is more dignified than the speaker. As an observer The Ruler lacks common sense and proper diplomatic etiquette to rule the country.

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    I must salute Dr RN for an excellent riposte to Rajapaksa’s speech. A demolition of his speech bit by bit. It showed how very wrong Rajapaksa is on many issues relating to the tamils, the Sinhalese and the nation as a whole. Seems like the man is so drunk with power he fails to see the obvious.

    The speech clearly showed to all tamils who Rajapaksa is. He is not a national leader – but a leader for the Sinhalese only. He is just another narrow minded Sinhala racist, like those in the JHU and the BBS he associates with. Not only that he is also a dictator and a plunderer of the nation’s wealth. The man the country can do without in the most important years for the country after 30 years of war and destruction. What the country is facing four years after the end of the war are economic and political problems, lawlessness, dismantling of the democratic institutions, an enormous national debt and most importantly the mortgaging of the country to the Chinese. What a shame!!!

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    Those liberated Tamils were actually those who liked to move with LTTE because they were the family members of LTTE maaveerars. When JAffna was liberated from LTTE, many tamil families moved to Vanni where LTTE. Finally, LTTE used their own as the cover for fighting the forces.

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran also should address the fact that Tamil politicians in the country – TNA – are there only to promote Tribalism and to talk about “political solution”.

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    Saying it in brief Dr. RN has clearly exposed the hypocrisy by through which the Sinhala people are being misled. These speeches are the last straws being held on in a situation in which the popularity of the President and the Govt. is dwindling. It will be soon seen that the Sinhala majority will be no more gullible to the misleading words.

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    a great peace of writing from the good doctor but sadly it will only be appreciated by the CT readers would be great if it can be translated into Sinhalese

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    Inflicting this costly publicity-theatrical exercise on the entire nation is calculated to serve one purpose only – a shallow effort to
    divert the attention of the nation from the real and shattering burdens
    imposed on the people post-2009. The regime has nothing to show the larger voter base of the Sinhala South of the benefits to the country
    from the Rajapakse rule. The potency of boastful triumphalism on a clearly pyrrhic victory has gradually worn off in the past 4 years. A little face-life in the Colombo District, a few small projects in the
    North, a few hotels here and there has in no way lifted the economic lot of the mass of the people. They are daily becoming desperately poor. The regime is forced to touch those sensitive issues that seriously affect the ordinary people. The paralysing increase in CEB
    rates is the first open admission the bottom is falling off the widely known poor economic management in the hands of largely two non-performers of hardly any significant achievement in their long careers. The urgent rush to China is to further mortgage the country
    for the temporary survival of the regime. Even the majority of people – unaware of their rights and responsibilities are waking up to sanity. Maintaining a small army of pampered businessmen- mostly relatives –
    and passing to them almost all of the economic opportunities on the plate of Sinhala Buddhhist priorities will lose its shine soon. The Katunayake-Colombo Fort super project valued at several billions of dollars is a mere dressage. This shrinks to obscurity when questioned as to the utter failure of the earlier rail-bus project of the same route under the able leadership of the Princeling now carrying a bagful of unpaid bills mostly to the Railway, CEB and some close friends of the regime in the private sector.

    The regime is fastly running out of options.

    Senguttuvan

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      ‘Running out of options.’
      Well, Senguttuvan, there’s always the last resort, of course–the LAND!

      & of course they will find others:

      Yesterday’s Sunday Biz Times:
      REVERSE SWEEP FOR BAN ON LAND DEALS

      The govt is bringing in sweeping changes to recent restrictions imposed on foreign ownership of businesses and property to promote foreign investments, govt officials sd.

      The Finance Ministry will issue a circular indicating these changes following the Treas Sec Dr. P.B. J’s endorsement of these decisions, reversing a budget decision.

      IN A 180-DEGREE TURN DEGREE TURN FROM THE RECENT DECISION
      & subsequent action to
      PROHIBIT FOREIGN OWNERSHIP OF business & property in Sri Lanka
      under the 2013 budget proposal,
      the govt will revert to the earlier practice of allowing foreigners
      to take up full ownership of businesses & property, if their investments in the project is over US $10 million, they revealed…

      UNDER ANOTHER NEW PROVISION, A COMPANY WITH A FOREIGN STAKEHOLDER WHICH IS IN OPERATION FOR 10 YEARS WITH A GOOD TRACK RECORD
      WD BE ALLOWED TO BUY LAND IN THE FUTURE FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXPANSION, he said…
      FOREIGN INVESTORS, UNDER THE NEW RULES, WD ALSO BE ALLOWED TO LEASE LAND FOR UP TO 99 YEARS……

      [The RECENTLY AMENDED] laws wd either be REVOKED OR CHANGED
      in line with the latest steps being taken by the Government to attract a targeted $2 billion in foreign investment this year. In the first January-March quarter 2013, Sri Lanka has attracted $218 million in investments.

      Probably PBJ opened his bag of tricks too soon — before people
      forget the bold stirring claims that rang out over Galle Face Green:

      *****“Foreign forces or foreign invasion is not a new thing to us”
      [sd the President,adding] ‘since the victory against terrorism, four years go, such forces resorted to various tactics to take Sri Lanka under their control.’ ….

      *****“For the past four years, we have been fighting against those forces and will continue our fight against them in the future too.”

      *****“WE ASSURE YOU THAT WE WILL NOT ALLOW THEM TO GRAB A SINGLE PIECE OF LAND or divide the country,” he sd.

      [we’ll just SELL it to them!]

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        Dear Manel,

        How one wishes more Lankans saw matters in perspective as you
        do. The malady and the real state of the economy and the country
        is far worse than what meets the eye. The end will come – as it must – probably soon. But the damage done will take generations
        to repair – as the disunity and the mayhem of 1956 showed us.

        Senguttuvan

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