1 October, 2020

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A Tale Of Two Cities: Chennai And Mullivaikal

By Nimalka Fernando

Dr.Nimalka Fernando

Chennai is burning. Tamil Nadu is in uproar. As I sit in my room in Geneva glancing through the resolution on Sri Lanka the papers scream that Karunanidhi’s DMK has pulled out from the Indian Congress led UPA government. With 18 DMK members including 5 Ministers out of the UPA government this will leave the Congress government in the “conditional” hands of Mayawati’s BSP and the Samajawadi Party. Unlike the DMK, these two parties are not alliance partners with ministerial portfolios and more importantly, they are political opponents in Uttar Pradesh. Without the DMK the Congress government now walks on a political “tight rope”.

For over 6 years human rights organizations and activists with Sri Lankan family members have been working morning and night trying to cope with the  grief of losing our loved one’s let alone seeking justice for them. Looking for justice is not new to some of us. Since 1989 when thousands disappeared from all over the island my country was referred to as the “tear drop” of the Indian Ocean. Thousands of family members came before the Disappearance Commission and testified. They provided evidence which flowed like a river of tears before the commission. Their collective  plea was to  know where their loved one’s were for the sake of closure . They wanted to know whether their family members were alive or whether  something tragic had happened. They wanted proof so that they could either perform religious rituals to celebrate or mourn their family member. They wanted to know the “truth”. As evidence mounted many government officials including armed forces personnel left the country, one by one.. The government also assisted them to flee. Only a few cases were filed against perpetrators. Those who represented the Sri Lankan Attorney General’s department came before international forums and declared pompously that we have successfully prosecuted the perpetrators. How many people did these perpetrators enforcedly disappear? As reported in the Commission headed by Ms Manouri Muttetuwegama and Mr Devanesan Nesiah; two dedicated eminent persons from the professional community in our country over 35,000 confirmed disappearances. From 35,000 only 2 cases have been successfully filed and seen through the administrative  process of  justice in Sri Lanka.It brings me great shame and disappointment that representatives of the Attorney General’s department come and proudly hail the wonders of the AG department. Would you be able to go in front of family members still waiting for justice for their disappeared loved one’s and humanely proclaim your own perceived “success story”.

From time to time the leaders of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party used these family members to garner their votes. They diverted families from seeking justice by giving them superficial solutions.

No political leader now in power in the UPFA led Sri Lankan government using the vote bank of the 1989 carnage ever pledged to revive the old files. Instead they used the “Kappan” or payoff culture. They gave envelopes and certificates to the families for sacrificing their loved ones to them to come to power. This travesty of justice has taken root in Sri Lanka and we are now following the same foot path towards future. You should ask yourself the question, why do the same people who stood with us on disappearances in the 1980’s now stand against us? I will help you answer this question.

It is with a weeping heart I meet Dr Manoharan in Geneva as he visits the HRC from time to time seeking justice. He is a  man who served our society. A father who was educating his  child to become a professional. He was no different from you. Today he come before us with tears and a trembling voice telling us to please give me justice.  How did the human rights envoy of the President respond to him? He told us how the LTTE killed people brutally. How bombs exploded. What was he implying? That Dr Manoharan is a LTTE supporter? That the 5 boys playing in the beach road were LTTE cadres? Surely Mr Minister you know well that you never answered this father’s question straightforwardly. This so called non – summary proceeding has proceeded for the last two years. It is moves at a snail’s pace. But time is of the essence because as time passes for those with no answer, their grief will grow and their tears will fill the ocean around us and swallow Sri Lanka into its own Ocean of tears. We need to move faster and you need to know that you are only fooling yourself.

This brings me back to Chennai. The DMK has become active. What were they doing when hundreds and thousands of innocent people were locked inside the Mullivaikal? What made Mr Karunanidhi pull out now when he could not come out when thousands of Tamil people were suffering in Sri Lanka? You should have left then Karunanidhi but instead

you chose to speak about the crores of rupees being sent to assist the internally displaced. You own daughter Kanomozi came with a delegation to Sri Lanka and disappeared into Sri Lanka’s “little England” or Nuwara Eliya located in Central Sri Lanka at state expense. You never sighted the Northern or Eastern Provinces.. Why did you not look at the root of the problem that you see in Chennai everyday where the tears of Tamil refugees who fled persecution and violence washed your streets?  India has always sheltered Tamils, when Mullivaikal was happening why did Mr Karunanidhi not send a boat or ship? At least the late Hon Rajiv Gandhi sent Parippu.

Can we truly redress the tragedy of Mullivaikal with such antics? Just because you pull out of the government of India  justice will not come to thousands who are seeking it. For years the human rights defenders of Sri Lanka worked hard with the international community including INGOs to arrive at this stage. Mr Karunanidhi has forgotten 2009 when he could not get India to vote against Sri Lanka. If that resolution was passed we would have seen different politics in South Asia and in Sri Lanka. Raviraj and Lasantha would not have died. Many more would have been saved.  He is responsible for what happened then and this is my very honest analysis. The tragedy of the No fire zone hangs on his head squarely. His regime in Tamil Nadu let the Tamil people down. The fires that were lit in Mullivaikal cannot dowsed by setting Chennai on fire. This will not be erased from history.

Mullivaikal can only see justice if Delhi rises up and if Colombo complies. The true tale of two cities lies in Colombo and Delhi.

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    The Politicos in Delhi ,Chennai, Colombo and Geneve also Same,
    Vote grabbers and Selfish looters too.
    They Dont care about Humanity, But Votes And Money only.

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      J. AMARAYA

      I agree with you. Nimalka’s purple prose (“river of tears,” “ocean of tears,” “weeping heart” etc) is nauseating when we know the emotion is feigned and she is being manipulative. She had no such emotion for the thousands of innocent civilian victims of the fascist LTTE. Because that would have been a bad career decision.

      Her venting her frustration over the Geneva debacle on the diabolical Karunanithy and his demented DMK is quite revealing. The DMK in Tamil Nadu and the NGO/Human Rights/Civil Society cartel in Sri Lanka had a common cause in legitimizing LTTE’s terrorism. Karunanithy at various times provided clandestine assistance (just like MGR & Jayalalitha) to Prabakaran to build his rear base in Tamil Nadu. This was confirmed by the 1997 Jain Commission Report on the murder of Rajiv Gandhi leading to Congress Party bringing down the coalition government of the day in which DMK was a partner. In the ensuing election in 1998 the Congress Party in its manifesto unequivocally stated:

      “…it is beyond doubt that the LTTE could not have killed Shri Rajiv Gandhi without the support and assistance it received from the DMK-led government.”

      Nimalka is sour with her partner-in-crime Karunanithy for not doing enough to save the LTTE, her most rich benefactor, from total annihilation at Mullivaikkal.

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        Rambler

        “fascist LTTE”

        Please tell me as to why LTTE was fascist.

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          Native Vedda

          What has Vedda got to do with it?

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            Rambler

            I am trying to understand what fascism is, whether it is good, bad or ugly. What did you exactly mean by fascist LTTE.

            Can I call any uniformed men a fascist?
            Can I call a Jaffna man a fascist?

            Is there any differences between a fascist LTTE and fascist Sri Lankan Army?

            Do you also consider Prabaharan a fascist?
            Do you consider MR a fascist?

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              Native Vedda

              I know everything about the modern world is too complicated for you, but I’m not in the business of reinventing the wheel.

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    No mention of any sympathy from this Bleeding heart for tens of thousands of innocent mums , dads, kids, grandmothers, grandfathers and even Buddhist monks who were killed and maimed by the LTTE for thirty years.

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      hey sumane,please read when she says

      “Since 1989 when thousands disappeared from all over the island my country was referred to as the “tear drop” of the Indian Ocean”

      also rather than attack her why dont you address what she said your nothing but a Govt stooge

      also Sumane whats your answer to the 1000’s killed from 1956-1983 before LTTE came,hmmm who did that? men from mars im sure

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      Yes you talk about 30 years. Tamils talk about 60 years of innocent mums, dads,kids,grandma’s, grandpa’s who were butchered by you guys and then handed over to the Sinhala military (poor Sinhala youths) and you not only killed and maimed poor innocent Tamil civilians and over 60,000 innocent Sinhala youths in order to create a kingdom of Rajapakses, Bandaranaiyakes, Jeyawardena’s and Senanayake’s. Poor Tamil and Sinhala mums and kids are still searching their kids and parents. You all did in the name of Buddha. It is shame on you guys still try to protect Dictators who not bothered of its own people.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      Please find out from her the reason as to why she had not shown sympathy to tens of thousands of innocent mums , dads, kids, grandmothers, grandfathers and even Buddhist monks.

      I will pass her e mail address to you once I have it in my possession.

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      K S A.
      Already Mahinda RAAAjarapassa And Gotha had shown Enough Sympathies to Many Bleeding heart for tens of thousands of innocent mums , dads, kids, grandmothers, grandfathers and even Buddhist monks in All over Sri Lanka, Since They came to Power.
      so why others want to show nay sympathy.
      From The Ruling clan;Many got free caskets,some evaporated and some swimmed in acid bathtubs,

      that merit is enough for them to Search for and Attain NIBBAHANA.

      Why don’t you too Try that with your bosses?.

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    Dear Nimalka,

    Where is your political leader Vasudeva who accompanied Mahinda to Geneva in 88/89 to shed crocadile tears infront of IC then………..’As Lenin said, start things from home”.

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      Nimo Akka likes running with the hare and hunting with the hounds! SHe is a great NGO lady – dripping with gold!

      In bed with Rajapass’a advisor she makes a lot of money and free trips all over the world – shedding crockadile tears and grandstanding for the oppressed women and minorities – all the time living in 5 star comfort off Rajapassa’s hand outs to the creepy Vasudeva leftist skinhead who is also a womanizer.. BTW!

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        China Doll

        “In bed with Rajapass’a advisor she makes a lot of money and free trips all over the world”

        She can sleep with anyone she chose to share her bed with”

        Why should it bother you? Are you bit jealous?

        “Vasudeva leftist skinhead who is also a womanizer”.

        Should a Lefty refrain from womanising and why?

        There use to be a famous peace movement’s slogan, “f..k for peace”

        More sex more peace.

        Vasudeva is on his own way trying his best to contribute to peace.

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          Hey dood, doddering Vasu is a jerk!
          He told the first woman Chief Justice, Shiranee Bandaranayake to “go to hell” on camera in Parliament!
          Vasu is has NO ETHICS or principles and is a creep and his plump and pretty paramour likewise! Though I would not wish to jump in bed with her!
          They are both living off the leftist discourse of resistance while patronizing the brutal Rajapakse family military dictatorship and living on INGO funds! What a great game!
          THIS COUPLE STINKS! FACE FACTS – GET REAL!

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    Really honest analysis, however, is it not Srilanka which instead of doing justice stay in fool-denial mode to globe? And further harassing every Tamil in Island as LTTE? And to worst they even started targetting muslim minorities? What is SL agenda? Continue to be tear drop of Indian ocean??

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    Sumane;

    If I shed croc. tears for them I will not get my $$$$$$.

    Satya;

    My boss Bahu

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    The govt in New Delhi bears great responsibility for what happened in the north. From the time it spawned the LTTE and then turned against it and later helped destroy it. The indian govt never really cared for the people in the north. They kept silent as tens of thousands of innocent people were killed in the course of the war. Three years after the war they are still vacillating and shamelesly cohabiting with the rajapakse regime.

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    Congratulations Nimalka. Keep up the good work. We need to defeat a belligerent Sinhala Buddhism represented by Rajapakse that has been responsible for attacks on Muslims, attacks on Christians, disappearances of journalists in the south, attacks on political opposition, impeachment of the Chief Justice, imprisonment of army generals etc. This is a morally bankrupt Government buttressed by men in robes. Karunanidhi is a distraction – the real issue is Geneva for the next two years when the noose would slowly tighten against Colombo and justice will be delivered. I am happy that the OIC in Jeddah had also issued a statement against Sri Lanka.

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    Nimalka:

    This was my exact analysis piece I wrote in Groundviews. Where the USA, Union Govt (UG) of India, Security Council and others have failed, there was one person who could saved thousands of lives because of his unique position in Tamilnadu and support to the UG. But greed personified and his family were his priorities. The UG will never let down SL because of its complicity with the SL regime and only Tamilnadu remains the last bastion of squeezing the UG because of regional political compulsions.

    Wish you all the spiritual guidance for all your endeavours.

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    I appreciate Nimalka’s dedication.What is important is what she does, not her family life.She is one thousand times better than Champika or any government politico.There is no doubt that Vasu is an opportunist and he will end up in the SLFP . NGOs and INGOs are active because many political parties in the Opposition are silent on the rights of the people including the Tamils.I think NGOs are a necessary evil

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      Nimalka is no different to other NGO dollar sucking agents.[Edited out]]

      This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy
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        I am surprised by editing out of my comment.I was telling the readers how the NGO agents function from my personal experience.I was a secretary to a NGO in 1978 but I worked voluntarily not like these carrier opportunists.I left them after many disagreements. [Edited out]

        @Dubdoc, so you should comment under your name – CT

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          CT, Could you clarify your concerns please?

          @Dubdoc, you are supposed to be a secretary to a NGO in 1978 as you say and you are making allegations against the writer and some others. Considering the nature of the allegations, anonymous commenting can not be accepted unless there is a justifiable reason. You can write to us alternatively – CT

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            CT
            I see allegations against the incumbent president on this forum on daily basis.Including calling names like ‘Jarapassa’ All anonymously.Yet you publish them without any reservations. I did not make allegations against the writer.They were common allegations against some NGO’s.

            You did make allegations against the writer claiming you are an ex NGO sec. – CT

            We acknowledge criticism of the articles we publish, but will not allow persistent misrepresentation of contributors to be published on our website. For the sake of robust debate, we will distinguish between constructive, focused argument and smear tactics.

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    Almost all the Sinhalese and Muslim politicos are a bunch of opportunists in today’s Sri lanka. Those who praised Chandrika when she was the President are dead against her now.(Barring Mangala who I believe is an honest person)Our politicos sole aim is nothing but to earn more and more.The UNPers also will do the same if they come to power.

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    SL still have decency left in the country because of pople like Nimalka. We salute manywho is covertly or overtly exposing and fighting within their capacity against nepotism, kleptcracy and dictatorship. Nimalka is also a sinhalese who can go and speak in any platform against anyone and still can keep her head high. Her conviction for human rights and democracy is far beyond comprehension of China doll or dodging China on human rights.

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    Is there a Thich Quang Duc in the house?

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    Chennai is burning. Tamil Nadu is in uproar… GTF denounce violations on Sri lankans.
    BJP says the Prez can not be treated as a war criminal.

    Nimalka is looking from the wrong end of the periscope.Though the UPA Govt is weakened did it weaken the UPFA ??
    You are sitting in a room in Geneva enjoing your spoils on your annual pilgrimage at someone else expense gone their to support your paymasters.

    Same rhetorics repeated. Same old tune and nothing tangible but justifying visit to Geneva.
    To feel ashamed Nimalka, look inwards towards your own family circles.

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    It is amazing why only these human right protectors hart start burning now , where did she live in past thirty years, did she had different hart last thirty years, everyone knows what was the reason behind $$$ that why her hart suddenly burning for human rights now , can anyone please update what was Nimalka doing last 30 years. Then we joint with her for human rights campaign

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      Kris,
      She has selective amnesia(forgetfulness) Bitemporal hemianopia (Tunnel vision)and This is an acquired disease.A great combination for any budding NGO scoundrel.

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    Nimalka Nona, how was the Geneva savariya??
    When is the next trip with free hotel be provided.

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