21 November, 2018

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A Time For Reconciliation And The TNA Joining The Cabinet

By Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Congratulations

Warm congratulations to the Common Opposition, especially Maithripala Sirisena, Ranil Wickremesinghe, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Mangala Samaraweera from all Sri Lankans for democracy. Through their leadership they have restored democracy to a land where many of us thought it was dead.

Place for Gentlemanliness

Mr. Wickremasinghe in his gentlemanly way has rightly acknowledged that Sri Lanka proved its credentials as a mature, peaceful democracy and thanked the Elections Commissioner. Amen to that. But he has also spoken of the graciousness of the defeated and thanked President Mahinda Rajapaksa for enabling a smooth, peaceful and civilised transition. But the reality according to the Colombo Telegraph, quoting a source close to Ranil himself, is this:

“For a moment don’t believe Mahinda Rajapaksa gave up like a gentleman. He wanted to declare an Emergency and annul the Election results and sent for the Attorney General and asked him to prepare the necessary papers. The AG refused and it is only then that he sent for Ranil Wickremesignhe and said he will go peacefully and asked for safe passage.”

It is good to be gentlemanly but far more important to record history correctly so that we will be ever vigilant against the forces arrayed against democracy and our freedoms.

Reconciliation – Officials

But Mr. Wickremasinghe’s spirit of reconciliation is right. There is first reconciliation with individuals. This involves the many lowly officials and soldiers who toed the line when unlawful orders were received. They are often familied people who had to worry about their jobs. We will understand the pressures under which they complied only when it happens to us. They need to be reintegrated. The signs are that the government will do the right thing; or a good part of the public service would need to be fired.

AAAABut not so the brazen acts of partisanship initiated by those in high office. They need to be asked to resign or be fired. The way the Treasury Secretary and the Central Bank Governor have gone shows there will be cleansing without a witch hunt. Those like the UGC Chairman and Vice Chancellor of Jaffna who tried to force academic staff to sign a political statement in favor of the president’s re-election must be fired if they do not go on their own. And quickly so; or that would signal the impunity that Sri Lankans voted so fervently against in this election. As things are, the most important institution for Tamils, the university, is being ruined by the recruitment of favourites and EPDP nominees. The academics are up in arms after a year of their ignored complaints and have announced a public meeting on the subject soon. Restoring the university to its past greatness would reach out to Tamil hearts and minds.

Reconciliation National

Then there is the more important national reconciliation. I believe this is the first time that Sinhalese, Tamils, Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and Muslims have so enthusiastically voted in a government since independence. What better time than now to reconcile the minorities to the state from which we have been estranged for so long?

To the Tamils, there are initial first steps that I believe will soon flow from the government – restoration of improperly acquired lands which is also connected to a reduced military presence. I think when Mr. Sirisena promised in the campaign that the Army will not be withdrawn from Tamil areas he was only truthfully trying to prevent the issue from being made political capital out of, during a closely fought campaign. Everyone concedes that right of a country’s army to be stationed everywhere. The issue really is Tamils being selectively inundated by an excessive military presence where even school, church and other community functions require permission. The Rajapaksa regime had become so oppressive of Tamils that those who invited Sinhalese like Carlo Fonseka to the Commemoration function for Rajani Thiranagama (who had been murdered by the LTTE) were faulted by military intelligence for not getting their clearance.

I also expect the easy things to happen – full implementation of the Thirteenth Amendment, language rights, and things already in the law. Gentlemanly treatment of minorities requires that there will be no caricature of District Development Committees which in law are chaired by the Chief Minister in other provinces, but have had presidential powers misused to have Douglas Devananda as Co-chairman with C.V. Wigneswaran in the North.

Mr. Sirisena has spoken of a domestic inquiry against soldiers accused of war crimes. That is worrisome but the UNHRC will take care of the murderers. More serious things like land powers and police powers which are important to Tamils in case there is another horrible government at the center, must be addressed when there is a sympathetic government in power. I am told that we have been asked not to push for these in the first two years. My worry is the folk that see no place for Tamils and Muslims in Sri Lanka who have joined the Common Opposition.

Douglas Devananda

The imposition of Douglas, a man wanted for murder, on the Tamil people was one of the biggest insults to us by the last government. Now the question is this: will he be a minister again?

There was a split in the EPDP as Douglas wanted to approach the opposition and his other MP Chandrakumar wanted to stay with Rajapaksa. But Douglas went ahead and approached Maithripala and it appears that his overtures were firmly rejected.

Despite being told no thanks, now that the elections are over, Douglas has publicly expressed a wish to work with the government. To accept him, the government knows, is to insult the Tamil people who overwhelmingly voted for it and would dash any chance of reconciliation.

At a meeting in Jaffna where opposition leaders had gone to campaign, the Tamil leadership was put the question of how the opposition should respond if Douglas offered to join. They were told very firmly not to even entertain the thought. I understand that Ranil and Chandrika are firm that they should have nothing to do with Douglas.

The TNA

There are severe dangers to the new hopes for reconciliation offered by the new government. There is Douglas and then there are the many people who joined the opposition not because of any democratic awakening but because they saw the writing on the wall for Rajapaksa. There is generally a view in the TNA that they must not join the government but only lend their support because of this.

I respectfully disagree. To influence the government positively and against the anti-minority forces that joined the opposition, the TNA must be in cabinet to influence the discussions and decisions.

Politics also involves getting and distributing goodies to the electorate. This means being in cabinet without being a yes-man for every iniquity visited on the Tamil people like saying no civilian was killed in Mullivaikal. The TNA must move beyond nationalist speech-making to learning the art of governing by looking into the basic everyday needs of the people. It is something the TNA has never done. It is time to learn by joining the cabinet.

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    Its easy to write about reconciliation but there will never a reconciliation without justice to those victims and bring the perpetrators to accountability.
    Tamils have suffered since independence but recent years, thanks to technology and the efforts by the Tamil Diaspora exposed loud and clear the sufferings, human rights abuses, state oppression, Sinhala Buddhist Apartheid to the world.
    Once again Gota, an alleged war criminal fleeing like a rat for temporary safety from Sri Lanka that proved that he is a real coward.
    No accountability means no peace on the ground!

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      Gothabaya is the main man behind the killings and rapes during the war. The army personnel committed the crimes on the orders of Gothabaya. Where ever his , if he is found guilty, he should be brought before the Tribunal.

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      DE-MILITARISE THE NORTH AND EAST TO BRING RECONCILLIATION. TODAY THE NORTH AND THE EAST ARE UNDER MILITARY ADMINISTRATION.

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      [Edited out]

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      This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/

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    Professor
    What I feel is that the TNA should not at this juncture join Ranil’s cabinet. TNA’s tongue will be tied down. The Tamils have to wait and see how Sirisena progress. The occupying army should go first and return all the private lands to the owners for resettlement. Then comes the subject of the powers of the Provincial council. As I see it, provincial council system is not advantageous to the Tamil people. There should be a federal system as put forward by S.J.V.

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      War crimes tribunal, Federal system will never happen. You are expecting far too much of the new President. You would be lucky to get 13A.

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      just because you got a language and as if others don’t have and can do without yours.

      don’t you ever think 200k Jaffna village asking for 30k sq kilometers- 50% of the island makes you look like the unyielding predator??

      The nation needs an urban solution not the devilish whims and fancies of village jackals be they from the north or south (both created the bloodbath throughout the island and india etc).

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      We should ask 13A to function straightaway and work for federalism as 13 A gets functioning:
      we must prepare the South by spreading to all nooks and corners of the South:

      ”Structural and geo-technical engineers know that when a long building is constructed especially on weak soil, it is almost mandatory to have a movement joint to separate the building into two. …. the Northerners need greater freedom; and the North needs a movement joint to settle differentially, while preserving national integrity.” _ Does the North of Sri Lanka need a ‘Movement Joint’? Prof Priyan Dias, 24 December 2014, groundviews Please spread the message around the academics.

      Helping the Sinhala masses understand the importance of devolution of power is helping the government carry out healthy and non-discriminatory governance.

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        Wishful thinking you go nowhere with last supper unless you are a Bedouin.

        Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.Stupidity: The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.-Albert Einstein (The jew with no inhibitions)

        Whom?? Villager 200k requesting for 50% of the island of 21million.

        go get a life Puni Veeni, we need our urban setup back from capital to the whole of the island.Yours is not the only language which is a dying art.

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        “”Structural and geo-technical engineers “

        it’s our enterprise Industrial Bumpers and Buffers, Gears to Genetics- pin hole to remote operations.

        the millennium bridge Uk was a sad copy of Tax office Rotterdam from start to finish by a arty sculptor at the bar with my sweet lord and his new sexy ever green Barcelona bird.

        We see with our minds not our eyes because they lie- optical illusion.

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      The requests by/of the TNA dealt in this write-up is apparently related to his surroundings etc, however a more humane matter is pending – the
      fate of the so-called POLITICAL PRISONERS locked up at the whims of MoD.

      I suggest that a serious call be made on H.E. Maithiripala Sirisena to
      initiate the immediate release of all those in Prisons in this category
      with 10 yrs.or more there, followed by a scheme of release for such
      persons in stages, within his 100 day Diary accomplishments.

      I wonder if Hon. Sumanthiran M.P. will volunteer to plan the logistics
      for this rather urgent humane request. This is MAITHIREE.

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    There is a need to include a representative from the Tamil Community & a representative of the Muslim Community in the Leadership Council. The President and the Prime Minister, together with these two representing the main racial minorities, should be responsible for the implementation of the recommendations of the LLRC, the missing persons commission and any other subjects relevant to the minorities, under the subject of National Reconciliation.

    As members of the Leadership Council, they should be members of the Cabinet and should be responsible for the implementation of proposals approved by the National Reconciliation Committee. This is just one model of having an inclusive Leadership Council. Evolving a suitable structure for National Reconciliation should be the responsibility of the President & the Prime Minister.

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    Dear Prof S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole,

    Quote .. Mr. Wickremasinghe in his gentlemanly way has rightly acknowledged that Sri Lanka proved its credentials as a mature, peaceful democracy and thanked the Elections Commissioner. Amen to that. But he has also spoken of the graciousness of the defeated and thanked President Mahinda Rajapaksa for enabling a smooth, peaceful and civilised transition. But the reality according to the Colombo Telegraph, quoting a source close to Ranil himself, is this: Unquote

    What ever the truth or otherwise of the statement made by that source, Ranil as PM, has to chose his words with care in order to prevent heated emotions escalating to a conflagration.

    I have not touched upon the rest of your article but hope to do so soon. I have posted a related comment in response to an article by Malinda S on CT here

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-quick-ethnicization-of-the-result/comment-page-1/#comment-1744832

    I reproduce below the last two paragraphs of my comment as it is relevant here.

    The following site claims that 25 Ministers and 10 Deputy Ministers have been named. With so much of speculation going on, this may also be speculation. [Edited out]
    A lot of thought appears to have gone in, in selecting the persons. According to it Hon. M.A.Sumanthiran’s name appears as the Min of Languages, Social integration Resettlement & Peace. If true, this is a good choice as it sends a message to the Tamils.

    Kind Regards,
    OTC

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    Mr. Professor, Lot of salient points you have raised. Redeeming our Jaffna university from EPDP and to restore its reputation, integrity and independence must be a top priority You have struck a discordant note. As an academic you may have funny ideas about the “art of governing”. Joining the Cabinet? In whose vocabulary? I am proud that the resolve, commitment, values and virtues of Tamil voters remain intact, even in the face of adversity. No temptations Mr. Professor. I am aware that there are some power-brokers in the TNA. You say, “by joining the cabinet, can influence the govt. decisions?” Malarkey. M.Tiruchelvam was a ITAK (FP) Minister of Local govt. in Dudley Senanayake’s govt in 1965. His move to declare Koneswaram site in Trinco a sacred site was resisted and defeated by the “nationalists” in the “National govt”, thus forcing him to resign.

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      True, and Mr.Thiruchelvam had to stomach and silently endure the agony and ignominy of many acres of prime land in Trinco being allotted to R.G.Senananayake at that time.

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    President Maithri so far did not mention anything about the Tamil issue and I assume that he purposely avoided that because that is sensitive to the voters. I don’t know whether he has got any ideas or programme to handle this question. But I am sure Ranil and Chandrika must have clear understanding of the problem and they must have ideas and programmes. The challenges for Chandrika and Ranil is to convince its extremists allies to come in terms with TNA. I hope Chandrika, Ranil, Sampanthan and Rauf Hakeem should have an true and open minded discussion about how they can work together to find a way to accomodate without falling into extremist agendas. As a first step the government should immediately show its goodwill and remove all the barriers for the functioning of the North East Provincial administration and Govt should work through provincial administration. TNA should not take a ministerial post immediately but should give its full support to strngthen the good governance. TNA should join the cabinet not for the sake of a minister post like daglus or Karuna or Kathirkamar to work against Tamils.

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    It is absolutely premature and politically incorrect at this time for the TNA to join the government. Surely, the TNA can seek Justice for the people it represents in return for the open and bold support it rendered to the common opposition candidate! A time may come for the TNA to join the government, but not now!

    Sengodan. M

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    Tamils should reflect for a moment as to what the elder Thiruchelvam or Kumarasuriyar achieved for the Tamils by holding portfolios and being part of government? Similarly what did Thondaman achieve for his people who are still living in hovels called labour lines, 30 long years after his death?

    For Tamil elitists, one or two Tamils holding office in government may give a sense of ‘dignity’. But for ordinary Tamils, it would matter little!

    Sengodan. M

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    If the new government allows the Nothern and Eastern Provincial Councils to function, without interference by the Military Governors, just like what happens in all other provincial councils, this will show that the new government is sincere in treating all citizens equally.
    Ideally, there should be civilian governors for these two provinces.
    There are many suitable intellectuals, both Sinhalese and tamil, who are fit for these posts.

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    Dr Hoole:
    >I respectfully disagree. To influence the government positively and against the anti-minority forces that joined the opposition, the TNA must be in cabinet to influence the discussions and decisions.<

    Your wish has come true, see: [Edited out]

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    Let the TNA adopt a balanced approach, not to go to the extent to take ministerial position nor make unrealistic demands which will strengthen the defeated chauvinist elements.

    Please refer to this article:
    “Main Challenge Before New Govt is to Manage “Majority” Sinhala Resentment Over Sirisena Victory.” – [Edited out]

    Though this article appeared bias with the tendency that the governance is a matter only for the majority community in Sri Lanka, we cannot deny that there is a serious propaganda levelled on this line.

    If you looked into the speech made by Mahinda Rajapaksa in his home return speech, he deliberately attributed his defeat to North and East, and the Up-Country votes, i.e., minority votes.

    If the government is perceived as against the interests of the majority community, it would be catastrophic, and negate all the gains in this election.

    Therefore, it is vital that TNA should not go close to the Government at the expenses of the “Tamils aspirations” nor make unrealistic demands that will strengthen the defeated chauvinist elements.

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    “It is time to learn by joining the cabinet” I believe this is inopportune advise though, under different circumstances, I would have endorsed Dr. Hoole’s suggestion. The Sinhala South still seethes with communalism. Anti-Tamil rhetoric finds welcome and ready accommodation among most Sinhalese still. The media reported when President Rajapakse went home to his village in Medamulana two days ago the first thing he told the people there was “Tamils voted against me” as cause of his defeat. This is not the language of a defeated gentleman. This is a mild form of war cry suggestive of what is in store as the months drag by and the Maitripala Sirisena administration begins to grapple with actual issues – exacerbated by a treasury that has been emptied by a venal regime, mostly for personal consumption.

    The TNA will earn the continued respect of the Tamil Nation – and indeed the others in the Sinhala South – if they stay out of the Cabinet but offer cooperation to the Govt. from without. Tamil Cabinet Ministers from the NEP may be a possibility once the long Sinhala prejudice gradually subsides – hopefully, that is.

    Kettikaran

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      TNA shouldn’t seeking ministerial positions but if they were to offered I do not see any issues with it. I support Dr Hoole’s advice, and I knew its TNA’s decision. I knew the TNA trio is capable of deciding what is best for Tamils, and no harm if we approach the issues in a different approach, dropping this confrontational, fighting from opposition. We haven’t tried this since GGP days holding such positions. On the other hand TNA should think about their political outlook, because Tamils used to a status quo where they see those who are supporting, and holding ministerial positions in the Government as sort of traitors unless they deliver stuffs that result in resolving the National Question, anything short of it (building roads, etc.) will not satisfy them. And, the forces looking for knocking them off look for these kind of opportunity, and we don’t want to see GGP Jnr, Gaje, Sivaji, Ananthy, etc. as our leaders.

      MS picking India for his foreign visit is worry some because in the name of building goodwill, not sure if India accept for diluting some powers provided in 13th. And, then India will exert some pressure on TNA to accept whatever new Government provides. This is how the problem drags on this long, both internal and external forces have their own agenda.

      Well qualified peoples coming back and serving to the country should be encouraged, not sure why this attempt, even if someone foresees as Dr Hoole making, should be taken on as the way some does here. Leave alone personal feuds, and trying to do what is best for us, let the justice takes it course. Douglas lackeys’ who raped and murdered the young girl should be brought to justice.

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    Hello Hoole,you idiot licked everybody’s boots including Douglas for the VC post.Fortunately you were rejected by the council and couldnt “serve” the people.As I had already mentioned,now you have started to praise MS,and once you realize that you wont get the VC post,then you will start to attack MS.You are such a cheap power greedy goof.You will lick anybody’s ass for VC post.This what you said before LLRc,and can you deny this?

    “THE PUBLIC HAD SEVERE MISGIVINGS ABOUT MINISTER DOUGLAS DEVANANDA ONCE.BUT HE HAS WORKED HARD AND SEEMS TO HAVE EARNED A PLACE AMONG THE TAMIL PEOPLE AS JUDGED BY RECENT ELECTIONS WHERE HE HAD THE HIGHEST PREFERENTIAL VOTES IN JAFFNA”

    You and your brother Rajan Hoole write lies for money.According to UTHR report
    34,K.Thayapararaja was killed in Septembet 2009.Is he alive or not?Brothers of the same clan write lies together.
    Professor,TNA must be in the cabinet.You are right!.Then only you can go behind people like Karuvaakkaadu Sumanthiran and get the VC post. Dont give up.Try again and again like vethalam.

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    The Reconciliation commission recommendation to be implemented in full.
    Commission for compensating victims of the war be expedited and the orphan, the widow, the alien be implemented. COPE recommendation and auditing standards be implemented.
    Other advisory bodies recommendation be implemented.

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    Jaffna VC, the corrupted Vasanthy Arasaratnam, UGC chairman, Colombo VC etc must resign or will be asked to resign. The government should appoint new qualified external members to the Jaffna University council

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    Reconciliation , restitution and conflict resolution is needed today. Let us declare an amnesty for deceleration of Black Money. N.M. Perera did this. It is better than a witch hunt. Let Justice be tempered with mercy and forgiveness. Mr. Hoole you and your family have served the Church and Sri Lanka well. Join in the reconciliation without any terms. Request the Diaspora to bring money into our land through the Government for the purpose they request.An Amnesty can apply there to. Love thy Neighbor. Hatred ceaseth not by Hatrad, Hatrad ceaseth by Love. My Father also was on the Faculty of Engineering, Peradeniya with you.We all wanted and want national Reconciliation. Let us not Judge. There are grievances on both sides. We tend to look down on others because we are chosen and in the Lamb book of Life. Let us have humility. Jesus God became flesh incarnate. Bringing himself to the Level of sinful Humans. He who had no sin understood sin.

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    TNA should not be in a hurry to join the cabinet until such time the
    army in N/E are restricted to a level required for a province, and the personnel sent back to barracks instead allowing them to harass the people on the streets and houses, on a daily basis assisted by armed militias of Devananda, Karuna and Pillian groups, Govt must ensure that these groups are wiped out,and normalcy prevails in the
    N/E and show the outside world that N/E is now not under occupation, NPC is given the rights to function normally just like any other other province, and lands grabbed by the govt to be given back to the owners and refugee camps closed , Dougles Devananda, Karuna & Pillian of N/E who harassed and killed some of innocent people for a decade or so should be arrested and investigated. TNA should see that the immediate problems confronting the Tamils of N/E are cleared before they plan to join the government. If they accept any role in the govt, now, they will have no further say in the burning issues of the Tamils as they will be tied down and what the Tamils expect right now is to get the issues settled and move forward. TNA should have talks later on the other major problems with the help of a third party like India, whose PM Modi seems to be happy with the election of H.E. Sirisena, who respects India as a big brother.

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    Mahinda Rajapakse will go down in history as the greatest of fools. He squandered big time what was offered to him on a silver platter. There is an important concept in investment portfolio theory – do not put all your eggs in the same basket. He did and paid a heavy price. His investment turned sour and he now is a bitter man. He could have a win-win strategy and earn the hearts and minds of both communities. But once a thug, forever a thug and that thuggish behavior did him his greatest disfavour of unseating him so unceremoniously. For the rest of his living life, he will have to bang his head against the wall and become insane at his own folly.

    The main figure that brought his downfall is undoubtedly his own brother, Gotabaya. How reckless could MR be that he forgot how he came to power. It is not because of the Sinhalese but because of a “decree” by Prabhakaran telling the Tamils to stay out of the elections. One would have thought that he (MR) would have recognised and taken cognisance of the “Tamil” and minorities factor. In a CLOSE contest, there can never ever be a Sinhala leader who can win without the minority votes, more so without the Tamil votes. May be, in his hour of reflection he would ponder on what Sampanthan said – that he will be able to muster 1 million votes for a decent resolution of the Tamils’ problems.

    No matter how much or how hard the Sinhalese may talk or believe, including the JHU, unless there is a decent resolution of the Tamils’ question, the Tamils will continue to frustrate every Sinhala leader. To begin with, implement in full the 13A, remove the MR appointed army governor and the provincial secretary who believes she is the power in the NPC and instead appoint a civilian governor and allow the NPC to function as it should. The military should not get involved in civilian administration matters and should not engage in businesses that deprive the common folks of their livelihood. That is not their business anyway.

    Despite the statements and calls of the various sinhala leaders that frown on foreign investigations into the final days of the war, the Tamils cannot and will not be in the same page as the new administration. Whether it is Sirisena, Ranil or the Ranawaka, the Tamils cannot simply forget or forgive the atrocities inflicted upon them. The decent thing for them to do is to allow the UNHRC team into the country and let an impartial investigation be conducted to ascertain the truth or otherwise of the allegations. For heaven sake, these people should look at this issue as beyond race and if they believe that Tamils are also citizens of this country, then they owe to the citizens of this country an impartial, independent international investigation for a proper closure of wounds and hurt and then, and only then proper healing can take place. It should be their responsibility to educate the masses to explain the importance rather than hiding behind their race and continue to allow the wounds to fester. The wedge and the divide can never be bridged until and unless this issue is handled in a truthful manner.

    Yes, a new era has dawned on SL. What is in there for all citizens, including the minorities, will be known in the days and months to come. With a large coterie of political parties and affiliations within the fold, you don’t need a soothsayer to realise that the Tamils will again become the scapegoats in the bid for sinhala politicians to make their way up. Whether the serendipity of this island nation finds peace within will largely depend on whether a statesman emerges. Will the curse that befell this nation remain forever?

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    Will the TNA denounce 13 A.?.

    And agree with the SLFP member and the current President Mr Sirisena, to live as equals with others in any part of the Island, before Messers Sambnadan, Wigeswaran, Sumanthiran Premachandran or any other TNA senior become Ministers of Srilanka Republic?..

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      Sumanasekera:

      When did Sampanthan or any of those you have mentioned scrambled for cabinet ministerial posts? These posts may attract frogs and duds like you. Even the latest statement from the TNA had affirmed their commitment not to take up any cabinet posts. You ought to preach to your clan on the sanctity that you so much revere.

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    This man of appeasement thinks, as usual, only of what is in it for him not for the Tamil people as a whole. He thinks of a great return.

    The TNA is quite right in its view that it should not hold office in any government formed by Maithree. M3 himself was Minister of Defence during the killings of the Tamil civilians. He is a puppet of a war criminal, Chandrika and puppet of another war criminal, Sarath Fonseka. The JHU is a part of his government.

    Muslims and Tamils must be wary. They must stay outside and watch the situation. The Tamils have voted overwhelmingly to indicate at least devolution. It is not for the so called elite Tamils to intervene and take over the running of the show but work towards the goals that the results indicate that justice must be done through the granting at least of a large measure of devolution to the Tamils. That is the result that the last two elections indicate.

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      “for the so called elite Tamils”

      Why are you attu patti villager waiting for the next tsunami??

      Live life by negotiation and take what’s on the table- see how the Chinese have prospered so far from 2 eggs per week for family of 8 to astronaut families with the opening of WTO.

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