29 September, 2020

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Addressing Sri Lanka’s Twin National Questions

By Alan Keenan

Alan Keenan

Good evening, it’s a pleasure to be speaking to you – though I am disappointed not to be able to be there with you in person. Unfortunately, London isn’t quite as good at handling snow as Toronto. I was looking forward very much to celebrating Thai Pongal with you all and to meeting many of you and to learning more about the Canadian Tamil community. I hope I will be able to join you at a future celebration. I would like to thank Danton Thurairajah and the Canadian Tamil Congress for the invitation to speak and I hope that my brief presentation tonight – even with the distance between us – will be useful to you all. As someone who has lived in Sri Lanka off and on for extended periods and has studied Sri Lanka for more than a decade now – first as an academic researcher and for the past six years an analyst with the International Crisis Group – I have grown to care a lot about all the island’s peoples and dream some day of there being a lasting and just peace and a fair and democratic system for all its residents.

Unfortunately, as you all know, we are a long way away from that goal. Indeed, it’s a particularly difficult time in Sri Lanka – especially for Tamils – but also for Sri Lankan democracy as a whole. My central message tonight is that Sri Lanka’s two political crises – the crisis the long-standing denial of the rights of the Tamil people and the crisis of Sri Lanka’s liberal democracy – these need to be analysed and understood together and they need to be addressed together. There is no way to respond effectively to one crisis without responding effectively to the other. Sri Lanka as a whole, and that means the Sinhalese majority, can never have a meaningful and stable democracy so long as the Tamil people are abused and humiliated and denied their individual and collective rights. The decades-long assault on the Tamil people and their rights and the brutal strategies used to repress them has contributed directly to and provided cover for the slower and more subtle but now very obvious assault on Sri Lanka’s democracy and rule of law. Restoring the rule of law, human rights and democracy in a meaningful way will require finally coming to terms with and honouring the just demands of Tamils for an equal share of power and equal citizenship across the island. At the same time, however, I want to argue that the Tamil people will never be able to reclaim their rights and gain justice and a rightful share of power so long as Sri Lanka’s deepening crisis of governance is not reversed and at least minimal standards of democracy, constitutionalism and legal protections are not restored. So – the struggle for Tamil rights needs to be fought in conjunction with the struggle for the rights of all Sri Lankans.

Many in Sri Lanka and in the international community had hoped that governance would grow more democratic after the end of the war. Unfortunately, the opposite has been the case: the anti-democratic and violent machine of terror used by the government to destroy the LTTE and control the Tamil population has accelerated and has now turned on Sinhalese and Muslims, too.

Most recently in the news is the politically-motivated impeachment of the Chief Justice. Previously known as a strong Sinhala Buddhist and showing no signs of being ill-at-ease with the current direction of government and state policies, the Chief Justice’s downfall came when she insisted that the constitution be respected, even if this complicated the plans of the Rajapaksas. In particular, her downfall came thanks to a decision she signed that temporarily blocked legislation to establish a new government department that would take over many provincial powers over welfare and development policy and bring some six hundred million dollars worth of government programs under the control of the economic development ministry, headed by the president’s brother, Basil Rajapaksa.

As the International Crisis Group argued in a statement we released this Thursday, the process by which the Chief Justice was tried and convicted by the Sri Lankan parliament violated the most basic principles of due process and makes clear how little Sri Lanka’s rulers care for the rule of law. Many others, of course, have spoken up and expressed their grave concerns, including the Canadian and US governments, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Commonwealth Secretary-General.

As we argued in our statement, “The decision to impeach the Chief Justice is a direct message that the Rajapaksas will continue to consolidate their power without regard to democracy, the rule of law or human rights.  In that sense, it complements the administration’s disregard of international law in the military actions that resulted in the deaths of some 40,000 or more civilians in 2009 and its refusal to investigate credible allegations of war crimes. Indeed, the two issues – this assault on the independence of the judiciary and the accusations of war crimes – are interlinked and must be seen as such.  The Sri Lankan government’s insistence that Sri Lanka should be left to investigate and remedy its own shortcomings with regard to the latter looks increasingly (if more evidence were required) implausible as one of the last remaining independent institutions – the court – is so openly dismantled.”

Crisis Group has long argued against acceptance of Sri Lankan scorched-earth model of counter-terrorism. We have argued that if the international community doesn’t take clear and firm action that establishes its tactics as illegitimate – beginning with an independent international investigation into the crimes committed by both sides – other governments will adopt the same tactics, with terrible consequences for non-combatants in other countries and for the international community as a whole.

But in a different way, now, we see how the government’s disregard for the law and internationally-accepted norms of governance has come to haunt the rest of the Sri Lankan population, not just Tamils.

Of course, as most of you know, this machine is in full throttle in the northern province. Taken together, the Sri Lankan government’s policies, especially in the northern province, add up to a frontal assault on Tamil identity and political power. As sketched out in our two reports from March 2012 on the situation in the northern province, and discussed more briefly in our November 2012 report on Tamil politics, we can see the following developments.

First of all, despite the UN human rights council and many governments calling for the significant reduction in the military’s presence in the Tamil-majority northern province and an end to its interference in civilian affairs, the Sri Lankan military continues to control virtually all aspects of life in the north, with the civil administration intimidated and sidelined.

Second, tens of thousands of residents from the northern province remain unable to return to their land, often because it has been seized by the military or other government agencies, despite government claims to have resettled everyone and solved the problem of displacement. There are also many disturbing but credible reports that large amounts of land are being effectively stolen by politically-connected private interests.

Third, as we pointed out in our reports on the north, with the overwhelming military control in the north has come a significant degree of Sinhalisation – cultural, economic, and even demographic. This has involved the building of numerous war memorials celebrating the victory of the Sinhala-controlled military, and the building of scores if not hundreds of Buddha statues, for the exclusive use of Sinhala soldiers and their families. Sinhala business interests, exploiting their ties to the military, have expanded into the north, displacing local business and frequently hiring Sinhala workers over local Tamils. Most explosively, there are increasingly numerous and credible reports of a slow but steady influx of Sinhala settlers into areas previously almost entirely Tamil. While the limited numbers of Sinhalese living in the north before the war have a right to return that must be respected, it is extremely worrying to see the increasing signs that new settlers are being brought into the north with the assistance of the government and the military. This is a recipe for growing anger and instability.

Finally, the situation in the north and the prospects for a negotiated settlement of the more than half-century ethnic conflict have deteriorated even since our last report was published two months ago. Just in the past few months, the government has cracked down hard on Tamil protest in the north, with peaceful demonstrations disrupted by the military, students arrested on groundless charges of working with the LTTE – simply for exercising their right to mourn their dead friends, families and comrades. The fact that those mourned included members of the LTTE is no reason to prevent the lighting of candles and saying of prayers. In addition, there is the ongoing harassment and intimidation of political party leaders, especially those who are more outspoken and/or more clearly Tamil nationalist. Most recently, we’ve see police visits to TNPF politicians and what appears to be the planting of incriminating evidence in the offices of a TNA politician in Kilinochchi.

Equally worrying, the President and his powerful brothers have all begun to backtrack on even the extremely limited devolution established by the 13th Amendment and appear to have abandoned of any pretence of fair negotiations or power-sharing. Indeed, rather than moving towards a lasting and fair constitutional settlement of the ethnic conflict through meaningful power-sharing, the President and his brothers have expressed their intention to repeal or weaken the already limited provincial powers granted under the 13th Amendment.

Unfortunately, much of the international community still doesn’t seem to recognise the seriousness of the problem. The UN Human Rights Council’s March 2012 resolution on accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka was a welcome step, being the first time any international body of states had expressly criticised Sri Lankan government policies and the lack of post-war progress. Nonetheless too many governments, even as they express concern about the lack of accountability for war crimes and deepening governance problems, still speak and act as if the Sri Lankan government is seriously interested in reconciliation and a fair settlement of the ethnic conflict. In fact, however, the Sri Lankan government’s post-war approach, particularly in the north, isn’t best understand as a lack of progress or a lack of reconciliation. Instead, the government is imposing a systematic set of policies that appear to be designed to humiliate and politically weaken Tamils in the north and east. This appears to be a goal in its own right, but it also functions as a way of undermining the economic, institutional, and demographic conditions for an autonomous Tamil-majority northeast. This in turn, would eliminate the possibility of any new constitutional settlement that recognizes Tamils as a constituent people or nation of Sri Lanka and as an equal partner in a multi-ethnic country.

The question, then, in the face of this assault, is what to do and how to respond?

However difficult it may be, especially for the many Tamils who have suffered terribly at the hands of the Sri Lankan military and from unjust government policies, I firmly believe that the only effective path is for Tamils to struggle for their rights within Sri Lanka and with other Sri Lankans, crucially including Sinhalese. Even if the path of a separate state is ultimately pursued, which I would argue is neither wise nor necessary, if it is to be anything other than another round of terrible bloodshed, it can only be taken with the consent of a large number of Sinhalese.

In short, the two national questions need to be linked up and resolved together: the half-century old Tamil national question and the growing crisis of democratic governance, most urgently the destruction of the rule of law as achieved by the successful impeachment of the Chief Justice.

Central to any lasting political solution, of course, is meaningful power-sharing between the communities and the regions. While there is absolutely no international support for a separate state of Tamil Eelam, there is strong international support for substantial autonomy for a Tamil-majority region within a united Sri Lanka – though not necessarily under a unitary constitution. Crisis Group, like much of the international community, believes that a lasting solution to the Tamil national question is power-sharing based on substantial devolution of power to the north and east, going beyond the current 13th Amendment and beyond a unitary model of the state. Relative to demands for a separate state, or for radically confederal models of power-sharing, this is a modest proposal. But relative to the difficult realities of Sri Lankan and international political, even this more modest approach faces large obstacles.

The most obvious, of course, is resistance from the current government, whose actions suggest it has no interest in a fair solution – or even in recognizing that there is a problem in need of a solution. There is also the long-standing resistance from the bureaucracies of the Sri Lankan state, which have shown their willingness to complicate and block even the little bits of devolved powers currently granted under the constitution. About these sources of resistance, there is little that Tamils in Sri Lanka can do in the short term, other than patiently and carefully explain their grievances, defend their rights, and appeal for international support.

What Tamils can begin to work on, however, is the important task of rebuilding damaged relations with other Sri Lankan communities and broadening its reform agenda.

This can begin with Sri Lankan Muslims, both those in the north, many of whom were unfairly forced from their homes by the LTTE, as well as those in east. Put bluntly, the Tamil national struggle can’t be won without the substantial support of Muslims. No power-sharing deal will be workable without the agreement of Muslims, particularly those in the east, most of whom would resist being included as part of a single northeast province or administrative unit. More generally speaking, leaders of both communities need to work out a mutually acceptable understanding of how the Tamil people and the Muslim people relate to each other – tied together by cultural and linguistic links, but also with distinct religious traditions and a recent history of tension. Both communities have complaints and grievances about how they have been treated by the other, and these need to be worked through with care, beginning with a greater recognition by Tamils of the pain that the LTTE’s expulsion of the northern Muslims still causes and the need to make amends. Until relations are repaired, the government will continue to be able to divide the communities, as they are actively doing now, particularly in Mannar district. Trust and political cooperation can ultimately be rebuilt, I believe, but it will take a lot of hard work, which needs to begin now.

In more practical terms, this would see the TNA and other Tamil groups cooperating with the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and other Muslim organisations to resolve land and resource conflicts in the north and east and on constitutional negotiations and devolution. It would also be wise for the TNA and other Tamil leaders to reach out more actively to Upcountry Tamil organisations to work jointly on shared concerns, particularly with regard to language discrimination and other problems facing Tamils outside the north and east.

In addition, Tamil politicians and civil society should engage more actively and directly in political debates beyond devolution and the north and east and build alliances with southern civil society organisations and parties interested in promoting democratic reforms. Without abandoning specifically Tamil concerns, TNA and Tamil activists can acknowledge and communicate more clearly to other ethnic communities, including Sinhalese, their shared vulnerability to state abuse, shared interest in democratisation and shared need for state reform. Even as the TNA and Tamil activists articulate clearly and forcefully to other communities the extent of the rights they have been denied and what changes are needed for them to be equal citizens, they also need to make clear their commitment to a common struggle to renew and enhance democratic rights for all.

In practical terms, this means the TNA should actively support growing demands for constitutional and state reform across Sri Lanka. The aim should be to bring together the two “national questions”, so that issues of regional power sharing and ethnic justice are linked directly to other legal and constitutional issues of direct concern to all communities, including the Sinhala majority.Indeed, for reasons of both pragmatism and principle, the TNA should be pressing for two key constitutional changes, first, repeal of the eighteenth amendment, to allow return of independent commissions for police, judiciary, human rights and other issues; second, an end to the executive presidency and return to full parliamentary democracy.

Joining a cross-party alliance for fundamental constitutional change would offer a unique chance to begin to overcome Tamil-Sinhala mistrust: through working and sacrificing together for a shared political goal. There is no guarantee that this strategy, or other attempts to reach out beyond the Tamil community, would succeed. Still, without wider constitutional reforms, which will require support from all communities, there is little point in any attempts at a negotiated settlement. Indeed, in the current context of increasing lawlessness and lack of even basic rights protections, it’s laughable to think that a lasting and fair deal could be negotiated with the government – even if they were interested. Only wider constitutional reform can set the context for a lasting peace.

Ultimately, the only way to find a way through the many obstacles and arrive at a political solution that recognises the equal status and rights of Tamils is through a long struggle, negotiating the treacherous terrain of Sri Lankan politics along with other, non-Tamil communities and parties and activists in Sri Lanka, always with international support, but not relying solely on governments and international institutions to establish the just claims of Tamils. While it is hard to be optimistic at the current juncture, rest assured that if the Tamil struggle continues to be democratic, non-violent and actively willing to work with other communities, it will continue to have strong allies throughout the world who together have a real chance at finally helping to bring lasting peace and justice to a land variously known as Sri Lanka, Eelam, Ceylon and Serendib.

Thank you very much, and thank you for letting me join your celebration, even if at much too great a distance.

*Keynote Speech to Canadian Tamil Congress Thai Pongal Dinner  – 19 January 2013 – Alan Keenan – International Crisis Group (ICG)

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    The drive to dictatorship is within the Regimes hold. If the I/C could
    not have anything more to do with Zimbabe and Mayanmar over all these
    time, what prevents the Rajapakse family^s oligarchy supported by its
    subjects is the prime question? The Sinhala man does not know what the
    ME Spring was about is also a thought.

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      Mr Keenan,

      Can you be specific, please? Exactly what rights are being denied to the Tamils only? So, we can address them as a nation. I am looking forward to your response.

      Struggle for re-establishing Sri Lanka’s liberal democracy is a national struggle. A Sri Lankan struggle. Not a Tamil only struggle.

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        Ben

        You will never see, because “there’s none so blind as those who refuse to see” is what I have heard intoned day in, day out

        M Y Foote

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          M Y Foote

          Since you claim to see better, please answer my question.

          What are the specific problems that Tamils only face and not others? So, we can fight together to solve them.

          Please play ball. Not the player.

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            Hi Ben

            I wish I could! I am afraid I may not be articulate enough to do so to a person who sees no evil in our civil and social structures. Since you have not seen anything wrong for the last 60+ years there is very little I can perhaps point out to enlighten you.

            But I take heart from your statement and I quote “We strive to build a nation where all are equal before the law. Be them Sinhalese, Tamil, Msulim, Burgher, Malay or something else.”

            Perhaps if you venture to explore if this is true, you may find the answers that have eluded you.

            Perception is reality. Perhaps your reality is different from the reality of the multitude of Lankan?

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            Up to Independence every citizen of this country, irrespective of ethnicity had equal opportunity. All Religious groupes had the freedom to establish places of worship whereever suited. Aged old Bo Trees propergated by the ubiquitous crows, were encroached and Temples built as ‘Purana’ temples calling ‘Rajamaha Viharayas’. None of these Buddhist Temples have been made to close by the British who governed, or for that matter no Buddhist Temple anywhere in the country was closed during the British rule spanning over two hundred yeaqrs. The Buddhists through Education had their share of Professionals, Acedemics and Businessmen in society. However after Independence on a false myth claimed by some opportunists that the Buddhists, the majority were persecuted by the British, started to agitate and provoked govts of the day to bend all rules in their favour. Let alone other ethnicities, even the Western Educated Buddhists were at the receiving end of these onslaughts. The funny thing is that a few of the Western Educated Buddhists themselves had joined this bandwagon, obviously for Power and Position. It is sad that this country has been destroyed not by foreign forces but by some of the Sinhalese Buddhists and Buddhist Priests of this country for their greed and avarice, although the Tamils and the LTTE are blamed today. Hence if we are to truely develop and live as Human beings and as equals in the modern world, definitely we have to rid this bloody lot as a first step.

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        Can the Tamils correspond in Tamil with the government’s Ministries , departments, banks, police etc? Do they get replies in their language?Are government circulars sent to Tamil schools in Tamil? Aren’t the Tamils in estates treated as third class citizens? Are the complaints of the Tamils taken down in Tamil by Police? How many Tamils are there in police army, navy and air force? Why is the government not interested in holding the provincial elections in the North though President himself said it would be held in March this year? Why is the government reluctant to implement the recommendations of the LLRC?I direct these questions to Ben Hurling?

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          Premalal

          All of those terrible practical problems are faced by Tamils. True. And a shame. Sri Lanka as a nation must solve them. Sooner the better.

          Sri Lanka had many high ranking officers in the defense establishment before the bloody Ealam war broke out. We must now bring more of our Tamil citizens to Armed Forces and Police of Sri Lanka.

          Corrupt Rajapssa clan plays hell with all Institutions of Sri Lanka. Specially elections. They will play a game with the Northern PC election too. No doubt. They are a problem for the whole of Sri Lanka. We must fight as a nation to kick them out.

          Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Burghers, Malays and Estate Tamils all face severe hardships in our country. Tamils specially due to long winter of war. We are in it together. We must take care of each other.

          What we do not need is ethnic nationalism. Be it Sinhalese, Tamil or Islamic. Disguised as a Tamil rights campaign. We have seen the results over 30 years.

          We don’t need another Ealam war to solve above mentioned problems.

          We need Twitter and Facebook. We need non-violent, yet brave, patriots to save whole of Sri Lanka. And all of her people. Regardless of ethnicity.

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            Ben Hurling:
            Are you just naive or stupid or simply duplicitous?
            When your challenge to M Y Foote is more than met, you take a tack of acceptance of the truth of the contention that the Tamils are seriously discriminated against and launch into b.s. about Twitter and Facebook being the revelatory means of emancipating a stupid, racist Sinhala Buddhist majority. What rubbish is this? You must assume that all the readers of CT are stupid enough to buy into your all-over-the-map ramblings!

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              Aney Apochchi

              Besides endless whining and finger pointing, do you offer any solutions?

              BTW, Egypt was changed on campaigns that ran on Facebook and Twitter. Mubarak ran for cover at the end.

              Greetings

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          What about the right to life, property, to be able to live without suffering rape, being free to mix with your friends – right to association and most of all not to have Budhist priests demanding that we be roasted alive over the national broadcast

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            Curtin

            All Sri Lankan citizens must have those rights. Including Tamils. There is no debate about that. Where those violated, we must fight for them.

            Agree Buddhist fundamentalism is becoming a visible problem. And must be defeated ideologically in the open. Defeating religious fundamentalism mixed with extreme nationalism is tough. As we all know too well. We have seen far worse, bloody religious strife in Islamic, Christian, Jewish and Hindu societies too. It is not unique problem to Sri Lanka. Nevertheless we must fight it. Just like we fight Sinhalese or Tamil ethno-nationalism. We must prevail. Sri Lanka has no choice.

            Again decent Sri Lankans of all ethnicities must tackle and win over these challenges peacefully.

            We don’t need a terror outfit like LTTE in our backyard or overseas for that fight.

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        Ben Hurling:

        “Exactly what rights are being denied to the Tamils only?”

        Never mind the Tamil rights, could I have my ancestral island back.

        “So, we can address them as a nation. I am looking forward to your response.”

        Can you?

        “Struggle for re-establishing Sri Lanka’s liberal democracy is a national struggle.”

        A wise man told me democratising the state in its all forms is the struggle. There was no liberal democracy before, I can’t see and feel one now and I am not hopeful about the future.

        If there was no Liberal democracy before and how do you propose to re-establish in the future?

        Please tell me something about your Utopian Liberal Democracy you think you could “re-establish” in Sri Lanka? And how?

        “Struggle for re-establishing Sri Lanka’s liberal democracy is a national struggle.”

        Evicting Tamils and Sinhalese from my island is my national struggle.

        It is neither Sinhalese struggle nor Tamil struggle. It would be a national struggle to send the occupiers back to their homeland India.

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          Dear Native

          With all due respect what are talking about mate?

          If you enjoy being a comedian, why don’t you seek another forum?

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            Ben Hurling

            You must be either a stupid Tamil or a stupid Sinhalese for you don’t know what you are talking about.

            Please reread my comment and try your best to answer it. You have the option to ignore them if you don’t understand the meaning of liberal democracy and democratisation of state.

            Those Sinhala/Buddhists racists who drafted the Sri Lankan constitutions had deliberately avoided to mention my people but remember give prominence to Buddha Sasana.

            Liberal Democracy by definition should be secular.

            Now tell me how do you propose to build a liberal democracy when saffron clad monks indulge in thuggery hurting members of other religious denomination.

            Please note conversion to Liberal Democracy should start with Saffron Clad thugs.

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        Which planet are you from?

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          eureka asks:

          “Which planet are you from?”

          If your question is aimed at me, the answer is planet earth.

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          Planet Earth. Republic of Sri Lanka to more specific.

          A multi-cultural, multi-racial, multi-religious, multi-lingual Island nation.

          There will be no space here for people with purely ethno-nationlistic projects such as Tamil Ealam project or otherwise.

          We strive to build a nation where all are equal before the law. Be them Sinhalese, Tamil, Msulim, Burgher, Malay or something else.

          It is the only on-going national struggle. All are welcome to join.

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            Ben Hurling
            has very good sense of humour:

            “We strive to build a nation where all are equal before the law. Be them Sinhalese, Tamil, Msulim, Burgher, Malay or something else.”

            Since when? And How?

            Please stop tickling me even the Chief Justice is denied her right to legal process.

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            With due respect, to quote you, ‘There will be no space here for people with purely ethno-nationlistic projects such as Tamil Ealam project or otherwise’. Then the same should apply to the Chauvinist Sinhala Buddhists or are they exempt? Had the Chauvinist Sinhala Buddhists denied equality to the Tamils who enjoyed equality upto Independence, none of what you are striving to achieve would have been needed today?

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              Gamini,

              No wonder. Guys like you only have been consuming Tamil Tribalism needs to be spoon fed.

              It is obvious, Sinhalese extremism should be dealt with the same way. This is obvious. Right?

              Anybody can get this. Except people like yourself. Your pettiness is amazing. Quit whining. Do soemthing to bring people together mate.

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        Ben
        Pl look up here:
        [Edited out]

        @Eureka, please discuss the content instead of posting web links. – CT

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      As long as he gets [Edited out] , this work-less terrorist in white doesn’t mind even the entire generation of next Sinhala and Tamil youth were destroyed in another ruthless war that brings profits to arms dealers who provide the high majority of the national revenue of his mother nation. Mr. Keenan keep doing this you might get the Nobel price also for peace for the shameless work you do.

      Dear Tamils please keep your children away from the lies of this type of crooks.

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    Thank you, Alan Keenan.

    But Sri Lankans have a habit of ignoring the wisdom of their own people:

    What many conscientious Sinhalese had been saying for decades was repeated to LLRC(not all are cited here):

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/104705097/Conscientious-Sinhalese-Tell-LLRC

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      Right.

      Keenan has got it all sorted out for us. Sri Lankan Government should do what Keenan thinks it ought to do.

      Sri Lankans cannot think for themselves. We have Keenan to do it for us.

      BTW, I am not fan of the corrupt Rajapassa clan.

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        Pl just read this: conscientious Sinhalese are saying what should be done. Alan Keenan happens to put it in different words because what the Sri lankans have been saying for decades have not been listened to.

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        Native Veddah:
        For starters, why don’t you provide readers of CT proof of your Sri Lankan aboriginal ancestry, via DNA perhaps?

        Most of your readers are probably not old enough to remember the fact that “true veddahs” were considered extinct more that half a century ago by internationally-recognized anthropologists, not some half-baked romantic.

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          Aney Apochchi!

          Please do your own home work if you really want to learn more on DNA.

          In the past I have cited 5 studies and two books which dealt with DNA of inhabitants of the island here in this forum and elsewhere.

          I can provide the details of published work on request.

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    All on deaf ears ?

    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2011/02/what_our_country_consequently.html
    Independence Day Message from the Rt. Rev. Duleep de Chickera, Metropolitan’s Commissary and Vicar General of the Diocese of Colombo, 2 February 2011:
    ‘’…. The end of the war provided an excellent opportunity for healing the wounds of the past.
    …. We have failed to address the pressing crises of displacement and poverty, corruption and waste, good governance and national integration.
    …. The old order is either incapable of, or reluctant to replace unjust systems and discriminatory trends with a more just order for the good of all our people.
    What our country consequently needs is a new political will that will restore the sovereignty of the people and bring about true national integration. .…’’

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    Thank you: ”without wider constitutional reforms, which will require support from all communities, there is little point in any attempts at a negotiated settlement” !!

    Justice Weeramantry clearly explained it in his statement to LLRC, 29 November, 2010

    Actually that makes the government oppress the North and the East before anyone takes action which is not forthcoming and Sri Lanka has become a ”Hillsborough” for Tamils(and Muslims)

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    People forget reconciliation.

    The government is watching and waiting as anti-Muslim sentiment is whipped up. Perhaps there is hope that BBS will trigger protests across the country against Muslims? If people do agitate, the government can postpone any talk of reconciliation and cite strong anti-minority feelings for its stance .

    Already Anti Muslim rhetoric has reached fever pitch and is getting tinder box “hot”. Look at the focused attack on Muslim across all media channels: 19 web sites, private TV channels (Azad Sally was called a Mataya by the Secretary of BBS). A private radio station aired a program where all kinds of innuendo and perceived threats were aired. The CDN carried an article critical of Muslims, and Muslim Business are threatened.

    BBS has has made all Muslims “Jihadist Terrorists” and fears that Muslims are preparing and ready to wage war.
    Therefore the Tamils will have to wait another 30+ years till the Muslims are cowed down so that a truly Sinhalese Buddhist ghetto of a country can be created in Sri Lanka

    Please check out the link below

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/01/09/sril-j09.html

    Nabil

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      First of all ask all MUSLIM MPs & Ministers to resign from Govt. side and Govt, portpolios if NOT force to resign. At a situation like this if Muslims can’t do that, samething will happend to you as to Tamils in Srilanka.
      Because of your (Muslim Reps.) votes govt. getting the manupilated 2/3 Majority. Do it NOW, before BODU Balu SENA RUIN YOU.

      Think what will happen in Srilanka, IF that girl RAZANA was not a Muslim ?

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    It is now increasingly being recognised that govt policy is dictated by the family and there are strong racist and religous overtones. There is no effort to reconcile with the tamils, rather, to subjugate them by the military and forced settlement of sinhalese in tamil areas. In concurrence there is the declaration of archeological sites and sacred areas in order to historically justify such actions.

    This cycle can be broken only if the international community is prepared to directly confront the govt on these issues. The govt is skilled in lying and giving false promises. The international community must not fall prey to this deceit.

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    first the English ruined our country by planting tea in the lush ground of Nuwera Eliya, if they have not done this today we would have been self sufficient in both vegetables and fruits both of which as essential items unlike tea.

    During their unwarranted rule of Sri Lanka, they used the concept of divide and rule, they put in place tamil people in most Govt administrative positions to rule over the majority Sinhalese, this was the breading ground for communal hatred in Sri Lanka.

    today Keenan is trying to give us advice on how we run are country!!!! if you have such knowledge i wonder why you do not apply this to bring your own country out recession and racisem! before you start preaching to us, why not pay for the sins of your forefather who came and killed innocent people in our country and used our resources to further the british aspirations to rule more countries

    i urge you keenan use your skills to make your country a better place, rather than flying around the world preaching hatred. I am a Tamil and i live very happily in Sri Lanka, everything might not be perfect but this is our country and i am sure we will make things better without you trying preach your two cents only cause further divide amongst are communities.

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      devakumar,
      You say what some other tamils like KP, Karuna, Douglas, Pillayan
      and other sycophents of MaRa would say, if only they can express themselves in English language.
      What have you got to say about thousands of innocent civilians-children, women and elderly being massacred during the war?
      About the discrimination of Tamils from the time of independence-
      disenfranchising of millions of upcountry Tamils, Sihala Only Act,
      Standardisation of marks to enter university, recruitment to the
      Public Service, Police & Armed Forces,etc..State aided Colonisation of Sinhalese in the North & East, many pogroms against Tamils (famous 1983) and the list can go on and on.

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      Devakumar:
      For a beginning, anyone reading the rubbish you write will have difficulty in accepting that you are a Tamil.
      Whether the growing of a commercial crop was right or wrong, the simple reality is that the land you claim would have had vegetables and fruit on it was simply primeval forest until it was cleared for whatever purpose.
      Food – rice – was grown in the VALLEYS of the hill country for obvious reasons.
      Temperate-zone fruit was grown in the hill country (FOR THE FIRST TIME) during the time of British occupation.
      Vegetables were grown initially in the hill country by the “Indian” Tamil community who, if you take the trouble to check, were brought into Sri Lanka by the Brits to slave on their plantations.
      Stop either lying or displaying your monumental ignorance while seeking to cover your racism with a Tamil pseudonym!

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      Devakumar, it is your type of half baked Intellect that have contributed immensely to the Problems we face today. Your knowledge of history and events expressed by your thoughts amply displays how naive and hollow your arguments are. First you blame the British for planting Tea in the Up Country areas as it has ruined the opportunity to be self sufficient today in Vegetables and fruit. If not for the Tea and the roadways built by the British, the hill country will be covered with Forest still or denued by the Indians as we would have been a colony of India long ago and none of the Natives here, being able to tell the world about our plight without the knowledge of the Language English. We would have been so backward we would not have known what is going around the world. You like your ancestors would have been mere Vassals still. If the British did not imancipate your like, with an Education and leave a Legacy as rich as what they left behind it is difficult to imagine our life styles today.

      As for your claim that the British devided and ruled, it is really the Sinhalese Politicians that devided this Nation and not ruled but have ruined the country today. Thanks to the mediocrity as yourself produced by Free Education?

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    I do not believe that Keenan reads Colombo Telegraph, although he claims to be a researcher of Sri Lanka. Quite apart from the bald facts expressed and are evident to all, he does in fact seem to be pursuing an agenda that furthers Tamil interests, which he finds difficult to conceal.

    I would question the role of the international “crisis” group. What are its objectives? He was addressing a Tamil forum via videolink. Does his organisation recognise Tamil independence or autonomy? He did use the term “Eelam” as a historical name of Sri Lanka.

    While indisputable facts expressed by him are acknowledged, the above uncertainties regarding motivations of the speaker remain.

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      When the majority keep oppressing the minorities, international community whether their countries have problems or not are obliged to speak out. That is man’s nature and we have made it more responsible by forming intergovernmental bodies whihc increase the responsibility for ”your brother”.

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      Lasantha Pethiyagoda:
      Your intellectual pretensions never cease to amaze! Instead of casting aspersions on the ICG why don’t you Google it and give us the benefit of placing the names of those actively involved in it on the record in CT?

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      What are the objectives of the International Crisis Group?

      The ICG are what Americans call ambulance chasers, except that they operate in the international arena rather than the local. Ambulance chaser is a term derived from lawyers who follow ambulances to hospitals after a person is injured in order to attempt to drum up business by convincing a victim that he or she needs to sue.

      ICG scan the world outside the Eurosphere looking for any situation that can be construed as a “crisis”. They never, ever, delve into problems in countries dominated by people of white West European descent (i.e. the Eurosphere). This is very significant as it helps reveal the ICG’s true thinking and motives.

      When they find a problem outside the Eurosphere they investigate and produce a report suggesting ways in which governments or NGOs from Western Europe and North America can intervene to their advantage. They are therefore funded by those same Western governments and NGOs (and in some cases emigre groups like the Canadian Tamil Congress with an axe to grind). Naturally, just like lawyers making money out of accidents and disasters, they do deal with genuine tragedies where people need assistance. But, as with lawyers who are ambulance chasers, it is their methods, motives and objectives that people should question. For consider this: in the above talk Alan Keenan states that he has lived in and studied Sri Lanka for several years. Well, that’s nice to have on his CV and it will open the door to lots of international conferences and seminars. But what benefits have the population of Sri Lanka obtained from his presence among them and his studies of them? I suggest the answer is no benefits whatsoever.

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        Thank you..

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        Candidly, Your comments are always a joy to read.

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    The problem facing the Tamils is that they are denied the right to exercise their sovereignty. that is to have a share in the democratic process that is to have a share in the legislative and executive process

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    The political solution in terms of the 13th amendment was implemented over 25 yrs ago and we have a provincial council system to take into account provincial power sharing. This is functioning well now for 25 years. So this is it no more political solutions are forthcoming. No more political solutions, the presently functioning PCs are it.

    Sri Lanka is not going to hand over north east comprising over 28% of its land area and over 66% of it’s coastline to less than 12% of it’s population i.e. northern Sri Lankan tamils at the expense of 88% of the rest of the population. It is never,ever,ever,ever,ever,ever going to happen no matter what happens and what the circumstances are. The coastal resources are an integral part of any island nation and crucial to it’s existence. The coastal resources, the 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone is absolutely critical for any island nation. Therefore over 66% of its coastal resources would not be handed over to less than 12% of it’s population at the expense of the rest of the 88% of the population. It would be unfair and unjust and unacceptable, idiotic and stupid to say the least.

    If the Sri Lankan Tamils were the majority will they hand over over 28% land area and over 66% coastline to less than 12% Sinhalese? No of course not they won’t be that stupid I am sure and they will laugh at such absurd demands. Honestly will they do this? Of course not they will never, ever do this. So why are the separatists demanding such an absurd demands like federal state and such nonsense without being just and fair to their fellow citizens who need a fair treatment by any means.

    Will India for example hand over 66% of its coastline to less than 12% of its population at the expense of the rest of the 88%. I think not. I don’t think in a million years India would do such an unjust and stupid thing. Neither would Sri Lanka. How is an island nation going to survive if it suddenly loses control over 66% of its coastal resources and its 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone. Besides this is a common heritage of all Sri Lankan citizens not the privilege of the northern tamil people only.

    We have the provincial council system and it is functioning well and that is it. This is the political solution and the 13th amendment as it is functioning at present. Take it or leave it.

    The coastal resources and the 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone is crucial and critical for the independence and freedom of any Island nation to be maintained. It is not there to be dismembered an distributed amongst different groups of people in the country. It is a common national heritage and a birthright of all its citizens. So I hope this guy Alan Keenan mind his own damned business and stop poking his nose into Asian affairs and Asian countries businesses.

    If canada is that unhappy with the way things are and will be for the next few thousand years in sri lanka, they can let the eelam tamils have an eelam in canada. You have enough territory surely you can be a little generous.

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    The TNA has to reach out to all other people in Sri Lanka , particularly the Sinhalese. Reaching out to create sectarian blocks of communities as Keenan advices will prove counter productive. He seems to know very little of Sri Lanka, despite claims to the contrary. We have to build a nation from the not so diverse communities that have been fragmented by foolish and shortsighted politics and politicians.

    The problems in Sri Lanka today are those that affect all people. The underlying cause is bad governance. Governance is deteriorating by the day in an accelerating manner. It is definitely not in anyway a special problem for the Tamils at this point in time.

    The voice of the coterie of vermin who have come to work in the shadows of a band of despicable politicians, who are also vermin, is blighting this country. We have to exterminate these vermin and have an effective pest on control system- law and order- as a pre-requisite to establishing a prosperous nation made up of successful communities and citizens. The vermin are operating the pest control system now!

    The decency in every community has to come to the fore and drive the vermin in our body politic back into the dark holes, which are their natural habitat and due place.
    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    * Engage in a campaign to repeal the 18th.

    * Build bridges with the South.

    * Form cross party alliance.

    * Connect with the Sinhalese.

    This advice to the TNA is worthy of comment,The rest is perhaps to make the Canadian Diasporians feel good and go home thinking that they got at least some bang for the buck.

    Lets have a look at what the TNA has done since Nanthikadal.

    Fear mongering about Grease Yakkos.

    False allegations about land grabbing and widow raping

    Trying to start Tiger Nursery in Jaffna Campus

    Give them the North with Police Powers by private treaty by the Prez and send the Army home.

    And of course their whizz kid bagging the parliament and the MPs to help our new Allurium resident.

    All along the cheer squads of the TNA have been bagging the Sinhala Buddhist and their Monks 24/7.

    What a way to coonect with the Sinhala majority and build bridges.

    Non TGTE diasporians perhaps should collect some dough and employ Allan Keenan as the chief Political Advisor and Strategist for Sambandan.

    After all it wouldn’t look bad , when the TGTE has Whte Senators.

    And it is never too late.

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    I can understand reader Nabil’s concern and apprehensions in the increasing anti-Muslim environment dangerously generated – with State actors watching, and some would even say, instigating matters. It is the constitutional duty of the Rajapakse government to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety and protection of all Muslim lives and property throughout the country.

    But what is the rationale in making an outrageously senseless statement as “therefore Tamils will have to wait another 30+ years..”
    Nabil certainly does not speak for the Muslim leadership in the country. This is the time Muslims need all the friends they can muster, here and everywhere and the time Hakeem and friends show some performance and dedication to their own people.

    The hard truth is the regime, under attack on many fronts for their sheer inefficiency in the economic, reconciliation and law-order fronts is likely to benefit from the smoke-screen of a complete breakdown of the law and order machinery throughout the country.
    The timing of the arrival of the extremist BBS is quite intriguing.

    Senguttuvan

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      Senguttuvan

      To your question “But what is the rationale in making an outrageously senseless statement as “therefore Tamils will have to wait another 30+ years..”

      Firstly no offense meant. I am as committed as anyone else to finding a solution to the grievances of the Tamil people. What I wanted to convey was that the government would proffer any excuse not to come up with a reasonable solution and an anti-Muslim pogrom looks a plausible one and that if it took them 30 years to cow down the Tamils, one can expect another 30years of strife. Melodramatic perhaps, but rings true

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    Keenan has a good insight into lankans’,especially the tamils’ problems.
    The military has judicial power over alleged crimes of tamils,and has the power to imprison “offenders” in remote army camps and secret prisons under the guise of so-called ‘rehabilitation’,instead of producing ‘offenders’ in courts of law as required by the Penal Code.
    The military controls all aspects of life of tamils in the north and east – permission is necessary for all family functions,even funerals,
    times of worship,commencing business & livelihoods.
    There are armed paramilitaries who prey on lonely households,especially women & somehow esacape law enforcers.
    90 odd tamil girls have been tricked into ‘joining’ the miitary on bogus promises & no contracts.
    6th Std passed armymen are to ‘teach’ sinhalese in place of english,in tamil schools.
    The elected representatives of tamils of the northeast,are not allowed to function by the Military Government enforced by the Military Governer.
    There are a coterie of tamils who,in return for patronage blame all this on the tamils themselves.

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    Keenan – I see your speech as a “Sugar Coated, Bitter Pill”. Your recommendation for the Tamil community to “First negotiate and rally with Muslims” is a disasterous move. After that approach the Hill Country Tamil population. Also after doing tht you want that “movement” to enter into negotiations with the Sinhala Polity.

    Have you ever thought how this move would be “looked at” by the majority? This is nothing but another move to bring in a bigger disaster to the country that even the LTTE operation.

    The biggest problem that existed since 1948 and perhaps beyond was the Tamil Political Leadership never ever got involved in “National Politics” other than “Communal Politics”. Everything and anything in regard to Governance was discussed, agreed or rejected only as far as the Tamil community was concerned. Never they had anything to do with the Sri Lankan Nation as whole. Even now the Political Parties of Tamil population continue that disasterous path, giving rise to distrust and contempt of the majority community. This is the root cause and no one to address that issue, no even the internationals organizations. So long as this “Policy” is followed and encouraged by the International Organizations, do not ever dream of that “Reconciliation”. (Period)

    PS: By the way when did you learn of an “land variously known …”Eelam”. Where was that “Land”? Don’t you realize that you have chanaged your clothes behind glass doors?

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    Alan Keenan, according to the 2012 census there are about 800,000 thousand Tamils in the Northern Province. They account for 4.4% of the population. I live in Colombo 6 where the majority of the residents are Tamil. All three communities live peacefully in Colombo. Muslims appear to be in the majority in Colombo. The Mayor of Colombo is a Muslim from the opposition party. He is well accepted by all the communities and even the Government. All the children learn Sinhala, Tamil and English. The signboards are in all three languages. This has to be the model everywhere in Sri Lanka. 4.4% of the population with a significant number working in the Colombo District should not be agitating for a separate state.

    Military presence in the Northern Province is essential for National security when there is evidence of the attempts by your friends to establish LTTE cells in the Northern Province. Northern Province is growing at three times the National growth rate. Free Trade Zones are being established in every district to take the jobs in the industrial sector to where ever there are people prepared to work, as there is a shortage of labour, with unemployment below 5%. Hence, the time has come for you and your friends to understand that the focus is on social integration and eradication of poverty, rather than separation.

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    ICG must be a grouping of Tamil Diaspora, who are enjoying life as officials of a self formed government in exile, but with little knowledge in history of SL. And they got Allen Keenan (the name sounds Irish)the best person with similar little knowledge to address the ICG sponsored Seminar.

    We all know about Irish jokes but in this case at what a price? Poor ICG fellows.

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      The Professional says:

      “but with little knowledge in history of SL.”

      I too possess little or no knowledge of the island’s history.

      Please enlighten me on the island’s history.

      When do we start?

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    Our friend Nabil knows all too well the Tamil struggle against injustice is much older than a mere 30 years. If you take 1956 as the watershed mark, it is now well past 6 decades. It is the armed resistance that was arbitrarily resorted to by groups of militant youth, in sheer desperation both of the total inaction from the State to provide solutions and their perceived disappointment with a slow-moving Tamil political leadership to force results, that resulted in the armed insurrection of over 3 decades. Forgive me, but your characterisation “it took them 30 years to cow down the Tamils” needs to be rephrased. The Tamils were not and will never be cowed down.
    The rivers of blood that flowed and the enormous sacrifices of the Tamil people to secure their ancestral land and rights has now become part of history. This is by no means over. The struggle continues – in the present phase, peacefully and via the Parliamentary path again. The regime privately tells visiting VVIPs and the IC they are willing to yield to justice and reason but are frustrated by chauvinistic forces from the majority side, who apparently carry more untested strength from the jaundiced Sinhala electorate. The arrival and creation of the new bigoted outfit BBS confounds an already complicated issue.

    As to the “anti-Muslim pogrom” you rightly fear, having gone down that path for a long time, we hope the day will never come. But I must say the current Muslim political leadership saw this coming long ago – and did very little to engage it. Now they are running round in circles. That may be because the Muslim leadership were never subject to the Baptism of Fire or painful sacrifice the Tamil leadership was. Today, Muslims complain all their leaders do is to fill their pockets by aligning with any ruling side so long as they were assured of their perks, fleet of transport, foreign travel in luxury and so on. Look at the plight of the displaced in Muslims allowed to suffer in pain and uncertainty for a very long time. The environment and the political landscape of the post May 2009 period is sufficient to cause a significant dent in the matter – but have they seriously done that?

    The Muslim community did produce honourable and respected leaders in the years gone by. Names of the late Dr. MCM Kaleel, Falil Caffoor,
    Jabir Cader, Haleem Ishak are associated with honesty and selfless service to the Muslim community. It is up to the nation-wide Muslims, notably the young, in the fairly well educated Muslim community to get the present leadership to come to the aid of their own people.

    It will not surprise me if inspired responses are made to my comments critical that I should offer this to the Tamil side – but that, in the nature of our degenerative political times, will be nothing but natural.

    Senguttuvan

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      There are two others who repeat what Mr Sengutuan keep telling our inhabitants,

      That is “bad mad Budddhist extremists the JHU anad BBD are going to attack our Muslim brothers and the Rajapaksas are condoning it”.

      The other two are Kath Noble from UK and Akber from the UNP.

      What is the common bond among them?.

      Anti Govt, anti Sinhala Buddhist propaganda,

      Who do they represent ?.

      Better leave it to the readers to work out.

      Sinhala Buddhists haven’t killed any Muslims since 1915, That perhaps even before Mr Sengutuan was born.

      Hambantota, the 21st Century Capital of Srilanka, has Muslims as the main movers and shakers in the Chamber of Commerce.

      Muslim Mayor ,although from the Opposition is doing an OK job to look after Colombo Real Estate.

      Are these signs of Sinhal Buddhist animosity to our Muslim brethren?

      This wish of Mr Sengutuan ” Hope the Day Will Never Come ” is from the heart?

      One more thing.

      Has any of Mr Sengutuan’s ancestral land, in Jaffna or elsewhere with proper Srilankan or even Ceylon titles been confiscated by the Govt?.

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        K.A Sumanasekera:

        “Has any of Mr Sengutuan’s ancestral land, in Jaffna or elsewhere with proper Srilankan or even Ceylon titles been confiscated by the Govt?.”

        Could you not forget Mr Sengutuan and his ancestral land, in Jaffna or elsewhere for a minute.

        We want to deal with a serious issue of my ancestral land. The entire island once belonged to my ancestors. Can’t you see the entire country is under occupation by descendants of aliens from North and mostly South India?

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    What the govt should tell Alan Keenan:

    First of all apologise on behalf of the LTTE leader Prabhakaran for booting out the muslims and the sinhalese from the north and ensure that all the muslims and sinhalese who were booted out and languishing in refugee camps for over twenty years can now go back home.

    One more thing, sinhalese or for that matter tamils or muslims or malays, burghers can live in the north or anywhere else we god damned well please and we do not need any permission from you or anyone else to do that. All the provinces of Sri Lanka are multi ethnic so the north is too and anyone sinhala, tamil, muslim, malay, burgher can live there and we do not need permission from any god damned canadian or anyone else to do that.

    Lastly we do not need lectures from you about how we live in our own country. Do we come and give you lectures about how you should or should not live in your own god damned country? No of course not. Do not come to the Asian continent and tell Asians how to live and how not to live. We have our Asian values and Asian way of doing things and we don’t need you to come and tell us how to live in a ‘civilised’ way.

    So do not come to Sri Lanka and give ‘lectures’ about how we should or should not live. We will decide that ourselves. We do not come to your god damned country and tell you where and how to live. So get lost and stay away and mind you own god damned business.

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    One more thing, if canada is unhappy with the status quo in sri lanka at present which will be the case for the next thousand years or so, then they can offer an eelam in canada since canada is a large country with much territory. So go on, be generous and make way for an eelam there if you are so concerned.

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    I’d rather be hated for my smartness than loved for my stupidity” – Antany Peter

    Sri Lanka will continue to move forward, if you say it is going backward then you do not know what is politics in the strategic location of the Indian Ocean, but listen to the foreigners who are the masters of dividing and fooling others. I have an obligation to support the President as a Sri Lankan intellectual. I do not take arms against fellow countrymen. I do not join with the foreigners to undermine fellow countrymen either. I work with fellow countrymen to change or develop the country. I lead others by my intellectuality and good deeds. Let’s ask ourselves one important question. What is the value of the Democracy and Commonwealth? The Chinese do not believe in democracy, nor part of the Commonwealth, but they are advancing much faster than us. The Westerners ruled and ripped off our country for more than 440 years, but they never done anything to eliminate the caste systems, gender inequality, and racial, language and religious discriminations. Because they knew it will continue to eat us and keep us under them forever. Furthermore, India the largest democratic country by its population created the Tamil armed groups to keep Sri Lanka under its wings. However, India also understood that letting the Tamil armed groups grow beyond its control would be detrimental to India. This is the reason Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi reached a very good political solution for the Tamils’ issues in Sri Lanka under the Indo-Sri Lanka agreement. Unfortunately the LTTE did not see what Rajiv Gandhi did, because of the Tamil diaspora. The 2002 ceasefire agreement between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government also broken by the LTTE. A reasonable political minded person knows that Prabhakaran would not have fought against India without the help of the Westerners through the Tamil diaspora. And also Prabhakaran would not have broken the 2002 ceasefire agreement with the Sri Lankan government without the help of the Westerners through the diaspora. If you can answer the following questions you will know who have most of the Tamils’ and Sinhalese’s blood on their hands. Who have been deliberately stopping the peace agreements? Who have been guiding the diaspora? Who have been fuelling “hate and bitterness” among the Tamils and Sinhalese? Who have been facilitating the funding to the LTTE, even though they had everything within their reach to stop money get transferred from the diaspora to the LTTE. The answer is Western political minds through their intelligence network. Think about the lost lives since 1987, think about the suffering since 1987, think about the lost opportunities to develop the country and people’s lives. The Westerners created bitter divisions among the Tamils, Sinhalese, and the Indians through the diaspora. The Westerners act like peace makers, but they are not. They talk about democracy and human rights to fool others, in order to turn people against their own governments to destabilise the developing countries. The truth is, the Westerners have a vital interest to divide every community and every country to rule others. There is a most ugliest face underneath their white faces, it is pure evil. Not many people have the ability to see their real face, but few of us do through our hard work and sacrifices. Ask Julian Assange and Bradley Manning, they will tell you more about the Westerners evil side. Julian Assange and Bradley Manning are Westerners, but they exposed the truth and ended up in a prison in the US and stuck inside an embassy in London, UK. Some Sri Lankans and some other Asians are backing the Westerners for their own self-centred lifestyle, they don’t care about their own people, or their motherland.

    The removal of the CJ is not something new in the world, it happens in the world, including in the United States. However, some eliments may use this opportunity to bring chaos into the country, in order to achieve their ulterior motives. Remember, few eliments were fuelling the civil war and benefited by the war, but not the Tamils or Sinhalese. We must not let that happen again. The president appointed the CJ, the 2/3 of the parliament wanted her to leave the office. If I was the CJ, I would have resigned once the parliament decided to remove me from the office. Taking this matter to the UN is not advisable. It is a new beginning for the CJ. The Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake has a huge potential. She has a lot to give for the country. She must get involved in politics and bring new ideas to the table. Lets people decide whether she is worthy or not. She must not go to the UN, but go to her people and put her ideas forward, in order to develop the country. She must not go to the enemies who divide others, invade others’ countries and kill millions of people to keep themselves on top. Do not go to the devil to get justice. I encourage every Sri Lankan to bring forth good ideas to the table to develop the country. If you want to get involved in politics to help the foreigners then you will fail utterly as Sarath Fonseka. Mr Fonseka recently reiterated that he needs outside help to topple the government. I am extremely disappointed by his statement. I urge every Lankan to stop listening to the enemies who divide us, they use every opportunity to bring chaos into the country to rule us. We must understand what is missing, then find a solution within us, looking outside will create more problem and chaos than a solution. The country has been fighting for thirty years, people are free from fighting for only three years. Just wait for few more years, be patient, you all went through the bloody war for thirty years for nothing. The Sri Lankans have been suffering from the independence, due to lack of smart leadership. As intellectuals, we are sharing our ideas with the leaders to make them act wisely, it is a process it will take time. I know very well about the parliament members, can we change those MP’s mindset overnight? I am also well aware that Rajapaksa brothers are dominating the country. Does it really matter if Rajapaksa brothers are developing the country? The extremely talented Sri Lankans will continue to direct the country leaders into the right path. The President does not have an answer for everything, but he has the ability to deal with the external threats better than any other leader, this is extremely important to the country, because Sri Lanka is in a strategic location, the past, the present and the future superpowers want to influence the country. Therefore, Lets approach matters very pragmatically for sake of the innocent people who have died due to the bloody war. The Tamils are in the bottom, because of their disunity. I never seen such a unity among the Tamils as I seen among the Rajapaksa brothers. May be we need such a close family ties to overcome the Westerners’ and Indians’ divide and conquer strategy. The Indians and the Westerners can easily fool the Tamils, because of their disunity. People like us who are enlightened and committed to bring a change can’t do anything. I am isolated by the Western governments. The propaganda against me are shocking, even my family members, relatives, and friends believe the Westerners more than me. Due to my writing the Westerners do not even allow me to get a job, they did not allow me to sell my house for a profit, because they knew the money will be used to expose their evil deeds. They are keeping me in financial hardship and perfect isolation by their dirty propaganda. My fellow Tamils are keeping silence, they gave millions of dollars to the LTTE, but nobody would support me to have a website to expose the Westerners evil deeds. The Tamils are prepared to undermine their fellow Tamils, in order to cater their own self-centered lifestyles. We all know how the Tamil armed groups fought and destroyed each other, the TNA has its own agenda, the TGTE has its own agenda, Global Tamil Forum has its own agenda. They all concern about being leaders, they are not concern about the Tamils. If the TNA is leading the Tamils, then why TGTE leader call himself a Prime Minister for the Tamils? I am ashamed to call myself a Tamil. I really don’t believe the Westerners could have isolated me this much if I am a Chinese, because the Chinese are very close to each other, this is the reason the West could not invade China, or could not stop China overtaking the United States economically.

    The Westerners ruled and ripped off the Indian Subcontinent for more than 440 years, but they never done anything to eliminate the caste systems, gender inequality, and racial, language and religious discriminations. Four hundred years is very long time, at least 10-12 generations. The Westerners could have done a lot to the Indian Subcontinent, but they deliberately done little to keep the Asians under them. The Westerners have a lot to talk about the Indian Subcontinent’s failure than China’s communism, but they won’t talk about it, because it will highlight their deliberate misleading to keep the Asians under them, plus the Indian Subcontinent is not a threat to their dominant power, but China. “English are to blame for India’s backwardness” published by the Dominion Post, written by Philip Collins, on page B5, Dated January 5, 2013. The Dominion Post is one of the major newspapers in New Zealand. Not all the Westerners are naive or blind, there are people like Philip Collins who sees the Westerners’ evil side. The Indian Subcontinent has enough intellectuals to develop the Subcontinent, but the system won’t allow the intellectuals to lead. Therefore, the intellectuals leave the Subcontinent and develop the Western Countries. This system was developed by the Westerners, in order to keep the Indian Subcontinent poor and weak. We fought against the Westerners to have our freedom, but we still trust them, listen to them and run our political system according to them. This is a huge disaster. The Indians are too scared to change the manufacturing sector, because they don’t want another East India Company. However, they are happy to run a political system recommended by the Westerners. The Chinese are really smart, because they have chosen a political system to suits their culture and ideology. The Chinese did not choose a political system recommended by their enemies. We must stop listening and trusting our enemies. We must develop a system according to our culture and ideology, like the Chinese did, otherwise the Indian Subcontinent will be struggling forever. We must depart from the old system and bring some changes. Being part of the Commonwealth is only helping us to stay behind. Time for us to move forward, our policies are not helping the Indian Subcontinent to move forward as China. Am I recommending a communist system? Not at all, but we need some changes, if we come up with something good, the Indians may even consider our system in the future. We must find a way to lift the whole Indian Subcontinent. India can’t try something new, because it is too big. In India 627 million people do not have access to toilets, the Indian leaders do not even provide basic needs to their own people. The Indian leaders believe in God and democracy, they are vegetarians too, but love their bribes. Sri Lanka is a small country, and its leaders are committed to their people more than the Indian leaders, at least the Sri Lankan leaders provide access to toilets to their people. As Sri Lankans we must try something new and help the whole Indian Subcontinent, otherwise we will be betraying our future generations.

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    First things first.
    Why don’t we as a nation campaign for repealing of the 18th amendment that removes the term limit of presidency, when it is obvious how that alone can bring positive results. This is a national issue and is not a common racially motivated rhetoric. Just build a foundation based on that. The rest will follow. I am just calling on the main opposition to provide leadership without leaving it for too late. If we don’t do this now another opportunistic group can high-jack the cause and bring immense destruction upon the country.

    The reason is clear: A step in the right direction in order to bring good governance to the nation.

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    Friends,

    Together we can bring change in Sri Lanka, we need to act

    I just created a new petition and I hope you can sign — it’s called: Stop Sri Lanka Sliding to a Totalitarian State

    This issue is very important to me, and I’m trying to get to 100 signatures and could use your help.

    Read more about it and sign it here:
    https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stop_Sri_Lanka_Sliding_to_a_Totalitarian_State/?Day2Share

    Campaigns like this always start small, but they grow when people like us get involved — please take a second right now to help out by signing and passing it on.

    Thanks so much,
    Kamal

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    Dear Mr Sumanasekere:

    In its engineered prejudice against the Tamils the State – different administrations – have not promoted them to the level of “confiscating”
    Tamil property for that very purpose – yet. But my valuable properties and that of my close relatives in residential Colombo, in the Coconut triangle were attacked and we were forced to sell them
    to majority sources for tuppence, which is another way of plundering Tamil legitimately-acquired assets. I am certain there are multiple thousands in the country who will.

    But we are prepared to forget all this provided the Govt comes out with an arrangement where Tamils and Muslims can live in the country without attack, harassment and the general environment of fear and uncertainty that is the lof the minorities here – particularly in the last few months. Here we learn in the Nikaweritiya area an aggressive
    anti-Muslim demo has been allowed – where the mob lead by a monk known as Vedha-hamuduruwo – has been carrying posters naming and insulting
    Allah with a caricature of pigs. This happening in Buddhist Sri Lanka in the year 2013???? When Muslim political and social leaders in the area have asked the Police to do their due duties, the answer has been they have orders not to stop the demo ???? And you, my friend, accuse me of acting against majority interests ??? I feel strongly for our Muslim friends – because we know what we went through for years in that
    demeaning mind-set. Why did not the President come on national TV, condemn the priest and the demonstrators and assure the Muslims they have nothing to fear guaranteeing to them the law and safety laid down in the Constitution. Where is Paisa Muttapah and other Muslim leaders today while their own people are in abject fear.

    Senguttuvan

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    Vajira A will have no difficulty in getting right thinking people to join him in a sustained campaign to annul the 18th Amendment – a retrograde step in any case passed by a majority of robot-like muppets
    devoid of their thinking faculties. But how can it be done on the face of a fascistic audacious regime that is hell-bent to carry on for generations caring little to people’s concerns. As mentioned in these pages and elsewhere, most of these Govt MPs (and Ministers) who voted for the 18th amendment did not either read nor understand what it was all about. That includes the 17th Amendment as well. Many MPs from the UNP – many lawyers and more educated than the present lot on the Govt side – did not enthusiastically support JRJ when he floated the idea
    of a 3rd innings – and so it was dropped. How did become suddenly good – and that too in the hands of a man of established all round
    mediocrity untested in the art of governance under difficult times of trial.

    Senguttuvan

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    Why is Alan Keenan thanking LTTE’s top US fund raiser Danton Thurairajah? Refer to http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2014/05/11/tgte-losing-lustre-among-tamils/

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