24 October, 2017

Aghast At CBK’s Position On War Crimes

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole –

Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (CBK) has stated that there is no need for a war crimes probe and that the need is for a new constitution. I have respected Madam CBK over the years and supported her in many ways. However, in this she is wrong; absolutely wrong!

CBK heads the Office of National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR). There can be neither unity nor reconciliation when there is no justice for those civilians who were butchered by both sides during the war for the simple reason of their being Tamil or refusing to remain as a human shield.

I have travelled much in the North East and there is really no doubt that massacres occurred. It was only this week that I visited a home run by the Sisters of Charity and heard of how the soldiers dumped 500 wounded persons on them and there had been wanton shelling from the army camp. I have had my secretary telling me how she was with her infant grandchild and gone to a place announced by the army to collect infant food, only to be shelled by the army. A driver spoke of bombs all round in a declared safe zone, and he could see little because it was a constant series of flashes. I can go on ad nauseam. Tamils know!

The Sinhalese people are in collective, selective amnesia denying that all this happened, while a few Sinhalese friends privately admit that these things really happened. Anyone who says there is no need for a truly independent, demonstrably fair war crimes probe is essentially saying that those who deliberately murdered Tamils have a free pass. I do not think that CBK has thought through her new position.

CBK argues that the need is for a new constitution not a war crimes probe. We really need both. We have the Thirteen Amendment. Of what good is it when it is not implemented fully? In a political situation where the state cheats and the Supreme Court and Presidential Commissions of Inquiry collaborate, anyone guilty of war crimes will root for a piece of paper in the form of a constitution that is never obeyed. It was only last week that I was in court in the North where the Police prosecutor was making a long statement against me in Sinhalese, despite the constitution/law requiring Tamil to be the language of the courts in the North and a Supreme Court judgement to that effect!

Madam Kumaratunga: please do not waver from the correct positions you have taken in the past. Stay the course you boldly took in 2000 and in rooting for change in 2015. Every crime needs to be punished as a deterrent. No probe means a free hunting season on Tamils. Your government cosponsored a resolution calling for foreign judges. Why the change now? If you persist in this, you will be giving proof to the claim of the separatists that the Sinhalese are always lying and that we Tamils must go our own way. Sensible people do not want that.

We want justice, not more words, empty promises and constitutions that are never taken seriously please. We want the rule of law, to return us to which this government was elected. Please do not tell us it is OK to kill Tamils and that the rule of law will be waived to let the killers escape.

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    She is a politician.. wanted to extend her term as president and now trying to stay relevant rather than retiring gracefully,

    Like Mahinda Jarapassa, CBK is blocking younger people from leading, monopolizing various institutions with her deadwood cronies – like ONUR, BCIS, SAPRI etc. and not handing over to the next generation of educators and leaders!

    This is politics in Miracle of Modayas. SL will have more youth insurrections with “leaders like this who cannot retire gracefully and hand over…

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      Me too, I would not agree with her in that case, given the fact that none of the investigations held sofar by using local judges have been snail moves during the alst 24 months. Besides, we perfectly know that war crimes occured. Alone the manner they handdled everything in the post war sessions, verify the manner they should have gone with the last phase of the war. Basta.

      Besides, not even a single case related to the high crimes is finalized sending the high profile criminals into jails. They have been given all licences to roam in the town including all kind of Rajapakshes and Aluthgamages. All these have been related with the corrupted system being applied in lanken judiciary. I think we must import foreign judges to allow free and fair judgements. Else, these handicapped judges from the country will stay mum even if the victimized failies such as of Thadjudeen, Lasanthas or other.. years long without any hopes.

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      She is a senisble politician unlike Rajapakshes have been. However, I cant agree with her today, looking at the manner current investigations based on locals judges not seeing moving 1 inch forwwards..
      If this would work so, until we die, we will not have the chance to see Rajaakshes line up to enter prisons. They have made all high crimes. They deserve jails sessions. basta that is crystal clear.

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      ‘ I visited a home run by the Sisters of Charity’

      What COCK.. Just after the war a few people of influence visited Jaffna, i was then informed of a charity where there are a lot of war displaced kids that needed urgent financial help

      I then got in touch with this influential party of people who were willing to fund ASAP they visited the said place.

      Then i received a call to say, looks like these nuns have misplaced the children, in fact we were thinking of asking them for a financial loan.

      Imagine my embarrassment

      so when one sees ‘I visited a home run by the Sisters of Charity and heard of how the soldiers dumped 500 wounded ‘

      THE WORDS WHAT COCK COMES TO MIND

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        Nick,

        First go and see the 100 or so inmates of the sisters of charity in the Vanni before speaking. You will never be the same person again. Try doing any one of the acts of charity the humble sisters perform day in day out cheerfully. Many of the sisters are foreigners. I bet you will not even touch one little child there given their physical and mental condition or birth. They also visit the poorest of the poor in the villages.

        The cost is high, even to feed them daily, and the money comes from kind donors abroad many poor themselves. The Vatican too sends them money. Just as we received tons of money during the tsunami from many poor in the West. Local people too give small amounts. The inmates should really be looked after by the govt.

        Without seeing at least one Missionaries of Charity home, do not mislead others with false information.

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          Nirmal,

          In no uncertain terms have i ever said that these vital institutions and such are bogus, they do a great and admirable service to all those who are in need.

          Its when some of these institutions get involved in the politics of the conflict that blur the lines. Many catholic clergy of the north defended the LTTE boys on many occasions and some still continue to do so. Some even use their positions of respectability to overstate facts. But this does not take away from the great deeds they do to help the needy.

          My only criticism was do what you do and don’t get involved in the politics of war and lies.

          and hey we also give money to these very charities right here from sri lanka as well

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        Nick,

        Get some help organizing your thought and grammar. Then perhaps I will understand what you are saying or trying to say.

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          Sinhalese people are in collective, selective amnesia denying that all this happened

          Wow what a Thought,

          So all your witness as described manage to accurately pin point army shelling, even the UN reports which stated the LTTE used safe declared zones to fire it’s heavy weapons and some occasions fired their own heavy weapons into these very zones. Did the shells have ‘Fired by sri lankan Army?’ when it rightfully defended itself, under the articles of war.

          Why were the civilians in the middle of a battle field? The words Human shield comes to ones mind. A LTTE war tactic used since the late 80’s up to 2009. Defended by some Tamils and Catholic church leader’s of the North

          Yes and the sinhalese have collective, selective amnesia

          I am all for prosecuting excess of cruel individuals.

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          S.R.H. Hoole

          A professor is talking about Grammer. He can not understand what the comment says.

          So, what this chairy was for ?

          Only for conversions ?

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          Hoole is kind. B4 I saw this I wanted to ask Nick to go F himself.

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      Though I don’t agree with Chandrika, her thoughts may be due to the fact that the war crimes investigation may have a negaitive impact on the new constitution. If the new constitution ensures a permanant solution to the Tamil question and it will lead to a peaceful united Srilanka and all the victims of the war crimes are compensated and both Tamil snd Sinhalese leadership accept and apologise for the crimes committed then is it harm to give common pardon to all Tamil and Sinhalese militants who involved with the crimes.

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        1. There are no tamil militants or Sinhala militants involved. It is the army of the state and a bunch of terrorists
        2. the state had already pardoned and rehabilitated those who involved with the ltte

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      Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

      RE:Aghast At CBK’s Position On War Crimes

      “President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (CBK) has stated that there is no need for a war crimes probe and that the need is for a new constitution. I have respected Madam CBK over the years and supported her in many ways. However, in this she is wrong; absolutely wrong!”

      We have had 3 constitutions, but not a single war-crime trial.

      Was there any crime trial for the riots of 1958, 1977, 1983 and Alutgama 2014? No.

      The politicians will not do it. Besides the Sri Lankan Army, LTTE committed war crimes as well.

      This will be procrastinated for a long, long time, and everybody who knows about the war crimes and crimes would have died of old age.

      So, it is business as usual. There will be a 4th constitution, and the hope is that it will fix the deficiencies of the past three constitutions.

      Will it be Deja vu… again?

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    Yes Dr. Hoole, it is NOT a case of either war crimes probe or a new constitution.

    We need both, and the point is to SEQUENCE this properly.

    I recon that the easiest sequence given hyper nationalism of the Modayas is:
    1) first a Financial Crimes Probe and lock of the Mahinda Jarapassa family and cronies that looted the country while distracting the people with hate speech after the war ended,
    2) then introduce the new constitution
    3) last but most important, war Crimes probe.
    This will end impunity and impunity for war crimes and financial crimes of corrupt politicians of all parties who cover up their financial crimes and looting of the people with Hate Speech against minorities..
    Distract, Divide and Rule has been the Motto of SLFP and UNP leaders ever since independence with a very few exceptions.

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    Are we to rearrest all the Tigers who were released after the war or give them a free pass with the label pasted on the back “rehabilitated” (a process which I am totally at a loss to understand) ?

    ” SOME Tamil civilians were killed by the government security forces” could be a credible allegation. But then ALL those killed by the LTTE are civilians or the members of a legitimate security apparatus thereby constituting a war crime in each case.

    Any investigation into war crimes should necessarily involve the support structure of the LTTE including their political wing who promoted Tigers as the sole representatives of the Tamils.

    Make sure it is balanced on all sides. Selective justice could be deadly incendiary.

    Soma

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      I agree wholehearted with Soma. R. Hoole mentions LTTE as a party to war crimes but has not detailed crimes committed by them. There cannot be a fair war crimes probe to rope in the military whilst hundreds of war crimals and those who supported that murderous machine on the Tamil side live in the West are exempt.Western countries will not despatch them to tribunals or courts, citing that their laws prohibit such action. Yet, they the Western countries want changes to the laws and the constitution of Sri Lanka amended to enable foreign judges to participate in the tribunal/crimes probe. Thus, a war crimes probe held with/without foreign judges will not happen. Not now, not ever and never! CBK realises that common sense must prevail whist R. Hoole thinks otherwise.

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      If 12,000+ 4000 LETTers arrested, roofless camps will do. But, I do not think there are enough hotels to arrest and keep 250,000 strong rapist army. One idea, instead of hotels this time, just call back the Mullivaikkal bulldozers and dump those criminals in Bay of Bengal.

      You are the milestone of Sinhala Jury verdict, Soma. Nothing capable of edging beyond your racist brain.

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    Dr Hoole’s article, and “Don Stanley’s” comment have been brief and to the point. This sad about turn by CBK could see the beginning of more unfortunate twists and turns.

    Two years gone, and what have we achieved?

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    CBK may be right, but for the wrong reason. A home-grown inquiry from which disinterested international jurists are excluded will be a waste of time, if world opinion is what you seek to change. G.L.Peiris has argued that the proposed international commissions would violate Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, a very odd argument coming from such a distinguished lawyer. Perhaps the Nuremberg trials violated Germany’s sovereignty. It is the essence of international law that it cannot be constrained by national law. Its whole purpose is to enforce the law (against war crimes, for example), by overriding local law altogether. But to complain that the application of international law to us (SL) violated some barrier which we are entitled to raise, namely sovereignty, is plain silly. The U N accorded that argument no weight at all.

    At this distance in time, with the true facts well known to countless surviving witnesses, there is no excuse for barring any respected, neutral body from entering the country and collecting evidence. If they had any class, the government of Sri Lanka would invite and welcome such a panel.

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      GLP is only an academic who has achieved nothing in his professional life except be a Rajapakse acolyte. Please do not refer to him as a distinguished lawyer, he is anything but this.

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    Holle,

    “CBK heads the Office of National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR). There can be neither unity nor reconciliation when there is no justice for those civilians who were butchered by both sides during the war for the simple reason of their being Tamil or refusing to remain as a human shield”.

    Justice must be done to the victims of massacres committed by whoever.

    “I have travelled much in the North East and there is really no doubt that massacres occurred. It was only this week that I visited a home run by the Sisters of Charity and heard of how the soldiers dumped 500 wounded persons on them and there had been wanton shelling from the army camp. I have had my secretary telling me how she was with her infant grandchild and gone to a place announced by the army to collect infant food, only to be shelled by the army. A driver spoke of bombs all round in a declared safe zone, and he could see little because it was a constant series of flashes. I can go on ad nauseam. Tamils know!”.

    Yes, massacres did happen and the fact that the military and the government are hell-bent on blocking any investigation by neutral judges or pull cotton wool over every one’s eyes with local judges is suffice to it.

    CBK is a seasoned politician and want to get the credit for trying to resolve the ethnic problem. Isn’t she using a carrot and stick with the ‘father of racism’ as she called him and his corruptive and scandalous cohorts.

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    Well done S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

    It took such a long time for you to study the metality of Sinhala politicians!!

    Better late than never – at last you have made ONE courageous statement, some to come.

    We will wait for you next article with some more turth and reality.

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      Dear Francis, Dr. Hoole has written a lot over many years. Should wake up and read before criticising.

      See his website at Michigan State University under Newspapers for a selection.
      http://www.egr.msu.edu/~hoole/Newspapers.htm

      Sincerely

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        Lingam,
        I read most (some not available on the web) articles in the website link you have quoted.
        Hoole is well qualified to be a teacher and VC of a university, but his relationship with Tamil Hindus and his constant criticism and denigration of past Tamil leaders, Hindu savants and the Hindu religion, has caused him to be hated by the Jaffna community.

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          All contradictions. First Kumar R said that Hoole generalises things (in an article now on page 1 on the Donoughmore Constitution — see Jennifer’s Comment and reply by Kumar R).

          Now you say he is hated by the Jaffna community. Like Jennifer I show one contradiction to prove your theory false. I say I like Prof. Hoole. Not just me. Twice the Jaffna Council voted for him to be VC despite Douglas Devananda and my misguided fellow Hindus like Neelakandan and Mrs. Kumar Ponnambalam publicly saying that VC has to be a Hindu. (Also see Oru Paper fanatic editorial about Hoole walking on Jaffna campus in Donoughmore article)

          Now you say he is hated by the Jaffna Community. I think you and Kumar R and the loud crowd are repeating a lie enough times till it is believed. Most of us are scared to contradict you because we do not want to be called bad things many times till those lies are believed.

          What motivates you? Jealousness? Religious hate like in Oru Paper? You are a shame to Hindus.

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            Lingam,

            Your desperate wailing and screaming will not make you right! You are unable to speak on the issue of concern in any decent manner and so you want to throw stone in any which way you can find. Desperation galore!!

            Since you brought up the issue of my response in a previous article, let me point out and ask you for direct answers, never mind your imbecilic attempts to defend and to bury guilt by blaming my motives, jealousies, religious hate, personal vendetta (as Jeevan had previously bleated) or whatever lame excuses you find convenient and self-comforting.

            Addressing specifically the contradictions you mention, please note, the “generalization” observation was made by Jennifer, and I merely agreed with her and substantiated that sentiment about Jeevan’s proclivity to “generalize”.

            Please re-read the section of Jeevan’s article that I repeated verbatim. If the criticism or objection you expressed above is to have any credibility, please see of you can respond objectively and sincerely to the two questions I list below, never mind trying to hide under other lame excuses as in your previous response.

            Question 1: Do you frankly think that Jeevan’s statements did not unfairly generalize in disparaging all “girls and even married women” at “kattu pathai” (Jeevan’s own words in quotes). Would he still stand by those statements? Does he not regret them? Does he not owe an apology?

            Question 2: Do you think Jeevan was right when he chose to hold responsible only the “poor girls and even married women” for their sexual encounters with the awe inspiring intellectual new-comers to town? Why are the poor, less-intelligent (possibly illiterate) girls and married women any more responsible for those actions than the “awe” inspiring “Tamil boys from the cultured homes”? – is it because they were poor, or is it that they were illiterate/unintelligent, or is it just that they were women? Is it Jeevan’s contention that somehow the “girls and even married women” at “Kattu Pathai” were in awe of just the “Tamil boys from cultured home”, and not the other Sinhala, Muslim, Burgher or any others at the same institution. Were those others not as “awe” inspiring as the Tamil boys from the cultured homes”? Sikes! (Doesn’t Jeevan paragraph reflect the misplaced superiority and egotism, if not, narcissism of the “Tamil boy from the cultured home in the North” who had just got selected for higher education?)

            Perhaps Jeevan should answer these – instead of unleashing Erasmuses, Chundukullies, and what-have-you, and now the Lingams of course!
            .

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              ‘Haters are confused admirers who can’t understand why everybody else likes you’ Paulo Coelho —

              Prof.S (alias R. Kumar) take a break. People are beginning to doubt your motive in constantly attacking Prof. Hoole. Don’t take us Tamils for fools without judgement. Just that your line of sanity seems so misplaced.

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                Kumar R & Kasi

                What is this Kasi’s claim ‘Prof.S (alias R. Kumar)’.

                Is it true? Please let me know the full name.

                I would to like to engage with Prof.S (alias R. Kumar)to find a way to expand the writers forum. If he is attached to any of the universities in Sri Lanka or overseas?

                I am going to Sri Lanka towards early March and will be there for a month. This time, I will be visiting the University in Batticaloa and if possible Jaffna. If he happens work in Colombo, Batti or Jaffna, I will find ways to meet him provided if someone let me know Kumar T’s real name.

                Either of you please help me.

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                Kindly leave me out of this nonsense.

                I do not mix personal matters when addressing public issues, and have no hidden agenda.

                I, for the umpteenth time, authorize CT to confirm or deny whether my identity is that of anyone that I am suspected to be (including SJ & Sekara which I am).
                As for Kumar, I do not know his real identity and have not bothered to find out.

                I do not play team games either, and do not need anyone’s help to fight my corner. Thus I never seek to identify persons behind the pseudonyms I respond to.

                It will be good if people address only pertinent matters without resorting to diversions of all manner.

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                  Prof. Sivasegaram,

                  I couldn’t agree with you more on your stand “It will be good if people address only pertinent matters without resorting to diversions of all manner.” It is the invertebrates that resort to such puerile tactics.

                  While I truly regret the inconvenience that these hooligans cause you, I am certain you appreciate that I have little control on that.

                  I too plead with CT to help confirm the differential identities!
                  I regret the inconvenience.

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                    Prof. Sivasegaran & Kumar R.

                    I know the identity and find the whereabouts of:

                    Prof. Rajive Wijesinghe
                    Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole
                    Prof. Rajasingham
                    Prof. Sivasegaran
                    Dr Dayan Jayatikka.

                    They do not fear. Whatever views they express they do it openly.

                    I am sure Kumar R too is a doctor or Prof. It seems he hates the doctorate holding intellectuals. Why is he attacking these persons?

                    My appeal to Kumar R is to be open and transparent challenge them at par without ambushing from the back.

                    I hope to read Kumar R’s write-ups in the CT with the name Prof or Dr XXXX YYYYY alias Kumar R soon.

                    Alhahu Akbar.

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                      Ayub Khan

                      I never heard of Prof. Rajasingham though we have a resident commentator Dr Rajasingham Narendran.

                      Do titles such as Dr and Prof make anyone wiser?

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                      Ayub,

                      You may be missing something in asserting “They do not fear. Whatever views they express they do it openly.” Please note that “lack of fear” is not necessarily the sole operative consideration here.

                      Some in the above list are Officials, who write to propose and defend their own propagandas, and there is little point in doing that unrecognizably. I have no such agenda.

                      Some write to, if I may, “show off,” their smarts, and again what is the point doing that unrecognizably? Not unlike seeking some celebrity status. When you seek such publicity, sure enough you are looking for the positives, and that need dominates the necessary risks of likely negatives. I have no aspirations in that direction to seek glory either, and so am content unrecognized.

                      Of course my above comments are limited to the above list of con-artists, at least as I see them – and not to the general list of authours in these columns. I might also bring your attention to the fact that there are very many other doctors and professors who write in these columns that I have no problem with – and in fact have much admiration for, in most cases.

                      As for why I have rather specifically limited my criticism or exposure to the academics (PhDs and Profs, and not many of the non-academic contributors), it is because I fear that people in general tend to take the words of such authors more seriously, just on account of their academic credentials. Consequently, the readership can be more easily duped by these persons preemptively waving their credentials to substantiate their often disingenuous deliberations – and I can show you evidence of that for each in the list. When politicians and the no-bodies write, people have conditioned themselves to assimilate that with a rather generous helping of salt. Unfortunately perhaps, the general leadership is accustomed to dropping their guards even if only slightly at the visuals of a PhD and Professor titles. Why do you think, for instance, a medical doctor or even a veterinarian feels the need to or opt to declare his/her doctorate when discussing a matter totally irrelevant to his/her field of expertise.

                      Finally, as for dedicating an entire, standalone article to challenge and criticize these individuals as you had proposed would, in my opinion, be unduly elevating the importance of these propagandists and glory-seekers far, far beyond what they deserve, especially given their well exposed surreptitious motives.

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                  Sivasegaram says “I do not mix personal matters when addressing public issues, and have no hidden agenda.”

                  Totally untrue.

                  Recently he was on a Selection Committee where I was the only applicant. The committee consisted of himself and 4 former Peradeniya engineering students obedient to Sivasegaram (with the exception of the VC). The 4 were Dr. A. Atputharajah (Dean), Dr. T. Thiruvaran (Head), Prof. J.B. Ekanayake (Senate nominee and illegally so because he is not from the Jaffna Senate as required) and Mr. R.M.W. Ratnayake (Council Nominee).

                  Sivasegaram was queried at the Jaffna Council whether it is right for him to be on my committee with all his conflicts but he persisted. The decision was simply “no selection made.” When the Council demanded a reason, after 5 months they gave two new resaons 1) I had not applied through Michigan State (which only those from the university/government system have to do) and 2) “In the Selection Board, members observed that Mr. Hoole has not taught undergraduate programmes in Electrical and Electronic Engineering for a long time.” This, coming from a man who had been stuck as a postdoc in London for 15 years and assumed a professorship at Peradeniya claiming what I do not know and then manipulated a senior professorship without the 8 years’ as professor mandated in circular. His having been a postdoc for 15 years is explicitly stated in Brian E. Launder, Biogr. Mems Fell. R. Soc. 2007 53, 385-399, 1 December 2007

                  When asked for my teaching duties in Michigan State at the interview, I had answered that the load is 2 courses a semester, one for the department and one for my research. I also circulated at the interview my 2013 electromagnetics book which grew out of my class notes.

                  Six people collaborated to lie!

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                    I do not owe Hoole a reply; and there are several falsehoods in the statement which I will not respond to. However, since a source has been cited about my position at Imperial College, I will merely state the true position.
                    In fact, Launder called me a postdoctoral fellow and not postdoc as in the comment, which is something else. Please see statement of Brian Launder below.
                    “…with the return to Imperial of his former research student, Sivasegaram, as a postdoctoral fellow, a long-term effort was started that extended over some 15 years (16, 23) until his retirement, in which time they published a dozen journal articles.”

                    I was Principal Research Fellow when I left ICSTM in 1997. (Research Fellow was the highest research designation in the university system in UK when I joined in 1984. It was re-designated as Principal Research Fellow around 1991 after the Thatcher reforms.)
                    If anyone wishes to check on my carer at ICSTM, the yearbook carries the particulars and there is a records office.

                    I do not indulge in unethical activities like discussing Council matters with outsiders.
                    Anything relevant to my work I respond in the appropriate place and nowhere else.

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                      Postdoc post doctoral fellow, senior whatever — you were a professor’s assistant doing his research.

                      And you could teach after a 15 year hiatus but I cannot with just an 18 month gap that came about because the university did not process my application?

                      You cannot explain sitting through the appointment of your friend at the Council as Visiting Professor based on the VC’s untruthful memo that he had retired as a Professor of Mehanical Engineering. You must have known that the VC was lying to the Council. Your excuse for not explaining your complicity on grounds of confidentiality is rather convenient.

                      And how did you get 8 years as professor to be senior professor? Was it not payment for being Peradeniya’s attack dog against me? There is no confidentialty issue here to stop you from explaining is there?

                      And why would I tell the interview board I had not been teaching undergrads when I had? Here is the letter from my Dept. Chairman confirming my undergraduate teaching:

                      Jan. 11, 2016

                      To whom it may concern:

                      Please find listed below the courses Dr. Hoole has taught in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University:

                      ECE 345: 1-6, Electronic Instrument and System, Spring 2012
                      ECE305-1: Electromagnetic Fields and Waves I, Summer 2012
                      ECE802-602: Finite Elements, Power and NDE in Engineering Electromagnetics, Spring 2013
                      ECE 305-1: Electromagnetic Fields and Waves, Summer 2013
                      ECE 345: 1-6: Electronic Instrument and System, Fall 2013
                      ECE390-1&2: Ethics and Professional Issues, Spring 2014
                      ECE390-1&2: Ethics and Professional Issues, Spring 2015
                      ECE802-602: Finite Elements, Power and NDE in Engineering Electromagnetics, Spring 2015

                      Dr. Hoole’s funded research from the US Army’s Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center brought in $268,000 and produced two PhD graduates (Dr Victor Karthik and Dr. S. Sivasuthan) and two US patents. It also supported a Senior Scientist, Dr. S. Krishnakumar. Professor Hoole’s project was rooted in the science of electromagnetics and would have naturally added insights in his teaching eletromagnetics here.

                      Sincerely

                      Ioannis “John” Papapolymerou
                      MSU Foundation Professor and Chairperson

                      Note: I did not always teach my 2-course load because of release time. Also Ethics is an undergraduate ABET requirement for engineers which Jaffna also should be teaching because its curriculum comes under the Washington Accord.

                      Dr. Sivasegaram, many who knew you before 1983 are very positive about you and your sleeping the night at the Peradeniya police station to safeguard a Tamil boy whose only crime was editing a cultural magazine. The 1983 experience and your academic failure in the UK have made you bitter. What happened to you is the larger tragedy that befell Tamils. I wish you well.

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                      Jeevan,

                      Could you please elaborate on why Peradeniya needed an attack dog against you?

                      Huh! – so, it is not just the Jaffna University, but even the Peradeniya University saw reasons, implicitly besides legitimate reasons, for not wanting to accommodate you? Right? I guess now the list of academic conspirators who joined hands to lie against you, according to your conspiracy theory, goes beyond the previous list of six?

                      The plot thickens, don’t you think?

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                    I feel bad. I have taken classes from Prof. Hoole, Dr. Atpu, Prof. Ekanayake and Prof. Sivasegaram. I respect a lot all of them.

                    Must be some explanation. Prof. Hoole was teaching undergrads in Michigan and my frieds sat in them for qualifiers. He is not teaching only after he come to Sri Lanka. Even if he is not teching for 10 years he is qualified. VC is not teaching for 6 years. But she is qualified to teach when returning to department soon. Prof. Sivasekaram was good teacher after gap for 15 years.

                    Did they really say Prof. Hoole has gap and can’t teach? Some misunderstanding. Must clear.

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                    Ratnajeevan,

                    You summarize “Six people collaborated to lie!”

                    That revelation is possibly the best starting point to “seek truth,” don’t you think?

                    Could you comment on why six different people, all academics and intellectuals (whether you agree or not) want to do that to you?

                    Given the research/investigative mind and training that you have had, would you like to elaborate on your logical thinking as to what could make them all lie against you to stop giving you even a rather lowly academic position that you say you applied for?

                    Three other quick comments:

                    First, I will respond in detail about your childish attempt to get out of your troubles by calling everyone a liar, and in your last response to me going bonkers in that direction – in responding to your familial rendezvous with the MR regime while part of the Diaspora was pleading for urgent international intervention for truth seeking on the massacre at Genocidal proportions, challenging MR’s position that Dayan was ably presenting at the UN!

                    Second, you now want to take convenient cover of Lone Wolf’s statement to pretend you will now refrain from reading my responses and challenges. Isn’t that just a cheeky, disingenuous declaration just so as to save yourself from the pain of having to challenge me or defend yourself from the holes you keeping digging deeper and deeper yourself! You really think it is credible to say that this near-retired intellect with DSc and so much more has to be advised by a near no-body to decide on basic things like what and what not to read?! Please grow up!!

                    Third, any chance you would respond on the issues related to your explicit generalization about “kattu pathai’s” poor illiterate women folk that I detailed under Lingam’s comment? At least a show of humility with a well deserved apology, if in case you now regret every word in that paragraph that you chose to write at this ripe age and wisdom? Or would you rather just hideaway while unleashing one or more of the the proxies — Erasmuses, Chundukullies, Lingams, Lone Wolves, Jehans and now the Kasies?

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                      Kumar R. You ask why Peradeniya needed an attack dog against Hoole.

                      Are you Sri Lankan? You do not know how we academics hate anyone who is better?

                      Why do you think the court of Appeal imposed a huge fine on Peradeniya for the way Hoole was treated?

                      Everyone at Peradeniya knew. You of all people must know.

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                    ‘Six people collaborated to lie!” /

                    In law it is called a conspiracy. I think Mssrs Thiruvaran, Ekanayake, Atpu and Ratnayake are simply men without balls. They are only useful to administrators to endorse and support all their wrongdoings.

                    I do not know what kind of engineers they will produce in Jaffna. Now we will soon have this pretender teaching as a Retired Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Lecturers have to be examples. Exemplary. But these are the opposite of good examples.

                    I think Prof. Hoole needs a special post created to teach Ethics to the Faculty Staff, the VC, Prof. Sivasegaram and Eng. Ratnayake! I believe India’s engineering institution IETE gave him a gold medal for his work on Ethics for Engineers.

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                      WJdeS, Jeevan,

                      WJDeS states, “I think Prof. Hoole needs a special post created to teach Ethics to the Faculty Staff, the VC, Prof. Sivasegaram and Eng. Ratnayake! I believe India’s engineering institution IETE gave him a gold medal for his work on Ethics for Engineers.”

                      You further say, referring to all academics (or is it just Peradeniya?)”we academics hate anyone who is better?” (As an aside, truly I don’t know, and I have not met or associated with one. Professional competitiveness and perhaps even professional envy is one thing, but hate? – NO! Truly I don’t know anyone that would fit. Perhaps there is some truth to the adage about “birds of a feather”. Also Hopefully you are not committing the same sin of grossly undue “generalization”!)

                      Getting back to the original point, so, given your two specific views, I am all for introducing Ethics chair given especially now that I am enlightened about the rascal academics. However, why restrict the Ethics chair to just Jaffna – couldn’t you by-pass Jaffna admin and Peradeniya admin, and go straight to higher level administration (Grants Commission, Ministry of Higher Education)and convince them to mandate such a chair for all campuses, to reform all these terrible academics that you are so convinced “hate anyone who is better”?

                      That way you can also circumvent having to deal with the lying-six and the attack-dog managers? Right?

                      Icing on the cake — Jeevan gets to full fill his heart-felt aspiration to pay-back the Sri Lankan tax payers – not unduly limit his gratitude to just the Jaffna population! Wow. I am all for that. Let’s get all academics reformed from their bedeviling “hate”!!

                      Incidentally – I did post a detailed response for Jeevan’s ridiculous accusations, theatrics and all, where he carefully side steps issues and becomes an attack-dog himself – and I can only hope CT refrains from playing favourites. Hope CT does not unfairly deny me the opportunity to correct and respond to Jeevan’s obnoxious tirade!

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                    “Sivasegaram was queried at the Jaffna Council whether it is right for him to be on my committee with all his conflicts but he persisted.”

                    If Council had knowledge of such CoI, why did they not appoint someone else to the committee?

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                      Why did the Council not replace Sivasegaram? Here is why from the 413th meeting of the Council as in the documents from the 415th meeting. I have not corrected the Vice Chancellor’s English since it would be seen as altering the record.

                      Ref. C/413/5.7.2 Post of Senior Lecturer Gr. I in Electrical and Electronics Engineering Faculty of Engineering

                      “Further she [The Chairperson] said that she has received a letter from Dr. Nesiah putting some questions …

                      2. We have some concern over the composition of the Selection Committee. Is Dr. Ekanayake a member of the Senate?

                      The chairperson replied that if no experts from the Senate it is usual to invite an expert from outside as Senate nominee.

                      3. Dr. Sivasegaram has a long history of conflict with Prof. Hoole when both were at the Faculty of Engineering at Peradeniya. Whether is it disqualifying him from the Selection committee?

                      The Chairperson replied that we have got four names for the selection committee of Faculty of Engineering such as Dr. Dr. Sivasegaram, Mr. Ratanayake, eng. Vigneswaran and Prof. Sivaegaram. For the permanent posts we used to invite Prof. Tharamaratnam if other engineers are not available.

                      Dr. Nesiah wanted to inquire from Dr. Sivasegaram any conflict he had with Prof. Hoole.

                      The Chairperson said that a Council Member cannot inquire another Council Member.”

                      I may add that her answer to question 2 is also illegal because Circulr 166 specifies in article 7(2) that the nominee of the Senate shall be a member of the Senate, while article 2 says to depart from the requirements “the prior written permision” of the UGC is required. This was not done.

                      It was crucial to the VC to have people who lack integrity and be obedient to Sivaegaram. Hence Dr. Ekanayake, who as a member of Peradeniya’s Senate knew full well that he had no business to be on my selection committee.

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                      This is bloody outrageous!

                      But how come you have access to these minutes, are they published or did Nesiah give you these?

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          I am a Sinhala student of Prof. Hoole. I wonder why all the “past Tamil leaders” are such horrible people.

          Our Anagarika Dharmapala is a cut above Navalar, and Ramanathan. Anagarika Dharmapala did not attack poor low caste people. He did not say they should have no education or voting. I do not think he had a Suddha keep like Ramanathan pretending to be his innocent disciple. She even went around the world with him wearing a white sari ike a Sadhuni. It seems to me, that Tamil people like to pretend a lot. Poor Tamil children with role models like these two men.

          Don’t Tamils have clean people to put up as their national heroes? When you put up Ramanathan and Navalar as heroes and say everyone must agree with you, rational people will not take it. You know, we are not in Nazi Germany.

          If you can find really great Tamils as heroes, no one will attack your heroes. They will be a good example to all Sri Lankan children.

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            Jehan

            “You know, we are not in Nazi Germany.”

            FYI

            In fact Anagarika Dharmapala (the homeless one) the public racist was an admirer of Hitler who believed in the superiority of Sinhala/Buddhists. He also thought all Sinhala/Buddhists were the descendants of blue eyed, blond hair Germans, ginger beard Aryans while admiring Hirohito.

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    It is no question shelling did occur . But if Ltte crept inside people and attacked army inviting counter attack it is not a war crime . SL army has acted according the law.

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      Good! So the army has nothing to fear. Let’s have real inquiry. No need to fix the inquiry with our local judges.

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        @S.R.H. Hoole

        Nice to see the all the fools have come out

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        Why should we do an inquiry because those who supported LTTE wanted it.
        1. The UN report is ILLEGAL.
        2. UN report does NOT have any substantial evidence to suggest SL did war crimes.
        3. Sri Lankan people do not support anything mandated by UN regarding this because it is against our sovereignty. We are not ready to allow every Tom, Dick and Harry to order us what to do.

        War Crimes is when a Government pursues a policy to deliberately kill civilians….In Sri lanka’s case there is no evidence to suggest this.

        If any civilians were killed or if surrendered persons were killed there is NO evidence of a command order where high ranking personal ordered the killing. Same situation in SL.

        We are not ready bow down to UN to make some LTTE supporters turned HR activists happy.

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          UN is on the way out. Trump will see to that! Already, Samantha, Rice, Hilary, Blake are in the furthest dustbin from the Oval Office. There is the possibility of roping in War Criminal Rudi, the so called premier of Ttransexual Govt of Tamil Ealam as part of ridding terrorists from the USA. It will be hard for Tamils for Obama to bribe Trump. Trump is a billionaire, he does not need thosai crumbs. Diaspora elements have things stacked against them.
          Terrorism has failed. Advocating minority perspectives only as Hoole does will not bring forth reconciliation. Try something that works! Both sides must make a genuine effort to understand each other. I am happy with the current status quo but, if Tamils wish to make ammenmends they will have to be honest, sincere and present reasonable proposals. Hint: Nobody will buy the “homeland” concept anymore. No police or land powers to any region.

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        Jeevan,

        I am glad you see things more clearly now, at least after your personal meetings with some affected ones. When those behind barbed wires were screaming for help, and Dayan expressed the same sentiments as Sach is doing now, were you still not with the Diaspora along with Rajasingham’s and the like objecting to any initiatives for international intervention.

        On several of Dayan’s obstructionist initiatives, many including me specifically expressed the identical sentiments that you express now “Good! So the army has nothing to fear. Let’s have real inquiry. No need to fix the inquiry with our local judges.” Where exactly were you, the Rajasinghams et al, then?

        Were you guys not pandering to MR, enticed by his offerings, that of course failed to materialize as many non-PhD’s and non-DC’s had already known would happen?

        It is laughable, if not for the tragic huge loss of life in 2009, that you would now have the temerity to suggest “No probe means a free hunting season on Tamils” and “If you persist in this, … we Tamils must go our own way.”

        It is good that you see it this way now. It is sad that despite your chest-thumping claims to extra-ordinary intelligence, you did not see it this way then!

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    Mr R. Hoole,

    In your travels did you meet Tamil victims only or, did you meet Sinhalese victims of Tamil Terrorism too? Please give a few details of incidents the Sinhalese suffered from Tamil Terrorism as you heard from Sinhalese victims. A balanced view of the conflict is what is needed not propaganda.

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      Yes Balanced view of the conflict is needed, not propaganda. But who should decide whether it is propaganda or it is balanced view? Tamils have a view and Sinhalese have a view. This is why we need an international participation in this investigation is a must to find the truth. No one deny that Sinhalese suffered in the hands LTTE & similarly Tamils suffered in the hands of Sinhalese Military.

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      You control all the English language newspapers and Lakehouse for your propaganda. I do not need to add to that. What I focus on is bringing out minority points of view and tailoring them carefully so that they pass the editors. Some newspapers do not want me writing about war crimes. Others want nothing against the government etc.. That is enough on my plate. As a Sinhalase which I presume you are from your name, you can do that easily. Thank you.

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    Thank you Dr Hoole.
    in the Interview she gave recently it was clear that her optimistic Vision for the future of the island, helped her to play an important role in the Regime Change. But she had failed miserably in a Point very important for her role now as one in Charge of reconciliation. The realistic way to genuine reconciliation is not to brush aside or overlook truth and justice and bring in a new Constitution or Setting an Office for Missing Persons. I hope she rethink and rectify her Statement.

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      Well ‘father’ we do not want reconciliation with LTTE supporters.

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      Father S.J.Emmanuel

      Do you agree that Tamil Tigers carried our dastardly acts against its own Tamil people.

      Will GTF you represent publicly state and campaign that LTTE’s war crimes too must be investigated? There cannot be one rule for the LTTE another for Chandrika.

      Let Tamils demand for an international inquiry against the Tigers and make the Sinhala leaders match the Tamil people’s claim.

      I am a victim of the LTTE and the Sri Lankan forces. My demand is for the LTTE acolytes to encourage an investigations against the Tigers. I also want the legitimate Sri Lanka to respond to its criminal conduct against its national minority.

      I am sure you will agree, I am a fair minded person.

      If you do not reply to my comments to state your position, you will be seen a cowardly and an opportunist person.

      I will curse you for rest of my life.

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        Sundaram K:

        “Will GTF you represent publicly state and campaign that LTTE’s war crimes too must be investigated? There cannot be one rule for the LTTE another for Chandrika.”

        Typical donkey. Don’t you know that the UNHRC report has cited both the SL regime and the LTTE as alleged to have committed war crimes. So, what is your problem now?

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          Yes jansee

          I am a donkey.

          Can you tell me why LTTE remnants are campaigning for war crimes against SLG without uttering a word about the Tigers. They are holding flags in Geneva and New York and invading the Human Rights forums.

          I was only asking Fr Emanual – a proponent of the LTTE to be just and holy in his campaign to be just under his priesthood.

          I will not call you donkey because you are wiser than a donkey to call me donkey.

          I wish you well.

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        Sundaram K

        Please grow up.

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    No wonder.

    She has been failing to ask Minister of Education on the distorted curriculum in school textbooks on hate-mongering and othering:
    https://www.scribd.com/document/333264605/UNESCO-Must-Urgently-Revise-School-Textbooks-in-Sri-Lanka-to-Stop-Hate-mongering-and-to-Start-Peace-building

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    Thank God, you have finally seen the light and brought it out.

    If you persist in this, you will be giving proof to the claim of the separatists that the Sinhalese are always lying and that we Tamils must go our own way.

    It’s really admirable you courageously put this -it was the verdict of 1977 election- in your own style. But sensible……! the last person to trust is CBK. She too….? following in her father’s footsteps!

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    “Every crime needs to be punished as a deterrent”
    In this case the crimes have been committed by both army personnel as well as the LTTE. In the case of army personnel , if charges can be proved ,men responsible for the crime will get punished. In the case of LTTE even if the court finds them guilty of similar crimes, there is no one to be punished. This is a very unfair situation. Having an inquiry and punishing a few Sinhala military personnel only may bring happiness to some people. That is why many fair minded people advocate a tribunal like the Truth Commission in South Africa, with no intention to punish anybody. CBK too may be thinking on these lines. She should not be found fault.

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    We suddenly find CBK too has become another turn coat. Ahe must have had one too many in the previous night’s session and had an hangover at the interview.

    If you try to get any clarification she might even deny having said this and say she has been misreported and her staement is gathered out of context bla bla. as is usual with Politions of Sri Lanka.

    Levi

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      How About TAMILS FOR HILARY and TAMILS FOR OBAMA BECOMING LOSERS.

      What is the next step “TAMILS FOR TRUMP.”

      How about those coconuts broken in front of Kaali ?

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    I’m completely disagreed with her feedback on war crimes.

    She doesn’t aware there over 40,000 Tamil people has been killed during in final wars include war crimes against Tamils people.

    Mahinda Rajapska is charged for war crimes, cleansing ethnics, destroys culture and destroys Tamil people lives in North and East that bring more Sinhalese people into the Tamil homeland. MR must be executed by soon!

    She is impossible to remove the war crimes charged because over 100,000 Tamil people was killed and disappeared during in the wars so white van taken Tamil people to be killed by SL security forces.

    In Diasporas will be protest to UN be investigate the war crimes and UN will not listen to her requests because she is cheated and protects all of Sinhalese people rather than Tamils!

    Tamil Eelam is needed for independent for Tamil people in North and East which will bring a more peacefully.

    Soldiers include commanders and goverments all will be punished for war crimes but no exusme for Sinhalese people.

    Most Sinhalese people hate Tamils it is true but not lying! 100%

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      Athan:

      I can not believe idiots like you live on earth.

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    Prof Hoole
    Stop living in a dream land!
    Sri Lanka is not going to change it’s place for Buddhism in SL.
    North and East are not going to merge.
    There will be no war crimes probes in SL.

    Did anyone charge Briton for Dresden after 2nd world war (Germany being a country)?
    Do you expect soldiers will be prosecuted for fighting against terror?

    Sinhalese have moved on and it is time for you to move on too!
    Do you see Sinhalese asking for war crimes probe?

    You, Kumar David, Jehan can write thousand articles here to appease middle class Tamil. These things will not happen in SL.
    As someone before said you will be taking this problem to the dooms day!

    Who are Sinhalese mothers whose sons daughters perished in suicide bombs going to ask justice from? Racist TNA?

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      To Srinath,
      One has to understand thare there are grumpy Tamils who cannot accept that they suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Sri Lankan military. These humbugs who assumed that they could achieve victory through terror have now nowhere to go. They had concerts, children dressed up as Black Tigers killing Sri lankan soldiers with song and dance to raise money, propaganda machines, suicde bombers, demos in foreign capitals but only to be defeated. There were also hamburger feasts dressed up as hunger strikes and not surprisingly nobody died! They were prpared to fight to death of them “all” and now whinge of 40,000 deaths which is only a fraction of “all”.

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    S.R.H. Hoole

    A driver spoke of bombs all round in a declared safe zone, and he could see little because it was a constant series of flashes. I can go on ad nauseam. Tamils know!

    The Sinhalese people are in collective, selective amnesia denying that all this happened, while a few Sinhalese friends privately admit that these things really happened.

    Above is what you have written.

    what is wrong bombing around the Camp when LTTE was with the refugees ?

    Were these Sinhala people inside the refugees lot ?

    and they were just saying yes to everything you said.

    It looks Tamils and the church lost the LTTE war. Now, they want Yahapalana govt lead by Ranil, Mangala, CBK to give what they could not achieve by LTTE. That is why Maithripala Sirisena is only a Decoy.

    What is the right method of bobming right in the middle of refugees because LTTE was operating just among them.

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      “A driver spoke of bombs all round in a declared safe zone, and he could see little because it was a constant series of flashes. I can go on ad nauseam. Tamils know!”

      The latest from the grapevine is that due to cost cutting exercises, by the time this happened the SLAF and army had replaced most of their warheads with 30 year old slightly damp “Alidon” brand firecrackers (that Roshan Goonatilake found hidden in the back of his grandma’s closet).
      Which explains how 300,000 We Thamizh managed to dust themselves off and walk out after being carpet bombed & MBRL’d to oblivion as reported by the 100% totally reliable and trustworthy witnesses such as “Driver” and “Secretary” :D

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    Prof:

    “In a political situation where the state cheats and the Supreme Court and Presidential Commissions of Inquiry collaborate, anyone guilty of war crimes will root for a piece of paper in the form of a constitution that is never obeyed.”

    I couldn’t have said it better. And you are absolutely right. The former CJ Sarath N Silva was nothing but a hoodlum and they will wave a “revised” constitution which will just be a paper devoid of any substance. It is in their blood to cheat.

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      Jansee,

      I am with you on the sentiments of cheating, duplicity, and general civic irresponsibility of the institutions and political and administrative leadership in the country.

      But, I think the Jeevan-like generalization such as “It is in their blood to cheat” is grossly unfair and could be self-destructive. I am sure you said that in a momentary spur of anger.

      My point, however, is that, you are correct that we need to find a way to “civilize” the political and administrative leadership of the country, but that can happen only if we coul help the population see the merits and longer term benefits of such civil rights. The unscrupulous leadership has everything to gain and nothing to lose by keeping the population not-up-to-date on civil rights and equality concerns born of of civility. So, however much we spar with the leadership that will be to an avail.

      On the other hand, the need is for us to trust the Sinhalese and find some way to circumvent the influence of the uncivil, if not wicked leadership. If instead, we lump and condemn the entire Sinhalese masses in one stroke we may just be doing the evil leadership a favour! A big favour!!

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        Kumar R’s hate Propaganda

        Kumar R.
        February 4, 2017 at 3:07 am
        writes “When those behind barbed wires were screaming for help, and Dayan expressed the same sentiments as Sach is doing now, were you still not with the Diaspora along with Rajasingham’s and the like objecting to any initiatives for international intervention.”

        Completely untrue. I have never objected to international intervention and have called for it in many places. E.g. http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2012/11/17/un-review-on-its-conduct-in-sri-lanka-dire-implications/
        Also in 2011 in the Daily Mirror (4 June)

        Here is what I wrote in 1996 and has been used successfully by many Tamils and even a homosexual claiming political asylum. It touches on the behavior of the police and prosecuting them:
        http://www.egr.msu.edu/~hoole/Being-a-Tamil-in-Colombo.htm

        And here is what I wrote for the US Newspaper the Hartford Courant after visiting the Vanni/Mannar region in 2009
        http://articles.courant.com/2009-02-06/news/hoole0206.art_1_tamil-tigers-sri-lankan-liberation-tigers

        And here is what I wrote in the New Indian Express
        http://transcurrents.com/tc/2009/04/post_351.html

        Then there is
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/living-under-murderers-in-a-savage-land/

        Here is the article which led to my Sunday Leader column being stopped:
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/a-bestial-government-plunder-rape-and-buggery/

        Kumar R is up to his tricks again (Kumar R. February 4, 2017 at 3:34 am) when he writes “But, I think the Jeevan-like generalization such as “It is in their blood to cheat” is grossly unfair and could be self-destructive.”

        Again a lie. Read my article and know what kind of liar Kumar R is. I never said “It is in their blood to cheat.” Nowhere anywhere have I said that it is in the blood of the Sinhalese to cheat. His is a cunning use of words to say “Jeevan-like” so that he can deny saying that I said it, while conveying that impression.

        Readers: Please check out anything that this lying propagandist says. He is just not to be trusted

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          Dr Jeevan Hoole,

          “Please check out anything that this lying propagandist says. He is just not to be trusted”

          I have also discovered that “Kumar R.” tries to mislead readers by posting false information. In addition he repeats these false or irrelevant claims ad nauseam and appears to suffer from lack of general knowledge and especially knowledge on modern Jaffna.

          I have decided to stop reading his comments. No big loss since I never learned anything from them.

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            Thank you, Lone Wolf. I will do the same.

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            East Versus North?
            ==================

            The Prabhakaran-Karuna battle was an Eastern Province v. Northern Province Battle

            We were entertained at Peradeniya when Dr. Shanthini from Trincomalee went after Mrs. Hoole from Jaffna

            More fun was when Prof. Sivasegaram from Trincomalee went after Prof. Hoole from Jaffna

            That continues in Colombo Telegraph ….

            Until Tamils learn to tolerate differences among them, do not expect better from us Sinhalese. I mean this positively.

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        Kumar R:

        I wish you could point one SL regime/leadership that lawfully and fairly dealt with the crimes committed by the Sinhalese against the Tamils. What is the present day status of the Chemmani case? After all CBK was the President then. I repeat, even the sun may rise in the west but trust, honesty and sincerity is not in the dictionary of any Sinhala regime. After all, Sampanthan announced that there will be great news for the Tamils in January 2017. Looks like it is the CBK’s statement.

        Of late, there has been a demand for a nationwide referendum and Sumanthiran but the current regime has flatly denied to hold one. The Sinhalese masses always have a choice – to chose someone who will be a fair leader for all but but that will be a pipedream. Don’t go very far. The govt co-sponsored the UNHRC resolution but every Sinhala leader has somersaulted. Please wake up.

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          Jansee,

          Not for a moment do I disagree with you in your contention that the entirety of Sri Lankan leadership has never acted with honor sincerity or integrity in dealing with Tamil issues. But that I what politician’s do!

          You are also correct in “The Sinhala masses always have a choice”- and that is the critical point.

          Sinhalese leadership will continue to manipulate to keep the Sinhala masses uninformed to ensure they make the choice of self-interest of the unscrupulous politician’s, and not that of the country – and that exactly is the game that Banda started, by promising Sinhalese monopoly on education and employment via his language policy – just so that the masses would unknowingly make a choice good for Banda but bad for the country!

          So, by dismissing wholesale the Sinhala masses are we not making the politician’s work even easier for them.

          There were and are ample, rational, compassionate and able Sinhalese whom we need to harness, and engage with to develop the solidarity for progressive civility in the country that is on its reverse gear on many counts. In the last 50 years Tamils tried to fight their own case by dismissing “all Sinhalese are alike – they cannot be trusted”! Where exactly has that taken us – both Tamils an the Sinhalese?

          And thus my opinion that it would be more productive to have trust, develop that trust even further – and not dismiss wholesale, generalizing the trait and behaviour of the Sinhala leadership to the society at large.

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            It looks like Kasi hit the nail ont he head. This sure does sound like Prof. Sivasegaram — ideas, language.

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              Jehan,

              Perhaps there is something to be said of the wisdom “great minds think alike!” Thank you for pointing that out!!

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              R., Kumar “Great minds think alike”?

              Say the other half of the saying too,
              “, small minds rarely differ” and “fools seldom differ.”

              You got the wrong end. Only small minds quote sayings without understanding.

              Reading all this, it is clear that Prof. Sivasegaram (alias R. Kumar) should not be on Prof. Hoole’s committee. Conflict of interest.

              Sad, because of him, we cannot have Prof. Hoole teaching us in Jaffna.

              “Ketta kudiye kedum”

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                Kuundi,

                “Fools seldom differ” – do you even understand what “seldom” there stands for? What an ignoramus – possibly an illustrative case why Jaffna desperately needs proper English education at grade school. You alone should be sufficient a proof to convince the Education ministry of the urgency!

                For your information the equivalence (not the other half, you dum-wit)is “wise minds seldom disagree” and if you have a tough time figuring that one out let me know.

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    “In a political situation where the state cheats and the Supreme Court and Presidential Commissions of Inquiry collaborate, anyone guilty of war crimes will root for a piece of paper in the form of a constitution that is never obeyed.”

    In the UK, Constitution is not a peice of paper. It is human beings. Privy council can decide on Tamils against Sinhala becuse that is a different country, and it is not their country.

    go and ask to decide on something related to their country and see what happens.

    It is the same thing with USA. They have a constitution and they make laws for the whole world. Yet, their supreme court is appointed by the president and are approved by the Senate.

    Tamils In Sri lanka sask privileges even they can not get in Tamilnadu.

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    It is only 500 wounded who were dumped on those good sisters to look after.

    I thought 40,000 poor innocent Tamils were killed.

    Professor says both sides should be investigated for the killings … Right?.

    But it just the “one side” which is making the demand now, to investigate and punish the “other side” as I understand .

    Which consists of Suren Suredran who is the Diaspora leg of the Yahapalana Tripod.

    Vella party TNA which is the second, was the Political Wing of the LTTE..

    No prizes for guessing which the Third is.

    Although the Whiskey Madam was part of it.

    But she is panicking now, after the Cousin and the Diaspora Mahendran robbed the Bank.

    And her beloved SLFP couldn’t win even one seat even in the latest Yahapalana Cooperative Elections, which is the only Election the UNP allows.

    Now the Madam can try to fool the the great majority who were rescued by the Army from Tamil Terrorists.

    Will it work ?.. I wont be putting money on it..

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    Apart from relatives of those who died in the war – LTTErs and civilians – not getting justice, even the living citizens displaced from Nandikadal are being prevented from returning to their homes and lands, and are protesting that they do not have even enough water in their temporary (for seven years) settlements.

    http://www.tamilnet.com/

    CBK should at least obtain justice – homes and lands they were displaced from – for these living victims of a war which was fought during her watch, and ended seven years ago.

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    Well said, Prof. Hoole.

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    Why the change now? You ask CBC!
    Reasons are simple:
    1. There is no more money coming from the West. Diaspora Tamils are in disarray.
    2. President Trump is a straight forward man and fired all Yahapalana supporters in US administration: e.g. Samantha Power, Bishwal, Blake. In another few weeks you can see how the Prince of Human Rights Commission too would change his tone. He may even withdraw his one-sided and forced resolution on Sri Lanka.
    3. I read in news today that even the former Prime Minister of Norway had been detained in a US airport and questioned for about an hour! Not funny? (As I hear US border police is very strict now and actually they are implementing the laws passed by Obama Administration).
    4. President Sirisena too has changed his voice and sounds more nationalistic than the Rajapaksas now; that’s why the Muslim writers are now struggling to find out what’s going on within Yahapalanaya. Prez Siri’s action and voice against Minister Badiudeen is just the tip of the iceberg!
    5. PM Ranil W had no option but to kneel down before the Chinese and it’s now too late to reverse the process; he will be dealt with by the Trump administration later.
    6. MR is playing a safe game without antagonizing the Trump Administration for future work.
    Therefore, changes are occurring! And according to Buddhism it is one of the 3 characteristics of our existence!

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    In CT’s news side, CBK’s Somersault attack on STF-MR is appearing. In reality, it is not a somersault. She is just a cartwheel gymnast. Constantly roll on her position. This is nothing different form her war for peace.
    Convulsing desperate to grip the power, Sampanthar was fooled with secret solution. SJV time pacts were signed with West. Promises were given to address accountability and responsibility, which Chitanata Government signed Ex-UNSG with too. West and Sampanthar honored their promises, the CC election. Yahapalanaya played SWRD part of Equal Status to Tamil, i.e. overshadowing with violence. Yahapalanaya forced for fully watered out – trickily worded resolution at UNHRC. Yet, looking for overturn this resolution by incubating something with army, like “create a massive loss, and blame Tamils for it, just like for failure of 13A blamed on LTTE”, to get rid of 30/1. As Mangala said in his speech in Britain, Yahapalanaya needs more time to incubate something like that.

    In September, 2015, Lankawe played a drama that it was willing to find out the truth of the war and co-sponsored the resolution. There is an exact saying for this in Tamil- “Kauli Thinda Kallanaar Kooda Nindu Ulaavuraar” (the thief who ate the chicken also within those searching for the hen). The 42 war criminals of the Old Royals who are in the SLFP-UNP Yahapalanaya are the ones co-signed this resolution.
    After signing only, with Sinhala-Muslims-Tamils professionals of whose opinions well known, a commission was formed to find the people opinion about the resolution. Now CBK is blasting for these professionals letting out their opinions, rather what they saw as the people felt, known to CBK. After New King untactfully refused to accept that report, CBK, a seasoned politician, having prepared her answer first, then went and accepted it.

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    o be charitable to Chandrika, she only says “there would not be any necessity to have courts to probe war crimes” if there is national reconciliation, establish the Office of the Missing persons and urgently bring in a new Constitution. so there is caveat in regard to her statement there won’t be a necessity to have courts to probe war crimes. This is a far crying from saying that there won’t be any war crimes per se. It is predicated on certain conditions being fulfilled. All said and done Chandrika Kumaratunga is the least communal leader compared to MR, Ranil and Sirisena.
    To be charitable to Chandrika, she only says “there would not be any necessity to have courts to probe war crimes” if there is national reconciliation, establish the Office of the Missing persons and urgently bring in a new Constitution. so there is caveat in regard to her statement there won’t be a necessity to have courts to probe war crimes. This is a far crying from saying that there won’t be any war crimes per se. It is predicated on certain conditions being fulfilled. All said and done Chandrika Kumaratunga is the least communal leader compared to MR, Ranil and Sirisena.

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      ” if there is national reconciliation, establish the Office of the Missing persons”

      Worthless comment while Navatkuli is being colonized with Sinhalese. Colonizing is the secret solution Sampanthar has been baking with Yahapalanaya in the oven all these time?

      CBK is again clearly talking about war for peace. There is no proposal for transitional justice in her statement. If Thanga has been reading at least Sumanthiran’s speeches, he might have come to know what the OMP is. That is a complete fraud. Last week Ranil has clearly said that missing people have gone to foreign countries and police have no record of it. So what the OMP going to do now? At the start of Ezhilan’s missing case, the army accepted that they have the arrested rebels’ names. How is that missing now?

      Where is this guy putting CBK’s attack on STF, especially Muttetuwegama like professional?

      Ranil and New King promoted her mainly to deal with Hillary Clinton. Chandrika has no known influence in Trump Administration. Now they are not seeing much purpose of keeping her on their payroll. It is as her nature, she won’t just hang around there; she power wield constantly. For their safety, Yahapalanaya will limit. Expecting that, she is offering to do Mervyn Silva Duty to New Royals. Unless so, I don’t see the reason she accepts the report intended to EP, but he avoided facing that controversy. Why she? Not even a justice, Law and order minister or for anything related on this investigational matter.

      Why one FP person would accepts OMP when only Chandrika asks, but still Sumanthiran is rejecting it? This guy is no longer with FP.

      Is this Thangam’s comment or Chandrikathasan’s comment?

      This guy appears to work for Old Royal gang, unless he wants to explain us other way.

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    No one should be above the law.

    “SEATTLE/BOSTON – A federal judge in Seattle on Friday put a nationwide block on U.S. President Donald Trump’s week-old executive order temporarily barring refugees and nationals from seven countries from entering the United States.

    The judge’s temporary restraining order represents a major challenge to Trump’s action, although his administration could still appeal the ruling and have the policy upheld.
    Judge James Robart, a George W. Bush appointee, made his ruling effective immediately on Friday, suggesting that travel restrictions could be lifted straight away. He is expected to issue a full written ruling over the weekend.
    Washington Governor Jay Inslee celebrated the decision as a victory for the state, adding: “no person – not even the president – is above the law.”
    The state’s attorney general, Bob Ferguson, said: “This decision shuts down the executive order right now.” He said he expected the federal government to honor the ruling.”

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    Genocide war ended 7 years ago; Yahapalanaya, promised 100 days solution, came to power two years ago. Now, suddenly, there is urgency in Soliyan Kudummpi CBK’s call for constitutional change. Vimukthi is grown strong enough to challenge peer Princes.

    Apparently her advocacy of inquiry of war crime, the hanging sword, is waylaying the progress of the constitution making. So, she wants to bow down the hanging sword. Earlier, New King saw SWRD’s enemies’ (JR) and CBK saw her enemies, (Ranil) the UNP that time sabotaged the Banda – Selva, CBK-Neelan constitutions. They formed a unitary government to beat the odd of opposition blocking their plans. Now the blocking is coming from UNHRC’s resolution. “Paaviyar Paura Idamellam Pallamum Thiddiyum”. Whatever the road the poor GOSL is taking impeded by potholes and puddles; No progress! Why blame GOSL?

    The opportunity of urgency opened up to CBK only last week when Acting Assistants State Secretary Angela Aggeler said “the American government policy on Lankawe will not change”. Ambassador Atul Heshap had said the same thing after November election. But, latter, New King had given a speech in Galle that he will have the resolution 30/1 repealed by President Trump. The new Administration, with higher status official, has reinforced Ambassador’s message. Further, it is said, this year America will go for extension only, no repealing. So, CBK, taking from New King, is trying to load his empty gun and fire it.

    Kathirgamar gone; West is suspicious about the age old Appa Diplomacy; Hillary, CBK’s walking stick is broken. As all her bullets are already spent, even before New King’s, CBK is looking for one. In this Sadu-Kudu, if 30/1’s time extended, Yahapalanaya has to stretch the hand out first. CBK wants to catch the West. She is calling her team to align behind her.

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    Constitution making process became prominent after the last visit of UNHRC’s HC’s to Lankawe. Yahapalanaya, put up lot of dramas citing the Old Royals capturing the power, expressed willingness to change constitution instead of investigating Old Royals. Though the 19A is in place to block Old King becoming EP and if investigated honestly, almost all old Royals would be prison, stopped from being to stand for election, still West approved this idea.
    On his first visit to Kilinochchi, North, Ambassador Robert Blake declared “the movement believed to be invincible has been won”. At the end of the war, seeing West being partially siding with GOSL and defeating Tamils, diaspora protested in major Western cities demanding justice be provided for them and insisted to take responsibility for defeating Tamils freedom war. They wanted responsibility to Genocide crime conferred on GOSL and recognize Tamils using their sovereignty to leave Lankawe. But Sampanthar negotiated with Blake to install a solution and rehabilitation first instead of Genocide investigation. When Indian FM Krishna insisted to accept whatever Lankawe is to give, Sampanthar returned to Blake to initiate crime investigation.
    Old Royal barked at IC hiding behind Castro and China. When Castro lent to America and Chinese loan went above nose, they hoping to bring permanent dictatorship stood for election and lost. The ICC accord blocker Ranil and White flag murder accused New King promised for Responsibility and Accountability to come to power. Tamils are always suspicious about this team. About a 40% of the Northern Tamils voted for CC. As soon as they got the power, Accountability and Responsibility was changed again to Old Royal slogan of reconciliation (CBK’s area) and development. Yahapalanaya refused to withdraw 150,000 men strong army from North, showed interested in northern Sinhala Colonization instead of rehabilitating refugees. Army continued to occupy Tamils trade lines.

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    South received Media freedom and freedom of speech by the change of government. North only got approval to sing the Tamil Translation of the Sinhala song. North’s Aava Kuzu remained where they were. But Yahapalanaya cited these as the secular- democratization of Lankawe back to old days. Yahapalanaya has been constantly mulling to wipe of the call of investigation. Time to time Yahapalanaya has been inventing excuses and finding trade off to dodge the investigation. Last one this series was the Constitutional change by end of 2016 in exchange for March, 2017 UNHRC report. This was proposed in exchange for UNHRC’s March, 2017 report. It is no longer there.
    It seems the report may be extended to 2018 March. Yahapalanaya was with holding the Local government elections, Constitutional change, Chinese loan-land sale agreement contracts, Lasanatha, Thajudeen…. Murder cases and many others pending its victory of March 2017. It will be a big challenge to hold these further until or after March 2018. Even the EU’s GSP + is pending on the March UHRC report.

    Yahapalanaya had two paths. Continue its corruptions, play Aapa Diplomacy with IC, continue promoting anti-minority sense of Sinhala Buddhism and thrive on it and borrow from China. Other one, give up all selfish politics, teach Sinhala mass secular- democracy, abolish the Kandy Ayatollah’s Administration, Identifying to Sinhala mass the Old Royals as the corrupted, traitors and war criminals instead of elevating them as Dutugamunus, straighten local laws parallel to IC level and attract foreign investments. Yahapalanaya, as had come to power promising “no leader, no soldier no commander will be investigated and Buddhism as the government religion had allured it to take the first path. The path Yahapalanaya selected to go is necessitating it to find out ways to cover up the war crime.

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