21 September, 2020

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All Sri Lankan Citizens Need To Consolidate The Recent Progressive Changes In The Country: GTF

Global Tamil Forum (GTF) strongly urges the Tamil people and all citizens of Sri Lanka to do their historic duty at the upcoming Parliamentary elections by carefully voting for the parties and candidates with the main objective of consolidating the progressive changes and gains made during the recent past.

Suren Surendiran -Spokesperson GTF

Suren Surendiran -Spokesperson GTF

The presidential election of the 8th January 2015 was a turning point in the recent political history of Sri Lanka where the voters overwhelmingly rejected the undemocratic, corrupt, intolerant and violent political culture practiced at that time. Undoubtedly that election outcome brought welcome changes that included the adoption of the progressive 19th amendment to the constitution, the expansion of the democratic space available for freedom of expression and rule of law, and the reduced fear for the minority communities from ethno-religious extremism. These changes were recognised and welcomed across the major capitals of the world, and it is the duty of all responsible Sri Lankan citizens to ensure that these tenuous beginnings are consolidated without giving any chance for their reversal.

For the Tamil people, though their day-to-day existential problems, human rights issues including the fate of the disappeared and their legitimate aspirations for political power sharing are yet to be addressed in a meaningful way, there were early signs of goodwill as reflected in actions such as – the appointment of civilian governors for the Northern and Eastern Provinces, the release of small parcels of lands to the rightful owners and the release of some prisoners detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. It is our belief that these positive developments, together with the new found political optimism and will, could be further strengthened after the August election, fortifying the hands of those who want to resolve the long standing Tamil national problem for the benefit of the entire country.

The resolution of the Tamil problem invariably will involve meaningful negotiations between the Government of Sri Lanka, the elected representatives of the Tamil people and other relevant stakeholders, and it is the expectation of the GTF that the International Community too will play a constructive role in this process. In this context, the Parliamentarians elected by the Tamil people will have multiple roles to play, and these include addressing their constituents’ concerns at the electorate level and articulating and negotiating on behalf of the Tamil community as a whole – be it at the Sri Lankan Parliament, with various international governments or non-governmental organisations.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has earned the recognition and respect of the Tamils, the representatives of other communities in Sri Lanka and the key international players including India, by carefully and consistently articulating the concerns, grievances and aspirations of the Tamil people and through their several, overwhelming election victories in the recent past. GTF works closely with TNA as the elected representatives of our people, and our partnership has been crucial in some of the diplomatic initiatives and achievements made in our adopted countries as well as at international institutions such as the UNHRC.

It is our collective view that a strong and tested representation of Tamil interests spanning across the entire Northern and Eastern provinces, together with victory for the progressive forces in the South that advocate democracy and good governance, will greatly enhance the chances of achieving a negotiated political resolution, accountability, justice and sustainable reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

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    There you go….

    Along side the Whisky Madam ,even the Tiger Forum boss in England is also a Senior Adviser and Campaigner for the UNP..

    Wonder whether Mr Surendran will address any UNP rallies in Colombo ?….

    How cool will that be..!!!!!

    Venerable Rathna and Abiththaya Champika … Where are you…..

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      I personally would prefer Mr. Surendran’s to that of Ganasara, WV or even more than 40% to the crooks and thieves who were in the last govt.

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    May I ask what you mean by “recent progressive change”?
    Since Maithripala and his cronies have taken power, Sri Lankans in the country have lost over 17 million jobs. Is this what you mean by “progressive change”?
    The only way to recover those jobs lost is for Mahinda to return to power.
    I sincerely ask everyone who reads CT to use their brains and vote for Mahinda’s victory.

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      Every one understands what is meant by recent progressive change. It is the removal of a racist, war mongering, corrupted, undemocratic, cheating Rajapkase Family & Co from the power. I know those who are mingled with Mahinda regime cannot understand the impoartance of good governance.

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      Jagath,

      Wow! 17 million jobs lost for the last six months of a 20 million population. Why appeal to the CT readers to vote MR. You simply ask all the 17 million to vote for MR? What a DUMB JACKASS?

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      What are the jobs lost? White van drivers, assassins of journalists, torture specialists, sundry thugs … 17 million of them in a country of 20 million. Even, Marhinda’s sorcerer could not have achieved that.

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      Jagath, what is this rubbish you talk?!! 17 MILLION jobs lost? That means almost the whole nation is idling!! CT should exercise some care in selecting articles.

      Neither the previous nor the present regime is the very best, but uncontrolled and irresponsible media only adds to the problem.

      17 million jobs lost !!

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    Dear Surendiran,

    I’m glad that at least this late in the process of re-integrating this country, which process began on the 8th of January, 2015, you have decided to make costructive sounds. Most or us want to live in peace and harmony on this lovely island; as I write, I can see only one comment so far – by W.A. Sumanasekera, who appears to troll on behalf of Rajapaksa.

    Had the “Tamil Diaspora” not been making unnecessary statements MaRa would not have dared raise his head again. Never mind! His candidates are going to lose badly, although, obviously, he is likely to get in to Parliament himself. After that, let’s hope he throws the towel in early!

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      Pseudo Sinhala man (aka LTTE looser)

      Just count how many comments in this forum yet. Do not jump into the conclusion saying that all Sri Lankan entertain Podian Suren’s rubbish.

      Suren is one of the front runners from Great Thamil Die-Ass-Poo-ra to Hague queue with people like Donald Poonakone.

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        Gamaya Yapalanan

        “Suren is one of the front runners from Great Thamil Die-Ass-Poo-ra to Hague queue with people like Donald Poonakone.”

        Great stuff.

        Do you also have the Sinhala/Buddhist equivalent of Die-Ass-Poo-ra?

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        Gamaya,

        Im quite used to comments of this sort. I don’t exactly get mad at them, but they do illustrate the malaise that plagues us. Any person from your own community who does not exhibit xenophobia is assumed to be a member of some other community.

        I’d like to think of myself as just a human being. But the fact is that I belong in many senses to the Sinhalese community. It would have been good if I could speak some Tamil, but the fact is that I can’t use a word of that language.

        Please let us focus on what is important, and no all that is possible to create conditions that will ensure peace.

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    KASmaalam K.A Sumanasekera

    “Along side the Whisky Madam “

    Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.
    ― Mark Twain

    “How cool will that be..!!!!!”

    Unlike beer love doesn’t taste good when it’s cold.
    -livelifehappy.com

    High quality whisky is served neat. Lower quality whisky is usually served on the rock.

    I suppose you prefer the latter when served free of charge.

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      Machan Sumane

      Blood sucking terra LTTE admirer and financer Suren Surendan is now preaching all Sri Lankan how to vote in the 17th August Election so that we could achieve his the kingdom of Peelum in the NE parts of Sri Lanka from the Western thinking Pina Chance PM of Sri Lanka – Pimpysinghe under guidance of the Vanni Gamaya and the Whisky Madam aka the Queen of Bandits.

      Ha ha ha !!!!!!!!!!The joke of the Era!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Vultures are everywhere to consume the last bit of flesh of Mother Lanka

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      Dear Kala Vadda

      What about “Ra pojjak rather than heavy stuff”?

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    Dear Native,

    Right now I am enjoying a Balvenie 18 year old Carribean Cask, with a drop Perrier..to release the full aroma.

    I bet your mate, Surendran also must be on Single Malt, at least occasionally , while hobnobbing with the Conservative Tiger MPs .

    I mean unlike your PM in NJ, Suren wouldn’t have a problem with the dosh,because his followers are all loaded Vellalas….Right Native..

    Whisky Madam I believe has a penchant for Johnny red , according to my Elders.

    You can understand that, can’t you.

    just imagine getting high every night on even normal Balvenie or Glen Fiddich, let alone 18 year old.special cask?.

    I mean even the Presidential Pension wouldn’t be able to handle it unless the Madam also has a Diaspora friend like CB Boss Mahendran’s SIL…

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      KAS,

      “Right now I am enjoying a Balvenie 18 year old Carribean Cask, with a drop Perrier..to release the full aroma.”

      Have you ever tasted Jaffna palmyrah arrack?

      Without ice at room temperature and maybe some drops of salty well water to dilute it.

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        Heretic,

        Believe me it was one of the most refreshing on a Sunday late morning..

        Heck of a lot better than Pol Toddy..Never tried it with ice. May be I should keep in the fridge next time and try it.

        And make a Jaffna Crab Curry to go with it….

        Pitty Native is not there to share..

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      The Whiskey you drink says that you are a former JVPer.

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      KASmaalam K.A Sumanasekera

      “Right now I am enjoying a Balvenie 18 year old Carribean Cask, with a drop Perrier..to release the full aroma.”

      Have you ever tried the other most expensive whisky’s the world has ever produced given that you being a poor dalit and who is also concerned about the poor inhabitants.

      Here is the price list:

      Isabella’s Islay (Price: $6.2 Million)

      105 Year Old Master of Malt (Price: $1.4 Million)

      64 Year Old Macallan (Price: $460,000)

      62 Year Old Dalmore (Price: $200,000)

      Dalmore 64 Trinitas (Price: $160,000)

      1926 Macallan Fine And Rare Collection (Price: $75,000)

      Dalmore 62 Single Hiland Malt Scotch (Price: $58,000)

      Highland Park 50 Year Old Single Malt (Price: $17,500)

      Glenfiddich 50 Year Old (Price: $16,000)

      Macallan 55 Year old Lalique Crystal Decanter (Price: $12,500)

      Where did you acquire the taste for luxuries? Is MR that rich to offer you with free expensive drinks?

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        Dear Native,

        Like your Galleon Ravi, I am minding Mahinda’s USD 18 Billion your dear friend of the Diaspora Mr Mangalan keep harping about.

        But I don’t want to squander it although those are collectibles.

        Thanks for doing the research .

        12 year old is good enough, unless it is a special occasion like the GFs” Birth days.

        Got a few in Wellala Gardens. I mean the Single Malt. May be you should drop in and try some.

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    Mr. Surendran, you can see how unpopular you and your kind is amongst the mainstream voters. If MR returns, one major reason will be the loud and unnecessary voices you have raised from the West, whilst working in your good jobs, in favour of a very unfavourable group of thugs (LTTE) in which event the electoral carpet will truly be rolled back for God knows how long. You, OOsha et al should learn that discretion is better part of tantrums (not valour in your way of thinking)

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    I hope this ass keeps his mouth shut, let Moda-wansa use this to belittle the victory of Jan 8th. The Jan 8th victory was for all democracy loving hard-working people!
    The racism of the GTF needs o defeated as much those forces MaRa

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    For the GTF ‘progressive change’ means a step towards Eelam. A cynic would think that MR is paying them.

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      According to the ‘Hindi’ today, TNA objectives are the same. I am sure nobody is claiming that MR is paying them too.

  • 2
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    An accommodating position from the GTF, hopefully it will deliver dividends of peace and reconciliation. Historically, it hasn’t – but perhaps this time will be different, with the IC involved.

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    These Tamils want to screw up Tamils and earn their living for a luxury life.

    Go for it.

    Pabakaran did not finish it.

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    Why so much objection and noise for his statement. He only asked to unite every to live happily while young (life is too short and there is no reverse gear). What is wrong with these people – commenting in names to hide their identity (Singhalese or Tamil). Majority bad comments may be from white van brothers. After LTTE, Tamils can’t do politics or talk to satisfy Singhalese, may be Tamils did for many years before LTTE but now we have to talk for ourselves. As a Tamil, Surain have to look after Tamil’s interest not to please Singhalese-it did never work in the past. Please all Tamils vote for TNA. At the end justice will win (Mahabaratham). Human can’t win the nature – there is no medicine to stop death when we become old, every one become sick and weak when they become old- MR or the Gotha is not exceptional – People regret when their turn comes to die – until then how much greediness and ego, not worth at all.

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    The writer evinces rational and positive thinking. The Sri Lankan Tamil voters likewise must do so.Bensen

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    Whatever its position in the past had been in relation to politics and governance in Sri Lanka the present, as reflected in this statement, seems to be a positive response of the GTF to the hand of friendship extended by the present Govt. of Sri Lanka following the political change that took place on 08 January. If the results of the forth-coming general election would create a political environment would help to further develop this healthy situation more positive thinking from the Tamil Diaspora could be expected. No one can expect to get something from nothing. If conflicts are to be resolved one of the parties to the conflict should take the risk of extending its hand of reconciliation if it honestly desires reconciliation.

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    The success of the next parliament will not rest so much on the ‘progressivity’ of its members but also on the experience of its members, therefore it is absolutely necessary that members of the ‘previous’ government be included in the parliament to answer questions and give their views.

    “I’m of the view that considerable attention should be paid to address the issues faced by the Tamil community. However, I will have to ignore their demands that would divide the country.” – Mahinda

    I expect then that many of the issues faced by the Tamil community will be adressed.

    Like it or not we are all stuck with and limited by – Democracy. What all Sri Lankan citizens need to do is respect democracy , if they do, that means that nothing will be given unless there is a majority agreement. So it is a slow process. Progressive.

    The Parliament is chiefly a peaceful enterprise, and any resolutions have to be agreed to by all sides, or no deal of any sort is possible.

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    “All Sri Lankan Citizens Need To Consolidate The Recent Progressive Changes In The Country: GTF”

    Yeap right. Establish the Temple of Saint Velu Baba and appoint Rayappu as its leader and Emmanuel as its Theology adviser.
    Trust in Velu as he is like Jesus Christ – S.J.Emmanuel (The beast)

    Yeap now is the time. No more unemployment guys. BONANZA FOR KURUNEGALA
    Akila Kariyawasm to provide 4 million jobs… Sounds like peanuts.
    Ranil to create a harbour in Kuliyapitiya with the establishment of Volkswagen Assembly plant.

    CAN MR NOW SAY HE WANTS TO CONTEST FROM ANURADHAPURA? Hope he can.
    Akila will bring in another 2m jobs and RANIL will bring another car assembly plant there as well.

    Enna Sampanthan annai !!! Invite MR to contest from the North for Ranil to bring in another car assembly plant and Akila Kariyawasam to bring in another coup-le of millions of employment.
    YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM WILL BE SOLVED.

    For the coutries ills MR seem to be the Pied Pier where Ranil & Akila duo follow to solve unemployment & establish CAR ASSEMBLY PLANTS.
    Kurunegala people, especially the men folks are now into tieing the knot and a big demand for ribbons and elastic bands thanks to Ranil & Akila who were unable to stand straight for 180 days..

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    The progessive change you are talking is about, getting access to idiotic Foreign Minister of SL, which has given you some level of publicity, that you never had. You who alleges to represent Tamils of Sri Lanka, apart from covertly funding UNP election campaigns, have not one iota of productive input for the benefit of Ta,mils in SL, obviously through that cause you have employment, paid by Tamils. Consider apart from division among Tamils and other communities, what have your organization done.

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    Lets let the wounds to allowed to heal, we have prevented it for far too long. We know the mistakes of the past, let us cultivate the life giving field of tolerance and deep understanding for the future and have an enlightening society with all the cultures developing and inspiring all. Let us radiate the true spirit of being a Sri Lanka admired by all. Many foreigners speak well of our hospitality as been overwhelming. So why not use this spirit of it and let it also flow among ourselves.

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