23 September, 2020

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All Tamil Speaking People Must Unite

By V. Anandasangaree

V. Anandasangaree

V. Anandasangaree

The country as a whole is in a much confused state, if not at least various ethnic groups are. We men and women are merely watching while our puzzled children, unaware of their future are playing cricket and football. Patriotism in us is gradually fading. I may be pardoned for saying that search for power is the order of the day. The country’s interest is the last priority for some and their first priority is to capture power. Some, just a few in each ethnic groups, think that the leadership was bestowed on them by divine power, forgetting the fact that only circumstances and not divine power that made them leaders. I refrain from spelling out what the circumstances are. I do not know whether my views will be acceptable to the others but as for me I am thoroughly disgusted with what had happened and what is happening now. Various events that had taken place in the country in the political field are very disturbing and I feel that certain things will have to be brought out to the notice of the public or at least to remind the public which is very easily misled and also gets swayed by sentiments.

To mention a few incidents, I wish to start with the demand for a change of government, which received good response from the public irrespective of their ethnicity, although not to the full satisfaction of the people who choose their leaders and the governments. Those who were in power in the past had often failed to administer the government in the proper way. Several commissions and omissions had taken place unnoticed or unchallenged. Most people do not realize that the commissions and omissions on the part of certain political parties and the governments at times, had very serious repercussions on the country’s administration. I wish to give a few examples in support of my claim. Resignation of some members from Parliament or crossing over to the opposite side had brought a lot of changes in the country. Two incidents that took place in Sri Lanka relating to Parliamentary democracy has no parallel in any other modern democracy. Extending the term of Parliament, strictly speaking, is unlawful. The long established convention is that “ No Parliament can extend its own term of office except under an emergency situation like a war etc. Our legislature also had its term extended during the 2nd world war.

The TULF which is still strictly committed to democratic norms, directed its entire group of TULF Parliamentarians numbering 18 to vacate their seats in protest against the extension of the term of office of Parliament on the grounds that the mandate of six years given by the voters had come to an end and that the members had no right to go beyond the six year term. The whole world acclaimed the action of the TULF as a great democratic feat. The specialty in this case was that these 18 seats remained vacant for a full term of next six years. The credit for this goes to the TULF which stood firmly committed to democratic norms. Of those 18 members only three of us Mr. R.Sampanthan Mr. P.Soosaithasan and myself are living today.

The other incident was a tragic one, little known to the outside world. In all probabilities, I feel that even the diplomatic community is not aware of this incident that should have been condemned as most undemocratic and suitable action taken. Their remaining silent in this matter compels me to assume so. Unfortunately the government at that time took it lightly or just ignored it. Furthermore this incident took place some years back.

The incident referred to concerns the formation of an alliance of four political parties, at the request of a few leading Tamil Civilians. On 20th December 2001 the alliance was formed and named as Tamil National Alliance (TNA) comprised of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) ACTC,TELO and EPRLF, all agreeing to contest the elections on the TULF ticket and its symbol “Rising Sun”. At the general election 2002 the TNA won 14 seats. I got over 36 thousand votes and came first out of nine members, who won from various political parties in the Jaffna electoral district.

Things did not happen as anticipated. Contrary to our expectations the formation of the TNA had proved detrimental to the cause. It is very unfortunate that one from the TULF who won at this election and had earlier been nominated twice on the national list, had a clandestine deal with a leader of an armed group. His action caused much embarrassment and confusion resulting in a split in the TULF which got isolated and the ITAK taking its place in the TNA. The new formation of the TNA with the ITAK as its member won all the 22 seats with large scale impersonation threat and intimidation provided by the leader of the armed group.

The request by the defeated candidates of the TULF and the monitoring teams to declare this election null and void and to hold fresh poll was turned down, because there is no provision in the election law for such legal action. The failure of the government to take action resulted in confirming this election as valid but regrettably the activities of a democratic party got greatly interrupted.

The TULF now feels that this not the time to worry over matters that are irrelevant to the Tamil problem, since there is a general feeling that it is the general interest of the Tamils that is now suffering due to the disunity among the Tamil groups and Tamil political parties. The TNA although not properly functioning for a lengthy period is misusing the term TNA for the sole benefit and promotion of the ITAK. The TNA’s other constituent partners, due to the discrimination by the TNA, have lost their credibility as parties representing the Tamils through the TNA. A moral duty is now cast on the leadership of the TNA to get united themselves and to bring all other Tamil parties committed to look after the interest of the Tamil speaking people under one banner, failing which the TULF has a duty by the founders of the TULF such as M/s S.J.V.Chelvanayagam, G.G.Ponnambalam, S.Thondaman, A.Amirthalingam, M. Sivasithambaram and many such others, to take the initiative to bring all interested in Tamil rights, under one banner.

*V. Anandasangaree – Secretary General-TULF

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    “The country as a whole is in a much confused state, if not at least various ethnic groups are.”

    Mr Sangaree, if this is true, don’t you think this is the worst time for everyone to be united? They will only be united in their confusion!

    Vigorous dissent and the free airing of dissent is the only hope for us.

    It is sad when one of our heroic dissenters during a period of “sole representation” and “with us or against us”, should descend to this slogan of “Unite everyone” which is almost always the voice of jingoistic humbug.

    Come off it Mr Sangaree, you should be with your grand children now – not much time left.

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    Your headline: All Tamil Speaking People Must Unite

    Great sentiments but ground realities seem to be getting in the way.

    Let us just say that the longer you find differences to keep you apart, the weaker you will be, AND those who would wish your downfall will rejoice.

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    MR.KATHARUNTHA SANKARI PLEASE STOP YOUR SOUR GARAPE.YOU ARE MAKING ALL ACCUSITION AGAINST SAMPANTAR AND STILL WANTS ALL TAMILS TO GET TOGETHER.[Edited out]

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    Heh, heh, heh….

    Rajiva Wijesinha, Dayan Jayatilleka, V Anandasangaree, Mahindapala etc must be very thankful to CT. Without CT, they would been long forgotten!!!

    //The TULF which is still strictly committed to democratic norms,//

    When was the last time the party elections were conducted? Ahat is the membership strngth of your party, Mr Sangaree?

    Even the Tamil Peoples Congress (Thamil Makkal Peravai) doesn’t want you. Sad state of affairs, Mr Sangaree!!

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      Does the no. of voters matter? Rev.Gnanasara got only 600 votes, but see the hell he makes of it. SB Voters are mindful of their roughish
      Leaders when dressed in yellow robes, compared to kurrakan staya!

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    RE: All Tamil Speaking People Must Unite

    Dear V. Anandasangaree

    “The TNA’s other constituent partners, due to the discrimination by the TNA, have lost their credibility as parties representing the Tamils through the TNA. A moral duty is now cast on the leadership of the TNA to get united themselves and to bring all other Tamil parties committed to look after the interest of the Tamil speaking people under one banner, failing which the TULF has a duty by the founders of the TULF such as M/s S.J.V.Chelvanayagam, G.G.Ponnambalam, S.Thondaman, A.Amirthalingam, M. Sivasithambaram and many such others, to take the initiative to bring all interested in Tamil rights, under one banner.”

    So, the Tamil speaking People do not include Tamil Speaking Muslims.

    Reminds me of Ethnic Cleansing of “Non-Tamils”.

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    Since 1948 even before Independent pre-colonial Era Tamil bourgeoisie were Pro-Western, Lackeys and Stooges British Imperials.

    Tamil political class,Their parties and leaders have been never appear for Real interest of country-Sovereignty and Rights of Tamils people vested interest last 68 years.

    The proposed “Tamil Unity” is unity for Tamil leaders , as well as gain US and Indian vested interest of hegemonies Democracy of Big Powers, in Sri lanka.

    It “Unity” want give any benefit for majority Tamils in Sri lanka.

    “Unity of Tamils” is point of barging with US and Indian gain for big slice of management by Tamil Comprador- Tamil political classes which that base in Colombo.

    This is a hipcoracy of Tamil democracy!

    Unity is for “Tamil” national Capitalism, that its roots goes to Tamil Chauvinism. Secular of democracy is incompatible with Tamil democracy of Sri Lanka.

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    Then all sinhale people should unite.

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    Anandasangaree

    In your old age accept you are a loser rejected by the tamils. The number of votes you received should wake you up to realize the tamils dont trust you and I will be surprised if the rest of the sri Lankans do.

    You along with the likes of Gajan P and others are trying to undermine the good deeds of the TNA by fowl mouthing them purely because they did not have time for you and didnt include you.

    We know your past and your selfish motives, so just take it easy and leave the tamil community and TNA alone. No one takes you seriously and come to your senses and realise you are a loser whom no one trusts anymore.

    You are an oxygen theif

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    “We men and women are merely watching while our puzzled children, unaware of their future are playing cricket and football. Patriotism in us is gradually fading.”

    Mr. Sangaaree, So you want the Tamil speaking youth to have weapons in their arms again? You should be ashamed to make these statements as a senior citizen. The Tamil youth should be well aware of these people.

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    Nit just the Tamil speaking, all Sri Lankans need to unite for reconciliation accountability and to punish culprits of corruption and murder and crime

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    Why do people still listen to this loser and hypocrite?

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    Dey Sangarees ,,,,,

    stop pretending as Tamil Representative……you was in Delhi as bootlicker of Indian Central Govt rulers…..

    what you achieve? why your Son does politics in Canada?

    If we Tamils and Singhalese said Gotabhaya American citizenship matters when wants to enter Sri Lankan politics it’s same to you…..you should reveal your citizenships ????

    or in what visa category you stayed in India – have you been Bodhnaasiya to Subramanya swamy, VP singh, P.Chidambram, L.K Advani,,,,,, where Sri Lankan native Jaffna people unble to stay more than 1 month how you extended?

    stop before a slipper reach your face…. tell me how many of your family members living here for you to say you have family votes at least?

    bloody third class rogue… you are the culprit must inquired for each and every North political assassinations . You was the master planner for few conflicts and blood sheds.

    God sake let Sinhala Tamil youngsters peacefully……

    wait till a letter reach Hon Canadian PM Justin Trudeau about you and your conspiracies,,,,,,,, you and your son’s human trafficking documents distortion for immigration cases.

    Tamils will united prior emerging requirement is unity of all ethnics………. don’t walk freely in Public after writing these kind a separatist articles in Sri Lankan websites, print media’s you may get possibly cow dunk as shower.

    Porukki Rascal Anandasangaree

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    [All Tamil Speaking People Must Unite]

    Madayan,

    Why only Tamil speaking people should unite? Why not all Sri Lankans unite? Why not all human beings unite, share and help each other?

    Too cheap…

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