15 December, 2017

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An Appeal To CM Wigneswaran And Other Elected TNA Members Of The NPC

By Ratna Bala

People who couldn’t get beyond nanthikkadal and mullivaikkal have blessed you all. In their total silence they prayed. They wished for you all to hold your head high and stand in front of their people to pledge them. You will look after them on their behalf in the coming years. In that hope they rest in peace believing their parents, children, wives and husbands will be looked after in their absence. They  shed their remaining tears to thank you all for doing everything possible to take care of them.

Wigneswaran

I am sure you are all aware of your responsibilities and people’s expectations. It’s not difficult to understand the suffering these people have gone through all these years. Their family, parents and children have gone through continuous multiple displacements with the fear of losing someone in the family or himself at any moment. Along the way they have lost their properties and whatever they earned with years of hard work. Brutality and cruelty of war took the lives of many of their children, family members and friends. They got suffocated in mullivaikkal and found alive in manik farm refugee camps in difficult conditions. Finally they were dumped again with nothing to begin their life in the middle of heavy military presence whom responsible for the loss of their loved ones.

Since their return they were holding on to their life with minimal available resources. They need substantial help to stand on their feet. Without your help they won’t be able to hold on to their life too long. I hope you all understand the urgency to assist them. It is with this hope in spite of every difficulty they all came to cast their vote. They have participated in this election as our country had never seen before to elect you all as their representatives. I beg you all to keep this in your heart in every decision you make in the NPC.

Last four years TNA was not been able to contribute significantly to provide assistance to affected people due to several reasons. Now being elected with big majority to NPC you should be ready roll your sleeve and get into action as soon as possible to serve them. It is the mandate given to you by the people as your shot term goals highlighted in your manifesto. Deviating from this short term goal of doing everything possible to alleviate the suffering of these people may be equal to crime against humanity. Please do not commit such crime. I call upon my people to hold you all responsible if you all commit such crime with utter selfishness and arrogance of power. I hope all TNA affiliated parties will realise the immediate need in front them as elected members and behave responsibly to unite their collective energy and resources. Everyone wish NPC to perform effectively to overcome the challenges ahead of them.

What can be done by the NPC to improve the resettlement, reconstruction, reconciliation and recovery of our war affected people and develop NP.

1)    Promote participatory governance and administration. Give more opportunity for people to get engaged and express their needs and concerns for their corporation to improve efficiency and creativity.

2)    Put forward a relief proposal to provide long term assistance to war widows, limbs amputees, orphans, wounded disabled and sexual violence victims belong to all militant groups and civilians.

3)    Providing help to build home  to all affected people

4)    Assist return of displaced Muslim people.

5)    Promote an awareness campaign in the community to accommodate all those took part in armed liberation struggle to live a normal life in the society. They need more loving care to be successful to return to normal life. Tamil community should be aware of their responsibility to look after them and should stop involving in unnecessary gossip or vent their anguish and agony to hurt their feeling as they can result in tragic consequences. Government officers, teachers and community elders should be educated and trained to care these vulnerable people.

6)    Establish children and women protection institution to prevent abuse of children and women. So many children who have one parent or both parents ended up in orphanages. These families should be helped so these children can stay with their parents.

7)    Self reliance and self esteem are basic ingredients for living with dignity. We can reliably assist our people in their survival only by creating jobs which can give them self reliance and self esteem. There are plenty of opportunities available in several fields in NP such as vegetable storage and processing, bio fuels, wind and solar energy, animal husbandry, fruits produce, frozen fish products, Palmyrah industry etc. Tamil Diaspora business community should be encouraged to get involved in these ventures. Srilankan Government should be convinced to provide incentives like tax concession for initial few years for tamil diaspora professionals and businessmen to come back and serve their people. They should be able to get their dual citizenship as soon as possible without any delay to facilitate this process.

8)     Psychosocial help is urgently needed in war affected areas.  Significant help should be obtained from  professionals in Srilanka and abroad

9)    Trilingual education policy should be promoted with enthusiasm and commitment

10) Engineering faculty project should be completed as soon as possible as this will give more job opportunities and provide more professional work force.

11) Convince the government to upgrade Pally airport as international airport for tamil diasopra to visit home often in convenience. This will have significant impact on the economy of NP and the whole country. It will be very much appreciated by tamil diaspora.

12) Building Jaffna city sewage drainage system long overdue. Collection and Recycling garbage improve environment, health and revenue.

13) Fishing industry needs more investment to upgrade the boats available to our fishermen. The negotiation with India should be given priority to settle the dispute amicably.

14) Making sure safety measures in place to protect the environment from cement factory and parantan chemicals.

15)  Fertilizers polluting ground Water should be prevented. Its impact on ground water need  urgent assessment

16) Tamilnadu have significant automobile industry in India. This opportunity can be utilised to explore the possibility of manufacturing spare parts for their car industry in NP

17) IT sector need significant boost in NP. With appropriate approaches Microsoft should be able to provide help to build an IT park in vanni region.

18) Social inclusiveness to avoid any form of discrimination based on gender, caste and religions should form the basic discipline in NPC

19) Should strengthen the relationship with other provincial councils to share their experiences and cordial understanding and friendship to promote devolution of powers from centre to the provinces.

20) Full implementation of 13th amendment, Release of political prisoners, reduction of military presence, account for disappeared people, removal of PTA, having a civil governor all these could be achieved with win-win negotiations with the government done in good sprit and building trust.

These are few I could think. I am sure you all could be able to find much more options in your brain storming sessions and from resourceful resources.

Your commitment for next 6-12months should be dedicated to uplift the war affected people to reduce their sufferings. I appeal to all of you to show restrain in showing your emotions and avoid making statements unproductive to the immediate task at your hand. Showing restrain means you understand and take your responsibility seriously as a captain to navigate your ship without hitting any iceberg and getting damaged in stormy weather. All the people on board live under your responsibility. Unless you are clear about your immediate goal you can’t even start your journey.

Take this opportunity to build confidence and consensus among various groups. While seeking more devolution of powers from the centre creation of positive and productive power sharing arrangements and agreements at the provincial council also necessary to build peace. Promoting self interest, exploiting fears of others, cynical about others motive, arrogance attitude from people of influence, not open for change and closing your eyes and ears and hoping things will disappear are all not acceptable initiatives to build a solid foundation. We should begin to engage with issues in a responsible way with respect to each other.

We need right kind of change in our action and attitude to move Srilanka to be a beacon of justice and democracy in Southasia. It is not an impossible task. People of Srilanka belong to every community longing for it for too long. All Srilankans are more hopeful NPC under Mr.CV.Wigneswan’s leadership will show courage and conviction to contribute constructively in this endeavour.

I congratulate you all being elected by our people to serve them with utmost care and unfailing devotion.  Promise yourself to live as an example for the future generation to follow. They will be proud of their leaders who have guided them to a new future to live with respect and dignity.

Best wishes.

Dr. Ratna Bala

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    Dear Chief minister and Wigneswaran, ministers and members of Northern Province council,

    We wanted a change and it has happened. We hope it will bring at least some change to the life of the people. We don’t expect that to happen immediately because you have to start from zero and every step requires considerable amount of effort. The society is not used to norms and it is very difficult bring this society back to norm. First and most you have to build the trust between you and the people you are going to serve. To do this people expect a high standard from you all and unity among you.

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    4) Assist return of displaced Muslim people.

    Why have the Sinhala bakers being omitted?
    I remember long years ago, eating the bread baked by these bakers.

    Invite them too. They were part of the Northern society.
    Overlooking them amounts to racism.
    This may be a small oversight but creates a huge impact.

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      Legitimate Sinhalese who were living in the Northern Province before 1958 riots should be given priority and we should welcome. The Sinhala people those who were settled by force by racist political leaders with the aim changing the natural demography should think about going back to their original places. If they want to live in the Region they should join hands with the people and respect the laws of the local administration. They should not be part of unlawful activities of the military and racist politics of the South.

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        Its not up to you to decided who can and will make their living any where in this country. So thank you for ur dumb idea but go to hell

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          abhaya

          “Its not up to you to decided who can and will make their living any where in this country.”

          It is not up to the Sinhala/Buddhist state and its institutions to decide who lives where and who get marginalised in the process and lose hsi/her habitat, lively hood, dignity,political representation in various elected bodies.

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            Actually it is up to the minorities to continue with actions that further marginilaze them and the majority to marginalize them as they deserve. Those actions are sessation and actions leading to.

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              abhaya

              “Actually it is up to the minorities to continue with actions that further marginilaze them and the majority to marginalize them as they deserve.”

              Your comment is encouraging or is it? However it is a tempting offer to Hindians, which they can’t resist.

              Read the following excerpt from the right wing BJP Prime ministerial candidate none other than Narendra Modi:

              Modi says must protect Tamils
              October 18, 2013

              [Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi says people of Indian origin are present in several countries and they have to be engaged effectively and taken care of when in trouble like the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

              …….
              ……

              Modi stressed that the foreign policy should be drawn up with inputs from states and wondered why not give each Indian state one foreign country to develop better relationship with.]

              (Colombo Gazette)

              You are going to regret for the rest of your life for making your stupid comment. Let us see.

              Actually it is up to the minority Sinhala/Buddhists to continue with actions that further marginilaze them and the majority to marginalize them as they deserve.

              I am not sure whether you know that total Hindian population is about 1.3 billion, stupid Tamil population is about 80 Million and your stupid Sinhala/Buddhists population is about 17 millions.

              As you rightly said you deserve it.

              Unfortunately now you don’t have LTTE to fight your war against the Hindians. Don’t bet on your armed forces who as they did in the late 80s would be hiding behind their women folks.

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          Goth- abhaya,

          No Gotha it is up to us to decide who lives where in Eelam. Back in Detroit and confined to your room as you cant walk the street safe and take a Bus Ride you are day dreaming with nothing to do.
          We are not going to hell and we are staying put so get used to it.

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      Look, it’s more important to build Dagobas in places where there are few or no Buddhists, than to bring back the Muslims and the Sinhala Bakers.
      We have ‘Army’ bakeries and hotels to cater to other needs.

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      They left on their own. They will come back on their own. They only have to come and park them self at a railway station and say their great great great grand father own a tiny piece of land in the north. The government will do the rest. But dont expect the same bread now.

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    VERY TRUE with the only exception:”We need the right kind of change in our action and attitude to move Sri Lanka to be a beacon of justice and democracy in Southasia. It is not an impossible task.” This is a pipe dream. Bensen

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    Please include your appeal to CM, related with IDPs who belong to Valley North, has been suffering since 1990 without resettlement.

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    Work diligently towards achieving energy security for the Northern Province on a priority basis. Go green and generate more energy through renewable source, thus reducing your dependence on grid electricity by going solar / wind / biomass etc and coupling it with a province-wide energy conservation drive. For street lighting, for instance, cities and towns in the province could switch to a Solar power-cum-LED bub-based solution, taking a cue from such illumination systems they have installed at jogging tracks in Colombo.

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    There are signs of TNA breaking up after the NPC election. They have become a laughing stock among the Sinhala south. They were waiting for this to happen.
    Basil, Gota and their Sinhala Buddhist racists band wagon did not attend NPC Chief Minister’s oath taking ceremony. They have shown their true colours to the entire world.
    The people in the north want you to be united always.

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      we don’t need to worry about TNA breaking up. Unlike in the south, people in the North East are very focused and have the ability to analyse and select the appropriate persons as their representatives. In the North, the people always look for unity and one voice. The TNA constituents other than Federal party are not traditional political parties. People never gave solidarity with these organisations and these organisations at some point joined with Sri lankan government (Military)or Indian government (military) to oppress Tamil people. They should realise and it is the time to dissolve their organisations and join the mainstream political party or start a new party. Tamils do not need many parties or many leaders. If you are really interested in public service put forward your people first and people will give you needed recognition.

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        Well said Ajith.We need real democratic leaders,not people like Suresh,Selvam and Sidharthan.People havnt forgotten their violent past especially during the IPKF time.Why did Suresh convene a press conference and attack TNA and our CM?Its because TNA didnt offer minister post to his brother Sarves.We dont need power greedy people like Suresh.
        Lets hope for the best.

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      Beganendra,

      It is the Sinhalese who are the Laughing stock of the World.

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    Chief Minister Justice Wigneswaran, add one more to this list, ensure that any Sri Lankan who wants to live and work in the North should be supported and welcomed by the Northern Provincial Council.

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    Once more Mr. Chief Minister, ensure that Tamils, especially those who are of the Indian Origin and living outside the Northern Province also get a better standard of living. YOu must do this so that at the next elections TNA can contest in other parts of the country not as a Tamil National Alliance but as Sri Lankan National Alliance for the betterment of all Sri Lankans.

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    PLEASE THINK POSSITIVE!

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    All advice above has already been considered and will be implemented as soon as possible – I beleive.
    But,the army and the Governor should not interfere.

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      justice you write “But,the army and the Governor should not interfere.”. This is not possible under the present central government which is bent on destroying anything of Tamil, the only way they can do is by interfering in the work of NPC through army and the governor.

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    TNA MP Sritharan has threatened Sinhalese to GET OUT of Jaffna.

    This type of racist terrorists should be killed immediately.

    Army Commander, where is your action? Can you match your shallow words with real action please?

    If he can’t had over the task to the underworld.

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      Fat ” Mama” Fuk U Shima,

      You are a Sinhalese Racist but trapped in a Muslim body by a stupid mistake choosing to fool everyone with a Muslim Name in a Japanese outfit. Tamil Nadu Army ( TNA) MP Sritharan is perfectly within his right to ask illegal Immigrants to Get Out of Tamil Land.

      The terrorists are your masters MR and his cronies.
      Army Commander is confined to barracks and has been put out of action and he can do bugger all.

      Underworld you mean Mervin and Duminda.

      Where is Gotha

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    If Sinhalese and or Muslims get out of Jaffna, Tamils get out of Colombo. Lets see who gets out of where.

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    Fat” Mama” Fuk U Shima

    Sinhalese who were settled by force along with the Occupying Army have to get out and that is not negotiable. Those Muslims who were driven out for spying for the occupying army can and will be resettled.

    I agree with you that Tamils in Colombo have to return Home to Eelam. Those Tamils who wish to stay in Colombo like thousands of Jews who despite being the victims of Holocaust chose to stay in Germany can make their mind up.
    But I wouldn’t have any problem if the Sinhalese chase them out of Colombo as their Home is in Eelam.

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    Dr. Bala ,

    I can understand your concerns but rest assured that right is on our side and we will get to the Promised Land and anyone who deviates from that Goal will pay a heavy price at the next Election and there is no margin for error here. We have waited 64 years to get to where we are today and we have to stay the course.

    The Order of Priorities are as follows.

    Economic Freedom is meaningless without Political Freedom

    1) Get the Barbaric Army off the Street and confine a token presence to the Barracks.
    2) Install a Tamil Police force with a Tamil Commissioner of Police.
    3) Improve the Economy and make Eelam self sufficient .
    4) With international help get MR to the Hague
    5) Once he has been booted out either as ordinary Citizen or as
    re elected President and nothing will give me more satisfaction
    than to see President Mahintha being put on a plane like Milosevic
    start the process of reconciliation. But this is up to the
    majority.
    6) Finally set up a Simon Wiesenthal Committee to hunt down those
    who had a hand in the Genocide including Minister Karuna and
    Douglas.

    All this will happen after we have a change of Leadership in India after March 2014 when the wheels of justice will begin to turn after it has been oiled operated by Mr.Clean and the Iron Lady

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