2 October, 2020

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An Indian Or Sri Lankan Ethnic Problem?

By Izeth Hussain

 Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

To solve a problem we must address that problem, not something else, and we must also understand that problem in all its dimensions. In this article I pose the question whether our Tamil ethnic problem is an Indian problem or a Sri Lankan one. Obviously it is a Sri Lankan problem and it will be perverse to deny that. But it will also be perverse to deny that it is at the same time an Indian problem, because no Government in Delhi will be able to ignore the fall-out in Tamil Nadu of what happens to the Tamils in Sri Lanka. Furthermore – I will argue – our ethnic problem will be a minor local affair, hardly a problem at all, with no international resonance whatever, if not for the Indian dimension of the problem. In that sense, our Tamil ethnic problem is more an Indian than a Sri Lankan one.

I have been motivated to write this article by statements made by President Rajapakse when he addressed Parliament in the course of the recent Budget debate. Those statements indicate that the Indian dimension of our ethnic problem is not fully comprehended by our Government. He invited Sampanthan and Wigneswaran to join hands with him for peace and national reconciliation: “All communities must come together … It is time we showed commitment to national reconciliation”. To that Sampanthan responded later that the TNA was ready for talks, but the Government must reciprocate with a “credible response”. He referred to earlier invitation to talks to which the TNA had responded by setting forth proposals for a political solution, but the Government had failed to make any response. He pointed out that meetings had been scheduled for 17, 18, and 19 January, 2012, for discussions on issues relating to the Parliamentary Select Committee, but the meetings had not taken place then or afterwards. The Government, he charged, not the TNA was solely responsible for keeping away from talks.

The President’s recent statement amounts – at least for the most part – to not much more than rhetoric which we cannot be expected to take quite seriously. But the following is of a different order: “Rather than look for a solution from another nation we can find our own solution which we can be proud of and present our example to others”. Here he is referring to the famous “home-grown solution” which has grown dreary through repetition, and which too cannot be taken too seriously. But he definitely breaks new ground with the following phrase: “Rather than look for a solution from another nation …”. He is of course referring to India, and he is proposing that we find a political solution leaving India out of our calculations altogether.

But would that be possible? Traditionally our Tamils did not have a close relationship with the Tamils of Tamil Nadu for the reason that through long centuries of habitation in Sri Lanka our Tamils came to have a distinct and separate identity. True, there were commonalities of race, religion, and language, but all the same the Sri Lankan Tamils regarded themselves as distinct. But after Independence, because of political compulsions, they started constructing a special relationship with Tamil Nadu, and they made a brilliant success of it. However, SL Tamil aspirations to a separate state found no favor at all with TN Tamils until after 1983, and relations between the two groups of Tamils went through a troubled phase after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. In the present phase – which can be taken as beginning in May 2009 – the TN Tamils seem solidly sympathetic to the SL Tamils. They would favor a political solution through devolution, and expect Delhi to exert pressure on Sri Lanka towards that end. In this situation, any hope that our Tamils will agree to negotiate a solution while ignoring India seems quite clearly chimerical.

Let us assume – for the purposes of my argument, which is that our ethnic problem is more an Indian than a Sri Lankan problem – that the Tamils in TN are totally indifferent to what happens to the SL Tamils. In that case the Government in Delhi also wouldn’t care two hoots what happens to the SL Tamils. It would not have provided weapons and training for the LTTE and other rebel groups, and it would not have allowed any part of Indian territory to be used as a hinterland – the hinterland which can be decisive for guerrilla struggle. Very probably it would have helped the SL Government suppress the rebellion in every way possible. The rest of the international community would have simply looked on.

In the hypothetical situation of Tamil Nadu’s total indifference to the fate of the SL Tamils, how would India have reacted after the defeat of the LTTE in May 2009? India and the rest of the international community would have thought more or less along the following lines. The Tamils may have been advantaged under the British, but they were also hard-working and enterprising, which led to their disproportionate share of positions in the state sector. The resultant imbalance was being corrected after 1956, and it was more than corrected by the first half of the ‘seventies because by that time the Tamils were in a disadvantaged position. The 1977 Government, instead of correcting the new imbalance, took to State terrorism which became genocidal in 1983. The Tamil side took to the gun, which was quite understandable given the circumstances, and fought what might be regarded as a just war. But after 1994 the LTTE spurned every offer of a political solution, and engaged in provocative action culminating in the closure of the Marvil Aru anicut, which compelled President MR to wage a full-scale war. It was a just war on the Sinhalese side, in the sense that there was no alternative, ending in the victory of 2009.

There was nothing in all that to provoke Indian intervention if Tamil Nadu had been indifferent. What about developments after 2009 if that indifference continued? The Government would have followed the same policies as during the last four years, but more blatantly and perhaps more brutally. A process of demographic shift would have been set in motion to see that the North and East became predominantly Sinhalese provinces. The armed forces presence in Tamil areas would have been even more blatant. Infrastructure projects would have been going on, aimed mainly at binding the country together rather than at meeting the economic needs of the Tamil people. Resettlement etc would have proceeded at a slower pace.

Again, there is nothing in those developments that could have provoked Indian or other international intervention. There are minority ethnic groups all over the world, except in four countries – according to some counts twelve – and perhaps more often than not they are subjected to discrimination, but most often of a bearable order. Arguably that discrimination is inherent in the logic of the nation state which tends to privilege the majority ethnic group. An important fact that has to be borne in mind is that Sri Lanka is an island, which means that its minorities are even less able to migrate than the ones in countries with land frontiers. I have got this idea after recently reading an essay by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams. He argued that all the victories of the English within the British Isles were only partial victories because the defeated – the Welsh and the others – could not make their getaway, and the logic of being an island meant that the English had to seek accommodation with the other ethnic groups. Something of the sort could occur here too, with the Tamils – an extraordinarily able people – coming to be satisfied with the delights of modernity offered by economic development. That has been the hope of the present Government – not, I think, an unreasonable one in the long run.

So, there is nothing inherent in the Sri Lankan ethnic situation that justifies the kind of international attention that we are getting. It is the external dimension of the ethnic problem, the Indian dimension, that leads to that attention. That dimension arises out of the fall-out in Tamil Nadu of what happens to the Tamils here. That fall-out can lead to restiveness in Tamil Nadu about that State’s relationship with the Centre, and that restiveness can go so far as to spawn separatist movements that threaten the very unity of India. Therefore the primordial interests of India are involved, not just interests that India can forget about, in what happens to the SL Tamils. It can be held that Sri Lanka’s Tamil ethnic problem is more an Indian problem than a Sri Lankan one.

What should be done? Obviously 13A, which arose out of an Agreement with India, must be implemented as fully as possible. The Government did well to set up the Northern Provincial Council after free and fair elections, but its subsequent behavior suggests that it is not serious about allowing it to function properly. It must show itself to be serious about that, and also explore the possibility – as an urgent task – of compromise on police and land powers. What I have in mind is that if our ethnic problem gets protracted indefinitely, with no sign whatever of a political solution on the horizon, something could happen that compels India to try to impose a Cyprus-style solution, as I have argued in earlier articles.

In that connection two things must be borne in mind. The first is that both guns and morality count in international relations. India is infinitely better equipped with the gun, meaning both soft power and hard power, than Sri Lanka. We have destroyed the guns of the LTTE but we haven’t destroyed the guns of New Delhi. As for morality, our Government’s endless prevarication over a peaceful solution must strike international observers as morally shabby behavior. What is the reason for the fierce resistance to implementing 13A, which allows no more than a modest amount of devolution? One reason that I can think of is that we have got accustomed to an utterly degraded notion of power: it is seen not as a sacred trust to be expended for the benefit of the people as a whole, but as a means of kicking people around, and the idea of Tamils kicking people around is unbearable to the Sinhalese racists. Another reason is that given the chance the Tamils will make a roaring success of the NPC with the help of money and expertise from the Tamil diaspora. Any Tamil success is anathema to the Sinhalese racists. Sri Lanka is very vulnerable at present both in terms of the gun and morality.

The other thing to be borne in mind is that the totally unexpected can suddenly impel India to intervene in Sri Lanka. The unexpected keeps happening more often than we notice. Who would have thought until the other day that Indo-US relations would be so seriously damaged because an Indian diplomatic officer allegedly underpaid her maid and allegedly lied about it in an application form? There are hazards in allowing our ethnic problem to drag on and on.

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    Don’t trying to re invent the wheels again ; we all know the problem and SL gov time to time run to india to fool the people then india fool the rest if the world
    Since 1956 ethnic groups had the same problems

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      TNA’s Sambanthan should ask the corrupt president of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa to remove the military Governor of the northern province, and return HSZ lands to their rightful owners in Pallaly and Sampur as a “confidence building measure” (CBM) to show that he Mahinda Jarapassa (who actually no one believes because he is such a corrupt liar like the rest of his brothers and sons) is serious about finding a solution to the National issues – as a condition for participating in the PSC.

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      All the world powers must have understood that RACISM is on the decline. No RACIST regime survived for too long. Isreal will get its payback soon. Its written in many historical manuscripts that ZIONISM will be its hardest enemy although they’ve been fooled by God Almighty for their wickedness. For the time being, they are given ample rope to play around with their evil plans for a few days more, that’s it. It will see its waterloo very soon.

      Coming back our cursed country of Sri Lanka, all the leaders after independence thought for once, twice and thrice that they can do anything they like because, they thought they’re the gods who have the powers top CREATE & DESTROY anything they like. So, Banda the bastard created the Sinhala Only evil to DESTROY the minorities just to win the hearts and minds of the like-evil-minded Sinhala majority.

      Banda allowed the Racist bastards who have fallen for the evil preaching of the Evil-Angarika (who must be now roasting with eternal fire in Hell)to come up with any idea that will keep the majority fools in supporting him forever. But, as the truth in the natural justice system functioning in the universe, he died within a few years of his becoming the PM of this cursed land (Cursed by the God for taking evil as their god-Terror-Wada Buddhism). This is where God shows that it is HE who is in control of everything.

      Coming in that same line, Sirimavo (The evil Bitch) made this even more cursed by making the Satanic Terror-wada the State religion. LOOK AT THE RESULTS…..Boy, this Banda family must be given an award for destroying a whole nation with their whole family. Then JR (the other bastard in the leadership line) who thought he could do better than Banda, used the State sponsored terror to do the ultimate to implement the RACIST agenda of Analgarika in 1983.

      JR had to poke his own finger in his stinky cavity at the backside when he reached out to the WEST to support his NAZI plans. US reminded him that they are not in control of the area but India. God proved again that RACISTS are on a losing game and he had to sign the pact with India (Indo-Lanka Accord).

      Then came Premadasa (the other evil guy in the line of leadership) who had his sucharitha project (a cover up of his evil plans)becoming Duscharitha. He would not have imagined at the time of his death how he killed so many people (sinhala/Tamil/Indian Soldiers) along with LTTE and his govt., forces. So, again God proved that he is in control of everything. India took the revenge by an insider game and Premey bite the dust in Armor Street on May Day 1st.

      Then DB (another lesser evil and a racist) was calm during his tenure of Presidency and handed over the cursed country back to the evil family Banda, Chandrika. God never fails, and he proved that he is command and she foolishly handed the curse in the hands of the MEGA-EVIL family of MR. God is absolutely right.

      God just showed that the land that these evil bastards are trying to keep completely for them and by destroying others, is actually being destroyed by their very own guys who are “Patriotic”(a term used by the racists for their supporters and members in their evil project).

      Now, the MRs are doing more and more damage to the country by way of killing innocent human beings, political murder, robbery of the nation, causing corruption (Casinos,Liquor,Narcotics,hit squads, white vans), Newsmedia hijack (all the news media owned by them), Bogus Judiciary, Nepotism, Forming Racist proxy groups (JHU and its branches BBS,SR,RB)….God will prove once again that no Evil wins against God’s own plan like what happened to so many evil regimes (Hitler/USSR/Saddam/Gaddafi/Polpot/Imperial Japan (before 1947)/Vietnam..etc.

      May God almighty destroy all the evil rulers who propagate corruption on earth be damned forever and place them in the eternally blazing fire of HELL – Amen!

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    Very True and a very thoughtful article by Mr.Izeth Hussain. I am sure all the wise will go with you. Unfortunately politics in Sri Lanka after independence is a disappointment for the Country and the minorities. Tamils got dispersed all over the world due to repeated wrong policies of subsequent Governments. They have got used to doing this with impunity and nobody took them to task. So it continued and elections were easy to win and those who came to power cannot do much for the benefit of the Country. Still the politicians grew popular and got wealthy. This form of becoming a cheap politician is the norm for a long time. They also bred parties to suppress any good deeds towards minorities with violence aided by the Law. The situation is very difficult to be reversed by any political or forceful means existing within Sri Lanka today. Nobody in Sri Lanka can do anything good for the Country and the minorities. This situation has been firmly established over a long period. Now it is up to the International community to do the needful just like it happens under similar situations elsewhere in the World.

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      I agree with you Ampalam. May I ask – are u a civil engineer graduated from Peradeniya?

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        Why SL provide free education to Tamils?

        They get free education and try to destroy SL!!

        Modaya government gives free education to them.

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          Fat Fuk, always talking out of context, koheda yanne? “malle pol”

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          Fathima (Lorenzo)
          Would’nt you say you just proved your point in your comment above.
          Waste of a Free education given to you judging by the comments at CT and LW

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          Fathima (Lorenzo)
          I forgot mate you have an IQ unmatched by us mortals
          remember this comment at LW

          Lorenzo Says:
          April 13th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

          “Surely, any true Sinhala Buddhist with a decent IQ level will realize by observing the behavior of this BBS gang that it is undoubtedly against Buddhism and Sinhalese.”

          This shows the foolishness of this persons, unfortunately. Empty vessels makes the most sound!

          I HATE to tell this because I’m NOT so low. But since IQ was dragged, let me tell you I with a membership of an elite IQ society (MORE restrictive than Mensa which I think anyone can get in) tell you that BBS is the ONLY REAL protector of Sinhala and Buddhists interests in SL.

          LOL!

          Hail Lorenzo!

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        Ampalam! Ha ha ha,

        All what you have said is well and true.

        It is natural everyone exploits everybody else.

        The stupid Tamils once again get exploited by the stupid Sinhala go-between refugee not for profit press that is unable to blend in its adopted nation. This comes from the islander’s attitude of arrogance never to listen – most like Gotabaya but to a different degree.

        As long as the wound deep in the heart of India exist (anti-Brahmin) there won’t be an I.C. rescue but knee jerks until a new generation sees the gap and drops it all.(^O^)

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      The government is becoming a disappointment and an unbearable burden to a large proportion of Sinhalese too! Unfortunately, they are also beset with the same problem as Tamils and Muslims- a serious deficit in alternate leadership. What the minorities seek in these circumstances is external interventions of one sort or another to resolve their internal problems. This may be a pipe dream of sorts as the external elements from whom intervention is expected, may be using the minority grievances as a catspaw to attain their geopolitical objectives in terms of a Sri Lanka’s strategic location in the rapidly evolving new world power equation. The minorities may be left not only high and dry, but worse off as in previous instances of such interventions.

      However, what would be the outcome if sections of the Sinhalese themselves seek such external interventions to resolve the problems that relate to the manner in which they are governed by a pseudo-democratic government? Is this an unimaginable possibility or a fast approaching reality? Would Sri Lanka be better or worse off? Would we implode ?

      Food for thought!

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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        “|” Is this an unimaginable possibility or a fast approaching reality? Would Sri Lanka be better or worse off? Would we implode?”|”

        Libya is a case in point for the stupid Tamils and stupid Sinhalese.

        The “civilized” west worshiping power hungry wanted it all and haven’t they got it?? even today the american secret service were ridiculed while Hillary herself went berserk.

        SL the begging bowl nation does not need any outside intervention but more of Kaddafi type administration for peace to prevail. Gotabaya is your answer like him or not but live with him because the neighbours dont need stupid SL problems at their doorstep anymore.

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          “|”Food for thought!”|”

          You remember well IPKF IN>>>>IPKF OUT!!! Ha ha ha.

          Wouldn’t you kill the IPKF if given the opportunity- Sonia and Rajive weren’t qualified at Cambridge so JR unmistakably lured them and now the nation is still haunted by it.

          Should the western taxpayer support a revolution in S.L. NO! You elected rajapakasa, love him and familial and live with it. Tamils and Sinhalese are neither Chinese, French or Russian but just an ungrateful bunch used to free stuff.

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        Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

        “Is this an unimaginable possibility or a fast approaching reality?”

        This is already taking place please read excerpt from

        Ceylontoday report:

        CBK to be the common candidate
        December 28, 2013

        The United National Party (UNP) has decided to present former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga as the opposition’s common candidate to contest against President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the upcoming presidential elections.
        This decision has been made on Sunday (22) by the UNPers during a special discussion conducted at Mangala Samaraweera’s residence in Bolgoda.

        UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Chairman of the Leadership Council, Karu Jayasuriya, UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake and Member of Parliament Mangala Samaraweera were present at the discussion, which also included former President Kumaratunga.

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          [Edited out]

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          Dear a Native Vedda,

          The CBK trial balloon has been floated several times and shot down by CBK herself as many times. CBK missed the bus twice and is now in the ranks of the ‘ Had Beens’ . Even if resurrected. as a presidential candidate and miraculously re-elected President, one cannot expect her to deliver what is needed now.

          Karma has dealt this country a bad hand not once but several times in our post-independence history. The trend unfortunately may continue for quite a while, until we the people learn our lessons the hard way. Apparently even VP who was thrown into the melee was not bad enough for us as Sri Lankans to
          learn our lessons. MR is now in the melee to teach us lessons we refuse to learn!

          Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    SL Muslims are not real Muslims. They are a corrupted form of Hindus. Holy Koran in Arabic must be used for all religious purposes not a south Indian translation.

    True Islam in the form of Wahab teachings must be spread among SL Muslims.

    Until then misled Muslims will support Hindustan politics.

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      “|”SL Muslims are not real Muslims. “|”

      You are truly churning out puss from a pigs backside!! He he he.

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      Moda “Fat Fuk” does not seems to understand anything at all !

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    Its stating the bloody obvious. Mismanagement leads to failure. Misuse of political power at all levels causes most failures. All “third world” nations have issues stemming from bad governance at one level or another. Although it would be hard to deny forces that are not within her realm of control are also contributing.

    Tamil politicians launch “the struggle”. Overtime it develops into a military confrontation. Would things be different had there been no mismanagement? Its hard to say given Tamil politicians were clashing with the majority even before the hand over.

    The Tamil politicos misuse Tamil nadu factor to re-balance the equation in their favour. Its a misuse of power in itself. This undoubtedly prolongs the conflict.

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    If the Tamil problem had been amicably settled,there would have been no occasion for Tamilnadu or India to intervene. It is the ‘Mahawansa mentality’ of the Sinhalese and their leadership that prevents them from giving the due place to the Tamills. The Sinhalese should have known that with a considerably large and powerful state such as Tamilnadu being in such close proximity and also being part of a giant of a nation, India it would be simply foolish to think that the Tamils could be assimilated among the Sinhalese by whatever method or means. Tamils are a people who are proud of their culture,history and traditions and will never ever succumb to assimilation. So,it would be best in the interest of all to examine ways and means of being accommodative through proper devolution of powers to the Tamils. Any other attempt will end up only in a tragedy for all.

    Sengodan. M

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    ..The Government did well to set up the Northern Provincial Council after free and fair elections, but its subsequent behavior suggests that it is not serious about allowing it to function properly. …

    Rudira, Dr. N.M., Sugadadasa, Premadasa were some Mayors of Colombo Municipal Council. Does the present CM of NPC or any other PC has at least 75 % of powers and authority enjoyed by the above Mayors? What a farce is the devolution to the provinces.

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    Izeth Hussain the Great Teacher is in action and lesser mortals are obliged to sit down and listen to the wisdom.

    The prognosis in this Essay is, as usual, a mixture of sense, nonsense, anti-Tami, anti-Indian prejudice the man is notorious for. It is also unsolicited advise to the Rajapakses who are now under vicious attack by this half-Burgher Muslim – who was earlier a Rajapakse apologist. On and off he champions the Muslims cause but the community do not appear to have much time for him.

    To conclude the ethnic issue is an Indian problem is foolish and so is the comment it began with Independence. It is locally and universally recognised the problem is a creature of SWRD’s 1956 “Sinhala Only” Apey Anduwa concoction that virtually destroyed an otherwise united and prosperous developing plural country.

    Mahinda Rajapakse calling the TNA for unity talks is the continuation of his trickery that is calculated to mislead the Sinhala electorate he is a man of peace. His aim to place the TNA as bad-buys in Sinhala eyes has succeeded in winning the gullible. Fortunately, there are a large number of the more well informed in the Sinhala side who know better. TNA has throughout maintained they have no objection to talks but have asked Rajapakses to declare what is on offer. The Tamil leadership is entitled to ask for this because from 1956 upto now it has been a trail of broken promises (kadawena poronduwa) – written and verbal. TNA are far too smart to be taken for a ride by the semi-literate Rajapakses.

    Hussain seems to think India gives two hoots to the Lankan Tamil issue – a pathetic misreading. From Panikkar’s days India’s security establishment has been concerned Sri Lanka can pose a serious threat to Sub-Continents Southern soft under-belly. It is now proven right because Pakistan (ISI) and the global Islamic Conquest Agenda has already infiltrated radical Muslim interests in the Eastern Province from the time of the late Ashraff. Sinhalese are now waking up to the stalking danger. It has now reached proportions the Indian security establishment is deeply concerned with.

    In the curious statement “the resultant imbalance was corrected after 1956” Hussain once more betrayes his anti-Tamil predjudice. Any further comment is unnecessary as many Sinhala scholars have admitted this hollow claim of Tamils being advantaged by design by the British is an untenable and mischievous charge of Sinhala pseudo-Nationalists.

    “There is nothing inherent in the SL ethnic situation that justifies the kind of attention we are getting. It is the Indian dimension that leads to that attention” is once more a comment unbecoming of one pretending to be academic of high order. Has’nt the man heard of that celebrated untruth of Zero Casualties in the local war. The Rajapakses are going through sleepless nights with fearful thoughts of where the Geneva enquiries will end. GR rushing to Delhi and Lalith W to Geneva after all the boastful tall-talk are clear indications of the ethnic problem and the indefensible May 2009 events now being high in the Agenda of UNHRC and possibly later with ICC. One wonders whom Hussain is trying to fool blaming the Indian dimension.

    However, in fairness to the ageing octogenarian one must give him credit where it is due. He is right in pronouncing any Tamil success is anathema to Sinhala racists. That must include the Rajapakse Family at the head of the pack.

    India, the region and the world knows more than anything else the Rajapakses fear “Tamils will make a roaring success of the NPC” which is why Governor Chandrasiri goes hell for leather to prove his loyalties by hook or by crook. He owes that to the family that had placed him in such super-luxurious and lucrative circumstances in the North. The Governor will go to any length to dismantle the NPC. The world might take a totally different view.

    R. Varathan

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      Varathan,
      You have put it in a ‘nutshell’.
      I agree.

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    Thank you Mr Hussain for the knowledgeable and thought-through points that you have made. The current impasse, if one can call it that, is that MR’s pronouncements on ‘talking’ with Tamils is a front to show willing. Rather like his public invitation to Callum Macrae to come and have a tea and ‘talk’.
    The reality is that MR and his government will procrastinate as much as possible in order NOT to rouse the BBS and Sinhala Ravaya who will certainly want to make their vociferous contribution to any discussion on a political settlement of the issues brought up.

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    The solution could be found locally if the Govt treats the minorities as equal citizens and devolves power to the provinces. As it is even 13A or LLRC is not on. What does the President expect from the Tamils, to join hands and sing hallelujah to his military-racist policies? Dr Jekyll proposes Mr Hyde disposes.

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    Already Tamil Nadu has 65 million Tamils. If we transfer 3 million Tamilians in SL then it is India’s problem only.

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      The only smell I get here from the stupid author is that he has lost the Muslim Middle East Card.

      You smell of bestiality after 2009 and FatFima the beastliness Promoting Circumcision to the equal bestiality Mahawamse BBS/Sinhala Ravaya and the north Indians- Man having intercourse with a horse,exterior of temple in Khaguraho.

      Bestiality: Book illustration depicting dog with woman , Isfahan, “Iran”, 15th century.

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    it doesn’t have to be the problem of either india or sri lanka. northeast is tamil country. india and sri lanka shouldn’t interfere in our internal affairs. chingala black monkey army should leave northeast and go back to the southern jungles. these jungle bunnies are perverts and they are making a nuisance of themselves to young girls and ladies. i read in jaffna news, one chingala black monkey was caught peeping through a tiny opening when women were having a bath. chingala black monkey army soldier was caught red handed and was beaten up by locals. in my opinion these chingala black monkeys should be given 10 trees each to swing. chingala black monkey chandrasiri should leave with dignity instead of waiting to be kicked out. tamil country should have tamil governors. tamils don’t need chingala black illiterates. peiris the black chingala ignorant illiterate says there are first class institutions who are capable of protecting rights of citizens. i don’t know what this idiot is talking about when the international community has concluded that human rights situation in sri lanka is at a low ebb. this chingala black monkey should take up the profession of his ancestors that is catching sardines.

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      I protest. This is arrant racist drivel that does not contribute in any way to the debate.

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    For the Mahavamsa SInhalese this was always an Indian problem. He thinks that Lanka is the last and only bastion for the Sinhala Buddhist to protect. It was thrice blessed by the historical Buddha who probably did not know of its existence and never visited it. But, myths had to be built so that Sinhala race and Buddhism had to be protected in the island. Hence, the Mahavamsa and its myths of the uniqueness of the Sinhala race when the majority of them and the most chauvinist of them are in fact recent Tamil or Kerala immigrants. The karavas, duravas, the salagamas are the most vocal Sinhala extremists simply because their credibility to being Sinhalese is slim. It was the same with Hitler who was stringently anti-semitic because he had Jewish blood. So, too with the recent immigrants from India. They have to put a distance between India and themselves as vigorously as possible. So, for reasons other than the ones mentioned by Mr Hussein, this is very much an Indian problem.

    The LTTE misplayed the game many times over. One was the unnecessary killing of Rajiv. Another was not to accept the Indo-SL pact, the only legally binding document which states that the NorthEast are the traditional homelands of the Tamils, giving India a permanent standing to enforce an obligation due to India. The Tamils will have to acknowledge that LTTE made these mistakes and argue on the basis of the legality of existing international obligations. These involve the Indo-SL Pact, their right to self-determination and accountability for war crimes committed against them. Put in this way, the appeal it would have to the Indian public both in TamilNadu and the rest of India would be great. the elections next year will result in the Southern votes being important so that both the Congress and the BJP will court the parties in TamilNadu. It has already started with Chidambaram telling some fibs about why they could not come into save the Tamils. Defnitely, the Tamil problem will forever be an Indian problem not for the reasons stated by Mr Husein but because formation of governments cannot take place in India without coalition with regional parties like the DMK or the ADMK both of which are outdoing each other as champions of Eelam. The Sinhalese might want to leap into the Chinese laps. But, they themselves with feel uncomfortable with the situation. Chinese do not have the advantage of proximity, closeness with the US or any moral claim to help SL. India will have most of humanity on its side if she were to go to bat for the Tamil cause this time around because between the Rajapakses, the BBS and the Sinhala Urumaya, they have revealed their Mahavamsa colours as being inflexible cutthroats bent on domination of other people.

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      Kabaragoya reads the issue eminently well.

      I wish the other commentator who also uses my name comes with his
      initials or first name – so that we can avoid confusion.

      R. Varathan

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    Izeth Hussain thankyou for the interesting article, The events of Sri Lanka are sad story.

    I would say our people of Sri Lanka are not vigilant about our politics, the events will be steered
    with external powers. Our rulers are just a porn in a big game.

    We really don’t know how the wind will turn and our local politics will be determined.

    Each language and religion are our pillars of our country, it is essential for our be leaves and culture.
    Eliminating one or another will not give us prosperity but will reduce our assets of values and culture.

    Nothing is for ever and nothing is sure to give an everlasting prosperity. Humanity and values are the key to our success, we all are belonging to one civilization with small differences. Example a Singelease from gale will have small difference in behaviors than one from Kandy, a Tamil from Batticaloa will have small difference in rituals than a person from Jaffna. A muslim from Kattankudi will have small difference in behavior than from Matara. There will be more similarities between people from the same village than different languages from different parts of the country.

    We must not use small differences to differentiate us, we need to build bridges, or else we will be a lost civilization for ever. All communities needs to be given the right to practice their be leaves, culture and language and prosper in their individuality.

    Most of the comments are useful but some seems to be using words to present his/her´s social status to underline the social difficulties undergone by them.

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    A federalism is the answer to uplift our economy. The Tamil diaspora will make a Singapore out of North and East. The wealth will spill over to the South.

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      Robert Ryan seems to get the picture in perspective. A fully-fledged, working university with teachers only with an agenda to teach where the emphasis will be English with facilities for Tamil to continue to be developed; an active sea-port dredged to take in vessels up to 50,000 tons alongside to attract transit and entrepot trade; an international airport busy with passenger and cargo;
      two dozens of 3,4 and 5 star-hotels; affordable housing for the poor and middle class; a reliable and people-friendly Police system;
      a working administration system and a honourable and respected judicial system working in English with facilities for Tamil and Sinhalese are some of the things that are in the works. If 300,000 Tamils in the diaspora invest US$50,000 each in branches of international banks established in the North (HSBC, Standard Chartered, State Bank of India, IOB, ICIC Bank guaranteed an interest of a minimum 6-8% and the safety of their capital the NPC
      will deliver an Annual Per Capita of around US$5,000 within the 1st 5 years; US$10,000 within 5-10 years and US$10-15,000 within 10-15 years. In due time, citizens will be asked to support savings scheme where around 25% of their earnings will be placed in a compulsory National Development scheme; An assured diaspora tourism arrival of 50,000-100,000 a month will be guaranteed in a growing economy under a peaceful environment. An enabling climate will be created for Indian and overseas small eco-friendly industries that will easily provide jobs for a quarter million within 48 months. Every effort will be made to realise annual growth around 8% and inflation kept below 5% initially.

      A dream? Yes! An eminently reachable one with resolve and a workable and dedicated political system. When, and not if, this succeeds soon
      there will be room for our other brethren in the South too to enjoy the fruits of this dream. This is the Lanka Tamil dream – and not the violent ones with a separatist agenda often attributed to the Tamil Nation.

      Is this the fear of the regime to allow the NPC to provide due facilities and encouragement to function?

      Pandaranayagam

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    this problem will be solved when a tamil guy gets hold of a nuke from kudankulam. haven’t you heard about this indian mujahadeen jihadi who said one of his mates was about to obtain a nuke to bomb surat. he said the guy got caught before he could do the job. gujarat could have been wiped out if he has carried out the bombing.

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