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Anton Balasingham Predicted A Bloody End For The LTTE

By Pitasanna Shanmugathas

Pitasanna Shanmugathas

On March 4th 2017 Anton Balasingham Stanislaus would have been celebrating his 79th birthday. Within the LTTE, Anton Balasingham was the political ideologue—a man who advocated pragmatic solutions. Prabhakaran was the military mastermind. When I interviewed Erik Solheim he described their relationship “as that of a husband and wife,” always needing each other but at the same time always fighting with one another. “Together, when [Balasingham and Prabhakaran] combined their forces, they were a strong team. Separately, neither of them could lead the struggle.”

Balasingham, for the latter part of his life, would spend all his energy attempting to convince Prabhakaran that the ethnic conflict can only be solved under a united Sri Lanka. A separate state was not viable.

LTTE leaders like Nadesan, and Tamilselvan were all junior both in age and experience to Prabhakaran and did not express any form of independent political thinking that deviated from the LTTE-status quo as it pertains to how to solve the ethnic conflict. Aside from Prabhakaran, Balasingham was the only individual in the LTTE who could express independent political thinking. Balasingham was one of the only, if not the only Tamil, who had the unique power to criticize Prabhakaran directly to his face, and have dissenting views from Prabhakaran, without facing deadly consequences. Prabhakaran regarded Balasingham as an elder brother, even though they had bitter disagreements, they bought loved each other. When Balasingham required critical medical attention in 1999, it was Prabhakaran who organized Balasingham’s journey to Thailand to seek treatment. Balasingham It is largely owing to Balasingham’s efforts that Prabhakaran even agreed to peace talks. Balasingham, before having joined the LTTE, lived abroad for several years, sharpened his education with a master’s degree studying philosophy and politics at a university in London, and was a formally disciplined pragmatic thinker.

Balasingham

Nevertheless, despite Balasingham’s key position in the LTTE, Prabhakaran made it clear that he was the sole decision maker of the LTTE. In 1985, according to journalist Narayan Swamy, after India made Balasingham and two other Sri Lankan Tamils persona non grata, Prabhakaran lashed out at Rajiv Gandhi and said: “You are blaming [Balasingham] for influencing me. I do listen to [Balasingham], but I don’t get influenced by him. I take the decisions that I think are best for [the] LTTE.”

At the very end of Balasingham’s life, Prabhakaran and Balasingham were not on good terms and allegedly did not speak to one another. Balasingham, in the last weeks of his life, met with Erik Solheim and told Solheim that the LTTE will lose the North and East. According to Solheim, Balasingham was disillusioned with Prabhakaran and may have viewed Prabhakaran as part of the problem. Balasingham predicted a bloody end for Tamils, in part due to Prabhakaran’s actions, and that is exactly what happened. The politically pragmatic Balasingham prophetically predicted, in a conversation with DBS Jeyaraj, that “China, Japan, Pakistan and India were going to back the Rajapaksa regime and ensure that the LTTE was militarily defeated and destroyed.”
Prabhakaran, in Balasingham’s own words, was “a war lord who has no real interest in political concepts.” Prabhakaran was a man who had virtually zero understanding of the political consequences to his actions. It would be Prabhakaran’s lack of political understanding that would seal the LTTE’s fate. This was obvious in many instances. The most obvious case was Prabhakaran’s political decision to assassinate Rajiv Gandhi. The least talked about case within the Tamil diaspora is how Prabhakaran, by boycotting the 2005 Presidential elections, was responsible for getting Mahinda Rajapaksa elected. Prabhakaran wanted to reenergize support for the separatist movement. Prabhakaran thought that by electing a Sinhala-Buddhist hardliner like Rajapaksa, he would get more sympathy for his separatist cause from the international community. This was, like most of Prabhakaran’s political decisions, a stupid one.

This was a stupid decision because Ranil Wickremesinghe, Rajapaksa’s opponent in the 2005 Presidential elections, throughout the Norway-backed peace process, was viewed more favorably by the LTTE delegation (including Anton Balasingham) in comparison to Chandrika Kumaratunga. Wickremesinghe was far more open to the political aspirations of the LTTE, even announcing his intention to setup an interim administration for the Northeast in which all political parties represented in the region would have a place—providing a clear nod to the longstanding Tamil demand.

In an unprecedented act, the LTTE delegation comprehensively drafted out their demands in an interim self-governing authority proposal (ISGA). Balasingham voiced disappointment at the fact that he was largely excluded throughout the ISGA drafting process. According to Solheim, Balasingham regarded the proposals as being too maximalist. Balasingham believed it would weaken Wickremesinghe’s position in the South. However, Chandrika had taken control over the peace process from Wickremesinghe, and she dismissed the ISGA proposals.

I believe an underlying reason for Chandrika having dismissed the ISGA proposals was because there was no longer any senior Tamil politician within Chandrika’s ranks to convince her of the necessity to negotiate with the LTTE’s ISGA proposal. However, in the mid to late 1990s, Neelan Tiruchelvam (an internationally renowned constitutional lawyer) was one of Chandrika’s senior political advisors. Tiruchelvam, a man who constantly advocated engaging in negotiations with the LTTE, would have insisted that Chandrika consider the ISGA proposals. However, by killing Tiruchelvam, there was effectively no one willing to convince Chandrika of the necessity to negotiate with the LTTE’s proposals.

In March of 2003, in a speech Balasingham gave at the opening of an LTTE bank, it was clear that he regretted Prabhakaran’s killing of Neelan Tiruchelvam, citing the missed opportunity for the LTTE to negotiate the GL-Neelan package in its original form.

Balasingham, in a conversation with DBS Jeyaraj, attributed his exclusion from the peace process to the fact that other senior LTTE leaders like Thamilselvan, Castro, Pottu Ammaan and Ruthirakumaran prejudiced Prabhakaran’s mind against him after the Oslo talks between Wickremesinghe and the LTTE. The other senior leaders, according to Balasingham, foolishly influenced Prabhakaran into thinking that the world would back the LTTE if Rajapaksa was in power.

On numerous instances, Balasingham stated that the LTTE does not operate on the concept of a separate state but that of a homeland and self-determination. And a homeland, Balasingham argued, does not mean a separate state but a territory where Tamil-speaking people live. Balasingham always knew that it would be impossible for Tamils to gain a separate state—however, he was never able to make Prabhakaran fully understand this reality.

In mid-2006, during the final months of his life, Balasingham went on the Indian television show (NDTV) and apologized on behalf of the LTTE for their murder of Rajiv Gandhi—urging India to be “magnanimous in putting the past behind.” According to Solheim, “Balasingham wanted to reach out to Europe and the US, but his real affinity was with India.”

However, despite Prabhakaran’s narrow political thinking, it would be incorrect to say that Prabhakran is solely to blame for violent end to the war. The constant party rivalry between the SLFP and the UNP significantly contributed to the breakdown of the peace process. For example, peace in Northern Ireland is a key example of how both the Conservative Party and the Labor Party in the UK formed a consensus to peacefully end the war. Subsequently, a peace agreement was reached with the IRA. In 2016, Colombia was able to end a 52-year war with the FARC rebel group because the key political leaders came to the consensus that the war was taking a dangerous toll on the people of Colombia. This level of bipartisanship did not happen between the SLFP and the UNP.

In an interview I conducted with Erik Solheim, he discusses his experiences throughout the peace process and the dynamic relationship between Anton Balasingham and Prabhakaran. If you would like to watch the interview:

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    A very [Edited out] man with an [Edited out] white wife who could make the buffalo headed Rajapaksas look like Bollywood stars?

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      Pitasanna Shanmugathas types:

      “Anton Balasingham Predicted A Bloody End For The LTTE”

      Anton Balasingham also predicted that VP the psychopath was going to invent fire, wheel, zero, π, solve Fermet’s Last Theorem, compose Gambothi Raga, use nano technology in warfare, suggest ways in which to reach Black Hole, predict the Rise and fall of Indian Empire and 2017 Oscar awards, Trump’s victory, Brexit,………………..

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    Pitasanna Shanmugathas

    RE: Anton Balasingham Predicted A Bloody End For The LTTE

    It is rather unfortunate that despite these predictions, the so-called Para-Tamil Leader and Para-Tamil Intellectuals could not convince the Para-MahaVeeran, Para-Periyavar, Para-Vellupillai Prabakaran, that the the Para-Sinhala would wipe them put because they have greater resources.

    Both the Para-Tamils and Para-Sinhala as well as the other Paras would have been better off.

    The Paras have an average IQ of 79. Is stupidity a virtue for the Paras, in the Lands of Native Veddah Aethho?

    .National IQ Scores – Country Rankings

    Singapore IQ 108, Sri Lanka IQ 79.

    The intelligence scores came from work carried out earlier this decade by Richard Lynn, a British psychologist, and Tatu Vanhanen, a Finnish political scientist, who analysed IQ studies from 113 countries, and from subsequent work by Jelte Wicherts, a Dutch psychologist.

    http://www.photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html

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    It is now clear that even if there are moderate tamil leaders and tamil intellectuals who can easily connect with the political establishment in Colombo, the major obstacle is the rivalry between the SLFP and UNP and now the joint opposition (trying to use the ethnic problem to drive focus from the corruption during their regime) and the Buddhist clergy. I am now made to believe that Prabhakaran saw this problem and was extremist in nature not willing to compromise for a political settlement.

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    There can be many reasons pointing towards LTTE’s defeat (which is good for all Sri Lankans). But every reason has the same root, AUTOCRATIC LEADERSHIP.

    Thanks to MR for freeing SL from this warmonger. But sadly, MR himself could not realize the side-effects of these ugly words, AUTOCRATIC LEADERSHIP that too contributed to his own defeat. Just the difference is MR is alive realizing his mistakes, and LTTE leader is dead.

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      It is very early to predict that war has ended but Pirabharan was right that Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism never agree for any solution. Since 1958 the war on Tamils by Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalists continued in frequent intervals and it has not stopped even now. I am now hundred per cent confident that Sinhala leadership has now preparing for another war on Tamils in the name of political solution. For Tamils it is nothing new that one group pretend to agree for something and other party preapre for another episode of violence against Tamils. They took turns but their focus remains the same. Mahinda still alive, not dead because he was protected.

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        there are two kinds of demands. One is reasonable demands and the other is unreasonable demands.

        GG Ponna’s 50-50 was one such demand. That was minority rule over majority. And that is exactly what the tamils are asking as a solution.

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          Sach,

          First learn your basic mathematic. 50-50 means equal, not unequal. In 50-50 it assumes there is no minority or majority. The other solution is Federalism. Tamil speak North East share the same level or equal power in administrating their affairs under one central body which overseas equality. These are not unreasonable demands and these are the real solutions to bring equality. The three kingdoms administering their own affairs before British was real, not a imaginative story.

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            This is exactly what i mean, tamils do NOT have a slight idea about democracy. A 75 percent population cannot be made equal to a 25 percent as a collective.

            That is what is called minority rule over majority. And that is exactly what tamils are asking for and it is wrong and unjust.

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              such,

              if you believe that democracy means everything must be confirmed to the whim and fancy of the majority, you have no clue at all! Democracy is not a concept in terms of one-size fit all conditions. It is not purely an arithmetic concept. You need to lean a lot about democracy; it is not too late for you to learn. SWRD in his younger days advocated federalism believing that only such a set up will keep peace in the island. It is a pity that he later succumbed to greed for power and set in motion series of events with catastrophic consequences. He basically emboldened the racists like you to subvert history and democracy to your whim and fancy.

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                Why do you always bring that SWRD advocated federalism at one time? Do you think that it is even an argument? For me that is totally irrelevant and i hardly think any Sinhalese would support federalism just because SWRD once did.

                democracy means everything must be confirmed to the whim and fancy of the majority/// so what is democracy to you? Converting a majority into a minority?

                If the country’s decisions impact the MAJORITY MOST and yes they should have a higher power in influencing that decision.

                It is you and tamils who cannot understand what democracy means. What you are suggesting is converting the 75% Sinhalese into a minority and converting a minority into a majority by the constitution. This is minority rule over majority. It is an apartheid much like what white minority in South Africa held over the black natives. It is the same thing Tamil leaders had prior to universal suffrage in Sri Lanka.

                Your issue is NOT HAVING the minority rule over majority any more. In Sri Lanka minority rule over majority is viewed as a minority right and that is the problem.

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              The quantitiy is different from quality. For equality quality is matter, not quantity. Why only Bandaranaiyake family, DS Senanayake Family, Rajapakse Family have to be chosen as President or Prime Minister. Are they majority than ordinary Sinhalese. In fact, minorities within Sinhala Communities rule the country. Majority of the Sinhalese ruled by minority Sinhalese(most of these minority Sinhalese Families are opportunistic people who changed religion to get benefits from oppressive foreign powers..

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                You have no idea about democracy. Elitism is a common thing in any society. If you check tamil politics, it is more plagued with elitism than Sinhala polity.

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                ajit
                I thought only the Tamil leaders are making mistakes at every turn. Reading your responses I feel ordinary non political Tamils like you speaking like this are spoiling the whole soup for the Tamil race!
                You keep finding fault with the Sinhalese and everybody else other than you who have wrong ideas of the situation. The same mentality of your leaders like Parayabakaran are responsible for wiping out a whole generation of Tamils for their stupidity. Don’t blame the Sinhalese for that.

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        Ajith:

        It is very early to predict that war has ended but Pirabharan was right that Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism never agree for any solution.

        Why should we ?

        Tamils have their own state just 16 KM away, and Tamils use sinhala -buddhist sympathy, empathy, tolerance, pagtience etc., to carve a country for Tamils.

        IF not why Tamils are not giving a proper response, why they want to die for Sri lanka and they bypass Tamilnadu ?

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          Oh I get it. You were referring to Pirabharan. You kept saying Pabakaran for over 5 months, I thought its a code language used by BBS terrorists

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          Jim softy

          You Buddhist Sinhalese have your own state in the jungles of India and you parental species are based on jungles of India. There is a difference between human race and animal race (Lion). We are talking about human life and human rights.

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            I really do not think we Sinhalese need to talk about our right to our Nijabima ( the land which gave birth to sinhala civilisation) with some British/Dutch brought indentured labour

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    History is witness to the truth, how low can these sick people get to tarnish Thalaivar’s image: Got so upset by this, can’t take this anymore, talking about federalism as though it was going to happen then, and going to happen now! My heart breaks when all this rubbish rhetoric is being touted when we all know Thalaivar was dealing with scoundrels from the Sinhalese community. He gave his all for the freedom of his people. Now when these scoundrels wont budge from their unitary position, who are these people to question Thalaivar’s wisdom – how low can these sick people get to tarnish Thalaivar when Thalaivar’s concerns have been proved right as far as these unreliable, deceitful and lying Sinhalese politicians are concerned.
    God where are you!
    This guy is grooming himself after DBS Jeyaraj or being groomed by DBS to be his successor! All hearsay, when considering Mr. Balasingam has passed!

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      Usha, Keep to your good taste and propriety; don’t let an upstart irk you.

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      Usha,

      Please stop. Thalaivar was a scoundrel himself dealing with scoundrel Sinhalese politicians.
      How can you say he gave his all for the freedom of his people when he used his own people to save his sorry ass in the end? He was a brutal, cold blooded killer. Don’t forget, according to Thalaivar himself, his first military mission was the elimination of Alfred Duraiappah, an unarmed politician. Why don’t you pay a visit to Jaffna from your wonderful comfort zone in the US and tell the people what a lovely man Thalaivar was?

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        Rajiv,
        Do you know that Amithalingams son also involved in the murder od Alfred Duraiappah? Who created PIrabharan? Yes pirabharan was cold blooded killer? Can you give a single Srilankan Tamil or Sinhala Political leader who is not cold blooded killer? Who killed and massacred over 100,000 innocent Tamils, Sinhalese youths within a short period (1958,1971, 1983, 1989, 2009). Are these murders not cold blooded. The murder of doctors, nurses, staff, patients inside Jaffna Hospital were not killed by Rajiv Gandhi not cold blood? The drilling of eyes of a prisoner in the prison was not cold blooded? Bombing of Navali church by Chandrika is not cold blooded? India was the mastermind of all cold blooded murders happened in Sri Lanka.

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        Your understanding of the situation seems to be poor. World order changed with 9/11.Many Librations movement became a Terroist groups. SL political leaders used this situation for them to conduct their agenda. When your own people become traitors what do you expect from someone with the gun to do. Many people still worships Thalivar.He was the Only person to
        Who stood up to the Sinhala political leaders
        Past is past. Let us look forward.We are not Ina happy situation What next Are we going to fight among our self.? Don’t hurt others understanding and their feelings.

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      Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

      “History is witness to the truth: how low can these sick people get to tarnish Thalaivar’s image:”

      Truth is not the monopoly of Thalavar or Mahinda, two war criminals.

      “My heart breaks when all this rubbish rhetoric is being touted when we all know Thalaivar was dealing with scoundrels from the Sinhalese community.”

      Did your heart break when your Thalavaru was killing and maiming all civilians irrespective their race, religion, region, age, gender, …etc?

      Was there any occasion in which your petty Pol Pot Thalaivaru dealt with ordinary Sinhala people, apart from using them as bargaining chips, target practices, their dead bodies as propaganda materials, …. ?

      “He gave his all for the freedom of his people.”

      Did he?

      And in the course of it he took away everything from the people including their hard earned cash, wealth, properties, their dignity, their life, right to life, ……..

      Tell us when did the petty Pol Pot allow the people to excise freedom to “exercise Freedom”?

      A Tamil friend summoned up his experience in LTTE controlled areas, they opened their mouth only to have meals.

      Usha please try to be honest with yourself.

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        NV
        You yourself can answer those questions if you are honest with yourself. Read this if you care! Two links for you to digest!

        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sinhala-buddhist-bigotry-root-cause-of-strife-in-sri-lanka/

        http://sangam.org/2010/02/Tamil_Massacres.php?uid=3824

        Usha

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          Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

          Thanks for both links.

          Those links do not explain difference as to why VP was a born psychopath or he became one over a period of time.

          Some Gita versus:

          Whatever happened, happened for good.
          Whatever is happening, is happening for good.
          Whatever will happen, that will be for good as well.
          What have you lost? why are you crying?
          What did you bring with you, which you have lost?
          What did you produce, which was destroyed?
          Whatever was received, was received from here.
          Whatever was given, was given here
          You brought nothing when you were born
          You are taking nothing with you when you die
          Whatever is yours today was somebody else’s yesterday and will be somebody else’s tomorrow.
          Change is the law of the universe.

          boardofwisdom.com/

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            For change thought of agreeing with Vedda.

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              Hela

              “For change thought of agreeing with Vedda.”

              Then I must be wrong. My apologies.

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          Usha,

          Pre May 2009, do you know that your Thalaivar killed more Tamils than GOSL? This man did not understand the limitations of the Tamils. He killed off all the other Tamil groups and self-proclaimed as the sole leader of the Tamils and paved the way for total destruction of the Tamils lock, stock and barrel! He was absolutely fixated with Eelam at any cost and left the Tamils in dire predicament.

          If I were you, I will not mention him in writings; the Tamils need to look to the future and it is with the Sinhalese we need to coexist!

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        NV,
        I agree with you. First of all VP should have realized that he should not cross the line of being a freedom fighter. Not only he murdered the Tamil politicians and Rajiv Gandhi, but also the Tamil youths of other groups who also came forward to fight for their homeland. I think VP was a facist.

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          Ayathuray Rajasingam

          This island has a history of producing psychopaths, VP was one, Rohana Wijeyweera was another, there are still a few living on this island, the most notorious one is Gota. The rest of the psychopaths are hiding behind smart ass patriotism, sovereignty, unitary state, war heroes winning Tamil Terrorism, Sinhala National Anthem, ….. and the saddest part is that the politicians could not bring these war criminals to justice.

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      Usha

      Looks like you had a flink on him.thats my personal romantic opinion.

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        Kugan,

        You should behave like educated human rather than a sex master.

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          Ajith

          Am a human not educated as you.hope

          Hope you differentiate sex and romance

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      Usha S you embarrass all Tamils with your shameless hypocrisy. There are moderate Sinhalese who realise that you do not represent the Tamil people, only all that is worst in human nature.

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      Usha

      To the credit of Prabaharan it must be said that he took the Tamils’ struggle for equal rights to new heights which made the Sri Lankan government to grudgingly come forward to settle the problem. But unfortunately he failed his own people. If Prabaharan had been pragmatic and far-sighted,the situation of the Tamils would have been different now.

      Tamils in the diaspora are making noises from the safety provided by your western governments without realizing the reality in Sri Lanka.

      You do not realize that Tamils are a defeated people,and that Tamils will not get anything, not even a 13 plus. The present exercise on constitution making is a charade. Perhaps realizing this, TNA’s Sampanthan and Sumanthiran have now started singing a different song in order to escape from the wrath of the Tamil voters.

      The question today is whether Tamils will remain as the majority community in North East Sri Lanka.

      In many ways, and from many sides,attempts are being made to destroy the Tamil homeland concept, the concept that North East Sri Lanka is the historical habitat of Tamils. In another ten or fifteen years time, only Jaffna district may remain as the only Tamil majority district in the Northern Province and in the whole of North East. Minister Badiudeen is hell bent on making Mannar district, a Muslim majority district. State aided Sinhala settlements will change the demography of Vavuniya and Mullaitivu district.

      Muslims have already replaced Tamils as the majority people of the Eastern Province. In the Eastern Province, Muslims are in majority in the Amparai and Trincomalee districts and very soon Batticaloa district will also become a majority Muslim district. Traditional Tamil villages in the Batticaloa district are being encroached by the Muslims under a master plan with the help of funds from Arab nations. Besides getting grants of state lands, Muslims are buying up private lands and properties in traditional Tamil areas of Batticala district.Ministers Ameer Ali and Hisbullah and the Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer are working hard to ensure Muslims become a dominant force in the Batticaloa district. You cannot blame these Muslim leaders because they are trying to do good to their community. Muslims who confined themselves to business in the past, are now occupying prominent positions in government departments, hospitals and courts thanks to the reawakening of the Muslim leadership.

      The main reason for the rise of Muslims in the East, is the political power enjoyed by Eastern Muslim leaders in successive governments while Eastern Tamil MPs have been confined to opposition benches in Parliament. The foolish decision by Sampanthan to give the Eastern Province Chief Minister’s position to SLMC has added to the power of the Muslims. Sampanthan’s protege Thandayuthapani, who is the provincial Education Minister, is described as incompetent and is being accused of doing nothing even for his own Trincomalee district.

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        Actually Tamils are still the majority in the eastern province and not the Muslims , however with their very high birth rate they will soon overtake the Tamil and all other populations in the east. Muslims were already in ha majority along the coastal Amparai region. However they only became the largest community in the sparsely populated and strategically important historic Tamil majority Trincomallee region due to large scale ethnic cleansing of Tamils , by both the heavily armed Muslims home guards and the illegal Sinhalese settlers. Many of these ethnically cleansed Tamils largely from the Trincomalle and Amparai regions in the east are now languishing in refugee camps in India and in the north of the country. Funny how these eastern Muslims who came begging for refuge and asylum from the eastern Tamils in the east a few centuries ago, have now joined the Sinahlese racsits , illegal settlers and the Sinhalese armed forces and have made the indigenous Tamils of the east, who gave them refuge , as fellow Tamils , refugees in their own land and in the name of Islam and Arabism are on the verge of stealing their land.

        The Muslims with help and funds from certain Gulf Arab nations and Pakistan have opportunistically played their cards well and they largely had the help of the Sinhalese in this calculated , crafty move to steal the east from its actual indigenous population, the eastern Tamils and the Tamiised Vedda. The Sinhalese will very soon regret this. I

        It is still not late. The Sinhalese majority areas in Trincomallee and Amparai should be removed from the east and merged with the North central and Uva provines respectively , the bulk of the east that is Tamil should be merged with the north. The coastal Muslims enclaves in Muttiu Trincomallee and Amparai areas can decide what they want.

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          It is not the tamils in east who gave lands for Muslims in east it is the king Senarath of Kandy.

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            King Senarath never gave any lands to these Muslims but it was the Tamil Vannimannai chiefs who gave them refuge

            King Senarath and the kingdom of Kandy did not rule the east but had loose control of parts of the east and requested the Tamil Vannimannai chiefs of the east to provide refuge to these immigrant Dravidian ( not Moor or Arab ) South Indian Tamil Muslims who were fleeing Portuguese persecution, as they refused to convert to Catholicism.

            They had fled from the north western coast, and had arrived in the Sinhalese central parts of the island . The Sinhalese did not want them, already they had allowed some Muslims to settled there but when more of them, started to arrive in large numbers ,the Sinhalese got alarmed and started to attack these Muslim refugees. Being ethnically Tamil and Tamil speaking ,king Senarath requested the Tamil Vannimannai chiefs in the east if they could settle them in the Tamil lands in the east and they obliged.

            They settled them in specific towns and villages away from the native Hindu Tamil population, gave them land and native Tamil Hindu Mukkuva women to start families and become a stable community. Most of these Muslim refugees were young men , just like what is now happening in the west and the Tamil chiefs realised if there is to be peace and stability in the area , these men needed to marry and start a family so gave them Tamil Mukkuva women. This is the reason the eastern Muslims still follow the Hindu Mukkuva law of the eastern Tamils and their matriarchal kudi system, that is similar to Kerala. Places like Kattankudi, Kaluwanchikudi, are part of this eastern Kudi system.

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              Do you have any resource material to prove what you say? There is a reason when Robert Knox came to trinco he was taken to meet the kandyan king by the people there.

              Learn about Sri Lankan history

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            Contd.
            This is why unlike in North India or Tamil Nadu , where you will find a village will have a mixed population of Hindus Muslims and at times Christians Buddhists and others, in eastern Sri Lanka you will see Tamil Hindu villages and areas are separate and away from Muslims towns and villages, they are not found in the same village unlike the Tamil Christians who live with the Hindu Tamils. This is because the Tamils Christians are descended from the native Hindu Tamils and are part of them so they live in the same village /towns as the Hindus and are part and parcel of them.

            However these South Indian origin Tamil Muslims not Moors or Arabs were outsiders and refugees, therefore considered not part of the native Hindu Tamils. The Hindu Tamil Vannimannai chiefs settled them in land away from the native Hindu Tamil villages as historically a Hindu would have considered Muslims unclean and an outsider. Sinhalese King Senarath would not have done this as he did not have the power to do this.

            In the central province the Muslims live amongst the Sinhalese but not in the east, The indigenous native Hindu Tamils lived apart but gave these Muslims refugees some land and leased the rest of the land to them . They also gave them Tamil Hindu women, as they wanted them to start a family and have peace and stability in the area. instead of hordes of young randy Muslim refugee men getting out of their ghettos, going around raping looting and pillaging, like what happened in Germany. It was also an act of kindness and humanity as irrespective of religion they were fellow Tamils who had come fleeing persecution.

            Muslims were not allowed to own land until the late 19Th century and even until the late 1970s Tamil Hindus or Christians owned most of the land in the east and the Muslims had to lease the land from them. Just like it was in Fiji.

            Now what has happened is these Muslims have overpopulated their ghettoes and gained power and want to steal the land of the indigenous Hindu Tamils.

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        Had the tamils in east left TNA and joined Sri Lankan government this situation would not have arisen

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        Naga

        “In another ten or fifteen years time, only Jaffna district may remain as the only Tamil majority district in the Northern Province and in the whole of North East. Minister Badiudeen is hell bent on making Mannar district, a Muslim majority district. State aided Sinhala settlements will change the demography of Vavuniya and Mullaitivu district. Muslims have already replaced Tamils as the majority people of the Eastern Province.”

        Can I quote Donald Rumsfeld:

        There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.

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      Usha,
      Prabaharan always considered his safety in the back drop of his criminal activities long before he becoming leader of LTTE; actually he founded the LTTE from PLOT as part of that safety plot using Sinhala – Tamil ethnic issue as a cover and cleverly maneuvered every aspec since then t to suit this self Safety First Plot , the first man to exploit this weakness of his was Appapillai Amithalingham , and the 2nd and the final exploitation was THE SRI LANKAN DEFENSE SYSTEM that is more orientated of defending Sinhala Buddhist domination, than of its’ Tamil People.

      That Self Safety First Plot is the reason for the ruthless man- hunted elimination of other guerrilla organisations, instead of discussing with them ways and means going forward together, -A true soldier of Tamils would have opted it, and that is very same reason declining every opportunity of peaceful negotiated settlements, and the Sinhala Government knowing this very well used the negotiations to isolate the LTTE internationally!

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      If we didn’t know then, with hindsight we know even Ranil was and is unreliable. Contrary to this writer’s contention, there was no real hope of the GL-Neelan package succeeding either – the proposals were gradually diluted to the extent that it was not a devolution package that came up to Tamil expectations. So the writer is dreaming that Neelan would have clinched a deal and potentially would have been the harbinger of good tidings for Tamils including a political settlement.
      History will prove Thalaivar right!

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      Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

      Please keep your emotions to yourself.

      Hope you know the bitter taste I had with the LTTE in the Vanni.

      If Thalaivar had wider vision beyond his petty parochial way path, he would not have created a mechanism to be managed by a few of his clan, village and the surroundings.

      One has to languish in the LTTE internments to understand the reality of the small mindedness of the few who were running the show for their leader.

      The LTTE, pre IPKF, had a different breed and the ones came after were brutes who lacked the basics of humanity.

      Anton Balasingam was the biggest fraud gloating on the funds of the LTTE. He lacked the charisma and heart even at his death to prove he was a man beyond.

      I regret today for helping him to come to the UK that led to the peace process. I can write pages and pages of his down right idiocy and fraud. He is a Dr in filth who uncharacteristically gloated on the powers he gained with the LTTE.

      Your emotions must not go beyond what people think back home. The dull mindsets who espouse the LTTE are not the veins of the people who are facing the burden of the war.

      The consequence of the war is having far reaching burdens for the people there and I request you to get involved to help the suffering than glorifying something that has failed us and going to fail us further so long as we gloat and get sadistic thrill of the past.

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    Yet again Pitasanna exhibits his ignorance as to reasons for the birth/growth of liberation movements.

    Eric used the “husband and wife” poetically. Pitasanna latches on to this literally. How will he describe the Maithripala/Ranil relationship?

    Pitasanna uses every opportunity to glorify Neelan. The late Neelan was no more than a typical politician. Will Pitasanna point out Neelan’s contribution to the language/religion divide? Neelan was not an “internationally known constitutional lawyer”. He was not in the same league as Navi Pillay.

    Pitasanna remembers Anton’s birthday but has not heard about Raviraj?

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    Balasingham may have been a bit more pragmatic than VP, but he was alleged to have used filthy words with Rajasingham Jayadevan and I recall in a meeting, he called Jayalalitha, then CM of Tamil Nadu, as ‘Kundamma’ and warned that the LTTE might ‘garland’ her–i.e., commit suicide bombing against her. All this was after he had returned to London.

    So he was hardly a statesman or a good ‘tactician’, but he did give enough hints even then about his frustration with VP, e.g., “I wanted to retire from politics and the LTTE because of my illness, but Prabhakaran read the riot act and said in the LTTE there is no retirement.” So Solheim’s impressions of Balasingham as well as DBSJ’s reporting probably have some truth. Maybe he felt pressure to adopt a certain line in public.

    I think VP seriously had some sort of mental illness. Those around him and those who advised him from abroad should have realized this and acted in such a way as to save the lives of the civilians and the cadres who joined naively believing in fighting for liberation. It didn’t happen. Instead, we still have people like Mrs. Sri-Skanda-Rajah above, who venerate him as ‘Thalaiver,’ despite the results starkly showing the utter failure of the LTTE, leaving the people in a far worse status than when it all started.

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      Agnos

      “I think VP seriously had some sort of mental illness.”

      Come on, he was a psychopath.

      “Those around him and those who advised him from abroad should have realized this and acted in such a way as to save the lives of the civilians and the cadres who joined naively believing in fighting for liberation.”

      He was born president, or president in waiting, looking for a country to rule. Hindians not only denied him his right to a separate country but also his right to life.

      Like a prostitute he provided services to friends and enemies alike.

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      Agnos,

      We agree on this I see.

      >I think VP seriously had some sort of mental illness.
      >Instead, we still have people like Mrs. Sri-Skanda-Rajah above,
      >who venerate him as ‘Thalaiver,’ despite the results starkly showing
      >the utter failure of the LTTE, leaving the people in a far worse status
      >than when it all started.

      Of course SJV Chelvanayagam (Malaysian Born) Christian, SWRD Bandaranaikes classmate in St Thomas had an equal role (complicit) in this whole debacle for poor Tamils (specially in the Vanni).

      SJV Chelvanayagam’s father in law (who pushed SJV into politics) was a castesist (what do you call someone who enforces caste rules). SJVC’s FIL would whip anyone who did not get into the side/ditch and take off their shawl when he rode by on a horse.

      I get a little tired of all these persons who claim to speak for “their people” while their ancestors changed religions/names/affiliations to get ahead,

      Agnos: Of Course you can claim Trump/Drumph. But isnt that a claim for the new Identity, American.

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    “Prabakaran was the military mastermind.”
    Really? Prabakaran killed anyone he disliked or felt threatened by. This doesn’t make him a military mastermind. Obviously, he watched too many Western movies from his bunker where the Americans wiped out the natives.

    “Prabhakaran thought that by electing a Sinhala-Buddhist hardliner like Rajapaksa, he would get more sympathy for his separatist cause from the international community. This was, like most of Prabhakaran’s political decisions, a stupid one”
    This was a military decision and not a political decision. He picked a fight with the person he thought was weaker. He picked the person he thought he could defeat to get what he wants. That blew up in his face. The rest is history.

    “it would be incorrect to say that Prabhakran is solely to blame for violent end to the war.”
    How so? He totally miscalculated the war he created by closing the Mavil Aru Anicut. Then, in order to save his sorry ass, he exposed his people, the people he claimed to protect to untold misery. Prabakaran is solely responsible for the violent end to the war.

    “On numerous instances, Balasingham stated that the LTTE does not operate on the concept of a separate state but that of a homeland and self-determination”
    Really? Again, really? It was all about a separate state and it still is about a separate state. It’s just that now they want a Federal State to begin with so that they can legally go for separation after 5 years of being a Federal State.

    “Wickremesinghe was far more open to the political aspirations of the LTTE”
    Granted. Batalanda Ranil is a Western Christian boot licker. His only goal was to become President of the country and win a Nobel Peace Prize. For this, he was willing to sell out the country and still is. Getting an honorary doctorate from Deakin University doesn’t cleanse his bloody hands.

    The IRA and the FARC came to the table to get a peace deal done because they were weaken by the prolonged war. Tigers came to the table to fight another day and was never interested in anything other than a separate state. 1/3 of the country and 2/3 of the ocean front for 6% of the population to form a mono ethnic country.

    Obviously, Justice Wigneswaran has taken over the mantle from Prabakaran. Instead of chiding the Sinhalese(both his sons are married to Sinhalese and live in Colombo 7) he should offer an unequivocal apology to the Muslims and Sinhalese that were ethnically clenched by Prabakaran from the North.

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      Rajiv:

      Batalanda Ranil is a Western Christian boot licker. His only goal was to become President of the country and win a Nobel Peace Prize. For this, he was willing to sell out the country and still is

      Even the Central Bank robbery by Ranil and the gang, relentless appeasing of parliamentarians with letting them engage in corruptions, increasing their salaries and perks, fradulent FCID which tries to destroy only the Rajapakses if they come to contest the election again, supporting the splinter groups of SLFP, supporting Tamils and muslims are also Ranil’s efforts to win the Presidency either this time or in the future.

      Ranil does not care whether the country goes to dogs, Tamils, muslims or west comes and occupy, he just wants to be the president.

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    nonsense. prabah and bala were killers. its good they are dead, so sri lankens can live.

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      and you can with Sinhalese help ethically cleans and steal the east from the Tamils, who gave you South Indian Dravidian immigrant converts refuge from Portuguese and the very same Sinhalese who are now you are partner’s in this genocidal dance. Irrespective of King Senarath factor. you selfish ungrateful wretches were given refuge , in Tamil lands and by Tamil people not in Sinhalese lands by Sinhalese people. King Senarath could have asked the Sinhalese chiefs and Sinhalese people who had more land that was far more fertile, than the lands in the east to give refuge to you immigrant backstabbers who were already kicked out of South India. They did not they did not want you there committed violence rape on the Muslims and chased them to the east. Just like what they did to another South Indidan origin Tamil population in the 1950s.
      Now within a few generations you ungrateful turncoats breeding like rats, joined hands with the Sinhalese racists, settlers, and armed forces to kill murder and ethically cleanse, thousands of the vary same Tamils, whose ancestors , gave refuge to your ancestors in the east a few generations ago. Especially in the once Tamil Majority strategic Trincomallee district and the Southern Amparai district. This despite sharing the same language , ethnicity and heritage as the indigenous eastern Tamils. All done and being done in the name of Islam and Arab culture with funds obtained from certain Gulf Arab states and Pakistan. Now the eastern heartland and the highly populated Tamil district of Batticaloa in under threat. Both from Sinhalese and these Muslim extremists.

      Pirapkaran had a cause to fight and lost his way later but you people ungrateful evil selfish and backstabbing through and through. No wonder they are extremely vary of Muslims refugees from any country or background in the west, as they know the first and second generation will be grateful but by the third generation when they are established and the population increased they want to take over. Look at France Britain

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    As a person who escaped death by the skin of the teeth in the Central Bank Bomb blast, of course with some injuries, I find it difficult to digest what the author is trying to say. Clearly this loving and fighting arrangement portrayed as husband and wife understanding provided the necessary two faces required for the muderous outfit, namely the LTTE. The talking arm was dealing and pleasing the Western Nations and perhaps taking them for a ride while the fighting arm indeed committed genocide in maiming, if not killing, civillians. I now find that even in ancient warfare there was the talking arm to lure the opponents to buy time. To me, Anton Stanislaus Balasingham too is very much a part of LTTE and therefore is answerable to innocent civillian casualties though he may not have touched an assault weapon.

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    The moment Ceylinco and its surrounding buildings were subject to attack by the LTTE, and the TULF leaders and Rajiv Gandhi were assassinated, the international community has already decided that the LTTE should be wiped out for all purposes. Even when Anton Balasingam died in London the LTTE flag was not allowed to place on his body and none of the foreign dignatries paid any respect. Moreover, there is also a news item that a section of the commission earned by the LTTE through the arms deal was taken by Adele Balasingam.
    The Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord should have been hailed by the LTTE. Instead the LTTE joined hands with the then President R.Premadasa when Rajiv Gandhi was assaulted by a Navy soldier. The Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord paved way for more than what the ISGA would have given the Tamils. When the West applauded the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace when it was tabled before the UN General Assembly, Anton Balasingam was not far-sighted in advising Prabaharan to abide by it. They were bent on assisting the then President R.Premadasa who was instrumental for the transportation of arms and ammunitions to the LTTE from the Colombo harbor and eventually R.Premadasa too became the target of the LTTE suicide bomber on May 1, 1990. Mention should be made that his body scattered and only pieces were collected. It is unfortunate that Anton Balasingam failed to realize the ground situation during the 1970 – 1980 in South Asia where Islamic terrorism showed signs of having a foothold in the Eastern Province which was really a threat to India.
    Even the Ceasefire Agreement signed between the LTTE and Ranil Wickremasinghe was a farce one. In fact, it was a stepping stone for the defeat of the LTTE. The parties to the Peace Agreement were the UNP, the Army and the LTTE who were violators of human rights. It was not signed in the presence of each other. They signed papers at different locations and Ranil Wickremasinghe just waived his hands to deceive the LTTE. Even at the Thimpu Talks Anton Balasingam should have joined hands with India which he failed. Hence Anton Balasingam failed to give a proper advice to the LTTE in the best interests of the Tamil community of the whole country.

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      “Even when Anton Balasingam died in London the LTTE flag was not allowed to place on his body and none of the foreign dignatries paid any respect.” ????….what did you expect?

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        Rajash,
        Anton Balasingam failed to advise Prabaharan either Bismark of Germany or Cavun Cavoor of Italy. A.Balasingam has forgotten that when one door is closed, God opens the other door. Even now the Tamil politicians are committing the same blunder. This is where Bismark differs from Prabaharan. Please read European history as how Germany and Italy were unified. Even in the great epic Maha Bharatha Lord Krishna advised the Pandavas properly. Anton Balasingam lacks diplomact. Diplomacy is an art and involves technic. Foreign dignatries always monitor the diplomacies adapted by the advisors of any liberation Movemnt or Organization.

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          Ayathuray Rajasingam

          why should foreign dignitaries pay tribute to A.Balasingham?
          at the time of his death was he a diplomat or minister or MP of any country?

          stop bla bla bla….Bismark….and answer the question

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    Sri Lanka is a multi ethnic state

    If tamils wants a sep.land they have it in TN in India – Home land of Tamils

    LTTE could have been wiped out LONG TIME AGO if it was not for the corrupt & idotic politicians
    of Sri Lanka

    Sri lanka is a small island with NO SPACE or requirement for FEDERAL states

    As per the size of SL , it should have not more than 3 – 4 Million population

    With 22 M its way too over populated

    ! x Child policy could have DONE the TRICK

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      When the Burghers complained about the use of Sinhala they did not take up arms, they emmigrated to Australia. Those who remained assimilated with the majority sinhalese.

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        Taraki

        “When the Burghers complained about the use of Sinhala they did not take up arms, they emmigrated to Australia.”

        Similar to Sinhala/Buddhist ancestry, Burghers to were came to this island by Kallathonies.

        When will the shameless Sinhala/Buddhist Kallathonies return to their ancestral homeland? You shouldn’t be wasting your very valuable time assimilating/converting others into more stupid people. As of now we have lot more stupid people on this island than necessary. Most of them have been in demolition business.

        They have indeed done a good job, chasing the best and the brightest out of the country, ………….. what is left in the country is the what we have now, war criminals, murderers, rapists, crooks, drug smugglers, fraudsters, criminals, ……. who now run the country.

        Are you one of them?

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          NV the Sinhalese are not complaining about the use of Sinhala! Perhaps you are an Elu Sinhala exponent.

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            Taraki

            “NV the Sinhalese are not complaining about the use of Sinhala! Perhaps you are an Elu Sinhala exponent.”

            I may be an exponent of Elu which some scholars believe to have contributed to Tamil and Sinhala. Lets not go into that now.

            I am also an exponent of many or multi languages instead of Sinhala only language overt and covert policies of the past and present. The stupid politicians for unknown/unexplained/irrational/stupid/foolish/racist reasons have deliberately created a LANGUAGE POVERTY that is going to have a long lasting adverse effect on the future generation which I am worried about. On the other hand you are happy about the poverty as long as it does not effect you and your family, less competition from plebs.

            As part of a few, you use anything from race, religion, region, International Community bashing, …. smart ass patriotism, ….. to deny the plebs the opportunity to alleviate themselves from LANGUAGE POVERTY.

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        Taraki the racist Sinhalese with the Tamil name Tarakai( star). No it is not a Sanskrit word but an original Tamil word that Sanskrit borrowed.
        Do not try to compare the ancient Eelam Tamil nation that despite all the state sponsored calculated large scale killings,genocide , ethnic cleansing and rape still numbers around 2.3 million in the island and is still the second largest community in the island( the Muslims are trying their best to beat this by producing a lot of children and vying with the Sinhalese to kill and ethnically cleanse the eastern Tamils).With the miniscule immigrant half caste part European Burgher community that only appeared in the island after the Portuguese/ Dutch era and numbered only around 40000 the most even in the 1950s. The Eelam Tamils are an ancient indigenous people in the island who prior to 195 ownd 1/3 of the island and controlled 60% of the coast and still own around 20% of the land area and 50% of the coast. Most of them have a far more older pedigree and history in the island than many of the so called modern Sinhalese racist, most whom are descended from imported South Indian slave labour that was brought into the island by the Portuguese and Dutch. They have the same right or more to the island as the Sinhalese and are the only people who can challenge them. Not the Muslims the Indian origin Tamils Malays or Burghers. This is why the Sinhalese are afraid of them their demands and want to destroy them as a people.
        Your idiotic comparison of the Burghers to the Eelam Tamils is like some Idiot in Britain trying to compare the Scottish to the West Indian or the South Asian and other new immigrants to Britain. go and get a life you Sinhalese racist with a Tamil name

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          Siva Sankaran Sarma

          “Taraki the racist Sinhalese with the Tamil name Tarakai( star). No it is not a Sanskrit word but an original Tamil word that Sanskrit borrowed.”

          The name Taraki is not exactly Tarakai that you quote. As I have already mentioned few months ago Taraki is a popular name among a section of Afghans.

          Taras Bulba a Zaporozhian Cossack in a novella by Ukranian Nikolai Gogol which later made into a film.

          So there can be numerous variations of the name. Need to refer to Bingala Nigandu (பிங்கல நிகண்டு) a Tamil thesaurus ebook which is available on net.

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            Yes it is a popular name amongst Afghans but she is not an Afghan and the meaning of is completely different, Dravidian origin Tharaki /Taraki meaning star. Our Taraki’s connection to to the Pashtun and Hazara Afghan tribes from the Ghanzi province who have the name Taraki is very remote. Her name Taraki/Tarakai meaning star is the ancient Tamil/Dravidian name meaning star.
            Now coming back to Tharakai . The correct classical form is Tharaki , however now many say Tharakai. meaning star it as mistakenly believed this word originated from the Sanskrit word Astara . However this word originated from the Tamil word: Sudar (சுடர்) meaning Shine/Glitter in Tamil. Sangam poems use sudar(சுடர்) to refer the planetary bodies, This also could be the origin of English word “Star”.

            Even the Vedda dialect and the semi Tamil Elu both simple Dravdian languages used the word Taraka to denote a star. These people had no connection with Sanskrit or Aryans, The claissical Tamil word for star is Tharak/Tarakii now commonly called Tharakai/Tarakai. Taraki means stellar constellation in

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              May be Taraki is an Afghan Pashtun super star, whose light was waning and was chased away by the Taliban and came to the island and became a Sinhalese Buddhist and started to Wax and spread her heat and hatred.
              Twinkle twinkle Taraki
              How I wonder where you are
              up above the Khyber pass
              spreading hatred everywhere.

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          The Eelam Tamils are an ancient indigenous people in the island who prior to 195 ownd 1/3 of the island and controlled 60% of the coast and still own around 20% of the land area and 50% of the coast. Most of them have a far more older pedigree and history

          Sarma you shift your story always.

          So are the Sinhalese low caste Dalits who emigrated to Sri Lanka or are they low caste Eelam Dalits.

          Mumbo Jumbo muttering, pony tailed, Devadassi pimping Brahmin Siva Sankar Sarma, tell me one Brahmin of note in this low caste Dalit country.

          So you may want Eelam but you will still be an employee of a Sudra (Vellala or whatever).

          Go kiss or suck a linga, we dont do it in Dalit country.

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      Now you see what VP and MR were trying to achieve! They both were working towards your ideal population size. With your contribution, SL should hit that target pretty soon.

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      Nan
      You are contradicting yourself one hand you are accepting it’s multi ethnic country,then you are saying no space.

      Most of us don’t agree for divided country the federal system works under central, this is not the idiotic politicians it’s people like you all to be idiotic to understand.

      Tamil nadu is not a country,its a state of India.the. Central devolve the powers to states on their own affairs that’s all.

      There are so many religions and languages but over all they all Indians.not hindians as one critic on this forum describe.

      The attitude has to be change.the oppression towards Tamils is far too high either be Hindus,xtians,muslims.

      We have seen how a monk front of the khaki clads abusing a Grama Sevaka working for govnt but happened to be Tamil.

      But we tamil speaking people had enough of these open abuse and discrimination.

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      Nan

      “Sri Lanka is a multi ethnic state”

      Is it so? I thought it is a Sinhala/Buddhist Hela state.

      “If tamils wants a sep.land they have it in TN in India – Home land of Tamils”

      What do you say to those who want to transform this island into a Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto? Where is their homeland?

      “Sri lanka is a small island with NO SPACE or requirement for FEDERAL states”

      Area of this island is 25,330 sq miles. How much more space or requirement do you think needed to make this island into a Federal state?

      “As per the size of SL , it should have not more than 3 – 4 Million population With 22 M its way too over populated “

      I may agree with your suggestion. Why don’t you and your relatives catch the first boat back to whence your kallathonie ancestors came. Go back to south India in order to implement your own final solution.

      “! x Child policy could have DONE the TRICK”

      Alternatively, how about committing mass suicide or electing Gota as the next president and you as his chief hangman or white van operator?

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    The filthy role the USA played is now exposed by Shiv Shankar Menon. Thank you India for giving Sri Lanka 48 hours to finish it off in May 2009. The Hillary-Obama-Power-Rice-Biswal busybodies wanted to rescue the Tiger leadership in the pretext of saving civilians. They sent the C-130 with Marines to Katunayaka and USS BATAAN was standing off the coast of Mullaitivu to rescue Prabakaran. Why? Because the US always plays double games to gain LEVERAGE. It backfired. The Sri Lankan forces would have not hesitated to fight Marines if they tried to rescue Prabakaran

    As Menon Ji says in war people die; US used Nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They killed and knew their bombs, napalm and agent orange killed tens of thousands in Vietnam. India was sick of the LTTE and their obdurate ways and lies and deceit. So they met their just desserts on the sands of PKD and VellamullaWaikal. End of story. The reason the Hillary clowns and their liberal Asshats were mad was that GOSL refused to bow to the mighty USA. Trump will not do such dirty tricks and support terrorism in Sri Lanka.

    Now the US is plotting and mapping every inch of Sri lankan landing zones. They have already practiced landings from their Hovercraft and other LCs. This RW regime is espousing US ideology of “freedom of navigation”. So the only safe insurance is RW because if he loses, US will create EELAM and invade.

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      Read what Shiv Shankar Menon really stated.

      https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/02/10/slin-f10.html

      As per you precious Shiv Shankar Menon India was complicit in the killing of thousands of Tamils and want to hide it

      Moderator please allow this , as this is important in this context. The article is by a Sinhalese too. They did not care about innocent Tamils lives only revenge on the LTTE

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    I do not think that Anton Balasingham was involved or interested in Tamil politics when he was in Sri Lanka.

    I knew him in the early seventies when he was working at the British Council. At that time he was more interested in literature and philosophy. Former Tamil broadcaster and my friend George Sandrasegaran was a good friend of Anton Balasingham (who at that time was known to us as Stannislaus or Stani). I remember joining him on a couple of occasions at the Colombo Thurstan College to listen to Jittu Krishnamoorthy’s recorded talks.

    Stanislaus later left for UK and his friend George Sandrasegaran told me that he lost contact with him. It was many years later when he became the LTTE idealogue that I realised that this Anton Balansingham was none other than our Stani.

    I do not know how he got involved with LTTE, but certainly his role in the LTTE put him into limelight.

    In the same way that Tamil Nadu’s AIADMK was a one person Jayalalitha show, LTTE was a one man Parabaharan show. LTTE was created by Prabaharan, developed into a formidable fighting force and it was destroyed by Prabaharan. It was his inflexible stand and belief on Tamil Eelam that led to the destruction of the LTTE.

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    Pitasanna

    I listened to your interview with Eric Solheim.

    What Eri Solheim is saying about his last ditch attempt to save the Tamils at Mullivaikal seems to be true. Had Prabaharan agreed to the proposal to lay down arms and surrender, lives of thousands of Tamils would have been saved. Not just Solheim but most importantly India sent words to him to surrender. But, he listened to bastards like Vaiko and refused to surrender. Rest is history.Rajapakse and his Army finished off Prabaharan and thousands of innocent Tamils trapped at the Mullivaikal war front unnecessarily died.

    Eric Solheim is also correct when he says that Karuna’s departure contributed to the weakening of LTTE as a formidable fighting force.

    When I met the former Indian National Security Advisor MK Narayanan in April 2009 to plead for India’s intervention to save the lives of thousands of Tamils trapped at Mullivaikal, he told me that the only way to save the Tamils is for LTTE to lay down arms and he said even if they agree to a token laying down of arms, India will stop the war. He mentioned to me that the writing was on the wall for LTTE when Karuna left. He said that he has sent messages to the LTTE to agree to laying down of arms through the usual channels but they were not responding.

    I later learnt that Prabaharan sought the advice of Vaiko and Nedumaran on whether LTTE should take India’s advice, but that bastard Vaiko has reportedly told him that it was Indian Congress government’s ploy to win the Parliamentary election in Tamil Nadu and asked to him hold on until the results were out. Vaiko had reportedly convinced Prabaharan that Jayalalitha would be victorious in Tamil Nadu, and would be in a position to influence the centre on the Sri Lankan Tamil issue as her support would be crucial in determining who forms the government in the centre. He was expecting the opposition to win and form the government in the centre with Jayalalitha’s support. But, that never happened and the Congress government was returned to power in the centre. However, before the Indian elections results were out, Sri Lankan military crushed the LTTE and killed Prabaharan.

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    Seems like the entire post 1948 story of Ceylon/Sri Lanka is one of misssteps, miscalculations and mistrust. VP misfired because he miscalculated and misunderstood India at the end. He also misestimated his importance in a post 9/11 world. India was tired and west was in no mood to sympathize with stubborn, lying terrorists who only used all the ceasefires to re-arm and fight again. No one cries for VP except those with LTTE money and the ilk of contemptible US sponsored Rudra the “Prime minister” of La LA Land. He is like Ahmed Chalabi. The US must be fools to accept him as a leader of Sri Lankan Tamils.

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      >The US must be fools to accept him as a leader of Sri Lankan Tamils.

      No fools, divide and conquer.

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    This is an excellent analysis by Pitasanna. Pirapaharan was an excellent soldier who hero worshipped the Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood but he was a coward and afraid of death. He had many assassinated. He had no political acumen He feared that in a federal State he would be arrested and tried for his assassinations especially that of Rajiv Gandhi and of course of other notables.The last British Governor of Hong Kong , Alex Patten, who was later to become the advisor to to the European Community was sent by them to go to Sri Lanka, meet him and and assess Pirapaharan as to whether he would be strategically useful to them. After seeing Pirapaharan and listening to him at an interview he went back to Europe and reported that they should forget about him. Bensen

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    Anton Balasingham Predicted A Bloody End For The LTTE?

    The writer said that “Within the LTTE, Anton Balasingham was the political ideologue—a man who advocated pragmatic solutions. Prabhakaran was the military mastermind”
    Is it true? I also heard many said that Bala predicted the end of the LTTE. The well known political story writer DBS.Jeyaraj also said that “Thambikku oru Ilavum vilanguthillai. Nilaimai Padu moasamaahuthu. Muzhu Ulagamum Saernthu Puligalai Mongappoaguthu”(Younger brother does not understand anything. The situation is becoming worse. The whole world will get together and clobber the tigers) –
    My question is that why these writers didn’t exposed this matter where Balasingam was alive or even Prabakaran was alive. Balasingam was died before Prabakaran was killed. No one didn’t say anything about Bala’s caliber to predicted the LTTE’s end.

    If Bala had a different view on political solution, he had to fight within the LTTE and met punishment or death by Prabaharan but nothing happen like that until Bala’s met his natural death. As a political thinker, Bala might be realize the situation but he never fought for his position within the LTTE. Bala has agreed with Parabakaran for his personal gains. If we want to blame ,we have to blame both not only Parabakaran.

    When Parabakaran decided to eliminate other Tamil militant organizations, Bala also agreed that and justified that. How can we say Bala was right? Parabaharan was fought for an independent Tamil state until his death. If Prabaharan was right all of them were right those who with him or if he was wrong all of them were wrong those who with him.

    The writer of this article must do some home work before writing about the LTTE.

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    Pitasanna Shanmugathas AKA mouth piece of DBS.

    Bala’s wife was ceremoniously handing out cyanide capsules to new Tamil Tigress during the graduation ceremony of those who passed their training through the Tiger academy.

    how do you reconcile Mrs Balasingham’s act, I am sure with the tacit approval of her husband, with your statement “Anton Balasingham Predicted A Bloody End For The LTTE”

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