17 October, 2017

Are We Not Trying To Put The Cart Before The Horse?

By C.V. Wigneswaran

C.V. Wigneswaran

C.V. Wigneswaran

Let me wish all of you Happy Thai Pongal on this auspicious day! Whilst wishing you happiness and prosperity I am aware that large sections of our people are in dire straits at this very moment. They are in need of relief and consolation. I must nevertheless acknowledge that the change of political environment that took place after the 8th of January 2015 with the active participation of our people did bring about better political climate. But it was more for the South than the North. We do recognize and welcome the need to usher in an era of religious understanding and tolerance. And hence this National Thai Pongal Festival. But we are also aware that in South Africa the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was an instrument innovated post conflict. They solved their constitutional and political problems and then embarked on a social journey to weld their disparate communities together. Here in Sri Lanka are we not trying to put the cart before the horse? We are still to solve our basic problems which have dogged us for over sixty seven years.

Let me expatiate from a different standpoint.

You are aware of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sri Lanka is a party to the acceptance and furtherance of such an Agenda. Seventeen Goals and 169 Indicators have been identified and accepted. Its Sixteenth Goal states as follows;

“Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”

This is indeed what we Tamils of this Country are interested in. The Sixteenth Goal has stated specifically what it means thus –

Firstly it says that we need to reduce all forms of violence. Unfortunately we in the North do not enjoy such a luxury. The fact that an estimated 150000 armed men belonging to an Occupational Army is stationed in the Northern Province six long years after the end of the War necessarily lays the foundation for violence. They have taken over our lands, our livelihoods, our businesses, our resources and are a threat to the well being of our war widows and others. Are we therefore in a fit state of mind to celebrate Thai Pongal?

Secondly it says we need to promote the rule of law at the National and International level and ensure equal access to justice for all. But we are continuing with our draconian PTA. Does it ensure equal access to justice for all? A dubious confession has been made the cause for continued incarceration. An inclusive society cannot be built upon a counter terrorism mindset and state security perspectives. We must instead have a humane mindset and people’s security perspective which means rule of law at the local government level, provincial level and national level to ensure human security in this Country.

Thirdly the Sixteenth Goal of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development says that we need to develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels. While the Government says that missing persons might be dead or had possibly emigrated the recent findings of secret Torture chambers and the sudden release of persons who had been in enforced incarceration for long periods prove that accountability and transparency are lacking.

Fourthly it says that we should ensure responsive inclusive participation and representative decision making at all levels. I am sorry to say that politically our Northern Provincial Council is being undermined by the Central Government at all levels. Projects are decided by the Centre and foisted on us top to bottom. In short the Provincial Councils are thought of as an aberration that needs to be suffered by the Government. In fact I have addressed epistles to His Excellency the President and Honourable Prime Minister within the last few days pointing out this phenomenon.

Fifthly the sixteenth Goal refers to promoting and enforcing non – discriminatiory laws and policies for sustainable development. Let me only say discriminators laws are still in place. In practice it is far more irritating. Recently a communication came from the present senior DIG Northern Province in Sinhala only to me. Over 90% of our people speak the Tamil Language. We have recognized English as a link language. But I receive important letters from our senior most Deputy Inspector General of Police in Sinhala. I have called for a translation. Our work gets delayed due to such inconsiderate impertinence.

There are other sections too in Goal 16. But what I have referred to so far suffices. Therefore looking from a macro standpoint let me say we have to improve ourselves as a Country very much. We have inherited prejudices and wrong notions. We have inherited violent thoughts and hatred. We need to jettison such notions and thoughts and prejudices. May be Thai Pongal is an ideal opportunity to rethink and retrace.

The International Community could support us in this regard. I am aware that the majority among the International Community is seriously interested in helping us. I am glad that Rt. Honourable Hugo Swire is here today. It is vital that the Government of Sri Lanka is supported by the International Community based on the principle of affirmative action to ensure a level playing field and fiscal and budgetary equalization measures. Though Sri Lanka is regarded as a middle income Country we in the Northern Province are lagging far behind. We are below par. May this Thai Pongal usher in a better future for all of us.

*Chief Minister of the Northern Province Justice C.V.Wigneswaran’s speech at the National Thaipongal Festival organized by the Prime Minister’s Office, Hindu Religious Affairs’ Ministry and State Ministry for Child Affairs – Veerasingham Hall, Jaffna on 15th January 2016 at 11 am

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    Blaming everyone else for one’s own misery is a favorite past time of this dude Wigneshwaran. Rather than recognize that the glass that is half empty is also half full, and working with the people of the north to meet their needs this guy is always complaining and blaming others for his sort comings.

    This is the strategy of ALL politicians of Lanka, Sinhala and Tamil alike: DIVIDE, DISTRACT and RULE so that the people will not see the short comings of their so called leaders.. This is the strategy of Wignesewaran. Rather than use an opportunity to work for the people, he is desperate to lose it and resurrect the abomination – Prabakaran.

    While it is true the the Central Govt. and Sinhala military have done abominable things to Tamils, it is also true that the Tamil’s worst enemy historically have been their own LEADERS. Look as the Malai or hill Tamils who are a caged vote bank for Thondaman and co.

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      “…use an opportunity to work for the people”.

      It’s better to spell out what opportunity the CM of NPC got? His hands are tied from all angles. The lands grabbed from the people of North are cultivated by the occupying are at a cheaper price so that other civilian farmers cannot compete. The army has no overhead charges, they are paid handsomely and the land is free and therefore they can afford to sell the produce cheap.

      The civilian homes are occupied by the army without any compensation or rent is paid. But the evicted civilians live in camps, with friends and relatives or rented accommodations. There is friction between sharing families and the education of their children is affected badly.

      The civilians live close to the army camps are in constant fear of being ill treated including rape of the women folks. There are many complaints to the police and it’s like complaint to the jackals against the wolves.

      The CM is allocated the same money as any other province in other parts of the country. The merge amount is not enough to do anything. He cannot create a separate fund to do development work. Moreover any money from abroad must be sent through the treasury, but, no one knows if and when it will ever reach it.

      The province has no means of raising by direct or indirect taxes that go to the treasury as well.

      Any project or resolution of the province has to be approved by the governor from the south who acts like a viceroy of the government at the centre which is dominated and controlled by the politicians from the South. The whole of the police force is also from the south.

      The constitution says that the provincial councils have control of their respective land and police but since its amendment in 1987 no government implemented the law of the land. So tell us what opportunity has the CM or any member of the NPC got?

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        Wigneshwaran should be removed as CM and someone with experience and expertise in ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT who can work with communities to boost them should be made Chief Minister.

        TNA is making a big mistake as this individual is blocking development benefits to the Tamils.

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          Dodo

          “Wigneshwaran should be removed as CM and someone with experience and expertise in ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT who can work with communities to boost them should be made Chief Minister.”

          Can I humbly suggest one or two potential candidates?

          Here are the names:

          Gotabhaya, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, General Jegath Dias, Svendra Silva, Wimal Weerawansa, Gunadasa Amarasekara, Gnanasara, Nalin de Silva, Gammanpila, Jim Softy, Namal Raja, his brother, Somass, Ravi Perera, … you, …..

          Sorry the list goes on and on.

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            Certainly, Karuna Amman or KP!!!

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              Rohan

              “Certainly, Karuna Amman or KP!!!”

              Sorry the list goes on and on.

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                And also Native Veddah.

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      Laxmi:
      This is thinly-disguised racism, Nothing less. EVERY single statement that Wigneswaran makes can be substantiated by the facts on the ground.
      Until and unless there is the PRACTICE of fairness and equity in the north and the removal of mass intimidation NOTHING will be achieved.
      This government (MR2) cannot pander to the racists of the south while paying lip service to concepts of peace and reconciliation. The primary concern of many of the MR2 cabinet appears to be simple self-aggrandizement, no less. Until and unless they are removed none of the stated goals will be realised and we will, in fact, slide back to MR1 as the “lesser evil!”
      MR2 better do what many have had to do in the past: “s…t or get off the pot.”

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        Putin,
        wow! What a statement. First can you list what laws of the country is racist that discriminate a tamil living in jaffna compared to a sinhalese living in the south. Do you really think the defense forces should be removed from the north? Not me. They should be there until the country is convinced that no more threat of terrorism exist. By the way what did you think? Resorting to terrorism will solve the so called problems of tamils? Did you ever thought of post terrorism era? Including possible consequence? You still talk about reconciliation! With whom? The terrorist who suicide bombed our citizens for over30 years or the innocent tamil civilians who had nothing to with do with terrorism?

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          eusense,

          You state “They (the forces) should be there until the country is convinced that no more threat of terrorism exist.”

          First, do you still not understand what instigated the “threat of terrorism.” Why don’t you first find that out and you might get enlightened as to the obvious civilized means by which country can be convinced of “no more threat.” Perhaps the concepts of civility, equality, democracy, fairness, the landmarks of human progress has escaped you just as much as they have escaped many of the Political wizards of this blessed nation!

          Second, perhaps you were not aware, that in long-past, for any functions in Kandy (Independence day, Perahara, etc) it was a practice for at least for five years o so to accommodate at the University of Peradeniya Gym all the necessary additional “forces” brought in from other provinces for duty. I believe three consecutive years proved that the “forces” were not civilized enough to be given such accommodation – and it was ruled that from then onwards the forces should not be accommodated within 10 miles of any University! That should tell you a lot about why the Northern civilians want the forces out. That, and the global news just couple of years ago from Haiti that it was sending back just the Sri Lankan segment of the UN peace keeping forces. Please find out why.

          A little bit of objective research does not harm any one – Loud mouth does, particularly an ignorant one!!

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            kumar,
            You need to answer my questions at least once in way.
            You keep on saying about this Sinhalese instigating Tamils to raise arms against the country. I would rather say it is not the Sinhalese it is the shortsightedness of a few Tamils that led to this. What discrimination and suppression are you talking about? look at the Universities, the numbers of Tamils students and academics, look at hospitals; numbers of Tamil doctors, look at the wealthy Tamil businessmen, engineers, accountants, dentists, veterinarians etc. etc.. Are these signs of suppression, discrimination and out castings? Are these tell tale signs of reasons for raising arms against the country? You need to open your eyes. This only confirms that a minority group of Tamils like you who are lazy, moronic, losers who whine and wants the gov. to spoon feed them everything are upto harm the country. Look at the blacks in the US. Did they raise arms against the gov.to achieve their goals? They did not have the right to education, own land and even voting rights. Even now they are discriminated in many aspects. Did they raise arms against the gov.??
            Give up your weak argument of the Sinhalese instigating to raise arms scenario!
            Give me examples where Tamils are not treated with “concepts of civility, equality, democracy, fairness”. Compare that to village Sinhalese and how they are treated.
            Your police being housed in the Peradeniya campus has no bearing to what you are saying. Peradeniya was not a hotbed for terrorism. And also, if you are not into any illegal activities why bother about police or the defense forces being out there?? Answer my questions.

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              Eusense,

              I am not sure which question that you asked that I did not answer.

              In any case, as for the question above “What discrimination and suppression are you talking about?” followed by the request “look at the Universities”, are you truly unaware of the discriminatory rulings implemented in Sri Lanka that denied a large segment of academically qualified Tamil youth from educational opportunities, and consequently employment opportunities? Does that not count as discrimination?

              What share of forces currently occupying land in the North are Tamils? If the Sinhala forces were quite sufficient to ensure the threat of JVP insurgency from revival, what is the rationale for not establishing a Tamil-dominant force to protect the civilians from a revival of LTTE insurgency?

              You either misunderstood or tried a fast one on my comment about Peradeniya police.

              I had not stated that Peradeniya University was a hotbed of violence, and the forces were brought to quell that. On the contrary, Peradeniya offered accommodation to the forces, and the forces who were given that privilege were, by their brutal, sadistic behavior became the source of violence erupting at the Universities, and the University felt it appropriate to kick them out for good after two consecutive years of such nonsense – not unlike the reason why they were disgracefully kicked out of the UN Peacekeeping team in Haiti.

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                kumar,
                I don’t buy that, Tamils were deprived of University education because of changes in admission criteria. First, a large amount of Sinhalese from major cities like Colombo, Kandy, Galle etc. were also effected. For these reason just being academically qualified does not mean that you get a placement in a SL University. There are thousands of Sinhalese and Muslim students who too are qualified but not being able to attend SL Universities. Are you saying they all should resort to violence??

                You very well know that Parayabakaran never allowed Tamils to join the forces or even the Police. Recently the DF tried to recruit Tamils without much success. Why do you think that was? Though this was going on, personally I was not in favor of getting Tamils to the forces as there is no way to vet them to make sure they have no harmful intentions. As long as some Tamil politicians and people like you who show continuous hostility towards the gov. and the Sinhalese there wont be any progress in this respect.

                If you are trying to criticize the forces using the Peradeniya scenario I am not going to defend them. Every Army has few bad apples that will bring a bad name to all. This is true for even US, UK and other so called civilized countries too. Please google to find out.

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                  eusense,

                  You asked me for evidence of discrimination- and I provided one. Whether you want to “buy” it or not is of course prerogative. I am sure you’ve heard the wisdom that one can perhaps make a blind man see, but not one who is pretending to be blind!

                  As for your sentiment ”I was not in favor of getting Tamils to the forces as there is no way to vet them to make sure they have no harmful intentions,” how on earth did you’ll vet the Sinhala army when they were put in place to counter the JVP insurrection? It is not just disingenuous but cowardice as well to hide under lame excuses.

                  And the gem of an excuse “Every Army has few bad apples that will bring a bad name to all”. If the FEW BAD APPLES were good enough of a reason to kick out the entire forces from within 10 miles of the University for eternity, and to toss out the whole Sri Lankan regiment in disgrace from Haiti, then the FEW APPLES should be good enough of a reason to boot them out of the North as well!.

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      Wiggy
      You should relate to Jaffna.
      Are we not trying to put the Maadu(the bull) before the vandil
      Will resonate well with

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    You, Mr Wigneswaran is not a peacemaker. For peace and reconciliation there must be give and take, tolerance, understanding and so on to build trust.

    Trust between Tamils and Sinhalese is at a very low level. 30 years of brutal war is disastrous for building trust in a short pace of time. Mr Wigneswaran must understand this, and be patient. Both sides to the conflict whipped up hatred of the other for three long decades. These would not extinguish merely because the war ended. It takes time to repair the damage, to heal.

    Sinhalese, although only a minority of them, voted to oust a regime that was not genuine in healing the wounds of war. Although they lost, a majority of the Sinhalese voted for the continuation of the Rajapakse regime on January 8, 2015 and to resurrect it in August last year. As far as this constituency is concerned the current Sirisena- Wickramasinghe Government is a minority government ruling the country with the help of the minorities. It is thus in a precarious state and its survival is doubtful.

    Until a majority of the majority community supports a move towards reconciliation and to normalize relationship between the communities, this “minority” government must act cautiously. Any measure that could be perceived by a majority of the Sinhalese as might lead to a resumption of another Eelam War (or Separatism) could undermine the current government in Colombo.

    Thus the process is slow. Mr Wigneswaran does not help the situation by demanding immediate measures for the removal of real or perceived fetters that supposedly affect the people in the North. His demands only increase the support for the odious political agenda of Rajapakse.

    Mr Wigneswaran must also understand that Tamils are not mere victims of a situation for which they have no responsibility. It is obvious that many Tamils, wittingly or otherwise, supported the violent means of the LTTE. And it was equally so among a majority Sinhalese who wanted it crushed by any means.

    So, both parties are victims and perpetrators in the conflict that ended. Additional suffering of the people in the North (and East) is that the war was fought on the land where they lived (mostly).

    Mr Wigneswaran trying to portray Tamils as the sole and innocent victims of a brutal war is far from the truth. Mr Wigneswaran and other Tamil elite must take some of the blame in not coming out vociferously against the terrorism of the LTTE and against their active supporters and propagandists in the West.

    So, Mr Wigneswaran, give it time, extend a hand of friendship, articulate loudly the mistakes of the Tamils in general and LTTE in particular and win the hearts and minds of the Sinhala majority, who are misguided and misled by the Rajapakses even now. That way you will achieve far reaching and viable results than continually ranting over the current flaws.

    And, finally Mr Wigneswaran, stop brown nosing the ex-colonial white men in the hope of them coming to your assistance. The solution lies in Sri Lanka and in Sri Lankans and that’s where you have to find it – locally!!

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      Ken Dharmapala

      According to you only way to make this country peaceful, is that the minorities should perpetually tolerate the intolerance of the majority.
      That is the gist of what your are saying.
      Why not say it short and sweet, instead of using so many words to also bore them ?

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      For many years CVV’s hands were tied because he was passing judgement. It seems that he find it extremely difficult to get out of that mind set and embrace the philosophy of politics. So he goes on interpreting this and that and then concludes with judgments based on hos own interpretations. Public opinion has no place in his philosophy.

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    Mr.Wigneswaran must show greater political maturity and be less sanctimonious.As it is, neither the international community, the right thinking Sri lankan society nor the Tamil community can take his playing to the gallery seriously. Bensen

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    He is definitely trying to put many spokes in the wheels that have started to roll and harness donkeys facing the cart to pull it. He represents the spokes and the persons he has gathered around him in the TMP are the donkeys trying to pull the spoked cart , while harnessed in reverse. What a tragedy! What stupidity!

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr. Rajasingam:

      I find it rather amusing that you chastise the CM but haven’t refuted what he believes are the spokes. The issue is not who he has gathered around him, as if the President, the PM and others are devoid of such politics.. Poke fun at MR if you have all the time in this world.

      Let us discuss the substance of his speech. Isn’t it a fact that more than 150,000 soldiers stationed in the North are depriving the people of the land and livelihood? May be you are comfortable with the stance of the President and PM on the impending investigation that:

      “War heroes and military commanders who led the battles will not be persecuted and will be protected.”

      Honestly I am confused. To start with, I was wondering whether it was the intention to use the word “persecute” rather than “prosecute”. As if to confuse further, is the regime’s definition “war heroes”. If military commanders, who appear to be the culprits, are protected, then what is the real sense in having the investigation anyway? Catch the foot-soldiers and make them pay the price for the orders of their commanders. Funny isn’t, talking of a credible and independent investigation but exclude the commanders from the investigation.

      There is no sincerity in the way the sinhalese regime deals with the Tamils. It is alright to place sinhalese as governors in the mainly Tamil provinces. It helps and it is good but show me one province with the sinhalese majority that has a Tamil governor. India has done this well but here in SL it is all gas only. Doesn’t it make one think that the talk of reconciliation is a farce.

      What do you find objectionable on the issues the CM has raised? It is as clear as daylight that a large number of soldiers are still rooted there? Is it a joke to talk of peace and reconciliation and then foist that many soldiers there? Or is it the missing persons where the regime is taking everyone on a merry-go-around? Or the “Projects are decided by the Centre and foisted on us top to bottom”? Rather it is a comedy of sorts. Would it be far-fetched to say that the focus of development is in the south and that claimed to be development in the North and affected areas is development to show the world that the regime is indeed concerned. Or, who knows, it is the perfected art of fishing for votes. Talk, talk, talk but how would the regime address the pain and hurt of those hunting for their missing loved ones? If you are as cosy to the regime, tell them to return the lands grabbed by the soldiers so that they can get on with their lives, as surely they would even where the regime has miserably failed to live up to its promises.

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        jansee
        You and Wigneswaran are both part of the problem not the solution.

        You must be thankful that 150k soldiers are stationed in the north. What was life for the Tamils with LTTE terrorists before these soldiers came? Would you even write something like this against Parayabakaran then? As a Sinhalese I want these soldiers to be stationed at what ever cost so that our country will never go through any more of terrorism. You need to agree with me if you are for peace. You are enjoying life in the north thanks to these soldiers and many others who gave their lives for the peace you have now.

        Again, give up your reliance on the UNHRC and other UN agencies. These don’t work for you, the Tamils or for Sinhalese cause. Does Jaffna has oil or gold? If so “UN” will shed tears for you! These are all political, west funded entities that work only for their benefit and power. You can bang your head as much as you want but Sri Lanka is off the hook on this fake human rights violation business. Open your eyes work with the gov. and try to improve your lives!
        You are right it is all talk and comedy, but the joke is on you!

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          Eusense:

          I could also say, and many Tamils will agree with me, that the problem and pain for the Tamils had and has always been the Sinhalese majority, consumed by religious fanaticism wrapped in a Mahawamsa mindset. Sinhalese politicians built their political careers by inflicting unjust policies and pain on the Tamils.

          “What was life for the Tamils with LTTE terrorists before these soldiers came?”

          I wonder, and with disgust perhaps, why the Tamils have to be thankful for a bloody regime that laid waste to the entire region that prompted UNSG Ban Ki Moon to remark that he had not seen such devastation. Before a barbaric regime laid waste to the region, the Tamils had their own admin, financial institutions, etc managing in a much better way than the regime in its region. Who caused the devastation to the life and property of the Tamils?

          Unlike the nosy, greedy and jealous sinhalese, all the Tamils wanted was to mind their own business but the sinhalese never wanted or allowed the Tamils to live in peace. As like your politicians, you are pathetic cheats and liars who did not honour even a single promise you gave to the Tamils. SWRD and Dudley proved to be untrustworthy and dishonest sinhalese leaders who had no shame to even honour their own agreements. Name them and you people have committed all the crimes – rapes, murders,etc and you shamelessly want to lecture the Tamils. If Tamils have been allowed to live in peace, there wouldn’t be a Prabhakaran and the LTTE. The sinhalese created that.

          No, there will be no peace until the soldiers get out of the land. There is no dispute that a small presence may be necessary as in other provinces but unlike what you want us to believe, the presence of such large numbers of soldiers led to the grabbing of lands and destroying the livelihood of the people there. If you can use half your brain, you will understand that these soldiers are not confined to their camps as they should but running businesses that effectively affect the people’s lives and livelihood. And if you are not a dud you will see that the North is more of a dumping ground for a monster created by the previous regime and now causing headaches on how to deal with a largely redundant army and, of course, the North and the Tamils can be victimised using the standard excuse. Try “dumping” such a large army in any one of the other provinces and how you sinhalese react?

          The Tamils will take their chances with the UNHRC than the half-past-six sinhalese regimes who have proved every single time that they are a worthless and discredited and untrustworthy crap. And surely, not only your advice is misguided, it is not even worth spitting on it. It is not Prabhakaran but a bloody sinhalese regime that laid waste and destroyed the lives of so many Tamil families. There neither need be a Prabhakaran nor he has to wage a war if the sinhalese had kept their promises. Will that make sense to you? I don’t believe so, because that is the stock you belong to – with no credibility whatsoever. Even today, the current regime is trying to wriggle its way out of its promises and not many Tamils are surprised. If Wigneswaran is one of them, good for the Tamils.

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            jansee,
            Reading each and every post by yours depict to me that you are a remnant of the LTTE. You harbor unsubstantiated extreme hatred towards the Sinhalese while almost all Tamils of the north and all Tamils who live outside the north and east enjoy their life. There is no way that 10% of the population will get separation and their own administration in any where in the world. If that is going to happen the US will have hundreds of countries within it! People like you are the reason the Defense Forces should never be moved out of the north and East. Showing hostility will never win anything. You need to get smarter. Anyway, Good luck to you!

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              Eusense:

              Funny that you did not label UNHRC Zeid, who made a stinging remark of the credibility deficit on SL despite the overtures by the regime. How can you forget the ever vociferous Samantha Powers who dared Tamara Kunanayakan openly to “better watch out”.

              I had a good laugh anyway to know that the a vintage from the Rajapaksa era is still parading the streets of SL unashamedly blowing hot and cold that the mere mention of Tamils’ rights gets his/her pants on fire. Hello Eusense, get real, SL has been given a face-saving exercise. What you declare will most fall on deaf ears despite the wild protestations of phony innocence. All the “heroes” who believed in the immaculate eternity have been unceremoniously chucked out of office. The resilience of the Tamils is here to stay.

              Your idiosyncrasy seems to be borderless and essentially you are barking at the wrong tree. The post-independent history is trended on the political animosity among the sinhalese and this very fact had affected the lives of Tamils. When someone moots the way forward, there obviously will be another who will most surely pull him down. This has been the marred and checkered history of the sinhala politicians and you ought to be shameful of your pretense and ignorance of it. It is this gutter politics that had killed the prospects of peace and reconciliation among the races and for the vultures they are (sinhala politicians), the Tamils had suffered enough. Then who can forget the charades robed in saffron clothing wreaking havoc in the name of religion. The unholy sight of monks doing street battles have tainted the name of SL, not the Tamils. Instead of lecturing me, get you kith and kin to get their acts together so that a single sinhala voice will be able to sit down and talk of peace and reconciliation. As far as I know, SL leaders have been the only ones who have no shame in reneging on written agreements. Is that unsubtantiated too?

              The defense forces should be in their barracks and not doing competing business. I am afraid you have wriggled your way out in not answering that. My dear Eusense, there were some jokers who, like you, have been thumping their chest but now are mere pussies. Let me remind you. It is because of nuts like you that SL has lost its sovereign rights to deal with matters within its borders. You continue with your charade and the consequences will be hard for you to imagine or swallow. Cheers

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          Nuisance,
          You are crazy!

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        Jansee

        DR.RN clearly has some grudge against Wiggy.
        whereas DR.RN [Edited out]Just read DR.RN’s response to Sumanthiran elsewhere in CT

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        Exaggerations and timing!

        Dr.RN

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          The above comment is an answer to Jansee’s question .

          Dr.RN

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            DR RN:

            Aren’t you trying to paint a snake and add legs to it?

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        Jansee, Dr. RN,

        Reading Sampanthan’s latest speech, where he asks even Rajapaksa to support the constitutional solution makes me confused. Is he bending over backwards under international pressure?

        What if the attempt to resolve the Tamil question comes up with something that is too little and unacceptable for the Tamil people? Does he have a plan B?

        I am for Sampanthan’s cooperation with the current regime, but in order to maintain his relationships with the regime and work for a solution, he may be forced to downplay many grievances of the people–the SLA-occupied lands of the people, war crimes, etc. In such a situation, Tamils do need other leaders to articulate their grievances and keep the issues alive. So from that perspective, CVW is not wrong.

        The real questions will be this: if there is a constitutional solution that is largely acceptable to the Tamil people (resulting from the efforts of Sampanthan and Sumanthiran ) will the TMP reject it and resort to agitation, leading to no solution at all? I don’t think so; if the solution has broad support among the people, then obviously enough people wouldn’t support the TMP.

        The TNA will need to worry only if the leadership deviates too much from what the people want. I don’t see a problem in the TMP having its own space within the Tamil polity as an outlet for the people to express their frustrations. But there are many issues such as the contamination of water in Chunnakam, development, etc., where the CM and the NPC haven’t shown sufficient leadership. There is also the issue of party discipline. CVW needs to take such criticism seriously and address it.

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          Agnos:

          Points noted. It is not about CVW but the issues he has raised. Ultimately, the people have to decide which way their minds are attuned to but in all frankness it may be admissible that some important negotiations ought to be kept under wraps for fear of being undermined. However, the trajectory history of every single sinhalese regime in the past does not inspire confidence.

          It is a year now since the regime change and with the massive army presence in the North and the way it has affected the lives and livelihood of people there clearly stands in the way of forging peace and reconciliation. At least it may invoke some trust if they are strictly confined to their barracks but that is not what is happening. Their business interests and involvement is has received the brickbats. Just imagine, from the President to the PM and all other small minions, they have all insisted on the army’s continued presence in the North. Need to figure out their charitable disposition?

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      The continued occupation by invading troops of lands and houses that once belonged to the native inhabitants is proof that every thing Wigneswaran has said is true. The hosannas to reconciliation being sung by the Government are nothing but hypocritical platitudes. Fact is Tamils are under occupation.

      Dr Rajasingham, let not your hatred of Wigneswaran turn you blind to the truth. I look forward to reading your apology.

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        Why should criticism be interpreted as hatred? He is now a politician holding public office. As a citizen and a Tamil I have right to criticize or praise him as I see fit. This my right and something he has to accept as he is my representative in the political sphere. It is not a love- hate relationship. Understand how democracy should work before ascribing motives. I judge him to be a vision less and short sighted politician; an inept and tactless Chief Minister ; and a person who is not equipped to lead the Tamils. That is MY judgement now and MY right, as a citizen.’

        Dr,RN

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          Dr Rajasingham Narendran

          Hope you have good reasons for your “judgment”. Care to share those with the CT readership? Otherwise you are no different from the many other jackasses commenting on every single Article published in CT.

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            My being a jackass or not is your right to judge, but the mulish stance of the many who persist on confounding criticism with hate is no different to the naming of anyone critical of the LTTE a traitor in the recent past. Enough and more evidence has been presented in CT by many on why CVW has failed as CM. CVW is using this blind support extended by a section of the Tamil Diaspora, to make much ado about a fast receding flood, No one denies there are lingering problems from the past, but thry are very visibly contracting. This is the reality I see in the north and east. However, there is widespread poverty and serious problems that are the after effects of a prolonged war. These issues cannot be tackled by raising out of date slogans and persisting with irrelevant attitudes. CVW represents renegrade attitudes, while not doing anything, even at the verbal level, to raise real issues of concern to the vast majority of people?

            He has been a great disappointed to me and the many I speak to here in Jaffna. I am not adding legs to a snake I have painted, as Janzee accuses. I am only saying that we have big problems with CVW as CM. He is not what we need at this point in time and in the imaginable future. Instead of helping cook the little rice now in the pot , he is engaged in the game of criticizing half cooked rice as raw!

            Dr.RN

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            frank,
            Are you talking about Vedda who comment trash on every article?

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          Rajasingham,

          It is sad that despite the much wealth spent on your education, you still don’t understand the difference between criticism and name-calling — stupid, donkeys, maggots wallowing in blood, etc. I certainly would have expected that from Kelaniya doctor for whom going abroad meant crossing the river!

          On what basis do you “judge him to be a vision less and short sighted politician; an inept and tactless Chief Minister ; and a person who is not equipped to lead the Tamils.” – That was the question — NOT whether you have the right to make a judgment or not. Judgment is not what you pull out of the different orifices at your will!

          Now, when I call you stupid, I substantiate that with the reason – for instance your claim that Vet studies has given you the super-human ability to read other’s mind was as stupid as it gets! Well, that was just one example of many.

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          DR RN:

          Looks like you should be the last person to talk about democracy and rights. I don’t believe anyone had or should criticise you for penning your thoughts. It is what you have written that has received the jibes. Surely if you appreciate or understand democracy, it cuts both ways and is or should not be your proprietary right. In a public forum such as this any “comments” shall evoke response/s and you would do well in responding to them with your own thoughts.

          It is not about CVW but the issues he has raised. It is on those issues that I pointed the regime has been lagging.You may be privy to information on CVW as the CM and do write and explain if indeed there are such issues and we can have a hearty discussion. In the meanwhile get out of the grid and grip that encumbers you that anyone can deny your right, the democratic right that seems to play truancy with your mind.

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        frank,
        You are far behind in news. Wigs will be out the door in a few days. Even the Tamils in the party don’t want him there!
        I wonder why???

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      Rajasingham,

      Your convictions are based purely on your personnel greed and expediency towards that gratification – nothing else matters to you!

      You relentlessly campaigned for fund raising for MR, and was a staunch apologists for MR and GR up until they abandoned you.

      You vehemently chastised the Diaspora for seeking international intervention in seeking impartial investigation not forthcoming from the egomaniacal MR regime proclaiming the bold-faced deception of “zero civilian casualty!” In a post couple of days ago you even praised Sarath Fonseka as a hero for winning the war, never mind his own participation in the sordid, inhumane, uncivilized acts of war crime against your own community among whom you have now chosen to retire.

      A week ago you shed crocodile tears for the “poor Tamils” in your neighbourhood who cannot afford to buy slippers for their school-going kids. I pointed out that you partook in MR’s lavish spending from the plunder of funds that were donated to help out this same “poor Tamils,” and asked you why it would be inappropriate for those “poor Tamils” to expect you to at the least refund the funds spent on you, the funds that actually belonged to those “poor Tamils.” How many pairs of slippers do you think an “executive passage and a luxury vacation in Sri Lanka” could buy?

      Why is that you don’t have an answer and you are unable to take responsibility for your own actions – but have the audacity to pollute this blog-space with empty sanctimonies, fervent hatred of officials non-responsive to your selfish interests, and feigned altruism that would shame even the worst of slumlords!

      (I hope CT is as at least half as generous to my posting as it has been to Rajasingham’s unreserved, vocalized condemnation of senior officials as “donkeys and stupid.”)

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        Kumar,
        What is the reason for you to complain about Rajasingham’s way of thinking, writings and his actions what ever they may be? Don’t Sri Lankans have freedom of free thinking and speech? Or are you complaining because he is Tamil?
        My feeling is people like you are the reason for Tamil problems.

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          Nuisance the stupid I

          “My feeling is people like you are the reason for Tamil problems.”

          On the other hand, people like are the sole reason for problems in this entire island.

          Whats the difference between you and a knife?

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          Eusense,

          As a further follow-up on Rajasingngham’s actions that you brought up, which of the actions of Rajasingham do you feel were commendable:

          (a) relentless fund-raising campaign among the Diaspora on behalf of MR

          (b) being an apologists for MR/GR (justifying man-power displacement in the North, justifying that Tamil youths are too rich to seek employment)

          (c) chastising the Diaspora for seeking international intervention on behalf of the war widows and wailing mothers

          (d) shedding crocodile tears for the “poor slipper-less Tamils” having actually shared in the spoils stolen from the same Tamils.

          O.K. Never mind “commendable” – just tell me which of the actions do you now feel are not “condemnable”!

          Now do you understand why I complained?!

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            kumar,
            I don’t take sides for no reason and I respect other peoples beliefs and rights. With regard to Rajasingham;

            1. I am unaware of his fund raising for MR. But to do so is his prerogative and he has that right. This is the same thing most diaspora did in the UK raising money for Parayabakaran to suicide murder innocent SL civilians. Did you complain about it then?

            2. I haven’t heard of him being an apologists for MR/GR. Do you know that there are many Tamils in SL who praise those two for ending the terror war? If so why not him?

            3.Here too, I haven’t heard him doing so. In fact I had several disagreement with him on his praise of the diaspora, in my mind who funded the terror war. Again this is his prerogative to do so.

            4.I don’t know whether they are crocodile tears or not! May be you are biased!

            Anyway,as a peace loving citizen I would say his actions are commendable.
            Your writings give me some insight to your inner feelings. That is, Rajasingham as a Tamil should follow other Tamils irrespective of his own beliefs. Am I right?

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              Essenes,

              I am only addressing point 1 in your above comment, as the rest are largely your impressions through our interactions on CT,

              I have not engaged in any fund raising campaign for MR or donated a penny for his campaigns. I had indicated my preference for MR over Sarathanjali Fonseka in the 2010 elections in an interview with DAN TV and they had used out of context clips from that interview in their campaign in support of MR. I strongly objected to this and as a consequence the clip was withdrawn from their advertisements.”

              Further, I was interested in developing the north and east and proposed a project for Muulaitivu to the MR government. I had lined up commitments amounting to US $ one million from Saudi Arabia for this project. The the then Governor of NP was very supportive, However, The MR government was Luke warm in its support. After wasting much time and money on trying to get approval for this project,I gave up in disgust and advised potential investors that the project was no longer in the cards. Most of the potential investors were non- Sri Lankans.

              i an an advocate if development as the first step towards resolving the problems if the Tamils and this the principle reason for my disappointment with CVW’s tenure as CM.

              Dr.RN

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                Rajasingham, Eusense,

                The twisting and turning just continues – now with another new-line of fibs!

                1. Can Rajasingham deny stating to the effect “My biggest disappointment is with Diaspora holding their purses tight and not supporting the MR regime in its development efforts.”
                How would he even know or have any assessments on Diaspora funding, if his involvement was solely project funding for sponsorship by Middle-east, and entirely non-Sri Lankan, investors?

                2. Can Rajsingham deny encouraging the Diaspora to divert their routine “family and friend” remittances instead directly to MR/GR regime, cautioning that the direct remittances are making the Tamils too rich to seek local employment. In fact he used that reasoning to support and justify GR’s shipping of truck loads of Southern youth to absorb all the work opportunities within the foreign funded reconstruction projects in the war-torn areas!

                Here is the chain of events. China funds Hambantota development and, despite that being contracted as a tax burden on future generations of Sri Lankans, China insists that the Chinese would bring their own labour for all the construction work, thus contradicting the participatory-development as initially intended.

                Faced with the consequent rise in unemployment in the South, MR/GR find a nifty solution, two birds in one, if you will. Showcase the devastation in the North to plead for reconstruction funds from generous donors and then ship truckloads of Southern labour to the North to absorb all the resulting employment opportunities. And Rajasingham wants the Dispora to stand in the sidelines and cheer for GR, and in addition to consider additional showering of the altruistic MR regime with more of the dollar bills in appreciation!!

                3. Claiming monopoly on on-the-ground situation, Rajasingham then went on to reassure us all in this same blog space that (a) MR has completed 75% of all what he promised the Tamils, (b) all the Tamils in the North are walking about happily assured of a bright future under MR, and (c) MR is a very honorable man and will be very fair and just to the Tamils. It was when Rajasingham was specifically asked how he could be so confident on MR’s honorable intentions that Rajasingham blurted out his own perception of the super-human skills be believed was endowed on him over the course of training at Vet faculty, thus exposing his blatant naiveté, if not worse!

                4. The final straw was when, after all that cheer-leading for MR, just a couple of months later, in an abrupt turn of sentiments, out of the blue, Rajasingham proclaimed in this same blog space that “by now even the worst of fools have realized Mahinda should NOT be trusted.”

                I will wait to see if Rajasingham would deny any of the above – or whether the questions will remain orphaned, just as his explanation on his all-paid luxury “delegate” trip to Sri Lanka, or the observation that one obvious solution for his emotive exposition of the problem of 80 slipper-less school children would be for him to return the money to its rightful owners, namely the Tamil destitute that would of course include the 80-school children.

                Does that make it clear why I complain?

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                Correction: Sarath Fonseka

                Dr.RN

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              Eusense,

              As for your attributing a nonsensical ‘Rajasingham as a Tamil should follow other Tamils irrespective of his own beliefs. Am I right?” No — you are entirely wrong on you presumption! Perhaps you somehow overlooked the comment I made about Dayan in a previous response on this self-comforting line of thought of yours. If you take that blinder of convenient pre-judgment off, you will see that I have always provided detailed reasoning behind each of my complaints.

              And, as for your puzzlement “I don’t know whether they are crocodile tears or not! May be you are biased.” Consider these.

              Can you suggest any reason other than as a bribe, why MR would offer to pay an executive passage and luxury travel and stay in Sri Lanka to a foreign-currency earning Diaspora member, while MR was actively seeking foreign donations from that same Diaspora as a group?

              Could anyone, especially an educated one, who accepts that offer be truly ignorant of the motive behind MR’s offer (recall, Rajasingham finally conceded that MR could not be trusted)?

              In any case, having had usurped such a substantial sum of Tax payer money (or, more specifically foreign funds donated for the benefits of the Tamil destitute) on avaricious self-indulgence, would it be unfair for the destitute (the 80 slipper-less children) to expect a return of all or most of such misused funds from the one who partook in consuming it?

              So, when Rajasingham emotively “cries” for those 80 children for their inability to afford slippers, but continues to look the other way when he is asked to do his part of the responsible thing, would that not adequately bare the “lizard-ishness” behind that cry?

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          Eusense,

          Obviously CT has its own selection of yard sticks for use at its own convenience – and this is not the first time they have opted to make that selective judgment, god knows why. Anyhow, just to let you know I did answer the objective segment of your question “What is the reason for you to complain about Rajasingham’s way of thinking, writings and his actions”, focusing on the actions. If CT chose to hide it, it is your loss, not mine – take it up with CT.

          Let me try to answer another of your question that I first felt worth ignoring, for being imbecilic. With CT’s action, I reconsidered.

          You asked “Or are you complaining because he is Tamil?” You can ask DJ about the “complains” I have made almost whenever his snake-oil initiatives found their way to these columns. Now DJ is not a Tamil, is he?

          Here is some enlightenment.

          If the Dr. Mervin of Kelaniya fame chose the kind of actions and writings as what these other two gentlemen chose, I would not have made a hum! That is because the Kelaniya pundit had no education, no exposure to civility and no associates with even the minimum of integrity. With the kind of education, exposure and enlightened company that Dr.NR and Dr.DJ were privileged to, and that at the expense of the country’s taxpayers, it is very unsettling for me to watch them try to leverage the revered title, revered by many, for pitiful gains – not unlike that educated Hungarian linguist Nepomuuck in Pygmalion! Thus my complains. Comprehende?

          CT, I am truly puzzled by your selective boundaries that accommodates describing senior officials as “donkies, stupid, or maggots that wallow in Tamil blood”, but found something objectionable in my forthright response to Eusense. However, I will understand if you would rather bury this as well.

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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

      Here is JVP’s Pongal Message:

      Thai Pongal message of the JVP

      FRIDAY, 15 JANUARY 2016 00:00 0 COMMENTS E-MAIL| PRINT |PDF

      Today is Thai Pongal Day. According to Hindu calendar the New Year for the Hindu devotees commences today. Hindu devotees celebrate Thai Pongal Day to aspire for a new dawn for their lives and the work place and for a new beginning.

      The dawn of a new year is the beginning of new expectations. It is a moment when hopes to win challenges that could not be won as well as determination to solve issues that could not be solved get freshened up.

      However, Hindu devotees will have to think deep this year if the New Year dawns for them with new issues added to the ones that were present in the previous year. We have to struggle with dedication and determination to win the challenges before us and make this a victorious year for the people.

      People in Sri Lanka were able to topple the dictatorial family rule that failed to establish democracy, equality, brotherhood and unity in the country and establish a new administration. However, this administration too has started acting in a manner that shatters people’s expectations. Hence, it is time that Hindu devotees as well as other Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim, Burgher and Malay masses think anew and begin a new life. This is the message Thai Pongal Day in 2016 gives us.

      The JVP believes that it is important that people in this country begin a new journey and we are prepared to give directions and leadership for the masses to undertake such a journey.

      The JVP sincerely sends greetings to all Hindu devotees who celebrate Thai Pongal Day today and invites all to organize themselves and unite to win a better tomorrow for all.

      lankatruth.com/

      What do you read from its message?

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        Dear Native,

        Did the TNA spokesperson in Parliament JVP Prince write this?.

        Shouldn’t you ask him whether he paid back that LKR 25 Lakhs back to the UNP treasury?.

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        Native Vedda,

        The JVP has come a long way since the early 1970’s on the Tamil issue. Unfortunately, it is not enough, as indicated by Anura Kumara Dissanayake’s recent statement in parliament on the proposed new constitution.
        The JVP is yet trying to run with the hare and hunt with the dogs to some extent. It is also quite far from capturing political power or capable of playing King/Queen maker. They have to learn more and experience more. They are also at this point in time incapable of rousing the rabble, although Anura Kumara Dissanayake’s words are listened to carefully, when it makes sense to the people.

        Dr.RN

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          Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

          I was just wondering what did the JVP mean by what it said in the first paragraph

          “Today is Thai Pongal Day. According to Hindu calendar the New Year for the Hindu devotees commences today. Hindu devotees celebrate Thai Pongal Day to aspire for a new dawn for their lives and the work place and for a new beginning.”

          Thai Pongal day is supposed to be celebration of farmers – a thanks giving day, a day on which the Tamils emphasise the important connections to various aspects of their livelihood,land, nature, animal,labour,community,environment, productivity, …. . Some say it is a Thamilar festival (Festival of Tamils).

          I am not convinced that Thai Pongal is indeed the HINDU NEW YEAR. I am told Thai Pongal is a secular festival, which we ought to respect for once it cuts out the middlemen the priest and the Purana.

          Whoever released this message not only not aware of the ancient tradition but didn’t bother to fact check.

          The question that follows from their uninformed lazy message is do they really understand what “others” practice as their own culture/heritage/history leave alone what they aspire to.

          Yet JVP believes it has answers to all historical issues relating to this state, minorities, governance, etc.

          With a stroke of a key board JVP has changed the culture of a people, perhaps a cultural revolution since Mao’s days.

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            Native Vedda,

            This interpretation is something Anura Kumara Dissanayake’s has picked up from the last DMK government led by Karunanithy in Tamil Nadu. They has declared Thai Pongal as the Tamil New year day instead of the April occasion.

            Dr.RN

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              Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

              Karunanithy couldn’t sell this change to the people. Tamil Nadu still celebrates the day as Thaipongal day and not a new years day.

              Could you let AKD and JVP know that it is too early for a cultural revolution and Tamil Nadu is not ready for it.

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                NV,

                Karunanithy officially made the Thaipongal day the Tamil New Year day. Jayalalitha, reversed this and restored the old practice. What the people did was of course follow the astrological tradition. Karunanithy’ s decision caused much controversy and was publicized world wide. The ground reality was not projected to the world.
                AKD and the JVP probably had only a superficial knowledge of the issue and have used it for their purposes.

                Dr.RN

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                  Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

                  “AKD and the JVP probably had only a superficial knowledge of the issue and have used it for their purposes.”

                  I doubt JVP has any knowledge of any issue relating to the minorities.

                  JVP seems full of itself.

                  It is not a listening party on the contrary a party of preachers, preaching the tried and failed gospel of Wijeyaweea, Somawansa and other counter revolutionaries, essentially it represents the core Sinhala/Buddhist ideology(?) with a centralizing tendency.

                  It prefers a form of dictatorship.

                  As a Tamil you should protest. Please tell JVP to mind its own business as far as the minority’s heritage, culture and history.

                  It’s too early for Mao’s cultural revolution in this island.

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                  Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

                  I think as a responsible citizen of this island you have a responsibility to raise the matter with AKD and JVP and extract an apology from both.

                  Let him and his party know that Karunanithy is not the sole custodian of an ancient people and their culture, particularly the secular nature of Thaipongal.

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    CM cares about Tamil people in the North M.A. Sumanthiran plays what Colombo Tamils and the RW/Diplomatic Community want. Majority of Colombo Tamils do not give a dam about Tamils in the North. If they did, would they have voted UNP in numbers when the entire North voted CBK in 1994?

    CM should cut off RW and deal with President alone. Soon RW and President will part and that is the time CM needs to take a firm stand.

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      Dilip

      “CM should cut off RW and deal with President alone.”

      Why?

      Is it because cutting off is a Tamil cultural trait that you want to preserve?

      You haven’t learned much have you?

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    “Are we not trying to put the cart before the horse”?

    Mr.Wigneswaran- The Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council. Please stand in front of a mirror and ask that question from you. In my opinion, you did that; “put the cart before the horse” after becoming the Chief Minister. You even had failed to utilize the funds allocated for the development of the Province for the people and misdirected time and energy to political issues that could be handled later on. In short, you did not know to PRIORITIZE your assignments and functions. Do you need again to be “Warned” by India? You are a man of “Missed Opportunities”.

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    How can you expect to forgive, forget and reconcile, to give and take, and to move forward, when the perpetrators are rewarded, defended and protected, and stationed next to you to manage and supervise your day to day life.

    Failing to accept and address the truth, on how, why and by whom, when more than 100 000 killed in the Mullaivaikkal war, resulting in thousands of widows, orphans, disabled, and many still refused into their own homes with lands occupied,the pain and sorrow inflicted by the same notorious army and navy people, who still continues to instil fear, torture, rapes and murders, will take us nowhere.

    There can be no peace or reconciliation without justice and accountability.

    The history is too long, too late, and the horse has blotted. We need separation to move forward.

    The karma will continue to linger on and on, for the leaders until we all realise to live and let live. For this reasons some are enduring to adjust their conscience, again on their terms, and with the same army stationed there.

    The best solution is, “just leave us alone in our homeland in the NE”, no matter what home grown solution, we will look after ourselves.

    Countries that gained independence long after SL, are advancing and prospering peacefully with social and economic developments and are accepted as a global partners in many fields.

    After all these 66 year history of pain and sufferings, and for a permanent peaceful political solution for the Sri Lankan Nation and for the Tamil Nation, and for both the peoples to live, develop and prosper as good friendly neighbours, for we need each other, we all call upon India, US and China, to guarantee that the island of Sri Lanka is protected and guaranteed from any external aggression, and India, US and China guarantee the safety and security of the Tamils in Tamil Eelam, and in the Island.

    The 95% Sinhalese army has been used to cause the pain and suffering and should be dismantle from both sides.

    Manicka Vasagar

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    The speech of the Chief Minister is very clear and factual.
    Unfortunately, there are sycophants of the present regime living in the north, who appear to be cowed down by the army – and, police – in occupation, and/or expect some largesse from the regime.

    The comments of Laxmi and Saro above are clear in outlining the situation in the north.

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    Vellala Wigg’s Thaipongal Message is really cool..

    Wiggy says 150,000 fully armed Southerners have taken over his land, opened businesses, threatening his war widows and send him instructions in Sinhala only, even after Nanthikadal..

    And he still has to work under the PTA.

    No wonder Wiggy formed his own party,

    May be he is crossed with the Vellala Party, whose leader now even wants ex President Rajapaksa to join him and the Vellalas, to help Batalanada Ranil rule with his new constitution.

    There must be something really good there up Bataland’s sleeve which has really impressed Vellala Sambandan.

    Otherwise TNA would have helped Wiggy to solve his those myriad of problems which he has listed, rather than bagging Wiggy and his party..

    No wonder Wiggy is appealing to the IC which has the TNGTE under its belt.

    Interesting stuff.

    Wonder why the Eelaam Bishop sent his resignation to Papa in the Vatican?.

    Is the Bishop planning to join Wiggy’s Party with his flock?.

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    Whether we as Tamils like Wiggy or not for a Tamil Governor to receive a letter from a Senior DIG on official matters, in delicate times such as presently is nothing but premeditated provocation and mischief. I believe there is already a practise, if not regulation, for Govt to send a Tamil translation to official Sinhala communication to Tamils. Why was this not followed here?

    Governor Wigneswaran also should use his enormous skill, judgement and intelligence to reduce his differences with the TNA. This squabble between the two sides brings the Tamil struggle for equality and justice to laughable levels.

    Kettikaran

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    When the chief minster talks of an “occupational Army” he is in breach of contract isn’t it ?

    He should be removed, talking of horses he is obviously not even a donkey !

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    It is unfortunate there is always some ways and means for the Center to divide the North and East as these people have no consensus to stand together for their rights. They lose all the opportunities they get even after the war crimes committed by the Government on the minorities. I doubt they will ever want to live with self respect if they again lose the chance they have now!

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    “Blaming everyone else for one’s own misery is a favorite past time of this dude Wigneswaran.”

    There is one comments says blaming others for one’s misery. During the constitution making process in the parliament, the New King gave a speech meaning that if the Sinhala Leaders had not disturbed the Banda-Chelva pact implementation there would not any war. Just two months back Ranil said “We are carrying the previous Government’s sin”.

    The main two leaders, the Executive President and the Prime Minister of this Wildlife Sanctuary SinaLE, are in a confusion of how to proceed on the job of running the government. These two leaders have to take their lesson from the gentle man who is just another commentator of a thousand of readers of CT.

    The man, Old King, who vacated his seat for these new leaders, is blaming that these two leaders are witch hunting to satisfy the UNHRC and Western democracies. What has happened while the past leader is blaming the current leaders and Current leaders are blaming the past leader? Why this past time hobby of blaming each other? Unlike CV who has no authority to make any decision but must implement the NPC governor’s decision, Old King had the leash of command and decision making in his hand all these time and the New King is still having those. After all, they two have publicly accepted that they two had maintained files on each other, then why now blaming each other. It is the war crime! Today’s fake new constitution making initiation has been necessitated by the war crime only, not the excessive power EP, which though they had promised to abolish in the past, but kept strengthening it.

    They started to create misery for them with as early as 1948’s Indian Pakistani voting act. Now it has come and ended with war crime accusation. To escape without war crime investigation, Old King handed over the power and Temple Tree House to Ranil after obtaining a promise to save him from the war crime accusation. Ranil feared that he may not effectively protect the New King from the 150,000 murders in five months. That is the time he opened up his exasperation of carrying previous government’s sin. If old King is not fully protected forever, If that protection is to be to prolonged as much as possible, the Constitution has to be re-made. The New King has to surrender his EP position. That is where he opened up his exasperation of if the Banda Chela pact were implemented then there would not be a need for all these.

    CV did not steal the power like New King or Old King or Ranil. He was overwhelmingly elected by Tamils. He was recruited into politics by the TNA party rather than he went and asked for it. CV is a person with the Philosophy of Sinhalese and Tamils are husband and wife. It is not just his philosophy, it is his real life.

    CV spoke like that because these goons went to Jaffa by creating a new Vesak of Tamils and use it to escape from the thorny car crime. Pongal has nothing to do with politicians. It is a layman celebration. Farmers saying Thanks (thanks giving day) to nature. It has, further, has nothing to do with Hinduism. Never a Brahmin is invited to Pongal. Ranil is working hard to make it as Vesak. So he took British FM and went to Jaffna. That is why CV has replied like that.

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    Looking at the points Wiggie is making you can’t fault him. They are all very valid. Looks like mass protests are coming.

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    Why do we need 150,000 army personnel in the North?

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    Look like Tamil homeland is kicking well.

    Get rid of all the Sinhala army and send them to Toiletnadu.

    Make Tamil the major language in NPC, Arabic in Eastern council.

    Don’t appoint low caste chief ministers to the top position.

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      Jim softy

      “Don’t appoint low caste chief ministers to the top position.”

      Why are you so obsessed with caste? Is there a family secret that you would like to share with me. You are rest assured my lips are sealed.

      “Make Tamil the major language in NPC, Arabic in Eastern council.”

      And make sure a translation is sent to Sinhalese in line with official policy of reasonable use of language.

      “Get rid of all the Sinhala army and send them to Toiletnadu. “

      Good idea. It shouldn’t take a few hours to reach their homestead in the South.

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        Native Veddha:

        I am pretty sure, you are a Low Caste Tamil.

        All three comments prove who you are.

        there are no True Brahmins once they move over the indian ocean. Wiggi says he is Brahmin. He is from priest caste and he hides it.

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          Jim,

          NV is from a high cast but lying low these days.

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          Dimwit

          Here is what Buddha said to an arrogant Brahmin:

          The Master, without any feeling of indignation, gently replied:

          “Birth makes not a man an outcast,
          Birth makes not a man a brahmin;
          Action makes a man an outcast,
          Action makes a man a brahmin.”

          (Sutta-nipâta, 142)

          Here is an excerpt on Brahmin, you never new and will never learn:

          Then who, verily, is the brahmana? He who, after directly perceiving, like the amalaka fruit in the palm of one’s hand, the Self–without a second, devoid of distinctions of birth, attribute and action, devoid of all faults such as the six infirmities, and the six states, of the form of truth, wisdom, bliss and eternity, that is by itself, devoid of determinations, the basis of endless determinations, who functions as the indwelling spirit of all beings, who pervades the interior and the exterior of all, like ether, of the nature of bliss, indivisible, immeasurable, realisable only through one’s experience and who manifests himself directly (as one’s self)–and, through the fulfilment of his nature, becomes rid of the faults of desire, attachment, etc., and endowed with qualities of tranquillity, etc., rid of the states of being, spite, greed, expectation, bewilderment, etc., with his mind unaffected by ostentation, self-sense and the like, he lives. He alone, who is possessed of these qualities, is the brahmana. This is the view of the Vedic texts and tradition, ancient lore and history. The accomplishment of the state of the brahmana is otherwise impossible. Meditate on Brahman, the Self who is being, consciousness and bliss, without a second; meditate on Brahman, the Self who is being, consciousness and bliss without a second. This is the Upanishad.

          Sama Veda, Vajrasucika Upanishad 1-9
          Translated by Dr. S. Radhakrishnan

          If you are still confused with caste system that is because you have something to hide, perhaps a family secret, then I have to be sympathetic to your pathetic existence. By the way caste is not merited/ranked by birth on the contrary its classified by onne’s actions:

          Serenity
          Self Control
          Austerity
          Purity
          Tolerance
          Honesty
          Knowledge
          Wisdom
          Faith

          You have failed on all count.

          Brahmins are supposed to observe at least 6 noble duties.

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          jim,
          I guess you are right. He calls him self vedda! Who else will do that.

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          Anyways, from what we got used to read from you – for sure, you arenot any high caste living being.

          Reasons why we the many readers to join this and other forum is NV and the few.
          You jim softy or bum softy belong to the ilk that always went on licking the balls of Rajapakshe et al, that looted and rooted the nation to all ends.

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    “Though Sri Lanka is regarded as a middle income Country we in the Northern Province are lagging far behind.” Is it possible for a leading politician and leader in the north of Sri Lanka to discuss the problems of people there without once mentioning the Tamil Tigers domination of that region for 3 decades? Yes, if that leader is Chief Minister Wigneswaran. If a doctor refuses to recognise one of the principal causes of a patient’s illness (such as his addiction to heroin), that patient will not recover and the doctor is incompetent.

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    CM Wigneswaran,with his experience in Judgement between parties,and politics in a region trying to get back to normalcy from the war knows only too well,the roles of the cart and the horse.

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