13 August, 2020

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Beer Without Alcohol Or Love Without Life?

By Suren Rāghavan

Dr. Suren Rāghavan

All cinema lovers must thank Asoka Handagama – one of Lanka’s best para-normal cinema makers for his latest cinematic? Social Intervention. Political responsibility of a constructive artist is to give hope to his/her society a newer dimension of hope especially during a hopeless time

Thinking about Love (or the absence of it) during a time when death is at the gate is a serious and responsible work, and Asoka has done it

After watching the short film twice I am still unable to cage it to any know genre. May be one should not try as we need to break aware from such anxiety of labelling and packaging to fit into some slim and sexy ideology

Asoka’s example is an exceptional modeling of cinema making for new comers who are looking for with Spielberg budget and Scorsese casting for their debut. Intellectual and human cinema can be without such hyper – luxuries.

Samanalee Foneseka (even while she had disagreed with me on many points of our recent political analysis) is one naturally gifted cine artists who has now mastered the ‘representational school’ of real acting versus method acting. Here she does it so cleverly – that begs a standing ovation.

Nadee Kammallaweera – the not so ‘fair’ actress who reminds us that there are still others forms of acting and reacting has stamped out that in cinema even in a very short film like this a second role can rob the plot to stand out as the actual first role.

In short – Beer Without Alcohol (BWA)- a short film – by Asoka Handagama, that evolves on a 20 minutes “Skype?” conversation among three friends lockdown during the Corona curfew in Colombo (and another in an Australian diasporic city*) – Film penetratiely tries to define what is Falling in Love ? arguably a phenomenon or a passing experience? In conversation among these four + one person – three searching for love and the other two (apparently) in love.

We all are products of our thoughts – So Asoka made a film of his world – his thought world during a global fear driven endemic in a country where at least 80% of the people were awe-struck about their existential tomorrow where it was estimated at least 1 million middle age trishaw drivers were stuck on a road to nowhere not knowing how to feed their young ones. A country in the far north still citizens live in “refugee” camps after 40 years, in a country where near senior citizen Tamil women had lost their daily job of getting up at 4 am stand at an angel and pluck many kilograms of tea leaves for less than 1000 rupees and in a country where the mother of a Matara fisher family with younger children could not go to the city to pawn her only available jewelry for far less than the cost of the  wine, imported (Black and White) whisky and the beer (without alcohol) enjoyed by Asoka’s lockdown world.

Surely we cannot ask why Asoka did not make a film about these struggling people but selected what seems a group who except their inability to go out had no relevance to the world fighting for life (and death) beyond their windows. Asking so will be me searching for a Tamil song sung by pundit Amaradeeva when while he lived during three civil wars in this country.

Artists decide to produce and present what they feel not what we think they ought. No quarrels there.

Then when we look at what Asoka parents to us – it asks, complicates and not answer the question what is love? Is it an ethical and moral framing or actually do we love a WHOM or in fact a WHAT, if I am loving it is the qualities or the being? and then why do I call it this love than mere admiration? Unfortunately for us Asoka locates it to a very romanticized peg hole of feeling sympathy and feeling cared for as love and the moment of falling – Asoka makes it as if a double hermeneutical reading. First Thushari felt love when her fellow ‘Anthare?’ friend rescued her at a student-police clash (possibly at Lipton’s or Fort) and in return she became the moment of falling when she actually helped a friend who had got hurt. True, falling in love can be a process or a moment but if it is based on mere sympathy and caring it will be a serious error to name it as love. Because as Zygmund Bauman had argued if so the uncanny frailty of human bonds, the feeling of insecurity that frailty inspires, and the conflicting desires to tighten the bonds yet keep them loose and in an era of Liquid Modernity” – the man or woman with no bonds, and particularly with none of the fixed or durable bonds that would allow the effort of self-definition and self-assertion to come to a rest. Having no permanent bonds, the denizen of our liquid modern society must tie whatever bonds they can to engage with others, using their own wits, skill and dedication. But none of these bonds are guaranteed to last. Moreover, they must be tied loosely so that they can be untied again, quickly and as effortlessly as possible, when circumstances change – as they surely will in our liquid modern society, over and over again.

A factor all four of our characters and Asoka seems to locate in the moral fabric of sympathy for the fellow friend.

Actually the only falling in love was in the life of the one living alone and drinking wine. She had fallen for a long time as a process as her tears reveal. And now willing to fall even literally – because loving sometimes means also living alone. In fact in many South Asian societies this paradigm has rigidly destroyed a deeper friendship between men and women but pushed into this trap termed as love. Asoka seems to confirm that misery (un)willingly.

This is the brilliant subtlety of Asoka’s narrative. Asoka is a film maker whose actual film starts in our minds AFTER it finishes on the screen such emotional and intellectual protraction is the deposit Asoka often offers us. In BWA the centrifugal narrative is with the fall of that lonely women who had always loved but never able to tell that. 

The repeated song (for 5 minutes out of 19) and the placement of it is something I did not analyse because it was too philosophical – even when sung by a scotch drinking person. Can love be that one off thing even when death is at the gate? Finally sympathy can be an identical twin of love but surely it should not be love.   

PS: how is it possible Samanalee Fonseka to agree to cast a role where her a (semi) drunk lover imposes a hegemony of demand to know all the secrets of her life and even prefaces a physical violence, And she continues to sing philosophically after? Are our acting and practice two nothing to do things?

*Because Carlton Zero is a beer launched less than two year ago in Australia

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    There was a doldrums in Tamil Politics in North East after Sumanthiran’s and Sampanthar’s Secret solution was washed off to sea by the Sinhala Buddhist Wave, generated during the last November election by the mass resignation of Muslim Ministers, opposing the investigation on Rishard and Hezbollah for their part in 4/21. Mullivaaikkaal commemoration days are nearing. Tamil’s usual Pathys the sympathy, antipathy, empathy were caged in the locked down of Coronavirus, world over. Tamils could see no smoke anywhere to seek fire for warm them up. But suddenly a stampede is going there, created by Sumanthiran by releasing his double acting master piece in South to a Sinhala Media. He, these days, is on his own agenda or endeavors of decriminalize or consecrate ITAK from the 1976 Vattukottai Convention. Prattling Northern Politicians are competing to profit on Sumanthiran’s fall out in the last week media interview. It was not arranged by TNA but all opponents see this as a windfall over TNA in the coming election. Even the sleeping old snakes like Ponnampalam, Sangary too are now slithering in the race on the media. The 2009 Commemoration is no longer appearing as even a shadow in their thoughts. All of them have forgot Tamils plight but putting forward only their politics. But they all are voicing for Tamils Nationalism.
    Only God Can Save Tamils” -SJV

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      When I criticised Sumanthiran in CT a few days ago as a person seeking cheap publicity among Sinhala moderates and that he is a crook and coward who does acccording to his personal agenda and not int he best interest of Tamils and makes his moves only when goings are good, and advised Tamils to get rid of him, there were 50% thumbs down. Now within a few days Sumanthiran has exposed himself according to what I wrote and is at the receiving end of attacks by Tamil community who want him expelled. As for Suren Raghavan, he was recommended to the previous regime for the post of governor as a practicing Buddhist by Sumanthiran. As for Raghavan, he has shown his treachery now, as he first asked TNA to nominate him in the national list and when they refused, has surrendered to Rajapakse gang. How can a person who does dirty thing like that for his selfish needs preach about Buddhas teachings. Like Beer without alcohol, he is a self without respect.

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        Interesting part is Smart Patriotic Diaspora Heroes Organizations didn’t a say word. Only local guys are resenting on this act of Sumanthiran. Many times, members of these groups went for brawl with Sumanthiran in Western countries. Now leaders are hiding under the table to say a word! This is why the million member diaspora no longer support for any of their organizations. Sadly none of these groups has a sincere political leader who understand how to take forward Tamils cause in the Western lands. In reality they are no different from Sumanthiran in perusing their personal agendas.

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        Gnana: How would you compare Raghavan’s short tenure as Governor of NP with that of Wigneswaran? Was Wigneswaran able to achieve anything for the people of the Province that Raghavan failed to achieve? Among other things you might want to find out if you care, Raghavan brought out into discourse the plight of Tamil refugees in stuck in India, something textbook Tamil nationalists living in London care very little about. So, if you calm down a little, you might avoid the use of strong words like treachery, doctor!

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          I am a straight forward person who calls a spade a spade. Raghavan was appointed by past UNP regime. How so quickly he ended up in Rajapakse camp. He would have remained an unknown person if not for past regime. Does not betraying people who put him in limelight, not amount to treachery. You appear to be one who does not know the meaning of the word. For your information, no body can achieve anything for northern province because Sinhalese are against Tamils prospering. Have Muslims despite taking side of successive governments, achieved anything to eastern province. What did Raghavan achieve by highlighting plight of Tamil refugees in India. How can you bring the refugees back when their lands have been taken over by army and their houses destroyed by Air force. Was he able to build a single house for homeless Tamils, or able to get a single inch of land occupied by army released. We are supporting Tamil refugees in India financially on and off, including during this pandemic. Problem with most Tamil refugees in India is that they are well settled and second generation who have got integrated with life there do not want to return.

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            Gnana: The question is “was Wigneswaran able to achieve any better?” To explain “treachery” you use another big word”betrayal”. In claiming Raghavan is associating with Rajapakse, do you say he has done any worse than Velupillai Prabhakaran who ordered the Tamils to boycott the 2005 election to help Rajapakse win? Or has Raghavan sinned more than Kittu, who ordered the teenage kids of TELO to be killed and burned in the lanes of Thirunelveli back in 1986. We know some of those kids were still alive when the match was struck. On your scale of betrayal, Sir, how would you rank these?

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              A criminal cannot say I am not a criminal because I committed less crimes than others. There is a saying that there is no salvation for anyone who has forgotten a favour done to him by another. Therefore Raghavan will be taught a divine lesson. I was medico-legal officer in Jaffna during 85 to 87 and know exactly what happened, and all have been recorded. In fact everyone knew who killed whom. Again you seem not to understand the meaning of the word betrayal. Ordering people to be killed is barbarism and not betrayal. For your information, if LTTE did not kill TELO they would have been killed by TELO. It was TELO under orders of RAW, killed Tamil MPs Dharmalingam and Allalasunderam. This is exactly what JVP did and government troops did to both Sinhalese and Tamils. Do you deny that Raghavan requested TNA to put him in the national list and when they refused, jumped to Rajapakse side. Is this not a behaviour of an opportunist and not that of a honest person wanting to serve the people.

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                Gnana: I agree with you that barbarism and betrayal are different measurements, so I was wrong to try and put Raghavan on the LTTE scale. And having served in Jaffna, you certainly will be better informed. So, do you know how many TELO fighters were killed by LTTE? Is what I hear actually true that they were set alight at Thirunelveli junction? And that some of them were probably still alive when Kittu ordered this?? If you confirm these, and describe these as acts of barbarism, may be we have a lot in common in our understanding of what our people went through.
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                And I don’t understand the comment “if LTTE did not kill TELO they would have been killed by TELO”. Were TELO planning to kill themselves? How would a medico-legal officer know they had such intentions?
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                And on Raghavan approaching the TNA, I am not aware of this. But exploring an opportunity is not a crime. Sometimes one might think it a good idea to be inside the tent and p155 outwards — from that point of view, I think declining his approach was a missed opportunity for the TNA, not Raghavan! Anyway, being the author of the piece above, he can come and speak for himself.
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                And thank you for engaging in this forum, doctor.

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      *******
      Timely quote.
      You may be interested to know what made the FP prophet make the profound utterance “Now, only God can save the Tamils”.
      The FP was boastful between 1960 and 1965 and even after that it will decide who rules this country. The 1970 polls result was such a rude revelation for the king makers, so their prophet declared “Now, only God can save the Tamils”.
      God seems to have other projects in hand including saving the Queen and Tamils seem to be among the lowest of His priority.
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      BTW, which old snake Ponnampalam? I do not know of any old person by that name in politics.

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    I like that link between alcohol and respect.
    I wonder if self respect is proportional to alcohol consumption.
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    The sequence of SR being recommended by Sumanthiran to the Good G. regime and being refused national list nomination is a little confusing.
    Can that be clarified?

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    SJV’s popular quote “ Only God Can Save Tamils” during the 70’s says it all. That implied Tamils in Sri Lanka have to seek divine intervention to safeguard their lives as the impending threat loomed from all corners. Probably SJV would have envisaged the impeding danger when the youths took up arms to fight against the state. We witnessed Tamil militancy went through tough times of challenges with many divisions within themselves ultimately ended in disaster. All three forces pounced on these militants inflicted severe casualties and heavy damage on civilians. So what SJV’s prophecy was right, unfortunately Tamil politicians of the 70s not able to forewarn the militants of the impending disasters and heavy damages people had to encounter. It was a national disaster and a national tragedy where the governments miserably failed to address the issues waited for the ruthless war inflicted heavy toll on the country and people.

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      P
      SJVC said it soon after the results of the 1970 elections. So much for the prophesy.
      SJVC had Parkinson’s and an inner circle that took advantage of it.
      In fairness, he was not keen on the call for secession, and was pushed into saying yes to his to-be-successor who had been humiliated in his electorate and desperately needed a comeback.
      The Vaddukoddai Resolution was poorly discussed in public, especially after the Sanmugathasan – Tharmalingam debate where when pushed by the former to present the TULF’s plan for liberation the latter declared “It is our secret”.
      The secret was that there was no plan as exposed by the conduct of the TULF. Then the youth who were misled by the TULF got into action. The rest is history which is bitterly debated by the parties concerned.

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        When the results of KKS seat was announced at Jaffna Kachcheri during the 1970 General Election SJV made this statement.

        At that time the election results were coming in from all over the country, it was apparent that the United Front under the leadership of Srimavo was sweeping the polls in the entire country.

        Chelva had only one and only one expectation to solve the Tamil problem. He was expecting neither UNP nor SLFP to gain working majority and Dudley will seek the support of FP as happened after the 1965 General election to form the government.

        SJV was so disappointed and he could not see any future for his party made that bankrupt statement.

        Remember it was his victory speech.

        This was actually his declaration of failure and thereafter he was so frustrated that he was going behind the youth,given up federalism , non violence and opted for that ill fated Vaddukpodai resolution.

        It was the end of SJV Chelanayakam and the Federal party. Mr SJV Chevanayakam

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          sri
          Thanks.
          But how dare you tell such awful truths to the faithful that crowd the CT?
          They still live in a dream world decades after the rude awakening.
          I have good reason to believe that SJVC was bullied into endorsing that politically daft resolution.

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            SJ,
            In the 1970 parliamentary election the Sinhala nationalist SLFP and its allies won a large majority. Foreseeing a life worse than ever before, SJV declared, “Only God can help the Tamils”. These are words in desperation.
            _________________________
            The Resolution was the natural outcome of the 1972 Constitution. This was said by none other than Nihal Jayawickrama.

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              N
              That the 1972 constitution provided the excuse for the secessionist agenda is true.
              Beyond that, NJ does not know a fraction of what happened inside the FP.
              If you were sufficiently grown up in 1970 you will know how desperate in the 1970s to return to the FP as MP.
              Read the comment by Srikrish to get a truer picture of the “OGcHtT” story.
              True that those were words in desperation– desperation that the FP’s wish to be king maker vanished in thin air.

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                SJ,
                You have no idea how irritating you become when cornered. It is difficult to deal with you when you don’t go away quietly.
                1) You bemused me when you infer that I run out of gas when I abstain from responding AFTER declaring that I rest my case.
                2) You sidetrack when faced with tricky situations.
                3) Why are you looking for a sidekick. Debate yourself.
                ( Srikrish is not worth my time. )
                4) 1972 Constitution is the one on which NJ had remarked. Why should he know about what happened inside the FP.
                5) I confess that I don’t have your ability to know what was in the head of others, – SJV in this particular case.
                _________
                If I stay away from further responses, take that for not having anymore time for you; not for not having a ‘gas’ problem that you seem to be having!

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                  I think that you are getting desperate.
                  I do not need a sidekick. What Srikrish said was factual, actually he improved on my comment by stating the venue and correcting me about when the ‘prophet’ made the profound utterance. Counter his story if you can.
                  How would NJ know what happened inside the FP and how the FP drifted towards the daft resolution of 1976. Surely, NJ is not your expert witness on the subject!
                  I base my statement re SJV’s reluctance, among other things, on his studious avoidance of the separatist cry all along. Can you produce a single statement by him prior to the fateful day in support of secession.
                  I think that he was a lot sharper than his ambitious successor who made it clear very soon that the resolution was all about winning the election.
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                  Thank you for the last comment. It is most appreciated.

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                    //… his ambitious successor who made it clear very soon that the resolution was all about winning the election.//
                    I agree with this inference, having lived in Jaffna during 1974-1978. It was obvious as the starting point of the trajectory towards Nanthikkadal. To those who missed it, later events confirmed it.

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                You are an empty prater. You never read anything. You never get out the meaning of anything you read. Just an ever rolling gasbag! SJV’s such eminent, straight politics made GG to come and merge with him in 1976, Under TULF. Thondaman Sr. did it too. GG said “I cannot do anything now for you. You are fully responsible. So Plan it and do it in your way. I will give my consent for that”. Thondaman said, SJV’s path will not bring any solution for us (Up Countryers). But I am with him on his endeavors for a solution to North East.

                Navaratnam left FP, because SJV was slow in making decisions. Some donkeys voted for Siri Mao’s tail Thiyagarajah when Amirthalingam fearing to Navaratnam and working hard to ensure KP’s victory in Kaytes, where KP was a very weak candidate.

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                  Mallaiyran: Thiyagarajah was a very popular schoolteacher in his electorate. He was part of the community and carried much respect there. People voting for him, ignoring the nationalist call, was a legitimate democratic outcome. He served them well as their representative. Insulting the electorate as “some donkeys” is not a good way to put forward your argument. It makes you — and by extension the Tamil Nationalist case — look intellectually bankrupt.

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                    ” intellectually bankrupt.

                    Yep ! he did lot of things to Tamils like supporting Badiyudin’s standardization, which brought all the eventual mayhem.

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                      Of course we know about standardization as a major cause. But back then, even if ALL the places in Sri Lankan universities were given to Tamil students, there would still remain qualified Tamil students who could not have gone in. That was the supply/demand situation. Look today. Even if you reserve ALL the Science and Engineering places in Jaffna university for Tamil students, there won’t be enough qualified Tamil students to take those places. That is the cost of nationalism. By the way, you might remember AA and Co. actually opposed the creation of Jaffna university and were out there waving black flags to greet Badiyudin! So, lets look at reality and see how to make it better. Going back to 1970 and calling the electorate of Karainagar donkeys does not help communicate any good ideas you might have in mind to share with us.

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                      Singar A. Velan
                      Of course we know about standardization as a major cause……. Standardization did not beat Tamils, today Muslim taking their lesson too. but you are on stand off not accepting it.
                      Here them what you say ” That is the cost of nationalism. Please explain me the cost you are referring is from Standardization, which you say you know or is that because your eventual enlightenment of “Nationalism”> Think about this. If you ll start to advice, where Tamil’s future supposed to go.

                      ” Going back to 1970 and calling the electorate of Karainagar donkeys does not help communicate any good ideas you might have in mind to share with us. ” Did you read my comments before you raise your question. My Idea is not really mine, but SJV’s. That is the Vattukoddai Resolution. Other than that I don’t go to tell Tamils “Guys let us keep continue to straighten he dog tail.”If Vattukoddai resolution is not an idea, then there is no other idea.

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                    Please do not distort the truth. Both Federal Party and Tamil Congress were Tamil nationalist parties competing for Tamil votes. Thiagarajah contested in 1970 as candidate of Tamil congress and not as independent, thereby jumping into the bandwagon of Tamil nationalism. Had he contested as independent he would have never won. Therefore to say that people ignoring nationalist call voting for him is not quite true. Yes he was well known in Karainagar and his students respected him, and that is the reason Tamil congress put him up. At that time was Amirthalingam was very arrogant and people wanted to teach him a lesson, and several of those who had supported him for long deserted him. Also students of Thiagarajah broke ranks and voted for him in large numbers. All these together with Tamil Congress stock votes and anti-Federal Party vote gave the victory for Thiagarajah. Yes that was a democratic outcome, but the mandate given for him is to fight for rights of Tamils against racist government and not to abandon party and people and join hands with government. He did so for his personal interest and nothing else, and to say that he served them well as was wrong. Standardization denying Tamil student of higher education, discrimination in employment and disrupting of Tamil research conference and police brutality on Tamil youths took place during his time for which he did nothing. If he was honourable when such things were happening he should have resigned. For what he did people were angry and even his students were waiting to hit him with slippers. He later left SLFP and joined UNP to continue his cheap politics. There is no denying that his life ended in dishonour.

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                      Good to know that the doctor disapproves of distorting the truth.
                      The FP denounced the TC, the left etc. as traitors. It rode the Sinhala Only wave successfully until 1965. Thus there was no TC ‘stock votes’ after Kanagaratnam lost to Veerasingam in 1952.
                      In 1956 the TC did not contest.in 1960 March its candidate came fourth behind FP, LLSP & CP with 13.7% of the vote.
                      It skipped July 1960 and in 1965 got 17.1% of the vote at a time when the left vote declined rapidly.
                      So much for the TC vote bank.
                      In 1970 Thiagaraja got 51.3% of the vote. That vouches for the standing of the man.
                      Does the doctor have any details of the ‘mandate’ given to T or any election pledge that T made but failed to honour?
                      When the separatist wave swept the North T lost badly like most opponents of the TULF.
                      Amirthalingam deserted his electorate and the winner Thirunavukarasu was from the Tamil Congress. The Tamil Congress (GGP faction) was furious that ‘their seat’ was handed on a platter to Neelan T in 1982 by Amirthalingam.
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                      It is not honest to throw vile charges at a man who never personally profited from politics.

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                      Hi Gnana: True, Thiyagarajah was on a TC ticket, but TC was not seen by the electorate as the nationalists of that time. TC needed Thiyagarajah more than he needed them. In fact the Congress did rather badly in those elections; returning, if I remember right, only two or three MPs. One other was from the Vanni, again more due to personal charisma than nationalism of TC.
                      .
                      We can have different interpretations of these, but my point in this forum is about having a civilized discussion. “Treachery”, “betrayal”, “voters were donkeys” etc… is not very nice. Reflects badly on you, it does, you being a retired doctor and all that. And yes, FP people were throwing slippers and intimidating people in various ways, I know; I too got a taste of it from TULF heroes in 1977. That was their way of expressing political opinion which later evolved into lamp post killings by those we are supposed to regard as our liberators. Sad, isn’t it?

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                Stop making you as a clown, please. You have no idea about what a Parkinson’s means. It affects only the memory. SJV did not die by Parkinson though because it was not at terminally end position. He died by the eventual complication of his fall. SJV fell in the bathroom and very badly damaged his skull. Best care was given from Tamil Nadu and he got better. But he never was able to return to politics & died soon.
                You are not even equal to the toe nail of Amirthalingam. You write all nasty fake, created stories of that SJV was in comma and Amirthalingam pulled off SJV’s Dotti and wearing while you were standing there and you were so matured so you were watching it. After getting a PhD from a Western University don’t make yourself such an awful comedy piece, by writing such disgraceful lies.

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                  What were disgraceful and false were the things that the TULF told the people.
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                  Did you see the doc lately?

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                    What were disgraceful and false were the things that the TULF told the people.

                    Have any children at home. You cannot read, so have them read for you.

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                      “SJV fell in the bathroom and very badly damaged his skull. Best care was given from Tamil Nadu and he got better”. This is something new to me. What I knew was that SJV had a stroke and was admitted to Jaffna hospital in a serious state. At that time prime minister was Sirimavo, who was good enough to dispatch Dr. Shelton Arulanandam Cabraal who was the leading neuro-surgeon in Colombo GH to Jaffna by flight to attend on him. But despite intervention by expert medical team, SJV succumbed to the stroke. Parkinsonism is a degenerative disorder affecting production of Dopamine resulting rigidity of muscles of limbs which causes shuffling walk and falls if the patient tries to change position quickly. It also affects other muscles resulting in tremors in hands, slurring of speech and drooling of saliva. At present it can only be controlled and not cured. It can lead to dementia but does not cause death by itself unless patient gets complications like strokes or pneumonia.

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                    ” Did you see the doc lately?”

                    I didn’t see any doc from you. Your consignment going to be spoiled in the wharf. Send the doc soon or lose the Bonus. .

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                      Wash your hand before polluting the keyboard.

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                    Sivasegaram, in attempting to run me down, you are making false statements. “Amirthalingam deserted his electorate and the winner Thirunavakarasu was from the Tamil Congress”. This is far from the truth. When elections were scheduled in July 1977, both SJV and GGP had died. Constituent Parties of TULF, FP and TC came to an agreement regarding seat allocation for electorates in Jaffna district. In 1970 elections, TC won three seats – Vaddukoddai, Nallur and Killinochchi. Of these only Ananthasangaree was still with TC and others Thiagarajah and Arulampalam had defected to SLFP. The agreement was that seats won by TC will have candidates from TC and seats won by FP will have candidates from FP. As such Ananthasangaree was given Killinochchi, Sivasithamparam was allocated Nallur and Kumar Ponnambalam was given Vaddukoddai. Amirthalingam had to accept Kankesanthurai which was vacant due to death of SJV. So there was no case of Amirthalingam deserting Vaddukoddai. Though Sivasithamparam agreed to contest Nallur without demanding Udupiddy, Kumar Ponnambalam insisted on Jaffna, which was won by FP candidate CX Martin who defected to SLFP. FP quite rightly put their foot down, not to give Jaffna to Ponnambalam and when he refused Vaddukoddai, gave it to another TC man Thirunavakarasu.

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                  Do you know what Parkinson’s is and does to people?
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                  BTW
                  Thanks for the following:
                  “SJV was in comma and Amirthalingam pulled off SJV’s Dotti and wearing “
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                  The OED will have to bring out a new edition soon.

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                    “Do you know what Parkinson’s is and does to people”

                    Is the monkey too smart in hat throwing game?

                    ” The OED will have to bring out a new edition soon. “

                    Possibly. But It will not help you. May be the Child that read it for you coming to know about that will help you. Did you verify if your word “Savam” is added to OED’s latest version? (FYI OED annually add words for it) .

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                      Did anyone say SJVC died of Parkinson’s?
                      I think that the drug has to be stopped. See the doc soon.
                      I am sure that is a kind doctor nearby to help you kick the habit?
                      BTW, wash your hands….

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          srikrish

          “Chelva had only one and only one expectation to solve the Tamil problem.”

          Was/Is it really a Tamil Problem?
          Isn’t it a Sinhala/Buddhist problem imposed on rest of the people?
          .-
          “……….. opted for that ill fated Vaddukpodai resolution.”

          Vaddukoddai Resolution was dead on arrival.
          Weeping widows stupid economic policy didn’t help the youth either, economy was shrinking, stagflation, lack of job opportunities, …standardisation, 1972 constitution, ……… riots, Police and army really helped with recruitment drive of Tamil youth to various shades of militancy/terrorism/movements/ …. Another riots by Sinhala/Buddhist was god sent, …. did it coincide with Hindian destabilisation programe, ….VOA, Oil Tanks, Trincomalee harbour, …. cold war, … Ultimately the stupid weeping widow’s racism took many many lives on both sides of the divide and caused destruction and foregone development.

          Yet SJ blames SJV Chelva for everything including tsunami, Corona and lack of vaccine, recent epic glut of oil, 2018 October coup, arson attack on Jaffna library, …….

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    SJ,
    But someone should speak out and confront the falsehoods.

    Otherwise, these pseudo Tamil nationalists will continue to mislead the Tamil youth.

    If we continue to remain silent, we also will be contributing to these falsehoods.

    I want to say something more about the 1970 General election. However this may not be the time.

    We may discuss much more deeply , not now, but later.

    Actually this 1970 general election was decisive in Tamil politics for more than one reason.

    It changed everything upside down.

    It was the beginning when the Tamil nationalist politicians commenced the suicidal ideology that swallowed entire generation of Tamil youth.

    The Tamils should be liberated from traditional Tamil nationalist politicians.

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      Sri
      Thanks.
      For decades, proposals were made, promises proliferated and campaigns launched with hardly a plan. (I wish I could send you a scanned copy of NR Rajavarothiam’s “Panagoda Days” written in detention in 1961 but published much later.)
      *
      You can see that Tamil nationalists seen here in all guises are a desperate lot.
      They blame anything and anyone but themselves.
      They shoot the messenger if they dislike the message.
      With such kinds for leadership, which god will care to help the Tamils?

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    NV
    Whether you call it Tamil Problem , Sinhala Buddhist Problem or National Question, it boils down to the same.
    The Sinhala Buddhists are burdened with another problem.it is the Theravada Sinhala Buddhist majoritarian problem. Unless Sinhala Buddhists become free from this shackle they will not be able to build up a modern nation but continue to look at every nationality or community with suspicion. ultimately the entir ountry suffers.

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      srikrish

      “Whether you call it Tamil Problem , Sinhala Buddhist Problem or National Question, it boils down to the same.”

      Are you of the opinion Tamils are the problem?
      In a different way they are somewhat a problem to themselves and

      If you care to revisit public racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala’s biography you will the little wimp concocted a new perverted Aryan identity for Sinhalese and Buddhist, namely Sinhala/Buddhists and he concocted a new religion being Sinhala/Buddhism.

      “Theravada Sinhala Buddhist majoritarian problem.”

      Little do they realise they have more stupid people than the rest of the people put together.

      It has been always a Sinhala/Buddhist problem than they care to acknowledge, at least for the past century and quarter .

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