14 November, 2018

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Bikkhu Brigade, Dr Roberts And The Tamil Spring

By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah –

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Tamil Spring: The Eelam Revolution Not Fought with Guns but with the Mobilization of 80 Million People

What intimidates the Sinhala apologists is the fact that the Eelam revolution is not being fought with guns any more on the Tamil side, unlike the heavy handed military response that the Sri Lankan government is still pursuing in the NorthEast with no political solution offered or insight; it is being fought with cell phones, the Indian media and pure solidarity, involving the mobilization of 80 Million people, moved by high moral principles of justice and freedom, achieved through a democratic uprising which people are calling the beginning of the ‘Tamil Spring’. The LTTE may be defeated but Eelam lives on in the hearts of not only Eelam Tamils but also in the hearts of 80 Million fellow Tamils just across the Palk Straits in Tamil Nadu.

Dr Michael Roberts Inciting Violence?

In an article in the Colombo Telegraph titled: ‘Searing Danger: Death Clouds Over The Sri Lankan Cricketers At The IPL’, Dr Michael Roberts in raising concerns for the Sri Lankan IPL cricketers has blamed everyone under the sun except his government, the real perpetrator for the dangers posed to his countrymen and our Sinhala brethren. His caveat in the end is a classic example of the ultimate in hypocrisy that aught to be thrown back at him for his own self reflection as he seeks to incite, spur violence and indulge in hate speech of his own kind, apparently unaware that he himself, to quote him is “part of the circuits of virulence and hate-speech” that he attributes to others. Seemingly he wants to be the exception to his rule.

Cleansing the Sri Lankan Government of all Responsibility for its Crimes

Not only that, Dr Robert is acting as a spokesman for his government, cleansing it of any responsibility for the mass atrocities it committed and dismissing it as “tales of exaggeration, distortion and fabrication and of some concocted heinous act by a named enemy”:

“The stirrers are key forces in the generation of violence. They are not restricted to the activists who occupy political platforms or address impromptu crowds. Ordinary folk who purvey rumour or concoct tales of some heinous act by a named enemy other are incendiary elements contributing to the violence of assassinations, affrays, riots and pogroms. They are part of the circuits of virulence and hate-speech. Rumours and tales of atrocity often embody exaggerations, distortions and fabrications as part of their incitement to strike back at the atrocious Other. Motives of revenge reshaped as just acts of retribution are powerful gunpowder. It is towards this verdict that my initial warnings about the IPL scenario via the very real case of victimisation that occurred in Sydney in mid-May 2009 are presented. Ultimately, the purpose is to encourage self-reflection and to caution one against the virulent excesses that enter street-talk and salon-talk as well as the blogs and messages on internet and social media.”

Placing Blame on anyone but his government

So saying Dr Roberts ventures to place all blame not on his government but on those who have risen in a ‘Tamil Spring’ and are raising their voices to condemn “not concocted tales of heinous acts,” as he claims but against “credible allegations” of war crimes and crimes against humanity that his government has committed which now 80 million people believe to be nothing less than genocide.

Fears of Death Clouds Hanging over Sri Lankan Cricketers

“A gnawing fear resides in my gut,” says Dr Michael Roberts, fearing “that one or more of the Sri Lanka cricketers at the IPL matches in India will end up maimed or dead,” adding it could be an imminent or distinct possibility, admitting that it’s albeit “slim” but “not fanciful” and earnestly “wishing he is wrong”.

The Ban on Sri Lankan IPL Cricketers Playing in Tamil Nadu was Right

It is “unfortunate that the Sri Lankan cricketers have to bear the brunt of their government’s crimes,” I tweeted NDTV, responding to some cricketers expressing the view that politics must not come into sports, referring to the ban that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister had slapped on Sri Lankan IPL players.

It is not fair to chastise Tamil Nadu politicians and most of all the Chief Minister accusing her of playing politics for her own gain in view of the upcoming 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Ban on South African Cricketers that killed Apartheid

On the contrary, Jayalalithaa, in keeping with her persistent call since assuming office for an economic embargo, ever since the war was over and after giving Sri Lanka enough time to mend its ways and end the culture of impunity, was right in banning the Sri Lankan IPL cricketers from playing in Tamil Nadu. Imposing sanctions are nothing new; it is a political tool that is applied by counties including the UN to reign in excesses committed by deviant governments. Let’s not forget it was the worldwide sanctions applied to South Africa including the ban on South African cricketers that brought down the white supremacist South African government to its knees and ended apartheid forever in that country.

Full Force of the Law on Anyone Contemplating Violence

I highly condemn any violence against any one, not just the Sri Lankan IPL cricketers; anyone violating the rule of law and perpetrating violence must face the full force of the law. No one should be even thinking on those lines of harming Sri Lankan players in the name of agitating against Sri Lankan government impunity for genocide and for liberating Tamil Eelam. Even “independent extremists” or “lone rangers” should be stopped in their tracks, but no one could stop a psychopath from doing the unthinkable, in that I have empathy for Dr. Roberts.

Dr Robert’s Audacious Charge against TGTE and GTF

That is why I was utterly mortified to find him making an audacious charge against the TGTE and the GTF that’s completely unfounded: “The danger will be that much greater if an operation mounted by a body of zealous Tamils residing in India which has established links with the Transnational Government and the Global Tamil Forum,” Dr Roberts speculates without an iota of evidence to go by.

That’s an outlandish irresponsible and mischievous statement to make; outlandish because both TGTE and GTF have avowed to follow only peaceful and diplomatic means to achieve their goals and will not ‘establish links’, as Dr Roberts alleges with anyone who is even remotely connected with violence. No one can point a finger at either; they have acted impeccably, with transparency, consistent with their core beliefs and have only engaged in strictly diplomatic pursuits. Irresponsible because that would only exacerbate and incite hate crimes, that he himself pontificates against and wants to avoid. Mischievous because he wants to implicate the TGTE and GTF when there has been no wrongdoing on their part and no reason what so ever for him to make such allegations.

Neither the TGTE nor the GTF I don’t think would care to respond to Dr Robert’s false allegations.

The TGTE takes much pride in its democratic configuration and takes pains to explain its distinctive characteristic and for the benefit of those who may harbour some reservations about TGTE it may be timely to share TGTE’s aims and ideology:

TGTE is a New and Unique Concept

The TGTE is a new and unique political concept, reflecting the ‘transnational’ nature of the Eelam Tamil polity, constituting a part of the ‘Elam Tamil Nation’ (the other, existing in the NorthEast of the island of Sri Lanka) that is distributed around the globe but united in their aspirations for Tamil Eelam based on the principles of nationhood, homeland and self-determination. Although an elected body, the TGTE is not a government in exile.

TGTE is a political formation to win fundamental civil, political and human rights including the right to self determination for the Tamil people in the NorthEast, providing a political space for Eelam Tamils everywhere to articulate fully and realize their aspirations that’s not available to them in the island due to constitutional impediments, racist political environment and military strangulation; The TGTE upholds democratic values and non-violence, espouses diplomacy and engagement and abides by the laws of the countries that its elected members and the Senate represent.

TGTE Committed to Democratic Ideals

TGTE held internationally supervised elections in 12 countries. These elections were held to ensure that the core belief of democracy be upheld within the TGTE and to demonstrate TGTE’s reliance upon democratic ideals. TGTE has a bicameral legislature and a Cabinet. The Constitution of the TGTE mandates that it should realize its political objective only through peaceful means.

Some of TGTE’s Current Projects and Campaigns

Presently, in addition to the campaign for an international investigation, the TGTE is also campaigning for an ‘International Protection Mechanism’ for the Tamil people in the NorthEast and the release of documents pertaining to Tamils prepared by the Office of the Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide. TGTE is also in the process of preparing the Freedom Charter incorporating the “freedom demands” of Tamils across the globe.

TGTE Solidly Behind Tamil Nadu

TGTE believes that the referendum among the Tamils inside the island of Sri Lanka and among the Tamil Diaspora will contribute to the political resolution of the Tamil national conflict and is pleased with the developments in Tamil Nadu and is in sync with the Tamil Nadu Assembly’s call to the government of India (among other) for a “Referendum conducted among the Tamils living in Sri Lanka, and all Tamil Diaspora displaced from Sri Lanka, living in various parts of the world,” with Prime Minister Rudrakumaran in a statement released, expressing TGTE’s, “delight and profound gratitude,” to the CM, the leaders of all political parties and the people of Tamil Nadu for the resolution it passed: The resolution stands, “as excellent testimony to the remarkable political acumen and statesmanship of Chief Minister Selvi Jayalalithaa, and we, at the TGTE, congratulate her on bringing forth such an excellent resolution at this time…,” he said

In its statement, in response to the Tamil Nadu Student agitation in support of Eelam Tamils, the TGTE “joined hands” with the students and praised them for, “the relentless manner in which they have kept alive the struggle in support of the people of Tamil Eelam.”

Immolations Must Stop and Has Been Discouraged by All

Dr Roberts is wrong when he insinuates that the acts of immolation that happened in Tamil Nadu were encouraged either by, ‘Tamils worldwide” or “inspired by the student upsurge provoked by the “NO Fire Zone” documentary.

“The recent acts of immolation have been interpreted by Tamils worldwide as Tamil nationalist acts directed against Sri Lanka. The CTK man’s act seems to have been inspired by the student movement in Tamil Nadu launched recently in condemnation of Sri Lanka, an upsurge seemingly provoked by the latest Channel Four documentary and the focus on the alleged killing of young Balachandran Prabhakaran,” Dr. Roberts writes, deducing and theorizing all the probabilities, but not even once did he blame his government for the ills he points out.

I n fact Tamils the world over, politicians and the students have discouraged such acts, condemning them as counter productive and a waste of a precious lives. I know the TN students were quite expressive on Facebook and twitter, critical of such acts. A chorus of dissenting voices was raised that acts of immolation should not be encouraged but stopped.

“No Fire Zone” Documentary and the Student Protests

The documentary “No Fire Zone” and “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” before it, have both exposed the hidden atrocities that took place in Sri Lanka without which the truth would never have come out. The students who have mobilized much of Tamil Nadu with their demands for “justice” and for the “liberation of Eelam”, as a natural response to the atrocities committed; the execution pictures of the young 12 year old boy Balachandran being the catalyst for the outrage people felt.

Students have Started an Eelam Revolution Not with Guns

The students are an intelligent and civilized lot coming from elite institutions; (it was the eight Loyola College students who started the hunger strike) studying theology, the arts and sciences including engineering, medicine, law, IT and more. To a tweet that boasted that, “the LTTE was defeated” sent by a Sri Lankan Consul General, I tweeted back that thanks to Tamil Nadu and especially the students, “Eelam lives on in 80 Million people. This is the message one gets from Facebook and Twitter from the student uprising.

What intimidates the Sinhala apologists is the fact that the Eelam revolution is not being fought with guns any more on the Tamil side, unlike the heavy handed military response that the Sri Lankan government is still pursuing in the NorthEast with no political solution offered or in sight; it is being fought with cell phones, the Indian media and pure solidarity, involving the mobilization of 80 Million people, moved by high moral principles of justice and freedom and achieved through a democratic uprising which people are calling the beginning of the ‘Tamil Spring’. The LTTE may be defeated but Eelam lives on in the hearts of not only Eelam Tamils but also in the hearts of 80 Million fellow Tamils just across the Palk Straits in Tamil Nadu.

The students have simultaneously started a cyber revolution that can be assembled any time on the ground if needed. That’s what bothers Dr Roberts when he suggests that it could lead to “virulent excesses” when what he want to do is to crush all democratic dissent against his own government’s excesses.

Monks and Violence

Any “violence against Lankan travelers” and the “spate of violence against Monks” that he raises must be condemned. Even one incident, is one incident too many. If the TN student movement is a force for good, the “Bikkhu Brigade” from South Sri Lanka endorsed by the most powerful man in the government, Gotabaya is a force for evil, if you study the moral fibre that underpins both. If Dr Roberts has any fears about IPL players and the “death clouds hanging over them” as he puts it, he must turn his attention to the Bodu Bala Sena group and their threats against IPL players, with one Monk warning the players would be, pelted by “rotten eggs” on their return to Sri Lanka: “…an extremist group Bodu Bala Sena which has been at the forefront of growing anti-Muslim sentiment in Sri Lanka has warned the Sri Lankan players that if they betrayed the nation that loved them so much for mere financial gain, they would be pelted with rotten eggs at the Katunayaka international airport. Ironically the threats were made by a member of the Buddhist clergy,” the First Post reported.

Sri Lanka is still trying to up the ante by signing up with a US Lobby Firm

If Dr Roberts and the IPL Players are brave enough they should stand up and ask their government to open itself to independent international scrutiny and resolve the Tamil National Question without any procrastination. Players like Muralitharan and Arjuna Ranatunga must cut the rhetoric and pretense and call a spade a spade. Do they want to help Sri Lanka or the Rajapaksas, that’s the question they must ask themselves. Only then Sri Lanka will be on the ascendance. The Latest scoop from ‘Politico Influence’ reveals that Sri Lanka has signed up with MAJORITY GROUP and Thompson Advisory Group two lobbying firms: “The Sri Lankan government has inked a lobbying and government affairs contract with the Majority Group. Previously, the country had been represented by Patton Boggs. Patton terminated its representation of Sri Lanka in early February, according to Department of Justice records. Majority Group’s partner and co-founder Rob Ellsworth confirmed the news to PI. “We’re excited to work with Sri Lanka on a number of issues important to both of our countries. As a small boutique firm, we are able to give constant and individualized attention to our clients; I know that was very important to Sri Lanka,” Ellsworth said. The Majority Group was formed by Ellsworth and former Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho). Sri Lanka’s central bank recently inked a separate contract with Thompson Advisory Group to promote the country’s economic interests.

Dr Robert’s words must never come true. Any violence or harm must not come to any Sri Lankan IPL cricketers. It should never happen, it won’t happen is my ardent prayer. Let there be no violence perpetrated against any one, people are waiting to tarnish the freedom cause and set us back in our journey towards Eelam. The Tamil Spring, the cause for justice and freedom is not being fought with guns any more on the Tamil side.

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    Roberts should worry about what his fellow Sinhala extremists might do to the SL cricketers in the IPL than the threats to them from the extremists in Tamil Nadu. He should also concentrate on castigating the Rajapaksa brothers for their overt and covert support for the Sinhala fascists who are more likely to kill and maim Sri Lankans within Sri Lanka.

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      Usha

      We hope Tamil Spring will lead to Tamil Nadu seeking nationhood. Separate from Inida. A mighty Ealam, Where 80 million Tamils reside. Tamil Nadu is the true homeland of Tamils.

      No Sri Lankan disputes that. We too are moved by your “high moral principles of justice and freedom”. And your novel concept “TGTE”. Ha.ha!

      Please give us a break.

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        Yes, and then bridge Tamil Eelam with them to form a Tamil country comprising of Tamil Nadu and Tamil Eelam.

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          Thanks a lot for clearly stating the true goal of extreme Tamil tribalism. The Grand Ethno Nationalistic project. Greater Ealam covering both Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu.

          Good luck with it. I hope millions will not pay with their lives again to realize that tribal pipe dream.

          Further, please note this Greater Ealam project has nothing to do with so called “Tamil rights” campaign. It is just a front they use to fight for Greater Ealam.

          You cannot fool all the people all the time.

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          Ravi

          “a Tamil country comprising of Tamil Nadu and Tamil Eelam.”

          This is what brought India like a tonne of brick on VP in Mullivaaikkal.

          Tamilnadu does not want their own Mullivaaikkal in Sethu Samudra. Please leave those stupid people alone.

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            Native,

            This is what the Northern Idiots didnt want but this is what they have got through the back door . This is now going to sweep accross India like wild fire and this the begining of the end.

            Tamil Nadu
            Telungana
            Panjab
            and whole host of others waiting in the wings

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              kali

              Tamil Nadu gave it up in 1966.

              Telungana wants to establish its own state not a separate state.

              Panjab fought and miserably lost and its happy to remain in Ahand Barat.

              As a stupid Tamil you will never be able to update what is happening around you. I too am bit thick however when necessary my elders brief me on current affairs.

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            Native idiot your elders must be in the grave so dont pretend they are around to teach you. Even if they are around they must be as thick as you are You stupid Sinhalese thick head. For your tiny head yearning for freedom never dies and if you care a Sikh they will tell you otherwise and I have a lot of Sikh friends.
            By the way when did you become a spokes person for Tamils and Sikhs.

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              kali

              “Native idiot your elders must be in the grave so dont pretend they are around to teach you.”

              Its true my ancestors are in their graves, however much you kick and scream I have many wise elders who have seen it all and time to time impart their wisdom to us.

              According to their wise words, Sinhalese share their stupid gene with their Tamil brethren and both are bent on self destruction.

              I can’t disagree with them.

              “By the way when did you become a spokes person for Tamils and Sikhs.”

              I have never claimed in the past and never in the future would represent Tamils. No one wants to represent the self destructive Tamils.

              Please go away from my ancestral island, when you go take your Sinhala brethren with you and drop them in Sinhapura or Tamilnadu.

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          Yes Ravi you are right:

          Anda Paramparai meentrum oru murai ala ninaipathil enna kurai

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        Millions do not have to pay with their lives again because it will never be militancy-cum-terrorism again. Please read what Ms Usha has written clearly.
        Tamil Spring: The Eelam Revolution Not Fought with Guns but with the Mobilization of 80 Million People.

        For the last 60 odd years we had been struggling internally (within Sri Lanka) but now we will struggle externally (from outside SL). The Non-Violent Tamil Spring to free Tamil Eelam from the Sinhala occupied forces and seek self determination for the Eelam Tamils has already started in Tamil Nadu. Very soon it will spread to the Western countries where the Tamil Diaspora is active. Finally, the Tamil masses in Eelam (N&E) will also participate in the Non-Violent Tamil Spring. It will involve large masses, if not all of the Tamil people around the globe.

        Like the successful Arab Spring that we have seen in North Africa, the Tamils around the world is ready to take the Eelam freedom struggle to the next level by demanding a an UN Security Council sponsored referendum for a “separate Tamil Eelam. The same happened in Bosnia, Kosovo, South Sudan, etc and they succeeded. The Russians and Chinese made similar noises in support of Sudan, but were they able to stop what the Western Countries did? What we could not achieve internally (domestic) for over 60 years, now we will take externally (International).

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          Sri Lankans should now take it easy. Focus on making sure all in Sri Lanaka have equal rights regardless of ethnicity.

          Otherwise, Sri Lankans should sit back and enjoy the unfolding extreme Tamil separatism on Indian soil from a distance.

          There are many extremist Indian Tamils eager to run that campaign of breaking India into two. Tamil Nadu extremist Seemon openly stated that in Geneva recently.

          After all, India created the LTTE monster. Now is the time for silly Indians to enjoy the fruits of extreme Tamil nationalism.

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            Ben Hurling

            Do not worry about Tamil Nadu. All what is happening there is only until the election is over.

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          Siva

          “What we could not achieve internally (domestic) for over 60 years, now we will take externally (International).”

          The last vestige of Tamil Eelam was buried in Mullivaaikkaal collectively by International Community.

          Would you be interested in a piece of land for sale in Mars?

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            Native Vedda,

            You are wrong. The struggle for the freedom of Eelam Tamils did not die at Mullivaaikkaal. What was buried at Mullivaaikkaal with the support of the International Community was the struggle by violent means (militancy-cum-terrorism). There are several non-violent options left (eg: Tamil Spring) as mentioned in Usha’s article. It will be with the blessings of the IC.

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              Siva

              The stupid Tamils don’t have to invent fire and wheel. The non violent struggle as theory and practice had been tried and successfully tested elsewhere.

              The Sri Lankan Tamils never understood nor practiced Ahimsa sincerely. Stupid Tamils and their brethren stupid Sinhalese never had the patience in the past nor will they have it in the future. Both don’t have the stomach to endure a long and hard struggle.

              They carry emotional baggage through out their life time and let it out like Soda bottles. Once the gas is out they return to mind their own mundane lives.

              When the going get tough the first thing they do is to use unnecessary violence or catch the first plane to Europe, North America or Australia.

              My elders have watched them at at close quarters, all their thoughts, words and actions, all at odds with each other. They tell me that the non violent Sathyagraha were farce akin to Wimalwansa’s farce onto dead.

              Please note my elders have been keen observers of events in this island for many years and they cannot be wrong.

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            Native:
            You Sinhalese Stupid wake up man and listen to what the Hindu Nationalist Leader of the BJP( The Government in waiting) said to Sihalese Nationalist MR:

            “Dont play games with us MR and grant Tamils their legitimate rights or we will calve out seperate Eelam”.

            Are you going to call the Chinese army to defend you.

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              kali

              BJP has several faces one wants to win elections in Tamilnadu and the other wants to maintain close relationship with Sri Lanka. One face didn’t even want to discuss Sri Lankan Tamil issue including an amended resolution to mention Genocide. Another face of BJP maintained that everything is hunky dory in North East on his regular TV appearance.

              Which BJP face are we discussing.

              This is what was reported:

              “Tamil Eelam is not far away”, declared BJP se­nior Yashwant Sinha at a well-attended party meeting held at a marriage hall in the city on Wednesday. Admitting that the BJP during its NDA rule had advocated political settlement for the Tamils within a united Lanka, the former foreign minister insisted that the position now was different.”

              What do you read from this particular face?

              Did BJP really say the following?

              “Dont play games with us MR and grant Tamils their legitimate rights or we will calve out seperate Eelam”.

              You say:

              “Are you going to call the Chinese army to defend you.”

              No, I don’t have to. There is no need for imported Chinese labour.

              Once again IPKF Mark II will take care of your stupid Tamils and your stupid Sinhalese brethren.

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            Native stupid Sinhalese you seem to know more about BJP than BJP itself so I take it that you have done a lot of research. But sadly you havent done enough.

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              kali

              I don’t don’t research nor do I intent to, however I rely on my elders for information and learn from their wise counsel.

              You should meet them.

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              I will be happy to meet them and offer them a meal. Their langusge might be more civilsed than yours.

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        Bengal and South India are the origins of Sinhalese.All the people in the World accepts that.

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          Thiagarajah ,
          Now can you tell me the origins of Bengali and South-Indian people?

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        I agree. We need Tamil Ealam in India, before SL. Oh My Gosh, why didn’t I think of that first!

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    “moved by high moral principles of justice and freedom”. Yeah, all can see the effect from the photos in Michael Roberts’ article if they have not seen it before or the photos and videos of numerous massacres perpetrated by her boys (many of them now residing overseas with Usha and working as mercenaries/foot soldiers of US hegamonic project in the Indian Ocean) in Sri Lanka. Usha cannot talk about guns now because her military brigades have been wiped out on the ground. She doesn’t have any alternative other than coming out in civilian garb laundered by US, UK & EU and their agents HRW, AI & the like.

    For her, self immolations is just counterproductive at this point of time. She cannot condemn the lunatic mindset of immolations because it’s her lunatic mindset that garlanded cyanide capsules on Tamil youth and sent them on hundreds of suicide missions killing and maiming thousands of innocent civilians (which by the way Callum McRae hides in his pro terrorist documentaries).

    Usha is audacious to portray that 80 million in India would follow her ilk to invade another country. This is what her ilk did when they declared that LTTE as the sole representatives of Tamils in Sri Lanka (lumping every Tamil into the terrorist fold) and paved the way for the destruction of Northern Tamils of Sri Lanka.

    She has volunteered to wash TN Chief Minister’s and TN politician’s dirty linnen. Many ordinary folk in TN will tell who these politicians actually are.

    India made a huge blunder in arming & training Usha’s boys in Sri Lanka once (the consequences don’t need to be elaborated). India is now making an even bigger blunder in facilitating re-emergence of sessionist movements in TN which Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru managed to bring under control.

    Usha’s utterences re TGTE and GTF are only good for those who were borne after 2009. The leaders and mentors were/are the same who once funded and led terrorism in Sri Lanka (one in a religious garb once acted as the safe keeper of money their boys robbed from banks in the North and another gave “legal advise” to ignorant boys of how to kill and then hide it). They use the same money they collected for Prabhakaran’s “Final War” for the South Indian regional destabilisation as agents of the West.

    India in it’s short sidedness in attempting to be the deputy sheriff to the United States in the region is paving the way for it’s own balkanisation in the South.

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      Hela

      “India in it’s short sidedness in attempting to be the deputy sheriff to the United States in the region is paving the way for it’s own balkanisation in the South.”

      It is India’s problem and not yours. Do you think Sri Lanka has the wherewithal to stop Balkanisation of India?

      On the contrary Indian corporate imperialism is looking for land and countries for its own expansion. I am inclined to think the Sinhala/Buddhists would not mind selling what they believe as their national assets to foreigners including India.

      Please get good price when you do decide to sell my ancestral land.

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      Hela:
      Roberts may have put some photos of killings by LTTE.If he is a fair and reasonable he should put the pictures of torn bodies of innocent children and Channel 4 pictures.He also should have mentioned about the Chemical bombs dropped by the Sinhalese>There is an International ban on the use of these bombs.Now regarding immolations,those people really feel that there is no point in living if no one cares about the Genocide of Tamils by the Sinhalese,going on from 1950s.They have to the end of telling it to the Central Indian Govt. which is not taking any action.Over 600 Tamil fishermen were killed by the Sinhalese What did the Indian Govt. do to protect them.Nothing,they are hugging the Sinhalese.What can the Tamils do.Do or die.You are talking of LTTE as the one destroying North and East.Sinhalese are killing and occupying lands of the tamils from 1950s.They are very cunning,for carrying out this genocide from 1950s.You are talking of dirty linen.Hon.CM Jeyalalitha is Goddess Durga who has come down to protect and save the 80 million Tamils.You are talking of sessionist movements in TN and about Jawaharlal Nehru.It was because of the good man Jawaharlal Nehru TamilNadu joined the Union to protect the Aryans from Chinese attack.Otherwise TamilNadu will be remaining as an independent country till today like A powerful Chola country.Now when Tamil fishermen are killed left and right and the Indian Govt. not taking any action what do you want the tamils to do.You are talking of Deputy Sherriff.What do you want India to do when you are threatning India with China.You have given them a big chunk of land and you are going to give Kachchaitivu to them.Indian leaders are fools,they should have walked into Sri lanka and freed the Tamil Kingdom from the Sinhalese.Then it will balance the power struggle of India and China.

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    Kudos to Mrs. Sri-Skanda-Rajah for exposing Michael Roberts, the wolf in sheeps clothing.

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    On the whole, I find Usha S.Sriskandarajah has dealt with the subject reasonably. As for Sri Lanka IPL cricketers nothing will happen. I have my reservation that any harm will cause to Sri Lankan players, unless some undesirable elements are given a contract. Cricket has been a live-wire in the hearts of the Indian people. They will not tolerate politics being mingled with sports. As far as the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister is concerned she could have insisted for an economic embargo on Sri Lanka, but she should have re-considered the ban on Sri Lankan players for the IPL. Perhaps she would have made such a statement having mind of the up-coming election for the Lok Sabha as well as to draw the attention of the world at this crucial hour. The Tamil Nadu people or the Indian people are not fanatics like the Islamic terrorists who killed the Israeli athletes who took part in the Olympics at Munich. Neverthless, I feel sorry for some people of Tamil Nadu engage themselves in acts of immolation, which I do not encourage at all. It is time to realize that God never advised or taught anyone to take his own life. Emotions has to be controlled as preached by every religion. As such Dr.Michael Roberts’s statement appears to be without any foundation. It is just a mere speculation. Even Arjuna and Muralitharan could have remained silent. Instead they could have wished success for the IPL tournament. Apparently the students’s strike may also have the force of drawing the attention of the Congress Party, which is now heading for its downfall.
    As far as the BBS is concerned, the Bhikku brigade is digging its own grave or it could be even said that it is digging the grave for MR & his associates. The BBS had exceeded their limit. They should realize that every citizen irrespective of any race or religion has a right to live in the country. It is surprising that BBS has not stated its stand on the suitability of Federalism, instead of engaging in all these violent acts. However, the events that surrounds the activities of the BBS raises some doubts whether some hate propaganda is taking place to create chaos in the country, which should be frustrated by all means.

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    Excellant. I was wondering how people forget South african example when they speak of Politics and Sports. I wonder why NDTV/CNN-IBN,/Time Now do not call people like you to partcipate in their discussions, while they do invite Italians, Paksitanis in their debates. Is it because they know their own hypocracy in the Sri Lankan issues will be exposed

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    Dr.Roberts:
    You must be having a Ph.D. in telling lies and hiding the truths.You are saying you are worried about harming cricketers but why dont you talk about the killings of tamils going on from 1950s.Dont you have a heart
    for humans.Can you call yourself a human being.You are talking about street talk and exaggeration.We are talking about the Reports from Panel of UN experts.How can you hide that and talk rubbish.Indian students are part of the 80 million Tamils.They have felt the atrocities committed by the sinhalese.They have also studied our case and found that there is no solution inside Sri Lanka.The Senhalese solution is Genocide.Thats why they are fighting for an independent Tamil Kingdom .

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    Thank you for that, Madam.
    While it might seem like an task without end to expose the fabrications and twists that Michael Roberts who is a living monument to intellectual dishonesty keeps dishing out in order to maintain his “acolyte” status with the Rajapaksas, someone has to do it. The alternative is that he gets away with his half-truths, incitements to violence and deceptions, all garbed in “peace rhetoric.” The man is truly a disgrace to academe and needs to be consistently “outed.”

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    I strongly support the writer’s case for non-violence and respect for sportsmen and women. I would also like to comment on what appears to be an omnibus/compilation of past articles, particularly with regard to the TGTE and TGF.

    While this cerebral debate goes on about specific events and whether or not a commentator has quite got it right, there is a vacuum in Sri Lanka that nobody appears to be capable of filling.

    On the one hand we have a corrupt and nepotistic government that relies on violence, commercial patronage and extremist support to stay in power. And on the other, there is a deluded group who sustain dreams of an independent homeland for Tamils. The Rajapkses are no more representatives of Sinhala aspirations than the pompously titled “Transitional Government” of Tamils are representative of the vast majority of Tamil people.

    One must not lose sight of what brought the country to this disastrous point in the first place; it was our inability to recognise diversity within a united nation. Although several of our leaders tried to achieve this after independence, we somehow let the nutters take over and many innocents suffered as a consequence. We are repeating the pattern all over again.

    Sri Lanka has to be shared, fairly and equitably, by all its inhabitants. The concept of a completely independent Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka is not compatible with fair sharing and is highly unlikely EVER to have the support of the majority Sinhalese. Furthermore, if most Tamil people see that their grievances are being addressed, they too would withdraw what little support it would have had under the LTTE.

    Sri Lanka needs her own Mandela or Gandhi. The LTTE ensured that one could not emerge from the Tamil population and the Rajapakses are hell bent on killing off a Sinhala candidate.

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      Gerard Thurai— many thanks for your sensible, moderate comments showing rare insight… most of the the remaining comments make for miserable reading but yours was a light in the gloom.. All power to your keyboard and mouse!!

      Jane Russell (Dr.)

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    Excellent as always.

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    Usha

    Contrary to what you say, the “Tamil Eelam flag” promotes violence, doesn’t it? I refer to flag that displays a roaring face of a tiger [I’ve no problem with this] and two rifles and numerous bullets. This flag of guns and bullets is regularly displayed at every LTTE meeting, mr Rudrakumar regularly displays at the meetings of TGTE. Young children also carries this flag at demonstrationsand processions. Many of these flags were displayed at the recent demonstration in London. On this planet, not a single country, other than Tamil Eelam, displays displays a single bullet or a gun on their national flags.

    Would you agree wih me that this should be ditched?

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      Yes thats in a way correct.I also don’t like guns,but Tamils say it is the flag of King Cholan Empire and they want to keep it.

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        I have no problem if the flag has the roaring tiger minus rifles & bullets.

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        S.Thiagarajah

        Could I remind you that Cholans never had guns in their possessions nor did their ensign portrayed one.

        This island has never been a home to tigers nor to lions. The two stupid people have this emotional imaginary attachment to these two beasts.

        Cholans were from Tamilnadu and one among many kings. They ruled this island for about 70 years.

        Since Sri lankan Tamils claimed to have had a kingdom in Jaffna it would have been appropriate that they chose a flag from the past, perhaps Nanthi.

        Did VP plan to build an Chola empire in his life time? Stupid man, very very stupid man.

        LTTE’s explanation for every thing that they chose to do were not rationally thought through, including their flag.

        Please don’t listen to stupid people.

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    Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah (Minister of ?/ chair of TGTE senate / resident of ? / Citizen of ?)

    1. Although an elected body, the TGTE is not a government in exile…… Then you say …TGTE has a bicameral legislature and a Cabinet.
    This sure is an unique concept and I am a simpleton, so I do not get it? So, you say that it is not a government in exile, but has a bicameral legislature and a Cabinet? Where do you hold your cabinet meetings? If it is on the web, can we watch/participate? Did the ministers swear an oath in front of a judge or some other official? Where is the judge? Can you provide the web link to the cabinet ministers and their portfolios? I would be interested to see how this senate and the cabinet system works.
    2. TGTE held internationally supervised elections in 12 countries… Again, can you please provide web links for more information on the international supervisors, their composition and background, reports on the elections themselves and the reports provided by the international supervisors on the conduct of the elections. I assume it was free and fair, but was it opened to non-Tamil Sri Lankans? Was it open to non-northern Tamil, Tamil Sri Lankans, or Tamils of other countries?
    3. How many people in each of the 12 countries voted? Did Tamil people resident in SL vote? How many ministers and senators are based in SL? Can we have their names?
    4. Is TGTE concerned only about the SL Tamil people or does it include the Tamil people in India, i.e., the greater Tamil homeland of Tamilnadu? Do you hope to combine northern SL and Tamilnadu as one state?
    5.The TGTE upholds democratic values and non-violence, espouses diplomacy and engagement….Based on these values, can you please provide a web link to your (personal and TGTE) numerous statements on the behavior of the LTTE in the past which was not democratic, very violent and was not diplomatic etc. I am sure each and every cabinet minister and senate leader of TGTE would have apologised and made many statements (let’s say at least on behalf of the Tamil victims of LTTE and other Tamil terrorist organizations) on the many deaths/assassinations of Tamil people and children by the LTTE in the past. I am sure you would have made similar statements about the SL government and its activities, so it would be interesting to see how balanced you are (personally and TGTE).
    6.TGTE is also in the process of preparing the Freedom Charter incorporating the “freedom demands” of Tamils across the globe…What exactly does this mean? All Tamils across the globe wants some freedom? So, for an example Tamils (I assume of Indian, Lankan, Fijian, Malaysian etc) in Australia, UK, USA etc want freedom? A separate state/region in those countries for he Tamils, or to be treated differently/favorably just because they are Tamil? So, Tamils living in those countries do no think they have freedom in those countries, or do you mean the illegal boat arrivals do not have freedoms in those countries? I am sorry I do not get it, so can you Pleas Explain (as made famous by a racist Australian politician!)
    Sorry about all these questions, but your article raises a lot of questions in my simple mind and a honest reply would be great.

    The simpleton that I am….me thinks all this is a figment of your imagination and you are really living in cloud cuckoo land with all your ministers and senators, just like that hero Prabhakaran who used to live there, but as I understand no more!

    As I said in a previous post…Try to see the bigger picture in life and not your personal perspective for personal gain (now you are the president of the senate, what’s next) at the expense of the innocent and powerless. Try to heal the nation not divide it. Tamils and Sinhalese have gone through enough, now try to repair the damage. It is not easy, but at least make an effort. If you are living overseas, then make the nation you are living in a better place and stop throwing fuel and inflaming the situation in SL……

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      “As I said in a previous post…Try to see the bigger picture in life and not your personal perspective for personal gain (now you are the president of the senate, what’s next) at the expense of the innocent and powerless. Try to heal the nation not divide it. Tamils and Sinhalese have gone through enough, now try to repair the damage. It is not easy, but at least make an effort. If you are living overseas, then make the nation you are living in a better place and stop throwing fuel and inflaming the situation in SL…… “

      What Tamils are supposed to do? Live without any dignity as second class citizens?

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        Second class citizens where? As I understand TGTE members and Usha are not resident in SL, so how can they claim to be second class citizens in SL. Most probably they are citizens of their new resident country!

        There are many Tamils in countries such as Malaysia, Fiji, Africa, Western countries etc., but they don’t seem to keep complaining of being second class citizens, especially in Malaysia? Heard of the bumiputra laws…..

        There are many minorities in many countries, in fact the Sinhalese are a minority in many countries and perceive to face overt and covert discrimination etc.,but they do not keep complaining of second class citizens, do they? I guess, it is human nature to jump to the conclusion when things do not go your way to perceive racism; a good example is the black/white relations in western countries. When things do not go as expected, the first reaction of a non-white person (or a minority) is to claim ‘it is because I am an migrant or coloured’.

        One could look at the situation as living without dignity or the other side of the coin is living with a chip on ones shoulder. The choice is yours, but either way be prepared for the consequences.

        Please do educate me why you are a second class citizen and please compare and contrast with the burghers, the Chinese, tea plantation Tamils, the first Sri Lankans, the kaffir community, the non-English speaking unemployed youth in the south, Christians and other minorities in SL.

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          First of all the Tamils of Eelam is not a minority. We are a majority in our traditional Tamil homeland (Jaffna kingdom before the colonials arrived), just like the Sinhalese in the rest of the country. We became a minority only in 1948 when the British united the Tamil North and the Sinhala South as one country and gave the whole country to the Sinhalese without the consent of the Tamils.

          The Sinhalese made us the second class citizen by taking away all our rights (including our basic language right) and are forcefully occupying our land.

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            Siva

            The first crude census were taken in 1820s and the first refined one was conducted in 1871.

            Between these two period many changes would have taken place.

            Could you site census data collected by your Jaffna Kingdom (prior to year 1500) in order to support your assertion that “We are a majority in our traditional Tamil homeland (Jaffna kingdom before the colonials arrived)”

            Bit silly isn’t it? Or ridiculous.

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        Anbu,
        how do you think you can help to heal the wound inflicted by occupying criminals in Tamils land? Tamil nation. There is no question of how to divide the nation. There were two nations. The occupying criminals keep many thousands behind barbed wire while 1 criminal with a gun to every 3 Tamils in their own land, continue to inflict wounds of the remaining. It is a slow painful death of those people in their land.
        think rationally and logically
        your argument would be flawed if you think you can trust any Sinhalese.

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    Usha,

    You seeem to be hoping that there would be a ban on Sri Lankan cricket just like it happened to South Africa.

    Former President De Klerk once said that it was their own conscicence that started to punish them for what is being done to the Black man.

    Most sinhalese think that your demands are unfair, where you could go an settle anywhere in the island but the sinhalese were not allowed in the North. Even when the sinahalese who lived in Killinochchi before the war try to go and settle your TNA leadership starts shouting from Roof Tops

    Look at the situation that was in South africa during apartheid

    A white minority of 10% ruled the country over the majority who by shear numbers were an outright majority. Also the Soth Africa is the homeland of the blck people.

    Compare with this Sri Lanka.

    Sinhalese are 75% of the people. The Sri Lankan Tamils are 9% of the population with about half living outside the so called homeland.
    Shear numbers nor historical facts justify giving into your demands.

    The whole problem is that the 80 million Tamils are looking for seperate county, and Sri lanka seem like the easiest place to Taget inspite of the fact that Tamil Nadu is your homeland.

    SrI lankan governemnt was able to market the unfairness of your demand for the whole of North and East (1//3rd of the country) on an ficticious homeland theory which you can not justify with facts the international community could believe.

    Even in Wanni most of those people are people born in the hill country which you your self(Your leader GG Ponnambalam) helped the sinhalese to disenfrenchise.

    To get even Jaffna peninsula as a seperate state I think you will thave to patch up with the Gandhis, who will never forgive for the killing of Rajive Gandhi.
    Keep trying it will be interesting to see how far you will go in your new journey.

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    Non-Violent Springs such as the Arab spring is a very practical alternative technique to militancy-cum-terrorism. There are several features in this strategy which are positive and relevant to the Tamil people everywhere.

    Firstly, it will involve large masses, if not all, of the Tamil people. Secondly, it will preclude the enormous waste of resources in the purchase of arms, which could be far better spent in rehabilitating the North and East, presently lying in ruins. It also provides a less unethical, less immoral and certainly less mortal route to the same experience of involvement – and it is open to every Tamil. We have seen from the Arab spring, Non-violent Spring is not naive, but a rough factor for real politic based on careful study of human psychology.

    It will enable the Tamils and the parties to appeal with confidence to the conscience of the international community, as expressed in international law, world opinion and international institutions. It will realistically facilitate an UN-sponsored armistice and UN-supervised referendum that will hand back the traditional Tamil lands to the Tamil people.

    The Tamil people in the North and East have lost everything including their voice, It is for Eelam Tamils of the entire world to decide how they wish to settle the Tamil question, let the people have their say. It is time that Tamil people everywhere, whether in the Tamil speaking areas, or in the rest of the country, or abroad (around the entire world), demand their right to an open forum in which to have their say. Create the conditions for the Tamil people to exercise their right to enter the debate and negotiate the final answer to the Tamil question that concerns them most?

    Every opportunity should be grasped by the Tamil people, parties and organizations alike to establish links with the International community (including India/Tamil Nadu) and also with groups of enlightened Sinhalese opinion that perceive the good of all implicit in breaking the hold of the present Sinhala ruling class over the affairs of the country, defeating majoritarianism and replacing the present Unitarianism and centrist structure of government by a new confederative structure or consociation of nationalities. This, in a plural society such as ours, is the only suitable vehicle for democracy, according parity, equality and tolerance at all levels of government and society and culture and liberating the down-trodden and oppressed, whether Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Burgher or other, so that they may live in peace, dignity and concord, without either class or ethnic bias and where there is scope for all without the one subsuming the other.

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      Has the Arab spring been non-violent in Libya, Syria,Bahrain,Egypt? Seems like a lot of people have died in this non-violence.

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    For all those people who ask why cannot the Tamils demand for a separate Tamil country in Tamil Nadu instead of Sri Lanka (Eelam).

    From the very ancient time, Lanka (as first mentioned in the Ramayana) was a part of South India. The ancient Tamil was born on the sacred earth a part of which is now called Sri Lanka (Eelam). Sri Lanka (known as Eelam in Tamil) is a left over piece of land from the lost (sunken) landmass of ancient South India known as Kumari Kandam that broke away and submerged in the sea due to a massive earth quake in times long past. Today the scientists have evidence for it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZKiCpFisoY

    The first Tamil Sangam was held in this land. It is believed that God Siva attended the first Tamil Sangam. The Island of Sri Lanka was originally not a Buddhist island but a Siva Bhoomi – the Land of Siva right from the beginning. There also existed 5 ancient Eashwarams of Siva much before Buddhism arrived. Right from ancient history, Tamils are from both India and Sri Lanka. Tamil nation existed and still exists in both Tamil Nadu in India and Tamil Eelam (N&E) in Sri Lanka. All the ancient rulers of Sri Lanka (before Buddhism) were Saivaites irrespective of whether they were Nagar or Damilar (Chola) or Pandu (Pandya). Even after Sri Lanka broke away from South India, there was a natural bridge known as Rama Setu that existed during the early period between Tamil Nadu to Tamil Eelam (The NASA satellite image shows an ancient bridge in the Palk Strait between South India and Sri Lanka).

    It was only recently the Sinhalese started calling Sri Lanka a Dhamma Deepa of Buddha after the Buddhist missionary monk Mahinda introduced Buddhism where as the Tamils still call Sri Lanka as Eelam, the sacred Tamil land of Siva. Even the footstep at Adams Peak is originally known as Siva’s footstep and NOT Buddha’s. The original Siva boomi (sacred land of the Tamils) that broke away from South India due to the massive earth quake (Kumari Kandam) is the right full place for the Tamils. This is the reason why the world Tamils (including the Tamils in Tamil Nadu) is trying to establish a Tamil country known as Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka and NOT in India.

    The Sinhalese may say that, God Siva attending the first Tamil Sangam held in Kumari kandam (lost landmass) and Sri Lanka (Eelam) is the leftover piece of Kumari kandam (Siva boomi) is a Tamil mythology but it has more evidence than the Mahavamsa mythology which says about three magical visits of Buddha to Sri Lanka, a princess eloping with a Lion and having children, bandit prince Vijay’s visit on the day Buddha passed away, Buddha chose the Sinhalese and Sri Lanka to sustain his Dhamma and so on.

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      BTW, you have not answered your question…..

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      Cholan

      What is the difference between your Lemuria and Sinhalese Vijaya.

      Both are part of origin myth.

      Please let me have site of evidence for your absurd claim. If possible obtain evidence from Sinhalese brethren on Vijaya myth and pass it on to me.

      Both Sinhalese and Tamils always maintain a long deafening silence when I demand evidence for their origin myth.

      This is about my ancestral land isn’t it?

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      All Siva Eashwaram have become Buddaswaraya and renamed.
      I went to Thiru koneswarm many years ago. There was a big BUddha was well coming us , well guarded by criminal thugs with guns. I do not think any Koneswaram is there any more. I hope the same for Thiru Ketheeswarm in Mannar.
      when I went to Kathirgamam temble, I was surprised to see that it has become KathirgamaTHEIYO WITH A BIG BUDDHA VIHARE.
      it is very interesting to read your comments, please keep writing.
      It would be another Buddha Nalluraya vigare- the famous Nallur Murugan temple WOULD BECOME SOON AND A BIG BUDDHA WOULD WELL COME OTHER PEOPLE WITH WELL GUARDED CRIMINALS. THE ARCHEOLOGIST WOULD FIND A BURIED bUDDHA STATUE SOME WHERE NEAR THE TEMPLE TO REWRITE THE HISTORY
      good luck to them

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        “..temble…THEIYO…vigare”

        LMAO. Why do you even bother, ‘sinhala’ friend :D

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    Good on you mate, so now based on the Kumari Kandam theory and the youtube clip, Tamils can claim whole of Australia, Madagascar, Tamilnadu and Sri Lanka as Greater Eelam! There are many Tamils in Australia, it is time a high court challenge was brought (similar to the native title claims) and claim Australia as a Tamil home land.

    I wonder if the Tamils feel that they are second class citizens in Australia, if so let’s start agitating for a separate state. Lets push all the Aussies (including aboriginals) to Tasmania and claim the main land as ‘Greater Tamil Eelam’! Brother Velupillai, where are you when we need you desperately?

    BTW, what’s the weather today in cloud cuckoo land?

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    May I remind reader who goes as Truth not to under-estimate or jeer the TGTE or the diaspora. The Rajapakses are illegally spending billions of rupees hiring Lobbyists to re-build their sullied name and reputation dogged by sheer negative PR reputation. There is no provision in Parliament votes for such expenditure. The ugly truth is these Lobbyists, a bad American invention that mocks the democratic tradition, do more bribing than otherwise. All this is because the Rajapakses play reckless politics at home with virtual raised sarong one day asking “Yankees” “Injuns” Go Home to satisfy the blood-thirsty masses and the next moment they hide for cover. You and I will eventually foot the bill through higher rates for petrol, electricity and so on.

    TGTE is in the same position, engaging the world’s attention, as did Mandela’s ANC and Yasser Arafat’s PLO during their time. S. Africa is a sovereign government now and the PLO is almost there as a State recognised by the UNO. You may or not be aware three countries are already willing to offer recognition to the TGTE – although I personally feel that extreme step should be taken only after all other alternatives have been exhausted. The TGTE is carefully nursing the DMK, the AIDMK and other TN political parties – including the influential film-star lobby. If the BJP is returned with Modi as PM next year, as widely expected so far, Jayalalitha, will use her enormous influence with Modi to recognise Eelam.

    The Rajapakses are playing the fiddle while Sri Lanka is burning.
    If things take a bad turn Sri Lanka will have few friends to turn on.
    Sometimes the world becomes a strange place. The Tunisians have chased out Gadaffi’s daughter – who is now reported to be in Oman. So much for Arab brotherhood. The Rajapakses are counting on an oversized army and blackmail of a bloodbath against the Tamils – to save them. But this won’t do much good.

    Senguttuvan

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      Senguttuvan

      You are wrong about Tamil Nadu.

      The DMK, the AIDMK and other TN political parties are doing all these only until the election is over. The moment either Jayalalitha or Karunanidi wins the election, they will take a U-turn as we have already witnessed in the past. Jayalalitha was once very hostile (than Karunanidi) towards the LTTE. Weather it is Congress or BJP, the Indian policy will not change. They may even make Jayalalitha the PM and that is enough for her to take a U-Turn towards the SL Tamils in order to protect the Indian interests. The SL Tamils trusted the TN politicians for the last 30 years and what did you gain, they only played a political double game and took you for a ride. If you still think that they will help, you have not learnt any lessons yet.

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        No you have not got things right. Both AIADMK and DMK were supporting till May 1991. That incident changed the scenario of not being able to support SL Tamils openly. With May 2009, 1991 situation were things of past and now things are emerging on right perspective. Indian policy is likely to change in few months, wait and watch. Dont you get thet TN congress requested indian PM to boycott common wealth?

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        Silva,

        Those days are gone. This time the channel 4 video documentary “No Fire Zone” was targeting India and specially Tamil Nadu and they succeeded. After seeing little Balachandran’s pictures the people of Tamil Nadu became very emotional. This time it did not begin with the politicians, it began with the students and the civil society. If the politicians try to take a U-turn, the masses will deal with them. Indian government cannot continue to support GOSL or simply watch them do nothing. The present Congress government of India and its PM is very weak/naïve unlike Indra/Rajiv Gandi but the next government (if BJP) with Jayalalitha will be very hostile and aggressive towards Sri Lanka. Only time will tell but it is definitely running out for the Rajapakshes to come up with and implement a solution, just “come and see our developments in Tamil Areas” will not help or satisfy anybody.

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      The Rajapaksas are willing to spend any amount to keep their Regime
      in place for ever and with trends taking place a “No elections” period
      is in the offing, knowing very well that the Opposition is getting
      weaker by the day.

      This bit of information is evidence of the International PR status:

      – source: Sunday Times Political Editor of 7-4-13

      “Patton Boggs was paid US$ 420,000 (Rs. 52 million) in 2010. This was only for canvassing two US Senators on human rights issues, to discuss bilateral relations with US Senators Patrick Leahy, John Kerry, Richard Lugar, Heath Shuler and Bill Casey. It was also to brief Senators Russel Feingold and Jim Moran on the recommendations of the LLRC. The firm Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods was paid US$ 135,000 (Rs. 17 million) for “fees and expenses in relation to agency.” The largest payment was made to Qorvis Communications. In 2010, the firm was paid US$ 253,377.92 (Rs. 31.8 million) for the most number of assignments. Here again, these were tasks which a Sri Lanka diplomatic mission overseas has to undertake on its own. Qorvis, a subsidiary of Bell Pottinger group was also given tasks. It was this group’s London office that claimed it wrote President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 2009 speech to the UN General Assembly.
      Britain’s ‘Independent’ newspaper said that senior executives at the PR firm Bell Pottinger told undercover reporters that the speech prepared by them for Rajapaksa was given preference to the one prepared by the Sri Lankan foreign ministry. The firm confirmed it received payment.“

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    Senguttuvan

    “although I personally feel that extreme step should be taken only after all other alternatives have been exhausted.”

    The way things are MR will have no option but to give Tamil Eelam on a platter.

    You are rest assured my struggle will go on forever.

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    Hear hear Mr. Senguttuvan!

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      Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

      Now that Wimala Weerawansa has demanded an inquiry into Matale war crimes and war crimes perpetrated by IPKF, are you ready to support him in principle?

      If so are you in touch with him?

      If not why not?

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        Dear Native Vedda
        Let Mr Weerawansa ask for an inquiry into Mullivaikkal first…
        Usha

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          Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

          IPKF and Sri Lankan armed forces committed atrocities against Tamil and Sinhalese respectively between 1987 and 1990 before Mullivaaikkal.

          Therefore you should support him on common ground.

          Mullivaaikkal inquiry is a double edged sword which could implicate you as an accessory to LTTE perpetrated war crimes and crime against humanity including ethnic cleansing of Muslims from the North.

          If I were you I would I wouldn’t want to share a cell with Gota.

          Do you actually want an investigation into IPKF’s atrocities?

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            Well the Rajapaksa govt acted as judge jury and executioner, you know that. Yes I was for the Tamil side in the war, so are you saying all the sinhalese who cheered/supported the Rajapaksa orchestrated genocide against Tamils and were engaged in triumphalism should share a cell with Gota?

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              Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

              As one who supported LTTE (please correct me if I am wrong) you too should share responsibility for LTTE perpetrated war crimes and crimes against humanity.

              Therefore if and when Gota’s future is determined the ICC would want to see members of LTTE and its supporters spending rest of their life in the same calaboose.

              Please think before you demand and investigation into Mullivaaikkal.

              As you know I have been calling for an investigation into all war crimes and crimes against humanity by all sides to the conflict for many many years. The investigation should cover the period from 5th April 1971 to date.

              Since you haven’t responded to my comment I repeat it here:

              Do you actually want an investigation into IPKF’s atrocities?

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              “The investigation should cover the period from 5th April 1971 to date.”

              Long before that…
              —————–

              Please answer my question:so are you saying all the sinhalese who cheered/supported the Rajapaksa orchestrated genocide against Tamils and were engaged in triumphalism should share a cell with Gota?

              But remember those who were in positions of power and authority have to be accountable for their failure to stop the killings no doubt!

              IPKF: It won’t happen!

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              Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

              “IPKF: It won’t happen!”

              My question was:

              Do you actually want an investigation into IPKF’s atrocities?

              How about those LTTE supporters who extorted funds, justified LTTE’s every act of brutality, smuggled arms, and the cheer leaders………

              Remember obeying order is not a good excuse

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      Dear Usha Madam,Kindly send me your mail id to mine msksalem77@gmail.com

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        I have e-mailed you mine.

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    The world fought for the marginalized Black majority in South Africa and now the call is for the world to fight for the marginalized Tamil majority in Eelam. It is but natural that Tamilnadu with 80 Million Tamils feeling for their brethren next door, especially when they have been subject to an agenda of annihilation by an inhuman Administration. Fear mongering on the prospects of Tamilnadu seceding from the Indian Union has been a ploy for quite some time now but attempts at extermination of Eelam Tamils is for real. Tamilnadu joining forces with global Tamils for the emancipation of Eelam is also real and no wonder it is sending shivers down the spines of the advocates for the Sri Lankan Administration, characteristically mum on its treatment of the Eelam Tamils but free with insinuation, mocking the democratic initiatives afoot, replacing militancy in toto.

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    A simple solution………..for Ushaaa ( You can not eat the cake and have it)
    Lets support each other help establishing their Eelams.
    ( I am preparing a place for Usha to visit without any complaints)

    Let the Indian Tamils create a Tamil Eelam State in Tamil Nadu.
    AND
    Indian Singalese in the majority in Sri Lanka establish a Sinhala Eelam in the Sri Lanka State.

    Then the cause will be to eliminate the pro West NGOs and Church Hedgemonies from their hidden agendas.

    Peace

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    LET US SOLVE THIS PROBLEM BY TAMILS AND SINHALESE GETTING MARRIED TO EACH OTHER. MUSLIMS AND BURGERS COULD JOIN IF THEY WISH TO.

    THEN THEIR CHILDREN WOULD BE SRILANKANS AND NOT SINHALESE, BURGER, MUSLIM OR TAMIL.

    HOW ABOUT IT.

    LET US ALL ENCOURAGE, PROMOTE AND SUPPORT THIS SIMPLE SOLUTION.

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      Oh Danny Boy
      Brilliant, I would have supported it – but will you assure me of some fundamentals: in your Sri Lanka will Sinhalese and Tamil be made official languages; will Sri Lanka become a secular state where all religions are accorded the same status and will there be actual power sharing?
      Usha

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    The Sri Lankan Tamils must be the most unfortunate minority in the world.On the one hand, they are victims of the discrimatory practises of the Sri Lankan state and on the other hand they are the victims of the impractical illusions and demented delusions of the comfortably situated,and at times hysterical, antics of the overseas Tamils.
    Further,every time the Sinhala political parties want to win an election they wll use the Tamils as scapegots and everytime there is factional conflict in Tmils Nadu politics the SL Tamils become bait!
    May the God of Katirgamam,the Tamil God, help them, though he has been quite indifferent all this while!

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      karl singham

      “The Sri Lankan Tamils must be the most unfortunate minority in the world.”

      The Sri Lankan Tamils must be the most stupid minority in the world.

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    Usha,

    Reading the above,(and past articles), I thought you were the official spokesperson for the TGTE. Do you have any connections with them as I cannot find your name on the site

    http://www.govthamileelam.org/index.php/mp-s-constituencies/canada

    Who are you??

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      Dear EDL
      I am the chair of the TGTE Senate which was established only last year. I have been an activist since my younger days in defense of the Tamil cause and a writer. I am not an official spokesperson for the TGTE.
      Usha

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    Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

    “I have been an activist since my younger days in defense of the Tamil cause and a writer.”

    Tamil and tiger causes are two different things, which one did you mean?

    Was VP your leader?

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    It’s not different!

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      Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

      VP was ready and wanting to rule a country, himself as the president in waiting or president designate for life, whereas Tamils needed other solutions, particularly restoration of their democratic rights.

      Being a Tamil you would definitely refuse to consider what restoration of democratic rights means to people as you are conditioned to believe in single man’s madness which you conveniently accepted as short cut to painful long term struggle of the masses.

      However much you stick to LTTE line out of fear or favour the fact of the matter is Tigerism and democracy were/are mutually exclusive.

      The most urgent and honourable thing for you to do is to apologise to those innocent civilians who were maligned and killed or maimed by LTTE. The innocent civilians includes Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims.

      Did the LTTE fight for the democratic rights of the people or did it simply replace state tyranny with its own despotic regime?

      By now one hope you would have understood the following vital concepts:

      Restoration of democratic rights of the Tamil speaking people.

      Tiger despotism, tyranny

      Innocent civilians

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      Perhaps then, Usha, you should define what you believe the Tamil cause is. We know what the LTTE cause was; ie a separate political state. Is that the Tamil cause? Are the majority of Tamils in favour of establishing a separate state in northern Sri Lanka? Or is the cause of the Tamils that of being equal citizens with all the rights and privileges of all Sri Lankans? Or is it the latter plus the right to determine their future as an entity known as SL Tamils? Not all of these are complimentary to each other.

      While sporting bans do have a precedent since the days of Apartheid South Africa, white South Africans themselves were never under physical threat in those countries exercising the ban. In fact, many white South African athletes — Zola Budd springs to mind — actually immigrated and competed under other national flags — often the flags of nations banning them. So I find it rather unfair of you to criticize Prof Roberts for voicing his fear for the safety of SL athletes; it is a legitimate fear, given the actual attacks on Buddhists in Tamil Nadu. To dismiss his concern as illegitimate — rather than unfounded — you are in fact legitimizing a possible physical threat to these sportsmen.

      Lastly, while you may take heart in the so-called Tamil Spring, you must note that no such non-violent agitation has succeeded by simply agitating in neighbouring countries and not in the country where the change is being agitated for. Until such agitation takes place in SL it will never have the legitimacy or the international political support required for change. If you take the Israel/Palestine scenario, you would note that the quasi-state of Palestine would never have come into existence simply with non-violent ‘springs’ in neighbouring countries. Nor would Apartheid have fallen without the legitimacy garnered from action on the ground itself.

      Finally, Tamil is indeed an official language in SL.

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        One more thing: when Native Veddha asks you if you will champion the Matale incident, you say “Mullivaikkal first.” He didn’t ask you which you would champion first, only if you would make the cause of the Sinhalese dead your own. It is unfortunately telling that you wish Wimal Weerawanse to first support your cause before you will support his. It is this petty squabbling and the desire to ensure that Tamil grievances are seen to be paramount over all others (you might have noted your friend Donald Gnanakone’s scornful dismissal of Muslim grievances) that has emasculated the Tamil cause and ensured that it will never be seen as a universal one. in the recent post-war past, the Tamil politicians of the TNA had two opportunities to join with the JVP in a cause that would have been larger than an ethnic one, namely the dissolving of the Emergency Regulations, and the opposing of the EPF Bill. Both times the TNA missed that chance to engage in a national cause. You never seem to be able to raise your eyes from your own plate and see that others are hungry too.

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    Dear Mr Silva,

    Whether you are right or I am, can be seen soon. But if you are a Sinhala brother do give me some leeway because to me because I know the TN scene reasonably well, visiting the State 1-2 times a year and inter-acting with key players in the academic side. Union Minister Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan, a Tamil(ian) knows the pulse of the State very well. She breaks rank with the Cabinet today in calling for the cancellation of the visit of the 3 non-Southern Indian MPs due to commence today in Cbo. The message here is – whether the visit is on or not – the mood in the State is becoming shriller. I am told by a friend, National TV broadcast (formerly Doordharshan) from Delhi, last night gave prominence to the further arrest of another 40 odd Indian fishermen in Sri Lanka – a very emotive issue in TN. Analysts say this is the first time, for some years, all shades of opinion in Tamilnadu seem to be closing ranks – something New Delhi cannot ignore. The Rajapakses can turn to jingoism but they cannot take on Tamilnadu and Delhi together. Their failure to engage them both successfully results in the virtual breakdown of relationship between the two sides. Bribing a few US Congressmen via Lobbyists cannot guarantee success, as the Rajapakse investment on that loud-mouthed lacklustre Broker Subramaniam Swamy failed them. The man seems to have gone into hiding.

    Senguttuvan

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      excellent Senguttuvan! Even the Tamil brahmin lobbyist seems to be changing the perception of Srilanka except SS. First time I had seen articles about tamil eelam struggle in Hindhu, which is positive sign.

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    Dear Usha

    Thanks for the prompt reply.

    If you are the Chair of the TGTE, I would expect a more prominent presence of yourself on the official website:

    http://www.govthamileelam.org/

    I just searched the TGTE site for: Usha S Sri-Skanda Rajah, Usha etc..

    and there were no hits with your name.

    Your virtual presence in a virtual government doesn’t help the Tamil cause. Isn’t it time you had a chat with the web editor?

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    One need not be the Chair of this or that to articulate against the tyranny of a Genocidal Establishment. Usha, the individual has that right. Looks as though someone is searching the web to see whether the individual exists. Yes, she does and she happens to be the Chair of the TGTE Senate, if you want to know where you could find her in the web. If you do not find her there please complain to the web manager.

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    In 1940/50s there was a demand by the Tamils in South India for a country called Dravida Nadu. However, the Indian constitution bans any demand to split India and in 1960, the Indian PM Mr Nehru crushed that movement.
    The Tamils in Tamil Nadu are not allowed to have their own country so the They think they can have a part of Sri Lanka , which was histoically called “Sinhale”.
    The journalists like Usha are trying to put a twist for their cause , but the history tells the true story. She should know that Sri Lanka constiutuion also has a clause not to seerate the country. The Tamlis in India should think that they are Indiamns and the Tamils in Sri Lanka should think like Sri Lankans. Most of the Tamils in Sri Lanka do think that way except for the Tamil diaspora. most of whom enjoying the western refugee status and have no intention to go back. Usha should read Dailty News to how Geethanjali Naguleshwaran, a Tamil denounced the TNA at the meeting with visiting Indian MPs.

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    Usha,

    We are going through the final phase of our journey to reach our promised Land. The count down has started, the weather is fine there is a cool breeze and the local temperature is hot and humid ( BBS. Monks) but forecast is for good weather.
    What the Sinhalese diehearts will not accept is that India has total jurisdiction over Sri Lanka, it is a hard pill to take but it has to be taken to cure the disease.
    You are right what we couldnt achieve through the barrel of a Gun is now within a striking distance and thanks to our brotheren in Tamil Nadu.
    The reason for this upsurge in their support is due to the following.

    1) Mr.Karunanithi and DMK controlled 27 TV channels out of 29 in TN and the news of the atrocities never reached the homes of the ordinary people of TN and therefore didnt have a clue about the suffering of the Tamil brotheren in Eelam.
    2) Congress has up to now supported the Genocidal Sri Lankan regime for fear of being implicated for their role in the Genocide but that is all about to change. Rahul is half baked and certainly has no feelings for the suffering of the Tamils and the only person that matters is Miss.Jeyaram
    3) Miss.Jeyaram the Iron Lady may be a recent convert to the suffering of the Tamils but that was due the fact that she has seen video footage of the atrocities commited by the Genocidal Sri Lankan Army.
    4) Could you have imagined 3 years ago that the Channel 4 documentry ” Kiiling Fields” would be shown in Delhi and that is because the Congress is in its death bed and has no control over events and a momentum has built up in our favour which cannot be stopped.
    5) It is almost certain that BJP will form the next Government and the Iron Lady will almost certainly play an important role in shaping the destiny of India. When I was in Tamil Nadu recently they are already talking about CM to PM. She has all the right credentials to be a PM . She has the Charisma, the looks, a convent educated girl, Brahmin , speaks fluent Hindi and above all has a prooven track record.
    I recently saw a programme in which she has been praised for openening
    ” Amma Unavakam” 200 already built and the target is for a 1000.
    She is the true heir apparent to MGRs mantle and will sweep the board.
    She has made her intentions known and that should set alarm bell ringing at Temple Trees.

    She is an astute politician and this was evident from her actions in banning ” Visvarupam”. Although I was initially apprehensive about her decision I now understand the reasons why. By banning she has made sure of the Muslim vote which is crucial to winning the election and even Kamal has benifited as he has made more money because of the curiosity surrounding the reason for the ban.

    I am totally convinced that I may not reach the mountain top but we as a people will reach our promised land.

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      We are going through the final phase of our journey to reach our promised Land

      Be sure to say hi to fat Praba and his posse when you get to your ‘promised land’ at the bottom of Nandikadal Lagoon :)

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