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Black July 1983: Reflections On The Anti-Tamil Pogrom 

By Karikalan S. Navaratnam

Karikalan S. Navaratnam

The evidence points clearly to the conclusion that the violence of the Sinhala rioters on the Tamils amounted to Acts of Genocide.” ~ The Review, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Dec. 1983

July 2020, represents the 37th anniversary of “Black July”. It is a poignant reminder to the Tamil people and to our fraternity across the globe, of the precarious existence of our people in this ‘blessed’ isle, evoking a keen sense of anguish, grief and loss. A lot of water – nay, blood – has since gone under the bridge. The echoes of cries of pain of our people continue to reverberate in our hearts. While reflecting on the horrible past and the parlous state of our present, we need to brace up to risk further frontal attacks from the ultra-nationalist Sinhala-Buddhist (SB) forces. These tribal forces are led primarily by the Rajapaksas, who are primed to return after the General Election with renewed vigour and vengeance. 

Predatory  politics

A cacophony of campaign slogans emanating from SB fascist fraternity, accentuate their ethno-religious superiority and suzerainty over the Tamil citizenry. Predatory politics fostering rabid racism continues to underpin Sinhala leaders’ winning strategy. Taking a cue from Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent tirade decrying Federalism, his acolytes from the saffron brigade, Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thero et al, have warned of a “blood bath” if the Tamils opted for a federal state. Rants by Omalpe Sobitha Thero rationalizing the 1983 genocidal attacks are disconcerting. Perhaps, remorseless savages are driven by a craving for re-enacting another “Black July”!  

Genocidal campaign

The sordid history of post-1948 Sri Lanka, spanning over 70 years, is interspersed with grisly scenarios of anti-Tamil pogroms. Flexing their majoritarian muscles and being imbued with Mahavamsa myths and medieval traits, SB oligarchs holding the reins of power had mobilized the fascist forces, the saffron brigades and the military mafia, and launched a campaign to politically exterminate the Tamil people – to systematically eliminate the Tamil element from the body politic of the country. For that matter, assimilation is another subtle form of annihilation. 

Looting – July 1983 | pic by Chandraguptha Amarasingha

The genocidal campaign has been a work in progress initiated by the putative Father of the Nation” D. S. Senanayake, with his premier legislative enterprise to decitizenize and disenfranchise our “Malayaha” (upcountry) Tamils. Expounding the “Ten Stages of Genocide”, Dr. Gregory H. Stanton, of “Genocide Watch” has identified “Extermination” as the penultimate stage in the process and explained the theme: (Excerpts):   

“Extermination begins, and quickly becomes the mass killing legally called “genocide.” ……..When it is sponsored by the state, the armed forces often work with militias to do the killing.……….. Acts of genocide demonstrate how dehumanized the victims have become. Already dead bodies are dismembered; rape is used as a tool of war to genetically alter and eradicate the other group. Destruction of cultural and religious property is employed to annihilate the group’s existence from history………. Mass rapes of women and girls have become a characteristic of all modern genocides…..”

Orgy of  violence

The horrors of “Black July” 1983, featuring an orgy of frenzied violence targeting Tamils, commenced on 24 July – mass killings of several thousands, maiming, rape, sexual savagery, looting, arson and destruction, besides the massacre of  Tamil prisoners at Welikada – orchestrated by State agents deploying organized squads of goons and criminal gangs and aided and abetted by the police and security forces. It was not the maiden experience of Tamils suffering organized racist terror. By reason of its enormity, intensity, ripple effects and global reverberations, the ghastly July 1983 experience sticks out.  It has been a catalyst for new political developments and far-reaching fallout, including the 30 years ethnic war.

Mass atrocities – Glimpses

The crimes of July 1983 | pic by Chandraguptha Amarasingha

Dark days of the mass atrocities suffered by our people from time to time have not passed into distant memory. 

* 1956 “Sinhala Only” Bill: On June 5, 1956 Tamil political leaders and volunteers performing peaceful Satyagraha (non-violent protest) on the Galle Face maiden across the (former) Parliament building in protest against the introduction of the Sinhala Only” Bill in Parliament that day, were beaten up by Sinhala hoodlums led by Junior Minister K.M.P. Rajaratne and Buddhist monks. The Satyagrahis were left bleeding and bruised under the watchful eye of the police. The same mob went on a looting spree in the city targeting Tamil-owned shops.  

* Gal Oya Massacre, June 11 to 16, 1956: On the heels of the Galle Face attacks, Sinhala colonists and employees of the Gal Oya Development Board commandeered government vehicles, dynamite and weapons and massacred over 150 Tamils in the Eastern Province. The murderous mob invaded Tamil homes and businesses on a looting spree.  Although initially inactive, after 5 days of turmoil, the police and army were able to bring the situation under control.

* Emergency ’58, by Tarzie Vittachi: The book  published in UK  in the wake of the 1958 anti-Tamil pogrom gives detailed account of the gory  events – murder, rape, pillage and arson – carried out during the dark days of May 22 to 29, across the country. The author Tarzie Vittachi, an eminent journalist of international repute who was the Editor of “Ceylon Observer” at that time, had exposed the government’s involvement in the riots which, though won him the  Magasaysay Prize in 1959,  rendered  him persona non grata in Ceylon (Sri Lanka).

* August 1977 & May-June, 1981: JR Jayewardene assumed office as Prime Minister in July 1977.  Soon after, in August 1977, anti-Tamil pogrom erupted leaving behind a trail of deaths, destruction and devastation. JR and his foot soldiers had tasted blood.  In 1981 (May 31 – 2 June), truckloads of police gangs in uniform and in civvies went on a rampage and burnt down chosen targets in Jaffna – the Public Library, with its over 97,000 priceless books and manuscripts, offices of the “Eelanadu” newspaper, TULF headquarters, Jaffna M.P. Yogeswaran’s  bungalow. Mercifully, Yogeswaran and his wife had escaped narrowly. Homes and shops across Jaffna town were set alight. The burning continued unchecked for two nights. President JR’s trusted lieutenants, Ministers Cyril Mathew and Gamini Dissanayake were present in Jaffna and had personally orchestrated the orgy of terror.

The crimes of July 1983 | pic by Chandraguptha Amarasingha

Satanic sermons

Incidentally, Cyril Mathew’s satanic sermons, delivered in 1970, capture the impulses of the majoritarian psyche: “Oh you Sinhalese!, who are full of patriotism and nationalism, we pray that, just as the disaster you are preparing to leave for the future generations of Sinhalese, by permitting the governments that you have set up in your name to betray Sinhalese rights, one by one, thereby strengthening Tamil power, is very clearly visible to us, it will become as visible to you also. We pray that your political blindness will vanish, and that you may see the truth! Let us unite as Sinhalese to repress the threats of the Tamils!…” (Vide: “Sinhalayage Adisi Hatura” (‘The Unseen enemy of the Sinhalese’), by Cyril Mathew, 1970. Chapter 10 (“The future of the Sinhalese”) – (Reproduced in The Mathew Doctrine.”Race & Class, XXVI, 1 (1984). pp.133-4.) 

The mainstream media blacked out the brutal attacks on Tamil targets. They did not carry any news on the incidents, lest it may expose the cruel and racist ethos of a sick society to the discerning outside world. Media outlets, owned and operated by “patriotic” barons have always played an active role in promoting Sinhala-Buddhist nationalistic campaign defending majoritarian aggression whilst sanitizing/ suppressing information on atrocities committed against minorities.

Welikada Prison Massacre

(As I was personally associated with these momentous events, perforce, I am inclined to revisit some of them which I had previously shared with Colombo Telegraph readers in these columns).  

The Prison massacre was yet another cruel chapter in the Black July chronicle. On Saturday, 16 July 1983 morning I visited prisoners Thangathurai, Kuttimany and Jegan at Welikada prison.  Senior lawyer M. Sivasithamparam and I had represented them (among several other political prisoners held at Welikade)  in the Colombo High Court. While leaving them, I promised to see them again the week after next. But, that was not to be!

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TULF Convention

On Saturday, 23 July 1983, I was in Mannar town to attend the TULF party Annual Convention. I was a Politburo member of the TULF. The 1st day sessions were over and 2nd day sessions were scheduled for Sunday, 24 July. TULF Members of  Parliament A. Amirthalingam (TULF Secretary), M. Sivasithamparam (President), V. Yogeswaran, R.Sampanthan (now, TNA leader) and  Neelan Tiruchelvam and  I  ( not a M.P. ) were staying at  Mannar Rest House. In the early hours of 24th there was a phone call from Jaffna M.P. Yogeswaran’s wife. She conveyed the grim message that a barrage of explosions were heard the previous night and that the army in Jaffna was running amok on a shooting spree. Follow-up calls from different sources, ominously informed us that attacks on Tamil targets were spreading out. Because of menacing military movements in Mannar we were compelled to cancel the Sunday political sessions. 

Lawyer Manouri’s Call

On 26 July morning some of us met at (Mannar M.P.) P. Soosaithasan’s residence. There was a call to Sivasithamparam (Siva) from lawyer Manouri Muttetuwegama (Communist M.P. Sarath’s wife and Dr. Colvin’s daughter). She informed Siva that some of his clients in Welikada jail had been killed, the previous day (25th  July). She could not give details. Thereupon, Siva telephoned Mr. Jansz, the Deputy Commissioner of Prisons in Colombo and the latter confirmed that there was “some bad news”, but politely declined to give details. Mr. Amirthalingam, who arrived there a bit later, telephoned President Jayewardene. JR confirmed that some Tamil prisoners were killed and added  that he was “not going to hush it up” and that the victims’ names would be broadcast over the radio that night. 

53 Prisoners  butchered

Even as army threats intensified in and around the neighbourhood, we moved out to the house of a party stalwart, V. Kayilayapillai in Iluppakadavai village. On the way we came across a group of local TULF functionaries, including Mannar DDC Chairman Sebamalai, with bleeding injuries. Army men lurking under a culvert had attacked them, damaged their vehicle and left them bleeding. After arranging for them to be taken to hospital, we proceeded to Iluppakkadavai. It was a spartan house of a farmer and there was no electricity. In the evening we all gathered in the front yard, with a battery-operated  radio, anxiously awaiting the broadcast. Those were agonizing moments. At 9.00 pm, names of 35 victims, including Kuttimany, Thangathurai and Jegan were announced. The government tried to make out it was a prison riot. Slaughter of further 18 Tamil prisoners on 27 July 1983 said it loud and clear that it was a pre-planned operation, organized and orchestrated by Sinhala prison officers. 

Official complicity

They had served alcohol to hardcore criminals in the jail, armed them with machetes, kitchen knives, clubs etc, opened the cells for them and set them upon the Tamil prisoners. In the two days of gory attacks, 53 Tamil prisoners were butchered to death and their bodies were piled up in front of a Buddha statue (within the prison complex). There was a strong contingent of army on guard outside the Welikada jail. Responding to the clamour and commotion inside, they had rushed to the spot and figured out what was going on. Waving at the armed convicts, the soldiers continued to watch the “fun” apathetically. Perhaps, to them, the victims were not humans, but vermin. (BTW, on 25 July 1983 Siva’s house at Colombo-Norris Canal Road was looted and razed to the ground , and my house at Cotta Road, Borella was attacked by a mob led by a saffron-robed  monk.)

Indian Foreign Minister calls

Late in the night, a messenger from the local sub-post office showed up with an urgent message: There was an important telephone call waiting for Mr. Amirthalingam. (In that village, only the local post-office cum dwelling had the telephone facility). Taking care not to alert the restive army, we avoided using the vehicle headlight and instead using a torch light, gingerly proceeded to the post office. The call was from ‘India House’ (Indian High Commissioner’s residence) in Colombo. The caller was Indian Foreign Minister Mr. Narasimha Rao. Mr. Rao expressed condolences on the loss of lives and wanted Amirthalingam to travel to India early for “discussion”.

Watershed moment

Evidently, feelings were running high in Tamil Nadu over the killings of Tamils and Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had dispatched her Foreign Minister with a strong message to President JR Though an impulsive small step that Mrs. Gandhi had taken, it was a watershed moment in Indo-Sri Lanka relations. Mr. Amirthalingam arrived in India in 1st week of August 1983. I had left for India  before he did. On my way to Katunayake airport, I passed by the skeletal remains of burnt out houses, business places and charred remains of hundreds of vehicles strewn all over. Mercifully, I did not come across any human remains. Probably, they had already been removed. Nonetheless, the cruel scenes conjured up images of brutal attacks on hundreds of Tamils who were hacked to death or burnt alive.

Conclusion

In 2009, the Vanni war witnessed acts of consummate savagery committed by the government forces in furtherance of their genocidal campaign against Tamils. Tens of thousands of  Tamil civilians had perished at the hands of the security forces in the “No-fire Zones” in Mullivaikal. Post-war postures of the SB political class  have increasingly become belligerent. If our collective memory serves us right, we have heard them striking quite a conciliatory note in the face of LTTE’s destructive and formidable firepower. Of course, SB leaders had always been impervious to the sober entreaties of our erstwhile leader S.J.V. Chelvanayakam, but had readily understood and were more responsive to Prabakaran’s lingua franca!  

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    The Rajapaksas are primed to return with renewed vigour and vengeance.
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    If they do, I surmise that we may be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, finally.

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      Surely, Nathan, you can’t be serious!
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      This has to be sarcasm on your part.
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      Karikalan S. Navaratnam doesn’t seem to have been sarcastic. He has told us what really happened from July 1983 onwards in the entire country. However, I was in Peradeniya University at the time, and we realised then what was going to happen throughout the country. That was on the 11th of March 1983. This is not something that I have begun to say only now. I will demonstrate that to you later today.
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      As a Sinhalese, I hang my head in shame. I beg forgiveness of my Tamil-speaking fellow citizens (that includes the Muslims). But that is the past.
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      What do we do next week, when we can decide the future of the country? Don’t believe this theory about all of us Sinhalese being congenitally racist.
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      It is essentially the “Sinhalese masses” who will elect the next government. At least now, make an effort to persuade them to vote for more decent people. You can’t get that done by going on slandering them.
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      How are we to achieve that?
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      My 200 words may be up now. I shall continue.

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        Dear Sinhala_Man, I was serious!

        I meant exactly what I had said. We will be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel!
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        If the Rajapaksas return with renewed vigour and vengeance, would that not draw the attention of interested parties beyond our shores.
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        The way things are moving, that looks like the only answer!

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          “If the Rajapaksas return with renewed vigour and vengeance, would that not draw the attention of interested parties beyond our shores.”
          PIPE DREAMS

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      Nathan, the light at the end of the tunnel will be a train coming in the other direction. Escape if you can.

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    Karikalan S. Navaratnam,
    What the hell you mean by “These tribal forces are led primarily by the Rajapaksas,”?

    Rajapakses do not lead ‘Tribal Forces’. They lead a well disciplined and highly efficient ‘Forces’ that defeated LTTE Tamil terrorist barbarians.
    Tribal people try to grab territory belong to others by slaughtering them. It is Malabar Vellala Demala politicians who are the descendants of Dravida slaves that have the tribal mentality. They led a tribal force called ‘Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam’ to slaughter Native Sinhalayo in order to grab the land of Sinhalayo in North and East using a bogus claim ‘Traditional Homeland’.
    North-East of Sinhale was where Sinhala Kingdoms Anuradhapuara and Polonnaruwa that were destroyed by ‘Para’ Dravida invaders existed.

    Please mind your language!

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      Eagle,
      If you are so concerned about the good name of your Native Sinhalayo, why not look into the plight of your female Sinhalayo who are being tear-gassed in Jordan by evil Muslims? Why is your heroic Sinhala Buddhist government not bringing them home? The Indians may not have toilets, but they brought back 14000 in one day.
      Is your pet government afraid of Muslims?

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        old codger

        Please go soft on Eagle Eye.
        Now it appears the Sinhala/Buddhists have numerous versions of their history even Eagle Eye is confused as to his own origin. He cannot remember whether his mother’s family lived next to a Pansala, Temple, Mosque, Church or grocery shop owned by a Tamil/Muslim, maybe next to a shop owned by aTamil from one of those Northern islands, selling Jaffna Cigars.

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          Jaffna cigars? What are you hinting at, Native? I am confused. Of course you have to cut the tip off a Jaffna cigar. Are you suggesting ……?? ?

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        old codger

        “why not look into the plight of your female Sinhalayo who are being tear-gassed in Jordan by evil Muslims? “

        If those women folks are brought back, who is going pay for Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye’s three meals and drinks?

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    A Painful flashback !

    Where neither transitional justice nor retroactive justice

    Is it possible to forgive, forget, and move forward?

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    The intention of these articles is to keep on reminding the International Community that Sinhala Buddhists are violent people who discriminate and slaughter Tamil minority. But the truth is completely different.

    Dravida (Tamil) invaders from Hindusthan (now India) invaded Sinhale (now Sri Lanka) 52 times to colonize this country and slaughtered Sinhala Buddhists before Europeans colonized this country.
    During colonial rule, they brought Tamil slaves from Hindusthan and flooded this country changing the demographic composition. During British rule, a small section of Tamils called Vellala who claim that they belong to a higher caste than low caste Dalit Tamils became bosom pals of British and entered the Government service in large numbers and oppressed Native Sinhalayo.
    After independence, mostly Christian Sinhala ‘Kalu Suddas governed the country while Vellala Tamils ruled the country because all the top positions in the Government was held by Vellala Tamils. The head of the only bank was a Tamil who denied credit to Sinhala entrepreneurs.
    As a result of certain measures taken by Sinhalayo to gain independence in real sense after defeating ‘Kalu Suddas’ in 1956, Vellala Tamils lost some of the privileges they enjoyed. One of the thing that affected them was ‘Standardization’ introduced for the benefit of Sinhala, Demala and others in areas where education facilities were poor to enter the university.

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      Eagle,
      “The intention of these articles is to keep on reminding the International Community that Sinhala Buddhists are violent people who discriminate and slaughter Tamil minority. “
      If you read your own Mahavamsa, you can decide how peaceful your Sinhalayo have been. Most of the ancient kings came to power by murdering their fathers, brothers, or other relatives. Correct me if I am wrong.

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        OC
        Your point taken, in context.
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        But I wonder if any other hereditary monarchy been very different.

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          S.J,
          Yes, all monarchies do this. But then they don’t claim to be protecting pristine Buddhism.

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            OC
            Every foul murder in the quest for power had a divine purpose.
            Others perhaps had other sacred things to protect.
            (In fairness, Kasyapa was among killers for power who did not justify their acts in terms of protecting the Buddha Sasana.)
            Much of the rationalization, I fear, was by vested interests.

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      My friend, you must be somewhat tired of spewing so much venom for so long. Just tell me as a Buddhist Sinhala gentleman what would happen, if fate has its way, you are born into Vellala Tamil family in your next arrival. I suppose you will be spewing against the Sinhalas. I strongly recommend you to read so good books on history. You will be feel less agitated.

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        … To Eagle Eye.

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          Fairmindedone,
          You should have told this to your Vellala friends in Tamil Diaspora when they carried out a vicious propaganda campaign all over the world against Sri Lanka, Sinhala Buddhists and Sri Lanka Armed Forces to tarnish the image and humiliate using blatant lies. Even now they do that.
          I am not spewing venom. I am telling the truth but for racist separatist Vellala Tamils truth is a bitter pill to swallow.

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    If an India-Pakistan (on the Pakistan side) or Pakistan-Bangladesh or Turkey-Armenia type of partition happened in 1983, it would have saved both groups, 100,000+ lives, billions of dollars worth money and a lot more. Both nations Sinhala only nation and Tamil Elam would have done better. If you add both Indian and Pakistani soldiers’ deaths since 1947 it is smaller than SL war casualties. Good fences make good neighbors.

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      G
      I am not sure what you mean by “Turkey-Armenia type of partition”.
      The other two are clearly partitions, although under different circumstances.
      This is to clear a doubt.
      I have only heard of Turkey-Armenia war and the Armenian genocide.

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      Dear Gatam

      India and Pakistan are nuclear enemies…..and the coast of this is beyond normal human comprehension and the entire event can all engulf our life too should they choose to have a full scale war, this is in addition to the millions of life lost during the partition itself. Kashmir/Punjab has lost lot life’s due to warring Into/Pakistan issues? the human coast/loss of peace time/operational coast can feed the entire Indian Continent. The Bangaladesh war consumed more than enough for any mans life time. The millions left as a destitute/stateless/no Nationality/no passport/no iC’s in the Indian/Bangladeshi boarder after the Pakistan/Bangladesh war the world has not discussed yet.

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        All the border controls/the entire borders being armed to the teeth with men standing by for very many years has financial and human coast you are me can not measure. All this is when the entire Indian continent and her masses has to work around the world at all level to survive loosing the meaning off living…..what you meant is Palestine/Boarder fences/Walls and ever so shrinking spaces where we kill each other for ever?? whoever end up in the sea which would have polluted and filthy by then anyway and no good for any life in it??

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          Dear Gatam

          Just because FP/ITAK/TULF/TNA says so does not mean we give?? The question is why we needed the Federalism/Separatism in the first place?? Started a journey somewhere elese (Indian workers in Upcountry..Sinhala Mans heart land) and ended up dragging the entire population to the gutters. When they were rejected by the people of Jaffna they have collaborated (TC and FP) to create new ventures and found the next generations susseptible to emotions were played + connived by the Indians (against all the International Law) the results are summarised above in the article. Why the young had issues because none of the FP elected delivered nothing for their constituents for the first 50 years of the Independence as MP’s…a crime against humanity. Jaffna Killing Fields 1970-1977-1981 will resolve this.

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    Dear Mr KSN
    Thank you.
    Love to make a proposition that is for us to sit down and rewrite a comprehensive milestones of all events inclusive of all that really happened in our Nation. Fully respect your briefings highlight your side for the story. This has never and will contain the full story of our Nation nor will it bring justice to each and everyones aspirations/dreams/life/arms/limbs that has all been taken away in this war.
    I am not sure of your audience but the audience should be only us the Sri Lankans first and foremost and cause the rest of the world thereafter as we are the ones paid price. Let us lay It all in front of us and sit down and discuss matters can only result in any form of progress be it for your party and the folks you want to represent/Nation/Geo Political needs as we as a Nation is in the grip of a “new” Cold War scenarios too.
    Future planning of the Nation is not just about the past but about the current realities too. But to move forward we need to account for all human rights violations/lives that was lost from North to South and East to West.

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    Let us lay It all in front of us and sit down and discuss matters can only result in any form of progress be it for your party and the folks you want to represent/Nation/Geo Political needs as we as a Nation is in the grip of a “new” Cold War scenarios too.
    Future planning of the Nation is not just about the past but about the current realities too. But to move forward we need to account for all human rights violations/lives that was lost from North to South and East to West.
    Let us also pay important emphasis on what did really happen in Jaffna 1970-1977-1981 and the same JVP records we need too for down South. The GOSL/LTTE events are reasonably mapped but we could improve I agree.
    We need an impotent bench marking of records/volumes created by us where nothing is pushed under the carpet and is a collective recording without any prejudices to any parties. Most of all I want to record every day of this history how each and every party responded to fellow mans death does not matter who that was.

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    On a personal note and nothing personal against you as is my nation too we are discussing.

    For the GOSL to reach out to you first and foremost you need to reach out to your opponents in North and East and ask how they perceive the problems should have been the Natural progression for a party specially with the history as we know them?? The voting / selections/ victories and local ambience in which we having to think for such future… is based on the above facts that went from one liner to the huge amalgamation as you have rightfully listed?? None of which you have kindly listed happened in one day?? it happened over time and you have been party to the milestones/events you have listed since Independence should triggered some trouble shooting within your party by now?? It is not happening and why please??

    The reason where we are is because your party has not thought through enough to make such calls as Federalism/Separatism/Federalisms put forward to the masses for election victories you have sighted as a Mandate. Such life changing events were never discussed with the public at the grass root level in a constructive manner to date..

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    The reason where we are is because your party has not thought through enough to make such calls as Federalism/Separatism/Federalisms put forward to the masses for election victories you have sighted as a Mandate. Such life changing events were never discussed with the public at the grass root level in a constructive manner to date…why this was not a democratic/constructive event will become clearer if we do the above above exercise. We have been hit with the realities some of which you have listed above and not all is my point.

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    SLFP/SLPP/UNP/JVP…….and all other National parties do not prevent Tamils from being the members of the party? I suggest the respective parties make the TV appeals to all the minority to join them as members not just vote for them in elections???

    Is the membership reflected in the Minority party voting percentage?? meaning TNA percentage vorte reflects the the num per of members officials registered with the party?? no wonder people are not participating in party meetings/selections/manifestos…is the few doing it again and again? is it democratic???

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    I think in addition to language/religious/race parties banned we should ensure the party membership are taken note of so people are not just elating voters but give themselves and opportunity to get to know the party operations internally?? observe if they are democratic/carry any clarity or some core group running the entire show closed doors?? under the disguise of the democracy?? we need to educate our people to show the power of democracy not by asking them fight for causes but get involved in party politics on a daily basis to policy making/there daily needs/candidate selection/leadership selection/how the party will conduct itself during the campaign meetings not committing thuggery on the opponents too..because they are all still part of the same community??

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    Dear Mr KSN

    Is it possible that now having listed all the misery that took place under your “parties watch” your party FP/TULF/TNA vacate the space and give the playing fields to the National parties and let the people choose what they want please?? Give them a break from your leadership that you have given them for the past 70 years from zero death to few hundred thousands as you have kindly listed we agree. I have always been a believer we should have graph showing the death rate in the country from 1948 to 2009. It will simply illustrate the discussion without further a do.

    It is not just about the people in the North and East but also the rest of the Nation needs the elected to focus on serving them too without wasting the parliament time?? Try to join a National party and be elected as the MP’s for Upcountry Tamils / Sinhalese and the Muslims too will be a great liberating experience for you?? You have always stated your war is not against the Sinhalese people (whilst killing their sons and daughters) and now is a great time to show them that you mean what you say please?

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    Under your watch – I had victims all around me……..Since 1970 my Father has to serve his people under the bullets/stones/abuse where were you all? your party has asked the traitors to be killed publicly naming them all?? your leader built statues for the gunmen?? your paper written hate after hate about what?? want to know what your party did when my neighbours came in body bags from the South? after your 1977 Separatism and the 1983 killing of the GOSL soldiers, I had many children belongs to various armed groups killed each other trained in India want to know what you did to tell the world of the monstrous event, have you published the records to the world??no no wrote fobs and lies and fabrications and reasons for their death and misery???

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    I will tell you some more I have also lost a classmate of mine who was in the Tigers left the group in 80’s to States and recently returned to SL and committed suside…….he is my age we studied together?? my teachers were killed?? my other friends were killed and Hung on posts?? lot more I will not waste this space?? where were you all?? attending funerals?? supporting families?? publishing articles condemning the killings and guiding the children not to harm others in a democracy?? where were you all?? running around the world (flying freely in and out of the airports??) telling the same stories of the Sinhalese crimes?? stage after stage “RATHA pOTTU” correct??

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    I will title the Jaffna Killing Fields 1970-1977-1981 as the Ratha Pottu Killers (blood dot on your leaders foreheads in a democracy??) is it how you party ended up making a River of Blood speech in Colombo after the 1977 elections and before the 1977 riots?? Did you tell this to the wrold/UN??

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    Ratha Pottue is the a guy gets on the stage and cut himself and take the blood and put it on the forehead of the TULF leaders to say he will die for the FP/ITAK/TULF cause meetings after meetings. You want to talk about Hizbullah??This needs separate investigations by The Hague.

    Indians only need to focus on getting the documentation of the arming/training the names of the camps the trainers to The Hague….not interested in any other statements/books/writings/diplomacy. India is for Indians and Sri Lanka is for Sri Lankans. China is for Chinese and the same to the rest too. All are welcome to do business with as they all have been doing thriving businesses from Singapore/Malaysia/Tamil Nadu to the west and the east whilst asking the Jaffna kids to die???? Explain this ion The Hague please. Indians were training the Jaffna children well before the 1977 and 1983 Riots.

    FP/TULF created the LTTE and things went wrong they ditch them too and gone to GOSL protection?? no shame on you to stand in the parliament and tell the Nation you had nothing to do with LTTE??

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    Late Hon Premadasa at my Fathers funeral who paid tribute to him in his home in Karainagar with several Hon Ministers including Hon Thondaman risking their life. Where were you in the Funeral please????

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    Little you all know after the election losses in Jaffna in 1977 my Father went to Madras University to do his thesis and seen our Jaffna children in huge numbers there has affected him so much so he returned to stand in the DDC elections to save his children from the death as you have correctly summarised in your writeup.

    This is a materdum at a different level a “Son of Jaffna” and a patriotic GOSL soldier “who will never allow his fellow man to walk alone” at any coast died to save the Nation before the rest you described come upon our people………..I hope you consider a new path that will never allow us to write our own history in this manner again would be a very progressive event in any mans life correct?

    You should take this opportunity to disband the party/name/history and come up with a new party with Greener credentials/science and technology emphasis for a sustainable future (we have huge vacuum in our country for this scope) and make yourself relevant. Invite all the capable to come and create a National program for all and field candidates throughout the country. It is about time people down south heard a Tamil man speaks for their future too.

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    Dear Editor, please provide an opportunity TV to write piece in your paper; better urge him to write a book in his own real name; he may find some peace and would leave some bytes for just comments.

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      TV writes in his own name.
      Otherwise yours is fair comment.

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