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Blackmailing The Tamils: Rejoinder To Jayantha Gunasekara, PC

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Mr Jayantha Gunasekara PC has sought to refute my criticism of his recent piece which appeared in the Features page of the Daily News, of Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 under the caption ‘TNA! POLICE POWERS A WAY TO HURT WESTERN PROVINCE TAMILS’ and bore the subheading ‘Catering to LTTE Diaspora’. In his reply, Mr Gunasekara PC has helpfully provided his bio-data too.

Having read his original article I had raised two questions. They were and are:

  • Are the Tamils of the Western Province regarded as potential hostages in the event of a TNA victory in the Northern Provincial Council and a legitimate assertion of Constitutional rights by that Council?
  • Is a veiled threat being issued through the state media that Tamils in the Western Province will be targeted if the TNA and the Northern Provincial Council do not behave with due obsequiousness?

In that article Mr Gunasekara PC, wrote: “…Tamils who live in the Western province will have to exert pressure on the TNA, not to endanger their businesses, their properties and their liberty by the TNA catering to the LTTE diaspora agenda, for a mess of pottage.

It is common knowledge that the TNA do not represent the Sri Lanka Tamils…

…They are instructed as to the manner in which they should act, to achieve a SEPARATE STATE OF TAMIL EELAM, through Police and Land Powers. This is High Treason.” 

These allegations are utterly unsubstantiated. While I have been on more occasions than not, a critic of the TNA (most recently about their possible interface with the TGTE), it cannot be said that the TNA which creditably won a popular vote in the army controlled North and parts of the East, “does not represent the Sri Lanka Tamils.” While it may not represent the Tamils outside the North and East, it is certainly the pre-eminent democratic representative of the Tamil people of those areas. Nor can it be proved that the TNA members “are instructed” by anyone, leave alone to “act to achieve a separate state of Tamil Eelam”. Surely Mr Gunasekara PC should know that some shred of evidence must be provided for such drastic accusations. Still less can it be proved that this is achievable or that the TNA strives to achieve “a separate state of Tamil Eelam through land and police powers”.

Let us return to the original article of Jayantha Gunasekara PC. He wrote:

Let them not endanger the lives of and property of Colombo Tamils and the peace-loving Northern Tamils, who have heaved a sigh of relief, that at long last they have been released from under the jackboots of the LTTE, with the end of the war in 2009.Statistics indicate that of the 11 per cent Tamils of Sri Lankan origin, 4 per cent are scattered mainly in the Western countries. Of the balance 7 per cent, one half are living in Colombo and the WP. Only a MINISCULAR live in the North and East!

Among those who live in the South are professionals – lawyers, doctors, engineers, accountants. Many are in the corporate sector occupying high positions as chairmen of conglomerates. Quite a number are in business. Most of the imports such as sugar, potatoes, dhal, onions etc are in the hands of Tamil businessmen. All these Tamils function without any hindrance from the Central Government or the majority community. We wish to tell the TNA, do not draw hatred towards all Tamils by your communal minded attitude.”

Let us focus closely: “… All these Tamils function without any hindrance from the Central Government or the majority community. We wish to tell the TNA, do not draw hatred towards all Tamils by your communal minded attitude.”

Is this a warning that a Western PC with land and police powers may make inroads into the property of Tamils in the province? Hardly! It is explicit and blood curdling: “do not draw hatred towards all Tamils by your communal minded attitude…” And who is referred to in the immediately preceding sentence as holding the destiny of “all Tamils” – or perhaps Western Province Tamils—in their palm? Precisely “the Central Government or the majority community.”

The message is clear and it is a two pronged threat. The TNA is The Enemy.  Far more Tamils live outside the North. Their “lives and property” stand in jeopardy and are actually or potentially hostage to good behaviour as perceived by the state and Sinhala society. What is on display here is a hysterical demonization—an ‘ Othering’ – which is the same sort of thing that Cyril Mathew used to do in the parliament and through his publications distributed through direct mail with a Ministry of Industries seal.

Jayantha Gunasekara, PC wants an island-wide Referendum. It does not seem to have occurred to him that such a referendum would clearly reveal a split between the North and east and the rest of the country. The North and east would vote one way, the Southern two thirds another. This would reconstitute the political map of the merged North-East at the very least. It would also be a reconstitution of the map of Tamil Eelam. Mr Gunasekara’s referendum on the 13th amendment could also be a referendum in the North and East for a re-merger and even Tamil Eelam.

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    The solution is for Civil Society groups and opposition to draft and submit a BILL ON THE PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION OF MULTICULTURALISM AND PREVENTION OF INCITEMENT TO RELIGIOUS AND ETHNIC HATRED and lobby the Minister for National Languages and Social Integration to table and have it passed in Parliament.
    Today only the Rajapassa regime brings Bills to Parliament and passes the most retrograde Bills – the opposition has done nothing constructive in the Parliament – to build bi-partisan consensus to protect and preserve MULTICULTURALISM which is under attack from Gota the Goon’s DEEP STATE that is consolidating his military dictatorship with funding from the WORLD BANK to the Urban Development Authority run by Defense Ministry – that is shifting out all mosques, churches and kovils from anywhere there is a Bo tree or a racist Buddhist monk sits..

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      Good idea Janaka, except the Lanka parliament- opposition and proposition alike – is full of self-serving morons, thieves, thugs, criminals and dead leftists politicians like Vasudeva Nanayakkara – so-called Minister of Social Integration, who talked about bring a Bill Against Hate Speech and then buried it on Gota the Goon’s and MR’s instructions..

      As for RW well we know that he is busy fighting with this own party members – never mind bi-partisan legislation.. JVP really is far better these days!

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        Mr MR is the smartest con-man Sri Lanka has ever produced.

        American saying goes: Everyone has a price. Yankees showed a carrot of US$ 3 million to Lee Kuan Yew when he became chief minister the first time: Of course, LKY wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole – result Singapore is a 1st world country today.

        MR has learned the trick from his years of experience since when young MR was in remand for murder: He was released for lack of evidence it seems! He has learned from various former regimes how money is honey to attract bees from the opposition.

        Now UNP-, CWC-, and so many other turn-coats have come into his fold to keep sucking the honey. I don’t know what carrot he showed the TNA, but I hope and pray that they are made of steel like LKY.

        MR is the master of the money machine: To make it in abundance, and use it effectively to the benifit of his clan!

        If Vasudeva Nanayakara can’t even get a trivial thing such as a name “Tamil Sangam lane” for a road in Colombo implemented, do you think he can get an act passed in parliament? They all all intoxicated with honey – I’m sure it tastes and smells like Manuka!

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    Now Dayan’s conscience seems to be prevailing!

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      Yeah, well, that conscience must have been prevailing when I was a founder member of the Movement for Interracial Justice and Equality ( MIRJE) in 1979, was indicted under the PTA together with EPRLF leader K Pathmanabha in 1987, was elected Chairperson/Rapporteur of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the United Nations’ Durban Declaration & Program of Action against Racism, Racial Intolerance, Xenophobia and Related Forms of Intolerance in 2008-9, and wrote in support of the full and speedy implementation of the 13th amendment in mid-2009 while still ambassador…and was promptly recalled.

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        what exactly did this MIRJE do? Just a organization that allowed you to be the “head” and stroke your inflated ego?
        Care to give any PRACTICAL examples of what this MIRJE actually did? Was it a “fun” meet up that met once in a while to have tea and “marie” biscuits and talk??

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        Dayan:
        Every time I see some kind of forgiveness for you looming on the horizon from those who’ve watched your partnership with the most corrupt and violent bunch to rule this country, you go and ruin it with your arrogance and empty boasts that mean so damned little. As the late Udurawana would have said, “Monkey presing (sic) his own tail!”

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          Well said Dayan

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        Wow what a great achievement DJ! At such a early age you had the foresight to see through what was going to happen. But then you ended up with the same lot!

        How did you end up with Premadasa?

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          He endede up with everyone in power; Perumal, Premadasa, Chandrika, Mahinda. How? What next? love you dayan.

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        For a change and rare occasion I agree with DJ the biggest political chameleon in SL together with the other “Para-site” Rajiva Wijesinghe who both have enjoyed prominence in national and international forum.

        the latter calls himself English professor in some Sabragamuwa Estate Province where there can’t be 100 students in the Final year and even have a Master’s programe. What a freaking joke.

        Returning to this never heard of Jayantha Gunasekera and DJ, both are Singhala racist-chauvinist extremist and leftist-communist, JVP Sinhala terrorist, and had close working relationship with many Tamil qusiling groups attached to RAW in India. Not quite certain about JG’s relationship with the quisling groups, and nobody cares a shit about this guy/attorney.

        DJ was a very close buddy of Varatharajaperumal I repeat. Then the RAW helped him to illegally travel to India and hide there. Lol. What a political “Chameleon and hypocrite????” He was also licking the dirty slippers of the Rajapakse slippers for a few years. Now the R brothers have realized the “true colors” of DJ and won’t touch him with a barge pole which has led him to write profusely pretending to be a scholar? Ah? Scholar in what?

        As for Singhala State terrorist and racist possibly attacking Tamil assets (Including mine in Colombo) is nothing but a racist threat. I will detail in more detail later.

        DJ and JG bring it on providing the funds for the kerosene oil and petrol to the Singhal street thugs and gangs.. This time the consequences and ramifications will be totally different. But Sinhala assets in the north will not come under attack. Cannot be certain with the greedy Sinhala settlers and colonist. Gotha might have to increase another brigade or two from Nilawelli, Manal Oya, Mullivaikaal, Thalayadi, Valligamam, Mathagal, Nachikudah and Pesalai. This time Muslims will join the Tamils to help in whatever way they need help especially in areas like in the Mannaar and Vavuniya district. lol. Bring it on if you have the …Alls. LMAO.

        Donald Gnanakone
        Tamils For Justice.

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          Dayan, you just ignore this megalomanic Donald Gnanakone.

          Donald Gnanakone and [Edited out]

          These are arrogant creature.

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          Jayantha Gunasekara is just another Sinhala-Buddhist racist like a few others. Do you think any Tamil will bother to even read what this racist writes? There was a time in the early eighties when thugs like Cyril Matthew were able to threaten and even frighten the Tamils in the South because at that time the Tamil issue was a domestic affair and we all know how the country went 50 years backwards due to the July ’83. Today it is a totally different story, for every minor incident happening in Sri Lanka (eg. Gampaha & Grandpass) the whole world is concerned. The Tamil issue is not a domestic issue any more. From Tamil Nadu to India to USA to Japan, the whole world will get involved. Unlike the LTTE which was a banned Terrorist organization around the world, the Sri Lankan Tamil issue is an International issue. In fact, Jayantha Gunasekara racist but stupid utterance will only help the Tamils for a separate Eelam. I am sure the Tamil Diaspora will love to have more and more such Jayantha Gunasekaras in Sri Lanka, a short cut to separation.

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        Why make this totally unknown racist famous by responding to his article? Such people should be ignored because his kind of article is not going to have any impact. Tamils in Colombo are well aware that the government cannot afford another July ’83. People like Jayantha Gunasekara are just a few dogs barking at the moon just to become popular. Not a single Tamil will be concerned about the rubbish that he utters. Why make him popular?

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        May I suggest that you grow out of past ‘diplomatic’ positions. You were never a career dip0lomat and your appointments at Genewa and France will always stink of political patronage.

        Why are you trying to paint a picture of a career diplomat,trying to overcome the irrelevance syndrome and to secure another appointments?

        Those days are over and do not overestimate your own greatness.

        The country knows the zigzag history and credibility is a problem.

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    its always refreshing to see Dayans arguments which are analytical and can cut opponents theory to pieces (not that i always agreee with Dayan) unlike jokers like Rajpal or Malinda who earn their ‘buth packet’ by writing hossanahs to the Govt

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    India cannot not invade SL without suffering at the hands of China and Pakistan. An Indian invasion will wipe out Tamil presence in the island. Lets not live in a dream world. Get real. We need peace not invasions. Invasion leads to extinction.

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      Who gives you all such stupid versions? Was china interfered when pakistan was split into two? Was it supportive to pakistan in 1999 during kargil war? both India and china knows how to play with small neighbours like yours.They always use you for proxy gain but never interfere directly against their interest. India not invading SL, not because of xy factor rather it is for its own self interest.

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        Correction :To be read as ” Did china interfere”

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          Stateless people!

          No “maanam” (Tamilian word) whatsoever.

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        Have you forgotten the disaster in Nanthikadal in just 4 years?

        South India is just 40km away.

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        With a 260,000 army armed to the teeth, who needs China?

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          Muliwaykal alias Fathima, BS, your army is a coward who can show courage only to those who are stripped off arms by another country or against 18 year old unarmed boy, when it sees real army, will run like rat like it did for good 30 years till 2009 when 9 countries supported it.

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      If India invade, will the Muslims go to Pakistan or Bangladesh? Arabs never accept Muslims refugees from Sri lanka because they are “Fakirs”(Beggers) to them.

      China never come and fight for the Sri Lankans. So, dont make stupid comments.

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      Fathima:

      You must be joking. China’s trade with India would be a far more concern than coming to the plight of blockaded SL. Not that India would gallantly charge at the slightest provocation, and also it will be in India’s interest to settle any dispute amicably with a little bit of arm-twisting. Would Pakistan give a reason to India to launch an offensive in the form of standing beside SL? I doubt very much. The issue is not the attack per se, but your perverted logic that the best-man and the bridesmaid would dash to SL’s aid in a supposedly confrontation with India.

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    Come on Dayan, I don’t agree most of your writings. Now you are taking a most dangerous path, Be careful. Make sure your safety….good luck.

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    It is common knowledge that persons with the name Jayantha Gunasekera are instructed by the Flying Spaghetti Monster to write lies in the daily noise.

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    Now Dayan is showing to all , his change in attitude to scare the right people just to get his old or better job back. An absolute opportunist.

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    Well Dayan,

    Where exactly was that conscience when finally it dawned on you “how must that state have treated the Tamils in the closing stages of the war,….” especially given your principal role in blocking any accountability investigations (remember “the majority don’t care a damn” comment?) four years ago?

    Doesn’t your conscience dictate that you owe a huge apology, now that you have lately realized “accountability is a moral imperative”?

    Dayan, a true intellect can recognize unfairness even when it is imposed on others – any idiot can recognize it when it is brought to his own door step! So, waking up to reality now and whining, only after it began biting you in the rear does little to help – it is far too late.

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      He is a hypocrite

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      Kumar:
      You are dead right!

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    Its time Jayantha Gunasekera realizes that when TNA under the leadership of Justice Wigneswaran wins Northern PC, it will be a stepping stone for TNA to brand itself as a National Alliance and not a Regional Alliance and consider contesting in many other parts of the country. This can be easily done in the Western, Eastern and Central PCs. There will be no other PC politician in the caliber of Wigneswaran who would have raised the bar so high that it would change the political landscape in Sri Lanka, not only in PC politics but in national politics as well.

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    It looks like that the Government has launched a psychological warfare against the Tamils and the Muslims while the Sinhalese are being duped by hinting that the Tamils and the Muslims are a threat to the Sinhalese.The objective is nothing but to remain in power as long as possible.

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      That’s exactly the TRUTH & ESSENCE of the matter Punchisingho.

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    Park or what – I beg your pardon………..
    There should be no “when” but it should be a big “IF” TNA under Vigs wins NPC………………
    What makes you think Vignesh will win ?? Are you hallucinating in a Park?

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    No one should unduly criticize Dayan. Do not harp on the past. Dayan is now really wants to play his part well and share his knowledge with the rest of us. We should never criticize him saying he is a hypocritical, there are so many others who deserve this title.
    We should encourage Daya to speak to the world through the CT. There are many civil rights movements in the world, which honors Dayan, let him reach out to them for the benefit of the entire Sri Lankans. Dayan go ahead do not get dismayed by criticism of people who do not like you. You have a sterling character like your father.
    Those who love justice and fair play are with you.

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      Ayesha,

      Your argument will carry some weight if Dayan would show sincerity by apologizing.

      He needs to apologize for taking the lead in blocking the accountability hearings four years ago. He obviously did that in ignorance, because he has now confessed that “accountability is indeed a moral imperative”. Further, he himself now wonders “how must that state have treated the Tamils in the closing stages of the war,….”!

      Can you give any reason why such an apology is not appropriate to establish genuine sincerity?

      Dayan also owes an apology to all Sri Lankans because without his covering the rear end of the Rajapaksa brothers, this country would not have deteriorated to the current despicable, rogue state in the eyes of the world. He was instrumental to the downfall.

      Instead, he still drumbeats about his “win at Geneva” – that is what makes it difficult to place trust and not harp on his past. First he needs to show remorse for his past rather than boast about it. Do you think that it is not a fair call?

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      “No one should unduly criticize Dayan.”
      Let sleeping dogs lie low. The school teacher hypocrite has buffalo hide send him to the ICC.

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      Has he apologized for his part in 2 genocidal Singhala governments? No. Then how can he trust him?

      He started as a communist activist. Then he betrayed them and joined the capitalist government. Then he supported Tamilian nationalists. Then joined the Rajapaksha government during the most brutal stage of the war. Now he has jumped ship again.

      Trust him at your peril!

      He is leading Tamils to extinction.

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    Who cares about what this unknown nobody Jayantha Gunasekera has to say about the TNA or who the tamil people should vote for. There are many Sinhala racists writing threatening articles in the Sri Lankan and the e-press directed at the tamils and their intention to elect a TNA led provincial council in the North. The tamils are generally ignoring these racist morons and will elect the TNA overwhelmingly, without a doubt.

    There are many valid points in Dayan’s response but these will fall on the deaf ears of the racists. My advice to him is to ignore these racist morons and not waste any more time or energy is responding to every Tom, Dick and Harry who criticises his writings.

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    Jayantha Gunasekera is very disappointing for a P.C. By writing his article he has exposed himself as a first class bigot. Has he no shame to obliquely threaten Tamils? Is he one who enjoyed the spectacle of Tamil people being killed in 1983? Disgraceful racist. May you lose all your cases.

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    Dayan Jayathilake:

    Don’t you think it is stupid to argue on hypothetical grounds. I say, Mr, Jayantha Gunasekara has talked about possibilities and probabilities. If you could prove it that is very much the reality or the practical truth.

    You are just trying to make hay out of nothing.

    Don’t you think you are sort of cheap ? You do this always.

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    There was a time when Q.Cs and J.Ps were respected by the society. At the beginning P.C.s were to some extent persons of recognised talent in their profession but soon persons who had never appeared in a case in a court or only appeared in Tribunals were made PCs due to political influence. With that they lost their respect. Nowadays the P.C.s do not demand the respect of even a Lawyer who took oaths the previous day. So one need not bother about this PC. On another point, he has said that if (Land and)the Police powers are given to Provincial Councils there will be no law and order. But when 17A was in place with Mr.Ranjith Abeysuriya as the Chairman of the (independent)Police Commission appointed by the independent Constitutional Council, the Police did behave. If Justice(Rtd.) Wigneswaran (whose name was proposed to be a member of the Constitutional Council before various excuses were made to get rid of the 17A and finally abandoned through passing 18A, I am sure he will show how to make the Police behave and maintain Law and Order (given the Police powers to the (Northern)Provincial Council. Yes, a person like Mr.Najib Majeed C:M:of the Eastern Provincial Council or that of many others can not do it. So people like JG should work to raise the standard of the Provincial Councillors and also work towards repealing 18A and bring back 17A to make democracy work rather than threatening Tamils living in the Western Province.

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    Tamils are already black. No need to blacken them any further.

    Lets also talk about the 2 Black Augusts. August 1977 when Tamilians genocided the Sinhalese and August 1990 when Tamilians genocided the Muslims from the north.

    These people are still not resettled.

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    Could Vellala Wiggy as CM be the Solution?

    Can he steer the Northereners clear of the road blocks from the Diaspora?.

    Has the Diaspora already stiched up a deal with the new allies , LTTE proxies Sambandan and Sumanathiran?

    Wiggy doesn’t carry any LTTE baggage,

    He would have been probably on LTTE marksmens’ radar,But he was careful enough not to upset Prabakaran.

    Which is understandable.

    Wiggy as CM will have the resources available to him ,if his primary concern is the welfare and wellbieng of the inhabitants in the North.

    The 300000 ex captives in particualr.

    With the Economy there growing at a unbelievable rate of 20% , he can restore the well off there to their past glory in a very short time as the inabitants of the second richest city.

    Education, Hospitals, Transport are already there for him to fine tune and improve further.

    Ex Captives and their kids need these fscilities more than anything else.

    Yaldevi is already in Killinochhi.

    It is only a matter of months before the fellow Vellalas in Colombo can book a sleeping berth all the way to Jaffna City.

    These are just a sprinke of the possibilities which are abound to make Jaffna the Economic power house it used to be.

    He can also stuff it up. big time if he is forced by the TNA Learship. who have alread made comments like no “Chinese in the North” ,” no Freeway to Jaffna”, “No Miltary bases”, and “No Sinhala settlements”.

    And to top it all. the Leader and the Deputy are in Cananda, which is the second strongest stronhold of the LTTE next to England, collecting funds.

    Are they seeking funds to replace the Chinese?..

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    As someone neutral in this tiff between M/s. Jayatilake and Gunasekera – and more so as a Tamil – if the latter intended or not, there is sufficient room in his article to believe this is a veiled threat to Tamils of a repeat of 7/83 in the event of a TNA victory in the upcoming polls in the North Sept 21. What Mr G does, in other words, is try to unduly use pressure the Tamil voters from voting the TNA in. This may have been inspired by sources close to the regime upon Mr G or on his own volition. It may prove to be intended as badly needed ammunition for the new extreme rabid racialists like the BBS and the various new Senas and Ravayas that the Tamils, their businesses and properties are due for another “picking” soon.

    The liberal democracies in the West place much emphasis in the right of Free Speech and Expression. While they did take action to ban the LTTE on certain issues it may be remembered those sources alleged to be identified with some aspects of LTTE doctrine in the USA, Britian and the EU continue to function in those countries even today – and,
    arguably, have increasing sympathy now of these governments to the plight of the Tamil Nation in Sri Lanka – whose demand of many years remain virtually ignored by the Rajapakses (in a way there is no government in the country now. It is only a family running “the business”) despite the counselling of these countries to be fair by the Tamils. If the Rajapakses and Mangala Samaraweera and friends can surreptitiously hobbknob with Prabakaran, Balasingham and the LTTE at the height of “the War” what is wrong in the TNA men, now visiting the US, talking to the TGTE openly? Of course, they can be harassed and
    questioned by our infamous intelligence agencies on their return but this will be at the expense of both local and international condemnation – a step Mr Kamlesh Sharma, said to be a special friend of the regime, might describe as conforming to “high Commonwealth Principles”

    Senguttuvan

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    A very interesting debate developing without JG PC, the proponent. According to and old timer of the OPA JG PC is very knowledgeable not only in law but also in generation of energy from sea waves and health.

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    Dayan is a policy holder and not like others. He works and writes for the policy he follows.

    He is a voice the Tamils should admire!

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    For those who have memory problems…

    “Pillay said the Sri Lankan government had an obligation to respect humanitarian law at all times, even when fighting terrorism.

    “In no circumstances can the end justify the means,” Pillay said. “There are strong reasons to believe that both sides have grossly disregarded the fundamental principle of the inviolability of civilians.”

    Sri Lankan Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka said it was “outrageous” to suggest the government should be investigated along with the rebels, saying it was like asking the victorious allies of World War II to accept a war crimes tribunal for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

    “Just name me one country in history anywhere in the world … that would embrace such a suggestion,” Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka told The Associated Press. “It’s outrageous. Sri Lanka has just prevailed over a notoriously fanatical and formidable army, the Tamil Tigers.”

    Jayatilleka insisted the conflict was a domestic matter in which other countries had no right to interfere, and denounced the staging of the council meeting.

    He said no other country would accept such “patronizing suggestions and criticism one week after it has won.””

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    Why are you fools– some of you anyway- engagaing in this personal attacks on DJ instead of examining his argumets?
    The Ratnavalli style pf debate seems to be spreadung!!
    Pay attention to Senguttavan’s sober comment.

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