19 September, 2020

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Blood-Stained Hands Of The Regime

By Vishwamithra1984 –

“Fantastic tyrant of the amorous heart. How hard thy yoke, how cruel thy dart. Those escape your anger who refuse your sway, and those are punished most, who most obey.” ~Matthew Prior

There is no escape. Not for anyone who continues to be part and parcel of this administration. The story begins way back in 2009. No. I’m not talking about the war. Over the last thirty years, of course, many hands have been stained with blood; blood of our countrymen and women. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam and their bedfellows of the Tamil ilk on the one hand and Sri Lankan security forces, the Police, Rohana Wijeweera-led Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna in the nineteen eighties were all embroiled in an orgy of violence and killing and a massacre of the members of the Maha Sangha is not being spoken about even as a footnote to this macabre carnages.

Mahinda-GotabhayaThe people got so immune to the flood of violence and became accustomed to random assassinations as just another ‘killing incident’.The list is endless. From Lasantha Wickrematunga’s daytime assassination to the assault on Poddala Jayantha and Upali Tennekoon from amongst media men and women, the killing of Roshana Chanaka and wounding of more than 500 workers in the Free Trade Zone at Katunayake and the Rathupaswela incident where three persons died due to being shot at by the Army while 33 others sustained injuries, also due to shooting by the Army all carry stains of blood of innocent men and women of Sri Lanka. Lasantha Wickrematunga of the Sunday Leader and freelancer Prageeth Ekneligoda stand out as two vanished monuments to the freedom of expression. Whose hands have been dirtied with their blood?

The list of those who were subjected to torture and mayhem at the hands of the Government’s ‘security forces’ is too long to catalogue in one column. Whether these so-called ‘security forces’ came from official or private sources, nobody seems to know for sure. While the cries and screams of those who perished have gone unheard and unheeded, most of those who suffered physical injuries and warnings have fled the country in search of safer shelters. The self-censorship that has been imposed upon themselves by our journalists for the last few years is claiming its victims, candid and honest reporting being one of many.

Disappearance of a number of journalists and human rights activists has occurred. Two human rights campaigners who are also members of the break-away JVP group, the Movement for People’s Struggle went missing in Jaffna; their families and friends still await information about their whereabouts. Lalith Kumar Weeraraj and Kuhan Muruganathan, went missing ironically on the eve of World Human Rights Day, after they left Mr. Muruganathan’s house in Atchuvely, Jaffna. The Government and Police say they are investigating the issue while members of the Movement for People’s Struggle believe they have been abducted. A pattern was emerging that these killings, abductions and intimidations are not only confined to the South but it had begun to engulf the whole country. And whose hands have been dirtied with their blood?

If no journalist or human rights activist is safe, even in the remotest corners of the Island, then there is unquestionably sufficient reason and cause for our civil organizations to be apprehensive and anxious; their strategic moves and agitational campaigns need to be better organized and more scrupulously planned and plotted and leadership made to look more intelligent and caring. While attention should be drawn to the ruthless campaigns of the ruling clan to suppress all opposing factions, an equally ruthless campaign needs to be launched to inform and educate the general public of the dos and don’ts of a responsible and reasonable human community striving to advance in a competitive but chaotic world order.

The latest signal of the Government’s desperation was shown in the most inhuman way when the dry-rations donated by the supporters of General Sarath Fonseka for the victims of the Koslanda landslide tragedy were refused. The sheer venom and anger harbored by the Rajapaksas and making the victims of a national tragedy become hostage to such venom and anger is beyond the pale. Another example of the Government’s panic is shown in the way Venerable Rathana Thero’s Facebook and other computer-related services were hacked after the good Monk decided to criticize the governance policies of the Rajapaksas. What is surprising is not that they dared to resort to such street-level vendetta but the arrogance and obvious impunity with which they accomplished these dastardly acts. The exemption with which the Government-backed hooligans are butchering the rights of their opponents is frightening. Whose hands are being dirtied with this blood?

Drug kingpins are marauding the streets in the country; their unlimited capacity for violence, torture and avarice has swamped an unsuspecting generation of youth whose belief in a ‘quick buck’ has been buttressed by the alluring stories of fast-lanes to richness and seduced by the high-priced narcotics, they day-dream that the temporary relief that narcotic drugs induce is next to Nirvana. The addictive lure in these drugs, most of which is smuggled into the country and distributed through an intricate network of Mafia-style web sponsored and protected by highly-placed politicians, leads the youth, when he runs out of money to  purchase his daily quota, to resort to violence invariably ending up in a couple of corpses. Whose hands are being dirtied with his blood?

While pontificating to the world a canard of ‘Mathata Thitha’ (abstinence from alcohol), these same politicians have taken the country and its culture to a totally different destination; the bottomless pit is getting deeper and deeper, for diggers are many, onlookers are gathering and those who attempt to get out are a few. This lamentable story needs to be told. Extortion as a means to achieve quick cash is increasing in frequency; abduction of wealthy businessmen is assuming appalling proportions and rape and sexual harassments are getting reported on a weekly basis but nobody seems to care. What is even more dreadful is that very apathy and indifference which is the villain of all crime and sin. The most tragic aspect of this socio-cultural-politico decadence is the new kind of ‘radio-silence’ enforced by the contemporaneous circumstances. Friends talk in whispers and husbands and wives keep quiet about their children’s stray-lifestyles. Their hands are bloodied as much as those who actually commit the crime.

Why are we all blaming the politicians? Because it is very much within them, the politicians, to install corrective measures and structures and legislations, if they really want to stem the tide. But when the installed structures of the State, the Executive, the Judiciary and the Legislature are rotting away from top to bottom and their blood-stained emissaries are deeply engaged in corrupting the systems further and further, the subject people develop a thick skin, either through fear or sheer indifference. Mother waits till her liquor-addicted teenager reaches home; wives look for their missing husbands and invariably find them lying horizontally across the gravel road that leads to an illicit brewery.

Caught up in this vortex of crime and sin, the average reasonable man and woman wander aimlessly. Why tolerate all this to sustain one single family in power. The average lad knows very well as to whose hands are bloodied and dirty. They are indeed waiting for a chance to take decisive action.

*The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com

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    Vishwa, You are quite right that all of the corrupt politicians and political Leaders in this Miracle of Modayas have blood on their hands..Mithireepala Sirisena is an exception but he too has been pretty useless and supported the vicious and corrupt Mahinda Jarapassa regime until the very last minute.

    At least JVP seems to be doing some good now, by trying to EDUCATE the moda voters who vote lovingly for the Mahinda Rajapaksa DICTATORSHIP.

    But, Ranil WIckramasinghe the morally corrupt and intellectually bankrupt loser is still wasting time of the Joint opposition leader! UNP was in disaray until the last minute and could not come up with a winner and now the question remains what to do with the corrupt leadership of the UNP – Ranil, Karu and Sajith and Ravi etc are all USELESS. Now it seem that the joint opposition is WASTING TIME chit chatting with UNP on what SYMBOL the JO candidate will have, rather than TALKING TO THE VOTERS and informing us about POLICY and other SUBSTANTIVE issues, when the need of the hour is for Sirisena to URGENTLY speak to the masses and inform about his POLICIES.

    Lanka is a true Miracle of Modayas – led by a bunch of corrupt and MODA politicians.

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      Dead on S. Modaya!
      The choice between Jarapassa and Sirisena is a choice between more or less corruption!
      The ideal joint opposition candidate should NOT be a politician because all the politicians in the Miracle of Modayas are already corrupt!

      Majority of the politicians in the Miracle of Modayas are a vile lot of leaches and Morons who have given themselves all the possible perks and are living a KINGSBURY, BLINGS-BURY life style a la Dhammika Perera, while the people are impoverished so that the politicians BLING CIRCUS/ party can go on!

      Seem that the joint opposition now is horse trading and still fighting among themselves over symbols and wasting time rather than talking to the masses who need someone DECENT to vote for.

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      S.Modaya and Vishwamithra1984 –

      “At least JVP seems to be doing some good now, by trying to EDUCATE the moda voters who vote lovingly for the Mahinda Rajapaksa DICTATORSHIP. “

      Anura Dissanayake’s Speech on 18th Amendment in Parliament on 08.09.2010

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXljZYjAOfE

      Anura’s prediction that beat astrologers
      TUESDAY, 25 NOVEMBER 2014 21:25

      http://www.lankatruth.com/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7864:anuras-prediction-that-beat-astrologers-&catid=87:other-stories

      On 8th September, 2010 Anura Dissanayaka of the JVP said in Parliament that even Mr. Basil Rajapaksa would be ill-treated due to the 18th amendment adopted to get more power for the executive President.

      He said serious crises would develop in the government in 2014 and it would politically harm not only Ministers such as John Seneviratna, Maithripala Sirisena, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Rajitha Senaratna but also their children.

      Mr. Dissanayaka’s speech: VIDEO

      Anura Dissanayake’s Speech on 18th Amendment in Parliament on 08.09.2010

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXljZYjAOfE

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      Don’t be taken in by hypocrite S.Modaya he is Antany with lot of pseudo names he is well known LTTE sympathiser with hatred any thing Sinhalese or Western 9 in his mind West failed him by not helping his hero VP). Unemployed in New Zealand shun by his own Tamil community.

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    CT, This time you have used the correct image for the article. There is no doubt that these two (Bush-Cheney mentality and cruelty) are responsible for all that has been mentioned above by Vishwamithra (friend of the universe)and the rest in the image are their contracted killers.

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    Heading should have been “Blood- thirsty devils of the regime” . Picture will say the rest.

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    Vishwamithra1984,

    Wait a minute,

    Did you say anything about killing, raping and plundering of thousands of Tamils by the Sinhala mobs sponsored by the state in anti-Tamil pogroms of 1958, 1977, 1981, and the mother of all Sinhala anti-Tamil pogroms of 1983?

    What a slanted story you are presenting? Just like you, the rulers during the last 66 years have been presenting slanted versions of their own to support their atrocities to Tamils!

    You and your rulers are suffering from myopic vision!

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    “While attention should be drawn to the ruthless campaigns of the ruling clan to suppress all opposing factions, an equally ruthless campaign needs to be launched to inform and educate the general public of the dos and don’ts of a responsible and reasonable human community striving to advance in a competitive but chaotic world order.”

    Why didn’t you all educate the Sinhala masses against anti-Tamil pogroms from 1958? Sinhalese people used to unleashing violence and killing of Tamils since 1958 got immune to killing. LTTE was born in retaliation to the repeated Sinhalese violence on Tamils.

    Once the Sinhalese people got used, or didn’t care about killing Tamils, as logical step, it became natural for them to kill anybody, JVPers, journalists and the list is long.

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      Sorry, my dear friend Thiru.
      You have gone off track. We are concerned about the present situation. It is pointless talking about what happened 64 years ago. It is time we correct those stupid mistakes for the sake of our future generations. Admit it, both sides are to be blamed but pointing fingers at each other will not solve any problems. We,Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims etc. have lived harmoniously even after the 1958 riots, haven’t we? So, think positively, join the common objective. May you find the wisdom & the courage to help all citizens walk the streets without fear. It’s ‘Here & Now’ time. Mettha!

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        Thiru are you another clone of for Antany ? you write like him practically same gripes same lines.

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        “We,Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims etc. have lived harmoniously even after the 1958 riots, haven’t we? So, think positively, join the common objective”

        Do you mean to say that everything was fine for the Tamils after 1958? What about the 1977, and several other pogroms?. What about the bombings, shelling, arrests, rapes, arson, illegal arrests, land grabs, depriving food and medicine, depriving livelihood for the Tamils!!There are still thousands and thousands of Tamils languishing in jail, without any charges and without informing their whereabouts of them to the next of kin! On top of this anyone who inquires about their where about are also jailed!!

        Sinhalese elected this government and pasted his grinning photographs in every available space in the country and hailed him as their king, has the responsibility of ousting him. For the minorities, they are all the same racist tyrants!!

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          Thank you Thiru you proved my point you are Antany Peter from New Zealand. West hating looser cant find a country or employment make a living so stuck in New Zealand a western country.

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    The worst criminal act was to make the Tamil youth alcoholics, as revealed by excise department statistics. Addiction to opium destroyed the Chinese before Mao came along. It is saddening that the TNA is not senistive to the unfolding tragedy, well orchestrated by the government and its acolytes. The government is collecting revenue, while progressively crippling the Tamil soul.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr RN,

      “It is saddening that the TNA is not senistive to the unfolding tragedy, “

      What can they do?
      Thanks

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        Dear Anpu,

        At least the TNA talk loud about such insidious attempts to destroy Tamil society. I have written about and commented on this problem and the rampant prostitution prevalent in the north over the past several years. I know how alcoholism is destroying families. Women have weilded knives against the drunken husbands who tried to molest their daughters. Yet they continue to be molested. However, the TNA has not voiced its fearsand concerns. It has also not carried out a public awareness campaign against it. There are serious social abberations taking root in the north and probably the east, but the TNA either does not recognise these as problems or does not understand their import. These are the enemies eating into the vitals of the Tamil community from within like a cancer. It is time the TNA became more than a political party- a movement for social upliftment.

        Dr.RN

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      This is rather a superficial analysis of alcohol consumption. One could argue that it has increased in parallel with the number of motor vehicles going to the penisular and what all that implies.

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        It is the result of war trauma, post-war social and economic realities, and the large number of liquor shops that have been opened. The liquor licences have been liberally issued to political henchmen of this government and others who could afford to pay unimaginable amounts as bribes. Every time, I pass Kilinochchi, I see a Lexus SUV parked in front of the excise office!

        Dr.RN

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    Look at those hand with full of innocent blood of Tamils, Moors and Singhelese!!!!!

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    Thank you Vishwamithra1984. You might have read this already. If you have or have not, please read it. http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/3248 An In-depth Interview with former Supreme Court Judge CV Wigneswaran By Ayesha Zuhair 15th Dec 2011

    “The story begins way back in 2009. “

    STORY began long time ago.

    Justice Wigneswaran goes back to 1919

    Q: As a respected member of the Tamil community, what are your views on the efforts at political reconciliation and development?

    I do not see any possible solution to the ethnic conflict immediately, unless extraneous pressure, inland or foreign, compels the powers that be to relent. This applies to both the government as well as the opposition. Majority community parties are not interested in any solution and want to maintain the supremacy of the majority community through their language and religion.

    Except for a handful of persons like Dr. Wickramabahu Karunaratne, Mr.Weliamuna and a few others the majority of Sinhala masses do not want a solution.

    Let me explain why I make such a sweeping statement.

    Around 1919, the Sinhalese leaders found that unless they made their request for territorial representation unanimously the British were not going to grant their request. So they approached Sir P. Arunachalam, gave him written undertaking that a seat would be reserved for the Tamils in Colombo, and requested him to talk to the Jaffna Association, which preferred communal representation to territorial representation. In the cause of creating a well- knit united Ceylonese polity he was able to get the Jaffna Association to consent to territorial representation. He had implicit trust in the Sinhalese leaders. The request to the Queen was thereafter unanimous and the 1921 Constitution granted their request for territorial representation. Once the supremacy of the majority community was ensured in the Legislature the Sinhalese leaders Sir James Peiris and E.J.Samarawickreme retracted. A seat for Tamils in Colombo was refused. The reason they gave was significant. Apart from saying that they were not bound by their written promise since they no longer held the offices they earlier held when promising, they also said “You Tamils are yourselves the majority in your two provinces. Why should you have seats in Colombo?”

    This meant they recognised the individuality of the Ceylonese Tamil Community who had occupied the two provinces, North and East, from pre-historic times. It was such recognition that made S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike passing out from the Oxford University to recommend a federal constitution for Ceylon. The Tamils did not accept this idea favourably since they were scattered throughout the island while being rooted in the North and East and were doing well.

    Thereafter the majority community made use of the whip-hand they had got by virtue of the legal instrument of territorial representation, to discriminate against the minorities especially the Tamils. Under the Donoughmore Constitution the numerical strength of the majority community led to the formation of the Pan Sinhala Cabinet. After the Pan Sinhala Government of the 1930s we see them depriving the franchise of the Up Country Tamils in the 1940s. Then in the 1950s the Sinhala Only Act deprived many Tamils of their government jobs. Early 1970s saw standardisation in education, which deprived many Tamils of their higher education.

    Throughout this period the state was colonising areas traditionally Tamil speaking with outsiders without giving first preference to the people of those areas. The demography of the two provinces traditionally Tamil speaking was being calculatedly changed. The 1972 and 1978 Constitutions centralised power in the hands of the majority community. Now there is de facto Army rule in the North and East.

    Should there be not civilian over-sight in these areas? Does not democracy mean civilian management of local areas? How long is the military going to stay in the North and East? For ever?

    For all this, the Soulbury Constitution of 1947 was secular. It did not indicate a unitary structure. It had an inclusive approach. It recognised the multi-ethnic nature of our society and inserted the all important provision of Section 29. Our 1972 Constitution, which had no mandate to change the 1947 Constitution and no participation from the elected representatives of the Tamils of North and East, got rid of Section 29, giving no akin provision instead, made Buddhism State Religion and approved of the Sinhala Only Act earlier passed thus ushering in officially the supremacy of the majority community.

    Having got so far do you mean to say any Government of the majority community would consent to settle the issues of the minorities? They would want the minorities to creep around the stem if they wanted any succour and that too individual favours. Look at our budget. Highest for the military. After the war, is it human security that needs precedence or state security?

    What has prevented the State from granting the legitimate expectations of the people of the North and East that they be allowed to look after their affairs undisturbed by outside forces? Root causes which gave rise to violence among the Tamil youth still remain unattended to.

    None of the Political Settlements reached with the leaders of the Tamils have been given effect to. Bandaranaike – Chelvanayagam Pact, Dudley Senanayake-Chelvanayagam Pact, Regional Councils’ Legislation under J.R. Jayewardene have been abrogated. The present President, if I remember right in January 2010, gave an assurance to the Prime Minister of India that he would work along the lines of the Thirteenth Amendment plus. The Thirteenth Amendment is a dead letter today.

    Now tell me Ayesha! Do you think any majority community based Government, with a history such as this, would consent to grant rights to the Tamil speaking people, unless internationally or locally pressured?

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    May be it is an oversight , not to mention the Diaspora .

    If not for the Diaspora Funds for Wages and Arms for the killers, LTTE wouldn’t have have had blood on their hands .. At least not so much…

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    Vishwamithra 1984,

    Please also include the great land robberies by the MR government. The latest is the aquisition of the KKS cement factory lands. Read link:

    http://www.dailymirror.lk/57405/defence-ministry-acquires-lanka-cement-s-kankesanthurai-plant

    Why does the defence ministry need this land?

    Dr.RN

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    A few significant details omitted by Vishwamitra:-

    http://tamilnation.co/tamileelam/nesohr/index.htm

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    Dear Vishwamithra1984
    ” Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam and their bedfellows of the Tamil ilk on the one hand and…”

    “Without the Sinhala Only, the Tiger may have remained unborn. Without the Black July, the Tiger may not have grown exponentially. If the B-C Pact and the D-C Pact did not miscarry (thanks to the midwifery of Sinhala extremism), the LTTE, even if it was born, would have remained a fringe group.”

    http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2011/10/30/oppressed-north-lawless-south/

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    I applaud you for your timely, appropriate, forthright views expressed in the article. It is also heartwarming to read the acclamation by right thinking readers. You will of course not be disheartened by the negative comments / personal attacks by the usual paid shills.

    The problem is the result of a brain dead Sri Lankan citizenry. They deserve the politicians they have got.

    Who is going to educate them?

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