16 November, 2018

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Blooming Errors In Sampanthan’s Eelam-Bud Thesis

By Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

A bud is a metaphor and it is one that has naturally led to over-use because it is the party symbol of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), the nelum pohottuwa. ‘The bud will bloom,’ they said with as much conviction as the rhetoricians of other parties predicted its withering. The results are out but the metaphor-play has not abated.  

Rajavarothiam Sampanthan is the latest to have indulged. Speaking in Parliament, the veteran Tamil nationalist attacked former President Mahinda Rajapaksa conjuring up the specter of Eelam-creation in campaign rhetoric. He has a point.

Sampanthan said that Rajapaksa, as President, had talked of ‘maximum possible devolution,’ when he inaugurated the All Party Representative Committee (APRC). He mentioned also the ‘Experts Committee’ appointed by Rajapaksa and led by Prof Tissa Vitarana. He noted that the report of this committee recommended reforms that went beyond the 13th Amendment. Of course Rajapaksa didn’t get excited about the APRC Report and Sampanthan didn’t mention this fact. On the other hand neither did he remind people that Rajapaksa had talked of ‘Thirteen Plus.’    

However, Sampanthan did mention that all the members of the Joint Opposition (which morphed into the pohottuwa so to speak) had unanimously supported the Resolution to turn Parliament into a Constitutional Assembly and had participated in the proceedings of the Steering Committee appointed thereof. Neither Rajapaksa nor anyone else talked of Eelam either in Parliament or in the Steering Committee, he quite rightly points out.  

All this he weighs against Rajapaksa, during the course of the election campaign saying that Tamil Eelam could bloom after the election if the people choose poorly. It was not only Rajapaksa who said it. Many of the key spokespersons for the SLPP issued that warning. 

Now appointing a committee to come up with solutions does not necessarily mean that one always knew about the outcome.  There was an issue with the composition of the Tissa Vitharana Committee. It was federalist-heavy. The outcome was unceremoniously dumped.   

That error was repeated in the Steering Committee. Voting for turning Parliament into a Constitutional Assembly does not mean that Rajapaksa or anyone else were voting for Sampanthan’s outcome preference. There were more than one report that came out of the deliberations of the Steering Committee. Nothing concrete has come out of it. 

The contradiction comes from the ‘thirteen plus’ statement and from the ‘maximum devolution’ pledge.  Only Rajapaksa would know why he made such careless statements.  He did make them, and that’s what counts.  And that’s why Sampanthan is absolutely right in chastising Rajapaksa for what is clearly double-speak and therefore irresponsible.  

Whether such irresponsibility on the part of ‘The lotus bud’ as Sampanthan puts it results in Eelam blooming is a different matter, however.  The notion is interesting. What it implies is that there is an Eelam bud already which is not a product of the lotus bud.  

What is this Eelam bud? Well, Sampanthan describes it unwittingly. Listen to him:

‘I want to put on record  that my Party at this Election, in our manifesto, talked of a political solution within the framework of an undivided, indivisible, single country. There was no campaign carried on, anyway, in the North and East which talked of division of the country. We only talked of a solution that is acceptable to our people, that is reasonable substantial power-sharing within the framework of a united, undivided, indivisible single country.’

The bud’s right there.  The Eelam bud that is.  What is power-sharing if not Federalism? What is Power-sharing without talking of history, demography and geography if not devious machinations for land theft based on a myth-model? What is ‘substantial’ in this context if it is not a legitimation of a lie in its extrapolation? Rajapaksa, like others, have purchased the lie of Eelamists by indulging in vague-speak on devolution.  He has bought into the Eelamist bud, knowingly or unknowingly, or else used the term carelessly and irresponsibly for petty political purposes.  Sampanthan is however the real deal. He’s not playing politics-of-the-moment. He is not indulging in conveniences. He is speaking the truth of the Eelam bud.

Both men are talking ‘substantial devolution’ or ‘maximum devolution’ in a context where Eelamists have superimposed the concocted territory of ‘historical (sic) homelands’ on lines drawn arbitrarily on by the British. Such words are tossed around in a context of a constructed history, a refusal to peruse archaeological evidence to back claims, and  absolute silence on demographic and geographical realities (almost half the Tamils live outside the so-called ‘historical homelands’ while even the Eelam map shrinks when we factor in territories where communities have actually lived in for long periods of time, especially in the Eastern Province). 

Against this background and the considerable Eelamists posturing by Tamil Nationalists, Samoanthan included, talking of Lotus buds blooming Eelam flowers is laughable. It makes one conclude that tossing out words such as ‘indivisible,’ ‘undivided’ and ‘single country’ is nothing but eyewash. That;s just frill in whose shade the Eelam bud can be nurtured into full bloom, remembering of course Chelvanayakam’s famous strategic plan for Eelam, ‘A little now, more later’.   

Let’s get this straight.  Sampanthan and the Eelamists, now in defence mode and in reduced circumstances following the military rout of the LTTE, are indulging in federalist talk.  Federalism is about territories with distinct peoples voluntarily coming together. It naturally implies that having come together, any of the entities thus ‘united’ (another problematic words used by Sampanthan and his ilk) can voluntarily choose to go it alone.  This is bud. This is the rub.

This is the bud that the federalists in the business of constitutional reform are carefully and surreptitiously watering and fertilizing.  Rajapaksa, because of his careless of ill-advised uttering, has no moral authority to cry foul over Eelam-budding, but that does not mean people need not be concerned about it.  After all, when G.G. Ponnambalam was spouting communalism, few would have thought that the 50-50 bud would bloom into a rabid terrorist outfit like the LTTE which would reduced people like Sampanthan into choirboys and cheerleaders. 

The Rajapaksa camp, then, does not have the moral right to raise fears over an Eelam-bud, but it does not follow that the fears expressed are without basis. He cannot talk, but others can and must. They must because Sampanthan has clearly reiterated that there is an Eelam bud and because the entire constitutional reform project is run by lackeys of the bud-blooming project. Most importantly, they have demonstrated their utter lack of integrity in ‘process’ by refusing to enumerate grievances and by refusing to consider undeniable historical, demographic and geographical factors.  It has been reduced to a process of predetermining telos and constructing conditions and modeling myths to obtain that end point. 

As long as the Eelam-bud exists, then it will be named as such, Sampanthan should understand this. Just because someone doesn’t have a moral right to call it such does not mean it does not exist.  Sure, various people can nurture it, but the principal gardener is the federalist. Sampanthan, if you want to put a name to it.

Malinda Seneviratne is a freelance writer. malindasenevi@gmail.comwww.malindawords.blogspot.com.

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    Malinda for gods sake cant you read between the lines. ..Sampanthan meant “Balls” not “Buds” and he meant “explode” not “bloom”

    now substitute Balls for Buds and Explode for Bloom ….

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    Summary of Malinda’s thesis in his .Blooming Errors In Sampanthan’s Eelam-Bud Thesis
    All this he weighs against Rajapaksa, during the course of the election campaign saying that Tamil Eelam could bloom after the election if the people choose poorly.
    It was not only Rajapaksa who said it. Many of the key spokespersons for the SLPP issued that warning.
    There was an issue with the composition of the Tissa Vitharana Committee. It was federalist-heavy. The outcome was unceremoniously dumped.
    There were more than one report that came out of the deliberations of the Steering Committee. Nothing concrete has come out of it.
    Now appointing a committee to come up with solutions does not necessarily mean that one always knew about the outcome.
    The notion is interesting. What it implies is that there is an Eelam bud already which is not a product of the lotus bud.
    It makes one conclude that tossing out words such as ‘indivisible,’ ‘undivided’ and ‘single country’ is nothing but eyewash. That;s just frill in whose shade the Eelam bud can be nurtured into full bloom, remembering of course Chelvanayakam’s famous strategic plan for Eelam, ‘A little now, more later’.
    What is power-sharing if not Federalism? What is Power-sharing without talking of history, demography and geography if not devious machinations for land theft based on a myth-model?
    The contradiction comes from the ‘thirteen plus’ statement and from the ‘maximum devolution’ pledge. Only Rajapaksa would know why he made such careless statements. He did make them, and that’s what counts.

    Do the readers understand what the error in Sampanthar’s Thesis after such a crystal clear explanation of Malinda?

    Too sad Malinda is saying asking for devolution is asking for Federalism and thus it is also asking for Separate Country.

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      “What is power sharing without talking of history, demography and geography if not devious machinations for land theft based on a myth model ?” What an idiotic statement coming from this bigot. History demography and geography may favour Sinhalese for claim of land, but scientific methods based on Geology, Archaeology, genetics and linguistics favour Tamils. Correctly speaking it is the Sinhalese who are adopting devious machinations for land theft based on myth model. In this modern world does this sycophant want us to believe that cohabitation between male lion and Human female is possible, Buddha to make three non stop flying visits to Sri Lanka from Buddha Gaya and Sri Lanka, and civilisation was started by people of Aryan origin 2500 years ago. It is obvious that this stupid person has not upgraded his knowledge about recent findings on Sri Lanka. While myths and half truths put forward by Sinhalese is being rubbished, beliefs of Tamils about ancient people of Sri Lanka and their civilisation is gradually being brought to light. It is now proved that Sri Lanka was part of ancient Tamil home land of Kumari Kandam which was submerged by sea over 10,000 years ago and separated Sri Lanka from Tamil Nadu, and there were people in Sri Lanka who spoke Tamil or some form of it and that there was a glorious civilisation in Sri Lanka of more than 10,000 years which is similar to that found in Tamil Nadu. Though Tamils are the rightful owners of the island, they are asking only for their share and by this, any Sinhalese who is refusing to share power and territory with Tamils becomes an abject racist. It is the Sinhalese who stole land based on their myth model from ancestors of Tamils.

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    Where was Malinda, who is castigating Old King this much, when the court proceeding that declared asking for Federal Status is not asking for Separate Country. (We are asking for separate country. But here we are talking of Sampanthar- There shouldn’t be ambiguity)
    What Malinda seeing is “the worst Idiot in Lankawe, GLP has led the Slap Party and have won the election. If I take higher level racism than the one used in LG, I can beat even Old King and can become the president.”
    What really Malinda proposing is. “elect me as President, I will make sure not the Hangbangtota, Even Colombo Port is sold to China and the money transferred to foreign banks. “
    This the development we have seen from the Time Don Stephen brought in Indian Pakistani Citizenship Acts.

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    The case for fair play well made. I commented I made on your collegues article when the speech was made earlier as to if the facts stated/allegations made in Mr Sampnthan’s speech can be verified. I wish a similar response (just as what you have done) by the SLPP camp too would have made the counterpoint/concerns heard by all to judge the events better too. You have indeed brought some clarity to the discussion very well and thank you.

    My wish is always the politicians to make their point very clearly/unambiguous to the public without being opportunistic (I accept some space to be given for national interest when you are a President etc) and make amends/correction/retract later as required such it does not make the ongoing discussions impossible/ineffective. In my records no party including TNA is not exempted in saying something and having selective amnesia later.

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    I think that the writer could do with some serious reading on subjects like devolution, federalism etc.
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    The lines drawn by the British may be questioned, but that does not deny the fact that ethnic groups have traditional homelands.
    A homeland is not exclusive to one group, but planned settlements in ways that willingly harm their region-based identity is an issue.
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    We should learn from countries that have addressed such issues successfully.

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      SJ

      “We should learn from countries that have addressed such issues successfully.”
      Oh well learn from maybe China, Israel ……………

      “The lines drawn by the British may be questioned, but that does not deny the fact that ethnic groups have traditional homelands.”

      Habitat is more relevant and important than the concept of homeland.

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      SJ where is the ‘traditional homeland’ of the up-country Tamils?

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        Taraki

        “SJ where is the ‘traditional homeland’ of the up-country Tamils?”

        Where is Sri Lanka/Eelam?

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          That’s the problem isn’t it? Talk about ‘traditional homelands’ for a particular race brings up questions that Tamils would rather not answer.

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            Taraki

            I think the problem is in your perception and embedded in your head, heart words.

            Let SJ answer your question. However I am still awaiting your response to my question, “Where is Sri Lanka/Eelam?”
            PS
            Don’t confuse yourself between Eelam and Tamil Eelam.

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            Look at India to clear your bigoted mind. India belongs to all, but that does not mean that there are no traditional homelands for different ethnic groups. The demarcation of states were done based on this principle and is accepted by all. This is what Tamils are saying, let Sri Lanka belong to all, but demarcate areas according to historic habitation. Now that scientific evidence is emerging that Sri Lanka was once part of Tamil homeland of Kumari Kandam most of which was submerged by sea over 10, 000 years ago and that there was a civilisation of more than 10,000 years in Sri Lanka which has been found to be the same as that has been unearthed in Tamil Nadu. Tamils could prove by archaeology findings and demographic records, that they had inhabited a part of the island on a contiguous basis. Therefore to deny that they did not have any homeland in Sri Lanka in the past and should not have one now, is abject racism.

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    PM wants to continue with the National Government not because he wants to develop the country but to fulfill his promise to Tamil Diaspora, India, USA and UK to get the new constitution passed that will devolve power to Provinces and weaken the Central Government.

    All those Sinhala MPs who will vote for such a constitution will be branded as traitors. That will be the time Sinhalayo will unite and bury those politicians.

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    Eeelam is dead now..
    But do not try to create another one .
    Dead man too can awake now today with the big brother by the side of Eeelam.
    You know who created it..
    When it backfired on them…
    They supported Sri Lanka too kill it ..
    They may want to have another if they feel so..
    So we should be more clever on this

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      SINHALESE

      “Eeelam is dead now..”

      Eelam was never alive. It was only a virtual reality.

      “But do not try to create another one .”

      You should warn Hindia.

      “So we should be more clever on this”

      You can never afford to be clever. If you were then you should have allowed them to establish their EELAM, and sit and watch them how they tear themselves apart. Would have been good real fun for you.

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    Malinda Seneviratne

    How long do you think you can survive on recycled doses of scare mongering?
    As long as you remain a public racist I am sure you will earn your living. Not because of your lack of “outstanding contribution” to the discussion of larger issues accumulated over the past 70 years but because there are like minded bigots who are your willing partners in your joint enterprise of keeping paranoia intact among the chattering classes.

    Well it is for the Hindians to decide whether they desperately need a Eelam or not.
    As a little islander don’t make yourself the prime reason as to why Hindians may want two countries in this island.

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      Dear Native

      How long does it take to Tamils to shed their separatist agenda and get together to form a country where everyone has equal rights? The most important thing to do is to uplift the economy, provide jobs, more hospitals, industries!

      As long as Sampanthan lokka sings LTTE songs, There will be buds! action and reaction! What a shame!

      Your race will soon disappear from Sri Lanka as they will all migrate, Within 50 years, Sinhalese will be the majority in the north and east. Neither you nor the Samba lokka can do anything about it. look what is happening in district boarders!

      Learn to move on! Hatred will eat you otherwise! See how parents of whose JVP sons have moved on!

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        srinathan.gunaratnam

        “How long does it take to Tamils to shed their separatist agenda and get together to form a country where everyone has equal rights? “

        Well its a good question. You should as Sambandan who represents the Tamils.

        As far as I am concerned the question should be “”How long does it take the Sinhala/Buddhists to shed their Majoritarian Mahawamsa mindset and stop dreaming about their work in progress agenda of Sinhala/Buddhistitation of the entire island and get together to form a country where everyone has equal rights? “

        I always ask myself a question, when and how can I liberate Sinhalese and Buddhist from Sinhala/Buddhists and Buddhism from Sinhala/Buddhism and stop the fascists taking total control of the island.

        “As long as Sampanthan lokka sings LTTE songs”

        I haven’t heard Sambandan lokka singing LTTE songs however I have seen him in Jaffna standing shoulder to shoulder with Ranil and waving a flag that depicted a horrible Lion holding a weapon and campaigning for the other alleged war criminal and a public racist the lonely Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka.

        I could not resist my temptation to compare Field Marshall Fonseka with Sam Manekshaw and Kodandera Madappa Cariappa.

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    We don’t have to beat about the bush. Writing is on the wall and the country will end up in fragments sooner than later. SWRD germinated the seeds of Eelam with his Sinhala only in 24 hours and its being fertilized and irrigated by racist elements for political gain.After all 10000 years back the world was one and now we have over 210 countries. We are walking on thin ice and could cave in any moment. Being a Buddhist majority country where we hear preaching s 24 hours a day advising us to shed all earthly things and endeavor to attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana the solution to the ethnic problem is there. We have only to practice what we preach give give and give.

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      Mr Upali Well summed up. However just to be fair to various leadership at that time (as we keep blaming them as the “root cause of all the problems today”) one has to respect the ground reality then too. We were going to have problems anyway as part of the post independednt responsibility to deliver “social justice” to all was more about how we get ourself “adopted to democracy and self rule” as a path to success. Then we needed to work amecabbly with each other with “give and take” attitude/attribute to meet everyones aspirations/needs in a free country without compromising others successes/basic rights too. The mess/responsibility we took over was a lot for anyone to deal – Sinhala masses and the Indian estate workers were struggling much more than the Tamils/Muslims at that time. This is as per the population breakdown and the respective communities “status” at that time …….all it needed was a spark of “scapegoat”politics perhaps sincerely/out of desperation/through ones own ignorance and without knowing or understanding the consequences our leaderships made then have contributed to a culture of “them and us” mentality to date. The population of the country was less than 5-7 million perhaps then and now is 21 million and growing year 2018 whilst the land mass remain the same or being eroded away by the sea. The conditions were set by then the religious leaders to any Sinhala politician “need to protect ‘not’ all but the most needy Buddhist/Sinhala masses only” was an unfortunate ill fated vision/scenario as our second PM was assassinated for appeasement efforts too. It was not a rocket science then why the uprising in the south for not getting due share fast enough and then the 30 year war up north for alienation following the several race riots leading to the current biased/blatantly racist mindset that exist amongst us today.

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    A very good example for Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism is Malinda (Mahinda tail). Always they will kept fear among poor Sinhalese masses using the Eelam is coming and all Sinhalese will be killed if other party pretend that they are making effort to resolve the issue of devolution. The motive is massacre of Tamils followed by Muslims(genocide).

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    Speaking of buds and blooming there is that little bud growing off the Colombo shore which will soon bloom into a clone of China, and Native mate your attempts at fear mongering mentioning the Hindians wont work because they will think not twice but many times before meddling any further with this little big island. And the Tamil bigots will have to work with the Sinhala bigots to find a resolution, or agree to disagree like an old married couple.

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      wannihami

      “Speaking of buds and blooming there is that little bud growing off the Colombo shore which will soon bloom into a clone of China,”

      And you are proud about it too.
      JR also thought by offering the unsinkable aircraft carrier the entire island of Sri Lanka in the service of the US and the west, he would stop the Hindians meddling in this island. The wily Hindians had other plans in mind.

      You see I don’t understand why you stupid people are willing to invite all the outsiders into the this land and then complain they are here to grope your women folks. The reason as to why you let them in is amazing.

      I am told China is only 3500 miles closer to this island whereas Hindia is 20 miles away from our shores. Many people/leaders thought China was their near and dear all weather friend, much to their disappointment they found out China was and is a near and dear all weather friend only to itself.

      You stupids don’t learn any lessons from the past.
      In order to strengthen your relation with China, you should father as many children as possible with Chinese women, may be found on the streets of Colombo and elsewhere.

      I want you to be the next Genghis Khan, the Sri Lankan version. One in 200 men are found to be the direct descendants of Genghis Khan.
      I think you can reverse the trend, be a man, have a go at this Himalayan task. I will be right behind you.

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    As long as 50+% Tamils (Tamil Speaking People) who live outside NE in Sinhala majority areas are unwiling to relocate themselves into NE creation of Ealam will remain a bud. This subject of physical relocation will take the centrestage of discussion at appropriate time. Sampanthan & Co. can keep on playing with words until the pot boils. Tamils must be free to choose between Homeland OR the right to live anywhere (I entreat my Tamil brothers and sisters to choose the latter) but this strategy to have a Homeland AND the right to live anywhere is assuming that we are all fools.
    Soma

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      somass

      “As long as 50+% Tamils (Tamil Speaking People) who live outside NE in Sinhala majority areas are unwiling to relocate themselves into NE creation of Ealam will remain a bud”

      Go first find out if the Hindians are agreeable to two countries in one island then the mode of repatriation can be worked out. In the mean time I am working hard to isolate you and your fellow Sinhala/Buddhist fascists from the mainstream and dump you in your much loved Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto. Please bear with us.

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    Malinda, how long have you been associated with Tamils from your childhood to your present status. As much as the Sinhala people are proud of their language, religion and culture, the Tamils too have their likings. I am 71 years old and from child have been associated with both communities. Both languages have come India. Both have suffered from Islamic rule. Their is a genuine grievance of the Tamils in this country . That is why they have rebelling against the majority Sinhalese. When it benefits Rajapakse he ties up with Tamils and Muslims and rule the country. The same is with the UNP. Your father’s associations have been with leftists who in 1950s warned Sinhalese not to go and settle down in Gal Oya when D.S Senanayake wanted to settle them. The leftist told the people that there were mosquitoes big as coconut shells in Gal Oyarzun and they will suffer from malaria. Don’t rouse communalism on behalf of Rajapakse and create chaos.

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    Malinda S. is dead right. Simply because some son of a bitch has promised this or that WE are not obliged to keep HIS word. Simply because Tamil political class are always ready to be fooled by pre election promises of Sinhala political crooks for Tamil votes WE are not obliged fulfill their promises. They’re have promised things which they are not empowered to deliver. Come and talk to US directly.
    Soma

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      Malinda is not biting the tip of the grass.

      He is enlightened by this LG election.

      He sees fertilizing and watering really makes the harvest good. He is having full confidence in the LG election result. He sees Old King was ousted out only for one reason, i.e. for promising to Tamils 13+. Further, he sees, Old King’s future is dwindling though the election victory result there. He want to make hay when the wind blowing against Old King. He is picking on that and castigating Old King maximum possible for having giving a promise (not any rights) . Malinda wants to change his face as the cruel-ugly Sinhala Buddhist Racism. His logic _ Power sharing, Federalism, Separatism_ seems will have unimpeded appeal for the Modayas. He sees Old King, with all his cluster bombs, Chemical bombs, multi barrel rocket launchers, could not match Hanuman. He wants to beat Hanuman in burning down the Island. But at the end Old King manage to sell out only Hangbangtota and Colombo Pong Cing – this guy will make the whole island sold out. He recently wrote Japan own the America. That kind of theories are good only sell Lankawe to China and brag Lankawe owns China.
      News media is writing China threatened and sold loans and sold political turmoil by that. Entire world is writing about the current Local Councils election result and by that hung up governmental functions. These idiots have brought the Island a shame never in future will be easy to wipe. This is the Island, where by high expectations, Britain introduced Universal Franchise within a decade it implemented for it. But 100 years after that these idols have reversed and prevented women working at restaurants, just win a Local Government Election.

      Wish you all the best in the election so that not Old King, but you can make Sampanthar’s speech as prophecy.

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    “The Rajapaksa camp, then, does not have the moral right to raise fears over an Eelam-bud…”

    People have the right to an opinion, as a human right. This human right is often forgotten.

    Malinda, which camp has the moral right for anything right now? You won’t even vote.

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      Vanguard

      “The Rajapaksa camp, then, does not have the moral right to raise fears over an Eelam-bud…”

      It is caused by malfunction of nerve system, known as paranoia. As far as I know so far humanity hasn’t discovered a cure for it.
      The symptoms includes the following:
      Suspicion
      Concern with hidden motives
      Expects to be exploited by others
      Inability to collaborate
      Social isolation
      Poor self image
      Detachment
      Hostility

      Please just check whether you and your mates including Malinda have these symptoms.

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        Stupid native Vedda
        If I were you I wouldn’t publish all the symptoms of an incurable diseaset that you seem to suffer from.
        You seem to know all about it, but you should seek a cure. You have gone to wrong doctor Velu. However be thankful that he didn’t prescribe a cyanidecapsule to put an end to your misery.
        I have come across many Tamil Veddas with the same disease.
        The illiterate, uncouth, bastards however try to get over the illness by gazing at the moon and praying for a return of old Velu who is having fun with seven virgins and many lingams. Get yourself a life you low wankers.

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    Malinda Seneviratne is a bad poker player. His tail is wagging because SLPP fared well at the recent LG election. SLPP said what Malinda is saying here – namely any devolution of power will lead to Eelam.
    Sampanthan has not submitted a thesis Malinda. There is a message. Do not blame the messenger.
    In 1981 the Jaffna Library was razed to the ground under the watchful eyes of two cabinet ministers. WJM Lokubandara said in Sri Lanka’s Parliament ~ “If there is discrimination in this land which is not their (Tamil) homeland, then why try to stay here……………”.
    Several pogroms and a civil war later, much to Malinda’s glee, things have not changed at all. He enjoys the slide down!
    By the way, you call yourself freelance journalist. Should it be ‘feelance’?

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    Vanguard

    “The Rajapaksa camp, then, does not have the moral right to raise fears over an Eelam-bud…”

    It is caused by malfunction of nerve system, known as paranoia. As far as I know so far humanity hasn’t discovered a cure for it.
    The symptoms includes the following:
    Suspicion
    Concern with hidden motives
    Expects to be exploited by others
    Inability to collaborate
    Social isolation
    Poor self image
    Detachment
    Hostility

    Please just check whether you and your mates including Malinda have these symptoms.

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    So much have been spoken/written on Unity, Federalism, Power Sharing ,. Separatism and Yahapalanaya. But so little has been don to achieve any one of these except for satiyagraha campaign in the North/East in 1961 which was put down by the’ Ladies Finger’ of Srima and Felix ‘s iron fist. Separatism, however was ended after 30 years of war. that too with the intervention of the foreign governments. How ever, the ego of the Sinhalese does not allow a solution to the problem with the intervention of even the UN. Thus the blooming of separatism once again cannot be ruled out with the blooming of the LOTUS BUD in the pond full of Mud.. Nothing is certain in uncertain Srilanka Surrounded by India and China.

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    Federalism does not prevent any Srilankan to live any part of Srilanka on their own free will. However it restricts governments from colonizing the Tamil areas to change the texture of the population.This has been repeatedly explained but it dose not seem to prick the brains of the Sinhalese. You can put up a man who is really as sleep but not man who pretend to be asleep. 75% of Sinhalese can overrun the Tamils but 25% of Tamils?

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    I just say to all the pro Eelam commentators here that the writing on the wall will soon be a reality and the Sinhalese will close ranks as never before. YAHAPALANAYA bent over backwards to offer their arses to the Eelam lobby not because they love you, but because they wanted your vote. Polarisation is now complete thanks to Yahapalana who will be driven into the political wilderness at the next election. Prepare yourself for the roller coaster ahead which will not lead to Eelam in SL but something very different. Did anyone expect the turn around. Since 2015 ? No. Despite all the pro Yahalapana propaganda by the major newspapers spearheaded by an editor in his dotage cohabiting with a near dead partner, the Sinhalese have realised that the UNP can’t be trusted. Period.

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