19 April, 2024

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Boycott The Presidential Election Or Put Forward A Common Tamil Candidate?

By C.V. Wigneswaran

Justice C.V. Wigneswaran MP

Someone asked me; You have said that a Common Tamil Candidate should be put forward by the Tamils for the Presidential Election. Mr. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam has said the Tamils must boycott the Presidential Election. What have you to say?

My response was; As usual his view is non pragmatic! When the Tigers were there, they were able to oversee the success of a boycott. Now the Military is ubiquitous in the North and East. How would Gajan ensure the success of a boycott?

Furthermore, the Local Parties close to the Sinhala National Parties cannot be stopped from going to vote. Is Gajan wanting to ensure support to a Sinhala Candidate by suggesting a boycott?

Already at the last General Election it was said many wrongs were committed in the counting of votes in the Jaffna District.  

If a boycott is in place what cannot be done? While the voters remain at home their votes would be cast.

A boycott will not ensure any discussion on the problems of the Tamils during Elections. The Newspapers would simply say there was a poor turn out of voters at the most or if sufficient homework be done by the Parties close to the Centre including its Military, the papers would say there was a fair turnout of voters despite the boycotting Tamils staying at home.

On the other hand a Common Candidate knowing all three languages like Mr. Ponnambalam could do yeoman services to the Tamils. The impersonation among the voters could be minimised. Active voter participation could be ensured and indeed precipitated. While platforms would be made available for the airing of the trials and tribulations of the Tamils, greater understanding of our political position among the voter population could be ensured. 

One of the main benefits of a Common Candidate knowing all three languages participating in the Presidential Election would be the utilisation of the TV time given to each Candidate. Today none of the Sinhala language papers or media, air the problems or views of the Tamils, especially those of the North and East. Even the English papers are very stingy in reporting about our problems.

The TV time provided for each of the Presidential Candidates could be utilised by the Tamil Common Candidate to educate the Sinhalese and others of our problems. Even the International Community including the Diplomatic Missions here could be told of the ground situation in the North and East.

Finally the Common Tamil Candidate might be able to prevent any single Sinhala Candidate getting 50% of the voter turnout. There may be many Sinhalese who may vote for the Tamil candidate in their preferential votes.

Hence it is my view that a Common Tamil Candidate should be put forward to articulate our problems to the world at large.

Lastly if Gajan wants to contest as a Common Tamil Candidate my vote would go to him! But I would want him to give one of the TV speeches in Sinhala to educate our Sinhala brethren about the problems of the Tamils.

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    I agree that Tamil Political parties should put forward a common candidate accepted by all Tamil political parties but not for the reasons by CVW but Tamil votes should not go to the main parties.

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      “a common candidate accepted by all Tamil political parties”
      do you really think this is feasible (or even desirable), remembering a particularly extreme effort to achieve “sole representative of Tamils” status has been tried (and shepherded our people into mass slaughter not too long ago)!

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        do you think this is feasible?
        I know it is very difficult but it is the only way to enhance the possibility of the Tamil side to put forward a common stand argument or proposal for solving the Tamils problems if the Tamils support becomes a necessity to form a government in the central and the demand for devolution of power in the North East which cannot be amended without the majority of the peoples mandate of North East.

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          Sinhala_Man and Dough believe AKD will make Lanka great again. ……. Native and OC believe Ranil will make Lanka with Ranil’s suck-up to clergy Buddhism great again. ……. 6.9 million believed Gota will make Lanka great again …… I believe Trump will make America great again. …….. Tamils believe a boycott will make Tamils whole again.

          tha ol’ belief is a funny thang …….. desperation makes us believe puny little men who have failed at everything in their lives ………. will somehow miraculously succeed at some monumentally greater task.

          When ye cast aside ye beliefs ……… what do you think is really gonna happen? ………. Is it that difficult …….. getting rid of beliefs?

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            Nimal,
            “Native and OC believe Ranil will make Lanka with Ranil’s suck-up to clergy Buddhism great again. “
            No, that would mean that Lanka was great once. But that was too long ago, if at all. 1965 will do for me.

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              old codger

              “No, that would mean that Lanka was great once. … “

              What nimal meant was the country was great when Prabaharan was terrorising not only Sri Lanka but Hindia and running a Mafia network outside the island.

              Is it not “Bonnie and Clyde syndrome”, Hybristophilia?

              soma too display bartered wife syndrome who also suffers from Hybristophilia, longing for the return of Rajapaksa clan mis-rule.

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                NV,
                This is VERY true, NV, thanks.
                Many of the women carried by trucks like cattle in to that “shameful SLPP convention” were clearly suffering from “Hybristophilia”.
                .
                Some women will vote for SLPPs again if MARA’s youth would rape l their little children or touch and kiss.

                The brainwashing was made similar to what was played by sorbone studied KOLLUPITIYA ananda from Kelaniya viharaya. . can you imagine ?
                I was about to offer him a glass of “PUNNAKU” during my recent visit, but the fake monk was not present in RAJA MAHA VIHARAYA.

                There are unestimated number of foolish people who claim to have the linga of Mara and his sons tattooed on their chests.
                This is similar to the tattoos hidden by GALSADU who were caught in sex crimes in Japan in recent days.
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84VokTGBu3g

                This monk in VIDEO is back to SLPP propaganda now. People offer even ALMs to the bugger. That is called SRILANKEN buddhism.

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            NF: I don’t “BELIEVE”. I attempt to understand the “REALITY”. The “Reality”, I have understood so far is that there must be a “CHANGE”. That, “Change” I know cannot be expected from anyone who has run the Governing function for the last few decades. So I am trying to find who can bring that change. So, it is necessarily a NEW FORCE. That “New Force” in my understanding is NPP. In your opinion, my “Understanding” (not Belief) could be wrong. Well, that is YOU and here I am with a different understanding. That “Diversity” is beautiful.

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      Dear Ajith,
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      Part ONE

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      We have to decide which election to deal with; let’s consider the Presidential First:
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      Given the extent to which ethnicity and communalism dominate the politics of this land, it may not be a bad idea for the Tamils to put forward a rational and educated candidate, and for all Tamils to give him FIRST Preference. That way, you would show that you’re a force to be reckoned with.
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      However, think carefully about your SECOND Preference; it is that which will determine who is ultimately going to get this key position next year. If the entire Presidential system is going to be subsequently re-vamped talk about it now so that you’re in a position to say that you’ve got something like a mandate for it, and set about it in earnest in 2025, so that there is proper consideration of the issues. What is bad are knee jerk reactions.

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        We cannot expect that all the Sinhalese or Tamils or Muslims to vote one candidate only. For Tamils, they need a strong political leader who can take majority of Tamils and Tamil politicians together with one common stand on devolution of power for North East which was traditionally homeland for Tamil speaking people. Even though Tamils are also divided into number of groups there is not much difference in policies. There are some Tamil political parties which are influenced by SLPP and UNP.
        Still not clear that which way the competition for presidential election is going to be. Ranil may be a candidate but sure it is from UNP alone or UNP-SLPP combined. Sri Lankan politics cannot be predicted. SLPP may nominate a candidate to cheat other candidates but canvassing for Ranil.
        It is true that Tamils should decide how to use it (second preference) more effectively. You all should know that a pre-plan to support one candidate is not advisable publicly because that may affect the votes from the Sinhalese to that Sinhalese candidate.

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          (Part I)
          Ajith,
          “We cannot expect that all the Sinhalese or Tamils or Muslims to vote one candidate only”
          This is a Problem and Issue, which sensible electorate must deliberate and sort and resolve first and foremost.
          We are talking about common candidacy, and if that is the case, then we must first and foremost Disregard, Disqualify, Annul, any and all differences WITHIN the MINORITY “Communities”!!!???
          Being a MUSLIM or following THE ISLAMIC FAITH doesn’t make the different from OTHER TAMILS, following CHRISTIANITY, CATHOLISM or HINDUISM!!!??? This is a silly interpretation, being propounded by the Majority as a DIVERSION in reaching a solution!! I do not agree with that proposition at all in any degree or scale!!! Those following the Muslim Faith are predominately form the Northern Province, North-western Province, Eastern Province and Western Province!!! Contenders will claim that there are People following the Islamic faith from the Southern (SP) and Sabaragamuwa (SAB) Province who make up this Islamic Population in SL!!! Though, these 2 provinces are predominantly Sinhalese, I have many friends in this community and my experience is that these Islamic communities, though in Majority Sinhala Predominant Provinces, USE TAMIL AS THE LANGUAGE of COMMUNICATION &
          (TBC)

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          (Part II)
          INTERACTION in their HOMESTAEDS!!!??? What does that BEHAVIOUR, make you or ANYONE REALISE!!!??? THESE ISLAMIC COMMUNITIES ARE ALL TAMILS, and NONE OTHER!!!???
          STOP TALKING ABOUT DIVISION and ENABLE UNITY AND COHESION of ALL TAMILS of DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS FAITHS – ISLAMIC, CHRISTIAN, CATHOLIC, HINDU all rolled into ONE!!!???
          IF CONCIENTOUSLY ACCEPTED & PURSUED BETTER OUTCOMES ASSURED!!!???
          CONTENRION WOULD BE UNDOUBTEDLY, REALITY!!!??? THEY WILL BE TREATED EQUALLY IN DEVOLUTION!!!

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          Yes, Ajith,
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          What you say is true. For some racist Sinhalese the fact that Tamils are supporting a political Party will be enough reason for them to boycott that Party.
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          I have recently been having a few problems in getting messages across. Sorry; that complicates matters!
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe

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      Part TWO
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      The hitch here
      is that even now, not many people know that there are Preferences, to even realise how to use the system. If you can’t get the majority of Tamils to use Preferences, just ask your people to focus on the Sinhala leader who will best serve them.
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      Until the day comes when a Minority community person is elected on merit, we as a country will not be able to say that communalism has ceased to be of paramount importance in Lanka. However, this is not going to happen in 2024.
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      We’re agreed, I know, on the need to educate the voters. How many voters has each of us been able influence, not more than a handful, surely. Therefore, lets stop making grandiose plans, and let’s start being pragmatic. Start discussing with all acquaintances, and start NOW!
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      Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of Bandarawela

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        Dear S-M: Thanks for creating a very sensible discussion on that “Second Vote” (Manapaya) which even the political parties haven’t given much attention to and discussed with the voters.

        As you said, the voters are not well informed of the need to get “51%” by the winning candidate in a Presidential election. The second “Preference Vote” comes into play if a single candidate is unable to secure that mandatory “51%”. I am aware the political parties are “SHY” to speak of the importance of “Manapaya” because that could be interpreted as acceptance of defeat or uncertainty of winning. However, the voter must be educated and informed of the next “Best” preference he/she has in the election. This mostly applies to those “Die Hard” voters affiliated with “Party Politics” (that Kapuwath Kola/Rathu/Nil/Ethenic) types.

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        The most publisized NIC number in Sri Lanka is 483111444V.
        Grateful if a photo is made available too.
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        Soma

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          SOMA,

          What brought 😳 “The most publisized NIC number in Sri Lanka is 483111444V.”
          to CT readership? .
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          Not only to restrict to NIC number , the name of the father was mentioned in brackets. Why? What was the message the person was sending by doing so? Hope u may explain to us. Thank u
          A healthy New Year to u!

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            Soma & LM: Once again this “DUEL” between “S-M & LM” is joined by “Soma”.

            What relevance is this “NIC” and its owner’s name to this very important subject we discuss here?

            I hope this will STOP here. Please contribute your valued ideas to the subject matter. Thank you.

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          JOKERS AWAITING OUTCOME WITH KEEN INTEREST

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            Dear Mahila,
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            I think that you’re more right than you realise! I expect a reversal of fortunes soon!
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            You’re an exemplary commenter, Mahila. Thanks.
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            Panini

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            soma,
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            I began to add the NIC number
            only as a way to counter claims that I was a Tamil using a misleading handle. In our sick society, such things may happen.
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            I adopted the “Sinhala” handle because, not speaking Tamil, I could hardly call myself “Lankan”.
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            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/bond-scam-arjun-deleted-all-call-records-at-perpetual/
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            A week later, I have made a comment here:
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            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/bond-scam-arjun-deleted-all-call-records-at-perpetual/
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            The gravatar is the same!
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            Soma has wanted a photograph; look carefully, and you will find two! You will also find that at that time we were allowed to use multiple handles, and I have used two, but the gravatar of Sinhala_Man is the same. The other handle is Panini Edirisinhe.
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            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-thomian-pharisees-are-unrepentant-why-this-matters-to-all-sri-lankans/comment-page-1/#comments
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            “leelagemalli” is not a racist in the Lankan context; I didn’t then realise that in the global context he is. He hates brown people.
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            Scroll up now to a later comment by “leelagemalli”, in which he claims that my father’s name is in parenthesis. Where? If found, the explanation will be conclusive!

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              Happy New Year everyone !

              Sorry Douglas, I thought, I don’t want to bother you and the others, but have to answer the serious charges again and again.
              .
              “He hates brown people.” Verleumdung/slander is punishable in Europe. Some get prison sentences. Not matter young or older. However, the rule of lawlessness in a country can attack anyone verbally or in writing. That is why, srilanken youtubers spread lies from dawn to dusk.

              Anyone can accuse others of being, racist, murderers or freaks, rapists or other criminals, however this should be done with evidence: if this is not the case, most of them are NPP pranksters like Nalin Hawege or hate speech. They are born to spread hatreds and making every efforts to be powerful politicians for this nation ?.

              Scroll up now to a later comment by “leelagemalli”, in which he claims that my father’s name is in parenthesis. Where? If found, the explanation will be conclusive!-

              OC and I have already observed it once. If time would help me finding where it was. I will definitely provide the link so that it could be evidently proved.

              Peace, period !

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                What does this mean, “leelagemalli”?
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                “Scroll up now to a later comment by “leelagemalli”, in which he claims that my father’s name is in parenthesis. Where? If found, the explanation will be conclusive!-“
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                I just don’t know! It looks as though he has quoted something that I wrote, and then substituted his name for ‘my’. Most of the stuff that you write is gibberish of this sort.
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                Panini Edirisinhe

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      Ajith
      Should this ‘Tamil Candidate’ necessarily be of Hindu faith?
      One of Tamil speaking Islamic or Christian faith, even Buddhist faith not acceptable?
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      Soma

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        soma,
        Unlike Buddhist Sinhala ,Tamils was lead by SJV Selvanayagam was a Christian faith.

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          But Jaffna-Vellala domination was never contested.

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            SJ, I know very well you are a Jaffna-Vellala strong believer who sponsor Buddhist fundamentalism but people have changed a lot.

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              As often are again wrong in your guesswork.
              ” people have changed a lot.”
              I think that you should try too, hopefully for the better

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          Ajith
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          Now this is an “unnecessary comment!
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          A gentle reminder: re-word a part of your comment:
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          Tamils were lead by SJV Selvanayagam who was a Christian.
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          Lead/ led is a well known headache!
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          https://www.masterclass.com/articles/led-vs-lead
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          It is the strange nature of the English language that is to blame, not any of us!
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          Happy New Year to All. (Time in Lanka: 10:31 PM)
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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            I’m sorry, Ajith.
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            I must have been very tired last night.
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            In making the correction, I have prescribed the wrong spelling of one word.
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            For the past tense form, the spelling should have been “led”. Of course, I have given a link which should have made it clear to you that I had made a mistake.
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            So for the verb: Present simple: :lead (with singular subject – leads); Past tense and Past Participle – “led”. I hate discussion of grammar myself, but a second language learner has to be given rules, clearly and unambiguously. When I’m using the language, the correct form gets used “automatically”!
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            I’ve never considered myself a good second language teacher! However, if I make a mistake, I try to publicly correct it at the very next opportunity.
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            Panini Edirisinhe

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        Soma

        “One of Tamil speaking Islamic or Christian faith, even Buddhist faith not acceptable?”

        Look, in the last presidential election Gota aspired to win the elections only with Sinhala/Buddhist votes, and won it with 6.9 million Sinhala/Buddhist votes. The voters believed he was going to deliver public goods single handedly. The great hero of Sinhala/Buddhist ran away through back door.

        Now you want Judge C.V. Wigneswaran to contest the presidential election under the Tamil/Saivaite banner. What is your big idea? Do you think this will give Singha Le the most needed opportunity to start a riot?

        By the way tell us what was his contribution to Northern Province when he was the elected Chief minister of that province. The days present at the parliament 157 the number of days absent from parliament 179.

        Some Tamils believe since he is a Colombo Middle (or upper) Class Tamil his interests lie with Sinhala/Buddhist ruling class.

        Gajan Ponnanmpalam’s father Kumar Ponnambalam too contested in the presidential elections of 1982 and won – 173,934 votes.

        Is there a secret agenda?
        Will his candidacy help tilt support in favour of any of the established party’s candidate?

        I like to remind you our common candidate Sirisena.

        Happy holidays.

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        THE FAITH FOLLOWED BY THE CANDIDTAE IS IMMATERIAL!!! MOST IMPORTANT CRITERIA IS THAT COMMON CANDIDATE MUST BE NON-PARTISAN AND DECLARED NEUTRAL AND FOLLOW THE PLEDGE!!!??? DONT WANT A GUY AFTER ELECTION SAYING, “CAN’T DO”!!!??? BECAUSE, HIGH PRIESTS OF BURMA, THAILAND OR OUR OWN SL DENOUNCED IT, WHEN HE WENT TO PAY OBEISANCE AFTER BEING ELECTED!!!???
        “NO ATTA BOLE GUNDUS” PLEASE!!!???

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        Soma,
        My view, he could well be even an ATHIEST, but able to deliver precisely what was Manifestoed or Pledged at the elections to voters!!? No other doggy vagabond should be tolerated – skinned alive and made to RUN into the sea, for ‘CURING THE RAW FLESH’ in Brine, found aplenty in the Galle Face Sea!!!??? Then he may be reconsidered mature enough, Learned and Emancipated to be contestant for NEXT elections!!!!????

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      After many have written absolute tosh here, I have re-read Wiggy’s article. It makes sense, but so much of rubbish has come in, that we’ve lost the steady gaze that we should have fixed on the issues here.
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      I cannot say anything definitive here because the problems are not faced by me, or my family. But, yes. Minority voters in the North and the East must work out how much they can achieve by voting for first, their own person, and next, by using their Preferences to get a Tamil-friendly person in as President.
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      They may be able to hold the “balance of power” in the Legislature. Seems fair enough to me.
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      Panini Edirisinhe

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    Once again Wigneswaran is up to his old tricks. He is acting the second part of which was previously acted by LTTE leader Prabaharan after taking bribes from Mahinda Rajapaksa as confirmed by Tiran Alles even recently

    Wigneswaran as I have always mentioned is an agent of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Wigneswaran is trying his best to stop Tamil votes from going to SJB. This contract is handed over to him through his “sagala” Vasudeva Nanayakkara – a spent force politician who has no voter base.

    Wigneswaran’s act to stop Tamils from voting for a President who will beat SLPP nominee or any Rajapaksa is at play with this statement. Watch out Tamils. Do not fall into the trap of the Tamil Traitor!

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      Buddhist1: You are spot on. In that earlier “Drama” staged by Basil/Tiran/Emil Kanthan trio, this Wigneswaran has replaced Emil Kanthan.

      This, “Tamil Elite” will never give up their struggle for the continuance of their “Elite” and “Luxury” life of plenty and pleasures at the expense of downtrodden and exploited Tamil ordinary citizens. They are the other side of the coin of the Sinhala/Buddhist elite in the South.

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      Tamil Traitor?
      I thought that the phrase went out of vogue at least a decade ago.

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      B1 and D,

      In retrospect, Wiggie could have done more if he had been able to build a consensus among all the northern leaders. From what some young up-and-coming politicians like “Arun” are revealing today, the biggest obstacle in politics in that part of Sri Lanka is the old politicians.
      Their caste and religious conflicts are severe compared to southern Sri Lanka.

      While decades of experience as a judge and the education and being connected to prominent Sinhalese families( Vasidewa is family relative of Wiggie, and alone VASIDEWA NANAYAKKARA is highly instrumental srilanka not to have gone to IMF for funds and debt restructuring earlier), being able to speak the Colombo language and all, could help a lot, the fact that he’s provocative rather than peace builder is the bigger issue for me.
      The success over their Indian counterparts and our smaller nation is that they have more bridge builders who don’t allow criminals to rise above that large population. However, as I was forced to watch the video below, corruption is very high everywhere in India, including among TUK-TUK drivers.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyMy-p-89ho

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        Dear LM: When Wigneswaran, I had high hopes of him to be a “National Leader. But all my hopes were shattered when he joined the “Band Wagan” of the “Elite” Tamil Politicians of North & East OPERATING from Colombo.

        Assuming duties as the Chief Minister, he didn’t do anything for the welfare of the citizens of the North. Records, at the end of his tenure, showed that he had not spent even “60%” of the Central Government allocated funds, which were meant for the development projects of the North. Instead, he got involved in “Communal Politics” and wasted his time and the people’s money.

        Now he tries to play his next “Trick” of becoming the “Common Candidate” of the “Tamil People”. What does it mean? Again “Communal Politics”. Can he win to be the President of S/L? No. Doesn’t he know that? He knows it for sure. He wants to “Break” the votes of the Tamil citizens. That is why I call these types “HUMBUGS”.

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          Douglas, your point made on my comment to SOMA is contradictory.
          Of course, i usually add my two cents, always in keeping with the topic and some comment content.

          Now let me go back to ex-judgeWIGGIE and his alienating behavior. He could not grow beyond that, perhaps because of this, he could not build bridges within the Tamil community or with Sinhalese radicals in the south despite having so many resources (sinhala language skills, education, sensititvity, close assoication with sinhala racists and radicalists etc).

          Meta-analyses based on population statistics confirm that some people are unable to balance thinking despite being qualified for various academic titles, for example the late former foreign minister Qadir Garmer or now India’s foreign secretary, but many with various academic qualifcations end up like JUNIOR politicians.

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          Douglas,
          .
          Whether you attack me knowingly or unknowingly, I respect some of your opinions on various topics. Some of them are really good in our estimation. A month ago I stayed in a good hotel next to your house in Unawatuna. I didn’t trust to meet anyone as I was busy with your friend’s persecution tactics.
          .
          Have a safe and healthy New Year!

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            My Dear LM: Thank you.

            Wish you a Happy New Year!

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    Don’t matter what the Tamils do ……….. don’t matter what the Sinhalese do …….. don’t matter what the Gods up above do. We are all doomed.

    What is the meaning of life ……… of a Lankan? Does it have any meaning …..someone can define?

    Native, are you living because you were born? ……….. Or has Ranil defined your life for you?

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      nimal fernando

      “Native, are you living because you were born? ……….. Or has Ranil defined your life for you?”

      China Wants to Move Ahead, but Xi Jinping Is Looking to the Past
      As China’s leader embraces more elements of Mao Zedong’s rule, its people are confronting a more uncertain future – The Wall Street Journal reports.
      https://www.wsj.com/world/china/china-wants-to-move-ahead-but-xi-jinping-is-looking-to-the-past-cf2e076b?mod=Searchresults_pos1&page=1

      My problem is neither Ranil nor Mahinda.
      The way things are it appears Xi Jinping is going to run this country with revived Mao’s cultish ideology. I am confident we can fight the enemy within but not the enemy from 4000 miles away from this little island.

      The only person who would happily welcome Xi’s possible U turn is SJ. We need to fight China man with tooth and nail.

      You keep worrying about little men of this island however I have greater responsibility, that is I am worried about dictators of this world.

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    There is no necessity to explain the problems faced by Tamils such as discrimination of Tamils by the Sinhalese governments for the past 75 years because most of the Sinhalese are fully aware what is going in the country and those who do not know will never trust what Tamils say to them than what Buddhist Sinhalese priests says. So far those Sinhalese political parties who accepts that Tamil have
    been living in the North East for a long long and the Tamil is their mother tongue and the power should be shared with them are very few and they do not have accepted by Sinhalese people. Not even 0.5% of voters accepted the socialist party. The left parties now surrendered to big racist party.Even the NPP is prepared to give assurance that they are ready for a federal solution.

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      Ajith: “NPP is prepared to give assurance that they are ready for a federal solution”

      What is the nature of the “Federal Solution” that NPP has assured?

      Could you please give me the details of the “Federal Solution”, you intend to have?

      Thank you.

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        Dear Douglas,
        It is good to dream of NPP as an alternative, but the question is whether they are really strong enough to become the lifeline of this nation in 2024 where half of the people are destined to fall under the severe economic hardships of the day ?

        Truth as it is, NPP has no whatsoever magical powers (economically or internatonally) to make this country a singapore within a few overnights.
        They should also go through the same path, that is being directed by RW -led caretaker govt. If IMF would be kicked off, the edge of precipice we will fall in, will be beyond estimation.

        Only a force led by a powerful leader who is respected and friendly with external affairs can hold the balloon just under the water for sometime. Holding it to somtime can be need of the hour until some levels of economic revival is gained.

        Without external support, srilanka is already a dead nation.Is not that not obvious ? So called sinhala supremacists may think otherwise that they would and could do much, but we should finally understand we are even poorer than rising Ethiopians of the day.

        tbc.

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          cont.
          Opinion polls signal that NPP supporters are on a rise by day, but those who are close to them now are not informed voters, but so are parts of the previous 6.9 millions who betrayed it for the return of known demons by November 2019. So how can you rely on them ?

          How can anyone in any sane mind continue to hold out MORE hope, with most of the CRUCIAL questions repeatedly raised by a moderate commentator (Raj-UK), BEING DODGED?

          Just as Sinhala Buddhist monks (not real Buddhist monks) perform their “SADU SADU EFFECT” in a pirith chant amusing the totally hallozinatoned- nation, AKD’s public statements and performances about totaly 75 years of curse makes me CONFUSED again and again.
          And that’s the normal behavior of a political wave in Sri Lanka before elections. Nothing new.

          Besides, current economic recovery OF the island means that even “SHAKRAYA” cannot help easily, with a big rock as big as Sigiriya standing in the way, even today the whole lof of voters being similar to blind and deaf people.
          Nor do they seem close to it.
          However, “Jayawewa Malimama” is their cry. There is a huge passive fraction that stay indifferent and speechless even today.. To me, even today, this country is suffering more than any other from the problem of having no leaders and eligible voters.

          tbd

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        “What is the nature of the “Federal Solution” that NPP has assured? “
        Could that be within 3 or 4 feet in or out of the fence of the 13A (” without merging North East, without land, without justice and police authority”) border Suren Surendran, Ayatollahs and Evil are offering? Or, are you expressing your fear that the Secret Solution NPP offering may drastically deform the Landscape of the Bankrupted Wildlife Sanctuary, SinhaLE Lankawe? If you know about the Federal Solution the NPP is offering, comment about it please, we are too interested in that. If not, instead of spoiling serious talk, can you take some time to learn about the “Federal Solution offered by NPP” and then start your anti Tamil election campaign?
        Puny brain and ridiculously inventive destructive Sinhala Buddhist mind!

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        Douglas,
        It is a good news but it will be bad for NPP.

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          Ajith,
          .
          Please explain yourself at greater length. I have real difficulty in understanding this.

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            S_M,
            I am sure you refer to my response to Douglas “It is a good news but will be bad for NPP.”

            You must be aware that after 2009, in 2010 Presidential election Tamils supported Sarath Fonseka because he promised for devolution of power and recently (2019 Presidential )Tamils supported Sajith who also promised for devolution of power and both Sarath Fonseka and Sajith Premadasa lost to Rajapaksas. They lost by more than 10%. So, the assurance of NPP of a federal solution may be favourable for racist Rajapaksas.

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    Ideally yes. But is it possible for everyone to agree on one common candidate? I think not.

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    If any Tamil people feel that the change in presidency will make no difference to them the person has every right to keep away or spoil the ballot paper.
    So the problem now is that there is nobody like the LTTE to ensure a full boycott.
    Does the writer not know why and when the LTTE decided that Tamils should boycott? I am sure that he is not speaking out of ignorance.
    To have a bully to prevent people to act according to their wishes is not healthy politics. The Tamils were denied a voice in 1975–76 to discuss separatism by the order of the late leader of the TULF.
    Since then the Tamil people were rendered voiceless. A lack of informed discussion is a tragic state of affairs enabled by the Tamil media.
    Let us say that an overwhelming majority of the Tamils vote for a ‘common candidate’.
    I am sure that he/se swill not sin unless an overwhelming majority of the Sinhalese abstain.
    There is something called the 2nd & 3rd preferences. Will the Tamils be permitted t exercise that option? An exercise of that option will make the boycott meaningless. As in the event of an absolute winner, the 2nd preference will probably decide the winner, or it may go to include the 3rd preference.

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      Are we sure that Tamil voters will not be secretly advised on their 2nd preference by their leaders or their foreign patrons?
*
If the message is that the election makes no difference, there is a case for a boycott.
If there is a view that the vote for the common candidate is a strong message, so be it. But if Tamils will be asked to express a second preference and who the candidate should be is something that has to be decided in advance along with the decision to field a common candidate.

      I am sure that the Tamil candidate will not win unless an overwhelming majority of the Sinhalese abstain (or many choose to vote for the Tamil common candidate).
      The country is now looking for miracles, and anything is possible.

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        CONTINUING
        .
        What if neither candidate has go up to 50%, after all Preferences are counted? There is no provision of a re-poll. The new President could be elected on something as low as – say – 35%. Sounds unfair, but it will be legitimate, because before the campaign has even begun this possibility is known (to those who have bothered to think!).
        .
        I shall stop there for now, to pick up the argument again only if what I have said is shown to be wrong.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe

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        SJ: It is no secret that the so-called “Minority” vote exists in the body politics of S/L. That is why political parties have been registered with the ethenic symbol, viz. Tamil, Muslim, and further divided into “Up-Country/North/East Tamil”; “Muslim” into East & West, and that division continues and spread into “Sects”; “Class”.

        All these “Minority” party winners are named from day one as “King Makers” and they get SOLD on a “Bidding” basis. But the only exceptions were, SWRD, JRJ with 5/6th, and Gota with 2/3rd winnings. It is not an easy task to convert this trend to a well-informed decision-making process in the elections in S/L.

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          The minority vote has other dimensions too: caste is an important parameter.
          Some issues concern elitist clan rivalries. Others concern genuine grievances.
          But misinformation and disinformation are the forte of the media.
          The electoral system is heavily loaded against those without financial means. The media manipulate and are in turn manipulated by a few.
          Read through a days contribution to these pages ad you can judge how interested the sample literate in English is in being informed at all.
          Well informed is for a later day.

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        It is not necessary for Tamil voters to use the second or 3rd preference because Tamil candidate in the first place to show that they are not interested in take part in selecting Sinhalese racist politicians.

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          A
          I thought that you were counseling the JVP not long ago about how to tick off the Tamil politicians!
          A boycott speaks louder than voting.
          It is daft to expect that there will be no significant 2nd & 3rd preferences in the event of a ‘common’ candidate?

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      “As in the event of an absolute winner, the 2nd preference will probably decide the winner, or it may go to include the 3rd preference. “
      What do you mean? May I know the new substance gaining reception in the UOJ neighborhood? Sounds like very enlightening and influencing your illimitation,
      “ The Tamils were denied a voice in 1975–76 to discuss separatism by the order of the late leader of the TULF. That statement could become true considering your suffering from the new Badu.
      Where Siri Ma O’s candidate VP stood, then? VP said he will bring in Banda – Chelva Pact+. The VP Modaya was unaware of the pact that he was contesting against “Chelva” the receiving party on the abrogated Banda-Chelva pact and realizing the ingenuity of the SLFP in that pact, Chelva was standing for self-determination. Siri Ma O ordered VP not to use the leaflets mentioning the Banda-Chelva pact.
      This is how VP’s fate ended: “The by-election marked the end for the aspirations of the Sri Lankan left-wing in the North. …… Ponnambalam later stated that he regretted having stood in the election. The election left him disillusioned with the United Front, and he withdrew from it. “
      Come on, now, instead of hiding your own story in your Amude, release it. “Who squeezed Tamils’ throats against Siri Ma O.

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      Will the Tamils be permitted to exercise that option?
      Who will have the power to block or permit to exercise that option?
      Is it Sri Lankan Military, or Douglas Devanda’s militant group or LTTE?

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        You may have your preference among blockers.
        I have no such preference.

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      Yes, dear SJ,
      .
      Although
      in something like seven Presidential Elections the Preferential votes have not been counted, it will be good if we could all start thinking of ways in which to use Preferences.
      .
      There will be only one systematic (for now let’s not bother about the system, although I don’t mind elaborating if anybody wants me to) counting of Preferences after the First Round of Counting is over with no conclusive winner.
      .
      Whose votes will be counted again? All those who voted for candidates other than A and B, where A came first, and B second. Why not a THIRD round of counting?
      .
      If a voter who voted FIRST for X, has placed A as 2nd Preference and B as his 3rd, his vote will go into A’s pile and his 3rd vote for B will be of no further use. Please think it out, to avoid this getting tedious.
      .
      The process of counting will stop the moment one candidate has topped 50%. Since the now leading candidate has got 50%+ONE vote, there’s no way the other guy can overtake him.

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        CONTINUING
        .
        What if neither candidate has go up to 50%, after all Preferences are counted? There is no provision of a re-poll. The new President could be elected on something as low as – say – 35%. Sounds unfair, but it will be legitimate, because before the campaign has even begun this possibility is known (to those who have bothered to think!).
        .
        I shall stop there for now, to pick up the argument again only if what I have said is shown to be wrong.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe

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        S_M,
        I personally think, that there is NO USE of preferences at all!!!??? The ERUDITE, EMANCIPATED Majority (last-time 6.9 M, this time grown up to 7.3 M), COULD JOLLY WELL DO WITHOUT THE TROUBLE of trying to count LABORIUOUSLY the PREFERENCES ON ELECTION NIGHT – burning mid-night OIL!!!??? “LEAST SAVE THE POWER”, allowing the CEB to contribute to pay our debts!?

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          Mahila, –

          wish you a happy new year ! stay healthy !

          LM

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            LM,
            Thanks and wishing you the same

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          Dear Mahila,
          .
          I understand what you’re saying.
          .
          However, may I lay my cards on the table.
          .
          At the next Presidential Election, I’d like AKD to win. So AKD gets No 1.
          .
          However, if something goes wrong, I’d like to prevent the Rajapaksas and Ranil from winning. So one of my Preferences to Sajith Premadasa, whom I’m not at all keen on. the Third Preference seems to be of no importance. I’ll give it to some likable guy.

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            S_M,
            Understand where you are coming from!! Each one has their aspirations and that is the Basis and Basics of Democracy!!! Good Luck!!!! I’m still sceptical as I feel strongly that Pledges or Manifesto must be made prior to election for the electorate to make an INFORMED DECISION and vote to elect the person (s) of choice!!!???
            Otherwise what is the difference between, the uneducated Rural, but dignified electorate of 6.9 M., who elected Gota and the HERD who only Graced (sorry, my apologies WRONG/INCORRECT spelling) – GRAZED the land to mismanage and loot the wealth of the country already PLUNDERED FOR 16 YEARS!!!??? Only helped to amend the constitution to facilitate and augment the desire of unscrupulous elements and VANISH, then MANIPULATE GOVERNANCE of SL!!??

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              M
              Pledges are made more often not to inform an electorate but to misinform and disinform.

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    Boycott or put forward a Common Candidate?
    Will it make a difference?
    Personality clashes amongst the Tamil political class has been there for donkeys years.
    PLOTE,LTTE, TELO, EPRLF etc etc came into being due to these personality clashes.

    There is more division with the Minority Tamils in their political formations than the
    corresponding Sinhala Majority.
    The Tamil political outfit has been told by Ranil Rajapakse that any resolution will have to wait AFTER the election and with the adoption of a New Constitution.
    No one believes this gundu.
    A boycott is tenable if there is a strong out fit like the LTTE. So this is out.
    Common candidate? This would further develop into bitter debates and fragmentation of the different political parties of the Tamil side as the months roll by.
    History has a dirty habit of repeating itself………………….A HOBSONS CHOICE for the Tamil voter in addition to the VAT…………………

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    EVEN BEFORE THE ELECTION IS DECLARED AND DO NOT KNOW WHO WILL BE THE CANDIDATES WHY THESE GUYS ARE FIGHTING WHETHER TO BOYCOTT OR PUT UP A TAMIL CANDIDATE.THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS THAT TAMILS IN SRILANAKA IS HAVING LOT OF POLITICAL PROBLEM.YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PUT UP A TAMIL CANDIDATE FOR THE WORLD LEADERS TO GET KNOW ABOUT OUR PROBLEMS FROM 1948.SOME OF THESE GUYS WANT HAVE A DEAL WITH SINGALA CANDIDATES TO MAKE SOME MONEY.IF THEY DO NOT WANT TO WORK UNDER SINGALA LEADERSHIP THEY MIGHT AS WELL BOYCOTT PARLIAMENT ELECTION WHICH THEY WILL DO IN THEIR LIFE TIME.MOST TAMIL POLITICAL LEADERS ARE DOUBLE GAME AGENTS.

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    Unless that Tamil candidate is from a national party, it serves no purpose for being number two or below. Waste of precious votes. It’s over 14 years since the end of the Government-LTTE war; a point was made by both.
    .
    It’s about time the next president of Sri Lanka should be able to converse both in Sinhala and Tamil effortlessly.

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      Waste of precious votes. It’s over 14 years since the end of the Government-LTTE war; a point was made by both.

      I believe you are still, possibly, in the era of when Britain handed over the country in trust for Ceylonese to a man, who was a Telugu, Tamil, Burgher, Sinhalese, Hindu, Catholic, Sinhala Buddhist, Royal, Lord, Radala, Karawa and a Kallathoni. That behavior is nothing but sheer ridiculousness. preciousness…dearness….. of the Sinhala Buddhist votes? unintelligible mechanical talk! For how long the IMF is going to back up the maintenance for the Sinhala Buddhist Aanduwa’s votes’ preciousness? After Britain killed LSSP in the daylight in 1948, a Phenix, the NPP, emerging from the ashes in 2024. But I am at a loss to understand whether you are living in a world as backward as Lord Soulbury’s time or little advanced forward up to the time of Donomore, who conferred the “Universal Franchise and the Precious Votes to the Sinhala Buddhists?
      Anyway, I wonder what you are going to do with the conserved, precise votes, which Tamils didn’t know what to do with, from 1948 i.e., whether to burn or eat and swallow before others notice them. Would you mind taking a partnership with Old Rowdy Royals, and pay Tamils with Biryani and Arrack sips, which the same dole or rate the Sinhala Buddhist are getting for their votes?

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      For your info, the Tamil ministers who signed for ratifying the Soulbury constitution were defeated, and their parties were abandoned within the next or other election, by Tamil voters. The Federal Party and its pedigree organizations, TULF and TNA, who represented the North East Tamils are closed by Sampanthan Aiyya by request of the Evil Emperor, in exchange for “Secret Solution”. Leader Pirapaharan didn’t ask for votes but was giving options. So, Tamils do not have anybody to vote for. Either Tamils no longer have the “Precious Votes” which was conferred by Lords Donomore and Soulbury through the “Universal Franchise”, in exchange for the support of the Estate Tamils to deport the Australian Communist Bracegirdle, who was representing the Estate Tamils in British Ceylon. Tamils lost their Precious Votes in the Sinhala Buddhist Land’s elections, because when Siri Ma O was creating the Sinhala Buddhist Communist Republic, SJV was shown the door of the Constitutional Council by her. After the 1978 constitution, Tamils’ representation was removed from Parliament for the MPs opposing 6A. After the 1983 election, some of UOJ Sadampi’s Brethren went to the Diyawanna Lake Palace and signed the 6A but were hunted and cooked by Leader Pirapaharan’s snipers. Now Tamils have no vote, nobody to vote, nothing to vote for.

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      How could you insist on “Previous Votes” for Tamils wherein the elections, democracy for Tamils was denied by Britain from the very beginning. From 1948 to until now, almost every year Appe Aanduwa has manipulated the elections laws, either to outrightly disenfranchise Tamils, or elude their capacity to influence the election results as a national group. Lord Soulbury, iron fist handedly, wrote his constitution and had it ratified forcefully through Tamil ministers who were bribed with their position through the same constitution. Did Lord Soulbury ask the Tamils to express their opinion on the form of a government they want, by using their Precious Votes? Sad part is the Tamils’ votes are becoming too precious only when to uphold the IMF’s appointment of Evil as the Lord of Langkang. Why are you trying to fix the latter error (i.e. Tamils not paying homage to the votes of the Sinhala Buddhist Land) on which the wound is still fresh, while the Old Wound is dripping pus and smelling (the continuation of Unitary Soulbury constitution ‘s oppression of Tamils through 1972 & 1978 constitutions?) Why are you insisting on “Precious Votes theory for Tamils, which neither Lord Soulbury nor Donomore could understand, so apparently, they ignored the worthiness those votes can deliver to Tamils by allowing them to select a government that would uphold the sovereignty they have over their land and the life?

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      Why are you insisting on the Precious Votes theory to Tamils, while the Old Rowdies and Evil Emperor wants to have the last Colonialists’ democratic traces cleanly flushed out of Wildlife Sanctuary, SinhaLE Lankawe?
      Ceylon is a skyscraper built by Britain without foundation dug in the land. It stemmed from the enforced unitary government system where the Tamils’ voters had no sovereignty or sayings attached. So, the country is crumbling now because of bankruptcy, because the interest of those who run the government and interest of those who elect the government are not linked by the Soulbury Constitution. So, the empty word of Precious Votes is not able to give any traction of sense of sovereignty to Tamils. It is only a pompous, bogus person who only would talk to Tamils about “Precious votes’ ‘ in the Sinhala Buddhist Appe Aanduwa.

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      Dear Fairmindedone,
      .
      I’m not looking much beyond the next election, but yes, we have to keep it in mind that we want communal politics to stop.
      .
      Here’s a very important prospect for you to keep in mind: Saroja Paulraj
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo9qgadB2tc&t=87s
      .
      Saroja Savithri Paulraj Tamil Speech 07.02.2021. I don’t understand any Tamil at all; however, I can tell you that her Sinhalese surpasses mine, and she’s shown absolute commitment to the NPP. We’ve surely had enough of frogs that jump! And she’s a woman!
      .
      The NPP is quite capable of taking all that into account and pushing her forward in 2030. I’m sure that for AKD it is “issues” that are important, not his personal glory.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe

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    Sri Lanka is facing a humanitarian catastrophe with around half the population estimated to be driven into poverty during 2024. In these conditions, we cannot continue to debate about who will get votes at elections etc. The nation must instead, collectively rise as one, and wrest back their country from the parasitic political class that has ruined and continue to devastate the country, with their criminal elements within the religious and corporate classes. A young, educated and genuinely committed network of individuals from the grassroots level must be assigned the job of administering the country, completely removing the mechanisms for corruption and unfair advantage or privileges that are outside the merit framework. Elections have never delivered justice for the people, and individual leaders can never succeed when the system around them is corrupt to the core. Vigneswaran and others must change their focus accordingly.

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      In these conditions, we cannot continue to debate about who will get votes at elections etc. The nation must instead, collectively rise as one, and wrest back their country from the parasitic political class that has ruined and continue to devastate the country, with their criminal elements within the religious and corporate classes.
      Yes, the cat has to be belled, can’t afford to allowing it to go with its savagery for ever like this. Protesters took it up the neck of the cat. But the cat has dodged!

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    The only problem of the Tamil people is that they live in a country where they have no right to stay.
    /
    The Tamil speaking people including Muslims came to Sri Lanka either as slaves or as kallathonies without consent from the indeginios Sinhalese.
    /
    You people’s 30 year LTTE kallathoni terrorism killed more than 100,000 Sinhalese and cost them $2 trillion.
    /
    Troble making Wigneshwars’ and Ponnambalams’ ethnic background is documented and they are not even ethic Tamils. In fact they are of Malabari descents.
    /
    Remember, Tamils’ only homeland is Tamil Nadu. So stop stealing 1/3 of Sinhalese motherland.

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      Tony the rep of the total ignorants and racists is back to hurt the minorities. We should be ashamed motherland to have given birth to this kind of bastards. This is a curse while SLPP #s and racists are on a rise again.
      .
      This should be stopped by hook or by crook.

      If he says that minorities live in a country where they are legally not allow to – then the despicable man should be able to that we the sinhalayas too should not ahve the right to live in this country if the argument is right.
      Sometimes, we find poisonous reptiles in the backyards, if we just ignore them, we will get bitten to death. Likewise, we should all stand against the kind of racists. Btw, whole lot of evidences are mapped, that We are all moved from India to this country long long ago.

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        LM
        Good to see that you have stood up for verbal racial hatred. Brainwashed or plain stupid, many Sinhala Buddhists believe them to be of a superior race with a superior religion but looking at Trump’s white Christian supremacist vote base, it is no wonder because the majority lesser educated ‘sons of the soil’ even in developed countries can be easily manipulated by stirring up emotions with ‘nationalistic’ ideology, which, politicians have exploited to their benefit.
        US voted for Obama but Trump reversed the trend. UK Tories appointed a Hindu from an ethnic minority as PM when the going was tough but the actual poster boy is Boris J, despite his apparent bungling because he is the true Englishman who ‘got Brexit done’ & ‘freed’ UK from European ‘Control’. Even CBK soft pedalled the appointment of internationally accepted Kadiragama, despite being a Buddhist, in favor of red blooded Sinhala Buddhist ‘patriot’, MR. So, its ridiculous to think any non Sinhala Buddhist would accepted as President.
        Cont.

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          Cont
          As long as we have minority parties, SL will be racially divided. Mainstream parties should broaden their nominees for Parliament to include all minorities with their own faiths for broader representation. When will we accept that SL is a multi cultural & multi religious country & move forward? Will ethnic & religious clensing make SL ‘great’ with Sinhala Buddhist ‘mullas’ running the country like Iran?

          Will the NPP, the apparent forward thinking coalition of several parties, invite a minority party to join as well & maybe offer the PM post to its leader? This applies to SJB, UNP & SLFP too. Until that happens, we will always be backward in our thinking while the country sinks deeper in the quagmire.

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            Very good morning to you, in the last day of 2023. Thank you Raj. I really appreciate your views on Sinhalese-racism hovering over the island nation as an eternal dark cloud.
            This is similar to an “elephant in the room, no one is talking about it” topic. We should not compare it to some kind of economic and white American supremacy of a country over its fellow black communities. What we face it in srilanka is multiple times more. Black-White clashes are born in the human race by their birth. Remember, if a child is born, the question grand ma raises is, whether the child is ” fair complexion”…. why is that established in sinhala and tamil mind set from its conception ? conditioned south asian mentality ?

            Not one candidate on CT dared to see it the way you and I touched it. My usual commenter began to turn the stance into the usual mode, attacking me for anonymity. Poor guy would never learn it.

            Really, how many of us commenters on CT are anonymous?

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJ5WJUMkNq4&t=461s

            Almost most of us. why ? The country is branded as a human torturing chamber and proven in the daytime.
            Remember how the police kicked a drug addict’s neck in public and enjoyed watching it, a few days ago?
            Our people, especially the senior age group, don’t mind EVEN looking at them .

            We should be ashamed. Our Sinhalese race is more primitive than it appears.

            tbc

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              cont.
              Raj,
              ..
              Hiding identity on CT is one thing, repeatedly attacking minorities is another. As our Sinhalese believe, they should always be placed on top. why should the be treated like that ?
              Our older generation seems to have intractable priority issues. They confuse all this by blaming it on economic reasons. The dichotomy of topics is completely different. But some idiots who call themselves “scholars” and “educated” turn a blind eye to these issues.
              It is hard to think, if our seniors had done their job properly, the society would not be in such an abyss.
              During my 3 weeks in the island last November 2023, I was scared for my own safety. I was also traveling in several places in the south and Colombo. A large number of people are bloated with the little knowledge they have touched on many DAY today- subjects.
              MTA’s, Physiotherapists (not properly trained) and Pharmacists (not university educated) are unqualified but behave more like gods when visiting the elderly patients. It seems thatwhole lot of our seniors do not allow their children to correct them with facts. Overall, it has become a real mess. This is why I believe, immediately after WAR was declared to be over, they should have worked collectively on “REBUILDING the society”. They should have invested more onto it, rather than promoting “pocket filling tactics” of their business men and RAJAPAKSHE-supporters.

              tbc

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                Raj,
                Today the level of education has collapsed and it is obvious. Some do not even consider certain aspects of medicine. They waste time arguing. A small talk with some former teachers made me very confused. I tried to explain to them some of the vascular disease-based issues that arise with the rapidly growing number of diabetics and the aging population in the South Asian region.
                This is simple common knowledge in the developed world. However, many did not take me serious. Some questioned, “What did their ancestors do without scans, they only relied on “local healers and their advice”. Then I said, even down syndrome patients live long today, thanks to modern medicine. The kind of exchanges with them confused me so much leaving me a vaccum of thoughts. My friend Human Touch (commenter to CT) explained it several times. Mor of them, parents, former teachers or others (now in their retirement) (baby booming generation) never see things right. They never question “why”. They are confined to a “Sinhala Buddhist way of thinking” which is far from the true Buddhist philosophy. Prof. Kovoor who analyzed our people made it. For several decades. There is no change in their thinking even today.
                https://www.onmanorama.com/lifestyle/keralaspora/2020/07/05/sri-lanka-rationalism-malayali-prof-abraham-kovoor.html

                Anyone with a modicum of knowledge will understand the difference, no need to learn rocket science, but not for those who pursue revenge 24 hours a day.

                tbd

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                  cont.

                  Raj,
                  I think it is FAKE PERCEPTION of sinhala-buddhism raised sinhala-chaunism and aggrandizement, nothing else. Some older men and women ” repeat, that api yana thanata wedak koraganna onalu”…. meaning they lick bo-tree and do other rituals, thinking that would help them guiding better to the life after death.
                  :
                  Some good educated seniors seem to preoccupy themselves with ego issues rather than act appropriately when they trap their thinking in a “frog in the well” mentality. I have no doubt that the last breath of those stupid men will never be bright.

                  Even though they are branded as Buddhists (API BAUDDAYO), the whole world knows the country and its uncivilized affairs as an austere country, so none of these people are anxious to hang on.

                  Buddhism in Sri Lanka is limited to rituals and Jataka stories rather than focusing on “Dharma”.
                  Monks in fake disguise have taken it a joke as of today. Monks or those who are said to be monks waste millions for “clay pot carrying milk” related rituals to Ruwanwalisaya or the like places, while leaving far poor people in a lurch, not having even a meal a day.. I am speechless.
                  These days many of those drug houses that are being raided by the police are listening to pirith chants and information is being revealed that their close relatives are involved in drug trafficking.

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                LM
                I was just commenting how racism in the form of ‘nationalism’ & religious extremism seems to be shaping the world toady. SL is in dire straits now but the ‘aragalaya’ seemed to have opened our eyes that we are all Sri Lankans who have equal rites & should stand together. Unfortunately, that vision is no more. We are back at square 1 & I don’t know who is to blame, the politicians or the public.
                We can’t choose our ethnicity but religion is personal & we have a choice. There are the good & the bad in every community so I don’t understand the discrimination or hatred based only on ethnic or religious differences. Mainstream political parties should be open to all citizens but, at least, will an ethnic minority party be invited in a coalition to share power? Biden accepted a deputy from an ethnic minority but would we ever have a Tamil PM with a Sinhala President?
                Anyway, happy New Year, even though only in words, we can hope the new year will be better than the previous.

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                  Raj,
                  .
                  “Tamil PM with a Sinhala President”. Or other way around……
                  .
                  Not even in 10 years in SL..
                  .
                  If sinhala Buddhists would turn out to be ” Buddhists ” chances will be more.

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                    (Part I)
                    LM
                    How will the Mullahs of Maha Nuwara, Kanda Uda Rata look at it!!!??? Don’t think so, would be favourably!!!??Nor would it be APPROVED by Hierarchy!!!??? You know what happened to Katana Pulle and LK very well!!!??? People living under the GOLD PLATED (Not Real gold but plated sheet only)!!!!???? The then Donor, Preme was a grand visionary!!!???
                    Not that he was stingy to, or lacked the wherewithal to Fund with 18 Carat Gold, but Visualised possibility of malicious allegations against the Daliyawadana Nilama – the Lay custodian, to face the same ill-effects or dilemma being faced by Chief Kapurala (CK) of Kataragama Maha Devalaya since last Wednesday!!!???CK has been arrested charged for Misappropriation or Breach of Trust (BoT) as CK couldn’t account for the 18 Pooja Wattiya (TRAY) made of 18 Gold Sovereigns valued at Rs 6,250,000 !!!! And the investigators, I’m told pondering, whether to pursue PROSECUTION OR NOT as such course of action may diminish the aspect of Faith or Belief in this holy Place!!!??? If they charge CK, for breaching the trust of gods, “who will speak on behalf of the gods”? Any judicial
                    (TBC)

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                    “leelagemalli”!,
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                    How can we be sure what will happen in the future?
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                    What would you say if AKD becomes President this year, and following Parliamentary elections, appoints Saroja Paulraj as Prime Minister?
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                    Here she is in a 42-minute video, made two years ago, which my elder daughter (who knows Tamil) says is pretty fluent Tamil. I acknowledge that I cannot understand.
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                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGRGjmVDDec
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                    And these 9 minutes in 2022.
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                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTM8fxL2bLo
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                    And here she is in Sinhala:
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                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD8KRHFdx6g&list=PLJQOChTbEZcAQWR5zPpWqJRulBRsRoY6c
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                    and
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                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLEjDi8g7VM
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                    I have been told that she “knows English”; I don’t know how to interpret that.
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                    However, this I can assert: appointing her will (if it happens) be a master-stroke by AKD.
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                    Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V)

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                      Dear All,
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                      In general, I don’t believe in miracles, and I don’t support any corrupt politicians, but I’m not a fan of isolationists.

                      I wish Sri Lankans would be governed by SPD (Social Democratic Party – Die Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands) style politicians, because today the entire social structure is in shock.
                      Only proper guidence with enforcement of the rigorous law and order is the main key to uplift the poverty in SL through an export oriented market policies. People should all be part of their own contributions to the productivity.

                      In today’s entangled Sri Lankan context, where all society and culture are distorted, misled rather than corrected by facts, things cannot work as any European expert would hope.
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                      I agree with Dr. Harsha de Silva’s public explanation that in order for our youth to develop with a proud country that will become an economy of Malaysia, Vietnam or similar countries, we should build bridges rather than closing them. .

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                      Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V),

                      That is the hope of any reasonable person. I salute you for your brave fight for a better future for the youth of this country.

                      I don’t have to agree with your every thought, but it was indeed a sleepless effort on your part.

                      I have no clue whether it will be NPP or anyone else, my wish is to have a common body that represents the thoughts of various forces of the ISLAND population, because I believe further, because people will not respect only the thoughts of JVP-NPP. What I am saying is that in the short time I spent in the island in November 2023, I have gathered my own information by talking to CAB drivers, hoteliers, engineers, THAMBIl and fruit sellers, former professionals, businessmen, ex-teachers or many others.

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                  (Part II)
                  Interpretation of ownership of what is offered to the gods could have serious implications over a matter of faith
                  Heard from the grapevine – contemplating closing the case, as the TRAY of 18K Gold Sovereigns had been taken by the Monkeys abounding this THE Jungle surrounds of this Holy Shrine, thus exonerating the CK and restoring FAITH!!!???
                  What a country and what a solution!!!??? Without any other to COMPARE!!?? very UNIQUE indeed?

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                    Dear Mahila Mahthmaya@
                    thank you very much, I really appreicate your thoughts. As you know we usually read your comments with great care. –
                    At least you and Raj have seriously addressed “Sinhalese racism”. That was my intention too. Now we see that the wound is more like a “hidden fire covered in ashes” situation.
                    Why on earth can’t these people come to a consensus by accepting the fact that we are all the same citizens if we are born on this soil? As Reverend Malcolm Ranjith has consistently done to the “racialist crony politics” the Sangha along with all other religious leaders are adding fuel to the fire by either keeping their mouths shut or beating the drums.

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                  Dear Raj-UK,
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                  Your comment becomes ambiguous unless we agree who the leader of a country is. In England, King Charles III has no real power, so to say that Rishi Sunak leads the country politically is not misleading.
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                  Biden today leads America as President; Kamala Harris has faded into obscurity.
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                  It would have been the same had Kadirgamar (nominated M.P.) been made Prime Minister with Chandrika as President.
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                  It would be an interesting development if AKD transforms the outlook of the country to the extent that the NPP will be able to nominate this person as President:
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                  https://archives1.sundayobserver.lk/2020/07/19/opinion/npp-alternative-political-force-saroja-savithri-paulraj
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                  and if she is then elected President. I have seen this Saroja only on the web, but her Sinhalese is perfect. I can’t comment on her Tamil, but it seems very fluent.
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                  The NPP appears to be advocating changes as radical as that.
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                  Panini Edirisinhe

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                    SM
                    I am not specifically naming names, just a point if the general public in SL would accept a non Sinhala PM or President or even a party willing to share power with a minority ethnic party. Even if it does happen (for appearances sake), I doubt if there would be any synergy in practice when history proved otherwise. Sira & RW couldn’t work together, or for that matter, CBK & the JVP previously.
                    As for the situation in UK. the Monarchy is just a historical legacy that has no place in the 21st century. As PM, Sunak calls the shots (the buck stops with him) but to some, a non white Christian, in this case, whose heritage is from the former colonies, is unacceptable as the leader. However, whatever decisions he take, as with any PM, needs cabinet approval, otherwise, it is an autocracy, not a democracy. It is the leadership & vision of the PM that is necessary, the ability to convince the Parliament of the correct path to take.

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          “Good to see that you have stood up for verbal racial hatred.”
          Are you sure?
          It is to or for.

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            Is it to or for?

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              SJ, LM

              Thanks for pointing out the huge error, so, apologies for the grammar. Should have been ‘to’ & not ‘for’. I guess I haven’t still grasped the complexity of the English language & in need for some coaching, maybe, from SM when I am in SL next time. I don’t often ‘proof read’ my comments for grammatical or spelling mistakes as it is usually a spur of the moment comment or tired after work to spend too much time on CT. It’s usually bed time reading, unless its a holiday.

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                Raj-UK,
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                Have you also now begun play acting? I’ve been making very serious comments, and you have now begun to make frivolous comments (I don’t really think that SJ is to blame).
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                As you well know, you have ensured that we will not have our contact details, and then talk about meeting me – to discuss English grammar! I’m pretty sure that in my case anybody will be able to establish contact with me, but I would to do so, but I’d like to discuss something more worthwhile.
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                https://mgdc-chararisharief.com/elearn/Political%20Theory-1stSem.pdf
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                No, I don’t spend my time with stuff as serious as that, but please try to act in keeping with with the frequency of your comments.
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                Panini Edirisinhe

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                R-UK
                It was a slip I thought.
                But for one who has lived for long enough in an English-speaking country, your excuses are pathetic.

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                  SJ
                  My English is adequate to get by & my written communication at work is limited to standard technical reports which I double check before presenting.
                  You may be surprised that many average Brits whose first language is English, are unable to write a grammatically perfect letter or report, if not for templates, auto corrections & spell checks. Therefore, in my adopted country, I am excused if I make a mistake, which would anyway have come to light at some point & clarified. As long as the message is understood, the grammar & spelling is immaterial, unless it is a wide publication where proof readers ensure the correct use of words & spelling. A Japanese colleague used to tell me that he would never understand the English language but we still communicate in English. It is the same with other foreign colleagues, & sometimes we resort to Google translations because languages can be quite complex even if considered fluent. Although I made a blunder giving the opposite meaning & you kindly took the trouble to point out, I am sure everybody got the gist of my comment.

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                    I think that you are over working to defend what I would call a minor lapse that inverted the meaning of what you intended.
                    I pointed it out in a light vein.
                    I wonder what you struggling to defend.

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                Raj, Happy New Year,!
                I really appreciate your comments on Sinhalese-racism against minorities in the country. Your comments are well thought out.
                Unfortunately we had the opportunity to extend the discussion and not a single commenter contributed except you. I was speechless there. That’s the usual response from our commenters. Most of the time they don’t care much about alarming issue like this.
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            Raj, please answer to SJ.
            Thank you.
            This is how some interpret it. Instead of insulting the messengers, they should collectively stand up against the Tonys and the Rajapaksas.
            I have never been a racist or pro-Sinhala Sri Lankan. I will protect lanken minorities in Europe whenever I can. So this hit me in the head.

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      What a disgusting and cowardly comment from this man who will never voluntarily divulge his identity.
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      [Edited out]

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        whose is disgusting, mine or that of TONY ?
        Without psychiatrists your thinking is more dangerous. Please don’t divert the valuable discourse so that rational thinkers will collectively stand against “Sinhala-racism above their minorities”
        Thank you and hope the coming year heals your thoughts.
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        What I said here applied to the racist comment by “Tony”. The comment by “leelagemalli” was not visible when I made my comment.
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        If there is confusion on this score, it shows us how distortions have begun to set in.
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        Please go back (perhaps a few years) to note that I have been consistent throughout.
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        Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of Bandarawela
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          Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of Bandarawela

          Thanks for the clarification. THat means a lot to the readership.

          This should have happened at the beginning so that many could share their thoughts on this. RACISM is one of the deadly cancers on our nation.
          Now that the article’s deadline is approaching, anti-Tony total defiance is not yet reached. Tony aka rebirth of “Eagle eye” should directly be rejected by all good willing people.
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          Whatever your clarification is, the “red thumbs” added to the comment indicate something else. I still wonder why so many commentators remain silent in front of vicious Tonys. Why is it that not even a minority commenter dares to advance the anti-racism discussion?

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    Why don’t the Tamils in SL & in rest of the world publish a newspaper in all 3 languages in order to make all the Sri Lankans WISER, more knowledgeable,
    Politically mature VOTERS so that theyir VOTES will not be bought over with the ILL GOTTEN money.
    Tamils should vote the LEAST NASTY
    Candidate

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      Dear Naman,
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      It sounds as though, according to you, that of the credible candidates, even the “LEAST NASTY Candidate” is Sinhala.
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      It is very unfortunate, but this is true.
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      May I present you with this admittedly specious argument.
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      Feminists claim that they are equal to us men.
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      There is only one claim that the one God lived on earth for some years, as a human, and we say that it is significant that he was then a man.

      Inconclusive, say the feminists. God fashioned two humans, one a man, the other a woman, A coin was tossed. It had to be the man; no suggestion that the woman was “inferior”.
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      Naman, you’re right! Vote for the LEAST NASTY!
      *******************************************
      Unfortunate counter to that: Yes, only one can be President, just as only one could be The Saviour. However, God designed two candidates, one per gender; in Lanka, all tenable candidates are Sinhala-Buddhists. I have met many who imagine that it is part of the Constitution!
      ******************************************
      Let’s go for a Practical Solution!
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      Panini Edirisinhe (483111444V)

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    Tamil politics has to take a serious deep look at its trajectory. SJ is right in saying “Tamils were denied a voice in 1975–76 to discuss separatism” which, to me, is the starting point of that trajectory which ended in Mullivaikkaal. It is entirely possible to argue the separatist call of 1976 was a response to Sinhala chauvinist politics and Tamils held the moral high ground. But that does not excuse the stupidity of the call for separation because two things were easily predictable in 1976: (1) that the armed struggle is bound to fail, and (2) it will result in acts of terror Tamils youth would inflict not only on Sinhalese but also on fellow Tamils. Both predictions have come true.
    Now that it is all over, the old guard (likes of Vigneswaran) should shut up and let a totally different trajectory evolve, which should be based on what are common problems in the island. Betterment of Tamil life has to come as part and parcel of betterment of the lives of everybody in the island. I saw some rays of hope during the Aragalaya period when organisers of it worked together for the betterment of all without reference to particular ethnic/religious divide. It seemed to set a good direction, but all of a sudden the C7 interests settled the show through the back door.

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    wigneswaran should contest the election.If no one gets above 50% can do some horse trading.

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      Shankar,
      Why does he have to be Wiggie? What qualifications has he proved during his reign? Don’t you all think that they have got good young candidates to be their representatives?

      May your coming year be peaceful and healthy!

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        leelagemlli

        He is a former distinguished supreme court judge.He also has charisma.Can’t think of any other tamil candidates with same except murali.You got to be a bit well known.

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          Shankar, I knew his qualifications. Thank you. I also know that he is more provocative than the opposite.
          The knife can be used to prepare a good meal as well as to kill someone on the spot.
          It is the language that matters in a country, and the long-term ethnic problem drives the nation. All those who talk about politics in Sri Lanka should not forget this.
          :
          India’s current FM, Subramaniam Jayashankar is polarizing the West because of his balanced discussions and exchanges with the West. The late Hon’ble Minister Mr. Laxman Kadiragamar is also the same. A decade after MR allegedly killed him, his name still shines bright today.
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          tbc

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            leelagemalli

            you are right that wiggie is too outspoken.Maybe sumanthiran?

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    None of Justice CV’s above reasoning are contrasting or magnifying enough to a common man the differences between Tamils boycotting the election and placing a common candidate and contesting. The greatest danger in placing a common candidate is the common candidate, even if they start with an honest mind, it will end up inducing them to use the platform to self-promote them for the upcoming local, provincial, and parliamentary elections. Another defect is there is no objective for a common candidate to attract the Tamils with a sincere campaign. If game playing techniques like this one start to deviate from the aims, all will point fingers at each other, nobody will take responsibility to fix the problem. End will only be muddling through all of the greed of the Tamil politicians involved. A substantial number of politicians will withdraw from the scene as soon as the common candidate is selected. This only will further wedge among the already quarreling Tamil leaderships. There are no new messages to tell Tamils by campaigning for this CC. I don’t understand the complicated logic that these two politicians are killing each other for. After all, in the south, they only have utterly corrupted, criminal UNP-SLFP Sinhala Buddhists to stand as candidates. Then what does that mean after the election? Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate, abandon the call for Genocide/war crime investigation; negotiate for the Secret Solution!

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    “Palaya Kurudi Kathavai Thiravadi” (My old blind darling, I am back to be with you, please open the door for me.) Then what is the point of this old gentleman having wandered through the mountains, valleys, deserts, jungles … ,. seeking international investigation, if he wants to be with his blind love again (, unless they want to accept Anura for a change!? Come on guys, say something different this time. Everybody is desperate to breathe some new fragrance and wants to see this stagnant same old cesspool drained. If the Common Candidates wants the job campaigning with the Sihala Community, ( a job that has to done by Sinhala politicians,) they need to tell Sinhala Community that the Tamils going alone only will rebuild their lost fortunes.
    As commentator Nimal Fernando very accurately assesses the situation, “There is nothing left for Tamils and Sinhalese to do any more”. While Nimal Fernando assesses the voting not going to have any effect on Sinhalese, Justice CV completely misses the point that voting or not voting in the election will have no effect in Tamils’ future. His comparison and contrast of “Boycotting or Common Candidate” must have stemmed from that Everest heavy foundation, i.e., a 20-year rejection has been, appointed as president by an ousted, and using Rapist Army to subdue the people’s uprising. No point in Langkang in having another election.

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    Can somebody in CT draw a narration about when it is ideal for a country to go to election or abandon election and go for uprising? Because of the repeated manipulation of all of them by the politicians in Lankawe, my mind is blank on that subject. From 1948, UNP-SLFP union has kept Sinhalese inside the chicken coop and have been staging all sorts of racist dramas for their power-hungry ethos. Such an unseen deficiency of political knowledge is an any human race community is being present in Sinhala Buddhists, has made Yahapalanaya and Royal Rowdies to get together and staging the Tamil Churches and tourist hotels bombing and pointing the blame on Jihadis and using the fools to win their election have made it is a concern not just for the country, but becoming an international concern too. Locally, 6.9 M Modayas voted for Rowdy Royals believing that they were saving the sovereignty of the country in the light of Tamil Churches bombing. International community now getting it that ignoring the Tamils’ call for international investigation for the Genocide can create a serious detriment for the trade and the commerce traffic of Indian Ocean. The International Community will grasp more on that when the political experts are done with analyses on the Israeli – Palestinian war dragging for too long and Houtis muscle flexing in the international waters.

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    Seeing the nefarious, dubious election campaign of 2019 underneath the shadow of Easter Sunday of 4/21, we wrote here, “Save the people to save the nation and save the nation to save sovereignty”. But those who had learned the taste and easiness of cheating fools, refused to fix them; ignored the suffering of people who were devastated by Covid -19, only to wear gold rings on their pets’ dicks. The uneducated and the exam cheaters who misrepresented them in examination halls, loaded them with intellectually challenging weights that they cannot carry. Now the fragile future of the country has been dropped on the hard rock and crumbled. China, the creditor Ameena, has entered the borrowers’ huts, to hostage take the housewives and children in exchange for the defaulted loan. IMF negotiated HairCut deal became fully successful only on the age old Kandy Ayatollahs’ heads, who meddle in Langkang politics, hand in hand with politicians, but not with China.

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    After so many secrets of the 4/21 are espoused to the Modaya public, and after so many have started to insist on an International Inquiry on that, recently, Old Rowdy conceded that they were not performing in saving the sovereignty of the country as good as Evil emperor, in leashing violence and controlling the protests; they are only good in reducing taxes. It appears that during the election campaign, these politicians have meant that “Saving the sovereignty” was creating Protesters by bankrupting Langkang and then subduing them with violence. Exactly that is what they are doing to Tamils, for the past 75 years. So now Old Rowdy King is switching the talk on his achievements in economy. In a 2019 election campaign meeting, Old Rowdy was looking left, looking right and even looking back, but did not know the answer to the sagging economy. What Old Rowdy is talking about is against the Court verdict which directly pointed at his name for bankrupting the country. Sadly, no Sinhala lawyers are prepared to take him to court for disrespecting the court verdict.

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    “Common Candidate knowing all three languages like Mr. Ponnambalam could do yeoman services to the Tamils.
    This is a disappointing, on the fly invitation to Ponnambalam to take the common candidate offer, considering the fact that Justice CV was one of the earliest proponents expressing interest in common candidature, while Ponnambalam is an election boycotter, all the way. Could a satisfactory common candidate be found within the Tamil political leaderships, by two individuals going for retaliatory exchanges? Would any person with some political maturity evaluate this as a workable solution? For my awareness there is no clear objective for a common candidate to attract the Tamils with a sincere campaign that has been discussed by Tamil leaders. Isn’t it that action should have preceded before deciding on the candidate? Is that the Tamil leaderships’ earnest hope that just by jumping on to the stage and bluffing with some unrelated past old history is going to convince Tamils, Sinhalese, and the international community? Is that being the position of them even after some commentators, opinion that all the related parties to the Tamils’ issue know all the facts! What are we planning to achieve by climbing on the stage to grab the Television companies giving 15 minutes or 30 minutes time? Apparently, they lack the capability to picture a scenario for action within their mind before performing.

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      This is an excellent comment, dear Mallaiyuran, and your reasoning is both logical and convincing.
      .
      Let me confess that I don’t often read your comments; let me give my reasons, although I’m not very sure that they will be seen to be satisfactory.
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      There are too many of them, and they are too long, with insufficient paragraphing. Another reason may be that you see everything from a Tamil perspective, but then you may well retort that I see all from a Sinhala perspective.
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      The truth may be that although I claim to empathise with “Tamil Problems”, I don’t understand them sufficiently, so that I end up behaving like a bull in a china shop!
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      Am I going to read all your comments? I know that I ought to, but where’s the time? So, the slightly dishonest answer is, “No!”.
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      Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of Bandarawela</b

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    End of this will only be muddling through all of the greed of the Tamil politicians involved, but nothing good will come out. A substantial number of politicians will withdraw from the scene as soon as the common candidate is selected. This only will further wedge between the already quarreling Tamil leaderships.

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    Sanakian, a Federal Party MP, today accused Justice CV that he, every three months, comes out with a messing up new idea. He claimed that the Federal Party is following their same objectives, so they met Evil when Evil invited them for another Secret Solution negotiation, but CV didn’t attend. This time CV didn’t go to meet Evil, on Evil’s invitation, saying that Evil did not implement 13A, as he repeatedly promised. That sounds like a true political position, but the feeble mind here is CV is the first one wanted to be the Tamil common candidate but pretending to be too generous to donate it to Ponnambalam, something he didn’t ask for. If Ponnambalam takes it as an insult, he may curl his rhetoric back at Justice CV. Why does a politician have to create the unwanted “Narathar Kalampakam” by pinching another politician without any purpose? Is that the politicians’ version of the toddlers’ groups playing games such as “Nullu Pirandu Killu Pirandu Kokkavilai Enna Poo”? Or is that Justice CV’s message that he is only following from wherever Ponnambalam stopped earlier? At the above-mentioned meeting with Evil, Sampanthan Aiyya said to Evil, if Evil was not willing to honor the promises he gives out, Tamils will have to approach the international community.

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    I do not have a clear understanding of that in turn to explain to the readers what that would mean, but I see there is a clear warning that has been passed to Evil. I want as question from Justice CV, or Ponnambalam or any other Tamil candidate who wants to be him/her selected as common candidate, are they prepared to give such a clear warning to Sinhala Politicians and the Sinhala Community on the political stage they appear, i.e., “solve our problems or have your heroes handed over to ICC ? If not, what is message they plan to convey on the stages and targets to whom? Do they have the gut to explain to Sinhala community in plain and simple words, “Brothers, see here, we the Tamils are not you first and foremost enemies, you have your enemies with in your community; they are your UNP-SLFP union politicians, who have relentless hunger to earn money by corruption and deposit in foreign banks. Tamils are not the one stealing your education, employment, wealth, and land. If so, would the Northern Province be the least wealth generating province in the Island, only accounting to 4% of the country’s GDP. East and North comprising ⅓ of the land but only having less9% of the income. Then how is it possible if Tamils are stealing the Sinhalese” ?

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    Do the Tamil common candidates consider them as that they have confidence to make the Sinhala Community focus on their politicians for their problems, instead of constantly looking for opportunity loot, arson, rape and murder the Tamils, for all the miseries created to them by their own politicians. Sinhala Community has let to know with evidence the reason for their bankruptcy is it was the Tamil Genocide war they fought with Tamils for $400B, not the Covid-19 nor Tamils. The Genocide war was fouth with China’s 3 months LC credit, not with any true income or any steady funding from any reliable partners. China which gave the 3 months LC credits to continue the war is now refusing to take a Haircut, but circling up in the Langkang sky with vultures’ eyes to grab more ports and Port Cities but no concession on the income that they made by forced selling to Langkang. Due to the recent rain, the entire country was flooded. So many ill planned highways are built to earn commission money, and China jacked up the loan account, but time and again it is the people losing their houses, properties, livestock, and adobe all their peace. Will the Sinhala Politicians be ready to form a TRO, go in front of Sinhalese and honestly confess to them, sorry Mahajan, it was we who caused this flood! NO

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    Isn’t it true that when Suren Surendran came to Langkang with the Satanic messages from Evil, all the Tamils rejected the proposal of going for a negotiation for political solution, from Ayatollahs or any other Bald heads, but they expressed that they wanted the international Inquiry? There are three incidents waiting for international inquiry. 1). 165,000 Tamils genocide in Mullivaikkal. 2). Bombing prayer places and accommodations of international communities, 3). Economic crime during the Covid-19. How did Justice CV and Ponnambalam were missed on this roster, and they are with their own agendas to roast each other? Or is that always our grace, “Vennai Thiralurathai Kandal Thaaliyai Udaikkirathu”, (after churning for long and the cream starts to float, they break the pot, spill all the good works?

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    Isn’t CV a few months ago jumped with his gun too fast to get Pondicherry police in replacement of 13A, while the 13A is one single closed package with 1). merging North and East, the home land of Tamils, 2). the land authority to manage that land, and 3). justice authority for Tamils seek justice from racist Sinhala rapist forces and the Aanduwas. What is the point of 13A without these individual elements? Should Tamil engage in this pointless debate of who is their true mother, 1) Who donated the embryo, 2). Who bore the Child and the one 3) who fed the child? Isn’t it that Tamils’ motherland has to have all three characteristics within her?

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      Malli,
      You have created a record today. Every single comment in the “Latest Comments” is by you.

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        OC,
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        wish you a happy and healthy new year !

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          LM,
          Wish you the same🙂

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            OC,
            Thanks OC, someone added you already a “red thumb”… I really don’t know what is going through the heads of those making these revengeful reactions. They hate us both, because we dont become part of their blurred dream on childish hopes made on NPP.
            If the NPP promises to reconcile them with foreign affairs and how they will bring “lots of dollars” into the country, I am ready to march with them immediately. But I’m still not sure who to support. I pray that people’s thoughts will be more realistic in the coming year.
            HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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        oc
        That too will go on the book of records that he is aiming at.

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        Thank you old.
        Your praising is encouraging. But there is a prickly saying in Tamil, coming to my mind, that is what deterring me. “Pig in the farm drops multiple piglets in one delivery (only to all of them be cut and eaten by the owner). But the might elephant in the jungle bears only one calf at a season, to dominate and rule the jungle. Yours is short and sweet!
        (LoL)

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    A boycott is not a pragmatic solution, as CVW says. But neither is a common Tamil candidate.

    CVW keeps harping on “… the airing of the trials and tribulations of the Tamils, greater understanding of our political position among the voter population could be ensured.”

    But this is something that has been done before with little to show for it. I seem to recall that TNA MPs Raviraj and Sumanthiran tried to explain Tamil grievances to Sinhalese audiences in Sinhala as well, but it didn’t help.

    As I see it, in the aftermath of the war in 2009, Tamil expatriates who visited the North-East were moved by the poverty, sickness, starvation, and lack of employment opportunities, etc., even as the SL military and Police continued their chokehold over Tamil life.

    This requires multiple points of focus, not the singular focus on federalism that Tamil nationalist parties generally have. I see this recognition even among previously strident Tamil nationalists who are trying to help support poor families; many of them have now become apolitical in their outlook, focusing on poverty alleviation.

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    contd.
    Tamil society has its left, center, and right, just like any other society. They can vote for one of the Southern parties (other than the MR/GR aligned parties who have been complicit in war crimes and crimes against humanity and continued to mistreat Tamil and Muslim citizens) that is most likely to improve their conditions, and hopefully even work on a political solution, even without any definitive agreement on the shape of the solution.
    Since such pre-election agreements invariably become fodder for the racist elements within Sinhalese society, most Sinhalese-dominated parties are reluctant to commit to such solutions. Only the tiny Marxist-oriented parties like the revolutionary communist party, with people in leadership like the bright and idealistic Deepal Jayasekara, who was a talented engineering student at Peradeniya but dropped out to focus full-time on politics, are willing to talk openly in support of Tamil rights. That is the reality that the Tamils have to face and move forward in a pragmatic way to improve their conditions.

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    A common Tamil presidential candidate will be good as it can highlight the problems and difficulties the island’s Tamil/Tamil speaking population face at the hands of a racist Sinhalese state and a largely racist Sinhalese majority set in their Mahavamsa mudhole and myths, hell belt on destroying the island’s Tamil/Tamil speakers and marginalizing them. However, the difficulty is finding this common candidate and common consensus amongst all parties. If they do not it will only end in further chaos and difficulties for the Tamils and make their already precarious position even worse. The already horrible chokehold that the occupying Sinhalese armed forces and police in the Tamil north and east on the economic, political and religious, life of the island’s Tamils and Muslim Tamils in the north and east will worsen and Sinhalese racists and the racists Sinhalese state will say to the world look the Tamils cannot agree on anything and they themselves will deliberately try to create this chaos, through their quislings, unless the Tamils remain firm. Boycotting the elections as some advocate is definitely not an option.

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      Look what happened when the LTTE took bribes from the racist Rajapaksas and made the NE Tamils boycott the 2005 Presidential election! They only enabled an out and out Sinhalese Buddhist hardliner and racist to get elected and the rest is history. The Tamils and Muslim Tamils should use their vote wisely and elect someone who is the least racist but this itself is difficult as nearly all Sinhalese parties are racist and do not want any or have any solution to the ethnic problem, that they themselves created from the time of independence and now one of the root causes for the country’s bankruptcy. Like Agnos stated Tamils and the Tamil diaspora should look at uplifting the lives and livelihoods of the Tamil population in the north and east, from abject poverty, and from the chokehold of racist occupying Sinhalese armed forces/police, Sinhalese Buddhist and local Islamic Tamil Muslim extremists who are also hell bent on destroying their own Tamil language and culture in the name of Islam and a fake Arab origin and Wahhabi desert Arab culture.

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        Due to the short sightedness, selfishness, and foolishness of the largely Colombo based Tamil elite and politicians, who blindly believed in the fake undertakings and promises that their Sinhalese elite/political friends and relatives gave and never demanded a federal solution from the British, and voted for the unitary state, the Tamils are now in this horrible situation and have to carefully maneuver, move forward and find pragmatic ways to find solutions.
        It is not only the Sinhalese, but we have quislings and enemies within ourselves. and a section of the Tamils living on the island, who arrived from South India, who in the name of their religion and an imagined/ fake Arab origin, that has been proven, that they hardly have, deny their own Tamil ethnicity and identity and worse connive with everyone to destroy, the island’s ancient Tamil heritage and history, in the name of their religion and this imagined Arab origin, as they think this will be advantageous to them.

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          ” short sightedness, selfishness, and foolishness of the largely Colombo based Tamil elite and politicians, “
          That includes SJVC ans EMV Naganathan, but excludes Amirthalingam who screwed it up most.
          *
          Ethnic identity is far more by choice and not any silly DNA theory.

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            Yes, your choice of identity is Quisling identity as your ethnicity and it is a very good one too, suits you well. Well done. Most probably programmed in your family DNA to be a quisling, just like these fake Arab converted South Indian Thamizh origin Thullukans. Oh yes what a stupid argument my choice of ethnic identity is to be a Lappish Reindeer herder despite my DNA stating that Iam of predominantly Indus Valley Dravidian origin (50% ancestral ancient Zagros valley Iranian and 50% Ancient ancestral South Indian. Typical Indus Valley civilization Dravidian DNA) with some Ancestral North Indian mixture and also R1a steppe male gene, quite common amongst many upper Vellalars, but my choice is to deny this, as I feel this is not good or economically viable for me and want to be ethnically classifies as a Lapish herder, despite looking very south Asian, just like the Sri Lankan Muslims, claiming to be of Arab descent, despite more than 95% of them looking like Thamizh Dravidians, that they really are. You see how stupid your argument is?

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              Any identity other than that of a hatemonger is positive.

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        “Look what happened when the LTTE took bribes from the racist Rajapaksas”
        Thank you for that admission.
        So the fact is that the Tamils were sold down the river for a fistful of rupees.
        Why do some people, including CVW, still hail such a bribe taker?

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          Yes, always making deliberate sarcastic nasty little comments after every other Thamizh blogger’s comment but with no suggestions of your own. But will hardly do this to a Chingkallam or a Thullukan even when they make nasty racist comments. A deliberate ploy by a Chavam who has now self-identified himself as belonging to the Quisling ethnicity to discourage other Thamizh bloggers.

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            Not all.
            But some pigs are too tempting.

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      “A common Tamil presidential candidate will be good”
      The trouble is that there is no good candidate one can think of.

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