28 October, 2020

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Can The TNA’s Decision To Boycott The PSC Be Justified?

By Sumanasiri Liyanage

Sumanasiri Liyanage

We all are witnessing in Sri Lanka another proof of the Hegelian axiom that history repeats itself. Anticipating Jacques Derrida’s introduction of the notion of iteration in to the philosophy of language, Marx added history proceeds first time as a tragedy and second as a farce. If the repletion goes on farce would become more and more hilarious. In the past, there had been many Parliamentary Select Committees (PSCs), All Party Representative Committees (APRCs) on national question to make recommendation as to how the grievances and aspirations of numerically small nations and ethnic groups in Sri Lanka be accommodated into the constitutional and political power structure of the country. It is interesting to note although these committees came up with constructive recommendations, the governments so far have failed to adopt them for multiple reasons. In this respect, the recommendations of the Mangala Moonesinghe PSC that was supported by two main Sinhala parties, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) and the APRC headed by Prof Tissa Vitharana should be especially mentioned. Undoubtedly, it was a tragedy that no serious actions were taken to implement these recommendations as they had to some extent questioned the hegemonic notion of politics in post-colonial Sri Lanka. One more PSC was named to recommend necessary changes to the 13th Amendment. External Affairs Minister G L Peiris has waxed eloquent to the diplomatic community about the PSC’s objectives of resolving issues relating to constitutional reform in an “all-inclusive” manner, and the need for a “structured and comprehensive approach” in these matters. Nonetheless, any independent observer would see a notable difference between this PSC and the previous one headed by Mr Mangala Moonesinghe. While previous one tried to accommodate the demands of numerically small nations and ethnic groups by resolving some of the contradictions between the Republican Constitution and the 13th Amendment, the present one is supposed to make recommendations to make Sri Lanka officially and constitutionally mono cultural entity by suppressing the prevailing constitutional rights of other cultures.

What lead us to come to such a strong conclusion on the new PSC? First, two important coalition partners — the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) have been left out of the PSC. No explanation has been given so far as to the reasons for these glaring omissions. Muslims form a 9% of the country’s population so that it is natural to expect that its representative should be included in the PSC to make it reflective of the population landscape of the island. But neither SLMC leader Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem nor any other SLMC MP has been named. It is somewhat hilarious to note that the LSSP Leader and Senior Minister, Prof. Tissa Vitarana who chaired the All-Party Representative Committee (APRC) that deliberated for two years and presented a set of proposals endorsed by 13 political parties to President Rajapaksa in 2008, to resolve precisely these same issues was also not included in PSC..

Secondly, although the terms of reference of the PSC is to improve the 13th Amendment, the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government has already informed that it would introduce substantial changes to the 13th Amendment before the Northern Provincial Council election that is supposed to be held in September 2013. Three main amendments to dilute the 13th Amendment were proposed. They were (1) to make the merger between provinces constitutionally impossible; (2) to allow the Parliament to pass laws on subjects that affect the provincial councils without the approval of the PCs; (3) to take the very limited land and police powers assigned to the PCs back. Now the government spokespersons have informed that the third one would be the subject of the PSC so that the amendment would be limited to the first two areas. Hence, it is interesting to note that the government has intended to draw in advance the parameters within which PSC should find its solution. This whole immoral act shows that the President and his closest associates who are guided by hegemonic mono ethnic notion of politics do not want to leave any serious deliberation on the 13th Amendment and the issues associated with that to PSC in spite of heavy sounding rhetoric by Prof G L Peiris.

Thirdly, the experience in the last 4 years has shown that President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family are not happy with any kind of power-sharing, even sharing power within his own cabinet. More than 50 per cent of the total budget is directly controlled by the members of the President’s family. Knowing well that the Tamil National Alliance would win the Northern Provincial Council, he and his close associates know that given the constitutional provisions, the central government is compelled to share powers with the provincial council that is outside the control of the so-called discipline of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.

It was reported that the Tamil National Alliance has decided to boycott the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed ‘to recommend and report on political and constitutional measures to empower the people of Sri Lanka to live as one nation’. (The Island) This decision according to the report was taken at a meeting of the TNA top brass headed by party leader MP R. Sampanthan at the party head office in Colombo 04, on Saturday (29). Representatives of all TNA member parties attended the meeting. A spokesman for the TNA told The Island that the leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front V. Anandasangaree had linked up with the meeting via a tele-conference facility and ensured that his party would abide by the collective decision of the alliance. Among those who participated in the meeting had been Suresh Premachandra of the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), Henry Mahendran of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), and Sri Siddharathan of People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE).

In the present context, it is hardly to expect that the TNA and SLMC can achieve any positive and substantial gain by participating in the PSC process. Only positive aspect of such PSC would be that the SLFP, Jathika Hela Urumaya and JUF (Wijeweera) can at least reveal what they have to offer, if any, to non-Sinhala people in the island.

*The writer is Co-coordinator of Marx School. E-Mail: sumane_l@yahoo.com

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    ‘Two main “SINHALA” parties, SLFP and UNP’…..Sumane has slipped. Badly. When an ‘academic’ slips into caricature, it is sad. And then they get quoted by non-Sinhala racists and chauvinists.

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      LOL this from a guy who claimed to be NOT “pro government” in an interview !

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        Yo ..Dev…He is pro Sri Lanka…

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      Of course they are Sinhala parties. The parties may be national but they have always had Sinhala leadership and the vast majority of its MPs, members and supporters are Sinhalese.

      You have slipped up here Mr Seneviratne. It is obvious that you, being an ardent supporter of the racist Rajapaksa gang, don’t like the views of this sane and sensible writer’s views. Rather than making stupid comments you better go fly a kite.

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      Both UNP and SLFP are racist parties which are marauding as innocents. All the racist legislation and executive actions carried out in the country since Independence are by either of them with other silently supporting. The fact that there are few opportunists of the minority community being members of these parties does not mean that they are not racist. Both parties had supported the disenfranchisement and deportation of Tamils of Indian origin who had lived in the country for more than hundred years. Both parties carried out the forcing of Sinhala language on Tamils, discriminating them in the field of education and employment. Both parties starved the Tamil areas of the country of funds for their development and both parties unleashed state sponsored violence on Tamils. Both parties are steadfastly saying that no war crimes have been committed by the security forces on Tamils and are refusing to hold any impartial inquiry.So far no Tamil member of these parties have openly condemned these parties for their atrocities, because they know that if they do so, that will be the end of them.

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    Why is it that Tamils and recently Muslims talk about nationhood.

    Why not look at any discriminatory practices that Sri Lanak has against these people be removed and give them a fair chance of success,,,,

    To do that you do not have to talk about self determination……

    Self determination means that ONLY you and your community can provide justice……what an appalling thought and a disgrace……

    This type of self determination would definitely lead to “balkanisation” of Sri Lanka……

    Equality , Equity and Equal opportunity these should be the cries of minorities NOT Nationhood…..

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      “Equality , Equity and Equal opportunity these should be the cries of minorities” – ie what Tamils asked for from 1948 to 1970.

      How many commissions we had?
      What happened to LLRC? How much implemented? One minister said 90% implemented. Another minister shortly after said 50% implemented?

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      Is ‘Self Determination’ the subject discussed in the article?

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    It is laughable to see Malinda Seneviratne pounce on the author for classifying the SLFP and UNP as Sinhala parties. If not sinhala centric would would you call them? Are they not the parties which agitated and antagonised various ethnic and social groups of Sri Lanka. I would have expected a better political understanding from someone who claims to be both unbiased and politically aware.

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    Sumanasiri,
    Thank you. Excellent article.

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    The article clearly enlightens the absurdity of the PSC and the valid reasons for the non-participation of the TNA in a futile process.

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    It is quite correct that the UNP and the SLFP have been functioning as SINHALA political parties – the SLFP from its very inception, the UNP since about 1955. If these two main parties had been truly national, there would have been no place for parties to represent ethnic and religious minorities. There would not have been a need for them either.Sinhala leaders have always been politicking with an eye on the Sinhala Buddhist vote bank. A great charismatic leader capable of restoring the national unity is the need of the hour. But will such a leader arise?

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    Prof. Liyanage,

    If you honestly seek an answer as to why the TNA feels it a futile exercise to take part in this charade of the Rajapakse PSC, you have answered the question well yourself with the following observations that I repeat here.

    “…This whole immoral act shows that the President and his closest associates, guided by hegemonic mono ethnic notion of politics, do not want to leave any serious deliberation on the 13th Amendment and the issues associated with that to PSC in spite of heavy sounding rhetoric by Prof G L Peiris…”

    “….. Only positive aspect of such PSC would be that the SLFP, Jathika Hela Urumaya and JUF (Wijeweera) can at least reveal what they have to offer, if any, to (the Tamil Nation)…”

    Wonder why you left out the cantankerous Weerawansa and his Party in your list. Also, some of us believe talks to resolve the National Question should, initially, be between the Sinhala Govt and the Tamil political leadership. After all from 1956 to date they were the main parties to the issue. The Muslim issue should be taken up by the Govt
    separately.

    Senguttuvan

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    We the citizens of Sri Lanka have much to learn from the Egyptians. What unfolded on the 30th of June was democracy at work. A majority in the nation, irrespective of communal identities came together on to the streets across the country demanding that they needed better governance, but not Islamisation of the country. The majority were Muslims, but were joined by the Coptic Christians en-masse. The elite found common cause with the man on the street. The learned and the literate found common cause. The men and women found common cause. It was an amazing expression of national will.

    Everything is seriously wrong in Sri Lanka, for all her people. Can we come together to make our common voice heard?
    Can we make those who claim to govern us and the world hear the genuine voice of the Sri Lankans- the Veddahs, Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and the others? Can we drown the noise of the opportunitists, crooks, thugs and extremists, who are claiming to represent us- an extraordinarily decent, fair and principled people?

    Mahinda’s Rajapakse has broken his contract – the Mahindda Chinthanaya, the hope he created-on the basis of which he won the elections. He has thus forfeited his legitimacy. He has taken this country backwards more than his predeccessors. He has to re-legitimise himself or go.

    I want the TNA to contest the NPC elections, not because I am its fan or supporter, but because I want the Tamils of the north to express their opinion on the failure of this government to provide good governance nationally, tread the path of reconciliation purposefully and trust them as citizens of Sri Lanka. They have to also reject the repeated attempts by this government to foist a leadership of its choice, including the cursed LTTE remnants on them. Of course the attempt to steal 7000 acres privately owned land in Valikamam North in the name of high security zones and development, should be rejected. The NPC election is more a referendum on the quality of governance nationally and critical issues of concern locally, and less about a castrated and hence impotent Provincial Council system. This is also a rferendum in the background of the substantial and very much visible infra-structural projects this government has undertaken and completed in the north. While being grateful for the latter, the Tamils have to also question the agenda of this government in terms of their long term interests and that of this country.

    It is is very delicate play of issues, where the long term interests of this country and the Tamils have to come to the fore.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr RN,
      Thank you. I agree with you 100%.

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        Of course Rajasingham is right now – but he is the last or nearly the last one to be ”right” among most Tamils, especially the educated Tamils.

        If he and his ilk did not carry the drum and sing hosannas of his trust in MR’s intentions during the past four to seven years all the way up to last month, just for the crumbs thrown to him, MR and his regime could not have taken the country and the internationals on this most foul ride.

        Getting enlightened now seems too little too late.

        Would Rajasingham ever concede that it was he who was taken for a ride by MR and apologize for the gullible, if not foolish, propaganda he has aggressively promoted over these blogs in the past several months and years that he wants to whitewash with newly found wisdom?

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          Being blind to ground realities in the post-war circumstances and pursuing a dead-end agenda was not ‘ right’, as you try to justify. This approach has in no small measure led to the present situation. I was trying my utmost to forestall this crisis and the likely cinsequences. I have been proven ‘ right’ by what is unfolding around us. What I tried to prevent happening has happened, because of what you and the likes of you thought was the ‘ right’ vengeful, adversarial and knit picking approach. This has produced the reactions I had anticipated. The approach you think was right, has brought out the extremists among the Sinhalese out of their holes. The likes of you have given them a new life. Be wiser when the opportunity that was once again lost to solve problems peacefully, arises again in the future. Learn the lesson that alienating the Sinhala masses- a very decent lot- with provocative words and insults, will not win us our rights. They have to be on our side. The government was doing many things right in the aftermath of the war. This should have been appreciated and encouraged. The calculations such as your’s were wrong. The Sri Lankan government cannot be forced by us or the international community to concede our demands, however justified they may be! They know how to undermine such impositions cynically and on a long term basis. We have to take a different and the Sinhala people should become our partners and not made our permanent enemies.

          I will not be alive to be a witness or even a minor player then.

          Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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            Rajasingham,

            You recently wrote to the effect “even the worst of the idiots have now come to realize that MR cannot be trusted.” Obviously that realization came to you only now – it was you who was taken by surprise, who just woke up to reality. Most others — most of the Tamils and many of the Sinhalese were quite awake for quite some time. It was you who was asleep or mesmerized for so long. That was my point.

            You can try to whitewash with rhetoric and blaming everyone else and continue to live in your own gaga-land dreaming you were right. Don’t you think support such as yours contributed to the regime’s ability to deceive everyone, the Tamils, Sinhalese and the internationals, about which you seem to have now, finally, wised up.

            It is not that “What you tried to prevent happening has happened, “– it is that you personally helped MR to make “what is happening now happen” – else why would you say MR cannot be trusted or that he has broken the contract?

            Just imagine if all Tamils had been as gullible us you were for so long until your new enlightenment about MR as in “Mahinda’s Rajapakse has broken his contract – the Mahindda Chinthanaya, the hope he created-on the basis of which he won the elections.” After 7 years, which part of Mahindda Chinthanaya has he fulfilled that addressed any of the minority issues?

            You believed MR’s intentions were genuine as spelt out in the contract. Now you realize he cannot be trusted, and that he broke his contract.

            Here for the fourth time in these columns let me repeat “As a leader, with substantially greater power than almost all before him, what specific action, the best you can think of, has MR put in place in the last 4 or perhaps 7 years that convinces you that MR’s intentions are and remain honourable so far as Tamils are concerned? – Please avoid the previous ludicrous reasoning you offered “because Gotabaya said so”
            I have a feeling you will bail-out just the way you did the last three times I asked you this.

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              Do not blame Dr.Narendran. He was right in what he said and did. He desired the rights of the Tamil people to be granted willingly by the government and with trust and reconciliation by both sides. The diaspora did not help, nor did those who responded to insults with counter invective. It is possible that the government thinks there is a move to initiate separation. The Tamil political parties did not categorically state that the NPC will not be used to create grounds for separation. Sumanthiran MP did not help with his last speech, in fact he added to the suspicion. So do not deride sincere effort by any one.

              I am still uncertain why Mahinda Rajapaksa is taking this track. He is all powerful and can bulldoze through the NPC issue without resorting to amendments, or starting an agitational campaign via BBS and other racists. Gotabhaya his brother is obviously totally opposed to PCs. So this may be an attempt to totally remove PCs. As for Mahinda Rajapaksa’s character, we have all known for some time that he is devious and untruthful.

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              Dear Wickramasiri,

              I truly appreciate your measured, and reasoned response – particularly the tone in which you expressed it. I however disagree that Rajasingham was right – he was, and is, wrong, and wrong on many counts. And, what he does is not just helping the regime, but is also very, very damaging to the country.

              First, until a month or so ago Rajasingham has relentlessly written in support of the MR regime. He did it because either he sincerely trusted MR’s intentions, or he was duped and enticed by MR to carry out propaganda for the consumption of the Diaspora and internationals. A third possibility is of course that, what he did, he did not do unwittingly, but rather, in collaboration with the regime by design, which would then border on treason. Of course, I have no way of saying which of the three drove him to write hosanna.

              Just within the last month or so Rajasingham has changed colours with “even the worst of idiots have now woken up to the reality that MR was deceitful” – note unlike your note “we have all known for some time that he is devious and untruthful.”

              Conventional wisdom is “trust but verify”. All I asked was, “if you are truly convinced that MR had honourable intentions, please substantiate your stand with some objective evidence from the 7-years of leadership.” Why is that so hard to do? Why foolishly bring in his own paternity problems or unrelated diversions such as vengefulness of the Diaspora, imagined or otherwise.

              If Rajasingham is sincere and his fault was no more than gullibility in trusting MR for so long (as many of the worst of idiots did, as per his own statement), he could aptly concede his poor judgment in all his four or more years of hosanna for MR. His guilt is then no more than mere gullibility, even if unwittingly taken for a ride with inducements, material wise or otherwise. Instead, his adamant self-righteous blaming in “I was disappointed that the Diaspora did not contribute to MR’s development intentions” and somehow trying to pin the Diaspora for MR’s breaking the contract is not just pathetic, it is just as much or more devious than MR himself. That is what prompts the suspicion that Rajasingham’s fault may not be mere gullibility, but something more sinister.

              Second, the perception that he portrays of the Diaspora is not merely incorrect but is utterly venomous. There indeed are elements in the Diaspora with ulterior motives whose actions deserve unreserved condemnation – not unlike elements in the MR’s regime, in the UNP, in the JVP and among the notable claimants as protectors of a religion most respected globally for peace. Don’t generalize based on rogue elements who are leveraging a convenient phenomena for self-serving objectives. Rajasingham’s generalization of Diaspora as avenging, irresponsible, distracting or destabilizing is absolutely incorrect, utterly foolish, essentially self-serving and nothing but an attempt at diversion.

              Most of the Diaspora is driven by (a) their own experience in the country starting from 1957 to 1983 when the situation was such that many of the international embassies thought it fit to entertain refugee applications right in the midst of Colombo, shamefully unchallenged by the host Government, and (b) given that fear and experience, their earnest desire not to leave their brethren helpless, especially when they are seemingly shielded by, for all intent and purposes, an iron curtain.

              The way to neutralize wrongful interference by the Diaspora is not to entice them with free-flights, 5-star treatments and guided and monitored tours of pre-set facades, followed by appeal for FDI’s. The Government needs to show adequate good faith that the Tamils in the North (as well as other minorities) can recognize and appreciate. Yes, it takes time – but “it is not where you are; it is which direction you are going” that matters. If the minorities truthfully experience that the trajectory and the dynamics are promising, they by themselves will neutralize any undue interferences by Diaspora and internationals. They will not tolerate such interventions and any hold the Diaspora has on them will see a natural death. It is the continued and increasing denial of the Government to provide fairness and equity to the minorities that is helping keep the Diaspora effective and involved.

              Here is an eye-opener for Rajasingham. Do you or Rajasingham truly believe that the recent arresting of the policemen for the five-student murder in Trinco would have happened without Diaspora’s initiatives? Does that explain why the Tamils in Lanka may want the Diaspora to remain active in local affairs?

              Third, it is no big secret that the maroon clad Royal family has, in the last seven years, progressively robbed the Northern and Eastern Tamils of their land and property under various guises, and have also taken the Singhalese, and to some extent India and even the US to the cleaners. China has remained vigilant – everything the Royals robbed, in due course, will need to be repaid to the Chinese by all Sri Lankans destined to live within the shores.

              Despite these obvious dynamics, Rajasingham is disappointed that the Diaspora didn’t volunteer to contribute to this bonanza to the Royals for their Lamborghinis, Swiss Bank accounts and 5-star entertainments! What a hoot!!

              Finally, Rajasingham’s declarations such as “I expect TNA to…, my hope for the country,..etc. “ are far too presumptuous and grossly pompous, even for a self-appointed (perhaps based on some assurances from the MR regime) ambassador. He needs to get off his high-horse and realize which end of the spectrum of those with “reasoned foresight” at one end and “worst of idiots” at the other, he truly belongs!

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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran:

      Have you read “Whither the Sri Lankan Tamils? E A V Naganathan”? I would like your comments on this.

      Actually these articles should be translated into Sinhala and published in prominent Sinhala media accessible to masses. Otherwise rural Sinhala masses are fed on a “Sudu Nelum” type diet while Tamils are cooking up conspiracies on the Sri Lankan English media particularly the web on how to checkmate the Sinhala state with the help of UNHRC, US, Australia, NZ and so forth. I don’t see the point in bashing Gota, BBS for one minute when this is the state of mind of Tamil leadership.

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      I personally will not advocate that the TNA should take part in the newly constituted PSC. It will not be any different from the PSC constituted to impeach Chief Justice Shranee Bandaranaike. The conclusions have been already preordained!

      Dr.RN

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    The author Professor Sumanasiri Liyanage was/is Professor of Political Science at the University of Colombo as well as an unrepentant Marxist and still a coordinator of Marx School.

    I expected much more from him rather than putting all the blame on UNP and SLFP and claim that their behavior is due to political expediency.

    I had the opportunity to interacting with several bureaucrats and professionals among Sinhala Buddhists. In public all of them claim that they are non racial and vehemently oppose communalism and support equality without any reservation for public consumption.

    But in practice they are the ardent supporters of JHU. The agenda of JHU has the broad support among Sinhala intellectuals. The UNP and SLFP are merely the prisoners of this mindset.

    I am hundred percent certain that none will honestly be able to challenge this observation.

    I know there are exceptions as very rule has and I do not doubt your sincerity.

    But do not keep on putting all the blame on the individuals or the political parties to satisfy your Marxist ego while the other nationalities(minorities) face early annihilation.

    But i challenge you to come out with your recommendation to the Tamil and Muslim communities in this situation who desire to live with dignity as equals in all respects within a united Sri Lanka.

    Could they coexist within Sri Lanka as equals with dignity?

    Is there a way out or they have to look elsewhere!

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    How long the Rajapakse family continue to exploit the National resources to run a bloody racist politics in Sri Lanka? The question is whether Sinhalese want a peaceful friendly nation or the country continue to shed blood forever?

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    What else can Sambandan do after his new Buddy, Right Wing Ranil pulled the plug and offered Him , three Options instead of saying yes to the TNA Police.

    This is a rather sad let down of the side by RW Ranil, especially when his closest Buddy Mangala promised to bring most of the Chandrika faction SLFPers to vote with the UNP to give whatever Sambabdan wanted.

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    Srilanka’s most powerfull man GoRa has stated that there is no so called ‘minority issues’. He is not supportive of PSC either. So we all know the outcome of PSC.
    :-)

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    This PSC is nothing but another face saving gimmick, to have a way out for MR. After APRC, LLRC, this commision and that commission people know that this is a joke.

    Nothing works in this paradise except JHU, BBS and SR thats the fact. Sampanthan should shave his head and wear robes before he asks anything from the Govt.

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    Is TNA going to boycott the just announced NC Election?.

    Didn’t they clamour for it for four long years?.

    Is LTTE proxy Sambandan doing a Ranil here, with his appointment of the 15 member Deciding Committee?

    KP. Thamilini , and Daya Master Troika appear pretty formidable even on paper.

    Just imagine when they start pounding the pavements in dusty Jaffna suburbs, and old LTTE turf in hinterland, with the support of Mra Soosai, Mrs Thamilselvam and a whole host of real McCoy liberation fighters.

    Can Sambandan and his Colombo Vellala mates go to these ex captives and say their own leaders who are living among them are traitors.

    How would that go with the real LTTE supporters in the Diaspora who have garlanded photos of Praba in their shrine rooms and are still heart broken and mourning and rally around even part time LTTERs like Emmanuel and Rudrakumaran.

    No wonder the bankrupt UNP is trying to help Sambandan by raising legal issues about KP.s credentials.and try to stop him contesting.

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    TNA as political class and party of Tamils is unable fulfill aspiration of Tamils of Island,why? is working on agenda base of Tamil Nadu politics and Western and Indian vital interest.
    There no politics agenda is concern difference between LTTE politics and TNA policies.They seek police power for to take GUN by means of election or ballot.Promoting PC election is generally a good thing, even when they produce victories for democratic forces,we disagree with.
    But on proposed PC election not a good thing when they lead to the evaluation of people whose substantive beliefs fall outside the democratic framework of an Island.
    It is necessary to an investigate the core of a Party’s (TNA) beliefs of Tamil Eealm not just accept anybody who happens to emerge from a democratic process. Needless to say there is No doubt TNA will undermine basic norms and substance of democratic political policies in Sri Lanka. Is quite impossible meet Tamil race democratic demands at all.

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    Everybody can see that TNA is dancing to the tune of foreign interests. They have forgotten the Tamils living in Sri Lanka. They are talking about LTTE having had guns on their heads. What a a rubbish excuse. They have never said this ever before but acted as a proxy for LTTE. After the demise of LTTE why are they behaving like this? They have so far not done anything to bring peace together between the two nations. They have only being helping the human smugglers by slandering the Sri Lankan government falsely accusing them. At least this late stage they should get tougher with the government and help to build our country for the benefit of everyone. If they peruse their selfish narrow goals their will be no country left for anybody to govern.

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