17 July, 2019

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Celebrating A Victory That Has Lost Its Way

By M A Sumanthiran –

M.A. Sumanthiran MP

“Truth must be told. After all, it is the truth that will set everyone free. But, for truth to be told, there needs to be a change in attitude”, are words from my first speech in Parliament and three years later we have yet to see a change in attitude. We have seen instead, a vigorous effort to garner and concentrate power in the executive, to eliminate dissent and make blanket denials to any call for justice regardless of who makes the call, be it citizen, political opponent or the international community.  Instead of engaging in truth seeking, justice and reconciliation, this country is persistently dealing with crises of rule of law and encroachment on the independence of democratic institutions.

Truth and justice are essential components of the larger programme of reconciliation. Reconciliation in its simplest of meanings is a resolving of differences. It is a process initiated by acknowledgement and understanding. The launch of a domestic commission for reconciliation was in itself an acceptance that there existed an alienation of communities based not only on social and economic disparity, but on the offer of protection and the suppression of the search for justice. It was and is an inequality that conjures an image of ‘the other’. The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), which was set up to address many of these issues, despite its shortcomings, identified several institutional obstacles to justice and reconciliation. However even the proposals of this home grown process were met with trepidation and rejection. It has become near impossible to engage in a process of reconciliation where there is no acknowledgement of differences, or of the inequality that persists amongst communities in this country. True reconciliation requires a bridging of differences. It requires positive measures to secure and protect the equality of all citizens, to ensure physical and emotional security, and dignity in their lives. For many of those affected by the war, regardless of the community, emotional security lies also in understanding what has happened to their loved ones. The failure to seek the truth and put to rest the distress that haunts their every waking moment, is to create a community of people who live in limbo, who are unable to move forward in their lives. There is a responsibility on us to look after their interests and assist them, and a greater responsibility on the government who has the power to provide the mechanisms to address these issues. These are not issues that can be masked by infrastructure development and intermittent handing out of welfare. Development which forges on without taking into consideration the many inequalities experienced by our communities only leads to greater frustration and disillusionment.

Reconciliation is also about establishing a shared multi-ethnic identity and equality is key to such an exercise. Where there is disparity in treatment based on community lines, there is no space to forge shared identities. To this extent, reconciliation is an internal affair. It depends very much on a commitment and willingness to engage, which unfortunately we are yet to experience.

The victory, four years ago on the 18th of May, in its very first impressions brought a sense of relief that the bloodshed was over. In the long term, it also bore hope for an opportunity to rebuild and regain dignity of life. The victory that was commemorated last Saturday, was a remembrance only of these first impressions. Security is not only about the absence of war, it is also extant in the physical well being of having a home, food and occupation.  Without these components how can people rejoice in being alive? The celebrations,  on victory day, saw no acknowledgement of milestones achieved in rebuilding and securing dignity of lives of all those affected by the war. It saw no celebration of a successful truth-telling mechanism that was helping communities to heal. Moreover, it saw no mention of freedom, but emphasized an absence of fear as its greatest achievement. It was also disappointing to observe the assail by the state media on the remembrance ceremonies held in the North, in spite of the LLRC recommendation for a day of mourning to express solidarity and empathy with all victims, and the need to ensure freedom to conduct religious ceremonies. It is a victory that is being remembered only for its disturbing display of triumphalism – a victory, which in a sense has lost its way. It has become another source of difference between the communities in this country.

What was boldly paraded as a ‘Humanitarian Victory Day’, must be evaluated against the reality that is. What is the humanitarian victory that restrains a community from singing the national anthem in its own language, a constitutionally protected national language? What is the humanitarian victory that makes blanket declarations that there have been no enforced disappearances, which fall on the ears of the thousands of mothers and wives who continue to search for their loved ones, and to this day, feel unsafe to share their stories?  What is the humanitarian victory that turns out, on a scale of 6000 acres, thousands of Tamil speaking people from their lands? The fear of losing one’s land is strikingly captured in the poem quoted in the President’s speech last Saturday, “Never did we know what fear was. Never were we bothered about life, but for our land”. I imagine this is the very thought passing through the minds of the thousands whose lands are sought to be acquired. These realities have fuelled uncertainty and fear amongst a people who have lost much of their productive lives to the strains of a protracted war and are still to rebuild their lives four years on.

Sri Lanka has failed to seize the many opportunities that have come its way to engage in true reconciliation. There has been no leadership on reconciliation, protection of human rights and democracy. On the contrary, the several measures to deny truth telling, the failure to protect its citizens and failure to uplift the lives, especially of  displaced communities, continue to deepen the fissures of distrust and disquiet.  This failure is not the result of ill-wit or mismanagement, but the existence of an overriding interest. This interest is manifest in the accumulation of power, the 18th Amendment and the refusal to devolve meaningful control. This is also an interest that quells opposition through the control of media, impeachment, detention of political opponents and rule by threat of PTA. It is a narrow parochial self interest which bodes badly not only for the minority communities who must suffer the brunt of its effects, but eventually also for the majority populace.

The author, M. A, Sumanthiran (B.Sc, LL.M) is a Member of Parliament through the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), practicing senior lawyer, prominent Constitutional and Public Law expert and civil rights advocate

 

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    An ok speech. Would have been a ‘great’ speech if the man chewed on his own words about ‘attitude-change’. :)

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      If we are in this sorry state after 65 yrs of ”independence”, we need a change in the attitude of the people who elect the rulers.

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        You idiot eureka invented nothing but has found only Sumas’ shit to applaud

        If there is no democracy in SL how has Mr. Suma (LTTE ally, yet) turn out to be an MP and talk all this nonsense in a legitimate parliament and/or using its privileges and immunity. He should know that the executive is an essential part of most of the steady and lawful democratic countries. Truth is not just what is said in English or what is said 1000s times. Regardless of the state of what he talks, democracy is nothing but simple majority or even worse 2/3 rd majority in sensitive cases. Why he waste this much of words? He wants to impose his false propaganda on Tamils and IC that some one truly dead is still alive. The separate state in Tamil home land of 2/3 rd of the country where just 5% of the population live, power sharing, devolution of critical powers such as police and land in SL, demilitarizing the north to facilitate terrorism etc. were all sunken in Nanthikadal lagoon by the legitimate armed forces in SL exactly 4 years back. So they have been given a military solution which they kept asking for 33 years since their 1986 Vattukoddei pact. He will understand soon that the military solutions are political solutions too. Sri Lankans are not fools to get change their attitudes in favor of Mr. S likes’ foolish demands as Sihala desha exists for over 5000 years on nothing but only defeating this type of foreign invaders as once even Mr. Ananda Sangarie, their chair correctly stated. Perhaps most of the Tamils have understood this truth not the dead wrong of Mr. Suma. He and his followers have 2 options one: Integrating with SL leaving your deadly foolishness and lies behind or 2: Risk their lives in a boat trip to Australia or Canada in an old fish trawler.

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          All factual historical facts. Vaddukodai in 1986? that shows your knowledge, even person like me who are outside know much better about country than you.

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            Sorry, to be read as ” nonsense factual”

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      Malinda – your reluctant admission about the quality of the speech (caveat notwithstanding) belies your own “attitude”. Maybe you would care to explain what you meant by “…if the man chewed on his own words about ‘attitude-change’?

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        his reluctance to call out his colleagues for colluding with the LTTE, refusal to address issues of history. there is no ‘reluctance’ in the acknowledgment of ‘goodness’ in the speech. i’ve even editorially praised the man. :)

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          Ok, thanks! Maybe you should have spelled that out for us unenlightened. Good to hear about the “praise’!!

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    Wise words
    Julia Gillard

    W O W ! She Did It
    Again!!!

    Australia says NO — This will be the second Time Julia Gillard has done this!

    She sure isn’t backing down on her hard line stance and one has to appreciate her belief in the rights of her native countrymen.

    A breath of fresh air to see someone lead. Australian Prime Minister does it again!!

    The whole world needs a leader like this!

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard – Australia

    Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.

    Separately, Gillard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying she supported spy agencies
    monitoring the nation’s mosques.

    Quote:
    ‘IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT… Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians.’

    ‘This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.’

    ‘We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese,

    Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language!’

    ‘Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.’

    ‘We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.’

    ‘This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, ‘THE RIGHT TO LEAVE’.’

    ‘If you aren’t happy here then LEAVE. We didn’t force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.’

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      2500 yrs of Buddhism in this country has produced a large number of concrete statues.

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      stop parrotting this incorrect BS. This wasnt said by Julia gillard- a simple search on Snopes tells you it’s wrong (CT please allow this link):

      http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/likeitorleaveit.asp

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    Haven’t you learnt you must not talk of such things…..You will be branded everything from a racist/separatist/tiger…… by the likes of Gota (inc his supporters), MR (and his supporters) and of course our dear own R. Narendran (who is a huge if not the biggest supporter of Gota and MR) !

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    Truth has different versions and truth for one person is not the truth for another.

    So, Mr. Sumanthiran wants everybody to accept his version of the truth.

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      But truths that are obvious as facts or proved by facts should be truths or not ? what BS comments you add to here. I really dont know why you guys seem to be far from realities. How dare you say that truth for one person is not the truth for another if you are sane ????????”’

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      Please share your version of truth.

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      “Truth”, there can be only one “Truth”, the rest are lies dressed as Truth. If we look at Truth with blinders, as you do, then even the Truth will look like LIES and LIES will look like TRUTH. We should be first honest to ourselves.

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        TNA is honest.

        Sumanthiran was not a tiger covered in a deer or, fox’s skin.

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      JINSOFTY;

      “Truth has different versions”.

      What is your version?, and what about your bosses versions?.

      Bunch of Liars And Looters. Isnt It?.

      They , And You, ARE AFRAID SIT ON THE FLOOR.

      got any clues?.

      JULAMPITIYE AMARAYA, I R C [WELIKDA], CHANGI,[SINGAPORE].

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      ‘Truth’ has many versions and truth for one person is not truth for another.

      It is like your version of the the sun rising in the West and setting in the East.

      It is clear why you cannot accept Mr.Sumanthiran’s version of truth.

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        Yes, this commentators just turn words as they are favourable to their contents….
        if truths are not truths why to call them truth ?

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    Nice speech… nothing will change until regime change happens and the Sinhalaya modaya gets off his ass and kicks Rajapassa and his brothers all the way to the Hague for a war crimes trial!

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    In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
    Albert Einstein

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    SOMETHING WE HAVE TO REMEMBER IS THAT THE WAR CAME ABOUT DUE TO TERRIBLE MISTAKES MADE BY OUR OWN PEOPLE OF ALL GROUPS, AIDED BY OUTSIDE ELEMENTS WHO USED US FOR THEIR OWN GAIN.THERE CAN BE NO ‘CELEBRATION’ WHEN SO MANY LIVES WERE LOST ON BOTH SIDES.TERRORISM AS WE HAVE DISCOVERED IS NOT THE ANSWER TO PROBLEMS OF A COUNTRY.A NATIONAL ARMY IS CALLED IN WHEN A MAJOR ISSUE ARISES IN A COUNTRY.FOR THAT WE HAVE THANK THE FORCES FOR MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR ALL SRI LANKANS WHO SURVIVED TO WALK THE STREETS TODAY.THOSE MISGUIDED YOUTH WHO TOOK UP ARMS DID HAVE ISSUES WHICH AFFECTED THEIR DAILY LIVES TO WHICH THEY WERE MADE TO FEEL, AGAIN BY EVERYONE THAT THERE WAS NO FUTURE.THEY WERE MADE TO FEEL THAT THEY WERE FIGHTING FOR CAUSE.AS MR.SUMANTHIRAN SAYS A CHANGE OF ATTITUDE AND A CERTAIN WILLINGNESS TO GIVE AND TAKE HAVETO BE PUT IN PLACE.
    WE MUST MAKE IT A DAY OF REMEBRANCE AND FOR ALL WHO HAVE DIED-THATS ONE BRIDGE THAT CAN BRING US TOGETHER AS SRI LANKANS.THOSE IN AUTHORITY IF THEY HAVE A CONSCIENCE CAN DO SO MUCH GOOD.IF THEY DON’T HAVE A CONSCIENCE THEN WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO AND FURTHER DETERIORATION OF PRINCIPLES OF OUR SOCIETY WILL BE ENHANCED.
    SRI LANKANS WE NEED TO FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT IN OUR OWN LITTLE CIRCLE.EDUCATION HAS TO BE OVERHAULED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE AND FAR SEEING INDIVIDUALS SHOULD BE PLACED IN RESPONSIBLE POSITIONS. THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN’T DO WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE AND PERSEVERANCE.
    THOSE IN PARLIAMENT HAVE A LARGE SHARE OD RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT WITH A CONSCIENCE AND IF THEY HAVE A RELIGION WITHIN ITS PRINCIPLES.OTHERS SHOULD REMIND THEMSELVES THAT THERE IS A CODE OF ETHICS WHICH WOULD BENEFIT EVERYONE.AS SRI LANKANS WE HAVE TO TAKE IT INTO OUR HANDS TO BUILD A BETTER SRI LANKA.WE CAN DO IT.

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      I see extremist on both sides. Mr Sumanthiran is only interested in getting his rights? How about the rights of the other communities? Has not the TNA supported a separate state in Sri Lanka some time ago? or have they changed their stance? Does this not make the Sinhalese scared of giving too much power to provincial councils? It takes two hands to clap! Mr Sumanthiran if you want to get then you have to give! Come to a solution that is acceptable to both parties so that there will be peace in the country! We should first be Sri Lankans before we racially divide ourselves.

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        Some time ago (from 1948 to 1970s )Tamils did not ask for separate state!!!

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    Talking about the Truth and Honesty.forget about the thousands of innocent Mums Dads, Children and Grand Parents blasted, hacked and shot by Mr Sumanathiran’s Boss’s beloved ” Boys”.

    These victims are just Sinhala Buddhists.

    Has his Boss at least apologized to Sonia for killing young Rajiv?.

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      K.A Suanasekera,

      These victims are just Sinhala Buddhists??????????????

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      K.A Suanasekera

      Has Somawansa apologised to the thousands of innocent Mums Dads, Children and Grand Parents of the majority inhabitants for its past brutality?

      Has the state apologised to the thousands of innocent Mums Dads, Children and Grand Parents of the all inhabitants for its past brutality perpetrated since 5th April 1971?

      Have you apologised to all inhabitants for your insults to their very limited intelligence?

      A Day of Apology

      Could you nominate an apology day in Sri Lankan calender and organise/ officiate the ceremony of apology every year? This would help all of the inhabitant to apologise to each other simultaneously.

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        A Day of Apology is actually a good idea!

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    Talking about Multi Ethnicity and Multi Culturalism, don’t Mr Sumanthiran and his Boss insist on an exlusive Ethnic Enclave in the North and an all Tamil Police Force to protect it?.

    Is this to promote Multi Cultural Society in the North, which even Lord Buddha had visited to promote his philosophy?.

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      leela,
      It has been proven again and again in the last 70 years that SL couldn’t be a multicultural society because Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims in SL don’t tolerate each other.
      So what is next? Have they learn anything? Keep trying ?
      Anura

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      hey Leela ( K A Sumansekera) you always parrot out some key words like ‘boss’ ,’sambandan’,sinhala buddist,norwegians,NGOS etc etc

      we are getting bored with the same thing please can you be more creative and say something more coherent to the article that your commenting on

      i’m still curious to know the Lee Potter business model Leela ,please tell will ya

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    TRUTH IS THAT LTTE AND TNA ARE ONE AND THE SAME….

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      nandana

      “TRUTH IS THAT LTTE AND TNA ARE ONE AND THE SAME….”

      Is it your version of the Truth?

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    “Truth must be told…. my first speech in Parliament and three years later we have yet to see a change in attitude.”

    MAS may be new to parliament but what have TNA which played the role of “Political Wing” (willingly or not) of LTTE terrorists who devastated this land for some 30 years killing tens of thousands of innocent people, done during last 03 years other than taking in parliament, towards reconciliation in this country raising from ashes after the end of war ?

    Have they ever tried to make in roads in to Sinhala society ? other than going from pillar to post complaining against Sri Lanka , trying to punish with the help of foreign powers ? Did they at least condemn the LTTE mass murderers merciless killing of tens of thousands of innocent Sinhala/Muslim/Tamil people ? to begin with genuine reconciliation? & to live in unitary Lanka with all Sri Lankans ? Do they help govt’ efforts to develop N&E with Southern tax payers money & borrowed funds at commercial interest rates ?
    TNA should better be genuine & change their attitude ,if they need positive results, rather than playing in to whims & fancies of Diaspora terrorists.

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      Question 1) Why they have to make into SInghala road? Why dont you singhala go to Tamil road and see? Is n’t attitude of majoritarian attitude causing problem? 2) Why dont you see two roads of peaceful parallel journey

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        Who is complaining here ? Sinhalese or Tamils ? Sinhalese are happy with present arrangement, Tamils agitating , so it’s upto them to take better path to achieve , not others. ok ?

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          What was their complaints? Did your father and other listen in 1956?

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    The mindset of some commentaters needs to change.Admiration to Julia Gillard is OK for Australians.The Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims in Australia is a migrant community.Tamils and Muslims have lived in Sri Lanka alongside the majority community for thousands of years.If they are considered as a migrant community so are the Sinhalese who migrated from India in the distant past.The post war situation in Sri Lanka has brought a victor -victim mentality.The truth is that all communities suffered through out the conflict during the last 70 years.The turning point in the conflict took place on the eve of independence when the Ceylon National Congress which included all three communities fighting for Independence from the British became Sinhala Mahasabha under SWRD.Tamil response to this was the formation of Tamil Maha Sabha.Thereafter it was divisive politics where the Tamils bore the brunt of Sinhala communalism in 1958,1978,1983,and finally in 2009.As Mr. Sumanthiram says this is no the time for remembering killing innocent Tamils along with the LTTE in Victory parades.Victory parades do not go along side Buddhism.It is only a mechanism to remember the war eternally and for the Tamils to remember the deaths of their loved ones in thousands.Human beings may be Sinhalese, Muslims or Tamils do not have fun and frolick when the neighbours have funerals in their midst.Please change your attitudes.

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      100 likes for your post

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      Great…

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      Very true!

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    “”Truth must be told. After all, it is the truth that will set everyone free. But, for truth to be told, there needs to be a change in attitude”, are words from my first speech in Parliament and three years later we have yet to see a change in attitude.” (MA Sumanthiran)

    Change in attitude? Whose attitude towards whom or what?

    If there is no change in attitude, does it mean that you have been telling untruths all this time?

    Oh! Come on Mr. Sumanthiran. With your foretold untruths so far You are far behind being qualified to promote reconciliation. If you want others to believe you then come out with constructive criticism focusing on the problems of the whole nation because you are a “representative of people nominated from the national list” not by a terrorist outfit.

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    Well said MP.

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    Talking about refusal to devolve any meaningful power, here is what, Sumanathiran’s Boss told the reporters the other day.

    ” I took only 5 Mil. I could have got 100 Mil for the 11 Temples if I was good to the Govt”.

    Nothing sinister, He was just referring to the funds allocated for places of worship under decentralization.

    Now why would a Govt which is accused of genocide. ethnic clensing, and destroying Temples and Tamil Culture lock stock and barrel allocate 100 Mil to 11 Siva Temples just in the North?.

    100 Mil even in our appreciating LKR is no small change.

    These are places where the Hindus in Jaffna pennisula flock daily to worship their Lord Shiva.

    The reason for refusal is that Sambandan doesn’t want to change or amend his wish list, which is pretty much the same as Prabakaran’s sans LTTE Airforce and the Sea Tiger Navy.

    Perhaps Police Powers and Land Bank are more important to Sambandan than Siva Lingams.

    Wonder what Mr Sumnathiran whom I think is a non Hindu has to say about this in his next speech?.

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      Hello Leela alias Sumanasekera hows life treating you machan??

      are you still a regular patron at Otters or have you given u booze in accordance with ‘Sihala Buddism’ preached in Lanka?

      btw any more projects a hand now?

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    MAS it was not a Celebrating of a Victory, IT WAS JUST POLISHING OF THE ARMOURY AND GREASING EQUIPMENT.

    Do not attempt to topple the apple cart again with your rhetoric.You are just a talk shop.

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      You are dismissing one of the greatest statesman as a talk shop? That just goes to show how much you know…

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    Mr.Abraham wants every one to know the abrahamic truth and wants others change their attitude. Why not Mr.Abraham change his attitude first and take the lead.

    Mr.Abraham laments about victory parades and claims they hurts reconcilliation but ignores the conststant hounding and insults they and their supporter diaspora hurl at the government and the sinhala poeple.Does he think that is helpful for reconilliation.

    As foreign minister GLP said the other day Nor the IC or India are going to get them what they want,what they dream of,instead it is they who need to change and come down to reality.

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    I am lanken Sinhalase. I agree with the writer saying celebrating a victory that has lost its way.
    Nodoubt there are significant masses among us bear the view with him.

    Current regime is just interested in consolidating their powers. So long stupid masses be them sinhala, muslims or tamils are there, nothing will change the prevailing system. Current administration has done nothing to be celebrated since the war is over. They the rulers under the guidance of MR ( just a man that knows to drop empty rhetorics again and again) have been destroying the most accepted university education in srilanka today. They loot the assets of innocent people in this country. There is no rule of law in action in the country. Police mistreat the general public on broad day light. Women in Hikkaduwa areas are being attacked by RULING COALITION gangsters. Not only in the north but also all corners in the country, people are becoming upset seeing the manner MR regime acts whatever it is.

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      Most ridiculous news I happened to read yesterday was – ALL KIND OF LAW VIOLATER -MERVIN will likely be given powers to educate disipline…

      This idea should have come from MR…. How on this earth a man whose respect has gone to that low level can be appointed to teach disipline to public servants ?

      What karma have the majority of folks done, to see all these in srilanka today ? People would not utter a work being scared of any harrasments, abductions or any form of life threats – this is the ground reality of lanka today.

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    I love how M. A. Sumanthiran can see past all the petty issues and focus in on the most significant topics. This man is the hope and future of Sri Lanka. I wish this great man would come and settle in the United States instead of staying in Sri Lanka.

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