2 December, 2020

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Change But No Change In Sri Lanka

By Deirdre McConnell

Deirdre McConnell

Deirdre McConnell

What is the difference between a “changing context” and a “paradigm shift”?

The anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa spanned most of the last century. A paradigm shift, enabled by a vast political process of struggle, was required to make the radical change from minority white oppressive rule, to the majority, black people, being included in government. The repressive mechanisms that had tried to crush activists, human rights defenders and all who struggled for civil rights and justice – were notorious. The methods included systematic violence, torture and killings. I remember clearly that fateful day when Ruth First was killed by a parcel bomb in 1982. Her daughter spoke on BBC Radio recently.

Many factors eventually led to those in power, who maintained an unjust oppressive system for decades, accepting a completely transformed situation where they no longer held the power alone – but shared it with all citizens. Many had asserted that change was impossible. They lacked vision, compassion and political will. But the movement of peoples and systems which favoured change, in the end succeeded in overturning the “Nothing-can-ever-change” brigade.

In South Africa, the change was stark and liberating. A friend of mine, in his 30’s, doing post-graduate study in the UK, returned to his country, South Africa, in 1994 to vote for the first time in his life. It was a moving experience – a sense of being liberated from shackles of oppression.

A crucial component of the change process was the country facing up to the violent deeds and effects of the past. Truth had long been a casualty and victim and while the real facts were buried, there could be no reconciliation. There has to be a sense of collective remorse for violations committed – for the healing power of reconciliation to work.

It is at best laughable, as worst cruel and calculating, to say reconciliation can happen while the oppressed are continually exploited and down-trodden – and when there has been no meaningful change.

Of course promise of change can go on and on without ever materialising in anything worth the paper it is written on.

Unfortunately this is the case in Sri Lanka. There has been a change of government, but the real underlying injustices are still as firmly in place as ever. Messages and speeches for international consumption are cleverly constructed to give a cosmetic image of real change. But nothing could be further from the truth. It was the Tamils in the North and East firmly supporting the new President, who were the “kingmakers” ensuring his success. Without them he couldn’t have become President. They were hoping for real change. Yet there was nothing in Sirisena’s election pledges about their future at all. Despite Sri Lanka saying in international forums for decades that “the government is working on a political solution for the Tamils” no fruit has ever been produced.

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Sri Lanka managed to garner support from many countries when the informal discussions on the UN resolution took place in Geneva in March 2014 during the Human Rights Council – HRC. Attempts were made to water it down, to remove mention of the 13th Amendment, remove any reference to demilitarisation in the North and East, and so on. Fortunately these efforts were not successful. It has long been established that militarisation of society leads to increased human rights violations and increased persecution of human rights defenders. But Sri Lanka has strong paid lobby to support its dissemination of its perspective.

It is very important to realise that when a government is committing genocide, it will do anything it possibly can, including violent repression, torture and victimisation, to ensure that no other State interferes in its genocidal programme. This is critical. No one can justify or accept genocide. So at all cost the reality has to be kept from the understanding of the international community.

In reality, Tamils in Sri Lanka have been, and are, victims of genocide. I do not have space here to go through the well-established arguments. But they are crystal clear and indisputable. The Tamils are a people. The Sri Lankan state has, over decades, calculatedly used state apparatus to conduct systematic massacres of genocidal proportions. This has been well documented by the highest and most objective of international human rights organisations. Representations have been made to UN human rights mechanisms since 1987, our organisation has been working on this since 1990.

Genocide has eight stages. The final one is denial. A book could be written on each of these stages with regard to the suffering of the Tamils of Sri Lanka.

Do not let the fact that the Tamils rose up in a liberation movement to defend themselves – having been put in a position where they were forced to wage an armed struggle as last resort – cloud your understanding of cause and effect. Yes, once war was all-out, there were killings on both sides.

However we must never forget that the armed forces of the state were responsible for the vast majority of the killings of Sinhalese civilians through the actions of homeguards and paramilitary forces. As said earlier, the Sri Lankan armed and security forces wielded a horrific level of persecution against the Tamil people. Victims were tortured, disappeared, killed, women were gang-raped and murdered, the whole population starved by a cruel economic embargo for years, mass displacements of civilians who languish in IDP camps for decades, continuing even now, bombing and artillery shelling of Tamil areas since the 1980s… the list goes on.

We all know the culmination of the killings in 2009. The war crimes committed by the Sri Lanka government since the 1980s grotesquely became a heinous “final solution” – and the rest is history. See the Channel 4 documentary “Killing Fields”, Read the report of the Panel of UN Experts – and many other documents available.

All this, the Sri Lankan governments (previous and present) would like the international community to ignore, sweep under the carpet. They would like the world to think that all the past problems can be resolved by a domestic process of inquiry and reconciliation. But that is impossible. The same authorities believing in the justified oppression and killing of Tamils, will be in charge, and create yet another smokescreen to try to hide the brutal reality.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s statement to the HRC was excellent for consumption by the international community. The commitment to the LLRC – which lacks by far the rigour and vision needed in the situation, his reference to the re-introduction of 17th amendment and repeal of the 18th – are all intended to make the international community feel the government is committed to positive change – to human rights, reconciliation, accountability and co-operation.

But he should, and could, have spoken about commitment to real political change, to the devolution of political authority, to the 13th amendment, long referred to in speeches to foreign audiences. But it is put on and off the government agenda like a hot potato. Such devolution is integral to reconciliation and the full enjoyment of human rights by all the population, as the UNHRC resolution articulates.

Predictably, he talked about South Africa and the government so-called commitment to a Truth and Reconciliation process. But South Africa must not be fooled. There is not even a whisper of a mention of a solution to the real deep-rooted problems and endemic injustice. There are many possible templates for a solution to the problem, the world over, where peoples in areas colonised have won recognised self-determination rights or autonomy. But even these possibilities have never been considered by the successive governments, let alone the recognition of the real aspirations of the Tamil people for self-rule, voted for overwhelmingly way back in 1977, and again in 2004. In the latter election the Tamil people exercised their right to self- determination to take part in the then unfolding Peace Process of the early 2000s, as partners for peace.

Consider this question: Would there have been a Truth and Reconciliation process set in motion by the UN in Indonesia if East Timor had not been on the pathway to becoming independent? Can you imagine the whole of the East Timorese liberation movement massacred, followed by the instigation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, working with Indonesians and the remaining East Timorese people – insisting they be called Indonesians! This is pure fantasy.

We need to look reality in the face. Call a spade a spade. Call genocide, genocide. This is the only way forward. Then stop the oppression. Solutions, – internal self-determination, external self-determination, autonomous regions, cantons like in Switzerland, devolved power through regional states like in India, or USA, and these are just a few solutions. There are many more possibilities.

But while the government is made up of a Sinhalese people the majority of whom have been fed since 1930s with a racist ideology of Sinhala chauvinism, in other words, ideas of superiority of the Sinhalese who can with impunity oppress Tamils, and any other non-Buddhist people – there is no hope that the tweaks and cosmetic fixes that the new President and interim government speak about, will produce any meaningful change.

A paradigm shift is needed.

Constructive and genuine work for Human Rights – both civil and political rights and economic, social and cultural rights, will lead to solutions. Blindfolds need to be removed, to enable clear vision, and real freedom must be sought for all the people of the island.

*Deirdre McConnell – the author of “The Tamil People’s Rights to self-Determination” published in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs

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    Hear hear Deirdre McConnell,

    Tell the truth to all as it is: Truth alone will set Tamils free.

    That is the time honored truth.

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      In fact the headline should read ‘Change But No Change In Deirdre McConnell (Deirdre Kirupakaran)’.

      Deirdre, please visit Sri Lanka and see to yourself the change.

      You are doing good work, but sadly doing it in a tangent way. Please rationalise your thoughts without helping to fragment the Tamils further.

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        Deirdre, please visit Sri Lanka and see to yourself the change.

        Glad to know that so called V Namasivayam has been appointed as the Register of Marriage.

        Deirdre visited Sri Lanka last during JVP insurgency in late 80s. During this period only thousands people were killed and disappeared.

        If Deirdre can visit now, she can see the change of from thousands to millions disappearance, killings, thousands of rape cases, Sinhalisation, Buddhisation and millitarisation as well.

        Good that J reminded Deirdre

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          Dayan J Samaraweera

          “Deirdre visited Sri Lanka last during JVP insurgency in late 80s. During this period only thousands people were killed and disappeared.”

          Please give us a number.

          Please chose one number or the range from:

          1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000, 9000, 10000, 20000, 30000, 40000, 50000, 60000, 70000, 80000, 90000, 100,000, 110,000, 120,000, 130,000

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          Dayan J Samaraweera

          What a patronising comment in defence of Deirdre. JVP’s failures even JVP do not talk now. LTTE failure was alienating its own people to run a hegemonic, monolith regime. Those benefitted from the LTTE are still propagating the cause of the LTTE.

          Deirdre was in the payroll of the LTTE at Eelam House under Shanthan and then moved to Paris and married and living with LTTE’s one man Tamil human rights group run by Kirupakaran. She is the editor of her husbands public reports and writings.

          If she had gone in the 80’s, it is over 30 years since. If digging the graves is the job she want’s to do there is lots of opening there. Sri Lanka has unlimited scope and Deirdre must select her specialist area and take forward her mission. There is enough LTTE funds to keep her occupied.

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            So called V Namasivayam is only capable of criticising others articles- As he is disabled he is cant writie any aritlce.

            He is a dummy jubillant.

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              Dear Shun,

              V Namasivayam has exposed the LTTE connection of Mrs Deirdre Kirupakaran nee McConnell.

              This is a piece of news that some of us did not know and Deirdre was trying to hide. You have not challenged it either which shows that VN is telling the Truth.

              You are angry that a Tamil has blown the cover of an LTTE operative.

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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            Dear V Namasivayam

            I am sure that you are writing with pseudonym, never mind, it looks like you know about both of them well.

            If that is the case, if you are civilised person, why not give your actual name, if possible address or contact number and deal with them directly.

            If you are real Tami, really civilised this is not the right way, unless otherwise you are scared or afraid of them.

            This I consider as act of coward ness.

            When we look at all the comments, it looks like they are veteran and matured activists.

            You are not ready to face them directly.

            Be honest and challenge them directly.

            These are way an educated civilised person will do.

            Slandering anyone easy but will that work on a long run.

            Therefore show you guts and come forward with you true identity.

            This applies to all those includes Off the Cuff – OTC who wrote negative and nasty comments for this article.

            IF YOU CAN CHALLENGE THEM DO WRITE ARTICLE ABOUT THEM, WE WILL BE HAPPY TO READ.

            Writing comments with pseudonym is very easy, writing an analytical article is a difficult task.

            P Subramaniam
            Toronto
            Canada

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              Dear P Subramanium of Toronto Canada,

              You are being silly. How do we know that you are using your real name? You may be using a pseudonym yourself. The only difference is I make sure you know that I am using a pseudonym.

              I would not care what name you use as long as you write the TRUTH. You get indigestion when it exposes your propaganda as a pack of Lies. Then you become a cry baby.

              Re “Slandering anyone easy but will that work on a long run”

              Writing the TRUTH is not Slander so neither I nor V Namasivayam has slandered anyone.

              Namasivayam has exposed the LTTE connection of Deirdre Kirupakaran nee McConnell. A fact that she wanted to keep hidden.

              Why did she not say who she is and pretended to be UNBIASED?
              Why did she use her Maiden name instead of her married name?
              Why did she hide the FACT that she was in the pay of the LTTE?

              ALL of that was a CALCULATED attempt at DECEPTION.
              Luckily Namasivayam knew the history and blew the whistle.

              You should be thankful to Namasivayam for exposing the LTTE propagandist, if you are not a Terrorist sympathizer yourself.

              My comment addressed to the Ms. Deirdre Kirupakaran nee McConnell still remains unanswered by her.

              She cannot counter the TRUTH. What I have said about the Panel of Experts, Mr. Darusman, Ms. Yasmin Sooka and Mr. Steven Ratner cannot be challenged. They have deliberately prostituted the Rome Statute and has brought the UN system to ridicule.

              Their INTEGRITY has been compromised and consequently the report they produced is TAINTED.

              The probability that the Darusman Trio have been bribed is thus high.

              Ms. Deirdre Kirupakaran nee McConnell has used the corrupt Darusman report and the stage managed scenes in the CH4 videos as evidence. No one can explain why the PTK Hospital which was the ONLY hospital available to the LTTE in the War Zone, did not have a SINGLE LTTE casualty.

              Not that it did not have LTTE casualties but ALL of them were dressed in civilian clothes and were masquerading as CIVILIANS. The scenes were stage managed.

              That was something Callum McRay, in his haste to blame the SL Forces, did not realize. That was a fatal mistake.

              Ms. Deirdre Kirupakaran nee McConnell and ALL the terrorist supporters have been stumped by what I wrote.

              Since they are checkmated by my comments they tried to attack me.

              Peiris, Ruban and Anpu wrote personal attacks. Saro to her credit attempted a civil debate but she had no answer to my counter and fell silent.

              I have also written a comment to Ms Sylvia Haik (March 22, 2015 at 3:13 am). It deals with the fraudulent Tamil Homeland claim amongst other things. No one has challenged that either.

              A Law lecturer from the Jaffna University, a prominent member of Fr Rayappu Joseph’s “Tamil Civil Society” writes under three (3) pseudonyms, Aachariya, Tamil Chanakyan, Manimaaran.

              Is it because he is a coward that he uses not just one but three (3) pseudonyms?

              Although I have challenged him, I have not exposed his real name, because I respect his desire for anonymity.

              Here is a comment that I addressed to him, which he could not reply.
              .
              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/problems-of-eelam-tamils/comment-page-1/#comment-1763190
              .
              My comments are all FACTUAL but if I make an error and it is pointed out with verifiable data I will not hesitate to apologize and correct my mistake. I write anonymously for the safety of my family. I don’t want a brainwashed terrorist visiting my home.

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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          How does one define. Genocide. Deidre???just. Curious

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        J/T…. is jealous because beeing a Tamil, he could not write anything more than two paragraph of Douglas whereas Deirdre has written an article about the Change.

        What your three wheller driver and people of your home Navatkuli says now to you?

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      Have you lost for words? :D

      • 8
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        Do you even English bro? :D

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          Wee Thamihz Senior Journalist D: Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon

          Great comment, keep up your good work.

          Would you like to bring back David Blacker from his awakened state to this forum to kick some Wee Thamihz LTTE arses?

          Its not a bad idea.

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      Wee Thamihz Senior Journalist D: Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon

      Great comment, keep up your good work.

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      The six thumbs here, 4 up and 2 down should find something better to do. They may be better engaged to tickle their posterior orifices.

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      Wee Thamihz Senior Journalist D: Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon

      Great comment, keep up your good work.

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      So called Siva Sankaran Sarma

      Cant you find a good Doctor for illness.

      Your illness is over due!

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      Siva Sankaran Sarma may be an extreme Sinhala MALE chauvanist

      Also he must bea hardcore member of BBS, JHU, JVP etc.

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        Elizaer

        “Siva Sankaran Sarma may be an extreme Sinhala MALE chauvanist”

        No he is not. Its only a cover.

        He is only helping the LTTE diaspora how to think strategically which he hopes enable them to counter Sri Lanka.

        Read between the lines and you will see lots and lots of interlinear messages.

        Elsewhere he has warned the Tamils what is in store for them when Sri Lanka’s panel of experts presents its defense at UNHRC. Now its up to the Tamil LTTE Diaspora to study the defense and prepare their counter strategy.

        As a senior Wee Thamil journalist he could not help the LTTE openly. He has been cleverly hiding his aspiration for a Wee Thamil Eelam while giving LTTE the necessary directions. I don’t really think the LTTE would ever get it.

  • 7
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    You said it in the way most CT commentators will understand. Yes, in the 21st century
    we have all the pros and cons that may to lead to a CHANGE.

    Racist columist of Mihindapala & Jayatilleke Sinhala intellegentsia catergory will make their cry in due course – let them, but a CHANGE is in the making for the good of all.

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    The lady Deirdre McConnell speaks the truth but there are one or two daring inaccuracies which people tend to start believing as it is often repeated. She said there are “mass displacements of civilians who languish in IDP camps for decades, continuing even now.” The IDP camps were established less than one decade ago and at its height there were 300,000 inmates now dwindled down to a few hundreds. She refers to Channel 4’s Killing Fields as a fact when in reality none of its content was authenticated and the sources were highly suspect and challenged, but not as vociferously as desired as the challengers are mostly expats in UK whom the then government did not treat kindly. Also, Gotabhaya Rajapakse said in a BBC interview that not a single civilian was killed in the final stages of the war, which was crass stupidity as well as arrogant. Killing does occur in wars and this imbecilic statement killed off our credibility. On the whole I am pleased with the article as the Tamil community are still in receipt of injustice. We cannot compare ourselves to South Africa or East Timor no matter how many LLRC’s we create.

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    hello… any noteworthy mentioning of Vietnam, Japan, Iraq, Afganistan, Drones in Pakistan, Panama, Guantanamo Bay etc ???

    This is coming from a woman from the ‘civilized world?’

    the funny thing is most people from these countries weren’t even terrorists. Only branded by the west!

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      bayes

      “hello… any noteworthy mentioning of Vietnam, Japan, Iraq, Afganistan, Drones in Pakistan, Panama, Guantanamo Bay etc ???”

      Are these countries situated in this trice blessed island?

      Please bear with me for I am bit thick.

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    There are so many wise and learned men and women with doctorates talk of the injustices in Sri Lanka, and now even comparing the South African situation. Having lived in the country for 75 years and not being a learned erudite, my only comment is that these comments specially from foreigners are not helpful. In South Africa, the MAJORITY are black and in Sri Lanka, the majority are Sinhalese. You cannot force the majority to allow a minority to carve out a portion of a small land for a separate State (even policing, exclusive land rights etc) Even in the case of Quebec, I don’t think they have such “rights”.

    This lady should look at the human rights violations in the Middle East (Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Nigeria, etc etc), Pakistan, North Korea, and write about the catastrophic violations against hundreds of thousands facing extinction due to no action by the United States and her allies, The U.N., and other “civilized” countries where there are hundreds of learned counsel, because for them, its a profession.

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      Kumara, you seem to think it is justifiable for the majority to lord it over the minority. The Tamils have equal rights to live in Sri Lanka as much as the Sinhalese and it is an accident of demography that the Sinhalese grew to become the majority. I don’t think this small island should be fragmented, but a bit of power sharing with the Tamils would not go amiss. Where are the Tamils in our Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, Civil and Diplomatic Service. There are government offices where the application forms are only in Sinhalese. How can those who do not know Sinhalese operate? It’s the petty discrimination such as these that the Tamils crave for separation as the only other alternative left. I wish that does not happen but the majority Sinhalese has to compromise (whatever Gnanasara Thera desires) for all to live in harmony as we once did not so long ago. UK too had a 30 year vicious conflict in Northern Ireland but they have relative peace now because the majority shares power with the minority.

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        Sylvia, the Chief Justice is a Tamil as well as several other senior government servants. The GOSL could not (mainly in the interest of Tamils) have appointed Tamils to higher ranks of the police and armed forces during the last two or three decades. There were in fact no Tamil applicants, not since the late Rudra Rajasingham, the IGP in the late 60s to mid 70s. But NOW, Tamils are being recruited specially from the North and East. What exactly are you saying? Go to the South and the Western cities. See the number of Tamil workers in grocery shops like Cargills, Keels and other positions, even in government offices. Look at the interaction between the Provinces now, compared to the damage to the infrastructure done by Prabakaran and Co.!! What are you saying?

        I don’t know what Gnanasara says. But my daughter is happily married to a young Tamil boy from Jaffna and my sister was married to (now deceased) Tamil also from a wealthy family in Jaffna for 40 odd years. By the way, did you read Lathiff Farook’s article?

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          Dear Ms Sylvia Haik,

          Re “The Tamils have equal rights to live in Sri Lanka as much as the Sinhalese”

          Of course they do. Not only the indigenous Tamils but also the recently introduced descendants of former alien Indian indentured Labourers of the British, have that right. The majority of Lanka does not deny that.

          Re “… and it is an accident of demography that the Sinhalese grew to become the majority”

          It is not an accident. Even after the Tamil population more than doubled when the British imported Alien Indians as slave labour in British plantations, the numbers are still small, though the natural increase remains significantly constant.

          Thus either the Sinhala and the Indigenous Tamils were not here at the same time or the Lanka Tamils are Tamilised Sinhala. Scientific evidence indicates that the Indian origin Tamils and the Indigenous Lanka Tamils are genetically separate but that the Sinhala and the Lanka Tamils are genetically related.

          Re “I don’t think this small island should be fragmented, but a bit of power sharing with the Tamils would not go amiss”

          Agree with you a 100%. But it is not power sharing that is causing problems. It is the sharing of Land which is the real problem.

          Consider the following.

          In 1911 Lanka Tamil population was 528,000
          In 1911 Indian Tamil population was 531,000

          Since the Indian Tamils were not in Lanka before the advent of the British, Lanka’s indigenous Tamil population 115 years earlier could not have exceeded a 100,000 (can work back from known data).

          Ask yourself how this population could have populated the whole of the Northern and Eastern Provinces, a Land Mass of 26,000 sq Km and simultaneously defend a porous border of about 2000km against a population 5 times theirs?

          It is a physical impossibility that gives the Lie to the Homeland Claim.

          The Indian Tamils were Aliens and they were domiciled in the Sinhala Hinterland by the British who used Draconian Laws to dispossess the Sinhala of their Land

          (Google for Crown Land Enforcement Ordinance of 1840, Waste Land Ordinance Act of 1897, Land Settlement Ordinance of 1889 or read my comment here for details https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/revolutionizing-sovereignty-to-secure-permanent-peace-in-sri-lanka/comment-page-1/#comment-1796930).

          Even today, of the 839,504 Indian Origin Tamil population only 11,940 live in the North and East. The balance live on Sinhala Land that was wrested from them by the British.

          There are over a million Landless Sinhala peasants as a result.

          The plight of the Sinhala who got displaced (as at 1946), just before independence, can be seen from the following.

          “According to the 1946 census on population in the agricultural sector of the island, 40% of the agricultural peasant families found in the former Kandyan Kingdom were landless while there were 26% landless agricultural families recorded in the wet zone” (Herath 1995: 79).

          It is not possible to evict the Indian Origin Tamils to give back the land to the original occupants.

          The govt addressed the issue in 1949 by developing UNINHABITED FORREST LAND under the Gal Oya Development Scheme.

          The Gal Oya scheme opened up Forrest Land and 40 million acres of land became available for settlement of the Landless.

          Veddhas, Moors, Tamils and the Landless Sinhala described above were selected for settlement.

          Then came the racist cry of “this is Tamil Land” the Sinhala has no place in it. What started then evolved into a conflagration of unimagined proportions.

          The Tamil United Liberation Front upped the ante, in their election manifesto of July 1977 by claiming, it was “EXCLUSIVELY Tamil Land”.

          Land is the source of life and sustenance. Eighty percent of Lanka is PUBLIC land. It is the Birthright of ALL of us. No single entity has the right to deprive the others of that Birthright.

          The Eastern Province is the 2nd Largest Province of Lanka. The North and the East put together is almost 40% of Lanka’s Land Mass. More than half of that is uninhabited.

          What could be done is to excise unpopulated areas from the NP, EP and NCP to create a Territory governed by the Central Govt. There are such territories in India and the USA. There may be more in other countries.

          This central govt territory can then can be used for development and if that development involves a scheme like Gal Oya then the irrigated Land so opened up should be used to settle the Landless.

          This will leave a NP with a Tamil majority and an EP with a Muslim Majority who will be in control of their own destinies politically and economically. And the Rest of Lanka will not feel Cheated as is the case now.

          For background information, please read

          Regional Powers and Small State Security: India and Sri Lanka, 1977-1990 By K. M. De Silva pages 90 – 94 to get an understanding of the Eastern Province.

          Neville Jayaweera former GA Jaffna. His experiences of Jaffna are related in 10 parts. available here http://nevillejayaweera.blogspot.com/search/label/Autobiographical%20Writings
          .

          The writings of Ms Perle Thevanayagam, Mr Sebastian Rasalingam, Ms Gaja Lakshmi Paramasivam, Mr. Thomas Johnpulle, Mr. Thanges Paramsothy, Dr. Nagalingam Ethirweerasingham the Olympic and Asian Games Medalist and the first president of the Global Tamil Forum. ALL of them relates their first hand life experiences and all of them confirm each other.

          The works of Dr. Michael Roberts provides a wealth of information.

          Dr. Jane Russell lived in Jaffna while doing her research for her PhD. Her book “Communal Politics under the Donoughmore Constitution, 1931 – 1947” (available from Thisara Publications, Lanka)is authoritative and provides an insight to both Sinhala and Tamil politics and society during the Donoughmore period.

          Read “Casteless or Caste-blind?” jointly authored by Kalinga Tudor Silva, P.P. Sivapragasam, Paramsothy Thanges.

          And also “The Rajah of the North – Percival Acland Dyke” by Bertram E. S. J. Bastiampillai

          Bryan Pfaffenberger’s book, ‘Caste in Tamil Culture’

          Kumara, replying to you forgot to mention that when the problems started several important Lankan Missions in the west were headed by Tamils. I cannot exactly remember the missions but I believe about five including Germany?, France?, UK? UN? had Tamil Heads. Perhaps someone who has knowledge of this can correct me.

          Siva Pasupathi the Legal Adviser to the LTTE was our Attorney General. The CJ when the IPKF was here was also a Tamil. There were a host of others which included govt Ministers.

          The Language Act was never implemented in the North. What was implemented was the Reasonable Use of Tamil Act (even before it was gazetted).

          Separatist Tamil propaganda is efficient but it is not the whole truth. The west have been exposed to this incessant propaganda that presents the Tamil as an underdog and as a homogenous entity. It is not homogenous it has at least three major divisions.

          Jaffna based Ruling class 30%
          Jaffna based Servile class 60%
          Plantation based Indian Tamil under class 10%

          These three entities do not mix. The Ruling Class used the 70% servile class as Chattel and Slaves who were not considered Human (even in the 1980’s). If you study the references I provided you will understand where Persecution really happened.

          Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan was against enfranchisement of women and the underclass. Thus he lobbied the Donoughmore Commission to prevent enfranchisement of 85% of the Tamil Population (15% women of the ruling class and the 70% under class).

          “The learned legislator (Ramanathan) led two delegations during the late 1920s demanding the Colonial Office in London that Caste be encoded into the legislative enactments of Ceylon” Dr Jane Russell in “Communal politics under the Donoughmore Constitution, 1931-1947” (Tissara publishers)

          To help you to understand Tamil and Sinhala society I will quote from a Jaffna Tamil.

          When I moved to Hatton, and later to Colombo, I found a very different world. It was a transforming experience for me and my wife to find that our work mates, mostly Sinhalese, would actually sit with us and share a cup of tea, as if that was normal. We found that we could go to night school and study without been threatened, beaten up, or go and borrow books, and do things that would bring swift retribution `back in the North’. Our dwellings would have been torched, and our women would have been raped with impunity.

          You can see the differences in Jaffna society and Sinhala society, even in Hatton, an area where a considerable Indian origin Tamil population lives on misappropriated lands of the Sinhala. Instead of rancour where rancour can be expected you see kindness and acceptance.

          The above is the first hand experiences of a Servile Class Jaffna Tamil and his underclass Indian origin Tamil wife as related by himself. The writer is Mr Sebastian Rasalingam who grew up in the Jaffna peninsula. He moved to Mannar after world-war II. Later he moved to Hatton and married an Indian origin Tamil Lady and finally came to Colombo. Now in his 80s he lives with his offspring in Canada.

          Therefore Ms. Sylvia Haik, please don’t come to conclusions about the Sinhala from what you have heard. Talk to people like Mr. Rasalingam and read some of the references I have indicated and then decide for yourself.

          Kind Regards,
          OTC

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            Off the Cuff, Thank you for that interesting and useful contribution.

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              Wickramasiri, You are welcome. Sorry did not see your comment earlier.

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            OTC,

            Prof Bastiampillai also wrote
            “The Recognition of Traditional Homeland in Sri Lankan politics
            In 1929, the Kandyan National Assembly fostered the case for a federal system of government when its membership gave evidence before the special commission (Donoughmore Commission) on the proposed new constitution. According to Kandyan National Assembly, the island was to be carved into the three self-governing areas: the northern and eastern provinces in which the Tamils predominate; the Kandyan provinces and the southern and western provinces inhabited mainly by the Low-Country Sinhalese. Each of these communities would thus be granted a government of its own. For purposes affecting the welfare of the entire island, those three governments would be united in a federal government thus ensuring that no section would be in a position to dominate over the others. The claim of the Kandyans has been highlighted in an article titled ‘The Kandyans urged for three federal states in 1928 and 1948,’ contributed to the Sunday Observer of 5 January 2003 by Lakshman Kiriella.

            The Communist Party of Ceylon too recognized the nationhood of the Tamils of Northeastern Province. Their view was expressed in a rally held in Colombo and their resolution at this rally was later forwarded to the Ceylon National Congress as the Communist Party’s resolutions and memoranda of October – November 1944. It reads as follows: ”As there are distinct, historically evolved nationalities, for instance the Sinhalese and Tamils with their own contiguous territory as their home-land, their own language, economic life, culture and psychological make-up, as well as interspersed minorities living in the territories; the constitution of a free and united Ceylon should be based on the following democratic principles:
            • Recognition of the equality and sovereignty of the peoples of Ceylon;
            • Recognition that the nationalities should have the unqualified right to self-determination, including the right, if ever they so desire, to form their own independent state;
            •Recognition that the free constitution should contain statutory guarantees protecting and advancing the political, social, economic, educational and linguistic rights of interspersed minorities, as their freedom of religious worship, and secondly, statutory abolition of discriminations and privileges based on caste, race or community and making it a penal offence under the constitution to infringe the above.
            •Recognition that those Indians, now in Ceylon, who are prepared to make this country their permanent home and adopt Ceylon citizenship, should have the same rights and privileges as any other community.

            “As, however, the most economically developed areas are in the traditional homelands of the Sinhalese people and as the Tamils and minorities have contributed and will contribute towards such development, as well as to the general development of the whole country, this meeting further declares that the constitution of a free and united Ceylon should provide for two equal chambers, one a Chamber of Representatives, elected on the basis of universal adult franchise according to territorial electorates and the other a Chamber of Nationalities, elected on the basis of universal adult franchise and ensuring the principle of the equality of the nationalities of a united Ceylon.”

            Even members of the Soulbury Commission who drew up a constitution for an independent Sri Lanka recognized in their report (Chapter VII, P 52) that the Ceylon Tamils constituted a compact and closely knit community dwelling chiefly in the northern and eastern provinces. In order to give sufficient representation of the people of the northeast, sections of which was sparsely populated due to forest coverage, it provided for each province to have one member for every 75,000 inhabitants and an additional member for every 1000 square miles.

            The recognition of northern and eastern provinces as the traditional homelands of the Tamils is also seen in the Bandaranaike–Chelvanayakam pact of 26 July 1957, and the Dudley Senanayake–Chelvanayakam pact of 1965. After prolonged negotiations between the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) and the Indian government, there emerged the Indo–Sri Lanka Accord signed on 29 July 1987 between the governments of India and Sri Lanka. The Accord recognizes the present Northeastern Province as historical habitation of the Tamils and other communities. “

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              Dear Anpu,

              I have no desire to deny the Tamil people what is due to them. But I am debating here against Tamils who are hell bent on denying the Sinhala, Muslims, Burghers, Malays and the others their rights.

              There are over a Million Landless peasants in the Hill Country whose lands were taken over for the Plantations and on which a Million Alien Indians were settled.

              All of you who talk about HOMELANDS ignore the Sinhala Landless Peasants. Why is that? Obviously you simply do not care.

              You talk about the Indian Origin Tamils but you ignore the million plus Sinhala, who were dispossessed of their Lands.

              This is absolutely SELFISH and RACIST.

              Then again the Northerners treated the Indian Tamils like dirt, as coolies fit only to clean your toilets when they were in the North. Now you weep for them because they are not there anymore. This is simply racist politics.

              The ONLY natural boundary of Lanka is the coast line. If you want Lanka divided on historic ethnic lines then the Tamils have the Jaffna Peninsular and a small part of the Northwestern mainland. The East and the rest of the island is completely non Tamil.

              If you want to share this land as equals then you are welcome anywhere.

              Please remember that the 75% of Govt revenue is derived from taxing the Sinhalese. The Sinhalese have not demanded that the govt spend 75% of the revenue on them.

              Here is what I propose to solve the ethnic issues once and for all

              Excise unpopulated areas from the NP, EP and NCP.
              Create a Territory governed by the Central Govt from that.
              This will leave a Tamil majority NP and a Muslim majority EP.
              The NEW NPC and the NEW EPC will have ALL powers currently enjoyed by a State in India.

              The Tamils will govern the North.
              The Muslims will govern the East.

              Thus ALL your Political aspirations are fulfilled.

              The NEW Central Territory will be used for development and settling the Landless.

              Then the Rest of Lanka will not feel Cheated as is the case now.

              What objections do you have?

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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                OTC,

                “debating here against Tamils who are hell bent on denying the Sinhala, Muslims, Burghers, Malays and the others their rights.”

                Utter lie.

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    I would suggest to ALL, including this learned lady to read Lathif Farook’s article in the same issue (18th)!!

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    Sad tragedy in India similar to Sri lanka in 1983., Except murderers were hindu Cong I party men.

    http://www.quora.com/What-happened-in-1984-anti-Sikh-riots

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    There is no hope for the country called Sri Lanka. This is the truth as it really is:

    Quote:

    But while the government is made up of a Sinhalese people the majority of whom have been fed since 1930s with a racist ideology of Sinhala chauvinism, in other words, ideas of superiority of the Sinhalese who can with impunity oppress Tamils, and any other non-Buddhist people – there is no hope that the tweaks and cosmetic fixes that the new President and interim government speak about, will produce any meaningful change.

    Unquote.

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      Indra

      When it comes to oppression the Sinhala/Buddhists are colour blind, they don’t discriminate between Sinhala people and rest of the minorities. You should recall what happened on 5Th April 1971 and between 1987 and 1991.

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    Dear Ms. Deirdre McConnell,

    A comment cannot do justice to what you have written here. I am not aware whether you sent this for publication to CT by yourself. If you did, you would be reading and following the comments.

    I intend to keep my comments short and focused on a few points at a time, to contest what you have written.

    Considering what you have written as a whole, I see that your understanding of Sri Lanka is heavily influenced by Tamil separatist propaganda. You are not looking at the ethnic issue as a Macrocosm but as a Microcosm. That too through coloured glasses.

    Thus the conclusions you arrive at are faulty and completely misleading. They are better placed as propaganda rather than as serious writing about a very complex problem that has origins in the 18th century.

    In this comment I will focus on the following statement of yours.

    Re “See the Channel 4 documentary “Killing Fields”, Read the report of the Panel of UN Experts”

    You are citing these two entities as evidence. Let’s see how reliable that evidence is. First lets look at the Panel of Expert’s (POE) report.

    Rome Statute of the ICC state,
    Article 8, War crimes,
    2(b)(xxiii) Utilizing the presence of a civilian or other protected person to render certain points, areas or military forces immune from military operations; (page 7)

    This is what is known as a Human Shield.

    According to the above, IF the PRESENCE of a civilian (Tamil civilians) is used to protect military forces (LTTE CADRES) then the LTTE commits the war crime of using Human Shields.

    The POE confirms this in their report (item 237) quoted below

    Quote
    “…… they forced thousands of civilians, often under threat of death, to remain in areas under their control during the last stages of the war and enforced this control by killing persons who attempted to leave that area”
    Unquote

    Thus according to the Rome Statute, Article 8, 2(b)(xxiii) The LTTE is GUILTY of the war crime of utilizing a Human Shield.

    The civilians are being held at gun point and have even been shot dead to prevent them leaving. Armed LTTE cadres are present amongst the civilians, Heavy Guns, Mortar pits, Ammunition dumps, command centers are located amongst the civilians (please see aerial photographs taken by Times of London photographers (published on line) who overflew the No Fire Zones with the UNSG Ban Ki Moon.

    Thus EVERY CONDITION required to be satisfied by the Human Shield Law, of the Rome Statute, in order to find the LTTE guilty, has been satisfied and the LTTE should be found Guilty.

    Let’s see what the POE say (item 237)

    Quote
    “(With respect to the credible allegations of the LTTE’s refusal to allow civilians to leave the combat zone, the Panel believes that these actions did not, in law, amount to the use of human shields…”
    Unquote

    The experts are EXONERATING the LTTE!!!!

    But what about the Rome Statute, Article 8, 2(b)(xxiii). Is it not the International Law?

    As far as the UNSG’s POE is concerned apparently not.

    The UNSG’s POE has deliberately subverted International Law and exonerate the Guilty! Why did they do it?

    Let’s look at the repercussions of such a decision.

    If the LTTE was found guilty then those who financed them and procured armaments will automatically be guilty of the same crime and will get prosecuted.

    This means the Separatist big wigs of the BTF, GTF, TGTE etc will be in the hot seat. Thus it is to their advantage to have this matter swept under the carpet.

    Those who financed the LTTE were caught trying to bribe US officials. Thus the questionable statements made by the Panel of Experts, Mr. Darusman, Ms. Yasmin Sooka and Mr. Steven Ratner indicates possible GRAFT.

    Thus the POE report becomes questionable and unreliable

    Now let’s look at the Channel 4 purported documentary “Killing Fields”

    Please refer to the scenes depicting the inmates of the Puthukudirippu (PTK) Hospital, which is the ONLY hospital under LTTE control in the War Zone,

    I hope that these scenes were not filmed by Callum McRay of channel 4 but were films given to him by LTTE sources. This is a charitable assumption because if he was involved in the filming, he and his crew becomes complicit in a fraud and should be prosecuted.

    Please examine the scenes within the hospital. You are shown civilian casualties wherever the camera pans. There is not a SINGLE LTTE casualty in sight. This is an impossible situation for the ONLY hospital in the War Zone under LTTE control to have.

    Obviously the scenes have been stage managed with LTTE injured posing as civilians!!!

    Thus Channel 4 did not produce documentaries. They produced propaganda on behalf of the separatists who may have used their unlimited financial resources to fiance the propaganda productions.

    We can go into further detail and expose the involvement of UN officials in a fraudulent attempt at “authenticating” the CH4 TRASH.

    I will keep that for another day If and When you respond.

    Kind Regards,
    OTC

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      Rather than wasting your time in writting comments what about doing something in action?

      Your comments shows that this article has distubed you a lot.

      Rather than writing this as a comment, you should have released this as your official reply to this article.

      Enjoy your maximum until the next Parliament election

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        Dear Peiris,

        Re “Rather than wasting your time in writting comments what about doing something in action?”

        What action do you propose?

        Re “Your comments shows that this article has distubed you a lot”

        I think you are putting the cart before the horse.
        I see that my comment has sent you into a spin.
        You have not challenged anything that I have said.

        Re “Rather than writing this as a comment, you should have released this as your official reply to this article”

        It is only part of my reply and I have clearly indicated that. It is my official reply just as much as your rhetoric is your official reply. You seem to have got your nickers in a twist.

        Re “Enjoy your maximum until the next Parliament election”

        I enjoyed getting MR out, unless the foolish Tamil Separatists allow MR a justifiable cause (like the former SC Judge and now CM NP Wigneswaran’s idiotic “Genocide” resolution) to increase the 5.8 million vote bank he already has, he will stay out.

        But I did not write about politics.

        I wrote about the PROSTITUTION of International Law by an UNSG appointed UN panel of “Experts” and the similar PROSTITUTION of the MEDIA by a Low life scumbag called Callum McRay both of whom are in the pay of the LTTE financiers.

        Your rabid reaction to a factually written comment indicates your connection to those LTTE Financiers which you are trying to conceal with a non Tamil name.

        I did not know about Diedree until I read V Namasivayam’s comment above, where he says,

        “Deirdre was in the payroll of the LTTE at Eelam House under Shanthan and then moved to Paris and married and living with LTTE’s one man Tamil human rights group run by Kirupakaran. She is the editor of her husbands public reports and writings.”

        If she is the wife of Kirupakaran why is she using her maiden name if not to conceal her Tamil connection? Adelle Balasingham did not go by her maiden name.

        Thus it is no surprise to see Mrs Deirdre Kirupakaran nee McConnell of the LTTE, using the doctored evidence from those who are obliged to their LTTE paymaster.

        Now I am certain neither She nor ANYONE ELSE connected to the LTTE will dare to respond to what I have written.

        If you have the facts contest what I have written instead of drooling at the mouth!

        Kind Regards,
        OTC

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          If the SL government can pay many foreign advertising companies for their publicity, what is wrong in LTTE hiring experts.

          IS it one Law Singhalese and another law for Tamils.

          OTC must be having personel anger. Other this person wont take it so personel.

          IT may be out of long time frustration-

          You do what is possible within your capacity and let them pass resolutions after resolution in the Human rights council

          Are you OCT or OC

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            Dear Ruban,

            Please read my comment to Mrs Deirdre Kirupakaran nee McConnell of March 21, 2015 at 2:30 am. Take time to understand what I have written even though it may not be palatable for your warped mind.

            My comment is about the TAINTED “EVIDENCE” that Mrs Kirupakaran uses in her article.

            If you can address the issues raised in my comment please do so. So far NO ONE including Mrs Deirdre Kirupakaran nee McConnell has been able to counter the issues that I have raised.

            If you plan to scuttle my questions by drawing Red Herrings you wont succeed.

            While I am always prepared to defend what I write and will do so if you can raise valid intelligent questions based on my comment. I will not be drawn into idiotic arguments to please your vanity, just because you are too ignorant to base your questions on what I have written.

            Kind Regards,
            OTC

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              OTC,

              “warped mind”

              Your mind is warped, twisted,……

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                Dear Anpu,

                Every time you tried to engage with me your incapacity was exposed. If it makes you happy, you are welcome to indulge in your childish antics.

                Kind Regards,
                OTC

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      The PoE did not make a final decision on who the GUILTY and stopped at ‘allegations’ but called on the UNSG to conduct an independent international investigation into the alleged violations of international humanitarian and human rights law committed by BOTH sides

      The PoE found “credible allegations, which if proven, indicate that a wide range of serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law were committed both by the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE, some of which would amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity”.

      On ‘human shields’ and ‘genocide’ PoE did not make any final conclusion.

      CH4 could not make any film because GoSL did not allow any independent media but together with LTTE made their own films as PoE noted “The government tried to intimidate and silence the media and other critics of the war using a variety of threats and actions, including the use of white vans to abduct and to make people disappear”.

      Your argument reverses the sequence of reasoning and conclusion.

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        Dear Saro,

        You say “Your argument reverses the sequence of reasoning and conclusion.”

        I am discussing the INTEGRITY of Ban Ki Moon’s POE.
        No events are involved. Therefore a “sequence” does not exist. Hence NOTHING to reverse.

        I have questioned the INTERPRETATION of Article 8, War crimes, 2(b)(xxiii) of the Rome Statute of the ICC, by Ban Ki Moon’s “EXPERTS”.

        Anybody with a fair knowledge of English can do that.
        No other expertise is required.

        Ban Ki Moon’s “Experts” have DELIBERATELY misinterpreted the Rome Statute to FAVOUR the LTTE because that takes the heat off from the Separatists, who Financed the LTTE Terror. TGTE, BTF, GTF, and the various and proliferate LTTE front organisations all over the world.

        In order to carry out the MISINTERPRETATION Mr. Darusman, Ms. Yasmin Sooka and Mr. Steven Ratner has INTRODUCED non existing requirements to the ICC Statute by using devious and deceptive Language in their report item 237, as explained in my comment of March 21, 2015 at 2:30 am. By doing so, they expected to hide their criminal activity under a cloak of respectability.

        No excuse is possible for this deliberate misinterpretation by the Darusman Trio. They are not ordinary people like you and me, they are touted as INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS.

        This DELIBERATE act of FRAUD, destroys the INTEGRITY of the POE.

        The Domino effect destroys the INTEGRITY of their report.

        The UN should investigate Mr. Darusman, Ms. Yasmin Sooka and Mr. Steven Ratner for possible Graft and hold them responsible for making a MOCKERY of the UN system.

        Kind Regards,
        OTC

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    My comment to all negative comments to this article is that Deirdre McConnell research article on the Right to Self-determination of the Tamils had been long ago published in the Cambridge Review.

    Like in Sri Lanka you cannot pay bribe and get that article publish in the Cambridge Review.

    Therefore obviously Deirdre McConnel’s article about the CHANGE has a lot of impact.

    This makes even the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka writing a reply with some other’s name.

    Good to see that this article is working well.

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    OTC

    Wait for another few months!

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      Dear Buger,

      Please see my reply to Peiris, it also applies to you

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    It is grotesque to say that there is no change in Sri Lanka. That is an insult to any right thinking Thamil.Of course change is coming slowly and in instalments.

    (1)Measures will be put in place to protect those of all races widowed during the conflict, and their families.
    (2)Steps will be taken to provide land ownership and proper housing to plantation workers instead of their current confinement in line rooms.
    (3) Facilities will be provided in schools for the children of plantation workers in the Badulla, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Matale and Kegalla Districts to have access to education in the Tamil medium up to university level including in Science.
    (4)Relief will be provided to all those illegally displaced for various reasons from their homes and lands. (78) A democratic civil administration will be put in place in North and South.
    (5}Through legal and social means steps will be taken to prevent actions and speech that lead to denigration of other races and religions and of religious leaders, and spread hatred between those of different races and religions.
    (6) Protection will be provided to all places of religious worship.
    (7) Resettlement of people in Valikamam North/East and Sampur is in progress.

    (8) Military Governors and Military GA of Trinco have been moved out.

    (9) The Attorney General has given the names of political detainees (about 275) still in prison. Next week talks will be held as to those eligible for release. There are many detainees held without charges.

    (10) The Chief Secretary of the NPC who was on a collision course against the CM has been given the marching orders.

    (11) The TNA demanded that all those Thamil politicians who have collaborated with the Rajapaksa government like Douglas Devananda, Karuna, Pillayan should not be given any accommodation. That is holding good.

    (12) 13th A+ is not the final solution. The TNA is demanding autonomy for the merged North and East. The TNA is not asking for separation, so the same logic should be applied not to separate the North and East that is the traditional habitat of the Thamil people for centuries.

    (13) Prime Minister Modi has advised the TNA to exercise patience. TNA will not do anything to upset the apple cart at this juncture.

    The hold the previous regime had on the army and the administrative machinery still remains. A sizable middle and lower rung army’s sympathy is still with the government.

    So the situation is changing. There is now more political space to practice democracy that was trampled under the foot by the previous regime.

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      Thanga

      You are man without any policy, no back borne to you.

      You blindly supporting anything this government is doing.

      You must have got a good bribe from Sirisena and his crowd.

      Even your TNA never says things what you say now about this government.

      IS THIS OLD AGE PROBLEM?

      You are a Tamil traitor / sold out

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        Dear Gajan,

        Thanges seems to have the backbone that you don’t have.

        I don’t agree with some of the things that he has written.

        What he has written about a future action plan is still not a reality but to try and suppress what is known to be true is down right dishonest.

        7) Resettlement of people in Valikamam North/East and Sampur is in progress.
        (8) Military Governors and Military GA of Trinco have been moved out.
        (9) The Attorney General has given the names of political detainees (about 275) still in prison.
        (10) The Chief Secretary of the NPC who was on a collision course against the CM has been given the marching orders.
        (11) The TNA demanded that all those Thamil politicians who have collaborated with the Rajapaksa government like Douglas Devananda, Karuna, Pillayan should not be given any accommodation. That is holding good.

        People like you are the real enemy of the Tamil people as you want to throw a monkey wrench to stop progress.

        Kind Regards,
        OTC

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          Off the Cuff

          What is the price of Toddy in Jaffna?

          Diaspora is peaceful and happy without you.

          Leopards never changed their spots!! Your writting is this identity of you.

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            Dear Donald (Gnanakoon, Tamils for Justice founder?)

            I don’t know about the toddy as I am a teetotaler but you seem to be drunk as you have been reduced to a nonsensical incoherent idiot.

            Of course the Separatist Diaspora is happy without me as they have found to their chagrin their inability to counter the TRUTH by debating. This why I use a pseudonym to prevent you guys attempting other methods of silencing me.

            Tigers don’t change their stripes do they?

            Kind Regards,
            OTC

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      We should accept the fact that few things have changed under the new government, but the truth is early signs are not looking good for the Tamils. Whether this is the new government attempting not to scare the Sinhalese into voting for MR and Co. in the upcoming Paliamentary elections or whether this is their true positions, only time will tell. However some of us are old enough and well informed enough to have seen this sort of betrayal before from the Sri Lankan state to remain sceptical.

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    D. McConnell seems to turn a blind eye to Tamil Racism, Tamil Terrorism and cold blooded murder of Sinhalese and Muslims by Tamils. To draw from history going back to 1930s to vilify the Sinhalese she couldn’t find any Tamil Racist propaganda headed by likes of Arunachalam, Chelva, Ponna, Sunda … Does she recgonise the murder and eviction of the entire Muslim population of the Northern Province by Tamils as GENOCIDE? History also shows nobody treated the Tamils as badly as her own countrymen and women in the plantation industry where they raped, tortured and enslaved Tamils for a century or longer. And who else but her own tribes who did alll the nasty things to innocent Africans. Does D McConnell hold her own race ACCOUTABLE and campaign for compensation? Or for the time being happy wedded to left-over racist, murderous, terrorist outfit?

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      lal loo

      “To draw from history going back to 1930s to vilify the Sinhalese she couldn’t find any Tamil Racist propaganda headed by likes of Arunachalam, Chelva, Ponna, Sunda …”

      Please cite your evidence.

      1883

      1915

      1948

      1956

      1958

      1974

      1977

      1981

      1983

      2009

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    I’m afraid this article from Deirdre McConnell is just a mish-mash of unsubstantiated accusations and racist abuse which seems aimed at providing excuses for the violent activities of the terrorists of the defeated Tamil Tigers. McConnell’s free use of the genocide accusation without a shred of evidence to support it and her total failure to mention a single example of Tamil Tiger atrocities demonstrates that her feelings for the mainly Tamil victims of the bloodthirsty Tigers is Sri Lanka is zero.

    Sure, Tamils in Sri Lanka still face a number of discriminatory problems which other ethnic groups do not but such a distorted one-sided account of the situation there does no service to the Tamil people themselves. Tamil people with good-intentions should whole-heartedly condemn this crude piece of propaganda from the keyboard terrorist apologist Deidre McConnell.

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    Very straight forward, factual, explosive, calling ‘a spade a spade’ type article. Obviously no majority guilty party can tolerate but vehemently deny it all and find fault with the writer or her connection. Brand her as a paid LTTE propagandist as they always brand every others habitually
    .
    No one , even all the Lankan politicians and governments doesn’t want to accept even a small portion of the crimes committed but feeling as if they were unjustifiably insulted. Getting angry with NPC resolution, and just want to go on denying or blaming the victims, just like the Indian rapists…

    How long this denial tactic is going to last or how long even this shaky government is going to last ? Looks like anything can happen, either way.
    Some cosmetic changes are happening on the surface and the new regime is obviously scared to do anything substantial due to rabid nationalistic hoodlums, BBS thugs, fake Buddhists, fake patriots and Dr.DJ, Mahindapla types. They will never let any regime do anything good for the country or citizen.
    Ms.Deirdre was very apt and correct in her in depth study of the past and present majoritarian attitude towards Tamils. It will never change by requesting politely. Tamils have had more than enough and it’s time for international intervention to sort out the matters. NPC’s strongly worded, truthful appeal to IC/UNHRC is justifiable as far as the victims are concerned. The perpetrators cannot blame the victims for making a complaint and they should not be given the right to dispense justice either. They don’t know what justice is about after being brain washed for years. This was the culture created by MR regime and still being nurtured by the so called Mr ‘clean’ regime. Even CBK feels “insulting” and are the Tamils going to trust and wait getting anything from this regime? Just be realistic and serious.

    Most of the people don’t know anything other than the state propaganda and the few items published in the censored media about the May 2009 killings.
    Even the few phone videos shot by the forces reached Channel 4 and went viral & public. The entire ‘holocaust’ is still hidden except for some or many survivors who witnessed the massacre. These idiots are still denying them altogether.

    Now what ? Navy Big shot Karannagoda story is out in the public and some one will deny that for sure. Attempts are being made to suppress in order to safeguard some VIP ? That is the sad side of Lankan regime’s justice and the filthy politics. Oh yeah this lady writer is ‘vomiting venom’ and bringing disrepute and tarnishing the “good” image of Sinhala Buddhist’s Triple blessed nation ! Just accept the fact, in the name of lord Buddha and take responsibility for what ever you and your racially intoxicated brute forces did to the humans. Then only the affected (and the dead)will pardon the culprits and the regime and agree for any kind of reconciliation. If not, the history will take a different path, whether parties involved like it or not. A change is inevitable ! The real change will happen only after that.

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    Deirdre McConnell,

    Thank you for daring to write the truth as it has been happening since the Citizens Act of 1949. There will not be any justice done under any ruler (needless to say from the majority ethnic community). There were and are good people from Sinhalese but the wreckers of peace and rioters are waiting to capitalise on any move towards any true reconciliation.

    13A will not solve anything, it is part of the constitution and sinhalese rulers need not enforce the law, and any concession from the government depends on the whims and fancies of the rulers.

    Yes, only an external mechanism can do justice to the persecuted. Just look at the Muslims whose leaders have been helping and sharing power with every government, but their businesses and Mosques were destroyed under the previous regime while the police were mere spectators. They appeased the Sinhalese and their rulers and still treated like mad dogs.

    There are roads, hotels and railways constructed for the benefits of tourists and the military and of course, the cronies of Rajapaksas gained commissions but the locals have not got any benefits. They are called developments and was expected to solve all the problems including the long standing ethnic problem.

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    There won’t be any change sooner or later in this SL ,,until the country divide itself or China divide the country into half …then only mahavamsa mahadanamuthas …will realize ….this is also doubtful but they will dance for free Chinese liquor and fried rice..

    Sinhalease will live with fear for LTTE from cradle to grave for many future generations…

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    The propaganda is amazing. Nothing but a ‘tiger’ lackey writing for her supper.

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      Yes, Tiger propaganda is amaxing but LIONS runing away.

      Lions are for corrupt government.

      This what happening in SL

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      Why on earth you all still talk about LTTE…..?????

      one modaya says they will come back ..other modaya says they are regrouping…..another modaya says they raise funds…..

      Fear he he he he he …..

      All you will die with this fear….the final Victory is for Greater China ….losser poverty India and Modayas..

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    Dear V Namasivayam

    I am sure that you are writing with pseudonym, never mind, it looks like you know about both of them well.

    If that is the case, if you are civilised person, why not give your actual name, if possible address or contact number and deal with them directly.

    If you are real Tami, really civilised this is not the right way, unless otherwise you are scared or afraid of them.

    This I consider as act of coward ness.

    When we look at all the comments, it looks like they are veteran and matured activists.

    You are not ready to face them directly.

    Be honest and challenge them directly.

    These are way an educated civilised person will do.

    Slandering anyone easy but will that work on a long run.

    Therefore show you guts and come forward with you true identity.

    This applies to all those includes Off the Cuff – OTC who wrote negative and nasty comments for this article.

    IF YOU CAN CHALLENGE THEM DO WRITE ARTICLE ABOUT THEM, WE WILL BE HAPPY TO READ.

    Writing comments with pseudonym is very easy, writing an analytical article is a difficult task.

    P Subramaniam
    Toronto
    Canada

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      Dear P Subramanium of Toronto Canada,

      You have repeated you earlier comment. This was my reply to it.

      You are being silly. How do we know that you are using your real name? You may be using a pseudonym yourself. The only difference is I make sure you know that I am using a pseudonym.

      I would not care what name you use as long as you write the TRUTH. You get indigestion when it exposes your propaganda as a pack of Lies. Then you become a cry baby.

      Re “Slandering anyone easy but will that work on a long run”

      Writing the TRUTH is not Slander so neither I nor V Namasivayam has slandered anyone.

      Namasivayam has exposed the LTTE connection of Deirdre Kirupakaran nee McConnell. A fact that she wanted to keep hidden.

      Why did she not say who she is and pretended to be UNBIASED?
      Why did she use her Maiden name instead of her married name?
      Why did she hide the FACT that she was in the pay of the LTTE?

      ALL of that was a CALCULATED attempt at DECEPTION.
      Luckily Namasivayam knew the history and blew the whistle.

      You should be thankful to Namasivayam for exposing the LTTE propagandist, if you are not a Terrorist sympathizer yourself.

      My comment addressed to the Ms. Deirdre Kirupakaran nee McConnell still remains unanswered by her.

      She cannot counter the TRUTH. What I have said about the Panel of Experts, Mr. Darusman, Ms. Yasmin Sooka and Mr. Steven Ratner cannot be challenged. They have deliberately prostituted the Rome Statute and has brought the UN system to ridicule.

      Their INTEGRITY has been compromised and consequently the report they produced is TAINTED.

      The probability that the Darusman Trio have been bribed is thus high.

      Ms. Deirdre Kirupakaran nee McConnell has used the corrupt Darusman report and the stage managed scenes in the CH4 videos as evidence. No one can explain why the PTK Hospital which was the ONLY hospital available to the LTTE in the War Zone, did not have a SINGLE LTTE casualty.

      Not that it did not have LTTE casualties but ALL of them were dressed in civilian clothes and were masquerading as CIVILIANS. The scenes were stage managed.

      That was something Callum McRay, in his haste to blame the SL Forces, did not realize. That was a fatal mistake.

      Ms. Deirdre Kirupakaran nee McConnell and ALL the terrorist supporters have been stumped by what I wrote.

      Since they are checkmated by my comments they tried to attack me.

      Peiris, Ruban and Anpu wrote personal attacks. Saro to her credit attempted a civil debate but she had no answer to my counter and fell silent.

      I have also written a comment to Ms Sylvia Haik (March 22, 2015 at 3:13 am). It deals with the fraudulent Tamil Homeland claim amongst other things. No one has challenged that either.

      A Law lecturer from the Jaffna University, a prominent member of Fr Rayappu Joseph’s “Tamil Civil Society” writes under three (3) pseudonyms, Aachariya, Tamil Chanakyan, Manimaaran.

      Is it because he is a coward that he uses not just one but three (3) pseudonyms?

      Although I have challenged him, I have not exposed his real name, because I respect his desire for anonymity.

      Here is a comment that I addressed to him, which he could not reply.
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/problems-of-eelam-tamils/comment-page-1/#comment-1763190
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      My comments are all FACTUAL but if I make an error and it is pointed out with verifiable data I will not hesitate to apologize and correct my mistake. I write anonymously for the safety of my family. I don’t want a brainwashed terrorist visiting my home.

      Kind Regards,
      OTC

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