22 August, 2019

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Chaos In Jaffna  

By Brian Senewiratne –

Dr. Brian Senewiratne

The Human Rights Crisis In The Tamil North & East: An Appeal For International Intervention – Part III – [Part II of this series was published on 16 March, 2018]

Chaos in Jaffna  

It is not widely appreciated by the outside world that the social situation in Jaffna is chaotic.

Drugs and alcohol

Drugs are being brought by the Navy from Kerala in South India and sold in Jaffna. Illicit drugs are freely available and sold even to school-going teenagers, some as young as 11 years. The increased use of drugs has increased the crime rate massively.   Drug users commit murder, rape and all sorts of crimes. Drug dealers are openly selling them. They are also being sold in villages, creating huge issues for the community.

There is only one hospital that offers alcohol and drug rehabilitation services. There clearly needs to be more drug and alcohol rehabilitation services. Without them they cause many social issues in society.

Domestic violence

There has been a marked increase in domestic violence after the end of the armed conflict. Drugs, alcohol, the husband being unemployed and not earning any money, the husband believing that his wife is having an affair (largely untrue), are some of the causes. There are even more serious issues which I will not deal with until I am able to verify them.

Women tolerate this violence for the sake of the children and they do not want to lose the respect of the community.

Women rarely report these cases to the Police for fear that there will be no action. When the situation becomes critical and they cannot bear the physical violence, they seek help from NGOs (Non-government Organisations) but there are too few and are poorly resourced.

Sinhalese Police

The Police are 95% Sinhalese and do not know Tamil. This language problem means that many cases go unreported or if a case is reported, the process is long and drawn out and often ineffective.

Often the Police just tell people to come back because they do not have a translator. The message finally gets through that it is an exercise in futility.

Corrupt Police nd Armed Forces

The Police and Armed Forces are corrupt. The Sri Lankan Police are reported to be the most corrupt in the world.

The Police, Army and Navy are involved with in the drug problem plaguing Jaffna. As such they are not trustworthy particularly if the criminal act is drug related and involves the Armed Forces and Police.

Some of this is dealt with in my book on Sexual Violence of Tamils which I have referred to earlier.

Women-headed families (WHF)

There are 69,000 women-headed families in the Northern Province of whom 34,000 are in Jaffna.

A great deal of money is wasted by the government building houses that are of little use. If this money is given to families, they could build larger and far more useful homes for far less money.

Many of these women do hard labour to support their families. Some of their children also work from an early age to support the family. Children having to work have an adverse effect on school work.

The definition of women-headed families (those who have lost their husbands during the war) is too restricted. There are many who are unmarried women with children, divorced women with children, and women with alcoholic or unemployed husbands who do not work. However, they are not officially recognised as needing help.

Counselling in short supply

There are only one or two NGOs offering counselling, in villages. As a result, family problems relating to abuse of women, abuse of children and domestic violence are not addressed. As a result serious mental health problems such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are not addressed. Not surprisingly, suicide rates are high. Professor Daya Somasunderam’s address which has already been referred to, states that suicide rates in Jaffna are high and rising.

Cultural issues

People in the Northern Province, particularly in Jaffna, have always been hard working and disciplined. This is no longer the case.

During the war, the Northern Province was cut off from the rest of the country economically and socially. After the war ended, things previously unobtainable became freely available. So did money especially from abroad. From having access to nothing, people have access to almost everything. People do not know how to handle this.

Whereas earlier, people only bought essentials they now can buy such things as smart phones which allow access to pornography which has contributed to sexual violence.

As mentioned earlier, education has suffered seriously. Adults repeatedly say that children lack motivation to study and expect parents to buy things even if they cannot afford to do so. This has resulted in serious family problems.

The caste system which was virtually stamped out by the Tamil Tigers has returned. This is particularly so in Jaffna. Many of the ‘low caste’ people are poor. Some of their children who need tuition do not have the money to pay tuition fees.

The 6th Amendment to the Constitution must be scrapped

Introduced in August 1983 by Sri Lanka’s first dictator, J.R Jayawardena, the 6th Amendment states that:

No person shall directly or indirectly, in or outside Sri Lanka, support, espouse, promote, finance, encourage or advocate the establishment f a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka”.

In other words, one cannot even discuss a separate state for the Tamils.

The penalty for violating this Constitutional Amendment is severe. It includes confiscation of movable or immovable property.

While those outside Sri Lanka do not need to worry about this nonsense, those in Sri Lanka do have to worry because the full force of the law can be applied. It might, in fact, even be applied to those outside Sri Lanka who have property in Sri Lanka.

It is imperative that this absurd Constitutional Amendment is removed.

A Referendum in the North and East

It is important to have a Referendum in the North and East to ask the people what they want. Are they happy with what is going on or do they want a separate State, Tamil Eelam? It has to be a proper Referendum. A poorly conducted Referendum could be more dangerous than no referendum. It has to be a UN conducted Referendum with UN Forces replacing the Sri Lankan Armed Forces as was done in East Timor. If the result is “We want a Separate State,” then the UN will have to deliver, as was done in East Timor.

Tamils without a leader

After the death of S.J.V. Chelvanayakam, there has been no Tamil civilian leader worth talking about. The TNA (Tamil National Alliance) is a joke and the Sri Lankan government treats it as such. The TNA spokesman is effectively supporting the Sri Lankan government, not the Tamil people who elected him.

For several years the Roman Catholic Bishop of Mannar, Rt Rev Dr Rayappu Joseph was the unofficial leader of the Tamil people. I was worried about his survival and wrote an entire booklet: “Sri Lanka: Rt Rev Dr Rayappu Joseph and others in danger”. He had a devastating stroke and is unable to speak. Whether this was due to medical causes or whether he was poisoned I do not know. What I do know is that the Tamils lost an invaluable leader.

An upcoming leader is the Chief Minister of the Northern Province, a former Supreme Court judge, C.V.Wigneswaran. I gather that M.A.Sumanthiran, the spokesman for the TNA, has demanded that Wigneswaran be removed from his position.

At a recent event in the Jaffna Hindu College, three young Tamil boys with exceptional courage, got on to the stage and said, “Sumanthiran must resign from Parliament since he does not represent the Tamil people any more. He is with the Government”. These are, hopefully, the future leaders of the Tamil people.

The absolute need to have human rights monitors in the Tamil areas

When there is a violation of human rights such as rape by the Armed Forces, Police or paramilitary Tamil groups working with the government, there is nowhere that the victim, a Tamil woman or girl, can lodge a complaint. To go to the Police is not only useless but might even be dangerous. In my book on Sexual Violence of Tamils by the Armed Forces, I have said that if the victim goes to the Police station or the Army Camp, there is a risk that the victim or whoever accompanies her, getting raped or the details taken, not for any action but for a midnight ‘visit’ by the Police or the Armed Forces.

The claim that international human rights groups such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and International Crisis Group are allowed into the country is not good enough. For a start, if/when these organisations visit the Tamil areas they are accompanied by members of the Armed Forces or Police who take notes of who was visited and what was said. This even happened when the former UN Human Rights High Commissioner, Navaneetham Pillay, visited the area. Before her visit, people were told that any complaints to her would be noted and the consequences could be serious.

There is no alternative to having set places manned by Tamil civilians to whom victims of human rights abuse could complain without fear.

It will take years before this serious problem is resolved and it will not be resolved until the Armed Forces are removed from the area and Sinhalese Police are replaced by Tamil Police.

The potential for development of the Tamil North and East

There are several economists who have said that the Sri Lankan North and East have the greatest potential for development. It is this that has been, to a large extent, taken over by the Armed Forces to run commercial projects.

The Sinhalese Armed Forces in the North own a 180 acre farm, many hotels and resorts, a golf course, three cricket stadiums, a ferry service, two whale watching tours, two air lines and numerous cafes that dot the roads in the North and East. These are just the ones we know about. Many have been opened after President Sirisena got into power.

Some of these can be seen in the outstanding publication by the British Tamils Forum that I have referred to.

The land for all this has been seized from the Tamil people without the payment of compensation.

Sri Lanka is up for sale

Sri Lanka in general, the Tamil areas in particular, are up for sale. The buyers are mainly from China and India. When Sirisena came into power some of these Chinese projects were put on hold. The Chinese government simply said that the projects were run by Chinese banks and that stopping them might result in legal action. The order was promptly withdrawn.

Today there are thousands of Chinese in Sri Lanka so much so that I gather some street signs are in Sinhalese and Chinese. Sri Lanka owes China some US$ 8 billion.

The Economy in crisis

Inheriting large budget deficits and dangerously high debt, the Sri Lankan government has been unable to deliver election promises of jobs and improved standards of living. Money borrowed from the International Monetary Fund always comes with conditions which adversely affect those at the bottom of the economic ladder. Raised food prices and cutting down on subsidies (always insisted on by the IMF), have serious social and economic effects on the people. Facing a balance of payments crisis, the Government has been forced to do a U-turn on its campaign pledges and cancel what it calls “wasteful Chinese-funded infrastructure projects”.

The Government plans to lease the new port and much land for a Chinese-controlled industrial zone in former President Rajapaksa’s home area in Hambantota. However, this was met with violent protests in January 2017. Finalising the long-term lease would have paid off US$ 1.1 billion of the 8 billion owed to China.

Sri Lanka’s debt has risen from Rs 120 billion in 1981 to Rs 10,500 billion (US $ 685 billion) in November 2016. Export earnings are declining. There has also been a collapse of the States income from 23% of GDP in 1996 to 11.3% in 2014.

There has also been a sharp fall in Sri Lankan production and widening inequality of income distribution.

Given this economic crisis, a well-planned economic boycott of goods and services going in and out of Sri Lanka till the Tamil people get their rights is very important.

To be continued… 

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    citations and verifiable sources please.

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      Dr Brian Senewiratne,

      What you say is symptomatic of the entire country/society ……… why just single out Jaffna and the Tamils?

      The same problems are prevalent in the South of the island as well ……… the blinded-by-“patriotism” ………Sinhala mobs might not see ……… depending on which Sinhalese junta is in power ………. our man Mahinda or their man Ranil ………

      You have always written very divisive articles ……….. complaining that the earth is not flat for some islanders ………. when all suffer the same fate ………… just observe the Sinhala-Buddhists who claim the island belongs to them ……… most of them have nothing but sand to eat …….

      Can you please once in your life write a single piece encompassing problems of the entire country; not just one community? A piece that brings the communities together? …….. Whoever is above will bless you for your late-mellowed benevolent heart …………

      Like the great man said ……….. “Love conquers all” ………… spread love not hate ……..

      It’s easy for me to say ………… I don’t live in the shithole ……….and undergo the indignities daily ………

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        Nimal Fernando ~ “What you say is symptomatic of the entire country/society … why just single out Jaffna and the Tamils?…….”.
        Studies show that the drug and alcohol problem in Jaffna is several fold more compared to rest of SL.

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      sinhalese buddhist
      Available in plenty! Search and you shall find.

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    Thankyou Dr B Senewiratne for highlighting this sorry state of affairs within one community in Srilanka the Buddha worshipping land.
    It’s laughable to say that when the play boys from the majority families enjoying the excesses like crashing multi million Ruppeees worth of a powerful machine into a river and walked away as though he had thrown his toy car , the other minority community men women and children are neglected and let down by the so called uncaring politicians and the brats of the super rich.
    Are we living in a land that follows Buddhas virtues and thoughts??
    Are we all intoxicated with power ,illegal wealth, jealousy, and total greed?
    Why no one tries to high light the plight of these people in the north? Why is it so bad even to recognise and act. When the politicians are criss crossing to foreign lands in the pretext of stupid jaunts ,,are these problems at home no problems?

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      Thanks a lot Brian S. He is A Sinhalese person who is honest and honourable person. The GoSL current and the past are continuing the policy of destroying the Tamils economy and culture by promoting the Drug and alcohol in the North of SL.
      What is the NPC doing?

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    Does this Man live in Jaffna? Or is He going merely on Gossip and Conjecture, from His Safe Haven Overseas?

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    Why do you write thing son suspicion, You say husbzands suspect wives fopr having affairs bu it is not true. So, who is having an affair which seems to be true. Why did you write that here. I think,Tamils should declare Tamilnadu a separate state or in australia. Right now the govt is running the model of the Orumiththa govt it loks not suitable for Tamils as it is confused and both aprties are against each other. Earlier, there were 84,000 single women. It looks 15,000 got marrid. Iheard, Tamil women saying We do not need govt help. Give us husbands. So, I assume that sinhala men help them. Otherwise, they all will be islam – followers. I do not know why Sambanthan is neglected here School boys want to get rid of Sumanthiran and Sumanthiran wants to get rid of Wigneswaran. Why MAvai SenthiRaja is silent ? How About Mangala Samaraweera as the next Tamil leader ? One peredeniya lecturer, HAsbulla also likes to contest as the Tamil leader. He is good in Economics.

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    An old article written in 2016? Even the most vociferous GTF has not seen what this man has observed.

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    I wonder when Dr. Brian Senevirtne visited Jaffna last. I did only a couple months ago. I am not going to comment on what he says about constitutional and political issues. I have known Dr.Seneviratne as a medical student and I recall his colourful and larger than life personality. To him, everything he said was the absolute truth and other people’s opinions were rubbish. This article he has written reflects his old personality that I knew. He makes claims that have not been verified and bends the truth to suit his needs. True that alcohol and drugs have become a problem in the North. It is not because Navy brings it down but because there are so many unemployed youths who have money in their hands. It is true that there is a crying need for psychological services. It is not because state neglects them but because of myriad of reasons such as shortage Tamil speaking psychiatrists and reluctance of affected people to seek in help. The few psychiatrists who are there, are overworked but they are doing a wonderful service in the North. I have no intention of comment on his claims that armed services have acquired lands and commercial operations.
    What I wish to ask Colombo Telegraph is why would you give such coverage to a person who is known to have extremely biased views on nationally important matters?

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      What Brian states are facts with regard to North and East of Srilanka. He is one among the very few Sinhalese who is able to Spotlight the plights of the Tamils without fear.
      Without somebody bringing down the drugs essentially from India in general and Kerala in particular the drugs cannot fly over.The point is who brings it or who helps to bring it?. Army is the chief suspect.. It is also said the unemployed youth are an easy prey to the designs of the army and navy. The youths are enticed into making quick money and quick relief from the mental agony by consumption and finally end up as useless to the society This is perhaps what the government wants of the Tamil youths?. Occasionally it is said that the navy has arrested a boat load of Ganja.But what happens there after is any body’s guess.
      It is an open secret that army is cultivating private individual lands and making a quick buck while the affected people are on the road asking for their lands to be released back to them. Enough publicity is not given in the English and Sinhala press in this regard and that is why people like you are unable to assess reality.

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    That is a frightening scenario that Dr. Senewiratne describes, unfortunately the case in many places devastated by ethnic conflict.
    However, the tragedy can, at least, be alleviated if there is a return to sanity and principle in the governance of Sri Lanka where problems are assessed and responses devised even if such responses are limited by financial constraints. The problem in Sri Lanka is the one that bedevils the country as a whole: massive corruption that prevents anything from happening unless a bribe or “commission” changes hands. The extent of this problem is the fact that “law enforcement agencies” such as the Navy and Police are engaged in the drug trade!
    What a sad pass for a country that was once the envy of southern Asia as a monument to democracy!

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    I would like to see some proof of “Navy bringing in drugs from Kerala”. The writer has not even attempted to hide his prejudices. It is exactly people like this who cause division in our beautiful island.

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      “Navy bringing in drugs from Kerala”
      Who else would bring?
      Armed forces to civilians in some places 1:2!!!

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    Mr Brian does not propose any solution for the Tamils (Tamil speaking people) in Sinhala majority areas who outnumber those in North and East. Sinhalese want them to be physically relocated into the envisaged Tamil Homeland. It is quite likely that those who choose to remain will be subjected to untold harrassment. Mr Brian himself has well documented the attitude and treatment of Tamils by the Sinhalese. Sinhala leaders must take up this issue with the International Community.
    Soma

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      soma,

      Are all Sri Lankans equal?

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    Mr.B.S, when is the last time you visited Jaffna? Or are these armchair observations? Just asking.

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      paddy,

      Can you counter Mr B.S with facts and deeds? If not, you have no basis for refuting!

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        Does Mr B.S stand for Mr Bull Shit?

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        Did not refute. Just asked. Now I’m asking you too.

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    dr.BS, you have done a great job..none of the tamils have come out with this kind of exposure… thankful to you on behalf of the RIGHT THINKING PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. IF THE NAVY IS ENGAGED IN SMUGGLING GANJA WHO IS GOING TO SAVE THIS COUNTRY.
    -dayal

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    Regret the fact that you are still breathing.

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    Most of the problems this writer has mentioned is byproducts of a functioning democracy. One cannot simply ask to reinstate the authoritarian terrorist regime just because Tamil people cannot handle the free market. However, the most treacherous thing is that this writer’s need to repel the 6th amendment. He must now as a matter of fact that repelling the 6th amendment is as same as high treason.

    On the side note, under what right does Tamils requesting for a referendum for a separate state? It is amply clear that Tamils in Sri Lanka has no historical right to this country to warrant a referendum for a separate state. If we were to grant Tamils that right then where shall it end? Muslims might ask for a separate state in Eastern Province then State workers might ask for a Malayanadu in Central Province.

    This article clearly states how delusional, hypocritical, racist and stubborn the Sri Lankan Tamil community is. While the Western funded NGOs are lecturing Sinhalese on how and why to reconcile by even giving up their rightful rights, they have done nothing to make up the minds of Tamil people in the country. Even after a decade since the end of LTTE; Tamil people still languished in the idea of a separate state.

    Finally, the issues of language barrier and excessive military presences in daily business of Tamil life can be settled by meaningful discussion with Sinhalese people. I wonder why these petty issues should be the catalyst for a drive towards a separate country.

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    Brian,
    Myself and my family and friends greatly appreciate your human rights and other advocacy work you perform for the Tamil civilians, especially those who live in the North and East of Sri Lanka. Many years ago, I am aware that you publicized the plight of the upcountry Tamils who were previously, mainly living and working in tea and rubber estates.
    I am so very impressed and grateful to you, for the time and effort you are spending on your advocacy work!

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    Brian wrote: “Drugs are being brought by the Navy from Kerala in South India and sold in Jaffna.”
    Yes, the people who live in the Jaffna peninsula are very well aware of this.
    Only some sections of the Sri Lanka military and politicians are operating this racket to create more drug addicts in Jaffna, in order to degrade Jaffna society.
    Many decent Sinhalese in the South of Sri Lanka, will be shocked by crimes such as these, committed in the name of the Sinhala people and the Sinhala Buddhist religion.
    But, the mainstream Sri Lankan media, both government and private, will never publish articles such as this one written by Brian.

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    The very same Sri Lanka military officers, nearly all Sinhala Buddhist, who massacred Tamil civilians and committed war crimes, are creating propaganda photos and videos of themselves, giving Christmas gifts, clothing, school prizes etc to orphaned and very poor Tamil children who were directly affected by the war crimes committed by those Sri Lanka military officers.
    A sizable number of Sinhalese in the South, will never approve of such activities by these Sinhala Buddhist military officers. But, they are not aware of the details and magnitude of the war crimes.
    Of course, the LTTE also committed war crimes. Previously, the LTTE was banned in many western countries, because they committed acts of terrorism. But, the Sri Lanka military which committed more acts of terrorism, was not designated as a terrorist entity, by those same western countries.

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    The best solution to the “drugs problem” would be for Sri Lanka to follow the lead of Uruguay and California (and other US states) and legalise Cannabis. It could be a valuable cash crop for Sri Lanka.

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    This Man Who Ever May Be Should Be Thankful To The Sri Lanka Navy For The Great Service They Did To Safeguard This Country From The Butcher VP……..And His CANNIBALS……………Instead Spitting On His Own Face And Spoiling The Countrys’ Name…………..Ungrateful SON OF A TWO LEGGED B—H

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      Patriotic Citizen – pathetic

      “Be Should Be Thankful To The Sri Lanka Navy For The Great Service They Did To Safeguard This Country From The Butcher VP……..And His CANNIBALS”

      How one may ask?

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    Its BS from Dr BS as usual. No need of verifiable sources, he has lived in Australia for decades but know all about life in Sri Lanka in intimate detail.

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      Taraki

      “he has lived in Australia for decades but know all about life in Sri Lanka in intimate detail.”

      Stephen Hawking the renowned scientist physically impaired by motor neurone disease for over 50 years who never been to Blackhole however he knew more about it than all you ar******s put together.

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    Dr. B.S. Thanks for writing up the happenings in Jaffna. It just shows how foolish our govt. is. Referendum is the best option.

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    There is two internet.
    (i)The internet we all ordinary folks use
    (ii) The Dark Internet used by shady characters for child pornography, arms and drugs deal, etc etc

    There are two Jaffna.
    The Jaffna the Govt want to show to the world – everything is hanky dory
    The dark Jaffna – Governed by the army – prostitution, drugs pedalling at the school gates, mushrooming Buddhist temples, mysterious murders and disappearance etc…with the aim to destabilise and cripple the Tamil community

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    In Part II of this series (CT 17 March), Brian specifically mentions genocide of the Tamil people ~ “……….It is not only physical genocide but cultural, linguistic, religious, economic and structural genocide…………”.
    The Armed Services were given permission to get into hospitality industry to earn extra. Dealing in drug and alcohol is the easiest way. This is part of structural genocide.

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    “After the death of S.J.V. Chelvanayakam, there has been no Tamil civilian leader worth talking about. The TNA (Tamil National Alliance) is a joke and the Sri Lankan government treats it as such. The TNA spokesman is effectively supporting the Sri Lankan government, not the Tamil people who elected him”.

    Brian is in the habit of recycling old stuff without any update. So these are tales we have heard repeated in the past. For example the claim “For a start, if/when these organisations visit the Tamil areas they are accompanied by members of the Armed Forces or Police who take notes of who was visited and what was said.” is hogwash! Anyone these days is free to roam about North or East.

    To say there has been Tamil civilian leader worth talking about is a joke only Brian is capable of. SJV Chelvanayakam is a great leader in his own right, that does not mean there were none after him.. Amirthalingam was a great leader, so is R. Sampanthan the current leader of the opposition.

    Brian should write something new for a change.

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    Panini aka Sinhala Man

    Thought I’d take this opportunity to help you understand my being peeved at your Dream Hero’s championing of Community issues, leveraging his extraordinary academic credentials, no less than a DsC!

    The issue that seem to worry the double-doc are, for instance, who and who among Tamils qualify for postage stamp recognition, the all-consuming historic-uncivil traditions of Hindus and Tamil/Hindu caste systems (which LTTE actively helped minimize), his personal vendetta against the VC along with most of academics locally and elsewhere who failed to recognized his excellent if not extreme intellect, his personal $10 traffic tickets, $15 driver allowance owed to him for his irreplaceable supervisory services to elections dept, let alone the nastiness of Katubedda damsels and on and on.

    I hope this helps you realize that there are more important issues in the community, and hence I am aghast at a wanna-be community champion and intellect who would rather relentlessly distract public attention to issues of selfish, personnel, narrow interest, leveraging one’s community standing and academic credentials to gain the public’s confidence.

    So was Dayan, and so is Jeevan! Narcissism at its best!!

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      Thanks, Kumar R.

      But I saw this only by accident. I was about to shut down the computer when I thought of seeing what Dr Brian S. has had to say.

      I’ve heard quite a bit about Brian, know some of his relations, but I can’t possibly read everything about an area of the country that I hardly know.

      It’s just that I think it is so very important for us to be concerned about your plight. It is strange that you have placed comments about Prof. Hoole here, under this article which doesn’t seem to make any reference to any Hoole (by the look of it).

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      Dear Kumar R,

      Why have you placed this comment here? This article has nothing to do with Jeevan Hoole. Is it that you didn’t want it seen in a more obvious place?

      You had started off feeling that I had not disclosed my own identity up to this point:

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/national-heroes-should-be-worthy-of-emulation/comment-page-1/#comment-2171163

      I then adduced evidence that I had always been open about my identity, whereupon you volunteered to send me all details about yourself. I will certainly take whatever you say seriously when I know who you are.

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        Oh Dear Panini aka S_M,

        What an irony you would ask “Why have you placed this comment here? This article has nothing to do with Jeevan Hoole.”

        Please check the link below for an earlier article on an issue of the stupidity of the SL High ranking official who was kicked out. And could you please read the question you had for me?

        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/ten-tamil-diaspora-organizations-want-uk-to-shoot-down-maithripala-sirisenas-decision-not-to-recall-brigadier-fernando/

        Hope the light-bulb gets some spark, even if delayed!

        If you don’t see the relevance between my question here and reference to Jeevan’s concerns, let me be explicit. There are so many critical issues facing the North under an unfair Government, and Brian has made an attempt, rightly or wrongly, to raise what he considered are indeed of community interest. In contrast, almost all articles by Jeevan are self-absorbed as I clearly pointed out and become unnecessary if not wrongful diversions from real issues. I am truly dissappointed, if not sorry, that you had difficulty recognizing that.

        I’d rather stay with issues – I care for your opinion, and as I said, as for your identity, it means no more than a rat’s ass. If you cannot substantiate your view adequately and have to seek shelter behind lame excuses, so be it! That too matters no more than a rodent’s rear!

        Warmest regards.

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    Chaos in Jaffna?
    the whole country is in a chaos? may be worse chaos in Jaffna

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