23 May, 2019

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Commemoration Of Aranthalawa Massacre

By Thrishantha Nanayakkara

Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara

Back in year 2006, my research team at the University of Moratuwa was studying the odor guided locomotion behavior of Brown Dwarf Mongoose found in Sri Lanka. We were beginning to see that the mongoose had a very sharp sense of smell, and that it could locate a trace of explosives buried under the ground from as far as 3m. Seeing the potential of using this carnivore to detect antipersonal landmines, we were exploring different techniques to train them to trace explosives only based on the sense of smell. Knowing that this animal exhibits other interesting capabilities like exploiting the inertial dynamics of a snake’s body to buy time to attack them from unexpected angles, ability to find and eat wild herbs in a sequence with a stereotypical structure of intervals to form an anti-venom in it’s blood through planned digestion, and so on, I started to talk to various experts about this animal. Dehiwala Zoo helped me a lot and even offered to be a collaborator in order to secure permission from the Wild Life Authority to keep mongoose in the University premises. In the meantime, I came to know that a Special Task Force Commander based in the Eastern province was a good contact point to get more information about useful behaviors of the mongoose he had noticed. Seeing a good collaborative opportunity to set up a centre to train this animal to detect antipersonal landmines, I requested an officer I knew, to take me to meet him in the East.

Having secured official permission from the STF headquarters, we set up a date for the trip to East. Due to some urgent work in the University, I had to leave Colombo little later than I was advised to leave. On the way, the STF officers who gave me transport were giving me assurances that the East I may have imagined is not what it is. They were telling me stories about how people of different ethnicities were living in harmony, how Muslims do paddy cultivation, how Buddhist monasteries survived amidst some fighting, etc. However, I continued to be the nervous civilian academic in the group. Watching how vegetation changes from the wet zone to the dry zone so quickly, I was wondering if training techniques of mongoose to detect landmines in the dry zone should be different from that in the wet zone, because the soil moisture that disperses the smell plays an important role to form the smell gradient. That gave me added motivation to start collaboration with somebody physically located in the affected zone.

It was dusk by the time we reached Aranthalawa. I requested the officers to briefly stop at the place where a bus load of Buddhist monks were massacred by LTTE, just to pay homage to them. They allowed my request. I got off the vehicle, and slowly walked towards a concrete slab erected as the memorial among some dry zone bushes. It was so silent, and no trace of human habitat was to be found in the vicinity. I looked around and quickly imagined how the incident might have happened. The helplessness of the monks, the brutality of the massacre, and the mindset of the assassins started to make swirls in my mind. I didn’t have a good training in meditation at that time, but I tried to do a silent satyakriya for the monks, wishing them to enter the path of healing leading to Nirvana one day, so that they don’t have to be born again to this World of wars and hatred.

Yesterday, I saw a commemoration notice on facebook, published by a well known office bearer of Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU). A comment underneath the notice by a supporter said “If Tamils could do that; pigs can do the same in the future too. Beware!”. My mind quickly rushed back to the brief Satyakriya I did at the site seven years ago. A series of questions began to flow through. Why did LTTE choose to kill those monks? Why not many other monks in still meditation in forest monasteries located in several places in the North, North Central, and Eastern provinces, when they were far more easy targets? What is special in the way the monks who were massacred practiced Buddhism? Did exploitation of Buddhist monks as political objects play a role in the build up of hatred leading to the Aranthalawa massacre? If so, how far JHU that shed tears now is responsible for the massacre?….

Last night, my daily meditation was not normal. It was a struggle to observe waves of thoughts rising and passing. Finally I managed to build up a fairly stable compassion towards all parties involved, including the LTTE that killed those monks. Then I thought of writing this brief note for the benefit of those who are struggling to stay connected with Sri Lanka amidst all political bigotry going on.

We can avoid future gruesome incidents like the massacre in Aranthalawa, if we understand the nature hatred. If you carefully watch how hatred rises from within us, you may see that it works like a vine trying to wrap around branches. To stay stable, it makes you generalize the reasons for hatred across groups that are convenient for you to recognize, because tracing the true causes and analyzing is a tough thing to do. Our residual intensions play an opportunistic role here. They push these generalizations in various strange ways. If you have some residual envy towards some ethnic group, the currents of hatred will make you believe that they are responsible for your agony. Those LTTE cadres who perpetrated the massacre may have been victims of this phenomenon. If so, and if they are still alive, may they be free from such anger towards others and may they be free from hatred from others. If JHU’s exploitation of Buddhist monks played a role in the massacre, may all Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka attain the wisdom to stay within the ten precepts, gain courage to follow the path of sila, samadhi, and panya, to attain total freedom from compulsions (Nirvana), so that they will not be political prey anymore. If JHU intentionally exploited Buddhist monks knowing the end result, may they be free from such ill will. May all others, including president Rajapaksa, who may have the slightest hope of staying in power by agitating hatred and paranoia among different ethnic groups, be free from such ill will, greed, and self centeredness.   May Sri Lankans see lasting peace, and may all its ethnic groups celebrate their cultures side by side in peace.

Read more;

Revisiting Aranthalawa Bhikku Massacre by Austin Fernando

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    Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara
    Please research as to how tamil militancy commenced and culminated in the formation of armed groups which finally became LTTE.
    You appear unaware of around 114 massacres of tamil civilians and occasional hindu clergy massacred from 1951 onwards.
    Please research the records of the North East Secretariat for Human Rights.
    The website is in cyberspace.

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      You should refrain from writing such comments because the Doctor is explaining an experience he encountered during the research he is conducting to improve living conditions specially in the North by coming up with a alternate solution to detect land mines. if you have had such experiences you should do your own writing without requesting other to do it.

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        Justice is very keen that people do not write their own thoughts, but instead write Justice’s thoughts. Justice him/herself never writes anything of the remotest use.

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          Dr Nanayakkara, could you tell us more about the use of the mongoose; were you successful in training them to detect landmines?

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            Blacker, for your amusement: Mongoose and robot duo sniff out landmines: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSQpzh02JaA

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            David Blacker,
            Thrishantha dare not tell you his thoughts for I am sure he had abandoned his mongoose and left SL in 2007. So much for his contribution to the country he says he love. Did he not mention below that his research need not be always successful?

            I can imagine why he strived hard to sermonise all that non-Buddhists here of his Buddhist principles, practices, hopes, wishes and etc which is gobbledegook to them. I see man’s aim is nothing but to be a hero among anti-Rajapakse cliques in his own style. Most readers and commentators here are waiting to applaud any failed idiot leave out a PhD man so long as he rants something against Rajapaksas. Those who speak the truth like me; they hate.
            Leela

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              Firstly, there is no truth in your gender is a vital deficiency.

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              If you are the one who speak the truth – all the best for lanken future.

              If he left the country in 2007, it is his own plans, but you must not necessarily be in SL to continue your research since this kind of research belong to the entire world.

              U seem to become sensitive when anyone would criticise the today´s appalling levels of the society in SL, but that is the truth.

              Ask 1000 of people in varied sections of the society and come with the results, over 90% would agree with us that they are fed up MR administration. Some would even stay telling nothing becuase being feared and shocked to drop down what their hearts say.

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            Samare says 90% are fed up with MR administration. Is that right? Then why all the jacks in the opposition together couldn’t made the strike against electricity charges hike for which everyone was adamantly against successful? Man, don’t live in a pedestal use your common sense to find the answer.
            Leela

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        RuwanL

        Dr. T has worked for SL army (payment?) during the war time and not directly to improve living conditions there. Thanks to CT we all know that his research in jamming LTTE remote detonating signals and landmine detection has failed due to, perhaps lack of motivation or his poor capacity in the subject or the incapability and impracticability of the western science he worked for. Now (unemployed?) he writes about things outside his former subject without doing any valid research on the area as he seems is lacking general knowledge about the latest literature in the subject. He covertly wants Buddhist monks out of politics in SL and same time tries to find fault with not the LTTE with the innocent victims for the LTTE atrocities.

        It is a well-known fact that SL is ruled by Buddhist monks according to her unwritten constitution established by the great king Gemunu and MR had to follow their path and took lead to destroy the LTTE. Does not Dr. T remember that MR was brought in to power by non other than Buddhist monks who came in to direct politics in the form of JHU and with the blessings of other non political Buddhist fronts in 2005? MR knows not only that but also that his political life totally depends on Sinhala Buddhist votes. Dr Ts’ ignorance in that shows only his poor research capacity or confirms nothing but his being a traitor. The West knows the above truth better from their experience since 18th century and that is why they use their HR and Media freedom etc. made for nothing but establishing and protecting Christian terrorists and Terrorism in non-Christian countries. Dr. T has become a part of that and knowingly or unknowingly tries to break the relationship between Sinhala and Buddhist monks/Buddhism in Buddhist SL in which Christian population is less than 1% throughout the last 500 or so number of years.

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          WK Costa,

          Thanks for confirming that President Rajapaksa depends on JHU. By the way, we do research because we don’t know. We don’t claim to know anything. If we find something new, we publish them. You can see them on the internet including the one that has been linked from the above article. Whether our work has made an impact or not is known to the people who worked with us. That is enough. We never wanted any credit from politicians.

          Some of your venom has no ground. 1) I am not unemployed, 2) SL army never paid me for any of these projects, 3) whether one is a traitor or a patriot is decided by time, not passion. You will see who helps Sri Lanka to lose its moral high grounds in the long run.

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      Tamil Militancy? What is that? How did the smugglers of VVT take over the “TAMIL” business?

      Smugglers problem is Tamil problem?

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        Sinhala siva please tell me about you…how did u get tamil name…are you .illegimate kid of tamil theevan son…or vvt smugglers got Sinhala and tamil 2nd house in their life, are u one of the kid from one night stands…I can understand u vvt smugglers f***** every where…u r strong feeling against them understandable…

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          Why are you jumping like a monkey when the VVT smugglers come into the talk? EELAM militancy is the growth of VVT smugglers. Why are you and other Tamil EELAM mokeys keep silence of the SMUGGLERS of VVT? Are you a son of a VVT smuggler?

          Smugglers of Tamil nadu and VVT needed EELAM. KUTTIMANI was a good example.

          EELAM under LTTE which was controlled by the VVT Fishing caste of smugglers. That is why LTTE invested billions in Colombo. Now those billions belong to the Sri lankan government.

          You are hawkish criminal minded racist and try to fool others while your aim is money making only at the expense of TAMIL.

          In Tamil Nadu too the smuggler counterparts of the VVT smugglers are crying for EELAM.

          Can you or any other Tamil LTTE supporters tell why LTTE crewed the VANNI people and invested in Sinhala areas? was EELAM of LTTE in Colombo? Morons like you think you are smart if you bark some anti-Sinhala venom!

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      UN-justice :

      You did not read the following written by Hon Dr Thrishantha. Nanayakkara

      “may they be free from such ill will. May all others, including president Rajapaksa, who may have the slightest hope of staying in power by agitating hatred and paranoia among different ethnic groups, be free from such ill will, greed, and self centeredness. May Sri Lankans see lasting peace, and may all its ethnic groups celebrate their cultures side by side in peace.

      What is point and what result we want from researching, how Tamil militancy commenced and all B S.

      Lessons are Already learned, We know the out come .

      So better be Avoid and be prepared to not to fall into Traps Made by LITTLE INDIA.

      But I HAVE A doubt?????.

      DEAR HON DR THRISHANTHA NANAYAKKARA.

      “including president Rajapaksa, who may have the slightest hope of staying in power by agitating hatred and paranoia among different ethnic groups, be free from such ill will, greed, and self centeredness.”

      WILL HE, I MEAN ALL THE JARAPASSA CLAN ABIDE BY THE GREAT TEACHER LORD BUDDHA’S TEACHING,
      STOPPING LOOTINGS, Cheating, Abducting and killings ??????????????.

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      It does not matter how Tamil militancy commenced.

      If you investigate, you should understand how Islamic militancy commenced and by whom. Now, they are finishing it too.

      that is what should be done to Tamil militancy too.

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      Dear Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara

      You say:

      1. “We can avoid future gruesome incidents like the massacre in Aranthalawa, if we understand the nature hatred. ” (Please include, 1958, 1983 and others as well)

      2. “To stay stable, it makes you generalize the reasons for hatred across groups that are convenient for you to recognize, because tracing the true causes and analyzing is a tough thing to do. “

      3. ” Our residual intensions play an opportunistic role here. They push these generalizations in various strange ways.”

      Comments: Yes. The answer is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowing in the wind……

      Bertrand Russel said that “95% of the solution, is in identifying the PROBLEM.”. Where is the 64,000 pound Gorilla?

      1.) Dr. Nanayakkara. you have very good generalized statements, and you can take the data on antisemitism of the Christian West against the Jews initially perpetuated by an “Infallible” Pope in the 5th Century that culminated through the “Christian” ages to the Nazi Holocaust of the 20th Century.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_and_antisemitism

      2.) In recent years there has been much to note in the way of reconciliation between some Christian groups and the Jews. Most of this reconciliation has occurred between the Jewish community and the Catholic Church, and evangelical Christian organizations.

      Finally, the Catholic Church, fessed up, and admitted the CORE PROBLEM of antisemitism against the Jews.

      3.) For Sri Lanka, the parallel analogy is the Monk Mahanama Myths of (Mahawansa) Sinhala Buddhism and the discrimination against the Tamils, Hindus and even against the Jains, and the recent addition of Muslims. These lay dormant, until the British, dug up Mahawansa in the early 19th Century, and the Sinhala Buddhists and Monks with the Monk Mahanama Myths, as the basis for the Sinhala Buddhist Nationalism and Racism.

      Just the same way, one can explain and comprehend the motion of the planets around the Sun, the core Mahanama Myths, will allow you to understand the historical Sinhala Buddhist hegemony over the past 100 years or more. I am not downplaying the efforts by the Christian Imperialists to turn Lanka into a Christian land.

      So, the Buddhist Monks played a crucial role, post independence, guided by Monk Mahanama Myths, and some did participate in the riots of 1958, and one Monk did kill the prime minister SWRD, whose forefathers were Hindu, Buddhist, Catholic, Dutch Protestant, Anglican Protestant and Finally Monk Mahanama Buddhist.

      Bertrand Russel said that “95% of the solution, is identifying the PROBLEM.”

      The LTTE and many Tamils may have come to the same conclusion. Buddhism and Buddhist Monks, not the Sinhala people per se. in itself, as the core problem.

      More supporting data is provided by the Monks that constitute JHU, BBS and Sinhala Ravya. One JHU Monk. killed himself. However, this does not include all the monks, even though they were complacent monks.

      Ven. Sobitha Thereo, the Good Thero, the True Buddhists is the kind of Monks we need at this hour.

      Like an Alcoholic who cannot be cured, until he admits he has a drinking problem, a Christian Church fessed up to its antisemitism, the Sinhala Buddhists also need to fess up to its Monk Mahanama Sinhala Buddhist Racism and Myths, and move on. What happened to Tamil Buddhists? There are Tamil Muslims and Tamil Christians?

      Until then, DeJa Vu.

      The answer is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowing in the wind……

      Amarasiri

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    a comment not directly relevant: people like Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara should also share some of their experience to inform those Sri Lankan youth, who think there exist exact sciences that can precisely map the psychological feelings and animal perceptions by using electrical probes and tomographic reconstructions brain imaging, of the current state of the art in cybernatics and animal-machine interaction. and that technology is not yet there as it is portrayed in science fiction and popular science magazine that carry sales pitch stories of certain research teams.

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      And all possibilities of the machomen prowess in Marvel comics into the foray of Scientific development.

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      was that about Lester? :D

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    LTTE was my enemy too, in my mind when the war was going on. But like it or not, i have to admit that LTTE always had a list of government’s attack on tamil civilian targets and their attack on sinhalese civilian targets and they could always show a one to one mapping between the two sets. when the war was going on, i wasn’t listening to the branded terrorist. but now we learn about the state terrorism. Violence is not the answer to violence is the truth, but there existed criminals in both sides.

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    Mongoose was smarter.

    Perhaps it is why the Dr decided to write about Arantalawa and try to pin the blame on JHU.

    Jaffna Hindu College kid who gave Obama the Night Vision to finish off their public enemy number one is the real McCoy.

    Obama’s predecessor couldn’t do it even after obliterating the whole ancient Bora Bora cave system.

    Not forgetting the Praba’s researchers who used dogs with their ears amputated to detect Srilankan Infantry even a Kilometer away.

    Our taxpayers could have got better bang for their buck if these researchers could be located and enrolled in to our Karuna Uni in the East.

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      sumane,

      the Dr also says “If you carefully watch how hatred rises from within us, you may see that it works like a vine trying to wrap around branches. To stay stable, it makes you generalize the reasons for hatred across groups that are convenient for you to recognize, because tracing the true causes and analyzing is a tough thing to do. Our residual intensions play an opportunistic role here. They push these generalizations in various strange ways. If you have some residual envy towards some ethnic group, the currents of hatred will make you believe that they are responsible for your agony.” :D

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      KA Sumanasekara, can you explain more about this night vision device that helped Obama kill Osama?

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        Mr Blacker

        It is apparently MCT.

        You should ask the learned Physicists here how it works.

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      KASS;
      your bosses Already using Killer gang researchers and enrolled in to your Karuna Unit operating all over the island to abduct, to ransom take and kill with the patronage of Ruling clan.

      So why worry , they are using taxpayers money to do all dirty jobs.

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    Murder is murder whether it is done by LTTE or otherwise by someone else . All meet justice . Do not think that any one could get away with it.

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    A very wise article that begins to question how the majority community hides behind calling the tamil struggle and the ltte terrorists without chronicling the mass massacres and atrocities that gave rise to the ltte.

    the ltte was a ruthless carbon copy of the state’s blood thirsty attacks against tamil civilians goaded by the buddhist monks.
    Hence the banning of the book by harvard univ professor called buddhism betrayed. a book on the role of buddhist monks in sinhala extremism.

    the kind of sexual tortures and playing with the dead that the so called humanitarian liberators did. thankfully the ltte did not do that.

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    The responsibility of these killings squarely lie with the Singala government in the same manner the British government bears the responsibility for the London killing of the soldier by a disgruntled and confused youth. LTTE cannot be held responsible for any of the Singala civilian deaths , as they were a progressive liberation movement fighting in defendse of their community against the communalism and related brutality of the Singala people towards Eelam Tamils. LTTE was not a terrorist organisation as much as ANC, PLO, Hamas , Kosovo Liberation Army, South Sudanese Liberation fighters, East Timorese liberation fighters are/ were not terrorists.

    Singala community must understand that they cannot get rid of their communalism even if they get rid of their own skins. It is so embedded in them. Creation of Tamil Eelam is a progressive step in the history if mankind and is inevitable.

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      Spot on. Tamil ealam best for tamils and ordinary sinhalease.

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      The LTTE should not be held responsible for the massacre of innocent Muslim and Sinhalese civilians in the border villages.. But according to you , “they asked for it! .. Even the Suicide attacks, according to you, the people in the south “they had it coming”!
      I am neither Sinhalese nor Tamil but as far as the LTTE was concerned , according to me ” they could all burn in hell, I bet they didn’t see that coming!”

      How can you justify the acts of a terrorist organisation is beyond me!

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      But LTTE is responsible for the killings of thousands of Tamil people like Dr.Neelan, A.Amirthalingam and others.

      What did they do to ‘save’ the tamil people? LTTE robbed the Tamils and built condos in Colombo.. What a liberation for Tamils of Vanni!

      How did the VVT smugglers and criminals become “Liberators” of Tamils?

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        M.Sivanathan,
        You can also add this in your list
        Temples in Canada, big shops and also some buildings, restaurants, etc., together with a gang disgracing the Tamil community.

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          You are right. The LTTE and their supporters used the Tamil issue to make millions through smuggling of humans, drugs, weapons and so on.

          Now many LTTE fellows vanished and re-emerged as “human rights activists” in Canada and other places.

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      sorry, but LTTE were terrorist. who miscalculated the consequences of their civilian-eye for civilian-eye policy.

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      You are spot off. The LTTE was most definitely a terrorist outfit, infact one of the worst. The killer is always responsible for the killing, whether government or any other. The LTTE was NOT a progressive liberation movement. Get your facts right.

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    Thrisantha,
    As a Sinhalese, you should focus on how to stop 1977, 1983 like massacres or terrorists acts happening again. In short, if you have brains, pl try to analyze and resolve your tribal issues instead of trying to fix issues of others.

    Very talented Tamil Prof. Niranjan recently gave an analysis on his own tribe in CT. New concept of Sri Lankan Tamils and Tamil Sri Lankans. In similar analogue, you belongs to Sinhalese Sri Lankan
    Anura

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      Your pattern of thinking must change – “if you have brains, pl try to analyze and resolve your tribal issues instead of trying to fix issues of others ” : Then only we can improve our society. Improvement of society will then allow not to see any kind of 77, 83 or 89 insurgencies in the country. More civilized the people are, better thinking they will own. Consequently, no chances to even think of emerging massacres again. The current guide of led by MR regime unfortunately fertilizes nurseries crimes to be bred easily. Statistics show this clearly.
      JuST search for the reports based on incidents since the last UN resolution is passed against srilanka. These are facts and the top leaderhsip should finally focus on them rather than trying to offer redherrings to stupid majorities.

      Btw, the writer focuses on the srilankens and their hateful feelings in general – so you ve been asking him to trying to fix others is against own folks, there you and the ilk are the ones who have to focus where you have gone wrong. OUR PEOPLE AND THEIR PEOPLE CONCEPT ?

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        I live in a civilized world for long time where they promote identification and protection of your own tribal values. Some may not agree with this but I do. With this concept, I belive it is my duty to see God and Evil in my tribal habits and help to minimize Evil cultural habits
        Anura

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          @Anura,

          What has that to do with his message given by this article ?

          He has just been asking to learn it to be patient not allowing hatred thoughts and minds to govern you.

          QUOTED from his article:

          “If JHU intentionally exploited Buddhist monks knowing the end result, may they be free from such ill will. May all others, including president Rajapaksa, who may have the slightest hope of staying in power by agitating hatred and paranoia among different ethnic groups, be free from such ill will, greed, and self centeredness. May Sri Lankans see lasting peace, and may all its ethnic groups celebrate their cultures side by side in peace”.

          I do believe, so long people will not improve their thinking patterns, nothing would help in achieving sustainable peace among all communities in the country. If we the sinhalese care only about us, while leaving other minorities do theirs.. wont help us if we really want to ACHIEVE PEACE AMONG us. Here, not only reglious leaders, but all other profesisonals in sociology, psychology and othe related areas should play a leading role. All these problems between folks were born not just few years ago, but we had them from that day on. Today when listneing to radio senders, TV, we see how fast the crimes in SL are on its rise. Girls and women are being raped easily. WOmen are being attacked very often. Disguised monks in safron robes run amok; drink alcohol and drive vehiles; run ill legal businesses. None of the authorities seem to rise against them. Perhaps, not doing sufficiently to control these crimes.
          As one of the lanken prominent Buddhist monks point them out,
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-fYvTkKklU
          I believe that lanken problem is a political problem rather than an ethnic one. Even if it sound that everyone knows better in hindsight – if our politicians paid genuine efforts focusing on all communities equally – just not paving the way majoratarian folks to dominant the country, the minoritarian would not have felt discriminated. This is common to any country. There are lanken migrants that have gotten equal rights in Europe and other developed countries. I dont think that many of them have been discriminated in those societies if those migrant communities are well integrated. This problem I see among the Turks living in France, Germany and Switzerland. Most of them are not educated people and so they live getto walks of lives eventhough they are given equal rights as the indigenous of the each of countries have got. Not only the langague, education, religion, culture, but several other factors cause these minority to get isolated in these countries.In Europe, many believe that the model between Majority and minorities in the UK is more exemplary. Today Germans feel that nodoubt they failed not providing the essentials to the migrant folks allowing them the integration and they now do their best though it is late.

          It will take few more years until our people would realize that federal system is the ONLY solution in order to see permanent peace in our small island. Those who are trying to mislead the nation, explaining them lies about federalism, will bring us nowhere. If Germany, India, Switzerland and many other countries have peace through federalism, why not our country ?

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      Anura, has he not focused on what you suggest in his last paragraph?

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      Anura;
      “you should focus on how to stop 1977, 1983 like massacres or terrorists acts happening again.”

      why did not you try to stop all that?????.

      Furthermore, HON DR THRISHANTHA NANAYAKKARA does not have a tribal issue.
      Only you have a tribal issues .

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    The aranthalawa massacre was a dastardly crime that all civilised human beings whether tamil,sinhalese or muslim should condemn.When it happened and i saw these innocent child monks laid out in rows i was very grieved.The sad thing is innocents suffer much more than the combatants when wars take place.We saw that in world war 2 when london was bombed and subsequently germany was bombed,jews and slavs were massacred etc.We see it now in Syria too.I saw a beautiful small girl smiling at the camera,but she had a bullet lodged in her spine when they started to train her to walk step by step her smile vanished and she started to cry from the pain.War must be avoided at all cost because it is the innocent who ultimately suffer much more than the bloody idiots who are fighting.

    Coming back to the east of srilanka,much more atrocities were committed by the eastern LTTE cadres than the northern ones.Their behaviour was really shocking and animal like,not human at all.Children being hacked to death,even infants,600 policemen who surrendered with an undertaking given o them that they will not be killed were subsequently killed in cold blood.Hundreds of muslims were massacred in kattankudy when they were praying in a mosque.It begs belief that the eastern province LTTE commander at that time karuna is now a minister in the current government and has to be adressed as honourable minister.Honourable my foot,why does the queen not bestow a knighthood too so that we can address him as sir karuna ammon. Surely he was running the eastern part quite autonomously and should take the major part of responsibility for this type of behaviour that has tarnished the tamils with irreparable damage to their image worldwide.

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    This is a time not to open old wounds but to see how we can narrow our differences and move forward. If one Arantalawa can be reopened the Tamils will come out with ten more – worse bestial incidents. War is bad and can turn even good men into beasts, which is why war and armed conflict should be the very last in options in civil disputes.

    Senguttuvan

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      But you couldn’t come with even one in Two Episodes so far !!

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        sumane, it was because of decency not to reopen the old wounds, as he says. if you are interested in statistics, there is an ongoing stats vandalism battle going on in wikipedia. your fraternity may already be expecting you there. for the sake of neutrality, let me give you this wikipedia page which is definitely not biased against you because of the numerical proportions of the two groups in concern: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_massacres_in_Sri_Lanka but again, what’s the point of re-opening all of these. I believe the writer wrote in response to “when the LTTE could do it, pigs can do too. beware”.

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      This is a time not to open old wounds but to see how we can narrow our differences and move forward.

      Mr. Senguttuvan: Then why on earth is it Tamil Diaspora around the world clamoring for accountability for so called “genocide” in 2009? Why are they so determined keep old woulds festering?

      That said, I must say I do not agree with the type of memorial that has being built for the victims of this heinous crime. They deserve a monument of peace and tranquility.

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        Dear Navin,

        As I understand the issue, the UN is asking for inquiries into both SLA and LTTE excesses, War Crime/HR abuses. I believe those
        speaking for the Tamil diaspora do so as well, although the emphasis of the latter apparently are the events surrounding 5/2009.

        Senguttuvan

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        navin,what is the point of a memeorial for the victims while the man in charge of the eastern province LTTE,karuna ammon(ammon is a title given to the highest in the LTTE,only other person being Pottu ammon)is made a minister in the government.Isn’t it rubbing salt on the wound of all those killed by him such as these child monks,Mothers and babies killed in the villages in the east,600 policeman killed by him who surrendred to him,150 muslims killed by him ina mosque in kattankudy etc.

        Making him a minister and SLFP deputy president and then having a memorial for the victims is a joke and hypocrisy at its highest,don’t you think?It is like telling the victims “we don’t care a fart for what happened to you,we are just using you for our own political purposes,as we politicians have been using the people since independence.Do you disagree with this analysis?

        Don’t you think it is more appropriate that they have a trial for this guy and hang him and then have a monument where people can come and grieve?Then those who come to the monument will know that the victims souls are resting in peace with the man who was responsible also resting with them.

        Or in the alternative why don’t we every year on the anniversary of the aranthalawa massacre get down karuana as the chief guest and main speaker at the commemoration.That should touch the hearts of the many who will attend it when they see that a beast has become a beauty vindicating Bhuddhas dhamma of forgiveness.

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    this is a Stauffenberg of sinhala buddhist race!!

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    Thank you Dr. Nanayakkara for trying to show us what true Buddhism is and how it should be practiced.

    Ever heard the saying “Pearls before Swine?” I fear publishing this article here is a clear case !

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      You are welcome. It is an important part of Buddhist practice to circumvent the habbitual reflex of aversion with a more radical acceptance of things as they are. When we read these comments, we can see what people and we, ourselves are holding onto. That way we get a chance to make peace with our experiences. For instance, I may have been puzzled by some political experience. But these comments help us to understand why that experience should have been that way, given the causes and conditions that we see through these comments. Working to change the causes and conditions is another choice.

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    “Last night, my daily meditation was not normal. It was a struggle to observe waves of thoughts rising and passing. Finally I managed to build up a fairly stable compassion towards all parties involved, including the LTTE that killed those monks.”

    Is your shrink on vacation?

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    May all others, including president Rajapaksa, who may have the slightest hope of staying in power by agitating hatred and paranoia among different ethnic groups, be free from such ill will, greed, and self centeredness

    Trishantha

    You start the story with mongoose and your credibility of research, then relates that to another tragedy in SL history to make up story and as usual end with blaming again to Rajapakse like you did in your other articles.

    People live in SL will decide the fate of Rajapakse , I think you already lost that right. Therefore before you preach BANA to other people (agitating hatred and paranoia among different ethnic groups) concentrate on your research and meditation and show it to the world that you don’t have anger and hatred against the Rajapakse family

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      “you don’t have anger and hatred against the Rajapakse family”

      He did not show any anger and hatred against the Rajapakse family in his artical and you ae dreaming or try to plese you pay masters.

      wellcome and ask for more from your bosses.

      BUT YOUR RAJAPASSA FAMILY MUST HAVE ANGER AND HATRED AGAINST, THOSE WHO SHOW THAT WRONG DOINGS DONE BY RAJAPASSA CLAN AND YOU WHOLESALE APPROVE THEIR LOOTING, cheating AND THUGGERY HABITS .

      THERE IS A SINHELA saying that Dee kirata balalluth saakki denawa.

      so you are one of them with a KRIS FOR BACK STABING ??????????????????????.

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        You must be LTTE ,JVP or UNP man that is why always you against the Rajapakse family , that family save our country from terrorist , not you or your represented party

        You have only read one of his article go and read all other article from Trishantha then you will understand what I am saying

        You are actually showing the character of your name

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    Considering about any matters which relate to political , religious, ethnic or social that are occuring in Sri Lankan society , it is clear that the all matters are based on political ideology.

    As an Example:
    ” May all others, including president Rajapaksa, who may have the slightest hope of staying in power by agitating hatred and paranoia among different ethnic groups, be free from such ill will, greed, and self centeredness.”

    This statement reveals that the nature of Dr.Thrishantha Nanayakkara’s views on president Rajapaksa & his governance.

    Obviously research on what ever matter should be based on a critical issue and it should not cause any favour or any discrimination to any body or ………. it should clearly give a new message to the Society and set up a new image.

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    LTTE in the east was probably under Karuna et al who were also responsible for the murder of 600 policemen. Both were around the same period, 1987 and 1990.

    The policy of the Govt is very questionable that those probably responsible are now part and parcel of the Govt. The President and the Govt continue to showcase and condemn these incidents, yet they have not carried out an investigation (?), or they are not revealing the truth. Govt is prepared to hide the true facts and deny justice to achieve political mileage if any.

    At the same time the Govt acts brutally to crush the opposition and continue its hegemony against the Tamils in the North. TNA is branded as LTTE whereas many key LTTE figures responsible for war crimes are in the govt.

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    Many African countries have been successful in training mice to detect bombs. They say, “Mice can detect anything if only we train them to detect.” Unlike dogs, the bomb-sniffer mice work without handlers. Moreover they are not distracted by their surroundings, and they are not expensive or bulky. Mice are trained to detect different types of explosives as well. False-alarm rate is lower than the standard 3 or 4 per cent they say. That means; rats could have been a better choice do sniffing jobs better than this writer preferred mongoose. I am puzzled as for why this writer left Sri Lanka in 2007 when demand for bomb detection may have been at peek.

    So, what I’ve been wondering is not rats and mongoose but whether aim of this fellow is to whitewash LTTE and vilify JHU; otherwise why on earth he commented on piggy writing on Facebook by some unnamed JHU office bearer when worst kind of writing are there by rump LTTE here and everywhere.

    In his ‘Satyakriya’ the writer is perplexed as to why LTTE choose to kill the monks at Aranthalawa when so many monks were meditating everywhere. And he visualizes that Aranthalawa must have been some sort of badies. Moreover he imagines that slain monks have become badies because JHU had influenced them to be badies. He goes so far as to say “… JHU’s exploitation of Buddhist monks played a role in the massacre….” That apart, in his meditation, he builds compassion towards killers as well as victims. What a wretched peace of writing. I need no meditation or ‘satyakriya’; I immediately realized even Father Emmanuel who was bequeathed by his Lord God with a unique way for Tamil tiger human bombers to ascend to heaven couldn’t have written this peace any better.

    What a crude assessment by this one sided psycho! Not a word of thanks for the President who finished the 33 year war and brought us peace we enjoy. Not a word about how JHU assisted Rajapaksa to win the Presidency and thereafter to win the never ending war. Yet he dare says, “may all its ethnic groups celebrate their cultures side by side in peace.” What a hypocritical wish.

    I see, different people aim to defeat the President for different reasons. That I suppose is their right. But none had come up with a vulgar reasoning and accusations than this ma. For one thing though, it is not them who runaway in the middle of the war that decide whether the President will go or stay in power but Sinhala Buddhist villagers like me who lives among the mass and who form the majority. That is democracy.
    Leela

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      Oh how sad is that when the real war was going on Leela had to hide himself abroad in fear of the Lee Potter scam charges. Otherwise, we could have had the military exploit Leela’s expertise when the real war was going on.

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      Dont you feel that even most innocent ones – that have practised their SATHAYAKRIYA- for ages could go mad while seeing the present situation in the country under the lead of your Guru – MR ?

      That is what we experience it today. From Katharagamata to Kandy from their KKS, there are all kind of multi crime doeers- they have now been promoted by ruling politicians. Criminals go scot free immediately they just mention their connections to the region police offiers. Police just keep quiet after getting two bottles of arrack to keep them silence. This is common to ones being victimised by being raped, murdered or went missing in the country today. People are helplsess. They dont know whom to tell when they met with problems of all kind. Some disguised monks do whatever they think is correct – not caring any law and regulations if they are still valid in the country.

      Idiot mind sets like you – though the seniors, keep trying to explain the palatable paving ways idiots to stay further in power. The situation is appalling as no other times in the past, but you and ilk would not realize this further behave as if you are hallozinated.

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      Leela, where were you and your family when the war was going on – having a luxury life abroad! Don’t thank MR but the poor soldiers who sacrificed their lifes and limbs for the peace of the country.

      Let the poor Dr. have his say without interjecting with your vulgar hatred to anything good. You need to relearn Buddhism. If Buddhism hasn’t worked, try Islam.

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      You are totally halozinated, Leela – Do you really feel that MR finished the war that started in 2005 ? Winning that was only because of your magical leader who now seems to have stand still with all other efforts towards promised peace ? His war victory is comparable if authotieis controlled dengue in the country, by klling and damaging all the likelyhood of the met people not thinking about the future consequeces. Or Running amok of anyone who became mad. Consequences we bear today- but the injustice is.. he and his siblings should have be punished not us the nation for this crimes.

      How naive you have been ?

      His killing mind set what achieved was nothing else than we got isolated in the world. War victory was against whom ? if his actions took the lives of over 40k innocient srilankens (own citizens), whose whereabouts are yet to be figure out. This you will grasp in the years to come. World´s Human rights violates by all means like Chinese get closer to lanka, because in the near future, ours will be their thrash bin in the asia for their garbage deponies. Chinese tactics are long term plans. They just want to concur with Indians – their direct econimic rivals for the future, they have been abusing our people through MR´s naivity. This we will see in the future if MR would rule the country without being punished by Karma.

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    Didn’t SL retaliate the Aranthalawa attack?

    As I remember, we did.

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    This Doctor certainly have his tongue in cheek when he writes articles.
    He has ahidden agenda and an axe to grind.

    Today, it was JHU…
    Before, it was Gota……………

    He needs to perform “Satiyakriya” on himself.

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      Totally agreed

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      Dirty seththu,

      Somebody called James A. Baldwin said – “I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”

      I have to say the same about my criticism of people who govern Sri Lanka. It is not done with any hate.

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      I think he was involved in the genocidal war on Tamils on the army side. Now he is feeling guilty.

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    Why do not you do research on your former University fake Professors. I guess more than 96% of Moratuwa University Professors have only publications in IESL Engineer and Transaction journals. Both journals run by them and no where indexed or listed. Even 40% of Moratuwa University Profs do not have PhDs or they got PhDs from wrong places. Even now they get PhD from same University from their friends and become professors. Do research on these and not the things you do not know such as LTTE,, etc.

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    I read the highlighted Austin Fernando’s article.

    It looks simply venom against Buddhist monks. Most probably, Austin fernando is anti-buddhist.

    this Dr Nanayakkara is definitely an intelligent guy. Yet, I don’t think he understand how human mind works.

    that is why this face book message brought him to this conclusion. In order to explain what I am saying Dr. should understand, these people are human and can they have anger, hatred in their mind because some thing happened in order to bring them into that mentality.

    As far as I know LTTE exploited that situation by raping tamil girls, telling them that sinhala -soldiers did that and trained them to be suicide bombers. Similarly, Sri Lankan army recruited youths as soldiers whose relatives had been killed by LTTE.

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      Jim softly says”As far as I know LTTE exploited that situation by raping tamil girls, telling them that sinhala -soldiers did that and trained them to be suicide bombers”.

      Can you tell me from where you got that from.How come when they were raped the women did not know it was fellow tamils.Do you think women are idiots.You seem to be a male chauvinistic pig who thinks women will swallow anything.The internet is a powerful tool that can disseminate information to millions but it must not be misused by fuckers like you.

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        In LTTE, girls were known as “free birds”. The first LTTE ritual for a Tamil girl was losing her virginity and expected to sleep with the LTTE men. LTTE always taught them ” Prepare to lose everything for the leader”.

        LTTE once killed three girls in public for having sex with others after the IPKF left.

        So, dont try to fool around with your monkey talks!

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          Sivananthan,you are a well known crackpot in Toronto.How can i believe you because it is the first time I heard this,that too from a nutter like you.So give some evidence to substantiate your claims about LTTE women forced to lose their virginity to LTTE men.Anyway what you say is not relevant to what Jim Softly said that LTTE raped the women and they thought it was the army and became suicide bombers.So be relevant without your shrill shrieking style that will distract others unnecessarily.

          By the way you think douglas is god,so obviously you are a EPDP party member and naturally against the LTTE because they tried to kill your god about 10 times.I too am against the LTTE and what they did and stood for but i don’t tell lies about them.There is no need to because the truth will suffice to show what they were.

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            One of the LTTE woman camp trainer is in Canada and his stories cannot be denied.

            Further what is your problem over EPDP which resisted the LTTE criminals?

            LTTE raped the small Tamil girls and later intimidated them with the same. Once those girls become “useless” they went as suicide bombers.

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              sivananthan,if LTTE raped the girls,then girls are not going to join the LTTE.We know that the LTTE had plenty of women cadres.Why did they join if they know that they are going to be raped?

              Also if they have been raped by the LTTe and become useless as you claim and became suicide bombers,then i would have thought that they would have blown themselves up among the LTTE,not among the Armed forces.

              As for your question about why i have a problem with the EPDP,I have no problem with them.Good for douglas that he escaped the welikada prison massacre also about 10 assassination attempts by the LTTE.A remarkable guy indeed,but a former militant,and i’am sick of all of them because they all believe in violence and i think the tamils have had enough of them and need a break.

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    UNP and Tamil parties are strange bed fellows. Their political weapon is anti-Tamil and anti-Sinhala. LTTE was not different. They had good honey moons with UNP and now Sabnada continue the same!

    Race conflict is a political weapon to be used by the UNP and Tamil parties for their survival as well as serving their masters in the WEST!

    The unity between UNP and Tamil parties is “they are the ‘obedient” servants of the WEST”.

    LTTE was helped by UNP direcly and indirectly since the time of J.R.Jayawardene. The medeaters are the Catholic/Christian church. The Catholic Church directly involved in Bank robberies along with LTTE.

    Catholic Church is a good ally of UNP as well. Can Malcolm Ranjit explain their connection with LTTE criminals?

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      M.Sivananthan

      “They had good honey moons with UNP and now Sabnada continue the same!”

      Oh yes the UNP used the psychopath to fight the IPKF.

      MR paid several millions to LTTE to rig the elections in his favour.

      My elders tell me MR is the leader of SLFP.

      What a strange bed fellows!

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        Dear Native,

        This is serious stuff about the pshycology of the Mongoose and its Master.

        And your contribution is to put the Tamil Supremo in the same boat as our DJ Abeysinghe.

        You would have been excommunicated had you been a British Diasporian.

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          K.A Sumanasekera

          “And your contribution is to put the Tamil Supremo in the same boat as our DJ Abeysinghe.”

          Has D J Abeysinghe been convicted?

          Psychopath was a big time crook.

          He not only conned the Tamils but his conning was master class the way he cheated Sinhala/Buddhists majority inhabitants of the island.

          Look what Sinhala/Buddhists have to put up with, MR and his clan.

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            Dear Native,

            Although you call him a pshyopath, Mr Velupillai Prakaran was visited and feted by eminent and prominent politicians of the West lead by Mr Solheim for a long time.

            All that time Mr VP was engaged in the most dastardly and heinous crimes against the inhabitant population, the great majority of whom are poor rural Sinhala Buddhists.

            No Pillays, No NGOs, No Peaceniks,No Moderate Vigilantes,No Canadians , No British No Human Rightists,ever came out on behalf of our inhabitants.

            When our brave boys finally cornered him,what did the dogooder Democratic Human Rightists of the Whiteland do ?.

            Travel all the way to present rescue plans and , press and demand that they be executed according to their wishes so that Mr Prabakaran can join the Diaspora and fight another day.

            Had our Village Boy President bent over to the White Chiefs,would there be any demands from Ms Pillay to investigate LTTE atrocities?.

            Would you my dear Native Native be able to call him a Pshycopath?.

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              K.A Sumanasekera

              “Had our Village Boy President bent over to the White Chiefs,would there be any demands from Ms Pillay to investigate LTTE atrocities?.”

              Sinhala/Buddhist inhabitants of South have always been kind not only to the white chiefs but also ordinary poor Suddhas and have been ready and more than willing to bend over. Your chief is no different to your predecessors.

              A few months ago GL’s secret rendezvous with a white women in the USA begs several questions.

              Did he get turned on by being beaten up by the white women? What did the white women use to inflict pain, whips or chains.

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          K.A Sumanasekera

          I would like to hear your honest opinion about M.Sivananthan.

          Is he a secret admirer of VP?

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        So, your Tamil liberation was a hoax and LTTE was a “coolie” gang and behind the money. That is why LTTE robbed Tamil people in Vanni and built condos in Colombo while LTTE propagandas about the “suffering” of Vanni people was deafning.

        The UNP-LTTE honey moon is a proven fact and the Rajapaksha -LTTE deal is only a “talk”.

        Even Mahinda used money to “tame” the Tigers, he is a proven man with talants of “Chanakya”. You agree that the LTTE and the Tamil politics are for “dollars”.

        Who are the losers in the “strange bed fellow” relationship? Tamil fools who went behind the LTTE criminal smugglers!

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          M.Sivananthan

          It seems you tend to discuss more about VP than MR, much less about Douglas.

          “The UNP-LTTE honey moon is a proven fact and the Rajapaksha -LTTE deal is only a “talk”.

          MR-VP secret love affair was well published and was the talk of the town. Even the pimp who was the go between was made to shut up.

          By denying the affair between MR and VP, are you trying to salvage VP’s tough man image/reputation?

          Are you a secret admirer of VP?

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            I have nothing to admire your Prabhakaran but your baseless claims of VP-MR is unbelievable!

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      It is clear you are no Tamil. It is a very irresponsible statement to recklessly accuse the Catholic Church with LTTE Bank robberies. Though I am not a Catholic/Christian, I have the highest respect to them serving in the NEP. I have met the Bishops in the Province/s in different capacities and have nothing but admiration for their courage and fearlessness to serve their flock under difficult times. Many priests were killed by the armed forces and the LTTE only for the crime of serving their people – instead of running away. What greater Christian service and commitment than this.

      It is no secret the UNP and the Tamils worked as one grouping from 1948 to 1956 politically. Even thereafter Tamils worked with SLFP-aligned political alliances too – to the present day. I see absolutely nothing wrong there.

      Senguttuvan

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        Majority Tamils are Hindus. What the hell these catholic morons contributed to the Tamil people sofar? Catholic priests were carrying the photo of Prabhakaran in a demonstration in Kilinochchi.

        Even the Fr.S.J Emmanuel, the head of GTF or BTF once cried the LTTE are the “Divine soldiers of Christ”. Those words used by Popes during the Spanish/Portugeuse killings. LTTE did the same to the Hindu Tamils.LTTE killed six hindu priests and robbed many Hindu temples.

        Catholic Church is the loot keepers of LTTE and shared the loot of LTTE. Looting the people is the mission of the Catholic Church since the inception of the Church in Sri lanka!

        Now the CARITAS under the Catholic Church build houses in Jaffna to LTTE criminals who ran away from Vanni.

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          “What the hell these catholic morons contributed to the Tamil people so far”??? Since you are not a Tamil and probably somewhat ignorant of Jaffna contemporary history, you may not have heard of the late Fr. Xavier Thaninayagam and his services to the Tamil Nation. His name is honoured with reverence and respect. That is just one name that comes to my mind. There are hundreds.

          The rest of your comments on Catholic priests is slanderous and not in accord with true events, they do not merit a reply.

          Senguttuvan

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            What the hell Fr.Thaninayagam contributed to Tamil? He used TAMIL to promote the Catholic Church and later the same Church become a gang of robbers and the voice of LTTE.

            Further you are a spokes person to Vaiko and naturally you never know anything about Jaffna.

            Try to know why fr.Singarayan and Anton Sinnarasa who hide in canada publicly involved in bank robberies.

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            Senguttuvan,

            I think M. Sivanathan and another pseudonym called nanthi who used to comment on soc.culture.sri-lanka in the mid/late 90’s are the same.

            The one many of the facts/insights about caste etc are the sames, as is the writing style.
            e.g. serathu= herath

            M. Sivanathan also knew about the ancestral names used by my family in early 1800’s long before this type of information was available online. He had to have been from Jaffna to have known that information. Obviously he was not very complimentary.

            So pretty sure M. Sivanathan is a Tamil.

            I follow M. Sivanathan’s facts/insights with a lot of interest. I think there is quite a bit of truth in it.

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      Well said.

      I like the way how Tamilians get fooled by USA now after fooled by India in 1987. IPKF left many happy and very sweet memories for Tamlians in Jaffna.

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    in my opinion tigers should have [Edited out]

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    a great article by Dr Thrishantha which unfortunately many wont understand due to the lack of grey matter in their head or due to being mere coolies of the regime like Leela of the Lee Potter scam (who also writes as K A Sumanasekera)

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