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Countering The Eelam Project – Part II

By Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

What, then, should be done to counter the Eelam project? The first step should be to identify the forces working towards the implementation of that project. The LTTE and the Tamil diaspora taken together as an entity certainly constitute one such force. After the spectacular success of the recent protest meeting in Jaffna, Chief Minister Wigneswaran is regarded as the local avatar of that force. That might not be a mistaken view, but we should not make the mistake of giving him too much Importance: the truth about him probably is that he is a puppet on a string. That follows from the fact – as I have argued in earlier articles – that by themselves the local Tamils will count for nothing in the Eelam project, as they are no more than a minority defeated in war without the capacity to wage war again in the foreseeable future. They count only because of the external dimension of the Tamil ethnic problem.

In that external dimension the most important force is of course India. The possible fall-out in Tamil Nadu of what is done to the Tamils here makes it a legitimate interest of Delhi – a legitimate interest that however could come to have illegitimate extensions. What I have in mind is that India under certain circumstances could come to share the LTTE’s interest in establishing Eelam or something close to it. One way that could come about is through another anti-Tamil holocaust as in 1983, which could lead to an international invocation of R2P – the responsibility to protect – giving India license to intervene in Sri Lanka as it did in East Pakistan in 1971. But it is difficult to believe that the Sinhalese leadership will ever be so foolish as to perpetrate another 1983 as a way of “teaching the Tamils a lesson”.F

Another possibility – a far more realistic one – is that security preoccupations arising out of increasing Chinese power in the Indian Ocean could lead India to want Eelam or something close to it in the form of a confederal arrangement for the Tamils. The objective would be a pro-Indian enclave in the North East with a base in Trinco. Changes that have been taking place in recent times in the political configuration both in this region and globally have to be taken into account. After the elections of last year the new Government took to treating China in a rather summarily dismissive, even insulting, way but it found itself forced to change track abruptly. The reason was simply this: China has the money, India and the US don’t. The new Government and India and the US were made to face up to certain facts: after centuries of humiliation by the West, China had stood up under Mao, it started marching forward under Deng, and nothing in the world is going to stop that onward march. That fact has to impact on the Indian Ocean region whether India and the US like it or not.

Globally changes of the greatest significance are taking place. We are clearly witnessing the demise of the American Empire, which was presciently expected in Emmanuel Todd’s book of 2004 After Empire. He showed prescience also about the resuscitation of Russia’s status as a great power, which we are presently witnessing under a brilliant performance by the Russian leader Putin. Of particular significance is that the US monopoly to wreck the Middle East is being successfully challenged by Russian support for the Assad regime in Syria and for Iran. The Russian rapprochement with China, together with possible rapprochement with the Islamic world where the US is universally hated, could have much significance for the future particularly if Russia chooses to play a role as the sole Eurasian power in the world. The most important fact is that China has greater economic power than any other country. In the context outlined in this paragraph the special relationship that India has been building up with the US makes it look comparatively weak. The point I am getting to is that an Indian sense of vulnerability could result from that and could lead to security preoccupations revolving around its strategically vital neighbor Sri Lanka.

I am not suggesting in the preceding part of this article that India will suddenly pounce on Sri Lanka, establish Eelam in the North East, and secure for itself a base in Trinco. That is not how powerful countries act towards the weak. The historical evidence shows that almost invariably they seek a moral justification before they whack the weak. Furthermore although India has established itself as a regional super power it has yet to qualify as a world power, entitled to strut about on the world top and order the affairs of the world together with its peers. For that it has to show that it can act responsibly and contribute worthily to a new world order. Breaking up Sri Lanka in an act of naked realpolitik would therefore be inappropriate.

A moral justification for intervention in Sri Lanka can be found only in one of two ways: that Sri Lanka has got together with a third power in a way that imperils India; or that its ill-treatment of the Tamils justifies foreign intervention on the principle of R2P – the responsibility to protect. In either case it will help justify Indian intervention if it can be made out that it is meant to benefit an oppressed minority, namely the Tamils. In concluding the first part of this article I pointed out that public opinion in France is solidly sympathetic to the Tamils because they are seen as victims. I am pretty sure that that must be the case all over the developed world. I can attest that in France that is the consequence not of the gullibility of the French people who have swallowed LTTE propaganda whole but of assiduous work done by Tamil expatriates over the decades both in Paris and the provinces. That, I am sure, has been the case in the rest of the developed world also.

Have our Governments matched that Tamil expatriate performance? Had any of them even begun to match it? I am sure not, for two reasons. One is that on the Tamil side the best available talent would have been used, while on the Government side it would have been for the most part the worst. It has to be expected that in any contest the first rate will win over the third rate and the tenth rate. The second reason is that the Government’s publicity drive would have focused mostly on the one point that the LTTE was a terrorist organization and nothing else. But the peoples in the developed countries would have been sophisticated enough to draw a distinction between the LTTE and the Tamil people who are seen as victims. I don’t think that any of our Governments have even seriously addressed the question of reaching out to the peoples of the developed countries in the way the Tamil expatriates have.

The sympathy for the Tamils as victims in the West and elsewhere could weigh significantly in the balance should the day come when India considers intervening in Sri Lanka. It is time to correct that simplistic image of Tamils as victims. I would suggest a three-pronged publicity drive. Firstly the Sinhalese side must jettison the notion that the LTTE was a terrorist organization and no more than that. It was certainly guilty of terrorism, horrendous terrorism, and was justly branded and proscribed for that. But the Sinhalese side must acknowledge that it was also a national liberation movement that fought magnificently to affirm the human status of the Tamils which was denied by relentless State terrorism from 1977 to 1983. It must be acknowledged that the Sinhalese side compelled the Tamils to fight. Otherwise, I strongly believe, there will never be ethnic reconciliation in Sri Lanka. Secondly, details must be given to show that the Tamils are not just victims. They spurned every move towards a political solution and were therefore responsible for the continuation of the war. Details must be given to show that the LTTE degenerated from a national liberation movement into a lower middle class Pol Potist movement. Relevant details would be the genocidal expulsion of eighty thousand Muslims from the North; the kidnapping of children for use as child soldiers; the use of three hundred and thirty thousand Tamils as human shields; and the exercise of absolute and totalitarian power over the Tamil people.

Thirdly, we have to offer a political solution to show that the Tamils will not be victimized in the future. It has to be shown that devolution on an ethic basis can be expected to compound the problem, not solve it. A brief but scholarly article that powerfully expounds that case is the one by M.L. Wickramasinghe in the Island of October 9. My proffered solution is based on the fact that in India over a hundred and seventy five million Muslims have been living for the most part in peace, amity, and co-operation with the Hindus since 1947 without any devolution for the Muslims. The explanation is to be found in India’s fully functioning democracy. How can India object to our emulating a model that has proved to be successful in India itself since 1947?

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    “The possible fall-out in Tamil Nadu of what is done to the Tamils here makes it a legitimate interest of Delhi –”

    that was earlier.now it is much more than that because modi is a hindu nationalist,a madman who talks of rama and ravana in these times.with another madman pottu wiggie who talks a dead language sanskrit,they are a good pair one a hindu nationalist and the other a tamil nationalist and will bond well in the future.see the new development of shiv sena opening its branch in srilanka.

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      shankar

      Please stop worrying about the dead Eelam project and focus on what is best for the people of this island and how powers of the centre can be distributed/dispersed/devolved through out the the island, and make the the crooked politicians and the state functionaries to work for the people and not just for themselves and their extended families and friends.

      On security issues of this island please leave the worrying to Hindia.

      Hindia can make or break this island.

      Say hello to your hero Black and Decker.

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        the last veddha

        “Hindia can make or break this island.”

        i don’t think so.You have forgotten the elephant in the room china.china can make or break srilanka,not india.srilanka is at the moment part of the chinese empire.Todays empires are not created by invasion by armies but by invasion of economies.Once we start to rely more and more on china for the sustainment of our economy and living standards then china can at anytime pull the rug from under our feet and topple any government here.

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          shankar Proposed constution.

          October 15, 2016 at 3:02 pm
          “don’t know.i’am not indian “
          Double speak?

          Neither know the Deccan plateau that controls the show.

          there are many ways to make and break- WTO made china overcome freedom from hunger.
          Do not underestimate the enemy created by stupid lankans.
          They ruled this island to prosperity until 1948 for the British raj.
          India is stronger than your dreams hanging onto stand alone stupidity.
          None except google boy grew up at nadu the rest are shining stars with Nobel prize against all odds- they speak tamil at home not even to you stupid folks however they speak to you if you speak theirs which is 1/2 billion Eq to English.

          Jayashanker speaks fluent Mandarin and he spoken to Xi and Xi has no grudge. Don’t light chinese crackers because it would boomrange like HATE in both of you. Greek gone, latin gone
          Euskara still strong and unemployment 0%- prior to the arrival of Indo-European languages in the area, including the Romance languages.
          You cant dream of being japenese then you cant dream of Basque- Christopher Columbus.

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        Native Vedda:

        “Hindia can make or break this island.”

        Hindian Army is not that great. They lost with LTTE and they can’t win in Kashmir. They did not take back Pakistan when they had the chance; Pakistan is a fake entity created by the British. Now it’s too late, since both countries have nuclear weapons.

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          Lester

          “Hindian Army is not that great.”

          Hindia can make or break this island.

          I suppose you remember Pakistan used to have wings. Hindia clipped one wing in 1971.

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            Native Vedda:

            Have you read Rajan Hoole’s book, “Broken Palmyrah?” The IPKF was shocked by the prosperity of the Sri Lankan Tamils. That was their first impression. As for the “war”, logistics was an issue for the Hindians. Unfamiliar terrain, hostile population, unseen enemy, etc.

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    “But it is difficult to believe that the Sinhalese leadership will ever be so foolish as to perpetrate another 1983 as a way of “teaching the Tamils a lesson”.

    so you are crediting future sinhala leaders with wisdom instead of foolishness.

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      The bird that you admire the one say WhooooooHoo Tamilini Iddipu,

      Reminds me of Winston Churchill the man who said no to the partition but had to succumb because London was bleeding and no men left to even run the industry- so you see drones of Pakistani were brought in to Bedford Lestershire etc. The Marshal plan dosh was with Truman and …
      Reminds me!
      I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.
      Winston Churchill

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    “China has the money, India and the US don’t.”

    you are completely underestimating india and the US.India is a 8 trillion GDP country on a PPP basis,while the US is 18 trillion.Srilanka is a 226 billion USd economy.If india and the US need to spend on srilanka they will not even feel it as it is a drop in the ocean for them.The reason they are not giving money at the moment is because they are waiting to see the new constitution and the reconciliation efforts of the government.they will spend on srilanka if their strategic interests warrant it,so take that into your calculations in the future,not making the mistake that they can’t afford it.

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    “Muslims have been living for the most part in peace, amity, and co-operation with the Hindus since 1947 without any devolution for the Muslims.”

    there may not be devolution specific to the muslims,but india is a federal state.also it has a secular constitution.So these are mitigating factors if the central government wants to use its powers against the muslims.the federal governments with substantial numbers of muslims will oppose this and the courts will uphold the values of the secular constitution.

    so if you want the indian model to work then you have to propose the same model as in india to srilanka.secular constitution and federal model based on ethnicity(north east minus ampara).you can’t give only part of the indian model and say that the 3 million tamils and 2 million muslims will be okay without devolution.You have to give the whole indian model then they will be okay without major upheavals in peace ,amity and cooperation which you mention here in your article.

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    Mr. Izeth Hussain,
    There is no great Country in the world you will find made important decisions based on assumptions and fear. A good Country will trash all assumptions and fear and go in the direction of truth and love. Nothing others think or do is not because of what you think or do. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. Find the courage to ask questions and to express truly what you want. Don’t make assumptions. Communicate with all stake holders as clearly as you can. Avoid misunderstanding, sadness, and drama. If you do this one agreement, you can completely transform your life. Be true to your Country as a whole, don’t be selfish and show the world you have ulterior motives. Look around all the good examples in the world. You can see and collect enough evidence just like what all others see. Integrity will come only if you show real leadership openly and be impeccable with what you do. History is not a story. History is a real happening. What you do today will be history tomorrow. Nobody will be able to replace a real history with a story.

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    I quote “My proffered solution is based on the fact that in India over a hundred and seventy five million Muslims have been living for the most part in peace”

    Izeth in Part 1 of u r article u said there are 200,000 Muslims in India

    in Part 2 of u r article u say there are over 175 million Muslims in India.

    Please don’t write Part 3….for the sake of population growth.

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      by the time izzeth wrote his second one they had been breeding as usual it seems.so there is no error here but the koran saying populate is the reason.

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    Yes, I think as Tamils we should totally reject Wigneswran’s potentially dangerous Eelam Project.We must accept the fact that it is dangerous to our Tamil people living in Sri Lanka as it attempts to stoke the embers of communalism that has long besieged our Tamil community and therefore should be roundly condemned .

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    Izeth Hussein is a puppet on the Wahabi string. Bring Back the BBS.

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    Mr. Hussein:

    Eelam project won’t be a problem.

    Muslims will be the problem for Sinhale.

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    Many interesting points in this article.

    “What I have in mind is that India under certain circumstances could come to share the LTTE’s interest in establishing Eelam or something close to it.”

    An unlikely scenario, since the Indian military or some other foreign entity would have to intervene to get the job done.

    “Of particular significance is that the US monopoly to wreck the Middle East is being successfully challenged by Russian support for the Assad regime in Syria and for Iran.”

    It is more complex than that. Right now, US foreign policy in the Mid-East is dictated by KSA. KSA is terrified of the emergence of the Shiite power Iran. Syria is Iran’s best friend. Syria is the primary transit point from which Iran supplies weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon, another menace to Sunni hegemony in the region. The overthrow of Saddam Hussein, followed by the formation of a Shiite dominated government in Iraq, has created a partnership between Iran and Iraq. If Assad is overthrown, Iran’s influence in the region will be significantly curtailed and Hezbollah will be left exposed and the Iraq/Iran/Syria alliance will be weaker. Israel might be more tempted to start another war in Lebanon. There is one more aspect to this. What does the USA get in exchange for aiding the Saudis? Many people don’t know, KSA is buying billions worth of weapons from the USA. This is very good money for American arms manufacturers.

    ” It must be acknowledged that the Sinhalese side compelled the Tamils to fight.”

    No doubt, Tamils took up arms as a last resort. At the same time, the British policy of divide-and-rule created many of the inequalities that then led to civil unrest. Look at Malaya, Palestine, and India. A similar situation there after Independence.

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      “It is more complex than that. Right now, US foreign policy in the Mid-East is dictated by KSA. KSA is terrified of the emergence of the Shiite power Iran. Syria is Iran’s best friend. Syria is the primary transit point from which Iran supplies weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon, another menace to Sunni hegemony in the region. The overthrow of Saddam Hussein, followed by the formation of a Shiite dominated government in Iraq, has created a partnership between Iran and Iraq. If Assad is overthrown, Iran’s influence in the region will be significantly curtailed and Hezbollah will be left exposed and the Iraq/Iran/Syria alliance will be weaker. Israel might be more tempted to start another war in Lebanon. There is one more aspect to this. What does the USA get in exchange for aiding the Saudis? Many people don’t know, KSA is buying billions worth of weapons from the USA. This is very good money for American arms manufacturers. “

      When you read a European book meant for Europe only and cannot reflect it to Lanka then you are not worth your salt. That how we learnt it at IIT so we shine anywhere without strings and government servants kids with chits go against us because they are built on chit and push. Men like us do not bother because we have our own industry and give a dam, to head up ass politicians and civil servants professors etc.

      Your academic knowledge: Have no quality qualification that is recognised internationally but commonwealth (that too partially) If not tell US what your qualifications are and where you got them?? Tell us your family background?/ 2500 year vulture eaten culture

      Some of the profs you admire from history like Nira had to say I worked for Robert McNamara but today that is irrelevant (at VOC Amsterdam: she missed the bus with the sewing machine and blouse) Yes irrelevant after the king of the party” at orgies Strauss-Kahn now CD sharing Madeleine Lagarde.

      The have nots: I presume now, your parents could not afford to educate you so you used the church and government like most terrorist of today’s lanka?

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      This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/

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      Ten ton toad there is a milky way for the prince via Japan, India and UK.
      The fastest growing economy is Hindu economy next door.

      Saudi Arabia Wants To Be One Of The World’s Biggest Tech Investors

      Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, has signaled he will put the kingdom’s money where his mouth is—teaming up with billionaire Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank to start a potentially massive $100 billion technology fund.

      The public investment fund of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund, is considering investing as much as $45 billion over the next five years in the new SoftBank Vision Fund, according to an announcement made on Thursday. Japan’s SoftBank itself plans on investing at least $25 billion over the next five years in the fund.

      Still, Prince Mohammed is partnering with an experienced tech investor in Son. The new SoftBank Vision Fund will be based in London and will be run by Rajeev Misra, SoftBank’s head of strategic finance.

      “With the establishment of the SoftBank Vision Fund, we will be able to step up investments in technology companies globally,” Son said in a statement. “Over the next decade, the SoftBank Vision Fund will be the biggest investor in the technology sector.”

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    Izuth,
    looks like someone helped you in this writing. In any case, please try to make sure the Tamils are thrown into second or third class citizens.

    And, by the way, you are taking India as an example for not giving any devolution to the Muslims, and you claim that it works there perfectly. Perhaps, the same apply in Sri Lanka, and Sri Lanka too shouldn’t give any devolution to the Muslims, but on the language based devolution just like in India, may work perfectly, so Sri Lanka should offer devolution to the Tamils on the basis on language based ethnicity and don’t need to divide on the basis of religion and don’t offer any devolution to the Muslims just like in India as you suggested. I hope your leaders will agree with you on this.

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    izzeth,you kicked a own goal in this article.having federalism for tamil majority areas and a secular constitution just like the indian one should ensure the safety and security of the 3 million tamils and two million muslims here.

    Thanks for at last finding the solution for us.however remember monks are here unlike in india where at the time of giving pakistan and bangladesh away and drafting a federal and secular constitution,mahathma ghandhi and nehru did not have to deal with a shiv sena and RSS.even at that time gahndhi was shot dead.

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      Shankar, you are dreaming. Tamils in the south will be relocated to North.

      Soma

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        Soome you would be skinned like a pig if you do not keep your Sink_A_lam mouth shut.
        Learn the majority language Hindi spoken by 1/2 billion in the world equal to English and remember you are SC/ST for always.

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          Jai_Bolo

          What does Jai bolo means, No_balls.

          A dalit is screaming from India or from a Sri lankan Refugee camp ?

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            “What does Jai bolo means, No_balls.”2

            like jellyfish paradeshi JS has no brains

            JS, Gamanpilla like Hitler was a Omo
            A snivelling little queer
            He never got a round in
            He never bought a beer.

            LOLS.

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            jim softy (Servitude finally found your voice in an inappropriate space)

            “”What does Jai bolo means, No_balls.”
            “”A dalit is screaming from India or from a Sri lankan Refugee camp ? “”

            SinGayLish- Unformulated return of the libido,

            To let you in let me know if you are a `fascist skinhead` or
            `gay skinhead` returnee from USA?

            We could take it from there about your other markings.

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        somaaaass

        “Shankar, you are dreaming. Tamils in the south will be relocated to North”

        Those Sinhala/Buddhists who prefer living in their never never land Sinhala/Buddhist Ghetto will be forced to relocate to their motherland in South India, by the Sinhalese and Buddhists.

        When it happens you may need CV Wigneshwaran and Sampandan to hide inside their amudeys.

        Go wash them now.

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        soma
        the moment you release your hostages federalism will become a stepping stone to eelam.so keep the hostages.Only if eelam occurs relocate.

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    This Tulukan trying to mediate for the Tamils. He should Forget about Eelam project and Muslims in India, but concentrate for shariah law in Sri Lanka and get all to Sunat – circumcise.

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    Izeth,

    You are in a permanent state of hysteria.
    Break out of it.

    There is NO Eelam Project.
    There IS an “Equality Project”.

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    Izeth most people in the west are educated and very fair minded and it was not LTTE propaganda or any other propaganda that influenced them to think that Tamils in the island are treated very badly and their position is far worse than second class citizens but they used their brains and intelligence to come to this conclusion. Just like I and most people in the world acknowledge the fact that the Palestinian Arabs got a raw deal. I do not let my poor opinion regarding the selfish opportunistic fake Arab Indian immigrant largely low caste Indian Tamil origin Sri Lankan Muslims, influence my opinion of other Muslims communities or people in other lands to decide what is just and not just. You on the other hand let your hatred for the island’s non Muslim Tamils cloud your judgement and blame their horrible treatment and the genocide and war crimes that was in is still committed upon them by the Sri Lankan state and by a largely racist Sinhalese population and an opportunistic Indian origin Muslim population on Tamil Nadu, India the Tamil diaspora and the LTTE and will never come to terms with the truth as to who are the real culprits.
    Just look at this Photo from the recent Colombo Telegraph article. Do any of these Sri Lankan Muslims remotely resemble Arabs or Moors? Not even dark skinned Arabs( there are lots of them in the Gulf). They look like typical low caste Dravidians that most(95% or more) of them really are. All largely low caste Tamil Hindus who converted to Islam a few centuries ago and now claiming to be Arabs and destroying their own Tamil heritage language and culture.
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/nintavur-people-says-bio-energy-solutions-power-plant-is-killing-us/

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      “Just like I and most people in the world acknowledge the fact that the Palestinian Arabs got a raw deal.”

      Yet it can’t be denied that if the Arabs had won the Six-Day War, the Jews would have been either ALL killed or expelled. There was a plan to expel them well before then, when the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem met with Adolf Hitler. When you lose a war, it’s best not to piss off the victor. That is why so many Germans either committed suicide or did their best to get to an Allied occupation zone (West Germany) in the last days of World War 2. They were not under any illusion about the Soviets, given the rather brutal adventures of the Wehrmacht on the Eastern Front. My advice to Sri Lankan Tamils is similar; the Sinhala-Buddhists hold all the cards at the moment. It is more productive to deal with them than some proxy like the UN. Any sort of economic sanctions from a Geneva type resolution would be to the detriment of all parties concerned.

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        The Germans wanted to be in the allied zone as they were human fair and reasonable but not in the Soviet Zone as they were evil and nasty just like the Sinhalese Nazis. Do not try to compare yourselves to the western allies, but to the Nazis and the Soviets. Just look at the current behaviour of most Sinhalese their establishment and the armed forces in the north and east, nothing like the western allies, more like the Nazis and the Soviets. This is why the Tamils need the international community and the UN, as we know we will never get justice from you Sinhalese racists. It was state sponsored Sinhalese racism aided and abetted by opportunistic fake Arab immigrant South Indian Tamil Muslims, against the island’s Tamils that started this war. nothing else and yet you people do not want to acknowledge it. Unlike the western allies who were just and magnanimous in victory over the vanquished German and Japanese nations that were evil and started the war. The Sinhalese are not. They are still racist nasty and evil steeped in their Mhavamsa myths and mentality. They gloat over their victory over the island’s Tamils and now want to destroy them and do not want to acknowledge anything, that even the victory was not their but was given to them by India, Pakistan, Russia China and the west

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          Real Siva Sankaran Sarma:

          It was the LTTE that ran a mono-ethnic state for 30 odd years.

          Regarding the state-sponsored or institutionalized racism of the Sri Lankan State, those were simply half-baked attempts by the intellectual class to secure the votes of the peasants.A similar game was played on the Tamil end, with the TULF being an active proponent of such nonsense as the “Vaddukodai Resolution.” People like JR, Amirthalingam, etc. did not anticipate a full-fledged war.

          “Unlike the western allies who were just and magnanimous in victory over the vanquished German and Japanese nations…”

          If you consider Dresden (firebombing) and Hiroshima/Nagasaki to be just and magnanimous, why not. Readers here may not be aware that 135K German civilians were incinerated as a result of Dresden. No war crimes trial, Geneva Resolution, etc. In fact, the Swiss at that time were busy safekeeping the Nazis’ stolen loot.

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    the author has deliberately forgotten or decided to mislead his readers b y not stating anything about the special status of kasmir and the kind of troubles going on there.the govt. of india stands condemned for army atrocities. curfew is there for several weeks. india is a quasi federal country and indian states are enjoying powers that were devolved. mr. izath knows everything but talking about a nonexisting ealam project. totally biased antitamil article …izath is not at all taken seriously.unworthy ex un-diplomate.
    -dayal

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    In his compulsion to come out with an article weekly for The Island Izeth Hussain continues to falter and falsify once again. I will deal with some of the obvious errors and misconceptions in these comments.
    “The spectacular success of the recent protest meeting in Jaffna” where multiple thousands civilians took the streets was more an organised demonstration by the people to remind the Sirisena-Ranil regime and the world the promises made to them before the January 8th elections have not been kept. These centre around the lethargic speed at which development work is being “done” as well as the demand to reduce the intimidating presence of the 1 to 4 ratio of uniformed man to every Jaffna citizen – far in excess of reasonable numbers needed to maintain law and order. The protest also was against the gradual forced increase of the number of Sinhala civilians and the unnecessary proliferation of Buddhist statues and mini-Viharas in the North – surreptitiously aimed at the old Sinhala conspiracy of reducing the number of Tamils, somehow, to “manageable levels” along the line of the success in demographic change in the Eastern Province. It is now a fact the majority Tamils there are now reduced to the 2nd largest minority with the Muslims grabbing the right to control the running of the EPC. The BBS sees this, according to their announcement, as a sign of things to come in the future of a surreptitious Global Islamic plan to convert the whole island. Hussein’s suggestion the successful demonstration under Vigneswaren’s inspiration was an extension of the so-called Eelam Project is a calculated falsehood aimed at inflaming Sinhala extremists in the South. By far, the more sensitive issue highlighted by the demonstrators was the one concerning the hundreds of youth held illegally, some for nearly a quarter of a century, under the terms of the notorious PTA – many of whom are still to be formally charged. The State continues to be deaf to their pleas. Astonishingly, in the recent spat between the President and others where the President took an alarming stand against the Police and Intelligence agencies, he was vociferous in raising the issue of a few Sinhala men from the armed services held under various charges. The President lamented these men are held far too long and suggested they be released soon. President Sirisena is the President of the Tamil lads held for years also but seems not to care for their welfare. Do we have a different set of rules in the Constitution for Tamil boys where the Sinhalese allegedly guilty are less culpable for similar offences as those under which Tamils are held for decades?

    Once again Hussain places the blame of the bifurcation of Pakistan that resulted in the birth of Bangladesh at the feet of India. This is, once again on his part, to
    mislead. The earlier Bengali majority East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) continued to be given step-motherly treatment by the Pathan/Sindhi/Punjabi majority Pakistanis from the time Pakistan was founded. East Pakistan was virtually treated only as a place from where inferior Bengali domestic servants come.
    This unjust distortion had to be corrected sooner or later as East Pakistan was seething in anger from the beginning. The 1971 Pakistani General Elections provided the opportunity that broke the Camel’s back. Mujibur Rahman’s Awami League won more seats than Zulfikar Ali Bhuttos PPP in the General Elections.
    The “superior” West Pakistanis were not going to allow this. The Army was let loose on the Bengalis of East Pakistan – resulting in deaths by the millions. Mujibur Rahman called upon the world to come to his assistance. In particular, he appealed to India for their assistance. Indira Gandhi did not fail the besieged East Pakistanis and saved them from West Pakistan’s unwelcome grip.

    “China has the money, India and the US don’t..” This is the usual skewed logic of
    Mr. Hussain. It is time he learnt China tells the world they do not have sufficient resources to provide a higher level of PQL and income for their billion – although
    In terms of Export-Import balances they are placed favourably. But that does not make them richer than the other two. In fact, by increasing the value of the US$ in a volatile financial market in the past few years the Americans prove, economically, they are in an envious position.

    Hussain’s misplaced comment “..After centuries of humiliation by the West, China had stood up under Mao, it started marching forward under Deng” suggests he has understood the matter in the reverse. The pre-WW2 situation where China was plundered was the common fate of many countries in the world that suffered under colonialism – India, South Asia and Africa in particular. Mao arrived in the scene during the Cold War years and took the side of Russia. China was in no better condition under Mao than it was before. The change came by mainly as a result of the astute political strategy of Dr. Henry Kissinger under Richard Nixon. While the pace of growth of China was slow under the doctrinaire Marxist Mao it was Deng who is the father of China’s current rise. His political stance in classic Chinese wisdom “it matters little whether the cat is black or white so long as it catches the mice” is, in my reckoning, the beginning of China’s 21st century rise.
    In his comment about “the demise of the American Empire” Hussain treads in terrain unfamiliar to him. Such pessimistic conclusions of the USA is the standard lingua franca of Noam Chomsky and many other anti-American scholars. This has been their language from the 1970s – beginning with the Arab exploitation of Oil prices – and they continue. The USA continues to move on although they have $2 trillion Chinese investments in Bonds. Equally faulty is Mr. Hussain’s faith in Putin/Russia’s economic strength. What prompts Mr. Hussain to herald “the resuscitation of Russia’s status as a great power….. brilliant performance by the Russian leader Putin…” Is Mr. Hussain not aware the performance of the Rouble has been so dismal Russian stocks are now considered junk with many of the Russian billionaires investing in the USA, Britain and Europe? How then one wonders why this brilliant man Hussain
    speculates “if Russia chooses to play a role as the sole Eurasian power in the world” Mr. Hussain, in most indexes Russia is behind Germany, the USA and the EU is common knowledge and even Putin will laugh at your suggestion.

    Your comment “the gullibility of the French people who have swallowed LTTE propaganda whole” exposes more your inherent anti-Tamil prejudice than your
    fidelity as a Writer to facts. It is not the French only who are convinced, since 1983, of the injustice inflicted on the Lankan Tamils by the State here but the whole of Europe – which is why they facilitated the immigration of multiple thousands of Tamils there. All these Tamils have integrated well into their societies and are serving them well. They do not pose a threat to their European hosts, do not conspire to undermine the host countries, do not plan to explode bombs and blast public transport there. Neither do the Tamils there try to impose their culture and religion in these friendly societies.

    If there is one acceptable and sensible comment you have made in this tiresome piece it is “. It must be acknowledged that the Sinhalese side compelled the Tamils to fight…” Neither I nor the world will dispute that. The tragedy is successive Sinhala regimes from 1983 have not had the backbone to admit this.
    Your next article, ideally, must be one in which to convince them to do so in the interest of future peace and reconciliation.

    You are again in your usual mischievous self when you declare “They (Tamils) spurned every move towards a political solution and were therefore responsible for the continuation of the war” While I agree Prabakaran was often obstinate, even during his time, there were many suggestions made directly and through outside medium for peace with GoSL but the Sinhala State rejected this citing
    Imaginary fears excarbetated by her armed forces who found the continuation of the war a goldmine for them.

    The only reason why you cite India’s many hundreds of millions living there in peace is to advance your argument devolution should not be given to Tamils here. Please remember India’s Muslims did not ask for devolution only because they are spread all overe the vast Sub-Continent. In some States in very small numbers. Whereas Tamils are concerned, they have lived in their millions in the NEP for millennia and have history, language and all other criteria for Statehood, recognised by the UN, in their favour. They ask only for the right to run their own Province under Colombo’s rule – a facility all other 7 Provinces are readily given. This has been denied for decades.

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      Come off it Backie. You know my quality. Not only the Island and the Colombo Telegraph, for several weeks the Lanka Guardian has also been publishing me.They read me. Who reads you? I read just a couple of your sentences here and there to know it’s the usual drivel, prolix drivel.
      To the reader – I have bothered to make even the above brief dismissive comment because there is more to Backie than Backie. He is the servitor of a LTTE clone. The LTTE stopped its concerted attacks against me long ago. – IH

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      Izeth Hussain exaggerates his self-importance. I chose his many inaccuracies and falsehoods in his last article pointing them out critically chapter and verse. He responds by abusing me instead of engaging my arguments specifically. Is this the “quality” you refer to? I very much doubt the LTTE would have had neither the time nor inclination for nondescripts.

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        “Izeth Hussain exaggerates his self-importance.”

        Perhaps he was the mastermind behind India’s strategy to divide two winged Pakistan into a monolithic stone age state.

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        I am not surprised you were edited out, Backie. I suppose it was an explosion of mad dog rage.As for your chapter and verse, my answer is this:a Muslim reader has sent me fascinating material on Wittgenstein etc. It includes a beautifully lucid exposition by John Searle of the essential differences between the Tractatus and the Philosophical Investigations. I look forward to reading more of that material. So no time for your drivel, Backie boy – IH

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