27 May, 2022

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Crocodile Tears

By K. Balendra

K. Balendra

Mr. Sajith Premadas and his party Samagi Jana Balawegaya seem to be concerned about the Sinhala youths leaving the county in large numbers, due to the prevailing situation. The crocodile tears shed by Samagi Jana Balawegaya in this regard is essentially ‘political’ coupled with communal flavor to win elections, which may not be very far away?

Similar concern was not shown by Sajith when the Tamil Youths left the country due to persecutions, prosecutions and fear of executions under various pretexts.

Over a million Tamils have fled the country for fear of the Triple Action mentioned above by the successive Sinhala governments. In some cases, it was supported by the Tamil/Muslim politicians too, for their own personal benefits.

The exodus commenced as a trickle from 1970 and continued in their thousands from 1983 onwards. Not a hum was made by the UNP where Sajith was a member or even by other popular political parties from the south.

It was the UNP which commenced the Communal Disharmony in a subtle manner and the architect was DS. Senanayake – the father of the Sinhala Nation.

It appears that the Sinhala parties will be happy at the exodus of the Tamils, thus reducing the population ratio, which will give the Sinhalese politicians an additional opportunity of referring to the Tamils as a ‘microscopic minority’ and colonize the Tamil areas (commenced by DS. Senanayake) without much resistance. Replace the Hindu Gods in the Temples with Buddha’s statues.

Did Sajith ever protest or speak against these actions or at least shed a few drops of ‘Crocodile Tears’?

It must be categorically stated that Religion is not an essential ‘ingredient’ for humans to live happily. Nevertheless, people must be allowed to practice their religion without fear or favor, as long as religions do not interfere with people’s day to day life.

Previously, Sajith was only a party member, but, today he is the leader of a party He should be able to lead the masses and not follow them to win elections. If not for the Tamil votes he received at the last presidential election, he would have held his head in shame and ended up like Ranil. May be he would have covered himself with ‘abaya’ and hid himself in some ‘pansala’ to prevent his identity.

Sajith is supposed to visit Jaffna shortly and try to convince the Tamil population that he will do his best to bestow justice. Will he meet the hundreds of mothers who are crying for their lost children, siblings and relatives who vanished prior to, during and after the war. Their tears are genuine. Will he visit them and shed a ‘Couple of crocodile tears’? No! Because it may antagonize his Sinhala voters.

The fallen crumps of both the masters table (India & Sri Lanka) the13th amendment, is the talk of the failed Tamil parties today, as a last straw. Will it be acceptable to Mr. Sajith Premadasa, despite its hollowness?

Sajith is making arrangement to distribute hospital equipment’s to the North & East, as stated in the press, perhaps, timed to co-inside with Covid19 and the spread of Omicron. A gesture of good will to win the ‘hearts and minds’ and the votes of the Tamils? It is the usual tactics of the UNP being followed by Sajith. After all he was living with the UNP from his birth and it is difficult get rid of their practices. Habits die hard. Unfortunately, some of the Tamil leaders had/have a soft corner for the UNP rather than for any other party in the south. Samagi Jana Balaya has roped in a few ‘Tamil Leaders’ to be used as Curry leaves (Karapincha/Karivetpilai) to add a little flavor, only to be discarded, after gaining power.

There is a Tamil Proverb which says ‘Yanai Passikku Chola Pori’ which literally means, a person who is terribly hungry being offered corns (pop-Corns) to satisfy the hunger. This exactly what Sajith is doing in Jaffna?

It was reported in the press that there are a number of crocodiles on the move and knocking at the doors of the peasants, due to floods in the north and east.

Finally, a crocodile has come to Dehiwela/Mt. Lavinia. After killing a diver in the sea, it was seen swimming in the Wellawatte Canal, perhaps looking for its ‘kind’ in the land to shed more ‘tears together,’ which seldom or never wets the ground.

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    The points made out by the writer are so pertinent, no Tamil will disagree with.

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      K. Balendra

      Just before the last Presidential elections Sajith (mummy’s boy) promised to build 1100 Vihares in the North and East.
      Do you know why?

  • 7
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    Democracy has failed most countries in the world. It’s currently ABUSED/DISTORTED and is in a pseudo form in most dictatorial/autocratic states in the world. The Rulers abuse the
    “ democracy”. They steal the money from the national coffers in huge quantities and then used it to win elections by bribing the voters; by false promises; false threats; misinformations. In SL, Sinhala Politicians need to win their majority votes to get into POWER and hence no need to be fair with the minorities.
    The Tamils in SL will never get their rights in the current political system of the country.

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      Dear Mr Balendra,
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      thanks for your article.
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      We have no other better OPTION than work every minute on the promotion of NPP/JVP.
      .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJtHdVE1Yis
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Jgpg7AEG4

      Until recent months, I thought SJB could win the hearts and minds of the people for the next eleciton in 2024. But SJB s leader s capabilities are It’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

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        Dear LM
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        Seriously!
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        Do You think we can survive till the 2024 elections?
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        I don’t think so, Bro.
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        We need to dispose of this entire blood-sucking family and their band of thieves ASAP. Otherwise, they will squander off the little that is remaining.
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        These guys should be handled like the worst traitors and should be dealt with accordingly. No mercy. Enough is enough.
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        I will support anyone who will spearhead that.
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        I watched the tragic YouTube video of AKD, it is very sad. This kind of thing has affected many families from the deep south, including mine. I am touched.
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        I hope our people have been taught enough lessons from this debacle, that they will never take mindless decisions in the future.
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        It is time to turn a new leaf and figure out who our real enemies have been, all along.
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        There needs to be a serious paradigm shift in our thinking process, once we cut off the Mara family and friends cancer, from our beloved country for good.

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    Crocodile teras are shed not only by UNP but SLFP and Bud partty . At elction time they promise heaven erth to Tamils and Muslims . After the indepoendence mnay crocodiles apperaed in the soulth. Some of them swallowed the wealth of the cuntry. Some waited to attcak Tamil and Muslims to create picture of security. So Sjith wnts to dev elop North and East . Let the singhalese government five North and East federal form of government like in India . We expatriate Tamils know how to turn those two provinces a place like Dubai . We will not go begging after CHINA

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    Preventing and controlling migration from the Global South to the Global north is a big part of the Covid-19 vaccine Passports and Cards project which are to track, trace and control Migration and populations. SJB and PP are puppets in the project!
    The Global South is being asset tripped to make America and its crashing empire Great Again – this is the Covid-19 endgame – re-colonizing the Global South with Vaccine Passports and lockdowns! This is why the Colombo Stock market is booming while people starve on the streets and inflation goes through the roof.
    The Crashing US empire and allies want to prevent migration of Black and Brown people whose countries have been decimated by the Covid-19 bioterrorism – vaccine and virus – project launched by AUKUS-NATO to re-boot colonialism and keep white Anglo Saxon lifestyles intact…The Covid-19 Endgame is to attack Economy and Society with useless Lockdowns and impoverishment of countries, and asset stripping them while US has printed $9 trillion “Covid 19 Bailouts. The American dollar so called world reserve currency will crash soon as its not worth the paper its printed on as the biggest Rogue State in the world shows up as the Emperor with NO cloths!

  • 5
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    Dear K. Balendra,
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    I once responded to a comment by a name rather like yours, and found that it was the wrong person. Even if the same mistake has been repeated, it doesn’t matter because our positions are clear and unambiguous.
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    I assume that this time, with photograph, you are the ex-planter, rugby player who has/had a lot to do with John Keels.
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    Your observations about Sajith Premadasa are correct. A few in the SJB are reasonable people, but they too, will need the courage to say goodbye to their current leader.
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    I agree with you that the UNP from the time of founder DSS, has been playing communal politics. Time to do some serious thinking.
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    Where do I stand? With the NPP. See how tirelessly Kumar David regularly explains the current position. You’ve written your piece well. A typo (“crumps” – just to prove that I actually read!) doesn’t matter.
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    Please make up your mind, and then hold steady. What any real leader needs is steady support from some of us, so that he can focus on changing the minds of the idiots who don’t think at all.
    .
    Panini Edirisinhe of Bandrawela

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      Dear Mr Balendra,
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      My apologies. Before it becomes necessary for you to fault me on this a second time. I find that you are not the John Keels man, as you pointed out here:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/contempt-of-litigants/
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      Anyway, apart from that, what I have said is reasonable, and your article is a good one.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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        Thank you.

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    I am sure the Sinhala youth (or anybody for that matter) would be happy to stay in SL if they have a reasonable standard of living, so, what will Sajith do about it if he is in the hot seat? Anyway, why only the Sinhala youth? AKD has, apparently, stated that everybody born in SL is a Sri Lankan, irrespective of race or religion. Would Sajith (with his international education & exposure) publicly agree as well?

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      Dear Raj,
      …AKD has, apparently, stated that everybody born in SL is a Sri Lankan, irrespective of race or religion…..
      A good general statement. But his views on specific issues like :
      The 13A.
      NE merger idea.
      Strict adherence to multiple language policy in all SL.
      On the questions of the minorities – how to address them.
      These questions were not put to him in the interview.

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        MV,
        Don’t forget that the JVP ( AKD or Vijitha Herath ) spoke up for Tamils being evicted forcibly by Gota from Colombo during the war, when even the UNP kept quiet. Shortly after, Weerawansa split off.

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          Dear OC.
          Very true. Why I said they are great to be in opposition. And this was from that position – negative position and long ago.
          But now in a positive position where they are declaring THEIR OWN POLICY (not criticism), and twenty odd years later, balancing everything on not distancing themselves from the majority SBs yet asking minority support, they must either eat the cake or not have it.

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          old codger

          “Don’t forget that the JVP ( AKD or Vijitha Herath ) spoke up for Tamils being evicted forcibly by Gota from Colombo during the war, when even the UNP kept quiet.”

          Yes both did.
          However when Champika and Somawansa took up de-merger of North East did AKD protest?

          He has a cover the usual JVP policy, under their Socialist Governance people will be treated equally, but he would not remove or talk about special place given to BUDDHISM in the constitution:

          Buddhism.

          9. The Republic of Sri Lanka shall give to Buddhism the foremost place and accordingly it shall be the duty of the State to protect and foster the Buddha Sasana, while assuring to all religions the rights granted by Articles 10 and 14(1)(e).

          He would not critically look at the damage done by the Saffronistas over the past 74 years, nor would he demand a genuine independent investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated by the armed forces since 1971. He does not want to rock the boat. I understand many of their young cadres who could not bear army atrocities (Udugampola DIG, Fonseka, Gota, Janaka Perera, …) during second JVP uprising(?) did chose to join armed forces. They must be holding top posts in the army now and probably part of the Sinhala/Buddhist perpetrators.

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            Native,
            AKD is less racist than Weerawansa. The AKD/ Herath group took over from the Somawansa lot. There have been positive changes in the party. But it is Sinhala- based, and the union leaders seem like die-hard trouble-makers.
            They have always been against 13A. Their solution is equal treatment for all communities. I don’t know if that includes university admission on merit only.
            They do have to sit on the fence. Aggravating the monks before getting elected is suicidal. Maybe their plan is to fix the monks after coming to power?

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