29 September, 2020

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CTC Calls Upon Tamils In North And East To Strengthen TNA

The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) has urged Tamils and all citizens of Sri Lanka to exercise their right to vote at the upcoming Parliamentary elections.

“The presidential election of January 8th, 2015 was a turning point in the recent political history of Sri Lanka. Voters turned up in large numbers and voted for change and a new beginning. While Canada and other members of the international community acknowledged and welcomed these changes it is the duty of all responsible Sri Lankan citizens to ensure that these tenuous beginnings are consolidated without giving any chance for their reversal.” the CTC said in a statement.

TNAIssuing a statement today the CTC said; “Although many issues of the Tamil people including land rights, political prisoners and disappearances were not addressed as expected, the election did bring about early signs of goodwill, as reflected in some actions that were taken by the current government. CTC believes that these positive developments, together with new-found political optimism, can be further strengthened after the August election.

“The resolution of the Tamil problem will invariably involve meaningful negotiations between the Government of Sri Lanka, the elected representatives of the Tamil people, and other relevant stakeholders. In this context, Parliamentarians elected by the Tamil people will have a major role to play. One strong united voice speaking for Tamils will have a significant impact at these negotiations.

“The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), under the responsible and experienced leadership of Mr. R. Sampanthan, has earned the recognition and respect of not only the Tamil people, but also other community representatives in Sri Lanka and international community members like Canada, USA and India. He has carefully and consistently articulated the concerns, grievances and aspirations of the Tamil people

“CTC works closely with TNA, and our partnership has been crucial in some of the diplomatic achievements made in Canada as well as at the UNHRC in Geneva. TNA’s Secretary for Legal and Foreign Affairs, Mr. M.A. Sumanthiran’s advocacy skills, experience and expertise has been beneficial to both CTC and TNA when meeting various government officials in Canada, Geneva and other parts of the world.

“CTC firmly believes that a strong mandate given to the TNA to represent Tamils in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka will strengthen our position during negotiations. Together with a victory for the progressive forces that advocate democracy and good governance in the South, the chances of achieving a negotiated political resolution, accountability and sustainable reconciliation in Sri Lanka will more likely become a reality.”

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    With most pro-LTTE organisations now urging the North East Tamils to vote for the Tamil Congress candidates, splinter groups like Canadian Tamil Congress and British Tamil Forum, which previously backed LTTE, are appealing to the North East Tamils to back the Tamil National Alliance led by Sampanthan. However, the statement made by Rudramakumaran of TGTE, successor to Pirapaharan, is clearly against TNA and one can easily discern this by reading his statement between the lines.

    I see all these as yet another foreign intervention in the Sri Lankan Parliamentary Election scheduled for the 17th. Only difference here is that this foreign intervention from the Diaspora Tamils is an an open one unlike the covert interventions of the Americans and the Indians to defeat Mahinda group. This Diaspora Tamil intervention is in relation to North East Tamil politics but the covert interventions of the Americans and the Indians are in support of UNP and the yahapalanaga clique.Nevertheless both are foreign interventions.

    Sampanthan has no qualms in telling that if North East Tamils elect 20 TNA MPs, he will get a solution to the Tamil problem next year. Is he a magician? Or some Devatha is going to grant self rule based on a federal system to the Tamils as repeteadly recited by Sampanthan? Or, did Ranil and/or Maithri secretely promise him a self-rule federal solution to the Tamil problem?

    Sampanthan is not elaborating. He is simply repeating this strange message and no Tamil newspapers or journalists have questioned Sampathan over this grand announcement. Over sixty years many Tamil leaders tried to find a solution to the Tamil problem. They all failed. And Prabaharan tried to create self-rule for the Tamils with the help of a well-oiled war machine with tanks, artillery, naval craft and even airplanes and he failed miserably.

    Rudramakumaran of TGTE has clearly ridiculed (though indirectly) Sampanthan’s statement and warned that Tamls should not to believe the story that a solution to the Tamil problem is coming next year.

    And very strangely only Sampanthan is making this statement.None of the other TNA leaders, not even his lieutenant Sumanthiran, had made a similar statement. Why is this strange silence on the part of other TNA leaders like Mavai, Suresh, Selvam and Sitharthan?

    How can this old man Sampanthan in the evening of his life find a solution to the sixty odd year old Tamil problem within a magic period of just under 16 months. Are the North East Tamils so stupid to believe him and vote for his TNA?

    No. TNA will not get 20 seats. I will be surprised if they get even 14, the number of Parliamentary seats they won last time. Jaffna will be a goner and TNA may not get more than 3 seats out of the 7 seats available. In Vanni, TNA will struggle to get 3 seats.The same is the story in Batticaloa and this time TNA will struggle to get even 2 seats there. TNA’s racist propaganda against the Batticaloa Muslims may fall on deaf ears this time. Most TNA can expect from the Ampara and Trincomalee districts is one seat from each of these two Eastern Province districts.

    North East Tamils will teach a good lesson to TNA this time. And Sampanthan may leave the Tamil political scene saying “Only God can save the Tamils” like what Chelvanayagam said many years ago in sheer frustration over the attitude of Sinhala leaders.

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      Do not interpret the political statements of Sampanthan literally. He is not trying to fool Tamils. He is trying to tell Tamils to come together. You may not want to answer his call. If so, offer an alternate route. Do not disparage the honourable man.

      Do not seek pleasure out of Tamil misery.

      Our problem is not easy to solve. Don’t make it harder by your smart-ass comments.

      ‘Only God can help Tamils’, arises because of people like you.

      If I am harsh, it is because you leave me with no choice.

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        If you are thinking of the God of Creation, the Lord God of the Bible then you must also know that He has no favourites. He is the God of the Tamils, Sinhalese, Chinese, Canadians and all man-kind. If you really want a fair settlement then seek the truth in the words of the Bible. “Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added on to you.

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          kumaran: “If you are thinking of the God of Creation, the Lord God of the Bible then you must also know that He has no favourites.”

          I think you will find that the Bishop of Mannar has a different opinion. For him, God favours not only Tamils, but especially those Tamils who died fighting for the Tamil Tigers.

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        Nathan,

        Naga is a known Tamil supporter of Mahinda Rajapaksa and Karuna Amman. Originally from the Eastern Province and based in Australia, he has openly said he hated Jaffna Tamils from childhood. He may well be out to sow divisions within the TNA so that Rajapaksa/Karuna combo can win again.

        Of course he would say only his two “Gods”–Rajapaksa and Karuna– can save the Tamils.

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      The more one reads Naga, the more one wonders if this is the voice of
      Arun T from the EP?

      Pandaranayagam

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      Naga deserves the congratulations of all followers of the recent North East political scene – both for his regular crisp interventions and his deep appreciation of NE politics. Admittedly, he does all this located in Australia. But he will please excuse me for my following thoughts in his current stand

      (1) A clear prejudice against Jaffna Tamils vis-à-vis EP Tamils – and their role in politics in recent decades

      (2) His over-reliance on the influences of Shri Natchiappan, who was but a smaller player in Delhi politics unable to influence over-all Indian policy on Sri Lanka or the Tamils here

      (3) a clear dislike of Sampanthan, Sumanthiran and other TNA leaders.

      As to 1, there is much to be said against them. But the tide has turned in recent times. They realise, without the backing and support of EP Tamils, a united stand to negotiate strongly with the Sinhala South is not possible. On the other hand, Northern Tamils accept they have made serious mistakes in their relations and treatment of their EP cousins. The differences will not disappear suddenly but, over the years, they will be consigned to the background is my reckoning.

      As to 2, Natchiappan needs to be thanked for his many efforts till now. But they were mainly lower level efforts with little effect in Colombo or Delhi. Policy makers in Delhi can only be influenced by the major players in the administrations in power. The DMK, AIDMK leadership come out first here but they, in turn, have their own limitations. This inevitably creates space for influential Brokers like Subramaniam Swamy. The Lankan Tamil issue is not in the main Tamilnadu priority – with exceptions now and then.

      For the TNA to succeed now in Tamil gains, they must have support in Tamilnadu as well as with the US and the international community. TNA does not appear to have much clout with the AIDMK leadership. They should work on this bearing in mind to maintain a balance in the continuing DMK-AIDMK sentiments in the State. Tamilnadu has much clout with policy makers in Delhi is common knowledge. We must home on this
      and also work this channel to our benefit.

      As far as 3 goes, we all have our sensitivities and weaknesses. There is a time and place for everything. What we must achieve is a comfortable Tamil victory in the August 17 polls. For this a common approach is indispensable. Momentarily, we must place our differences in the slow burner. I believe our more parochial differences and prejudices can be gradually addressed and settled.

      We cannot deny, despite differences of opinion in the Sinhala side, there has been much development and capital investment in the NEP in recent times. My personal take is the Northern Tamil man is quite satisfied with these developments compared to the misery that was his lot prior to 2009. This development can only be taken forward with a stronger and united Tamil voice. A divided and diluted Tamil political reality will go against the wider Tamil interests in these delicate times. I need not add the Sinhala side is afraid of a delusional division of the country – starting in the NEP. The Sinhala supremacists have already raised the cry of re-emerging Federalism, the bogey of the Tamil Diaspora, the proposed rail and road link between the 2 countries and many other areas in which the Sinhala voter shows foolish but traditional vulnerability.

      Kettikaran

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      Naga[Edited out], where is Douglas Devananda now?

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    Is CTC the Vellala Sect of the Canadian Tiger Diaspora….

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    The turn around is welcome, though the question why is inevitable. Wheels within wheels are being revealed by the day.

    Dr.RN

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      You seem very pro UNP these days, what gives?

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        Possibility and hope for better governance, less nepotism,less corruption and better adherence to the rule of law!

        It is also my right to choose who or the party I like, under particular circumstances. This is democracy. Those who are committed to a particular party, should be only their members. If not, we will end up electing a particular party indefinitely!

        An election is a referendum on the performance of a government, and on the party in power.

        I have yet a choice to vote for the JVP or UNPFF.

        Dr.RN

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    MR. Naga and Dr. Narendran writing aginst TNA. TNA VOICE OF VOICELESS PEOPLE . In Canada CTC is biggest org and powerful association
    it is working with people,for the people

    injustice win only one day, Justice win all times

    A.GOPAL TORONTO CANADA

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      Whilst appreciating your concerns, please contribute to the developement of education etc in the North & NE utilising your expertise gained abroad. Please avoid using personal factions in the community to further the cause of Tamils in Sri Lanka, but collectively for progress and developement in a UNITED Sri Lanka.

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      Gopal,

      Do you follow what is written by way of articles and comments in CT?

      I have always said the only political party that is acceptable is the TNA and the others are unacceptable alternatives. It is choice between the bad and the worse. I do not accept anything uncritically.

      On the national scene, if the choice is yet between Mahinda and Sarath Fonseka, I will choose Mahinda! The decision to support Sarath Fonseka’s candidacy, was yet one of the unprincipled foolish decisions made by the TNA! For a citizen, it is always a choice for a lesser of many evils! It is rarely a choice for the better among the best.

      Dr.RN

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    If the TNA is sincere, genuine in their statements, could sacrifice their luxury life for the sake of the Tamil people, parliament is not that important a place to raise their voice and demands for the upheaval of the Tamil people. Their speeches in parliament would be only a show case. They are not going to achieve anything for the Tamil people. The Manifesto of the TNA is for whom? Is it for the Tamil people to look at it and then vote or to the Sinhalese to digest their usual unachievable demands. Are they still expecting India and the United States to help the Tamils? How many of these supposed leaders of different parties in the TNA, would go to prison by violating the laws of the country by demanding the Tamil peoples’ rights. Could they do a satyagraha, fast unto death to achieve at least some of the rights of the Tamil people. The Tamils will not find leaders like Chelvanayagam, Vanniasingam and Sunderalingam who at least showed some genuineness and fought for the Tamil rights.
    The split between Chief Minister Wigneshwaran and the TNA MPs is quite obvious and expected. Who was behind it? The crafty leader Ranil wickremasinghe. He wanted to slit the TNA and Wigneswaran and take revenge on Chief Minister by allocating funds for some of the MPs of the TNA instead of allocating the funds to the Northern Provincial Council which is the legitimate authority to develop North. The TNA MPs should not have accepted the funds and instead requested the Prime Minister to extend the funds to the Northern Provincial Council. By accepting the development funds the TNA MPs have made the Provincial Council and its Chief Minster irrelevant. What a clumsy fellows these TNA MPs are? Now what will happen all these different parties will go on fighting each other in the name of the Tamil people.

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      Sellam,

      I do not agree with money being allocated to any MP for development work. However, this has been the practice for sometime. Some favoured MPs get more than the others. Rishad bathiyudin has built a sports stadium named after himself, probably using his allocation. Others use it cultivate votes. Some probably pocket most of it.

      That is the system, however unfortunate. I hope the next government will discontinue this abominable practice.

      In the mean time I do not see anything wrong in TNA MPs accepting what is their share of the decentralized budjet. The demand should be for more money to be allocated to the PCs for specific development projects. I am sure the salary , recurrent expenditure and some capital expenditure bills are met by the government at the center. I think the CM of NPC was being nasty when he raised this issue. Let him publish a list of projects for which the and the NPC sought funds from the government at the center, and the extent to which they were released. This vital information should be presented to the public, before the General Elections. The TNA can then explain, what they have done to secure whatever development funds the NPC sought.

      The big question is whether the government at the center should be engaged in development projects in the province, if they do not involve trans-provincial, and hence national dimensions.

      Dr.RN

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        Allocation of tax payer funds to MPs which in turn is sprinkled around for their pet projects is a joke. Here is an example. The TNA leader allocated funds from his own share to a temple while people in his own electorate are suffering in displacement camps. How come this man lack the vision to setup a trust account for refugee kids with 1 lakh each from his own allocation so that it benefits them throughout their years of study. What is the god damn justification for throwing limited funds for temples. Let the devotees do it. Tax payer funds should not be used in this current fashion. Please don’t start me on other Tamil MPs. Yes I know their games all too well.

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      Sellam,
      There is no split between CVW and TNA as imagined by anyone. CVW with TNA is Northern Province, Northern Province is TNA with CVW. The split is just an imagination. People in the Northern Province are alert. Perhaps the UNP wants to encroach in the TNA’s fort through cunningness. That will never happen. Ranil will have to rely on TNA and CVW rather than on corrupted politicians.

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    “the election (Jan 08) did bring about early signs of goodwill, as reflected in some actions that were taken by the current government..”
    Much injustice was done to the Tamil Nation, wittingly and otherwise, by the Sinhala South. But it is now time to be forgiving and work towards a better future – both for Sinhalese, Tamils and others. Any accommodating Sinhala Govt. will have to deal with its own hardliners too is something Tamil politicians should remember. The Jan 08 powerful voice of the Tamils resulted in the Maitripala-Ranil Govt. allowing some long-due “concessions” to the Tamil side. There are now increasing numbers of liberal voices coming from the Sinhala side – including the once obstinate politicised priesthood and from the Sinhala extreme. The mood should not be missed. Carpe Diem, if you like.

    August 17 is a day when the Tamil Nation gets a further chance to show the Sinhalese and the world, despite their many differences and perceptions on key issues, they stand together. This endorsement from the powerful and representative diaspora group helps. The Tamil Nation will only serve its own cause if it stands united and vote in around 20 MPs. This will give them a clear mandate to negotiate with any Sinhala political grouping in power. Besides, this will be a clear sign of solidarity which the international community will use in its own discussions with Colombo to bring in further just accomodation.

    Kettikaran

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    Agnos

    You made the following comments about me:

    “Naga is a known Tamil supporter of Mahinda Rajapaksa and Karuna Amman. Originally from the Eastern Province and based in Australia, he has openly said he hated Jaffna Tamils from childhood. He may well be out to sow divisions within the TNA so that Rajapaksa/Karuna combo can win again. Of course he would say only his two “Gods”–Rajapaksa and Karuna– can save the Tamils.”

    Rajapakse and Karuna are not my gods and cannot be my gods.

    I never supported Karuna and never said anywhere that I supported him. I only agreed with his stand that LTTE treated Eastern LTTE cadres as second class. I also sympathised with him for his opposition against Jaffna domination because through experience I knew how most Jaffna people had an inherent tendency to dominate over others. I met Karuna only once and that meeting happened in the jungles of Kanchikudich Aru when my former journalist colleague Nithi who became the LTTE district intellignce chief took me there to show me the LTTE camps. The fact is Karuna does not like me because I heard he found fault with me for criticizing the killing of Joseph Pararajasingham, who was my one time close journalist colleague. Karuna refused to see me when he was hiding in India because of this criticism. Karuna might have been a good LTTE fighter and military tactician but he is no political material.

    I supported Rajapakse because he defeated the murderous LTTE and ended the three decade war briging peace to the country. I regretted that though he was given the golden opportunity to settle the grievances of the Tamils shortly after ending the war, he failed to take any meaningful steps. Despite the corruption and nepotism of Mahinda’s administration, I continue to support him because he is against American domination of Sri Lanka and policywise he is with UPFA which is centre-left. As for corruption and nepotism, all Sri Lankan politicians are corrupt and they are all same.

    I am among the many Eastern Tamils who detest the Jaffna man and their inherent trait to dominate not just the other Tamils but the Sinhalese and Muslims as well. After I finished my schooling and started looking for a job in Batticaloa, I personally saw how selfish and dominating the Jaffna men were. In those days, recruitment for government and state corporation jobs were made through the Labour Department. Labour Department, like many other government departments in Batticaloa, were mostly staffed by Jaffna people. These Jaffna officers brought their relatives from Jaffna and got them registered for employment in the Batticaloa district. And these Jaffna fellows became my competitors for the few jobs that were available in Batticaloa. And, then when University admission was standarized and Batticaloa district was given a quota, these very same Jaffna officers got down their relatives to sit the AL Examination in Batticaloa and these Jaffna students who received their tutoring in Jaffna entered the University scoring high marks through the quota allocated to Batticaloa denying the chances of Batticaloa students. Most Jaffna people are very selfish and only cared for themselves.

    I am not alone in opposing Jaffna domination but even Kasi Anandan is against Jaffna domination. His sister once told me that Kasi said to her that if ever Prabaharan wins his Eelam he will ask Prabaharan that he ensures equal rights of the Batticaloa people.

    I have always maintained that the Tamil problem has to be equally blamed on the Tamil leaders who came from Jaffna. Historically Batticaloa had maintained contacts with the Sinhalese and unlike the Jaffna people, Batticaloa people never treated the Sinhalese people as their enemies. It is the Jaffna people who looked down on the Sinhalese as “moda Sinhalayas”. It is the indoctrination of the Thamil Arasu Katchi politicians that slowly made the Batticaloa people oppose the Sinhalese.

    TNA politicians come to the people only during elections and they are not sincere about finding a solution to the grievances of the Tamils. At every election they come up with one slogan or another and cheat the Tamils to enter Parliament. In the earlier election, TNA leaders told the Tamils they must show their unity because ” Sarvathesam parthukondirukuthu” (international countries are watching us) and Sampanthan’s slogan this time is yet another lie that TNA will find a solution by next year(2016).

    In my opinion, TNA is the curse of the Sri Lankan Tamils and this curse should be ended. Tamils cannot expect self-rule either in a separate country or within a united Sri Lanka. TNA’s stand on self-rule in a federal system is never achievable and voting TNA to Parliament will not help the cause of the Tamils.

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    Agnos

    Adding to my previous reply to you, I have to state that despite my misgivings about Jaffna Tamils, I was prepared to work with sections of the Jaffna Tamil leadership for the sake of the whole Sri Lankan Tamil population. At one time, I worked closely with the leader of one of the Tamil militant groups. This was just about two years before the defeat of the LTTE and a couple of years after the LTTE defeat.

    At the height of the war in April 2009, I travelled to New Delhi and met the Indian National Security Advisor MK Narayanan in the company of a former Congress MP and leader of the Tamil militant group to urge for India’s intervention to stop the war and to save the thousands of Tamils trapped in the Vanni battlefront. Narayanan explained to us that the only way India could intervene was if the LTTE agreed to lay down their arms and he stressed that at least a token surrender of arms would do. When I asked Narayanan whether India had made this known to LTTE leadership, he said the message had been sent through the usual channels but LTTE had not responded. He then told us that if we wanted to save the Tamil people we should ask the LTTE leaders to agree to a surrender of arms and urged us to pass his message to them. He said if LTTE responded positively, India would ensure a ceasefire so that the trapped Tamil people could be released. Narayanan told us that the writing on the wall was there for LTTE to see from the time Karuna left them. He asked the leader of the former militant group to get togethet with TNA group that was going to meet him in a few days’ time and make a joint appeal to LTTE. I later learnt that Narayanan asked the TNA group which included Sampanthan, Mavai, Suresh and Selvam to make that joint appeal to LTTE. But these self-seeking TNA leaders reportedly told Narayanan that they would consider it after the Indian Parliamentary elections were over. When I returned to Australia, I passed Narayanan’s message to Vanni through a former LTTE member who said he contacted Ratnam Master, a top ranking LTTE intelligence chief who was close to Prabaharan, and had passed the message. But nothing further was heard. I later learnt that LTTE leader had received Narayanan’s message through various channels but when Prabaharan sought the advice of Vaiko, he had advised him that it was Indian government’s ploy to win sympathy votes for Congress and its allies in Tamil Nadu and asked hin not to agree to it. Prabaharan seemed to have accepted Vaiko’s advice and did not respond. With no Indian initiated ceasefire coming in April or in early May, Sri Lankan forces went ahead and finished off Tigers along with thousands of Tamils who were held as human shield by LTTE. This guy Vaiko should share the blame for the death of thousands of Tamils at Mullivaikal.

    After the defeat of LTTE and the Sri Lankan Parliamentary election which followed thereafter, there were no political moves on the side of the Tamils to find a permanent solution to the grievances of the Tamils. It was at this time, I urged the militant group leader I was working with, to get India’s intervention again in order to prevail upon Mahinda Rajapakse to sort out the Tamil problem. With the help of Congress MP Natchiappan, we organised in New Delhi a conference of leaders of all Sri Lankan Tamil Parties. TNA leaders Mavai, Sumanthiran, Suresh, and Selvam, Tamil Congress leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam,TULF leader Anandasangari, Pathmanaba EPRLF leader Sugu and representatives of PLOTE attended this New Delhi Conference which was chaired by me. The aim was to get the Tamil parties to agree to a solution to the Tamil problem. It was at this conference I found how bickering the Tamil leaders could be. They could not even agree on a set of policy that should form the basis of a resolution. TNA rejected outright any 13plus, shot down Sangaree’s proposal for a solution based on the Indian model and Sumanthiran and Gajendrakumar argued over the wordings whether Tamils are a “nation” or ” people”. With no consensus being reached, the conference ended without adopting any resolution on the proposed basis of a solution. However, the party leaders were able to address members of the Indian Parliament invited to the afternoon session on the Sri Lankan Tamil problem. That was the only outcome of this conference which was convened with high hopes of presenting to the Indian government a joint unanimous resolution of all Sri Lankan Tamil parties on a solution to the Tamil problem.

    Natchiapan had plans to organize meetings of the SL Tamil leaders with various Indian leaders, including the Prime Minister, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and the Foreign Minister if he could get the SL leaders agree on a reasonable solution that would be presentable by India to the Sri Lankan government. None of these materialized and the conference was a waste of time.

    This New Delhi Conference showed to me that the SL Tamil leaders are not at all seriously interested in finding a solution to the Tamil problem. There was a lot of bickering. The worst offenders were the TNA leaders and Gajendrakumar. Gajendrakumar even got his version of events at the conference published in Tamilnet to gain some brownie points and to show that he stood by the demand for Eelam.

    As a first step the SL Tamil leaders could have agreed on a solution aimed at strengthening the 13th amendment including the removal of the drastic powers of the governor and making provincial councils more independent with further powers. In fact, Nachiappan who appeared at the conference when the party leaders were discussing the resolution, stressed the importance of a resolution on these lines. In a personal chat afterwards he made it clear to me that we should not expect India to present a resolution to Sri Lanka demanding self-determination for the Tamils but instead we should ask for something that is achievable.

    Natchiappan convened yet another conference in New Delhi about two years later. Many members of the Tamil Diaspora were invited to this conference. I was going to chair this meeting too but allowed another guy to chair it. These guys demonstrated how unrealistic they too were with a stupid set of proposals by way of a resolution. I walked out of the conference as I did not want to be party to these stupid proposals. Nothing came out of it and Nachiappan was a disillusioned man.

    This again proved to me that neither Jaffna based Tamil leadership nor the Jaffna dominated Tamil Diaspora are capable of achieving anything for the Sri Lankan Tamils.

    If Tamils are to achieve anything then they should first boot out the present TNA and other present Tamil leaderships and bring fresh faces who are really committed to find a reasonable solution to the Tamils within a united Sri Lanka where Tamils can live as equal citizens. There should not be any place for the Tamil Diaspora. If members of the Tamil Diaspora are really interested in the wellbeing of the SL Tamils living in Sri Lanka, they should go back to Sri Lanka and help create a new political culture.

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      Stop babbling you are disgrace to all Tamils. Batticaloa Tamils like you with a chip in the shoulder against the northern Tamils, are the biggest enemies of all Tamils( Both the eastern and northern variety). Only wasting your time and energy running down the Jaffna( Northern) Tamils, whilst your ancient land is now being taken over by Sinhalese setters and Muslims, who themselves came to the east only a few centuries ago as refuges, fleeing persecution from the Portuguese and the Sinhalese. They were settled in the east by the Tamil speaking Naicker kings of Kandy when they ruled the southern can central parts of the east.
      Keep on running down the Jaffna Tamils, that is the only thing you people can and will do. Remember most of the Prominent so called Batticaloa Tamil families have their origins in Jaffna and the North. The real eastern Tamils are the Mukkuvans and the Thimalar. The so called landowning Vellalars of the east are originally from the north.

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      Naga,

      I agree with many things you have said with regard to what is called ‘The Yarlpani’ mindset in the Vanni and the East.

      I have referred to this several times in my writings. When the Jaffna Tamils ruled the roost in many government departments, they even recruited only persons from their villages in the North. I know a senior accountant in the now defunct CWE, who recruited only men from Vathiri, Pt.Pedro. This illustrates also the village centric attitude that prevails even today.

      However, I remember you were associated with the ENDLF. Am I right?
      It is interesting read details of the Nachchiappan organized conferences.

      The TNA is the only option available now, though it has named a lack luster list of candidates, with the exception of Sumanthiran, Sidharthan and Sambanthan. Sambanthan though quite old, has been acting sensibly and wisely in recent years. The TNA has to reinvent itself, if it is to be relevant and attuned to the real problems in the north and east. It cannot continue to be like the eel, that a proverb says shows its tail to snakes and its head to the fish!

      Section of the Tamil Diaspora, yet hankering after a mythical Eelam, should be purged from Tamil politics within Sri Lanka. Gajan Ponnampalam is the failing grandson of a failed leader! He is dynamiting the presently calm waters to catch fish!

      Dr.RN

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      Naga,

      Maybe the TNA, consisting of groups with larger followings, ignored efforts by ENDLF, which they regarded as a tiny, insignificant group under RAW’s control; I will leave comments on that to people dealing in cloak and dagger politics.

      I will also leave it to others to comment on your rants against Jaffna Tamils, since I didn’t have any personal experience with that. But I remember that it was the Tamils in the Eastern province who faced the brunt of the State aided colonization efforts and that was a major contributor to the call for self-rule. So Jaffna Tamils whom you hate were willing to fight for Eastern Tamils. I had a chat about that with Taraki Sivaram once; despite his family’s Point Pedro origin, he carried himself as a proud son of the East.

      You acknowledge that Joseph Pararajasingham was killed by Karuna with MR’s consent; that is good. Maybe you can testify in some war crimes tribunals. While at it, also testify that Eastern University VC, Prof. Raveendranath, was abducted and killed with the concurrence of MR/Gota by Karuna/Pillayan’s men.

      Your failure to note MR’s white van abductions and murderous tyranny, and the sweeping dismissal of the stupendous evil he represented, with a casual “all SL politicians are corrupt, and they are all the same,” speaks volumes about your character and values.

      As for your “leftist” hatred of America, I suppose that Australia, where you live, is a socialist utopia. Even China has embraced capitalism; its crony capitalism fused with strident nationalism, devoid of any focus on human rights, will turn out to be much worse than the open capitalism of America.

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      Naga you EPDP sob. You or your minoster can’t be trusted.

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    There is no doubt that TNA is the Tamils choice but the main reason for the confusion is due to Sumanthiran & Mavai. Sumanthiran is an intelligent talented person but voters think he is another Kathirkamar , a disgrace to Tamil community. Mavi is not active and he only worry about him and always prefer to ride on Tamils back – he is a pain than usefulness and a waste of space. All we need is to pick the best lot from TNA – pick and choose to assemble a best lot to resolve our long standing Tamils issues. Do not talk about development and jobs at this point, that is after the political solution. Without proper political solution, we can’t resolve issues like land, crime (without police power), drugs, rusted knife culture, abuse of ladies, creation of job opportunities and outside investments and many, destruction of our culture and religion and many. Totally reject all other parties other than TNA. God bless our selfish community. Good idea to have a bridge between Tamil-nadu and north(we can avoid any unlawful arrest and torture at Katunayaka).

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    Naga/Rajasingham ,

    I am a poor jalpani and totally agree with the majority selfish jalpanis mindset. I could not get a job in irrigation department because a director from Kokuvil employed all his relative dumbos into many jobs. I agree that we have to educate many japanies to respect everyone not only their relatives. I think the present younger generation is different. But this is not the time to fight against us saying jalpani, Baticalo , Trinco , Upcountry etc. First resolve out long standing political issue and then debate to educate all selfish Tamils later. Naga, please unite to support only one party – at the moment TNA is the only choice to deal with India and west.

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    Dear Tamils please unite to defeat the Sinhala buddhist terrorism. Don’t become like the modern day Ettapans like Douglas Devananda or Karuna.

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