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DBS Jeyaraj And The Bogey Of The Reincarnation Of The Tiger: Part 2

By Muttukrishna Sarvananthan

Dr. Muttukrishna Saravananthan

Dr. Muttukrishna Saravananthan

This is the second part of the op-ed entitled “D.B.S.Jeyaraj and the bogey of the reincarnation of the Tiger: Battle of the Fourth Estate in Post Civil War Sri Lanka”. I have undertaken my own investigation about the information (or misinformation) repeatedly churned out by DBSJ in the Daily Mirror (daily newspaper of Sri Lanka) in the past six weeks.

In the case of the alleged gunshot fired at police officers in or around the house of Jeyakumari in Tharmapuram, Kilinochchi, to date the authorities have not revealed the name/s of the police personnel who were shot at or injured in the shooting and the hospital in which they had undergone treatment. There is no record of anyone receiving treatment for gunshot injury in any of the hospitals in the region during March 2014 according to my information. Only information we have is that Jeyakumari is a person who jumped in front of the motorcade carrying British Prime Minister David Cameroon in Jaffna in November 2013 to draw his attention to the plight of parents and spouses whose child/ren or spouse had gone missing during the last phase of the civil war or earlier. It is also reported that Jeyakumari had appeared in the latest Channel 4 programme on Sri Lanka telecasted in November 2013.  The arrest and continued detention of Jeyakumari is suspected to be retaliation for democratic protest by an aggrieved mother. Is it a crime to engage in peaceful demonstration or talk to the international media?

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There are also allegations about some persons (including some elderly) receiving unusually large amount of remittances from abroad through official banking channels to revive the LTTE. The information we have is that many individuals from abroad (including former combatants living abroad) on behalf of themselves or on behalf of certain Diaspora organisations (suspected by the Government of Sri Lanka) have been helping destitute people in the East and North, mostly ex-combatants, by way of periodic remittances for their livelihood through their contacts in the North. To allege that these remittances were meant to revive the LTTE is a concoction.

Firstly, if at all the former combatants now residing abroad or any others from abroad wish to send money to local people to revive the LTTE or political violence they would certainly use informal channels (undiyal or hawala), which they have been so accustomed to over the past three decades, rather than the official banking channels. Secondly, as I highlighted in my previous op-ed, there appears to be no need or incentive for the Tamil Diaspora to revive the LTTE or political violence in any part of Sri Lanka because their pursuit of vengeance against the GoSL appear to be bearing fruit with the latest resolution at the UNHRC in March 2014.

I am also informed that Kumaran Pathmanathan (KP for short – former primary arms procurer for the LTTE) has been attempting to persuade few individuals, including former combatants, who have been sending money from abroad to the needy to channel that money through his NGO, North East Rehabilitation and Development Organisation (NERDO). However, his attempts seem to have thus far failed. It is suspected that the arrests of one or two elderly persons for having received large amounts of money from abroad is a retaliation to the failure of NERDO to capture that flow of foreign funds. DBSJ by his own admission has met Kumaran Pathmanathan during his visit to Sri Lanka in late 2013, which indicates one of the sources of information to DBSJ about suspected foreign remittances to few people in the North.

NERDO appears to be in a desperate situation so much so that it has entered into the business of selling sand to the construction industry excavated along the coast of Vadamarachchi East in the Jaffna peninsula under the business name Neithal (knitting). Until recently Maheshwari Foundation (a front business of the EPDP – Eelam People’s Democratic Party) held the monopoly of this lucrative sand business in the peninsula which is now shared by NERDO as well; with the patronage of the national government of course. In an ironic twist of history, a kingpin of an organisation that projected its armed struggle as mun meetpu porattam (struggle to recover the earth/land) has begun selling the very same earth for his physical survival.

DBSJ also alludes to few incidences in the North whereby some youths are alleged to have attempted to put-up posters extolling the LTTE or advocating revival of the separatist armed struggle. This could be possibly true, but is it a crime or subversive to put-up posters of this nature? There are hundreds of thousands of destitute and desperate persons in the North even five years after the end of the civil war. Few of them could be easily tempted with foreign money to put-up provocative (but not necessarily illegal) posters. These survival attempts could and should not be criminalised. Where is the equal application of law?; while publicly pistol brandishing Mayor and politicians go scot free and finger wagging, tongue lashing religious bigots run amock in the city of Colombo without any hindrance or reprimand, few destitute youths in the North are arrested on suspicion of revival of terrorism when putting-up posters. What on earth is this partisan justice?

The spectacular claims of the reincarnation of the Tiger five years after the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka is not only an overtly politico-military retaliation to the resolution passed against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva and aimed at warding-off potential witnesses to the impending international inquiry into allegations of war crimes and human rights violations committed by both sides of the civil war, it is also a strategically orchestrated commencement of the campaign to re-elect the incumbent President and the Government at the upcoming elections due within the next twenty-months.

It appears that the magic-wand of the Rajapaksa cannot continue to perform without the reinvention of the Tigers. Publicly funded mega infrastructure projects in the East, North, and South (particularly in the home district of the President, viz. Hambantota) have not reaped political dividends to the self-proclaimed “people’s dynasty” as reflected in the provincial council elections held in the East in May 2012, North in September 2013 and in the South in March 2014. While in the North the ruling dynasty was routed, in the East it had to depend on the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) to form the government, and in the South its support was considerably dented; ten percent drop in the share of votes received by the ruling party in the Hambantota district in March 2014 compared to the previous provincial council elections in late 2009. Whilst the purported economic dividends have not trickled-down to political dividends, the bogey of the reincarnation of the Tiger becomes handy to potentially win the upcoming elections by hook or crook.

Already a new wave of fear psychosis has been unleashed by way of registration of youth population in the North (a gift to northern youths to mark the World Conference on Youth being held in Sri Lanka between 6th and 10th May 2014), re-introduction of the registration of fisherpersons when going-out for fishing and returning after fishing in the Northern sea, re-commencement of foot and bicycle patrolling in the interior parts of the Jaffna peninsula by uniformed army personnel, re-enactment of the sentry points along the Vadamarachchi coast, etc. Rajapaksas appear to have realised that only under a militarised and securitised electoral environment could they manipulate and win the upcoming national elections as and when it is called, especially in the East and North.

Under the fast changing electoral mood of the people in the East and North and gradually changing electoral mood of the people in the South, lapdog journalists such as David Buell Sabapathy Jeyaraj from the Diaspora, a group of former combatants who write fairytale columns in Thinappuyal (daily hurricane) for their supper [a weekly Tamil newspaper published in Vavuniya and marketed in the North, suspected to be at the behest of the state intelligence services and the government but reported to be owned by Kumaran Pathmanathan and run by Sivanathan Kishore – a former arms trafficker for the LTTE from the Vanni to the South via Vavuniya and former TNA member of parliament], et al, have been entrusted to revive the ghost of the Tiger.

All in all this government seems to be shooting at its own foot. In the post-civil war period the government has been touting the economic success as its primary achievement and setting ambitious targets to achieve 2.5 million tourist arrivals per annum and $4,000 per capita income by 2016. The bogey of the reincarnation of the Tiger and the religious bigotry championed by proxy ultra nationalist groups of the ruling dynasty, inter alia, could undermine the achievement of set targets and are antithesis to the government’s avowed goal to make Sri Lanka the wonder of Asia.

To the best of my knowledge, the Tamil population does not have the appetite, capacity, or necessity to revive the LTTE or political violence in any part of the country in the foreseeable future.

*Muttukrishna Sarvananthan (Ph.D. Wales, M.Sc. Bristol, M.Sc. Salford, B.A. Hons. Delhi) is the Principal Researcher of the Point Pedro Institute of Development, Point Pedro, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, and the author of “In Pursuit of a Mythical State of Tamil Eelam……

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  • 26
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    Dr Sarvananthan – More strength to your elbow for exposing
    this con man whose only mode of living is the largesse of
    the Sri Lanka Military Intelligence. Educate every one about
    how DBS Jeyaraj is masquerading as a journalist, this time
    to betray his own tribe. Once he was a lackey of the LTTE,
    then Anton Balasingham and their tribe.

  • 25
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    Dr.Sarvananthan – very well written. The lap dog journalist DBSJ is sensationalising the apparent revival of LTTE in a series of three parts.
    wow not just one of article but a series of 3. That is real reviving of LTTE by DBSJ at the request of his pay masters

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    Thank you for your information and courage, Sarvi. We are beholden to people like you who could so easily have left this country to pursue a well-heeled and fulfilling professional life abroad but opted to return after qualifying and take the rough with the smooth here. So many well-qualified Sri Lankans have, alas, given the best of their lives to other far more well-developed countries when this long suffering country desperately needed their talents and commitment. May you stay well and safe.

    • 17
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      Indeed.

      May Sri Lanka be blessed with many more sons of Dr. Muttukrishna Sarvananthan’s intelligence and backbone.

      Cannot be bought by big money. Cannot be silenced by LTTE or state violence.

      No mouth piece for racist, revenge seeking die-ass-pora monkeys or Rajapassa propaganda machinery.

      A true son of the soil.

      Cheers!

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      Do

    • 10
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      Manel says “Stay well and safe”.
      Sarvi, take care, DBS may be a toothless pantaloon but many of the others named in your piece are known hatchet-men. And you have exposed the killer state as well. Don’t back down, but take extra care.

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    DBSJ, sorry for him. [Edited out]…forgive him..

  • 17
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    I never thought even in my wildest dream that DBSJ would stoop himself
    to this level.

  • 18
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    oh…this standpoint of DBS is much felt to us informed readers in recent times. your writing is further exacerbate matters. grateful to you Sarvi for unmasking such false journalistic personalities of rajapakse stooges. we need many more courageous scholars like you to rightly take the role of journalism.
    scooby dooby doo……..

  • 5
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    Jeyaraj annai has to be careful.. Last time these blokes broke his legs.

    This time God knows what will be in the pipe line with all LTTE cadres, financiers and the helpers in Scarborough being exonerated and given a clean bill of health by the Canadian Foreign Minister..

    • 2
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      BDS forgot to write about BoduBalaSena?

  • 15
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    Dr. Muthukrisna.
    Pl accept my unwavering appreciation for your defiant stand by telling the truth. DBSJ is living in a hallucinating world and has created a LTTE bogey to satisfy the needs of MARA regime. He is the one who created the Fiction of an attempted coup by Sarath Fonseka on the eve of the last Presidential Election.He is paid by Gotabaya and advised by Rohan Gunaratne who is self appointed Terrorism Expert also paid by Gotabaya.

  • 15
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    It is not only men and women of easy virtue who are called
    prostitute. Here is the case of D.B.S. ([Edited out])
    Jeyaraj who qualifies for this title. He sells his soul for
    blatant propaganda. The Pathbeys in the US (really people from
    the MI) will write volumes to defend him. The circus will
    continue. However, the CSIS in Canada knows fully well what
    this Boruraj is.

  • 7
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    .
    Aug 2013 – Navi Pillay visit Srilanka
    Sep 2013 – IC tightness it’s stand against Srilanka
    Oct 2013 – GoRa / Karuna meets a former, rehabilated LTTE leader Paduman.
    Nov 2013- British PM visit, Jayakumari gets attention
    Dec 2013 – Media reports GoRa’s plan to revive LTTE, Paduman goes to EU
    Mar 2014 – MoD talks about Gobi and pro tiger phamlets
    Mar 2014 – Gobi visits Jayakumari, and Police goes there as well
    Apr 2014 – Gobi and team waiting for pickup at a secret location. No pickup but army arrives and shoot them all.
    May 2014 – LTTE’s revival attempt failed, Army team awarded.
    Srilankans live happily ever after.

    :-)

    • 1
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      What is your definition of Sri Lankans in your last statement

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        .
        I am a proud Sri Lankan and my Sri Lanka has 7 provinces.

        :-)

  • 15
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    An excellent expose on the long surviving hypocrite DBSJ. It high high time Congratulations! and take care. Bensen

  • 14
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    Muthu, again I repeat, be careful. You are a very brave man.

    Reading this I am thinking of Lasantha, his fate….be very careful.

  • 11
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    thanks for that.

    even if DBS had merit in his ‘expose’ I am disgusted by his sensationalising of the event in the weekly colums. Written in a sensational manner making with fine details( to show make it real) , Mr DBSJ has people on their toes with drip feed of his imaginary fiction novel. He will be better off as a writer of fast pace detective series.

    Even if the matter is try – the manner of his writing- is totally irresponsible handling of the current situation…

  • 9
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    Please take care Mr Sarva. I am sure you are treading on lots of powerfull people.

  • 12
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    DBS JAY has been well exposed. Thanks His imagination is going rioting. he is an informant to srilankan army.

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    Why are you bashing DBSJ?

    Colombo telegraph as usual shows its so called true journalistic colors. The editor of CT should be able to publish DBSJ’s most revealing and valuable article instead of allowing a so called doctor [Edited out] Saravaanthan to open up a campaign to belittle it. Where did this [Edited out] get his doctorate.

    In reality the truth hurts. Jayakumari was painted as an angel of the dispora tamils. Jayakumari jumping in front of Cameron’s motorcade last November was well planned. The pain is obvious.

    Thank you DBSJ keep up the very good work.

    JP/USA

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      Without acting like a dumb A55 check the bottom of the article you will know where he got it from.

  • 12
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    I salute Dr Service for exposing this shameless lying toad Jeyaraj. I wonder how much money he got from Rajapaksa regime for this dirty work he is doing. I wonder if he has the guts to respond to Dr Service.

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    DBSJ has become a [Edited out] SERVANT OF RAJAPAKSE.

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    The lapdog earlier wrote exquisite fictional biographies of LTTE combatants and was so popular that some even addressed him as ‘anna’!.
    This appears to have gone to his head and now he truly believes that he can get away with fiction – inventing tales to glorify the terror regime,and ‘justifying’ the repression.

    Every reperessed minority the world over,has its detracters purchased for filthy lucre by the repressors.

  • 8
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    I challenge DBSJ to respond to yours – he will not. He will instead
    arrange with the SL Army to pay you a casual visit in the near future,
    so that he can keep writing “convincing” stories for the MoD as and when
    the need arises, similar to S.Fernando of the “Island”.

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    Dear Sarva,

    I enjoy reading your articles. In this article you mention that the name of the Police personnel who was shot at Jeyakumari’s house was not revealed. To be fair with DBSJ he did mention that it was Ratnakumara. Journalists receive their info from various sources and it is not fair to expect from them how they obtained those info. When LTTE’s then deputy leader was arrested DBS provided all the details which eventually turned out to be accurate, that’s why he was assaulted and almost killed. It is true that lately his articles appear to be pro government. But that does not mean that the info are not true.His recent article on the re-emergence of the LTTE in the North has lot of weight.

    Cheers!

  • 8
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    Mr. DBS is not even a good writer or journalist, his talent for writing is rather mediocre and thus his dependence on controversial or hot hot news to fill up for the lack of talent or acumen. I would call it a parasitical journalism which first depended on Tigers to buttress its mediocrity and now KP and others in SL Military to clean their toilets..

    I wonder what his own mother would have thought of this kind of prostitution that he has done for the last 3 decades. Even Neelan who had made it possible for this mediocre to go to the States would be turnging in his grave first when this man worked in WTM and now for the KP army.

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    The LTTE lap dogs are out for DBSJ’s blood again . The Truth is not ontheir side .

    This bozo is a clown of the first order , DBSJ gives details of the transcations . Clearly they were gleaned off the computers seized in the raids . These clowns cannot dispute them . instead they are dragging the messenger through the mud .

    knock knock

    Interpol is knocking . :)

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      “Clearly they were gleaned off the computers seized in the raids “. Then
      you agree that dBSj has been fed by the MoD who only have privy to these
      computers?
      DBS has his style of story-telling. He gives a lot of details of the
      LTTE rump in SL connected to Gopi, but when he mentions a name in Canada
      connected to Gopi, where DBS write from, he mentions that there is not much information of that guy – the cat is out of the bag!

  • 10
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    Bravo Sarva !
    You have written something on a matter where even angels fear to touch.
    -When DuBiouS J landed in Toronto in the late eighties,World Tamil Movement, which has been banned by the Canadian government, offered him shelter ,money,etc.,etc. and was asked to edit Ulagaththamilar,the official weekly of the Tigers.At that time DuBiouS J ,not only didn’t condemn the killings of the Tigers but also justified the killings in Ulagaththamilar. While editing Ulagaththamilar,he wrote articles in English to other newspapers and magazines covertly in different names and had to fell out with Tigers once the Tigers came to know this “covert operation.”.
    -Then he also became a HR champion.
    If what has been said( sells his soul for blatant propaganda,lap dog journalist would stoop himself to this level,excellent expose on the long surviving hypocrite DBSJ imagination is going rioting,shameless lying toad Jeyaraj, The lapdog earlier wrote exquisite fictional biographies of LTTE combatants and was so popular) about DBSJ is true,
    1.WHAT ABOUT THE CREDIBILITY OF THE REPORTS OF SOME HR ORGANIZATIONS LIKE HRW,AI,UTHR etc.,etc.WHICH QUOTED DBSJ IN THEIR REPORTS?
    2.WHAT ABOUT THE CREDIBILITY OF HIS PREVIOUS ARTICLES?
    3.WHAT ABOUT THE CREDIBILITY OF BBC,WHICH INTEREVIEWS DBSJ?

  • 5
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    Well done Dr. Sarvanandan! You have fully exposed that fake journalist DBSJ. He is nothing but n axe handle for his community!

    Sengodan. M

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    “…the Tamil population does not have the appetite, capacity, or necessity to revive the LTTE or political violence in any part of the country in the foreseeable future…” speaks for the large majority of all Lankan Tamils in the island and the diaspora. The reincarnation of DBSJ to the side of the Lankan military and State is unfortunate. Until recently he was a passionate Tamil nationalist – though not separatist. Many had little doubt he came to Sri Lanka after many years “for instructions” from Defence Ministry authorities. A good Reporter-Journo has been consumed by the deleterious influences of the internal War. Recent criticism in these pages and elsewhere of DBSJ’s
    change of stance is bound to make him more angry for a man known also for a bad temper. He will react.

    Dr. Sarvananthan, though not a journalist per se, does an admirable and fearless job for all Lankan communities as expected of a learned person in a society under seige.

    Pandaranayagam

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      “Recent criticism in these pages and elsewhere of DBSJ’s change of stance is bound to make him more angry for a man known also for a bad temper. He will react.”

      panda,if you considr DBSJ to have bad temper,just imagine the temper of king in waiting Gota the Transport.The white van must be getting ready for wake up from its somewhat long sleep due to the UN resolutions etc which is now over.Or is it that the author of the artcle is banking on the heat generated from the UN resolutions to keep the vans garaged.

      Heat from the UN resolutions did not stop wanattha sunil’s abduction.

      Do madmen really worry about consequences of their actions.Did prabha worry about the consequences of killing rajiv or indian jawans.

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    Muthu, we certainly believe you. But what if The King and Emperor of Hambantota wants to resurrect the LTTE for his own patriotic advantage? He is said to have won the first Presidential Election with the help of the LTTE. Today he has the backing of KP, Karuna Ammaan, Pilleyaan et.al. And even Cabraal the proprietor of the Central Bank.This Cabraal`s brother-in-law is said to have been an arms dealer of the LTTE.

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    Sarva,how many years you have been reading DBS’s writings?

    It took thirty long years for Dr.Sarva to understand the true nature of DBS’s stories. Will you sympathize with the victims of DBS’s thirty years of writings? Does Dr.Sarva believe that the other Tamil media is writing the truth?What about the victims of the Tamil media? Sarva,whatever you say, Jeyaraj is the darling of the western embassies,UTHR,BBC,HR organizations etc.etc. They also like his stories and copiously quote his writings as gospel.My question to Sarva is,do you still trust these reports? Sarva’s belief that the diaspora doesn’t want to revive the Tigers is not convincing.They want to revive the Tigers not to start a large scale war.They know that is not possible in the near future.They are reviving the Tigers to make trouble for the government so that western governments can fish in troubled waters.Sarva has become a laptop journalist and has become an apologist for Tigers. Unfortunately in SL there are only laptop and lapdog journalists.

    Do you think that Tigers have become pacifists overnight?Do you seriously believe that given a chance Tigers would not kill MR and family members?

    Now the cats and the tigers are coming out of the bags and pens.

    Let the battle of the Eelam titans continue.

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      vathany,i think you have looked at both sides of the coin very well.that is why there are 3 for you and 3 against.

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    DBS IS WRITTING LIKE THIS PLEASE HIS MASTERS TO EARN QUICK BUCKS.BUY I WONDER WHAT HIS COUSIN M.A.SUMANTIRAN HAS TO SAY ABOUT THIS ARTICALS AS WHEN EVER HE COMES TO CANADA I HEAR HE STAYS IN HIS COUSINS HOUSE.ARE BOTH OF THEM PLAYING DOUBLE GAMES.

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    Here is the Diaspora poll count on LTTE Mk 11..

    Gopi 26 Jeyaraj 2.

    Will the Diaspora ever reconcile with the inhabitants and allow them to live in peace and harmony?.

    The great majority of the inhabitant population must ensure that the Diaspora stooges among them ,who pander to Ms Pillai. Cameron and Harper be kept away from ever winning Govt ,if they want to give their children a peaceful and prosperous future.

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