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Dealing With The Tamil Concern Of Broken Promises

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

The political campaign for the presidential elections will begin in earnest after nominations close on December 8. With a close contest expected the ethnic minority vote can be decisive. However, the main Tamil and Muslim parties have yet to make formal decisions regarding which candidate they will support. They have said that they await the respective political programmes of the rival candidates before making their choice. Those parties that have been in the government coalition would hesitate to make their choice in favour of the opposition. Not only would it lead to an immediate loss of their positions in the government.  The sense of betrayal on the part of the government could lead to retaliation especially in the aftermath of a victory.

However, the position of the TNA which is the main Tamil party is more nuanced. They have been in the opposition and been totally sidelined by the government during the past ten years. There is little that they have been able to do for the people who voted for them and this is visible in the rural areas of the North and East. Some leaders of the TNA have explained their delay in taking a stance due to concern that the government will use any public support given by them to the opposition to discredit the Opposition Common Candidate amongst the Sinhalese voters. But there is another reason that may explain the delay in taking a stance. This is the concern amongst sections of Tamil opinion that a victory for the opposition will be a setback to the gains that the Tamil nationalist cause has been making internationally in recent times.

Mahinda Sampanthan Pic Sudath Silva 2014 budgetAt the present time the reputation and credibility of the Sri Lankan government with the international community is at a low point.  It is facing a war crimes investigation led by the UN.  The results of this investigation will be publicised next year in the month of March at the next session of the UN Human Rights Council. It could lead to sanctions being taken against the country, and particularly against the government members. However, if a new government is elected, this build up of international pressure might subside, and it may prove difficult to revive again in the short term. The anxiety of Tamil nationalists such as those found in the Diaspora and even within Sri Lanka is that the election of a new government will buy time for the Sri Lankan government. They fear that even a new government will do nothing to provide justice to the Tamil people. Therefore, they would prefer the international process of accountability to continue without a break.

Common Understanding

The thinking that it is better to let a situation get worse, before it can get better is sometimes rooted in repeated failure to achieve success by cooperation. In the past there were many efforts by Tamil political parties to cooperate with governments and achieve a just solution for the Tamil people and ethnic minorities in general. There was such cooperation in 1957 through the Bandaranaike- Chelvanayakam pact, again in 1965 through the Senanayake-Chelvanayakam Pact, in 1987 through the Indo-Lanka Agreement and finally in 2000 with the constitutional package of Chandrika Kumaratunga.  But all these agreements came to nought.  The fear is that history will repeat itself once again if the opposition wins the election with Tamil support.

However, the experience of 2005 shows that non-cooperation can lead to worse results. At that time the LTTE urged the Tamil people to boycott the presidential election that pitted the government candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa against opposition leader Ranil Wickrmesinghe. The reason that the LTTE gave publicly for their call was that the Tamil nation had no role to play in the political power struggles of the Sinhalese nation. But the ulterior motive was different. They did not say it out aloud, and so used the power of the gun to impose their ideas upon the Tamil people. They hoped that the victory of the government would lose it international support due to its advocacy of Sinhalese nationalism, and this would benefit the Tamil cause. This turned out to be a fateful mistake.

It is understandable that not all issues will be canvassed openly during the election campaign as some of them will felt to be too politically controversial. However, two issues in particular need some agreement within the contesting political groupings, at least at the level of principle, prior to the establishment of a new government. After the election there are bound to be a host of new and unexpected issues that will emerge to capture the attention of the new government. At that point of time there will be no time for reflection, only for action. The two issues of critical importance to the country’s future but which are likely to remain in the background of the election campaign are the political resolution of the ethnic conflict and the international probe into war crimes.

A positive development at this early stage of the election campaign is the statement by the JHU leadership inviting the TNA to join the common opposition campaign.  JHU General Secretary, Champika Ranawaka has requested the TNA to support the Common Opposition. He has said that “All the Parties in the Opposition are uniting to form a national alliance government. This is not a Sinhala Buddhist government. The issues we are confronting right now in this country are common to Sinhalese, Tamils and the Muslims.” This is a position that needs to be taken forward within the opposition alliance if it is to become truly broad-based. The opposition needs to come together to identify the principles on which a political solution to the Tamil and minority issue is to be found and pledge that they will implement the solution they agree upon soon.

Opposition Task

The second issue that needs to be discussed is the UN-led probe into war crimes. This investigation is advancing to its conclusion. Opposition parties, including the Common Opposition Candidate, have given public commitments that they will do their utmost to protect Sri Lanka’s governmental leaders and military from international war crimes processes.  Their pledges recognise the sentiments of the majority of the people who continue to believe that the military victory over the LTTE even at high cost was necessary for the country to move forward.  However, those who were directly victimised by the war, and who lost their loved ones and lost their livelihoods remain deeply dissatisfied by the present condition where the past is sought to be buried.  The TNA represents many of these people.

There is a need to find a middle path, that is not merely a compromise, but a higher path than the two extremes of an international war crimes probe on the one hand, and a denial of the past on the other hand. What happened during the war period in Sri Lanka needs to be dealt with. Other countries that experienced conflict-related human rights violations on a large scale have had to face similar issues of truth, justice and accountability. Sri Lanka is not unique in this respect. As a result, however, Sri Lanka has many international experiences to learn from, and even get assistance from.

Over a year ago, the South African government responded positively to a request by the Sri Lankan President to assist in addressing issues of post-war reconciliation. The process at that time was led by government leaders who had been closely associated with the war and who saw the need to deal with the matter sooner rather than later. The visit of South Africa’s Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa was a high point in that initiative. It is unfortunate that the government was unable or unwilling to continue with that process.  It may still not be too late.  A South African supported initiative in post-war reconciliation that is undertaken by Sri Lankans can still offer a way out.  It is in the interests of the opposition to reach agreement on this issue now too without leaving this to the government alone, as they have made promises to the electorate that they will need to keep.

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    Well, what is the real reason for these broken pacts?

    With the ITAK there are 2 narratives. The one they say publicly in English and a vastly different version they make in Tamil to the consumption of the Jaffna modaya.

    If you plug an English translator to one of these ITAK fellows it would sound as if Hitler was re-born. Most do not know what goes on behind the cadjan fence because its hidden in language.

    Now, there were 2 parties that took on the ITAK Tamil narrative seriously. The first was Prabarkaran. His blueprint for Tamil Eelam is ITAK Tamil narrative. The other were Buddhist monks who understand Tamil.

    When Solomon Dias or Dudly was clueless, the monks knew what was going on. Thats why they protested vehemently against these pacts.

    Even today Mahinda Rajapaske knows Tamil unlike previous leaders. The reason TNA demands military to withdraw for example the hate speech becomes ineffective when the Sinhala soldiers help with rehabilitation etc.

    The reason why they resort to Fascism is to maintain caste purity in Jaffna. Devolution with land and control powers is essential to maintain the status quo. The most vociferous advocate of caste purity is Suresh Premalingam of the TNA. He has for example ensured only 2 low castes can be members of each PS.

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      VIBUSHANA,

      Have you done the DNA test?

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        Ok let me decipher this one.

        You want some kind of paternal test because you think I maintained conjugal relationship with your mater do you?

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      Vibhu

      1.There are other places for writing fantasies. Pl stick to facts here.

      2.”what goes on behind the cadjan fence” must be seen with respect to all aspects of Press Freedom of the North as well as that of the country as a whole post-independence.

      Anyway what can it do in the face of oppressive policy and practice of govt institutions of the last 67yrs?

      3.Sinhalese of all political hues and Buddhist monks, pl note:
      ”When Solomon Dias or Dudly was clueless, the monks knew what was going on. Thats why they protested vehemently against these pacts.”

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        Do not forget the JRJ’s infamous protest march to Kandy opposing Dudley/ Chelva pact. They all played a part in it to derail justice for the Tamils one way or another!

        This time round the world is watching….

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        Vibhushana is a very big joker with a very tiny brain.

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      Ha,ha,ha…

      According to Vibhushana, Solomon Dias Bandaranayake or Dudly Senanayake were clueless idiots who could not even think of hiring someone to translate what the ITAK fellows were saying to the people of Jaffna.

      This guy Vibhushana is a real CT jester. Folks, enjoy his jokes when ever he visits CT. Its absolutely hilarious and entertaining.

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      As for the Banda-Chelva pact etc, it is not just the Buddhist Monks who opposed it. There were hartals and processions against it in Jaffna. The ITAK was split and the majority in Jaffna were opposed to it.
      Mr. Navaratnam and others strongly opposed it, and S. J. V. Chelvanayagam stated that the policy is “a bit now, more later” or words to that effect. This was not missed by the southern politicians who interpreted that as a gradual program for Eelam.

      What ever it is, nither the TNA, not the southern politicians have learned to listen tio each other. I is a dialogue between two deaf people.

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      Prove me by quoting from a Tamil Nihandu that the word “Arasu” means only a separate country!

      Don’t try to sell your eyeless needle in the blacksmiths’ lane. In Lanka Anakarika Tharmapala clones have wiped out the Tamil, but it is well and thriving all over the world. We are not desperate learn the world oldest and oldest classical language from a bald head like you.

      Even the word “Tamil Nadu” well accepted by Indian government as not a call for separate country. Because there are people, who can speak and understand Tamil, in Indian government. Not bald headed Tharmapala clones, the corrupted minds.

      You, the Anakariga Tharmapala clone do not have the capacity to interpret a Language that has been established as spoken even in the Hindus Valley civilization. It is not a grammar-less, vocabulary-less language. It is old to old. Modern to modern. It is not barbaric language like yours.

      I know the people who speak Sinhala like primitive languages cannot understand the difference in the idea like country, state, government, nation and kingdom like modern ideas. It is available only in Tamil like old Languages or in English like modern Languages. But, just for your that problem are not ready to sacrifice 145,000 in one ceremony, on one altar. It has to go to UN Security Council and General assembly.

      You Bald headed Thero claim you have learned Tamil. You have expressed your capacity to understand ideas and themes. This is the capacity of the each and every Sinhala Intellectuals. Sinhala Intellectuals purposefully portrayed the freedom fighters as terrorist to Sinhala Buddhists. Sheer biased, twisting nature is relentlessly rampant and omnipresent inside the the Sinhala Intellectuals. This is how these clones of terrorist Tharmapala created 1956 and 1958 and murdered SWRD.

      Indian Tamils ruled Kandy Kingdom. British captured it from them, usung Sinhala, merciless, murderous traitors. British brought Indian Tamils there. British companies, captured Tamils Nadu, took them all over the world as coolies. None of those countries deported back the Tamils. But nowhere Tamils had an Arasu. In Kandy they had one. So the Tharmapala clones deported them.

      For your information, even when King Rajasinghan was ruling Kandy, his government was a Tamil government. Tamils have an established right, not just to ask withdrew the army from Jaffna, as it was their government that was functioning in Kandy Kingdom, they have a right to ask withdraw the army from central Lanka too.

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    Jehan,
    In South Africa, Reconciliation started after a political solution was achieved – mainly because of economic embargo.
    Political solution is a precondition for reconciliation in Sri Lanka too.

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      Jehan and Mr Ethirveerasingham,

      In South Africa they went for TRUTH and Reconciliation.

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      Ethir
      Thank you – you’ve spoken for all Tamils and conscientious Sinhalese.

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        In this article Jehan has given an overview and doesn’t really mean to forget about what real reconciliation means – he has dealt with this in his other articles.

        But a large section of the South intentionally or unintentionally don’t address the relentlessly ongoing oppression and believe that dishing out things like sports as ”reconciliation”:
        “It will not only enable the youth of the area to hone their football skills, but it is a testament to National Reconciliation”, said the president of the Sri Lankan football federation, Ranjith Rodrigo recently at the opening of a football stadium in Jaffna.

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          May I give the following story for readers’ benefit:
          Fifa chief calls on Mahinda ahead of Jaffna stadium opening, 7 December 2014 – Tamil Guardian
          The president of Fifa Sepp Blatter visited Sri Lanka last week, meeting President Mahinda Rajapaksa, before travelling to the North-East to inaugurate a new football stadium on the Jaffna peninsula.

          “I was last in Sri Lanka in 2005 and I am delighted to be back again in your beautiful country. This is my third visit to Sri Lanka and I see a tremendous amount of development has taken place. The opening of the Jaffna Stadium is a significant achievement and Fifa is confident that this will serve to further develop football in Sri Lanka,” said Blatter.

          “Your President HE Mahinda Rajapaksa renewed his assurance to support the development of local football when we met him and of course FIFA and AFC will always stand behind you, guiding and channeling our resources to help Sri Lanka develop the game and bring its social benefits to your youth,” he added.

          Sri Lankan Army organises football coaching for Tamil children (28 July 2014)

          NPC Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran, president of the Qatar Football Federation, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, and Germany’s ambassador to Sri Lanka Jürgen Morhard, along with military officials, accompanied Blatter to the opening the facility, built after a request to the German government by the EPDP paramilitary’s leader Douglas Devananda.
          The opening ceremony of the stadium, which was funded by Fifa and the German government, included a “ceremonial reception” by the military’s Civil Defence Force, after which plaques were unveiled at the entrance of the facility.

          “It will not only enable the youth of the area to hone their football skills, but it is a testament to National Reconciliation”, said the president of the Sri Lankan football federation, Ranjith Rodrigo.

          Fifa has been plagued by allegations of corruption for years, including during Blatter’s last visit to Sri Lanka in 2005, when the world body was accused of failing to properly investigate corruption in the country’s football association. Over $7mn had been provided until 2005 to Sri Lanka by Fifa for the development of football, however much of the money was unaccounted for.

          More recently, a controversial report by Fifa, cleared Russia and Qatar of corruption over their successful bids to hold the next two world cups, however the body refused to release the full report, amongst increasing calls for its publication including by British culture secretary Sajid Javid.

          Javid said Fifa’s handling of the report “further calls into question their independence and transparency”.

          Former vice-president of Fifa Mohmed bin Hammam, who is from Qatar, was accused of paying bribes to secure the votes necessary for Qatar to win the right to host the 2018 Fifa World Cup.

          Gifts bought by Bin Hamam for senior football officials around the globe included flights and accommodation worth $4,268 for Sri Lanka’s former Fifa executive committee member Manilal Fernando.

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      n.ethirveerasingam,
      Don’t compare South Africa with Sri Lanka where it was the minority who governed the majority!
      In Sri Lanka a minority terrorist group brought violence against all its innocent civilians where the SL gov. was helpless in protecting it’s citizens for over 30 years. In reality the SL gov. is responsible for not protecting over 100,000 innocent Tamil and Sinhalese who were suicide murdered by the LTTE.
      What truth and reconciliation are you talking about? The truth who was responsible for this carnage is already known. You must be either crazy or stupid to imply reconciliation with any remaining terrorist and the blood soaked diaspora who funded this!!

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        Eusense
        “Don’t compare South Africa with Sri Lanka where it was the minority who governed the majority! “

        That was your complain – was not it?

        Even though Sinhalese are more in numbers than Tamils – Tamils are holding more engineering jobs, more Tamils in Medical college, more tamils are in clerical jobs,….and the list goes on.

        So Sinhalese govt started changes to reduce the number of Tamil MPs, brought Sinhala as official language, standardisation, colonisation, … Tamil GENOCIDE.

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    Has CC Sira or his side kicks like Mangala and CBK already signed a MoU with the LTTE proxy TNA?..

    That is for the latter to pretend that the TNA is not supporting the CC Sira and his unholy Alliance in order to to hoodwink the South.

    And when CC Sira wins, and abdicates , Ranil will dust off his old ISGA and give Vellalas 13A plus to not only the North, but also the East…,

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    If Tamils are posed the question as to which they consider more important, whether solving the national question in an amicable and reasonable manner or punishing those who comitted war crimes, I am sure the vast majority will choose the former.

    Sengodan. M

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      Here is an Online survey from a Tamil daily from Colombo.

      poll
      ஜனாதிபதி தேர்தலில் அதிகமாக பேசப்படவேண்டியது?What should be discussed during Presidential election campaign?

      நிறைவேற்று அதிகார ஜனாதிபதி முறை ஒழிப்பு.Abolition of executive presidency?
      432
      இனப்பிரச்சினைக்கான தீர்வு Resolving the National Ethnic problem?
      2243
      வாழ்க்கைச்செலவு அதிகரிப்பு Increase in Cost of living ?
      2206
      இவற்றில் எதுவும் இல்லை None of the Above/
      148

      total : 5029

      Courtesy:Thinakkural.lk

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        Mr. Peace,
        Do you know what is meant by “Resolving the National Ethnic problem?”
        What is this ethnic problem? Is there anything under the Sri Lankan constitution or the legal system that is written differently to different ethnic groups? If there is none under these two systems isn’t it a dumb question to ask voters?

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          For a start, at the very minimum let the provisions of 13A of the constitution ( including full land and police powers) be implemented. After all that is in the written law! Thereafter we can think of other problems!

          Sengodan. M

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            Sengo,
            As far as I am concerned 13A is null and void now. It was written when SL was helpless and under stress. The west was morally disabling the gov. by calling the carnage as Sri Lanka’s “un-winnable war”. With the support of few countries SL annihilated the terrorists. The circumstance has now changed and 13A should be abolished. My vote will go for the candidate who promise to abolish 13a.
            By the way why don’t you list those “problems”, so that I can decide whether to support 13a.

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              “By the way why don’t you list those “problems”, so that I can decide whether to support 13a.”

              Nusense,

              Still acting like a stupid moron asking the same old imbecilic questions? Man, you really are one of the top class buffoons.

              There is a saying that, after narrating the story of Ramayana the whole night, he wakes up on the next day morning and asks, how Rama is related to Sita.

              After almost 6 decades of Tamil problem/conflict in Sri Lanka, you Fool still asking what problems do the Tamil have in Sri Lanka, LOL

              My dear chap, the list you are asking is much longer than those hard bound copies of the research papers that are kept on the shelves of the archives that you are supposed to wipe (dust) as part of your job (office assistant) at the University at Peradeniya. Your small brain will not be able to comprehend even if someone tries to explain it to you.

              However, just to get a very basic idea, find out why SWRD Bandaranayake signed a pact with SJV Chelvanayagam, why Dudly Senanayake signed a pact with SJV Chelvanayagam, why JR Jayawardena signed the indo-Lanka pact and introduced the 13th A, why Mahinda Rajapakshe talked about 13A+, find out the contents of LLRC, etc, etc, etc and then you may get some kind of basic idea.

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                I still can’t get over why these whining Tamils can’t spell out their problems. I don’t care what SWRD, Chelva, Dudly, JR or anybody else did, said, promised or signed. I want you to tell me what problems you have on a daily basis as a Tamil living in Sri Lanka. If you can’t list stop whining.

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              “My vote will go for the candidate who promise to abolish 13a.”

              13A is a pact between 2 countries (not 2 political parties). One country cannot abolish an international pact without the permission of the other. Therefore, neither candidate can abolish it without negotiating with India.

              By the way, your vote, you can roll it and stick it up your A.. or flush it down the loo, it is not important.

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                Stop hallucinating! Under what international/national ordinance do you say that “One country cannot abolish an international pact without the permission of the other.”? Why do you think India or anybody else can’t force SL to implement 13A?

                First you need to know what 13A is. The accord between India and Sri Lanka which gave birth to 13a in 1987 through the SL parliament was expected to resolve the ongoing Sri Lankan terrorist war. Under the terms of the agreement, SL agreed to a devolution of power to the provinces, the Sri Lankan troops were to be withdrawn to their barracks in the north and the Tamil rebels were to surrender their arms. What validity do you see in this amendment then or now when none of these intended actives materialized? Specially where the LTTE terrorists did not surrender their arms, but continued terrorism and suicide murdering for 12 more years. That by it self is enough reason to null and void 13a. By the way, did you demand LTTE to honor 13a and lay down arms so that devolution of power to the provinces can take place and SL troops can be withdrawn to their barracks? If you did not, what right you have now to demand that SL gov. honor 13a?

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                Ravi,
                Forget to respond to your comment “By the way, your vote, you can roll it and stick it up your A.. or flush it down the loo, it is not important.”
                You can do the same with your 13a.

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                  My dear fellow with a small brain,

                  13A is already in the constitution and 75% implemented, only 2 items are still pending, police and land powers. You have to tell your President to roll it and stick it up your A.. or flush it down the loo if you think it is not important. LOL

                  “One country cannot abolish an international pact without the permission of the other.”?

                  During the last 10 years as President, why do you think MR and Gota did not do away with it and if these two could not get rid of it do you think anybody else can do it?

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                    Mr ravi
                    You are repeating what i said. I said the parliment made it to law. And both of us know PC are already in. And that is the reason i say it should be abolished as soon as possible. I dont know why MR is not doing it. He needs only a 2/3 majority which he has now. Thst is why i said i will vote for who ever does it. You seem to be the one with a little brain as you did not comprihend what i wrote!
                    I am wasting my time with you!

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                      “i say it should be abolished as soon as possible”

                      My dear fellow with a very small brain,

                      13A will NEVER be abolished so you can shove your vote up your A..

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    As long as there are Sinhala Buddist racists like VIBUSHANA there wont be any shortage of future Prabakarans

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    The TNA is wise not to rush into supporting Sirisena. It is vital that the TNA puts its conditions for support to Sirisena, including a genuine political solution that is a federal solution (or 13A++) and the re-merging of the Eastern and Northern provinces as per the 1987 agreement with India. And if elected, India and the IC should hold Sirisena accountable to any agreements with the TNA.

    The war crimes issue is a tougher one but as a minimum, the TNA should demand the top political leadership be held accountable. The days when Tamils were murdered with impunity should come to an end.

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    The Sinhala-Buddhist majority politics in Sri Lanka right from independence was to make promises to the Tamils and then deceive them as we have seen in several ‘pacts’ in the past. The moment they win the election and form the government, they endorse the views of Sinhala extremist forces within the party, in the opposition, and the racist Buddhist monks.

    As usual, during the Presidential election, the Tamil votes are very crucial. In 2005, Prabakaran boycotting the Tamil votes helped Mahinda Rajapakshe to win. In 2010, TNA (so called LTTE proxy) supporting Sarath Fonseka helped Mahinda Rajapakshe to win again. Now, in 2015, it is the Tamil votes that is going to be the deciding factor. Will the Tamils help Mahinda Rajapakshe to win again?

    The situation in Sri Lanka today is very similar to 2005 Presidential Election. The majority Sinhala votes are split into two between the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena. The Muslim votes also split and therefore no candidate will be able to get 50% of the votes without the Tamil Votes, the deciding factor is going to be the Tamil support.

    Now, whom should the Tamils support or should the Tamils boycott the election?

    One may argue that none of the Sinhala Buddhist leaders irrespective of whether they were moderate or not had done anything good to the Tamils other than deceiving the Tamils right from the day Sri Lanka attained its independence. How can they ask the Tamil people to vote for any of them when they have failed to offer anything to the Tamils? Why should the Tamils continue to support these Sinhala-Buddhist leaders at the Presidential Election and then get screwed left, right and centre? Why don’t we learn lessons from our past mistakes? In other words, either field a well-respected Tamil candidate who is not only popular in the North & East but also in the rest of the country so that no candidate will be able to get 50% of the votes to get the president ship or boycott the election leaving the Sinhalese to elect their own Sinhala-Buddhist leader as they did in 2005.

    Suppose if the Tamils decide not to boycott the election, then whom should they support.

    Well, we all know the Hambanthota devil but the so called Polonnaruwa angel is unknown to us. Who is Maithripala Sirisena and is he capable of solving the burning issues that the Tamils are facing?
    So far, there is nothing what so ever on common presidential candidate of the opposition Maithripala Sirisena’s agenda for the Tamils other than the common theme of law and order. Further, he has gone on record that he would not allow any international investigation on Sri Lanka if he wins in the elections. Sirisena also went on record stating that he would protect the Security forces from any such scrutiny. Maithripala Sirisena is NOT a moderate Sinhalese, he is a strong Sinhala-Buddhist and very similar in nature to SWRD Bandaranayake who came up with Sinhala only in 24 hours. Maithripala Sirisena is a Sinhala only, Buddhist only type of a person, who has already signed a MOU for getting the support of Sinhala-Buddhist racist JHU Party, what else can one expect from him? The Tamils cannot expect anything from him. Even the very moderate Sinhala leaders in the past have cheated the Tamil leadership. What guarantee do we have that Maithiripala Sirisena, another strong Sinhala-Buddhist Nationalist will not deceive the Tamil again?

    Once Maithiripala Sirisena wins the Presidential election and become an executive president, will he listen to Ranil or Chandrika? How can anyone trust Chandrika, who wasted 11 long years in the past doing nothing? Only thing that Ranil and Chandrika can do with their Western influence is, stop or block the western countries from supporting the Tamils. Maithiripala Sirisena has already joined hands with the anti-Tamil racists, the non-negotiable JHU and signed a MOU with them. Will the JHU allow Maithiripala Sirisena to even talk to the Tamils? Why should the Tamils vote for Maithiripala Sirisena? What has he got to give the Tamils?

    Is it better to keep the known devil Mahinda Rajapaksa rather than the unknown angel Maithripala Sirisena?

    The Rajapakshe family looting and plundering the country’s wealth and becoming a dictator, etc, etc is a problem for the majority Sinhalese but it has no much effect on the Tamils. At least Mahinda Rajapakshe has done some economic projects in the N/E. Voting for Maithripala Sirisena is saying goodbye to this but in return for what?

    The Tamils have a huge support in the West, in Tamil Nadu and in the UN only because of Mahnida Rajapakshe’s foolish anti-western Sinhala-Buddhist Nationalist policy. As long as Mahinda Rajapaksa continues as the president, the Western countries who are not happy with him will continue to support the Tamils and exert international pressure on his regime. Things may change with the foreign policy of Maithiripala-Ranil-Chandrika, the Tamils may lose the Western support. TNA should think wisely and refrain from supporting the wrong candidate. In other words, the TNA should give conditional support to Mahinda Rajapaksa (the known devil).

    The best option for the Tamils is to have an anti-western Sinhala-Buddhist dictator (whom the Western world hates) as the President of Sri Lanka and Mahinda Rajapakshe is the best choice. To achieve our objectives of a federal state or even implementing the 13A in full, the LLRC, war crime investigation, etc the Tamils need the continuous support of the West. A change of government may change the western thinking.

    Therefore, it is better to keep the known devil rather than the unknown angel. It is time for the Tamils to think.

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      Ravi,
      You have listed all the mistakes the Tamils did from day one! Sadly, what you are suggesting now also falls into the same category.

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    Eusense

    Do not strain your little brain, it can never comprehend what I have written here. Just keep asking your same old imbecilic questions and make people laugh. If you do not get a response even after you ask over and over and over it simply means that they are ignoring a buffoon.

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      Ravi

      “Do not strain your little brain,”

      You assume Nuisance has a brain albeit a little one>

      What evidence do you have in support of your assumption?

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        Native,

        LOL…

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