19 September, 2020

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Devolution With Development After The Elections 

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

Many years ago, former Government Agent of Jaffna, Dr Devanesan Nesiah, explained northern sentiment when elections were taking place. He said there was apprehension at the possible turn of events over which they had no control. The minority status of the Tamil people would invariably mean that their future would be determined by the outcome of the power struggle in the south of the country. I was reminded of these words of Dr Nesiah during discussions organised by the Civil Society Platform in the northern towns of Vavuniya and Jaffna on the democratic challenges arising from the forthcoming elections.

The main theme at the present elections in the south, and most of the country, has been the need to elect a strong government and to give it a 2/3 majority to change the constitution accordingly. The response in Vavuniya and Jaffna by the members of civil society was that a strong government would not heed the wishes of the people. Like people in other parts of the country, they felt let down by the political leaders and said they did not know for whom to vote. The issues that they highlighted as being their concerns were economic ones, such as the lack of jobs for youth and the harm to families caused by an unregulated micro credit scheme that made them vulnerable to the predatory actions of money lenders.

The civil society members in the towns of Vavuniya and Jaffna did not take up the issue of the 19th Amendment and the possible threat to civil society space that the speakers from the south put before them. This indicated a longer term need to have educational programmes on the importance of the rule of law and judicial independence in particular to ensure justice and non-discrimination. But they also did not comment or discuss the manifesto put out by the main Tamil political party, the TNA, which addressed longstanding issues of the Tamil polity, including self-determination, federalism, the merger of the Northern and Eastern provinces or the newer post-war issues of missing persons and accountability for war crimes.

The absence of public debate at the civil society meetings in the north on the political dimension at the forthcoming elections may reflect a wariness about speaking publicly on politically controversial matters. Civil society groups throughout the country have been reporting there is more police surveillance of their work. The fear of falling into trouble and being seen as anti-government may have restrained the participants at the civil society meeting in the north from expressing their true feelings. On the other hand, there is also the reality that existential issues of jobs, loans and incomes are of immediate concern especially in the context of the Covid-induced economic downturn. The short term concerns of people are invariably with economic issues.

Existential Issues 

One of the salient features of the present elections has been the general unwillingness of even the main political parties to address any of the issues posed by the TNA. This would be due to their apprehension of the adverse fallout from the electorate. It could also be due to their lack of ideas regarding the way forward. Apart from the 19th Amendment another impediment to strong government that is identified by its proponents is the 13th Amendment. In the run up to the elections there have been calls for the abolition of the 13th Amendment, which created the devolved system of provincial councils, along with the 19th Amendment that directly reduced the power of the presidency and increased the independence of state institutions. The provincial councils have been emasculated by denying them of both resources and decision making power and are condemned for being white elephants. The failure to have elections to the provincial councils also has contributed to show its ineffectiveness.

Whenever they have been consulted the Chief Ministers of all the provinces have raised many issues suggesting that they need more powers to deliver development to the people. This has gone beyond the North or the East. Provincial councils with power may be the best option available at present to have a more peaceful Sri Lanka that accommodates its multiethnic and multi religious diversity

It has been noted by the political commentator D B S Jeyaraj that the TNA’s choice of focusing on issues of transitional justice in dealing war time violations of human rights led to the TNA aligning itself with Western powers. This did not yield the anticipated benefits as the previous government failed to implement many of its commitments in regard to transitional justice. It would have been better to have focused instead on getting the provincial councils in the north and east to engage in more development oriented work which would have met the existential needs of the people.

Jeyaraj has also surmised that if the TNA had chosen the path of utilising the provincial council system for development work they could have obtained support from India, which had been the co-architects of the provincial council system in 1987 along with the then Sri Lankan government. India has a moral obligation to contribute to developing the north and east of the country where the war raged in full fury and led to immense destruction. India’s role in destabilising Sri Lanka and enhancing the military capacity of the Tamil armed groups, including the LTTE, is a bitter and abiding memory which the journalist Shamindra Ferdinando has written extensively about.

Provincial Councils 

Whichever party wins the general elections needs to realize that majority rule should not ignore the rights of minorities, whether ethnic, religious, and political or the losers in dealing with controversial legislation and the 13th Amendment in particular. The provincial councils are a tier of government that gives expression to the ethnic, religious and linguistic diversity in the country and empower a whole range of actors at the sub-national level. They too need to ensure guarantee of basic human rights, equality before the law and due process of law and focus on social, economic and political pluralism and promote values of tolerance, pragmatism, cooperation and compromise, and consent of the governed in as much as parliament does.

A creative suggestion made during the civil society discussion in Jaffna was for the provincial councils to implement what governments have promised to implement but have failed to do. An example given was that of reparations to war victims. The previous government pledged to set up a system of reparations in terms of the UNHRC resolution in 2015. But although an Office for Reparations was established very little was done. The question was whether the provincial councils in the north and east could not have utilised their resources for the purposes of instituting schemes of reparations as it would be clearly within the policy framework of the government.

The civil society meetings in the north suggests that the northern people are not showing overt interest in political issues as they believe these are non-deliverable at the present time. While the issues in the TNA’s manifesto will remain perennial ones to the Tamil polity, the people are looking for political leaders who will deliver them the economic benefits in the same way as in the rest of the country. Instead of using its majority status in parliament and seeking to abolish the 13th Amendment and the provincial council system, and creating a crisis with the Tamil polity and India, the new government would do better to work through them to meet the material needs of the people.

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    For the sake of writing articles, writers put down their views but the Sinhala Governments have been failing and deceiving the citizens for decades by boasting on race, chauvinism, religious hatred since independence. Singapore got independence in 1965 where Eelam Tamils and the Chinese have jointly made Singapore as a global financial powerhouse due to their disciplined approach, strict rule of law, no corruption and lobbying, no political interference, strict application of Law and order. Despite Sri Lanka was in a better position than Singapore at the time of independence in 1948 but due to failed leaders, Sri Lanka and it’s citizens have suffered the most during post WWII. One may wonder whether Sri Lanka deserves independence as it would have been better for the country and it’s citizens if colonialism continued or ruled by a foreign strict ruler?

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    Dear Jehan,
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You make a good point there in relation to the point made by Dr Devanesan Nesiah that voters in the North know that how they vote will not really decide who governs the country.
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Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole is first cousin to Dr Nesiah. I’ll be trying to relate the work I witnessed Jeevan doing in essentially Sinhalese areas which have a substantial population of less-educated Tamils, descended from the indentured labour brought in by the British after they decided that our country was to have an economy based on tea-growing. I’ve just begun doing that here:
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https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-edr-the-lynchpin-in-clean-elections/comment-page-1/#comment-2354184
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I find it appalling that persons like “Eagle Eye” who should be trying to understand the Tamil view-point raising issues as ridiculous as saying that all Tamils are descended from Tamils brought in by the British. Perhaps readers should make note of this fairly recent article by Prof. Charles Sarvan:
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https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/indian-plantation-workers-experiences/
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We’ve got to understand that there is a relative inevitability about certain major trends in History. Getting a grasp of that truth is what we should aim at. We keep missing the woods owing to drawing attention to “trees” like where the best schools were set up. We’ve got to go into such questions, but as a secondary consideration.

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      Please permit me to make the further point, that if we depend on huge Sinhalese consensus for constitutional changes, without minority agreement, we are storing room for further trouble in the future.
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      I’ve partly added that point to neutralise all that bold that has got in.
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      Sinhala-Man,
      I never said all Tamils descended from Tamils brought by the British.
      I told Tamils in the North are descendants of Dravidians brought from Malabar region by Portuguese to work in tobacco plantations. They were categorized as ‘Malabars’ by colonial rulers until a guy named Ponnambalam Arunachalam involved in preparing the Census Report in 1911 changed the term ‘Malabars’ to ‘Ceylon Tamils’.
      Those that are identified as ‘Indian Tamils’ are indentured Dravida laborers brought by British to work in tea plantations.
      Malabar Vellala Tamils tell the International Community that they are ‘Indigenous Tamils’, North-East of the country is their ‘Traditional Homeland’, Sinhalayo who came from India are colonizing ‘Tamil Land’ and so on. All these things are lies. Propaganda campaign carried out by Tamil Diaspora targeting the International community to tarnish the image of Sri Lanka and Sinhala Buddhists was based mostly on fabricated stories. I do not know whether you read my comment on a blatant lie a Tamil told at a seminar in The Netherlands ridiculing the Sri Lanka Army. Look at the way Vigneshwaran is distorting the history of Sinhale ridiculing Mahawansa.
      I witnessed the damage done by Tamil Diaspora consisting of Vellala Tamils to my ‘Motherland’ and Sinhala Buddhists.

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        No wonder why Tamils are demanding for Eelam as they are sick of living with Sinhala Buddhist racist chauvinism and politics? Thanks to Tamil Diaspora and FeTNA that educate globally and put forward the facts and evidences in their cultural events, seminars and forums, including Human Rights, Justice for Eelam Tamils, Tamils’ Identity, Tamil Language is one of the oldest languages in this planet and Tamils are one of the oldest civilizations too. Tamils live peacefully, contribute well to the develpment of their new home country including Singapore. Malaysia, South Africa, Re-Union, Quadeloupe, in many Western Countries;

        Once Former Canadian Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said that Tamils have historical ties with Canada as their DNA is the same as the Native Indians in Canada. Tamil Kings ruled most of South East Asia, built temples in Indonesia, Angor Wat (Cambodia), China, Vietnam and ruled those countries with Law and order, fairness, moral and ethical values; Globally Tamils are well known and Korea, Japan and several countries Tamil words are used and they aware of Tamils’ history. Are Sinhala accused war criminals trying to re-write a new history of the Tamils?

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          S Siva,
          Why grumble. Sinhalayo did not invite ‘Para’ Demalu to Sinhale. If you are sick of living with Sinhala Buddhists here are the choices you have:
          1. If you are a Demala person from the North, you can request The Government of Portugal to relocate you to your ancestral home across the Palk Strait or take you to Portugal.
          2. If you are a Demala person from tea plantations, you can request the Government of UK to relocate you to your ancestral home across the Palk Strait or take you to UK.
          3. If these countries refuse to help you, we can request the Sri Lankan Navy to give you a free ride to your ancestral home.

          Even if you leave this country remember that Sinhala Buddhists gave citizenship to Demalu when they were abandoned by colonial parasites.
          Sinhala Buddhists gave you free education and free health service.

          “No wonder why Tamils are demanding for Eelam as they are sick of living with Sinhala Buddhist racist chauvinism and politics?

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        Having admitted that Vijaya and his 700 clan member came pretty late, the people who inhabitte the Island were none other than Veddhas and Tamils, only for easier reference Jaffna Tamils. 99% certain if EE takes an independent DNA test he will either go silent or profusely apologise for his random thoughts spewing hatred.

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        Eagle,
        “All Tamils in Sri Lanka are from Hindusthan brought to Sinhale by colonial parasites. “
        Why do you keep repeating this utter rubbish? Do you not know that the latest DNA research shows that Jaffna Tamils are more closely related to Upcountry Sinhalese than to Indian Tamils?

        https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.nature.com/articles/jhg2013112%23:~:text%3DThe%2520majority%2520of%2520Sinhalese%2520and,themselves%2520on%2520both%2520PC%2520axes.%26text%3DIt%2520was%2520evident%2520that%2520Up,when%2520compared%2520with%2520Indian%2520Tamils.&ved=2ahUKEwiU-Nmwq__qAhWIWisKHVsTCyMQFjAEegQIChAJ&usg=AOvVaw1L1e6KQQ2r11Hh_RsBffru

        Quote: “The majority of Sinhalese and Tamil subgroups form close genetic proximities among themselves on both PC axes. … It was evident that Up-country Sinhalese are genetically closer to Sri Lankan Tamils. On the other hand, Sri Lankan Tamil subgroups were closer to each other when compared with Indian Tamils”
        Even a racist like you should be able to understand that this disproves your theories about colonial parasites.
        Go take your pills.

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          old codger,
          Are you reincarnated ‘Amarasiri’ who misused the data from the same article to support his argument that Sinhalayo came from India. I thrashed all his arguments and eventually he ran away. I do not want to waste my time again to repeat what I told Amarasiri. If you are interested you can check my replies to him. Anyway, I request you to read the conclusion of that article.

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            Eagle,
            There is no need for lame excuses like “I don’t want to waste my time” . The truth is that you can’t refute the scientific evidence provided.
            You cannot argue with science.
            You seem to have plenty of time to post dozens of comments a day.
            In any religion, converts are more fanatical than those born into it. Similarly, as a low-country immigrant “Sinhalaya” you are more racist than the earlier arrivals.

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        Blind eye
        which one you belong to – Salagama, Durava , Karava and where did they come from?

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      Dear Sinhala_Man, I wish to address the vital question of who are Tamils?
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      During the pregnancy for Independence for Ceylon there were no such disputes. Both Sinhalese and Tamils were citizens of Ceylon.
      As such, the artificially created problem is a political ploy.
      Further, the world over, what qualifies an individual for citizenship is an acceptable period of residency in the country.
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      Only a scoundrel would make an issue out this.

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        Mr Nathan
        “Dear Sinhala_Man, I wish to address the vital question of who are Tamils?”
        You have raised the most critical question around which I have spent most of my time on this column.
        Many on this column do not realise the importance of clarification of this issue.
        The Tamil political class never state unambiguously who the ‘Tamils’ are in respect a ‘political solution’ they aspire to. They use various permutations and combinations of ‘Tamils’, Tamil Nation, Tamil People, Ceylon Tamils, Sri Lankan Tamils, EalamTamils, Eazam Tamils etc. etc, several in the same breadth leaving us confused all the time, obviously with intent or probably they themselves being unsure. Whenever I use the word ‘Tamils’ in the context of a political solution I never fail to add in parentheses ” All Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival” in order to avoid any ambiguity. NONE on this column have ever obliged to my request to present their definition.The reason is clear. They fear such a clear definition will expose the accurate numbers involved and their geographic distribution across island will pose a problem in proposing a ‘devolution’ model.
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        Mr Nathan, would you comment again on this please? What is TNA’s definition?

        Soma

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          Soma,
          Tamils are Tamils the same way you are a Sinhalese.

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            Nathan

            “Tamils are Tamils the same way you are a Sinhalese.”

            Sinhalese are also Tamils because they share mostly South Indian gene. They are also descendants of Kallathonie converts.

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              Mr Nathan
              Just as I guessed. Even you don’t know where they live. In fact no body. Not even TNA.
              That is why I always say no Einstein can find a ‘solution’ to your political ambitions.

              Soma

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                What are you up to? Are you trying to trick me. Not so fast Soma.
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                You know exactly where we are from. You used to pack us home to Jaffna after every communal riots, remember.

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                  Mr Nathan
                  Let us go again.
                  My definition of ‘Tamils’ in respect of a political solution is:
                  “All Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival”
                  What is your definition?
                  What is TNA’s definition?

                  Soma

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              NV
              This is the strongest argument in support of a unitary state. Thanks.

              Soma

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                somass

                “This is the strongest argument in support of a unitary state. Thanks.”

                Good idea.
                Did you really think about what you have typed above?

                If you believe that is the case then why bother with a tiny minority in the Indian ocean who borrowed 99.999999999% of everything from gene, culture, language, food, religion, art, literature, names, music, myth, artisans, …………….. loans, political backing to shared stupidity manufactured identity?

                Following your arguement(?) make this island part of South India and forget your manufactured identity, manufactured language, manufactured race(?), manufactured religion, and be part of wider unitary South India.

                Half a million unemployable olive clad and another 75,000 member strong saffron brigade believe to protect 15 million. In addition many gods, shamans, and Hindian state to guard these little islanders.

                Now the Single handed general is proud to bend over forward to please the land grabbing peacefully rising China.

                What a pathetic life?

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        Soma,
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        I must confess my attitude to being ambivalent.
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        You’re better than rj1952, for instance!
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        However, your clever arguments are fallacious.
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        Goodnight.

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      S.M,
      The latest DNA evidence indicates that the Northern Tamils are more closely related to up-country Sinhalese than to Indian Tamils. The low country Sinhalese are mostly Indian immigrants, and I suspect the great patriot Eagle is one of them.

      https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.nature.com/articles/jhg2013112%23:~:text%3DThe%2520majority%2520of%2520Sinhalese%2520and,themselves%2520on%2520both%2520PC%2520axes.%26text%3DIt%2520was%2520evident%2520that%2520Up,when%2520compared%2520with%2520Indian%2520Tamils.&ved=2ahUKEwiU-Nmwq__qAhWIWisKHVsTCyMQFjAEegQIChAJ&usg=AOvVaw1L1e6KQQ2r11Hh_RsBffru

      Quote: “The majority of Sinhalese and Tamil subgroups form close genetic proximities among themselves on both PC axes. … It was evident that Up-country Sinhalese are genetically closer to Sri Lankan Tamils. On the other hand, Sri Lankan Tamil subgroups were closer to each other when compared with Indian Tamils”

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        SM,
        It just occurred to me that as in religion, where converts are usually more devout , Eagle who is not really a Sinhalese, is more racist than the real Sinhalese, and that too against his own kind!

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    Devolution? That has left the SL vocabulary. After MCC devolution becomes impossible.

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    The civil society meetings in the north suggests that the northern people are not showing overt interest in political issues as they believe these are non-deliverable at the present time. Instead of using its majority status in parliament and seeking to abolish the 13th Amendment and the provincial council system, and creating a crisis with the Tamil polity and India, the new government would do better to work through them to meet the material needs of the people.
    In September 2013 election, our racist Jehan PhD was Chitanta government supporter. Chitanta government refused to conduct election for NPC. Manmohan Singh, Indian PM refused to meet Old King in NYC. So when he came back he conducted the election. He used the Rapist Army maximum to intimidate voters and candidates. People’s houses dogs were shot by Rapist Army to stop them barking. They entered and destroyed Ananthi’s house. Day before election, after candidates’ canvassing stopped, they printed a second Udayan, which is a TNA newspaper saying Ananthi has withdrawn from election. This indicates the purpose of the harassment of Rapist Army, and its failure to achieve the object. So many temporary jobs and election provisions were distributed by Deva (, who is so far predicted even to lose his seat this time to Angajan, another government goodies distributor).

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      Mallaiyuran,
      “This indicates the purpose of the harassment of Rapist Army, and its failure to achieve the object.”

      You must be referring to IPKF. They were sent to disarm LTTE but failed to achieve that objective. The only thing they did successfully was raping Tamil women.

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        Eagle, there is limit I can explain Jehan PhD’s convoluted cook up in one comment. I know, like you are, will have problem in getting my point. Please read my quoted points.
        I have posted enough to show Royals’ hard work to abolish 13A in the last Chitanta era, but no success. Rapist army wanted to make Tamils withdraw from 2013 election so that will help on the campaign Tamils don’t vote in PC election so they don’t like it. But Tamil voted 80% in that PC election and voted about 45% in 2015 EP election. So they feel their CM as the EP, irrelevant of the constitution recognition of him/her. The crook analyst Jehan PhD is trying to give another shot and saying North is not interested in rights but development, so stripe the police, land and North East merger and use aa rapist Army commander and bring the province a Sinhala Colony under name of development. PhD wants to appear a “Good Boy” in the eye of King. In his EP election campaign, King said only what Crook Analyst has written here, now. PhD wants to show to King that he in agreement with King in further militarizing North, but in slick form as Development. PhD has been advocating to New King to use Lord Naseby‘s support to out throw UNHRC resolution. He went to Geneva with Tilak for Lankawe resign from UNHRC.

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    Still government lost the NPC election. Immediately after losing the election Younger Brother Prince said, we don’t need it, what TNA can do with that; they cannot even change the Municipality lamp post blubs. By the anger of losing NPC, Old king appointed a PSC to explore ways to abolish the 13A. But before their dream come true, 2 years earlier than term was to end, Old king ran out of Temple Tree House. It was that to an extent Old Royals were rejected by Sinhala Buddhist in 2015. TNA (ITAK) is ruling North East for last 65 years, without ever loosing. Racist Jehan PhD is bringing the opinion of Dubious Jeyarajah. We had asked that crook if he has gut to tell something come to CT for free discussion. But that crook is sending Racist Jehan PhD as a messenger to CT. One time Shanmugathasan Jr was carrying this messenger jobs. It looks like he is tired to answer to the question of commentators.
    Jehan PhD is arguing that 13A was for North and East development. Probably Jehan PhD is still in Chitanta era. It was a solution for Tamils right issues, based on Indian Semi Federal Constitution. North East Merger was it main purpose before the 13A implemented. JVP Lemon Puff split it with the help of Old King.

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    There seem to be too many tiers of government, with rampant corruption at each level. The fellows elected to serve the people have almost always been serving themselves, perhaps with the noble exceptions in the northern parts of Sri Lanka where politicians seem to understand and be sympathetic to their people’s woes far more than their rapacious counterparts in the areas south of the northern provinces. Therefore, the idea is not to give these parasites more power but to ensure that honest men and women of good standing are elected as public servants, rather than follow a Dunning-Kruger trend as has happened in the past.

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    Jegan Perera

    19A and 13 A-need amendment but for reasons other than advocated by the Rajapakse brothers.

    For instance, the party getting a majority of seats in a General Election could form a national government by joining with any other party. They could form a national government with EPDP of Duglas Devananda if EPDP managed to get even one seat-that is according to a ridicules provision in 19A.

    Then they coud increase the number of cabinet ministers .

    The powers of Provincial Governor in the 13 A needs downward revision for meaningful devolution.

    But SLPP intends to abolish or amend for wrong reasons which should be resisted at all costs.

    Devolution is a beautiful concept of governance that could make lower tiers of governance effective and efficient and democracy more meaningful.

    Defend 19A and 13A

    Sri

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    Dear Jehan

    Thank you for the peace note on behalf of the Tamil people of the North and the Tamil Polity who would not change their cause/manifesto.

    The conflict is here as the Tamil Polity(in your case you are referring to FP/ITAK/TULF/TNA/LTTE/India – I will now refer as TNA from now onwards) has been telling the Tamils of SL (North and South)the reasons their life has been put on hold is because of the elected GOSL for the past 70 years.

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    NPC failing to deliver what was required by the Northern constituents irrespective of they are Tamil/Muslims or Sinhalese not because of the GOSL but TNA moved into a space and keep doing the same blunders…this Lost cause Brigade/Human rights abusers needs scapegoats all their life that any man would have released by now and give some credit to the SL voters when the election results comes out too please. Follow the peoples verdict all be ok regards to the needs of the people in Jaffna…….but setback and watch the TNA/India will go about destroying the same.

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    Just like the covid needs the host to survive if you like but killed the host eventually…hence we have an Indian Embassy in Jaffna without India ever having to answer the Sri Lankan people nor the World community of their arming and training of the children of North and East to date.

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    Now you beginning to understand when Indians elect the Government of India is by all and when the SL elect a government is not democratic and all that has been said about in the CT……..is this is the first time no…….has been the case all along………did you ever see the list of Diaspora expertise list who came to assist the NPC?? there is none period. We do not need Indian help tq and am happy you had them help you with the final phase the war and thinking you may have negiotated my part of the country as a sacrificial cathod to the Indians…..no thank you. I am always a Sri Lankan and will fight arms and limbs to remain as one forever……….does not matter what happens…..that is what my Father and his likes did tq.

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    But you can negotiate the TNA romp to be taken to Tamil Nadu/Singapore/Malaysia and the West and fight for causes would be just fine and most appreciated too as they all have bigger issues politically/human rights than we ever had before the TULF 1977 victory then all tenured hell agree.

    I can tell you racial killings if I total it all these countries individually in peace time will exceed anything we had in SL before the TULF blunder in 1977. I am sure any reasonable statistician will agree with me hands down. But they are all thriving human rights liberators and economies we all landed to share?? whilst they were doing thriving business with GOSL at the same time encouraging your Tamil Polity/TNA to Prostituted my children for their business plan/economic plan and geo political plan??The next phase of fighting will be manned by the Foreign Tamil children and I am enlisting them now..sorry these kids would not even come to spend their holiday money in Jaffna is a fact.

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      Ensure all these countries tries benefit from the Tamil Nadu revolution/Training camps.name them and sell them to the world please. A place like no other. The cultural evolution at its best spiritually and morally………am sorry for the Mahadma…what a fraud he has left behind for us to pick up the s*** literally.

      Would you say the Fisheries (name one) is a good future for the Tamils in the North at this juncture economically??

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    Do me a favour just ask how many foreign born Tamil children (Indians,Sri Lankan, Malaysian, Singaporean and the Western children) have come to spend their holidays in Jaffna/shared their knowledge/empowered the Jaffna children in an organised manner since the war ended?? how many regularly social media Jaffna children for organised development/educational work/moral support??? Forget the oldies and their investments and pensions and come to Jaffna for holidays for a very different reasons….just to check on their lands they do not even live.the displaced needed to be homed by Hon MR and India not by the Jaffna Diaspora…except for some monetary returns or they are feuds living in cold countries?? is it the same with the Sinhalese expats please let me know??? I think Nation building lies here not in the 13th Amendment.

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      But I can confirm to you from all the countries I mentioned above that the citizens of these Nations collectively without any racial profiling have landed in SL in plan loads each day and running businesses empowering their Nations to be united/helping each other field by the SL economical needs…….even during the war?? what does it tell you………in Malaysia they call it Wayang Coolit in Bahasa..a puppet show for others they are all divided but very united internally…..are we learning anything no….devolution, federalism, separatism and what happened in 1956, traitors and turncoats……then the Indians and the 13th Amendment in SL? what a sick lot are we?

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    For those who does not know much about Mr Nesiah please read the peace by Mr Hoole in CT. Thank you Mr Hoole.

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/dr-devanesan-nesiah-ccs-things-work-for-the-good-of-the-faithful/

    I am a Johnion too (Studied at St Johns under late Hon Principle Anantharajah until my Father was assassinated in 1981 and my Principle also was killed violently by the same kids much later he dedicated his life to teach…..so what did realy happen to our children in India??

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      The fact Tamils have lived through the horror and terror without any sense of normality to the FP folly and GOSL have to endure the same for 70 years means we have been more divided than ever before…..not because the people but because of the cowards who had led us all into the darkness….blind leading the blind concept.

      Now we have a Nation knows what it is like loosing someone they love and not receive justice means we need to alter path and the path can only altered and led by a GOSL strong in its making not undermined/ridiculed by the same again and again. Therefore better or worse a 2/3 is a must for that shift once and for all where we give a job scope to everyone away from the politics (ruling the country is left to the elected) where others perform and fulfil their job functions in all other capacities.

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    Here are some additional points from PhD showing how the good work of Royals has made 13A as insignificant and trashy. His point is Royals have completed all needed work to abolish 13A. So just keep the name to fool the India and overrule the amendment do not abolish. He has no regard to Northern population’s vote, but only Dubious’, a government coolie’s, opinion.

    On the other hand, there is also the reality that existential issues of jobs, loans and incomes are of immediate concern especially in the context of the Covid-induced economic downturn. The short term concerns of people are invariably with economic issues.
    The provincial councils have been emasculated by denying them of both resources and decision making power and are condemned for being white elephants. The failure to have elections to the provincial councils also has contributed to show its ineffectiveness.
    It has been noted by the political commentator D B S Jeyaraj that the TNA’s choice of focusing on issues of transitional justice in dealing war time violations of human rights led to the TNA aligning itself with Western powers.

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    It would have been better to have focused instead on getting the provincial councils in the north and east to engage in more development oriented work which would have met the existential needs of the people. Jeyaraj has also surmised that if the TNA had chosen the path of utilising the provincial council system for development work they could have obtained support from India, which had been the co-architects of the provincial council system in 1987 along with the then Sri Lankan government. India has a moral obligation to contribute to developing the north and east of the country where the war raged in full fury and led to immense destruction. India’s role in destabilising Sri Lanka and enhancing the military capacity of the Tamil armed groups, including the LTTE, is a bitter and abiding memory which the journalist Shamindra Ferdinando has written extensively about.
    A creative suggestion made during the civil society discussion in Jaffna was for the provincial councils to implement what governments have promised to implement but have failed to do. An example given was that of reparations to war victims.
    (Why NPC did the Genocide? Genocide has to investigate by IC and have to determine who get what! )

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    Dear M

    I respect all my peoples opinion as we owe that to each other where the human right journey starts and humanity starts. My people are all Sri Lankan people. They have no language, religion, colour, creed but fellow subjects of a beautiful country where we all set out to have a dignified life with each other.

    I do not even have any hate against the FP/TULF/TNA as most of them are not the old lot but inherited whatever. The issues are more fundamental for people like me….who do not support their policies period. It is important they loose their Tamil name as Tamil is my language too not owned by this party. They can go and write manifestos as they feel without my language/religion and culture which belongs to us all.

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    It is Inherently flawed for any party to have Language/Religious/Race names in a democracy….that can only means dictatorship by design is what happened eg Tamil violence on Tamils and Sinhala violence on Sinhala. They both spent time focussing on the violence against each other for why they kill their own. What a bunch of jokers.

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    When they said out to kill each other they did not kill each other they killed the innocence in each others communities too.

    eg someone want to kill the thugs who killed the innocent Tamils any Sinhala man would have shown anyone where they lived……..why innocent Sinhalese and Soldiers got killed??……if the Sinhalese want to kill the criminal Tamils they knew where the FP/ITAK/TULF members lived what does this got to do with the innocent Tamils??

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    Mr Nathan
    Let us go again.
    My definition of ‘Tamils’ in respect of a political solution is:
    “All Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival”
    What is your definition?
    What is TNA’s definition?

    Soma

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      Dear Soma

      If we take a camera and record what each Tamil want Separatism/Devolutions/They all want to be living in Jaffna/Want to live harmoniously with Tamil and Muslim in the only enclave in North and East/want to live freely wherever they choose in the island what you think will be the answer??

      The answer is already on the walls…Tamils in Jaffna some will say they want to follow TNA hence they still vote for TNA respect (do they real understand the incapabilities & impracticalities/duplicities attached to what is being presented to them?/

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    some will say please leave as alone/others have already stated they want to be living all over the land is why none returned to Jaffna not just from the rest of SL but also from all over the world too?/then you ask the SL Indians if they want to migrate to Jaffna only Workers Congress can give answers not necessarily the individuals who will not be free to express (it is another human rights issue yet to be discussed)?/then you ask the Jaffna man how do they feel about all the fellow Tamils from the upcountry moving in with them as neighbours in Jaffna you may get a violent reaction am sure but you never know India may convince/make possible this scenario by all other means?? Then you ask all the Muslims freely moving in the North and East not sue you will survive the filming? then you ask how each caste community feels being mixed up in Jaffna alone you will seed to exist on the spot……

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      I am sure there are several Tamils decent enough to say we all for one and one for all but no Sinhalese and there are who will say no issue with anyone other than the forced settlements by the GOSL??

      So we have an issue yet to be discussed democratically & should have been done before the vaddukottai resolution?? Now we have the technology/affordability/TV’s/Social medias available we should embark on this activity to collect consent/interest/open discussions amongst the Tamils??

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        Then you do the same with each community the same exercise will give the ultimate results?? we should get our University Political science students/Maths and Statistics students to do this exercise as they will also learn how democracy work etc??We will get the world expert to analyse the data/UN to analyse the data bingo we have a mandate??

        what TNA saying to the world is we have now travelled in a time capsule killed off all the decent in Jaffna but no clue how to deal with the Muslims needs but never mind let us have what we want anyway??

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          This is reward for being the good boys helping the GOSL win the war along with the Indians?? Now the other segment called LTTE was created by the same will have an entirely different take on the matter but will do now see what can be done later??

          Misery is far from over as we have not even started anything yet in the whole ‘region’ is going to go up in ashes as per the population reduction being planned at a grand scale by the big boys? Only laid the foundation for what to come.

          Then again the above activity will be obsolete in few years time when the population explosion in SL alone will dictate all else to come thereafter…..the diaspora have answers to that too…..not yet discussed as is a secret. shhhhh

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            To put your misery out as to the definition of Tamils as my duty to share…….they are sensible/loving/caring innocent being just as all the Muslims and Sinhalese and all others in our Nation. They were leading a normal life journey be it with added challenges in a country that was developing over time overcoming post colonial life. As part of this progress came the democratic loss of GG and Amir the Tamils daired to challenge/vote them out/looking for alternatives and then all hell broke loose thereafter. The Tamils have lost their identity/land/dignity there after because there has been a unforgivable crime has been committed on their name on to others namely Muslims and Sinhalese.

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              This would never have happened if it was not for the immoral as our neighbours a sin we will never commit on any fellow man/their cherished Nation and dreams.

              Now we have are talking on an Election Day that hopefully will change the future of the Nation where we will not talk politics but fulfilling all other nation building activity that makes the living possible as a dudiligent people as One Nation people……as they say in Malaysia Sathu Malaysia…..Sathu Sri Lanka.

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    Dear Soma
    There is another way to look at the whole issue that is say China and India want to keep the war footing to make money and spin matters without having to trigger. Nuclear weapons….this is what the Cold War between the Russians and the West is all about…..squander of other mans resources/they will kiss and make up each behind the back and carry on spinning the Sri Lankans for all they are worth…that is all there is to this…except for the Mother Lankan children who killed each other thinking they are liberating and protecting their community and enclaves. The bottom line truth is here. Anything in between is just the share holders in the stock exchange talking through their back side…….hence the corruption/drugs/illicit deals/our human rescues washing toilets and looking after the sick and dying from Singapore/Malaysia/Middle East to the West. That mis why none of the diaspora retained with their family to SL upon the Hon MR request to Nation build.

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