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Disappearances, Tamil Political Problem & Forgiveness

By C.V. Wigneswaran

C.V Wigneswaran

A Colombo based journalist asked me; Venerable Karawilakotuwa Dhammathilaka Thero has said without solving the problems of the ‘Disappeared’ there cannot be reconciliation among the several communities in Sri Lanka. What is your view on that?

My response was; I do not know what exactly was said by the Venerable Thero. But his statement as reported in the press appears true. What is significant about the “disappeared” is that they were made to ‘disappear’ surreptitiously and covertly. Only some who were involved in their disappearances would be privy to what happened. If such persons privy to the disappearances of innocent human beings wield political power their conscience would prick them constantly. They would either take a violent view of what took place or a conciliatory view knowing what has been done was wrong.

When one takes a violent view, such a person would justify his or her conduct saying that those victims deserve their fate because they were Terrorists or Separatists or Evil persons! In such a person’s mind Tamils and Muslims for example are Terrorists and Terrorists are Tamils and Muslims only! As far as the Tamils were concerned there couldn’t have been innocent Tamils who disappeared at the end of the War. They were all separatists or terrorists. Therefore making them disappear was justifiable. Indeed it was a heroic act to make them disappear! There would be other justifications for others viz. non Tamils.

If they took a conciliatory view they would feel sorry for their impetuous acts and try to resolve the problem of the disappeared. Ven. Thero has said not only should the powers that be who perpetrated the disappearances should issue death certificates to those affected and pay compensation but the powers that be must regret and ask for forgiveness for their foolhardy activities. They must assure that such disappearances will not happen in the future.

Since it is a Venerable Buddhist Priest who has said this, let me recall a story in the Buddha’s life. While travelling with his retinue preaching, Devadatta his relative who did not like the Buddha in order to kill or hurt the Buddha, rolled a boulder down a hill. It rolled down and caused a stone to hit the heel of the Buddha and the Buddha was hurt. Ananda, his disciple while dressing his wound asked the Buddha how could such pain afflict the Buddha after he had attained Parinibbana stage. The Buddha laughed and informed him long time ago in one of his earlier births the Buddha had been merely watching gleefully fish caught and struggling to live on the land. That had caused Karma and the Buddha had to pay for that temporary joy he underwent quite unwillfully so many births earlier. Karma does not leave you without punishing you for your activities that bring pain to living beings. Regretting is a way of reducing the severity of the punishment one is destined to undergo. But ye shall reap what you sow!

Therefore the powers that be, must make amends first for the wrongs done by them.

Even if the perpetrators decide to regret and make amends I doubt the relatives of the disappeared would accept such regret, death certificates and compensation. The only way to please them would be to grant the freedom that the Tamils in the North and East have been asking for over 70 years and allow the Tamil speaking people of the North and East to rule themselves uninterfered by the Sinhalese politicians. 

Therefore I would add to what the Venerable Thero has said by saying the powers that be must settle the Tamil political problem first for all times by giving self government to the North and East and ask for forgiveness from the relatives of the dead for causing the willful death of their dear ones, pay compensation and issue death certificates if this country is to progress.

*Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, M.P.

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    Justice Wigneswaran,
    When you say, ‘if such persons privy to the disappearances of innocent human beings wield political power their conscience would prick them constantly’, you are imagining that everyone has a ‘conscience’. There are people without a conscience. They don’t get pricked!
    Karma does not leave you without punishing you is well and good as a story. We cannot let Karma be the judge and the jury in real life.

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      Precisely, Nathan!

      There’s nothing pricking psychopaths like Gotabaya et al.
      The ever evasive Karma has no consolation for the victims.

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      Rajapakshes have deals also with Karma..if karama is accessible home can Rajapakshes and their high cars be still alive, while innocient people being caught by Covid maraya???????only stupid south Asian mentality is mislead by Karama. 😐😐😐

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        Rajapakshes have deals also with Karma..if karma is acceptable how can Rajapakshes and their high criminals be still alive, while innocient people constantly being caught by Covid maraya???????only stupid south Asian mentality is misled by Karma??😡😡😡 

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    Any one who was surrendered or handed over security people and missing are murdered. It is a murder.

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      Murders to the style of Jamal Khashogi (saudi journalist murdered and dismembered 4 years ago in Stanbul ) is similar to the murderes being routinized by Rajapakshes and their henchmen. They controll srilanken Judiciary, so that zimbabwian-mugabe style popularity to be maintained, however, it is becoming not clear what stupid masses would think about them today.
      Amidst, increasing of ques for even daily needs, the rulers, have failed to provide some positive thoughts about getting rid of COVID criisis. Now they have become the top on the list of deaths when looking at the COVID rates in entire world. No matter people would fall dead they should enjoy their power and family politics. Telling something and doing totally other way around is their nature from the day one. The kind fo LEADERS would not be even welcome in a hell, but by stupid masses dominated srilanka.

  • 7
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    What will they enter as the cause of death in the Death Certificate? Illegal Summary Execution by the Sri Lanka Army?

    • 9
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      When I was JMO Jaffna at the beginning of the war, one person was brought dead, shot through his chest. Army wanted me to give the cause of death as heart attack. I wrote in the death certificate “Heart attacked by an external embolic agent”

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam, most appreciative of you sharing your firsthand frontline experiences.

        Have you published a comprehensive account of those experiences? A quick google search did not unearth such a publication. I think it is a necessary endeavour which I you must undertake!

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          What can bring, if anyone would come with facts , ll be attacked, either u work for diaspora or NGOs? Media is highly biased as no chance for the truth.yes u can publish as ur own exp as a book. ☹☹☹☹

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            Sugandh I was in Jaffna for only 8 months, and got a transfer back to Colombo. So there is not much for me to write. All what happened has been documented by UTHRJ and NESOHR. The exact words I wrote was “Heart attacked by extrinsic embolus”. Fortunately Army officials did not understand English and I survived. However during my tenure three massacres took place – following Murunkan post office bomb blast, Kumudini boat murder and Valvettithurai/ Thondamanaru incident as a repercussion to killing Captain Mendis.

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              Dear Dr GS,
              Thank you. I as born sinhalaya ( but my late brother MANGALA SAMARAWEERA, I would prefer to be addressed as a srilanken buddhist). amidst numersou threats, constantly revealed a lot on racial discriminatios/ acts “sinhalaya to muslims/ tamils” and “muslims/tamils to sinhalaya”. THere I was branded as ” you are a traitor to sinhala race”. As I knew, that I am no traitor, I continued my own fight against racists. I have been doing this for th elast 20 years on CT and anywhere I could. We even reported some of the incidents directly to AI several times so far.
              .
              Btw, you the kind of personalities should reveal lot more about your experiences.
              :
              It was a greater mistake that some of you guys, just after moving out of the country, stayed away from the kind of past exp.
              :
              You at least add yout comments, but what happened to the good doctors migrated to scandinavian countries. My colleagues have shared me, that thousands of srilanken tamil proffessionals live in nothern europe.

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,
        “Heart attacked by an external embolic agent”

        Did you write the same thing for people who were shot and killed by LTTE?

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          Eagle BP,
          .
          As of today, Rajapakshes arbitrary killings in Covid have exceeded all those numbers in civil war. Knowing all these u to come with ur usual vomits? .
          .
          I always believed barbarians would nt care little about innocent people. Yesterday report reveals 6 out of 8 deaths are over 60 by age. WHO instructed each govt to prioritize the elderly first and then others.that was recognized only for their circles as if free granted jabs were their own property????,divine forces over to u.😡😡😡😡

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            Mahindapala, for the army personnel killed by LTTE, I wrote “Fast tracked to Nibbana”.

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          Ee,
          Shooting the messengers would nt help anyone move forward.
          .
          U are not a teenager in puberty though u behave as such🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃

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    “…must settle the Tamil political problem first for all times by giving self government to the North and East…”
    —-
    In 2002, Ranil Wickramasinghe signed a Ceasefire Agreement with LTTE and handed over almost one third of the country to 11% of Tamils in the North. After that Prabhakaran ran a de facto State in the NE. Ranil probably would have expected Tamils will honor the agreement and peace will prevail in the country but Tamils violated the CFA and continued with killing members of the Armed Forces and Sinhalayo to get nothing less than their separate State Tamil Eelam. Because the CFA did not bring the desired results the Government had no choice other than to launch a military operation to eliminate separatists. In 2009, war that dragged on for three decades between Sinhalayo and Tamils came to an end defeating separatists.
    That is the end of the story. No more talk about political solution, separate State, self- Government, 13A, Devolution of power.
    A large majority of Tamils have no problem in living with Sinhalayo in a Unitary State. Already a large majority of Tamils from the so called ‘Traditional Homeland’ live in the South amongst Sinhalayo without any problem. Those who do not like that should look for some other solution.

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      Eagle Eye Blind ‘Folded’ M’Pala,
      Your reference, “Ranil signed, Ceasefire Agreement with LTTE and handed over almost one third of the country to 11% of Tamils in the North”
      Who is the mystifying person or group of people whom Ranil handed over 1/3 of the country?
      Is it the Sri Lanka Army, which refused to vacate the illegal occupation of Private land, (leave the government/state land and Palali airport and other camps for now) even after the doomed peace and ceasefire agreement?
      Repeating the same old lie like a broken record and modern day ‘Goebbels’ does not make it stand as factual.
      It may have happened so with the Lake House standard bearers, ‘Blind and Dumb’ Observer without vision and The Ceylon Daily News or ‘Noise’ during the 1989 to 1994 infamous period of an equally infamous Editor, bringing to shame the institution, founded by the illustrious DRW, who was a statesman.
      Goebbels is back in time, so we have got a Go(Hi)ttler as wished by some in high religious priesthood/Laity in the country.
      I do hope they are enjoying. Sappai.
      As for other Individuals, decamped to cooler climes, foisting this ill fate on SL, Less said is better?

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    “…ask for forgiveness from the relatives of the dead for causing the willful death of their dear ones, pay compensation…”
    —-
    It was Tamils who passed Vadukkodei Resolution to create a separate State and declared war against Native Sinhalayo violating the Constitution. Following this, Tamil terrorists massacred Sinhalayo for three decades. Definitely, Tamils should ask for forgiveness from native Sinhalayo for causing willful deaths and injuries to hundreds and thousands of innocent civilians. Tamils should pay compensation for deaths and injuries caused by Tamil terrorists.

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      Eagle,
      “Tamils should ask for forgiveness from native Sinhalayo for causing willful deaths and injuries to hundreds and thousands of innocent civilians.”
      You know, there is a difference between “hundreds and thousands” and “hundred of thousands”.
      Already more Sinhalayo have been killed by Covid, or didn’t you know?

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        OC

        “Already more Sinhalayo have been killed by Covid, or didn’t you know”.
        .
        what can a man who knows nothing but few terms about so called sinhalaya, sinhala buddhism, heladiva, etc. ??????This man Eagle is a deadly cancer to srilankens.😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡.

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        old codger,
        “Already more Sinhalayo have been killed by Covid, or didn’t you know?”

        Don’t you know the difference between a ‘Man made Disaster’ and a ‘Natural Disaster’?

        Terrorism was a ‘Man made Disaster’ created by Tamils whereas COVID-19 is a ‘Natural Disaster’.

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          Covid breakthrough is natural disaster????? Give us links please!!!
          How come the genetic copies and DNA sequences were already known immediately after the wuhan virus was read in press releases??????😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐

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      Eagle Blind Eye

      “It was Tamils who passed Vadukkodei Resolution to create a separate State and declared war against Native Sinhalayo violating the Constitution. “

      It was a war by one set of Kallthonie against another set of Kallathonie converts fighting for somebody else’s traditional land.

      There is no other people called native.
      Don’t be childish, continuously crying for candy.
      Stop it.

      Could you tell us why has HLD Mahindapala stopped typing?

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        May be, HLD has no time left other than to act his ” under cover”. We CT commenters read vomits of Eagle in a consecutive manner. .
        .
        Where did HLD obtain his basic degrees? .
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        Eagle has revealed us him to be a graduate of Peradeniys, though it s great insult
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        😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉

    • 4
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      Lying Eagle. Even as per your Sinhalese government information, the LTTE had killed around 3000 civilians the most. This includes Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims. So where is this hundreds of thousands? You must be referring to the hundreds of thousands of innocent Tamil civilians, who were killed by the Sri Lankan state, the armed forces, Muslim homeguards and Sinhalese and Muslim criminal elements who were deliberately settled in the north and east , to create problems for the Tamil civilian population and were deliberately masquarading as civilians and were counted amongst the 3000 the LTTE killed.

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    Government should impose a ‘War Reparations Tax’ on Tamils who declared war against Native Sinhalayo to pay compensation.

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      Eagle Blind Eye

      “Native Sinhalayo”

      Who are they?
      There is no other such people.
      Don’t waste your time.

      It is strange that Kallathonie converts (Sinhala/Tamil) now erroneously claim stupid rights.

      • 5
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        Dear NV,

        Eagle evil has proved that his is pathological………
        .
        Few more days to go these men would never see it right. His masters have marked it that they are just jokers and fake public perception put them above, fate is similar to “post turtle” , Gota would be more than happy if he would be released soon 😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐

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    Hi Wiggy,

    This is a Land ruled by a CRIMINAL aided and abetted by THUGS & THIEVES. What chance have the Tamils got of finding missing persons. This is a Land where Convicted Criminal and Murderers are pardoned ( and made Chairman) by a President who has no respect for Rule Of Law. If in doubt ask Hirunika and she will tell you how it feels.

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      kali,
      “This is a Land where Convicted Criminal and Murderers are pardoned…”
      —-
      This is also the country that pardoned hard core Tamil terrorists who massacred innocent Sinhala civilians.

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        Who suffered more?.
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        Northerners?.
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        Or others scattered in the island..
        .
        Fact check
        1. More tamil srilankens became refugees/ migrants in Canada, Scandinavia, western eu6, Australia and north America.
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        2. Is that same with the numbers regarding sinhala and muslim srilankens?.
        😉😉😉😉😉😉🐃🐃🐃🐃

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      Kali,

      The real satanic, diabolical CRIMINALS are Italian Mafia, Kerala Mafia, Nehru-extended and Hindi bastards.

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      Mlechcha politicians like Mahinda Rajapakshe twisted almost everything for his political readiness. There tamils and muslims became his torch holders. No one can clean their hands today.
      .
      Next days will show us the results of Karmic retribution, Mara and his siblings seem to be out of focus for press releases theses days, this reminds me of Mugabe’s last days.😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉

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        Political greediness

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    Karma, Conscience,etc etc is Double Dutch to those who presided over the War.

    Ven:Thero suggests that those responsible for forced and not so forced disappearances should ask for forgiveness for their foolhardy activities…..
    I am sure Shavendra Silva would prefer to commit suicide……….

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      Plato,
      “I am sure Shavendra Silva would prefer to commit suicide……….”
      —-
      Who will commit suicide on behalf of Tamils who are responsible for forced and not so forced disappearances?

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        EAGLE,
        :
        Are u sitting on your head ?

        Dr SHAVENDRA SILVA IS BECOMING THE NUMBER JOKER to the nation, because he became the condome supporter to Gota-Baya. If these idiots are honest to them, things would have worked well for a the country at least to someextent.

        How come you only see things upside down ? COVID maraya is killing almost every older men and women in my home country, we believe your hatreds are even more powerful. Get well soon !
        :

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    One Eyed Bandit

    Get your facts right. The only Hard Core Terrorist who was pardoned by Gotha the CRIMINAL was ” Karuna” the Traitor who single handedly killed 2000 soldiers and as a thank you Gotha made him a Minister.
    All the rest ( by the way none of them were pardoned) who were Freedom Fighters some died in battle and many others were butchered after surrendering.

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      Kali,
      “…who were Freedom Fighters…”
      —-
      You call those who killed people who were worshipping under a Bo tree and those who were worshipping in a Mosque Freedom Fighters?

      All those who surrendered are accounted for. Not only Karuna and Pilliyan, another 11,872 LTTE Tamil terrorists who committed crimes against Sinhalayo were pardoned, rehabilitated and released without filing charges by Rajapakshe regime.

      594 Child soldiers who surrendered were handed over to their parents by Rajapakshe regime.

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    Dr. Gnana

    In your Comments on the Article captioned “Bloodshed Within Sacred Walls: In Memory Of August 3rd 1990”, you alleged, in reply to my post,

    “Muhandiram …………………but ones at Sammanthirai where a mosque has been built over the demolished Hindu temple”.

    Among other things, I replied, “I am trying to verify the facts. and if I can do so in time, I will respond”.

    It took some time for me to verify and here are the facts.

    In Sammanthurai, there were, and still are, 3 Hindu temples. One temple, near the Central College, Sammanthurai, with a few dozen Tamil families living in the neighbourhood. When the LTTE terrorists started attacking the Muslims in the East in 1990, these Tamils probably felt unsafe living there, and moved out. But, the temple remained and when the Tamils felt safe, they started using the temple for holding Poojas during their Festivals which is continuing todate.

    Near the other 2 temples, there was a larger Tamil population who remained there. There were NO attacks on the temples or the Tamils there and the temples are functioning as usual.

    Contd.

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    Continuation

    Dr. Gnana

    So, your allegation that “a mosque has been built over the demolished Hindu temple”. is Absolutely BASELESS like the RUBBISH some Depraved Tamils keep repeating in the CT columns.

    It is a matter for regret that an educated man like you should believe the DRIVEL dished out by these Quacks without verification.

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