17 December, 2017

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Do Tamils In Sri Lanka Need An Alternate Leadership?

By V. Anandasangaree

V. Anandasangaree

The matter very widely discussed today among the Tamil people and among the Tamils living in various countries, is that the Tamils in Sri Lanka need an alternate leadership. This gives me a great surprise. I can understand if those who do not know the history of the country speak like this. But those who know the history talking like this looks not only humorous but also gives a lot of pain. I wish to take you all to the nineteen seventies. The Parliament that met in 1970 adopted a new Republican Constitution to replace the Soulbury Constitution, according to a mandate Hon. Sirimao Bandaranaike got from the people, when she came to power. It is to this Parliament that I also got elected for the first time as Member of Parliament.

Since a lot of matters had to be discussed at length, I want to make a brief speech. Two prominent lawyers Hon. G.G. Ponnambalam and Hon. S.J.V. Chelvanayakam both of whom were King’s Councils, jointly  formed a new Political Party, named the All Ceylon Tamil Congress, to give evidence before the Soulbury Commission, which was appointed to make recommendations for constitutional reforms in Sri Lanka. On behalf of the Tami people, both these lawyers, along with several other intellectuals were elected to the first Parliament at the General Election held in 1947. Unfortunately due to difference of opinion between these two great leaders, a section broke away  under the leadership of Hon. S.J.V. Chelvanayakam and formed a new Party called the Federal Party. Between 1949 and 1970 a lot of incidents, good and bad took place. The mandate given by the people to Madam Sirimao Bandaranaike, to draft and adopt a Republican Constitution, sent a shock wave to the Tamil people.

Can we ignore the TULF founded by Hon.S.J.V.Chelvanayagam

Realizing what was in store for the Tamil people in Politics, Hon. S.J.V. Chelvanayakam putting aside his longstanding enmity with Hon. G.G. Ponnambalam, visited his house and told him that they should get together and cannot be divided anymore, for which Hon. G.G. Ponnambalam agreed. Forgetting their enmity they decided to merge both their parties and formed a new party named the Tamil United Front at Trincomalee on 14th May, 1972. On the spot members of both parties also got together forgetting their differences. When this news reached all parts of the world, Tamils living all over, displayed their happiness with enthusiasm. The Tamils forgetting their political differences continued to function as Tamil United Front and later changed the name of the party as Tamil United Liberation Front. To emphasis on the unity, the President of the TULF Hon. S.J.V. Chelvanayakam shared his chair with Hon.G.G. Ponnambalam and with the leader of the Upcountry Tamils Hon. Sowmiyamoorthy Thondaman. It is the party that they formed, still functioning as the TULF which cannot be bought over by anybody. Without changing its policy the TULF is still functioning according to the wish of the leaders. As for me being a founder member of the party I have made available my services to the Tamil people.

Now I wish to ask from everybody only one question as to whether they can find a better leadership than the one founded by leaders like Hon. S.J.V. Chelvanayakam, Hon. G.G.Ponnambalam and Hon. S. Thondaman for several years to come. Leadership is different from chairmanship. That is why I requested my good friend, a Law College mate and retired Judge, Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, to accept the Chairmanship of the TULF. I have faith in him and I am prepared to keep the President’s position of the party vacant for a specified period.

Some time back I happened to read an article about the Tamil National Alliance, authored by a Tamil from Switzerland. He and many others had written very damaging articles about me. In his article he had mentioned that, “At the Election held in 2000, TELO and TULF got together and elected only eight members to Parliament. At the Election held in 2001 in the North and the East jointly obtained 14 seats and earned the name as Political leadership of the Tamils. That year for the first time the Tamil National Alliance contested the Elections on the symbol of the TULF.

After that Mr. V. Anandasangaree leader of the TULF took away its symbol and as a result the TNA was compelled to contest on the Federal party ticket. If Mr. Anandasangaree had not taken away the symbol of the TULF as if TULF was his own property, the Federal Party would have been nowhere. Up to now he would have been the president of the TNA and also could have been elected as a Member of Parliament. We welcome him back to the TNA”.

Reviving the Federal Party amounts to great betrayal of the leader Chelva

Truth will have to come to light one day. I never ran away from the TNA . That accusation applies only to Mr. Mavai Senathirajah and not to me. On two occasions, much against the wish of many, it was I who was responsible for his election as nominated Member of Parliament. As a result of this many are still angry with me. Mr. Senathiraja who was so greedy for power, having his eyes on the Chairmanship of the party, at the 2001 election wanted to be the main candidate at the election held in 2001. Since his request was unreasonable, no one took notice of his request. On his own he selected two candidates from our list and canvassed support for the three of them. I kept silent. However at that election I polled 36,000 votes and came first out of nine elected while he polled only 33,000 votes. His disappointment compelled him to become petty in his activities. I gave in to a lot of his demands. At that time an article authored by Taraki (Sivaram) brought to light that many Tamil Organizations, Political parties and many such others got together and decided to contest the 2004 election under one umbrella, one policy and a common symbol. At this time when arrangements were taking place to contest under one banner, Mr. Mavai Senathirajah and Mr. R. Sampanthan, without anybody’s approval and  on the orders of Mr. Thangan  tried to revive the Federal Party, 28 years after its founder died and contested the elections in 2004 under the symbol of the Federal party the ‘HOUSE’. Mrs Mankaiyarkarasi Amirthalingam also condemned Senathirajah for trying to revive the Federal Party. I never ran away with the TULF symbol. It was when Senathirajah and R. Sampanthan tried to take it to Ampara, I had prevented it.  As arranged by Taraki and Tamil Organizations, if all had contested under one umbrella and under one symbol the  ‘Rising Sun’, all the 22 would have won the election democratically. Like the TULF candidates in 1977 all these candidates would have won with very good majority. At that time even the All Ceylon Tamil Congress was prepared to contest on the Symbol of the TULF. When the results of the 2004 General Elections came out the guns of the Tigers would have been silenced.  After that talks would have started with the government and ceasefire would have been declared. Arrangements would have been made to commence peace talks. An article authored by Taraki that appeared in an English Daily on 11-02-2004 is referred to here.

According to Taraki, The Tamil National Alliance has been made out to be more than what it actually is. If not for a variety of external pressures, it would have imploded at inception. Contrary to the chief myth about the TNA that it is managed by the Liberation Tigers, some of its leading politicians have had no scruples in running with the hare and hunting with the hound. Even the name ‘TNA’ was imposed on the quarrelsome bunch by the Tamil media, much to the chagrin of the TULF and the ACTC, which preferred to call it the ‘Alliance of Tamil Political Parties’. The dominant image of the TNA as the political paw of the Tiger is deceptive.

The attempt to portray TULF President Anandasangaree as the villain of the piece is very wrong. At least the man speaks his mind.

Everyone be they Tamil Organizations or Taraki or LTTE all wanted only unity

These lobbies felt that all Tamil parties and groups in the northeast should be brought under one Tamil national umbrella regardless of their deep divisions and regardless of their long association with the military and allegations of rights abuses.

Karikalan, a senior Tiger leader in the east, told a delegation of the Thamilar Marumalarchchi Kalaham in Batticaloa that the LTTE had no objection at all to the TELO and the EPRLF joining the alliance but was very keen that the two groups should be brought under the Tamil National umbrella as soon as possible. He was also eager that PLOTE too should join the TNA. This was at a time when PLOTE, EPRLF and TELO were officially working with the Sri Lanka army in intelligence and counter insurgency operations in the northeast.

Mavai Senathiraja’s blunder

Since Mr. Mavai Senathirajah contested the election on the symbol of the Federal Party the ‘HOUSE’ against the wish of Taraki and other Tamil Organizations, Tamil people lost everything. 22 of them got elected to Parliament in the most undemocratic way. Mr. Mavai Senathirajah who lost the election in the morning got declared elected in the evening. Because of Mavai Senathiraja’s foolish actions the war dragged on for another five years. As a result several thousand (some say between 50,000 – 100,000) lives, some of which were children, mothers, expectant mothers, disabled persons, elders, young girls and boys and many such others. Not only that the leader of the LTTE, his family, wife and children, combatants and in short the entire freedom movement had been destroyed. Thousands of houses and several billion worth of property got destroyed. For all these who should be held responsible. The answer is very well known to everyone.

The only option the partners of the TNA alliance have is to join with all others

Apart from all these what we want is a change in leadership or change of chairman. If it is only change of chairman we are prepared to give way for a suitable person. But if it is the leadership I don’t see any other suitable leadership other than the one jointly led by M/s S.J.V Chelvanayakam, G.G. Ponnambalam and S. Thondaman. Even the alliance partner of the TNA can join the TULF realizing the mistake they made by joining the TNA. But for the mistakes made by the leaders of the Federal Party, their rank and file can join the TULF. Since the alliance partner of the TNA the EPRLF, PLOTE and TELO cannot be held responsible for the mistake of the TNA, they have a moral duty and responsibility to join the TULF only. They should have worked with the TULF from the very beginning. Furthermore any other political party can join us in the interest of the Tamil community. The biggest mistake Mr.R. Sampanthan made was to call for unity of all Tamil Parties and did nothing to bring them together. It is clear that he was not honest and sincere in his call for unity. We are not immortals. We are anxious to see an end for our ethnic problem before we breath last. Therefore my invitation to join us applies to all. The TULF is ever ready to fulfill the ambitions of people like Prabhakaran, Taraki and members of various Tamil Organizations. The TULF is ready to contest the forth coming elections on the symbol of the TULF the ‘Rising Sun’. All can join our party without any party differences. We will not show disrespect to any political party for the sake of Tamil unity. Those of the TNA continue to cheat our people. The people are still on the roads struggling to win their rights. Without taking serious interest in matters like missing persons, their relatives, struggle to re gain their lands, the release of the political prisoners and many such others. It is very clear that the TNA is working according to the government’s agenda. Those who can’t solve the problems of the people they must quit the positions they hold.

The history of the complete derailment of democracy of the Tamil people

Everyone knows the truths. The truth is in 2003 the TULF Member of Parliament in the TNA Mr. Mavai Senathiraja on the orders of a LTTE leader Mr. Thangan tried to revive the ITAK which was defunct from 1974, two years before and 26 years after the founder of the ITAK Hon. S.J.V. Chelvanayakam died. That member without anybody’s approval, maybe either on his own or with the backing of an unidentified  group, replaced the TULF from the TNA with the ITAK and contested the General Election as TNA candidates with the Symbol of the ITAK ‘House’ at the election held on 02nd April 2004 and won 22 seats including two national list seats, defeating all the nominees of the TULF which had 14 members in the earlier Parliament.

The gravest crime the said Member of Parliament committed at this election was to bring discredit to a great leader the late Hon. S.J.V. Chelvanayakam who founded the ITAK and was committed to non-violence, by reviving the ITAK on the orders of one Mr.Thangan who was an LTTE cadre, 26 years after his demise of the founder Hon. S.J.V. Chelvanayakam. A demand to annul the election and call for re -voting by the candidates and the election monitors was turned down on the grounds that there was no provision in the Election ordinance for re- poll. As a result fraudulently elected 22 members of the TNA were allowed to sit and vote in Parliament for a full term of six years with their disqualifications over- looked. The members so elected were 10 percent of the total membership in Parliament which is 225. It is very unfortunate that a Parliament elected for six years on 15-12-2001 was prematurely dissolved in two years without any justifiable reason. The Prime Minister who was elected for six years was allowed to serve for only two years. I was elected for six years as a member but due to pre- matured dissolution I could serve for only two years and could not enter Parliament up to now, since my defeat in 2004. The position will continue to be the same not only for me but for all TULF candidates for many more elections including local ones to come. In my opinion, if no remedial action is taken by the Election Commission soon, that will be the end of democracy with the forthcoming local elections.

The efforts taken by me to save our people

I always wanted the LTTE only to mend their ways and never wanted to have them eradicated. If we have contested the 2004 general election as desired by the LTTE, Taraki and other Tamil Organizations on the Rising Sun symbol of the TULF our desire would have been fulfilled. The combatants also would not have been got eradicated. But the Federal Party without giving the LTTE sound advice, only encouraged them for all their doings and now want the LTTE cadre tried for war crimes. In January 2009 I pleaded with the TNA either to save the innocent people or to quit Parliament. I wrote to Thamby Prabhakaran not to earn the curse of three hundred and fifty thousand innocent people. I wrote to the Ex President to contact some friendly countries and with their help to have all released including the combatants if necessary under a general amnesty. In April 2009 the Indian Foreign Secretary Shri Shiv Shankar Menon had written to the TNA to meet him at Delhi for which ten members of the TNA got together and informed him to stop the war for them to meet him in Delhi.  I condemned the TNA for not meeting the Indian foreign Secretary who might have had some way of saving the people trapped in Vanni. When a British Parliament delegation visited Sri Lanka at the tail end of the war, the TNA members of Parliament had informed the delegation that the Indian general election will be over soon and that they were expecting some disaster to take place. In fact that happened resulting in the death of several thousands. The TNA was fully aware of the imminent danger those in Mathalan were facing. On the 29th March 2009 the President Mahinda Rajapaksa invited all political parties to discuss various problems. The TNA failed to attend. But I attended that meeting with some other party members. At that meeting the President said that another 85 thousand people only were left in Vanni. But I pointed out that there were more than 350,000  people still in Vanni. The President refused to accept my figure, got angry and left the meeting angrily shouting at me. On another occasion at the meeting with Basil Rajapaksa, he admitted in the presence of TNA Parliamentarian that he did not know the actual number till I mentioned about the presence of 350,000 people still left in Mathalan.

*Speech delivered by S.V. Anandasangaree, Secretary General TULF at the Annual Convention of the Party held in Jaffna on 2017-08-07

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    Hon. C.V is making a big mistake in trusting Suresh Premachandran & Co. He has kicked the ladder in which he came to the C.M seat. Ex.MP Adandasangaree has no integrity and credibility to talk about alternate Tamil leadership. The people will decide as to whom they have to be trusted and whom they have to reject. C.V makes a big blunder in having bitten the hand that fed him. If this the fate of the Tamil people, who are to be blamed? They themselves. let the nature take its course.

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      K.Kuleswarakumar

      “Ex.MP Adandasangaree has no integrity and credibility to talk about alternate Tamil leadership.”

      Public racist Dayan tried his best to stop Northern provincial council elections were being held in 2013. The war monger suggested an interim council headed by Anandasangaree.

      If Dayan was for Anandasangaree then certainly Wigneshwaran must be the least bad choice.

      Its unfair for you to criticize Anandasangaree when he has the support of Dayan

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      Tamil unity and honesty is necessary but Anandasangaree is not the person to lead Tamils. TULF is no longer valid organization which was rejected by Tamils long time ago.

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      Nobody has the right to claim that CVW was ever fed by TNA. He was not looking for food! Hon. Sampanthan brought CVW in at a time when the Tamils were faced with annihilation in the hands of Sinhalese nationalists. I would be ever grateful to Justice Wigneswaran for agreeing to the call of the hour. If RS has disagreements with CVW he knows where to find him.
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      There were lot at stakes for CVW when he agreed to contest for CM. His single minded focus on the good of Tamils has cost him his name and honour built over his life in the Judiciary.
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      He is probably regretting his decision to accept the call from Sampanthan. But, past is past. CVW is not going to run away just because he is being castigated by people whose thinking is shallow.
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      TNA, of which RS is the chair, is a coalition of self-seeking lose cannons. When Sampanthan himself is struggling to maintain a semblance of unity, it is not easy for Wigneswaran. He is being fed to the wolves!

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        Thappu

        I am told his private “Foreign” secretary has been denying Tamils access to CV W. Why?

        Could you summarise his contribution in the last three and a half years to the province, people, country, global Tamils, …………. .

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          Native Vedda, Have a good read of the third paragraph, of my comment. It is long time since I stopped paying attention to commercial ‘gossips’. The Chief Minister has answered every critic, when required. Satisfying you, me, or other complainers is neither his goal or nor his role. Look at the set up under which he had had to deliver. If you do, you’d not be so harsh.

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        justifiable comments,

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      Hon CV is not worried about positions like politicians. He is not a politician but trying to be a leader. He is not interested in Seats or Car Permits which were sold by Sampanthan and Crowd. CV is a unique personality and it is difficult to fathom him. Definitely he is not interested in illegal money, or in a Political career. He was brought to this position because people recognised him.

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    “Do Tamils In Sri Lanka Need An Alternate Leadership?”
    Anandasangaree is the only surviving Grand Old Man of SL Politics. I hold him in very high regard. My firm two cents worth to the question posed:
    We do not need Tamil, Sinhalese or Muslim leaders. We need Sri Lankan leaders.
    Cheers!

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      Your objective is commendable but how do you achieve it when the State itself favors one race and one religion above all.

      Take for instance USA or Canada you got many races and religions, individually each celebrate and take pride in their own but jointly they stand-up as Americans and Canadians. Where they came from is immaterial.

      In a democracy where the state is a product of the people, by the people and for the people race and religion should be kept separate. Otherwise part of the population is going to be polarized. Politicians look for ways of getting elected even it polarizes the society.

      There is a reason that politicians emphasize race and language whether it is in the South or North because not doing that gives an opportunity to the opponent and will never be elected.

      Its easy say we want national leaders but what have we done towards that end. After still in Sri Lanka politicians are elected by the ballot and not the bullet.

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        BURT: do you know BURT is a cartoon character of a dinosaur which went extinct.

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    These tamil politicians are incredibly stupid….

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    Mr.Ananthasangary,

    You are definitely not the alternative. I also venture to say that there are no other alternatives I can see, even if we scrape the bottom of the barrel. ” Our thirst is for high quality leadership”_ the likes of a Lee Kuan Yew or even a Chandra Babu Naidu. A person who knows where to take his people and can convince the people to traverse the path to discipline, progress, rational thinking and prosperity.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      I agree with Dr.Rajasingham Narendran. . you are on spot. but, you forgot to mention that Tamils had a national leader, our leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. It is only Thalaivar that could give leadership to Tamils and I do not think there is any Tamil capable of Thalaivar’s caliber. As Tamils , we should follow the path set by Thalaivar and heroic fighters of Tamil Eelam. Why Dr.Rajasingham Narendran himself a follower of Thalaivar did not fail to mention that is fishy. Do not forget the past. Tamils have only one leader, follow what he told us to do. Tamils quest is for Tamil Eelam

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        Eelam Patriot,

        I viewed the Prabaharan phenomenon with a critical eye. He was undoubtedly an unusual phenomenon. Unfortunely, he failed because he did not listen to advice or was given wrong advice. He also failed to marry his armed rebellion with astute poltics. The sycophancy that his organization encouraged and enjoyed was also a major curse. He missed opportunities wantonly. His organization’s all consuming interest in real estate, blinded it to the suffering of the people. .All these factors combined to undermine him and his organization.

        I would venture to also say that we had no good leaders of the political variety among the Tamils, post-independence, GGP downwards. They were all sloganeers with no vision and no match for their Sinhala counterparts and their plans. The Tamil community stands where it does today because of our post-independent political leaders, a militancy that was an ‘unguided missile’ and a people who did not understand where they wanted to go ( except abroad). They failed to rein in a militancy that undermined and made slaves of them in the name of Liberation and a very degenerate people. We are not what we were and I fear that we may never recover from the grievous after effects. The NPC is a very visible example of we have become and the leadership we have.

        Dr.RN

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    That is what I was and am voicing for an alternate leadership for the Tamil people. The alternate leadership has to be not from the Tamils. It is because the Tamils are not united, ever and they have all the vices in politics. They never cannot rule themselves, although they agitate for Eelam and Federalism. The present tussle in the Northern Provincial council is a clear example, let alone the tussle among the other Tamil politicians for a long period of time.
    Mr.Anandasangaree has , as always, exposed the disunity among the Tamil leadership. The present Tamil leaders of the TNA are not worthy of leading the Tamils. Mr. C.V.W cannot lead the Tamil people without the unity of the other Tamil leaders. So what is the Alternative?.

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    Yes Mr.Ananthasangary>>>>>>>>Lead us to the promised land >>>>>>ham bug>>>>>>
    As Ben Hurling said we need a true Sri Lankan leader who can lead the country not a segment of the country as has been happening since independence

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    Tamils problem is there are so many Tamil politicians but none to lead Tamils.

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      jim Softy “Tamils problem is there are so many Tamil politicians but none to lead Tamils.”>>>>the problem with the Sinhala people is that they are the majority in the country and the Sinhala leaders have failed miserably. Look around your neighbours Singapore, Malaysia>>>toilet nadu as the Sinhala racist love to call it >>>they have all advanced>>>>and Sinhala people are still stuck in the age of slavery and selling their woman folks to smelly Arabs in the Middle East. this Sinhala slavery is the biggest foreign exchange earner for Sri Lanka surpassing tourism and tea. I rst my case.

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      Jimassofty the dimwit

      “Tamils problem is there are so many Tamil politicians but none to lead Tamils.”

      Read carefully
      In fact it is a Sinhala/Buddhist problem imposed on rest of the people. You should be leading the Tamils as you have been closely aligned to the Tamils in the past. Which part of the island do you prefer to call home.

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      Diaspora must not live on luxury on the expense of ordinary Tamil living in SL. For Diaspora Tamil issue is an easy fund raiser not for Survival but for glory and luxury living. For them Jaffna is a tourist spot on their summer Holidays. Let Diaspora shut their mouth, and allow us People living here to solve the issues. Similarly Local politicians should not share diaspora loot.

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    Mr. Anandasangaree, you are the only Tamil politician I respect for a long time.

    You keep S.J.V. Chelvanayakam, G.G.Ponnambalam and S. Thondaman in high regard. I cannot find any fault with that. As for Sinhalese D.S. Senanayake was the only leader we could be proud of. We never had any other politician of that calibre.

    One clear aspect of your articles is your opinion is always clouded with other politicians’ attitudes and the past.

    What you and other Tamil politicians should understand is, the ordinary Tamils are rejecting the present Tamil leadership because they want to move forward. You may be surprised the majority Tamils are not in favour of self-autonomy, even Federal.

    What people in the North needed is shelter, nutritious food, clean drinking water and water for agriculture, healthcare, employment and education. These are the problems they face. Same applies to Sinhalese in the South. You have to have some concrete mechanisms to address these issues. People are suffering while Tamil politicians are leading lavish lifestyles. Acquiring lands belonging to the Army doesn’t solve the problem. None of the Tamil politicians have any plans of action to address these issues. They haven’t done anything to uplift the lives of these people. Some Tamil politicians don’t care at all, while others are selfish, corrupt and power hungry. This is the reason the present Tamil politicians are rejected by Tamils themselves.

    Wigneshwaran is a failure. He is disoriented. He didn’t even have any plans to utilize the money allocated to NPC. What leadership when there are corrupt Members under him in the NPC? I have never heard him talking about difficulties faced by ordinary Tamils. Mark my word, one day it will be a Sinhalese who will bring prosperity to Tamils in the North.

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    Champa ! “Acquiring lands belonging to the Army doesn’t solve the problem.”>>>>say no more

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    “Do Tamils In Sri Lanka Need An Alternate Leadership”

    don’t know about the tamils ,but the sinhalese sure do need.

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    CT, enough with Tamil nonsense. All Tamils have to do is integrate with native Sinhalese or get the hell out of Sri Lanka, back to Tamil Nadu.

    Chelvanayagam, Ponnambalam, Thondaman and Nandikadal Prabakaran were not ethnic Tamil. Even in Tamil Nadu, their chief Ministers and other notable people are/were not Tamils.

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      Johnny Baby

      “All Tamils have to do is integrate with native Sinhalese or get the hell out of Sri Lanka, back to Tamil Nadu.”

      Who are these native Sinhalese? Did you mean the descendant of Kallthonies from South India. The periodic Census count does not have a classification by Sinhale, Hela, nor native Sinhalese. Go find them in your ancestral land, Thamil Nadu.

      By the way according to eminent Indian History Prof Champahalakshmi there were Sinhala settlements in Tanjavur and other parts of South India. Go look for them.

      You should take Champika, Shenali, Shenali Waduge, Nalin, and other racists Kallathonies with you.

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        Native Sinhalese are the sole-owner of Sinhalé (Sri Lanka) and Sinhalese are the original people in the Indian subcontinent.

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          Johnny Baby

          “Sinhalese are the original people in the Indian subcontinent.”

          Good go back to Vendga, Lata land where you will find your Singapura. You might also find your ancestor the lion somewhere in one of those mounts, whose bones are firmly packed in a box. I am not sure whether you are supposed to worship it or disburse it in the sea. It is your choice.

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    Post Independence, Tamils never had a visionary leader, the likes of Lee Kwan Yu or more recently, Nelson Mandella. SJV and GG cannot be called Leaders as their actions then lead to untold miseries the Tamils are facing today. 30 years of LTTE saga was utter disaster resulting in disunity, social breakdown, displacement and loss of self belief. Tamils need to bury their pride and let the Sinhala rule over.

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    Sangari ..
    sorry even in your next birth Tamils will not accept you as a leader .
    Why a clown like you need STF security at public expenses?
    You are a disgrace why don’t you start a newspaper and publish all your rubbish?
    cheers

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    No one in the horizon since the death of Mr Velupilei Prabakaran who was the universally acknowledged sole representative of the Tamils at the time. The replacement , the head of the political wing Mr. Rajayogi Sampanthan is proving to be a poor substitute, not because of any deficiency in the person but due to non existence of a military wing.
    Soma

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    somass ji

    “the head of the political wing Mr. Rajayogi Sampanthan is proving to be a poor substitute, not because of any deficiency in the person but due to non existence of a military wing.”

    Are you blaming Hindians for ordering the former national hangman Gota to kill VP? No VP, No business for the merchants of death. Very sad isn’t it for people like you because you do not have excuses/covers for large scale killing of Tamils. You must really think hard if you want to start another war.

    Next time around Hindians may support a separate state. Is that what you want? Are you a secret admirer of VP, maybe a relative?

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      N.V.,
      Before suppoting a separate state in NE for Hindu and Christians Tamils in Jaffna India will have to force a referendum among +50 Tamils(Tamil speaking people ) living outside. I bet my last ruppee that not a single Tamil(Tamil speaking person) will opt to move into a caste ridden hell hole. There is an inherent superiority in the Sinhala society which was demonstrated by the plantation Tamils when arrangements were made to move out. India will have to choose between a separate state for Tamils(Tamil speaking people) OR their right to live anywhere.
      Soma

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        somass ji

        Hindians at South Block have no time nor the inclination for consultation with little islanders, Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims, ……Christians, Hindus, Buddhists,…. Basically behind the close doors they treat all of you as another piece of s**t. They are in the habit of Bulldozing whatever they think is right at the moment. Then they move on irrespective of the outcome.

        So don’t bet on all the niceties that you think oil the diplomatic wheels. You will be told what to do as we have seen since early 1980s. When push comes to shove Hindians will drag you by your b***s all the way to Delhi Sultanate.

        I will let you know a secret hoping that you will not share it even with your partner if you have one. The Hindian High Commissioner to this island is actually the Viceroy of Sri Lanka. A vital point made clear by Jyotindra Nath Dixit in the 1980s. My sincere advice to you is spend some quality time with your grandchildren.

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          NV
          Appreciate your trust in me. I now feel confident that I can trust you too. Keep this for yourself. Sri Lanka is an island and we are 70% while 50% of the other 30% live within this 70%. Good night.
          Soma

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    As Raza tells, if C.V is not interested in any damn thing, why is he clinging onto the CM post which was given on a platter to him through the sweat of all ITAK leaders and their supporters. He dictates terms to Hon.Maavai and Hon.Sampanthar who are the souls of Tamils. He is such an ungrateful man and he has ultimately become a real politician of Sri Lanka. The way he delivers his written speeches shows well that he is still a toddler in politics. We, the Tamils feel sorry to have voted him to power.

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      K.Kuleswarakumar, What is your beef against Justice Wigneswaran. Leave it bare.
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      ______ We, the Tamils feel sorry to have voted him to power.
      — What do you promise to do when -not if!- he is re-elected with a higher margin?
      ______ CM post was given on a platter to him through the sweat of all ITAK leaders and their supporters.
      — Are you sure? Have you forgotten that the current ITAK Leader was canvassing hard to get that nomination himself, until Hon. Sampanthan put his foot down? Have you forgotten that CVW insisted that he would not accept a nomination not endorsed by all the different factions of TNA?
      ______ He dictates terms to Hon.Maavai and Hon.Sampanthar who are the souls of Tamils.
      — How honourable is Hon.Maavai? Do you imagine that Hon. Sampanthan is waiting for your two cent’s worth to judge the performance of the Chief Minister?
      ______ He is such an ungrateful man.
      — Should have been grateful for what? Ungrateful in what sense … ?
      ______ he has ultimately become a real politician.
      — There is only one man, among the names you have brought up, who is NOT a politician. You can never make him one, however hard you try.
      ______ his written speeches shows well that he is still a toddler in politics.
      — He is NOT in politics. Write about your Hon.Maavai, if you want to write something about a politician. Even Hon. Sampanthan is not a politician, per se!
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    Anandasangaree-“Do Tamils In Sri Lanka Need An Alternate Leadership?” >>>>>but the fact is this>>>if Sri Lanka had a great visionary leadership soon after independence>>>like Singapore had>>>>you and your question would be irrelevant>>>there would have been no LTTE or JVP or BBS or extremist Muslims >>>>SWRD the westernised English Speaking Christian turned Buddhist to grab power fooled not the Tamils but the Sinhala people>

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    Hello Thappu! I don’t have any animosity towards Hon.C.V but what mystifies me is the way he alienates the ITAK that has broader acceptance among the Tamils and he listens to other party leaders including Mr.Suresh Premachandra, Hon.Sidharthan, Gajendrakumar et al. who try to manipulate things through Hon.C.V. These small minded people have marginal or no support among the people.
    Although he is the C.M, he is duty bound to discuss with Hon.Sampanthar & other senior party leaders before taking decisions and it shows his intransigent attitude. Even Hon.Ananthy Sasitharan will get the same treatment after being in the new post for 3 or 6 months. The Tamil people in the north don’t have much choice in electing their members to the council as the cream of the population have gone out of the country. Before 50’s we had good number of civil servants, Judges,accountants and even teachers. At the moment, very few of them are here, which include C.V, Ilanchezhiyan et.al.
    If C.V enters the frame next time with the support of these marginalized people, he will be rejected by the voters or he will get lesser votes.
    Mr.Thappu, don’t support anyone blindly but with some reasons and from your writing what I gather is that you act as a launderer who white wash all sins of political toddlers.

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      K.Kuleswarakumar , If you would think that I would have been surprised at your response, you are just about right. Yes, I am surprised that you even responded!
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      You allege that the Chief Minister listens to other party leaders… .
      From when is listening to others a sin. It is NOT listening to others that is a sin!
      You have to lend your ears to anyone with a different view. The problem with you is you have shut yourself to opposing views.
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      You probably are unable to appreciate the resoluteness of the Chief Minister.
      If you could fathom the minds of Suresh, Sidharthan, Gajendrakumar etc., you certainly should be able to understand the thinking of the Chief Minister.
      Since you are unable to understand the CM, my good guess is that you haven’t a clue about others as well.
      Do you have any evidence that any of Suresh, Sidharthan, Gajendrakumar and the rest have influenced the thinking of Hon. Wigneswaran?
      … the C.M is duty bound to discuss with Hon.Sampanthar & other senior party leaders before taking decisions … .
      Who are the ‘other’ senior party leaders you have in your mind. Be specific.
      A Chief Minister is on a higher pedestal than ordinary MPs.
      Listening to Hon. Sampanthan is a courtesy, not a duty.
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      You are parroting that Justice Wigneswaran will be rejected by the voters next time around, while not having responded to my original query, ‘What do you promise to do when -not if!- he is re-elected with a higher margin?’. Seriously, what do you propose to do!
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      Your insinuations against me, with uncouth adjectives, is a reflection on you. So, be warned. I may have no choice but to ignore you, should you persist with your ill-mannered language.

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