19 October, 2017

Don’t Trust The Colombo TNA Leadership With War Crimes Evidence

By Ellalan Rajah –

Several news portals have reported that Abraham Mathiabaranan Sumanthiran, an unelected member of Sri Lanka’s parliament, recently informed the people of Jaffna that they can submit war crimes evidence to the UNHRC inquiry through the TNA. They also report statements made by the TNA’s leader Sampanthan in its parliament will be presented to the inquiry as well.

TNA FonsekaIt seems noble of the TNA to encourage witness to war crimes and crimes against humanity to come forth and handover evidence to them, particularly when they are subject to egregious threats by Sri Lanka’s security apparatus. However, many Western NGOs and human rights activists have raised grave doubts whether this gesture is earnest, or seeks to conceal once and for all the complicity of its political allies in the most heinous atrocity of the twenty-first century from seeing the light of day.

It is not like the Colombo based TNA leadership does not have form.

In February 2012 Sumanthiran told the BBC Sinhala Service that the “TNA backs a domestic process to implement the LLRC recommendations. We should ask for an international probe only after a failure of that,” and “It is a step-by-step process. It will take time. They took 30 years in Cambodia”. This was on the eve of the European Tamil diaspora galvanising European parliamentarians in the European Parliament to pass an unprecedented resolution calling for an international probe!

It also backed General Sarath Fonseka in the 2010 Presidential Elections, a man named in the UN Panel Of Experts Reports On Accountability In Sri Lanka published in March 2011. His command will be thoroughly investigated by the UNHRC Inquiry. Any findings that implicate Fonseka in war crimes and crimes against humanity will be seriously embarrassing for the TNA’s Colombo leadership, and, liable to shed light on the deal it struck with him in Sri Lanka’s murky political underworld.

As recently as July, the TNA’s twitter account continued to defend its choice of Fonseka pointing to a derisory voter turnout in the 2010 Presidential elections i.e. less than 25 percent in the Northern Province and 40 percent in the Eastern Province (significantly lower in Tamil majority areas) against more than 75 percent nationally.

Colombo educated Sumanthiran’ friend Niran Anketell has also been barking to the same tone.

It is also reported that the TNA’s Colombo leadership is now outrageously flirting with Chandrika Kumaratunga with a view to coalescing behind her being the common opposition candidate in the much speculated Presidential elections next year.

Of course, it was under Chandrika’s tenure as President that Sri Lanka first subjected Tamil civilian areas to large scale aerial bombardment. The bombing of Navali Church where over a hundred Tamils who had taken refuge there being killed including infants as young as six months old is one such incident. Also, those buried in the notorious Chenmani mass graves were “disappeared” during her term. And, these are only two of many.

The TNA’s lawyers know full-well that if the UNHRC Inquiry uncovers any crime committed during the time period it is authorised to investigate, but were plotted during Chandrika’s tenure, their mandate will allow them to “look back” and investigate such periods as well.

Any discovery of this nature will seriously dent the prospects Abraham Mathiabaranan Sumanthiran’s ambition of holding government office in Sri Lanka.  Many fear he will sell the victims of Sri Lanka’s ethnocide very very short to achieve this. Also, doubts about his bona fides have been raised given his proximity to the UNP before joining the ranks of the TNA.

It is not just such crimes from Chandrika’s tenure that stand out, but all credible Western analysts who have intimate knowledge of Sri Lanka’s failed peace process hold her single-handedly responsible for wrecking it. They also question her fitness to hold office, particularly after the trauma she has had endure; and, in the absence of Kadirgamer who will serve as the restraining influence.

Sumanthiran himself has failed to take Silk; and, as a result doubts have been raised about his judgement and capability. In world populated by Tamil Silks; in London, Singapore, Sydney and very capable Ivy League graduates many are beginning to question why a person of mediocre ability should be the front face of the Tamil national struggle.

Human rights activists in the West have made it abundantly clear that the TNA with Sumanthiran or Anketell cannot be trusted with information pertaining to war crimes and crimes against humanity; and instead been urging those with evidence to approach the OISL (OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka) directly; or, credible Western human rights organisations, NGOs, activists and diplomatic missions of countries who the driving force behind the UNHRC resolution.

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    Tamil people should submit their evidences/complaints directly to the Investigators. The TNA is not reliable specially the guy who parachuted into the party. TNA is building a party which is like the one existed pre 1983 period.

    If this party has to become Tamil peoples party, TNA has to form village level branches and elect representatives via membership to the party. Village level representatives should elect district level representatives and in turn they elect National Level Leaders.

    At the moment this party is a Monopoly of few people who were not elected by the people (I did not mean contesting in an election and winning but one to contest in an election should be elected by the members of the party.

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      Kabi!
      I agree with you one hundred percent. Even Sambanthan cannot be trusted. Why do Sumanthiran wants the evidence to be submitted to the TNA. He is treating the Tamil people as fools. I have gone through this state of affairs many a time in my comments. The Tamil people are helpless without proper leadership and they won’t have one. It is of importance to know and even sad that the Tamil civil servants in the North and East are performing their duties in connivance with the Army in the North and East.

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        Tamil civil servants have been working with LTTE terrorists for 30 years that too getting their salaries frm government. Even Prabhakaran’s father was getting a GOSL pension every month until he knew.

        It is something for civil servants to be proud of to work along side military that saved themselves from LTTE

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      I am writing this note as a continuing victim of the HSZ. Our area remained an HSZ since the 1990s. Despite being displaced within the country more than 15 times and losing 3 uncles and an aunty, all of whom lost their homes due to HSZ and lived and died in displacement camps, like the thousands of other nameless people our attempts at securing access to our lands never came to fruition.

      What is highly infuriarting in this regard was the scandalous role played by the TNA and their non-critical supporters. Mr. Mavai Senathiraja, who represents this area where the HSZ exists, after pressure and collective action by the diaplced people launched a class action, which after many years of delay, resulted in the partial release of lands. However despite promising and requesting for documentary proof for the continuation of the legal action and other efforts, the matter was quitely shelved. Many including myself contacted TNA officials (directly and at their Retreat Street office in Colombo) but got no response. In fact we wondered why TNA politcians bothered to go on the media and request such info claiming that they wish to take legal action when they never intended to act on their words.

      On numerous occassions both TNA and the local government agent had requested people to provide info either to register to return to their lands in the HSZ zones or to take up legal action on their behalf. These utterances and requests got publsihed in the local daily Uthayan and Veerakesari to which many of us respond without fail only to be duped both by the TNA and the Government.

      Giving TNA’s track record on this pressing matter I am not at all surprised that an article such as this would come up on other similar issues. The problem is not isolated to certain individuals. This is a political party and behaves like one. Taking people for ride where votes could be garnered and then spitting them out when not needed. The functioning of the Retreat Street office which was opened with great fanfare spoke volumes about their commitment to the people whom they claim to represent. The office when I visited 2-3 years ago was either closed most of the times, unattended or unresponsive at best. Yet to great amusement, recently I read in the jaffna daily, that they have opened another office in jaffna when they are incapable of running even one office properly. Such is the state of affairs. The victims continue to suffer while the victors (both tamils and sinhalese) haveing a good ride while they can.

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    People don’t need to trust any politician’s words. The world should know the truth about what happened to Tamils by Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism in this island. People gave a mandate to TNA and TNA has a responsibility to be honest to the people and transparent in their approach towards the UN investigation. It is the people who gave a massive price for the freedom struggle for the Tamil Nation. No one has the right to play political games with their sacrifices.

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    Dear Mr Ellalan Rajah, In my view the future and welfare of Tamils is linked to the future and welfare of the Sri Lankan state and all its people. The world in general and India in particular have lost their appetite for ethnic enclaves. Sectarian thinking in my view is bad for the Sinhalese and worse for the Minority communities. Furthermore, the distribution of Tamil speaking people within the country means that any solution that emerges cannot be confined to any particular geographical area/zone in the country. Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and all others must learn to live and let-live within a “common inclusive Sri Lankan identity”. There is no other solution and everything else is just an illusion (or a bad dream) that is sure to lead us – as a country and as a people, to further destruction…….so please don’t encourage that. Viewed from that angle, Sumanthiran is the best choice we have. He is clever, articulate, trilingual and most importantly not tarnished by the sectarian politics of the past. We need more such people – amongst all communities, to emerge from within rather than from the ‘Tamil Silks’ based in foreign Capitals.
    Dr Mahesan Nirmalan
    Manchester Medical School

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      Well said.

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        Sumanthiran’s speech on the 6th of August to Sri Lanka’s parliament if put in the best light can be described as anti-Semitic.

        If truth be told, his words may have well been uttered by one of Himmler’s SS guards at Auschwitz.

        These are the actions of a parochial, reactionary xenophobe!

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          Ellalan Rajah You are talking absolute rubbish. what was your share of the pot.

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      A simple and viable solution for the Tamil speaking Tamils, Muslims and all others is to give up their identity as Tamils and Muslims and give up their faiths as Hindus, Christians and Islam, become to a common identity as Sinhalese and Buddhists. Why do we need a separate identity as Tamils or Muslims? Why do we need to follow Hinduism or Islam or Christianity? Why can’t we become Sinhalese and Buddhists? Almost 75% of Srilankans are Sinhalese and they follow Buddhism. Why can’t 25% follow the same?
      One language! One religion! One race! One Country!
      This is what BBS stands for.This is what Rajapakse stands for. This is what 75% of the population stands for!

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        Imagine there’s no countries
        It isn’t hard to do
        Nothing to kill or die for
        And no religion too
        Imagine all the people living life in peace

        You, you may say
        I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one

        I hope some day you’ll join us
        And the world will be as one

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        ajith

        “Why do we need a separate identity as Tamils or Muslims? Why do we need to follow Hinduism or Islam or Christianity?”

        Once you have given up your identity what is the guarantee the Aryan Sinhala/Buddhists would treat you as their own? For the original Aryan, you are still the Kallathoni Demela or the Marakalaya.

        I hear that there is going to be a severe labour shortage in Estates and agricultural sector.

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          It is my response to interpret Dr Mahesan Nirmalan’s comment who thinks that the only solution is to surrender your rights to the Sinhala Buddhist fundamentalism. His solution is similar to the objective of BBS. You cannot satisfy Sinhala Buddhist Fundamentalism until they eradicate all other religions, races and languages within this island. Sinhala Buddhist Fundamentalists are not belong to human race. They don’t recognize human values.

          Plantation Agriculture is no longer an income generating sector. They are not bothered about that sector. They can borrow as much as from China. Sri Lanka now belongs to China.

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      Mahesan Nirmalan

      “common inclusive Sri Lankan identity”.

      There is no such thing as the much touted Sri Lankan identity nor any sign of inclusiveness among the Sinhala/Buddhists. The Sinhala/Buddhist believe (and consistently have done so in the past) in one exclusive nation, a Sinhala/Buddhists ghetto, which they believe can be achieved in the foreseeable future. The entire nation building process has been geared towards this aim.

      Whatever Sumanthiran does or does not do has no bearing on the majoritarian takes all system that has been in place since 1948.

      Until you reconstruct the state the state is a drag on all people.

      You would do well if you convince the Majoritarian Sinhala/Buddhist of the idea of “unity in diversity”.

      The available evidence suggests that the minority community had no role on nation building process, nor drafting 1972 & 1978 constitutions. If I remember correctly it was not the Tamils who passed the Sinhala only language act in the parliament.

      All Acts of Parliament were passed by Sinhala/Buddhist including special place for Buddha Sasana, bureaucracy, judiciary, armed forces are manned by the Sinhala/Buddhists, all decisions of life and death are decided by the centralised state, obviously a Sinhala/Buddhists state.

      What do you suggest the minorities should do?

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        Well said Native.

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        “You would do well if you convince the Majoritarian Sinhala/Buddhist of the idea of “unity in diversity”. “

        The school teachers son who grew up at talewekele was present at colombo sometime and thinks only he knows `ape kathawa`.
        Plo gaha yata (sir john) pol – double distilled Nirmala.

        He wont do and he cannot do even at Manchester so he is trying the long arm poor sod.

        you need phallus Nirmalan Samsara!!!

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          Javi this is pure hatred. Your hatred is purely justified if only the Tamil extremism treated Sinhalese majority decently. If they did not blow up bus loads of innocent people and chopped and massacred innocent Sinhalese in border villages and Buddhist religious places over thirty years of protracted time. We appreciate the hard ships you went through and the injustice you faced..But the vice versa is rarely seen. That is why the views of Dr Nirmalan is warmly acknowledged. Hatret will never heal hatred.agree???

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      M Nirmalan If the world and India have lost their appetite they have to seek their own remedy. Tamils were not born nor are they living to titillate anybody’s taste bud. They were born free and live and fight on till they become free. Appetite or no just assess the amount of food heaped in front of the world since 1945. I refer to new states since then.

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        “If the world and India have lost their appetite they have to seek their own remedy”

        This arrogant philosophy was precisely what herded tens of thousands of Tamil people to the killing fields of Mullivaikkaal. If you aren’t willing to learn any lessons from it, you must be sitting in an armchair in a safe distance.

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      I agree with Dr. Nirmalan, but I am not sure if Sumanthiran or sampanthan or Wigneswaran is the right leader. These are all people who are descendants of the Colombo Tamil Land-owning aristocracy that constitute the absentee Landlords of the North – they formulated the policies of the ITAK, Tamil Congress, TULF etc
      that put our peiop0le in jeopardy.

      Nothing will happen until the Tamil people of the villages generate new leaders among themselves. The new road system (thanks to the MR government), tourism, and migration of people will open the eyes of Tamil people and bring them out of the darkness of our kovils and caste-bound medieval thinking.

      These silks and legal luminaries that have left our shores were the ones who pitted a small minority against a majority 10 times its size, knowing that their sons and daughters will be safely going to foreign schools, while our own local Tamils will be canon fodder sacrificed on the alter of Prabhakaran for the hubris and “Arasu desire” of the Royal-caste rich Tamils.

      As Nirmalan says, we need to create an open, cosmopolitan society in Jaffna too, as found in Colombo where Tamils and Sinhalese live in peace, where Tamil culture and Tamils flourish as never before. Remember Northern and southern Ireland and Britain have been involved in a long war, and now there is some peace although the fire is not fully dead.
      But how long did it take for things to settle down?
      Sri Lanka also needs at least as much time, and not just 5 years. The Diaspora should keep its hands off, and we living in the Island can settle our matters by ourselves.

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      Dr.Mahesan:

      When did you move house to Medical School. The last time you were with your drinking partner you were counting numbers with a Maths Degree and I take it that you have done a conversion course.
      As for your desire to live under one roof in Sinhala Lanka I am not surprised as you have to earn your money.
      The Tamil Nation until the advent of colonisation had clearly defined boundaries. So my question to you Dr is ” Anda Paramparai Mentrum Oru Murai Ala Ninaipathil Enna Kurai?. For the benefit of those who don’t speak the mother tongue “Why is it wrong for a Race to want to reclaim its right to self determination?

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    Ellalan Rajah,,
    You have been very critical in your article of
    – Gen ( rtd ) Sarath Fonseka
    – Mr Sampanthan
    – Mr Sumanthiran
    – Rtd President Chandrika Kumarathunge ..
    The objective of your article is to sling mud at the above questioning their
    credibility to interfere in the investigation process as they were critical of
    of the Local process ….don’t you know that Gen Fonseka was incarcerated ….?
    Hik…hik…hik….
    How much were you paid to write this article…

    By the way are you a Sri Lankan looking for Justice for the innocent victims…?

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    This writer like many other Tamil diaspora writers assume that UNHRC will find only the State and the Military guilty of crimes but not a single Tamil. There are many Tamils living in the West who have collaborated and/or engaged in terrorist activities, therefore are guilty of war crimes. Nazi Pullai may try to manipulate the investigation to please the Tamils at large and then UNHRC investigation will have to be declared biased and discontinued. Or, UNHRC will have to put behind bars the known Tamil terrorists; at least 400 known to the UN to make the investigation seem fair. That is when fun and games will star.

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    Who is this guy anyway?

    :-)

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      This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/

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      Who is this guy anyway? ” you can guess he is neither Ellalan nor Rajah

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    Rajaha, I thought the Ivey Leauge boys supported “our boy” in thier racist dumbness. Do you want us to take them seriously?

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    Ellalan Rajah
    these are people who have no access to internet , skype etc.not profoicicnt in English, and menatlly scarred with war memories

    you fail to suggest who they should go to Dougla? Gotha?… so that they can destroy all evidence.?

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      The last para suggests a way out. In fact I prefer that people approach reputable non-govs and/or the members of the clergy/civil society members etc and the matter will be handled accordingly.

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        “and/or the members of the clergy” you mean BBS?
        and by reputable you mean govt stooges?

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          Do you consider the mannar Bishop and Jaffna Bishop as stooges of the Gov do you Rajash?. What is the point of spitting out rubbish without understanding what is being said. where did I make refernces to BBS?. Are they the only clergy you know of?. are they defending Human rights if that is what you think they are doing by attacking minorities?

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            Booooooo

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    Chauvanistic TNA & the Diaspora and the articulate Navi Illay.

    Aratai foxed by Ellalan Eajah.
    Dr. Mahesan Nirmalan is wasting his time explaining the reality as all the foxes are around him in the UK under the Temple headed by Emmanuel.
    He & Rayappy has just destroyed the base of the catholic Church and next the life of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka.

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    Where to send TNA war crimes?

    Over 15,000 Tamil mothers are waiting for their LTTE cadre sons to come home. TNA should answer.

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    Ellala Maharan is worried that TNA is going to pocket the evidences like the way the Royal Government blaming that TNA as has pocketed the money given to Northern Province. To show foreign governments that there was money given to NPC, they allocated some money. But Douglas, Chandrasiri and Vijeyaluxmy took care of it. Now in the same fashion, the writer is blaming that TNA is going to run away with the evidences. I have a question about TNA’s prudence about presenting evidences of Tamil people living in Lanka to the OHCHR. Sampanthar’s Parliamentary speeches are different matter. But that has no connection with Maharaja’s suggestion of presenting direct it direct. That suggestion is certainly highlighting the Royal Government’s interest on the prospective witnesses.
    Ellalan Rajah is appearing not be a Tamil writer. 1).Contents in the article not according to the Tamils’s knowledge. 2). He has named him not according to Tamil language.3). The person picked up for attack is Chandrika under the camouflage of Sumatran.
    There is no need for explaining his serious inferior knowledge of what happened in north during Chandrika’s times. He failed to quote the serious matters and pointed two minor ones and escaped saying they are not the only ones. This apparently an acquired knowledge mainly fed by Sinhala medias and reading few comments about Navali and Chemani incidents in CT like forums. Niran Anketell does not generate much interest for Tamils even though he is a Human Rights advocate. Virtually he is an unknown name in Tamils voters circle. But as any human right activist is a challenge to the writer and the Royal Government, he is trying portray that any possible friendship between him and Sumanthiran that could exist because of the lawyer to lawyer connection as a dangerous atomic bomb to Tamils. He is confused of Sumanthiran’s friendships with UNP politicians.

    Again Tamils have no interest on Chandrika; but the Royal Government considers her as the only opponent in the presidential election. Further there are widespread news that Sampanthar has denied support for Ranil’s candidacy, so there is no point in connecting Sumanthiran with UNP. That is why left the Sumanthiran’s UNP connection in the back burner.
    He is bringing up TNA supporting Fonseka in the last election. One, it was not TNA’s decision. The other is, TNA still negotiating with the King for a solutions. The writer is trying black out it and trying to highlight the old negotiation with Fonseka. That is how he failed hide his motive of wedging between Chandrika and TNA with the name of opposing of TNA collecting evidences.

    He has come out with a strange Tamil Name. Normally if some somebody wants to call them as King Ellala in Tamil it is “Ellala Mannan” or “Ellala Rajan”, not Ellalan Raja. The Tamil name Ellalan would go as Ellala in Sinhala, Pali or Sanskrit in the noun form. This may be copied in English too. But in Tamil, when one wants to say King Ellala(n) the Name Ellalan has to go as a Tamil adjective that is Ellala. So it is not Ellalan Raja, it is Ellala Rajan. Otherwise it is not in Tamil convention. Somebody may try to put a dry argument that it appears like in the English convention of First name last name style. In that case, he could be a foreigner, an Englishman, not a Tamil. The same way, in Tamil, it is Chankiliya Manan, not Chankilian Manaa.

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    I would like to echo what Much respected Dr Nirmalan has said as a Sinhalese colleague.The world is experiancing the menace of extremism in various forms the destruction is visible.There is no doubt the criminals who commited crimes against humanity should be exposed and penalised disregarding their status and power.May it be the highest or lowest of the country, it doesn’t matter.It must be acknowledged that moderate leaders of TNA recently shown their willingness to co-operate with their Sinhalese counterparts but unfortunately the southern leadership appear to be too short sighted to read that message.You need to push further as we don’t need further sectarian violence in our beautiful motherland.I believe the best opinion was given by Jaffna born a brought up and partly Colombo educated Dr Nirmalan who can see the two sides of the coins unlike many others who are racially blind.

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      Can you list down steps taken by the southern leadership to reconcile Tamil and Sinhala communities and also the achievements towards the accountability for the benefit of Racially blind people?

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    Ellalan Rajah,

    Who are those “Tamil Silks” in London, Singapore, Sydney and “very capable Ivy League” graduates ? What connection to Tamil politics in SL do they have? What kind of commitment/sacrifices did they make on behalf of the Tamil people of the North-East?

    In the mid 2000’s, some of those very ‘Silks’ attended meetings in London with the LTTE’s Tamilchelvan and others, to come up with a maximal ISGA proposal that had no chance of being accepted by any Sinhalese leader, even very liberal ones. There was nothing ‘silky’ about those lawyers’ contributions to it; it was all patent subservience to the LTTE, and a dismal failure to use the last chance to force the LTTE to make course corrections. In the end, they, too, indirectly contributed to the tragedy that unfolded, culminating in the bloodbath in Mullivaikkal.

    So SL Tamils don’t need ‘silky’ lawyers far removed from the day-to-day realities of their lives in SL to speak on their behalf. While Sumanthiran himself was appointed on the national list, the choice was made by Mr. R. Sampanthan, who was popularly elected; it was within his authority to use his discretion and choose a national list MP. Learn to respect a mature leader’s choice.

    Unelected people far removed from the ground realities should stop sniping about Sumanthiran, and let him do his work.

    As for the people submitting evidence directly to the UNHRC, how will they do it, when they have no contact with the outside world, and within the country they are being watched and intimidated? Apart from a few courageous people like the Mannar Bishop, who may be able to collect such evidence from the people directly and submit it to the UNHRC, the TNA is the only bet for these people to bring out their testimonies.

    I have seen Niran Anketell’s writings in Groundviews and elsewhere, and for someone who lives in Colombo, his writings have been very courageous. And I recall he played a role in the war crimes investigations in Cambodia. So stop your typical SL Tamil jealousy and sniping, and find ways to make as many people as possible testify before the UNHRC so that the truth can come out at last.

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    Who is this Ellalan Rajah????

    Why Sumanthiran’s photograph is appearing in place of the author?

    This is dubious!

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    Ellalan Rajah’s writings sounds like a Chinese winger bent on destroying Tamil aspirations. His writings are selective and twisted. The Chinese wing hoodwinked Tamil struggle and drove it to the demise, on behalf of the wing advice.

    They even went to Geneva (on who’s behalf is a question) did the propaganda to vote against the resolution on the ground, hand in hand with China. China was also very openly works to undermine the humanitarian issue being taken up by UNHRC.

    These people were pretending to work intensively for Tamils freedom, but actually hold the Chinese wingism as their primary task. They are doing it again, attacking the Tamil representatives and drive the Tamils with the aim of driving Tamils to their demise again.

    K C

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      During WW2 America/UK helped the Chinese to drive away the Japanese.

      At the same time Stalin helped Mao to kill his own people- 34 million in all.

      China and Russia took away islands belonging to Finland and Japan.

      When the going gets tough even with all the contracts the Chinese know how to run- Sudan, Libya. Recently, the Chinese surprised the American defence when they invited them into their only aircraft carrier.

      It’s your peoples fault for not seeing, observing the different cultures in such vast areas and more importantly being street wise in those areas before indulging.
      China is business today like any other nation.India is the biggest buyer or arms in the world as of today for what??

      At the inception of Iraq war Blair said if we don’t sell arms then the french or Italian would. Have you seen the sale of planes etc to Russia by France and UK?? The capture of east India company was same way- last nation out.

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        “Recently, the Chinese surprised the American defence when they invited them into their only aircraft carrier. “

        Thse would be answers for chinese – Aurora Excalibur, XM-25, HELLADS, Metaflex Future Camouflage, The Free Electron Laser, The Railgun, BioDesign Synthetic Organisms, Hybrid Insect MEMS, DREAD Silent Weapon System

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        Javi:

        What is the relevance of your comment to Ellalans Article. You are miles away from what he is talking about. Have you gone completely mad.

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    I agree 100% with this article, please keep on writing until most of the tamil people know about this cronies who came to destroy our Tamil people future like Arunachalam and Ramanathan.

    Thank you for Colombotelegraph also.

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    China executed the genocide of Tamils by exporting mass destruction weapons via Pakistan during the last phases of war. America was calling for cease fire as the war turned into genocide of Tamils. The Americans were helping the Sri Lankan war before the war turned into genocide. During the end America also asked China to stop supplying arms so that the genocide of Tamils can be stopped. China is responsible for the genocide of Tamils. America is not at all against the Sinhala masses, but against the human rights violations and once this is fixed, they will want to be the best friends of Sinhalese and Tamils. Americans and the west are loosing a big chunk of their business with Sri Lanka, because of the concern for human rights. The genocide intent of Sri Lanka government should be wiped out and after that will be good relations. China should be stopped from exporting genocide as a weapon, as they do the genocide of their own people (eg 34 million!). The assisting genocide and chanting internal matter is total lie. Recently China and India supported two state solution for Israel in the UN, if not the intent to eliminate Israel/Jews from Arabia.

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    Dear Ajit, Native, Javi and Chanakyan. Thanks for your observations. I fully acknowledge the extremist ideologies that exist on both sides. Through these columns, I am trying to approach all sides….perhaps appeal to both sides, that we must work towards a “common inclusive Sri Lankan identity”. I have – on many occasions commented on the pernicious impact of “Jathika Chintanaya” on Nation building in these columns…….but it is up to all of us to appeal to reason on both sides. If we can all learn English, French, German and a variety of other foreign languages in order to live and work in our newly found homes, it is surely possible for the Sinhalese to learn Tamil and the Tamils to learn Sinhala. If we can make our children learn and respect the European cultures…..surely we can put a fraction of that effort in encouraging our children to learn and respect the other cultures in our motherland with which we and our ancestors have co-existed peacefully for over two thousand years. In this process it is inevitable that we all loose some of our old ways and gain some new ways. You can see similar changes all around us in our new homes whether they are in Jaffna, Colombo, Europe, Australia or North America………please be honest with yourselves. This process of change is inevitable. I am not sure whether you all have read “Thirukkural”……if not let me quote from the sage
    “Palayana kalithalum puthiyana puhudalum vazuwala” when translated it means:the loss of outdated concepts/practices and the acquisition of new concepts/practices is not wrong.
    Dr M Nirmalan.

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    Ellalan:

    From your name and the thrust of your argument I take it that you have the Tamil interest at heart.
    But then on closer scrutiny it becomes apparent that your attack on Sumanthiran is not only just personal but an attack on what TNAs role in the UNHCR inquiry is with a sinister motive and let me explain what I mean.
    The fact that TNA supported Fonseka and is now flirting with Chandrika seems to give you the ammunition to attack TNA and from that I can only assume that you are looking for a reason to attack TNA and you are not alone in this. My friend for me TNAs actions amount to a 1) Means to an End
    2) My enemies enemy is my friend.

    Mean to an End: The end is to dethrone ” King Mahintha ” who heads the evil empire and working with Fonseka and Chandrika the lesser evil is a price worth paying. Once we have taken care of King Mahintha then we can go after Fonseka. Rendition starts at the top.

    Finally TNA are not the arbitrators but it is UNHCR and TNAs role is to facilitate the process of accountability so I ask you to stop attacking TNA and concentrate on the positive aspects.

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