19 September, 2020

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Economic Recovery In The North & East; Two Types Of Challenges

By C.V. Wigneswaran

Justice C.V. Wigneswaran MP

I find this Government is proposing to give fillip to inland production partly by its Taxation scheme. We welcome such initiative. My Party, the Thamizh Makkal Thesiya Kootani, has enthroned self government politically, self sufficiency economically and self reliance individually and socially as its Party goals. To work towards self sufficiency in our production and economic sectors is the need of the hour. With so much of foreign debt to be serviced we need to work towards self sufficiency. We need to conserve our foreign exchange. There are many theories in this regard.

A World Bank expert met me once when I was Chief Minister. He had noted that our farmers hardly made ends meet by paddy cultivation. Therefore he proposed that we should not produce paddy at great cost since rice was available cheaply from places like Thailand. He was thinking globally! He suggested we should try other crop production. I told him apart from our people preferring red rice to white rice, however much the cost of production might be, we must continue to produce our basic stable food with modern production methods to be in readiness for any emergency. Suppose production from Thailand and other Countries gets delayed unduly due to war or other reasons, we would find it difficult to feed ourselves, I said. His answer was we could get rice from other Countries. I was not satisfied since war times can be tricky. Recent Covid-19 Pandemic has taught us the need to become self-sufficient in our food requirements. We must produce more than merely to make ourselvesself-sufficient. We must export the excess. We must value add to our production. It is the Government’s duty to facilitateconsiderable production granting as many subsidies and relevant production auxiliaries and requirements and also advise towards value addition and help to export our products.

Our Party in the North has started popularizing Home Gardens. More and more of our people are now growing at least some of their daily requirement of vegetables in their Home Gardens. I for one before being forced into Politics, in my retirement used to grow a lot of vegetables in my roof garden in our Colombo House.

A journey towards self-sufficiency would help our war affected people immensely. To a Country faced with innumerable economic set-backs, ensuring such journey towards self-sufficiency would be the ideal way forward.

Giving fillip to inland production would also generate employment to our people. Unemployment in our War affected areas have exceeded 10% while the National average proportion of unemployment is less than 6%. We need to take immediate steps to reduce unemployment in the war affected areas. Increasing production after due planning would ensure decrease in unemployment and give impetus to development. We must ensure at least one person in every family has employment. This would in turn reduce the number of families living under the poverty line.

Speaking of the North and East, Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy. Around 40% of our people are farmers. But some of our people are unable to do farming in their own traditional areas in recent times. You would remember very recently a Venerable Bhikku member of the Eastern Archaeological Task Force prevented the farmers from entering nearly 1000 acres coming under the Trinco – Kuchchaveli Pradeshiya Sabha Division in Thiriyayi.

Stating that certain paddy lands were Archaeological sites the farmers have been prevented from continuing their cultivation activities during this season.

Those among us who argue that the Provinces must not be given land powers should take notice of this. A Bhikku from nowhere comes and prevents our people participating in their traditional agricultural pursuits!

Are we interested in rallying all communities and take the Country forward to-wards economic regeneration or are we interested in subjugating one community under the pretext of Archaeological sites at the expense of economic production and regeneration? We have not even identified the so called Archeological sites as towhether they belong to the time when those areas were occupied by Tamil Buddhists or Sinhala Buddhists. If those so called sites were Buddhist remains from the time of Demala Baudhayos the decision to preserve those areas must come from the Tamils of those areas not from a Pan SinhalaTask Force. Let us first have a Commission consisting of Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim and Foreign Historians well versed in South Asian History to sit and identify the period when Sinhalese language was born. Buddhism and Sinhalese are not co extensive.

The Trinco Kuchchaveli people who have been prevented from cultivating their lands must be allowed to continue with their agricultural activities. Hon’ Prime Minister must take the necessary steps in this regard.

I find no reference to the immediate economic development of the war affected areas. It is high time we decided to give priority treatment to the war affected areas to develop them quickly if need be with Aid from Countries like Japan who came forward earlier to help us. This would help the Central Government as well as the war affected areas by attracting urgent foreign exchange into the Country.

There are two types of challenges we face in the North and East in promoting economic recovery. One relates to administration the other being practical. Administratively there has so far been a top – down attitude in deciding what is good for the North and East. All economic planning was done in Colombo and thrust upon us at the periphery. Such planning never took into account our identity, our terrain, our climatic conditions, our culture and our way of life. Our public officers and local experts were not consulted when planning was done in Colombo. We lacked the power and authority to plan and execute what was best for us. I say so because I found this to be so when I was Chief Minister of the Northern Province.

The other challenge our People face are practical difficulties. Even Electricity meter readers are now brought from outside the Province. This way our locals are continuing to be unemployed, Another example is the presence of the Military who occupy valuable land. They are a hindrance to our progress. I referred to the intrusion of the Buddhist Priest from the Archaeological Task Force a little while ago. In Sinhala there is a beautiful phrase as to what they do – Angiligahanawa! Intrusion by outsiders prevent our progress.

So let me conclude by congratulating the Government for promoting self-sufficiency and self-reliance in the field of economic development while at the same time pointing the need to allow our people in the North and East to mind their own business unhampered by outside influences while still continuing to be part of the same polity. I thank you Mr.Speaker.

*Speech made in the Parliament Debate on Vote on Account Sessions of 9th September 2020

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    All economic decisions in the country are made by President Rajapaksa, PM and Finance Minister Rajapaksa and their assistants. Toe their line or be left out.

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      GATAM, economic decisions for the country made by President, PM/ Finance minister and their assistants are:
      1. Print money to cover public debt.
      2. Manipulate statistics to paint a rosy picture.
      3. Beg foreign countries and banks for money.
      4. Sell national assets to repay foreign loans.
      5. Swindle state wealth and deposit abroad.
      6. Send people to work as slaves abroad.

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      Aiyo C.V. Wigneswaran

      “So let me conclude by congratulating the Government for promoting self-sufficiency and self-reliance in the field of economic development “

      When my Elders hear these sham rhetorics they are indeed worried. They believe these are oppressive tools of the socialists who do not seem to have any idea of economic development nor do they have desire to free the poor people from, scarcity, absurd level of price hikes, long and never ending queues, extraordinary profits for Mudalali, black marketeers, ……………….. nor solve any problem.

      Gota fixed maximum price for eggs at Rs10.00 now the bakers want to import eggs.
      Mahinda and saffron brigades want to ban cattle slaughter and Mahinda wants to import beef from abroad.

      Well this is what the Sinhala/Buddhists believe, the Gotaconomics.
      Now it appears Aiyo C.V. Wigneswaran has joined Sri Mao, NM, SJ, … and all other Maoistas.

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    If we look at the country as a whole, ‘Angiligeheema’ (intrusion) by ‘Para’ (outsiders) people prevented the progress after Sinhale got Independence.
    —-
    “In Sinhala there is a beautiful phrase as to what they do – Angiligahanawa! Intrusion by outsiders prevent our progress.”

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      Sinhalese will never allow Tamils to prosper in Sri Lanka. They will make legislative ways and take executive actions to curtail the progress. If Tamils reach prosperity despite all the road blocks, violence will be let loose by the state to destroy their wealth. This big talk of attaining reconciliation through development to counter nationalism with economic prosperity depends on several factors:
      1. Economy is in shambles with foreign debt mounting, and further borrowing to offset debt. So where is the money coming from to make Tamils prosperous.
      2. At present economically north and east are at the bottom. Is the government going to pump money to these areas starving others where the vote bank is.
      3. Will Tamils accept economic prosperity as a solution and trade off their nationalism when there is no sign of truth and justice, for them to forget the past.
      True economic recovery of Tamil areas could take place only under independence or wide scale autonomy without Sinhala interference.

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    How can there be economic recovery when some Buddhist Bhikku from somewhere arrives in a Tamil village in Trincomalee , Thiriyai and threatens the Tamil villages , not to cultivate their traditional lands( 1000 acres) , as these lands are ancient Sinhalese Buddhist sites , that is under investigation by Gothabaya’s war criminal, Sinhalese only, Buddhist racist Fascist committee not a proper archaeological committee manned by recognised archaeologists local and international. Now Tamil people are being not only threatened in their own lands, by the racist occupying Sinhalese armed forces/Police, illegal Sinhalese colonists, migrant South Indian origin , fake Arab Islamic Wahhabis but also by extremist Buddhist monks who are now arriving from nowhere to the north and east and claiming ancient Tamil lands as Sinhalese Buddhist and threatening the local Tamils , as they can do so. This is why the Tamils need Federalism , Sec 13a with land and police rights in the north and east., The east still has a huge Tamil population and they are the largest community there and are the indigenous population. The entire coastal Trincomalee belt , the Batticaloa district and North Kalmunai area just south of Batticaloa is all Tamil majority

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      Rohan25,
      These are not traditional Tamil land. Land grabbed by Demalu after Sinhalayo were chased away by LTTE during their terrorist campaign to slaughter Native Sinhalayo. In some areas Demalu grabbed Sinhala land and in some areas Muslims grabbed Sinhala land.
      There are lot of forged deeds in North and East. Government should check these documents and punish lawyers who prepared these forged deeds.

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        Mahindapala, your champion archaeologist prof. Raj Somadeva who is intellectually dishonest, has found a cave in Medagama between Monreragala and Bibile where there were bones and stone inscription in Tamil Brahmi. He has dismissed it as Brahmi and not Tamil Brahmi. He must send the bones for DNA testing and get the stone inscription read by peers in Sri Lanka and abroad. Just empty boasting in Sinhala media and to Sinhala bigots will not carry. If you do extensive archaeological survey in Sri Lanka especially in north-western parts from Pooneryn to Chilaw, you will find out about Tamil ancestry. Why Sinhala archaeologists are frightened to take the challenge.

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          Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam
          Archaeology/History has always been political in Sri Lanka and it’s no different even today. The archaeological department is the handmaiden of the Government and always biased towards Sinhala and Buddhism. During 1940s, archaeologists like Senerath Paranawithana were well paid and promoted to twist and misinterpret their research in favour of Sinhala and Buddhism. The same tradition continues even today. Now they have the archaeologist Raj Somadeva to not only twist and misinterpret but also to concoct new stories (purely based on speculation/assumptions). Archaeologists like Somadeva were well paid (with perks) and promoted to the top position to twist and misinterpret his research in favour (biased) towards Sinhala and Buddhism and he is shamelessly doing it. Somadeva is a fully biased researcher just like Paranawithana in distorting the archeological findings and misinterpreting them in favor of Sinhala-Buddhists. Their research is one sided (biased), beginning with the conclusion, only finding evidence to prove the conclusion. If the archaeological/epigraphical findings did not match the conclusion they redefine/misinterpret them using their own theories, assumptions, hypothesis and analogies to prove their biased point of view. Archaeological excavations in the North & East are conducted by Sinhala-Buddhists, Buddha statues and Prakrit inscriptions appears from nowhere (bury and discover) whereas, whenever they discover statues of Siva or Tamil Brahmi inscriptions, it disappears (goes missing) or gets misinterpreted.

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            Sinhala historians and archaeologists bar a few had been intellectually dishonest. For 100 years they tried to show that Sinhalese were Aryans different to Tamils who were Dravidians and failed. Now that Aryan myth has been blown out by two DNA studies, they have embarked to prove that Sinhalese descended from ancient inhabitants (Balangoda Man). For the past twenty years they have been trying without any success as this project is a non-stater as DNA of Veddhas does not match with Sinhalese. Tamil stone inscription found in Tissamaharama about Tamil settlement there, taken by Archaeology department is missing. Somadeva has also committed a fraud in aiding and abetting of cover up of Mannar mass grave of Tamils arrested in December 1984.

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    C.W.Vigneswaran is correct. Regarding the paddy cultivation I don’t think there is any necessity to change red rice to other rice or to import from Thailand. Kerala State produces more red rice. They and even the Westerners prefer red rice. It is not the question of rice, but the question of proper irrigation scheme. There are many disadvantages in the present system of supplying water where 30 % of the water is seeped into the earth while another 30 % is just evaporated. What is required is the Provinces should be given land powers to expropriate the natural resources within the respective Provinces. The construction of High-Line Water way system like in the USA, Australia and Rajasthan State is a must for Northern Province which would increase the production of paddy & other crops together with farms, all of which would signal self-sufficiency. As regards the Eastern Archaeological Task Force (EATF), it is designed to subjugate the Tamils and frustrate the co-existence of Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims. The motive of the EATF is similar to the debt-trap policy of China which had grabbed Sri Lanka tightly and force Sri Lanka to mortgage itself to China. It has become questionable whether the utilization of Buddhist monks to interfere with farmers cultivating their land frustrates the co-existence of the Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims.

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      There is a typographical error. It should be read as ‘what is required is the Provinces should be given land powers to exploit the natural resources within the respective Provinces.

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        Tamils in Sri Lanka for advice on agriculture whether paddy or vegetable/fruit must consult Agriculture University of Coimbatore which is world famous for precision farming and crop economics, whose methods are included in the curriculum of London school of economics. Tamil Nadu farmers are facing similar water problem like Jaffna farmers, but have overcome it to be successful, not only being self sufficient in rice but also exporting it to Kerala. Their water management need to be followed. Rice grown in south-east Asia (glutinous) is different from rice grown in south Asia.

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    CV Wigneswaran advocates going back to the closed economy era of Mrs Bandaranaike from 1970-1977.

    Self Sufficiency self-reliance and food security were discarded long ago in this globalised world.

    We plan when normalcy prevails.

    War or Covid 19 or any other extraordinary situations are rare and not predictable that need a different kind of approach. Agriculture is heavily subsidized in our country.
    Yet we could not compete in international market.

    On practical ground,we need not solely depend on paddy. Other protein rich cereals could be produced within the country cheaply with fewer inputs with positive outcome in nutrition and income..

    Technological Improvement , value addition and innovation should be our guiding principle.

    Think globally and act locally!

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      Srikrish, did you hear that Singapore is trying to produce 40% of vegetable consumed internally. They have developed innovative methods to grow them even on roof tops. Therefore self reliance and food security concept may be coming back. One country to emulate is Israel where they have converted deserts into fertile lands. An expatriate Tamil has started a farm in Maviddapuram where he has grown vegetables and fruits successfully using organic method. Few years ago Tamil organisation SCOT UK had a demonstration farm in two acres in Kanagarayankulam where they did precision farming using drip irrigation and scientific fertilizing and showed that the yield of vegetables could be increased threefold. Best thing is to make small beginning and make progress to high level rather than your grandiose suggestion. Best is to follow Tamil Nadu where they have made vast strides in agriculture and technology.

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    Dear Hon CJ MP Electoral District Jaffna,

    Thank you for the agreement with the GOSL on their agricultural policies. However one has to note the Self sufficiency was the drive then in 1970 onwards by our SLFP GOSL then benefitted the people of Jaffna greatly & historically therefore is not a sudden policy change but reintroduction that was disrupted by the 1977 blunder of an election results was a curse to our Nation we paid a price with loss of Mother Lankan Lifes.

    After the miserable war we are now going back to where we needed to be that is to continue policies of this nature/grass root self sufficiency with sustainability and science combined for increased yield yet nutritional values are not lost and the soil is not eroded and contaminated irreversibly so the little land Northern farmers have can deliver local and National needs first and foremost before export. This applies not only to rice but also to sesame, coconut and monks beans etc………now find it way out of the country to all around the world??? without fulfilling the local & National needs affordably for healthy living.

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    Therefore let me suggest each MP discuss their local constituent needs as suppose to North and East, Armed forces taking up land, Archaeological sites affecting farming as this mixes up things for a “precision-clarity-focus” that is required by each elected in their locality deliverable list progress reporting please.

    World bank should not discuss matters locally but via the GOSL that get fed into the districts through National planning (I do respect your responses to the “expert” from the World Bank then) ….because living healthily means we share everything in our National pot lovingly which used to be reflected in the Jaffna wet Market in 70’s where Northern produces sold down south and southern produces get sold up North etc. We are blessed as a Nation to have the equator divide give diverse farming yet one people?.

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    My Father worked his way up from Village level, then Electorate level and then focused on the District level whilst standing up for National Unity with the Regional vision. This was done systamatically from a grass root level over 40 years of his life. India would have benefitted greatly too without all the hullabaloo if it was not for the FP/ITAK/TULF/Tamil Nadu connivance destroyed our Nation and then the Indian National security too and altered the regional development plan via South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) where SL would have been a major hub like HK/Singapore/Taiwan feeding into the Indian continent above.

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      With regard to the unemployment you should encourage them to join the military where they can serve their Nation without this North and East diversion in their minds at the same time will learn many skills too. You should also campaign for the compulsory military enlisting as this will help communities come together in our Nation. Only outsiders in our Nation are those who are non citizens of SL we will treat them lovingly too as a Nation is what makes us the global people too.

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        Thiagarajah Venugopal “With regard to the unemployment you should encourage them to join the military …”

        really!

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          Yes Really. Would you be able to list all that was done by the armed forces in the North and East ever since the war ended?

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            Thiagarajah Venugopal – Are you advising Anjaghan?
            I recently saw one of his interviews…he was so talking so much gibberish ….

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              Rajash

              “I recently saw one of his interviews…he was so talking so much gibberish ….”

              Irrespective of their race(?), religion, region, gender, ….. Lankies are well known for talking gibberish.
              There is nothing new or surprising.

              Look Shavendra and Kamala both single handedly prevented Corona spreading in the island. Now they are seriously worried about Kallathoni sneaking into the island and LTTE diaspora haming the country.

              What do you think?

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            Thiagarajah Venugopal

            “Would you be able to list all that was done by the armed forces in the North and East ever since the war ended”

            Do you really want to know?

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              Dear NV

              I am not sure you read well what I write. It is focused on changing the way we have done so we shape something from lessons learned.

              Sometime focusing on the good work that was done will get us travel in a different direction.

              The point was to encourage all to focus on the right path means we also need to be in the same path?? given we have all done the same that we accuse others is the point too…..I am sure you are not looking to put everyone in the same basket for retribution???

              That is not how Nations are built??

              I read all you write does not say much constructive and why???

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    How fruitful it will be if Hon. Wigneswaran, MP will speak and write about the Sri Lankan economy and its equitable distribution in investment and its returns. The mind of the Tamils is set from 1948 to 2020 in the strongest of cast iron rigidity.
    It requires a great mind to extricate the warped habits of thought of the Tamils to induce a salutary response from the Sinhalese. It is easy for the sentiments expressed in the last two speeches by never making a reference to them in the next five years. If anybody rakes up, not to react will have the strongest effect.
    Let everybody and most conspicuously the diaspora get the same changed message of economics superseding politics in the scale of choice.

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      What about the mean racist genocidal mindset of the Chingkallams and their Mahavamsa mentality, that is the cause of all this problems. Create all the problems and then blame and demonise the victim. Typical Chingkalla mindset

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        Pandi Kutti,
        Sinhalayo with genocidal mindset and Mahawamshe mentality were good when they gave citizenship to descendants of Dravida slaves brought by colonial rulers and abandoned in Sinhale, gave free education, free health services, allowed to live and work in any place in the country, allowed to buy property in any place in the country while Vellala Demalu denied the opportunity to Sinhalayo to buy land in Yapanaya using Malabar customary law called ‘Thesawalamei’.
        Will these people ever become civilized to appreciate what Sinhalayo did and be grateful.

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    Once we remove this Tamil and Sinhalese talk, North and East theme and talk you will find the MP’s job much easier to perform to serve the people as the expertise you mentioned is a National expertises and not local and will become available for delivering all things good. Please have the NPC performance evaluated by an independent panel and accept the verdict regard to the failures will educate us to perform better, bench mark our future planning better rather than being defensive as it was not your fault why you have failed the “war affected” and the “Jaffna people” (Please do not refer to East had a separate PC they have elected then)…..but you were part of a party TNA limited by its own creation, imagination, history should never have been allowed to participate in a free and fair election at any capacity in the first place for their past crimes?

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      Now you have formed a party and want to serve people and they have elected you to rewrite all the wrongs means the language has to change and am very pleased my representative from Jaffna an Hon CJ of our Nation making common grounds with the elected governance of our beloved country.

      You have to get to the mindset of my Father to serve the people please. Party and Politics are only a vehicle to do so and all and every opportunity has to be utilised to do that with pride and joy. You remove the party from the people they are just fellow citizens, families, uncles and aunties we are all working for and democracy is a vehicle to do that effectively as long as we are clean, honest, law abiding sets the foundation for that journey.

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        Hi Vennu Kunju . Still crying for Appa?

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          Venu’s appa is crying in his grave…reading all this verbal rubbish from Venu

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    An interesting factual article well compiled and written by the great Hon.CJW, who fights arduously for the lost rights of the minorities.?
    #
    Nearly 11 years have passed by since the finish of the sad war there has been all big talk about developing the whole island but sading it has been all farts and no droppings.
    The rajapuka’s have occupied the latrine for most of the time, they have been only interested in building their cash and castles in many a nation.
    #
    Now its time for the Buddhist monks and the military to vacate from the east and the north gracefully leaving the Muslims along with the tamils to look after their own needs.
    This is why the 13th amendment has to be put into practice but sadly as this or any other petty racist central government cling onto the ropes of power it will only be a pipe wet dream.
    #
    1 am taking the liberty of making a practical suggestion –
    1. All recruitments to the public sector have only got to be made on a merit basis where the best at the interviews has got to be selected.
    2. Sinhala proficiency has to be dumped into many a river and English had to be the official language.
    3. All 9 provinces along with the 22 districts have to be treated equally and not have an iota of discrimination.

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      4. Whenever, wherever sung the national anthem has to be in all 3 languages – Sinhala, Tamil and English.
      5. Bribery along with corruption should be a thing of the past all those indulging in these sordid activities should be arrested brought to the criminal courts of law and be made to serve long jail terms coupled with whipping as done in counties like Singapore.
      Caste, creed influence should be thrown of the window.
      6. An impartial English speaking judiciary should be put into motion.
      7. All the citizens have to be educated, motivated to state with pride that we are, Sri Lankans.
      8. Like in Singapore 2 years of military service should be made compulsory for all the 16-year old’s irrespective of sex,
      9. All immoral activities are similar to same-sex indulgences, prostitution and the openly selling on#f ones young kids to the old white aunties/uncles should be stopped.
      #
      PROUD TO BE A SRI-LANKAN & IT IS THE BEST ISLAND ON THE PLANET has to be installed into the minds of the young from an early stage.
      =
      One and all if I have missed out any salient facts, please include them,

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    Please goto Malaysia and ask the Malaysian Chinese, Indians and the Ceylonese to say anything not so constructive about Malay language in “public”. Please come back and report to us on CT.

    They all put up with the differences and perceived and real prejudices including the lovely Malay people in a post colonial life. Their perseverance had paid off today because of their tolerence and the National Security act that had prevented similar statements you made in the parliament too as is a discourse to Nation Building.

    The same PM they hated so much for his policies then be the most loved Father of the Nation today is a historical fact. It is all about vision and mission. Yet is a Muslim country too is for the same reasons too. (I know how many bad things were said about him by all others then now will bow in front of him humbled by the turn of history he personally made possible too). This is not a justification of the wrongs but about a journey where you have to play your part too for “One Sri Lanka” just as “Sathu Malaysia”?

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    We pick the wrong battles for all the wrong reasons. Please in your party culture bring about the next generation who will speak for the entire Nation that we need to seed it now for a better harvest tomorrow you may agree. It will also allow the Tamil pride to serve the Nation too that every Sinhalese man would proudly receive help to build a Nation like no other a great possibility.

    Thank you

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    This column written by a politician, the leader of a Tamil political party and an ex-Judge of the Supreme Court also an ardent campaigner for the sovereignty of Sri Lankan Tamils. Now he talks about ‘Economic Recovery in North & East and full of praise for the government’s effort on inland production partly by its taxation scheme’. It makes sense though he is not at all fluent on this subject nor did home work on it. He further insists on self- sufficiency economically and self-reliance individually and socially etc. which is like ‘pinching the baby and rocking the cradle’. People from North & East had been already devastated from the brutal war and striving hard to come to terms with day to day life. Mr.C.V.Vigeswaran is boasting about his political party’s policy on ‘self-sufficiency economically and self-reliance individually and socially’ which is alien topic to him as well his key members of the party. One thing is sure that no serious businessman will ever approach him for any advice or guidance as CVV alienated himself from the normal system.

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      Recently when few expatriate Tamils met Mahinda to discuss about investing in north and east, he told them that if any politician or official ask for bribe let me or Gota know.
      Out goes dreams of Devananda and Ayngaran who are already fighting to take the plum.

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam

        “Recently when few expatriate Tamils met Mahinda to discuss about investing in north and east, he told them that if any politician or official ask for bribe let me or Gota know..”

        Actually what he meant was he wanted investors to speak to Basil, the one stop shop. One can buy or sell anything through him.

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          Dear NV

          There are several one stop shop operating in Asians countries for SL looting (would not want to name any) been doing good business at the expense of our children for last 50 years with all parties in SL.

          These are the Nations we write several CT articles about their great achievements that we should emulate?? we have normalised the unthinkable and the more they keep the North going more access others have to SL?? This duplicity practised so much for so long by these so called foreign Tamils have met the stone wall??

          What ever they have to do now have to be at one place in SL for a change……..let us say that makes a huge paradigm shift for this desperate people.

          I am not sure why you want to twist that to make it sound like what you just said??

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    “My Party, the Thamizh Makkal Thesiya Kootani, has enthroned self government politically, self sufficiency economically and self reliance individually and socially as its Party goals.”
    .
    The tragedy is 51,301 people think there is something in it.
    .
    It is quite revealing he says “My party.” Yes, basically it’s a one-man show, with a few hangers-on like Shivaji, Suresh and Ananthi. What distinguishes Wigneswaran’s politics is its total inability to come to terms with the post-Mullivaikkal world.

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      Ajay, you said:
      “What distinguishes Wigneswaran’s politics is its total inability to come to terms with the post-Mullivaikkal world.”
      I very much agree.
      But will you say that the other two Tamil nationalist alliances are significantly better?

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        Ajay

        Tamils and their parties can better themselves only by learning the red book by heart and reciting it even if they don’t understand what it says (whether the author and his devotees understood it is another matter) and worship Mao and be part of his glorious cult.
        While accepting Mao as the paramount leader expected every Tamil to show lot of respect to the weeping widow.

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