12 December, 2017

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Elections, Mahinda And The Tiger

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

(President) Mahinda asked me to convey numerous messages to (LTTE leader) Prabhakaran. – Eric Solheim[i]

Mahinda Rajapaksa is willing to abolish the executive presidency in his third term.

Mahinda Rajapaksa wants to send every Muslim on Haj.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa meets Norwegian International Development Minister and former special peace envoy Eric Solheim in Geneva Pic by Sudath Silva

President Mahinda Rajapaksa meets Norwegian International Development Minister and former special peace envoy Eric Solheim in Geneva Pic by Sudath Silva

It is the season for fantastical lies and unreal promises. Soon the President may pledge to send all Buddhists to Dambadiva, all Christians to the Holy Land and all Hindus to whatever shrine in India they wish to visit.

Mahinda Rajapaksa is not quite sanguine about the upcoming elections, probably because he is aware of the growing discontent in his natural (Sinhala-Buddhist) constituency. The rumblings within the ruling coalition would be an added headache. The Communist Party had to ban its own paper to blackout internal dissension. Two LSSP trade union federations have refused to toe the ‘party line’ and back Mr. Rajapaksa. The JHU might be on the verge of a split. Admittedly none of these parties command many votes (the JHU’s heydays are long gone). But in a closely fought election, even the miniscule numbers these tiny parties can muster might make the difference between winning outright or being forced into a game-changing second round.

So the Rajapaksas are doing everything they can to keep the UPFA united and the opposition divided. Members of the ruling family are working as one man to achieve these interrelated purposes, obviously because they clearly understand what is really at stake – their own individual and collective futures. An excellent case in point is the way Uncle Basil and Nephew Namal set aside their squabbles and worked in tandem to bag Mangala Samaraweera. That operation failed[ii] but, going by media reports, the effort to neutralise Ven. Mduluwave Sobhitha Thero may succeed. (The Rajapaksas have a telling track record in bending dissenting monks to their will, including the four chief prelates.)

Stymieing a common candidate will give the Rajapaksas a considerable advantage. But even a divided opposition can make a comeback, so long as the parties and personalities do not descend into juvenile bickering. Thanks to the nature of the electoral system, several oppositional candidates can mount a challenge as potent as a single candidate if – and this is a big if – they adopt the strategy of marching separately and striking together. If the various candidates can come to a certain basic understanding and aim their political fire not at each other but at the Rajapaksas, it would still be possible to push the election into a second round.

A key problem facing the opposition would be voter-apathy, and consequently voter-absenteeism. Absenteeism for whatever purpose – especially as a mark of protest against an ‘illegal election’ – will work against the opposition and for Mahinda Rajapaksa. A low turnout is a particular danger with the minorities as well. A Tamil/Muslim candidate might actually hurt the Rajapaksas, if he/she succeeds in increasing the voter turnout among the minorities. The simple fact is that every vote which is not cast for Mahinda Rajapaksa is a vote against Mahinda Rajapaksa; every vote which is cast for a non-Rajapaksa candidate (including Rajapaksa proxies) can help to prevent an outright Rajapaksa victory and push the presidential election into a second round.

The opposition is clearly not out of the woods; but neither are the Rajapaksas. That is why in the coming weeks there will be plenty of lies and exaggerations, exorbitant claims and extravagant promises.

And the Tiger.

The Tiger will be used to demand gratitude, claim rights and spread fear, to cover oneself with glory and to attack the opposition, to look sagacious and sound patriotic.

An early signal of that imminent future is the President’s near hysterical attack on Eric Solheim.

Rajapaksa, Solheim and Pirapaharan – The Other History

Eric Solheim is going to testify before the UNHRC and the President is livid: “They gave money to the LTTE. The Norwegian government must investigate. We have evidence on how they funded the terrorists.”[iii] The President also “alleged that Solheim and the Norwegians discouraged him on pursuing the war saying the LTTE was an invisible military outfit that could never be defeated”[iv].

But was that really the truth? Wasn’t there a time when the Rajapaksas were as eager to obtain Mr. Solheim’s services vis-à-vis the LTTE, as Ranil Wickremesinghe ever was? Didn’t they use Mr. Solheim to send messages to the LTTE and to persuade the LTTE to re-commence negotiations?

By the time Mahinda Rajapaksa became President Rajapaksa, thanks to the election boycott imposed on Tamils by Vellupillai Pirapaharan, the ‘Peace Process’ was in a state of limbo. The two sides had not talked since the LTTE left negotiations in April 2003. The next and final round of talks happened during the first year of the Rajapaksa presidency, due to the efforts of Mr. Solheim. And Mr. Solheim did not go to Vanni behind President Rajapaksa’s back; on the contrary, he met the President both before and after meeting the LTTE[v]. When Mr. Solheim obtained the LTTE’s consent for another round of negotiations, the government rejoiced. And the President, instead of raving against the peace moves of the Tiger-loving Norwegians, reportedly cowed, “Didn’t I say so?”[vi]

Norwegian special peace envoy, Erik Solheim meets with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse (R) in Colombo. [AFP]

Norwegian special peace envoy, Erik Solheim meets with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa (R) in Colombo. [AFP]

The news reports contained pictures of a smiling Mr. Solheim and a smiling Mr. Rajapaksa. That was a time Mr. Solheim could do no wrong in the Rajapaksa eyes.

Of course the Norwegians helped the LTTE; of course Mr. Solheim was pro-Tiger. But these were not secrets. And Mahinda Rajapaksa cared nothing for any of it then. He had no hesitation in using the pro-Tiger Norwegians to negotiate with the LTTE when it suited his purpose to do so.

According to a Wikileaks Cable, “Basil Rajapaksa conceded to (American) Ambassador that the pre-election contacts with the LTTE had taken place.”[vii]

Mahinda Rajapaksa, with the help of Sarath Fonseka and many others (including Vellupillai Pirapaharan) defeated the LTTE. That cannot and must not be gainsaid. But that is one part of the truth. The other part is that he about having dealings with the LTTE, both before and after elections. Some of those dealings happened in the limelight; others are still shrouded in darkness.

If Mahinda Rajapaksa wants to turn the dead Tiger into a key figure in this election season, the Opposition must ensure that the public is told not just a part of that history but all of it. If the past is going to reverberate in the present, it must be the whole past and not just bits and pieces, edited to suit Rajapaksa purposes.

The Rajapaksas cannot fight the election on the basis of either the present or the future, due to the steadily worsening economic conditions of the people. They will resort to false promises, abuses and violence. But clearly the lop-sided and pre-rigged electoral system and the usual politico-propaganda antics will not suffice this time. The Tiger will be used, with increasing frequency, to fill the resulting gap.

The Rajapaksas must not be allowed to lie about and manipulate history with impunity. The light of whole truth must be deployed to blunt the efficacy of their Tiger shadow-play.

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    Another excellent work.

    “The Rajapaksas must not be allowed to lie about and manipulate history with impunity. The light of whole truth must be deployed to blunt the efficacy of their Tiger shadow-play.”

    You ended the article very well.
    Are these published in Sinhala language?
    Thanks

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      Ms. Tisaranee Gunasekara –

      1. “Mahinda Rajapaksa is willing to abolish the executive presidency in his third term.”

      1. Common Sense Response: Do Not Believe Liars.

      2. “Mahinda Rajapaksa wants to send every Muslim on Haj.”

      2. Common Sense Response:

      a) Haj is not required for every Muslim. It is the 5th Pillar of Islam. Muslims can go to Heaven without going to Hajj, by following the other Pillars.

      b) What Muslims want is to go to Heaven, not necessarily Hajj.

      c) ISIS destroys shrines and mosques, may be targeting Mecca to Destroy Kaaba.

      http://havacuppahemlock1.blogspot.com/2014/08/isis-vows-to-destroy-mecca-and-kill.html

      ISIS VOWS TO DESTROY MECCA AND KILL JORDAN’S KING

      Baku. Rashad Suleymanov – APA. Representatives of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) stated that they will ruin the Kaaba after capturing Saudi Arabia.

      APA reports quoting Turkish media that ISIS wants to take control of Arar city of Saudi Arabia and start operations here.

      ISIS member Abu Turab Al Mugaddasi said that they would destroy the Kaaba in Mecca:
      “If Allah wills, we will kill those who worship stones in Mecca and destroy the Kaaba. People go to Mecca to touch the stones, not for Allah.”

      http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/07/10/isis-destroys-shrines-and-mosques-sets-sights-on-mecca/

      But an unverified threat to Mecca itself, the holy city in Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia where Muslims believe they must make one pilgrimage during their lifetimes, was unprecedented. Allegedly tweeted by a member of the extremist group on a since-suspended account, the threat took aim at the most sacred beacon of the Muslim faith.

      http://havacuppahemlock1.blogspot.com/2014/08/isis-vows-to-destroy-mecca-and-kill.html

      ISIS VOWS TO DESTROY MECCA AND KILL JORDAN’S KING

      So, Mahinda Rajapaksa need to Hurry.

      4) What Mahinda Rajapaksa needs to do is send every Muslim to Heaven, and Every Buddhist to Nirvanna. However, what he has done is Made it Hell for Muslims, Buddhists and others as well, except for liars, rapists,m shills, murderers and other Maras or MaRas.

      Ms. Tisaranee Gunasekara where is the Common sense Phamplet? “Koheda?”

      Chapter 1 – Common Sense by Thomas Paine – Of the Origin and Design of Government in General

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CeZoQo9qK0

      Common Sense at Wikipedia:

      http://goo.gl/t9iV3

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    “Of course Norwegians funded and supported the LTTE”.

    “Of course Eric Solheim was pro Tiger “…

    There you go… Say no more….

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      “Of course Norwegians funded and supported the LTTE”.

      “Of course Eric Solheim was pro Tiger “…

      /There you go… Say no more…./

      Yeah – say NO MORE is your real interest. You don’t want the people to know that Norwegians funded and supported the BBS, do you?

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        Norwegians being proxies of US, UK club will help Tiger rump, BBS or any other group to discredit and topple the Rajapakse govt. Just goes to show how Rajapakses have cleverly beaten the murderous LTTE thugs and their backers. The economy is good, there is peace in the country and I wish the Rajapakses well and yet anpther term to govern. To hell with the disgruntled diaspora and other losers who cannot stomach their humiliating defeat.

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          check this out ,

          Solheim in a Twitter message said, “President Rajapaksa tells lies about me as election approaches. I will set the truth straight tomorrow (Monday)”. – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/56595/rajapaksa-lies-about-me-solheim#sthash.f4Z0x8Zm.dpuf

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            srilal

            Thanks for the info

            “Addressing a political gathering in Kurunegala, President Rajapaksa said, “they (Norway) gave money to the LTTE. The Norwegian government must investigate. We have evidence on how they funded the terrorists.”

            MR forgot he too gave money to VP for ballot rigging. What is on about?

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              NV ,

              Exactly , all these “Gallery talks” are good for game bayyas , let’s wait and see how things going to unfold before the UNHRC , NV do you have any idea as to what is at store for the regime under Obama Administration in March ? is it going to bring another resolution against the cartel ?

              MR’s strategy is to kill two birds at once , as usual he plays his panacea “LTTE bogey” for the domestic consumption and the same time to undermine Eric Solheim’s evidence against the cartel at UNHRC war crime investigation , MR is made to believe that UNHRC also functions as SL , hence regime believes attacking on personal level against individuals (louse arbor , Navaneethan Pillay , New Prince, Eric S et al ) will diffuse the situations , big mistake !

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      It is all in the name (and the nose) you see.

      The interest of a man from a tiny country of four million people from the opposite corner of the earth, Norway, in Sri Lankan affairs should have sent shock waves in the minds of our leaders at the time. The name “Sol-Heim”, if nothing else, should have alerted them to the imminent conspiracy. But Chandrika and Ranil failed to notice, or ignored the danger.

      The result was Sol-Heim’s financial sponsorship of Pirpakaran and arms supplies to him, while peddling the myth to the government that he was inconvincible.

      It was the good fortune of Sri Lanka that Mahinda Rajapakse became president in 2006 and showed the middle finger to this conspirator Sol-heim. His agents are still angry about that, and are using the UNHRC.

      We should continue to shw the middle finger to them and ay “up yours heimies”.

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    BUST the locals who worked with Norway.

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      Fathima Fukushima,

      “BUST the locals who worked with Norway”.

      Excellent comment.

      You will see CBK, RW & of course King Kong in the net.

      Cheers!

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    The question is why did Eric fall in love with the Tiger! Its all part of a great Jaffna con. Its probably THE biggest deception of the century.

    Its the great con that made believe everyone the Tamils in Ceylon were an indigenous tribe under threat from annihilation. No wonder Eric fell for it like many other outsiders. He must have thought he was helping the underdog needing help.

    Its far from the truth of course. The Emperor lost his clothes on the eve of the first citizenship test. When the Jaffna con artist was asked to produce 3 generations of existence in Ceylon all hell broke loose.

    The Jaffna feral culture almost got away with the con had Ranil Wicrmakasinghe allowed to continue.

    All Tamils in Ceylon are Indian. Brought here very recently. There is no Ceylon Tamil or “Eelam Tamil”. Its time everyone knew the truth about these con artists.

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      “All Tamils in Ceylon are Indian”

      What about the SINHALESE? Where did they come from? Did Buddha brought with him in his flight to the island?

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        Anpu

        “All Tamils in Ceylon are Indian.” Vibhushana writes

        So are the Sinhala/Buddhists from North/South India. He has omitted one fact, most Sinhala/Buddhists are descendants of Tamils from South India.

        He is awaiting signals from comet 67P which is believed to be an alien spaceship.

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          Buddy Native,

          Sinhala/Buddhists are descendants of Tamils from South India.

          I heard this from Vingeswaran as well. That Tamil is the parent of Sinhala. Its quite comical really.

          First of all, neither Sinhala nor Tamil are “races”. They are ethnicity/cultures. Its like the same man wearing a different cap at different times.

          Secondly, Sinhala script was in existence since 3 CE whereas Tamil came 12 CE or even later. So Sinhala is almost 10 centuries ahead of Tamil. In fact Sinhala came into its own before most other scripts in India.

          http://www.cs.colostate.edu/~malaiya/brah11.gif

          So ascendancy is again on relevance. The race of human is the same across the continent. The same DNA.

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            Vibhushana

            “Buddy Native”

            Give me a second, let me move away from the rug under me.
            Okay.

            “I heard this from Vingeswaran as well. That Tamil is the parent of Sinhala. Its quite comical really.”

            An In-depth Interview with former Supreme Court Judge CV Wigneswaran

            Excerpt:

            Unlike when we were young, many Sinhalese have forgotten or have been made to forget the fact that Tamils occupied this country even before the birth of the Sinhalese language. Their progeny in the North and East are therefore entitled to their unfettered individuality.

            http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/3248

            “First of all, neither Sinhala nor Tamil are “races”. They are ethnicity/cultures. Its like the same man wearing a different cap at different times.”

            Or the same man/woman sharing the same genetic (M20) as his/her brethren in Tamil Nadu and in this island and with Sinhalese.

            “Secondly, Sinhala script was in existence since 3 CE whereas Tamil came 12 CE or even later. So Sinhala is almost 10 centuries ahead of Tamil. In fact Sinhala came into its own before most other scripts in India.”

            2,200-year-old Tamil-Brahmi inscription found on Samanamalai
            T.S. SUBRAMANIAN
            March 25, 2012
            Hindu
            http://www.thehindu.com/

            Tamil script

            Tamil Brahmi script was prevalent in Tamil Nadu from 3rd century BCE onwards and continued with variations upto 4th century of Common Era. During this time, the practice of writing Sanskrit letters in Tamil Nadu, commonly known as Grantha script was popularised by the Pallavas. This continued for nearly two centuries i.e. from 4th – 6th century. The Tamil script evolved from the Grantha script around 7th century CE.

            Department of Archaeology
            India
            http://www.tnarch.gov.in/epi/ins2.htm
            Tamil Brahmi script in Egypt

            Excerpts:

            Exciting archaeological discovery with implications of import

            CHENNAI: A broken storage jar with inscriptions in Tamil Brahmi script has been excavated at Quseir-al-Qadim, an ancient port with a Roman settlement on the Red Sea coast of Egypt. This Tamil Brahmi script has been dated to first century B.C. One expert described this as an “exciting discovery.”

            http://www.thehindu.com/
            November 21, 2007

            Potsherd with Tamil-Brahmi script found in Oman
            T. S. SUBRAMANIAN

            Excerpts:

            Discovery has opened new chapter in understanding maritime trade of Indian Ocean countries, say historians

            A Tamil-Brahmi script inscribed on a potsherd, which was found at the Khor Rori area in Oman, has come to light now. The script reads “nantai kiran” and it can be dated to first century CE, that is, 1900 years before the present. The discovery in the ancient city of Sumhuram has opened a new chapter in understanding the maritime trade of the Indian Ocean countries, according to specialists in history.

            http://www.thehindu.com/

            October 28, 2012

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              Older Greek, Roman and Chinese pot sheds, etc. have been found in SL.

              Does that mean they were also living in SL?

              If you look at a garbage dump today you will find many products with MADE IN WHATEVER. Does that mean people of all those countries are living in SL? NO.

              Only Sinhalese have their native language. Others are all imported.

              If a pot with Tamil Nadu letter was find that only proves a Tamil Nadu made pot was in SL. That’s all.

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                Sensible Thinking

                “If you look at a garbage dump today you will find many products with MADE IN WHATEVER.”

                If you look deep into your head now you will find lot of garbage clearly marked made in Sri Lanka. Does it mean you are not a homo sapien.

                By the way Amphioxus has no brain but has spinal cord, a small mouth and a primitive digestive system. Does it ring a bell.

                “Only Sinhalese have their native language. Others are all imported.”

                Sinhalese is a language assembled in this island for which parts such as Prakrit, Pali, Sanskrit, Tamil, etc were imported from North/South India and called it Sinhalese.

                Buddhism is an imported religion.

                The mind boggling violence periodically perpetrated by the Sinhala/Buddhists also came from North India along with 700 thugs. Violence seems to be embedded in their gene.

                “If a pot with Tamil Nadu letter was find that only proves a Tamil Nadu made pot was in SL.”

                It also means the stupid Sinhala/Buddhists didn’t know how to make pots, either Tamils made them in Tamil Nadu and gave them to the Sinhala/Buddhists or Tamil potters also lived here and made them. Tamils engraved their names on the pots so that when stolen by Sinhala/Buddhists ownership of the pot could be claimed.

                “Older Greek, Roman and Chinese pot sheds, etc. have been found in SL. Does that mean they were also living in SL?”

                What do you think?

                You ought to revisit my comment.

                Koheda Yanne, Malle Pol (Where are you going? Coconuts in the Bag)

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              NV,

              Your history is not the correct history. Did you listen to the speech by Champaka in Paris earlier this year.

              According to him the Sinhalese have been living is Sri Lanka for 70,000 years and earlier.

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                No wonder your forefathers called themselves ‘Modaya’. :-)

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                BBS Rep

                You are wrong man, the Sinhalese were living even before the Dinosaurs. Do not believe Champaka, he is not an archeologist, the geologists have discovered both Dinosaurs skeletons and Sinhalese skeletons in the same place. The Dinosaurs must have swallowed a few Sinhalese, the only tribe that existed for such a long period.

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              Native,

              This if from your link. Read your own crap before posting please.

              “The Tamil script evolved from the Grantha script around 7th century CE.”

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                Vibhushana,

                For goodness sake, avoid cherry picking to support your confused mind. The Sinhala Script evolved considerably after 1955 since it became the official language of SL. Does this mean it came into being since 1955?

                Consider Thirukkural; it is a philosophical master piece created by Thiruvaluvar, who lived in South India around 1st century CE, some believe it was around 6th century CE, nevertheless, in order to capture such a master piece in written form in Tamil, the language must have been developed considerably!

                http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/672994/Tirukkural

                “An all-inclusive ethical guide, the Tirukkural has as its foremost moral imperatives the avoidance of killing and the avoidance of falsehood. It also commends to the reader a feeling of compassion for all individuals, regardless of caste or creed. Its 133 sections of 10 couplets each are divided into three books: aram (virtue), porul (government and society), and kamam (love). The first section opens with praise of God, rain, renunciation, and a life of virtue. It then presents a world-affirming vision, the wisdom of human sympathy that expands from one’s family and friends to one’s clan, village, and country. The porul section projects a vision of an ideal state and relates good citizenship to virtuous private life. The kamam section addresses both “secret love” and married love; the section on married love is written as a dialogue between husband and wife.”

                It looks as if your mind is completely consumed by bigotry, and all you are doing is cherry picking information here and there to feed your devouring bigotry. The Sangam period was around the 3rd century CE; it was the time when the Tamil language enjoyed immense success. Celebrated epics such as silapathikaram and Manimegalai were written around 3ed century CE. How do you explain this?

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                  i think he is referring to tamil in SL and not south india.

                  After all he is right when he says there is no evidence for tamil civilization in SL that can be claimed as indigenous.

                  You’re people talk about a tamil civilization in SL for 3000 years (some even claim it existed before SL broke away from india geographically).
                  but why lack of any evidence?

                  Sinhala people have books in Sinhala, stone inscriptions, uncountable number of religious institutions where number of them are spread in north and east. When compared with the sinhala civilization which is truly indigenous the so called tamil civilization has absolutely nothing to offer. The only thing those tamil pseudo historians do is pronounce sinhala names in a way they can suggest it to be tamil.

                  I am not saying tamil is inferior, Tamils evolved a great civilization in south india which is even ahead of sinhala. So why did only the so called indigenous tamils of SL miss the race? Why no evidence of existence of such.

                  The earliest tamil literature from SL is from 17th 18th century

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            Imbecile Vibhushana,

            “Secondly, Sinhala script was in existence since 3 CE whereas Tamil came 12 CE or even later. So Sinhala is almost 10 centuries ahead of Tamil.”

            Have you read the book “Understanding the Sinhalese” by S.B. Dissanayake? You are a damn liar spearing blatant lies recklessly. Remember this; when Buddhism first arrived in Sri Lanka, many scholarly Monks were proficient both in Tamil and Pali. There in no record of Sinhala as language existed then. If you hear voices in your head, please keep it yourself as your historical accounts are extremely spurious and comical.

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              where does it says monks were proficient in tamil and pali? from where did you pick this?

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            Vibu,

            Are you saying when Lord Buddha came to Lanka, there was no Sinhala speaking people in the island?

            :-)

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        The question where Sinhala come from is of no relevance is it really?

        No Sinhala demanded territory for exclusive use claiming they were “original”. Sinhala have always stood for multi-culturalism.

        Thats quite audacious when you think about it isn’t it? Tamils step off the boat then destroy things for 3 decades demanding a homeland. Do you know of any one else who done that?

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          If Sinhalas came from Gujarat, Bengal, Orissa or Andra, etc. they must speak the language there.

          But they don’t.

          Tamils came from Tamil Nadu and that is why they STILL speak Tamil Nadu language.

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            Thaliva,

            Please do not exhibit your ignorance on public forums.

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              Burning Issue:

              Your rebuttal says nothing.

              Why ?

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                Jim,

                Because I am tired of educating ignorant people such as you; I have been doing this since 2003. You, yourself have seen several rebuttal on these forums but chose to remain ignorant conveniently! Tamil presence in Sri lanka from the time since history began in Sri lanka. The Tamils and tamil language had immensely contributed to the sinhala culture and the language. This fact has been recognised by many sinhala scholars; recently by prof. S.B. Dissaniyake, who is a linquestic authority.

                All over South Indea through archeological research and excavations, many Thiraveda Buddhist remains are being uncovered. Perhaps you need to do some research as to how Buddhism arrived in SL and from where in India. There are abandence of books available in order for one to educate oneself, rather than coming on public forums and writing spurious nonsense.

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                  where is evidence for a tamil presence in sri lanka since time immemorial?

                  I asked you to give an example of tamil literature in ancient SL. But you could not.
                  The earliest sinhala in SL is found in 7-8 AD sigiri graffiti which is readable and understandable to an educated sinhalese today.

                  No one doubts how the tamil language has influenced sinhala language. For our misfortune sinhala people’s immediate neighbours have been tamils. The traders, invaders and even immigrants to this country have come from TN. Tamil was a language that was dominant in this part of south asia who had a dominance in sea trade with large navies. With all these accomplishments the tamils have nothing to show in SL. Why? because there was not a tamil civilization.

                  Sinhala was a language like a little island in a tamil ocean. So there is no question sinhala was influenced by tamil. But with all these influences sinhala evolved into a different language why? because the root langauge of the sinhala language was not tamil but probably a language close to tamil.
                  It is true that pali did made a part in evolution of sinhala language.

                  About buddhism in SI shows why a hindu north in SL is a new phenomena and dravidian origin of Sinhala people. It does not provide any evidence for the existence of any indigenous tamil civilization.

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          Vibhushana

          “The question where Sinhala come from is of no relevance is it really?”

          It is immensely important and relevant to me as I don’t want to deport them to the wrong state, city, town, village, or wrong road in India.

          I don’t want them to be stranded in a no man’s land.

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          Vibhushana

          “Thats quite audacious when you think about it isn’t it?”

          Comet 67P is not an alien space ship. It is actually an asteroid. Rosetta’s target was comet 67P and was not aimed at communicating with Marsians. You must be reading or hearing too many conspiracy theories.

          We know you are hearing lots of jumbled voices in your head from all directions.

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          Vibushna

          Who are these BBS chaps bedfellows of MR & Gotha. Do they stand for Multi Culturalism or Sinhalamisation.

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      Vibushana you definitely have to,go back to school and read the history of Ceylon before history is rewritten. Here is a short history lesson. When the Portuguese came to Celon in 1505, there were three kingdoms. One of which was the kingdom in the North. When the Dutch came thereafter, they still maintained the three kingdoms as they were more interested in the spice trade. It is only when the British captured Ceylon that they amalgamated the three kingdoms into one. It is they who captured Sangilian who at time was the king in the Northern Province and executed him in India. They United the country purely for admistrrative purposes and left behind a majoritarian Sinhala Govt and all the present woes of the Tamils are due to the British folly by not providing adequate security for the minorities.
      If you need more information you should read G.C Mendis’s book Histrory of Ceylon. This book unfortunate is out of print.

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        teach that history to eelamists because they have not seen those maps you are talking about.
        Show them that east was not part of 200 year old north kingdom

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      “All Tamils in Ceylon are Indian. Brought here very recently.”

      Vibhushana seems confused and ignorant, cannot differentiate between the Tamils brought recently by the British and the native Ceylon Tamils who descend from the time of Sena and Guttika.

      He should prove with evidence that the Ceylon Tamils came from India (if he has any). Just like the Arabs have many countries in the middle east and North Africa, the Tamils have 2 countries, South India and North Sri Lanka (Tamil Nadu and Tamil Eelam) right from antiquity.

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    Wonder what happened to the UNP, TNA, Diaspora Alliance.

    Tiger proxy Premachandran , the TNA heavy says they haven’t decided yet.

    That is whether to put the money (theirs and Diasoras I suppose) on the Opposition or the Government candidate.

    The two have to answer three simple questions ,

    No multiple choice answers.

    Only “yes” or “no” will decide who gets the Vellala Vote.

    Question # 1.. Remove the Army from the North and the East.

    Question # 2 Release all LTTE Tigers from Prison

    Question # 3 Give self rule to Vellala TNA in , both North & the East.

    Of course the incumbent would not agree to any of those, And he has said so in public,

    But he has promised the Dalits that he will give them schools , hospitals , universities, jobs, electricity, transport and the freedom to live and work anywhere in any part of the Island in a safe and secure environment free of Terrorism.

    But none of the front running CCs of the Opposition hasn’t uttered even one word about the above promises to the Dalits.

    Only promise they have given so far is to abolish President in 01 Months and abolish the Constitution in 06 Months.

    Even that is only from Sobitha.

    Others are still trying to sort out “issues” among themselves.

    And probably have no time for silly things like safety , security and jobs for the Dalits.

    But now they have to find time and come up with Yes or No answers to Vellala TNA’s questions..

    Even if they don’t divulge the answers to the public, the inhabitants will know which candidate is going to fulfil the wishes of Premacgandran.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “Tiger proxy Premachandran , the TNA heavy says they haven’t decided yet.”

      You forgot, forgot big time that Premachandran was one of the directors of ministry of Fisheries when MR was at the helm as its minister.

      He is MR’s man in TNA.

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        Seems very easy for MR to put all these fellows Solheim, Manmohan, Sonia, Blake in his pocket – now Premachandran too! If you cannot beat him, join him! Welcome to next MR cabinet; Sambadan, Wiggy, Usha, … !

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          Lal loo

          “now Premachandran too!”

          Where were you all these years?

          Here is the news item which appeared on Sunday times confirming his job in 1999, excerpts:

          Missing money and political mysteries

          As for internal matters within the EPRLF, Mr. Premachandran now virtually works for the government as a Director of the Fisheries Corporation, drawing a salary and other official perks. He is being held accountable for finances given to the EPRLF by the Indian Government and its supporters.

          http://www.sundaytimes.lk/990124/news4.html

          24th January 1999

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        Premachandran was Padmanabas man when he was in EPRLF and when LTTE murdered him he became Prabakarans man the switch to being MRs man was not too hard for him.Tamils are quite willing to forgive all those who served their own murderer in the name of the cause.

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          Kirri Yakka

          while we are discussing Premachandran, let me ask you a simple question.

          My Elders tell me Premachandran was in the premises where key members of EPRLF were gathered for an important meeting.

          Just after Premachandran and his friend left the premises LTTE team hit the members of EPRLF and Padmanaba who were still in the building.

          Is this incident true? If true what do you gather from this incident?

  • 9
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    .
    There is no choice but MaRa has to contest as long as he lives.

    If he doesn’t, there will be issues within family. MaRa prefers Namal to contest, but GoRa or Basil will never agree to call Namal “Sir”.

    So MaRa will continue and he will do what he is best at (lying) to win the election.

    Presidential election is for Sinhalese people to elect their President.

    Tamils can relax and watch the fun.

    :-)

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      ‘Tamils can relax and watch the fun.’

      After all the pogroms we have had, I hope you do not live to regret those words. Tamils can ignore the King but the king will not ignore the Tamils.

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    “Tissaranee”,
    You are a frog in the well who clearly is anti-Sri Lankan. You write article after article demonizing MR’s political strategies. I want you to open your eyes and look around the world. Look, for an example, at US politics. Decades after decades presidential candidates have promised affordable healthcare, stop illegal immigration, make abortion illegal, affordable higher education etc. etc. None of which has been offered by any President so far. Why do you think they promise these?
    You want Sri Lanka to be squeaky clean? Be realistic. Tell me any Gov. in the world that has delivered what they promised during elections.
    I want MR to be gone too. Why don’t you write something sensible towards the majority (Sinhalese) who has voting power to get rid of him. What you are getting here is cheer leading by separatist/terrorist Tamils and diaspora who in most cases even have no voting rights.

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      Tisaranee Gunasekara

      The people of this island are not citizen of the USA. If American politicians fail, fail miserably its American problem and not ours. People of this island deserves the best and they should be aspiring to and demanding the best out of their politicians and the state. They are not racing against USA to hit the bottom of the dirt pile.

      Majority Sinhalese has the voting numbers to change governance of this island however they always voted for the worst party and its candidate. They are motivated by 8 measures of free grain preferably from moon, voted in favour of oppressing the minorities, for the most brutal, most corrupt regimes, …. . Therefore you should continue to write what is right and what is wrong. Educating the stupid is not an enviable task, however someone has to do it.

      The powers vested in the hands of a few should be devolved. Powers to the people, hence a complete overhauling the state is inevitable. Restructuring the state should be a peaceful process without shots being fired.

      Hope you would ignore all vermin which rain or shine are out to discredit you

      Our formidable Ben Hurling and J Muttu are right behind you.

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        Vedda,
        You can keep dreaming and “Thsaranee” can keep writing until the cows come home but nothing is going to change until you use your brain.

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          Nuisance

          Brain, tell me more about it. By the way what has brain got to do with you?

          Jelly fish has survived for the past 650 million years without a brain. You are a living example, humans too can survive without one.

          Jelly fish does not understand political discourse.

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    How do you reveal the truth when the liars are sitting in the opposition?

    Mangala Samaraweera, the ADMITTED bag boy for the Rajapakse bribe to Pirabakaran.

    Sarath Fonseka, who claims he knows who ordered the killing of Lasantha and the LTTE surrendering officials.

    No wonder no one wants to believe anything, anymore from anyone.

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    3

    “Mahinda Rajapaksa, with the help of Sarath Fonseka (Fonseka went to China. Israeli arms, brokered by Blake did the job) and many others (including Vellupillai Pirapaharan – this how they offer prove to the money transfer that Mangala did, not by a legal action and establishing in the court. They think if they write something to tease Tamils, Sinhala Buddhist will say hooray for them, the Sinhala intellectual way of collecting votes,! ) defeated the LTTE. That cannot and must not be gainsaid. But that is one part of the truth. The other part is that he about having dealings with the LTTE, both before and after elections. Some of those dealings happened in the limelight; others are still shrouded in darkness”

    Real Competition.” If they throw mud on us you look for dung, If they throw, dung on us, Hey you the Sinhala Buddhist, I the Sinhala Intellectual is ordering you to look for…” We are not lower than them! Sinhala Intellectuals are the masters in inventing deceptive reasons. “If King uses Jeyakumari and her child, will there not be somebody for us out of two Million Kallaththoonies, to be used?” That is the real question posed by the UNP Sinhala Intellectuals.” Ranil pretended like he was making peace with LTTE and produced Karuna. Don’t we have our part of pride? Didn’t the uncle and the nephew ask ‘if you want war we can give you war’? How can we let the King’s pride override ours and will take all the Sinhala Buddhist votes? “

    Blake gave out lot of proves to show that LTTE appointed King as EP. Blake did a lot eventually to save the King confirmed on the seat. Right after winning Tamils, he visited Kilinocchi and declared the land was cleared. Now the Sinhala Intellectual bringing “Vealikku Oonan Chaaddchi”(an story tells about a thief that he blamed the fence to have stolen the crops and used a head nodding Chameleon sitting on the fence as “yes” witness. They are telling us Blake told them about the existed prove. Now the Mangala is about to take all UNP secrets back to SLFP. This guy so far has not brought a case against the King on the money dealing. He promised to continue to talk with Royal Family until a deal is done. These Sinhala Intellectual are too smart in fooling the Mahawamsa Modayas, the so called Sinhala Buddhist. LTTE, in their time did not allow any elections in the Tamils are. They created TNA. Made them to contest under their guidance. It was show government they were preparing to take over as interim government that they expected to achieve during the negotiations. Ranil’s party has lost 20 elections consecutively. Ranil party disenfranchised the Tamils votes for their demise. Ranil’s party foolishly thought that they have got EP permanently. It was wrong calculation. Now like old women “Maaraddikkinam” (beating the chest). Tamils are happy to see it is (not even SLFP) the crook only have the EP permanently as per the master con-artist JR’s constitution.

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    Mahinda Rajapaksa, with the help of Sarath Fonseka and many others (including Vellupillai Pirapaharan) defeated the LTTE. That cannot and must not be gainsaid. But that is one part of the truth. The other part is that he about having dealings with the LTTE, both before and after elections. Some of those dealings happened in the limelight; others are still shrouded in darkness.

    It is no wonder that Robert Blake, Erick Solheim, Manamohan Singhe, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Velupulle Prabahkaran, KP et al are all wheeler dealers. The average will never understand the Intrigue and the end game.

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    In the recent history of Sri Lanka, any election candidate proved having caused the most grievance to the non Buddhists wins in the South. The present President has proven record keeping the North under check with his military after annihilating the most number of Tamils successfully sending out all possible witnesses from the war scene. He also caused grievances for Muslims in the South as well. Though UNP did some atrocities in creating Island wide terrorism against Tamils, they lost their power in the South because the UNP at some point considered peace with Tamils during LTTE time. One can see how extremism is upheld in the South by continuing giving life to terrorism and keep the North under military occupation suffocating the war ravaged people in despair. Can any candidate in the South dare to speak about helping these people in despair or any real economic problems for all communities?

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      “Can any candidate in the South dare to speak about helping these people in despair or any real economic problems for all communities?”

      I think that is what all opposition politicians do.

  • 1
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    THE BEST THING FOR TAMILS AND TNA TO NOT TO TAKE ANY SIDE OFFICELLY AS TAMILS VOTERS KNOW WHAT TO DO.THIS TIME DURING ELECTIONS TO ELECT NOT THE PRESIDENT BUT THE KING.LET THE SO CALLED LIONS TO FIGHT EACH OTHER AND KILL THEM SELF TO FIGHT FOR POWER.KING RAJAH OR QUIEN CHANDIRIKA OR RANIL THE BOY OR SAJITH THE LAVERIYA GOING TO HELP THE NORTH -EAST TAMIL WHO EVER WINS.FIRIST THEY FIGHT FOR POSITIONS AND MINISTER POSTS.ALL THE TAMILS KILLED DURING THE FIGHT FOR RESONABLE RIGHTA WENT OUNOTICED BY WORLD.BUT DURING THIS ELECTIONS AT LEAST 10 TEN THOUSAND LIONS WILL KILL EACH OTHER AS IT IS NOT EASY TO SEND AWAY KING RAJH PRIVATE LIMITED VERY SOON.JAYAWEWA

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      Morons, you can ignore the King and the Lions but they will not ignore you. Why do you think Tamils and the TNA are still complaining?

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    3

    Solheim says , President Rajapaksa calls him a liar..

    And he is going to make a statement tomorrow.

    Wonder it is the statement which will turn the fortunes of the Opposition Alliance, which seems to be firing only on three cylinders at the moment..

    Just imagine if it is the UNP, TNA, Diaspora Solheim Alliance…

    Solheim represents Cameron , Harper , EU and may even Obama ( ?? )

    Just imagine the dosh this will bring in to help our Dalits .

    They wouldn’t know what to do with it…Right

    Chinese 5 Billion investment since Nanthikadal will look like peanuts from Shanghai

    Solheim can address the audiences on Video Link, after Sajith sings his Kavadi Hits to warm up our Southern Dalits..

    I am not being racist.. But it is the Dalits’ vote in the South which will make the difference.

    But who will be the main act?..

    Can Sobitha speak English I mean Solheim can’t address Election meets in Sinhalese…Or can he…

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    Taraki

    “Why do you think Tamils and the TNA are still complaining?”

    Please contact TNA and its contact details as follows:

    You can email TNA on
    media.office@tnapolitics.org

    or write to TNA at TNA Head Office
    32 A, Retreat Road,
    Colombo 4

    You can call TNA on its general line
    011 255 9352

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    Tisaranee,

    “If the various candidates can come to a certain basic understanding and aim their political fire not at each other but at the Rajapaksas,” …

    “If” and “can come” is the issue at hand. Basic understanding among the Sri Lankans politicians do not exist. Basic motive of all politicians in Sri Lanka is to plunge a knife into the unsuspecting back of all other politicians. Ours is a country of degenerates and the politicians of all ilk take the cake.

    In the meantime our most eligible ‘common candidate’ RW (who has the blessings of the Rajapaksas as well)is still in deep sleep.

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    The Sinhalese are a variety of Tamils. The Sinhala script is clearly a south Indian script. The reservoir (vava), considered the nucleus of the Sinhala village is a Tamil engineering idea. The popular religion and the kinship system of the Sinhalese are closer to those of the Tamils than of the north Indians. That the Sinhalas are a north Indian people is a myth perpetuated by Anagarika Dharmapala and other “Aryan” fanatics.

    Tamil is spoken by some 80-100 million people and carries in it a vast literature whereas Sinhala is a small tribal language spoken by about 14 million people. The Tamils have been residents of the northern and eastern parts of Lanka for as long as the Sinhalese have.

    Our great literary figures like Totaganuve Rahula, his pupil Vattave, and Alagiyavanna Mukavati were inspired by, or plagiarized Tamil literary works. The Sinhala language has a large number of Tamil words. The very term URUVA the Sinhala chauvinists use to label their distinctive national marker is derived from Tamil. The poet Alagiyavanna says he is composing his poem the Subhasitaya for the benefit of rustics illiterate in sophisticated languages like Pali, Sanskrit and Tamil.

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      ‘The Sinhalese are a variety of Tamils. The Sinhala script is clearly a south Indian script.’

      Well that is great news Doctor. We Sinhalese can therefore go back to our ancestral homelands in the North and East with Government help and nobody should complain.

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        Taraki

        “We Sinhalese can therefore go back to our ancestral homelands in the North and East with Government help and nobody should complain. “

        No you can’t go back to North and East nor can you go to any part of this island. Please go back to your mother country India where you have your long lost cousins still live and thrive in Tamil Nadu.

        Logistics can be arranged for free of charge.

        How soon can you leave given that you desperately want to go back to your ancestral homeland? When you go take your Tamil brethren with you.

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      HL Seneviretne,

      You have explained it eloquently. The person called Vibhushana has been spreading falsehood maliciously. I know I should ignore such individuals, but feel that countering is important for race relations within SL.

      We can go into history and argue as to who came first etc, but the reality is that, the Sinhala Buddhists are chronically insecure as a result of people like Anagarike Dharmapala drummed into the fear psychosis that the Sinhala Buddhists are endangered spices and there is a conspiracy to wipe them out of the earth! It is this mistrust and insecurity that is preventing the them to be egalitarian. How to overcome this fear psychosis and make them free of such fears?

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        Dharmapala is a buddhist activist he did not create any insecurity among Sinhala. He was the one who suggested that Sinhala country should be part of indian federation even before we got independence. Not the suggestions by a person to have created an insecurity mindset.

        He was a sinhala nationalist who i think every sinhala nationalist should learn lessons from. He spent the latter part of his life in india and died there. Still in india there are schools that werw started by dharmapala in Bihar. Indian gover rightfully acknowledge his contribution to india by issuing a stamp remembering him this year.

        Like many topics your knowledge on dharmapala is little.

        Sinhalese are rightfully aware about the threats faced by them. It is not a fear psychosis rather a true and rational understanding of their security. There were various attempts to destroy sinhala civilization in past. The same thing is being done in a different method by way of a false history.

        I repeat what HL Seneviratne is talking about is dravidian origins of sinhala ppl and it does not give any evidence for an old tamil civilization in SL. Remember those are two different things.

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      what you say is sinhala has tamil origin…that is a different topic…

      How does it prove indigenous tamil existence in north as these tamils say?

      Tamils like burning issue did provide examples literary works that even influenced sinhala literature like thirukkural, but all these are south indian not belong to an indigenous tamil civilization.

      why do you show us your neighbors’ works? Don’t you have anything of your own?

      The reality is from language to everything is your neighbors. You have nothing to call indigenous even with a slight change.

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    For the sake of my motherland and for all those people who paid dearly for our freedom with blood, sweat, tears, life and limb, i pray to god that President Rajapaksha wins this time too.

    To hell with Thisaranee who has always been anti government no matter what good the government does and anti Sri Lanka and to hell with the sore losers of the opposition who cant even handle matters in their own party let alone governing a nation and to hell with those fake patriots, the pro terrorist Tamil diaspora and the western boot lickers and the phony good governance advocates and human rights defenders!

    Where was Thisaranee and all of the above mentioned when those Tamil Terrorists were killing us left, right and center?

    Refresh your memories, then you will know who said what and who did what!

    President Rajapaksha may not be perfect (No one is) but he’s the best man for the job with a strong back bone!
    People should thank him and our soldiers without writing rubbish. atleast we are free to walk the streets in any part of the country without the fear of being blown to bits or hacked to death!

    That freedom now has given us opertunity!

    LONG LIVE MOTHER LANKA!

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      The job of annihilating one community for the existence of another community is not the job for a motherland. The annihilating mother will have to suffer in a prison or be hanged until dead!

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        The so called annihilated child runs to other child all the time… why do tamils migrate to sinhala parts to do a living? Do people facing annihilation come to annihilators willingly?

        The so called annihiliating mother provided all the tamils under LTTE rule with

        free education, free healthcare, salaries, food, medicine and almost everything.

        And continue to look after the tamils even after war.

        The story of annihilation is a strategy for the theft of country, the country of sinhalese.

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      Senaratne

      “LONG LIVE MOTHER LANKA!”

      Long live Eelam without the descendants of Kallathonie Tamils and Sinhalese.

      Long live

      Eelam,

      Tambapanni

      Parasamudra

      Palaesimoundu

      Simoundu

      Taprobane

      Sielediba

      Salike or Sileke

      Ilankai

      Serendib or Serendivi

      Saheelan

      Zeylan or Seyla

      Ceylon

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    Tisaranee,

    You, Solhiem, Ranil and many others were taken for a royal ride by Piripaharan since 2001. I remember very well you writing in 2005 April (at the final hours of the final phase of war) that the “waiting meat grinder beyond Kilinochchi” will emancipate our forces. You said Piripaharan will crumbled our armies like cookies. You as well as Solheim were duped by the Tigers about their “mighty”. It was because of Gota, Mahinda was prevented climbing on for that Royal Ride and the rest is history. You guys were writing like omnipotent but among ALL, you specifically didn’t see the possibility of military defeat of tigers. It was your genre of writing at that time gave the life and credibility to eunuch (pimps) like Solhiem, during the so called “peace accord”. Remember, Solhiem and the Norwegian monitors (they were not the monitors but just spectators of blatant violation of the accord by tigers), had the audacity to request a strip of sea for tigers naval exercise. Your writing in that time made such request were respectable (because you spawned the myth that tigers could not be defeated). You could create opinions through your writing but don’t write as you have a crystal ball. Your writings and predictions were proven to be wrong before. So why such errors cannot happen again?

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    Commentators have misdirected the subject in the article into natters
    of no current importance. One commentator is firm that only MR has a
    back-bone (all rich-rouges have ?) and must be voted-in.

    This article is only to emphasise the need to Vote for change – we
    Sri Lankans must welcome the early PE, giving us a ONE and ONLY chance
    to make the change, without a “Spring” which JVP harps on for a its Votes. Whatever bribes financed via CHINA who have an interest in this PE should not sway our chance to do justice to ourselves. The
    Opposition MUST educate the voter of his/her responsibility to good
    governance, which begins with Elections.

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