21 September, 2020

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Engagement In North Brings Encouraging Results 

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

The furor over the the Eluga Thamil (Tamils arise) rally that took place in Jaffna last month is receding. At those protests a powerful and angry people’s movement was in evidence, led by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, and organised by the Tamil People’s Council (TPC), an organisation that the Chief Minister heads. In addition, several Tamil political parties, including some constituents of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) participated. The demands put forward by the organizers included a call for federalism with the rights to sovereignty and self determination of the Tamil nation recognized, return of land in the Army’s control, release of political prisoners, an international investigation into war crimes and addressing concerns relating to missing persons were prominent. There were also clear anti-south manifestations in the slogans, which included a call to halt to putting up Buddhist shrines in the North and a call to stop southern fishermen, but without a mention of the massive encroachments by Indian fishermen.

The Eluga Thamil rally in the North had its counterpart in the South led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who has been warning of separatism rearing its head once again and the LTTE staging a comeback. Some of his nationalist allies have even demanded the arrest of Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran for posing a threat to the unity and sovereignty of the country. The impression they have sought to create, and perhaps even believe in, is that of a northern cauldron of Tamil nationalism and anti-Sinhala sentiment that is liable to explode like a volcano unless firmly suppressed. However, in the recent past there is an indication that the former President may be experiencing a change of heart. He has been reported as saying that the Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran is not a racist, but a person engaged in politics with his own people and that the Northern Province Chief Minister was highlighting was the problems confronted by the youth, due to the government’s inability to meet their pressing demands. As a politician who has a good sense of which direction the people are going, the former president may be reassessing the ability (or inability) of nationalist slogans to win votes.eluga-thamil-tamils-arise-rally

The day prior to the Eluga Thamil rally in September I visited the University of Jaffna to discuss the holding of workshops on the ongoing national reconciliation process for both faculty members and students. I was introduced to them by the Centre for Women and Development in Jaffna, headed by Saroja Sivachandran. In both the North and South, the universities have been hotbeds of radicalism and not only seats of learning. In a context where the forces of narrow ethnic nationalism continue to be active, this radicalism tends to take an ethno-centric dimension. In July, the University of Jaffna was in the news after a clash between two student factions over cultural symbols resulted in a number of injuries. The violence was severe enough for the Sinhalese students to set off for their homes in the South while the university remained closed for several days. Although reports of university students engaging in clashes is not an uncommon phenomenon in Sri Lanka, this particular turn of events received more than the usual amount of speculation and most of the debate was centred on the issue of ethnicity, which in turn triggered negative sentiments.

Willingly Cooperate 

Therefore it was with some reservations that we entered into the university premises. We wanted to discuss the concepts of transitional justice which are now standard UN mandated prescriptions for countries which are in positive transition from a worse situation of war and human rights violations to a better situation of peace and justice. In addition, we wanted to discuss the government’s own four-fold mechanisms for reconciliation which comprises a Commission on Truth Seeking, an Office of Missing Persons (law passed but not yet implemented), Office of Reparations and Institutional Reforms that aim to ensure that the past will not recur again (constitutional change). What was interesting was that some of the University of Jaffna faculty members who were actively involved in organizing the Elagu Thamil rally also readily agreed to cooperate with us in securing a viable venue and a suitable environment for the educational workshops to be held.

It might have been expected that the discussion on reconciliation being undertaken by the government would lead to a critical and challenging engagement for those of us who had come from the South to organize the workshops. We were going to be discussing the highly contested issues of transitional justice which includes missing persons, land being taken over, resettling internally and externally displaced persons in their own lands to the extent possible and the perennially controversial issue of devolution of power. One of the groups we were going to work with was the very same faculty members who had been part of the organization of the Eluga Thamil event. The other group we were going to work with was the students from a student body that had clashed violently between themselves.

Nearly 50 faculty members and 60 students of the University of Jaffna attended the two workshops on transitional justice. Belying our concerns about a possibly hostile reception to the ideas on reconciliation we had, they were generally receptive to the ideas put forward and willing to discuss them in an engaging and frank manner. They had their concerns and criticism which they shared with those who had come to conduct the workshops, which included Lal Wijenayake the chairman of the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms and Raga Alphonsus who was a member of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms. Both of them had firsthand experience of what the general public thought and felt about the two main political processes taking place in the country at this time. Therefore they were in a position to give the academic community a reality check.

Family Together

At the end of each of the workshops there was the satisfaction, trust and even joy of engagement. We took many group photographs together. Some of the academics explained that they supported the Eluga Thamil event, but not all of its slogans. But before that there were hard questions asked. One question was whether the National Peace Council which sponsored the workshops was a government agent. Another question was why voices for peace were not heard by the people of the North during the time o f the war. A third question was why we active only now. Most NGOs such as the National Peace Council were never agents of the government, either this or the ones before. They strive to be non partisan with regard to political parties, either supporting or opposing what governments do or what political parties say on the basis of the positions they take. During the time of the war the voice of nationalism was dominant and the voice of peace groups was marginalized, but the work of building peace at the community level never stopped. We used different terms such as healing.

There were other questions too, such as why the army was trying to take over lands at the same time as it was handing over other lands. Although there were critical questions and comments, overall the discussion was constructive and cooperative with no one raising their voices or attacking anyone. The outcome of the student presentations shows that even the students, who are always more radical than their elders, were practical in their expectations. Transitional Justice has four pillars, or areas of focus. These are the search for the truth about what happened (Truth), accountability or punishment of those who broke laws (Prosecution), reparations or compensation (Reparations) for those who lost during the war, and institutional reform to ensure that the violations of the past will not happen again (Constitutional Reform). The students were asked to work in small groups of 5-8 students, and to say which one of those four pillars they would give their priority to. There were 9 groups that were formed.

If the predominant emotion of the students had been revenge or hatred, they would have chosen Prosecution as their first priority. However, not even one group chose Prosecution. Five of the nine student groups chose Constitutional Reform as their first priority. Those who chose Constitutional Reform said that was the long term solution, and if this was achieved the other three pillars of Transitional Justice could be achieved over time. Four of the nine groups chose Truth as their priority. They said that without Truth it is difficult to find out what the problem is, and what the best answer would be. It is necessary for the government to give clear and detailed answers, not only on questions of the past and what happened during the war, but questions about the present, including the suspicions that Sinhalese colonization is still happening with government patronage in the North. The message from the Jaffna workshops with the university community was that Sri Lanka can still be a family together, where each community and each individual is equally valued, and not a country divided.

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    So Dr Jehan got a cordial reception even from Vellala Wiggs “Arise Tigers”.

    I wish Jehan’s Four Pronged Reconciliation Process boss , Bodhi Sira had at least a quarter of that cordial reception in the South, and won at least a few seats at the Cooperative Election to get in front of the UNP appendage, the JVP.

    So that Batalanada didn’t get the opportunity to postpone the Local Government and PS Elections.

    But I am flabbergasted that the undergrads and academics of the Jaffna Uni, which was the LTTE nursery not that long ago asked whether Jehan is an agent of the Government..

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      it is people like you who will be the cause if ever a tamil eelam emerges

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    KAS Sumane Dimwit Ignorant Blabbermouth

    ‘But I am flabbergasted that the undergrads and academics of the Jaffna Uni, which was the LTTE nursery not that long ago asked whether Jehan is an agent of the Government..’

    The campus is still hotbed of activity but they the students realize that “seeking the truth”[one of the pillars of Transitional Justice] means -finding out what took place during the ethnic war.

    What were the Crimes against humanity -war crimes -Genocide -if at all committed by all parties INCLUDING the Tigers and all other parties such as plote,EPDP,TNA,EPRLF,KARUNA group,TELO ,ARMY.NAVY,AIRFORCE,NIB,CID ETC.
    They also feel that the Tamils will be prosecuted more for the crimes of the Southerners.So that is the Tamil mindset !!!

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      Liverpool Damala:

      So, you what ever Tamil thinks.

      This is why, it is stupid to educate Tamils Just make them leave to Austrlia in a rusty boat. Then, some where middle in the Indian Ocean they will find their homeland.

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        jim brain dead softy,first it is not damala,it is demela,the tamils got educated long before you baffoons started even to think about education,they leave because they had had enough of living with uncivilized humans like your self who can’t treat other humans equally

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    Dear Jehan,I think the main reason for your optimistic understanding of the Jaffna University community, and of the prospects for reconciliation is due to your frequent visits to different parts of the country and direct contact with People. I appreciate this Approach of the NPC.
    Reconciliation is possible and will be hastened, when at least the elected Parliamentarians visit one anothers Areas – Sinhala MPs to the North and Tamil MPs to the south.

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      Father Emanuelle while you are busy raising funds to take revenge for killing Thambi, all your so called elected representatives from North are living comfortable lives nestled in Colombo among Sinhalese. So colonization my a***se tamils have colonized Colombo and no one cares. The problem with you guys is you need a reason to raise funds and putting the poor tamils through hardship. For God sake read the book and see what the Good Lord says and practice that.

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        Patriot,

        You are a defunct racist!

        ” So colonization my a***se tamils have colonized Colombo and no one cares.”

        We Tamil welcome the Sinhala to come to the North and buy land and properties. Settle and take over the administration. You see the Tamils are in Colombo for economic reasons and they paid for their properties with their own funds. Do you understand this simple reasoning? What we object to is the state sponsored Sinhala only colonsations; do you get it? You need to group up and be a good Sinhala Buddhist!

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          Patriot
          ” So colonisation my a***se Tamils have colonized Colombo and no one cares”

          How the Jaffna Tamils dominated Colombo from the beginning of the last century were not due to Colonization but due to their education and high status in the society. Class.. A …Tamils….
          While the Ordinary Sinhalas were eating Maniocs and Punnakku and remained Modayas the Tamils were high flyers in the society due to their hard work and top class education.
          Like the prosperous late Kadirgamars , Nadesan and other’ s forefathers.

          Likes of Brainsoftly , Patriots ,and KAS a mullahs are the products of Manioc eaters of the past.
          They don’t understand why all the unsavoury Sinhala uneducated thugs are colonised by the government sponsored evacuation scheme from the mainland SL. to the North of SL where they hate to live away from their Colombo Slums .
          These beggars have been forced out from their slums to live in Jaffna under the watchful eyes of the Army and Police to do their dirty jobs against the Northerners.

          This is the difference between forced evacuation of Slum Lords Gangs and the Tamils who have well domiciled in Colombo and the South due to their hard efforts from the beginning of the 21st century.
          It is difficult to hide the truth don’t you think??

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            Mate.. What does Punnakku taste like?….

            Do you eat it straight ?..

            Or grind it with a bit of water and add lemon juice and chilli to look like Coconut Chutney at Saraswati Lodge..

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              KAS
              I have never tasted the stuff because they’re meant for Cattle and Goats , Only , OK??

              I am sure in the South it was the Staple Diet along with Manioc. That’s why the Southerners were called
              Modayas in the early last Century.!!!

              I am Educating some History here.

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            Also those prosperous JAFFNA TAMILS in Colombo with their High Class Education from TOP JAFFNA SCHOOLS became prosperous in every Field either in Education , Science , Commerce and Banking or Judicial Fields Etc , Etc.
            They had a chance to rub shoulders with Colombo Singhala Elites and , Inter marriages took place very nicely.
            Educated and well placed Tamil boys and Girls were in demand for marriages by the other Races.

            Overnight these Tamils Became Colombo Tamils and BEHAVED AS THOUGH THEY DID NOT KNOW TAMILS FROM JAFFNA , Kind of Tamil Traitors , Until they were put on Ships and sent to Jaffna when the dreaded Riots took place in the Fifties and Sixties ,
            The Prosperous Jaffna Tamils were evacuated for their safety.
            One should not become Traitorous and forget the ROOTS.

            Hah ! What a shame However ones Roots cannot be Forgotten by Force or by Rejection.

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          B.I.

          What about the Tamils who arrived during the British?

          The point is Tamils prefer to live in the south while creating a Tamil enclave in the North which I call “Holiday Resort” model of devolution.

          I support creation of an Ealam for ALL Tamil speaking people.

          The problem is you want Ealam AND the right to live anywhere while we insist on Ealam OR the right to live anywhere.

          Soma

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            soma,

            You simply do not get it do you? I think you do get it but you are completely obstinate in the belief that the Sinhala own SL. The Tamils did not control and instigate the Tamils Indian labourers arriving in SL. Those Labourers toiled with their sweat contributing to the economy from which you and I benefited!

            “The problem is you want Ealam AND the right to live anywhere while we insist on Ealam OR the right to live anywhere.”

            The word Eelam has embedded in your head! You cannot move on at all. Tamils are not asking Eelam but a political recognition of their nation in keeping with international protocols. This is exactly like Scotland and Wales in the UK. People can live anywhere they want. The Sinhala can live within the N&E by their free will; no one is opposing. Grow up soma for goodness sake!

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              Burning Issue

              somaass is trying all the tricks in his Mahawamsa book.

              Being a clever dick he thinks he could exhaust all arguments and bury all facts forever.

              The more he types the more he exposes himself as a racist and a stupid and believes he could get away with murder.

              Is he doing a favour for the Sinhalese?

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                NV,

                In fact it is easy and candid to debate with those who are bigots as a result of genuine ignorance. But it is rather frustrating and tedious debating with people of the type of soma. One will spend inordinate amount of time chewing over the same things repeatedly!

                soma has conveniently fixated on the number game as he knows all other avenues have no platform to stand on. Hence, he is stuck on this that is totally dishonest and would not stack up against international scrutiny! He urges the Tamils to abandon their quest for autonomy but in return, he offers no guarantees of their well-being. He expects the Tamils to behave and in another words accept their place as second class citizens!

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                  B.I.

                  “He expects the Tamils to behave and in another words accept their place as second class citizens!”

                  I expect Tamils (Tamil speaking people) to acknowledge the simple logic that If some area are to be designated as exclusively Tamil then ipso facto the rest of the island automatically becomes exclusively Sinhala areas. I am fighting this crafty scheme of “Ealam AND the right live anywhere. I am demanding Tamils must choose between Ealam OR right to live anywhere. I mean they can’t have it both ways.

                  I am not ‘playing’ a number game – I am pointing out the actual numbers and how they are distributed. Very difficult to counter, isn’t it?

                  Yes, I am playing on the hypocritical mind of the Tamil racists.

                  Soma

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                    soma,

                    “I expect Tamils (Tamil speaking people) to acknowledge the simple logic that If some area are to be designated as exclusively Tamil then ipso facto the rest of the island automatically becomes exclusively Sinhala areas.”

                    The Scots did not say that Scotland is for the Scottish only; French-speaking cantons in Swiss do not say they are only for French speaking people; Montreal in Canada does not say she is only for French-speaking people; none of the Indian federated states close their borders for people from other states.

                    Then what is the hell are you talking about? You simply cannot stomach that the so-called outsiders have a self-governing authority within Sri Lanka! You simply do not accept that it is a democratic necessity. The Tamils for decades agitated democratically for space and recognition of their nation within a united SL. A thirty year war ensued and thousands perished; you still cannot come to terms with the ground situation! You are simply a racist and downright chauvinist. I do not say that there aren’t any Tamil racists, but you cannot call those Tamil who stand up for their right to assert themselves as racists! If you do, you are a complete looser!

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                NV

                I haven’t read Mahawansa. Tamils are calling me ‘Sinhalese’. They say I believe that we come down from cross between a lion and an Indian woman. I have taken to studying Biology to find out which animal has contributed most to Tamil logic.

                Soma

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      Greetings Father Emmanuael, what is this new approach, as you were keen to speak at Tiger rallies: https://ltteuk.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/fr-immanuel.jpg?w=460&h=260&crop=1. Looks like the old approach of send a 1 bomber delegation to the South to blow up everything in sight didn’t work out very well.

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      Jehan Perera is a man of peace. He has a difficult job to do with Sinhala Nationalism calling him an LTTE supporter and extremists in the South accusing him to be pro-American and what not. But he carries on regardless for decades. The fact he is a Catholic, in our jaundiced political system, adds to the suspicion where Sinhala Catholic/Christians are seen as less Sinhalese than other Sinhalese.

      He is a well read man, ex-Harvard University. He has for long strived to create a truly united and reconciled plural nation.

      The question is does our wonky political system have space for such men.

      Kettikaran

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    What is the Singhala Mind set? Recently the popular people started the Charity walk from the northern most Northen point to the Southern most point of Lanka. They gathered and had a starting function at Palmayrah point.The prominent People, media and security men came from elsewhere, had a function and started walking. They did not consider the inclusion of the people of the village the Charity walk began. The Villagers were regarded as aliens in their own Village. The villagers would have liked to contribute for a good cause but they were not consulted nor included. Sanka and Mahela names would be familiar name for them as for any Lankan. The feeling there was disregard, isolation, and disrespect. What is the mind set of the organisers of the said Charity walk. The Organiser represented whom? Is it the mindset to ignore the resident people of Palmayrah point and show them they don’t qualify for any thing. A mind set a kind of arrogance and separation. A purposeful intentional act of failure to include people from all walks of life and from all parts Of Lanka. Because —–

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    Jehan: The corrupt and criminal politicians in Sri Lanka from SLFP and UNP use racism and hate speech to DIVIDE, DISTRACT the people from their financial crimes), and RULE. This is the history of Sri Lanka in a nutshell.

    The fault, is with the rotten, murderous and corrupt POLITICIANS and political culture in Sri Lanka, and much less with the Constitution. How many constitutions has Lanka had and has any thing improved?!

    The exercise of constitution drafting is a grand distraction of the masses by the parasitic politicians – another exercise in DIVIDE, DISTRACT and RULE the Sinhala Modayas and the Tamil Perethayo too, while the politicians of all the parties, particularly UNP and SLFP collaborate to continue to loot the people and national wealth and pile up the debt on the poor people of Lanka.

    Even the most perfect constitution won’t have a chance with the corrupt and criminal politicians and political culture in Miracle of Modayas.
    Don’t you get it JP?!
    The priority must be to change the rotten political culture and lock up ALL the corrupt politicians who use racism and hate speech to distract people from their financial crimes.

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    In addition to what Fr.S. J. Emmanuel stated I’s like to add that those who visit these areas with a view to finding the truth should have unprejudiced and receptive mind as well as the power enough to make positive changes in the corridors of power.Then only the door to permanent solution will open bringing in the air of everlasting amity.

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    “The demands put forward by the organizers included a call for federalism with the rights to sovereignty and self determination of the Tamil nation recognized, return of land in the Army’s control, release of political prisoners, an international investigation into war crimes and addressing concerns relating to missing persons were prominent.”

    These are not the ingredients for a reconciliation process. An international investigation into war crimes implies that no (objective) domestic mechanism exists for carrying out such a task and also suggests that the proponents have a deep mistrust of the domestic government. When you combine all of these demands, they are just a platform for Eelam. So either the CM is an Eelamist or else the CM is an opportunist using nationalist slogans to arouse the masses.

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    If BBS did the same thing, CT would have filled with Articles accusing Racism. Now Western Christian – NGOS are advertising Tamil Racism in CT.

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    Jehan:
    “..but without a mention of the massive encroachments by Indian fishermen.” Not true, read the declaration that was read out – point 6 relates to fishermen from the South as well as across the palk straight:
    Fisherfolk of the North and East lost access to their seas and their livelihoods during the war
    due to a blockade by the Armed Forces. Seven years after the end of the war, they continue
    to be deprived of their livelihood through other means.
    Traditional fishing waters of North- Eastern fishermen continue to be lost to Southern
    fishermen, who continue to arbitrarily drive Tamil fishermen away by their capturing boats
    and illegally establishing permanent dwellings on the North Eastern shores. Further, these
    fishermen from the South engage in illegal fishing methods, which have harmed the marine
    resources of the North and East, resulting in the loss of livelihood of Tamil fishermen. This
    rally demands that the government take immediate measures to ensure that Tamil
    fishermen of the North East securely engage in their livelihood.
    Similarly, Tamil fishermen of the North and East also continue to lose their livelihoods to
    fishermen from South India, who too engage in illegal fishing methods.
    This rally vehemently condemn the poaching of marine resources of North Eastern
    fishermen and demands that the rights of Tamil fishermen, who earn a daily wage, be
    protected.

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    Jehan:
    “..but without a mention of the massive encroachments by Indian fishermen.”

    Not true, read the declaration that was read out – point 6 relates to fishermen from the South as well as across the palk straight:
    Fisherfolk of the North and East lost access to their seas and their livelihoods during the war
    due to a blockade by the Armed Forces. Seven years after the end of the war, they continue
    to be deprived of their livelihood through other means.
    Traditional fishing waters of North- Eastern fishermen continue to be lost to Southern
    fishermen, who continue to arbitrarily drive Tamil fishermen away by their capturing boats
    and illegally establishing permanent dwellings on the North Eastern shores. Further, these
    fishermen from the South engage in illegal fishing methods, which have harmed the marine
    resources of the North and East, resulting in the loss of livelihood of Tamil fishermen. This
    rally demands that the government take immediate measures to ensure that Tamil
    fishermen of the North East securely engage in their livelihood.
    Similarly, Tamil fishermen of the North and East also continue to lose their livelihoods to
    fishermen from South India, who too engage in illegal fishing methods.
    This rally vehemently condemn the poaching of marine resources of North Eastern
    fishermen and demands that the rights of Tamil fishermen, who earn a daily wage, be
    protected.

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    The Eluga Tamil rally was a success because even after the war ended 7 years ago, the problems faced by the majority of Tamils living in the North remain unaddressed. The army is still occupying large swaths of land, houses and schools.

    For instance out of a total of 6381.5 acres of land occupied by the armed forces in Valikamam North, less than 2,000 acres have been released. The balance 4,381.5 acres continued to be occupied by the army. As a result people are still languishing in 32 IDP camps waiting re-settlement. According to data collected by DSs 1,158 families (4,238 persons) remain in these 32 camps. Of them 32 IDP camps are located in Thellippalai, Uduvil, Sandilippai, Koppai, Nallur, Karaveddy and Point Pedro DS divisions, the majority of them belong to the socially dis-advantaged groups. They are mostly agricultural labourers/toddy tappers and funeral drummers/cleaners.

    To rub salt to the wound while these unfortunate people rot in squalor and poverty, the army has built luxury restaurants, golf courses, health resorts, cantonments and even engaged in farming, fishing and dairy. Worse the army is seen playing cricket in land owned by the IDPs. And the army top brass says 1,000 acres out of the 4,381.5 acres will never be released for security reasons. The question is whose security? Certainly not the people. In 2013 the security forces in Vanni occupied 69 acres, Kilinochchi 632 acres, Mullaitivu 572 acres and East 132 acres totalling 1,405 acres, whereas the Jaffna Command held 33,156 acres.

    Another sad fact is out of 376, 405 families living in the Northern Province 52,142 families are headed by widows. This includes 10,303 families who lost their fathers during the war.
    Beside the land, no meaningful steps have been taken to rehabilitate war widows, political prisoners (from 217 now remains about 102) and those who disappeared. While some progress has been made by the government, the pace is extremely slow. The promises given by both the President and Prime Minister that all IDPs will be resettled within 6 months from January 2016 has never materialized. The success of the Eluga Tamil rally is a manifestation of the near total frustration and helplessness on the part of ordinary down trodden Tamils.

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      Thamga

      No one should be languishing in IDP camps. Government has the right to take over any land for public purposes but should definitely pay compensation on market value and/or allocate alternative lands. I am honestly pained to see that this is not happening.

      In the south when large scale agriculture / road expansion project were implemented those displaced are adequately compensated. Same thing should happen in the North too. You must admit that demanding very same land is plain lunacy.

      Is it true that the subject lands belong to high caste land owner class and even if the army were to release all these poor will not be benefited?

      Soma

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        soma,

        “Is it true that the subject lands belong to high caste land owner class and even if the army were to release all these poor will not be benefited?”

        Where do you get your information from? People of all sections own land in the north; even Sinhala can own land there. So you need not worry about the poor people. The fact is that you lot are surreptitiously planning to colonise Sinhala by using the army as cover. This is the truth!

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    “the fact is that you lot are surreptitiously planning to colonise Sinhala by using the army as cover. This is the truth!”

    It is schemed aided and abetted by the west and Hindia, otherwise they would at least have spoken about it. The conspiracy against Tamils.

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    Jehan Perera,

    The students would not have stated their innermost thoughts and beleifs as the Army Intelligence has tentacles all over, including the university.

    None of them would have trusted outsiders for fear of arrests.

    Your conclusions are flawed.
    It was a “nice” workshop.
    Be content.

    P.S Don’t ask the army, even you could be arrested.

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