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Engagement With Diaspora, Accelerated Provincial Development: The Way Forward

By C.V. Wigneswaran

C.V Wigneswaran

C.V Wigneswaran

Gurur Brahma ……

Honourable Chairperson, distinguished guests, my dear brothers and sisters!

I am indeed flattered that the Sri Lankan academia, under the leadership provided by the University Grants Commission, has thought it fit to invite me today to deliver the keynote address on “Accelerated Provincial Development – The Way Forward”. I am mindful that there is probably more value ascribed to my career of barely half a year as a politician than my career of half a century in the legal profession or quarter century as a judge!

The theme of the conference is Post War Socio – Economic Development and Constructive Engagement with Sri Lankan Diaspora.

I consider the theme very relevant and timely for the Northern Provincial Council (NPC). There are four aspects of the theme that I find to be extremely pertinent and wish to highlight at the outset.

Firstly, you have correctly identified the context as ‘post-war’ and not ‘post-conflict’, as the political settlement to address the root causes of the conflict is yet to be found.  Unfortunately, the dominant rhetoric in the South today on the political solution appears to be regressive and intent on rolling back to conditions that were the spawning ground for violence in the first place.

Secondly, the emphasis on economic development in the post-war context is particularly apt, as there is a critical need to adopt a holistic view of the prevailing context of the war torn society of the Northern Province, which was the most affected by the war, and their multifaceted needs such as psycho-social issues, loss of livelihoods, socio-cultural issues, environmental issues and rule of law and human security issues.

Thirdly, the emphasis on constructive engagement between Sri Lanka and the Diaspora is a prudent one. The Government of Sri Lanka does not have the financial resources, professional technical input and knowledge capital to contribute towards post war recovery on its own. It is important to have partners who have an emotional interest in developing war-torn societies.

Finally, I would also like to commend the organisers for the thrust on ‘Accelerated Provincial Development”.I see the use of the phrase “accelerated provincial development” as being reflective of the understanding of the differentiated needs of a war-torn society.  It is imperative that government leaders and policy makers should clearly capture the prevailing context in the NP, especially the post-war phase and its peculiar needs and characteristics, without adopting a one size fits all national approach for post war rebuilding and reconstruction.

Let me summarise the four fundamental ideas contemplated by the theme: We are in a post-war society not a post-conflict society, which in turn requires resolution of the causes of conflict; economic development is fundamental and any attempt at achieving it requires a holistic approach; we need to engage the diaspora; and finally we need to understand that a one size fits all approach cannot be adopted. It is in the above context that I wish to present my address.

No problem can be addressed properly without understanding the problem in its entirety.  I will therefore endeavour to provide you with a glimpse of the prevailing ground situation in the NP, and what I consider as meaningful and pragmatic steps that should be taken to rebuild the NP on the principles of equity and sustainable development.

Current situation in the Northern Province

Development in the North has been impeded by policy failures and specific problems.  Let me elaborate on the policy failures first.  There are three fundamental policy failures. The first is the tragic abandoning of a pluralistic identity of Sri Lanka and adopting a majoritarian approach.  The second is the historical folly of not being people-centric.  The third is the unfortunate policy paradigm of viewing security and freedom as competing interests and not as complementing values.

Shortly after independence, majoritarian views were fostered for political reasons resulting in pluralism being abandoned and ethno-religious-centric policies adopted.  The moment we cast the identity of a “Sri Lankan” in the image of a particular ethnic, linguistic and/or religious group, we alienate all those who do not fit into that category.  The flagrant violation of Section 29 of the 1948 Constitution and the establishment of the 1972 Constitution fundamentally altered the basic structure of the Sri Lankan state.  It no longer belonged to all its citizens. Sri Lankan society was stratified by law.  When this happened, it was inevitable that the North and the East, which had an overwhelming presence of non-majority communities, were not accorded equitable attention.  Especially since 1957(since the abrogation of BC Pact) the North was a neglected area. Even the free market reforms initiated in 1977 discriminated against the North-Eastern Provinces.This was natural as the residents of those provinces were now second-class citizens.

Contrary to popular belief the end of the War has actually deepened the ethnic conflict. This is because the underlying causes for the conflict have not been addressed and in certain ways exacerbated.There is no point in declaring that there are no minorities in the country and that we are one people and thereafter banning the singing of the national anthem in the language of one segment of the people.  Instead of a pluralistic approach we have taken a majoritarian approach.

The failure to be people centric and attempt top-down approaches to development is another major policy failure.  As part of the NPC’s efforts to carry out a comprehensive needs assessment, I asked for an assessment to be made in Vavuniya as to the needs of the farmers there. One of the farmers had reportedly said “I am 70 years. This is the first time someone in authority is asking me what we want. It was all foisted on us hitherto”.  Unfortunately, after the conclusion of the war the situation has worsened – the North has become the area of operation of the conquerors. The Presidential Task Force which was set up in 2009 and the subsequent Joint Action Plans etc. were not carried out in consultation with the people or their elected representatives. The disconnect has been exacerbated by the introduction of the Divineguma Bill, which essentially usurps the devolved powers of the provincial government.

The current national programme implemented by the government is akin to the victor in the war furthering his own political agenda over the vanquished by disregarding electoral mandate the war affected had given their elected representatives both at national and provincial council elections. The vanquisher’s largesse to the vanquished is stressed; the People’s needs and wants ignored. The emphasis was not on people friendly development projects but Central Government friendly development projects. Of course, big projects and the entailing contracts are lucre’s best friends!

At the provincial council elections held in September 2013, the Government,with the help of the military and public service apparatus, canvassed by highlighting their post war development agenda – namely construction efforts. Despite overwhelming odds our party received an overwhelming majority from the people of the NP.  This majority was based on our pledges made in our manifesto and not engineered by crossovers.The NPC election results were an unequivocal rejection of the “Roads First- People Later” approach towards development.

This is not to say that infrastructure development is unnecessary or that the People of the Northern Province did not benefit at all.  We cannot deny the fact that there had been considerable infra structural development undertaken by the State so far in the North – the opening of macadamized roads, the gradual opening of the Railway presently up to Kilinochchi, the extension of the railway lines further into the Peninsula presently up to Chavakachcheri, and many other local projects with the help of International Donors. But unfortunately none of these have reached our people in the real sense.When the roads were constructed hardly any locals were employed.  A people-centric approach would have approached the issue holistically – it would have prioritised the needs of the people, it would have employed locals in the workforce, it would have taken into consideration the specific context of the post-war scenario of the North.It is essential to remember development must go hand in hand with the needs and aspirations of the People who are destined to benefit by it- not foisted by forces from outside.

The decision-making process currently in place with regard to socio- economic development is devoid of participation by the People’s Representatives. This is due to two reasons.  One is that the State deems it necessary to keep its vanquisher – saviour status intact for various political reasons. The second is the desire to maintain a centralized control over the North. This has been possible due to the inherent deficiencies in the Thirteenth Amendment. It has been able to prevent the Northern Provincial Council from engaging meaningfully in socio economic development activities in the North.

The third policy failure is treating security and democratic freedoms as competing interests.  They are not – they are complementary of each other.  It is not a binary choice.  Democratic freedom contributes towards national security.  The aim should be to attain both – not use national security as an excuse to deny fundamental freedoms.  Let me give an example.  In May 2009 around 350,000 people were kept incarcerated in open prisons. Applications made to court to release these people or at the very least provide a legal basis for the detention, were resisted on the basis of national security.  No significant steps were taken to release these people.  Suddenly in December with elections looming ahead around 200,000 people were released.  Was there a sudden change in national security objectives?Why couldn’t this decision have been made earlier?  The point is we are willing to accommodate political goals and security considerations as equal partners, but we are unwilling to accord democracy and fundamental rights the same privilege that we accord political expediency.

Much criticism has been levelled against me for repeatedly requesting demilitarisation in the Northern Province on the premise that demilitarisation would compromise national security. Recently, in Tellipalai, His Execellency the President publicly stated that there were only 12,000 military personnel in the North.  Almost immediately thereafter the Secretary to the President was reported as having given a presentation indicating that troop levels were at 70,000 in the North.  Apart from the obvious discrepancy, the significance of this is that the Commander-in-chief believes that 12,000 military personnel are adequate.  If so, should not one ask the question as to why 70,000 personnel are being retained?  Also given the mix-up in numbers is not possible that our estimations of 150,000 or more personnel being retained more believable?  My underlying point is that we wouldn’t be having these controversies if we take a genuine effort to ensure both fundamental freedoms as well as national security.

How does this policy failure translate into problems? The Army engages in large scale agriculture and commercial activities, including the operation of golf courses and tourist resorts. This presents a barrier for the entry of civilians into those areas and forces out competition from civilians.  Even the tea kiosks on your way down A9 have been opened by Army men or their relatives or proxies. The military presence directly and indirectly leads to numerous vices and has forced women into prostitution.  The Army directly interferes in the provincial administration by influencing and participating in the decision making process of the various sectors of the administration.  In the North-East of the Peninsula over 6000 acres of lands have been taken over by the Army and they have completely destroyed the habitations of the locals and have started constructing palatial buildings, golf courses and swimming pools to install comfortably the leaders of the Government and the Armed Forces when they visit the North.They cultivate the lands of the unfortunate displaced in the Wanni and sell at a price the produce from the people’s own lands to the very same owners. More and more lands are being grabbed, especially in the Vavuniya, Mullaitivu and Mannar Districts with the backing of the Armed Forces.

Two Hindu temples and a school were razed to the ground the other day by the Army. When I went there as the Chief Minister to see what had happened, I was politely turned back to obtain the permission of the Ministry of Defence. To my knowledge, my Sinhala friends from the South who visited the Tal Sevana, a Hotel functioning under the Security Forces Headquarters – Jaffna, had no difficulty in passing that Army barricade without any such permission from the MOD being insisted upon. Incidentally, the hotels website proudly proclaims that “it is the only holiday destination in Jaffna where you can sit on the beach and bask in sensational sea breeze in a clean and tidy environment.”  Consider the extent of the alienation of the locals who have been dispossessed of their lands.

The combination of these three policies have put paid to any hopes of development, leave alone accelerated development.  The problem is exacerbated when one examines the vast litany of woes that are the lot of the Northern populace.  Prior to listing some of the more serious issues, it is important for administrators and policy makers to understand the problems in the context of the Northern Province. The administrators here must realize that the North is not a normal society. This is a society that experienced the trauma of screeching air vehicles going past at lightning speed on a daily basis without knowing where the next human tragedy will take place.The members of this society have undertaken journeys where they had to leave their injured or the dead where they had fallen. They have lived the artificial and unhealthy life of an IDP in strange circumstances, having led a life of comparative ease and tranquil in places of their hereditary birth until then. They have been uprooted from their traditional hereditary habitats and cultural ambience. It must not be forgotten that land was not only their basis of identity but also their basis of security and income generation.Such is the unfortunate lot of the Northern resident.

Let me now turn to some of the specific problems of the people.  I have already addressed the travails of militarisation and land grabs.  Closely linked is the fact that there is neither a democratic process nor framework in place. The Rule of Law has been severely eroded.  There is a marked absence of human security- defined as the absence of fear.  As Amartya Sen has argued, freedom is at once the ultimate goal of social and economic arrangements and the most efficient means of realising general welfare.  Social institutions such as markets, political parties, legislatures, the judiciary and the media contribute to development by enhancing individual freedom, and are in turn sustained by social values.  Values, institutions, freedoms and development are all inextricably intertwined and you cannot expect development without guaranteeing freedoms, he has argued.

A large number of IDPs are yet to be resettled in their places of traditional habitation, including the thousands of Muslims who were forcibly evicted from the Northern Province in 1990.  Refugees languishing in camps in South India since 1983 have almost lost hope of repatriation.  Similarly, a significant number of detainees under the PTA remain incarcerated not knowing their future.  All of these have deleterious effects not only on the persons concerned, but their families and the Northern society itself.

The rural economy has gone out of the reach of the rural people. Absence of basic infrastructure for the revival and development of the economy, the numerous restrictions on the locals on fishing and the deliberate importation of Southerners to fish in areas where locals have been fishing for centuries, all impede development.

Women are the most disadvantaged.  With about 150,000 soldiers stationed in the Northern Province, would you expect our young widows and young girls to be safe? Gender based violence, including domestic violence is prevalent.

The Jaffna District has a high growth rate of cancer, water borne diseases like typhoid and kidney malaises. It produces more traders, more students and more females who find release in suicides than any other District. Complex mental health and psycho-social problems at the individual, family and community levels abound in the post war context. Particularly with single headed households, families with unresolved grief, individual and collective trauma, insecurity, poverty, unemployment, unwarranted pregnancies, alcoholism, child abuse and neglect, family conflict and separation and disabilities they are in a pitiable condition.

Way Forward

Let me now turn to what I believe could be done about these problems.  There is a critical need for a context specific policy framework.  The policy failures I referred to at the outset have to be reversed. In other words, a commitment to an inclusive approach to development, a focus on the specific needs of the people and a balanced approach towards freedom and security has to be ensured.

An inclusive approach will start with the full implementation of the 13th Amendment and proceed apace with the stalled political discussions. Regretfully, the 18 rounds of talks that were held between the Government of Sri Lanka and TNA leadership during the period 2011 and 2012 led to naught but disappointment.  As the TNA Leader has reiterated in his parliamentary speeches, there are adequate and meaningful proposals available with the Government, starting with the August 1995 proposals.  What is required is political will, commitment and sincerity of purpose.

Focussing on the specific needs of the people means understanding the context and taking cognisance of the mandate given to elected representatives. To rebuild a war torn society effectively you need to understand the characteristics of the region and formulate and adopt specific polices as done in other war affected regions. The NP is bereft of quality manpower, has weak governance institutions and weak market structures, is in a militarised environment; its people  have endured multiple displacements, and are affected by post war trauma and psycho-social issues; it functions with the rule of law seriously impaired. Definitions such as ‘developing regions’ or ‘middle income regions’ are not appropriate to the North. It cannot be handled under blanket National policies that are based on National parameters.

Unfortunately, when we are attempting to give expression to the voice of our people, as mandated, we are now being forced to carry on with the Government’s agenda for development along national policies.Case in point is the President’s formal invitation to me in November 2013 to Co–Chair the District Coordinating Committee meetings in NP-

The said letter highlights, I quote

“It is the responsibility of the District Coordinating Committee to coordinate, implement ,direct and monitor at district level the medium term investment plans 2013-2016 being launched by the governmental and non-governmental organisations in accordance with the “Mahinda Chintanaya Vision for the Future” endorsed by the majority of people.  

I would be most grateful if you could arrange for the implementation of overall District Development Plans based on the Rural Development Plans and Divisional Development  Plan formulated with community participation , thus ensuring the accomplishment of the target as anticipated.”(Unquote)

“Endorsed  by the majority of people “ it says.

Isn’t such a request in the teeth of the unequivocal mandate given by the people of the Northern Province? How can a development agenda that was prepared without the participation of the peoples of the Northern Province, without the conducting of a comprehensive post-war needs assessment, and without regard to the ground realities of military occupation and the post-war context contribute towards development, leave alone accelerated development?

At the discussions I had with H.E the President on 2nd January 2014 when I raised the above issues, I was advised, the above approach is what the government does in all provinces and we need to comply with it.In other words, the government did not demonstrate interest in adopting a participative and consultative approach bearing in mind the mandate received to us to address the specific post war needs of the people of NP.

If there is to be provincial development we have to understand that one size does not fit all.  A war-ravaged society cannot be treated on the same footing as other societies.  It reminds me of Anatole France’s sarcastic comment that “In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg on the streets, and steal loaves of bread.”  We must adopt a differentiated approach.

As Mahbub ul Haq, founder of the Human Development Report said “The objective of development is to create an enabling environment for people to enjoy long, healthy and creative lives.”.  Since my entry into politics I have spoken at length of the various challenges faced by the people of North and East as they strive to put their lives back together. All come back to our quest of creating an enabling environment that ensures peace and security so that  the best human capacities could be realized.

At the societal levels it means having secure livelihoods, security against crime and violence, enjoyment of political, social, economic and cultural freedoms, equitable access to life sustaining services. At the provincial level it means guaranteeing access to private property and lands, ensuring law and order, protecting the most vulnerable and the war affected, rehabilitating the war affected, building key institutions, developing and nurturing an efficient public service etc.At the national level it means a greater degree of understanding from national political leaders on resolving outstanding political issues, actively contributing to the addressing of the legacies of the war, delivering justice to the missing and war battered and recognizing the unique challenges each province face in the post-war context.

As we attempt to forge a way forward, we ought to address the political, humanitarian, human rights and rule of law dimensions of the post war context. There is an imperative to lay the foundation for the people of the North and East to embark on a development path in keeping with their needs and aspirations within the sphere of democratic governance. This means there is an immediate and urgent need to set about demilitarising the society at large, including reduction of armed forces, disbanding of paramilitary apparatus, demilitarisation of civilian institutions and curbing militarisation of economic life of people of the North and East.

There is a critical need to transform the central government’s counter-terrorism mindset focused on state security to post-war need for human security. Steps must be taken immediately to confine military to barracks and to formulate a plan for a phased withdrawal from the NP.  This in turn should be followed by meaningful security sector reforms by the Government. Sri Lanka need not have such a huge defence structure and manpower. A glance at the budgetary allocations will bear ample testimony to the disproportionate role the military plays. In the post-war context military personal should be demobilised, reintegrated into society and should be permitted to pursue their own vocations based on their interests and needs.

There is an urgent need to strengthen and build the capacity of the Northern Provincial Council administration. Due to the protracted war during the last two decades the North-East Provincial Council  (precursor to the Northern Provincial Council) experienced brain drain, substitution of meritocracy by patronage politics, politicisation of the bureaucracy, erosion of good governance principles, lack of accountability and corruption. We need to build the capacities and capabilities of the existing provincial administration staff, and recruit and appoint qualified and competent professionals conversant in governance to contribute effectively to the post war reconstruction and development.

We need to carry out a comprehensive needs assessment of all the sectors, and revisit the programmes initiated by the government in the NP, with the help of multilateral agencies, with the participation of civil societies, universities and public, as done during the Peace Accord period 2003/2004.  Only then can we formulate effective action plans and identify and source the funds that are necessary to implement them.

The diaspora is a competitive resource we need to capitalise on.  They have the technical know how, along with resources to contribute towards post-war rebuilding. They have the socio-cultural links with their motherland and also genuine interest, which are important ingredients to foster transfer of knowledge and technical know-how. Besides, GOSL does not have the financial resources and professional technical input or knowledge capital to contribute towards an effective post war recovery. We need to adopt strategies that would facilitate the participation of diaspora and lead to ‘brain gain’ situations. However, for the diaspora professionals to come over and participate in the post war recovery processes we need to have pragmatic, meaningful structures and modalities in place to ensure their security, safety, motivation and participation.  How can we encourage the return of diaspora members when we take steps to prohibit dual nationality (except in the case of a privileged few)?  A transparent screening process can address any security considerations.

On a positive note, during my recent discussions with the President, in the presence of his Secretary, the Secretary to the Treasury and the Secretary to the Cabinet, we discussed the mutual benefits that could be reaped by the Central Government and the Northern Provincial Council by allowing a smooth flow of funds from our brethren abroad, through State organs. One of the difficulties faced by us was the delay in Donor monies reaching us. Since valuable Foreign Currency could flow into the coffers of the State I said they must ensure the speedy delivery of equivalent local currency to the periphery. The President and his Advisors were seemingly very accommodative saying so long as the donations are approved in advance by the State the passage of the finances to their ultimate destination would be unhindered. This is a positive move and I remain hopeful that we could progress on this front.

Let me conclude by making a request to you – the academic community and the intelligentsia of society:

  • Exert your influence on the Southern polity to make them understand the needs of the North and East in the post-war context.
  • Counter the false propaganda carried out in the Sinhalese and English media by explaining that the Northern polity is committed to non-violence and a political settlement within a united Sri Lanka.
  • Act as leaders across ethnic divide who could engage in and enrich debates in the public sphere on critical issues of national importance.
  • Ensure that you promote and support the Rule of Law, democracy and fundamental freedoms.
  • Foster a climate to come up with innovative models of cooperation and governance models between the provincial councils and central government to enable each province to develop based on its needs and aspirations in keeping with democratic governance principles.
  • use your persuasive skills to persuade the Governments to keep their promises and commitments. If they do Sri Lanka would become a better place to live in!

As Einstein said fundamental problems we face today cannot be solved by the same level of thinking we were at when we created it! What is needed now is a shift in paradigm and you are best placed to provide it!

Thank you.

Justice C.V.Wigneswaran

*Keynote address – National  conference on post war socio – economic development and constructive engagement with Sri Lankan diaspora on 13th february 2014 at hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo

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    Scrap the 13 amendment is the ONL way forward.

    Tamil diaspora does not belong to SL.

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      Idiotic comments of this kind bring us much deeper int he pit that the current MR regime has prepared to this day.

      Elections in nothern soils were held just becuase ICs put the pressure on the bugger – they made use of teling the world CW nations, that they carried out it after decades.

      But the appointed minister is dissatisfied the way the PRESIDENT stands by him. MR made all lies to the India bringing about the 13AMD plus but today, it has been becoming 13 AMD minus. Not even crucial talks are being held about the future of the his implementations. His foreign minister has been on a tour mode these days waging his tail telling something else to the world as 85% of LLRC recommendations have been implemented to this date ?????? …

      Anyway, the masses inthe south – that heartely wait for peace and reconicliation in the north have lost their hopes just looking at the manner the BUGGER president has been lying.

      People though thank for lanken forces and former Army commander Sarath Fonseka to have fought against the terror, to create today´s state of freedom in the country, Rajapskshes and their abuses have been fed up by almost every household in the south. Looking the manner that some deliberately bring unexpectable harm to the opponents/dissidents voices, fears of all kinds have been on a rise rapidly hour to hour.

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      Gota tried his luck, the JHU threw tantrums and even MR tried to screw around with it. You mean to say you can do it when all these people have failed? I will vote for you if you stand for the presidency because only you have the “balls”.

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      FF,
      Scrapping 13th Amendment is one option. The other is making the PC System work.
      “Finally, I would also like to commend the organisers for the thrust on ‘Accelerated Provincial Development”.I see the use of the phrase “accelerated provincial development” as being reflective of the understanding of the differentiated needs of a war-torn society.” …. (CVW)

      Unfortunately neither the provincial bureaucracy nor the polity understand how to use powers vested in PCs through concurrent and devolved list. I can highlight a few examples.
      1. Provincial RDA can have different standards for roads under their purview eg. Increasing walkability and connectivity to National Highways, improving surface drainage, and roadside landscaping etc;
      2. Helping LAs to promote PPP;
      3. Helping LAs to have proper waste water disposal and solid waste
      management systems;
      4. Helping LAs to transform city centers to more people friendly public
      places;
      5. Improvement of regional sports facilities;
      6. Promoting regional and traditional arts and crafts;
      7. Adding regional value systems to education;
      8. Enforcing emission control standards and environment protection
      measures;
      9. Creating an environment with a competitive edge for investment;

      List is getting longer.

      First the PCs should show what they can do with powers vested in them through concurrent and devolved lists before asking for more powers.
      9.

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        Professional:

        Your “shopping list” is quite long but without vitamin “M” these can be but dreams and that is what CVW is precisely trying to explain. If you read his piece clearly, it is not just the “will” part of but also the resources. The regime does not have the means nor the money to develop, the socio infrastructure included. The suggestion that funds be coordinated by both the centre and NPC had even the President’s blessings but had got nowhere because of the stalling attitude of the centre. A lot of money is needed to redevelop a devastated race and region and the diaspora and international funders are ready to chip in, just that the regime is talking one thing and doing something else. What you are suggesting is just a cosmetic attempt to revolve around within the Rajapakse’s room and groping in the dark for the answers. Cosmetic is not what is needed for a region that lies in ruins.

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          Jansee,

          I fully agree with your comment. In every case Vitamin “M” is essential. Yet I do not think Vitamin “M” is not required for brains to function. Now CVW wants the government to give the members of the diaspora, who have brains and Vitamin “M”, dual citizenship. After all everyone is in search of Vitamin “M”. To produce it, investment of the available quantity is the immediate solution. Borrowing from those who have excess quantities is an option.

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            If the bankrupt Lankan Treasury does not have sufficient funds
            to an accelerated development of the North, the ADB and the World Bank can be persuaded to come in. I believe they will gladly step in with peace and reconciliation in their Agenda. India too will step in. But the funds must go direct to the NPC. The venal hands of the Rajapakses, notorious for what they did with Tsunami funds, should have nothing to do with this.

            Individual Tamils from the diaspora may come in with funds for smaller projects – apartments, hotels/restaurants, hospitals, IT education and selected commercial ventures. But GoSL should be held responsible to provide the larger funds from Colombo for all other. After all, Tamils in the North too pay heavy indirect taxes, don’t they?

            R. Varathan

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          That the pace of economic growth in the NP being nearly 4 times higher than the south shows exactly how much money is being diverted to the north. NPC said himself in another venue that the money coming from the diaspora has been wasted and the youth have lost their values because of it. If CVW cannot act like leaders of other provinces, he does not deserve the job. Don’t forget it was the Diaspora and others outside who told the TNA leader to appoint CVW as their leader. Look where that has gotten the north so far. He deserves a chance, but he has fantasies about his own job!

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            MHA:

            You don’t know anything about the Sinhala Lankas Economy so don’t make a fool of yourself.
            Starting from March man we will control our destiny and you wont be able to do bugger all. The only super power in the World has decided to get rid of Mahintha and there is nothing in the World that can save him. After the elections in India the process will be accelerated. Biswal during her recent visit added corruption to the charge sheet and every penny Mahintha looted will be traced and frozen.

            Just look at what rubbish you have uttered:

            You started by saying that the pace of economic growth in the NP being nearly 4 times higher than the south shows exactly how much money is being diverted to the north but ended up refuting your own words by saying “Look where that has gotten the north so far. He deserves a chance, but he has fantasies about his own job”

            So let me ask you who was responsible for this astronomical growth in the North. Was it the Racist Governor Chandrasri and how lucky the Tamils of the North were to have a Genius like him.

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        Much of diaspora tamils are unskilled labours. Most of them left the country not b’cao of the war but just b’cos of economic advantages. There are professionals but they won’t return as they cannot do nothing now. Only benefit is NFC. But dual nationality’ is a dram. It will increase population virtually and in next step they will ask for vote while living overseas.. So election dept need to set up polling station in every embassy or online vote system.. This makes political advantage on TNA .. We dont agree. this is not betterment of the county but for politics

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          Bebon:

          You really are a Baboon.

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      Fat ” Mama ” Fuk U Shima:

      Hi Idi Amin after March you will be 13 Amendment will be going to the Scrap Yard as Eelam Would have arrived through the back door.
      By the way do you know MRs loot is going to traced as Biswal has added Corruption to the Charge Sheet. MR has got more than he can Chew.

      The Hambanthotta Bully has angered the Mightiest Bully the World has ever seen.

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    Engaging with BBS is a better thought!!

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      So, you have decided to sent the Rajapakses to the guillotine after all. You have passed with flying colours your work as an undercover agent for us.

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        Jansee

        Who is us? Can you elaborate it a bit better please?

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          Vanga:

          Definitely doesn’t include you.

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            very reason why duel citizenship program should be scrapped.

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      Fat “Mama ” Fuk U Shima:

      After March 2014 you can do whatever you want with BBS as we would have parted company.

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    NPC has no plan to develop the North. SVW talks something not coming under his power or the jurisdiction of the NPC.

    NPC returned more than 3000 millions to treasury and propagate against the state that the government treat the tamils bad.

    Instead spending money to the Tamil people, they send it back to the treasury and bark the LTTE propaganda of the Diaspora.

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      .
      What’s happening to the EPC ruled by Muslim Congress and Tigers?
      Are they any better?

      :-)

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      If Tamils had contro over their own affairs in the north, they would develop it and diaspora money would come pouring in but the Sinhala fascist government and its supporters do everything in their power to make sure Tamils are not allowed to succeed.

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        Lena

        Sure my dear – it poured like a flood during the Peelum war to kill innocent people. They could do the same with this old man.

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          Sure Sinha-lame guy, now its pouring through Mahinda’s arse and you drinking it straight from his arse. You wish your dad was a Tamil isn’t it Vanga? Get your head out of Rajapassa arse and get a job man.

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      ask your Douglas Devananda where the millions are. I am sur you are managing his Canadian bank a/c you should know where they are.

      I notice last time you posted 300 millions now it’s 3000 millions
      perhaps you are passing a message to him that the coffersare filling up nicely

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      M. Sivananthan:

      This shows what kind of an idiot you are (or pretending to be one). When I give you money and demand that it should be spent only on buying cement when, in actuality, what I need is bread, then that money you have given is of no use at all. You see the point, and that is what SVW is trying to explain. Instead of reading what he has explained with your nose, try reading it with your brains. Then it will make sense to you.

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        jansee you want Sivanathan to do the impossible…”read with his brain!”

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          Rajash:

          You mean to say he has no brains at all. I can’t agree with you more.

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          You better build some toilets in your Chennai. Stinking!

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            M. Sivananthan:

            How many refugees from Chennai/Tamilnadu or even India have sought refuge in Sri Lanka? You can’t even take care of your own citizens and almost the whole world is sneering at your regime. Look at it this way, today India would be holding hands with your regime if not for Tamilnadu and I understand your anger in not being able to stop or prevent it. Talk of double standards, go and have a look at the rundown places in the plantations.

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            Sivanathan still love stinking Chennai to beautified Sri Lanka

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            [Edited out]

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              This to the Moderator.

              It looks like you are also an Anti Tamil. Becuse the bit you have edited out at top after Sivanathan You Muslim is explained in English at the end which you have allowed.
              So either you are Anti Tamil or cant read Tamil. How sad and are you reincarnation of SWRD ( Sinhala only).

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        You are an idiot and know nothing about the NPC!

        Nothing happened as you bark !

        Can you show any plans of the NPC rejected by Governor or president?

        Tamils, specially the Jaffna morons are selfish and they don’t want the people enjoy anything.

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          [Edited out]

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        Why waste your time with this clown M.Sivananthan. He is suffering from Schizophrenia after his dad molested him when he was little.

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      Have you read the piece? The man comprehensively outlined what is really wrong; give him some credit. Please do not be a complete looser!

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      Hey M.Sivananthan

      “NPC returned more than 3000 millions to treasury and propagate against the state that the government treat the tamils bad”

      When you write and publish be truthful.

      Remember that the Council was elected only after the 3rd quarter of 2013.

      The Council building itself is incomplete as on Dec 2014.

      How Could The NPC returned the money when the Council was not functioning. under the elected body.

      The Moneys if ever voted and returned in 2013 please ask the Govenor and His Chief Secretary for thew reason. Do not call the Council to Answer.

      Be Factual.

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        hahaha
        So, you have no one in Jaffna.! Then why are you crying here like a stoned dog?

        Don’t you know the NPC never complains about the money allocated?

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          [Edited out]

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        Money they estimated, since the 13th amendment enacted, that they they should had had.

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      Sivananthan you Muslim [Edited out]:

      First of all man if you hadnt spied for the Sinhala Army the LTTE wouldnt have driven you out from Kolumbuthurai and you wouldnt be languishing in a Ghetto in Canada pouring scorn on anything Tamil.
      But you are on the fringes of society and you cant and wont be able to influence anything in Eelam or even in the South as BBS and the Monks are Anti Muslim. This is what happens if you flip your hat.

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      Sivananthan [Edited out]

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      Returned to sender. May be that the addressee could not be found. Now that the NPC has been elected check could be validated and sent again to CVW. Or the GOSL could ask KP to double it.

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      Series:
      The contrast is what you make of it. Didn’t CVW explain that the money from the diaspora ought to be channeled through state organs instead of a free unaccounted flow. You should read in between the lines, that is if you are smart enough.

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    Disn’t you recently complain that diasoramoney is ruining the young population inJaffna?

    You are a shameless double-tongued politician even worse than Chelvanayakam and Amirthalingam.

    The ‘boys’ will teach you a lesson.

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      If you have proof of what you accuse him of then provide it here, otherwise it is meaningless babble.

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      Guys, you should read the Tamil version of the speech – Not Shamindra Ferdinando’s slant in the Island. The lament in that speech was that Jaffna was becoming a dependent society. The underlying message was “teach people to fish rather than giving them fish” kind of thing.

      In this speech he is not talking about doling out money to people but allowing them to fend for themselves. He is talking about structural and policy changes in this speech. He spoke about values and dependency in the earlier speech.

      There is absolutely no inconsistency.

      S

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      Dont you understand the diference between
      (a)Money sent by the diaspora incudling the Maids in the Middle East for the family for day to day living
      (b)engaging the diaspora for economic and intellectual contribution economic investment

      you guys want to criticise for the sake of it

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      Diaspora agent:

      Didn’t CVW explain that the money from the diaspora ought to be channeled through state organs instead of a free unaccounted flow. You should read in between the lines, that is if you are smart enough. The diaspora funding should be properly accounted for and be ensured that it is meant for and spent on the people and its development, and only then the diaspora will be confident of supporting wide scale financial initiatives.

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      The ‘Boys’?. Which ‘Boys’?. Selavaraja [Edited out] the exam cheat who was later nominated to become an MP by the LTTE?. The other ‘Boy’ Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam who’s father was felicitated by LTTE as a ‘Great Man’ when the same LTTE blew up Dr.Neelan to pieces?. Which ther ‘Boys’?. The ones who are busy with facebook and Twitter?. hey keyboard warrior. It is high time you pull your die ass pora ass inside of your mouth and smoke it

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    You want ‘holistic’ a approach? The only approach available to you is Mahinda Chinthana approach. I’d suggest stop wasting time and to get on with the program or step down.

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      .
      Mahinda Chinthana!!!! Even Mahinda doesn’t follow that.

      Joke of the day.

      :-)

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      Lets see how the international community deal with your Mahinda. You should realize that Tamils aren’t going anywhere , so you will just have to deal with it that Sri Lanka is not going to be an exclusive Sinhala domain.

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      Vibushana:

      CVW was elected by the people of the NP, unlike Chandrasiri who was nominated by the President. So, you have no business to call for him to step down, unless your small brain did not get the requisite education.

      Do you really know what the Mahinda Chinthana approach is??

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      You are a complete retard devoid of intelligent and objectivity. Can you critique the piece? If you cannot keep your mouth shut. People here already know you are a stupid person please do not make it worse for you!

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      vibushan do not get intimidated with the word “holisitic.”
      it’s not a nuclear bomb anything like that..

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    I have not read the article yet.
    But I agree with this totally – “Engagement With Diaspora, Accelerated Provincial Development: The Way Forward”

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    The former loyal servant of the wrong state is sturrering-ly waking up.
    Shames it has taken him so long. In his seventies?

    He knows any more and irrespective of UNHRC in March or not assassination is on the cards. He is not stupid not to know such untimely death by dark GOSL or Indian forces will be blamed on the LTTE too.

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      Local Historian:

      What kind of a “Historian” are you when you don’t even understand primary history? Thanks god that lunatics like you have not been appointed as judges. For a nut who does not know the difference between holding a judiciary position and a political position, calling yourself as a historian is shameful to that label.

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    read as stuttering-ly

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    CVW has clearly outlined the realities and requirements of society in the north and east.
    If the president is a true democrat,he should implement the requests/suggestions in CW’s speech,and not listen to those who wish to keep tamils under subjugation,causing more suffering.

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    Mr.Wigneswaran,I had high regards for you before you became the chief minister.Now you have become a cheap politician.
    Mr.Wigneswaran, says something in the north and something else in the south. TNA leaders know how to blow hot in the warmer north and how to blow cold in the cooler south.
    During the NPC election time in Valvettiturai you praised Prapakaran as a great hero.
    On Maaveerar day you planted trees and said that you were doing it in memory of SJV Chelvanmayagam.
    What is “Maaveerar Naal? DBS jeyaraj correctly says” The so called “Great Heroes Day” is not and has never been a national day of Tamil mourning.The “Maaveerar Naal” was an intensely conducted partisan event “of the tigers,for the tigers and by the tigers”. To portray it otherwise as some have done including stalwarts of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA)is sheer political hypocrisy”
    NPC minister Ainkaranesan even refused to hoist the national flag in an event in Mannar.
    You are asking to support and propagate rule of law,fine.When Tamil leaders like Amirthalingam,Yogeswaran.Neelan etc…etc were killed what were you doing?Did you ever condemn the killings?Didnt you work closely with TNA leaders who were justifying the killngs?Did you propagate rule of law at that time?Did you support rule of law at that time?

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      Prbakaran is indeed a great hero. Even the army generals who fought the LTTE has said that his fighting skills and strategy are brilliant. That is why they created a war museum for the sinhal South to come and marvel at the ingenuity of the Tamils.

      Maaveerar Naal is a day of remembering not just the fighters who died in various battles but also a day when Tamils remeber thier kith and kin who were brutally killed in various race riots against Tamils from 1948 to this day.

      DBSJ is the mouth piece of the Regime using his website as MR’s mouth piece. We have Douglas Devanada and DBSJ , Karuna all this traitors.

      oh my God what is Vigneswaran going to do now that you dont have any regards for him?

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        Mr.Rajash,I never said that Prapakaran is not a hero.He had army,navy and air force.No one can deny the fact that most of the Tamil areas especially north was under his control for a long period of time,which is not a that easy.My concern is he should have used his military strength to bargain and got some sort of federal solution to the Tamils.But,what did he achieve to the Tamils?

        The word traitor is nothing new to me.In the early seventies,TULF leaders branded their political enemies as traitors.They openly said in the TULF platforms that “Traitors will not have natural death”.Then you what happened to the political opponents.If you ask yourself what was the treachery did Duraiappa,Arulampalam and Thiyagaraja do to the Tamils,you have no answer.When you accuse DBS Jeyaraj,Douglas and Karuna as traitors,I was not surprised.If Karuna is a traitor now,what was he when he was with the Tigers?If DBS J is a traitor,what was he when wrote articles praising the Tigers?Whether we like it or not,Douglas is with the people and doing something for the betterment of the poor people.
        AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED SAMMANTHAN IS A TRAITOR.Why,he missed so many golden opportunities.Had he acted wisely with foresight ,thousands of lives could have been saved.
        1.Not accepting the Indo-Srilankan accord in 1987 and then accepting the provincial council after the death of thousands of innocent Tamils.
        2.Opposed Chandrika’s peace proposal in August 2000.As far as I am concerned,Tamils will never get a better political solution than Chandrika’s.

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          That is politics for you. The politicians are like a yo yo
          I agree that the Tamil Politicians may have missed a few opportunities.

          There is a difference betwen a traitor and an inept politician.Perhaps Sambanthan and the then TULF leaders were inept but not traitors.

          If you look at Mahinda he will not tolerate any oppostion or dissent. He murder them. VP was in a similar mould.

          The Tamils are not united. Whether Karuna, Douglas, DBSJ etc etc They all want to be king.

          Even if you look at the Tamil diaspora, they are not united either. We have BTF, GTF , STF etc etc bickering against each other.

          Individually Tamils are brilliant we have successfull Tamils in any profession , doctors, engineers, businessmen etc etc

          Collectively Tamils are a failure.

          Tamils need to address this.

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        We saw how he begged for his life with the white flag. Further why did not he eat his cyanide capsule?

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          Did he? Says who? Do you believe everything that the Sinhala Jangi horu Army or the government media tells you? Stop wasting your time here you dumb arse faggot Sivananthan.

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          Sivananthan you Muslim [Edited out]:

          First of all man if you hadnt spied for the Sinhala Army the LTTE wouldnt have driven you out from Kolumbuthurai and you wouldnt be languishing in a Ghetto in Canada pouring scorn on anything Tamil. But you are on the fringes of society and you cant and wont be able to influence anything in Eelam or even in the South as BBS and the Monks are Anti Muslim. This is what happens if you flip your hat.

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      Smart Ramany asks:
      When Tamil leaders like Amirthalingam,Yogeswaran.Neelan etc…etc were killed what were you doing?

      This is what he was doing…….
      “Vigneswaran joined the Judicial Service on 7 May 1979.[3][6] He served as a magistrate and District Judge in Batticaloa, Chavakachcheri and Mallakam.[3][6] He became District Judge for Colombo in January 1987.[3][6] He was appointed to the High Court in 1988, serving in Northern, Eastern, North Central, Uva and Western provinces.[3] He was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 1995.[3]
      Vigneswaran was appointed to the Supreme Court in March 2001.[7] He retired in October 2004″
      :-)

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      Ramany:

      When a blood thirsty tyrant who can declare to the world that hospitals earmarked by even the IRCS would be bombed and a psycopath who murdered thousands of civilians can escape your eyes and minds and carry him to a hilt, what you talk is pittance. Clean your dirty and bloodied hands before you lecture us. For the better or worse, they (the bloody guys from your regime) are the ones being dragged around in the international arena. So, liars, cheats and tyrants should feature prominently under your radar, and what are you waiting for?

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    Excellent and truthful presentation by Vigneswaran.
    One of the most intelligent speeches I have read in recent times.

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    Excellent and truthful presentation by Chief Minister Vigneswaran.
    One of the best speeches I have read in recent months.

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      Kumar David,

      CM Wigeswaran is the best opportunity Sri Lanka has to settle the Tamil issue once in for all. If they miss this opportunity, I do not know what will happen in the future!

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        I agree CM Wigneswaran is the best opportunity from the Tamil persppective. What Sri Lanka need is a similar leader from the Majority Sinhala representation

        If the Sinhala people fail to capitalise on the leadership of CM Wigneswaran Sri Lanak is doomed.

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        Yes, I agree. Instead they are chastising him. What a bunch of idiots.

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    Engage with Diaspora or its your head! Someone seems to have pulled is marbles since his last article.

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      The theme is what is given by the conference my friend – not his own. I am sure that the conference was not organised in a day!!! It is better that you read exactly what has been said in both speeches instead of reading only the titles posted on websites and given in the papers!

      s

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    I am very much impressed by the speech. Well done Wigneswaran. It seems the commentators give comments without reading/ understanding the speech.

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    For 30 years Tamils destroyed Sri Lanka.

    Now, Sri Lankan govt should forget all those who were silent for all those time and should take care of who engaged in the violence and destruction and also should reach to LTTE – financiers living overseas.

    Why is that ?

    Is it the Tamil superiority mentality ?

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      .
      Correction:

      First 30 years, Sinhalese destroyed SriLanka.
      Next 30 years, Tamils destroyed SriLanka.
      Now, Rajapakse’s destroying SriLanka.

      :-)

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        Aratiki

        REALLY!!!!!!!!!!!! What are your going to do about? Write some crap like above.

        The caravan will definitely move at least another 20 odd years and you LTTE blood sucking [Edited out] can keep barking. Nothing will happen to the current SL king.

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          Thats right, sinha-lane [Edited out] destroyed Srilanka. Specially those Buddhist nobheads. Current SL King owns a big bowl to beg the entire world for money, how can the bastard of a beggar be a king? Are you having a bubble bath with Shirani Jarawapassa or what?

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            I meant Sinha-Lame people**

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      Is it the Tamil superiority mentality ?

      you spoke your belief here!

      Sinhala people are known as the majority with the minority complex.

      After 30 years the Sinhala people have to sell the country to China to defeat LTTE..a small band of Tamil fighters!

      And you are absolutely right …you still have a inferiority complex

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    Wignesh engaging the Diasspora and not his NCP development.

    If this is Wignesh strategy, better settle those from the South in the North for accelrated development there. A GOOD WAY FORWARD.
    Benificial to all.

    Diasspora population turning the the Young population to be MOD.
    Wignesh yet in his vertti……………

    Come to Thondamannar to show the way forward.
    Wignesh is a piece of dead meat in the North. We made a mistake. Meaculpa…. meaculpa… meaculpa

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      you idiot the theme of the address was not chosen by Vigneswaran.
      It was the theme of the seminar

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    Where is Tamilnadu who gave money to LTTE. Why Jayalalitha cannot give money to develop NPC ?

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      .
      Rajapakse’s gave money to LTTE, why can’t they give to NPC?

      :-)

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    This man is a perfect politician. Talks for the sake of talking. How many speeches has he given on Provincial Administration and Law enforcement. I met him on an issue where there was an illegal construction. This issue was going to affect multiple cases on our Family Trust, not only in Sri Lanka but in other countries as well.

    The Pradeshiya Sabha agreed with us but were reluctant to act as they were facing some political pressure. So we met the CM believing his reputation. There he was talking something off the tangent. I asked him point blank whether construction without Legal permit is valid especially as there is a dispute on the property? He wouldn’t look at my face and answer.

    I only pity the guys who had to face his judgement in the courts, especially if they were not his side.

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      If it was your family trust why didn’t you go to court? Why are you going behind politicians to solve your personal issues. This is the problem. I am glad he did not get involved. Politicians shouldn’t be involved to resolve property disputes. That’s why there are courts. Clearly you didn’t get the hint.

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        Maybe I wasn’t clear. The property was occupied in our absence and in dispute with a trust petition at the GA’s office, other complaints at Pradeshiya Sabha and Police.

        The occupants started a new construction. We asked the Pradeshiya Sabha whether permission was given. They said NO. Meaning it was an illegal construction. By Law regardless of our legal action Pradeshiya Sabha had to stop the unauthorised construction. They admitted it. But the higher ups asked them not to. So the CM is the higher up who has to ensure LAW is followed. This was the unanimous opinion of the lawyers and Police. But he allowed the illegal construction to carry on.

        Nobody was asking favours; we only wanted the local authority to do its job so that the case is not prejudiced. Since he was the higher up it was a COMPLAINT not a request for favour.

        Our lawyer advised us not to file for an injunction but to allow the Pradeshiya Sabha to administratively stop the illegal construction (which is a mandatory duty of the local PS).

        I am sure, you’ll pretend not to understand or be blinded by political dogma. But those who know LAW and Local Government will appreciate what I am trying to say.

        I don’t look for hints from retired Supreme Court Judges. I expect black and white stand on LAW and FACTS.

        I fully supported and still support him as the most suitable personality of the North to provide leadership to the people. I was just disappointed that he didn’t think LAW/DUTY was sacrosanct.

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          I take back the second last sentence. His behaviour may not be an aberration, rather his true self.

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          You have the answer yourself. Why not ask court for an injunction? Why seek a remedy through politicians when there was a clear legal remedy available? In order to make a decision, one would have to heart both sides. Surely, you don’t expect him to make a decisionby listening to you only?! Be reasonable. He has decided to allow the status quo to
          remain.

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            There is something called a prescriptive right that only a court and not any chief toodle loo can decide you know! Obviously this serpent knows that.

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              exactly. This guy’s complaint is typical. “I went to see the chief minister and he didn’t help me. Therefore, he is not good.” Come on. When will we learn?

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                No Grounds for Retrospective Prescriptive Rights. We have formally objected long ago. Besides the PS confirmed on more than one occasion that no permission was sought or given; construction was illegal; they had sent cease notices; before PS could get court order there was political interference.

                I didn’t say the CM didn’t help me. I said the CM supported/oversaw an illegal activity.

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                quite resemble with Wiggie’s complaint regarding MR!

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              If there was Prescriptive Rights; then the PS would have given them permission. We were told quite categorically that the construction was illegal and no permission given or sought. In fact Cease Notices were sent. But then there were hints of political interference.

              Also given our clear formal objections, there are no grounds for granting Prescriptive Rights Retrospectively.

              Until I left the Country, PS was adamant that the construction was illegal and no permission sought or given. But their hands were being tied.

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                Vedant

                Sorry mate you expect the CM to get involved in every personal dispute?
                CM has been professional and conducted himself in a professional manner
                What did you expect home to do send his goons as Douglas Devananda would have done?

                I know we Sri Lankans are used to pull the string and get things done

                CM is in a precarious situation people are watching him to bring him down, if he get involved in personal disputes

                Your best bet is to go and see Hathurusinghe and give him a few pound notes he will sort it for you

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            Totally untenable by law;

            1. Just because a husband abuses a wife and it becomes a status quo does not mean it can continue.

            2. Injunction is personal legal action. I am talking about statutory bodies function within their constitutional and legal duties/obligations. Allowing them to work is normal. Asking them to turn a blind eye or ignore a complaint is not.

            3. A new construction does not maintain status quo .. it radically changes. So I disagree on all counts.

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              Simple question – why don’t you exercise your personal legal right through an injunction? Nothing to prevent you from doing so.

              Secondly, there are public law remedies – you could seek the appropriate writ remedy from the High Court of the Province. You could have sought a Writ of Mandamus to get a public authority to have carried out its public duty or writ of Certiorari to quash a decision it had made. Or a Writ of Prohibition to prevent the public authority from carrying out an illegal act. I do not know what the precise facts of your case were – suffice it to say that you have ample legal remedies.

              In other words you have private law remedies to go against the person building and you have a public law remedy to go against the PS if it was condoning it and yet you decided to seek political patronage. The more you explain – the better the CM’s stance seems.

              Under what provision of law did you approach him? Is there a right of appeal to the CM that you exercised? Is there a particular law or provincial statute that entitles you to ask his intervention? Even then shouldn’t it be to the relevant public servant – not the CM? The only mistake he made I think is giving you an audience.

              Learn to sort out your personal issues through legal processes not political patronage.

              Disgusting conduct.

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        He must have gone to lick Wiggie [Edited out] and get his family issue sorted, but Wiggie didn’t have none of that.

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    First he BLAMED Tamil diaspora in VAVUNIYA.

    Now he wants to ENGAGE it in JAFFNA.

    This is a joke!!

    See the difference? For Vavuniya Tamils he says TD is bad for Jaffna Tamilians he say TD is good.

    He wants Vavuniya Tamils to be foolish and poor always.

    LTTE will look after him.

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      I know you just spout things for the sake of it. But for the record:
      A. He did not blame the diaspora in Vavuniya – he blamed the manner in which people were using the monies sent to them. He wanted people to retain their values.
      B. This speech was not in Jaffna but in Colombo – organised by the University Grants Commission. Do you not read?!!

      This speech is like pearls before swine.

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    you mean Gota’s LTTE ?

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      Even MaRa is scared of Gota’s LTTE.

      :-)

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    An excellent speech full of facts. Let us hope that this will help to open up the conscience of the people in the South and help restore peace and harmony in the whole country!

    Sengodan. M

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    I would ask the following questions from the honorable justice:

    -which SL diaspora are you referring to? (not all SLdiaspora are Tamil)

    -what do the diaspora want to do in SL?

    -are they people who want to create an Eelam in the north and east of SL? (after all it was Tamil diaspora money that supported the LTTE to buy airplanes used to bomb Colombo)

    -if TNA committs to a united SL, then why do they not want to participate in an all-party conference on peace and reconcilliation, but rather strong arm a reluctant India to internationalize the SLA-LTTE war and its aftermath?

    -If TNA genuinely cares about dialoging with Sinhalese, why are they doing everything possible to try to bring war crimes charges against sinhalese soldiers while completely ignoring the horrendous violence and human rights abuses perpertrated by the LTTE and its supporters? (many of whom live in Western countries and enjoy fratenernity with western politicians)

    -It seems to me if TNA and the Justice genuinely want to live in peace with the other SL communities in a united Sri Lanka, then he has to consider the fears and anxieties of the sinhalese who are 75% of the SL population.

    -One of the better mechanisms for this type of honest dialogue seems to be the Truth and Reconcilliation Commission as tried in South Africa.

    -Of course federalism of some sort needs to be part and parcel of the peace effort

    Give people room to breathe and they will stop suffocating you and all will breathe easy.

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    There are two major sides that profit from instability in Sri Lanka. The local politicians, and the Tiger diaspora. Neither side has any vested interest in a stable Sri Lanka. To which extent, both sides continue to scratch each other’s backs, while claiming to be rivals.

    There is a significant portion of diaspora (and this is neither an exaggeration nor conspiracy theory) who has a vested interest in maintaining instability in Sri Lanka. It is this portion of the diaspora that funded and sustained the terrorist acts that the current Government uses to justify their poor Governance. Such populations, which consist of second/third generation Sri Lankans, who have been indoctrinated into the Tiger mentality, have no positive emotional interest in Sri Lanka. These factions of the diaspora continue to work toward maintaining the current instability in Sri Lanka, while also providing the present Government with all the fuel they need to continue their poor and unsustainable policies.

    If the Northern polity is genuinely interested in achieving positive change in the North, then it must better separate itself from the vocal Tiger diaspora, and clarify that such groups do not represent their views, both on a national and international stage. They must force international groups currently interested in Sri Lanka to work more closely with the NPC, as opposed to the diaspora, which will then force the GoSL to also better align itself with the NPC, in order to address international pressures (GoSL will never do what is best for the country out of a love for it! They will need to be bribed or tricked).

    So in other words, the NPC should represent the people of the north to the world, not the diaspora, and better direct international pressures towards a constructive political solution, within a united Sri Lanka, unlike the current pressures encouraged by the Tiger diaspora, which continues to openly follow a similar agenda to that of the Tigers.

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    It is learnt during Q & A after, his speech, Mr. Wigneswaran CM-NPC has said

    (1) he believes it is a good idea for the TNA to join the PSC, which the President has for long and in many ways tried to bait them

    (2) he is aware the Sinhalese will never agree to full sharing of
    power and, therefore, he is ready to accept something less.

    I am going by the basis he has been quoted correctly. If he was, he shows his lack of experience in the nitty gritty of politics. On the matter of joining the PSC, TNA has held consistently it is not against the idea but what it wants is firm indications from the Govt what is going to be on the table. In view of continuous failures from 1957 from the Sinhala side represented by different Govts, this stand of the TNA cannot be faulted.

    As to the 2nd, he should not have made the Statement without knowing how much of devolution and the nature of it in as comprehensively as possible. It is ambiguities in these areas that eventually create problems and glitches.

    While Mr. Vigneswaran’s intentions may be honourable, he has to be careful to toe the Party Whip and line.

    R. Varathan

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    The title is misleading ..Isn’t it?.

    Do the Diasporians want to open Tea Boutiques along A9?.

    Do they want to work on the Killinochchi KKS Rail track and Anuradhapura Jaffna Highway?.

    One would have thought the Diaspora is rich and eager to do big ticket items like developing super luxury Condos, next to Nallur for the geriatric Tamil Canadians and Tamil Pommies.

    Kick ass Golf courses in beautiful islets with super luxury holiday homes for the middle aged to reduce their pot bellies, whilst having fun.

    And opportunities for young graduates in the Diaspora to get meaningful jobs in these enterprises.

    And invest the capital and get their Western buddies to do the work so that they can also earn a quid for their untiring support to the Diaspora.

    It was totally disappointing to read the second half of the Vella CM’s spiel,

    It is just like a print version of the Voice of Tigers from Kilinochchi in the good old days.

    By the way did the CM count the waiters and cooks in the few Army run Roti joints along A9 as well as the work gangs on the highway and the rail track to arrive at his 150,000 figure?.

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      The Diaspora would bring in much needed money for infrastructure, hospitals, charity and business ventures.

      In any case who made you the voice of and the guardian of Tamils in the North, because your criticism of the diaspora gives the impression you actually care for the Tamils in Jaffna when nothing could be further from the truth.

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      Sumanasekara,

      It is not for you to decide what the Diaspora wnat to do with their money.

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    A very candid exposition of the problem. Most aspects presented are applicable and relevant to also the problem of reconciliation. Bensen

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    Sulaiman has said it.Wigs did not blame the diaspora in Vavuniya.He only advised the Tamil youngsters not to waste the money sent by them. They work hard some times doing two, three jobs to make that money.When the govt. after so many years again wanted to take back the transport service, Mr.Sampanthan in his speech in the Parliament said that the govt. had no good administrators. He said leave us alone we could make even good buses with the assistance of the Tamil diaspora many of whom were highly trained in the automobile field and the Tamils could even donate some buses to the Sinhala Nation in spite of the enormous damage caused to the Industries of the Tamils in the south in 1983 pogrom against Tamils by the Sinhalese.
    Can we expect Mervyn et al to understand what Wigs is talking about. Justice on one side and the accused on the other side.Fukushima can’t even understand where the speech was made.Pearls are really being wasted by the uneducated swines. I would actually like an open debate in the T.V. between Chief Minister Wigneswaran and President Rajapakse (without Weeratunga behind him to prompt him) on the ‘Way Forward’ for the country.Sri Lankans are sleeping while Billions are being wasted by Airlanka and its uneducated and ill educated so called Ambassadors and by every Silva,Perera and Pillaiyan.

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      Oh come on. Let’s get real. Do you honestly think that a debate between Wigneswaran (a former SC Judge) and MR (well, we know his credentials) will be a fair match?

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    Correction, I forgot to mention that court jester Aswer, who enjoys the government perks whether UNP or SLFP rules .

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    …”Sambandan has said to the Naduans that he will not settle for anything less than a Federal system.. I am happy to settle with less power if it is a win win situation. Tamils cant expect total power sharing “”….. Mr Vigneswaran

    The above statement is reassuring the inhabitants , that the Vellala CM is not a puppet of the LTTE proxy Sambandan.

    Sambandan is a total captive of the LTTE faction of the Diaspora.

    Cameron’s unwavering support to this LTTE faction is becoming a threat to the Vellala CM and the Tamil inhabitants who want to live in peace and catch up with their valuable lost time.

    It will be a pity if he the Diaspora puts a “Johnny Mine” under the CM’s seat.

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