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Event Invitation: Amirthalingam Remembrance Day

TULF UK Branch Cordially invite you to the Memorial lecture to mark the late Leader A. Amirthalingam’s 25th Remembrance Day.

On

Saturday 12th July 2014 at 4.30pm

At

Bonus Pastor Catholic College

Winlaton Rd. Bromley BR1 5PZ

Keynote speaker :

Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne

(Director, Institute of Constitutional Studies ) Please RSVP: By 10th July 2014 to

tulf.london@gmail.com

TULF

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    A Sinhala lawyer from the Left to speak in the Memorial of a man, a prominent former Tamil politician – who called for a Separate State.
    And that too in a Tamil political landscape in London dominated by LTTE supporters. Is the Sri Lankan political reality undergoing a seismic change?

    R. Varathan

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      Varathan

      If pariah Prabaharan had left Amirthalingam to conduct politics for Tamils in the aftermath of 1987 Indo-Lanka accord, the Tamils would not have gone through a holocaust in 2009.

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      I don’t think any serious change has happened. After the murder of Amirthalingam by the LTTE, his family had become disillusioned with Tamil nationalist politics, and didn’t say anything about separation.

      MR even used his familiarity with Amir when the latter was opposition leader to flatter Amir’s son, when the latter met him in Sri Lanka during a visit.

      So Amir’s family, or those close to them, inviting a leftist constitutional lawyer for commemoration, is not a “seismic” change.

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        Agnos – The family could have invited a prominent Tamil or a Britisher. I think inviting a Sinhala gentleman is a message
        from the Amirthalingam family the time to forget the past and
        move towards the future and reconciliation is here – despite the
        diabolical rule of the army and the continued suffering of the Tamil people in the North.

        R. Varathan

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          Varathan,

          Maybe so, but the thrust of my point is that Amir family may no longer be the flag-bearer of mainstream Tamil nationalism, even though this may have resulted from the assassination by the LTTE. That mantle has shifted to the TNA, which by virtue of being elected, holds certain authenticity. The leftover TULF no longer has any significant support, as evidenced by the election loss of Anandasangaree. So their family’s message, even if what you say was the intended one, is not going to get any traction.

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    why don’t u first hear what he has to say. Amir was killed by LTTE. Don’t you remember that?

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    Apparently Peter, Visu and Siva killed Amir in Colombo. This was when Mr Prabakaran had his Eelaam in the North.

    Wonder what Amir was doing in Colombo?..

    Will there be any friends and relatives of Peter, Vasu and Siva to tender an apology?.

    I mean these people now, are all about reconciliation and HR protection of their brethren. Aren’t they.

    And they only want revenge ,for killing Mr Prabakaran and his loyal Brigades…

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    One good thing done by Tamil modayas.

    Closing the Mail aru sluice gate was the other “wise” thing by Tamil modayas.

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      Stupid Fanatic you are a humourless dreamer!

      Modayas win elections because poor fools vote for them believing in promises of the `Lying Race`

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    At the 1977 general elections, Amir and his henchmen/women used the Tamil youth clamouring for a separate Tamil State and let them loose in a state of euphoria in order to win the elections. Once the elections were won with an overwhelming majority in the Tamil areas with the help of the youth it was too late to contain the disillusioned Tamil youth who expected a Tamil State and who had been taken for a ride. There was then the 1977 riots sponsored by JRJayewardene, the new President of the Sri Lankan State to subdue the Tamils. As expected the Tamil youth became militant and hence the genesis of the LTTE. It is no surprise that Amir was assassinated by the LTTE. Bensen

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      Bensen,

      The TULF would have won the elections even without using those “clamoring” youths. Once the TC joined the FP and formed the TULF, there was no other party to offer a challenge. The UNP, SLFP and the leftists all had only a very small share of the votes and were in no way a threat to the electoral prospects of the TULF.

      So I think your take on Amir is unfair. He and other leaders were pressured by militants to adopt a hard line, but as elected politicians they were bound to work within the existing system. Militant youths were oblivious of how the world, especially India, was–and still is– unsympathetic to all-out separation. The world will support federalism but it was and is wishful thinking to expect anything beyond it, regardless of any TULF rhetoric. The youths should have had the maturity to understand that despite any rhetoric, the TULF had to be pragmatic and ready to compromise.

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    Quote:There was then the 1977 riots sponsored by JRJayewardene, SECONDED BY HIS NEPHEW RANEIL WICKS, the new President of the Sri Lankan State to subdue the Tamils.

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