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Ezhuka Tamil Is A Subterfuge By Wigneswaran To Shore Up His Sagging Fortunes!

By Veluppillai Thangavelu

Veluppillai Thangavelu

Wigneswaran is an upstart in politics. He spent 25 years in the judiciary. It is true initially he was an unwilling horse. He was not used to the hurly-burly of rough politics. He was an unknown person to the Jaffna electorate. It was the ITAK which campaigned for his election victory. At one stage he got panicky that another upstart candidate Ananthi is going to beat him in the battle for preference votes. After winning the election he has the temerity to claim that he won the election on his own popularity with the voters. He is an ungrateful and unrepentant politician who has kicked the ladder that he used to climb to the top. The NPC administration should have been controlled by TNA. But the TNA leadership, especially Sampanthan who introduced him to politics, allowed Wigneswaran a free hand to run the Council according to his whims and fancies.

Wigneswaran’s conduct during the 2015 parliamentary elections was despicable. He indirectly appealed to the voters to vote for the Tamil Congress. That revealed the character of the man whose Guru is the serial rapist and murderer Premananda. a conman who received two consecutive life sentences and 67.3 crores fine for raping 13 Tamil orphan girls (3 of them under the age of 16) from Jaffna and murdering a youth who blew the whistle.

This is his dark side and Justice Wigneswaran has set a horrible example on women’s rights. He can never hope to become a leader of the Tamil people even in his next birth. The Ezhuka Tamil event proved it. Despite spending millions he himself admitted that he expected thousands to join the rally but found only a few hundred have turned up. How TNA/ITAK tolerated a turncoat who bit the hand that helped him cannot be fathomed.

Administrating and navigating the provincial Council is not a mean task. It requires immense aptitude, extraordinary patience and tact. As the chief administrator, he made a pretty mess of the Northern Provincial Council. He gave Ministerial posts to his cronies and got rid of Ministers whom he did not like. He fell out with the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and was engaged in a slanging match with him. As Chief Minister, his task was to improve the living conditions of war victims in the Northern Province who lived in abject poverty. Instead, he was engaged in destructive politics.

Under his stewardship, the NPC has passed 415 resolutions during the last 5 years. This is a record for a PC and should qualify for a place in the Guinness Book of record. 

He was not cut out for politics. He spent 25 years as a judge and after retirement devoted his time to hold anniversaries for the serial rapist Premananda who received two consecutive life sentences for raping 13 girls, most of them underage. He also murdered and buried a young engineer who dared to challenge the nefarious activities of Premananda. Not just anniversaries, Wigneswaran has built a temple for Premananda at Puiyankulam.

While in office, he was blowing hot and cold. He lambasted the TNA/ITAK top leadership (Sampanthan & Sumanthiran) for moving close to the Sinhalese in the south and following a policy of appeasement instead of confronting the government.  Wigneswaran has no stomach for diplomacy and tactfulness.  In fact the TNA/ITAK had hard with Wigneswaran because of his intemperate and confrontational politics. For example, he was at loggerheads with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe denigrating him as a Prime Minister with only 45 MPs. That he belongs to the same old Uncle Nephew party. This shows he is thoughtless and suffers from an uncontrollable ego. 

In 2015, he turned down a funding offer by the UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator in Colombo amounting to US150 million (Rs.20, 250 million) under Peace Building Fund. The funds were meant to assist farmers of the Northern Province to improve their living standards. Wigneswaran turned down this offer merely because the UNDP Resident Coordinator refused to play ball with him. The Coordinator was asked to appoint Karthikeyan Nirmalan, Wigneswaran’s nephew and an Australian citizen, as Special Officer of the Project. He even fixed the monthly payment of US $ 5000 salary (Rs. 675,000) plus expenses!  Nirmalan was the Diary Secretary, Executive Assistant and Political Advisor to the Chief Minister.

In a harshly worded letter rebuking Wigneswaran and copied to R.Sampanthan, MP the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative wrote as follows: “There was no donor willing to fund a standalone advisory position for a preselected candidate without following the standard competitive process for recruitment. In addition, the excessive canvassing by the proposed Special Advisor made it even more untenable for the UN to consider such an appointment.”

This rebuke by the UN Resident Coordinator showed the Chief Minister did not have the interests of the poor farmers, instead interested in securing a lucrative job for his nephew. It also showed he was only pontificating against nepotism and favouritism.

In an act of vendetta, he dismissed his Minister of Fisheries and Transport despite the Board of Inquiry set up by the Chief Minister exonerated him of all charges.

The power of dismissal is an executive act exercised by the Governor on the advice of the Chief Minister. Deniswaran went to the Appeal Court which terminated the gazette notification issued by Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran removing him from his portfolio.  But a haughty and unrepentant Chief Minister failed to comply with the ruling of the Appeal Court.

A request made by C.V. Wigneswaran to defer contempt of court proceedings filed against him was rejected by the Court of Appeal.

Subsequently, contempt of court proceedings was filed by B. Deniswaran  alleging that  Chief Minister  Wigneswaran and Ananthi Sasitharan and K. Sivanesan have wilfully acted in contempt of the Court of Appeal order since they prevented him from performing his duties as Minister of the Northern Province

The Court of Appeal has now issued notices on the trio to appear in court on November 19, 20 and 21 for inquiry.  If convicted Wigneswaran will be creating history and join the infamous Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thero who received 6 years imprisonment for contempt of court!

Deniswaran went to the Appeal Court which terminated the gazette notification issued by Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran removing him from his portfolio.  But a haughty and unrepentant Chief Minister failed to comply with the ruling of the Appeal Court.

Wigneswaran had also filed an appeal in the Supreme Court challenging the Court of Appeal’s Interim Order to prevent Wigneswaran’s decision to remove B. Deniswaran from functioning as the province’s Fisheries and Transport Minister.

A request made by Wigneswaran to defer contempt of court proceedings filed against him was rejected by the Court of Appeal.

Subsequently, B.Deniswaran filed a contempt of court proceedings alleging that Chief Minister Wigneswaran and Ananthi Sasitharan and K.Sivanesan have wilfully acted in contempt of the Court of Appeal order since they prevented him from acting as a Minister of the Northern Province.

The Court of Appeal has now issued notices on the trio to appear in court on November 19, 20 and 21 for inquiry.  If convicted Wigneswaran will be creating history and join the infamous Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thero who received 6 years imprisonment for contempt of court!

To the credit of B. Deniswaran, himself a young lawyer, it must be mentioned that he filed contempt of court charges against the former Chief Minister as a last resort. His overtures to Wigneswaran to settle the matter amicably ended in failure. He wanted Wigneswaran to admit to the fact that his dismissal from the Ministerial portfolio was illegal. In which event he will serve as a Minister for a day and then resign his post. But the egocentric Wigneswaran will have none of it. True to form he refused to dismount from his high horse!

The Ezhuka Tamil staged by Tamil People’s Council (TPC)  is a subterfuge by Wigneswaran, who is a co-chair, to shore up his sagging popularity among the war wary people. These people are pulling themselves up to stand on their feet. 

Wigneswaran and his allies formed TPC at the end of 2015 after the massive victory at the polls by TNA/ITAK. TPC is supposed to be a Civil movement and non-political, but the ACTC/TPNF, EPRLF, TELO and PLOTE joined the outfit. Unsurprisingly, ITAK was not invited.  

At the Ezhuka Tamil rally held on September 16, both ACTC/TPNF and PLOTE refused to join. 

On October, 2018 Wigneswaran floated the Tamil People’s Alliance (TPA), a new Tamil political party. He appointed himself as the Secretary General of the TPA. He claimed he was following “people’s politics” and declared party would “restart negotiations” with the government and “bring international pressure” on Colombo. 

The TPC is backed by several Tamil media groups, including the Colombo-based Virakesari and Jaffna-based Thinakkural and Valampuri newspapers, which have published articles endorsing the “Ezhuka Tamil” campaign.

Both the TPC and TPA are meant to  feather Wigneswaran’s own political ambitions. 

An article by TPC adviser M. Thirunavukarasu in Thinakkural declared: “People and the parties who want to build an alternative leadership must come forward to show their unity now. Other party members must break barriers and give strength to this demonstration and Eelam nationalism.”

A virulent campaign for an “Alternative leadership” supported by a section of the Diaspora was mounted without success during and after the last Parliamentary elections in August 2015. It is alleged that the TNA/ITAK is not “Nationalist” enough since they are following a policy of appeasement.

Massive  infrastructure investments since 2015  in building houses, hospitals, roads, modernization of fishery harbours (KKS, Mailaddy and Point Pedro) is bound to make  improvement in people’s lives. Release of about 75% of private and state lands(government claims it has released 92%)  held by the army has helped to re-settle thousands of displaced families.

The Jaffna International Airport revamped at a cost of Rs.2,250 million will commence regional, later international, flights from October 15, 2019. 

Foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last week for the construction of a new Jaffna Municipal Council Building. The old building was erased to the ground during the civil war. It is expected to cost Rs. 2.35 billion on completion. 

Under Palmyra Fund established on May 27, 2019 to speed up development of North and Eastern provinces, the Finance Ministry has allocated Rs. 2.5 billion, but only 25% (Rs. 6,250 million) will be released this year. So far Rs.2, 000 million has been released to Trincomalee district.

Unlike Wigneswaran, the TNA/ITAK sees economic development and political aspirations as sequential and concurrent strategies.

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  • 15
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    What a sad state of Tamil politics! All confined to electoral politics. Rights cannot be won through electoral politics – there has to be struggle and sacrifice.There appears to be a vacuum of Tamil leadership that is capable of politicizing and mobilizing people and the so called civil society appears to have gone in hibernation.
    TNA should take some responsibility for the current state of affairs – as the Tamil representatives they should have set things in the right direction, instead they are to UNP what EPDP/Douglas is to SLPP. All along they were busy safeguarding the gov’t. They shouldn’t be worrying about Wiggy’s ‘fortune’ because it is likely more than theirs.

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      Sumanthiran [BS] supported Ranil and UNP instead voicing for the plight of the Tamils like missing persons [the mothers and relatives are on the streets for more than 900 days. The political prisoners problem, release of civilian lands, above all promises made to the Tamils and in the election manifesto regarding a reasonable political solution etc. What did the ITAK accomplished almost ZERO.. TNA cannot face the voters in the North and East.
      I will bet Sam,& Sum will ask the Tamils to vote for UNP indirectly demonizing the SLPP [Gota] . As far as Tamils are concerned both are devils. Tamils must vote for an independent candidate and their second choic also to an independent candidate. so that both devils will learn a bitter lesson and sometimes defeated by an honest leader like Nagananda Kodituvakku or other civilizede educated candidate.

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    It is puzzling why an ex-supreme court judge worships a convicted rapist/murderer.
    And, acts against norms of PC administration.
    This man is a disgrace to all Tamils.
    What of Devananda – he is another who survives by means other than democratic and legal.

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      Thangavelu Aiya

      Why didn’t you include the tax free car permits given by the govt to TNA M.Ps S Sridharan, S. Sivamohan, S Senathirajah, S. Yogeswaran , Charles Nirmalanathan and E Saravanapavan by which these MPs gained several lakhs or millions of rupees, as a part of ” TNA / ITAK’s sequential and concurrent strategies” ?

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      J
      It is hard to explain.
      But the man is utterly superstitious. Many who believe in god men (including Sai Baba, Guru Mahara and the lot) are irrational in matters relating their belief.
      The TNA serious erred in bringing him in to sort out an internal squabble about the post of CM. Until then CVW was happy to light oil lamps at social functions and make long boring speeches.
      The Tamils have only disgraceful leaders.
      Douglas has a way with his electorate, that you cannot deny him. He is not voted for his politics but by his personal support base. One can curse his politics, but do the Tamils have viable alternatives to the TNA?
      That is the tragedy of electoral politics.

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        SJ, Here is an occasion I could agree with. Many who believe in god men are irrational.
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        However, individual beliefs and prejudices that do not affect you, me, or society should be none of our concern. So is any man being superstitious. Once one is superstitious, what is the need for an adjective. How does that accentuate the fact?
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        Let me repeat here what I had said elsewhere: Hon. Wigneswaran is not going to respond to an insignificant you. You have that in your favour.
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        You are fond of running down Tamils, – ‘The Tamils have only disgraceful leaders. Oh! you are quick to dismiss yourself. Don’t do that!

  • 11
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    Perceptive people could sense even from the very beginning of his entry into politics that he was a bit odd and very self-important. No sooner than he became the CM, he started to act in a bizarrely erratic manner. In spite of the extremely hierarchical, tribal and ethno-centric nature of Jaffna society, the one thing that should be acknowledged is that religious fundamentalism of any sort never took root there. But this Wiggy who was supposed to be a rational, cosmopolitan, urbane jurist from Colombo introduced religious – namely Saiva-Vellala – symbolism into the public sphere in Jaffna. He himself donned the casteist, socially-conservative retro version of the Veshti, sporting facial hair, Tilaka and Vibhuti – the works – like a Saiva Swamy. There is absolutely nothing wrong with these makeup knick knacks. But they should be kept out of the official activities and functions of the provincial council. To your credit, you have exposed to the world the intrusion and dominance of the Sri Lankan State by a crass, vulgar political Buddhism, known as Sinhala-Buddhism, marginalizing the minorities. But then you do the same thing when you get a little power in your little kingdom, discriminating against the minorities in your midst. What makes me even more mad is Wiggy’s moral preaching. He’s out of touch with the world and the new digital generation. Morality is not imposing your own narrow bigoted puritan standards on people’s sexual lives or recreational activities. They are not inherently good or bad as long as age, consent and health concerns are addressed. What is immoral is your paying homage to the serial child-rapist and murderer Premananda. Why are you doing this when the whole world knows what kind of heinous beast he was. Are you getting some vicarious pleasure reminiscing him?

    [Contd]

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    [Part 2]
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    Imposing your own outdated, unenlightened, undemocratic rules of conduct on people is not promoting morality, but serving religious fundamentalism, not acceptable in a liberal society. At any rate, Wiggy, that is not part of your mandate. That is not what you were elected for. You were elected to provide leadership and coordination for the quick development of the North so that the war-ravaged people can re-build their lives and go forward. You have utterly failed in that task. Because you wasted your time making political calculations and bickering over petty rivalries. You were passing resolutions, issuing statements and making declarations. You were pursuing racist politics thinking that would make you popular with the Tamil people. This was the same fatal mistake made by FP, TULF, and the LTTE. So it has spectacularly backfired. You pay a heavy price if you don’t learn from history. You have let down the people who promoted you and voted for you at a critical juncture. You didn’t take even a single meaningful step to bring economic relief to the war-affected people of the North. They can see the whole Provincial Council thing has been nothing but an ego trip for you. That is why they didn’t show up to be part of your last ditch attempt to use racist nationalism to salvage your political career.

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    ‘Temerity’ may be suitable a word to describe your mannerism, certainly not that of Justice Wigneswaran.
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    Hon. Wigneswaran is not going to respond to an insignificant you. You have that in your favour.
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    You concoct, ‘ It was the ITAK which campaigned for his election victory’. Don’t twist reality to suit your agenda. The head of ITAK was wanting to be the nominee. It was when Hon. Sampanthan put his foot down that the ‘head’ bowed out. Also, Hon. Wigneswaran laid down that he would agree to stand for election only if all the different Groups of TNA wanted him to be the nominee.
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    TNA is a having a hard time with the stubborn Sinhalese leadership. The tactics of Justice Wigneswaran is giving Hon. Sampanthan the moral strength to hold his ground!

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      Unreal,
      Does a man who worships a murderer/rapist deserve to be a leader?
      Is this his “moral strength”?

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        justice, You are way off the context of the circumstances under which I made my remark. Wait for a better opportunity to pose your question.

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        Justice
        Real leader should be able to rape and murder on his own, instead praying the one who does it. That is clear for.
        But what is not clear is, is that certification of “Rapist, Murderer” by Sinhala Jury only court or Hindi Jury Only Court?

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    Wigneswaran is incompetent. But what have Sumanthiran or Sampanthan done for the Tamils either, except to bolster Ranil? Sumanthiran is Ranil’s stooge. Has he or the TNA done anything for the Tamils in Kalmunai, Kanniyai or Chemalai? The Jaffna airport had nothing to do with the TNA. It’s geopolitics pure and simple. It’s good for the Tamils though but the TNA had nothing to do with it!

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      TNA got duty free cars and sole them. Sampanthan supported Ranil and lost his Opposition leadership in the parliament, but shamelessly occupying the house offered by Ranil to support for all his misdeeds. Did not question about the Bond Scam. Sum a well known stooge for Ranil wagging his tail for his master Ranil accomplished nothing. Now as we see Ranil is losing support from his own party. It looks like Sajith will be candidate at last. The bond scam investigation to be continue and Arujna Mahendran friend of Ranil will be investigated and the truth will come out the amount money plundered. May be SUM also would have got a share to boost TNA. .

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        KR
        Do not go to town on imagined versions of personal matters.
        No house was offered by Ranil. What is and was occupied was in his capacity as leader of the opposition.
        If anybody did Sampanthan a favour, it was Mahinda by not demanding the accommodation.

  • 10
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    So you see it is not Tamils/Sinhalas/Muslims who are rotten, corrupt and racist, it is Sri Lankans.

  • 3
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    USD 5000 per Month for the Nephew . He wouldn’t have got that even in Australia unless the Nehhew sat on the Magistrates Courts in Paramatta..

    495 Resolutions in 3 years..I must thank the writer for exposing the ridiculous PC System which our inhabitants are lumbered with.
    And they want to run their own Police and Land Banks too..

    I think culling the rogues in the PCS and eliminating these rotten PCS must be top on the list of the next President.

    Muththaia Muralithran You are right on the money , mate…

  • 17
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    This Thangavelu Mama is so desperate, is now having diarrhoea of the mouth and vomiting slimy fluids, knowing very well that the Eluga Tamils in the NE and worldwide, are going to derail TNA into oblivion, for not standing up to their own promised manifesto. Our so called astute TNA leaders have confessed about their failures and have admitted that they were misled and fooled big time. The time has run out.

    The only person that can save TNA from fracturing now is this Mama. He should give up Canadian freestyle and return to his village and help in his economic development, and preach his twisted political aspirations with TNA joining UNP, but not for the Tamils.

    At least the Justice, Hon CV Wigneswaran has principles and the honour to stand up for the rights of the Tamil people, for justice, accountability, for true reconciliation with equality and respect, or to let the Tamils decide their future destiny through an international community conducted Referendum.

    What more do the Tamils want from a new leader and a new party?

  • 12
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    We have seen how social service provides a service dog to a visually handicap person to navigate outside the home. Sad reality is that even now that is how the SL political system is formulated. National leaders are racially blind and cannot directly connect with constituents outside of their regional territories. So when they step outside of their comfort zone during the election time, they bring a service dog to safely guide through their propaganda vehicle.

    Duggee has been trained as a designated one for the last 30+ years. All these years that poor service dog took all the hits and humiliations alone while roaming the inroads in night times. We should appreciate Duggee’s mental toughness, surviving tactics and professional experience in this business. We should also appreciate that Duggee didn’t mislead locals on the scope of his business plan.

    Whether we feel shame to accept it or not TNA is now asked to provide a similar service. Did TNA disclose this dog service business plan to general public in 2015? Who is going to ask TNA for their change of business plan? Is it just a surviving tactic? Wiggy is smart enough to sense the trend and using it for whatever his intended reasons. It’s misleading to target Wiggy for exposing TNA’s new dog service business to general public. What was the reason to start all these cool projects just few months before the election? What is the guarantee that these projects would even get enough funding to complete as advertised during the election time? I thought we were taught about Pavalakodi song early in grade 3 to remember it for life!

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    CV Wigneswaran may have been a good judge in the Sri Lankan judiciary, but certainly not a good administrator / politician. Barking loud, tying economic revival with the removal of army from the occupied land, instead of running these in parallel, this imbecile made people from his province suffer more. It is the expatriate community which kept some of the development going. He is utterly unsuited to be good and visionary administrator. People of Northern Province, cast him to the dust bin or suffer more in the wilderness.
    The Sri Lankan, Tamils who have gone through severe hardship for many decades, must through intellectual thinking decide what their wants and priorities. At the present time economic revival is most important than political settlement. These could be done in parallel as said before. Unemployment is high as a result nefarious activities are taking place, i.e. Rape, murder, drugs, gang warfare, etc. What is the use of political solution if these cannot be eradicated? Also, the Tamils mindset need to change as the type of LEADER they need. The past and the present have proved ineffective and inefficient. Separation is not the answer. Cohabitations is 21st century mantra.
    Is there no Sri Lankan Tamil “Lee Kwan Yu”?

  • 17
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    Vellupillai Thangavelu.

    You are not being honest with the truth especially in regards to the following.

    “Unlike Wigneswaran, the TNA/ITAK sees economic development and political aspirations as sequential and concurrent strategies.”

    Can you put your hand on heart and tell what TNA have achieved so far in terms of Accountability and Devolution of Power while colonisation continues at pace, A close friend of mine who recently went to Jaffna told me that they are building Sinhalese Colonies without any access to TNA/ITAK.
    RW is a CROOK and a backstabber and cant be trusted and for that matter you cant trust anyone . Dont just blame wiggy blame the Sinkalams. Can you tell me how much you have been paid to write the above. Actions speak louder than words. TNA recently went to see Modi . What did they bring back.
    India who finished the LTTE owe a duty to Tamils to force Sri Lanka devolve power and unite North & East . When we have power we can develop the North and without power you are at the Mercy of the Sinkalams. Get real

  • 13
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    Sue them Mr Wigneswaran!
    From time to time, I do become the intellectual opposition of Mr Wigneswaran. But I do respect him for his commitment to the higher intellectual path – which often results in loss of political support. My heart therefore fell when I read some unacceptable comments by Mr Velupillai Thangavelu in relation to Mr Wigneswaran. I was appalled by Colombo Telegraph’s irresponsible publishing of such hearsay about Mr Wigneswaran:
    [He was not cut out for politics. He spent 25 years as a judge and after retirement devoted his time to hold anniversaries for the serial rapist Premananda who received two consecutive life sentences for raping 13 girls, most of them underage. He also murdered and buried a young engineer who dared to challenge the nefarious activities of Premananda. Not just anniversaries, Wigneswaran has built a temple for Premananda at Puiyankulam.]
    My knowledge of Mr Premananda is much weaker than my knowledge of Mr Wigneswaran. But the statement ‘He also murdered and buried a young engineer who dared to challenge the nefarious activities of Premananda’ confirms that Mr Thangavelu is an irresponsible writer and those who followed him carry high risk of mental disorders.
    Knowledge is processed at three levels. (1) Hearsay, (2) Intellectual logic (3) Belief. Likewise our intake of the outside world through our senses. Hearsay without Belief becomes disorderly and leads to gambling with information. A good proportion of it would become rubbish and make the thought structure disorderly. When information is passed through a common set of principles – such as laws – they show what one stands to benefit by being on the right side of the law and what one stands to lose by being on the wrong side of the law – the two being Equal along the lateral plane. Belief on the other hand is pure Energy.

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    Thangavelu Aiya

    Tension prevails at Chemmalai Hindu temple premises now. Gnanasara and other Buddhist monks have overruled Magistrates Order and causing havoc. Not a single TNA MP is present at the scene. May be they are hiding in Temple Trees. Being an ardent member of FP, why don’t you come down and help those tamil Hindus to preserve the temple. Hope you too wouldn’t hide upon reading this.

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    Mayan – leave the MPs aside, what are the All Ceylon Hindu Congress stalwarts doing? The primary duty is for the Hindus to agitate against illegal Buddhist structures/encroachments. The land on which the late Thero built the vihara was allocated to him during the infamous rule by Mahinda Rajapaksa last year that lasted for 52 days. Unfortunately, we have to fight on all fronts It is President Sirisena who released the firebrand Gnanasara Aththe Thero who was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment for criminally intimidating Sanya Eknaligoda, wife of missing cartoonist, in a court in 2016.
    Again, unfortunately, monks in saffron robes are free to take the law into their hands without fear or sanction to harass, intimidate and cause harm to others with impunity.
    Gnanasara Thero the leader of BBS had thundered “Our country is a Sinhalese one and we are its unofficial police”. 
    Buddhism cannot be protected by building thousands of viharas, stupas and pansalas. Sajith Premadasa during the election campaign has promised to do exactly the same. He will build 1,135 Buddhist Temples and thousand dhamma schools costing Rs.3 million each. Has already built 361 dhamma schools.
    It is shame that those who claim to protect Sinhala Buddhist traditions in this country are themselves defiling its sanctity by their nefarious conduct and behaviour. Worst of the culprits who are polluting the doctrine of peace and non-violence of Buddhism are those from the Maha Sangha.

    Ven Gnanassara proclaims “Our country is a Sinhalese one and we are its unofficial police”. 

    The case is before the courts. The Pillayar temple authorities have retained a lawyer. They have declined offers by R.Sampanthan, MP and Sumanthiran, PC MP.

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      Thanga

      The Hindu Council is very much involved. Mano Ganeshan was brought into the picture.

      Peace and non-violence of Buddhism? Really? Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia?

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    Gajalakshmi Paramasivam is an ignorant woman whose knowledge about Premananda/Wigneswaran relationship is zero. Suffice to say Wigneswaran is the Trustee of Premananda’s estate in Ceylon. She can travel to Puliyankulam to see the temple for Premananda.

    The sexual and murder assault case against Premananda is in the open. Gajalakshmi who is computer literate should search using Google. Premanandas conviction at the District Court was confirmed by the Madras High Court and the Indian Supreme Court. Incidentally, Wigneswaran was a witness for the defence and the court described him as a wishful individual!
    As the Chief Minister of Northern Province, Wigneswaran wrote a letter to Indian Prime Minister in NPC letterhead stating the case against Premananda was false and asking to release 4 co-convicts locked up in Puzhal prison.

    See link (1) http://www.dailymirror.lk/dbs-jeyaraj-column/C-V-Wigneswaran-hurts-Christian-sentiments/192-127591
    (2) https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/chief-minister-wigneswaran-worships-serial-rapist-murderer-premananda/

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      Thanga,

      When did you come to know all these “facts” about Wigneswaran? Is it after Wigneswaran started campaigning against TNA? Is it before selecting him to contest for NPC CM?

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      Thanga ( I am sure you are not Thangavelu from Canada )

      As you may be aware Wicknesvaran did not want to get into politics, particularly tamils’ politics but he was begged pursuaded and dragged into by several FP politicians and supporters. Having brought in a person who had no political interest experience or involvement previously, why do Thangavelu and his FP cohorts are throwing mud at him now ? Why do they cite Premananda’s case now ? P was found guilty in 1997, well before W was dragged into politics by Federal Party. Didn’t they aware of W’s involvement with P before they approached him ? Throwing mud on a fellow harmless elderly person when he does not toe their line, is deplorable. Only uncivilised people will do it and I have seen most of Northern politicians are good at it. I say this with my personal experience. If you have the talent of Jackie Chan, you may escape unscathed.!

      Following a particular religion or a religious person is a personal matter. It shouldn’t be brought into public and analyse or condemn. Whether I go to temple or not is immaterial when I express my political views. From Wikileaks I note P’s followers are all over the world, and from different nationalities. Let them enjoy their freedom. Good or bad, they are the one to meet the consequences. I wouldn’t interfere.

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        Mayan, You ruined the merits of your otherwise acceptable comment with your wrong ‘sure’.

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          Unreal

          Thanks for your information. I knew this person goes by another name of Nakkeeran. Anyhow I will be more alert hereafter.

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      Thanga,

      “Wigneswaran wrote a letter to Indian Prime Minister in NPC letterhead stating the case against Premananda was false and asking to release 4 co-convicts locked up in Puzhal prison. “

      For me it looks like he was just forwarding the letter written by some one else.

      “There is no impropriety in forwarding a representation to the person concerned,” he said, adding that “it is up to the Indian government to act as per law.” https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/wigneswaran-defends-raising-convicts-issue-with-modi/article7138673.ece

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      All irrelevant in today’s charged environment. Let’s focus on the enemy, not wash dirty linen in public.

      Btw, Wigneswaran sued DBS who had to apologize.

      And what’s your real motive?

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    One can see from the thump down for the comments I made above about cohibition and the inability of CV while he was the CM for five long years. Sri Lankan Tamil do not need a chest beating silver back gorilla but a visionary and intellectual leader. The diaspora which is building a scaffold around CV is collapsing fast
    and most of them do not have a heart to help the Sri Lankan Tamils.
    Ask yourselves, the diaspora Tamils, how many of you actively participate in the developments of North And East. Also, how many of you are willing to return to Sri Lanka to live? Please do not decide for the Tamils who live there. It will another disaster in the making.

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    Mr Thangavelu,

    You have stated in your article in relation to Mr Wigneswaran:
    “He also murdered and buried a young engineer who dared to challenge the nefarious activities of Premananda”

    You say :
    “Gajalakshmi Paramasivam is an ignorant woman whose knowledge about Premananda/Wigneswaran relationship is zero.”

    I admit that my knowledge is from my internet search. But I could not find your murder accusation of Mr Wigneswaran in the internet. I consider it seriously Defamatory that you would make such an accusation without any evidence. In terms of how I register the message in my own brain – that is as per my truth and how I measure Mr Wigneswaran in this regard. It is disrespectful of the Justice system of Sri Lanka and the internal management of justice within the Tamil community. You owe it to us to withdraw that comment and apologize to Mr Wigneswaran.

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      Gajaluxshmi
      “Vigneswaran is also a follower of the controversial guru Swami Premananda whom he has compared to Jesus and has requested that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi release three jailed followers Premananda.[7][8]” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._V._Vigneswaran

      [7]Jeyaraj, D. B. S. (22 April 2017). “C.V.Wigneswaran hurts Christian sentiments”. The Daily Mirror. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
      [8]Karthick, S. (24 April 2015). “Lanka province CM seeks release of 3 convicts in Premananda”. The Times of India. Mumbai, India. Times News Network. Retrieved 27 October 2018.

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    Anpu Gajal Thanga & others

    There is an article titled ” Justice for Premanand ” by India’s top lawyer late Ram
    Jethmalani who appeared for P, published in Deccan Chronicle on 15th & 16th June 2005 and available in internet. Please read to know more facts of this case unknown to many. Don’t recommend this to Thangavelu Aiya who will have chest pain if he reads.

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      Correction : Article titled ” our men in black ” appearing in ” justice for Premanand.org “. It was also published in Deccan Chronicle.

      There is another article by Renees & Xavier titled ” Is this justice ? ” in the same website.

      Advised to read to get the full picture of this case.

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    Anpu & Mayan

    Please note that I am NOT opposing anything regarding Mr Premananda. If Mr Premananda was mentor for Mr Wigneswaran – in certain issues – that is the dynamics between them. My concerns are about the claim “He also murdered and buried a young engineer who dared to challenge the nefarious activities of Premananda”

    If Mr Thangavelu was able to bring this out in public – then that says something about the level at which our community functions. If Mr Thangavelu believed that to be true he had the right to share that with other believers. To bring it out in public – he needed to take action through court – the avenue available to him – the way the case against Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa was filed in Jaffna. If we take the shortcuts to entertain gossip we confirm low civilization

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    Spiritual Gurus & the Law
    At a time when community discussions are active in relation to Religious Guru and Politician, I received the Hindu Council of Australia Newsletter – with an article under the heading :
    [Police case against visiting Hindu Guru dismissed
    A New South Wales court has dismissed a case against a Hindu spiritual and Yoga guru Anand Giri Maharaj and termed him as Innocent in its judgement. The case was brought against him by two women devotees who alleged that he had touched them inappropriately. NSW Police investigated the case and decided that there is no substance in the case and dropped all charges…]

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    Mayan – You don’t want a mirror to look at the wound in your palm. “Top Lawyer” Ram Jethmalani is the lawyer who defended Premananda and his accomplices. Defence lawyers lie to the court to get their clients set free. That is their bread and butter.
    There were over 100 girls in the Ashram, and on reaching puberty, he raped them, hoodwinking them into believing that he had divine powers. The conman told them that having sex with young girts will help him in his predictions.

    Wigneswaran is a frequent visitor to Premananda’s ashram.

    I have a question for Mayan and When the girls reached puberty, he raped them, hoodwinking them into believing that he had divine powers.

    If Premananda was innocent as a baby and white like a lily why hire a “Top Lawyer.”? The Pudukkodai District Court Judge Bhanumathi (now a Supreme Court Justice) after a protracted trial sentenced Premananda and his Secretary Kamalananda to two consecutive life sentences and a fine of Rs.6.48 lakhs on August 27, 1997. When the sentence was appealed, the Madras High Court upheld the sentence. The Apex court too confirmed the sentence.
    Justices P. Shanmugam and M. Chockalingam of the High Court said: “The proceedings are unique and have shown the vulnerability of the orphans, especially the girls, and the need for their protection. They have revealed to what extent persons professing to be spiritual gurus could screen their true profiles.” Justices Shanmugam and Chockalingam, however, reduced life imprisonment given to three other accused, Balendran, Nandakumar and Satish Kumar to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment. They were punished for culpable homicide. The Bench confirmed the sentence of two years and seven months’ rigorous imprisonment handed down to Chandra Devi, a doctor and the wife of Kamalananda, who helped abort the foetuses of some of the rape victims.
    The Judges reduced the fine imposed by the Sessions Court Judge from Rs.66.3 lakhs to Rs.61.3 lakhs and said the money should be released to the rape victims from a joint bank account that Premanada had with Divya Mata, who is absconding.

    (URL https://frontline.thehindu.com/static/html/fl1926/stories/20030103006213400.htm)

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      Thanga,
      When did you come to know these “facts”?

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      Thanga,
      “Defence lawyers lie to the court to get their clients set free. “

      You mean all lawyers?

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    Thanga / Thangavelu / Nakkeeran

    ” Defence lawyers lie to the Court to get their clients free ”

    What a brilliant discovery and you deserve an award Aiya. I will ask Lawyers Sampanthan and Sumanthiran PC to choose an appropriate award and present it to you when they come to Canada next. By the way Aiya, are you saying that the judges are ignorant fools to listen accept and give verdict based on the lies of defence lawyers ? Aren’t they capable to differentiate between truth and lies ? Don’t you know that verdict is given based on facts evidence and lawyers submission based on it. Any lies by witnesses met with punishment. Haven’t you been to Courts in Jaffna that is few yards away from your former work place Minicipal Council and listened to the hearings ? If clients could be freed by lying in Courts, there is no necessity to go to Law College and study for 3 / 4 years. You could become a best defender Aiya. FP and TNA are filled with many lawyers since its formation. So shall I call it as liers den as per your yardstick.

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    I was following proceedings against fake Premananda from day one. But I came to know Wigneswaran’s close association with Premananda after 2013. Even after Wigneswaran was sworn in as Chief Minister, he continued to visit the Ashram and joined in the prayers. He also celebrated Premananda’s birthday. Even highly educated persons fall victims to spiritual hoaxers in saffron clothing!

    To be honest, Premananda is not the only self-styled godman involved in sexual scandal. There are several others as well. Swami Paramahansa Nityananda was caught on tape making love to a Tamil film actress Ranjitha. Sex combined with spirituality is a lethal mix. All hell broke loose in different parts of Tamil Nadu ransacking his ashram when the video went viral.

    The latest godman to be arrested on sexual assault charges is Chinmayananda a former Union Minister for Home Affairs during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government. The 72-year-old politician cum spiritual leader has been charged with “sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape”, which carries a punishment of five to 10 years in jail and a fine.

    The victim a law student studying in a college-owned by Chinmayanand woman told NDTV: “There is no justice. I already told the (police) in details how I was raped and yet he has not been charged with rape. This has played out exactly as I feared. I do not know what the planning is behind Chinmayanand’s arrest. I have nothing to with the extortion case.”

    The police based their charges against Chinmayanand on videos handed over by the 23-year-old woman, who claims she secretly filmed him using a camera in her spectacles. She claims the godman did not spare him even when she pleaded she had a menstrual period!

    I am deeply disappointed with Gajalakshimi Paramasivam for holding brief for Wigneswaran but not for the human rights of the poor and helpless victims. They were all orphans and hailed from Jaffna.

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