22 October, 2020

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Failure Of The NPC Would Spell Medium & Long-Term Disaster

By Vishwamithra1984

“I am of old and young, of the foolish as much as the wise,
Regardless of others, ever regardful of others,
Maternal as well as paternal, a child as well as a man,
Stuffed with the stuff that is course, and stuffed with the stuff that is fine, one of the nation, of many nations, the smallest the same and the largest” ~ Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

‘It has merely been a talk shop with resolutions and statements. Its notorious genocide resolution a month after regime change in Colombo last year, apparently passed to mobilize international actors, in effect polarized the country and undermined the new political space for reconciliation. The sad reality is that the NPC has lost its credibility with the local population’. So writes Ahilan Kadirgamar, a writer of no mean credentials and reputation. It’s time the Northern Provincial Council, its leaders and the Central Government in Sri Lanka took notice of what actually is taking shape in the Northern part of the land. Retired Supreme Court Justice seems to have missed his original brief and instead making instantaneous notes and the jury is waiting to hear the summation. The Central Government, on the hand seems to be oblivious of the embers that are burning under the red soil of the North, waiting for rare rains in as summer of an unpredictable landscape.Wigneswaran Maithripala

Time is a cruel customer. It will wait for no one. In a fast-paced society in which the changes that are occurring far outmatch those who pretend that they could control and master the events to come. Politicians, officials, henchmen and would-be jockeys on both sides of the ethnic spectrum are playing a dangerous game- a game that would end with no winners but only losers. The tremendous socio-political neutrality that the cessation of the thirty-year war between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) and Sri Lankan security forces entailed is diminishing. The international players in this game, the Tamil Diaspora, are entangled in what might be just outside their realm of competence. Geopolitical socio-political strategies are subjects of crafty diplomats and clever politicians. Years-long experience, scholarly backgrounds, disciplined preparation and crystal-clear objectives are a reflection of a professional proficiency. Mere loyalty to a cause backed by money, reputation, power and unrelated credentials would not hold one in good stead in the sheltered alleys of international negotiations.

While not disregarding his extraordinary commitment to the cause of his Tamil brethren and unmatched credentials to be elected as Chief Minister of a troubled and traumatized province, the Chief Minister of the Northern Province and his cohorts, if there are any, must buckle down and start delivering goods instead of long ‘judgments’ as he was used to delivering from the Bench. The Supreme Court Justice Wigneswaran must give way to the politician Wigneswaran and for that matter a rare variety of such creatures. The Tamils set an example in selecting their nominees and electing those nominees to office. Wigneswaran belong s to such select few, reminding one of those State Council and parliamentary days of a bygone era.

But the current needs have changed. The guns have fallen silent; the terrain is devoid of landmines and the anguish of parents are receding to a faint but yet lingering memory. These objective conditions have changed; physical realities have altered the usual cycle of life in the North; the people’s lives have new demands and the cry for a better tomorrow has gained momentum but unlike in the South of the country, that cry is more mute in sound and profound in substance. A people who have seen the dark side of ethnic diversity; a people whose lives were altered irrevocably by the depressing sounds of guns and landmines, a people whose children’s education was sacrificed at the altar of illusion of Elam, a people who once gave birth to the Ponnambalam brothers and eminent scholars of the caliber of Ananda Coomaraswamy, who nurtured and nursed secondary schools such as Vembadi Girls High School and Jaffna Central, farming was their livelihoods and education and scholarship their contribution to the national treasure.

Yet again, they also produced murderous terrorists like Prabhakaran, Mahattaya and Pottu Amman. Whatever people in the South of Sri Lanka talk about, however they try to portray their immediate past, Tamils would not like to be remembered as those who cowed down to Prabhakaran and his killers. In the same strain, Sinhalese Buddhists would want to shed the Sinhalese past which produced killers of the nature of Rohana Wijeweera, Gamanayake and Saman Piyasiri Fernando of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna. The remaining leadership of both sides now have ostensibly discarded the violent veneer of their past. In the ultimate analysis, the legacy of both Tamil Militant Wing and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna would be ashamed to leave behind a legacy of wonton killings, ethnic cleansing and macabre dispensation of ‘justice’.

Kadirgamar’s article sheds light on the immediate needs and promises broken and forgotten by those who pledged them. A broken palmyrah is being replaced- although nothing can replace a one that is broken by another broken entity- a vacuum of promises and dreams and aspirations.

In such a terrible background what can the Northern Provincial Council do? What can the Central Government do? At the helm of the North and the Center are two enlightened gentlemen. Two serious politicians, one, Chief Minister Wigneswaran, who sees everything in relation to his defeated people, their crushed dreams and ruined aspirations and hopes, and the other, President Sirisena, whose leg is being pulled by the fringes of the Sinhalese community bent on never conceding what is rightfully due to the Tamils of the land. What policies and programs could be implemented to uplift the lives of the Tamil generation that are still living in the North and the East? The answer lies not in nuanced strategies and sugar-coated packages. An accelerated program of development, in the likes of the massive Accelerated Mahaweli Program in the ‘70s and ‘80s need to be launched in the North. Not necessarily around agriculture exclusively, but a well architectured portfolio of development, covering agriculture, fisheries, tourism and industries. If the Central Government could launch a Megapolis embracing the Western Province, why it cannot unveil a similar government-assisted but self-funded mega development program in the North and the East.

The majority Sinhalese must refuse to live with a monitory’s mindset. Fear of being invaded by the Indians and particularly Tamilnadu is nothing but just plain fear. Such a mindset cannot embrace modern concepts of integration and assimilation. So it is true in the context of the Tamils in Sri Lanka too. Generations-long memories of subjugation and fabricated accusations of ethnic cleansing by the majority are a great hindrance to an open-minded approach. Such imprudent pronunciations and one-sided commentaries will invariably find ready listeners and readers whose objectives are questionable and suspicious.

Ignazio Silone, the great Italian writer and thinker described himself as thus: I’m a Christian without a church, socialist without a party and a citizen without a country. Such sublime words may not suit any of our leaders today, but the latent truth that lies behind the quote is universal and all-encompassing.

The rich and salubrious red soil that the Jaffna farmer tills day in day out without care for the brutal punishment the scorching and exacting sun assaults on the his bare back has wonders to tell generations of farmers and peasants. Graduating from the classrooms of dignity and pride he must not be allowed to be outcaste as a second-class citizen in his own land. I have said this before and do not have any hesitation to repeat it: no majority is worthy of its numbers if it does not grant equality to their minorities. That in itself is betrayal of the core of human values; it is the abandonment of fundamental principles that hold a community together as a cohesive entity.

Forget about the Prabhakarans and Pottu Ammans and Mahattayas; forget about the Ponnambalams, Coomaraswamys and Doraisamys; think about the ordinary folks who make up the bulk of the Tamil population in the North and East. They deserve our attention; they demand our unequalled sense of equality. Demagogues of the Bodu Bala Sena and Ravana Balakaye tinge cannot be silenced; but they can be outnumbered and outwitted. Some sense must prevail, if not, the signals are clear and unfiltered. A second, third, fourth or even a fifth uprising in the North of Sri Lanka is not only inevitable it would seem logical. Just because it may arise after our time is no excuse for procrastination of finding a cooling sensation to this burning ethnic embers in Sri Lanka.

Those who occupy seats of power in the North as well as the Center would be well advised not to disregard the relative calm in the desert lands of Jaffna and Kilinochchi and Vavuniya. Beneath that inexplicable calm may well reside a yearning for betterment, equality, racial integrity and justice. Victory at war is no substitute for treatment as equals in the huge human family.

*The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com

 

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    “yet again, they (Tamils my insertion) also produced murderous terrorists like Prabhakaran, Mahattaya and Pottu Amman”

    I beg to differ

    The LTTE was a product of the successive racist Sinhala Govt.

    Tamils did not produce terrorist. They produced freedom fighters out of necessity

    “The guns have fallen silent; the terrain is devoid of landmines and the anguish of parents are receding to a faint but yet lingering memory.”

    Lingering memory….indeed….the Sinhala govt is waiting for the lingering memory to fade away.

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      Rajash

      What are trying to say?

      You say: ‘Tamils did not produce terrorist. They produced freedom fighters out of necessity’. Do you agree state terrorism produced Tamil Tiger terrorism against the state, the Sinhala people and Tamil people?

      The heading ‘Failure Of The NPC Would Spell Medium & Long-Term Disaster’ says it all. CM C V Vigneswaran is another blot in the Tamil history. He is a diabolical humbug and he is there to fail. He does not know what is right and wrong.

      He will put the clock back for the for another three decades and will decay the very survival of the Tamil people.

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      If diverse groups of the society, make every effort to do it today, why not Viggie or the like men to see it with more consideration – we fought over 30 years long… let alone today, we must not just harbor to our emotions, but to act really to get the support of all walks of men and women on this society to achieve the common goal – which is but permament peace fo all – regardless of our race, religion, colour, or other parameters.
      How can a man that lived entire life in colombo to turn out to be the animator of nothern racial groups.

      Be it from Southern or nothern the outcome will be standing on the way- Be it from Wimal Buruwansse, Udaya Gonthadipila, or from Viggie, we have to rise again, when it is harm for the srilankens that fight for perment peace but peace of this war torn island nation.

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    Dooms day soothsayers of the anti-Sinhhala buddhistd were saying the same thing whebn LTTE was living and kicking.

    Those days, LTTE was invincible.

    LTTE-rump still can not comprehend it.

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      ..those days LTTE was invincible …he he he

      When visible LTTE attacked Colombo International Airport …according to a foreign tourist there..Sinhala card board army was running like headless chicken……shame still sinhala card board army couldn’t find the brand new vehicle used in this attack.

      This is why Sinhala card board army fought for 30 years and finally begged 34 countries for help and used chemical weapons …

      Without foreign support still card board sinhala army will piss in North-East

      Tamil Kids who saw the massacre of Sinhala card board army are growing in North-East ..

      Cheers

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        Ha ha ha the yelps of the whipped dogs. Losers. The great Tigers hiding behind their own Tamil women and children. It was the Sinhala army who saved them.

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    Those who occupy seats of power in the North as well as the Center would be well advised not to disregard the relative calm in the desert lands of Jaffna and Kilinochchi and Vavuniya. Beneath that inexplicable calm may well reside a yearning for betterment, equality, racial integrity and justice. Victory at war is no substitute for treatment as equals in the huge human family.

    VishvaMithra:

    You are say you are buddhist:

    Are you a NGO who is trying to make a living out of this ? Look like that.

    Anyway, You are embarassing Sinhala people. They lived and proected their religion and culture living underneath millions of South Indians and they overcame the wrath of European and British Colonial powers.

    You say, Jaffna to Vavnia are bigger than all those taken together ?

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      @ jim softy

      He He He

      after 2009 May murder..thuggery..looting..raping..alcohol ..brothels..are flourishing day by day in North-East with the blessing of occupied Sinhala card board army..

      This is the beauty of freedom today.

      Cheers

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    No wonder Batalanada Ranil the PM doesn’t get a mention her..

    Bodhi Sira was hired to muzzle the Sinhala Buddhists so that Batalanada Ranil can give vellala TNA the same deal, which he offered to Mr Pirahaparahan as the then PM under the Cousin.

    And it is whatt Batalanada’s mate the FM, promised to the UN and Diaspora Surendran.

    Batalanada Ranil has devoted all his time and energy so far only to write the new Constitution.

    Poor Colvin apparently took 3 years to write it. Yahapalala Ministers must be a heck of a lot better than Colvin to do it in 12 Months.

    British and US perhaps speeded it up.

    Anyway, will our Dalits in the South tick it off, when the Vellala CM is already threatening to chase the Sinhalese from the North and up root all Bodhi Trees.

    Even Yahapalana Partner JVP Tilvin said so..

    He went even further and posed the question whether the Dalits in the South can do the same to Tamils.

    Batalanada Ranil and the UNP have to come clean and tell the inhabitants what the deal is.

    Not keep the inhabitants guessing, and then suddenly slap them with a the Referendum to give Vellalas the Federal Eelaam..

    Among all, it is Kiriella from can Kandy who is telling our inhabitants how good this Batalanada Constitution is .

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    Vishwamithra 1984,

    “no majority is worthy of its numbers if it does not grant equality to their minorities. That in itself is betrayal of the core of human values; it is the abandonment of fundamental principles that hold a community together as a cohesive entity”. How true.

    As we speak there is great collusion among the majority to favour Buddhism above all other faiths and to enshrine into law with the passing of the new constitution. Magnanimity has not been a hallmark of the Sinhala Buddhist polity. Narrow mindedness, instant popularity and pecuniary gain is the hallmark of most if not all.

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    Mr.Vishwamithra,
    However poor Sri Lanka gets , the mindset of Sri Lankan leaders never change from racism. At the time of independence from the British Sri Lanka was at the helm with both Sinhalese and Tamils coexisting and working in all the Country’s industry, plantation, banks, education, judiciary, government Departments, private companies, Police, Army, Navy and Air force. Ceylon was the envy of all other Asian Countries. All other Asian Countries after independence never discriminated minorities. Instead other Countries started development to get to the standard of Ceylon. Strangely Ceylon leaders chose a path of destruction.
    In the new found freedom, Sinhalese started a race in expanding the Sinhalese vote base in order to increase their number of seats in the Parliament. Politicians created anti Tamil pogroms in the South and won seats on racial platforms. Before getting noticed by minorities, the Sinhalese Politicians secretly were laying the foundation to make Ceylon a Country only for the Majority Sinhalese Buddhists.
    The successive Sinhalese majoritarian Governments brought in legislations to discriminate and got rid of Tamils from the Police, all the forces, all Government Departments and gradually eliminated Tamils from all their traditional livelihood. Most Tamils found refuge in their native North and East.
    Tamil youth took to arms as a last resort after the majoritarian violence spread to North and East and after the youth were prevented from entering College for higher education.
    The recent history of Sri Lanka became widely noticed only after Tamil youth took to rebellion.
    Even though the new Government is supposed to deliver freedom for all and bring reconciliation with Tamils is now backtracking just like abrogating previous peace pacts Governments made in response to Tamil parties protests for parity of status after Tamils got marginalized.

    “Forget about the Prabhakarans and Pottu Ammans and Mahattayas; forget about the Ponnambalams, Coomaraswamys and Doraisamys; think about the ordinary folks who make up the bulk of the Tamil population in the North and East. They deserve our attention; they demand our unequalled sense of equality. Demagogues of the Bodu Bala Sena and Ravana Balakaye tinge cannot be silenced; but they can be outnumbered and outwitted. Some sense must prevail, if not, the signals are clear and unfiltered. A second, third, fourth or even a fifth uprising in the North of Sri Lanka is not only inevitable it would seem logical. Just because it may arise after our time is no excuse for procrastination of finding a cooling sensation to this burning ethnic embers in Sri Lanka”
    This genocide of Tamils that has been successful until recent times cannot be stopped at this final stage. The last stage is about to be completed as the North and East are now captured and this opportunity will not be spared even at the cost of selling the Country as a whole.

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    There is a fella known as Gejendrakumar over there. Whenever he calls for a rally about 10-15 people turn up. He is butt-ugly and have absolutely no charisma. So he compensates the only way a Tamil politician knows how. He rabble rouses.

    Its he who uses those LTTE colours, the Pongu Tamil thing and “flame of sacrifice” practiced by the LTTE. The other guy in there is the burly chap I think EPRLF. Both have lost their seats have no power.

    Gajendrakumar was never in contention for anything until the LTTE rigged the ballot in his favour. That was the only way he could win.

    Then you have Wiggy who is struggling to perform. He also needs to over compensate in another area so people forget he is incompetent.

    He is similar to the earlier time when Amithaligam was the leader. Amithalingam was a low-caste and had to over-compensate to cover his “hindu-birth-defects” in another area.

    So you have 3 vectors that have crossed each other and created a junction.

    So what do we do about this? This is identical to the path Tamils took in the 70s. You’d have been excused for not knowing then. However, now Tamils should know the consequences.

    Surely there must be one or two who are intelligent. The intelligent Tamils needs to come forward and disrupt the vectors.

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    ” An accelerated program of development, in the likes of the massive Accelerated Mahaweli Program in the ‘70s and ‘80s need to be launched in the North.”

    This is what I keep saying, and what our former beloved leader (MR) tried to achieve. Given time, Sri Lanka will become the secular, cultureless, purposeless existential intellectual morass that the West has become, the developed countries. No one will even remember their ethnicity, so the problem will go away.

    I submit to you that while Sri Lanka is a developing country, many Western countries have stopped developing, which is the percursor to decline.

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    ” Beneath that inexplicable calm may well reside a yearning for betterment, equality, racial integrity and justice.”

    Exactly! After the defeat of the LTTE, there were many Tamils in and out of SL who were hoping that some of the underlying issues that gave rise to the LTTE might be addressed. Obviously there was no hope of that under the Rajapaksa regime. Tamils then united behind MS in Jan 2015 to get rid of MR and the same hopes and aspirations of solving the underlying issues was brought to the fore again.

    Those of us old enough to remember the pre-LTTE days, who know how the Sri Lankan state works had little hope of change. And nearly two years after MS was elected, we have been proven right. As usual, all the blame has been put on the Tamil leadership, as if asking for devolution is wrong, as if wanting some say in their own lives is wrong, as if wanting to preserve their language, culture and religions is wrong. The need of the Sinhala elite to dominate the Tamil population will never change. The underlying cause behind the rise of the LTTE still remains. No one on the Sinhala side have learnt lessons, not the elite anyway.

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    Chief Minister Wigneswaran, who sees everything in relation to his defeated people, their crushed dreams and ruined aspirations and hopes,

    How did Wigneswaran’s two children make by getting married to Sinhala women.

    Did the two sons of Wigneswaran go in this protest or simply they integrated with Sinhala people ?

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      Jim Softly

      perhaps the Sinhala women didn’t find the right Sinhala men

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      May be they saw the serpent living in their dad!

      This guy must be tried for the incitement of racial hatred!
      Reminds us the Nazi party rants!
      60,000 Sinhalese were expelled at gun point from north.
      Have 1000 sinhalese settled in Jaffna for them to scream like this?

      As someone said, It is the place that change the person, Jaffna changed the Viggie!

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    Well done Mr.Wigneswaran you are giving sleepless nights to Mahawamsa jokers

    This challenges and threats are nothing new from Mahavamsa jokers

    Since 1948 to 1983 there were tons of threat and challenges thrown against Tamils .

    But when Tamils started to challenge Sihalease they were hiding under beds hugging Nonaas tightly .

    Remember when Tamils were butchered in 1983 july instead of saving his own citizen big nose J R gave a thuggish speech …if you want peace I will give peace and if you want war I will give war…which was broadcasted again and again to encourage killings of Tamils ….the same racist J R told his own Sinhala people state can’t give protection you have to protect yourself ….he is really a coward.

    Colonization will follow buddhist temple constructions in 100% hindu areas even a Tamil child know this …

    More and more Tamils kids in N-E asking where are our fathers..mothers ..sisters ,,brothers …?? What happened to them ?

    When LTTE was thrashing Sinhala card board army for 30 years Sinhala politicians even went up to offering federal solution ….now when LTTE is weak Sinhala politicians are back to square one nothing NEW.

    Cheers

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    ..Did the two sons of Wigneswaran go int this protest or simply they integrated with Sinhala people…

    So Wigneswrans `s 2 daughters in laws are integrated with Tamils people eh?

    Mr.Wigneswran is not a racist like Sinhala politicians ..this is why he allowed his own sons to marry Sinhala girls who are fluent in Tamil and their kids speak excellent Tamil.

    What happened to the marriage of Chandrika Banadaranayak`s daughter`s marriage to a Tamil ?

    Mr.Wigneswaran is 100% right soon Tamils will accept him as their leaders …TULF is fading out day by day.

    When Mr.Wineswaran open his mouth shivers running through the bones of Mahawamsa Fans

    Cheers

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      Cholan

      “When Mr.Wineswaran open his mouth shivers running through the bones of Mahawamsa Fans”

      May be others, not me. I find an opportunity in Wingeshwaran coming into prominence. Probably we can negotiate with him a solution to our side of the problem – majority of Tamils ( Tamil speaking people) occupying Sinhala areas. It is quite logical that when he says no to Sinhslese in North and East he will acknowledge our desire to relocate all the Tamils into North and East. I am probably one among the few Sinhalese who support Ealam with the hope that we can get rid of the Tamils – the original Mahawamsa ambition.

      Soma

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        @ Soma

        You are living in London so safe …you don’t have to shiver.

        He He He so your great-great-great father is also LION..??

        There are 40,000 Malaylies from India living in U.K check your DNA it will match to theirs..

        Mahavamsa is a cooked up story ..a crap

        BTW in 1960 Shell Map of Ceylon there was no Ampara ..Batticaloa district then was unto Arugamby.

        Cheers

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    Pity still Moadays are unable to accept that it is their great-grandfathers..grandfathers..fathers..uncles were responsible for the creation of LTTE.

    It is very clear sinhala medium education never mention what sinhala people have done in south to Tamils from 1956 to 1983….burning alive..looting..killing..raping …and famous SUNDAY SIL MONDAY KILL

    Colombo born Sir Paonnabalam Ramanathan worked for the independence of Ceylon so nothing is wrong if Colombo born Mr.Wigneswaran work for the freedom of Tamils in North-East .

    Mr.Wigneswaran knows very well the pulse of Sinhala mind..

    Cheers

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    An accelerated program of development, in the likes of the massive Accelerated Mahaweli Program in the ‘70s and ‘80s need to be launched in the North.

    Sinhala South had to face two wars. In everyway, It is the Youth from Sinhala south who died.

    Secondly, 62% of Tamils live in the south.

    So, why 31% of the Tamils should be favoured because they live in the North and they want a monoethnic land in the North.

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      @ Jim Softy

      Mr.Wigneswaran is talking about North-East ?

      Mahawalai end up in Verugal a Tamila area in East..

      What about blocking this so all your Sinhala villages will be flooded ..thus it is possible to reduce Sinhala population .

      No worries there is a good demand for Sinhala mothers..wives.sisters and daughters in Middle East who can bring tons of Dollars ..go and see near Churches in Arab countries on Fridays ..good sale going on .

      Cheers

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    Greetings friends

    Southern Sri Lankan’s are leaving Sri Lanka, but in North People are leaving tamil area’s or have left for better facilities and better security elsware. The tamils who are so fond of their land are selling the land and investing in Colombo or abroad. The remaining tamils are leftout for handouts from relatives or minimum support from national and international organization’s. When I talk to expat community they want funding to build temples and lighting to the roads toward temples. When I talk about old age homes, technology and building livelyhood it seems luxary.

    If we want to preserve the culture, language and religion, we need People not deserted area with isolated pockets Of People suffering without resources to take care of young and elders. No point talking about past glory but we should look at present realities.

    Each individual and our community is responsible to take care, decide the future, uplift the socity. We all need to work to gether toward progress. The glories tamils Why Are they investing in Colombo and not in Jaffna ? I hope future generations of tamils who are living abroad will invest for their relatives future.

    Please remember when in British times, tamils went abroad, and worked in Burma, Singapore .. and returned to Jaffna and created Business and wealth.

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    The tremendous socio-political neutrality that the cessation of the thirty-year war between ……………………. Mere loyalty to a cause backed by money, reputation, power and unrelated credentials would not hold one in good stead in the sheltered alleys of international negotiations.

    It Looks VISHVAMITHRA is being paid handsomely.

    He gives advices to LTTE – RUMP how to handle it.

    Do you think LTTE – RMP are stupid sloths ?. they are doing there best.

    It looks they are getting caught slowly. It looks they may have to visit Sinhale too.

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    @ jim softy

    one think is certain

    Sinhalese will live with fear for LTTE till they go to grave for generations.

    Cheers

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    We will make sure Hillary Clinton delivers on Eelam. She tried to force IMF to block funds and it did not work but it will work when she becomes President of the US of A. She has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from Eelam Americans and we all know how to get her ear and be heard unlike your corrupt Jaliyas and Maarapakses. We will make sure to get what we want whether you Singalam fellows like it or not.

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    Sir or madam; the line should be “COARSE” as in coarse or rough things in Walt Whitman’s poem you use at the start of your very nice essay; it is not course.

    If you used the entirety of the poem you will see its relevance to the SL imbroglio

    See below

    Thanks

    I am of old and young, of the foolish as much as the wise,
    Regardless of others, ever regardful of others,
    Maternal as well as paternal, a child as well as a man,
    Stuff’d with the stuff that is coarse and stuff’d with the stuff
    that is fine,
    One of the Nation of many nations, the smallest the same and the
    largest the same,
    A Southerner soon as a Northerner, a planter nonchalant and
    hospitable down by the Oconee I live,
    A Yankee bound my own way ready for trade, my joints the limberest
    joints on earth and the sternest joints on earth,
    A Kentuckian walking the vale of the Elkhorn in my deer-skin
    leggings, a Louisianian or Georgian,
    A boatman over lakes or bays or along coasts, a Hoosier, Badger, Buckeye;
    At home on Kanadian snow-shoes or up in the bush, or with fishermen
    off Newfoundland,
    At home in the fleet of ice-boats, sailing with the rest and tacking,
    At home on the hills of Vermont or in the woods of Maine, or the
    Texan ranch,
    Comrade of Californians, comrade of free North-Westerners, (loving
    their big proportions,)
    Comrade of raftsmen and coalmen, comrade of all who shake hands
    and welcome to drink and meat,
    A learner with the simplest, a teacher of the thoughtfullest,
    A novice beginning yet experient of myriads of seasons,
    Of every hue and caste am I, of every rank and religion,
    A farmer, mechanic, artist, gentleman, sailor, quaker,
    Prisoner, fancy-man, rowdy, lawyer, physician, priest.
    I resist any thing better than my own diversity,
    Breathe the air but leave plenty after me,
    And am not stuck up, and am in my place.
    (The moth and the fish-eggs are in their place,
    The bright suns I see and the dark suns I cannot see are in their place,
    The palpable is in its place and the impalpable is in its place.)

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    Cholen:

    Sinhalese will live with fear for LTTE till they go to grave for generations.

    That Grand LTTE could not do it.

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    I do not agree with the writer’s statement that international players in this game, the Tamil Diaspora, are entangled in what might be just outside their realm of competence. They have funded crooked Hillary and expect her to grant their extremist demands. Wigneswaran, their obedient servant is parroting their demands. He is well aware of the political power of his masters under a Clinton administration.

    The wild demands of Wigneswaran are similar to the noises made by Prabhakaran when he was fully backed by RAW. The request to expand the Palalay airport is a part of this strategy and must be resisted.

    It will be suicidal to reduce the forces in the Northern Province and deviate politically from the current status quo on the demand for further devolution of power to the Northern Provincial Council.

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    The last paragraph says it all.

    Political leaders of the South knows it, just as Rajapaksa did, yet they can’t do anything, it is our fate.

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