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For Tamils Trying Times At Their Worst

By S. Sivathasan

S. Sivathasan

S. Sivathasan

In what appears to be a choice less confrontation, what can the Tamils do? If they vote for the incumbent President, he is sure to win and rivet his despotism on them and the country still further. If they refrain from voting, they give a victory to the existing regime on a silver platter. If they vote sluggishly and lukewarmly for the common candidate at a fifth of their potential, they make no difference besides getting entangled in the non-negotiable snares of the JHU. So what are the options left if their goal and target is regime change and if they are earnest about it?

One and only one. To realize acutely the strength of their full potential and to vote decisively for Maithripala Sirisena. He will have the wise and moderating counsel of age and experience in Sobitha Thero, Chandrika, Ranil and Sampanthan. To vote with verve to reach more than five times their performance at the 2010 election. Then regime change will become a fact of life. This will overwhelm minor formations. The vote will make the voter a force to be reckoned with. The voice of the Tamils will begin to be heard.

Ranil Maithri Chandrila Fonseka 1When a time comes to test our weight, we Tamils cut ourselves to size. Then we lament the loss of weight and bemoan that we have lost a bonus seat or two. In the 2010 Parliamentary election we had about 550,000 countable votes. Yet votes counted for 14 successful candidates was 233,000. From the JHU, 2 successful candidates had 232,000 votes. Comes 2015 Presidential election and in weighing importance, a whole minority community is treated on par with this fragment of the majority community.

Delving into the recent past it is seen that the power of the Tigers grew exponentially in a matter of 18 years from 1983. They grew as per the dictum of Mao – power grows out of the… Yet the devastation of morale after Katunayake was never used to advantage in negotiating a deal. From the Ceasefire of 2002, firepower lost its relevance. From 2009, it ceased to exist.

When the ground equation changes, strategies have to be trimmed appropriately. But never have we thought of this option. Sulking from our camp was considered a good proposition. We reduced our weight to less than a third through indifference and inertia resulting in a partial boycott. Such action in 2010 has come home to roost in 2015. JHU and TNA weigh in equal measure. The late Hon. S. Thondaman has told me on a few occasions, TULF does not become important on its own self-assessment. It has to make its importance felt in the eyes of the decision maker. To illustrate this point he applied it to Athulathmudali and his discomfiture. He was an important member of the government, but he did not make his importance felt.

If the voting pattern of the Tamils keeps to the same level as other communities, then it will approximate five (5) times the size of 2010 voting. What a difference it will make! What great influence it will wield in political bargains. But instead of making that significance felt, we only prate that we are king makers. If a 1.2 million plus of our votes can go en bloc to a single candidate, and it makes a difference to the outcome, then the winner carries with him a moral obligation to reward those who made that difference. This is the substance of politics. Tamils and Tamils alone stand in that privileged and enviable position for the last time in January 2015.

It is the Tamils who have incurred the very worst from the incumbent regime for over nine years. The TNA is mandated politically to educate the Tamil Electorate accordingly, to make this difference and to create history. This is the last chance for a vote to a President to abolish the system and only the correct vote can achieve it. No effort is needed to convert the people to vote for the common candidate. They are fully converted already. Their made up mind need not be spoilt with talk of detraction. They have only to be activated to go to the booth and to cast their vote with the benefits made quite apparent.

The TNA party machinery certainly has to do its publicity and propaganda work, strongly effective in the North, effective in the East and in a subdued tone elsewhere. It will be a way of converting times of tribulation into a pursuit of much worth.

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    Mr. Sivathasan,

    You are absolutely right in your analysis and the strategy you suggest. This strategy should be adopted by all Tamils and other minorities , all over Sri Lanka.

    Thanks.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr RN ,

      Siva was a former consultant to Chandrika.

      L.K. gave up a very cosy consultancy to take the post and all he had to do was condem the tamils in the international sphere for glory- what a sad mistake for a contract bridge player.

      Join Siva but nothing is going to change for the tamils at large- but the established will hope into the chariot of crocodile tears mummies dynasty and whats more you will be more closely involved with IS.

      weigh and consider who wins you are the `party`- if you have the clout or money then any party would do.

      BTW Lanka is sihhala buddhist state of hindia like sikkim, nagaland, butan is evading thanks to the simple king, Nepal fighting Modi mooth maro.

      Dejavu.

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      No doctor, minorities plus minority of the majority will sure to win the displeasure of the majority of the majority. Such a government will be in the weakest position to consider any “concessions” you have at the back of the mind. In this small island on the Indian Ocean the only option for peaceful existence is peaceful coexistence.
      Soma

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      I fully agree with Mr. Sivathasan.

      The situation in Sri Lanka today is very similar to 2005 Presidential Election. The Sinhala-Buddhist votes are split into two between the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena.

      Due to Gota’s BBS, the Sinhala-Christian votes will go to Maithripala Sirisena. Even if they bring the Pope, the Christians are not going to vote for Rajapaksa. Again due to Gota’s BBS, the Muslim votes are also going to Maithripala Sirisena. By sending a few Muslims on a pilgrimage to Mecca is not going to change anything. The Muslim people have come to a stage where they do not trust even their own political leaders. Even if Hakeem or Badurdeen ask them to vote for Rajapaksa, the Muslim people will not listen.

      Exactly like in 2005, the deciding factor is going to be the Tamil votes. The Tamils need not vote for Rajapaksa, even if they refrain from voting just like what they did in 2005, Rajapaksa can win. Looks like the Rajapaksas have already negotiated and convinced the Tamil Diaspora to support him. From some of the articles and a few comments by the members of the Tamil Diaspora, it is clear that the Tamils are trying to do the same thing that Prabakaran did in 2005. Unlike the Muslims, the Tamils will listen to their leaders. It all depends on TNA, how they decide, will they listen to the Tamil Diaspora or take their own decision.

      What the Tamils should understand is, at this moment the Rajapaksas will promise you 13A++, full implementation of LLRC, etc, etc and even more because if Rajapaksa wins, with the TNA support, he has a 2/3rds majority in parliament to amend the constitution but however President Mahinda Rajapaksa has NEVER ever kept his promises. He will promise you everything today but after he wins, he will not give you anything. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has already fooled you enough, please do not trust him anymore, I am sure you will be able to work out things with Maithripala Sirisena who keeps his promises. People like Mr. Sivathasan should write more articles of this nature for the Tamils to think wisely.

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        Nimal Perera

        Very fine and forceful comment, very logically argued.

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      It’s the Tamils who were helped gain Independence from the Britsh Rule.
      Now after almoct 65 years it’s the Tamils who can help the country to liberate the countyr from the iron grip of the Rajapakse family on the country.

      The TNA should appeal to the Sinhala voters that they are supporting the commomn candidate to get rid of the MaRA regime and that is the platform they should join.

      The D word and number 13 should be banished form their election proaganda material and focus on eliminating the common enemy first.

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    Yet the devastation of morale after Katunayake was never used to advantage in negotiating a deal.

    Yes indeed many a Tamil would have waited gleefully when the airport went up in smoke. Sinhalese loss their morale and Ranil was there to fulfill the rest.

    But then, who are you anyway? You are the Pakistani in England isn’t it? You are the foreign butler that the master left behind aren’t you? Thats all you ever were. What cultural entitlements do you have in Ceylon other than disappearing?

    Well anyways, I agree that was indeed the closest it came to re-implementing the communal representation after it was abolished in 1939.

    Although you have to look at it this way. Lets say 50 years from 2002, Prabakaran no more and Tamils Eelam have hit a trough. The Sinhalese will grab it then is’t it?

    So the only option was lose now in catastrophic fashion or lose gradually over decades isn’t it? What kind of existence is that I ask.

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    Sand Sira’s Bro has signed several MOUs..

    But the the only one which is in the open, is the one with the JHU heavies Chamkika Ranawaka and Ven Rathna..

    It clearly rules out any dealing with the TNA regarding the TNA Diaspora demands for self rule , land Bank, and Vellala Police.

    And it has the most important issue facing the inhabitants in a separate clause, which bans Ms Pillai and her Investigation….

    Mr Sivathsan still wants Vellalas to vote for Sand Sira’s Bro..

    Because he says Chandrika , Ranil and Sambandan are Brother Sira’s partners.

    Has Brother Sira signed MOUs with these partners with different clauses ?..

    Wonder who this Sambandan is !!!!

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    I fully agree with the writer that the Tamils should vote in overwhelming numbers for Maithripala Sirisena and defeat Mahinda Rajapaksa. For, it is the Rajapaksa-Dynasty that epitomizes the essence of racism that has been evolving since Independence. What would happen in a massive Rajapaksa-defeat in this unique election cannot be understood via arithmetic (formal thinking) In all probability, January 8 could bring about an unprecedented situation in the country that can only be understood by creative thinking.

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    ‘…the wise and moderating counsel of age and experience in Chandrika’

    What? Satellite? The Chaura Rajini? Ask Sanath or Ronnie, they know.

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    wish we had many smart Tamil intellectual like you Mr Sivathasan , time has come to unite and think beyond party politics , racial indifferences etc , please think as srilankans , that’s all.

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    The Tamil vote is crucial for several reasons.
    1] A high percentage of voter turnout in the North-East and voting for a change of the present chaotic set-up will get the Tamils closer to the Political stage.
    2] This in turn will help build Sinhala-Tamil relationships that went awry over the past 30 years.This can also lead to genuine Co-operation.This has happened in the past.The contest between Sir.PON.Ramanathan and Dr.Marcus Fernando in the old State council days is one example.The former won due to Sinhalese vote.In recent times there was the National Govt,in 1965 led by that Prince among men Late Dudley Senanayake.Mr.Sivathasan has quite rightly said there are experienced and sober Leaders backing the Common Candidate and as such the Tamils need to vote in large numbers and demonstrate that they are with the rest of the country,at this critical moment in History.

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      Mr.Thavarajah

      I do not want to dispute your expectations now. We will wait and see. How many years have we waited for freedom?

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    Thanks Mr Sivadasan. The Tamils have mastered the art of making themselves totally and completely irrelevant in the electoral process in the past due to their limited vision – perhaps clouded by raw sentiments and empty slogans. Welfare of the component of an ‘integrated whole’ can only be achieved by working towards the welfare of the ‘whole’. Therein lies the importance of total and committed engagement in National politics and not- all the time, talking about ‘Tamil welfare’ or ‘ Muslim welfare’. Which of the front runners should be the choice, is something best left to the judgement of the more progressive sections of the TNA – Sampandan, Sumandiran and Vigneswaran. Whether it is MR – who fought the war the way it was fought, or whether it should be MS – who currently carries the ‘baggages’ that made MR to fight the war the way it was fought is, in my view, a hard call and the TNA leadership should be given the freedom to make that call, based on their own assessments of the situation. Whatever decision that they come to needs to be supported by the wider TNA, diaspora and the broader Tamil community. I know many things have been said and written about some members of the Rajapaksa family. In this context, all I would do is to refer your readership to an old Tamil saying “கண்ணால் காண்பதுவும் பொய், காதால் கேட்பதுவும் பொய்……..தீர விசாரித்து அறிவதே மெய்” (what you see may be wrong, what you hear may be wrong and truth can only be established through a thorough investigation of the available evidence). A ‘capable and action oriented’ group – saved from their past follies and failures by a forgiving adversary, may sometimes be a better bet than new comers who are all fighting for their dues…….just a thought to consider.

    However, there are some developments that give me hope. The recent MOU signed between JHU and MS does not say anything about 13A. Perhaps, the JHU too – who despite their rabid anti-minority stand, have been a relatively clean bunch (give the devil it’s dues), have come to realise that the National question needs to be resolved for SriLanka to make progress. Perhaps I am naive…..but I live in hope. The TNA must engage as it takes two to tango……I am sure they will.
    Dr Mahesan Nirmalan
    Manchester Medical School

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      See comment from Park below, re the diaspora.
      I suggest you take that to heart, let the tamils who can vote in Sri Lanka vote for whom they like without the diaspora like you poking your nose into it.

      Rightly or wrongly (and I am not a fan of the TNA and its policies) they elected them and the TNA will if need be advice them how to vote. Its a bit rich coming from the likes of you and Usha (see other article on this site) sitting pretty abroad.

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        Sanjaya,

        Please note that he is the exact opposite of Usha. He loves Sri Lanka, the land and it’s people. He just happens to be Tamil.

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          I believe “LOVE” is showing rather than “SAYING”.

          A man can say “I LOVE YOU” to his wife everyday but it is meaningless if he beats her up everyday.

          I am sure Usha and the Mahesan will also say they “LOVE” the country, yet their actions say something else. Both living abroad seem intent to sabotage (in different ways) the country especially their own people.
          I believe that Tamils in Sri Lanka should vote with their conscience, just like I would come January.

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            ” yet their actions say something else “

            Usha has demonstrated her lack of empathy for Sri Lanka, even though allegedly brought up in Colombo. She is a minister of the derelict LTTE government, now renamed TGTE, and echoes the words of the LTTE from afar. Mahesan has not done anything of the sort.

            We must be careful not to throw away the baby with the bath water. Every voter in Sri Lanka is entitled to vote according to his conscience.

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            `A man can say “I LOVE YOU” to his wife everyday but it is meaningless if he beats her up everyday.`

            S&J a&selicker,

            You never known what it is to say`I` passa kotta to say `I love you`.

            You only displayed your animal instincts meeharaka!

            You never seen your god tree worshiper go jump in the cesspit.

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        Para deshi – Kisi ka bapka desh nehi he ( hora oru- the island does not belong to anyones pop)

        You are surely a school dropout not to realise that you cannot live in isolation- southern gass gembo!

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    ¬A ‘capable and action oriented’ group – saved from their past follies and failures by a forgiving adversary, may sometimes be a better bet than new comers who are all fighting for their dues…….just a thought to consider.`

    The TNA must engage as it takes two to tango……I am sure they will.

    Spot on!

    Siva praised Modi to the hilt but did not understand the culture beyond the Deccan the powerful half of Hindia- which is not sihala but tamils fear to tread because they are told Mohini is there.

    They could only tango in the shadows because of what tamils created any outward support takes away a large chunk of sihala vote- like it or not.

    Keep trying guys but never say die!

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    So after all this time, it comes down to ‘the devil we know’ or, ‘we have nothing to lose’.

    It is becoming increasingly clear that, as the big two fragment the Sinhalese-Buddhist vote, it will be an amazing opportunity for the ‘minorities’ to make the difference. Especially if they vote en-masse for one. That the choice is a turncoat, who till a couple of weeks ago was on kissing terms with King himself, is neither here nor there. The hope for the minorities is that the puppet masters will keep Sirisena mindful that he must be a President of ALL the people.

    Hope springs eternal.

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      Spring Koha:
      In response to your lament: “That the choice (i.e. the common candidate) is a turncoat, who till a couple of weeks ago was on kissing terms with King himself, is neither here nor there”, may I refer to a comment by ‘Gamarala’ in an article in “Groundviews”

      Quote: “The most pressing issue is to gain some democratic breathing space, lest we lose it all, and in this respect, the greater of the two evils seems glaringly obvious – the Rajapakse dynasty and its sustained vision of creating the greater banana republic of Sri Lanka. Can anyone provide a single cogent argument, not rooted in conspiracy theories and general looniness, that would make them the better choice at this juncture?”
      Unquote

      Would you like to take the commentator at his challenge and provide this argument to make the Rajapaksa regime the better choice on January 8th? If not, I suggest you use your considerable intellect and writing power to do your duty for democracy and good governance and also to counsel those new aspirants to create a zero tolerance environment for corruption and incompetence in the prospective new regime.

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        really impossible and when you fail,
        and believe me you will undoubtedly fail.

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      Spring K,
      `it comes down to ‘the devil we know’ or, ‘we have nothing to lose’.`

      Not really, its up to the majority to decide if they like to live under the dictator

      Kenyatta was indicted in 2011 but went on to become president in the 2013 election, using his indictment at The Hague-based court as an election issue.His government lobbied hard to have the case against him deferred by the UN security council, arguing that the delay was essential because Kenya needed its leader to help fight al-Shabaab terrorists in neighbouring Somalia and at home.

      Kenyatta’s trial was postponed twice this year while prosecutors attempted to shore up their case after one of their key witnesses refused to testify and another admitted giving false evidence.ICC drops murder and rape charges against Kenyan president

      Reacting to the news on Friday, Kenyatta said he was excited and called for a case against his deputy, William Ruto, and another Kenyan to be dropped as well. “One down, two to go,” he said.
      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/05/crimes-humanity-charges-kenya-president-dropped-uhuru-kenyatta

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    I think Tamils shall leave the fate to reign.

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    It is time for the Politicians and the voters in the North and the East to stop listening to the Diaspora Tamils and vote for the opposition candidate. Most of the Diaspora Tamils are not Sri Lankan Citizens. They have given up the SL citizenship and have become citizens of the countries they reside. Their children do not speak Tamil at home and have no clue about the Tamil culture. Some of the Diaspora are using LTTE slogans to collect money for their own use and these are the people who are comfortably living overseas, educating their children overseas but want to create burden for the Tamils in the North and East. Its time the Tamils in Sri Lanka totally reject the ideas of the Diaspora but develop ideas and views of their own. The Politicians in the North and East are strong enough and have enough knowledge to guide the destiny of their people and they do not need the interference of the diaspora. Today some of the diaspora speakers are funded by Rajapakse to create a similar situation where the Tamils were asked not to vote. Prabaharan took money and did not want the Tamils to vote and what happened at last, he was killed by the same person whom he helped to become the President. We do not want that happening again. We all want a solution within a united Sri Lanka where every citizen can live with equality and dignity.

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    Chandirkathaasan has come up with his election campaign.
    Chandrika has requested TNA not to support the Common Candidate. The major parties believe that TNA is a pull force, not a push force. She is responsible mass exodus of Tamils from Jaffna. She is the one started “war for peace”. It is in her time Chemmany, Krishanty everything took palace. She brought ban on egg, vitamin like every medicine and food ban to North. Further she is an unwanted intruder into the new regime. They hate to see her pomp-ness. Neither Chandirka Nor Sirisena supposed to stay in power after the election. Chandrika, never in her time, tried do anything TNA wanted. If somebody wanted they can do anything, 2/3 not necessary. In the past, Affordable Health care Act has been tried by many democratic presidents, including Clinton, with half heart-ted mind. But Obama did it. It has become a big drag for him. He still with it. CBK is most unbelievable person than Ranil.

    The Tamils status now:

    Prof.Laksiri Fernando called SWRD Bandaranake a Gandhi. His other famous quote is that Buddha told not to carry the raft on the back after crossing the river. This the exact mentality of the Sinhala Intellectuals. The highest level criminal Human animal on the earth, don’t dare to call themselves Gandhi and Jesus. They advertise always themselves with a mountain high cutouts.

    Right after buttering Soulbury and receiving the freedom on the constitution they wanted, Lanka disenfranchised the Tamils. Britain lost the Trincomalee naval base. This is what the Sinhala Intellectuals’ political philosophy. Mahindavamsa, Mahanama Chitanta et al are preaching much less than what the Sinhala intellectuals’ have in their minds. “First go ahead and give bogus premises with courage. Then naturally you will get the courage to break it cheat.” That is the Sinhala Intellectuals operational maxim.

    When Fonseka stood for election, TNA was a party in that collusion. It was a last minute pact, brokered by Blake. This time, for a long time during the fermentation period of the CC, TNA was a Co-Hero in the Drama. TNA was wooed by both parties. Now for both parties TNA is a “Veanda Pendaaddy. Kaipaddaal Kuttam, Kaal Paddaal Kuttam ”(Un-favored wife (not divorced), if she accidentally touch, that is a serious crime.). Sinhala intellectuals who fermented the batter, when Appa baking time comes, asking TNA to leave the house. It is time for them to entertain their favored wife the Sinhala Buddhists. The sight of TNA will not be appreciated there. Last time, in an unconventional way for Lankan election, Blake forced Fonseka to take TNA on the same Limousine he was going to Sinhala Buddhists. That time, Sinhala Intellectuals hand was forced to be folded. After freedom, what happened to British’s Trincomalee naval base happened to America after the war victory. Now Blake has been shown his path. The past election mistake has been fixed by the Sinhala Intellectuals. They don’t want TNA talk for them.

    In Lanka, nowadays, either UNP or SLFP can only come to power. All other miniscules, if they have to rest under one of these two Yakas’ umbrella, have to accept the superiority. And have to take all the push around. These negotiations have been going for more than six months now. TNA has been dancing for the both regimes’, different, different charmers’ music at the same time. Before they can stretch their back, the results have come in. TNA is fail in both teams’ tests. For past one month, TNA has been saying it is talking, it is meeting, it is negotiating, it is making decision. But everybody knows all those are face-saving talks. TNA could not even move a hair.

    “We the Sinhala Intellectuals of Lanka, in order to form a more perfect union, establish injustice…. and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish the next election of Lankave.” This could be the Last election, after Donomore created the voting system, Tamils have got a right called voting. But in that, they do not have at least a river in the North, to throw it.

    Now there is a question! After river has been crossed by the Sinhala Intellectuals, if there is future left for TNA and the Tamils it represent, in political river that flows in the land called Lanka? Is there a way to seek redress or remedy for TNA and Tamils. I do not think if there will be laid down procedures. I do not think if Tamils go back to 1960’s 1970’s Satyagraha it will be resolved. I do not think if Tamils take back the 1980s, 1990’s and 2010s’ arms it will be resolved. But it is time for Tamils not miss any stone left not turned, if they not want to be swallowed alive by the Sinhala Intellectualism. Every embassy in the town, Colombo should be explained about the Hurricane rolling high up in the sky of the Tamils. OHCHR, UNCHR, UN SC everywhere Tamils have to take their predicament.

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      she just made sihala acharu(really putha madre)that has put the mee harakas in a spin- dont know what to do kukul goo `goo`ta boots!

      enne thriyama- listen to your man of yesteryear on utube.

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    Voting for the lesser devil ?

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      Why not. Tamils specially the Tamil intelligentsia is capable of voting for Devil Maximums – Sun God Rep, Savior Vellupillai Prabharan. its time to vote for a lesser devil.

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        Kiri, VP would have won any election just like his cousin and look alike, MR wins hands down all the time.
        Both true sons of the soil. Fighting in their corners, for their people. One needed the other to live and die.
        One still needs the other, though the other is dead and gone.

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      Vish,

      The majority must decide if they want to live with passa for the future may be 30 years like the other dynasties.

      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/05/crimes-humanity-charges-kenya-president-dropped-uhuru-kenyatta

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        This is true. The moment has come.

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    “This is the last chance for a vote to a President to abolish the system and only the correct vote can achieve it. No effort is needed to convert the people to vote for the common candidate. They are fully converted already.”

    It doesn’t hurt any one, if TNA asks Minorities to use in full force their universal suffrage in the coming presidential election,people will vote with what they have experienced so far.T

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    “This is the last chance for a vote to a President to abolish the system and only the correct vote can achieve it. No effort is needed to convert the people to vote for the common candidate. They are fully converted already.”

    It doesn’t hurt any one, if TNA asks Minorities to use in full force their universal suffrage in the coming presidential election,people will vote with what they have experienced so far.

    TNA don’t have to pick sides.

    They can mention about good governance,checks and balances in the circles of power etc.Leave the rest to voter to decide.

    Don’t underestimate the wisdom of common man.

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      Life’s greatest lesson is to be aware that Buruvas/Buro, Churo, Puro

      are spot on at times.

      When the wall next to you catches fire it’s your business too.

      who dares wins
      who wins dares.

      from life’s shadow

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    What foolish nonsense is this!

    Tamils are DOOMED either way so the BEST option is to BOYCOT the election.

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    Tamils must vote en bloc for a change in leadership, not necessarily for Maithripala, whose true ‘colours’ are yet unknown.
    But, Maithripala appears to be the best opposition candidate so far.

    Any other leader will certainly be better than Mahinda Rajapakse, for the entire nation, and even for the minorities.

    Sivathasan’s analysis is correct.

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    Mr Sivathasan

    The analysis in your article seems to be very cumbersome, yet your suggestion for the Tamils to caste their paper bullets to Sirisena is welcome. The power behind Sirisena is Chandrika. That way the common enemy could be destroyed but the Tamils are not going to benefit in any way. The mistakes made by the Tamil leadership since Independence and later the venture by the Tamil youths by taking up arms too have failed miserably. The population of Tamils in the North and East is deteriorating which has to be sorted out by the Tamils themselves. The Tamil leadership in Sri Lanka has one vision and the Tamil diaspora has another. There is also division in ideas among the Tamil politicians. The support from the diaspora is very essential for the Tamils in Sri Lanka but all jointly should come to a one permanent demand and a solution for the Tamils in Sri Lanka. The Tamils have lost many opportunities. 13th amendment and provincial councils are not going to solve the problems of the Tamils. There should be another way. That is the claim for a REFRENDUM for the Tamils of North and East.

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    TNA publicly supporting one candidate and Tamils voting to the same candidate will ensure that the other candidate will win. The majority voters will suspect that the candidate who TNA supports has come to some political settlement that the majority does not want. Such is Sri Lanka’s majoritarian democracy. In a screwed up democracy Tamils still have a say on who becomes President.

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      president who cares- the majority!

      at this moment in time the majority must decide which way they want to turn and negotiate with the minority- case in point… One Down 2 to go! Uhuru Kenyatta

      State Dept – Head of State is my bone not for the judiciary- columbian district court now in full swing.

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      Dr. Ethir,

      Despite the MoU that Sirisena has with the JHU, Tamils have to vote for change. At this stage, Tamils can only expect incremental changes toward their rights; nonetheless, they have no choice but to vote and be part of the political process. Boycott is absolutely

      On the war crimes issue, international justice will take its course, no matter what Sirisena and the JHU say. Their statements will undercut Rajapaksas’ arguments about foreign conspiracies and they will try to get their share of the Sinhalese extremist vote.

      The diaspora should stay focused on getting justice for those crimes, but leave it to the leaders on the ground to choose the right political course without pressuring them.

      I have previously said on CT that the TNA should make clear to the grass roots that they should vote for the opposition candidate but need not publicly campaign for the opposition, partly for the reason you have brought up.

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        It should read, “Boycott is absolutely not an option.”

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      Yes Mr.Ethiveerasingam, that is true in one way. In another way if the Tamils do not vote to Sirisena or abstain, Rajapaksa is definitely to win. There are some Tamil votes that will go to Rajapaksa through EPDP and through bribes. So again the Tamils are in a quandary as always. Are there anyone to impose on the Tamils, to whom to vote or not to vote for either candidate? This time I do not think so.

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    The author was and is a loyal supporter of Chandrika, so what else expected from him. Since Chandrika is a king maker in this case he is arguing for his former boss, NOT FOR THE TAMIL PEOPLE.

    Our Tamil people are very smart, would not fall into this kind of talk ….

    Both of the candidates are evil for Tamil people, we Tamil, should out of the southern politic and more focus on WAR CRIME …

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    i don’t fully agree with Mr. Sivathasan’s analysis but agree that Tamils should take part in this election. I don’t think that Tamils will be in a beteer position in negotiating a political solution for Tamils’s aspiration with this change of power. We have seen and experienced that all Sinhalese leaders from SWRD to Mahinda promising something and never honoured those promises. They are just politicians, not great leaders. This time we don’t need to give any chance to them to use our aspirations as an excuse to select their leadership. The Sinhalese should understand and realise whether they want a government that is run by a dictator and his family members, there is no rule of law, there is no justice, there is no law and order, there is no freedom of speech and run by criminals or thay need a change.

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    Very good argument put forward by Sivathasan. Tamils should definitely vote in overwhelming numbers to prove the point that their vote matters in a critical election as this.

    Sengodan. M

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    If Tamils vote in large numbers for MaRa or boycott the elections and thereby MaRa wins, Tamils will be left with NO friends both locally and internationally!

    Sengodan. M

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    The perception TNA is influenced by the Diaspora when it comes to decision making is entirely wrong. TNA listens to the Thamil Diaspora, but never gets dictated by them. That is the reality. TNA cannot by any stretch of imagination can ask the Thamils to vote for Mahinda Rajapaksa. There is not one reason for Thamils to extend support to Rajapaksa, but there are thousand reasons to vote against him. MR’s rule is the worst since independence as far as Thamils are concerned. This government had abandoned 89,000 war widows to fend for themselves. There are over 90,000 IDPs waiting re-settlement. In the majority of the cases re-settlement is not possible because the army, navy and air force are occupying their lands. In Valikaamam North the army has grabbed 8,382 acres of private land (approximately 25.8 sq.kms and is more than 2/3 of the entire land area of Colombo City (37.21 sq.kms) belonging to about 10,040 families consisting of a total of 34,368 people displaced since 1990. These people are wallowing in poverty and squalor in camps. Their hopes of re-settling in their lands have been dashed irrevocably after a gazette notification by the army confirmed the land acquisition. In Sampur in the Trincomalee district the army has forcibly taken over 10,000 acres of ancestral lands in which people lived for centuries. Out of the 10,000 acres 1,000 acres have been used by the Navy to build a base. 500 acres have been earmarked for the construction of coal fired thermal plant – a joint venture between the Ceylon Electricity Board and its Indian counterpart. In this scenario do anyone think seriously that Thamils will vote for MR even if the TNA for argument sake ask them to vote for him? Thamils need not be told that Chandrika Kumaratunga is an angel who only yesterday bragged 75% credit for victory over LTTE. The Thamils are left with no choice. MR never considered them as citizens of this country. He spoke broken Thamil claiming brotherhood while visiting the North, but did the opposite after returning to Colombo. He has made the Northern Provincial Council dysfunctional by appointing an ex-army commander as the Governor. The elected council has been rendered useless by the Governor. The Secretary of the NPC does not take orders from the elected Chief Minister. She went to the Supreme Court and got an order against the Chief Minister. This is a clear case of the tail wagging the head! Sivathasan is right in his analysis. Not only the Thamil voters of the North and East (TNA secured a total of 546,432 votes during the NPC and EPC provincial elections in 2012 and 2013) but Thamils living outside like Colombo district and the Hill Country. Let us remember that the helpless Thamils who have two foes should join with the lesser foe to defeat the other.

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    There was an interesting question raised recently in deciding about two bad choices given. “Which end of Dog’s dung is better?”

    To us, the Tamils, this question of choosing between MR and MS is like choosing the better end. Performance of MR is known and we need not go through. But MS! Let us not forget that modern politics is essentially the practice of saying one thing and doing another.

    Firstly, July 8 will come but not yet gone to find whether MS is indeed the common candidate. It is reported in some web pages that RW has warned Ven. Sobitha that if MS does not announce adequately that the next PM would be RW then RW would file his papers.

    Secondly, let us not forget what MS himself did hours before he was announced as the Common Candidate; he was wishing the very best for MR and stabbed in the back. What is the guarantee that if MS wins and is sworn to office and he does nothing but to continue with the existing Parliament when all of them would join MS after his victory. Wouldn’t it be another stab in the back?

    WE TAMILS MUST LOOK AFTER OUR SELVES.

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    “Which end of Dog’s dung is better?”

    it smarts you then run that on your head macro moron.

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      The language of the comment presumably refering to mine reflects the decency of the writer and I believe from the name chosen this is how non-tamils treats us, the Tamils.

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    THANGA.

    A fine response.I hope someone will document authentic details of the Land Grabs by the Army,Navy and the Airforce.The Human tragedy like the no:of war widows,the disabled etc should be included. This will constitute the Post-War Scenario.Perhaps the political journey of the Tamils in the immediate future should focus on this issue.

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