28 October, 2020

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Government Should Take Stock Of The Post-War Situation

By R. Sampanthan – 

R. Sampanthan

R. Sampanthan

I would submit that the Government should not be deterred in taking action in regard to some of these matters by some of the imaginary, fabricated and exaggerated fears that are expressed by people with jaundiced thinking, the thinking that is communal in nature, not intended to achieve unity in this country, but to preserve disunity in this country for their own political reasons and for their own political advantage. The Government, which has been returned to power on the basis of genuine reconciliation, on the basis of inclusivity, on the basis that all people will be treated equally through a new Constitution, will ensure that powers of the governance are so structured to ensure equality. If that happened, probably, many of the things that I am complaining about, would be addressed under that new structure of government. Therefore, Sir, this cannot continue. I would earnestly appeal to the Government to take stock of the situation; kindly consult us; we are prepared to be involved with you in the matter of reconciliation, in the matter of ensuring that the lives of our people are restructured, but please do not delay. Delay is not going to do any good to anyone of us.

Speech made by the Leader of the Opposition, R. Sampanthan in Parliament on the 10th of June:

Mr. Speaker, I move the following Adjournment Motion:

“Seven years have elapsed since the end of the armed conflict in the country.

Several hundred thousands of Tamils and others were displaced from their original places of residence in the North and the East during the period of the said armed conflict.

Unambiguous assurances were given by His Excellency the President and others that displaced people would be resettled in their original places. This was stated to be the definite policy of the new Government.

Large numbers of those persons are still prevented from returning to their original homes and to their lands and resuming their livelihood activities/ occupation, primarily due to the fact that the military continues to occupy their lands or due to the fact that though the land is not used, the military has not released the land.

Although some steps have been taken to hand over some parts of the said lands to the original owners, large swathes of land are still occupied by the military, which prevents the owners of those lands from being resettled in their own places, and putting the said lands to productive use.

In addition to the land already under occupation by the military, more lands have been requisitioned by the military, the surveying of which has led to agitations by the people against Government surveyors and other officials.

Assurances were also given last year that most of the prisoners held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act would be released.

However, apart from around 50 persons released on bail, others continue to languish in prisons under law that the Government has promised to repeal. These prisoners complain that other prisoners similarly held have been released in the past and that there is discrimination against them.

There is no structured programme of action taken to address the urgent and essential needs of the affected people to enable these people to rebuild their lives by providing them with housing and livelihood support. The engagement by the military in economic activities causes immense harm and deprivation to the local civilian population.

Serous prejudice has been caused to people indulging in their own livelihood activity by various extraneous factors, as in the case of Mullaitivu and Trincomalee where fishermen from other districts are permitted to engage in unlawful fishing activity.

There is an urgent need for satisfactory finality in regard to the issue of missing persons.

In the case of Government jobs, persons from other districts are given appointments to all positions even to posts such as labourers, when several thousands of locals remain unemployed. Appointments to Government positions are done purely on the basis of political influence and Tamil youth as in the past continue to be ignored and discriminated against.

There are several actions by the State and its Agencies and others with political influence, pertaining to civilian administration, land, to places of religious worship, to cultural places, to development activities and in other areas of importance to the affected Tamil people, harmful to genuine reconciliation and the future well-being of these people in territories which they have historically inhabited;

It is urged:

(i) That all lands possessed or held by the military in the North and the East be immediately returned to the civilians, entitled to same.
(ii) That a structured programme be implemented urgently to enable the displaced and affected people to meaningfully rebuild and recommence their lives;
(iii) That immediate action be taken to reverse, rectify and redress the several actions that have adverse political, economic, social and cultural consequences to the Tamil people and thereby impedes genuine and meaningful reconciliation, and the evolution of permanent peace in the country on the basis of justice and equality.”

That, Sir, is my Adjournment Motion. I do not propose to go into details in regard to the various matters that I have mentioned in my Motion. I will make some general observations. My Colleagues who will follow me will place before the House more detailed information in support of the Motion.

We are, Sir, at an important juncture in the history of this country. Reconciliation amongst the different peoples in the country is the prime need of the country. Reconciliation has become a fundamental need after a long period of injustice and inequality followed by a violent conflict which lasted for more than three decades. A change in Government occurred in January, 2015. This change was further strengthened by the formation of a National Government in August, 2015 by the two main Parties. The President is from one party and the Prime Minister is from the other party. The Members of the Cabinet are from both parties. Structurally, the change in Government was the first major step towards reconciliation. All the people in this country contributed towards this achievement

The most affected people, the people most affected by injustice, inequality and violent conflict, the Tamil people of the North and the East, not merely made a very substantial and significant contribution towards the achievement of this change, but did so with certain definite expectations. They expected justice, equality, restoration of their lives and contentment. They expected conditions to be created for genuine reconciliation. But seven years after the conflict came to an end, seventeen months after a new President was elected, nine months after a new Government was elected, they remain a discontented people. In that context, reconciliation in the proper sense is not yet visible.

This is not to say that the Government has done nothing, or that the Government has not done anything, but I do think that much more could have been done in the time that has lapsed to bring about a change to have a favourable impact on the lives of people. I am prepared to accept that the new Government’s approach and attitude towards the affected Tamil people is very different from that of the former Government, but it is the Government’s actions that have an impact on the lives of the people and it is in the field of action that we see inadequate performance on the part of the Government.

One cannot understand Sir, why lands cannot be released to the people. I met with the President; I met with the Prime Minister. They are all agreeable to lands being released. I want to just refer to a few instances where I have personally observed certain things. I went to Valikamam area at the request of some people of that area. I went around. There are large extents of lands in which there are houses which have been damaged, where after several years much jungle has grown, lands on which people lived, lands on which people farmed, which are not being used by anybody, not even being used by the military. But the people cannot return to their homes, the people cannot return to their lands. Why not? Why should these lands be kept barren, unused, when there are people who own those lands, who can go and live on those lands and put those lands to productive use.

ගරු කථානායකතුමා
(மாண்புமிகு சபாநாயகர் அவர்கள்)
(The Hon. Speaker)
Hon. Leader of the Opposition, you wanted more time. So, you were allowed 15 minutes.

ගරු රාජවරෝදියම් සම්පන්දන් මහතා
(மாண்புமிகு இராஜவரோதியம் சம்பந்தன்)
(The Hon. Rajavarothiam Sampanthan)
I have got 15 minutes, Sir. But, I will take more time if necessary.

ගරු කථානායකතුමා
(மாண்புமிகு சபாநாயகர் அவர்கள்)
(The Hon. Speaker)
It is okay.

ගරු රාජවරෝදියම් සම්පන්දන් මහතා
(மாண்புமிகு இராஜவரோதியம் சம்பந்தன்)
(The Hon. Rajavarothiam Sampanthan)

I went to a place called, Ottahapulam in Jaffna. A large number of Catholic people live in that area. I went there on a Sunday. There was a mass going on in the church. I met the fathers and the nuns and the brothers who were there. I met the people who were there. People live in different parts of Jaffna, on every Sunday morning, they come to the church for mass. That is their village and they like to see mass in their village. They come to that church from different parts of Jaffna and after mass they returned to wherever they are now having been displaced, some are in camps. Their houses are unoccupied. Their lands are not being used. Why cannot these people return to their lands? Why cannot these people return to their houses? Why cannot these lands be restored? When I was in Kilinochchi some time ago I went to a place called, “Paravipanjan”. People came and complained to me, “Sir, our houses are being occupied by the military. Not even they are using it though they are keeping it in their possession. We are unable to go back to our houses. Please come and have a look.” I went there and looked around. Houses are locked up. No one is using them. Not even the military is using them. The houses are not being used by the people. This cannot go on.

We read from the media that His Excellency the President is due to go to Jaffna very shortly in the course of the next few days or weeks. We have also read from the media that His Excellency the President has been having conferences and meetings with both civilians and military officials in regard to the release of lands in the North. I think it is incumbent on the part of His Excellency the President, given his attitude and approach to this whole question, even his commitment to the process of reconciliation, goodwill and harmony among people, that he must take decisions that will result in a very substantial part, if not the entirety of the lands belonging to the civilian population being returned to these people.

I went to Myliddy. People complained to me that they are unable to carry on their occupation there. There is a fisheries harbour there. People want to carry on their occupation. These are industrious people. They are not lazy people. They have never lived on a Government’s dole. They are people who lived through their labour. They are hardworking people. Why are you frustrating them? I think the time has come for the Government to take a decision in regard to this matter.

Housing is another big problem. We should discuss things, resolve things regarding the matter of housing. My Friends who will speak after me will go into further details. We must start housing. People must be given houses. When President Mahinda Rajapaksa was the President I went around the Vanni, to about 30 villages, with some of my Colleagues and I gave President Rajapaksa a report in regard to the situation prevailing in the Vanni and requested housing. His response was, “Where am I to go for money? I have no money to build houses.” When I was in India, I and my Colleagues, discussed the matter with the Indian Prime Minister and there are 50,000 houses given by the Indian Government to the people of the North. Now the Government is doing something. But, it must be done. They must be given proper housing. They must be given housing which will last for at least one or two generations, two or three generations. They must be given permanent housing in keeping with their civilization, their conventions, their traditions, and livelihood. What have you done in the matter of livelihood? Have you given the farmers their agricultural equipment? Have you given the fishermen their fishing equipment? Have you given the people who live on livestock development livestock to be able to carry on their activities?

Have you started small industries? Agriculture, farming, fishing, these are the occupations of our people. What is being done in these areas? Everything is ad hoc. Nothing is properly coordinated. There is no proper plan for the restoration of the livelihood of these people. We cannot allow this situation to be continued.

In giving Government jobs, Tamil youth were always disregarded, Tamil youth were discriminated against for a long period of time. What is happening now? All the Government jobs in the North and the East are being filled on the basis of political influence. There are Ministers in Colombo who give jobs to their constituents in the North and the East. The Ministers from the North and the East give jobs only to their supporters. Muslim Ministers give jobs to their supporters. Tamil Ministers may give some jobs, not as many as others, to their supporters. Sinhalese Ministers send their people to the North and the East. Tamil youth, qualified youth deserving a job, are not given jobs. Even the vacancies of labourers in the North and East are being filled by other people. This cannot go on, Sir. Political influence cannot be the reason for the denial and deprivation of Tamil youth of jobs. I want to mention something. We have eighteen Tamil Members of Parliament from the North and the East in the present Parliament. Of these eighteen Tamil Members of Parliament from the North and East in the present Parliament sixteen are from the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi, the Tamil National Alliance.

Sixteen out of eighteen Tamil Members of Parliament from the North and the East are from the ITAK or the TNA. We command more than 85 per cent of the Tamil representation of the North and East in this House. Can they be ignored? Is this democracy? Is that equality?

I remember, Sir, during the time of the late President J.R. Jayewardene, he distributed 1,000 job bank forms to every Member of Parliament. We all got 1,000 job bank forms. I remember jobs were given in various areas through various Members of Parliament. They were given jobs in the same way and we chose them on the basis of merit, on the basis of qualification and on the basis of acceptability. I am not asking that we be given jobs but, I am asking that our youth be given jobs. It is criminal to deprive Tamil youth of employment in this country. True, we are not a part of the Government. We could have been a part of the Government. But, we and our people are committed not to being a part of the Government until there are democratic and equitable arrangements in the Constitution in regard to the governance of this country. We want to bring about a political solution; we want to bring about constitutional changes that will ensure that democracy and equity prevail. That is why we are not in Government. But, does the fact that we are not in Government mean that you can deny, deprive our youth of their just entitlement to employment?

I think, Sir, there is a duty on the part of the Government. I would have much wished that the Hon. Prime Minister was here. Very unfortunately, at this late hour – lunchtime – he is not here. There must be an affirmative action programme to redress and address this issue of discrimination in employment. I would call upon the Government to kindly place before this House the number of the Tamil youth in the North and the East who have been given jobs after you came into power. I would also call upon you to place before this House figures in respect of the number of Sinhalese youth and Muslim youth who have got jobs in this county after you came into power. Then, the injustice will become apparent and when it becomes apparent, there must be an affirmative action programme in terms of which you will provide sufficient jobs to the Tamil youth who have not been given jobs.

Sir, in bringing forward this Motion, it is not my intention to confront this Government. But it is certainly my intention to raise these issues in such a way that the Government will give its mind to these issues and resolve them. You do not consult us as the Members of Parliament of the North and the East in regard to any matter.

Now, I see from the media that you have great plans for development of the North and the East, that foreign funding is being sought. In fact, there is a possibility of a conference being held in Japan very soon where you will receive funds for the development of the North and the East. These funds are being given by foreign donors, foreign agencies and foreign countries to benefit the affected people. They want the lives of the affected people to be restructured in such a way that they will be able to commence normal lives. That is why this funding is being made available. Is it not obligatory on your part to engage in a process of consultation with democratically elected representatives of these people? Is that not your bounden duty?

But, that is not happening; I am not saying that it will not happen. As I said before, we are conscious of the fact that your Government has a new attitude, a new approach but, you are going by default. In your mind, you are having a different attitude and a different approach. What you have in your mind, what you have in your thinking is not translated into action on the ground that has an impact on the lives of people that brings about a change in the lives of people.

Sir, I would like the Government to take note of these matters. My Colleagues, the Hon. Members of Parliament from the North and the East who will speak after me, will refer to many of these issues particularly on land, jobs and prisoners. I have discussed it with the President; I have discussed it with the Prime Minister. They are very favourable to the prisoners being released.

Maybe, some of them cannot be released and that is something that we all can understand. But, thus far, despite numerous efforts on our part, despite the prisoners staging various demonstrations and fast and so on and so forth, about 50 persons have been released on bail but yet another 150 people continue to languish in jail and these prisoners want to know why they are being treated differently. There have been JVP insurgents who have been pardoned and sent home. There have been LTTE cadres who have been pardoned by the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government even have been rehabilitated and sent home. Why cannot those prisoners be released?

I want to know, Sir, whether there are some obstacles in the way of the Government functioning. We know that certain people are talking in terms of national security and they think that anything done for the Tamil people will have an adverse impact on national security. National security cannot be secured in that way. National security can only be secured if there is justice, equality and equal treatment of our people.

Even the release of lands, there is a feeling amongst some sections of thinking society that the Government is not acting on account of this imaginary, exaggerated, fabricated fears on the part of some people that if lands are released to the owners of those lands who are Tamil people, national security would be affected. On the contrary, if these lands are released, those lands will be put to productive use and there will be much greater production in this country than at present and the Government has stated that they will release those lands. So, on the question of lands, on the question of prisoners, on the question of jobs, I want to impress upon the Government that there is no room for delay.

There must be action on the question of missing persons. In fact, in an Adjournment Debate some weeks ago, I raised the question of missing persons and I believe that the Government is taking some action now. Many of these matters have been referred to in the Resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council. You are expected to make your views to the Council which is recommencing its next Session, sometime next week. On the 29th of this month, the High Commissioner for Human Rights will make its oral report to the UN Human Rights Council in regard to the current situation. Early next year, there will a sitting where there will be a written report. So, I think, these questions need to be addressed. These are not questions which can be delayed any longer. Restoration of justice and equality in the lives of the Tamil people in the North and the East and the commencement of a genuine programme of action towards reconciliation can no longer be delayed. Some of these things that I have mentioned can be done immediately, can be done very early.

I would submit that the Government should not be deterred in taking action in regard to some of these matters by some of the imaginary, fabricated and exaggerated fears that are expressed by people with jaundiced thinking, the thinking that is communal in nature, not intended to achieve unity in this country, but to preserve disunity in this country for their own political reasons and for their own political advantage. The Government, which has been returned to power on the basis of genuine reconciliation, on the basis of inclusivity, on the basis that all people will be treated equally through a new Constitution, will ensure that powers of the governance are so structured to ensure equality. If that happened, probably, many of the things that I am complaining about, would be addressed under that new structure of government. Therefore, Sir, this cannot continue. I would earnestly appeal to the Government to take stock of the situation; kindly consult us; we are prepared to be involved with you in the matter of reconciliation, in the matter of ensuring that the lives of our people are restructured, but please do not delay. Delay is not going to do any good to anyone of us.

Thank you, Sir.

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      PACS

      you are forgetting it is the 21st century and you can’t go around like in the 20th claiming you are the illegitimate son of sampanthan.you won’t get a cent after the paternity tests are done.So many men are finding out now after tests that they have been bringing up children,not biologically theirs.So don’t just try to embarass him to get some money.

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        Govt. should stop spread of racism and intolerance in Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka and overseas and in Japan other countries where there are Sinhala Buddhist communities. This is against What the Buddha Taught and also hurt reconciliation and peace in Sri Lanka.

        Gotabaya and Mahinda Rarapassa when in power corrupted Buddhism and been buying Buddhist priests with cars, properties, and poojas and were destroying Buddhism which is the world’s most advanced, peaceful and tolerant religion. They also using Buddhist Viharas to promote hate against other region and are disgrace to Buddhism. Now they are trying to fund raising from Buddhists living abroad. Mahinda Rajapakse has gone to Japan. His trip abroad should be carefully monitored.

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          “Gotabaya and Mahinda Rarapassa when in power corrupted Buddhism and been buying Buddhist priests with cars, properties, and poojas and were destroying Buddhism”

          what can you expect from “aapu minissu”(newcomers)who converted to bhuddhism,not because they believed in the bhuddha’s teachings ,but because they had to integrate into the society into which they settled.

          now they outnumber the upcountry sinhalese and are also more cleverer and shrewder than them and even though segregated into their own nikaya by the mahanayakas,they will make srilanka bhuddhism a third rate one,because they are not true believers and have the numbers now to take over.

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          DA:
          There is some truth to this but the govt is not the only culprit. This is visible when you the minorities changing religion but not to Buddhism. Considering the period Buddhism has been in SL one would expect a considerable amount of minorities to embrace this religion but it has not happened while Sinhala Buddhists have embraced other religions while monks have embraced politics and temples accumulated wealth.

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            Burt

            That people have not been converted to Buddhism I take as a credit. It is a pride to me as a Buddhist that Sinhalese Buddhists or for that matter Buddhists in the world have not been engaged in this conversion business. Hindus and Buddhists in this island may have fought for land or political domination but they never any attempt (to my knowledge ) to convert one another.

            Soma

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              somaasssssssssssss

              “It is a pride to me as a Buddhist that Sinhalese Buddhists or for that matter Buddhists in the world have not been engaged in this conversion business. Hindus and Buddhists in this island may have fought for land or political domination but they never any attempt (to my knowledge ) to convert one another.”

              If that was the case why did the Sinhala/Buddhists add Chapter II in the constitution?

              It is not a secret that Sinhalese, Buddhists, and Hindus share their religious beliefs (mostly myth) and rituals among themselves.

              In case if you do not know the Sinhala/Buddhists are now attempting to change Tamil Sinhala new year to Buddhist Hindu new year.

              I wonder when will the Sinhala/Buddhists stop their fantasies.

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            burt
            why did you expect minorities to change their religion to buddhism?
            It is the buddhist or hindus who have changed their religion to christianity during the foreign rule due to education and recently to islam due marriage of young women to muslim youths especially because young sinhala and tamil youths perished in the war and also due to a drive by the islamites to convert as many as possible.
            Many singhales overseas have changed at least in paper to catholicism so that their children can get admission to catholic schools in london for example.This is fact of live.

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    The security forces and the Buddhist bhikkus, who are law unto themselves, are proclaiming that military camps should not be removed from the NorthEast.

    The government sheepishly listens to these bigots and abide by those proclamations because they fear they might lose the Sinhala Buddhist votes otherwise.

    The story of racism that started after independence continues unabated while the country sinks into poverty and disharmony.

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      Tamil racism started long before independence. To be fair, it was Vellahla Tamil racism.

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        Taraki

        “Tamil racism started long before independence. To be fair, it was Vellahla Tamil racism.”

        You may or may not have a minor point there. However tell us when exactly did Sinhala/Buddhists xenophobia and racism start in this island which also continues to this day unabated?

        When you woke up this morning what was the first thought that came to your mind?

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      thiru
      It is not the Security forces and the Buddhist bhikkus who do not want camps from the NE. As a Sri Lankan citizen I too don’t want this to happen at this time until we are no longer under any threat of reemerging terrorism. The SL security forces eliminated terrorism that engulfed our country for over 30 years. Until we the citizens feel we are safe the Forces should stay in place. Government however should expedite and furnish land and homes for some who are displaced.
      People in the south have made great sacrifices for the security and development of the country. They have given up their land for security purposes, highway projects, Airports, industrial parks, irrigation projects etc. etc. It is time that the people of the north do the same for our country.

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        Eusense,
        You are not different to Sinhala forces, Buddhist Sinhala Bikkus. Tamils are suffering from Buddhist Sinhala Terrorism for 65 years.

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          ajit
          Grow up! If there is anything you don’t agree with me let me know.
          You can’t be complaing about your so called fake “Sinhala Terrorism” while Tamils are doing much better than the Sinhalese in every aspect of their lives. Where do you live? in SL or any other country?
          Go visit shops in any town in SL and see how many of them are Tamil owned and how many are Sinhalese owned.

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            EU

            You have been counting that always. What you get when your dream starts to realize? Udaya Gammanpila is your boss?

            In reality it might be not a real racism. It might be the gene forcing you to loot ant rather than earn and eat.

            There are no shops in even in North, all are Army run shops are there. Is that your natural modaism to bomb and force the Tamils to come from North-East and open shops at your places and you are sheeply sending army to open shops there. Did you read Sampanthar Speech? Can you get one of your under o/l educated MPs to answer to that with Statistics, in the parliament (it was speech delivered in the parliament)? Not one jo is allowed in North-East to be held by Tamils.

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              malllai
              What trash are you talking about bringing Gammanpila to the discussion? You appear to be a geneticist too!
              Where do you live to say there are no shops in the north?? Have you been to the North and East? Are you one of those terror supporting diaspora living in another country?
              I feel you are hallucinating with your explanation for Tamils to come south to open up shops! Don’t show your level of intellect with such explanations.
              What jobs can the Tamils have after being suicide bombers and terrorist fighters for 30 years? Thank your Parayabakaran for that.

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                Nuisance the stupid I

                “What jobs can the Tamils have after being suicide bombers and terrorist fighters for 30 years?”

                All three millions of them?

                Gosh, if they all were suicide bombers the island would have been left no human beings.

                However, the census data confirms that population is 21 million.

                Did you import kallathonies from North South India once again?

                How did you manage to avoid 3 million suicide bombers?

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                  Stupid vedda
                  Thanks to the SLDF they annihilated most of them including their leaders. You appear to be one of those who escaped; Can see that by reading your moronic posts.

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                    Nuisance the stupid I

                    “What jobs can the Tamils have after being suicide bombers and terrorist fighters for 30 years?”

                    All three millions of them?

                    Gosh, if they all were suicide bombers the island would have been left no human beings.

                    However, the census data confirms that population is 21 million.

                    Did you import kallathonies from North South India once again?

                    How did you manage to avoid 3 million suicide bombers?

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                You sound like a person straightened your bend back from 1958, 1977,1983…

                You proved by saying “what jobs they can do after 30 years war” but keeping counting the stores and shops of Tamil all over the South for Udaya Gammanpila. Do you know the story of 75% of the government’s jobs were held by Tamils until you looted and chased them back to North and East?

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                  M
                  Your 75% job scenario shows how the majority of the Sinhalese had no proper education to hold these jobs. Added to that the 75% Tamils who you say had those jobs did not speak Sinhalese. How do such a large % of government jobs be done by non-Sinhala speaking group serving close to 90% of the population? You explained well why all these problems started. The Tamils need to learn Sinhalese if to serve the Sinhalese. Plus educating the Sinhalese with schools and higher education opportunities need to be facilitated. This is what happened and don’t blame the Sinhalese, it is the duty of the politicians to cater to the people who elect them.

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              Looting and eating is the only jobs you people do know.

              Vijeya was deported out of the country by his own father for not knowing to do anything but only to make trouble.

              Sinhala and Tamil Kings ruling the land had to bring mercenaries from South India. Portuguese and Dutch had to bring Cinnamon peelers from south India. British brought the Tea workers from South India. Ceylon Tamils after filling up the 75% in Ceylon(rest might have been Malay, North Indian, Burgers….0% Sinhala Buddhist rowdies) and went to Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, Rangoon and other the Asean Countries to fill up the rest.

              Modern Lankawe Sinhala Intellectuals’ men do nothing but lease women to Middle East and when that money is not to Raa, sell the part of the Country to China.

              Tell me period in your history you people earned eat?

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            EU
            I live in the North. My land is taken by Sinhala racist army.My house was erased out by Sinhala army.My sister was raped by Sinhala racist army. Why don’t you give a list of Towns in SL and give how many shops are owned by Tamils and How many owned by Sinhalese. Take Hambantota District as an example and tell me the population of that district. How many Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims live? How many Shops ownwd by Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims?

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              ajit
              For a minute I don’t believe your story of “erasing your house” and “raping your sister” stories! These are typical asylum seeker scenarios!
              If it really happened what action did you take? Did you report it to your Parayabakaran? What did he say? Did you contacted and report it to your mainstream Tamil politicians?
              Anybody can claim such fake stories. I could say it happened to me and seek asylum too.
              You don’t need to have lists. Just go to any larger town in the south and count for your self. Even Hambanthota may have Tamil shops. Tamils are concentrated in larger towns where business is brisk. I have spoken to many Tamils who owns shops in Kandy. They firmly say that they don’t need separation of the country and are quiet happy with business in Kandy. Only thing they recent is the fellow Tamil politicians and diaspora stirring up their peaceful existence.

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        eusense

        “Until we the citizens feel we are safe the Forces should stay in place.”

        aren’t you thinking of the tamil people who should also feel safe just like you.can they feel safe with gun toting soldiers around all the time.

        If you need the forces to go to the north and east again after they withdraw,they can do it in a day.It won’t be like the normandy D day.

        why try to show to the world that it is a occupied territory.It only makes it clear that The UN needs to declare it a seperate state one day just like they did to palestine.Also if one soldier is killed and they run amok there then it becomes a hot topc again in the international agenda.Soldiers also must be cursing waitin there and twiddling their thumbs doing nothing.

        I sent some HK investors to srilanka in july 2009 telling them to invest now because the war is over.Colombo was full of battle hardened looking forces with machine guns and they told me you say the war is over,so why there are so many soldiers in colombo.needless to say they did not invest and went and dumped their money which was about 300-400 million USD in indonesia and philipines. was promoting srilanka as the gateway to india in the future but continuing war mentality of paranoid gota put a stop to that.You can’t have everything in life,the cake and eat it too.During the rajapakshe era they were struggling to even get 2 billion USD FDI and farting and farting away trying to achieve it while billions and billions went to south east asia,which a portion should have come to us as we have the best strategic location.This time too let us not miss the bus.I’am worried about labour reforms now because my investors are saying our labour policies are completely out of touch with southeast asia.It is south east asia that is giving the most competition to us.

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          shankar
          You say “aren’t you thinking of the tamil people who should also feel safe just like you.”
          Where were you when the LTTE terrorists suicide bombed both Sinhalese and Tamils in all over the country? Do you know how many Tamils were killed by them in Jaffna alone? What nonsense are you asking, you need to show gratitude to the government for ending that carnage!

          I don’t care what the world think or what we want to show them! If the world think it is an occupied territory let them think that way. The crux of the matter is no separation of Sri lanka. As a Sri Lankan my security and safety is more important than what the world think!
          The bottom line is, if Tamils are not involved in subversive, illegal or anti-government, anti-Sri Lankan activities there is no reason for them to be concerned about the forces being there.

          You don’t need to worry about investors coming to SL. The gov. has improved the NE tremendously since 2009, which was destroyed by the terror group I feel you supported. The roads and highways, Train services, tourism and hotels, super markets etc. have come to this region and is buzzing with activities. Gradually investors are entering SL from the West and even from the east and far east. Things will improve with time. After all the Tamil tigers took my country 50 years back with their terror activity. This is why I recent terrorism and will demand that the gov. make sure no more terrorism bud out in SL.

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            eusense

            you have every right to want to feel safe,but no need to be paranoid is all i ask.Lord bhuddha said to give up cravings.If we crave safety then we will keep on wanting layer after layer of protection(like ranil wanting bomb proof cars costing 600 mln while poor people have to pay for it through taxes).We tamils went through hell unlike you but we have a philosophical view of life and if we are to die so be it,we will be reborn.I think even lord bhuddha spoke about rebirth.

            as for your contention that eventually investment will come and not to worry about it,it shows how out of touch you are with the common mans financial problems.You are obviously living abroad in comfort and writing pompously about “my country etc”.if you love your country so much come and live here,and when you do don’t drive in a car,take the public transport,walk the roads,talk to the ordinary people,talk to the trishaw driver,look at the abject poverty around you including the beggers,many without limbs and then talk about how you can wait patiently for FDI to come and don’t forget when FDI goes to another country by passing us it is not going to leave that county after that.

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      Thiru

      Almost all the countries in the world have security forces. There’re military camps in every parts of those countries.

      So in Sri Lanka as well,there’re military camps in every parts of the country.

      How can North and East in Sri Lanka have rare reason to refuse it.

      Government has a responsibility to locate military camps in every parts of the country to deploy when there’s a necessity to provide security for people or when national security is threatened.

      There’s no reason at all to link Sinhla Buddhists to this story.

      Sad to mention that you have a hatred towards Sinhala Buddhists. Please don’t be racial.

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      The Dumb A55 of a Mahanayake did not utter a word about child abuse in temples or anything about looting the state treasury through corrupt politicians but the AH wants to support military impeding in civilian life.

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        Burt

        It’s not the responsibility of mahanayake to deal with child abusers so why should he utter about them.

        However if there’s a requst he’ll comment.

        It’s clearly a responsibility of police and child and women care department.

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          This happened inside a temple and if that is not his responsibility why is he calling himself the “Mahanayake”?

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            Burt

            “why is he calling himself the “Mahanayake”?”

            1. To stop any political reforms taking place in this island.

            2. To oppose whatever power is devolved to the minorities.

            3. To oppose demilitarization of the entire island.

            4. To oppose if chapter II is removed from constitution.

            5 To oppose all improvement in this island.

            6. To idle away the day and night.

            7. To oppose investigation on war crimes and crimes against humanity

            8. To turn a blind eye on all war crimes, and crime against

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            Burt

            your argument is reasonable only if the mahanayaka hasn’t paid attention to that matter.

            What I meant was it’s the direct responsibility of police. They should not let mahanayaka to intervene to the matter.

            How do you know whether the mahanayake has paid attention or not.

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          sr

          “It’s not the responsibility of mahanayake to deal with child abusers so why should he utter about them.”

          Tell us what are his responsibilities if Child abuse is not his?

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      The security men who serve in the North-East get hefty extra-allowances.
      The senior officers live princely lives. This is one reason the army does not want to give up their privileges in the Tamil areas. They use powerful Buddhist priests and extreme Sinhala chauvinists to carry forward the false news the LTTE is coming, re-grouping and so on. An occasional bomb is thrown here and there, a small cache of arms is
      “found” in the glare of publicity to keep the canard alive. The army is opposed to the Police doing the security functions. Let us not forget before the armed conflict the Police did a satisfactory job in the Tamil areas.

      Kettikaran

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    The Leader of the Opposition has stated the problems of people in the north and the government should respond.
    The Military Government in the North must be dismantled and civilian government of the Provincial Council, LIKE IN ALL OTHER PROVINCES other than North and East, be allowed to function.
    For this to happen, the armed forces must be removed from the north and east.
    The police should enforce the law like in these other provinces.

    This is the only country, where political prisoners are kept incarcerated for many years without trial.
    This is the only country where a punishment called “rehabilitation” is imposed, details of which are unknown.

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      justice
      Are you an ignorant?
      Which province originated and continued 30 years of terrorism?

      You say “This is the only country, where political prisoners are kept incarcerated for many years without trial.”
      Do you have any idea of what is happening in Guantanamo??

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        Eusense:

        Have you had the brains to ask why people of the North had to defend themselves against rapists and sadistic murderers? Have you asked your donkey and dungeon brain why the Tamils did not resort to arms after independence and did so after sinhalese animals started dropping their pants? Have you the dick to raise the question that Tamils held hands with the Sinhalese in the pursuit of independence? Leaches and parasites.

        Sampanthan lost his way and had just woke up. He should have known, of all people not to trust the sinhalese. Such commodity is not in their genes. Instead of stating the obvious, he is beating around the bush – he should have realised that he is talking of parasites. May be Sumanthiran’s days are numbered in his warm parliamentary seat.

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          jansee
          Wow!
          Cool down and come again. You don’t write sense when you are filled with hatred.

          Try another path. Being on the offense with fake “facts” won’t help for whatever you are trying to achieve.
          Good luck!!

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            Eusense:

            Have you forgotten that it is you who had commented in some of your comments that you get “very angry”, etc, etc. So, it does make sense that, by default, the hatred has rooted itself in you as plain as a horrible racist that prevents you from seeing or understanding the obvious, that you are indeed a beast devoid of any reasoning.

            The “fake” facts story can only be the menu on the plate of similar donkeys like you, as the likes of you have been stripped of the pretense and all the tricks in the books have come to naught. It is you and SL who/that needs luck now. Hope that, too, has not deserted you. Why is it that anything SL utters have to be taken with a pinch of salt?

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        Eusense
        For your information

        About 780 inmates have been held at Guantanamo since it opened in 2002. Today, 80 remain
        The treatment of the inmates was despicable to say the least but there is no comparison to that in SL. Here no body knows how many are held. The disappearance of spme of them is unexplaniable.
        In Guantanamo the prisoners have representations., where as here they have none. The lawyers are not allowed here, press is not allowed where as in Guantanamo there is all these facilities.
        So please do not try to justify the actions of the SL security.

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          Mr. proudman
          What do you expect? A bed of roses for the suicide murderers? Aren’t you the one who said Sri Lanka is a 3rd world poor country? What do yo expect from a country like that? Netflix, HBO, a gym, Kobe beef and free lawyers for terrorists? I think these Tamil terrorists were too stupid and did not think of consequences when they gang up to suicide murder innocent civilians.
          Sorry, too late. Good luck next time!

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            eusense
            No i didn’t expect a bed of roses what i expected was civilised treatment. Furthermore, all of them were not suicide murderers as you call. Moreover, i never said SL is a 3rd world country either you can’t read or your interpreter was drunk with kasippu.
            wait for ISIS to teach you a lesson.

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        “Which province originated and continued 30 years of terrorism. ”

        In the Central Province, somewhere 2nd century BC, A King Named “Terrorist” (in English) or “Dutta” (in Tamil, Pali, Sanskrit) Gamini.

        In Western Province,Colombo, in 1948 by Don Stephen.

        Then in Western Province, Colombo, in September 26th, 1959 when the terrorist Somara shot Solomon West Ridgeway Dias by the direction of the terror leader Putra Kithara.

        Restated in Kurunegala, Mawanella, Kegalle, Galle… all over Lankawe, in 1971 May. It was directed and funded by Sirimavo. The case was “Valartha Kada Maarpil Paainthathu” (The ram fed and brought up butted on the chest). Sirimavo returned to it with state terror. She sacrificed all those rams at altar of Buddha.

        Please fix your question as “65 years” not “30 Years”.

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          mallai
          Living in a wonderland?
          The very reason why troupes are in all places you mention. No more terrorism. Law breakers should be punished. That is what basically happened in all cases.
          Don’t like it? Doors of the country are open!

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            Nuisance the stupid I

            “Law breakers should be punished. That is what basically happened in all cases.”

            Law breakers should be handled by police, not by the armed forces.

            Didn’t anyone tell you that you don’t use a sledgehammer to crack a nut? Perhaps you don’t remember at this ripe old age.

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            Yes, the 42s were listed in the OISL report should be punished, too.

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    [Edited out]

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      Patriot the pathetic

      “[Edited out]”

      Thanks again.

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      [Edited out]

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        Patriot the pathetic

        “[Edited out]”

        Thanks once again.

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    My dear friend:

    You are appealing to people who are born DEAF, DUMB and BLIND to Tamil rights and suffering. I gave up many moons ago.

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      he has no choice because your prediction about 2 years ago that amma and modi will do the need full and bring relief to the long suffering tamil people,has not happened.Amma is more interested in her fishmongers and hollering everytime the are arrested,and modi is more interested in his chappati being perfectly cooked as he and amma are vegetarians and have to concentrate on their food.

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        Shankar you Sinkalam.

        What rubbish are you talking about. Many of the things I predited have already come true. Inspired by Queen Bee Modi has put paid to Colombo Port City progrmme which lies in ruins. The day Sri lanka lost its sovereignty to its new Colonial Master you SLAVE. Get real and my other predictions will take time as MS & RW managed to fool the World last time.

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    It is commendable that Sampanthan is daring to speak of several important problems faced by the people.

    It will be more commendable if he will include the problems faced by the northern fishers because of foreign poaching, problems of the agricultural community in Sampur and, among other matters, the indifference of the representatives of Tamil people in parliament and the NPC towards the problems of ordinary people.

    It will be even better if he also speaks up for the Sinhalese, Muslims and Hill Country Tamils who have been badly let down by the government and its acts of deception– rather than leave that task to the so-called JO.

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    Mr. Sambanthan.

    What you have said is right and well said. However, to make the story balanced and objective, you have to also acknowledge what has been achieved in the past seven years and answer the question whether the people are happier now than they were in the past three decades. Yes, a lot more has to be done quite visibly, though more needs to be done. But, let us also acknowledge that a lot has been already done.

    I think this is a vital step to reconciliation. Please set the right tone for what needs to be done in the future, while sharing the vision, you acknowledge this government has and winning the support of the Sinhala people for your/our cause.

    I wish you had also raised concerns about why the Northern Provincial Council has been an abysmal failure- a bit of self criticism will also improve the atmosphere.

    Dr,Rajasingham Narendran.

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      Doc:

      I am honestly being pushed to believe that you seem to be enjoying napping on the laps of Sinhalese leaders. “But, let us also acknowledge that a lot has been already done”. May be it is about time that I realise the veracity of this statement – perhaps you have enjoyed the benefits to write such crap. And don’t you think so that you should stand in a sinhalese majority seat the next election time around to prove your mettle – what has been a sham talk “winning the support of the Sinhala people for your/our cause.” Why are you such a dumb? Or you take the Tamils for fools? Houses locked and empty but the army does not want to release. Doesn’t your dumb brain tell you that the little crumbs that have come the way of the Tamils have been due to the international pressure, not because the Sinhalese leaders have suddenly become sanitised angels.

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        Jansee,

        Oh! Come on. Can you honestly say that nothing positive has been done postwar in the north and east?
        Much has been done, but much more needs to be done. The physical and societal destruction and devastation caused by the wars, would take decades to repair and the damage done to the soul of the people as individuals will take centuries to heal.

        Dr.RN

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          Doc:

          This is what I mean. Even MR claimed he had moved mountains in the North. The phony professor had his bluffing ways of often quoting a phenomenal annual growth of 22%. And I did not say that there was nothing positive postwar. What I did tell was it was just crumbs and that it was done for world’s sake, if you have the brains to understand that.

          The physical and psychological devastation was caused by parasites who wanted to leech on the Tamils. That is the simple truth. Where was this devastation before the army rampaged, raped and murdered its way through. Surely you know what SG Ban said after touring the war site. It stands as a stark and visible testament – the land grabs and where else have you heard that an army, with the blessings of the regime, had grabbed the businesses and livelihood of the locals. You ought to be ashamed for denying the obvious as if to prove that you could possibly be a benefactor. The abuse and torture still continues.

          Prabhakaran and the LTTE may have their wayward ways but his/their acts pale in comparison to the devil incarnate butchers Mahinda and Gotabaya. Didn’t it occur to you that the claim by these butchers to save the people from the clutches of LTTE and terrorism was actually to terrorise the people and to grab lands. The present regime is simply bluffing around thinking that the Tamils are fools, otherwise it will have reduced the army numbers and prevented them from doing business that have affected the livelihood of people there.

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            Whatever, our so-called liberators destroyed or helped destroy, have been rebuilt today. To name a few: schools, hospitals, roads, bridges, railway tracks , towns, government offices, thousands of houses, water towers, power infrastructure, etc. These were also done quite fast and these are facts that cannot be pushed under the carpet.

            Most importantly the people are enjoying the respite from war, misery. They are also able to also travel without any fear or restrictions. The children are safe and attending schools.These also can not and should not be denied.

            Dr.RN

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              narendra
              what do they say birds of the same feather flock together,[Edited out]

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              Why beat around the bush? People’s lives and their livelihood have been strangled or destroyed. The army is still breathing heavily over people’s lives. The impunity and torture is still continuing to this day. Are you a joker or what?

              According to this article, MR had declined to rebuild the destroyed houses by simply saying he had no money. Where then did the money come from for all that has been built? Surely you know the answer.

              Gotabaya can bomb Red Cross marked hospitals and destroy them and we have a hero here by the name of Rajasingham Narendran who has the cheek to clap his hands gleefully to tell that schools, hospitals, etc have been rebuilt. What are you claiming actually – that normality is back and people’s livelihood has been restored? If you have any sense left, read what I have written in my previous comment and answer them. Pray tell me why is the army still holding people’s lands and why are they intruding into the businesses and livelihood of the people? Is that the job of the army? If you are trying to be the next CM, my best wishes to you.

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          Rajasingham,

          Please list the top five of what you think the State has done to the North that the Tamils should thank them for.

          If the Government makes provisions that are due, that are long over due, and that are normal provisions regularly made to the Sinhalese but were denied to the Tamils, and the Government now thought it fit to make part of those provisions and that only because there is rising international criticism and pressure, then that is nothing that deserves a “thank you”.

          If a thief robs you and then returns it only because he was ordered to do so by the Police, you could thank the Police, not thief!

          Wake up!

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      narendra
      you are back on your old record.
      You may be happy now but the generally speaking the people in the north are not.You may have a grudge with wigneswaran but that doesn’t give you any right to criticise the council or the people of the North.
      [Edited out]

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      Dr RN,
      I think Mr Sampanthan has done a good job.
      Army occupation of N&E continues.
      Sinhala Buddhicisation of N&E continues.

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      I am at a loss to understand what our Dr is on about here complaining what Mr Sampanthan presented is not in right tone. With too many Sirs he says clearly that things are much better now than what had been under MR, yet could have been achieved more, seizing the opportunity a national government allows, something unique that this government enjoys. The speech gets recorded in the Hansard so it is expected to be in an acceptable standard for ever- I believe it is the optimum, some might even argue is too soft. Sam is an elderly state man and he knew what to and not to say in parliament, it is not a negotiating table to talk about Northern Provincial Council’s performance in a incriminating fashion as you recon sir, what he presented is very persuasive to a common reader.

      Some revelations made in the report are not quite expected and help clear some doubts people have re the relationship the Govt and TNA have. If the govt is not keen on consulting an MP on matters relevant to his/her electorate, he/she should have the right to raise it in the House. People might have thought that things have been done in a collaborative manner between the Gov and TNA as the latter gave unconditional support during the Presidential election. But it is unfortunate to note things were not that rosy, as expected, but what is understandable is, whoever in Gov should be seen as treating Tamils the way that pleases the majorities’ extremists. It is typical SL politics, doesn’t matter whether you bail out the country from becoming a autocratic country and/or resurrected its image globally.

      Sarcastic question “where am I to get money for the housing” by MR showed his empathy towards this people, he has the guts to bomb out those houses but has no idea to rebuild them, instead making a fun of it on poor ones’ pathetic plight. Whereas Govts of Japan and India able see the dare situation from far and wiling to help out. The matter of depriving Tamils Youth in the allocation of new appointments is some thing that even PM or President would be unaware of ad it is good to take this matter. Why cannot they allocate the job bank forms for each and every MP so the jobs at the least get distributed geographically to ensure a region is not left out unfairly.

      Agree with Dr that confrontational approach will not deliver any solution but, for that, you don’t need to plead. The houses kept unoccupied is utter waste, either the owners should be compensated per market value or returned without any further delay. The PM fails to make him available at the House whilst this speech was being made makes me to think that he didn’t want to hear the report sheet being read as he knew his performance, maybe he has a Central Bank to deal with.

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    “Government Should Take Stock Of The Post-War Situation”

    it has and found that you had lost the war.

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      shankar

      “it has and found that you had lost the war.”

      And your wonder boy Black and Decker made it all happen.

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        yes,and i can still feel the effects of his gun.What a man.

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          shankar

          “yes,and i can still feel the effects of his gun.What a man.”

          Did it shake the world?

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            don’t know about the world native,but it did shake my(i will myself edit that out).

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              shankar

              “don’t know about the world native,but it did shake my(i will myself edit that out).”

              Did he use a mechanical digger, handheld concrete breaker or a vibrating post installer, must be a good one?

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                Genocide survivor, aka stupid vedda,
                Stop polluting the cyber space with your nonsensical garbage!

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                  Nuisance the stupid I

                  “Stop polluting the cyber space with your nonsensical garbage!”

                  However, you love reading it and cherishing it. Don’t you?

                  It’s alright, even the stupidest too need fun.

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    So Navy basher Nazeer doesn’t give jobs to Tamils.. What about Baththudeen ?..

    What does he do with his quota?.

    What about our poor 5.8 Million Dalits, who didn’t vote for this UNP , Sira party , TNA and the SLMC coalition?

    Where can they get jobs?.

    Thanks Mr Sambnadan for raising this important issue in the eve of the Bedouin Prince’s big ass Human Rights announcement which the Prince makes this time of the year , and every year.

    At least the Prince got a a nice job .. hasn’t he?..

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    Our Sampanthar is not a Thevaarakaala (Thevara Period) poet. He is a Sangala Poet. In Thevaarakaalam, prime attention was given to Language. In Sangakaalam it was given to material. But they both are said to have earned the classical status to Tamil. The poems composed in Thevaarakaala Sampanthar are read, memorized and repeated to some extent these day. But classical writer our Sampanthar’s works not read by anybody or not bothered by anybody to answered. Especially, the Sinhala Appe Anduwa’s attitude is, “Man You want 15 minutes more? take it; You take it and say all what you want. If you finish only we talk about our things without interruption and take care of that. So just finish yours first man!”. That is why his classical writing are classified with Sangam Works. No body wants them how good they are!

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    Dear Mr Sampanthan,

    I laud you for your efforts in returning ousted persons to their original dwellings. The displaced people have suffered enough. The time is long overdue for their resettlement and giving some form of government help to kick start their livelihoods. Yes the war is over and peace must reign.

    You speak eloquently about reconciliation, goodwill and harmony among people. This is good. However there is another issue concurrent with the predicament of the displaced Tamil People. This is the predicament of the Muslims who were ousted by the LTTE. Some say ethnically cleansing the Jaffna Peninsula of Muslims. If the Tamil populace ignore or simply nullify the claim of the Jaffna Muslims or worse still refuse to recognise the gross injustice done to them by the LTTE, then the claim of Tamil leadership to redress past and present injustices is a sham. You have no moral high ground to stand upon. Try and solve both problems and bring about reconciliation between the Tamils and Muslims of Jaffna. If the Tamils of Jaffna and the Eastern province hate the Muslims, envy their achievements, belittle them, intimidate and harass them, how can the Tamils then go ahead and cry foul when the same treatment is meted out by the Sinhalese?

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      BBS Rep:

      You are right. The Muslims have been languishing for far too long and the NPC/TNA must attend to their resettlement and well-being and should get back their lands they had owned prior to their ouster by the LTTE. It should receive the same attention for an equitable solution as Tamils.

      One problem though, they have more faith in their Muslim leadership and Rauf Hakim. Most Muslims speak Tamil and the combined votes of Muslims and Tamils created a deep dent in the Rajapaksa vote bank. Hope that has given them some food for thought.

      Notwithstanding, they cannot or shouldn’t be denied their land and livelihood. That is not and should not be negotiable.

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    I do not think that any SLFP politician in SL, including President Sirisena are able to implement the UNHRC resolution.

    Apartheid is brutal. This happened in South Africa. Majoritarian apartheid in SL was built on brutality, and political, historical and Buddhist falsehood or lies.

    President Sirisena, last week, in a speech said that he will “eliminate” LTTE ideology for “separate state”, inside and globally.

    Did we hear the truth? No. Can he do anything? No.

    Separate state ideology was started democratically, in 1976, long before LTTE, as Vaddukoddai Resolution, and voted by more than 60% “Yes” votes in 1977 by the people, for the people of North and East. That is the truth.

    President Sirisena seems not to understand what is extremism. Tamils asking for their legitimate right is democracy not extremism. But, Sinhalese refusing to give rights of Tamils is extremism.

    In democracy, all citizens are equal. There is no “majority” with more privileges and “minority” with less privileges.

    SLFP politicians, dress in white, to impress that they are holy and pure but tell blatant lies on Tamil issues, to mislead the masses. This culminated in brutal Tamil genocide. The dictator MR and all his MPs were dressed in white to dupe masses and the world to commit massive frauds and genocide.

    Buddhist monks wear saffron robes but their heart, nature of talk and actions do not depict the nature of Buddha or his preaching.

    Yet, SL has agreed with the UNHRC to do Truth and reconciliation. Surely, the leaders of SL are incapable of doing it to bring peace.

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