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GTF Pays Tribute To Tamil Elder Statesman Mr R Sampanthan On His passing

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) is deeply saddened by the passing of the Tamil elder statesman Mr R Sampanthan on June 30, 2024. We express our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the departed leader and all those mourning the loss of Mr. Sampanthan.

R. Sampanthan

Mr. Sampanthan had a long and illustrious political career. He has been a Parliamentarian for nearly 50 years, the Leader of Opposition in the Sri Lankan Parliament between 2015 to 2018, and led the Tamil National Alliance for the last 23 years. Mr. Sampanthan was an ardent advocate for Tamil rights and dedicated his political life for pursuing a just solution for the Tamil national question.

From the time of Sri Lankan independence (1948), Tamil polity has been blessed with great elected leaders. From fifties to seventies, as the Sinhala Buddhist nationalism exerted its dominance at the expense of minority communities, Tamil community was ably led by late S.J.V. Chelvanayakam, who coalesced Tamils into a strong united front, adopted Gandhian methods of resistance against oppression, and made attempts at negotiating self-rule arrangements for the Tamil-majority Northern and Eastern Provinces. This tradition of strong, committed leadership continued under the late A. Amirthalingam during the seventies and eighties, a period during which armed resistance to state oppression and violence emerged and eventually dominated all aspects of Tamil politics. Mr Sampanthan became the prominent, elected Tamil leader during this tumultuous war period.

The civil war that ended in 2009 presented unprecedented challenges for the Tamil community – the community lost, not only immense number of lives and property, but hope itself. The victorious majoritarian leadership did not waste time in using the opportunity to marginalise Tamils even further. The international community looked upon the Tamil leadership with ambivalence about their past and future political agenda. This crucial period was ably navigated by Mr Sampanthan, who solidified and rebuilt the Tamil political leadership through carefully calculated initiatives and a pragmatic political program. An important highlight of this era was the crucial role Mr. Sampanthan played in the political transition in 2015, which provided much needed breathing space for Tamils to recover from their losses and to regain a sense of normalcy.

Mr Sampanthan’s uniqueness comes from the fact that he could strongly articulate for Tamil interests, while fully conscious of the interest of the country and the concerns and fears of the majority community. There were innumerable occasions when Mr Sampanthan eloquently argued for a political solution building on Sri Lanka’s constitutional history and the many promises the Southern Sinhala establishment made in the past but failed to keep. In the same breath, his demands for equal rights for Tamils never left unsaid that they were within a ‘united, undivided and indivisible’ country.

When Sri Lanka showed no inclination of addressing the serious crimes committed during the war, it was Mr Sampanthan who provided the pivotal leadership in ensuring that Sri Lanka would be subjected to UNHRC resolutions and oversight (from 2012 onwards) for promoting human rights and reconciliation in the country.

Equally, when Sri Lanka was paralysed by a constitutional crisis (2018), Mr. Sampanthan provided principled leadership to overcome the crisis with the interest of the country at heart.

It is such qualities that made Mr Sampanthan a highly valued leader, both in Sri Lanka and among the international community. GTF have witnessed on many occasions the high praise bestowed on Mr Sampanthan – by leaders of all communities in Sri Lanka, and by political leaders and diplomats from many countries.

A sentiment often expressed – both in Sri Lanka and internationally – was that the national question in Sri Lanka had to be resolved during Mr Sampanthan’s lifetime. Undoubtedly, that epitomises the respect and admiration with which Sampanthan was held, and will firmly place him in the pantheon of great elected Tamil leaders from Sri Lanka.

But the hard fact is Mr Sampanthan is no more, but Sri Lanka is yet to address its decades old national question to the satisfaction of all communities.

For many decades now, Sampanthan was the face of Sri Lanka’s Tamil community and its struggle for recognition, justice and equality. After such a dominant presence, replacing him with a new and capable leader will be a huge challenge. GTF hopes the new leader will follow on the footsteps of Mr Sampanthan – relentlessly articulating for Tamil interests, while integrating those with the wellbeing of the country as a whole.

On the other hand, all communities in Sri Lanka, and particularly those from the majority community, need to reflect deeply why they have failed to find a just and lasting solution to the national question over such a long period.

Perhaps the time is now. Working towards a just and equitable outcome with goodwill and honesty to what the late Mr. Sampanthan often referred as “the National Question” will be the ultimate tribute the country could pay to Mr. Sampanthan.

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    My heartfelt condolences for his family.

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      R. Sampanthan was a prominent Tamil politician, known for his leadership and efforts in advocating for Tamil rights. His passing is indeed a significant loss. May his soul rest in peace, and my heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and followers.

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        Thanks bro for the decent comment while some idiots add some racist comments about the dead.
        May his soul rest in peace, my heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and followers.

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    “He has been a Parliamentarian for nearly 50 years, the Leader of Opposition in the Sri Lankan Parliament between 2015 to 2018, and led the Tamil National Alliance for the last 23 years.”
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    50 years in parliament and close to a 30 of it the Tamils have been waging war against Sinhalese majority community not only bringing much death and destruction to the entire island nation but also contributing to its economic fallout.
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    A good candidate for the Darwin Award!. If he was good for anything to begin with.
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    How many such old tamil farts have to die before law abiding innocent citizens of this wotld could live and love in peace !!!???
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    I hope he rots in a special place in hell reserved for himself.
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    R

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      That is classic Racist Rant. Sampanthan never went back on any of his promises to the government. That is more than you can say for the various governments that played musical chairs.

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        True.
        But it is the promises to the Tamil public that are a matter of concern.
        Sampanthan did a tolerably competent job as the leader of a politically bankrupt entity.
        That it is hard to find another to match him as a replacement speaks volumes about the plight of Tamil nationalist politics.

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      The FP/TULF/TNA did not wage war against any.
      Whatever war was between the government and the Tamil militants as well as many innocent Tamils, and between Tamil militants and the armed forces as well as innocent civilians of all races.
      If at all the FP/TULF/TNA was guilty of incompetence and inaction.

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      Dear Ruchira,
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      I’m surprised at this outburst from you.

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      When a man “has just died”, one doesn’t say anything nasty about him. But that is not why I’m expressing surprise.
      .
      When I first heard of Sampanthan’s passing, I made a comment here. Please see it:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-thamil-thesiya-kootani-a-plague-on-the-tamil-people/
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      What adds to my surprise is the fact that you and I have, so far been making complimentary things about each other.
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      I’ve always regarded Sampanthan as a man of Peace.
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      Panini Edirisinhe – (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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        SM,
        You have a lot to learn about character judgement. Despite your age, you apparently were unable to figure out what this guy is really like. To make things worse, he has a mental problem due to which he makes irrational outbursts against all sorts of people, from his maid to his former employer. The only common thread is irrational racism. Remember, not everyone who praises the NPP is a “decent fellow”. Nor is everyone who criticizes it your enemy.

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          OC,
          as usual, I am in full agreement with you.
          Navity is an opiate to some.If your info is based in half baken ones, it misleads you for sure.
          I see it in volumes in SM’s person. Every comment he made recently was a personal attack on me. It showed that he was akin to a teenager. Now many commenters make him laughter stock in CT.
          .
          SM acted as if I should be the arch enemy in his life because I had something against the JVP people.
          He is very childish (perhaps a pacifier as a gift could do some changes in his person – lol) and stays that way until he changes his glasses.
          Earlier, I read great qualities in his person, unfortunately, he was like Dracula against me due to bad company.
          That’s what my grandmother whispered to me back then that some people become beasts because of bad association.

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        SM,
        You have a lot to learn about character judgement. Despite your age, you apparently were unable to figure out what this guy is really like. To make things worse, he has a mental problem due to which he makes intemperate outbursts against all sorts of people, from his maid to his former employer. The only common thread is irrational racism. Remember, not everyone who praises the NPP is a “decent fellow”. Nor is everyone who criticizes it your enemy.

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          old codger,
          Age.
          I suspect that age is catching up with you, as well.
          Look at the DUPLICATION of posting.
          .
          Coming to the crux,
          Character assessment is not SM’s fort.
          He was an ardent Sirisena loyalist, once.
          He has grown totally out of it now.
          Give him time, though not much is left, to climb out of his current fascination.

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            Nathan,
            It was a mistake.
            Not really duplication, because CT’s very efficient computer won’t allow it. It needs something to be different, even an empty space.
            See if you can find the difference. 🙂
            ” Give him time, though not much is left, to climb out of his current fascination.”
            I think he will.

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              “Character assessment is not SM’s fort.”
              Character assassination is the forte of the person SM was replying to.

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              old codger,
              I had noticed the difference even before I made the comment.
              You changed ‘irrational’ to ‘intemperate’.
              It doesn’t change the fact that the message was duplicated.
              Irrational, – neither logical nor reasonable.
              Intemperate, – unreasonable.
              .
              Here was my technique.
              Look at ‘all sorts of people,’ on both,
              the second extends up to ‘to’, whereas the first is shorter.

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                Amazing!

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                Nathan,
                Yes, there is an extra space in the second one. But maybe we shouldn’t be discussing this. Some (you know who) might use it as a way to make 200 comments without actually writing them 🤯

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          Hello OC,
          It was the case when we were young that you didn’t speak ill of the dead, or at least wait for a while after the funeral. I have come to expect the “unexpected” from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hide.
          Apart from that thanks for your comment regarding my love of a Sri Lankan woman. As I said before people are mostly the same the world over and there are levels of insanity in all countries.
          SM would probably like the quote “The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones”.
          Best regards

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            “As I said before people are mostly the same the world over and there are levels of insanity in all countries.”

            Due to my personal network, I had the opportunity to personally examine an LTTE cyanide capsule. Shaped like a cylinder, with the outside made of glass. So whoever bit the capsule had to get through the glass first, leaving a blood residue in their mouth. You are free to believe that the monks and members of the majority community are racists/fascists, but they were not the ones consuming cyanide on behalf of their psychopath leaders.

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              Lester,.
              .
              “…but they were not the ones consuming cyanide on behalf of their psychopath leaders.”
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              “MADE” to consume cyanide, particularly the child soldiers who were conscripted forcibly.

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              It seems the LTTE is bad when it is committing suicide, but good when it is assassinating people Lester doesn’t like.

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          “Remember, not everyone who praises the NPP is a “decent fellow”. Nor is everyone who criticizes it your enemy.”

          Everyone could do it because of lack of experience. He often jumps to his own judgments without studying it properly.
          He never forgave. For example the 2000 emails he exchanged with me in order to educate me is a big lie.This he repeated to CT readership not once a dozen of times. .
          Of course most of them were just BCC emails so he could continue his blackmail posts. Manel and I couldn’t even read 95% of his posts. However, he tried to repeat that “lie”. The kind of pathological liars dont care about the harm being repeated. ::: aiyyoooooooooo…. srilanka !

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        Dear Panini,
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        You have said: “When a man “has just died”, one doesn’t say anything nasty about him.”
        .
        Did you see the comments that HLD Mahindapala got?
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        Check them out below:
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        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/memories-of-h-l-d-mahindapala/
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        If a Sinhalese bad mouth a Tamil here, he would be called racist. But the same doesn’t seem to spply to Tamils who bad mouth Sinhalese.
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        I can see that happening to Lester, the other person here, whose comments I somewhat paid attention to, simply because he was called a racist and a fascist, over and over by a couple of ppl who makes a big noise here.
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        Having paid attention to what he writes not only I can’t see any reason for him to be called so, but I also agree with some of the things he say.
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        TBC

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          Continued…
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          I only agree with some of his views and positions he take but not all of what he says. Yet you can see that I am being grouped with him and am too are labelled ascracist/fascist.
          .
          You can’t see Sinhalese people patronising this site doing that to Tamils and other pro-tamil commenters here. Not even Lester does it.
          .
          Among the things I disagree with Lester are hos positions on Rajapaksas and JVP.
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          He is a big Rajapaksa fan, particularly of Gota, which I am not. I hate all Rajapaksas to the core.
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          He thinks the JVP should be treated the same way the LTTE was treated. A sentiment that doesn’t resonate with me though I can relate to it from his logical point of view.
          .
          But such is life. Nobody agrees with another person 100% on everyting. There are things we agree, and there are things we don’t. But we don’t go insulting each other on things we don’t disagree with. That’s the whole mark of being civic.
          .
          A charachter trait that most tamils and pro-tamils on this particular forum do not display. Their main modus operandi is to insult people that do not agree with them. Especially when they are incapable of effectively challenging views that contradict their’s. When they encounter such views and positions they happily take the low road and attack the individual.
          .
          TBC

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            * hallmark not whole mark :)
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            Anyways getting back, this is what Tamils have been doing all along.
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            When the Universal Franchise was first introduced during the latter days of British colonial rule, Tamils realized that priviledges they enjoyed disproportionately to the numerical strength of their population coming under threat. As a counter measure G.G. Ponnambalam made the most unreasonable demand of allocating 50% of the seats of the legislator by default, to minorities, despite not all minorities not aligning with his demands.
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            An effort they failed miserably, events following which seemed to have paved the way to the emergence of Tamil militancy demanding a separate state in the North & East of the country waging war against Sinhalese community. A war that took 30 years to put an end to in a violent manner. A war that may have caused a significant loss to country’s economy and its people of all ethinicities. But do the Tamils display any remorse. Especially the ones who are critical of JVP’s violent past? No!
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            They instead continue to make unreasonable demands like wanting a mono-ethnic Tamil Federal State of Ealam in the N&E of the country, again claiming a disproportionate amount of land mass to a fraction of the minority communities of the country. To this end they go to great lengths even distorting history.

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              * despite all minorities not aligning with his demands.

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            “Their main modus operandi is to insult people that do not agree with them. Especially when they are incapable of effectively challenging views that contradict their’s. “
            Like this comment by Lester on another commenter’s wife?

            “At some point, these (usually older) Western men discover that Asian women are easy prey, via monetary incentives”
            So civic of him, and you for supporting him.

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            Ruchira,

            “He is a big Rajapaksa fan, particularly of Gota, which I am not. I hate all Rajapaksas to the core.”

            You’re right, but let me just add a qualifier: I only support Gota & MaRa, not the children who are wasting taxpayer money racing luxury cars or the relatives like Basil who are running ponzi schemes in broad daylight. That has always been my position. Gotha and MaRa ended Tamil Tiger terrorism decisively, a feat which no President since JRJ had the guts to attempt. Both Gotha and MaRa will be around for another 10-15 years max (due to age). I don’t think putting them in jail serves much purpose. Once they are gone, I expect a dramatic decline in the Raja Empire (meaning political influence), as MaRa is irreplacable.
            Some will argue that the Raja clan robbed the country blind. Partially true. But then we come back to the other point: who else was willing to end terrorism? Without these guys, the country could well have gone the way of Ukraine or Syria via foreign intervention/occupation & separatism.

            https://x.com/ErikSolheim/status/1794640646319247775/photo/2

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              Lester – Yes. I can relate to you. I too did have some respect for the two Rajapaksas you mention but I have lost all of it upon realisation few things recently, which are personal.
              .
              Rajapaksas starting from Mahlinda. Then Basil, Gota, Yoshitha, Chamal perhaps among others in their family have been particularly working day and night to destroy me and my family.
              .
              It’s a huge story the details of which I only got to know upon my mother’s death which appears to be a murder and carried out here in Sri Lanka by Basil Rajapakse on the decisions taken by the church – the Vatican.
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              The reason being I have some Scottish ancestry that I was not aware of until recently but the Mahinda, Basil and some members of the church of Ceylon had known since 2001.
              .
              On top of that I am not only related to the Royal family, but my father it appears is the actual heir to the British throne after Queen Elizebeth.
              .
              It appears that my grandfather Henry is actually a son of one of Royal College’s prominent past Principals – Major H. L. Reid in whose memory the Reid Avanue in Cinnamon Gardens had been previously named. So I am the 4th generation grandchild of Major Harry Lesley Reid of Scotland.
              .
              TBC

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            “He thinks the JVP should be treated the same way the LTTE was treated. A sentiment that doesn’t resonate with me though I can relate to it from his logical point of view.”

            Well, it already happened. Wijeewera was executed similar to VP. The remaining JVP survived because they laid down their weapons and entered mainstream politics. So in terms of militancy, the JVP is significantly different now. We can’t compare someone like AKD to Rohana. Economically, who knows? Communism/Marxism is strong brainwashing. How much of that ideology extends to the NPP, I don’t know. What I see with the NPP is lack of cohesiveness. They supposedly want everyone’s input, yet the output is unpredictable. Sri Lanka might be better off in the short-term with a strongman, like Lee Kuan Yew, who can make radical changes quickly.

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              *Wijeweera

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                Lester the joker@
                Gotabaya abuses taxpayer funds, but the Joker sees it differently. What a biased idiot ? shame on you !

                The reason for today’s economic crisis is Mahinda Rajapaksa’s mismanagement. No one else. Plane loads, srilanken, his extravaganza enotourages – remember ?
                RW has always become the victim because he doesn’t know how to get on with srilanken MEDIA whore houses. He proved within last 2 years, how he could handle dire situations. All possible source was utilized by him to achieve it. Opposition leader (he needs lot more time to mature) and AKD deyyo were making hay in that period.

                Besides, RW is the one who predicted that 2022 and 2023 will be years that the country cannot afford economically. That was in November 2019 before the Rajapaksa stray dogs seized power. With rabid supporters, the Rajakashe brothers stood against RW and his wise prophecies.

                Consequence: Sri Lanka ended up as the “most bankrupt country”.
                Who’s to Blame: 6.9 Million Stupid People (Lesters and the like modayas), the Rajapakses and head shaved bastards (ordained to be monks because their parents were destitute) and the Mainstream Media and Social Media

                Let these stupid people get their brains to understand the truth again.

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              Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna burned public properties. They also killed more than 60,000 youths. And was against any development projects that is passed and got agreed for the benefit of the people, the damage done by JVP to this nation is beyond estimation.
              And today they distort the truth to gain power.
              They treat freshers at universities like animals. Youths have been subjected to constant physical violence unleashed by JVPs themselves.
              ..
              The LTTE destroyed more and killed over 100,000. It is also fair looking back the manner how sinhala supramacists treat them even today.

              All these are Sri Lankans whether majority or minority. All of them are Sri Lankan citizens.
              :
              Why on earth do JVPs enjoy more rights?

              Should both insurgents and terrorists be treated with the same spoon or not?

              To this fool who knows nothing but misusing the web space, I say why on earth Mahinda Paraya and Gotabhaya Paraya are kept above continuously… If people are to be appeased, all these should be hanged in public, see more. . In any case, this will happen in the future when there is an economic revival…it will definitely happen..Incumbent prez .RW is a good man, his skills saved the nation in the last 2 years. JVP should be punished for false propaganda and misleading the stupid nation again to the next calamity.

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              Lester – I agree but continue to believe NPP can and will make a difference departing their communist socialist ways
              I had previously expressed my views and position on them on many occassions here. So I will not go into details. But I think they will come around for a more pragmatic economic discourse if and once get elected. Not of their supporters are hardcore socialists. In fact they seem to have a strong base in the St. Thomas’s Alumni group. So I’m pretty sure they won’t yake us down a Marxist road like some others believe. Besides international mandate already seems to have swayed in their direction with a strong public support too.

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        Dear Panini,
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        I had pizza for dinner way too early last evening and slept early. As a result was woken up in the wee hours this morning. Not knowing what exactly to do, checked out CT to notice your above comment, that I thought warrant responding.
        .
        I have already made few comments above but thought few more on this character who calls himself old codger too is required just for the record.
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        I do not agree with most things the person says, but I do agree with his statement that suggests character assessment of others is not the biggest strength of yours.
        .
        For example you seem to think old codger makes intelligent comments and is a reasonable person. Nothing could be further from the truth. He is the most vile character on this site. He is basically a criminal in reality, colludes, aids and abetts criminals.
        .
        You can see that he has been making a big noise about me since of late. It first started off as being called a racist, now has taken the form of calling me insane and a rapist.
        .
        TBC

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          Dear Ruchira,
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          I followed the UK elections
          very carefully;
          .
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guDf-Pqj4_Y&t=138s
          .
          I’ve been listening to that professor for many years now to find out what the UK is like.

          And now news has come in that the second round of voting in France has shown Macron to not have blundered as badly as it looked after the FIRST round on June 30th.
          .
          https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c0478d1zrldo
          .
          This has kept me up such a lot that the names for the three traditional names for meals no longer apply. Despite that I’m still alive. I’m not sure how long I can keep going.
          .
          The Tamils have suffered enough; far more than we have. Of course, they have their faults, as who hasn’t.
          .
          Sampathan & co, were pushed against the wall, and had little choice but to be soft on the Tigers. Who am I to judge?
          .
          I make fewer excuses for Mahindapala; but he used to write well, and given that he had a Tamil wife he may have been a more complex character than we realise.
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe

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          Ruchira,
          “It first started off as being called a racist, now has taken the form of calling me insane and a rapist.”
          If you yourself wrote that you are being accused of sleeping with your maid, who am I to disagree?
          If you yourself openly wrote that you spent time in Angoda, are you not insane?
          If you wrote “All Tamils are crooks”, are you not a racist?

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            Being accused of by various crooks like yourself doesn’t mean I am guilty of such activities. I was forcibly and maliciously locked up in the mental hospital for no reason. That doesn’t make me insane. I am in sound mental health. As usual you misrepresent what I had say displaying the malicious nature of your character that tries to defame me by making various false allegations. Them to claiming that I myself said these things. This isn’t the first time you have done this. My legal team are working on the likes of you and like I have said previously it is a matter of time we bring you all to justice. Right now we are after bigger crooks. But once we are done with them it will be your turn. Enjoy while you can because it won’t be too lomg the likes of you are exposed to what you really are- Criminals, perverts and racists.

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          Intelligent observations:
          “but I agree with his statement that judging the character of others is not your greatest strength”

          Many with some knowledge noticed it long ago. Others kept quiet out of respect for old citizens.
          :
          He excels at character assassination, but at judging characters? In hindsight, could his master’s thesis be based on that? What they called “knowing people” is outside of his person.
          I knew caged dogs behaved terrifyingly.

          Unfortunately, that’s the nature of loners. Now or later, everyone has to agree. It’s a big problem in Lankan society that people either disagree with the facts or just treat them as if they don’t understand them.

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            Dear Readers,
            .
            Of course, OC has always been balanced with his comments compared to some others. Two years ago, I thought saying good bye to CT, but he and few others thought it is worth continuing my mission.
            .
            His comments are always worth reading. Unlike some others, if he makes a mistake, he corrects it politely.
            If someone living outside the country comes to this page, it is because of OC, SJ, LS, Nathan, WW, NV, HT, Jit, Manel and few others whose user names are forgotten to me.
            .
            There are/were also racists like Soma, HLD and Eagle Eye on our page. It is now well known that “LESTER” constantly promotes racists. Even though he knows that there are Eng profs and other experts among us, he is overwhelmed by his basic level Engineering qualifications. There is a saying in Sinhala idiom, ants look at their droplets of urine as if it could be a big reservoir

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        SM,
        This comment deserves a “green thumb”.

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      “50 years in parliament and close to a 30 of it the Tamils have been waging war against Sinhalese majority community not only bringing much death and destruction to the entire island nation but also contributing to its economic fallout.”
      That is Racist Bigotry expressed Loud and Clearly for SB consumption!!!??? You have no idea, that he compromised his Long-standing Stand-point on the position of Federalism vis-a-vis Sri Lanka, and ONE and foremost person to Confirm and declare his ascent to a United and Undivided Lanka”!!?? He respected Buddhism as much as any other religion and his own religion!!??

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    If someone asked who was the Greatest batsman in the Gentlemans game who would it be?
    Sir. Vivian Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli ? …………..

    If the same question was asked who played that cut-throat game of Politics in a Gentlemanly way would it be ……..
    Late S.J.V. Chelvanayagam, Late R.Sampanthan……….
    Both tried.
    At least even now its not Late………

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      Plato – Below are the all time top ten batsmen of the cricketing world according to ICC rankings. How come you missed Kumar Sangakkara? Tendulkar is way down in the list…
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      1 961 Don Bradman AUS 961
      2 947 Steve Smith AUS 947
      3 945 Len Hutton ENG 945
      4 942 Jack Hobbs ENG 942
      4 942 Ricky Ponting AUS 942
      6 941 Peter May ENG 941
      7 938 Kumar Sangakkara SL 938
      7 938 Clyde Walcott WI 938
      7 938 Viv Richards WI 938
      7 938 Garry Sobers WI 938
      .
      .
      According to ICC “Players make the all-time list by sustaining excellent form over a prolonged period. The ratings shown are the highest points totals these players have attained and no player is allowed to appear on the list more than once.”
      .
      Cheers!

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    My heartfelt sympathies. May His Soul Rest in Peace. I knew him from the time the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord was signed. He was desirous of implementing the 13th Amendment. Unfortunately the Sinhalese political leaders were dragging. Time and again he stressed the need for a United Sri Lanka where all communities could live peacefully along with the implementation of the 13th Amendment.

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      The FP/TULF/TNA achieved almost nothing for the Tamils.
      It is not the fault of any individual, but a lack of vision and a blinkered understanding of the issues at stake on the part of Tamil nationalism as a whole.

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        SJ
        What about you elaborating (1) vision and (2) on the issues at….

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          Hello Anpu,
          In around 1901/2 Lenin wrote “What is to be Done?”, which was an outlining of his Vision of the future direction/role of the Working Class Leadership and also addressed the current issues for the Party which led to the split into Bolsheviks and Mensheviks.
          If there was a Party that could address the Class Issues of both the Sinhalese and Tamil peoples, and come up with a clear Manifesto that both could support, then you could begin to address the genuine grievances of minorities in Sri Lanka.
          As an Outsider (partly) I can see that the Political Parties in Sri Lanka have too much” baggage” to be able to unite Tamils, Sinhalese and other Ethnic groups. The workers in the UK built the Labour Party to represent them in Parliament and fight for their rights. However the Leadership has been hijacked by Zionists, but that might change.
          So who in Sri Lanka can lead a Party dedicated to uniting Tamil and Sinhalese Workers, solving the Economic Crisis, rooting out Corruption and addressing the War Crimes of the Civil War (and more recent criminal acts by Governments/ Armed Forces)?
          Best regards

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        I am not claiming leadership to proclaim a vision for others.
        Even if I do, of what use is it to you? Do you mean to follow me?
        I pointed to a lack of vision by a political organization.
        If you seriously think that it had any, kindly reveal it and make me look a fool.
        The tragedy is that the likes of the FP and TNA have followers who are overwhelmingly incapable of contesting dubious claims.

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          R. Sampanthan, has been a prominent advocate for the rights and aspirations of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. His vision for the Tamils is multifaceted and has evolved over decades of political engagement.
          o consistently advocated for greater political autonomy for the Tamil-majority areas in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. He envisions a federal structure that allows these regions to have significant self-governance while remaining part of a united Sri Lanka.
          o worked towards ensuring that the Tamil identity is recognized and respected within the framework of the Sri Lankan state. This includes the protection and promotion of the Tamil language, culture, and traditions.
          o vocal about the need for accountability and justice for the war crimes and human rights violations committed during the Sri Lankan civil war, particularly in its final stages. He supported international involvement in these processes to ensure transparency and fairness.
          o Post-war reconstruction and development of the Northern and Eastern provinces are central to his vision. Sampanthan has emphasized the need for rebuilding infrastructure, providing economic opportunities, and addressing the needs of war-affected communities, including displaced persons.
          o advocated for an inclusive political process where Tamils can participate meaningfully in national governance. This includes fair representation in parliament and other key institutions.

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          Still searching?

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            Are you still searching your brain?

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        “The FP/TULF/TNA achieved almost nothing for the Tamils.” main fault is disunity among our Tamils including leaders.
        https://www.dailymirror.lk/opinion/Tamil-Political-Leadership-criticised-by-Tamil-Civil-Society/172-263684

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        You may find it informative
        https://tamilwin.com/article/ariyanethiran-on-sampanthan-s-death-article-1720251919

        To those who do not know Tamil article could be translated easily using online translation tool.

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