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Hushing Up Jaffna University Tree Theft – Regime Vs. Quality

Tagore gave an apt aphorism for an ideal university: “Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high. Where knowledge is free…Where words come out from the depth of truth.” It demands expeditious action against unfairness and malpractice. In contrast, our university system permits sycophants to take control and confine power to protégés.

Jaffna University should have spearheaded the renewal of the North, opened its doors wide to fresh talent and advanced a bold reappraisal of the past. It demanded an objective history of the militant era, as in other societies that have found their way out of a hideous patch. Our scholars and intelligentsia have failed at home or have lost themselves overseas. By default ultranationalist ideology holds sway, to which dons and even vice chancellors pay lip service, as on Thileepan and Maveerar-Days. Academics pretend not to know the deceit and cynicism behind the heroic legends, nor do they care about the myriads of children and conscripts deceived into giving life and limb for the leaders’ treachery at Mullivaikkal.

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While LTTE ideology gives the university a brittle nationalistic facade, university management follows the EPDP’s legacy. LTTE control was ambient; the EPDP relied on executive power delegated by the President to control appointments and elections. It was evident in the way the 2014 VC election was scripted and how the executive apparatus was used by the incumbent powers to block a promising overseas VC candidate in 2017. (Click here and here) It left in place a mafia of deans and top administrators, who shield one another’s abuses, particularly in keeping out quality recruits. The fault-lines of the system become palpable in the forest-cutting fiasco which misguided two angry deans, favourites of the former VC, to harass a minor employee Janatheepan, Supervisor-Maintenance.

The Council, administration and academics having rubber-stamped EPDP appointments, intensified corruption with registrars, academics and even the Vice Chancellor going to the EPDP office for instructions. EPDP’s favourites saw no limits to their authority.

We illustrate the cosy relationship between the EPDP and university administrators toeing its line: Tharmaseelan testified that on 30-7-2014 he was introduced to EPDP Secretary-Killinochchi by N. Sutharshan, Supervisor-Civil, Killinochchi Campus. The EPDP asked him to report the following day. He met the Deputy Registrar and Dean Engineering. They posted him to the Guest House at Paravipanjan and followed him there (Committee of Inquiry, 21-10-2017). 

The Engineering Dean’s falling out with Janatheepan, the latter said, had to do with the Dean’s authoritarian bearing. The Dean for example ordered Janatheepan bypassing the Works Engineer: In late 2014, when he was sick, the Dean ordered him to go into the rain and deal with rising water in a ditch he opined would flood the administration. Janatheepan who disagreed, refused. On a later occasion the Dean ordered him to enter a trench under the Mechanical Lab where a cable was to be laid and look for snakes. These were problems for the Works Engineer to consult his team on a remedy. Continually harassed, Janatheepan took to excessive drink.

A memo was on 16/07/2016 surreptitiously introduced by the Registrar during the council meeting, alleging Janatheepan reported for ‘duty under the influence of liquor.’ In sacking him the Council acted on prejudice continually drummed in by the Deans of Engineering and Agriculture. That is how universities get away with gross injustice.

Prof. Tharmaratnam, an exceptionally meticulous councillor, spotted the minute and objected at the next meeting that the employee is owed a right of defence, got him reinstated and then interdicted subject to inquiry.

He agreed to Dr. Poongothai Selvarajan, Senior Lecturer, Management, Vavuniya Campus, as the inquirer. Poongothai’s report faults Dean/Engineering for exceeding his authority in harassing Janatheepan and a cooked-up written complaint to the VC  bypassing the Registrar of Janatheepan’s absence, when in fact he was present. 

A piece of alleged evidence on Janatheepan’s drunkenness was a letter by the Works Engineer of 3/6/2016 signed by several employees under him. An employee told me that he signed under duress from his superiors but would tell the truth at an inquiry. In fact Janatheepan was three days earlier taken to the Kilinochchi Hospital and the Police on the instruction of the Registrar. The Police and Hospital refused to test Janatheepan, who was neither drunken nor boisterous.

The Works Engineer denied writing the letter under pressure, despite its being unethical for an executive to importune subordinates to incriminate one another in the absence of disorder. He however agreed with Poongothai’s report that Janatheeepan is sincere, efficient and competent at work and it was at most on three occasions that he reported under a hangover. He was never drunken or offensive. 

Poongothai cited Janatheepan on the cutting of trees: “It is observed that the allegations made by Mr. Janatheepan were correct in general”, as confirmed by ‘relevant officers’. VC Arasaratnam reportedly remarked at Council that the Pootham (Devil) has intruded. Although the deans involved were her protégés, tree robbery under the very noses of those who taught forest conservation was too scandalous to ignore.

S. Sivasegaram of the Council tried to minimise Poongothai’s report as having ‘a lot of shady areas.’ Engineering Dean Atputharajah was uncompromising. He said in Council that they have enough evidence to sack Janatheepan, and if the Council failed to act, it would be responsible for “any snake bite to students or staff…due to poor maintenance of land.” 

With four months of her term left, Arasaratnam proved astute in accepting Poongothai’s recommendation to reinstate Janatheepan under medical supervision. According to two independent witnesses, a letter to the Works Engineer by Head Animal Science was backdated to 7th July 2015, asking him to cut and remove dead trees from her premises. In endorsing the irrelevant request, Dean/Agriculture inadvertently dated it March 2017. The one now in the file has no date after Dean/Agriculture’s endorsement. It has Sutharshan’s initials, no instruction from the Works Engineer. An unforeseen revelation in March 2017, made it clear that cutting went far beyond the ‘maximum of five dead trees’ Head/Animal Science stated to the committee of inquiry. The Council was kept in the dark and fed with monthly reports or rumours pointing to Janatheepan as the curse in Kilinochchi.

Mercantile Security had been contracted for the Kilinochchi Campus. On 1st August 2015 it recorded the entry into the forest area of Dean Agriculture and her husband, Dean Graduate Studies, ‘for the purpose of cleaning’. From the next day teams under Supervisor-Civil, Sutharshan, cut trees mainly on Saturdays in August and shaped them into beams, and door and window frames. They were shipped out pre-dawn during the first fortnight in September 2015. Security men, who had earlier lived under the LTTE, feared Sutharshan’s links to the EPDP and state security; he was also prying into their records and had threatened to remove Mercantile Security. Sensing high level complicity, the Security men kept an unofficial record of vehicle/personnel movements to do with tree thefts, countersigned by their Chief. 

By late 2016, the conflict between Sutharshan and the Security over the tree theft came into the open. The Security told me that university vehicles regularly went into the forest area and cut tree parts were lying around for days before removal and there was no prospect of senior administrators not knowing.

Poongothai’s Report raised queries and Mercantile Security in March 2017 gave a copy of their unofficial record to the Deputy Registrar; Arasaratnam was still VC. The two deans directed their irrational rage at Janatheepan and continually urged the Council without evidence that he was drunk at work (e.g. Registrar’s letter, 19.07.2017). On 25 Jul.2017, the employees’ union prevailed on the new vice chancellor to investigate the tree cutting. A count by the Security and Works Engineer revealed nearly 36 Palai trees had been cut and three uprooted.

The Administration hampered the inquiry committee by the arbitrary restriction (of which I have authoritative testimony) that they cannot question the deans concerned. Nevertheless on 2/11/2017 the Committee interrupted its session with the Chief Security Officer to obtain clarification from Head/Animal Science and Dean/Agriculture on the back-dated letter to the Works Engineer. Later that afternoon Dean/Agriculture dispatched an angry note to the inquiry committee: that she came to know about the loss of trees only after the Poongothai report (17/12/2016). She directed her fury at Janatheepan, “I focussed the members to inquire Mr. Janatheeban [since he it was who alleged the theft].” 

The mafia system in the administration works by each officer protecting the abusers. Just as minor employees felt it in their interest to sign a false petition about Janatheepan, the same happens on academic selection committees to keep out superior quality. Two or three decide and all others certify that the rejected applicant is unsuitable. Bringing in weak favourites with poor character and ethics to supervise the building of new faculties and universities cripples their administration and development at birth.

What is ultimately fatal to the system is the near inaccessibility of justice. Among councillors few care about justice. Many injustices result from indifferent council decisions. Their common reaction is that the aggrieved could go to the USAB or the courts and what should be resolved in five minutes could go on for years. Janatheepan would have found the USAB a nightmare.

At the USAB one would find the VC and the UGC on the same side with few inhibitions against lying. They use ‘Preliminary Objections’ to delay and throw up artificial barriers to justice. Repeatedly used is the silly claim that the VC is not a person and the appeal should be dismissed in limine. The Vice Chancellor signs contracts and that is the substance of a person in most legal dictionaries. The artificial barriers ensure the central issue is not faced by the USAB or courts after many sittings.

The presumption of impunity is evident in the way the Council dealt with the tree theft. It appointed two committees of inquiry. The first was sympathetic to Janatheepan. The second named two persons involved in the tree cutting. It made no strictures against Janatheepan and was sympathetic to Mercantile Security for making an informal record when the administration was suspect; some of their official records being stolen. The Council on 30-12-2017 decided totally contrary to the spirit and substance of the reports to interdict Janatheepan and to remove Mercantile Security. It is in effect a warning to their successor not to challenge criminal activity where powerful persons are complicit.

VC Vigneswaran’s letter (4.01.2018) interdicting Janatheepan, illogically cited the inquiry report and promised a charge sheet in due course, even though Janatheepan is patently innocent with regard to “Loss and Removal of Trees.” In the face of blind power, the weakest must starve and suffer in silence.

The Council decision is in keeping with what the deans of engineering and agriculture were driving at. The Mafia obliged. Having insulted the inquiry committee and misused its findings, the Council wants the same committee to produce a ‘complete and comprehensive’ report. The same course of dishonesty and deception followed in dropping an eminent applicant to engineering is currently being followed to keep out a promising woman applicant in financial management who was ranked ninth worldwide in the CIMA among over 4,800. She holds the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst, USA, and works for a leading American firm. The head of department and two council members in the selection board want her. But the Dean of Management and the Vice Chancellor hold that her subject knowledge is poor! The Mafia will decide the outcome. This total contempt for honesty in the University plays out in the intellectual deforestation of the North and pervasive social injustice. (Compiled by Dr. Rajan Hoole)

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    Dr. Hoole, Many thanks for this!
    The deforestation of the North takes its lead and is not worse that the de-forestation in the Southi in the Miracle of Modayas that now is planning an artificial rains Institute after all the cloud bringing forests have been cut. Colombo’s Parks and independence Square and Water’s Edge all under Security Forces “protection” all have been systematically logged and only tree stumps and scrawny new treas remain.
    The name of the game is war lord and military business. The high tree canopy that attracts the rain clouds are not more and now only the small trees with little canopy remain. so now they are setting up an artificial rain inducing Institute. Another ‘development’ scam and racket, rather than protecting the Cloud Forests and High Tree canopy.

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    It looks like lots of crooks are involved. My friends in Kilinochi tell me that millions in trees have been felled and removed. Thank you Colombo Telegraph for bringing this out. Dean Agriculture has much to answer to, especially after security recorded her clandestine activities with her husband.

    It seems that the whole Council cooperated when their own members were involved in theft. How did records disappear without a widespread attempt at cover-up,

    Inquiring Officer Poongothai has believed Janatheepan on the cutting of trees: “It is observed that the allegations made by Mr. Janatheepan were correct in general”, as confirmed by ‘relevant officers.’.

    Why then are Deans Agriculture and Engineering so against Janatheepan? It seems they are surely involved if Dean Agriculture backdated instructions to clear the forest to make the theft appear legitimate.

    Engineering Dean Atputharajah was uncompromising. He said in Council that they have enough evidence to sack Janatheepan. But the Council did not. It seems a witch hunt by crooks who stole millions in trees to blame Janatheepan. Professors are paid excessively but they are greedy and want to make more cutting down trees for sale.

    S. Sivasegaram of the Council tried to minimise Poongothai’s report as having ‘a lot of shady areas.’ What is his interest in this? Cuts from tree cuts?

    ‘Maximum of five dead trees’ Head/Animal Science stated to the committee of inquiry. It looks like s/he is in the game. s/he must be forced to explain.

    The country has just decided to vote against impunity. Would University of Jaffna’s Council follow suit?

    The Council has repeatedly failed us in rubber stamping illegal actions by those in authority. If they have any self-respect, they should act to stamp out corruption or all resign.

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      Dear Forester Siva,

      You speak of “millions in trees” – i.e trees worth millions of rupees: quite credible.

      Had you spoken of millions OF trees, I would have considered it exaggerated.

      Be that as it may, that is another worrying aspect of what has been said in this article. Ecology and the Environment have now become major concerns of thinking people the world over. If the top administrations in the Universities are undistressed by these issues, how will the need for concern be ever carried across to the babies of today, who will be making the major world decisions fifty years from now.

      I would by then have obviously departed this world.

      How I wish I had been born a century earlier than I was; at a time when we didn’t realise that the world is hurtling towards chaos.

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    If these allegations are true, it is best to shut the university down, sack all its unqualified academics including the Deans for whom the Jaffna public has nothing but contempt and start anew.

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    very objective except the first Para. LTTE leaders were anything but treacherous. Every Tamil wherever they are, they know it except treacherous people still living. if people especially youth are treating people such as Thileepan as legend they really belief so. They are doing not under the alleged terror when LTTE was in control but defying terror of occupational army intelligence.
    When LTTE was in control nobody would do something like this, looting the forest resources. They created forests that is being looted by occupational army and no law enforcement agencies will look into this. They are comrade in Arms

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    Thanks Dr. Rajan Hoole for bringing this out.

    I think the U of J and the UGC need a lot of cleansing.

    But first, the politics in Jaffna needs to be cleansed.

    Why are the EPDP and its murderous leader, Douglas Devananda, still able to win elections?

    I used to think it was a legacy of the spoils system for those who, when the LTTE was monopolizing everything, for their economic survival had no alternative but to seek some sort of government patronage and protection via the EPDP. But with the LTTE no more, why are people not being persistent in asking that the EPDP criminals be put behind bars? Why are people still voting for them?

    In the LG elections, the EPDP was able to get a lot of votes outside its base in the islets. Can you give us some insights on the social dynamics that allows the EPDP to continue to enjoy some support, despite its sordid criminality? Is there a caste basis for their support, or are people still in fear?

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      Yes. Support for EPDP is coming from the more socially oppressed people. If they are pulling more votes, that tells us social oppression is on the rise again.

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        Tee Twenty,

        Methinks there is much sense in what thou sayest.

        Democracy cannot mean what we wish to see happen. We have to allow those for whom we may even have contempt to represent those who voted them in.

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      Its a very good question ,why are people voting for EPDP.Its because they act in the best interest of the ordinary/oppressed people.Even Prof.Hoole has praised Mr.Douglas Devananda in front of the LLRC.People have been electing EPDPas their representative for the last 25 years.THe only Tamil leader who was never rejected by the people an any election is Mr.DD. EPDP never propagated communalism to bag the votes instead worked for unity.
      EPDP doesnt dance to the tune of the western countries.Those who write lies/stories in the name of human rights to please their pay masters wont be able to get even 100 votes if the contest in the election.

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        Ramany,

        Please read before you make blanket statements. My LRRC statement is on online and freely accessible. I stand by it.

        As for whether “EPDP never propagated communalism to bag the votes instead worked for unity [sic.].” you obviously do not know Jaffna.

        In the recent elections DD TV run by Douglas Devananda, told people several times not to vote for Ms. Rakini Ramalingam who is a Christian standing for election in Nallur. She is accomplished and is the President of the Lion’s Club (or was at least till recently).

        The EPDP person, Yogeswari Patkunarajah the former EPDP Mayor of Jaffna, making the statement on TV, said the complaint, had claimed that Nallur is Rajathaani and should return a Hindu. She said that Rakini as a Christian is not suited to be returned from Nallur

        Acting on the complaint the Election Commission has called for a copy of the programme because the claim is a serious election violation that can lead to Ms. Patkunarajah losing her civic rights

        If you are right about the non-communal nature of Dougals Devananda, I am sure he will comply with the Commission’s request and in addition sack Ms. Patkunarajah from his party.

        Anyway, the good news is that the Hindus of Nallur rejected Ms. Patkunarjah’s and the EPDP’s advice and voted in Ms. Rakini Ramalingam as the Member for Nallur. The people of Nallur are a great people and I am proud to call this my home.

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          Prof.Hoole,this is what you testified in front of the LLRC.
          “THE PUBLIC HAD SEVERE MISGIVINGS ABOUT MINISTER DOUGLAS DEVANANDA ONCE.BUT HE HAS WORKED HARD AND SEEMS TO HAVE EARNED A PLACE AMONG THE TAMIL PEOPLE AS JUDGED BY RECENT ELECTIONS WHERE HE HAD THE HIGHEST PREFERENTIAL VOTES IN JAFFNA” .
          I thank you for still standing by what you had said.

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            RK, It is plain here that you are unable to understand the statement either because you don’t understand English or you lack brains or both.

            You totally lack discernment and basic understanding. Anyone with grade 4 reading skills can see that Hoole is here talking about the public’s thinking and acting. A general perception.

            Does not mean he is talking about himself or that he agrees with that view of the public.

            Then Douglas Devananda was some form of a minister for school education. Before elections he was giving free shoes for school children from government money. People voted for Devananda because he gave tax payers’ money taken by the government to buy votes and and allowed his people to steal other people’s land etc. He showered unqualified people with jobs – the cause of the ruin of the Jaffna University.

            The very poor people matching DD in educational qualifications, voted for him despite the white vans.

            That DD did not even pass his OLs is common knowledge in Jaffna. Not someone Hoole would care to agree with.

            RK, Now we wonder what grade you have passed.

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            He does not stand. He dances according to which piper plays the music that is seen as winning at a given time.

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        Ramany K,

        EPDP was a criminal outfit allied to the SL armed forces, and was involved in white van abductions, torture and murders, in addition to sand and tree smuggling businesses. It was common knowledge. But some people continue to ignore all that and find something good in the criminal.

        “Ordinary/Oppressed people” need to find a different champion for themselves, either within the ITAK or within the cleaner left parties. DD has to face justice for his crimes.

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          Once the LTTE started killing other Tamil groups, many among them too were driven to murder, even to their own surprise and, often, disgust. All were to various degrees trapped in this culture. This is a sad fact, but criticism must be based on whether they tried hard to come out of it and to criticize their past openly. That must begin with the ITAK and TNA, who are far from being innocents. They began branding their opponents traitors to get votes, and actively gave birth to the LTTE by encouraging the murder of Duraiappah, who had an edge in the Jaffna constituency.

          The fact that the LTTE used the same weapon and got the better of the authors of the traitor rhetoric says it all. They (the TNA etc) shamefully accepted the LTTE’s ‘join or die demand’ and from safety crowed that the Tigers are the sole representatives of Tamils even as it held the people hostage in the deadly no-fire zones. That many agree with this reading of history is evident from the fact that they voted tactically, even choosing EPDP candidates.

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            Jaffna Citizen,

            See my note to Ramany K and Lone Wolf. People can still shun the EPDP and his party and look for better alternatives. ITAK/TNA might have indirectly encouraged LTTE earlier, but they didn’t have any direct dirty hands in murders and torture. They have to do soul-searching about their past support for the LTTE, but there is no moral equivalence between the TNA and EPDP, between Sampanthan and DD.

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          Hello Agnos,
          Well educated Prof.Hoole has answered to your accusations leveled against EPDP in his testimony to the LLRC.Please read Prof.Hoole’s testimony again.

          “THE PUBLIC HAD SEVERE MISGIVINGS ABOUT MINISTER DOUGLAS DEVANANDA ONCE.BUT HE HAS WORKED HARD AND SEEMS TO HAVE EARNED A PLACE AMONG THE TAMIL PEOPLE AS JUDGED BY RECENT ELECTIONS WHERE HE HAD THE HIGHEST PREFERENTIAL VOTES IN JAFFNA”-Prof.Hoole
          .When Raviraj was murdered, UTHR accused EPDP in the murder.Who have now been arrested?
          In the abductions of Tamil youth in Colombo in the white vans, who have been arrested now?
          In the killing of Joseph Pararajasingam UTHR accused EPDP also indirectly involved.Who have been arrested now?
          When Sooriyamoorthy was murdered,UTHR first accused EPDP in the murder?Who is the real killer?
          WHO HAS NOW BEEN EXPOSED?UTHR.

          Had EPDP been involved in the killings and atrocities, they would have been rejected by the people long long time ago. EPDP is able to survive for more than two decades , its because it is in the hearts and minds of the poor/oppressed people. Its because of its commitments.
          According to UTHR report ,K.Thayapararaja died on the 15th Septembet 2009.I hear that Thayapararaja now lives in Tamilnadu.Could you PLEASE let me know whether KT still lives in TN or UTHR report is wrong.
          Writing lies in the name of human rights is a heinous crime.

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            Ramany K,

            You know that Dr. Jeevan Hoole’s testimony to the LLRC on DD came at a time when he was trying to seek the VC post and had to be diplomatic with the latter as he was exercising power. That doesn’t exonerate DD from the charge of crimes.

            I relied on many other sources, not UTHR, for my claims about EPDP and DD. EPDP’s murders were committed while they were ensconced deep within the bowels of the SL military, so it is hard to bring him to justice, and he remains free just as the war criminals in the SL military and political establishment remain free.

            Moreover, I wouldn’t worry about relatively minor reporting errors by UTHR. I think you are making a mountain out of a molehill on this. They played a necessary role when the LTTE was monopolizing and controlling news sources.

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          Agnos,
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          “Ordinary/Oppressed people” need to find a different champion for themselves, either within the ITAK or within the cleaner left parties. DD has to face justice for his crimes.”
          .
          I agree but how to achieve this goal? Maybe you have been away too long to understand how the situation is?
          .
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Have_a_Dream

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            Lone Wolf,

            Well, I have indeed been away for a long time. But why can’t people shun the EPDP and DD, and find alternatives who meet their ideological affinities without the criminal baggage? See my note to Ramany K. I understand that bringing DD to justice may be difficult, but there is no issue in shunning him and his party.

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    Leave alone the U of J, this entire system in Sri Lanka hinges on a few courageous individuals to uphold the truth amidst a Tsunami of sycophant tricksters. Let us pray and stand for those who maintain the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

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      Yes, Good Sense,

      We owe so much to individuals like the ascetic Dr Hoole.

      O people of the Northm please guard these heroes.

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    This is the problem which the country faces. Tamils can’t be trusted even to protect the environment. Thay are vandals and environmental thieves even at the highest levels. No wonder people in the south can’t trust them.very much like how they get together and scam public exams.

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      Percy,

      It is clear that you hate everybody in and from Jaffna.

      Why not steer clear of this discussion?

      I’m commenting because during my school days, more than half a century ago, I was taught by many dedicated teachers whose origins were the Jaffna Peninsula. Whatever I write about Jaffna is written as part of my humble gratitude to them.

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    during the LTTE times, In order to make the Terrorists lose grounds to hide, trees were cut and forests were cleared. Now, the Tamil want all those lands as theirs for resettlement. the result is deforestration leading to dried lands and desertification, lack of rains because when the clouds reches close to the grouns is hot and clouds pass by and no rain. AS you visited developed countries you should understand how they set up small forests, picknik areas in order to have some trees. YOu do not expose the system faults instead you criticize individuals and the opposit political parties. Even in the south Political authority in the ministry has ruined the ministry. Nothing is done without the permission of the political aythority. So, it si the same with Yapananaya. Deans and VCs are wormking for the political authority. LTTE is alsi mportant. they know how LTTE palyed havoc. they may be scared, so are not complaing. On the other hand, tamil politicians plays the tribal card, LTTE czard for their benefot. Because of that no one can invlvle and arrest the pro-LTTE politicians. YOu are just complaining and working for the Christian/Catholic church, raise issues and not the system faults. All BS and uneducated peoples’ talk. forget educstion and it is not mature people writing. I know you have camped in the South and you are angry with the north because you were not given a position. Yet you have a responsibility to criticize the system and not individuals or events. that is immature.

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      Soft Jim,
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      “YOu are just complaining and working for the Christian/Catholic church, raise issues and not the system faults. All BS and uneducated peoples’ talk. forget educstion and it is not mature people writing. I know you have camped in the South and you are angry with the north because you were not given a position.”
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      Who is Catholic and was not given a position in the North? The same person who forgets system faults?
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      I accidentally read the end of your comment. No need to read the beginning.
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        Dear Lone Wolf,

        I agree with you that when people from outside the Northern Province try to comment on what is happening in your area, we should be humble enough to realise that we don’t know all the facts. We cannot possibly even understand what is being talked about unless we focus on the accurate meanings of words.

        I hope that you will not fault me, as you do Jim Softy, for making lots of comments on what happens in the North, without knowing the ground situation.

        Yes, going on what Jim S. has written, he seems unable to see that “Christian” and “Catholic” are not synonyms. Also, “Jeevan Hoole” is not synonymous with “Rajan Hoole” or “Muthan Hoole”, “Paul Hoole” etc. There are so many of them, all distinguished, all honest, but each quite different one from the other.

        I have repeatedly asked Jim S. to identify himself, but he won’t. The same is true of SJ, Kumar R, and even “Lone Wolf”. Nobody knows who you guys are, but I must add this. You, “Lone Wolf” do not worry me overmuch because you don’t say outrageous things.

        You Tamils are NOT more intelligent than us, but you always displayed a better work ethic than us, and you used to display much greater control over yourselves.


        That is exemplified by the compiler of this article, Dr Rajan Hoole; but this was nevertheless difficult reading because of all the unfamiliar names involved. Will you grant me sufficient levity to say that this is rather like reading Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”?

        But the issues are important, and I think I must try to understand them.

        If we don’t want to grant you Eelam, we must at least be concerned with what is happening there.

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          Sinhala Man,

          “You Tamils are NOT more intelligent than us, but you always displayed a better work ethic than us, and you used to display much greater control over yourselves.”

          Really? I can introduce you to many Tamil people lazily sitting under palm trees pretending what they are drinking is milk!

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            Yes, sadly I understand that today that has become true.

            Well, what I said above is partly what I sincerely believe used to be the case; but also, partly, it is true that we have all suffered owing to first saying nasty things about one another, and then following up with nasty actions.

            I’m trying to tell you that while recognising some differences, we accept one another as human beings closely bound together by so much that we have in common.

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          Sinhala_Man,
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          “Will you grant me sufficient levity to say that this is rather like reading Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”?”
          .
          Reading Tolstoy or Kafka is easier than understanding what goes on in the North. As always I thank you for your time and effort.
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          “But the issues are important, and I think I must try to understand them.”
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          I agree. We live in the same country and share the problems.
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          “If we don’t want to grant you Eelam, we must at least be concerned with what is happening there.”
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          Yes you should. I never believed in Eelam.

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    Shurely shomething rotten in the kingdom of Jaffna. Hick!

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    “Mercantile Security had been contracted for the Kilinochchi Campus. On 1st August 2015 it recorded the entry into the forest area of Dean Agriculture and her husband, Dean Graduate Studies, ‘for the purpose of cleaning’.”
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    Does anybody know the value of the trees? Please follow the money trail.

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    There might be aspects of the administration of Jaffna University which need improvement. But so are the administrations of other universities.
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    Editor CT
    Did it ever occur to you that Jaffna University has received more attention in CT compared to other universities? The tirades virtually originates from a certain group. The repetitive nature is boring.

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      Dear K Pillai,

      What you should demand from the well-wishers of other universities is reports of this kind that expose corruption and nepotism within those universities. I am glad that some people are interested in the affairs of Jaffna University. JU’s Arts, Management and Commerce Faculties need a major overhaul. Many students from Jaffna district do not want to go to these Faculties; they indicate these Faculties as their last choice in their application forms sent to the UGC. Why should we neglect the only university in the North? When we are discussing post-war development, re-construction etc, the present state of the University should be given a central place. Let’s hope CT will find writers who can produce accounts about malpractices at the other universities too. Rajan Hoole, keep up the good work you have been doing. We need more warriors like you.

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      Jaffna university is under the spotlight because it has a bigger base of friends who see that institution as something that can lead the development of the people in the region — economic, social and cultural. To help the local community recover from 30 years of brutal war. Sadly, entrenched bad habits of corruption and authoritarian style of decision-making we have seen in recent times means this expectation is misplaced.

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      Hi SJ/K. Pillai et al. Since these are all cooked up names, it does not really matter what I call you.

      Part I of III

      In 1980 Jaffna University had a good chance of becoming the leading university in the country. With Kailasapathy and Indrapala, it was also cosmopolitan in outlook. Kunaratnam and Tharmaratnam gave the Science Faculty a promising start. The students who came here were happy to do so and it attracted the best students from the North and East and they included outstanding Muslims. That has all changed now and the ideological transformation from openness to narrow nationalism, makes Jaffna intrinsically unattractive to Muslims and Sinhalese. Today Jaffna has the lowest priority among student
      applicants. This deterioration is compounded by recruitment practices that have steadily lowered the standard of the university.

      In early 2017 there were two leading applicants for probationary lecturer in Western Philosophy. One was a local first class. The other was a first class from Peradeniya who was obviously superior in several respects. He could function in English and had a good deal of exposure through employment. In preferring the local candidate, the dean is said to have remarked that if we take the one from Peradeniya, people would say that our standard is low, which is a fact. With such an attitude, the long expressed intention of introducing English
      medium in Arts would be a lost cause. Philosophy has now virtually become psychology, because it is easiest to get an MPhil in that subject locally. Several subjects for the degree are taught in a token manner

      Instead of looking at the best interests of students who are to be taught, we are trying to protect myths about our standards which we don’t believe in. A student who did well in the ALs and was selected for an arts degree at Peradeniya is being penalised, along with our students because we want to protect myths about our standards.

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        SRH H ~ “…………In early 2017 there were two leading applicants for probationary lecturer in Western Philosophy. One was a local first class. The other was a first class from Peradeniya who was obviously superior in several respects”.
        The part “……. Peradeniya who was OBVIOUSLY superior in ……….” says it all!

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      K.Pillai,
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      “Did it ever occur to you that Jaffna University has received more attention in CT compared to other universities?”
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      I am sure that the Editor has noticed this. The only thing I remember on other universities are the dogs that went missing somewhere.
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      “The tirades virtually originates from a certain group. The repetitive nature is boring.”
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      Nobody forces you to read and comment.

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    Part II of III
    We need to improve our English, but there is not one lecturer in English Literature whom we could call first or possibly second rate who could motivate the students and have a social impact on them and
    the staff in improving the standard of spoken English. Our courses in translation studies are a myth unless the students and staff know their English or Sinhalese. Could we justify such a waste of public funds in a pretence of education?

    A low point in the level of English was after the LTTE ran off with all computers and dumped them in an open paddy field because they could not carry them across the lagoon.across the lagoon. UofJ was then jocularly called the Open University.

    The then VC wrote to the Japanese embassy asking for computers. The one-page letter was crookedly placed in the computer and the English was horrid. The Ambassador could not believe it to be a genuine request because of the quality of the language and the presentation. He referred it to my cousin-brother who was I think Commissioner General of Essential Services then, in charge of getting supplies to Jaffna. When he verified that the letter was genuine, he was told that re-equipping the university with computers needed a proper proposal. I was asked to write the proposal. It was thereafter sent by my cousin to the Japanese embassy through the VC. Later I would read in the newspapers that the proposal was funded. Not telling me essentially captured the mind of those running the show – totally incapable and not wanting it exposed by bringing better minds into the university.

    A second experience was some three or four years ago when a Jaffna delegation came to Michigan State University where I was then teaching. Since Dean/Engineering was not in the delegation, he had given Dean/Agriculture (or was he Dean/Grad Studies? Mikunthan) some slides to present.

    The slides were a total embarrassment. Each slide was full of long sentences in poor grammar. Mikunthan who had studied in India knew at least his English. He put up each slide for perhaps 5 seconds and said you can read it and ask me if you have questions. The requests were not considered at all.

    In today’s world, one needs to read to pick up English and communicate. How can those who never read and cannot express a thought in English produce students who can be good leaders? This is why even our politics is horrid.

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    Part III of III
    From the 1930s to the 1960s, Jaffna could have been called an educated society. Graduates may have been few, but they provided leadership and our standard of discourse was higher. Even the peasants and artisans knew them and what they stood for and they influenced public values. Jaffna had several English newspapers (The Hindu Organ, the Morning Star, Eelakesari etc. Even in Pt Pedro there were shops selling English books (North Lanka Book Depot) and there were several more Jaffna. Inhibitions against lying in the Press were much stronger. Veerakesari condemned Janarthanan for claiming falsely in India that there was a planned massacre of several score civilians during the 1974 International Tamil Conference. Lying is now common practice.

    Today, the style by Thinakkural and Valampuri is to lie incessantly with anti-Christian tirades. Thinakkural presented Jaffna’s Head of the Dept. of Law as Dean of Law. The so-called Dean contradicted my statements through untruthful counter statements which were freely published in these newspapers without giving what I had said. That is Tamil journalisms today.

    For this state of affairs one must blame the pretentious intellectual of the University of Jaffna, whose ‘Perasiriar (Professors) have a disproportionate influence in public fora and the media and set standards. They are also prominent in propagating nationalist myths

    Today about half the students in the University are Sinhalese and Muslims, but the authorities continue to talk and behave as if they don’t exist. On this side the ground for reconciliation is absent Students who are poor in their English live in their own enclaves.

    Something unpleasant is going to burst out at some point.

    So SJ/K. Pillai et al Whatever, if these articles in CT focus on UofJ, it is because that is where the shit hits the fan. I have not seen the consistent, arrogant and corrupt administration anywhere else, although most universities here exhibit some of these horrid tendencies but not to the same degree

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      “…Jaffna’s Head of the Dept. of Law as Dean of Law…”
      Come on, that is just a translation error / ignorance of the difference between head of department and dean of a faculty. By picking on such small things, you are undermining your own case of the bigger picture.

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      SRH H ~ “…………if these articles in CT focus on UofJ, it is because that is where the shit hits the fan”.
      In Part II, SRH H talks of the quality of English in a Mihinthan’s slides in a US university presentation. Did he use the word ‘shit’ at all?

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    R. Kumar wonders why other universities are not singled out in CT.
    I ask him — name one university where the Council including our bishop went to a minister and well-known murderer to ask how to vote in the VC elections.
    Shame on the Tamil people. Shame on Holy Mother Church.
    No other university has brought so much shame on this nation.

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    so even the so called genuine VC ( that is how the Science Faculty Teachers union officers and some science faculty dons claimed) Wigneswaran is also corrupted. What a shame to all the Uof J academics who work hard to bring Wigneswaran as the VC through back door. Hope some one do some thing to remove him the post and give the administration in the hands of some good people like SRH Hoole, Sam Thiyagalingam, etc.

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    The VC’s letter to the guy refers to a report: “Loss of Tree and the Unauthorized Removal of Them”
    Couldn’t they have done the report in Tamil — still a National Language of our country?

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      Dear Siva Lingam,


      I agree. Given the context, I feel that it would be good if an English Version should be accorded the greatest authority, but a Tamil version should also be provided.

      There needn’t be a Sinhalese version of everything; routinely insisting on such things unnecessarily increases costs, and slows things down. If the issue becomes really controversial, I guess a Sinhalese version may be necessary.

      One has to face the fact that the Sinhalese and the Tamils are still suspicious of each other. Would it were different!

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    Dear Prof S R H Hoole,

    I too have heard about the injustice that the Philosophy candidate with a degree from Peradeniya faced. Apparently Professors Tharmaratnam and Sittampalam wanted the Peradeniya candidate taken but to no avail. A Philosophy lecturer in the Department acts like a wheeler-dealer. He pokes his nose into every single matter in the Faculty. A small group led by him and a senior lecturer who sexually abused his servant (probably a minor when the abuse happened) during the LTTE period are trying to control the Dean of Arts. Insiders say that they have even started to work against some eminent candidates with PhDs from universities in the West who have applied for positions in the Faculty of Arts. Some Tamil nationalists, who belong to another group, are also involved in blocking the entry of these candidates. The well-wishers of the University should make sure what happened to Siddharthan Maunaguru, PhD (John Hopkins) (who was not even shortlisted for a lecturer position on spurious grounds) is not repeated this time.

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      Thanks, Peter.


      So, we should ALL be concerned. Tamil academics used to form such an important part of our Sri Lankan social fabric.

      If we wish to claim that Peace and Normality have returned, that should again be the case.

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      Peter,
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      “A small group led by him and a senior lecturer who sexually abused his servant (probably a minor when the abuse happened) during the LTTE period are trying to control the Dean of Arts.”
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      The maid was a minor and it was not during the LTTE period.
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      “Insiders say that they have even started to work against some eminent candidates with PhDs from universities in the West who have applied for positions in the Faculty of Arts”
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      We always discuss why diaspora Tamils whether academics or common people return to Jaffna. Often the motive is ugly since very few return voluntarily.
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      “Some Tamil nationalists, who belong to another group, are also involved in blocking the entry of these candidates. The well-wishers of the University should make sure what happened to Siddharthan Maunaguru, PhD (John Hopkins) (who was not even shortlisted for a lecturer position on spurious grounds) is not repeated this time.”
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      I am also a mere well-wisher. To my best knowledge lecturers are not and should not be selected by well-wishers.

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        “The maid was a minor and it was not during the LTTE period.”

        Although LTTE was not in control of Jaffna at the time, the movement was still active outside Jaffna. If I can remember correctly, the incident happened during the ceasefire.

        “We always discuss why diaspora Tamils whether academics or common people return to Jaffna. Often the motive is ugly since very few return voluntarily.”

        Generalization. Are you sure that the candidates who have applied for positions are all diaspora Tamils?

        “I am also a mere well-wisher. To my best knowledge lecturers are not and should not be selected by well-wishers.”

        Agreed. But well-wishers should keep an eye on the process. Siddharthan Maunaguru’s application was rejected on spurious grounds: that his PhD in Anthropology was not relevant to a position in Sociology. The Head of the Dept had shortlisted his application. But Registrar Anpaananthan rejected it at the request of Shanumgalingan.

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          Peter,
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          “Although LTTE was not in control of Jaffna at the time, the movement was still active outside Jaffna. If I can remember correctly, the incident happened during the ceasefire.”
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          The case started during the CFA. LTTE had political offices, was collecting tax etc in all of Jaffna. Was not the child protection officer prosecuting or other wise very active in the case shot dead? The fact is that the accused was found not guilty by Jaffna High Court. I believe that he was guilty.
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          “Generalization. Are you sure that the candidates who have applied for positions are all diaspora Tamils?”
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          I do not know who has applied or even what UoJ is trying to recruit. Actually I wanted to remind of our peninsular obsession. The motive of all outsiders not only Diaspora will be discussed. When our students leave Jaffna why would outsiders of high quality want to work at UoJ? Would they stay here?
          .
          “But well-wishers should keep an eye on the process.”
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          “The well-wishers of the University should make sure what happened to Siddharthan Maunaguru, PhD (John Hopkins) (who was not even shortlisted for a lecturer position on spurious grounds) is not repeated this time.”
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          There is a big difference between keeping an eye on the process and making sure that something does not happen again. Are you not in fact openly stating the need to interfere with the selection in the same way as the two groups you take up? Are not the members of the two groups also in their own way well-wishers at least in their own opinion?
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          “Siddharthan Maunaguru’s application was rejected on spurious grounds: that his PhD in Anthropology was not relevant to a position in Sociology. The Head of the Dept had shortlisted his application. But Registrar Anpaananthan rejected it at the request of Shanumgalingan.”

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          Peter,
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          “Siddharthan Maunaguru’s application was rejected on spurious grounds: that his PhD in Anthropology was not relevant to a position in Sociology. The Head of the Dept had shortlisted his application. But Registrar Anpaananthan rejected it at the request of Shanumgalingan.”
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          Who has said that the application was rejected on spurious grounds and that a doctorate in Anthropology is relevant to a position in Sociology? That can be your opinion and maybe even true but the real decision makers had another opinion.

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            “I do not know who has applied or even what UoJ is trying to recruit. Actually I wanted to remind of our peninsular obsession. The motive of all outsiders not only Diaspora will be discussed. When our students leave Jaffna why would outsiders of high quality want to work at UoJ? Would they stay here?”

            Discussing the motives is one thing, but would anyone be able to come to proper conclusions about someone’s motives purely by discussing them with their friends? And can applications be rejected on the basis of discussion on candidates’ motives which may be imagined by discussants? Outsiders of high quality may like Jaffna more than your students. Whether they will stay or not is a question that you should ask when you interview them. But what happened sometime ago was that an applicant was not even given a chance to face the interviews.

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              Yes, even we in the South remember how applicants to UoJ were not interviewed.

              Why that fear to even interview? Unsuitables obviously get rejected.

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            My comments are partly based on the following paragraph in one of JUSTA’s reports about recruitment:

            “Siddharthan Maunaguru with a first in Sociology from the University of Peradeniya and a PhD in Anthropology (a related subject) from the Johns Hopkins University in the US applied for a position in Sociology at the University of Jaffna. Although he was shortlisted for the interview, the SAR Academic made a note that Maunaguru could be dropped because the position required a PhD in Sociology, while the applicant’s was in Anthropology. This was disingenuous as Sociology and Anthropology share many theoretical and practical orientations. Maunaguru was not called for the interview. The regulations are clear that anyone with qualifications appropriate to the position in a relevant discipline must be called and it is the selection board alone that must decide. The SAR (AE) should play no evaluating role, but we also see abuse of this position in Nilani’s case (in Fisheries above).”

            (Link: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Academic-Criteria-FINAL-30-Jul-Clean.pdf)

            The issue is Siddharthan was not even called for the interview (that is what I meant by not shortlisted), not that he was not recruited.

            About qualifications:

            Dr Farzana Haniffa who teaches Sociology at University of Colombo earned her PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University. Mr. Jagath Bandara Pathirage who also teaches Sociology at Colombo has an MSc in Anthropology. We may be able to find more examples of people with PhDs in Anthropology teaching Sociology at other universities in the country.

            When I said well-wishers have to keep an eye on the process, I only meant the process is transparent and that the candidates know before the interviews why they were not shortlisted. Nothing can be done once the interviews are held. The only avenue available for candidate post-interviews is challenging the university legally. But not everyone has the economic means to take that path.

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              Peter,
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              In addition to considering an application there will be informal probing and discussions. Even a perfect application does not help if the result of probing is a red flag.
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              Why waste time interviewing unsuitable or unqualified applicants?
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              As a result brilliant academics may be excluded but nothing in this world is perfect.
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              In case you have not noticed UoJ is governed by inbred islanders in the same way as the rest of Jaffna.

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                That’s a fine concept — “probing” — Lone Wolf! Practised for decades by the Jaffna man to uncover the caste and creed (“kulam” and “kOththiram”) of potential partners for their daughters.

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                I have heard of probing. It is mainly cheap gossip, irrelevant to recruitment.

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    Thanks for keep reporting about the defective trees in the Jungle. We have to move forward from reporting about it in a negative way and come up with an alternative plan to plant move trees in the jungle. Obviously Jungle survived with so many defective trees and still growing. All what we should do is helping the growth of the jungle.

    We like it or not, defective trees are also critical part of the equation and negatively targeting the defective trees will not help the cause to move forward. We should also avoid magnifying the damage done by some defective trees and report to all that the jungle is on fire. Jungle is not on fire and it never will be.

    Finally don’t judge a defective tree and personally insult it just because of the defects on it or some of the parts that we don’t like it. Only the losers go on that path. No one came from the jungle is perfect.

    If we don’t have a solution to help the defective trees then we are all losers. Just remember that!

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    “The gods make mad those whom they wish to destroy.”

    Isn’t Dean Engineering Atputharaja in charge? Why is he stealing? Does he live on trees?

    Where are all those 50+ huge pillars stolen from the Jaffna University with the woman VC’s blessings?

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    Jaffna University is hot bed place of Tamil nationals and promoted Tamil chauvinism will spread political terrorism instead of Democracy that building whole Tamil racist -community which ever nook and corner of North and eastern provinces. ………Sri lanka?
    This a spreading Tamil politics chauvinism must be stop by HRS Hoole the person who advocating Tamil Nationalism immediate effect. TNA was behind back by Tamil Diasporas with foreign funds organized by Hooles. …… school of thoughts.
    He is the real man that breeding new grounds of Tamil Terrorism in North by outside support.
    It is obvious that Tamil newly grew Terrorism Not come from ( form) outside ,it come form of inside operation? In University of Jaffna?.
    Who is brain behind that??? This is left vast room remain on doubt that to the right thinking Tamils has to looking for better future live in Unitary country in Sri lanka.
    Do not trap into TNA so-called political ” Federalism” will partitions of Sri lanka?
    Well known slogan of…….The “power devolution” and “Federalism” is nothing else, it is nakedly divided Sri lanka, by Jaffna University Dons and TNA political leadership!

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      Asmie Mohammed,
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      Have you been smoking something from Kerala?

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    By Lone Wolf…..comment
    An Idea of Tamils almost political agendas are hidden by norms culture of Tamil Feudalism and its chauvinism and joint hand of that Tamil growing national in out-side Sri lanka.
    This is a paramount that mission undertaken by Tamil Diasporas living in most combatable life of Meteropilain cities and well to do life-style in Western Hampshire….
    In fact that by all-round support is derives from of Central governments relevant countries in London, Paris New-York ,Berlin, Rome, Geneva, Oslo, Toronto,, Sydney and Copheanhegan has been granted most generous VISA status Tamil diasporas by blessing Immigration authorities support by White racist states.
    Which mainly by Anglo race in UK
    All in these practical mission is accommodated by Western power of has proved Tamils are consider for Division Island of Sri lanka ; subsequently build New Tamil Puppet regime in North-east of Sri lanka?
    University of Jaffna is spreading that Tamil nationalism which funded by individual cases of Tamils elites to promoted Tamil Eealm USA, UK, Germany, France. Japan Aus.. and others as well.
    Indeed aim is clear that promoting for Gun Rule politics in North-east that New Tamil Terrorists elements….Sri lanka.

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      Asmie Mohammed,
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      I am sorry but I am unable to understand you. Maybe you can try to establish constructive dialogue with Mallaiyuran?

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    There is much of selective misinformation.
    The game is not very different from one played last year, to sling mud at selected individuals.
    Regret inability to elaborate for reasons stated several times before.
    *
    The least that the CT could have done was to ask the VC for his observations before publishing.

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      SJ,
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      “The game is not very different from one played last year, to sling mud at selected individuals.”
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      As I stated some time ago the campaign continues. One of the targets is at least temporarily not in the line of fire. VC is now receiving mild flak as a new target.
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      An element I have not observed before is the expectation of the need to defend some individuals.

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        LW
        Thanks.
        I can assure you that whatever is attacked or defended is not based on any principled stand.
        May I suggest that those who are spared by the Mafia are still on ‘probation’.

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          Is that a threat to those who escaped the LTTE? Probation? The LTTE remnants are watching them?

          Does SJ have inside line to this remnant Mafia?

          Perhaps Tamils who know can clarify.

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          SJ,
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          “I can assure you that whatever is attacked or defended is not based on any principled stand.”
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          The problem is that there is no generally accepted stand so that all groups more or less seriously believe that they are right and others wrong.
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          “May I suggest that those who are spared by the Mafia are still on ‘probation’.”
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          Agreed!

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            LW
            Thanks.
            I doubt if there is any stand for any of these ‘groups’ that has anything to do with public or institutional interest.
            There is perhaps fragile group interest that falls apart when self interest enters the picture.
            One can at best act on clearly defined guidelines and be consistent.

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      Sivasegaram, Sivasegaram!

      We live in the world of academics where all are equal. The VC is not above others. You will not reply the part about you because you have no defence. If you did, you would have had some lie to utter as you always do.

      As far as I can tell, CT allows everyone to have a say — except of course low class people like Ramany K whose quality is best judged by the fact that a lot of what he has put in has been edited out by the editors..

      If Sivasegaram meant to say that the VC should be given the right to veto this article, it simply shows Sivasegaram’s arrogant, authoritarian state of mind.’

      If Sivasegaram meant that the VC should be able to reply — sure!. He is free to reply and I am sure that CT would welcome that. Such a reply does not have to be with the article. Giving it to him would have meant a long delay in bringing out this article and the facts that have been suppressed at the Council month after month for too long by the crooks and Sivasegaram.on the Council.

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        S&T
        You sure are sick, I agree.

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    Ramany K,

    The one-sided nature of your comments suggest that you are an EPDP spokesman. Every incident is a complex story and reporting it is seldom a finished affair. These were killings in which the central actor, the state, used Tamil groups, state killers and Sinhalese extremist groups to confuse matters, and the Police invariably covered up for the state. If you are addressing an intelligent audience, you should understand this. If you pretend that Police investigations are the last word in these affairs, you are being dishonest, a mere propagandist.

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    Sinhala man
    You obviously area Tamil who received his education in Jaffna a s now residing in the South.your desire to show gratitude to your teachers is commendable. But we from the South have a different experience with regard to TAmil teachers. In a prominent schoolin Colombo I am aware of a games master who wAs a Tamil appointing a Tamil as a captain over his senior Sinhalese team member. Of course his explanation was that the Tamil student was leaving the next yeAr, and the Sinhalese student would remain and captain the following year. However the Sinhalese student found employment and left without having the privilege of captaining the school side. Then the deeds of Prof AW Mailvaganam who discriminated in favour of Tamil students are legendary. I can give scores of other examples to illustrate that the Sinhalese feel that the Tamils generally do not maintain acceptable standards and cut corners to outplay the system. There were and are shining examples of non racist patriotic Tamils, but as a ethnic group their attitude to the country and environment is very negative. I hope I am wrong.

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      Dear Percy,

      I will not attempt to challenge the veracity of your account of what you have said happened in all that follows your first two sentences.

      But what do those first two sentences mean? I just can’t understand them. What I mean is this:

      I am now a “Sinhala Man”. Many, many years ago I was a “Sinhala Boy”. I received my Education mainly in the Uva Province; a little in the Western Province. NOT in Jaffna. I visited the Northern Province for a week, or may be a little more, in 1968. Two days more in 2014, and anther two days in 2016. Those last two years I have listed may be wrong, but four days in toto in the 21st Century is absolutely correct. My knowledge of Tamil is as near to zero as is possible for a guy who’s associated with Tamil speakers quite a bit.

      It’s a pity that so few children today are exposed to teachers from different communities. I won’t say “today”. That has always been the case, but it didn’t then matter, since kids didn’t aspire to live a life any different from their own parents – up to – let’s say 1956.

      I think the Bandaranaike revolution was necessary – but it went wrong from the word “go!”, didn’t it?

      Please let me know if I need to substantiate what I have said above. Many times already I’ve given my name, and contact details – which you will realise is a bit unusual for a contributor who uses a pseudonym.

      Dear Percy, I appreciate that you may find this a bit unusual. I don’t challenge that you have your misgivings about what you say SOME Tamils did – but I must delve in to that if I am not to accept your statements. No time for that!

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